Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Saturday Update

Another manic week here.

We had a fab weekend celebrating Nico's Gran's birthday. The kids ran wild and charmed everyone. They were exhausted.

Work was busy but good.

Nursery was closed on Friday so I had both kids home and looked after another one so it was a busy morning but they all played out nicely.

We've had glorious weather all week so we've cracked out the suncream and spent lots more time outside.

We also had a lovely visit from one of Joshua's godmothers, involving the sand pit, a hair tutorial and barbecue dinner on the terrace.

This morning we had a fun, sunny brunch at nursery which was enjoyed by all, especially the little ones who tired themselves out again!

Friday, 20 April 2018


Mine was dancing with our families that evening.

Good advice.


Gorgeous crockery.

I wish it were this easy.


My Grandmother swore by it.


Thursday, 19 April 2018


For my birthday, Nico bought me a fitbit. It had been on my list for a while and I wasn't sure whether it would just be fad. So far, I love it.

It tracks my steps, heart rate, sleep patterns, water intake and more. 

So far I've learned that I am very good at getting seven hours sleep each night. It's the goal I hit most often.

I'm working on the other goals and tracking my weight again. The great thing is that it automatically recognises when I'm exercising. It picks up my cycling or zumba classes. 

Also, I've set it to remind me at ten to each hour, to get to the next step goal. 

The downside is seeing how little I move some days.

I'm also loving the silent alarm on a morning and the notifications when I get a call on my phone. Technology is amazing!

So while I know the Fitbit can't do the work for me, for a goal junkie like me, it's a brilliant inspiration. I'm hoping it will help me refresh my outlook on health this Summer and help to refresh my weight-loss attempts!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Reading Review

The Hammer of Eden - Ken Follett

This was a good read but I can't say it was up to the standard of Follett's more recent work. It is the story of a terrorist group which tries to threaten the American government by causing earthquakes.

One for my Baby - Tony Parsons

Another of my 200 free books collection, this wasn't one that would have otherwise been on my radar. It is about an English teacher who met his wife in Hong Kong and is now living back in London following her death.

There's no real drive in the book but I really enjoyed it. The characters are well written and the story is interesting.

High Society - Ben Elton

This book is a humorous look at drug use in the UK. Well, there is obviously a serious side to the theme but, as with several of Ben Elton's novels, he finds a way to make it fun.

It follows the idea of legalising drugs in the UK. He looks at many different aspects of drug use and I really enjoyed it. The characters are interesting and fun.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Recipe: Pumpkin Bake

  • 3 cup pumpkin mashed
  • 1 onion small chopped
  • 1 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tbs parsley
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1/2 tbs garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1 cup cheese grated
1. Place the ingredients in a baking dish and top with cheese.
2. Bake at 180c for twenty minutes.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Make it Monday - Crossstitch Update

My new year's resolution to crossstitch every day is going really well so far and I am loving how it's coming along. Here are some progress pictures.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Weekly Wisdom

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.