Top Trends for 2018
We have just about entered the Christmas season and already im scouring Pinterest to make my wish list for our home renovations for 2018. We have been undergoing some major renovations throughout 2017 and this will continue with hopefully the final touches just left to do in 2018. Often its the final interior design finishes that are the hardest to agree on. With this in mind im delighted to work with Sloane & Sons to look at what is predicted to the big interior design trends in 2018.
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Over the last few years we have all been moving towards high tech homes where everything is interconnected, wifi enabled etc. However I am delighted to see one of the top trends for 2018 is the move back towards balance and simplicity. Enjoying views, chill out corners, or spaces to relax, unplug and unwind. I love it!
While I whole-heatedly embrace technology I also love the idea of the breather, the time out away from being so accessible.
Other predictions im loving for 2018 are dark wood flooring, tonal reds and simple furniture shapes – clean lines and curves. Now these are trends I can really get behind. I love simplicity and elegance in interior design.
For more information on the above trends and details on how to incorporate them into your home see here
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Not really a gift guide in the regular sense rather this post looks at the most played or loved toys in the Mamma Fairy house throughout 2017. Some of the toys we bought, some were hand me downs other we were gifted via the blog. In no particular order….but first up we have….
- Arckit – This is a personal favourite of my own. It is made and developed in Ireland by an Irish Architect. Its basically a free form modelling system that allows you to build model towns and landscapes.
I have heard it being called a real life Minecraft and that’s exactly what my older man thinks it is! Its really good and gets tonnes of play in our house. The possibilities of what to build are vast. This is toy with a huge educational element which is always a big advantage for me. The Dada Fairy is involved in the construction industry and when the pair of them get together to build their town it gets very serious!! We have Arckit Play Cityscape and hand on hears its a brilliant, the set is a good size and contains lots of pieces for the money. For more see – Arckit
- Hexbug Battle Ground Tarantula – My oldest loves this! Ill say at the outset having two greatly adds to the fun as they “battle” so when he catches up with his best buddy they have serious battles! The hexbug’s battle with fire using high-tech infrared technology against each other and the impact sensor measures each strike and damage. They make lots of noise and effects and actually creep along like real life spiders!! I can really see the appeal of these for when friends get together. They are also surprisingly durable. Available for most toys shops including Smyths.
- Mi-Mic Microphone – This for me is the surprise of 2017! We were sent this and I really didn’t know what the boys would think. However countless headaches (mine not theirs) later and this is a much played with toy in our house. In summary its contains a Bluetooth karaoke speaker which allows you to play any song direct from your phone. You can even ad
My First Scalextric
d pretty cool extra’s to your voice. What the boys also love is the 7 colour beat matching LED lights. The Mi-Mic’s arrival coincided with start of this years X-Factor so most evenings we had our own version complete with judges panel. Great fun! Again readily available in most toy shops.
- My First Scalextric Set – I have a sneaky suspicion that the Dada Fairy wanted this one for himself! However I will give him the benefit of the doubt as the kids love this set. It’s the toddler version of the old classic. The power controllers are the ideal size for little hands. Its durable and all round good fun. Kids love this and it does become very competitive! It really is an ideal starter set for the younger car fanatic and has become a firm playdate favoruite here.
- Rubik’s – while speaking of new takes on old classics, the Rubiks cube has come out with junior version of the classic cube but this time shaped like animals. These are suitable from age 3 upwards and what I like about this is they are a great shape and size for little hands without too many combinations which means it is doable for younger kids. This would make an ideal stocking filler.
- Paw Patrol Sea Patroller – my youngest is utterly obsessed with this! I have a full post on this from earlier in the year but suffice to say this is a mega hit in this house! A little on the pricey side for what it is but it is has got tonnes and tonnes of play in this house.
Aside from the above toys other items that we loved during the past year include
- books, books and more books – see here for some inspiration from our great reads of 2017. Since this post we have added another couple to our nightly stash:
- Manny Man Does Revolutionary Ireland – the oldest loves this book, the illustrations are really engaging and the text sucks them in. This book is a great introduction to history for younger kids.
Published by: OUP
- Dot in the Snow – My littlest man loves this book, its so adorable and beautifully illustrated. Its a really lovely Winter tale.
- The Turkey that voted for Christmas – A funny Christmas tale and again another beautifully illustrated book. I love when 1 December begins that we can introduce some Christmas books to our evening story time.
- One third Stories – This is a subscription box which comes out monthly in either Spanish or French which contains an original story, activities and an audio book. The story begins in English and finishes in either Spanish or French. This is a really clever concept and metholodogy and to be honest the type of gift that keeps them interested with the new story box arriving monthly. The world is so much more multi cultural and multi lingual and languages will always be at the forefront of this.
- Don’t forget the ultimate stocking filler of Christmas sweets my pair love to see candy canes and gold coins in their stockings.
Hopefully the above has been some food for thought. Id love to know if you have any ideas we should be considering.
I recently wrote this post which discussed what “me time” means and with the help of some lovely fellow bloggers, it become clear “me time” can mean a vast array of things to different people. Which in itself celebrate the diversity the is among us. In this instalment I look it it from the point of view of activities as in what kind of activities make up “me time”. Again im thrilled to have input here from lots of fellow bloggers. First up – for myself, its an easy one – me time is getting out and going for a long run or a pilates class. I love the sense of escapism both of these activities provide.
I’m not alone in pounding the payment for some “me time” Natalie from Plutonium Sox Leyla from Motherhood Diaries and Lucy from Momma Mack also love it as their “me time”.
Gaming/ Online/ TV
I’m guilty myself of getting lost in social media while supposed to be taking time out! However for Sarah Mummy Cat Notes and Pete from Household Money Saving its gaming such as on the playstation that works for them for others its online gaming such as bingo. In addition taking time to watch that rom com of soap can often give me that much needed switch off time. I do try not to look at social media in bed however im not always dedicated enough to put that phone or tablet away!
Sometimes we can take the simply things in life for granted and it can often be five minutes spent doing an every day task in peace that makes the ideal “me time” for example reading a book, watching TV interrupted or even cooking! For some of my fellow blogger – the blog itself can be a form of espcapeism doing what they enjoy.
Across both posts is abundantly clear that me time can mean so many different things but I think the most important thing is to know what your own “me time” is.
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In a hectic world of kids, full time job and blogging, sometimes it can be hard to come off that conveyor belt and take some time for me. I suffered with blood pressure on both of the boys and while I should have known how important that breather, that five minutes to yourself was, I didn’t and for want of a better explanation I let myself go. The weight piled on, my skin looked awful same goes for my hair, so began a vicious circle where I didn’t want to leave the house. Some gentle intervention from my family and I can happily say im in much better place.
What I realised was that self care was important and self care can mean many different things to different people. I reached out to some of my fellow bloggers for their thoughts on this also. Such was the reaction to this post that I have split it into two and in this one I focus on beauty. Ill go first! For me it started with caring for my skin and taking those 10 minutes a day to do just that. I suffered from bad skin in my teens which rectified itself as I hit my twenties, now in the tail end of my thirties I was back to square on. Some top tips:
- A good base is crucial, products like Facial Enhancer are great for deep cleansing and improving texture.
- Find the moisturiser that works for you, that’s not saying it has to be mega expensive. These days I am loving Ziaja skincare products they are reasonably priced and readily available.
- As above find an everyday make up brand. I used to begrudge wearing my beloved high end foundation for the school run! Instead I found a good alternative which has turned out to be Elf Cosmetics incredibly reasonable in price and last the distance too.
So what does “Me Time” mean to others – The Beauty Ed
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