Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor...

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any stores or products I just wanted to share my latest little home decor smile πŸ’—

Hi Honeys
How are you today? I hope your week is off to a great start.  Hubby is on hols from work this week and we're making the most of our "stay-cation" by using it to have a huge declutter of the bedrooms upstairs.

We have so many bags waiting to be delivered to our local charity shop and another bunch of stuff waiting to go to the local council recycling centre too.  It feels so good to be able to downsize a little.  So much more to do but it's good to make even a little progress.

Hubby's done most of the work (thank you sweetheart x) but it's been great just to be able to spend some time together and have a laugh without being tired from work shifts.  We finished up work for today and I thought I'd share with you the latest little additions to my "calm wall"

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor.

If you've read any of my blog you'll know I have a much loved canvas print on our bedroom wall.  It really does mean a great deal to me because it's become my escape from the overwhelm I feel at times.

This beautiful canvas print helps me calm when life gets overwhelming.

This beautiful little canvas print even helped me get through a CT scan in hospital. If you missed that post you can read it here honeys x

A few things have joined this lovely canvas over time and I now think of this wall in our master bedroom upstairs as my "calm wall."

Rosie's "calm wall" -I adore this wall in our master bedroom, it's where I sit when I want to rest and be calm.

When life gets a little overwhelming, I go upstairs, sit in the middle of the bed and stare at my canvas.  I've done it for so long now that I can almost step into it, walk down the sand covered steps and sit on the beach πŸ’–

The framed print now sitting beneath the beach canvas on the picture rail in the image above was a gift from Hubby.  It's from a series called "Artistic Impressions" and is by an artist called Annabel Burton.  I'd seen it online as the Dunelm website and just fell in love with it πŸ’—  I think I could live very happily in that darling little cottage honeys πŸ’– Look, it even has my laundry dancing in the breeze in the back garden 😍 πŸ’—

To the right hand side of the beautiful cottage print is my much loved Loki Lego figure shadowbox.  Loki was a gift from a dear friend and I adore him πŸ’–

On the other side is a small white frame saying "Welcome!  Everything is fine."  Viewers of The Good Place will recognise this immediately and smile 😊  There are no words for how much I love this wonderful series and I feel so sad that they're not making any more episodes after season four πŸ’”

Well, back to the reason for this post dear ones 😊  I've added the most adorable ceramic birds to my "calm wall" and I'm loving them so much I could just burst!  Here they are...

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor.

As you can see they have been designed to look like origami paper birds and they're just so sweet. I just knew they'd be perfect on the bedroom wall, flying towards the beach in my beloved canvas πŸ’–

When I removed the birds from the packaging they were even lovelier than I thought honeys...

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor.

Up onto the wall they went dear ones and they looked just as I thought they would...

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor.

I seriously haven't been able to stop smiling every time I walk into the bedroom 😊 I just adore them.

I would happily have paid full price for them but imagine my shock when I discovered they had been dropped from their original price of £12 in the George at Home (Asda) sale to £7, then to £1.20!  I have no words honeys! I mean that's less than a cup of coffee!

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor.

They're just perfect and now when I escape into my beautiful canvas there will be birds in the sky too 😊

Origami birds in flight... The perfect addition to our bedroom wall decor.

What do you think honeys?  Have you spotted any bargains recently or changed your decor?  Do you meditate?  How do you find your calm?

Til next time dear ones, smile lots and hug even more, hugs always x

Hugs always, Rosie xx

Friday, 16 August 2019

A Beautiful Garden Guest 🐝

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope and enjoying the last few weeks of summer πŸ’–

It feels as if this week has flown past.  Hubby has this week (and next) off work and we're spending it trying to get through some organising projects we've been planning for a while and generally getting some work done around the house.

Yesterday the rain finally stopped (although it's back again today) and so I took the opportunity to peg out some laundry in the back garden.  Opening the back door,  I spotted the most beautiful garden guest 🐝 and went back inside to fetch my camera.

Well, luckily our little garden guest wasn't in a hurry to go anywhere because he was still outside when I came back to the doorway.  I snapped away while he buzzed and worked in the lavender by our back door and I was so happy when I looked at the photos because one of the images looked like this...   

A Beautiful Garden Guest....

Isn't he beautiful honeys?

I'm ridiculously excited by this photo because I've tried so hard to snap pics of these little guys in our garden over the years and although I have managed to persuade them to be in my photos... well the photos haven't been very good ones...

A Beautiful Garden Guest.... previous attempts to snap a pic of busy bees at work in our garden were less than successful.

This has been a constant source of disappointment to me because I adore these busy little garden visitors and I really do try to do what I can to help encourage them to visit and make themselves at home.

We have three little "bee hotels" set up for them in the garden, they have a tiny drinking station under the blueberry shrub (shhhh! it's a secret... don't tell anyone) and I make sure they have lots of lovely plants to visit while they're here. They've always seemed especially fond of the lavender...

A Beautiful Garden Guest.... previous attempts to snap a pic of busy bees at work in our garden were less than successful.

So, after all these years of snapping photos of our tiny, busy garden guests and wishing I didn't have to use little arrows to point out where they are in the photos when I excitedly shared them 😊 this happened...

A Beautiful Garden Guest.... previous attempts to snap a pic of busy bees at work in our garden were less than successful... then this happened.

I can't stop looking at him honeys and I'm so, so happy to finally have a clear photo of one of our gorgeous garden guests 🐝

The other photos I snapped weren't as clear but were all still better than any of the other photos I've taken.  In this image his body can't be seen clearly but I do love that we can see his little wings in motion...

A Beautiful Garden Guest.... the other images I snapped weren't quite as clear but I still love them.

In this photo he's a little clearer to see as he diligently goes about his work, oblivious to the odd lady standing at the back door snapping away with her camera...

A Beautiful Garden Guest.... the other images I snapped weren't quite as clear but I still love them.

While in this last photo we can, again, see his tiny wings...

A Beautiful Garden Guest.... the other images I snapped weren't quite as clear but I still love them.

The planter he's beside is home to our much loved peonies.  This large planter lives up on a wooden garden chair so that when they grow each year they get the best of the sunshine.  The lavender this year has been as tall as the peonies were in their planter, perched high up on their chair πŸ’—

I'm always happy in our garden honeys.  Whether out feeding the tiny sparrows, squirrels or other garden visitors, checking on how many apples are growing on our tiny apple tree or pegging out laundry, I'm always happy out there 😊  What? I do, honestly adore doing laundry.  I love every little bit of it.  I even love the ironing and folding bits 😊

What's been making you happy this week honeys?  What's been making you smile?  Whatever it is, I hope you have a never-ending supply πŸ’–

Till next time dear ones, have a wonderful weekend, smile lots and hug every single chance you get.  Nothing makes a day happier than a hug πŸ’—  Huggles always x

Huggles Always, Rosie x

Friday, 9 August 2019

Finding Smiles On A Rainy Day..

Hi Honeys
The rain is literally beating against the windows as I write this.  The sky is so dark outside and the rain so heavy that our little garden is eerily empty.  I'm missing what has become my daily ritual of standing at the kitchen window watching our tiny garden guests eating their food.

I have to go out in this torrential rain soon to go to work unfortunately.  According to the weather reports this rain is with us for most of the day too.  It might be good for the gardens, all of this lovely Scottish rainfall, but not so great if you have to be out in it. Or for our much loved little garden visitors who'll be hiding somewhere safe hopefully keeping out of this frightful downpour.

I need a smile before heading out to work honeys.  Something to help me get through my long, tiring shift so I went looking through my photos, taken this week, and sure enough... smiles πŸ˜„

Finding Smiles On A Rainy Day...

It's a true saying that sometimes the brightest smiles can be found on your own doorstep, all we have to do is look for them 😊

Since there are a few photos in this post why not grab a cuppa (and maybe a cookie too) and meet me back here in a few minutes and maybe we can share some smiles with our cuppa 😘

Thursday, 8 August 2019

An Early Harvest Of Beautiful Scottish Bramley Apples - How To Clean And Store Them Once Gathered...

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope, and having a great week πŸ’– Well, it's that time of year again! It's Harvest time for the apples on our little apple tree 🍏

An Early Harvest Of Beautiful Scottish Apples

Yesterday was a really exciting day.  No shift at work so, helped by my beloved little assistant, our furbaby Jade, I went out into the garden and gathered the apples from our tiny tree.  Of course it helps that our tree isn't tall, there's no way you'll ever find me on a step ladder! It also helps that the apples were just falling off the tree 😊 

It does feel very early to harvest the apples, although it's only a week or so earlier than last year, but there really was no choice in the matter.  Over the past week or so we've been losing so many apples from our tiny apple tree because they're just setting out to prove Sir Issac Newton's theory by falling off the tree and bouncing off across the patio 🍎

Every spring I watch our tiny apple tree burst into gorgeous, delicate pastel shades of white, pink, green and yellow as the apple blossom appears.  The blossom eventually falls away leaving a blanket of petals on our patio looking as if we've had the prettiest wedding as it's scattered all over πŸ’–

An early harvest of beautiful Scottish apples - From apple blossom to full grown apples, the life of an apple

From this beautiful apple blossom lovely Bramley apples appear as if by magic.  We planted our much loved little tree in the back garden of our home in the spring of 2007 knowing it would take some years before we could expect apples for our kitchen.

The very first apple, a single perfect apple, appeared in 2014 and the following year, 2015, we had three apples 🍏

While the following year, 2016, in October, later than the now more usual earlier August harvests, we were blessed with only two apples again.  They might have taken longer to grow but they were the most perfect Bramley apples! Of course,  I immediately decided to make apple crumbles using these perfect apples grown in our own garden on our own tiny tree πŸ’—

Last year we had our very first real crop of perfect apples and, by storing them properly we had apple crumbles all the way through till March this year!  To be fair though, they lasted that long (and were still perfect when I cooked the last of them) because there are only two of us and we don't have apple crumbles or turnovers or other yummy treats every single week, we're trying to live a healthier life after all 😊  When I did bake though, it was such a joy to know the apples I used were homegrown 🏑

So, why not grab a cuppa honeys and maybe a cookie, and meet me back here and I'll share our apple adventure yesterday and how you can store your apples if you too have a little apple tree...

Monday, 5 August 2019

Super Easy, Scrumptious Banana Bread - Don't Waste Those Ageing Bananas...

Hello Honeys
How are you today?  I'm trying to catch up on laundry and other little household tasks from the weekend, with the help of our furbaby Jade of course πŸ’–

With the high temperature these past few weeks, even when it's been raining, we've been facing a too often annoying waste of fruit.  We always have fruit in our kitchen honeys, Hubby takes an apple and orange to work with him each day, along with a small "snack pot" containing nuts (right now that's dry roasted peanuts.)

The excessive heat in the kitchen seems to be really shortening the basket life of our fruit, especially the bananas.  I really dislike waste dear ones.  Everything, especially food it seems to me, is so expensive these days so binning wasted food just seems so wrong.

If we had room I'd store our fruit in the fridge but since we've gotten into meal prepping the fridge is always stocked with lovely fresh salads and glass pots of fresh yogurt and fruit.  We need a bigger fridge (and freezer) which we're working on right now, but that brings us back to lovely bananas just wilting away in the heat of our kitchen.

So, I had gone into the kitchen and spotted four little bananas that had to be used or binned and immediately thought of making some yummy banana muffins.  Having made up a (double) batch of muffin mixture (to use the four bananas) well this happened...

Super Easy, Scrumptious Banana Bread...

Yum! My banana muffin mixture actually became a loaf of banana bread and some yummy muffins too and they were wonderful!

Just like the banana muffins, this delicious loaf was so easy to make it practically made itself 😊  Why not grab a cuppa honeys and meet me back here in a few mins and I'll share how I made it πŸ’–

Friday, 2 August 2019

Finding Smiles & Counting My Blessings...

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  Well, here we are in August again!  How did that happen?  Summer seems to pass so fast now, I only wish winter would pass as quickly.  I know lots of people love the winter months but winter really does feel as if it goes on forever here.

We have less than six hours daylight each day in winter and I've said so many times that I'd like to hibernate like a grizzly bear every year 😊

Which season is your favourite dear ones?  Mine, without a doubt is spring.  The all too dark days of winter start to loosen their stranglehold, the temperatures begin to rise a little and our much loved garden starts to wake up from its long winter slumber.

Of course as the garden wakes up, mother nature does too.  The garden has been blessed with so many tiny visitors this year.  It's been such a joy standing at the kitchen window every day watching the birds (so many babies this year!) hopping about the lawn πŸ’–

It's good that I'm an early riser too because they wake me around 5am with their singing, looking for their breakfast, bless them πŸ’—  I'm sure the neighbours are used to seeing me shuffling down to the bottom of the garden very early every morning in my nightclothes to feed them, it's a wonderful way to start the day with the biggest smile πŸ’–

Finding smiles and counting my blessing...

I have to admit I (nearly) felt quite sorry for myself this morning honeys.  It was really difficult getting through last weekend's shifts.  By the time I finished on Saturday evening I had an awful headache and this whole week has felt like trying to run underwater.  Then to add to it all this morning I woke up with an ouchy sore throat.

Which brings us to the point of this post dear ones (and thank you for bearing with me.)  Whenever I start to feel as if I'm not coping very well, one of the ways that I can make myself feel better is by being in our garden.

Just feeding the birds can make me feel so much better, standing at the kitchen window watching them, I swear feels like it makes my whole heart smile πŸ’—

Well, today I really needed to find my smile so I took myself out into the garden and sure enough what I found made me feel better πŸ’—  Our tiny apple tree, which we planted the first full year we lived here, is so full of apples again this year that the branches all seem to be drooping really low with their weight. 

There are so many apples on our tiny apple tree this year...

Our little tree produces Bramley apples, more commonly known as cooking apples and I can't wait to make some lovely apple turnovers, hubby likes those and I've promised our next door neighbours I'll make them a lovely apple crumble πŸ’–

It is almost time for the apples to be harvested, they're already almost as large as they were last year...

Like last year, the apples are all very large already.  Do you remember last year's apples honeys?

Last year's apples were our first real harvest from our tiny apple tree.

I wrapped and stored them and it took us months to work our way through them 😊

Of course when I'm looking for smiles I really only have to open our back door.  Just outside the back door, in a very large planter, we have lavender.  I adore lavender!  As do our other little garden visitors of course 🐝

Our beautiful lavender helps our bee friends

I so wish I could have shown you the busy guest who was buzzing around as I was taking these photos earlier but she just didn't seem to want to be photographed 🐝  Maybe she just wasn't in the mood to stop for a chat  😊  Unlike recently when I had a buzzy friend come visit, rest a while and then fly off again πŸ˜ƒ

I have to go get organised for work honeys, but I already feel a little better for sharing some smiles, thank you for sharing them with me 😘  I hope your day is chock full of smiles, hugs and sunshine dear ones.  Till next time, have a wonderful weekend honeys, hugs always x

Huggles Always, Rosie x 

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Harry Potter Stationery Smiles...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or stores, just wanted to share a couple of little stationery smiles in the hope they'd make other stationery fans smile too 😊

Hi Honeys,
You might have heard me mention once or twice before that I'm a bit of a stationery fan... OK maybe more than a few times then πŸ˜„  I can't help it.  No matter where I am I'm drawn to all things stationery. 

Whether it be notebooks, pens, pencils or colouring pencils, they make me so happy I'm almost giddy 😊 I'm still loving my regular "me" time when the house is quiet and there's just me, a (usually) napping furbaby Jade on the sofa next to me and the sound of my pencils on the page.... joy!

If I'm in an actual, physical store (admittedly very rare these days since my limited mobility means I don't get out very much) I'm irresistibly drawn in the direction of the stationery aisle.  Almost as if it has a little homing beacon that my feet follow all on their own 😊 

If I'm online it would be a safe bet that at least two of the always-too-many-tabs I have open in my browser will be my favourite stationery stores 😊

Imagine my happiness then when Hubby brought me home a couple of surprise gifts he'd spotted in Primark (thank you sweetheart x)  Bless him, whenever he has time he quickly pops into Primark every few weeks or so to see if they have anything new in stock for me.  I'm a very lucky lady πŸ’– 

Stationery Smiles at Hogwarts...Harry Potter Stationery Supplies

If, like me, you're a Potter fan you'll have noticed that the packaging of Potter items is changing.  I like the older packaging, it looks... well, old 😊  The new packaging is lovely too though and I'm just grateful that there are official Potter items available to buy without the eye wateringly high price tags we've all seen online making them far more accessible. 

Why not grab a cuppa then honeys (and maybe a cookie too) and meet me back here in a few minutes and I'll share what Hubby found, including the most adorable pen and pencil set in the shape of wands 😊

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Easiest, Tastiest, 4 Ingredient Tuna Muffins....

Hi Honeys,
I hope you're well and enjoying the sunny weather.  We're expecting thunder storms today, to be honest it would be a blessing really.  It might clear the air a little.  It's been so warm and humid and the rain would be great for the garden. 
So, while our furbaby Jade and I are in the living room waiting for the laundry cycle to finish I thought I'd share a little kitchen experiment that was quite possibly the best yet πŸ˜„

Do you remember those egg muffins I tried making recently?  Hubby and I loved them, paired with a lovely, crisp, salad of course, that I've been experimenting with different fillings for them every week and we've yet to find a version we didn't like!

Egg muffins make such a great snack to have in the fridge too, so much healthier to reach for a muffin when feeling peckish than to raid the biscuit tin.  Perfect for packed lunches too.

On the look out for yet another filling for our now loved egg muffins honeys, I thought what about tuna?  We're great fans of the humble pantry staple, a little tin of tuna.  Tuna salad is a long time favourite so trying to find a way to make tuna muffins seemed to make perfect sense.  Would it work though...

Easiest ever 4 ingredient tuna muffins

In a word dear ones.... yes!  I really was pleased with how these perfect little muffins turned out, Hubby liked them so much he took a couple to work with his salad next day and they were so easy to make they practically made themselves!

Why not grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and meet me back here in a few minutes and I'll share with you how they turned out and how I made them.  See you in a few mins then....

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

How To Help Busy Garden Bees By Making A DIY Drinking Station🐝

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well I hope πŸ’–  Our furbaby Jade and I are having a quiet day today, just like we do most days actually I suppose 😊

We've had an especially fun few days in the garden, with one of my favourite activities this week so far setting up a new drinking station in the garden for our visiting bees & butterflies. 

DIY Hydration Station For Bee & Butterfly Garden Guests

Do you remember last summer we set about trying to attract more bees and butterflies and ladybirds and... well everything really πŸ˜ƒ to our garden honeys?  Well, it worked!  I love watching through the kitchen windows for the birds, and our two regular squirrel visitors, every morning after I top up their food supplies.

Butterflies are still very rare unfortunately, so far this year I've only seen one single beautiful butterfly in the garden and that's just heartbreaking.  I remember as a child seeing so many butterflies all through summer.  I'll add a link to the end of this post honeys if you'd like to find out more about the UKs butterflies and moths, the struggles they're facing and what you can do in your gardens to help.

Our buzzy friends have been in my mind quite a lot recently, more so since I was (nearly) adopted by an adorable little bee a few days ago 🐝

Why not meet me back here in a few minutes with a cuppa (and maybe a cookie) and I'll tell all dear ones ☕πŸͺ  See you in a mo...

Friday, 5 July 2019

A Heads Up For Any Fellow Marvel Fans: Thor Vs Loki At Poundland...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any product or store, just wanted to let fellow Marvel fans know about a surprise collectable find...

Hi Honeys
Just a quick post before I dash off to work to share an awesome tiny collectable Hubby found for me in Poundland...

Thor Vs Loki Collectable From Loot Crate...

You could have knocked me over with a feather when Hubby popped this onto the coffee table in front of me when he got home from work honeys 😊

I mean... it's a tiny Loki! I know, I know.... there's a tiny Thor there too but if you've read this blog you'll have seen the adorable, tiny Loki who lives upstairs in his frame, he was a gift from a dear friend who makes them. 

Of course there is also the Loki figure who now lives on that same picture ledge upstairs now too, alongside the figure of Thor actually because I mean they are brothers, in spite of their occasional falling outs and where else am I going to put a Thor figure if not alongside Loki... I'm rambling 😊

What was my point again.... oh yes!  That I'm a hopeless Loki fan, an unashamed, Marvel universe loving nerd girl who can't help adoring the poor wee put upon younger Asgardian brother of Thor πŸ’–     

Did I just hear someone say but Loki is the bad guy?  <shocked expression> He is not!! <stamps little foot> he's just misunderstood is all and possibly needs a hug 😊

Anyway, as I said this is just a quick post to let fellow Marvel fans know that Poundland has somehow laid hands on a mini collectable which, according to the packaging, appears to have been produced for Loot Crate, the subscription box company which provides a monthly shipment of fandom and games related collectables.

I've snapped some photos of the tiny Thor Vs Loki collectable in question so you can have a look honeys...

Thursday, 27 June 2019

How To Use Less Plastic And Live Healthier Too!

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or retailers, I'm just sharing how we're trying to live healthier and to eliminate as many single use plastic products as we can in our day to day lives x

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  Our furbaby Jade and I have spent today pegging out laundry working on a few tiny organisational projects and we've had a great day 😊  I still have a while before Hubby will be home from work and I thought I'd share a few tiny changes we've been making in the hopes of cutting down our use of plastics and what we're using instead...

How we're using less plastic in our home and what we're using instead...

The last few months have been all about change here honeys.  Not huge, mind blowing changes, just a whole series of little things we've done to try to be healthier and to try to make sure the things we use every day aren't having a negative impact on the world around us.

Why not grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and meet me back here in a few minutes and I'll show you the tiny changes we've made.  No lectures from me dear ones, I promise, just some solutions I've found that I hope might help and wanted to share in case they do.  See you back here in a few minutes...

Monday, 24 June 2019

Changes In The Garden And The Easiest, Most Delicious Apple Crumble Recipe Ever...

Hello Honeys,
How are you today?  All well I hopeπŸ’–  I've spent the past week or so happily shuffling outside very early every morning, at around 5am, armed with bird seed, peanuts and suet balls.  Why so early I hear you ask, well that's when I'm usually awakened by the insistent cheeping and singing of our baby feathered guests 🐦   We have baby birds honeys and oh my are they noisy in the morning!

They are hungry after all and how else are they going to tell me πŸ˜ƒ  I'm having such a great time, standing at the kitchen sink and watching them fly in and out of the blueberry shrub and bobbing about on the lawn and patio πŸ€πŸ’—

Well, while outside in the garden feeding our tiny songbirds I noticed that the apples on our little apple tree had started to appear...   

Changes In The Garden: The Apple Blossom Has Been replaced By Apples, While We Wait For Harvest, To The Pantry And Let's Make Some Apple Crumble!

This is going to be a long post, with lots of photos too, so why not go grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie or two, and meet me back here in a few minutes... oh, and there will be baking involved so maybe grab an apron to put on while making your cuppa, see you in a few minutes...

Friday, 21 June 2019

Wanna Join Me On A Shopping Trip Honeys? An Afternoon Of Fun And Smiles :)

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or shops, just thought you'd like to come with me on a little shopping trip and share the fun x

Hello Honeys,
How are you today?  I'm having a sofa day with our furbaby Jade and trying to ignore the rain pouring down outside.  We really do seem to have had more rainy days than sunny so far this year and it would be lovely to see some sunshine🌻

After an appointment with our lovely practice nurse at the Doctors recently, I decided that since I didn't have a shift at work, I'd go to the hairdressers and have my hair done before heading home.

Well, when I got there the hairdressers was busy and it was obvious that I'd need to wait a while so I thought I'd check out a couple of my favourite shops (the hairdressers is part of our local shopping centre or mall) while I was waiting.

Would you like to share my mini shopping trip with me?

Let's go shopping honeys - An afternoon of fun and smiles :)

There are a lot of images in this post though dear ones so you might want to go fetch a lovely cuppa and maybe a cookie or two?

Friday, 14 June 2019

Challenge 25 - Why You Might Be Asked For Photo ID While Shopping And Which Products Are Age Restricted...

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice, I'm just trying to explain the Challenge 25 policy, used in many situations including the world of retail.  I hope it helps honeys.

Hi Honeys
When was the last time you were asked for ID?  Honestly, I never think about it unless I'm at work.  Working in retail, as I do, we sell lots of age restricted products, everything from tobacco and alcohol to DVDs and games, so naturally I'm often required to ask customers, should they be lucky enough to look under the age of 25, for ID. 

Outside of work though, well, let's just say it's been a while since I was asked to prove my age πŸ˜ƒ 

Of course age isn't the only reason we might now be asked for ID.  Identity theft is a genuine concern for all of us unfortunately, and in today's world, everyone we interact with must be sure that it is, in fact, us they are dealing with and not an impostor.

The Challenge 25 Policy - Why You Might Be Asked For Photo ID While Shopping And Which Products Are Age Restricted

The idea that we have to prove who we are has always felt odd to me honeys.  I mean, I'm me, right?  I know I'm me, I recognise the face in the mirror, shouldn't that be enough?

Why not grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie and we'll have a closer look at when, and why, photographic proof of your identity (and age) might be needed in an average day and what you can use to prove that you are positively you and that you're old enough to buy that computer game...

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Zucchini & Carrot Noodles Baked In The Creamiest, Most Delicious, 3 (at least!) Cheese Sauce Ever...

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  We've had days of rain now in Scotland, days and days.  The closest I've gotten to our garden, one of my happiest places, is popping out to top up the bird food for our beautiful little garden visitors.

I keep telling myself that we still have most of June and all of July and there's still time for a little sunshine to arrive.  I hope so dear ones, I do love to potter around in our garden and of course there's always laundry to peg outside 😊

Well, since I haven't been able to be outside in the garden I've been pottering around inside our home instead.  Tiny organising projects, including a perfect new storage system for those Ikea glass dishes I've been collecting to allow us to dump the plastic containers for healthier meal prepping, which I'll share soon.

Speaking of meal prepping, Hubby has been enjoying taking salad to work each day with him, all prepared on a Sunday evening and thanks to those glass dishes with the airtight lids, still as yummy on Friday as they were when I prepared them days earlier! 

Of course I've been having fun making delicious dinners too.  I love to experiment and since Hubby really liked the Chicken, peppers and mushroom oven bake in that creamiest of cheese sauces (seriously yummy!) I wanted to find something else I can coat in that fabulous cheese sauce and bake for him.  Then this happened...

Zucchini & Carrot Oven Bake In The Creamiest 3 Cheese Sauce Ever

Do you remember my waffling on about the spiralizer we bought recently?  I'm a woman on a mission!  Constantly looking for new ways to cook assorted different vegetable noodles and we're not missing the pasta even the slightest bit 😊

Why not grab a cuppa then honeys, and maybe a cookie, and meet me back here in a few minutes and I'll share all...

Friday, 24 May 2019

Meal Prepping For An Easier Week Ahead...

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any products or a certain store in this post, I just wanted to share what we've been doing this past couple of weeks and how awesome we think it is πŸ’–

Hi Honeys
Do you remember I mentioned that I was curious about something I kept seeing mentioned online called "meal prepping"?

In the past I've always made Hubby's lunch the night before of course and popped it into the fridge for him and when making a casserole or lasagne (or anything else) I've sometimes made an additional large lasagne or whatever I'm cooking to freeze for later in the week.  It makes efficient use of not only my time but if the oven is going to be burning away anyway, it's just as easy to make double and save on the eye watering fuel bills.

The form of meal prepping I keep seeing mentioned though is different honeys.  I decided to be brave and try out meal prepping (in the way it's being shown online) to see what all the fuss was about and I have to tell you I'm completely sold on the idea! I just love it!

Meal prepping for an easier week ahead...

We're into the summer months honeys, as I write this I've just pegged out lots of laundry in the gorgeous sunshine outside, and summer months in our house means salads.  Lots (really lots) of lovely crispy, green salads topped with heaps of health boosting fresh tomatoes πŸ˜‹

Something wonderful has happened to our lovely salads though honeys.  Well, it's all sort of happened by accident.  Sort of.

Why not grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and I'll explain....

Monday, 20 May 2019

Chicken, Peppers & Mushroom Bake in the Creamiest Cheese Sauce.... yum!

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  All well and enjoying the sunshine I hope 🌻  This is our second day in a row of beautiful sunshine and, with the company of our furbaby Jade, I've been pottering around the house looking for little projects to do 😊  There's laundry of course, I adore laundry, but I also decided I'd spring clean our tiny bathroom too.  It's been such a wonderful day honeys πŸ’

Today I thought I'd share one of our favourite oven bakes.  It's ideal as a mid week dinner because it really doesn't take too long to make and really feels like a treat too.

We actually had this yummy oven bake last night and Hubby liked it so much he took some to work with him for lunch 😊 

Chicken, Pepper & Mushroom Bake in the Creamiest Cheese Sauce

Let's take a look at how to make this extra, extra cheesy, extra, extra creamy plate of deliciousness then honeys πŸ˜‹  To the kitchen then dear ones...

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Small Item Delivery From Ikea & A Look At What We ordered...

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to share any products I just wanted to share my experience of online shopping at Ikea and what I choose for my first order x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  Our furbaby Jade and I did some laundry this afternoon, got it all pegged out and when I went out with my next wash, a gorgeous sherpa throw Jade got for Christmas from her Auntie Miriam (She still adores it honey, thank you x) I felt the rain on my face!

So, that was it, luckily the bedding and towels were all dry but I couldn't help thinking it must be wonderful not to live in the rainiest place in the world πŸ˜„

In yesterdays post I shared a tiny kitchen organising project I'd planned using some items from the Sunnersta range from Ikea.  I recently discovered that Ikea will now deliver smaller items!

I knew our nearest Ikea would deliver large, bulky items, having previously ordered a kitchen cabinet and full size worktop from them, but the fact that I can hop online and order organising project supplies and have them brought to the front door is a real game changer!   

I haven't been to my favourite store in around two years I think honeys, we don't own a car and it's just too far away, so home delivery is just the best news! 😍

So, having discovered this wonderful news, of course I wanted to try their home delivery service, so I went to their website and placed an order... 

Trying out the Ikea home delivery service and a look at what's in our order...

In yesterdays post I promised I'd share the contents of this first order and I'll do that today, so, why not grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie or two and meet me back here in a few minutes honeys?

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

A Mini Kitchen Organising Project With Sunnersta!

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote any items, just wanted to share a mini kitchen organising project and being excited that my happy place now delivers smaller items 😊

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  A rainy day here all day today so no laundry being pegged outside unfortunately but laundry has to be done none the less, so not for the first time I've been so grateful that we bought the couldn't-be-without-it-now pulley 😊

Other than laundry, our furbaby Jade and I spent some time upstairs de-cluttering and tidying and also had some fun in the kitchen on a mini organising project. Well, I say we, Jade keeps me company and is in charge of smiles and bringing me one of her toys to play when I'm busy cleaning or dusting or whatever else I'm doing 😊

On Monday we did have a great pegging-out-laundry kinda day and peg out laundry we did ☼  We were also eagerly awaiting a delivery from my happy place... Ikea 😍   Now we already knew we could order large items and have them delivered (as we did when we partially re-modelled our kitchen by buying and installing a new worktop and storage unit along one wall) but I recently discovered that it's now possible to order smaller items too!

Testing Ikea Small Item Delivery & A Mini Kitchen Organising Project

I can't even tell you how excited this made me honeys, ridiculously excited πŸ˜„

I love to visit Ikea, love it!  Unfortunately we don't own a car and it's quite some distance from our home so we don't get to visit very often.  Then there is my limited mobility to be factored in now too.

Last time we visited I was in pain for days afterwards so the very idea I can just pop online and have items for our organising projects delivered is beyond wonderful πŸ˜„

I decided I'd test the delivery waters so to speak by ordering a few items (I'll write a post sharing my mini haul soon honeys, promise.)  Included in that order were a few items I'd hoped would improve the storage we'd previously set up at the side of our kitchen cabinet.

A Mini Kitchen Organising Project With Ikea SUNNERSTA Items

Do you remember my dismay at the discontinuation of the Bygel range at Ikea?  Ikea replaced Bygel with a new line called Sunnersta and as it turns out, it's incredibly useful.  We even replaced the Bygel rail in the bathroom with a Sunnerta rail (and containers.)

So, for this mini organising project, we ordered a Sunnersta rail, a packet of Sunnerta S hooks and a Sunnersta container.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Have You Tried Spiralizing Yet? Zucchini Noodles In Cream Cheese... Yum!

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to promote any products, I just wanted to share a little culinary experiment that worked out really well x

Hi Honeys
I've been having the most fun with a new kitchen gadget and had to share.  The thing is though, in search of some mention of (or dare I hope recipes?) I typed spiralizing into a search bar and wow does it seem that I'm late to the spiralizing craze!

Oh well, better late than never I suppose 😊  I'm trying to cut carbs, having been diagnosed recently with diabetes, and the idea that I can swap out things like courgettes (zucchini) for pasta is just awesome.

After experimenting recently by making one of Hubby's favourite dinners, a lovely cheesy lasagne, using long slices of courgette/zucchini in place of pasta, I'm loving the idea and wanted to try other recipes.  I then spotted my new favourite kitchen gadget online (on sale too!) and immediately hit "add to cart"

Which brings us to spiralizing...

Have you tried spiralizing yet honeys?

Our new spiralizer (a Kenwood electric one) was delivered, washed and set up.  I fetched two courgettes and a large carrot and away I went.  This was my first attempt...

My first attempt at spiralizing and cream cheese zucchini noodles recipe:  I spiralized two zucchini (courgettes) and added a carrot to make it look pretty :)

So, now, having lots of lovely veggie noodles, the question was, what to do with them...

Friday, 19 April 2019

A Whole New Use For Those Hogwarts Ticket Boxes...

Hi Honeys
How are you today?  We've had a lovely, quiet week here.  I've even had time to work on some crafting projects, including the one I wanted to share today 😊

Do you remember a recent trip to Primark where I bought some quite wonderfully packaged, Harry Potter themed, fluffy bed socks?

A whole new use for those Hogwarts ticket boxes...

I knew I had to do something with the fabulous little boxes the socks were packaged in and today I finally did 😊

I can't wait to show you how I've re-purposed them, why not grab a cuppa, and maybe a cookie, and meet me back here in a few minutes...

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Fun With Air Dry Modelling Clay: A Smile Filled Afternoon Of Crafting :)

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to recommend any products or stores, just wanted to share a fun new hobby :)

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  It's been such a beautiful, sunny day outside today and, with the help of my trusty assistant, our furbaby Jade, I had the best day pegging out laundry 😊 

Well, to be fair, I did all of the actual pegging of clothes but Jade always keeps me company.  Jade is in charge of smiles and dropping her ball into my laundry basket to remind me to throw it for her πŸ’—

Other than loving the beautiful perfect-for-laundry weather, I've been dipping my toes into the pool of a new hobby this week too.  It really has been such a lot of fun honeys and I thought I'd share it with you...

Fun with air dry modelling clay: experimenting with a new crafting hobby.

Have you ever tried modelling with air drying clay?  I have to admit that my knowledge of modelling is limited to many happy hours spent playing with Plasticine as a child, but of course that was a (very) long time ago 😊

Plasticine can obviously be re-modelled over and over again. Making it perfect to keep tiny humans occupied and happy during playtime. 

The same is only partially true with the air dry clay I've been using.  It can, of course, be rolled out and modelled into different shapes and designs repeatedly but over time it will begin to harden and set into it's final shape.

Because of this, it's important to only have the amount of clay required for the task at hand out of the packaging and to immediately seal the rest into an air tight container.

This is the clay I used honeys...

Fun with air dry modelling clay: experimenting with a new crafting hobby.

I bought it from The Works and, at £4 for a large kilo pack, it wasn't too expensive to be able to try out a potential new hobby.  They have smaller packs too for around £2 I think.  Having opened the pack and cut a piece off,  I then folded the packaging closed again and popped it into one of the ever-present-in-our-kitchen Istad clip seal bags from Ikea.

I then remembered a rolling pin I'd bought some time ago from Lakeland.  It's patterned, intended to be used when cake decorating, but I've never gotten around to using it and it was still sitting in it's packaging.   
Fun with air dry modelling clay: a patterned rolling pin leaves a beautiful design on the clay.

I've now decided this rolling pin will be kept exclusively for clay modelling, it left such a pretty pattern on the clay.  Let's have a look at what I made shall we honeys?  Don't expect too much, remember I'm only a beginner and even though I adore crafting, I'm not lucky enough to be gifted in the way so many others are who have a natural talent.

Let's take a look...

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Latest Little Hogwarts Smiles 🐍

Disclaimer:  I'm not being paid to recommend any products or stores, I just wanted to share some smiles x

Hi Honeys,
I hope you're having a wonderful weekend so far.  It was such a lovely day yesterday, our furbaby Jade and I pegged out some laundry 😊 It's still a little chilly in the wind but it was such a lovely day I didn't mind all that much and the winds dried my laundry in no time.

I have to dash to work soon but I thought I'd share a smile or two before I go 😊

Latest little Hogwarts smiles...

Do you remember the bag my dear Hubby brought me home as a surprise recently?

Latest little Hogwarts smiles - This has to be one of my favourite bags so far!

Well, I had a thought.  I've noticed so many "attachments" to handbags recently, you know, items similar to the tiny gorillas attached to Kipling bags?  I've seen these little "bag charms" in lots of different designs. Some are made from beads, some from brightly coloured pom poms, there are large sparkly initials... lots of different designs. 

Wouldn't it be fun, I thought, to add a bag charm to my new bag?

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Spring Arrives And Brings New Life To The Garden...

Hi Honeys
How has your week been so far?  Full of smiles and all good things I hope πŸ’–  Yesterday, we had the loveliest rain.  It wasn't heavy, depressing rain (we've had more than our share of that over the winter months) it was more a series of short showers really, it was spring rain and it made the garden look so pretty 🌹

I was standing at the back door, looking out into the garden and spotted how much our much loved peonies had grown in just a couple of days!  Naturally, I grabbed my camera in the hope of being able to share a beautiful, Scottish spring afternoon πŸ’— 

Spring arrives and brings new life to the garden.

This really is my favourite time of year.  I adore spring honeys, I love to watch the garden wake up from its long winter nap, to see new shoots on plants and most of all to see our much loved roses come back.  I so miss our roses in winter!

Speaking of roses, our beloved peonies seemed to be enjoying the rain showers...

Spring arrives and brings new life to the garden - beautiful peonies have started to appear.

In no time at all they'll burst into colour as they do every year, a beautiful, deep burgundy shade of red...