A bacon sandwich on a Saturday morning. Making friends with a squirrel at the Botanics. A long walk in my new coat. Afternoon tea at the Prestonfield. My top floor flat – perfect for capturing full moons resting on pink clouds.
Many a feature you read at the moment will focus on what you shouldn’t be doing in January, whether that be what you shouldn’t be eating, or more likely, which fitness regime you will inevitably be forced to buy into. We are drowning in features, emphatic that January should be dedicated to abstinence. On the contrary, here’s a few things you should be doing in January – it’s a long month, so make the most of it! 1 Spice up your hot chocolate With this drink, imagination seems to fall short at marshmallows and cream. As delicious as this is, a... Read More
One of the best things about winter, is coming home, taking off your coat and warming up. Sometimes a cup of tea just doesn’t cut it, and that’s when I reach for the hot chocolate. One of the most common ways to glam-up your hot chocolate, is to add marshmallows and lashings of cream. But there are other ways to make this winter warmer drink a little more interesting. Spicing up your hot chocolate is an alternative to the often sickly sweet marshmallows and cream option. Using store cupboard favourites like chilli and cinnamon, creates an indulgent, very adult alternative... Read More
For many, the January detox appears to be in full swing. Supermarkets are littered with promotions on their healthy living ranges, and noticeably fewer muffins are being purchased with morning lattes. From past experience, as soon as something becomes forbidden fruit, you tend to want it more, turning the January detox into more of a January binge. I’m far from immune to this affliction, but in a bid not to fall off the wagon at the first whiff of a freshly baked cake, I decided to look at healthier alternatives to my afternoon snack, rather than cutting them out altogether.... Read More
I’m a hard one to please when it comes to saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming in the new. In fact, I’m not really a fan of any scenario where ‘forced fun’ is the theme. This year, the decision was taken out of my hands. Rather than meeting friends at Treacle for the start of 2012, becoming ill has meant that my body has ultimately made the decision for me – I will be staying in, and having an entirely alcohol free night. Not one to be told what to do, ordinarily I would ignore my dwindling immune system,... Read More
Winter has very much arrived. As I slid through Stockbridge earlier today, I made peace with the fact that my brogues had tread on their last leaves of the year, and it was now time for my Uggs to provide me with a safer form of transport. What has proved to be a particularly tiring few weeks, led to my plans today going slightly askew. An early rise to watch the Santa run was replaced with scrambled eggs on brown toast and a cup of Earl Grey, with a knitted blanket to keep me warm. When I finally braved the... Read More