Weaving my way through motherhood whilst trying not to mess up adulthood.

Try a British Beach Holiday this Summer






What comes to mind when someone asks you to picture your ideal beach holiday? You might just be thinking of Ibiza or the French Riviera. In truth, you don’t need to go that far to enjoy the sunny weather, the sea, and the sandy beaches. You could even stay at home, in Britain and still get a lot of your favourite summer things. Too many British holidaymakers forget about the beautiful South West of England along the English Channel. Think about John le Carré, Douglas Adams, and Thomas Hardy. While nothing unites their different writing styles, they all have one thing in common: They were all born in Dorset. And this is the place to be this summer!

Where To Stay

If you are heading down to Dorset for the summer holiday, you will need to find somewhere exciting and sunny to stay. Most holidaymakers choose an accommodation along the coastline, from Bridport to Christchurch, such as self catering Bournemouth homes or an exciting beach spa hotel in Weymouth. If you want to tour the region and see more of its historical monuments and its cultural marvels, you might want to look for B&B or self catering cottages in small villages inside the land, which will give you the possibility to enjoy your holiday away from the crowd of tourists. Do make sure to pick a large town, such as Bournemouth, Poole or Dorchester if you want to rely on public transport.


Water Fun


If you are wondering what you could do in Dorset during the summer, the most obvious answer is: Enjoy the water! Indeed, with plenty of stunning sandy beaches. There’s even a prized location which won the Blue Flag award, and it’s Durley Chine Beach in Bournemouth. It has a vast Kidzone, which helps parents to enjoy a relatively stress-free holiday, and despite its small size, it’s one of the safest beaches around. For a more scenic experience, you simply need to find Middle Chine Beach which is only a few meter further west. If you’re not a beach enthusiast, check the Splashdown in Poole. It’s a water park with some of the best water fumes, spins and tumbles in the UK. They also have a play zone for young children and toddlers, so there’s something for everyone.


Indulge In Vintage Nostalgia


If you want to relax during your holiday and disconnect from the stress of the modern world, take a ride through nostalgia with the Swanage Railway, a steam train - but they do diesel too - that runs through Dorset and offers even evening dining experience if you are up for a ride. You will find the station in Swanage, which is not too far from Poole for a day out. You can then sit back on a vintage train and enjoy a perfect cream team as you visit Dorset. If you are up for a drive, try to stop in Dorchester to visit the Teddy Bear Museum, with toys that are over 100-year-old. This is a blast from the past and a peaceful way to reconnect with your inner child.



Take your plate on a journey to spain






Are you a food enthusiast? Do you know your knife from your fork and your Ribeiro from your Albariño wine? If you have no idea what this is about, Ribeiro and Albariño are two of the best Spanish white wines. If you know exactly what this was about, and you are salivating in advance at the thought of delicious tapas, then it’s probably time to think about bringing a bit of Spain directly into your kitchen. Thankfully, you have plenty of option to call the Spanish sun under your roof. After all, this paradise of foodies is accessible to everyone, even in the comfort of your own kitchen. Yet, it’s best to see the real thing in the streets of Madrid or Barcelona!



                                The Paradise For Foodies

Spain is an uncomplicated food heaven for those who love the simple and authentic taste of the south. Indeed, Spain is a country for the foodies who cherish the real taste of simple things, and the pleasure of a meal to share in good company. It’s hard not to think about the tortilla española as typical Spanish food: Everyone in the world knows this potato omelet! But there is more to Spain. The cold soup, gazpacho, is a famous mix of tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, onion and vinegar. But have you heard of the salmorejo? This is another cold soup, but this one counts bread as a base ingredient. The cocido madrileño is another hidden marvel typical from Madrid with chickpeas. But before you start your tour of the Spanish cuisine, it’s a good idea to check the Spanish vineyards too. Spain in one of the top producer of wine in the world, and while it is famous for the Rioja red wine, there are a lot more to discover on a wine tourist tour.


Plan Your Holiday

 

If you are planning to go to Spain and tour through the delicious world of sunny cuisine, you should start your planning early! While you will find plenty of travel agencies that offer specialist gourmet tours of Spain, you can access the same facilities if you choose to tour on your own. Check the best seasons to visit your favorite vineyards, and more importantly, plan to hire a car as some areas are remote and difficult to reach with public transport. As a last piece of advice, you might be interested in the latest project of the EU commission, the ETIAS - you can find out more on the website. The EU is planning to roll out a form of online VISA registration for visitors who come from countries outside of the EU in 2020. This is designed to work in a similar way to a US tourist visa for visits of 90 days or less.


Bring Back Recipes

 

Don’t just visit Spain. The love of good food goes beyond this sunny country! Why not research your favorite recipes to bring back home the pleasure of tapas with friends? Or maybe you could buy a paella pan and invite friends over for a paella and vino meal with plenty of good music and laugh. Spanish cuisine is about conviviality and simplicity: There’s nothing stopping you from recreating it in your own kitchen!



Make Your Mum feel loved this Mother's day



Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and so, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you will make the day special for the number one lady in your life: Mum. Mother’s Day isn’t about the gifts; it’s about showing your mum just how much you (and your little ones) love and appreciate her and what she does for you. So, with that in mind, below are some ideas and suggestions for how you can make your mum feel loved this Mother’s Day and put a smile on her face.



Plan to spend the day with her

Plan to spend the day altogether as a family , you can do this by including mum and the rest of your family to members to join you on the day. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, just as long as it allows you to have lots of quality time your mum and your children. Or, if your children are young and don’t really understand about Mother’s Day just yet, why not treat your mum to a lunch out or a pamper day at a spa, just the two of you? Think how nice it would be to have some one-on-one time with her. There are plenty of websites like Groupon, for example, that offers discounted spa days, so it’s more than worth having a look.

Get the kids to make her cards

Obviously, you will want to get your mum a card but why not get the kids to make her one too? The chances are that they will be making you one anyway, so why not get them to make their grandma one too? Mother’s Day isn’t just about celebrating mothers; it’s about celebrating all the most important women in our lives, from our mothers to our grandmothers, aunts and even the special friends in our lives.

Pick the perfect present

When it comes to picking a gift for your mum, think about the types of things that she likes. Is she a major foodie and would appreciate a gourmet food hamper? Is she a bath bomb lover and would love a selection of handmade bath bombs? Does she love wearing perfume - would she appreciate a new bottle of her favourite scent from thefragranceshop? Is she mad about chocolate and would love a box of her favourite chocolates? Think about the types of gifts that your mum would appreciate and find her the perfect thing. If you’re stuck for ideas, take the time to have a browse online for ideas and inspiration.

Bake Cupcakes

As a little extra treat, why not bake your mum some cupcakes, with the help of your little ones of course? If your mum isn’t a fan of cupcakes, find another sweet treat to make her, such as chocolate brownies, fruity flapjacks, or fudge. If you’re stuck for ideas, you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration on Pinterest, so take the time to have a browse on there.

There you have it, a few simple ways to make your mum feel loved on Mother’s Day and put a smile on her face.

Love them & leave them -Sue Shepherd






 
About Love Them and Leave Them: Sometimes you have to leave the one you love … sometimes you’re the one who’s left behind. The new heart-warming and heart-breaking romantic comedy from the No.1 bestselling author of Doesn’t Everyone Have a Secret?



On his way home, Ed makes a split-second decision that changes the lives of all those who love him.



Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessie, is stuck in a job with no prospects, her dreams never fulfilled. It will take more than her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, and temperamental best friend, Coco, to give her the confidence to get her life back on track.



But what if Ed had made another decision? It could all have been so different …



Six years on, Ed’s daughter, Jessica, has a successful career, loving boyfriend, Nick, and a keen eye on her dream home. But when new clients, a temperamental Coco, and her unreliable boyfriend, Chris, walk into her life, Jessica’s perfect world soon starts to unravel.



Love Them and Leave Them is a story of love, families, friendship and a world of possibilities. Whichever decision Ed makes, the same people are destined to come into his daughter’s life, sometimes in delightfully different ways. And before they can look forward to the future, they will all have to deal with the mistakes of the past.

 Want to know more? Below is an extract from Love them & leave them to tease you into the novel, if you are like me and  love getting tasters for books before you get stuck in, have a read......

Prologue 

There are moments in all our lives when we make important decisions ‒ applying for our dream job, moving house, deciding to start a family, to name just a few. These moments are huge, and they don’t pretend to be anything less.
On the other hand, there are other moments that are just as noteworthy, and yet they masquerade as trivia. We make choices all the time. Left or right? Stay or go? Choices that appear insignificant, when in reality they may be just as pivotal as the ‘important’ ones. The consequences of these seemingly insignificant choices can be far reaching, and can, on occasion, affect people we’ll never even meet.

I was hooked, if you want to read more about Sue Shepard's second novel then you can buy it here:Get your copy of Love them & Leave them here

Let me know if you enjoy it

Loves

Jade Priscilla

The Best Places In The World For Holiday Shopping




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We all love shopping, right? And surely there is no one out there that doesn’t love holidays, either? Put them together, and you have a match made in heaven, in my opinion. While lazing away on a beach is a firm favourite for most people I know, having the chance to shop in some of the great cities of the world isn’t too far behind. With this in mind, I thought I would take you through some of the greatest destinations for shopping in the world today - let’s take a closer look.

New York

I know plenty of people that head over to New York purely for the shopping experience at Christmas time. While they can often spend a fortune, they come back with some genuine bargains - a lot of clothing and electronics is so much cheaper over there than here! Fifth Avenue, the Time Warner Centre, and SoHo for its incredible boutiques are all worth checking out. Just make sure you are diligent with everything you need before you go. According to https://www.official-esta.com/, you will need a visa to get into America, or you will be turned away before you get into the country. Don't forget yours or it will be the most expensive shopping trip you have ever taken, and you will still come home with nothing!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a gateway between east and west - and if you want to pick up some spectacular goods that you won't find anywhere else, it’s the perfect place. And the great thing about it is, like New York, it can be magical whatever time of year you go. According to https://www.lonelyplanet.com/, you should check out Langham Place, and ensure you visit the Jade Market, where you will find all kinds of super cool vintage and artisan wares.

Madrid

Of course, you need a serious budget for going to New York or Hong Kong. But what about somewhere a bit closer to home? Madrid is an incredible city, full of atmosphere and a hugely varied range of shopping options. Plenty of well-known brands are based there, too, such as MANGO and Zara, so expect to get plenty of bargains. If you head out on a Sunday, make sure you go to El Rastro - it’s an amazing flea market that is perfect for exploring and buying everything from vintage gear to homemade crafts.

London

How can I not include my own capital - London has one of the best reputations in the world for shopping opportunities, too. It has everything there that you might need, from the luxury goods and sheer experience of Harrods to the fantastic Southbank Centre Christmas Market in Westminster. Another great thing about London is that if you are prepared to go off the beaten track a little, you will find plenty of tiny, hidden shops that sell incredible things, whether you are looking for food, new jewellery or something nice to wear for the weekend.

What’s your favourite city for shopping? Why not share your thoughts with everyone else in the comments section below this post!

Loves

Jade Priscilla

The Everyday Superfoods we should be eating




 
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You might have heard the term “super food” being bandied about. It seems that every week there’s a new food on the market that will keep us healthy, keep us trim, help us to fly, and so on. However, we don’t have to look to such exotic foods to get everything we need to stay healthy. There are plenty of overlooked everyday foods that you could be including as part of your diet. Time to throw away that junk food and head to the supermarket….


Fruit and Veg


All fruit and veg will do good things for you, but some fruit and veg are better than others. The old adage ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ might have been said in more hope than expectation, but now we have the data to back it up. For starters, apples are an outstanding source of vitamin C - and they’re better than taking vitamin C tablets because they also have powerful antioxidants in the skin, which has bags and bags of benefits. Eating more bananas, meanwhile, will give you more energy than you can shake a stick at and help to reduce blood pressure. Also: berries, any berries. They’ve got superfood qualities running through their delicious taste.

Oily Fish


Alas, by fish we don’t mean a battered version from your local takeaway. We mean real fish, fish that tastes like it has come straight from the ocean. A few of the best are fresh anchovies, salmon, and tuna. These three are loaded with Omega-3, which keeps our hearts healthy, keeps our brains sharp, and generally keeps us in sound all round shape. Some fish is an acquired taste - especially anchovies - but it’s all a matter of finding the freshest and best version you can find. There are also plenty of great dishes you can create with fish, but the best bit? Most fish has all the taste already locked inside it, so it needs next to no preparation anyway. Salmon is one of my favorite fish to cook for this exact reason, little to no effort yet seriously delicious!

Eggs


Eggs, I hear you cry as you spit your coffee out over your keyboard. Yes, that’s right: eggs! They’ve had a bit of a topsy-turvy reputation over the years, and there’s definitely an argument to be made that you probably shouldn’t go wild and eat a dozen a day. However, eating one egg a day can have plenty of benefits, specifically by improving your intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which have shown in studies to keep our eyes healthy and protect our skin from UV damage. Not so much an issue in England...but you’ll feel the benefits when you’re on your travels!

Avocados


God bless the humble avocado, is there anything it can’t do? It’s tasty, it’s fun to look at, and...it’s really good for you. Just having one avocado is enough to give you a full third of your daily requirement of vitamins K, B6, C, and also boosts your cholesterol levels. Spread on your toast, add some chopped tomato and basil, and eat yourself healthy!Way before Avocado became a ‘trend’ I would enjoy this when I was younger as my nan and Grandad had an avocado tree in their garden so our meals were never short of a slice of avocado.


 What's your favorite superfood?

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