Dresses. They’re a ‘pretty girls’ item of clothing, or at least, that’s always been how I’ve envisioned them. Being a military man’s daughter I was practically raised in high leg boots & combat trousers; so dresses were never really me. The only day that I have ever looked forward to wearing a dress has been my Wedding day, and I loved my Wedding dress. So when SimplyBe got in touch offering me something to review from their wide range of womenswear I made myself a promise and that was to choose a dress if I saw one.

Simply Be have such a wide range of dresses for women and if I am entirely honest, I’m a curvaceous woman so I have zero confidence when it comes to thinking I look good in a dress. So with that in mind, I made it my mission to try and overcome that wall of no-confidence to replace it with something a little more empowering.

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Being a Mum can be one of the most exhausting things, in fact, let me rephrase that….being a parent can be one of the most exhausting things. But it can also be one of the most rewarding.

There have been days in February were I have felt quite defeated as a parent. The laundry would pile up, the upstairs hallway would again be cluttered with ‘stuff’ and the bathroom I just cleaned would sport that ‘just raided’ look. To keep up the momentum of unfabulous February my husband got sick and when he finally listened to his wife to go see his GP he was put on strong antibiotics and signed off work.

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Instagram Brownies; as soon as I spotted these glorious little creations over on Pinterest, it lead me to {what is now…} one of my favourite YouTube channels {Nerdy Nummies}; I had to give them a go. I love taking photos and I especially love Instagram, so making these seemed like such a fun project to do. They’re also surprisingly simple to make and luckily we had everything we needed at home.

The things you will need:

– Brownies
– Rainbow fizzy belts
– Oreos {for the lens}
– Peanut butter or chocolate frosting {I chose the frosting option}
– Giant chocolate buttons


Make your brownies. I use a very simple Brownie recipe that works for me every time. Make sure to bake them in a square tin as this makes it easier to cut out all your little Instagram squares. 


Cut out your brownies into squares {once they’ve cooled} and I just eyeballed mine because I like to live on the edge that way! 


Cut your fizzy belts into little squares.


Spread either your peanut butter or chocolate frosting onto about 2/3rds of your brownie. Making sure to leave that inch or so gap at the top. Pop on your little rainbow fizzy square onto the top left of your Instagram brownie.


It’s Oreo time! 

Now, you need to split your Oreos and scrape off the joyous cream inside {it’s a crime, I know!}. As you can see to the left of the photo below, I didn’t have the best of luck doing this. Hence the title of this post being my ‘not-so-Pinterest-perfect Instagram brownies’! I think maybe the Oreos stateside are much more hardcore than the ones made here in the UK – or maybe I just got a dud batch as mine kept breaking during the twist-process.

But anyways, I made it work {sort of} and I popped my Oreo lens right onto my frosting. Aah! This is when I got excited because the Instagram logo was coming to life! 


You can use mini Oreos like Rosanna did in her video, but my local store didn’t have those so I opted to go for giant chocolate buttons. I just cut mine into a square shape to make my little viewfinder on the top right of the Instagram brownie. 


And voila!!



They look quite rustic which I’m sure you will agree, but they are undeniably Instagram brownies and I guess that counts, right? 


Feel free to pin the below image if you ever feel like making these Instagram Brownies, if you do, do comment below with a link as I would love to see them all! I hope your Oreos twist off better than mine did!
Instagram brownies
Happy Baking!

D xx

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Just before Christmas, I was very kindly sent the HP sprocket {in white & rose gold but it’s also available in black} to review. It’s no secret that I love taking photos and with this handy portable printer, I can print them wherever I am.

What is the HP Sprocket?

The HP Sprocket is a portable printer, about the size of a mobile phone and using Bluetooth technology you can print out your photos wherever you are, by using the HP sprocket app on your mobile phone or tablet. It’s available for both iOS & Android devices. {It isn’t compatible for mac users}

By using ZINC® {zero-ink technology} means that this portable printer does not require ink cartridges, like regular printers. NO INK! By using HP ZINC® Sticky-backed photo paper you are able to print out your favourite social media snapshots, pretty cool right.

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Valentine’s day is just one week away and the shop shelves are lined with cute heart holding teddy bears and boxes of luxurious chocolates. As well as tacky love-inspired signs, heart shaped pillows and novelty underwear.

Now, I’m not sure about you guys but buying Valentine’s gift for my husband is a bit of a nightmare. Taking you guys back about 7yrs, it was our first Valentine’s together and I bought him a tacky heart shaped pillow {I know! What was I thinking!}; which he has affectionately mocked me for since. So I think it is safe to say that buying Valentine’s day gifts for men isn’t exactly my strong suit.

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I love music and recently I was offered the opportunity to review a beautiful DAB radio from VQ.

My VQ has a gorgeous range of DAB radios which meant choosing one to review was difficult. In the end, I chose a radio that fitted with our style; the vintage design Christie DAB & FM radio with Bluetooth.

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January, as a family has been busy yet lovely. We have slipped back into normality quite happily because I think we all love a bit of routine – don’t we? I know I do. Getting the kids back to school, being able to actually clean my home without tiny humans underfoot….and even {if I’m lucky} get five minutes peace which is almost unheard of unless the kids are in bed.

However…

This year I’m determined to be more adventurous with the location of our Me & Mine project photos. So, we’re kicking off our first collection of Me & Mine being taken in Castlerock during a visit there a few weeks ago. I shared a photo-fueled post about our day trip to Castlerock on the blog recently if you fancy a nosy.

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Road safety is such an important skill to teach our children. I remember as a child being taught about road safety and back in those days it was all about ‘The Tufty Club‘. A squirrel called Tufty Fluffytail and his friends; Willy Weasel, Mrs Owl & Policeman Badger. These wonderful characters helped introduce clear and simple road safety messages for children of all ages, through stories.

That’s how children learn, right? Through play and what better way to learn how to effectively cross a road safely and responsibly than through playtime and games. Accident Advice Helpline has a road safety game available for you to share with your children.

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Gosh, I just cannot seem to get a spare moment to have these posts up on a Monday, can I!? Hopefully, in time, I’ll align my life enough to be organised and ‘on time’. However, WELCOME BACK to another #developinglife round-up week – I trust we’ve all been well?

I am literally just getting round to liking and commenting on the last week’s photos and WOW, how many? I absolutely love seeing so many of you joining in so bear with me as I play catch up. This last week has been all about Annabelle turning four, and work, and homework, and cake making and so on. It’s been a pretty full on week, which I will share on the blog soon. However, for now, I think I should just get on with sharing my top three favourites, right?

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Last weekend we took an impromptu day trip to Castlerock. A little seaside village up on the North Coast of northern Ireland and it’s a place dear to my heart. We spent every school holiday at the caravan in Castlerock when I was younger; it’s also a place I’d love to share with my children too.

A few years ago I took my two older boys with one of their friends. They were just nine and ten years old at the time and we spent the day body boarding on the beach. Something my Brother & I used to do as kids right on that very beach. Sharing that with them was pretty amazing and seeing them love it as much as I did was really bittersweet.

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