Bolognese with Gluten free pasta

At the end of last month (March) I won a competition on Twitter with Rizopia. The prize was a case of Rizopia gluten-free brown rice pasta, It is free from wheat, egg, milk, corn, nut as well as gluten-free. As a fantastic bonus all the brown pasta rice is also organic.
Free from Organic Pasta - Rachel Bustin

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Is this the perfect affordable summer dress?

For a few weeks I have been having a quick look around for an affordable Summer dress. It is for my husband’s nan’s 100th birthday party in the Summer.
 
You might wonder, why am I looking now for a Summer dress? 
Well until the end of this week I am still on full pay from work. Next week it will drop down to statutory maternity pay which is £139.58 a week. Which is less than half of my take home pay. So to cut a long story short I have been trying to get everything I need before my drop in income, when all we should need while I am off is to buy food, oh and my dreaded car insurance in June!
When we walked through the door in Sainsbury’s a couple of Saturday’s ago this gorgeous dress caught my eye. It was actually on one of those skinny mannequins. So my first thoughts, were I bet they don’t stock it in my size! I haven’t long had a baby so although I have got back into my favourite jeans, I am still carrying a bit of extra weight. Which I am truly not going to shift if I keep getting the munchies while I am breastfeeding!
Is this the perfect affordable summer dress?

Anyway lucky for me they had one size 20 left in stock, which is one size up from my regular 18. I simply love the bright orange colour of the dress, and at £22 its a complete bargain. It came with a cute little white belt as well. I love the scooped round neck on the dress, I think it gives it a 1960’s feel.
The white flowery pattern is very pretty, and with the white spots it gives the dress a very stand out feel. Not that I am a very standy out person!
To answer my own question – yes I believe I have found the perfect affordable dress.
I hope you are all having a lovely day.
 
Have you thought about clothes for Summer yet?

 

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Cornwall Baby Show 10/04/2016

On Sunday we drove up to Fraddon to Kingsley Village where the Cornwall Baby Show was being held. On our arrival we got out of the car and the wind was so strong it practically took our breath away! As we were walking across the car park with baby girl in her Cosatto pram it took both my husband and I to hold tight of the pram. I had visions of baby girl being thrown across the car park, this was my first scary moment as a mummy.
We arrived early so we went for a coffee and a green tea for me into Starbucks to pass a few minutes away. 
When the show opened at 10:30 we were some of the first people in there and I’m glad we went early because by the time we left it was extremely busy. Last week before the show I registered through Facebook for a goody bag. You had to do this before the show as there wasn’t enough for everyone. 
Cornwall Baby Show

We picked up our goody bag at the door and went in for a look around. It wasn’t quite as I expected. I think I expected more exhibits. In the space it was in, there could have been lots more. I didn’t see many baby clothes, and toys. There was an excellent display from Usbourne books. 
The pram and travel system displays were very good. Lots of brands to look at. 
selection of prams
My favourite of course being Cosatto. The British design is bright, colourful funky and just so cool! We won a Cosatto giggle 2 3 in 1 travel system  back in 2014 when we were eagerly awaiting our babies arrival. It was a further 2 years before we got to use it. Never mind that’s a story for a different day.
We had some lovely people come up and comment on our stunning New Wave Cosatto pram that baby girl was in. It made me feel proud that our baby girl is a little trend setter! 
The Cosatto design below is called Firebird which was on display at the show. 
Cosatto Firebird
The egg pram is at the top of the price range . 
Egg pram
My husband is a big guy at 6 ft 4 and we have been searching for baby carriers that will fit him, so we stopped by this display. The lovely lady there said he could try on one of the carriers to check the fitting. We were waiting ages for her to get to us as she was dealing with another customer, and unfortunately we never got round to trying one on. It was really busy at this point. 
baby carriers
We ended up leaving after an hour as it was getting  virtually impossible to get to chat to the everyone. I believe we got what we wanted out of the Cornwall Baby Show. The best part for me was chatting to the lovely lady at Baby Sensory with which has ended with us coming back home and signing up for classes with baby girl. There is a waiting list for the 0-6 month classes so fingers crossed we won’t have to wait too long! 
Baby Sensory

When we got home we took a look at the goody bag. It was not quite what I expected. It was full of leaflets which we could have picked up form the individual displays. My husband did like the mini packet of Haribo sweets! I would have liked a pen! 
Don’t they always give away pens at these things?
 Me being a stationery addict was slightly disappointed not to have got a pen! 
Cornwall Baby Show
There was a baby on board car sign included which will come in useful.
Leaflets from the Cornwall Baby Show

I loved the Happy Birth Project display by the midwives from the Princess Alexandra Maternity Unit at Treliske Hospital, which is where baby girl was born. The Happy Birth Project is there to raise money to help the midwives decorate the unit and make it a more of a happy, homely and relaxing place to give birth. They are having some building work starting in the Summer to build water birthing pools which they don’t currently have.
They have a lots of local grannies who knit hats and booties for them to sell to raise money for the project. We could not resist this gorgeous little white hat with a pink flower, and gladly paid £3 for it for the charity. 
The Happy Birth Project
I hope you all had a good weekend!

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Book Review: The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

I was approached by the author David Meredith to have a look at his ebook The Reflections of The Queen Snow White, to see what I thought of it and to write a review on my findings. The book cover is a beautiful painting of an older Queen Snow White looking into a pond, the artwork is by Matt Hughes and is just stunning, but don’t be fooled by the pretty cover. A pretty cover does not mean a nice and fluffy fairytale! 


Book Description


On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an ageing Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. The ceremony itself promises to be the most glamorous social event of the decade. Snow White’s castle has been meticulously scrubbed, polished and opulently decorated for the celebration. It is already nearly bursting with jubilant guests and merry well-wishers. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiance, is a fine man from a neighbouring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:

The king is dead.

The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.

It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?

Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White. 

My Review

I have always loved the story of Snow White so I jumped at the chance to read and review this great looking short story/novella. It is based after the fairytale ending of Snow White and Prince Charming living together happily ever after. 

In this story Snow Whites Prince Charming is dead. She is overcome with grief and depression and one day comes across the magic mirror that her evil stepmother once had. She discovers through the mirror that she is a strong person and can get through this depression. 

This novella is not a nice fairytale, so if that is what you are looking for, this is not for you. It contains emotional abuse and violence and is a rather dark story. Quite disturbing in fact. Its a really thought provoking book and took me through many emotions, one minute I was upset and the next minute I felt angry. 

The Reflections of Queen Snow White is a story I am happy to keep on my Kindle for many years to come. It is definitely one I will be coming back to read again. It is very well written, the descriptions are excellent. My only criticism is that I finished too quickly!

I gave The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith 4 out of 5 stars

Kindle Edition 155 pages
Published 2nd October 2013 by David Meredith

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Disclaimer: All the views and opinions expressed are my own. Book cover image and book description from Goodreads for purpose of this review onlyI am also a part of the Amazon Affiliate scheme so if you click on a link to Amazon and buy, I will recieve a little bit back, so thanks if you do.

My Sunday Photo 10/04/2016

This is one of my sisters photos from the CN Tower in Toronto, where they have snow at the moment in April! Mind you we were driving home from Tescos yesterday and it started hailing really heavy here in Cornwall.
A view from the CN Tower, Toronto, Canada
It was taken at sunset. I really love the atmosphere and blue colours in this photo.
I hope you are all having a great weekend, and it’s not to cold where you are. 
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A visit to our new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay

We have been going to our local Caffe Nero on Boscowen Street in Truro every Saturday morning for a while now. Unlike Costa the staff are a lot more friendly and will have a chat with you no matter how long the queues are. 
But this branch of Caffe Nero is beginning to get a bit tired and is not very pram friendly – must consider this now we have baby girl! It’s hard to manoeuvre the pram between the tables without giving some poor old chap a knock spilling his coffee! 
Anyway they have opened up a new branch just a few weeks ago a couple of streets away from the old one on Lemon Quay. We have asked and they are keeping both coffee shops open. The new one is right opposite a huge Primark that is due to open in October, a perfect spot for business it seems! 

This new branch of Caffe Nero has been designed just amazingly. The decor inside has that perfect relaxing feel, and with a wide entrance door and a great layout of the tables and chairs inside it’s very pram or wheelchair friendly. 
They have an enormous book shelf on the back wall filled with all sorts of wonderful books you can read whilst have a coffee or tea -with cake of course! 
They have lots of bright sparkly hanging lights as you can tell from the photos! 

I love the idea of this long table and chairs – great for larger families or groups of people out for coffee and cake. I must mention the floor tiles they have put in, they are very pretty and give it a homely feeling. 

I just love all the different tables and chairs they have used. This one above is my favourite it’s very pretty and makes you feel quite posh sitting in it. 
I have to end the review with showing you a picture of the great big scrumptious hot chocolate I always have when I visit Caffe Nero and a toasted panatone with jam – sorry I ate that before I realised I didn’t take a photo of it! 
My only disappointment was that my husband came back to the table with the hot chocolate and it didn’t have any marshmallows on it, but I will let them off this time as they had a lovely new barista in training.
My husband had the pain au raisin and the latte with sprinkles. 

Overall I would give the new Caffe Nero on Lemon Quay in Truro a 4 out of 5. I couldn’t give it a 5 out of 5 due to the missing marshmallows – sorry they mean a lot to a sleep deprived new mummy! 
It gets a 5 out of 5 for the stunning interior design though. A very chilled out relaxing space- perfect for a wet Saturday! 

Happy Saturday!



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