I have a whole collection of notebooks in my home, from hard backed and floral, to spiral bound and functional. I love nothing better than to sit down in a coffee shop with a brand new note book and a pen. Whether the purpose is to empty my mind, make plans, or craft a blog post, there’s something deeply satisfying about actually writing notes, rather than tapping away on a keyboard. I don’t think that I will ever lose that joy, no matter how attached I am to my iphone! My latest acquisition is a hand-made leather bound journal, from Amazon. If you’re a notebook hoarder like me, you’re going to LOVE this – it really is the king of all notebooks! Not… View Post

All we needed was the excuse of a 50th birthday, and one Gin Cocktail Masterclass was booked. With three months to look forward to the event, Sunday 15th January couldn’t come soon enough. If ever there was a gin-lover’s paradise, I think that this place would be it – the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in Whitchurch, near Basingstoke. Before registering we were greeted by this amazing building. If only it hadn’t been pouring down with rain! Not long in and our heads were quickly turned by the venue for our cocktail-making masterclass. A true vision in purple… We had booked a tour of the gin distillery as well as the masterclass and I would highly recommend both. The girl running our masterclass… View Post

What’s the one thing you truly want at this time of year? A little peace and quiet? Enough money to buy all your loved ones the Christmas present they truly want? Right now, I would happily settle for one thing: a chance to relax. What is it about Christmas and the level of stress that seems to build up over the months of November and December?! Thanks to The Massage Company, I got the chance to do just that last week, in the peace and tranquility of their site in Camberley. Oh my goodness, it was the best one hour I have spent in a VERY long time. The Massage Company made me feel relaxed and comfortable from the moment I… View Post

I love trying out new make-up and beauty products. There are two reasons behind this love affair of mine: firstly, mother nature needs more than a little helping hand these days and secondly, if it’s going to look nice in my bathroom, I’m having it. I rarely spend much money on products these days, mainly because my pricey-but-worth-it Liz Earle stuff kept disappearing (nothing is sacred when you have teenage girls in the house). So in the name of keeping my stress levels to a minimum, whilst demonstrating the art of sharing, I started to buy cheap. And you know what? I’ve found some little gems. In fact these products are currently all on sale for less than £4! Garnier Micellar Water – £2.66 This little bottle… View Post