Shrove Tuesday, or pancake day as it is most commonly known, is always bittersweet for me. Yes you get to eat dessert on a week night (fruity pancakes all round) which is always a winner, but it also marks to start of Lent and, for me, the beginning of 40 days with bread, potatoes or chocolate.
I can normally be found weeping in a corner at just the thought of it, however this year I am excited. I always embrace the challenge, I like the satisfaction of testing myself and taking time to remember how lucky we are, but this year there is the added bonus of the health benefits too.
I have been using the gym for two weeks now. A few classes here and there, using the pool and reconnecting with my love exercising with free weights (with a little posing in front of the big mirrors thrown in for good measure). My nutritional habits have improved and am I almost at my target for the water I take on board each day. In two weeks I have, without really trying, lost 8lbs. Over.The.Moon. Read More →
There is something quite wonderful about farms in the springtime. In fact there is something quite wonderful about Willows Farm Herefordshire all year round, but it is especially nice the spring.
Heading there a few weeks back with 4 children in tow (it would appear I have become that Mother who always have a few extra little ones around at all times) we were full of excitement for baby lambs and tractor rides. Regardless of the weather I like to head out and about whenever possible. There is no such thing as bad weather I tell the girls, just bad clothing! As soon as we had wrapped ourselves up in some suitable outdoor clothing (think thermals and wooly hats that day) we were good to go.
Last month saw the launch of the new, and very exciting, Pho kids menu. Pho, the super awesome Vietnamese restaurant chain, has been successfully filling the bellies of hungry diners in the UK since their first restaurant opened in Clerkenwell in 2005, but, up until now, there had been no separate Pho kids menu.
We were invited down to their bustling Soho restaurant last Saturday afternoon to let our little ones loose on the new Pho kids menu to see if they gave it the two thumbs up.
Pho Kids Menu Review
The Pho kids menu is a scaled down version of their wonderful main menu. Sticking to the traditional Vietnamese street food they are famous for, just with smaller dishes that are less spicy than their adult counterparts. Read More →
There are many things I have rediscovered since having children. Ice cream, Lego and trips to the cinema, to name but a few.
The problem is though I know approach these activities with an adult mindset. I know that as tasty as ice-cream is, it’s not really the best idea for breakfast, I want to make Lego buildings according to instruction books and know that the cinema is a place to be quiet and watch the film, making me a little nervous to take young children here with me.
When a friend told me that many multiplexes have a cinema kids club at weekends (that normally only cost a pound or two per ticket) I knew I was on to a winner. Read More →
Many people think a holiday to the famous white isle must be full of nightclubs and cocktails – how wrong they are! Ibiza can be a 24 party holiday but there are also plenty of amazing ways to visit Ibiza in style.
Ibiza In Style – Accommodation
The first place to start when planning a visit to Ibiza in style is accommodation. All Spanish resorts and islands offer hotels, villas and apartments varying greatly in standards. While budget accommodation may suit the younger crowd there comes a time in everyone’s travel life where the all-inclusive, swim up bar, infinity pool, luxury offered by companies such as Thomas Cook and First Choice starts to have an appeal.
Ibiza In Style – Spas
If you are looking for total relaxation when visiting Ibiza in style then a trip to the Hacienda Spa has to be top of your list. Situated on the picturesque Northern cost of the island, perfect for experiencing that world-famous sunset, this little piece of heaven is certainly a million miles away from the land of sunset strip and all you can drink fish bowls.
Ibiza In Style – Food and Drink
Getting a table for sunset at Café Del Mar or Café Mambo, situated side by side on the front in San Antonio, may be harder than securing an invitation to the garden party at Buckingham Palace, but it is certainly worth the effort of trying if you are successful. The chocolate brownies at Café Mambo are amongst the best I have ever tasted (and I have tasted A LOT) and the views are enough to give you goose bumps. Perfect for a romantic dinner, or drink if you cannot secure a table, I have had dreams of being proposed to here since I watched a man get down on one knee as the sun disappeared out of sight to the sound of Minne Rippton’s ‘loving you’. See….goosebumps.
On the other side of the island you will find Ibiza Town. An up market area hosting a wide range of high-end restaurants and shops ideally suited to a trip to Ibiza in style.
Ibiza In Style – Nightlife
Just because you are on a holiday to Ibiza in style it doesn’t mean you can’t experience the acclaimed nightlight on offer. Thanks to numerous lavish beach clubs opening all along the Ibiza coastline and the exclusive VIP tables in many of the famous super clubs across the island there is a 24 hours party scene on offer even for the most discerning of visitors.
Ibiza’s main season runs from their opening parties late May to the closing parties in October. Ibiza Spotlight is the place to visit for a full guide to the ‘must see’ club nights and DJs throughout the 2014 summer season.
How can it be time for the #NYNYStyleProject March Prompts already? This year is flying past.
I’m sat here, sun streaming though the window (although it’s still freezing outside), dreaming of spring and all the wonder and beauty it brings forth. The excitement of seeing that first daffodil in the village, the cute baby lambs at the farm and, most importantly, those first few days where just a light jacket will do.
Spring also brings with it many other wardrobe changes, from which many of the #NYNYStyleProject March Prompts take their inspiration. Clothes become Read More →
My spicy Thai soup recipe has evolved over many years. Firstly coming from a friend I used to work with, and then being adapted after finding a similar version in a cookbook I received last Christmas. It may not be fully authentically Thai but its blooming delicious, and that’s what matters most to me.
I’m a huge fan of adding chilies to food, as this spicy Thai soup recipe will testify. For that reason I was not surprised at all to see ‘Chillies Obsession’ as one of the key leading flavour trends in the 125th Anniversary Edition of Schwatz and McCormicks The Flavour Forecast. This report highlights the top five food trends (Chillies Obsession, Modern Masala, Clever Compact Cooking, Mexican World Tour and Charmed By Brazil) and more than a dozen emerging flavours predicted to impact the way we eat in the coming years.
What do you buy the man who has everything? Or the man who is impossible to buy for?
Men are a pain aren’t they??
Its less than 6 weeks until my 3rd wedding anniversary and I am already panicking about what presents make great anniversary gifts for men. I mean, what do men really want? Flowers? No. Chocolates? Not really, I don’t think. A home cooked meal and an ‘early night’….if I’m honest that is probably tops most anniversary gifts for men lists if you ask the husbands! and to be honest that works for me too.
If, however, you are looking for anniversary gifts for men that you can wrap (yes ,I know I could wrap myself up with a bow for the early night, but it’s not really that kind of blog now is it??) then how about some of the following. Read More →
So now, £45 a month later, I am desperate to find the best ideas for how to get the most from your gym membership.
How To Get The Most From Your Gym Membership
Do Something You Love – The first way to get the most from your gym membership is to ensure you are doing something you love. I’m a classes girl, not so much a fan of going it alone on the big old scary gym floor. Plan the classes to take part in each week and build your week around them, this way you can remove as many excuses to avoid them as possible.
Get Competitive – Look for someone on the treadmill, bike, or cross-trainer who is clearly working hard. Try to run a little faster or stay on the machine a little longer than them, making sure you stay within your limits of course (and don’t end up looking like a stalker).
Combine Classes/Workouts – Try not to go to the gym for just one thing. Do back to back classes (many gyms will plan their timetable so they Read More →