Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Delicious, Easy Summer Breakfast - Overnight Oats

My mom started making me these when we joined up to Slimming World - they are YUMMY and healthy and super quick to make.  Just layer everything in a glass and leave in the fridge overnight to set.  I find drizzling a little bit of honey over the oats helps them to soak up a bit of moisture and that way they're not too dry.

If you're lazy like me rushed in the mornings this is a super quick, tasty brekkie that's surprisingly filling too. Last night I couldn't get away with just making one and had orders for FIVE for breakfast this morning - bonus.. the kitchen was clean this morning as there was just 5 glasses to wash up... result!

Let me know if you try it and what you think :)

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Sunday, 17 August 2014


So we went AWOL for a while.........

This is why...

We spent the last week at the gorgeous Trewan Hall campsite in Cornwall. I was a virgin camper so I was pretty nervous about the trip but I'm totally converted.... we had SUCH a fab time bodyboarding, swimming, bbqing, reading, playing and just zoning out from the real world for a while.

I'm editing all of our footage from the week so I'll upload it into a vlog on my YouTube Channel this week - my only regret? That we didn't book it for 2 weeks!

Have you been away this summer? Where did you go? What did you see? :)

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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Dance Crazy

My kids are DANCE CRAZY. Like CRAZEE. The eldest 2 started when they were really young... like toddling around - in the end Niamh chose horses. Tayla chose dance.
And she LOVED it. (Huge thanks to Miss Sarah Cookney!)

When we moved to the UK she struggled to find a dance school that she fit into or one that was even on the same level as SCAD in Cape-Town.
Until we found Katie. Well, until Katie found us :) 
Tayla had been really involved with gymnastics after we moved here and it was there I met my gym jail mate, Nicky. After a year or so of babbling away every Friday afternoon the girls class was split and we stopped seeing each other so often. Until one day she facebooked me about a new dance school her friend had just set up called Wombats.

So off we went for our first trial - that was back in February and we have NEVER looked back.  The girls LOVE the class and they LOVE Katie. She's an amazing teacher and a true dance inspiration.

Now both Shanah and Tayla go twice a week, they flip, they point, they twirl, they sweat blood and tears and they both work so bloody hard to do their very best.  And it pays off because they're both pretty awesome if I do say so myself. *bursting proud mother moment here*

The school has grown over the last few months from just a handful of kids to the group you see in the picture above. Every single one of these girls are amazing and they have all grown in confidence and skill in such a short time.

Katie - we love you to bits, Thank You for putting the passion and spirit back into dance for my girls. You're awesome. You ROCK!

Do your kids do an afterschool club? What do they enjoy doing?

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Geocaching Adventure! #CountryKids

Have you heard of Geocaching? Its AWESOME for older kids, well kids and adults of all ages really. I've seen people talking about it on various blogs and things so we downloaded the free app (search Geocaching in the App store) and straightaway 8 geocaches within 2 miles of our house came up! So we headed off up the hill to find our 'treasure' :) 

Of course we had to stop and cuddle the pony along the way.. Shan looks terrified here but she really wasn't - lol!

The view was stunning from behind our house.. I love the clouds in this pic - thankfully they weren't rain clouds and it was super warm the whole time we were out!

The app acts like a GPS compass, so you follow it just like you would a Sat Nav.  It's FAB..!

After 10 minutes of searching every nook and cranny in the 'hot spot' Tayla spotted this with her bionic eye...

I know... it looks like nothing... but if you look very closely in the middle of the pic there's a black, shiny object - super well camouflaged into the tree trunk!

This cache was called 'The Rat Run' and so we found this friendly (thankfully plastic) little rat.. and a tube with a log inside it.. Some caches have little gifts you can take and replace with something else too..

There we are - The BUTTS family........... :) It's just a nickname, thank the lord not our real name!

Super fat dorky selfie with said rat...

We carried on up the White Horse hill with the smell of the burger van encouraging us to keep going and came across this clay (kaolin?) mine.. pretty cool - the pic doesn't do it justice for just how huge it is!

The paragliders and handgliders were all out as it was perfect conditions for them to fly - we got chatting to some of them whilst wolfing down a huge burger at the top of the hill and they even offered to take the girls out one day. Over my dead body!!!!!!!! haha! Those things are too unpredictable man - Tayla said she wouldn't go because she was worried a bird would fly into her and rip her contraption to pieces... lol! She is So her mother's child.

What outdoor activities have you been getting up to now that the weather is so delicious? Link up your posts to the #CountryKids linky below - huge inspiration over here people!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 18 July 2014

Love the Little Things - #littleloves


THIS post by the fabulous How To Be a Domestic Disgrace entitled "The Joys & Pitfalls of having an only child" - I'll tease you with this conversation with her hubby and son - it'll make you click over and read the rest for sure: 

"Can you play He-Man with me, Daddy?"
"Not at the moment, dude."
"But you said you'd play He-Man with me later, and now it's later."
"Yeah.  I'm just doing some work, though.  Go and do some colouring or something."
"But I want to play He-Man."
"Play it by yourself."
"I can't, because who would be Skeletor?  I can't do the Skeletor laugh.  And I need Mummy to be Ram Man."
"Mummy's busy.  She doesn't want to be Ram Man."

"Well, she can be the annoying one, then."
"Yeah, him."
"Mate, we're too busy right now."
"Sigh." *wanders off*
"Er, what?"
"I might stick this Spiderman sticker up my bum."
"Very funny."
"Right up it."
"We probably wouldn't."
"For sticker removal?"
"Yep.  And he'd say 'how did that sticker get there?' and I'd say 'because nobody wanted to play He-Man with me and I was sad', and then he'd tell you off."
"Very creative."
"So, think on."
Mate, I am not playing He-Man at the moment."

"I'm removing my trousers......."

LOL! Love that girl.......... 


Vivianna does Makeup is one of my FAVOURITE YouTubers. Her weekly vlogs always make me smile and I just love her to bits. She's truly inspiring! 


My mums Marc Jacobs sunnies............. I just HAD to give them a little go! 


This song from Ed Sheeran's new album 'Mulitply' has been dubbed the 'Walking down the Aisle' song for this summer... it's sweet and mushy and I love it :) 


I'm doing Slimming World again and found a recipe for this delicious One Pot Breakfast dish - it looks like a mumble jumble of stuff but it was DELISH! We had it for lunch yesterday and it was so flipping good. Look out for the recipe on my blog next Tuesday! 

and lastly..
I've been working on my YouTube channel quite a bit lately - I'd love it if you could check it out and even do some of the 'Tags' I did? Let me know if you do and I'll be sure to check it out! 

I'm linking this post up again to the sexy ButWhyMummyWhy ... check out more 'Love the Little Things' posts on her fabulous blog! 

Happy Friday dudes! 

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Friday, 27 June 2014

Glossybox June 2014

So it's Mini-Xmas time in my house this week... yip... my Glossybox turned up! I have to say I've been SO impressed with the boxes this year.  I cancelled my subscription last year because I was literally receiving 5 samples I could've picked up at Debenhams.  BUT this year the boxes have been fab, I've received loads of full-size products and if I can't use the product myself - I've stashed it for stocking fillers.

This month GlossyBox are embracing the great British summer. The selected products help you update your summer beauty routine in one easy step. The box was worth over £50 which is brilliant for just £13.25 incl pp!

I've filmed the 'unboxing' and my initial thoughts on the box too - you can watch it on YouTube by clicking the link below :)

First up is the Schwarzkopf got2b Rise 'n Shine Souffle.  RRP: £ 3.99 - currently on offer at Superdrug for £2.66!

"NEW got2b Rise 'n Shine soufflé gives your hair textured volume and silky shine for a truly glamorous finish."

My first reaction to this product is that it made my hair go sticky... however I had already got a product on my hair when I tried it which wasn't very clever so I'll give this another go when I wash my hair tonight!

Next is the So Susan Concealer Quad - RRP: £ 16.95

"A compact of 4 concealer shades that cover dark shades, blemishes and minor imperfections"

The outer packaging on this product is simply gorgeous. I LOVE it to bits. However the actual product packaging is disappointing and gives quite a high end concealer a really bad look in my opinion :( I'm sorry Susan! The product also didn't work for me and it didn't conceal any blemishes on my skin. It was hard to use from the quad palette and hardly anything came out even when rubbed pretty vigourously.


Next out of the box was the teeez Flat Stiff Makeup Brush - RRP: unknown - I can't find this online - sorry!

Again the packaging is just stunning and I'm really interested in their makeup range after seeing it on their website.  I do wear eyeshadow most days so will definitely be giving this a go as my eyeshadow brush definitely needed replacing!

Next is the Nailgirls Top Coat - RRP: £ 13.50 - I've just found it at Not on the High Street for £ 8.10 - whoop!

"A quick drying top coat with a wet look shine. Dries up to 4 coats of colour in under 3 minutes with a glossy finish"

As I mentioned in my video, I try and have my nails done as often as I can with Gel overlays but this will be great for those poor times when I'm whacking polish on my nails myself :) 

Next out of the magic box was the Fleur de Figuier Shower Cream , Body Lotion & Fragrance Sample - RRP : £ 9.50 (shower cream), £ 13 (body lotion) & £32 (fragrance) available at M&S

"The fresh and indulgent scent of Eau Fraiche Fleur de Figuier radiates light and opulence. A melting formula, infused with fig pulp, the main active ingredient is extracted from the buds of the plant, known for their softening properties and effect on suppleness"
The smell of this is gorgeous - a light, fruity smell, perfect for invigorating your shower on hot summer days!

As usual the Glossy mag was packed with info & PR write-ups on this month's featured brands.... I've shown you So Susan in this image because I do feel bad that I didn't like the product when she looks so lovely!

Do you subscribe to any monthly boxes? Tell me in the comments so I can check them out too!

GlossyBox February 2014 Review 

Happy Friday! x 

*disclaimer: this is NOT a sponsored post.  All ramblings, opinions and general chit-chat are my own and I pay for this subscription in full. I just like to share with you what's in my mystery box each month!*

Wednesday, 25 June 2014


My youngest (Shanah) and my sister's eldest (Taide) are the best of friends. He's 3 months younger than her and they've been besties since Day 1. 

Cousins, besties, friends - they just 'get' each other. 

Unbelievably I can't find one photo of my sister and I pregnant together - Fail.  

Shanah was in the room when Taide was born... just a 3 month old baba SCREAMING in my arms while my sister SCREAMED him into the world. 

It was a dramatic affair after a never-ending labour. Thunder, lighting... oh yes.. the works.

And we loved him straightaway.

Don't get me wrong... they still fight, and there was even a year where they really didn't like each other, but they tote's got over it and whenever we visit they just go off on a mission together. Bestest buddies.

2005  - ages 5 months and 2 months

2007 - Age 2
2009 - Age 3

2010 - Age 4
2014 - Age 8
And still silly as ever....

I know these 2 will be best buds until they're old and wrinkly & they'll be there for each others best and worst moments in life. Best Buddies.

And I freaking love that.