Oh hello Sunday. Nice to see you sunshine!
Now, hands up whose barbecue has seen better days? Yep, that’ll be most of us.
Before you take yourself off to the garden centre and lose hours of your life heatedly debating with your other half the pros and cons of literally every single BBQ there, here’s my pick of the six best ones, whatever your budget… (for those of you wondering, we went for the Weber Kettle one. It’s fab.)
Weber 47CM Charcoal Kettle, £99.99, Argos
Sapphire 3 Burner With Cover, £269, Wyevale Garden Centres
Kembla charcoal barbecue, £20, B&Q
Laguna 2 burner gas barbecue, £90, B&Q
Uuni 3 Wood-Fired Oven with Stone Baking Board, £199, Cuckooland.co.uk
Dancook 1501 kettle barbecue, £500, Debenhams
Here’s a frightening fact, suicide is the leading direct cause of death for mums within the first year after their child is born, a recent report showed.
One in seven of the women who died during pregnancy or up to a year after giving birth killed themselves, according to data compiled by MBRRACE-UK.
Which is why – this Mental Health Awareness Week – I’m so excited about Lobella Loves’ Notes of Hope campaign.
The new online destination for the most beautiful baby and toddler brands has teamed up with Cocoon Family Support, a charity supporting families suffering from pre and postnatal mental health issues. Continue reading
You probably won’t remember me. Though I’m sure there’s no such thing as a typical birth, my little boy’s was happily uneventful in the medical sense. There was no real drama. He was safely delivered just as your shift was ending, after a fairly long labour. He was healthy. And I was well. There was and is no real reason for you to remember me.
But we will never forget you.
Larissa. I’m sorry, I can’t remember your surname. It’s on the record of Sonny Jim’s birth, along with his weight and time he was born. That record is tucked away in a little memory box in his bedroom.
But anyway. Larissa. I first met you when you came on shift that morning. I’d already been in hospital for a few hours. I was, if I’m honest, just starting to get a bit panicked by all this giving birth malarkey. I was in pain. I felt out of control. I wasn’t sure I could actually do it anymore. Continue reading
Inspiring stuff: Just some of the cards belonging to #CWC business women
We’ve all heard the saying, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
And with the business world being a male dominated arena for decades, sometimes building a network can feel like trying to convince the older kids at school to let you play.
It should come as no surprise then, that south Essex business women are setting up their own groups and support systems.
Forget the Masons, with their stuffy ways and somewhat odd customs. For 21st century women here in Leigh it’s all about connecting over cocktails. Continue reading
Shaken not stirred: I try my hand at making Blank Canvas
I confess, I don’t get out much. Since Sonny Jim’s arrival you can usually find me in my PJs by 8pm.
So when I *do* go out, I need that night to be a good ‘un. Happily, the newest bar in Southend more than delivered.
I was invited to Revolution Southend’s preview night – ahead of its launch night tonight.
My BFF and I got a peek around the bar and (heated) roof terrace, I tried my hand at making my own cocktail (thanks Barney!) and got to grips with a scrumptious burger.
With the town’s nightclub scene rather dying out, following the closures in recent years of some big name venues (yes Churchills and Element I’m looking at you) cocktail bars/restaurants are starting to fill the void. Continue reading
Lulu loves: Rawhide carrot
Our poor ex-racing greyhound Lulu doesn’t get much of a mention nowadays.
Sonny Jim kinda keeps us busy and rather steals the spotlight in our pretty hectic lives. But our lovely Lulu is still taking her epic naps, gradually getting greyer and still loving her retirement.
Sometimes however, I see something that I know Lulu would love. And this Easter treat falls firmly into this category.
It’s a large rawhide carrot. A dog treat, that actually looks sweet.
I mean, what’s not to love? All I need now is to get her a pair of bunny ears to match Sonny Jim and my Easter joy will be complete… Continue reading
The stuff summer is made of: I’m loving this limited edition Champagne
It’s no secret that I’m a big (*huge*) fan of Champagne. Nor is it a secret that I love flowers (yes, it’s true my husband has a bouquet delivered to me every month…)
So this lovely new limited edition floral sleeve on bottles of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte for spring/summer at John Lewis (£28) is ticking all my boxes.
Available while stocks last throughout Spring and Summer 2017, the Brut Reserve (the booze inside the pretty sleeve) is a delicate, structured Champagne, with elegance and finesse.