A Day Out at Surrey Docks Farm

31 Oct

I’ve been so lucky this year with the number of lovely days I’ve spent out and about with my lovely daughters. Nothing breaks up the weekly grind of school runs and housework like going on adventures and spending time together.

One lovely day out we had a few weeks ago was a day trip to Rotherhithe where my brother lives. After a really long drive (how does it take an hour and a half to drive 13 miles???). We made it to his lovely house and walked down to the best city farm I’ve ever visited. Surrey Docks Farm is located just by the river, with fantastic views across to Canary Wharf.

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The farm is home to loads of lovely animals, in particular a band of crazy goats, who love to eat from your hands and one particular one who quite liked trying to eat our clothes! We also enjoyed a really tasty lunch in the farm cafe. Which serves up amazing brunches made with gorgeous fresh ingredients, many of which are grown onsite.

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The farm is free to enter and has a little gift shop with pocket money priced treats, so it’s a really affordable outing.

After spending a couple of happy hours at the farm we had a walk and scoot along the Thames path and enjoyed the views over the river, we also had a little explore round Greenland Dock which is a few minutes walk away.

Here’s a little video we made of our day, which sums up the fun we had far better than me writing too much about it…

Find out more about Surrey Docks Farm on their website.

Last Minute Halloween Cupcakes

30 Oct

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A couple of weeks ago I made some halloween themed cupcakes for the girls school disco. I only had a couple of hours to gather ingredients and throw them together, so I thought they’d be a great last minute idea for Halloween. They’re perfect if you want to take something to a party or just for something to do with the kids over half term.

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I used a really basic chocolate fairy cake mix and decorated them using decorations I picked up in Waitrose.

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To make the chocolate cakes you will need…

Fairy cake cases

170g unsalted butter at room temperature

170g caster sugar

3 eggs lightly beaten

120g self raising flour

a pinch of salt

50g cocoa powder

For the icing… (I don’t use specific amounts, I just mix as I go)

Water

Icing sugar

Orange gel food colouring

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How to make the fairy cakes…

1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees (fan)

2. Line a tray with 24 fairy cake cases. (I used quite small cases so you may not need this many)

3. Mix the butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.

4. Mix the eggs gradually into the mixture.

5. Sift in the flour, cocoa powder and salt and fold into the mixture.

6. Divide the mixture between the cake cases, they should be filled to just over half way. May sure the mixture is flat in the cases as this will make the icing easier.

7. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes until slightly golden.

8. Meanwhile mix some icing sugar with a little orange food colouring and water until you have a good consistency.

9. Allow the cakes to cool on a wire rack before adding a generous helping of icing and adding your decorations.

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If you’d like an even quicker easier option I also made these cakes using melted chocolate, Rice Crispies which I decorated with chocolate decorations and sprinkles.

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A Sunny Autumn Afternoon – OOTD

29 Oct

I have been having the most fantastic fun-filled half term with my girls. So far we’ve filled our days with loads of fun outings and definitely made the most of the unseasonal sunshine we were lucky enough to have at the beginning of the week. On Monday we popped to Hampton Court Palace in the afternoon and had a good run around the beautiful gardens.

I wore a skirt which has been lurking in my wardrobe unworn since I picked it up from a charity shop in the summer. At a bargain £4 I couldn’t leave it behind, but I managed to forget all about it until recently.

I wanted something casual and easy to wear and it was the perfect addition to a simple long sleeved top from Tesco. I dressed it up with a statement necklace that I got from Primark a few years ago. I finished the look with a messy bun and pink lipstick.

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I love casual outfits like this, as they are so easy to wear and this one requires zero ironing, which is always a plus for me. It was sunny enough that I wore a fabulous pair of cat-eye sunglasses from Bow and Crossbones to make the outfit look a little more vintage.

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Apologies for being a little quiet on the blog front this past few weeks. We sadly lost my beloved Grandma at the end of September and I’ve just felt like spending time with family and not blogging too much. I’ve also been making the most of spending time with my babies. I have a lot of post lined up, so I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things very soon. xxx

The Colours of Autumn

22 Oct

Autumn really is a beautiful time of year. Seeing all the beautiful colours can’t fail to put a smile on my face. Winter is never too far behind so enjoy the gorgeous shades of yellow, red and orange while you can. In an attempt at a wordless post for Wednesday here are some photographs to give you a little Autumn inspiration featuring the great outdoors and some vintage pieces from my collection.

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Photos….

1960s Crimplene Dress, Vintage Bangles, Vintage Coat Buttons, A 1940s Magazine.

A 1970s Cotton Dress, Vintage Bangles, Mac’s ‘Lady Danger’ lipstick, A 1950s Magazine.

1950s Grey and Mustard Print Dress, Vintage Bangles, Vintage Porcelain Brooch, Vintage Head Scarf. 

The outdoor photos were taken at Claremont Landcape Garden. 

October Birchbox Review

21 Oct

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Another month, another fantastic Birchbox. Yet again I’m a little late in posting a review of this months box. I’ve been so busy I’ve hardly had any time to fit in a good pamper session! For those of you unfamiliar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty box subscription. Every month you receive a lovely box full of surprise beauty treats.

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This months box came with a great selection of treats all packed in a handy little make-up bag which I will be using to keep my compact and lipstick in my handbag. I love little bonus gifts like this as they come in so handy.

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The first product I tried from the box was the Cattier Pink Clay Face Mask. I got two sachets of this in my box and I was really impressed with the amount of product in each. There was enough for two applications in each and as I absolutely loved this product I’m glad to get a few uses out of it. I could feel the mask getting to work as soon as I applied it. After removal my skin felt soft and looked really healthy and glowing. At £4.25 it’s also a really affordable product, so I will definitely be repurchasing and using this regularly.

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Next to try was the KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry. I have a lot of very thick hair, which takes an age to dry so I’m always keen to try products which speed up my blow dry. I have used this one once and it definitely did help my hair dry quicker and left it feeling soft and conditioned. I really liked the product and thought the scent was lovely too. I will probably use up the generous sample size which came in the box, but as I have so many hair products already which I love this probably won’t be a repurchase for me for now. For full price product costs £14.

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The third product in the box was Shaveworks the Cool Fix. This is a cooling lotion which treats ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and other inconveniences of hair removal. I have only used this once so I think it’s too soon to say how well it works, however I did find it really soothing and cooling and as a regular waxer I will continue to use the sample and see how I get on with it. The full price product is £11.

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I’ve used the Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm a lot since the box arrived. I love receiving lip products as they are something I can use every day. This is a fabulous little lip balm which is really smooth to apply and is extremely moisturising. I love the subtle hint of colour as well. It’s a great addition to a speedy morning make-up routine so I’ll definitely be using this a lot. I’ll also be checking out other products from the range as this was a winner for me. The full prices product costs £8.

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The last product was Premae Mild Dermabrasion Face and Body Scrub. As the most expensive product in the box, I was surprised not to be very impressed with this one. Firstly I think the olive granules were too big, so rather than be exfoliating I found them a bit scratchy. I don’t have sensitive skin at all but I found this a bit harsh for the face and would definitely use it more as a body product. It also didn’t have any fragrance so it didn’t redeem itself by smelling nice either. So this was a bit of a let down for me. The full-sized product costs £25.

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Another bonus gift in the box was a Birchbox lipstick pen. When I first opened the box it looked a bit like something you’d find in Ann Summers, but fortunately on closer examination I realised it was a pen!

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This months Birchbox was supporting the CoppaFeel campaign which encourages women to check their breast regularly for signs of breast cancer. This is really important ladies! As someone who has worked closely with breast cancer sufferers I know what a devastating illness it can be. When caught early it is far more treatable so make sure you keep an eye for any changes and check yourself regularly. Click on the image below to enlarge for signs to look out for.

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Try it yourself…

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox yourself I have a refer a friend link which will give you 50 points (£5) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you sign up. You can find out more or sign up for Birchbox here.

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