The Home Front: The March House Update

Good Morning! How is everyone today. It’s Laura here, just dropping in to share a little house update with you all. Now I know that Fi normally does these, but I’ve decided that the March house update is coming from me. I think that Fi sometimes freaks out if we don’t do enough each month – which is crazy – so I’m popping in to give her a little reality check!

March House Update: What’s been ticked off the list?

So first up on this March house update I have to tell you that we have finally, finally boarded our loft. Hallelujah! It’s been a long time coming as we had originally decided that we were going to do this ourselves. But this never actually happened and we realised that in reality we were never going to get around to it. So early on in March, I took a day off work to let in the loft men and a couple of hours later our loft was boarded.

We’ve now got a lovely big space to put all of the things. So far we’ve only moved the five boxes of Christmas paraphernalia upstairs. We do need to move the suitcases of seasonal clothes upstairs too, but I want to first switch out the summer stuff and replace it with the winter coats and jumpers. As soon as that’s done then up they’ll go too.

Also in March Fi ordered herself a new bed. She’s been debating which bed since Christmas, but she finally made a decision and got ordering. So we spent a Saturday morning putting up her new bed and moving all her bedroom furniture around. It’s was basically a room spring clean, which is always fun to do. I think she’s planning a bedroom update on her soon, so she’ll share all the details then.

March house update - bookshelves

In last month’s post Fi mentioned that my bookshelves were now up and painted but that shelf faffing was still required. We’ll I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that I have now finished organising all my books and photos to create the most perfect looking shelves you could imagine. I’ve finally had the chance to use my bookends and put my books and photo albums on display. I still need to get some storage baskets for the shelves at the bottom, but it’s so almost there that I am declaring it finished.

We also spent a few hours last week putting up pictures. So I’ve finally put up three frames in my room. Two of these were Christmas presents from two years ago, so it’s high time that I’ve put these up. The other frame has a Beauty & the Beast print which was a thirtieth birthday present, so again, it was long over due. In my defence I wanted to get my shelves up before I decided where to put all the pictures. We have also added Fi’s collection of brightly painted ceramic fish to the bathroom. They’ve gone on the white wall along the very top and they bring in some more colour without clashing with the coral and navy.

March House Update: What jobs have we progressed with?

In terms of progression, we’re getting there with the garden. Last weekend we weeded the front and back garden flowerbeds. We’ve also sorted out our hose. I know how ridiculous this sounds, but last summer we bought a new hose pipe and just didn’t get around to installing it. So that’s now done.

March House Update: What’s the plan for April?

In April I’d love it if we could make some decision about the fireplace and actually get that completed. If we could do that, then we’d be able to paint the last wall in the living room and then that room would be done. The problem is that Fi and are can’t find anyone to do what we need. So if you know any plasters or handymen in South London send them my way.

So we’ve already mentioned the garden, we’ll as spring has arrived, we’ll be cracking on with these even further. We’re waiting for the council to pick up our green waste bin and then we’ll be removing the final weeds before looking at getting some plants in to brighten up the place.

Also in April I’m keen to head to Ikea for another kitchen conversation. We’ve been to Homebase and the prices there seemed extortionate so we’re going to look at Ikea now. And I know that kitchens are expensive, but there’s still a limit! We actually had an Ikea kitchen in our old flat and loved it, we called it our rhubarb and custard kitchen as that was the colour palette and it really was lovely. Anyway I’m intrigued to see how a design from there could work in our current kitchen. Watch this space.

So there we have it, that’s what we’ve been up to on the house front in March. Check out previous updates at the following links; January and February.

Laura x

The Book Corner: Fi’s March Reads

So that’s it March is over already. Lord knows how we’re a quarter of the way through 2017 already, its completely insane. But hey ho, that must be a sign of getting older – the year whizzing by at the speed of light. But one good thing about March ending? It’s time for the next of my reading updates, you lucky, lucky things! I’ve read some brilliant books this month and can’t wait to get sharing them with you. So without further ado, let’s dive right into my March reads list…
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March reads #1Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
First up is the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy. I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages as I love Bardugo’s other Grisha books. And this one doesn’t disappoint AT ALL. I positively raced through it and have requested the other two books for my birthday. I need to know what happens next. If you’re a fan of fantasy you need to read these as the Grisha world is fascinating and Bardugo really makes you care for her characters – even if you don’t know whether they can be trusted or not…
March reads #2 – Nasty Women by various

This collection book is a must read. For everyone. It’s a collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. Spanning a host of topics including pregnancy, Brexit, finding an online voice, punk, politics, being a child of immigrants, race and contraception. It’s truly fascinating. The writers all have such different voices.

March reads #3 – A Murder is Announced (Miss Marple #5) by Agatha Christie

It’s a travesty that I have read so little of Agatha Christie’s books. Especially considering how much I love any Agatha Christie TV adaptation. I’m sure I’ve watched every adaptation that’s aired since 1995. But alas I have yet to properly read Agatha Christie’s novels. But I’m hoping to change that over the next few months starting with her fifth Miss Marple book. Unsurprisingly I loved it – all the different characters, little clues and red herrings, plus the big reveal at the end. I love that she had a little old lady show up the police force, and that she didn’t shy away from the more gruesome side of the case. And clearly I didn’t work this ending out. But I’m determined to solve one of her cases at some point!

March reads #4 – The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Book four on my March reads list is one I’ve been meaning to read for an age. I’ve heard such good things about this YA novel, it really got a lot of buzz when it was released. And I can definitely see why. It’s such an interesting story and Flora, the main character, is very well written. Despite the premise of her story – she has no short-term memory, so forgets things that happened an hour earlier and overnight her brain resets to her as a seven-year old, before her accident – she’s a very believable character. You are automatically on her side and want to find out what’s going on. However there were a couple of fundamental issues I had with this book, things that went just a step too far. And a step beyond, in my opinion anyway, reality. So that’s a bit of a shame.

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March reads #5 – Arrowood by Mick Finlay

A detective novel set in 19th Century London. Of course I was going to love this book. The plot was fast paced and gave you just enough information to keep you guessing what might happen next. And of course there were lots of little red herrings along the way. As for the characters, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more books featuring them in the future – it definitely felt like the scene was being set in this book. Plus there were lots of little things dropped in there about them that we’re never followed up on our resolved. I can’t wait.

March reads #6The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

So it turns out this is actually book two in Dash and Lily’s story and I had no idea until I finished the book. But you can totally read this book separately, which is surely a sign of a good book! Another thing I hadn’t realised about this book? That it was set at Christmas. Which obviously I loved. Basically I knew nothing about what I was about to read. Anyway, this book is great and I loved it. It follows Dash and Lily for the month of December as they work through some issues they’re having on the lead up to Christmas – not realising how strongly the other feels, parents moving away, an ill grandfather and angry divorced parents. I loved the story and the characters so much and now need to go back and read book one to see how they met in the first place.

March reads #7 – The Bookshop Girl by Sylvia Bishop and Ashley King

This is a book that we’re releasing at work this week and it’s so lovely. It’s the sweetest story for younger readers (kids 7 – 10) about Property Jones who lives and helps run a glorious bookshop even though she can’t actually read (not that her family knows this). The characters are so wonderful and the tale full of charm, which means even if you’re not a fan of kids books (you heathens) or bookshops, you can’t fail to love this book. Oh and the illustrations – they’re gorgeous. So quirky and so perfectly capturing the characters and situations. It’s lovely.

March reads #8 – The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

So this book is described as One Day meets Me Before You and that seems quite apt. It’s about Gabe and Lucy who fall in love during a horrific and live-changing event and how their lives unfold over the next 13 years. Throughout the novel, which is told from Lucy’s point of view, a tragedy is hinted at but you don’t find out the whole story until the end. But you badly want to know and the writing so beautifully pulls you in to this story so you have to keep reading. If you’re going to read this book, which you must, make sure you’re prepared for the emotions. Because you will be assaulted from all sides. But it’s totally worth it. After all I’m still thinking about it two days later…

So there we go, that’s what I read in March. Eight brilliant books, all very different, but all sooooo good. What bout you, what did you read last month? Anything you can recommend to me?

Life Rambles: Friday Favourites #66

Greetings friends and happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a lovely week full of your favourite people and things. Mine’s passed by in the blink of an eye thanks to work craziness and lovely evenings. So a right old mix of stressful stuff and lovely stuff. I’m rather glad that it’s the weekend now though. It wouldn’t be Friday without a favourites post so let’s dive straight in to some of my favourite things of the last week.

First on the list of favourite things? The Spring sunshine of course. It’s been an absolute delight to shrug off the massive coats and thick black tights in favour of spring jackets and ankle skimming jeans. Talk about the dream. I’m now on countdown until I can get out my trusty purple Saltwaters. And even, dare I say it? Go bare legged. Yippee!

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Number two on my list is walking around London town. I’ve taken to walking the longer route home or into work so that I can take in the London sites. Oh and also to appreciate the nicer weather, plus smelling all the lovely blossom. I forget how much I love the city in the spring. It’s lovely.

Another favourite thing was a mid-week catch up with friends on the Southbank. We hadn’t caught up for an age and finally our diaries worked together so we could have a lovely evening all together. What was even better was our impromptu venue decision. Due to our indecision and getting distracted by nattering we wandered aimlessly for a while turning our back on a lot of the named places for a random turkish place hidden away from everything else. And what a place! It felt like we’d been transported to another country thanks to the restaurants charm. There was live sitar playing, quirky decor and delicious food. The pides (a sort of pizza flatbread thing) were delicious and I’m already thinking about our next trip there. So good and the perfect spot for a long catch up with friends.

On Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to head to the Art of the Brick:DC Superheroes exhibition that’s currently on the Southbank. It was for work and it was brilliant. The LEGO installations had all been created by one of LEGO’s Master Brickbuilders and were incredible. The exhibit is organised over a series of different rooms. Working your way from smaller simpler models of Wonder Woman and Batman to more complicated and impressive ones. One of the final ones is an amazing replica of the Batmobile. So, so cool! If you’re a LEGO or DC Superhero fan you really must go visit. I think it’s £13 for an adult and £10 for a child.

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One other lovely thing that’s happened this week – I’ve been getting into a bit of an exercise routine and it’s feeling great. Not only have I been swimming once a week first thing in the morning, which is a lovely way to start the day. But I’ve also been going for a 4 mile run on the weekend. This upcoming weekend will be run number three, and while that’s not the longest running habit ever it’s feeling pretty good. So I definitely need to applaud myself. Not least so I make myself go out this coming weekend and don’t lounge in bed all morning. There’s something so good about getting up, going for a run and then getting home by 11.30 to cook a yummy brunch. Some weekends I can waste the entire morning either in bed or on the sofa. So long many this new habit continue…

So there we have it a Friday Favourites list of some of my current favourite things. Yippee for celebrating the little things! What would be on your favourite things list this week?

-Fi x

Wishlists: Fi’s Birthday Ideas

Despite being the grand old age of *cough* thirty one *cough* I still adore celebrating my birthday. I’m lucky to have never really experienced the sheer panic of feeling like I’m getting old and my life is racing away from me. I don’t know why, it’s just never been a thing. Which is perfect if you ask me as it means that birthdays are still a joyful experience. I really hope that never changes! This year we’re planning a couple of days away in Oxford to celebrate being another year older and I’m sure they’ll be a plethora of cake and family fun too. Yeah for birthdays. One important thing on your birthday? Presents! Who doesn’t love presents? So if anyone wants to treat me – not that you need to of course – here’s some birthday ideas for you all. YIPPEE!

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V&A Membership / Gym Bag / The Hate You Give / StereoWalt Disney’s Biography

Gold splat cushion / Ombre CushionLobster PJ Bottoms/ Bright Blue Bag

Last year I got the brilliant gift of membership to the V&A and I’ve loved it. I’ve used it throughout the year to see so many brilliant exhibitions without having to worry about booking. It’s been lovely to be able to be spontaneous and head to an interesting exhibit on the day – I’m not a big planner so that’s perfect!

I always, always have many books to add to my list and this year’s no different. In fact it’s almost more important as I’ve been on a bit of a self-imposed book buying ban this year. I’m a big Disney fan so would love to find out more about the man himself. As for YA there’s a lot of buzz around The Hate You Give right now and I’m dying to read it. It sounds like a really important story. Also on the YA list – books two and three of the Grisha Trilogy as I’m a big fan of book one and need to know what happens next!

As mentioned over here I’m trying to get better at going to the gym and swimming and a new sports bag is integral to this. I’ve finally settled on this Adidas version as it’s not stupidly priced (a key factor if my gym visits dwindle) and it’s big enough for everything I need to pack in there. And because a girl can never have too many bags I’ve added this gorgeous blue Joules bag to the list. I do love a pop of colour in a bag, don’t you?

Oh and lobster patterned pjs have made the list, because quite simply. I need these in my life. Like NEED them.

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Star Bedding / Blue Throw / Neon Pillar Candles

The other items on my list make clear my love for current obsession with my newly arranged room. These new items would make my room perfect and ensure I’m content and comfy when I snuggle up in there on a Sunday afternoon. All three of these things are from Hema – my current favourite shop – and aren’t they all lovely?

So there we go – lots of lovely birthday ideas for anyone wanting to buy me presents! Let’s hope the birthday fairies are kind to me this year!

-Fi x

Out and About: Windsor Castle Top Tips

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Last weekend we visited Windsor Castle, for the very first time. Yep you read that right. After living just 45 minutes from Windsor Castle for thirty years I’ve only just visited it. I don’t know why, it’s just never happened. Or at least not that I can remember! Surely there really should have been a school trip in there at some point. That would have been much better than the walk to the local village to visit the post office. No I’m not kidding, that was an actual school trip in year one. Anyway, if you’re thinking of visiting here are my Windsor Castle top tips!

Fi’s Windsor Castle top tips

1-Definitely book your tickets online first. This is the MOST important tip as it meant you skipped a queue of roughly sixty people for one with just three (well we did anyway). It doesn’t cost anymore and you can book the day before. Well worth remembering.

2-When you get inside head to the shop near the exit – opposite George Chapel – and get your wristband. This means you can then exit the castle, say to get lunch, and re-enter without any issue. Definitely vital, thanks to Windsor Castle top tip number four.

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3-We deliberated not getting the free audio tour as we assumed there’d be information at various parts of the castle. There wasn’t. The audio tour is vital. Unless all you want to do it look at everything and guess what it’s for or browse the three shops…

4-One of the surprising things about the castle is that there’s no cafe in there. I didn’t even think to check and simply assumed we’d be able to get an afternoon tea in their or at least a drink. But no there isn’t one. And to be honest? I kind of like that. The Castle just focuses on informing you about it’s amazing history and not about selling you overpriced sandwiches. It makes it feel like you’re stepping in to a home rather than visiting the latest tourist attraction.

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5-Make sure you go when the State Rooms are open. That’s the most fascinating part of the trip and where you’ll spend most of the time. I’d have been very disappointed to go when that wasn’t open for visitors. The State Rooms are beautiful and full of so much history. What’s also fascinating are the facts related to the fire that tore through the castle in 1992. The story of restoring the castle after the fire was a highlight too.

6-Make sure you make time to wander round the town of Windsor while you’re there. We had a couple of wanders around the little cafes and down the steep hill and it was all so picturesque. See the picture above if you don’t believe me. And they do a mean cream tea too!

7-The final thing on my Windsor Castle top tips list? Make sure you have change for the car park. Or even better get the train there. We stupidly assumed there would be a car park for the castle and didn’t even think to check online beforehand. Maybe tip eight should be to research before you go? Anyway we had no change, so cue us arriving and having to drive round the town for forty minutes to find one that would allow card payments. Although spoiler: you can’t assume that’ll actually work. Our machine broke and we ended up having to find £20 in cash at the end of our visit anyway. So yes, trains are the way forward.

So there you go, my Windsor Castle top tips. You’re welcome! Now that I’ve been I am firmly of the opinion that everyone has to go. It’s just such an interesting day out.

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Also it wasn’t that busy, considering we headed over on a Saturday. I’m sure that’s to do with the self-guided aspect of it so you can be as speedy or as dawdling as you want to be. Always my favourite thing! I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that I’m the one that stops and listens to/reads every little thing so I know everything. Lau loves that part of my personality. Not!

Have you ever visited Windsor Castle? What did you think of it and what would be your top tips?

-Fi x

Life Rambles: Favourite Podcasts Right Now

I’m a big fan of writing a blog post that involves a list of my favourite things. I think the reason for this is that I like how neatly everything chunks up into pieces, and how structured my page looks when I do that. Previous favourite things posts have included; 10 books I want to read this winter, London brunch spots, and my personal favourite, breakfasts to impress. Following along on this them is today’s post of  current favourite podcasts.

Over the last few months I have been getting more and more into podcasts. I’ve always had the odd episode on my phone but I’ve never been that good at actually listening to them. But after obsessing over Serial, series 1 I got into the habit of listening more and now I listen to podcasts all the time. When I’m out running, or in the bath, or on my way to work with no space on the train to read.

So if you’re new to podcasts, or are obsessed but need a few new ones to add to your playlist, here are my current five favourite podcasts.

 

favourite podcasts The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly

The West Wing Weekly, or TWWW as it’s known, is an episode by episode discussion of The West Wing TV show by Joshua Malina and Hrishi Hirway. The pair relive each episode, discussing the plots and behind the scenes facts all without giving away any spoilers to future episodes. They’re also regularly joined by cast members who share their own stories from their time on The West Wing. If you’re a fan of the seven series show then I’d highly recommend. I bet it’ll be on your list of favourite podcasts pretty soon too.

Desert Island Discs

A BBC Radio programme that was created back in 1942, this show sees current host Kirsty Young ask guests to share which eight records they would take with them to a desert island. With each record the guest explains why this has been chosen, and invariably gives us a look into their life. If I had to pick my favourite episodes then they would probably be Caitlin Moran, David Beckham and Judi Dench. Oh and the one with Tom Hanks as that one got me through last year’s BUPA 10k race.

Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon

Okay so I only listened to this, because Fi kept telling me that I’d like it. And as is always the way, she was right. Damn her! Emma Gannon is a blogger and author who interviews different guests for her podcast. She’s got a really lovely way of interviewing and as you listen is sounds like you’re eavesdropping on two friends having a chat. I’ve really enjoyed her chats with Grace Victory, Scarlett Curtis, Lena Dunham and Nimko Ali.

Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes

This one was suggested to me, after someone (I can’t remember who) found out how much I enjoyed Serial, series 1. Accused looks at the murder of Beth Andes in Ohio back in 1978. Her boyfriend was found innocent by two juries and this show looks at the investigation in 1978. I’ve got two episodes left of this, and I’ve been enjoying it so far, what I like is that the focus is on the evidence, it’s not about trying to prove someone innocent or guilty. Instead it’s looking at what happened in the days after the murder.

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show in the US and is also the show behind Serial. Each week the team share a different story which means you can totally dip in and out of episodes. I’ve just finished listening to 360: Switched at Birth which was just jaw dropping to listen to. Then there’s 607: Didn’t We Solve This One? which made me so angry. 559:Captain’s Log is the first one I listened to, and a good introduction into the podcast.

So there you have them, my current favourite podcasts. What do you think? Do you listen to any of these? Would you recommend any others?

– Laura xx

 

Friday Favourites #65

As I’m sure you can imagine it has been an odd week in London. I’m still trying to understand everything that’s happened and in all honestly I am focusing on the heart-warming moments of bravery and sacrifice that happened on that day rather than anything else. I’ve worked near Westminster for nearly 10 years, and most weeks I walk through Westminster to Victoria train station at least a couple of times, I’m still going to do that, that’s not going to change. I still have a sense of wonder when I see those parliament buildings, and now that feeling will probably be bigger and more meaningful than ever before.

While it may seem crass or insensitive to still share this week’s favourite things, life goes on. It absolutely must go on. We are Londoners and that is what we do. So my first favourite thing is this note from Time Out London. they first shared it after Brexit and they shared it again in the aftermath of Wednesday’s events, and the sentiment still stands, it will always stand, in this city.

On Sunday I went for a run and for the first time in a long while I ended up running further than my standard 2.5 miles. I made myself take a different route and headed to Tooting Common and it was so lovely. Yes, it was hideous to start with, but the longer I went, the better I felt. It feels like I reminded myself that I love to run. Don’t get me wrong I’m nowhere near back to the place I was, but I’m feeling better about the running situation now. Which is definitely a pleasing thought which is why exercise has again made its way onto this week’s favourite things list.

Also on this week’s favourite things list is some good news that I received. Not for me, but for a friend, and it has made me so so pleased. I love it when good things happen to good people.

this week's favourite things - westminster views at twilight

Finally on the list was last night’s dinner catch up with some friends. We headed to the Southbank for cocktails, Mexican food and a good old chinwag. Just what was needed I think. Plus I was treated to the most glorious sunset view as I crossed the river. Which yet again proofs that London is the best city in the world.

What has made you smile this week? Do let us both know.

Laura xx

Birthday List for 2017: Laura

It’s mid-March and therefore the time of year where I get to share my birthday list with you all. Since Christmas I’ve done very little shopping, instead I’ve been focusing on house related, DIY purchases and planning experiences or holidays. This fact means that my birthday list is mainly going to contain items that I need or those that I have been coveting for quite some time.

Birthday Wishlist 2017

1/grey backpack 2/why the hell not print 3/enthusiasm print 

4/floral bomber jacket 5/loafers 6/leopard print pumps

7/rose gold salt-water sandals 8/throw 9/brown bag 10/speckle backpack

A new backpack is a necessity right now as my current one is falling apart. Luckily there are so many backpacks available right now. I’m having issues choosing between the two bags in my list or this star backpack. Which should I go for?

The throw has been on my mind since my home wishlist back in February. I’ve been perusing the prints on Etsy since my bookshelves were finished. I’ve put a few framed prints onto these already, but I’d like some more. The two here just made me smile! The jacket and the bag are both from M&S and I spotted them on the same browsing session at the beginning of February, luckily I saw them instore the other day so I know that they are still available. Phew!

And as it’s now spring and therefore nearly summer I’ve decided to add to my Saltwater collection with these snazzy rose gold pair. Although I do like the normal gold too, so I would be happy with either. These are the comfiest sandals ever, I wore my tan pair all the time last year.

Of course a birthday list of mine is always going to include books. So far my list includes; King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard, The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed and The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla.

So there we have it, my birthday list for 2017. One question, how did I get so old?!

Laura xx

 

In the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

As the weather gets nicer and the sunshine brighter I’ve started to reconsider my usual work day breakfast of porridge. This is for two reasons. Firstly I want to switch things up before I get bored with porridge. No one wants to get bored with porridge. That’s a simple fact. And secondly, when the weather’s warmer I am too hot when I get to work (thanks tube) to want to eat something warm. When it comes to breakfast though I need something filling, easy to transport from home and something that’s not full of sugar. Oh and also something that’s not stupidly expensive. My bank balance says that one is the most important bit. After much deliberating over all sorts, including yogurt and fruit or homemade granola I’ve settled on overnight oats.

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I’ve made overnight oats in the past and love them. Although we generally had them with ridiculous ingredients – like almond milk, agave syrup and cacao nibs. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted great, but it doesn’t really tick the cheap part of my new breakfast routine. So the new plan is to include more sensible ingredients to flavour the overnight oats. Namely peanut butter. Because peanut butter is the best. Fact!

And the verdict? These new overnight oats are amazing and so so so yummy. I genuinely could eat them everyday of the week without getting bored. Which is the current plan. Read on to find out how to make your very own peanut butter overnight oats. You won’t regret it and your tummy will be better for it!

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats: Ingredients (serves three)

1 cup rolled oats / 1 cup milk / 
yogurt / 3 tbsps peanut butter

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats: Toppings

banana / berries / raisins / basically whatever you fancy!

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats: Method

  1. Bung everything in a bowl and mix together
  2. Ensure the oats are covered completely in milk so they’ll soak up the liquid
  3. Cover the bowl with cling film and place in the fridge overnight
  4. Then all you have to do is portion it out into your tupperware each morning (along with your topping) and you’re set!

Have you ever made overnight oats? What’s your topping of choice?

-Fi x

Out & About: Little Venice, London

Little Venice, London

So today’s the day that I admit that I’ve lived in London for about 7 years and yet, until last month, I had never visited Little Venice. I don’t even know how this happened. I’ve always wanted to explore the canals of London, but I’ve never actually made that happen. Until this year finally.

A few weeks ago Fi and I were making plans to meet up with a friend for lunch and London wanderings. We finally settled on meeting at Paddington Station as this was the final destination of our friend’s train. From there making a decision was relatively easy as a wander to Little Venice was the most logical option. After fuelling up with a delicious lunch right next to Paddington Basin we headed along the canal path towards Little Venice.

 

Little Venice London

 

In all honesty I didn’t know what to expect of the Little Venice area and I guess that’s a good thing. As for me no expectations normally lead to good expectations. Which was exactly the case here.

 

Little Venice views

 

The walk is nice and leisurely and mostly flat with paths along the whole side of the river. There was some parts that were quite narrow and we helpfully got stuck behind a big group of people, but we made ourselves slow down. We were meant to be having a chilled out Sunday walk, not a weekday march around London.

 

House boat in Little Venice, London

 

There are wonderful views along the whole route, with colourful houses, cute houseboats and glorious tree-lined paths. I wandered this route in February on a beautiful bright, but cold winter day. So as I write this post I can’t help but think how these views may have changed now. Are the trees now heavy with blossom or are there daffodils sprouting along the route? I think I’m going to have to plan another trip there to see.

 

-Laura xx