Mr Swan is back!

1 Apr

Mr Swan is back!

It was such a lovely day today here, so my partner and I popped down to the lake to discover the resident swan is back! Here is a photo I caught of him stretching his wings out! Makes you realise how big they really are!

Slimming World vs. Weight Watchers

28 Mar

Having lost 4 stone with Weight Watchers not long ago I would recommend it to anyone and everyone and thought that it was the only way that I could successfully lose weight and keep it off. However, a year later Im two stone back up from my target weight and feeling uncomfortable. A few girls at work were doing Swimming World and swore by it, but I wasn’t convinced. Because Weight Watchers was the only thing that had worked for me I felt like everything else was just fad dieting. I was struggling to keep within my points and found it painstaking to work out the points for every little thing I ate. I was assured I wouldn’t be doing this if I tried Slimming World.


So today I took the plunge and went along to my first meeting, which is daunting when you go alone in an area you havent lived in for long. I also felt like I was cheating on WW a little bit. Luckily everyone was really friendly and welcoming. I was a bit confused about how the plan worked to begin with since I found it difficult to stop thinking in points, but you don’t need to count or weigh out anything! I just couldn’t and still cant get my head around the principle of filling up on free foods, considering free foods consists of things like pasta and potatoes. It almost seems too good to be true. But I have friends who have had success with it and I felt exactly the same when I started WW so I am going to give it my best effort this week and find out what happens at my first weigh-in next week. Im not expecting a massive weight loss and I am not looking to lose much in the long term, just what I have put on from my target weight.


I’m interested to know what others have thought of the plan, and also from anyone else who is like me and has tried both plans to see which one they prefer! Please leave comments below! 🙂 



18 Mar


My lovely new candle holder, which creates beautiful shadows on the wall in the dark! The candle is a wonderful Glolite candle from Partylite! 🙂

Egyptian Magic Cream- Day Seven

12 Mar

I have to admit, that I haven’t been using the balm as often as I should this week, but after starting to use it every night, it has dramatically improved the condition of the skin on my hands!

My hands definitely are not drying out as fast since the balm is quite greasy, so even after several hand washes my hands don’t have the tightness and start cracking like they would with other creams. It seems to heal cuts overnight, but not get rid of them completely. I’m going to step up my usage when I can, and see if it gets rid of the remaining cracked skin and severe dry patches! I also tried some on my lips the other night as the weather has been really cold, and the next morning my lips were lovely and soft! 🙂

I would love to hear about other people’s experiences with Egyptian Magic! If it completely transforms my hands, as it has done for many excema sufferers, I might look into petitioning for it to be used as an official NHS treatment for excema. Its shocking that not one of my doctors or anyone else has mentioned this cream in all my years of suffering!


Tea anyone!?

7 Mar

Tea anyone!?

As I am going through the process of planning a wedding (and a vintage one at that), I have fallen in love with anything that has that ‘vintage’ look and am dying to throw a vintage tea party! Once I discovered this gorgeous little glass teapot I couldn’t resist buying it!

Egyptian Magic Cream-Day One

5 Mar

So today I picked up my ‘magic cream’ from the post office and could hardly wait to get it home and try it out! The first thing I noticed was that the tub was A LOT smaller than I thought…(I didn’t really look at the ml).




However, as I opened it up, I realised that it wasn’t a cream but a balm. So you don’t really need to apply much for quite a good coverage.


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The small dip in the balm (as I will now be calling it!) is the amount I used to cover both hands, so the tub should last a long time!


My first impressions of it were good. I spread it all over my hands, including the cracks in my skin, and it didn’t sting or feel itchy! This was a good start for me. I was worried about the smell, as I had read reviews from people saying that the product had a weird ‘chemical’ smell, which I thought was strange since it boasts all natural ingredients, but I couldn’t really smell anything. It just smells like an unscented lip balm. I went to wash my hands about 5 minutes after I had applied the balm and it seemed to stay on my hands pretty well! The skin on my hands was already feeling more soft and supple after just one application, and didn’t leave a tightness like other excema creams did. I went off to work and after washing my hands several times throughout the day, my skin didn’t dry out which is unbelievable for me! I didn’t feel the need to scratch or pick all day.


When I got home I applied a second coat, and it just makes my hands feel wonderful! I can already feel my hands are able to move more fluidly, rather than not being able to bend my fingers due to cracks and severe dryness. The only trouble with this balm is that it is VERY greasy, like many other emollients, so I am finding that applying it when I don’t need to touch anything or do anything is best. I am about to apply a third coat and leave gloves on before I go to bed and see what my hands feel like in the morning.


I am already feeling like this really is a magic cream/balm! Very excited!


Egyptian Magic Cream Trial

4 Mar

After suffering from rather severe excema for many years and having tried every pill, cream and diet under the sun in an attempt to help the condition, to no avail, I was coming to the end of my tether. One day I was randomly browsing the net looking for makeup when I came across a cream that at first glance was supposed to be an extraordinary multi-use moisturiser that customers and celebrities were raving about. A product that boasts all natural ingredients, it is supposedly good for the face under makeup or as a general facial moisturiser, for the body as a general moisturiser and to reduce the appearance of scars and patchy skin tone. It wasn’t until I looked into this wonder cream a bit more that I discovered reviews claiming that it was amazing for excema, due to it’s healing properties and moisturisation combined. I read many reviews from people who had severe psoriasis, acne, burns and skin so bad that they couldn’t move without it cracking and bleeding, who found that the cream helped them.

It seemed too good to be true and at £25 a tub, it was a bit of an investment for me to make for something that might not work. However eventually I decided to take the plunge and order myself a tub, which arrived today! I am going to keep track of my experience and results with the cream on here over the next few weeks and I am hoping that this will be the answer to my prayers! It is not just for me either, as I have several friends who have varying forms of excema and I know they would love to try some without having to buy a tub themselves! Day one of the trial will start tomorrow!  

I really am hoping this is a ‘magic cream’!




Vintage china :)

27 Feb

Vintage china :)

My mum surprised me today with this lovely vintage tea set she found in our local charity shop! 🙂 Its so beautiful I can’t wait to have a tea party and use it! Thanks mum! 🙂

On The Road…to boredom!?

25 Feb


On The Road by Jack Kerouac was one of those books that has been on my to-read list for a very long time, and having heard and read so many great things about it, I was understandably excited when I finally got my copy! It wasn’t long before I was seriously disappointed!


The story moved at a good pace at first, but it slowly descended into madness and incomprehensible gibbering on the part of Dean Moriarty, one of the main protagonists. I understand that the story is about being on the road and being wild and crazy, but it got to the point where I would re-read sentences and still not understand what was going on! I found the language difficult to follow and downright annoying at times. I know that this book and its author are from another time, but I felt like i was going to scream if he described one more person as ‘that cat’ or told Sal (the other protagonist) how much he ‘digs’ various things. Some speeches from Dean were so broken and unbearable to read, such as;

                  ‘Ah-ah-you must listen to hear.’ We listened, all ears. But he forgot what he wanted to say. ‘Really listen-ahem. Look, dear Sal- sweet Laura- I’ve come- I’m gone- but wait- ah yes.’ And he stared with rocky sorrow into his hands. ‘Can’t talk no more- do you understand that it is- or might be- But listen!’

I mean seriously!!?? 


I almost feel sad that I seem to not understand the hype and success that this book has enjoyed! I wish I did get it. I felt like the story had no solid plot, and when I thought the story was finally going somewhere, it would take off again…along that god damn road! I also found parts of this book sad, with its drugs, prostitution, broken relationships, and abandoned children. Even with these sad themes, I found it hard to really care about the main characters, Sal and Dean, whom I felt brought much of their trouble on themselves. Their quest to ‘find themselves’ resulted in them becoming the most selfish and loutish characters.  

I’m sorry to all you die hard On The Road fans out there… but it just wasn’t for me. I’m hoping the recent film adaptation can shed a bit of light on what I’ve just read! I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone who wants a nice easy read. Again sorry to all the fans…and sorry Mr Kerouac. 


Thornbury Castle

19 Feb

Thornbury Castle

Went to a wedding fayre at my wedding venue this weekend, so thought it was the perfect opportunity to take some photos of this wonderful setting!