A Plea to Oprah and the Pianist Who Played Beethovan to Heal the Hearts of Saved, Tortured Elephants. Heal ,Heal

Such a beautiful and sad post ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Elephants Need Elephants and People Need Art

My new posts are at http://wp.me/p4dn3L-j1 at my art gallery. please look.

Think, Say โ€œbarbara mann is healed.โ€ Part of my new therapeutic treatment for healing.

paintings are for sale for Lung/Fund.
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Please my heart breaks, I feel the pain as I am a prisoner in my world too. Please tell Edmonton Valley Zoo, Canada to let Lucy go so she can connect after 35 years alone. Why hasnโ€™t anyone, even Bob Barker who offered a million dollars, been able to do this. Oprah I know you have the power. to get this on the go. Someone sent her a blanket and the zoo refused to let her wear it.

Rich your music can do wonders, send them a CD?

When her case went in front of the Supreme Court, they said it was a waste of time. and threw it out. What an insult to theโ€ฆ

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15 ways to use Vaseline ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


I always have a pot of Vaseline in my drawer, have done since my early teens and over the years I’ve discovered some weird and wonderful things you can use it for! So here’s a quick list:

1. Customise your cosmetics

Add Vaseline to any lose pigments from your eyes shadows, blush etc and mix them together to create a cream shadows and blush. You can also do this to make tinted lip balms. 

2. Use it as a clear Mascara 

On makeup free days or natural makeup days you can trade in your mascara for Vaseline by smoothing it over your lashes for a glossy and thicker look. It’s also a great eye lash conditioner! 

3. Polish your shoes!

Bit of a weird one but my grandma once told me to use it for polishing my tan boots. This was quite recently and it gives them a great shine! 

4. Get the perfect tan

Apply it to dry areas like elbows and knees before tanning as it acts as a barrier so that the tan won’t cling/go streaky in those places. 

5. Gentle eye makeup remover

We all know how expensive makeup remover can be, but you can use Vaseline on the tip of a cotton bud to gently remove eye liner, mascara and I’ve even found when I used to use false lashes that it would help with removing the excess glue. 

6. Soothe dry skin 

Apply Vaseline to dry skin or cracked heels on your feet and then pop a pair of socks on. You can also do the same for hands and wear some gloves overnight. Really helps hydrate your skin. 

7. Mess free manicure 

Apply to your cuticles before painting your nails to keep the colour off your skin. 

8. Remove makeup stains from clothing

With a damp cloth, Vaseline can be used to help lift makeup stains from your clothing, pillow cases and bedding. 

9. Instant Highlighter 

Just use a small amount on the high points of your face for a natural dewy highlight. You can also use it on your shins to make your legs glow. 

10. Smooth that baby hair! 

You can smooth down your baby hairs or frizz by using small amounts of Vaseline in replace of hair product. 

11. Prep skin for fragrance 

Moisturised skin holds fragrance for longer, apply Vaseline before you spray. 

12. DIY lip scrub 

Add some sugar to your Vaseline to make your own DIY lip scrub. 

13. DIY shower/bath sea salt scrub 

Add Sea salt to your Vaseline to make your own DIY body scrub with moisturising benefits. 

14. Take those brows 

Add a very small amount of Vaseline to your eyebrow brush to help shape your brows perfectly. 

15. Help stubborn earrings slide in

If you’re like me and don’t wear earrings too often, the holes can sometimes be difficult when trying to put earrings in. Add a small amount of Vaseline to your ear lobe and over the earring to help it slide in with no problems. 

Let me know down below if you have any Vaseline tips! 

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• 


Toy review Tuesday – Disney Animator Dollsย 


We started collecting these at Christmas and we would absolutely love Penelope to own the entire collection. She currently has Ana, Pocohontus, jasmine and tinker bell. She adores them but they also look lovely on her shelf. 

The dolls seem really well made but like with everything their hair can get messy after a while so we have found ourselves tying them in pony tails to try and keep them in good condition. 

The only problem we have had is with tinker bell. Penelope only had her a week and her head fell off. We hadn’t kept any of the original packaging or receipt so didn’t think we would be able to take her back although we have not tried. When looking on Disney store reviews it seems to be a common problem but only with the Tinker bell doll. The rest have been absolutely fine with great reviews.  

That certainly hasn’t put us off buying more, we already have a few on Penelope’s Christmas list and at ยฃ20 each we think they are an excellent price. 

 There are more to the collection that above, you can get the frozen characters also. Some of them also come in sets with extra clothes/props (obviously they are more expensive) and they also come in miniature sets too. 

So if your children love Disney I would definitely recommend these toys! Just not tinker bell which is a shame but I wouldn’t want you to waste your money for it to break!

Thanks for reading! 



Sisterhood of the world bloggers awardย 


I have been nominated by the beautiful Stephanie for the Sisterhood of the world bloggers award. If you haven’t already, check her blog out it’s fabulous! 

Thanks so much for the nomination, I love doing these and reading everyone’s responses ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• 

So here we go…

ยซ The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award recognises the unique voices of women bloggers around the world. ยป


Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.

Answer the 10 questions your nominator has provided.

Nominate 10 other bloggers.

Create 10 questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Here are my answers to both series of questions:

1. Favourite perfume for this summer?

I’m currently using viva la juicy! It’s super summery and I love how it smells on me. Only problem is the fragrance doesn’t last long on me. But I have a 100ml bottle so need to use it up! 

2. Have you ever seen an opera? If so, which one(s)?

I’ve seen a few when I was younger, in my early teens. My grandma used to take me as well as going to Ballets which are my absolute favourite. Off the top of my head I’ve seen Carmen, Madama butterfly and the Magic flute. There maybe more but I can’t remember! 

3. Your go-to red lipstick?

Revlon- Really Red 

4. Where did you spend your last holiday?

Just recently been to Ibiza with the girls, stayed in playa den bossa. Had a great time! 

5. What is your first beauty ritual in the morning?

After a scrub, I use my Lush breath of fresh air spray and do my Lush lip scrub 

6. Favourite restaurant ever?

Yo sushi! Absolutely love the place. I eat far too much when I go though. It’s embarrassing.

7. What would be your best beauty advice to your daughter?

A good skin care routine. I wish I had known more about that kind of thing before I started plastering myself in makeup clogging all my pores! 

8. Who is your favourite female fictional character (could be books, movies, series,โ€ฆ) and why?

Can’t say I really have one! Although if I had to choose it would be Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Just because I adore Hamlet and feel without her it would be nothing. My daughters middle name is Ophelia ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

9. Name a makeup or beauty ยซ crime ยป.

I don’t really have any of my own but I absolutely hate people that have plucked their eyebrows within an inch of their lives and then draw them on SUPER thick. 

10. Which book are you currently reading?

Grey by E L James 

My nominees 



Infinitely awkward

Online beauty finds

Becky Brotherton


Poppy constellations

The sassy editor


Polished by Amy

1. Name one make-up / beauty product that you could not live without.

Max factor Pan Stik

2. Where is your dream travelling destination?

Bali. I mean I’ve been before a couple of times but honestly I can’t tell you how beautiful it is! 

3. What is your all-time-most-memorable-song?

I wanna grow old with you by Adam Sandler (walked down the aisle to that) 

4. Who is your real-life most inspiring character? (actresses/ politicians/ businessmen, etc) and Why?

Angelina Jolie, I think all the work she has done as the UN refugee agency goodwill ambassador is absolutely amazing. She’s done so much field work over the years in between being a mother and actress etc. 

5. What is your beauty secret?

I don’t really have any! I just watch millions of tutorials about absolutely everything! 

6. Name your favourite make-up brands.

NYX and Sleek currently 

7. What is your favourite me-time activity?

Watching Grav3yardgirl on YouTube, writing my blog or reading 

8. At what age did you start your first make-up?

Early teens 

9. What did you do last weekend?

Took the kids to my dads as the weather was lovely and he has a big garden with play apparatus in so they always have tons of fun! 

10. What are the most current beauty / skincare products you purchased?

Today I just purchased 2 contour kits to review by makeup revolution. 

So! That’s me, I answered both sets of questions and because I’m a rule breaker I didn’t add my own because these questions were great! Answer both sets if you feel rebellious ๐Ÿ˜ 

Thanks so much for reading ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


Monthly Favourites (June Edition)ย 

June has been a great month for favourite products! I had too many so cut my list down and will perhaps include the rest in next months post. 

So here we go.. 

Sleek Matte Me liquid lipstick in shade Birthday Suit ๐Ÿ’•

Good lord I love this lipstick. Everything about it from the shade (which is totally perfect), the consistency and how long it lasts! It literally lasts all day, I have to take it off in the evening and I’ve never had to do that with a liquid lipstick before. It reminds me a lot of the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks, but dare I say I love these more? And at around ยฃ7 they are a fraction of the price. They certainly stay on longer than ABH and the mixture isn’t as watery which I much prefer as I find myself having to blot the ABH dry if I’m in a hurry. LOVE LOVE LOVE this product.  

Sleek highlighting palette in shade Precious Metals๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

I’m really quite obsessed with Sleek at the moment. I find myself browsing Ebay almost constantly for different products. I stumbled across this when looking for contouring Palettes. I’ve been using it a few weeks now as part of my everyday makeup routine. It highlights my face really well, especially good for under eyes and tops of cheekbones. It’s 3 cream sections and one powder for Cupid’s bow, although I don’t tend to use that part. It has quite a glittering shimmer to it. Sean said I sparkle like the Vanpires in Twilight ๐Ÿ˜‚


Collection work the colour eyebrow kit๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Ive spoken on a previous blog about how much I adore this product. I bought it in the airport for ยฃ2.99 as was in a rush. It’s one of the best eyebrow kits I’ve ever used. Comes with 3 colours black, medium brown and blonde. A double ended application brush and a clear mascara for setting. I really recommend this product. I love it so much that I might not ever change it ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

NYX matte finish setting spray๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

I will literally buy anything NYX related because I love the brand so much. More than likely my favourite makeup brand EVER. So when I seen this I had to buy it to try. And as always it’s perfect. Gives my face a matte look after makeup application, but also firmly sets my makeup in place for at least 12 hours! Which is more than enough for me to rate this product Excellent! 

Lush bubblegum lip scrub๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

YES!! Smells and tastes delicious! (That’s right it’s totally edible) I apply this in the evening before bed and in the morning before my makeup. Takes the dead/dry skin straight off my lips leaving them silky soft and smooth and therefore my lippy goes on perfect! Also you only need to use the smallest amount so even though the tub is ยฃ5.95 it will last you absolutely ages. 

Monuspa rosewood reviving mist๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

This was a product I got in last months Glossy box. I was rather disappointed in that box, but this was the one product I seem to have fallen in love with. I use it first thing in the morning before applying my makeup to freshen my face up and it smells wonderful! It also says on the bottle that you can use it to set makeup also but I’m yet to try spraying it after makeup application because obviously Ive been using the NYX product. 

Argan Oil๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

I bought this from Home Bargains for less than ยฃ2 and it really has helped with my hair. My hair is pretty dry now from all the bleaching not to mention the split ends. And this is slowly but surely starting to make a difference to the overall condition/feel of my hair. I apply this to towel dried hair but in very small amounts otherwise it will make your hair greasy. If I know I’m not going out the next day, I literally smother my hair in it and just let it sit. 

So that’s this months favourites! Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them. Let me know down below. 

Thanks so much for reading. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


Movie Review Monday: Spy


SPY – Rating 9/10

120 mins 


CIA desk agent Susan Cooper is the real hero behind some of the most dangerous missions in her agency. But when all the top field agents are compromised, she volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate a deadly arms dealer and prevent a global disaster. 

What I thought: 

Melissa Mcarthy is one of my favourite actresses. I’ve loved every movie she’s been in, but for some reason I really wasn’t looking forward to this. 

However like the rest, I found myself laughing from beginning to end. It has a great cast and who new Jason Statham could be so funny?! 

It’s everything I would want from a movie, foul mouthed, witty, hilariously disgusting and violent all rolled into one silly script. I even enjoyed the fact it was basically a spoof of a bond movie. (Dare I say I enjoyed it more than any bond film). 

So if you haven’t already seen it, watch it. I thoroughly enjoyed it!! 

Mac lip liner dupes (NYX edition)ย 


Just a mini blog tonight because I’m exhausted after having lots of fun with the kids today in the sun! 

So basically I love lip liners. I love how they can change the shape of your mouth instantly without any effort. I really love all of the Mac range but like I said in my lipstick dupe post, I just can’t afford to buy them all the time. 

So as time as gone by, I’ve tried lots of different cheaper brands to see if I can find some similar colours. Now obviously I only wear certain shades of lippy, so can only comment on the ones I’ve tried but in almost certain there will be a dupe for every shade they stock. 

NYX seem to be the favourite so far, which Helps because I adore anything by them. So here’s a few I’ve tried and tested, I wish I had them all to swatch but currently I now only own NYX because I loved them so much. 

Mac – Current = NYX – Deep Purple


Mac – Cherry = NYX – Plush Red  


Mac – Spice = NYX – Coffee  


Mac – Stripdown = NYX – Nude Beige  


Mac – Dervish = NYX – Peekaboo Neutral  


And my absolute favourite because it’s practically sold out everywhere! 

Mac – Whirl = NYX – Mauve  


Again I hope this has been helpful and helps you save some money! Please let me know down below if you know any other dupes as I’m always on the lookout! 

Thanks again for reading. 



Sensory Sunday!ย 

Wooden Sensory Blocks 

I’m a little bit obsessed with looking for really funky sensory toys for the kids. Amongst making some of our own and buying things other people have recommended, I search the net trying to find the next best thing. 
What is slightly irritating is the price ranges. Sensory toys are most certainly not cheap, but sometimes you can find some really great things that are totally worth the money.  

Harri attends a nursery specifically for children with Autism. So as you can imagine they have some of the most amazing sensory toys/areas and so we often find ourselves purchasing bits and bobs we have seen him interested in within school. He’s not into toys really so when we don’t find something he seems to enjoy we generally buy them. 

On a parents morning we noticed these on one of the tables and I thought they looked great. Not just for Harri but Penelope too. 

They were ยฃ40.80 inclusive of VAT, plus postage. And I know that might seem a tad expensive but the kids really do love them. 

You get 16 natural hardwood blocks with liquid, beads, glitter and sand centres all with different colours. They are great for sensory stimulus. You can shake, stack, build and hold them up to the light. And are ideal for shape recognition and simple block building tasks. 

Harri does play with them when he’s not fixated on his cars/books etc. But Penelope absolutely loves them and can play with them for a good hour before moving onto something else. 

They are available from the following website 


Thanks so much for reading, I will be trying to make Sensory Sunday blogs every week, hopefully adding some DIY bits along the way. 






I just wanted to say thankyou so much to everyone that has followed, liked, commented, re blogged and shared my blog this past week. 

Obviously I’m super new to WordPress having only been on for just under a week, but I’ve really enjoyed posting and talking to you all! Not to mention the great response I’ve had on Facebook and Instagram which I’m massively greatful for also! 

I hope you will all continue to enjoy my blog, and a massive thankyou again for your support. 



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