Happy Valentine’s Day!

And Happy Friday the 13th!  😀

Well, with Valentine’s coming up, I’ve just spotted this Valentine’s themed competition (hurry up if you want to enter – ends today!)… and you’re supposed to come up with an outfit for the gent in your life for Valentines.

Outfit and outfit… *giggles*  I’m not one for wanting to go out, so the perfect Valentine’s Outfit for my other half would have to be PJs, a robe and slippers… and the two of us curled up on the sofa watching a good film (or The Walking Dead… so happy it’s back!).

So here’s the ideal outfit for my other half, toothbrush included incase there would be any kissing… with it being Valentine’s and all.  😀


Valentine's gifts for him with Debenhams


I have actually made him a card this year, although it’s just an electronic version. He’s not home for the day (home on Sunday, and yes, we do intend to curl up on the sofa). Chances of me actually managing to send it off on Saturday? Hmmm… about 15% I think! But if I forget, atleast he can see it on Sunday. Some of the pics for the card came out absolutely hilarious, due to one of the dogs photobombing the pics… but some things are best left unseen, so won’t be posting those!

Happy Valentine’s day to all that celebrate it, and wishing everyone else a lovely Saturday 14th of February!


He managed to come home on Valentine’s (well… technically on Sunday morning), and we watched Wyrmwood:  Road of the Dead.  It was  fun!

Am loving my new coat!!!

SAM_0852b New coat!!!  Yes, doesn’t take too much to make me excited.  🙂

But I’m absolutely loving it.  You know those faux fur fleece blankies – those incredibly soft ones?  Well – the coat is like that inside!


To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what it was gonna be like, as it was ordered online… and when all you got is a pic to go by, it’s always a wee bit of a worry until it arrives.

So, I was dead chuffed when it was absolutely lush.  And the good thing about it, not being from a high street store is that hopefully I won’t be wandering around with it on, and seeing tons of others wearing the same (one year I had a Next coat – I swear half the female population of the UK had the same blooming coat).


What’s even better… I won it.  🙂

Well, technically I won credit to the store, but as this is what I picked, it became my prize.

I also got a dress, and a jumper for my credit, so over the moon with my goodies.  🙂


Coat is from Sheinside.  Their clothes are CHEAP.  And I mean… really cheap.  Delivery is as expected (I often order from Asia… and generally it takes between 7-10 days.  Quickest I’ve had something arrive is 5 days… and longest is about 2 weeks)… but the “processing time” (what the heck is that supposed to mean?) took what felt like forever before it got sent off… but then again, if you’re not in a hurry, having to wait a couple of weeks before the clothes are shipped off shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

However, I think the clothes has been made for tiny little elven creatures like Kylie Minogue!  I got the coat in Large, but it’s more like a M (this was anticipated, which is why I got large)… and my dress and jumper is “one size” (one size for petite 12 year olds – hahahaha).  I really liked them, so thought I’d chance it, considering it wasn’t costing me anything.  🙂

The jumper fits, and will be used, but it is a size smaller than I would have prefered.  The dress however…  oh my goodness – my derriere is atleast 2 sizes too big for it.  Hahahahaha.


And if you fancy trying to win some vouchers yourself, there’s loads of contests over on Polyvore for credit at stores!  And even if you don’t fancy playing virtual dress-up in the hope to win something, it’s loads of fun making other sets too!  Think of it like a very tidy and attractive Pinterest… you pick the items you like, and add them together in a set:


Home sets, fashion sets, arts & crafts, beauty, art and impression, hair styles… basically anything you want.  🙂

Move over Mary Berry!


I made biccies!!!  And yes, I’m uber-proud, as it’s the very first time I’ve made biscuits.  I’ve made cookies (the gooey variety) many times, but never given biccies a go before.

And clearly they were edible, as the other half had polished off 4 of them before I got to take a pic of the finished result.  😀

However, haven’t tried them myself, seems an odd side effect from the pills are NOT wanting anything sweet.  Can you imagine?  I’ve gone three days without chocolate!  For a complete chocoholic, this is very odd indeed.

Anyway, onto the biccies…


To make the super easy biccies you will need:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup chocolate!
  • 1 egg yolk

Put the oven to 180 degrees c – and mix everything apart from the chocolate in a bowl.  You’ll have to get your hands in there.  😀

You’ll get a crumbly “dough” that will stick together.

Throw in the chocolate.  I used little chocolate drops, but you could just take a plate of chocolate and go crazy and whack it with a rolling pin until you get little pieces.  Great for stress relief too.  😀

Give it a few stirs with the hands, and then shape little pieces of the dough into balls and flatten.

Mine made 20 biccies, but the cups I used were fairly large.

Stick in the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until golden around the edges.

They will be floppy when out of the oven, so places them to cool, and they’ll harden right up!  Proper crunchy and melt in your mouth with all that butter and sugar.  😀


Posted for the ace competition running over at Stuck in The Tree – hurry up, though!  You only got until tomorrow to enter… but what an excellent way to spend a rainy weekend – baking something yummy!  🙂

Open to all who have a paypal account!!!  So not just limited to the UK!


Sweet dreams…

But if the below really was my bedroom… would I actually be able to sleep, or just marvel at it’s beauty?  🙂

Good to be home

The above is my entry to My Dream Bedroom… and isn’t it simply a dream?  And here’s what it’s made up of:

  • The view!!!  Well, this is priceless… and if anyone finds one without a price tag, please get in touch.  😉
  • A white room… any old white paint will do.  The great thing about “brilliant white” is that you never have to search for a matching colour if you run out – just pop by a local shop, or even a large supermarket and they’ll have tins of it cheap as chips!
  • The bed… (and I have to admit, this was the closest thing I could find to what I got.  I love my bed.  It’s the bed I always wanted, and I got it 7 years ago.  Gone through a few matresses, but the bed’s still going strong.) a bargain at £199 for a kingsize!
  • A chandelier… (and again – I got one in my bedroom!  No-where near as fancy as this one… just a simple lightbulb, with cream cast iron and a few glass drops) coming in at £168.  So gorgeous though… but unless you actually got the bedroom shown above, it might be a little much… but how ace would it be in a dining room?  Ooooooo.
  • A large free standing mirror… so stunning it makes my heart ache.  And the price isn’t too bad either, at £175 including delivery.
  • A beautiful chest of drawers… ah – imagine having furniture without worrying about pets ruining it!!!  But for those that doesn’t have norty four-legged ones, this could be yours for £270.
  • A fancy suitcase for throws at the end of the bed… yes, this truly is a fantasy bedroom – as the suitcase is worth more than our car!  Hahahahaha.  But if you got £1182 to spare this baby can be in your bedroom.
  • I simply love the rustic looking bedside table for £177, and so handy to stick glasses (and I mean those for the eyes) into at night… I’ve lost count on how many my eldest dog’s chewed up.
  • And in my fantasy, my dogs won’t be taking up the whole bed – instead they’ll snooze in their very own dog bed!  This is of course never gonna happened… even if the bedroom materialised, chances are it would be me having to sleep in the dog bed, as there would be more room there than in the proper bed (I can’t understand how the dogs can take up so much space – they’re JRs!  Somehow they become the size of St Bernard as soon as they jump into bed).  Best sit down for the prices though… starting at £543!  And goodness knows what sort of shipping would come on top of that.
  • A beautiful cherry blossom wreath, which was at sale for £6, but sadly sold out… but that just gives an excellent excuse to make my own!
  • And how fab is the bedside table lamp?  Really loving the rustic look of it, and it can be all yours for £80.
  • The simple pink cushions are perfect, not just for the bedroom, but scattered on the sofa too… and a bargain at £7.99.
  • And talking of cushions, the fab knitted neutral coloured cushions are on sale for £10!
  • And just incase it gets a little chilly, a pink throw is added to the suitcase, and again this can be snapped up on sale for £20.60.
  • And last, but not least, an uber-cute milk churn vase for some fresh flowers, the one shown is for sale at £35, but they also have larger ones, and glass ones.

No curtains!  I’d want to see the sky going to sleep, and waking up.  No rugs, as I love the clean and fresh  look of the room with just the white floor… although I think I would invest in some fluffy slippers!

And of course, being my dream bedroom, the house would be big enough to have a seperate room for wardrobes.  😀


Posted for the awesome competition hosted over at Heart Home, and sponsored by Anglian Home.  Closes on the 25th of August – so still plenty of time to enter – and it’s loads of fun too.  😀

My dream bathroom…

It’s a little difficult to blog about my dream bathroom… simply beacuse I just about have my dream bathroom… for the house I got, that is. 😉

I love my bathroom… but it’s tiny.  I would love to get a new bathtub.  Not that I’m complaining, the one we got is deep and long, and doesn’t leak.  Hahahaha.  But it’s the bathtub that came with the house, and some of the enamel was chipped away.  A new bathtub was out of the question, so we tried enamel spray – with dismal results!  Hahahaha… it just made it look even worse, but nevertheless – it’s an excellent bathtub for taking a bath, although it might not be the most pleasing to the eye.

Sure we could now save up for a little while, and I could finally get the roll top bathtub I want… but there’s more to consider.  The walls would have to be retiled, as the tiles doesn’t go behind the bathtub, and we’d also have to get new flooring, as the floor covering only reaches to the bathtub, and not under it.  So instead of something that wouldn’t cost too much, we’d end up spending a fair bit, and making a heck of a mess whilst carrying out the work.

And here’s my bathroom:

Pics taken a few years ago, but it looks exactly the same, apart from the aquarium is swapped for a catbed, and the flowers swapped for a aloe vera plant in an ice bucket.  🙂

It wasn’t always my dream bathroom… in fact is was horrendous!  Here’s the pics (excuse the quality… I got no idea which CD they’re on, so instead took a pic of images I had printed myself… and hence all the stripes.  First pic taken first day moving in, the other one a week or so later, and you can spot the window frames become white, and new different curtains up) of what it looked like when we moved in:

It truly was awful.  First thing we did was expand it a little… there was a tiny hallway as you went to the bathroom, so we got rid of that one, and gained the space where we hang the towels and have the small white cabinet.  Then we put new tiles on the three sides (yes, three, as where the hallway was there’s huge closet, which is ideal, as we got the tumble dryer in there, plus all towels and underwear) above the bathtub.  Then we got an electric shower, as the previous owner brought his with him!!!  We then swapped around the toilet and sink places, to make better use of the little space we got.  We built a counter and got a new sink, and also built in the tank of the toilet.  Then it was the ceiling… we really wanted spotlights, so ended up panelling the ceiling!  Walls got panelled, and the room painted.  First we had it light blue, and then we changed it to the colour showed on the top two pictures.  The only thing we’ve changed since we did it up in the first place, is the floor.  We first had black tiles, now we got black lino (had just redone the floor on the top two pics).

So – my bathroom is my dream bathroom for the space I got!!!  😀

To get my true dream bathroom… well, then I would need a bigger house.  Hahahaha.  And what sort of bathroom would I want then?  Well – the one shown below on my quiz results from Victoria Plumb would do me just fine!  It’s absolutely gorgeous (and I’ll take the view too)!  And take the quiz – there’s £250 of vouchers up for grabs – and it’s fun to do.


I’m want:

  • More space
  • Roll top bath
  • Vintage and charming

Other then that I’m really not fussed.  🙂

But just incase there’s some confusion… here’s the sort of thing I’m looking for:


Posted for the awesome giveaway from Victoria Plumb hosted over at Mumsnet – you got until the 27th to enter, so hop on over!



Look at what arrived today!!!  Eeeeeeeek – so excited!  Massive big thank you’s goes to Victoria Plumb and Tots100 – am absolutely over the moon.  😀

Am so uber excited – we’ll be getting a new fridge.  Have been drooling over the super fridge freezers over at John Lewis, and cannot wait to order one… although I shall be doing my very best not to order it for a couple of weeks.

We’re moving the washing machine out of the kitchen, as we need to think of how we’re gonna do the layout when we start redoing the kitchen… so I shall try not to order until the washing machine is out and we can assess the space… whether I can restrain myself from ordering for a couple of weeks remains to be seen.  😀

Was gonna treat ourselves with the leftovers…. but I think we will save what’s left for a little while instead, and save up the difference for a new cooker.  I have to say, our cooker is amazing though.  Ancient, but amazing.  Well… ok, so one of the rings stopped working a few years ago, but the oven on it is pure magic (have to admit I’m not too chuffed the oven never really turns off completely, but instead has a nice heat constantly in it) .  Which in turn manages to turn into a problem, as there’s no glass on the doors, and if you forget to check things each minute you’re bound to end up with charcoal instead of dinner.  Nevertheless… it’s amazing!  Pizzas done in minutes, and we’ve learnt (read:  the other half) to make perfect roasts in it.  🙂

And to add to the good news – I managed to get a picture of my two adult kitties together.  Yes, it’s a rubbish picture – but I hurried as quickly as I could (which is’t very quick at the moment… been having a few bad days) and of course Monkey-Pie jumped down to see me.  But, blurry, and with subjects on the move – it’s still a picture of the two of them together!  😀


If money was no object…

Outfit of the Day


As the title says – if money was no object – then I’d be wearing the above whilst walking the dogs!  😀

Isn’t is just perfect?  I love everything above – absolutely love it… it’s so me.  But of course, money is an object… and to have a specific summers-day dog walking outfit isn’t really an option… 😀

Instead – this is what I actually look like walking the dogs:


But, back to my dream dog-walking outfit, which consist of:

  1. A gorgeous cream lace dress from Topshop – so girly and summery!  Which is why in reality this could never be a specific dog walking dress… can you imagine what it would look like after having been walkies with two bouncy and muddy Jack Russels?
  2. A beautiful watch from The Watch Hut – and I can assure you it wouldn’t just be used for dog walking.  Beautiful enough for a night out, but still having that down-to-earth-look perfect for walking the dogs.  😀
  3. Practical boots from Deichmann – well, if you’re walking the dogs you need something practical… and these look like they will survive both mud and cow poo!  Hahahaha.
  4. A stunning cream lace parasol from Blissful Gifts Bridal – how pretty can it get?  Clearly very pretty!  I got this thing for lace parasols… I keep drooling over them online, but never taking the plunge actually getting one.  2 dogs and 4 cats – it would be shredded within 10 minutes… but a girl can dream.
  5. Fab handbag from Debenhams – I’m not much of a handbag-girl… but I love this one.  Cross-over bag, so no worries about it falling off anywhere, and I love that it’s simple, yet quite stylish.  Perfect for sticking a pocket camera, ciggies and a chocolate in!
  6. Cool sunglasses from John Lewis – in my ideal dog-walking fantasy I don’t need prescription sunglasses – and these are spot on to match the rest of the outfit.  I’d be the best dressed person walking their dogs – ever!
  7. And this lovely rustic necklace from Energy Muse – yes, this simple necklace would finish off the outfit to perfection for me.  😀


This is my entry for the fab “Outfit of the Day” giveaway hosted over at The MAD Blog Awards, thanks to The Watch Hut.  Super-fun to enter – and there’s still plenty of time left!  Ends 11th of July, UK entries.

Aaaaaaand – I’m so chuffed, big thank you to both The MAD Blog Awards and The Watch Hut – if it wasn’t for the giveaway I would never have discovered Polyvore!  I love it!!!  It’s a like a tidy Pinterest.  Hahahaha.  Only one problem… it could get addictive… very addictive indeed.  Am doing my very best to stay away from it… my bet is I’ll be able to stay away for a week… if I cannot be found after that – I’m over at Polyvore.  🙂

Cool and fresh Mediterranean…


As soon as I hear Mediterranean, I think warm colours… so what to do when you’re to “bring the colours of the Mediterranean into your home”, and you’re looking for cool and fresh colours?  Well, then you pick the Azores!  😀

I’ve never been to the Azores, but I’ve heard so much about these magic little islands, as my other half has spent 9 years of his life living there.  And as soon as I spotted the competition over at Cunard, I thought “Aaaaaaaargh – they’re not gonna have the Azores listed!” – but how wrong I was.  Horta is indeed listed as one of the destinations!  😀

Aaaaaand, as I’m about to start redoing the kitchen (oh how I wish it was just decorating… but we’re gutting the whole thing, and starting afresh)… this was the perfect kick up the backside I needed to actually start planning how I want the kitchen to look.

So, here’s my pinterest board for my cool and fresh Mediterranean inspired kitchen:

Inspired by the gorgeous black vulcanic sand, the soothing grey and blues by the sea, the white of the waves, and the lush hydrangeas and greenery, and the style of Horta itself.

  • Black vinyl flooring
    White panelled walls
    Simple rustic looking table, chairs and bench
    A couple of striped cushions, picking up on both the blue, green and bold lines
    Am so loving the pebble placemats!  Nearly as fab as the footpaths in Horta
    Fresh flowers for the table, in a simple light blue jar
    A splash of colour with a hydrangea painting
    New plates – love the bold black stripes
    A simple shelf with a few ornaments:  A wave sculpture, a whale sculpture and a really sweet oldfashioned kettle

Alright… you might think having a wave and whale sculpture a little odd for a kitchen.  Clearly you should see my bathroom – where I got 4 crystal decanters and an icebucket that works as the pot for my aloe vera plant!!!


Posted for the superb competition hosted over at Cunard (ends 20th of June – so still plenty of time to enter!), who’s teamed up with Love Chic Living & The Swelle Life to bring us all a little bit of Mediterranean love.  😀

I am shelf-lessly showing off my shelfie!


What to pick when showing off a shelfie?

I’m one of those that place things on any surface… so nearly everything becomes a shelf.  But I’m not one for ornaments… Instead I will place books, pictures and various odd vintage things about… and the stick in dried roses if I see a spot that’s free.  😀

So… for my shelfie, I picked the one and only place where I actually have an ornament.  *feels like such a pro shelfie-er*  😉

The above is a pic of my homemade console “table”.  It’s not a table at all, bless it.  My hallway is so narrow (and hence the crooked pic, it was either that, or half of the pic covered in the staircase bars), so there’s no room for anything… but we made this so it basically takes up no room at all.  The drawers are all fake, as they’d be so tiny we wouldn’t be able to use them for anything.

But – I am well chuffed with it – it breaks up the long wall, and cheers the place up a wee bit.  There’s also just about enough room for us to throw our keys next to the Bible.


So – what’s on my shelf?


An old German Bible.  It’s got a few paint splatters on the front, but the rest of it has aged to perfection!  😀



This is the one and only thing that I count as an “ornament”…  I got her at a boot sale for £2.  Normally not anything I would go for at all – but her coy pose caught my eye, and the colours fit in nicely, so home she came.  😀



I don’t even know what this is… a barometer?  Whatever it used to be – it isn’t anymore.  It doesn’t work, but I love the shape.  It’s sassy and fun – and I love it.



An old planer!  Oh yes, what shelf is ever complete without some old woodworking tools?  😀



A framed pic of my other halfs parents… looking so young and beautiful.  If I remember correctly the frame is from TJ Maxx (in the US, TK Maxx here in the UK).



A really cheap and tacky globe.   Hahahahaha.  But from a distance it does the trick… as long as we don’t try to lift it… weighs just about the same as feather.



Yet another old woodworking item… well, there was room on the shelf, so I just had to fill it.  😀



An old lantern – this one was a gift from one of my neighbours.  This is my fave lantern (I also got one in the livingroom, and one in one of the bedrooms), and I’m well pleased with such a fab gift.



A lamp.  Hmmm… yes, as you can see I’m not too excited about it.  I used to have one I loved there, but when I got the piano for the livingroom, I decided to use the one I love there instead (considering I spend more time in the livingroom then I do in the hallway).


There’s also the phone, which I try my very best to hide behind the lantern.  It’s not something I want on show, and it’s only there as we need a landline for the internet.

And of course there’s also a few dried roses (I love dried roses!!!  Perfect for sticking on top of frames and mirrors, or on shelves and hanging on the walls).


This is posted for the awesome Victoria Plumb giveaway that’s hosted over on Tots100, so why not hop on over there to have a go (ends 6th of June)… and while you’re at it – give the Great British Home Quiz a go!


The Home Quiz was quite good fun – and yes – I do agree – I so want that bathtub!!!  I would give my right arm (ok… so maybe not my arm – but I’d certainly give somebody’s arm for it!) for a tub like that…  *daydreams*

Here’s my results – and even if you don’t want to show off your shelfie, there’s £250 of vouchers up for grab for taking the quiz!!!  (Ends 30th of June)



 Edit:  I won!!!

Oh my goodness – I couldn’t believe it when I noticed a pingback from the winners page… and that the winner was my shelfie!!!  Eeeeeeeeek!  I am so excited!  Gonna get a new fridge, and quite a few treats too.  😀

Am so incredibly happy.  Our fridge-freezer has been on it’s way out for years (it’s a mircle that it’s still running… sounds like an angry swarm of bees, and half the time the doors won’t shut), so am completely over the moon, as John Lewis sells fridges.  😀

Massive, huge thank you’s to Tots100 and Victoria Plumb!

Scroll down the comments to see the link to the winners page, and have a looksie at the fab runners up!

MasterChef – here I come! ;) #BettaRecipe


As I’ve said before… I cannot cook.  At all.  However, even I can make a delicious snack in the kitchen!

But… sadly my snack-making abilities stops at boiling water.  Normally not a problem, with my other half dishing up mouthwatering delights, but I did of course spot a fab competition this evening.  Which involves a vegetarian recipe.

I did mention I cannot cook?  Just wanted to make sure.  😀

Soooooo – here’s my recipe for oh so spicy noodles:




Cooking time:

  • 5 minutes, including preperation



  • 25p + electricity


Equipment needed:

  • Saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Pasta server
  • Fork
  • Stove


Step by step:


1:  Open pack of noodles.



2:  Add water to your saucepan.  Open “soup base” that came in the noodle pack, and whack in with the water.



3:  Chuck in the noodles with the water and soup base.  Throw away the wrapping the noodles came in.  Pot saucepan on stove, and turn up the heat.



4:  Whilst waiting for water to boil, open “Flavouring oil” and pour into bowl.  Throw away wrapper.



5:  Use pasta server to give the noodles a wee stir when water has reach boiling temperature.  Lower heat, and let simmer for a couple of minutes.



6:  Turn off stove.  Use pasta server to drain and spoon the noodles into bowl.



7:  Use fork to give noodles a good old whirl to get the oil to cover them nicely – enjoy!!!


If you can actually cook, and want to enter – head on over to Betta Living!  Post your vegeterian recipe in a blog post, and send them an e-mail with the link… ends today!  Must use ” #BettaRecipe ” in the post.


No, this isn’t serious, incase there someone with a bad case of “wet blanket”.  I needed something to cheer myself up.  Unless I’m the only entry (hey – it’s happened to me before!) I have no hope when it comes to anything that involves cooking.  😀

But – I am serious about these noodles!!!  These noodles are AMAZING.  They are so spicy, and absolutely fantastic.  I don’t order mine online, but buy them at Home Bargains when in store.  Eat them just like above, used them in stir fry.  Perfect for lunch or part of dinner… or like we occasinally do, just beacuse it’s so quick and easy, actually have the noodles as the whole dinner, and just have fresh bread with it.