Friday, 14 December 2018

Millie and Max - Little Kid Music That Big Kids Enjoy!

Hello Everyone,

Hope you're all suitably filled with mulled wine and holiday cheer, I know I am...

*Camera cuts away from the lit tree to me crying in the corner over an ever growing 'To-Do' list*

Anywayyyyyyyy, today we are here to discuss a recent find that has been a saving grace for me, the Millie and Max - Little Stars CD.

Now I don't know about any of you out there, but I absolutely love parenthood, the baby cuddles, the funny things kids say, chubby little hands and life changing hugs but oh my life, music for kids sucks big time! If I have to hear 'Baby Shark' one more time, I might actually lose my bloody mind!

And then, enter stage right, Millie and Max with their CD entitled 'Little Stars' promising good clean family fun that the whole family can enjoy. I wont lie my friends, I was skeptical as I've heard of this elusive 'Music For Everyone' before and... well let's just say there's been a few charity shop donations from me.

Then the opening music for Twinkle Twinkle began, followed by a beautiful, delicate voice singing out the most gorgeous version of this song that I've ever heard, don't believe me? I'll insert a YouTube clip of the song below.

But it didn't stop there, the following songs were all unique and enjoyable for kids and adults alike, I found myself singing along and not in that usual brainwashed way of regurgitating nursery rhymes (fellow parents, you know what I mean!), I actually enjoyed these songs!

Millie and Max have taken popular children's nursery rhymes and added new music and styles to them which range from indie to rock, brooding to bouncy and of course, all the lyrics are child friendly which is great for rap/rock music fans like me because I'll not have to face anymore questions such as "Mum, what does 'fup you' mean?"... Never happened to you? Yeah, me neither aha, ahaha, ahem.

I love the idea behind the Millie and Max CD, for years we have seen movies aimed at children incorporating jokes for the grown ups so that we can enjoy the on screen shenanigans just as much as our wide eyed, innocent offspring (the 'Shrek' movies are masters of the double entendre) and so it's about time that music started to bridge the gap too.

Here's what the people behind Millie and Max have to say:

Millie and Max love singing Nursery Rhymes,
and love singing along to Mum and Dad’s music.

Mum and Dad don’t like singing along to Nursery Rhymes!
So Millie and Max collected some Nursery Rhymes in the style of Mum and Dad’s music, and called the album “Little Stars”.
Now everyone can enjoy music together!

As I've already said, I loved 'Twinkle Twinkle' little star, it is definitely my favourite song on the album but my other favorites were 'Three Blind Mice' (which is dark and interesting to hear) and 'Three Little Monkeys' (which is rocky, upbeat and fun). Car journeys will definitely be easier from now on.

Do you have any other great music for kids recommendations?

Speak soon,

Rosy xx

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Best Products of the Year 2018

Hello Everyone,

'Tis the season of goodwill, winding down and wrapping up the year... and Christmas presents!

I’ve finished my shopping now (thank goodness) and I don’t intend on buying any further frivolities for a good while, so what better time than to discuss two of the items that I’ve acquired this year that have become products I can’t live without?

I try a lot of beauty products, I have a little obsession as you’ve probably gathered, but what sets a product apart for me is if I’m still reaching for that particular item after the initial excitement has worn off, and these two items not only hit that criteria, but they go beyond that, yes that’s right ladies and gents, these are products I reach for almost every single day.

Lee Stafford

You all know how much I absolutely love Lee Stafford electricals, their design is gorgeous and hits my aesthetic on every level, the tools all perform well and they’re all easy to use, I’ve previously raved about The Straightener, The Rainbow Shine Wand, The CoCo Loco Wonderball Wand, The Coco Loco Long Tong and The CoCo LoCo Blow & Go Nuts, sadly though my Lee Stafford straighteners died on me at the weekend which broke my heart.

*moment of silence to remember the The Straightener*

Now that we have that out of the way, let me show you the CoCo LoCo Straightening Brush which was very generously gifted to me earlier in the year, and I've been using it almost daily ever since.

Straightening brushes don't give the poker straight look that you get from a flat iron, think of it more as a 'good hair day' or a fresh blow-out look. Still flawless but more natural.

When the brush is turned on, it quickly heats up to your selected temperature (up to 230 degrees Celsius) and is so easy to use, it's been my go-to on school run mornings when I'm typically sleep deprived and frazzled. Thanks to this brush, I often get to leave the house looking like I'm part of the human race rather than an extra on The Walking Dead.

The CoCo LoCo Straightening Brush works like a regular brush, you run it through your hair and it straightens as it goes but don't worry about burning yourself, the black bits are rubber tips and bristles that stop you getting burned as your baby shouts for attention and your five year old cries that her shoes are missing... as she stares directly at said shoes... Just me?

As with all of the CoCo LoCo range, the ceramic areas are coated in a coconut oil infusion to help protect your hair from heat damage. Nifty!

Urban Decay

My other favourite product comes (unsurprisingly) from Urban Decay, a brand that consistently puts out gorgeous products with fantastic quality.

The item I'm going to rave about is none other than the newest edition to the Naked range, Naked Cherry.

I'm going to say it, this is the best of the Naked palettes, I know, I know but who would have thought that vibrant red and pink eye-shadows could be so wearable? And wear them I have... Every time I've worn eye-shadow since I got this beauty. Every.Single.Time.

Creamy, blendable shades with a good mix of mattes and shimmer - what more would you expect from an Urban Decay palette? But the reason I keep coming back for more is the unusual shades that somehow just work, even the deepest shades work in a daytime look, well played Urban Decay, well played!

If you're only going to be buying one palette this year, I really recommend this one!

What products have you loved in 2018?

Speak Soon!

Rosy xx
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