Saturday, 16 July 2016

*Where to go: Amsterdam


Take me back! If you're looking for a nice little get away this summer, look no further because Amsterdam is where you should be headed. With it's vast history and art, beautiful canal cruises, outstanding architecture and great food, this is one place that should be visited at least once in a lifetime.  As easy as it is to pack up and be on your way for a well-deserved break, finding the perfect place to stay can be tricky. And we all know a bit of luxury goes a long way. There are four Hilton Hotels  to choose from in Amsterdam and I've had a really good read about all of them. However, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal station is right up my street. It is close to main tourist attractions which is perfect for exploring and you get that authentic, local buzz. And that's not even  the best part, staying in a great hotel such as this in such a beautiful city doesn't have to cost a pretty penny this summer, save up to 15% on your stay in their summer sale.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The reasons why New Look is my go to store for heels

Standing at just 5 ft 1, you'd think I'd be caught donning a pair of high heels any chance I get, not exactly. I'm more of a block heel and flats kind of girl. Don't get me wrong, I love a good pair of 5 inch heels, in fact I have over 40 pairs of those but unfortunately, they rarely make it out of the closet. Now turn your attention to that rather attractive pair of red New Look strappy heels! Yes, this pair is an all time favourite, they are my number one go to pair; any day, any time, for any occasion.

Friday, 8 July 2016

What to read: "The lovliest chocolate shop in Paris" by Jenny Colgan

 I have only recently become acquainted with Jenny Colgan's books, but have been pleasantly surprised by how well written "The lovliest chocolate shop in Paris" is.  I was drawn to the book because it centers around my two most favourite things; or should I say every woman's two favourite things: Paris and Chocolate. However, this story start in a less than happy way, one you wouldn't expect. This is the story of two women who fall in love with Paris and were never the same again! Anna Trent has had a horrific accident in her place of work, a chocolate factory. After recovering in hospital, Anna is left jobless and depressed. While in hospital, her old French teacher, Claire Shawcross was moved into the bed next to her while undergoing chemotherapy. Both of these women are bored with being confined to a hospital bed so in order to pass time, Anna practices her French with Claire who gently corrects her and encourages her to improve just like the old days. Because Claire had once spent a memorable summer in Paris as a teenager; she comes up with a cunning plan to help Anna overcome her depression. Claire plans to help Anna restart her life by finding her a summer job with an old friend who has a chocolate shop in Paris.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Wren Kitchens' Little Kitchen big ideas e-book

Back in February, I revealed that I was going to be part of Wren Kitchens's 'Little Kitchen, Big Ideas' campaign and I'm still so proud that I was given the opportunity to take part of such a great campaign. Having received the book in hard copy, it was only right that I direct you straight to where you can get hold of the E-book for F R E E. This e-book is great for getting children more involved with food preparation. My sausage and pepper pizza made the cut and is featured in the book which is absolutely amazing. I managed to make Pizza just that little bit healthier by incorporating vegetables, homemade sauce and other ingredients. I substituted white bread flour with Wholemeal Bread Flour as it is the healthier option. As I mentioned in my post back in February, wheat grains crushed into a fine powder, in this case the flour contributes to your grain intake for the day, helping you reach the six 1/2-cup servings of grains. Here is how you can download the 'Little Kitchen, Big Ideas' E-book for free.

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