Tuesday, 5 March 2013

The Best Of February


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Well, I meant to write this post for Friday, but will with all the upset of loosing my little Mindycat, I took a day away from my laptop. I'm sure you won't mind.

February was a proud blog month for me. I challenged myself to upload a post every single weekday and I succeeded. I wasn't exactly a breeze but I really enjoyed getting stuck in and am pleased with the content I produced. Look at me being all self praising! Haha. 

I'm reluctant to challenge myself to do this throughout March as I know I have a LOT on in the next 4 weeks but I'm going to give it a while. In for a penny, in for a pound as they say...whatever that actually means!

So, before it's too late, let's reflect on the great month that we just had and tomorrow we'll be looking forward to the next one. Smooooth.

Urban Decay Spring Collection 2013 Naked Flushed

We kicked off February with THIS post, oohing and arring over the latest offerings from Urban Decay. The above palette is the Naked Blush Trio, the sister product the the Naked Eyeshadow. I'm crossing my fingers for more from this range.

Illamasqua Imperfection

Still in total makeup junkie mode (when am I not in this mode?!) I told you all about THIS amazing Illamasqua Event I had attended and we talked about speckled nails. Last month I also saw that L'Oreal are continuing with the speckled nail trend so I suspect this will be something we see a lot of in the months to come. Exciting to have something new.

Handmade Valentine Card by Toddler/Baby | Sprinkle of Glitter

In week two, as well as having a long overdue blog redesign from Blogger/Author/Designer WonderForest, I talked about spending quality time with Darcy and making THESE oh so cute Valentine Cards for our family. 

Sprinkle of Glitter Makeup FOTD 

In that same week, I uploaded THIS Happy Wife FOTD and took a new approach to photographing products - grouping! I by far and above prefer this method and think I will keep it up in the future. 

Cloud Nine Giveaway | Free Irons | Free hair styler 

February's giveaway was for a pair of Cloud Nine Stylers (won't link it as this giveaway is now closed). I was thrilled with your enthusiasm and may try and do a few more of these sorts of things. I'm quite fortunate in that I am offered to do giveaways by a lot of brands but I only really do them if the prizes excite me or I think they are extra special. Shall I do more? You decide.

 

February was the month that I launched THIS new feature- Baby Style. If Darcy will stand still for 2 minutes and I can get a decent snap, you'll see a lot more of this kind of thing! After THIS insane clothes haul, I think I've got enough clothes! Haha.

How to colour glass jars 

In the final week of the month, we had THIS good old fashioned DIY post. As always, it was easy and affordable as I think that's what makes projects most appealing! All too often I have given up on things when they were too complex (I'm looking at you 'easy sew nappy bag') and felt frustrated and out of pocket (yeah, still you 'easy sew nappy bag. Grrrr). If your repins on Pinterest were anything to go by, this DIY tutorial was a hit. Woot woot. 

Cat and Baby Photography

And then finally, at the very end of a brilliant month, there was the very sad news of my wonderful kitty going up to heaven. She is buried in my back garden (I paid extra for the vet to come out to our house and leave her body- well worth the expense if you are ever in this awful position as the animal is a LOT calmer) and I imagine that she is up in heaven with my Mum and Gran and her kitty Mum and any brothers and sisters she might have had. She had a good life. 

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So a busy month! On top of all of those highlights (and the low light), were my regular posts like Amazing Advertisers, Bedroom Beauty Challenge and four Motivational Mondays (I think my favourite posts to write). 


Is there anything specific you'd like to see in March? What did you enjoy or maybe dislike (holds breath and hopes you're kind!) in February?


Toodlepip!
xx
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79 comments:

  1. Aw I'm sorry about your cat, I lost mine back in December, it's really rough :( Hope you're ok xxx

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  2. Hope Matts spoiling you rotten and looking after you after what happened with Mindy and Darcy is so cute, you must be such a proud mummy! Love the UD palette

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  3. Sorry about ur cat xx

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  4. Sorry for your loss. I hope you'll feel better, soon!

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  5. i miss my pets too.. kulasa and dilaw and also puti.. i think they're poisoned by the neighbors =(

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  6. Baby Glitter looks so adorable! :) i think you should definitely do more giveaways!! :)
    xx

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  7. The illamasqua polishes look like heaven in a bottle (:

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  8. Louise, you should do a post on St. Patrick's Day, maybe a green inspired outfit, or a baking post perhaps?! :)

    M.

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  9. Louise,

    I love all your blog posts! I think I uberly (pretend word that I love) like when you do reviews though, as it allows me to see the make-up that you have been liking, or not liking. It gives me good suggestions of what to purchase next! Keep up the amazing work, and I hope that Mindy is having a great time up in heaven. So sorry for your loss.

    Lots of hugs and kisses from Oregon!

    ~C

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  10. I love the urban decay palette...illamasqua cream blushers are my new love!
    Hoping to see more of Darcy's outfit posts....

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    xx

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  11. Hi Louise,
    I know how you feel, I lost my dog a couple of years ago and it still is painful today just thinking about it :'( Hope you feel better soon!
    Btw, I looooove hauls and reviews ( I'm a serial shopper,and watching hauls is very satisfying for me, and it gives me ideas on what to buy next ... which is really bad actualy! xD Very bad for my bank account but yet feels sooo good *sigh*
    Big Hugs from Belgium !! xoxoxo
    Ps: I also would like to mention that I'm a fan of your new hair color, you look STUNNING and because of you I've been thinking on going blonde too :p

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  12. Looked like you had a very fun and busy February! I can't imagine trying to post something every day of the week. I don't think I'm that creative! Looking forward to your March post:0)

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  13. Nooo mindy :( How old was she? x

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  14. I really like the Naked Blush Trio! The colours look amazing :D
    Darcy is such a cute little girl, omg can't get over how cute she is hahaha!
    I'm so sorry for your cat :(

    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  15. Awwww Darcy is so cute so sorry about mindy love u Louise

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  16. Wow, love these items for February!

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  17. You did so well with your little challenge Louise, it's just a shame that your month ended on a low :(

    Louise x

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  18. Aww so sorry about your cat :( I have loved reading your posts all last month

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  19. So sorry about your cat! :( Darcy looks adorable xx

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  20. oh louise. i love my cats so much and i can totally feel what you've been though. keep your chin up. i love your blog and can't wait for more.
    xx

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  21. Louise! I'm still very sorry about Mindy <3, but the rest of your February seemed to be absolutely wonderful! I too am completely obsessed with the Illamasqua speckled nail polishes...they remind me of little robin's eggs! I wish they would come out with one in a nice light blue with brown spots. It'll be cute! (I hope)

    Darcy as always looks so lovely and your guys' Valentine's day cards are so sweet! =) Happy March now! I hope it's as lovely as Feb. =)

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  22. Those Illamasqua nailpolishes still remind me of the chocolate mini eggs! YUM! I enjoy reading all kinds of posts; beauty, hauls, baby glitter and personal posts (what you've been up to etc.)

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  23. This February, I started watching your YouTube videos and then I found out you have a blog. I really love them both! I think it's great that you can open up to the blogging community and talk about anything and everything. Your blog actually inspired me to start writing my own and a week in, I'm really enjoying it! Love Sophie x

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  24. Such a shame about you loosing your pet! At least she's in a better place now. You've posted some great content in february so I'm looking forward to what march will bring! xx

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  25. Lovely post! so sorry to hear about your kitty cat, I'm sure she's having a wail of a time up there in kitty heaven!

    Jamie-Lee x

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  26. Sorry to hear about Mindy Cat. I know what it feels like. To lose any animal, it's a terrible time. I don't know what I would do if I lost my puppy, because he means the world to me. Such a shame. Thanks for another great blog post :)
    Alex

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  27. Darcy is so adorable! I don't have children yet and I don't know anyone who does but I loved the haul you did, all the clothes were so adorable and gave me lots of good ideas for the future! I also loved the posts on the Illamasqua speckle nail polishes, the L'Oreal ones look fab too! I'm sorry again about Mindy, how lovely that she was able to go in her own home though, I always think it must be very scary for an animal to be taken to the vets to have that happen.

    Brilliant post Louise, very much looking forward to your posts in March now!

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    xx

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  28. Darcy's coat is still the most adorable thing I've ever seen in my entire life!

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  29. w love baby glitter!how cute can it be more????I am jealus of the trio blush!

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  30. Great post!

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  31. I really wanna try the Naked Blush Trio and also the neutrual pallet from Naked!
    Liked that you did a follow up post!

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  32. Oh louise I am so sorry to hear about your muss :( You did the best thing in the end but I can imagine it's been horrible time for you! I would love to see even more motivational monday posts as these really give me a boost at the beginning of the week when I am having a down day!
    Other than that I love ALL the posts and couldn't say there is anything that I dislike!

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  33. Darcy is adorable! And so sorry to hear about you cat! Have a happy march though x

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  34. Lovely post I really like the cute valentines cards this is such a wonderful idea and such a special gift to loved ones. I really want to try the speckled nail polishes also they look ever so pretty x

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  35. Great post. Adorable baby!


    Ahhh I love your blog. Its so cute!

    Stop by and say hi soon www.victoria-emma.blogspot.co.uk


    XO

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  36. I have loved all your posts this month, thanks! xxx
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  37. Great post :) Hope you're okay <3

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  38. Loved all your posts throughout February! And I'm so sorry about your cat! *sending hugs across the Atlantic*

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  39. I would love to see more of what you and darcy get up to on your mummy daughter days when you get all creative, Just for ideas what to do with my nephews :) Love posts like that :)

    Pipp xx
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  40. Hi, Louise:

    I just wanted to tell you that I feel so sad about your cat having to be put down, and I think it's so amazing you're still making posts that brighten everyone's day. I know that you must be having a rough time right now. Please know that your posts and videos are always a happy point in my day, and I admire you so much for your positive outlook on life.

    ~Angela <3

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  41. I so enjoyed having a post from you everyday to read, became a part of my morning ritual if you will :)

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  42. "Is there anything specific you'd like to see in March?" Sprinkle of Glitter & Baby Glitter posts! the Valentines cards you two made were absolutely adorable <3

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  43. AWWW LITTLE SPY BABY! Louise, Darcy is one of cutest, sweetest looking little girls i'v ever seen...that kinda sounded creepy...Stay awesome!
    Love, Lizzie
    imjustmuckingabout.blogspot.com

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  44. Loved all of your posts in Feb :) xxx

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  45. Awww those little valentines cards! I want! Darcy is sooo cute, I see a model in the making :)

    Roxy's Box of Tricks  

    xxx

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  46. So sorry about Mindy Louise, I lost my dog in August so I know what you're going through. Chin up, thinking of you xoxo <3

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  47. so sorry about mindy!:( darcy is so cute xx

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  48. So sad about Mindy :( but this is a lovely post xx

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  49. So sad and sorry to hear about poor little mindycat .... we all knew how much you loved her xxx

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  50. I recently lost both my cats, in July and December and as hard as it is, I always remind myself that they were in pain, and now they're at home (as they were cremated and sitting together in my cupboard) they're where they belong. All my love x

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  51. Loved this post and how you wrapped an entire month into it, you should do more of these!!

    I would LOVE IT SO MUCH if you guys would check my blog out?! And maybe even follow too?!?! WOULD MEAN THE WORLD!!

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  52. I'm very sad to hear about your loss! I'm totally sure your cat had a loved life and thanks you for being a wonderful "mum" to her.

    x Vanessa | houseinthesand.blogspot.com

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  53. Hello Louise,

    I vote for you everyday on http://www.circleofmoms.com/blogger/sprinkle-glitter?trk=t25_Top-25-Mom-Vlogs-2013.
    From 26 you´re up to 19 - YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!:D
    Love your blog,

    Greetings from Germany,
    Alex

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  54. Those valentines cards are adorable!! Ooo i wasnt aware the vet could come out and do it at home, lovely photo of mindy and darcy too!! Hugs from me and little rio xx

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  55. Always feel like crying when you talk about Mindy :( Have a cat myself and can't even imagine how hard that was x

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  56. I'm so sorry to for your loss <3

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  57. I'm sorry to hear about Mindy but it is so lovely that the vet was able to come to you and Mindy was able to be farewelled surrounded by her very loving family. She was lucky to have such a beautiful, caring and kind owner.

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  58. So sorry for your loss, RIP Mindycat. When my sweet kitty died years ago, I always felt better thinking of her hanging out in heaven with relatives I've lost as well. It really cheered me up to picture her sitting on my Grandpap's lap, being petted by my Nana... Heaven's a little furrier now :)

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  59. Your skin looks incredible in your face of the day! So luminous :)
    Sorry to hear about Mindy though :(


    Becky :) xxx
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  60. wow the event looks awesome! it must have been a blast for you and others! I'm super keen to see the speckled trend coming too, that little bottle of speckled lavender nail polish looks super sweet!

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  61. I am so sorry about your cat.

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  62. i think Darcy is the most fashionable baby I have ever seen!

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  63. Darcy is so cute, I think she will be a big fashionista some day. Love this post, I've enjoyed reading each one

    Lauren
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  64. Ah, I am such a fan of the Illamasqua nail polish! I just wish it wasn't so expensive! If anyone know of somewhere to get it discounted, let me know please!

    Love,
    Kimberley xx
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  65. I've really enjoyed your regular blogging! And then I really like the "motivational Monday"-posts which I definitely think you should keep up! :-)

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  66. So so so so sorry to hear about Mindy, going to miss her little appearences in your vlogs! I'm dreading the day my cat goes. Hope Darcy is okay, keep up the amazing work xxxx www.gilbsy.blogspot.com

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  67. Awww. Virtual hugs and well wishes for you losing Mindy.

    ~trish

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  68. Aw Louise i even get teary when you write about Mindy, but its best she is at peace.
    Thanks for doing all the posts through out Febuary! I appreciate it a lot, it makes my end of day at work very enjoyable.. a cup of tea and Sprinkle of Glitter, perfect :p xx

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  69. I'm sure Mindy is in heaven at peace now - stay strong Louise x

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  70. That Naked palette blush trio looks GORGEOUUSSS <3
    and i am so sorry for your cat :(:(

    I am really glad i found your blog & youtube channel, you're awesome!! xx
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  71. love all your posts in Feb!

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  72. Those cards are adorable :) I'm so sorry to hear about your cat :(

    Rachel @ AMomentInTime.
    xo

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  73. Hiya Louise! I really really love your blog, it's full of really interesting things and I look forward to every new post! I was just wondering if maybe you could do a youtube video or a blogpost on how to start up your own beauty blog... I'd love to start up my own but I really don't know where to start!!:(

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    1. I agree! It would be great if Louise could do that!

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  74. I'm so sorry for your loss of little Mindy, Louise. I'm sure she'll be well taken care of up there! Lots of love xxx

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