Little Things Turns One!

As you can probably guess it’s been 1 year since I took the plunge and picked a name and theme. Writing a blog has not only brought many opportunities to my door but has come along with a whole community of bloggers and amazing people with it.

During my first year I found writing to be cathartic, challenging and enjoyable. I didn’t set any goals for myself as I wanted to see how organic it would be. Turns out I’m completely addicted and it’s been the best decision. This year I shall set goals for myself and the first one shall be launching my website soon. 

‘The Little Things Company’ is the umbrella under which my blog shall now live. Expect more posts of a beauty/ food/ crafting variety! 

I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time, I have spoken to fellow bloggers who have been so kind, fountains of knowledge and so patient when I ask silly questions. Thank you to all of you! It is very refreshing to know that you can be supported everyday by people in the same boat. 

My first post was called New Beginnings and this is New Beginnings 2.0. I was in a very different mindset last year and didn’t expect to do a 180 and go back to my art roots. I don’t know why I fought it for so long it was always going to happen.

This post also marks another change. Tomorrow shall be my last day at my current job, after nearly three years and with all the opportunities that have come my way recently, the time had come. 

A completely natural choice and one I’m so happy about. I have so many posts planned and I can’t wait to share them with you- I hope you’ll tag along too.

Thanks for reading,

ebony

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you might find, you’ll get what you need” Mick Jagger 

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Tanya Bakes Giveaway!

Morning all, 

Who doesn’t love a cute cupcake or delicious cookie over coffee? I like to spend my afternoons off baking, but I especially like enjoying the treats afterwards.

I’m so excited for The Great British Bake Off to start again and in honour of it and my new favourite cook book, I’m running a competition.

I have loved using the Tanya Bakes book so much I’ve decided to give one away! So you can practise your baking for next years GBBO/GIBO.


To enter like my Instagram page, this picture and tag 3 fellow baking buddies! 

Alternatively enter on Facebook, like my page, this picture and tag 3 friends.

Easy 🙂 

The competition will end at midnight on the 23rd of August and the winner, picked at random, announced the 24th. Which is also when GBBO start again. Excitement!

Good luck everyone!

ebony

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Hodson Bay Getaway

We traveled to Athlone for two nights as last year I won a mini break with Today FM. Now I’ve never won a competition before let alone one for a break away so I didn’t really know what to expect. We were so spoiled by the Hodson Bay Hotel that I didn’t want to go home in the end.

The day we arrived the staff took our details and planned everything for us which included dinner and a day in their award winning spa. I couldn’t begin to tell you how nice and obliging the staff were- especially Roisin and Charlee. Our room was overlooking the lake and had a bottle of wine waiting for us when we arrived.


We had a stroll around the lake and visited some of the boats in the harbour. We may become boat people after seeing some of those beauties. I’ve always wanted a barge, my favorite show as a baby was Rosie and Jim, so maybe that explains it ha!

The spa day was amazing, we were treated to a full facial and massage, using Phytomer products. I loved these products and even Eoin remarked how well his skin felt afterwards. My therapist Charlee, was a fountain of knowledge with the best masseuse skills I’ve ever come across. We spent an hour in the Thermal Suite before our treatments and it was the first time I’d properly switched off in a long time. I left feeling like a million dollars and we’ve come to the conclusion that we are definitely spa people. Afterwards Eoin wanted to go for a swim so I popped a hairmask on from The Body Shop in visited the sauna for a while. The pool was very busy with families* but I could’ve stayed there for days. I slept like a baby that night, I’m putting more days like this into the diary.


We spent the best part of three days eating, drinking and feeling zero guilt about it! It was such a treat but it is back to eating well now, or trying to at least. Thank you to the lovely staff at the Hodson Bay and TodayFm for a much needed getaway! 

ebony 

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*A great hotel if you have a young family, swimming, water sports and even a Viking boat trip to Athlone castle. 

 

 

 

Benefit Brows Are The Answer

For years I’ve ruined my brows with wax, threading, dyeing, over plucking and general abuse. As a kid I had sparse, blonde eyebrows that were like two rectangles on my forehead. When my mum caved and let me get them shaped I was obsessed with keeping them thin. This also caused years of torturous regrowth and filling in.

As a commitment to them I have let them go wild since last December. That probably sounds crazy but they are so fair you can’t see them. They’ve come a long way but it has taken ages! I used to spend a frightening about of time on them. Who doesn’t spend the majority of their morning drawing on eyebrows?

Well, now you really don’t have to labor over them anymore. No more brushing, fixing into place, finding the perfect shade of gel or powder, loosing your rag when your fave brow brush goes missing.. it’s all  over.

Benefit have changed the game. Releasing a range of eyebrow products that literally change your life. I’m not even being a tad over dramatic here. You need to get your hands on these products!


Goof Proof Brow Pencil (shade no. 2) and Gimme Brow (shade no. 1) are amazing and should’ve gone in my favorites post! Goof Proof is the easiest pencil to use, a diamond shaped tip blends, fills and defines all in one go. Once I’m happy with my general shape I use Gimme Brow to create fuller brows and with the tiny precision tip it is so easy. I’m not a make up artist obviously but I love the look of my brows now. 


The range is so extensive and the shades will suit just about anyone! Do yourself a favor and pick them up now,

ebony

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