Monday, 29 February 2016

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is the one appointed day of the year to tell your mom just how much you appreciate, admire and adore her. From tending to and caring for even the smallest of scrapes to magically knowing the perfect cure for everything, your mom has been there for you every step of the way. Taking care of you for so many years, your mom is the magical key to your childhood, your success, your family, and who you have simply become. 
While you ought to treat your mom special everyday, Mother's Day is the one-day of the year to go above and beyond to show just how immense your love is for her, so treat your Mom Mother's day. All moms out there, whether it is your mom, sister, wife, or daughter, deserve to be treated like royalty on this day of appreciation. 
Mother's Day should simply be all about her. Think of what brings a smile to her face and shower her with whatever that may be. Here are just a few ideas to spark your mind of how you can show your mom just how special she is to you!

  1. John Lewis Ice Cream Floral Scarf, Red/Blush  £35.00
  2. Emma Bridgewater Mum Wallflower Half Pint Mug  £19.95
  3. Yankee Candle Mango Peach Salsa Medium Jar  £16.99
  4. Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, Cerise  £125.00
  5. High Gloss & Sandblasted 925 Gold Plated Necklace by Anna Saccone £64.00
  6. John Lewis Sophia Leather Acrossbody Bag, Neutral  £89.00
  7. Charbonner Et Walker Pink Champagne Truffles  £20.00

There you have it! In addition to cards and gifts, we also plan on showering our moms with tons of flowers, some sweet treats and lots and lots of love. 

Tel us about your mom in the comments! We want to hear about the amazing women in your life who can plan on celebrating on Mother's Day. 


Monday, 22 February 2016

7 Best Fabulous Bath Bombs

Every once in a while, it’s just necessary to turn your bathroom into a spa. Bath bombs are a great way to transform your bath because with so many to choose from, it’s easy to adjust the experience to fit your mood. Scents are energizing, calming, peaceful or even sinus clearing and some of them are so damn cute, they make a great gift (or keep it for yourself, we won’t judge). Not to mention, who wouldn’t love to turn their bath water Caribbean blue? Below are 7 options.

1. Apple and Raspberry Swirl Bath Blaster

2. Goodnight Honey Bath Blaster

3. Lush Golden Egg

4. Whoops A Daisies Bath Bombs

5. Homemade Love Heart Bath Bomb

6. Zoella Fresh Fizz Bar

7. Lush Think Pink Bath Bomb

What is your favourite Bath Bomb?


Wednesday, 17 February 2016

10 Things about Raising Chickens...

Before we brought home our Chickens we researched for months. We'd read every book we could get our hands on and scarred the backyard chicken websites for information. We thought we know everything there was to know about chickens. We were wrong.

1. People will think that you're insane
You will encounter quite a bit negatively about your new hobby. Of all the people i've talked to about our experience raising chickens, Most people have been positive but there was a few others with negative comments. You'll hear a lot of comments like this: Why would you raise chickens when you can just buy eggs at the store?" "but, won't you get sick from eating their eggs?""Aren't you afraid somebody steals them?" "But what about the poop?". While some comment are just outwardly judgmetal others can be downright destructive to your chickens raising lifestyle. I'm talking neighbours here, while we are very lucky to have understanding neighbours who don't have a problem with our chickens (free range eggs don't hurt), I've heard of many chicken keepers while neighbours started an all out was over their new featured friends.

On the other hand chickens can be a great conversation starter with friend or strangers. Bring up the fact that you raise chickens at any party and you're guaranteed to have some questions to answer. These people will still probably think you're insane, but at least you have a chance to educate them on the hobby.

2. They're addicted
Any chicken keeper can tell you that raising chickens is like eating potato chips, one is just not enough and you won’t be able to stop yourself from collecting more.  You will end up with more chickens than you originally planned on getting.  You may not even do this on purpose.  Extra chickens see that rocking coop and smell your tasty chicken treats and they just come a knocking at your door! At least that’s what I tell my husband whenever our chickens mysteriously multiply.

3. They are unstoppable destruction machines
Our chickens have torn our backyard to shreds. I was never told that they would dig up every last plant, turn the yard into a mud pit, eat everything in sight, and poop on anything that’s left. Our first summer of free ranging, we let the birds out all day, every day.  By the end of the summer our yard was a mud pit and the only survivors in our garden were the toughest, woodiest plants, and even they weren’t looking too good. Chickens scratch at everything, and if they only have a small space to range in, they will destroy it. Don’t let this factor deter you from getting a flock of backyard chickens, you can do several things to keep them from destroying your property. 

4. They have unique personalities
Each breed has its own demeanor, it’s own quirks and characteristics. Just like dogs or horses, each breed differs greatly from others. Each chicken within that breed comes with its unique personality as well. Some chickens are friendly and will be constantly underfoot, some are skittish and shy, some are mean. They are all different little souls and once you have them frolicking about in your backyard, you’ll quickly pick up on their individuality.

5. The pecking order can be brutal
When we read in the books about pecking order. Imagined chickens giving a swift poke here and there to those underneath them. While that does happen, the reality of it is much more war-like. We have some chickens that are so eager to hang onto their title as head hen, they’ll straight up jump their flock-mates. I’m talking screaming, tackling, pulling feathers, scratching, and biting. The sweetest chickens can turn into vicious animals if their status is threatened. I just hope they never turn that brutality to the kind-hearted soul that feeds them everyday.

6. They will make you into a paranoid freak
Raising chickens has a way of turning you into a paranoid freak. It starts when they’re tiny fragile babies and entirely in your care. You’ll walk to the brooder one day and see three babies laying on their sides, unmoving. Your heart will stop and you’ll start squealing that you accidentally killed your babies. All of this racket will wake up the peacefully sleeping babies, and they’ll look at you like you have two heads. This is the only the beginning. Every time you hear them squawking in the backyard, you’ll run to the back door expecting to see Godzilla stomping through the yard, eating chickens left and right. Whenever the slightest little thing looks wrong with one, you’ll obsessively check them all to be sure this devastating and mysterious chicken disease hasn’t spread to all of your birds. Then when you start talking to your friends about bumblefoot and poultry lice over dinner, you’ll really know they got to you.

7. You will become their human servant 
You’ll feel guilty when you sleep in an hour on the weekend and you know those little feathery faces are standing at the door of their coop, desperate to go out, just waiting for their servant to come and open the door. If you run out of chicken treats you’ll find yourself driving to the country store at 7:50pm to get them some more before they close, then realize that you’re spending more money on their treats than you do on your own. You’ll find yourself giving them baths and manicures. Their coop will be cleaner than your home. You’ll soon realize that you’re bending over backward for the happiness of your chickens, and wondering how these little rascals went from being egg providing livestock to pampered pets with a higher status than your cat.

8. They are escape artists
Some say chickens are dumb, and they certainly can be, but they can also be brilliant little escape artists. Our Ginger spent a whole summer finding new ways to get on the other side of the fence. She would use a wheelbarrow propped against the fence to climb and hop over. She would find gaps under the chain link just big enough for her to squeeze through. She would hop from limb to limb on trees along the fence line until she could get to the top and lunge to the other side. If there was a way out of the yard, Ginger would find it. She even remembered from day to day which spots worked and which didn’t. Since it would always take me a few days to catch onto her tricks, she could get away with the same escape tactics over and over. I’ll tell ya, it’s very frustrating being outsmarted by a chicken.

9. They will eat practically anything
I’ll never understand why goats got the reputation for eating everything in sight. It really should go to the masters of devouring inedible garbage, the chickens. This can be a blessing and a burden. If you ever have food that’s about to go to bad, let your chickens take care of it for you! If you have an abundance of weeds growing in your yard, your chickens will be delighted to lend a hand, or rather a beak. Bug troubles? Once again chickens come to the rescue to gobble up ticks, flies, and garden pests. This helpfulness can be just as horrible as it is good. Chickens aren’t particular about what they eat, and you’ll see them sampling every bit of trash that’s blown into your yard, picking at tin foil and stray nails, trying to gobble down plastic bags, devouring styrofoam and chomping on newspaper.

10. You'll get attached
You can tell yourself that you won’t. You can refuse to name your birds and claim that they’re not pets, but when their little individual personalities start shining through, you’ll be hard pressed to resist them. When it comes time to say goodbye, whether through culling, selling, or death by accident, don’t expect it to be easy just because they’re livestock. When we got our chickens, I broke all the rules of livestock within a month.

If you are thinking about getting a flock of chickens, we got ours from a local breeders "Briggs Poultry". Pam is such a lovely lady and she will help you in every way. You can view from appointment, or pop in. She lives near Wind Mill near Alford. For Pam's contact details.

Please comment below if you would like to know anything else about Chickens and I will try my best to answer your questions. 

Thank you y'all for reading my blogs.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Top 3 Farm Workers Wellies

If you're out there come rain, hail, snow, ice, wind or even the odd day in the sun, walking your canine comparison or out on the farm then you need a really good pair of wellies on your feet that will keep you warm and dry whatever the conditions. How do you choose the right pair for you? That's where I come to help, well I will try. 


Getting the fit right is vital to comfortable pair of wellies. There is a vast different between one style or brand and the next but as a general guide you will find that wellies from brands such Hunter, Aigle and Le Chameau are built on orthopaedic lasts so that you can confident of a good fit. With brands like this I would always recommend that you select your normal shoe size, as they have been made to fit correctly and are sightly larger than a shoe to allow for a thicker sock. 

If you're a lady with slimmer legs then you should definitely consider one of the ladies specific styles on the market. As a general guide you'll find that unisex wellies measures approximately 41cm around the calf, and the ladies specific such such as Le Chameau Vierzonard Lady, measure 38cm. Not only does this look more feminine and not more neatly around the top of your legs. You'll find that the ankle and foot entry point are also differently and will hug your ankles better which helps to prevent the slipping of your heel. If you are going to do a walking and don't want get blisters to spoil your enjoyment. 


Once you’ve got the fit right there are a number of extra factors to consider in how comfortable a pair of boots will be. Temperature is a major consideration. At this time of year it’s warm and hopefully sunny, and if you’re walking your feet probably don’t get cold, so a standard pair of wellies with cotton or nylon lining should be adequate. The seasoned dog-walker may have more than one pair of boots for different conditions, but if you are only buying one pair to last you year-round then you might want to consider what will be the best during the cold winter months. If you suffer from cold feet then a pair of neoprene lined wellies are surely the best option. Neoprene is essentially wetsuit material and is designed to offer insulation in extreme temperatures. If you’ve had a pair of neoprene lined wellies before then you’re sure to be a convert! They do push the prices up from a standard pair of cotton or nylon lined wellies, but they are worth the extra spend for the warmth and comfort they offer to the wearer. 

If you walk for hours a day with your dog or out on the farm then take a look at the Aigle Parcours range. With their tri-density rubber soles and damping cushions in the heels that act as return springs, resituating part of the energy used in taking a step, Aigle have created the first ‘anti-fatigue’ wellington boots in the world, allowing you to walk further without getting tired. 


Another thing you may wish to consider is the sole material. Most standard wellies simply have a rubber sole which is moulded with cleats or grooves for grip. These are great in muddy conditions, but if you’re going to be doing a lot of walking on hard-standing such as roads, rocky paths, etc. then you may find that the soles start to wear down more quickly with standard rubber wellies. There are a number of styles on the market designed to withstand wear such as this, such as those which feature a Vibram sole. This walking boot technology not only ensures that the soles are much more hardwearing than a standard boot, it also offers far superior grip on wet, slippery rocks.


So all things considered, what do I actually recommend for the farm worker? Obviously it depends on your budget and the factors above, but our overall favourites at the moment have to be:
1.  UNDER £100:  
Le Chameau Country Vibram
A great entry-point welly to the Le Chameau range at £95 a pair, featuring a cotton lining and Vibram walking boot sole. Hard-wearing, good-looking, quality wellington boots that should last you for years.

2.  OVER £100:  
Le Chameau Vierzonord
There’s a reason this is our best-selling boot. At £164.99 it’s an investment, but will pay dividends when you’re out in the fields and woods for hours at a time. It comes in a choice of calf widths so that you can be sure of the very best fit, is fully lined with neoprene for exceptional warmth in cold conditions, and is hand-made in France with a 2 year guarantee against manufacturing defects. If your budget can stretch to these we cannot recommend them highly enough.

3.  UNDER £40:  
Evercreatures wellies
Good quality rubber wellies for women that come in a vast choice of designs with a standard cotton lining.

What's your favourite brand of wellies? Do you have a favourite?
I'm a really big fan of Le Chameau, that's all I wear to be honest. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

10 Beauty Habits You Should Be Doing Every Night And Aren't

It turns out your body can do serious work for you while you sleep, you just have to give it a little help along the way. Try one or all of these treatments to wake up looking refreshed and gorgeous.

1. Remove your makeup - all of it. For real
The most important thing to do to wake up looking fresh is to remove all of your makeup before bedtime. Thats means leftover mascara, lip colour & everything else. This ensures that your pores will be clean and you eyes free of leftover gunk.

2. Use two pillows
Prop your head up on an extra pillow to prevent puffiness. You can also prop up the head of your head on 2-4inch pieces of wood. 'Tis is a time when gravity helps you with lymph and blood low so fluids won't accumulate under eyes and in the face".

3. Do a spot treatment... with a purifying mask.
You can use it to target acne and rosacea pimples, and leaves it on overnight. The extended skin contact time brings much better results.

4. Turn on a humidifier
A barrier repair moisturiser (containing ingredients such as ceramics and cholesterol) combined with an air humidifier in your bedroom producers durably hydrated, plumed skin which is more resistant to irritants and allergens but also to appearing dry and fine lined. By working on your skin's hydration overnight, you can skip daytime moisturiser altogether or choose one that's lights since heavier moisturisers don't tend to wear as well under sunscreen or makeup. 

5) Go to town with hand cream
Moisturizing your hands with a thick, plain, somewhat greasy hand cream will keep your hands and fingernails looking their best first thing in the morning. “Hands get dried out throughout the day with exposure to dry air and excessive washing, and few of us apply hand cream with every water exposure as we should,” Night is a chance to try to undo some of the damage, which will also keep cuticles and fingernails moisturized so they will grow longer and stronger and break and peel less.

6) Sleep on a luxe pillowcase
Wash your hair with a silicone-free shampoo and use a silk pillowcase, sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase also helps your hair’s overall health. Fibers on most cotton pillows are rough against the hair cuticles. Don’t want to splurge on silk? Changing a cotton or linen pillowcase every one to two days can also bring an improvement. 

7) Pin your hair back
Your hair contains oils and dirt that can get on your face and pillowcase and cause breakouts. Braid your hair or pin it up into a bun to keep it off your face as you sleep. 

8) Get eight hours of sleep
Catching a good night’s sleep can really effect the way you look. “Sleep can reduce dark circles because a lack of sleep compromises your body’s circulatory system and you get stagnant blood in the vessels under the eyes because it hasn’t properly drained,” Lack of sleep also causes your skin to look pale and tired because your circulation has been impaired.

9) Try a leave-on exfoliator
While you sleep, the skin is working its hardest to repair itself. It’s the best time to apply leave-on exfoliators, to give the ingredients time to absorb and correct daily damage to the skin caused by UV exposure and environmental aggressors. 

10) Use eye cream
No doubt you’ve heard it a million times, but eye cream is important. Start using great moisturizers and eye cream at night (even if you’re in your 20s). When the morning rolls around, your skin will be plump and hydrated.