Sometimes I yearn for comfort food. Food that fills me up, tastes delicious and can be popped in the freezer, ready for my next fix. The recipes I turn to at these times are usually tried and tested (and trusted) favourites, generally from the Jamie Oliver cookbooks I first used when I first discovered that I liked cooking. These are generally meals that the kids like eating too, because when I'm in a comfort food sort of mood, the last thing I want to hear is "I don't like it? When are you going to make something we like?"!
This time I opted for Jamie Oliver's delicious Spaghetti Bolognese from Happy Days with the Naked Chef. You have to try it! The rosemary, smoked bacon and sundried tomatoes bring a wonderfully earthy depth to the sauce. I always enjoy this with a glass of red. Amazing!
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
My obsession with all things planner related continues and I've been busily browsing Etsy shops to see what catches my eye. Pickings are quite slim when it comes to stickers designed specifically for planners in the UK who don't want to pay costly postage costs for stickers coming from abroad. I am still planning to buy some stickers from some USA sellers in the future, but for now, while the Planner Bug is still fresh, I'd thought I'd try some UK shops and I've been very happy with my selections thus far.
My first port of call was Michelle and Patch, based in Scotland and offering the most whimsical sticker designs I've seen. I bought a huge selection including Grocery Bags, Notebook/Planners, Period Trackers, Polaroid Cameras, Popcorn/Movie, Laptops, Cleaning Sampler, Stationery Love, Getting Pretty and A Day in the Park. The little samples Michelle included in the pack were lovely and I've already got my eye on a few more designs.
I've found that little stickers depicting an activity are the ones that are most useful to me, so from OodlemaDoodles I purchased her Little Cleaning Prompts, Watering Cans (because I always forget to water my plants), Fuel/Gas Pump Stickers and a decorative Strawberry and Lemon set. This order also came with a little celebration sampler set which was very cute and of excellent quality.
My final order came from StickelCo where I decided upon her Red and Orange Weekly Planner Kit (which I'm saving for a Superhero planning week), Purple and Orange Weekly Planner Kit and 180 Coloured Dots, which I find handy for creating tick boxes for To-Do lists.
I'm having great fun building my sticker collection so would love to hear of your favourite suppliers.
My previous planner sticker haul can be found here.
Monday, 27 July 2015
The summer berry harvest in my garden is late this year, compared to last, which has meant that we’ve had to visit the local pick-your-own farm to stock up on raspberries and the like. Late July in our household always means berry picking and jam making. Dissappointingly, our strawberries have not thrived at all this year, which has been a bit of a shame as the kids love seeing them grow. Our favourite is indisputably raspberry jam, and this year, after a particularly successful raspberry picking exercise where we picked upwards of 4kg of berries and saw cherries growing for the first time, we set to work immediately on our return.
Monday, 20 July 2015
I'm always very excited to try new things from Caudalie's range of products. My skin seems to love them so when I found myself looking out for a new night oil and eye cream, this is the range I most wanted to investigate.
I am already a fan of their Polyphenol C15 range and decided to try out the Overnight Detox Oil. The scent is quite strong, very herbal and less pleasant in my view to the rest of the range. It contains grape seed, rose hip, lavender and carrot oils. The scent doesn't linger though, which was a bit of a relief. The dry oil itself absorbs very quickly and as the bottle suggests using 6 drops at night, I didn't feel the need for using a night cream. Nevertheless, I woke to seriously smooth and plumped up skin. I'm in love!
My skin drinks up the VinoSource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum so when I spotted the VinoSource SOS Morning Eye Rescue, I was very excited to try it. I was surprised to find that it was a very light cream, almost liquid, which very quickly absorbed into my under eye area and plumped it up. My under eyes are generally very dry, so this was very welcome!
All in all, a very successful mini-haul. I can't seem to get enough of this brand!
Saturday, 18 July 2015
Sadly this month's My Little Box took ages to arrive, despite me receiving an email a week ago that it was already on it's way. I guess the box also took a Little Road Trip, the theme of this month's box.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Reading was my first true love. I read vociferously but when life becomes hectic, this pastime becomes sadly neglected. However, this changes as soon as I set off on my summer holidays. I take along quite a few books, as I read a book, on average, over 24 hours. I'm one of those readers who'd rather finish a book than sleep. Afternoon naps are therefore compulsory!
Monday, 13 July 2015
My half-marathon training is going very well thus far, but I'm still finding it hard to work out what I need to eat (and when) to keep my body well-fuelled. I've found that eating something small just before a morning run means that I prevent the inevitable energy slump midway through. Peanut butter toast works really well for me, as do these apricot and almond flapjacks which really give me an energy boost. The problem is that they're so good that I have to fight the temptation of consuming all the calories I've just burned, when I return from my run.
Apricot and Almond Flapjacks (Gluten-Free)
Friday, 10 July 2015
I've spent the month getting slowly hooked on Plan with Me videos on YouTube and after initially scoffing at the idea of wasting time decorating my diary, have now succumbed to the dark side. Once the initial decorating had begun, I decided to purchase a new 18 month diary (mid-August start) too and then I started browsing on Etsy and discovered a whole new world of planner supplies. I'm finding this new hobby of mine very relaxing and am really enjoying the act of decorating my diary alongside the kids, while they do their own crafting.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015
When the kids ask if they can cook something, they invariably mean that they want to eat what ever they've made in about 5 minutes. They like baking but lose interest while the cakes or biscuits are in the oven, and then I end up doing the decorating while they're playing. This week they asked whether they could make smoothies, which I thought was perfect for their limited attention span in the kitchen. This proved a great way for them to eat some red fruits they wouldn't generally eat, but obviously they were long gone by the time it came for clean up!
Black Forest Berry Smoothie
Black Forest Berry Smoothie
Monday, 6 July 2015
I never know what to wear on my face when the weather heats up. I hate piling on makeup that will melt off within an hour and in any case, when I'm out in the sun, my first priority is protecting my skin against sun damage. In search of some inspiration, I experimented with blending some lipstick shades and came up with a colour that I love for summer!