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Monday, 29 April 2019

New Lush Bath Bombs!!

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I realised something quite shocking recently. Are you ready for it? Not everyone enjoys a bath!! I know -weird right? In fact, as I was listening to people talk about this on the radio, I found that some people find them quite disgusting. They even did a poll, and it turns out its around a 50/50 split.

There were some quite extreme views too, some even likening it to you basically being an ingredient in filth soup. Even if you don't enjoy a bath, I don't think it's a filth soup.

I love a bath. It's one of my favourite ways to relax if I feel I need it, and it's one of my favourite things to do on cold winter nights - followed by films and blankets on the sofa. And while I could go on and on about some wonderful bath products I love to use, which in fact, I might do in another post. I wanted to dedicate this one, to one of the best...the Lush Bath Bombs! A few weeks ago (I forget the exact date), Lush celebrated 30 years of the bath bomb, and while that in itself is crazy, the huge selection they're offering just now, is too. I believe it's over 70 different ones!

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Our local store, Edinburgh, has been rotating them, they've been using Instagram to do polls on which ones should stay or go. When I was in chatting to the guys in store, they said they're planning to work through them all, but are keeping stock of the really popular ones. The less popular ones will still be in store, just not around as long.

We've been stocking up on them, over the last few weeks, buying the ones we like the most and trying to not use them. A very difficult feat, given that they smell absolutely amazing! We aren't going to keep them forever, but we wanted to build up a little stock pile of a few, just in case they aren't around as long as we'd hoped. So, because I haven't used any of these before, I can't give a review, so in stead I'll show you the ones we've been buying and lets all just agree -Lush Bath Bombs are never really a fail.

...prepare yourself for all the pictures!

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I'm struggling to say which of these I like the most -they are just too good! Although, I have noticed that I tend to stick to the more citrus scents that Lush offer. The sweetest one we have here, is The Comforter, and that's Paul's. His favourite Lush product is The Comforter Bubble Bar, so when he found the bath bomb, he was very excited!! Not my favourite scent anymore, but one that I love just for nostalgia, is Blackberry 2018. If you've been a Lush fan for a long time, you might remember the original version of this. It was round, it had the word "BOMB" embossed on it, and inside was a little bit of paper, that said "BOOM", when the bath bomb had dissolved. It was the very first bath bomb...actually...the very first product I ever bought from Lush. So, it'll always be a favourite of mine.

We're going to continue stocking up on these until they've gone! But for now, I really need to find a basket or container of some kind to store them all in. Any suggestion?

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Signs of Spring

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Can you feel it?

It's still pretty cold and wet out there, and I mean...it's still February, so that's not real surprise. However, spring is most definitely on the way. Made abundantly clear by the appearance of these pretty little white flowers.

We spent our Sunday afternoon walking around a beautiful old estate, just outside of Edinburgh. Hopetoun House close the grounds are over winter, but they open them for one day around this time of year. At which point, everyone flocks to enjoy the first signs of spring. It was a pretty perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday. A nice walk, a few pictures, followed by lunch and coffee to warm up afterwards.

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The grounds are beautiful, and just as lovely now as they are in summer. Paul and I realised that although we've been a few times, we've never walked around as much of the estate. I can't tell you how much I'd love a garden with huge trees, and stone walls covered in moss! We even found out that they have a little area where they've buried all the family dogs over the years. So lovely.

We watched deer grazing, and played with all the dogs that were actually 'walking' around, you know...how dogs are supposed to. Sookie has decided that she isn't one for walking in the wet, cold or mud, so she was carried the entire time. She also spent lunch on my knee. I ate delicious carrot and lentil soup, while she sat there looking very pleased with herself.

I won't go on too much more, I'll just let you enjoy these pictures, and share the promise that there will soon be warmer weather. Not that our parkas and boots give that impression.

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

The End of The Polaroid Project

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Last year was a good one! There was a lot going on with the wedding and New York trip, but we also did a lot of fun things at home. One of my favourite things about the year was my Polaroid project. It captured a snapshot of every day, and as I mentioned recently, I was a little sad when it stopped.

I still now, two months after finishing, just before bed think "oh no...I haven't taken today's picture!", only to remember that I don't actually have to. It's a sad feeling, because it was such a huge part of last year. There wasn't a day or occasion that wasn't documented with those little pictures.

When I started it, I only had one rule...to make sure I didn't miss a day! I'm pleased to say, I managed just that, I didn't miss any...not one! Even we were travelling, I got one of us all on the plane, and a sad one of our feet and luggage, in the airport on the way home. Special days were captured too, birthdays and other occasions. I even started to plan certain shots, to plan what would work and be a good picture if I knew what we were doing that day. There were certain days of the year when I could see the picture in my head, like the day on the plane, when we left for New York. I knew I wanted a picture of us all in our seats. Or the day we got married, I knew I wanted a picture of us kissing, in our hotel room.

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Taking the picture became such an important part of the day, and I started to take the camera with me everywhere we went, just in case the moment presented it's self for the perfect shot of for that day.

I also made the decision very early on, to date and number them. I knew, that when looking back, I'd want to know what number the picture was, but also the date, so I didn't have to try and work it out myself. Some even ended up with little doodles. Things like balloons on birthdays, hearts on anniversaries, or a pumpkin for Halloween.

As the year grew to a close, I started to consider carrying on, just making it a permanent part of everyday life, but chose to let it end as it was meant to capture 2018, and all the important wedding things. Also...because it would be quite an expensive habit to continue permanently. The year before I started, I stock piled some Instax film. Also, because everyone knew I was doing it, I got given quite a lot of film for my birthday, so I had plenty! Which was lucky as I wasn't only using the camera to take the 365 pictures of the year, I was still using it as I normally would. So, as you can imagine...I made my way through a lot of film!

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At the beginning of the year, I kept the pictures in an old Dior highlighter box. They are pretty small, and I couldn't envision how big the pile would be after 12 months, so for a while that did the job. Three months in, I transferred them to a brown kraft box from Paperchase. I love brown paper, we wrap most of our gifts in it, and the look of it with label maker labels makes me very happy. The twelve months fit perfectly in the box, and at the moment they are still in their little piles, month by month. I've had a few people say to me, why don't I tie them together, or put bands around each month? I don't know, I kind of like the idea of them becoming muddled together overtime.

So that's it, it's done and 2018 is now in a box. It's definitely something I'd do again, probably over another year when we have a lot going on, as a fun was to document it all. I really did enjoy the whole process. Numbering each one, and changing the Sharpie colour with the seasons was also very satisfying!

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Little Love Letters

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Happy Valentines Day!

Do you have plans today, are you celebrating?

We aren't big on Valentines day, it's nice and all, but we never do the fancy dinner out, or bother with cards and gifts. I'm just going to make a nice dinner tonight, something a little more interesting than the usual Thursday night dinner. Plus, it gives me a chance to use the heart shaped dishes in the cupboard, and make a unnecessary dessert. I'm thinking really gooey dessert brownies and extra thick cream.

After that, I think we'll just spend the evening on the sofa, watching a film or series on Netflix. So, if you're going out, staying in, spending it with someone, a bunch of people, or on your own...I hope you have a lovely time.

And just because it's the day dedicated to love, here are some little love letters from me...


Dear Giant New York mug...
I love you for your ridiculous size. I love that you remind me of one of my favourite places on earth, and the first time I ever got to visit. I love that a cup of tea made in you, can last twice as long so I don't have to move on cold days. I don't know what I'd do if you broke! Please never do.

Dear Working Boiler...
After spending three days without heating, I appreciate you so much more than you could know! It was so cold without you, and although it gave me the chance to live in cosy clothes and blankets...I'm glad you're working again.

Dear Loreal Mascara...
You are oh so special to me! On those mornings when I'm leaving the house still basically sleeping, you somehow manage to make me look alive and awake!

Dear Sun...
You have returned and it's glorious!! You're making it feel like spring and I'm here for it!

Dear Kurt Geiger Boots...
I've been in love with you for as long as I can remember, but you're currently out of my price range. Please go in the sale, I promise I'd wear you all the time!

Dear Sketchers Trainers...
While you are most definitely the most comfortable shoes I own, I'm just not wearing you enough right now. I'm sorry about that. I will start exercising again soon! It's just been cold outside, so I haven't felt like getting out as much.


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Monday, 11 February 2019

Ready for Valentines Day? Raspberry Sugar Cookies

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I've said many times before on here, that Paul and I don't really do anything for Valentines Day.

We might end up cuddling up, watching a film, or making a nice dinner together, instead of just having the usual, but we don't buy gifts or do anything crazy just because it's February 14th.

However! I do always love an excuse to bake, and anything themed is always fun to do. So, bring on the ridiculous heart shaped, pink food stuff!

I have a cupboard in the kitchen that I like to keep stocked with essentials in case I feel like baking. Things like sugars, condensed milk, different chocolates, lots of flour...stuff like that. There are also a couple of bags of sprinkles and some candy canes left over from Christmas. I was having a clear out of this cupboard recently, just to make sure nothing was out of date, or anything that needed used up and I found that my freeze dried raspberries were reaching their best before date. Now, I know that doesn't mean they have to be used up right now, as they're freeze dried I'm sure they'll last forever. But! It was an excuse to bake something using them.

I had a little look online for inspiration, and I found a few people using them not just for the flavour, but for the colour too, and it gave me a great idea for Valentines day.

Of course, it had to be something heart shaped, so I went with sugar cookies. They are the tastiest little biscuits, and they always go down a treat with everyone. Instead of the usual royal icing, I thought cream cheese frosting would be a nice change. Cream cheese frosting and raspberries is one of my favourite combinations, and it does not disappoint in the recipe either!

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I stuck with my old faithful cookie recipe, you can find it here, here and here! 

For the frosting...

Ingredients:
75g of room temperature butter
125g of room temperature cream cheese
425g of icing sugar
4 table spoons of freeze dried raspberries (crushed into powder)

- whisk the butter until pale and fluffy, add in the cream cheese and continue to mix until combined.

- slowly add in the icing sugar and keep mixing until it is all incorporated and you have a smooth icing.

- separate in to four separate bowls, and add as much or as little raspberry powder as you like.

- spread the cream cheese frosting on your cookies, and enjoy!

I cannot explain how good these are! Freeze dried raspberries give you such strong flavour, a flavour you just wouldn't get from fresh, and it's a great balance with the sweet cream cheese frosting.

If you give these a go, let me know what you think of them...I'm away to have another!

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