Leap 10 is over, my children can play more than an inch away from my face, and I still can’t quite believe they’re mine 💙💙 #probablyjinxeditnow
I’ve been meaning to bring back my Food Favourites videos ever since I stopped making them really, but I knew I didn’t have the time/patience to go back to YouTube. I’m not sure it works on Stories (maybe it should be a “live” or whatever the hell they are - never watched one) but it’s better than nothing! I’ve cobbled together a rough one this afternoon and saved it as a highlight on my profile. This month’s selection features chocolate covered popcorn, spinach base pizza (not as crap as it sounds), cashew butter and cured egg yolks...amongst other things. Above you can see just one way I used the @lovelace.organics cured yolks my friend Helena sent me: liberally grated on top of mashed avocado on dark rye toast. Chilli flakes and lemon juice were lobbed on too for good measure. (@lovelace.organics is Helena’s business, she #gifted these to me and currently has a cracking discount running for Easter. SORRY FOR THE EGGCELENT PUN) Long story short: if you’ve missed Food Favourites, they’re back! On Stories. And a bit lo-fi. Might see if I can convince the lads to do one for @twinsvsfood next.
I washed my new hair! AND I STILL LIKE IT!!! It’s an actual miracle. If I’ve learnt one thing from working with hairdressers it’s that you have to be honest with yourself when getting a drastic change about both your natural hair type and, crucially, how much effort you’ll realistically put into maintaining it. I KNOW that I don’t have the interest, skill or time to style my hair so when I got it cut at the weekend I asked for that to be considered when it came to layers and so on. This is freshly washed and air dried (down) with a bit of @bumbleandbumbleuk “Air Styler” scrunched in when wet. I’ve then put a smidge of @colorwowhair serum in as it had gone a bit frizzy. Haircut deets again: @philipp_haug at @toniandguyworld Sloane Square. Not gifted/ad, just very pleased! #newhairDOcare
I know mate, I know.
I’ve somehow written a 2500 word blog post full of ~travel tips~ for flying with toddler twins (and toddlers in general of course). I don’t know why I think I’m in a position to share such info given I’ve only done one abroad holiday and the flight was v.short but I guess the travelling part of our trip did go ok-ish. If you can’t be bothered to read it then this is probably the key part to remember above all else... “Most importantly…be patient. Be kind. If you have multiple children and are travelling with another adult, divide and conquer. T1 is “my” baby during travel, T2 is my husband’s. Remember you have every right to be on the plane, kids and all. See it as a “fun test of your character”?! It will all be over soon, you don’t have to live on the plane for the rest of your life. NOBODY finds it easy.” Go to PoppyD.com to read it or there’s a link in Stories ✈️✈️✈️
(AD - GIFT) I’ve finally uploaded a video review of the @mountain_buggy Nano stroller on my YouTube channel. It’s what we took to Nice as it’s lightweight, overhead locker approved (obviously airlines will vary but it was fine to be in the cabin both ways on BA) and having two singles made travelling much more bearable than wielding a double into crammed city centre restaurants and narrow French doorways. It was also a godsend for us as we were travelling by bus whilst in Nice and singles on the bus are about 40000000 times easier than doubles. Obviously the drawback of two singles vs one double is that you’ll need two adults to steer them, although I found it easy enough to manoeuvre both at once for short distances like in the airport when ST had the suitcases. These strollers are incredibly light (5.9kg) so if I do ever have someone else with me they’ve become my choice for going on the train and tube, I can pick the whole stroller up with T1 (the heavier twin!) strapped in to tackle steps if I need to. I mean it’s not my idea of fun but I can do it! The boys also nap in them every day because unlike when they used to nap in their double, they can’t snatch their comforters and dummies from one another when separated 🤪 The strollers are VERY easy to fold and unfold and have a shoulder strap so you can wear it like a natty handbag. The fold is incredible. And they can be used from birth too if you buy the MB cocoon (or use with a car seat). I’m a big fan! The link to the video is in my bio and on Stories or you can search “PoppyD” on YouTube to find it. Holler if any questions!!! I’m blogging about flying with the boys in a more general sense tomorrow if I have the time. (Cramming in every job imaginable before my mum drives home again!!!!). Oh and as stated in the video, this isn’t a paid post and Mountain Buggy had no editorial control nor did they see these pics, caption or video before uploading, but as I agreed to post a review in exchange for the strollers I have marked this post and the video (AD - GIFT) as opposed to just hashtag #gifted. Hope that’s clear and transparent 💞 #mountainbuggy #nano #lifewithoutlimit
This changing table has become my nemesis. It just stands there silently mocking me, covered in shite that should be in other drawers and cupboards. I have considerably messier corners of my house but this one annoys me the most. I don’t know why? It just seems to have become symbolic for stuff I haven’t done; accumulating old discharge notes and user manuals and orphan socks that were grown out of nine months ago. I have fantasised about it being tidy, probably because I know that it’s so low down on my priority list that for it to be tackled would mean everything else in life must be very much in tip top order. There are about 1000 things more important to do. Anyway I tidied it this morning and feel about three stone lighter now so here we are. I win, changing table!
If I’m gonna start taking WIWT-tastic pics again I’m gonna need to move this mirror. Off out. Bye! X
I did it! Or rather, @philipp_haug did it! Thanks for all the messages after my “dO I nEeD a lOb” crisis on Stories last week (most saying don’t cut it you’ll regret it but oh well!). As you can see from the above pic I BLOODY WELL DID DO IT and am vvvvv happy with the results. Swipe across to see how ridiculous it was before 😅 (Plus about 400 more of the new ‘do). Thanks also to everyone who messaged saying I should donate my cut hair - I have a surprisingly healthy looking 10inch bagged up tail to send to @officiallittleprincesstrust and I am really hoping it can be used in one of their children’s wigs for somebody undergoing cancer treatment or facing other hair loss conditions. I wouldn’t have thought to do that if it wasn’t for the DMs so thank you 💞 (Long time followers will know I worked with @toniandguyworld for many years pre-children but this isn’t an ad/gift - I booked and paid for my haircut the old fashioned way 😅 I chose to trust Philipp with the task of ~mega lob~ for the same reason I worked with T&G way back when: the Art Team are world class and if THE LONDON HAIRDRESSER OF THE FRIKKIN YEAR can’t put a smile on your face then nobody can!) HAPPY NEW HAIR DAY TO ME 💇🏻♀️💇🏻♀️💇🏻♀️💇🏻♀️
Remember my PMS woes and how the GP put me on Cerazette to try and tackle it? Well I’ve finished my three month trial now and happily picked up another six months worth. There’s too much to write here but long story short: REALLY happy that I went on the pill. I know other people’s experiences will be vastly different but I am - at the moment - very happy on Cerazette. I’ve written a blog post detailing everything in terms of symptoms and adjusting to it. Link in bio and Stories or just head to PoppyD.com 💞 #PMS #cerazette #PMT
And that’s why you do it 💙
Sums it up 😅 Happy Mother’s Day and thanks for all the support in wrangling these two. It’s MUCH appreciated.
What I would give to be here all together today ✨
It’s not a garden we need, it’s an endless supply of stones. #makkapakkasfault
I have ~grid fatigue~ and post everything to Stories and then wonder what the hell I post here to be permanent? But I’ve realised what I should post here to be permanent: selfies I’m particularly smug about 💅🏼 In all seriousness, as well as posting this out of smuggery, I’m also re-sharing this pic because I’ve had so many DMs about the products I mentioned on Stories and it’s easier to have permanent answers here. I should add that obviously this pic hasn’t been filtered or edited, that would make the point I’m making pretty pointless. So! What am I wearing? - @itcosmeticsuki Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Medium (bought) - @itcosmeticsuki CC Cream in Light (bought) - @pixibeautyuk Quick Fix Bronzer in Velvet Bronze (bought) - @pixibeautyuk Sheer Cheek Gel in Flush (bought) - @bobbibrownuk Shimmer Brick in Nectar (bought) - @bobbibrownuk Long Wear Brow Pencil in Mahogany (bought) - @pixibeautyuk Brow Tamer (bought) - @pixibeautyuk Black Lacquer Lash Primer (gifted) - @pixibeautyuk Large Lash Mascara in Bold Black (gifted) - @narsissist Afterglow Lip Balm in Bang Bang (bought) A lot of product to look natural huh?! Jokes aside I am so so so impressed with these IT Cosmetics bits and so pleased I bought them. I wasn’t going to get the Bye Bye Under Eye when it was first applied on me (I went to the counter in @theofficialselfridges) as I found it weird seeing myself look so fresh faced and worried it looked too fake. Fifteen minutes later I came to my senses and went back for it 😅 In the pic above I had had 4.5 hours sleep in total overnight. I don’t think you can tell. That is thanks to this concealer. End of showing off 👍🏼
I am 32 today and I am marking this birthday by ~pledging~ to move more. Pledging seems like an unnecessarily dramatic way of wording it but hopefully you know what I mean. I am, as of last week and hopefully for a long time going forward, making a concerted effort to exercise. Hence the natty clothing in this picture - a birthday present from my mum and dad. Thanks mum and dad! I haven’t set any goals yet but my fifth wedding anniversary and the boys’ second birthday fall within a couple of days of each other towards the end of October, so I would like to have made some decent progress by then. My definition of progress will relate to stamina, flexibility, sleep, resting heart rate and strength. Oh and pain levels. That’s the main reason I’m doing this! I don’t want to feel like I’ve been built out of rusty spoons and old coke cans. I am a not-that-old human! I want to feel like one! I wasn’t in good shape before I had the boys so this isn’t about getting something “back”, this is about trying to be better than I was before. Trying to be STRONGER. About acknowledging that being a stay at home mum to toddler twin boys is extremely physically demanding and that if I was fitter, it would be (marginally) easier. I have high hopes but that’s easy to say on day 5 of a new commitment. I need to be realistic. Call me in a couple of months I guess 🤷🏻♀️ Oh and I’m not on a diet so when my Stories are full of cake later, you don’t need to worry that I’ve already quit. I’m still all about that Tudor King lifestyle, just with regular physical movement thrown in for good measure 💅🏼 Here’s to 32! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
I genuinely found them like this.
Still my greatest of all time shoe/bag combo. Also: my current face. 🧡💙😊💙🧡
Forgive me, I had to 🌸
For someone who lives in London I seem to spend a lot of time clearing up sand ☀️🏖🌞