Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Blogging Slump

But Why?


I don't think that I have slowed my blogging down to a halt and I certainly haven't run out of content, but there are circumstances in life when blogging just has to slow down for a bit.
Some things are in my control, such as recently I have preferred to watch TV after Miss E has gone to bed. TV is something I watch when I don't want to use my mind (which is a regular thing when I'm drained after a day of running around with a two year old).

But, most things have not been under my control, such as the colds that we have had one after the other for weeks and they don't seem to stop! Again, it makes me feel drained.
Miss E. is feeling ill too, so she wants me to stay with her until she falls asleep, this is fine. However its kind of hard to fall asleep with a snotty nose isn't it? This makes it a little late in the evening to start writing a review, even though I really want to.
And there is the big one, my camera is missing. We suspect a sneaky toddler has hidden it only where a toddler would know or she has popped it in the bin without me noticing. Oh yes, I am serious. It could very well be in land fill as we speak. Along with my prescription sunglasses?
But that's life. Things are things and can be replaced. Blogging is a nice hobby and a great way to chat about something I love with like minded people but I suppose a camera is an essential tool for beauty blogging.

Blogging slumps happen whether they are caused by factors with or without our control. I suppose I just want to say that I am still here. I still have a heap of skincare to write about and take photos of and things are always running through my mind. Ill always have something to talk about (whether there will be great photos I cannot tell).

Have Fun!

Renee x

Monday, 13 April 2015

The Mum Tag

20 Questions.


 It feels like a long time since I posted anything, even though it's only been a week. I have a cold and I'm in a bit of a blogging slump, but I wanted to do something fun. This is actually a tag found on youtube but I thought it would be fun to do this myself.  Obviously it's American because they spelt mum wrong. Haha.



1. Are you a SAHM or working mom? 
I'm a stay-at-home mum looking after my two-year old daughter,  I don't like the workplace.

2. Would you have it any other way? 
No being a mummy at home is great. I get to look after my house and husband and child without working an extra job, I like that.

3. Do you co-sleep? 
Yes, the three of us share a queen size bed.

4. One must have gear for baby? 
An electric breast pump is an absolute necessity for first time mums/breast-feeders. Also a car seat that also clips into a pram is handy so you don't have to keep swapping baby around.

5. How many kids do you plan on having?
3-4 Kids would be a nice number 

6. Date night? How many nights (or day) per month? 
Wet dressed up and go out probably once every two months. But we have a movie night at home once a week.

7. Your child's favourite show? 
She loves The Wiggles

8. Name 1 thing you bought before you had your baby and you never ended up using? 
A manual breast pump, it was too time consuming so I ended up borrowing an electric one from a friend

9. Your child's favourite food? 
Home-made vegetarian nachos, I also made yummy chips from scratch.

10. How many cars does your family have? 
Two

11. Weight gain before pregnancy, during and after, and now? 
I think at most I put about four kilos on in my second trimester but lost it in my third trimester. Miss E. was growing so fast that I couldn't keep my weight on. I weighed less after giving birth than I did before giving birth.

12. Dream vacation with your kiddos?
Perhaps New Zealand 

13. Dream vacation without the kiddos? 
I would love to go on a cruise.

14. How has your life changed since your baby has been born?
Everything! I realise what's important in my life and how priorities can change so quickly.
  
15. Finish the sentence: "It makes my heart melt to see......" 
My daughter following her daddy around and cuddling him.

16. Where do you shop for your kids? 
My mother shops for her : ) Thanks mum!

17. Favourite make-up and skin care products?
Im a beauty blogger so I'm constantly trying new products. I love Lush, Toby and Rosie and Dr Hauschka.

18. Huggies diaper jeans: yay or nay? 
What even are they? 

19. Have you always wanted kids? 
Yes

20. Best part about being a mom?
How hard work can be rewarded with just a cuddle from a sticky toddler. 

Let me know if you decide to do this tag, I would love to read your answers!

Have Fun!


Renee x

Monday, 6 April 2015

Tea With Alice

For Lovers Of Tea.




 Are your tired of the whole Beauty Box subscription? Or are you looking for a new subscription to try?
A tea subscription from Tea With Alice may just be what your looking for. The last few years my interest in tea have doubled when I received a lovely teapot for our engagement, we promptly bought two matching cup and saucer sets and my love of tea soared.
Tea With Alice is a monthly tea subscription service delivered straight to your door. So how does it work? First choose the types of tea you like whether it be Black, green and /or Herbal, choose between a monthly, 3 monthly or yearly subscription and wait for your tea adventures to begin!
The teas come in an airtight zip-lock sachet, to help keep your tea fresh, and each pack contains 8-10 cups of tea. 
All these teas have been lovingly blended for great taste and with pure imagination.

 I recieved four teas this month.

 No Dress Code

'Orange Pekoe has had a long posh marriage to the service of High Tea. But this bright, delicate blend of Sri Lankan perfection requires no dress code: sip it in your PJ's or at the office, this golden brew is perfect for any time.'

 Sundance Kid

'Whilst your average day might nor require a gunslinger, you might, however, need some help putting out little fires all day long. If so, this gunpowder green is for you. Gunpowder green is traditionally rolled into shiny pellets to show off the essential oils within the tea. So if your day requires you to be Butch Cassidy, let this tea be your Sundance Kid.'

 Purely Peppermint

'The original and the best! Powerfully fresh, cleansing, light and invigorating the benefits of this tea are endless; tummy trimming, antibacterial, calming, the list goes on and on and on. But mostly it is just delicious. Purely peppermint: purely life.'


 Breakfast In Bed

'Waking up to the perfect cuppa will set you up for the day- this breaky tea is a triple treat; with a base of chocolatey Assum, the delicate twang of orange pekoe in the middle and the sweet high notes of malty Yunnan Red. This wake-up-cup will dare you to take on the day.'

Also included was this cute little tea diffuser shaped as a strawberry.

Choose between
Monthly: $19.95 month
3 Month Subscription: $18.95 month
12 month Subscription: $16.95 month
+ free delivery

If you want to learn more about Tea For Alice click here: http://teawithalice.com/#how-it-works

Have Fun!

Renee x


Monday, 30 March 2015

*Review* Zk'in Skincare

Honest Skincare





Recently I have had the pleasure of trying the Zk'in Organic Skincare range. This was a new discovery for me so I had very little time to build any expectations. I had been given the Two step skincare routine that is suitable for sensitive skin types.

The Calming Cleanser* has a unique system that turns the cleansing oil to milk when in contact with water. I really enjoyed how gentle this non-foaming cleanser is on my skin and it didn't leave any oily residue on me either. Organic Colloidal Oatmeal and Aloe Vera help to soothe the skin and give it a great clean with the help of the gentle oil to milk technology.

The Relife Moisturiser* is a real gem, it comes in a lovely tube with a pump so its easy to measure out the precise amount you need. I found that not even a full pump was enough for my face and neck so I can see this lasting a long time. This light lotion has almost no scent and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft. The Relief Moisturiser contains a unique blend of  clinically active Cotton Thistle Extract (skin Repair), Hemp Oil which nourishes skin and increases blood circulation promoting fast healing and Evening Primrose Oil, famous for relieving itching and redness.

Zk'in Organic Skincare has a zero tolerance approach toward synthetics and chemicals and  choose to only use 100% natural preservatives. They also have zero tolerance to sustainability, using only recyclable packaging and  zero tolerance to animal testing and Dishonest Marketing such as photoshopping the images of women on their website. This zero tolerance made me feel comfortable buying products from a company with complete transparency.


I have been suffering from a few pimples around my chin and they haven't budged so I think that this cleanser and moisturiser would be great for Sensitive and Normal skin types that are not prone to blemishes. The best products to use for my skin type at the moment would possibly be the Oily or Combination Set but since the Sensitive range is safest for pregnancy I will have to like or lump my blemishes and just wait for my Second Trimester 'glow' to set in. Hormones are a pain sometimes and I don't want to risk using diffrent chemical laden skincare just for the sake of a pimple or two. In the mean time I feel comfortable knowing that this brilliant two step skincare is safe to use during pregnancy and will not harm a growing baby.

Get started with Zk'in personalised beauty consult: http://www.zkinorganics.com.au/beauty_consult

Have Fun!

Renee x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

* Hemp Organics* Organic Lip Tints


Protects, Nourishes and Tints!




I have a few staples in my handbag and one of them is the Hemp Organics Lip Tint. Originally I picked up the Lip Tint in Love which is a light berry colour and it gave my lips a slight tint. I fell instantly in love. I was recently sent two other colours called Wine and Berry so I wanted to share them with you.


Wine is the lighter shade of the two. As you can see on my lips it leaves a subtle and very pretty pink shine against my fair skin tone.


Berry is my favourite because it is a deeper hue and has slightly more red in it. Berry gives a brilliant shine to my lips making them look lovely and glossy.

Hemp Organics Lip Tints feel brilliant on the lips.They contain organic hemp seed oil which is amazing for moisturising and healing properties, there is no synthetic fragrances, petro- chemicals or synthetics preservatives which leaves room for ingredients to only nourish and protect the skin.

Hemp Organic Lip Tints come in an array of colours ranging from sweet pinks to dark earthy tones.
These include:
Rose
Wine
Love
Berry
Terra
Earth
Kiss

Amber

Check out the whole colour selection here: http://www.hemporganics.com.au/hemp_organics_products.php?cat=2 
What's your favourite colour?


Have Fun!

Renee x





Friday, 20 March 2015

*Review* Toby and Rosie Pink Salt Facial Cleanser.

A Gentle Cleanser



The other day I tried the very unique Toby and Rosie Pink Salt Facial Cleanser $15.00. I have recently broken out in spots on my chin and I was hoping to feel a less oily face. This cleanser has a fine, powdery consistency and the usual fresh scent that Toby and Rosie products are known for. I had to get a couple of pinches of the soft powder in my palm and mix it with a little water, it slightly foamed to an easy-to-use cleanser. I really enjoyed the gentle exfoliating action that this cleanser gave and it made my skin feel that extra bit fresh. I also noticed that the pink salt did not aggravate my tender spots on my chin but instead took away all the oil with the help of the activated charcoal .

I would recommend this handy cleanser to anyone who love to try different textures and ingredients for their skincare.

Have Fun!

Renee x


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Monday, 16 March 2015

Moving To A New Town

Smile And Say Hello!


I thought I would do a different post today. I have just moved house and into a new town 6 hours away from family and friends. Why? My husband and I like the climate in south-west Australia (it's a lot cooler) and also on the search of finding a cool place to set up an eco/self sustainable farm we feel that the location would be better in the lush and moist forests.
I was a little overhelmed the first week coming down here. Dan and I were getting used to living together on our own with our toddler with no grandparents to keep company and I missed church the first week too. Meaning that I had 14 days of not having a proper conversation with anyone else but my husband. Gosh I love the guy, but seriously! Most of the time I'm OK on my own but I need that reassurance that I can visit a friend when I feel lonely.
So how did I handle moving to a small town, not knowing a single soul? Join groups!
After the second week of living here I had rapidly been joining as many groups as I could handle. I joined the library group where there are tonnes of mummys and babies and stories and songs. After an hour we go out side to the playground with a wonderful fenced area so that I can let Miss E run around and I can chat to the mums without worrying if she will run onto the road.
I also joined the local gym and go to classes 4 times a week, this is something I had to think about a bit (more like 2 seconds) because we could either afford a second hand couch or a 3 month gym membership. Naturally I chose the gym membership. Lets just say I had to put up with a numb bum from sitting on the floor boards for a few weeks. The gym is particularly great because it has a fantastic crèche for Miss E and she loves it when it's full of other kiddies. 
We also quickly joined our local Baptist church and the people there have truly blessed us with their friendship and willingness to make us feel welcome with buckets of home grown veggies and honey made from backyard bees.
I was never scared moving to  new town. I was ready and I had a plan. Join groups, say hello to the person in the street and if someone offers you fresh eggs from their chooks, say "yes please!"

Till next time.

Have Fun!

Renee x