August Bank Holiday 2017

Yay, a long weekend. Time to relax and recharge the batteries a little which is very much needed after 3 weeks of feeling ill.

The weekend started with Tom working overtime (again) on Friday night so it was just me and Daisy home alone. I had a lovely long soak in a Lush filled bath and then I curled up on the sofa to watch a few more episodes Gilmore Girls. Now I know I am VERY late to the GG party but to be honest I don't think I was even aware of it when it was first on our screens. Anyway over the last few months its something that has popped up several times on my Facebook timeline as I have friends that watch it so I decided to give it a go. So far I am loving it and I am looking forward to working my way through the entire series, with the cooler Autumn and Winter months fast approaching its something that can keep me occupied when its too cold to go out.
On Saturday we took a trip over to Billericay as we needed to meet our friend Collette to collect the keys to her apartment in Spain which is where we will be staying on our forthcoming holiday (less than 4 weeks to go!!). I noticed on the Barleylands website that the Farmers Market was on and both Tom and I were looking forward to having a nosey at that but there were only 2 stall so we were a tad disappointed. We were going to pop into Ikea on the way back but the traffic was awful so we just went straight home so Tom could go back to bed for a couple of hours. It was a gorgeous day weather wise so we decided to head out for a bite to eat, neither of us was hugely hungry though so we opted for the B Street Deli again where we shared one of their Union Platters which was delicious. Feeling suitably stuffed we took a leisurely walk home along the river before heading back home to have a few drinks and watch the 2017 CMA Music Fest on Sky Arts.
Sunday afternoon saw us head over to Toms sister and brother in law's house for a BBQ. We had a wonderful afternoon sitting outside enjoying the unusually beautiful Bank Holiday weather. Billy and Mel came too so we got to spend some time with our gorgeous great nephew. We got home around 9pm and as usual there was nothing on TV to watch so we ended up browsing You Tube and watching videos and vlogs of Disney. Its all part of the planning for next years holiday, which is still over a year away but with so much to see and do in Orlando there will be an awful lot of planning needed.

Bank Holiday Monday was a pretty lazy day. We made a very quick trip over to the Apple store in Covent Garden where Tom bought me a Apple watch before heading home to do nothing. I played in my craft room for a little bit with some more bits from the Simple Stories Say Cheese III line that I got from Papermaze. I was inspired by a recent You Tube tutorial I saw in which Lisa from Lollipop Box club made a Disney holiday planning journal. I already had the little note book that she used I just needed to add a few more bits to my stash to start getting creative and making the inside of the book a bit more than just plain pages. Once I have done a few more of the pages I will take some pictures and share them with you.
 On Monday night we got a FaceTime call from our friend Andy in the USA. A couple of months ago Andy and his wife Liz shared the news that they are expecting a baby in Feb of next year. This is fabulous news as its something that they never thought would happen for them, but it has and we couldn't be happier for them. Anyway the reason for the call was for them to ask us to be God Parents to baby!! Of course we said yes, we feel so honoured and privileged that they have asked us to do this, what a perfect way to finish off a great weekend.

I hope that you all had a good weekend and that you enjoyed the wonderful weather it bought with it.

Thanks as always for stopping by and reading. I would love it if you left me a comment and a link back to your blog.

Love and hugs, Jane xx

August Catch Up

Hello all, firstly I am sorry for the lack of posts/updates......the cold that was brewing just after my birthday turned a tad nasty and ended up as a upper respiratory tract infection. Unfortunately there was nothing the doctor could give me so I just had to rely on Nurofen and Piriton (at the docs suggestion). I had a really rough couple of days where I didn't get much sleep at all as I was constantly coughing during the night, a lack of sleep certainly didn't help my recovery that's for sure, I honestly hadn't felt this rough in ages but thankfully I am now feeling much better. Luckily my week was fairly quiet plus I had a half day on Thursday as I wanted to spend some time with Lucy before she and Katie headed off to Europe. Tom and I met them at Tower Bridge where we all went to do the Tower Bridge Exhibition. This is the bit at the top of the bridge that links the two towers and its somewhere I have wanted to go for quite a while. It was a fun thing to do, especially as it has a glass floor you can walk along. The views are pretty cool although they are somewhat obscured. Afterwards we went to the local Wetherspoons for dinner before we said our goodbyes. It was lovely to see Lucy and to meet Katie, I am so pleased that they decided to spend some time in London before they started their tour.

I went for weigh in at Weight Watchers and was pleased to have a loss of 2lbs, a step back in the right direction. I really need to try and stay on track now and focus on getting to goal. For me the key to this is to menu plan and make use of the WW app. Time to get the cookbooks out and start planning again.

Tom worked Friday and Saturday night so it was a very quiet weekend for me, which is just what I needed. On Saturday I didn't do very much at all apart from potter about and bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes with salted caramel frosting (hmmmm they are not very WW friendly!!lol).
Sunday was pretty much the same although instead of baking I spent some time in my craft room and did a couple more pages for the holiday album. I am still working on the Disney section which I have to say I am loving scrapping. Pics of the layouts will follow in a later post. Sunday evening was spent chilling out on the sofa and watching the final Harry Potter film - the perfect way to end the weekend.

I hope you are all well and that you all had a good weekend, did you do anything exciting?

As always thanks for stopping by for a read, love and hugs - Jane xx

My Review of the Decleor Hydrating Perfecting Collection

Morning all and Happy Saturday!

Today I thought I would share a post on some new Decelor products that I just treated myself too. As many of my regular readers will know I am something of a beauty and skincare junkie. I do love a new lippie or a lotion/potion, I could honestly spend hours in the beauty halls of a department store. To be honest I am a sales persons dream as it doesn't take much to part me from my cash where a beauty product is concerned! I started taking good care of my skin in my teens, and I remember that my Mum always had a product of some sort on her dressing table. Some of the very first products I used were Anne French cleansing milk and Delph lemon cleanser and toner, as far as I am aware neither of these brands are available anymore. I was very lucky not to suffer with acne or any other teen related skin problems and I really think this is down to the regimes that I followed and the fact that I never smoked when all my friends were. I can honestly say that even now I only get the odd breakout if I am ill, if I have not been sleeping too well or if my diet has been a bit rubbish. No matter how late it is or how sick I may feel I ALWAYS clean my face and remove any make-up before bed. Honestly ladies (and gents) beauty sleep is not a myth - clean and hydrate your skin before bed so it can breath and repair itself.

Over the years I have tried products from so many brands, some high end and some that you will find in your local supermarket. I first tried Decleor a couple of years ago when a friend gave me a set of mini products as a gift and straightaway I was hooked. The products are a mix of natures purest and most potent active ingredient's blended with essential oils to provide the highest quality aromatherapy skin and body care. They are not the cheapest of products but luckily they are available on QVC UK and are quite often on easy pay which means not only do you not have to pay in full up front but you also have the option to return the products if they don't suit you. Anyway last weekend Decelor was the QVC TSV and as I was looking to change up my skin and body care routines I though I would buy the 5 Piece Hydrating Perfecting Collection. The set consists of a Aroma Solution Prolagene Energizing Gel, Aroma Cleanse Toning Bath & Shower Gel, Hydra Floral Light Cream, Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate and a Aromessence Neroli Balm.

Full Kit

Aroma Solution Prolagene Energising Gel (400ml Supersize)
This multi-purpose gel has been designed for use on both your face and body, to help revitalise and tone the look of your skin. Enriched with osmanthus absolute. I love this gel, it's so light and cooling and it doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky or tacky. This is definitely a great product for the Summer months although I can also see if being really useful in the Winter when the heating tends to make your skin quite dry and parched.

Aroma Cleanse Alguaromes Toning Shower & Bath Gel (400ml Supersize)
This invigorating wash helps to cleanse away impurities and leave your skin feeling fresh and energised. Contains essential oils of lemon and lavender, plus seaweed extract. The smell of this product is gorgeous and was so nice to use, left my skin feeling so clean and fresh. In the shower its a lovely and refreshing but in a hot bath the lavender really comes through to relax you.

Hydra Floral Light Cream (50ml Full Size)
A luxurious yet lightweight formula that encourages 24-hour hydration and protection, and works to leave your skin looking radiant. Infused with wild pansy and sapphire extract. As yet I can comment on this product as I haven't tried it yet, but it looks a nice texture and like all the other Decleor products it smells amazing.

Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Concentrate (30ml Full Size)
A lightweight serum-gel which has been formulated to refine the look of your skin, and promote a brighter, more luminous complexion. Packed with sweet orange essential oil, pea extract, hyaluronic acid, chamomile and rosewater. I have only used this a couple of times but I already love, love, love it. Lightweight and non-greasy it makes my skin feel so soft and hydrated. This is going straight onto my re-buy list.

Aromessence Neroli Balm (15ml Full Size)
With a rich balmy texture, this treatment helps to hydrate and revive tired-looking skin. Formulated with essential oils of basil, camomile, neroli and tonka bean, plant oils, and waxes of avocado and hazelnuts. This is a product I have used before and is high up there on my list of holy grail products. I love to use this during the Winter months when the cold weather and central heating can play havoc with my skin. Its great to use all over as a night time treatment or just here and there on problem areas.

I would love to know how you care for your skin? Do you have any tried and tested products you love to use?

Thanks for stopping by, love and hugs...Jane xx

PS. Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pics, I am still getting to trips with the new camera!

** Disclaimer: The reviews I have given in this post are all my own and are 100% honest. I bought this kit with my own money and I haven't been paid to promote either QVC or Decleor.

August Week 2

Here we are Monday again and we are now halfway through August I know! I keep saying it but this year is flying by for me. Anyway I have to say that I was pretty glad to see the back of last week, it wasn't one of this years better weeks. The cold eventually came out and although it wasn't too bad this time around it was still pretty yucky - its still lingering now but I think its finally beginning to dry up (fingers crossed). The awful weather last week didn't help much either, I honestly don't know how I didn't switch the heating on a couple of nights. Wednesday was the worst day, it was cold and it just didn't stop raining all day. I honestly thought I was going to have to call Noah and ask him for a lift home!! Despite having a brolly by the time I did get home I was soaked, cold and pretty miserable. A long soak in a hot bath with a Lush bath bomb followed by a night curled up on the sofa went someway to making me feel a bit better.

On Thursday I went for a Weight Watchers weight in. Its the first one I have been in 5 weeks and I knew that it wasn't going to be pretty but I also knew it was time to face up to it and deal with it. I had a gain of 4lbs which I actually didn't think was too bad as I really hadn't tracked at all during the weeks I didn't go to weight in or class. I think for a while I just lost motivation and couldn't be bothered with it, I went back to old ways of snacking and picking at the wrong things. If I am honest I didn't want to go back because I didn't want to face the fact that there would be a gain but I also knew that if I didn't take back control I would end up on the slippery slope of putting back on all the weight I have lost. I spoke to my leader and we have re-evaluated my target weight to make my goal a little more achievable. I am determined to get a lose this week, even if its just a pound I will be happy as its a step back in the right direction.

Tom worked on Friday night so I had the evening to myself. I didn't do anything exciting, I just chilled out and did a little crochet before having an early night. Saturday morning saw me meet my friend Joan and her daughter Sarah for a coffee. We spent a lovely couple of hours catching up and chatting and as Orlando veterans they gave me tons of tips for our trip next year. By the time I got home my head was bursting with information...will need to see them again so I can write it all down! We spent Saturday night at Toms sisters house where they were holding a BBQ to celebrate her birthday. It was a lovely evening and although it was a little chilly it was nice enough to sit outside. Anyway we didn't get home till around 1.30am a sure sign of a good night.
This is the latest crochet project. When its finished it will be a big chunky C2C (corner to corner) blanket.
Yesterday was spent at my Mums as we have a relative over from Australia. Lucy is my Mums cousins daughter and she is stopping over for a week with a friend before they go on a month long European tour. We had a nice afternoon sitting in the garden enjoying the sunshine and then Mum cooked a wonderful roast dinner which both the Aussie girls enjoyed. By the time we got home last night we were both shattered so pretty much headed straight to bed, we are such light weights these days!!

Thanks for stopping by, as always any comments are very gratefully received.

Love and hugs, Jane xx

Its August Already

Is it really August or have we somehow skipped a few months and ended up in October! Seriously what is happening with our weather, instead of sitting outside with my kindle and a glass of wine I am curled up on the sofa in pj's!! All I can say is roll on September when we head off to Spain for a little bit of sun and sangria.

The last few weeks have been a little busy for me. Firstly my friend Sarah came to visit the last weekend in July. We had a lovely girly couple of days just chatting, catching up and drinking gin. As is usual when Sarah visits there was an obligatory girls weekend shopping trip. This time we avoided the High Street and went to Spitalfields Market which was just fab. Its a real haven of stalls and shops selling handcrafted and unusual items. There were so many wonderful things on offer, we could have both quite happily spent a fortune, as it was we were actually quite restrained but we have said that we will return closer to Christmas. There is also a large selection of street food stalls which looked and smelt amazing. After a Starbucks Frappuccino stop (we had a #bff BOGOF offer) we headed to Borough Market to pick up some bits and pieces for Saturday nights supper which was a tapas style coffee table picnic, very naughty but very nice too!
After a lazy Sunday morning Sarah and I headed to the B-Street Deli in Bermondsey Street for a coffee and a spot of brunch/lunch. This tiny little deli is a little gem of a place and its fast becoming Tom and I's fave local hangout. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service is friendly and welcoming. The only problem (for us) is that its a very popular place with both locals and the tourists who flock to the area for the nearby food markets meaning we cant always get in when we want to.

August arrived bringing with her a lot of rain and my birthday - oh joy I am another year older lol!! I was at work during the day but Tom was off so he came to meet me afterwards so we could go shopping. We went to Pandora where he bought me a gorgeous ring which is going to be my eternity ring (I am more than happy with this as I am not into super expensive jewellery) and will replace my wedding and engagement rings, both of which are far too big for me now. He also got me some flowers, chocolates, a bottle of American gin and a new set of Project Life cards - I really am such a lucky girl. On the way home we stopped in Waitrose and bought a Chinese meal for dinner which was a lovely treat. We both had the next day off work and after several lengthy discussions about what to do and where to go we ended up heading down to Brighton for the day. We were a little worried that the weather wouldn't be on our side but it was a lovely day, a little breezy at times but on the whole the sun shone meaning that we were able to fully enjoy a day at the seaside. We walked along the Laines and the seafront before heading to the pier were we stopped and sat outside a bar with a couple of drinks. Dinner was fish and chips right on the beach followed by a couple more drinks before we headed home. We both agreed that this is something we really need to do more often, especially as Brighton is just an hour away from us on the train from London Bridge.

Saturday saw us at Mums for birthday dinner, we had a nice time and ended up bringing Scarlett home with us for an impromptu sleepover. Tom was at work on Sunday so it meant that we had the day to ourselves. I managed a couple more layouts (I will do a separate post later to show off some of the pages I have done so far) for the holiday album before S and I curled up on the sofa to watch Disney movies. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially as I could feel the beginnings of a cold - fingers crossed it doesn't develop into a full blown head cold.

Thanks for stopping by - feel free to leave me a comment and/or a link back to your own blog if you have one.

Love and hugs, Jane xx