20th November 2017 by - No comments

One of the things we love to do as a family is go to the cinema. Now the boys are a little older the range of things to do have changed. But when a movie the whole family will enjoy comes out we are all very excited!

Paddington Bear has always been a sweetheart of mine. Ever since I was a little girl I loved the books and the cute cuddly bear to bits. Its so nice to see Paddington get the recognition he so well deserves yet again, he is a definate hit with my boys.

We watched the first movie when it came out, so seeing the second installmemt on the big screen was a must!

The Movie –

Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration.

Verdict –

Paddington 2 has a fantastic cast, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonville, Julie Walters, Brenden Gleeson, Jim Broadbent to name but a few.

The movie lasts 1hr 43mins but we loved it so much we could have easily watched an hour more.

Set in beautifully shot parts of lovely London it is a captivating story with Hugh Grant making the evil Pheonix Buchanan character so funny and yet charming, in a way only Hugh Grant can.

My boys, aged 9 & 7 were not bored one bit, a fantastic movie for mummies, daddies, grand parents, kiddies & everyone really!

A great day out!

Paddington 2 is out now in cinemas Nationwide.

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15th November 2017 by - No comments

As we grow older why is it that our hopes and desires change?

I guess its all part of the cycle called life and  we just have to embrace it.

Lets take our skin for example, who else feels that after the age of forty we need to pay extra special care when cleansing, toning & moisturising? I definately do. Im lucky to be blessed with good skin genes from my darling mother, but even so the fine lines have become more visible.

So I have decided to take more care, not just cleanse, tone & moisture, but go for regular facial treatments with the professionals.

Japanese Face Massage @ Skin Aspirations in Draycott Avenue, London


Japanese Face Massage aims to rejuvenate the face, preventing and reducing the impact of the ageing process. It visibly improves the appearance of the skin, provides brightness and a more uniform tone, reduces eye bags, prevents and reduces wrinkles. Japanese Face Massage is also known as the “facelift without surgery.”

The combination of energising, delicate and sensitive techniques, applied in a subtle, quick and rhythmic way, induces deep relaxation effect. After a Japanese Face Massage session, you will feel rested, relaxed, with a clear mind, just as after a restful sleep. Therefore this massage is considered a very effective technique to reduce stress.

Both men and women of all ages can benefit from Japanese Face Massage.

Verdict –

If anyone is wanting to give me a gift that will guarentee happiness inside & out, this is it!

I cannot begin to describe the utter state of nirvana I was in during and after my treatment.

Based in a beautiful part of central London, between South Kensington & Kings Road, Skin Aspirations is based in a top floor room of a typical London town house. As soon as you arrive you feel relaxed, Simona is the owner and therapist, and all I can say is that she has an extremely calming presence and she has magical hands!


The treatment lasted 1 hour, starting with a foot & leg rub, Simona slowly worked her magic into my tired skin. The Japanese facial aims to work your skin with small massage movements to ensure the skin cells are awoken and brought to life.


Simona used a gel based massage cream as oils are too slippery and do not allow the hands to work properly.


What I loved most about this facial is that you get the therapist’s 100% attention throughout the whole treatment. It is not like other facials where a cleansing treatment is applied, then a mask put on, then the therapist leaves you for 15mins. Simona’s magical hands massaged all parts of my face and neck for a full 1hour.

I must admit I fell into a deep sleep at one point through my treatment, a much needed winters rest. But at the end of my massage my skin felt fresh, taut amd rejuvenated. Something no cream alone can do. Now I fully understand why Japanese ladies have such great skin! Its all in the massage technique, how you put on the cream.

So all I can say is if you want to treat the lady, or gentleman, in your life to something extra special this Christmas get her a Japanese Facial with Simona @ Skin Aspirations! Believe me you will make them very, very happy indeed!

Simona is kindly offering my readers a special discount to her wonderful treatment.

Simply quote “Japan” & you will get 25% off the Japanese face massage if you book a treatment before 25 Dec 2017. 

Find out more on the Skin Aspirations website below, to make a booking call or email Simona on –

Phone: 07473242110

E-mail: hello@skinaspirations.co.uk

https://www.skinaspirations.co.uk/treatments?tab=tab-Japanese-Facial-Massage

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13th November 2017 by - No comments

I love cookbooks. Its not that I cant cook, I definately can. But I love finding out about new recipes, discovering new meals to try & prepare for my loved ones, and for you lovelies ofcourse.

Nigel Slater has always been one of my favourites. I love watching him on television. His recipes are simple and definately manageable at home, and he has a calming manner which I find so relaxing to watch.

So when I found out that Nigel Slater had a new book out for Christmas I just had to review it for you all.

The Book –

From the BBC1 presenter and bestselling author of Eat, The Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice.

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

Taking you from 1 November all the way to the end of January, The Christmas Chronicles covers everything from Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year to Epiphany. Throughout the season, Nigel offers over 100 recipes to see you through the build-up, the celebrations and the aftermath. Here are much-loved classics such as goose and turkey (and making the most of the leftovers), mincemeat and the cake; recipes to make the cold months bearable, like ribsticker bread pudding with Comté and Taleggio, salt crust potatoes with blue cheese and goat’s curd, and hot-smoked salmon, potatoes and dill; as well as bright flavours to welcome the new year, including pink grapefruit marmalade, pear and pickled radish salad and rye, linseed and treacle bread.

Packed with feasts, folktales, myths and memoir and all told in Nigel’s warm and intimate signature style, The Christmas Chronicles is the only book you’ll ever need for winter.

Verdict –

It’s my birthday tomorrow, and this was one of my birthday gifts. It is just perfect. Not too big and bulky, or filled with endless pictures, like some cookbooks.

What makes this so much more than a cookbook are the memories. So many wonderful memories of the festive period.

A definate Christmas gift for that special ‘cook’ in your life.

Available on Amazon & in all major bookshops now.

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