We’re off to France at the end of this week and I am SO EXCITED! It’ll be Daisy’s first time abroad and Jon’s first time going on a Eurocamp holiday. I grew up going on these holidays and I can’t wait for Jon and Daisy to experience them too.

I haven’t been to France in over 10 years now and the thought of pastries for breakfast, fresh baguettes for lunch and pistachio ice cream every day is making me feel like a kid at Christmas. So imagine my excitement when I saw this beauty in Boots a few weeks back?!


Oh yes people, not only will I be eating pistachio ice cream, I’ll be smelling like it too. This is from the lovely The Library of Fragrance who do lots of weird and wonderful fragrances. I love how a particular thing can take you back to a time in your life. Givenchy, Very Irresistible will forever remind me of back to back drunken nights out aged 19. Mamas and Papas hit California Dreamin’ will always remind me of travelling through the French Alps as a child. And (she’ll kill me for this) burnt toast always reminds me of my mother. Now, pistachio ice cream will always remind me of our first holiday with Daisy.

I’ve also picked up my summer favourite, Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula. This smells amazing, lasts ages and is a really thick moisturiser, leaving your skin super soft after a day in the sun.


I bought the usual sun cream and a sun protection lip balm too. Trust me when I say you do not want to burn your lips, and speaking from experience, a bright red blister in the middle of your lower lip is not something you want in your holiday snaps!


I also found these gorgeous toiletry bags in Flying Tiger (although I think it’s just called Tiger in Cardiff?). The large one was £3 and the smaller £2. They’re lined inside so no nasty leakages spoiling your clothes and they’re completely adorable!

I had a tube of this Crabtree and Evelyn hand cream in a Christmas gift set and it is literally amazing! So I was a very happy bunny when I discovered another one in my toiletry box!

Lastly, I knew I needed some sort of volume spray as my hair is sooo flyaway and flat. Sadly I’m not one of those people blessed with big, beautiful, beach hair, so if something promises to give me ‘natural bounce’ or to feel ‘thicker with more body’ (this is a hair product, I swear!) then I’ll be spending my pennies on it.


I’ve only used this VO5 Volume Blow-Dry Spray once so far, but it’s brilliant. My hair definitely felt thicker but without weighing it down or feeling too gunky with product. I think this is going to be a trusty must have, especially with those crappy holiday hairdryers.

I can’t wait to use all this lovely stuff and feel properly pampered, just like us mama’s should be. What’s in your holiday beauty bag? 

Emma x

 

 

As someone who is always itching to get onto the next DIY project, I need to be able to change things around our home without it breaking the bank or causing too much chaos. I don’t like waiting around and many times have just started painting the walls on a whim. I tend to get bored of a room quite quickly and am always thinking of different ways to enhance or freshen it up.

Our living room is currently painted an off white (although I plan on painting it bright white pretty soon – don’t tell Jon!), with a neutral sofa and a dark wood floor. A far cry from the fuchsia pink and lime green wallpaper that screamed from a feature wall when we moved in. No joke, it was like being on LCD, tripping out whilst catching up on Masterchef!

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I like to keep other elements fairly neutral too, using a large jute rug and mink colour curtains. We have a white TV unit and coffee table, along with two ‘laptop tables’ from IKEA’s Vittsjo range. At £30 a table, they are a real bargain. Again from IKEA, I’ve recently been given the ‘vending machine’ from my mother – a nickname the men of the family gave it. Clearly they know nothing! I absolutely love this cupboard and it really completes the room.

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By keeping the base of the room quite muted, I can change it up easily with accessories and pops of colour. I have a total love affair with blues and whites. Its so fresh and classic and reminds me of picnics in the sun, sand in between my toes and the smell of freshly cut grass.

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All I did to get my living room ready for summer, was change out my cushion covers, add a few different accessories and swap some of my picture frames for a couple of free printables I found on Pinterest. I’m still moving things round now and then, but overall it feels like a new room again. Not bad for an hours work!

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This fresh look will see us through summer, until i bust out the burnt orange tartan cushion covers and autumnal faux foliage (I can keep a child alive, but don’t ask about plants).

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on our summer living room. Do you decorate for the seasons? Leave a comment below and let me know.

Emma  x

 

Hi

I’m Emma, 29 year old mama to Daisy and soon to be wife to Jon.

Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my blog. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now. I’ve typed a few posts before and set up a site many times, but never actually published anything. I thought that with so many other lovely blogs out there, why would anyone care what I’ve got to say?

At the moment, I use my free time to binge watch TV shows and browse Pinterest – not very constructive! I’ve come to realise that the only thing stopping me from doing what I want to do, is me. The kick I needed was a quote I read today. It was from a lovely book called Everyday Happiness, which is full of inspirational quotes; one for every day of the year. I happened to pick it up and flick through to today’s date (31st May). This couldn’t have been more fitting.

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Since having Daisy, I’ve noticed that my mood can change quite quickly and the smallest of things can put a real dampener on my spirit. I’m not sure why and what exactly causes it, but I find that I can feel deflated very easily. Deflated. That’s probably the best word for it. Don’t get me wrong, I adore being a mother and Daisy is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me, but it’s very easy to lose a little bit of who you were before becoming a mother.

The plan is to use my little space here to document our adventures as a family; a sort of online diary. Jon and I are getting married in September and we’ll finally all share the same surname. We hope to grow our family in the next few years too, bringing even more fun, love and happiness to the mix.

Here you’ll find a bit of everything… family fun, holidays, home decor, fashion, celebrations and perhaps a bit of baking (who doesn’t love a cake?!). It’s my own little sanctuary and I really hope you’ll stick around for the ride.

Welcome to Looking After Mama.

Emma  x