What’s Up Wednesday

My friend Cheila over at Pink For Days did a post today called ‘What’s Up Wednesday’ and I thought it looked like fun so I’ve borrowed it! It’s was her 4 month blog anniversary last week and she’s already got over 1,000 followers – she’s incredible so go check her out!

What;s Up Wednesday

What we’re eating this week

I’ve had all my favourite food so far this week and it’s only Wednesday. I do a risotto with chorizo, peas and sweetcorn which my boyfriend loves so we had that yesterday. On Monday we made enchilada’s which I love love love love LOVE! Tonight we’re making homemade pizza, and I’m not sure about the rest of the week but I’m sure it’s going to be good!

What I’m reminiscing about

HOLIDAYS! I have holidays on the brain all the time right now. I’ve been thinking back to some of the places I’ve been and where I’d like to return to. My boyfriend and I are thinking of booking somewhere sunny with lots of cocktails soon for a much needed week of relaxing reading.

What I’m loving

Although Summer doesn’t technically start until towards the end of June, I feel like it’s already here! I’m loving the Summer vibes – the sun, BBQ’s and flip flops! I’ve just had two days off work for the bank holiday so I don’t feel ready to be sitting in an office all day again.

What we’ve been up to

Exploring Devon, tobogganing and watching films. I think that pretty much sums everything up from the past few days! I made brownies, celebrated the end of exams and of course a bit of reading too.

What I’m dreading

I’m having a clear out in a few weeks time – Everything is getting a little cluttered so I want things a little more organised. I think the idea of ‘an organised space = an organised brain’ is true – I can think a lot clearer when things are nice and tidy! I don’t particularly enjoy the tidying up process though.

What I’m working on

I’ve got a couple of different things I’m working on for the blog right now as well as trying to get a little more organised with my posts. I’ve got an assignment for my wedding course that I need to finish as well but in order to be eligible for work experience all marks need to be above 75% so I need to make sure that it’s really good before I submit it.

What I’m excited about

I’m supposed to be going out this evening with my boyfriend and some of his friends from his uni course. I’ve been really excited about it but I’m not feeling that great today – hopefully by this evening I’ll be better! I can’t wait for a night of wine and dancing. I always love the cheesy music – If I hear Barbie Girl or Fresh Prince of Bel Air being played then I’m probably in my favourite club.

What I’m watching/reading

I won’t have time to watch anything tonight so instead I’ll catch up on the latest Pretty Little Liars episode tomorrow! I’m also watching Witches of The East End which is really good. I love anything supernatural – just wait and see how excited I get at Halloween! I’m reading an amazon freebie at the moment which I’m enjoying but I have to admit I didn’t look at the title and I’ve left my kindle at home today so I can’t tell you what it’s called.

What I’m listening to

Country (as usual)! Brad Paisley released a new album recently so I’ve listened to that a few times, but I have a big country playlist on Spotify that I put on most of the time. I may have also possibly listened to the Wicked soundtrack too quite a bit. Maybe miming along to Defying Gravity pretending I’m on the West End. Maybe…

What I’m wearing

For work I’ve just got on my black jeans and a pink work type top. If I go out tonight though I’ve got about 4 dresses that I can’t decide between. I think I’ll probably go for the bright red one, but I’ll pick later!

What I’m doing this weekend

This weekend there’s a food festival on in town called Flavour Fest so I’ll be going to that for sure. There’s normally loads of different stalls and foods to try as well as cooking demonstrations so hopefully the weather will be sunny! Other than that I’m probably going to do some baking and maybe study (probably not, but maybe).

What I’m looking forward to next month

Next month is my favourite month of the whole year! Summer officially starts and it’s my birthday – I’ll be 23! I’ve got a weekend away to explore Torquay to get excited about and a few nights out so I’m hoping it’ll be a great month. Fingers crossed we get a holiday booked too! I’ve also got my June Blogging Challenge so keep an eye out for my answers each day!

What else is new

Without wishing to sound boring… not a lot else is happening at the moment that I can share on the blog! When I’m able to update you all I will 🙂

What are you guys up to today?

Love Roxy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Ayrmer Cove

Since I moved to Devon I haven’t done a whole lot of exploring – I’ve been so busy with work and it’s just kind of fallen to the side. I have a ton of stuff planned over the next few months though to make sure I see as much of this beautiful corner of the country as possible! Lots of trips to the beach, a smugglers cove and also cuddling micropigs – I can’t wait!

Yesterday we drove to Ayrmer Cove which was about a 45 minute drive from Plymouth through some very tiny roads. I have a mini and it was still a tight squeeze! At one point I met a UPS van head on and had to reverse half a mile back to a point that he could pass. Reversing is not my strong point… Ayrmer Cove is by Ringmore Village which is actually mentioned in the Doomsday book. The church dates back to the 13th Century and there’s still cottages with thatched roofs! I’m hoping that next time we can have a walk around the village too and maybe even stop in the pub for lunch.

It wasn’t too sunny but that’s probably a good thing with the amount of walking we did. It was such a beautiful place and I got to cuddle 3 dogs that had been paddling in the rock pools – good thing I don’t mind the smell of wet dog!

Love Roxy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feels Like Summer | 10 Things to Bake

Happy Bank Holiday Monday! I’ve got today and tomorrow off work so I’m feeling super happy today. The only thing bringing me down slightly is quite often my hands go a bit red and sore, and they’ve been really bad the past two days. I think I’m allergic to something but I don’t know what – it has got me out of washing the dishes though! I think I’m going to the beach tomorrow too, so I’ll make sure to take some pictures.

Olaf summer

I’m starting to feel really summery so about now I usually start to make a few lists of things I want to cook, things I want to bake, drinks I’d like to make etc. Whether I actually get them all done is another story, but I always try my best! Today I’ll be sharing 10 things off my ‘to bake this Summer’ list!

Ice Cream Cookies

  1. Ice Cream Pop themed cookies from Bake at 350

Strawberry Cupcakes

2. strawberry and Vanilla cupcakes with Prosecco Frosting from Globescoffers

Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots

3. Berry Eton Mess Dessert Shots from GiraffesCanBake

Watermelon Cupcakes

4. Watermelon Cupcakes from Thefirstyearblog

Iced Buns

5. Iced buns (a staple for any British picnic) by BBC Good Food

Strawberry and chocolate meringue

6. Strawberry and Chocolate Meringue from My Golden Pear

Coconut mango cake

7. Coconut and mango cake with a coconut caramel drizzle by Recipes from a Pantry

blueberry peach tart

8. Blueberry and Peach tart by Baker by Nature

Summer fruit drizzle cake

9. Summer fruit drizzle cake by BBC Good Food

Gin and tonic tart

10. Gin and Tonic tart by Delicious

Don’t these look so yummy?! What are you guys baking this Summer?

Love Roxy xx

A Night at The Theatre – A Brimful of Asha

A Brimful of Asha

The theatre near where I live runs a special scheme for anyone under the age of 26 who’ve signed up for an online account with them. You’ll get a text or email the day before a show letting you know that tickets are only £5, but you need to be under 26 and show ID to prove it. So we often end up going for last minute theatre dates and saving at least half price on the tickets!

Recently I’ve seen Jane Eyre which was amazing – I actually considered going to see it twice! Next was a musical comedy called ‘Johnny and the Baptist – Eat The Poor’. It was a political comedy – just two guys and their guitars. The last thing we went to see was ‘Sunny Afternoon’ which is a musical on the story of The Kinks. That was also really good and it turns out I knew more of their songs than I realised.

So the latest last minute £5 date night was ‘A Brimful of Asha’ which we went to see Friday night. I didn’t know what to expect as the only description I’d read was:

Ravi’s trip to India couldn’t be more perfect. Until his parents begin introducing potential brides.

In this hilarious show real life mother and son Asha and Ravi Jain share the stage to tell this true story of generational culture clash.

As we walked in to the theatre we were greeted by both Ravi and Asha, welcomed to the show and also offered samosa’s (which were delicious btw). The stage was just a table, two chairs, a pot of tea and a TV screen. The play was different to any that I’ve seen before. We’re listening to them tell a story of something that actually happened to their family back in 2007 and helping them decide who was right and who was wrong.

Their story was about Ravi’s parents wanting him to get married after he’d finished his theatre degree. He wanted to do it in his own time when he’d found somebody that he loved but his parents wanted him to do it sooner. After Ravi went on a trip to India with a friend, his parents decide to set him up with a girl over there. Soon, after one date with her, his parents had set up a meeting with her grandparents and a proposal was expected which led to big arguments. Eventually Ravi and his parents were talking again and all was fine until they revealed that they’d put his advert in an Indian paper and he had two binders full of Indian women to choose from!

It was hilarious and an amazing insight to a different culture and how generations are doing things differently. I also had two samosa’s and we continued our date to the crepe cafe next door when it was finished, so I considered it successful haha.

What do you guys like going to see at the theatre?

Love Roxy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Feelings

HAPPY FRIDAY! The bank holiday weekend has finally arrived so today is my last day in the office until Wednesday! Unfortunately it’s a beautiful day today whilst I’m stuck inside but it’s supposed to rain over most of the weekend. If it’s nice weather I’m hoping to go to the beach so fingers crossed. I’ll also be doing some baking!

What are you guys up to this weekend?

Love Roxy xx

 

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The view from the Hoe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Blogging Challenge

I’ve seen a couple of blogging challenges recently and I’ve had so much fun reading the answers and getting to know the people behind the blogs. In a bid to get my blog a little more organised and of course to share a little bit more about who I am I’ve decided to attempt a challenge myself! So here are all the questions that I’ll be answering starting from 1st June.

30 Day blog challenge

I hope you enjoy the answers and I’d love to hear your thoughts – even if your thought is that I’m a bit of a weirdo. That is of course true and I’ll take it as a compliment haha!

Love Roxy xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review |A Daughter’s Courage – Renita D’Silva

1929. When a passionate love affair threatens to leave Lucy in disgrace, she chooses a respectable marriage over a life of shame. With her husband, coffee-plantation-owner James, she travels to her new home in India, leaving her troubled past behind her.

Everything in India is new to Lucy, from the jewel-coloured fabrics to the exotic spices. When her path crosses that of Gowri, a young woman who tends the temple on the plantation’s edge, Lucy is curious to find out more about her, and the events that lead her to live in isolation from her family…

Now. With her career in shatters and her heart broken by the man she thought was her future, Kayva flees from bustling Mumbai to her home town. A crumbling temple has been discovered in a village nearby, and with it letters detailing its tragic history – desperate pleas from a young woman called Gowri.

As Kavya learns of Gowri and Lucy’s painful story, she begins to understand the terrible sacrifices that were made and the decision the two women took that changed their lives forever. Can the secrets of the past help Kavya to rebuild her life?

A breath-taking journey through the rolling hills of India, deep into the secrets hidden within a family. For fans of Santa Montefiore, Dinah Jefferies and Victoria Hislop.

A Daughters Courage

Rating: 5 out of 5

Every so often I read a book that I can’t stop thinking about for days, or even weeks afterwards. This is one of these books! I both loved but hated each page closer I got to the end because I just didn’t want it to finish. The detail and description were extraordinary – I felt like I’d been transported to India and watched the story unfold before my eyes. I connected with all the characters, particularly the four main women that we hear the story through. They teach us about so many different kinds of love and sacrifice, as well as reminding us about the importance of family. It’s so interesting to see different families doing what they think is right for their children – how would I react I wondered?

The practice of sacrificing young girls to a Goddess is a difficult and emotional subject to read about, particularly as we know that it still happens today. In a world where we are given so many opportunities it’s unbearable to think about those who don’t. This is an absolutely stunning book which I can’t praise enough – I’ve found a fabulous new author to follow in Renita D’Silva and I can’t wait to read something else of hers.

This book will be released on the 31st May and you can pre-order a copy here. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for the chance to read and review this.

Love Roxy xx

Wedding Season #1 | Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Some of you may know that I’m currently studying with the UK Wedding Planning Academy – my course covers pretty much everything from planning an event to the styling and design. I’m absolutely loving it so far and I can’t wait to get started in that industry. There’s actually a competition at the moment to interpret and design a mood board based on the Pantone Fall 2017 colours – to see my entries so far check out my instagram .

I was contacted the other day by Adore Me, an American lingerie and swimwear company, who wondered if I’d be interested in blogging about Bridal Showers for a feature they’re doing.  With the wedding season about to begin they know how difficult it can be to find the perfect present to take along.

So what is a Bridal Shower?

A Bridal Shower is almost like an engagement party except it’s just for the girls. The bride is ‘showered’ with gifts, encouraging words, love and support ready for the big day. A Bachelorette party on the other hand is more often a night to let your hair down, have a few drinks and enjoy the Bride’s ‘last night of freedom’.
Bridal Showers haven’t really caught on in England yet – we have stag and hen parties instead. However with baby showers and gender reveal parties on the rise, it won’t be long before Bridal Shower invites start pouring in. With this in mind check out my list of gifts that I think would be great for a shower.

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Photo taken from the Adore Me website

Lingerie – A fairly obvious choice but who doesn’t love pretty underwear right? If I knew the bride well enough I’d pick the set – if not I might give a gift voucher towards a store so she could pick it herself.

Some of my favourite sites to shop for underwear and recommended sites for gifts or to treat yourself are

Adore Me
Ann Summers
Victoria’s Secret
ASOS
Boux Avenue

Perfume – I find that perfume is usually a fairly safe choice but still a great gift. TPerfumehere are so many gorgeous scents and bottles these days that it won’t be too difficult to find the perfect one. If you don’t fancy risking it, only for the perfume to sit in the back of a cupboard unused, why don’t you ask the Maid of Honour? I’m sure she can let you know the Bride’s favourite.

Still not sure? Why don’t you get a gift voucher for a perfume making experience. This gives the Bride a chance to go along and create her very own signature scent that she can use for years to come.

Kitchenware – I get so excited in any store that sells things for the kitchen. I’d happily spend a lot of time mixing, stirring, boiling and whatever else I need to do whilst creating wonderful food. If your Bride loves to cook too this could be a great gift idea. Kitchen Pot
– Saucepans
– New set of knives
– Mixing Bowls
– Spice jars
– Casserole pots

What if your bride doesn’t like cooking? I’d be tempted to buy something that makes cooking a lot quicker and easier such as a slow cooker, thermomix or stand mixer.

Subscription Boxes – One of my favourite gift ideas as they will keep arriving for months after the shower. There are so many to choose from too! You can get boxes of the latest beauty products, candles, coffee, spirits or wine. There’s a box that sends a different book each month depending on what the Bride likes to read. You can even buy craft boxes or baking boxes so there really is something for everyone. For UK boxes check out All Subscription Boxes which should give some inspiration.

Gift Baskets – The thing that I love about gift baskets is that they are so easy to put together yourself if you’re on a budget. You can personalise them for the bride from what’s in the basket to the colours you use. Stuck for ideas of what to include? Search Bridal Shower gift basket in Pinterest and there are a ton of brilliant ideas you can recreate at home. They can even be themed according to the shower or wedding theme if there is one. Alternatively there are some great websites and stores you can buy ready made gift baskets if that works better for you.

Sleepwear

Adore me sleepwear

Photo taken from the Adore Me website

Everyone needs pyjama’s – unless you sleep naked. In which case I would always keep pyjamas by the bed just in case there was an intruder. If you need to run downstairs with a baseball bat, better do it with some super cute sleepwear on! Again I would recommend many of the websites listed under lingerie as they also do sleepwear.

These are just a few idea’s that I’ve thought of but there are so many other amazing gifts you could take along. Personally I think that the Bride will be happy you’ve made the effort to be there no matter what you bring – the perfect present is just an added bonus.
Have you guys got any Bridal showers planned this Summer or have you been to any memorable ones in the past? What gifts did you take? I’d love to hear from you!
Love Roxy xx

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*Disclaimer!* I cannot be held responsible for any items that are damaged or stolen by an intruder whilst you put your super cute sleepwear on. Run downstairs naked if you have to!! 😉 xx

Book Review | Ella’s Ice Cream Summer – Sue Watson

Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream!

Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.

Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.

There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.

Ellas ice cream summer

Rating: 4 out of 5

A lovely story about getting older and finding yourself and your path. Ella has put everyone else first her whole life – now she’s been left by her husband and her two children have flown the nest. Left living at home with her mother, who has more of a social life than Ella (including a few hilarious dating app moments), she wants to do something for herself. An opportunity comes her way in the form of a letter – will she take it or continue living the safe life she knows?

An adorable story which has resulted in several trips to Tesco for Ben & Jerry’s to keep the ice cream cravings at bay. Keep a cloth handy to wipe up the drool – you’ll need it with these flavours! I fell in love with the characters, the town and of course the little dog Delilah! The thought of this dog being dressed happily each day reminded me of trying to put a Christmas jumper on our chihuahua – he didn’t like it one bit! This story is packed with humour, wisdom and most importantly love, family and friendship. A must read this Summer!

Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and of course Sue Watson for the chance to read and review this story. You can get a copy on your kindle for just 99p at the moment here.

Love Roxy xx