Nuts in May!

I REALLY need to focus on the positive this month – so that’s what I’ll do.  Only just over the peak of the midway point in May and already it’s been a super busy month for me and mine.  There’s been catastrophe’s and castings, cuddles and commotions, black eyes (self-inflicted I might add) and a whole lot of stress-reducing baking (Monica Geller eat ya heart out).  BUT, there’s always something to raise a smile.  Here’s some of the loveliness worth shouting about….

Nuts NUTS

Yes, I know I am … but, in this instance, I’m actually meaning my edible friends!  They’re my lifesavers at the moment.  I’m ‘trying’ to cut back on the sweet stuff and lose some timber, whilst getting my mojo back and getting my generally wellbeing back on track.  I won’t lie – it isn’t easy, but having a little tin of nuts (my favourites are almonds or hazelnuts) in my bag to turn to – instead of a sweet alternative, seems to be working.

aveenojenniferaniston  Aveeno

It’s great to see that, with the naturally beautiful Jennifer Aniston as ambassador for the brand,  Aveeno is finally getting the recognition it deserves.  I’ve been using Aveeno for years and especially love to use it on the children.  With it’s nourishing wheat base it’s very gentle on the skin and is suited to a whole host of skin ailments.  For years it’s been my ‘go to’ product for eczema, chapped lips, sore bits, nappy rash, dry skin, elbows and knees and a whole host of other things.  There’s usually at least one tube or dispenser of Aveeno on the go in our household at any given time.  As well as the one in the bathroom cabinet and the dispenser on my dressing table, I’ve currently got a tube in my nail bag, nestling amongst my OPI polishes, because it’s such a richly moisturising cream it’s perfect for my chapped hands and dry flaky cuticles. I’d highly recommend it.

IMG_2914 IMG_3500   AJ TAFT TRILOGYIMG_4428

 I’ve just read these three books, in very quick succession, by my new friend, the very talented author, AJ Taft.  I can’t remember the last time I got so hooked on a book – or indeed set of.  The first, Our Father, Who Art Out There … Somewhere, was a treat.  The central characters grabbed my attention and the story had me pulled in from the get go.  The second book, Shallow Be Thy Grave, was progressively better than the first, with the characters already established and the story taking a dark turn, which excited me further.  The final book in the trilogy, My Time Has Come, was my favourite and like the others I just couldn’t put it down.  (Fortunately for me Jem had a casting in Lewes so the lengthy rail journey meant I could indulge myself and I read the whole thing in a day!)!  This book was by far my favourite.  If you have a holiday coming up or can take the time to read them – I urge you to do so … but you MUST read them in order.  I’ve put my reviews on the website if you want to learn more; 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1264631245   https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1268846910    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1274375769

IMG_3585 (2) TEQUILA

I have a serious LOVE/HATE relationship with this nectar!  Thing is – I just don’t seem to know my limits any more … and I have wayward friends who lead me astray and make me do evil things.  I read a fabulous article

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/reasons-to-drink-tequila_n_3991461.html

which was basically my undoing … and a ‘quiet night in’ with friends finished me off!  #neveragain #untilnexttime

kale  KALE

I’m so glad I love my veggies … which is why it beggars belief that I found out I’m anaemic again when I went to give blood this week!  I’ve always been a lover of spinach, still am, but I have a new found love of kale.  It’s currently the ‘wonder veg’ and is right up there with spinach – plus it has a marginally longer shelf life.  I’ve been whizzing it up in smoothies on a morning with my usual healing ingredients of ginger, lime juice, wheat grass and apple and it is a refreshingly zingy way to start the day.  I’ll be honest the kids prefer the purple fruity smoothies which are sweeter and more aesthetically pleasing – but, for now, I won’t be swayed.

Sheridan SHERIDAN SMITH

Sheridan Smith is a bit of a babe (I think I have a girl crush) and she’s increasingly more frequently on my radar.  After the massive success of Cilla, The C Word, as bitter sweet as it was, was an exceptional evening’s viewing too.  Sheridan headed up a superb cast with Paul Nicholls as robin to her batman, and other notable names doing an equally brilliant job.  They honoured a friend, her heart-wrenching literary offering, and made us viewers emotional wrecks in the process.

IMG_2009  Horsforth Walk of Art 2015IMG_4423

Community spirit is just lovely and I’m very much enjoying being a part of the Horsforth Walk of Art 2015.  I don’t profess to being any more creative or ‘arty’ than the next guy – but I seriously enjoy it.  This weekend saw me involved in the ‘Crafty Little Tea Party’ which was a great success.  Local residents coming together to enjoy knitting, sign making, rabbit making and generally being ‘crafty’ over tea and cake.  A pretty perfect combination I’d say.  My imps and I have particularly enjoyed making bunnies which we’re going to hide around Horsforth on the official ‘Walk of Art’ dates of 4th & 5th of July and let them be found and re-homed by excitable strangers.

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Who knew you could make something so adorable from just a square of knitting.  We hope our strap line ‘if you see a rabbit grab it’ will go viral some time soon. #rabbitgrabit #exciting #HorsforthWOA If you’re local or passing through – there’s lots of exciting things going on over that particular July weekend – if you’re even remotely ‘arty’ you’d be a fool to miss it!

Paloma PALOMA FAITH

I know I’m late to the party with this one, but I’m still thrilled that Paloma finally got her much deserved Brit Award.  I’ve always found her wonderfully talented and kooky in equal measure and I once followed her in the stylists chair at John Frieda – which is as near to a claim on her as I’ll ever get!  Her performance at The Brits was outstanding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuQwxTU21G0 she really is rather awesome.

IMG_3054 (2) ROBERT ANDERSON …

I’m pleased to report that Rob is having a modicum of success with his Verve fundraising http://www.gofundme.com/verve16fund and, if you find yourself able, please – every penny counts.

Alas for now … the night is no longer young and me neither!  (Some of us need our beauty sleep)!

…. And so to bed … 

S-Jx 

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