5 Things For Mummies To Do At Las Vegas!

SO! Why Las Vegas??? If you’re after an escape from reality, a trip to Las Vegas is one of the best ways to get it. This neon-lit metropolis in the middle of the Mojave Desert really knows how to overload the senses – from big-beyond-belief hotels to dazzling shows and inventive food and drink. Time’s irrelevant here, too. Casinos, bars and restaurants are open around the clock. All in all, this is no ordinary city break.
In the end we booked the flights with Lastminute but their packages are horrible!! So we went with TUI and got 20% off the price, make sure to use the code MUMM20BX for your discount too I found here. And whatever you do make sure to look at TripAdvisor reviews first before GOING ANYWHERE OMG.

1. Mirage Baby!

If you are a fan of The Beatles then you should make a trip to The Mirage Hotel and Casino whilst you are enjoying your stay in LV, as we did. Daddy loves the Mirage and just would not SHUT UP about it, duh! There is a permanent show called The Beatles: LOVE, the show has won acclaim around the world and is highly recommended. Outside the front of The Mirage is a free standing marquee which happens to be the largest in the world. If clubbing is more your scene then a trip to the hotels 1OAK nightclub will guarantee you an evening of entertainment. It has a New York theme and covers an area of 1,500 square meters.

2. MGM – OMG!!!!

The MGM Grand is on the south end of the Strip in Las Vegas and is instantly recognizable by the 45 foot bronze statue of a lion at the entrance. You could easily get lost for days on end in the hotel, there are four pools, three whirlpools as well as a lazy river. There is a huge selection of live daily entertainment to choose from as well as nightclubs and fine dining restaurants. The casino at MGM Grand is huge and the largest in Clark County covering an area of 171,500 square feet.

3. Luxor Hotel & Casino

This 1990s-built pyramid isn’t one of the seven wonders of the world, but it stands out in a town where copycatting New York, Paris, Venice and other iconic destinations certainly is a compliment.
Inside, guests ride inclinators instead of elevators to their rooms, and people-movers ascend and descend at 39-degree angles along the corners of the pyramid, creating a rocking sensation that makes riders feel like they’re on a boat.

4. Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas – SO CUTESEY

The little animals are so cute here! They just look so happy and I am glad they aren’t wild in Africa still, where they might die _OMG_ ! This zoo-like oasis in the courtyard of the Flamingo Las Vegas is home to more than 60 exotic birds (including Chilean flamingoes, of course), 20 turtles and 300 fish.
The free attraction opened in 1996, and it’s a great place to escape from the hubbub of the Strip and the nearby LINQ Promenade. To see the animals in their most active states, swing by for one of the twice-daily feedings, held in a section dubbed “Pelican Island” at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Flamingo Las Vegas, 3555 Las Vegas Blvd., S., Las Vegas, NV 89109; +1 702 733-3111

5. Downtown Container Park

More than 40 repurposed shipping containers just east of Las Vegas Boulevard have been turned into a popular spot for shopping, dining and nightlife. OMG!!!! Don’t miss the craft cocktails at the whiskey-heavy Oak & Ivy, and be sure to take the 33-foot-long slide down from the three-story “treehouse” in the center play area.
The giant fire-breathing praying mantis sculpture out front was apparently too cool to burn. (It was created for the Burning Man festival by aerospace engineer and artist Kirk Jellum.)
Downtown Container Park, 707 Fremont St. E., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Fenty Beauty – Exclusive new peak

I have not come across Fenty Beauty before they sent me this free promotion pack. This isn’t a sponsored post, I am just being completely honest with my review. Mimosa Sunrise is a vibrant, light-medium tangerine orange with strong, warm yellow undertones and a pearly sheen. It was one of the least shimmery shades in the duos for reference. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the texture was smooth, blendable, and easy to work with, though I’d use a moderate hand or denser brush to pickup product more evenly. As an eyeshadow, it applied best with pressing and patting motions. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading.

Sangria Sunset is a medium-dull pink with inconspicuous, cool connotations and a metallic sheen.  If you are going to buy Fenty Beauty products the ONLY place to get them in the UK right now is at feelunique.com, use a discount code first, I found one – TENOFF – from this website. Money-saving is a way of life…! The surface was delicate, smooth, and thick without being hardened or difficult to get item when utilizing a brush. It had almost dark shading scope that connected equally and mixed out with little exertion on my cheeks, however it appeared to look somewhat less metallic in a solitary layer once buffed and mixed out. I didn’t experience any difficulty utilizing it as an eyeshadow. The shading remained on well for nine hours on me before blurring a bit.

Getting that perfect bun of hair – the ballerina!

I am told that my bun is a versatile hairstyle that can be used in a variety of situations. Depending on the style, a bun can be a functional style for household chores, a more polished look for work or school, or a sophisticated updo for a night out! No matter what kind of bun you want to make, you can look great in no time by just following a few simple steps!

I always envied those who could effortlessly throw their long hair into a bun on top of their heads and look perfectly polished without the use of damaging heat styling. Earlier this year I bought my first ‘donut’ and you could say it changed my life.. it didn’t but you could say it. It did, however, revolutionise my every day hair routine. I pretty much wore a bun for a month (day and night) until I had the Got2b mishap when I had to have it cut in to a short bob. That was a dark time I must say but happily hair does grow and it’s finally long enough (just) to cover a doughnut again and since I’ve been wearing it a lot lately I’ve had lot of requests for a how to.. so here it is. I got the clips from Debenhams (used promo code from here).

 

  • You can choose to make your bun off-center for a more playful look if you would like. This look works best if your bun is placed either very low or very high.
  • Because you are going for a messy bun look, don’t brush your hair or run your hands through it too much as you draw it back. Simply pick your hair up, resisting the temptation to finger brush it.
  • Be sure to pick up any loose strands, and make sure that all of your hair has been included in your handful.

 

Davina Puts Her Heartbreak House Up For Sale – For £6.25MILLION

I’ve just noticed that Davina McCall is selling her (idyllic) house for almost DOUBLE what she paid for it. I remember that there were eyebrows raised when she paid £3.2 million for Faircrouch House near my patch of Wadhurst, back in 2009. A year before, the house had been put on the market by Rosaleen Corfe with a guide price of £4.3 million. It was bad timing for Corfe; according to Land Registry records the estate lost 14 per cent of its value in 2008 as the recession started to affect the property market. Nine years later, following the break-up of Davina’s marriage to Matthew Robertson, Faircrouch House is on sale at Savills with a guide price of £6.25 million. I wonder what percentage he will get?

Photos from Rightmove: http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-73311488.html

Faircrouch is a substantial and elegantly-proportioned Grade II listed country house, probably dating from the 17th century with a later 18th century front portion, set within nearly 38 acres of private gardens and grounds and with substantial secondary accommodation, including a detached Lodge house at the main gate, a Cottage, Barn and Coach House. The house itself has a porticoed entrance porch, entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, study/library, family room, boot room, kitchen/breakfast room, wine cellar, cellar boiler room, and six bedrooms.

According to Country Life, the house was originally a medieval nunnery that was suppressed during the Dissolution. It was later owned by a succession of wealthy ironmasters, starting with John Barham, who bought the property in 1560, and including William Benge, the builder of the Gloucester Furnace at Lamberhurst in 1695. At some point, the remains of the nunnery buildings, including those of the monastic cells, were incorporated into the main house, which has been extended several times since.

The back elevation of the stuccoed house shows the oldest 17th century work, and is three storeys high and five casement windows in length. The front is 18th century, two storeys, with six sash windows. All this sit under a hipped slate roof complete with parapet.

Unusually for the area, Faircrouch is built with local stone quarried nearby. Some historians believe it was stone from an earlier medieval building taken from this property that helped in the building of Wadhurst Castle. The area grew in the 1850s with the arrival of the railway, linking Wadhurst to the City of London. The then owners of Faircrouch were granted a permanent set of steps linking the house, via a woodland path, to Wadhurst Station ‘in perpetuity, in exchange for the sale of the cutting where the railway now runs.

It is listed with Savills, although I don’t think it’ll sell at anywhere near the asking price personally.  https://search.savills.com/ie/en/property-detail/gbtwrstus170283

 

About My Divorce

Unable to cope with the immenseness of it all I have tried to ignore it, bury my head in the sand and distract myself by staring for hours on end at the pattern on my duvet. I feel neglected.

Dave is going; that is for certain and I haven’t seen Boris for days. Even the girls I thought I could rely on have been noticeable by the distance I feel between us. Theresa and Andrea seem to have been so embroiled in their own contretemps they have had little time for me. Perhaps now Angela is splitting from Jeremy with what seems like deep acrimony, she and I might find something in common.

Family problem

For the time being the only person I seem to be able to rely on is that nice man at the bank, Mark, I think he’s called. Maybe it’s time to see him again, although I know he’ll only tell me that times are going to be tough and I have to cut back.

How did I ever get into this mess in the first place? It’s not my fault. Now I’m not so angry, I just feel sad for what might have been, what we had and what we’ve lost. I think I’ll go and take another look at the pattern on that duvet.

LoveMeBeauty – Giveaway!

Dear Readers – get that reference and win a prize! – it’s my BIRTHDAY shortly but this post is completely unrelated to that.  Rest assured I have been very much in the birthday spirit of late and spending like someone will take all of my money away if I leave it in my account for too long so you can expect a post on my recent online splurges very soon. Anyway.. Here’s what I got in my January box!

Weleda Sea Buckhorn Hand Cream

I’m not a huge fan of hand cream usually, I rarely have a period of time during the day where I’m not using my hands so having them covered in lotion is my idea of a nightmare. If I find one I really like I reserve it for bedtime but even that’s tough as I’m often glued to my phone/laptop/ipad moments before I’m asleep. This is not greasy and absorbs pretty fast so it’s a nice one to keep in my bag and apply at work.. I can still type but my hands feel hydrated – score!

Full Size: £8.96 for 50ml

Cosmetics à la Carte Divine Lash Mascara in ‘Black’

I don’t usually use higher end mascaras because I don’t think they’re any better than the cheaper ones you can buy.. and this was no exception. The small brush makes it perfect for my lower lashes but it just doesn’t do anything special for me. That being said I don’t love many mascaras.. maybe that’s why I rarely feel like splurging on them.

Full Size: £23 for 9g

NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadow in ‘Cryptonite’

Overall I was really happy with this box, next month (or this month I suppose) we have been promised a surprise item which is pretty exciting as the whole premise behind Love Me Beauty is that you have a pre-determined set of menus and you know what to expect but the idea of one surprise item definitely intrigues me!

Do I make money from blogging?

 

The answer is YES. I get asked this more than any other question by my lovely commenters, to let me share some secrets on how I started and how much I am making now.

Starting from the beginning, what is a BLOG? Well, a blog is a little site that spotlights on a theme of intrigue (or specialty), and is composed in the primary individual by the proprietor. There are some magnificent websites in Australia – and some of them profit each year utilizing up to fifty individuals. A dominant part of web journals however are only one individual, expounding on what they are energetic about, and sharing it for the entire world to see.

Blogging is an extraordinary outlet for many individuals. All things considered, on the off chance that you are energetic about an especially theme, and love to expound on it – a blog is an ideal method to impart that energy to other individuals. There are actually writes on each theme you could consider! So on the off chance that you are considering beginning a blog, as a matter of first importance, record what you want to peruse about. What do you look for on the Internet all the time? In the event that you want to peruse it and discuss it, ensured, there will be others like you that will need to peruse your sentiment, and have your perused theirs!

Now, to begin your own particular Blogging livelihood, is somewhat confused on the off chance that you aren’t exceptionally educated in English…! You need to require some investment taking in the route, however in the long run you will find that part simple once it goes live. I propose beginning first with posting surveys routinely and pick up a crowd of people since it opens entryways of chances for you to draw in customers.

Too hard…!? It does require time, and lots of it. But it might be a better idea to try something less intense, if you don’t have time. I know that I am so busy — there just aren’t enough hours in the day, like, if I’m not spending 3-4 hours a day on Facebook then I’m probably binge-watching poorly-acted boxsets in the evening for 1-2 hours at least. There just isn’t enough time for anything else! I am just so busy it’s crazy, modern life eh! So here are my quick top 3 other tips.

  1. Do Product Reviews
    Most buyers would read about other people´s experience of using a gadget, clothing & apparel or any products before they decide a purchase. One of the best examples is Tomoson (Who?!) that offers product review services. After registering you as a member contributor, you will be directed to the products category page where you can choose a product that you would like to review. Once approved by the website, they will mail the product for you to use. Then you will write your experience, even a constructive criticism about the product.
  2. Sell your old iPhone!
    We all must have the latest iPhone so we can flash it around and make the girlies jealous.  There’s a brand new iPhone X out now as of 2018, which has a slightly larger screen than the previous model  and a slightly improved CPU. A must buy for only £1200! If you’re a spendthrift like me then you need to trade in your old mobile to make some cash to put towards the new one.  Try the Carphone Warehouse trade-in or even better compare the prices from various websites that buy old iPhones.
  3.  Write an eBook and flog it!
    It’s not exactly rocket science!  Old media like newspapers and magazines are  slowly fading; it has all turned digital since the day Tablets were invented. Most authors are not sure about selling E-books because they are not sure how to self-publish. There are only 5 important factors when you sell E-book. I am afraid I will have to write about them in another post as I have to go shopping now as it’s a Saturday and there’s nothing better than some retail therapy on the credit card!!!  xSo on to how much am I making. Well that would be telling, but to give you an idea it’s about £30 a month.  Enough to pay for my vets bill from my darling pooch.

 

My Travel Makeup Bag

It’s safe to say that as I write this I am pretty darn excited about my upcoming trip but by the time you read it I’ll have been back for more than a week.. the craziness that is scheduled posts, eh? To ensure that I would have some breathing space over my holiday and just after getting back I went a bit mad and over-prepared so this was the first slot available to show you what I took with me.. I’ll also be sharing what I took in my toiletries bag in a couple of days too so those interested in hair/skin care keep an eye out for that!

Makeup

  • Foundation – Mix Of Revlon Colourstay & Avon Ideal Flawless
  • Concealer – Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
  • Powder – Revlon Nearly Naked
  • Brows – Smashbox Brow Tech To Go
  • Cheeks – Sleek Makeup Faceform in Light & NARS Mata Hari
  • Primer – Urban Decay sample sachet
  • Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked Basics and single of Smog
  • Eyeliner – Maxfactor Excess Intensity & 17 Semi Permanent Liquid Liner
  • Mascara – Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless

BTW, here’s my friend’s latest “review” video, I know some of you liked the old one 🙂

My Purple Toothbrush!

 An electric toothbrush is one of those not so exciting beauty gadgets that totally changes your hygiene routine. It’s not something you’d usually be telling all your friends about but it’s an instant WOW and really other than whitening dental products don’t get enough blog press, do they? If I find a toothpaste I’m particularly excited about (I have uber sensitive teeth) I will mention it either here or in a video on my YouTube channel so I figured ‘life’ changing toothbrush deserved a review.

 

We had an electric toothbrush a couple of years ago, I believe it was a Christmas gift from my Mum. We loved it until it broke (stopped charging) and replaced it with regular manual toothbrushes and moved on with our lives. I just forgot how great it was until I got this one, my teeth just don’t feel as clean with a regular brush and now I’m a little older and care a little more (Spike Milligan warned us!) about my teeth I’ll never be without an electric one again.. especially since they’re nowhere near as expensive as they once were. You used to be talking £100 minimum for an electric toothbrush but this is a quarter of that and for what it does I think it’s absolutely worth it. Bonus – this one’s purple, my favourite colour… not so bonus for my husband who I’ve bought a brush head for but hey, he’ll just have to deal with it.

Ray-Ban Coloured Aviators Edit

 I was so excited when I bought these that I had to bombard you with hundreds of pictures of me wearing them, haha. I’ve wanted these shades since last summer and when I posted about them a month or so ago saying how I loved them but they were so expensive I was over the moon when a reader sent me a link to them HALF OFF. Unfortunately they’re no longer available from Zalando (where I bought them) but as I mentioned in my Wayfarer post, keep an eye on that site cause they have some amazing flash sales and products come in and out of stock all the time.

I always wanted a pair of Ray-Bans but had decided I was too clumsy to spend big money on something so flimsy.. especially the aviators so I’d resigned myself to Primark specials. There’s nothing wrong with my £1 pairs but they never sit QUITE right and for the life of me I couldn’t find a knock off of these mirrored blue ones.. and I looked EVERYWHERE! Had I found a pair I may not have jumped quite so quickly at the deal when I saw it but as I hadn’t they were still the elusive pair that got away and I couldn’t resist. I’m happy to report that I was NOT disappointed once I got my hands on them, they’re light but they definitely FEEL more substantial than my cheapo pairs. I’m yet to drop them and thus far I’ve been very good about putting them back in their ‘house’ but I am very nervous that 1. I could bend/break the frames and 2. I could scratch the mirrored lenses. Fingers crossed the extra money I did a lot of research before buying and people do say they hold up far better than your average so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

If you’re Ray-Ban fans or looking to get into a new pair of Aviators, well this is a must check-out item that was just released. The new FULL COLOR Aviators are AWESOME. No other way to describe them, really. With the look of the classic Aviators, the new full color Aviators provide a new fresh look to these classic babies.

So now I have the pair of my dreams and the less ostentatious tortoise Wayfarers.. I still need a regular pair of aviators, right? hehe.. you think I’m kidding..