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Making Memories

20 May

Hi folks,

I love the month of May. Spring is everywhere & everything looks so beautiful… the weather is on the turn to sunnier times & it’s also mine & the hubsters Birthday month.

We always try to do something nice for our birthdays as they’re only 4 days apart. But when you have little ones in tow… plans have to change & adapt. This year we had the most amazing little break in the Yorkshire Dales in a stunning Georgian Cottage.

So… first of all… let me tell you about this simply beautiful cottage. Green Cottage is an elegant Georgian Cottage set on the green of one of Yorkshire’s most picturesque villages. It’s an ideal base to explore the Dales in any season. And… it’s 100% Family-friendly… that includes doggies too. A dog bed & bowl can be provided if needed. Our Coco is such a little diva though & likes her own little comforts – so we took her fave bed & mini food & water bowl… most dog bowls are big enough for her to bathe in lol.

The space itself:

The house is fully detached and set over three floors. Don’t worry thoughif you have little ones, then baby gates can be provided. Seth is 3 & Ted is 6 month so we very much need baby gates on the stairsso this was fab for us. They were already installed too!

Lower Ground Floor

  • Kitchen diner (featuring an extendable table to seat up to 6 guests and fully equipped with Rangemaster cooker, dishwasher, fridge with freezer shelf and microwave along with plenty of good quality cooking and baking equipment, glasses, crockery etc). Honestly…the kitchen has EVERYTHING you could possibly need. Even down to the colourful plastic kids crockery from IKEA that we all know & love & can’t live without! We ate in both nights… did ‘snacky food & we had sparkles… obvs

  • Utility room (with washer-dryer, iron and ironing board and a drying space for muddy boots and outdoor gear)There’s great tray there to stand your dirty shoes in there’s a radiator right underneath the coat rail too – so if you’ve gotten a little damp – everything will dry off.

  • Bathroom (with spa whirlpool bath, and toasty underfloor heating). The bath is utterly divine! I had visions of having an uninterrupted bubble bath with a glass of sparkles… but of course that lasted all of 5 minutes until Seth came bounding in lol. But that’s Mama Life for you!

Ground Floor

  • Living room (sofas to comfortably seat 5, log burner, digital Smart TV with Freeview, BBC iPlayer etc as well as lots of books, maps and games) we took our amazon fire stick with us & connected it to the WiFi. So we were able to watch Disney Life, Netflix & Prime. Please note that the play pen in the living room is ours & not part of the cottage.

  • Snug / third bedroom (large day bed which can be made up into full size single bed, second TV, desk)

  • Shower room (walk in monsoon shower with extra large enclosure, heated towel rail) There is also a toilet. It’s fab as there is literally a toilet on each floor. Essential for toilet training! Seth is totally dry now, but we’re still only in our first month of toilet training… so a toilet on hand is utterly essential lol.

First floor

  • Master bedroom (king size bed with deep, comfortable mattress, large wardrobe and antique dressing table) oodles of spaceLoads of room for a travel cot. A travel cot can be provided too if you don’t want to take one.

  • Twin bedroom (two full size single beds with pocket sprung mattresses, chest of drawers and clothes rail) a waterproof mattress cover can be provided too! Perfect!Please note that the bed guard rail is ours & not part of the cottage.

  • WC with basin (‘Jack and Jill’ style access from both upstairs bedrooms, ideal for families, or can be set up as en-suite for either bedroom)

Outside

  • Enclosed garden to rear and side, paved and gravel with outside seating, and a charcoal BBQ
  • Bike store (lockable for up to 5 bikes, can also be used as a pram store)
  • Direct access to the village green – a large expanse of grass free for all to stroll, sit or play
  • Play area visible from back gate – swings, slide, football posts etc. We spent quite a lot of time in the little play area. Seth loves a park. There’s also plenty wide open space to run around or to picnic. But, if you take your fur babies… please ensure you scoop that poop! There’s nothing worse than dog poop making the place dirty!

As you can see from above & from my photos… everything is catered for.

The bedding was so comfy!!! Egyptian cotton bed linen on all beds, 13.5 tog thick duvets (hypoallergenic and feather / down) and plenty of soft and fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. As you can see… Ted had to try out the king size bed lol.

There’s a welcome pack with all the basics for your first couple of days (loo rolls, hand soap, washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, bin bags, tea towels and kitchen cleaning supplies) as well as tea, coffee, milk, bread and a few local treats. This was soooo nice!!! It just means that you don’t have to pack a lot of shopping. And it also means that it’s all ready for you to get the kettle straight on when you arrive… coz let’s face it… we all need that first brew when we arrive somewhere! Especially when you’ve had to sing Baby Shark & Old McDonald Farm all the way there lol.

 

Also… when we arrived there was a lovely big box of toys left out for Seth to explore, as well as plenty children’s books. There were even a few laid out on his bed for him. That was such a lovely touch & Seth was super excited!

So as well as a travel cot, baby gates & toys… the owners can provide a highchair – which Ted thought was VERY comfy & there is also a baby monitor. Oh & I did mention the plastic IKEA crockery, but there’s also a MAM Baby Cup too. Just so many little things that have been added to make your break so much easier! This cottage is really like a home from home.

For our furbabies, there is a lovely fluffy blanket provided & the use of a hose pipe outside to wash down those dirty paws.

 

Okay… so you’ve heard all about the gorgeous cottage… but what did we do while we were there? We investigated Settle. What a stunning little town. Seth particularly enjoyed The House That Jack Built. He got some lovely new Melissa & Doug toys. There are so many gorgeous shops, tea rooms & places to eat, to investigate. There’s also the Watershed Mill. It is absolutely stunning… the scenery is simply breathtaking. We popped there for a little bite to eat over lunch time.

We spent a lot of time playing on the green outside of the cottage & in the little park. We were only there for 2 nights… next time we’ll be booking for a week.

The cottage has a lovely organised folder of leaflets & places to visit etc… so helpful for when you’re planning days out.

This beautiful cottage is simply worth every penny. If you book before August & quote: “IxxyPoco” you will be given an exclusive discount. You can book a year in advance. So use that code before it runs out. Simply head to Green Cottage on AirBnB & send a message to the owners quoting my blog.

Thanks as always for reading & I hope you’ve been inspired to book yourself a lovely break away ❤️

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative posts – I have received gifting &/or compensation for featuring some of these items, but all opinions are my own.

Resolutions, Health and Babies

8 Jan

Hi folks,

I just simply can’t believe that we’re already into 2018! Last year just went by so fast in a massive blur! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas & New Year.

Our Christmas was simply amazing… lots of laughter, sparkles & food! Maybe a little too much food actually. I’ve gone back to basics today in a bid to lose 2 stone. I think coz my mind is the zone of healthy eating… I’m actually already feeling better. Mind over matter so they say. Healthy eating always makes me feel so much happier too.

In between Christmas & New Year, I had a few tests at Hospital. Luckily everything came back tip top 🙂 So I’ve literally skipped into 2018 with a clean bill of health. I’m hoping that maybe this could be the year that we add a new addition to our family. But I guess we’ll have to wait & see.

Until then though… we’ve added 2 new little darlings to our family… Tuna & Mayo 🙂 Seth’s new Goldfish.

Like most folk… I’ve started the new year with some new year resolutions. Now, I don’t like setting outrageous & unattainable resolutions… nor do I like the ‘New Year New Me’ saying… so here are my ‘realistic’ resolutions:

  1. Do more things for myself… what I mean by that is, that since Seth has been born I just don’t do anything as a treat just for me. I used to go out a lot & I used to have my nails done each month. All of that kinda faded away as I just put everything & everyone first. So, on Saturday I went to get my nails done all on my own. It was so lovely. I even made an appointment to have them done in 3wks time! Go me! I have to say that my separation anxiety has added to it too. Going out on my own just never feels right. But I think I’m slowly getting better with that.
  2. Be healthier. I’d love to lose 2 stone. I just really need to be the healthiest Mammy to Seth that I can be. I owe it to him to be the best version of myself that I possibly can.
  3. Be Positive. It’s no secret that I’m a positive thinker… and I plan on continuing that. Having a positive approach to life really does help to get you through the tough times.

I’m so excited to see what this year will bring. Last year we moved home & we didn’t anticipate that – but it was the best thing we ever did. I just love our home so much. Seth has more space to play. We’ve started to make plans for a little decorating. Nothing too in your face… just a nice freshen up with mostly neutral colours. I want to add a roller blind to the guest bedroom & new curtains. Then in the spare room, we want to re-paint & add a new curtain pole & curtains etc… Seth’s Room doesn’t need a spruce up since we did when we moved in. The same as our room… we did all the sprucing up & finishing touches as we moved in. We shall get there I’m sure.

My lovely frosty view this morning.

I’m hoping this year will also be the year that I pass my driving test. The first step will be to get my theory test booked in. I’ve started my manoeuvres… well… pulling up on the left & parallel parking. Eeeeck… I just can’t wait until I’ve actually passed.

I can’t believe that Seth turns two this year too. I just do not know where the time is going. Soon enough we’ll be putting the tree up for next Christmas lol.

Well I shall leave this post here as I’ve a mountain of laundry to do… fun times lol.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Prepping for the Party Season 

18 Oct

Hi folks,

I love this time of the year… it’s easily my most favourite. The leaves are turning orange, there’s a chill in the air & the dark nights are drawing in. I just love it. 

Our spare room now resembles Santa’s Workshop at the moment. I’ve been in full crafting mode prepping for Halloween & Christmas. I’ve even started to wrap Christmas gifts too! Haha… I know I know… I’m super early! But, the more I do now then the more time I have to just sit back & enjoy the festivities. 

We decided this year we were going to set a sensible budget on how much we were going to spend on Seth… that budget literally went out of the window within hours. We’ve gone so overboard… but we just couldn’t help it. I keep thinking he’ll be our one & only… so why not spoil him 💙

We’ve bought him a gorgeous corner sofa for his bedroom. We’ve turned it into a reading corner. We were going to save it for Christmas… but we’ve given him it early. It just looks so cute in his room.



Along with pretty much finishing off our Christmas shopping… I’ve also started stocking piling in my pantry too. I’ve made a start on buying frozen party food. Crisps, chips & dips. Crackers, biscuit selections & chocolates. And of course… bottles of sparkles. I got a bottle of Bollinger for half price!!! I’ve also got some Moët I bought while it had money off. I always plan in advance, so when December comes all I need to buy is fresh & perishable items & then spend money on fun days out. 

At the weekend we went Pumpkin Picking. I’d never been Pumpkin Picking before. Seth had so much fun trudging through the fields to find the perfect pumpkin. I just love family days out, making memories.

We’ve got a few visits to meet Santa booked for December… the plan is to see Santa each weekend in December. We’ve also got our holiday to Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs booked too… I’m so excited!!! You all know that Center Parcs is my happy place. 

I’ve got a lovely blogging trip down to London booked for next month – Eeeeeeck! It’s exciting going down to London… but I always get a bit nervous too. I promise to take lots of pics… I’ll give you all more info about my trip soonly 🙂 And… I’m sure it’d be rude not to pop into Liberty too to check out their gorgeous Christmas shop.

Driving lessons are continuing on a sparkly high! In fact… I start manoeuvres in 2wks! Yikes! Can you believe that!? I’m starting with the dreaded parallel park. But… I shall remain positive! And I CAN do this! I tell you what though… driving with a bloody sat nav is rather off putting. It’s being added to the driving test come December… so that’s something I have to get used too. I’ve been playing lots on the theory test app – so I should get that booked in. I think there’s like a 6wk waiting list. 

I’ve had quite a few medical appointments of late too… urgh! I’ve not been feeling 100% really. But, I’ve been having some tests & I have a referral to a consultant up at the Hospital – so hopefully soon I shall some answers & a solution. Once I know more… I shall let you know. 

I’ve got lots of lovely reviews coming up too 🙂 so please keep checking back for those. 

As always – thank you so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Fantastic Fizz! 

5 Oct

Hi folks,

With the party season fast approaching – I can’t help but start getting all excited. But… there’s also so much to get organised! Obviously this means… stock up on sparkles! 


Let me introduce you to Premier Estates! If you’re looking for good quality fizz that won’t break the bank – then look no further. 

The Grand Rosè is absolutely stunning. It’s nice & dry with an ever so sweet edge. I always think a glass of pink sparkles suits any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating, buying as a gift or simply toasting the weekend. This fizz is perfect. At the moment you can buy a case of 6 bottles for just £47.94!!! Spectacular quality for just £7.99 a bottle.


I’m a big Cava fan & I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. A glass of this is perfect on its own… but it’s also beautiful with freshly squeezed fruit juice. Imagine how amazing this would be with some fresh orange for your Christmas morning breakfast. What a gorgeous little treat. Who doesn’t love a little Bucks Fizz. No matter what the weather is doing outside – this lovely Fizz will always make you feel like you’re somewhere beautiful & exotic. At only £47.94 a case… it’d be rude to say no!


Would it even be party season without the perfect Prosecco??? If you’ve got a lovely little break planned or a fun girls weekend away – don’t forget your mini bottles of Prosecco! Perfect for popping into your handbag & sipping whilst you’re on the train. A case of 12 will cost you just £41.88!!! Such an utter bargain. Imagine how amazing these beautiful little bottles would look on your Christmas table with a name tag… stunning little place settings. I guarantee you’ll be the most popular party host! Or how about party favours or wedding favours? The list is endless of how these gorgeous little bottles can be used to treat your nearest & dearest.

As well as the magnificent mini bottles, you can buy the full size bottles. Again, a case will only cost you £47.94!!! I simply love this Prosecco. This beautiful Fizz has won 8 individual awards! A tasty tipple that will go down so well at any festive get together.  

All of these gorgeous sparkling wines would make great gifts. Whether you’re treating your team at work or you want to treat your friends & family, I can guarantee no one will be disappointed. You can buy mixed cases too, just in case you can’t make your mind up! Did I also mention that you will get FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY too!!!??? 

I will most deffinitely be treating us to a few mixed cases for the party season. Stunning sparkles at perfect prices, delivered to your door! What more could you ask for!? So what are you waiting for!? Head on over to Premier Estates now to get your Fizz!

You can find Premier Estates on Facebook to keep up to date on offers & how to spruce up your fizz with delectable cocktails.  

As always – thanks so much for reading!  

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

The Power of Coffee

22 Jun

Hi folks

As I mentioned in my last blog post – I’m working super hard at being healthy. Eating right… drinking plenty of water & trying to fit in daily body magic. But… along with all of these things, I’ve been sampling some coffee. A coffee that improves your mood… improves your energy levels… increases your focus & can even aid with regulating your appetite! So… what is this magical elixir I hear you ask!? Lean Java Bean

Now… you all know that I don’t go in for faddy diets. I don’t like anything that involves meal replacement or dropping to a scarily low calorie diet. I’m all about everything in moderation & losing weight the old fashioned way. I don’t like the idea of weight loss medication either. 

Whilst having a catch up with a good friend, she told me about a health drink. A health drink that was coffee! I mean normally we’re bombarded with literature claiming coffee is bad. Lean Java Bean has increased anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants seems to be some kind of buzz word we hear on health shows & in health magazines… but the top & bottom of it is that they’re fantastic for boosting your immune system, our mood, our memory, skin… etc… so many benefits.  


Now… this all sounds great… but does it actually work. I was quite excited at the thought of a magical cup of coffee that’d give me a massive energy boost. I mean, as a Mammy to a 15 month old who juggles work, Mammy-ing & running a house, I can always do with a bit extra energy. You can imagine I was super excited to start my 3 day trial. You literally drink one each morning. Stick to a healthy diet & drink plenty water. 


Honestly, I was not expecting to feel any different. But, after my first cup I seriously felt a little kick. I felt more awake & alert. I had more energy & I actually didn’t feel hungry between meals. And that was after day one!!! 

The coffee itself tastes nice. I often find with a health drink, they can taste flavourless & quite frankly a little disgusting. So what a pleasure it is to drink a nice cup of coffee. 


Now… let’s get to the weightloss aspect. I didn’t expect any weight loss with this coffee. And like I’ve already said I don’t do miracle weightloss aids. But… along with a healthy diet I lost 5lbs during my trial of this coffee. That’s right… 3 days… 3 cups of coffee… 5 whole lbs!!! I was speechless. 

I’m sure some folk will say it’s a placebo effect etc… but as someone who has gone through a lengthy weightloss journey, this deffinitely feels to me like an extra little boost. Well, put it this way – I’m so convinced that it works that I’ve bought myself a whole box.


I’m actually so impressed. If you’re intrigued & would like more info, then head on over to the Nulife Facebook Page. 

I can’t wait to see more results! 

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you’ve found my review useful. 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Bubbles and Vlogging 

14 Nov

Hi folks

I’ve posted a new video to my YouTube account all about the November Bubble Club Box!

 

For anyone wanting to give Bubble Club a go… simply follow this link & use discount code Bubblebox to receive 25% off your first box!!! bargain!

Hope you enjoy the video!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

Bubble Club

25 Oct


Hi folks,

Sparkles! Well… you all know how I love a glass of sparkles… So you can imagine my glee when I got to try the October Bubble Club Box! If you haven’t heard of Bubble Club – they are a bubbly subscription treat box. You can choose either a monthly or a bi-monthly box.

What’s in the box? You will receive 2 beautiful bottles of sparkles, you will also receive tasty treats such as chocolate, savoury snacks or a cocktail ingredient. The bottle of sparkles you receive aren’t generally a brand you’d find in the local supermarket either. Oh!… you also receive an issue of Bubble Magazine. And…! With your membership you will receive 15% off in the Bubble Club Shop! So if you fancy that case of sparkles to put away for Christmas… then do it!!! Treat yourself & your loved ones… You deserve it!


What did I receive… I received a bottle of Augusti Torello Mata Gran Reserva Brut & a bottle of Alain Robert Vouvray Brut. As well as those beautiful bottles I got a small 20cl bottle of Bramley & Gage Quince Liqueur, La Higuera Rabitos Royal Fig Chocolates & a bag of Coconut Merchant Coconut Crisps. I’ve not tried the Quince Liqueur yet, but, if you pop a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute then pour enough liqueur over it to soak in, then top with sparkling wine you will create a Golden Quince Cocktail. Now… that just screams Christmas party to me!

The chocolates were utterly delicious!!! Now… if like me when someone says “fig” you think of those awful fig biscuits that taste kinda damp… well they do don’t they? You can only imagine how I felt about the thought of these chocolates lol. I honestly didn’t want to try them… but wowzers! They’re BEAUtiful! Out of the wrapper they look just like a little Jack O Lantern. The mix of chocolate & fruity fig just really works with the a mouthful of dry fizz at the same time. I was totally won over by these little morsels.

Coconut crisps… Whats not to like? They taste like a naughty snack… but the fact that they are fruit makes you feel so much healthier. We all know the benefits of Coconut as it’s literally in every health magazine & beauty magazine going.

Bubble Magazine – I loved this glossy little read. I literally love sparkles, so what better way to spend an afternoon than reading about sparkles. In the magazine this month there was an in depth guide to everything in the box & where it’s from. There was also an article on spooky party foods for your Halloween parties. Along with competitions to win fizz, and article about fizzy cocktails etc…

Now… The Sparkles!!! They were so delicious. As they weren’t something I’d tried before nor ever seen in a shop… it felt like a real luxurious treat. It was like I was celebrating something – when in fact it was just a regular weekend. I’m actually very tempted to order a case of the Alain Robert Vouvray Brut. It’s probably one of the nicest sparkles I’ve had…. & that is VERY high praise coming from me as I can be a tad picky.

These boxes would be a perfect Christmas gift. They come really well packaged – so there should be no worry of anything being broken in the post. You can gift these boxes as well as simply treating yourself. If you think monthly is a little over indulgent (Not in my eyes) but if you’d rather, then you can order them Bi Monthly. And… Even better… for your first order you can get your box for 25% off! Simply click this link & add coupon code: Bubblebox at checkout. So rather than being £32.99 you will pay under £25!!! I’ve loved this box so much that I’ve actually signed up myself! I will be reviewing the November box on my YouTube Channel… so there’s something to look forward to!

Thanks so much for reading as always!

Cheers!

Hayley xxx

 

Living ‘Sparkly’ the IxxyPoco Way

9 Aug

Hi folks ✨


Well… It’s no secret that I like fancy things. I love to live life sparkly & being surrounded by nice things & designer labels. I like eating nice food & drinking sparkly yumminess. But, I like all of these things at the best bargain price. 

I’m the Queen of coupons & the Princess of bargain shopping. There’s no shame in bargain hunting. The cost of living has become so high that quite often treats are forgotten. Well, life is for living & I love a treat. 

I’m such a handbag & purse pervert… I’m always scouring glossy magazines for the latest stunning arm candy. Once I have my heart set on a new bag – I’ll stop at nothing until it’s mine. Generally I’ll head to my current bags that I own & I’ll either have a cull & sell anything I’ve not used in the last 12months & put the money toward my new purchase. Or… I’ll get down to some good old saving. Even if it’s just £5 a month… I’ll save until I have the pennies to buy it. I’ve just sold 5 handbags & with the money I’ve managed to buy myself a new Kate Spade Purse & a Vivienne Westwood Tote. It’s a great way of freeing up some room as well as buying something new. And, your old bags go to a new home. It’s kind of like recycling really. I really need to start organising ‘swishing’ parties. A Swishing Party is basically where everyone brings something they no longer want, then you swap with someone else. So you could bring clothes, shoes, bags, scarves… Anything really! Such a good idea & a money saver! Plus, it’s a good excuse to get the girlies over to sip some sparkles. Talking of sparkles…

Sparkles ✨ Now, we all know I love a glass of sparkles. Whether it be a good bottle of Champagne or a cheap Cava. The whole reason I call it sparkles is so it’s very ambiguous as what’s in my glass. It’s always bubbly, it’s always dry… But is it always Champagne? Heck no! I’d love to be sipping Moet every weekend, but that’s become rather pricey! So, my wine rack consists of Cava that I’ve bought at £4 on offer, Prosecco when it’s 5 for £25 & Champagne when there’s money off. Even Moet, Lanson & Veuve go on offer sometimes. When they do I tend to buy a bottle to keep for a special occasion. Places like Aldi & Asda are great for picking up a bottle of Champagne for £10… Sometimes cheaper if you’re lucky. 

Food… Now I LOVE food! I cook from scratch & I make my own sauces. Meat etc… Can be a bit pricey at times. But it’s all about where you shop & quantities. If you follow my diet page you’ll know I use my Crock Pot a lot. I buy my meat pre-frozen from Asda which saves a lot. I tend to buy whole fresh chickens as it’s cheaper to buy a whole chicken sometimes & then it’s lasts a good few days. There’s so many different things you can make with chicken. I buy rice & pasta in bulk. I’m lucky & have a big walk in pantry which is great for storage. I tend to buy giant sacks of pasta & rice which is so much cheaper. I also buy tinned items in bulk too whenever I see an offer. If I see a vegetable offer in a local market I’ll buy it in bulk then blanch & freeze them. We eat well… We have gorgeous food… But at a good price. 

Make up… I couldn’t live without the stuff. Again I buy when there’s an offer. I buy most of my make from Debenhams & Boots. Both places have excellent points cards. It’s the best way to buy. Make sure you use the offers & coupons to boost your points. That way you build up a good balance to spend at a later date. I can get up to £200 worth of boots points on my card within 6 month. It just makes your pennies go that little bit further. I also have some amazing acrylic storage which I bought from Muji. It’s so much cheaper than a Kardashian Acrylic Cube. 

Somethings in life I won’t scrimp on like SKY TV (sad I know lol) Eating Out & things for Seth. But that’s fine because I try to get everything else at a bargain price lol. 

So there you have it… This is my sparkly way of living life ‘fancy’ & Sparkly ✨ 

Thanks for reading & have a great day 💕

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Blogging… Treehouses… Babies… Weddings ✨

19 Jul

Hi Folks ❤️ 

I’ve been so super busy that time has literally gotten away from me.

I went to see a medium… We had a leaving party at work… My little cousin had a baby… We’ve BBQ’d…. We’ve been to a Wedding… Etc… Etc… 

Where do I start!? Well… I’ll start with Wednesday afternoon… On Wednesday afternoon I went to see a Medium. She was utterly fantastic. She literally knew things that she could not have known. I was also able to make contact with family members who have passed over. It was so emotional but gave me the lift I really needed lately. 

When I got home from seeing the medium, I cracked on with making party food for Anna’s last day at work. At the moment my department is going through a restructure (which I’m sure I’ve told you about). So quite a few people have been made redundant or have taken voluntary severance. I’m so sad to be seeing Anna go. 

   I made Egg Mayo Sandwiches & Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes dusted with edible Golden glitter 
I also froze Lemons, Limes & Oranges. They’re great for adding to drinkies… It’ll chill your drink & give it a little zest. Lay them on a baking tray to freeze… Once frozen you can transfer to a freezer bag  

   Later that evening My Little Box arrived & this months has been amazing. It’s all focussed around vacations. The travel wallet is just so cute  
    
    
 The weather was so beautiful on Wednsday… We decided on having a BBQ for tea. We had chicken on the BBQ & then I baked some potatoes & made a side salad. It was so utterly delicious. 

 Thursday started the same as usual… Shower… Brew… Make Up 

    
   I also opened a new bottle of Vera Wang Princess… I love this perfume. It’s so sweet smelling & seems to last for ages. It’s definitely still one of my favourite fragrances 
Before heading out to work I threw together a chilli in the slow cooker  

 Thursday was leaving party day in the office… So everyone brought in party food. I also took some plastic flutes to drink our pink lemonade & 7up free out of ✨ 

    
    
 We had so much food… I felt like we just ate all day. I’m so upset at our little family being disbanded at work. I’m such a positive person… But it’s gonna be hard not see everyone everyday at work. Especially now that we’ll be working over two sites. I have such bad memories of the other site as I worked there for around 5yrs. Someone there made my life a literal hell with constant nasty remarks & personal put downs… But this time I won’t let that happen & I shall stick up for myself. Bullies only win if you let them.  

 The chilli was smelling delicious in the slow cooker by the time I got home. We had it with sweet potato chips rather than rice  

 Yep you’ve guessed it… Friday started with Tea & Make Up  

 Breakfast was Cooked Lean Ham, Scrambled Egg & Fatfree Cottage Cheese  

 During my lunch break at work I had some leftover homemade chicken curry & caught up with the fashion business world via Drapers  

   Apparently New Look are going to be opening some stand alone menswear stores! So yah too be something to keep an eye out for. It’ll be good to get another store on the high street. 
I also much fess up to a major diva tantrum. We were off to a Wedding on Saturday… So I decided to check out the cottage that we were staying in with friends. Well… I suddenly realised that the loos were situated outside across a courtyard & the showers were in a shower block… Also outside! Well I just proper kicked off. I mean… I don’t do rustic at all! I don’t do camping! I don’t do walking around outside to go pee! I had a total mini meltdown & just wanted cry. My hubster being the star that he is, booked us a hotel pronto bless him. I’m so glad that I checked the cottage before we got there. Well I say cottage… It was actually a hikers bunk house. What can I say… I’m a little high maintenance at times & love my creature comforts ✨

Friday evening the weather seemed to get out really nice… So yep you’ve guessed it… BBQ!  

    
 The weather was lovely… But a tad windy. We BBQ’d steak & I baked potatoes & made a side salad. It was delicious. After we’d eaten – this months GlossyBox arrived!!! This months was utterly amazing! I love the cute little make up bag!!! I also loved the French Theme  

   We headed up to bed around 11pm after watching Sweet Home Alabama… Oh I just love that soppy Chick Flick ❤️ 
We woke up pretty early on Saturday morning as we needed to make our way up the Northumberland coast to Alnwick for a Wedding ✨ We needed to pack & get Princess Coco Chanel packed & off to her Chihuahua-sitters. Oh I hate leaving her to go away. But she loves her sitter & is right at home in her house – so that’s really good. She’s been her sitter for like 2 & a half years now.  

We needed good music to get ready too… So I found this album on Apple Music 

 We got the train up to Alnwick. It wasn’t a bad journey at all… It was around 2 hrs & there weren’t any changes needed. I think the Champagne & Brioche that I had in my bag made the journey that little sparklier ✨ 

    
 We always have such a giggle on our adventures together ❤️

Once we got to Alnwick we checked into our hotel, dropped our bags off… Hung up my dress & headed on out for some lunch   

     
   We both had a handmade Aberdeen Angus Burger. Once lunch was snaffled… It was time to head back to our room to get ready for the Wedding. 
The Wedding took place within Alnwick Gardens in the Treehouse. It was so magical. It was literally like being in the world of Harry Potter crossed with a Woodland Fairy Land.  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   By the end of the evening my shoes were starting to nip. But all was fine as the Bride had bought enough flip flops for everyone if their shoes became uncomfortable! What an utterly genius idea!!!  
   We got back to our hotel room around 12:30… So that wasn’t bad at all. Although… Since it was a free bar… I must confess to feeling quite rough! 
We didn’t make it up for breakfast this morning… So we ate cookies on the train instead  

 Since getting home we’ve collected Coco & basically just lazed around in our Pjs. We’ve had a really quick tea of Waitrose quiche with homemade wedges & salad.  

I don’t think it’ll be long until we’re heading on up to bed to watch a film. 

So… I shall leave this post right there. 

I hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend!

Thanks again for reading ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Sixth Sense

15 Jul

Morning Folks ✨

Yesterday was so much fun! 🇫🇷 I’ve now compiled a list of international day holidays. I really want to get on board with this celebrating other countries… Plus it’s a good excuse to eat yummy food & drink yummy drinks. So, as it was Bastille Day yesterday… Everything was French 🇫🇷

 I began the day with getting ready for work with French Make Up & with an English Tea (well… I didn’t have any French tea lol) I decided to go with Givenchy as my fragrance for the day rather than my usual Chanel 

    
    
 Breakfast was just my usual Weetabix & an Egg, Fat Free Cottage Cheese & Salmon Salad… I have to confess to that not being very French either lol. 

   
   When I got to work I cracked open the French coffee & then Anna arrived with Brioche!!! She totally got on board with French Day 🇫🇷 Yesterday was soooooooo not a diet day!  
   Again yesterday at work seemed to by so quick! I think it’s because there’s a lot of people off on holiday & there’s always lots of paper type of work to do. So no sooner had I gotten to work at 8:10am… But it was 5pm & time for home! 
Once I got home, I started getting our international cuisine ready for Dinner in the garden. I must confess to the Patè being Belgian, the sausage being Italian & we had 3 Spanish Tapas… But the bread & cheese was French! Along with the Champagne & beer of course being too 🇫🇷✨  

    
   We even listened to various French artists too. Air are actually one of my favourite chill out artists to go too. Moon Safari has been one of my favourite albums now for well over 10 year… It surely must be over 10 year old!?  
 As the sun began to set, it started to get a little chilly… So it was out with the Chiminea 

  

I think the hubster may have used a little too much lighter fluid haha. It kept us nice & toasty though whilst we finished off our Champagne. It was such a lovely evening. I was so happy that the weather got out fine for the evening. 

Today I have a mid week day off ✨ So I have plenty housey things to be getting on with today & then I’ll be making a yummy Dinner for me & the hubster to have tonight. But… Something exciting for today… I’m actually off to see a medium this afternoon. I’ve got really high hopes of being able to speak to loved ones no longer with us. A lot of you probably won’t be into that kinda thing & may even think it’s a sham…  But this lady does have some strong ability & gift. Her sixth sense was spot on the last time I spoke with her. So… I shall let you all know what happens. I have a few questions for her that would make me feel better in knowing the answers. 

Well… Thanks again so much for reading & hi to my new readers in Singapore & Oman! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx