My 'Lockdown' Skincare/Hair Favourites!

Hello!

Due to the lockdown caused by Coronavirus the country has been forced to stay at home and with every bad situation comes a silver lining, such as I have rediscovered some of my favourite (but forgotten about) Skincare and Hair Favourites. Also being a mum means that I rarely have time for face masks and other 'time consuming' routines, I need products that are quick, easy and effective. 

These products are in no particular order - 

My only Hair product comes from 'Aussie' and it's 'Miracle Moist' Shampoo and Conditioner. Since having Maci I have really struggled with dry skin and a dry scalp so I have found myself reaching for more moisturising products. Despite these products being on the slightly 'expensive' side I find that these two bottles will last me around a month and I wash my hair every two days. 


Next up is 'Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Gel Wash - This product is one that I never use to like, I use to find it would leave my skin not feeling clean but I have been using it for the past week and I have to admit I am really enjoying its consistency and formula this time around. It would not 'budge' heavy makeup I feel although for an every day cleanse it is perfect and easy to use.


If you're like me then you will thoroughly enjoy a good exfoliator and this is where this next product comes in. Dove's Exfoliating Body Scrub with Pomegranate Seeds and Shea Butter is the perfect body exfoliator. Not only does it smell incredible but the texture and density is consummate. This exfoliator is similar to the other products due to the fact it is long lasting so you definitely get your pennies worth. (Shown in top right of image above)

 

Due to the fact we're all staying at home at present it is important now more than ever that we are looking after ourselves and our skin. This product is so easy to use and super effective. The 'Garnier Skin Active 3in1 Botanical Hydrating Balm' it is a day/night mask and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated and replenished and not forgetting smelling like rose water.


I recently discovered Superdrugs own brand and I have been pleasantly surprised by it. I picked up the 'Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2in1 Moisturiser and Serum' and It has been a staple product in my makeup bag for about a month now. It hasn't got much of a scent too it which I know some people prefer but it leaves my skin feeling really moisturised which is great especially at the moment. 

The other product shown in the image above is the 'Nuxe Sensitive Skin Micellar Cleansing Water' which is a brilliant alternative if you are not a fan of the 'gel' consistency of the Garnier product. Once again this product has a fairly strong scent of Rose petals and leaves your skin feeling cleansed after a hard day sitting in the lounge during lockdown.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post, let me know if you have ever tried any of these products by following the links to my socials below.

Until next time,
Storm

Introducing 'Little Beaulieu' - AD/Press Launch

Hello!

The other day we were kindly invited to the launch of 'Little Beaulieu' which is a brand new adventure play area within the grounds of Beaulieu. The enormous structure has cost £0.5m and it based upon the heritage of Lord Montagu's ancestral home of Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. 


You could easily spend all day just within the area of 'Little Beaulieu' as there is now a covered seating area for picnics from the small cafe which you can grab a tasty slice of cake from and a cup of tea. There are also clean toilets also within the proximity of 'Little Beaulieu' meaning you no longer have to worry about getting to the museum or the cafe for the toilets which is brilliant especially for little ones and pregnant ladies or quite frankly those of us who have had children!


There is a also a special zone of the park which features smaller wooden frames to play on, a large sandpit with buckets, spades and other toys provided. Little ones can then jump on the wooden play bus, modelled on Beaulieu's Veteran Bus at one of the south's leading visitor attractions. The bus was definitely one of Maci's favorite parts of the whole attraction.


Within 'Little Beaulieu' there is a 'play garage' that has a car that the children can sit in and pretend to fix using the wooden tools provided on the workbench to the side. There is even an old fashioned petrol pump so the children can fill the car up with 'fuel'. Every aspect of this play area has been thought of to use imaginations and its incredible. 


We immensely enjoyed out time at Beaulieu and we are so grateful for the invite to this wonderful launch. This definitely is a day out that would be considered a 'treat' but what a great one it really is. I really like the fact that everything you need is so close to the play area, such as toilets and the cafe meaning you do not need to leave the play area at any time if you do not wish too.


'Little Beaulieu' will be included in a ticket price to Beaulieu from March 15th. A ticket also includes entry to the National Motor Museum which tells the story of motoring with its collection of over 280 historic vehicles, the World Of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, Palace House, Secret Army  Exhibition, Beaulieu Abbey and its gardens and grounds. To book visit - Book Tickets


This post was a gifted opportunity with no obligation to post. All opinions are those of Storms Blog.

Until next time,
Storm

Let's have a chatter... Im back!

Hi,

I've been putting off writing this post because quite simply I didn't know where to start. 

I have unintentionally had a break from blogging. I say unintentionally because blogging has always been my 'happy place' and what I use to do to calm down and express feelings and somewhere along the line that became lost and it became about deadlines and numbers... and well thats took the 'calming' aspect away and it soon became like a chore to me.


I've been trying to plan a big 'come back' post but once again i've put too much pressure on myself and over thought it.

So instead I thought I would just tell you why I started my blog in the first place back in twenty fourteen. 

When I started writing this blog it simply wasn't a 'normal' thing to do, whereas today I feel like every Tom and Harry has a blog about this or that. I remember hiding it from people at school because I knew they would take the piss out of me for sharing my thoughts on products and other things on the internet. I was always pretty good at writing at school, I was always that strange kid in the corner of the english lesson writing poetry or a story that nobody would ever read because I was too embarrassed. Writing was always my release, my calm place.

My blog started of as a beauty based page full of reviews and my favourite products, little did I know I would go onto become a qualified Beauty Therapist after I left school. I use to plan my posts in great detail and get so incredibly excited when I would get new readers and as my audience grew (as I still do!)  It really was a tremendous feeling that other people appreciated what I was creating for them to read. Obviously since then my life has changed drastically, I am now a mum and have my own house, meaning my posts are usually 'Maci themed' or about general life which has taken me a while to adjust too but i'm realising that its ok to change your content. I am not the same person I was back in twenty fourteen but I do still love makeup and skincare so that won't be completely disappearing from this space.


I can't promise that I will be able to create posts three times a week like I use too all them years ago but I am going to make a conscious effort to stop neglecting my blog. I have spent too many years and hours of hard work to let it go to waste. As cliche as it sounds, I have grown up with it, it has connected me to some incredible people and it has made me who I am today in a way and for that I am grateful. 

Until next time,
Storm


Twenty nineteen - One I'll never forget....

Hello,

We moved into our new house just over a month ago and I have only just today connected my laptop to my wifi. I honestly haven't had the motivation or inspiration to write anything but today something changed... I remembered why I started this blog six years ago and why I love doing what I do. The reason why I started this blog was to share my thoughts about certain topics, admittedly back then it was light hearted subjects and definitely weren't parenthood related but all the same. So today that's what i'm here to do... let's have a chat. 


This year has been one I will definitely never forget, a lot has changed... Maci turned one back in June and she had the most incredible party with all of our favourite people. Relationships broke down unexpectedly and we also moved home twice, oh and Maci started walking... a lot has happened in between these big events but when someone mentions this year that is what comes to my mind straight away. 


So what have I learnt throughout this year so far? I have learnt that everything can change very quickly, your 'normal' can soon become a memory and that you should cherish moments. I also can't believe that whilst I am sat writing this I have an *almost* sixteen month old upstairs asleep, how has that happened? Time goes so incredibly quickly... But ultimately I am so exceedingly grateful for everything I have and the friends and family that Maci and I have. 

Maci is doing incredibly well, she is now walking and almost running about. She now says quite a few words such as; mum, dad, diesel (dog) yes and sit. She's got such a fabulous sense of humour, she finds the most silly things hilarious which I absolutely love. She still isn't sleeping throughout the whole night but we have made progress so ill accept that and she is in size 2-3 year clothes because she's a little chunky monkey. I have just started looking at nurseries for her to attend next September and it's all a bit daunting but I know she will love it an immense amount.


With regards to me I am still getting use to being responsible for a whole house (and everything that comes in tow!), a toddler, and well... myself! Its very easy to forget about me but I have come to realise how important it is to not 'burn myself out' and that sometimes its ok to sit down and watch television or even have a scroll through your phone once in a while. I have taken a slight backseat with blogging for a while but I have been working with some incredible companies over on my socials which keep me busy. But I am doing okay, so thank you all for any messages you may of sent on other platforms. 

I am aiming to write post frequently again so watch this space and thank you for taking your time to read this little life update.

Until next time,
Storm

'So Divine' Sensual Kegal Balls - Gifted Review

For those of you reading this who have had children you'll agree with me that things definitely change once you've given birth. For me it affected my pelvic floor and whilst doing some research I came across Kegal Ball training kits and decided to give it a go. What have I got to lose, right?

If you aren't familiar with what 'Kegal Balls' are, this is the description of the 'So Divine' Kegal Balls - 'These discrete Kegel Balls will help strengthen your pelvic floor. Made from silicone and easy to insert, choose from three interchangeable weights to get warmed up and ready to go'

You can read the full item description here



Before I started researching the benefits of these items I thought they simply helped strengthen your pelvic floor but I was wrong - they do so much more! They help strengthen and tighten PC muscles, Increase blood flow to pelvic region, Prevent urinary incontinent, Helps recover from physical stress such as childbirth and help improve sexual response and function. 

The Kegal Ball Training Set from So Divine Includes3 Individually weighted kegel balls: 36g, 62g, 96g, Exercises & tones pelvic floor muscles, Premium silky soft silicone, Latex & phthalate free, Discreet internal workout, Use with a water-based lube, 'How to guide' included and a Luxury storage bag.


So do they actually work? The answer is yes... I have been using my training kit for just over two weeks now and I am definitely noticing a difference as always I will continue testing this product and post an update in a few weeks time but I have already noticed a positive difference. Obviously everyone is different but for me they are helping. These sets also aren't just for those of you who have had children it is important for all women to give your pelvic floor muscles a 'workout' now and then! 

All packaging which arrives from 'So Divine' is discreet, so no need to worry!

I will post a further update up on my Instagram in a few weeks to let you all know how I am getting on with this brilliant product!


As stated this is a gifted product review, all opinions are those of Storms Blog.

Until next time,
Storm



What I've learnt from my first year of parenting

Maci recently turned one meaning I have been a parent for an entire year and gosh have I learnt a lot in that time. I've learnt so many things I couldn't even list them all for you but I decided it would be a good idea to share with you all the 'biggest' things that I have learnt throughout my first year of parenting.


Everyone has an opinion (it doesn't matter...)
Whether it's about how you feed your baby, how you clothe your baby or even how you gave birth. Everyone has an opinion on EVERYTHING! This is one thing that took me a while to learn and now I know that everyone has an opinion but the only person who knows what's best for their child is you, their parents. Despite the fact I say that other people's opinions don't matter sometimes opinions can be helpful so don't instantly dismiss them.

When you get the hang of one thing, it's time to change (formula to weaning etc)
Just when you get use to how to sterilize bottles and get into a routine its the time to introduce food. Then weaning is a whole new ball game, working out what foods your baby likes, what they're actually able to chew and what brands of foods to give them. Parenthood is one big 'trial and error' and eventually you will work it out... (eventually!)


Newborns do not need fancy outfits.
Before Maci was born I did that thing every first time parent does. I hoarded outfits mainly pretty little dresses. She wore hardly any of them, Maci was 8lbs 11oz when she was born meaning she instantly went into 3-6 month clothes so she never wore 'newborn' sizes. So yes, newborns do not need 'fancy' outfits. All they need are some babygrows, vests, bibs and scratch mitts.

The first six weeks are an absolute blur. 
I remember being told about the dreaded first six weeks and how they will be the toughest of your life as a parent and oh my they were right. I barely remember the first six weeks of Maci's life, it was a muddle of keeping a newborn alive, working out how to make a bottle, change a nappy, dealing with no sleep and crazy hormones! But I promise, it does get easier. Once you establish a routine and workout (roughly) what you're doing it does become easier.


You will end up with 'plastic crap' toys everywhere.
Whilst I was pregnant I remember looking at 'aesthetically pleasing' baby toys. I didn't want anything brightly coloured and definitely no noisy toys. Oh how I was wrong... babies need bright coloured toys to help with their development. Unfortunately pastel wooden toys don't cut it.

Every baby is different (sleep, eating etc)
I soon realised that I had a baby that doesn't like sleep and it took me a while to actually accept that. I couldnt work out why other peoples babies were sleeping and why mine wasn't. Surely I must be doing something wrong? I got myself so worked up because I felt like a failure but the truth is every baby is different. Some babies sleep through, some don't.


Parenthood is tough, every day is a learning curve and that is the main thing I have learnt from the first year of parenting.

Until next time,
Storm
Instagram
Facebook

What does my dog do whilst I'm not home? - Furbo #AD

Fancy knowing what your furry friends are up to whilst you're not at home? I know I certainly do. 

The Furbo allows me to go out and leave my furry friends at home without having to constantly worry if they're ok. Not only is it the first ever 'treat tossing' pet camera but it also has two way audio (which alerts you if your pet is barking) and a 160 degree HD night vision camera which you can record at the touch of a button. 

The Furbo also fits perfectly with my home decor, its only 22.5cm high and is topped with a fashionable bamboo wood cover, it sits perfectly in the corner of my lounge and I always get comments about it from friends and family.


When I first received my Furbo I was worried that I wouldn't be 'tech savvy' enough to set it up myself but it was extremely easy. The light on the front of the camera indicates the status of the unit and it only took around three minutes after installing the free Furbo app to my iphone. 


The Furbo has allowed me to now go out and not constantly worry about what my pets are up to because now by pressing a few buttons I can see exactly what they're doing and throw them a treat to engage with me through the camera.

The Furbo would also make a great gift for a pet lover! Perhaps if you're stuck on what to purchase someone for an upcoming birthday (or even Christmas) why not treat them to a Furbo? It truly is the gift that keeps giving.


I have been lucky enough to work with Furbo on this post meaning I am able to offer you all an exclusive discount code so you can keep an eye on your pets whilst you're not home! By using this link it will allow you to have £20 off the final price of the Furbo - https://bit.ly/2XxPWnz 
The code is valid in the following countries: UK, Spain, Italy and France (In the countries with Euro prices -20€ off)

(This item was a gifted product, this post is also an AD)

I would love to see what your pets get up to whilst you're out, please tag me in them over on Instagram.

Until next time,
Storm