So after seeing so many Facebook comments from friends that had gone to see Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it, we decided we’d have to go and see what all the fuss was about.
Has anyone noticed how all of a sudden it seems like summer is over? HOW DID THAT HAPPEN? For Sunday lunch, we had slow braised brisket and dumplings, for goodness’ sake. It’s all wrong!
We’ve tested a few cars in the past, most notably the Honda CR-V that we drove around France, and really love doing it (basically, a lovely man appears on your doorstep with a brand new car and gives you the keys, leaving the car with you for a week – what’s not to love?). This time, Honda asked if we’d like to try their new Civic Tourer 1.8 i-VTEC SR manual and, being a big car loving family, we jumped at the chance…
The Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens once again! It will have been a whole ten months since cake heroes Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have entertained us with their witty remarks, cake puns and disapproving looks.
Home interiors, much like fashion, continually change and evolve. New seasons bring new styles and keeping up-to-date with the show homes seen in decor magazines can sometimes seem like a Herculean task.
I know what you’re thinking: Christmas? Really? But now is the time of year where all the retailers are showcasing their Christmas stock to the trade (in fact, loads of retailers are already showing their Christmas ideas to the public too – have a look at the ‘New for Christmas 2014‘ range at John Lewis).
This year, I’m determined not to be panicking at the last minute. I have a Christmas book (just a hard-backed notebook) and every year I make a few notes (and write down what people send to us so that I can write thank you notes) – it’s become a bit of a habit. This time I’ll be going more in depth. Here’s a few ideas I’ve got so far:
I’ve recently bought a new laptop and before I did, I had a good look around online for voucher codes or discount codes, but one thing I hadn’t really considered was cashback. Too late, sadly, I received an email from Wowcher’s new cashback website, Wowcherching last week so thought I’d have a look to see exactly how it works and how much I could earn. If you’re not familiar with how cashback works, you visit their site and search for the retailer you are about to buy from, click through to the retailer via the link and once you’ve made your purchase the retailer then pays a referral commission back to Wowcherching, that they give to you as cashback. Read more
People, especially ‘foodies’, are often a bit snobby about microwaves. I’ve got one and we use it quite a lot, whether it’s to heat up a quick bowl of soup or baked beans, melt butter to add to my favourite gooey iced bun recipe, or to reheat someone’s meal when they’re late to dinner AGAIN.
So the kids are breaking up (or have broken up) from school and now the loooong summer stretches ahead. My two seem to have been off for weeks already (both have done exams and have been on study leave since May – happily they both have part time jobs which at least keep them occupied some of the time). So whether you’re embracing this time with your children, or dreading it, you’ll still have between a month and six weeks of time to fill and there’s nothing worse than bored kids. So how can you keep the kids entertained? Here are my top 5 tips for surviving the school summer holidays:
I love a cute little infographic and this one all about summer at Center Parcs really caught my eye. Everybody knows that when the sun is shining, there’s no nicer place to be than right here at home and there’s a lot to be said for missing out all the queues at security and that airport parking to enjoy a summer holiday here in the UK.
So recently I talked about my quest for cheaper mobile data when travelling, and my discovery that Three’s ‘Feel at Home’ service allows you to use your Pay As You Go credit while travelling abroad (basically you just convert your credit into an add-on, then you can use your allowance of minutes, texts and data up to a limit of something like 25Gb.
At the end of May, I undertook a little facial maintenance with my lovely laser therapist, Melissa at Disappear Ltd in Milton Keynes. Melissa is removing my hideous tattoo, and I’ve become a bit obsessed with all the other little bits and bobs she does there for skin rejuvenation. I started with a session of Meso Vytal micro needling. One month on, and with two very sunny weeks in Florida and the Caribbean in between, I’m still pretty pleased with the results. I found the Meso Vytal very good for evening out my skin tone (I have quite a lot of Melasma – skin pigmentation, especially across my forehead), and with daily application of a good quality sunblock, I was feeling good about my skin. Good enough, I told her, to go without foundation ALL THE TIME – unheard of for me.
One of my favourite places in Miami is Lincoln Road. It’s a huge, pedestrianised area stuffed with shops, restaurants, cafés, and on certain days there are market stalls and food stalls too. After working up an appetite on our cycling tour of Miami Beach, we headed to SushiSamba and flumped down in the shade of their gorgeous orange brollies to do a bit of nibbling and people watching.
There has been loads of talk recently about providing our children with tasty, yet healthy school lunches. Not only will this help to combat the obesity problem throughout the United Kingdom, but a sugar-free lunch can also save a child’s teeth.
For food lovers, Italy is without a doubt one of the best places in the world for dining out. While the usual classics like pizza, pasta and ‘mamma’s tasty meatballs’ are indeed delicious, the culinary scene is vast and varied throughout the country. Italy boasts some incredible quality and a diverse range of flavours as each region has, over time, cultivated its own unique cuisine. In order to source the very best in Italian fare on a dreamy Tuscan city break or a fabulous Roman holiday, consider a few things to tantalise your taste buds.
We’re so lucky where we live to have an amazing choice of food shops – I shop all over the place: our lovely local farm shop, several different supermarkets and sometimes at a local, but quite small M&S Simply Food. We love M&S food and wine, and we often pop in, especially if I’m going to be away, to stock the boys up on their pizzas, which are amazing, and their meatball pasta sauce, amongst other things. Plus, of course, I need to keep myself stocked up with Penny Pigs. My fave.
Seven is one of my favourite numbers … and it seems I’m not alone! This great video published by Costa Bingo gives a brief visual look at lucky number seven and is just one of series of videos that are turning our favourite bingo calls into great videos.
Did you know that giving up coffee, buying a second hand car and checking your credit report with CreditExpert could be the key to securing your first home?
So as you know, I’m currently in the process of getting a tattoo removed. Melissa, my lovely therapist, is taking it nice and slow, taking care of my skin, making sure I don’t get any burns or blisters (I’ve heard horrific stories) and minimising the pain with a cold air thingy that really takes the edge off.
Are you considering relocating from America to England?
It takes a lot of courage to move from one country to another, but the experience doesn’t have to be negative. This guide will show you how to move across the pond without losing your mind. These strategies show you how to save money, time and effort, so you can transition from one home to the next with minimal stress.
We’re big fans of Prezzo and pop in quite regularly for dinner, or occasionally Mr English and I will pop in for a quick lunch and a glass of wine. They’ve just launched some lovely new Summer menu items, and we went along to try a few.
We parents have many things to worry about when it comes to preparing our kids to live in the real world. We have to educate them about alcohol, illicit drugs, and other things that could be potentially harmful. And now we have to talk to them about electronic cigarettes.
If you’re lucky enough to have a Dunelm Mill near you, you’ll already know how handy they are for things like bedlinen, curtains and kitchen equipment. Dunelm asked me if I’d have a look at their new Cook & Dine kitchen collection, which launched in early April.
- Review: Guardians of the Galaxy at Cineworld August 21, 2014
- Sugar dusted jam doughnut muffins August 20, 2014
- Finding financial advice for students on YouTube August 20, 2014
- Win a free range family meat pack from Farmers Choice August 19, 2014
- On test: the Honda Civic Tourer 1.8i-VTEC SR August 15, 2014