Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Book Review → Why Mummy Drinks

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.
It is Mummy’s 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like ‘Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?’
But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who ‘live for their children’ and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring’s extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.
Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering ‘FML’ over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she’s had...
I picked this book up at Tesco when I was on a mummy date with an old friend and thought the premise of it seemed quite entertaining and couldn't resist. I'd never heard of Gill Simms before and didn't know she had a popular facebook blog named Peter and Jane so I went into it with no expectations, just a hope for a fun and relatable read and that's what I got. I know this book gets a lot of mixed reviews from people that are and aren't parents but in my opinion, it's all just a bit of light-hearted fun and is quite obviously written in a satire way so not to be taken too seriously. It may not be everyone's glass of wine, but as an exhausted new mum, I absolutely loved it!

Told in a diary form from Ellen, a middle-class working mum of two, this book details her everyday life from taking the kids to school and wading her way through the 'coven' of overly perfect yummy mummies to struggling with her impossibly recalcitrant children, her tech loving husband that avoids his parental duties whenever possible and her ever growing collection of relatives that drive her up the wall to the point that she drinks herself silly at any opportunity. It's an over exaggerated and brutally honest outlook on the crazy ride that is motherhood and gave me a lot of Bridget Jones' Diary feels which I really enjoyed. 

Ellen's ridiculously hippy relatives that come to stay with her over Christmas provided most of the laugh out loud moments for me as reading about their spiritual nature loving antics and how they allowed their youngest kids to poo wherever they pleased - whether that be on the living room carpet or in their garden shed - was a real giggle fest. I also really related to her visions of how she wanted her daily activities with her family to go and how the reality of it didn't measure up in the slightest. A lot of the events throughout the book hit close to home and were incredibly relatable, despite her amplified chaotic version of them. 

I have to admit that at times Ellen did irritate me with her over use of swearing and the outdated phrase 'FML', alongside constant whining about her life which came across as privileged during most of the book but considering it's meant to be like her personal diary, I got over it and remembered that everyone has parts of their lives they moan about, no matter where they come from. The way she describes her marriage with 'Gadget Twat' also came across quite unhealthy at the beginning which I found unnecessary but I tried to view it as how an exhausted wife would report it in her diary, similar to how most wives in the real world over-exaggerate about their husband's irritating habits to their friends over a big glass of wine. And it does become evident that she adores him in her own way.

Overall, the book is not without it's flaws, as with any book, but it was still a light-hearted and entertaining read that I would definitely recommend to any parents out there that want to feel like they aren't alone in the madness.

What are your opinions on Why Mummy Drinks? Did you love or hate it? Let me know!


Saturday, 2 June 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is just over 2 weeks away on the 17th June and since my Mother's Day Gift Guide was so popular, I thought I'd do the same for all the daddy's out there! Men are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for as most of them aren't as sentimental as us females (with exceptions, of course) and don't appreciate the same kind of gestures. So I asked my baby daddy for some advice and we came up with this guide for daddys with all sorts of hobbies that will hopefully help you choose a gift for the special man in your life :)

I tried to stick to a cheap and cheerful budget with the exception of one expensive choice but obviously all depends on how much you want to spend! Hope you like our picks!

Grooming Dad

Drinking Dad

Gamer Dad

Movie Geek Dad

Tech Savvy Dad


Fitness Dad

Funny Dad
101 Dad Skills Book / £10

Date Night
Last but not least, as recommended by my man, is to not buy a present per say and just go out for a one on one date night instead. This obviously only applies to your baby daddy and not your actual dad, haha! But sometimes it's the little things that mean the most and especially as parents of an under 1 year old, adult only date nights are MUCH needed. For your actual dad however, you could always treat them to lunch or dinner instead :)


Sunday, 13 May 2018

[*] Forest & Shore Hallelujah Hair Oil Review

I've struggled with maintaining healthy hair for as long as I can remember. It's always been dry, thin and dull, no matter what 'holy grail' products I used on it - nothing ever really made a difference, to this very day. Now I know I can't complain much as I dye my hair every few months and have done for the past 5 years or so but other than that, I actually try to take good care of my hair ever since I had a minor bald patch moment that scared the living shit out of me. So when Forest & Shore reached out for me to try their new Hallelujah Hair Oil, there was no way I was gonna say no! Believe it or not, I've never tried using hair oils as my hair is prone to getting greasy really quickly so I've steered clear up until recently and I'm glad I took the leap and tried this product out.

Who are Forest & Shore? 
Forest & Shore are a new brand that specialize in natural and organic plant based products. Their Hallelujah Hair Oil is their first product to be released so far and is cruelty-free and vegan. This formula is the perfect solution for anyone with dry, damaged hair. The penetrating oils will work deep into the hair shaft repairing broken, brittle hair & smoothing the follicles leaving you with silky, conditioned locks.

The Packaging
I really like the simplicity of the packaging they've gone for, it's pretty and not too over the top as some other brands have done in the past. The design of flowers and botanicals on the box fit perfectly with their branding and the product comes in a sturdy glass bottle that feels matte. I received the 100ml bottle which has more than enough product to last me for quite a while so I'm more than happy.

The Scent
The scent is a blend of coconut, sesame, olive, sunflower & arnica, scented with rosemary & lavender so it's full to the brim of natural ingredients. Personally I found the rosemary and lavender scents overtook the others and were a bit too strong for me at first but after my nose adjusted, it's actually very calming and fresh.

How To Use It
Having not used a hair oil before, I wasn't sure how you'd apply it as I've seen a lot of others come in a pump bottle which seemed quite messy to me but I was pleasantly surprised to discover this has a pipette which makes things real simple and clean. 
You can use it two ways: 
Post Hair Wash - dispense 2-5 drops into the palm of your hand and evenly apply to the mid lengths and ends of towel dried hair. Brush through, dry and style as normal.
Intense Hair Reboot - dispense 2-3 full pipettes into the palm of your hand, massage into the scalp, mid lengths and ends of your hair. Brush through, get some sleep and wash out the next day.

Does it work?
I've tried applying the product both ways and so far I prefer the overnight intense hair reboot as it made the most difference after the first try. I ran it through my hair before bed and put my hair up into a bun whilst I slept, then thoroughly washed it out in the morning. It resulted in my hair feeling smoother and more hydrated as well as my dreaded split ends didn't look quite as obvious which is a huge win. Using it after every hair wash has also been working but I've had a few mishaps where I've applied just a tad too much and it's made my hair look greasy so I'd recommend sticking to the minimum since a little goes a long way anyway!

Having tried this out for a few weeks now, I can confidently say I would definitely recommend it if you have dry and damaged hair. It's become an integral part of my hair care regime and has already made a noticeable difference in such a short amount of time which I'm over the moon about :) Don't take my word for it though, give it a try yourself! You can buy it from Amazon [here] for £15.99 or buy it directly from the Forest & Shore website [here] for £14.

*This product was sent to me complimentary from Forest & Shore for review purposes. 
All opinions are my own and are 100% honest.
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