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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.

Any Excuse For a Party!

8 Aug

Hi folks,

You all know what family life is like here at Thorne Towers… hectic, busy, fun & full of giggles. You also know that we don’t need an excuse to celebrate & have a party.

Since Seth is becoming a big brother in October, we’ve been trying to get him to understand that we’re having a baby join our family. He’s only 2 year & 5 month old… sometimes I think he totally gets it & other times I think he’s still not quite sure.

So… what better way to get him excited? Have a little tea party! And what does every party need? Well, cake of course!

bakerdays are a fantastic company who make letterbox cakes… yes that’s right… a cake delivered through your letterbox! How fab is that!?

Yes you read that right… they can make you a stunning personalised cake to celebrate any occasion that comes in a lovely tin & fits through your letterbox. They also offer gluten free, wheat free & dairy free options!

Seth was sent a cake to celebrate the fact that he’s going to be a Big Brother. I can’t even begin to tell you just how stunning the photograph was. The detail & quality was so high. And Seth adored having a Ace with his face on… he’s such a poser.

Seth’s cake was a plain sponge – simply because that is his favourite. But you can choose other options. You also don’t have to choose a letterbox cake. They offer 4 different cakes sizes as well as cupcakes.

Now for the important bit… how did it taste?

As you can imagine… Seth takes his role as cake testing rather seriously. After snaffling his first piece… he hastily demanded another. I can therefore confirm that he did indeed think it was “Nommy Nommy” lol. That’s a direct quote right there. This 2 year old knows good cake when he tastes it.

Everyone agreed it was really lovely & super fresh. I have to admit that I was thinking “will it be fresh?”… but it really was! Plus it’s such a fantastic novelty having it delivered through your door. You could send this to any loved one for a special occasion & it would most certainly make them smile. You don’t even need an occasion really… just simply treat someone who needs a pick me up perhaps?

Thank you so much bakerdays for making a little boys day. What better way to become excited about being a big brother than with cake!

Thanks as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Charming Charms with Charmed Aroma

13 Dec

Hi folks,

The festive-ness is really building now here at Thorne Towers. I received the most gorgeous little package from Charmed Aroma.

Just in case you’re not familiar with Charmed Aroma… here’s a little background; Every Candle is hand poured with a high quality soy wax. Soy wax is known for giving candles a longer & cleaner burn. All of the jewellery is Sterling Silver & if you’re super lucky… you can find a stunning piece of jewellery up to the value of $5,000!!! I mean how exciting!? Shipping is also available in the UK, US, CAD, AUS, FR, GER, IT, SPAIN.

So… let’s get to the good stuff!

These candles are absolutely gorgeous! My candle is ‘Candy Cane‘. The fragrance is stunning. After only been lit for a few minutes, my lounge was filled with the most gorgeous Christmassy sweet scent. The candle itself is also really pretty, in a nice glass jar. It would make such a stunning gift. And the best part… you get a jewel inside! My candle is the ‘ring’ candle. The ring I found inside is really beautiful. As the candle burns & the wax begins to melt, a little parcel will appear. Once it’s totally free of wax – you can scoop it out with a teaspoon etc… then reveal your hidden treasure!

What a stunning treat!

I also received a Candy Cane Bath Bomb. I so enjoyed running myself a relaxing bath & then finding my treat inside.

The Sterling Silver necklace I found inside is so pretty… perfect for wearing with a festive outfit on a night out. The bath bomb smelled so nice & filled the bathroom with a gorgeous scent. The bath bomb was really mild too & left my skin feeling really soft. This would make a fab stocking filler! What an amazing treat to buy someone. You can view my reveal video on my Instagram page.

If you head on over to their website you will find a gorgeous selection of scents & the types of jewellery you can find hidden within. This is not just another scented candle… it’s a candle with a little extra charm hidden within. I love them. Literally the perfect present!

The beautiful candles & bath bombs would make stunning gifts for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthday’s etc…

If you head on over to their website & use coupon code: HAYLEY10 you’ll be given 10% off. But please note that this will only be valid for 1 month.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Gorgeous Goodies… Thanks Crabtree and Evelyn 

8 Sep

Hi folks,

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of Crabtree & Evelyn & I’m delighted to say I’ve been trying & reviewing more of their beautiful products! 

Now… where to start… let’s start with…

I decided to start with this product as this was my ultimate favourite in the pack I was sent. It is hands down my most favourite product from Crabtree & Evelyn now. I literally adore this hand scrub. I’ve menetioned a lot in previous blog posts that I suffer with mild dermatitis on my hands – especially along the index finger on my right hand. So, a hand scrub is something I’d really not buy. I’d presume that it would aggravate & inflame my sore skin, but… How wrong I was… 

This scrub is super soft & gentle. It almost seems to buff the sore, dry, rough skin. When you wash it off your hands they feel so soft. They even look fresher & brighter too. Almost like they’ve been given a brand new lease of life! I’ve been using this once a day. The fragrance is gorgeous. I cannot recommend this product enough! 

Lavender & Espresso Calming Soap

I’m really old school in the sense that I still love a good old bar of soap. I’ve always got a bar of soap in a soap dish at the side of the sink. This soap did not disappoint. I love Lavender as a scent anyway, but with the mix of Espresso in there too – it gives a lovely kick. This mix is naturally purifying without stripping away at the skin. This soap would actually be perfect in your kitchen for after you’ve been chopping stinky onions & garlic. It’ll get rid of those strong foodie smells in an instant. Whenthis bat of soap is out of its wrappper it literally fills the room with its aroma.

Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Recovery

This product smells utterly fantastical! I knew as soon as I used it that it had patchouli in there somewhere & after reading the ingredients – I was right! Patchouli is one of my most favourite scents. It always makes me think of Autumn days… I don’t know why… but it does. For me – it’s a very uplifting scent & it’s also long lasting. So you tend to take the fragrance with you. 

This hand recovery is lovely. It’s been lovely to use on an evening. It seems to give your hands that much needed burst of hydration after a long day of running round after a toddler… constantly washing, scrubbing etc… you know what I’m talking about lol. This handcream has been kept in my bedside drawer… it’s now part of my bedtime skincare regime. I mean… we moisturise our face before bed… so why not our hands too!?  

With Christmas fast approaching – you must visit your nearest Crabtree & Evelyn shop or visit them online. Imagine receiving some lovely luxury items in your Secret Santa? I mean you can buy some of their luxury foodie items for as little as £5. They have something to cater to all budgets. With Crabtree & Evelyn you always know you’re going to get top quality products. So go on… treat yourself & your nearest & dearest. With only 3 more pay days until Christmas… you’d best get your skates on! 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Fragrant Florals

27 Jun


Hi folks,

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to test & try more gorgeous goodies from Crabtree & Evelyn. Right now we’re in the throws of Summer & all you can think of is beautiful beach days & gorgeous picnics in the countryside surrounded by stunning fragrant flowers. Well, both of these products will have you feeling like you’re surrounded by lots of luxurious, highly scented flowers. Imagine a sweet flowery field.

Ventian Violet Body Cream

I’ve been using this body cream each morning after my shower. It’s really thick & luxurious. I’d always choose a cream over a lotion as I have quite dry skin & I always feel that cream moisturises my skin so much more. The smell is so gorgeous & quite subtle as there are vanilla tones mixed in to give a lovely sweet scent. For me this is a perfect pampering, luxury product. The jar is glass & simply lovely. Everything about it screams class & sophistication. It’d look divine sat on any vanity unit.

The benefits to this cream are:

  • Dermatologist tested and approved
  • Leaves skin intensely re-hydrated
  • Contains exclusive Tri-Oil blend

Also, for a 200g glass jar you’d normally pay £30… but right now there is a HUGE sale on their website where you can grab this little beauty for just £18!!! You could treat yourself without feeling guilty that you’ve over splurged! Or you could stock up & save for Christmas as gifts. Perhaps the secret Santa at work? It’d be crazy to miss out on such a bargain.

Florentine Freesia Body Lotion

This body lotion is actually a limited edition product, making this a fab gift for someone… I mean who doesn’t love the exclusivity of having something ‘limited edition’? I used this lotion before bedtime to give my skin (especially on my arms) a little more hydration. I find that the summer weather tends to dry my skin out a lot – especially on my arms & the backs of my hands. There’s a lovely little hint of oranges & pears too – lovely to be wrapped in a light fresh scent for bedtime.

This lotion also has the added benefits of:

  • Trio Oil Blend
  • Rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins & antioxidants to nourish skin all over
  • Formulated without colour, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates or propylene glycol

Again… this little beauty is also on offer right now! So instead of paying £24, you’ll only pay £14.40!!! Again… treat yourself… your best friend… everyone!

Across the Crabtree & Evelyn website they have up to 40% off selected items, but, be quick as stock is shifting fast & this sale can’t last forever. There are some utterly gorgeous bargains to be had!!!

Have fun shopping!

Thanks so much for reading as always,

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Crabtree And Evelyn – La Source

22 Mar

Hi folks

I’m so excited to be collaborating with Crabtree & Evelyn again. They very kindly sent me over some lovelies from their La Source range.


A little more info about the La Source range; The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea around us, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Seriously, this range is literally like a little spa in your very own home. The smell is utterly divine.

The first product I decided to dive straight into was the hand lotion. I literally had the bottle open within seconds. The hand lotion is in a lovely bottle with a pump top making it easy to use when you’re super busy. It’s currently sat on my kitchen windowsill. With having a baby & a slight germ type phobia – I’m washing my hands several times every hour. This can make your skin dry out so very quickly, but that’s where this little spa in a bottle comes in like a knight in shining armour. Also, the scent seems to linger giving you this lovely fresh, relaxing fragrant aura around you. This bottle of loveliness costs £23.00. Well worth it & it will last you quite a while.

Who wants smooth soft skin!? Well if you raised your hand, then you need some exfoliating body scrub. I suffer with a little dermatitis on my arms & it’s really sensitive. I have to say that this product was lovely & mild. I used in the shower with a nice soft sponge & exfoliated gently. Afterwards, the skin on my arms was super smooth & soft. And again, the scent was simply amazing. It actually reminds me of the Aqua Sana Spa at Centre Parcs. A 175g tube will cost you £20. A steal when you consider how much you’d be paying in a spa.

Now, most of you know that I’ve had extensive surgery on my right leg. After a long day of Mammy-ing & generally just being the super busy person that I am… my feet are literally killing me. Especially on my right leg. So you can imagine the excitement when I discovered I’d been sent the foot soak!!! I got right to setting myself up a little foot spa up! I was NOT disappointed! I had my feet steeping nicely in the gorgeous effervescent sea foam soak & a chilled glass of sparkles in my hand… I mean… could their be anything more perfect than that!? The fragrance literally did fill the whole room which was so lovely & relaxing. I think I may have even nodded off at one point… Oooops! A box of 5 sachets only comes to £12!!! What a bargain.

Right now there is free delivery on the whole La Source range on the Crabtree & Evelyn website. The discount will be automatically applied at check out. It goes without saying that these fabulous products would make a stunning Mother’s Day Gift.

Thank you as always for reading 🙂

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

Black Friday Beauty Bargains

15 Nov

Hi folks

Here’s another instalment of… ‘What to buy folk for Christmas!?’

You just cannot go wrong with a lovely beauty buy as a Christmas gift. So… what if I told you, you could treat your nearest & dearest to some fabulously gorgeous beauty buys at a bargain rate?

The Black Friday sales are looming & Yves Rocher have some fantastical bargains coming… I should know as I’ve had privilege to a sneaky peak of what their bargains will be like…Utterly fabulous!

The Yves Rocher Black Friday Sale will go live 23rd November.

If you’re not familiar with the Yves Rocher brand – then you should most definitely acquaint yourself. The brand has been going for over 50 years & Yves Rocher is the creator of Botanical Beauty.

On the website you will find Make Up, Fragrances, Hair Care, Skin Car, Bath & Shower Stuff, Nutrition & Well-Being, as well as Men’s Toiletries! There is so much to choose from! You’re literally going to be spoilt for choice. I’ve also heard a little rumour that you could be getting 70% off some items too!!! And… when you spend over £27 you will get free delivery!!!

If you head to their website now – you can sign up to their newsletter which will update you on any special offers, promotions & sales. But, in the meantime you should definitely add the website to your favourites & check back on 23rd November – you really do not want to miss out on the fantastic prices & products! Especially if you haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet!

Or… if you’ve bought all of your Christmas gifts – like I have.. then go on & treat yourself! Buy yourself some new make up for all of those Christmas Parties & get togethers!

You quite simply cannot afford to miss out on these beauty bargains!

You can find their website here: http://www.yves-rocher.co.uk

Thanks for reading & happy shopping!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

**Below is just an advert… the ‘Shop Now’ will not work as the sale is not currently live.