Monday, 21 July 2014

Week in Photos #177

The kitchen is coming along nicely, the lights are up and the tiles are almost finished, Spencer has done a border around the work top with the same tiles since I took this photo. I'm pretty sure he just needs to grout the tiles and then we are done! 

Bob was annoyed because Kitty was in his box \\ cwtches with Kitty on a Sunday is what it is all about \\ Bob has a  swollen lip which actually makes him look really pretty \\ Kitty and Bob do love each other really.

Delicious strawberries \\ toad in the hole \\ giant yorkshire pudding with beef mince, veg, potatoes & gravy \\ chicken and veg.

Estee Lauder pay day treats \\ my Jewel Candle*, review to follow \\ Frankie & Benny's with the girls on Saturday \\ found a coke bottle with my name on....

Monday, 14 July 2014

Week in Photos #176

Flick loves to squawk at us when we are trying to enjoy a weekend lie in. She looks a lot prettier with her mouth closed.

Kitty and Bob have been so tired all week, I think the heat is really getting to them bless. Side note, Bob has the cutest, fluffiest belly! 

I went to the local Carnival on Saturday with the family. We had a lovely day and thankfully the weather held out for the majority of the day. I enjoyed warm dinky doughnuts and Nutella while sitting on the grass in the sunshine. I couldn't resist buying some cupcakes to take home for Spencer and I. 

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Recipe : Smoked Salmon Nicoise with Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer are currently gearing towards the Royal Welsh Show where they will have a stand focusing on animal welfare and conservation. Young visitors to their stand will get the chance to get hands on and learn more about the importance of protecting Britain’s wildlife. There will be an observation bee hive and an active beetle bank. Children can get interactive with the M&S giant bee hotel while parents enjoy chef demonstrations and the chance to taste some of the produce on offer from local suppliers. There will be plenty of other activities on top of these, it really does sound as if it is going to be a great, fun and informative stand which will celebrate Food to Feel Good About.  

What: M&S stand. When: 21st to 24th July.  Where: Royal Welsh Show, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY.

To keep in line with the Royal Welsh Show and the M&S Summer of Flavour I was kindly provided with some ingredients to make a deliciously satisfying Salmon Nicoise salad.

Smoked Salmon Nicoise, serves 2

Ingredients :

In my recipe white wine vinegar was substituted for white balsamic.

Whisk dressing ingredients and set aside.

Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch fine beans for three minutes before refreshing in ice cold water.
Cook potatoes until tender and allow to cool before slicing.
Soft boil an egg for 5 ½ minutes and cool in a saucepan under cold running water.
Once chilled peel egg and cut into half.

In a large mixing bowl gently toss tomatoes, both beans, olives, potato, parsley & dressing.

Divide tossed leaves between two large bowls.
Flake peppered salmon on top and carefully place soft boiled egg.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Week in Photos #175

Nothing major has happened in the kitchen, the progress has gone a bit quiet as we've been trying to decide on paint and waiting for a spare weekend to go look at tiles. We've bought a very shiny new toaster and have finally decided on this paint, we decided to keep it neutral. We picked up three tile samples from Mandarin stone, we want the mosaic style of the end two tiles but aren't sure which of the three colours to go for. In the shop I preferred the left but the colours look completely different in our kitchen and we are now edging towards the one on the right.

Yesterday we went along to Marks & Spencer to pick up the ingredients for the delicious Smoked Salmon Nicoise* that we enjoyed for lunch, full post on that coming soon.

A Pizza Hut delivery opened near us so obviously we had to try it.

Kitty flat out. Bob's box fetish has continued this week.

This chocolate is amazing \\ we have a challenge in work at the moment to, as a group, walk as many steps as it would take to walk from Cardiff to Mexico, the aim is 10,000 steps a day. This is the closest I've had so far \\ yummy ice rose tea \\ one of our holidays came up on my Timehop, I now want a holiday.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Week in Photos #174

A trip to IKEA resulted in meatballs, of course \\ Chicken stuffed with mozzarella, wrapped in bacon with rice \\ pork dinner \\ rice pudding & PJs because I felt poorly (still do a little)

We've tried loads of paint samples in the kitchen, I'm not actually sure if I like any yet, this could take a while...

Bob has a box fetish.

I now have two Loom Bands courtesy of my niece, I am considering jumping on the bandwagon and making my own as everyone seems obsessed with them! I shared a coke with Bro :) 

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Review : Origins GinZing Moisturiser

Origins GinZing™ instantly hydrates and revs up radiance.

This lightweight, oil-free, skin energy drink, fortified with legendary skin-boosters like Panax Ginseng and Coffee Bean, jumpstarts hydration levels. Lacklustre-looking skin is rapidly refreshed and revitalised to create a healthy, vibrant glow.

Origins GinZing moisturiser is an oil free moisturiser with a gel consistency that smells absolutely amazing (think tangerines) and feels lovely on the skin. I've been using it for about two to three weeks now. I have combination skin that gets very greasy, as a result I am always interested in trying out oil free moisturisers. I've been using this morning and evening as instructed and am finding that it really works well with my skin. I have found that since using this my skin looks brighter, my spots are reduced and my dry patches are almost non-existent. I'm not going to make huge claims about the fact that my skin no longer gets greasy because it does, but I haven't worn my loose powder on top of my foundation this past week and it hasn't been unbearable. My foundation has still been intact by the end of the day, my skin does look shiny but an okay shiny as oppose to the usual greasy mess.

I am enjoying using this so much that I am now considering trying out some of the other items from the GinZing range. Have you tried anything from Origins GinZing range?

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Week in Photos #173

I still love checking the timehop app every morning, it has become part of my 'waking up' routine now alongside emails, facebook, instagram and Twitter, no wonder I'm always late! I can't believe how different both Spencer and I looked six years ago. I want to look like that again. 

We've had another week of microwave meals, which have actually been quite nice, my roast dinner even came with a little Yorkshire Pudding! 

We ran out of microwave meals so decided to take advantage of our Tasty Rewards points and go to Table Table for a free burger each, it was delicious \\ Healthy breakfast yesterday morning *sarcasm* \\ We finally tried the Cookie Nut Crunch, its delicious \\ My new latte glasses have arrived, drinks from my Tassimo look so much prettier now.

Today my niece and nephew came to our house, picked their own strawberries, washed them & ate them. My niece bought us both a loom band, we're down with the kids now.

Kitchen progress! We now have a messy but fully functioning kitchen! I'm so pleased with it, everything has come together perfectly. We just need to paint, tile and pretty it up and then we'll be done.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Wishlist : Cream & Mauve Kitchen Accessories

As you are no doubt aware by now we are currently having a new kitchen fitted. It is now almost complete which means that it is time to think about accessories. I quite fancy a cream & mauve colour scheme and the above items are crying out to me. I am pretty sure that the kettle & toaster are the same colour as they are the same collection, they just look different in the images. We already  have the IKEA pendant lamp x 3 and the egg house, we just need to buy everything else! 

I wouldn't usually buy/husband wouldn't usually allow me to buy so many accessories from Next as it can be quite expensive, but as it is a new kitchen I am going to splash out, the birds are far too cute to resist. I think the Sass & Belle hearts will look perfect hanging off the door knobs on the bottom cupboards and just finish the room off perfectly.

This is how the kitchen currently looks, hopefully by the end of today it will be an almost functioning kitchen! 

Friday, 20 June 2014

Review : La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Make-Up Removal Gel

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac Make-Up Removal Gel is indicated for use on sensitive, fine and reactive skin. The first "icy effect" micellar gel, which cleanses gently and soothes immediately, leaving the skin radiant and comfortable. Its micellar structure dissolves traces of make-up easily and without the need for rubbing. La Roche-Posay's formula also contains Thermal Spring Water, which hydrates, soothes and softens. 

Recommended for sensitive skin and reactive skin with redness.

I'm not going to lie, when it comes to removing make-up I am plain lazy, I often resort to face wipes or whatever other easy option is in sight. The La Roche-Possay Rosaliac gel is absolute perfection for lazy types like myself. I have been using this make-up remover for around two weeks now and have pretty much fallen in love. The pump makes it super easy to apply to cotton wool pads, it feels great on the skin and it removes all of my make-up, including mascara (I've not tested it with waterproof as I don't wear waterproof), without too much scrubbing.

This is actually specifically aimed at sufferers of rosecea, one of which I am not. I do however suffer with sensitive skin and extremely bad acne which is why I decided to give this gentle, calming product a go. Now, since using it my skin has improved quite a bit, I do still have spots but nowhere near as many as I usually would. I have recently changed my moisturiser and face wash so I can't thank this product 100% for clearing skin up but it obviously hasn't made it any worse.

This is currently available from Chemist Direct for £8.33, £4.17 less than the RRP.

For reference I have combination, acne prone skin that tends to get very oily.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review : Mac Goddess of the Sea Lipstick - The Alluring Aquatic Collection

I know, I'm a total sucker for packaging but look at it! How could I leave it behind? Mac have wowed me with the Alluring Aquatic collection, the 3D bumps actually look like real drops of water, so beautiful. It looks great in my lipstick holder next to RiRi Woo.

I picked this beauty up in Cardiff Debenhams last Tuesday and they still had plenty available. 

Goddess of the Sea is a light plum cremesheen lipstick that stays put for hours whilst hydrating the lips. 

Have you bought anything from the Alluring Aquatic collection? I know everyone else is raving about the Osbourne collection right now, I'm a little slow on the uptake!