Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your bathroom.

If you’re looking for a pampering body range that won’t break the bank and have you feeling utterly relaxed – I think I may have found the perfect range.

The first thing I need to mention about the SenSpa range is that it has been created by the Award winning Spa of the same name based in the New Forest. To be honest, they had me at… Spa! In my mind any range created by an award winning Spa must be good, right? Well, let me tell you these particular trio of products (within a much bigger collection) are simply, well… gorgeous!

Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your  bathroom.

Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your bathroom.

I’ve been trying the Detox Body Wash (£5.95, 200ml), the Detox Muscle Soak (£5.95, 200ml) and the Detox Body Scrub (£6.95, 200ml), and have been more than impressed with all three.  They all feel and smell luxurious and left my skin soft, smooth and smelling of the exclusive SenSpa signature scent. To be honest this range is so good and such great value, that any of their products would make brilliant gift – for any occasion.

The whole SenSpa range is exclusive to Waitrose, Ocado and SenSpa.co.uk. I think I may have found my new favourite superstore beauty brand!

Specially formulated to help you unwind, this Detox range contains a blend of nine essential oils including Sweet Orange, Lime and Rosemary. Each oil has been selected for its’ unique properties and blended to create a Thai-style spa ambience in your bathroom.

confessions of a TV addict - find out what I'm watching now.

Please tell me I’m not alone in wanting to snuggle up on the sofa every night watching TV at the moment? It happens every January – although if I’m honest I’m pretty much a TV addict throughout the year too. I used enjoy reading a book and going out for dinner but these days I don’t have the brain capacity or attention span to read a book. And I don’t have the energy or interest in getting dressed up and going out in the cold.

This means that my hubby and I have become very dependent on the goggle box for entertainment, and spend most nights under a blanket on the sofa watching TV. Does this make us boring? Or just normal? Probably both but do you know what? I don’t care, it makes us happy.

On the plus side there are some amazing things on ‘the telly’ at the moment. Especially with the huge choice from terrestrial, Now TV (£6.99 per month), Netflix (5.99 per month) and Amazon Prime. Yes, we have them all but in our defence we don’t have SKY so we don’t pay a large monthly bill for our TV channels, and the beauty of NOW TV ad Netflix is that you can stop the subscription at any time. It also means that we always have a box set to get into or a film to watch on cold winter nights – on top of the great shows currently on terrestrial television.

Without further justification for my addiction, here’s what we’re currently watching and enjoying…

The BBC
Sherlock
Taboo
Silent Witness

ITV
The Halcyon
Bobby and Tina (starts on Friday but looks good)

NOW TV
The Affair
Nashville
Delicious
Victoria (finally catching up on this one)

Amazon Prime
The Collection
Ray Donovan
Mr Robot
Vikings

Netflix
The Crown
OA
Bloodlines

As you can probably tell, we really do never go out! But if you’re off to a pub quiz and need a TV expected you know who to call. I could talk about my favourite tv shows all day long.

A few programs I’m looking forward to coming back this year are; Billions, Game of Thrones (obviously), Stranger Things and Westworld. They’re all amazing and made a massive impression on us last year. If you haven’t seen any of these, I’m telling you’re missing out.  They’re all captivating, thrilling and thoroughly entertaining.

Do you have any recommendations? I’d love to know what you’re watching.

Over the Christmas holiday we went to west Wales, as we do every year. I grew up there and my parents and brother still live in the same little town, just ten miles from the beautiful west coast of Cardigan Bay.

We tend to visit twice a year, for a few weeks in the summer and a week at Christmas – and to be honest there is nowhere else on earth I’d rather be! I moved away when I went to university almost twenty years ago and never went back to live but it will always be my home, where I’m from and where my roots are firmly planted.

This year we travelled back to Wales on Thursday 22nd December and had a couple of days at my parents’ house to relax before the big day. It was lovely being back but to be honest we didn’t do much on these first few days, we mainly saw family and watched movies. The girls were tired after a long term at school and I think we all needed some downtime, being cared for by my mum.

Christmas Eve is always my favourite day, I love the anticipation and excitement that buzzes through the house. Every year we get together with mum’s family and share gifts. Also, I make a Christmas Eve hamper of treats and gifts for the girls to open in the evening, which of course includes matching Christmas pyjamas.

After Christmas day we were definitely ready to head out. Cabin fever had set in, so we had a few days of travelling down to the coast. The girls love running around the beach at any time of year, so it’s always a good choice for us. On the day after Boxing day we drove down to Cwmtydu beach, which is a small cove with rocks and caves and a beautiful pebbly beach, just twelve miles away.

The day after we headed over to Aberaeron for a walk along the seafront, where the girls climbed the rocks. The weather was clear and cool but with the sun shining so bright it didn’t feel too cold, we even managed to have fish and chips outside, sittingon the harbour wall. This is normally something we do in the summer, never usually during our Christmas holiday!

And on our last day we drove up to the bigger seaside town of Aberystwyth, where we again walked along the long seafront and played on the 2p machines in the arcade. I think this might have been one of Lili’s holiday highlights, she does love winning those tokens.

Of course the sunset came early, so we were able to stand on the pier and watch the sun go down over the horizon – and wow it was an amazing sunset! Even these pictures don’t do it justice.

It’s times like these that you realise that (as long as the weather is good) there’s nowhere like home!

Thanks for following me and my blog and I’d like to wish you all a very happy, healthy and wealthy new year.

I’m always trying to find different ways to make my kids’ diet a little healthier, while keeping it interesting and tasty for them. I want the girls to have a good relationship with food and not be put off by dull, uninteresting meals and snacks. My eldest daughter is a big fan of fruit and vegetables, so I know her diet is pretty healthy and full of vitamins but my middle daughter won’t eat any fruit. As a result her diet needs some work, I have to try hard to find different ways to get those missing vitamins and minerals into her diet.

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’.

Breakfast has long been regarded as the most important meal of the day, and for me it’s important to send the girls off to school with a good breakfast in their tummy. I recently offered the girls BEAR Alphabites cereal for the first time and they were a big hit!

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’. Instead of artificial sugar or sweeteners, they use coconut blossom nectar to sweeten the cereals, which is naturally low in GI and contains a high amount of calcium.

They’re available in two varieties; multigrain and cocoa and they’re made of six ingredients…

Wholegrain ground wheat

Ground oats

Ground corn

Ground Rice

Wholegrain ground barley

Coconut blossom nectar

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’.

I’ll be honest and say that the girls are very fussy when it comes to breakfast, some mornings all they want is toast, other mornings they want cereal, snacks, cereals and more! But so far since I’ve been offering BEAR Alphabites, they’ve both been happy to get their bowls and spoons and quietly eat their alphabet shaped cereal. And of course, I’m happy knowing that they’re eating a good, tasty, healthy breakfast.

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’.

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After almost two years I have decided that this will be my last My Captured Moment linky. I’ve really enjoyed hosting this link-up over the last 103 weeks and getting to know so many bloggers who have kindly linked up over this time. As we’re coming to the end of the year, I thought it was a good time to end it, so that I can start the new year afresh with some new challenges and a fresh start. A massive thank you to each and everyone of you that have supported me over the last two years, it really has been a pleasure!

Back to this week, and I’ve decided to go out with a Family Captured Moment – it felt very fitting.

Last weekend we were staying with my sister-in-law and her family in Derbyshire. We’d gone up for a few nights to celebrate an early Christmas with them, as we won’t see them over the Christmas weekend. On Saturday we all got dressed up and head out to a local country pub/ restaurant for a big Christmas style lunch. Then headed back to their house to play games, eat chocolates, drink Prosecco and generally relax. For me this is what Christmas is all about, being with family and having fun.

Before we headed out for lunch, I took advantage of the fact that we were ‘all dressed up’ to get a few pictures of us all as a family. I’ve been pretty rubbish at taking family pictures recently, so it was really lovely to have this opportunity.

Incase you’re interested, all three girls’ dresses are from GapKids/ BabyGap.

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