Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Thank You........

To my Mum and Auntie

For my lovely Birthday tea (Ina Style!)

Fillet steak sandwiches with Blue cheese and horseradish/mustard dressings!

Cheddar and chutney brioche

Smoked salmon spread

Lemon drizzle cake

I made Carrot Cake Cupcakes yummy and easy!

There may have been one or two cocktails courtesy of my Brother!
I had a lovely time and It was just what I wanted for my birthday!

Lots of Love


Monday, 29 March 2010

Viva Las Vegas!!!

The holiday begins here!, this afternoon James and I are heading to Gatwick!
We are going to be staying at the Sofitel tonight ready for the off to Vegas tomorrow!!!

I have taken the momentous decision of taking not taking the laptop with me, so will catch up with you all when we get back!
I have tried my best to get caught up with you last night while James watched F1!
Now if you could all refrain from posting too frequently this week I would appreciate it!!! (dread to think what google reader will look like after a week away!!!)
I have scheduled a few posts as I had to say a few thank yous! so don't forget about me while I'm away!

I'll be thinking of you all and might even bring back a little something for you all!!!!

Lots of Love


Friday, 26 March 2010

Birthday Part Deux!!!!

Hi! I'm back to show you all the gorgeous birthday presents I received from family and friends!

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes!
It means a lot to me that so many people took the time to leave me a kind message!

Unfortunately my birthday fell on my rostered night shift!
This meant that the day was always going to be a bit of a washout but the excitement of Vegas and the knowledge that I would get to celebrate at the weekend kept me going!
So did the fab presents! I was truly overwhelmed at what I received (are you ready for a photo heavy post?)

So, on Wednesday morning after work I want back to Mum and Dads to open my presents and was greeted by this!

Mum always used to set out presents like this when we were little so it made me smile!
Obviously they didn't stay like that for long!
Here is my haul!

I was so lucky (considering I didn't really ask for anything!)

Mum and Dad got me the most beautiful Barbie. My Dad loves finding me new Barbies and gets them wherever he goes, I'm sure he must have a huge stash somewhere that he digs into on Christmas and Birthdays!

Isn't she pretty?

James (on top of our holiday!) got me the earrings that match the necklace he bought me on Valentines Day! So naughty! I really didn't expect anything!

My Auntie and Uncle got me these little CK beauties!

And my Cousin added to the theme by getting me a set of these in the same gorgeous colours!

Victoria got me the bag I wished for here and her Mum got me the matching purse!
I love them!!! (they are even better in real life!)
They are already packed with my passport and currency!!

My Brother and his girlfriend got me this great book to go with some dollars to spend on my holiday!
Speaking of dollars, between Mum and Dad, Auntie and Uncle and Brother and girlfriend I got $300!! I will be hard pushed to find something special to spend it on after getting so much though!!!

Last but not least, I treated myself to the gorgeous Vintage Amethyst shelf in my wish list, and look what I received with it!

Thank you so much Allison, so kind of you!

I also got a coveted cake tin and heart moulds from Mum, some great notebooks and the nail polish I wished for in my wish list!

So lucky!!!

Tomorrow I am celebrating my birthday with my family!

As requested in my birthday list I am getting a special tea, Ina Garten style!


Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 24 March 2010

It's My Birthday!

Shall I get up?

I'm on night shift this week so I won't even be awake right now!
You will all have to wait till tomorrow to check out any gifts and cards I might be lucky enough to receive later on today!!!

One gift I can tell you about now is from my lovely Boyfriend, James!
My fabulous boy is taking me to Vegas on Tuesday!

It's our first 'real' holiday together and I couldn't be more excited!!!!

Lots of Love


Monday, 22 March 2010

For My Birthday I'd like .............

March is a very important month, we have Mothers Day, Women’s Day, Easter, St Patrick’s Day and most Important of all we have My Birthday!!!

I will be 32 on the 24th of March and It’s been a crazy year! So much has happened and my life has changed completely (and for the better!) This is going to be a great year and I am staring it happy and content for the first time in a long time! Usually birthdays fill me with dread of getting that year older but this year I’m happy to accept and move on!

I thought, after the success of my Christmas List, I’d do a little birthday list to inspire would be present givers!

So here goes!

I Love the new Alice in Wonderland inspired OPI Collection especially ‘Thanks so Muchness’ perfect for my holiday nails!

I would like a special birthday tea of fillet beef sandwiches with blue cheese dressing, salmon dip, and cheese and chutney brioche made by Ina Garten (If she’s not available Mum and My Auntie do a mean impersonation!)

I Love these little gems from Anthologie.

And I could do with a pedicure before Vegas! (seriously!)

I really want this shelf from Vintage Amethyst

Isn't It lovely? Perfect for my craft room! I have decided I will be treating myself to it! (put one aside for me Allison!)

I realise this is a small list but I have been looking at my life and I really have everything I want and need! I'm now all about experiences, I'd rather go somewhere than get something!

What about you? What would you like to receive as a gift?

Lots of Love


Sunday, 21 March 2010

A New Look!

Don't worry you are in the right place!

I had grown so bored of my old layout, I wanted something lighter, brighter and happier, just like me!
After searching for ages I round this background and header here as well as some cool buttons! I'm pleased with the result!

What do you think?

Also Mum wanted a change so pop over to Kissed By an Angel to see what we picked for her!

Lots of Love


Saturday, 20 March 2010


Because James is home today after his break to Spain with his Dad!

Lots of Love


Friday, 19 March 2010

A Little Ray Of Sunshine!

The lovely RosieP @ Roses and Peonies and Country Style Living were both so kind as to pass this cheerful award on to me!

Couldn't we all do with some sunshine at the moment?

I'd love, as usual, for anyone who would like it to take this award!
You all bring a little bit of sunshine to my life so how could I choose just 12 of you to award?

Have a lovely weekend!!!!

Lots of Love


Thursday, 18 March 2010

Heeeere's Freddie!

On my rest week I finally got to visit my dear friend Olivia and her lovely husband Rick.
Seven weeks ago their second child, Frederick Oliver, made his debut! With so much going on this was the first chance I'd had to meet the little fellow!

I was very taken with him, and just loves spending time with my other boy, Freddie's big Brother, Will!

Introducing Freddie!

Isn't he a cutie?

Big Brother, William, (or Bill, as I like to call him!) is very proud! (and silly!)

We had so much fun!!!

Lots of Love


Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Pamper Yourself - A Reveal!

It seems like ages ago I signed up to The lovely Michela’s Pamper Yourself Swap! My partner was Claire of Dolly Dollop and it has been a pleasure to meet her I have to say!

We were asked to send our swap partners pampering goodies that would appeal to the 5 senses!

I chose to receive an exotic fruits theme, I just love mango, passion fruit and limes, (chuck in a bit of ginger and I’m in heaven!) while Claire had asked for her gifts to be rose and/or cinnamon based.

Last Friday the postman knocked and handed me a very exciting looking package! When I opened it a gorgeous scent of my favourite mango peach salsa Yankee candle filled the air and I was greeted with cheery bright yellow and lime green parcels and a gorgeous card from Claire urging me to pamper myself ‘exotic style’!

Yay! my package had arrived!

Look at all of the gorgeous gifts Claire sent! I was so pleased and jumped in the shower to pamper myself ‘exotic style’ immediately!

Thank you so much Claire for my lovely treats and big thanks to Michela for organising such a lovely swap!!!

Lots of Love


Monday, 15 March 2010

Longchamp Lust!

You may remember me buying this a few weeks back?

Well I'm still loving it! So much so that I am now lusting after this handbag to match

I'm thinking its the perfect work bag. It looks a lot more comfortable than my current one and will be a perfect match for when I'm on the move!

I think I may have dropped enough hints that I might just be a lucky girl and get it for my birthday later this month!

Lots of Love


Sunday, 14 March 2010

My Mum!

Well it's Mothers Day and I'm sure a fair few of us are going to be using our blogs to pay tribute to our Mums. I'm no exception!

I can't really put into words how much I love My Mum, she is kind and caring, slow to loose her temper and quick to forgive! I want to be like her when I grow up!

This is her as a little girl, my Nan used to dress my Mum and Auntie up and curl their hair, I think Mum looks so cute here!

Here we are! This is my favourite picture of Mum and Me!

And this is us years 3 ago at a ball organised by a friend, It was on Mum's birthday and we had a lovely time with family and friends!

As you all know Victoria and I are great friends, but it doesn't stop there! As a result of our friendship (and our brothers being very close too!) our families are friends too! Here is a photo of our Mums together at yet another ball!

I could go on about my wonderful Mum all day but I don't need to! Why? Because many of you know her already!

Since I have been blogging Mum has been reading and was overwhelmed at the kindness of you lovely ladies, especially when I was going through some hard times and gained so much support and comfort from you all.

As a result of this she asked me to help set her up a blog of her very own!

She was keen to stay anonymous because she was convinced that no one would want to read about her and didn't want people to read because she was my Mum! (crazy when you find out who she is!)

I have decided to 'out' her on Mothers Day because I am immensely proud of her!

So have I kept you waiting for long enough?

Click here to get a link to her blog, did you know?

Lots of Love