Fall Outfit

The Blended Blog Asks… Fall Theme: I was absolutely delighted to be invited by Andrea (of Living on Cloud Nine) to take part in The Blended Blog’s fall theme this week. Andrea is one of the sweetest, loveliest bloggers you’ll ever find. I really do hope that I’ll get to meet her one day. But on with the post about Fall, or as we call it this side of the Atlantic, Autumn (and in Portuguese Outono). It’s one of my… Read more »

boyfriend jeans

The arrival of cooler temperatures means jeans are back on the wardrobe menu at last! I’m always excited at this time of year, when the summer has come to an end and the promise of cold days hovers in the air. Algarve climate Not that we ever get really cold days here in the Algarve. January and February can see temperatures plummet to a cool -3C (ish) on the very odd occasion – but that’s usually at night time or… Read more »

SN & N Opticians

When something really impresses me, I like nothing more than to give credit where it’s due. Which is why this post is all about SN & N Opticians in Lagos (Algarve). Usually, when my eyes need testing, I put it off and go to Specsavers in England. But recently, I was getting the most awful headaches behind my eyes and I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer so I asked a couple of local friends for their recommendations…. Read more »

Arbonne

I received this complimentary selection of Arbonne products from Rachel Montague-Ebbs at Arbonne in return for an honest, non-biased review on the blog… Health issues For at least the past five years or so, hubby and I have become more and more obsessed interested in a healthy lifestyle. It all started with my own health problems. I’d suffered with stomach and lower back issues for years and, having reached my mid-thirties, enough was enough. We finally decided to do something about… Read more »

Buying a car in Portugal

Buying a car in Portugal can be a little tedious. It’s not the buying process that’s a problem, it’s finding the right car at the right price that’s so tedious. You see, second hand cars (and new ones, actually) are notoriously expensive here. You certainly have to be prepared to travel to get the right vehicle. Buying a car in Portugal Last week we took a day trip to Oporto to have a look at a second hand car. Oporto… Read more »

Bathroom renovation

Last year we finally got round to renovating our en-suite bathroom. Bathroom renovation is something Michael specialises in (it’s his main line of business) so we knew we had to do something special. After all, our own house is the perfect show home for potential new clients! We are absolutely delighted with the result – it’s such a calm and peaceful place that I have even been known to go and lie down in there for my post-yoga *savasana (I kid… Read more »

Kikki K at John Lewis

Personal development and self improvement have always been something that are really important to me. Improving myself is something I strive to do – to make myself a better person (in and out) and to always have something to aim for. I’m also a huge fan of pretty stationery so imagine my delight at the prospect of the two combined together. This is exactly what Kikki K, a gorgeous new line of products at John Lewis, has created. Here’s what Kikki K… Read more »

After six weeks away on holiday, I’m finally home. I’ve had the most wonderful time in Scotland and England and think I actually left a little bit of my heart in that part of the world (Scotland). It was the first time I’d ever visited and I was absolutely blown away by the place. It’s mind-blowingly beautiful – a bit like a smaller version of Canada (our other favourite place). During the first week, we started at Inverness and then took in… Read more »

I’m very late in doing this (it’s 11.30pm on Christmas Eve!), but I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I’m having a blast visiting friends and family in England at the moment, before we head north in a few days. I’m super excited about our trip but I’m sure I’ll blog along the way and share some of the wonderful sights! But for now, enjoy this fabulous festive season – eat, drink and be merry. Oh and… Read more »

When I turned 40 last Boxing Day, there were three major ‘achievements’ I wanted to do this year and as of this week, I can now say I’ve done them all. Three major achievements The first occurred a few days after my 40th birthday when I got a tattoo for the very first time. The second was to become a qualified yoga instructor which happened after I completed an intensive yoga teacher training course in October. The third might seem relatively trivial to many… Read more »