Sunday, 13 April 2014

Bonjour Genius...

I understand that parents want the best for their children, but I think that Mum and Dad might have gone a little overboard when it came to signing me up for literally every extra-curricular club going. Seriously, at one point I was attending Brownies, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Singing (because that paid off), Acting, Trampolining (again what was the point?), Swimming and even French lessons on a Saturday afternoon. Yes, every Saturday afternoon off I went to some random school that was stupidly allowed to open on a weekend for a two hour French lesson. Two hours. On a Saturday! I must have been a really keen kid or a really annoying one...because I'm pretty sure it wasn't because I was some sort of child genius.

Unsurprisingly, I haven't turned out to be an all dancing, super-swimming, performing, gymnastic, french-speaking, sewing-wiz do-good-er and the French lessons didn't last very long (probably because we all have better things to do on a Saturday!) But I know that I loved every minute of those classes as they not only gave me some fantastic memories, but they helped me develop so many life skills and the confidence to grow as an thanks Ma & Pa. Aside from the classes and a pretty awesome upbringing, without them I wouldn't have Coeliac Disease too and therefore I'd be missing out on the amazingness that is Genius gluten free foods!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Pamper Parties by Lifted Spirit...

Life can be pretty manic for us ladies. Juggling work, home and a family, along with all the other issues and dilemmas that life throws at us can be a crazy circus to contend with everyday. If you're not meeting deadlines, you're nursing temperatures and tantrums, or running a zillion errands, cooking, cleaning or dealing with that annoying parking ticket, whilst trying to be in several places at once. Phew. Life can be exhausting at times. 

Guaranteed there are two areas of your life that always take a backseat; socialising with friends and treating yourself to a little pampering. Between fleeting messages of, "we must have a proper catch up soon" and scuffing that nail varnish after hurriedly applying it as you rush out the door, most of us tend to neglect ourselves when it comes to beauty treatments and usually feel guilty about taking some much needed 'you' time. It's rare that you ever arrange to do both socialising and pampering at the same time, so when Pamper Parties by Lifted Spirit got in touch, I thought it the perfect excuse to hold a 'Post Mother's Day Pamper Party' and treat our mums to well deserved beauty treatment as well as a catch up over Sunday brunch...

Friday, 11 April 2014

Fabulous Friday...

I'm still ill. This has to the longest ever cold-sinusitis-cough-snot-ridden-bug I've ever had and I am totally bored of it. I've got things to do, people to see, make up to try out and I'm being held back by the lurgies that have well and truly outstayed their welcome. But on the plus side, it's the weekend and so I can hibernate, wearing my unicorn sweats (which the Hubster hates), my broken glasses (because my eyes are too sore for my contacts) and continue to dose myself up, otherwise it's off to the doctors for moi. Oh pants. Anyhoo, until then...Happy Fabulous Friday everyone!

HOTW #14...All Saints, Backstreet Boys and a Blocked Nose

Last week. with my handbag full to the brim with tissues, sinus sprays, cough medicine and the ever faithful Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour (miracle) cream, I dragged my poorly snot ridden self into London to see the Backstreet Boys in concert at the O2 Arena and it was so worth the effort. My teenage heartthrobs never fail to disappoint and seeing them strut their gorgeous selves, busting out the good old classics most definitely made my Highlight of the Week

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Mothers Day at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair...

Last weekend I was invited to an exclusive Mothers Day event at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair to celebrate the launch of their exciting new Afternoon Tea menu...yummy. Even though Mum was grounded, seeing as it was Mother's Day, I thought that she deserved a day out for being such a fantastic mum (that is when's she's not swanning off to get tattoos with my sister!) 

When we arrived at the hotel, an impressive stately townhouse, nestled in a very quiet Grosvenor Square, we were welcomed into the sophisticated Pine Bar with a lovely glass of Proseco. We soon began mingling with lots of other fabulous bloggers including the very cool Haydn from Squibbvicious and the lovely Tayla over at Tayla Does, who were also there with their very glamorous Mums. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Brilliance in Blogging...Nominate Moi...

Only six months ago, I was sitting on my bed aimlessly searching the internet and social media, wondering what on earth I was going to do with my spare time. All the stressing, planning and anticipation that had consumed our lives prior to our wedding were quickly becoming a distant memory and although I wasn't suffering from post-wedding blues, I needed something new to focus on, but what?

I didn't want to plan anymore weddings (mine was a good enough one to retire on), the circus didn't want me, my teaching experience was life suckingly short lived and Spielberg was taking his time with his job offer (I can't wait around forever!) With the Hubster spending every spare minute either working or studying for The Knowledge, only four months into our marriage, I was quickly becoming a neglected wife. So instead of pestering him for babies, or having an affair, I decided to start this blog and 111 published posts later, I haven't looked back.

It really is extraordinary what you can achieve if you give something a lot time and love. I'm overwhelmed and so appreciative for everyone who takes the time to read the blog and I love reading your comments and receiving such positive feedback. So when I saw an advertisement for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards 2014...also known as the #BiBs2014, I thought why not give it a go? Don't ask, Don't get, my Dad always says. So here I am, asking my readers to nominate for me my first fabulous blogging award. There are a range of categories to choose from, but I would be absolutely thrilled if you would take the time (ten minutes maximum, I promise) to vote for Miss Enchanting in either the Fresh Voice Category or Laugh Category. So if you think the blog has a fresh new approach to blogging or it makes you laugh out loud, then please do cast your votes! It would mean the world to moi. 



To save you a little time, below are the blog details that you can copy and paste into the nomination form (I'm helpful like that) but unfortunately I can't write the bit about why you think I'm worthy of the award...that is down to you. But I can suggest a few of my favourite (funny) posts for you to read, just to refresh your memories... So I've Grounded my Mum and SisterFifty Shades of Shame, Cinderella's Day Out and What's Your Favourite Scary Movie?

Blog URL:
Twitter Handle: @enchantingblog

You only have until midnight on 12th April 2014 to get your votes click here to start nominating! Don't worry, you aren't required to nominate a blog in every category, but if you would like a little guidance on some other fantastic bloggers, you can check out my Blogs I Love page for inspiration.

Thanking you in advance...mwah! 

Until next time,

With Love & Award Winning Aspirations,

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Fabulous Friday...

Yippee for Friday...which couldn't have come around quick enough! I've been hit by a totes annoying cough along with a lovely bout of sinusitis thrown in for good measure, seriously my face feels like its been punched by a whale. If only snot could be weighed in pounds, I think I would have lost half a stone this there's a pretty picture for you. But sadly this means that I will be restricted when it comes to my screaming "I love you Nick" and singing like my life depends on it when I see the Backstreet Boys in concert tonight... my friends however will be relieved. I'll just have to lob my bra at the stage instead. Joke. But as always, there have been a few things that have put a smile on my face this week as I've been dosed up to the eyeballs and surrounded by snot ridden tissues...Happy Fabulous Friday everyone!