The Christmas countdown has begun…with adverts

It is official, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Lidl and an array of other festive tv adverts have found their way onto my radar – kicking off Christmas 2013!

This is the one we’ve all been waiting for…

 

However, not to be outdone, this magical advert from M&S is something rather spectacular…

 

I defy, even the grumpiest Grinch, not to raise a smile at these heartwarming offerings!

L xx

Silent Sunday: A boost for business in Budleigh

This weekend Budleigh Salterton welcomed visitors to its inaugural Food and Drink Festival, organised by Budleigh in Business.

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Three days of cooking demonstrations, local food and drink produce, socialising and plenty of kids activities, the event was wonderfully organised and, I think, a real asset to the town.

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I’m really inspired by the local towns around our corner of Devon fighting back and encouraging people to ‘Buy Local’.

Just one of the delicious offerings at the festival, a Caribben curry…

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This year we’ve seen the inaugural Ottery St Mary Food and Drink Festival, and next year we can look forward to the first Honiton Sausage and Cider Festival in May.

A welcome boost to the local economy and a clear display of the fighting spirit I’ve come to love from Delightful Devon!

L xx

I can’t live without…

OK, so this title is a little dramatic. But, during my French escape (family holiday!) I have been so grateful for La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo.

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Now, I know that hundreds of #beautybloggers have already raved about this moisturiser, but it is such a fab product that it really deserves all the praise.

A combination of sun, salty sea water and chlorine from the pool left my two boys with very dry and flaky skin on their faces. After trying a variety of creams I finally turned to my Effaclar Duo. Not only did it not sting them, like so many others, but it cleared up their dry skin in just 24 hours…bravo!

So, not only has it kept my skin in tip top condition while on holiday, but it also saved me and my boys from the nightly crying fit over stinging faces.

Lxx

Silent Sunday: A trip to A&E

Yesterday I spent a few hours (it actually felt like a lifetime!) in A&E with my big, brave boy.

One X-ray later and he’s fractured his radius at the elbow.

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L xx

P.S Sorry for the recent blog silence, but I’ve been enjoying paradise in France with my family – I’ll update you all soon!

Silent Sunday: A week of firsts!

This week I’ve done a few things for the first time, ending on a high note on Friday when I spoke at the wonderful Mumazing Success event in Exeter.

Put together by an inspiring lady, and mum herself, Lucy Flanagan, the event was brilliant. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it and telling my own little tale of juggling work and family life.

It was the first time I’ve spoken publicly in my career, so we decided to celebrate by camping (again!) in the sunshine at River Dart Country Park.

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A fantastic end to a brilliant week.

L xx

Silent Sunday: Devon, glorious Devon!

Never has ‘Devon is heaven’ been more exact than in this current beautiful weather.

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As we bask in the sunshine, my Silent Sunday has a repetitive nature…as our weekend consisted of more of the same; sunshine, beach and BBQ.

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This time there was an added twist, a two night mini break at Woodlands Leisure Park!

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine too…

Lxx