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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Very Special Things


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

I'm typing this from my hotel room in LA. Fancy. 


Just a reminder that a new video went up this week and since it was a very special one, I would love for you to give it a watch. 

Aside from the video, here is a little list update of my first trip away day-

Flight was OK but had a cry on the plane because I feel so awful for leaving Darcy.
The man next to me was a farter. Nice.
I have sampled the delights of In n Out Burger, although not an actual burger since I don't eat beef.
I skyped Marie who is officially the closest she's ever been to me!
My hotel is lovely.
I am blessed to have very great friends.

I will continue to do more updates like this as we go along. 

Enjoy the video and feel free to leave requests for future uploads below!

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xx


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Best Of July

This month saw an almighty heat wave hit Britain and I certainly made the most it! I spent time exploring some lovely treasure spots in the sunshine, as well as enjoying quality time with my favourite people from the comfort of my own garden.

Having had such a productive month, I thought I would reintroduce ‘The Best Of’ monthly feature, revisiting some of this month’s posts before we introduce August and all it’s excitement with open arms. Let’s go!


 At the beginning of the month I documented HERE the joys of having a couple of house guests in the form of my chums Zoe and Tyler. We made the most of the sunshine and took a trip to the park with Darcy in tow, enjoying big bubbles, ice cream trucks and vintage tea cups!


The following week saw me prancing around in my favourite floaty summer skirts and dresses for my 'Plus Size Lookbook' video over on my Youtube channel. I decided to include a helpful ‘this is where I got it’ POST for you lovely lot, in the form of fancy screen shops and fashion galore.


I then shared THIS fun activity I have been enjoying with Darcy from the comfort of our own home, patio decoration! We certainly brought out our creative side with a pack of chalk and it was exciting to introduce Darcy to new ways to draw and play. Our patio has never looked better! 


This month also saw a change in the hair department, I have embraced being blonde, but felt a spice up was needed for the summer months and the ombre effect was reintroduced to my golden locks. Blondes do have more fun, but not as much fun as blondes with a pink ends! I am in love with my colourful ends and decided to share a few SNAPS with you to fully appreciate the brilliance of my new daring do.


We also decided to embrace our outside space more in July, favouring more time in the garden over indoor activities and electrically. Mid month saw an overload of coloured glass wear, tasty cocktails and a bundle of friends and tea lights as we celebrated our open space with a BBQ, chatting and laughter of which I shared with you lovely lot HERE. A night which showed me how truly ‘rich’ I am. 


And finally and the end of this fun filled month, Matt, Darcy and I decided to take THIS trip to our chum Zoe to explore her neck of the woods. Once again the weather was beautiful and we spent the day both at the park with ice lollies, and in Zoe’s garden with paddling pools and hedgehogs before heading home late evening with a very tired baby. 

Phew! A fun filled month in Sprinkle of Glitter land!

Have you also been a busy bee in July? Tell me all about it. 

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xx

Monday, 29 July 2013

Honesty


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

You might have found your merry way to my blog to read my latest 'Motivational Monday' and be wondering what is going on. If that's you, I hope you won't mind a rare change of plan.

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In the last few weeks I have been doing a lot of blog thinking, What do I want from my blog? What do I want to give you via my blog? What do I want my blog to be? Why do I want my blog to be that?, and I don't yet think I've found the answers.

Sprinkle of Glitter started it's early days in September 2009 as an instructional craft blog. Wild times. After six months of growing tired of a glue gun, I steered it toward beauty, where it happily stayed for a good couple of years. In February 2013, I set myself the challenge to upload at least one blog post every single weekday and succeeded. It was such a buzz to be organised and regularly interacting with you and being really creative that I decided to carry it on for March. And April. And May. And June. By July I needed a couple of days rest. 

August is just around the corner and I have possibly my biggest month of the year. I'm going to be in LA for 10 days for Vidcon (I fly out tomorrow woop woop!), back for a couple of nights, off to Wales for a weekend, back for a week, off to London for a few days and then I have the annual round of family birthdays that fall in August to celebrate. I'm exhausted just listing everything!!

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Poncy poncy.

This month we're having a change. Aside from the posts I already have lined up for you this week (I was organised a few days back), August will be ad hoc. I will upload when I want, what I want. I know, it's selfish, but surely that's what this blog was when it was born? A selfish creative outlet to talk to new people and discuss topics I might not be able to broach with my Husband (he could care less about taking 600 photos of everything or the latest hair serum) and friends. 

That's not to say I won't consider you, I always do, but I think it's going to be less of what I should and more of what I fancy. Like going to a restaurant and ordering three desserts just because you can. 

So, Motivational Monday is being put on hold. I will still reach #25 before the year is out but I need to build my own motivation before I can offer it to others. There will be a lot more lifestyle posts since those are my absolute favourites. There will still be weekly video updates because my OCD won't allow me to not share them here (haha) and with any luck, by September there will be a happy, focussed, rarring to go Louise. 

Less work, more play. Lucky me. 

Whilst we're on the subject of being honest, I have something to ask of you as well. Who are you? You know so much of me and I so little of you and sometimes that feels a little unbalanced. I would love to know the following things:

How old are you? (Answer in decades, ie. twenties, if you prefer)
Where in the world roughly do you live?
How did you find Sprinkle of Glitter?
How long have you been reading?
When do you read? (ie. On your way to work/school, at night, on a Sunday at 3am etc)
What posts are you most excited to see when you arrive?
What would you like to see more of?
Aside from Sprinkle of Glitter (ho ho), what is your favourite blog?

Those might seem like a lot but it your answers will really help shape the direction I take Sprinkle of Glitter in and will help me make some important decisions. 

Leave your answers in the comments and any other thoughts you have about today's blog post. 

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xx

PS- It's 11.30pm on Sunday night and I just his half a million subscribers on my YouTube channel. I'm so thankful and SO HAPPY!

Friday, 26 July 2013

Zoe, Heatwave and Hedgehogs


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Last week Matt and I took a little road trip to visit our best friend Zoe. Since we have the space and the babsicle, she usually comes over to us, but since Matt has started his summer holidays now, it seemed like to perfect opportunity to explore her neck of the woods. 

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Heatwave = sunscreen. 

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We drove down to a little village where we had a super relaxed lunch in a shady pub garden and Darcy made friends with kiddies, wandered round quaint shops, got way too excited noted that parts of Harry Potter had been filmed there, played in the playground and bought a crazy amount of ice lollies- Zoe likes Zapps. 

After the boiling heat had hit us all we mooched about in Zoe's garden, filled up the paddling pool, played inside, watched films, ordered pizza, listened to Darcy sing us countless song (to which we had to cheer and clap for every single one) and fed the hedgehogs who have taken up residency on the Zoella estate.

We left about 10.30pm, got home shattered but happy at 1am and felt glad for the time and friends we have.

Lazy days with loved ones are to be cherished.

What would your ideal summer day include? Share and inspire in the comments. 

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xx

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Lately in Glitterland #1


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Something I do a lorra lot is instagram. I've been obsessed from the get-go.  There is something so pleasing to me about taking snapshots of everyday life and sharing them with other people who are excited for the small things.


I don't know why I haven't done it before but every now and then I'd like to whip up a jazzy collage and share them with you. Would that suit? I like to document.

Memorable moments from the last few weeks have been ::

Dying my hair pink.
Teaching Darcy to 'Grace-Face' (google it).
Reunion drinks with my uni girlfriends.
Having a Tyler and Zoe slumber party.
Being brave with DIY.
Splurging in IKEA (man that felt good).
Filming my lookbook (link!).

Aside from the heatwave that slows me down to the pace of a dry snail, things have been good. If you would like to follow me on instagram, search 'Sprinkleofglitr' 

What has been your most memorable moment this June/July?


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xx

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Fluffy Bunny Challenge


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

This week in YouTubeLand has been CRAZY. I've uploaded two videos and attended a film premiere for The Lone Ranger. I would try and be cool about that but I can't. Johnny Depp was there. I breathed the same air as Edward Scissorhands. Need I say more? No. Pictures on twitter and instagram. 


Aside from being miss jazzy premiere goer, I uploaded a fun video with my good friend Mark, who really kindly agrees to be my on-screen Husband. I do love him for being such a good sport.

You won't learn anything from this video but you might just have a little laugh. 

More videos coming soon!

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Toodlepip!

xx


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Amazing Advertisers || July 2013


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Despite the heatwave, the lovely ladies of the sidebar have been providing us with brilliant blog posts and giving us all something lovely to read.

Today is the day to learn a little more about them.




Made up By Make up is written by the lovely Kat who is new to Sprinkle of Glitter this month! Kat is an absolute beauty who has recently started her beauty blog and Youtube channel. This month I have particularly enjoyed Kat’s Hollywood glamour look (who doesn't love vixen red lips?) and winged eye liner tutorial, she’s a clever one with her make up tools I tell ya! I'm excited to see what tutorials Kat has up her sleeve to share with us in future so let’s all hop on over to her blog and show her some new blogger love!



This month Sarah has been a busy bee with her education and extracurricular activities and has therefore taken some time away from blogging, let’s hope she did swimmingly in her exams and shall return to us soon! Sarah has advertised with me previously and her blog has been a joy to read, if you enjoy reading a blog with photos that make you go ‘oooooh’ and ‘aahh pretty’ then Sarah is the one for you.



 I fell a little bit in love with Rosie’s blog back in October last year, and she has not failed to disappoint this month either! Her photography and writing style is right up my street and she’s also adopted her own “30 Day Snap”, posting a photo every day for 31 days (this excites me.) Rosie has also graduated from university this month so another big well done to her! If you’re a fan of the lifestyle blogs then Cider with Rosie is your go to.



Amy Grace is another returning advertiser with me, and once again her blog has been a joy to read! Amy has provided some lovely beauty and lifestyle blog posts this month, with a yummy cooking recipe thrown in there too! It was refreshing to read a post about playing in the snow this month given the heat wave we’ve been having here in Britain! If you’re in need of a cool down, hop on over to Amy! 



Cocktails and Daydreams is written by the lovely Lynne from Edinburgh, it’s a charming little space on the internet to read about all things fashion, lifestyle and beauty related. She’s a triple threat that Lynne! I particularly enjoy Lynne’s fashion round up posts of her June outfits, it was summery wardrobe heaven filled with florals, frillies and the most beautiful pink cardigan I ever did see. If you’re looking for a light lunchtime read then Lynne is your gal!



 Sophie has been advertising with me for several months now and is continuing to provide lovely posts for us all. Sophie is a consistent blogger offering a variety of beauty and lifestyle posts, including some summery cooking posts this month! I particularly enjoyed learning her recipe for blueberry crumble bars (yum!) She also completed the 30 Day Snap last month, so let’s have a hurrah for Sophie! 



Firstly, a lot of blogging congratulations are in order for Stacie this month! Not only has she recently celebrated her blogs 1st birthday, but she has also been shortlisted for a Cosmo blog award, well done you! Stacie has been a long term advertiser with me and I have thoroughly enjoyed following her journey over the last few months, she deserves a massive pat on the back for her blogging milestones and continuing strength through the highs and lows of being ill. Stacie’s blog is brilliant if you’re looking for a bit of positivity in your life. 


And those are all my lovely ladies for this month! 


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xx

Monday, 22 July 2013

Motivational Monday #23

Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Merry Monday! This could be the start of the best week of your life.

I have made the desicion that there will only be 25 Motivational Mondays in 2013 and I will bring back a new series in 2014. I think to do anymore might be too much and by 2014 I will have learnt a few more life lessons to share and reflect on. I just thought I would tell you in the spirit of transparency and so that you don't rock up in a few weeks wondering what's going on!

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This week's quote from Pinterest is a beauty. Beautiful sentiments as well as beautiful artwork.

The idea is optimism. I think this is pretty self explanatory but it is about keeping a positive outlook, for the past, present and future.

Looking to the future can be a pretty daunting excersise, especially if your past has left a lot to be desired. It can be easy to feel like history will repeat itself or things won't get better, but the one of the keys to living a happy life is having a positive frame of mind. This means not fretting that the worst is to come, not over thinking things, not constantly worrying that life is going to be rubbish.

If for example your friend asks you to a party that you think is going to be boring or full of people you don't like, turn it around. Envisage it being really worthwhile quality time with her or imagine meeting someone really interesting/funny/handsome (ooer). When you approach a situation with a postive outlook, you come across better to other people, make great lasting impressions and operate at your best.

Next time you start to feel negative thoughts about something in the future popping into your head, note them and see if you can turn it around in some way. If you train your mind to do this every time, it will eventually become second nature and I promise you life will feel a lot brighter.

What are you looking happily forward to this week? Let's be postitive in the comments.

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xx

Friday, 19 July 2013

Patio Parties


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Summer is officially upon us and this year we are working on our outside space.

For four years we neglected our garden in favour of things like fixing the electrics, installing a kitchen, getting married and welcoming a new baby. Now though, we feel as though we have the time and energy to make it a more usable place and that is exactly what we are doing. 


To celebrate making a start (and that is all we have done, a start), we had friends over for cocktails and BBQ and as per, I got a little over excited with my glasswear. I don't know if I've ever told you this but I have a real obsession with coloured pretty glasses. They just look like jewels. Most of these glasses were bought from a vintage homestore.

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I made a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, left out a heap of glasses and let people serve themselves- far easier than constantly jumping up and down.

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To make delicious drinks look even more appealing I used mirrors (which I originally bought for a craft project that failed) as trays. This helps emphasise pretty table wear and adds a touch of whimsy.

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As dusk set in I bought out drinks in rinkydink milk bottles (which Darcy couldn't stop playing with) and replaced the big jugs for tea lights. 

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It was such a good night. There were about ten of us and we all ended up in pjs and hoodies, grazing on food, chatting and laughing. We lit candles all around the garden, got the fire pit working and stayed out til gone midnight. The great thing was, since this party was at our own house, Darcy's bedtime routine wasn't effected and she thought everyone was there just for her. 

It's at events like this when I look round and realise how very rich we are. No, we don't have amazing cars (we share a ford!) and I don't buy designer bags but we have so much love and laughter, our good health, a beautiful daughter and pay our bills on time. Really truly, I am so happy these days. 

What makes you feel rich? 

*Goes off to shed tear of joy like a lame-ass*

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xx

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Pink Ombre Hair


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Call the cops, I've gone wild. 

If you follow Sprinkle Of Glitter in all it's forms (this blog, youtube, twitter, instagram etc) you will have seen that since I wrote this Hair History post back in January, things have changed a little in the barnette department. 

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In February I started the transition from brunette ombre to full blonde. It took a few full heads of highlights (I have extremely thick hair- as in a lot of strands of hair and all of them individually thick) to achieve the blonde I wanted but happily, it happened.

This month, after missing the ombre effect, I have decided to push my comfort zone a bit and add pink. 

I think I'm in love. 

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I have a really good relationship with my hairdresser so I was able to talk about it a fair bit before we went ahead. A few weeks prior, she took a snippit of my hair to test on and play with so we were pretty prepared.

I was clear in what I wanted (bright candy pink ombre, not dip dye) and Alicia was completely on her A-Game. She even did a bit of online research to be exactly clear on what we were working toward. She is an absolute gem. If you would like a full review on the salon I go to, let me know. 

It took no longer to do than any other dye work and came out brilliantly. I'm glad we put so much effort in at the start of the blonde transition because the plan (yep, I planned this hair way back in February haha) was always to add colour in the summer, so it was totally worth it. 

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The response I've had from people when they see my new-do has been very warm. 

I had some reservations that I might be too old/too chubby/too goodness-knows-what to pull off such a bold style but they were only fleeting. Of course there will be folk who think bright colours are for teenagers or that a married mother should be more conservative but to them I say, 'I pity your small mind'. 

It's hair. It's stuff that grows out of your head and can be cut on a whim. You can do anything you like with it and you aren't too anything to not allow it. Whether you are fat, thin, short, tall, fashionable, young, old, obsessed with stamp collecting, do what makes you happy. Don't judge people on their choices and don't stifle your own in fear of theirs, be glad of what you have been given and enjoy it. Appreciate it, not everyone has the luxury of hair to play with. Be thankful. 

What do you think? Will pink ombre catch on? If you could do ANYTHING with your hair, what would it be? Let's get creative in the comments!

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xx

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Pastel Hair Envy & Giveaway Winners


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Three weeks in and I'm still in love with my hair. Call me vain, I don't care, I can't help my feeling of hair joy. They are made all the stronger considering I was the child at primary school who's Mum put a bowl on her head and cut round it to make a nice 'style'. Back then I could only have dreamt of having swishy My-Little-Pony styled locks.

If you would like to know more about more new do, pop by tomorrow where I have a full, dedicated post scheduled. 

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(Image. I must say, I've seen this image all over twitter and pinterest so I'm not sure where it originates from)

With my new found pink love, I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest (nothing new there then) looking at amazing hair ideas. From crazy complicated plaits to the most incredible dye job above, I've swooned over it. Where shall I go once I'm bored of the pink? Purple??

Pastel love aside, two weeks ago in THIS blog post, Pantene offered to giveaway 5 of their 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules to 5 lucky readers of Sprinkle of Glitter. If you see your name below, you are one of those lucky duckies. 







If you can see your name up there, please email me on louise@gleamdigital.com with the subject, 'I WON THE PANTENE GIVEAWAY' and we can arrange your prize to be posted. 

I'm rather enjoying these little giveaway treats and hope to make it a regular feature. I have something very exciting lined up for next week! 

What would be your dream hairstyle?

(Oh good, blogger won't allow me to centre the above. Thanks internet)

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Toodlepip!

xx

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Playing with Chalk | Baby-Toddler Ideas


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

As the Summer draws on and Darcy becomes more and more active, we are increasingly looking for fun, easy things to do. 

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My criteria for at home fun is always- easy to prepare, interesting and affordable. 

Drawing with chalks is all three- woop!

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Whilst in IKEA a few months back, we bought a pack of chalks on a bit of a whim. Darcy has only recently started showing an interest in crayons so I they were a bit of a gamble. Since Spring (when these pictures were taken, hence the wellies and coat), we have been spending a lot of time outside, renovating our overgrown, crappy backgarden. Whilst we chop and dig and moan about the hard work (mostly me!), Darcy potters about on the raised patio area playing.

We introduced the chalks to her thinking she wouldn't bother but we couldn't have been more wrong! She played for agggggeessss. And by 'aaggggesss' I mean over 10 minutes, which is like 4 years in Tot-Terms. 

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As you can see, I was pretty enthralled too. 

I love, love, love the 'naughty' element of not using paper and the fact that with the rain the pictures will be gone.

Since we took these snaps Darcy has decorated the outside bricks and we have bought and installed an outdoor blackboard with holders for her colours, which she LOVES. You might have seen it on Instagram if you follow me over there. 

So there you have it, an easy toddler activity that costs nada (providing you have the chalks in of course) and is completely fuss free! 

Last year we did THIS and THIS, so if you have teeny tiny ones, they might be worth a read. 

What do you do in the Summer to keep kiddies occupied? What did you enjoy doing as a little one? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments. 

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Toodlepip!

xx


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