Chatting beauty, fashion and family travel with Becky of English Mum!

Just before schools broke up for summer (as in, yes, over 3 – maybe more, eek! – weeks ago), I did a podcast interview with the lovely (and very funny) Becky of English Mum on all things summer and her fab, much-loved food, travel and everything family blog.

That was before Becky set off with her hubby and two teen boys en famille on a French foodie vacance, during which she Tweeted, Instagramed and Facebooked their adventures (and made us all drool!).

I’d hoped to get our chat live before that, then during, but definitely before Becky set off on the Disney Cruise which she’s now on!

In the midst of the summer holiday spin, things got crazy and I also – somehow – managed to delete the start of our interview in the final edit (there’s a good reason why I don’t do much of the techy stuff at nonstopmama. At all.).

So, I thought I should share Becky’s great tips, tricks, recommendations and links while we’re in the last weeks of summer and she’s still on her hols!

As she often travels with her family for work, I was super-keen to know how Becky gets organised with packing and prepping. Her secret? A master checklist, edited as a computer spreadsheet (which you can download here at English Mum – hoorah! – to use for your next break, or as a basis for your own).

Becky (sanely) tries to avoid doing laundry on hols but, when she needs to, she told me she LOVES Dr Bronner’s All-In-One Magic Soaps, which are also a big hit with beauty insiders.

Sun protection-wise, she’s all about making sure her crew are well shielded from the rays and, having tested lots of lotions for her blog, those which come out on top include Hawaaiin Tropic (we agreed, you can’t beat that Eighties-evocative smell!) …


… she’s also a fan of Uvistat and the P20 range, which works for up to 10 hours and, hence, should only need to be applied once for day-long protection (more here!).

Becky’s summer bronzing make-up must-have? The total classic, BeneFit Hoola!

She’s also a lip balm aficionado, preferring a slick of balm to lipstick – Carmex is a fave – and recently discovered Clarins’ BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF25 …

… although she admits she’d love it even more if it came in a fairer shade (we’ve tried this new tinted base at nonstopmama and ♥ it too! Great for everyday cover and colour, with decent daily sun protection).

Becky also loves Clarins’ mascara, and, skincare-wise, has been loving Dior’s Hydra Life Sorbet Creme …

Style-wise, I’m not believing Becky when she says that, wearing heels, she looks like a ‘giraffe on roller-skates’ ( :) ), preferring flats!

She also told me that she LOVES Gap and has a bit of a thing this summer for their bright tops and basics (something which she’s shared with her friend and fellow blogger, the lovely Amanda of Online Stylist).

There are lots in the summer Gap sale right now …

Of course, I had to ask Becky for her summer family meal favourites!

While her boys love wraps – and she loves their simplicity – among her top, crowd-pleasing meals are her Roasted Vegetable and Barbecue Chicken Skewers (which look totally. yum!!), this Buttermilk Jerk Chicken dish and these Fresh Sardines with Gremolata Dressing, which all look as healthy as they are delicious!

This summer, she’s also been experimenting with Tapas, including these scrummy-looking Spicy Garlic Prawns

My HUGE thanks to Becky for chatting to nonstopmama!!

See all Becky’s fabulous family recipes, travel tales and LOTS more at English Mum!

In the meantime, you can keep up to date with her adventures on deck with Disney on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

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Podcast with Rebecca Hopkins of Balance Me, on natural summer beauty, travel tips and her fashion favourites!

It was SO lovely chatting to Rebecca Hopkins, co-founder of Balance Me, for this week’s podcast (how did it get to be Friday already?!).

Click on the link below to listen to the Podcast:

(Or, if the link isn’t showing on your iPad/similar, then you can download it here! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the podcast over at iTunes.)

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I am especially grateful to Rebecca for finding the time in her mad schedule on a super-hot, sticky day to escape to her boardroom with a laptop for our chat!

THANKS, Rebecca!!

On the podcast, Rebecca chats about her personal favourites in the much-loved Balance Me range and shares LOTS of fab, natural beauty tips and tricks.

We also talk about summer beauty and travelling, the fashion trends we’re loving, keeping fit when you’re a busy mama (she’s an inspiration!).

Plus! Rebecca gives us the scoop on an exciting make-up product from Balance Me, launching this autumn!!

Some goodies from the Balance Me range (which is loved by natural beauty fans, being free from ingredients including parabens, sulphates, petroleum, mineral oils, silicones, propylene glycol, artificial fragrances and colours) …


Show notes

On the Podcast, the following products are mentioned: Balance Me Radiance Face Oil; Moisture Rich Face Cream; Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm; Stellar Face Balm; Anti-Ageing Face Serum; Super Toning Body Oil; Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist and the Rose Otto Body Wash.

We also mention NEOM scented candles; Nars bronzer; Dr Hauschka’s Toned Day CreamUltraSun suncare; Essie nail colours and this month’s special offer with Glamour magazine (August issue)!

Balance Me products are available online at and at John Lewis and other selected stores nationwide (stockists here).

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Podcast with Millie Kendall of BeautyMART and WIN a £100 Beauty Shopping Spree!

I’m SO excited about this week’s podcast, nonstopmamas!!

Click on the link below to listen to the Podcast:

(Or, if the link isn’t showing on your iPad/similar, then you can download it here! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the podcast over at iTunes.)

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I’ve got the lovely Millie Kendall on, chatting beauty and all things BeautyMART (which she co-founded with Anna-Marie Solowij at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, not even a year ago and the rest is already history – a new store opens in Shoreditch next month!).

Millie and Anna are offering nonstopmamas a 15 % discount on EVERYTHING online at – as of today!! – so you can go stock up on all the goodies Millie chats about on the podcast, or whatever you fancy!, by entering the code “NSM15″ at the checkout

PLUS!! One lucky nonstopmama can WIN a £100 Shopping Spree and Personal Shopping Experience at BeautyMART, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, OR the new Shoreditch store, with Millie and Anna!

BeautyMART at Harvey Nichols

How FANTASTIC?! So kind of the girls, and SUCH great scoops for nonstopmamas!!

I hope you love the podcast! Please do go and subscribe here on iTunes – if you could quickly leave us a review/rating that would be SUPER-AMAZING! - and at the foot of this post are the show notes, with links to all the beauty products mentioned.

To enter the nonstopmama giveaway to WIN a £100 Shopping Spree and at BeautyMART, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, or the NEW Shoreditch BeautyMART store, with Millie and Anna, simply:

 1. ‘Like’ the nonstopmama Facebook page or Follow us on Twitter, at @jbadenh or Pinterest (JBadenHoward) – OR all three (you can’t blame a girl for asking …).

If you’re following on Twitter, please tweet the message “I’ve entered to #WIN £100 Shopping Spree @BeautyMARTUK with nonstopmama @jbadenh:“.

2.  ‘Like’ the BeautyMART Facebook page!

3.  Simply leave a Comment below to let us know you’ve done the above – maybe tell us what kind of stuff you’d like to spend it on (but that’s totally not essential as the draw is completely random, it would just be fun to know!!). Thanks so much!!

That’s it!!

The winner will be chosen at random by computer (we’ll email them to arrange a day for their BEAUTYMart visit!).

The prize is £100 to spend in store with Anna and Millie, but unfortunately we cannot cover any travel costs incurred or any other expenses. Please take a mo to check out the giveaway rules here, thanks so much!

This giveaway will close at midnight on Saturday, 10 August 2013.

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

Show notes:

You can shop online at BeautyMART at, enter  your nonstopmama 15 % discount code at checkout: “NSM15″!

The discount will run until midnight on 31 July 2013.

During the podcast, Millie mentions the following beauty brands: HIPP X RGB skintone-matching nail polishes; Mary Greenwell fragrances; Revlon; Bourjois; Elnett; Batiste; Elizabeth Arden; Dr Jackson; Prtty Paushun; Astalift; Balmain; Brownberry New York self-tanning; James Read; Illamasqua; Melvita; Aveda and Daniel Sandler.

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Podcast chat with Nicola Elliott, founder of NEOM Luxury Organics, plus summer’s hottest ‘non-toxic’ nail polishes!

I’m SO thrilled to introduce this week’s nonstopmama Podcast, in which I chat all things natural beauty with the lovely Nicola Elliott, founder of NEOM Luxury Organics!

Click on the link below to listen to the Podcast:

(Or, if the link isn’t showing on your iPad/similar, then you can download it here! Alternatively, you can subscribe to the podcast over at iTunes.)

Subscribe to the Nonstopmama Podcast on iTunes

I know how much nonstopmamas ♥ this GORGEOUS range of all-natural goodies for the bath, body and home (along with high profile fans including the Duchess of Cambridge) and Nicola’s story is inspiring.

During our chat, she tells us what inspired her to create the range, why she’s passionate about au naturel beauty and why she believes real life beauty and wellbeing is NOT about conquering your ‘To do’ list or doing a hundred ‘butt lifts’ at dawn!

Stay tuned for Nicola’s personal ‘natural’ make-up favourites, too (and maybe skip over the bit where we get onto ‘green’ loo cleaning and cat litter trays) …

At the start of the show, in beauty news, I also mention these new summer nail colours …

…. from Butter London and Little Bu!

Show notes:

Click here for info and to buy the NEW NEOM Enchantment scented candle and diffuser  (below) …

Nicola and I also mention Dr Hauschka;; Balance Me; Sarah Chapman skincare; Trilogy; A’Kin; Burt’s Bees; Green People; The Organic Pharmacy; Lavera; Earth Friendly Baby; EcoverWeleda; Bare Minerals and the Lily Lolo range.

Thanks SO much to Nicola for being my podcast guest this week, and thanks to you SO much for listening and spreading the word, nonstopmamas!!

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Queen of Pilates, Lynne Robinson’s oh-so-healthy Banana Loaf recipe!

What better way to kick off the New Year than with that yummy Banana Loaf recipe from the lovely Lynne Robinson (above), the super-inspiring “Queen of Pilates” herself, who dropped in for a chat just before Christmas on the nonstopmama Podcast? Read on for the recipe!

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