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Stables Bournemouth Pizza School

On Tuesday I was invited to Stables Bournemouth for their pizza school. Winning! What I love most about Stables' pizza is the thin crust and the locally sourced toppings. Their pizza's are light, flavoursome and so very satisfying but without the stodgy bloating of most take away/restaurant pizzas. I was intrigued to find out more.
Chef Campbell - Executive Chef for the Stables group was on hand to show us from scratch how they make these ever-popular, often sell out pizzas. Starting with the sauce, we learnt about the fresh ingredients including basil, tomatoes and garlic to name just a few. The sauce is so often forgotten but provides the foundation for the perfect pizza. Chef demonstrated the best step by step order to bring out the flavours of the fresh ingredients and we learnt how not to cover ourselves in sauce when adding liquid ingredients (so simple and I know we have all coated the splashback in sauce before).
Once the sauce was simmering and we were salivating (we …
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Dreamcatcher Sleepover Parties

What do you do when you are charged with organising a dear friend's special send-off, but they are super low key and anti-phallic paraphernalia? No, don't panic, Dreamcatcher Sleepover Parties have the answer. Pamper parties instead of the more traditional boisterous and boozy nights out are becoming more and more popular. With most of us being more budget conscious, spa weekends or a week in Spain are not always an option, so a pamper sleepover party with Dreamcatcher Sleepover Parties could be the answer.
So what is an adult sleepover party? In a nutshell, Dreamcatcher Sleepover Parties come to your house or location and set up the most beautiful teepees, complete with mattresses, sumptuous bedding and gorgeous details. Who can resist lanterns, flowers and fairy lights? They also set up a breakfast tray with each teepee, perfect for treats and pamper goodies. All you need to do is provide the food and bubbles. Simple!
Initially I found the idea of organising a low-key hen do…

Lollipops Play Café - A Review

Lily and I were invited to visit the newly refurbished Lollipops Play Café in the heart of bustling Westbourne. We have tried soft play before, but found them to either be dark and cramped, or designed for older children and unsuitable for pre-walkers. Well Lollipops couldn't have been more different. Situated in an old church building, Lollipops is unique, spacious and flooded with natural light. From the moment you walk through the safety gate you feel a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A refreshing change from the usual rule-heavy chaos of other soft play in the area.
The soft play area is over three floors and has a dedicated area for pre-walkers. Lily has been hit and miss with these pre-walkers areas before, as they often only contain a few soft blocks and a soft play rocker, but not much to entertain. They often feel like an afterthought. This is not the case at Lollipops, who have filled this area with age appropriate toys and activities. I could see the difference in Lily i…

Flower Crowns with Crafts and Giggles

When I was invited to try a flower crown making workshop with Crafts and Giggles, I was really excited. I find crafting really therapeutic, but very much lack any discernible ability. Flower crowns really appeal to my vintage style, but they are never luxurious from the high street. I couldn't wait to have access to high-quality materials and instruction from a crafting expert.

Crafts and Giggles offers a wide range of crafting parties and events, across the UK and Ireland, such as glass painting, bunting making and even pastie making for hen parties. Their attention to detail, crafting knowledge and ability to put crafters of all abilities at ease, makes them the perfect go-to for hen parties, children's parties and even corporate events. Our group certainly contained nervous crafters and Katie handled us with ease. She was warm, encouraging and we all left truly proud of what we had made (so proud we all shot off around Poole for impromptu IG photoshoots).



















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Mummy's Milkies Breastfeeding Clothing

I cannot tell you how many times I have searched for the perfect breastfeeding dress, only to be faced with reams of maternity shapes, ruching and unflattering materials. Post-partum I wanted to embrace my figure, not swamp it with room for a bump I no longer had. The high-street just had nothing to offer and with an important speaking engagement on the horizon, I asked the IG community for their recommendations.

Mummy's Milkies came to the rescue with a beautiful, bright and figure-hugging dress that embraced my shape, but allowed me to breastfeed with ease. Breastfeeding access is via the waist-height flap, but is discreet enough to not be an obvious 'breastfeeding dress'. The dress also has pockets, which is a big win for me. The fabric is soft, non-clingy and sympathetic to my lumps and bumps. The cut is just impeccable and really showcases an hourglass figure perfectly. I would recommend sizing one down for a more snug fit as the cut is designed to be a little loose.

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Kickboxing with Unit 95

The link between positive mental health and exercise is talked about more and more in mainstream media. Yet women are much less likely to try new forms of regular exercise, often citing confidence and embarrassment as the reasons for not joining a new class or activity. Women as a general rule choose exercise such as running or swimming for fitness, but also to give space to clear negative influences and the stress of the day. However I can't help thinking we are missing a trick here, by ruling out high-impact combat sports such as kickboxing and boxing.

This Girl Can found that women fear judgement on how they look during exercise, how good at the activity they are and how much they sweat as reasons behind their reluctance to join exercise classes or pick up a new activity. In combat sport classes, there is a totally different vibe to traditional exercise classes. You train as an individual, but are very much part of a team. Male or female it is expected that you will support eac…

Real Eating Company x Lunch'd - A Breastfeeding Mum's Dream

I was recently invited to an event with Bournemouth Bloggers, celebrating the launch of the Real Eating Company x Lunch'd launch. I was expecting a delicious and nutritious lunch, with the chance to meet local producer and owner of Lunch'd - Oli, but what I actually found was the perfect breastfeeding mum food. We were all served the Greek Phat Box, which consisted of aubergine moussaka, quinoa salad and beetroot tzatziki. The dish was freshly cooked using local ingredients, including micro herbs from Bournemouth producer Green Ponics, grown to perfection with passion, they negate the need for shipping herbs from overseas and you can taste the difference in the flavours throughout the dishes. Dairy and gluten free, the menu can also be tailored for vegan diets, making the weekly rotating menu the perfect solution to mums with personal or baby-driven dietary requirements. 


Like many mums, I often find myself hungry after a salad as breastfeeding and running after tiny wrecking b…