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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An absolute must see in North Wales

April 12, 2016 admin 0

I have lived in Chester now for 9 years and it is only recently that I have started appreciating the natural beauty that exists in North Wales, less than an hour from my front door.  Last weekend my husband and I found ourselves with a whole day child free and decided to enjoy some of what Wales has to offer. A friends of mine had recommended the waterfall over at Pistyll Rhaeadr so we took […]

Join the Nail Revolution

April 10, 2016 admin 1

I love having pretty nails. As a teenager I had a box full of all sorts of colours of nail varnish and spend hours painting my nails, then taking the varnish off and starting again, just to try a different colour. Since then, and despite 15 years in catering and hospitality, I still can’t resist a pretty bottle of nail varnish when I see it. I can spend half an hour getting the perfect French […]

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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 […]

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Thanks to Lady Lush

February 1, 2016 admin 0

In a world where we love to complain, where as a nation we are quick to criticise and as people we love nothing more than having a good whinge I thought it was about time that I stopped to recognise a genuine act of kindness. Last week my family and I went on a trip to Manchester and on our way back to the car with two very tired boys I spotted a Lush shop and chanced […]

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My hopes and dreams for 2016

January 4, 2016 admin 0

It’s the night before I return to my teaching job and I am sat here at my desk staring at my empty planner knowing that by the end of the week it will be full of deadlines, lesson plans, reference requests and meetings. I don’t particularly mind as I have just got a new job and I know it’s going to be demanding and exhausting but hopefully rewarding too. However it has made me realise that this year i need to work […]

Feel younger and celebrate Christmas with Time Bomb – Christmas Special.

December 22, 2015 admin 0

Christmas is here and if you are still running round trying to get all those last minute presents, I have a great stocking filler for that special lady in your life that she will just love!   I’ve been lucky to have reviewed Time Bomb products before and I couldn’t recommend them enough. As you know, when you hit the closer side to 30 (me being 25 now!) we do start to think about anti […]

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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Would you ever stay in a youth hostel?

November 24, 2015 admin 1

The youth hostel association got in touch with me and asked if my family and I would like to review one of their youth hostels, any one we could choose. I dismissed the idea immediately, I’m not a snob by any stretch of the imagination but I had no intentions of taking my children to a grubby run down youth hostel full of all sorts of strange individuals sharing one large room.  Out of curiosity […]