Lordy Lordy I’m 40!


This Virgoan usually skips past birthday shenanigans but this year as I am possibly half way through my life I decided to try to do a couple of things to commemorate my 40th. I have been feeling fine about turning 40 because I think you are as old as you feel. I still haven’t grown up yet like Peter Pan I don’t think I ever will. However the older I get the quicker the years are flying by and I realise time isn’t waiting for anyone so if you want to do something …make it happen.

I’ve had so many wonderful birthday messages with friends some who have said they were the best years of their lives. The thing is I have thoroughly enjoyed my 30s because my big life events happened then and I don’t know if it can get any better than that. I’ve read those poke fun at growing old greetings cards the ones that tell you it’s all downhill from here with pictures of balding heads and saggy body parts. Then I come across the following Daily Mail article and I laughed and laughed some more.  In my opinion it’s all utter nonsense. Everybody is entitled to their opinion of course.

Quit wearing Bikinis at 40



This is my response William Hanson.

I may not be sipping cocktails on a beach and may still be lugging around my Milano Pacapod but the truth is I do love being an older mum because the baby we waited so long for is now an energetic loving toddler and life is never dull!  my energy levels aren’t quite the same as in my 20s or early 30s but whatever age you are when you become a parent you hope for the best in that you will be able to cope with the demands of parenthood and enjoy raising your children.

A few days before my actual birthday I was treated to a theatre show, Ghost The Musical.  Ever since I watched the classic film Ghost with Demi and Patrick in 1990 I was smitten. Mr M knows how much I am a fan of classic 80/90s films and booked a matinee performance. We had a great afternoon date it started with me feeling super hungry and literally running into Crepe Affaire before the matinee showing. I absolutely adore this place and then I managed a cheeky Nandos straight after. In the nearly eight years that we have known each other this was our first meal at Nandos. I enjoyed the performance despite it’s mixed reviews, and I thought Sarah Harding sang really well, despite her receiving mixed reviews.

img_6129This by a long shot has been my favourite of birthdays and fortunately it was the warmest in living memory. Mr M decided to also treat me to a stay at the beautiful grade 1 listed Great Fosters Hotel in Egham, Surrey and I had a relaxing time while our Jay bird who was as usual spoilt by my parents who even managed a successful Pre-school drop off without me. It’s been an emotional few weeks for me with Jay starting Pre-school and my anxiety at sky scraper levels.  Sunny weather however always makes things better and our drive to Great Fosters was fast and painless. The check in was quick and we were shown to our room. I do feel quite lucky to live in Surrey as quite often on our drives we do see some beautiful villages and of course the houses catch my eye. We headed to the outdoor heated pool area and as it was glorious sun filled day, I had a mini snooze on the sun lounger while Mr M used the pool to do the 50 lengths or whatever the number is. He convinced me to go in and I swiftly came right back out as I felt it wasn’t warm enough. It was at this point that I nearly fell out of my bikini in dramatic fashion as I tried to climb out of the pool rather un-elegantly.  Mr M was amused.





Before our belly bursting dinner we managed to take a walk around the picturesque grounds and the carefully manicured gardens. The gardener must be a perfectionist. May be he/she is a Virgo like me. Getting ready was fun I was glad to see and overly excited about the Molton Brown selection that was in the bathroom. I love their Pink Pepperpod body range  it smells divine! I wore a dress which I purchased from Lipsy back in May and went on to regret the fact that I didn’t wear elasticated trousers as  the food kept on coming.





Dinner took place in The Estate Grill and we had a lovely time chatting and laughing with lots of compliments from Mr M. He does love me.  The following morning 15th September I woke up at 6.00am and looked at my phone as the alarm went off to the sounds of the Earth, Wind & Fire classic ‘September’ one of my favourite tracks ever. My brother tells me this track always reminds him of the birth of his baby sister, shame his card wasn’t funny.



I was finally forty years old although technically not until 22.30 my time of birth. It feels good to kick-start another decade feeling a real sense of happiness of the wonderful things in my life. I spent the afternoon with my tribe.




So what’s a Mummy Blogger/Vlogger to treat herself to when it comes to a certain milestone? well feast your eyes on this  retro mango hardwood desk from Atkins & Thyme helping me to organise my day. I decided it was high time I took my work seriously so I’ve carved out a corner in the house and set up a home work space.


Desks usually mean lamps are necessary so here’s one from one of my favourite stores M&S. I’ve recently grown fond of pineapple designs and I think it’s a nice statement piece. The stylish Puerto Table Lamp fit the bill I thought.


I couldn’t resist this Life is Better when you’re Laughing print from English fashion and beauty vlogger, blogger, make-up artist and author Tanya Burr. Laughter is the best medicine after all.


This brings me onto the subject of you’re never too old to learn something new and more recently for me it was the art of  candle making. I’m a bona fide chandler now that’s right (Candlestick maker).  Mr M drove me to South East London one Saturday where I spent the day learning the very skill of creating these marvellous things. This was a great experience but I’ve got a long way to go to reach Jo Malone status.


I was kindly gifted with stunning roses from my beautiful friend Anna and flowers from my wonderful neighbours and this stunning Pandora bracelet from my life long childhood friend Nina.



I see no problem with looking, or feeling forty. Simply because forty is what you make of it. I am vibrant and most of the time happy and healthy.  Becoming a mother for the first time at thirty eight has been so good for me despite the anxiety issues since then  I feel really lucky to have this responsibility being ‘mum’.

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Sadly I have been hit with a personal event that reminds me how bitter-sweet life can be.  I have experienced a major low since turning forty miscarrying at nine and half weeks. This left Mark and I truly heartbroken as up until two weeks after my birthday life was simply perfect. I am writing a personal post on this and currently filming a video which will be on my YouTube Channel soon.

I’ve noticed that humans are in a cycle of never-ending changes, and it’s about possessing the ability to adapt to those changes and not be frightened by them. I know that I still have so much love to give and so much to still learn about myself. A close friend said to me during my sadness that I am equipped to handle the hand I’ve been dealt and to dust off my knees and start believing in my resiliency.

But I will remember my celebratory week mostly because I felt the love and warmth of my wonderful family and friends. I smiled a lot celebrating the 19th anniversary of my 21st birthday. I won’t regret growing older as it’s a privilege denied to many.


 Thanks as ever to all that read my blog and you can catch my Birthday Vlog here,  I really do love what I do.




Blaze And The Monster Machines Transforming Fire Truck*


I am one of these mum’s who has been subjected to lots of children’s television programmes over the past two years. Perhaps ‘subjected’ is a bit harsh as I don’t mind watching them to some extent and I drift back to thoughts about the cartoons I used to watch.  Remember Dungeons and Dragons and the Mysterious Cities Of Gold? those were the days!

Now back to present day The American-Canadian animated series Blaze and the Monster Machines which first hit our screens in 2014 for pre-schoolers and introduces many subjects such as technology, engineering and science. I’ve learnt a thing or two about mechanics also which is a bonus!


Understandably it’s become a favourite amongst many youngsters. It was therefore mighty nice to see Jay receive the Fisher-Price Blaze and the Monster Machines Transforming Fire Truck Blaze from the team at Mattel. I had to open the box quickly for my happy boy as he is very much into vehicles so I knew it was going to be a winner.img_7510

Product Description

Here’s the official description:

Battery Info:  2 AAA batteries

Ages:  3 years and up

Firefighter Blaze is here to save the day! Now Blaze has double the rescue power with this 2-in-1 transforming vehicle in which Blaze goes from a Monster Machine to a fire rescue vehicle. Lift the back of Blaze’s body and he flips to transform into a heroic fire truck. Blaze’s ladder pivots back and forth so you can position him right under the fire. Aim his water cannon right at the flames and blast them away! The siren sounds and the light bar lights up, flashing automatically or activated when the button on the front of the cab is pressed. Flip his body again and Blaze transforms back into a monster truck. There are special phrases for each mode, totaling over 25 sounds and phrases. Blaze into action with this 2-in-1 Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Transforming Fire Truck vehicle!

2 vehicles in 1 Flip the chassis to transform Blaze Pivoting cannon & ladder

Special character phrases for each mode

Over 25 sounds and phrases from Blaze

Siren sounds & lights


Jay as mentioned loves vehicles and so this toy fit the bill for entertainment. I thought he wouldn’t play with it very long but he did and kept returning to it. He loves seeing how things work and has spent quite some time pushing the truck around all floors and in the garden. He genuinely likes it and the sounds and phrases are nice and clear so this keeps him interested and so far he’s not become bored with it.


Before transforming the original blaze does not have lights, but the fire truck blaze part does. You push the blue lights down on the fire truck and the lights light up and Blaze starts talking. Another aspect of this toy that I really like is that when you flip Blaze to the fire truck Blaze the car expands to look like a more realistic fire truck. Jay especially liked playing with the ladder with the small movable water cannon part especially as he has recently visited a fire station and got to hold a water cannon shown by his Uncle Ian a London firefighter.


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hotMama Clothing*


As I recently mentioned Instagram is one of my favourite social media platforms and one of the reasons why I love it is discovering the wonderful online shops that are appearing on my insta feed. I have always admired busy mothers who are able to start ventures and balance motherhood and I’m sure it takes a whole lot of guts, sweat and tears to achieve results. Recently while looking for clothes yes more clothes when I should in fact be looking for storage, I came across a new clothing business called hotMaMa and I started looking at the designs not realising they were nursing style tops!. They looked ever so pretty and stylish. I’m so pleased to share with you three of the designs from this fabulous line. So if you know anyone that is expecting who is possibly thinking about breastfeeding their baby I genuinely recommend taking a peek at the garments all which are manufactured in England.


I must start however with a little bit about business owner and stay at home mum Sophie who is the designer of these gorgeous stylish breastfeeding clothes. I applaud Sophie for showing that nursing clothes don’t have to be boring, frumpy and plain. These clothes are meant to be practical and noticeable with the wonderful fabric and designs all coming together to make a mama feel great. I breastfed Jay for two months and must admit I wasn’t too keen on the clothing that was out there at the time and just couldn’t find anything I liked which felt comfortable. I relied on High Street stores for nursing clothes but it goes to show that there is plenty of choice online when you come across the right brands.

Breastfeeding Long sleeved top in white with chevrons – £27.99


I love strong patterns and monochrome colours and this one is definitely eye-catching. The cotton and polyester material is machine washable and super soft.  The tops come in sizes 8-16. I have a size 10. The front breastfeeding panel doesn’t leave you feeling exposed! I’d still wear it whether or not I was breastfeeding!


Breastfeeding Long sleeved top in Cambridge bicycle – £27.99


This is top is again comfortable being a mix of cotton and polyester and has a fun bicycle print. I  associate the colour grey with clothing of a casual lounge around feel. This top feels much thicker than the chevrons.



Breastfeeding Kimono in navy florals – £39.99


This beautiful floral print is my favourite from the range. The garment feels very luxurious and thick and with its kinomo style sleeves gives a really stylish look. Breastfeeding is easy with the wrap front style. I can see this garment being worn at perhaps special events as opposed to daily wear but it would look great with jeans.

If you’re looking for great quality affordable clothing then head over to the website and check out all the wonderful designs on offer.

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A big Thank you to Sophie for letting me share these designs and good luck!



*A collaboration with hotMaMa.co.uk and all opinions expressed are my own.

J.F. Rabbit’s Veg Water*



Health is Wealth right? I certainly think so and so does JF Rabbit the “Mad Rabbit Professor”.

Although we are constantly told to cut out sugar from our diets let’s face it fruity sugary drinks are everywhere whether the sugars you drink come from fruit juice, smoothies, fizzy drinks, or even alcohol. Liquid fructose sugar is dangerous for our health. There doesn’t appear to be many pushing for more veg based beverages but thankfully Felix and James the founders of J.F. Rabbit’s Veg Water are working to change just that.


I was keen to review JF Rabbit’s Veg Water which launched this summer 2016 and comes in three delicious flavours; Cucumber, Ginger and Beetroot. All 100% natural and under 10kcal per bottle and not a sugar granule in sight just the natural sugars from the veg. I have cut back on my sugar intake in a big way. Ever since I developed Gestational Diabetes during my pregnancy with Jay I’ve had to be much more sensible about my eating and drinking habits. Fortunately I was able to diet control and did not have to take any medication but I do find I am much more conscious of what I consume.


Let me begin by saying how cute I thought the packaging was when it arrived and my little note which made me smile.  I love drinking water so I couldn’t wait to try these drinks in bottles which are recyclable by the way.



As much as I do like vegetables I am not a fan of eating cucumbers just don’t like them like those silly videos of cats genuinely frightened of cucumbers! YouTube it to see what I mean.  The odd thing is that I like drinking water infused with cucumber slices??. This drink tasted just how I expected so I did enjoy it particularly as it was a scorching hot day and this just hit the spot really refreshing and cooling.



This was a tad difficult to drink but after a few sips I was fine. It was very earthy in taste and I’m not sure why I expected it to have some sweetness. It’s goodness in a bottle and on a warm day it was good to get into the system.




I love ginger so this was my favourite and it had a warmth to it but don’t expect it to taste like ginger beer or ginger ale. It is simply a mix of water and ginger.




If you go on to try these drinks I think you’ll be surprised at the fact that they aren’t sweet at all even with the natural sugars. I instantly pulled a face drinking the ginger and beetroot drinks and this made me realise just how much sugar there usually is in soft drinks that I am used to.  I definitely would say give these a try to see for yourself and try and make a healthy swap.  I think I would struggle to drink these in the colder months of the year but that’s not to say I would never try them again. I for one think it’s a brilliant concept.  Sugars are overloading our livers and leading to health issues such as heart problems, diabetes and obesity, which affect our quality of life. I think we owe it to ourselves to look after our bodies and consider alternative options.

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Rainbow Soul Surprise Box Review*


Who doesn’t love a surprise? and I mean the nice ones. A fellow Channel Mum friend of mine and creative mama of five yes five! Charlotte Themagpie successfully runs her own business from home and recently sent me a box to review which I kindly accepted. I know there are many subscription boxes on the market available for the masses. I am usually drawn to the boxes that include beauty products.

Rainbow Soul Surprise is a spiritual Subscription box and one that I really enjoyed going through. Also enclosed was a Summer Bucket List sheet to complete with your thoughts. It’s actually a really useful exercise which gets you to open your mind and think about the possibilities as we all know anything is possible.


I know that in these busy modern times life can be pretty hectic and rushed. I instantly felt calm opening this box and I do feel that if you’re someone who perhaps could do with a spiritual lift then this subscription is definitely for you. Each month there is a different theme to delight and nurture your soul. The August box that I received had the theme ‘Holiday’ and I read through the contents list notes enclosed  in the box which described all the items in detail. Really good for someone like me who likes to be prepared.

So what goodies did I receive?



This is such a beautiful piece and with a symbol showing infinity. So whether you are a mathematical whizz or not I like the idea of being limitless!


This silk pouch is so pretty and being a fair trade item made in India I can see it being used for lots of things. It’s brightly perfect for summer and great for storing jewellery.



This versatile, rejuvenating oil can be used topically to relieve sore muscles with its well-known cooling effect. Peppermint essential oil’s scent invigorates the mind and senses, while inspiring a sense of peace. The refreshing aroma will give you a boost of positivity!



Hematite has been used extensively for it calming, balancing and grounding properties. Essentially, hematite is one of the most grounding crystals. Its energy can assist with reducing negativity and re-balancing yourself. As the energy is so peaceful and calming, it’s often chosen as an aid for helping sleep difficulties. In the same way, it can also be used to have in your home to restore stability.


Apparently Victoria Beckham carries a crystal in her handbag and has handed them to members of her team. I have never owned a crystal so this is a first for me. I am aware that some aren’t so keen on this type of healing but I always say it’s worth trying something than not. Life’s too short!



Since becoming a parent I am much more wary of the products I use on my son’s skin and my own skin.  I haven’t heard of The Natural Beauty Bible until now that is and it is packed with all the winners from the 2016 Natural Beauty Awards to help you choose the very best organic and natural beauty brands.  The products are safe to use and do NOT involve testing on animals.



I may like my builders tea but I sometimes like a soothing blend like this one. I love lemon and lime and being a light sleeper this tea was just what I needed. It gave me a chance to get the glass Bodum tea pot out!



This fair trade item is simply stunning, so perfect for summer and just reminded me straight away of exotic holidays away. I stayed in England this summer but the beauty of a Sarong is that it can be used in lots of ways not just wrapped around the body. The sarong actually reminded me of a saree that my mum owns. Silk is beautiful full stop.




I may not be brave enough to have a tattoo but I though these definitely had a festival vibe about them. Turning 40 this week meant I adorned my skin with some from this lovely sheet. They are so easy to apply and simply fun!



A colourful card can’t go wrong with that.



I tried theses poses and managed both thank goodness. The card is from a Yoga Deck by Olivia H. Miller. If you haven’t tried yoga yet I strongly recommend you give it a try.



A nasal inhaler is used to utilise essential oils for various situations. It gives the essential oil molecules a chance to be absorbed into your bloodstream. Once they are there, they can be delivered throughout the body and to the brain as needed. The peppermint oil can be used here. Always remember to check if you are able to use certain oils as oil for example is not recommended in pregnancy or whilst breast feeding.  The incense sticks completely change the atmosphere of the room and great for meditation.  The scent of these sticks were pleasant as I find some incense sticks can be really strong.



This a good for you snack but I’m not a fan of strawberry flavoured stuff which is a shame. I did try it but couldn’t finish it. I do like the Nakd protein crunch bars which I have tried before. Containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups, these nibbles are also wheat, dairy and gluten free, and bursting with goodness.


So how do you get hold of the Rainbow Soul Surprise Box.  Well the subscription cost £24.95 per month or £26.50 as a one-off gift. I think that is very reasonable for the items received and with the range of of products it’s nice to see that all things can be put to good use.

It’s obvious that Charlotte has spent a lot of time thinking about the products carefully selected for each month’s itinerary. I was pleased with the August box as I liked all the items my favourite being the infinity ankle bracelet and the silk sarong. So what are you waiting for, delight and nurture your soul! and a Big Thank you to Charlotte for sending me this wonderful box to review.

Have you tried Rainbow Soul yet?  What’s your favourite item so far either from your own boxes or, if you haven’t ordered one yet, something from the post I have written?

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Disclaimer: I was sent the August box free of charge in exchange for my review.  I have received no other compensation for my review;  All opinions expressed herein are my own.