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Hello Autumn

Gosh, where did the summer go?! Caught up in a whirlwind of seaside visits, festivals and camping weekends, I have neglected the blog for the past few weeks.

But now, both of my little ones are in school and nursery school (so grown-up!), it’s time to get back to the coal-face and start posting more regularly over autumn – my favourite season.

I hope you can join me…

 

Recipe: Heart Healthy Blueberry Avocado smoothie

If you are feeling the need for a mid-week cleanse then NUTRiBULLET has the perfect recipe for you. Their in-house Nutritionist has put together the perfect antioxidant-packed blast that your heart and body will love.

Full of monounsaturated fatty acids from the avocado, shown to help lower our risk of heart disease, and antioxidants from blueberries, shown to help reduce the build-up of “bad” LDL cholesterol, this creamy concoction will keep your heart healthy and strong.

Ingredients:

Heart Healthy Blueberry Avocado

1 cup Blueberries
¼ Avocado
2 tablespoons Lime Juice
1 tablespoon SuperFood SuperGreens
1 tablespoon Honey
1 cup Coconut Water
1 handful Ice Cubes

Instructions

Add all solid ingredients to the Tall Cup. Fill to the Max Line with liquids and blend until smooth, approximately 30 seconds. Add half a cup of Greek yoghurt for an extra boost of protein.

Sweet peas – the scent of summer

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I LOVE sweet peas – they’re so fragrant and fragile and the abundant with blooms. They make a fabulous cut flower and add height to and colour to any garden. And, best of all, they are dead easy to grow!

I received this email today from Sarah Raven, who stocks some of the most lovely heritage sweet peas that look and smell like the summers of my childhood, and I wanted to share it as it’s a goof-proof guide to growing sweet peas.

Until Sunday, she is also offering 15% off sweet pea seedlings and growing kit, so grab some now, and you’ll be enjoying fragrant, garden-grown cut flowers by August!

 

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Bathe away

I love this shot from the latest H & M campaign – it taps into so many key trends right now, from the rough luxe walls to the rustic hewn wooden stool and the industrial style shelves.

And if that wasn’t enough it’s even got the dreamy beach-chic shower curtain (with a hazy photo filter) and vintage-inspired laundry basket. Get me to the high street now!

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Smallable interiors

I’ve just discovered the online children’s department store, Smallable, that scours the globe for gorgeous kids’ clothes, decor, furniture and toys – all with a design twist.

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Pictured here, from the new Spring/Summer 2015 collection, is the Moth hanging lamp (£68) and Klimoppe lamp (£133) from Studio Snowpuppe, Pineapple lamps (£64) from Goodnight Lamp, Watermelon stickers (£31) and Flamingo stickers (£31) by Love Mae.

en.smallable.com

A romantic room with a view

This gorgeous, romantic bolthole in the English Lake District has been converted so beautifully that it’s hard to believe it was once used as a coach house.

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Subtly blending into the landscape, it’s a secret luxury escape beneath a creamy vaulted ceiling. With spa treatments in the cabin and a snug mezzanine to hide in, there’s no need to step outside…

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You can admire the view over Coniston Water while curled up with your lover this Valentine’s weekend (yes, it’s still available!), or take a romantic walk through the eight acres of grounds.

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I’d check in myself, if I wasn’t already at the races at Ascot…

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£495 for 2 nights (sleeps 2) (13/14/15 February, including handmade chocolates, wine and welcome pack), www.sawdays.co.uk / 01824 520008

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MY RAW JUICE CLEANSE: A POSTSCRIPT

So earlier this week I did Tanya Maher’s raw alkaline juice cleanse for 48 hours (read more about that here) – and then a little bit longer as I started day three with a green juice and a lemon tea with chia seeds.

Yes, there were a couple of spots (a sign it’s working and toxins are leaving your body), but I wasn’t sure if I’d feel any other “benefits”. In fact I was worried if feel lethargic and hungry.

How wrong was I?! My tummy never rumbled (though I wouldn’t say I felt full); I lost two pounds in two days (!); my skin looks better, AND – the best news – that mummy tummy (or stomach boob as I think of it, there’s no polite way to describe the saggy trouser overhang!) has quite visibly shrunk.

I cannot believe it. And I certainly did not expect such a radical reaction in two days. I’ve had that horrid tummy fat for four years!!!

So if you’re unsure about whether to do a juice cleanse (make sure it’s raw cold-pressed juice) all I can say is: do it. Do it today!

READ ABOUT THE JUICE CLEANSE HERE

Get pisco-ed

A little treat to get into the mood this New Year’s Eve, with thanks to London’s Lima Floral for the recipe

Pisco Sour
2 ounces Pisco Quebranta
1 ounce key lime juice
1 ounce sugar syrup
¼ white of a fresh egg
Angostura® bitters

1 Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

2 Strain into a rocks glass of appropriate size.

3 To finish, place three drops of bitters in the centre of the egg foam.

Tip: Key Lime juice and simple syrup can be adjusted to taste. Some prefer a more sour drink while others something sweeter.

ENJOY!

Brompton x Thornback and Peel

Love cycling? Love craft? Then you’re going to love this cute Christmassy collacboration between Brit bike brand Brompton (you know, the folding, skinny orange bikes you see all over London) and pretty, quintessentially English eccentric  printmakers Thornback and Peel.

Head to Brompton Junction on Long Arce in Covent Garden this Sunday and you can print your own jolly Brompton-tastic festive cards. Tickets cost a tenner, but that includes the cards (in red or black) that you’ll screen print, and bubbly and mince pies, too.

What a fab idea. Folding is optional.

www.thornbackandpeel.co.uk

Woody open studios

I’m  a huge fan of artist Zara Wood, aka Woody, and follow her to art and craft fairs all over the place (one of her little Pirates prints hangs in my daughter’s bedroom).

So the prospect of a pop-up shop in her Brighton Studio is too good to miss, and a brilliant Christmas present pit-stop, too.

I love the naive, almost-Victorian style characters that she creates – the Little Treasures collection of miniature works of art housed inside vintage jewellery has been top of my Christmas wish-list for about the last five years!

The workshop is open for the next three weekends (28-29 Nov, 6-7 Dec, 13-14 Dec) as part of the Brighton Christmas Art Trail, when artists open their homes and studios to the public.

www.zarawood.com

www.openhouseart.co.uk