Life can be so busy can’t it. What with working, organising a home, and being a constant taxi service to a teen and tween, I am often counting the minutes until I can relax in bed. And with the kids getting older and going to bed later, I often find myself in bed before the teen. Thankfully our bedroom is my place to relax. Just give me a book, a cup of tea and a scented candle and I am happy.

Primark cushion

But one thing is missing from my tranquil haven…. an ensuite.  An ensuite where I could indulge in a nightly bath, complete with Jo Malone Candles and Molton Brown Bubble Bath.… Continue reading

With our trip to Greece just over a week away, I have spent the past few nights organising our holiday wardrobe. We have a few essentials still to get like suntan lotion, and I am sure I can sneak a few more new dresses into the suitcase.  Whilst I love holiday shopping and browsing the shops for the latest Spring trends, my husband HATES the shops. Preferring the comfort of his own home and a laptop to do his holiday shopping.

He is a creature of comfort when it comes to fashion and style,  his favourite colour being blue and beige.… Continue reading

When TripAdvisor announced it’s 2016 Travellers’ Choice Awards, it came as no surprise to me that Ikos Olivia was voted the BEST All Inclusive hotel in Europe, AND came 2nd in the world.  Reading the TripAdvisor reviews, it quickly becomes apparent that the Ikos brand offers much more than All Inclusive. They call it ‘infinite lifestyle’ and last April we travelled to Halkidiki to immerse ourselves in the Ikos Olivia bubble, a luxurious bubble of course.

Ikos Olivia Grounds

When we returned I wrote about how we had found the perfect holiday at Ikos Olivia. A holiday so perfect that we get to do it all again in less than 2 weeks.… Continue reading

I honestly thought we were turning a corner with the weather, as we were graced with a beautiful Spring day on Wednesday. Thankfully it was my day off, and I headed to David Lloyd for a dip in the outdoor pool. Oh and I couldn’t resist embracing Spring by picking up some tulips and (yet another) planner.

Sainsburys planner and tulips

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The David Lloyd club that I attend has just introduced a free book library, so I picked up My Sister’s Keeper. I have not started it yet, but I believe I need to stock up on tissues.

Jodi Picoult - My Sister's Keeper

Watched

Gilmore Girls has been put on the back burner, and for the past few nights it has been all about The Replacement.… Continue reading

Fairtrade Fortnight has been running from the 24th February to the 12th March, and what better way to celebrate than with Seed and Bean chocolate bars. I had never heard of Seed and Bean before, but the first thing that struck me was how gorgeous their packaging is. And secondly how amazing the chocolate sounded. Chilli and Lime, Sweet Orange and Thyme, and Sicilian Hazelnut are just some of the flavours they produce.

Seed and Bean chocolate

What I loved about Seed and Bean is the ethics of the brand. They are 100% Fairtrade and their chocolate can be traced from field to store.… Continue reading

It’s that time again when I share 5 things I have bought for under £5, and I really had to think hard this month. I have either not been buying as much, or the things I have been buying have been more than a fiver. I suspect I know the answer though!  As always I am linking up with the wonderful Julia over at Rainbeaubelle.

5 things for under £5

I picked up this cute postcard and coaster when we visited Bath in half term. They were from a gorgeous shop called The Pug and Puffin, which had it’s own resident pug wandering around the shop.… Continue reading

Treating the family to a special meal is always a great opportunity to get together, eat delicious food and catch up on everyone’s news. It seems there’s quite a few families nowadays who don’t sit down together at the end of every day. Instead eating separately, and missing out on all-important family time.

The Brook Restaurant

As the price of living and eating out has gradually increased, are families going to restaurants as much as they used to? Has the growing number of home delivery food companies encouraged families to stay at home. Choosing to dine in the comfort of their own home? Are parents still happy to pay for the additional costs that come with restaurant dining, like travel and restaurant tipping?… Continue reading

This past fortnight has been a funny old mixture. Ranging from the normal everyday activities such as work, school and clubs. To the pure excitement of school trips, pancakes and secondary school decisions.

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At 12.10am on Wednesday morning I read two words ‘Place Offered’. Yes the 1st March was High School decision day. And even though I was 99.9% sure that Katie would be allocated a place at her brother’s school, it was still nice to get the confirmation. I was a mixture of nerves and excitement logging onto the website, not helped by the fact I had to reset my password at midnight.… Continue reading

I recently wrote about our trip to Bath, and today I wanted to share with you where we stayed in the historic city. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I love lodge holidays. So when I found out that Bath Mill Lodge Retreat was 3 miles away from the city, it seemed the perfect place to stay.

The Mill

Bath Mill Lodge Retreat

We arrived on a beautiful sunny day in February, and checked in at The Mill where you will also find the bar and restaurant. Now if you are looking for a holiday that offers activities and entertainment, this is not the place for you.… Continue reading

What kind of a World Book Day parent are you ?

Are you the organised parent who has been excitedly pinning costume ideas to your ‘World Book Day Pinterest board’ for months. Safe in the knowledge that whatever theme is thrown at you, you will have at least 20 ideas for a costume.

Or are you like me, quaking at the thought of producing anything remotely creative that your child can be seen in public with. I breathed a sigh of relief when I realised that World Book Day would falll when my daughter will be on a school residential. But alas the school will be celebrating a week later.… Continue reading