When I was a child I remember how my mum was pretty vigilant about getting the washing and ironing done each week. Every Sunday afternoon I’d find her listening to the radio or watching TV, getting through the mountain our family had created. It seemed like a simple relaxing task back then, and when I was helping out I think I even quite enjoyed it. But these days washing and ironing is just a chore and I don’t…

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Flowers are always a lovely treat to give or receive, either to celebrate a special occasion or to simply brighten a grey (or freezing!) day and bring a smile to someone’s face. I like to treat myself to a bunch from Columbia Road Flower Market every now and then or sometimes from my local M&S, but you can’t beat the excitement of receiving a delicious box full on your doorstep. So when Appleyard London offered to send one of their luxurious bouquets before the end…

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Merry Christmas Eve all! I don’t know about you but it feels so good to have survived the last few weeks of frantic shopping trips, pre-Christmas catch ups and far too many festive drinks. The next few days I’m going to be with family in my hometown Birmingham, unwinding from and reflecting on another busy year in London. All I plan to do for the next few days is read books, watch films, eat a…

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There’s nothing quite like the taste of the day’s first cup of coffee, especially at the weekend. Leisurely drinking a tasty hot drink, contemplating how best to use the caffiene buzz at the start of a blissfully free day is a great feeling. But despite my love of fine coffee I rarely drink it at home. I’ve been treated to so much high quality coffee in London that I don’t really like the instant kind…

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As soon as work is done and the Christmas holiday has begun it’s time to relax, grab a tin of chocolates and sit in front of a fun festive film. Everyone has at least one favourite that Christmas wouldn’t be quite the same without seeing, so I asked my friends and followers to share theirs. Here are… Miracle on 34th Street (1947) & (1994) The Nightmare before Christmas (1993) Elf (2003) Home Alone (1990) The…

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