Monday MORNING Motivation

Haha check me actually getting this post out in the morning ready for the day ahead! Amazing what you can get done when the clocks change at the kids have you up at 4.30!!

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My eldest is heading out on the first day of his half term for a trip to London with his amazing Nanny, they are off to see the crown jewels and the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red Poppy display, I know he will learn so much their today and i have made him pack lots of extra tissues as my mum finds stuff like this overwhelming and very emotional, bless her cottons.

I meanwhile I will be kicking back… Yeah right I have counselling this morning then going to take the day as it’s comes and not put tons of pressure on myself, I have lots to do but I’ll get it all done as needed. I have some writing to complete, some projects to launch and a beautiful baby to squish lots. What you got planned today beautiful people?  Have you got a motivational quote that’s your inspiration for the day or week ahead?
xoxo

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My Sunday Signature, A bit about Me & My Business behind the Blog

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Thought this picture sums me up as the quirky, crazy, passionate, enthusiastic  mumpreneur behind this blog I keep writing.

I know I blog about beauty a lot but it’s actually my business and a massive passion of mine.  I understand so many behind the scenes elements of the business behind beauty, through the brands I’ve worked with and running my own beauty room. Through intensive beauty training Im also knowledgeable on the products, how to use them, the ingredients and the benefits. I share this knowledge with my clients all the time when advising them on products, routines and treatments, I promise I’ll try and remember to explain my reasonings & choices more in my blogs because it’s normally on a knowledge basis and it’s good to know!

So what do I know & how do I use my knowledge other than blogging…
💋I worked for Estee Lauder & Christian Dior, I got some of the best make up training from the worldwide make up artists I got to work alongside, this was such a fun time in my career.
💋I have an ITEC Beauty Specialist qualification that’s recognised in over 33 countries  worldwide.
💋I have been on training courses with Fake Bake and am a recognised tan expert
💋I’m a Qualified OPI Gelcolor Technician
💋I run a beauty room located within Athena Fitness Gravesend thats open Tues-Sat
💋I have had several features writing the beauty section of Kent Women In Business Magazine
💋I guest speak (ramble-often) at networking events talking about different aspects of my business
💋I support school career projects. By giving my time doing talks and sharing my experiences
💋 I host princess parties (I’m trained in face painting) and I get to spend the whole time making little girls sparkle and we all get to wear tiaras!! I also host mummy & princess days with the support of some fab local businesses!
💋I host events where I support and work alongside as many local traders as I can squeeze in to offer guests indulgent Pamper & Shopping evenings that have the most amazing friendly, fun atmosphere, luxury treatments and tons to buy buy buy! Plus goody bags and we always support a different charity through our raffle!
💋I am about to launch workshops to share my knowledge and enhance women’s confidence in beauty and make up, I’m so excited about this.

I do all this around and with the love and support of my gorgeous other half, beautiful sons and a mum who is amazing & always on hand for nanny duties. But it doesn’t always come easy sometimes jugglers have to stop and take time out, and sometimes I just have to focus. I’ll be sharing with you more this week on the time I’ve had out to reflect whilst off on maternity this year, the people who have helped me and what is coming for the very near future …plus finally a new website!
xoxo

Monday Manicures Me & My Great Aunt

Love spending time with my Great Aunt and after my airy fairy moping morning there was no way better to laugh and get myself back in track than spending some time with my Great Aunt and giving her a nice mani to make her feel good.

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What do you think? all it is on her nails is a nice neutral OPI nail envy in pink, with avoplex cuticle oil and moisturised with L’Occitane hand cream because it’s her favourite!

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Then there is mine I was feeling adventurous so combined Minx on the ring finger with a Christmas shade of OPI Gelcolor, I Carol About You.

What look you sporting for your #MondayManicure?  I’d love to see share your links below

xoxo

Morning Reflections in the Sunshine. Finding Strength with a Cuppa & Blog.

Morning you lovely lot, I’m sitting in my garden reflecting with a cuppa and just felt that maybe sharing the reflective periods as well as the happy and successful ones might help some others in their struggle.

I’ve been for a counselling session this morning and it’s left me slightly raw. I’ve had a stressful week, a lot on and face some harsh realities and worries like most people that I find hard to juggle and contend with. It’s simple things like being successful in business, being a good mum/partner/daughter/friend (questioning them all) finances, bill increases, income decreases, Christmas fast approaching that’s my favourite time of year and worrying I can not make it as special as I wish, where I’m heading, what I’m doing and everything inbetween! The reality today is, I just wanna hide in a bubble and I can’t.

I have so much to do. As always I have had stalls pull out of Thursday event, so I need to replace them, I have promotion of the event to do, I have clients booked in for treatments, writing I’d love to have some time to share and a trip to bluewater tonight with my son and his beavers group! My bubble will have to wait. For now I find inspiration and motivation in knowing, that to carry on will make me stronger in ways I may not understand yet.

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Photo courtesy of http://www.Happypublishing.com TBA k's for helping lift me higher today.

Sweet Cheeks Pamper & Shop Tickets

The tickets should be arriving today which makes me even more excited for this Thursdays Pamper & Shop Event.

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At just £3.50 its a fabulous evening filled with loads that I already rambled about here. Plus you can see more over on the Facebook page.
xoxo

Random Roadtrip with My Boys

So this morning as we all squished in bed me and my 3 boys (the man and the kiddiewinks) my other half asked me what I wanted to do today and my answer was to be by the sea, didn’t care where just wanted to get away. So we did, after a morning of little jobs completed and me popping in to the shopping and pamper day minus the boys off we went!

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We made sandwiches and brought biscuits on the way & off we went, shell picking, stone finding, crabbing and have lots if giggles on a very sunny but super windy afternoon!

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There is nothing I enjoy more than some time out with my boys just thought I’d share with you all now I’ve tucked the kids into bed and am working on my blogs for the week ahead!
What have you really enjoyed this weekend? And how are you planning to bring your A Game this week? I have the Pamper & Shop event plus a booked up week in the beauty room, it’s gonna be busy 🙂

xoxo

sunny Sunday Face Of The Day

Not done this for a while and won’t bore you all with the full list of products but it’s sunny I’m feeling good and thought I’d share my make up today….

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I have been watching far too much Zoella lately, watching last night felt inspired by her latest looks of berry lips. Although the pink undertones are showing through a lot in mine today and my eyebrows are bad lol! (Bit like they say hairdressers never get chance to do their own, I don’t much look like a beauty therapist today!)

Are you sporting berry shades this autumn? I’d love to see, post links below xoxo

A WEEK TO GO Sweet Cheeks October Pamper & Shop IM EXCITED!!!

Just a week until the next event I start to get that butterfly feeling, I used to think it was nerves and fear but I’ve decided now to embrace it as excitement! Simply because when I worry it always turns out I was worrying for no reason and they end up being totally awesome, amazing evenings.

The nights are filled with traders I love to support and work alongside and include such a diverse list of therapists and stalls to shop! Some of the stalls you can browse include children’s clothes to ladies clothes, accessories, jewellery & handbags, home ware, handmade gifts, cards, teddies & plaques, candles & warmers, chocolates & cakes, beauty products, health & fitness. Then the therapists offer treatments at discounted rates that include hot stones, massage, reiki, Indian head massage, reflexology, gel nails, mini manicures, brow waxing and much more. Plus they are all really generous with their affle prizes, next week we are raising money for DGS Mind, click here to read my blog on why!

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The gorgeous people attending help make the atmosphere, everyone is so chatty and friendly amongst themselves and with traders, and they all continue to return and bring friends, I’m so grateful they are all so supportive of the events.

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With each one they get bigger, the stalls, the amount of people attending, the treatments, the prizes, the gifts! Ahh it’s crazy fun I’d love for you to share with someone local to Gravesend who would love an event like this, and if you can come BRILLIANT! The feedback from the last event was superb but I aim to get better every time.

For more info click the image below to be taken to the Sweet Cheeks Beauty Facebook page, click on the events tab and voila!

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A Bright Lip Balm on a Sunny Winters day

My lips suffer in the winter and what with the confusion my skin is currently going through, battling cold, winds and rain then a day like today that is warm and sunny! That’s why I was super pleased that in October’s Birchbox I got this gorgeous little number from Pixi a lip balm with cute packaging and colour whilst conditioning!

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A kiss of colour perfect to brighten anyone’s day whilst the nourishing shea butter and protective vitamin E leave moisture locked in and colour on the lips for hours!
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There are 6 shades to choose from I love the one I have in Ripe Raspberry for its burst of brightness but I really want to try the other two shades and loads more from the Pixi range now!

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Why I’m raising money & awareness for Mind at next weeks Pamper & Shop

Next week will be the second of this years Pamper & Shop events, last months was a huge success and I’m hoping they continue to grow from strength to strength. I get to work alongside over 20 amazing local traders and in doing so am able to pull us all together to make a little bit of a difference whilst spoiling women with treatments, shopping & an indulgent fun evening. At each event we hold a charity raffle, as well as a chance for me to shout out and rave about the businesses that are involved, I get to tell a crowd if people the difference a charities work can make and raise money to help in the process.

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Next Thursdays event I’ve chosen to raise money for Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley Mind. As a charity they do amazing work but locally I know 5 people (plus myself) that they have provided help and support to in the last month!

I don’t hide my battle with depression, it’s been ongoing for 12 years, like many it hasn’t been one thing. It’s been the stress strain of everyday life, confidence and self worth battles, trying to find myself and ways I cope, it’s been really hard at times; when I have lost people or gone through trauma. There is a lot of shit that over the last 8 weeks of counselling sessions that I have been gaining power over and letting go. Im so proud of myself and how far I’ve come! I’m not there yet and I will still have days of what I call “Pity Parties” but the fact is, the help of my counsellor has made me able to manage those days, manage myself, take control over my mind and those nagging little voices of self doubt and shit stuff! Their resources are so over stretched they have so many people referring themselves and being referred to them plus they offer community services like drop ins and group sessions, housing, education, advise and care for people caring with mental health, I just want to do a little bit to help and show my admiration.

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I’d love if you can be there, here are the event details Pamper & Shop October, if you can’t but want to donate to the raffle or buy tickets please get in touch, I feel really passionate about making a difference whilst providing people with a wonderful evening.

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