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Friday, 26 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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It is an absolutely beautiful day today, even hotter than it was yesterday -which honestly I didn't think was possible. It's a wonderful start to the weekend, the clear blue sky, smell of BBQ, and the fact the it's a bank holiday Monday hopefully means this weekend will be a good one. We have a few fun things planned for the next few days, and I think tonight we're going to kick it off with a little BBQ for dinner -it would be a shame not to make the most of this weather. And if not, if we don't have time, I think we'll at least have dinner outside. 

1. Something that never fails to make me happy, if the kindness of people after terrible tragedies happen. I won't go into it too much, but just want to say how truly lovely it is to see so many people come together, to help each other, to give support and to show love and care in these times. It's so true that you always see the best of people, after you see the worst. All my love to everyone in Manchester, and to all of those affected. 

2. An afternoon shopping with my mum and grandma. We only went out for my mum to pick up a couple of things for her holiday. However...came back with what I think is a whole new summer wardrobe. 

3. Making my very first water colour cake, I was over the moon with how it turned it. 

4. Grabbing a beautiful Free People top in the sale, almost half price! 

5. Raspberry lemonade over ice so it's nice and cold. I'm definitely going to try and make my own this year when we go berry picking!

6. Double Raspberry Magnums! They are a perfect sunny afternoon treat. 

7. Watching Planet Earth late at night with Paul, when it's far to hot to get to sleep...even though all the windows are open!

8. Sookie relaxing in the sun, eating her ice-cream to cool down. Dog friendly...don't worry! 
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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Little Life Update...

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I realised last week that I had some pretty big news to update you on, but due to a whole bunch of different things, it's completely slipped my mind lately. Towards the end of last year, I told you how we were due to get married this October coming, how we were going to New York to do it, and how we were beyond excited. Well...that is sadly no longer happening. Don't worry! There's nothing wrong, and Paul and I are still very much in love. So, as sad as it was to make the decision to no longer go this year, it was the right one.

A few things in life had changed, and as you can't predict these events in life you just have to deal with it all as it comes. One of the biggest changes was the exchange rate. It meant that things were going to get much more expensive that we had originally planned for. And while we could have still manged, life wouldn't have been much fun in the mean time. Not doing as much to not waste money, just in case.

So, we have postponed...not cancelled, until next October. While that felt like forever away at the time, how long is a year these days, really? I mean, we're already about to step into June. It did feel like such a sad thing to do at the time, and as if it was never going to happen, but it was the right decision. It didn't take very long to realise that, in fact. So that's why there haven't been any wedding related posts up here. But there definitely will be as we start to kick off the planning again, later this year. I want to document all that I can, so I hope you'll enjoy coming along with us.
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Monday, 22 May 2017

Flamingo Favourites


Flamingos are a trend that over the last few years, have grown and grown on me. I thought they were cute and fun at the beginning, but now...I've fallen in love with them. They make the most perfect summer party decorations, look ridiculously sweet on drink wear -I want both the mug and glass above. And are actually a fun, colourful way to update your home for summer.

Seeing as I've been completely hooked in by these funny pink birds, I thought I'd put together a list of some of my favourite flamingo bits out there on the internet right now. Because if nothing else, along with pineapples and palm leaves, they remind us all that summer will eventually come!



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Friday, 19 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


Paul's been off work most of this week, and has been feeling really quite rubbish. Although I'd rather he be 100% better, I have selfishly enjoyed having him at home...it's normally just me, tapping away at my laptop -talking to myself or the dog. So because of that, and the fact that it's rained...a lot, we haven't really done that much. I hoping this weekend is a little more eventful. We might be having Paul's gran up for afternoon tea or lunch, which will be nice, I have (another!) cake to make for a friend of my mums. And, we might see my brother and his girlfriend because it's been a while. Have a wonderful weekend!

1. Re-watching all of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, after all, the new one will be out soon and we cannot wait! I'd forgotten just how much I love them

2. Our Pineapple Yankee candle...have I mentioned this to you before? It's such a wonderful, happy, summer scent. I'm really enjoying it at the moment.

3. Making brownies, again, that's two weekends in a row now. But it was either that or let two little eggs go to waste...so really I had no choice.

4. Picking up a fresh bag of coffee beans to make sure we are fully stocked for the weekend mornings.

5. The sheer excitement in my mums voice over her new washing machine.

6. Picking out some new pretty new flowers for our garden.

7. My gran has given me her old terrarium that's been packed away in her attic for years. I can't wait to fill it and have it on display, it's a shape I haven't yet come across while looking at new ones.

8. The realisation that in June, we will have been in this house for 3 years!! What on earth!
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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Out of 'The Ordinary'

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Over the last year the hype around brand The Ordinary has reached a level that some brands can only dream of. It's everywhere, and you can't talk to anyone about skincare without them raving about it. After seeing it on Asos one day, I decided that I had to give it a try too seeing as the price point is so tempting. I picked up four things from the range, I've been using them now for around 6 weeks so I wanted to share my thoughts on them. The brand is very focused on ingredients and how they all work, and I can't pretend to fully understand the science behind it all, so I'm just going to stick to my thoughts and experiences from using each one

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Hyaluronic Acid 2% +B5 - This is one of my favourites from the four things I've tried (joint first with Advanced Retinoid 2%). It states that it can be used in the AM and PM, but I've been mostly using it in the morning before my moisturiser. My skin can often be dehydrated, and to find something at this price point that does what some expensive serums do, is quite amazing! I take four drops in my palm, rub my hands together and then press over my face. I do this before moisturising, and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated throughout the day, also looking much healthier. I've also found that make up applies much better since I've been using this magical stuff!


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Advanced Retinoid 2% - As mentioned, this is my joint favourite with the Hyaluronic Acid. I honestly love the combination of these two products! This one I use at night, after cleansing and before any other products I'm using. It's a lovely thin milky texture, and it absorbs very easily into the skin I'm used to similar products so I use this almost every night, but if you have very sensitive skin you could use it every other. I've had no side effects, no brakes outs, and I haven't had any problems with dryness, although I've heard some people have. I've noticed my skin looks brighter and feels so lovely and soft when I wake up. I think using this in the evening and the Hyaluronic Acid in the morning is the perfect combination for me. And remember, when using retinol or retinoid products, you must always use SPF during the day to protect your skin when it's even more susceptible to sun damage.


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Natural Moisturizing  Factors +HA - This is a funny one for me. The product it's self is good. It's a light cream, that absorbs well into the skin, and it does so quite quickly. It leaves your skin feeling moisturised, as it claims to. The reason I'm unsure about it isn't due to the product, it's simply that I don't reach for it. At all. I find that the Hyaluronic Acid gives me all the hydration I need, so I never feel the need to use this on top of, or as well as. If you are someone who occasionally suffers from dryness and needs a little extra surface hydration then this would be a great one for you. But as I've fallen for the first product mentioned and it's a firm favourite in my routine, it makes this product unnecessary.


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Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% - Now, from all that I've tried, this is definitely my least favourite product. And it's not one I would repurchase. The Ordinary say it can be used in the morning or at night, but honestly, I think this is an evening only product. There is a stinging sensation, which is explained before using -and that's fine, it passes after a while. But the texture of this product is just not something I can get along with! It's very grainy, and for me, the grains seem to stay around even 20-30 minutes after applying. The product doesn't seem to sink into the sink properly, meaning it's not great for layering make up on top of. While vitatim C is fantastic for the skin, and while I think my skin looked brighter and smoother after using it, I just can't get past the texture. It's not something I can use in the morning and it's not a feeling I want on my skin as I go to sleep. So sadly, this ones a no.


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My overall opinion, is that these products more than deserve the hype they've been getting online! They are giving you results you would expect from high end beauty brands but for a very affordable, remarkable price point. Unlike so many products you try and test that show you little to no change in your skin, you do see results from this range. And can I just take a moment to mention the packaging! I love it! I think it looks very premium, very high end with it's sleek simple white branding. And the little glass bottles have had pride of place on my dressing table.

If you still haven't tried anything from The Ordinary then I would 100% recommend giving it a go, you can find it here on Asos.
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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I have spent this afternoon clearing rubbish out of our bedroom. You know, things like old receipts, paperwork that's piled up, old products that really need to go. I didn't actually plan on doing it, I was just giving the room a quick dust, then suddenly it was three hours later, and I had a bag of paper for the recycling. But it's only a good thing, a tidy house is a tidy mind after all. This weekend should be lots of fun. Not only do Paul and I have some fun things planned, it's Eurovision tomorrow!! Every year my friend and I watch it together, and this year is exciting because it'll be the first one in his house. I'm going to make some treats tomorrow morning for us to have while we watch, I think brownies and blondies are the way to go.

1. Having freshly made cold coffee in the fridge, for the perfect iced lattes on what have been gloriously sunny afternoons.

2. So much beautiful sunshine!

3. Our garden is full of pretty blossoms. Pink on the apple tree and white on the cherry tree...they would brighten any ones day.

4. Finding note books I forgot I had while on my bedroom cleaning spree.

5. Paul trying to teach Sookie new tricks, it's honestly one of the cutest things I've ever seen. He's determined to get her to lay down!

6. Eating fish and chips while sitting by the water. Followed, by bright blue Cookie Monster Ice cream. I'm loving these long sunny evenings.

7. Speaking of sunny evenings, Paul and I have been out walking so much more and it feels fantastic.

8. Homemade curry on a Friday night is kind of becoming a regular thing...I'm definitely not complaining.
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Thursday, 11 May 2017

See You Soon, London

{beautiful image from H. Nichols Illustration}

Yes! We're off to London.

At the end of June Paul and I will be heading down to London, and to say I'm looking forward to it is an understatement. The trip is for my birthday, and we plan to do as much exploring as we possibly can the three days we have there. Also, something that has me giggling with excitement every time I think about it, is that we will be visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Just in case I've never mentioned this to you - I'm sure I have, I LOVE Harry Potter! It's on almost weekly in this house, so to get to go on the tour is a huge highlight of the trip!

One thing that does make me a little anxious, is the Tube. I need to look into it some more before we go, but honestly it confuses me to no end. I have no idea how you lovely London lot do it so easily.

If you're no stranger to London and have any recommendations of thing we must do while we are there I would love to hear them. There is nothing better than local knowledge for the best places to eat, or the best things to do. So any help would be much appreciated!

Here are few thing I'm already looking forward to:

Harry Potter Studio Tour: Obviously, as I just mentioned how much I love it. Paul's brother visited last year with his girlfriend and they had nothing but amazing things to say about it. Plus! There is a new area now, so even more to look forward to.

Borough Market: All the time scrolling through Instagram and seeing picture of picture of this place, and mainly "those doughnuts" has left me desperate to try them. I will definitely be hunting them out the first chance I get! I have also been told that they are far better than I can even imagine...so I have high hopes.

Beautiful Streets: There is little Paul and I enjoy more when visiting new places, even places close to home, than spending time just wandering around. Getting to see parts of a town or city that you would miss out on if you were speeding from place to place on public transport. While we can't walk everywhere, I'm looking forward to seeing as much as possible.

Tourist Attractions: As this will be our first time in London, it would be silly not to try and see things like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye and so many others. Within reason of course -we only have a few days.

Afternoon Tea: There are so many options for afternoon tea in London that I am overwhelmed with choice. So needless to say, we don't yet know where to go -but we will be going somewhere. Suggestions?


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Friday, 28 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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I have a question for you...where has spring gone? It's so cold out there, and the temperature still seems to be dropping. It was even snowing a few days ago. But I can't complain, we have another three day weekend starting tomorrow and it should be a good one, we have a couple of birthdays, possibly a family dinner and hopefully we'll get to go and see the new Guardians of the Galaxy film!! It's definitely going to be a busy few days, but I can't wait to have a lazy morning tomorrow with Paul. What are your plans for the next few days?

1. A late night drive with Paul when we couldn't sleep.

2. Spending time making plans for a trip we're going on, that I'll tell you all about soon!

3. Building Ikea furniture. When you do it with the right people it can be so much fun, and always end in laughter. Only made better with lots of tea and biscuits.

4. The way Sookie falls asleep in my jumpers and hoodies while I'm wearing them. She's like a little hot water bottle, with her teenie tiny nose sticking out the top. So cute!

5. Suggesting to my friend -who was complaining about his skin, that me might want to try some new skin care. Only to receive a text a couple of days later, showing me that he'd bought nearly everything Liz Earle sells! It did make me laugh.

6. The beautiful blossoms that are currently in bloom in our garden.

7. Billions...do you watch it? It's so good. I think we have another episode to catch up with tonight.

8. Those two in the picture above, nothing in this world makes me happier.
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Friday, 21 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This time last year Paul and I were in New York. I can't help be a little sad that we aren't there right now. I'd love to be back, walking the streets, drinking too much coffee, taking in the sight's and sounds and most of all, enjoying that smell I love! The one you smell each morning as the city wakes up. But until we go back, I have my giant New York Starbucks mug and our album of photos to tide me over. Also, this Sunday Paul is going to make us mac n cheese, he's going to try and get it as close to The Mac Bar as he possibly can. I'm quite excited about that! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

1. Kinder chocolate bars, it's just not safe to have them in the house...I will eat them all!

2. Writing out a huge shopping list. We haven't done a massive food shop for a couple of months now, but we're running out of things I always like to have in the cupboards. I know a lot of people find it to be a chore, but I bloody love making lists...especially for food shopping!

3. My mums face when she seen her birthday cake, she actually screamed!

4. Listening to a new pop punk playlist Paul found on Spotify, I don't think there's a song on there that we don't love!

5. A very windy afternoon at the beach, followed by a walk into town trying to dodge the crazy rain showers.

6. Managing to pick up a Hotel Chocolat Easter egg in the sale. Half price!

7. Beginning to see the very first signs of our flowers growing...I think. I mean they could also be weeds but it's too early to tell. But until I know for sure they are staying put.

8. Chocolate crispy cakes. To use up some left over melted chocolate to stop it going to waste, I poured in some cereal and filled little cupcake cases. The easiest ever treats to make but so bloody good!
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Friday, 14 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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It's Friday, and whats even better is that it's also the Easter weekend!! How are you spending yours? We have a rather lovely weekend planned, the sun is apparently going to be shining over the next few days so we are going to try and go out to do some exploring. On Sunday Paul is making a roast dinner for us both, and I think we'll be finishing the night with movies and all the chocolate eggs we can eat! Although, we currently don't have any. We had one each, but somehow they got eaten last week...oops. So I think we'll be picking up another one each tomorrow.

1. Iced coffee while walking around on a very hot day! It honestly felt like mid summer...I kind of loved it!

2. My little Easter chicks that are hidden around the house, hopefully when it comes time to put them away I remember where they all are.

3. A fresh bunch of white tulips and some painted egg decorations to add in beside them.

4. A very kind couple I met -and ended up having tea with, while trying to find the home of a little lost dog. They gave the little guy some chicken, and made me tea because I was bloody freezing!

5. The accessories Sookie comes home from the groomers with, they are so cute! Today she had a baby pink floral bandana.

6. Also the way she smells when she comes home, I'm not sure what they use but it smells amazing!!

7. How warm and cosy I am right now while writing this post. The heating is on and I'm wrapped up in our enormous fluffy throw.

8. How excited Paul is about something he's ordered for my birthday...which isn't until June! I'm not sure I can wait that long.
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

No-Bake Mini Eggs Cheesecake

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Is there anyone who doesn't like the smell of mini eggs? 

For a long time I didn't eat Cadbury's chocolate, but each year as Easter rolled around I would love it when Paul would open a bag of Mini Eggs, and I could enjoy the smell! I do eat Cadbury's now, so I also get to enjoy the eggs but the smell is still my favourite part.

It reminds me of those dolls I had as a child. The ones that looked like a cupcake until you flip them open? They smelled of cake and Mini Eggs, but anyway, the recipe...

I wanted to make something for Easter this year, and it usually ends up being something baked, like carrot cake, cupcakes, something hot. But this year I though why not cheesecake. It's a simple no-bake cheesecake that tastes good on the day you make it but amazing the day after! So if you can make it in advance you should. I will also say that we like quite a think base to our cheesecakes, so if you prefer less then just half the quantity of biscuits and butter.

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Ingredients:
base~
400g of digestive biscuits -crushed
170g of salted butter -melted

topping~
800g of Philadelphia
200g of mascarpone cheese
150ml double cream
200g of icing sugar
1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla extract, or seeds from one vanilla pod
200g of Mini Eggs - crushed
-plus any extra eggs if you want to decorate the top.

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- Add the crushed digestives and melted butter to a bowl and mix together until fully combined. Pour this into a loose bottom cake tin and press it down with the back of a spoon until you have a firm even layer. Put this in the fridge to set while you get on with the topping.

- To a large mixing bowl, add the Philadelphia, mascarpone and icing sugar and mix until smooth. In a separate bowl beat the double cream and vanilla until until you have soft peaks, and then fold this into your cheese mixture.

- Add your crushed up mini eggs to the topping mixture and then spread this on top of the chilled base, and level out the top. Leave this in the fridge to set for at least 5 hours, or over night if you can -trust me, it's worth it.

- Decorate however you like, I added extra Mini Eggs, and serve straight from the fridge.

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Happy Easter! 

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Friday, 7 April 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This week my brothers girlfriend moved up from Essex to live with him. We've been getting to know her over the last few days and she's so lovely, and what I can only describe as perfect for him. It was also his birthday on Tuesday so we had them up for cake and later we headed out to TGI Fridays for some tasty food -and of course left stuffed by the huge portions! Not before they made him stand up so all the staff could sing 'Happy Birthday'...it was quite funny. Today I've been finishing off the painting at my mums, it's looking -if I do say so myself. Now she just has to wait for her furniture to be delivered and then she can start enjoying it. Hope you all have a fab weekend! 

1. Cups of tea when Paul makes them for me. They're always perfect.

2. Fishnet socks! I freaking love them. I've actually owned them for years and years now, and a few weeks ago I started wearing them again and just haven't stopped. They just look so good with jeans.

3. Birthday cake.

4. Crisp sandwiches. I know, to some people they are the worst thing ever. But I bloody love them!

5. Late night supermarket shopping, it's honestly the best time to go.

6. The leaves and buds covering our apple trees, it's so lovely to see them growing again after being bare for so long.

7. This video from Zoella, that had me so excited watching it that I had to call my little brother to remind him of everything!! If you were a 90's kid go watch it if you haven't already -it's so funny! It's also made me wish we still had all our old toys.

8. An evening of catching up on TV shows with Paul.
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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Joy of Polaroids

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From the age I started taking pictures, I've always had a digital camera. The days when loading film was the only option was before my time, although I have done it plenty of times. While I only ever had digital cameras, my mum kept her film loaded ones for a long time and I loved using them. It was so exciting to carefully load film into the camera and not know what you were going to get until that film had been used, and developed.

Of course time has moved on, and the world we live in is now a digital one. We have folder after folder on our PCs and laptops of pictures we've taken, phones full of them too! But we hardly ever print them these days. I know I don't, I mean to, I say I'm going to, but I never get around to it.

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I think it's why I've always loved Polaroids so much! When I was younger -I think early to mid teens, I had one of the big grey Polaroid cameras. I loved it!! It was my favourite thing and I took it everywhere. It makes me so sad that I now have none of the photos taken with it, they've somehow all been lost over the years. But the camera is still somewhere in the attic.

There is something so infinitely wonderful about Polaroids. The way they perfectly capture a moment how it is, unedited and unfiltered. You can't take 35 and choose the best one, that's it. You have it as it was meant to be. The fact you you also instantly have an image to hold in your hand is such a novel thing, and they have a feel to them that only Polaroids can give.

It seems that we've come full circle in a way. Vinyl is back and seems to be getting bigger, Polaroid cameras are as popular as ever and I think it's because we all kind of miss having something to hold in our hands. Digital is fine, but sometimes the old ways are they best and I'm so happy they're back.


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Friday, 31 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This week has been a good one, but one thing has made it just that bit more wonderful. As I'm sure you already know, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, was released on Monday and Paul being the sweet heart that he is, stopped and bought me a copy. We've only had time to watch it once so far...but trust me, I'll have it on again and again over the weekend I'm sure. Until everyone but me is sick of hearing it. I've spend a large portion of this week painting my mums living room. It's looking very white at the moment -which I love! But she wants colour, so I'll be starting that soon. She also has glitter to add into one of the shades and I can't wait to see how it turns out!

1. Helping my little brother with a surprise for his girlfriend. She's moving up in a matter of days, and while they are both currently in London, he's left me his key to go and leave a few nice things in his flat.

2. Hazelnut lattes from Costa. They used to be a drink I'd have a Christmas but they have become the thing I seem to have all year...I bloody love them!

3. The evening sunshine, it's so pretty at this time of year.

4. The fact that the IT trailer has been floating around for a few days now, and I've managed to avoid it. Although now I say this I'm sure I'll see it. 

5. Pyjama tops that are just too good to only sleep in. 

6. How light the evenings are now...it's still throwing me off! 

7. Making extra pumpkin bread so there is one in the freezer for us.

8.  Our crazy Halloween looking garden. In an attempt to keep the birds away from seeds we've just planted we created something with bbq skewers, string and ribbons of plastic bags...it looking quite ridiculous, but so far it's doing to job it needs to.

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Drip Cakes

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I think we all know I like to bake...a lot! And over the past year I've become a little obsessed with the trend for drip cakes. For nearly every birthday over the past 12 months I've made a variation of drip cake, and my love for them is still growing, in fact I'll be making yet another one next weekend for my brothers birthday. It's going to be covered in Kinder chocolates, because they are his absolute favourite.

The thing I love most about them, is how impressive they look! And I think, so much more striking than cakes made to look like tv characters, or your first car. They can be any colour, as tall as you like, and there is really no end to the things you can top them with. Or you can be a little more understated, with a simple colour scheme of maybe one or two and finished off with a couple of biscuits and a few butter cream swirls.

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I have a pinterest board full of my favourite designs from some amazing creative people, all ready to give me inspiration when I need it. I hope this trend is here to stay for a while because I'm certainly not ready to move on from it yet, so I'll leave you with some that I love to droll over on this wet Tuesday afternoon. Also, I apologise if you're trying to be good and this leaves you wanting cake. #sorrynotsorry

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Friday, 24 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Today has been such a beautiful day, it's the first day that has really felt like spring. We spent the day in Edinburgh, walking about, enjoying the weather with coffees in hand..all without the need for big winter coats. It was such a perfect afternoon. It's left me looking forward to the weeks ahead, when it gets even warmer and the evening get that little bit longer. Paul is planning to do some gardening this weekend, and he's going to be planting some wild flower seeds. I'm not gonna lie...I'm quite excited about them starting to grow. This morning was pretty good too. We started with dippy eggs and Paul used his Batman egg cup which makes me laugh every time.

1. Beauty and the Beast, it's as good as people have been saying and I loved it!! And on a Tuesday afternoon, pretty much had the whole cinema to ourselves.

2. A little afternoon coffee date with friends, in a very interesting little coffee shop. 

3. A Fluffy Towels Yankee Candle, a gift from my mum. It's one of our favourites and smells just like clean fresh laundry.

4. Bob the succulent! Yes, we named him Bob...I'm not sure why. But he is lovely, and a very pretty little addition to our extension.

5. Picking up some treats from Hotel Chocolat for a cosy Friday night in with my favourite person.

6. Tiny puppy cuddles from my little fluff. She would be held all day if she could.

7. Lemon ricotta pancakes for brunch.

8. The Easter goodness that is currently in TKMaxx. Wreaths, snow globes, ornaments...you think of it they've got it. It'd love to cover my house in all the pastel decorations. 
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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spring Blossom Converse

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If you are someone who has known me for a long time, you might know that up until a few years ago I never wore trainers. I mean ever! I would spend most of my time wearing inappropriate flats, and I live in Scotland, so it rains a lot of the time. Resulting in cold and very wet feet. That was the case until a few years ago, when Paul bought me my first pair of Converse, and I've been in love ever since. I wore them with everything, and the pairs I've had since are no different.

Office have just realised a collection for spring, Spring Blossom, and it's full of beautiful suede's, soft leather, pastel shades and rose gold details that put together are just absolutely beautiful. After a lot of thought, and back and forth, I finally decided on the cream leather pair. They are just gorgeous and I think probably the most practical out of the three pairs I ordered to try. Although, I'd love to keep them all! And although I'm only keeping one, I thought I'd share the others before I return them, just because they are too nice not too.

I mean, how cute are the baby blue ones?

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Spring, it's Finally Here!

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Spring is finally here, can you believe it! Well, it kind of is. While I want to put away the heavy coats and start spending a lot more time outside, we have to be realistic...it was snowing this morning.

While Spring does make you think of the better weather, it excites me in different ways too -and that is not something I used to think! I used to be the one person (apart from C), that would hold on to winter for as long as possible. I'd hold on to my big coats and many layers, and start to miss the dark evening as the days became longer. I've mentioned this before, but over the past few years my thinking has changed. I now get excited by the thought of spring and it still being light into the evening makes me so happy. I feel so energised and positive, it leaves me feeling so much more creative -'I have a spring in my step', if you will. It's such a wonderful time of year. It makes you want to plan, want to organise, and even if you don't manage to do all that you want, the feeling it's self is lovely.

It's become a season I love, so here are some wonderful things I'm looking forward to this spring...

- Getting the garden into tip top shape. When I say this, I do mean that Paul will be getting the garden in shape, although I do help with the smaller things. It's so exciting to be able to tidy up after the months of rain and frost, to see the bulbs flowering and to think about adding in some more flowers to brighten everything up.

- To get out walking again. I feel as if we really do go into hibernation some winters. Nearly all activities are in door, so it's nice to feel the outside air once again.

- Organisation! Of course it's good to be organised all year round, and I do try to be, even if I don't always manage. But there is something about Spring time that makes you want to get organised in all parts of your life...especially at home. I guess that's why it's called spring cleaning. 

- I cannot wait to see colour again. I miss seeing plants and flowers everywhere you go.

- The chance to explore. Spring is such a lovely time for exploring new places. The weather is cooler than summer but still pleasant, and while yes, there is the odd rain shower you have to watch out for...the right jacket sorts that out.

- To plan and get excited for the year. I'm not sure if it's just us, but we don't seem to make many plans before spring time. Yes, we talk about things, but it's not until spring that we actually get excited enough to put those plans into action. 

Are you excited that spring is finally here? 
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Friday, 17 March 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Happy Friday! I'm not sure why I'm so excited for this weekend, I think it maybe has something to do with Paul being off all of next week. Apart from him wanting to make a start in the garden and get some little things done -as well as tackle the enormous job of cutting the hedge, we have some fun things planned too. With the weather being very grey, and very wet all day today, it made me want something homemade to have with tea this afternoon. I've experimented with a Biscoff blondie recipe, that I'm yet to try because it's still too hot, but of course if it turns out well I'll put it up here soon.

1. A very tasty late lunch with C, she treated me because she's sweet like that. The restaurant was so lovely and quiet, and such a nice way to spend the afternoon.

2. Watching Sookie bark and growl at a watering can in the dark.

3. Raspberry and white chocolate granola, I found it last time we went food shopping and I've had it for breakfast nearly every day since.

4. Homemade Nutella ice-cream.

5. The fact that Beauty and the Beast is now at the cinema...I can't wait to see it!!

6. The sound of rain hitting the windows, it's one of my favourites.

7. I've finally found out who's been bringing our bins in for us, it's a very nice man that lives a few houses up. The kindness of strangers is a wonderful thing.

8. Paul is home early today, and that always makes me happy!
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My Favourite Fluffy Pancakes

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the-best-fluffy-pancakes

Is there anything better than pancakes for breakfast? They have to be one of our favourite weekend treats, and possibly the best way to start a lazy Sunday morning. The smell of them cooking fills the house, and then you get to sit down to a big stack of them, with a mug of coffee and breakfast tv.

While the options for topping are pretty much endless, thankfully Paul and I agree when it comes to the actual pancakes. We like thick fluffy American style pancakes! The thinner crepe ones are fine, but they always feel more like the kind of dessert you get from a food market. You know the ones I mean, the ones filled with Nutella and whipped cream.

This is my go-to recipe for tasty fluffy pancakes, it's really simple and can be doubled if you're feeding a group of hungry people. I get eight from a single batch, and that makes four nice sized pancakes each for me and Paul.

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the-best-fluffy-pancakes

Ingredients:
1 cup of plain flour
2 tsp of baking powder
2 tbsp of caster sugar
3/4 cup of milk
1 egg
2 tbsp of melted salted butter

...and a little oil for cooking.

- In a bowl, sieve together your flour, sugar and baking powder to make sure there are no lumps. Then in a separate bowl, mix together the milk egg and melted butter -making sure to let it cool down first so it doesn't scramble your egg!

- Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix to combine everything.

- Have your pan on a medium to low heat and spray or brush with a little oil. Add a small ladle of the batter and let it cook for a couple of minutes on the first side.

-When you have little bubbles bursting on top, that's when it's time to flip. I use a spatula...but feel free to toss them if you're feeling really brave! 

Then serve with whatever takes your fancy. I've doubled and tripled this recipe before with no issues, and added chocolate, blueberries, nuts...as I said, the options are endless! But, our favourite way to eat them will always be covered in maple syrup and fresh maple butter, it's just the best thing! And far too go to save for just the weekend!
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