Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Books To Love And Read In April



Okay, you guys, have any of you read the latest and last instalment of Judith Rashleigh's life, Ultima? If you have not you are totally missing out and I'll tell you why, in a moment....

Each month I am treating myself to some great reads, last months was insane, this month I am just topping myself with some gripping,  funny, erotically dark murderously thrilling reads and something light and good for the soul. 

All the best authors, know how to start off a good book, that one-liner, the first sentence is what draws me in, if I am not gripped or compelled, to sit on the floor in the bookstore it's getting tossed and I am moving on. Bookstores, library's since a young age have been my utopia, I love adventure, thrillers, poetry I love it all. I did forget how much so, with life in the way, but after reading sapiens, my brain craved for more knowledge, something shocking, funny, educational, thrilling reads and now you will not find me leaving the house without a good book in hand. 

I always found reading relaxes me, takes me from the days stresses or more likely prepares me for the day, be it on my commute to work, sneaking in a quick read here and there throughout the day On my way to meeting to meeting as I combat the traffic with Gett I feel uplifted, invigorated and I eagerly wait for more. 

Ultima, the last instalment of this trilogy of a good girl working in an art auction house, boring life, feeling undervalued at work, she bumps into an old school friend, becomes a hostess then her story takes a dark, exotic, luxurious, murderous twist throughout. Now, this is like a mash-up of 50 shades of grey meeting a deadly assassin. A total page turner that will want you craving for more and I have about 50 pages lefts and I just do not want it to end.

Having worked in property and knowing the realities we face within in property law, this book, Our House is one that promises from the offset to be a thrilling read. Trust me the first sentence will compel you to find out what happens when you buy your home, your home that you did not sell!!!!

The Hate U Give Us, a gripping book, based on the black lives matter movement. Angie Thomas, who witnessed the shooting of a dear unarmed friend by police, inspired her to write this compelling and inspiring novel.

Milk and Honey an insta famous book I've been meaning to sink my teeth into a beautiful collection of stories, to inspire, and to heal.

I will be on the hunt again this weekend for some new reads for next month, I'm thinking something inspirational, thrilling, historical maybe even parenting. Do you have any suggestions, or know of any books I should sink my teeth into?

Have you read any of these boos, what were your thoughts?

Happy reading 

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

London Adventure with Gett x Porsche


Um, we all love a half day from work am I right? I did just that, broke my gal out of preschool early with a little help from Gett and Porsche and we set off cruising around London for the afternoon for a little adventure and some quality mummy and daughter time.

With work being so hectic at the moment I've not been able to get some little dates in with my gal, just me and her, her and me. Racking my brain on what we should do where we should go, not that it would matter much, as long as I am with her is the main thing, but I wanted it to be, in Leanora's words 'The best day ever'. So when Gett got in touch, I hatched a plan on braking my gal out in style and day filled with fun.

Travelling around with a toddler can be super stressful, especially when you do not drive, so I have been relying heavily on my Gett app to get us round in comfort, less stress and in style as well as being hassle-free, especially as we do not have to find or pay for any parking, so makes it easier for us to hop in and hop out of our car. 


Porsche ordered from our Gett app, laptop shut down, jacket on, I said peace out to the ladies in the office and I made a beeline to the exit of the building, and slid into the waiting, open doors of our chariot for the day. We set off across London to get Leanora, not before a few quick work calls and answered emails, I know what can I say I'm a workaholic, but with phone and iPad charges available it would have been rude of me to not of taken advantage to get some quick emails in.

Scooped Leanora out of preschool we bounced into the car and set off for our first adventure, the Natural History Museum, to see the Butterfly exhibition. The look on Leanora's face was pure bliss, she is nuts about butterflies, if we could I am sure she would have taken them home, Milo I am sure would have been pleased. I'm not gonna lie I was a bit of a scaredy cat, things flying around and what could potentially land and poop on you I wasn't 100% keen on it, but I had to man up, I mean if I can give birth I can sure as hell face beautiful butterflies. So I did, with flying colours. 

Still keen to enjoy roaming around we headed out of the butterfly tent and set off around to explore so more wonders of the museum. 

Not realising how hungry you can get from roaming the museum. I decided it was high time to set about calling our Gett x Porsche to take us to dinner at our new fave pizzeria, Pizza Pilgrims. 

For me and most parents, saving in any form is a bonus, and I love the fact you can earn points when booking with the Gett app and work your way towards saving money from future rides. Another bonus is, you can also get to choose the music before you get in, choose how chatty your driver is too, which is perfect if you have chatty toddlers like Leanora and tired Mumma's who just wanna kick back when we head home. 

For those who sign up with the Gett app, you can get £10 credit off your first ride with LINDSEY10 

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Friday, 13 April 2018

How To Eat Healthy On Holiday


One of the biggest hurdles we face whilst relaxing by the beach is finding good healthy food on holiday.

Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, celebrated and lived up and I know that some fret about the new cuisine on offer, allergies, diets etc and most importantly eating healthy and me fitting into my new Warehouse maxi dress

Eating healthily whilst on holiday can be easily achieved and perfected to help maintain that perfect beach bod that you have been craving and working for no matter where you are or what tropical island you have whisked off too. 

Holiday booked thanks to Destination2  I've had to think how I and Leanora will, ok, ok mainly me will maintain a healthy diet, and in doing so it will all have to start at the beginning.......

Airport
I have to be organised at all times, especially now that I am a mother, but you can not help being stuck in traffic causing you delays and when arriving stopping at the first fast food restaurant you land at in the airport, but if you do, why not grab a yoghurt and a few nuts to keep you going rather than a fatty fast food snack, that will only end up bloating you.

Aeroplane food
Some airlines you can order before you board, giving you a better view of what is on offer on the flight, therefore being prepped and food ordered which will have you backing away from the trolly dollies.

Mini Bar
Step away from the mini bar, they are always loaded with snacks, most not healthy and a lot of calories and sugar inside. Rather get up venture out and check out the local shops to see what is on offer, great food, plus a walking work out too. 

Breakfast
I used to be a skipper, but that is not healthy and only leaves me crashing and snacking on crap throughout the day. Instead, load up on breakfast, your fruit, veg fill up on your 5 a day to keep you fuelled right up to lunch. 

Dining
Eat what the locals eat, be it fresh fish to grilled meats, after all, you do not want to miss out, but it will be fresher and lighter, then come dinner eat something lighter and greener, your gut will thank you for eating healthier and you won't go to bed with a heavy stomach, plus eating more for lunch will be a saving for you for later and allow you to survive the day longer. 

How do you eat healthily whilst on holiday?

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Spring Looks With IKrush




As you know I have already started to invest into my spring wardrobe, and I am adding to it a little bit more with a new brand discovery, Ikrush who I have teamed up with on this post. 

If I am not wearing a relaxed shirt, never crisp as I can't bear ironing after I ironed over my hand in my teens, you will certainly find me in a t-shirt. With Ikrush great price points, you think the would skimp on the fabric, hell to the no! This slogan T is one of the softest that I own, plus who would have thought that a good slogan tee would make fashion girls all over the world go wild. For me a great T does not require ironing, simply slip on, rock with some high waisted lilac palazzo trousers some cute white heels and grab your straw bag and you are good to go from day to night. Looking for something a little more relaxed, I'll be wearing my slogan T with a blazer and jeans the perfect school run style




Still staying true to myself I toughened up this cutesy red floral dress with some studded boots to give the dress an edgier look, whilst still looking somewhat playful and if wanting a softer look, team with some tennis trainers and layer on some necklaces, the perfect look for catching up with the girls over some brunch. 

Whatever look you are going for be it the perfect party dresses or slogan T-shirts trust me IKrush have you covered this Spring!

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Jacket You Need This Spring




In case you haven't heard, spring is finally here, the April showers may be sticking around, so keep your umbrella close, but the trees are blooming the weather has slightly warmed, which mean we can peel off our heavy coats and I'm pulling on the jacket of the moment, the cargo jacket for spring.

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Whilst the checked blazers, jackets, coats are still a big thing, and show no sign of going anywhere (minus the coat) a new casual, relaxed jacket is making waves and will be the jacket to wear this spring.

Never one to heavily invest in one thing specifically I can't help but say, a girl is kinda hooked on the cargo jacket. It is super versatile, can be dressed up or down, perfect to pull on for the preschool run, safari style hitting up the concrete jungle with the kids, so slips in perfectly to the mum wardrobe staple paired with jeans, the perfect white T and trainers. 
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Tailored to perfection which is all kinds of amazing for teaming it up with some trousers and a shirt for work, great for layering and worn belted with a black dress on a night out with some heels, every day and night occasion is sorted and Instagram looks taken care of.

The shacket with its total flexibility and array of prints, colours of spring pastels, safari shades, to even every girl's favourite denim, the style and comfort levels and affordability is out of this world and is perfect for everyone's pocket when it comes to the cargo jacket this spring.

With the simplicity of it, the cargo jacket is the one item that will complete your look this Spring, will it be completing yours?

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

How To Welcome Spring Into Your Home


Remember I have been bashing on about updating the house, well that time has come and I've finally made a decision just in time and I am happy to welcome Spring into my home

With a glimpse of bright blue clear spring skies yesterday I am more geared up than ever to finally complete the house. 

The Easter weekend just went I had a massive spring clean, with a little helping hand from Leanora. Whilst I should have been taking it easy, especially as I made sure to book myself time away from work, I still found myself working, well home working, but it's a necessity and we really enjoyed it.

Nothing like a good declutter at the beginning of a new season, armed with bunny biscuit fuel and a few light refreshments, recycling and rubbish bags at the ready, we set about de-hoarding. Note to self, never declutter with  a charged up mad threenager who wants to keep everything that glistens in her eye, I mean we had a 10 minute argument as to why we should throw out a chewed up shimmer and shine pencil (don't ask, I don't know, and I don't care) to which resulted in her FaceTime'ing my mother to tell me off, I mean I pay the bills, kinda glad I was a bad parent and ate half her Easter egg now whilst she was asleep.

I recently attended Amara's home event where they gave me some few tips on updating your home in time for Spring and how to decorate and personalise your home which I will be implementing into my home. 

The focus should be on the look and feel that you want to incorporate it into your home adding a little bit of you, once you have your larger items in place, sofas and beds etc, you can then focus on the accessories. This is where I have come to a halt,  now whilst I have my larger items, it those little bits that bring a room to life that I've failed to purchase. 

I am a firm believer in taking your time, well if you like me 3 years to be precise, but it's all about taking your time and I'll tell you why.

Budget
You got to start off with a budget, whilst I'll know most will go over it or hide the fact you may have done so with your partner, it is always best to have a set budget to work with, it is great for your pocket and knowing where to put your money. 

Colour
Look at your room and your space, a lesson learnt if you are bringing in paint for example always purchase a sample, grab a piece of paper and move it around the room, a colour will look different on different sides of the room at various times of the day, so always good to play and move it around to get a good feel. Once you have decided on your colour scheme, stick to it, you do not want soft tones clashing with vibrant colours it won't work and will throw off the whole room, no one wants to walk into a chintz circus. If you are struggling for some help, always head over to Pinterest for inspo.

Blooms
Nothing lifts a room and brings it to life than adding a few plants and flowers into a room. If you can not afford flowers on a weekly basis, Ikea has some amazing artificial and affordable plants, also check out H&M for some amazing vases and the ever favourite Anthropologie also. 

Scent
Nothing quite lifts the spirits than a candle burning, I love anything with notes of geranium or Jasmine, perfectly light and fresh and perfect for Spring. A favourite of mine is Baies by Diptyque it just lights up my mood and the house smells insane, in a good way. Looking for something a little more affordable you never go wrong with anything from H&M.

Tell us what you will be doing to inject Spring in to your home?

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The Importance Of Taking Responsibility For Your Actions



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I never really understood it, maybe because I did not want to face my fears, but alas now I am in my 30's and finally feeling somewhat grown up, I now know the importance of taking responsibility for my actions.

I used to think, ah fuck it, I'll deal with it tomorrow, the next day and the next, which I now know is a very unhealthy outlook in life, heck not just my life, but my life now as a mother, a role model (one hopes) to my daughter. 

How can I be a good human and a good mother, friend or sister (no lover for me, I'm taking a back seat from dating) if I can not take responsibility of what I am doing or lack thereof in life?

It doesn't just hit you, like the stretch marks do once you've pushed your baby out, no! It can be a gradual thing, you gotta think about what, who is going on around you, In order for you to take responsibility for your actions, but most importantly look at yourself in order to be in a healthy, acceptance mind frame. 

Whilst life can be tough, it's as tough as you make it as they say and yes, my sensitive feisty Scorpio nature may have played a part in some, ok most of my bad decisions and wild younger days, I'm ready to face up to certain things in life, in order to move forward and be a better version of me and the first step is taking responsibility. 





Accept defeat
Ahhh....A good old battle, a war of words if you like, I've never been one to back down from anything, even when I knew I've been in the wrong. I remember in my 20s when I worked in property, I had somewhat may call it a fiendish obsession with Greggs sausage rolls. I was not happy if I didn't have one, so strolling for my morning fix one day, I arrive at Greggs to order mummas baby (yeah, I'm that weirdo) to be told they had sold out, shut the front door they've only gone and bloody  'sold out, sold out' how dare they! I mean I've been out all night, still hungover and I've sauntered down here from the office and you've no sausages....poor thing, well not me, the poor staff after telling him the importance of providing sausages rolls as after all this is Greggs bread and butter. I stopped and laughed one because it was pathetic, two I did realise my unhealthy obsessions with scraps of pork, but ohh the pastry, the buttery pastry and thirdly I had to accept defeat and, take responsibility for me being rude and apologise. Letting things go, no matter the calorie content or big a small a matter may be, sometimes it is ok to accept defeat, riling yourself up and me looking like a twat will get me nowhere in life and you know walking away from a situation can be healthy for you and your soul, waistline too.

Step outside the box
Exactly that, put yourself in the other person's shoes, assess the situation from someone else point view and stop being selfish and put others first, take charge and accountability for your actions. 

Stop making excuses
Only you lose here, no one else. You miss out on new opportunities, friendships and experiences, so simply stop making excuses and accept responsibility for the situation at hand, after all, is it not a better you, better life, adventure, opportunities we all crave?!

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Bunny Biscuits





These bunny biscuits are divine, they make for perfect gifts for Easter and simply cute as a button, well for a short period until Leanora gets her little mitts on them and the nephews wolf them down......Bloody wolf pack!

They are easy to make, take no time at all and are truly delicious, especially with a coffee in hand or tea if you prefer.

If you are looking for an activity this Easter Weekend with the kids, I truly recommend on you guys rolling up your sleeves, whip on your aprons and get you and the kids to work, there is still loads of time to make up a batch or two.

Easter Sunday I should be taking it easy, lounging in bed, but we have already made a batch and now we are my granddads with two tins full of our Bunny Butter Biscuits and they are going down like a treat, nothing makes me happier than seeing people, family and friends come together and enjoying a good biccie that melts in the mouth and laughter all around. 

I am going to share with you how to make these beautiful Bunny Biscuits, so hop on over to the kitchen (see what I did there) and, ready steady, it's time to bake.

Ingredients
125 grams of room temperature butter
100 grams of coconut sugar / or caster sugar
1 egg
200 grams of plain flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch of salt
plain flour for dusting

Directions
1. grab a bowl, add your butter and sugar, beat together like mad, then add your flour, salt, baking powder and whisk your egg and whisk it all together until fluffy and then roll into a ball.
2. cover in clingfilm and pop into the fridge for  2 hours, hop on over to the kettle and make yourself a cuppa. 
3. take your plain flour and on a clean service, lightly dust. roll out your now firm dough until 1/2 cm thick. 
4. preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
5. grab your bunny cookie cutter and cut out the shapes until you have no dough left, then place on to a parchment paper then pop into the oven on the middle shelf for about 12-16 mins.
6. when nice and golden brown, take out and leave to cool on a wire rack before devouring. 

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Fresher, Brighter Eyes



Nothing quite like spoiling yourself rotten with a little mini in-home pampering session, especially after a long busy week, it can cause havoc on our mind leading to stress and even leave us with tired eyes. 

I have found that my eyes have become so dry of late and that my contact lenses leave my eyes feeling irritated, especially with this cold harsh weather, that I am giving them a little bit of loving, but thanks to Feel Good Contacts they have kindly sent me a great pearl eye mask which is perfect for treating my tired eyes, all I simply need to do is give it a quick zap in the microwave slide on, put my feet up and relax all in the comfort of my own home.


Choosing the right products for your eyes are essential to help combat wrinkles, fatigue and help brighten and hydrate your eyes, but with so many products out there and on the Feel Good website there is something for everyone and every eyes.

I have found that now in my 30's and especially after having a baby my eyes need a little freshen up from time to time, whilst eye drops help, plus a good nights sleep being the most effective ways of freshening and brightening eyes, they are times that they need a little extra care and the Thera Pearl Eye Mask does just that.

The eyes mask can be used two way chilled for a few hours to help rejuvenate, irritated eyes as well as helping reduce dark circles and puffiness, even used it after a night out to help ease a hangover and worked a treat. 


Alternatively, you can pop it into the microwave for 15 seconds to relieve dry eyes and even nasal congestions, so if you have the flu then this will certainly help relieve airways. 

This eye mask is super affordable and will suit all pockets, and can be used time and time again perfect for a little self loving, plus an added bonus I've got a cheeky 10% of the code, simply enter in code LOVEFG03 at check out.

What product or products do you use to help revive dry tired eyes?

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Spring Investments You Need Now


 How fast is this year going I mean, it is Easter in a few days. Whilst Spring has not officially kicked off her in the UK does not mean that I am not investing in some great pieces and beauty products to see me through, tempted to find out more follow my blog

I am all about out with the old and in with the new, a good spring clean is what I require, heck we all do. We need some key pieces in Spring especially as the weather can be unpredictable and what great item to invest in than a trusty mac, great worn on its own, but even better layered up, throw a hoody underneath or even a blazer to give that classic look a fashion lift. 
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Spring brings about bright pastel colours, from your must-have colour of the season lilac to the delectable minty blouse which I am wearing time and time again. It can be worn with anything I have styled it with my classic tapered white trousers, or a casual day worn with a pair of jeans. Just injecting a few pastels into your wardrobe will have you looking Spring ready in no time. 
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I am all about recycling and last year basket bags were a major must-have item, every fashion gal had one clutched at the hand looking picnic ready even whilst heading into the office, and I can say they are not going anywhere anytime too soon and I am more than happy about that.
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Do you ever that your complexion changes over seasons?! Mine does, so I am always more than happy to change up my beauty products over the Spring month's, I want something a little bit pinkier a little bit more of a rosy glow to my skin to be looking all soft and dewy. Well, that's what I aim for so I certainly suggest on a good refresh of makeup too., plus do we really need an excuse to go makeup shopping........I think not! Just make sure to hide it from the toddler if you have children. Leanora and Milo were locked away in the bathroom the other day and Milo (cat) came out looking like the Bride of Chuckie, when Leanoa was questioned she told me Milo had asked her to do it...Yeah because I'm that mug haha, thankfully a friend told me all about a website called WOW Free Stuff so think I'll head there for my little minx beauty bits. 
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To complete your Spring investments, I suggest investing in some shades, coloured is preferred, gives your outfit a little pop and they were all over fashion week. Whichever style/shape you go for just make sure they are tinted to be bang on trend this Spring and would look great whilst relaxing by the pool in a high waisted bikini.
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What pieces will you be investing in this Spring?


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