Monday, 2 March 2015

I'm getting there. #BloggingToJogging

This weeks weight loss is another small one but none the less, it's a loss and I am happy about that! I weigh myself every Friday by the way.
I've lost another 1.5lbs, which might be nearer 2lbs because I was fully dressed in jeans and a woolly jumper. I'm really pleased I've lost again this weight rather than maintain. I'm happy with it so all is good.

However, this weekend was my Birthday and Friday night I had no children (rare!), so I may have indulged in some treats - including alcohol and Birthday cake. I do think I deserved a treat and I actually don't feel guilty about it! I will however, workout extra hard this week and do some extra walking and what not. Didn't do the 30 day shred over the weekend but hey, it was my Birthday!! (Not that it's any excuse..) I still don't think I have gained though as I have done walking and small exercises. I actually burned a total of 2500 (odd) calories just walking over the weekend, so that's not too bad. 

I had a wonderful Birthday. I got a FitBug Orb and some new trainers, both very much appreciated. I absolutely love my orb and trainers. I am SO lucky. My old trainers had seen better days and I have had my eye on a fitbug orb for a while now. I may even review it on my blog in a few days or so :)

 New addidas trainers in black and pink

I'm quite shocked that my size 12 jeans are baggy around my thighs, waste and butt. I have to keep pulling them up! I can get away with a belt for now as they're not too baggy and I know I'm not a size 10 yet but I feel like I am getting there, even if it is a slow process.

I am still enjoying green tea, the odd smoothie and I actually now prefer brown rice rather than white! Brown rice takes a while longer to cook but I prefer it! When I first started swapping foods, I hated brown rice with a passion. It's amazing what you get use to and end up actually liking. 

I don't know if I wrote about this, but the meds I take for my IIH (brain disease) make me gain weight/slow metabolism down so that is most probably why it's a slow process for me, even though I am working out every night and walking a good distance most days. I HAVE to take those meds though.

How has your weight loss/healthy eating/fitness progress this week?

Sarah xXx

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Always start the day with a grateful heart.

What a week! Not a bad week, just a busy week!!
Here are my reasons to be thankful this week.

Adventure of a Monkeyfooted Mummy

Firstly, we had a wonderful half term last week, it was really nice to have a break from the school routine. And to spend time with the little's. I really enjoy having them home, I miss them dearly when they are at school. I am however grateful that we are back into the school routine. I really DO love routine a lot, especially our school routine. I thought it would take us a week or two to get back into it but not the case this time, the kids fitted right back into it! I do not like the early mornings, I must admit but all is good :)

I'm also thankful that I have my fitness mojo back. Not gonna lie, I lost it for a few days and got a bit lazy. I still worked out - half heatedly but none the less, I am back to enjoying it again! I've been eating really healthy too. Lets hope I can reach my goal by the summer!

I am happy that it's my birthday this weekend. The big THREE ZERO! Still can't believe I'm going to be 30 years old, haha. It will be nice to have a relaxing weekend though. To be honest, I'm more excited that I get a child free night tomorrow night! The boys will be at there dads house and E will be at her friends sleepover. Woohoo. I'll indulge in a nice, long, hot bubble bath with one of my beautiful bath bombs and a good book! 

Bathbombs @ ups and downs smiles and frowns

What are you thankful for this week?

Sarah xXx

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Direct Cosmetics Make Up {review}

Now, one of my goals for this year is to make more of an effort with myself. That includes make up and making myself look presentable. Just because I'm a mum doesn't mean I can't make more of an effort with myself! I get so wrapped up in getting the kids ready and rushing around doing this, that and the other, that I actually forget or don't have time to bother with myself. Me of all people know how hard it is to find time to do hair and make up but if getting up a little earlier means I can make myself look nice, then so be it! It also makes me feel better about myself and more confident when I've made an effort with myself, you know? So when Direct Cosmetics asked me if I'd like to review some make up, I of course jumped at the opportunity.

I was kindly sent the W7 cosmetics in the buff natural eyeshadow palette.

W7 in the buff natural eye shadow palette review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I really like the packaging of this eye palette, it's a metal case with a foam inner section which the eye shadows sit in. The palette contains twelve eye shadows with a combination of shimmer ones and matt ones, too! Personally My own personal favourites are the 'Earth' and 'Dust' shades.The palette includes the shades 'Buff, Camel, Sand, Dust, Chocolate, Topaz, Earth, Storm, Silk, Wave, Thunder and Oynx' There is also a small eyeshadow brush that comes with the palette. This fits perfectly in place and is perfect for applying the eyeshadow.

W7 in the buff natural eye shadow palette review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

This is a really lovely natural palette that creates a natural look. The eye shadows seem to stay on the eyes for a good few hours without coming off and fading. This product is currently priced at £4.99 (at the time of writing this review) and I'd say it is worth the money.

Elizabeth advanced eye fix primer review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The 'Elizabeth Arden Advanced Eye-Fix Primer' is an eyeshadow primer in a natural colour, which means it can also be worn on it;s own, for a natural look. I find a little bit goes a long way. I applied a thin layer to my eyelids and then applied the eye shadow. I did find that the eyeshadow was easier to apply after priming my eye lids with this primer first, I also found that the eyeshadow blended easier, too! My eyeshadow stayed on my eyes a lot longer than usual! It also Also provides a barrier to prevent moisture loss. This product is Dermatologist, allergy and clinically tested.

Elizabeth Arden ceramide lash extending mascara from direct cosmetics review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Elizabeth Arden ceramide lash extending mascara from direct cosmetics review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I was also sent the 'Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara' in the shade 02 black brown. Which is currently priced at £10.99 on sale. The first thing I noticed was the packaging, I love the packaging a lot. I also like the bottle the mascara comes in, it's a really pretty gold and has a metallic look and feel to it. The mascara itself is a really smooth texture and comes with an amazing brush. The mascara goes on so, so smoothly, it separates my eye lashes really well and has a very natural look in my opinion.

Elizabeth Arden ceramide lash extending mascara from direct cosmetics review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

This mascara is infused with Ceramide Triple Complex and Keravis which helps to lengthen and strengthen eye lashes. I really, do like this mascara very much and would totally recommend this mascara. 

 direct cosmetics review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I also really liked the L'Oreal Visible Lift Instant Lift Foundation. I've used this foundation a few times now and I do find it DOES give an instant lift, it also leaves my skin looking more smoother and younger. The foundation also contains an anti wrinkle formula which is always a plus. However, personally I think this shade (130 golden beige/natural dore) would suit my skin tone better when I have a tan, I'd probably find that it leaves my skin looking more radiant if I had a tan, with it being winter, I am quite pale at the moment. It's quite a light fluid textured foundation but I do like the texture and how it leaves my skin feeling. Again, I find a little bit goes a long way but then I don't like to wear too much foundation any way. I'm confident that I'll be using this product a lot during the summer, when I have a tan.

LO`real visible lift foundation review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Again, I really like the packaging. The foundation is contained in a glass bottle with a gold plastic rim. I like the fact that it has a pump, which makes it much easier to pump out of the bottle.

 direct cosmetics review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Overall these products gave me a lovely natural look. I am not one for going all out there with colours, mainly because I've never really tried. Nor am I a makeup expert. I really do like these products, especially the mascara.

Direct Cosmetics sell a very wide range of beauty products and fragrances. They are all very, very reasonably priced, many on sale at the time of writing this review.
You can also follow Direct Cosmetics on Twitter.

What is your favourite make up product? Let me know in comments, I am always looking out for new products to try! Especially as I'll be making more of an effort with myself this year. :)

Sarah xXx

I was sent these products/samples for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, personal, honest opinions. I was no paid to write this review. All photos were taken by myself! Please ask permission if you would like to use them.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The One Where It's Half Term.

We had such a lovely half term last week. We managed to get out quite a bit and enjoy the mild weather. I am so thankful the weather was really mild during half term. We went to the park and for a long walk through the meadows and on a different day we took a lovely bus ride to a different area! We enjoyed a small walk in the words and fun on two different play parks.

Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.

Football fun @ Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.

Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.

Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.


 The little's also enjoyed a game of football on the big field and then we stopped for a snack! Yummy.

Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.

Fun playing football

Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.

We also took a lovely stroll along the river bank and saw the swans and ducks! It's such a beautiful place! We can't wait to go crabbing here again in the summer time. Charlie found the boats rather fascinating!


The swans decided they were going to cross the road which Ellie thought was dangerous but hilarious at the same time! "The swans are holding the traffic up" she giggled. She thought it was so funny that the cars had to wait for the swans to finish crossing the road. Thankfully there are warning signs to alert the drivers.

Swans corssing the road


The one where we go for a walk @ ups and downs smiles and frowns

Ups and Downs, smiles and frowns.
 We spotted half of an old water pump the other day when we went for a walk but this time, it's fully intact, the kids and I found this very fascinating and talked about how in the 'olden days' the local people would use this pump to collect water! 

Old water pump

By the end of the day we were all tired and ready to get the bus back home! It was a very lovely day though and we hope we can do it again soon!
We are all so, so excited for spring and the better weather that comes along with it! :)

Spring flowers @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
We spotted some flowers to remind us Spring isn't far away!

I hope you all had an enjoyable half term. We sure did!

Sarah xXx