Good Food Show…

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So, last Sunday we went to the good food show in Birmingham!

We had an amazing time, and we spent the day browsing the stalls, tasting and subsequently buying some pretty yummy food and drink. I did Vlog during the day, so check out the video here.

On the way to the NEC, we had to go through Birmingham international train station. While we were there, we went into the toilets and this sign was above one of the toilets…

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I have to be honest, it really amused me hence why I decided to post it on here! There were so many things there, that it wasn’t possible to taste everything or buy everything.. Or at least not for us anyway! But, some of my favorite purchases are…

  • Scarlet angel salad dressings. We brought two lemon and black pepper, and one sweet pepper and chilli. Because we brought 3, we also got a free little jute bag to bring them home in which I have to be honest is super cute. They are made in wales and all organic. and we love them, so much that I’m already wishing we brought more…
  • Belvoir fruit cordials in elder-flower, raspberry and lemon and raspberry and rose. I’ve had the elder-flower cordial before, and also the elder-flower pressé
    as well as the raspberry lemonade. The raspberry and rose was new to me but so delicious I had to buy some! The entire range of cordials is also currently available from ocado.
  • We also got some amazing vintagey shabby-chic items from one of the stalls. unfortunately, I’m not sure of the name but we got a wicker picnic basket with a handle that reminded us of something little red riding hood would carry, some hooks for Lillee’s room which I’ll post a picture of once they are up and a hanging candle holder in the shape of a heart with a little bird on for my mom and dad’s silver wedding anniversary on Tuesday. I could have spent so much money on that stall. I just had to try not to look to hard!

We brought and tried so many other things, which I wont list but I would definitely recommend going if you want a foodies day out!

Our ticket price also included a seat in the super theater. Originally, I wanted to see Paul Hollywood. However, it turned out he was only there on the Thursday and Friday which we couldn’t go to as Dan was at work. So, instead we saw Tom Kerridge proper pub food. It was funny, and his food looked tasty. I have also brought his book but I haven’t had a chance to properly sit down and read it yet. I have tried one recipe, which was the lemon posset. I liked it but personally, it was a little sweet so i’d cut down on the sugar and I don’t think I left it in the fridge long enough to set properly. I do recommend eating strawberries with it though! They went together so well and I will be trying it out again although with less sugar next time.

We are planning on going again to the winter good food show at the end of November. So, hopefully I’ll be able to get some more amazing food items!

Emma-Jayne xx

*Disclaimer. This was not a sponsored post. Just a day trip we had and really enjoyed.*

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My life lately…

20140508-085528.jpg So, I know I haven’t been around much recently, but I’m hoping that’s about to change! We’ve had lots going on In the last few weeks. First, there was Easter. Lillee was spoilt as per usual and came home from her Easter egg hunt with lots of chocolate and sweeties. Plus she had some new clothes, a toy rabbit and some things to make and do! Dan and I weren’t left out either, we had a few boxes if chocolates and a beautiful candle from my mom and dad. Then, we came to our 1 month anniversary. Not that we did anything! But it was a day to relive the memories from our wedding. Plus we have already lasted longer than some celebrity marriages! Since then, we have been spending some time as a family and had the first icecream of the year from an icecream van! Really yummy it was too. Aimie stayed over last week, which happened to also be the day we moved in three years ago! On that note happy anniversary to Kate and Wills. I watched the royal wedding while Dan and my parents started the decorating in our flat. (I was keeping an eye on Aimie and Lillee for a bit).

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Lillee has also decided that she wants to make a rag doll. So I found out a book I have with the tag doll pattern plus clothes patterns in, and we have started the process of cutting making her. Apparently her name is going to be ‘Emily’ so far, Lillee has helped every step of the way and now we are ready to start sewing her! She even has a little pink heart to put inside. 20140508-091851.jpg
The plan is, either tonight or tomorrow while she isn’t at school we will get out my sewing machine and put her together. She has used my sewing machine once before when we made cushions for Mother’s Day. She had a great time helping my guide the fabric through and then filling it up with stuffing! 20140508-091655.jpg We were very lucky at our wedding with some generous gifts, and so a big Thank you go’s out to everyone who contributed to our ‘pretty things for the house fund’ and we have now brought out first thing.. Drumroll please… A new oven!! Ok so it may not be super exiting, but our previous oven was second hand, the grill didn’t work, the temperature was out and it was impossible to get completely clean. So for me, a brand new oven is amazing! Plus it look so much nicer in my kitchen than the old one did. I’m loving the fact that there is a glass door so I can see what I’m cooking without opening it and potentially ruining what’s inside.. Maybe I’ll try soufflés now?! Plus it’s easy to keep clean. And has an indicator to tell me that the hob is still hot so I won’t burn myself on it! 20140508-092757.jpg I actually have a whole kitchen reveal post planned so keep a lookout for that one as the oven isn’t the only new thing in our kitchen…

So that’s a little look into my life over the past few weeks! What do you think? Shall I keep these posts in or is there something else you would like to see on the blog? Let me know on the comments..

Emma-Jayne xx

#100happydays…

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Lately, I’ve noticed #100happydays floating around on my Facebook and Instagram. Eventually, my curiosity got the better of me and I googled it. I came across a website www.100happydays.com. According the the site, 71% of people fail the challenge. Lack of time was quoted as the main reason. Are you to busy to be happy? That really made me think. I mean this whole challenge is simple. You take a picture of something that makes you happy, then, upload it onto Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the tag #100happydays. There is even an email address if your super private.

I find it really sad that people are claiming they are too busy to be happy. I know there’s something every day that makes me happy no matter how small!

Sooo I’m taking up the challenge! You can follow my progress here on Instagram, want to join me? Simply go to the website and hit sign up! Make sure you comment telling me where your posting so I can follow your progress! Plus, if you manage to do the entire 100 days there is supposed to be a book of all 100 pictures available. If not? I think it’s worth it to remember all the little things in life that make us happy.

I have so far done a week on the challenge, and actually found it really easy so far so I’m hoping that this is going to continue! Here’s my happy things so far…

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Good luck to all who try it! Can’t wait to see what makes you happy.

Emma-Jayne xx

It’s official…

I’m married!!!
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On Saturday 22nd March 2014, I married my partner of 4 years (and Lillee’s daddy) in the church my mom and dad were married in, and then later Lillee was christened in. It was such an amazing day, it all went nearly perfectly. A few issues with timing, and as much as I didn’t want to be I ended up being late! But never mind!

I know I haven’t been around much recently, but I’m hoping you’ll all bear with me for a few more weeks while we settle into married life!

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Emma-Jayne xx

Hen night..

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It’s very nearly time for the wedding! And so, last weekend I had my hen night. We had an amazing time, dinner and cocktails at an Italian then some drinking and dancing at a local nightclub. I’m a little sad that it’s over, but I know it means there’s less than a month until the wedding and my birthday is next week! So I’m getting exited over those now. I actually can’t believe how fast it’s gone, I mean we’ve been engaged for 3.5 years and now there 20 days until the wedding!!

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Emma-Jayne xx

Lillee’s Third Birthday…

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On Saturday, my beautiful little girl turned three! I’m still not sure how she got so big so fast.. Where did my baby go? She’s so independent now and getting to be very clever. I just don’t know where the times gone though can It really be three years since I brought home a tiny little baby? It’s crazy!

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On her birthday morning, Lillee climbed into our bed for her usual morning cuddles and asked why the living room door was shut. So as a family we went into the living room and the first thing she said was Santa’s been! Before diving into her pile of presents. After breakfast, she helped me decorate a birthday cake, then sent daddy out to get her fish and chips for lunch! We had family over I. The afternoon, and she was even more spoiled with lots more presents. All in all I think she had a really nice day, especially as she keeps asking to have another birthday or if it’s my birthday yet!

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Emma-Jayne xx

Making a doll…

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At Christmas, Lillee had a kit to make a doll! So we spent an afternoon putting her together. Lillee helped to hold the pieces, push the (plastic) needle through the felt and to stuff her doll at the end. She loved it, and named her new friend Ada. And since then she’s been taken everywhere along with Roo. Definitely a new favourite. In fact, she loved doing in so much we’ve got her another kit ready for her birthday in a few weeks.
As Lillee was there when I brought it, she’s already told me her name is going to be Emily, and Ada is exited to have a new friend!
I’m still not sure how she came up with Ada and Emily as dolls names due to the fact she doesn’t know anyone with either name. We think it may have started out with Aimie and Emma (my sister and I) but we don’t know for sure. But apparently I had a relative named Ada so who knows? Maybe she heard it somewhere!

Emma-Jayne xx

Merry Christmas…

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And a happy new year!!! I hope Santa brought you all everything you wanted. I know I’ve been very spoilt! Especially as the lovely Dan got me a pretty new iPhone for Christmas!! As ever, Lillee had lots of presents and now has them spread out all over my floor!

Hope you all have a magical holiday and I’ll see you in the new year!!

Emma-Jayne xx

It’s beginning to look a lot like christmas…

We’re finally starting to get the house Christmassy! We still need to put the main tree up, but we thought it would be nice for Lillee to have hers done. She spent the afternoon helping me sort all her toys out in the cupboard, change her bed sheets and then we got the tree out. She helped wrap the lights around and hung the baubles on herself before telling me where to put the tinsel! It was a lovely afternoon, and every night since it went up she’s asked for the snow-globe to be put on (it plays music) and the lights on her tree keep mysteriously getting turned on…I wonder who that could be?

Emma-Jayne xx

London…

Over the weekend, I went to London with my guides. We had an amazing time doing some sight seeing and Christmas shopping! I spent far too much money on things for Lillee’s Christmas stocking! But I’m hoping some of the things, especially the new stocking I brought from the Disney store will last her a good few years! I don’t have pictures of what i brought, especially as a lot of its for Christmas! But the Disney store did have pretty window displays.

When we first got there, we went to the Natural History Museum. It was really interesting but because there was so much to see, we really needed much longer there. we did see the dinosaurs though!

Harrods had a sleigh full of teddy bears…

And, while we were there me and Aimie met Minnie mouse! so of course, we had to get a picture!

Emma-Jayne xx