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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Flavour Bombs hit Southampton


I'm having a love affair - and it's with food again! Don't worry, Dann knows all about it. And now I'm going to share with you guys too.

I'm all about new and unique foods, and to be honest, Southampton has really upped it's foodie game in the last month with the new addition of Watermark (I'm just going to keep calling it that, even though it's not really the developments name anymore, but I just do not care). There's new restaurants popping up left, right and centre, from massive chains, to smaller independents, and the smallest of them all goes to Dumpling Dumpling.

However, don't let their size fool you. Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages, and these packages are packed with flavour and love.
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Monday, 16 January 2017

Defrazzling this New Year


I'm not really into the whole new year, new you speal, but I do think there's something quite poetic about using the new year to improve yourself. The new year is also the exact time that everything that bugs you, really gets to you. Maybe it's because you no longer fit in your jeans from too much festive food (which is just far too upsetting) or maybe it's the fact that payday is just so damn far away, but pretty much everything makes you stressed to the max - well at least that's how I feel half the time!

So when 'A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled'* by Ruby Wax landed on my doormat, I pretty much read it cover to cover in a matter of days.
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Saturday, 14 January 2017

Henry's seven month update


Why did no one warn me that after the six month mark, every seems to go at lightning speed? I mean,yes, the newborn stage did go by in a whirl of tears, milk and sleepless nights, but six months! Wow the development is insane!

Henry is now seven months old, which I think might just be the scariest age yet if I'm honest. I could cope with having a six month old. That still sounds pretty young. But seven months. It just sounds SO much older,and is definitely on the wrong side of my maternity leave - I'm over half way through now and it's counting down to return to work a little too fast for my liking!

However as much is this mumma is completely thrown by the ever increasing rise of her son's age (I of course knew it would happen, but I was still unprepared!) I have to admit I do love this age.
There's not quite so much guess work and there's way more giggles. Henry's character is really developing and he is becoming a happy and cuddly little soul who adores people. I don't think I could have asked for a better little boy - in my not at all biased opinion.

So here's a little update on the last month (six month update here), now that Henry is seven months old! *weeps*
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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thai Street Food hits the South Coast (of England!)


You know you've had really good food, like so good you just want to keep eating it forever, even though you know eventually you'll explode and it will be messy. Well that was exactly how I felt after our trip to the new Thaikhun in Southampton's Westquay.

We absolutely love Thai food in our house. Dann loves cooking it, and well I love eating it! I think what really sells it for me is that it is actually really quite healthy, but tastes so good you don't even realise you've eaten a mountain of veggies. Win win!

Anyway, as part of the new Watermark/Westquay development (apparently it's not really called Watermark anymore, that was just it's name whilst it was being built - go figure) we've seen a mix of new restaurants join our city, including Thaikhun. They specialise is Thai street food, housed inside an eclectic bric-and-brac filled restaurant.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Don't bust those purse strings - save money this January


Does anyone else get a little tense around this time after Christmas?
All the festive happiness has dissipated, the Christmas food dwindling, and your waistline has grown three inches at least. And the state of your bank account leaves you reaching for the left over mulled wine.

On top of it all payday feels like it's six weeks away still, and you're rapidly getting into the single digits and on the cusp of eating beans on toast for the remainder of the month. Just as well you put on that extra cheese weight over Christmas, as meals are looking less and less comforting.

Luckily there are a few ways that you can save some money this time of year.
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