Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Thank You, 2014





What. A. Year. From San Francisco to Manchester, Las Vegas to Merthyr Tydfil, and so many places in between, this year has been one I will never forget. We really used 2014 as an excuse to throw caution to the wind and travel. Within days of landing home from America, we'd booked a week in Greece. I took Ash away for a night in Manchester for his birthday on a spur of the moment booking. We travelled over the bridge to Wales for tiny music festival and ended up meeting one of our favourite bands. We've been to new restaurants, loads of gigs, watched great films and not so great films, we've seen the death and rebirth of our favourite pub, and we've done it all together.

2015 will be different; more disciplined, focused on saving money for a mortgage, rather than a holiday. Although, perhaps a little trip to Disneyland Paris will be on the cards. Who knows?

2014 has been pretty kind to me, so here's hoping next year will be too.

Happy New Year x

Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas (Lately I've Been)

These last few weeks have felt like a bit of a whirlwind - we have been constantly busy! So when I finished work on the 23rd for two whole weeks, I felt a huge sense of relief. Although, the week since then has been just as busy! Here's a little flavour of what my Christmas looked liked.

Elf PJs - Kitty cat coming in from the cold
Jam jar cocktails - Christmas tree mousse
Crown & Glory holly hair slide - more cocktails
Little Phe

 Remembering those who are no longer here - spending time with little one
Christmas nails - Christmas hair
Giants PJs - Dr Marten Chelsea Boots
Some of my favourite gifts
Boxing Day dog walk
More cocktails... - Homemade pheasant curry

Our fifth Christmas x

Monday, 24 November 2014

Winter Salads

I find trying to eat healthily in the Winter to be a lot more difficult than the Summer. I'd much prefer a home made stew, huge roast dinner, or takeaway pizza to warm up the cold evenings. However, my lunch box salad can definitely be jazzed up with a little winter love to keep your tummy satisfied in the chilly months. I've compiled a short list of recipes for salads which tickle my fancy. What do you think?
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How yummy does this warm roasted vegetable salad look? Maybe not great for a lunch box, but perfect for a Saturday lunch time at home. Recipe here.

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I dont think I've ever used cauliflower in a salad, so this is definitely intriguing! Recipe here.

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I am a huge lover of beetroot and feta, so this salad is pretty much ideal for me! Recipe here.

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Jamie Oliver's 'Favourite Winter Salad' looks like it could become a favourite of mine too! Halloumi and pomegranate... yum! Recipe here.

What salads do you like to make in the winter?

This post is in collaboration with Florette Salad.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Light Up Longleat

Longleat is usually known for it's beautiful house, lovely gardens,  and of course, safari park, but from this weekend until Christmas, a few new additions have moved in. The Festival of Light is a breathtaking display of Chinese lanterns, the first of it's kind in Europe. I was lucky enough to go along to the launch night, which started in the Great Hall with champagne and canapes, before enjoying a stroll around the beautiful lanterns. Each one was hand made on-site, mostly from steel and silk, and illuminated after dark. I could probably talk forever about the display but instead, here's some photographs.

 Isn't it beautiful?  I think the flamingos are my favourite. If that in itself hasn't given you enough reason to visit Longleat this Christmas, then perhaps this can tempt you. Inside the courtyard is a 50ft Christmas tree, which SINGS. As I stood there in the cold with my friend Bryony, a cup of warm apply punch and Mark from Made in Chelsea to our side (well...kinda...) it really did feel like Christmas!

You can purchase tickets for The Festival of Light here.