Saturday, 21 July 2012

A Little About Me, The Liebster Blog Award

Hello everyone!

I have been having a nightmare with my land line and internet lately so it has been difficult to keep up with all my correspondence over the past few weeks.  Hope fully (fingers crossed) it is now fixed so I am proud to announce that whilst in the dark ages I received the Liebster award from the beautiful Bethan from I laugh a lot, to check out her blog CLICK HERE!! She is a stunning girl who does a makeup and fashion blog and her posts are entertaining and informative so I hope you won't be disappointed.

Let me tell you a little about the Liebster blog award.

Here are the rules for the award;
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs.

Here are the 11 facts about me;

1. I am addicted to youtube and spend far too much time watching strangers do things!
2. I love reading and my particularly favorite genre is dystopian fiction.
3. I am love exclamation marks and overuse them in anything I write!!!!!
4. I love Japan and china and anything that comes from there although I have never been.
5. I got married in a red dress
6. I am divorced and single and intend to stay that way unless a man who can fulfill my ridiculous list of demands comes along.
7. I hate bullies and have been known to stick up for strangers.
8. I am going to be 40 this year and it bothers me more than I thought it would (still 26 in my head!!).
9. I am a qualified nurse but unable to work as I have rheumatoid arthritis which impacts greatly on my life but look well so people don't realize (but you don't look ill?!?).
10. I have non identical twin boys age 9
11. I am left handed and have incredibly bad handwriting.

These are my answers to the questions Bethan chose.
1. Why did you start blogging?
I started in April properly but have done bits and bobs for years.
2. What is you guilty pleasure?
The internet and shopping
3. How much money do you spend on your guilty pleasure a month?
As much as I can afford or justify
4. Have you ever come out of the hair dressers and hated it?
Many times, they destroyed my hair once and it cost a fortune.
5. What is your signature dish? 
Lasagne made from scratch.
6. What is your favourite genre of music and why?
I love all music and couldn't possibly choose
7. Have you ever been on TV?
Does youtube count lol?
8. What gift would you take to a wedding?
Something lovely and different like a beautiful set of glasses
9. Mints or chewing gum?
Chewing gum
10. Favourite shop to buy clothes?
Ebay!! Love Joe Browns plus size range in simply be.
11. Dessert island situation but you're only allowed 5 items, what are they?
Big knife, fire starting kit, large metal pan,  tarpaulin and savlon.

Here are the 11 blogs I have chosen

Please check them out, it was so hard to choose only 11 out of all the great blogs I follow

See you soon

Thursday, 12 July 2012

How I made my feet summer ready and cured my cracked heels

Hi everyone,
I have suffered from hard cracked skin on my feet, proper name heel fissures, since I started nursing at the age of seventeen. Here in the interest of nostalgia is a picture of me then!

Me as a seventeen year old student nurse.

Over the years I have many different types of products to try to keep them under control with varying degrees of success. When Pedikur UK offered the chance to try their hard skin removing lotion I was delighted to say yes but did not really hold out much hope as I have tried tons of creams over the years. Where this product differs from other is it softens the skin and you then scrape it off with a plastic spatula type tool. I was a little daunted by the warnings on the instructions about keeping it away from your eyes and not leaving it on your feet for longer than half an hour but I need not have worried as it does not burn or irritate at all.
You apply it onto cotton wool and leave for half an hour and then litererally scrape the soft skin off which is so much fun I actually said "WOW!!" out loud.


Afterwards my feet were amazingly soft and the Herbal foot cream is great for maintaining the results (although it does smell very herby like Cumberland sausage seasoning!!).

 I suggest you watch my video to get a true idea of how to use this and the amazing results you get. 

You can buy Pedikur products from beautychamber here and they may seem expensive at £16.00 for 200ml of lotion (spatular included) but you only need to use a tiny amount and wouldn't need to use it more than once a month so it should last for ages.
You can also visit the official website here and get further information on the products range and usage.

Thanks for reading & see you soon

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Blog interview excitement!!

Create your own banner at!
I was lucky enough recently to interact on twitter with the lovely Sharna She was so kind and helpful to me inspiring me to design a button for my blog too! (follow her on twitter here). She asked me if I wanted to take part in a blog interview which is a great way to meet and great other bloggers and gain new friends. I, of course, said hell yes and answered her fun and interesting questions and you can read mine and the other participants answers here on Sharna's blog. Whilst you are there you can check out the rest of her blog too!!   

How to get full shiny hair from limp dull hair.

A shiny plait!

Let me start by saying this has been a lifelong battle between me and my naturally limp (yet frizzy) dull hair. I have tried in the past to add shine with products only to end up with flat greasy hair so I didn't hold out much hope of this changing so was delighted with the results of my latest experiment. 

I first washed my hair with Tresseme colour protect using a technique my hairdresser showed me. You rub shampoo into your palms and apply it to dry hair at the roots giving it a good massage in, then wash hair as normal. I followed this with a shine enhancing conditioner from organic surge which you can buy here and all new customers get 15% off their first order. The conditioner blurb is as follows

For normal hair

Shine Boost Conditioner combines grapeseed oil and wheat protein to smooth and detangle. Natural moisturisers help to smooth and gloss the hair while antioxidant vitamin E protects from environmental damage. Shine Boost Conditioner gently detangles and glosses, leaving your hair feeling soft and healthy, with a brilliant, natural shine.

I followed this with Alterna Hemp organics thickening compound which was sent to me as a present from Clara at beauteaddict blog   I used an amount about the size of 50 pence piece and applied from tips to roots. It is a white cream and feels like a conditioner and claims to reduce drying time (it does!!) and thicken hair (also does!!). I dried it with my Babyliss Big hair rotating brush hair dryer and was delighted with the smooth shiny hair that resulted and looked like this.

Before, sectioned off
After, shiny and smooth

A closer look.
Buy Alterna here

But Wait......... It is very shiny but will it hold a tease???

Before a tease, smooth and shiny.

You're darn tooting it will!!!!

AND it still looks smooth and shiny, yay!!

I definitely recommend these to any one who has dull limp hair as the results speak for themselves.

 PS Sorry for my no makeup face and jammies on this post I can only spend time on my hair last thing at night when the boys are in bed lol.

Thanks for reading
Rose xxx


Sunday, 1 July 2012

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Holiday. Yipee!

 I went recently for a much needed break with my dear friend and sister Julia, we stayed in a family room in the budget hotel chain Travelodge (if it's good enough for Kylie and Jason it's good enough for me!). We were there in Bromborough for four nights and had a total blast!!

The rooms in Travelodge hotels are basic but give you all you need and you get great discounts if you book early.

A bit messy, that is me!
 This is the dressing table, it has power points a kettle a mirror and a chair.The staff are great and every day they give you more tea, coffee, milk and towels if you need them.


The standard family room sleeps up too four the settee hides two beds.

 The hotel was just 10 minutes from the outlet which has tons of discounted shops and restaurants in and around the complex. It is easy on the eye with its mock Tudor theme and there are loads of areas to sit and rest in comfort. this is a link to the web page of the outlet as I couldn't possibly tell you the variety of shops there in this little post. If you sign up for thier newsletter you get a 10 percent discount too!

The car parking is free and plentiful

Cold diet coke with 50's diner music.
 There are tons of places to eat and if you eat from the saver menus you can save tons of money too. we liked Frankie and Bennies as they do deals all day long and the food and atmosphere is lovely.

 It is really comfortable to sit at the back of the tables on the padded chairs.

 There are amazing offers on designer things and makeup and I got some fabulous Mac at a steal (including a brill giveaway gift for some point soon!). This is the Mulberry shop and one of those very handbags (third on the right on the middle shelf)was reduced to £200 pounds from £1500!!!!

All in all we had a great time and you can spend as little or as much as you want (or have!), I have not laughed so much in ages!!!

Thank you Julia for a truly brilliant holiday .

Thanks for reading, I hope I haven't bored you?
Rose xxxx