HELLO AUGUST 2022

FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH

1. A weekend away in beautiful North Yorkshire

2. Some lovely lunch dates with friends

3. A fantastic girls cocktail night in my Summer House with two of my best friends

4. Belle had some fantastic Open Days at Nottingham & Northumbria Uni’s

5. I took my friend to watch Waitress the Musical for her 50th birthday

LIFESTYLE, LEISURE, PLACES & HOME

Our new business – Balloons & Dreams

Tony & I have been wanting to start a side hustle for a while now for a bit of extra money for leisure & holidays so we can always push the boat out a little! We’ve always ordered balloons for special occasions and on Isabelle’s last birthday Tony decided he could do it and so Balloons & Dreams was born. I consult with clients on the colour schemes & designs and do all the social media & promotions, Tony does all the ordering & makes the balloon creations. So far its going brilliantly and we’ve had lots of orders in a short space of time. I have to say he’s very good & getting better each one he makes and the best thing is we’re loving it.

Check us out on Facebook – Balloons & Dreams

& Instagram @balloons_and_dreams or contact us on balloons_and_dreams@yahoo.com

BEAUTY, HEALTH & STYLE

Juice Detox

I’ve not been as healthy as I could have been recently and I needed to jump start my body to get fitter & lose a few pounds for my upcoming holiday.

I decided Tony & I would do a 3 day juice detox to clear out some toxins & I actually found it quite easy & enjoyed the juices. I lost 4lbs which was a bonus too. We’ve decided we’re now going to juice 1 day a week to give our bodies a cleanse, I loved the feeling once I’d done it.  

We didn’t follow a set plan but I found juice recipes on line & made up my own for 4 juices a day & blitzed them in my Nutribullet which I highly recommend.

RESTAURANT OF THE MONTH

Da Sandro Birchencliffe Huddersfield

This authentic Italian restaurant has been a staple in Huddersfield’s culinary world for many years but has recently gone through a big refurbishment. I’ve eaten here many times & the food is always excellent. It’s a long standing family run business & the staff are always friendly & inviting and make your visit an event rather than just a meal out. It’s very popular for birthdays & they are fabulous with children making it great for families. A fabulous restaurant that my family & I will continue to return to time & time again.

COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH

Watermelon daiquiri

Ingredients

  • ice
  • 50ml white rum
  • 25ml  watermelon liqueur or watermelon-flavoured spirit, such as gin 
  • 10ml  lime juice
  • 100g watermelon (prepared weight), plus a wedge to garnish 

Method

  • STEP 1

Put a handful of ice in a blender suitable for crushing ice, along with the rum, watermelon liqueur, lime juice and watermelon flesh. Blitz until just smooth.

  • STEP 2

Fill a hurricane or other tall glass with ice, pour over the daiquiri and garnish with a wedge of watermelon.

FILM/TV SHOW OF THE MONTH

Neighbours

Being a HUGE fan in the 80’s, as it airs its final shows, there’s no other show I could talk about this month. No I’ve not watched it in years, but I don’t know anyone my age who didn’t rush home from school in the late 80’s to see what Scott & Charlene, Jane & Mike were getting up to &, the fact that they all came back for the final episode was amazing. Did I love it? Yes! Did I cry? Of course!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Ugly Sister – Jane Fallon

I’m on a bit of a Jane Fallon binge at the moment but when I’m busy at work I need books that are easy to get into and provide escapism, when I’m not as busy I like books that challenge me more.  Jane Fallon’s books are entertaining, fun & great to escape every day life and I love them all!

THIS MONTH I’M LOVING

My Summer Break is about to start!!

THIS MONTH I’M NOT LOVING

My poor son Max’s horrendous hay fever. I feel so sorry foe hay fever sufferers, it’s a miserable condition.

THIS MONTHS FAVOURITES

1. The Hotel Inspector on Channel 5

2. Gardening

3. Gordons Peach Gin

4. Etsy

5. Nutribullet

THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

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