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Friday, 15 September 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


I had either a lovely end to the week, or a lovely start to the weekend last night. C and I went into Edinburgh to Jo Malone, to celebrate the launch of the two new fragrances with a kind of pamper evening in the store. Hand and arm massages, the tastiest chocolate treats, drinks and even make-up with Bobbi Brown. The new scents are gorgeous! One is a little more masculine and Paul loves it, and the other may be my favourite Jo Malone scent so far (even though it is hard to choose). But, as Christmas is creeping up rather quickly, I think we'll do the sensible thing and keep them as gifts for each other.

1. Planning Paul's birthday cake...it's going to be a big one! I'm going to try (TRY) and make BB-8, and there' a lot of detail on him, wish me luck!

2. How the sun is starting to sit lower it the sky.

3. That we are still getting apples from our trees, we have had a bumper crop this year and it looks like there are a lot more to come.

4. Rediscovering Barry M 'Cappuccino', but sadly I don't think it's available anymore.

5. Paul's mum and dad brought us biscuits back from their trip last week to Gran Canaria. When my brother and I were little and we'd have holidays there, Filipino biscuits were our favourite thing to eat so I'm more than pleased to have some again.

6. Looking at the most hilarious Halloween costumes for Sookie...my vote is for Beetle Juice.

7. The cat that sleeps at the bottom of our garden, even on rainy days.

8. Coffee and cake in beautiful places with Paul. Always the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Apple Crumble Cupcakes with Maple Syrup Buttercream

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Our kitchen is currently overflowing with apples, and this is even after our family and friends have gone away with boxes of their own. After the first batch was picked, I immediately wanted to get baking! We've of course had crumble, I made an apple cake for the new series of the Bake Off starting, and then I wanted to do something with cupcakes. This is my always reliable and always crowd pleasing cupcake recipe, that I've tweaked a little this time to make things that bit more autumnal.

They have everything you want from a crumble, smooth apple filling, cinnamon, crunchy buttery crumble topping, all topped off with maple syrup butter cream. They've been a huge hit with everyone, and I honestly can't wait to make the again. I hope you like them too, and please let me know what you think if you give them a try.

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, and I know it looks like a lot of ingredients but it's all pretty easy to put together.

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Apple-crumble-cupcakes-with-maple-syrup-buttercream

Ingredients...
cake:
225g of butter -soft/room temperature
300g caster sugar
100g light soft brown sugar
4 eggs -room temperature
200ml milk
1 teaspoon mixed spice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
190g self raising flour
160g plain flour

apple filling:
500g of apples -peeled, cored, and ruffly chopped
200ml water
60g of caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

buttercream:
250g butter -room temperature
500g of icing sugar
2 tablespoons of good maple syrup

crumble topping:
50g of butter -chilled and diced
60g plain flour
20g porridge oats
30g caster sugar

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- In a medium sized pan, add your apples, water, cinnamon, and sugar, and cook covered on a medium heat for around 20 minutes. Once the apples have broken down and you have a lovely dark brown apple sauce, just leave in the pan to cool completely.

- Pre-heat the oven to 170°C. For your crumble topping, add your butter, sugar, flour and oats to a bowl and rub together with your fingers tips until you have little lumps and breadcrumbs. Spread this evenly on a baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until just starting to turn brown. Leave to cool

- For the cakes, line two 12 hole cupcake trays and set aside. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, add the butter and sugars and beat together on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Add in the eggs, and mix until completely combined and then add in the milk and mix well.

-Add in the flour and spices, fold them through until everything is well mixed. Spoon your cake mix into your lined baking trays and bake in the pre-heated oven (still at 170°C) for 25 minutes

- While your cakes are baking, in a stand mixer or bowl beat the softened butter until it's much lighter in colour -around 5 minutes. Add in the icing sugar in two parts, and mix well after each addition. Once mixed, add in the maple syrup and give it one final mix through.

- When your cakes are out of the oven and completely cooled, you need to core them. I used a cake corer (like this one), but and apple corer works fine too. After you've cored all of your little cakes, fill each hole with your cooled apple sauce.

- To ice my cakes, I used a piping bag and star nozzle, but if you don't feel like doing that, spooning or spreading it on will work just as well. Just make sure all the apple filling is covered -and that there is a good amount of icing on them!

- To finish, decorate by sprinkling on your cooled crumble topping, adding as much as you like.

These tasty little cakes won't stay around for long - I promise you! But if 24 cupcakes is to much for you, this recipe can easily be halved. There is some left over apple sauce with this recipe too, but it's not a bad thing to have in the fridge. We have it on everything from toast to porridge, or hot with ice-cream. Also, I do have another autumnal apple recipe coming soon that could use up any you have left over.

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This weeks we've had a few very rainy, very cloudy days, and that has made it feel much darker earlier in the evening than it normally would. I've been making the absolute most of this and have had all the candles and fairy lights lit that I could find. It's been so wonderful and cosy, and I'd kind of missing it now that things have brightened up again. This weekend Paul and I have a few errands to run, and tomorrow morning we might head out to a farmers market to see what we can find. A nice easy weekend to look forward to.

1. Finding a white fluffy stool to go with my dressing table, seeing as I can't get hold of the original 1960's one. Although it's actually a footstool, it fits perfectly and looks fantastic.

2. Costa's raspberry lemonade.

3. How excited my mum is about our wedding trip to New York next year. She keeps coming up with things she can't wait to do, and see, and how much she's looking forward to doing them with us. It's making me even more excited than I already was -if that's even possible.

4. Edinburgh early in the morning.

5. Finally getting to wear some of my new knitwear on the colder days. I love feeling all wrapped up.

6. Autumn colours everywhere you look.

7. Making plans for my grandmas 80th birthday this month. I can't quite believe she's going to be 80 years old. She didn't want anything big -like a party, so I think Paul and I are taking her out for the day.

8. Sookies face when you mention chocolate buttons -doggy friendly ones of course! She'll do anything for one!
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Little Signs of Autumn

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Little-Signs-of-Autumn

For the last few weeks, every time I've left the house I've been greeted with something to remind me that Autumn will soon be here. The sight of the leaves changing colour on the trees, the few that are now gathering on the ground, in corners and hedges. Even at the bottom of our garden, leaves and berries from our neighbours tree are starting to cover the ground.

On Saturday morning we woke up early to the most beautiful day, clear sky and really very warm for the 2nd of September. We thought we'd take advantage of our early start and headed into town for a coffee and walk around the glen with Sookie. I brought along my camera to try and capture some of the little Autumnal signs that are making me incredibly happy, and I was so pleased to find more than I'd expected.

So, there you have it. A little post dedicated to the fact that the leaves are turning. Something I had to share, just in case there are some of you out there who are as excited for Autumn as I am. I hope you enjoy these pictures.

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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The first of September is finally here! I feel as if I've kind of been wishing this year away, something I try not to do because time flies by too quickly already, but I have. I've been so excited about so many things that I've not been able to help myself. But...I am going to do my best to stop and enjoy the last month of warmer weather. All the exciting Autumn and Winter things will come soon enough and I'll get to finally wear some of the new things I've bought. My favourite being a striped jumper from Zara.


1. Having the best day in Edinburgh with C, and I mean the whole day! We shopped, we laughed, we ate far to much pizza and picked up some lovely things. I can't wait until we do it again.

2. Going for coffee with my mum and grandmother, something we should do more often.

3. Butterfinger peanut butter cups. You get four in a packet so perfect for sharing when you want a sweet treat.

4. The Bake Off is back! I was a little worried that it wouldn't be the same, or that I wouldn't enjoy it as much...but I do! It was so good, and we even had cake for the first episode.

5. Watching Gossip Girl repeats. Mostly so I can see a little of New York.

6. The butterflies in our garden that have no fear. They come and sit beside us, and stay long enough for me to go and get my camera and snap some photos, I'll miss them when they're gone.

7. When Sookie falls asleep on her back. Her legs stick up in the air and she snores, it's adorable.

8. Our growing collection of candles.
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Back to Film

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back-to-film

While I do remember using my mums old cameras when I was really young, using an actual roll of film and having to load it into the camera, every one I've ever owned myself has been digital. And don't get me wrong -I love digital!, but there is something wonderful about film that's been forgotten as cameras and technology have progressed. You couldn't be as snap happy as you can be with almost unlimited storage on an SD card, you had to try and take the shot you wanted, first time hopefully. And we never have the excitement of waiting to see how they'll turn out when we pick them up from the shop. Something that was a concern of mine, I didn't think there were many places left that actually developed film. Thankfully there are, and one quite close to where we live. 

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back-to-film

For my birthday this year, Paul found me an old camera I'd had my eye on for a while. It's a Canon A-1 and it's in such beautiful condition you'd never believe it's as old as it is. I'd been playing with some old ones my grans had for a long time, but they weren't in the best condition so I did a little research. I wanted one that could not only be a good starter camera for my foray into film, but that could also take amazing photos after some practice. The Canon A-1 kept coming back as the best option and now I've had it for a while I can say it definitely was. 

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back-to-film

The first couple of times we used it (one being my birthday party), we didn't change any settings, we just used it as it came. The photo's to be honest were awful! Some turned out ok, but most were blurry and just a bit rubbish. After playing around with things a little more, and reading more on how to use it properly, we took it with us to Edinburgh for the day. I am so pleased with how the roll turned out, these are some of my favourites from the day. And even before we flipped through them, we got to have the excitement of picking them up -one of the best bits! I can't wait to build up our collection of photo's taken on film, they have a certain look to them that I've fallen in love with. 

Learning to use this camera is obviously an on going process, and one day hopefully I'll be able to go from day to night, different settings and film, without having to refer back to Google for help! But so far, I'm really enjoying it, and it's only growing my love for photography. I also think it would be quite nice to document them here as I go along, take pictures of the old with the new. 

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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We have so many apples this year! I'm putting it down to our crazy hot and very wet summer, it's given everything a growth spurt and our apple trees are covered. We've already given a box to Paul's mum, one to my gran -she's also been up picking some more, and we have a bowl of them in the kitchen. Usually we wouldn't have had so many this early in the year, but I'm not complaining, I can't wait to put them to good use!

1. Taylor Swifts new song, I listened to it this morning and I've had it on countless times already.

2. Nature Valley popcorn bars, they are my new snack favourite. Also our cupboard seems to be full of Nature Valley at the moment, I definitely recommend the popcorn and crunchy bars!

3. The fact that I have Christmas songs playing as I write this.

4. My grandma was house sitting for me a day this week to watch Sookie. When I came home she'd brought our laundry in from outside and the way she'd folded everything was just perfect -even our underwear! 

5. The Defenders, it was such a good series. We spend Sunday watching the whole thing, I did go for a walk in the morning so I didn't feel bad for then spending the rest of the day on the sofa.

6. All the butterflies we still have in the garden.

7. How each time we visit Paul's gran, she gives us plant cuttings to take home.

8. An Asos delivery full of knitwear, I can't wait any longer for the colder weather.
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Friday, 18 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Can someone please explain to me how it's the weekend again. I swear each time I write one of these, the time between them gets shorter and shorter. Tomorrow might be the weekend, but it doesn't feel like it for us this week. Paul's working all day Saturday, and I have to go into Edinburgh for a few hours, and not for fun, for appointments. So instead we're having our weekend on Sunday and Monday. We have a Marvel series marathon planned for Sunday, and then a little bit of adventuring on Monday -which I hope involves plant shopping. 

1. Noticing signs of Autumn everywhere now. Nearly ripe apples on trees, leaves changing colour, colder mornings. I can't quite believe it's almost here, but I'm happy that it is.

2. Sookie having another all clear appointment at the vets this morning.

3. Nature Valley Maple Syrup Bars, they are so good! Sadly we're running out so I'll have to pick up some more soon.

4. Picking our first lot of apple from our trees this year. I'm so pleased with how well they're doing now, especially because of how unloved and overgrown they were when we moved in.

5. Dancing around the house with Paul to all sorts of music.

6. P!NK's new song, it's here if you haven't had a listen yet.

7. The sound of heavy rain on the windows.

8. Having to take all the old pound coins out of our wedding jar because I refuse to break it open yet. Sounds like a pain, but was oddly satisfying to do.



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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Lately, and Afternoon Tea at Hopetoun House.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

I feel as if I haven't had all that much to say lately -not quite lost my voice, but feeling that when I try to speak (type) it doesn't come. I think they call that writers block. I feel as if me and my creative self have come to a standstill and it's really very annoying! But! These things happen sometimes, there's never any point being angry at yourself or letting it get you down, instead I find it best to get on with admin only type tasks. Things that don't need any creativity but still allow you to be productive.

While the words and posts haven't exactly been flowing, we have been out doing some fun things this past week, and the picture taking definitely has. For a couple of day's we went out only with my Canon A-1, so I have absolutely no idea how those shots will be until I have them developed, I'll get that done this week. But the day we went to Hopetoun House I had my big camera, so I thought while I don't have too much to say, why not share some pictures with you of a beautiful place.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

The reason we ended up at Hopetoun House was for afternoon tea, I'd been given a gift voucher for my birthday and as we had the week free it seemed perfect. Afternoon tea is served in The Stables Tearoom. It's been beautifully restore, and as you walk through you can see where the horses would have been, and the old stone floor is just lovely. The selection of sandwiches and sweet treats was excellent, and if you're as picky as I am then they are more than happy to substitute for you. My favourite thing had to be the lemon posset with fresh raspberries. The lady serving us suggested we used it as a palette cleanser between the savoury and sweet items, but I enjoyed it so much that I kept it until the end. My one criticism of the tea, was that with the scones you were given aerated fluffy cream. Now, I do enjoy a scone with jam and cream, but it always, always has to be clotted! I'm not sure if I could have asked for clotted cream instead, but Paul and I were too deep in conversation and it never occurred to me. Something I'll check if we go back.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

Hopetoun House is actually only 20 something minutes from where we live. It's a beautiful stately home, on a huge estate, and one of those places that tourists love, but because we live near to it, it's not always on our radar. Except from the garden centre, it's one of our favourites places to go on a Sunday, or pop in for lunch. I thought this was my first visit to explore the house and grounds, however, my mum tells me I have in fact visited when I was younger. The house it's self is absolutely stunning, it's grand, full of old books, original fabrics still draped over the four poster beds, old photographs and so much history. So after sandwiches, tarts, treats and multiple cups of tea and coffee, we had a wonder around the house and grounds. We also ended up having the best day for it, it was such a gorgeous sunny day so it made the views from the roof top even better.

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lately-and-afternoon-tea

So much for writers block! It would seem that words have returned to me.
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Friday, 11 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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This week has been truly lovely, in every sense of the word, and thankfully it's not over yet. Some highlights have been a day at the Edinburgh Fringe, eating pizza, having afternoon tea in beautiful places, wondering around markets and enjoying what for the most part, has been gorgeous weather. I love these weeks. When you are completely free and can spend some time playing tourist in your own back garden, visiting places you don't think to normally. And it's not over yet, we still have the weekend.

1. Paul getting a promotion at work! I'm so proud of him.

2. Spending slow Sundays finding new Netflix series with Paul.

3. Soaking up the atmosphere in Edinburgh when the Fringe is on. There's no where better to be in August.

4. Sitting on the sofa for an evening with Paul, talking about and making some of the most exciting plans of our life. All still to come, but we can't wait!

5. Spending the day out with my new/old camera. I've been reading a lot on how to use it, the setting etc, but until we develop the film we just wont know. Fingers crossed!

6.  Nutella dough balls, after pizza at our favourite place.

7. Cutting back the apple trees a little, to discover just how many apples there are this year. We already have people placing orders for some.

8. The little signs of Autumn creeping in everywhere you look.
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Friday, 4 August 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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Do you remember last week when I told you how happy was that our sideboard had finally arrived? Well. It turned out to be damaged so we had to arrange for another, and funnily enough, it arrived today! The damage wasn't awful, and Paul's dad did say it could have been sorted. But if you're paying for something new, that's what you expect, so it had to go. The new one still hasn't been unwrapped because it's huge and I can't do it until Paul comes home from work...as much as it pains me to leave it sitting there. Trust me, I've already tried but didn't get very far. Apart from that, I just can't believe we're in August already, and that's it's the weekend again. I can't lie, all that I can think of are hot drinks and cosy jumpers...bring on Autumn.

1. Sookie having her hair cut and looking just adorable. It's the first time she's been able to go to the groomers since her operation -I think she was actually pretty pleased about it.

2. Iced Costa coffee at home. Iced coffee has to be one of my favourite drinks, which is funny because I used to hate it!

3. All the bee's we've had in the garden this summer, our wild flowers seem to have been a huge hit with them.

4. Late night shopping trips with Paul. I love them, the shops are practically empty and it feels as if they've just opened for you.

5. My new slippers. They are so soft, so cute, and the colours are just gorgeous. No more cold toes for me.

6. Using up some of my Dermalogica samples...they were getting out of hand.

7. 'Don't tell the Bride' has started again, and Paul and I are very happy about it. We like to watch it anyway, but now it also leaves us even more excited for our own wedding next year.

8. Nutella snacks and cold milk, I'm obsessed.
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


You know your a grown up when the highlight of your week is a piece of furniture arriving. The reason it's more exciting that most is that we were actually supposed to have it before Easter! Yes, I know,...it's nearly August. There was a mix up at the time, and it's kind of a long story, but thankfully it's here now and I'm a very happy girl. I also can't believe it's the weekend again, the past few weeks have flown by! Tomorrow we're having people up for dinner, and on Sunday I think Paul and I might go plant shopping. It's fast becoming one of our favourite things to do.

1. Our new Crosley record player, it's the most beautiful dark jewel green colour.

2. The almost stormy weather this evening, it's so dark and grey, but so nice and cosy indoors.

3. Raspberries every morning this week for breakfast.

4. I made raspberry curd for the very first time this week, it turned out really well! I'm sure it'll be here soon.

5. Having a bath with a Lush bath bomb, then getting out into a fresh fluffy towel. Then, getting into just washed pyjamas and then just washed sheets...heaven!

6. Night's snuggled up on the sofa with Paul and Sookie

7. No make-up days.

8. How big our apples are getting this year, I can't wait to get baking with them again!
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Easy Nutella and Raspberry Ice-Cream

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Nutella-and-Raspberry-Ice-Cream

Since I started making ice-cream, I've always done it the long way. With the custard base, heating, cooling and churning in the ice-cream machine. While it's worth all the effort in the end when you have a tub of tasty ice-cream, sometimes you just want an easier alternative...and I have that for you here! And, you won't believe how good it is!

I found it by accident, I wasn't even looking to make ice-cream at the time. I think it was New Years Eve, and I'd spent most of the day out trying to find double cream, with absolutely no luck at all! Eventually, I had to drag other people in to help. Luckily my friend somehow managed to find some on his travels, but because he had no idea how much I wanted and because he couldn't get me on the phone...he brought me quite a lot! A few days later I was Googling ways to use it up, and I found that you can make ice-cream with double cream and condensed milk! The quantities are different for each recipe, but for ease and to have no waste, I used one of the huge tubs of cream (600ml), and a tin of condensed milk. I threw in some left over Christmas chocolate and that was it...everyone LOVED it, and I've been trying it with anything I can think of since then.

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Nutella-and-Raspberry-Ice-Cream

Today I'm combining my two favourite things for this recipe...Nutella, and raspberries. We went berry picking recently and as usual, I picked way more raspberries than we could realistically get through, so I wanted to make a few things to help use them up instead of sickening ourselves with them. We also had quite a lot of Nutella in the cupboard, and there are few combinations I like as much as raspberries with Nutella. I originally thought of making my raspberry cheesecake ice-cream again, but I wanted to try something new.

Anyway, enough of me rambling, on to the recipe...

Ingredients:
600ml double cream
1 397g tin of condensed milk
1 cup of Nutella (softened) -around 300g
1/4 cup of melted Nutella -around 75g
300g of fresh or frozen raspberries

-Pour the double cream into a large bowl and whisk until it thickens slightly, don't make it too thick, you still want it runny. Add in the condensed milk and mix that through.

- Add in the cup of softened Nutella, and mix until fully combined. 

- Pour half of your chocolaty mix into your (freezer safe) container of choice. Spread it out so it's level, and then start to marble half of your left over melted Nutella into the mixture. Add half of the raspberries, spacing them out quite evenly, and then repeat with the second layer.

- Freeze overnight or for at least 4 hours, then serve and enjoy...maybe with extra Nutella! 

This is amazing on it's own, and it's definitely something I'm going to have to make more of so we don't run out! You could replace the berries with a raspberry sauce or coolis. But I do love the combination of sweet creamy chocolate with the burst of freshness from the berries. It really is the best treat on these warm summer days. 


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Made Me Happy This Week


Do you know what I've noticed this week? How little bit of Autumn -or Fall, are starting to creep into stores. Now I know, we still have a while to go before Summers over, but I'll forever be a girl in love with Autumn, so it's hard for me not to let my head run away with thoughts of what's around the corner. But anyway, back to now. We had Sookie at the vets again this week, for another check up, she seems to be doing well and is back to her happy little self. We just have to keep an eye of her for any changes that could be a bad sign.

1. Adding a bag of Costa coffee to our growing collection. I'm not sure why it's taken so long to do seeing as Costa's my favourite.

2. Each morning we look out into the garden we have more poppies, mostly red, but some are a beautiful bright pink!

3. Finding some tiny terracotta pots in the sale for 50p!

4. Some of the things Paul comes out with, he really does make me laugh!

5. Misty evenings.

6. That peaceful time first thing in the morning when the sun is just starting to come up. Not a time I'm usually awake, but it's lovely to see when I am.

7. Tiny herb post that Paul planted this week. I'll be happy to have them in the kitchen again.

8. A sunny evening spent with Paul's family, and their new addition, Alfie. He a crazy little dog, but he fit's right in.
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Friday, 14 July 2017

Made Me Happy This Week

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In all honesty, the last two haven't been the happiest and at times it's been difficult to focus on even the smallest of happy things. The Tuesday before last, Sookie went in for an operation, which is scary in it's self because she so small and it's always a worry. But what was going to be a straight forward hernia repair, turned into her having a large tumour removed. She's been recovering since then, and I'm pleased to say she's now back to her happy crazy little self. While we still have to wait and see how things go, I am determined to stay positive and think the best things. And give her all the cuddles we can!

1. A new plant that I've to try not to kill! It's so unusual and in the most beautiful little pot. It was a give from my mum yesterday, so lets hope it's still here in a few months time. It's currently living it's life in our downstairs bathroom

2. The fact that Asda now sell Nutella B-ready snack bars...I'm so so happy about this!

3. Getting to be very creative with birthday cake decorations. It's my brothers girlfriends birthday tomorrow, and her request was anything rainbow and colourful...oh, and moogle related. I still have to put it all together but I;m pleased with it all.

4. Quiet rainy evenings after days of sunshine.

5. Our new rug! It's 100% wool so sheds more than a large dog would, but I love it. It's so cosy and comfy on your feet.

6. Discovering what is now my very favourite garden centre, we already can't wait to go back.

7. Paul enjoying the first cherry from our tree this year.

8. Planning my terrarium. I've really very excited about it.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

NARS Bord De Plage Palette

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NARS-Bord-De-Plage-Review

Being the pale skinned person that I am, it's not often that a highlighting bronzing palette catches my eye the way this one has, but the moment I spotted this beautiful thing on Instagram I knew it had to be mine! It was one of those products you see, and want so much that you don't even feel the need to look for reviews or hears other peoples thoughts before you click 'order'. And Nars is a brand you know is going to deliver in terms of quality, so that was never a worry.

The reason I'm not normally drawn in by these types of palettes, is because more often than not, they're very gold in tone. Golden highlighters and shimmery bronzers, not things I like on me. This palette however, has four highlighters, the lightest one Rivage, is a beautiful champagne colour, and then there is Corniche, which is much more pinky in tone. Both stunning, and while the two gold powders - Crique and Galet, aren't shades I'd normally go for in highlighters, when applied lightly they give a subtle summer glow! 

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NARS-Bord-De-Plage-Review
NARS-Bord-De-Plage-Review

The other two powders in the palette are bronzers, Laguna and Casino. I've been a long time fan of Laguna, it was one of the very first bronzers I ever owned and I find it's never looked orange or muddy on me. Casino I've never tried, but have wanted to for a while with it being that little bit deeper, it should be a nice one for summer. 

I'm very pleased with this palette, I love all six shades -which isn't something I can say very often. And they all look just as beautiful on the eyes as they do on the cheeks, so when summers over and I've lost my teenie tiny bit of a tan, I'll still be able to find a use for this absolutely gorgeous thing!

Oh...and just a quick note of appreciation for the packaging? It's stunning! Not just the matt black cardboard outer which feels lovely and looks just as nice with the copper lettering. But the burnished metal top of the palette it's self, well, I love it almost as much as what's inside. 
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