A Summer Weekend by the Water

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This past weekend was another sunny one – it seems like we’re having the best kind of summer so far – and so we made the most of it by spending the majority of time outside. This included a trip to a local food festival, sampling some delicious food and drink while walking around in the sunshine. I enjoyed a greek frappe followed by a gorgeous curried chickpea, coriander and coconut burger, while Hana gave some vegetable noodles a go and our boys were loving the local meats of the area.

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A good day had by all, even if we were all pretty jealous of the yachts tied up at the water’s edge – we made a pact to go in together in 20 years to buy our own! I love local events, especially when they involve getting to taste fresh, local food and the weather is good to boot. We hope you had another great summer weekend.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Fitness plan…5km in 10 weeks

It would be safe to say that I don’t particularly enjoy exercise. I do have membership to a gym but on average I would say I go about once every 2 weeks. I think it’s because I don’t have a lot of motivation. I don’t need to lose any extra pounds and there are things I would much rather do, but in recent years I’ve become increasingly aware that I am quite unfit. I would like to be able to jog for more than a couple of minutes without struggling, so I’ve been looking around the internet and came across this training plan for being able to run 5km within 10 weeks. I think this is a great idea, even if you’re not planning on participating in a run anytime soon, it seems like a great way to gradually build up to being able to run a longer distance. So the plan is, over the next couple of months I will be using this plan to help me on my way to a fitter lifestyle.

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DIY: Gold Alphabet Magnets

Gold Alphabet Magnets

I always like to add a bit of interest to those rooms in my home which are pretty generic, like the bathroom or the kitchen – the rooms that have more functionality and can sometimes lack a little personality. My kitchen is pretty small, it just about fits all the necessary pieces of equipment (fridge, oven, washing machine) and storage space, so I do try and add some interest where I can, like a portion of chalkboard space on the back of the door. This time I wanted to add a little something to the fridge, to use as something both pretty and practical and so I thought some revamped alphabet letter magnets might be just the trick. And they turned out great, I’m really enjoying making words and phrases, as well as sticking little notes up. A lovely addition to the kitchen, for a couple of pounds and an hour or less of time.

Supplies

  • Alphabet magnets (I got two packs from Amazon)
  • Sand paper
  • Newspaper
  • Gold spray paint
  1. Place newspaper on an outside work space.
  2. Put the magnets on the newspaper, a few centimetres apart.
  3. Lightly spray the letters with paint, keeping the can approximately 30cm away from the items you are spraying. Allow to dry.
  4. Repeat the spray painting until you have covered all of the letters thoroughly and you can’t see the original colours through the paint. This will take 3 to 4 light coats.
  5. Allow to dry thoroughly before sticking to the fridge.

Please note: This is not a craft project for children.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Style Saturday

We love to make the most of summer by steering clear of jeans and wearing skirts instead. This weekend Lucy chose a maxi, while I chose a midi and we think it’s great that we have both these options. On cloudy days like today it’s nice to have the choice not to show off too much leg, but still be able to keep cool when it’s warm outside.

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T-Shirt: H&M | Skirt: Tesco | Bag: H&M | Shoes: New Look | Necklace: Accessorize

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Top: Topshop | Skirt: ASOS | Shoes: Miss Selfridge | Watch: Michael Kors

Things I Fancy: Homeware Edition

It’s that time of week when work is slowing time and I spend a ton of time looking at things I want on the net. It just happens to be that right now those things happen to be all kinds of homeware. We try not to spend too much on home stuff, with the wedding coming up and us now having most of what we need, but I can always keep looking. We really need a shed for the garden and a bed for the spare room, but those things have to wait until we have more money, so while we wait for them, I find enjoyment window shopping online. These are the things catching my eye this week.

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1. Round Wood Stripe Tray | 2. Large Quilted Cushion | 3. Wooden Vintage Cafe Sign | 4. Stripes and Flowers Napkin | 5. Flamingo & Pineapple Juice Glasses | 6. Basket, set of 3 | 7. Illume Boulangerie Jar | 8. Glass vase | 9. Nouveau Collection Set of Three Frames.

How To…Half Moon Nails

I’m always looking to do something a bit different with my nails away from just using one colour on them all. That is why I thought I’d jump on the half-moon-nail bandwagon and try them out for myself using hole reinforcers to get the crescent shape. I found the whole process very easy so I thought I’d share my experience with you, so that you might try it out for yourself. The only other thing you need is two different colour nail polishes, it’s that simple. Another idea would be to use one colour as your base and then use a mattifying nail polish as your second choice and this creates a more subtle half moon effect. I might try that one next time.

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Supplies

  • Nail polish remover
  • Base/top coat nail polish
  • Two different colour nail polishes
  • Hole reinforcers
  • Scissors
  1. Start by removing any old left over nail polish with nail polish remover.
  2. Apply your base coat to each nail and wait for it to dry completely.
  3. Cut 5 hole reinforcers in half so that you have one for each nail.
  4. Apply1 or 2 coats of your base nail polish colour, this will be the colour of your half moon at the bottom of your nail.
  5. Apply your hole reinforcers to the bottom of your nail, the higher up your nail you place them, the bigger the half moon shape will be.
  6. Apply 1 or 2 coats of your second nail polish over the top of the whole nail, covering the hole reinforcer.
  7. Wait until the nail polish is completely dry before removing the hole reinforcer.
  8. Apply your top coat and admire your work!