Hi, my name is Helen Brookes and I am
@40plusnotgivingupyet

I am a SHOPPING ADDICT who craves the opportunity to help women get back their mojo and feel the very best they can.

I love sharing my high street finds (and fails!) on my Insta feed and you can tune into my honest try-on sessions anytime, anywhere via my daily Instagram Stories @40plusnotgivingupyet.

I’ll answer all your burning fashion questions such as;

  • Which SIZE should I buy?
  • What does the material FEEL like?
  • Will it show my BULGY bits?
  • What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need?
  • How can I DRESS IT UP or down?
  • And of course….does it have POCKETS?!

We’ve all ordered online and been bitterly disappointed when the garment arrives, usually in the wrong size or fabric. My aim is to save your precious time and pain. I’ll give you the real deal before you hit the button!

I’m a hungry bargain hunter and definitely not into designer clobber (I don’t have the cash and even if we did, I think a trip to Mauritius would be more my bag!).

I love nothing more than a charity shop find too. There are such hidden gems to be found! And occasionally I shout out about the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without!

I am also a mum with a very tolerant husband!

Helen

Hi, my name is Helen Brookes and I am
@40plusnotgivingupyet

I am a SHOPPING ADDICT who craves the opportunity to help women get back their mojo and feel the very best they can.

I love sharing my high street finds (and fails!) on my Insta feed and you can tune into my honest try-on sessions anytime, anywhere via my daily Instagram Stories @40plusnotgivingupyet

I’ll answer all your burning fashion questions such as;

Which SIZE should I buy? What does the material FEEL like?
Will it show my BULGY bits? What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need?
How can I DRESS IT UP or down? And of course….does it have POCKETS?!

We’ve all ordered online and been bitterly disappointed when the garment arrives, usually in the wrong size or fabric. My aim is to save your precious time and pain. I’ll give you the real deal before you hit the button!

I’m a hungry bargain hunter and definitely not into designer clobber (I don’t have the cash and even if we did, I think a trip to Mauritius would be more my bag!).

I love nothing more than a charity shop find too. There are such hidden gems to be found! And occasionally I shout out about the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without!

I am also a mum with a very tolerant husband!

Helen

Hi, my name is
Helen Brookes and I am
@40plusnotgivingupyet

I am a SHOPPING ADDICT who craves the opportunity to help women get back their mojo and feel the very best they can.

I love sharing my high street finds (and fails!) on my Insta feed and you can tune into my honest try-on sessions anytime, anywhere via my daily Instagram Stories @40plusnotgivingupyet.
I’ll answer all your burning fashion questions such as;
Which SIZE should I buy?
What does the material FEEL like?
Will it show my BULGY bits?
What kind of UNDERWEAR will I need?
How can I DRESS IT UP or down?
And of course….does it have POCKETS?!
We’ve all ordered online and been bitterly disappointed when the garment arrives, usually in the wrong size or fabric. My aim is to save your precious time and pain. I’ll give you the real deal before you hit the button!
I’m a hungry bargain hunter and definitely not into designer clobber (I don’t have the cash and even if we did, I think a trip to Mauritius would be more my bag!).
I love nothing more than a charity shop find too. There are such hidden gems to be found! And occasionally I shout out about the beauty products and fake tan secrets that I can’t live without!

I am also a mum with a very tolerant husband!

Helen

Let ME try before YOU buy!

It’s a lottery buying online.  Let me road-test your purchases – before you click buy!  I take the best of the current high street fashion and feed back to you about it’s cut, sizing, quality and how best to style it. Time saving reviews delivered straight to your phone!

Let ME try before YOU buy!

It’s a lottery buying online.  Let me road-test your purchases – before you click buy!  I take the best of the current high street fashion and feed back to you about it’s cut, sizing, quality and how best to style it. Time saving reviews delivered straight to your phone!

My Instagram @40plusnotgivingupyet

I managed to get my girl Lola to do an easy art thing in stories. Dead easy. Even I could do it! This is her thing. .
The other daughter prefers games. That sadly requires a bit more interaction from me but neither are homeschooling. George is happiest painting the shed or walking the dog. They've done the work set by the school and then for the rest of the day we play it by ear. .
Key *lessons* for us have been tolerance of your siblings (ok I admit also tolerance of your husband in my case hell every day is a school day!). And lessons in humility also form part of our flaky agenda. I'm sure lots wouldn't want my chill approach but that's just it isn't it we all do this our way?!?! This is not a time for competitiveness nor self- inflicted Mum guilt. Some need full on routines and some will baulk at it. Either way let's all do our thing and be grateful we can. And thankful to those out there working while so many of us can stay home. .
Check out my highlights for stuff I love that I've received from teachers on what they are doing but then again if you are happy doing your thing then just keep on keeping on.. .
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Got my boy back. We are all adjusting again but ain't no-one can adjust like this kid. He has even cleared out the shed today in his mission to keep busy!!!
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Tee shirt worn VERY purposefully today it's from @diskokids and a proportion from each sale is donated to @winstonswish who are a child bereavement charity. When George was 8 years old and my sister Lizzy, his Mum, died they helped George. They also helped @diskokids in the past through their personal heartache. Oh and it's the year of my sister's birth. To me it is Lizzy's tee but hell it's just a cool tee! @diskokids have already raised over £1k for @winstonswish and I love love love the tee and all it stands for. Oh and code HELEN15 gives 15% off EVERYTHING @diskokids too. Love their prints too! I have shown it in stories but I thought let's share it here too and with George's permission here we are🙌🙌🙌.
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Happy whatever day of the week it is who cares!?!?!
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Memes and laughter are holding me aloft.. it's a rubbish time but dark or light humour or just anything that raises a smile is SO valuable right now.
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Love and light. Stay positive. Stay home. The kids are (mostly all) home. I cancelled all plans a while ago already, but now it's time to hunker down. We are doing this for everyone guys. .
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Credit: from my brother in law who sent me this last night. Not sure on original source! Haven't seen him or my in laws who are self isolating and this isn't easy for them or us we actually all rather like each other but that's the whole point isnt it? I'd quite like my Mum and Dad in law to be around for a whole lot longer #stayhome. .
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Don't feel bad... none of us are actually the Waltons.
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So many ideas out there for all of us WE'VE GOT THIS GUYS. For the last 5 days or so I've been putting YOUR ideas and responses up for movies / tv / documentaries / virtual museums and games to play up in stories and in highlights *family stuff🤯*. I'm gonna keep adding to it. .
For those juggling work and kids there is no precedent for this but your work cannot make you feel bad now for having your kids at home this is the law now. Juggle what you can, do what you can, and don't feel bad if you have to rely more on TV and ipads than the Mums who are home schooling. We are all doing the best we can. Mum guilt has no place right now okay!?!?!?
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