Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Organix "No junk promise" Goodies | Ad

I have three children. 1, 2 and 7. So as you can imagine snack time is a huge part of our day. My 7 year old is constantly hungry and the little ones love a snack. And I love to give them a snack especially when I have to get something done!! #smallwins

As with the rest of their meals, I am very conscious of the snacks I give my children and strive to give them the healthiest options I can. Fresh fruit and veg is something I always go for but that's not always possible every day and also if we are out and about, which most days we are. This is where organix come in. I have long been a fan of organix and my love for the brand just continues to grow. It's the only brand I have found with healthy snacks for my kids that they actually enjoy! When I got the opportunity to work with organix on their "no junk promise" I jumped at the chance. 
Organix is a brand I buy weekly for my kids! It's a brand I am confident in and a brand I trust. It makes things so easy when I am flying around the supermarket to grab and not have to worry about reading labels and comparing ingredients. 

Last week Organix sent us out their Banana puffer corn, gingerbread men, carrot stix, raisins and cocoa and orange crispy bars. 

The banana puffer corn was the only one we have never tried. Unfortunately it didn't go down well with the 7 year old or my 2 1/2 year old. I think they may have been expecting a popcorn taste/feel which is just isn't. Briar, my 1 year old LOVED them. And I felt safe giving them to her as they are soft and squishy. So when the older two are having popcorn I feel at ease giving B Organix puffer corn and not being worried at all that she may not be able to eat them!

The Carrot Stix and Raisins are a staple in this house and in my weekly shopping. My 7 year old and 2 1/2 year old love the raisins in their porridge in the morning. And Briar loves them as a snack during the day.

I also love to put the raisins into a bowl for her and help her to practise her pincer grasp! 

Daddy uses them also on his porridge and me on my granola!! I also find with Organix compared to other brands of raisins I've bought, Organix raisins don't stick to the inside of the box making them so easy to tip out!

The carrot stix all three absolutely adore!! Noa and Briar fight over sharing a bag so the bag has to be split into two bowls or a bag each is a nessasity!! They do make a big mess on Briars face but she adores them and it's nothing a baby wipe can't handle!! 

The Gingerbread Men I tend to give as more of a "treat" which go down so well.. And also work very effectively as bribery!! Briar has gotten 6 teeth in two weeks so I thought the gingerbread men may be a little hard on her gums but actually she sucked them till they were soft and then devoured one!! 

My 7year old and one year old love the crispy bars! Unfortunately Noa my 2 1/2 year old didn't but can't will them all!! For her it was more about the orange flavour she didn't like. I find these perfect for lunch boxes too!

What I love most about Organix is their "no junk promise". Organix pride themselves on no junk in their snacks. No added salt or sugar- something us mums are getting more and more aware of. They have a huge range of snacks for all our fussy little eaters and although they may be a little bit on the higher scale of snacks on the market, I genuinely feel you are paying for quality and for a healthy alternative to all other options on the market at the moment. Organix is a brand that is always on offer which is something I buy in bulk when I spot. Makes it extremely affordable for a brand you can trust. 

This is a paid collaboration with Organix, but as always all opinions are my own. Love, life and little ones supports brands I truely believe in and trust. 


Sunday, 5 February 2017

My skin journey with Renaissance Clinic and Image Skin care

I have had acne for the last 4 years. About 5 years ago I got psoriasis (inherited from my nana) and I think the two are linked. My skin on my face began to act up not too long after on my second pregnancy, with my first daughter Noa. 
I always presumed it was pregnancy related and hormonal. Now I'm not so convinced. I think everything together plays a big part in my skin.Psoriasis, hormones, pregnancy, breastfeeding and stress. And now I am left with damaged skin that needs some help. I've blogged about trying different things from homemade recipes to every over the counter brand out there!! Nothing ever worked. 

Skin is very specific and for me I knew I needed a pharmacutical grade skin care regime. 
I visited two salons for a skin consultation one was Monica Tolans in malahide. The other the Renaisance Clinic in Howth. Both deal with pharmacutical brands that can't be bought over the counter. I was very disappointed with Monica Tolans, you can read why here. And completely at ease with the Renaissance clinic. They made me feel calm, hopeful and like I am in very safe hands. Sarah recommends 6 peels for my skin problems and 3 micro-needling sessions. 
What I loved about Image Skin care is with each session you get a prescription with what products you should use morning and evening to help your skin and also to prepare it for the next peel which will be a higher strength. I won't post what I am using because as I said, skin is specific and everyone's will be different. But I will say I am seeing some big difference!! 
My first peel was a non chemical peel. It was the peel and a gentle way to start my treatment. My skin looked amazing after just two weeks of using there products and one peel. 


My skin hasn't reacted to the products what so ever. My skin is thriving. And although the redness and problem areas are still there it's all under the skin and my skin is so soft I can't explain it. 

The illuma serum that is a big part of my daily routine has completely helped to take the redness out of my skin. It hasn't looked this calm in about 4 years. 
Sarah told me after my first peel I may break out. And a couple of days after I took these pics I did break out. 

The first thing I noticed about this breakout which was different to all my breakouts in the past, was that this one came all at once and didn't last very long.  Before my month was just a continued cycle of breakouts no end and beginning. This time they all came together and within 3 days were almost gone. My skin over all is very healthy and I think means it can easily deal with breakouts. Because let's be honest I will still get breakouts. We all do. But I think the biggest thing we can do to help ourselves is make sure our skin is in the best health it can be and our breakouts will be here and gone in the blink of an eye. 
My peels are scheduled about every two weeks so I will check back in after my next one.
Laura 

Sunday, 11 December 2016

The Perfect Gift this Christmas!

The more I blog the more I realise I have never really ventured much out of my comfort zone regarding beauty products and brands. And I'm getting pleasantly surprised every single day.. 

Next on my pleasantly surprised list of brands I should have tried years ago is Vichy... 

Vichy have six bespoke gift sets this Christmas.. 

I have been trying out the Idealia range for about a month now and I am so impressed. I have really sensitive and problematic skin so I was a little apprehensive and praying I didn't get a reaction from the brand but I am really happy with how I got on.. 
I have also been trying out their foundation and powder and to say I am impressed is an understatement. I am blown away. I absolutely love their foundation and equally their loose powder. All of the products have been so soft and so gentle on my skin I just can't believe I have never tried them before. 


The idealia range is specifically formulated to improve skin quality and combat the signs of behavioural ageing- pollution, stress, fatigue and UV exposure. I for sure need help with all of the above!!! Specially designed for women concerned with the first signs of ageing. Idealia promises to re awaken the skin and give an even complexion. 
The gift set includes cleansing micellar water 200ml, day care cream 50ml,skin sleep 15ml and spa water 50ml.
Idealia Cleanser... I loved this cleanser it is gentle and lighted on the skin and removed eye make up very efficiently. It didn't give me and stinging or redness like other brands that I have tried and I am very impressed.
Idealia Day Cream... The day cream was extremely hydrating and I absolute loved that. My only thing was it left a little bit of product on the face and I felt i had to wipe off before I put my make up on. I tend to wear make up most days so this didnt really suit me. But maybe my skin just didn't absorb all the face cream had to offer. For the days I was make up free it was perfect.
Idealia Night Cream... This I can't fault! Immediate hydration with this night cream!!!! As soon as I put it on one part of my face it is super hydrated compared to the rest! And the next morning- no remainder of cream on my face and soft and radiant looking skin!


RRP €35

I also tried their dermablend foundation and loose powder!








As soon as I put this foundation on I just couldn't believe it. The consistency is absolutely amazing and it's got a great amount of coverage but still really light on the face and very soft.. I am totally converted and can't believe I've only just found it now... RRP €21.99

The powder I feel just the same about. Couldn't have loved it more! It's light, soft and very easily blendable. And totally set my make up for the whole day! RRP €19.99


Another thing that I noticed was how soft my skin was every morning when I woke up. I'm not sure this was down to one specific product or a combination of all the Vichy products but my skin has never felt softer and I am so grateful!

With four other womans gift sets and one men's Vichy is your go to range for any gift you need this Christmas. 

Check out their website here for more information!

I received these products for the purpose of this review. As always, my opinion is my own. 

Monday, 28 November 2016

5 Stain Remover Hacks for busy mums

I can never find the time to do all the house work, I set unrealistic goals for my self and get stressed when they're not done i think this is an area that most busy moms can relate to. We try to find some spare time and improvise, but in the end, as mums we simply want to spend time with our little ones instead of cleaning our home. Fortunately, we live in the era where people can book home cleaners in less than 60 seconds. Hassle.com/ie is the online leading marketplace for cleaning services and claims to find you a trusted, local cleaner with only a few clicks. I was intrigued by this service and wanted to give it a try. It's so easy to use and you can pick you're very own cleaner, read their reviews and book for a time that is convenient for you. I found the whole process so simple to use and my cleaner was early, professional and very thorough.  

One thing I have learnt since becoming a mother is how to tackle stains. Chocolate Ice cream on a favourite dress or A cup of coffee spilt on a new cream rug. Been there!! Instead of driving myself crazy wiping faces and stripping my kids almost naked when they are eating Spagetti Bolognese I decided to get one up on these stubborn stains and learn instead how to remove them! 

Here are my top 5 stain removing tips...

Chocolate 
Getting to a stain ASAP is the best way to stop it setting in but that isn't always possible. If the chocolate has already dried in pour a little milk over the stain and leave for about 10 mins. This will allow the chocolate stain to become active again and you can try and remove it again from an active state. After 10 mins or so run cold water through the stain but not rubbing to hard as this will set it further into the fabric. And don't use warm water as this will only set the stain. When most of the chocolate has come out was as normal on a cold wash.

Marker on a table
This is so easy!!!! All you need is some hand sanitiser or some rubbing alcohol and some kitchen towel. Pour some onto the marker and leave for a few mins then as easy an anything just wipe away... If it's a big stain or a little stubborn just repeat the steps again! This also works with marker on clothes!! Wash on a cold wash after!

Marker on Carpet
Use white vinegar. Cover the marker with white vinegar, rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.. Repeat if necessary! 

Tea/Coffee on a Carpet
Again, the sooner you catch this the better. Otherwise you will just have to repeat the steps more than once. If you catch it early soak as much of it up as you can with a towel or paper towels! 
Pour a generous amount of baking soda into the stain and with a damp cloth work it into the stain! Rinse it out with cold water. Repeat as needed! 

Oil
A really easy way to get oil out of almost anything is to spray hairspray over it, rinse out with cold water and wash on a cold wash afterwards! 

This post is in collaboration with hassle.ie, the easiest way to book a cleaner for your home or business! It's a reliable, safe and extremely professional way of booking a cleaner. Check out their website to find out more! 

I received a voucher for hassle.ie in exchange for this collaboration, as always my opinion of their service is my own. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

5 reasons why we Love Child's Farm!

When we were given the opportunity to review some Child's Farm products I was more than happy to oblige. My friend Kellie from "My Little Babog Blog" loves them and uses them on her children so I knew I would love it too, so of course I jumped at the chance!
From the very first squeeze of the bottle, I knew I would love them! We are totally converted and here are 5 reasons why..

Joanna
Joanna Jensen the creator and found of Child's Farm first caught my attention. A mum of two daughters, Joanna only used organic washes on their skin and hair and she often felt disappointed by the products. Joanna decided it was time kids had their own set of products, which smelt great, were kind to skin and really worked…and the idea for the Childs Farm was born. Joanna had clear ideas of what she wanted from her children’s brand and most importantly it had to be as natural as possible with ‘free-from’ ingredients without affecting quality or results.
Joanna worked for a year getting the products right, making sure that the blends were just perfect by using a combination of essential oils along with the wonder ingredient, Argan oil. Most importantly, SLS, SLES, artificial colours, mineral oils, parabens and petrochemicals are NOWHERE to be found, and together this has resulted in Childs Farm becoming the first, and only, baby & children’s skincare range of its kind!

The smell
The smell is absolutely devine and it's a soft natural smell not really strong and in your like other baby brands I have used on my children in the past. 
Even after the bath is over the soft smell lingers in the bathroom.. And I really noticed even when I was kissing the kids goodnight when I'm going to bed I can smell it off their hair and the moisturiser I've used on them.. It's edible!!

The Ingredients
* Childs Farm uses natural ‘free-from’ ingredients and essential oils to produce a range of mild, kind and delicious-smelling toiletries.
* All Childs Farm products care for the hair and skin of newborns, babies and children.
* One of very few baby and child ranges that undergo clinical and controlled user trials.
* These certify that all Childs Farm products are dermatologically tested and approved, and paediatrician approved, as suitable for newborns and children with sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

The gentleness 
Noa has the same skin as me. It's very sensitive. Any time she has an infection her skin can break out in a rash or hives.. So I've always had to be so careful with her bath products and the washing powder I used on her clothes and bed clothes. Child's Farm is so gentle on her skin. I honestly have never felt or seen her hair so soft! Her skin is soft and not one hint of a reaction. It's like a weight is lifted. I've found something I can use on her that literally ticks all of the boxes! 
✓  Dermatologically tested and approved
✓  Paediatrician approved
✓  Suitable for newborns and upwards
✓  Suitable for children with sensitive and eczema prone skin
✓  98% naturally derived ingredients
✓  Made with organic essential oils
✓  Free from parabens, SLSs, mineral oils and artificial colours
✓  Never tested on animals, only on people

The price
I have been using these products for 4 weeks and they are not even half gone yet.. The bubbles have less in it, my kids love lots of bubbles and you have to use a generous amount but still loads left! 
The 250ml are only only €4.50. And in my opinion,worth every cent! 
Now the low down on what we thought of each product we reviewed...

Bubble Bath
As I said above the smell is amazing.. The bubble bath moisturises as you bathe which I love as my girls have dry skin. You have to use quite a generous amount though to get lots of bubbles like my girls want. (Which is lots!!)

3in1 Swim
This shampoo, conditioner and body wash combo I was excited to try. Kyle does swimming lessons and even after showering I can never get the smell of chlorine off him. This is fantastic. It's gentle, it didn't sting his eyes and left his skin feeling really soft. And most importantly it got rid of the smell of chlorine!!!!

Moisturiser 
I was very impressed with the moisturiser too. I think it is the best moisturiser I've ever used on my children! It smells fresh and light, it left their skin so soft and it drys very quick. Which for me is essential. It didn't leave their skin oily or greasy what so ever like brands I've used in the past! Love it! 

Hair and Body Wash 
This is great. One thing I love is that it doesn't lather too much in the hair.. Some products give too much lather and just when you think it's all out there's more left! 
It didn't give a hint of irritation to my three children's sensitive skin (especially Noa Belle) and it didn't sting any little eyes!

Hair Detangler 
Again, another Child's Farm product I will buy again! This leaves Noas hair smelling amazing and even when she is just sitting on my lap I can smell it! Her hair has never been softer or shinier between this and the hair and body wash! You just need a little amount sprayed into the hair and brushing through is a dream. 

Overall- SO impressed!!!

We were sent these Child's Farm products for the purpose of this review but, as always, my opinion and words are my own. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Purcell&Woodcock

Have you heard of Purcell and Woodcock? If not, you're about to hear it a whole lot more!! If you have, you know exactly why!

Purcell and Woodcock is an Irish company specialising in luxury scented candles and diffusers. 

When I got the opportunity to review this stunning range I was a little apprehensive, I am quite a candle connoisseur! And I really know what I like and what I don't. 

I LOVE these.

First and foremost the Frangrances- 
The fragrances are devine!!! Gina kindly sent me, a "Floral Fushion" Diffuser. I normally don't like floral frangrances but this is absolutely stunning. It smells so fresh and clean and really light in the air. I have it in my loo and although the room is quite small the scent is not over powering at all! The diffusers retail at €27-€30

I was also sent a large candle in the scent "SeaSalt and Driftwood" again a beautiful fresh fragrance, perfect for any space in your home/business. This candle retails at €18.

And lastly I received a Mini Spa Candle set.. This is fantastic. And for €20 it makes a really great gift. Inside are four smaller candles in four different frangrances. The only problem is trying to choose which one to use first!! The scents are intoxicating- MidnightPomegranate (my personal favourite) it's a little darker scent but still very light and not too overpowering! Basil mandarin, Mango Guava and Bamboo Green tea! All light really fresh, very uplifting scents. Scents that I am very confident everyone would love. For the first time ever with a candle company I genuinely love every scent. 

Secondly the ingredients, Purcell and Woodcock candles use pure soya wax in their candles and natural frangrances. The use 100% cotton wicks, lead free. Meaning no harsh chemicals in your home especially for me with my little ones! I don't know if it because of the natural ingredients but the wax doesn't seem to burn as fast as other candles I have used in the past. They are lasting longer than other candles I've used, so far!

I love the packaging and it comes in beautiful expensive looking boxes with a gift bag if you are giving it as a present. But what is really unique and such a beautiful touch is Ginas home advice card. With bits that even after all these years of buying luxury candles I never knew... There are many tips but these two are my favourite.. 

1. The first time you burn your candle burn it for 2-3 hours, allowing the wax to burn evenly across the surface to the edge of the glass. Frangranced candles develop a burn memory and candles that have not been burnt right to the edges on their initial use will "tunnel" and burn unevenly through the centre of the wax causing wax to be wasted. (I never knew this!!)
2. Do not burn your candle for too long. The maximum a candle should be burnt is 4 hours. If you want to burn for longer trim the wick, let the wax cool and relight. 

Gina also gives care advice for her diffuser. Again a unique and clever little add on. My two favourite pieces of advice on Purcell and Woodcock diffusers are. 
1. To increase the fragrance throw, turn the reed sticks upside down and reinsert every couple of days! You can turn a few reeds every few days or all the reeds everyday. Keep in mind the more reeds you turn and the more often you turn them the faster the fragrance will evaporate. 
2. In smaller spaces, use fewer sticks so that the fragrance isn't too over powering!

Their Christmas scent is Cinnamon and white Ginger! I just love a Christmas scent in the house when the tree goes up!

Purcell and Woodcock is the perfect gift for almost anybody this Christmas. 
Teacher, Lollipop lady, Mum, Sister, Friend. Or even just for yourself. With so many beautiful fragrances you can't go wrong. I am so impressed with Purcell and Woodcock and I am certain you will be too! 

To see the rest of their range or to purchase check out their website..

I received Purcell and Woodcock products in exchange for an honest review. As always, my opinion is my own. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Sudocrem Baby Changing Room Facilities Awards 2016

Parents from all over the country have been voting in the Sudocrem Baby Changing Room Awards and the best changing rooms in Ireland winners have just been announced!

Research revealed that 94 percent of parents consider baby changing rooms important when planning their day out.
But a shocking 45 percent have experienced a dirty changing room and a further 30 percent have faced a lack of bin for nappies and other waste when changing their little one.

Sudocrem is encouraging venues across Ireland to provide clean, safe and warm baby changing room facilities. 

These places were voted the best and received three stars... 

Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin
Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
Kildare Village
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Kilkenny
Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork
Boots, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre
Brown Thomas, Cork
Brown Thomas, Dublin
IKEA, Dublin

The top things parents want in a baby changing room are:
1. A designated room for baby changing
2. Clean facilities with a dedicated bin for nappies and wipes
3. A changing table at waist height that has a security belt.
4. A changing table within arm’s length of the sink
5. Feeding support for example a chair for the parent that is separate to the changing area
6. A changing room that is wide enough to fit a buggy / double buggy
7. A toilet for the parent or other children within the same baby changing space

Receiving 2 stars were.. 

Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin
Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin
The Square, Tallaght
Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords
Stephens Green Shopping Centre, Dublin
Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk
Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork
Arnotts, Dublin
Boots, Castlebar
Boots, Childers Road, Limerick
Mothercare, Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick
Debenhams, Newbridge
Debenhams, Mahon Point, Cork
Marks & Spencer, Blanchardstown
Tesco, Oranmore, Galway
Ilac Shopping Centre, Dublin
Ballincollig Shopping Centre, Cork
Manor West Shopping Centre, Tralee
Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork
Mothercare, Sligo

And receiving one star in the awards.. 

Applegreen Enfield West on the M4
Marks & Spencer, Dundrum

Is there one near you?