• Dark chocolate tart topped with fresh cherries and raspberries
    Kitchen

    Dark Chocolate Cherry Tarts

    I made these indulgent dark chocolate cherry tarts as a date night pudding. Chocolate ganache bursting with juicy cherries sitting on top a buttery digestive biscuit base – are you sold? They are perfect as you can get them ready in advance so don’t need to worry about sorting out dessert in between courses. You do need to be a little bit organised as there is some setting time needed, but each step only takes a few minutes of actual work. There are also minimal ingredients involved and you could easily switch out the cherries for any kind of berries you happen to have on hand. I would recommend using…

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    Life

    Recently

    Recently we’ve been so busy, we’ve hardly had time to breathe. Wedding Bells Dylan’s first birthday week was all go! We kicked off with a wedding in Aviemore so my mum and step-dad came up to look after Dylan for the day. It was the first time I’d left him during the day for more than an hour or so and I was really nervous but everything went ok and he had a brilliant day with his grandparents. Luckily the wedding was close to the hotel where we were staying so I was able to nip back to feed him and put him to bed which made me feel much…

  • Parenting

    One

    And then he was one. Our tiny little baby boy is now a cheeky toddler. Happy first birthday Dylan. It feels like yesterday that we met you but it also feels like we’ve known you forever. You’ve come so far in the past year and have turned into such a happy boy. You are an adventurer and are becoming so confident with walking. Emptying out the sock drawer is one of your favourite things to do. Let’s hope you learn how to put the socks back soon! You smile and wave at everyone you meet which can make a quick trip to the shops take much longer than planned as…

  • Beauty

    Current Curly Girl Routine

    As I mentioned a few months ago, I’m currently using the curly girl method to try and improve the health of my hair. It’s actually my second try as I did give it a go a while back but gave up when I was pregnant as my hair wasn’t doing well at all. I thought I would run through my current curly girl routine as I’ve been doing my research and have finally started to find products that work for my hair. Hair Porosity A few months ago I worked out that I have very low porosity hair. This explains why products usually look and feel like they are sitting…

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    Life

    Thinking Ahead with Made to Measure Blackout Blinds

    I’ve become obsessed with blocking out all light in Dylan’s bedroom as it’s amazing how much better he sleeps when it’s totally dark. When we planned Dylan’s nursery, we didn’t really consider how dark we would need the room to be as we had no experience of helping a little person get to (and stay) asleep. We choose a roller blackout blind which is the same thing we use in our bedroom and it’s just fine for us. However, the amount of light that comes in around the edge of the blind is incredible and you really notice it when your baby wakes at 4.30am and thinks it’s morning. Each…

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    Bookshelf

    Bookshelf #2

    I’ve had The Forget Me Not Sonata by Santa Montefiore on my bookshelf since Christmas and finally got round to reading it last month. I really, really loved it. I’ve been reading lots of thrillers recently so it was a welcome change and reminded me why I used to read this kind of book all of the time. It’s set in Argentina so has an exotic feel which adds to the drama and heartbreak of the story. The other four books on this list are easy reading thrillers. Believe Me by JP Delaney is probably the most memorable. Set in New York, it follows aspiring actress Claire as she becomes…

  • 10 month old Dylan and mum
    Parenting

    After Maternity Leave

    Time Flies Dylan is now 11 months old. I can hardly believe how quickly the past year has gone. It feels like a blink of an eye since my waters broke unexpectedly in the early hours, 6 whole weeks before they were supposed to. For the past few months I’ve been in a quandary about what to do after my maternity leave ends. I enjoy my job and I’ve worked so hard for it, but I love spending time with Dylan and can’t imagine having to leave him at nursery. Plus he’s only going to be little once and it already feels like it’s whizzing by too fast. We signed…

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    Kitchen

    Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cake

    Is there a better combination than chocolate and orange? I realised recently that it has been absolutely ages since I made a chocolate cake. Of course then I just had to make one, so decided to treat us to a chocolate orange cake. This is a super simple recipe. The cake itself takes just 10 minutes to prep and is out of the oven in 20 minutes. Whipping up the buttercream is a doddle too and you can make the icing as complicated or not as you’d like. I made a double batch of icing so that I would have enough to pipe extra decorations on the top, but you…

  • Mum and baby walking outside cottage
    Life

    The Dairy at Daviot – Our First Holiday As A Three

    Last week we stayed at The Dairy at Daviot for our first proper holiday as a threesome. We’ve made the trip to visit family in Cardiff a couple of times already and went to the Lake District for an extended family holiday but this was our first time away with just us. It’s become a sort of tradition for us to go on holiday during the last week of May. It’s the week we got married in Santorini two years ago and the week of our babymoon last year. But it really started before our wedding as a way to avoid the high prices and hot temperatures of the summer…

  • Chocolate bark topped with dried fruit, nuts and colourful chocolate eggs
    Kitchen

    Recipe: Easy and Impressive Chocolate Bark

    Chocolate bark is one of those things that looks so much more impressive than the amount of time and skill you actually need to make it. It barely even requires a recipe being literally just melted chocolate topped with whatever it is that you fancy, or happen to have in your cupboard. I like making it for family get-togethers and it also works well as a handmade gift. The recipe I’ve included below is for my go-to version made using spicy dark chocolate and topped with dried fruit and nuts. The cayenne pepper used to give the chocolate some heat makes what might be a boring combination taste exciting. It’s…