Peanut butter is life….(for Winston)

Peanut butter – I find it is one of those things you either love or hate. I like peanuts, and I like butter…..but peanut butter, no no not for me thanks. The smell brings back memories of being a child and my brother having it smothered on his toast in the mornings. It now has a more recent memory for me where I went on a self catering holiday with a friend, we were budgeting so decided to do rolls for lunches, I went for traditional ham and cheese and she went for peanut butter – you would of thought she was eating the most expensive lavish meal, she was really enjoying her little tiny finger roll caked in the stuff – I even think she said ‘this is the best roll she’s ever had’ – that’s a pretty big statement to make, perhaps I am missing out on the PB craze. 

Anywho, this isn’t about what I like to have in my sandwiches whilst sunning it up abroad. This is about the new found love for Winston. I’m always trying to find new things to put in his Kong. One of his Instagram pals, another Winston (check out his page – @winstonwiggles he is a peanut butter nutter with a super smashing set of nashers!) And we thought it was about time to give some of the gooey stuff a go. 

I have a great pet store close by to me called unique pets – and thought I would see if they sold it. I came across the Peamutt Butter for dogs made by Duerr’s. So into the basket it went with everything else I saw along the way that I think Winston might like (this dog gets more treats than I do!) 

Well, I got home and put the bag on the floor – of course Winston was head first in there to see what goodies he had. I pulled out the peanut butter, and he sat patiently with his big goggly eyes popping out of his head in desperation to know what it was. Honestly, this smells EXACTLY the same as human peanut butter. If I liked it, I probably would of tried it myself to be honest. I don’t think I need to explain too much about how much Winston liked it – I will show you the pictures instead, as I feel this shows love at first sight in all its glory. 

Pure love right?! He now goes nuts (no pun intended) when he see’s the jar! I would definitely recommend this nutty treat for your dog, it is not expensive and has no hidden nasties – and most of all it’s delicious according to Winston! Although, he’s more annoyed the effort he has to put in to get it out of his Kong compared to licking it straight from the jar!

If you are in the Buckinghamshire area I highly recommend Unique Pets. You can find more information on their website – Please click here or check out their Instagram page @unique_pets_

The makers of peamutt butter also do some delicious looking human jams and recipes too! Check out there website Click here

Please note I am not paid or sponsored to blog  – I do it out of my own love for writing my blog on a quiet evening in, relaxing with a glass of wine and a pug curled on my lap. I like to spread (another pun – I just couldn’t help myself) good things when I find them! 

Thanks for stopping by – we hope you have a FAB bank holiday weekend! Any comments feel free to leave them below! 

Lots of love, 

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶❤

Is it a diary? Is it a notebook? Kinda – It’s a bullet journal. 

Have you ever heard of a bullet journal? I hadn’t until I started a course with a company called Parners With You (stay tuned for a Blog post about these fabulous lot!) and shortly after it was then mentioned by my mum, who started her own – and we are like two peas in a pod with artsy craftsy colourful bits and bobs! So if she liked it, likelihood I would too – she bought me some stuff to create my own. The best way to describe a bullet journal…..an option to help manage time/diary/notes/lists and all sorts. A simple idea of a notepad with numbered pages, an easy index page to find what you are looking for. All in one place.

Now, anyone who is like me – a bullet journal is just perfect. Let me explain.

  • I am the queen of lists. I have a list for EVERYTHING.
  • Ticking things off (is that not the most satisfying part?!)
  • I am a planner. I am the one that has the train route plan, times of where we need to be and how long we have to get to each place – handwritten and saved on my phone (YES, I am THAT annoying person)
  • STATIONERY. Remember how you used to feel about getting new stationery going in to the new year at school? I still get that at the age of 30 walking into a Staples Store.
  • Sticking with the old school vibes – writing in your best hand writing. I enjoy writing. And I like it even more if it’s neat and tidy.
  • Tracking things – give me a box I have to tick/colour/draw in each day for doing something, I am more likely to do it. To drinking water, to eating my greens to moisturising! (I hold my dry hands up, I am the worst for bothering with slapping cream on)
  • Doodling – just call me Pablo Picasso

So, if any of the above apply to you, this will be right up your street. If not – You will probably hate everything about it I am sure – I know this from a friend of mines reaction when I told her about this magnificent invention……she looked at me as if I was bonkers lol Why would I take time to make these unnecessary things neat, tidy and pretty – when you have post it notes to write things on? And pre made diarys you can buy? Total opposite ends of the scale. I get it though, a bullet journal isn’t for everyone.

But you don’t have to make it complicated, or spend lots of time on it if you don’t want to. It can be however you want it to be. I decided to put a bit more effort in with mine – I find it theraputic and I enjoy adding to it after a busy day at work (and makes a change from staring at a computer/phone or TV)

Where to start? You will need a notebook, there are so many out there – ones that are specifically for bullet journals that have the pages numbered already, to your standard book from your local supermarket. I have a Leuchtturm1917 – which can be found by clicking here. I like this book as the pages are numbered and instead of lines it has dots, so if I want to draw things it makes it a bit easier (it’s the simple things!) Get a nice pen, or pens, depending on how colourful you want to be! You are good to go! You can add any stickers, tapes and other bits that you want as you go along and start getting into the swing of it.


Start your bullet journal with leaving a few pages for your Index and most people do the year overview/year calander as the first part. From then on, go wild! Add bits as and when – with what ever you like. Struggling to think of things to add? Pinterest is the place to be – there are so many different ideas and styles to keep you going for the rest of your life I would think! Or YouTube – loads of demonstrations out there.

Here are some pages from mine so far!


I would love to hear any pages you add to your bullet journals or any ideas you have if you are thinking of starting one! 

Thank you for stopping by! 

Lots of love 

Lisa & Winston ❤👸🏼🐶🐾

Just a little note…

In January I mentioned about getting back in the gym again – I got myself a gym buddy (my friend Jen) and together we decided we were going to smash it out of the park this year. 4.30am wake ups to be at the gym for 5am. That first 5mins of waking up is an absoloute killer. It is make or break for me – the feeling I get when my alarm goes off, is what I can only imagine the end of the world will feel like. Dragging myself out of my warm, cosy bed. Out of my dreamy slumber. To take me to to a place that resembles hell. Why would I want to do this to myself? Why not just close my eyes again? I have been working hard, have a rest. I will start again tomorrow. I really cant be bothered. I am so tired. Honestly, the list of these and many more go through my head EVERYDAY. Once I am out the door, I completley forget about the morning monster I have just emerged from, albeit I still resemble one at that time. A few weeks in and we were starting to get into full swing, and it was even getting easier to get up (only by a tiny bit).

There is always time to take a quick mirror selfie

Then we hit a bump, both of us had reasons we couldn’t go to the gym for a few days. The few days turned into a week. The week turned into 2. Why is it so easy to fall out of a routine and so hard to get back to it! So, this Thursday just gone we said we HAD to get back to it. NO EXCUSES. Thursday morning at 4.30am the miserable monster was back and pulled herself out of bed, it seemed harder than ever. But at least I done it….a certain someone turned her alarm off and didn’t turn up, I won’t mention any names though lol.

A few weeks before, I had been making a little gift for Jen (oops mentioned her name) to help us along with a bit of motivation, so I thought what a perfect day to leave this for her on her doorstep.


What I had done was a jar of little notes for the year that included motivation quotes, workouts, inspirational quotes and just random blurb, that hopefully would make her feel positive when getting up – either about working out, herself, life or just make her laugh. One small positive thought in the morning, can change your whole day. So far, she has had quotes to wake up to….which I am pleased about as when I added the hardcore workouts in, I kind of forgot that I would have to get myself through these too at the gym – I can safely say I am nervous for the days she pulls those ones out.

Winston gave me a hand of course


So, we are back in the game – and heres to it continuing! Holidays and a wedding to work for, so we should have plenty of motivation to get us out the door in the morning! If you have had a small period of time off, or even if you have had a gym membership for a year and have had reasons/excuses to not go (it is easy to do, I have been there!) – get a gym buddy, get in a routine. It starts hard, but every day gets that little bit easier to do it. You’re future self will thank you for it!

And as it’s been Random Acts Of Kindess week – if you have some spare time and want to cheer someone up why not do a jar of notes! It doesn’t have to be a year, it can be for certain days, or when someone is just feeling a bit down – or even stick random post it’s at work, home or even a bus stop for people to find!

Give Jen a follow on Instagram ❤ @jennifer_carr88
Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Love Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐾❤

You Will Never Regret Being Kind

I was so glad for it to be the weekend. How long was January guys?! Never ending! So finally pay day had arrived earlier in the week and I had made plans to go to the cinema with my fiancé, and grab a bite to eat. We were eating after the cinema, but I didn’t think I could make it through a film on an empty stomach, so had to get some nachos and a glass of prosecco – we will just call this a pre dinner snack. We decided to see Split – which FYI was a good watch, I even managed to stay awake throughout the whole film, which is record breaking for me. After getting out of the cinema and having a mini debate about where to go for food, we agreed on Wagamamas. Another glass of prosecco and some yum food (despite my order being forgotten about, my fiancé devouring his food in front of me, then spilling his plate of remains over the table whilst stabbing prawn heads with chop sticks as he impatiently waited for me to get my food and eat it.) 

The real part of this blog was something that happened as we were walking back to the car. I saw a lady shivering under a blanket sat outside. My heart sank. Regardless to what her story was and the reason for her not having anywhere to go was beside the point, this is not a nice situation for anyone to be in. We walked back to the car and so many things crossed my mind. Firstly, this weather – it has been freezing. I thought of the times I sat at home complaining about being what I call ‘freezing’. Not even being greatful for the roof I have over my head, the clothes in my wardrobe I can put on to add layers and the heating I can turn up. Secondly, she’s alone. Where are her friends or family? If anything happened to me I know I have full support around me. From serious matters to just having a bad day, there is always someone I can call. To not have anyone, is really upsetting for me. I started to then think about how she must be feeling – sad, alone, helpless, scared….I don’t know, I just couldn’t even imagine being in that situation. 

I couldn’t walk away not doing anything. I don’t like to give money as I don’t know what this goes to, and I wouldn’t want to be making the situation she was in any worse. I went to a McDonald’s that was round the corner (I wanted to find something a bit nicer! But not much was left open that was serving still) A cup of hot tea and something to eat, although it was a small gesture, I hoped it may help slightly.  

I walked back down to where she was, she was covering her face with the blanket to shield from the wind, I crouched beside her and said what was in the cup and bag – now, I have given people expensive, real thoughtful gifts in the past, but I have to say her response was probably one of the most genuine, thankful appreciative responses I’ve ever had. She was so greatful, and was super happy as it now also meant she had another sticker for her McDonald’s coffee card to get a free one in the morning. I passed the bag over as well and she could not of said thank you enough. I wished her well and off I went – I felt a small part of happiness as I returned to the car that for perhaps just a tiny moment, that although not life changing, but that might of made a slight difference to her evening. 

It got me thinking, this was 5 minutes of my time and less than £5 from my purse, not a big deal to me – but was a big deal for someone else. I appreciated everything I had last night. I know we can’t help everyone, but if you have a chance to possibly make a small difference to someone’s life, do it. You will never regret being kind. 

I woke up this morning still thinking about it -it led me to a website – random acts of kindness foundation. And they are launching a #RAKWEEK2017 – you are invited to join in a week of kindness from Feb 12-18. Helping to build a kinder world? That’s the sort of place I want to be – I have signed myself up….so stay tuned.


If you are interested – please Click here to take you to their website. Or check out their social channels below.

Facebook
Instagram
Twitter

Let’s help turn the world kind ❤

Lots of love,

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶

Dear younger self…

I turned 30 last year, and I honestly thought it was going to be a big life changing moment for  me the way ‘the big 3 0’ is spoken about……my birthday appeared – I turned 3 0 andddddd would you believe it?! I woke up feeling EXACTLY the same as I did when I was 29 (apart from the excitement of it being my birthday of course) The only thing that really changed was I now get asked “soooo, how does it feel to be 30? Anything different?!” In all honesty, no. What did I or anyone else expect to happen?! But I have reflected on my teenage years and I thought about how I wish I knew back then, what I know now. So, if I could speak to my younger self, here was some of my thoughts….

Being popular in school 

I cared WAY too much about this. I was never part of the popular gang. And back then it really bothered me. Has it affected my life now? NO. Do the people in your life now care if you were in the popular group? NO. So just don’t worry about it. Those popular people are highly unlikely to be part of your future life. 



FRIENDS 

It’s hard making friends in your teens – and girls can be RIGHT bitches. Sometimes people you have spent a lot of time with become – not friends, not enemies but just strangers with memories. I am lucky enough to still be great friends with 2 middle school friends, but  I drifted from my secondary school friends within what felt like pretty much the moment I left that school. I later in life met a small group of girls that I worked with – they became my rocks, and very much still are. I learnt it’s less important to have tons of friends, and more important to have real ones. 



Your parents 

They aren’t as embarrassing as you think. Honestly. Ok ok, they have to embarrass you every now and again, that’s just part of the parent title! But remember they are humans too……be nice, respect them and look after them. Be thankful – you will realise how much they did for you when you look back – try to appreciate it at the time. The moments you think ‘eurghhh they are SO unfair!’ Think about the bigger picture….perhaps maybe they aren’t being as irrational as you think.



Heartbreak

The one that broke your heart and you thought you would never get over it? The one you can’t possibly live without? You will. Trust me. And you will laugh about how ridiculous you were. It will be them who miss out, and when they realise, it will be too late (cue holding a hairbrush in front of the mirror singing Beyoncé – Best thing I never had). Take a moment to curse, cry, moan, hope they stand on lego and then MOVE ON – forget what hurt you, but remember what it taught you. 

The big life plan

There is no plan. And it is impossible to live your life expecting everything to be how you plan it – you won’t enjoy the moments, you will be flapping it isn’t going to plan – and it will STRESS YOU OUT. Job I love by 18? Married by 23? Kids by 26? Nope, nope and nope. Life doesn’t work like that. So just enjoy every moment and take it as it comes. 

Be nice 

Simply, because you never know what someone is going through. Just be a nice person, it really isn’t hard. 



Save the pennies

Getting a job and getting a nice little pay packet at the end of the month always feels great. But getting in debt is not the one. So save small amounts, this will turn to big amounts – and its totally worth it. 

Time

Stop wishing it away. Eventually you will want to rewind it!

 

Do more of what you want to do 

It’s your life, no one else’s. Don’t be influenced by others or what is the said right thing to do. Do what makes YOU happy. 

And finally….be young

Make the most of having no responsibilities, adulthood comes with a WHOLE lot of them. Once you’re an adult – YOU ARE AN ADULT. Go through bad fashion, horrific make up and terrible self chopped hair cuts. Life without the internet, phones and video games – these were the best times. 



Make the most of it, enjoy it – and be happy! Is there anything you would tell your younger self?

🌟 Happy Sunday! 🌟

Lisa 👸🏼❤

Less house…more home 

I’ve lived in my flat now for 4 years (I think?!)….and it is in desperate need of  a revamp. It’s a lovely little place, however I would love to upgrade to a house now…..but sadly the pennies don’t quite reach it at the moment. But I do consider myself to be lucky enough to have a roof over my head, have a mortgage and share it with my fiancé and Pug. 


I started to fall out of love with the flat, it was messy and I didn’t care much for it (I’m stubborn, once I realised moving wasn’t going to be any time soon I had my little hissy fit and threw my toys out the pram. Knowingly doing this wasn’t going to solve any of my problems and I was just wasting time being a drama queen.)  So, how could I make it to be more homely again? CHANGE.


 Now, where to start?! I felt the spare room was the best place, this was the worst.When I moved in I put a double bed in here. Which was my first error. This room is a box room and it took up the WHOLE floor, I ignored this though, because of course I always know best (rolls eyes). This then became the dumping ground. Don’t know where to put something? In it goes. Can’t be bothered to put it in the right place? In it goes. Should probably throw it away but you are a hoarder? In it goes. This room was piled high of everything. And then the door would be shut. What you can’t see can’t cause you any bother right? Maybe while the door is shut yeah, but it’s going to have to be opened at some point. The mess in the room was making me feel this loathe for our home. I didn’t want to feel that. I wanted to get a sense of love and calm when I came through the door from work, I wanted to spend time in the home we work so hard to pay for. 

So…..operation clear out began. I knew I needed to be ruthless. If it had been shut in that room for however long not being used or quite honestly, not even knowing I had it – I knew so much had to go. Bags of rubbish, bags of clothes and other random bits all sorted. And finally that big bed (that got slept in once over the time we have lived here!) taken apart ready for the charity shop. I was adamant that the things that could be used or worn again went to Florence Nightingale Hospice  –  I believe one mans rags is another mans riches and if it can then help a charity (and this is a very important charity close to my heart) then this makes the feeling even better. I can’t believe the amount of stuff I had! So much clutter. Cleared. Gone.  


IT FELT AMAZING!!! 

I stood in the empty room excited with what I was going to do with it. My fiancé opted for a games room…..but this wasn’t quite what I was thinking (unfortunately for him lol). Something I have always dreamt of is a dressing room – and this is what I wanted, and lucky for me, I have a laid back fiancé willing to give up the idea of a games room without a fight (phew).


We don’t have ££££ to be spending – so Ikea, B&M and Dunelm were my target shops! I wish I had taken the before pictures to show what a state it was, but imagine a box room filled with a double bed and a chest of drawers, Everything covered in clutter – that pretty much sums it up. But here are the after pictures anyway – simple but such a diffence (I didn’t have the best lighting when taking the pictures, but you get the idea I’m sure!) 

I love spending time in here and getting ready, or even just reading a book and listening to music – it really has made a difference to our home. My fiancé has the added bonus that my make up isn’t all round the house now too! And the door is no longer kept shut.
What better way to start the new year with some decluttering. Your home should tell a story of who you are and be a collection of what you love – I still have bits I want to add and do, and we want to do more to other rooms but it certainly is a small step for us in the right direction. 

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶❤

It’s that time of year again…

New year new me….I’m sure we say this every year. New Years resolutions made on the 1st Jan and failed by the 2nd. Resolutions have never really been my thing. I am trying to think of a year when I have truly stuck to a resolution…..sad to say I don’t think there is one. 

Now, I am a bit late jumping on the band wagon this year, I’ve had a terrible case of man flu over the past week or so and I am only just feeling more human like (awww poor me) As always, the same as a lot of people, it seems to be a reoccurring resolution that I have…..eat well and excercise more. My problem is I expect results over night! (If only!)  I wish I had the body I moaned about in my late teens early twenties! Now, do not get me wrong – I do not think I am obese, nor do I need to shed tones of weight, but I would like to be fit and healthy, and look after my body more. 

This year I am going with more of an open mind and small lifestyle changes, rather than a resolution…..I don’t know how much of a difference that makes but I’m going with it! 

One big failure I do every year is saying I can’t have this and I can’t have that. So first things first is to not banish all the food I love – this definitely makes it unrealistic for me to stick to. If I want a big fat burger and chips on a Saturday night with a bottle of prosecco – I will have it. It’s about balance. 


I want to take the time to cook more meals and know what is going into my food. I actually enjoy cooking, I just feel I make the excuse of not having enough time (normally because I am so impatient and eat the entire contents of my cupboards whilst I wait for my food to cook). And what brings good friends together? GOOD FOOD. More meals in rather than meals out. 

I got the Joe Wicks lean in 15 book for crimbo, so this will certainly come in handy. Along with a jar of the good old Lucy Bee coconut oil.  You can get his book in pretty much all book stores but here is the website for more information of what the body coach is all about – Click here or if you want to check out details of Lucy Bee or find your local stockist Click here

There is always temptation around. Biscuits with your tea, sweets in the shop or a big fat slab of cake from the local cafe. Eating rubbish tends to leave you feeling like rubbish. As they say, a moment on the lips a life time on the hips….it’s even hard for pugs to resist.

There is no ‘we’ in food. I am not a sharer. But when it comes to other people’s food, I eye up my friends food before I have even finished my own. What a greedy guts! (Winston giving a good example of this below.) Self control is the key, cutting down on portions and leaving everyone else’s left overs on their plates rather than shovelling them in my belly. 

ALCOHOL. The dreaded alcohol. To me drink responsibly means to not spill it. I love a cheeky drink (or two) with friends at the weekend, but maybe to be even more responsible and cut back on the calorific beverages…

And moving onto the good stuff. I like using bootea 28 day teatox, all the ingredients are 100% natural. This always helps me feel less bloated, more energised and gives great results. If you want more info on bootea – Please click here

As I am getting older (sigh) I appreciate being out and about more. The beautiful changing seasons to the friendly people I meet on dog walks. I’d like to walk more places, enjoy the fresh air. Take Winston on longer adventures, admire the outdoors. Added bonus of burning calories as well.

I would rather every day be rest day. But I don’t think it works that way unfortunately. I have a gym membership that I couldn’t tell you the last time I used. So, next step is get to the gym more. 3 times a week at least, whether it be classes or general gym sessions. Something to get me moving the muscles I’ve forgotten I have. 

With these changes to my lifestyle…I hope to have a healthier, happier body and mind. 

I have lots of exciting things planned for 2017 and even for 2018! So here’s to hoping in a years time, I will be glad I started now. I hope to blog about recipes, trips out and about and gym sessions so I will keep you posted of my progress! 

Wishing you all a very happy 2017! 

Lots of love, 

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶 

xxx

All That Glitters Giftware 

Dog lovers are my kind of people. If you were to say to me “but it’s just a dog” it will instantly make me think… “and you’re just an idiot”. I don’t think I have ever walked past a dog without the burning urge to say hello and stroke it, I sign my dogs name on my Christmas cards (Yep! One of them) and I talk to my dog probably more than I talk to anyone else! (The best type to talk to, they never disagree and can keep secrets.)This is just a few signs of being a crazy dog lady – but my dog taught me a lot that I needed to know….


If you haven’t read my previous blogs, Winston is my fur ball pug. My friend Laura, has a sausage dog cross Jack  Russell named Ralph, and they are great dog pals. Without the dogs, myself and Laura are very good friends – but the unconditional love for our pooches brings us even more so on to the same level, and we could quite literally talk about them all day. How can you not love these faces?!


This year my friends and I decided to do secret santa, and I got Laura. A best friend should surely be super easy to buy for right? WRONG…. What do you buy a girl who has everything?! 

So, luckily Laura being a dog lover like myself  – I figured you can never go wrong with getting something dog related. People always buy me Pug presents – pug mug, pug socks, pug stationary absolutely ANYTHING with a pug on….I am yet to receive one I don’t like! You cannot go wrong with a pug gift in my book. I am a crazy pug lady as I said. But I was finding that sausage dogs, and sausage dog crosses at that, are not as popular dogs that appear in the dog gift world. 

As you may of guessed from my previous posts, I like to support small businesses when I can. I am an active user of Instagram and often stumble across fabulous unique gifts. One of these great accounts is Nicky at All That Glitters Giftware. She makes incredible glitter glasses – what girl isn’t drawn to a bit of glitter?! I originally was in contact with her a few months back where she kindly helped donate to a charity giveaway, which I was super greatful for. Nicky has a great range of designs in her Etsy shop, including a variety of different dog breeds, so I contacted her about making a sausage dog design. I stupidly had left this a bit late to make it in time for Christmas, Nicky was so helpful and kindly squeezed my order in. She kept in contact with picture updates and let me chose the glitter colours on the glass. I was so pleased with the end product when I received it! I just love how glittery it is! Here it is in all it’s glory – staring Winston of course.

I teamed this with some sausage dog slippers that I found on the internet to complete my gift. A sausage dog lovers perfect gift I would like to think!

As you can tell in the pics, Winston was not chuffed that this was not pug related….so next on my list is one for me! Pugs and lots of glitter – two of my favourite things!


There are so many lovely designs, wether you are a dog lover, Harry Potter fan, something for the holiday seasons and many more – and if there is something specifically you are after message to ask, as Nicky goes above and beyond to make the perfect gift.

Visit the All That Glitters Giftware Etsy store – Click here

Or you can view on Instagram @allthatglittersgiftware 

A late Merry Christmas from me, and of course the fluff eating hairball, Winston! We hope you all have had a fabulous time, and are looking forward to 2017! 

Lots of love,

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐶

     xxx 

There she glows…

I hold my hands up! I definitely do not have the best skin care routine out there…I will admit it, I am lazy. Even though I own zillions of products, I don’t always do the whole cleanse, tone, serum, eye serum, moisturise, blah blah yawn and the rest of it. Even on occasions – usually after one too many G&T’s – I don’t take my make up off at night …GUILTY.AS.CHARGED. (Cue hands on face and gasps from all the daily skin routine people out there, I tip my hat to you gods and goddesses of skin care.)  

However, when I do chose to actually make the effort, I like to think I pick some great products for my skin (if I do say so myself). One of my FAVOURITE brands is Kiehl’s – and you will probably see a few blogs pop up in the future featuring their products – today it’s all about the Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. I love to get this out when my skin is looking dull and just, well bleughhh. Especially with this winter weather –  we work so hard on concentrating on keeping it protected in the summer, we forget about it at this time of year! But what about the harsh cold weather on your skin?! It can be just as damaging!

It contains unique ingredients from near the Amazon river in Northern Brazil (if you can’t take me there, bringing the ingredients to me will have to do).


It has a creamy, cool, clay texture that smells clean and fresh. Applying this to my skin always feels cleansing and refreshing straight away. As it starts to dry, you can see your pores showing whilst your skin is in deep cleansing action – I find this super satisfying! Apply a thin layer avoiding the eyes, leave it on your skin for 10 mins (perfect excuse to sit down, close your eyes and relaxxxx), wipe off with warm water and – TA-DAAAA beautiful, glowy, fresh, clear skin. As simple as that.

Now what would my post be with out my handy little helper, Winston….


Key ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera – soothes, softens and comforts the skin 
  • Amazonian White Clay – purifying and detoxifying. This helps to remove toxins, excess oil and dead cells.
  • Bentonite – absorbs oil and helps to reduce shine


This product is ideal to use once or twice a week…..or if you are like me and don’t quite stick to a routine as such – just when you remember your skin needs a pick me up every now and again! – Then get this face mask out and have a little fix of loveliness in a pot. 

This retails at £21.50, and I think it is really worth the spend. Currently on the Kiehl’s UK website you get 3 complimentary samples and free delivery too!

To view the rare earth cleansing masque on the Kiehl’s website please CLICK HERE

Share your thoughts below if you have used this product too! 

Perhaps my New Years resolution should be to make more effort with my skin care routine…Glowing skin is always in.


Lots of love,

Lisa & Winston 👸🏼🐾

xxx

My Doggy Box

It has been AGES since I have posted a blog! It’s that time of year where I get a bit snowed under with everything – trying to complete the year, buy presents, wrap presents, deliver presents (am I secretly Santa?!) and most importantly lots of parties with friends and family – I hope you are all enjoying the festive season!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME. Love it, love it, love it. And there is one very important pooch that is right at the top of my gift list. This year I stumbled across mydoggybox through Instagram. I noticed they were selling lots of fun toys and treats, so I thought when it got to November I would purchase something for Winston’s birthday (because I am one of those people that makes a fuss of their dog on their birthday, even though they will have absolutely no idea…my fiancé thinks I’m nuts…and maybe he is right – or perhaps he’s the one who is nuts, he is marrying me 😆 – but it’s all fun anyway!)  


I think Winston was pretty chuffed. This was a solid yoghurt birthday cake – you can pick a blue or a pink candle, and it was a great price of £2.50! I broke it into pieces and gave him a bit a day as a treat, no shock to me he gobbled it up in seconds.

Whilst I was buying this, I couldn’t help but look at the crimbo bits! I  also couldn’t resist buying a personalised doggy advant calander that you can fill with your pooches favourite treats! (This is now unavailable to buy, you snooze you lose pals, sorry. Plus we are part way through the month now anyway so your doggy chum would miss out on lots of days, and perhaps if I had actually blogged about this sooner you may of been introduced before they went out of stock…oops sorry!…but hopefully they will be available next year!) He has been enjoying a treat a day from here, needless to say it is obvious why the treats aren’t in the calendar in this picture as it would of turned out as a LOT of treats in ONE day if he could get his paws on it…


Finally, I thought I would get him a gift for Christmas too. You can create your own doggybox full of fabulous treats, toys, outfits and accessories, or you can select one that has been pre made. 

Here is what I bought for Winston: 

  • A plush squeaky carrot (£3.49)
  • Pigs in blankets (£2.99)
  • A squeaky santa (£1.50)
  • A handmade chocolate & yoghurt xmas pud (£2.25) 

I think they are all reasonably priced and are of great quality. All presented in a mydoggybox that can be reused for keeping dog treats in, as a memory box or what ever you like! Another great thing is that they are a corporate sponsor of Dogs Trust and every item purchased from the website, no matter how small, will contribute towards a monthly donation.

It is under the tree ready and waiting to be unwrapped! 


An important point to finish on – the human face behind mydoggybox, Amanda (as well as dog’s Dwayne, Rocco and Wilson) the customer service was incredible. I placed my order and minutes later I received a private message to confirm some details of my order, and that Amanda would get it sent out that day! I might add it was also a Saturday – even the big companies out there half the time won’t even look at your order on a Saturday let alone get it posted out to you that day. To me customer service is as important as the gift you are buying….this is what will make people come back. I can assure mydoggybox has a customer for life with Winston and I. I support small businesses when I can, and this is one I would highly recommend.

So what are you waiting for? Go and check them out! (They close on the 16th Dec for Christmas, so get your crimbo order in quick! They reopen again in Jan) 

Website – www.mydoggybox.co.uk

Instagram – @mydoggybox 

Lots of pug love, hugs and kisses

Lisa & Winston 🐾