I have always been a massive fan of Caroline Hirons and when I heard she was doing a product collaboration with the legendary brand Pixi I couldn’t have been more pleased to find out it was a double cleanse product. Caroline is the queen of the double cleanse, her trademark beauty must-do, so this was just the perfect beauty product for her first release.

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

If you’re reading this thinking what the F is a double cleanse when it’s at home…then let me explain, to quote Caroline herself, ‘if you’ve spent time putting it on, then take time taking it off’ ergo, it’s worth your time to present your face full of make up, or just grime, (gross) with more than just a face wipe at the end of your busy day. You need two different cleansers – something oily to attack make-up and oil from your face, and something water-based to eliminate more skin level dirt, such as sweat and environmental muck. Additionally, you don’t want to be using an expensive cleanser just to tackle the make up, leaving out the actual task of cleansing your skin.

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

I have filmed a video which includes a full review and live demo, which you can watch here, but I wanted to give you a quick run down of my thoughts of the Pixi double cleanse here too.

double cleanse by pixi review

Firstly, the oily cleanser. This shiz will melt away any trace of make up on your face…in the video I had been filming all day and I had re-applied make-up about 4 times throughout the day, so it had it’s work cut out, and it slid through my face and melted off all my make-up, including my waterproof mascara, leaving my skin feeling so clean already…this is only stage one!

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

Now onto the creamy cleanser. What I love about this is that you can work it into the skin for a really long time without it just disappearing within a few circular motions of the face. It feels like you can really get to work with it and get your skin totally clean. I love that you don’t need to use a huge amount, just a fingernail amount will do the job. I think anyone who has it is probably having their own internal battle not to use one side up before the other! I know my balm side is going quicker than the creamy side, but that’s probably because I just love it so much on my skin.

 

A couple of additional features of the double cleanse which I love are that it’s not fragranced; now, I know some people really love the smell of the products they use, and sometimes that can be a selling point in itself (I love the smell of a good spa as much as the rest of you) but personally I like that it’s non-offensive…just in case they had got this part wrong (highly unlikely, I know) I also love that it’s so compact and easy for travel being a 2 in 1. Admittedly the packaging is quite bulky, but it’s definitely smaller than taking 2 sets of cleansers with you.

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

So here’s my face…Squeaky clean. Oh, side note…if you wanted to watch my adult acne journey video, you can do so here. Equally, how I cover it is here! Ha, not sure I can squeeze any more links into one sentence 😉

Testing the Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse REVIEW

Caroline very kindly sent me a pot of my own, however I wholeheartedly enjoy using this product and I will be re-purchasing it once it runs out. I have been using it every night and my Oskia Renaissance cleanser in the morning. I hope you like this review, have you tried it?

Watch the video here if you’d like to see the Pixi double cleanse in action!

 

 

 

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You may have seen the buzz (awful pun, sorry!) already around the launch of the new Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair. We’ve been lucky enough to have been asked to test it out before it had even hit the shops – and we have been seriously impressed! You can watch my video review here..or read on for more in depth thoughts around this latest installment of the Bugaboo Bee family…

Firstly, let me explain our backstory…We have 2 little boys aged 3 and 1. We live in a suburban location and love getting outdoors for walks and adventures. We currently have a bulky double pram which takes up my entire large boot and our eldest son has definitely outgrown the seat. He’s also got to a point where he doesn’t need a constant seat, but often gets tired if we’re out on long walks.

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee⁵

A little about the pram: ” The compact, light Bugaboo Bee⁵ is a smart choice for urban adventurers with a newborn or toddler…The neat one-hand, one-piece fold makes it easy, and takes up less space at home…Your child can enjoy the ride from the comfort of their padded seat that grows with them — reversing, reclining and extending in just a few clicks”

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review

Why we love it:

As our children are older, we are less in need of a full travel system, and more in need of a compact, lightweight stroller style pushchair which I can throw in the back of the car (with one hand!) The main seat is so padded I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the design and materials used, the height is adjustable depending on who is riding in it and the 5 point harness has a memory feature, meaning that you don’t need to readjust it when you make the seat bigger – genius. You can full recline the seat, making it suitable from birth, and even add a car seat or bassinet. It’s even fully customisable! The basket underneath is a really good size (perfect for my shopping trips) Even the wheels are detachable – great for cleaning mud and grit, and also customisable! This really is a new level of lightweight pushchair.

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

Bugaboo Bee 5 review

The absolute game changer about the Bugaboo Bee⁵ for us is the toddler board, with seat!!! It’s absolutely made this pram perfect for us because we can be assured that Henry can have somewhere to sit/stand if his little legs get tired, but without the huge space that an extra full seat takes up. It’s so easy to attach – even he can do it. It takes a little knack to get used to walking to one side, but once you’re walking you really don’t notice the extra effort to walk out of the way of the board.

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Review

Bugaboo Bee 5 Pushchair - Out and about review!

Bugaboo Bee⁵ Pushchair - Out and about review

The independent 4 wheel suspension in this new upgraded model is really good and it makes light work of difficult terrain. I love the faux leather handle and the extendable sun canopy which means you can completely cover your little one up in the sun/rain/wind, or when they take a little nap (Those were the days!!)

Features:

  • Five-point harness with height-adjustable shoulder straps.
  • Independent four-wheel suspension

  • Extendable sun canopy

  • One handed steering with excellent suspension
  • Light chassis, easy compact fold

  • Car seat compatible

  • Independent carrycot

  • Extendable seat – great for bigger children

  • Rear and parent facing position

  • Suitable from birth

Thanks for reading our review. Please check out the video review if you would like to see the Bee5 in action. Thank you to Bugaboo for kindly loaning me this pushchair, all views are my own and I really do love it! The Bugaboo Bee⁵ is now available to purchase from all Bugaboo retailers.

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Today is Shrove Tuesday here in the UK so I wanted to share this quick and easy recipe if you’re wondering how to make pancakes. I have filmed a video over on my YouTube channel for a step by step guide if you’d like to go and check that out!

HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES THIS PANCAKE DAY

 – You will need –

2 Eggs

600 ml Milk

300 gr Plain flour

1 tablespoon melted butter

Pinch of Salt

HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES THIS PANCAKE DAY

– Method – 

  1. Sieve Flour
  2. Mix the salt into the flour
  3. Crack eggs into the mix and stir together
  4. Cour in melted butter
  5. Add half your milk and whisk
  6. Add remaining milk and whisk until smooth
  7. Chill in fridge for 10 mins minimum
  8. Add butter to pan and let it get hot
  9. Pour in thin layer and roll around the pan to make sure it covers the base of the pan
  10. Lift the edges around the pan and then use a pallet knife to lift the middle up
  11. Flip if you can! Cook for a couple of minutes until browned.
  12. Check out my delicious topping ideas at the end of my video!

HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES THIS PANCAKE DAY YOUTUBE VIDEO

HOW TO MAKE PANCAKES THIS PANCAKE DAY YOUTUBE VIDEO

Shrove Tuesday takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, which is when Lent starts; The first day of the Christian season of Lent is the run up to Easter. Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was a day for using up food that could not be eaten during Lent, which was a time for fasting. More commonly called Pancake Day. Here are some of mine – what are your favourite toppings for your pancakes?

How to make pancakes this Shrove Tuesday

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Today was one of those days which was good for the soul, and it was just perfect to share with you today on the Ordinary Moments. The past few weeks have been shrouded in cold, wet, lacklustre weather and frankly sometimes the thought of getting both the children dressed, battling them to get their shoes on and into it is too much effort to bear. But I had made a plan to meet with a friend of mine at our local National Trust, The Vyne, and it just so happened to be a beautiful crisp sunny morning when we woke up.

Spring days at the National Trust good for the soul

Spring days at the National Trust good for the soul

Hayley and I both have 2 boys, sadly her eldest little boy was at school. They’re all similar in age and we know how good it is to get them outdoors to run free. When friends with young babies suggest meeting at coffee shops I have to say the thought fills me with dread. It’s all fun until your baby gets on the move, then you soon realise the days spent chatting in Costa are over and you need to get a new plan when it comes to entertaining your children. Especially, in my experience, boys!

 The sun warmed our skin and the fresh breeze breathed spring life back into our bodies. Could this be the start of spring?

It’s definitely something which comes with age I think, appreciating nature. For me certainly. Being outside in beautiful surroundings really uplifts me, especially when the sun is shining, and I love watching the boys as they run around freely. The Vyne Estate is our local National Trust and it’s maintained beautifully. On this day the landscapers were eagerly tending to the beds, tidying away the damage winter had bestowed on nature. I love seeing the spring shoots sprouting up from the cold, dark soil, they always bring a smile to my face. Something about the anticipation of all the new bright colours coming to life and a happy summer ahead of us.

Spring days at the National Trust good for the soul

The boys happily splashed in muddy puddles and looked so sweet holding hands walking around the grounds. Little George’s legs were just a little bit too tired to carry him all the way around, but he loved watching the bigger boys getting up to mischief, covered in mud.

The Ordniary Moments Spring days at the National Trust good for the soul

I love this photo Hayley took of the boys, they are just so happy in nature, splashing around in muddy puddles and enjoying the freedom of outdoors. The boys played so nicely together it was so sweet to watch.

the ordinary moments at the vyne hampshire on a spring day

Spring days at the National Trust good for the soul

The sun warmed our skin and the fresh breeze breathed spring life back into our bodies. Could this be the start of spring? Everything seems better when the sun is shining, even mud covered toddler tantrums!

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It’s a bit of a whiny, moaning post today but I just feel like we are at breaking point with our toddler’s sleep regression and I guess I want to reach out to anyone who may be going through the same or who has any advice for us!!

breaking point toddler sleep regression

I wrote a while back about baby sleep tips, and back then we certainly did have it nailed. But now it’s our almost 4 year old we are struggling with. When he turned 3 he suddenly became a lot more aware of his surroundings, and with that more scared of the outside world. Totally normal, I know. We went 3 months having to sleep on his floor and finally he seemed to grow out of it. That was for a good few months, but then back around Christmas time he regressed again. Currently we’re having to sit with him each night until he falls asleep. And then once he wakes, around midnight or 2am he just walks straight into our room and into our bed.

breaking point toddler sleep regression

In theory this doesn’t sound too bad. But the reality is that he gets in and somehow, inexplicably, manages to sleep across both of our pillows kicking and headbutting us both all night. I fear waking him to move him because the thought of trying to get him back to sleep in the middle of the night seems to hard to bare and getting sucker punched in the eyeball seems the more appealing solution.

We have tried putting him back into his bed and this can happen 5 times a night, and it just gets to a point when it’s so much easier just to roll over and let him in. Last week felt like we were at breaking point when I spent the majority of the night sleeping, like a dog, at the foot of the bed, with no pillow and only my arms covered by the duvet. Not ideal.

breaking point toddler sleep regression

I filmed a little video over on my YouTube which goes into more detail. I’m not even sure what I am going to gain from even sharing this, but sometimes it just feels a little bit better when you can get it out there, and frankly have a bit of a moan! Have you been through this? Did you survive to tell the tale? I’d love to know what worked for you.

Thanks for listening to me moan!!

toddler sleep regression breaking point

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