Saturday, 31 July 2010

No more take-aways!

I have just sat down to eat my 4th takeaway - Not this month but this WEEK! How bad is that?

I have managed Pizza twice, 1 Indian and 1 Chinese.

I think I need some specialist help! Not of the kind you are thinking, I need help doing the weekly shop.

There are reasons behind this take-away madness. Can you imagine taking 5 fighting, screaming and running off kids into the supermarkets? Even the thought of that brings me out in a cold sweat!

But this is having a effect on my overall health, Most noticeably my skin, I look like I have the pox. So it does have to stop, So I am banning myself from take-away for a entire month, Ok so I will be trying to fall off the wagon by this time next week - Please kick my backside if I even so much as mention anything that isnt healthy.

Any tips on surviving the supermarket are most appreciated. And I need to start cooking proper, Healthy family meals again, So send in your suggestions and I will blog how we get on!

You never know I might even loose some weight this month too - Miracles might happen!

Friday, 30 July 2010

And the winner is....



Number 19 - MissBohemia  Congratulations!!! Please email me your address and I'll get them sent out in the morning for you.


Thanks to everyone for entering

Folksy Friday - Girly Girl

Because girls should be girls and boys should be boys! I would love to own any one of these dresses, they are all gorgeous!


Dig For Victory Neopolitan Dreams
Flossy and Dossy Miss Cherrys Boutique
Fashion Couture Rose and Anchor

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Wedding Wednesday

So it's the summer holidays and I'm being driven so mad by the I'm bored/Mum what can we do/So and so just hit me stuff, that I'm loosing my blogging creativity.

So I figured seeing as its #weddingwednesday over on twitter I would highlight some of the wedding candles we do and what we can do with them.

We started off with the regular table candles which are available in any colour and any scent you like.

And we have the jar candles, Now it stuck me that brides wanted some kind of present and memento to give to their bridesmaids, So why not combine the two. We can personalise the labels on any of our jar candles with your own message.


And I'm working on some brand new idea's for favours today so watch this space!

Monday, 26 July 2010

Not always a next time.....

Take your moments when you can.

Don't regret - Learn from it.

Don't be sorry - It's done.

If you can change it - Do it NOW.

Be happy and smile about the good times.

Don't say I'll do it tomorrow.

There's not always a next time.

So many chances pass us by and yet we don't stop long enough to see them, We are so often living far too busy lives to stop and smell the roses.

So why not stop chasing rainbows and take a look at the pot of gold right in front of us.

I'm in a slightly sombre mood today, I hope you don't mind me sharing today's thoughts with you too much, I'm going to go share some smiles with the children at the park now. No time like the present right?

Sunday, 25 July 2010

First steps - WARNING! cuteness inside.

First steps already? Wow K has grown up so fast!  It seems like barely yesterday we were encouraging her to crawl. And yet yesterday she decided it was time for walking, She had a little go at tweeting too (pulled a few keys off my laptop as well but I can't complain)  Who would have guessed a child of mine would be so forward. If she grows up much quicker she will be running my business for me by the end of the week.  And all with still nearly a month to go until her first birthday.


video

Doesn't she look pleased with herself?

So now I have to childproof the house - and properly because this child is into everything!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

The Fruits (and vegetables) of my labour

Well after a rather shaky start we nearly have something worth eating growing in the garden. We so far have 



Somewhere around a million tomatoes - I grew these in hanging bags so the dog and little fingers couldn't get them.


1 French bean




2 Courgettes


and a few Peppers


Most that should be ready-ish within the a week. Self sufficient yet? Maybe not lol

So has anyone got any recipes for this lot? But most of all, What on earth do I do with 1 French bean???

Friday, 23 July 2010

Fabricaholic

I thought this week I would do a Folksy Friday based on my latest addiction - Fabric!

These are just a few of my favourites, I would be here all week listing them all.


Little Fabric Store AlicesWonderland
Kats Fabrics CelticfusionFabrics
Sticky Fingers M is for make

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Blog giveaway

Im going to hold a mini giveaway - mini as its only a small prize - but a prize

The prize is a pack of 6 sparkling tea lights in Japanese Cherry Blossom


To enter all you need to do is follow this blog and leave a comment saying which of the products on my website is your favourite.

I will draw the winner using Randomizer at 8pm on 30/07/10

War has broken out!

The school holidays began at 3pm yesterday and by 3.10 we had mayhem, No the cat is not flushable, Please don't argue over the huge pile of last years school work - It's all going to be "filed" shortly anyway. Oh for god sake no you can't sleep in the garden. And best of all WILL YOU JUST STOP ARGUING!!!! that kind of thing. Sound familiar? Yes? I thought so!

What a daft idea it was to work from home! At least if I had a "real job" then I could escape to the office between the hours of say - 5am till 10pm! Sounds good doesn't it? I could have a couple of weeks off and we could have a lovely  holiday somewhere hot where they have childcare. And I wouldn't go bald within the first few hours of the summer holidays!

But alas, I thought this route was better for my children, And I suppose it is, In the long run my hair will grow back and I will hopefully have 5 well balanced and fulfilled children.

But how do I cope until then? Please, Any words of wisdom will be ever so gratefully received.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

I have some new goodies to show you!

I have been working on lots of new things lately - The first is some pretty little tea light candles - Prefect for putting round a bathroom while you have a nice relaxing bubble bath.



And a brand new range of soy candles! A few of you have asked for these to be available - You ask and we do! Please let us know if there is anything else you would love to see available. Im pretty sure theres nothing we can't do!



Lots more things are in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled.

Hope your all having a great week and the summer holiday's haven't made you pull you hair out already, I think I will be at least partly bald within the week - And they only finished school at 3pm today.

Maryann xx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sorry for being a bad bad blogger!

I haven't blogged in the best part of.... Well ages! I'm sorry - But I'm back again now.

My Grandad passed away last month and to be honest I'm having quite a tough time dealing with it. My parents were useless so my grandparents were my everything. Now they are both gone I feel like I have lost my way in the world. Oh well, I suppose all is well in the world again - they are back together at least.

I have my wonderful partner and my children, But it seems there is something missing right now. They made me who I am today and for that I will always be grateful.


On a chirpier note - I have been so busy even if I had wanted to blog I haven't had time. It seems the word is well and truly out about my candles and that can only be a good thing!

And I have opened a clearance corner on my website I'm ending up with all odd amounts of melts and end of range scents it seems mad to throw them away when you could be getting some use from them. Go take a look and see if you can grab yourself a bargain.

See you again very soon xx