Merci Maman Tree Of Life Necklace – and summer sign-off!

Merci Maman Tree Of Life personalised necklace

I think this Merci Maman Family Tree Necklace (£69) is just beautiful, as a gorgeous necklace in itself and in what it symbolises.

Recently introduced and already a bestseller, it’s such an original and pretty way to record your family name, special dates or individual names (it’s been especially designed to allow a generous number of characters on both sides).

It would be a perfect gift for a new mother, your mother or someone who has been like a mother to you, a Grandmother – the list is endless! There are so many ways and reasons this would make the most wonderful and treasured personalised gift.

It’s available in Sterling Silver or 18 K Gold Plated, on a standard or longer chain.

Merci Maman Family Tree Necklace

Nonstopmama is a BIG fan of Merci Maman, and I’ve worn and loved my personalised Mother’s Necklace (which I wrote about here!) ever since I received it (although I don’t wear it all the time, the gold plate has worn perfectly and remains gleaming! I have even added another, very sentimental gold pendant to it and it all works beautifully together).

Everyone who treats themselves or receives the Family Tree necklace will have their own, special story to tell and keep close to their hearts. And therein lies its beauty, non?!

More on Merci Maman and to order online (I’ve found their customer service to be nothing less than superb) here!

It’s also time for me to wish EVERYONE a truly wonderful, fun-filled summer – I’m having a ‘bloggy break’ over the summer holidays but we’ll be back at to announce the winners of our Tangle Teezer and Balance Me giveaways on Wednesday 3 September (I’m extending the entry period for an extra month, so there’s extra time to take part if you fancy it!).

In the meantime, there’s lots to browse (including these ideas for a wonderful family days out during the hols herehere and – if you fancy a spot of pampering! – here, too!).

See you then, and wishing you a FANTASTIC SUMMER!!!!

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AWESOME fun: what’s new at LEGOLAND Windsor Resort for summer 2014


Getting my Wyldstyle on, at LEGOLAND WINDSOR Resort last weekend (as you do …).

Among the new fab stuff to see and so, (as if there wasn’t enough already!) is the opportunity to meet and get your photo snapped with Emmet and Wlydstyle, stars of The Lego Movie, running every weekend in July (so 2 weekends to go!).


Children can also have an ‘awesome’ time building their own creations in the meet-and-greet area in Miniland, during these special appearances.

Speaking of Miniland, a permanent new addition to this fabulous attraction is the new Paris area at Miniland – with a super-impressive LEGO landmark, we thought …


C’est magnifique!

Plus, the newly revamped Pirate Shores land (previously Pirate Land) includes a great Pirates Adventure Playground, called Castaway Camp …




There’s just so much to see and do, for all ages, our top tip is to work out what everyone in your party SUPER-wants to do and see, and make a plan from there (especially as queues can get mad during the summer hols!).

And don’t miss the fantastic live action shows, too (a great place to pull up and watch the performances with a picnic lunch!). Be sure to take plenty of fluids, too, to keep everyone hydrated and happy (including mama!!).

And if you have any Star Wars fans in the house, the AMAZING Star Wars area is worth the visit in itself (check out the nonstopmama review from last year here!).

For more info about special appearance dates, to book tickets online and more, visit

Nonstopmama were the guests of LEGOLAND Windsor Resort.

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WIN a limited edition Sugared Almonds Tangle Teezer AND a Magic Flowerpot – #nonstopgorgeous giveaway!


Sugared Almond Tangle Teezer Salon Elite brushRIDICULOUSLY GORGEOUS new Tangle Teezer alert!!

And, to celebrate the launch of the NEW, Limited Edition Salon Elite Sugared Almonds range, we’ve teamed up with the makers of THE iconic styler to celebrate with a #nonstopgorgeous giveaway!!

Because, really, you can’t have too many can you? (Any excuse!!).

The award-winning, Tangle Teezer Salon Elite (£11.20) brush has become the go-to tress-tamer with top stylists and salons (including the fabulous Jo Hansford, which I wrote about here back in the spring).

Meanwhile, the Tangle Teezer is THE must-have, no-messing, ouch-free detangling brush/comb for kids (I keep a ‘standby’ one by the front door for those “Oh no, you canNOT go out of the house with vertical hair!” moments. I don’t always get there in time).

Because of its HUGE popularity with (very grateful) parents, the Magic Flowerpot Tangle Teezer (£10.99) was introduced, featuring the iconic brush but in a shape and size designed for small hands (to encourage little ones to brush their own hair. Unless you’re an impatient, control freak mama like me).

It even sits in its own little trinket box, handy for stashing all those hair elastics, grips et al.

Tangle Teezer Magic FlowerpotCUTE! And very clever.

I’m THRILLED that Tangle Teezer are offering one nonstopmama reader the new limited edition Sugared Almonds Salon Elite (my favourite? The pink and green, which looks like a super-pretty watermelon) …

Sugared Almond Tangled Teezer Salon Elite

… PLUS a fabulous, neon pink and yellow Magic Flowerpot (pictured above), for a little one you know would love it!

So, sort of ‘Hers and Hers’.

Are you in?!!

WIN a Tangle Teezer Sugared Almonds Salon Elite AND a Magic Flowerpot!

To enter to WIN this lovely set, simply:

 1.  ‘Like’ the nonstopmama Facebook page and ‘Like’ the post on the Tangle Teezer #nonstopgorgeous giveaway!

OR  follow on Twitter (@jbadenh) and tweet the message “#WIN a #nonstopgorgeous @tangleteezer duo with @jbadenh:”

OR follow on Instagram (@jbadenh) and ‘Like’ the #nonstopgorgeous Tangle Teezer giveaway photo!

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

2. ‘Like the Tangle Teezer Facebook page!

3.  Last (but very important!) step, please leave a comment below, just let us know you’re in (maybe tell us if you’ve used a Tangle Teezer and why you love it – or, if not, why you’d love to try one! The draw is done randomly by computer, so that bit’s just for fun!).

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

Thanks so much 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 delivery of their 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 Tuesday, 2 September 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTE!  Please do not be concerned if your comment is not approved for a period over the next few weeks! As nonstopmama is taking a ‘bloggy break’ until we return to announce the winners in September, some comments will simply be awaiting moderation when we are back then and will be approving all valid entries. These will all be then approved and entered into the random draw (which is done by computer, in the usual way).

More info on the fabulouso Tangle Teezer range and to order online here!

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

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Take me to the beach: Bobbi Brown new SURF & SAND collection!

Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand make-up

Hyperventilating just slightly.

The new limited edition summer goodies from Bobbi Brown is, basically, instant beach in your make-up bag.

There are holiday-ready pops of sheer colour for lips, shimmery sands and golds for eyes and possibly the most gorgeous, multi-tonal bronzing powder I’ve ever seen. Like a big wash of sunshine!

Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand collection

The Eye Palette is SO beautiful before you even open it! Textured, shimmery golden sand case and a generously sized mirror inside.

And no sand in your toes.

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Blue nails, banana lip balm and, um, cola bottle sweets: Kate Shapland shares her #nonstopgorgeous summer favourites

Kate Shapland

I’m super-excited to welcome to nonstopmama today Kate Shapland, weekly Telegraph Magazine columnist and founder of Legology, one of the most buzzed-about UK body care launches of the year.

I was SO excited to get one of the first pots produced and wrote about it here! (It’s so fresh and uplifting, I all but stopped myself applying it from head to toe. Kate doesn’t recommend that).

Kate’s also the co-founder of My Showcase (click here for the nonstopmama interview with Kate and co-founder Nancy Cruickshank), so who better to ask for the scoop on fresh ways to get #nonstopgorgeous this summer?!

My #nonstopgorgeous summer beauty secrets with Kate Shapland

What are your fave #nonstopgorgeous summer nail colours?

I’m completely addicted to blue this year – finger nails and toes! I’m wearing Roccoco Nail Apparel Denim Blues on my fingers …
Roccoco Nail Apparel Denim Blues
And YSL Bleu Majorelle on my toes …
YSL Blue Majorelle

(YSL nail polish image via

Summer make-up bag musts?

I’m finding Soap & Glory Onomatopeacher Blusher and Wild About Beauty Rosaria Nutrilips Balm great staples this year.
Nutrilips Balm Rosaria

Summer face and body favourites?  

Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs OBVS! Brilliant for legs that get a bit puffy in the heat or on airplanes.

Legology Air-Lite Daily Lift For Legs

Also, I’m really impressed by Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion right now …

Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

And I love Lanolips Banana 3-In-1 Balm  …

LANOLIPS Banana Balm


And Chanel’s Le Weekend skin set …

Chanel's Le Weekend skin set


Sunshine scent?

I’m trialling my first Legology fragrance at the moment so I carry a phial of that with me all the time. I can’t say much yet but if you love the lemony smell of Air-Lite I think you’re going to like this …

Healthy summer food?  

Oh tomato salad, halloumi cheese, BBQ’d chicken and endless iced coffee. That’s all healthy isn’t it?

Sweet indulgence?  


Haribo Star Mix

Any variety any time of the day or night.  It’s a bit of a problem actually.

(Yes, we went Starmix. When pushed, Kate tells me she’s a cola bottle girl).

(Image via The Works).

Thanks SO much to Kate for sharing her #nonstopgorgeous summer favourites!

More beauty insider interviews to come - don’t miss them AND some great #nonstopgorgeous, summer holiday-ready giveaways!

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