Places to Visit: Goodrich Castle, A Noble Ruin

Not so long ago, we went to Goodrich Castle, a Norman medieval castle (or rather the ruin of one) just outside Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire and about 10 miles from Monmouth on the Welsh border. I read online that William Wordsworth described it as a noble ruin and I can see why. It’s pretty impressive and much more complete than I expected.

goodrich castle 1 (Yes, this was another visit on a grey day – I have a knack for this!). Continue reading

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Tried & Tested: LAQA & Co Cheeky Lip Pencils

So I’ve put this post down as a tried and tested but it could just as easily be listed under favourite things because that’s what the LAQA & Co Cheeky Lip Pencils are.

After getting a full sized version of their Cray Cray colour through Birchbox at least a year if not longer ago and finding it the perfect colour for my cheeks (though not my lips), I went to order another as soon as it was done.  Unfortunately, the individual product wasn’t in stock so I had to order the trio.   Continue reading

Simple carrot cake recipe

seeds-2908636_1920Carrot cake is one of those cakes that I either love or hate – and I never know until I actually take the first bite.  When it’s good, it is amazing.  Not too sweet, moist and flavourful.  When it’s bad, it’s bad.  Dry, bland, often with overly sweet frosting.  There never seems to be an in-between.  And when it’s good, it’s one of my favourite cakes ever (coming second only to red velvet, another it’s hard to get right). Recently, I have made it my mission to come up with – for me – the perfect carrot cake.  A mix of a number of recipes, I think I’ve finally cracked it! Continue reading

Cutting Food Waste (and cutting food bills)

According to the Food Standards Agency, in the UK we threw away over 7 million tonnes of still edible food last year and about half of it came from homes, not shops and restaurants.  It is such a shocking figure, especially when you think that so many people are going hungry and relying on food banks.  It’s also expensive.  The estimated cost of those 7 million tonnes is £13bn and the average cost per household is £470.  Cutting back on food waste, and your food bills as a result, is easier than you think. Here are five easy  ways to do it… Continue reading

Teaching my daughter money management skills (at an early age)

Recently we opened a children’s bank account for my daughter, who has just turned eight.  It’s one I technically control but which we’ve put her in charge of.  She’ll decide what to put in and what to take out.  There isn’t a bank card attached so I still have to press the button, meaning it’s pretty risk free, but it’s part of my master plan to get her to understand what money and how to manage it…something I didn’t quite get till my late 20’s and after more than one mistake with bank loans, overdrafts and credit cards.

101717-OM18FK-75We started off as everyone does I think with a Piggy Bank, and just the idea of money, what it is, how much you have and why you should save it up.  Each week, from when she was really small, we would give her a pound to put in the bank and any extra money would go in there too.  Once it was full, we would empty it, count it and she could go to the toy store to spend her ‘hard earned’ savings. Continue reading

Tried & Tested: Boots L;ft Daily Boosting Day Moisturising Cream

One of my biggest weaknesses is an inability to not try new things (probably a strength too, if I ignore the strain it can put on my wallet).  Another, in order to ease said strain, is loving a bargain.  Walking around my local Boots last month, I came upon the perfect storm of a new product range (L;ft) with a third off it’s regular price.

Iift moisturiser

I’d gone in looking for moisturiser from a different brand.  I came out with Boots’ L;ft Daily Boosting Day Moisturising Cream.  If I ignore the slightly silly name (or spelling of it), I have otherwise been pretty impressed.  The cream promises to help me fight the five signs of ageing and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks.  It also promises me that my skin will not only be firmer but glow as well.   Continue reading