Friday 24 April 2015

Evening Bike Rides

Now the evenings are getting lighter and the weather has been nice we have been getting out and about on our bikes a lot more.

There are a couple of bridleways close to home so we have been adding these to our rides so that Luke gets a chance to go "off roading" Unfortunately these "off roading" sessions seem to generate a ridiculous amount of punctures and on every ride we had done recently we have had at least one puncture to mend at the side of the road.

We are very lucky to have lots of choice when we set off on our bikes, there are plenty of quiet roads for us to ride on and beautiful scenery.

We are keeping a record of the miles we are covering, just to see how far we go. We can generally manage a 10 mile ride during the week and longer ones at the weekend.

The longest ride we did last year was 47 miles and Luke did incredibly well considering he was only 8, I not quite up to going that far again just yet, but in a couple of weeks we should all be ready for some longer rides. 

Friday 17 April 2015

Garnier Ultimate Blends

I have been a Bzz Agent for a number of years and love getting new campaigns. It has been a bit quiet recently but this week I received a new campaign which is The Sleek Restorer from Garnier Ultimate Blends. The signature blend with coconut oil and cocoa butter is tailor made for frizzy hair and promises to keep my frizzy hair under control. I am looking forward to using it and will report back on the results.

I received a shampoo and conditioner, 1 minute treament and the sleek perfector oil. They all smell lovely and I can't wait to try them out.

Thursday 16 April 2015

A walk is always better with cake!

I didn't need to be asked twice when BritMums asked if I would like to join the #betterwith cake project!

We were planning to walk up a local fell on Easter Sunday to roll Easter Eggs so what better place to eat cake than on top of the fells. It was quite a misty day and we hoped that as we climbed higher that we would get through the fog but unfortunately this time it didn't happen.

There were patches where the fog wasn't quite as bad and we could see more than a few feet in front of us but the majority of the walk was in the fog. Walking in such dismal weather really gave us an appetite and we were all ready for a cake when we reached the top.

William was the first to tuck in with the cherry bakewells whereas Luke had one of the French Fancies.

After cake, Luke rolled his Easter egg on a slight slope, luckily it didn't roll too far and we were able to share it. Luke's was the only egg to stay intact in the bag, William's got slightly crushed and so we couldn't roll it.

We all felt better after eating the cakes and chocolate and on the way down the fog finally started to lift and it brightened up a bit. I'm sure it's because we had some cake!!

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Sunday 12 April 2015

Easter Bike Ride

Easter Saturday was a lovely day so we decided to get our bikes out and go for a ride. Luke wanted to do a bit of off-roading so we compromised and decided to do part of the ride on the canal tow path. This proved to be incredibly muddy and covered in hedge clippings and almost impossible to ride so we only managed to ride to the next canal bridge where we re-joined the road.

We stopped off at a local farm shop for a drink and slice of cake which was absolutely delicious.

Unfortunately on the way back Luke had a puncture, probably due to all the hedge clippings on the tow path but Mark swiftly fixed it.

William got slightly further before his tyre started going down and ended up walking the last half mile. For once I was the first home!

Inis- the energy of the sea review

A What's Good To Do Review

I love trying new beauty products so was thrilled to be asked to review the Inis travel set by What's Good To Do . Inis is not a brand I am familiar with so before it arrived I had a quick look at their website to find out a bit more. The description of Inis cologne on their website is “This exciting Irish Cologne for Men and Women is a seductive scent, embodying the coolness, clarity and purity of the sea. The fragrance evokes the male and female sides of each individual, combining the secrets of nature and creating a feeling of sensuality.”  This sounded perfect for me as I prefer fresh scents and love being by the sea so I couldn’t wait for it to arrive, fortunately I didn’t have long to wait!

The travel pack contains Refreshing Bath & Shower Gel with seaweed extract 85ml, Revitalising Body Lotion with seaweed extract and shea butter 85ml and Cologne spray 30ml. They are packed in a gift box with a beautiful image of Roundstone Beach, Connemara which looks absolutely stunning. They are the perfect size for popping in your wash bag when travelling and the cologne easily fits in my handbag.
I knew from the description on the website that I would love this cologne and from the minute I made the first spray I was hooked. The scent is pure and fresh and not in the least overpowering, which can be a problem with some other perfumes.  The bath & shower gel is a good consistency, not too runny where it slips through your fingers in the shower, and lathers well. The revitalising body lotion seems to just melt into my skin and leaves it lovely and soft, the lotion isn’t greasy at all and my skin loves it. I always find perfume lasts longer when layered with shower gel and body lotion and Inis is no exception. 

As the cologne is for both men and women I let Mark try the cologne. Whilst he liked the fragrance he did comment that the bottle design was a little feminine so it’s perhaps not for a single man’s bathroom shelf!

I have received so many compliments since I started using these products and everyone wants to know what my new perfume is so I will certainly be buying Inis again. 

The travel set costs £24.95. 

Disclaimer - I received the Inis travel set for the purpose of this review but all words and opinions are my own