It’s 5 months since Katie started using the Oy! range from Green People, and I thought I would give a little update as to how her skin is doing.

Green People’s teen and tween range is called Oy! (Organic Young), and as you would expect from the name the products are all organic. Their range works in harmony with younger skin, and contains no harsh chemicals. As a mum it was important to me that Katie would be starting her skincare routine with natural products. Since September, Katie has been using the following products that we were kindly sent by Green People.… Continue reading

Last week my husband and I were invited to Bistrot Pierre to try out their ‘Soiree Gastronomique’ evening. We would be dining on a six course menu, which in itself is exciting. But since our last visit in October, their restaurant in Stockton Heath has had an exciting makeover, and we couldn’t wait to experience the newly refurbished Bistrot Pierre.

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On entering, I was pleased to see that the layout of the restaurant is very similar to how it was, and it still retains it’s welcoming feel. We both loved the fresh new look, the rustic wooden tables, the new colour scheme and the adornment of pictures and mirrors on the wall.… Continue reading

‘There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots and the other is wings’ 

This quote has been at the forefront of my mind recently. Our eldest will be turning 16 in the summer, and I am well aware that we are on borrowed time when it comes to family holidays. It will soon be time for him to spread his wings, go off on his own adventures with his own friends. Every holiday has me treasuring the moments we are together as a family, even those times when he is bickering with his sister.

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When Simpson Travel opened their travel ambassador programme, they wanted to know what inspired you about their holidays. … Continue reading

Our travel plans for this year are slightly different. Having managed 14 trips away during 2017, we will be travelling far less this year due to one thing…. GCSEs. Holidays are on hold for the first 6 months of the year, but I have made up for our lack of travel with our summer holiday trip. This is how 2018 is shaping up so far.

Our travel plans for 2018

January

The husband and I managed to escape for a night to celebrate my birthday. We booked one of our favourite Premier Inns at The Trafford Centre for the bargain price of £29. We ate, shopped, drank gin, but sadly we were tucked up in bed before 10pm as hubby was suffering with the flu.… Continue reading

I know most people were  cheering to see the end of January, but I must admit it’s one of my favourite months. I know I’m in the minority, and we all know that January will never be able to compete against it’s glitzy neighbour, December. But I love it, and here are some of the reasons why.

Loving January

Birthdays

We celebrate not one, but two birthdays in our house in January. I celebrated mine on ‘Blue Monday’ which is meant to be the most depressing day of the year. Well not when you are celebrating your birthday with a trip to the Trafford Centre, followed by a family meal out.… Continue reading

Apologies for the lateness of this post as I got struck down with a migraine on Friday. All my plans went out of the window, and I ended up sleeping for most of the morning. Anyway let’s focus on the positives, which is what Little Loves is all about.

Little Loves

Read

It took me less than a fortnight to read The Couple Next Door (which is pretty good going for me), and what a gripping read. To be honest I didn’t have a clue what the book was about prior to starting it, and I would never have guessed the storyline. Definitely a good read, and I now have my next two books lined up.… Continue reading

With little glimpses of spring on the horizon it can only mean one thing…. DIY jobs around the home and garden. We have been in our house for 18 years this year, and each spring we make a list of the jobs that need doing. I have my eye on decorating our bedroom, though the husband doesn’t know this yet.

With many people choosing to stay in their homes for longer with the increasing cost of moving and mortgages predicted to rise again, it’s always worthwhile adding value to your home. Balustrade Components have compiled a great infographic on how we can increase the value in our home.… Continue reading

Ipoh city guide

You are surely going to fall in love with Ipoh, a city that is fast becoming popular with the local and international tourists in Malaysia. Loved for its tropical rainforest climate, delicious food and the abundance of artwork and cave temples, you are sure going to miss a fantastic historic spot if you don’t visit Ipoh on your trip.

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The pleasant city is definitely a welcome break which provides an exciting place for an urban interlude. Just browse Traveloka Malaysia and see how you can reach the convenient gateway for travel to the Cameron Highland. Ipoh lies at the heart of the world’s richest tin-producing field, the Kinta Valley. … Continue reading

I thought I had better update this post, as Ikos Olivia can no longer say it’s the 2nd best all inclusive hotel in the world. It has been voted THE BEST all inclusive hotel in not just Europe, but THE WORLD too. When I heard the news, which was announced on TripAdvisors 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, I was thrilled for all the staff at Ikos Olivia.

Ikos Olivia

When I wrote this post last year, we had only been to the hotel once. We returned last April and the service, as you would expect from a hotel that is crowned best in its category, was impeccable from start to finish.Continue reading

Phew what a week that was. When you have 2 birthdays to celebrate in one week, it is always going to be filled with lots of fun. What I didn’t factor in was the husband getting the flu. Not even man flu, but the real deal which has seen him signed off work for over a week. It has been a real mixture of a week, but plenty of positives and birthday celebrations.

Little Loves

Read

I got this book for my birthday and can’t wait to start reading it. This year I have set myself a challenge to push my boundaries and read books that I wouldn’t normally pick up.… Continue reading