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Countdown To The New Year: Let's All Meet Up In The Year

Countdown To The New Year: Let's All Meet Up In The Year 2020

Countdown To The New Year: Let's All Meet Up In The Year 2020. Hello friends. Happy New Years Eve everyone 🥳.
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Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian

Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield

Alternative Christmas Dinner Ideas By Brian Maidment Head Chef At The Belsfield. Hello friends.
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Love A Bit Of Cake: Wordless Wednesday Link Up

Love A Bit Of Cake: Wordless Wednesday Link Up.

Love A Bit Of Cake: Wordless Wednesday Link Up. Hello, friends. I am just trialling out a new linky if you are interested in joining us?
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Dietitian Jo Travers Reveals What To Eat Over The Festive Season To Beat Tummy Troubles

Dietitian Jo Travers Reveals What To Eat Over The Festive Season To Beat Tummy Troubles, For Love Your Gut

Dietitian Jo Travers Reveals What To Eat Over The Festive Season To Beat Tummy Troubles, For Love Your Gut.

With an abundance of festive feasts and fizz-filled parties. The period through Christmas and New Year is when many of us indulge in larger portions and sweet and salty treats.
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Winter Trifle With Blackberries

Winter Trifle With Blackberries: Afternoon Tea Recipes

Winter Trifle With Blackberries: Afternoon Tea Recipes.

For those who love celebrating with food but also want to look after their gut over the Christmas period, Dr Joan Ransley has created two new festive delicious dishes that are full of flavour, colour and gut-healthy ingredients - a Brussel Sprout, Chestnut and Sage Risotto, which serves as an ideal vegetarian or vegan option, and a sweet Winter Trifle with Blackberries. You can find Brussel Sprout, Chestnut and Sage Risotto, recipe here.
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Brussel Sprout, Chestnut And Sage

Brussel Sprout, Chestnut And Sage Risotto (vegetarian/vegan).

With the festive season often brings an array of rich food and drink, it can spell a less than merry Christmas for those who suffer from a sensitive gut.

Brussel Sprout, Chestnut And Sage Risotto (vegetarian/vegan).

For those who love celebrating with food but also want to love their gut over the Christmas period, Dr Joan Ransley for Love Your Gut has created two new delicious dishes that are full of flavour, colour and gut-healthy ingredients.
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I'm At A Pay Phone Trying To Call Home


I'm At A Pay Phone Trying To Call Home.

Happy Wayback Wednesday and today I'm listening to Maroon five ' I'm at a payphone' looking at fun photos from Wayback in July 2017.

These photos are of me and my Daughter having fun taking photos in Nottingham outside a red phone box!!.
I’m at a payphone trying to call home.
All of my change I spent on you.
Where have the times gone, baby it’s all wrong.
Where are the plans we made for two ♯♭
{ Lyrics from song Maroon 5 – Payphone }
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Five Clothes Shops To Take Your Daughter In Oxford Street London


Five Clothes Shops To Take Your Daughter In Oxford Street London.

Hello friends. A few weeks ago my daughter and I hopped on the train to London in search of some new clothes for my Daughter. A few hours later we arrived at St Pancras Internation Train Station. What an amazing station this is too!

Five Clothes Shops To Take Your Daughter In Oxford Street London
OK, I never want to grow up. A trip to the Disney Store for a treat for me!! A Cheshire Cat teddy for my Alice in Wonderland themed dining room I am planning.

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Granola, Berries And Yogurt Parfaits For Parfaits Day

Granola, Berries And Yogurt Parfaits For Parfaits Day

Granola, Berries And Yogurt Parfaits For Parfaits Day. Hello friends, love a nice and tasty breakfast? Do you fancy making some Granola, Berries And Yogurt Parfaits For Parfaits Day?
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5 Simple Healthy New Year Resolutions


5 Simple Healthy New Year Resolutions with dietitian Sian Porter. Hello friends, today I have a guest post to share with you on how to be a little bit healthier in the new year.

Many of us will make a resolution to be healthier in some way in the new year, but with most of us short on time, it can be tricky to keep them up. To keep us on track, dietitian Sian Porter has teamed up with California Walnuts to suggest five simple new year resolutions for a happier and healthier 2020.

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Festive Afternoon Tea at Laura Ashley The Tea Room

Festive Afternoon Tea at Laura Ashley The Tea Room

Festive Afternoon Tea at Laura Ashley The Tea Room. *Guest Post* Love afternoon tea? Fancy having a Festive Afternoon Tea at Laura Ashley The Tea Room?
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Walnut And Cherry Yule Log: Christmas Recipe

Walnut And Cherry Yule Log: Christmas Recipe

Walnut And Cherry Yule Log: Christmas Recipe. How yummy! If you are looking for some yule log recipes to try out this year, you have come to the right place. Fancy making a classic yule log recipes with a modern twist?
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Christmas Nut Loaf With California Walnuts

Christmas Nut Loaf With California Walnuts. Hello friends. Are you looking for Christmas recipes?

How about making a Christmas Nut Loaf? Today I am sharing one of California walnuts recipes with you.

Christmas Nut Loaf With California Walnuts
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Walnut And Chestnut Sausage Rolls: Afternoon Tea

Walnut And Chestnut Sausage Rolls

Walnut And Chestnut Sausage Rolls. Hello friends, fancy making some Walnut And Chestnut Sausage Rolls? Great for any parties you might be planning this Christmas. Perfect for any afternoon tea too.
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Superfood Christmas Salad: Nice And Healthy

Superfood Christmas Salad. Hello friends, fancy making a Superfood Christmas Salad? Today I have a tasty superfood salad recipe to share with you.

Superfood Christmas Salad

Walnuts have long been considered synonymous with the festive season. Often enjoyed freshly cracked open with a nutcracker, or more commonly bought already shelled, walnuts are used in a variety of sweet and savoury seasonal dishes – or simply enjoyed on their own!
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Baked Figs, California Walnuts And Camembert

 Baked Figs, California Walnuts And Camembert

Baked Figs, California Walnuts And Camembert. Hello friends, over the next few days I will be sharing some tasty recipes from California Walnuts. They have created some new Christmas recipes, which all look delicious.
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Mixing Fashion And Fun Together: Stripes And Red Cardigan


Mixing Fashion And Fun Together: Stripes And Red Cardigan. Hello friends, how are you keep? I love this fun look for Autumn. I have had these boots and cardigan for years and still love them. The t-shirt and the jeans are some freebies off my Daughter that I rescued from the charity bag!! Reuse & Rewear ;)
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Friends T-shirt, Pink Marks & Spencer's Skirt And A Memory


Friends T-shirt, Pink Marks & Spencer's Skirt And A Memory. Hello friends. How was your weekend? I love it when Facebook shares a memory to me. Here is the one I just got:
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Throwback Thursday Flowered Joe Brown's Dress


Throwback Thursday Flowered Joe Brown's Dress

Throwback Thursday Flowered Joe Brown's Dress And A Date Night.

Hello friends. Today, I got this message on Facebook: Your Memories on Facebook. Claire, we care about you and the memories you share here. We thought you'd like to look back on this profile photo from 5 years ago.

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Watercress Welsh Rarebit: Breakfast And Brunch Recipe Ideas

Watercress Welsh Rarebit

Watercress Welsh Rarebit anyone? How tasty!! Watercress Welsh Rarebit: Breakfast And Brunch Recipe Ideas.
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Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder With Salt-baked Potatoes And Watercress

Slow Cooked Pork Shoulder With Salt-baked Potatoes And Watercress

Slow Cooked pork shoulder with salt-baked potatoes and watercress. Hello friends. I have a tasty dinner recipe idea to share with you today. Fancy a slow-cooked pork in oven recipe to try out.
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White Jumpsuit And Nearly A Trip To Bristol! OOTD

White Jumpsuit And Nearly A Trip To Bristol! OOTD

White Jumpsuit And Nearly A Trip To Bristol! OOTD

Hello friends. The school holidays are over and time to get back to school and work for most of my children next week. Alright for some as we had to work all Summer!!
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Denim Embroidered Dress: Denim Edits With Tu

Denim Embroidered Dress: Denim Edits With Tu and it's our 23rd Wedding Anniversary.

Denim Embroidered Dress: Denim Edits With Tu and it's our 23rd Wedding Anniversary. 
Happy Friday 🖐. It's our 23rd wedding anniversary today 🥳 and we are both at work. How fun!! We have the evening off together though 😁.
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Chestnut Mushroom And Watercress Stroganoff With Giant Wild Rice

Chestnut Mushroom And Watercress Stroganoff With Giant Wild Rice

Chestnut Mushroom And Watercress Stroganoff With Giant Wild Rice. Look forward to the change in the season, the different flavours it brings and enjoy cosy nights in with family, friends and good food!
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Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue: Autumn Comfort Foods

Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue. Autumn comfort foods with Watercress.

Baked Pumpkin and Watercress Fondue. Autumn comfort foods with Watercress.
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Pepper Dress And How I Would Style It Now

Pepper Dress And How I Would Style It Now

Pepper Dress And How I Would Style It Now. I love it when Google sends me a notification to some photos from years ago. I notice these yesterday from wait for it, 6 years ago!! (Rediscover this day: 8 Aug 2013). I was in my late 30's here and my babies were all smaller than me!! Well, my youngest two were!!
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Chorizo, Cheese and Watercress Toastie

Chorizo, Cheese and Watercress Toastie

Chorizo, Cheese and Watercress Toastie Anyone? How tasty!?
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6-a-Day Smoothie: Back to School with Watercress

6-a-Day Smoothie: Back to School with Watercress

6-a-Day Smoothie: Back to School with Watercress. Bin the soggy sandwiches and get creative with these wonderful watercress recipes for kids’ lunchboxes.
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Red Lace Dress: Motivational Monday

Red Lace Dress: Motivational Monday

Red Lace Dress: Motivational Monday. Hello friends, happy Bank holiday Monday. Just a quick post today sharing some photos from a photoshoot a few years ago with Marisota.
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A Walk Around Wollaton Hall In Nottingham

A Walk Around Wollaton Hall In Nottingham

A Walk Around Wollaton Hall In Nottingham.

Happy Sunday, would you like to come on a stroll with me around A Walk Around Wollaton Hall In Nottingham? It is such a lovely place to visit. Wollaton Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan country house of the 1580s standing on a small but prominent hill in Wollaton Park, Nottingham, England.
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Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe For Autumn

Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe For Autumn And Halloween

Ginger Pumpkin Pie: Great Recipe For Autumn And Halloween. We couldn’t resist adding just one sweet recipe, but we think you’ll be pleased we did! Don’t worry too much about getting rid of all those seeds. Once cooked the roasted pumpkin is pushed through a sieve, to make a silky smooth, spiced filling. You could also use butternut squash and enjoy ‘pumpkin’ pie all year round.
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Beef Pie with Blueberry And Blackcurrant Cordial

Beef Pie with Blueberry And Blackcurrant Cordial

Beef Pie with Blueberry And Blackcurrant Cordial. How tasty? Fancy trying this recipe out for dinner tonight?
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Venice Beach Swing Dress: Over 40 Style Blog

Venice Beach Swing Dress: Over 40 Style Blog

Venice Beach Swing Dress: Over 40 Style Blog. My favourite style of dress: Vintage with a modern twist!! Happy Saturday. Are you ready for the weekend? The weatherman has predicted it red hot here all next week, let's just hope he is right!

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How To Make Salmon with Sticky Ginger Sauce

How To Make Salmon with Sticky Ginger Sauce

How To Make Salmon with Sticky Ginger Sauce. How tasty does this sound? The ginger cordial makes a great base for a teriyaki sauce and served with simply stir-fried broccoli and carrots make a really tasty family meal that’s healthy too.
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In The Stripes: Flashback Friday

In The Stripes: Flashback Friday

In The Stripes: Flashback Friday. Don't you just love bright colours? So fun and cheerful.
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Chicken with Lime And Lemongrass Sauce

Chicken with Lime And Lemongrass Sauce

Chicken with Lime And Lemongrass Sauce. As the temperature drops, the leaves change colour and the nights draw in, take comfort from some NEW, deliciously warming autumnal dishes, from Belvoir Fruit Farms.
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Fun and Simple Mini Quiches: Back to School with Watercress.


Fun and Simple Mini Quiches: Back to School with Watercress. Hello friends, so how are you today?
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Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress


Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress.

Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress
Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress

Fancy making some of these Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots?

Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress:

Prep time: 10 minutes
Makes 2 pots

Ingredients:
  • 50g bag watercress
  • 150g macaroni pasta, cooked
  • 1 tin tuna in brine
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 orange pepper, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
  • 1 small tin sweetcorn, drained
  • Salt and pepper


Method:
  1. Drain the tuna and place into a small bowl. Mix with the mayonnaise and add a little salt and pepper if desired.
  2. Take two Kilner jars or other jars with tight fitting lids. Split the cooked pasta between each jar, then follow with the tuna mayonnaise, sweetcorn, and peppers, finally topping with the watercress. Seal the jars and keep refrigerated for up to 24 hours until needed.

Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress

Kids’ Layered Lunch Pots: Back to School with Watercress. Recipe courtesy of Watercress. For more recipe inspiration and to find out more about the health benefits of watercress, visit Watercress.
Did you see the first recipe in the set?

  Healthy Kids’ Bento Box: Back to School with Watercress and 6-a-Day Smoothie recipe?

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How To Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week At Home: 

To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week (12th – 18th August 2019), Simon Bradley, Head Chef at De Vere Cotswold Water Park – a stunning hotel situated amongst the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and surrounded by 152 lakes - has shared his top tips on how to enjoy the traditional British pastime at home.

How To Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week At Home.

Halloumi And Watercress Brunch Salad (Vegetarian): 

Lazy weekends are the ideal time to make the perfect brunch. So, if you’re looking for a recipe for a leisurely repast, and one which is nutritious and delicious too, these three new watercress recipes are certain to appeal.

Halloumi And Watercress Brunch Salad (Vegetarian).

You Have Goat To Be Kidding Me:

Wordless Wednesday Link Up: Happy Wednesday friends. So glad you could join us today at our new home for The Wordless Wednesday link-up. I want to practice my photography more and I thought this was the best place to continue and grow the blog hop.

You Have Goat To Be Kidding Me: Wordless Wednesday Link Up.

Baked Egg Avocado And Watercress Boats:

Great for brunch. Are you looking for some nice and healthy brunch recipes? Baked Egg Avocado And Watercress Boats anyone? You might also like this Halloumi And Watercress Brunch Salad too.

Baked Egg Avocado And Watercress Boats.

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5 Tips To Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee


5 Tips To Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee

Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach.

It is inevitable that we all have to grow old, but some people don’t realise they are ageing until one day they look in the mirror and realise that they should have taken better care of themselves.

All is not lost though - Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach, who at 48 often gets mistaken for a 25-year-old, has prepared his top tips to help people work on the common complaints, today!

1.) Age Spots: 

These are often known as liver spots and can be found on the face, hands and other areas that are over exposed to the sun. If these are dabbed daily with lemon juice they should begin to lighten over the course of two months. To prevent further age spots, ensure a moisturiser or sun cream with a high SPF is applied daily. Remember, the sun’s rays can still affect the skin in the winter.

5 Tips To Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee

2.) Eye Bags: 

Bags under the eyes can be a result of insufficient sleep, and swelling is common if a person has been crying. The trick to ease these can be found in the kitchen. Don’t throw out used tea bags, chill them in the fridge and apply them to the eyes. It is said that the combination of caffeine and the coolness increases blood flow which may help to reduce bags. It is also helpful to sleep slightly propped up as it helps fluid drain away from the eyes instead of collecting there when sleeping flat.

Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee

3.) Lines, Crow’s Feet And Wrinkles: 

Some people embrace their ageing lines as they see them as distinguishing, while others reach for the Botox. The best way to fight these is to ensure you eat natural foods that are rich with antioxidants to fight free radicals. Also, ensure you’re drinking enough water so the skin is hydrated. Using a moisturiser that contains an SPF of at least factor 30 is another way to keep lines to a minimum.

Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee

4.) Turkey Neck:

When moisturising, don’t just be kind to your face, extend the love to the neck area too. There are exercises that are good for the chin and neck area so try tilting the head back and puckering lips up towards the ceiling. Do this ten times a day to stretch and strengthen this vulnerable area.

5 Tips To Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee

5.) Skin Tone:

If you are only going to do one thing I would suggest you invest time in a good skincare regime. By ensuring you exfoliate the face daily you will remove dead skin cells and instantly give the skin a brighter, healthier glow. Dull skin is ageing so wash your face gently, pat dry and remember to moisturise. For maximum radiance use a facemask once a week and enjoy ten minutes relaxing on the bed while it rehydrates your personal window to the outside world.

5 Tips To Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee
Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee
Growing Old Gorgeously: Tips From Tristan Lee

Guest post. For more information on Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach, visit Tristan Lee.

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The Festive Five To Get Gorgeous: With the party season upon us, there will be many people across the UK panicking about how they are going to look on their big night out. Tristan Lee, The Gorgeousness Coach, who at 47 often gets mistaken for a 25-year-old, has prepared his top five fast fix tips to ensure everyone looks their best and shines like a star! The Festive Five To Get Gorgeous.

Baked Egg Avocado And Watercress Boats: Great for brunch. Are you looking for some nice and healthy brunch recipes? Baked Egg Avocado And Watercress Boats anyone? You might also like this Halloumi And Watercress Brunch Salad too. Baked Egg Avocado And Watercress Boats.

How To Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week At Home: To celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week (12th – 18th August 2019), Simon Bradley, Head Chef at De Vere Cotswold Water Park – a stunning hotel situated amongst the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and surrounded by 152 lakes - has shared his top tips on how to enjoy the traditional British pastime at home. How To Celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week At Home.

Lady In Red: Red Summer Dress With Yellow Sandals: Hello friends, have you had a good weekend? It is all go here as I am doing some decorating. I have noticed over the last few mornings when I get up early that there is a little chill in the air. I hope Autumn is not on its way yet as I have lots of Summer clothes I still need to wear yet!! Lady In Red: Red Summer Dress With Yellow Sandals.

Vintage Afternoon Tea Dress: Over 40 Style: Happy Monday friends. I adore this dress which I wore yesterday on a day out with my Husband and Daughter. They both wanted to take some photos of me, which was lovely and I ended up with loads of photos. I am not complaining though. Some days I have no one to take photos for me and then I have two!! Vintage Afternoon Tea Dress: Over 40 Style.

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