August Favourites

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My birthday weekend in London was awesome here


Turning 27..check out my post of what I got up to here


Sookies 3rd birthday celebrations here


Blackberry picking & flower crown making with The Pink girls here


Pinterest weekly here


Day trip to London with my siblings was so much fun! here


How to maintain coloured hair here


Bake Days - Ice-cream cupcake cones here


Outfit of the day with my hubs here


In the kitchen king prawn pasta dish here


Overall a wonderful month and look forward to what adventures we have in September! Lots of crafting projects are in the works and planning our annual Halloween dinner. Excited for Autumn already!!

As most of you know if you use Passionfruit Ads, they're going to start a monthly fee as of tomorrow which I can't afford at this time so theres going to be a few changes with my sponsor ads. Updates to follow in the next few weeks but Free Button swaps are still availblie. Just go to my sponsor page here and follow the instructions :)

Only 13 days until our honeymoon whoop!!! (Oh and our WEDDING photos part one will be up tomorrow! Eeee!)



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Pinterest Weekly - Friday Favourites

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I love Pinterest! I've properly said this so many times before but its just amazing! Whether its a recipe your after or a hair style, it has everything. Here are my Friday Favourites this week from my Pinterest boards.

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1. Pastel pink & turquoise glitter cupcake!
2. Gorgeous victory roll hair do. Love!
3. Yummy vegan sweet potato, coconut milk & roasted chili ravioli
4. Scallop detail bowls
5. Cute kitchen
6. The most beautiful mint coloured dress
7. Girl style crush!

If you have Pinterest whats your username so I can take a peek? Or leave your link in the comments! Be sure to follow me so I can return the favour!

Happy Friday everyone!


Keep your eyes peeled for our Part One of our wedding photos this weekend!!

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In The Kitchen - King prawn pasta dish

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I've been a busy bee in the kitchen this week making yummy meals and treats. Today I'm sharing a meal I adapted from this one here. I changed a few things and added some ingredients that I had in our fridge. I loved how it turned out and Paul loved it to the point where he wants it as a weekly meal ha! I really do love cooking and I'm always on the lookout for new recipes.

Here's what you'll need -

1 red bell pepper chopped
5 large mushrooms chopped
1 medium white onion chopped
2 tbs of minced garlic
2 tbs of butter
1/2 tbs of olive oil
1/2 glass of white wine
100g raw jumbo king prawns
1/2 cup of fresh Parmesan cheese
8oz of tagliatelle pasta (use any pasta your prefer)
1/2 fresh lemon
salt & pepper to taste

1. Heat the olive oil & butter in a heavy pan on medium heat. Once melted add the onion, mushrooms and red pepper and cook until softened. Add the garlic and let it cook for a few minutes. Add the white wine and then let it simmer until it reduces.

2. Next cook your preferred pasta according to the pack directions. Once cooked drain and then pop to one side until its needed. Add a little butter to the pasta to stop it from sticking together.

3. Go back to the heavy pan of veggies, add your raw prawns and salt & pepper. Cook through for about 3-4 minutes until the prawns are nice and pink. Once everything is cooked add the pasta and Parmesan to the pan. Stir through until everything is coated in the creamy cheese sauce. Add more salt & pepper if you like. Lastly add a squeeze of lemon juice over the whole dish and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Serve right away!

Enjoy!

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Outfit Of The Day - Hello Kitty & Fred Perry

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Lulu wear// Flower crown - Primark, Dress - Primark (in the sale last year), Hello Kitty vans - Schuh.com in the January sale (no longer availible), Ankle socks - Topshop. Paul wears// Polo shirt - Fred Perry, Shorts - Red Herring, Vans - Vans store Carnaby Street.

It's been a while since I posted a 'outfit of the day' and after our mini day date to Starbucks today we managed to take some pictures. It was a beautiful sunny day walking to Starbucks where we enjoyed our date sharing a large chai soy latte together. We looked around the shops looking for holiday bit's and pieces but were unsuccessful! Only two weeks to go until our honeymoon whoop!

Hope your all well and enjoy your day/evening!

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Bake Days - 'Ice-Cream' Cupcakes

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Hello my dears,

Today I'm sharing an easy, simple, yet affective recipe for Ice-Cream cupcakes with flakes. I first made these a few years ago for my birthday and they went down a storm. I can't remember where I got the original recipe from but I've kinda adapted it to my own.

It's a recipe I'm always getting asked to make, especially during the summer holidays when my siblings come to visit us. These are great for kids parties or if your a big kid at heart for yourself! Its pretty awesome having a cake inside a cone and the sponge just melts in your mouth. YUM!



Here's what you'll need -

12 flat-based ice cream cones
4 oz pure butter (or unsalted butter)
4 oz golden caster sugar
4 oz self raising flour
3 large eggs
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 chocolate flakes, cut into 3
Foil for the cones

For the icing you'll need -

8 oz pure butter (or unsalted butter) room temperature
1lb icing sugar, sifted
2 tsp vanilla extract
sprinkles

1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350f/gas 4. Cut 12 squares of foil, each measuring 15cm/6in, and press them into 12 regular muffin tin holes, making sure the foil hangs over the edges. Place an ice-cream cone in each piece of foil and wrap the foil around the cone to hold it in place.

2. Next cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until all are mixed thoroughly. Sift the flour and baking powder together and add this a third at a time to the batter mix. Then add the vanilla extract and fold into the batter mix carefully.

3. Spoon the mixture into the cones, filling 3/4 of the way up the cone. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for about 20 minutes so that the cakes are springy to the touch and a skewer can be inserted in the middle comes out clean. Place on a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

4. Now its time to make the icing. Beat the butter in a large bowl until its pale and creamy and add the icing sugar a third at a time. Then add the vanilla extract and mix together until the icing is firm but creamy in texture.

5. Using a piping bag and a star shaped nozzle, pipe the 'ice-cream' icing onto the cupcakes to create a Mr Whippy effect. For the extra WOW factor add a chocolate flake to each one. You could also add flavoured syrup and chopped nuts if you like.

And there you have it, a yummy Ice-Cream cupcake! If you make these please do send me a link so I can see your creations! I would love to see them! :)

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Hair tips - How to maintain coloured hair

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Today I thought I'd share with you how I keep my red hair bright and prevent it from fading too quickly.  If you've had red hair before you've probably noticed that it can fade within a few weeks. It can take a lot of maintenance but with my few steps your colour will last a lot longer.

1. Healthy hair-  Keep your hair as healthy as possible.  Coloring hair causes damage, so being kind to your hair is important. Don't overbrush your hair or rip your hair out trying to remove knots!

*Tip- If you have knotty hair always brush your hair from the ends in sections and work your way up. That way your not pulling the knots from the top to one big knot at the bottom*

2. Washing- Wash your locks as little as possible. Every wash will strip your hair of color, so try to keep the washing to 2-3 times a week. Use a good shampoo & conditioner, preferably from a hair salon as these will be better for your hair.  These can be exspensive but are worth while in the long run, but if your on a budget (which I am most of the time) look for ones that are 'sulfate-free' from your local supermarket or Boots store.

*Tip- Invest in a good conditioning treatment to use once a week. I use ones from Lush and leave them on for about 30 mins or as long as I can. Only apply conditioner to the mid length to ends of your hair and comb through.*

3. Hair products- Always use a heat proctective spray before blow drying & using hot irons. I use 'Hot Of The Press' by Paul Mitchell and I highly recommend it! All Paul Mitchell products are 'sulfate free' making it better for your hair.

*Tip- Products with sulfates will fade your color faster, so look for the 'sulfate-free' label on the products you buy.*

4. Dry shampoo-  Invest in an dry shampoo! It is applied to root of your hair and absorbs the excess oil for those in between days. It appears like a white powder in your hair but once you comb through it will brighten your colour and will refresh you roots.

*Tip- If you run out of dry shampoo, use baby powder/talc powder which pretty much does the same. Just remember to comb/brush it out to get rid of the white!*

5. Hair styles- Try different ways of styling your hair, I like to put mine up into a top knot bun or curl my hair in between washes.

6. Invest in a straw hat for holidays/summer-  The sun can do a lot of damage to hair, especially colour treated hair.  Always wear a hat to protect those lovely locks from further damage due to the sun.

*Tip- If you don't have a summer hat, why not try a head scarf and tie it into a girly bow like a headband*

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Day trip to London with Josh & Daisy

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Hello dears,

A couple of weeks ago Paul & I took two of my siblings to London for the day, we try and do something with all my siblings at least once a month. London has been on the cards for while now and we finally had time to take them now the kids are on there summer holidays. We planned on going to The Natural History museum first and then head to Covent Garden & Carnaby Street to check out all the shops. The queue time was an hour so we scrapped going into the Natural History and went to The Science museum instead, we spent a couple of hours soaking up all the interesting facts and came across a 7 pawed kitty cat which was weird haha!

After hours of walking round we all got hungry so decided to go for lunch at Nandos, it was Josh and Daisy's first time going there and they were thrilled. They enjoyed their chicken burgers/wings with corn on the cob and garlic bread, followed by bottomless frozen yogurt. Paul & I enjoyed our regular meal of a veggie burger wrap with chips, I just had to try the frozen yogurt and it was by far the best chocolate frozen yogurt I'd ever tasted!!

Once our lunch had settled in our tummies we headed across to Covent Garden to take the kids to see all the shops. First stop was Orbital Comic book store to buy a few comics and Daisy picked up 3 for £1 in the bargain box! She's really getting into her comics now after seeing all of mine & Paul's collection, that was a proud sister moment right there! Josh didn't buy anything but spent ages looking through all The Walking Dead collections and checking out the vinyl toy corner.

We then walked up past China Town & headed round the corner to Forbidden Planet another comic book store which is a lot bigger, after buying a few more comics we decided to see more of Covent Garden stopping to get a Starbucks one last time as that outlet was closing. After looking in Artbox we made our way to Carnaby Street, Josh & Daisy were starting to look tired & it was getting late in the day. Josh & Daisy had a list of shops they wanted to see but they loved Choccy Whoccy Do Dah & Johnny Cupcakes the most! Josh brought a new beanie and a vinyl toy from Johnny Cupcakes which he was very happy with! We had one last stop at Nike Town (to keep Paul happy) before heading back to Euston, Josh had never seen a sports shop so big & enjoyed the Basketball, Skateboarding section.

We were all SO tired by the end from walking around all day and nearly fell asleep on the train home. I cant wait for our next adventure to London with them!

Here's a few pictures from our day -

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