Now that you're 2...

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Saturday 7th January 2016 was a very special day for our little family. It was the day that our Little Boy turned 2.

I don't know who was more excited. Lewis or Me!

On the night before his Birthday, I covered the front room floor with balloons and popped up a Birthday Boy Banner on the wall. Everything was ready for an early rise in the Morning and hopefully an excited little boy.

The Morning went to plan and was awesome. L woke up at 5.30am and we all went downstairs together and he opened the front room door. L's little face was a picture it totally lit up. He jumped around smiling and giggling and was totally overwhelmed by all the sparkly fun.

Later we decided to brave soft play. L was so blooming excited when we got there he was pretty much dancing on the spot and he couldn't wait to get into the middle of it all.

He went upstairs, down slides, bounced on trampolines and rocked on soft play rocking horses. When it came to nap time he totally just crashed out and I could hear him snoozing.

The afternoon was all about playing in his new play tent, eating cake and playing cars.

I think it's fair to say that the day was a success and the little un enjoyed every moment. 

Someone said to me when L was born that time moves fast and to enjoy every day. This is so true as I sit here and type this I can't believe that he's already 2.

A mum at one of the playgroups that we go to came up to me the other day and said something so nice which has stuck with me and made me smile lots. She has a little boy who's only 7 months old. She said "I really hope my Little Boy is as confident and happy as your little one when he's that age as I think it's just great". Yeah, that made me smile lots... 

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Welcome to 2017!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hi there lovelies,

So here it is then... 2017! 

I've already written down so many times an appointment or something in my diary as Jan 2016 only to have to correct it shortly after... seriously how time moves so fast eh? In only a few day's time, Lewis is 2! I can't believe it.

I'm really thankful for 2016. It was a pretty good year for us. Yes, it saw us move house again. However, now I finally feel settled and I'm sure if you asked Chris he would say the same. When we lived in Dubai it was superb. However, we never really made it home. Our house now though feels like home. With pictures on the walls and scatter cushions here and there. Yeah, I love it! 

2016 also saw me go back to part-time work after having Little Un. The job I'm doing isn't my dream job. You know my heart is in music. However, I'm so grateful for the opportunity and I'm really enjoying working alongside a lovely group of people part time and feel really blessed that I have a management team above me that get the whole parenting and work balance thing. Yeah, I'm so thankful.

2016 wasn't the best year for blogging so far as regards the number of posts that I posted. However, I've really enjoyed writing and sharing the post's that I've done this last year. I've been blogging now for 4 and a half years and I finally feel that I've found my blogging style and that this blog really is mine. This might sound crazy but let's just say I do spend a lot of time writing on here and I feel that I give each blog post a lot of love and attention and that I write from the heart.

Regards my blog... I know that 2016 has seen me post here and there. This year, however, I want to try and give you my lovely readers and sparkly friends a good idea to when you can read fresh new content on the sparkly blog. You can check in every Wednesday and find sparkly new blog posts guaranteed from now on. However, I am hoping to start to post on Mondays and Fridays sometimes too. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and then you won't miss a post.

I'm really excited about 2017. This year I'm going to step out there and follow my dreams.

This year I'm going to Blog more, do more YouTube again and.... wait for it... I'm going to get back in to my music and singing. 

I've had lots of people messaging me regards this, asking when I'm releasing a new track or gigging again. Let's just say I've never stopped writing or working on my music behind the scenes it's just that I don't have the time to focus on projects like I used to now that I'm Mummy to a lively little boy! 
But like I say... Watching this space as things are about to get a heck of a lot more SPARKLY! 

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Why I love Yankee Candles...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Don't act like you don't know...


My friend Kim is to blame. I'd never really bothered about candles until I met her. It was 2011 and we'd just moved to Dubai, Kim took me candle shopping to one of her favourite stores in the Mall. I was totally amazed by all the candles and loved all the different scents and themes. It's safe to say that this shop soon became a favourite shop of mine in Dubai and before long our apartment was filled the brim with candles and beautiful scents!

When I moved back to the UK. I felt quite sad as the brand of candles which I fell in love with hadn't opened up shop here in the UK. Kim realised this and back in 2015 on my Birthday she sent me a box of goodies which contained a beautiful candle and melt burner type thingy from Yankee Candle since then Yankee Candles has become my favourite Candle brand and already our house is full of them.

This festive period has very much been about filling the home with candlelight. After reading all about HYGGE a little while back, candles have become even more important in the life of us. I got three super duper Yankee Candles for Christmas this year. I got All is Bright which is a soft and gentle fragrance that's fresh and bright and to be fair could easily be burnt all year round as the scent is so delicate.

The other Christmas Candle that I've got is ...

Festive Cocktail. This has a really warm fruity scent. You'll either love the heady scent of this candle or you'll hate it. Personally, I adore it. However, the hubby is less than impressed. He finds the scent a little too heavy and heady for his liking. Therefore I've kept this in the kitchen as I find it's perfect to freshen up that area after doing some cooking.

The third and final festive candle from Yankee Candle is ... 

Now this candle is a favourite in our household. Both the hubby and I love sweet scented candles so this was a must. This has a sweet and candy like scent, however, the scent is now too sweet and overpowering. Love this! Are you a Yankee Candle fan? Is there a scent that I've just got to check out? Let me know below with a comment x 

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This Can Be Beautiful by Tiffany Pratt

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

I love Instagram! 

I mean I really love it. Instagram is my favourite social media. I love checking out other people's pic's and I adore sharing mine. Instagram gives you a place to be creative and it also introduces you to people that are similar to yourself.

Many years ago I stumbled across Tiffany Pratt thanks to the wonderful world of Instagram. I adored her page. All the colour and creativity was mind blowing and the fact that she loved glitter as much as I did fill my heart with joy! I immediately clicked Follow and have followed her feed from that day on and have watched her grow and bloom into this wonderfully sparkly creative entrepreneur.  

Imagine my excitement and joy when I spotted on Tiffany's feed that she was releasing a book! OMG! YAY! I immediately set about getting my hands on a copy and I'm proper happy to share "This Can Be Beautiful" with you! 

This Can Be Beautiful could not have been published at any a more perfect time for me. As you know the family and I have moved around from place to place quite a lot over the last few years. However, finally we're now settled in out little home and finally, I can be creative.

When we lived in Dubai I never really had the chance to create the sparkly home that I had always wanted as we always knew that we would one day move. I did, however, put beautiful wall decals up in the living room and bedroom and place sparkly cushions on the sofa whilst living there but other than that the place always felt a little bit empty.

So back to "This Can Be Beautiful" the awesome book by Tiffany Pratt. Firstly can I point out that the book is SPARKLY! I think that this book is by far the most colourful and sparkliest book on our bookcase. It's stunning.

The thing that I like about This Can Be Beautiful is the fact that you can pick it up and read a little bit here and a little bit there. You don't have to sit down and read it cover to cover you can easily pick out the bits that speak to you straight away and discover other bits of the book at another time. 

This book is filled to the brim with creativity, it inspired me straight away to go out and get a glue gun and some more glitter and sparkle! I love art and I really enjoy creating sparkly wonderfulness for the home. You, however, might not be a creative type but are maybe looking to be inspired and are looking to freshen up your home, this book is still very much for you too. I guarantee that you too will be inspired to get glitter glue and tape quicker than quick once you start reading this! Tiffany Pratt describes her book as an inspirational, explosive joyride! Yup, that just about sums it up! 

By the way, please don't think that this book is all about spending lots of money to get the perfect design for your home. It's not, Tiffany Pratt is all about looking at what you've got and just adding to it and making it that bit more wonderful! Put it this way since reading this book I've decided to tie dye the bedsheets in the spare room and to make a colourful and bright curtain for the other room. Life is sparkly, colourful and even more fabulous thanks to Tiffany Pratt.

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