Tigerlilly Quinn

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Picking up bargains for your baby

I guess you know you're life has changed dramatically when the topic of conversation between your friends is not whether they know about a flash sale on a beautiful bag but instead if they knew about a certain shop's 'baby event' this weekend. I'm not complaining, a bargain is a bargain and as all parents know, those nappies don't come cheap!

Tesco asked if I'd like to come along to their baby event to see how I got on. We chose to visit the Bristol East shop over the weekend to stop up on some of our essential baby purchases and see what else was going on in store. As it was the weekend it was pretty busy with lots of parents getting advice and help from the staff at the display, they even had a chef whipping up some of the Ella's Kitchen meals for parents to try. We'd just had breakfast so we declined haha but I have to say I'm a quite a fan of their fruit pouches, Wilf even still has them as a snack and thinks they are as much of a treat as sweets (long may this last!).

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Growing older - Lift and Luminate #bettertogether

I used to be so worried about growing older, about achieving milestones by certain points. I would think 'such and such will be OK as long as I've done this or that before I'm 30'. Thirty was such a huge number in my head, maybe because I distinctly remember my parents both turning 30 and how grown up they seemed to then five year old me.

photography by Nell Mallia

I hated my 25th birthday, it was a marker to me that I was approaching 'late twenties' no longer was I fresh out of uni or 'young and free'. I worried if I was too old now to wear certain clothes or attend certain events. I had my first child at 26 and funny enough it was this moment that I started to put age into perspective. It didn't matter how old I was or what I wore or what music I was into. Motherhood reminded me how silly all that was and by the time my thirtieth did role around I was completely ready to embrace it. If anything my confidence has done nothing but grown as I have got older and I actually think I'm more self assured and empowered now than I was as a twenty something. 

That being said two children later and I most certainly look older, and whilst age is of course natural and to be celebrated there are a few things I would like to improve on, such as how tired my eyes look! Five years of sleepless nights and very early mornings have given my eye bags eye bags. My skin isn't as firm as it once was (I'm noticing my neck especially so) and I'd say that I generally feel a little less 'brighter'.

I'm working with No7 (who are the number 1 serum brand) in this post to review their 'Lift and Luminate' skin care regime.  If you've ever used their Triple Action serum then these are new products which act as an extension of this technology. The day and night cream now include the same triple action formula that the serum uses. Having been proven to help tackle the three most common signs of ageing, wrinkles visibly reduced and skin appears lifted and firmer and skin tone more even.

I'm a bit believer in a skin care regime and really see a difference to my skin when I don't follow one. For example we've just gone though a bathroom refit so all my products had been stored away in our bedroom, this meant I got into the habit of just slashing water on my face twice a day in the kitchen sink and my gosh my skin got bad! I definitely see a difference when I cleanse and moisturise and also when I use day creams and night creams. I've learnt a lot about skincare over the past five years or so, gone are the days I'd use face wipes and a general cream for both day and night, ah!

I'll be trialling these products over the next four weeks to see if I can see a noticeable difference and will be posting my results here then so do check back in if you're interested to see how I got on. Apparently results can be seen within two weeks with 88% of women seeing better results when using the L&L day cream with the L&L serum.

For me looking good isn't about adoring to a standard type or idea of how a thirty something women should look but about how I feel in my own skin. When I feel good about myself and how I look then I also feel more positive about my life in general!

I actually have five sets of these products to give away to 5 lucky readers. All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions there. I'm actually taking part in this review along with some of my favourite bloggers, proving that we are indeed #bettertogether. I thought I would link them below too just incase you fancy heading over to their blogs to see how they get on with them over the trial period! 

Hayley Carr     londonbeautyqueen.com
Kate Marten    katelouiseblogs.com
Tracey McAlpine     fightingfifty.co.uk
Alex Garman    Iheartbeauty.net
Jane Cunningham     britishbeautyblogger.com
Louise Woollam     getlippie.com
Lisa Barrett     glowology.co.uk
Jo Middleton    slummysinglemummy.com
Sareta Fontaine    kikiblahblah.com

Good luck with the comp and don't forget to check back in to see how I found them in four weeks time!

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Collecting memories with Blurb

January is one of my favourite months. Yes the days are short and dark and the weather has much to be desired (especially in the UK) but I love how it feels almost like a 'fresh start'. Like so many others I'm using this time of year to reflect on all that we did last year, to feel thankful for what we have and and to feel excited for what 2017 might bring.

 We have taken so many pictures over the years and I'm always so grateful that this blog gives me the inspiration I need to do so. Quite often days can go by when I don't pick up the camera but I think without my blog to remind me to do so then months would quite easily slip by without me noticing. Every month we take a 'me and mine' picture and every month it's almost always on the last day of the month, it's aways in a rush and there's always part of me that thinks 'lets do this tomorrow'. Without the prompt to publish a photo of us all each month then I'm fairly certain there would be only a couple of photos with us all in them each year rather than 12.

I'm working with Blurb in this post to share with you the photobook we created using some of our favourite pictures of 2016. I love the idea of doing this at the end of every year to look back on and to give as gifts to family (we actually gave one to grandparents as a Christmas gift this year). 

Blurb make the process really straightforward, you start with the book size, pick the style, paper type and a few other options and then simply chose which pictures you want to use and where to place them. I chose not to in this instance but you can even add text to each page if you want to. I love this idea for something like printing out some of your favourite blog posts at the end of the year, especially our travel journals. They also have templates to chose from for the design and layout of your pictures which makes placing them and creating the look you want really simple.

Something else I found really neat about Blurb is their bookshop where you can purchase books other members have made. There are some absolutely stunning looking books on there, like this one called 'The Lifestyle Notebook' which is packed full of simple vegan recipes that I'd love to try. I also got a bit lost looking through their travel section and I'm really tempted to pick up this beautiful book  on the Arctic and Greenland. I could buy so many beautiful books from their bookshop if I'm honest!

After picking some of my favourite shots from the year I placed my order and the book arrived via courier ten days later. I was so pleased with the quality of the book and especially the paper used in the pages. It's been lovely to have on our coffee table and flip through with the kids. I'm really keen to do this yearly so we have a little collection of our lives and the kids growing up. I also have plans to print out a few separate ones of our travels as they hold such special memories for us. 

I'm so excited to get started on our next book! I think I'll go back and make some of the last few years  first. I can't wait to see what 2017 brings us and what moments we can capture for this years book! 

Have you ever made a photo book

Sponsored by Blurb
Photos by Nell Mallia 

Friday, 13 January 2017

House Renovations update

So over the past six months we've had A LOT going on in our home. Pretty much everything I earn..well OK minus the odd dress or two..oh and the odd (daily) latte and cake treat.. so not quite everything but a large part..has been going towards doing up our home. In might sound strange to some but Tom and I have never had a joint account, he's always been in charge of the mortgage and all bills and I've always been in charge of the food and childcare..on top of that I'm in charge of meals out and holidays. It might sound like Tom gets the worst part of the deal but he's a natural saver and I'm a natural splurger so by me feeling no guilt about us going out for breakfast he feels less worried about it because it feels like I'm 'treating' us. In reality all the money is of course shared but it just seems to work better done like this. I'd be curious to know if any of you are the same!

Anyway, I'm getting distracted! If you remember from this post we recently knocked out an inbuilt wardrobe and decided to do up our landing. A few months later and for various reasons this isn't quite finished and we're still waiting for a carpenter to finished the banister, shelving and skirting so that's sort of been left on hold for a while..

(this is before all the work)

Instead we started thinking about getting cracking on the back two rooms of our house. The backdoor corridor and old toilet. When we moved in we decided we didn't want to use it as a toilet and instead it became a place we kept our tumble dryer and freezer. The space where the backdoor was we blocked up with boxes of my old stock as we had french doors put in from our living room this time last year.

I've been needed an office for a while now and so we decide that by knocking down the two rooms into one made best use of the space. That's currently happening right now (I'm hiding in a cafe).

We also decided to tackle our bedroom and wallpaper it which is something we'd been planning for a while so whilst it was empty for that it made sense to carpet..so all our room was moved into Wilf's room, Wilf then lost his room for a week or so..and the list goes on.

As yet none of these places have been 'finished' enough to share with you guys but I've been filming little bit son the way, hopefully it will make for a good before and after!

So our home has been having work done in most room which has been pretty full on if I'm honest. Not happy enough we that we've now booked in for our bathroom to be finished this week! I'm hoping that February will bring a calmer more complete household as living with boxes and bits and bobs of building work isn't ideal.

I'll hopefully be able to share our bathroom with you in a couple of weeks but do keep an eye out on IG as I've been doing little updates on my stories.  This was it two days ago!

In the meantime I've been pinning away like crazy! You can check out some of my boards here and here.

I have this wallpaper bookmarked for my office! It's only £6.74!

hope you all have a lovely weekend xx

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