Monday, 25 May 2015

Children's Sunglasses with Optical Express

We've been getting the odd day of sunshine here and there in Glasgow, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a warm and sunny summer (pretty please?).

Obviously one of the most important things for kids in the sun is making sure their suncream is topped up. However many parents are unaware of how harmful sunlight can be to children's eyes.

It's frightening to read that even babies are at risk from developing eye problems such as glaucoma later in life if there eyes are exposed to UV rays.

Optical Express have shared with me some top tips to protect your little ones from the harmful effects of  UV rays...

1. Babies under the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight

Pushchairs can be fitted with screens or parasols to protect children whilst out and about. Yes, they're a bit of a faff but they're so important.

2. All children should wear quality, well fitting sunglasses

Parents should look for the CE mark on sunglasses which ensures the glasses have UV factor protection. We were kindly sent a pair of Kidz Banz glasses in pink for the littlest and some blue Junior Banz for my son. These brands offer 100% UV protection and the elasticated band on the smaller kids sunglasses ensures they stay put.

3. Ensure your youngsters drink plenty of fluids

This is an obvious one for staying hydrated in the sun. I hadn't given much thought to the eyes though; drinking lots of water helps your eyes maintain a healthy balance of fluid which will prevent them from becoming dehydrated and irritated.

4. Wear a hat

A hat that shades your little ones eyes will help block out harmful sunlight.

5. Consult your optician if your child already wears glasses

Many of Optical Express' children's ranges can be supplied as sunglasses. This is something I need to consider for my son who wears glasses all the time, for now when he wears sunglasses he has to take of his prescription ones.

The littlest and I popped into Optical Express at the St Enoch Centre as I needed new glasses for day-to-day.  My current Tom Ford ones are all scratched now so I've chosen these Police ones as a replacement... hopefully they'll be ready soon as I can't wait to start wearing them!

Disclosure - We were sent two pairs of complimentary kids sunglasses and I also received a £100 Optical Express voucher for this post. As always, opinions are honest and are my own.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Grey Hair, Don't Care?

For a while there I had stopped dying my hair, and do you know what I discovered... I had grey hairs appearing. I'm only 33! I really don't think I am ready to have grey hair just yet. Bex from The Olive Dragonfly has embraced her greys, but I've gone back to having my hair highlighted blonde and if there are any greys you can't really see them anymore.

What's more concerning is that I've also found a grey hair, down there.... Can I repeat, I'm only 33!!!

So now I'm in a predicament... what to do?? Remember when Samantha from S&TC had an accident when she dyed her hair??!! I really don't think I could face trying to dye my pubic hair; although apparently Miley Cyrus dyed hers pink. Maybe I could try a vajazzle to distract from the grey!?

There's an expectation for women to wax and trim and pluck their hair and it's exhausting. However I think I'm more inclined to partake in a full Brazilian given my new grey situation. I'm not sure what the trend is right now but I headed to Google and was amazed at the catalogue of pubic styles out there!

I've also noticed that since I've been taking much better care of my face with my oil, serum, moisturiser routines... it's only making my neck look wrinkly because I don't take care of it at all. 

I'm starting to look older, and I don't like it. 

Friday, 22 May 2015



// Watched

I seem to have been super busy this week and I haven't really watched much if I'm honest. I had a fab weekend spending quality time with the kiddies on my own... we enjoyed the Festival of Museums on Saturday and travelled around Glasgow on various vintage buses checking out the free museums which were running a variety of activities for this event. It was really good fun. I'm in the process of putting together a vlog with our antics and hopefully this will be up soon. One thing I really enjoy watching is my own vlogs... is that really sad? Particularly when the kids are with their dad it's nice to be able to choose a video and see their wee faces.

If you haven't already subscribed, then you can find Glasgow Mummy on YouTube here.

// Read

Must try harder with this category! All I seem to have been reading lately is nursery newsletters, credit card statements and lawyer bills!!

I was out for dinner on Tuesday night with some friends at Sugar Dumplin in Princes Square, Glasgow. The restaurant is a Caribbean BBQ & Bar and I loved the interior decor and the menu was also great (trying hard to think of things I've read!). There were plenty gluten-free options which was ideal for me. I had BBQ Jerk Chicken with green slaw and rice with peas washed down with a virgin apple mojito. Delish!

// Wore

I'm about to dash to the shops to pick up some walking boots. This weekend I'm kiddie-free so Rick & I are going to head into the countryside to do some hill walking. Keep an eye on my Instagram for updates!

// Made

We have done a little bit of crafting this week but nothing really exciting... a few paintings using straws and some Hama bead coasters. The littlest broke my son's coaster and he was devastated. I'm hoping to piece it back together for him!

// Heard

I'm still loving OMI Cheerleader. I know that I can't sing, but I enjoy dancing around and singing with the little this vlog where you can see what I mean about the singing...!!

// And lastly...

I have a giveaway running right now to win a bareMinerals palette. Do check out the competition here where you will find all the details for entering.

Have a great bank holiday weekend folks!

Sarah x

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Home & Interiors - Oliver Bonas

When I was in London the other weekend, I paid my first visit to an Oliver Bonas store. There were so many lovely pieces of homeware and accessories... I could have quite easily spent a fortune! I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite Oliver Bonas items.

Edgar Wood Chest, £365 (made to order)

And look at the huge range of colours these cute Velvet Tub Chairs come in... all £445 each:

I resisted the homewares - main reason being that I didn't have enough space in my suitcase to take any of it home!

Instead I bought a few little things for me...

There really are so many gorgeous things... if you haven't heard of the brand before then I do suggest you take a peek!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Giveaway Two - bareMinerals Palette

Following on from the success of my St Enoch Centre £50 voucher giveaway, I have another fantastic prize to celebrate my 4th blog birthday.

Next up is this fantastic palette from one of my favourite brands, bareMinerals:

The palette features bareMinerals innovative solid mineral technology and includes the following mini products in a stylish bag:
  • READY SPF 20 Foundation in R250 (for medium neutral skin tones)
  • READY Touch Up Veil in Medium
  • READY Bronzer in The High Dive
  • READY Luminizer in The Love Affair
  • Correcting Concealer in Medium 2
  • Precision Kabuki brush
  • Tapered Face brush
It's an ideal travel set for your summer holiday, don't you think?

All you need to do to win is enter the Rafflecopter below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There is only one prize.
No cash alternative available.
UK entrants only please.
Competition ends on 31st May 2015.

Thank you bareMinerals for providing this prize.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Getting to Know You

I thought it would be fun to answer some quick-fire questions so that you can get to know me a bit better!

// F A V O U R I T E S

Pet - kittens and Dachshunds (I have two wee kittens called Rhubarb & Crumble)
Colour - grey
Food - dim sum
Movie - The Life of David Gale (although it's tough to pick just one, I have a top 20 here!)
Song - Annie Lennox, Little Bird
TV - For a series that I could watch and re-watch again and again, it would be Friends
Drink - decaffeinated Tetley tea
Cocktail - mojito
Flower - peony
Shop - B&Q

// H A V E   Y O U   E V E R?

Bungee jumped? - Nope
Been in love? - Yes
Had your heart broken? - Yes
Cried? - Quite a lot... I'm a weeper!
Done something you regret? - Yes
Broken a bone? - Yes, I broke both bones in my forearm when I was younger falling out of a tree
Had a near death experience? - No
Had to get stitches? - No (I did fall into an outdoor tap when I was younger and I have a scar on my nose... I was very lucky that I didn't hurt my eye. No stitches needed though)
Found a wallet that someone had dropped? - Yes
Got arrested? - No, but I was put in the back of a police van for apparently going through a red light. I went through on amber but they were adamant that I went through on red. I got points and a fine!

// W O U L D   Y O U   R A T H E R?

Watch Star Wars or Star Trek? - Star Wars
Read a paperback or on a Kindle? - Paperback
Go to the theatre or the cinema? - Theatre
Hike or bike? - Bike
Wear jeans or a dress? - Hmmm, tough one... I think jeans
Travel by plane or train? - Plane
Go to a Comedy club or Night club? - Comedy club
Have a night out or night in? - Night in
Use Facebook or Twitter? - Twitter
Stay in a hotel or a tent? - Hotel

Friday, 15 May 2015


It's been so long since I took part in Morgana's #LittleLoves and I've really missed joining in. It's quite nice just to take stock each week and look back on the small things that have made me happy.

// Watched

Movie wise I've watched Oblivion with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. It started well, but then I wasn't convinced by the ending. I'm not sure I would recommend it. We've also started watching House of Cards on Netflix and we're already on Series 2 (clearly we watch too much TV!).

As I type this I've got Made in Chelsea on in the background - my guilty pleasure!

// Read

I've got a few books on my nightstand and on my Kindle but I just haven't had the time to turn the pages. Rick & I were in London the other weekend and I did read on the plane but I am looking forward to a lazy Sunday, wrapped in a blanket (or ideally sitting in the sun on a lounger in the garden but the weather isn't proving too great at the moment!) getting stuck into a good book.

// Made

Not very much I'm sad to say!

// Wore

I picked up a few new dresses in Cos last time I was in town which I have been wearing to work. I love both of them - they're very wearable, wash well and I don't need to iron them - result!! One is a black dress which you can see below, the other is a grey jersey number which was in the sale - it's super comfy yet is smart enough for work.

// Heard

I just love this song by Lunchmoney Lewis... it's the one song on the radio at the moment that makes me crank up the volume.

// And lastly...

For my more local followers, I have a competition running just now with the St Enoch Centre where you can win a £50 voucher. It's very simple to enter, and you can find the details here.
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