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Lovely Little Things: Personalised cake from Intercake

I’ve always shied away from anything other than store-bought cakes for occasions; I don’t know  if my inability to create anything picture-perfect or the plethora of #CakeFail insta feeds has affected my decision – but two years in a row now this has meant that my other half has celebrated his 38th and 39th birthdays with a Gruffalo cake.

Time to find another option? Have you ever noticed those Intercake booths? You’ll find them in Asda and Morrisons stores. You can upload your own image onto a cake (which can be a variety of shapes and sizes) and it is created in store while you wait (or order online for home delivery).

First you either upload an image (you can do this in store from a  memory stick or your phone – or online just upload from your device) and then select the border (if you want one). The plain white icing makes a great canvas – my tip would be buck the cheesy b’day mugshot image and give it a whirl with a grainy/moody filter, you’ll be pleasantly surprised! You can also add text.

Price-wise, the cakes work out pretty much the same as a supermarket theme cake (even a Gruffalo) so it’s basically win/win, whichever way you look at it.

Find out more or order online here.

Asda’s NSPA range continues to wow us…

We were raving about the Mother and Baby range from nspa at Asda earlier in the year and now, seemingly,  they are doing equally great things with their Beauty Rituals collection of cleansers, facial oils and moisturisers.

Whilst the packaging on the products might be basic the ingredients and performance are making beauty editors and rival brands sit up and take note.

Allure mag might have banned the term ‘anti ageing’ but we’re pretty glad of the age defying Bouncy Night Cream (named after its voluptuous texture) and Smoothing Day Cream with SPF15. Or their Nourishing Facial Oil – which is brilliant for perking up skin when you’ve had a night on the prosecco and need to look vaguely less like a zombie for the school run.

The average price of the nspa range is about a fiver – so zilch guilt factor – but looking at the whole range they have ‘versions’ of a lot of  well-known ‘hero brand’ wonder products – so it is worth being curious and putting things like their Hot Cloth Polish and Flash Serum to the test, we reckon…

Our brilliant £3 beauty bargain…

Asda (yes, Asda!)’s NSPA Mum to Be range includes some great products; their bump butter, for example, smells divine and is super rich… But it’s their Nipple Balm that has been blowing our mind this week, and we haven’t once used it on our nipples!

The product normally retails at £5 but good ole Asda have rolled back the price to just three quid…

Editor writes: “OK, once you can get over the fact that you are carrying Nipple Balm in your handbag, this stuff will be your new best friend. Essentially you can use it for any of the millions of tasks you might otherwise use Lanolips for – or for that matter, Eight Hour Cream – lips, cuticles, hands, elbows etc, or taming those eyebrows… I love rubbing a bit into my cheeks for a bit of a dewy/outdoorsy look but you could actually go the whole hog and blend it with your regular moisturiser for a little extra boost. It’s fab as a barrier of your toes rub in flip flops or rubbing into your ear lobes when you take your earrings out. 

NSPA Nipple Balm is made with medical grade Lanolin and Rose Hip Oil, so if you actually were using this on your boobs, it would be totally safe for breastfeeding. But also means it’s good news for those with sensitive skin… 

As this product is super cheap at the moment I’d be tempted to stock up – except for the fact that I think one tube will probably last me six months. Obviously, you will get some funny looks when you whip it out in public (and maybe some helpful types offering to redirect you to your areola!) but just roll with the smugness that this is thirteen times cheaper than Eight Hour Cream (not that we don’t love Eight Hour Cream, but…) so your skin will still love you but you can spend a bit more on shoes *cough* – I mean, groceries…”

Shop online here or pick one up in store…

World Book Day costume ideas

From the moment you spy the letter in your child’s book bag comes that feeling of inner panic. How many actual days are there til March 3rd? Will my child reel off a huge list of peers already going as (insert easy costume ideas here) pirates, witches, kings thus rendering them not an option… Will my child then want to go dressed as Tarka the Otter or ‘the man who wrote that book Daddy is reading’ (Alistair Maclean)? Or tell his teacher he prefers the iPad to books anyway..? Or will I just plain old forget?

Fear not, we’ve rounded up a few lovely options, guaranteed to bring smiles (and secure a place in the dressing up box long afterwards…)

You’ll be able to read all about Molly & the Wolf in Slick Mummy magazine, but we fell in love with their alpaca wolf suit, perfect for those who would be Wild Things Max. Just add a gold crown and a dirty faced angel…

Asda have a great Hungry Caterpillar, complete with sewn on fruity snacks. Total bargain at just £13 and it comes in a choice of sizes… (Tip: fill their pockets with organic watermelon ring jelly candy from Surf Sweets for some insect style snacking.)

Elfie London have an adorable ‘big bad wolf’ dress – perfect for those not-so-sweet little ladies. It’s currently on sale and ideal for
a Sunday trip to Grandma’s too…

(It’s mixing a few themes but we think this dress would look lovely with a sparkly pair of ruby slippers – try these from Amazon)

Or check out Jessie & James’ seeker trousers and polo shirt combo as a wearable, everyday Little Prince look…

Budding Alice in Wonderlands might love this Carrement Bleu party dress from Alex and Alexa. Add some Queen of Hearts cupcakes from the really-too-delicious-to-show-pictures-of selection from Poppy’s...