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.

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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.

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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 @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 @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 @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 @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 @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 @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.

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DIY Pom Pom Bookmarks

If you’ve been following my blog this year, you’ll know that I’m doing the Good Reads 2016 reading challenge, and in my updated January Bucket List, you’ll know I read a whopping 8 books in the first month of 2016. I think at this rate, I’m definitely going to have to up my reading goals!

The problem is, I’m getting so sick of being unorganised and having to try and find a scrap of paper or an old envelope when I need to bookmark my page! So this got me thinking…I can’t possibly be the only person who gets sick of it…so I thought how about I come up with a nice easy bookmark craft that all ages could from the toddler years and upwards could do? What a great way to encourage reading in children then to make it that little bit more interactive.

DIY Pom Pom Bookmarks at @gloryiscalling #pompoms #howto #diy

Today I’m going to be showing you how to make these really cute (but also totally useful) pom pom bookmarks that adults and children will love. DIY Pom Pom bookmarks are a quick and simple bookmarking solution. Making pom poms is a super easy craft that children can really get involved with.

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