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

I naively thought that as the calendar tipped into March, we would see the arrival of Spring; by that, I mean warmer climes. Sadly this week I’ve braved one too many baltic dog walks and my beautiful pastel Adidas trainers that I bought last week remain firmly in my wardrobe. Come on Spring, we are so ready for you! We all know that I will probably be pining after my winter boots within 6 months but for now, I’m super excited about being on the cusp of a new season. As I write this, the sun is actually shining so I’m hopeful for better things this weekend. Anyway, what have I been loving this week?  Read I’m doing that thing again, where I have about 4… View Post

“That was back when we had a functional family” said my husband as he reminisced about a past weekend away camping in Dorset. It was said in jest but I think we both knew there was an element of truth behind it. Life with teenagers is flipping hard work. We’ve had our fair share of struggles over the last two years and I wouldn’t say that we are out the other side just yet. We still attend family therapy once a month (what a joy that is) and one of us will inevitably butt heads with a certain child on a daily basis. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news people but bringing up teenagers is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever… View Post