What I’ve Been Reading in 2020

•Includes gifted item• I haven’t written one of these posts in quite some time, so I thought I would share some of the books I have been reading over Christmas and into 2020. I did read the latest in the Shopaholic series as well, and although a good read, it was very festive, so that might be one to add to your to-read list for next Christmas. I try not...

How to Achieve the Perfect Blow Dry

•Press visit• At the end of last week, myself, Chynna and Molly headed over to Salisbury to visit Molly’s hairdresser Paige in the Legally Blonde salon. I will admit, I had not visited Salisbury before, despite it being only around 40 minutes from me in Bournemouth, but from what I saw of the city, I would love to visit again. We arrived in torrential rain, and Paige was so welcoming,...

How I Am Beating the January Blues

I have made no secret of the fact that I suffer with my mental health. I was first diagnosed with depression when I was twelve, and my doctor confirmed I had generalised anxiety disorder following Benjamin’s birth three three years ago. I have been taking antidepressants for my anxiety and low mood for just over a year, and they definitely help even out my emotions and give me the boost...

The Bargain IKEA Buy That is Saving Us a Fortune

Recently I headed over to our local IKEA, in Southampton, to pick up a new table for our lounge. It was only my second visit to IKEA, which surprises a lot of people as it seems to be a hugely popular shop these days. I wasn’t impressed initially as getting into the shop on a Sunday seemed to be a complete and utter mission (later found out that this was...

Trying Sri Lankan Food at The Coconut Tree in Bournemouth

•Review visit• Last week, myself and some of the other Bournemouth Bloggers headed into Bournemouth for a meal at the newly opened The Coconut Tree, situated in Old Christchurch Road. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, having never been in one of their restaurants, or having tried Sri Lankan food before. I was the last to arrive and the other girls were already enjoying a ‘coco-tail’ from the extensive...

Trying out Recipes from a Pinch of Nom

One of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier and move more, and in a bid to make a positive start, I bought myself the Pinch of Nom recipe book on Amazon. I have heard so many positive things about Pinch of Nom, and have followed the account across social media so that I get some ideas, but having a physical cookbook has always helped me to...

Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas

•collaborative post• I don’t know about you but I love Valentine’s Day. Ed and I tend to make a big deal about it, and he usually surprises me each year with something fun for us to do. Since having Benjamin and our family growing to five, we have had to tone things down a little but it is still nice to make some proper plans to celebrate the day. If...

Achieving Your Organisational Goal of 2020

•collaborative post• So, it’s January, you made that New Year’s resolution and now you are already panicking about how you are going to keep it up past the first month. You aren’t alone – January 12th has been fondly named ‘Quitters Day’ as it is the day you are statistically most likely to fail on your goals, after less than two weeks. If one of your resolutions was to be...