My top 5 ways to relax!

Here are my 5 simple steps to having a relaxing evening.

I know this is personal preference but its just my favourite way to unwind and relax after a busy week and I thought that I would share it with you guys.

Enjoy!

Step 1:

Treat yourself!

After work on Friday I walked into town and treated myself by getting my nails done. I have only had them professionally done a handful of times and its been ages, So I thought why not!

I went to a little salon where we got our nails done ready for my sisters wedding in 2015. I really wanted an Autumnal colour as I am loving those shades at the moment.

Here’s what I went for …

IMG_20171110_191147_033A full set of acrylics in this lovely dark browny, bronzy colour.

Step 2:

Pamper yourself!

As soon as I got home I ran myself a nice hot bath. I love baths and find them super relaxing. I picked out my favourite LUSH products to add to my bath because the only thing better than a regular bath is a LUSH bath!!

One of my favourite LUSH products is the ‘Comforter’ bubble bar. I also used the Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin shower gel, from their Autumn range, which I am loving at the mo! The bubble bar creates super bubbles and the smell of the shower gel is DI-VINE.

Step 3:

Get cosy!

I popped on some cosy, festive (I know its early, apologies but at least it is November!!) PJS and grabbed a cosy throw and snuggled down on the sofa.

…and don’t forget the cosy socks.

Step 4:

Entertainment!

Its really important to take the time to do things that you love but usually don’t have time for, read a book, catch up on your fav shows, do a puzzle, write, anything.

IMG_20171111_145241_516.jpgI opted for my current book because reading is by far one of my favourite hobbies. I also had the remote in order to catch up with a couple of the soaps that I watch.

Step 5:

Food!

Because come on, no relaxing and cosy blog post of mine is complete without it (in fact I can think of many times that are incomplete without it haha)

I made myself some indulgent loaded fries for dinner and a nice cold drink too. Time to tuck in!

 

I felt so much better taking some time to myself and relaxing after a busy week.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing.

Until next time,

Roseanne πŸ™‚

 

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Afternoon tea: Aqua SpringsΒ 

So on Sunday we treated mum to a spa day and afternoon tea for her birthday! Her birthday was back in September but we thought half term was the perfect time to indulge. We went to Aqua Springs Spa in Colchester which is brilliant and a lot more reasonably priced than most spas, plus you can spend as long there as you like! 

If you’ve been around here before you’ll have noticed that I have reviewed a few afternoon teas (I love cake, ok!?) I mean are you even human if you don’t.

Here are the links to those if you want to check them out too…

Afternoon tea: Suffolk Food Hall

Afternoon tea: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel 

Afternoon tea: Patisserie Valerie 

So let’s get into why we’re really here, the food. I just love the mixture of things that afternoon tea brings together and it was perfect as a little treat alongside the relaxing spa. So let’s take a look.

We had a stand between two people and each stand had three tiers:

Tier one (bottom) was the savoury, a selection of sandwiches

  • Egg
  • Ham
  • Cucumber 
  • Cheese 
  • Tuna

The sandwiches were lovely, delicate finger sandwiches. The only thing I would say was that this tier could have done with something else savoury such as a little savoury tart or a sausage roll as there was alot more on both of the sweet layers.

Tier two (middle) was the scones with cream and strawberry jam. Each person got two full sized scones which was awesome. There was a really good amount of jam and cream too, you each got an individual mini jar of strawberry jam and a mini pot of cream between two. There was also some fresh strawberries on this tier which was nice. 

Tier three (top) was the cake tier.

  • Mini pieces of lemon drizzle cake
  • Mini macaroons (Pistachio, lemon, vanilla, coffee, strawberry & chocolate) 

You got three pieces of lemon drizzle each (nice and moist!) And three mini macaroons too, the variety of flavours was amazing and the meringues were chewy and crisps. 

Also served with the afternoon tea was a cup of either tea or coffee. You only got one hot drink with the afternoon tea which wasn’t quite enough, we weren’t sure if you could ask for a refill or not.

Of all the afternoon teas this one was the cheapest at Β£9 per person. Although I have said that there are several things that could have been added to this (because nothings perfect) for Β£9 it was absolutely brilliant. 

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Blogiversary no2 πŸŽ‰

So Sunday (the 8th October) marked two years since I started my blog, TWO!! Where has that time gone?!? 
As most of you who have followed my blog from the beginning will know I started my blog to document our wedding planning, wahhhh it seems so long ago now!! (if your new, Hey! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ) 

I never thought I would be someone who wrote a blog, I thought it was something other people did, ‘cool’ people (whatever cool is these days)

My twin sister Sarah had her blog and she really enjoyed it, I was sceptical but I gave it a go and it turned out to be a hobby I would come to really enjoy. I love that I can look back at moments in my life, recipes I’ve made, shopping sprees I’ve been on and just the things that I’ve been loving over the years, many of which I might have forgotten if it wasnt for them being documented in my own little space.

I’m especially pleased that I documented our wedding planning, as anyone who has got married will know, it all goes very quickly so I will always have that to look back on and remind me of that v.stressful, but fun process, the decisions we made that got us to that special day and just little things that I may not remember forever but will make me smile when I read them back.

A blog has such potential, so if your thinking of doing it, do! Just go for it. Don’t be afraid of what others will think of your writing, it’s yours to make of it what you wish and you’ll never please everyone (Why would you want to anyway, some people are d**ks) + It’s good fun πŸ‘πŸ» 

Here’s to many more years here at Roseanne’s s Blog!

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Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Victoria Sponge Birthday Cake recipe πŸŽ‚

Hi guys πŸ–‘

So I took to Twitter last week to see what you guys would like to see in my next blog post, And food won! 

This coincided with the making of my Mum’s birthday cake, her birthday was on sundayy, so I thought that, that could be the focus of this blog post because, who doesn’t love a good cake let’s be honest πŸ‘

I used a Mary Berry recipe from the BBC food website, although she isn’t on the GBBO anymore (still hurts) she is still the queen of baking πŸ‘‘

  • INGREDIENTS 
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar, plus a little extra for dusting the finished cake
  • 225g/8oz self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 225g/8oz baking spread, margarine or softbutter at room temperature, plus a little extra to grease the tins

Let’s take a look! 

My sponges aren’t very neat, but they tasted good!! 

Next up! Jam & buttercream…

Voila! Mum chose fudge pieces and white chocolate as her toppings…

The finished cake, it’s quite a beast. Not perfect but I was really pleased with the rise of the sponges and the taste.

Top tip: Let the sponges cool before pulling off the baking parchment from the bottom of the sponges!

Mary Berrys Perfect Victoria Sponge!

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

June favourites πŸ’–

I love favourites posts/videos so here’s mine for the month of June πŸ™‚

Let’s start with beauty…

 Mac lipstick in the shade ‘Twig 

This is a satin finish lipstick, this colour is a beautiful nudey, pinky/plum colour. It’s a lovely shade as I don’t have anything like it and it stays on really well. It works really well for an everyday or a night out make up look.

Sanctuary body washes 

I got a set of these from someone at work for my birthday and they are lovely! The scents are so fresh and clean and the consistency of the product is so smooth and makes you feel so clean and your skin super soft.
Tanya Burr face illuminator 

This is perfect for the summer time and a beauty staple to add a lovely glow to your make up look! I like to put a pump of this on with my bb cream or foundation to add a lovely shine/glow. This works really well with a goldy, shimmery, bronze make up look! So keep coming sunshine 🌞
Sleek face palette 

I bought this palette a little while ago but I have been using it alot recently and loving it! Contouring is quite new to me but I’m loving incorporating it into my summer make up routine for a more bronzy, glowy look.

This contour shade is lovely and warm but not too dark, great for my skin tone. The blusher is really nice as it has flecks of gold running through it, So pretty and the highlighter is a gorgeous champagne colour.

The Real Techniques contour brush is brilliant too, the shape is perfect for adding definition to your cheek bones.

Barry M Aquarium collection nail varnish 

I am loving this nail varnish by Barry M, it is from their Aquarium collection and is the shade ‘Mediterranean’.
It’s a lovely shimmery, irridescent, goldy copper colour, a definite metallic vibe which is very ‘in’ at the mo. It looks lovely when the sun hits it and at different angles it looks like lots of different colours, So pretty!

Food/drink 

Skinny SF caramel iced lattes

These are SOOO delicious πŸ‘Œ I originally thought the idea of cold coffee was so gross but I tried it again the other day and its so tasty. It’s super refreshing for the summer time with the delicious coffee taste. These work well on Slimming World too which is great and they are super easy to make at home too πŸ‘

Milk chocolate mikado

I have absolutely been loving these this month as a chocolatey biscuit treat and on Slimming World they are only 0.5 syn each or your daily 15 syns for the whole box (if you wanna go crazy!) They are delicious and come in a couple of other flavours inc Daim & white choc. 
Other…

I am loving the new front covers, for the first Harry Potter book, to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter. 
They have released the first book with four new covers, each representing a Hogwarts house, with the cover being the colour of the house, with the house crest on the front. I went for the Gryffindor one and I picked one up for my sister Sarah too. I had to get one to add to my collection, I would love them all but I don’t think I need four more copies of the first book!β˜‡πŸ¦πŸπŸ¦…πŸΌ

So those are my favourites for June πŸ‘

What have you guys been loving?!

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

 

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Afternoon tea Β πŸ°β˜•

I love Afternoon tea & I know loads of you guys do too so I thought that I would share my most recent Afternoon tea experience with you. 

We went to a place called Suffolk food hall that has a cafe, farm shop, garden centre & restaurant on site (amongst other things!) There’s lots going on there but it’s a lovely place. 

The decoration in the restaurant is lovely, it’s nice & bright. I love the white wood painted ceilings, Sandy brick walls & restored beams. 

The view outside the large windows is so lovely too! You look out onto the River Orwell & the cow fields too.

Here’s what we had for Afternoon tea…

Bottom tier:

  • Mini brown roll with Ham & mustard
  • Mini granary/seeded roll with smoked salmon & cream cheese 
  • Mini white roll with cheese & pickle
  • Mini cheese & leek tartlet
  • Sausage roll 

Middle tier: 

  • Large Fruit scone with clotted cream & raspberry jam
  • Carrot cake slice with cream cheese frosting.

Top tier:

  • Mini chocolate & caramel shortbread
  • White chocolate chip cookie 
  • Mini shortbread

& of course lots of English breakfast tea.

My mum doesn’t like chocolate so she was given a shortbread, however, she does eat white chocolate so I gave her my white choc chip cookie and I had her plain shortbread as I LOVE shortbread. 

Me & mum both work at the same After school club and we arranged this afternoon tea for our friend (who also used to work at the after school club) as it was her 30th Birthday this year! We had a lovely time 🎈

I really enjoyed this afternoon tea as it was a bit different to the last one I had (check them out here: Patisserie Valerie ) as the cakes/biscuits were different & really tasty! I especially enjoyed the chocolate & caramel shortbread, it was literally melt in the mouth πŸ‘Œ

The only thing I feel could have been improved was having a variety of breads for the savoury section instead of all rolls & a little bit more filling in these. 

Cost: Β£14.50 each & bookable in advance.
I hope you’ve found this useful 😁

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

EASTER! 🌼🐣πŸ₯

I havn’t done a blog post about something I’ve done in ages! I love reading those sort of posts myself (So I hope you guys do too!) Plus they are nice to look back on and reminisce. 

My hubby had Friday off of course which was a nice treat so we decided to make the most of the day and do as much as we could together and it was soooo nice.

Good Friday 

So we started off the day with a super yummy cooked brekky, a lovely Friday treat as usually we would both be at work and wouldn’t have time for such an indulgent breakfast.

After that we didn’t have long before the film we had decided to see at the cinema was starting (Beauty & the Beast!!!πŸ₯€) As we live close to our local cinema and the sun was shining we decided to walk.
Of course the film was amazing (I’d already seen it once!) But Tim also enjoyed it too.

We were getting a bit peckish again by the time the film had finished so we had a cheeky Nandos, because why not! It’s a bank HOLIDAY after all, treat yo self!

& the fun didn’t stop there, oh no. Next stop was back home for a spot of Harry Potter Monopoly (Yes you heard right!) 
My very clever and lovely husband designed and made this for me for my birthday a few years ago as offical Harry Potter Monopoly doesnt exist. It’s amazing.

In the evening we decided to grab a drive thru Starbucks from the new one in our hometown and head to our local bowling alley. The Starbucks was beaut. πŸ‘Œβ˜• 

We had three games of bowling (Tim won best of three) and then we headed home.

A very GOOD Friday! (Sorry, not sorry!)

Easter Weekend 

Saturday

We completed our usual 5k Parkrun first thing Saturday morning, insert horrendous picture here ⬇

Once we had done that we went our separate ways to freshen up and get ready to go to Lowestoft. Tim’s mum & Dad have a holiday flat there so we are staying for the Easter weekend. 

We arrived around 2 o clock and settled in before heading to the shops to grab some dinner supplies. 

We then headed to the beach for a play & the arcades too!!!!! Seriously coooool.

Later on Me & Noah got creative and made some yummy chocolate Eatser treats…

& we cooked and ate dinner, watched BGT and played games in the evening 🎲

Easter Sunday 

First things first, EASTER EGGS!! 

We discovered the little cafe over the road from the flat is open on Easter Sunday so we headed over for breakfast… 

…unfortunately everyone else had the same idea!! Looks like they are the only place open for business on Easter Sunday, in Lowestoft.

Whilst we waited for our food we took a walk!
Oh I do like to stroll along the prom prom prom 🐚🌞

Once we were suitably full and wind swept we headed back for more Easter frivolity ie an Egg hunt & an Egg and spoon race.

For the rest of the afternoon we chilled out before heading back home.

Our family has an Easter tradition of a Chinese takeaway in the evening on Easter Sunday (Yeah it’s random I know) Don’t hate us cause you ain’t us! 

Jealous, right?! I love a family tradition. 


What do you guys do for Easter? 

Happy Easter! πŸ₯🐣🐰

Until next time, 

Roseanne πŸ™‚

Slimming World update: Lets do this!Β 

I’m feeling quite motivated at the moment, I’m in the zone πŸ‘Š

This week in class I lost 0.5 lb and your probably thinking that’s not alot! But as they say a loss is a loss. I couldn’t get to class last week due to family problems and we had a few days of bad eating at the weekend so I was going into the unknown a bit this week having not known how I did last week.

I tried really hard this week to stay on track as since January I’ve been doing quite well with only a couple of small gains that have been evened out by big losses or maintaining so I didn’t want to spoil it, so as I say I was happy with that loss no matter how little it is. 

I’ve put lots into place this week to really boost my weight loss because I do really need to start sticking to the plan 100% because it really does work!

So what have I put into place this week you ask? 

  • I have decided to no longer have a treat after class on a Thursday night. Class finishes at 9 and by the time I get home and order sed takeaway treat (because that’s usually what it is) It’s gone 10 and that’s just too late to enjoy it really. I will be saving my treat for Saturday night when I’ll really enjoy and appreciate it πŸ‘
  • Instead of a treat (as mentioned above) I am going to have a dinner I can eat at Slimming World once I’ve been weighed. This will fill me up & stop me being so hungry after class. Here’s what I had this week:

Low fat houmous (1.5 syns per tablespoon) with carrot & cucumber crudites, mini multiseed thins (1.5 syns each) and Quorn cocktail sausages (0.5 syn each) Hula hoop pufts (3 syns a bag)Obviously this isn’t 100% free but it’s just something tasty to have, still a little treat and so easy too. (+ with some added Speed foods!!)

  • Keeping up with my food diaries and my journal.

I got this little Slimming World journal a couple of weeks ago and it’s so good for keeping you on track. When I first started Slimming World I filled out a food diary every week without fail, however in the last year I havnt been so good and once it isn’t habit anymore it’s easy to not bother! I find this journal much easier too as it’s not a piece of paper I can lose and it has cool features like inspirational quotes, a weekly meal planner, a graph to track your weight loss, food diaries (a whole page for each day) etc.

The journals are only available from class (I think) and are Β£4.95. 

  • Getting prepared!! When I got in from class I sat down with my ‘Little book of lunches’ SW book and planned what I will be having next week. I get so hungry at work and thats when I snack on naughty things so getting prepared is always good. Looking through the books also reminds you of how much delicious stuff you can cook/make/prepare on SW, so goooood!

  • Food shopping! I definatly won’t be skipping this, this week as it always makes for a better week when the fridge is stocked with deliciousness! I mean seriously, is there a better sight than a full fridge, no, no there isn’t!! We also stopped off at Asda on the way home from class to grab a few bits, here’s what I got…

Hartleys no added sugar jelly (0.5 syn per pot)

Chicken & sweetcorn noodle mugshot (Free!)

Strawberries (Free!) & only Β£1

Bakery fresh wholemeal rolls (Hex B)

    • Having a target or weekly goal is also great,  again the journal’s great for this as you write in your weekly weight loss goal. I’m only 1.5 lb away from having lost 1 stone, hurrah! Then I’ll only have another stone left until my target 🀞 I would like to lose more than that this week if I can, maybe 2.5 or 3, but getting to that 1 stone would be fab regardless.
    • Don’t look at the cake!! My work is so bad for cake in the staff room so I’m just going to make sure I have plenty of SW friendly sweet treats for work & just think, do I really want that cake?! (YES!!) More than I want to lose weight? (NO!!) I need to appreciate the treats when I have them, don’t deprive yourself that doesn’t work but also realise that you need to have a bit of control because you won’t lose weight otherwise. 

    If there was a diet where you can eat whatever you want and still lose weight we’d all be on it, Slimming World is as close as you can get to that!! Take your control back πŸ‘Š

    I hope you’ve found this blog post helpful, you can do it!! 

    I’m looking forward to a chilled out weekend & an awesome, super focused week! Let’s do this!! 

    Until next time, 

    Roseanne πŸ™‚ 

    Mini Slimming World food Haul πŸ΄

    I’ve grabbed quite a few different and new Slimming World friendly products this recently during our weekly food shops so I thought I would fill you guys in. 

    Let’s start with savory…

    Butternut squaffles

    These are so tasty and a great alternative to high syn waffles and chips. Butternut squash is an S too which is great and it means a less carb loaded meal which is nice to have sometimes. 

    Skin on Sweet potatoe chips 

    Sweet potatoes are quite hard to cut up and I was feeling a bit lazy haha. These are super tasty and a yummy alternative to normal potatoe chips.

    Courgette lasagne sheets 

    Again these were a nice alternative to pasta lasagne sheets and are an S which is even better. These can just be layered inbetween the usual mince and cheese sauces without any need to be pre cooked! Much quicker, less faffing about.

    Heck chicken sausages

    These sausages are so yummy and only 0.5 syn for 2. I know it may seem wierd as they are chicken but they make a nice alternative to pork sausages and have a really nice flavour. The Italia ones with mozzarella & tomato are my favourites.

    Porky lights sausages 

    These are so tasty and only 0.5 syn each which is awesome for pork sausages. These are so good! Their only downfall is the price so I try to grab them when they are on offer.

    Hula hoop pufts, ready salted

    These crisps are really nice and great as a snack. They are 3 syns a bag which is really low for crisps.

    And sweet…

    Muller light Yoghurt 

    Completely free and so yummy. An excellent dessert, snack or addition to a packed lunch.

    Fibre one squares 

    These fibre one treats are only 4 syns each, and trust me they are worth it! The chocolate brownies in particular are as good (if not better) than many cafe brownies. They also come in Lemon drizzle and salted caramel flavour. 

    Chocolate coated rice cake bars 

    These are a great chocolate fix and I love having these as a snack at work. These are 4.5 syns per bar. I also have these in chocolate orange flavour which is my favourite.
    And of course…lots of fresh fruit and veg! This is probably the bulk of our weekly shop but so worth it and super good for you. We always have apples, Pears, strawberries & raspberries (when available) and lots of salad veg such as toms, peppers, cucumber etc as these are my favourites to eat.

    I’m going to do a post soon with some yummy Slimming World recipes so if you liked this post keep your eyes peeled for that πŸ‘

    Until next time, 

    Roseanne πŸ™‚

    Work Christmas party 🍾Blogmas day 22

    On Tuesday was our work Christmas meal and it was an evening at Fynn Valley golf club, a meal & disco. 

    I’m not usually one to take photos of myself but I loved my outfit, I bought this dress from Boohoo a few months ago so I was pleased to finally be able to wear it!!! It was Β£25 and it’s so pretty.

    Fynn Valley looked lovely and we all had a lovely place setting complete with a Christmas cracker!

    The meal was really yummy, for starters I had filo prawns…

    My Main course was Venison pie with roasties and vegetables.

    & dessert was a trio, lemon meringue pie, chocolate mousse and sticky toffee pudding, delicious.

    Once we had all eaten it was time to party! It was good to let our hair down and have a chat & dance together, lots of fun.

    It was so strange being back at Fynn Valley as it’s where my twin sister Sarah got married and I hadn’t been there since!! 
    It was a really fun night and a great start to the Christmas holidays! πŸŽ„

    Today in my beauty advent calender…

    Another favourite today! A liquid highlight. It looks so lovely.

    It’s a lovely light gold shimmer 🌟

    & here it is on, I couldn’t not try it out. I’ve also got the gorgeous baked blusher from yesterday on too 😌

    Ho Ho Ho 

    Roseanne πŸŽ…