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First Time Getting Your Ears Pierced

You’ll notice the heading of this post is Getting your ears pierced for the first time, you may think it a strange title but it comes from my own experience of ear piercing. I think over the years after I got mine done I let them close and...

Jul 24, 2015

Friday I’m in love {17/7}

With… Accessorize new make up range. These are so new in fact I can’t find mention of them on their website but they had the new range in my local shop. Having worked for Accessorize before I was very familiar with the range and new...

Jul 17, 2015
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Hello July

We’ve now started through the second have of the year, it’s gone so fast and now it’s waning towards Winter. Argh, where has all that time gone to? I’m going to set no actual goals this month other than to finish off all...

Jul 01, 2015

Escape to Derwentwater.

Today Stuart and I sneaked off to Keswick for the day while the children were at school, it was a rare chance to just pootle around Keswick together. We started with breakfast at the Cafe Pumpkin in Keswick town centre.  Stuart tucked into baked...

Jun 23, 2015

Blogtacular Speakers {part 2}

As I said in my previous post, after hearing Grace Bonney’s keynote speech I changed my choice of speakers to listen to, I felt that the ones I’d flagged to watch were what was expected of a blogger to move their blog forward, work with...

Jun 20, 2015

Blogtacular Keynote Speakers

I’m still processing the sheer depth of great information and inspiration to come from Blogtacular, it’s like a strange hangover with your body trying to slow you down so your brain can focus on working everything out. I’ve choose...

Jun 18, 2015

Blogtacular Photowalk 2015

7am in a now, not so secret location, a group (what is the collective term for bloggers) of bloggers gather in the shadow of a London icon. Cameras of all styles and sizes at the ready as we were steered along by Xanthe and Samee, splitting us into...

Jun 16, 2015

Friday I’m in love {2/6}

WITH Well this speaks for itself really, I’m currently sat on a train heading to London to meet up with some extremely creative, lovely people. It’s safe to say you will be hearing a lot more about this....

Jun 12, 2015

Lush #Summerskincare

This Saturday I had the pleasure of being invited to Carlisle Lush for their first ever bloggers event, the evening was to celebrate and test their Summer Skincare products.  Lauren, Chelsey, Jodie and Laura the Carlisle staff hosting the event are...

May 30, 2015

Squishy Ginger Cookies

Behold today is National Biscuit Day, and who can say no to a beautiful biccy with a brew, not me that’s for sure. SO as it’s half term, pouring with rain and my children are in need of a pick me up and thought I’d drum up some...

May 29, 2015

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Bricks in Time Lego Exhibition

Both of my children are huge Lego fans and to be honest(apart from when I stand on it barefoot) so am I, it really is the most versatile of children's toys and has stood the test of time from my childhood, into there and no doubt their children after them. So we were...
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Review: Lakeland Gate, Carlisle.

Lakeland Gate is housed at the edge of Carlisle city centre and for a long time was "the" place to take your children for softplay birthday parties. In general the softplay was free for children to use if you were having a meal but was better for a younger age...
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Friday I’m In Love {09:10}

This Friday I'm in love With... Booths Northern Christmas. On Thursday evening I was invited to meet the suppliers from their Northern Christmas range, I got to taste test their food ranges, discuss buying methods and supply chains(way more interesting than you think)...
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Plum Clafoutis

Clafotuis (or Clafouti) is a type of flan made of fruit, normally cherries, baked in a sweet batter. However I was very kindly gifted a bag of Plums and thought their fleshy fruit would lend itself well to this recipe. Ingredients: 125ml milk 125ml double cream(plus...
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Pretty Bay, Malta.

We'd been told not to expect many beaches while visiting Malta and to be truthful we weren't that upset by that prospect, previously my children have hated being in the sand with constant complaints of sand in the feet and hair, it's makes for a stressful day out....
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Ghar Dalam Caves, Malta.

          When we were choosing where to go for a family holiday Malta wasn't the first place that came to us, Maisie was watching Blue Peter and saw a story on the Ghar Dalam caves and it's Dwarf Elephants and hippos and asked if we could go...
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Wandering round Ely, Cambridgeshire.

We wandered around the historic city of Ely today, a beautiful city which reminded be much of my own due to its quiet and lush green spaces spread around the main city pathways. The obvious difference being the meandering rivers running through it's centre, walking...
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Cambridge Country Garden

We're in Cambridge and our holiday home is as lovely to be expected, but I'm totally blown away by it's outstanding garden. It just seems to go on forever and then through a small archway is another part of the garden twice as big again. The children are exploring,...
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Children’s First London Visit

During our stop in Cambridge we thought it would be a good chance to get the train in to London for the day, my children had never been before and were super excited. They had a list of sites they wanted to see, all of which came from watching Doctor Who. So our...
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Legoland Visit 2015

We kick started our Summer holiday (based in Cambridge) with a trip to Legoland Windsor Resort, a theme park with over 50 rides, workshops, interactive games and basically amazing stuff made from millions of Lego bricks.  I find it difficult to write about as the only...
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