Monday Links and Loves

imageHowdy Y’all,

Hope you are all doing well and that your weekend was super. TBH last week was not great in the L household, nothing went as it was meant and on Wednesday I declared to a friend that I was hibernating till today. Unfortunately that is not possible with a toddler, but I dug deep and continued. Little L has been teething with her molars which is horrid for her, painful and very tiring. I do feel that I can face anything if I can get a good nights kip. Today is a new week.

Last week I did finally push my posterior into implementing one of my NYR. This was using outstanding gift cards and being more efficient with coupons. Please don’t tell me that I’m alone when I stand in line to buy something which I have a coupon for, only to learn that I changed purses and did not transfer the coupon. With a screaming toddler and standing in line for an eternity you make the decision you need the item regardless of the coupon and you could not be bothered to do this again. This is why I need a better system.

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know I adore candles. I love the higher end candles like Diptyque, Tom Dixon or Jo Malone, but I do often find myself not burning them regularly and “keeping the for best.” I have to date been impressed with the candles at Bed,Bath and Bodyworks. Everyday we have one burning as a way to mask the smells of daily life. I will preface I do not like every fragrance but I do love Fresh Cut Lilacs, White Gardenia and Endless Weekend at the moment. I had a 10$ off $30 and I had wanted to use it. I had been waiting for the 3 wick candles which are usually $22.50 to drop in price and then I would pounce. When the email arrived on Friday that said candles were $12.50 I did a sneaky order. Ssh do not tell Mr L, I did get $10 off and wait for a sale, so it is a bargain – right?

Keeping with the gift card theme I had one for Sephora . I treated myself to a Sunday Riley Power Couple Transformation Kit which included her Good Genes and Luna Oil. I have heard so much buzz surrounding this brand and these products in particular. I have just started using so I will report back in a separate post. I also purchased the Clinique Bottom Lash mascara, again I have heard great things so will report back.

Tis the season for the spring/summer catalogues to arrive in the mail! The weather has been so beautiful here I feel spring like already. When Mini Boden dropped on the doorstep I jumped on one or two of the items for Little L. Although it is a slightly higher price point, the quality is fantastic, plus I think they are current, age appropriate and use color beautifully. I hate to see little people in drab colors. If you are not familiar with this British brand, take a look online, they are also sold at Nordstrom.

Food wise it was a harder week. I was not in my cooking mojo.  I always like to return to a classic family pleaser when I am like this. A recipe I know and know works. For those of you not familiar with the UK cook Mary Berry you should. She is a national treasure and her family recipes and cook books work. This week I made this lasagna which Mr L and Little L love and devour. Plus Little L eats spinach and mushroom in this, no problems. I urge you to give it a try. Thanks to Mary for producing some of my fav recipes.

Mr L hit a home run this week when he purchased a Google cardboard D-scope Pro, what is that I hear you say? It is a virtual reality headset which allows you to turn your Iphone into a 3D viewer. Which for our dinosaur loving toddler has been such a hit especially for those potty training tantrums. It is a great price point and great fun. I just do not know where he gets these ideas?!

This weekend I found a new place to get a mani and pedi, which was so overdue, my last one was pre christmas (how embarrassing.) I could have gone earlier but I have been trying out a foot peel (more on that in another post.) I will say the place was fantastic and it was showing Fixer Upper on the TV screens, win win. This is now my fav place to escape.

This week the weather is to turn bad and rain the whole time, it is also Spring Break which means all kiddies are off school so everywhere will be packed. I will be trying to entertain Little L with crafts and baking otherwise the two of us caged inside will be fatal.

Have a happy week.

Ta ta for now.



Monday Loves- Hand Cream

Howdy Y’all,

How was your weekend? Super Bowl filled fun? I have to be honest I am not the greatest fan of football but with the adverts and halftime show to keep you entertained you get through it. Plus who doesn’t want to live in Ryan Town? The weekend as ever went crazy fast, I had plenty of fun and I am recovering after two nights out in a row. Life is not what it was! So tis the season for dry hands, who is with me? I always feel it across my knuckles when my hands are dry. I’m not sure whether it is being in and out of the cold or that I am outside more enjoying the park and not wearing gloves, (because how can you take squillions of photos of your little cherub and check Facebook and Twitter when you are wearing gloves?) I have my hands in water far more than I have ever done, not just washing dishes but washing my hands a million times a day. I also think that when I was a working in an office I always took greater care of my hands because I was always applying cream. What else can you do on a conference call?

My mother has always told me that your hands and decolletage tells a ladies age, so taking care of them is essential. I do try, I am making a conscious effort to place hand cream in places where I have 10 seconds to apply, like in the car when I am in the drive-thru que, on my desk and next to my bed (an obvious place,) although I am often too tired to remember. I even place hand cream next to my hand washes at my sinks, but those hand creams are a little like conditioner, the wash runs out and there is always lots of cream left. Since I am suffering with dry hands I wanted to share with you what I love and what I turn to when I need my hands to be silky smooth. I have to tell you that hand cream makes a wonderful gift, male or female as a hostessing gift or for those who love to garden. Just an idea!

What do I look for in a hand cream? I must love the fragrance. It must actually make my hands feel more comfortable and nourished. I hate that film and sticky feeling some of the creams can leave on your hands, why would I want to wash that off my hands which defeats the point. So I am quite fussy, shock horror so here are some of TLL favs:-


  1. Liz Earle Superskin Hand Serum No beauty recommendation would be
    Lifestyle Lady appropriate if it did not include Liz Earle. I love her brand and range of skin care. This is the first time I have used the serum (I think it’s new to the collection.) It does not disappoint. This is next to my bed, it is a serum so I feel it is more nourishing than a standard cream and this is reflected in the cost, it is the most expensive item I have on my list. In my view worth every penny. It has a light fragrance of essential oils and I am very attracted to its botanical nature and the fact it’s natural and does not contain any uglies or nasties. This is typical of the fanstastic standard of Liz Earle and I am glad I have a backup ready.
  2. Bath & Bodyworks Fresh Tangerines Hand Cream This was a spontaneous buy, I am getting more familiar with the brand. I have always found the candy smell in their stores a little off putting but I sucked it up and bought this and I have not been disappointed. I will tell you I am a sucker for anything that smells of Clementines, Tangerines or Oranges. I love the clean smell and it just reminds me of summer. So this was a no brainier purchase. I obviously love the fragrance but their is a variety of other scents in the collection. For $5 this is such great value and the cream is soothing, comfortable and nourishing.
  3. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hand Treatment As one would expect of Elizabeth Arden this is great, it is a cult classic. It is probably closest to the Liz Earle and I turn to this when my hands are really dry and need a treat. If you are a fan of the Eight Hour range than this will be for you.
  4. Mangiacotti Hand Repair I purchased this when I went to the hairdresser they were selling this range. Again it was the fragrance which drew me in. You will see from the photo that it is almost empty so that should tell you all you need to know. I will repurchase if I can source it.
  5. Cath Kidston Flora Hand Cream Collection This was a Christmas present from Mr L. He is sick of holding my scraggy hands, yes we still hold hands occasionally – who says romance is dead?! I didn’t have high hopes for this and I have been proved wrong. I adore the fragrances and they are nourishing and creamy. Good job Mr L a great stocking stuffer.
  6. L’Occitane Hand Creams If you have followed the blog for a while like Liz Earle L’Occitane is another one of the brands I love. TBH L’Occtiane to me knocks it out of the park when it comes to their hand and foot creams. They sell them in such a variety of fragrances and sizes. I am NEVER without one in my purse and they are a beauty staple. There is a reason why it’s loved by The Green Beauty Bible. Treat yourself give it a try.

So what have I missed that you love? Get in touch and let me know.

Ta Ta for now,



The Friday Feeling- Links I love



Howdy Y’all,

It is Friday! Congratulations you have made it through another week. Looking forward to a weekend of great weather in Texas, so I have that Friday feeling and I thought I would share some of the things I have liked and loved this week.

So I mentioned the weather is to be good this weekend as a result we have been invited to our first BBQ of the year, a BBQ in January who would have thought? We will actually be able to sit outside rather than the summer where the heat is a nightmare. I am making an appetizer, wanting to stretch my repertoire I am going to make this, hope it is yummy I will report back.

It’s baby fever amongst my friends at the moment, and I love the American tradition of Baby Showers and Sprinkles. I really enjoy celebrating the mum and the impending arrival. I have a sprinkle to attend this weekend, although I had already purchased a gift I was in Gap this week and saw these. For those of you who are not familiar with the Mr Men books or The Little Miss books you have missed out. I loved these during my childhood and they are a great gift for children. They are smaller books with a great moral message to them all. The collections can be bought through Amazon here and here. A great addition to any child’s library.

If you have a littlie in your life who is fond of Disney like Little L, The Disney Store is having a fab sale on plush soft toys, buy one full price ($19.95) get the second for $1. Elsa and Cilla (Cinderella) were added to our family.

I think I have mentioned earlier my love of candles and Bed Bath & Bodyworks are having another sale. I went in to see what I could find and discovered the Lilacs candle, I love the smell so much, it is delicate and reminds me of Spring which is not far away. I also managed to get a Gardenia room fragrance, I love The smell of Gardenia’s I just wish they did this in a body cream.

I was disappointed when I was in London that one of my Christmas gifts (a Liz Earle facial) was cancelled due to the therapist being sick, so Mummy L gained the benefit, which is good. Liz Earle so kindly sent me a pack of goodies to say sorry. It was a lovely surprise and I will blog when I have tried all I was given. It was so kind of them. So thank you. I have been a fan of the brand for years. Give them a try.

Have a super weekend.

Ta Ta for now