Friday, 31 July 2015

Potato And Leek Soup Recipe

Hello lovelies,

I love to make soup and today I'm going to make potato and leek :)

Ingredients
1 large leek or 2 small leeks
A spoonful of butter
4 large or 6 small potatoes
2 veg stock cubes (or which ever you prefer)
Water

Method
Add a spoon full of butter to a pan on a low heat and let it start to melt. 
Meanwhile start to chop up your leaks and add them to you pan, still on a low heat. 
Cook them until they go soft. Be careful not to burn them. They burn easily. 

Wash, peel and chop you potatoes. 

Boil the kettle and add to a measuring jug along with your stock cubes. 

Add the potatoes to the cooked leeks and add your stock 
Cook until the potatoes are soft enough to mash. I only have a medium pot. So mine only took 30 mins to cook. 

It's up to you if you want to mash it or blend it. I like to mash it so you still get small lumps. 

Voila!!

Let me know if you give it a try.
Speak soon 
L x
Cuddle Fairy

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Importance Of Pet Insurance

Well hello lovelies,

Today I am going to talk to you all about pet insurance! 

This is something I learnt the hard way. I have always had pets ranging from rabbit and guinea pigs to lizards to cats and dogs. 

If something goes wrong, it's never small. It's always something huge!!

Some of the illnesses my animals have had are sludgy bladder, teeth problems, abscesses, tumours and mites. All of which cost a fortune. 

I have used three pet insurances 


I have recently learnt the hard way yet again (I like to revisit mistakes, just to make sure you know). 

Marvin my guinea pig that I got neutered and he got an abscess because of it and he's not insured!! For his full op and meds it will be about £250. For neutering it was £180, then going in and out for check ups and more meds was £100. If he was insured this could have been all claimed back!

It's important to also find the right cover for you as well. So I recommend a comparison web site like compare the market

The great thing about doing this on the internet is that sometimes they do a 10% off if bought online. Also it can be cheaper to put 2 pets on one policy. My rabbits are both on the same policy and its cheaper than having two separate policies. 

Let me know if you have used a pet insurance and which ones you liked. 

Speak soon 
L x

Monday, 27 July 2015

PoppyKittenDesigns On Etsy Review

Well hello lovelies!!

I recently went shopping on Etsy for a friends birthday and I found the most adorable neckless ever! I like it that much I am considering getting myself one too!!

How pretty is that!! This was bought from PoppyKittenDesign 

Here is her business card! 
Everything about this shop is great. Right from the quality of the product, fast delivery (I ordered this Thursday 23.07.15 and got it 25.07.15) and the value!! This neckless was only £6. 

This shop has lots of lovely animal jewellery like what I got and it has lots of lovely semi precious gem jewellery as well. 

I can't wait for pay day so I can go buy some pieces for myself!! 

I definitely think you should all go check it out. Great prices and great service. You can ask for much more!!

Speak soon 
L x
Handbags and Snot Rags
Let's Talk Mommy

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Caring For Rabbits

Well hello loves,

I am by no means a rabbit expert. There are probably things i do with my rabbits that some people won't agree with. I simply just wanted to give a sort of guid line here. If you are thinking of getting rabbits. Please do as much research as possible. The more information you have the better you will be prepared.

The first thing I would advise for caring for any animal is that you think of the expense. Not only do you need to buy this animal and its home,  you also need to buy it food 2 or 3 times a month depending how much it eats, vet expenses, insurance expenses and the amount of time it take to care for it. 

I have had rabbits all my life and I will admit when I was younger, not all my rabbits were well cared for, as information on caring for them wasn't as ready available as it is now. 

When I first get my rabbits I always get 2. Rabbits live in groups and a single rabbit, if it doesn't have the correct environment,  can be a very lonely rabbit. Specially if you work all day and it's left on its own most of the time, they need company. 

Once they arrive I always insure them. I use pet plan. They are easy to use and easy to claim back from. Let's face it! Nothing that happens to a rabbit is ever small. Even getting their teeth blurred can cost £100 upwards. So it's best to have them insured!

Hutch
You need to consider the size of cage. The bigger the better. Think of yourself, you need space to move. I would only recommend double story huts. Single story's just don't have enough space for rabbits. Basically the bigger the better.

This one was a home made one. My grandad built this for my rabbit Missy a few years back. But similar ones can be bought from pet stores. 

Their bed is also important. Rabbits like to sleep and hide in dark places as it makes them feel safe. Their bed area should be totally enclosed. In the summer months I fill it with hay. In the winter months it's filled with straw to keep them warm. It's important that in the winter it's straw as the it traps air and keeps them warm!! Hay won't do that!

Exercise
They also need access to a run. Now my garden is fully in closed. So when I am in the house and I'm not going back out that day, I open up the cage and let them run the garden. If your garden isn't enclosed there is a lot of good runs like this BUNNY BUSINESS Rabbit/Guinea Enclosure  (see below for others). Again this is all money, you need to be prepared to spend a lot!

Cleaning
Cleaning out their beds is super important. You wouldn't want to sleep in a dirty bed and neither does your rabbit. Rabbits are clean animals and dirty bedding like with any animal can cause some major health issues. The most sever being fly strike!!

In the cold months I clean them out once a week. I clean the bits they pee in every day (even though they are litter trained, they have accidents). Litter trays are cleaned every 2 days. 

In the warm months when they are most likely to get fly strike they are cleaned fully twice a week and litter trays are cleaned every day! 

Feeding
I feed my rabbits once a day. You should weigh your rabbits and figure out how much to feed them from that. I'm going to be honest I have never done that. I half full their bowl with pellets and fill the rest with veg, like celery, carrots and cabbage. Hay is also readily available for them 24/7. 

I use the pellets from Asda or Natures Touch from pets at home. I don't like muesli as they tend to just pick the bits out that they like, then they end up with deficiencies. Then I add hay to the bottom of the cage. Rabbits need continuous supply of hay. It helps keep their tummies moving and also helps keep there teeth short.

Grooming
Grooming your rabbit is important even if it's not long haired. Rabbits constantly groom themselves and can easily get hair balls in their tummy from excess hair. It's important to remove as much as you can. When it's moulding time for my rabbits I brush them every day till I see a reduction in hair on the brush. After that I brush them once a week. 

VETS
This takes me to vet trips and vaccinations. It's important to have them vaccinated, then keep up with their yearly boosters. 6 month check ups is also important. This keeps on top of their teeth and weight. Your vet will clip their claws when every you think it's needed. You need to be prepared for to pay for any vet treatment needed. It's not fair to have your rabbit in pain. That's why it's important to have them insured! 

Handeling
You need to remember rabbits don't like to be handled there for they aren't good pets for kids to be honest. Rabbits don't like to be up off the ground and struggle if not handled correctly. This can lead to injuries if they jump and fall, it can lead to spine damage. It's best to keep picking them up to a minimum. 

I think that's it. If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to try answer them for you!! 

Here are photos of my rabbits 

The brown one is Crockett and the grey and white one is Thumper. 

Crockett is the male and Thumper is a female. I got Crockett neutered the min he was old enough with his brother at the time. Thumper was already spayed when I got her. It's important to have them spayed and neutered. One reason is it can stop fighting, spraying (trust me it's not nice to be sprayed by a rabbit) and it also stops aggression and possessiveness to an extent. An let's face it. There are enough unwanted rabbits with out us making more. 

Here are some useful site!
Speak soon 
L x

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Throw Back Thursday 23.07.15

Well hello lovelies

Here is today's throw back Thursday. 
To when Pickles was a proper baby cat!! This was the night I brought her home with us. Look at those ears!! I can say she has definitely grown into them hahaha. 

Speak soon loves
L x

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Minor Ailments Scheme

Well hello loves,

Today I am just going to do a quick blog about The Minor Ailments Scheme. 

I stay in Scotland, so I can't say this happens all over the country. But certainly in Scotland if you have a kids under 12, you can join this scheme which lets you get certain stuff in the pharmacy for free. 

All you need to do is register you child at your local pharmacy and you will be eligible for simple things like kids paracetamol, adult paracetamol, plaster, nappy creams and indigestion stuff. 

I have been using this since Holly was born and I think it's a great idea. Specially for the less well off families (not that I'm rich) to be able to get important things for their children for free. I know when holly was born we struggled a lot! we were earning way less that what we earn now and new born babies need a lot of stuff and this helped a lot! (i like the word a lot ok)

I'm not sure about any other countries. So check with your local pharmacy. 

Over all I would give this 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 out of 5 stars  

Have you tried this yet?

Speak soon lovelies
L x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Buying From A Catalogues

Well hello lovelies,

I have recently been contacted by a catalogue comparison to do a post on online shopping and catalogues. how could I say no to writing about one of my most favourite past times?!

I LOVE looking at catalogues. I think it all stems from when I was a kid and I used to look through them, circle stuff I wanted and cut out the pictures I liked. Yes my mum did go a bit mad at me!

These days though it is all about shopping online. Who wants to stand in the ques in the shops at the weekend? I know I work all 5 days a week, I don't then want to go shopping in a busy centre. I want to relax on my couch and do it instead.

If you are confused, don't know or know what you want, but none of the websites you have looked at has the IT item. This website is the place to go. It has catalogues that you might not have thought of before and it also gives you a list of the top 10 most looked at. The website gives great information on payment schemes for each catalogue, what type of and how much interest there is and delivery prices. They also list any offers they might have including sales and discount codes. Who doesn't want a money off code? If you are still unable to find what you want, there is an option to search by product.

They also have a great blog with some great information on it i.e Top 3 online baby stores where you can pay monthly. I wish I had known about this when Holly was a baby! This would have been extremely helpful.

There is also posts on Camping Equipment - Should I Buy Second Hand and How To Increase Your Catalogue Account Credit Limit.

One of my Favourites was Can I Spread The Cost Of My Wedding? As you all know I am engaged and we are a young family starting out with having a 2 year old, a 5 year old and having just bought our first house.

At the top of the web page there are some options which I found extremely helpful. There are options for the home page which gives you information on the website and what it all about, Blog, Clothes catalogues, Credit catalogues ( I liked this option), Gift catalogues and furniture catalogue. I found the last part particularly helpful just having bought my house.

I really do recommend this website. I love online shopping (Who doesn't?) and this website just made things a whole lot easier!!

Let me know in the comments below what you think!

Speak soon
L x

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A Day Of Football

Well hello lovelies,

Mark had a football tournament and Holly and I went to watch him

Mark saving a goal

Mark catching his breath

But you know as we are women, football bores us so we went a wander :)

We had a little photo shoot on the grass

Having a look for daddy

Selfie

Shadows 

Perks boo

Mark was playing 12-5. So at about 2pm Holly's started to get antsy!! So we went to see my gran. 

What do you do to distract your child?

Speak soon 
Lx 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Monday, 13 July 2015

25th-29th May 2015 A Week In Photos

Hey lovelies,

I decided to do a week in photos post. 

It's just basically some pictures I took during the week. 

Just up photo Monday 25th may 2015

Marvin running about his cage 26th may 2015

Marvins original wound 27th may 2015

28th may 2015 Marvin chilling. 

Baby pickles 29th may 2015

30th may 2015 got my sunglasses on

Bought our house. So we started to decorate!!! 30th may 2015

31st May 2015 our newly moved living room. An a trouserless holly lol

What did u get up to last week?? 

Speak soon 
L x

P.S

Its a bit late I know Shhhhhhhhhh :)

Book Review - Pentimento

Hello loves,

Today I am going to do a book review on Pentimento by Cameron Jace  

I started this just over a week ago and I loved it all the way through. I wouldn't change anything about this book. 

To be honest I have had this book for about 2 years just sitting on my kindle account. I bought it to use up a gift card I had been given one Christmas and I was never interested in starting it. 

When I started it, it was because I didn't have any money to go buy the next one in the series that I had been reading. So I though I would use up a few I had sitting. I am so glad I did!! 

This book is about a new America called the second. It follows our main girl Iris and her best friend Zoe. In this world any 17 year old at any point can be called to the Beasts. These are creatures that rule their world but no one has ever seen before. Once the girl is called she is named the bride and disappears into their ship never to be seen again. 

When Iris's crushes girlfriend is taken to be a "bride", she manages to befriend him and start looking for answers. Who is the beasts? Why do they rule? What was the world like before? This then leads to one of the best stories with a great twist, that I have read for a long time. 

I'm not going to give away any spoilers in this review.

I think if I had actually thought about this book I would maybe have guessed the twist. This as I said though was a filling in a space book and I didn't actually think about it much. I just read and I think that's the best way to read. Do think or try to puzzle it out. Just read and see where it takes you :) 

Please let me know if you try this out or have you read it?? What is your opinion on it??

Speak soon 
L x

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Potato Salad Recipe

Well hello lovelies,

This is a super easy recipe for if you have left over baby potatoes. 

Ingredients
Baby potatoes
Spring/green onions
Mayonnaise 
Salt and pepper

Method 
Simply cook as normal. Cut up into bite size pieces. 
Mix in Mayo (as much as you like)
Chop up 4 spring onions (again depends on how much you like them)
Mix and season!!

Let me know if you try it. 
Speak soon
L x

Holly Outfit Of The Day 27.06.15

Well hello lovelies,

Here is Holly's outfit today 

Her purple tshirt was a present from America. So I'm sorry I'm not sure of the price. But the shorts were from M&S for £12 and her saddles were next for £6.

Here are a couple of photos of her. 

Eating her lunch

Running hyper through Asda


It's been weird weather here recently. Today was ok, it was sunny and warm. But most days it's warm like 20 to 21c but drizzle. It's so annoying!! 

Anyway, I hope u all had a great weekend

Speak soon
L x

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Throw Back Thursday 09.07.15

Hello lovelies 

Here is today's throw back Thursday 
This (in case you didn't know from the photo) was the day Holly was born. You can see her tiny leg sticking out!! That was way back Feb 2013. 

Here she is now!
How big is my little girl getting. 

Hope you have all had a good week. 

Speak soon 
L x

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

What I Ate Wednesday 01.07.15

Well hello lovelies,

For breakfast I had a lovely smoothie. Strawberries, bananas, blueberries and milk. I did use almond milk for a while, but I couldn't get used to the flavour. 

Lunch time I had a cheese sandwich. Nothing fancy. 


Dinner time was a Green Thai Curry from Iceland. But I took the chicken out and put in my own squash instead
You might have seen the above before on my blog! I love Green Thai Curry. 

Then for supper (because I can't go to bed on an empty tummy) I had another cheese sandwich. 

What did you have to eat today?? 

Speak soon 
L x

A Day Out To The Shops

Well hello lovelies

As of the 8th July it will be day 3 of the holidays. Monday and Tuesday wasn't very nice out and we were stuck in the house. So today I decided to go a walk at our local shopping centre. 

We didn't really buy anything but we did
Get a Starbucks!! 
The caramel and creme being mine lol 

She then had a shot on a couple of those little shows

The she had a marshmallow twizzel  

Then home for a chocolate sandwich 

Wha do you do on a rainy day?? 

Speak soon 
L x

Monday, 6 July 2015

Mannie Monday 31.05.15

Hello lovelies,

Today I have another Mannie Monday!!

Today I am doing a review in Barry M Gelly Nail Hi Shine and Speedy Quick Dry (add in links)

In Boots it was £3.99 in get set go

This one was also £3.99 in cotton

I am extremely impressed whit these. Normally these nail varnishes that claim to dry quick are rubbish. But these are amazing. Even the high shine drys quickly. 60seconds tops and it bone dry!!

Wear wise this polish it better than some i have tried. Lasts maybe 3 or 4 days with out chipping.
Its definitely my new go to nail brand when I an buying varnish.

Lets be honest though when i have the money, Id much rather go and get them done at a nail bar lol

Gave you tried this kind of polish?

Speak soon
Lx

Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Week In Photos 15-21 June 2015

Well hello lovelies!!

Here is last week in photos. 

Monday I made cheese cake!!

Tuesday's breakfast. Berry yogurt with a blueberry compost with muesli in the bottom. 

Wednesday's chicken gumbo recipe

Thursday family photo 

Friday's chicken gumbo with potato salad

Saturday's outfit of the day!

Sunday friends. 

Hope you all had a great week!!

Speak soon 
L x