Do you ever feel embarrassed when someone pays you a compliment? Perhaps the response “Oh no I’m not *that* good (insert name of talented friend) is much better than me” trips all too readily off the tongue. Or maybe your in-built modesty forces you to reply with “Well I’ve got a long way to go but I’m trying”. I’m not sure whether it’s because we are terribly British or due to a crippling fear of arrogance, but I am certain I’m not the only one who shrinks back when compliments come my way. A short while ago, I came across a snippet from Marianne Williamson’s bestselling self-help book ‘A Return to Love‘ and it stopped me in my tracks…

Before you say it, I do know that we are now in early July but I discovered some really great things last month; things that I squirrelled away with a view to sharing at the end of the month, but never quite got around to it. Better late than never eh? This seems to have become my life motto these days but it’s the end of term so I have a great excuse. Anyway, here they are…five things that have improved my life in some way or another. Succulent from Tesco – £12.00 I’m loving succulents at the moment, isn’t everyone? Earlier in the year I bought a few fake ones (at vast expense) from Wayfair but I spotted this actual… View Post

So I gave us all a little break last week and have subsequently decided that it’s better for everyone concerned if I only join in with Little Loves once a fortnight from now. I get a chance to actually do something worth sharing and you get more interesting content to read. Win/win! Since my last post, I’ve been on a retreat day which was absolute bliss, acquired a tan then lost it (we are in Britain after all) and I’ve picked Twitter back up again. Are you on Twitter? I had forgotten how much I love it for ‘bants’ (as my teenagers would say). I’ve re-engaged with the blogging community as well as discovering some new people to follow. Anyway,… View Post

I have this habit of inviting people round for dinner, but instead of choosing a foolproof recipe that I know works, I search around on the internet for something new and exciting to wow them with. This doesn’t always turn out well, especially when I then decide to go off piste, substituting ingredients for ones that I prefer; not to mention leaving some out simply due to lack of focus at the supermarket. This was the background to my latest discovery – the white chocolate and berry cheesecake. You’ll be pleased to hear however, that it turned out to be a triumph and so easy to make! I only ever share the best recipes on here, ones that even a… View Post

At 15 years of age, you think you know everything. Remember that phase? The fact is, whatever stage of life we’re in, we do know more than we did in the last. Even the defiant, opinionated 15 year old has a point – she (for argument’s sake) certainly knows more than a 5 year old and a decade of experience does give you some sort of wisdom. But does she know everything? Absolutely not! Turning 40 seems to be THE milestone that everyone dreads. I guess it’s because it is slap back in the middle of most people’s lives. Assuming we’re going to reach the ripe old age of 80, once you’ve hit 40 everything must be downhill, right? Wrong!… View Post