Monday, 23 February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey Movie - My Verdict


Fifty Shades of Grey has been in cinemas for over a week now and has quickly become the largest grossing film this year, raking in more than $410million worldwide in less than 2 weeks! The premier in London was overshadowed by domestic violence protesters and the film has had some mixed reviews. Before people jump down my throat, the sex isn't what enticed me to read the books or see the film. Their is an actual love story being told! Many people may consider the film to glamourise violence or even rape but I don't see that at all when I read the books, Christian is a mentally ill person and BDSM is his coping mechanism. His BDSM relationships have always been consensual and safe words used, once Ana was informed of his lifestyle she wanted it just as much as he did. Both characters wanted to change so they could be together and have some form of a relationship. Most of us would never think to engage in such a lifestyle like BDSM but I suppose it works for some people, so who are we to judge?

Anyway, so on to my verdict..I went to see the film on the Sunday, two days after its official release...I was more excited about seeing the film than I was about going out on the town for Valentines Day. After reading all three of the books I had some high expectations, you can see my hopes for the film here. So, I went to seem the film with my sister-in-law who had been to see it with work mates on the day it was released and she thought it was great. As we entered the foyer to the cinema I could tell that most of the people were here to see Fifty Shades, their were about 2 men in sight. As we'd pre-booked tickets online we just had to pick them up and then get a drink and some popcorn, I couldn't wait to get to our seats! We were sat right at the back so we had a great view of the screen and didn't have anybody annoying us at the back which was great. 

Here's what I didn't like...

  • The opening scene where Ana first meets Christian and falls into his office is VERY awkward, I was cringing all the way through and noticed that one of the funny interview scenes in the book was not in the film. 
  • Negotiation scene is in a completely different venue compared to the book 
  • 'Love me like you do' song used in the wrong scene. It's a love song so surely it should be in a scene where the love is being seen. Some songs can make a film what it is and putting the song into the right scene is so important, whoever edited this is an idiot. 
  • After the "ice cube" scene at Anas apartment, Christian leaves Ana to go home. In the book Ana feels so confused with her conflicted feelings of love that she cries her eyes out only for Kate to over hear and then Christian comes back and finds her crying. In the book this scene shows that their is a more human side to Christian and more caring. 
  • Ana's thoughts are just as important as dialogue, none of her thoughts that were written in the book where added. 
  • Jamie's American accent wasn't believable enough for me 
  • Everything seemed rushed and didn't flow, it was a 2 hour film and obviously you can't fit the whole book in a 2 hour time frame again I think it was down to the editing. 
  • Casting - just as I expected, Rita Ora being cast as Christians sister Mia just didn't do it for me and I also didn't like how scruffy Elliott, Christians brother was. 
  • when Christian and Ana go to his parents for dinner, Christian takes Ana to the "shed/boathouse" where they have a quick shag BUT in the book I envisioned it to be quite low ke, just a normal but rather big wooden shed. In the film I think they really over exaggerate the use of the word shed...how many sheds have a swimming pool in! 
  • Cliffhanger at the end is just annoying, if you've read all of the books you know what happens anyway  but I think it's the worst ending to a film ever regardless of if you know what happens or not. 
Here's what I loved...

  • the soundtrack is so good! Before I saw the film I liked maybe 1 or 2 songs but every song screams FIFTY SHADES, it's amazing! My favourite songs are Ellie Goudling's 'Love Me Like You Do' and 'Earned it' by The Weekend 
  • Dakota Johnson as Ana Steele is really good casting, don't get me wrong she's not an amazing actress and some of her scenes were very awkward but I think she's portrays the character just how she is in the book. 
  • the bar scene when Ana gets drunk and drunk dials Christian is so funny, one of the best comedic moments in the film. 
  • Comedy - relating to the above point...their are a few really funny moments in the film that weren't in the book but I think it's a good thing. The funny scenes take away the seriousness of the sex. 
So that's what I thought of the first Fifty Shades of Grey film, it looks like the negative overshadows the positive doesn't it? I'm not saying it's a bad film, the only way they could have made it better would to have had it 4 hours long to fit everything in but like that's going to happen. No doubt the director, producers etc will learn from this first film and the feedback they get as to how they go about the next two films. I really hope they do make the next two as their love story blossoms and would make better films than the first. I wasn't blown away by how amazing it was, maybe because some people had told me it was rubbish have made me disappointed I don't know. I know that it wasn't amazing though, but it won't stop me from seeing the other films. If anything I think I'm more excited for the next two films than the first. If you haven't seen it already and you're thinking of going then please go and see it, don't let other people's views stop you. Each person is different so not everyone is going to be fully satisfied with the overall film. 

Have you been to see Fifty Shades? I'd love to know what you think or if you agree/disagree with my views. As always I'd love for you to get intouch...

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

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Finally, I've managed to claim my blog on Bloglovin...i've been trying for ages! 

I'm still getting the hang of it but if you don't know what Bloglovin is, it's a site which allows you to read all of your favourite blogs all in one place. So no more saving your favourite links all nd then trying to find them again, you can find all of your favourite blogs In one place which makes life so much easier. 

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Weekend Baby Style #7

Last weekend I treated Joey to some clothes in Tesco. I don't usually shop in Tesco so I thought it would be a change from his usual Asda clobber.

I was on the lookout for some jeggings for Joey knowing that I'd have to get them from the girls section. We also got a pair of navy blue chinos, a hooded top and a pack of bibs. Tesco have an alright baby boy section but it's not amazing, I didn't see anything that I really wanted. Usually when I go to asda there's several things I see for Joey that I love. I've also found that the boy clothing sections aren't as big as the girls which annoys me.

Wednesday
We went out with nanny again so I decided to put him in one of the tops I got for him last week.

Top: F&F Tesco
Jeans: George at Asda
Cardigan: Ralph Lauren
Bib: Bibs & Bobs from Beebies Baby Store
It was really sunny weather and quite warm so I didn't need to wrap him up in thick layers. The top was in the sale at Tesco and i love a nice motif top. I squeezed him into his jeans and put his lovely knitted Ralph Lauren cardigan on when we went out.

Friday
Joey's had a rough couple of days crying during the day and the night, maybe his 2 new teeth are bothering him so I've dressed him in something casual.
Top: F&F Tesco
Jeggings: F&F Tesco
Bib: F&F Tesco
So this outfit was bought in our Tesco clothing haul last week. I really like the top you can dress it up or down with jeans, jeggings or joggers. The jeggings are from the girls section and luckily don't have pink stitching, I really wish they did unisex jeggings but in different shades especially with spring/summer ahead of us. Joey loves a dribble bib, I've mentioned it before but he is like a St Bernard dog with all the dribbling he's doing. They came in a 2 pack.

I think the rest of this weekend's outfits are going to be pretty chilled out. If you fancy getting involved with this week's #weekendbabystyle then head over to Knott Bump & Us, she's hosting this week's linky on her own while Hannah from First Time Mummy is on her hols.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sassy Bloom Box Reveal*

Last week we received our very first Sassy Bloom Box at Lolly HQ and I was so excited I opened it immediately. I've been so busy over the weekend though that the unboxing vlog has only just been done.

Here's what Joey received...


Sassy Bloom was created by mumpreneur Hollie who at 29 weeks pregnant was rushed into hospital. Hollie was diagnosed with a rare and incurable heart and lung disease which is really dangerous during pregnancy. She was in Hospital for about a month and during her stay, friends and family visited her bringing a box full of goodies for her and the baby. It was her friends and family's act of kindness which got Hollie thinking that other mums would love the concept...and that's how Sassy Bloom was created.

As a subscription box there are various options you can choose from depending on your budget. There is a monthly option which costs £29 per box, 3 months is £27 per box, 6 months is £25 per box and an annual subscription is £23 per box. So basically the longer the subscription the cheaper each box is. The boxes start for mums who are in their 3rd trimester until baby reaches the age of 2. Each box is created based on the gender and age of your baby. Joey is 8 months so his box contained products relevant to his development age.


I'm really happy with what we've received in our first box, there's maybe only one product we probably won't be using. I think we'll be definitely buying more boxes, it would be lovely to receive goodies each month for Joey. I really wish that I had known about Sassy Bloom when I was pregnant, it would have been nice to see the pregnancy products aswell.

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Monday, 16 February 2015

MeMeMe Cosmetics: Soft Rose Collection Review*

Valentines Day, a day in which couples all over the world make a special effort for the love in their life. For me, Valentine's day is just an excuse to get dressed up and go out for a nice meal, and this year is no different even with the new addition to our family. 

I was asked to review the Soft Rose Collection box by MeMeMe Cosmetics as a Valentines Day treat. So last week, before Valentines Day when I wasn't doing much during the day I tried out the collection so I could see what the products looked like. 


Contents: Shimmer Stack in Pink, Light Me Up Lip Gloss in Illuminate, Beat the blues illuminator in Pearl Pink, Quad eye shadow in Opulent Eyes, Nail polish in Ambitious 

I used everything apart from the illuminator, to be honest I thought it was a gloss coat to put over nail varnish. Here's how I used the products:

Step 1: Applied usual foundation 
Step 2: MeMeMe shimmer stack on cheekbonesI really like the shimmer stack, it was really easy to use, just swipe your usual blusher brush over the pad and apply to your cheeks. It gives the effect of contouring I thought which is great. I will definitely be using it again.
Step 3: MeMeMe eyeshadowThe eye shadow has 4 shades to choose from depending on what look you're going for, to be honest I don't use a lot of eyeshadows if I do then its usually a very neutral colour. When I used the MeMeMe eyshadow I tried to stick to the most neutral but kept getting the dark shade on my brush aswell because the powders are set together. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be using this eye shadow again unless I become a bit more confident in wearing darker shades.
Step 4: Applied usual eyeliner and mascara 
Step 5: MeMeMe 'Light Me Up' Lip Gloss - I absoloutely loved the lip gloss! I've never owned a lip gloss which lights up, so handy when your on a night out because it has that handy light for easy application. Even though I loved the lip gloss I personally would have chosen a more pink/red tone. When I went out on Valentines night I wore my own lip gloss because I wanted more colour. 
Step 6: MeMeMe nail polish in Ambitious - When I saw that the nail polish was in a nude colour I thought straightaway that I wouldn't be using it, all of the nail polishes I own are all red, pinks and blues. But when I applied the nail varnish I actually really liked it and I was surprised at how quickly it dried and didn't smudge when I had to change Joey's nappy only a couple of minutes after application. Even though I wasn't sure about the colour at first I actually quite like how understated it is. 
   
I'm really happy with this collection, if i'm honest I hadn't heard of the brand at all and was worried that the products wouldn't be that great but i'm pleasantly surprised. If you're looking for a lovely gift to give that special lady in your life then this is it. The shades are mostly neutral so will complement most skin tones. The Soft Rose Collection is £27.50 (at the time of this post) and is available online at MeMeMe Cosmetics
*I was sent this product to review but all opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Weekend Baby Style #6

This is Joey's 6th week of #weekendbabystyle, I think he's enjoying showing off his clothes to you all. We've not done a lot this week, so during the week he hasn't been extremely fashionable. 

Wednesday
We took his nanny out shopping and he wore an outfit that he was given at his christening in September...

Top: Ladybird
Jeans: George at Asda

The top is a brand called Ladybird but I have no idea where it was bought from, it came with a pair of jeans that have green elastic around the ankles and waistband. The jeans to the outfit are a little big so we went with a pair of jeans from Asda that were only £3.50. It's really hard to find jeans that fit Joey, he has the chunkiest legs but they aren't that long so I've found that even though they fit him round the waist they are so tight on his things.

Friday
Me and joey did a bit of shopping on Friday morning and then he stayed with his nan while I went to have my hair done.

Top: H&M
Cardigan: Primark
Leggings: Fred & Noah

Joey hadn't worn his Fred & Noah leggings in a while...a few days so I put him in his anchor leggings. I paired it with a white long sleeved top from H&M and then a knitted cardi from Primark which has some cute elbow patches.

Saturday
Not an enormously busy day for Joey but seeing as though his new Fred & Noah leggings had turned up the day before I decided he should wear them.

Top: H&M
Leggings: Fred & Noah

The top has been seen on Joey's weekend baby style linky before, it's part of a set from H&M. I wanted him to wear something black/plain on the top to balance out the busy design of the leggings, I kind of thought the "hi hi" speech bubble was coming from the elephants, it looks like they're saying "hi". So Joey's new Fred & Noah leggings arrived yesterday and I couldn't wait to put them on him. I really love the F&N patterns, I think the elephant design is a bit more laid back than his other F&N leggings.

That's it for this week. I've written this at the end of the weekend, so we've had more chance to dress him up. Can't wait to see everyone else's. You've still got time to enter you linky, have a look at hosts First Time Mummy and Knott Bump & Us for more info.
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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey countdown

On Friday, the day before Valentine's day sees the release of the highly anticipated book adaption of Fifty Shades of Grey. If you're reading this and have no idea what I'm on about...where have you been! The novel, classed as "mummy porn" has taken the world by storm and every body has been talking about it, and we've all been waiting for the film to be released in over a year. 



I read the first book about three years ago, I'd heard people talking about it saying how great it was but I honestly wasn't impressed by what people were telling me about it. But I gave in and went to buy the book in Asda one day, when I looked at the space where it was meant to be it was empty, sold out but fortunately an assistant was stocking up and there was a queue of women trying to get one. I was completely shocked at the amount of sex in it, the most raunchiest book i've read are probably the Katie Price novels. But aside from the sex and BDSM I really liked the love story, the complicated life in which Christrian leads but then falls in love. The original book understandably received a lot criticism with British Inidan novelist Sir Salman Rushdie saying "I've never read anything so badly written that got published", a little harsh I think. I've read the trilogy THREE times, the third time only being Saturday night. I wanted to reread the book before I go see the film, I finished the first book in less than 24hours and read the last two books in 2 days. It had been so long since I last read the books that I wanted to remind myself of everything. I booked the film tickets about 2 weeks ago, I'm going with my sister-in-law and I'm pretty excited! I love  a film adaption of a book; my favourites being Harry Potter franchise (obvs), P.S. I Love You, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Twilight series....None of those films however have created as much controversy as Fifty Shades has. Fifty Shades is an erotic novel but with an actual love story in the middle of it, I can't wait to see how the love story is portrayed on screen.

In terms of casting for the film, I think they've done a pretty good job, we all have our own image of what the characters would look like. I personally hadn't heard of Jamie Dornan or Dakota Johnson and I doubt it would have worked if the two lead characters were played by big successful actors. The only one niggle I have is that they've cast Rita Ora as Mia, Christians sister, she may be great but I was just really surprised at that, when I imagined Mia I didn't really see Rita Ora. The soundtrack of the film sounds great from what I've heard so far, music is so important for a movie like this. The very early trailer for Fifty Shades featured a very short snippet of Beyonce rework of her hit 'Crazy in Love ' which she has redone especially for the film, another of her songs also features and she's done a great job. Another song I love from the film is Ellie Goulding's 'Love Me like You Do' it's such a great song, the first time I heard it I had no idea that it was part of the Fifty Shades soundtrack. The music video features some snippets from the film which I hadn't seen before.

So from what I've seen or heard already I think we're all going to be in for a treat. My hopes are that the chemistry between Ana and Christian is great, just like I've read in the book. Not only that but that they don't focus entirely on the sex but the love story. Reviews have been mixed but I really hope that I enjoy it just as much as the book, I can imagine that they'll make a big cliffhanger at the end and ill go crazy until we get to see the 2nd film.

No doubt I'll let you all know next week what I thought about the film. Are you excited about the Fifty Shades of Grey film or are you not bothered? I'd love to know your views. 

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Dettol Baby Blanket Donation


As a new first time mummy to Joey we've been very lucky and fortunate to have been given some lovely gifts since he was born. Generally most of the things Joey has been gifted are clothes and toys but somehow he has acquired quite a collection of baby blankets. He has about 5 or 6 but only uses 3. So what's the point in keeping these blankets that he probably won't use? Sure I could probably take to a local charity shop but there are no guarantees that they will be bought so this is where the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation comes in...




 Dettol have created a wonderful campaign which makes use of all those unwanted blankets you might have. They have teamed up with Sparks who are a children's medical research charity here in the UK. Their campaign is called 'keep the memories, not the bacteria'...why you might ask??? Well, the boffins over at Dettol have run scientific tests to find out the amount of bacteria which lives on a babies blanket...even after being washed on a 40 degree cycle. The blankets used in the initial testing were kindly donated by some volunteer mums. The tests performed by Dettol found that 'a third of the washed blankets harboured coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces.' Ewwww I had no idea that so much bacteria could be found on Joey's blanket! But Dettol have come to the rescue with their Anti-bacterial laundry cleanser which amazingly kills 99.9% of bacteria even on a 30 degree low temperature wash...how good is that! But this campaign isn't just about raising the awareness of bacteria but also to make people aware of the amount of babies that are being born around the world who are born into poverty and who's parents can't even afford basic essentials such as a baby blanket. Something that we all take for granted, one helpless bambino is going without. So that's why I've decided to get involved. 

As you can see from the above video, Rachel Stevens is ambassador for the campaign, this is what she had to say "The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation really resonated with me as a mum. I remember bringing my girls home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. That's the reason why I'm supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to those in need so that those babies don't miss out."


Rachel Stevens: Dettol Baby Blanket Donation Ambassador

How to get involved...
Simply post a baby blanket to Dettol at
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THEN... share on Facebook with Dettol's Mission for Health your special baby blanket memories and photographs. 
OR tweet @DettolBlanket remembering to include the hash tag #sharethememories. 
Once collected, Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser will ditch the bacteria by ensuring the baby blankets are hygienically washed before being re-distributed to families in need. Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has also pledged to donate £1 to Sparks for every blanket collected to raise much needed funds for UK families who are affected by serious illness or disability.



Please please please if you have any blankets lying around at home please donate to this cause. 


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Friday, 6 February 2015

Weekend Baby Style #5

It's Friday...which can only mean 1 thing...its #weekendbabystyle #5 for Joey brought to you by the wonderful bloggers First Time Mummy and The Knott Bump & Us.

We've spent a lot of time indoors this week as it's been super cold, so lots of casual clothes for Joey and it's the same today.

All-in-one: George at Asda
Bib: George at Asda

So today we went for an all in one for Joey. I got this ages ago from Asda to wear during the day on cold days. It means that his tootsies don't get cold as he is forever pulling off his socks and putting them in his mouth. The bib that he is wearing is also from Asda but is part of a different set, Joey loves a good neckerchief bib. I was going to put him in his Fred & Noah leggings but he's been wearing them quite a lot recently, I think they need a break...and a wash.
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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Joey's first baby group

Yesterday I took Joey to his first baby group...yes I know, bad mummy. I do feel bad that I've not taken him to one sooner but here's how we got on...

I was introduced to a girl called Shelli (hi Shelli, if you're reading) through my hubby's boss at work who goes to a church playgroup not too far away. So we arranged to meet up and I'd follow her in the car to the church because I didn't have a clue how to get to it. So we get to the church for 9.45 and the local primary school kids are still having their church session but the group coordinator is happy for us to sit down and get involved for songtime. The church was freezing and I could feel Joey's legs were a bit cold aswell poor thing. But Joey was so well behaved the whole time, I think he was a bit overwhelmed with how many kids were around and just stared at people instead of smiling away like he usually does. At about 11 the session in the church finished and then it was time to go across the road to the church hall for playtime and drinks. This group gives the kids opportunity to run around play with the other kids or in Joey's case play with lots of toys. Their were quite a few mums and even grandparents their who had children around Joey's age. Hopefully the more we go the more Joey will start to like it and we get to make friends with other mummies and babies. 

I think one of the main reasons I'd put off taking Joey to a baby group is the feeling of being the new kid at school, you find that a lot of the mums have been attending the groups for years and most of the time form cliques with the other mums. I didn't really get to speak to any other mums apart from Shelli, it was the first time we'd met so it was nice to just talk amongst ourselves. Hopefully the more we go the more relaxed we will both feel. I think I might try and find an other baby or sensory group for him, somewhere he can learn and interact more. But for anyone reading this not sure or scared about going to a group, i'd say to you to definitely try one or two. Baby groups aren't for everyone but at least try before you make your mind up. 

I'd love to know your experiences with baby groups...


Monday, 2 February 2015

Car seat confusion

Depending on what pram you bought your bambino, whether it be a travel system that comes with a car seat or you've bought one separately, their will come a time when you have to buy a new one...


Current UK law for car seats:
The law requires all children travelling in the front or rear seat of any car, van or goods vehicle must use the correct child car seat until they are either 135 cm in height or 12 years old (which ever they reach first). After this they must use an adult seat belt. There are very few exceptions. It is the driver's responsibility to ensure that children under the age of 14 years are restrained correctly in accordance with the law.
The law is different for buses, coaches and minibuses with seat belts fitted. Details are provided in the Other Vehicles section.
http://www.childcarseats.org.uk

We bought the Mothercare Xpedior travel system that came with a car seat and we've used it more or less everyday since Joey was born. 7 months on and our baby boy is now 20lb 5oz and looking rather snug when he's in the car seat and it's flipping heavy to carry to and from the car. For about a month I've been looking into getting him a combination car seat so yesterday we ventured to Mothercare to enquire and possibly buy one their and then. I had an idea of what we wanted I just had a few questions and wanted to try it in the car.

So off we went to Mothercare, it was packed, it seemed that everyone went out on the same day to get a car seat. We waited a good few minutes until we were seen by an assistant, we took Joey with us so that they would have an idea of what we were looking for. 

What we were advised...
  • take out the baby insert to make more room for baby: Silly mummy, I didn't know I could take out the newborn insert to make more room for older babies. So after the removal of that you can see that Joey has still got quite a bit of room. 
  • when using car seat in the car don't put baby in a thick Snowsuit: I try not to put Joey in a snow suit while he's in the car, if I do I struggle fastening the harness. But the advisor in Mothercare told us that when a baby wears a Snowsuit while in the car even though the harness may seem tight it's not secure enough to hold in the baby if their was an accident. 
  • when babies head touches top of the seat, it's time for a new seat: after taking out the newborn insert, Joey now had plenty of head room.
  • doesn't matter if childs legs dangle over: one of the reasons I thought Joey needed a new car seat is because his legs are sort of resting on the back of the seat in the car. My worry was that if their was an accident and his legs aren't flat against his car seat that his legs could be badly injured. Again, the Mothercare advisor said that it's fine injured his legs start to outgrow the seat.
  • child should be 9 months old AND 20lb+ before going in a combination car seat: The Xpedior car seat is suitable fron birth to a maximum weight of 13kg/29lbs (approx 12/15 months)- new laws to be introduced in 2018 on car seat guidelines: I don't know how true this is but Mothercare advisor told us that their is going to be new legislation in 2018 which states that a child has to be 15months old before converting to a combination car seat.
This is all so confusing, I can't help but think that I am being told the wrong information. Joey will be 12months old in 4 months time, I really don't think he'll last in his current car seat. I thought I was doing the right thing in going to get him a new car seat. The last thing I want is for Joey to be unsafe in both a car seat that he has outgrown and also a car seat that he isn't ready for yet.

Has anyone else had the same worries? or can you recommend a great car seat? I'd love any advice

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