August favourites.

7.9.14

Orla Kiely glasses

I had my eye on these Orla Kiely frames for a while after trying on every pair of glasses in every.single.opticians and last month I took the plunge, mainly due to a 25% off voucher for Boots Opticians and fancying a change from my Ray Bans. Yes they're rather a bold statement with their chunky oversized tortoiseshell frames and gold logo but I love them. The case is also rather pretty which is a nice bonus.


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+

I used a tube of this many moons ago off and on in a rather lackluster fashion, but a couple of months ago I purchased another tube on a whim. Since then I have used it day and night religiously and it has improved my skin in a huge way. My breakouts are minimal and my skin looks smoother with a reduction in my acne scarring visibility. Having struggled with my skin for years now, I knew this serum was a winner when I started receiving compliments on how well my skin looked. I thought I would never hear compliments like that again!


Barbecue Popchips

If you haven't tried Popchips where have you been? They are the bees knees. Guilt free = check! Amazing flavours = check! Jonathan and I are obsessed with the barbecue flavour and always stock up on the big bags when we spot them in the shops.


SeeYaReelSoon on YouTube

My favourite YouTube channel by far are the Disney loving Joe and Ashley aka SeeYaReelSoon. They release a video every Wednesday, usually a vlog from a Disney trip or something else Disney related like a recipe or FAQ video. They are the absolute sweetest and I look forward to Wednesdays to catch their latest video. I wish I could visit Disney as often as they do, but alas I have to live vicariously through them!


Carmex cherry lipbalm

You may struggle to get excited over a lip balm but this is a really good one, promise! I recently finished off a tube that was in my desk drawer at work and a pot in my makeup bag so I bought a brand spanking new pot yesterday. It's so moisturising, tastes like cherries and has SPF15. Plus it's only a couple of quid!


Bath & Body Works candles

Yes I am featuring B&BW candles again! What can I say, they're amazing. These dinky mini jar candles were sent to me by my new friend in America, Amy, and they smell divine. They're two of the new Autumn scents currently making our kitchen smell divine (well, apart from the Pug smell ;))
 

What were you loving in August?

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Life lately (burgers, milkshakes, Potteric Carr, a holiday countdown and a touch of buyer's remorse).

31.8.14

Hello you lovely lot. It has been a while since I sat down and wrote anything so here goes. I thought I would bring you up to speed on what we have been up to recently.

- Yesterday we spent the morning viewing houses in Sheffield and had a wander round one place that was like something straight out of a house magazine. It was a beauty! We have stepped up our search for somewhere new (we have been in our current home for almost 3 years and our neighbours still drive us as crazy as the day we moved in) so hopefully in the not too distant future you will be seeing some new house posts from us! After all of the nosying round other people's houses we stopped for a well earned lunch and milkshake at Graze Inn.


- Last weekend I had the Friday and Monday off work and spent the 4 day break at my parents house near Leeds (Lily and Lola came too!). My sister was back from the Isle of Man so we headed to Leeds to do a bit of shopping with my mum, with a follow up trip to White Rose Centre the day after. We also swung by Chapel Allerton to visit the amazing bra shop there where I spent £168 on 2 bras. I still can't bring myself to wear them, they're too beautiful! (#buyersremorse)

Lunch was a bloody good burger at Byron Burger complete with chips and an Oreo cookie milkshake. Ideal meal right there!


- In less than 3 weeks we will be jetting off to Sorrento for a week to attend our friends wedding and pack in plenty of sightseeing. If anybody has any recommendations of places to go or restaurants to eat at please do let me know in the comments box below.

- A couple of weekends ago we went back to Potteric Carr armed with my extra zoomy camera lens (technical term) and some extra comfy trainers for a nice long walk. This was our second visit to Potteric Carr and we really like it there.

Sadly we haven't managed to spot the deer, water voles or snakes (!) yet but we saw hundreds of dragonflies/damselflies, beautiful butterflies (one of which landed on me! Just call me Cinderella or whatever), bees and lots of birds. Plus it is so peaceful there and a great place for a Sunday stroll (and as we're members we can go for free now, bonus!)


Tell me what you have been up to lately folks!

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Road trip (Whitby & the North Yorkshire Moors) - part 3!

17.8.14

Part 1 - here! Part 2 - here!

The end of our trip saw us make our way back to civilisation after our walk through beautiful scenery to land on the doorstep of a pub. How convenient! We rested our weary feet over a couple of games of Scrabble and some food, before heading back to the car and driving to my parents house to pick up Lily and Lola.


It was such a great way to spend our weekend, seeing two new places, staying over in a cute cottage and getting away from it all for a little while. We are lucky to have such scenic places only a short drive away. The only problem is that now we want to go away every weekend!
 

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Road trip (Whitby & the North Yorkshire Moors) - part 2!

10.8.14

Read part 1 here!

We got to our cottage at around 4pm, by which point we were ready for a sit down and, let's be honest, a nap. The cottage was super tiny, but so cosy, consisting of a small living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The owner had kindly left us some milk, fresh bread, free range eggs and beer. Jonathan tackled the beer and we saved the rest for brekkie.

After a nap of epic proportions (I blame all that sea air) we strolled ten steps to the pub over the road for a few drinks and some tea. We were tucked up in bed by 9:30 playing cards and eating chocolate. Bliss!


Our plans for the next day were to make the most of the sunshine and go walking in the moors so after a bacon and egg sarnie and a mug of tea that's just what we did. The owner of the cottage kindly let us park at his house and we used that as the starting point for our walk which took us a couple of hours to complete.

The sun was shining, the sheep were out and the views were spectacular. Our first route took us along a path that hadn't been cleared so at one point we were literally up to our necks in greenery so we doubled back and started another more sensible route.

It was so quiet and peaceful as we made our way up and down the hills and along the country paths. I'd love to move somewhere like this one day....

Not sure this is the right way?! ;)
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Road trip (Whitby and the North Yorkshire Moors) - part 1!

7.8.14

Sometimes we work too hard and forget to make the most of our weekends, so last weekend that is just what we did! Originally we wanted to find somewhere doggy friendly and take Lily and Lola along with us but as Lily has just had an operation on her leg and they've both had a scale, polish and several teeth removed we thought they would have a much better time with my mum and dad, away from the hot weather and walking!

After trawling the internet for somewhere to go and not having much luck I finally found somewhere after looking on Air BnB. We booked a tiny little cottage which was built in the 1790s in the village of Castleton which meant we could spend a day in Whitby and a day on the North Yorkshire Moors.

Whitby was great! I thought I had visited before as a child but neither of us recognised anything so I guess it was our first visit. We walked up and down the pier, took the 199 steps up to the Abbey where we saw snippets of a Dracula play over the wall (we had just missed it, damn!) and walked up to the whale bones to take in the view.

Of course we had to have fish and chips for lunch so we stopped at the Magpie Cafe which was packed even though it had only been open 10 minutes. Luckily they had one table left so we were in! I went for a pot of decaf tea, small cod and chips with a side of bread and butter. Jonathan went for an ale, a large haddock and chips. The fish was such good quality, so white and flaky, and my small size was just right for me.


After fish and chips we had room for something sweet (of course) and found the Teare Wood's ice cream parlour which I was keeping a beady out for after seeing the reviews on Trip Advisor. This is where I made a mistake of epic proportions. They had so many yummy flavours that I panicked and went for mint choc chip which I could have any time. Jonathan got raspberry pavlova and kindly gave me a taste and it was bloody beautiful! I definitely should have tried lemon meringue or pannacotta. Damn it! Anyway the ice cream was beautiful and the man who served us was so friendly. Check it out if you visit.

After a stint on the 2p machines desperately trying to win some Lego for Jonathan (it was never going to happen) we walked round the shops, popping in to look at quirky house stuff and organic smellies, before popping into a fudge shop and devouring a bag of chocolate orange fudge.

After a trip to the art gallery we headed back to the car and drove to our cottage for the evening.

Part 2 coming soon!

 
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#cheatmeal (Twisted Burger Company).

1.8.14

Recently I have tried to have less of a cheat-weekend-where-I-don't-stop-stuffing-my-face to just having one or two cheat meals a week. So far so good (sort of). I find it easy to be healthy through the week when I'm at work but weekends are when we tend to eat out, have friends over, see family, and it all goes to pot.

After our cycling expedition a few weeks ago we thought about driving to my home city, Leeds, for some dinner but our legs were too weary so we settled on somewhere in Sheffield. Then we remembered Twisted Burger Company at The Harley. We have been twice before so we knew it was a safe bet.

First and foremost, a shout-out to our waitress who was ever so lovely and friendly. But the food was on top form as usual. We tried something new and went for the Jalepeno Business Fries which involve all the toppings you would find on nachos but with french fries instead of tortilla chips. They were out of this world. We shared a big basket of them and I could have ordered another one!


I went for the burger that I always go for.. the 'Return of the Mac'. A pork patty in a brioche bun with a generous helping of mac and cheese (I can feel my arteries furring up just thinking about it but it tastes so damn good!) I really don't know how people can like Ed's Diner when there are places like this around. If you are local and haven't been, what are you waiting for? :)

We were seriously stuffed by this point but there's always room for something sweet, so we stopped off at Sainsbury's for a couple of Gu puds which we devoured at home, on the sofa, with a big cup of tea. Bliss!


What's your favourite 'cheat' meal?

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Sunshine and Sangria.

28.7.14

Saturday was one of those days where you sit back and think "aaaah, isn't this lovely?" I don't get to see my sister and her husband very often as they live on the Isle of Man but they were back for a flying visit at the weekend to pick up a new car so they came to see us on Saturday for lunch. My mum and dad drove over from Leeds so the six of us spent the afternoon eating, drinking and catching up in our back garden in the glorious sunshine.

Jonathan made burgers with a mozzarella middle and cooked them on the BBQ. I was on crisps and dips duty, made a big salad and some halloumi kebabs, and made sure everyone was full of Sangria, beer or soft drinks (for the drivers).


Lily and Lola sat patiently under the table waiting for scraps of food to be dropped. Ever the optimists.

My mum is known for making delicious puddings and came armed with a berry pavlova (which was out of this world!) and an amaretto dark chocolate torte which was so rich and creamy. I had a slice of each. Would be rude not to, right?


After food, cake, a brew and a few games it was just me and Jonathan and a mound of washing up. How we managed to use every plate, utensil and piece of cutlery in our kitchen I will never know.

I hope you all had a good one and the sun shone for you?

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