Wednesday, 20 July 2016

COME FLY WITH ME


I'm currently typing this from the airplane. I've been up since 1:20am I've had about 2 hours sleep and my eyes feel like they are coated in acid. I'm so tired!! But......we are on our way to Gran Canaria so you know, life could be worse. 

Flying is so stressful with a diabetic though. All of Fletchers hand luggage is medicine, needles and infusion kits!! He has to be scanned every time he goes through departures because of his insulin pump and all the excitement of going on holiday does crazy things to his blood sugar levels. But it's all worth it in the end and oh my word has he been excited about this holiday, we all have actually. 

Departures was so slow today that we didn't even have time to do any duty free shopping, I suppose that's a good thing though really, I mean I don't really need another foundation or lipstick, but I deliberately didn't put perfume on this morning so that I could abuse the perfume counter so I'm pretty sad about that. 

Entertaining kids is always fun on a plane too isn't it, thank god for iPads. The lady in the seat in front of Fletch has already asked us if he can stop kicking her chair (my bad). Fletch always struggles with his ears on flights and within 20 minutes of being up in the air he asked if daddy could land the plane now, I don't think he realises that Dylan isn't a pilot and is in fact an aircraft engineer. Oh and I've just paid £2.70 for a disgusting cup of coffee. But then what do you expect, I am flying with RyanAir. One day I will experience the luxury of first class on a Virgin flight, I mean you get your own bed goddamnit, oh what I'd give for a little nap right now. 

Are we nearly there yet?

Keep Smiling
xxx


Saturday, 9 July 2016

BRUNCH

I was recently asked to share what my perfect brunch would look like. I obviously immediately went to the fountain of all inspiration PINTEREST!! I have to be honest it has really got me in the mood for hosting my own brunch so watch this space, I may be hosting my very own brunch soon. 

We're big picnic fans in this house so I would most definitely go down the picnic theme, ideally outside with a nice boho rustic feel with wild flowers/gypsophila/daisies in little jam jars, some soft mellow music in the background (maybe some oldskool Jack Johnson or Norah Jones) blankets and cushions scattered about, bunting and  I simply love the idea of using pallets as little tables. 

The menu would include:

  • Mini cinnamon rolls 
  • Granola with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit
  • Scones with jam and clotted cream (I am Cornish after all)
  • Mini pancakes on sticks 
  • Strawberries 
  • A mimosa bar with a choice of juices and fresh fruit 
My invitations would have the same wild and free, picnic, boho vibe. Paperless Post do a rather grand selection of online invitations which you can customise and send to your friends. 

Most importantly I would bring a huge amount of fun!

I think brunch is such a nice idea as a little get together with the girls.  I don't go out often and actually prefer to meet up with the girls in a nice relaxed atmosphere and whats more relaxing than sitting outside on blankets and cushions in the sun in the comfort of yours or your friends home.

I hope this has inspired you to get your friends together for a morning of mimosas and giggles, its definitely has me. Now we just need summer to come back.


Keep Smiling
xxx 


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

PORTHCURNICK


The other week we took a little drive down to somewhere i've never been before...........Porthcurnick beach.  I woke that morning with the idea of having lunch on the beach so quickly went to the place where I go for everything (GOOGLE) and googled beach cafes in Cornwall.  Now, living in Cornwall means we have quite a good little selection of beach cafes, most of which I have already frequented, I mean i've lost count how many times i've been to Gylly Cafe so I wanted to try something new and I came across The Hidden Hut.  

Its short its a beach cafe on a cliffs edge overlooking Porthcurnick beach, its cute, rustic and had the most amazing selection of fresh cakes.  Everything is cooked on an outdoor makeshift kitchen and its all kept very simple. It really is a lovely little unique place to eat and the red pepper houmous was delicious. I would love to go back to one of their evening events some day.

After our spot of lunch made our way down to the beach where we made sandcastles and I stood at the waters edge for quite some time just listening to the waves breaking.  On our way back to the car a bride and groom pulled up in a VW wedding van, it was beautiful and made me wish I had one at our wedding (10 years ago!).

I love exploring this little place I call home.  Cornwall really is the best!

Keep Smiling
xxx

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

10 YEARS


On Friday 17th June 2016 Dylan and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  Its something i'm pretty proud of, I mean marriages last about 2 minutes nowadays and ours has been way over 5,259,600 minutes (yeah I googled it).

We celebrated by having a little mini break in and around Oxfordshire as Dylan is based at RAF Brize Norton.  Fletcher came with us as unfortunately I can't switch his diabetes off and someone has to change his cannula every 3 days. Really wish they would hurry up with that cure that they keep talking about.

Now the thing about travelling and celebrating with your offspring in tow is that you don't generally end up doing anything that you want to do, you kind of plan things that your child will love, which i'm perfectly fine with (although it would have been nice to have spent some more time in Anthropoligie without a whingy child).  

We spent Thursday night in a house on base which basically had a park as a back garden - #winner.  Fletch was up in the night for an hour because his nose was blocked and he couldn't sleep, so that was fun times.  

Friday morning we headed into Bath for a wander.  I love Bath, it's such a pretty city with all the limestone buildings.  We went in a couple of shops, watched a guy making enormous bubbles and then walked to the Royal Cresent because I like looking at pretty houses that I could never afford.  We then made our way to Timbrells Yard in Bradford-On-Avon.  It absolutely chucked it down when we arrived, thunder and lightening and everything and we all got soaked through to our pants! Which was quite annoying as I had spent time curling my hair in the morning only to resemble a drowned rat by the evening. We enjoyed a lovely meal at Sebastian's Bistro  that evening and then got an early night.

Saturday we got up, had breakfast and headed straight to Longleat Safari Park. The last time we went was back in 2009 so it was nice to go back. We avoided the monkey enclosure because we saw the damage they did to everyones cars. Fletcher fed a giraffe, held a snake and a tarantula, that boy is fearless. That evening we then made our way to Swindon for our last hotel stop The Marriott we had dinner at Prezzo (because they do great kids meals) and then went back to the hotel for a couple of games of Ludo. At this point I was hit pretty hard with a cold and was starting to feel like rubbish. 

Sunday was our last day.  We went to the outlet centre in Swindon for an hour or so and then made our way back to base where Dylan showed us around a Hercules, Fletcher was pretty impressed (I was too actually) and then I had the long 4 hour journey back home to Cornwall.

It was a wonderful weekend, filled with love and quality family time and I felt like I had a really good break from it all. I'm absolutely exhausted now though and cannot wait for this cold to do one!

Keep Smiling

xxx


Friday, 10 June 2016

PATIENCE

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I never realised how patient I was until I became a mother.  If I could give any advice on raising a child, patience would be it! 

Yesterday morning Fletcher and I had an appointment with the dentist.  We got to the dentists nice and early, I read 4 books to Fletcher and the rest of the waiting room, which felt kinda weird, whilst we waited for our name to be called.  Literally 2 minutes before we were called in Fletcher announced that he felt hypo, a quick finger prick test confirmed this so there I am sat in the waiting room at the dental practice taking out a bag of Haribo and giving them to my 4 year old son........perfect timing.  

After our appointment I thought I would quickly nip into town as I wanted to go into Topshop and also needed to pop into Boots for deodorant and eye cream.  So now I'm in Topshop changing rooms in my bra and pants and Fletcher pipes up "mummy i've got some bad news" "I need a poo" So I quickly got changed, hid the clothes that I wanted to purchase (I didn't want anyone else getting their mitts on them) and went to one of my favourite places....the public toilets, where Fletcher then decided he wanted to count every single one of the stairs that we walked up (there were 16 btw) and then once in the cubicle announced to the world that his poo was taking a long time to come out and then asked if I had had a poo yet today? I decided it was best not to answer, no one needs to hear about my bowel activity. Cheers for that! We finished up and then had to count the stairs on the way down too (14 on the way down?)

I had parked in an hour bay so when I had been there for 55 minutes I thought I better wrap this up and get back to the car before I get a ticket only for Fletcher to then say those 3 dreaded words again "I Feel Hypo" and low and behold he was so we then had to abandon walking back to the car because his legs turn to jelly when he's hypo and he can't walk.  We finally got back to the car 15 minutes later thankfully with no ticket.......phew!

I reckon I could have shaved off at least 30 minutes of this time had I gone into town on my own but then on the other hand I wouldn't have had my singing partner in the car and I wouldn't have experienced the ultimate test of patience would I.

(have YOU had a poo today?)
Keep Smiling
xxx 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

JO MALONE BLACKBERRY & BAY


Oh I wish we had a Jo Malone store in Cornwall.  My nearest stockist is Exeter (180mile round trip) Although its probably saving me a fortune that we don't have one here.  My sister bought me this perfume for my birthday last year and its safe to say its becoming a firm favourite even overtaking Peony & Blush Suede, which is another perfect summer fragrance.

I love the fruity fresh notes of the blackberry mixed in with the more woody notes from the cederwood.  Its the perfect combo and I've been reaching for it morning after morning.  I should probably calm down a bit though, otherwise its gonna run out arrgghhhh!!!

Next on my wish list is Mimosa & Cardamom and Earl Grey and Cucumber 

Whats your favourite Jo Malone scent?
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xxx

Saturday, 4 June 2016

HOLIDAY PREP


It dawned on me recently that our holiday to Gran Canaria is next month.........eek!  I've been slowly adding little bits to my holiday wardrobe and have been getting my body ready to get back into my Triangl bikini.

1.  SKINNY COFFEE CLUB- I've been drinking this now for over a month and you guys it is soooo nice.  Never have I ever drank my coffee black but Skinny Coffee Club state that this is the best way to drink it, so thats what i've been doing and I am really enjoying it.  I've also been enjoying the benefits of drinking it, I suffer from afternoon bloat and this has helped significantly.

2.  VITA DROPS - I've been adding this to my water every day.  It claims to help promote the bodies natural ability to burn fat and consume more calories which quite frankly I am all over. Anything that helps burn fat is a winner in my books.

3. COCONUT QUENCH - Been popping one of these every morning to help with my ridiculously dehydrated skin.  Getting old sucks, I have some rather impressive crows feet, forehead lines and laughter lines, but then it could be worse I could have frown lines and look miserable all the time.  At least my wrinkles are happy wrinkles :-)

4. CLEAN EATING - I've always been a firm believer of eating healthy Mon-Fri and having a few treats at the weekend without overindulging.  Sometimes eating clean can be a little boring and bland but I cooked the Chinese Stir Fry from Madeleine Shaw's website yesterday and it was bloomin marvelous. I think I may need to purchase her books for more health meal inspiration.

5.  CLOTHING - Well it wouldn't be a holiday without some new clothing would it.  My wardrobe was very lacking in dresses so I picked up a few of those, 3 out of the 4 being off the shoulder numbers. I knew I wanted a nice maxi dress this year and this one was just what I was looking for.

6. SANDALS - I saw these on Tanya Burr's blog and immediately followed the link to purchase them. They are beautiful, real leather and the tan colour will go with so much.

7. HANDBAG - How gorgeous and bright is this bag from Karen Millen. A perfect punch of colour for summer and the smell of the leather is divine.

8. ANKLET - I'm not sure what even made me purchase this but I am so glad I did because as soon as i put it on it I loved it.  It's so beachy and you all know how much I love a beach!

I still want to get a couple of bits (i'm never satisfied) I've got my eye on these shorts from Topshop, Becca highlighter, a new pair of Raybans, some Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, this gorgeous Hammam towel from Chalk Bay and a good exfoliator (I've heard good things about this one from The Body Shop)

How do you prep summer?

Keep Smiling
xxx
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