Our escape to the (nearby!) country 


(This was supposed to be posted after Valentine’s 2017 but I just never got round to it! Better late than never I suppose!)

I love any reason to celebrate anything, so when Valentine’s rolled around, I promptly thought of a reason to make it extra special (our last one before we’re married) and decided we should have a lovely night away.
Rather than spend lots of time and money going somewhere far, I took to Airbnb and searched on our own doorstep and found the cutest little barn conversion. Only half an hour away, perfect to get to after work, and in a lovely remote village with its own deli and pub, it was ideal, so I sent the link to my fiancé to get his opinion. The reply? “Love it, it’s booked, my treat.” Even better!

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Eat: Mexican Pizza with Roasted Sweet Corn, Red Pepper and Avocado

Saw this on the fab Eat.Live.Escape blog and just had to share. This is defo next on my list of recipes to try!


Homemade pizza is always popular, and this version that combines some of our favourite Mexican flavours is always a crowd pleaser.


1 pizza base

1/2 cup of good quality tomato purée

1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated

1 sweet corn

1/2 red pepper, chopped

1 chilli, finely sliced

1/2 an avocado, sliced

2 tablespoons of sour cream

Lime juice, to serve

To make boil sweet corn in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a hot oven and roast until cobs are golden. Allow to cool and remove corn kernels with a sharp knife. Layer pizza base with tomato purée, half of the grated cheese, red pepper, corn and chilli. Top with remaining cheese and bake in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is golden. Remove from oven, serve with sliced avocado, dollops of sour cream and a squeeze of fresh lime. Enjoy!

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Trying new things – Month One


Happy March!

Somehow we have got to the third month of the year, how on earth did that happen?! Boy am I glad to see March and Spring on it’s way! I love the way the evenings are getting lighter, all the beautiful blooms are coming out and there’s just a much nicer feeling in the air.

As February came to a close I was thinking about the post I did back in January about the things I’m going to do differently this year. One of these was to try something new each month and I’m happy to report that I am on track! Granted, some are small things, but small new things none-the-less! So what have I been getting up to?

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The diary of an MSLT patient


As some of you know, I have been struggling with sleep issues since a young age and I’ve finally decided to get it sorted (read more here). After a few visits to the doctor and a failed test for Sleep Apnea (you can read about that here) the doctor decided to send me off for a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT). The aim being that they’ll be able to monitor my sleep overnight and then test me throughout a number of naps the following day to see my brain activity while I sleep. During the naps they will be looking for how long it takes me to fall to sleep, whether I go into REM sleep and how long I am in REM sleep for. It’s a test for Narcolepsy, something that they think I might have a mild case of. Either way, it should help them determine the best plan of action going forward.

I decided to write a little diary of the whole test so you can see what actually happened. It’s a bit of a long one – sorry!
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Make Over – Guest bedroom part 1, DIY daybed


We’ve been in our lovely first home nearly 3 years (where has that gone?!) and have been very slowly getting round to redecorating each room. The spare room has been left exactly how it was when we moved in, complete with the massive, heavy, awful (but useful) sofa bed that the previous owner left behind. It became a bit of a dumping ground-cum-clothes drying room-cum-storage room but guess what? We have FINALLY got round to redecorating it – yippee!

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