I have just returned from an idyllic weekend away in Somerset as a treat to my husband and I for Valentine's Day as well as the last opportunity we had to go on a baby moon, or rather a last ditch attempt to remember that we love each other before a, hopefully healthy and happy, baby makes us question our sanity through many a sleepless night for the next 20 years. I had suggested it to the husband, and unlike him who would happily spend a weekend watching rugby on the sofa in our home, he was keen for the idea and suggested going to Somerset to see some friends and also visit the town of Wells so he could visit some of the set of Hot Fuzz. This last bit was completely lost on me but I agreed to it thinking I had one in the back pocket for when I want to visit New York and the sets of Sex and The City.Read More
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Brunch is my favourite meal of the week, without question. By its very nature, it means that I have time to relax with little time pressure to be elsewhere as it is an inherently lazy meal given that it is a morning ritual. If it's on a Sunday morning, more is the better as I find that is when my family is at its most chilled. For this week's top 10 on This Is Carrt, I have chosen the recipes I enjoy making and eating most - beware some are healthier than others! But after a Sunday morning run, all can be a guilt free pleasure. Must remember that in future.Read More
Back in the day, the point of a pub was simply to be a destination to have a few drinks and perhaps chew the cud with a friend. These days, pubs' food offering is equally, if not more, of a draw than what ales it has on offer. Whilst, as a food lover, I'm all for this, I do have a number of gripes with the nu wave of gastro pubs that charge through the nose, not because their food is exemplary, but because their walls are the current in vogue colour of grey from Farrow and Ball. Recently, I have visited a number of pubs that have happily not fallen into this category and instead, I have dined out exceedingly well at pubs that are sadly not walking distance from my home. That being said, they were definitely worth the drive.Read More
Pink is having a bit of a fashion moment at present. I've personally always loved the colour from the moment I picked up my first Barbie. This Spring Summer though it has a grown up edge and none of the items I have picked for my top ten this week can be described as girly. Additionally, it's a colour that has a tone to flatter all and in my latest fashion blog is a selection in several shades from baby pink to bright fushcia so there is something for everyone.Read More
I don't know about you, but my skin is in need of a change of season about a month earlier than the environment has planned - with or without global warming. Winter has taken its toll and my face needs some warmer spring climes and a little bit of sun right this minute. Not in March, when we are due to welcome the change in season.Read More
Marks and Spencer has recently been making waves in the blogosphere for their fabulous fluted sleeve jumper. Whilst the pregatron in me can't wear it without displaying my bump, it made me look at the British High Street faithful's latest offering. I was pleasantly surprised, but I don't want even that to be taken as a negative on the stalwart shop. I've always been taken aback at M and S's continued limited success with its fashion range. It always has fab basics, does great knitwear and its workwear pieces last longer than other high street brands. If anything, I think Marks and Sparks suffers from trying to be too many things to too many people. For instance, I don't buy more from there as when I enter the shop I find it confusing - do I head to Per Una, Limited Collection or its standard range?
I found looking online helped a lot in sifting through its vast collection, which is how I found these ten, new at Marks and Spencer:
I'd love to know any of my readers' Marks and Spencer's wins. Just leave a comment below!
I've tried to keep the fact that I'm pregnant off my blog. For many reasons, I did not want to divulge it, but it's so painfully obvious now (I'm, fingers crossed, due in three months) that I felt I simply could not ignore it anymore. Plus I wanted to write down just how overwhelming not only the prospect of pregnancy and having a child is, but simply the breadth and depth of information available to us is. Whilst writing this post will add to such info, I thought I'd impart some things I have so far learnt on the most superficial of matters: how to dress stylishly when pregnant.Read More
Quinoa is a great, wheat free, alternative carb. But up until recently I've not had much success with it. I simply put it in my trolley because Deliciously Ella was extolling its virtues. Have you, like me an millions before you, bought this healthy food stuff with no real idea what do with it? I've had a great deal more success with it since I discovered that I could simply substitute it for cous cous or pasta. Plus it has a wonderful nutty flavour that can add to many meal. I've collated some great recipe ideas below that give any quinoa virgin some excellent pointers.