Styling, Pancake love and being Present #littleloves

It’s been a busy week in our house, working from home with half-term looming is never an easy feat, I’m trying to stay calm and organised… trying…! Here are my little loves from this past week.

Read

This week I found the Wonderlass blog. Oh man oh man.  I have serious blog envy.  She is such an inspiration to me and this post on styling blog photo’s is super informative without any techie jargon.  She has a whole pinterest board for styling and staging too.  You’ll spend an hour over here, grab yourself a cuppa!

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Image Credit: wonderlass.com

Watched

Jericho. My mom has got us hooked on this so we’re watching it on catchup as we’re a couple of weeks behind. Set in the Yorkshire Dales in 1870 it shows how truly simple life was back then, but also terrifying in a way – disease, murders… no real laws or regulations as they were setting up this town. Also, I flipping love Jessica Raine.

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Wore

Excuse the crappy camera quality. I have no idea why it’s so bad! I finally fit into my denim high-waisted shorts after 2 years of shoving them to the back of my cupboard.  As it’s still bloody FREEZING I paired them up with some tights and ‘horse-riding’ boots. lol.

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Heard

Niamh introduced me to this song. I’m addicted, I literally listen to it 10 times a day. It’s a gorgeous chune, you’ve got to play it LOUD.

Made

Pancaaaaaaaaakkeeess!!!!!!!!!!! Nom!

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And Lastly

It’s been a busy busy week work-wise.  It’s fantastic of course, but staying focused is easier said than done.  I’ve really tried to curb my social media prowling, not so many YouTube video’s being watched or aimlessly scrolling through Twitter.  I installed an app on my phone which monitors how many hours you’ve spent on your phone during the day – it was an eye opener. 4 hours is just ridiculous, even if it does include a few calls.

Be there.:

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Have a lovely weekend all!

Kez x

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Spend 5 minutes with me on Pinterest

One of my favourite bloggers, Meg, wrote a similar post a few weeks ago. As a fellow Pinterest addict, I thought it would be fun to show you what I’ve pinned over the last hour or so. Follow along with me as I clicked my way through!

I’ve always had a fascination with these, I call them dandelions but I think that’s probably what they’re not called. Ha!

some see a weed,I see a wish. Click on this image to see the biggest selection of life tips and positive quotes!:

I’m one of the world’s biggest procrastinators.  I put things off and then spend time wishing I’d just flipping well done them.

Great ideas for tackling procrastination and getting things done! Love this free printable to serve as a reminder!:

One of my goals this year is to grow my Instagram following.  *shameless plug – i’m @kezonlineuk over there if you want to come and say hi!* I love photo’s, I’m a super visual person so Instagram screams awesomeness to me. This post on which hashtags to use to grow your following is right up my street.

Instagram tips! How To Use Hashtags to Grow Your Instagram Following:

Of course, this wouldn’t be a productive hour if I hadn’t pinned any food.  Dave and I are training for our first 10k in May.. eeekk! Literally from couch to 10k… so we need some healthy stuff in our lives. And our lunchboxes.

Prepare Seven Healthy Lunches For The Week:

Thinking about food led me straight into the kitchen.  We have a black and white kitchen in our rented home and it is actually really lovely.  I’ve filled it with all sorts of colours that just don’t go ( so me ) and have been dreaming about something like this instead.  Now just to stop procrastinating and make it a reality.

We can't help but think of our Sagres design when we see this. www.avenuefloors.co.uk:

It’s also time I grew up and gave myself an adult bedroom instead of mis-matched sheets, old pillows and general crap everywhere.  This room is just gorgeous, possibly too white for messy old me but I love it all the same.

Second Hand Farmhouse Bedroom Makeover:

Ah, my office… aka a corner of my lounge. I desperately need a new desk and chair! It’s on the plan ‘to do’ this year – oh man how gorgeous is this chair?? Oh Pinterest… I need this.

Home office accessories - Blog:

These stairs are in Meg’s craft house. So much love for these, but I don’t think Dave would be too happy if he’d come home and I’d ripped up the carpet and painted the stairs like a rainbow. Spoilsport.

Crushing on these rainbow stairs from @megduerksen's craft house! So fun!

Summer… oh summer where have you been?! I’m longing for long, light, warmer days. And hopefully more sunshine than we had last year. (I’m lookin’ at you Mr Wet Summer of 2015) Soaking up the sun - craving this feeling.:

Back to food. It was inevitable.  This squash, leek and broccoli pie is literally calling my name. Nommmm! Leek, squash and broccoli pie - Main course - Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes | Vegetarian Living magazine (with a vegan option):

And this for dessert. Obv’s. I cannot pass up a pavlova, no matter how much I try.

Strawberry Daiquiri pavlova:

What have YOU been pinning? Let me know your pinterest deets and I’ll hook up with you. I’m here over there. If that makes sense.

Happy Wednesday lovelies,

Kez x

In the spring garden: Pallet Herb Garden

I know, I know. It’s still winter.  For once, I am totally ahead of myself. Lol.  Yesterday the sun shone a little so I headed out into the garden to tidy up my Pallet Garden & it got me thinking about what I would plant in the spring (I’m getting excited already).  Here’s a little snapshot of my newly planted garden in May last year and the difference is phenomenal when compared to June.. bring on the sunshine! pallet_gardenI am not a great gardener.  I have no idea what to plant when & how to grow things properly. I just water and feed (when I remember to) and hope and pray for the best.  I grabbed a few packets of seeds last week and would like to try harder to actually cultivate this little piece of life in the garden this summer.  So, over the weekend I headed over to trusty old Pinterest for some tips on what to plant and came across these 2 fantastic articles:

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Image Credit: Flour on my Face

I came to realise that herbs are really not all that easy to grow.  If you forget to water them, or overwater them.  Ugh.  I found that Basil is nearly impossible to grow and Rosemary is a true keeper, it’s still flourishing now through the cold and frost! Flour on my Face has got this herb thing sorted… These are her top 12 herbs to easily grow from seed… yip, Basil’s in there at #1!  I clearly need to work on my basil-growing skills.

12 herbs to grow from seed in the garden: 

  1. Basil
  2. Calendula
  3. Chives
  4. Dill
  5. Fennel
  6. Lemon Balm
  7. Lemon Verbena
  8. Mint (invasive do not plant in the ground)
  9. Oregano
  10. Parsley
  11. Lemon Grass 
  12. Thyme

The other big question I have is ‘When should I be planting what’… I literally have no idea.  I found quite a few growing calendars on Pinterest, but this one from Anglian Home takes the cake.  It’s super informative and available as a downloadable printable too.

Super handy huh? I’d like to whip up a couple of veggie beds like these ones below so I can grow some veg this year.  This couple were pushed for space but still converted 60% of their garden into veg growing boxes, their organisation and tips are absolutely brilliant and will get your garden planning urges going at top speed.  Wow, that’s a sentence I literally thought I would NEVER type on my blog in my entire life!!

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I think expanding into veg growing is worth a shot and actually I find it really therapeutic getting out in the garden and getting my hands dirty.  Even if I am killing everything I grow. Ha!

What about you? Do you have a garden? Or a patio garden? Or a surviving basil plant?

I’d love to hear about it and welcome any tips or advice on keeping stuff alive! If you’d like to know how I made my pallet garden let me know and I’ll whip up a ‘how to’ for you as well, there’s a post on how we started it here if you’re interested.

Have a great week,

Kez x

These are the good old days… #Littleloves

What better way to launch back into blogging for good than to join up with Morgana’s lovely linky: ‘Little Loves’ – it’s the perfect Catch-up-with-me post. So here are some of my Little Loves from this past week:

Read

These are the good old days.  I saw this online this week and the words struck a chord with me.  So often we are rushing around doing day-to-day stuff that we forget to notice the present.  There’s a whole wave of ‘mindfulness’ and soul-searching happening in the world at the moment as people come to realise this more and more.  I’m printing this baby out for the wall.

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Watched

McDonalds France has created this amazing video – turning people into emoji’s.  I’m an emoji lover and this video filled me with happiness. Ha!

Heard

I’m a 90’s chick.  When I spotted this CD in POUNDLAND of all places I couldn’t resist the urge to buy it for my car.  I spend a lot of time taxi-ing the girls about so they will be THRILLED to get swap Alanis Morisette for these legendary tunes.  🙂 ‘The Sign’, ‘Sweets for my Sweet’, ‘Saturday Night’ …. awww yeah!

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Made 

Slight cheat… I haven’t actually made anything out of these…….. yet. But I spotted these in Lidl at 99p for 3 and the stationery geek in me squealed with joy!   I’m planning to make lots. Or just stare at them all day. They’re full of happy aren’t they?

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Wore 

Again, another slight cheat… I ‘wore’ this Snapchat filter and cracked a laugh from my moody teen (yip, that’s her in the background… oh I am wearing her new scarf too… so double whammy) Oh snapchat I heart you.  Add me if you’re a snapper! Kerry1231

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And Lastly..

Not to keep banging on about it.. but yes, I’ve had a slight tweak to this blog.  I’ve had mixed reactions to the change… people seemed to like ‘The Lovebump’ so I’m having little panics that I’ve made the wrong choice.  I just felt my readers and potential new readers didn’t really know the meaning of Lovebump and assumed me to be pregnant or porn. Ha! Kez Online encompasses everything in my world from kids to food to fitness to entrepreneurship to travel to social media to fun… all the stuff in my life.  I know people don’t like change, heck I’m the biggest culprit of that, but this is a positive one… stick with me here.

Have a great week my lovelies!

Kez x

A change is gonna come..

kez_online_rebrandI’ve been planning to rebrand for YEARS. I’ve been dabbling and faffing and listening to others and reading LOTS of articles about whether or not to rebrand… But it’s time.  My blog has evolved from little people parenting to teen/tween parenting, social media & bits of stuff I love.  And that’s the plan.  It’s me. Kez. And I’m online.  I’ll write about all sorts of stuff I love and sometimes I’ll video it too.  If you’ve been here since the start, thanks for sticking with me, I luff you! If you’re new – welcome to this little piece of chaos, Kez Online.  Bear with me while I sort all the techie stuff, I’m sorting it bit by bit and soon this space will be filled with awesome.

Thanks for stopping by, Kez x

10 awesome things for Teen Girls under £10

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Recently I’ve been half-heartedly shoving a lot of £10 notes into birthday cards as gifts for the girls friends.  We’re literally writing cards in the car and sticking a crumpled tenner inside the envelope on they way to birthday parties.  In fact, yesterday, Shanah wrote in the card –

‘Dear Becca, Happy Birthday, Sorry about my really bad handwriting but I’m writing this in a really bumpy car. Hope you have a good day, Love Shan xx’

Serious bad friend skills. That was the turning point.

I asked Tayla (13) to give me a list of her favourite brands and we whipped up 10 awesome things for Teen Girls all for under a tenner. Some of these would be great paired up if you wanted to splash a little more cash too.

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1. Starbucks Watercolour Cold Cup – £ 9.95

Teens are obsessed with Starbucks.  Whether they’ve been there or not. We usually buy the cheapie version of these in Primark for around £3, but as a gift with a few milkshake / hot choc treats included, this could be the perfect teen gift.  The Cold Cup’s double wall construction helps keep beverages cold while eliminating condensation and it comes with a green reusable straw. Bonus.

2. ‘All by my Selfie’ Crop Top  – £ 6.99

My girls are all into the crop top phase.  This little beauty in ‘The BEST colour ever Mom!’ would make a fab prezzie with a box of choccies or a couple of bath bombs. Sorted.

3. Nail Wraps – £ 1.99

Great little addition to a couple of Barry M nail polishes! 20 feathers on a clear water transfer which can be applied over any colour varnish on either your natural or false nail.  Also, handmade in England – Thanks Etsy!

4.  Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin Curves Mascara – £ 6.99

Tayla is the Mascara Queen in this house and perfects every single lash, pumping it to it’s absolute max.  She loves this stuff and squeals when I buy it for her. Who am I kidding – I love it too. Big, curvy, rockin’ lashes… yes puh-lease!

5. Jack Wills Boldshaw speaker – £ 9.50

No wires, pocket egg-shaped speaker – designed to amplify sounds from your phone or iPod.  This is just plain fab – lots of cool factor around your mates with this one.  (My girls will cringe at reading my phrase ‘cool factor’ – I’m so not cool)

6. Lush Greased Lightning Spot Treatment – £ 6.40

Ok.. so I know this isn’t exactly a gift… but teenage girls dig ANYTHING from Lush.  It would probably best be given to your own daughter as opposed to one of her mates who may never speak to them again if they thought they were spotalicious.  Grease Lightning is a powerful combination of ingredients that will nip any breakouts in the bud without upsetting the skin around them, best used as a preventative of course 🙂

7. Bag of Happiness – £ 5

Being a teenager is tough sometimes. There’s lots of peer pressure and with girls… LOTS. OF. DRAMA.  Sometimes they all need a little pick-me-up and this little bag of happiness is just the thing at just a Fiver.  Such a sweeeet little gift, containing:

A plaster to heal you when you hurt, a love heart so you know someone loves you, string to hold it together in tough times, a rubber to erase those little mistakes you make, a diamond to bring a sparkle to your eye, a marble for when you start losing yours, a lucky bean so you always have luck on your side, a coin so you are never completely broke, a star to wish all your wishes upon, a paperclip so you are always organised, and a kiss for when you are feeling down.

Eeeeekkk! So much of CUTE!

8. YouTube Logo necklace – £ 4.00

This is one of my absolute favourites in this round-up.  Teens are YOUTUBE CRAY-CRAY man… they use it for everything and aspire to be like so many ‘cool’ YouTubers they watch. In my house, YouTube is a positive thing – we use it for chilling, learning about stuff, homework, all sorts. This necklace is awesome. AND it’s handmade in Britain. Thanks Etsy.

9. The Wet Brush Detangling Hair Brush, Pink * – £ 7.26

Move over Tangle Teezer… we have a LOT of hair in this house.  Thick, unruly, curly hair and this brush is the ONLY brush that glides through it effortlessly with no screaming or tears.  It’s changed our life. For reals.

10.  Happy Jackson Snack boxes – £ 9.95

When you’re a teen, taking lunch to school is NOT cool. It just isn’t. It’s the absolute bane of my life trying to get these girls to take something besides crisps and chocolate bars. Mainly because they’re embarrassed to haul a large, trough-sized lunch box out of their bag at lunchtime.  These little boxes have come to the rescue – so funky and we fill ours with popcorn, fruit, oatcakes, nuts, yoghurt, pasta. Everything. They’re fab quality and I just love ’em.  They also feed my OCD because they all stack inside each other like a little Russian dolly. Whoop!

So.. which one is your favourite item for teen girls? Feeling inspired to stock up on a few bits? Yup. Me too.

Happy Shopping!

*Disclaimer – Prices and availability correct as at 18th August 2015 – This is NOT a sponsored post, just a roundup of little things I love at fab prices! Only affiliate link is marked with a star. *

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Camping, Curry and Making your Soul Happy – #littleloves

So, we spent the last week and a bit camping in Cornwall. We were so excited to pack up the car, set off to the campsite and envisaged long, summer days – bodyboarding on the beach and drinking cocktails as the sun went down.  The reality was something quite different.  It RAINED. NEARLY.EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

Not just a bit of rain, it actually stormed, thunder & lightning on 2 days and we woke up one morning with our clothes literally swimming around us in ankle deep water. Not cool.  We packed up a day early and literally couldn’t wait to get home to our dry, comfy beds. Holiday fail.  Anyway – post to follow on what we did actually get up to while dodging the torrential rain!

The #littleloves linky forced us to find some happiness from the week and I came up with these – Enjoy!

Read

Mercy – Jodi Picoult – available on Amazon*

I found a book stall at a local market which was selling all of their new books for just £2 each.  Bargain! I picked up this Jodi Picoult book ‘Mercy’ and finished it in just under 2 days.  The story follows the court case of a man who killed his wife at her request because she was dying of cancer. A ‘Mercy Killing’ – it was a brilliant read and I even choked back a few tears at how she describes the relationship of these 2 people.  A good read, literally couldn’t put it down!

Watched

Wi-Fi on the campsite was limited but we managed to stream Netflix and a few YouTube video’s including our faves – The Michalaks.  This couple deserve so many more subscribers – they make London life look so flipping cool and their edit’s are AMAZING! I’ve even got Dave hooked on watching their weekly vlog every Sunday.  Boom.

Wore

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Because of the glorious weather we just lived in our hoodies all week. I wish I was typing bikini’s right now.. but hoodies it is.  At least we paired our sunglasses with them so it looked semi-hot.

Heard

I know, I know – I must have been living under a rock.  This song was released in February and I’ve only just added it to my playlist.  I love it.  I’m pretty much loving a lot of Meghan Trainor at the moment.

Made 

Bit of a cheat.. I didn’t actually make this.  Niamh did.  She whipped this up one night over our little gas stove in the rain and she vlogged it too – Video Below 🙂 IMG_5143

And lastly..

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Holidays always give you time to sort of reflect on life don’t they – the hustle and bustle of every day all sort of rolls into one and is what we call ‘Life’.  It can be exhausting.  I find this time of year stupidly overwhelming – running a business with 3 kids home in the summer holidays is no walk in the park.

Especially as the girls are older now, they aren’t entertained by things like softplay, park trips or half an hour smushing playdough into everything.  Their needs change and in turn, so do mine.  It all takes a little adjusting, a little tweaking and most days I feel like I’m never doing anything right.

Tonight I sat on my bed and forced myself to finish this blog post without getting up to do anything else.  I’ve been interrupted countless times but I’ve still refused to get up.  I’m not going anywhere until it’s written, tagged, categorised and scheduled for ButWhyMummyWhy’s linky in the morning.  I love to write, to take photo’s, to reflect on things we’ve done – I need to do this for me, it makes my soul smile.

Hope you’ve had a great week lovelies,

Kerry x

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10 Awesome Things under £10

10under10So, I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for sweet little gifts and spoils on a budget. I’ve scouted and poked my nose all around the internet and managed to round up 10 AWESOME Things for under a tenner. I’ll be doing this every Tuesday here on the blog so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to sign up to all of my social stuff so you don’t miss out on this awesomeness.

10 under 101. Floral Skirt 

This skirt from Boohoo.com is so freaking pretty for summer. Pair this with a tucked in white tee and a pair of sandals or converse and you’re summer ready dudes. AND it’s a steal at only £8!

2. Kylie – Darling Eau de Toilette

I had a whiff of this in Superdrug – sweet and floral, it’s the perfect summer scent. Marked down from £ 32.50 to just £9.99 at Fragrance Direct!

3. Honey pot with dipper 

Since we’ve been on our health kick, we’ve consumed SO MUCH honey in our house. This little honey pot from The Present Finder is just the thing to keep it in so that your cupboards don’t get sticky like mine and attract every single ant in England for a massive honey orgy. Also.. Just £9.99.

4. Olivia Jelly Bag 

The gorgeous ButWhyMummyWhy has a fantastic, quirky online kids store – Little & Fierce. Seriously, hop over and check it out, it’s childhood HAPPINESS all wrapped up.  When I saw this Jelly Bag I fell in love… I had one just like this when I was little and it brought back fab memories of me dragging my babies around in it, clopping around in my jelly shoes to match. It’s in the Sale at the moment for just £7!

5. Sleek Pout Polish 

I’ve mentioned this little beauty a few times before – this is my absolute all-time favourite tinted lip balm – it’s not sticky, it lasts ages and is perfect for your summer hols. Pucker up peeps for just £ 4.49!

6. Vintage Style Headband

I’m a lover of a headband. I have a huge forehead and kind of convince myself that headbands detract from this unfortunate genetic blessing. (Thanks Dad) I found these on Etsy for just £5.27, handmade in the UK. Yip they’re adorable.

7. Vase

I always buy flowers for our housie.  I kind of have a flower obsession & I’m so glad Lidl does amazing flowers for cheap cheap. I can literally buy 3 bunches for a fiver and spread them out into 3 vases.  This gorgeous Vase from Asda George caught my eye and marked down to a FIVER? It’s a little blossom of a bargain.

8. Paperclips

I’m a planner NERD. A Stationery NERD. Basically, all-round nerd.  These funky paperclips caught my eye on Etsy recently.  I know you could probably make them yourself for a fraction of the cost but at just £3.45 for the set I think they’re totally worth it. Rainbow paperclips, yes please.

9. Shearer Candle

I lurrve candles.  They make your house smell clean even when it isn’t. Lol.  This one has a more wintery scent but look how beautiful it is.  It would look fabulous on my now pretty monochrome desk so I think I have to have it. AND it’s only 7 bucks. Joy!

10. Rings

Another Etsy Find… Midi rings! Ahhhh… I’m in love with the Love Ring.  This one ships from the US for £6.59 plus pp… BUT I have found similar in Primark…. just not the Love word.  If you find a UK version, please lemme know.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little round-up – happy shopping!

*Disclaimer – Prices and availability correct as at 21st July 2015*

Be Brilliant Everyday, Sweet Roses, SO much Cheese – #littleloves

I’m jumping back on the blogging bandwagon with #littleloves after taking a month off. Yes a whole month. I don’t think that’s really acceptable in blogland but I needed the time out to just sort stuff out. I’ve been sticking to my exercise and healthy eating and I know that’s made me cope with stress so much better.  I’m so loving the warm days and long, light evenings – they lift my spirits and motivate me so much more than soggy old grey rain. So here’s what I’ve been loving this last week – my #littleloves

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Slight cheat as I haven’t actually read this yet. Dave attended a meeting in London and they gave everyone in the company this book to read. It comes highly recommended on Amazon boasting 4.5 stars and I’m excited to sink my teeth into it this weekend.

Watched

I’ve been watching this for the last couple of weeks. There really are some heart-breaking stories in this world – I’m so grateful I can provide the basics for my kids, when so many parents just can’t, whether due to emotional, financial or drug / alcohol related issues. This program shows not all parents are raging drug addicts, some simply can’t cope and the foster parent system comes in as a saving grace for these children.  It’s a good show, go watch it 🙂

Wore

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My spinning leggings. Ha! You won’t lose me in these babies.  I’ve so been enjoying my new exercise regime (coming from a girl who was literally STUCK to the sofa!!) I treated myself to these leggings when I dropped a dress size. BOOM.

Heard

Dave and I hit the local car boot sale and this song came on the radio while we were driving. I absolutely Love Love Love it and have been blaring it while working this week. You’ll be surprised how many Milky Chance songs you may know if you look them up, I honestly thought I’d never heard of them before. Lol.

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With the warm summer evenings finally gracing us with their presence, I haven’t felt much like slaving over a hot stove.  So we’ve been treating ourselves to snacky dinners a couple of nights a week. Nom Nom Nom.

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My friend and I went walking on Monday night with Shan. She collected all of the flowers on the side of the road and made me this beautiful posy. It only lasted 2 days but the smell of that rose was just unbelievable. I got 100 sniffs out of that baby at least.  Small things folks, small things.

Because when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing.

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Linking up to the awesome ButWhyMummyWhy with #littleloves this week – go check out her post on Working from Home – it struck a chord with me for sure! Have a great week my lovelies.

Kerry x

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Foodies Festival – Bristol – 26-28 June

If you follow me on Instagram or Pinterest you’ll know that I’m pretty obsessed with food.  I literally open my eyes and think about food. I close my eyes, and yip … I’m thinking about food. Lol.

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Food plays a huge part in family life, some days I feel like I’m constantly planning it, shopping for it, cooking it, feeding people it and then cleaning it all up.  I’ve recently taken a good look at our diet and have implemented some much-needed changes such as cutting out white bread and pasta, cutting down on chocolate, no crisps, making Davina flapjacks – all that stuff.

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But it can be hard to stay inspired. Real hard. Especially when there are 2 teenagers in the house who literally crave junk food – especially giant choc chip cookies.  So when I was asked to attend the Foodies Festival in Bristol with the girls I jumped at the chance.

They will probably kick and scream about going to a ‘Boring Food Thing Mom’ but perhaps the atmosphere and the promise of ‘Michelin-star and celebrity chefs cooking live, a vast array of artisan producers, new food and drink theatres and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at!’ may just tempt their little tastebuds and switch their mindsets to trying to eat more healthy with me.  There’s even some hands-on sessions for the little ones which I know Shan will just love.

As for me? I’m particularly looking forward to the giant Pimm’s teapot… bring on the Pimm’s!

The Foodies Festival is launching their New Festival at The Downs in Bristol with a Feast of Top Chefs to Celebrate their 10th Anniversary. It’s happening this weekend – and you can buy tickets HERE. 

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The Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre welcomes Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite, local MasterChef winner Ping Coombes and Michelin-star chefs Jonray and Peter Sanchez Iglesias of Casamia, who will cook their favourite summer recipes and inspire visitors to experiment with new flavours and ingredients.

Top chefs appearing at Foodies Festival Bristol include:
– Ping Coombes – MasterChef winner 2014
– Jonray & Peter Sanchez – Casamia
– John Whaite – Great British Bake Off winner
– Tim Anderson – MasterChef Winner 2011
– Louise McCrimmon – Harvey Nichols
– Romy Gill – Romy’s Kitchen
– Xanthe Clay – Food Writer
– Larkin Cen – MasterChef finalist 2013
– Angela Langford – MasterChef finalist 2014
– Mat Follas – The Casterbridge and MasterChef winner

MasterChef winner Ping Coombes will also launch her new street food pop-up ‘Chairman Ping’

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Chairman Ping joins the Street Food Avenue, a feasting hub at the heart of the festival, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into in the Feasting Tent.

Visitors to the festival can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the New Wine and Champagne Theatre with experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, who will guide visitors through this season’s best wines and champagnes from the UK and around the world, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts masterclasses in the New Craft Beer Theatre matching foods with craft beers.

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​L-R: Harvey Nichols Bristol head chef Louise McCrimmon, Romy Gill of Romy’s Kitchen, Michelin-star chef Peter Sanchez from Casamia and Anthony Wolowiec of Vin D’am

New Tasting Theatre invites festival-goers to discover new tastes and learn new skills with Confectionary Made Easy classes from boutique chocolate maker Fiona Sciolti, Morgan Jupe and Vin D’am wine tastings, and a sausage making and tasting masterclass with Great British Sausage.

The Cake & Bake Theatre is an inspiration for passionate bakers with top local cake makers and bakeries sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village selling bakes, jams, gadgets and baking essentials.

With over 200 exhibitors in the Artisan Producers Market selling award winning cheeses, wines, bakes and condiments; festival-goers will be spoilt for choice with samples and for what to buy to take home and enjoy – a perfect setting to meet the producers and share their passion for food and drink.

For those brave – or foolish enough – the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges those who like it spicy to try and break the current record of 16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown – that’s 6400 times the average chill heat! 

Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the Childrens Cookery Theatre, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.

After a day of food and fun, foodies can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the Entertainment Stage and a glass of bubbly or cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Ship.

If you’re in the South West I think this will be a fantastic day out for the whole family – I’ll be popping a review up on it next week and I’ll be filming the day so look out for a video on my YouTube channel toooooooo!