Happy Birthday to me!

It’s wrong to say Happy Birth”day” to me because in actual fact I have a Birth-week not a Birth”day”! I always pack my Birthday week full of fun and days out with family and friends and this year was no exception!

Here’s what I got up to during this AMAZING week!

On Monday, Mum and I caught the megabus to London! Yes it takes ages but it cost us only £8 each for a return from Gloucester to London! The coach stops at Victoria Coach Station which just so happens to be a five-minute walk away from one of my favourite bakery’s in London – Dominique Ansel’s! So, we popped in here for breakfast before starting our busy London adventure!


I had an amazing turkey croque monsieur and one of their Blossoming hot chocolates, which I have wanted to try for ages!

I also had a delicious Cookie Shot, a shot glass sized cup made out of cookie and filled with delicious creamy vanilla milk! I bought a pack of six Cookie Shots to take home with me as well! The cakes in here are incredible – check out these lovely Blizzard Bear cakes!

After our lovely refreshment break we caught an Uber over to Kensington Palace. We had a lovely time here, so much so that I am writing a separate blog on this amazing place – the Diana Exhibition which is currently on was definitely an added bonus! Even better, we didn’t pay the entrance fee because we managed to pay for the tickets using our Tesco Clubcard vouchers!

After a few hours exploring Kensington Palace we moseyed on over to Cutter and Squidge for our Genie’s Cave afternoon tea! I really love attending these themed afternoon teas! I have been trying to get into the Tale as old as Time one for months but it is always fully booked. Then after going to the amazing Mad Hatter’s Tea Party afternoon tea in December last year I was on the hunt for something similar and came across the Genie’s Cave version! This was another brilliant experience with amazing food, so a a separate blog is to follow on this too! A word of warning though – the Genie’s Cave theme is due to end at the end of March so get booking if this is something you fancy!


After stuffing our faces we wandered around and did the only thing we know best – bought more delicious treats to bring home with us! We visited Doughnut Time who sell THE BEST doughnuts ever! Move over KrispyKreme!


After visiting all of our favourite food places we wandered slowly back over to Victoria Coach Station via Buckingham Palace to catch our coach home. What an amazing start to my Birthday week!

Tuesday was far less exciting but definitely a lovely day off – I basically got up at the normal time and got ready and then spent the morning in my local Starbucks catching up with writing my blogs and updating my Instagram and Twitter accounts. I managed to publish a blog every day in December for Blogmas, and over the Christmas holidays I had intended to get my blogs up to date and to have them scheduled several weeks in advance, but unfortunately this fell by the way-side and since mid-January I have been struggling to get my weekly weekend blog published. The week commencing 19th February I didn’t publish anything, which was the first time in a long time. I’ve found it especially hard to focus and get back into the blog writing since our lovely dog Skibba passed away last month as well. Anyway, today gave me a chance to catch up and draft as many blogs as possible, plus drink ridiculous amounts of my favourite coffee! A nice calm and relaxed morning!

After a few hours of getting square eyes I wandered over to the business park next door to have a look in some of the furniture stores to get some decorating ideas for our house. We’ve got the plasterer booked to plaster most of the upstairs and the dining room ceilings next week and after that we can get cracking with the decorating, so I need to start thinking about designs and colour schemes! I’m hoping by the time we have been in the house six months (beginning of June) I can write a blog about the progress we have made so far, but things are moving far slower than I had expected and the weeks and months just seem to be whizzing by!

Anyway, I came across some lovely dining room tables and chairs, bed frames and wallpaper and kitchens and nursery furniture so plenty of food for thought!

In the evening hubby and I went out for a lovely meal to Zizzi’s which is one of my favourite restaurants. Plus, we had £40 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers to spend in here, so it was practically a free meal which was brilliant!

On Wednesday, my Mum and I traveled over to the nearby town of Tewkesbury. I’ve always wanted to see Tewkesbury Abbey and, as it is not too far away, Tewkesbury seemed to be a lovely day out. It is a really beautiful building with lots of history so, you guessed it, a separate blog is to follow!


After visiting the Abbey we grabbed lunch at a nearby restaurant called Café E Vino. The lunch was delicious and they had plenty of vegetarian and vegan options which I thought was very impressive! I had a delicious meal of gnocchi in a gorgonzola and speck sauce – really tasty!

After a hearty lunch we wandered down to the waters edge to see the river, although we didn’t hang around for long as it was absolutely freezing and the water level was really high after the recent snowfall had melted.

After a lovely day we hopped in the car to go and collect my amazing Birthday cake from Claire’s Cakes Cheltenham! Isn’t it beautiful!?


She has made several cakes for us over the years including an amazing Winter Wonderland cake, two amazing Game of Thrones themed cakes and a Harry Potter themed cake! This year’s cake was a Geode cake and as usual she has outdone herself and made a spectacular creation! Can’t wait for friends and family to see it tomorrow!

Thursday was my actual Birthday so my Sister and I started the day going to Hubble Bubble, one of our favourite coffee houses, for one of their famous freakshakes! We tried the Easter edition this time!


After our sugar overload we ventured into town for a bit of retail therapy,  coffee  and lunch. The centre of Gloucester isn’t great for shopping however Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre is only a short walk away so we spent most of our time here. I had planned for us to go to The Grill Shed for lunch but unfortunately I woke up this morning with a stinking cold so I didn’t feel up to having a big meal! We ended up having macaroni cheese in Costa instead which was just what we needed!

After our shopping trip I came home and prepared a little buffet for the family and friends who were popping over to visit me for my Birthday! It was really lovely to see everyone and catch up with them and after the buffet we all enjoyed a large slab of Birthday cake! My Mum and my Sister bought me some beautiful flowers and people came over with mounds of presents!

When everyone had gone I had the important task of opening all of my cards and gifts! I just hadn’t had the time so far! As usual, I’ve been absolutely spoilt! My Mum bought me the amazing shoes I included in my Valentine’s Day treats post (and believe me they look as good in real life as they did in that picture!)


My Sister asked me if I wanted anything in particular but she knows me very well and is brilliant at present buying so I told her to surprise me! And she did! As well as my beautiful flowers she bought me a lovely pair of grey trainers, a keyring, a pen and a Columbo boxset! (I LOVE Columbo!!!)

Hubby asked me ages ago what I would like for my Birthday and I really couldn’t think of anything I wanted but as my Sister and I were walking through town today we walked past the Pandora shop to have a peep in the window. I’ve always wanted a Pandora bracelet and really love all the amazing charms you can get, but I have always worn gold jewellery, and all my existing jewellery is in gold! The gold bracelets and charms are available but are really, really expensive and I would never want to spend so much on a bracelet. Anyway, when we looked inside they were promoting the new Pandora Shine collection which is basically thick gold plated jewellery and obvious makes it far more affordable than the solid gold range, so it was as if it was meant to be!

So I had a beautiful gold Pandora bracelet and two charms from hubby in the end! I was so pleased to finally get one and he was pleased I had chosen something I really wanted for my Birthday! I’ve been very spoilt! I also had cash and vouchers from family and friends so I’ll take these with me when I’m working in London next week to see what lovely things I can find!

A perfect evening with family and friends – except the washing up afterwards of course!

The Friday was another brilliant day because I got to spend the day with my Sister and my Mum! It would have been nice to venture over to nearby Cheltenham as there’s plenty of places I would like to visit, but unfortunately my Birthday always lands in the middle of Race week at Cheltenham Racecourse, so Cheltenham and the surrounding areas are jam-packed with people! Even trying to get a restaurant reservation in Gloucester during this week is quite difficult so we thought it would be best to go a bit further afield and visit Blenheim Palace! It is only around an hour away from us and once again we were able to get our tickets using £8 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers! We’ve done extremely well over the years exchanging these vouchers for days out or restaurant vouchers!

Before we set off I wanted to treat my Mum and Sister to breakfast so I booked a table at one of our favourite restaurants for breakfast – Cote Brasserie. In fact, I’ve not been here for lunch or an evening meal, only for breakfast! I always have the Croque Monsieur – it is to die for!

After a hearty breakfast we set off for Blenheim Palace. I’ve wanted to visit here for a long, long time so I’m really pleased I finally got round to it! I definitely want to re-visit in December when they have the “Christmas at Blenheim Palace” theme going on. I can imagine the Palace will look even more beautiful at that time of the year!


We spent a few hours here, there is plenty to do and see and to be honest I really underestimated how big this place is! I will have to come back soon to finish looking at the parts of it we hadn’t got around to.

As a special treat I booked for the three of us to  have Afternoon Tea in the Orangery which was really lovely and the food was delicious.


We finally got home after sitting in traffic for ages and luckily I hadn’t made any plans for the evening, so this gave me the chance to have a sort through and edit all the photos I had taken this week (and to have a well earned rest and hot bath!)

On the Saturday night we went over to our friends house and they cooked us a delicious dinner, my friend also made me this beautiful cookie mermaid, rainbow and unicorn display! Isn’t it amazing? She’s so talented!


She also bought me a mound of presents including some sparkly trainers, amazing cocktail liquors chocolates, keyrings and some amazing Pusheen slippers! I’ve been wearing them all weekend!


Our friends only live about a 15 minute walk away so we walked home, and just in time really as shortly after we arrived home the “mini beast from the East” struck and it started heavily snowing again! I don’t ever remember there being snow around my Birthday before! Fingers crossed Spring will be here soon and we can start the Easter celebrations!

Another fantastic Birthday! I’m so grateful to have such great family and friends!

Lush Cosmetics – The Mother’s Day Collection

To be totally honest, I didn’t have high hopes for the Lush Cosmetics Mother’s Day collection when it was first released. I didn’t even realise they released a collection especially for Mother’s Day! The products included in the collection surprised me slightly – there were a few great looking items I wanted to try, but overall I thought to myself, there are far too many different soaps making up this collection! Do Mum’s like getting soaps for Mother’s Day more than any other product I wonder? It just seemed a tad odd to me that’s all!

Anyway, here is the full range of Mother’s Day products and what I thought of each one:

Madame President Bath Bomb

How stunning looking is this bath bomb to start off the Mother’s Day collection?! What a fantastic design!

Not only does Madame President look great, but the ingredients it contains (grapefruit oil and petitgrain oil) also make it a winner!


Madame President is a very, very fast fizzer – I struggled to hold it still in time for a photo! It also produces the most amazing looking bath art, particularly when the stars separate from the bath bomb and float around the bath!

I really love the scent of this bath bomb but it has received mixed reviews from other Lushies who don’t like the stronger scent of the petitgrain oil, but I find it very different and refreshing.

I also found this to be one of the most moisturising bath bombs I’ve used. The water was so soft and silky, but without being oily or greasy. I’ll definitely be stocking up on a few of these before they are discontinued!

Looks like we are off to a good start with the Mother’s Day collection so far!

Mother of Pearl Marbled Bubbleroon

I used this bubbleroon first and didn’t even look at the ingredients so I was really pleased when I crumbled half under the hot running water and instantly recognised the scent as being the same as one of my favourite products – Rub Rub Rub shower scrub! As soon as I realised, I knew this was going to be one of my favourite products and I knew I would have to go and stock up on some more before the Mother’s Day collection disappeared!


Mother of Pearl contains the same ingredients for softening and moisturising as the other bubbleroons in the range – fair trade organic cocoa butter, murumuru butter, and fair trade shea butter, and also contains jasmine absolute, mimosa absolute and orange flower absolute! Lovely!

The scent is really citrusy and quite lemony – I’m still surprised that lemon is not one of the main ingredients in this product! I can see that some people are going to have the same issues with this product as they have with Rub Rub Rub shower scrub, and that is that the scent is slightly reminiscent of lemon toilet cleaner! That makes it sound horrible, and I can see why some people think that, but this is truly one of my favourite scents from the Lush range.

I was hoping to pop to my local Lush to get some more of these last weekend however as we were completely snowed in, I wasn’t going anywhere! I’ll have to put in another online order to make sure I don’t miss out on these beauties!

Chamomile Lawn Soap

I didn’t like the scent of this one when it arrived and it seemed to overpower all the other scents in my Lush delivery box! To be honest with you, even after using the soap I am still unsure about the scent – I don’t like it, yet don’t dislike it…. a very strange and unusual scent is the only way I can really describe it.


Chamomile Lawn soap, I was surprised to learn, contains lavender oil and lavender absolute – this is definitely not an ingredient I can detect in the soap either before or during use, which is a shame because I do like delicately scented lavender products.

For softness and moisturising, the soap contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil, organic castor oil, chamomile blue oil and neroli oil (neroli oil is also known as orange blossom).

The final ingredient is what gives this product its name – German chamomile infusion. I think this is the ingredient which gives this product its unusual scent and is perhaps the ingredient which I am not too keen on. I think it is this ingredient which gives this soap it’s “medicinal” scent.

The soap lathers up really well and does leave your skin feeling lovely and soft – the scent is not my favourite but is definitely unlike anything else I have used before. I probably wouldn’t buy anymore of this product but I will carry on using the one I have already got. If any of you guys come across it I would be interested to see what you all thought of it?


Mum, Look What I Made For You Bath Bomb

This is so cute looking! What a great idea! A bath bomb which looks like something your little one would conjure up during an arts and crafts afternoon!


I don’t know what I expected this bath bomb to smell like – perhaps something floral seeing as it is designed in the shape of a flower, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! Look What I Made For You bath bomb is made up of some lovely ingredients including coconut milk powder, cocoa absolute, almond essential oil, coconut blossom nectar, and chocolate extract!


You can definitely smell the chocolate extract as one of the most prominent smells, and I was surprised to learn that this put some other Lushie’s off the scent! I think it’s really nice – it is chocolatey and sweet by by no means overpowering. The coconut milk powder gives it that creamy scent and the almond oil give it a little bit of sweetness and bitterness all rolled into one!

It also produces beautiful bath art so overall this is one of my favourites of the Mother’s Day range! Not the most attractive looking of bath bombs I must admit, but it isn’t supposed to be is it!? Plus you won’t have to put it up on the fridge for the next five years like most of the strange creations and drawings the little ones bring home for you for Mother’s Day!

I’m definitely going to grab a couple more of these whilst they are still around!


Purple Drain Marbled Bubbleroon

This was the second out of the three bubbleroons I tried, and I was really looking forward to using it when I saw the ingredients it contained!

As with all these new marbled bubbleroons, Purple Drain contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, murumuru butter and fair trade shea butter for moisturising and softness.


I was particularly looking forward to using this bubbleroon because it contained clove bud oil, black pepper oil and peppermint oil – a really dark and potent mix – or so you would think…..

I was hoping the scent would be similar to that of one of my favourite scents “Lord of Misrule”, but unfortunately it was nothing like it! Well from what I could smell of Purple Drain it didn’t seem to be anything like it! I found Purple Drain to be a really faintly scented product, so much so, I wondered whether I should have used the entire bubbleroon in one go? This would seem to be a very expensive way to get a decent scent from a product though!

I’ve gone back and had another smell of the left over half of the bubbleroon – you can faintly detect the smell of the black pepper oil but definitely nothing remotely like peppermint. Maybe the one I had was a dud – if any of you have used Purple Drain and think differently I would love to hear from you – it might mean I can invest in another one and have an entirely different experience!

Lovely idea for a scent but no where near strong enough for me, what a shame.

Raspberry Milkshake Soap

I had really high hopes for this one – other Lushie’s were saying they loved the scent and design of this product so I was looking forward to using it!


Raspberry Milkshake soap contains almond milk, fair trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil, and organic castor oil for softness and moisturising. It’s other ingredients are fresh raspberry juice, raspberry seeds, dried larkspur frosted blue (a lavender type looking flower), vanilla absolute, davana oil, and sicilian lemon oil.


The soap lathered up really well but I was a bit concerned about the amount of dark pink (almost red) colouring which seemed to be pouring out of it! It washed off my skin but has left a slight tinge on my hands where I was rubbing the soap into the sponge! Be careful with white towels and favourite clothes lying within splash distance!

The lather did leave my skin feeling really soft but I have to say, I was very underwhelmed with the scent of this soap. The overall scent is very weak and I was expecting a creamy raspberry smell, but I could only just detect the raspberry at all! There is a faint vanilla smell there too, but I couldn’t detect the lemon juice aspect of it in any way.

I thought this would be one of my favourites but unfortunately not! I don’t dislike the scent, and the soap is lovely and moisturising, I just wouldn’t buy any more because there are so many other lovely Lush soaps out there that I would rather use!

Incredible Mum Bath Bomb

Hats off to the person who came up with the idea for this bath bomb! It’s brilliant! It even has it’s own little paper superhero cape! Amazing!

Anyway, after seeing the design of this one, I had big expectations for Incredible Mum Bath Bomb! I loved the sound of the ingredients –  bergamot oil, orange flower absolute, and ylang ylang oil. Just my sort of scent!


It’s fair to say when I expected big things from this little bath bomb that I wasn’t disappointed! It created some of the most beautiful bath art I have seen and the scent of the bath bomb was absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t want to get out of the bath!


The bath is soon filled with stunning pink, orange and yellow colours, and I loved how after the bath bomb had fully dissolved that the little cape was left behind, floating along the top of the water.

If you only buy one item for your Mum from the Mother’s Day collection then I think this may be the product for you! It looks spectacular, smells amazing and is perfect for every superhero Mum out there!

Baa Bar Bubble Bar

Baa Bar Bubble bar is not a new product, however the recipe for it has changed this year which has resulted in mixed opinions amongst the Lushie community!


I am afraid I can’t make a comparison with the previous Baa Bar, as unfortunately I didn’t get to use the previous design. All I can tell you is that this latest design is “Twilight” scented and after using half a bubble bar for my bath I am an absolute addict!


I think I actually prefer this bubble bar to its Twilight bath bomb counterpart – the scent is incredible and just half a bar produces mounds of lovely fluffy bubbles with really silky and moisturising water. Plus, the Twilight scent is designed to help relax you and ease you into a good nights sleep, and anything which helps me get off to the land of nod is a bonus to me!

Baa Bar Bubble Bar contains Lavender Oil, Tonka Absolute, Ylang Ylang Oil, Lavender Powder and Soya Milk and is a perfect combination!

I would tell you all to go out and buy several of these but as they are limited editions for Mother’s Day I don’t want them selling out before I can get my hands on at least five more!

Lemon Zest Soap

As I say, one of the first things I noticed about the Mother’s Day collection was how many soaps there were! When I looked at them all I had a sneaky feeling that this one was going to be my favourite! I love lemony and zesty fresh scents and believe me, Lemon Zest did not disappoint!


Lemon Zest is overwhelmingly zesty and I love it! It contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil, organic castor oil, and murumuru butter for moisturising and softness, and lemon oil, fresh lemon peel, rosewood oil, lemon myrtle oil, and almond oil to make a perfect scent combination. Wow!


The soap lathers up really well and leaves your skin feeling not only soft and smooth but really cleansed and refreshed. I used loads and loads of it the first time I used it because I adore the scent but I was pleased that the size of the soap hardly reduced at all!

This is definitely one of my favourite Lush soaps ever – if you like lemony zesty scents then buy, buy, buy!

Antiope Naked Shower Gel

I’m not going to go into too much detail about the new “Naked” products available from Lush because I’ve done a separate blog on what I think about these new creations which I am hoping will be released in the next couple of weeks. What I will say is this is probably the most perfectly made Naked shower gel I have come across so far!


I read the ingredients for this one and even after studying them quite closely I was still quite unsure of what to expect with this scent. Antiope has some really unusual ingredients in it that I’ve not come across before such as suma root infusion (aids blood circulation and increases endurance and strength), pequi oil (great for eczema and skin lesions and hair treatments), davana oil (an oil with a really powerful fruity and sweetly herbaceous aroma), and galbanum oil (aids poor circulation and eases aches and pains in joints and muscles). In fact, I’ve only ever heard of two of the ingredients Antiope is made up of, which are white amazonian clay and brazilian orange oil!

After I’ve listed all these ingredients and their properties, Antiope appears to be one amazing product! The naked shower gel lathers up really well and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth and refreshed. The only downside? As with Chamomile Lawn soap above, there’s an ingredient in Antiope which makes me dislike the scent somewhat. I love Brazilian orange oil so, going from the description of the ingredients, I can only put it down to it being the davana oil that I dislike the smell of.

It’s such a shame, although you can detect the smell of Brazilian orange oil, it is far outweighed by the unusual scent of, presumably, the davana oil. If the Brazilian orange oil was the stronger scent here, I would really love this product. Unfortunately, as it stands, this is probably my least favourite Naked Shower Gel from the range!

Citrus Are Doing It For Themselves Marbled Bubbleroon

This was the last one of the Marbled bubbleroons that I tried, and so far I’ve used one that I really loved and one that I wasn’t too bothered about, so this third one really could go either way!


After my disappointment with Purple Drain, I wondered to myself whether I should have been using all of the marbled bubbleroons in one go? I’d not done this very often and thought to myself that this would work out expensive going forward, but I thought is it better to have one bath you really enjoyed with the strength of the scent being just right, or two or three baths you were disappointed with because you could barely detect the scent of the product?

Anyway, I decided on chopping up just half of the bubbleroon as I had been doing with the others, and I am very pleased I did because half of Citrus are doing it for themselves was more than enough for a bath of lovely fluffy bubbles and soft moisturising water.


I was looking forward to using this one because the ingredients looked perfect to me – fairtrade organic cocoa butter, murumuru butter and fair trade shea butter for moisturising (just like the other bubbleroons) plus lemon oil, grapefruit oil, lime oil and lemon myrtle oil – it doesn’t get more citrusy than that! If you are not a fan of citrusy smells then you need to steer clear of this one I’m afraid!

I really loved the scent of this bubbleroon – I’m not going to lie, the citrus scent was very overpowering but I loved it! It was so refreshing, and just what I needed when the snow was heavily falling outside!


Honey Bear Massage Bar

Look at this cute little guy! Almost too good to use isn’t he?

Now I am not a fan of moisturising. I know I should do more of it and my skin really needs it but I just can’t stand how it feels! all greasy and slippery and sticking to everything! So it’s fair to say I moisturise as little as possible, which is why, I suppose, I enjoy the really moisturising bath bombs and bubble bars.

Anyway, I didn’t want to put this little guy at a disadvantage so I made the effort to make sure I used the Honey Bear Massage Bar properly! Honey Bear is made up of fair trade organic cocoa butter, fair trade shea butter, almond oil (I LOVE almond scented products!) clove leaf oil, tonka absolute, Brazilian vetiver oil, vanilla absolute, honey, and vegan dark chocolate! Wow! I didn’t know whether to moisturise with him or eat him (don’t judge – I’d been snowed in for two days when I wrote this blog so cabin fever was starting to set in!).


Anyway, I gave it a try….I was pleased that when I was using it on my skin it didn’t seem to melt as quickly as some of the other massage bars I’ve tried, which meant I didn’t get buttery massage bar grease all over my hands like I have done with some of them!

It left my skin looking really moisturised, but not with so much product that I thought it might take 12 hours for my skin to absorb it all! The scent is really nice, but I can imagine that some people would find it to be a bit too sweet for them! The smell is predominately honey and cocoa butter scented, and is comforting and relaxing.

As I’ve said, I’m not a fan of moisturising products, but as far as Honey Bear goes, I will carry on using it and think it’s a great product, especially for this time of year when your skin has been suffering with the cold, wild weather and constant central heating.

Mum In A Spin Bubble Spinner

I can’t go as far as to say I wasn’t looking forward to using the Mum in a Spin Bubble spinner because I look forward to trying all of my Lush products – I wouldn’t buy them otherwise! However, I’ve bought a similar product from Lush – the original Bubble Spinner reusable bubble bar, and when it arrived I was a bit disappointed at the size and overall product to be honest, so it went to the bottom of the pile and I haven’t used it yet!


However, I do like to be proven wrong on some of these products I completely mis-judge, and the Mum in a Spin Bubble Spinner was no exception!

As soon as I held it under running water and the scent started to become more apparent, I knew I was going to enjoy this one! Mum in a Spin Bubble Spinner contains lavender oil, tonka absolute and ylang ylang oil, and smells incredible!


The other thing I really loved about this product is, despite holding it under running water for ages and swishing it around in the bath water, the product didn’t reduce in size at all and I had a lovely bath full of lovely fluffy bubbles and beautiful pink bath water!


Despite its size I reckon you will get at least four decent baths out of this one, which is double what you will get from the marbled bubbleroons of the Mother’s Day collection!

I’m really pleased I bought this in the end, the scent is lovely and the water is really soft and moisturising! Not my absolute favourite from the collection but definitely near the top of the list!

Rosebud Soap

As you know I am not a fan of rose scented products! I can normally get away with using them when they have additional scents such as vanilla in, to try and sweeten up the scent, but Rosebud soap didn’t seem to have any such additional ingredient so I didn’t hold out much hope that this would be one of my favourites!


Although it is obvious that the scent is going to be predominately rose, I did find the scent very overpowering, even for me! Rosebud soap contains white rose petal infusion, tuberose absolute (described as one of the most exotic and intoxicating materials of the plant kingdom!), oat milk, organic extra virgin olive oil and rose water.

There’s a distinct rose smell but also something else which I couldn’t quite pick out, maybe it is the tuberose absolute, but whatever it is, it makes this scent even less appealing to me than any rose scented product normally would!

It lathers up nicely but that is about it for this soap – I didn’t find it to be particularly moisturising in addition to really disliking the smell! I’ve left the remainder of the soap in the downstairs toilet for guests to use when they wash their hands but I can’t see they will appreciate this if they have similar tastes in scents to me!

Sorry, but this is probably one, if not my least favourite scent from Lush so far!


Purple Loosestrife Soap

I saved this one until last because (SPOILER ALERT – don’t read this next sentence if you don’t want to know!) I heard on the grapevine that this soap has a lovely surprise golden middle!

Purple Loosestrife is made up of fair trade organic cocoa butter, extra virgin coconut oil, organic castor oil, rose syrup, hibiscus syrup, lavender syrup, violet leaf absolute, rose absolute, bergamot oil, and caning oil and smells lovely.


It’s quite a hard soap compared to the others I’ve used and is slightly more difficult to lather up but I noticed how soft this soap made my skin straight away! The scent is flowery but not overwhelmingly so. You can definitely detect the lavender, rose and hibiscus but the scent is perfectly balanced so it is delicate and sweet as well as flowery.


The centre is a beautiful golden glittery colour which slowly melts under the warmth of the water. It leaves a slight shimmer on your skin but doesn’t leave you absolutely covered in glitter, and the majority of the glitter washes away from your skin when you stand under the running water. I think it’s a really lovely feature of the soap and I’m sure it’s this golden buttery centre which makes your skin so soft and moisturised.

Another thing I loved about this soap is the scent lasted on my skin for ages after I stepped out of the shower – in fact I could smell the scent on my skin hours later, which is really rare with all the other Lush soaps I’ve used.

I really love this soap! I think I will treat myself to another one from the collection until they are no longer available! I am literally getting to full capacity of soaps now though – I mustn’t buy anymore! Luckily there’s only one soap in this years Lush Easter collection!

And there you have it – the Mother’s Day collection from Lush. I was impressed with most of the products and think this collection is actually potentially a better collection than the Easter one which has not long been released.

I’ll soon find out as I am going to start using the products from the Easter range in the next few days, so watch this space!

Gloucester Cathedral


I am very ashamed to say that I have lived in Gloucester all my life however have only visited Gloucester Cathedral on three occasions! The first occasion doesn’t even really count as I am pretty sure I was only in junior school, and so I don’t remember much of it!


The cathedral originated around 678/679 with an abbey which was dedicated to Saint Peter. The abbey was later dissolved by Henry VIII. The cathedral as it currently stands was build in Romanesque and Gothic style between the years 1089 and 1499.




An interesting fact – one of the stained glass windows in the cathedral shows one of the earliest images of golf! This window dates back from 1350 which is over 300 years before the images of golf appeared in Scotland.

The beautiful nave

As with most Cathedrals these days, there is no entrance fee and tickets aren’t required, however there is a donation box for you to leave what you would like to show your support.

If you would like to take photos inside the cathedral – whether this be with a camera or on your phone, you need to buy a ticket for £2 and you will be provided with a sticker to wear to show you have paid to take photos. I thought this was a really good idea, until the lady serving me said that they often find this policy to be abused, particularly by those taking photographs on their phone, which I thought was awful!

£2 to take photos of this incredible place was well worth it, and it’s nice to know all of this money will be put back into the restoration and upkeep of the cathedral.


Whilst inside you will come across the Stained Glass Windows of the Thomas Chapel. The glass is the work of Thomas Denny and was installed in 1992. The windows are based on Psalm 148 – the right-hand window reflects the worship of the elements, and the left-hand window reflects the worship of all God’s creatures.

You may find Gloucester Cathedral to be very familiar after seeing it appear as a filming location for three of the Harry Potter films, Sherlock Holmes (The Abominable Bride scene at the end where Sherlock and Watson are in the ruins of a desanctified church) and the Doctor Who Christmas special!

The beautiful cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral are particularly memorable from the Harry Potter films!

The stunning fan vaulted roof Cloisters – as seen in Harry Potter (first, second and sixth film)



Inside Gloucester Cathedral you will find some famous historical tombs, including;

Osric, King of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the Hwicce.

Osric is claimed as the founder of two monastic houses, one at Bath (now Bath Abbey) and the other here at Gloucester Cathedral. 

Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy and the eldest son of William the Conqueror.

He died in 1134 at Cardiff Castle, a prisoner of his youngest brother, King Henry I. The exact place of his burial is difficult to establish, however legend states that he requested to be buried before the High Altar.


King Edward II.

Born in 1284 and reigned from 1307 to 1327. The King’s funeral was held on 20 December 1327 and his coffin was placed under the floor. Sometime afterwards, presumably on the orders of his son, King Edward III, this stunning tomb was built over it. The canopy was carved from local Cotswold limestone and the base is covered with Purbeck marble. The King is depicted as a saintly figure with angels at his head; he holds a sceptre and an orb – the first time the orb appears on an English royal tomb.


The stunning vaulted ceiling

Once you have had a good look inside,  I highly recommend you take part in one of their tours to the crypt! The tours run quite often and you can’t go down there unsupervised because it is dark, but my sister and I paid a visit and absolutely loved it!

Our tour guide was fantastic and we learned so much about the history of the crypt, and of the Cathedral itself. You can buy tickets in the shop at the front of the cathedral – tickets are £3 each and the tours last around 20 minutes.


The crypt at Gloucester Cathedral is one of very few Norman crypts in the country and was used for praying, funerals and even to hide valuables during times of war and conflict. If you search for information about the crypt of Gloucester Cathedral you won’t find much, basically because so little is known about this mesmerising place!


We are usually very lucky with the weather on most of our family day trips out, and our visit to Gloucester Cathedral was no exception! We chose a beautiful bright and sunny day which meant we could get some great photos of this stunning building.

The only downside was that we visited when there is vast building work taking place outside the front of the building to design a new garden, so I had to do my best to crop the diggers and high fences out of my photos!

If you are hoping to visit when there isn’t any form of building work going on then you will have a while to wait! Project Pilgrim is a huge project which is taking place over an approximate ten year period!

The project is split into several different phases as follows:

External Works

The external re-landscaping will create (amongst other things) level access to the West door, provide more disabled car parking spaces and add a green space with plants and trees.

Internal Works

This phase will include the creation of a new glass entrance lobby and glass cloister door, and a new welcome area which is going to include a lovely glass model of the Cathedral to help visitors navigate their way around – I’m looking forward to seeing this!

Lady Chapel

This 15th Century area of the Cathedral will have major restoration and conservation work done which includes new lintels, new lighting, cleaning of the stonework and stain glass windows and installation of new radiators and underfloor heating.  Work is also being done to the external walls of the Lady Chapel including restoration and conservation of the existing stonework.

Solar Panels

The solar panels were added as part of the Church of England’s “Shrinking the footprint” campaign. The aim of the campaign is to reduce the Church of England’s carbon emissions by 80% by 2050! The solar panels were installed in November 2016 and will reduce Gloucester Cathedral’s energy costs by 25%.

There are also some lovely shops and tea rooms in the surrounding area of the Cathedral, including a Beatrix Potter shop which is well worth paying a visit! The Cathedral is also within walking distance of Gloucester Quays where you can find a shopping centre, loads of restaurants and brilliant themed food fayres throughout the year!