Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Story of a Necklace

Being the sentimental person I am there are lots of little items that mean a lot to me. I have so many bits of jewellery that I have owned for years, but there's is always one piece that stands out for more than just the glamour of the piece.

I have a beautiful necklace that I received on Christmas day back in 2011. This came with me on a big adventure in January of 2012, a cruise around the Mediterranean with Liam's family.

The night that this particular piece was on show was during the formal evening. This was an incredible evening to end an incredible day of which I found out that I was expecting our little girl. The necklace complemented my beautiful evening dress which we wore to the ships restaurant.

We had a three course meal which was absolutely incredible, after we strolled around the ship and enjoyed the warm weather with a few mocktails (non alcoholic) and smiled the night away.

Sadly this piece hasn't been worn since as I haven't had a reason too but I love the memories that such a small item can hold within you.

I was inspired to tell the tale of this sentimental piece by Invaluable, which is an online site with a beautiful jewellery selection for you to find a piece of your own.

Monday, 24 October 2016

I'm going to the Harry Potter Studios

I have a super exciting experience coming up next month, The 30th of November I am off to Watford to visit the Harry Potter studios.

I a a huge Harry Potter fan and this has been on my list of things to do since the studios opened. Well my Mum and Dad surprised me with the money for tickets to go when I wanted to. I chose to go in late November when Hogwarts in the Snow is on which makes it all the more exciting.

I will definitely been blogging and vlogging my day for you all and for me to look back on.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Lilly needs glasses

Last Friday we visited out local Specsavers to get Lilly's eyes checked. It has been a year since her last check so got straight onto the phone to book an appointment.

The first thing you have done is a pretest where they mesure your eyes with a special machine, Lilly was asked to look through a screen at a hot air baloon, it took a while as Lilly was a bit nervous, the bloke was so reasuring to her though.

We then had to wait for the nsxt part of the test, they were so thorough with the test and we spent a lot longer than expected there, but it was all for a good reason.

The optometrist was amazing, he spoke to Lilly directly as well as me and was so patient woth her. We had to have drops and wait for 39 minutes and then return for for the test with the drops added. 

After the test we were told that Lilly was long sighted and would need glasses (this made Lilly excited). With Specsavers they give a child two pairs of glasses, one through the NHS and one free from Specsavers themselves.

We were taken downstairs to choose some glasses, there was a wide range of character ones which are free. Lilly chose a Frozen pair with Anna on the arm and the second pair were Disney princess ones which had Rapunzel on the arm. We were then taken over for Lil's to get fitted for the frames themselves. We had to wait just under a week for them to be made which Lil's wasn't happy about.

Today we went to pick them up and have her final fitting for them. She was very mature about it and listened to the lady who was helping us. She looks so strange with them on but both pairs suit her, she really does look so grown up though.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Homemade mincemeat • Recipe and Method

I know that it is still only October BUT this takes a while to rest and you can't be too prepared for Christmas.

This is a simple mincemeat recipe that has been passed down to me and I wanted to share it to you all. The recipe should make about 5-6kg's of mincemeat which can last a few years in jars, it only gets better with age.


2kgs of Apples
1kg of Currents
750g of Sultanas
750g of Suet
750g of Caster Sugar
Rind and Juice of a Lemon
2 tsps of Mixed Spice
2 tsps of Nutmeg
Approx 150ml of either Rum, Sherry or Brandy


1. Peel, core and slice all the apples.
2. Mince the apples with the sultanas (meat mincers work fine).
3. Add all the other ingredients and mix together well. 
4. Separate into jars and lid them (sticker year onto them)
5. Leave at least 3 weeks to stand before using.

It is that simple. Please let me know if you use this recipe, I would love to know.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Halloween / Autumn Lush Haul • 2016

I have been seeing all these post on instagram and twitter about the Halloween bath bombs from Lush this year and have never actually used any Halloween ones before.

I am really into Halloween this year and wanted to make it a little extra special with some non sweet treats for me....but of course I got Lil's one too. I made an order on Friday and asked for some samples too.

Bath bombs

Northern Lights: 
   This has been a bath bomb that I have wanted to try since I found Lush. It has changed from it's original look but is chunkier than it was I believe. The scent is Ylang ylang and Jasmine which is so calming. 
   Price £3.95 each

   This is the one I picked up for Lilly, I think it looks super sweet and it large enough that we can cut it into two for her. The scent is of an amazing pumpkin pie, it literally smells edible. You get the smell of pumpkin with spices and the scent is just super warming.
   Price £3.95

Monsters' ball:
   This is my Halloween night bath bomb. I thought that it was super cute and different to what I usually pick up. The scent is lime and neroli oils which smells very refreshing. I think its looks like a female version of Mike from monsters inc.
   Price £4.25


T for Toes, foot powder

Happy Happy Joy Joy, conditioning hair perfume

Happy Hippy, shower gel

Yuzu and Cocoa, shower creme

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Currently reading • Girl Online On Tour

I am currently reading the second book by Zoe Sugg,  Zoella which is titled Girl Online on tour. I have been waiting quote a while for the paperback version to come out, because personally I prefer paperback to hardback.

I recieved this book for my birthday and put it as the next book to read in my 'To read' pile. I started this about a week ago now, after finishing The Cursed Child.

So far I loving it, I am just over 100 pages in to the story. The book, so far follows on from Girl Online brilliantly and just makes me love the characters even more.

This book follows Penny Porter as she travels with her 'Rock star' boyfriend Noah Flinn on tour. She is a blogger but doesn't post as much due to a media situaion (Girl Online) and suffers from anxiety issues too. 

Originally published: October 20th 2015
Author: Zoe Sugg
Proceded by: Girl Online
Followed by: Girl Online Going Solo
Genre: Romance novel, Drama

Friday, 30 September 2016

Mummy + Me • September 2016

September has been an emotional month for me, my littrle 'baby' girl turned 4! That is so crazy, I am a Mum to a 4 year old!

We have had a very busy month all in all, I also celebrated my 25th birthday and Lilly went back to nursery too.

Again I didn't get many pictures of us together but this one makes me very happy. It was taken on her birthday on the Safari truck at Port Lympne Animal park. 

We had a lovely family day out with just me, Lil's and Liam which is very rare. The weather was lovely but sadly some of the animals were hidden because of that fact. We did get to some some beautiful animals though and had a full day out. She was also spoilt rotton witb all her new toys and clothes that she recieved, a very lucky little girl.

September has been a lovely month that I am actually quite sad that it's coming to an end

Nicola... Life Through My Eyes