How to do Disneyland Paris

I have had the urge to take Mila and Iris to Disneyland for a couple of years now, I knew I wanted to wait until they were old enough to go on most rides, and tolerate the queue times well so it seemed like now at almost 6 they were ready for the magic!

As soon as I started preparing for our trip I found a group on Facebook called “Disneyland Paris for Brits” its full of people that go often, people looking forward to a trip and even people that are currently there, all asking advice and sharing tips about how to get the most out of your trip.

From this I found that it would be cheapest for us to travel there via the Eurotunnel, and I could save up my clubcard points to use against the price of the return ticket! In the end I saved £25 of clubcard points which equated to £75 off of the eurotunnel price, meaning we paid just £90 for our return crossing. We did leave on the earliest possible train from Dover, which meant we traveled through the night, so you would need to feel confident driving in France, in the dark. Luckily Greg is a much better driver than passenger so it worked out well for us and I only jumped up awake 6 or 7 times worrying that he was falling asleep at the wheel 😛

I booked our hotel, which was more like serviced apartments via booking.com. The Sejours & Affaires Serris Rive Gauche was the cheapest place to stay in the area, its close to a huge shopping centre (macdonalds, zara, primark, sealife centre, etc etc) and had good reviews based on it being a very basic accomodation, perfect for sleeping in and making some food of your own. We had a little kitchenette area which was great for us, we ate there the first night and for breakfast both days using food from the local supermarket, which saved us a lot of money! Another bonus were that it was just around the corner from a free shuttle bus (Turn left out of the exit, around the corner and jump on the stop outside the Hotel Elysee) which took you directly to the disney parks!

So once we had got to the hotel, got changed had breakfast and freshened up, we jumped on the shuttle ready for our first day at the parks. With Greg being into the military we had to queue at the ticket booths to get 50% off the park tickets, so if you have a spare armed forces guy knocking around its worth taking them with you, equipped with their ID card to save themselves and 4 others a lot of money! We paid £275 for the 2-day tickets rather than £550 for Greg, Mila, Iris and myself. We did queue for almost an hour, we didnt realise how long the queues would get for tickets, so next time we would definitely get there before opening time to ensure a shorter wait time getting in.

Once we were in, the emotions kicked in, at the start of January (we went 2nd til 4th) everything is still christmassy and festive. The Christmas tree greeted us, which looked amazing, and then when we walked down mainstreet for the first time, it started fucking snowing. Literal pure magic snow. I could have died it was so perfect. The girls were in absolute awe and I shed a tear while trying to conceal it from Greg!

We walked around Walt Disney Park in a bit of a frenzy, there was so much to see and do but I couldn’t remember my plan so everytime we went to do something, we were greeted with a long queue time and ended up spending more time wandering around trying to find stuff than actually going on anything, this to me confirmed that 2 days wasn’t actually going to be enough, and next time we will book at least 3 days in the parks.

If I am totally honest I can’t remember much from that first day, apart from the parade! Oh my gosh the fucking parade. So bloody good! We knew that because we had spent the night travelling that we were going to watch the 5pm parade and then head back to the hotel for food and sleep, we wanted to save the illuminations which would have been at 10pm for the 2nd day. So for the parade you need to find a decent space to stand around 40 mins before it starts, if you are on the pavement you need to stand on the edge of the curb, and stake your claim to your spot! It sounds ridiculous but it gets so bloody busy and people just start pushing in front of you, and your kids! So to ensure we had a good spot we stood on the corner, near the end of the parade route, which is the top of main street, where you enter the park (just by number 31 on the image below).

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The parade is AMAZING its honestly so worth getting a good spot a while before. The girls saw all of their favourite characters (except Jasmine, no idea where she was cutting about, much to Mila’s disappointment). I cant even explain how emotive it is, I was in awe, Greg was tearing up as much as he denies it to this day, the girls were mesmerised, the music, the floats, the dancing, the characters. All bloody amazing. AND for a tip, if your child is dressed as their favourite character they WILL get noticed! The princesses will point and wave, and the princes will make an effort to come say hi/give a high five etc. Kristoff spotted Iris in her Elsa dress and come and gave both girls a high five, stupidly I was busy filming my nostrils at this point but the amount of joy on their faces is something I won’t ever forget. Aladdin also noticed that Mila was dressed as Jasmine so come over and gave us a little wave and a dance. Its those little magical moments that really make Disney. The characters are constantly in character, its quite funny to watch the princesses swoon over their men and they all whisper to each other in a loving way its like you’re actually watching their happily ever after right in front of you! Thats probably the cheesiest thing I’ve ever said but its so MAGICAL!

So after the parade we headed back to the hotel, on the free shuttle which was caught from the same stop that we were dropped at. Greg went to the supermarket and got us some food, while I planned the next day at the park. We were aiming to get the shuttle to the park for opening at 9am, so that we would be there all day until the illuminations at 10pm, cramming everything in that we wanted to do. We ate pancakes and pain au chocolates for breakfast, when in France and all that, we packed our bag full of snacks which we would eat in the queues, as we aiming to avoid stopping for lunch and going straight through to tea where we would choose somewhere in the Disney Village to eat just outside the parks.

The 2nd day felt so much better, we knew we wanted to get in and go straight on Crushes rollercoaster, it was the only ride that the girls wouldn’t shut up about so we headed straight there, to be met with an hour long wait!! I was fuming but we had to just embrace the queues, we couldn’t avoid them (unless you want to pay around £70 pp for fast passes!) and once I accepted that it made the waiting much easier for everything. I’d recommend taking a tablet with some downloads on for the kids to watch while you wait, although the girls coped really well with the queues all day to be honest. Crushes rollercoaster was a massive hit with the girls, they loved it as did Greg, I was a bit underwhelmed not gonna lie, but it was decent enough and I’d say worth the wait just for the girls reaction.

The next thing we wanted to do was to watch the Frozen show, now this is only on for a limited time, so if you are planning a trip later in the year it may be a different theme, but they do update you on the website. Now, meeting characters has changed a little since the last time I went (8 years ago!), for characters to pop up randomly around the parks you would need to be really lucky, you can follow ED92 on twitter who will post updates if Princesses or characters appear for meets, but none did while we were there.

Some are on a timetable which you can see using the Disneyland app, and you have to queue to meet them. Others need to be booked via a slot on an app called Lineberty. I noticed that Olaf meets were on this app so I set my alarm for the time that the next slots were going to be released, and kept refreshing the app during that minute they went live. If you manage to get a ‘ticket’ it will tell you that its in 15 mins…ignore this unless you are number 1, 2 or 3 you wont be seeing that character for at least a couple of hours! Just accept the ticket as quickly as you can! We managed to time it with the Frozen show as it told us that we were ticket no.68 and we wouldnt be seeing him for around 2.5 hours.

When I was watching the show my phone buzzed and told me it was our turn, which made me panic but when we got to where Olaf was situated after the show it was totally fine, we just needed to show our ticket number on the app and we joined the queue for around 10 mins to meet Olaf. BEST THING EVER. He was really cute, was spinning the girls around because they were dressed as princesses and was actually Olaf, like his mannerisms and everything. So if you want your little ones to meet Olaf, I highly recommend it, and to make sure you set an alarm to get your tickets! They go literally within 30 seconds of being released via the app so you need to be quick!

Going back a little to the Frozen show, one of my instagram followers Lucy (@lpyart) gave me lots of tips while we were at Disney and the best one she gave was for this show, to get a really good view. Fuck me it was the best. So I’ll explain it as best as I can… there are two parts to the Frozen show, you enter the lobby of the theatre and then they let you go through some doors to the first room, in this room if you manage to get to the far left, you will notice more doors, and after the 1st act they will open, making you one of the first people to choose where you are going to stand for the next act, which is Elsa singing let it go. We got to stand right at the front, Literally amazing. To see the girls so fixated on her was perfection. Her voice was AMAZING! Even I was mesmerised with her outfit, she was just so so soooooo good and the fact that we were so close was just such a massive bonus!

After the show we decided that we had done everything we wanted in Walt Disney Studios and headed back to Disneyland, as we entered the park main street seemed really quiet, and we noticed ahead that there was another parade happening but it must have started at the point where the previous one had ended, if that makes sense! We hurried up to the point where the crowd was following the parade and rather than get onto the pavement, we ended up being those people that join in with the parade walking past all the crowds, it was actually so much fun! The music is so catchy you literally want to dance along with the characters, I held back though…just. We got off the parade just in front of the castle as it was time to execute the secret spot plan!

The secret spot is where all of the princesses and their princes walk past you on their way to the Winter Waltz, a dancing show, which we planned on seeing later in the day (the timings are all listed on the Disneyland app). If you head through the castle, turn right and head to an archway where the path slopes down, and wait here for about 20 mins before one of the Winter Waltz, all of them walk past and give you a little wave! They are so interested in the girls dresses, they all point and go “Oh darling look how adorable!” to their prince, and although they don’t have time to stop and chat, that little bit of interaction is worth hanging around for just to see the kids little faces. Mila got to see Jasmine this time, so she was absolutely made up!

After we saw them all walk past us, we done a few other bits like visit some shops, paid through the nose for a princess crown, queued for the Buzz Lightyear ride and then made our way to the stage for the next Winter Waltz show. Now, I didn’t think I would enjoy this, but it was SO lovely. All the princesses dance with their Princes, and because we were behind a couple of rows of people, two really lovely ladies in front of us offered to let the girls go in front of them so they could see. I highly recommend this show if you have little ones that love a princess and a swooshy dress! There are fireworks, and some water fountain sprays to the music too, just fabulous!

At tea time we knew that people would be starting to queue for the parade at 5pm so we made a swift exit out of the park, and headed to the Disney Village for dinner. We chose the Rainforest cafe because I just love the experience in there, we walked straight in and onto a vacant table. Kids can eat there for 15 euros which included a main, dessert, and drink, which I thought was really reasonable. Greg and I had a main, a side and a humungous sharer dessert which we couldn’t finish and the total came to 110 euros, which I think is reasonable for four of us in somewhere like that. Our bellies were full of good food, and we got a chance to rest our feet for an hour or so!

Upon heading back into the parks, we decided to try and get on a few more rides before the illuminations at 10pm, Walt Disney Studios closes before the main park, so we went there first, and managed to get on the Ratatouille ride which was awesome! It usually has a long wait time so I think leaving it til this time was a good way to get on it quickly, I think we waited about 15 mins at this point! We then noticed that everything was shutting down so we made our way back to the main park to to see what else we could do before 10pm. We headed into Frontier land which we had totally missed beforehand, we went on the haunted manor ride, which was shit, dont bother. And then went on my new favourite ride…no actually 2nd favourite nothing will beat terror towers, it was Big Thunder Mountain – the runaway train. We did have to queue for like 35 mins or so, but it was SOOOO much better than I had anticipated. It was so fast, and because by this time it was dark it just added to the thrill! Mila was screaming “This is is so good! This is so good!” all the way through it, Iris was with Greg and loved it too, they’re such little thill seekers I’m so proud!!

We came straight off this with our legs shaking and the adrenalin rushing, it was such a good way to finish the rides off for our stay. Again, I think usually its a very long wait so going at a time like this enabled us to fit it in so I’m so happy it worked out like that.

We then found a spot for the illuminations, we saw people gathering by the castle for it as we headed into Frontier Land so they had been there for a while, I think if we had had another day we would’ve done the same thing and claimed a spot at the front, because although we did see a lot, our view was ruined by some inconsiderate assholes in front of us that had umbrellas and held them really high!? Like why!?? Rest it on your head you morons! I think next time we will either find a spot for it super early as I mentioned before or find somewhere that will prevent people from standing in front of you so theres a bit of distance between you and the crowd if you get what I mean. Maybe further back down main street? So your further away but have a wider view you know?!

Anyway, the illuminations, again, I totally underestimated. They were the absolute highlight of our trip. So emotional and beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it before. The music was amazing, the imagery projected onto the castle was amazing, the fireworks were amazing, the water sprays in time with the music were amazing, the lasers, urgh everything. Like they literally made it look like there were pink clouds moving across the sky in front of us, pure magic and I’ll never forget it.

When it finished and I wiped the tears away we joined the crowd to leave the park, it moves slowly, you just have to be really patient, there is hundreds if not thousands of people, everyone is trying to get out at once and everyone is tired! Its another one of those things where the quicker you accept its going to take a while, the easier it is to cope with! I know if you hang on a bit you can attempt to get the ‘photo’ of the castle all lit up on main street with no one else around, but by this point Mila had fallen asleep on Greg and become a dead weight so I think if I had suggested a photo op he would’ve thrown her at me!

Instead, we went back to the hotel (again on the free shuttle which there was a queue for but we managed to get on fine) and slept like babies, full of all the Disney magic, and memories to last a lifetime.

Overall we spent £625 on the Eurotunnel, Hotel and Park Tickets. We did spend quite a bit on fuel, as its a 2 hr drive from Portsmouth (where Etti & Roux were staying at my mums) to Folkestone, and then a 3 hour drive from Calais to Paris. There are also tolls which we were unaware of so bear that in mind if you do decide on the self drive route. The way there was 18 euros, and the way back was around 25 euros. The main meal we ate out at was the Rainforest Cafe, but there are plenty of other outlets to eat from in the Disney Village (including a Macdonalds but remember French Maccies portions is stingy AF!) we also had a Five Guys while we were there, which I should’ve documented because it was the best burger I’ve ever eaten in my entire 32 years of life, and the supermarket shop cost around 30 euros, which gave us an evening meal, snacks and 2 days worth of breakfast.

Spending money in the parks is inevitable, because there is so much stuff that you wouldn’t necessarily be able to get in the UK, however some things you can get in the Disney store including a Sven teddy which was 30 euro in Paris, and only £20 at home. So my advice would be to check the UK Disney store website before you splurge in the parks. Also, if you want the Minnie ears you can buy them beforehand cheaper, or get some custom ones! In the parks they cost 22 euros, which adds up if you have two to buy for! Luckily Iris wasn’t too keen on constantly wearing hers so I managed to wear them for a while which killed the urge to buy my own!

I think if we were to go again, which we 100% will, we will book around a year in advance, splurge a bit and stay in one of the Disney Hotels, just to get the extra magic hours which is an extra hour before the park opens to the public. I think booking early enough will be better to get a good price for a longer stay. The way we done it was great for us this time, on a budget and just a couple of days away from the little ones, but next time will be even bigger and better, and I can’t fucking wait to dive straight into the Disney magic again!

If anyone has any questions or Disneyland related tips, just comment below and let us know. I hope you’ve got some good advice from this and if I remember anything else I’ll add to it in the future!

AD – Gift Different with TK Maxx

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Christmas gifting can be stressful at times. Making never ending lists and trying to think of things to buy for your loved ones is a frustrating task! I try to get most items under one roof in order to get it all done and dusted with enough time to really enjoy the festivities with the family. HOW?! I hear you ask!

TK Maxx is one of my top places to do just that, not just for Christmas but ALL year round.

You can find gifts for the food lovers, the green fingered, the kids and the cosy sock collectors! This year, TK Maxx challenged me to get as many gifts as possible with £50. Challenge accepted!

Upon reaching my local TK Maxx store, I was pretty excited to complete my haul of Christmas gifts, all of the items which were particularly for Christmas gifting were grouped in categories so I had time to look around each island of goods for each type of person I was buying for.

I found some awesome socks for my grandad, its all he ever asks for because he just loves socks, the range was really extensive with a variety of brands and patterns/colours and I managed to bag a pair of funky bear print ones for just £7.99 (RRP £12.00). The quality of them is amazing, they’re soft and thick and I know he will love them.

Next up was my mum, she spends 99% of her time in the garden, so I knew I wanted something which tilted towards flowers/gardening. I turned around and the product jumped out at me, a stunning enamel mug adorned in a gorgeous floral pattern with a shea hand cream in the matching print! The box it comes in matches too and its such a beautiful gift, I’m half tempted to keep it for myself.

Everything was so easy to find, I knew my nan would want something to do with food or drink…tea is her jam, and thankfully I spotted an amazing gift box full of Christmas flavoured tea bags.

One item I always head to TK Maxx for is soap bars! They always have so many different scents, I could stand there sniffing them for hours! On this occasion there were some cute Christmas wrapped soaps. I picked up a candy cane one alongside a salted caramel. Probably will keep one for myself if i’m totally honest because I don’t want my nan being the only one in the family smelling good enough to eat!

Lastly I headed to the jewellery section, I LOVE this area! There always amazing pieces including branded items which are such good value, a lot of items in TK Maxx are up to 60% off RRP. I’ve actually brought a watch back last Christmas for my nan at a great price, so much so she asked if she could pay towards it because she thought I had paid more bless her little heart! This time, I was looking for my aunty, she is quite close in age to me and she’s like me in that she loves anything pretty. The first item that caught my eye was a gorgeous sterling silver gold plated bumble bee necklace. I’ve not seen anything like it before and instantly fell in love. It was just £16.99.

I love that everytime I visit TK Maxx theres something new to find, there is always something for everyone, and at such great value too! I managed to get all of this for just over £48… and I even managed to get a reusable bag too – winning!

Autumn Crafts – Leaf Crowns

If you’re anything like me and are 3/4s of the way through the October half term you are pulling your hair out trying to keep those little angels (sometimes turds) entertained for more than 5 minutes. With this lovely autumnal craft, you actually spend lots of time outdoors collecting your main material…LEAVES! So get those wellies on, go for a walk, breathe in the fresh air and collect all the pretty leaves mother nature gifts us with this time of year.

Supplies needed:

Leaves – a few different shapes and colours, whichever takes your fancy!

Tape – for this we used Gregs green tape which he uses for work, its kind of like a fabric tape but you can use any sturdy tape like masking or paper tape. If its quite wide you will just need one strip, if its thin then just cut two pieces the same length so you can sandwich the leaves in between.

Scissors

Ribbon

Hot Glue Gun

So once you have all of your supplies ready we can start by selecting which leaves you are going to use, to make it easier for the next step I prepped the leaves by snipping off the little stalks and some more so the bottom of the leaves were a nice clean shape.

Once your leaves are snipped with straight bottoms you can start arranging them how you wish, and then push them down onto the sticky side of your tape along the top edge. Once your happy with how it looks, fold the tape over so the bottom of the leaves are concealed (or place the 2nd strip on top if you are using a thinner tape!).

Now we can see the crown coming into shape! Heat up the hot glue gun ready for the next step.

Measure some ribbon around your little ones head, enough so that it will tie together and leave a little tail if you like too.

Once your glue gun is ready to go, draw a strip of glue all the way along your folded tape of the crown.

Fold your ribbon in half to find the middle point, placing that point onto the middle of your tape so you know your ties are going to be equal on either side. Push down carefully making sure that the ribbon is set into the glue all the way along and leave to cool and dry.

At this point you can add more embellishments if you like, we glued on a little seed pod Iris found, and I went one step further and stitched a little embroidery detail around my middle leaf.

Once the glue is dry, you’re ready to take to your woodland throne and wear your autumn leaf crown with pride! This is a really cute and quick craft to do, and it will last until the leaves go a bit too curly and crispy! If you wanted to you could always coat the leaves in a thin layer of some melted bees wax to help preserve them a little longer!

Let us know if you have a go and tag us in your instagram images, we would love to see them!

Review – Cheeky Wipes Period Pants

Its the hotly anticipated blog post of the year, how did I get on with the mysterious PERIOD PANTS? Disclaimer: all thoughts are my own and I purchased these pants with my own hard earned quids.

Firstly, let me explain why I decided to try them. There are three reasons mainly, firstly because I’m aware that disposable sanitary towels are laden with chemicals that may effect our fragile menstrual cycle. Secondly because I ALWAYS leak, I’m sick of feeling like I need to check myself every half an hour if I’m not wearing something black, so this seemed like it could be a fix for this problem.

Lastly, I worked out that I’ve used over 5000 sanitary towels (and one poorly fitted tampon) since the first day I had a period at age 14. Thats 5000 manky, festering, period blood towels wrapped in a plastic packet, sat in landfill, maybe choking innocent seagulls and hungry rats. VILE. They don’t decompose, and we have alternatives! Alternatives that I hope my kids will use in the future to stop the filling of our planet with bloody garbage.

So what are the alternatives? I don’t know much on the tampon front, so I can’t help with that option, however we now have, period pants, reusable sanitary towels, or a cup. Now, I have an issue with anything stuck up my foof for any prolonged period of time, so the latter probably isn’t ever going to be an option for me. However, I was eager to try the first two and decided to dive in with the pants.

Now, I’ve seen some period pants about from a couple of different brands, but for just one pair I was looking at spending between £20 and £30, WTF! So when I came across these from Cheeky Wipes  at a much lower price of £9 per pair, I ordered them immediately.

When they came they weren’t in any plastic packaging, bonus, and they arrived on the day of my period (I did have to use one disposable while I was waiting for the courier). On first glance they looked comfy, and I could see that the protective absorbent layer went all the way up to the front of the waistband, and all the way up to the back! Bonus! They felt kind of like swimwear, with a laced waistband, when I tried them on I was slightly disappointed they didn’t come up a little higher (I like to tuck in the gunt) but I wasn’t going to let that put me off.

DAY ONE

Im not too heavy on my first day, but I do usually cramp and feel like absolute shite for a few hours at least. I decided to buy 3 pairs (theres a discounted rate for doing this) and my idea was to swap once during the day, then again in the evening, while washing the other two pairs ready for the following day. I had been wearing the pants for a couple of hours before I felt the need to go to the loo, one of the main questions when I told people I’d be testing them was do you feel wet. You don’t really until you go to the loo, and then once you pull them back up they’re kind of cold feeling rather than wet feeling. It did gross me out, I’m not gonna lie, but I think I got over that quite quickly. What I didn’t get over though, was the smell. Fuck me mate, literally knocked me out. I can’t even describe it, but all I kept thinking was “Is this what my period really smells like without all of those chemicals on the pads?!” it made me really self conscious and I had to keep asking Greg if he could smell me, luckily he couldn’t and I think it was because I hadn’t washed them before using, so it was like a new smell, mixing with period blood. Bleugh.

But still, I pushed on, and a couple of hours later I just felt like I needed to change, when I went to the loo I noticed that the last bit of blood wasn’t quite absorbed, so I whipped them off, and put a new pair on, and proceeded to rinse out the pants.

Now, the first time you do this, it’s gonna be gross, we aren’t used to touching our bodily fluids, but you just need to tell yourself its only blood, its yours, and you’re doing it for the greater good! Honestly, after the first few times I didn’t even think about it.

DAY TWO

After wearing just the pants (another clean pair) to bed, I woke up to no leaks, such a relief. I usually either wear two pads, and I’m tossing and turning all night, all with a towel underneath me that wraps around me every time I turn over. Breaks me. This night, I slept right through, no leaks, no tossing and turning, and it suddenly dawned on me that I had had zero cramps, all day. No lower back ache, nothing. Coincidence maybe?!

After washing and drying my first two pairs ready for the next day (you can’t tumble dry them so I put them in the airing cupboard to dry faster) I was getting used to the pants. I felt really secure after a successful first day and now that I had washed them, that initial smell that whacked me in the face previously had faded thankfully, but there was still a scent there that was making me feel self conscious.

Day two is always my heaviest day, and unfortunately, before I’d got half way through the day, I pulled my jeans down to find I had leaked through. Now although it had done this, it wasn’t how I’d normally leak like a big old bloody red spot, it was more like my jeans had rubbed against the underside of the pants and because they were saturated it started to transfer, but it wasn’t visible from the outside of my jeans so I was ok!

It does say on the website that you should change regularly as you would with any other period protection, but some reviews had said that they had worn one pair of pants from morning til evening (at work, gym etc) so I did think they would last around 6 hours ish before they would be ready for a change. However, looking at that review from the perspective I have now, makes me want to puke. Fuck that, with my flow on day 2, theres no way I could’ve worn them all day at work, without changing, then through a workout and then only change at 8pm when getting home. No fucking way. On this day I definitely wished I had got another couple of pairs so that I wasn’t frantically washing and drying them and felt a little safer, knowing that I’m heavier on this day.

DAY THREE

Today I wanted to do a workout, but still felt like my flow was on the heavy side, so instead of changing into a new pair of period pants when I woke up I went for some normal pants and a disposable pad, so that I felt clean enough to workout, and was clean again after with a fresh pair of period pants and a shower!

I then worked it like I did before, change half way through the day, and then again before bed, again I wished I had brought some more pairs. The smell was still slightly there, but I hadn’t leaked so that was a bonus!

DAY FOUR

This is when everything lightens up for me, I felt comfortable keeping them on all day until around tea time, when I wiped there wasn’t much there but wanted to feel clean so I popped another pair on and kept them on overnight. Realistically if I was busy I could have kept the first pair on a bit longer with no problems.

DAY FIVE

By now usually my period is just very light, not light enough to give up on a pad and I always have another random bleed before going lighter again and tailing off towards the start of day 6, but I literally had nothing there every time I wiped bar a bit of discharge (soz, hate that word), it was like the end of my period had come a day early, again, is it a coincidence or are the lack of chemicals actually effecting the length of my cycle?! I suppose I won’t find out until next month!

MY THOUGHTS

These pants would be an absolute game changer for anyone with a light to medium flow. If you are heavy/severe I would definitely back up with a reusable pad which is what I plan on doing for the first couple of days of my next period. The rinsing out and cleaning is something that is gross at the start, but you get used to it very quickly. The smell still lingered, I’m guessing I’ll have to accept that that is the smell my vagina exudes when its bleeding and doesn’t have the chemicals there in a disposable pad that would usually mask that, again, its something you get used to and I have a very honest husband that would tell me if I smelt like a rotten sewer while cutting about the house, so that gives me peace of mind. The only other thing I didn’t like was the style, I really do love pants that tuck everything in, its like a security blanket, even when I’m not on my period! So it’s made me want to explore other brands to see if there are some styles better suited to my body type, even if I do have to spend some more ££’s I think its worth it for the benefit of the environment, the health of my delicate flower and the non-leakage!

Amount of disposables used this period: 2

Period pants: Winning.

Next up…reusables! If there are any businesses out there that would like to collaborate with an honest review in return, please get in touch!

How not to camp with 4 kids and a dog

So basically, just don’t. I will elaborate but just incase you were tempted to do it, I’ll put this out there immediately. You will die.

We were given an awesome old school canvas tent by my nan and grandad, its so old school we used to camp in it when we were little. I love it, and we put it up in our garden to make sure it was easy to do and it got us all excited to go on our first family camping trip so we hastily booked a weekend in Lowestoft (we wanted sand and sea water!). What we didnt realise was that the weekend we had booked, was going to be a whopping 34 degrees celcius. Brilliant. Like the true Brits we are, that 34 degrees looked appealing on the weather report…ohh yeah we chose the right weekend Greg, will feel like we are abroad hahaha. Idiots.

So we made the hugest list possible of things we needed to take with us, plates, tongs, bbq, airbeds, sleeping bags, all the hot weather clothes, and some cold for the evening, we knew the temperature would drop so we felt super prepared, dog in crate, off we popped to lovely Lowestoft.

Upon arriving at the campsite (The Hollies at Kessingland) it looked decent, nice small park, no death inducing high apparatus, all nice and safe and clean. We were given a pitch in the middle of the field, but then the warden asked us if we wanted to move to the edge by the hedge which made more sense as that way we didn’t need to worry about the little ones disappearing behind our tent and only had to look forwards and to each side to check on them, perfect! Tent all goes up nicely, the dog was happy to sit in his crate and watch us, but it was a bit of a mission to keep all 4 kids entertained while we set up.

Que the questions/moaning.

“Mummy, can we go to the park?”

“Not yet babe we just need to finish this then I’ll take you over”

“Mummy when are we going to go to the beach?”

“Later babe, once we are all done, we will have a walk down and see what its like.”

“Mummy is it time to go to the park and the beach?” On repeat until I break.

We had a BBQ tea, it seemed Roux wanted to help keep the coals burning, every 5 seconds, with his hands, causing me multiple heart attacks. Etti thought it was funny to keep running to the next pitch/road/anything to test my reflexes and running speed.

The girls continued to hound me.

Eventually, it was time to go to the beach, so we packed the littles in their pram, put the pooch on the lead and made the little walk up to the edge OF A GIGANTIC CLIFF FACE.

 

The holiday park we were on have built their own staircase all the way down to the beach, 90 steps, yes fucking 90, you read that right. Clearly this was going to be impossible with 2 x 14 kilo toddlers in a double pram so we had to abandon the bugaboo at the top, hold their hands, make sure the girls were taking it steady and not falling to their death all while walking the dog down, who suddenly is so excited at the prospect of being on a beach his behaviour was similar to that of Carol Vorderman producing an ‘X’ from her bag of letters during a game of scrabble.

Once we got down there though all the stress dissipated, once you actually reached the water (was a mammoth walk over sand and stones) it was so refreshing to be by the sea with the waves lapping at our feet, we were all breathing in the salty air, Rocky was reborn into a young playful pup, dashing in and out while we all giggled idyllically. Roux couldn’t contain himself, he was straight in, like a fresh hatched chick with unsteady feet sinking into the sand. The way he faceplanted the ocean was just beautiful. Fucking beautiful. That seemed to be the start, of it all going down the fucking pan.

Due to it being overcast the water wasn’t too warm, Roux would probably say it was fucking freezing, as he shivered all the way back UP the 90 steps to the campsite. We got them changed, after the girls moaned approximately 14039 times about the sand in their sandals, and started to prep for bedtime.

Now we knew it was going to be a task to get them all to sleep, especially as 3 of them had to share one double airbed (plenty of room just the excitement of being together was the issue) so after multiple attempts at getting them to stay in the bed, Greg ended up putting them in their carseats and drove around for 10 minutes to get them to drift off, worked a treat!

Now it was time for me and Greg to relax outside, put some candles on and have a couple of drinks, it was lovely, and fucking freezing, and the one thing I forgot to take was some enclosed shoes to keep my feet warm. We stayed up a few hours and noticed a couple of other groups on the site were getting louder, and louder, and by the time Greg and I decided to call it a night they were so loud it sounded like they were in my pillow.

I barely slept a wink, until around 3am, I then woke at 3.30am, and couldn’t see Roux! Immediate panic thinking he’s been abducted by some weird campsite perv but once I shone the torch around I saw he had swapped airbeds with Iris in the night, well he had shoved her off and had his arse in her face, as you do.

I probably woke every half hour from then on, just in and out of sleep making sure all 4 kids were there and the campsite abducter I created in my head hadn’t broken in.

Then, 6am, I hear a zip. I jumped up, done a quick scan, 1, 2, 3, no 4, where the fuck is number 4!?!

I look out of the bedroom section and Roux is zipping his way BACK IN the tent from OUTSIDE. I still have no idea where he went, how long he was gone or what he did on his travels but it was enough to freak me the fuck out! All of the scenarios kept running through my head, squashed by a car, fell off a cliff edge, abducted by a perv, fall into a ditch, eaten by a rogue wild jaguar that escaped from a zoo 10 years ago and was never found. I beat myself up all day when we went back down those 90 torturous steps to the beach, ‘what if’ played on repeat in my head. We managed to have a lovely morning on the beach though, the kids all played with the sand, Greg went for a swim and I just sat back and watched them all soaking it all in.

 

We then went back up the 90 steps of doom staircase (my calves STILL ache) made our way into Lowestoft for a fish and chip lunch that was divine! By this point it was getting super hot, I kept checking the ground to make sure it was ok for Rocky to walk on but there was just hardly any shade for him. We grabbed an ice cream, the kids got it all over them, standard, and we popped Rocky in his crate with the boot door open right next to the park so the kids could have a run around in there and we could still see him sat in the shade of the boot door. Now, this park was pretty epic, but it seemed the entire child population of Lowestoft agreed, and it was heaving!

Pretty sure I managed to get whiplash from the sheer amount of whipping my head from side to side to make sure that I could count all 4 kids, make sure no one was pinching my bag off of the buggy or coaxing Rocky out of his crate to take home and breed for puppies. (I swear I’m not usually this paranoid or irrational…think it was the heat)

Eventually we headed back to the campsite, and when we got out of the car I just knew I wanted to get home rather than stay another night. I was irritable with the heat, we noticed that Roux had got sun burnt (literally the worst mum guilt I’ve felt, probably worse than not realising he was missing while I slept) Rocky wasn’t fairing well, and the girls started with the begging to go to the park and moaning that one of them had ignored the other and all that petty shit that I can’t stand on a normal day, let alone at actual melting point on the hottest day of the year so far with zero shade apart from inside a tent which felt hotter than an incinerator at a crematorium.

Then I cried, I said I can’t do this, we packed everything up in the boiling sun, I got burnt, but I didn’t want to stop and apply more sun lotion because I just wanted to get back to my house, on my sofa, with Love Island on and a cup of tea that didn’t contain UHT milk.

We eventually got home, to a fucking power cut.

Will we go again? Sure, I’ll go again, as long as I have all grandparents, aunties and uncles to have a beady eye on all children at all times, and when Rocky is dead.

 

 

 

Baby Tula Explore Carrier Review

I was really lucky to be chosen to review this gorgeous carrier by @naturalbabyshower via their instagram page. I asked Charlotte if she could surprise me with one of the prints, as I literally couldn’t choose! They’re all so gorgeous and I was overjoyed when I opened my parcel to see I had been given Mint Chip to review and keep. Its the perfect pattern for both boys and girls, and it goes with most of my clothes too as I do like a lot of neutrals and pastels!

First impressions was that the carrier was beautifully made, its well padded, extremely soft and wouldn’t need to be broken in like a lot of carriers I’ve found and struggled with. I had a good read through the instruction manual which is short and sweet but really easy to understand, then had a play with the buckles and poppers to find the size and settings that would suit me and one of my back breaking 12 kilo toddlers!

There are poppers tucked inside the waistband which can adjust the width, more suitable for smaller babies, I left these at the widest setting which is best for taller babies 9months to 4 years. With this carrier you can carry on your back, or your front, inward or outward facing. The seat can be adapted with a button on the front of the seat in order to pull it in and make it comfier and more ergonomic for the outward facing position which is best for up to 12 months only.

When putting on the carrier it was super easy and quick, the waistband adjusted really smoothly, and once Roux was on my back and secure (not sure why I chose the heavier twin to first try it) I adjusted the shoulder straps. These were a little trickier but I found a bit of a knack to it, and pulled at an angle to make them shorter. Then I clicked on the chest strap and away I went! It was really comfy to wear, I just had to get used to feeling the waiststrap on my lower back as other carriers I’ve used have been less cushioned, but I also need to remind myself to pull my high waisted jeans even higher when wearing the kids…otherwise it can push them down a little, and theres nothing worse than having to adjust your underwear and jeans with a huge heavy toddler on your back!

The adjustment buttons on the seat which make it suitable for outward facing carrying

A handy pocket for your phone/keys

Overall the carrier is a dream to use and wear, even in the hot weather its not been to heavy or caused *too* much sweating (I mean…he is over 12kg so its a workout I’m not gonna lie!), ove used it since with Etti and she prefers to be carried so next I’m going to try and tandem them both with my other carrier, although I wouldn’t mind a second Tula because its so dreamy! I just wish I had it when they were much smaller, and much lighter!

Thank you @naturalbabyshower for a perfect carrier which makes my life that teeny bit less hassle!

Bee Good Skin Care Review

I love trying new skin care, but since having the babies I’ve really struggled to find something that works with my skin. I’ve also become really aware of how many chemicals are in certain brands of skin care, so I’m wary of putting stuff on my face that isn’t as natural as possible.

When the lovely ladies at Babushka PR emailed me to ask if I would like to try Bee Good, I knew the brand already from their cleanser which I used years back and their scrummy lip balms which smell good enough to eat, so I said yes immediately!

What I love about the brand is that all of their products are made in the UK (Hampshire! My home county) and use honey bee ingredients mixed with botanicals to create gentle but effective formulas for various skin types. Their products are never tested on animals and the bee ingredients they use are harvested without harm to the bees. They’ve also sponsored bee farming apprentices in order to help secure their future, and educate people and children about honey bees!

The first product they sent me was the Honey and Propolis 2-in-1 cream cleanser. It comes with a muslin cloth which you use to remove the cleanser and any makeup/dirt/grime that could clog up your pores and gently exfoliates at the same time. The ingredient propolis was one that I’d not heard of before but when looking into it, its actually another product made by bees (They mix sap from the plants they visit and their saliva…weird but true!) they use it as a coating to build their hives but it has antibacterial properties for your skin too!

The cleanser feels lovely on the skin, you remove it with the muslin cloth and warm water, and it leaves your skin feeling really clean. I then follow this up with the Honey and Wild Flax Daily Moisturiser. This feels lovely and cooling on your skin, I use it twice daily to keep my face feeling moisturised and so far its been the perfect balance for my skin type.

Using just these two products so far have made me feel much more confident in my skin, my spots seem to clear up much faster than before, and I’ve actually not worn foundation for over a week now because I feel as though my skin has a healthy glow to it.

One item that I was really excited about was a newer product called NectaPerfecta . It claims to be a skincare miracle, it has several uses; as a face mask, a highly moisturising balm for dry patches of skin, a hand rescue remedy (cuticles and nails too!) or a weekly scalp treatment. I’ve still not had a chance to use it on my scalp, but judging by how good it is for all other methods I have faith it will be amazing!

It feels sooo luxurious when you apply it to your skin, like a posh facial that you can do at home! You also don’t need a lot to go a long way, which is great as will last longer, and it spreads really well whilst it kind of melts into your finger tips as you massage it on. I’ve used it on the heels of my feet as they were quite dry and a bit cracked, they’ve improved dramatically, and I also have eczema on my fingers that flares up every now and then. Once its applied it stops any itching immediately which I think is due to its natural ingredients.

The pretty tub of NectaPerfecta is priced at just under £40, which some may feel is expensive, however there are often discount codes advertised on site or on their social media pages so try and get one while they have something running. I would however, purchase one at full price knowing how good it is!

Overall, all of the products I have tried (including my little vanilla and honey lip balm) have been a joy to use. Like I said before, my skin feels healthier, with a natural glow, I hope in time my spots will subside, (they do say it takes a good month or so for a new skincare regime to really kick in) but so far the results have been fab and I want to try everything else in the range now too!

To browse all products visit beegood.co.uk.

All products were gifted via Babushka PR, with no obligation to post or write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

AD – A better nights sleep with Simba

First of all let me start by telling you, that I couldn’t have been more excited when an email from the team at Simba asking if I would like to try their Hybrid Mattress in return for a blog post review popped into my inbox. I spat out my sesame chicken as I was at TGI Fridays, and you all know how much I adore sesame chicken! But I am, so SO grateful that this platform has offered me such great opportunities to work with amazing brands.

So now I’ve had the mattress for 30 days I feel like I can give you a really good review on just how fricking AMAZING this mattress is!

From ordering to delivery was literally 24 hours, so if you ever have a mattress emergency, you know where to go! We have a king size bed so, naturally ordered king size. It comes all packaged in a little box and you can’t quite believe that theres a huge mattress in there, at first I thought someone had played a joke on me, but fear not, I don’t know how, but they squished it in there good!

When you unwrap it you get a special little tool for taking off the plastic, so you don’t cut the fabric of the mattress. I let Greg do it. Big mistake. He STILL managed to cut the fabric, thankfully it was only teeny tiny and on the underneath panel. Always the eager beaver! Once the plastic wrap is off the mattress kind of does its own thing, and expands out onto your bed base! You then leave it a few hours so it can rest and expand fully, and get used to its new surroundings and home!

The first thoughts of the mattress were “It looks SO comfy!!” my previous mattress looked like a cloud but the way it was made meant that it was bumpy?! Which meant that when I laid on my front or back some of my body felt like it was higher or lower than the rest, so I only really felt comfortable on my side. The Simba Hybrid Mattress is flat but textured, its super soft and I really didn’t want to wait for the resting time! I so couldn’t wait to lay on this bad boy!

The first night was heaven. Literal heaven. Apart from the babies waking me up a couple of times, as soon as my body was back on that cloud of a mattress I was totally out again. I woke up feeling like I’d had the best sleep I’d had in a long while so I knew that this was the start of a very long, beautiful relationship.

After the first week, both Greg and I said to each other how much we love our new mattress, we definitely sleep better on it, and he was bragging to everyone that would listen about how good our new mattress is. He does get excited bless him.

One thing I noticed was that its not noisy at all. No springy sound, nothing. If I’m having a bit of a restless night because I’m up and down with the babies, I get in and out of bed like a ninja spy, literally complete silence! It’s bliss! Throughout the second week, I’m pretty sure the babies cottoned on to the fact that we had a new super comfy mattress, because they were waking up more than usual and wouldn’t settle until we brought them into our bed!

The more time went on the more I was realising that I hadn’t woken up with any back ache, or any pain at all since we had the mattress. Whereas our old mattress would sometimes cause me to have some pain in my side if I had had a bit of a dodgy nights sleep… I think it is down to how flat it is, its flat but it kind of wraps around you when you lay down like its giving you a big warm hug!

When I looked into how the mattress is made, I noticed that its constructed of 5 layers, a base that gives pressure relieving support, memory foam, conical pocket springs (2500 of them!) a cooling comfort layer, which prevents you from overheating, perfect for when two toddlers decide to join you. Followed lastly by the breathable sleep surface, which is amazing because you can zip it off and wash it!

Overall, the mattress has improved my sleep massively, Greg still goes on about it, to me, to his friends, to his boss, the list is endless, but it speaks volumes, because we wouldn’t recommend it if we didn’t really love it. And we do really love it!

If you would like to try it for yourself, the link below will refer you through and give you a whopping £75 off your first Simba Hybrid Mattress, I know, how nice am I?! I will tell you though that I will get a small fee for each one that goes through too, so not only am I being nice, but you will be nice back to me for buying! It’s all just really, really nice!

Get £75 off your first Simba Hybrid Mattress

This review was entirely my own opinion, but is required by law to be labelled as AD due to receiving the product as payment and also any successful referrals via the link will result in payment.

5 Reasons Why I HATE my period. Post-Babies

So I was sitting there festering in my angst of being ‘On’ again, and I thought, I really need to get this off of my chest. I fucking hate my period.

Since having babies its become worse, and more frequent. Actually, saying that, its become loads worse since I had babies Vaginally. My C-Section didn’t seem to change it previously, and it settled quicker afterwards too.

As I’ve mentioned before, I bled for 7 months after I had Etti and Roux. Yes you read that correctly, 7 entire, long, drawn out, sexless months. Its a wonder I have any blood left and I’m not resembling a piece of chewed up Biltong. So now, every time my app pops up and kindly reminds me good old flo is coming in a few days, it fills me with dread that I’ve got to go through another week of it. So here is why… a very bitter 5 things I hate about my period. Enjoy, and try not to puke.

  1. I LEAK. The first time I leaked was back last summer when it was my first proper period cycle since the 7 month long drain. It was SO HOT! And of all places to do it…I chose a fucking Circus. A stifling hot, airless tent full of sweaty people, enduring a total shit show, and I bled through my pants, and made a huge blob on my blush coloured maxi skirt. Embarrassed was not the word. I was with the kids, Greg, my mum, and my step dad {insert scream face here}. They all were really understanding, but the trip from the tent to the 10000 degree hot car was not pleasant. I felt so dirty, and pretty pissed off with my entire pelvic area for letting me down. Since then I’ve leaked pretty much every month. In Tesco, In Wetherspoons during a packed breakfast morning. I’m pretty used to it now so for the first 2 days I’m doubling up my pants for an extra bit of barrier. (Period pants companies FYI…you know where to come for a collaboration) But I mean, at least I’m not shitting myself. Bonus.
  2. IM AN EMOTIONAL WRECK FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK BEFORE. The periods are heavier, so its a given that my emotional state of PMS has also become more…lets say intense. The smallest things make me go literally crazy. Not crazy angry, but crazy crying. Like someone just decapitated my dog crying. Greg doesn’t know what to do with me, I don’t know what to do with me. Then as soon as I come on its like a switch goes: Bing! Normal Amy is back.
  3. CLOTTING HELL. Like, I know its probably one of the vilest things ever to talk about, but fuck me. Do we really need to have jelly clumps of blood and flesh making their way out of our vaginas?! Is the blood not enough?! Was Roux’s giant skull not enough?!! DO I REALLY DESERVE THIS FLO?!!!! I’ve googled when to call an ambulance due to clots in your period a few times, apparently under the size of 50p is normal, but quite honestly, they don’t feel normal, not when you actually feel the sensation of them slipping out of your hole. They’re fucking rank and are not welcome. Clots… be gone!
  4. I HAVE TO LAY ON A TOWEL IN BED. So this should come under leakage back up there, but laying on a towel in bed is probably one of the most annoying things ever. On your period your hotter than usual right? Your more irritable right? You struggle to fall asleep because of your pad not being positioned properly right? So throw in the towel which moves every goddamn time you risk rolling over and you have a really fucking annoying 1st world problem right there. I’ve had to grit my teeth to stop me from having a full on midnight punch up with a FUCKING TOWEL.
  5. I LOOK 13 MONTHS PREGNANT. Now, I’ve discovered that Raspberry Leaf tea is a good way to take down the bloating slightly, however I don’t appreciate that still  one minute I’m slipping into my skinnies like a glove and the next I look like that kid that turned into a blueberry on Willy Wonka. I bloat so much for the first two days I have to wear leggings and a baggy jumper. I morph into frumpy Sandra and tend not to leave the house, sitting at the window watching everyone go by like a flump marshmallow but totally not as cute, or as tasty…vom. If I eat, I get fatter, and oh lordy do I know how to eat when I’m bleeding. Carbs: inhale. Chocolate: Smash. Im a walking talking Michelin Man with a food/period baby that leaks everytime she moves. What. A. Picture.

There are a few other things I hate, like getting out of the shower and drying myself quick enough to get my pants and sanitary towel on before the blood starts dripping down my leg, and the fact that it smells like I’m leaking rotting rat juice (normal right?) but those are definitely my top 5 pet period peeves.

Let me know yours! I love period chat. NOT.

How I Dye and Maintain My Hair

Since I’ve been posting various hair styles to my instagram feed I’ve had a lot of interest in my hair colour and how I keep it vibrant. Firstly I would like to clarify that I am not a beauty blogger, I love my makeup, hair and skincare, but I never really have felt ‘qualified’ to write about it. Which is weird really because I can write about whatever the fuck I like. Maybe after this post I will officially be a beauty blogger? Lets find out shall we!

Serious head now. YOU MUST ALWAYS CARRY OUT A PATCH TEST BEFORE DYING YOUR HAIR! This is to make sure you’re not allergic to the dye, some people are and I hear an allergic reaction is not pretty. Can also be pretty serious too. So yes, do that sensible shit.

Now if you have dark hair, you will need to have it lightened first in order for your hair to take the colour. Mine was lightened and dyed a nice vibrant copper in one sitting by the amazing Annika at Flicks & Glitter based in Royston. She is a hair goddess, and the loveliest woman too so if you are local make sure you go to her because she will turn your hair into mermaid hair no problemo.

Since Annika worked her magic I’ve not been able to have appointments due to Greg being away so started dying my hair myself. If you feel confident in doing this yourself, then go ahead! It saves me money, I can still do it if Greg is away (trying to keep any grooming appointments when he is away is impossible) and I can do it whenever I like.

The colour I use on my hair is called RUSK Deepshine in 6.4C Brilliant Copper and 7.44C Intense Copper Blonde. I mix them together because it is just the perfect shade. I mix half a tube of each of these with 6% 20 Vol Creme Peroxide. Sally Beauty stock all of this along with the mixing bowl and dye brush I use to apply it, they regularly have new customer discount codes too, so worth having a look!

When I’m dying my hair I always put some vaseline around my hairline to stop the dye getting to my skin and giving me a lego head for those first few days after dying it! Then I section my hair into four parts, start with my roots, section by section, then go down the ends, making sure to massage the dye into the hair to get a nice even coverage. Then I leave it for a good 40 mins to develop, wash it off with lukewarm water and shampoo and give it a good conditioning treatment. I also sleep for the next few nights with a dark towel on my pillow so it doesn’t transfer onto my white covers! Greg would be mega pissed. I know from experience.

Now the next bit for me is like my secret, I don’t know if it has any effect whatsoever but it makes me sound like I know what I’m talking about, so I’ll let you in on it! I always leave my hair for as long as possible before the next wash. I feel like it helps the dye to settle and stick more, but then I could be talking utter shite because as I said previously I’m not a beauty blogger….yet. So usually I was my hair every other day, but after a dye I probably leave it 4…5 at a push!

When I do finally shampoo my lard head I use Aveda Madder Root Shampoo I’ve linked it via LookFantastic as thats where I purchased it from which was the cheapest place, I paid £36 for 1000ml, that was back in September, I’ve still got a third of a bottle left now so definitely worth going for and I’m sure it really works for my colour. Then I condition it with whatever conditioner I can get my hands on mixed with this little beauty… Revlon Nutri Color 400, its super pigmented and proper stains all my tile grout so Greg constantly moans at me. But whatever man, my hair looks fucking fabulous. I get it from amazon because its on prime baby! AND under a tenner! So definitely the cheapest place to get it from with delivery. I first purchased that back in July and I’ve only just last week had to reorder another bottle. So it really is excellent value for money. The photo below shows how pigmented the conditioner and shampoo is!

And thats it really, apart from using oils and heat protector on my hair, theres not much else to it! I usually dye it every 5 weeks, sometimes I can stretch to 6 but my hair grows so fast that my roots start to show quite quickly. This colour does fade but now that I’ve dyed it a few times, the colour doesn’t tire as fast as it did when I first had it done!

I hope if you are hoping to go over to the red side you find this useful. If you have been toying with the idea…honestly just fucking do it. I’ve wanted to be this colour for years and always found an excuse not to. The lightening process was too long, the colour fades too fast, it won’t suit me. But now I’ve done it, its the best I’ve felt about my hair in a very long time. Its a colour that is great all through the year. I feel like Ginger Spice and Princess Ariel all at once. What more could you want!?