Author: littlegemsdiaries

Family fun in the park and a bit of photography thrown in..

Pittville park is a hidden gem pretty much in the centre of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire- UK. So many people have said to me to go and check it out, but sadly in the last two years we had never got round to it -until now. (Thats shameful as it is only 20 minutes away!) Well to be honest, I  wrote this post a few months ago and left it sitting in my drafts. Typical me!  (So the first time we made our way over there was on fathers day back in June.) So if it is all a bit jumbled up I can only apologise….   So, if you have kids the same age as mine 15, 11, and 8 – I am sure we are united in the battle to surgically remove them from ‘wifi’. It is seriously no joke how much mine are addicted to screens.  It really gets me down sometimes when I see how technology is in some ways destroying our kids natural desires to explore and socialise.. Sadly children just cannot …

Moving From London To The Countryside

Well hi there, If you have read my ABOUT page it will come as no surprise to you that I am very accustomed to moving up and down the country with my husband’s job and my children.  It has not been without it’s fair set of challenges along the way, but I can honestly say I am very grateful to of experienced living in different counties of England. Before we moved to the idyllic setting of the Cotswolds-Gloucestershire, we were living back on the outskirts of London. I was happy to be what I call “HOME” being born and bred in London, and it was really great to be able to catch up with family and friends and get back into the fast pace of ‘London’ living. However, when we were due to leave again I found it so strange that so many people thought I was brave to be okay about moving out of London again. What was brave about it? It made me think how easy it is to become so confined to …

3 Simple Hairstyles That Anyone Can Do…

  As a Hair and Make-up artist I very rarely spend time on myself. My hair is either slapped back into a ponytail or worn down with a few waves run through with straighteners. I suppose it is mainly down to laziness and more importantly time. I love it when I see other people with gorgeous braids and I get annoyed with myself as a hair specialist, that I don’t make more effort (especially as I can do most styles tbh). So, I thought I would share with you, 3 hairstyles I have been experimenting with lately.. and that you do not need to be a professional to do. The Halo Braid The dirtier the hair the better. If your hair is freshly washed try adding some dry shampoo to the roots and brushing through. Roughly section the hair at the front. I normally make the parting far over to the side. Start to braid the hair across the top of your head. A little tip which sounds weird, but try not to look in …

So Many Reasons Why Not To Break Your Leg…

I am not sure if anyone will be interested in this post as it is essentially me talking about my experience of breaking my leg and how it has pretty much changed my life for the last twelve days. So a bit of background information on how this happened…. It was my uncle Malcolm’s 60th birthday party with a live band. I was looking forward to going for so long. The plan was to go down to London, help my aunt and uncle set up the hall with the food and decs etc.. and then get on with the celebrations. So, most of this went to plan without too many hiccups along the way, until this happened… Okay, so admittedly as my husband keeps reminding me that once I found out my uncle’s sister had announced that there was a free bar, I was like a child in a sweet shop.  Yep say no more! {Although I have to state I have not really drank alot for the last year as I hate the hangovers.}. …

18 New Year Goals..

Happy New Year! I can’t believe how each year seems to be flying by so quickly. It’s scary! This year is all about making realistic, sustainable goals. No silly, unobtainable dreams. This is where everyone seems to go wrong. There are many blog posts I read and think ‘Wow are you really going to do that?’ good for you (but I doubt you will keep that up!). I have put together my own personal list that I would like to achieve this year, but hey if I don’t, then what the hell! 1. Worrying too much about things that have not happened yet!     I am the world’s worst person for worrying about future events before they have even happened. Hence, why I suffer with enormous anxiety. This year I want to focus on being a bit kinder to myself and realising at times you need to take a step back and just breath. 2. We all deserve to give ourselves a pat on the back. I am determined to focus on what I have achieved …

Christmas shenanigans…

So how was your Christmas? That’s the typical question everyone asks you once normal life resumes. I say normal life, I mean normal routine, out of the Christmas frenzy/haze… So this year for me has been pretty odd really. I am not sure if it’s because I have got to the age where I am now just questioning everything and over thinking things, or if I am just simply bored with the routine. Don’t get me wrong, I can still get carried away with the present buying, the`Christmas lattes’ and the general instagramable sheep following most people do. I even jumped on the Christmas Eve box bandwagon to prolong the build up, and of course the obligatory Christmas PJ’s with much eye rolling from my husband. As soon as December arrives I am out there along with everyone else searching for the bushiest Christmas tree( I bought 3 this year- weirdo) and buying some new decs. I also love a good carol singing sesh ( in fact that was my fav part!) and the odd(or …

October half term …. Pumpkin picking and Halloween…

October half term has always been really special to me,  I just love the autumnal colours, chunky jumpers, bobble hats, scarfs and warm hot chocolates after a crisp walk on the beach. THERE IS NO BETTER FEELING!  So as soon as the kids were out of school we headed down to Cornwall to see the in-laws and stay in our favourite place called Hayle, (which you may of read a previous post ) this place truly has the  most stunning beaches and breath taking views. After our usual first night of fish and chips (nothing like steaming hot, local fish and chips to get you in the holiday spirit), it was time to plan what kind of things we would do for the week. We usually take a few days to unwind and breathe in the fresh Cornish air and then we venture out. However, after seeing loads of pictures on instagram we decided to jump on the ‘Pumpkin picking’ bandwagon and give it a try. So after a search on google we discovered an …

Winter capsule wardrobe….

I have to say although I love fashion, I am not sure if that qualifies me to write about it. I spend hours scrolling other peoples blogs, instagram and pinterest always looking for inspiration and ideas. As a body conscious person I have to say I am a big lover of Winter. Cosy jumpers thrown on with jeans and boots accessorised with bobble hats and blanket scarfs. What’s there not to love! It seems from my research that the ‘chunky Knit’ tucked into ‘mom jeans’ is a real favourite this winter. I have also noticed the pleated skirt with an ‘over-sized’ jumper seems to be a staple. I just love the look below but sadly I just know that would not look like that on me as my body shape is totally different. What I love about the fashion at the moment is that there are no real rules or age restrictions(thank god!) Oh yeah apart from crop tops of course, only someone under the age of twenty with a perfectly flat stomach should be …