I’ve been struggling lately, trying to work out what to post on here. But you probably knew that already. I moved away from my family lifestyle blog (of 4 years) for various reasons and last week I finally re-routed the URL to land directly here instead. But 6 months in and I’ve kind of come unstuck. Have I fallen out of love with blogging? No. I think my biggest problem is that I’m constantly trying to figure out what I have to offer that isn’t already out there. Comparison. It’s an ugly word, right? It’s the thief of all joy and I’ve let it sneak up and bite me on the bum. I’ve lost confidence on social media (not helped by my teenage daughter… View Post

Here we are again, on the cusp of the weekend and another week down. Since I last wrote on this here blog, I’ve been to the Alps and back. I’ve also experienced snow, sunshine, rain and freezing fog. No wonder I’m having trouble working out what season we are in! Either way, Spring we are so ready for you – please stop hibernating. Here are all of the things I’ve been loving this week – be warned, it’s a little snow/ski heavy! Read I’m a creature of habit and one of the things I like to do, is buy a Red magazine every time I go on holiday. So I’ve devoured the April edition of Red this week and found many… View Post

Today I come bearing Spring flowers. Why? Because it’s almost the weekend and I’m jetting off to the Alps for a few days tomorrow. Yippee! I should really be getting my house in order and sorting out the washing but I’ve begun to relish this part of my week –  looking back and focussing on the good bits, however small or insignificant. So here I am with my Little Loves for this week… Read Having spotted it being aired on Sky TV last weekend, finishing Room became a matter of urgency. So much so that I read the latter half of the book in one afternoon. I don’t know about you, but I hate watching a film before I’ve read the book, preferring to use my imagination to visualise… View Post

A few weeks ago, after many fairly disastrous attempts, I think I managed to create the perfect red velvet cupcake. Having gone through so much pain myself and in the spirit of generosity (it is lent after all) I thought that I would share the recipe with you. It’s basically the Hummingbird Bakery original recipe, with a few of my own tweaks – get the temperature too high or the amount of colouring wrong and hey presto you have an inedible monstrosity on your hands. If you’ve not tried red velvet cake before, you absolutely must. It’s deliciously light and of course calorie free *ahem*. You will need… 60 g unsalted butter at room temperature 150 g caster sugar 1… View Post

I don’t know where this week has gone (mostly frittered away on the phone to Virgin mobile but hey, that’s a long and boring story that no one wants to hear!). I’ve been trying to get on top of my paperwork this week which hasn’t been hugely successful but I have at least applied for a new driver’s licence. Tell me why these need to be renewed every 10 years – surely I haven’t aged that much? I picked up the Invisalign moulds for my teeth yesterday. Apparently, in order for them to work, I’ve got to wear them for 22 hours out of 24 and nothing other than water should pass my lips whilst wearing them. I went into slight panic mode as… View Post