Sunday, 31 December 2017

Rituals | A letter to 2017


On this, the last day of the year, I’m sitting down with a cuppa to write my annual letter.

It’s a tradition I picked up a few years back. Write about the year just gone and hopes for the year ahead, then squirrel the letter in with the departing box of Christmas decorations. Getting the decs out for Christmas is exciting enough, but having your own mini time capsule to read as well takes it to a whole new high.
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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas picks | Want, need, wear, read

Image: Daria Shevtsova

It's Christmas Eve. I've woken up tired and emotional which is very much peaking too soon. But excited too... I'm only two deliveries away from having everything done and basking in the glow of having presents wrapped but no real idea of what we're all going to eat on Boxing Day. Classic Christmas for me - 50% totally organised, 50% winging it.
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Christmas | Paddington and the Christmas Visitor

http://www.oysterandpearl.co.uk/2017/12/christmas-paddington-and-christmas.html

When my brother and I were kids, we had a much loved and rather battered old Paddington bear. His wellies kept falling off and he was definitely sticky from the marmalade sandwiches we'd make for him (complete with 'nom nom' pretend eating noises), but he was very much loved. Paddington is a bona fide classic whose recent resurgence in popularity is thanks to that brilliant Wes Anderson-esque film from 2014.
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Friday, 8 December 2017

On health and finding a love of exercise


Something unexpected has happened... Over the past few months, I think I've found a love of exercise. Now no one is more surprised by this than I am. But it's the truth - I finally get it.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Vegan Christmas shopping list | Mince pies, cake, chocolate and more PLUS recipes


As World Vegan Month draws to a close and Christmas really starts to ramp up, I've been spending my first festive season without eggs and dairy in a bit of a quandary. What will I do without my standard December diet of mince pies, Christmas cake and other end of year treats? Turns out, there are so many options out there in UK supermarkets and on the high street that I don't need to worry at all.

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Friday, 24 November 2017

How to style flowers like a pro with FlowerBe

http://www.oysterandpearl.co.uk/2017/11/how-to-style-flowers-like-pro-with.html

For as long as I can remember, the sound of the letterbox opening and post landing on the mat has been one of my favourite moments of the day. Once upon a time it was handwritten letters from pen pals. Now, it's blogger post, bills and - best of all - flowers.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Bristol kids | An afternoon of virtual reality fun at AirHop

http://www.oysterandpearl.co.uk/2017/11/bristol-airhop-airvr-virtual-reality-trampoline.html

AirHop is known to many a parent out there in Motherland's Bristol division. The biggest trampoline park in the world and located near Cribbs Causeway, it's one of those places where kids disappear to at weekends for drop off parties but with the bonus of you nipping to John Lewis for a free cup of Loyalty Card tea and a nice cake. AirHop is one of the good ones too - the kids REALLY want to go, they come back with a free pair of socks that delays the wash another day plus they're TOTALLY whacked due to a couple of hours bouncing around like muppets. Sunday morning lie-in? Thanks birthday party hosts!
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