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Summer Beauty Essentials

This is a bit of an unusual summer with the threat of the COVID19 virus hanging around. It’s still good to keep up a good beauty routine though, and a little pampering will always make you feel better. So, here are my top tips for summer.

I am an Avon Representative so I will be talking about Avon products throughout my tips and advice. You can purchase Avon through my personal website from anywhere in the UK for direct delivery, and often find even more bargains online. I’m always looking for new customers and please feel free to take a look at my Avon specific Facebook page too. Thanks x

The Summer Routine for Everyone – De Fuzz

When the weather is warmer we have more body on show, and although I’m a firm believer in doing whatever you want with your body,* it’s always so lovely to have silky smooth skin.

Avon has some great hair removal products at fabulous prices.

Hair Removal Cream

hair removal cream from Avon for Summer Beauty
Avon works hair removal cream £4

Avon offers several hair removal creams, for body, face and bikini line. Quick an easy to use you can wash away all that unwanted fuzz with ease.


Shaving is also quick and easy and Avon offers a nourishing shaving oil for just £4.50, a jojoba shaving gel for £2.50 and a razor for only £4. These will last for ages.

shave away the fuzz, avon shaving products.


Another way of getting rid of the fuzz is by waxing. Avon offers a waxing kit for facial hair which costs £4 and a body wax kit for £5.

facial wax removal kit

Foot Care

Summer means sandals and showing off your feet. So keep them looking cool, fresh and beautiful.

slough away rough dry skin from your heals and apply a nice soft cracked heal cream. Or you can use a rough skin remover cream. Pamper the rest of your feet with a good foot moisturising cream, or you can use an overnight cream with special socks and wake up with silky soft feet. Smelly feet do not need to be a problem with special feet deodorising sprays, you can even use them on your shoes or slippers.

Keep your nails looking lovely with nail clippers and nail protection. A little nail varnish can look pretty too.

Avon Supplies all the products you need at very reasonable prices.

summer beauty with lovely feet

Sun Protection

It’s really important that you protect yourself from the dangerous rays of the sun. It’s fine to have that summer glow, but burning should not be an option these days. We have used Avon Factor 50 sun cream for a long time and it even works in the pool.

Face & Body Moisturising Sun Cream SPF50 – 150ml

Avon also offer specialised kid’s suncream, sensitive skin sun cream and self tan lotion. They are are really great value but you can buy this bundle for only £10.

summer stay safe kit of lotions and sun care.
Stay Safe in the Sun Set £10

Now, all we need is some summer sun! Whether you are off on holiday or spending summer in your garden, stay safe and stay beautiful,

Anne x

Avon Plumping shots and Face masks

A Place to Enjoy

My Crochet Works in Progress For August 2020

I would like to share my crochet works in progress, WIPs, with you this month, mostly because I think it would give me the boost to actually finish some of them! I love to crochet, but sometimes I feel like concentrating on what I’m doing, sometimes I just feel like grabbing my crochet hook and make something appear while watching television or listening to an ebook. This is probably why I have so many things on the go at one time.

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Granny Square Day

On August 15th it’s Granny Square Day hosted on Instagram and supported by Simply Crochet Magazine. I’m planning on filling my instagram grids with at least 9 granny squares and use the hashtag #grannysquareday2020.

I have a hundred to choose from thanks to the booklet that arrived with my magazine this month. Here is my one, only 8 more to go…. although I probably won’t stop there, granny squares are so much fun to make and a great way of using up all that leftover yarn. I’m planning on making as many as possible from the yarn left over from my cardigan.

granny square crochet works in progress
My first granny square (it needs blocking to make it flatter)

The Cushion Cover

I have wanted to make a cushion cover again since making my Christmas cushion. So I was really happy to find a nice pattern in my magazine. It’s a Corner to corner pattern, which means you start in one corner and build it up like a big triangle, then it decreases again and you end up with a square.

One side of the cushion is all in one colour and I found it easy to make.

another wip, the plain white back of my cushion. crochet works in progress
again, I’ve still not blocked this yet, but you can see the square pattern

Then I started on the other side of the pattern and WOW, what a nightmare. I’ve already fragged it twice. Now I think I’ve got how the pattern works, but heck there is a lot of tidying up to be done and I’ve only done a tiny part…imagine what it will be like to do the entire cushion. I hate weaving in all the loose ends. I may look for another pattern for the front.

another crochet works in progress, the other side of the cushion and three balls of wall, in white pink and dark pink
look at all those loose ends already! I love the colours though.

I buy all my wool from Deramores. The ones used for my cushion are West Yorkshire Spinners Sweet Shop Yarn (Which I bought in a 50% off sale.) The colours are Marshmallow, Candy Floss and Blackcurrant Bomb.

The Blanket

I love blankets, they can be picked up anytime to work on and give so much satisfaction when finished. I have longed to do a wave pattern so I was really pleased to find this kit on Deramores for the Riding the Waves Blanket. It’s just £1 for the pattern and £18.50 for the pattern and wool, which is Dreamores Studio DK.

wip of my blanket in blue and green waves.
my progress so far, it’s a fun pattern and very easy to to.


I like making little figures because they are quick to make up and mostly look fabulous. But I do find them fiddly and they need a lot of concentration. My kids are big on Animal Crossing at the moment, so I was thrilled to find this crochet pattern on Etsy for Celeste.

photo of a finished owl called Celeste, crochet.
Celeste from Kittens and Mittens on Etsy.

I bought my wool and got started but even though it doesn’t take long to do each part, I’m finding I really have to be in the mood to actually do it. It also took me four attempts to do the little feet!

celeste, another wip.
my progress so far, a body, two feet and two wings.

Thank you for taking a look at my works in progress. Do you crochet? Do you have many projects on the go at the same time or do you just focus on one? I’d love to know.

Find my other crochet posts here.

Take care, Anne x

A Place to Eat

Weekly Meal Plan – Hot or Not?

Hot or Not?

Last week we decided to fit in our BBQ. We had the hottest day of the year and the boys had spent the whole day in the pool in the garden keeping cool. We got all the BBQ food ready and just as we were about to take it all outside, there was a few drops of rain. We made the decision to cook the food inside. Two hours later, tummies filled with frying pan burgers and sausages, and those few drops of rain were all we had. Yes, it had remained overcast, but it would have been okay to have our BBQ, arrgh, make up your mind weather, hot or not? rain or no rain.

The weather also affects whether you fancy hot food or not. Do we have a curry when it’s warm, or a chilli? Cooking in the heat isn’t pleasant either, we tend to pick quick easy to cook meals.

This Weeks Menu – hot or not

We have yet another birthday this week, but not until Sunday. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I think I might leave the party food for Monday. We can still have cake on Sunday 🙂

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food.
  • Monday – pizza and or quiche with garlic bread and salad
  • Tuesday – Butter bean bake
  • Wednesday – lasagne
  • Thursday – five spice chicken
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – hot dogs and fries
  • Sunday – lamb roast dinner (if not hot) followed by Birthday Cake!

Lunches for the kids, they can choose what they want on each day

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles
  • quesadillas
  • chicken burgers

If you have kids and would like to get them interested in cooking, I’ve just become an affiliate for a fabulous kids monthly recipe box called Little Cooks. You can read my post about it here.

A Place to Read

Book Worms Monthly August

Welcome to Book worms Monthly August linkup

Hello, Welcome to Book worms Monthly, August. Last month I read one of the best books I have read this year. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. I really wasn’t sure it was something I would enjoy but I loved it. You can read my review over here.

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to com and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly

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