Feeling Grateful

Since I last blogged properly, alot has happened in my life, especially the last few months.

In the space of 2 months, I lost both my aunty and my nanna. Both of them where a massive part of my life, in particular my childhood – if i wasnt at home, I was in their homes.

It had been a fair few years since I last saw my aunty when she passed but I am so very grateful for the memories I have of her growing up. My aunty and my dad where the best of friends and we would always see my nan, grandad, aunty, uncle and my 2 cousins on a regular basis. What particularly stands out for me was the amazing roast dinners my aunty cooked and she always had homemade mince pies in the cake tin – I think thats where I get my love of making them from! We also loved putting the music on and having a dance in her living room…..she was an amazing lady and will be truely missed. Love you Mary xxxx

As for my nan, well she along with my grandad helped bring up my brother and myself, along with our parents of course. When our parents where both working, we spent our time in their house. Again my favourite memories involved food – we would always have sausages, mash, peas and gravy followed my int choc chip ice cream! (Theres a pattern here hahaha! No wonder I love food!) They would take us on holidays in the caravan and also abroad to Yugoslavia – we went there every year until is wasnt safe to go no more.

Im so very grateful for these memories, along with plenty others. They are the things you remember and stay in your mind. No one can take those memories.

Even though it will be hard to think of them not being here this Christmas – they both loved this time of year – I will rmember the happy times and smile, because I am lucky to have those memories.

What made me write this post?

My dad, as some of you know, is in remission from cancer. He got all upset yesterday watching my daughter play with her toys she got for her birthday. Why I hear you ask? He said he didn’t think he would get the opportunity to meet her, let alone witness her play with all her toys, talking, learning her numbers and alphabet etc. It made me realise just how important the little things are in life as you get older.

When we are young, we want the latest computer console, music system, bike, fashionable clothes…..but when you get older, all you simply want is to make these memories with family and friends. Memories last forever, thats what everyone remembers.

This Christmas, if theres someone in your family you have in your phonebook who you havnt spoken to in a while, give them a call, a text or even a Christmas card. Make that contact with them, you never know whats round the corner and go into 2018 with a clear conscience. Theres so much more important things in life whan materialistic objects.



Guess Who’s Back!!

I know, I know!

It’s been a while since I have posted in my blog. Time to up my game and start blogging once again.

I have missed it so much and I have finally decided to just go for it!

In my blog, I will be posting all about my life, but also my business ventures – Younique and Darcey candles – literally every females favourite things, makeup, skincare and candles.

I would love your support, simply by joining my VIP groups. Lots of offers coming in the new year and tips and tricks….

Come join in the fun!

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Thankyou so much for your support and let’s get 2018 off to a flying start 😘

Pigments retiring

Sad times in Younique camp. Our amazing pigments are retiring this month (although if you know how younique work, it also means we are getting brand new products to play with!! Yay!!)

Just look at all those colours that have gone already?!!!!

Not long left for the remainder of the colours.

What’s your fave? Check out the upto date list at http://www.sparklejambeauty.co.uk 

NEW Nude matte Lipsticks

So unbelievably excited to share this with you all 😍

Everyone loves a nude lip, especially for an all day look or to let your eyes stand out in your make-up……let me introduce you to these amazing new colours on offer this month only. 

The new colours range from browns, all the way to pink. Simple colours for everyday use. The Splash lipsticks are so creamy and gorgeous. To get the most wear out of them, let them dry completely on your lips for about 30 mins without drinking for that ultimate staying power! 

My faves are susceptable and sumptuous πŸ’– 

These amazing colours are a part of our amazing customer kudos this month are are exclusive colours – this means we have no idea if the colours are going to be staying after this month is out. 

To check out the offer visit www.sparklejambeauty.co.uk

I also have a VIP group with amazing offers and I will also be going live in there to show off the new colours. I would love to see some new faces in there https://www.facebook.com/groups/211030122588260/

Let me know which ones are your faves!!

Precious Time

In the UK, Mother’s day was on the 26th March – yesterday. This was only my second mothers day and it made me think about alot.

Why I hear you ask? 

In our local news, we where told of a 4 yr old girl who lost her life in an accident. I couldn’t stop thinking about the little girls family, in particular her mother. I could never imagine loosing a child the day before Mother’s Day. No parent should ever say goodbye to their child, especially that young. 

For me, it put alot into perspective. I can’t even imagine how I would react to this situation. Every minute of everyday is precious and it made me want to spend  even more time with my beautiful daughter. 

I made me realise the smallest thing like reading her a story to taking her on day trips out, everything counts towards making memories. The memories are what no one can take away from you, they stay with you forever. 

Not only that, it’s also as important to her as it is for me. I get that she won’t understand as she is so young, but memories shape the person you become.

Mother’s Day is so precious. There are so many people who are not able to spend the day with their mother due to death, illness, or other circumstances…..but we don’t really think of the mums who can’t spend the day with their kids for the same reasons. 

I will be cuddling my baby that little bit harder for those mums who ate not able to. Life is so precious 💖

Time for Change?

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut and want to try something new? We all feel like that sometimes right?

Fed up of work, fed up of doing the same thing day in, day out? I used to feel like there was something missing from my life, but didn’t know what. Then I realised, what is it that I actually do for me? Something that I will enjoy and get my teeth into. Something that I could actually learn without paying thousands of pounds on uni fees. 

Then the Younique opportunity came about. I thought it would be fun to do. I never wore makeup much, and thought it could be something I could enjoy learning. Wow! I was right, but it turned out to be so much more. 

I went from option 1 – thought I could learn a bit about makeup, to option 2 – selling to family and friends for a bit of pocket money, to the big one! Option 3!!

Once I decided on option 3, my life changed. I was learning not only about makeup, but about myself. 

I learnt the person I was capable of being was so much more than what I was allowing myself to be. I used to be shy and unto myself. I wouldn’t speak much to people I didn’t know – I even found it difficult to even look at strangers for fear they would judge me. 

Fast forward 2 years, I am now a much stronger person. I still have a long way to go, but I am in a much better place now. I will talk to people about the business, about life in general and Im finding it so much easier to do so. Why? Through the sisterhood you get with being a Younique presenter. Not only do you get the makeup – as fab as that is right – but you instantly get a network of women; positive women infact.  Women who will show you not only how to work your business and help you through it, but these women immediately think of you as a sister. It’s really that kind of relationship – especially with my girls! 

To me that’s what it’s all about. It’s just amazing and to a point, indescribable. You just can’t put it into words how amazing it is. Honestly, it was the best Β£69 ive ever spent. Best of all, I’ve earn that back and more πŸ™‚ 

If you feel like this is you and you feel a bit stuck, I would love to have a chat with you. Send me a msg on here and I will see what we can do.

Just look at all the amazing stuff you get right?! (Nearly Β£230 worth for Β£69!) That’s a winner in itself!!! 💜👌

Want to instantly join? http://www.sparklejambeauty.co.uk it’s that easy! 

Slimming World Journey So Far

If you have been an avid reader of my blog, you will know I have been doing slimming world for a while and I have been struggling getting back into the swing of things since Christmas. Everyone struggles right?

Well today, I saw someone post a before and after picture up and thought it might help me. Boy did it!!

In the first picture (taken April 2016) I was a new mum and was loving life. I was so proud of the fact that I was a mum….but I was so unhappy with my weight. During my pregnancy, sweet food was high up on my cravings and boy did I eat them. Infact that hasn’t gone away 😦

Fast forward 10 months later and 1 stone 10lb lighter to the photo on the right. Taken approximately 6 weeks ago, I am in a happier place. I am still loving being a mum and watching my beautiful baby grow into a happy toddler. 

On a personal level though, my mindset has completely changed. I feel that has helped me so much in changing how I look at my life as at whole. I am more positive when it comes to my business and my home life. 

I have realised that I still have a long way to go in my journey but I am on the right track 💖

Seeing those two pictures side by side has made me realise just how far I have come. I look like a completely different person and I’m excited to see where I will be this te next year!