Thursday, June 12, 2014

New acrylic painting of physcadellic zebras!

Whilst on holiday in Spain looking for pictures to hang on out apartment walls , we came across a picture of two multicoloured zebras. There was also a picture of a frog wearing a crown . I decided that it could do just as good a job and set down to combine the two .

This was the result! 
It's a rather large canvas 32 inches square and although I'm pleased with the shape of them ( I hand drew them ) I'm not so sure on some of the tones of colour and my painting techniques . 
I'm sure it will come with practise but not so sure I'll always be happy.
I still think this needs a little work but of course was never meant to be realistic .

Thanks for looking x

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Jo malone red roses! The perfect vintage scent!

I have just found my new love! The Jo Malone red roses eau de cologne . 
I never tried a Jo Malone perfume before but my friend Sarah had quite a few and I always eye them up. 
So whilst at gatwick airport I quick stepped  in to the Jo Malone shop and had a sniff . 

The problem with perfume is once you've smelt a few they all smell the same but the red roses really stood out. It comes in a perfectly classy bottle and scent  lasts a day.
It's smells of the most perfect rose in the most perfect garden light but heady at the same time. It's sweet but flowerey and I'm hooked! 
It's like  a little vintage dream reminds me of being  perched on the garden wall with a bucket and a twig trying to make my own or swinging past the rose bushes in my nans garden in a pair of jellies!
The perfect happy memory in a bottle, if only we could bottle them all!

So now I need to find a violet scent and I've spotted a little number. So watch this space x

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Whoops , Some of my latest Next purchases.

Ive seen quite a few bits for holidays this summer here is some of my purchases so far. I love next I find things wash well and are good quality so there are always a few new bits in my wardrobe each season.

Next dress nautical

This was my favourite purchase! gorgeous stripe navy dress with loose fitting t shirt overlay only £22 here it was perfect for a day out in Peurto Banus! 

Next stripe cardigan

I've got a bit of a thing for navy stripes at the moment and I Loved this cream and Navy striped cardi it goes with all my bright summer vests. You can find it Here

I Picked up this lovely blue t shirt instore its a really lovely soft material. I Can't find it online but I'm sure it's there somewhere it was £12.

This black long waterfall cardigan is really handy and has washed well for £24 , it comes in many colours and i also have the coral.

Grab an embellished vest , really cute. Here , think I need another!

Next boys denim shirt

Even harry has bagged a new shirt!Here

I have picked up a few more bits I'll pop them on soon. Thanks for looking .

Southends adventure island theme park.

Bank holiday Monday we thought we pop along to adventure island for some fun in the sunshine!

Yes can you believe it bank holiday in May this year was sunny,

Rage adventure island

This is a picture of Darren , Owen, Harry and his friend on The Rage

The rage is the main reason we went , Harry is 9 now and said that all of his friends had been on The Rage, he was just tall enough for a blue wrist band which is 1.2 metres so could Infact go on every ride at adventure island. Which is brilliant for smaller dare devils he hates watching the others have fun!

When we arrived at The Rage which has a vertical drop of---- Harry cried his eyes out ! He was terrified all of his friends had done it and couldn't believe how big it was! 

After watching big brother and daddy ride he soon decided he did not want to miss out, this is his face after riding. He then went on another 6 times!

For those that don't know Adventure island is a free entry theme park where you can pay for rides by tickets or by a wrist band on the day which let's you rides all of the attractions.

Rage Southend

We got there just before it opened and queued for tickets which were £25 for a blue wristband , for a green wristband £20 and for a red wristband £15. 

We could of purchased them online and saved £4 on a blue wrist band which we have done before but the visit was a bit last minute so we didn't this time. 

Adventure island

We spent the day on all of the big rides had great fun 

We popped out to Sands restaurant which part of the group for lunch and sat overlooking the sea. It was a bit more expensive but the food was lovely they also had a live singer which was a nice touch.

There are lots of places to eat inside Jungle Jive cafe , fish and chip shops and plenty of candy floss stops, but we fancied something more relaxing.

You can a cheaper deal for the jungle jive cafe if you book online too. 

We spent some more time inside the park after lunch to make  the most of out of wristbands but it was getting a bit busier so short queues but nothing much more than 10-15 mins.

We just had to grab some hot sugered donuts on the way home the best!

So a few tips, get there early to avoid the main rush and park a bit closer.

Pay and display Parking is available all down the promenade and if you pay with your mobile phone you get a nice little reminder when it's about to run out.

Book your tickets online they are cheaper.

You don't need a wristband for just walking around the park and if your child is under 1.2 metres an adult rides for free! So that's all red and green rides.

If you want to eat in the outside sands restaurant ( near the entrance ) book before you go in although you can't book to sit outside it's first come first served.

If you live local buy an annual pass at £75 , this is something I'm hoping  to do with the boys soon, we live quite local so we will be able to pop along for the morning or evening grab a bite to eat and let the boys ride a few coasters. How cool is that ? 

Watch this space we will be back!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Freshen up the garden with grey paint and a new Acer!

Today We spent the day taking a good look at the garden. As we are doing all the work on the inside if the house the garden has been neglected and we thought we would tidy it up abit. 
Unfortunately the lawnmower has packed up and being such a long garden we have called in for some help to keep it down , but in the meantime the  woodwork was looking tired and the fences need a paint . So we thought we would try a touch of grey , the fence to the right will be painted but will be a bit darker grey.
We can't decide whether to paint the base of the pond or leave it as it is? , we quite like the weathered affect but as they are old sleepers they have aged quite well.
I'm hoping once the fence is painted it will all tie in.

The paint comes n a variety of colours we chose the silver birch and it covered perfectly in just one coat!
 I'm just trying to decide on what colour to paint the shed and the kids climbing frame !
We also picked up a new Acer tree we think it's a  Wilson's Pink Dwarf tree that's been grafted on to another trunk .

It's beautiful ! The colours are stunning think this will be potted up next to our front door it's really a stunner!
The leaves are a bright green with a pink edge and are tiny and feathery. 

So here's to the next round of painting, watch this space I'm getting excited! I love it when you can get out in the garden and it enjoy it! 

Thanks for looking xx

Bonsai and jade plants , Could it be my new hobby?

My friend gave me a little tree to grow on as a bonsai , it doesn't look like a bonsai and I thought what will I do with that? 
I spent the next day searching the internet for bonsai information and decided to try an experiment!

This little jade plant was my nans and was looking very sorry for itself it had branches all over the place and a lot of them were shooting roots. 
I gave it a hard cut back and potted it in to a bonsai dish anchoring it down. 
Jade plants are very hardy and grow very quick that said a new plant can turn in to a mature bonsai in just 3 years ! My plant had been neglected and not even watered for a while but now all the leaves have plumpted back out and I'm hoping for new shoots to train.

With out wanting to waste anything I potted all of the cuttings so I can try some new bonsai and new jade plants afresh. Great for gifts too!

I also tried another little bonsai an escallonia plant which is a flowering privet evergreen. It needed lots of pruning  and still needs the lower branch taken off just wasn't sure at the time . 

Ok so it looks a bit spindly! But I'm sure it will bush out for more trimming if not I guess I should stick to the jade plants! 
I let you know what they look like in a few months! 
Thanks for looking x

Monday, April 28, 2014

Baked Camembert and strawberry

Yummy starter for our anniversary dinner!
Baked Camembert and strawberry preserve!
So easy and looks great!

One round of Camembert
1.5 table spoons of strawberry jam
1.5 table spoons of balsamic vinegar 
Strawberry to garnish

Oven bake your Camembert for about 20 mins you want it really runny.
In the meantime melt your jam and vinegar in a pan till runny.
Simply pour over the top of the naked cheese and dress. 
I put half of mixture on then add a bit more half way through eating so you don't get jam overload!
Serve with crusty bread!
Enjoy ! Xx

The underwear rule , talk PANTS and you've got it covered.

Whilst sitting in the doctors last week I picked up a leaflet on the NSPCC's underwear rule .
The Underwear Rule is a simple way that parents can help keep children safe from abuse - without using scary words or mentioning sex.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy st George's day! And little Prince George.

Happy st George's day . 

I couldn't resist these pictures of the new Prince George at 9 months old. 

I'm not normally one keeping up with pictures of the royal family and or celebrity's as they are more known of nowadays but it's fascinating to see this little boy, he's so beautiful I'm enjoying seeing him grow up. 

I love the history of Britain and  proud of where I come from so it feels like watching a piece of history write itself.

They make a lovely family it must be hard being in the limelight as people watch them living what to them is their normal life, 
Prince George looks like a real bruiser bless him , brings back memory's .
Let's not get Broody now! 
So in the meantime I'll just carrying on nosing! 


Monday, April 21, 2014

Easy Yorkshire puddings and for dessert just add jam!

I love a Yorkshire pudding and once upon a time I never made them and used to buy frozen! I tried them again and persevered and haven't looked back. We met some friends from America and they told us they were popovers! Brilliant name!

 Now even in Spain I can't resist knocking up some yorkshires and it's so simple. 

My Popovers sometimes look a little different depending on the eggs and flour, I find they don't rise as much in France but think that's my oven not bieng hot enough. They worked a treat here.

So to make these in a foolproof easy way it's equal measures of eggs, flour and milk  so you can't forget . For 12 nice full yorkys I use 3 eggs and so for 8 I use 2. 

I've have even used one egg before just because I wanted a Yorkshire with my dinner and this does about 4.

So break your eggs and use the exact same amount of plain flour and milk in a glass. I normally use one glass and make a note of how high the eggs come up.

Give them a whisk add some salt and pepper and bobs your uncle!

Next bit is trickier. Make sure your oven is set to 180c . Place a small amount of lard or oil (lard works best) in to each bun tin and heat for a least 20mins so it's really sizzling hot. 

Making sure your dinner is sort of ready as you must not open the oven whilst your Yorkshires are in there pour some batter in each bun of hot liquid. Pop in the oven for 20- 25mins depending on how brown you like them .

So main points are,

Even measurements!

Very hot fat!

Do not open oven door!

The best bit is eating them after with jam or golden syrup! Just like pancakes! They are delicious!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bistro cherito benevista Estepona review

Having just bought out place in Spain we are trying out the local restaurants , it's really hard finding where to go so I thought for the people who stay in our apartment and for others in the area I thought it would be a good idea to review  them as we go. 

So restaurants , cafés, big , small and the odd day out. 
So first off last night we visited bistro cherito in benevista. I think it's owned by the same people as the Golden sum Chinese.
First breakfast where we had coffees and English breakfast . 
Full English is €5,95 and was a fair size. Lots of outside tables and seemed pretty busy in the morning with locals. 
I actually had a tuna sand which for a change which was toasted but good .
Orange juice was lovely.

The evening they do a 3 course menu for €13.95 good choice , and we thoroughly enjoyed the Thai curry.

All large portions, nice big fat chips. Lovely prawns . 
The waiter was a lovely fellow very nice and attentive.
4 starters , 5 mains , about 8 drinks , 2 coffees was about €90 euros so not bad.

Downsides as with all the restaurants along this road if you sit outside it's along a busy road so you hear and see traffic.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New holiday clothes and Michael Kors plate thong sandals

Seeing as I was going on holiday I thought I'd get some new holiday clothes  and after a day of sunning myself I popped some on .
This is my first go a clothes photo pics so I had help from my son . I figured I would try some real pictures rather than pictures of clothes piled up, I'm not one for photos of myself but here goes.
It's still a it chilly in the evening so jeans go down well with a cardi.

I picked up some new bleach wash jeans in next they are so comfy with a high rise. Here
The cardigan is also from next and my favourite summer colour! Here
Micheal kors sandals which I purchased from the MK store in Peurto Banus last time I was here .Seen here
My vest top was from warehouse last year but they do different colours every year and wash well.
Last but not least my Mulberry Effie satchel .
I'm loving the sandels I'd been after a pair or tan thongs for a while . However they had so many colours I could not decide. The foot bed is padded for comfort and they stay well on your feet, and don't swing around .
Hiding my right toe due it having not quite grown back yet! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

100 hundred happy days catch up

I've been in Spain for a few days so hopefully my next few 100 hundred happy days should be sunny!

Here's my new bedding for the spainish bedroom . Purchased from asda!

Sharing some cava and strawberrys  by the pool . 

Watching the kite surfers at salduna beach.

Organising the boys  packing , I love coordinating!

100 hundred happy days to you see you soon . X

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easy packing with kids and travel roll up pen cases!

I have to say packing for boys must be easier than girls and packing for older children too as they need less stuff!

In trying to prepare for the plane I found these pencil and pens rolls. Which stop the pencils all rolling out of the case and all over the floor! 
Pencil roll was from derwent , pencils from whsmiths. Pens stabilo.
So armed with a pad and an ipad loaded with films all good to go. 

We are travelling to Spain for just over a week there will be a washing machine onsite and the weather should be ok for shorts during the day but cooler in the evening . 

I like to take enough for some change of clothes but colour coordinate them so that my two boys can just grab and go.
They hate getting dressed in the morning even now !

I also like to pair up there clothes so they have the same ie two navy t shirts and two grey. I always used to like seeing them in matching clothes but think Owen is getting a little old for this now. But matching colours makes for nice photos .

I then like to prepare for any event.  Hot , cold , smart or casual, So I have 3 long trousers -  jeans , joggers and chinos and 3 shorts - jeans , joggers, chinos .Then it's done, easy peasy. 

just the last bits like ,
Flip flops 
Swim shorts

On the day of travel I get the kids dressed in layers of the heavier items , so hoody , jeans and trainers .

Same for me really I wear things I can wear whilst there. I thought I'd pop on my new next bright blue jeans as they are so comfy! 
And new stripey cardi which goes with any colour vest. 

And don't forget your kindle!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Casa Espana , our little bit of Marbella spain.

This time last year we bought an apartment in spain. Situated in Marbella 10 mins from peurto banus its a little gem with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Its a ground floor Apartment overlooking the pool, with a lovely terraced area. We have had great fun buying furniture and making it nice and homely.

Its got a lovely wood burner in the living room which comes in handy as it can be quite chilly in the evenings out of season.

The gardens are well kept and it has its own private underground parking.

Even Yoda has visited!

I will be reviewing different places to go and restaurants as we visit them , there is so much to do!