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Every evening I love a quick browse of the forums of a well-known parenting website, particularly threads where people are having a good rant. A few months ago I came across a thread saying that people who wear mama merch (like Selfish Mother jumpers) are “smug”. Well, that stopped me in my tracks, because I'm someone who has several of these kind of tops. Eeek! 

I wear them because I simply love slogan tees and buy any that I relate to! Especially if it's a favourite colour or a pretty font. It doesn’t get any deeper than that, but it has got me thinking about how others might be perceiving me. Do people think that I'm smug?! I chatted to some of my closest blogging pals, who I knew would be honest with me, to see what they thought...

Does wearing mama merch make me "smug"?

Every evening I love a quick browse of the forums of a well-known parenting website, particularly threads where people are having a good rant. A few months ago I came across a thread saying that people who wear mama merch (like Selfish Mother jumpers) are “smug”. Well, that stopped me in my tracks, because I'm someone who has several of these kind of tops. Eeek! 

I wear them because I simply love slogan tees and buy any that I relate to! Especially if it's a favourite colour or a pretty font. It doesn’t get any deeper than that, but it has got me thinking about how others might be perceiving me. Do people think that I'm smug?! I chatted to some of my closest blogging pals, who I knew would be honest with me, to see what they thought...

So you’ve decided to embrace living a zero-waste lifestyle, hurrah! I’ve noticed that a lot of people start their zero-waste journey by asking “what can I buy to use instead of...?” Stop right there! Zero-waste living doesn’t have to be costly at all and chances are you already have plenty of things in your home that you can reuse and repurpose without spending any money. 

5 Simple Zero-Waste Ideas That Won't Cost a Penny

So you’ve decided to embrace living a zero-waste lifestyle, hurrah! I’ve noticed that a lot of people start their zero-waste journey by asking “what can I buy to use instead of...?” Stop right there! Zero-waste living doesn’t have to be costly at all and chances are you already have plenty of things in your home that you can reuse and repurpose without spending any money. 

This year I have felt more excited about Christmas than ever before! I think it is because it is the first Christmas in our own home, so it feels really special. We're able to do things exactly the way we want, decorate how we want and put things wherever we please. 

When Ian and I first moved in together back in 2011, we bought an artificial Christmas tree. We had the same tree and the same decorations every Christmas since then, with a few extra decorations made by the children added over the years, until Christmas 2017.

Decorating our Christmas Tree | The Christmas Forest Review

This year I have felt more excited about Christmas than ever before! I think it is because it is the first Christmas in our own home, so it feels really special. We're able to do things exactly the way we want, decorate how we want and put things wherever we please. 

When Ian and I first moved in together back in 2011, we bought an artificial Christmas tree. We had the same tree and the same decorations every Christmas since then, with a few extra decorations made by the children added over the years, until Christmas 2017.

Friday December 14th 2018 is Christmas Jumper Day, when people up and down the country will be donning their favourite festive sweaters to help raise money for charity Save the Children. In schools, workplaces or just at home, by wearing your best Christmas knit and donating £2 you'll be helping to create a brighter future for children here in the UK and all over the world. But that's not the only way to get involved! 

Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day - more ways to get involved!

Friday December 14th 2018 is Christmas Jumper Day, when people up and down the country will be donning their favourite festive sweaters to help raise money for charity Save the Children. In schools, workplaces or just at home, by wearing your best Christmas knit and donating £2 you'll be helping to create a brighter future for children here in the UK and all over the world. But that's not the only way to get involved! 

Next month it will be three years since I decided to go vegan. At first finding vegan goodies was a little tricky, but now there is SO much choice! My husband decided to go vegetarian at the same time and one of the things that I have most often been caught out on is sweets. He has such a sweet tooth so I often grab him a packet of sweets when doing the shopping, only to get home and realise that they contain something like gelatine. Gah! 

Sweet Vegan Treats from Swizzels!

Next month it will be three years since I decided to go vegan. At first finding vegan goodies was a little tricky, but now there is SO much choice! My husband decided to go vegetarian at the same time and one of the things that I have most often been caught out on is sweets. He has such a sweet tooth so I often grab him a packet of sweets when doing the shopping, only to get home and realise that they contain something like gelatine. Gah! 

A few months ago VTech sent Jude a Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 to try out. But with moving house and getting settled in we've only recently had the chance to play with it properly. 

Playtime: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 Review

A few months ago VTech sent Jude a Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 to try out. But with moving house and getting settled in we've only recently had the chance to play with it properly. 

You'd think with my complexion and dark hair that I'd be blessed with lovely, thick eyebrows, but you'd be wrong! Instead I have sparse brows made up of the tiniest, finest hairs EVER. Which means that combined with the aforementioned complexion my brows are barely visible. So every month I get my eyebrows threaded and each morning I use make-up to fill and define them.

I've been getting my eyebrows threaded at Superdrug for a few years now, after discovering that that was where my friend, who always has perfect eyebrows, got hers done. Recently Superdrug offered to send a voucher for me to try out their instore beauty services and as I already love their threading service I decided to try having my eyebrows tinted as well this time. 

Beauty Spot: Superdrug Eyebrow Tint & Shape Review

You'd think with my complexion and dark hair that I'd be blessed with lovely, thick eyebrows, but you'd be wrong! Instead I have sparse brows made up of the tiniest, finest hairs EVER. Which means that combined with the aforementioned complexion my brows are barely visible. So every month I get my eyebrows threaded and each morning I use make-up to fill and define them.

I've been getting my eyebrows threaded at Superdrug for a few years now, after discovering that that was where my friend, who always has perfect eyebrows, got hers done. Recently Superdrug offered to send a voucher for me to try out their instore beauty services and as I already love their threading service I decided to try having my eyebrows tinted as well this time. 

If you're wondering when is the next Aldi Baby & Toddler Event, then get your purse ready pronto, as the hugely popular Baby & Toddler Specialbuy event returns online from Sunday 12th August and in store from the Thursday 16th August! As always the event offers parents a huge range of beautifully crafted nursery furniture, every day essentials and adorable accessories at amazing low prices. Aldi kindly sent a sneak peek of some of the goodies that will be available, and they also sent some vouchers so I can pop along next week to stock up on new bits for Essie. Like last time, I'll share what I buy on Instagram Stories so make sure you're following me over there

Aldi Baby & Toddler Specialbuy Event August 2018

If you're wondering when is the next Aldi Baby & Toddler Event, then get your purse ready pronto, as the hugely popular Baby & Toddler Specialbuy event returns online from Sunday 12th August and in store from the Thursday 16th August! As always the event offers parents a huge range of beautifully crafted nursery furniture, every day essentials and adorable accessories at amazing low prices. Aldi kindly sent a sneak peek of some of the goodies that will be available, and they also sent some vouchers so I can pop along next week to stock up on new bits for Essie. Like last time, I'll share what I buy on Instagram Stories so make sure you're following me over there

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