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Netflix Stream Team December

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Christmas is coming fast, but rather than throw together a list of Christmas related things to watch, I've decided to pick some TV shows that are available on Netflix chosen by myself and hubby that you might enjoy over your Christmas break. What we've done is taken into account that some people may get longer holidays than others. People working in retail don't get near as much time off as teachers, for example. So we've chosen shows that have a varying number of seasons. The thinking is that shows that have more seasons would suit people that are on longer holidays.
 1. "Bates Motel" (1 Season, 10 Episodes).



Bringing Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Psycho" up to date in a modern setting was never going to be easy, but this show pretty much pulls it off. Telling the tale of a young Norman Bates and his beloved Mother. Freddy Highmore plays Norman fantastically, recalling the nervous energy of Anthony Perkins in the original film, and Vera Farmiga s…

Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Extravaganza 2014 #IrishbbloggersSS2014

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This was my first year to take part in the Irish Beauty Bloggers Secret Santa Extravaganza hosted by Aisling of Total Makeup Addict! I can't get over at how exciting the whole process was. Everyone that is taking part this year is using the hashtag #IrishbbloggersSS2014 and the teasers were brilliant.
The big reveal happened last weekend for me when I received the most loveliest of parcels which was extremely thought out which made it extra special for me. So you are probably all wondering who my Secret Santa is?.......My secret Santa is the wonderful Audrey from The Nail Affair! I can not thank Audrey enough for her generosity and the research she did to pick the perfect gifts for me.

I had the fun of shopping for Sharon from Behind Green Eyes and you can head over to see what I surprised her with!


My obsession with nails over the year has blossomed as well as my collection, so I was stunned and over the moon to see the Ciaté Haute House set! The colours are amazing and super pi…

Christmas Memories (Seasonal Linky): This is my Highly Unorthodox Christmas Memory

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Bring yourself back to the year 1990, this would have made me six years of age! This was also the year the Kellogg's Christmas Ad with the little blonde girl in the pink onesie was first broadcast. I remember it so well and so vividly, I remember the neighbours and family so excited about the ad because it was me in it (one such neighbour rang our doorbell at 8pm saying they just saw me on it)! There was no mistake it was me and I had the pink onesie.


Mum told me that the ad was filmed a year or two before and that we went to Ardmore Studios in Wicklow where I met the other two kids who were Canadian.
Growing up I loved telling friends and reminding family about my Christmas ad and I took great delight in this. I knew one day Mum and Dad would hand over the royalties (or so I believed) I used to ask is this why we always have Kellogg's Cornflakes in the house (according to mum yes, we got a lifetime supply and they are dads favourite too). 
Even when I met my husband in 2007 …

Christmas Arts and Crafts with Lillibug

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We are well and truly in the festive spirit right here in LilliWhiteRose HQ! Lillibug is super excited and comes into us every morning around 6am asking if Santa has been or if she can go see him on the choo choo (inspired by multiple viewings of "The Polar Express"). So I decided that maybe Lillibug would like to get creative with a few left over Christmas decoration and this is what we came up with.

What you will need:
1. Scissors 2. Pritt Stick 3. Pencil 4. Tissue Paper 5. Card/Paper (green and gold) 6. Baubles 7. Ribbon 8. Wrapping paper.

How to:
1. Make your frame by using the wrapping paper or any decorative christmassy paper you have and lay it on your tissue paper.
2. Draw a Christmas Tree on your green card and cut it out. Glue it to your tissue paper. For the bucket on the second picture we added silver paper.
3. Glue on your baubles
4. Draw a star on your gold paper and cut out.
5. Add a ribbon to the frame (we just put one on the top left corner).
6. We also had a snowman decor…

Lillibug: November Milestones and Favourites

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My baby girl turned 3 last weekend and I still can't believe how fast those years have gone. She is full of fun, excitement, stubbornness and adventure.


We threw a little party for Lillibug and it was a great day for her to have family and friends around and she had an absolute ball of a time. I found the day very emotional and a lot of memories of the day she was born were stirred up inside me again.


I'm so proud of Lillibug and all her milestones over the last three years. Some recent milestones are:

1. She no longer uses her soother as of three weeks now.
2. She sleeps in her big girl bed and the cot has been put in the attic.


Some of Lillibug's Favourite things over the last month have been:



1. "The Polar Express": To be honest I'm surprised as I know some kids who actually were frightened by this movie when it first came out, but she is absolutely obsessed with it.

2. Role play: From pretending to be our Family Doctor, Princess or even a Pirate, Lilybug…

The Christmas Tag

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A big thank you to Samantha from All The Buzz for tagging me! Christmas is my favourite time of year and I hope my answers give some insight to how much I do.


1. What is your favourite Christmas movie/s? Oh I have so many but my top ones that I watch every year without fail are: White Christmas Meet Me in St. Louise Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Elf Home Alone The Muppets Christmas Carol
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas eve or on Christmas morning? On Christmas Eve I always got a present of pyjamas off my mum which is still a tradition that has carried on and Lillibug also gets pyjamas on Christmas Eve. Other than that we had to wait till Christmas morning, but only after the fire was lit and it was all cosy.
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory? I have so many, but to this day there is one that really sticks out and that was the year I got my Blue Raleigh bike! I was 9 and for the life of me I could not figure out how Santa could possibly have brought it down the chimney. I'…

Competition Time with Netflix: 1 Year Free Subscription & "All Hail King Julien" Premiere Tickets!

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This Competition is now closed & winner has been contacted.

I'm delighted to bring this amazing prize to you, my readers!

Win tickets for a family of four to see "All Hail King Julien" on Sunday, 14 December at the Odeon Cinema at The Point Village at 12.30pm. On the day you will get the chance to party, dance and see how King Julien went from prince to king of the party!
You will also win a 1 year free subscription to Netflix! 
"King Julien is here to party, and no one can stop him from ruling with an iron fist ... in the air, wavin' like he just doesn't care!   All Hail King Julien brings the wild world of Madagascar to a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane television series in which the king takes on the craziest adventures the jungle has to offer"
All you need to do is leave a comment below telling me your funniest party story or what your kids like to watch on telly. Simple! The winner will be announced Saturday 6th of December. …

November Favourites: Beauty, Skincare & Random

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Hi Everyone, so sorry for the lack of posts lately but I'm back now and hoping to get back to two posts a week again. I thought it might be nice to start off with my November favourites.
Beauty & Skincare
1. British Beauty Blogger Dream Box 2  (£21.95 sold out) was packed full of amazing goodies and even though I've had it a week I'm still working my way through it, but my goodness there is so many amazing products in it. I really think that Jane and Latest in Beauty are a winning team when it comes the Dream box and will always pick these boxes over any other ones!
2. Trilogy Everything Balm (€16.95) is a beautiful solid oil that melts on contact. I use this mostly at night time as part of my skincare routine. I get really dry skin and this has been a little saviour for times of need. It really is gorgeous used on the cuticles and nails as well. 
3. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 (€12.50) has been my friend the last few days after having a reaction to Lillibug's …

Review: Sonya Aloe Nourishing Serum & Aloe Deep Moisturising Cream

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I was recently sent some products from the Sonya Skin Care line by Forever Living to review. First up is Aloe Nourishing Serum (44.74) with White Tea extract. This is a very generous sized product for a serum at 118ml.As per the directions I used 3 pumps for face, neck and décolleté, it has a beautiful silky texture and is so nice to apply and felt soothing on my skin. It also smells absolutely divine. I followed that with Aloe Deep Moisturizing Cream (€30.49). This contains Pine Bark extract which has antioxidant properties and helps to combat free radicals. I loved that this came with a little spatula for hygienic application. One generous scoop was more than enough and again the texture of this product was lovely. I used these both day and night for the last few weeks and really liked them. My make up went on beautifully over them as well and my skin felt hydrated all day. My skin can be sensitive and breakout with some products but I'm glad to say it didn't as I really enjoyed…

#GreatHair with Mane 'n Tail Mobile Salon Tour

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Who can say no to wanting #GreatHair? Not me!

I won a competition on Sam McCauleys Facebook page last week to have a makeover! Well you can imagine my excitement when I found out, and magnify that by 100! I never get the chance to get glammed up or get pampered and except for an odd half inch trim whenever I remember (which has been twice) I never do anything with my hair.
Celebrity hair stylist Leonard Daly was absolutely fantastic and really listened to the problems I have been having with my hair over the last year and gave me loads of tips and tricks. Leonard explained about the products and what they can do for me. Just a little background for you all, my hair is dry and damaged and because I haven't dyed it in over a year I can kind of pretend that I'm going for the balayage look. I was very intrigued by the Mane 'n Tail products, especially as my mum is their biggest fan and I can see why now. 
The shampoo that was used was from the Herbal Gro Essentials range and,…

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn, Smart Stages, Crawl Around Car.

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I was contacted by Fisher Price who were looking to send some of their products to parenting bloggers, and because of the great reputation they have built up with their products over the years, I gladly accepted. This was a "blind date" situation as I didn't know what I'd be getting!

Needless to say, when I saw the huge box that arrived at the door I was taken aback. When we opened it we found the Laugh and Learn, Smart Stages, Crawl Around Car. When Lillibug saw the picture on the front of the box, she got very excited. She absolutely loves pretending to drive so this was right up her street.

Once hubby & uncle Brian got the little bit of assembly done, I admit I was a bit worried it really doesn't take two to put this together. As she is nearly 3 years old, I thought that maybe Lillibug would be to big to get anything out of this toy, but I was wrong. When she first sat into it and turned the keys and the engine sound effect come on she was in her element.…

Going Beyond Cleansing with Spongellé!

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We are all after perfect healthy looking skin but with everything this can be hard to maintain. I know myself with a toddler running around the house that there are times I forget to moisturise, times I forget to exfoliate, and times where I just have to run in and out of the shower and hope that I still don't look like I've been dragged through a hedge backwards.


These products were first introduced in 2003 and are 100% USA made, but they are finally making their way over to our shores! Each buffer has it's own one of a kind fragrance created solely for Spongellé.

Since becoming a Mammy I'm always after products that can be used both on me and Lillibug or products that are super quick to use, but where is the luxury in that?! This is where Spongellé comes in. "Oh what's that" I hear you say? Well I was kindly sent two products from Spongellé one is the Anti-Cellulite Body Toning Buffer and the second the Pedi-Buffer.

The sponges are infused shower gels …

Autumn/Winter Boots for Lillibug & Me!

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It's that time again, when the sandals are stored away for another year, and we have to cover up our feet from the mud and rain! 

Lillibug goes through shoes like I go through hot dinners. I shouldn't complain she is healthy and growing but my goodness toddler shoes cost an arm and a leg! Lillibug is also nearly three so knows what she likes and what she likes to wear, so the red Dr. Martens (€55.00) were what she made a bee line for in Little Piggys Wexford. I have to say I do love them and brought me right back to teenage years when I used to have a pair. She is getting great wear out of them already and loves nothing more than putting them on to go splashing in the puddles outside. The cushion in these make walking a dream for our active toddler too.

Of course I also needed something for the colder months but decided I didn't want the bother of looking for a boot to fit over my calves so went with these lovely heeled brogues from Clarks. They set me back €75.00 but I n…

Nail Care Routine That Got My Nails Into Shape

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A couple of months back my nails got in really bad condition, mostly because of my health and the medication I was on. They were dry, brittle, peeling and breaking! I usually have long nails as I've never liked them short. So if you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me looking for recommendations of products I could use and any tips, and loads came in so thank you to everyone for the recommendations.

So I've been trying some old and some new products to see if I could  get my nails back in shape but I banned nail polish up until a few weeks ago.

Three products really stood out to me and after 8 weeks my nails are starting to get back in shape.
The first product that really helped is the Trilogy Everything Balm (€16.95) a solid oil that melts once warmed on your skin. I rubbed this oil in generously while massaging my hands, nails and cuticles and I think this has really helped. The Balm is a  great all rounder which I use on both myself and Lillibug for various skin co…

Forever Living Aloe Vera Gelly

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The Direct Selling Association of Ireland sent me a few goodies to try and I've have been having great fun trying out everything. Some of the products are new to me and some I have heard of, or have tried out before. Today I thought I would tell you about the Aloe Vera Gelly (€16.08) from Forever Living. It has been one of my favourite items from this bunch.

We (Lillibug and I) have been mostly using this on our eczema. The colder weather is making it a little worse but find that using the Aloe Vera Gelly has given us great relief and find that it is really soothing. The gelly is a clear gel and applies lovely on the skin, and the minute you put it on it feels cool and soothing. This product has been fantastic for Lillibug's nappy rash too and I'm favouring this over another one we usually use. 
I'm definitely going to stock up on more of this product. I love the packaging too. The fact that it's not a tub means all you have to do is squeeze a bit out. No mess, no…