Friday, 26 February 2010

The Kitchen Gym

When I found this little book I just knew I had to share it with you all!
The Kitchen Gym – Get Lean While You Clean by Anne Marie Millard is quite genius!
This book is so wittily written and well illustrated that at first I thought it was a joke but soon realised that, while light hearted, this could really work!

A 'no pain, max gain approach to housework and fitness'. Basically this book shows techniques to get the most out of the household chores we all do!

Result If we have to do ironing why not flatten out tummys at the same time?

I'm pl
anning a bit of a housework session over the weekend so I might try some out!

I'll let you know how I get on!

Lots of Love


Thursday, 25 February 2010

What's In My Handbag?

Last week I was tagged by the ever lovely Beki who wants me to reveal the contents of my handbag.
Oh dear! I’m well known for carting far too much stuff round with me, and have even been looking for an alternative (more comfortable and smaller!) bag in an attempt to curb this bad habit!

Victoria has told me I should empty it every night and re pack only what I need for the next day, I manage to clear it out about once a week so far!

So this is my everyday bag (I rarely swap around too much as I find that this goes with everything, and I’m far too lazy!)

And as for the contents? Ok here goes!

2 notebooks – The pink one is for general stuff, to do lists and reminders (it has an elastic thingy to keep it shut too which means I quite often place pieces of paper I don’t want to loose inside the front page. The blue spotty one is for blog ideas as they come to be so I don’t forget and notes to remind me of tags and awards.

Diary - The Louis Vuitton planner is fab for writing all my dates in, Victoria and I have a tradition buying each other the pages as part of our Christmas present every year!

Purse – This is Fossil and was a bargain in Marshalls (like TK MAXX but better for those of you that have never seen one!) in Florida. I think it was about $15.

Sat Nav – This is still in my bag from Valentines weekend! It’s a Garmin Nuvi and I love it because it takes the scare factor out of finding new places!

Passport – In a CK blue spotty cover, This and my driving licence are in my bag from when Victoria hired the van last week

Travel pass – In a CK red star wallet. I love this wallet, before I had it I would regularly have to search my bag for my oyster card, now I see it straight away!

Weight Watchers Journal and calculator – I’m an all or nothing girl I carry these around to try to stay on track.


2 phones – one personal and one for work

Camera – since starting blogging I always have this with me


A tube of Carmex

A Louis Vuitton Accessories pouch - bet you wish you could see what is in here!! Basically I use this to keep small stuff in one place, pens, lipsticks, cheque book, Various tablets, tissues, glasses cleaner, and WW sweeties. So that’s me! Now I have to you to show us what is in your handbag

This is such fun! I’m going to tag everyone. If you want to show me your bag (and it's contents!) take the tag and let me know you are doing it! Can't wait to have a nose!

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Curiouser and Curiouser

Don't you just love Alice in Wonderland? So much to think about!

'If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?' Alice

Last night Victoria and I took a little time out to visit Selfidges to have a gander round their fabulous Alice In Wonderland themed 'wonder room'.
We weren't disappointed! Gorgeous vintage tea sets and cake stands, first edition books, Alice inspired jewelry, cosmetics and lots more!
The window displays were out of this world, with lots of pretties to gawp at!

As well as this feast for the eyes we also managed to catch up with our dear bloggy friend Teresa!
We had a lovely time, Just what we needed when we have all been so busy!

Lots of Love


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Fit For A Quean

The restaurant we ate in on our Valentine weekend in Leamington Spa is totally deserving of a post of it’s own!

Queans restaurant is quite simply the best place I have ever eaten! Forgive me if I gush for a while but I cannot recommend this little gem of a place highly enough!

Queans’ owner and chef, Laura Hamilton, has everything spot on. The hospitality, atmosphere and food are all perfection and I have a feeling that Laura and her restaurant are local celebrities as a result!

I could go on all day about every perfect detail of our meal and experience at Queans but you will be happy to know I’m not going to because I really wouldn’t do it justice!

What I will do is tell you that if you ever have the opportunity to eat here, do yourself a favour and go for it! (oh and have the steak!)

Lots of Love


Monday, 22 February 2010

Valentine Weekend (a little late!)

I realised in the excitement of awards and van driving, I never shared my Valentine weekend in Warwick with you all!
I have no words to describe what a fabulous weekend I had so I thought I would go wordless (apart from these obviously!)

Lots of Love


Friday, 19 February 2010

A Very Regal Award...

A big (and long overdue!) thank you to my dear friend, The Duchess Of Tea, for bestowing on me, this gorgeous award!

What an honour!

This weekend will be a busy one, helping Victoria with her new home, trying to get a few jobs done in my own as well as catching up with blogsville!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, whatever you are planning!

Lots of Love


Thursday, 18 February 2010

Whats The Point Of Hiring A Van If You Aren't Going To Fill It?.....

Today I drove one of these


The reason? To help Victoria with her new home of course!
As we made our way round the shop (with an ever growing list!) Victoria joked 'Whats the point of having a van if we don't fill it?'
Little did I know, she really meant it!!!

We had a very productive day and the flat looked a lot different tonight than it did this morning!
I'm actually looking forward to the weekend when we get to do some more!
Click here to check out the fruits of our labour!

With all the excitement I have gotten well behind with my commenting, I'm making my way round to you all....slowly!

Lots of Love


Sunday, 14 February 2010

Friday, 12 February 2010

Finding My Inner Frog........

Last night Victoria took me on a date :) to see this!

It's brilliant!!!
And at last, a new princess for us to dream of becoming!!!!

Isn't she pretty?

Lots of Love


Monday, 8 February 2010

And the Winner Is ..........

Sorry to keep you waiting Ladies!
As promised I am here to announce the winner of this months Valentine themed giveaway. This month I used a random number generator and the lucky winner is the fabulous:

Two Crazy Crafters - Twyla and Lindsey!

Well done ladies!

Make sure you all come back for March's Happy Monday for another chance to win!

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Weight Loss Wednesday - What's Your 'Thinspiration'?

It's Weight Loss Wednesday hosted by the lovely Jennifer over at Rosey Little Things.
Follow the link for a full list of participants.

Firstly I must apologise for my absence last week, as I'm sure you are all aware I was rather poorly!
This week I wanted to talk about the things that inspire me and keep me on track.
I'm loving The Biggest Loser right now! I have it on series link on Sky + and love to see how well all of the contestants are doing and get truly excited when they weigh in!
I'd love to go to the ranch, certainly no excuses there!
I think Jillian Michaels looks fab! (allegedly she is formerly overweight!)

I also have a picture of Kelly Brook up in my craft room, I think she has a lovely figure (she actually looks like a woman!)

With a 1LB loss this week it may be a little while before I look like this on the beach!
So what do you focus on to inspire you, not only to loose weight but to achieve your goals?

Lots of Love


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Little Nicky!

On Sunday my friend, Kelly, celebrated her Son's christening.
I was honoured to be asked to make the cake and thought I would share some pictures with you.

I'm not a planner, I prefer to get some ideas and then let my projects 'evolve' so I don't stress myself out trying to create a figment of my imagination!
I'm really pleased how it turned out, and all reports state it tasted pretty good too!!!

Lots of Love


Monday, 1 February 2010

Happy Monday - February's Giveaway!!!

Today is the first Monday of the month so, as promised I'm here to tell you about the second of my monthly giveaways!
Special thanks to the lovely Vanessa of Hapi-Ness for creating this fantastic button for me, and for coming up with such a great name! what a doll!!!

So here is a reminder of the 'rules'
  • Giveaways will be posted the first Monday of every month.
  • Winners will be announced the following Monday.
  • If you want to be included you must enter before midnight on the Saturday.
  • You must have a blog to enter.
  • These giveaways are open to bloggers in all countries but I must ask that your blog is written in English.
  • You must leave a comment to be included in the draw.
  • You will get another entry if you are, or become a follower.
  • You will get another entry if you mention (and link) that month's giveaway in your blog or add the fab new button to your sidebar! (just let me know if you do)
This month's gift has a Valentine theme (naturally!)

The winner will receive:
  • 3 love themed rubber stamps
  • A sheet of romantic themed tags
  • A reel of cute valentine ribbon
  • Heart stickers
  • 'Romantic Rose' fragrance sachets
  • A heart shaped ice cube tray (or use to make chocolates for your loved one?)
  • A set of heart shaped candles
  • A Cath Kidston wash mitt and a Molton Brown shower gel (so you smell yummy!)

Good luck!!!!

Lots of Love