A UK fashion, beauty, food & lifestyle blog. By Victoria, the owner of Lylia Rose!
Becoming more & more passionate about a mainly plant based & wholefoods diet, organic food, natural handmade products and cosmetics.  Dreaming of a chemical free life!

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  1. So yesterday was the first day of my maternity leave and I felt a little lost!  I was pretty busy all day with home DIY projects, housework and deactivating website stock, however I kept feeling like I’d forgotten something.  I guess it will take a few days to get out of ‘selling, networking & Twitter mode’ and really relax. 

    I usually spend the majority of my evenings and a couple of hours in the day on networking hours, chatting on Twitter, marketing, checking emails, processing orders and updating my website.  I have no personal Facebook or Twitter, so when people see my eyes glued to my phone, I’m actually ‘working’!  It feels very strange to not have to pick my phone up and check for any customer queries, etc, as I’ve done this throughout the day, every day, for the past two years.

    I did suddenly get rather excited when I realised I could watch Dragons Den last night (I’m usually working most of the evening and catch up in the week), only to discover it wasn’t being aired last night.  Doh!

    I did manage to catch up on a couple of things I’ve wanted to do for a while.  I was able to get Bella’s scrapbook up to date as well as the baby’s.  I’m always a month or so behind, so this felt great to get on top of these before the baby arrives (then I’m sure I’ll become weeks behind again!).

    I also got a little crafty!  I wanted somewhere to hang up Bella’s art work, so I scoured Pinterest for some inspiration and went for an empty picture frame idea.  It’s a fab way to display children’s pictures and the ornate frame reminds me of something you’d see in an art gallery. 

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    DIY - Childrens Artwork & Photos Displayed in Ornate Frame

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    How it looks in Bella's bedroom

    For now I’ve filled it with family photos as I had been sticking Bella’s pictures into her scrapbook.  I’m sure it will soon quickly be filled with her masterpieces!   I found the frame in The Range and it was originally a mirror.  I removed this and added tiny screws to each side where they can’t be seen.  I weaved some sparkly celebration string around these screws.  I already had the tiny pegs (possibly also from The Range or Hobbycraft or similar).  So simple to make and I think it looks great!

    Bella’s room is very nearly complete now, so I’ll post some before and after pictures soon so you can see what we’ve done.  I plan on doing these posts for the whole of our new house once we have completed all of the ‘doing up’!

    Thanks for reading,

    Victoria :)

  2. Beautiful Red Flower Necklace £12.99 Lylia Rose

     Beautiful Red Flower Necklace £12.99

    Saturday 28th February 2015 is the last day to place your orders at the Lylia Rose accessory shop!

    I will be closing the shop part of the website until 20th November 2015 as I will be taking maternity leave.  It was a tough decision to make as I am a sole trader, but I hope you will all support me in my decision.

    I have a 2 year 9 month old daughter, Bella, and I’m expecting a baby boy on the 13th March.  This will be our family complete as I cannot go through another pregnancy!  I’m never usually ill at all.  I can actually remember the only two times I’ve been sick in the past fifteen years, it’s that rare!  However, when pregnant I suffer terribly with hyperemesis gravidarum and am constantly sick.  It was so bad this time I ended up on a drip in hospital.  The sickness only stopped for me at week 32 this time, far worse than with my daughter.  I had a whole range of other problems this time too, it’s really been one thing after another.  I’m definitely looking forward to getting my usual health back!

    With all that in mind, it’s why I have decided to shut the shop and spend quality time with the newest and final addition to our family.  Bella will also be starting preschool for three full days per week in September, so it is my final chance to spend a lot of time with Bella too before she starts growing up even faster whilst prepping for school next year!

    I absolutely love running the Lylia Rose accessory shop and it’s been one of my main focuses for the past two years.  I’ll be returning on 20th November 2015 in time for Christmas shopping with some lovely new stock.  I hope you’ll pop back to do a spot of your Christmas shopping with me and welcome me back!

    In the meantime, I’ll still be blogging, chatting on Twitter and running giveaways as much as I can.  So do keep in touch!

    Thank you so much for your support,

    Victoria :)

  3. the raw chocolate company - cacao covered raisins & goji berries

    Mmm Mmm Mmm.  These are delicious.  Raisins and goji berries covered in tasty nutritious chocolatey raw cacao. 

    I placed a rather large order with The Raw Chocolate Company recently on their website.  Maybe it’s because I’m now 37 weeks (and 6 days) pregnant, but I can’t stop eating!  I have been munching anything and everything for around one week now, but nothing seems to fill me up.  I remember feeling like this towards the end of my pregnancy with my daughter, Bella, too.  It must be my body getting ready and loading up on energy for the big day! 

    To make sure I don’t overload on really bad sweet treats, I decided to see what The Raw Chocolate Company had to offer.  I already use their raw cacao powder to make super delicious (and nutritious) chocolate milkshakes or chocolate porridge, so popped to their website to see if they sold anything else I’d fancy.  Oh my.  Yes they do!  Along with these two great snacks I purchased raw goji berries, coconut palm sugar, a couple of bars of dark choccie and more cacao powder of course.

    These cacao covered raisins and goji berries are great for getting your chocolate fix without any nasties.  They contain the berries or raisins coated in a mixture of raw cacao mass, coconut palm sugar, virgin cacao butter and cacao powder.

    Coconut palm sugar includes these benefits over other sugars:

    • Most sustainable sugar on the planet
    • Half the GI of cane sugar
    • Contains minerals, B vitamins & amino acids
    • Unrefined with a fab caramel taste

    Cacao is better than cocoa for reasons such as:

    • It is unprocessed & not ‘Dutched’ (washed in potassium carbonate, which cocoa can be to remove the bitter flavour)
    • One of the best sources of antioxidants available
    • Mood booster
    • Rich in many, many vitamins & minerals

    The goji berries are definitely my favourite!  I love the tough chewy texture of these berries anyway, so the chocolate taste is a total bonus.  The raisins are also great with their softer chewy texture and a much healthier alternative to standard chocolate covered raisins.  The taste is so rich with the cacao I find I need to eat less to be satisfied than I would with milk chocolate coated raisins & fruits.  I’ve mixed mine up in a big jar and grab a handful every now and then if I feel like I am craving a naughty chocolate or sweet snack!

    I’ll let you know what I thought of the dark chocolate bars soon.

    Thanks for reading,

    Victoria :)