Monkey World and Packing for Holiday


My eldest daughter Tilda starts school this year. As you can imagine I’m having all the same feelings as any mother before me. She’s growing up, I won’t have her around during the day as much any more, I hope she makes friends, I hope she likes it. My little girl isn’t quite so little anymore *sniff*. On the other hand, I’m so excited for her, this is the start of her discovering her interests and coming home to tell me the facts she has learned and the things she has done. I’m also looking forward to having more one-on-one time with my youngest Ivy, as second siblings don’t get the same time do they? We have bought all her school uniform apart from her shoes, which we will get from Clarks as it’s a bit of a tradition in our house. I will also admit I still need to put name tags in everything and that will probably happen last minute!

1UntitledI have been making sure we have lots of day trips out and about while we still can. Myself, the girls and one of our best friends Becki came along for the day to Monkey World in Dorset.

It’s such a fantastic place, many of the monkeys have been rescued from lives in testing facilities and cramped horrible zoos abroad. So it really is quite special.

They have wonderful enclosures and are looked after by dedicated staff and experts. There are orangutans, apes, chimpanzees, gibbons and so many more. Tilda and Ivy were fascinated although there were a few points where they were not happy about being too close – as you can see from the picture Becki and I seem to be having more fun than the kids! 2Untitled

There were some hilarious show-offs that loved playing up to the crowds. We had a lovely picnic and played in the fantastic play park too and took two very tired little monkeys home. Tilda and Ivy of course, not real ones!

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So other than that, I was packing for our holiday in Ireland. We have flown off to the West Coast and in the interest of keeping the costs of baggage down, I tried to pack light. So I shrank my toiletries and beauty products down to a minimum, which is hard when you have lots of favourites.

So what made the cut? Well we had a staff sale of beauty products last week, which raised money for charity, so I was able to get a few new bits to try out. It’s so nice to be able to talk from experience of products when on air so it’s brilliant to be able to give so many a go. I bought some Mally make-up which I hadn’t tried properly before other than on air. I’m loving the foundation and can’t believe how a little blob goes a loooong way, it feels lovely on my skin and very easy to blend and the finish is pretty flawless. My other new favourite is the Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm from Decleor. This is a wonderful treat every night, just what you need at the end of a busy day. It is a solid balm and you only need a little warmed up in your hands and then you smooth it over your face. It smells incredible and my skin feels wonderful in the morning. My other new make-up bag treats are a gorgeous Tarte pallete and the Nails Inc Overnight Detox Mask. Holiday’s are a great opportunity for me to give my nails a rest. I am still growing out flaky nails as a result of long-wear nail varnish so I need all the help I can get. It contains green tea, acai and spirulina which are all helping to get them back into shape.

I have also been trying the Julien Farel Vitamin Restore Treatment. It replaces your shampoo and conditioner on the day that you use it and I will admit I was sceptical, I kept re-reading the instructions to make sure I wasn’t supposed to wash my hair first but no you simply use the product, which doesn’t lather by the way, leave for a few minutes and then wash it out. Simple. Afterwards my hair felt clean, silky and in great condition. I am impressed and would recommend you give it a try.1FullSizeRender

So those are my new favourites – what are yours? Please do let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to keep up with me on Twitter and Instagram. It’s always nice to hear from you.

I shall blog about our holiday in Ireland next week which also includes the Today’s Special Value that’s coming really soon from Kipling so do stop by again.

Thanks for reading
Katy x

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