Self tan time!

Ok I have finally given in, its time to start thinking about making my milk bottle legs (and other pale bits of me that will be on show) ready for the summer. I have used self tan before but found it quite tricky to use, can be patchy and streaky, so for the past couple of years I have been using moisturising lotion that has self tan in it. I have very pale skin so find it a little more subtle and I don’t tend to get streaks or patches.

My self tan item of choice for this summer is Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion by Dove.

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I can honestly say that so far its coming out tops, it has a lovely scent, doesn’t seem to streak or be patchy and a little seems to go a long way!

Another plus to this is its currently half price in Tesco, reduced from £5.00 to £2.50, click here for the offer. The last self tan I used was very expensive, I thought by paying lots for something then the product would be the best but over the last couple of years I have bought cheaper self tans and I can honestly say they do just as good (if not better a job) than the fancy expensive ones.

So if you are currently using a self tan I’d love to know which brand and what you think as its always good to compare.

I might even be brave enough in a few weeks and post some before and after pics too!

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Lounge mood board

Our next DIY project is going to be a major overhaul of our lounge, its the final room to be done in the house and it will be amazing when its finished (hopefully). So for the past 3 years (since we first moved into our house) I have been dreaming of all the things that will go in our lounge, the colours we will use, accessories etc. but I haven’t yet put them down on paper, all my ideas are still just in my head. So I thought I would share these with you.

I want the overall colour scheme to be very neutral i.e. pale grey and white, so that I can use (and I hate this phrase but I’m going to use it) ‘pops’ of colour to lift the room. The rest of our house is very neutral with creams, mushroom and oak wood, so I wanted to inject a bit of colour in this scheme. The good thing about choosing grey is that you can put practically any colour with it, almost think of the grey as the backdrop to the other colours you want to stand out.

Grey is such a versatile colour, it allows you to add any type of bright colour or style, to me its the perfect backdrop.
And of course some of my favourite accessories all from H&M Home as I’m loving their range at the moment, lots of different, original designs and reasonably priced too!

Metal tray

metal tray H&M
So just a few ideas to start with, there is a lot of work to do before I get to the ‘adding the accessories’ stage, and I will be posting progress blogs on here soon. Let me know what you think of my ideas, or if you have any alternatives you think I should consider!

Blueberry and lemon cake

After a lovely sunny weekend the weather has turned decidedly wet and windy today so as its miserable outside I will stay in and bake!

Now this is a recipe I have used before and it always turns out really well and its very simple to make.

Blueberry and lemon cake

Ingredients – serves 10

75g of butter (melted)
200g caster sugar
1 lemon, juiced
2 eggs
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
120ml milk
2 tablespoons of lemon zest
150g fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
4 tablespoons of caster sugar

Method – prep time 30 mins, cook for 1 hour, ready in 1.5 hours

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour a 1 lb loaf tin. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and 200g sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, and beat well. Mix in the juice of 1 lemon. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the milk. Fold in the lemon zest and blueberries. Pour into prepared loaf tin.
  3. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. For the lemon drizzle, combine 4 tablespoons sugar with 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Drizzle over cake while still warm.

This recipe is courtesy of www.allrecipes.co.uk

So go on, get your pinny on and get baking!

Holiday time – Bigbury on Sea, Devon

Its been a while since my last post as I have spent the past week on the south coast of Devon, Bigbury on Sea to be precise. Its a place I have been to before, during one of my childhood family holidays we spent the day on the beach in Bigbury and it truly is a magical place. There is a small island just across the water from Bigbury called Burgh Island. It is home to the Burgh Island hotel, a beautiful Art Deco building which is equally Art Deco inside.

When the tide is out you can walk across to the island but there is also a tractor that can take you across when the tide is in.

The island has a history of pirates and smuggling and Agatha Christie spent time at Burgh Island writing some of her famous novels. Other famous people known to have stayed there are the Beatles, Noel Coward and Sir Winston Churchill.

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There are some fantastic places to visit nearby, thankfully the weather was kind to us so we were able to get out and about everyday in the glorious sunshine. We visited Pennywell farm and it was probably one of the best children’s orientated farms I have been to, really well thought out with a variety of animals from goats, horses, ferrets, tortoises and even pig racing!!

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Bigbury has some fantastic coastline and is very popular with surfers and there is plenty of holiday accommodation to stay in just a few minutes walk from the beach. We stayed in a bungalow which had amazing sea views, but there is also a caravan park, and modern, contemporary apartments to stay in too, so this would suit any size of party and budget. We booked our holiday through Toad Hall Cottages and they were fantastic.

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So if you fancy a holiday by the beach that has something a little different to offer by the way of a lovely little island to hop over to then why not try Bigbury on Sea, I’d certainly recommend it!

My month in pictures – April

Now that spring is definitely here my month in pictures is filled with all things pretty and sunny-ish.

Daffodils
Spring isn’t spring without some daffs!
Easter cake
A cute little cake that my daughter made, it didn’t last long after this photo was taken.
Magnolia
The beautiful magnolia tree in my parent’s garden.
Highcliffe Castle
Highcliffe castle
Woodland walk
A lovely woodland walk at Highcliffe castle.
Starter, food
My starter! Although I was sharing it with my friend…yum!

May shopping wish list

Every month I create a list of things I would like to buy, this is always influenced by the time of year and any seasonal holidays. I just love anything blue and white, with stripes or that has a nautical theme, here are some of my favourite items from the high street at the moment.

So my wish list for this month is……………..drum roll

1. Flip flops – in anticipation of the summer coming its time to invest in my annual pair of flip flops, I’m loving the designs by Joules and love these floral ones.

flipflops

2. Nail varnish – because the toenails will be on show soon then I need some more nail varnish, Maybelline do a fantastic range of gel shine polishes and this shade is just what I am looking for Maybelline ‘rose poudre’

nail

3. Summer day bag – now that my daughter is potty trained (yay!) I don’t need to carry a changing bag around with me so am looking for something summery but still a decent size. I love this bag from very

nautical bag

4. My 2 year old daughter obviously doesn’t fit in her summer clothes from last year so of course I will need to invest in some items such as this gorgeous navy dress from Tesco

tesco dress

5. My toaster has almost given up now, I am loving Kitchenaid’s range, they do a fab one in cream.

toaster

Well that is my wish list for now, (of course I could add many more things) what is on your current wish list or what do you intend to buy ahead of the summer?

Products I’m loving

I always think its brilliant when I buy a product and it actually does what it says on the tin (which isn’t always the case) so my latest excellent find is some hair conditioner by Garnier. At the moment it seems to be on offer in quite a few supermarkets, I only paid £1.94 for it and its a 400ml bottle.

conditioner

First off you don’t need to use lots of it, secondly……I love the smell, its fresh but not too overpowering. And once I have dried and styled my hair I can really see the difference, its much more shiny than it usually is and it has far less tangles when I am combing it. I find any moisturising product that has some kind of ‘butter’ in it seems to be the best as it seems to last a long time rather than just disappear into your skin or hair.

I’d love to know if you have any particular favourite beauty finds at the moment.