Coffee & Cookie Dough!

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

You already know that I'm a coffee fan.

 I blooming LOVE coffee... 

My favourite coffee by far is a latte, a latte with some kinda syrup. I just love it, it's my little treat! The only problem with this is the fact that these latte's contain many calories. Now don't get me wrong in the past I've tried to just have a latte without all the lovely flavoured syrup however, I still always end up putting into the cup a couple of spoons of sugar because I like my coffee to be sweet.

I've been on a bit of a weight loss mission for a while now and I'm desperate to get rid of this last half a stone of weight, baby weight. These sugar filled coffees haven't been helping me with my weight loss, I know this. However, I need a daily caffeine fix. 

It was the 1st January 2017. I decided enough was enough and that it was time to focus on my weight loss again and to really try hard to shift this last bit of weight.
I started to research into the world of coffee and came across Beanies Coffee. I soon discovered that Beanies did all kinds of flavours of coffee but without all the calories.
YIPPY! Flavoured coffee without loads of calories. My day was made. I saw that Beanies Coffee was stocked at Sainsbury's so on my next shopping trip I treated myself to Beanies Amaretto Coffee. OMG, I was blown away... to say that it was instant coffee, without all the calories and not that expensive, it tasted so good. 

I decided to explore the range further and recently got this coffee. Beanies Cookie Dough Coffee! This tastes so fab and I drink it without any sugar. It's great because it's sweet enough without

It was so funny at the weekend. We had the builders at our's doing some work and as ever we asked them if they wanted a cuppa. The builder asked for a cuppa coffee. Chris went to the kitchen and realised that we no longer have plain coffee instead we have Cookie Dough Coffee... He proceeded to make a Beanies Cookie Dough Coffee for the Mr. Builder Blokie and took it out to him and didn't say anything. The builder knocked on the door and handed back the cup to Chris and asked him what he'd put in the cuppa coffee because it tasted great. Chris showed him the jar and explained it was my coffee. The builder left and said that he'll be treating himself to a jar!!  

If like me you're on a weightloss mission or you just love flavoured coffee like our builder at the weekend. Definitely, check Beanies out. You'll blooming love em! 

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Now that you're 2...

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Saturday 7th January 2016 was a very special day for our little family. It was the day that our Little Boy turned 2.

I don't know who was more excited. Lewis or Me!

On the night before his Birthday, I covered the front room floor with balloons and popped up a Birthday Boy Banner on the wall. Everything was ready for an early rise in the Morning and hopefully an excited little boy.

The Morning went to plan and was awesome. L woke up at 5.30am and we all went downstairs together and he opened the front room door. L's little face was a picture it totally lit up. He jumped around smiling and giggling and was totally overwhelmed by all the sparkly fun.

Later we decided to brave soft play. L was so blooming excited when we got there he was pretty much dancing on the spot and he couldn't wait to get into the middle of it all.

He went upstairs, down slides, bounced on trampolines and rocked on soft play rocking horses. When it came to nap time he totally just crashed out and I could hear him snoozing.

The afternoon was all about playing in his new play tent, eating cake and playing cars.

I think it's fair to say that the day was a success and the little un enjoyed every moment. 

Someone said to me when L was born that time moves fast and to enjoy every day. This is so true as I sit here and type this I can't believe that he's already 2.

A mum at one of the playgroups that we go to came up to me the other day and said something so nice which has stuck with me and made me smile lots. She has a little boy who's only 7 months old. She said "I really hope my Little Boy is as confident and happy as your little one when he's that age as I think it's just great". Yeah, that made me smile lots... 

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Welcome to 2017!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Hi there lovelies,

So here it is then... 2017! 

I've already written down so many times an appointment or something in my diary as Jan 2016 only to have to correct it shortly after... seriously how time moves so fast eh? In only a few day's time, Lewis is 2! I can't believe it.

I'm really thankful for 2016. It was a pretty good year for us. Yes, it saw us move house again. However, now I finally feel settled and I'm sure if you asked Chris he would say the same. When we lived in Dubai it was superb. However, we never really made it home. Our house now though feels like home. With pictures on the walls and scatter cushions here and there. Yeah, I love it! 

2016 also saw me go back to part-time work after having Little Un. The job I'm doing isn't my dream job. You know my heart is in music. However, I'm so grateful for the opportunity and I'm really enjoying working alongside a lovely group of people part time and feel really blessed that I have a management team above me that get the whole parenting and work balance thing. Yeah, I'm so thankful.

2016 wasn't the best year for blogging so far as regards the number of posts that I posted. However, I've really enjoyed writing and sharing the post's that I've done this last year. I've been blogging now for 4 and a half years and I finally feel that I've found my blogging style and that this blog really is mine. This might sound crazy but let's just say I do spend a lot of time writing on here and I feel that I give each blog post a lot of love and attention and that I write from the heart.

Regards my blog... I know that 2016 has seen me post here and there. This year, however, I want to try and give you my lovely readers and sparkly friends a good idea to when you can read fresh new content on the sparkly blog. You can check in every Wednesday and find sparkly new blog posts guaranteed from now on. However, I am hoping to start to post on Mondays and Fridays sometimes too. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and then you won't miss a post.

I'm really excited about 2017. This year I'm going to step out there and follow my dreams.

This year I'm going to Blog more, do more YouTube again and.... wait for it... I'm going to get back in to my music and singing. 

I've had lots of people messaging me regards this, asking when I'm releasing a new track or gigging again. Let's just say I've never stopped writing or working on my music behind the scenes it's just that I don't have the time to focus on projects like I used to now that I'm Mummy to a lively little boy! 
But like I say... Watching this space as things are about to get a heck of a lot more SPARKLY! 

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Why I love Yankee Candles...

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Don't act like you don't know...


My friend Kim is to blame. I'd never really bothered about candles until I met her. It was 2011 and we'd just moved to Dubai, Kim took me candle shopping to one of her favourite stores in the Mall. I was totally amazed by all the candles and loved all the different scents and themes. It's safe to say that this shop soon became a favourite shop of mine in Dubai and before long our apartment was filled the brim with candles and beautiful scents!

When I moved back to the UK. I felt quite sad as the brand of candles which I fell in love with hadn't opened up shop here in the UK. Kim realised this and back in 2015 on my Birthday she sent me a box of goodies which contained a beautiful candle and melt burner type thingy from Yankee Candle since then Yankee Candles has become my favourite Candle brand and already our house is full of them.

This festive period has very much been about filling the home with candlelight. After reading all about HYGGE a little while back, candles have become even more important in the life of us. I got three super duper Yankee Candles for Christmas this year. I got All is Bright which is a soft and gentle fragrance that's fresh and bright and to be fair could easily be burnt all year round as the scent is so delicate.

The other Christmas Candle that I've got is ...

Festive Cocktail. This has a really warm fruity scent. You'll either love the heady scent of this candle or you'll hate it. Personally, I adore it. However, the hubby is less than impressed. He finds the scent a little too heavy and heady for his liking. Therefore I've kept this in the kitchen as I find it's perfect to freshen up that area after doing some cooking.

The third and final festive candle from Yankee Candle is ... 

Now this candle is a favourite in our household. Both the hubby and I love sweet scented candles so this was a must. This has a sweet and candy like scent, however, the scent is now too sweet and overpowering. Love this! Are you a Yankee Candle fan? Is there a scent that I've just got to check out? Let me know below with a comment x 

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