Mind Body Soul Experience – Manchester 2014

Would you like to get your hands on one of two pairs of tickets to the Mind Body Soul Experience  held at Manchester Central in Manchester on the 10th and 11th May 2014?



MBS Saturday

The Timetable for Saturday

MBS Sunday

 

The Timetable for Sunday

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is fill in the Rafflecopter form below. Competition ends 16/4/2014.

Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tatty Tot

I love finding out about new brands who sell and manufacture children’s clothing that is a little bit different to what you can buy on the highstreet, Tatty Tot are a brand that loves children and loves children being children.  It’s that sort of ethos that makes me want to work with a brand.  As soon as I saw the pictures of the Tatty Tots collection I knew I wanted to work with them, I buy a lot of Arthur’s clothing from European brands that you can’t buy in the UK as I like him to look a bit different to the Next and M&S Babies and Tatty Tot clothes remind me so much of some of the European styles I’ve seen.

Tatty Tot

The Country Trousers £47.50 (Top Left) are my favourite item out of the whole collection,  they come in 3 different material types which are Cotton Mix, Corduroy or Moleskin and 6 different colours.  I can picture Arthur wearing these in summer and winter and I’m sure they will be really hardwearing.

If I had a little girl I would be dressing her in the Tea Party Dress £49.50 (Top Right) It reminds me of something Alice in Wonderland might wear.

The Lined All In Ones £44.50 (Bottom Left) are jut gorgeous and I wish Arthur was smaller so he could wear them.  If I had another baby I would definitely be purchasing one of each design.

The Reversible Dungarees £47.50 (Bottom Right) are great value for money as you are basically getting two designs for one price.  The small hearts/bell flower design is my favourite by far.

Tatty Tot recently launched their When Was The Last Time You Did Something Childish Competition  To enter all you have to do is post a picture, story or even a video showing just how childish you can be! Tatty Tot will be selecting the 10 funniest, cutest, most creative or simply the most childish entries on the 20th April. These entries will then be posted in an album on their Facebook page and finalists will be encouraged to get all of their friends and fans to support them in order to win £200 worth of Tatty Tot products.

silly face

 

My Entry would be the picture above!  I find having a small child brings out the child in you and the ability to make shameless silly faces on a daily basis.

 

To take part in the competition you need to tweet @tattytottweets or message them on Facebook with your entry, Don’t Forget to mention in your entry that you saw the competition on Madame G’s Lifestyle.  Participants must like the Tatty Tot Facebook page and follow Tatty Tot on Twitter (depending on how you enter the comp) as well as using the hashtag #PlayfulParent in your entry.

The competition will close on April 13th at which point 10 finalists will see their entries live on the Tatty Tot Facebook page. The race is not over yet as each finalist will be encouraged to invite their friends and fans to “like” and “share” their favourite entry. The winner will be the one with the most popular entry on April 20th and will get to choose £200 worth of Tatty Tot products.

Dr LeWinn’s Renunail Challenge

For the past 8 weeks I’ve been taking part in the Dr. LeWinn’s 8 week Renunail challenge, prior to starting this my nails were in a terrible state.  Years of acrylic extensions had ruined my nail bed and each time I tried to grow my nails they ended up splitting or peeling and were so weak and thin.

3 step

I was sent a 30ml bottle of Renunail Nail Strengthener* (£17.50), Renunail Sensitive Nail Strengthener* (£12.00) Renunail Nourishing Oil *(£11.00) and a tube of Renunail Hand & Nail Cream* (£12.00).

Renunail

Apparently there is one bottle of Renunail Nail Strengthener sold in the UK every 15 minutes (Taken from Dr Lewinn’s product information) and after using this and seeing the results first hand I can believe this.  In 4 weeks the product claims to give strong healthy nails.  I would actually go as far to say this is a miracle product! It really does what it claims on the bottle and you can see the results below.

renunail sensitive

 

The Renunail Sensitive Nail Strengthener is infused with Diamond dust and Pearl Powder which helps to harden the nails.  The product is both toluene and formaldehyde-free and powered with Dimethyl Urea (DMU) and Criss Cross Keratin Technology™ that gently hardens the nails without causing them to become brittle.

nail oilThe Nail Oil is formulated with a blend of soothing herbal extracts, intensely nourishing oils and multi-vitamins to condition and soften cuticles promoting exceptional nail health. I use this product religiously every day and have noticed a massive difference in my cuticles since my first use.

hand and nail

 

The Hand and Nail cream is another product that features in my daily routine, packed with Pearl Extract and Calcium it nourishes skin and strengthens the nail’s natural keratin.  It’s not quite potent enough to deal with some of my very dry skin but it does wonders for my fingers and nail areas.

There were a number of Terms & Conditions that had to be adhered to before taking part in the challenge.  You were not allowed to use any other strengthening or repair treatments while taking part in the challenge.  You could not wear gel/shellac overlays or acrylic nails.  You needed to commit to 8 weeks of the product trial and a photograph needed to be sent in each week along with a questionnaire.

renunail_week1

 

The picture above shows my nails immediately before starting the challenge, they were not in a good way at all.  I had peeling to the nails, messy cuticles, dry skin and to be honest I was embarrassed about them.

The Renunail challenge contains 3 steps:

Step 1: Apply 2 coats of Renunail Nail Strengthener and then 1 coat a day for 5 days.  On the 7th day remove .  Build up the layers with one coat a day and repeat for the next 3 weeks.

Step 2: After 4 weeks of use begin to use the Renunail Sensitive Nail Strengthener.  Apply 1 coat every day for 4 days and repeat this process for an additional 3 weeks.

Step 3: Throughout steps 1 and 2, condition your nails and cuticles by locking in moisture to encourage sustained nail growth.  Using the Renunail nourishing oil, apply after each application of the strengthener has dried to ensure cuticles are hydrated.

nails_renunail

 

The picture above shows my nails at week 3 and 6, the difference is massive compared to the first week.  I followed the Challenge to the letter and made sure to keep my nails and hands moisturised with the hand cream at every opportunity.  People started to comment on my healthy looking nails which is something that has never happened to me in the past.

renunail_week8

 

By week 8 my nails are probably as long as I would like them to be, they are no longer paper thin and they don’t split or peel like they used to.

I can’t recommend the Dr. LeWinn’s treatments enough and I only wish I’d discovered the products sooner as they truly have transformed my nails.

*Products supplied as part of the challenge.  I was not asked to write about the brand but felt that others could benefit from seeing my progress.

Kindness – Will You Pay It Forward?

emmys mummy

This morning I answered a plea on twitter from Clare who writes Emmy’s Mummy blog, she was looking for people to take part in something she had signed up to on another blog called Pay-It-Forward.

I need 5 people to comment on this post or email me to say they would like to take part. Each person will receive a small gift from me at some point in 2014. There is one condition to this though, you also need to pay it forward!

You can pay it forward in 2 ways, if you have a blog you need to write a similar post inviting 5 people to sign up.  If you don’t have a blog you need to write a Facebook status inviting people to join in, you will then need to send 5 gifts throughout 2014.

Together lets help to spread some happiness.

I will not tell you when I will send these gifts, you’ll not know they are coming until they arrive, I will need some way of contacting you so you can either leave me your email address in the comments or email me your address.

I already do a few acts of kindness in my daily life, I have been doing this for a while now.

  • I buy a big issue magazine every week from the man outside of H&M in town
  • I volunteer in two roles for my local NCT so it can stay open (one is a core role)
  • I donate as much of our unwanted items to a local shelter
  • I donate a lot of my beauty cupboard to friends
  • I volunteer once a month at a local baby group
  • I support a family through Plan UK

pay-it-forward

Improving Your Sleep

I haven’t had a full night of sleep in over a year, that’s just what happens when you have a baby who prefers to spend their time awake playing! Web Blinds.com invited me to try and improve my surroundings to help me to get a better nights sleep and I just couldn’t turn them down.

My first stop was to visit the sleep calculator which told me that if I wanted to wake at 7am (wishful thinking) I would need to go to bed at 9:46pm, 11:16pm, 12:46am or 2:16am. I was interested to read that most people take about 14 minutes to fall asleep and this is factored into your bedtime by the sleep calculator.  The sleep calculator counts in sleep cycles of around 90 minutes to work out the ideal time for you to start snoozing, you pass through five or six of these each night.

I knew that there was no way I could have a full night of uninterrupted sleep but I was determined to have the best sleep I possibly could so the next thing on my agenda was to find out what I could do to improve my sleep routine.  I purchased a Lavender plant* as the scent of lavender is known to create a sense of relaxation in people, which helps them go to sleep. Arthur’s cot is closer to the window than my bed so I knew he would hopefully be able to benefit from the plant too.  I love the smell of Lavender and although I’ve grown it outside I had never previously thought about having a planted pot indoors.  It may be a coincidence but since having the plant Arthur has only been waking twice during the night compared to his previous 4-5 times.

blue bed cover

The colour blue apparently has great soothing qualities and promotes both mental and physical wellness so I purchased a blue and white striped bed cover*.  I had previously always associated the colour blue with coldness and as I like to be very warm in bed I wasn’t sure the colour would work for me.  It may just be because the material of the cover is so cozy or the fact that you always seem to sleep better in a clean bed but I do feel relaxed when I’m in bed at the moment.

After reading reviews about memory foam pillows* and  how well people slept after changing to them I decided to try one out for myself.  Apparently a memory foam pillow offers better support resulting in an improved sleep so I went to bed on the first night with dreams of a comfortable sleep and a pillow that would mould to my neck and head.  After around 15 minutes I couldn’t stand sleeping on the pillow a moment longer as it felt so hard and uncomfortable, I thought it was probably due to the fact I’d spent so many years sleeping on pillows that go flat after a couple of nights so persevered for another week.  I couldn’t get used to this pillow and I think it started affecting my sleep as I was becoming anxious before going to bed so have started to use it as my bottom pillow which I really love as I have the squishyness of my top pillow combined with the firmness of the memory foam pillow on the bottom.

The final step I took to ensure a good nights sleep was to monitor the room temperature using Arthur’s baby monitor.  As our bodies core temperature drops by around 1°C over the course of a night I needed to make sure that our room was at an optimal temperature.  Over the course of 3 nights I monitored the temperature before going to bed and during Arthur’s waking up and found that the room was between 19°C and 22°C which wasn’t ideal.  We turned the radiator down in the bedroom and made sure the curtains were closed up to two hours before Arthur went to bed so that the sunlight wasn’t heating the room as the optimal temperature for a good night’s sleep is between 15°C and 20°C.

Although I’m still not sleeping through on a night I do think I’m sleeping better and it’s not taking me as long to go back to sleep after settling Arthur back down.  Previously I would toss and turn for up to an hour each time I heard Arthur stir but this isn’t happening anymore and long may it last!

*This post was written in collaboration with Web Blinds