R.I.P Eve

April 20, 2016 admin 0

“Victoria Woods dead” came the random comment from a student in college today. Victoria who? I desperately ran through all the names of all our students praying she wasn’t referring to one of them.  The confused expression on my face must have said it all as she jumped up and showed me a picture “oh you mean Eve, my goodness that is awful”. Slightly relieved it wasn’t one of my students I immediately felt saddened and shocked […]

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Blogging – it’s not all free stuff and nights out

April 18, 2016 admin 0

When you read my blog you will see a mixture of reviews from products and events that I have paid for myself or been bought as gifts and items that have been sent to me from various PR agents in a exchange for a review. Free stuff is definitely a huge perk of being a lifestyle or beauty blogger but trust me writing a blog is not all free stuff and nights out. Over the last […]

What exactly is a lifestyle blogger?

April 16, 2016 admin 2

A couple of years ago I started a blog outlining 30 challenges I wanted to complete before I turned 30 and on completing each challenge I wrote a summary or review of how it went. I had loads of fun and really enjoyed the whole writing process but when I turned 3O the blog became a bit redundant  and after a short break I decided to start a new one, this one, The Strawberry Fountain, a […]

Could Heinz tomato sauce be about to make my dream a reality?

April 15, 2016 admin 1

I have always dreamt of living off the land, growing my own vegetables and keeping a couple of chickens to lay fresh eggs for breakfast every morning. The idea of my two boys growing up to be self sufficient, green fingered and lovers of vegetables was my idea of the perfect family, all working together on the allotment in peace and harmony. Luckily I woke up before I moved us all to the country and […]

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Gino’s at the Corn Exchange, a hidden gem in plain sight

February 18, 2016 admin 0

We all know I love a doing a review, I get to have a look at a new place or try a new product and then dish the dirt or rave about it to everyone, so when I heard the corn exchange were looking for bloggers I didn’t hesitate to get in touch. This time however it wasn’t my opinions they were interested in (I know can you believe it!) the corn exchange wanted my […]

Our Christmas sparkle was stolen by Broomheath plantation :(

December 16, 2015 admin 0

5 weeks ago my family and I took our annual trip to the Broomheath plantation to pick our Christmas tree. It was a lovely day spent hunting for the perfect tree to fit in our living room to be tagged ready for us to chop down ourselves in December. On Saturday we went with our two very excited boys (5 and 3) to cut down our tree, take it home and decorate it. Despite the […]

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A family day out at Lakeland Maize Maze

November 23, 2015 admin 0

During the last school holidays my family and I spent a wonderful weekend in one of our favourite UK places, the Lake District. We stayed in Ambleside at the Youth Hostel and visited the Pencil Museum, Bowness and Lakeland Maize Maze. The Maze is situated in Kendal about and definitely worth a trip if you are up that way. My boys love being outside, running and climbing and generally being boys so I was really […]

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Who loves a bit of Hanky Panky?

October 31, 2015 admin 0

During half term I had to take my car for the dreaded MOT whilst I had my two boys, 5 and 3. The mechanic said it would take about an hour so we took a walk into Chester in hunt for a pancake house that had been recommended by friends. It took us a while to find it as it’s off the main road hidden away down a quiet little street behind the hustle and bustle […]

The Rose Tree now make candles and here is what I thought of it

October 21, 2015 admin 0

I absolutely adore The Rose Tree and have reviewed both their face and body oils in the past, both proving a huge success with me. This time I am reviewing one of their candles. If you are an avid reader of my blog you will already know that I am totally addicted to candles. I have them in all the rooms and love to write whilst the aroma fills my office and keeps me calm […]

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Secret Sausages – The verdict is in!

October 10, 2015 admin 0

I have two boys aged 5 and 3, both gorgeous, both monkeys. My youngest has a brilliant appetite and will eat almost everything, my eldest is fussy and reluctant to try new foods making meal times a challenge on occasion. Despite his fussy tendencies I still ensure that he eats plenty of fruit and vegetables, even if it is always the same ones, they still count. On more than one occasion I have slipped some […]