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    Lolly Diaries

    35 Things I’ve Learned at 35

    That’s right…I’m a couple of weeks into my 35th year and it kinda hit me in the face like a brick. Where the hell did 35 years go? Having said that, they say with age comes wisdom, kindness, confidence, and ease, so here are 35 things I’ve learned at 35, and some of them have definitely surprised me…   Throughout my life, there have been huge milestones and some spectacular failures. I hope you can agree that the lessons we learn along the way leave imprints on our minds and souls. They touch us and challenge us to become better people and discover who we really are.     It…

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    Healthy Breakfast Ideas. A 7 Day Inspiration Guide.

    Hey! How did those first few days of January go by for you? No doubt you’ve been on the health kick wagon just like me, armed with good intentions and enough resolutions to go into a battle with? I hope your January journey is going well.   My resolution, like so many others this year is to continue to get into the best shape I have been in for a long time, and that all starts firstly with a positive mindset followed closely by diet and finally exercise. What better way to start your day than with a healthy breakfast option that’s going to set you up for the day…

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    Christmas,  Drinks

    Spiced Cranberry Vodka Fizz Cocktails

    Spiced Cranberry Vodka Fizz Cocktails Cheers to a timely cocktail! The joyous season is almost upon us all and I don’t know about you but I couldn’t feel more festive right now and all with the help of my homemade Spiced Cranberry Vodka Fizz Cocktails. And, just like that, one slurp and I’m in full Christmas mode! This time of year makes me feel warm, fuzzy, homely. Anyone else feeling the same way? The weather here in the Shire has unquestionably turned and the wild winter nights are fast making an appearance. The temperature has plummeted, and the rain is a relentless pelt against the pane. Despite the gloom, it’s…

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    Cauliflower and Chestnut Soup.

      Soup season has officially arrived, and I don’t know about you, but the nights drawing in coupled with my crisp breath in the frosty air, there is nothing more welcome than a warming bowl of soup when I get home at the end of the day. Soup is one of those wondrous things, that gives you the ability to produce something out of almost anything that’s left in your fridge. This happened to me last week, after the Christmas rush and mad panic of trying to get everything done before my boys break up from school left me with little time to shop for the groceries. Frugality inspires me……

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    An experts guide to making your gifts look more expensive.

    An experts guide to making your gifts look more expensive. It’s that time of year my friends, and love it or loathe it, the vast majority of us will have at least one gift to wrap this year. Nothing says I’ve taken care over your gift like a pretty present sitting underneath the tree waiting to be unwrapped on Christmas Day by your loved one. This year I’ve opted into a Rose Gold theme to wrap all of my presents that I intend to gift and for me it oozes sophistication and class. My gifts have been in wrapped in understated co-ordinating paper with matching rose gold washi tape for…

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    The Hey Lolly Guide 5 Steps to Self Confidence in Blogging.

    I came across this quote the other week whilst I was in the midst of preparing to make my return to the blogging world and no truer quote has been spoken. I have been away from blogging for a number of months due mainly to work commitments and also perhaps, a steady trickle of self doubt running in the back of my mind, which, thankfully has finally suffered a concluding drought. But what I have learnt during that time is that life has to be be about balance. Maintaining a healthy life balance is not only essential for happiness and well-being; it can be a tremendous boost to your productivity…

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    Insalata Siciliana

    When the weather gets warmer, the last thing I want to do is sit down to a hot meal, let alone drag myself into the kitchen to cook. No, these things should be saved and relished for the Winter months. Summer weather calls for all things alfresco, and I can’t get enough of this Insalata Siciliana. Simply put, it’s a Sicilian Salad at its finest. I was recently gifted the most exquisite cookbook by my husband. How bizarre I thought, upon receiving it, that Italy’s most illustrious fashion family have launched a cookbook?! I had no idea they were such big foodies as well as fashionistas. Talents know no bounds…

  • Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator Review

    Get Instant Glowing Skin. Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator Review.

    An honest and open review after testing Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator for 2 weeks.   When I first heard about this product from Kiehls I have to be honest I was a little dubious. They promised to deliver an awful lot for a 50ml bottle so I had to see for myself what the hype was all about. What is it? This moisturiser hydrates skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth while imparting a soft, energised-looking glow. Infused with antioxidant Pomegranate Extract, this formula boosts radiance for a healthy-looking glow. Instantly illuminates skin for a healthy-looking glow Boosts skin’s radiant look. Enriched with antioxidant Pomegranate Extract and Illuminating Minerals…

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    Pinelimeade. The Ultimate Thirst Quenching Mocktail.

    Imagine my surprise when I checked the weather forecast for the May Bank Holiday weekend to find that we were in for some rather divine weather. You see, traditionally, UK Bank Holidays and sunshine don’t go hand in hand. Think miserable, think gloomy, think washed out weekend that’s normally just the way it goes. Glorious weather calls for even more sublime thirst quenching cocktails. As you probably know from my previous post,  life has been a hectic whirlwind just lately and I’m even struggling to find the time to do a grocery shop. I’ve been grabbing bits from here, there and everywhere, which actually has worked out well this week.…

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    All The Feels Of Summer

    Life has been pretty hectic so far this year and there’s still so much coming up in the next few months, I’m finding it hard to take stock and keep pace. Working for the family business, keeping up with my blog, finding the time to workout and stay relatively fit, raising two boys, renovating the house…the list goes on! I head to Palma in a couple of weeks so I’ve got heaps to tick off the to do list before then, sometimes I feel like there just aren’t enough hours in the day. This May bank holiday weekend was just what was needed, I’ve had time to relax with my…