Saturday, 19 November 2016

Kira Kira Crate Rieview.

Hello everybody. Its been a while since I last posted and i have so many things to write about, so I had better make a start.

So... A couple or months or so ago one of my friends informed me of a subscription box she knew I would be interested in and I am so glad she did.

The box was from  and it is called the Kira Kira Crate for those who don't know the word "kira kira" is an onomatopoeia word for glittery or sparkly.

For a month it costs $29.00 which is £23.47  with free shipping and it contains 6-8 full size cosmetic items directly from Japan.

Japancrate do a series of subscription boxes which I am still yet to try. you can pay monthly, every 3 months, every 6 months or yearly and you can cancel your subscription whenever you want.

So inside this little book tells you about what is inside your box and how to use them.
 In the back of it was some make up tutorials which I thought was a nice touch.

 The first thing I tried was the HOTTO MIE EYE MASK.

I absolutely fell in love with these heated masks and will most certainly be investing in some more.
They felt so warm and relaxing when on and had a refreshing feeling when taken off. They came in a pack of 5 all with cute colours and designs. They were however slightly too big for my face and I kept having to adjust it as it kept falling down. none the less, an amazing product.

Even my baby girl was intrigued .

Next up is this NAIVE PEACH FACE WASH by Kracie. I have heard of Kracie before, they make tasty Japanese sweets so I was quite excited to try this product.
It came out as a thick white cream and had a really nice subtle peach scent, it foamed up easily and left my skin feeling squeaky clean. 
Unfortunately it also left my skin feeling rather dry regardless of the claims to have moisturising effects.


I love essence masks and I use them as part of my daily skincare routine.
This mask was lovely. It had a mild floral scent to it with  a soothing, cool, tingly sensation and it left my skin feeling lovely and smooth

 First off, I love anything hello kitty. So when I saw these I was so excited and couldn't wait to try them out. As you can see the packaging is super cute and the instructions on the back are not only cute but simple to understand even to someone who doesn't read Japanese due to the demonstration hello kitty is showing us in the pictures.
 The design on the product itself is also really cute. 
I really like this product also as they are really easy to use and they made my skin feel healthier and extremely moisturised. plus they are reusable.


So... this product was... um... interesting
 Its called a CHOOSY LIP PACK and I had the one in peach was a weird wet jelly that I placed over my lips. I didn't really get on with this product. personally I found it was slimy and annoying to wear and didn't really moisturise my lips much.

I don't think I will buy this product again but I am happy I tried it as it was fun to test out the once.
Maybe they work better on your nips.


I don't know if its just me but I find something very nostalgic about using a real bar of soap, instead of  gels or liquid soaps.

it uses real honey essence and royal jelly extract.
It smells SO good an leaves my hands feeling really soft.

As I have got older and and fatter and now have a busy house of 6, I seemed to wear a lot less make up a lot less often in fact I hardly wear it at all now but I still love the stuff.

 The eyelashes that came in the kira kira box are beautiful, they looked dramatic but weren't OTT.
I was interested to find how well the glue would work as a lot of lashes that  I have purchased in the past look good but the glue isn't so good, resorting to me buying the glue separate.
The glue in this packet of lashes though was brilliant and my lashes stayed on all night.

 Bath bombs are so much fun to watch fizz away and also a great way to help you unwind after a busy day.
This bath bomb was yuzu scented which is an Asian citrus fruit.

 My 18 month old daughter got hold of it in the packet as I was unboxing all the goodies and decided to throw it onto the floor which unfortunately broke it.
But it still did the job and what a fantastic job it did do.

expecting the water to change to a pale yellow if any colour at all, I was shocked to see it change to a vibrant, bright, a luminous yellow with a strong, refreshing yet not sickly citrusy smell
you would think all the aspects of this bath bomb would wake you up and would not make you feel relaxed in the slightest but in actual fact the bath was to my pleasant surprise very relaxing. and the bath bomb was also very fizzy.

My conclusion of the kira kira crate is a most defiant positive one I loved this box and most of the things inside it and I will most defiantly be getting another one in the future. They would make a great present for Christmas and birthdays or for yourself as a treat to pamper yourself.
Thanks for reading.

"Its ok to be a glow stick, sometimes we have to break before we shine"

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Sainsbury's Halloween Haul.

So, I was on a driving lesson the other day and I had to stop to get some money out to pay my instructor. We stopped at Sainsbury's and I went to use the cash point, which happened to be out of service, so I had to go inside to get cashback. As I walked inside the shop, I couldn't help but notice all the fantastic Halloween items on sale.

As I was on a driving lesson, I had to resist buying it all. So I asked Kieran when we next go into town if we could pop into Sainsbury's on the way back, to get decorations, costumes and other Halloweeny bits and bobs.

I probably spent more than what I should have done but some of it we can use again for next year and we will definitely have a Halloween to remember this year. Unfortunately I have misplaced the receipt, so I cant tell you the individual prices but it came to in total around £80-90.

I'm so happy with the things I have purchased. keep reading if you are interested or looking for some last minuet Halloween ideas.

 Halloween costumes.

I got 2 vampire costumes for the boys and a pumpkin costume for Imogen.
Beth's costume still fits from last year so I was going to put he in it again this year but she has fallen in love with the pumpkin costume that I may have to purchase another.

I love these costumes, the vampire costumes look so smart and they light up with red flashing lights. And Imogen looks so cute and funny as a pumpkin.

The cost of the vampire was £14 and the pumpkin was £10
The vampire costume also comes with a mask.
I also got some fangs, face paint and some fake blood, just in-case the didn't want to wear the mask.


I got so many decorations and there is a good selection in Sainsbury's this year. I cant wait to put them up with the kids.

all of these priced from £3-£8
Other Bits And Bobs 

I got a few other bits and bobs that i have saved for last as they are my favourite.


I got these for my little girl Bethany, she will love having her hair and nails gone for Halloween.
I cant remember how much the nails were but they weren't too much and as you can see from the picture the hair accessories were £3.
I absolutely love these I think they are so cute.

 This terrifying craft kit is one of my best buys. Its fantastic for getting your little ones involved with decorating your house with the posters they make. me and my little ones had so much fun with this.
the set comes with a selection of different coloured card, big, spongy bats and pumpkins and small ghosts and skulls, spooky sequins, pipe cleaners and pompoms. 
The only problem I had with this item, is that it comes without glue, so if you do decide to buy it make sure to get glue too if you don't have some already. 

 i don't seem to wear jewellery very often, since having my little ones, as it tends to get played with and pulled about. last year i decided to get some dangley skeleton ear rings and completely forgot to wear them on Halloween night so I was going to wear then this year but then I saw these and they looked awesome so I couldn't resist.
 these were £3.

Buckets for TRICK OR TREATING I got four, one for each of my little monsters they were £1 each which I think is really good for the money.

I saved the next two items for last , as I really love them.

 These lights are so much fun I love.
 They cost £10 and are well worth it.
I don't usually buy flashy, musical decorations as I think they're sometimes a bit tacky but these are amazing and I couldn't resist.

last but defiantly not least.....
 Is this beautiful Halloween themed candle holder.
I fell in love with this the moment I saw it and it cost me £10.
I love the way the silhouette of a tree appears on the wall behind. And how the light shines through the windows of the haunted house.  

And that is it. Halloween is one of my favourite holidays and I'm really looking forward to it this year. How about you?? Tell me what you do on Halloween and about the spooky stuff you have purchased and creepy crafts you have come up with.

Thanks for reading and have a happy Halloween. 

"The wind of change blows. some build walls, while others build windmills."

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Paranormal Experiances

Ever since I was a little girl I have seen unexplainable things and had unexplainable experiences with the paranormal.

Being that time of year again and the month of Halloween, I thought I would share a few of my experiences with you little pumpkins.

There are so many people who claim to have had and experience with ghosts and the paranormal, yet most seem fake and are only there to get views and attention on social media. Everything I tell you about my paranormal experiences is 100% the TRUTH! Some of them may have a scientific theory behind them but I don't think it makes the experience less scary and some I don't think can explained.

sceptic or not there are so many reports on people all around the world through out history that have claimed to have had some sort of encounter with the paranormal and whether you have experienced something or not I think it's a little naive to rule out the idea of paranormal beings completely.

so without further ado I give to you.....

Five Of My Paranormal Experiences.


When I was really little, maybe 2 years old or so, my mum told me I would often come down for breakfast and talk about the old man who sits at the end of my bed and tell me stories. Personally I don't really remember this event and I was too young to remember but my grandmother also confirmed this story and even if it is just a young child's imagination it doesn't make the story any less creepy.


It was really late at night. I was 5 at the time and I remember it clearly. Me and my brothers were all tucked up, fast asleep in our beds but my mum and her boyfriend at the time were still up, doing what ever it is grown ups in the 90's did. I woke up to a loud BANG!! The noise had also woken my brothers up.  I got up out my bed and walked out of my bedroom door on to the landing to find my mum and her boyfriend breaking the lock on the bathroom door.

The reason they were braking the lock off the door was because it had locked all by its self from the inside. My mum thought that maybe one of us kids were locked in there but the bathroom was empty and no windows were open so no-one could have got in or out, if  it was the case that someone had locked it.  we had an old and very stiff slide lock on our bathroom door, so it could not have been locked from the outside. I have thought maybe if the door had been slammed then the lock may have slid across but that seems very unlikely considering the lock was so stiff.

One of my brothers had also experienced being pushed out of the bathroom by an unseen force earlier on that day.

This experience is just one of many that I had experienced in my mums house. others include disembodied foot steps, strange knocks at the door or around the house, lights and appliances turning on and off, things being thrown, e.c.t. 


I  had moved out of my childhood home at this point and was looking after my two young boys, they must have been about 2 and 3 years old at the time.

It must have been about 6pm, as I was running them a bath and getting them ready for bed.

I could hear the boys giggling and playing together nicely. I went to check on them and to see what they were up to. They were in my bedroom being cheeky little monkeys. I told them to stay out of my room and closed the door behind me before placing them back in there own room where they continued to play happily.

I then went to check on the bath, as I did this I heard loud footsteps running on the landing I peered out side the bathroom door  to see what I thought was the back of my eldest child Cameron  toddling  into my bedroom. the door was open which was odd as I thought they were too little to open doors at that time.

I quickly rushed out of the bathroom to go and retrieve him from my room and said firmly "STAY OUT OF MY......." I stopped mid sentence and I turned my head to find both the boys in their room playing nicely together.  I checked my room and realising there was nobody there I closed the door behind me and continued to get my two children ready for their bath.


Me and Kieran were in the car, just chatting, as couples do. He told me that he had fallen asleep downstairs on the sofa one night and that he had been woken suddenly by 2 loud disembodied breaths in his ear. I didn't believe him as we often play pranks on each other and he often tries to scare me or make me jump. I laughed at him, brushed it off and didn't think much of it, UNTIL... About two weeks later.

The boys were at school and I had plenty of time before I had to pick them up. I put the t.v on, curled up on the sofa and drifted off to sleep. I was also woken suddenly by two disembodied, almost pant like breathes in my ear. I had no pets and there was no-one else but me in the house at the time. lets just say I defiantly believed him after that.

this wasn't the last time I experienced terrifying things happen in that house either.


When I got pregnant with my youngest baby Imogen, we had to move house as there was not enough room in our old house for 6 of us. we moved into a 3 bedroom house with a third of an acre of garden in a nice little village location. Least to say it sounds perfect for our family.

This experience takes place in our current house about 6 months after we had moved in.

My partner Kieran works most nights and this night was no different. He went off to work and I was left at home to look after our four beautiful children.

about a week or two before this event happened Kieran for one reason or another had gone in the loft and hadn't put the loft hatch back, leaving a dark opening in the landing ceiling. it felt oppressive to walk past and I remember nagging him to close it up as it made me feel extremely uncomfortable.
I don't know whether or not there is a link between the loft being left open and this particular event but a part of me feels like maybe they are.

Anyway, it was a Friday night Kieran was busy at work and me and the children had just watched a light hearted, family film,  just as we do every Friday.... I had just gotten the children settled in their beds. I looked up at the loft noticing the dark oppressive void in the ceiling. It made me feel uneasy.

The baby was still wide awake and overly playful, so I went back downstairs with her, until she was ready for sleep, the whole time feeling an unexplainable anxiety.

I was up at about 6:30am that day, so I was very tired and couldn't wait to get some shut eye but when the time came and I could finally get that long awaited  sleep, I just couldn't. I would drift off for ten minutes or so then wake up startled, this happened for at least an hour maybe two. I just could NOT settle and neither could baby Imogen. Finally me and Imogen fell asleep but Imogen was still restless. she'd  move about a lot and would cry in her sleep every so often.

At about 2am, I was suddenly woken up by a BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM!! It was my youngest boy Charlie, screaming my name. I was tired and didn't really want to get out of bed, especially as the baby laying next to me was a ticking time bomb and ready to wake up at any moment, so i told him to come in bed with me, trying to reassure him he'd only had a bad dream and every thing was alright. He told me he was too scared to move, so I plucked the courage up to go and get him and bring him in with me. About five minuets later my eldest boy Cameron also climbed into bed with us and not long after that our little bop (Bethany) came into the bed too.

I had all four of my children in bed with me. We topped and tailed, the boys where down the bottom end of the bed and us girls at the top. Something must have spooked them all enough to come in my bed, and even I have to admit I felt quite restless and a little jumpy myself.

I looked at the time, it was 3am at this point and I had finally drifted back off, when once again I was woken by Charlie asking if I was standing next to him. I told him that I  wasn't and that I was trying to sleep. He told me there was a woman standing by the bed looking at him..... I told him there is no need to be afraid and that I wouldn't let any harm come to him just ignore it and try to sleep.

needless to say I didn't get any sleep for the rest of that night but my children did luckily. and the loft hatch was put back the next day.

I haven't seen any full apparitions since living here but we do often see a shadow figure at the top of our stairs and on occasion in our hall way. it doesn't scare me so much now as I'm used to seeing it.

So there you have it.... Five of many of my spooky, scary and true paranormal experiences. I hope you enjoyed reading them and they didn't scare you too much.

I'm more at ease with the paranormal now. It used to be something that really scared me and I have tried all sorts of things to either stop myself believing in the paranormal or try to rationalise the things I have seen.

I have come to the conclusion, that I'm not completely out of my my mind and that maybe some people are more susceptible to the spirit world than others and just because you haven't necessarily witnessed something, doesn't mean it doesn't exist....

I have no intention of encouraging spirits or ghosts or whatever you want to call them into my life, more than what I have already but I have come to realise that seeing and experiencing the paranormal is a part of who I am. And I defiantly have an interest in the the paranormal due to what I have seen and experienced.

I know I'm not the only one with strange experiences with the paranormal, so please leave comments as I would love to hear about your stories and experiences.

Thanks for reading and....

                 HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

"To be upset over what you don,t have, is to waste what you do have"

Monday, 17 October 2016

Making Sloe Gin

In my last post I wrote about going sloe picking and the benefits  of sloes, one of those benefits being sloe gin.

Well last night I finally decided to make some, and here is how I did it.

  • Wash your sloes and place them in a clean bowl or container.

  • Replicate the first frost by pricking the sloes with a cocktail stick, you can also put them in the freezer over night.


  •  Fill a clean empty bottle up a third of the way up with sloes.


  • A third of the way up with sugar.
(I used a funnel to pour the sugar in, to make it easier.)
  • And a third of the way up with gin.
(any gin of your choice will do.)

  • Give it a good shake and mix it all up, and wait for 2 to 6 months.

All the sugar settles on the bottom, so make sure to turn or shake the bottle each day for the next few months.

And by Christmas your sloe gin should be ready.

The last stage of the process is to strain your sloe gin and to remove any pips or anything that has not dissolved DO NOT DO THIS UNTIL THE VERY END, when it is ready to be put it in preferred sized bottles perfect for gift giving.

And that is all there is to it. 

It is so simple to make and tastes deliciously sweet with an almost syrupy texture.

Thanks so much for reading, and good luck having fun making sloe gin.


 " I am thankful to all those difficult people in my life, they have shown me exactly who I don't want to be."