This simple soup is my go to if I need to go food shopping or just need to eat something really comforting. I love homemade soups as I like to know exactly what is going into the food my family and I are eating. Also ideal for vegetarians, as a starter or chilled in warmer climates. Packed with absolute goodness, super easy to make and really quick, you can’t go wrong! As always you can add whatever you like as you go along, experimenting is all part of the fun, but this recipe is fool proof and tastes delicious. If you’re on a budget it’s really cost effective and incredibly filling. Served with some crusty bread and a little crème fraiche this super healthy meal will definitely become a firm favourite in your home as it has in ours. Download must Tove Lo Featuring Hippie Sabotage ‘Stay High’ Amazing! Enjoy!
What you will need: Two cloves of garlic, One onion, Olive oil, Half a bag of frozen peas, One vegetable stock cube, A handful of fresh mint and half a bag of spinach, Salt and pepper to taste, Crème fraiche or natural yoghurt (Optional of course)
Step one; Heat the oil of your choice in a large pan, add the garlic, onions and slowly cook for around ten minutes on a low heat. Careful not to burn!
Step two; Add a litre of boiling water, pop in the vegetable stock, peas, mint and spinach, bring to a boil and then let it simmer for around thirty minutes.
Step three; Season with salt and pepper and blend! Easy peasy!
Well you could say I’ve had quite the hiatus from the world of blogging, life is just super busy! I can’t promise anything, but I am slowly dipping my toe back in and really wanted to share these wonderful pictures with you guys. As always when I don’t have time to blog I miss it like crazy as I love writing so much, So it feels good to be expressing myself again. Anyway a few weeks ago my super talented friend, over at wilsonkphotography.wordpress.com and I decided to do an ‘Earth Mummy’ kind of shoot, I wanted it to really reflect not only my style but also my style of parenting and the vibe of my family which is super laid back and bohemian (I can see myself retreating to a hippie commune very soon!) I chose the location of my parents garden, which is just overrun with beautiful bluebells and idyllic for what we had in mind, I styled us all up and let Kellie work her magic. If any of you guys are looking for a photographer I cannot recommend her enough, Sonny is the hardest person ever to capture and she managed to get some magical shots of him. I am absolutely delighted with the pictures and couldn’t of wished for anything more, Kellie & I make a great team as we totally get each others vision. The perks of having talented friends are endless 😉 So I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do and I would just lastly like to say a huge thank you to the people who have still been visiting my blog, I am astounded the stats have been so high even though I’ve been M.I.A!
My music recommendation of the moment is Chromeo & Solange ‘Lost on the way home’ (I’ve always been a lover of Solange & even more so since she bust up Jay Z haha!) Jokes of course!! A book I cannot recommend enough is Eckart Tolle ‘The power of now’ An oldie but oh so much of a goodie, a must read for anyone who wonders about the meaning of life.
My Outfit; Red Dress; H&M, Cream Dress Over; Free People. Isabella’s Outfit; Jones & Jones. Sonny’s Outfit; Jumper; Next, Chino’s; Zara.
Recently there has been a massive awakening to the powers of juicing, which is fantastic to see, as the benefits to our health our simply wonderous. I have been juicing for around ten years, It was actually my dad who bought me my first juicer and I found it the most effective way to give my then two year old daughter her daily intake (and much more) of nutrients. As a parent, I think, the main gift you can give your Children is, the most optimum nutrition you can, as a solid ground for their growth, development, energy and the prevention of disease to name a few! Also educating them on how important a good diet is puts them in good stead for when they’re out of your clutches and fly the nest…. (Although I can see myself as that scary stalker kind of mum who follows them to Uni and gate crashes night outs, no escaping little guys!) At the moment my preferred juicer is the Philips ‘Avance’ it’s super easy to use and clean, Which as any fellow juicer will tell you the cleaning is one pain in the ass! Also the ‘Juice Master’ Jason Vale, Who’s book I cannot recommend enough, uses the Philips line of juicers. The beauty of juicing is that anything goes, there are some really amazing recipes in Jason’s book, from combatting colds and flu, eczema, losing weight and (the most important) the hangover helper! Mostly I just try to pack as many veggies in as I can, adding fruit for some natural sweetness. I personally prefer juices to smoothie’s as I like the consistency of the juice as opposed to the thickness of a smoothie, of course you can combine the two a pineapple, mango, cucumber and apple juice whizzed up in the blender with some ice and almond milk is delicious. Since reading about the Japanese recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables being 17 compared to the UK’s 5, I have been trying to aim for that, considering Japan has one of the healthiest nations and the longest life expectancy it is definitely worth taking heed. Buying a juicer and getting into the habit of making one for you and your family every morning is the best investment you will ever make, the life giving energy, pure and natural liquid that flows inside every fruit and vegetable is what needs to pass our lips every single day, beauty definitely comes from within and I can guarantee you will see a difference in your skin, hair, nails and over all well being from starting this juice discovery. Top your morning juice with some chia seeds and you will be a little ball of pure health 🙂
As I’ve said before how I dress my Children is definitely a reflection of me and although I try not to totally supress their own creative style (reverse psychology is the key!) I do try to steer them in the right direction when choosing their outfits…. the right direction being Mummy’s choice! I joke of course, but I am quite lucky as I seem to have two stylish off springs, especially my daughter who has a great eye for fashion. This simple little outfit is great for this transitional/tween age that she is at now and although we both prefer more muted tones the red tights, with the black and white boucle coat, give it a much needed ‘pop’ of colour. Its an amazing age she is at now, as she really enjoys shopping and picking her own outfits, I cherish our girly days together and watching her grow in to a delightful little lady. I’m sure the mood swings will kick in soon though, she’s thirteen in April…. I swear this is when I will probably end up running away! I am conscience of always drumming it into her that physicality is not everything also, as society is so focused on appearance, I want her to be confident that her personality, brain and sense of humour are just as important, I probably drive her crazy, but I never want her to think she has to be a superficial bimbo to ‘fit in’. Anyway (rant over) I love her hair just left flowing naturally and it looks super cute with the simple twists to the side. I try to buy mostly clothes I can mix and match for all of us, so this is a look that can easily be recreated. Currently listening to Route 94 feat Jess Glynne ‘My love’ So so good! Happy Wednesday guys…. Fridays on it’s way, hang in there 😉
Most weekends this little guy is invited to one party or another, his social calendar is pretty hard to keep tabs on. Last Saturday he was invited to the Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port for our nieces birthday, Isabella, being the too cool for School tween that she is, politely passed. This outfit is the standard way I love to dress him, I am especially digging the retro New Balance trainers and the Zara ‘Sheepy’ style coat. I simply have to give credit to him indoors for the New Balance, he was rocking them four years ago before they came ‘back’ so kudos to you big fella (If you’re reading!!) The maroon skinny cords are so stylish for the colder months and work so well with a multitude of colours. Loving this whole vibe, he is one cool little coconut 🙂
Coat; Zara, T’shirt; Next, Trousers; Zara, Trainers; New Balance
How stunning is the UK in the Autumn! It is without a doubt the prettiest time of year in our country, the autumnal colours are so beautiful and I find myself inspired everywhere I look. I’m pretty sad to see October come to an end, its been a lovely month, as was September where we celebrated my beautiful mum turning Fifty, I have uploaded some of the pics from the family get together I organised for her, in the beautiful DeliSabrosa, Ormskirk. Next up is my Sonny’s birthday the beginning of November, then before we know it Christmas is upon us! I’m one of those annoying people who want to put my Christmas tree up in May I love Christmas so much. In our family we’re all very festive and do tend to go a tad over the top at times, any excuse for a celebration. So anyway I thought I would share with you guys some of the photo’s I have captured over the past two months as you all know I am snap happy. Enjoy!
My gold skirt; American Apperal, Top; Reiss, Shoes; Zara
So today I turned the grand old age of 32, I’m actually loving my thirties, I’m so much more confident than my teens/early twenties and have literally come to that liberating point where I don’t worry about what people think of me anymore. Plus age ain’t nothing but a number, as Aaliyah sweetly sang, I still feel 21! Today I had a lovely lunch with my beautiful Mum, Nan, Auntie and my adorable cousin Freyja. We went to my favourite place The Vincent, had some amazing food and lots of laughs. I wore this green maxi from Zara (You may have seen a previous post with the same skirt in yellow, I loved it so much I had to get the green!) teamed with a black leather biker jacket, ankle boots and a grey beret, it is the perfect Autumn outfit. These skirts are so versatile and can be easily dressed up or down, this bottle green one is firmly becoming a favourite wardrobe staple. I’ve just had my presents and cake off my wonderful coconuts and husband and I must say I’m feeling pretty blessed and grateful to have so many special people in my life. So cheers to all the mummies in their thirties, who have to make a little bit more of an effort than we used to, watch our weight a little more surreptitiously than before and can’t put our faces in the sun no longer, but still feel fabulous and are loving every minute!