Life Update

I’ve been pretty absent from the blog scene lately and almost all social media except for my personal facebook account. This is because I’ve had a lot going on in my personal life and I’ve had to spend time adjusting to a whole bunch of new challenges and situations.

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Some may remember that last year, I got engaged. Unfortunately, over the past fair few months, that relationship has started to fall apart and we ended up going our seperate ways. So recenetly, I’ve just been focusing my attention on this whole single mum malarkey, trying to guide Luke through any emotional problems he might be facing – like missing his step dad – and trying to plan my days around making sure everything I need to do gets done in the day. Hence why, unfortunately, blogging has taken a little bit of a back seat.

But now things are starting to look up a bit – I’ve had a fairly decent stretch of time now to sort things out and I’m starting to balance and manage things a little better. That means more time for blogging – yay!

I remember the whole reason I started blogging was to have a little break away from real life and express my opinions and talk about what I’ve been up to in life, without the heavy weight of the world judging me sitting on my shoulders. I’m hoping that, once again, blogging can be my little escape and a place for me to be me again!

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Review: Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Conditioner

I do a lot of crazy things with my hair. I style it using heat, I bleach it, I pull it about when creating my hair-do (I do love a good braid!) and I dye it frequently. Obviously, all of that takes it’s toll and my hair therefore ends up damaged and brittle and, well, it just ends up feeling a bit straw-like. It’s not nice!

The last time I bleached my hair, I decided enough was enough and I needed to find a nice decent high street brand conditioner that works towards healing and fixing damaged hair but doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. Luckily for me, I came across the Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Conditioner.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treatment Conditioner review at http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

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Creation Station: Spring Tree Blossom

All this good weather lately is making me SO ready for summer. I am a total sun creature, I just can’t get enough of it and I definitely can’t complain about the great mood it puts me in. But unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet and Spring has that bad habit of throwing some lovely days out there and then chucking in a few days in a row of torrential rain. It’s on these rainy days that we could do with some fun and bright activities to keep our spirits up.

spring blossom creation station at www.lukoeusaurusandme.co.uk

I had loads of spare paper left over from making a whole bunch of beautiful origami hearts for Valentine’s day, so I grabbed my flower shaped paper punch and some other bits and bobs and set up a spring tree blossom creation station.

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How To: Origami Hearts Tutorial

Right back at the beginning for the year, I read a book series called The Paper Magician. Almost everything about the book aside, the main character’s used paper to create their spells, and at one point in the story line, the magician’s apprentice is required to make a paper heart. Essentially, origami plays a huge role in the story line.

I absolutely loved the book series and it really did open my eyes to the whole new creative process with this rather under appreciated medium. I decided that I had to give origami a go. It’s something that looks a lot more complicated than it actually is. With a few creases and folds here and there, you’re left with a beautiful little creation that didn’t take anywhere nears as long to create as you expected. After the first two origami hearts I made, I’ve been able to bang them out in under five minutes each. Here’s a step by step guide on how to do it.

Origami Heart Tutorial http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk @gloryiscalling How to make origami hearts

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Book Review: Naked Heat(Nikki Heat #2) – Richard Castle

I’m a huge fan of ABC’s witty crime drama, Castle. I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t fallen in love with the crime solving double act that is Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and best selling mystery-crime author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion). So when I discovered that the novels that brought the two together in the show were to be actually written and published, I was ecstatic.

Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2) Richard Castle review http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk @gloryiscalling

Last year I read the first instalment of the Nikki Heat series – Heat Wave (Nikki Heat Series, Book One) – written by “Richard Castle” (I mean, this fictional author even has his own website, the tie ins are really brilliant!) I absolutely loved everything about and it could instantly connect the book to the TV show. When I came across Naked Heat (Nikki Heat Series Book Two) in my local library, I knew I had to read it.

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Mark Making with Cars and Trains

We’ve been exploring mark making a little bit more lately. Luke seems to really be enjoying the discovery side of things and I thought, since he’s obsessed with cars and trains, why not add some more fun to the mix and use them as well?

We collected a variety of vehicles that didn’t have stickers on them – this bits important for later – and gathered some coloured paper and plain white paper, as well as some bright coloured paint (paint like this is perfect as it washes off little hands and cars easily).

Mark Making with Toy Cars and Trains http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk @gloryiscalling

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Meal Planning Monday: 15/02/16

Since I’ve started taking my diet and exercise and just my general well being seriously, I’ve become dependant on meal planning.

Living on a strict budget and still trying to pack in as much goodness as possible means that meal planning is now an essential part of my weekend routine. I sit down with the OH, get some books/magazines out, go through the freezer and see what meals can be produced cheaply, but are still delicious and relatively healthy (with the odd exception).

Meal Planning Monday at http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk @gloryiscalling

That being said, I’ve never actually shared a meal plan on the blog before, so here’s to the first of (hopefully) many Monday rituals.

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4 Quick Valentine’s Crafts

It’s nearly Valentine’s day, hurrah!

I have 4 quick and easy Valentine’s Day crafts to make with the kids to help show mummy, daddy, the grandparents, or step parents just how much they’re loved. There are crafts for toddlers and small children upwards to do – they’re quick and simple, making them the ideal last minute Valentine’s Day gift or just something nice and crafty to do with the kids one afternoon.

4 Quick Easy Valentine's Day Crafts http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk @gloryiscalling

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How To: Toddler’s Watercolour LOVE Picture Gift

I’m a big fan of watercolours: they look pretty and they’re nearly mess free when in paint palette form. They’re also easy for little artists to use and did I mention, they look really pretty?

I’m not the only one who loves a bit of watercolour art though – it’s totally the “in” thing at the moment, cropping up in big stationary brands such as Paperchase and Not On The High Street. So why not combine this popular gorgeous arty effect with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or just as a lovely gift for someone special and create something that looks beautiful for them.

Toddler's Watercolour LOVE gift at http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk @gloryiscalling

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I Love You To Pieces – Toddler Valentine’s Card

This week James has been away with work, which has meant that Luke and I have had loads of time to get on with making gifts and cards for him for Valentine’s Day.

The first thing we made for his is this adorably cute “I Love You To Pieces” toddler’s Valentine’s Day card that I just know James is going to love.

Toddler Valentines Day Card Craft at http://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

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