Thursday, 20 November 2014

What Happen's in the Bedroom...

...should stay in the bedroom. Or so most people say. But of course I'm not most people. Instead of keeping my everyday thoughts and woes behind closed doors, I choose to air my dirty laundry (which from this post you'll know that my laundry is kept in impeccable order) on t'internet for all to have a ganders. From sharing my family's naughty sides to life's little trials, I'm practically one butt cheek away from turning into Kim Kardashian-I-love-me-who-do-you-love-West. Slight exaggeration...but there's just something ever so therapeutic about getting a few things off your chest in cyber space. And this week seemed as good as any to open up about the one argument the Hubster and I have on a regular basis...and that's in the bedroom department. 

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Spider Pranks, Spells & Hot Tub Halloween...

Now this is my kind of Halloween. A bit of shopping, some yummy food, followed by a dip in a hot tub with my gorgeous sisters, watching a tame chick flick spooky film, eating popcorn and drinking prosecco. No goriness, no unnecessary heart attacks, with the scariest thing to come out of the evening being Emily and Frances tormenting me with a plastic spider. Yes I hate spiders. Even plastic ones.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

UK Blog Awards 2015...Pretty Please Vote for Moi

After all the hype and hard work that went into rallying support and votes for the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, I was completely exhausted and the idea of putting myself forward for another blogging award is really daunting. Not only am I wary of failure, but also conscious that a lot of the effort was put in by my lovely readers, friends and family and I don't want to be that annoying bug that keeps pestering everybody. But the only way to win an award, in any line of work, is to be nominated and sadly I can't do that by myself...well without being disqualified anyway and we wouldn't want that.

If you don't try for something you really want, you won't get anywhere in life. Being shortlisted for best newcomer was one of the best achievements in my blogging career so far and even though I didn't win, I came home with some amazing memories, brilliant blogging buddies and a whole lot of excitement for what might be to come for my blog one day. So with the awards glitter and dust finally settled (for this year anyway) and the Cosmopolitan cocktail hangover long behind me, it's time to kick start a new 'Vote for Moi' campaign, starting with the UK Blog Awards 2015.

Competition is fierce with a zillion hopeful contenders. Little old me is one of them, so I need all the blog love and support I can muster up to make it through to the next couldn't be simpler. All you need to do is hit the UK Blog Award logo above or click on this link to take you through to Miss Enchanting's designated voting page and enter your name, email address and submit. It literally takes seconds and you'll be making one blogger a very happy chick indeed. Voting closes on Monday 1st December at least that's only two weeks of social media bugging, begging and pleading you will all have to endure. Happy days.  

Thanking you all in advance and please feel free to share the link and the blog are all amazeballs. 

Until next time, 

With Love & UK Blog Award Aspirations, 

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Book Club...Revenge of the Tide- Elizabeth Haynes

"I froze, listening with my whole body.
No sound, nothing- just the waves lapping against the side of the hull"
Genevieve has finally escaped her stressful and dangerous working life in the big city to settle down and make a fresh start aboard a houseboat in Kent. But trouble seems to have followed her down the river as a body washes up beside her new floating home and Genevieve knew the victim. With her life on the line, she quickly learns the real cost of mixing business and pleasure. 

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Knorr Gluten Free Challenge

When the lovely peeps over at Knorr asked if I'd be interested in taking up Knorr's Gluten Free Challenge, I was initially a little dubious about taking up a challenge that involved being creative in the kitchen. Usually when I'm attempting something new, or under pressure to cook, I get seriously stressed out and therefore don't enjoy the food I'd been slaving over for hours. 

As much as I love trying out new foods, finding gluten free dishes that are tasty for the whole family can sometimes be quite a struggle. Surprisingly, coming up with a meal idea using a range of Knorr's Stock Pots opened up a wide range of hassle free cooking options, so I thought I would take the challenge one step further and create meals for the entire weekend using a different flavoured Knorr Stock with each meal. For the first time in ages I actually enjoyed cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Each stock pot is bursting with flavour and so simple to use- each dish was a success and every plate was cleared. 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Five Things...I'm Loving Lately

However much I'm meant to be holding back on my spending and trying to save my pennies, I just can't help myself when it comes to treating myself, and our home to new things. It's a terrible habit and one I have managed to curb a little now that most of our money goes towards the good old roof above our heads. But I still have my moments of weakness and there's no controlling my shopaholic tendencies when I stumble across lovely new things.  

I've spent the last year in a constant state of "blogging made me buy it" mode and it's wearing thin with the Hubster. Oops. So guilty conscience aside, I thought seeing as I love discovering new stuff, perhaps my lovely readers would like to delve into my most recent splurges, starting with Five Things I'm Loving Lately...don't blame moi for dipping into your overdraft...! 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Come Dine with Friends...Benvenuti Amici

Our Come Dine with Friends series continued last weekend and it was the turn of the McCallum's whose delicious cooking was the culprit for this friendly food related competition that we find ourselves in. With that, we knew we would be in for a night that would get our taste buds drooling and our competitive streaks working overdrive. This was one evening that demonstrated exactly how to host a dinner party, bagging yourself bonus points with a well planned and thoughtful Italian themed evening bursting with frolics, flavour and lots of fun.

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