Green dream

The month of May is national walking month. Walking is something we love to do as a family. It’s free and not only good for our bodies but our minds too. The children love to be outside in nature, and we are lucky where we live to be surrounded by many fabulous local countryside walks, across fields, forests and lakes.

As a family of six; Mummy, Daddy, the girls, Buddy the dog and Mabel the cat, we all have our unique personalities. Each one of us has a favourite type of walk to suit their characteristics. I personally like to walk on the beach, feeling in awe of the wide expanse of open space and sky before me, drawn to the power of the crashing waves. Always one to treasure hunt, I like to stop and pick up shells, wood and sea glass on my travels.

Daddy’s favourite walk is high up in the mountains. One for adventure he loves the challenges of different terrain and the feeling of accomplishment when he reaches the top.

The children’s favourite place to walk is the forest, preferably untouched woodland where there is plenty of adventure to be found. They like climbing up trees and over logs, finding bugs and insects to befriend and listening out for the call of the cuckoo. Racing eagerly ahead, each one wants to lead the search party for outdoor adventures.

As a much loved family member, we always like to take our dog on our family walks on the weekend. His favourite type of adventure is one where he can be let off the lead and run ahead with the girls excitedly chasing after him. Just like the children his happy place is the forest where he can take in all the sights and smells, feeling free to run in and out of the trees as he pleases. With that same appetite for adventure, walking on a lead is a no no and he bounds ahead with childlike enthusiasm in search of adventure. He competes with our youngest to be the leader of the pack, they are both free spirits absorbed in the magic of the forest and not listening when I shout them to come back!

Just as we are keen to make sure everyone gets out and about in the fresh air it’s also important that the family is eating healthy food and that includes the dog! We’ve always opted to feed him premium dog food so when James Wellbeloved asked if we would be interested to try their natural grain free dog food, we agreed. Although Buddy doesn’t have any food intolerances that we know of, we are very aware that processed food with artificial flavouring is no good for us and it’s no good for our pets either.

So we were pleased to see that James Wellbeloved believe in simple natural ingredients. Each recipe contains top quality natural ingredients (everyone is also listed on the pack so you know what goes into the food) and nothing else. Naturally hypoallergenic it minimises adverse reactions to the food and proves popular with dogs and cats with food sensitivities. It promises firmer poos (pet owners rejoice!) and numerous health benefits from glossy coats to boosted immune systems to keep them adventuring with you for years to come.

The taste test received a resounding yes as Buddy wolfed down his food to which we had added the lamb with vegetables in gravy as a topper (which James Wellbeloved recommend as an alternative option to a standalone meal). I think he’d be a very happy pup if we added these to his dry food more often. He gets extremely excited on Sundays when the family is having a roast and he knows he will be getting some leftovers and gravy. In fact it’s his favourite thing to come home to after a long walk in the woods!

This post is in conjunction with James Wellbeloved but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

One of my favourite things about our house is the garden. It’s large, full of plants and a lot of work! But if you remember back to when we were house hunting, a big garden was very high up on my wish list. I just love the idea of the children having plenty of space to play outside.

With the garden not having been touched for a very long time, there are plenty of big trees and hiding places. I was reminded of this again this week when Babylish decided to hide behind a tree for a good five minutes, frightening the life out of me. Only at the point when I was nearly in tears and reaching for my phone did she step out and say ‘Here I am’ with glee!

Did you know often your fondest childhood memories are outside? Have a think back, is it true for you? For me it definitely is and I can remember every inch of my childhood garden and local parks which I adored exploring.

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The back part of the garden was a jungle like wilderness on arrival. We’ve cleared it and are planning on making an area for the girls to play to their hearts content. We’ve membraned the area to stop the weeds and put down chip bark as a soft surface for them to play. Like lots of families we have a climbing frame and trampoline already but I also fancied being a little creative. I love the idea of creating something magical and natural for them.

I’m not going to lie I’m totally rubbish at gardening and don’t have the first clue about flower varieties or the plant nutrients needed to have an amazing garden! But I am good at being creative and using my imagination (well that and Pinterest) and the idea of a natural type play area that encourages imagination and free play sounds wonderful to me.

I’d really like to create a space that blends in with the surroundings taking inspiration from nature. I want them to be able to run wild, having secluded areas to relax, places to be whatever they want to be! Pinterest is my go to for inspiration for projects like this. I thought I’d share my Pinterest board with you because I think I’ve found some real gems!

Truth me told we’ve been working so hard on the inside of the house that we are both feeling a little jaded. Living in a house you need to renovate while working and having small children is a slow process. Sometimes people ask me if it’s worth it, if I’d still chose to do it all again.

The honest answer is yes, I love this house and our garden. Even on the worst days, all I have to do is take a look outside. I’ll see the girls racing around giggling in the sunshine and that’s it. I fall in love all over again.

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I like to buy organic food products wherever possible but I’m also increasingly worried about the effect the chemicals added to our toiletries and cosmetic products have on us. I’ve been a fan of Green People for a while now, since I first discovered them back when Littlelish was a baby. I was very concious about her baby skin and the fact that she was so pure. With such a great range of children’s organic products from toothpaste to shampoo, I loved to try out their new products.

But what about me and my skin? Here I am every day using toiletries and cosmetics with goodness knows what chemicals in it. It’s a scary thought. I made a switch a little while back to Green People Age Defy moisturiser which I now swear by. It smells beautiful and makes my skin feel refreshed and nourished with fruity goodness.age-defy-dd-cream

So when I heard about their new organic DD cream (also Age Defy – hooray!), launched in January 2015 I was intrigued. What on earth was a DD cream? I’m no stranger to makeup, I’ve heard of a BB cream, but DD sounds like a bra size to me? I most definitely wanted to know what the fuss was about.

The first of its kind in the UK, the NEW Age Defy+ Tinted DD Moisturiser SPF 15 is going down a storm. Available in two blendable tones of light and medium this new product offers sheer coverage and a natural glow to all skin types with no colour matching required. Made with colour correcting natural earth minerals, this lightweight cream reduces redness and balances out sallow complexions to leave a smooth and even skin tone. What’s more it is a nutrient rich and active-packed, organic youth-boosting formula. As a 33 year old, tired mummy, I like the sound of this!

Well I should probably just show you the results, the picture says it all! Both images are without any makeup and retouching so we can really focus on the skin and how it makes it look. Be kind to me because I don’t often wear no makeup really unless I’m suntanned and on the beach or in my pj’s at home!

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As you can see my skin before was patchy, a bit blemishy, pale and red. Not hideous but certainly not even or smooth! It was the coverage that really impressed me, it truly does cover blemishes and imperfections like it claims to. But it didn’t go on like a thick cover up, it was sheer and lightweight, easy to apply and blend in and gave a lovely warm, soft glow to my face. I’ve used other tinted moisturiser before but they have left me with more of a shiny face, rather than this natural glow which didn’t really look like you were wearing makeup – just that you have perfect skin!

As with all Green People products, the first thing you notice is the smell. Fruity and good enough to eat, which it actually probably is, but I wouldn’t try it! At £34.95 I think this product is good value for money. I know from experience that their products go along way, so would probably last for ages and for a foundation that you are going to wear every day it is worth it to know you are taking care of your skin and body. Thanks Green People for making me not only look healthier but actually be healthier!

NB: I received the NEW Age Defy+ Tinted DD Moisturiser in Medium for review purposes.

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