Sunday, 31 July 2016

Picks From Pinterest

I've been paying a lot of attention to Pinterest lately. I used to be so addicted to Pinterest, just pinning photos of random things (and celebrity crushes). Overall I just didn't have a working flow through my boards, they were just meaningless. So I've been working hard to create a bunch of boards that actually mean something to me, they are inspirational and creative too.

Here are my latest Pinterest picks ::

I have such a big love for open wardrobes right now, yet I still haven't managed to get one fixed up in my bedroom. I have such a small bedroom with a huge wardrobe, I'm starting to feel very cramped in here! I've been looking on Pinterest for small bedroom inspiration and I'm seeing a lot of open wardrobes. They don't take up a lot of space and I think they look so pretty. I'm going to have to do something about my wardrobe space!

One of my favourite boards on Pinterest has to be my 'on an adventure' board. It's about being out there and feeling free out in beautiful places. I'd really love to go travelling, especially in forest and mountainous places. There's just something I've always loved about seeing beautiful untouched landscapes and places full of wildlife. The imagery you find on Pinterest based on travel and wanderlust are just wonderful and mesmerising. I hope to have photos of my own to add to my 'on an adventure' board.

If you're ever on the lookout for interior décor and furniture ideas Pinterest is the best place! Not only am I looking to change my wardrobe I'm also looking to get a desk for my room. My bed and the downstairs table are my main places to work from but a desk is something I've been looking for a while now. I have a bookcase that is great for storage but not for sitting at, it's quite old too so I think it's time for an update. I love looking for office space inspiration on Pinterest, so many perfect ideas for small rooms too! I've added a bunch of ideas to my 'workspace' board so I'll be on the lookout for desks and storage.

Recently I won a competition with Next and was given a voucher to spend there. I am not a very good shopper, I'm just super indecisive. But I like to be sensible when it comes to shopping, you rarely ever see me go 'oh I do love that, I'm just going to buy it'. I'm always thinking about whether I really need that item or not. So whenever I feel like I'm struggling to think of what to add to my wardrobe I'll always look to Pinterest for some inspiration. It helps when you search specific like 'Summer casual fashion' or 'smart work wear' because then you get a whole selection of images matching up to what you searched for.

I've been adding more photos to my flower board and came across photos of how to dry flowers. I've always wanted to have a go at drying flowers, they look so beautiful hanging up in rooms or put into frames. I'm definitely going to give it a go at some point!


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Friday, 22 July 2016

An Enthusiasm For Baking :: Tanya Bakes

I was shopping in town not long ago and spotted Tanya Bakes in WHSmith on offer. When it comes to shopping I'm so indecisive, but when I was flicking through the pages of the book in the store I just couldn't resist! I've been meaning to get myself back into baking since going through a rough time lately. I love baking, it's my way of cleansing my mind away from all the stress and anxiety, I'm not the best baker in the world but I'm getting better and it keeps my worries at bay!

This is definitely my favourite cook from the collection that I have. It's split into 8 sections, from cookies and biscuits to bread and brunch. Most of the recipes are very easy, which I love because it's perfect both for beginners and expert bakers! The photography in this book is just beautiful, I think the photography was what persuaded me to buy the book, I mean who can resist a cooking book filled with photographs of gooey chocolatey biscuits and cream filled iced buns?

I decided to go with the gingerbread loaf as my first bake from this book as I've never made one before. My brothers are big fans of loaf cakes, we especially love the golden syrup and Jamaican cake by McVitie's (although this recipe beats them both), so I thought my first bake from the book would be something the whole family likes.

I'm going to be a very honest baker here, I haven't baked anything other than cookies in a while so the first time I baked this loaf the middle sunk. I tried again the next day and it guess what? It happened again! I had absolutely no idea what was going wrong, especially when I kept reading the method over and over again and made sure that all my ingredients had the right measurements.

I sent out a tweet asking if anyone knew what the problem was (of course tagging the experts Nigella and Jamie Oliver). Many thanks to Nigella Lawson who replied to my tweet, she explained the oven could have been too hot or too much air beaten into the mixture. She suggested to use a wooden spoon to mix as I mentioned that I used a food processor with a whisk attachment. However, minus the sunken middles both loaves were delicious.

So taking on Nigella's advice I've tried again and voila! No sunken middle! I made sure that I mixed the batter slowly with a spoon and I also made sure my oven wasn't too hot. I have just realised that the recipe does state that you should mix slowly so I guess my food processor was too quick! So without any further ado here is Tanya Bakes 'Gingerbread Loaf' recipe:





100g butter
100g golden syrup
150g self-raising flour
3 teaspoons ground ginger
150g caster sugar
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
150ml milk
1 large egg


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/350F/GM4. Line the loaf tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Melt the butter and the golden syrup together in a pan and set aside.

3. Mix together the flour, ground ginger, sugar and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl, then slowly whisk in the milk and egg, followed by the syrup mixture, to form a smooth batter.

4. Pour into the loaf tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, until golden and a skewer poked into the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Leave to cool completely.


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What recipes have you tried
so far? Let me know in
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Friday, 15 July 2016

Things To Do & See This Summer

We are right in the heart of Summer now, minus the many random downpours of rain we've had! But we've still managed to have some good weather and there should be more to come in August. But no matter what weather we have and whether you are going on holiday or on staycation, there are plenty of things to do and see this Summer.

1. Visit a coastal area.

2. Go berry picking.

3. Visit gardens.

4.  Read a book in the garden or on a beach.

5. Shoot photos outdoors.

6. Play sport or watch the Rio Olympics.

7. Go for a countryside walk or bike ride.

8. Visit a theme park.

9. Go to a festival.

10. Have a BBQ with family and friends.

Plus many more!


Do you have any plans for
this Summer holidays?
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Monday, 4 July 2016

June Favourites

June was a pretty rough month for me. A lot has happened and overall I just don't feel good from it all, hence very little posts in June. I'm still not feeling 100%, but as I mentioned in my previous post it helps to keep writing, which I'm hoping to stick at this month! Although June wasn't great, I've still managed to find a few favourite things that I bought when I was out and about. It's not much, but I wanted to post something as It's been a little too quiet over here!

So without further ado here are a few things from my June favourites!

Deep Moisture Body Lotion by Neutrogena

I have wanted this body lotion for ages! Every time I saw it in town It was priced at around £5 or £6, which I didn't really want to spend that much on a body lotion, especially when I ended up buying one and then not even using it because it irritated my skin. I was popped into Boots a couple of weeks a go and spotted this beauty in the sale down to £2.64, I couldn't say no to that price, especially for a 400ml bottle! The Neutrogena Norwegian Formula is for sensitive and dry skin, I use it after having a shower and it keeps my skin feeling super soft and moisturised. Not to mention you don't have to wait around ages before dressing as it dries pretty quick!

Sweet Williams

I can't not have a bunch of flowers in my room. They add a splash of colour to my white room and they really do boost your mood if your feeling under the weather. Not to mention they're pretty to look at and perfect for Instagram snaps! I was in Sainsbury's the other week, looking at all of the bunches of flowers and I came across a beautiful bunch of Sweet Williams. They come in an array of different colours with little pretty flowers that bloom close together. They're different from your usual bunch of Peonies and Roses, but they smell sweet and look stunning in a jar!

Mushroom Mug

Topshop has a big sale going on and I couldn't resist having a browse around in store. I am yet to find any clothes that I want but I came across this super cute Mushroom Mug which I saw online couple of months ago. It was a random purchase that I couldn't resist and after a rough month I needed a purchase to cheer me up!

Imperial Leather Shower Wash

I love a good shower gel, especially when it smells of beautiful. My current favourite from the Imperial Leather range is the Vanilla & Almond Milk. It's super nourishing and leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. I also find the smells relaxing too, no wonder I spend ages in the shower!

Hope and Greenwood Sherbet Lemon

I found these sweets in Sainsbury's and couldn't resist a pack of sherbet lemons! I've always had a love for hard boiled sweets, bon bons, rhubarb and custard, apple cubes, butterscotch, you name it! There are plenty of different sweets to try so I'm definitely going to have to buy another pack (not to mention I also seriously love the packaging).

Neutrogena Deep Moisture :: Boots
Sweet Williams :: Sainsbury's or flower market
Mushroom Mug :: Topshop Similar
Imperial Leather Body Wash :: Sainsbury's
Hope and Greenwood Sherbet Lemon :: Sainsbury's


What were your June favourites?
Let me know in the comments!


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