Friday, 23 October 2015

Hearty winter squash soup

So, I go a bit overboard with soups this time of year, but I thought why not share another super tasty recipe! Having picked up some winter squash from the super market I thought it only right to make a Winter Squash soup!

You will need

1 Onion
2 Carrots
A few small potatoes
Winter squash of any form ( Pumpkin, butternut squash etc)
Vegetable stock
Seasoning ( Salt, Pepper & Coriander)

How to

Chop & fry your onions 
Chop and boil all your veg and squash
Drain the water and add all the veg to your stock mix
Simmer until soft
You can either leave your soup lumpy or blitz it up in a blender
Season to taste
Serve with some thick chunky bread and butter

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Drugstore Autumn makeup must-haves

Not only does autumn bring us hot chocolate and candles, but also, beautiful makeup.
Autumn gives us the chance to experiment with deep, dark romantic tones as well as warm autumn leaf colours. Here are some of my favourite products for autumn. 

Barry M nail paint in Cappuccino, Berry Cosmo & Raspberry
After completley finishing my bottle of Berry Cosmo last year I bought a brand new bottle for this winter, I also added to my collection Raspberry, its a very pretty berry tone with a hint of red- its beautiful. For more casual days I love to wear Cappuccino, it goes with everything!

I really enjoyed the Maybelline Colour Drama lip pencils last year, they work as a lipstick and are thick and easy to use! They last a really long time and I cant wait to get some use out of them again this year!

Bourjois eyeshadows are beautiful any time of year, but I particularly love them in the winter because they are so shimmery. This one in burnt orange is one of my favourites, its very autumnal and suits my eye colour perfectly! 

Kate, by Rimmel, shade 107, amongst a few others below this one is a firm favourite! It has a berry, red tone with a beautiful shine! The mix of purple and red in this means it suits most people - Love this! 

 What are your makeup staples for Autumn!?

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Wedding planner, Dress fitting & Princess shoes

“But they say if you dream a thing more than once, it’s sure to come true…”

Wow, September was one hell of a busy month and here we are already in October, my blog feeling massively neglected. With just seven weeks to go until the wedding I am completely rushed off my feet with exciting tasks and bridal duties, dress fittings, table planning and more cutting, sticking and stamping than the royal mail does at Christmas.

To manage my time better and avoid being stressed I have made a six week monthly planner, which takes me right up to the week before my wedding! All I did was created a table on word, 7x6 to create my week to week day to day itinerary , it’s really great because I have enough space in the boxes to fill in as much or as little as I want and I’m not restricted like a normal diary. It also means I have everything right in front of me, as a visual learner I find this is the best way to get organised, I don't have to flick through numerous diaries or my calendar on my phone - fingers crossed I wont double book anything! 

The first week on my wedding planner has been so enjoyable and full of all the exciting bridal things that I have been looking forward to from the start. My bridesmaids have been having their dress fittings, I have raided Hobby craft for my home-made wedding bits and bobs and also had my hair trial and dress fitting! I have to say my dress fit me absolutely perfect and after trying it on with my shoes and Veil Its starting to feel very real. Also, I cant go into too much detail but I have Princess shoes! <3

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Autumn, things to do on a budget

As we are finally starting to creep into autumn/winter I thought I would share some of my favourite things to do this time of year, on a budget. It’s not as easy to keep yourself entertained on a budget when it’s pouring with rain out or cold, but if you can face some of the more brisk weather there is plenty of great things to be done this time of year.

Explore the countryside and national parks

This time of year is particularly beautiful in woodland areas and parks. Why not visit your local national trust area, or get a membership online and travel to somewhere new. Explore amazing woodland trials, walk through towering beeches and ancient oaks and enjoy the tranquil areas bursting with autumn colours and wildlife, a yearly membership starts from just £30.

Homemade Hot chocolate and winter pudding

Why not have a go at making some homemade hot chocolate or your favourite winter pudding? I can’t resist Rhubarb crumble and custard this time of year! Here’s a Hot chocolate recipe to try, pop your feet up and watch a movie with this and your cosy winter evening is complete!

Real hot chocolate, made with dark chocolate and whole milk. It’s like drinking chocolate pudding.

You will need

· 8 ounces, weight Chocolate (preferably Dark)
· 3-½ cups Whole Milk
· ½ cups Heavy Cream
· 3 teaspoons Maple Syrup Or Natural Sweetener Of Choice
· 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
· ⅛ teaspoons Salt


1. Chop chocolate very finely.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring milk and cream to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.
3. Add chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly.

4. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

Pumpkin Carving

Halloween is almost here, why not grab a Pumpkin from your local supermarket and get creative! If it's a bit too early for Halloween festivities why not just use the seasonal fruit for some baking! Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin soup, the list goes on! I can't wait to start some festive baking!

Movie night

There's nothing better after a cold autumn day than having a movie marathon, scary movies are particularly good this time of year, or why not just re-watch your favourite Harry Potter films! They're sure to get you in the winter mood!

Charity shop books

Take a trip to your local charity shop and grab a selection of books to keep you busy on the cold days & nights! With books usually starting at £1 , you could be kept busy all winter. You can read in your local coffee shop with a hot beverage or just at home in comfy clothes!

Winter walks & cycling

On a nice day, autumn can be beautiful with clear skies and crisp days. Make the most of it by visiting a new city, local forest or even cycle to your local pub for some wholesome winter grub! Why not grab some mulled wine or cider whilst your at it!