FFGF – GB Olympians Do Their Thang!

I so wish this had come out before last Friday night, well done on all the GB team who took part in this you were and are truly awesome.

And without further ado, the GB team’s contribution for Children in Need :


Gifts from Switzerland

Posted On 22/11/2012

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Little pressies from Mr H’s recent trip to Switzerland. Not sure if I’m more grateful he’s home or that he’s home with lindt goodies!

A Christmas Wardrobe

This year Mr H and I will be celebrating Christmas Day by ourselves, so I plan on wearing my pyjamas for the most part of the day.

However, I do have a couple of Christmas lunches to go to at work, and we have a little family gathering to host so I have been thinking about what I could possibly wear.

I posted this dress on Facebook last night to mixed reviews :

Bernie Dexter Dress Osterley in Winter Print

And as much as I love this dress, I don’t love the price tag for a dress I may only wear a couple of times a year.

But it has got me thinking about what I could wear for the Christmas season.

I thought of this for the work Christmas lunches, I already own the coat in black and it’s so cosy! A nice dress with an empire waistline to accommodate the over indulgement, and knee length boots for walking to and from the restaurant, topped off with the wrap around coat and a punch of Christmas green with the earrings.

Christmas Work Lunch
Christmas Work Lunch by mrshpresents featuring knee high heel boots

And for the family day, a loose wrapover top with jeans to cope with all the running around in and out of the kitchen. The slipper shoes a smarter version of the fluffy boots I could be sporting! Smarten up with this beautiful necklace and a strong lip, and I definitely will be in need of a hot chocolate.

Christmas Family Gathering
Christmas Family Gathering by mrshpresents featuring lip makeup

Seriously tempted to do some retail therapy now … anyone got any other ideas for a Christmas wardrobe?

FFGF – 38 days to go!

Yup, as the Public Service Announcement it’s only 38 days to go to Christmas!
As part of getting organised for Christmas I am nearly done with present buying and wrapping, the cards are all written out and addressed/stamped and the Christmas cake is distilling/pickling.

Now you all hate me, sorry!

One of my friends posted this as their Facebook status yesterday which just tickled me, and I strongly recommend you DO NOT follow this recipe and behave responsibly when making your Christmas cake.

I’ve had requests for my Vodka Christmas Cake recipe so here goes.
Please keep in your files as I am beginning to get tired of typing this up every year!(Made mine this morning!!!!)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • Nuts
  • 1 bottle Vodka
  • 2 cups dried fruit
  1. Sample a cup of Vodka to check quality.
  2. Take a large bowl, check the Vodka again to be sure it is of the highest quality then Repeat.
  3. Turn on the electric mixer.
  4. Beat one cup of butter in a large fluffy bowl.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar.
  6. Beat again.
  7. At this point, it is best to make sure the Vodka is still OK.
  8. Try another cup just in case.
  9. Turn off the mixerer thingy.
  10. Break 2 eegs and add to the bowl and chuck in the cup of dried fruit.
  11. Pick the fruit up off the floor, wash it and put it in the bowl a piece at a time trying to count it.
  12. Mix on the turner.
  13. If the fried druit getas stuck in the beaterers, just pry it loose with a drewscriver
  14. Sample the Vodka to test for tonsisticity.
  15. Next, sift 2 cups of salt, or something.
  16. Check the Vodka.
  17. Now crap shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts.
  18. Add one table.
  19. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink.
  20. Whatever you can find.
  21. Greash the oven.
  22. Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over.
  23. Don’t forget to beat off the turner.
  24. Finally, throw the bowl through the window.
  25. Finish the Vodka and wipe the counter with the cat

    Have a great Friday, and you should provided you don’t follow the recipe above!

Daily Prompt – Revisionist History

As things are still quiet on the Western front, I’m using another prompt post

Go back in time to an event you think could have played out differently for you. Let alternate history have its moment: tell us what could, would or should have happened?

I try not to have any regrets, as everything plays out the way it should and shapes us. We may not like it, but we learn from the negatives and embrace the positives.

Now I’ll stop being philosophical 😉

The one event which could have completely changed my world was when I was very little. At the time we were living in Bromley and my dad had just been made redundant.

He had three choices of new job; one in Bolton, one in Dubai and one in New York.

In this reality, he chose the job in Bolton and that is where I grew up.

Bolton Town Hall and the infamous Town Hall Steps

It’s hard to imagine which he would have chosen had Bolton not been an option.

(I have a feeling Dubai would have been off the table due to my sand phobia)

If I’d grown up in New York, I would have been in the culture I read so much about as a child. I could have attended a Summer Camp. And, more sobering, I would more than likely be in New York during 9/11.

On a random note, I wonder what my accent would be like if I’d grown up in New York? Currently, my accent is an amalgamation of all the areas I’ve lived. I don’t sound like a Southerner, Londoner, Northerner or Black Country, but I do have twangs of them all depending on what I’m saying.

I don’t claim to know all the regional accents of New York, but would that have meshed with the English accent? That would have been fun to hear/see?

One of my uni courses is Creative Writing, so it would be good to explore this topic if I get the chance and imagine the life I could have had.

Daily Prompt – Be The Change

Posted On 12/11/2012

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I’ve started receiving the Daily Prompt in my reader, and so today, as I can’t think of anythign productive to write I thought I would utilise the prompt :

What change, big or small, would you like your blog to make in the world?

I hold no illusions about my blog, I know I am a small fish in an ocean.

At this stage in my blog life I think I fall under the Lifestyle category, but that may evolve with time, and as my voice develops.

However, I would hope that a post I publish helps someone in some small way. Whether it be a story about my personal experiences which I have shared or a tutorial for a baking project.

Blogs I have read over the past few years have helped me in many ways, and I would like them to know how much I value their impact on my life :

The Handcrafted Life – Although this may be misguided on my part, Morgan shows how DIY is not beyond anyone’s reach!

That Wife – Jenna inspired me to return to University and finish off my degree.

…Love Maegan – Although I am only at the beginning of my journey, Maegan has shown me that although it sucks, it’s okay to still be mad and upset.

Megan Nielsen – I have not tried to make myself a dress yet, but Megan makes it seems so easy I can’t wait to try!

Ramshackle Glam – I love Jordan’s video entries and maybe in the future my actual voice will make it onto this blog.

Va-Voom Vintage – It’s okay to not be slim, and still be beautiful. I am still struggling with this, but Brittany’s fabulous vintage wardrobe is winning me over!

Thank you ladies, and I hope to pay it forward x

FFGF – Ow Much?

I don’t make a secret of the fact that I have yorkshire blood and when I received the quote for new specs I struggled not to shout “Ow much?!”

So in honour of my Yorkshire brethren, here’s a few classic comedy clips for a Friday giggle :

Harry Enfield and Yorkshire Airlines

Monty Python, say no more

As for the new specs? I’ve found a pair, just need to order them.

Happy Friday!!!!

Specky Four Eyes

Posted On 07/11/2012

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A childhood taunt many of us spectacle wearers have had to endure in childhood years, and to which I would most emphatically reply – Four Eyes are always better than two!

One of my most hated tasks in the world is buying new glasses.

The main reason being I have finally found a frame shape that suits me, but which isn’t currently widely available so I have to search … and search … and search some more.

The secondary reason is the cost – my lenses have to be thinned down in order to not fall off my face with the weight! (Okay, slight exaggeration, but they do have to be thinned down to fit into most frames) This makes my overall price mucho expensivo!

On this particular shopping mission, my main reason for hating the process is that I should not be shopping for new glasses for another 18 months, but Mr H dropped my current pair so I am in need of a replacement.

I’m off this afternoon to go looking for the replacements.

Which will be the lucky pair?

Option 1



Option 2


Option 3


Option 4


Option 5


FFGF – Taert ro Kcirt!

Given this week has been about Hurricane Sandy, I found something sweet and positive to show you all, Reverse Trick or Treat!

Have a great weekend, I have got the Monday off to finish off my Christmas shopping, so one long weekend for me!