Thursday, 28 May 2015

Paula's Perfect Birthday Wishlist!

As so many of you know, I have six siblings, three sisters and three brothers, but we won't go into the family tree again today because otherwise I'll be here all day, and I've done so much today my feet are already planning on filing for divorce with my body! I wouldn't of been as busy as I am today on a Thursday, however my sister's birthday is soon approaching, and I've been trying to get her the perfect birthday present, or presents should I add!

After hunting around various shops and spending hours searching online, I took the plunge and ended up ringing Paula, admitting that I have no idea what to get her, because she simply has everything, and everything I like for her, I know she wouldn't! We're so different when it comes to taste, it's near impossible for us ever to agree on something we like, from dresses to good looking men, we don't agree!

After getting a few ideas from Paula, I thought I would share the list here, making it easier for our family and Paula's friends to see what she really would appreciate for her birthday!

Paula would love a convertible car, I know she was winding me up, because she kept telling me not to worry about buying her anything! Yeah like I'm not going to buy my big sister something on her birthday! Paula's not only my sister, but she's also my best friend and a very important person in my life! I obviously can't afford a convertible Paula, but I can afford a toy version!

Paula would love a new charm or two for her Pandora bracelet, and ask kindly that you verify the charms are genuine! Paula's especially got her eye on the Symbol of Hope charm as pictured above in the collage! You can pick that up for just £25 from Gift and Wrap, along with lots of other lovely charms!

As we all know by now, Paula loves Fiorelli handbags, and as you know a woman can never have too many handbags! One is never enough, and neither is 20, or 50 if you're Paula! I would double check on what Fiorelli handbags Paula has already though, or maybe include a gift receipt so she can exchange any doubles!

Lastly, a woman like Paula needs a never ending supply of Ferrero Rocher, and yes dad, if you're reading that's Paula and not me! I personally can't stand them, but Paula however LOVES them! If you're planning on gifting Paula a present this birthday, please do know that you can never ever provide Paula with enough of these!

If you have managed to get any gift idea's out of my sister, please do let me know, I can be contacted via a number of ways, but social media and email is preferred!

Until next time,
Jada x

P.S - Paula if you're reading, don't worry you do have other presents you won't and don't know about! Love you xx

Transforming Yourself For A Special Occasion For Under £30!

Nights out and special occasions are rare events for me! Being a single mum, I have to choose how I spend my money very wisely, and although I agree that breaks are important, sometimes it's just impossible to be able to afford a good night off from my mummy duties!

It's all well and fine being invited to a wedding, or a wedding reception, someone's special number birthday, or a night out to celebrate an engagement and other important celebrations, but it's not the case of just spending money on the night, it's the cost of spending money before hand too! There's your outfit and accessories to think off, and that rather cute clutch bag you've set your eye on has took a big chunk of the budget! Then there's your nails and body, because looking pale is so last century and wearing no nail varnish just isn't something you want to do!

I'm quite a bargain queen and love to shop, I don't have time to go from shop to shop looking for deals and bargains, but I do have time to look online at various retailers and online stores to find the best deals to make my money go even further, so today I'm sharing one of my favourite online retailers with you - Justmylook and what I can get for under £30 thanks to shopping with them!

Salon System Naturalash Strip Lashes Black 110 - £4.40

I use to love everything about my eyes, but now as I've aged it's sadly just the colour I love and nothing else! Constantly being tired with a busy load of personal life and work life, it's no surprise to constantly see me with dark circles and bags surrounding my eyes! Fake eyelashes are a must for me when I have a night off from my mummy duties, and these reusable, quick and easy to apply lashes have become my favourites on a night out!

Fake Bake Original Self Tanning Lotion 170ml - £13.50

I'm not a fan at all of my skin, and hate catching a glimpse of it in the mirror, it's bad enough that I have to see my hands all the time, covered in psoriasis and not leaving me feeling very confident at all! Due to my psoriasis, I love having a tan as it seems to hide quite a lot of my uneven skin tone due to the chronic condition, and picking up my favourite DIY fake tan make - Fake Bake for just £13.50 a time is a big saving compared to high street prices!

OPI Copacababies Mini Pack - £9.95

Before me and Spud's dad broke up, I could afford to get my nails done in a salon every three weeks, I'd enjoy my time spent in the salon chair at a nail bar watching as the beautician would carefully apply gel or acrylic solution to my nails. Those days are long gone, and now its a DIY job at home on the day I'm due to go out! OPI nail varnish is my favourite (well the nations favourite) nail varnish and to pick up four mini's for under a tenner is a winner in my eyes! There are lots of colours and sets to choose from, one to suit each personality within us - because who has just one personality these days!?

Plastic Hoof Stick - £1.10

Last but not the least, is this rather cute and stylish hoof stick, because doing a DIY job of your nails is fine if you're both right and left handed, but of course many of us aren't and so you end up with one beautiful and perfectly painted hand, and one hand covered in nail polish, you may as well just throw a whole bottle of paint on my right hand, because when my left hand is in charge, there's never such a thing as perfection! This handy little tool scrapes away all of those errors, and leaves you with a beautiful pair of painted hands!

So there we have it, for just £28.95 you can get all of the things above to transform yourself at home! That's less than £30, or £1.05 change from £30! Here in Reading, you pay over £30 just for a good spray tan that washes off after one shower, then another £25 on your nails, and as for professional eyelashes, let's just say £50 plus for a decent pair!

Now all I need to do is find a way on how to cut my cost down on the actual day! I'm a sucker for a raffle ticket, and I'm sure the juke box lures me over everytime I head to the bar! If you have any tips for me, please do leave a comment below!

Until next time,
Jada x

Living With A Secret and A Deep Regret.

I've kind of been hiding a big secret for many years now, not just to bloggers but anyone who doesn't know me and who's seen pictures of me - I've been hiding my smile or rather my teeth!

I was 11 years old when I noticed something strange going on with my teeth, above my two front teeth I noticed there was two teeth, one either side of my mouth starting to grow out of my gums. The Centre Of Advanced Dentistry Yorkshire has this quote on their website ''Wouldn't life be better if we all smiled more'' and I couldn't agree more!

Growing up, we was always told how important oral hygiene was and so I panicked thinking I had done something wrong for this to be happening. My parents told us children on a daily basis what would happen if we didn't look after our teeth and how important it was to value our set of adult teeth, as they was the teeth we would grow with throughout our lifetime.

Toothbrushes was regularly changed, and as we grew with age, so did the toothpaste and brushes we used. We had regular dentist appointments to check everything was okay, and it's something I've made sure I keep on check with Spud too.

As I was saying above, I was 11 when I noticed two teeth growing from the top of my gums, and as soon as I showed my parents, they booked me in for a dentist check up, where it was confirmed two adult teeth were indeed growing from the top of my gums, and not where they should be growing.

I was referred to the orthodontist and in time my appointment come round, the plan was for me to have two teeth removed, and braces fitted so eventually the two new teeth growing at the top of my gums would be pushed down into the gap where the two removed teeth once sat. However I was terrified of needles, and with a glimpse of a massive needle, I shot out of that dental chair quicker than you could shout hello!

I never did go back, and now at the age of 25, with teeth all over the place and unstraightened teeth (to say the least), I have never regretted anything so much in my life! It's a regret I live with on a daily basis, and a regret that affects me in so so many ways! I never smile in photo's, I always pout or half smile, making sure I never show my teeth! If on the rare occasion I show my teeth, I make sure the camera is selfie facing and then I can see exactly what teeth are on show, ensuring my extra teeth aren't on show!

My parents did try there hardest to get me to go back to the orthodontist, but I was a scared and stubborn teenager who now knows how silly and stupid I was being!

If I could give anyone with children advice, it would be to show them pictures of how bad teeth can be if they don't look after their teeth and take important interest in their oral hygiene. You only have one set of adult teeth, so please do look after them!

Until next time,
Jada x

Giving Spud His Dream Room!

When we first moved into the house, I wanted Spud's room to be the first place to be decorated, however we moved in a month before Christmas, and couldn't possibly of celebrated Christmas in the living room (or in any room of the house for that matter) with the condition the room was in! So the lounge/living room got decorated first, which wasn't such a bad thing after all because we ended up having an amazing Christmas considering the stress I was under!

Then I vowed Spud's room would be next on the list, but with Christmas just being put behind us, and a new year to get use too, other expenses kept getting put in the way! Before I knew it, it was March, the month of Spud's birthday, the birthday I promised him he'd get a puppy, and puppies aren't cheap at all! Our loved little puppy dog Jezeppi cost a whopping £300, then on top of that I had to buy a cage to take him home in, buy puppy training mats, food, pay vet bills etc, it's never stopped with him yet! He's our puppy dog though and we love him!

Then it was Easter, that time of year that's the only valid excuse as to why you can eat lot's of chocolate and not feel bad about it! It's also the only other time of year (apart from Christmas) that the Wizard of Oz will be on television - fact! Then it was my birthday, and there's been loads of birthdays in between mine and Spud's I should add! So I've promised, promised Spud, that in the next month or so, we will start on his bedroom! To keep him excited about the project (because there's so much to do!) he's put a little wish list together of what he would love to have in his room!

A Blue Blackout Blind With Multi-Coloured Stars.

You know what they say, children do keep you on your feet and that is indeed the case here, I always try to make Spud's wishes come true, but looking at about 100 pages of Google, and so far not finding anything quite so near, I think I'm going to have to try and persuade him to get a different style of blinds by showing him the choices there are! If not, I need to become a blind maker in the next few weeks!

A London Bus Bed

Don't worry, I also thought Spud meant a London bus as his bed when he first told me, and then I come across these kids beds from Room to Grow and couldn't believe my luck! It's a much more safer option than a real bus, plus could you imagine how much money it would be to make the whole bus just a bed? Then where would the actual bed go? Sorry son, you've got to sleep in the garden!

One Purple Wall, Three Blue Walls and One Million Stars.
I don't know if we could fit a million stars on Spud's walls if we tried too, and not wanting to lie to him I'm going to have to tell him this is impossible, maybe not impossible but I don't think I could torment myself through the process of sticking one million stars to his walls! Plus my OCD will go crazy, and I'd have to make sure each wall had the same amount of stars on, and make sure they all looked okay together - yeah, sorry Spud! The one purple wall and three blue walls is fine though! After all, mummy isn't the one who will be decorating, grandad will be!

A Blue Carpet, a Dark Blue Carpet.

As long as you don't try and sneak any food and drink into your bedroom son, then you can have any colour carpet you want! Dark blue is a much safer option then baby blue too, especially now we have a doggy! Can you imagine him running in from the garden with muddy paws and getting his paw prints all over a lovely baby blue coloured carpet!? Eek, neither could I, because I may just cry!

So there we have it, it's not to extreme, but in fact quite calm but quirky at the same time! It reflects Spud's personality so well, now I've just got to start saving the pennies and actually make a move on it this time!

Have you ever done a child's bedroom makeover? I'd love to read any blog post if you leave a link in the comments below!

Until next time,
Jada x