Friday, 30 May 2014

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Review

Birchbox very kindly sent me Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish to review and I have to be honest, only three days in I am absolutely blown away!



My usual cleansing routine usually involves whatever cleanser is on special offer being slapped on while I'm in the shower, probably whilst conditioning my hair and whatever moisturiser came free in a magazine. There's such a wide range of products available for each and every skin type, combination and age that I wouldn't know where to start.

My face often feels tight, with obvious redness around the nose and cheeks and blocked pores. At the age of 35 I still get the occasional breakout, usually on my chin and I had just resigned myself to always having sensitive skin.

The Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser starter kit comes in a handy pouch containing 100ml of naturally active, plant based cleanser, 2 pure muslin cloths and clear instructions.

You first gently massage a small amount onto dry skin over your face & neck, then rinse the muslin cloth in hand-hot water and gently wipe off the cleanser. To finish you splash your face with cool clean water and use a tonic and moisturiser to finish. Despite only containing natural active ingredients (full ingredients list here) the cleanser is powerful enough to remove all make-up, including waterproof mascara.

I used this for the first time after a gym session. While most of my makeup had long disappeared there were still traces of mascara & eye shadow which were quickly removed. My skin felt so soft and supple after that I found myself unconsciously stroking my face when I was watching TV later in the evening! I can completely understand why this range has won over 100 beauty awards including Beauty Insiders Choice Winner 2013 and Company 2012 Beauty Awards.

The following morning my skin still felt great, my redness was already reducing and I noticed that the pores around my nose were less noticeable. I've now been using it every day for three days and even Sion has noticed the difference in my skin appearance. I may even be one of those lucky girls that can get away with a dash of tinted moisturiser and a slick of mascara! For the sake of an extra two or three minutes this is definitely one routine that I will be adding morning and night.

As well as their hugely popular monthly subscription beauty boxes, Birchbox sell an impressive range of cosmetics, skincare & haircare on their website. The Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit is £14.75, Birchbox currently offer free shipping for orders over £10.00 on a number of Liz Earle products.

While I was sent a 100ml Liz Earle Beauty Co Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit for the purposes of this review all thoughts and opinions remain my own. I have not been compensated in any other way for this review.

WOTW - Stressed

You know that feeling you sometimes get...the one where you want to take yourself off to a deserted woodland and scream at the top of your lungs, until your throat feels on fire? Yeah, that's how I feel today!


It's always the simple tasks that create the most stress for me. All I need to do is pull off two photographs from an inherited Canon camera, edit them and attach them to a blog post that needs to go live today.

Not so simple when the driver CD has gone missing. I've spent nearly 3 hours installing various updates, programs and fixes, only for them all to fail. I've made Sion get out of bed on his one lazy day off to search the house...no CD. I've re-jigged lunchtime plans to free me up long enough to go home, re-shoot the photos using a different camera and get back to the office. I've searched on Amazon, ebay and countless website to try and buy a second hand CD to install for the future.

As a last ditch cry for help I went onto one of the geeky tech forums to see what other people have done. In amongst all the shorthand, techno-speak there was a two line response. "Canon stopped making drivers for this model in 2007, a driver doesn't exist for Windows 7. Buy a card reader - this will automatically work on any computer, it's much easier than faffing around with a big camera."

No shite Sherlock

There's a PC World at the end of my road. If I stood on the roof of my office I would be able to see it. I Googled, I found what I want for less than £10.00, I did that relieved, slightly manic giggle when you realise that everything will be OK.

Guess where I'm off to at lunchtime?!!

Looks like I will get that review up today after all, I'll even stick a link onto this post once it's live so you can see what all the stress is about...it really is a bloody impressive product, trust me!

The Reading Residence

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

C is for...

For the last 2 weeks I've been caught out by the new link up run over on PODcast - The Alphabet Photography Project. It's very straightforward - link a photograph based short post taking inspiration  from that week's letter.
 
The Alphabet Photography Project runs every Wednesday. A Linky is open from 6am that day until the following Tuesday if you’d like to share a short post (or a link up an image).
 
This week - C is for Cliffs
 
I took this photo using my iphone on our recent trip to Cornwall. On an early walk around the Lizard before our drive home, we watched the clouds lift and the sun shine down on us. Wild flowers were everywhere you looked. There was the constant sound of the waves crashing into the rocks below, slowly carving out new shapes and features.



If I had all the time in the world...

We seem to be having a quiet patch right now before our holiday. This is lovely because we can relax and just potter about the house, but it doesn't make for a very interesting blog!

So I've decided to join in with Mum Turned Mom's "The Prompt" link up.

The Prompt for this week is a topic and it is:
I wish I had more time…
 
I wish I had more time to cook for enjoyment, when did dinner become a meal to throw together in 20 minutes at 8.30pm, to be eaten in front of the TV? I wish we had more time to cook together in the kitchen and eat at the table in our sunny conservatory, chatting about our day over a glass of wine, taking our time.
 
I wish I had more time to take an evening class; Spanish, photography, art perhaps? An undiscovered talent just waiting to be revealed, hidden for now underneath gym sessions, cleaning, food shopping, vegetating.
 
I wish I had more time to clear the garden. The bottom third is a hidden gem, choked by brambles and nettles, "that scary place" for toddlers. I know it could be a beautiful seating area, bathed in dappled sunlight; primroses, foxgloves and bluebells given room to bloom.
 
I wish I had more time to devote to this blog. Lunchtimes at my desk, the occasional evening battling with the ipad, photos too big, too small, unable to upload. I feel I'm on the cusp of something, not quite able to grow it as I want, but knowing what's needed.
 
Most of all, I wish I had more time with those no longer here. To ask their opinion, enjoy their tales, drink their wine, bask in the glow of their love. Memories remain, as powerful as ever, but new memories are being formed constantly and their missing presence is made all the keener.
 
What would you wish, if you had more time?
 
 
mumturnedmom

Friday, 23 May 2014

Word of the Week - Excitement

Excitement
  • ex·cite·ment
  • [ ik sī́tmənt

    • being excited: the feeling or condition of lively enjoyment or pleasant anticipation
    • exciting something: the act or process of stimulating something
    • exciting event: something that engages people's attention or emotions in a lively and compelling way
    Or put another way... DATE NIGHT!


     


    After four weeks of Sion being at work when I am off at the weekend, tomorrow we both have the day off. Add to that the fact that we have money left on the food budget jar, as well as today being payday, the Gods have aligned to make tonight - DATE NIGHT!

    As soon as I get home I'm sprucing myself up and we're going to head into town for an early dinner at Wagamamas, followed by a few cocktails. I'm obsessed with Apple Martinis at the moment, that and alcohol in general! We're going to have an evening of great food, giggles and smooches and I can't wait.

    Have a great weekend everyone, I apologise now if I attempt to drunk Tweet later!
     

    Thursday, 22 May 2014

    What's in my bag...

    I love peeking inside people's lives...I'm not nosy though...I just like to think that I'm interested!

    In the spirit of Blog Every Day in May prompt for today of "Post something different to your usual content" I have decided to do a "What's in my..." post.

    My bag doesn't change with my outfit, to be honest it barely changes with the seasons. Once I find something that fits my every increasing pile of essential STUFF I stick loyally with it, until I have a tidy and find a long forgotten bag in the back of a cupboard.

    My posh bag is a beautiful bubble gum pink Cambridge Satchel Company bag, but as I can't fit my lunch, umbrella or travelling medical cabinet inside, it's a strictly weekend bag.

    So what's my bag?!



    I brought this Linea Reka bag from House of Fraser in a sale for £30 in March. Leather with 2 side pockets, a zip pocket and 2 inside pockets it's perfect for losing stuff in.

    And inside we have...



    Winnie the Pooh umbrella that came free in Sion's car (the old owner didn't want it for some reason?!)
    My Osprey leather purse (what's inside this bad boy deserves it's own post)
    2013-2014 Academic diary. I needed a diary mid year a few years ago, now I'm stuck with buying a diary in August instead of January like normal people that stopped being a student 15 years ago.
    Lottery ticket with a winning £2.00!
    Cold sore remedies (details below)
    My left handed fountain pen - they do exist, it does make a difference - you can actually read the words this pen creates.
    Nail file, lip balm, Mac lip gloss, Neil's Yard lip gloss, No 7 hand cream
    Lockets & Kleenex for my snuffly days
    Diesel Loverdose Tattoo perfume
    Home/Car & work keys
    Business Cards from Moo.com, delivered the day I decided to redesign my blog header (must get new ones ordered)
    "LOVE" patchwork bag to put medical type things in, along with tampons, plasters, antihistamines, ibuprofen, paracetamol & emery board (not pictured - they're boring)

    In case you're interested...



    I've suffered with bad cold sores for 15 years. My lip swells so much I take on the appearance of Daffy Duck and it's a good few weeks before everything settles down. They make me feel tired, depressed and almost unclean - I hate them. I've tried pretty much every tablet, ointment and old wives tale around to try get rid of them and these are my three top remedies;

    Boots Avert Electronic Coldsore Machine - currently £35.99. This is expensive initially but uses light therapy to treat the tingling and cold sore if one has appeared. I often use this as soon as I feel a tingling sensation and it stops a cold sore appearing. If, as often happens, a cold sore appears overnight it reduces any swelling I may have and lessens the length of visual sore significantly.

    Holland & Barrett Lysine Balm - currently £4.99. This is amazing stuff! I felt a cold sore coming at the weekend. By applying this balm and taking 2 lysine supplement tablets a day I didn't get any swelling and the cold sore barely formed. My lip looked normal within 4 days.

    Compeed Total Care Invisible Cold Sore Treatment  - approx. £6-£7, available in most chemists & supermarkets. These generally are not enough to get rid of a cold sore by itself, but are really useful for disguising and covering an active cold sore. You can put make up over the top of them so I use them If I have a night out and want to hide my cold sore.

    So there you go - a pretty different kind of post to me...and pretty long! Sorry about that!!

    Tuesday, 20 May 2014

    Being Adventurous...

    I know, I know Blog Every Day in May has turned into Blog Every Week in May (if you're lucky) but I'm going to try and make a little more of an effort for these last 10 days!

    Today's suggested prompt is "Being Adventurous". I am an Accountant, being adventurous is not high on the required traits of an accountant - well not a legitimate one anyway.

    My adventurous teenage experimental phase consisted of taking a paracetamol with a can of coke because my friend said it would make you drunk - it didn't. The idea of a travelling gap year filled me with fear and I headed straight to the only Church of England university in the UK (I found this out once I got there).

    When Sion did his charity skydive I was more than happy to be the ground support crew and you will never get me jumping off a bridge in Australia with a giant elastic band tied to my ankles.

    Yet I found myself agreeing to leave Cornwall and move to Hampshire into a house I had viewed on a website, with a guy who turned out to be a bit of a dick. I could have justifiably moved back to Cornwall - but I stayed, made new friends, found a new house and found a much better boy to love.

    I found myself booking a trek to Peru one Boxing Day in memory of my Dad. The only thing standing in my way was two dodgy knees, the ability to walk for 8 hours in one day and £2500 of sponsorship - but I raised money, my fitness and smiles during time of pain.





    I found myself saying no to long hours, increased stress, a secure but draining job and resigned at the height of the recession - but I found a better job that gave me back my weekends, evening and full night's sleep.

    I found myself scared, disappointed and damaged after suffering a miscarriage with a wait for a scan to find out the probability of a future successful pregnancy - but the scan was done, we've put the fear behind us and we're going to let nature take it's course for hopefully the biggest adventure of our lives.

    So yeah - no parachuting, jungle trek fighting with tigers for me...but do I think I'm adventurous? Damn right I am!

    Monday, 19 May 2014

    Kynance Cove to The Lizard

    
     
    We spent a magical few days at the start of the month in Cornwall. We had a few showers, but managed to be out walking when it was at it's glorious, sunny best. On our last day we decided to drive down to The Lizard and take a circular walk to Kynance Cove, along the coast path.
     
    Most people choose to visit the cove at low tide, to take advantage of the exposed golden sands, but we had to drive back to Southampton so were limited on our time. These are the sights we saw...
     
    
     
     
     
     
     
    The white building on the right hand side is a little beach café. The tide had dropped just enough for us to dodge the waves, scrambling over the rocky beach to reward ourselves with a cold drink before heading back towards The Lizard.
     
    When I went to Peru our guide told us of an Incan tradition of building a stone tower in places of importance. The last time I visited Kynance Cove was with my Dad so it felt right to leave a little something for him. The idea is that the tower helps make the distance between the earth and the upper world less, encouraging spirit sightings. In Peru seeing a condor was thought to be a representation of an Upper Deity, while we didn't see a condor we did watch a kestrel hunting on the cliff edge as we walked along.
     
    
     
     
     

    We finished our walk with a special pasty, eaten on a park bench watching the clouds turn grey.
     
    I don't know if it's the good food, great company or just the cleanest of sea air, but whenever I visit my home county I always leave refreshed, re-charged and re-centred.

     

    Friday, 16 May 2014

    Word of the Week - Snuffly

    Snuffly - A combination of snotty and stuffy; the period prior to a cold (f); the period prior to man flu (m)

    This week has been mostly taken up with long periods of snuffly-ness! Not yet a cold, but perhaps more than hay fever...anti-histamines don't seem to ease it, but come evening time when the trees have finished releasing their evil pores symptoms ease...although that may be the effects of the medicinal gin & tonic I'm knocking back!

    I really hope I don't become one of those poor unfortunates who have to spend the entire summer season help in an air locked compartment for fear of scratchy eyes and continuous sneezes, summer is my favourite time of the year.

    Someone told me that if you eat a spoonful of honey from a local bee population your symptoms will ease. Apparently your body becomes used to the pollen held in the honey and you'll stop suffering quite so much - anything's worth a go...a trip to the local farm shop is in order I think.

    It's a good job we're off to the Maldives in a few weeks - I'm pretty sure I won't have hay fever when I'm out there...although saying that I'll probably have to maroon myself on a deserted island with only sand, sea, a parasol and a cocktail to amuse me...such a hard life!

    Image from http://www.baros.com/


    The Reading Residence

    Wednesday, 14 May 2014

    The most important meal of the day...

    As I reached inside the cupboard for my usual gluten-free granola to dump over my yogurt this morning it struck me how much choice we as consumers have. There were five types of cereal in there...five, for the two people that live in the house to choose from. It doesn't stop there - to go with the cereal there was lactose-free milk, almond milk, coconut milk or plain yogurt. Fancy some fruit for sweetness? I've got pineapple, melon, grapes or strawberries. All this after our conversation last night about when we'll do our next shop, because we're running low on things - not breakfast food it would seem?!

    All this is even more relevant to me after I received an email from the Send a Cow charity as part of their Break...Fast appeal. Send A Cow was started by West Country farmers 25 years ago. It works hand in hand with families in Africa to build lives free from poverty and stronger communities for the future.

    Their Break...Fast appeal in addition to raising vital donations (which will be doubled by our Government), aims to raise awareness of the importance of a nutritious breakfast in helping children in the poorest parts of Africa reach their full potential.

    Their researchers spent weeks speaking to experts, inspecting archives and personal belongings as well as looking through historical records to discover what some of the greatest men & women ate for breakfast.

    Winston Churchill famously changed a menu to show his breakfast of choice - Poached eggs, jam & toast, cold meats, grapefruit, whiskey, cigar

    
    This created The Most Important Meals of Their Lives ebook, a fascinating collection of 18 breakfasts enjoyed by such people as Barack Obama, Christopher Columbus, Florence Nightingale & Jane Austen, recreated by a team of professional chefs and historians. As well as the recipes, the book also details the daily lives and routines of some of the world's most influential people.

    This book follows research highlighting that up to one in every three people in Uganda and almost a third in Rwanda are gravely undernourished - a staggering 15 million people. Without full stomachs children are unable to concentrate at school and are prevented from reaching their full potential. Send a Cow's Break...Fast appeal aims to raise £500,000 to give Children in Africa a better start.

    The Most Important Meals of their Lives book can be downloaded for free by visiting www.sendacow.org.uk/mostimportantmeal There is a suggested donation of £2.50 to the Break...Fast appeal - when doubled by the UK government this donation is enough to support an African child for a month. The UK government will match all donations up to 30th June 2014.

    If you would like more information on the Break...Fast Appeal you can visit www.sendacow.org.uk

    I for one will be a little more grateful for the life I am able to lead, I hope that Send a Cow can continue their work with people's very generous donations.


    Monday, 12 May 2014

    Birthday Fun!

     



    How has your weekend been everyone? I spent mine celebrating a very special little girl's 4th birthday. My niece had very specific requirements for her birthday cake..."Princess Sofia, pink and purple and sparkly" We had looked at cakes together on Pinterest when they stayed with us over Easter and I swiftly steered her away from the 9 tier example to things more manageable! Thursday night was spent decorating and a second tiara was made on Friday night with the remaining icing that I sensibly brought with me!
    
     
    
    Her party was at a local Garden Centre that has a soft play area, excited children ran around for two hours, stopping only for the occasional sip of blackcurrant squash and a mouthful of sandwich...although everyone came to the table for jelly and ice-cream!
     
     
    Her main present was a trampoline from Mummy and Daddy and so like the brilliant auntie that I am (!) we spent Saturday afternoon dodging the rain showers to put it together. Unfortunately rain stopped progress pretty swiftly so an impatient little girl had to wait a whole night before it was ready for bouncing on!
     
     
    While big sister was bouncing away to her heart's content, little brother was happily playing inside in his new ball pit!
     
     
    Big sister soon had to come inside and join in the fun!
    
     
    You may also notice that over the weekend my blog had a swish new look, created by Helen over at All At Sea through he graphic design business Ellie Illustrates. I can happily vouch for the whole process being pain free and easy. I could never have come up with this header, let alone create buttons and link to my custom domain name - www.time-to-be-an-adult.com so thank you so much Helen - you rock!
     
    This week is hopefully going to be a little slower paced. The 6 week holiday countdown has started so it will be off to the gym most nights, with a little bit of evening gardening thrown in to try and tame the same patch of garden I clear every few weeks!






    Thursday, 8 May 2014

    The Minack Theatre







    On a windswept, exposed Cornish cliff top one lady turned her idea for an open air auditorium into reality. She started work in 1931.
     
    There was a lot against her; she didn't have modern day machinery, her only workers an elderly gardener and his assistant, she was forced to turn her home and land over to the government for the duration of the Second World War.
     
    When granite became too expensive to bring in and use for seating she was able to mimic the existing stone using concrete. She hand carved intricate designs into the seats using an old screwdriver  as well as carve out 90 steps to the beach below. The steps were put to good use when she singlehandedly carried 12 huge lengths of salvaged wood from the beach below to the cliff top.
     
    She was 38 when she started to work on her dream and the stage and seating would not be completed by her and her two assistants for over 25 years.
     
    She worked on the theatre and it's surrounding gardens until she was in her mid 80s and continued to work on future plans right up until her death when she was 90.
     
    The lady's name was Rowena Cade and the theatre is the Minack Theatre.
     
    It's gardens are now tended by a large number of volunteers. Because of the mid climate and careful planting you will see flowering plants whatever month of the year you visit. Specially selected night flowering species fill the space with scent ready for evening theatre performances.
     
    On the windswept day that we visited hardy geraniums flowered and huge succulents were planted side by side.
     
    It's a very special place that I will return to again and again.







     
    Joining in this week with Mammasarus #HDYGG
      
    Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

    Monday, 5 May 2014

    BEDM - A taste of Mexico

    Who knew that on 5th May it's the Mexican celebration Cinco de Mayo? This is a celebration primarily in the US and Mexico, but I'm not one to turn down a celebration - whatever the reason!

    Both Sion and I love spicy food, but since his IBS diagnosis and subsequent dietary changes we have to re-invent some of our favourite foods so that we can continue to enjoy them. The main change we have adopted is cutting out wheat products and onions...making flour tortillas a thing of the past! Luckily though we have changed allegiance to beef tacos now (the corn tacos are on the allowed list).

    This is a quick 20 minute cheat supper that is made even healthier by being served in little gem lettuce leaves rather than tacos - each serving comes in at under 450 calories.

    BEEF TACOS - to serve 2 people


    150g lean beef mince
    1/2 packet Taco seasoning
    50ml water

    For the salsa
    3 spring onions
    1 red sweet pepper
    2 large tomatoes
    1 tablespoon tomato & chilli chutney (alternatively use 0.5 tbs of tomato puree, 0.5tsp fresh chilli & splash of water)
    Salt & pepper
    1/2 lime (optional)

    To serve
    2 little gem lettuces (leave separated, washed and excess water shaked off)
    Plain or flavoured rice
    Grated reduced fat cheese
    Reduced fat sour cream, guacamole & whatever else you fancy!!

    Start by boiling some water, pop crosses into your tomatoes and place in a bowl with the hot water covering them.


    Dry fry your mince until browned, add the taco seasoning and water, stir and simmer until the sauce has reduced to a thick gravy consistency. Turn off the heat until you are almost ready to serve.

    This is just after I've added the water - let this simmer away to get good and thickened!
    Thinly slice the green parts of the spring onion (if you are not following the FODMAP principles of eating, use the white parts too)
    Finely dice the pepper to get a roughly equal quantity to the onion


    Carefully take the tomatoes out of the hot water. Peel, de-seed and roughly chop.


    Put all the salsa ingredients into a dish and gently mix.


    Warm through your beef mix, microwave your rice (I did say this was a cheat recipe!!), place everything in bowls for easy access, grab yourself a big old napkin for drips and tuck in!






    Sunday, 4 May 2014

    BEDM Star Wars

    Despitetoday being Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you) and Star Wars being everywhere in the press due to the casting for the latest episode being announced, the whole series has kind of passed me by! The only line I can quote is "Luke, I am your father..." And this is only because it reminds me so much of the Stacey and Kat "you're not my muffa...yes I ammmm" scene in Eastenders. This means that I had to think outside of the box to complete today's BEDM prompt of "Star Wars"

    When I was a teenager the only part of the paper that I would religiously read was the horoscopes...mine and those of whatever boy I fancied at the time. If they were good, or even better matching, I'd think to myself "today is the day-he's going to talk to me!" Never happened though!

    If it was still my morning priority to check my horoscopes before anything else, would I have discredited Sion as a potential boyfriend or would I have turned into a slightly obsessive stalker, waiting at the corner to see if he noticed me?!

    I am Leo- apparently this means I am destined for success and am both loyal and caring. Underneath my resilient exterior I am sensitive and can be defensive, which can appear to be stubborn. As a Leo I have such a high degree of confidence I can appear elitist and dominant. My happiness is tied directly with my feelings of self confidence.
    Sion is a Capricorn - his key traits are that he is naturally hard headed. He confidence in his ability may sometimes come off as conceited. He possesses strong family bonds and he is very dependable and rarely deceitful. 

    While a Leo is supposed to be more compatible with Aquarius and Sagittarius, compatibility with Capricorns can fall into either the good or bad camp.
    So it would seem that as long as Sion lets me win every argument and pays me continual compliments the celestial bodies have nothing to worry about...
    
    Image from https://zodiactopia.wordpress.com

    Tomorrow's BEDM prompt will have a little Mexican theme...

    It's not too late for you to join in too- as many days as you can do. For all the prompts and other people taking part, why not pop over to Rosalilium now?

    Blog Every Day in May With Rosalilium

    Saturday, 3 May 2014

    BEDM My Typical Weekend

    For today's #BEDM we have been asked to share our weekend routine.

    I don't think I have a typical weekend. Sion often has to work over the weekend so the weekends that we are both free we often head somewhere different.

    On a weekend that Sion is at work my routine for the morning at least is often the same. There are some things that I just find myself doing week after week!

    I've never been a person that can sleep until midday, particularly in the Summer I will wake up around 6am and find it difficult to fall back to sleep. So when Sion leaves for work at about 6.45am I will often be awake but still very comfy in our memory foam bed. I'll take advantage of having all the pillows and duvet to pull up an ebook on my phone and read for half an hour or so. As soon as I start hearing neighbours outside and people out walking their dogs or going to work I will head downstairs to have a nice cup of coffee. I rarely drink coffee during the week - chai tea all the way for me...but there's something about coffee that reminds me of grown-up, lazy mornings and it always feels a little indulgent.

    We've got a Virgin TiVo box which is generally 95% full by the weekend with recorded programmes and films. I'll delete the 30 episodes of old Come Dine With Me without even watching them and then will spend a few hours catching up on my "chick" programmes...Grey's Anatomy and Nashville are favourite right now!


    I'll start getting cabin fever around 9.30 so will head to the gym for an hour's session on the cardio equipment. Our holiday to the Maldives is fast approaching and I want to be in good shape so I'm actually in some of the photos on the beach.


    I will always cook dinner from scratch at the weekend if we are at home, I'll often get something started in the morning to go into a slow cooker, or make a marinade so the meat has time to soak it up. I make a lot of cakes for friends and families birthdays too and Saturday is generally the day that I will decorate cakes I have baked earlier in the week.

    Now that we have a garden I spend quite a lot of time trying to clear brambles and stinging nettles from the bottom patch of garden. It's a little shaded patch of woodland and I've found a picture which perfectly shows what I want the final result to be. Unfortunately I think we're going to have to wait until wintertime to clear everything - it's all just growing too fast right now!!


    The rest of my morning will just be taken up with the usual weekend chores of washing & cleaning, but weirdly I love just pottering in our little home, enjoying the peace and space!

    Tomorrow I'll be talking about Star Wars...but not in the way you think...

    It's not too late for you to join in too- as many days as you can do. For all the prompts and other people taking part, why not pop over to Rosalilium now?

    Blog Every Day in May With Rosalilium