So this is a bit of a bumper blog because I haven't posted for yonks.
First up I've got a few new beauty products I'm head over heels with. I don't know about you but I love big hair. The bigger the better. It is all about the volume, baby.
|Nice hair, shame about the jumped up pigeon|
I tried John Frieda's new Volume range a few weeks ago and while the shampoo is lovely I don't know how much it can work – I mean you wash it out of your hair. But the mousse! Ahh the mousse is marvellous.
|The entire range|
I shove it all through wet hair once I've brushed it. It gives my hair noticeably more volume, plus holds a hairstyle brilliantly – but this is the best bit – it lasts for 3 days.
Yes my pretties, 3 whole days of volume. No limp, dirty hair here! You will have volume till you choose to wash it out.
Next up is Laura Mercier Crème Brulee honey bath which comes with its own honey twizzle thing. It is seriously indulgent and a lovely present to receive – mine was from a lovely friend Stella (she is a regular reader of the blog – Hi Stells!) and I absolutely love it. £32 is a lot to spend on bubble bath but by god it is worth it. I caught Mr Rose trying to use it the other day and quickly directed him to the Radox. This stuff is definitely too good for men.
Finally on the beauty front is a new moisturiser. I don't know what it is about anaesthetics and pain killers but by god they dried my skin out. I was slapping on all sorts of face creams from good old Avene to hard core Eczema cream. Nothing worked.
Then I gave this a go – Biotherm Aquasource Nuit - Cousin LL gave it to me for Christmas and I'd only used it a few times. Within seconds my dry skin was restored and so much softer. The next day it was visibly plumper and I'm in love with it.
Now it comes with a word of warning, if you have spot prone skin (as I do) it really must be used in moderation. I use it about once a week to keep the flaky forehead (eurgh) at bay. But for really dry skins or mature skins I reckon it would be perfect.
Beauty update ends!
A few weeks ago another member of the clan was born. Welcome to the world, Baby Byron! Baby Bryon arrived a few weeks earlier than expected and is the darling first baby of Cousin TL and Mrs Cousin TL.
I got to meet him last week and I can honestly say he was the tiniest, most precious little thing! He is doing really well and I'll get to see him again this weekend at my parents' Ruby Wedding (more on that later) and can't wait to give him another cuddle.
As he arrived a bit early he is now eating for England and leaving his poor mum a bit exhausted! So I told her about the Boobie Bites I like to make for new mums who are exhausted and drained from constantly having their boobs shoved in a baby's mouth.
Basically they are a pimped up flap jack, but with tonnes of things to provide slow released energy and protein – and no nasties sugary things that will be used up in a flash. I like to give them to new mums in a Tupperware box for them to keep next to the bed so at 3.40am when they have a baby clamped to 1 nipple and a snoring husband next to them, they can just reach in for a nutritious snack. They usually look so touched that they practically sign you up to be God Mother there and then.
I made a batch on Sunday so I could take some photos (fooled Mr Rose into eating them by calling them Breakfast Bites – which actually they would be great as), but sadly they don't look as tasty as they are. So here is the recipe without a pic – but do give them a try if you know a new mum who is breast feeding like a crazy person.
5 oz oats
1 oz caster sugar
1 oz flour (you could leave this out if mum doesn't eat wheat- just replace with oats)
2 oz ground almonds
2 mashed bananas
2 tablespoon honey
1 large handful of chopped, dried apricots
1 large handful of raisins
(Or whatever you have around - dark chocolate and chopped nuts would be nice)
Glacier cherries for decorating and making the bites look like nipples ;-)
Shove them all in a bowl and mix. If mixture looks too wet then add bit more flour. Scoop into oven proof dish. Decorate with cherry nipples. Bung in the oven - take them out before they get burnt! Simples.