I am so excited to share with you all that I am now an official Kiehls representative for the Kiehls x MTV Staying Alive Foundation charity which Leona Lewis is the new Ambassador for in aid of AIDS in less affluent countries. Aids is such a horrific disease and I think we should all do as much as we can for these people who are effected all over the world…
SO… I would like to give you all this amazing gift for FREE! All you after to do is donate a minimum of £3 to this charity and you can pick up your goodies in store.
TEXT KIEH99 £3 to 70070 (or donate more if you wish) and SHOW YOUR TEXT and QUOTE ‘CHESHIREGOSSIPGIRL’ to a member of staff at the Kiehls King Street store in Manchester City Centre and they will give you one of these amazing packs full of goodies!
Kiehls have also launched this Avocado Creamy Eye Treatment (I’m saving mine for when baby arrives and I need some extra eye treatment) and for every pot you buy £10 will go to the Staying Alive Foundation. If you know how good the brand KIEHLS are you will know that this is amazing value for money and also that you are helping out such a great charity.
I will be telling you all soon how I keep my skin in tip top condition throughout pregnancy and which products keep my skin super clear and glowy whilst my body is full of all the crazy hormones that pregnancy brings, Kiehls is Paraben Free and all natural so perfect to use whilst pregnant.
I want to share with you all as much of my pregnancy as possible.. so basically we have been dying to find out if we are having a boy or a girl for such a long time. In my previous pregnancy I had a stillbirth and we lost our baby Sebastian so for me finding out in this pregnancy was so important because I felt that if I was going to be having a girl this time I would really have to get my head around it, whereas if we were going to have a boy I felt that it would help my grieving process slightly and we have everything in our house for a baby boy already… Not that we would ever prefer one instead of the other as all I want is a healthy baby after what happened to Sebastian. But basically we are over the moon that we have finally found out the sex and that our rainbow baby is a little boy!! ❤
We have had so many scans so far and the midwives at the hospital scanning me haven’t wanted to tell me the gender as they said most mums have to wait until 20 weeks, which is fair enough but yesterday we had our scan with Fetal Medicine (FMU) at St Mary’s in Manchester (where they do a really detailed scan of the brain, heart, limbs, fluid and placenta) and they gave us a 45 minute scan and I have to say I officially fell in love with our baby at this scan. We got to watch him on the screen for all that time, we got to see his face, lips, nose and eyes really close up and we got to see his hands and little feet. It was absolutely magical, watching him snuggle his face into my placenta, already trying to cuddle me was the best thing in the world. It’s safe to say we both got a little teary and had beaming smiles all day after the scan!
So I am now 21 weeks and definitely think that finding out the gender really makes the pregnancy feel real and like there is a real life little person growing inside of you. I just can’t wait to meet him now and hope everything goes smoothly ❤
Okay so as you all may know by now… I’M PREGNANT! It’s been a tough journey so far to get to where I am and it’s certainly not been easy but to say I am 19 weeks and its only a week until we are half way makes me feel all sort of emotions…
My last pregnancy ended at 26 weeks so as we are approaching this similar time I am definitely getting more and more anxious… I’d say for the first 12 weeks I thought to myself ‘If it ends, it ends’ as I didn’t want to get my hopes up or get too attached incase I had an early miscarriage. But now as time is going on it’s getting harder to not feel something for this little one inside of me as much as I am trying not to get to attached and I’m not sure how I would cope if we lost another baby.
I have to say though it has certainly not been an easy ride for me so far, I’ve been in hospital because I have been bleeding a couple of times and also because I had a lot of pressure down below and then this week I also thought my plug had gone, I was reassured each time though and was told you can bleed because of all the extra blood your body needs whilst pregnant and also people can have some of their cervix come away during pregnancy but I had lots of scans and tests and everything is fine right now. This hasn’t made me feel to great, seem as I’m a nervous wreck anyway@
So we get to find out on the 12th July if we are having a boy or girl.. we had a scan at 17 weeks and were told that the cord was between the babies legs so couldn’t find out…. In a way I am anxious to find out if its a boy or girl… I feel like if it’s a girl me and Ainslee will have to get our heads around the fact that we are no longer having a boy, (if you didn’t know we lost our baby boy Sebastian in October) Its hard to explain to family and friends as we will be delighted with any gender its just another part of the grieving process, I think that no one else could explain unless you have gone through a stillbirth or loss.
Overall I can’t wait for the pregnancy to be over and actually have a baby with us to enjoy and love, I was pregnant in April 2016 – October 2016 and then got pregnant again in February, so I literally feel like I have been pregnant for over a year now and am looking forward to getting my body back and feeling like Maria again. Saying that though I keep saying to myself that I need to enjoy this pregnancy incase we don’t get to have a baby at the end again… I want to enjoy all the little movements that I am now feeling and want to do things with Ainslee to get us ready for whats to come.
As you all probably understand its a massive whirlwind of emotions and feelings but I’m so thankful that we are almost half way and it has definitely gone a lot quicker than last time. Its all about getting through the next half and bring on November!!!
I’m going to do a maternity clothing blog soon and lots more pregnancy type blogs so make sure you stay tuned!
So we were invited along to try out The Merlin in Alderley Edge on Sunday and because Ainslee (my boyfriend) hates roast dinners I couldn’t wait to have one after missing my mums roast dinners from what felt like a life time ago.
The Merlin is on the main road coming into Alderley Edge from the Wilmslow side and has a large carpark so its great for meeting up with the family at the weekends or a great meeting point for weekday lunches or meetings.
On arrival we could see that it was very busy so we thought it must be good if nearly every table was taken up. We ordered our drinks and had a look at the menu… I already knew I wanted a chicken roast dinner so went for a light starter and chose the Chilli King Prawns… Ainslee went for the Rib-eye Steak and had the Scallops for his starter.
The food was all beautifully presented and looked and tasted really fresh. The atmosphere was really cosy and we were sat right by the window so could look out onto the Alderley Edge countryside from our table. It was the perfect place for us to be spending our Sunday afternoon.
After devouring my roast dinner…. apart from Ainslee having to finish off my chicken (because the portions are so generous) I felt so full, but after looking at the desert menu we were both easily persuaded into ordering a desert. Ainslee ordered the Fruit Crumble because he loves a traditional desert and I went for the chocolate bomb… which I’m sure you have already seen on my social media channels… My desert was a chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream in the centre and popping candy around the outside… need I say anymore…
I was also tempted by the selection of mini deserts that you can order.. so that you can try all of the deserts on the menu, but Ainslee was set on his crumble and I couldn’t of taken on all of that haha!
We will definitely be returning to The Merlin in Alderley Edge, whether its for meetings or for a Sunday lunch with the family. Because who doesn’t love a traditional english afternoon in a Cheshire Pub!
This month I have been so lucky in receiving some amazing products and of course I have tried and tested all of these products and have my absolute favourites of course. Along with all the amazing Kiehls products that I received.. I feel like I need a bit more time with those, so that I can get a real feel for which are my favourites and how Im getting on with them etc.
So lets start with OLAPLEX… I have been looking for a long time now, for that hair product that really makes me go ‘WOW’ I am growing my hair and even though my hair is very thick. I feel that because I get highlights a lot and it gets damaged through everyday styling and heating.. It was starting to feel really brittle and VERY tangled. Every time I washed my hair brushing it would be so painful… I would almost end up in tears because it was so knotted. So I was introduced to this product by Ben at HOB SALON in Hale Village and he gave me this product to try at home, along with going in for regular ‘OLAPLEX in-salon treatments’ and doing my weekly treatment at home, my hair is feeling so much healthier. It is now completely tangle free and I feel like my hair is so much stronger and also looks a lot healthier.
5* for this product
RRP £32 NOW £19.99 at JUSTMYLOOK or purchase from HOB SALON Hale
I have been on a mission to get my hair just how I like it this month and I felt that my hair was a very warm tone of blonde.. almost a little gingery… which I hated! So I was doing some research on how to get rid of those warm tones and try to get it a little more ashy… I also have a friend who has recommended using a silver shampoo, so whilst at the hairdressers I asked which one to go for and luckily for me System Professional were able to give me a bottle of their Silver Shampoo… Now I warn you all, this shampoo is PURPLE and I mean bright purple!!!! I was a little bit scared to use it for the first time.
HOW I APPLIED IT:
I jumped in the shower and wet my hair through.
I used a 50p size blob and massaged it into my hair (make sure you rub it in all the way to the ends of your hair.)
I left it on my hair whilst I showered, washed my face etc.
Then I rinsed it off, squeezed out excess water and applied a good conditioner.
Left that on whilst I shaved my legs and then I rinsed it off.
My hair instantly looked a lot cleaner, whiter and fresher. I highly recommend using the System Professional Silver shampoo. Not only does the product do exactly what it says on the bottle.. you also get a huge bottle and it is amazing value for money.
Now finally this has to be my FAVOURITE product this month… it’s my new Olympus Pen e-pl7.. I was debating for a long time on which camera to go for and had heard some amazing reviews on this camera. I wanted this camera so that I could start vlogging and I think I made the right decision. From its stylish outer case to its flip down selfie screen, It has to be up there with some of the best cameras. And at only £399 It is definitely an investment for any other keen bloggers/vloggers. It has wifi so that you can quickly upload any photos and also a wide range of onscreen filters and editing tools. I think I have officially found my new best friend.
I purchased mine from Jessops for £399 and if you go onto the Olympus website they also have some amazing accessories to go with it. such as stylish bags and leather straps. I think they will have to be my next treat.
Ok so I would like to introduce you all to Prestige Jets who are a luxury private jet charter service, I am so excited to be working with these guys as they are such an exclusive company and provide the best of services.
From footballers wives weekends away, to romantic get-aways (if you men are reading… this would be the greatest of treats for the woman in your life).
Prestige Jets provide a world class private jet hire service for business and VIP leisure clients.
Their service is luxurious, safe and very discreet. They regularly arrange VIP services through some of the world’s busiest airports and pay absolute attention to their clients requirements. Their prices are incredibly competitive and offer all-inclusive pricing on every private jet charter quotation. Let them know your budget and flight requirements and they will email you their best priced quotations as soon as possible.
Why Book with Prestige Jets?
– 24/7 Worldwide Service
They have access to 5,000+ private jets and have a private jet for every occasion and can fly you to any worldwide destination.
– Your Safety Is Their Priority
They only charter with aircraft operators who hold a valid AOC and are regulated by UK Civil Aviation Authority.
– Discreet VIP Service
Travel in style with guaranteed privacy. Relax and enjoy the complimentary food and drink on board your private jet.
– Private Client Account Manager
You will be assigned a 24/7 private client account manager who will assist you with every aspect of your private jet charter.
– All Inclusive Price
Their private jet charter quotation prices are fully inclusive. There are no hidden extras. The price they quote is the price you pay.
You will see much more of Prestige Jets throughout my social media channels very soon but in the mean time check them out on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Not only do I love getting my hair done… but so does my boyfriend haha.. Who doesn’t love a bit of ‘me’ time and to come away looking great? So yes if you haven’t already realised my boyfriend is Ainslee who owns Elitepro Personal Training Company and we love taking some time out of our busy schedules to go and have our hair done together.. Normally when we go it consists of Ainslee eating his way through the snack menu whilst I take hours to get my colour and cut done… but this time instead of Ainslee having his hair shaved short all over he went for something a little different…..
So Ben who previously Managed Umberto Giannini who has now moved to Manage Regis, based in Manchesters House Of Fraser department store advised Ainslee to grow out his hair as he wanted to achieve a new look after having his hair the same for years. Ben told Ainslee that if he grows his hair out for 4 months he would be able to ‘Perm his hair straight’ and this is exactly what he did.
As Ainslee has Caribbean roots his hair is very curly ‘afro like’ So when left to grow can look a little crazy… as you can see from his before photo. After hiding his hair under a hat for months we couldn’t wait to see the finished look.
HOW THE LOOK WAS ACHIEVED
When you hear the word ‘Perm’ you think of curly hair, right? Well not this time… Normally when a perming solution is adding to hair you would put the hair in rollers and it would mould to that shape, but this time the perming solution was put onto Ainslee’s hair and combed straight, continuously until it had been on long enough for the solution to activate and be washed off.
After this process Ben then shaved the sides to a short number 1 and blended it up towards the longer hair. Finally he had a blow dry and finished off with straighteners.
Ainslee was worried about maintenance of his new hair style, but Ben reassured him and said all he needs to do is use a good shampoo and conditioner, make sure he uses a heat protector and after drying he can use straighteners to help with styling and to get the achieved look.
Ainslee has had his hair like this for around a week now and absolute loves it! So if you want your husband, boyfriend or partner to have a bit of a transformation I really recommend Regis Salon on Manchester!
Not only are they all amazing at hair but they are great and ensuring you will be able to maintain your hair at home and also make sure that it fits in with your lifestyle.
Meanwhile I enjoyed a choice of drinks and snacks from the light bites menu whilst I was having my hair done!
Pure Maison are a high end cleaning service trusted by many of celebrities and footballers around Cheshire. From big commercial jobs working in the top restaurants to cleaning beautiful homes. When I was asked if they could come and clean my home I couldn’t wait for the white glove service that I knew I was going to get from Pure Maison.
If you have never had a cleaner before because you have been worried about letting a stranger into your home, or if you have had bad experiences with other companies and don’t know where to start with looking for a new one….. well here you are. With one of the largest team of girls in the north west who are all individually checked and assessed before joining the team we assure you that you will have no problems this time.
On arrival we were introduced to the 2 ladies who were cleaning our home. They were booked in for 3 hours so set to work straight away. They cleaned upstairs and downstairs and even did a big pile of ironing for us. We could of literally asked them to do anything and it wouldn’t of been a problem. They even spray a delicious cranberry scented spray in all the rooms on departure which left our house smelling beautiful.
If you follow me on Instagram, these last few weeks I have been loving juicing and all things health. So I thought I would let you all know what I have been doing.
First of all I contacted Elitepro (Elite personal trainer Ainslee) and told him I was feeling sluggish, not only about my body but my skin was dry and I was having a bit of a breakout at the time. So straight away he told me that doing a 5 day juice/smoothie cleanse would help me to drop a few pounds and also because of all the nutrition in his recipes, it will make my skin amazing. I was up for anything so I gave it a go.
The diet consisted of a berry smoothie first thing in the morning followed by a green juice at lunch time and then I would have a protein smoothie at tea time. Along with this I did light exercise, such as walking, light weights and a little bit of cardio. Nothing too strenuous as Ainslee told me that I may get light headed if I exert myself too much.
It was all going really well until day 3 where all I wanted was to eat some chocolate haha.. going to the supermarket was probably a bad idea when you haven’t had any food for 3 days!!! But anyway I stocked up on my fruit and veg and told myself I only had 2 more days to go! Once the 5 days were over Ainslee told me to introduce food slowly, for example eat things like chicken salads, fish and have lots of protein rich foods along with carrying on my my juices and shakes. Also upping my exercise for example go for a couple of runs a week (I like to run my regular 10k route) and lots of weights to tone up and get strong. I have to admit I was getting quite lazy before this so it gave me a complete restart!
After the 5 days were up I lost a total of 9lbs and my skin was feeling so much better. I went for an Oxygenating Facial at YOURBEAUTYPOD to give my skin a super blitz on not only the inside but also the outside… I have had so many facials at so many beauty salons but I have to say that I have found THE BEST! Rebecca does a range of different facials in her salon from the LED light facials, Oxygenation facial and also a lighter facial if you want something nice and gentle on the skin, along with her lash treatments and nails. You have to check her out…. Anyway the Oxygenation Facial always makes my skin look super clear and seems to last for ages. Perfect for the winter!
So here are 3 of my favourite JUICE/SMOOTHIE recipes that I loved whilst of the cleanse so you can do them at home:
Berry Smoothie (breakfast time for 1 person):
1 Small cup of Cranberry juice.
A hand full of frozen berries (you must have something frozen in a smoothie, otherwise it will be warm *Yuck*)
A hand full of Blueberries
1 Kiwi fruit
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
Blend to a smooth consistency
You will need a juicer for this recipe, these can be quite expensive but they are 100% worth the money.
2 Sticks of celery
A hand full of Mint leaves
Half a Lime
A hand full of Spinach
A hand full of Kale
1 small cup of Almond Milk
2 scoops of protein
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon Organic peanut butter
A hand full of frozen melon/or ice to make sure its cold.
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If you try out this cleanse we would love to know how you get on… And also if you feel like you need a fitness revamp or a complete lifestyle change, we can not recommend Ainslee at Elitepro enough. Not only does he have years of experience under his belt, he is also super qualified with everything from fitness, weight loss, nutrition and so much more…. Check him out on social media @elitepro.fitness
Red Door Manchester launched back in April after undergoing a massive £350,000 refit… and WOW when we visited this underground cocktail bar in the centre of Manchester last week we did not expect to see this cool ‘New York Chic’ bar….
Leaving Manchester Deansgate and walking into this New York style venue (by Living Ventures), before walking underground the amazing writing in lights really makes you want to stop and take a picture and gives you a feeling of entering a really ‘cool’ bar.
We were invited along to try out all their top cocktails on this occasion and we were certainly looked after by all of their staff. As I can’t drink alcohol myself (only mocktails because I’m pregnant) I thought it would be a good idea to take along a couple of friends who would be able to try all the cocktails out. From cocktails with caramel in that are set on fire, to tangy sugary grapefruit cocktails – They are obviously way above the rest when it comes to cocktails in Manchester and Cheshire.
The making of ‘Caramelised Rum Punch’
As well as all of these cool cocktails Red Door also smashes the older more traditional cocktails such as the Porn Star Martini or Pina Colada. And their cocktail menu is pages long so if you are unsure of which cocktail you will like then you have plenty of choice at RED DOOR.
We found that Manchester was really lacking a cool place to go in Manchester that wasn’t a restaurant where you have to go out to eat or on the other end you have the night clubs in Manchester where you can’t hear your friends talk or can’t find somewhere to sit. RED DOOR is purely just for drinks and surrounding the bar are american style booths where you can sit with your friends, you can have a good conversation with your friends without having to shout over the music.
The perfect place to hang out with friends or start a big night out here and see where the night takes you. A popular place for hen parties also as they are renowned for their HUGE sharing cocktails.
Check out their cocktail menu and opening times online at reddoor.uk.com