Friday, 25 January 2013

The lazy girls home Spa..

I've never been to a real spa (cue sighs from audience) but I am a fan of giving myself a bit of pampering and trying to create a spa experience at home!

A bath filled with glorious bubbles and lit with tea lights surrounding it (or a torch works too..point it at the bathroom ceiling!) is my perfect start to a pampering evening, and I usually slap on my favourite face mask which is currently a Charcoal mask from The Sanctuary range at Boots. I let myself just soak in the bath, and after I've removed my face mask, the pampering really begins!

I love to treat my hands, a home made hand scrub is so easy to make, (I use granulated sugar and olive oil mixed together and then massaged into my hands.) leaving my hands super soft and smooth! Then I treat myself to a coat of nail polish, in a vibrant colour, as it lifts my mood!

For my feet, I don't have the patience to pamper them properly, so I cheat, rubbing on a rich moisturiser, pulling on a pair of cotton socks and putting my feet up with my favourite magazine. I indulge in freshly squeezed orange juice as it feels really indulgent and gives me a big boost of vitamin C, which with the recurrent colds we've been getting is much needed! 

I always feel revived the next day, it's the perfect way to start a weekend, lucky for's Friday today!

This is my entry to #CPFamilyBreaks

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Winter Home Entertainment with Blinkbox

The snow has caused lots of chaos over the last few days, and making trips out has been difficult to say the least! Combine this with Mr G and E suffering with a horrendous cold/flu bug and you have a recipe for Boo and I sat wondering what to do for the evening! Blinkbox, kindly sent us some codes to watch movies online, we were very excited! Via the PS3 within minutes I had Ice Age 4 playing! Boo is quite a fan of the Ice Age films and loved seeing 'the new one!' we sat watching it on the sofa with a huge blanket and hot chocolate - the perfect way to enjoy a wintering afternoon! 

Blinkbox has a great range of films and tv programmes which can be instantly streamed, and there is the option to rent or buy titles - although some e.g. Disney titles are only offered to buy. Price wise, the newest films are £3.49 to rent, and once downloaded you have 30days to first view. Once you have first viewed them, you then have 48hours of first playing them to watch the film as much as you want! This is ideal if you are like me and inclined to fall asleep while watching a film - I seem to take two nights to watch films these days! The best bit about Blinkbox for me is the fact the service is pay as you go, with no subscription I feel I can bring the cinema home without breaking the bank!

Ms G xx

Disclaimer: I received some free movies in return for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Goriami Cacciatore

  One of our favourite meals is Chicken Cacciatore, our own version is slightly different to the authentic Italian dish, and has proved to be a great hit with family and friends. 

What you will need to serve 4 adults and 4 children:

Chorizo a small amount about 1", remove skin and slice thinly (this can be left outbut you will need a little oil for frying and lose some of the rich flavour!)
6 rashers of bacon with all visible fat removed
6 chicken breasts cut into 1 - 2" chunks
Garlic Clove
half an onion, diced
carrot, grated
courgette, grated with skin on
2 stock cubes
1 cup of water
2 tins of tomatoes

Pasta or Rice to serve.

What you need to do:

Lightly fry the chorizo it gives off a fair amount of oil so you won't need to add any to your pan. Add the bacon rashers, chicken, and onion. Cook until lightly brown. Then add the stock cubes by crumbling them over the meat. Then add the remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer for approx. 20minutes. I think you'd get fabulous results cooking this in a slow cooker, but I've not tried it, if you do please let me know! Add pasta or rice to create a tasty dish for all the family!

This post is part of the #FaveFamilyRecipes Competition with BritMums and Tilda Rice. Every pack sold will provide a meal to an expectant mum in need in support of the World Food Programme’s Mothers Helping Mothers initiative in Bangladesh.

Thrifty Fashion #1 ~ Magpie Monday!

Today's Magpie Monday is a dress which I fell in love with and had to bring home! Floral prints seem to be on trend for the spring/summer 2013, so I was delighted to find this Top Shop dress in my size lurking in my local charity shop. It's clearly a summer dress and has a fabulous off the shoulder neckline. I'll dress it up with leggings, boots and a cashmere cardigan to give life over the winter! I think I grabbed a bit of a bargain at £7.50!

I love the Poppy pattern!

Have you had any fabulous thrifty finds?

Linking up with Magpie Monday!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Stuck in a rut?

I've been feeling a bit grumpy recently and I've been trying to work out what it is that is making me feel like a misery guts. It was only when we went to Mr G's Christmas party and I had to panic buy an outfit, that it occurred to me for the last few weeks I've been surviving in an uninspiring wardrobe of jeans and over sized jumpers with the occasional addition of a scarf..a big scarf which I've owned since 1997. Let's face it, it's enough to make me feel  - especially when combined with no make up and scraped back hair.. (I'm painting a great image of myself at the moment aren't I?!).

I'm stuck in a fashion rut, I need to do some serious wardrobe sorting and rid myself of the pieces which don't make me feel a million dollars, so I can smile at the person staring back at me in the mirror. I've always lived by the Audrey Hepburn quote:

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides..

But... I've begun to realise my clothes do affect my mood, whether they should - they probably shouldn't, but they do! So.. I'm challenging myself to clear out and update my wardrobe, introduce more colour and enjoy wearing my shoe collection..(disclaimer: I may need to add to my shoe collection too..sorry Mr G). Maybe it's a New Year thing, as I'm sure I had a similar dilemma last year? 

How often do you clear out your wardrobe? 

Ms G x