The following articles were authored by Helena

LMS Spotlight

My sister Maddie has been trying out the LMS Spotlight for the past few weeks.  Here’s what she thought of it………

The LMS Spotlight uses Red Light Therapy to reduce spots and improve the skin’s healing abilities. It’s different from most other spot treatments out there but nothing has really worked for me before so it was worth giving it a go.

I found it quite awkward to fit in to my daily routine. You’re supposed to press it to the affected area and hold it there for one minute three times a day (I have the Spotlight 8 which is for using on a few spots at a time). If you have four or five areas which need treating this adds up to about 15 minutes a day which may not seem a huge amount of time but it does get a bit boring!

I stuck at it though, and found that it does do what it claims to do. My spots cleared up much quicker than usual. Whereas before a spot would stay for a week or so, after using the LMS Spotlight it would clear up within two or three days. Although it reduces spots quickly it doesn’t actually prevent you getting new spots so while I will carry on using it and would recommend it, I am still looking for the perfect skin treatment to clear my face completely.

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e.l.f. Nail Polish – Teal Blue

Last week I tried out one of the new nail polishes by e.l.f. and was majorly impressed by how long it stayed on my nails without chipping.  Another new shade that they’ve just released is ‘Teal Blue’ which is a lovely, bright blue / green – I can’t quite decide which!  After the summery weather last week, I thought it would be the perfect time to try out this summery shade but unfortunately it seems to have been raining ever since I applied it.

The colour is quite hard to photograph… it looks more like mint green here but it is definitely more blue in real life.

I kept this on my nails for five days before it started to chip!

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Hot Cross Buns!

Today is the first official day of our Easter holidays which is great news but it does means that exams are nearly here which is a bit scary!  This year seems to have gone by so quickly.  What better way to start the Easter holidays than some Hot Cross Buns?  We had some deliciously fruity ones from Greggs for our lunch today.  They are bigger than the ones you get from supermarkets and are pretty cheap at £2 for two 6 packs.

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Nyokki Egg Pet Plants

How cute do these look?!  They are called Nyokki Egg Pet Plants and are little plant pots which sit on your windowsill.  They come with grass seed and all you need to do is water your Nyokki’s head.  Soon, your Nyokki has it’s very own hair!  Bit weird, but I think they’d make a brilliant Easter gift.  They are really unique and there are a few different designs to choose from; a chick, a cat, a frog or a bunny.  Nyokki Egg Pet Plants are available from FindMeAGift.com for £5.99.

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Orange Cupcakes

I made these for my friends 21st a couple of weeks ago and they tasted pretty good!

This recipe makes six muffin size cupcakes.

Ingredients

For the cakes…..

115g self raising flour

½ tsp baking powder

115g margarine

115g caster sugar

2 eggs

grated rind of 1 orange

2tbsp milk

For the icing…..

85g butter

175g icing sugar

grated rind of ½ orange

red food colouring

yellow food colouring

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4 and put 6 muffin cases in a muffin tray.  I used some lovely ones from Splat Cooking, but you should know that even though they look fantastic, they make the cakes a lot harder to ice!

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl.

3. Whisk the eggs together in a mug using a fork and then add gradually to the mixing bowl.  Beat each time you add more egg.

4. Add the orange rind.

5. Sift the flour if needed and then fold gently into the mixture.

6. Share out the mixture evenly into the muffin cases and then bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

7. To make the icing, cream the butter and then gradually mix in the icing sugar.  Separate the icing into two bowls and then add the red food colouring to one bowl and the yellow to the other.

8.  Put the icing into an icing bag – one spoon of red then one spoon of yellow etc to give the icing a marbled effect.  Decorate the cakes however you like.  I did some swirly patterns and then topped the cakes with glitter.  Remember to wait for the cakes to cool before you try to ice them.

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Creme Egg Cupcakes

If you live in Bristol and haven’t been to Swinky’s Sweets yet then you’re missing out! Here’s a photo of the delicious Creme Egg cupcake I had yesterday. It’s only available until Easter so you need to get a move on if you want to try one!

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The Hand That First Held Mine

The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie Farrell is a really good read.

It tells the story of Lexi Sinclair, a university student who runs away from rural Devon to busy, exciting 1950s London.  There she falls in love with a magazine editor Innes Kent.  The novel jumps between Lexi’s story and that of Ted and Elina, a present day couple with a newborn baby living in London.  Ted has never been able to remember large parts of his childhood, but since the birth of his son he’s been having flashbacks which don’t tally with his parents’ version of things.

From the start, it’s known that the two storylines are connected and gradually throughout the novel, the connection becomes clear.  It’s a fast moving, easy to read book and I’d definitely recommend it.

You can buy The Hand That First Held Mine from Play for just £4.49 and get free delivery.

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Senseo Coffee Machines *** 40% DISCOUNT ***

Phillips are giving readers of my blog a whopping 40% off the Senseo Coffee Machines.  There are two types – the Original costs £59.99 and the Quadrante costs £99.99.  With the discount, these prices drop to £35.99 and £59.99 so it’s a really good deal.

I’ve not tried either machine myself but have had a look around for some reviews for you and they seem to be generally positive……

www.gadgetspeak.com

www.espresso-club.co.uk

www.mumpreneuruk.com

If you want to take advantage of this amazing deal then you need to use the code PHILIPSMUM by April 3rd.

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Mama Jewels

Mama Jewels make a range of baby proof jewellery.  There are lots of different designs to choose from and they all look just like regular necklaces and bracelets so aren’t only for mums!

The range is dishwasher proof so can be kept clean for when baby tries to chew them and are really stong so they don’t break when pulled.  They come in nicely presented boxes making them good Mother’s Day presents……

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Enlighten Serum

For the past month or so I’ve been using Enlighten Serum which is a Nano-Repair Whitening Tooth Serum.  You basically use it instead of your normal toothpaste and it is designed to repair enamel on a microscopic level while leaving teeth looking ‘smooth and bright’.  It is claimed that you will see a ‘noticeable difference in your smile within a matter of weeks’.

Here are the before and after photos……

I’m not really sure I can see a difference in these photos (and the first one is a bit blurry which doesn’t help!), what do you think?  I always think straight after brushing my teeth with the Enlighten Serum that they do look whiter but it seems to wear off inbetween so I think it may just be wishful thinking on my part.  Nobody has commented either on how white my teeth are looking, even when I ask them directly!

I really like the taste of this toothpaste though and it has also improved my sensitive teeth.  I don’t think I’d buy it again though as it costs £9.99 which is quite a lot of money if it doesn’t whiten my teeth.  If you do want to try the Enlighten Serum it is available from Enlighten endorsed dentists and you can find a list of these here.

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