234000000000 pieces of Lego under a bed!


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(Finn aged 7)

I braved it today…. And tidied Finns bedroom! – under his bed I found;

  1. 15 loose/forgotten/scratched to f**k/lost DVDs
  2. 1 Darth Vader
  3. 5 marbles
  4. 2 school books
  5. 1 drinking flask
  6. 234000000000 pieces of Lego
  7. 3 socks
  8. 1 map of Liverpool
  9. 1 microphone
  10. Many bits of torn football cards
  11. 1 broken plane
  12. 7 small plastic soldiers
  13. 1xhalf of a plastic pound-shop car
  14. 15p
  15. An empty crisp bag
  16. A crap load of dust



:0) Happy Mothers Day (My Mum is ACE!)


(©Illustration Beth Kevill-Byrne)

A picture of MY mum drawn by me :0)

For mothers day – A BIG THANK YOU MUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for;

  • Firstly for having me – giving birth!
  • For putting up with my toddler self and keeping calm through my “s**t bag tantrums” (which I ‘now’ know from experience is hard to do)
  • For supporting us (working 3 jobs at one point) feeding us and washing our clothes
  • Thank you for always providing when I know it was a struggle
  • Thank you for being selfless
  • Thank you for an amazing childhood
  • Thank you for all the unpaid childcare/babysitting of my own children!
  • Thank you for being a fantastic Grandparent
  • Thank you for what you have passed on and I have learnt from you;
  • your fantastic sense of style
  • your energy and zest for life
  • yoga
  • your innate in-depth nutritional knowledge
  • Your fail safe pastry recipe
  • Thank you for forgiving me when I;
  • split Indian ink on your brand new choir matting
  • ruining that new coat with a pot vanish (when I knew you got it ‘on-the-catalog’ and would take you years to pay off!)
  • Broke a million and one breakables
  • For being a s**t
  • Thank you for supporting me;
  • when I lost it for a while
  • when I had my children
  • Just ALWAYS !
  • Thank you for the things I have inherited from you like;
  • Our slender toned upper arms
  • for being petite
  • our ability to tan
  • strength
  • creativity
  • looking 15 years younger than your actual age (this I hope I have inherited too!)
  • But mainly Thank you for being my Best friend

Mum you are ACE and I love you! X

THANK YOU MUM! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxB

(Happy Mothers day to all the Mothers out there xxxxxx!)




Spring cleaning my skin


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Today the sun is out and shining – we are awake early and enjoying such a beautiful spring morning – sipping coffee (still in our PJ’s) in the garden. :0)

And tomorrow night the clocks (In the UK) change to welcome in British Summer time – light nights and sighs of relief across the SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) ridden nation – ‘The winter dark has come to a END’ (hurrah!)

“Doesn’t” the start of spring and summertime light make us want to spring clean our lives though – our houses – our fitness plans?

This March my friends have the spring ‘life clearing’ bug and have been busy buying gym equipment, signing up for triathlons (me a couple of endurance running races and a few half marathons) and joining up for slimming world (in anticipation of summer holiday bikini bodies) Others have been manically ‘Down piping’ (A dark grey Farrow&Ball paint) their kitchen units, steam cleaning their carpets and clearing out their garages

For me its my skin that will be having a clear out, which suffers in the winters stodge of thick clothes and too much red wine by the fire.

And whilst I am extremely lucky – thanks to my family DNA programming us to be greyhound lean and to not put on weight easily  – my body is seemingly unaffected by the extra winter calories – My skin however is not so lucky and quite frankly takes the hit….. Acne break outs and eczema! And come March/April its time to spring clean out my diet and cut back on the caffeine! (*sniff/sob*)

A great read I refer back to is “The Clear SKIN cookbook” by Dale Pinnock (A nutritionist and medical herbalist)



And a re-read this morning has inspired me to concoct a skin fabulous salad supper for us to eat later today.

Here is my Skin save Salad recipe

watercressWatercress&Spinach (A good source of beta carotene which offers protection against free-radicals)

Red onion/finely sliced (dense in organic sulphur – and rich in powerful antioxidants called flavonoids)


Toasted seeds sunflower and pumpkin (full of selenium – “delivering anti-inflammatory activity” Dale Pinnock -The Clear SKIN cookbook)

Feta cheese (Personally I tend to shun cows milk because I find it encourages my Acne flares ups – so instead I use Goats or sheep milk cheeses)


Roasted Beetroot (again a punching a powerful antioxidant and a compound called  betacyanin”A fabulous skin tonic, for the simple reason that it helps to give the liver a bit of a kick start” – Dale Pinnock)


A lemon based dressing;

6x table spoons of olive oil (a good source of vitamin E)

3 table spoons of lemon juice (a good source of vitamin C)

season with salt and pepper.

EAT with roasted Sweet potato chips (another fabulous orange fleshed veg – full of antioxidants )

Happy Saturday enjoy xxxx b

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The blokes idea of female fashion



(Illustration copyright Beth Kevill-Byrne)

Had an interesting conversation with the Husbie – over our Friday night dinner;

He has a theory that ‘because’ weather girls are only seen from the waist up – they are chosen on their breast size?!!!!!! WTF!  (yes I AM thinking of ‘consciously un-coupling’ on gounds of being a feminist and I have small boobs #wouldnt make the cut!)

Ha, though seriously it reminded me of exactly why women should never expect our husbands/men partners to buy knickers/undergarments/nightwear that are NOT;

A) red

B) lacey

C) vile/hooker style/crotch-less

D) have matching nipple tassels

Because generally straight men/ most- a lot of – choose ‘sexy’ trash over fashion – “Don’t they?!”

They don’t get haute couture, high fashion, fashion models that do not look like Abby Clancy  – ‘yes’ I am generalizing here – bad of me I know – especially because I spent approximately nine years *faffing* around being an Art student – during which time I dated two straight male fashion designers who ‘DID’ of course get fashion women……………………….

I can’t remember the name of the girl off countdown – the brainy/blond one (Rachel I think) *Anyways* she has just been on ‘The Gadget show’ (a blokey style show) –  wearing an awful leather/short skirt combo, the poor girl has obviously been dressed by the male dominated production crew…… The husband thinks she looks great……nuff said HA!

xx sweet dreams xb





The vanishing condiments in my house (Mango Chutney)


(Illustration French Jam)

The list of stuff that vanishes quickly in my house (via moi)

  1. Coffee (drink bucket loads)
  2. Green vegetables (I eat bucket loads)
  3. Condiments – OR anything in a jar IE;
  4. Jam (any/every variety) Mango chutney, Mayonnaise (eat it with EVERYTHING ), pickles, ketchup, brown sauce, honey, mustard, peanut butter (eaten by the spoon) – all decanted in to a kilner jar (I have a Kilner jar obsession)
  5. Vinegar (addicted to it esp cider)
  6. Dried fruit
  7. Peanuts (eat about a packet a day!!! ;0/ oops)
  8. wasabi peas /seeds/nuts (of any variety)
  9. Red Wine (obv’s)
  10. Prosecco (no explanation needed)
  11. Dark Chocolate covered raisins
  12. Dark chocolate (an 11am must – with coffee and chocolate covered raisins)
  13. Sparkling water

The list of stuff that doesn’t vanish (because moi does not consume it)

  1. Breakfast tea (can’t stand real tea)
  2. Milk (can’t drink it)
  3. Cheese (ditto above)
  4. Advocaat (Vile- tastes like alcoholic custard)
  5. Custard powder
  6. Biscuits (never eat them)
  7. Iced cakes/iced cup cakes (the icing makes me sick)
  8. thursday cakes
  9. White wine (can’t drink it)
  10. Rose wine (allergic to it)
  11. Crisps

Tonight we are eating an Indian and the Husband just asked me “do we have Mango chutney”

(That would be ‘NO’ – because – basically “well” I have just eaten the last of it with my lunch :0/ “Soz Hub”  – oops)

But we do have custard and Advoccat! Ha

Happy Friday Folks! XB



Pickled Cucumber and Burgers Saturday Night in menu


pickeld cucumber canvas copy

Pickled cucumber recipe;

In our house Saturday night means family “TV” Dinner night!

Tonight we are having homemade burgers served with pickled cucumbers, caramelized onions, mushrooms, homemade FAT chips and focaccia :0)

As a family that adore pickles I thought I would share this fabulous pickle with you – Pickled Cucumbers (taken from  ‘The Able and Cole Veg Box Companion book‘)


pickeld cucumber canvas copy

How to make;

2 tbsp spoons of sugar

1 tbsp of boiling water

4 tbsp cider vingear

1 mug of thinly sliced cucumbers

sea salt and pepper

fresh herbs or coriander and mustard seeds

Dissolve the sugar in the water – add the rest of the ingredients and pop into an empty jar – refrigerate and eat :0)

(Tip the cucumbers tend to go a little soft after a day – Able and Cole reckon you will have eaten them before this though – I concur – especially in our house lol!)

cucumber and mince x2

We are eating the pickles with Burgers – which I simply make with good quality minced beef, finely chopped red onion, tomato puree, 1 x egg a little oil salt and pepper and some love! :0)

mince onions and coffee x1

Happy Weekend folks xxxxxxx B

*Teddy Play group*


a weeked in feb 2014

(Picture of Ken Koala)

As children’s cartoons go Pepper Pig has to be the most digestible – And thanks to approximately 3 years of it being played on loop I’m guessing I’ve probably watched every single Pepper Pig episode to date!

My fondest episode of Pepper Pig though has be “Teddy Playgroup” The one where Daddy loses Teddy Playgroup (the playgroup bear) at the supermarket!

Ha – it makes me smile (mostly) because “Haven’t we all lost “Teddy playgroup” ? – Or got him stuck in the washing machine, forgot to give him back, left him in a coffee shop 3hours away from home? ‘No’? (or is this just me?!)……….And if the pressure of potentially – accidentally leaving *Teddy Playgroup* somewhere isn’t bad enough reading through his book is!………..

Because *Teddy Playgroups* book is filled with (parental) competitive efforts to elaborately out-do the last ‘fantastic’ *Teddy Playgroup* (instagram selfie/power point presentation) entry.

Typically if you can keep up (I refuse to) *Teddy Playgroups* selfie will include him;

  1. Going on a plane (private jet “obv’s”)
  2. Being at a One Direction concert (with Harry Styles if poss)
  3. Riding an elephant
  4. Surfing the waves in Australia
  5. Or skiing in Alps
  6. Drinking tea with the queen
  7. Or Drinking Champagne with Britain&Ireland’s “Next Top Model”

In all honesty though I tend to ‘Opt’ out of the parental competition ‘thang’ and pass the pencils over to the kids (like it should be) and in later years he (*Teddy Playgroup*) is lucky to make it out of the Teddy Playgroup bag!

In fact last year we had Brownie Owl (unintentionally) for a whole year – we found her in the wardrobe – I think her book entry – Illustrated with (child) hand drawn picture of a sad owl in a wardrobe – read;

“I had fun at Erin’s house…but Erin’s mummy forgot she had put me in the wardrobe :0( I’m glad pleased to be out”

My most favorite *Teddy Playgroup* book entry EVER though wasn’t a flamboyant entry written by a ‘try-hard-parent’  it was an entry written by a disgruntled *Teddy Playgroup* host parent (not me) who had obviously had *Teddy Playgroup* for two weekends in a row…And it read like this…….

“So *Teddy playgroup* came to stay with *Ben* “AGAIN” (underlined) ……Sadly *Teddy Playgroup* was very (underlined) tired when he got home and he developed a BIG headache. So *Teddy Playgroup* had to go to bed for the whole weekend.

HA HA (High five)

This weekend we have ‘Ken koala’ the Beavers Koala and we haven’t much planned other than a trip to a jumble sale – which (unless we want to run the risk of selling Ken) probably isn’t the best place to take him too!

Wish me luck!