#Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We aren’t all the same. Wouldn’t the world be a boring place if that was the case. Everyone has a viewpoint. Everyone has their own opinion.

However, I am a firm believer in “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all”. I think it’s really important to spread happiness, build confidence and support each other. Now my big cheesey smile isn’t like this everyday, sometimes I’m worn out and sometimes I’m feeling sad. But I’ve learnt how to offload, unwind and bring that smile back. It’s so important to be able to hit that reset button once in a while.

So, this week, try and do one of these things:
🤍 Make someone laugh, a big belly laugh
🤍 Tell someone they look amazing
🤍 Tell someone you love you are grateful for them

See how it makes you feel. To make someone else’s day. It’s euphoric. I will never forget the moment one of the Mums from the school run told me I completely picked them up out of a dark spot - just by telling them they looked amazing today as I walked past.

Take the time to appreciate. Honestly it’s THE best hobby!

On a little diverted note; I’m appreciating this coat and boots right now. So warm and comfy. Check out the details on my blog >>> #linkinbio

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#ad Coat & Boots from @idealworld.tv and they are @joebrowns 🙌🏻

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This might seem a little random after the sentiments in my last post. But bear with me... cleaning & #diy can help me with my mental health.

I’m not sure why but when I’m anxious, need to think or cross I clean. Like the deep clean stuff, it’s almost as if I get adrenaline from somewhere to give me the strength to scrub things that I wouldn’t normally. Or tackle something I wouldn’t normally.

On Thursday, whilst anxiously waiting to find out what was wrong with my grandma, I was shaving millimetres off Isla’s bedroom door. It was hard work but I didn’t want to just sit about.

Today I’ve painted the radiator and woodwork in our dining room with Frenchic. I now have a white and bright radiator and grey door. It looks so much better. Again, it’s something I can do whilst being lost in my thoughts.

Does anyone else do this?

Whilst promoting cleaning and mindfulness, check out my blog for a competition to win some goodies from @astonishcleaners #astonishingresults 
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I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what beauty shared this on her instagram before Christmas:  @carolineflack you’ve broken my heart.

She was funny. Caring. Kind. Absolutely beautiful and that smile lit up the world. Not perfect. But who is? No one.

I can’t comprehend how someone of such radiance and sparkle can end their life. But I only assume her mental health was suffering. She felt so trapped that was her only way out. A way of ending the pain that nobody could see.

Mental health is invisible; yet mental health is all consuming. Mental health is complicated; yet mental health can be helped with a simple cup of tea and chat.

Smile on the inside and on the out.

Make time for yourself.

Love yourself.

Make time for others.

Be kind.

Always. 
In a world where you can be anything, be kind  #bekind #ripcarolineflack

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This is sheer appreciation. This man. My lobster 🦞. Who made me the scrummiest meal last night & dreamy Vegan brownies. Showered me with thoughtful gifts & my cute note (in my stories) I recieved in my lunch bag.

However, I was a complete emotional wreck yesterday as my Grandma was taken into hospital. She was distressed, confused and sounding a little slow. It was scary.

So the Valentine’s Day love went all to Grandma from my family; wishing & hoping they find out what’s wrong.

We’re currently waiting to find out if her BP has reduced. It was sky high. Hoping she’s better & I can bring her home today.

This photo was from last Summer when we went to @carluccios in Cambridge. I love it. Happy memories. I’m lucky to have these. Noahs a people watcher, he was distracted with the crowd. Incidentally Carluccio’s have the offer on again: kids eat for a £1... #appreciation #family #love #mummyphotoaday

This is sheer appreciation. This...

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍

A lot to be thankful for today. Love is a big word. I love these two quotes and perfect for today.

Yes it’s about celebrating your life with your lobster 🦞(mine is rather amazing) but it’s also about family.

Family is not just an important thing. It’s everything. So true.

I don’t know where I’d be without my lobster and my family... I hung these beauts in our bathroom and I love them. They make me smile everytime I clean my teeth! Which helps 😂

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#ad Prints are from @coulsonmacleod - so beautiful

Happy Valentine’s Day 🤍 A...

I love this new story corner I’ve created for Isla, with a little help from @vertbaudetuk. It is a gorgeous space and I couldn’t wait for her to get home and see it. She was so happy!

I love the large floor cushion, I want an entire room kitted out with them so I can just chill in the middle. It would be so cosy. Or even just #half a room! 🤍

Isla loves reading and so I thought this little corner would be perfect for her. She loves it.

I started with the floor cushion, I hung the coat rack for her monkeys and dressing gown and then I hung the shelves. They are so cute. I finished it all off with the mirror. I love all the colours and shapes. It really finishes off her room.

Who else wants the futon cushion? 🙋🏼‍♀️ #mummyphotoaday #ad

I love this new story...

I love trying new makeup, especially the vegan variety! I’ve recently discovered the fab range from @ex1cosmetics - you can grab them at your local @superdrug. So easy to find when you run out.

I’ve done a bit of a makeup tutorial on the blog using the EX1 Cosmetic products. Please forgive me, my skin is awful at the moment. Since I’ve been exercising more my skin has been really spotty. The spots that hide under the skin too!

If you swipe left then you’ll see the fab products I used. Then check out my stories for the swipe up link to my blog post.

I’m no make up artist haha. I prefer natural tones, that give my face #warmth. These products are perfect for that, especially the pink blusher! I wanted to show you what the products do and how they can be used together. Perfect makeup for your Valentine’s Day date!

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I love trying new makeup,...

A place to relax. A place to hide. A place to #doodle. A place to confide.

This place is my haven. It’s my safe space to relax and unwind. It’s absurd that at 37 years old, I just can’t wait to get into bed. When hubby goes climbing on a Monday evening; I’m in bed at 8pm! Is that sad?

Because it makes me happy, the bed is super comfortable and it is the only room in the house that the kids do not destroy, it’s nice to cling on to it. Keep it that haven.

If I need 5 mins to compose myself, I’ll hide in here. The kids drive me up the wall sometimes and hiding in here can calm me down. A technique I’ve developed over the years so the kids do not see Mumma lose it!

Anyone else love their bed? Or bedroom as a whole? I’m sure I’m not the only one haha #mummyphotoaday

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Cosatto – Moova Car Seat in Boom Bloom

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We were very lucky to be sent a Cosatto Moova car seat for Isla, it is a very funky Group 1 car seat and we chose the adorable Boom Bloom version. It comes in a few different patterns, but we wanted one “fit for a princess”. There was a huge choice on the bambino direct website, but I couldn’t resist the Cosatto seat.

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The Moova Group 1 car seat from Cosatto is super funky, yet cute for your little princess. I think you will agree the pattern and design is brilliant and it really does look comfy. The outer chair is lined with a felt-feel material and includes the reversible squidgy liner for extra comfort to the little babushkas.

The car seat has 3 different positions from up right to a more 45 degree angle, meaning that when your little princess nods off to sleep, she will be in the utmost comfort. The car seat is designed to be higher than normal car seats, so babushka can see more and this is meant to aid travel sickness – which is great because if she is anything like me, she will suffer from travel sickness.

One of the things I loved about this seat is the fact it has the reversible squidgy liner, but not only that it has the tummy and chest pads which are super squidgy too. I really get the feeling that Cosatto cared about the little ones when they were designing this car seat.

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IMG_1541The Cosatto design is slightly different to other car seats, but you soon get your head around it and before you know it getting the car seat in and out of the car is like second nature.

If you notice from the photo to the right, you have the silver safety clasp and then further down you have the hook in the black plastic – if you also take a little look at the sticker, it shows you what you are meant to do with the seat belt to secure it to the seat of the car.

Before I put the seat into the car, I always make sure I have pulled the chair into snooze position, because this means I have the most room behind the seat to manoeuvre. The seatbelt is pulled across and I always plug it in first before hooking it around the clasp. I loosen the seatbelt slightly, so I have a little bit of slack and then I hook it into the silver clasp and then tuck it into the hook in the back of the chair, once I have done this I tug the seatbelt so that it is tight and that is it!

Once the seatbelt is plugged in and secured tightly to the car seat, you can put the car seat in to sitting position and get your bambino ready for her little car journey. I never get any complaints out of Isla when she is in her seat – which is a blessing, especially on long journeys. I will let you know how we get on after our summer holiday to Wales – as she will be in the chair for her longest journey yet (awake!).

Safety Details

This is a Group 1 car seat, which means babies from age 9 months + up to 4 years are safe and the weight that is recommended to be safe in the seat is 9kg to 18kg. If your baby is 9 months but does not weigh 9kg then please seek advise before risking travelling with a Group 1 car seat.

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If you would like to view more fantastic products from bambino direct, including push chairs, high chairs, cot beds and car seats, then visit their website http://www.bambinodirect.co.uk/. You can like them on their Facebook page, Google+ page and follow them on Twitter: @Bambino_Direct.

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