Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Graze Box Love


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Once upon a time, not too long ago, a subscription meant your favourite magazine plopped onto your door mat every month. Nowadays, all manor of things can be found on your door mat. Beauty products, stationary. vegetables, and this, Graze Box.
I admit, when I first saw these I wasn’t prepared to be impressed. Why on earth would I pay for some teeny tiny sized snacks that I may not even like to be delivered to me when I can just pick them up during my regular shop, probably for half the cost.
The reason I was sucked in initially, was an offer on Groupon. That site we all love. The offer was too good to pass up, 4 boxes for 5.00. So I did. I signed up, browsed the boxes, ‘binned’ snacks I didn’t want to come near my doormat (anything spicy, FYI) then sat and stared at my doormat for a week waiting impatiently.
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I’m one of the people they count on. After initially signing up and thinking I would probably cancel my subscription after my offer ran out, I am still receiving the little box every week. 
There’s a lot to love. It comes through your door and it’s not a bill or junk mail. It fits through your letter box perfectly so you don’t have to traipse into town to collect, the snacks come in handy dandy ‘cute’ little boxes that fit perfectly  into your my lunch bag, and you don’t get anything you don’t like (see the ‘bin’ option above)
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There are several box options, mine being the ‘snacks’ box. You could go for a ‘breakfast’ box or a ‘chocolate’ box if you fancy.
If you want to try these yourself, use my friend code, which gets you your 1st, 5th and 10th box free!
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Enjoy!
SmileX

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

This Week


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I’ve been doing my best at leading a well balanced life. As set out in the picture above.
I’m realising that my ‘blocked’ list on my personal Face Book account is soon to be longer than my friends list. So I don’t want to be friends with more people than I want to be friends with. But more than that. I don’t want them entering my on line space.
I’ve had a fairly easy month so far work wise. Which confuses people. They can’t understand why I don’t feel the need to work 24/7. A. There’s more to life (soo0 much more!) and B. I’ve never kept up with the Joneses.
I’m feeling guilty about my lack of correspondence. I’m going to do something about that very soon. I did write one letter today. It’s a start.
I’ve ordered a Bum Bag from Cath Kidston you can click here to see the one. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d type. But look, it’s cute!
I’m really looking forward to the weekend, for a trip to Yorkshire to visit Granny with sister & niece. I need to get my fix of  Bettys. And Granny of course.
SmileX

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Tower of London Poppies


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This past weekend Mr D & I went to London, the boys had a gig on Fri night in Greenwich  (more of that another time) and we were more than pleased to find out the venue did B&B as Mr had bought us tickets to see The Commitments on the Saturday. (Brilliant show. Fab. Fabity Fab.)
Saturday morning we walked under the water to the other side where we saw the installation at The Tower. You must surely know all about it, but if not, or to read more you can look at the website here.
It was extremely busy, being a Saturday, and with the poppies only being there until Nov 11th, the window of time to go and see them is closing, but it was well worth it.
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888,246 ceramic poppies. Each representing a military fatality during the First World War.
These started to go up in August and will be taken down after Nov 11th. You can order one to be sent to you here. The cost is 25.00 plus p&p and all the money goes to various charities.
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If you are any where near London before Nov 11th you should go and see this. Or actually you should go and see it anyway. Make a special trip. It probably won’t happen again!
SmileX

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Some British Blogs I love


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There are sqillions of Blogs out there, and more often than not the ones I stumble across are written by Americans. Not that this is a bad thing, I love reading blogs from all over the world, but it’s nice to find some from Britain. We are but a teeny tiny splosh in the huge ocean of the Blogiverse.
I don’t now about you, but I love reading recommendations for blogs, It saves me doing all the hard work. So here are my recommendations for you. Some will be well known to you, others may not be. Enjoy!
Milk Bubble Tea. I found this blog fairly recently, and I love it for the colours and photos. Becky writes about all kinds of things from baking to what she’s bought, her house is gorgeous, as you will see from the photos. Oh  and the cute wee doggy.
Guthrie & Ghani. Lauren was made famous when she entered The Great British Sewing Bee. I always liked her style. Now she has A book, A shop and A blog. I think I’m late to the party to discover all these, as I just stumbled across her blog last week, but hey hoy, plenty of catching up for me to do over a cuppa!
Kat got the Cream. Kathryn lives in Harrogate, a beautiful Yorkshire town I lived in when I was too young to appreciate it. She’s a freelance writer and blogger,wife &  mum. She blogs about her creative projects, style and favourite finds.
Ramblings of a Roachling. Louise blogs about lovely long walks, it feels like she takes you with her. She lives near The Peak District, so expect stunning scenery.
What I’ve learnt while compiling this list is there are sooo many blogs I want to share, so I will be back with another instalment! For now, grab a cuppa and go visit these ladies!
SmileX

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Before I Go to Sleep S.J.Watson. Book Review No.21


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'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...'
Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love — all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.
Welcome to Christine's life.
I was given this book by a friend in the summer, it had been passed to her by her mum and they both really enjoyed it, so she thought I would too. This usually fills me with dread. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when friends give me books, I am regularly on the receiving end of a carrier bag of books from various people who know I am a reader (huge) and I love it. But when they pass me one lonesome book and say how much they loved it,  how good it is and I really have to read it too? That for some reason makes me feel under pressure. Pressure to read it. And enjoy it. 
The reason I read this in the end after passing it over in favour of others on the teetering to-be-read pile, is that I heard the film was coming out, under a lot of hype, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.
I did really enjoy it. (Phew). The only thing I thought was how much Christine would have to read of her journal by the time a few months had passed, I mean there would be so much to read in the morning to prepare herself for the day, the day would nearly be over. The brain is a very complex thing, memory loss is usually connected to older people, imagine looking in the mirror and expecting to see a woman half your age which was the last memory you had of yourself. Imagine not knowing who your husband is and having to believe him, then realising (after reading your journal everyday) that he isn't telling you the same answers to the questions you ask every day. Why have you not told your husband about the Doctor you’ve been seeing, the DR who rings you daily to remind you where you hide your journal.
Gripping.
SmileX

Friday, 10 October 2014

Rich Pickings


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Last night Mr D came home with a bucket of rich pickings from near his work place.
We missed out on the Sloe Gin last year, and yep, we really missed it.
Mr D’s Sloe Gin is pretty darn drinkable, so there will be much tasting going on when it’s perfectly ready, which won’t be soon enough.
I did pick Blackberry’s this year to put in smoothies, but they were very pippy, which got stuck in my teeth, under my plate, (yes one of the many things you don’t know about me, I have a false tooth) and was generally annoying. Since then, I have read that wild blackberry’s do contain more pips than the ones you buy in the shops. Hmm. If I had thought about it I could have saved them for blackberry vodka. I haven't drunk vodka since I was in my twenties. Maybe next year.
SmileX

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Loves…


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New magazine subscriptions for those cosy nights in.. Renewed Country homes & Interiors and 25 Beautiful Homes. (The country Living is an on going subscription)  Half Price. How could I not?
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Breakfast in bed… On paper, October is a quieter month for me work wise (of course being on the relief staff means this could change at any moment) I can’t say I’m sorry about that, I’m planning some breakfast in bed moments.
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Tights and boots… Colder days mean I can get the tights out to wear with my skirts. Although I love skirts and dresses, I have a problem with footwear in the summer. I’m much more comfortable wearing tights and boots with a skirt. It’s a thing.
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The last show days… I’m a bit unsure that this should be on the list, as of course I don’t love the fact the show season is coming to an end, but then I love any time in the Home on Wheels, so whatever the time of year, it’s always a love of mine.
SmileX