Beauty Boosts, House to Home, Things I Love

Five things I love right now: August

1. Beautiful Birds book. It’s no secret that I am obsessed with birds, flamingos in particular (keep reading for my latest flamingo finds!) and this beautifully illustrated A-Z book is so stunning I’m not actually giving it to the girls just yet, as they will inevitably wreck it. So it’s on the picture shelf in the office. I get it down every so often and wish I could draw like that.Beautiful Birds by J.Roussen & E.Walker

2. Natural Antibacterial Spray A day out and picnic essential from a British eco-friendly company. This Neal’s Yard Organic Defence Hand Spray smells delightful (not of chemicals, like the other antibacterial gels I have tried in the past) and is made with essential oils and witch hazel. I have it in my changing bag, and the girls love it when I spray it on their hands (which is something I would only do in emergencies with the normal gels, in case they for some reason lick their hands!).

It’s £6.50 for 50ml, which is more than the chemical sanitisers, but you get more in the spray, so I think it is good value for money, especially considering it’s certified organic, and all natural. I have a NYR Representative friend and she have this to me to try, but my opinions are honest and unbiased, as usual!

3. Flamingos. I managed to get not one, but two new flamingo items this month, yay! This duvet cover and pillowcase is from Dunelm Mills and was only £8, down from £10. I even planned ahead and got one for Thea, so if they ever have bunkbeds, they will match. Ava LOVES it. She’s also pinched Thea’s flamingo PJs from last month, as the thinks wearing them in her bed makes her camouflaged. I go along with that, obviously.Flamingo duvet cover

And I picked up these lovely coral straws in Sainsburys. I couldn’t resist. I’m conscious that the girls should probably drink more (and I definitely should, for that matter!) so fun straws might make water more interesting… literally clutching at straws.Coral flamingo straws

4. These shoes. The perfect summer/autumn transition shoe, as Thea has outgrown her sandals, but it’s not really cold enough to wear her proper shoes all the time. Plus I have issues with socks and skirts, apart from in a school environment. Thea doesn’t care, but she does adore these little heart-covered beauties, even taking them to bed with her on the first night after I bought them. They were only £5 from Matalan. I want some in my size.Matalan heart-print shoes5. Copper and glass frame. Another Matalan treat, for only £6! I found the gorgeous, and very apt, free printable on and it’s actually a lovely turquoise colour but our printer is running out of ink (again) so I had to go for grey. They also have a chalkboard version which is gorgeous, but again, the lack of ink scuppered me. I’m going to hang it in my office but need to pick the perfect spot before I hammer in any nails…

Glass and copper frame

Free printable courtesy of


  1. Mary @TheHeartyLife

    2nd September 2015 at 9:26 pm

    OOOOOOO hello flamingo duvet set for £8 – I may have to go check that one out haha I love it x

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd September 2015 at 9:47 pm

      They do it in double too but I don’t think my husband would be very happy with it!! Xx

  2. Hannah Earnshaw

    1st September 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I think I need that frame in my life!

    1. Becky Pink

      1st September 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Yeah, I think you do too! I think I need a few more! X

  3. frillyprettythings

    31st August 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Absolutely love these but my ultimate faves have to be the flamingo sheets and straws!!! Amazing finds!

    1. Becky Pink

      31st August 2015 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks I was very pleased with them xxx

  4. Suburban Mum

    31st August 2015 at 10:35 am

    I was looking forward to seeing what flamingo item you’d have on your list this month – love the duvet set! 😉

    Am definitely going to have to check the organic anti-bacterial gel out as we use the other gels all the time but I don’t really like the smell either but never knew there was an organic version.

    I’m also going to have a nose at those printable too. Thanks so much for linking up to #OurFaveFive – hope to see you back again next month xx

    1. Becky Pink

      31st August 2015 at 10:37 am

      He he I feel under pressure to find another flamingo for next month!! I really do rate the hand spray, well worth the extra money, especially for children’s sensitive skin. See you soon xx

  5. Lisa@intotheglade

    30th August 2015 at 3:54 pm

    That is a fab list and I am definitely going to check out those printables, I’ve been looking for something similar for my stairwell. We love flamingos, that quilt cover is so cute. The hand sanitiser looks good too, both my girls suffer with eczema and so we can’t use the other sort, so I will be checking that out too – thank you for the tip offs x #OurFaveFive

    1. Becky Pink

      30th August 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Oh good I’m glad you like it! I could print off printables all day long, there are so many lovely ones on Pinterest! Xx

  6. mrssavageangel

    30th August 2015 at 3:48 pm

    What a lovely collection! I love that frame. I don’t know where our nearest Matalan is, but what a bargain if I find it! #OurFaveFive

    1. Becky Pink

      30th August 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you! I find Matalan a bit hit and miss but when it’s a hit, it’s brilliant! Xx

  7. Cheryl @ Reimer and Ruby

    30th August 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I love that flamingo sheet too, they’re beautiful. That frame as well, looks lovely, that would give a wall a nice feature. #ourfavefive

    1. Becky Pink

      30th August 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Cheryl I’m glad you like them xx

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