I always thought that one day I'd become this domestic goddess. But as life gets busier, it's becoming more apparent that we just can't be good at everything. My spare time is precious these days and I'm becoming less and less inclined to spend that time brushing up on my baking skills or learning how to sew. It's cheaper to buy cakes pre-made and Mum doesn't mind sewing on the odd button on for me anyway. But the wedding planner in me does love a little creative decor making. So when UK Christmas World got in touch and asked me to review their festive decor, it was the first time in a while I've been inspired to set aside some time, dust off my DIY skills and personalise a Christmas Wreath for our home. Just call me Martha...
Thursday, 11 December 2014
There's something ever so slightly dangerous when Christmas shopping for a self-confessed shopaholic like myself. As much as I love buying gifts for people, I tend to adopt a "one for you and one for me" attitude when I'm bombarded with lots of gorgeous things, so I hope you'll appreciate the restraint and self discipline it has taken me to put together my first Christmas Gift Guide of the festive season without so much as one sneaky cheeky purchase for myself. It was tough, but I made it through...Dear Santa...I Want It All...
Thursday, 4 December 2014
There's no hiding from it- winter has officially moved in as we're forced to switch on the heating and dust off our hats, gloves and scarfs. Goodbye warm sunshine...and hello short, dark, cold and grey days. Great. It's important that we look after our skin throughout the winter months and what better way to do it than with a dependable and familiar brand such as E45.
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
Monday, 1 December 2014
Everyone knows who Muhammad Ali is...don't they? One of the world's most controversial sporting heroes who won the heavyweight boxing title three times? He changed his name from Cassius Clay when he converted to Islam? He was stripped of his title and licence to fight when he refused to fight in the war in Vietnam? He later regained his title when unleashed from boxing exile only to win back his title by defeating the king of the lean, mean grilling machine George Foreman? I'm not going to lie. I knew very little about this man up until Friday night, but it hasn't taken much for me to fall under Ali's charismatic spell after seeing the Clare Lewins' intimate portrayal, I Am Ali.
Saturday, 29 November 2014
One day, in the not too distant future I just know it's going to happen. It hasn't happened yet and I'm not sure how long I've got left, but one thing's for sure is that one day, I'm going to have to host Christmas dinner. Oh man...Up until this point I've been lucky enough to know that when Christmas Day rolls around, my Mum would have worked tirelessly preparing for that one day, whilst the rest of us merrily rock up, sit back and enjoy the feast. Mum would have endured many a sleepless night, woken up by nightmares involving headless turkeys and supermarket sweeps searching for brussel sprouts, chestnuts and any other festive food that only gets consumed once a year. She would have spent days running from store to store, ticking off her never ending lists ensuring that our Christmas is practically perfect in every way and she never let's us down.