Latest tales and pretty things

Linea Wine Glasses from House of Fraser


As a knackered single parent there is one thing you will always find in my cupboards….wine! I like wine and most nights have a glass after Addy is in bed. It is my treat of the day and a reward for juggling multiple balls in the air single handedly and coping with the constant demands of life in general and motherhood.  I also do it because of the sign below….at least I can offset my guilt with exercise!


And it seems my love of wine is well known on social media too because the lovely folk at House of Fraser (they do gorgeous homeware if you didn’t know) invited me to try out some of their lovely etched wine glasses from the Linea range.  A chance to have good wine in gorgeous glasses….a girl can’t refuse right?

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Reviving winter skin with skin peels


There’s no doubt about it winter is hard on your skin.  Even the best beauty regimes can sometimes leave our skin looking lack lustre, dehydrated and instead of snow flakes falling on your face you may find its more skin flakes!  Our skin is a bit like an eco-system it doesn’t have the same texture all over and certain parts of your face dry out and become taught quicker than others in winter.

One beauty solution that is always popular for winter, and something that I have thought about treating myself to in recent years, is skin peels. Now like me you probably think skin peels are for celebrities but thanks to many experience high street cosmetic salons they are now within reach of many of us.

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Who is your female inspiration? #ARWOMAN


If there is one thing that has changed significantly in me since my divorce nearly two years ago it is my determination.  As a single mum, working full time, juggling long hours in a busy job I have become determined to push myself and set an example to Addison that if you want something there really is no limit to what you can achieve other than the constraints you create.

I haven’t always felt this empowered and the reason for the change came from a programme I watched some months back in which Oprah Winfrey was interviewed about her life, the challenges she has faced growing up as a deprived young girl in the ghettos and how she didn’t see this as adversity she used this to overcome and get out and make something of her life.  She is an inspirational woman, an amazing public speaker and orator and a real epitome of the definition ‘achieving the dream’.  She is also equally humble and does amazing charity and philanthropic and she is ranked as the richest African-American woman in the 20th century.

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I need a hero….well Big Hero 6 at least


If you’re a parent then your DVD collection is probably full of the latest releases from the big movie houses; whether it’s Frozen or classic Disney we have a huge collection in our house and now there’s a new movie that from the trailer alone has already found a place in mine and Addy’s hearts.  All hail the new animated superhero on the block…Big Hero 6.

Big Hero 6, which releases in UK cinemas on the 30th January 2015, is an epic and heartfelt action adventure from Walt Disney Animation Studios that follows robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion – a robot named Baymax – and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

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