My blogs had a make over!

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As some of you may have already noticed, I have had a complete blog make over done! My wonderful friend Hanna from Violet Lulu did an amazing job creating just what I wanted as a sweet wedding gift. I'm SO in love with what Hanna has done and I couldn't be happier! It's as if she knew exactly what was in my pastel obsessed brain and basically knew from just a few ideas what I wanted. 

I've wanted to change my blog for some time now but I'm so rubbish at html coding and google confuses the crap outta me!! It didn't take Hanna long at all to do all the changes to my blog, I think Hanna maybe Wonder Woman!? Haha! Seriously though the last couple of days I feel like I've had a crash course on learning new/different things about blogging. My brain is a little overwhelmed with the new changes but all in a good way of course. I've taken notes on some tip's she's given me and in time i'll hopefully be just as confident doing certain things on here without getting into a muddle.

I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to Hanna! You've been amazing and I'm truly grateful for what you've done :) Thank you! Thank you! 


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Things I Love - Picks Of The Week

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Hello lovely's!


Its summer, summer, summer time!!!! Is officially here (for however long it decides to last) and I'm loving it! Yes, there are days where I'm melting and wish it was a little cooler but you know what I can't really moan. We hardly ever get a decent summer here in the UK so when its actually here, I want to do as much as I can outside! :) The last time we had a long hot summer was about 6-7 years ago and that's a blooming long time. Here are my summer faves for picks of the week -



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1. I cant get enough of pretty lace dresses! This one I'm so in love with from Topshop!
2. These sunglasses are super cute and so my style from Bonlook
3.Can't go wrong with a pair of lovely peep toe wedges from Bait Footwear
4. I'm always in need of a new bag! What girl isn't right?! This Michael Kors bag is gorgeous!!
5. This Awaphui Moisture Mist Spray is a life saver for these hot days. Spritz over your face & body to cool you down. Great size to fit in your bag too!

This weekend was a relaxed one after working long hours the last couple of days at the salon. Paul & I went got invited to our friends house for dinner Saturday night which was lovely. We planned to do a BBQ in the garden but the weather was a little cooler than we hoped and we couldn't tell if it was going to rain. We opted to cook and eat indoors which was fine with us as we still had a wonderful time with all our friends. It was a lovely chilled evening of chatting, listening to music on the record player whilst playing with her young girls Elle & Mia. I love evenings like these and its reminded me that I need to do a dinner party soon! I love cooking and entertaining people with food good, good music and good conversations. I'm easily pleased me haha!

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In The Kitchen - Cauliflower Pizza Crust with Basil Ricotta and Red Pepper Sauce

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Last week I finally got round to making and trying out this cauliflower crust pizza. I've seen a few on Pinterest but it wasn't until I saw this recipe, that I thought I'd test it out. It was by far the yummiest pizza I've ever made myself! I struggle eating pizza dough as I get really bad tummy ache so I've been on the hunt for anything nearly gluten free or gluten free altogether.



Here's what you'll need -



For the cauliflower crust


2 free range organic eggs

2 cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

2 cups grated cauliflower

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/4 cup fresh chopped basil

salt & pepper to taste

1 tsp of a medium chopped onion

For the Basil Ricotta


1 cup low fat ricotta 

2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil

salt and pepper to taste


For the Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
 
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 chopped medium onion
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
dash of balsamic vinegar
1 cup of chopped red pepper
1/2 teaspoon Italian herbs
salt & pepper

1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Then wash the cauliflower thoroughly and dry well.
2. Now grate the cauliflower and once that's done strain the excess water through a old tea towel or cheese cloth. You wouldn't believe how much water a cauliflower holds!!
3. In a large bowl, combine your grated (raw) cauliflower, basil, garlic, Parmesan, onion, salt & pepper, mozzarella, and eggs. Use your hands to fold everything together, as its so much easier!
4. Divide into 4 equal portions and press evenly onto the baking tray that's lined with parchment paper. Try your best to make them all an even thickness and the same shape. Now, pop them in the oven and set your timer for about 15 minutes. After the first 13 mins just check your pizza crust and see if its starting to take colour round the edges. I ended up leaving them in the oven for around 17-18 minutes overall. They should look nice, crisp and brown along the edge.
5. Now whilst the crust is cooking its time to make the Basil Ricotta topping. In a medium bowl, combine your ricotta, chopped basil, garlic, salt & pepper.  Mix together and set aside.Hard work done just there haha!
6. For the red pepper tomato sauce grab a small sauce pan. Set to medium heat, add your olive oil.
7. Now add your garlic, and cook for about a minute but don't let it get brown or burn. Now add your chopped red pepper and  onion, stir until softened. 
8. Add your tomatoes, herbs, and balsamic vinegar. Stir. Add your salt, pepper. Remove from heat and pulse in a food processer for a few minutes. Set aside. Done.

Its the exciting part now of putting together the pizzas!! 

1. Spread about 1 tbsp of the pepper tomato sauce on each pizza. Then add 1 tbsp of the  amazingly delish basil ricotta mixture. Press the ricotta down a bit to spread over the tomato sauce.
2. Sprinkle with a pinch of grated parmesan cheese and return to the oven for about 10-12 mins.
3. Check the pizzaz and see if the ricotta is warm and the cheese has melted a bit. 
4. Garnish with some of the fresh basil!

This recipe has been adapted by the lovely Jenny from Everyday Is A Holiday. And just like Jenny says its healthy, low calorie, low carb, super tasty, and nearly guilt free version of that glorious thing called PIZZA! 

You can add any topping of your choose but I thought we'd start with a simple recipe first. I will def be trying this again for sure as they were AMAZING!! Enjoy! :)



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Lulu's Birthday Wish list!

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My birthday is just around the corner (30th July) and even though I don't expect the expensive things, a girl can make a wishlist still right?!

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1. The sweet treat book by Angel Adoree (Will be placing my order very soon for this!)
2. Pale lilac Swedish Hasbeens. Summer staple and NEED them in my life!
3. New letter sets from Artbox.
4. Vivienne Westwood - Cheeky Alice perfume, as I'm running out of my Naughty Alice.
5. M.A.C gift card.
6. Cute kitty ring from Lala Magic
7. Pretty dress. Standard new birthday dress.
8. Pashley bicycle. I've wanted one for years and years.
9. A seafoam coloured KitchenAid.

I think I'll be possibly be buying the shoes as a gift to myself as I've wanted them for so long now. Looking forward to going away for a long weekend in a couple of weeks with the hubby. Off to London to get my new wedding tattoo (cant wait to show you!), dinner at Mildred's and hanging out with our London based friends. Super excited!!

I hope everyone's enjoying this glorious weather here in the UK and I know my lovely American readers are having great weather too! :)



Much love
Lulu xx
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June Favorite's

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Things I Love - Picks of the week here




My Amazing Hen Do! Part One here




Things I Love - Picks of the week here




My Amazing Hen Do - Part Two here




Things I Love - Picks of the week wedding special here


I'm Getting Married Tomorrow!! Here



What can I say June has been my favourite month this year so far! I married my best friend, I'm now a wife, loving every minute of it and excited to share more of our wedding/married life with you soon. Check out the short post I did here for our sneak peek of our wedding photos! I didn't manage to get round to doing my regular weekly posts during June as I was super busy getting prepared for our big day but the posts I did were mostly wedding related. Here are my June Faves!

Lots of exciting things happening this month! Including a giveaway and my birthday! Yay!


Much love

Lulu xx
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Snapshots - Our weekend

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This past weekend I went to our local park for the Waterfront Festival here in Northampton with my husband, closest friends & family. It was all day Saturday and Sunday so we all went together on the Saturday. Then I went by myself to meet Keri-Anne and her family for a couple of hours on the Sunday whilst Paul & my brother Josh went skateboarding. I had the best time with them all and it was so lovely to just sit on blankets, chill out in the sunshine and eat a yummy picnic.


The weather was the hottest we've had for a long time so we wanted to spend as much time outside as possible. The festival had lots of cute stalls under marquees, baked goods, ice cream, fresh pimms, vintage goods such as clothes, old radios, antiques etc. As well as lots of things to do for the kids like a bouncy castle, playground, music to dance to and circus themed activities. My Mum came across a retro radio for a few quid and it was in mint condition so we were able to listen to some music whilst sitting on the grass. 

Here are a few snapshots from our weekend -



My friends and I said that we should do more days out like these whilst we have a summer. Sounds like a perfect plan to me!


Have a fab week my dears!

Much love
Lulu xx

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Sneak Peek - Our Wedding!!

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Hello my lovely readers!

These past couple of weeks have been such a whirlwind and I'm ready to get back into the swing of blogging again. I'd firstly like to thank my wonderful friends for doing such amazing guest posts this last week. Thank you! Thank you! If you didn't get the chance to see them look here, here, here & here!

The reason for my absence (if your a new reader) the last week is because I got married to the love of my life on the 28th June. I can honestly say I feel complete and I'm so happy to finally share a name with my soul mate. No more boyfriend or fiance, Paul is now my HUSBAND!! I still haven't got my head around the fact that I'm now a married lady. Did you have that if any of you got married? I look forward to sharing the rest of our lives together, creating memories and planning adventures. We are currently making a list of things we want to aim for in the first year of our marriage which is exciting!

I wont say too much about our day, as I'd like to save that for our main post once we have the official wedding photos by my dear Keri-Anne. If you can't wait until then you can also see a few pictures on my Instagram that my friends & family took. Look under the hash tag #mrandmrsadger 

Here is a little sneak peek for you all :)



Photography by Keri-Anne of Gingerlillytea
Flossy the pink VW camper from Calico Moon


And a photo my lovely friend Claire took of us from our big day!

I can't wait to share more with you and tell you all about our special day! Keep your eyes peeled my dears!

So much love 

Lulu (& Paul too)
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Pssst! I'll be doing a GIVEAWAY very soon to celebrate not only the 1st birthday of my little blog but also my birthday! Cant wait to share more on this with you too!
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Guest Post - Madame Medusa

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I've been rather excited about this post as I LOVE vintage inspired hair and have an obsession with the fifties. Not only is Laura gorgeous but she makes these styles so simple and I can't wait to try it out myself! 

Here is the lovely Laura from Madame Medusa to show you how to master the 'Dita' style! Don't forget to 'like' her Facebook page and check out her website. Enjoy my dears! :)

Based in Northampton, Madame Medusa is the alter ego of a certain vintage loving gal with an obsession for Elvis and red lipstick. With a 1st class degree in Theatre & Performance design from LIPA, Laura has worked on many theatre productions, working with costume, wigs, hair & makeup. Whilst training at University in Liverpool, Laura worked for Benefit cosmetics where she mastered the art of the "scouse brow" and developed her craft in makeup creating classic vintage looks with Benefits retro inspired products. With Laura's passion for Vintage style & a love of being creative Madame Medusa was born.
Madame Medusa Beauty "Dita" style pin curl set
What you will need -
Pin curl clips 
Tail comb 
Water bottle 
Setting lotion 
Square Scarf 

Step one -
 
Mix a small amount of setting lotion and water in your water bottle. 

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Give your hair a good brush.

Using your tail comb section of a small amount of hair from the top of your head to your ear. 

Spray your hair at the end to create a "wet point."

Create a loop with your hair and begin to curl your hair anti clock wise.

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Pin your curl into place with your pin curl clip (you can use a bobby pin but may leave a dent in your hair)

Repeat this until you create a row of 3 anti clock wise pin curls. 

Repeat again, sectioning off your hair and spraying your setting lotion. Create a loop and this time curl your hair in a clock wise position. 

Step four -

Repeat this until you create a row of 3 clock wise pin curls. 

Section the bottom of your hair into 3 strands, curl all 3 strands anti clock wise (like the first row of pin curls).

Repeat this process on the other side, remembering to spray each section of hair. 

Step five -

Fold your scarf in half to create a triangle.

Place the longer length of your scarf at the back of your head.

Tie both sides on top to create a bow. (With your pin curl clips, clip the scarf in place of either side). 

Leave your pin curls in for at least 6 hours. The longer you leave the pin curls in the tighter the curl. I recommend sleeping your in your pin curls. 

Step six -

For brushing out you will need -

Hair spray 
Bristle brush 
Cushion brush 
(Hair serum to control frizz)

Take out your pins and give your head a shake.

With your fingers break up the setting lotion and pin curls. 

With your cushion brush, brush through your hair.. Keep brushing and brushing (do not panic  if frizz begins to form) keep brushing until smooth waves form. 

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With your bristle brush smooth over your hair and pin your waves in place using your pin curl clips. 

Give your hair a good coating of hair spray and leave your pin curl clips in for about half hour to set. (Make your self a nice cup of tea) 

Step eight -

Remove pin curl clips, (apply a hair serum to your hands and gently smooth over your hair to control frizz) give your hair another good coating if hair spray. 

Add a big bold hair flower and Ta Da! 

Lots of love Madame Medusa xxx 



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Guest Post - Gingerlillytea

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As I'm venturing into married life your being treated to a pretty DIY by my other best friend Keri-Anne from Gingerlillytea! Its such a wonderful idea and I plan on doing something like this somewhere in our home. Enjoy lovelies!!











Hello Lulu's Wonderland readers. My name is Keri-Anne. I am a wife, mother, dreamer, photograher and crafter. I blog over at Gingerlillytea. Laura is one of my best friends, so i was honoured for her to ask me to post over on her blog today whilst she is enjoying some time with her new HUSBAND! I am so happy for her and Paul!

The weather is quite dull right now. I wanted to bring some sunshine into the house and a little while ago, i made these flower wall hangings. I love swapping and changing the flowers around to create a different mood in my bedroom. I have them hanging over my craft desk and they always make me smile. I wanted to share how i did these.

-I picked up the glass jars in the pound shop. They are oil and vinegar jars and i got 2 for £1. I then went to the market and picked out some flowers.
-You can leave your jars plain but i added some Laura Ashley crocheted coasters as the "oil" and "vinegar" stickers wouldn't come off. You can maybe tie some lace in a bow around the middle or neck of the jars or use fabric instead of the coasters that i used.
-I then used some gold glitter string to tie around the neck of the jar and to form a loop to hang up with. Again, you can use lots of different things. Twine, lace or ribbon. I liked the look of the string as it was quite subtle and didn't take away from the flowers.
-I then arranged the flowers how i wanted them. Start with less and then add more. I added stem by stem to build up the look i wanted. I loved arranging these. I don't normally have any success at flower arranging in big vases but i found it easier to arrange these and i love the delicate, pastel finish.
-Find somewhere in the house to hang them up. I have them in my bedroom and they smell divine. I am hoping to add some to the girls rooms also so, each week, they have fresh flowers for their rooms.

This is such a great alternative to vases and they will brighten up any wall. I have them in my bedroom, but they would look lovely anywhere. Over a fireplace or maybe in the kitchen! Enjoy and do come and say hello over at my blog!
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