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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Food: Mirin Salmon with Sesame Soba Noodles

I've spent a lot less time in the kitchen lately. Partly because I've been busy organising our lives at the start of the new school term, but also because I like to eat lighter food over the summer, which generally means less time spent slaving over a hot stove. 

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Beauty: My Little Box August 2015 Review - My Little Gypset Box

This month My Little Box carries on with the summer vacation theme with My Little Gypset. I'll start off by saying that this, my 11th My Little Box isn't one of my favourites, not because of a lack of quality in the contents but rather that I feel that more and more strongly that My Little Box are aiming at a younger demographic.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Life: Planner Haul - USA Edition

I'm still on my YouTube planner video kick, and I've been lusting after all the planner supplies that the American planners can so easily pick up in stores over there. My recent trip to the USA therefore had to include some quick trips to Target, Michaels and Walmart. I say quick, because my husband elected to take one for the team and stay in the car with the kids (who hate shopping) while I did a quick dash inside. My hauls were therefore pretty small from each store, but I'm pretty happy with what I was able to pick up in the space of 10 minutes.

Monday, 10 August 2015

Beauty: USA Beauty Haul - Sephora and ULTA Beauty

A trip to the USA for me is never complete without a quick dash through some beauty aisles and I made sure to squeeze these in on a recent trip to the USA. I skipped the pharmacies this time, and instead focussed on Sephora and ULTA Beauty, so that I could stock up on some higher end products.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Travel: Two Days in New York City with the Kids

We haven't done too many city breaks since the kids came along  but decided to brave it this year with a 2 day trip to New York City. The kids were quite confused as to where they were going, and  decided that we were probably going to "Na-York-a" (Majorca) just like their friends were doing over the summer. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Food: Roasted Vegetable and Sausage Quesadillas

Summer lunches have taken quite a bit of thought over the past month. The kids would be quite happy munching on avocado or cheese sandwiches every day but I find that if I let them restrict their diets like that, they become less open to trying new things, which means that more and more of my offerings run the risk of being rejected.

Quesadillas are something that they love to make. We use  corn tortillas to keep them gluten-free and the kids get to assemble their own, generally from whatever we have in the fridge. This time, after roasting some vegetables with some italian sausages the night before, we had this for lunch the next day.

Roasted Vegetable and Sausage Quesadillas

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Beauty - My Travel Skincare (Where I've finally learned my lesson!)

My last travel skincare post was one where I'd saved up lots of new products that I'd never tried before to test while I was on vacation, but with hindsight this was an absolutely crazy approach, as I ended up with a horrible skin rash/burn due to a reaction to an exfoliating toner. This time I only took samples that I'd already tested out before, most of them from the Caudalie brand and also a few tried and tested favourites.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Beauty: August FOTD - Melting Off Makeup

My greatest challenge with Summer Makeup is that I want my skin to breathe when the weather is pleasant. Yes, I can use a setting spray, but when my only priority over the summer is keeping the kids occupied, I'd rather wear a bit of makeup which makes me look a bit more like me, and still looks good if a bit of it melts away. They seem to think that I look good whatever, and my husband seems to not care about the makeup as long as I'm smiling. Easy to please!

Friday, 31 July 2015

Life: A Healthy and Happy 2015 - Update 7

July has been a month of organisation and list making and getting things done which means that I now find myself feeling a wonderful sense of accomplishment! Despite all this, my priority over the month of July has been the kids, so apologies if you've found my blog updates a bit erratic this month. It's been lovely seeing the world through the kids' eyes. It's something I need to remind myself to do in the coming months.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Food: Spaghetti Bolegnese

Sometimes I yearn for comfort food. Food that fills me up, tastes delicious and can be popped in the freezer, ready for my next fix. The recipes I turn to at these times are usually tried and tested (and trusted) favourites, generally from the Jamie Oliver cookbooks I first used when I first discovered that I liked cooking. These are generally meals that the kids like eating too, because when I'm in a comfort food sort of mood, the last thing I want to hear is "I don't like it? When are you going to make something we like?"!

This time I opted for Jamie Oliver's delicious Spaghetti Bolognese from Happy Days with the Naked Chef.  You have to try it! The rosemary, smoked bacon and sundried tomatoes bring a wonderfully earthy depth to the sauce. I always enjoy this with a glass of red. Amazing!