EUROPE

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Whilst I am not particulary political, here are 10 reasons why I think we should stay firmly in Europe.

DO WE REALLY WANT TO SAY GOODBYE TO ALL THIS? x

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A FOODIE WEEKEND

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Reflecting back I think the theme of last weekend was definately FOOD – I have to say that is my favourite sort of weekend!

After a long week, I got home on Friday evening to a stunning Tapas meal prepared by my gorgeous husband.

 

Then on Sunday afternoon my daughter treated us to a very indulgent afternoon tea at Barkers Tea Rooms in Cardiff. It was to die for and the good thing is they provide you with a doggy box, incase you can’t manage it all.

Barkers is set in one of the beautiful Victorian arcades in Cadiff, it has an oldy worldy charm and is the perfect way to spend a warm sunny afternoon.

Barkers Tea Room

 

 

ROOM TOURS (part 1)

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Hi guys, I have been meaning to blog a few  room tours for some time but I just haven’t got around to it.

I am totally obsessed with beautiful white clean spaces and I take a lot of my inspiration from stores and blogs such as The White Company. White is sometimes viewed as a cold, clinical colour but for me it’s perfect all year round. At this time of the year with longer days and more natural light creeping into our homes, the colour ‘pops’ and raises the mood. Conversely in the colder, darker autumn and winter months, white can form the perfect backdrop for cosy dancing candle light and layered warm throws and blankets.

If you’re using white as the main colour in your interior design, then I personally think ‘texture’ becomes so important to achieve interest and variety. Layering soft furnishings such as fur throws, chucky knit blankets and sequined cushions can transform a setting. Don’t just rely on the visual, softy scented candles and diffusers can create and enhance a seasonal mood.

I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 of my home tour as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it. Part 2 will follow soon (I promise) x

 

 

BREAKFAST TREAT

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Despite the huge range of breakfast cereals available these days in the supermarket, I sometimes feel that although it is the most important meal of the day, breakfast can be a little samey.

A few days ago I decided to inject a little bit of excitement into it. As I trawled through the internet looking for inspiration, I came across a lovely recipe for healthy breakfast muffins – PERFECT.

They were so simple to make and tasted absolutely delicious, particularly served with thick Greek yoghurt. Because I didn’t have all the ingredients to hand (and I must admit some of them are quite expensive), I modified the recipe slightly, using self raising flour, demerara sugar and an egg.  The result was still a very yummy alternative to breakfast cereal.

Lemon & Poppyseed Breakfast Muffins (Makes 8)

2 mug flour

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 mug oat milk

3 tbsp poppy seeds

2 tbsp apple sauce

2 tbsp lemon zest

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

Salt

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Mix all ingredients together well in a bowl and divide between 8 cases or a muffin tin. Bake in the oven for 35 mins but do not open the door at any time! Remove and allow to cool. Store in a container for up to 2 days.

DAZZLING SMILE

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Call me strange if you will, but for me there is nothing quite like that feeling of freshly polished teeth after a trip to the Hygienist! After my bi-annual visit yesterday, I couldn’t stop smiling for about two hours. It was like a Colegate advert 🙂 The other advantage is that I didn’t want to eat and spoil that feeling, so it’s good for the diet haha!

BLOG LOVE

The internet is absolutely awash these days with all sorts of style and beauty blogs and websites, and in my opinion they vary in quality quite considerably. Over the last few months I have come across a few bloggers which I think are worth a mention.

FREDDY MY LOVE

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http://www.freddymylove.co.uk

fleur de force

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http://www.fleurdeforce.com

Tanya Burr

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http://www.tanyaburr.co.uk

growing old disgracefully

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growingolddisgracefully.co.uk

I won’t wax lyrical about these blogs, I’ll just let you use the links above and find out about them yourself. x