Introduction

Hey, you found me and my world of thoughts! congrats :) prepare yourself for lots of foody related thoughts, peeks at gifts I make and my general ramblings. On a more personal note, I used to Follow Slimming World but now I have switched to Paleo. Still waiting on my cave woman outfit. I hope you stay a while and enjoy!

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Most Precious Gifts of All


This is abit of a personal post but its something I think of alot at the moment.
A few weeks ago I was with a group of mums at a certain event and they were all talking about their children in such negative ways.....saying things like...."I wish I had stopped at child number 2" "If I could send mine back I would" "Wish id never had children, the world revolves around them!"......whilst I sat listening to them, inside I felt so shocked at the things these mums were coming out with. Then one lady sat up and said "I would give anything to be able to have a child, but unfortunately I can not have my own children, so I think you are all very lucky"...that brought them all to silence.
That conversation has been something that has stayed with me over the last weeks and I often think about it. The lady that spoke up was very brave to say such a personal issue for her and I really feel good for her!
I see so many posts on Facebook & Twitter moaning about being pregnant and moaning about their children, and I know they probably wouldn't want to change a thing, but maybe they could just spare a thought about how lucky and blessed they are to be able to have the most precious gift of all.
There are people out there who would give anything to be in their position.



Sunday, 29 July 2012

Let The Summer Holidays Begin! - 1st week - Survived :)

This week was the first week of the Summer holidays and because my other job is being a Professional Nanny it means extras hours and longer days. It can be quite daunting at the prospect of entertaining two kiddie winks all week but I must admit this week has been an absolute blast.

The essentials for this week was - High Factor Suncream, Cool Drinks and Towels!!

Here is a sneaky peek at what we have been up to>


Kettering by the Sea
We visited Kettering By the Sea which was fantastic & FREE :)
It was a fantastic set up with a large constructed sandpit surrounded by a white picket fence and the water fountains were switched on, which the children loved running through and getting wet.....good job I was armed with towels and spare clothes.........just wish I had taken some for me hehe...such a great way to cool down!
I got chatting to a few of the parents there and everyone I spoke to was singing the councils praises for the organising and running of the event which was such a refreshing change. Great job Kettering Council, we shall be back next week.
http://www.kettering.gov.uk/marketplace/news/article/30/kettering_by_the_sea_returns


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Wicksteeds Park was great fun! we are very lucky to have this wonderful park close by. It has one of the biggest and best free playgrounds in Europe and the children just love going. We took a picnic with us and enjoyed a lovely afternoon there!
http://www.wicksteedpark.co.uk/



I took the kiddies to register at their local library and they are taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge :)
http://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
 Picnic in the park!

 Beautiful blue skies all week!

 A Friday treat to Kids Play in Kettering
http://www.wherekidsplay.co.uk/kids-play-kettering-so-much-to-do.htm

 We baked Moshi Monster Eyeballs.......eek!

 My Favourite day was Strawberry picking at Dovecote Farm. We took our baskets and wandered up and down the lines of Strawberries choosing the yummiest, ripest berries to pick. It was a lovely afternoon and once we had filled all our baskets there was time for a peek around the little chic farm shop and gift shops and of course leaving time for a play in the wooden playground.

They were sooooo delicious and the kiddies enjoyed filling their baskets as well as their tummies!
http://www.dovecotefarm.co.uk/pick-your-own

Such a busy week but very enjoyable, it all made me realise how much I LOVE being a Nanny. There isn't many jobs where you get to enjoy the beautiful weather and do so many fun things. I feel very lucky to have such a wonderful family I work for and two amazing children.

On Thursday on our way home from Strawberry Picking the eldest child said to me:

"I have had so much fun today, thank you Lyndsey"

That just warmed my heart and completely made my week.

I cant wait to tell them where we are going next week :0)

Monday, 9 July 2012

My Logo SOS - Winner Announcement!

And the WINNER is..
Entry 3 - From Vicky at Hestia Design

I love the simplicity of the bow and gift tag and it will fit really well with all my gift ranges.The colour is something I never would have tried I think its a kind of champagne/golden shade and really has added a richness to the design and the layers of the bow are so pretty and I love the smoothness of it!....I am super happy!

I am really looking forward to working with Vicky and setting up her advertising page on my website and will give you as much publicity as I can via Twitter, Facebook, Website, Blog and my Printed Catalogues.

**CONGRATULATIONS**

My Logo SOS - The Entries!

Last Sunday I launched "My Logo SOS" and this week I have been so touched by all the lovely people who have entered. I can not thank you all enough for taking the time out of your busy days to work on a little logo for me! I really am truly grateful and choosing a winner will be tough.

Firstly I would like to share all the entries with you all:

Entry 1 -  From Michael Hamon (Twitter lias: @007Hammer



Entry 2 - From Siobhaun Miniard (Facebook entry)
Entry 3 - From Vicky at Hestia Design (Twitter Alias - @HestiaDesign)
 Entry 4 - From Susan at Vintage Daisy - (Twitter Alias @_VintageDaisy_)




 Entry 5 & 6 - From Adam Jones (Twitter alias - @AdamR_Jones)

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Thank you to Michael, Siobhaun, Vicky, Susan and Adam for your time and effort and for taking part!

Now here comes the tough decision.....which one?

I shall Tweet the Winner at 9pm.

In the mean time, what do you think?

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Thrifty Thursday - Week 1 - Freeze Fresh Herbs

Welcome to a NEW blog feature that I hope to keep up every week.

After struggling through redundancy, job changes and setting up a brand new business I have become very custom to a bit of Thriftiness and to be honest I have grown to enjoy it and can not imagine living any oter way now.
I have picked up alot of money saving tips and discovered my own along the way which I would love to share with you.

"Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves!"


Thrifty Thursday - Week 1

Freeze Fresh Herbs

I find the best time to pop into most supermarkets is at the end of the day and its great what reduced goodies can be found. On my way home this week I popped into my local ASDA and was so delighted when I peeped in the reduced trolley and saw fresh herbs reduced to 10p.....YES 10p! I happily took advantage and popped them in my trolley. There was Coriander, Chives, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme!! I was in heaven as I love fresh herbs and would rather use them than dried herbs.

So my tip is to : Freeze Fresh Herbs - They can then be used direct from the freezer and added to stews, sauces, veggies and meats for a herby treat. And when you find them reduced to 10p you can not go wrong!


Pop each herb into its own container.
Herbs such as Coriander and Parsley chop before putting into container. Herbs like Rosemary, Thyme and Sage can just be popped straight into the containers


Be sure to label each container with the name of the herb inside and the date
they have been frozen.


And the important part.....put them in the freezer!

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Do you have any Herby Thriftiness you would like to share? please pop a comment below, I would love to hear them!

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