Sorry to be yet another valentines day scrooge, but I’m just not that into it. I don’t like the idea of a day that makes anyone feel crap and valentines day is a pretty rubbish one for lots of people. There are lots of ways of showing your love all year round and to all the people you love in your life. I do however quite like the idea of Galentines day. In theory this should be celebrated on Feb 13th, but as it clashed with pancake day, so today is as good as any.

There are some pretty awesome women in my life who I love and appreciate a lot. And I think a day to celebrate friendship is pretty cool. I also have two daughters who I’d like to raise to have happy healthy relationships, but also to know that they don’t need a relationship to be happy. Friendships on the other hand are very important.

So today I’m going to show some appreciation. I am very lucky to have friends who support, encourage and make me laugh a lot. Friends who take 10,000 pictures of my outfits and don’t mind me taking pictures of my food! Friends to discover new places and go on adventures with and friends who share my love of all things vintage. I have a mum who is an amazing role model. I have my daughter Jessica who reminds me the importance of being yourself and Lila who shows me how to be kind and caring. And I have loads of wonderful women who read my blog and make my dream job a reality.

So to all my friends, my daughters, my mum and my readers happy Galentines day!

Also go and check out some of my friends amazing blogs Fay Simone, Era Go Again, Something Definitely Happened and Curiosity Killed. Thanks. xxx

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I have always loved pancakes, eating them, making them and sharing them. I love classic crepes, scotch pancakes and American style. When it comes to toppings there loads I like too. I’ve been making pancakes since I was about 12 and have lots of happy memories of making them for my family. Now I have kids I enjoy making them even more. I usually have 3 or 4 pans on the go and love showing off my flipping skills! As you can imagine I absolutely love Shrove Tuesday.

Pancake toppingsTraditionally Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of lent and the start of fasting, pancakes are a great way to use up leftover milk, eggs and flour.

Pancake toppingsI started the festivities this weekend by making some American style pancakes for the kids. I used this recipe, which makes lovely fluffy pancakes. Everyone in my house likes different toppings. I like to smother mine in maple syrup or some classic sugar and lemon. Jessica likes lots of Nutella and Lila likes a bit of everything!

cinnamon pancakeI like trying different flavours. I made this one by sprinkling a little cinnamon into the batter and drizzling the pancakes with honey.

Cinnamon pancakeI also like to make chocolate chip pancakes by adding chocolate chips to the batter in the pan. These go down really well with the kids.

Chocolate chip pancakeThese are delicious served with some fresh fruit and a cup of tea. If you want to be really indulgent, I think a squirt of cream would go down a treat with these too.

choc chip pancakeToday I’m planning to make some classic pancakes with the girls and maybe even try a few savoury options. I’ll posting them on my Insta Stories so keep a look out for more pancake fun. What are your favourite pancake types, toppings and flavours?

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I love reading people monthly favourites on their blogs. This year I thought it would be fun to do regular favourites posts. I’ve already talked about my favourite cups and mugs and I’m planning a beauty post for later in the week. But today I’m sharing some of the teas I’ve enjoyed so far this year.

Favourite Tea I’ve always been a bit of a tea geek, but this year to help my headaches I’ve stopped drinking coffee and I’ve started to only drink caffeinated tea once or twice a day. So more than ever I’ve been open to trying new teas. I’ve also been going for tea bags a lot more, I love the ritual of preparing loose leaf tea, but when you’re in a rush a tea bag is better!

Favourite Tea - Twinings Butter MintMy first tea is Twinings Buttermint. This was recommended to me by Fay and it is absolutely delicious. Its a nice change from a classic mint with a sweet mint and vanilla flavour. I could drink this one all day, but I especially like to take a huge mug of it up to the bath with me for some relaxation time.

Favourite Tea | Pukka Vanilla ChaiNext up is Pukka Vanilla Chai. I adore chai tea, but I’m also very fussy when it comes to the perfect blend. I also usually prefer black tea versions. But for a caffeine free comfort drink, this one is just perfect. I love that this is fairly traded and contains organic vanilla too. As well as the delicious vanilla this one contains cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, fennel and licorice.

Favourite Tea - T2 Gen Mai Cha BanchaI couldn’t do a favourite tea list without including something from T2! I got this box of Gen Man Cha Bancha as a birthday present from my brother and his boyfriend.

Favourite Tea - T2 Gen Mai Cha Bancha

Favourite Tea | Vintage TeacupThis isn’t one I would have usually gone for, but it’s got a lovely refreshing taste and I’ve been really enjoying drinking it. It contains Green tea, roasted rice, popped rice, roasted green tea stalks. This is a great way to enjoy green tea and it’s definitely one I would buy again.

Favourite Tea - Fortnum and Mason Countess GreyMy absolute favourite tea for a few months now, would have to be Countess Grey from Fortnum and Mason. I love so many different Earl Greys and its one of those teas where each one can be so different.

Favourite Tea - Fortnum and Mason Countess Grey“A twist on the traditional bergamot-infused blend, Countess Grey is based on well-twisted orange pekoe teas, lifted by classic bergamot and a light orange flavour. Its light and delicate character makes it ideal for morning or afternoon drinking, when the spirits require a little reviving.” I love to drink this when I need a refreshing tea, it’s absolutely delicious. You also get a lot of tea in the tin, so although it feels expensive it lasts a really long time.

Morrissey TeacupI’m hoping to do a little favourite tea update every month, as I absolutely love writing and photography tea posts. Have you got any teas you could recommend to me?

Favourite Tea

One Teacup from Laura Ashley – Two Tea from T2

Three Tea from Fortnum and Mason – Four Teacup from Salford Lads Club

Five Vintage tea cup from a charity shop – Six Teacup from Laura Ashley

Seven Tea from Pukka – Eight Tea from Twinings

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As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, I’ve been decorating and reorganising Lila’s room over the last couple of weeks. I’ve done the room in an ice cream theme. I’ve been planning the them via Pinterest for absolutely ages and it’s been so much fun finally getting it done. One the last year I’ve picked up ice creamed themed things when ever I’ve seen them. So this week I spotted a few people picking up ice cream things from Home Bargains, so I had to check to out for myself.

We don’t have a home bargains shop that near me, so my mum and I had a little outing and drove to the nearest one, which is about half an hour away. I’ve never been before, but I’ve seen so many nice things from Home Bargains on other blogs. I’m really excited to do my first Home Bargains haul! So this is what I bought…

For Lila’s room I got these three squishy ice cream cushions. They’re really soft and cuddly and I know she’ll enjoy having them on her bed. I don’t want to be at all subtle with the theme, so these definitely fit the bill! These were £3.99 each. I’ve seen on Instagram that they also do donut cushions, but they didn’t have any in the store I visited.

Home Bargains Ice Cream Cups | Home Bargains HaulI got three of these cute ice cream cups. I thought they would look nice on her shelves and she can play with them in her toy kitchen. Mostly I just got them because I really like them and they are definitely on theme! These cost £1.49 each.

The little mug is going to stay in Lila’s room, she can use it as a pen pot. It goes really well with her sprinkle wall, which I will show you soon. The little bottles are made of glass, so I’ll keep them downstairs for the girls to use for milkshakes. The mug cost 99p and the bottles were 79p each.

I love these battery operated ice cream lights. I got two, because they are so perfect for the theme and I’ll eventually use them both in different parts of the room. Lila absolutely loves these and so do I! These were £2.99 each.

For Jessica’s room I got this cute little unicorn plaque. If you saw my post about her room makeover, you’ll know that she has a wall covered in plaques. It’s grown a bit since I shared that post, I’ll have to do an updated one soon. This cost £1.49

I got a few cute and kitsch things for myself. I totally blame my mum for encouraging me! I got this adorable sea shell handbag and a mermaid notebook. Both of these are going to get used a lot. I like the idea of wearing the bag with some of my beach themed dresses in the summer. The bag cost £5.99 and the notebook was £1.49.

Not content with one novelty bag I also picked up this donut bag. She needs to dress like a grown up anyway?! This was also £5.99.

I got a bit excited in the baking section and could happily have bought absolutely everything, But since my baking cupboard is already more than a little full, I just stuck to things I needed. I got four packs of  cupcake boxes for 89p for a pack of three. I bake a lot of cupcakes for articles and recipe ideas, but I don’t really eat them myself, so I thought these would be useful for distributing them amongst my friends and family. I also got lots of cupcake and muffin cases as I always need them. These cost between 79p and £1.19.

I love getting craft things to do with the kids, especially at Easter. I already have a lot of Easter craft supplies from the last couple of years, but got a couple more bits to top them up. First up was this Easter craft box which cost £3.99

I also got these two packs of flower stickers and a pack of lambs, I think we’ll use these to make some little Easter scenes. The flowers were 79p per pack and the lambs were 99p.

Lastly I picked up two wooly hats for Jess. She has to wear cream or brown ones for school, so it’s always handy when I spot some in the right colour. These were £2.49 and £2.99.

I’m really happy with my haul and I had lots of fun choosing things. The store I went to was quite small, so I might try to visit a bigger one and see what else they have. I also want to see if I can find those donut cushions. My total spend was £60.60 and I think I got quite a lot for my money.

Did you enjoy my Home Bargains haul? Have you been before? What was your favourite bargain? I can’t wait to share more of Lila’s room with you very soon.

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So we’re already a few days into February and so far this year has been pretty good. I wanted to take a bit of time at the end or beginning of each month to see how I’m getting on with my goals and to catch up a bit. I also want to photograph more of my vintage dresses, so thought this was a good opportunity to show you another dress from my collection.

At the beginning of January I talked about my goals for 2018. A month into the year and on the whole I’m doing pretty well with them. My first goal was to look after myself more. I’ve still been getting reasonably early nights. There were a few where I stayed up a bit too late watching TV with Rob, but I’m back to getting 8 hours now and it makes such a big difference.

I’ve also been going to the gym as much as possible and have been to Yoga, Pilates and Spin as well as swimming and working out. I’ve also been for plenty of lovely long walks and I’ve especially enjoyed these. I’ve been looking up interesting walking routes and have really enjoyed getting away from it all and exploring new places. Fresh air and exercise really do work wonders. I didn’t feel that great this week and going for a long walk with Rob really made me feel better.

I’ve also been better at pacing myself and haven’t done more work than I can manage. This is the thing I’ve found the hardest. By nature I’m a workaholic, but only doing what I can manage and reining in my goals a bit has been very good for me. I do want to do a bit more blogging though and I have just bought a lot of new stock for my Etsy and I can’t wait to get that listed very soon.

I’ve done quite a few nice things in my home over the last month, especially in Lila’s room. I still have a bit of finishing off to do, but expect a blog post on that pretty soon. I also have a few DIY posts planned, so watch this space (you may be watching for a while)!

And thats about it for my goals so far this year. Have you set yourself any goals? How are you getting on with them? How has 2018 been for you so far?

The dress I’m wearing in this post is another vintage Swirl dress. You can read about one of my other ones and find out a bit more about Swirl dresses in my post from last year. I’m wearing it with a flower garland from H&M, some vintage bangles and shoes from Hotter. The dress is a little small on me, but I’ve kept it for a while as I like it so much. This is one I’ll eventually part with, as I don’t like keeping things that don’t get worn and appreciated enough.

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