Friday, 28 August 2015

Book Review - Sleeping Arrangement

Sleeping Arrangement is wrote by Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickham

I read this whilst on Holiday and it was the perfect fun relaxing read I needed

Its a story of long lost love and present relationships in turmoil, but put these things together in a holiday home and eyes are opened, ears are listening and seeing what you have in front sometimes is the best thing in the world.
We all need to work hard at what we have to make ourselves happy and sometimes its lost over the years thanks to work and children and staying at home.
The book is great and I read it from front to back in a few days as I loved how each character was developing

A definate must for your bookshelf

Thursday, 27 August 2015

A day in London all because of Audrey!

I love actually I adore Audrey Hepburn and when I saw that there was an exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London I had to go. I roped one of my lovely friends into joining me and the day started off a blast as always ...

If you want to go and see the exhibition its only running until 18th October 2015, tickets are only £9, you can book them right here

A drive to Bedford, a train journey to St Pancras, a tube journey to Covent Garden
Mooching around the market stalls, watching the street performers, a huge lunch then a walk to Nelsons Column which happens to be right by the National Portrait Gallery which was our destination and the reason we were in London
As you can imagine we werent able to take photos in the gallery but it was truly amazing and I'm so pleased I pushed myself to go
We had a fabulous day, no rushing no sight seeing just a destination and food, chatter and tea breaks inbetween

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Salad Jars

I've hopped on the trend of salad jars as
a) they are a fantastic idea to sort out a lunch
b) they look awesome!

Some people tend to build up a weeks worth but I've found it easier and more economical to make them up the day before, using up odd bits of dinner that arent used up, there are so many options you can choose, but layering is certainly the best way


balsamic dressing, wholewheat pasta, salad leaves, red pepper, tomato, tuna mayo and cheese chunks
balsamic dressing, rice, salad leaves, shredded carrot, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, apple and cheese chunks
 Balsamic dressing, salad leaves, cherry tomatoes and tortilla chips
 Experiment and most of all enjoy

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

I fell in LOVE with Luxembourg

Our family holiday this year was in the beautiful Luxembourg, I truly believe I left a little of my heart there as I have terrible holiday blues

Heres our Holiday in pictures, in no particular order either!
We visited Trier in Germany, the chair lift in Vianden, Luxembourgh City, Mullerthal and generally driving around and seeing beautiful houses with pristine flower gardens outside each and everyone (sigh)




















Monday, 24 August 2015

Pottery Class - Bird Feeder

I've treated myself to a few extra pottery classes this summer, the first one was a bird feeder
When I arrived I had no idea in mind at all about a design, until I saw a butterfly print on the chair cover and went with that!
The clay we use turns out white (still surprises me everytime) so I chose to add a few hints of blue colour to my pot
For this class we had to throw the pot and make a bowl, then on the table we had to curve the bowl in to make a lip so the food wouldnt drop out and then add our decorations, of which were two pretty butterflies
I'll be honest, mine needed alot of support! Loo rolls make great supports, i'm certain there was 3 at one stage holding various bits up!
But the outcome was worth it! I LOVE it
I just need to find a place in the garden for it now!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Summer Holidays Week 2 & 3 ...

A few changes were made as the boys didnt go to my parents for as long as originally planned, our youngest had a melt down about me leaving me for so long (10 days) which I totally understood so we shortened it and did more movies and fun at home before they left for 5 sleeps!
The weather had been awful so we were literally housebound!
I had a hospital appointment, I love how the boys were talking indepth about the jurassic world lego game! They are both so grown up in this picture

One minute after arriving at my parents there was accident number 1
 Mums cat fell flat on her back as she always wants her belly rubbing! strange pudding!
Whilst the boys were at my parents me and the husband actually had a couple of lie ins! we had lunch out together which we both said was odd without the boys with us! we saw friends, I sorted out the house, he sorted out the car, I went to london, he went to work!!
I restocked in My Little Vintage and then before we knew it, it was time to collect the boys and also my neice as she was coming to stay with us and to holiday with us too!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Formica Goodness

I was so excited to come across this retro formica drop leaf table in yellow (missed a few heart beats)
I was also lucky enough to already have two wooden retro stools that go with it just perfectly
Its like having a retro diner in my workshop I LOVE it

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Summer Holidays Week 1 ...

bowling, pocket money spending in town, refreshments, *super happy me* as my tickets for the portrait gallery arrived! plus whilst the boys chilled with Dad in the evening, I popped out to my pottery class to create a bird feeder! soooo much fun
sleepovers, pizza, games, movies,
another week at home until the boys are off to my parents for a few sleeps ...

Friday, 24 July 2015

Raspberry Iced Tea

I Love Raspberry Iced Tea, if I see it on a menu I have to order it! sadly some are not so nice but in one cafe they served THE most amazing one i've ever tasted so I wanted to try and replicate it at home!
First things first - Iced Tea Bags are THE hardest and most expensive item to find!!! I know it took me ages!
I finally found some here on Ebay of all places

I brewed my tea as per the packet instructions and to get the taste I wanted I roughly mashed up some fresh raspberries, whilst it was brewing I added them, gave them a swirl, had a little taste, added a small amount of sugar to sweeten and voila one happy person drinking her home made raspberry iced tea!
If I'm honest I like strong tea so next time I make this I'm going to use two of the tea bags so I taste the tea even more
Pretty simple really so enjoy