HELLO FEBRUARY 2018
FABULOUS THINGS THAT HAPPENED LAST MONTH
- Max’s 10th birthday! My gorgeous gorgeous boy is now in double figures!
- I booked a trip to Amsterdam for my mum & dads Golden wedding anniversary. Unfortunately Tony can’t go but mum, dad, Isabelle, Max & myself will be going. Isabelle’s so excited as she’s been desperate to go to the Anne Frank museum for a long time.
- Taking my sister-in-law to the gorgeous 315 spa in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Bliss!
- Getting so many more followers on my blog. I’m absolutely loving blogging & have lots of plans for this year.
- Having our new Cavachon puppy Dora in our family. Adorable Dora, I can’t get enough of her!
- Being so very proud of Isabelle performing her Tap dance solo at the TDCI champion of champions competition in Blackpool after winning The Dearne Valley Junior Tap Championship a few months ago.
The farm is nestled in the heart of the Pennine Yorkshire countryside.
In 2007 Yummy Yorkshire was born when the owners started to make delicious artisan ice cream on the family dairy farm. Not long after a Coffee Shop and Ice Cream Parlour were built at the farm.
Yummy Yorkshire serves delicious food 7 days a week & has gone from strength to strength, winning many awards for their innovative ice-cream flavours and for the business.
As well as being sold in the Coffee Shop and Ice-Cream Parlour the ice-cream is now distributed extensively through farm shops, delis and restaurants. It is always 100% natural and delicious.
The location is Delph House Farm, High Flatts, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8XY
The Hide & Hoof restaurant
The Hide & Hoof Restaurant is open everyday preparing delicious food from our kitchen. Here you can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea or Saturday night dinner in relaxed surroundings. Newly opened in 2017, it is a fabulous place to visit with friends & family and enjoy a delicious meal in beautifully relaxed surroundings & to a very high standard. Located in the Hay Loft part of the building, the food is all farm fresh & either home made or from local producers.
I’m very lucky to have the wonderful 315 restaurant on my doorstep & visit regularly. The food & ambience are fabulous & my dad and I love it so much we had our joint 70th & 40th party there. So when I knew they were opening a spa I was thrilled & couldn’t wait to try it out.
I thought as a nice treat I would book a half day package for myself & sister-in-law Kate as a gift for her birthday & so on the last Sunday in January we enjoyed the Afternoon Tea half day package.
The new state of the art Spa & Wellbeing Centre opened in January 2017 & lets you indulge your senses and pamper yourself to your hearts content with a range of relaxing features to choose from. A wonderful place to switch off & be pampered in complete tranquility. The spa uses ESPA products for their range of treatments ranging from facials to massages with everything else in between. Manicures & pedicures are also available along with eye brow treatments & a whole range of packages for men.
The food is from the restaurant and never fails to impress & this afternoon tea certainly lived up to my expectations.
A wonderful first experience spent in this luxurious haven and it most certainly won’t be my last.
The spa offers the following packages:
- Half Day Spa– Either 8.30am to 12.30pm or 1pm to 5pm – £35 per person (Plus 10% off your first treatment)
- Breakfast & Half Day Spa– Choice of Smoked Salmon & Scrambled Egg Bagel, Poached Egg & Parma Ham or Fruit Platter with Tea & Coffee and Fruit Juice. Available from 8.30am then use of the Spa until 12.30pm – £40 per person (Plus 10% off your first treatment)
- Afternoon Tea & Half Day Spa– From 1pm to 5pm use of the Spa, with our Afternoon Tea consisting of Sandwiches, Savoury & Sweet Pastries, Tea or Coffee served in the Woodland Lounge at the time of your choosing – £45 per person (Plus 10% off your first treatment)
- School Run Spa Day– From 9.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday, includes use of the Spa, Light Lunch or Afternoon Tea plus 30 minute Mini Treatment, choose from 3 upon booking – £70 per person (Plus 10% off your first treatment)
- Full Day Spa Plus Treatment – From 8.30am to 5pm, includes use of the Spa, a Light Lunch or Afternoon Tea, plus a 60 minute bespoke facial or a body massage – £135per person or £250 for two (Plus 10% off your first treatment).
All packages must be booked in advance & it is advisable that any extra treatments are also booked in advance.
Gift Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
Gift Vouchers only valid for services specified.
Half & Full Spa Day Includes:
- Complimentary Towels & Robe
- Use of HydroPool
- Salt Steam Room
- Bio Sauna
- Rain Dance Shower
- Relaxation Room
- Access to Woodland Lounge
- Unique Spa Party Night
Perfect for Birthdays, Hen Parties or any Celebration.
6pm to 10.30pm, Monday to Saturday.
Spend the first hour making cocktails with our Mixologist, followed by exclusive use of our Spa facilities.
£35 per person including two Cocktails
Add Anti-pasta nibbles for £4.95 per person.
LIFESTYLE & HOME
With the excitement of Christmas already a distant memory its often hard to keep your spirits up in January when all the grey dreary days roll into one, purse strings have to be tightened after an expensive December & all your clothes feel a little snug from over indulging, I just can’t seem to get warm this month & it’s so hard to eat healthily when all I want is comfort food. After a few days of feeling a bit rubbish I’ve got some motivation back this week & got all my office, to do list & plans for the upcoming months in order and I feel so much better for getting organised and my head certainly feels clearer. I’ve also managed to sort out a few drawers & cupboards and the next job is getting the loft a bit more organised. De cluttering is so good for the mind & soul.
To try and bring a bit of Spring colour into the house I always buy daffodils as soon as they are available and continue to do so every week up to the end of Spring. Daffodils are such a happy flower and remind me of new beginnings.
To get over the bad eating slump I’m now trying to make more wholesome dishes that are still comforting but packed with healthy vegetables & proteins and cutting out the excess of salt & sugar that Christmas brings. Pushing my kids to eat fruit & veg is not always easy but I am constantly persevering.
So instead of feeling blue & like this dreariness will never go away I’m looking forward to Spring, my favourite month, and the fab things that lie ahead this year.
BEAUTY & STYLE
Isabelle has a very tiny build and so the clothes she likes in the teen departments are always too big but nothing that a bit of alteration can’t fix. Like most pre teen girls she loves shopping for clothes and shoes so for great value for money & the latest styles, New Look is great for both clothing & shoes. She also likes Miss Selfridge & Top Shop’s petit range however this is a little more pricey than New Look. Boohoo is a great online store & also very good value for money. For more of a party outfit Isabelle loves Lipsy clothes and luckily for her the size 4 in the petit range fits really well.
COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH
Make like a Manhattan socialite with this classy cocktail. Chill the glasses in the freezer beforehand for an ice-cold tipple à la Sex and the City.
- 35ml/1½fl oz vodka
- 15ml/½fl oz orange liqueur
- squeeze fresh lime juice
- 25ml/1fl oz cranberry juice
- twist orange peel, to garnish
- Place the vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and then strain into a coupe glass or small Martini glass.
- Hold the piece of orange peel over the glass and carefully flame with a match. Garnish the cocktail with the flamed orange peel and garnish
BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘Faking friends’ by Jane Fallon
Your best friend stole your fiancé. Do you run away and hide, or start planning your revenge? Find out in Sunday Times bestselling author Jane Fallon’s BRAND NEW novel.
‘A deftly plotted, witty tale of revenge. It’s a romcom with attitude – a perfect wicked pleasure to begin a NEW YEAR OF READING’ The Mail on Sunday
Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber.
Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé.
Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it’s clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat.
There’s something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa.
Amy has lost her home, her fiancé and her best friend in one disastrous weekend – but instead of falling apart, she’s determined to get her own back.
Piecing her life back together won’t be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all
I’ve just finished reading this fabulous book & loved it!
FILM OF THE MONTH
I’d not heard too much about this film but when a friend recommended it the kids & I decided to go & see it one morning during the Christmas holidays & what a beautiful film it was.
It tells the story of clever & kind hearted 10 year old August Pullman (Auggie) who was born with congenital facial deformities. Wonder is a heart-tugger & after initially seeing Auggie & being slightly shocked by his looks the more the film progresses you don’t even notice it as his soul shines through.
Auggie has been home schooled up to now but as he moves to middle school age his parents feel he needs to integrate in normal school life & their community which although proves very difficult at the start & is filled with obstacles and difficulties, as the film progresses Auggie begins to be accepted and fit in with his new life.
The film is clever in its concept as it shows the story through the eyes of Auggie himself, his older sister Via who, although loves him with all his heart, struggles with always being put second as Auggie takes up so much of their parents attention & also Noah, the boy who is to become Auggies best friend.
A beautifully written, directed & acted film which sent us home with some beautiful morals. My own 10 year old boy was transfixed and later told me it was one of the best films he’s ever seen. Wonder is a wonderful film for older kids/young adults to watch also & leaves them with food for thought about children less fortunate than themselves, how to be a true friend & how to not judge someone at face value.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this film and I would highly recommend it.
THIS MONTH I’M LOVING
More family time. With Isabelle now in Year 8 her school work load has gone up dramatically so we had to make some decisions to cut down with her out of school activities just a little bit. Dancing, singing & drama are her passion and something she’ll always do but she made the decision to stop gymnastics & piano. We’re a very busy family but just by cutting down a little bit has given us a couple more nights in together as a family and a bit of much needed down time for the kids and family time together which has been so much better for all of us.
THIS MONTH I’M NOT LOVING
The dark grey days ☔️🌫 7 weeks until Dubai & Australia! Hurry up!! 🌞
THIS MONTHS FAVOURITES
- Dancing on Ice is back! ⛸
- The new Kay Mellor drama on ITV Girlfriends. Amazing writing & a fabulous cast
- My new Jo Malone candle Grapefruit
- Pets at home!!! Who knew I could enjoy looking for new puppy things so much!!!! 🐶
- Woman & Home magazine. It’s always been a favourite but my years monthly subscription is almost finished so I need to get Tony to re order it for me!!!!
THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH