I still can’t believe I did it.

Last thursday I did something so far out of my comfort zone that if i didn’t have photographic evidence I would be sure I dreamt it.

I travelled for two hours to have a makeover.

Thats right, self conscience me had a makeover.

Then after this makeover I had a photo shoot.

A photo-shoot, crazy right!!!

See what I mean about not believing it, I still can’t.

The thing is it was so amazing and I absolutely loved every minute of it.

I have been on a permanent high since then.

I have mentioned Betty Pamper on here before she is one of the plus size bloggers who really have started me on a journey towards loving the body I have.

To start embracing my curves rather that the hatred I have aimed towards them for many years.

My awe of Betty increased last month when I actually got to meet her in person. She was so lovely and she and her awesome hubby  Nicky made me feel at ease straight away. Betty is one of those woman who what you see is what you get. That something I admire and feel comfortable with.

So imagine my delight when I found out that the husband and wife team plus the stunning Lilly Von Pink offered make up tutorials, makeovers and photo-shoots.

The Vintage Pamper box offers a lot more including bridal make-up, wedding photography and so on.

Anyway I decided as a treat to myself and go for it.

I have discovered a new love for makeup over the last year or so but loving makeup doesn’t always mean you apply it right so I decided to have myself a tutorial as well as a makeover.


Well Thursday was incredible from the moment Betty opened the door to me. I felt so at ease with both Betty and Lilly. I learned loads from the tutorial and loved the results from the makeover. But if I’m honest I think it was the photo-shoot that made the day for me.

Nicky  (Betty’s hubby) is crazy and he made me feel relaxed straight away. I turned from a woman who hates the camera to loving every minute of the posing. It was such a hoot. I even know which is my best side now ha ha.

I am now waiting on tender-hooks for the delivery of the photos. I am so excited to see how they turned out.

But to be honest the photos will be the topping on an incredible day that has really changed the way I view myself.

It was a confidence boost that I sorely needed.

I will never be able to go back to the old size 10 I used to be. Medication, illnesses make it nearly impossible for that to happen.

But you know what I don’t care anymore, I am pretty amazing just the way I am.

Thanks Betty, Lily and Nicky for giving me a new respect for myself and anyone thinking of having a day like this I whole heartily say go for it. Its changed me so much.



*** This photo was taken by my hubby Alan, I can’t wait for the professional ones

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Shall I give in?

I am having an ongoing argument with my husband regarding the size of our television. It seems we are so far behind that we are to quote him “embarrassing.”

He tries so hard to tell me about how amazing it would be to have a new Smart TV and how it would add to my viewing pleasure.

I argue back with comments that viewing  pleasure should be gained from the actual programmes we are watching.

He obviously disagrees and launches into a fully prepared defence regarding the need for surround sound and 3D.

He tries to convince me that investing in a new up to date television with 3D will save us money in the long run as it’s cheaper to watch films at home than having to go to the actual cinemas. That the girls would love it and that here at home we can have popcorn and endless drinks without taking out a second mortgage.

I can see his point there.

That having the ability to watch films in 3D will add to my viewing pleasure.

That the kids would think I was the most amazing mom it the world.

Times are changing he tells me and I need to keep up.

That man should have been a salesman.

I argued against our first wide screen television. I believed I was happy with the old square one. Yet  after one episode of CSI  I was hooked.

So am I swaying to his point of view or to quote the man himself ” coming over to the dark side ” ( seriously this man really doesn’t help himself).

I think it’s the cinema at home experience that may finally convince me. Trying to get to the actual cinema is hard work. Babysitters tend to get used for school concerts or children’s events.

I wouldn’t mind getting to experience the cinema experience right from my sofa it would be  a lot more comfy than those cinema chairs.

Maybe I will give in but not to until I have negotiated unlimited supplies of popcorn and coffee.



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