Forever Living review (body products)

Hi there!

What a week it’s been! We’ve had the usual mid-week madness and this weekend has been full of action too. Ssaturday we were invited to a little princess’s first birthday and today we had some friends over for subs and cake.

Last week I bought a new suitcase, now I’m officially ready for take off. Except of course i still need to plan what I’ll take with me and pack.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review about Forever Living Face products and today I’m writing about the body products:

Aloe Vera Gelly
Great for irritated skin and burns. A really handy thing to have around the house. I imagine this would be a great after sun lotion too. This gel can also be used on animals for irritated skin or healing wounds.

Aloe Heat lotion
I totally loved this product and will definitely consider getting a tube myself! Its supposed to be good for a stuffy nose (just rub it on your chest and toes). I used it to heal my headache and sore neck and it worked really well. You can just rub a little product on your temples or as I did on my jaw and neck hairline to easen the tension that causes the pain.

Aloe Moisturizing lotion
Great everyday moisturizer with a nice subtle scent. Leaves the skin feeling moisturized yet breathing.

Aloe msm gel
This gel is good for muscle and join pain. My husband tried it for his sore back and liked it a lot (and thats quite something as he is usually not very keen on having sticky lotions on him).

Aloe propolis creme
This is also a nice daily moisturizing lotion which feels a little bit more luxurious compared to the aloe moisturizing lotion. It can even be used as a primer for your foundation. A great versatile product to have!

 

I hope you all have had a relaxing weekend!
 

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Pamper Hamper revealed

Last week I teamed up with lovely Patsy from Forever Living and tested some products that she generously let me have for a few days.

I have always liked Aloe Vera based products, as I find them very gentle on the skin so I was super excited to try these out.

The hamper had about 15-20 products in it and I’m writing a quick review* on the ones that I found most suitable for myself and which I would consider buying. I have split this review in two, featuring the face products in the first one and the ones for body in the second.

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Aloe Cleanser
This creamy cleanser had a nice subtle fragrance and removed makeup well from the skin. It left the skin feeling moisturized without being oily. A really nice product with a good price tag. RRP £11,99

Forever Aloe Scrub
I loved this Face&Body scrub! The grains are just big enough to not be too harsh on the face, but it still feels like a nice scrub on the body. Also it did not dry out the skin as opposed to some face scrubs from other brands. RRP £13,44

Forever Marine mask
A very -I’ll say it again- gentle and moisturizing face mask. What I loved about it, was that it was light in color and it didnt really dry and crackle on the skin. You could use it during the day without scaring off your children or the delivery guy – my husband barely noticed that I was using a face mask. RRP £19,09

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Firming day lotion
I liked this face creme, but as I have extremely dry skin during winter time, I felt that it didnt give me enough moisture. I could imagine using it during summer time as a lighter daily moisturizer. RRP £18,72

Recovering Night Creme

This night creme was the perfect amount of moisture for the night. After doing the face cleaning routine, it felt pampering to finish it off with the night creme. A good product, but  RRP £26,26

Forever Alluring Eyes
I am quite the rookie when it comes to eye cremes. I have only started to use them nearly a year ago. So far I have been sticking with one brand only, but especially during winter I feel that it’s not thick enough for me. This Forever Alluring eyes was very moisturizing yet light on the skin. Definitely a thumbs up for this product! RRP £20,71

Forever Aloe Lips 
Yes, Yes and Yes! I am probably the worst lip product addict there is! My friends used to laugh about me when I put on 7 different lip products within 20 minutes. Well.. I just needed all of them! And this Lip balm is no exception, it has a nice scent and is clear in colour. Nobody likes those white streaks of dried product in the corner of the mouth! Definitely one of my favourite lip balms. RRP £2,99

*All opinions are my own.

Valentine’s day Oreo truffles

You need:

2packs of oreos

2 tbsp cream cheese

1bag of candy melts

Sprinkles (optional)

Mix oreos and cream cheese in a food processor until smooth. Spread mixture on a silicone mat about 2cm thick  and cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter. Leave the hearts in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. Carefully melt the candy melts (instruction). Take the hearts out of the freezer one by one and dip them in the melted candy melt with the help of a fork. Carefully transfer the heart onto a cookie sheet and decorate! IMG_5222

Sunday thoughts…

Lately I have been thinking a lot about the pace of the universe, where everyone is going or coming from somewhere. Not just in the literal sense. Anyone who is or has been a stay at home parent, knows how suddenly time stops still, but everyone around you still keeps on going 110mph. And I must admit, at times I did get stressed out over it.
As I have previously written, one of my new years resolutions was to “live in the moment”. I have knowingly tried to do so and appreciate the small things. I have tried to put the phone down more often just to cherish what is happening around me. I think we all should learn from children, who will stop to look at the same things over and over again. A little persons perception is such a wonderful thing.

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One of the main things that stressed me out was, if I had to leave the house early in the morning. All the packing and getting dressed sometimes took so long that I knew we were going to miss the first 5 minutes of music class. Something that I have changed to make the situation better is work on my time management. Getting G dressed straigt after breakfast, packing the bag early (as opposed to doing so right before having to leave the house and not being able to find object X) and planning ahead in general. But the most important change that I have made was changing my attitude; It really is not that bad if we actually miss the first few minutes of a class or if I have to take the next bus to town.

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Cherishing the moment is probably the most important thing to do in this stage of my life. Seeing G grow and change every day, I feel privileged to be experiencing it first hand. Of course there are days when I secretly (or not so secretly) envy the mothers who can drop their children off at daycare and wear white (or eat their lunch while its still hot or use the toilet without an audience) for the rest of the day.
A while ago I was talking to an old friend and thinking if I should go to work and how to balance work and family. My friends answer was something like “You should concentrate on your career while you are young and still can”. At that point I realized, that I also had moved on, not neccesarily in the same direction as my working friends, but I wasnt in the same place as “pre baby”. After our conversation I couldn’t help but shrug and think “you obviously are not a parent”.

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Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes

If one of your new years resolutions was to lose weight, eat less sweets or live a healthier life (mine were!), you have come to the wrong place. Do NOT scroll any further. Im kidding, this is too good (and easy!) to miss.

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I was looking for easy mousse recipes on pinterest, but didnt seem to be able to find any that I fully liked, so I ended putting together my own recipe. These choco mousse “cupcakes” are super easy and quick to make. All you need is:

(makes 6 servings)

6 silicone cupcake moulds (individual)

200g milk chocolate (I used Cadburys milk chocolate)
300ml double cream
50g 70% dark chocolate
5tbs espresso
Raspberries for garnish

Chocolate cups:                                                    
Chop 100g of milk chocolate into a (microwaveable) bowl . To melt it in the microwave, start with 30 seconds, stirring in between and continue microwaving for 10 seconds for as long as it takes. When part of the chocolate is melted, start stirring until it becomes even. (Patience is key! do not over-heat the chocolate or otherwise it will turn grainy and thick)

When the chocolate is melted, spoon a couple of tsp of chocolate into the silicone moulds and spread it up to the edges. Put chocolatey moulds into the fridge and let harden for 1-2 hours.

Mousse:
Put 5tbs of espresso to a small saucepan and heat on low heat. Put the rest of the chopped milk chocolate and dark chocolate into the saucepan and stir until chocolate is starting to melt. Turn off heat and stir until even. Set saucepanpan aside to cool.

Whisk 300ml of double cream in a large bowl (do not over-whip! The cream should be soft and fluffy). Take one tbsp of the whipped cream and mix it in the saucepan with the cooled chocolate paste. This way the chocolate paste becomes softer and is easier to work with. Now mix the chocolate paste and the whipped cream together in the large bowl by lifiting gently with a spoon to not lose the fluffines of the whipped cream.

When the mousse is even you can take out the cupcake moulds and carefully peel the mould off the chocolate. Try not to touch the chocolate to avoid melting and fingerprints. Spoon in a desired amount of mousse and garnish with a raspberry before serving. You can also prepare this ahead and leave it in the fridge.

Enjoy!

Nursery Details

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After weeks days of rain the sun finally made an appearance in Aberdeen!

My plan was to make the most out of it and take a couple of photos of the nursery (I keep typing “nursesy” for some reason. Dont you just hate when that happens?).

After luring G out of my way with crackers and some toys, I was finally ready to press the shutter button, when my camera decided it was time to kindly inform me, that the battery was dead! I couldn’t help, but load the battery pack and attempt in at another time. Luckily I did manage to snap some pictures today, the second sunny day in a row!

We wanted to maintain a bright look within the nursery and add colour through G’s toys and some pictures on the wall. The great thing is that it is easy to change the “theme” or let the room grow and change with the child. I personally enjoy a B&W monocrome look, but I feel that it is not how I would like to decorate my child’s room. I think we managed to make a nice compromise between style and practicality.

We went for a Montessori-style nursery, where G could choose his toys and books himself (…and hopefully even learn to put them back where they belong). We took out his cotbed and only left the mattress of the floor and so far it has worked well for us.

There are still a few things we want to change, for example hang the bookshelves, change the curtains and possibly look for a small area rug and some cushions, but I find it is coming together quite nicely.

Wow, I didn’t know that I had this much thoughts to share about a nursery. To not bore you out of your minds, I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. Hope you like them.

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Baby favourites

This Christmas Baby G got plenty of toys, books, clothes and some toiletries. His auntie gifted him with a nice bag full of Mádara Creams. I thought I’d tell a bit more about these products as they are not really available on the high street. All Mádara products can be ordered online here.

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The Cocoa&Plum Creamy Oil has been a favourite since G was born and we have absolutely loved it! The consistency is great, it becomes soft and liquidy on the skin but is a more solid and cream-like, so it makes it easy to dose and you don’t get it all over. I also love the fragrance. A very subtle sweet smell, that is not too strong even for a newborn.

We have been using the Protective Baby Cream for a good couple of weeks now, applying it on  babys face before our daily walks and it has really made a difference. No more dry cheeks although I do apply a face cream after his bath in the evening, just to bring out that extra “baby cheek”softness. Different from the body oil, the Face Cream has a typical cream scent as it is unperfumed.

The Oat and Camomile Body Wash has been in use since we got it. The pump bottle is great, easy to dose and there’s no fuss trying to open a shampoo bottle with soapy hands, while trying to hold a non stop moving toddler from slipping around in the tub. G always asks to put a little bit of body wash on his hand, so that he can rub his tummy! I guess that’s his way of saying that he too approves!

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Needless to say, I really like all Mádara products for babies. A great thing about these products is that they area all natural, vegan (note: Creamy Baby oil contains beeswax), Cruelty free and ECOCERT standard. Madara products are NOT tested on animals.

(Source: http://www.madaracosmetics.com/en/faq/category:products/)