Archive, December 2018

Christmas Countdown!

Aghhhhh! Here we are, 24 days until it is all over and eaten and drank. The countdown to the most wonderful time of the year has officially begun and I am beyond excited! Are you? For some crazy reason unbeknown to me, I seem to have some form of content planned for pretty much everyday of December. I know, stop the train! After a whole five-week of silence I have come back big in the craziest month of the year, however I am not going to be forcing myself to completing Blogmas so if I miss a day or two posting then so be it and if not then look at me being ridiculously productive at last, even if it has occurred at the end of 2018!

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I will probably be too crazy busy to post and promote my posts all throughout the festive period, which I am sure you will understand so I recommend clicking the follow button found in the right hand side column as it means you will get a little email pinging into your inbox as soon as I upload any content so you won’t miss a thing!

Why will I be crazy busy you may ask! Well I will be drinking my way through river of hot chocolate, baking up lots of jolly delights and obviously playing Santa by getting all the gifts ready for Christmas day. Hopefully I will find a minute or two to relax and check out Hadrian’s Tipi, Pizza Punks Christmas menu and many more festive activities on the run down to the big day!

Can you tell I am excited? Let me know what your most excited about now that we are entering the final few weeks of 2018.

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Archive, October 2018

Scent Circus: Scary Movie Wax Melts

After my Disney wax melt haul I decided I didn’t need any more wax melts for quite a while or at least that is what I told myself until Scent Circus announced they would be releasing a limited edition box for the Halloween season with the theme based around ‘Scary Movies’.

This limited edition box is one of Scent Circus’s ‘big top boxes’ that are a monthly themed box that is released on the first of every month with six unique wax melts inside. These boxes cost £7.50 and you buy them ‘blind’ so you have no idea what the scents of the melts will be nor do you know how they will look until they arrive, so you can imagine how excited I was when I got home from work and seen the box sitting on the bench waiting for me to open.

Upon opening the package I found the contents had been wrapped up in emerald-green tissue paper and there was a note saying ‘Open if you dare…’ So what did I find inside?

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Happy!? Halloween is pumpkin crunch pie scented and I think this is the perfect fragrance for the Autumn months as it gives off a warm but sweet aroma when used. This melt also screams Autumn as it is the classic pumpkin orange Halloween colour and has the words Happy Halloween written across it as well as featuring two skeleton hands on the front of the melt.

It is another sweet-smelling wax and is based on everyone’s favourite killer clown. The scent of this melt is buttered popcorn so it gives off a wonderful vanilla fragrance. The look of the wax melt is also based on the image of It himself and is crimson red in colour.

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Everybody… Scream! melt is based on the movie, you guessed it scream. This wax melt is my favourite from this Halloween collection as it is cherry scented and who doesn’t love rich berry scents especially in the Autumn months.

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Twilight is also a really nice smelling melt and features a pair of fangs and the word ‘fang-tastic’. However, due to being so used to the Lush lavender-scented twilight body wash I ended up being quite taken aback that this was in fact a light floral fragrance, but in a pleasantly surprised way. This wax melt smells very clean and slightly like freshly washed bedding to me which means it will be a nice wax melt to use during the day time as well as on the evening.

Friday 13th on the other hand is quite a heavy autumnal fragrance and smells of cranberries and pomegranate. This wax melt is also a rich purple colour and has the design of Jason’s iconic mask from the movie it is based on.

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What is Halloween without a zombie reference thrown in for good measure? The last wax melt in this box is just that and is named Rotten to the Core. This dawn of the dead inspired melt features a zombie on the front of the wax melt and has a baked apple pie fragrance which again is another wonderful melt to carry you through the Autumn months! I mean who doesn’t love the smell of warm apple pie?

And that is that, another wonderful box from Scent Circus. I honestly can’t wait to see what themes both the November and December big top boxes will be.

Archive, October 2018

Quick Slow Cooker Meals

On Friday last week we seen the first cold, windy and dull day of Autumn here in the North East. It was also the day my slow cook officially came out of storage full-time rather than being used here and there over the past month or two. I honestly think a slow cook is an invaluable piece of equipment to have in your kitchen, especially during the Autumn and Winter months as sometimes after a long hard day at work the last thing you want to do is cook yourself a meal from scratch. With a slow cooker though you literally just throw everything into the pot in the morning, pop it on a low setting and leave it until you return home later that evening and wallah! A piping hot meal is ready and waiting to greet you with possible left overs for you dinner the next day.

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BBQ Pulled Pork 

  • 1.5-2kg pork shoulder, fat removed.
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 500g / 600g passata
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to season

Measure the passata, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, two crushed garlic cloves and sugar into a pan and stir. Pop it on the hob and let it simmer for 10/15 minutes until it thickens slightly.

Remove all of the visible fat from the pork shoulder, pop it into a hot frying pan and sear all sides of the meat to lock in the flavour. Once this is done, transfer the pork shoulder into your slow cooker, pop the sauce from the pan on top and cook on the lowest setting for 8-12 hours.

After 8-12 hours, remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred into bite size pieces using two forks. It should practically fall to pieces as you are doing so, I then drizzle a little bit of sauce over the top of the pulled pork.

I usually pair this with tacos, microwavable mexican rice, salsa, refried beans and guacamole for a quick but filling tea!

Chickpea Curry

  • 500g / 1 can of chickpeas
  • 500g / 1 can tinned tomatoes
  • 500g / 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 onion
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach or kale
  • 3 tsp gram masala
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • fresh coriander

Pop all of the ingredients into the slow cooker in any order you like and top up with 1 pint of either vegetable or chicken stock.

Cook on the lowest for 8 – 10 hours. If the sauce is thin then remove the lid from your slow cook and leave for another 30 minutes. Serve with rice and poppadoms.
You can freeze any leftovers.

Note: You could replace the chickpeas for beef, just make sure you coat the stew and steak in plain flour and fry it off in a frying pan to brown the meat before adding it to the slow cooker. 

Butternut and Coconut Curry

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • 150g red lentils
  • 500g / 1 can coconut milk
  • 100g ginger (grated)
  • 200g spinach
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 500g butternut squash
  • coriander

Fry the onions until they are starting to brown and then add the chillies, ginger, garlic. Fry for a couple of minutes before adding the curry powder and cooking for a further minute.

Transfer this to your slow cooker and stir in the red lentils, butternut squash, coconut milk and 350ml of water. Pop the lid on and leave  to cook for 8-10 hours on low. This can be served with rice or with just a naan bread. You can also freeze any leftovers.

Mushroom and Barley Stew

  • 8 mushrooms
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 small onion
  • handful of spinach
  • 500g / 1 can tinned tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 pint veg stock

Sweat your onions over a medium heat until soft before adding the mushrooms, carrot, celery and garlic to the pan and leaving for a few minutes*. Transfer the contents of the frying pan into the slow cook and add the tinned tomatoes, pearl barley, spinach and vegetable stock. Pop the lid on and leave to cook for 4-6 hours on a low setting, I recommend checking after 4 hours and topping up with water if needs be. You can freeze any leftovers.

** you can skip this step and pop all of the ingredients straight into the slow cooker to save time, but I recommend this step just to add extra flavour.  

Leek and Potato Soup

  • 4 potatoes
  • 4 slices of smoked bacon
  • 3 medium leeks
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 750ml water

Fry / sweat the onion and bacon in a frying pan until the bacon is cooked and the onions are golden. Add the leeks and potatoes for a few minutes and crumble the stock cubes over the vegetables and stir.

Transfer to your slow cooker and add 500ml water. Place the remaining 250ml of water in the frying pan and stir, making sure nothing is sticking to the pan, add the water to the slow cook. Cook on a medium heat for 4-5 hours and then transfer the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer your soup to be creamy then stir in some Crème fraîche.

And there we go! Let me know if you liked this post or if you would like to see more posts like this in the future, and don’t forget to tag me in any photos if you make the above recipes! Sorry for the lack of photos in this post too, I usually devour my food before realizing I should have taken a photo but I am sure that just shows how tasty these quick meals are!

Archive, October 2018

Scent Circus: Disney Wax Melts

Last month when shopping in my local wilkos I came across the most adorable little ceramic oil burner in the shape of an owl. I instantly knew he had to be mine, but seeing as I had never used a wax burner before I wasn’t really sure where to get any nice wax melts from. Thankfully my prayers were answered one day when I was scrolling down Instagram and I stumbled upon Scent Circus who just happen to be vegan friendly and cruelty free as well as all their items being handmade from Eco Soy wax which make’s these little wax melts environmentally friendly. If that wasn’t cool enough they also carry an Alice in Wonderland and a Disney themed range! I opted for the latter as Disney practically runs through my veins.

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I decided to buy five wax melts all based on my favourite films as well as the fragrances that sounded like they would be the nicest from the range, however if truth be told I could have went wild and purchased a lot more!

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Up and Away was the first to hit my basket seeing as it is UP inspired and is Grape Soda scented. The colours are a lot more vivid in real life compared to how they are shown on the website, and this fruity scent makes the entire house smell amazing whilst it is burning. It also isn’t a typical ‘night time’ scent meaning that even know it smells wonderful and relaxes you on an evening, you can also pop this during the day just to make your home smell nice.

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Colours of the Wind was also added to my basket without a second thought. This wax melt has a light floral and woody fragrance to it with hints of patchouli and if truth be told it was the mention of patchouli that drew me in. Not only does it smell amazing and incredibly relaxing it also looks visually stunning, again the colours in real life are way more stunning than those shown on scent circus website, and it gives off a total Autumnal theme.

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Fit for a Princess is quite possibly my favourite wax melt that I ordered! This little beauty is scented with lavender and chamomile and literally knocks me out to sleep! I honestly burn it for around 20 minutes per night before bed, blow the candle out and then I know very little until the next morning. It is fantastic!

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A Touch of Magic is probably the only wax melt I wasn’t sure on whilst adding it to my basket. It looked visually beautiful with its ivory colouring and silver luster but I wasn’t at all that sure if I would like the white amber, fresh strawberries, jasmine and sandalwood scent combo however I needn’t have worried. This wax melt has a ‘clean’ fragrance about it, like that of freshly washed bed sheets and again is another one that is not just limited to evening use. I also assume that this is Cinderella themed as it is given me total fairy godmother vibes with the magic wand and stars imagery.

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Lastly we have Kiss the Girl which I kind of messed up with. All the other wax melts listed cost £1.60 and to be honest you get a canny sized bar for your money. However, in my excitement of being swept away with all the amazing sounding products I ended up splurging £4.50 on this little mermaid themed bar without even realising. Oops. To be fair though this bar is about 4 times the size as all the other melts, however I don’t think it looks as appealing in real life as it did online but that’s just my first world problems and if truth be told it smells amazing! It has a very ‘clean’ fragrance about it but not in the same way that A Touch of Magic does. No, this bar smells more like the seaside and sea salt filled air clean rather than clean bed sheets and it has subtle notes of citrus, jasmine and lavender as well as having woody notes making this bar quite unique and wonderful smelling.

On top of all of these amazing products, the packaging of the box was adorable. It was quite thin meaning it was easy to post through the letter box, and inside the package contents were wrapped in branded tissue paper that give off an old circus style vibe. Inside all of the wax melts were safely wrapped and was surrounded by colourful confetti as well as a Scent Circus admission style ticket that stated if you collect 10 tickets you get a free melt box. It is safe to say I will keep that safe as I will be ordering from scent circus again in the near future.

Archive, October 2018

Favourites From My Pin Collection

Today’s post is quite an easy one as I thought it would be nice to talk about my current favourite pins and where I have purchased them from. I am not entirely sure which is my overall favourite because they are all pretty awesome (I am sure you will agree). Since I am forever on the hunt for new accessories please link me to any little gems you may have found online.

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First up is my adorable little Petit Four pin which I got from Pink Peach Pins on Etsy. This pin is about the same size as a 50 pence piece and is a beautiful pastel pink colour. I tend to wear it on Tuesday’s seeing as that is currently the official day of cake until the GBBO is over and done with for another year.

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Little sloth! I love this pin with all my heart! Just look how cute he is! This little sloth pin was purchased from Shop Zoki on Etsy on a week where I shouldn’t have been spending money on pins. However, Pepper as I have named him won me over with his cute little dinosaur pool float but I will end up buying more sloth pins from this store over time just you watch!

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Pastel Crayons is another pin I picked up from Pink Peach Pins at the same time as the Petit Four. I grabbed these as LL’s is forever drawing and as soon as I seen them I instantly thought of him and his passion for art. I wear them with pride and they look pretty bloody cool as well!

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This Loki & Thor chained pin set is the bloody bomb! Look at it! I love them both so much as they are totally adorable. I picked these up from Etsy again but this time from Teano Sugar who’s shop is fantastic. As a fan of all things marvel I knew I had to have them as soon as I seen them advertised on Instagram.

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Lastly but most definitely not least is my baby Spyro! I purchased him from Ohayou! clothing who have the most adorable pins ever, and this Spyro pin is the biggest of all of my pins by far. I can’t wait to pick up more pins from Ohayou! and I am currently eyeing up toothless the dragon to add to my collection.

Archive, October 2018

10 things that have made me happy this week

The fun thing I have discovered about these posts is that I am starting to appreciate the little things I come across during the week. Once upon a time I would walk around with my head down, not really acknowledging what was going on around me but now I find myself stopping and taking a step back to actually look and take in my surroundings. It is a really nice feeling. So what little things have made me happy this past week?

  1. Church bells. Weird I know. But every now and again on the way home I catch the ringing of the bells that come from one of the churches in Newcastle. I’m not entirely sure what it is but when I do hear them on my walk home I just feel that little bit more happy and more aware of my surroundings, as strange as that sounds.IMG_20181007_133422_605.jpg
  2. Love Locks. Another one I see daily on my route home but have noticed more recently is the love locks that cover the high level bridge. There is one lock in particular that is HUGE and has a massive metal chain holding it up. The amount of effort that had gone into placing that lock on the bridge quite high up is wonderfully uplifting and never fails to make me smile.
  3. Changing colour of the leaves. Who doesn’t love Autumn? I know it is a little sad to see some parts of nature die off due to the changing weather and incoming cold temperatures but there is something wonderful about seeing the tree leaves turn from green to amber to crimson red before falling and littering the floor with such vibrant colours, don’t you think?IMG_20181006_203248_108.jpg
  4. Movie night! Seeing as we are now on the Halloween countdown, myself and little legs have decided to watch 31 movies over 31 nights. This has been so much fun from making sure we are ready and settled down in our PJs from 8pm every night to finding new movies neither of us have watched before or re-watching old classics we have loved for years.
  5. Blogtober! I know, a weird one. But I am absolutely loving taking part in blogtober and the fact I am so far managing to complete it. Fingers crossed I am still loving it and posting daily content in 19 days time!
  6. Birthday Cake. It was my little brothers birthday over this past week which meant birthday cake entered the house! I love birthday cake so much and honestly could and attempt to eat it for every meal along side a good cup of tea!
  7. Tacos! Yes, if you’ve been following this series for a while you may notice food makes me stupidly happy, and this week myself and little legs made tacos for tea. It was LL’s first ever tacos and he was well impressed and I have to say they were honestly the best tacos I have ever eaten!IMG_20181009_200448_014.jpg
  8. Coffee flavours. Now we have entered Autumn it seems all coffee is now laced with some wonderful sounding and tasting syrup, so it wasn’t going to be too long before I picked up a bottle to have stashed in the house for a more indulgent coffee first thing in the morning.
  9. The Rage Company! The bath bombs from this little Etsy store are litrally the bomb, pardon the pun. I was awestruck by how beautiful both the bath art and shimmer that swirled around me in the tub was.
  10. Ginger and Lemon tea! So I have started to get the grog, or a cold as other more normal people may call it and I have found that popping some ginger and a lemon slice in my tea-pot and drinking the infused warm water has slightly helped me feel a little better and it is now a night-time must have before bed.
Archive, October 2018

Current Skincare Routine

Settle down with your favourite beverage and slice of cake because today post is a bit of a long one, but first up I feel I need to write a disclaimer. I haven’t really got the foggiest when it comes to skin care products, I don’t get this whole serum thing nor do I own thousands of products. I have owned a fair few products over the years that don’t agree with my dehydrated combination skin at all and cause acne breakouts that would rival any teenager. In fact I feel my skin often forgets I am now 28 and not 14 years old and it constantly throws acne my way on the daily, so much so that I was once told by a Clinique employee that my skin was in such a mess their products would never work and I should probably go see a doctor. I went home and cried.

However, recently my skin has been playing ball and has cleared up dramatically which I think is partly due to the skin care products I am currently using as well as cutting out dairy from my diet. So what am I using? Here we go.

Morning Routine

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On a morning I have been using The Body Shops Vitamin E gentle face wash followed up with both the Hydrating Toner and the moisturizer Cream from the same range. Since I have been using these three products from the Vitamin E range I have noticed the redness in my face has dramatically improved! Also the moisturizer is both lightweight and fast absorbing which is wonderful and also leaves a non greasy / shiny base meaning that it is the perfect thing to apply to my face before I apply my makeup in the morning.

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Furthermore, before I apply my Kat Von D Lock it foundation I give my face a quick spray with the PIXI makeup Fixing Mist which contains both rose-water and green tea. This is quite a pricey product at £16 however I do find that it helps to hydrate my skin and stops the foundation from being sucked into any areas of dry skin that I may have. Also I am barely through 1/3 of the bottle after 4 months so it does seem worth the money in the long run.

Tada! Morning routine is done!

Night Time Routine

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My night-time routine has a few more products thrown in for good measure, as you would expect. I swear by Lush’s Ultrabland cleanser and I use this every night as a makeup remover as soon as I get home. I just gently massage a small amount of this all over my face (I end up looking slightly like coco the clown as all my foundation, eyeshadow and lipstick mix together) and then use a warm damp cloth to remove all traces of makeup from my face. The best part of this product is that due to the almond oil, rose-water, beeswax and honey that is found in the ingredients list, this cleanser won’t strip your skin of its natural oils and defences but will remove all traces of make up! Fantastic!

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After removing my makeup I switch up my toner and use PIXIs Glow Tonic which removes dead skin cells and leaves my skin looking healthier. It also contains no alcohol so this toner doesn’t dry my skin out or aggravate it like other toners have done in the past and I have also noticed a visible reduction in the size of my pores since using this product.

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This is where my routine changes on a night depending on how my skin is looking and feeling. 9 time out of 10 I tend to just go straight for my No7 Protect and Intense Advanced night cream which is quite a thick moisturizing cream and it feels incredibly hydrating on my skin.

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If however my skin is feeling really parched and is looking very dull I will pop on another No7 product. This one is the Heavenly Hydration Moisture mask which is a combination of a gel / cream that is meant to hydrate, lift and brighten your skin. I very rarely use this product as a mask though and instead I just apply a thin layer to my face before I go to bed and I always wake up the next day with healthier, plumper happier skin. What more do you need?

(I did get this mask in a christmas gift set a while back and I think it has now been discontinued and replaced with No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask). 

And that is that! Somehow this little routine I have had for the past two months has dramatically changed the appearance in my skin, leaving it softer, more toned and healthy looking and a lot less angry red with crazy acne. I am not sure if this post will help anyone find new products or help with your skin needs but here it is in any way! Please let me know what your holy grail skin care product is to see if I can find some more gems to add to my collection.

 

 

 

Archive, October 2018

Blogger tag: 26 questions

Here is a fun little 26 questions game I stole from Tammys Reading Life 🖤

 

1.  Share your profile pic

(I think it’s this?)

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2. Who are you named after?

No idea first name wise but my middle name Heather is based on Connor MacLeod’s second wife in Highlander.

3. Do you like your handwriting?

Not really, it can be rather messy at times.

4. What’s Your Favorite Lunch meat?

Pastrami!

5. Longest relationship?

2 1/2 years with my ex.

6. Do you still have your tonsils?

Yes!

7. Would you bungee jump?

Hell No!

8. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

I mainly wear boots so I kind of have to.

9. Favorite ice cream?

Neapolitan.

10. What’s the first thing you notice about people?

Their shoes.

11. Football or Baseball?

Football.

12. What color pants are you wearing?

Currently my black and white Pj bottoms.

13. Last thing you ate?

Cranberry and Apricot cake (you can find the post here)

14. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

Yellow I hope.

15. Favorite smell?

Lush’s Milky bath bubble bar! It smells clean.

16. Who is the last person you spoke to on the phone?

Probably a customer at work on Saturday.

17. Hair color?

Currently it is dark brown with a lot of the blue / green showing through the ends which gives it a nice witchy two tone effect.

18. Eye color?

Usually Blue / Grey flecks.

19. Favorite food to eat?

That’s a hard one! Crisps or pasta!

20. Scary movies or happy endings?

Always happy endings!

21. Last movie you watched?

Back to the future 2.

22. Favorite holiday?

Christmas!!!!

23. Beer or wine?

ooo depends on my mood! Currently it is red wine.

24. Favorite day of the week?

Friday, I feel more productive during the day and get to chill with LL’s on a night.

25 Three favorite bloggers you want to learn more about?

Bexa , Ruth and Lucy and any one else who wants to join in to be honest! ☺

26. Added info you didn’t know you wanted

I assume this means a random fact about myself? I make really good cups of tea!

 

 

Archive, Lifestyle, October 2018

50 things to do before you turn 11 3/4s pt1

Lists. Lists have helped me a lot these past few months, they’ve helped me keep sane or sometimes even find my sanity during the dark days when anxiety had full control of my brain. I bought myself a wonderful book and it contains multiple lists, all positive and full of things I have achieved week in week out.

One day when scrolling my way through Pinterest I stumbled upon:

50 things to do before you turn 11 3/4.

Well, upon reading the different sub categories I realised that at 28 and 1/4 there was things on this list I had never even achieved never mind little legs who had only just turned 11! I have never skimmed a stone, nor have I ever ate an apple straight from a tree. Plenty of blackberries, cucumbers and tomatoes have been demolished straight from their vines but never an apple. No, this was not on. So off I went dead set that we would complete this list from scratch which means nothing can be crossed off until we complete it after the list has been written. I thought this might be a nice bonding session between me and LL’s who if truth be told is growing more and more into a teenager as the hours go by. Ever seen the BBC comedy Kevin becomes a teenager? Yeah that is currently LL’s.

So here is what we have currently completed, photos and all!

 

Climb a Tree

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This one I thought would be fairly simple but if truth be told I have to take my hat off to LL’s for getting so far up that slippery branch with nothing to hold onto for support! With every photo I took to document his achievement he seemed to climb further and further up the branch. What was lovely to see was the look of absolute terror from when he first attempted the climb melt away with every step / shuffle as he made his way up the tree branch.

Roll down a really big hill

This one was so funny. When on holiday we decided to go for a spontaneous walk to get charcoal for the marshmallow toasting that was going to occur later that evening which is when we stumbled upon a steep hill right in the middle of three cabins on the site. It hadn’t even occurred to me that this could be the hill we had been looking for as I had walked past it a few times, however LL’s ran right to the top of the said hill and rolled all the way back down again, as the name of the task suggests much to the bemusement of our fellow holiday neighbours.

Run around in the rain

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We didn’t so much run around in the rain, but instead we went on a long walk on the weekend the weather had changed from glorious sunshine to torrential downpours. Something I have learned this year is that I quite enjoy being outside in the rain, it makes me feel as if all my worries are being washed away, even if it is just temporary. I convinced LL’s to go for a walk with the promise of puddle jumping, and by god did he puddle jump! Regardless of the rain, he was drenched from head to toe in muddy puddle water to the point that it took us 5 minute’s to peel his jeans off him at the front door which had absolutely nothing at all to do with us falling about giggling as we realised he was stuck in said jeans. Off he went for a wonderful warm clean bath, and by the front door I stayed to pour out the puddle of water he tried to sneak home with him in his walking boots.

 

Play Pooh Sticks

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This has always been our favourite game to play when we go on walks to our local park, to the point that we have named the bridges , ‘the first bridge’ , ‘bridge two’ and ‘pooh stick bridge’ which probably doesn’t sound right if you don’t know what we are referring too. On the day we completed this task it seemed like a HUGE achievement as unfortunately my anxiety at the time meant (and still often means) I fear leaving the house, on this day we left just with the attitude of ‘we will see’ when it came to how far into the park we could get. The goal was bridge two, but I had barely managed to get to past the ‘first bridge’ on our last visit a month earlier. This time however, we managed to get all the way up to ‘Pooh stick bridge’, play pooh sticks AND go even further into the woods to play in the stream! All in all a fantastic day!

 

Go Star Gazing

Again, this was one of the many achievement we crossed off our list on holiday. Due to being in the middle of nowhere and the removal of all street lights, we discovered that when you sat outside on the decking late at night you could see what seemed like hundreds of tiny stars in the wonderfully dark night sky. It felt magical sitting and pointing the stars out and listening to the bats and other wildlife that were waking up for their night-time activities. LL’s thought he had seen a shooting star, but it turned out to be a plane.

 

Cook on a campfire

Okay, so I am classing this as cooking on a campfire, even if it was just roasting some marshmallows on a disposable BBQ tray. And oh my it was delicious! 10 out of 10 would do again and also I fully recommend you try it for yourself, in fact I may even do this again in the back garden on bonfire night when watching the fireworks.

 

Pick Blackberries in the wild

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What is better than going out into the wild with a Tupperware box and coming home with it filled to the brim with freshly picked fruit? This summer we have picked Strawberries, Raspberries and now Blackberries too. This is definitely something I’m going to keep doing year on year as it was so much fun. You can read more about our blackberry picking adventures here.

 

 

 

 

Archive, Lifestyle, October 2018

Olive & Bean Breakfast

If truth be told I have never been a morning person.
I am unable to wake up and be ready and out the house early, though granted I seem to be getting better at accepting the 7am screams of my alarm clock. So going out for breakfast, or brunch is not something me or little legs have really done over the years, however this summer we set out to change this and made it one of our many tasks to go out and have breakfast together.

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Our chosen venue was Olive and Bean which is located in Newcastle city centre on Clayton Street as we had heard many a good thing about their incredible breakfast menu. Little Legs being an incredibly fussy eater (even fussier then me!) hummed and harred at the breakfast offerings but settled on waffles with bacon and maple syrup, I on the other hand instantly chose the Eggs Benedict though it was a close call and Eggs Royale almost stole the show.

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Our drinks arrived quickly after we placed our order, and the food followed soon after. At first I was slightly jealous of what lay on LLs plate however the Eggs Benedict was delicious and left me both full but greedily wanting more as it tasted so good. The eggs were poached perfectly and the bacon was exactly as I like it!

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LLs actually surprised me as well, his usual distaste for bacon left us with the idea that he could put the bacon to one side and just eat the waffles drizzled with maple syrup but he actually thoroughly enjoyed and ate the majority of the bacon on his plate, even asking if we could from now on get our bacon from Olive and Bean as it was his favourite.

All in all I would fully recommend trying out Olive and Beans breakfast menu, but be warned it gets incredibly busy so I would get down early so to secure yourself a table.