Spooky disco costume 

Emily went to the school spooky disco on Friday dressed as a spooky prom queen.  I managed to get her brilliant costume from an online shop for under  £10 plus postage . She loved it. I picked up a pack of Halloween make up from Peacock’s and we set to work to create her split make up face half pretty half zombie. We loved it .

What do you think ? Today , Monday is the first day of half term and we are hanging around the house and I am doing housework and tomorrow we are going on a girly shopping day to get Emily some winter essentials, we both love shopping so we are looking forward to it. Have a good day whatever you are doing . X Dawn 

Life …


It has been a very long time …we have had some family stuff going on and all I can say is its been very traumatic but we are dusting ourselves off and starting over .  Life isn’t always easy but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger . My youngest Son and his Daughter  have moved in with us .  I can’t go into details but life has been pretty interesting. Having a ten nearly eleven year old girl in the house is hard work but enjoyable for the most part. She is studying for her sats and has lots of homework coming her way. When she isn’t playing on her tablet she likes watching films and drinking tea or reading . ..she is a home bird.  She is learning to play the keyboard which is quite funny at times and also quite noisy ,she is a mini fashionista who doesn’t hold back on her opinion’s on my wardrobe choices ! I have had fun shopping with her for outfits and we are going shopping for winter items during half term next week. Tonight is the school  spooky disco and we made it or should I say decorated her pumpkin,her she is …I present to you Mrs Pumpkin head .img_20161020_232256

What do you think ?  I like her.

On Sunday Emily asked if she could watch by The Railway Children as a local theatre group had performed an adaptation at school so I popped the kettle on and we sat down to watch .


Engrossed in the film


I have a thing for duck egg blue can you tell? The place where I usually sit looks like this . .my coffee on a dark morning .


Better be off . x Dawn

I love my cute little bag

It was my Birthday last week and one of my gifts from my Husband John was a Jasper Conran black handbag.  It has a centre zipped compartment and 2 outer compartments  and it can be worn over the shoulder and tucks in perfectly so you have both hands free if needed which is ideal for shopping . It is pretty enough to use as a bag for going out in the evening to the pub or a meal etc. I love it !


X Dawn

I have lost…

We got back from Tenerife  on the 16th of July and had a few bumps in the road healthy eating wise but I weighed on Monday and am 3.5lb down.  I have done some walking but as I have had Grandchildren stay over for a week I have my had chance to sort my exercise routine yet. 

I am pleased with the loss and haven’t starved myself at all and am looking forward to trying some new recipes. 

X Dawn 

My go to lunches 

Sometimes I am guilty of skipping lunch and then end up snacking on junk until my evening meal. If I am out and about and don’t have time to go and sit down and eat lunch I will pop into Greggs for one of their salad boxes,one of my favourite is the Falafel and cous cous with rocket, tomatoes and peppers and a little tub of humus and little tub of yogurt and mint. I really like this and create it at home too. 

I love making soup and an easy one is my roasted red pepper, tomato and red onion soup. It is easy and filling . I love dippy /picky food and a quick and easy lunch or snack is humus with thin crackers and carrot sticks.  I also like making tortilla’s which are great to use up those odds and ends in the fridge I like it cold with salad. When I am cooking new potatoes I always cook more than I need so I have a few to slice up and add to my tortilla with eggs,mushrooms,peppers,feta cheese or cheddar, I also add spring onion and any other bits I have in the fridge. It is perfect for a summer lunch and is very portable. 

What do you like for lunch?  

X Dawn 


My favourite good for you breakfast’s

I couldn’t skip breakfast and really don’t that often . I look forward to my breakfast and instead of a fry up or sugary cereals I am opting for healthier alternatives. 

Here are some of my favourites. 

1.Overnight oats. I love this in the summer. I soak overnight in the fridge (hence the name) oats layered with fat free Greek yogurt and berries,I use frozen berries as they defrost overnight. It is filling and low fat.

2.Breakfast muffins, these are really tasty and also portable so you can pack them in a lunch box.  They are really mini crustless quiches cooked in a muffin tin. You can put anything into your muffins I usually put cooked peppers,mushrooms,spring onions and then beaten eggs,a little cheese,salt and pepper and divide into muffin tins and bake. You can eat them hot or cold and the can be frozen too. 

3. Smoothie . I love a smoothie and once again it is portable. You can make any fruit and yogurt combo you like I use frozen or fresh berries, a zero percent fat free Greek yogurt,2 teaspoons of peanut butter and a splash of milk  and blitz. If you think this won’t be filling enough for you then you can add a handful of  oats. 

4.Avacado and poached egg on toast. This has replaced my not so healthy eggs benedict. I love avacado and this breakfast is easy and so tasty. 

5. Crackerbread, peanut butter and banana. I use a scraping of peanut butter on crackerbread top with sliced banana and sprinkle with cinnamon. I love peanut butter and I love the texture and taste of this yummy breakfast.  

What do you like for breakfast?  

X Dawn