IPL hair removal – a real life experience

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When it came to researching laser hair removal and IPL, I was struck by how difficult I found it to find a review which was not sponsored, or by a salon with a vested interest in a particular technology, and where the person had actually undergone a course of treatment rather than just one session. I'm coming to the end of my course, so I wanted to share my unbiased and real life experience of IPL here for anyone considering this treatment. Hair removal is a time consuming thing if you're a woman. Putting aside the issue of why we feel we need to remove our body hair in certain places, the fact is that most of us will spend a ...

Living Arrows 34/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran Max and I took a trip to Nymans National Trust last week. There's nothing he loves better than a long stretch of space to run down - these colourful borders did the trick!    

#SharingtheBlogLove #8

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Welcome to week number 8 of #SharingtheBlogLove! What a week it's been - Max and I have been out and about enjoying the sunshine, with trips to National Trust gardens, feeding the ducks with my Mum and scoffing ice creams like they're in danger of disappearing off the supermarket shelves! But on with the linky! I run #SharingtheBlogLove with Laura from Dear Bear and Beany, and we both loved reading all your posts from last week. A big congratulations to this week's featured bloggers, so many of which are new reads for me this week! I love that running this linky is bringing so many new and wonderful bloggers to my attention. It's so great to read through the posts and see how many of ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 8

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A big welcome to our 8th weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Blogger Showcase! A selection of our favourite posts from last week's #SharingtheBlogLove Linky. It's so lovely that we are continuing to get so many wonderful posts linking up, and that we are able to feature so many of you here. Without any more chatter, on to my favourite posts!   JakiJellz Like most parents, the nursery drop off is something that I struggled with for ages. My son started nursery when he was 12 months old and took a few months to settle in, and I found the crying very difficult to deal with.  Jaki's post, Coping with the Tears at Nursery Dropoff, about the resurgence of the terrible drop offs brought it all back for ...

The Garden in August

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For me, the garden in August is always a time for reflection. It's a little less heavy in terms of regular jobs, so you can look back at what has already flowered in the year, and see the promise of what is still to come. You can see what has worked well and what needs a bit of tinkering with to achieve what you're aiming for. Because gardening is a never completed job - there's always something that you want to tweak here and there. So please forgive this post for it's lack of pretty pictures - it's more a reflection on what I want to improve next year rather than what's gone well this year!   Cottage Garden vs. Natural Planting My ...

Living Arrows 33/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran I loved watching Max play so well with other children this week - but seeing him compared to others does remind me what a crazy little guy he is at times!    

5 Happy Things #20

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Just when we thought the summer was over, here comes the sun again to give us another chance at all those things we didn't get round to doing! We have a lovely weekend planned - we're heading to Legoland today to make use of our newly purchased Merlin passes, and then planning a family BBQ for tomorrow. We've had a week of ups and downs - on Thursday I took Max to Boots for his Meningitis B jab, which we decided to pay for privately when it was announced that he would miss the age cutoff to get it done on the NHS. It went much more smoothly than I'd expected - he was so brave! But to compensate for that, ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #7

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Welcome to the week number 7 of #SharingtheBlogLove! I run this linky with Laura from Dear Bear and Beany, and we were really pleased that so many of you guys joined us again last week- yet again, it was our best week ever for numbers! It's lovely to see our regular linkers coming back, and new people joining us too! It really feels like a little community is starting to build. I've been having a lovely week enjoying the sunshine - it almost felt like summer was over last week, but I'm loving seeing the sun back. We've been enjoying romping around lots of formal gardens, meeting up with friends, and then coming home for ice cream and water play in our garden! Laura and ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 7

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Welcome to our 7th Sharing the Blog Love Blogger Showcase - the place to showcase the talent that is out there in the blogging world and make sure you manage to catch all those amazing posts that you might have missed. I loved reading all of your posts last week - it's lovely that we get such a variety of posts linking up and it really is a pleasure to read them all. But after tough selection, here are my favourite 4 for you to read.   Dear Mummy I've loved reading all of the Camp Bestival write-ups this year - although I'm not generally a happy camper, it's made me really tempted to go next year. Max will be 3 by then, so ...

My favourite Up and Coming Instagram Accounts

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Before I started blogging, I didn't see the point in Instagram. I rarely shared photos to my facebook feed, so why would I be interested in sharing photos with people I didn't know on Instagram? But since an Instagram account is pretty much an essential part of a blogger's toolkit I signed up and it's rapidly become my favourite social media outlet and has fuelled a love of photography that I never knew I had. I love the positive vibe that Instagram has - it's just a lovely few minutes out of my day to scroll through my feed and see beautiful snapshots of people's lives. At first I was quite restrained in terms of interacting with people, and I would see ...