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As someone in there early 30s I think it's incredibly important to look after your skin and have a good solid skincare regime. 

I've always been fascinated by beauty and makeup from a very young age. I remember having my 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' routine down by the age of about 13. I still remember I absolutely loved The Body Shop tea tree oil face wash (oh the smell of it takes me back) . I also remember buying Bliss and Sugar magazine (remember them!) and jumping straight to the beauty pages. I loved finding out how to give myself at home manicures and how to give myself a facial or seeing what the hairstyle of the month was......typical girl.

Fastforward 20 years and i'm still that same girl, loving all things beauty related. I even went to college and studied Beauty Therapy a couple of years ago and am a fully fledged Level 2 Beauty Therapist although I am yet to use this qualification for anything other than sprucing my friends and family up, but thats fine by me, its something I genuinely love to do.

This weekend I made some time for myself and actually gave myself a really decent pedicure. I soaked, scrubbed, exfoliated, got rid of the cuticles and gave myself 2 coats of Essie Altitude Attitude (gorgeous colour btw). I also gave myself a little 'at home' facial using some products from Biore that were sent for me to try.

The Baking Soda Cleansing scrub reminded me a lot of the Dermalogica Microfoliant (which I also use and love) so if you are looking for a cheaper alternative this is a good dupe of that. My skin felt very clean afterwards and it didn't break my skin out or leave it feeling too dry which I find powder scrubs often do with my skin.

The 1 minute self heating mask was LUSH. It instantly warms up as soon as you start rubbing it in to your skin and its a really lovely feeling. It doesn't burn or sting, it just feels really good. After 1 minute of massaging in you just rinse it off (I like to do this with a flannel) and it then gives a cooling effect on the skin afterwards which just makes you feel so fresh and so clean.

The most exciting part for me though was the pore strips OH MY GOODNESS! There is nothing more satisfying than pulling a load of old dirt out from your pores and seeing the evidence on a white strip. The thing is, I didn't even think my pores where that blocked........how wrong was I. My skin has never felt so clean.

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I am so incredibly excited about the summer holidays this year and I'm not entirely sure why. I mean we've already had our family holiday to Portugal so its not as if I have that to look forward to. I think its just the fact that we have 6 weeks to play with. I'm really hoping for plenty of beach days, coastal walks, making the most of our National Trust membership and attempting to keep everything alive in my garden apart from the weeds, although I seem to be particularly good at keeping them alive.

Speaking of gardening. I feel like each year that passes I get a little bit better at this gardening malarky. Don't get me wrong I still forget to water my plants on occasions and don't even get me started on the slugs LOVING my Dahlias.....I must remember to keep topping up the slug pellets. But all of the above pictures were taken in my garden and I'm pretty proud of my David Austin Olivia Rose which is just about to flower for the third time this summer!

A few things I'm planning to do this summer include:

- Go to the beach
- Picnic in the park
- BBQ with friends
- Drinks in a beer garden
- Go away in the camper van
- Try a new watersport
- Use my National Trust membership as much as possible
- Go on a bike ride
- Read a book in my deckchair
- Eat ice-cream
- Visit the farmers market and pick up some local produce

Wishing you all the best summer ever!

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Top - Primark//Jeans - Gap//Flip Flops - Havaianas 

It's safe to say i've been feeling pretty shit about myself these past few days. I can't really put my finger on what triggered it but I would hazard a guess that its a mix of the holiday blues, time of the month and the grey drizzly days we've been having.

We came back from Portugal on Tuesday evening and after a pretty good nights sleep we woke to another beautiful sunny day so I managed to catch up on my laundry and then lie out in the sun for a good portion of the day, Wednesday was a pretty good day. I'd say the crappy feeling started to happen on Thursday afternoon and then just spiralled from there. Literally everything was getting on my nerves. The house was a shit hole with remnants of our holiday in every room, our Dyson hoover stinks of dog shit so every time you use it it smells like the dog took a crap in the room, I felt plain ugly, hot and irritable. I was continuously being asked questions from Fletcher which I just couldn't be arsed to answer. I even had to take a little break from Instagram because I felt like my feed looked so rubbish compared to everyone else and I literally had nothing to talk about other than how crap I felt which I didn't want to do. After obsessing about it I decided I just needed to stop looking at it and do you know what, the break was just what I needed. It was also nice to still have 88% battery before going to bed haha.

Im slowly getting back to feeling my normal chirpy self but I just felt like I needed to share with you that I also have off days.  The little things that really helped me to get out of this funk were:

1. Music - Namely Paulo Nutini Pencil Full of Lead, that song never fails to cheer me up
2. Dancing - I love love love dancing to anything, anywhere. Zumba on Thursday is my sanctuary
3. Smiling/Laughing - Even if you don't feel like smiling it really is a mood lifter
4. Getting outside - Even if it is drizzly rain and your son wants to go to the park
5. Roobis Tea - Its soothing, delicious and caffeine free
6. Headspace app - Taking 10 minutes out of your day to be mindful is always a good idea
7. Getting my hair done - Nothing gives you a boost like getting your hair done
8. Bath and Book - Pure relaxation
9. Cooking - I cooked a delicious butternut squash chilli from Clean Eating Alice
10. New sports gear - The brighter the better

I'm hoping being back at work is going to get some structure back into my life (ever the optimist, trying to find a positive of going back to work)

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"What's for tea"  That's the first question that Fletcher asks me when he gets home from school every day. Now I don't know about you, but I struggle so bad with deciding what to have for dinner. I nearly always stick with the same sort of food week in and week out. Thankfully HelloFresh have taken the hard work out of deciding what to cook with their new Flavour Generator. Its a very clever littlew tool that picks a recipe based on what kind of food you fancy.

Last week I fancied Italian.......ok ok most nights I fancy Italian but I would ordinarily just go for a pasta dish but the Flavour Generator pushed me out of my comfort zone and convinced me to try the Chimichurri Steak with potatoes and baby spinach, something I never would have ever thought to make. Mmmmmm.
It's so easy to use (try it here) simply pick the food you like between Italian, Mexican, British, Indian and Middle Eastern and then what you fancy from spicy, sweet, tangy, herby press the generator button or you can pull the lever, whatever takes your fancy.  I like pulling the lever because it's like winning a prize every time. If the recipes that they suggest don't tickle your pickle then don't panic you can simply spin again until you find something you like the look/sound of.

Having used HelloFresh before I already know that their recipes are really easy to follow.  Once you've got all your ingredients together it's just a case of following the simple step by step recipe and it really is as easy as that. What I love about the HelloFresh recipes is that most of them are quick and this meal was super quick (about 25 mins) and easy to make and was very tasty as well as healthy. I can see me using the Flavour Generator every day at this rate!

So what are YOU having for tea tonight?

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Anyone else start thinking of a new project before finishing the last. I've just started to make a dent in painting and decorating our main bedroom and i'm already thinking about what I want to do in our living room. We still haven't even bought interior doors yet because my husband has a problem parting with large amounts of money........i've stopped hassling him about it now and accepted that I am never going to have the beautiful white doors that I dream of. Sometimes I dream of living alone and having exactly what I want in my house, you know, decor to my taste, but then I remember that he's pretty handy to have around when my car breaks and I am kinda fond of him.

Anyway here is a mash up of all the little things i'm loving for our living space but I will never be able to buy because Dylan will either a. not like it or b. not want to part with the money! Our living and dining area is all in one which is why there are some dining bits on my wish list



My most frequently asked question on Instagram is "what's good to see and do in Cornwall"? I've lost count how many times I have replied to these kinds of messages and thought wouldn't it be much easier if I just dedicated a whole blogpost to my personal favourite things to do in my home County.

I was born and bred in Cornwall, as were both of my parents so I'm what you would call "Proper Cornish". I've done my fair share of exploring Kernow in my 33 years but I know there are still so many places i've not seen and so I will continue to explore and also continue to share my favourites along the way.


Gwithian - Hayle
Gwithian beach will always be top of my list. It's the beach that my parents always took my sister and I to every summer. But not only does it hold a special place in my heart it genuinely is a beautiful beach and if you put the effort in and walk across the dunes you will always find a secluded spot.

Porthminster - St Ives 
Again another beach that holds special memories for me as it was the beach we used to visit every year for Sunday School Tea Treat (yes I went to Sunday School).  Tea Treat is another Cornish thing, I won't get into it but you can always google it if you're interested. Everyone would get a Tea Treat Bun which is basically an enormous saffron bun and soooo good, you should all go try one. Porthminster is an absolutely stunning beach, pure white sand, crystal clear water and it has a lovely little beach cafe which I am still yet to try (it was closed the last time I tried to go).

Porthcurno - Nr Lands End
A stunning little bay near Lands End with golden sand and good surf.  The  Minack Theatre which is a beautiful outdoor theatre is just around the corner, you could spend the day at the beach and then catch a show at the theatre to make a real day of it. Minack has the best views of the bay and you can often see dolphins jumping out of the water.

Sennen Cove - Lands End
A bit of a trek to get to as Lands End is the most westerly point of mainland England but if you can get yourself down to Sennen Cove it is real treat. I don't think I've seen whiter sand in all my life. I need to go again soon, its  been a while.

Carbis Bay - St Ives
If I'm being totally honest, I don't think there is any beach in St Ives that shouldn't make this list. Carbis Bay is another beaut of a beach with a really lovely beach cafe.

Porthmeor - St Ives
I spoke about this beach in a recent blogpost. Its my favourite beach to sit and watch the sunset.

Watergate Bay - Newquay
A beautiful beach with golden sand and home to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant and the incredibly stunning Watergate Bay Hotel which I am determined to stay overnight in this year.  This is a popular beach for surfers and the perfect place to learn to surf via The Extreme Academy.


St Ives
Top of the list without a shadow of doubt. If I could recommend any town to stay in in Cornwall it would have to be St Ives. It's by far my personal favourite town in Kernow. The cutest cobblestone streets with a cool coastal vibe in all the decor. St Ive's is known to have a special quality of light which makes it unique. Its simply the prettiest little town and I just love it.

Rick Stein has really left his mark on Padstow, you literally can't turn a corner without seeing his name somewhere. Padstow is such a cute little fishing village and home to the rather special Paul Ainsworth at No 6 Restaurant  which I am still yet to try.

Port Isaac
A very picturesque fishing village.  Doc Martin fans will recognise the little village as it was filmed in Port Isaac.

Polperro & Looe
I'm putting these two together as they are so close to each other that you could visit them both in the same day. We went to Looe a couple of weeks ago and had a really lovely lunch in The Lookout On The Quay 

I love love love all of the interior design shops in Fowey.  Its a great little town to have a mooch around and get lots of home inspo. There are some really lovely walks too with the most beautiful views.

Until recently I had only ever visited Mousehole at Christmas in the evening to see the legendary Christmas lights but it's so incredibly gorgeous in the day time. You must visit the Mousehole shop whilst there too, it has the sweetest resident cat that sleeps next to the till.

Truro is the City of Cornwall. It's probably the smallest city in the world but I feel it deserves a mention as its where I spend the majority of my time (and my money). I actually work at Treliske Hospital in Truro so i'm there quite a bit. The city doesn't have the greatest selection of shops but it does at least have Topshop, New Look, The White Company, Joules, Boots and Superdrug to name a few and the Cathedral is beautiful.

I love Falmouth, i think it's because again it's a town right on the River Fal (I love being around sea, sand and boats). There are lots of lovely restaurants in Falmouth and the National Maritime Museum is something to do on a rainy day.

I've got a bit of a thing for beach cafe's/restuarant's so you will notice that the majority of my faves are beside the seaside. Here are just a few.

Lusty Glaze 
Gylly Cafe
Porthmeor Beach Cafe
Hub Box
The Beach Hut
The Rockpool
Sam's (best name for a restaurant)


Chapel Porth/Wheal Coates Mine - St Agnes 
An absolutely beautiful picturesque walk along the coast. The Chapel Porth Beach is fab too.  If the tide is out you can walk all the way around the rocks and see the Engine House from the beach.

Lost Gardens of Heligan - St Austell
My favourite gardens in Cornwall to walk around. The jungle part of the garden is incredible, it has an "I'm a Celeb" style bridge that you can walk across and it literally feels like you are in a jungle not Cornwall. They put on some really great activities for Children too during the holidays so its a really great family friendly day out.

Trebah Gardens - Nr Falmouth
Another stunning garden which leads down to Durgan beach. Perfect day out when its a lovely sunny day.

Eden Project - St Austell
One of those places that you just have to visit. The biomes are pretty spectacular. I've been a few times and I have to admit the biomes are even prettier if you can go later in the evening. We went to a laser show at Christmas in the evening and it was insane! I've also been to quite a few gigs at Eden and they always have the best atmosphere.

Lanhydrock House - Bodmin
A stunning victorian house in the most beautiful grounds. You can have a tour of the house which I always find fascinating.  I love seeing how people used to live back in the day. National Trust Members go Free.

St Michaels Mount - Marazion
Definitely worth a visit. Walk across the causeway to the castle and you can walk around the village and harbour for free. Or you can pay to have a tour of the castle and learn all about the legend and find the giant's heart.  Free if you have National Trust Membership.

The Camel Trail - Padstow
Hire some bikes and get cycling from Padstow to Wadebridge. The Camel Trail is a completely flat cycle trail with the most breathtaking views. Fun for all the family.

So there we have it - sorry it was pretty lengthly but honestly I could go on an on about lovely places in Cornwall, i mean there are just far too many! I hope this has given you some ideas if you ever decide to visit Cornwall.

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