Stepping out in luxury lingerie with Empress Mimi

Answer this honestly ladies, those days when you step out the door in matching undies are the ones when you feel like you’ve got your mojo. I’m working it, I can handle it and yes #ThisMumCan. Even if you’re not feeling fully on trend or classy on the outside, knowing that underneath it all, you’re killing it. I’ve been going by the mantra that there’s no need to save things til best anymore, seriously,  what’s the point of the beautiful things in your life staying locked away in a drawer, only to see the light of day on the odd special occasion? (Answer, there’s NO point.)

So I put on the nice jewellery, wear the posh perfume and most days, not just the good days, I make sure I’m wearing matching undies/lingerie/underclobber whatever you want to call it.

Need an example? Take this cute little set from Empress Mimi for example; what lady wouldn’t raise a smile to a new set like this being delivered to their door each month? This is hands down the most exciting thing to arrive on my doorstep last week, believe me!

Arriving beautifully packaged, opening it up and waiting to see what’s inside was all part of the fun. Almost like a little present to yourself, a well done for being awesome this month, now go get changed and feel fabulous.

Yeah, after a careful, well thought through head rummage, I’m totally sold on the idea of a surprise package of lingerie coming each month.

  • There’s no stress in finding time to go to the shop to buy it,
  • it’s indulgent, because let’s face it, people only buy new undies when they’re having an affair, newly single and ready to mingle or off on a girlie weekend where the pressure to give off the ‘yeah, I don’t own any grey holey numbers, I always make an effort whatever the occasion’  vibe.
  • And if left to a man to buy it, it’s only ever going to be red or black and probably the wrong size.

So here’s a thought. What if you decide you’re not going to be that person who saves the best for best.

What if, for example, you decide to throw away all you old faithful’s, and to step out every day as though you’re dressed for all eventualities because the only underwear you own is simply amazing? (Blokes who are still reading, that applies to you too, ditch the holey boxers. Do it, do it now!)

So here's a thought. What if you decide you're not going to be that person who saves the best lingerie for only best?

In the words of Empress Mimi themselves……

There is a misconception that lingerie is exclusively for the bedroom. What is worn underneath your clothes directly reflects how you feel and the energy you emit. A touch of sensual lingerie is the equivalent to a power suit, one that is delicious little secret that only you know about.

And I’m totally with it, as pretty lingerie makes it all better.

So here's a thought. What if you decide you're not going to be that person who saves the best lingerie for only best?

Fancy trying it out Empress Mimi for yourself?
You can get 15% off your first purchase using the code MUMINANUTSHELL15
 And what’s more, they’ll also donate 10% of the proceeds of the purchases made using the discount code to charities helping get more women into coding http://www.projectgirlcode.org
Why coding?
Because we believe that technology and the online world has lowered the barriers to entry for everyone to run their own business (whether as a side hustle or full time). Getting more women into tech will ensure more women at the top of what we hope will become the new world  leading businesses and will ensure that every woman has the skills and knowledge to thrive in the emerging tech economy. More women going online and building like-minded communities that support one another, and more fearless women with the right tools at their disposal to create anything they can imagine .
Empress Mimi

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My Cool, Calm & Relaxing Bedroom Makeover

After months of waking up to badly hung curtains in a bed that was way too big for the room and tell tale signs of my terrible decorating skills, I bit the bullet and assigned my childfree weekend to give my bedroom a complete makeover. I’d spent months looking for inspiration, mainly on Pinterest and finally settled on a cool, calm and relaxing theme of whites, greys and a shot of yellow. The snippets of moments when I considered going all dark and hotel chic were always argued out of my head in favour of something where I could relax in, day or night, more of a de-stress / escape room than a boudoir.

Plus the furniture was already up cycled and time wasn’t on my side, I had a bed to build, a room to paint, more furniture to chalk paint and curtains to rehang (properly this time.) I considered installing blinds and dress curtains but after splashing out on Stylish blinds from VELUX for my teenage son’s room, so kept costs down by fixing black out lining to my existing grey curtains which my sewing machine savvy mum trimmed down to fit my window (they were huuuuge) and made throw cushions out of the left over material.

I gave the whole room a lick of white paint then finished the chimney breast with a grey and white forest print wallpaper. My new trundle-bed (topped off with an unbelievable comfy FUÜM memory foam mattress (read the review here if you’re looking for a new one and need some research) is perfect for hiding all the clutter which had previously lurked in corners on the room and made space for new bedside tables; a bargain find on eBay. I accessorised each one with small bedside lamps with grey shades from Next along with artificial roses in jam jars and yellow picture frames.


And finally, to warm up the whites and grey decor I added a cosy fur throw to my white bedding. That’s one area I can never bring myself to skimp on, once you’ve slept on quality sheets, there’s no going back!

I’ve got one last thing to find and complete my bedroom makeover and that’s a print to hang above the head, but my indecisiveness is still holding me back from finding ‘the one.’ If you’ve got any recommendations of the perfect print please share. I’m loosing sleep trying to find something which I’m not even sure exactly what I’m looking for.

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Quick Interior Updates To Refresh A Bedroom
I’m in the mood for a change, a change of the house type. But moving right now simply isn’t an option so my only way to fuel my urge for a change in scenery is to make a few little updates to what I’ve got. Which leads me onto my other quandary, any changes I make to my house need to be portable. I’m still in the throws of no-man’s land with regards to my house, the joys of divorce mean I’m still uncertain whether I’ll still be in my here post D-day so it’s all down to changing the accessories.
It’s actually quite refreshing having the decision making put on hold. Usually I’ve got a project in mind, but not at the mo. Plus a change in season is the perfect time to jazz up a room and put any urge to move to rest for a few months.
So where do I start?
Curtains. That’s where I’m kicking off. Something as simple as changing your curtains can give a whole new feel to a room. With a blank canvas on the walls, you can really go to town on bringing a whole new colour scheme in. I fully embraced the grey trend last year with gumption and still hanker after the fresh yet warm tones, it’s become more of a habit than anything. My default, safety blanket if you like.
Staying in the stunning boutique hotel,  The Gannet in Cornwall didn’t help much either. With it’s  brown leather, greys and fresh whites I’ve been hankering to copy that style in my home ever since. (Hotels are always a great inspiration starter, incase you didn’t know) To get the look think grey checks like theses from Julian Charles  and warm wool throws on crisp white bedding. If you need a little more inspiration they’ve also realised an ebook .
Once you’ve got the theme set, you can go to town with accessories, a quirky light fitting and wall art in one of your three chosen shades help give it some personality. I always try to stick to 3 main colours, so in this case it’s a grey, brown and white and that’s pretty much all I’ll be doing….
Hey presto! I’ve updated my bedroom and created a room to relax in, and put that nagging urge for pastures new to bed.
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A Review Of The Cosatto Hug Isofix

The new car seat laws have completed confused me and I know I’m not the only one, since February 2017, manufacturers aren’t allowed to introduce new models of backless booster seats for children shorter than 125cm or weighing less than 22kg.(existing booster seats and cushions are not affected by new rules.) The states that children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first, so all is worth taking into consideration when buying one so you don’t find your having to keep replacing them, which is my main reason for the Cosatto Hug Isofix  being top of our choice.

Having a car seat which will see my son through to the next 6 years means I can relax and not worry about having to start my research once again in a few years. Next on my must have list were isofix fittings. To me, it’s a much more safer way to travel and so much easier when moving between vehicles as you don’t have to faff around removing seat belts. The Cosatto Hug Isofix also has a top tether for extra stability, and it certainly feels a lot more locked in with that top tether in place.

And then there’s finding something which my son will like. I’m very lucky t have quite an articulate toddler, but I’m also rather unlucky to have such an article toddler sometimes, as he will quite happily tell you if he doesn’t like it. And when you have a child with an opinion, then Cosatto designs are a blessing. I’ve been drawn to their fun and funky patterns for years. You can spot them a mile off! After a process of elimination we settled on the cutely named Cuddle Monster, with extra-cushioned Side Impact Protection and 5 point safety harness it looks the business too.
When being used as a stage 2 and 3 carseat (usually around age 3 or above 15kg) you can use the adult car seat which saves even more time getting in and out the car. Although my son is only just 3 and has a habit of moving his arms out the straps or an adult seat belt so I’ll be sticking with the 5 points harness for as long as is comfortable. Plus the unit wriggle system helps stop that happening even more.

5 point harness & anto escape set up (under the arms)
There’s 5 recline positions and an adjustable head rest as well as super squigy, padded seat (our old booster seat was rock hard and the kids hated it so shouldn’t have any problems this time.) And the removable seat liner is a great potty training protector, not that I imagine that’s what it’s for, but pop a plastic bag underneath and hey presto, you’ve don’t have to worry about an accidents.

A review of the Cosatto Hug isofix

padded seat and arm rests

Proof in the pudding is what my mini precious cargo thinks of it…….the smile says it all really!

The Cosatto Hug Isofix is currently on special offer at selected retailers check their stockists page to find out more

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An Fathers Day Gift Guide & Giveaway

While socks and golf themed novelty gifts are the norm, Fathers Day is a time when you can try raise a smile from even the sternest of dads. I’m lucky to have a soppy old soak of a dad who asks for very little out of life and is probably one of the least materialistic people I know, but that doesn’t mean I don’t put any effort into showing him how much I care. I’m also fortunate enough to have a step dad who is pretty awesome too, both of which I owe a lot of thanks to for practical and moral support.

So it’s away with the traditional and in with the thoughtful in a post I’ve created to inspire you to spoil your dad, just like a dad, husband, partner or all the above!

a gift guide of ideas for thoughtful fathers day presents

  1. Kicking off is this keyring engraved with a significant date from Maria Allen Boutique , I’d personalise it with the day he became a dad if you have siblings or just go all out ego with your own date of birth to make sure he’ll never forget your birthday! Or if he’s a sporting fan, why not go for a pinnacle sporting moment he always remembers. Either way, it’s on his keys so he’ll have something to treasure and remind him of all those late night taxi journeys he had to do during your teens.
  2. As an already proud wearer of my MAMA Selfish Mother sweatshirt, I can wholly recommend the dad or grandad version currently on their website. I personally think that there is no age limit to showing off how well you’re Dadding It!
  3. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m bringing up my boys to look after their skin, gone are the days of being macho about using the odd aftershave balm and one which is a favourite of my elder teenager is the Oleo No 9 aftershave balm. It conditions the skin and helps reduce discomfort from shaving while  leaving it soothed, moisturised using natural ingredients and essential oils so limiting the chemicals which enter the blood stream topically. My son has quite sensitive skin and swears by this for helping the post shave burn. Team it with the No 9 Shaving cream and you have yourself a gift set.
  4. Ease the aches and pains with a massage. I know that this is something my dad would never do for himself but is also something which he could probably do with. Try seek out somewhere which offer specific men’s treatments and go along with him on the day.
  5. Finally, if your dad is the adrenalin junkie type then how about a day out doing something a little different? Groupon always have some great deals and ideas if you’re at a complete loss as to where to start. There’s a virtual reality session for 4 available locally to me right now, how’s that for modern quality family time with the kids! Or maybe a flying experience or supercar driving?

Hopefully there’s something here which will float his boat, if not then socks and whisky flavoured chocolates it is.

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