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Monday, 29 June 2015

Beauty: The Skincare Essentials I Swear By for My Kids

I am quite happy to experiment on skincare products for myself, but when it comes to the kids, who have sensitive skin, I stick with what I know works. An allergic reaction to skincare in our household generally means an itchy night for the child involved and a sleepiness night for mum, which I like to avoid at all costs. The result of this is that I now have a list of products that I would not do without, even on a holiday.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Travel: Pisa - Babymooning in Tuscany Part 2

Florence and Pisa are separated by an hour long train journey, so after a few days appreciating the breath-taking art in Florence (last week's post), we decided to take a short trip to Pisa to look at some incredible architecture.  The yummy gelato, particularly Tiramisu and Pistachio-flavoured, was a definite draw too.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Food: Light and Fluffy Tiramisu

With my thoughts happily floating through my lovely memories of Tuscany, I decided to carry on with the Italian theme this week and made a Tiramisu, using a family recipe I received from a lab mate I met while studying for my PhD. I've spent this week thinking rather a lot of my own lab experiences (following the Tim Hunt furore) and realised that in my own experience, labs were quite social places.  Yes, there was the odd lab relationship, but workplace romances happen in other places too, not just in science!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Beauty: My Little Box June 2015 Review - My Little French Riviera Box

The much anticipated, June edition of My Little Box finally arrived this morning and I couldn't wait to share it with you.  The theme this month is the French Riviera and it certainly is a good one. The My Little World magazine this month has interior designer, Sarah Lavoine, as the interviewee, which I really liked as the beauty blogger interviews, while interesting, were starting to feel a bit same-y. As usual, the box contained an inspirational quote illustration, two lifestyle products and three beauty products.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Travel: Our Last Hurrah in Florence - Babymooning in Firenze

This week I came across a bag from a nearly forgotten trip from our life before kids. It's a cloth bag from the beautiful indoor food market (Mercato Centrale) in Florence and since the bag is quite fragile it had hardly been used. I've used it today, while running errands in town, and it brought back so many lovely memories of our trip to Florence, when I was heavily pregnant with our first-born. Before having kids we were adamant, naively so,  that our lives wouldn't change too much post-pregnancy and within months we'd be hauling baby up mountains and the like. I guess we figured that a little baby was very portable, but a small part of us must have realised that this was rubbish and so we booked  a week-long trip to Tuscany to indulge in an arty final hurrah.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Food: Garlicky Asparagus and Pea Risotto

I try to have at least two vege only days per week, and usually opt for a risotto for dinner as they're so easy to make and also pretty filling. While asparagus is still in season I decided to make a Garlicky Asparagus and Pea Risotto. The asparagus is roasted with sliced garlic and dressed with lemon, which is a delicious way to serve it, not only in a risotto. 

Garlicky Asparagus and Pea Risotto

Monday, 15 June 2015

Beauty: 1 Year Blog Anniversary and a Mini Skincare Haul

Wow! My blog has turned 1! When I started this blog a year ago, I had no expectations at all. I didn't have any plans as to how often I would blog and I am happy that I slipped into a blogging schedule very early on  and have pretty much stuck to that. As I've incorporated my different interests into the blog, I've surprised myself by the realisation that I like writing about some things more than others (can you guess which?). I love that the blog is evolving into a snapshot of my life at this point and am interested to see how my evolving interests shape the blog into the future. I'd love to keep the blog going for as long as possible and am eager to develop my little part of the internet. Thank you so much for reading. It means the world to me. On to the haul....

Friday, 12 June 2015

Life: What's Blooming in My Garden - June 2015

We're currently enjoying superb weather in Scotland and I've been spending a lot of time enjoying our little garden. The garden is really a work in progress and even though we've been gardening for a few years now, we still know so little. Our aim is to have splashes of colour throughout the year, but for the past few years, June has been the month when the garden comes alive and butterflies, bees and birds pay a visit.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Food: Mocktail #1 - Virgin (Bloody) Mary

The weather has been lovely over the past few days, which roughly translates into Gin & Tonic weather for me. However, during this self-imposed dry month, I've been experimenting with various mocktails, which has made me realise that if all my soft drinks tasted as good as my Virgin Mary, I probably wouldn't drink any alcohol at all!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Beauty: Face of the Day for a Scottish Summer

The weather has finally decided to warm up a bit and I couldn't be happier. One of the perks of a Scottish summer is that the the days are now very long. Sunset is now closer to 10pm which I guess is sufficient payback after the dark winter we endured.