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WHAT I EAT IN A DAY

I never thought I'd ever be writing a blogpost about what I eat in a day but as so many of you have been asking me recently I thought I'd just get a very quick blogpost up.

So my mantra to food is "everything in moderation". I'll never deprive myself of anything and the way I get around this is to eat relatively good in the week and indulge ever so slightly at the weekend.  I meal plan every week as I like to know what i'm having each day. I find this saves money and avoids wastage. This is what I ate on Friday.......The start of the weekend {and the indulgences}




7:30am
Now I am a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast and always start my day with a big hearty bowl of porridge. To this I add sultanas, almonds and semi skimmed milk and top it with a whole chopped banana and a dusting of cinnamon accompanied by a large mug of coffee (no sugar). Its my ultimate favourite breakfast.

I also take an Omega 3 supplement daily and wash this down with a glass of water.




10am
After breakfast I did a workout and I like to follow my workouts up with an energy ball. I always make the Deliciously Ella Cacao and Almond ones using the recipe from her website. Its just 5 ingredients and they taste amazeballs. So I had one of these and an orange.


12:30pm
I had my Tesco shop delivered that morning and had a fresh batch of hot cross buns delivered so I had one of those and then a low fat greek yoghurt with a small box of raisins tipped in.


3pm
I was starting to feel a bit peckish so had a Nature Valley Peanut Butter biscuit. These are absolutely divine. I always have these kicking around in my kitchen cupboard.



7:30pm
This was a late tea for me because I had friends over but I had made a sausage and bean casserole in the slow cooker which I then totally devoured and forgot to take a photo of! I will share the recipe and pictures another time. So instead here is what I ate on Saturday which is actually quite similar. Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans from The Organised Mum website with a side of tiger bread and broccoli. YUM!

I did remember to take a pic of the dessert I had on Friday however. Rocky road cheesecake which my friend Amy brought with her and MaltEaster Bunnies (which I ate 2 of) that my other friend Steph brought with her.


9:30pm
A big mug of Horlicks - I have one EVERY single night before bed and have done for about the past 7-8 years. I find it helps me sleep and its full of vitamins and minerals.

I hope you enjoyed this little peak into what I eat in a day. I'll try and get a midweek version up too just so you can see the difference {theres not much to be fair}

Keep Smiling
xxx

Talland Bay Hotel | Review


*This was a gifted stay for a review. Talland Bay Hotel is somewhere that both Dylan and I fell in love with when visiting for lunch in January. As always, all words, images and views are my own. 

Quality time with your other half is so important. After you have a child its so easy to neglect your marriage and just put all your energy and focus on your child and whilst this is obviously brilliant you can often forget that you had a life before kids. I really do believe that when you become a mother you lose a little bit of yourself after having a baby and it can take a while to feel like YOU again. I often wonder if dads feel the same? I imagine they do.

Now obviously I'm 7 years into this motherhood thing as my baby is 7 so I definitely feel like "me" again but we were thrown a curveball when Fletch was 2 because he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes which brings a whole world of complications along with it. Whilst all my other mummy friends were enjoying nights away with their husbands or having weekend trips away we were kinda stuck. Asking someone to look after a diabetic child is a BIG ask and a lot of people just don't want to take on that responsibility, which I totally get, its scary, what if something goes wrong? To this day only 4 people in our lives know exactly how to look after Fletcher with regards to his diabetes and one of those is my incredible mum.

So when Talland Bay Hotel got in contact with me to ask if Dylan and I would like to stay at the hotel  overnight with dinner and breakfast in exchange for a review of the experience I was extremely grateful to be offered the chance but my immediate thought was Fletcher. Thankfully my mum agreed to look after Fletch for the night and as the hotel is local we could always go home if need be, luckily we didn't need to and had the most incredible time.

So lets get onto the review shall we..... Talland Bay Hotel is somewhere that we stumbled upon by accident back in January and it was a very pleasant accident. We had planned to visit the cafe in the bay for lunch but it was closed for winter so we decided to stop at the hotel for lunch instead and i'm so glad we did. I was so impressed with the quality of the food and the decor of the hotel so you can imagine my sheer delight when they asked if we wanted to stay overnight.


The Hotel
Talland Bay Hotel is a privately owned coastal retreat overlooking the bay tucked away in a tranquil corner of South East Cornwall.  The house dates back to the 16th century and is eclectically styled. Every corner is full of all sorts of quirky art and sculptures, there really is so much to see within the hotel itself and Dylan and I found ourselves pointing out little things every time we saw something. What I really love about the hotel is that it is also dog friendly offering a Wallace & Gromit break for your four legged friend, they even get a sausage for breakfast! Unfortunately we couldn't bring Maisy along with us as she is not very good with unfamiliar surroundings and so she stayed at home with my mum but how amazing would it be to be able to bring your dog along with you and not have to worry about putting them in kennels.

The hotel has been awarded:
Restaurant of the Year - Silver (Cornwall Tourism Awards 18/19)
Small Hotel of the Year - Gold (Cornwall Tourism Awards 18/19)
Gold award for Hotel - Taste of the West
Gold award for Restaurant - Taste of the West 



The Room 
After a very smooth check-in we were escorted to our room. We stayed in room 27 which was absolutely stunning. Centre stage was the humungous sleigh bed (which was incredibly soft and squishy let me tell ya), the bathroom came complete with The White Company toiletries which got me very excited, a selection of teas, coffees and hot chocolate. A separate dressing/make up area and most importantly THAT view of the sea. It was impeccable!

After making ourselves comfortable in the room and making a not so quick phonecall home to check on Fletch (we had some diabetes related issues would you believe and my sister had to change his Dexcom sensor) we then took a nice stroll down to the beach, collected some seaglass, walked over the rocks, jumped over a stream and climbed up a big hill (this is starting to sound like the children's book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt"). We had a reservation for dinner at 7pm so made sure we were back at the hotel with plenty of time to chill before getting ready for dinner.


The Restaurant
WOW is the first word that comes to mind. It really is no surprise that they won the Silver Award for Restaurant of the Year 2018/2019 . The food was exquisite. We started off at the bar where we were presented with some delicious canap├ęs to whet the appetite. We ordered a couple of gins from the extensive gin menu. They have over 100 different gins to choose from including their very own gin which both Dylan and I had a glass of and I can confirm it is very refreshing. We then made our way to our table. We opted for the 3 course meal which also came with palette cleansers in between. It was honestly one of the best meals I have ever had and some of the dishes were so cleverly thought out.  Like the pre-dessert for example which was a Pana Cotta with a mango yolk and a side of Victoria sponge and was presented in an egg shell - egg and soldiers anyone? All of the staff were so friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, always making sure our glasses were full with water and asking whether we needed anything more.


Breakfast
After having an amazing nights sleep in the squishy bed of dreams we headed down to the terrace for breakfast where there was a vast selection of pastries, cereal, fruit and juices at the buffet and then also a separate cooked menu. Ordinarily when I'm at home I would just have a big bowl of porridge but this was a special occasion and so I opted for the buttermilk pancakes with mascarpone which were AH-MAZ-ING, i'll definitely be trying to recreate them at home.    

All in all we had the most wonderful stay at Talland Bay Hotel. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, the food is superb, the rooms are impeccable and the location is so peaceful and beautiful. We literally couldn't fault it and can't wait to return soon.

Keep Smiling
xxx

  


HAIR ROUTINE

I've been meaning to write this blogpost for so long now!

I get asked quite a lot on Instagram what hair products and tools I use on my hair. Although I do like to try lots of different products I do have my firm favourites that i reach for time and time again and that I feel make a real difference to the condition of my hair. Some of these products I've used for years other's are relatively new to me but have made such an impact that I know I will continue to use them for the foreseeable.

Before we get into the good stuff I just want to clarify that every single item I'm mentioning in this blogpost was bought using my own money, not that that should make any difference anyway as I would only ever recommend products that I love regardless of whether I bought them myself or they were sent as a gift. However some of the links within the blogpost may be affiliate links.

Right thats cleared all that up...... So first off I only wash my hair twice a week (Sundays & Wednesdays) - I'm aware this may sound gross to some of you but my hair lasts pretty well (although sometime I rely heavily on dry shampoo in between washes).

Onto the products....


Wednesdays

I've been using this shampoo for well over a year now. It smells absolutely divine, leaves my hair silky smooth and its pretty darn cheap. I lather up with this first and then move onto my purple shampoo.

Purple Shampoo - Fanola No Yellow
Recommended by my hairdresser (and Im so glad she did *thanks Holly). This is hands down the best purple shampoo on the market in my opinion. A lot of other purple shampoos can be so drying but this one leaves my hair feeling great and honestly smells incredible. I mainly focus on applying this to the mid section and ends of my hair because this stuff would turn your scalp purple. I always wear gloves before applying it otherwise you end up with purple hands and cuticles. I leave it on for around 3-5 minutes and rinse off and then follow up with my conditioner.

Again just like the shampoo, its such a lovely smelling product at a really great price. I can't fault it. I apply it just to the ends of my hair, leave for a couple of minutes and rinse.

Sundays

Treatment - Olaplex No3
WOW - What an amazing product this is. Again this is another product that was introduced to me by my hairdresser - she actually adds it into my colour to make the whole process less damaging but you can buy the final step (No3) to use at home. With this i just do what it says on the bottle. I get my hair wet, apply a generous amount all over, leave it for at least 10 minutes and then rinse, wash and condition.

Lather up twice, rinse.

Apply to ends, leave for a couple of minutes, rinse 

 
Taming
When it comes to taming my hair I have some stand out products. I recently discovered Ouai whilst perusing Sephora in Florida and fell in love with both the oil and finishing creme after testing out both products in the store.

Ouai Hair Oil
I use this after I have towel dried my hair. Usually 1-2 pumps is enough.  I distribute it throughout the length of my hair and brush it through with my tangleteezer brush. I then go on to dry my hair using an extremely old hair dryer from Toni Guy (its literally about 20 years old)

Ouai Finishing Creme
This is usually the final step. Once I have dried and styled my hair (either straightened or curled), I will get a small amount of this and rub it between my palms and then just run my fingers though my hair quite haphazardly to give a lived in look. This is probably my favourite styling product.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
Cannot live without this stuff in my life. I will spritz this onto my roots as and when I need it  (usually on Tuesdays and Saturdays) and just rub it into the roots to stop that grey/dusty look. I usually pick this up when its on offer, which it is quite often.


Styling
The question I get asked the most is "how do you curl your hair like that?". This is all explained and demonstrated in a little tutorial that I did on Youtube last year - I actually have a little video on IGTV too if you'd rather watch it over there. But essentially i just use my very old GHD straightening irons.




Hairdresser
Finally the most important part is to find a hairdresser that you love and trust and when you do find the perfect one grab hold of them with both hands and never let them go haha. Make sure you always book your next appointment before you  leave. I have the most incredible hairdresser called Holly (link to her Instagram HERE) if you live in Cornwall she is definitely worth checking out (although she's a pretty busy lady). For the last couple of years I've stuck with balayage highlights as its so low maintenance just switching it up with more blondes or browns throughout the seasons.

I hope this answers a lot of your questions.

Keep Smiling
xxx

awin