It’s Monday, so that means it’s my weekly “This week I’m loving…” feature, which showcases something or some things that I am currently lovin’. The clue is in the name. Ahem. So, without further ado, this week I’m loving…
Argan Secret Miracle ’10’
After writing about my post-partum constant bad hair days (see here), I was delighted to be sent some magical ‘hair elixir from Marrakech’ to try out on my barnet.
A leave-in spray treatment, it is infused with Argan oil, which is renowned for its nutritive, cosmetic, and numerous medicinal properties. It also appears to smell blinkin’ amazin’ too!
You can use it on wet hair or dry and the claim on the bottle is that it will ‘solve all the hair problems you will ever have’. A bold statement indeed! More specifically it promises the following 1o amazing benefits: moisturises all hair types; protect hair during thermal styling; gives brilliant shine; detangles; controls frizziness, seals in hair colour; strengthens hair; prevents split ends; shields hair from sun and wind damage; absorbs quickly without greasiness.
I’ve been using it for just over a week now and I can honestly say that my hair feels INCREDIBLY SOFT, appears BEAUTIFULLY SHINY, and SMELLS DELICIOUS! So, whether or not it actually does all the stuff it promises, I shall continue to use it for these 3 reasons alone! You can buy it online by clicking here. Priced £15.49 for 118ml.
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Activity Station
Up until now, Richmond Baby has largely been happy to lie flat on her back kicking about in her baby gym, swatting hanging things and looking in the mirror (that’s attached, to the gym, good girl). But, as she’s getting a bit older and gradually much stronger, she now finds it quite frustrating to be lying down a lot and would rather be upright. A friend of mine had bought the LeapFrog Learn & Groove Activity Station for her little boy and after a trial run of it, I decided to buy one. Well, Richmond Baby is LOVING IT! It’s great when we’re at home to add to the variety of places to “put” her where she’ll be safe and also stimulated and entertained.
There’s upbeat music, fun sounds, lights, dance beats, and counting as well as the ABC,
but perhaps my favourite bit (largely because of my own love of karaoke!) is the microphone, which sings out “ba-ba-do-wah” and “sing it baby” when she pulls it towards her (usually to slobber on and suck!).
Little ones from 4-12 months can enjoy playing in it and while it’s not cheap (£69.95 from Kiddicare), it’s worth its weight in gold for keeping her amused and she’ll get a fair few months use out of it, plus it might even teach her to salsa as well as learn her ABCs!
Some will say it was inevitable, some will say she threw her life away, all I know is that as someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s friend, the loss of Amy Winehouse this week is undeniably sad and tragic. So young, so talented, so adored, and yet so flawed. But none of us are without our flaws are we? The fact that her addictions consumed her and left her addled and shambolic is tragic but it is not, in my view, something that should be shrugged off as “her own fault”.
I have always been a big fan of her music, I was lucky enough to see her perform three times and one of those was the night she sang in a live link-up to the Grammy’s in 2008, when she was awarded no less that 5 prizes. She was an incredible talent, an incredible voice, but also a very down-to-earth, regular girl. I met her once and when she was introduced to me she gave me a big hug and I had a squeeze of her infamous beehive. She was sweet, she was friendly, she was normal.
Regardless of what anyone else may say, what anyone else’s view may be, I believe that her songwriting and singing talent was immense and her music will continue to move people both now and in years to come. So this week, in particular, I shall be revisiting Back to Black and reminding myself of how brilliant every song on that album is and I’ll be remembering Amy Winehouse as she was before the addictions took hold, because that’s how I think she deserves to be remembered.
Rest in peace Amy xx
What are you loving this week?