Hosting My First Dinner Party with La Belle Assiette and Jilly’s Kithchen UK

Something incredibly exciting happened last week. I hosted my first dinner party for friends and I felt like a proper grown up. I had been talking about having a dinner party to Ed since we moved in two years ago but we never got around to it. After La Belle Assiette, an online private chef company, got in touch asking if I would be interested in hosting a validation dinner...

5 Reasons Why Popcorn Shed is My New Favourite Snack

Yes, I know, January is meant to be all about jumping back on the health wagon and limiting carbs and calories in a bid to get that elusive bikini body for the summer but this year I am avoiding that. Sure, I am making healthier choices, eating a few less cakes and a few more vegetables but generally speaking I follow the mindset of a little of what you fancy...

A Christmas Afternoon Tea at Haskins

So, we all know by now how much I love Christmas. It is by far my favourite time of year and I am always up for a Christmas themed event so when the lovely Alice at Liz Lean PR got in touch with me and asked if the Bournemouth Bloggers would like to have our Christmas meet-up at Haskins Garden Centre I knew it would be the perfect place to...

A New Forest NativiTEA at The Bell Inn

I never used to be a big fan of afternoon tea but lately I am a complete convert. There is something so cosy about an afternoon tea at this time of year, enjoyed with friends and good conversation so I was delighted to be invited along with the Bournemouth Bloggers to the launch event for The Bell Inn’s festive NativiTEA. The Bell Inn is situated in the heart of the...

Foodie Friday – Trying out Las Iguanas’ New Seasonal Menu

Last Friday, Ed and I went along to Las Iguanas’ Bournemouth branch to have a date night and try out their new seasonal menu. I haven’t actually gone on a restaurant review visit with Ed for a long time as I took over my local blogging network the Bournemouth Bloggers this time last year and have mostly gone along as a group instead. It was nice to go and experience...

5 Tips for Kickstarting Your Health & Fitness this Season

I don’t know about you, but when autumn comes around, I feel my motivation slipping when it comes to my health and fitness. The darker mornings and evenings can leave me feeling sleepy and lethargic and all I want to do is hibernate under the duvet with all the junk food. Not keeping on top of my exercise and diet can have a detrimental affect not only on my body...

Foodie Friday – Brewhouse & Kitchen’s New Season Menu

This week the Bournemouth Bloggers were invited along to the Bournemouth branch of Brewhouse & Kitchen to try out the new season’s menu. I hadn’t actually been to Brewhouse & Kitchen before as last time I was invited along I wasn’t able to go and Ed went in my place. He had told me it was a nice venue and that the food was good so I was looking forward...

Foodie Friday – Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas for Freelancers

I wasn’t entirely sure about the title for this post. I don’t think you have to be a freelancer to enjoy the lunch ideas I am sharing, but equally I think you do need to either work from home, or work somewhere with access to cooking facilities in order to create the lunches so I figured I would stick with it… I am by no means at all a good...

Foodie Friday – Quick & Simple Family Meals with a Halogen Oven

I’ve put together something a little different for you this week. Although I enjoy going out and visiting lots of local restaurants, I am also a big fan of eating together at home as a family. Luckily Ed’s job allows him to be home with us early enough for us all to eat together and, as the weather gets colder, I am looking forward to lots of comforting meals to...

Foodie Friday – Breakfast with the Bournemouth Bloggers at The Real Eating Company

Last Saturday, I shook off my headache (self inflicted from one too many wines the night before) and headed over to The Real Eating Company in the centre of Bournemouth for a breakfast event with the Bournemouth Bloggers. It isn’t often I go out for breakfast, and I rarely meet up with friends specifically at this time of the day, so it made for a nice change. I was joined...