Weekend links

Weekend Links/Zara leggings

Where did this week go?!  Hope this finds everyone fine and well this Friday!  :)

Possibly the speediest of Weekend Links today, as it’s been a mad-crazy (and I’ve been madly disorganised!) week – but some fun stuff I’ve found online this week, of which there will be more next week!

PLUS! An exciting new link-up feature coming very soon, in which I’d LOVE for you to comment and post a link to your own blogs all on a specific, feel-good theme – so watch out for that! I’m EXCITED!!

Hot & Flashy You Tube

*  This absolutely links with the new link-up feature I mentioned above – I really like this video by one of my fave You Tuber mamas, Angie of Hot & Flashy, talking about her motivation to exercise. I think what she says is so true (and this is a BIG note to self, I don’t know about you!) – getting motivated to get moving (or find a way, more pertinently, to get moving every day in some way) is all about working out WHY you want to do it. Simple but true. Love this!

*  Those ZARA leggings I mentioned here earlier this week? I kept one pair (of the three I whizzed into the changing room with!), and they’re great: navy (a nice, classic change from black), sweet zip details, long enough not to look half-mast on longer legs and in a super-thick, fitness-meets-jodphur fabric (super-flattering, I’d describe the effect as like Spanx for your whole legs. And really comfortable!). Check out all the many styles online here (that’s one pair above, from the ZARA website!).

Oh, and did I mention the elasticated waist? I’ve never known so much freedom since maternity jeans. (Could be dangerous. But I’m on a mission to get fit and healthy – we’re back to that new feature again! Stay tuned!!).

*  I love catching up on The Tonight Show clips, and LOVED this duet with host Jimmy Fallon and Barbra Streisand (how impressive is Jimmy in his quick changes?!).

*  Speed cleaning – I’m always a sucker for Pinterest links to cheat sheets/get organised fast as part of the weekly blur features online. This one by Ruth of the fab Living Well, Spending Less on How To Get A Neat & Tidy House In Under 45 Minutes A Day is one I’ve earmarked to get organised with. I’m relying on it, with family coming tomorrow who have never visited (EEK!) and, yes, I’m WAY behind on my home jobs!

(From Living Well, Spending Less on Pinterest).

(From Living Well, Spending Less on Pinterest).

BTW, I think that’s another link-up series in the making. But one thing at a time!!

Whatever you’re doing this weekend, wishing you a great one with lots of time for fun and chilling!

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Autumn statement necklace trend alert!

ZARA statement necklace

What happens when a girl goes to John Lewis in her lunch hour to replace the tumble dryer and finds herself wandering into ZARA (which just happens to be on the same floor of the shopping centre) whilst her husband goes in search of sandwiches in M&S?

THIS happens!

I didn’t try it on (way too dangerous!) but isn’t a beauty? I love the colours and the shape.

I just love the look of the new wave of autumn/winter statement necklaces that are coming into the shops (just as London Fashion Week is previewing next spring/summer’s looks!).

Bejewelled and sparkly, or as chunky gold and silver chains, the new season’s necklaces will look great worn with wintery layers, as they’re being shown all over Pinterest right now.

Plus, it’s a great way to extend your summer wardrobe into the new season.

And OK, I did grab some super-flattering new leggings – thick, black, I’ll report back! – on my way out (via the changing room).

I call it multi-tasking!

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Merci Maman and nonstopmama Personalised Family Tree necklace giveaway!

Merci Maman personalised Family Tree necklace

Do you remember the lovely Tree Of Life (as the French say, but in French, obviously …) necklace I wrote about here earlier this summer?

The perfect way to record a family tree to give as a gift to a mother, grandmother, sister … the list goes on!

I promised we’d do a lovely giveaway to win one, and I’m DELIGHTED to say the lovely team at Merci Maman are teaming up with nonstopmama to offer one reader their choice of 18 K Gold Plated or Sterling Silver necklace, engravable with up to 60 characters on each side (that’s an amazingly large number of characters!). The winner can also choose from a short or longer chain.

This truly personalised gift (or treat for yourself!) is really versatile – I’m wearing mine layered, above, with a longer necklace (another Merci Maman one, in fact, on the longer chain!).

It works well when teamed with a simple t-shirt or shirt, or dressed-up against black if you want to go glammier – it’s super-versatile!

To WIN a Merci Maman Personalised Family Tree with nonstopmama, simply:

 1.  ‘Like’ the nonstopmama Facebook page and ‘Like’ the post on the Merci Maman Family Tree Necklace giveaway!

OR  follow on Twitter (@jbadenh) and tweet the message “#WIN a @MerciMamanGift personalised necklace with @jbadenh: http://bit.ly/1qZM4op”

OR follow on Instagram (@jbadenh) and ‘Like’ the Merci Maman giveaway photo!

(Or do as many of the above as you fancy! :) ).

2. ‘Like the Merci Maman Facebook page

OR follow Merci Maman on Twitter!

(Or both! :) ).

3.  Last (but very important!) step, please leave a comment below, just let us know you’re in! I’d love to know what your favourite jewellery looks are – gold or silver? Statement or delicate? Or maybe there’s a jewellery look you’d love to try for autumn/winter?!. The draw is done randomly by computer, so that bit’s just for fun and only if you feel like sharing! :)

Please don’t forget to leave a comment, as it’s this data we used to randomly generate the winner!

Merci beaucoup for taking part!

The winner will be chosen at random by computer (we’ll announce them here at the blog, and email them arrange for the lovely team at Merci Maman to organise their beautiful prize!).

Please take a mo to check out the giveaway rules here, thanks so much for taking part!

This giveaway will close at midnight on Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

More info on the wonderful Merci Maman range and to order online here!

This giveaway has been promoted at Loquax and ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions.

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Weekend links

Weekend Links

Happy Friday, everyone!!

I hope you’ve had a great week, even if it’s flown and you didn’t get to do all your to do’s (or is that just me?! Please say it isn’t, if just to make me feel better).

Just a few little things that have caught my eye online this week (because it’s been a crazy day, and I have a few more things to do, yikes!!) …

•  This Mom Trends video, Fabulous Herbal Teas For Moms, reminded me that I really should get into replacing my morning gallon of coffee with at least one mug of super-healthy green tea and winding down with a soothing herbal tea before bedtime (how about you?!).

Mom Trends You Tube

And to try making my own iced tea, because I love it (although, I don’t think Nicole means the caffeinated sort. I knew there’d be a catch).

•  I’m excited that Shauna Niequist, has written a new book, Savor (she wrote about it this week on her great blog!).

Shauna Niequist Savor

I LOVED Shauna’s last book, Bread & Wine, and how she writes about her faith, family and food.

• Back to videos: I think that the latest clip from Caroline Hirons deserves an award for the ‘Best Intro To A Beauty Video Ever’.

It’s so funny, and I’m so glad she kept it in and didn’t edit it. Caroline, a beauty editor, expert and now vlogger is a true pro and her videos are always super-informative (this girl knows her beauty oignons).

•  Have you heard about U2 releasing their new album, Songs Of Innocence, free to all iTunes customers? I’ve only caught one song so far, California, which I loved when Will played it in the car today and made me guess who it was from the intro. I said The Beach Boys (which make sense when you hear it!). More about the whole thing here at Rolling Stone!

•  Lastly, cheating a bit because this isn’t a link as such, but it’s just SO lovely and I had to share it here – our winner’s tweet about receiving her Balance Me giveaway prize!

Hi, I received my prize today. Thank you so much. Just in time for some weekend pampering!”

Balance Me goodies

Thanks SO much fore sharing that, Lola!

A lovely NEW giveaway coming on Monday, too!

Until then, wishing you a wonderful weekend!

(Photo top of post taken last night, at an event to celebrate the launch of St Swithun’s church, Bournemouth. How amazing are those LOVE lights?!).

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Jewel autumn 2014 nail trend: it’s all in the diamond dust!

Fun new autumn 2014 nail trends!

Thursday afternoons are made for taking exceptionally silly snaps of review nail colours, aren’t they?!

Since pushing any long-lasting mani to the limit by doing some (much overdue) gardening stuff last night and not being able to find my trusty flowery gloves for the job, it was time to change-up from Monday’s neutral shimmer and dip into one of the new Models Own Diamond Luxe colours for you to check out!

Any excuse!!

I instagrammed them as soon as they came in on Monday …

Models Own Diamond Luxe Autumn 2014 nail polishes

So, this is the Pear Purple!

With diamond dust for a ‘multi-dimensional sparkle’, these make for lovely autumn-transitional nails as the jewel colours really ‘pop’ but not in mad-bright neon way.

The Emerald Green is super-pretty too, and the Marquise Maroon has Christmas parties written all over it (there are 10 shades in total and they launch 19 September online, at Superdrug on the 24).

In gold, of course (aren’t you loving the lids?!).

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