Friday, 23 September 2016

Christmas on a budget


It's getting closer to that time of year again. OK, I know a lot of you will be thinking "What? It's only September..." but I like to plan ahead to make Christmas a bit more financially easier for myself. Here are some of my tips for having a great Christmas day with less stress on the wallet!

  • Start early. I get things like wrap, tags, cards & decorations in the summer months when they're all reduced to clear
  • Handmade. Last year we made gifts and tree decorations with our kids. There are lots of fun and easy tutorials on the internet!
  • Second hand. Ebay and charity shops often have some great finds
  • Pound shops. I get a lot of the smaller presents and stocking filler gifts from pound shops. Also great for Christmas mugs, and Christmas cards
  • Sales. Check out online sales throughout the year. I managed to get a new 6ft tree that was marked down to half price, bargain!
  • Price check. Decide what you want to buy and check in a few shops, sometimes you can get it for cheaper when you look around
  • Stick to a budget and shopping list. Don't stray from the list and end up spending way more than you intended (I am guilty of this!)
  • Spread the cost. Buy gifts here and there over the months, rather than try to get everything in one months pay 
  • Don't worry. Remember that it's not all about presents, or how much you can or can't spend. Spending time with loved ones is the best present

Thanks for reading, and I hope this little guide helps someone as much as it helps me every year!
Rachel xx

Friday, 16 September 2016

A post about my hair



Got my hair cut a few weeks ago, didn't I. Decided to make my hair a bit shorter, keeping the front pieces slightly longer around my face, and I trimmed my fringe again. I also dyed over my blue ends with some black semi permanent dye, but it's faded out already and now my ends have a few navy blue bits! No complaints here though. I'm considering popping in some flashes of lime green but we'll see...

Rachel xx

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Clare and Lee's wedding

My beautiful step sister and her new husband, Lee. Lovely couple!
Pretty cake!

Hooray for a vegan option on the menu. This is roasted veg and cous cous



Stunning leaves light fixture

Flowers for table decorations
My Evelyn and Dylan in the church waiting for the wedding to begin
Evie having a cuddle with her daddy
My little family! Me, my husband, and our beautiful children. There was an ice cream stand, they also did sorbet yay! For some reason my husband got it in a cone haha!



Friday, 2 September 2016

Adam & Eco wax melts review

*I was sent these items, and my review is my own honest opinion

I'm a big fan of wax melts and so I was very happy to review these ones from Adam & Eco's website buywaxmelts.com
The wax melts are handmade, there are many yummy scents to choose from, and they are vegan. I love how strongly scented these are, as they will last longer. Also means I don't have to sit right next to my burner to enjoy the smell! I was really happy to see that they were also delivered in minimal packaging, so there wasn't lots to throw out. I selected 3 different scented waxes.

Autumn Gold
Of course I had to get this one! I'm in love with anything to do with autumn (didn't my blog name give that away?!) and I was so glad I chose it. This has a deep, strong scent, that really does make me feel like it's autumn time. It filled my entire house and really made me feel cosy. Great when you're snuggled up with a book and a cuppa.

Sugar Plum Fairy
Such a magical pretty smelling wax melt, it reminded me of Christmas parties. This was my favourite, really uplifted my mood when I popped this on.


Spicy Orange
This one lives up to its name. It has a very fresh but spicy smell, this would be especially lovely on a cold winters day. I found this wax melt to have a softer, lighter smell than the other melts I tried.

So there you go! If you love scented wax melts, and want something affordable, with lots of different choices, give Adam & Eco's wax melts a try. You won't be disappointed!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Amie Skincare review

*I was sent these items to review, and my review is my own honest opinion.

Amie is a skincare range that is designed to be suitable for sensitive skin, and is gentle yet effective. The range of products are available at a number of shops, but also at their own website www.amieskincare.com 

I received a bottle of petal perfect gently cleansing micellar water, and the morning light hydrating daily moisturiser. These products are made of skin friendly natural extracts, and are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans­čî▒
So let's talk about the gently cleansing micellar water. I am unfortunately the type of person that sometimes (OK often) forgets to remove their makeup before crawling in to bed and crashing for the night. Terrible for my skin. The micellar water removed my makeup so easily and quickly, left my skin feeling toned and refreshed and super clean. I've been using it every day for the past two weeks, morning and night, and I can honestly say it has changed my skin care habits. I will never again be the girl that neglects her skin and sleeps with a full face of makeup on!

The morning light hydrating daily moisturiser lives up to its promise of keeping the skin "soft, smooth and nourished". Again, I have been using this daily for two weeks now and my skin feels wonderful. Not only does my skin feel silky soft after using the moisturiser, but it really feels energised and makes me feel ready to start my day. It takes a little while to soak into my skin but I think that is more down to me putting a little too much product on my face than needed! 

I would absolutely recommend both of these products. In fact I've already been telling all my friends and family about Amie! 

Rachel xx