Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas

And A Great New Year


It has been a frantic few weeks. Starting my job a few weeks early with no preparation certainly put paid to any plans I had to be organised ! 

However, I have managed somehow to get there. The presents are wrapped, the turkey collected, the stockings hanging waiting to be filled and I even managed a little bit of Christmas baking in Pearl!

So, I wish you all a lovely day and a fantastic new year. 

I intend spending some time with my family and friends over the next few days so I will 'see' you in 2014!


Sunday, 15 December 2013

December Birchbox

And a little catch up.

After This Post about my big news I planned to get myself organised and prepare for the start of my new job in January.

However for reasons that I won't go into I got an early morning phone call on Thursday asking if I would mind starting "today"?

Hence the lack of blog posts .I have been a little preoccupied.

My need to be organised has well and truly be challenged in so many ways this year, but I am getting there slowly. 

So onto all things beauty.

December Birchbox

I do like it that Birchbox includes brands that I haven't tried before . I have found that items are now creeping their way into my daily routine. When the samples are gone I am missing them so re order the full size if they are amazing. The Ritesens creme cleanser was just lovely and I have now reordered it. It suits my skin at this time of year and lasts for ages. I was intrigued to see another similar milk cleanser in the box this month so will be trying that out with a view to adding that in. I find my skin gets accustomed to cleansers so I like to have a few on rotation. 

  • Number 4 Non areosol hairspray - a great handbag size
  • Nail Rock Nail velvet - I tried this out straight away - I didn't do a great job as it was late, but it gives a lovely velvet effect. See the ring finger!!

  • Twistband - I am hooked on these - they don't bend or damage your hair.
  • Naobay Milk cleanser - lovely for dry skin
  • Alima Pure shimmer eye shadow - this looks pretty.
  • Aromatherapy Associated Bath and shower Gel - Smells divine

I am always happy with my little samples. It is a treat each month. I suspect it is not for everyone, but now I am working full time and don't seem to have a moment to spare  I shall enjoy my box even more.

Any tips from you working mums on time management gratefully received at this point in time!!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Big News

To Tell You

I mentioned here some exciting news I may have to tell.....and then I went a little bit quiet! 


I had a job interview, but had to keep quiet until the outcome was made public down 'ere!

As you know I have been venturing back into teaching this year after a fairly long stint as a mum at home.

Although for a few years at home I loved it and felt happy and content, in the last three or four years I have felt something was missing. I have been dissatisfied with the relentless and often mundane tasks I found myself repeating and felt a yearning to return to my "career".

So , although supply teaching has got busier and busier ( some weeks I am working almost full time) a full time, 2 term post came up locally and I decided to apply. I don't know where it will lead, I didn't interview well , but...

I got the job!

So from January I shall be teaching full time!

I am so thrilled. 

It is a job I love. I find it inspiring and fulfilling. Tiring and exhausting, but unbelievably rewarding! 

I can't wait.

I feel happier than I have in a long time, content, settled and looking forward to the future again!

Bring on 2014.

New Beginnings!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Teapigs Spiced Winter Red Tea

Tea with Trimmings

I adore tea. I drink bucket loads of the stuff every day.

I start the day with a strong cup of proper coffee, but every cup from there on in is tea, tea, tea.

I first experienced Teapigs in my Birchbox and quickly became addicted to this luxurious brand of tea. Teapigs use tea temples that are created out of biodegradable mesh bags, filled with quality whole leaf only. These bags allow room for maximum infusion to occur.

You place the tea temple in your favourite cup and infuse it with boiling water for at least 3 minutes. The smell and taste is divine. 

These Spiced Winter Red flavour are right up my street for this time of year - really warming and not too spicy, but a lovely warm touch. Adore! I shall certainly be sipping on these over the Christmas period. 

Oh and check out their Christmas gift shop here - fantastic! You can get an extra 20% off until the end off December too with the code XMAS13 ( excludes cheeky deals, mix and match and matcha kits)

Go explore!

What is your favourite Tipple?