Sunday, 14 December 2014

Pebble Art

I've been meaning to do this art project for some time.  Ever since we went to the beach in October for a holiday, I found these lovely pebbles on the beach.  I picked out a few and had an idea to create a piece of art from them, to remind us of our holiday there.

I got a memory frame, some hard backing card and set about seeing how I could make it work.  I ordered them in three different designs, knowing that I wanted four little figures set against the rocks.

After a family discussion, we all decided on the formation and this is the end result.  I'm so happy with it.

I'm planning on creating another - in fact I already have several requests!  So will have my proper camera then and will take some better pictures. All of these have been done on my phone and the flash is a real problem on it!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Holiday Gift Guide

I've seen a lot of these holiday gift guides doing the rounds on the blogs so, here is mine.
This guide is based on things that I've totally loved this year and would recommend anyone getting.
If you're anything like me, then when people ask 'what do you want for Christmas' blank face ensues and shrug of the shoulders.
I am lucky in that I get wonderful presents, but if your loved ones are pestering you for ideas and need a definite item and you have no idea what to ask for then the list below is a good start.

1. I adore these name rings.  I think to have the names of people closest to you worn around your finger is both sentimental and stylish.

2. This Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream,  is something I have been meaning to try for ages.  It has great reviews and I'm always looking for a new moisturizer and this on my Christmas list this year so fingers crossed!

3. One of my best friends got me a book clutch for my birthday and it's one of my most beautiful possessions.  I adore it so much that I'm almost at the point of being afraid to use it just in case it gets damaged.

4. Earlier in the year I reviewed heat holders blankets and socks and I would totally recommend anyone to buy some. We have got so much use out of these both around the house and the blanket is always in my car should we need to stop and keep warm!

5. I could buy anything and everything from Anthopologie, and have spent many happy hours just browsing on their web site but this scarf is what I have my eye on at the moment.

6. When we were in New York I bought a Fedora Hat and it's been well used.  I'm not that confident a person at pulling of a hat, but some how this one I don't mind wearing.

Or if none of the above appeals, you could always ask for vouchers.  Not unimaginative high street vouchers but the homemade, unbuyable kind.  Like 'a whole day in a bookstore with money for lunch' or 'a massage and foot spa with a bottle of wine' anything that you would really love.  Mine would be babysitting vouchers.  An evening without the kiddos and time to spend with just me and my husband - they would be priceless!

Friday, 28 November 2014


Poor blog.
I forget I have this sometimes, well, what I actually mean is that I do remember that I own a blog, but I forget that in order to keep the blog going I have to post.

I make up all these great posts in my head (usually just before going to sleep) and then forget to post them.  You'd have loved them, if I'd ever got round to typing them out.

So anyway, I'm not going to make up a load of crappy excuses as to why I've been a bit lax over here. I have a job, two kids and I'm trying to write a book so y'know, I do my best.  But.  Things are looking up, I've just signed up to join a 'December Reflections' over with the wonderful Susanna Conway to tie up 2014 and 'close the year in style.'

Each day of December there is a photo prompt and I like the idea of that.  So hopefully, December will be jam packed full of posts.  But, don't hold your breath or anything. x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Catching up

I seem to have been meaning to blog for ages.
Each morning I've had it on my to do list and then the day zooms along and I've not blogged and then it's weeks that are zooming by and then months and this blog has nothing new to say.

Time has been in short supply around here, it has been hectic.  HECTIC.

Here's what's happened.

We went to New York!

I have been wanting to go to America since I was 19, so this was a big deal for me.  So big that I made myself a little bit ill before going with all the excitement and worry at leaving the kids (yep it was just me and the hubster - I know!)

So with getting ready to leave work, leave the children and have the house in some organized manner so that my lovely in-laws could stay over it was a complete panic in the countdown before we left.

But by the time I was on the plane and hearing American accents I was calm.  
Sort of.  We had four days in the city and it was like no where else I've ever been.  Everyone tells you what you have to see, where you have to go, what you simply must do and we crammed as much as we could into those four days and still we didn't get to do everything. 

Brooklyn Bridge was amazing, we got a taxi over to Brooklyn and walked back along the bridge to see the skyline.  I've just scanned through my pictures and I have so many of that walk!  The view is just jaw dropping every step of the way.

Our hotel was right by the madness of Times Square.  Wonderful as it was so close to all the big things to see, but next time, I'd stay a way bit out.  I was on sensory overload every time I stepped out of the hotel!

 We had a whole day in Central Park and seeing this falconer statue was a real must for Stephen.  The sun was shining and we took a boat out - it was pretty amazing.

Another thing I had to do was visit Carrie Bradshaws home in the TV show Sex and The City.  This is me doing my best Carrie Bradshaw pose...

I turned 40!

I did have a whole countdown to this birthday but it kind of got lost somewhere before the summer. So this dramatic age that I was building up to, came and went like any other birthday and with lots of celebration. The photo below is one of me and my sisters.  I'm still going to do my list of goals that I had planned to do before this date - but who knows when?   

Aidan started High School!

Another big deal - my little boy is no longer in Primary School.  
It felt a bit like Christmas - you know it's coming, you absolutely know the date and what will happen, but when it arrives it's almost like it's a bit of a shock.  Like you had no idea about it at all.

Happy to say that he's really enjoying his new school but that first day.....oh I was a mess!

So that's what I've been up to for these past weeks, along with lots of other little things that I will hopefully get to post about in the coming weeks.  
How's things with you? x

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Heat Holders Review

This was meant to be a completely different post.
It was meant to be full of pictures of us having a picnic on a hot, sunny day. Of how we took the blanket and socks that Heat Holders sent us out to a field, patted down the grass and laid it out for our picnic.

However, a few things have happened since we had that picnic, one of them being that the camera with all our lovely pictures on got stolen before I had chance to upload them onto the computer.

We planned to go again, but we got sick and then life went into overdrive as we got ready to go on holiday and then my birthday plans (which is another post entirely) leaving us no time to do anything let alone go out and enjoy a  leisurely picnic.

So you won't see the pictures of Talia outstretched on the rug running her hands along it because it was so soft.

You won't see Aidan wearing the socks in the field and grinning widely and loving how cosy they were and you won't see me, eating my sandwiches and feeling all posh because we had such a great picnic blanket to use.

But what I can tell you is that the Heat Holders socks and blanket we were sent to try out are lovely.

Each item is wonderfully cozy, soft and warm.  

The blanket is big - all four of us could sit on it comfortably when we had our picnic and Talia especially loved the texture.

She kept lying down on it and rolling over, pushing her face into it and going 'ahhhhhh.' 

The socks are lovely and fluffy, really thick and very warm.  We could only wear them for a little while on our picnic as the sun was out and they really do keep the heat, but since then, Aidan has been using them as slippers around the house.

They're going to be much used as the weather gets colder, and although we were sent these products, I wouldn't hesitate in buying them.  In fact, I think I'm going to get some more of the socks so we always have some to hand in winter.

And a new camera has now been purchased, so when we get time, we're going to do the picnic again and that post will be full of the right pictures!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Raw Chocolate Brownies

I've been meaning to make these for ages but couldn't find the raw cacao powder anywhere - I know I can get it online and at some health food shops, but I just never seemed to get round to getting my hands on some.  Anyway, that all changed when I saw it in Tesco. I snapped up a jar, quite pricey, but totally worth it, and then got the other ingredients together - pecan nuts and dates.

The magic of cacao powder is that it's made by cold processing raw cocoa beans, which keeps the living enzymes in, but not the fat. Meaning that it helps do loads of wonderful stuff like reduce blood pressure, protect the nervous system and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

It can even help to slow down the aging process, which I think is pretty impressive for something that tastes divine. Needless to say I will be drinking a lot of hot chocolate made with this stuff from now on and eating these brownies, which were ridiculously easy to make. You basically just chuck everything in the food processor and that's it!

I worked off this recipe from Deliciously Ella.  
I'm a little bit in love with this site to be honest, I've tried out three of the recipes from there so far and they've all been lovely.  (Even the courgette pasta which I was totally sure would taste terrible.)

Next time I make them I'm going to increase the maple syrup, use less dates and maybe add a little coconut oil.   
Ella doesn't really give measurements - just to use the same cup size, and I think my levels on my first attempt might have been a little out.  However, the batch didn't last long.  Gone in two days.  It's quite addictive stuff, every time I opened the fridge I seemed to be eating some so next time I need to store it right at the back of the top shelf, just so they last a little longer.

Friday, 4 July 2014


I took this picture this morning.  It was just taken with my phone, nothing fancy, but I wanted to record what was ahead of me.
I'd just come from dropping Aidan off at high school for his taster day and it surprisingly knocked me sideways a little.  I watched him walk off, on his own, into the doorway of this huge building, alongside all these other massive kids and had to fight the urge to run after him.  To make sure he was okay, that he knew where he was going, that he'd find where he was supposed to be.
I'm not going to lie, it was a little hard.  I cried just a tiny bit and, as my husband pointed out, he's not even started properly yet.  What will I be like come September?

So we took a walk into the woods, one of our favorite spots, just so I could clear my head.
But to be honest, it's been that kind of week.
One of the agents I sent my book out to got back with some edits and trying to get through those, whilst doing the day job, whilst doing the million other things that need doing alongside child care has just been a little...overwhelming.
I've neglected this blog. (I have so many posts I want to do) We've eaten mostly junk and the house is, well, not as tidy as it should be.

This weekend I plan to get myself together a bit so next week isn't so hard.  I'm back to the meal planning with a vengeance, I'm doing a bit of baking and cooking and then freezing the stuff and I'm getting organised with the house work.  Everything is going back to where it should be so I can feel a little calmer about it all come Monday.

Some day I plan to actually do a post about writing and editing, but for now, that will have to wait. I have a large glass of red waiting with my name on it.
Have a good weekend y'all. x


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