Friday 26th April was my
not-so-little sister’s 18th birthday. I can’t believe that she is officially
an adult now! Even though she has been coming out and partying with me for some
time it still seems so surreal that she is now actually legally old enough.
On Friday evening we went to Buddies USA
which is a cool American diner in Northampton with some family and friends to
celebrate with a delicious meal. I love this place and we often go there for
family occasions and to indulge in the huge American sized portions and
extensive menu. I love that they do vegetarian burgers as I don’t eat meat and I
love a good burger and chips so it is a real treat for me. Their dessert menu
is to die for, I can never decide what to order – I have such a sweet tooth so
dessert is always my favourite part of a meal, most of the time I could quite
happily skip the main course!
I ordered my usual which is a veggie
burger with cheese, mayo, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato with chips and salad. I
was stuffed but forced myself to finish the divine Oreo cookie cake with ice
cream which is my all-time favourite dessert – so delicious! After all of that
I felt ready to pop. Luckily I wore leather trousers that zip up at the side so
secretly under my jumper the zip was only half done up to allow room for my
The waitress surprised my sister with a
lovely chocolate cake and candles and we all sang happy birthday.
After the meal my mum, sister and friend
Karen went for a cocktail at a lush cocktail bar called Sazeracs and we toasted
the occasion with a selection of fruity drinks. I hate drinking alcohol after I
have eaten a large meal - all I feel like doing is going home and getting in to
bed so I chose a virgin cocktail which was a mixture of coconut, guava, pineapple
and strawberry juice, it was quite easily the nicest cocktail I have ever had!
My sister had a great day and is heading
out on Saturday night with her friends for her first legal night out on the
town, I’m predicting that she is going
to feel far from fresh on Sunday morning hehe!
I was very happy and also pleasantly
surprised to find a JD Sports delivery waiting for me when I got home yesterday
evening. I ordered my new Nike Free Run 5.0 trainers on Saturday and expected
to receive them within the estimated 3-5 days so I was very impressed with JD’s
quick 2 day delivery which was also free!
I was even happier when I tried on my new
babies and instantly fell in love. They look even better in real life than they
do on the website and are also SO comfy! I can’t wait to wear them in the gym
tomorrow. The colour is lush and really stands out – you definitely won’t be
able to miss me working out!
For me it is important to look and feel
good when I work out as it makes me feel so much more confident and improves my
performance so I get more out of my work out. I love buying new gym gear and
these trainers are definitely going to be a key piece in my summer gym
I am so pleased with them and I think
they are well worth the £50 (adult sizes start from £80).
Have you tried the Nike Free Run range?
What do you wear to work out in?
As usual the weekend has flown by and
tomorrow is Monday and it’s back to dreaded work boo hoo :-(
My weekend has been
pretty good and I have enjoyed spending time with family, walking in the
beautiful sunshine and a girl’s night in on Saturday which involved movies,
onesies, pizza, popcorn and lots of sweets – definitely my kind of night!
I have also done a spot of shopping and
purchased a few old favourites and some new things that I am looking forward to
wearing/trying! What have you been buying this week?
Vanilla and Chocolate espresso Body
Loreal skin perfection facial scrub
Loreal skin perfection purifying solution
Loreal Elvive Extraordinary oil
Garnier Intensive 7 days hand cream
Nivea lip butters in Caramel cream and
Vanilla and macadamia
One of my favourite wardrobe staples is
the T-shirt. I have so many and am always on the lookout for new, stylish,
quirky tees. The classic T-shirt can be worn in so many different ways and is
easily styled up or down to work with casual or more dressed up outfits.
My favourite casual day time look is a
white tee, skinny jeans and ballet pumps - such a chic look for summer. I
am also a big fan of cropped T-shirts. I have found some cool new shirts to add
to my current lust list. How do you wear yours?
This weekend has been spent in the
company of good friends.
Friday night one of my best friends Annie
came over to mine and we had a good gossip and watched American Pie the Reunion
while eating my chocolate and marshmallow rocky road. Perfect night in.
Saturday morning I headed to the gym for
a work out before beginning the preparations for a girls night out. I like to
allow plenty of time so I can have a nice bubble bath, paint my nails and
decide what to wear without being rushed. My friends know I take the longest to
get ready so whenever we go away anywhere I am always allowed to use the
We all met at my friend’s house for pre
drinks and then headed out to a couple of bars in town. Northampton is far from
being the best place for a night out and the options of decent bars and clubs
is limited, but I always think if you are with good company you can have a good
time wherever you go so that’s exactly what we did.
Today the weather is looking beautiful
and as though spring has finally arrived. The sun was shining earlier and there
was a lovely warm breeze so I went for a run in the park and then made myself a
nice bagel and salad. I think I am going to relax for the rest of the day and
prepare myself to go back to work tomorrow, as much as I try not to I really do
Here’s some pics from this weekend…
Before the gym
Chocolate marshmallow rocky
Which colour to pick?
Saturday night selfies
What I wore: Top – Miss Selfridge,
Skirt – H&M, Shoes – Mary Jane fashion
So my new found passion for baking
continues - Ok I have made one dessert but humour me here! I wanted to make
another delicious treat for my family and friends (and mainly myself) to enjoy.
Unfortunately my hopes of baking a batch of chocolate chip cookies or brownies this
weekend have been ruined as my oven decided to break on Friday. Bad times.
However being the creative girl I am and realising that I still have half a
pack of digestive biscuits left in my cupboard from making my cheesecake last
weekend, I decided to make use of these and create a quick and simple dessert
where no oven required.
My dessert turned out well and was a hit
with all who tried it. Again I have learned that my eyes are bigger than my
belly and I do not know the difference between a normal sized and humongous
slice so I was left feeling slightly sick after eating it L but I cannot deny it tasted delish! The
best part about this recipe is that it is quick, easy and cheap to make, you
can also add and take as many ingredients as you like. Enjoy!
you will need:
200g Milk chocolate
250g Digestive biscuits
1 pack of Marshmallows
1 pack of white/milk chocolate buttons
20cm cake tin
Crush your digestive biscuits and melt
the butter and chocolate. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl then add the
chocolate buttons and marshmallows, mix it all together. Pour the mixture in to
the cake tin and press in to the base to create a smooth layer. Place in the
fridge to chill for around 2 hours. When the base feels firm and ready you can either
cut in to squares/slices to serve or just do what I did and cut a slice from
the tin when required.
The recipe is so simple and can be
adapted and changed using loads of different ingredients. I would love to try
making it with white chocolate or peanut butter. Perhaps you could add nutella
or smarties? I’m getting excited thinking about it the possibilities are
endless! Anyway hopefully by next weekend I will have a new oven and I can then
attempt my cookies or brownies.
What do you like to bake? Do you know any
delicious but simple recipes?
Something I have been meaning to do for a
while is sort through and organise my make-up collection and dressing table. I
like things to be organised and tidy, and everything to be in its place. I was
beginning to run out of room for my ever-growing cosmetic collection so I
decided on Sunday afternoon a clear-out was in order and it was time to throw
away some of my older, less used make-up to clear space for the new!
After seeing many blog posts on
organising make-up using the popular Muji acrylic storage I had a browse at the
site and ordered the 2 drawer acrylic box for £7.95 I also ordered an acrylic cosmetic organiser from Amazon link for £5.99.
When I laid all of my make-up items out I
couldn’t believe how much I actually have
and how much of it I don’t even use. Quite a lot got thrown away and now that
everything is organised and tidied I feel so much better. Let’s see how long
this lasts for shall we…
All tidy :-)
Have you ordered any storage from Muji
before? How do you organise your make-up? Any tips and suggestions welcome!
After discovering this bottle on my
bathroom shelf (courtesy of the mother) I decided to give my beloved Kerastase
shampoo a rest for a couple of washes and try it out. The shampoo promises to ‘drench
even the driest, most brittle hair with moisture, leaving it soft, supple and
with a fusion of gentle conditioning macadamia oil and moisturising bamboo
extract’. I have not used any Macadamia oil products before but have read many
great reviews on other hair products containing the oil so already I had high expectations.
I love a shampoo that feels thick and
lathers up well without having to use too much product, and that is exactly
what this one does. The smell is gorgeous - I would describe it as a natural, nutty
scent that is refreshing and clean. I find that with some shampoos 2 washes is
essential to get that deep clean feeling - but with this, one wash is all that
After blow drying, my frizzy hair looked
noticeably smoother and felt lovely and soft and smelt divine. I was by no
means expecting this shampoo to be better than my favourite Kerastase – but for
half the price, the quality is not far off and I am impressed with the results and
noticeably improved condition of my hair afterwards. In future I would
definitely consider re purchasing this shampoo and the conditioner too and will
be looking out for other products to try from the brand.
Have you tried any Organix products
before? What did you think?
In my bedroom I have a carrier bag full
to the top with boxes of photos. Ever since I have had a camera from the age of
about 15 I have taken photos wherever I go – usually holidays and nights out -
so I have memories of all of the amazing times I have had. Although most of my
photos are stored on my laptop, phone and various memory cards it is always
nice to have the actual print too and then you can frame them, create albums and keep them forever.
I wanted to do something with my photos
instead of them just being stashed away in my cupboard where no one can see
them, so yesterday I took it upon myself to sort through them and select some
of my favourites to display on my cupboard door as a kind of ‘memory wall’.
It was lovely reminiscing about some of
the great times I have had, and seeing pictures of old faces that I haven’t seen
in a while! I love my little photo wall and now I
will smile each time I open the door. I may even do another one :-)
I would describe myself as a somewhat
amateur and un-experienced baker. In fact I never actually bake anything. I love
the idea of baking and believe me I love food – so I am usually more than happy
to leave the baking to someone else and then help out with the eating part
This week something came over me and I
had a sudden urge to bake something, this could have possibly been caused by
all of the delicious looking cookie and cake pictures popping up on my
Instagram feed or some of the mouth-watering recipes posted on various blogs.
Anyway I had lots of chocolate left over
from Easter including a large Toblerone which I probably won’t get round to
eating any time soon (Lindt gold bunnies come first!). I came across this
cheesecake recipe in a magazine which seemed so easy that evenI would be able to follow it without
messing it up! So off to the supermarket I trotted to pick up my ingredients.
The recipe is actually for a strawberry
cheesecake, but I’m the sort of person that likes to change and adapt things as
I go along to make them my own and that is what I did, despite knowing very
little about cooking I just hoped for the best! And so I created my Toblerone
When finished I felt very proud that I had
actually made something that was
edible and received the approval of my fussy, sweet-toothed mother, however my
sister - not being a fan of cheesecake took one bite and declared she would not
be eating the rest, luckily it wasn’t my baking and is just because she hates
cream cheese. I also enjoyed the cheesecake but I will warn you now, this is
definitely NOT a dessert to make if
you are on a diet, dislike sweet things or concerned about developing diabetes
in any way! I joke, I joke, but it is very
sickly so small slices are essential as I discovered after eating it!
you will need:
1 large Toblerone
397g can of Carnation condensed milk
300g Digestive biscuits
200g soft cheese
Ferrero Rocher (optional)
20cm cake tin
Crush your digestive biscuits and melt
the butter and 6 chunks of Toblerone chocolate. I melted the butter and chocolate
in the microwave as it’s quicker. Mix the ingredients together in a bowl and
then press in to the base of the cake tin. Place in the fridge to chill for
around 1 hour.
Whisk together the cream cheese, condensed
milk, 1tsp of vanilla essence and squirt in the juice of the lemon, be careful
not to get pulp and pips in the mixture as I had to fish a few out! Once the
mixture is smooth pour it on to the chilled base but make sure there is room at
the top of the tin so that it doesn’t over flow.
Now for the extra topping; crush 3
digestive biscuits and melt the rest of the Toblerone chocolate (I also added 3
Ferrero rocher chocolates I found in my cupboard but these are optional) and
mix together in a bowl. Carefully spoon the mixture to the top of the
cheesecake, the cream cheese topping is still runny so the chocolate biscuit mixture
sink in to it. A mistake I made was pouring too much cream cheese topping on to
my base so when I added the extra topping the mixture over flowed a little!
Place the cheesecake in the fridge to
chill for around 3 hours. Once the cake has set, enjoy! (in moderation to avoid
feeling sick hehe).