Thursday, 30 April 2009

Scrummy loveliness........

You may know that Easy Living is my favourite magazine, it has everything. Abit of fashion, food, make up, therapy, homes and stories. When it comes through my letterbox i get so excited. I have a quick flick through and then enjoy reading it that night in bed. Today i was doubley happy when i got the free Cath Kidston washbag (don't forget to get yours). Really pleased that it was the design i wanted. There isn't so much on homes in this issue, but i wondered if that was because it came with a copy of the CK magazine. He is some of the loveliness for you to have a look at: I love love love this kite!! And the pretty cutlery set.
This could tempt me to try camping (i did say 'could')

Who knew that frisbees could be this pretty.

I remember making little gardens in icecream tubs as a child. This one is really pretty.
Now i must show you the lovely giveaway i got from Sesga for replying to her blog first. I was ment to just get the cutter, but she gave the heart templates and a lovely silk print (she carved the stamp design herself, clever lady!!). I haven't made many cards for a while, i also used to do scrapbooking, so these lovely items have given me an incentive to start again. Thanks Sesga x


Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Question time????????

I saw this on this lovely blog that i've just found. I thought i'd have a go as i love answering questions and love even more finding out the answers of others!!

Whats your current obsession?Blogging and magazines. And always bags!!

What's your must have fashion need? Jeans, mary jane style shoes or comfy flats.

What are you wearing right now? I'm wearing blue jeans with a maroon skinny belt, a navy deep v.neck sweater with a red necklace and a red and black butterfly scarf when i need to go outside.

What's your favorite food? Pizza, with goats cheese and caramalised onions.

What made today special? My eldest saying he loved me 'bigger than the universe.'

What would you like to learn to do?I'd like to make a stained glass window and improve my sewing sills.

What's the last thing you bought?3 long silver necklaces from H&M.

What are you listening/watching right now? Some rubbish film that my hubbies watching whilst i'm blogging.

What's your favorite weather? Warm and sunny.

What's your one goal in life?To have a happy and close family.

What have you liked most about blogging?'Meeting' all sorts of lovely ladies and the fact that it's made me so much more creative.

If you can have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? Stock or Leigh on sea, Essex, England.

What would you like to have in your hands right now?Some Lindt chocolate.

If you can swap lives with anyone in the world for one day who would it be and why?Some mega star, just to see what their days are really like.

If you can go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go?Disney world, i'd ride the Carousel in The Magic kingdom and watch the joy on my sons faces.

What language would you like to learn?Italian

What do you look for in a friend? Someone honest, thoughtful, a good listener but also chatty. Someone i feel comfortable with even in silent times.

Who do you want to meet in person? I would love to have met Audrey Hepburn.

What's your favorite type of music?It's very varied. I love Jack Johnson. Katie Melua is fantastic live. I like pop songs too, like the Pussycat Dolls. I also like listening to Jazz and Frank Sinatra.

What's your dream job?I love my job at the moment, being a mummy. Once the boys are both at school i'd like to do something creative.

Any favorite model? As a girl i loved Claudia Schiffer. Not so much now though. Now i just think any model that has a lovely slim curvey figure rather than the stick thin ones.

Do you admire anyone's style? So many people, often just girls in the street. I liked Sienna Millers Boho look from a few years ago.

Describe your personal style?I don't spend much money on clothes. I am not into designers at all (such a waste of money). I live in jeans and comfortable mummy clothes. But i like to Jazz up with necklaces, braclets and scarves. I am a bag addict. I like comfy shoes, but often change into high heeled boots or Mary jane style shoes to glam up abit.

What's your favorite t.v show?I love Desperate Housewives and Lost.

What's your favorite ice cream flavor?Green and Blacks Dark chocolate.

What's your favorite makeup brand?I haven't one. i use different brands for each item. In my make-up bag at the moment are Barbara Daly, L'oreal, Max Factor, YSL, Avon, Bourjous and Rimmel

What's your all time favorite perfume?L'occitane cherry blossom.

What's you fondest childhood memory?Making toast with my nan in the mornings and the smoke alarm always going off!

What is your new favorite item in your house? My flowery pictures that are on my dollshouse - and such a bargain at £3

What was one defining moment in your life?When i was told i had a complete heart block and needed a pacemaker and then suffering from terrible anxiety and OCD. I've been having therapy for over a year (infact my last session is this week) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has completely changed my life and my attitude.

What are your favorite shops?I am loving the new blog shops i am discovering. Other than that for clothes i like: New look, Primark, H&M, and charity shops. For food i would love to always shop at Waitrose,except it's a bit pricy when i go there because of all the fab things i fill the trolley with. I often go to Holland and Barrett to get my veggie bits. For gifts and homewares i like Ikea, Laura Ashley, charity shops, a shop in Rayleigh called Daisy Lanes and Tiger.

1.)Respond: answer the questions on your blog.
2.)Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
3.)Tag eight other people.

So here are my eight people (If you don't want to do it, then please don't feel you have to. Likewise if i haven't tagged you and you want to do it then please do. Let me know so i can read your answers!!)

Mandy at Live Laugh Love


Mel at Country in the town

Thrifty Mrs



Oh so vintage

Silkie Sue


Monday, 27 April 2009

The zoo and carboot.......what a perfect weekend!!

On Saturday we took the kids to Colchester Zoo. If you haven't been before i recommend it, it's one of my favourite zoos. The penguin feeding is great!!

You can feed the elephants too!!

This made me laugh, it's like they are mourning the death of their friend!! Don't worry, he did get up!
My first experience of feeding a giraffe!

What a scary picture!! The people aren't us by the way.

It was a lovely day, and we had great weather.
My lovely nan used to have a collection of deers/ or Bambis as we used to say. Most of them went when my Grandad moved to a retirement home after she died. Now that my Grandad has gone into a home my mum and uncle are having a sort out. I have now become the proud owner of this Bambi. I love it.
I went to a carboot yesterday and came back with this little lot for £2.10!!
Some Humphrey Corner pics for the littlests room (they need abit of a clean). A lovely easter tin, Some lovely books that i read as a child, and an Alfie book (i love Alfie!!). And 1 little button, you can just about see it at the bottom of the Alfie book.
I also picked up this pretty glass bottle for 50p. Kirstie inspired me with her stained glass in her bathroom!!
I also picked up something lovely for A Thrifty Mrs for our freestyle swap. I've had to pack it away so i don't keep it for myself!!
Hope you have a good week ladies

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Joules......aaahhhh lovely Joules

I was so excited when i got home today and found this on the doormat. I've had a flick through, but i'm looking forward to having a good read of it in bed tonight after i've watched Kirsties homemade home.

I'll be visting Padstow in the summer, so i'm looking forward to reading this:
How fab?!!!!!!...................................................................................................

Here are some buys i got today, all charity shop!!

I'm going to give this to my boys next week when they are baptised. It was only 30p and is brand new.
I had 2 Peter Pan costumes delivered yesterday for the boys. The littlest ones is sooo cute!!
Happy St Georges day for tommorrow everyone!! We will celebrate this year as we are off to a Scouts event after school.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

More things around the house

I like to keep nice pictures in all my cupboard doors, so when i open them, i smile.
These top watercolours are from Majorca, I love dolphins and i've had this shoe pic, taken out of a magazine for about 15 years, i don't know why but i just love it.
My husband got a friend to bring these back from Russia for me. I remember playing with my mums Russian dolls as a kid and always wanted my own.
I have a pinboard in the study with pics and bits. This picture shows a card from some friends to my husband, Badges, a lovely doll from Liberty's that i love and wish i could afford (so i keep the pic up instead), a pic of my eldest as a baby in a plant pot (cruel aren't i?) and a little flower that my hubby drew for me when colouring with the kids. I thought it was so sweet that i got him to cut it out for me.Some of my lovely teatowels.

A bag that held birthday presents from my hubby one year, now it holds some of my summer scarves.

This is a pot that my dad made at school when he was 9.

I love this little sugar pot

Some more lovely pics and things. The gargoyle is called groggle and belongs to my mums friend, she printed up these notecards.

This fab bowl is from TkMaxx, i love it even though it doesn't really match any of my other things. I like to use it for popcorn when we have guests over.

The seat where i mostly blog, it's so comfy. It came from Ikea.

Monday, 20 April 2009

50 Questions...

I've seen this on some other blogs:

1. Are you wearing a hat?

2. Bottled water?
Filtered water or bottled if not.

3. Do you have a crush on someone right now?
Apart from my hubby and Johnny Depp ;), I have
abit of a crush on Robert Buckley after
watching Lipstick Jungle.

4. What kind of computer do you have? A Laptop

5. Do you prefer writing in pen or pencil? Pencil

6. Who was the last message in your inbox
John Lewis

7. What’s your favorite season? Spring and Autumn

8. Does your best friend have a boyfriend or
A husband

9. Do you like Tea?
Only occasionally, decaf, soya milk and

10. Favorite radio station?
Radio 1

11. Type your name into Google. What's the
first site that appears?
Myspace - not my own, i don't have a myspace

12. What’s your favorite song at the moment? The one playing on this blog.

13. Coke or Pepsi? Neither.

14. Favorite subject in school? Art and Child Development.

15. Last concert?
Jack Johnson.

16. Next concert? Take That.

17. Last magazine you bought?
Red and Essentials.

18. Last book you read? The wonderful weekend book by Elspeth Thompson.

19. Do you prefer cats or dogs?

Not a big fan of either, but i'd have to say

20. Is there someone you want to punch right

I never actually would but in my head, yes, i
can't say who though.

21. Favorite sports team/sports person?

22. Country you most want to visit?
Italy. I've been to Rome and Venice but i want
to see other places.

23. Are you a Blogger addict?
Just a little ;)

24. When do you shower?
Mornings. And evenings aswell if i'm going out , if it's been hot or
i've been somewhere grubby.

25. What’s your dream job?
I have it, i'm a mummy.

26. What kind of car do you drive?
One that needs to be replaced .

27. What word in the dictionary best describes


28. What’s your blog address?

29. Worst TV show at the moment?
Too many to list.

30. Are you a better talker or better


31. What your favourite color?

32. What is your favourite animal?
Lambs and dolphins.

33. Are you afraid of the dark?
Not hugely.

34. Is there something lacking in your life
right now?

I'm doing ok.

35. What do you miss most about childhood?
Nothing, i'm glad i'm an adult.

36. How many times did it take you to pass
your driving test?


37. How many kids do you want?
I have two, maybe i'd like a third one day.
But 2 was my dream number.

38. Are you good painter?
I'm ok.

39. Can you cook?

40. Are you a cheapskate?
No, I'd say i'm thrifty. Although not on everything.

41. What would you do with a million pounds?
Buy a dream home and holiday alot.

42. Have you been to Disney World?
Yes, Yes, Yes and yes and hopefully another
Yes in a couple of years.

43. How many days a month are you online?
Probably everyday.

44. Last time you went bowling?
About 2 weeks ago

45. Hot or cold weather?
Can i say warm?

46. How many pairs of shoes do you have? Too many!!

47. Are you a shop-a-holic? Yes.

48. Where were you yesterday morning at 10:30?
At home playing with the littlest.

49. Are you afraid of the dentist? yes!!

50. Were you bored or entertained by this
Entertained. I love filling in surveys etc.

Have a go yourselves if you want so i can have a nosey at your answers!!!!!

I had such a lovely day yesterday. I had a spa day with my Mum (it was her christmas present, and i was lucky enough to be her guest) at Greenwoods in Stock.
I went swimming, used the steam room, had a massage, a fantastic facial, manicure, used the gym, had a lovely lunch in the beautiful rosewood room, read magazines........It was bliss!!

Shame the little one kept me up all night!! Oh well, you can't have it all!!

Thank you to the ladies who replied to my last post, i will get back to you all.

Have a good week

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Trying to do my bit....

I have been veggie for about 18 years or so. I bring my children up veggie too. They have the right to choose to eat meat if they wish when they can make up their own minds. My eldest is set on being a veggie for life at the moment.

Today we went to the Veggie show in London. I thought i'd tell you abit about it.

I don't want to rub your faces in it, so please don't think i'm trying too. I'm just letting you know abit about my beliefs/interests and our day. I include buys, recipes, and places to go.If you are interested read on:
It is a lovely day out even if you eat meat as theres lots of food samples and things to buy. My eldest made me this bag and a lovely mask, he took ages!! It's ment to be Spiderman.

His spelling of Vegetarian made me chuckle to myself!! But what a good try!!
We are members of Viva! and this veggie recipe club.
I like the sound of this!!
I have made sure i haven't put any graphic pictures on this blog, it can be pretty disturbing. I can't believe that some of the pictures and clips (click on links if you do want to see) i have seen would not stop and make you think.

I like this magazine from Viva! i think it is very informative. If you want to read, please click on the pictures or get a free copy from Viva!

We bought some bits too! My son got this cute kitten, the money raised goes here.
I bought a very yummy date and walnut cupcake from here.
We often buy Trek bars, they are abit pricy. So we buy them at shows in bulk and save a fortune. This is one i hadn't tried before - it's sooo yummy.
I picked up a new magazine.
I got these freebies.
This is a great magazine, veggie or not!!
How cute are these cupcakes!?!
Lovely buys!!
This looks scrummy!
Some adverts of lovely places and things:

My cupcake came from here, and hopefully a big yummy birthday cake for me in May!!
I have written about this before - it really is fab. If you are near Bath please consider it even if your not veggie. My hubby loves it.

I've heard lots about this place, i'd love to stay here one day.
Please let me know if any of what you see changes your thinking? Maybe you'll cut down on meat/dairy, or consider going veggie/vegan, or just consider signing petitons to help stop animal cruelty. You could even just buy some veggie/vegan products - there are lots that are yummy, healthy and lovely!!

Thanks for taken an interest in a cause close to my heart, LissyLou xx