LONDON MUMMA



A couple of years ago, no one would of envisioned what this past year in a half would of brought to the world. With lock down easing in a few days, everything opening up, which I’m so excited about that I can’t figure out if I will be getting my hair, nails or eyebrows done, but what I do know is, that so will my dating life.

During the pandemic it’s been a little harder to find love, true genuine love. Whilst it’s been great speaking to people via messages, it’s the natural face to face connection that’s been missing nor do I mean a physical one.

Social distancing still firmly in place now, and with in reason, dating during this pandemic doesn’t have to be a bore but exciting. I think this is a really great time to genuinely get to know someone, have a more emotional connection rather than a physical one, after all, we have a life time to get to that part.

I find, really getting to know someone more attractive, now being older and a parent and hopefully a little wiser! Gone are my somewhat wild ways, I’m now looking to settle down, hopefully with the one.

I am starting to find that one online dating can be great, adventurous and very fun, there are loads of free dating sites, apps you name it, all at the touch of your finger tips.

I find online dating a lot more safer and easier, you can go online from the comfort of your own home, a little bored whilst on the commute to work, even a little cheeky look whilst on your lunch break or if you really want to be a bit mischievous you could be bound for an Oxfordshire Dating meet up. The world is your oyster, and virtual dating is perfect to help connect you with other singles from all over the country, to even a little closer to home.

Regardless if it works out or not, just have fun with it and take each experience as it comes.

Before I used to over analyse everything, to what I am going to wear, the polish on my nails, location, longevity of the date, to even how my date was gonna turn up!! Pre pandemic problems am I right! Now no more of that, I think we’ve all had enough to deal with during these times, now time to simply let go of all those things that really and truly do not matter and focus on what does and what you are looking for and want.

Just remember guys, dating should be fun whilst meeting new people, never settle and who knows you may end up with a second date.

Let me know your thoughts and your experiences of dating during the pandemic, how have you found it and any highs or lows, did you find the perfect one for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Be safe & well.

Lindsey

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I get a lot of questions, asking what do Leanora and I do during this pandemic, weekends and during the half term. The answer is everything and anything.

We’ve become a bit of gamers in my household, ever since I got Leanora the Nintendo switch, we’ve been getting crafty and building our own personal heaven on Animal Crossing to something a little bit more scary Luigi Mansions. I’ve got so bad, I’ve been sneakily playing it when Leanora’s gone to bed. I have to admit, we even play friends online, which is a great way of keeping in touch and spending socially distanced time together, a great console for family and friends I can recommend it enough.

With it being Easter we’ve been making some tasty treats, such as our Lemon and Pistachio cake and our adorable bunny biscuits, both never last very long in our house. Being able to bake together as a family brings us closer together, well until L gets flour everywhere and blames poor Milo!

We are a family who loves to create and design, so this Easter we decided instead of buying cards for our friends and family, we decided to roll our sleeves up, get the glue, googley eyes and scissors out and a few bottles of glitter and design our own. This adds a bit more of a personal touch, plus it’s a lot of fun, me I get really stuck in probably more than I should, it certainly brings out my inner child and imagination.

I don’t know what is up with kids, but they are always drawing on themselves, Leanora drew a little heart and when questioned she thought it was a good idea, as I had a tattoo so why not her! Well where do I begin......girl your 6 haha! But whilst she has been rejected to ever mark her body, I thought what not make an activity out of it and let’s draw, on paper and who can design the best picture. We found some really cool tattoo fonts online on the fonts bundle website.

Still having our creative hats on we decided a bit of tie dye was in order, a few white T-shirt’s looking a little old we decided to bring them back to life and add a little colour to our tees.

Everyone’s favourite game MONOPOLY I mean every household has this game am I right! Now Leanora being of an age, I bought the Junior Monopoly and I’ve never had so much fun, only a few tears and tantrums, which pretty much came from me as Leanora kicked my butt at it! Maybe Ludo is in order..

With our favourite bookstore still closed, has not stopped us from reading. We’ve brought a tonne of books and what better way to expand our minds than with some really great literature.

Now that we can meet up with friends and family out doors, we’ve been taking advantage of this dry weather, grabbing coffee and hot chocolate and heading out for a stroll, which is so beautiful due to all the cherry blossoms trees having bloomed.

Every week, we get our main and pedis on! Nothing quite like a day of pampering, this weeks shade of nails is green.

We love a movie night, we grab the duvet all our fave snacks then kick back, Netflix and chill and watch a movie, we just watched Raya and the Last Dragon, it was absolutely excellent, so much so we’ve watched like 5 times already.

There you go folks, are top 10 things to do this Easter.

Let me know what you and your family get up too in the comments below we are always looking for new ideas, new crafts and activities to do! Don’t forget you can also tag me over on Instagram or by using the #LondonMumma tag to show us what you get up to!

Lindsey



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Starting the Easter weekend with a tasty treat, a lemon and pistachio cake! 

Brining our two favourite ingredients that we love to use, it only makes sense to bring them together in perfect harmony. 

The weeks are not right without a little pleasure, nothing quite like after a long day of work or running errands, school run you name it we all deserve a wonderful happy delight in the form of cake.

Since Leanora has gone back to school and I work, I’ve really fallen back in love with baking, be it our Lemon & Poppyseed Cake to something a little more savoury,  the perfect grab and go breakfast cheese and chives scones, which are great for batch cooking and freezing. 




Ingredients

 3/4 cup butter, room temperature or sightly softened
1 cup sugar
3​​​​ eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 lemons (2-3 tablespoons ​​lemon zest) 
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1/3 cup ​​​lemon juice
1/4 cup plain ​​​​yogurt
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190 grams all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon ​​​baking powder
½ teaspoon ​​​salt

Lemon Glaze

1 cup ​​​​powdered sugar
3 tablespoons ​​​lemon juice
½ cup ​​​ pistachios, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Butter and use parchment a loaf pan 
Cream butter and sugar in a stand or handheld mixer until pale, light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time mixing until fully incorporated.  
Add vanilla and lemon zest. 
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt in medium sized bowl.
In a separate little bowl, mix together lemon juice and yogurt.
Add a third of the flour mixture and half of the lemon yogurt to the egg/butter batter, incorporating gently. Repeat, ending with the flour. Mix until combined.   

Pour batter in greased lines pan, smoothing the top.  
Bake for 50 to 70 minutes.  
Test cake in the center until comes out clean. 
Cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. 
Carefully remove cake from pan and allow it to cool on rack for another 30 minutes before adding glaze. while cooling make the Glaze.

MAKE GLAZE: Whisk together lemon juice and powdered sugar for the glaze taking care to smooth out any lumps unlike me!
Spoon ½ of glaze over cake.  Let sit 10 minutes  and add the remaining glaze for a second coat. 

Sprinkle with chopped pistachios (while still wet, so they stick).  


Lemon tell ya! You and family and friends are going think it’s the zest thing in life! See what I did there.

Enjoy!  Xx


Let me know if you make this tasty recipe in the comments below or by tagging œ over on Instagram and using the #LondonMummaEats tag

Lindsey




Summer is in full affect here in London and I am loving it!

As someone who wears contact lenses every single day, I find that throughout the summer I rather reach for my glasses, as my lenses can easily become very dry, leaving me with very dry eyes.

Sunglasses are a must for summer, to help protect your eyes from the suns glare, plus a must have accessory during the summer, heck all year round. Now being a lense wearer it is not cost affective to have my sunglasses prescriptive, so when Vision Direct got in touch to help me with my issue and keeping me stylish and my eyes hydrated I would have been a fool to not see how they can help me.


VisionDirect have a huge range of lenses on offer, it is certainly worth going through and finding out what best suits you and your needs! For my eye solution and keeping them healthy and hydrated I went for as per the recommended lenses made from silicone hydrogel, or you can always go for the daily disposable lenses the option is yours and there are loads to choose from.

I have to say since using the Acuvue Oasys, with hydraclear plus technology, not only do they keeps my eyes hydrated, but its helped with me step up my eye wear game and I’ve now an array of sunglasses, from 70’s swag, to slinky cat sunglasses and so many more.


The only place I will now be buying my lenses, plus I also found that Vision Direct prices are the best out there.

What are you doing to keep your eyes hydrated?

This post has been created in collaboration with Vision Direct


Lindsey
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