It’s time to face plant some strawberries and cream!

With summer finally here and with Wimbledon over in a blink, ’tis the season for strawberries and cream…in our tummies and ON OUR FACES! Yes you read that right.

Neal’s Yard Remedies have created an easy-to-make DIY mask to use at home to give our skin a fresher look and a radiant glow. It’s a 2-in-1 scrub and mask, and contains just three tasty ingredients… strawberries, cream and oats.

This scrub/mask combination is perfect for anyone with a super busy schedule, especially if you’re a relatively new mummy like me where getting out of the house for an hour long pampering facial can be challenging – there simple aren’t enough hours in the day.

It’s also a great idea to do with friends if you enjoy pamper parties. Perhaps with a glass of Pimms for the optimum summer treat…

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No nuts for my granola!

It’s been an AGE since I posted a recipe. This year I haven’t had the chance, energy or desire to experiment much in the kitchen – pregnancy related aversions may be to blame perhaps?!

That might be news to some of you! I’m 26 weeks pregnant and my relationship with food has changed somewhat. I felt nauseas, but I didn’t suffer with (too much) physical sickness and I haven’t really had “cravings” other than a bowl of Shreddies for the occasional snack (I NEVER usually eat cereal).

Eating a healthy balanced diet in pregnancy can be a challenge when all you want is stodge (especially in the first trimester). I do like to play around with my breakfast recipes and as you’ll see from my historic food posts, breakfasts tend to be my go to for when I do experiment. I  get bored of the same breakfast everyday and one isn’t always organised enough to have fresh fruit in the house!

My recent (and successful) experiment is my granola recipe! Shared for you here…

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My breakfast bowl for champions!

When the sun makes an appearance on a weekend, there’s nothing I like more than to start my day sitting in the garden with my breakfast whilst catching up on my emails,  Instagram feeds (yes ‘feeds’ plural – mine and my cat’s!) and Snapchat stories from all my friends drunken adventures the night before…

When it comes to breakfast I am fairly regimented. I do like my homemade muesli – either dried and I add milk or yoghurt, or when I have time I’ll prepare my bircher muesli. Click here if you haven’t see my bircher recipe.

For me, breakfast is an opportunity to get the nutrients I need to set me up for the day and also to ensure I have a meal that is filling (I’m a guilty snacker). Considering the amount of thyroxine I take, it’s important for me to have a morning meal that isn’t going to have me slumbered on my desk and crashed by mid morning!

Not forgetting that bikini season and beach time is fast approaching! Insert *face palm* of why I didn’t start my bikini diet sooner…

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10 ways to help a friend in *genuine* need

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”            Winnie the Pooh

The honey-obsessed, naive and rather slow-witted bear also once said, “Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved,” as well as “some people care too much, I think it’s called love.” Despite the need to “think” ever so often, this charming Pooh Bear was always willing to help his friends.

You may have a friend or loved one who finds themselves in a “pickle” – i.e. loss and grief, a severe health issue, heartache, an abyss of anxiety and stress, a feeling of worry and sadness for a loved one, a marriage break-up, money issues, a job redundancy instigating a feeling of failure…the list of “pickles” amongst us all is endless (sadly).

Of course a cuppa, a chat and maybe a few tears is great therapy, but should you know someone who requires some extra special love and attention, here are some suggestions I have come across that are so wonderful, thoughtful and helpful in so many ways…

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A chilli for when it’s chilly!

In winter, FOOD is definitely one of my favourite things about this nippy season, and is when I like to stay inside and get my “cooking groove” on!

I need to improve my savoury cooking, and I’m starting to batch-cook (for the first time ever!) in order to have enough meals in my freezer for work/life convenience.

My health has not been at it’s optimum lately, so I want to try and increase my nutrition intake in my dinners where possible, so I’m starting with a veggie chilli…

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