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  1. Would recommend butterflying the chicken breast so it cooks better in the oil still love the recipe though!

    1. I’m not sure at the moment. The blog has had a lot of technical difficulties, plus I’ve not really felt like writing for a long time πŸ™ I hope I’ll be back one day but I can’t promise x

  2. Wow it’s been a busy month for the house! It’s looking good though – I do love those vertical radiators! So many goodies for your birthday too! I hope you had a great day!

    1. It’s been super busy and we’ve still got more work to do! I love the vertical radiators too, they look so sleek.
      I had a great day, thank you, I got to eat so much food πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  3. Belated happy birthday, I’m so glad you had a good one – that hamper looks amazing! Sorry to hear about your first plasterer, I think tradesmen can pick and choose at the moment, which is great for them but obviously not to good for the rest of us 😦 And your red hair looks GORGEOUS, so vibrant! xx

    1. Thank you 😘😘 yeah we were so annoyed but so glad we found someone amazing to do it for us!
      Thank you, it’s fading so quickly though so I might have to find a permanent colour 😊😊 xx

  4. I’ve not heard of these before but it’s interesting that this is becoming more prevalent. It’s great if consumers can find ways to save money and be encouraged to do so. Thanks for sharing — I’ll have to look into some of them!

    1. Yeah, there loads more that I didn’t mention, purely because I’ve never used them so can’t vouch for their validity! I hope you make some savings using the ones I love and use πŸ™‚

  5. Wow! I haven’t heard of any of these sites before but they sound amazing. I’m always looking to save money so I’ll check them out.

  6. You definitely had a busy month! Your hair! Your shoes! Your pins! All so colourful, I love it! My June was very work-oriented and very busy by the end of it. I felt like I could sleep for a week! x

  7. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour. And those trainers, ugh they are so nice!! Well done on your win! The pins are lovely. Looking forward to seeing more of the renovations, it always feel so satisfying once it’s all done.

    1. I absolutely love my trainers but I don’t want to wear them because I’m so clumsy and always scuff new shoes whenever I wear them out for the first time lol!!!

  8. Wow, you did have a busy month! I love your hair, it looks so vibrant. And congrats on winning a new desk and some pins – my favourite is the little dragon, my daughter would love him πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Lisa πŸ™‚ I love the colour but it fades so fast!! The little dragon is actually a Thestral from Harry Potter πŸ™‚ x

  9. Such a busy month for you! I bet you will be happy when the kitchen is complete! I look forward to seeing the update!
    Lucky you winning the pins – you obviously didn’t have enough already! πŸ˜„

    1. It was very busy and I will be extremely happy when the kitchen is done πŸ™‚ Ha, yes, I don’t have very many pins in my collection!

  10. Love catch up posts! I really love your hair, I mean that colour is to die for! Can’t wait to see how the renovations will work out at the end and absolutely in awe by the views from your garden x

    1. Thank you, it’s faded so much since the photo was taken though so I think I might try a different colour!! Thank you, I can’t wait to see either πŸ™‚ x

  11. Ohhhhhh I was after a great recipe for paella and I will need to try this one! I love paella and miss eating it, but never thought about making it myself as it always seemed like such a long thing to make, so this is great! Thank you Holly xx

    1. I love this recipe because it’s so easy to make. Even if you don’t have an air fryer, you can adapt it to a saucepan πŸ™‚ x

  12. These sound so good, but not sure that they would be worth the price, I think you really need to love something to spend so much on it. It’s still fun to try out some new products though!

    Corinne x

    1. I definitely feel like it’s made a difference to my skin, it’s not red after I use the products. I just have to work out if it’s worth the cost or if I can find a suitable alternative πŸ™‚ x

    1. I’m thinking a birthday treat. I usually treat myself to a tattoo on my birthday but maybe I’ll go with a moisturiser instead this year πŸ™‚ x

  13. What a gorgeous review! My skin goes through phases of being sensitive but Temple Spa bits always soothes and makes it better. Can’t rate another brand!


  14. I’ve never actually tried anything from Temple Spa. They sound great and I always hear good things but it’s definitely important not to splash out if you can find alternatives which are just as good but a fraction of the price. They are a bit pricey! x

  15. I haven’t tried this brand before, but I like your descriptions – especially the cleansing cream! I’ve been looking for something that’s good for make up removal, I’ve been using a bar recently that’s fantastic for make up removal and doesn’t irritate my skin, however it does leave me feeling greasy afterwards, and I then feel like I have to wash my face again to get rid of that which obviously I don’t want! Did you use all three of these together? How did that leave your skin feeling? I tend to find if I have to use more than one or two things then my skin feels heavy and not fresh for the day

    1. Oh no, nothing worse than having to clean off the cleanser because it’s greasy! Yes, I probably should have said I used them all together and it left my skin feeling fresh and not heavy at all πŸ™‚

      1. That’s good! I might have a look into them and see if they have some sample sizes to try first – it’s a bit pricey otherwise!

  16. I’ve just bought an omelette maker and am looking forward to using it. Previously I had to put my grill to very hot, wait 15 minutes. cook the omelette on the hob until the bottom set the put the pan under the (the handles come off. This seems likely to be much faster and need less intervention.

  17. Spring is my favourite season too! I love when all the flowers start blooming and the days start getting longer, my spring is your autumn time though haha being on the other side of the world πŸ˜›

  18. That skirt is beautiful! Sometimes it can be a right pain to find the right size but in this case it sounds like it was worth it πŸ™‚ the holly pyjamas are cute too x

  19. That burger oh my! looks so yummy. Also I love your cute floral skirt. Looks like you had a fabulous April, thank you also for reminding me I also need to do my monthly catch up post which will now be up some point next week haha xx

    1. I love the skirt so much and I can’t stop thinking about the burger lol
      It’s really slow progress but we’re getting there πŸ™‚ x

  20. Good luck and have fun with your garden! I’m also in the middle of a garden project- making more raised beds and a better fencing- so I get the feeling! It’s be worth it once everything is planted. Great post!

  21. That burger looks incredible, I wish I could get my hands on it! The skirt from H&M is so beautiful, you were very lucky to get your hands on! Good luck with the garden project, can’t wait to see how it turns out!x

    1. It was such an amazing burger, I can’t stop thinking about it! I’m so glad I got the skirt, I just have to find somewhere to wear it now πŸ˜‚ thank you, I can’t wait for it to be over x

  22. Oh wow what a box, looks like you got yourself a right treat there!! I want it all but bigger. Shame there were no gifts for your cat haha. Maybe that could be your dragons den moment….gift boxes for the whole family and the pets. Maybe not the goldfish though. He is a tosser

    1. Yeah it was such a lovely treat box πŸ™‚ Lol, I think there are companies that do pet boxes with treats for the humans as well, but not for that goldfish though!

  23. This looks great!

    I gave a friend a care package for her birthday back in February as I knew she had been struggling and she loved it. I got it from Blurt Foundation.

  24. These gift boxes seem like a nice idea, they’d make for a good gift for my partner but not for me, do they have boxes that are more geared to those who identify as male and don’t normally use the above self-care kinds of gifts?

    1. They do indeed have health and mental wellbeing boxes for people who identify as male, plus all the food/drink boxes are ungendered πŸ™‚

  25. Love the idea behind this box! Mostly after the last year it’s an amazing idea to give a small gifts to your friends and family! Love the sounds of the candle and bath crystals x

    1. It’s such a great idea isn’t it? I love the thought of someone getting a lovely surprise in the post!! I think I love the candle the best, it smells incredible πŸ™‚ x

  26. Omg I missed this!! But glad to have caught up now!
    Hope you and J have been going on lots of nice adventures now things have opened up slightly.
    My friends Amanda and Charlie should be visiting me next week. Can’t wait to see them and have a jam

    1. Thanks for reading Kathy πŸ™‚ We haven’t been going out yet to be honest but we didn’t really go out much to start with lol. Awww, that sounds loads of fun, hope you have a great time πŸ™‚ x

    1. Thank you! I felt okay for a couple of days but then felt really snuffly! I hope you get your second one soon!! Yeah, the tiramisus were so delicious πŸ™‚ x

  27. Absolutely love your collections! i have some from Punky Pins too and really love them, but the ramen and sushi one were amazing! Thank you forsharing x

  28. I love the sound of this serum but it is quite high on the budget for me! I know that you get what you pay for but I would be wary of spending this much unless it was a miracle worker!


  29. Yes to all of these! The only thing I don’t like about Spring is my hay fever but other than that, I love it. I can’t wait for the lighter nights and being able to sit in the garden!

  30. I certainly find it easier to wake up in the morning once we start moving into spring, I can really struggle with my sleep cycle over autumn and winter. It’s also nice when the weather is nice enough that you can still wear a jumper or a t-shirt. I hate summer because it’s just too hot most the time. What are your thoughts on summer?

    1. Yes, my sleep cycle is awful in winter! Hmmm, I have equal love and hate for summer; there are things I love like annual leave and my birthday, but I hate it when it’s too hot and when there are wasps everywhere!

  31. Completely agree on all these! I love spending time out and seeing nature make its course with new flowers, trees blooming and bees around! The early mornings are easier when the sun is rising or already out! Thanks for sharing x

  32. What a gorgeous house and garden you have for a start.

    I love spring and this year it feels even more like a new beginning with restrictions beginning to lift a little and with schools going back, it’s almost like a fresh start which is what spring always feels like.

    Plus I love Lambs! They are just the cutest x

  33. All of these, yes yes yes!
    Waking up today when the sun was awake before me has started my day off in such a good way. I also cannot wait for Easter eggs. I’m usually on a diet and careful but this year I think sod it, I’m going for it. Give me alll the chocolate!


    1. I love waking up and opening the curtains to it being light outside!! Ha, I’ve just started tracking what I eat because I can’t fit into any of my work clothes at the moment. I’ll probably get an Easter egg but eat it really slowly!

  34. I’m with you on all these! I love being outside though, so the lovely flowers coming through make it more enjoyable. The lighter mornings also make it easier to get up too and be more productive. And then all the Easter treats… just after I’ve got over all the Christmas treats!

  35. I love the orca one! I used to love these pins as a teenager. I ended up giving all of mine away to a younger girl I knew through family friends. She still loves hers, I had loads!


    1. I was really impressed with Punky Pins, I might have to get more!! I love the Polaroid pin, I really want the Minnie Mouse one too πŸ™‚ x

  36. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous, what a vibrant shade! And I’m very intrigued to see what you think of the Dermalogica neck contour cream, that’s such a good idea to include a roller applicator. Good luck with the new jigsaw πŸ™‚

  37. I’ve not read any of these books but I’ve just finished Where The Crawdads Sing which was AMAZING! And I’m halfway through re-reading the His Dark Materials Trilogy, which is even better than I remember πŸ™‚ x

    1. I’ve heard so many things about Where The Crawdads Sing, I might have to get a copy πŸ™‚ I’ve not read His Dark Materials before! πŸ™‚ xx

    1. I love most of the Dermalogica products I’ve tried out! Their products are definitely on the pricier side, so not great if you’re trying to save up, but great if you fancy a splurge! πŸ™‚ xx

  38. I always wonder about eye serums and how effective they are. It sounds like this is a good one but maybe not so effective on fine lines (which I have a LOT of!). Thank you for your honest review, it’s good to hear the cons as well as the pros πŸ™‚

  39. I am reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It is sooo good. You’ll have to check it out.

    Tea in the Tub

  40. Im currently reading ‘What you did’ by Claire McGowan. I was gifted a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas as well as Prime books, this is the first book I’ve downloaded and I cannot stop reading it! Its really gripping, highly recommend.

  41. I do love a good crime/mystery novel so I’m definitely going to check out the DI Helen Grace series. I’ve not heard of them before.

  42. Nice post! I’m looking forward to your update on β€˜All fall down’ as that’s my kinda book too! Although I too have signed up for Good Reads so that I can get more recommendations for things I wouldn’t normally read or know about – jig things up a little bit. I just read β€˜sometime I lie’ by Alice Feeney of a recommendation on there, which I enjoyed – it was along the crime mystery vein that we like, about a woman in a coma that was still mentally aware of her surroundings and was trying to piece things together about what led her there. It kept me hooked till the end, I really enjoyed it. I’m thinking of going down the science fiction route next, so I’m going to look at some of the Good Reads lists for some good ideas!

    1. Thanks, I’ve nearly finished All Fall Down so it won’t be long until there’s a review on the blog πŸ™‚ Oh I didn’t think to use Goodreads for recommendations, thanks for the tip!!

      Ohh, that sounds like my kind of book so I’ll have to check it out! Thanks πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Yeah it was really love to chat with them over video, we’ve never done that before but I think we might do that every year now (as we don’t spend Christmas Day together) πŸ™‚ xx

  43. What a lovely month you had. You must share the recipe for the crumble it looks lush.
    Saw you used to have a personal trainer, have you kept up with the fitness throughout lockdown?

    1. The recipe for the crumble is linked in the post πŸ™‚ No, unfortunately I haven’t kept up with the fitness (although I’m still going for walks) as an injury forced me to stop weight lifting πŸ™

  44. The fall time is my favorite season – definitely a great time of year! I have been eating lots of apples and making pumpkin goodies, and it has been fantastic so far!
    Jenna β™₯
    Stay in touch? Life of an Earth Muffin

  45. We live for Halloween in this house – best time of the year! That being said, I have to say I totally connected with your last point 2. Our two dogs always sleep in our bed, however, during the warmer weather they sleep at the end of the bed in front of the fan that we have there. As the weather gets cooler, they prefer to spend the time curled up actually in bed under the covers with us.

    1. I love my pumpkin jumper too, it’s so soft and cosy!! Thanks, Mr Bear *is* adorable! Awwww, I’m glad your cat sleeps on your bed too πŸ™‚ xx

  46. I totally agree with you, I absolutely love Autumn too! Hot chocolates, chunky knits, the changing of the leaves, Autumnal baking, cosy nights in and home decor are all things I look forward to during this season πŸπŸŽƒ

    Sharon πŸ’•

  47. I’m with you on all of these! Especially the snuggling under blankets, jumpers and boots, and all the hearty warming meals and puddings! Love this time of year!

  48. That’s amazing value for a steel razor – I use an epilator on my legs because I’m too lazy to shave every other day but I might look into one of these for my underarms. Glad to read the legs in your photos are your own, haha! x

    1. I thought it would be a lot more expensive to be honest!! I’ve never used an epilator before, what’s it like? Ahaha, thanks, I could have got J to model for me but I decided to use my leg!! πŸ™‚ xx

  49. Sounds like an absolute lovely month. Its always good to take time to yourself and refresh. How have you found working from home?

    1. Thanks Kathy, how was you month? I’ve found working from home good!! I seem to have found a good work/home balance and I’m on top of cleaning now!! πŸ˜€ xx

  50. Your September sounds lovely, so relaxed and chilled. I love your cat, he’s so cute! And how lucky you were to see the squirrels, I haven’t seen any around our way for ages. xx

    1. Thanks Lisa, he’s pretty adorable πŸ™‚ We often see squirrels in our garden as well, we had one running across the lawn with a sunflower head form next door’s garden lol πŸ™‚ xx

  51. What a lovely, chatty post! I felt like we were on the sofa having a cup of tea! Your September sounded lovely and chilled, which is what I need right now!


  52. I love a good puzzle, especially now the weather is colder – and I’ve also had my jumpers out with the latest cold weather coming in! Tania xx | Tania Michele

    1. I’d definitely recommend trying it out and you don’t need to be tied into the subscription, you could just buy the razor to see how you get on. Thank you πŸ™‚ xx

  53. This sounds really good! I actually use these ridiculously cheap men’s razors from a Chinese shop in the Canaries (they’re like, Β£3 for a set but they work really well) however my stock has run out as I can’t get back there to buy more! These sound like a wonderful replacement – great price, and they’re so pretty, too! I’ll have to add them to my shopping list.

    1. I think a lot of people use men’s razors because they’re so much cheaper! I don’t shave that often so I know the blades will last me for ages πŸ™‚ xx

  54. Sounds like you had a fab month, I love the look of that lemon dress, so cute!! Shame about the Asda cake but the thorntons one looks amazing!x

  55. Looks like you had another great month and got some nice things for your bday. Charlie really knows how to spoil you. My friend Mandy got me a cute Up pendant for xmas always makes me smile

  56. Buffy pins! 😍 Haha, you know I love anything Buffy rated, so there’s ones are my faves here. But I also love the Harry Potter book pin, the river and mountains from Jemma and the wanderlust ones.

  57. Your garden is coming along! I love the little steps and the hill – I know that’s a weird thing to say but I love gardens haha. Can’t wait to see the progress! Shame the unicorn cake didn’t taste of much but the Thorntons one definitely makes up for it! You look beaut in that dress too πŸ™‚ xxx

    1. Thanks Jenny!! We hate the hill lol but there’s not much we can do about it! The Thornton’s cake definitely made up for it πŸ™‚ Thank you, I love the dress so much!! πŸ™‚ xx

  58. What a wonderful collection 😍 I love the cat and pink heart pins. I have one silver unicorn pin. I collect mugs and thimbles, my Aunt got me into those πŸ’•

    Love Sharon xxx

  59. Hey holly, I’ve been looking online for the kokoro recipe, but can’t find it anywhere. My fav katsu curry sauce is the java from kokoro. Is this recipe similar to kokoro’s katsu curry sauce? Also, when you say add in 600 ml of chicken stock, how much of that is water and how many cubes of stock?

    1. Hi Ray, it’s pretty similar I think, but I haven’t had a Kokoro katsu curry for ages!! The 600ml is all water and you add one stock cube into that and stir πŸ™‚

  60. I can’t see the word β€œavocado” without singing the β€œAvocados from Mexico” advert jingle πŸ˜‚.
    I love so many of these 😍😍. Xx

  61. In the last month i’ve hardly been out, only really to town. It’s crazy how different this summer has been. I’ve never tried Shake Shack but it looks amazing

    1. I love the Glow Mud Mask, it’s definitely one of my favourites!! You can pick Pixi up in Boots, which is so much more convenient than buying through the Pixi website! x

  62. This July sounds incredible!! I love that you did so much that I loved. Haha! I visited Shake Shack when I was in London last year and their truffle fries were so yummy!! I love all of those pins too – I really want to collect some Disney ones! I mostly have Potter ones, a collectible VE Day one and some charity ones! I need more of my fandoms!

    My mental health didn’t get any worse during July if that counts! lmao! I did a lot of reading which was amazing.

    Daisy xoxo | According to Daisy

    1. Thanks Daisy πŸ™‚ Ooooh, I want truffle fries now! I have quite a few HP pins and was lucky enough to get some Buffy pins too πŸ™‚ Oh that does count, I’m really glad to hear that and reading loads is a great way to spend time πŸ™‚ xx

  63. I really love those pins! I have official Disney pins from when I went last year, but these look so much better and seem a lot more affordable! Thank you for introducing the 2 pin websites – I am going to be treating myself to some!

    Love, Em x

    1. I’m so jealous, I have one official Disney pin that I won, but when I went to Disneyland Paris, I didn’t collect pins then so I didn’t buy any!! I have 3 pin posts so if you’re looking for new pins, there are loads of links to pin websites on them πŸ™‚ x

    1. Thanks, although I don’t like pubs anyway lol!! I really miss the sea though, haven’t been there in months. Pin collecting is so much fun πŸ™‚ xx

    1. I’m a sucker for pins but I’ve almost run out of room on my display board lol! Ahh, the food was so good, I’m still thinking about it now! x

  64. I’m still getting over the photo of the Shake Shack meal, it looks so good 🀀
    And I can’t believe your gardener thought that was okay?! The fence is definitely looking better though, hopefully it all turns out well!

    Anika |

    1. It was so good, I’m still thinking about Shake Shack!! πŸ™‚ Yeah, the job ended up being bigger than they budgeted for so they cut a lot of corners further down the project!! Thanks, we’re getting on well with it, so that part should be completed by the end of August … Then we just have the rest of the garden to fence (our other neighbours have their own fences separating the gardens but they’re a bit crap!) x

  65. Thank you for sharing what has been a tough time for you, I suffer from anxiety or worrying a lot as my parents put it, it can be mild or be really bad, mine this month was bad when I got in a bother regarding my health, which now has calmed down a lot.

    I do hope that the treatment your taking works for you in the long term πŸ™‚

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

  66. This looks incredible we don’t have a shake shack here in Northampton but I wish we did because the shakes look incredible! And not too badly priced either x

  67. Thanks for sharing this Holly. I’ve had depression and anxiety for several years and have been going through CBT recently. It seems to work really well for me. I did try Citalopram but it messed me up more, so much so, that I refused to try any alternatives. Good luck and I hope Sertaline works well for you. x

  68. Hi Holly – thank you for being so honest about your experiences, I’m sure it will be helpful to many readers. I haven’t tried Sertraline but other things I have done to combat anxiety include: giving up caffeine; limiting alcohol; deep breathing exercises; lots of exercise; drinking more water; plenty of self care (including reading good books, watching decent movies etc). It takes a long time but it does make a difference in the long run. Are there any lifestyle changes you’ve made that have helped?

    1. Thank you Joanne. I don’t drink alcohol (I still drink coffee but limit that to two cups in the morning) and I try and drink plenty of water throughout the day! I find that getting out into my garden makes me feel happy and calm, so I love going out there and pottering in the flowerbeds (weeding, pruning etc) x

  69. You are so brave for saying all this, its so nice to see somebody be so natural. Also where did you get your eyebrows done, they look amazing.

    1. Thanks Kathy πŸ™‚ Ha, my eyebrows are mostly just pencil, but I learnt how to fill them in properly from a woman in Worthing called Emily πŸ™‚ I have a post about her! x

  70. I love the pastel pink waves print… and I’m an absolute sucker for a hamper! Love this post! x

  71. Looking back, I’ve probably had anxiety/depression since I was 13, but didn’t get diagnosed until I was 20 and started meds then (5 years ago). I’ve started on Sertraline too and am still on it (100mg) bar a few periods where I was forgetful/negligent. I still have my bad days but meds most definitely help me. – Rachel x

  72. Hi. I have had anxiety and depression for years, its horrible. I was recently put on sertraline after a suicide attempt. I didn’t get on with it at all. My dose was changed many times, but it made me feel worse. Thankfully I’m now on escitalopram which works for me. I’m also starting cbt today!! I’m glad you found sertraline to work for you, i guess we all react differently to different medications. Stay safe. Martin

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that Martin, but I’m glad you found something that works for you. Good luck with your CBT, I hope it goes well. I felt exhausted after my first session, so I hope you can find something relaxing to do afterwards!

      1. Thank you. I’m both looking forward to it and worried about it. I kmow in the long run it will give me a better life.

  73. I’ve not heard of this brand before but lemon, rosemary and lavender are all essential oils and scents that I love and use a lot so they sound perfect for me! And that’s such a lovely touch that you know the individual who’s responsible for your product as well. BTW, I don’t think you’re a pervert, I love stroking my skin after I’ve exfoliated it as well, haha! X

    Lisa |

    1. Yeah, I really liked that touch! There are photos of them on the website as well πŸ™‚ Ha, I’m glad I’m not the only one!! πŸ™‚ x

  74. Ooh this brand sounds great! I love the fact that they work so closely with rural communities, and that they don’t use any harsh ingredients in their products. The shampoo sounds straight up my street, I love lemon and I’ve actually been looking for a good clarifying shampoo so this could be a winner! I also love the idea of the shower gel, lavender always makes me super sleepy so it would be good before bed! I laughed so much at you saying you look like a pervert stroking your arms haha! It’s a shame you didn’t get on so well with the smell of the soap, but I guess now you know the product itself is good you can try a more ‘you’ scent next time. I definitely need to bear this brand in mind, they sound fab!

    1. Yeah, I was so impressed by their ethos! I’m trying to be more careful with my choices where I can and Poapoa definitely hits the mark! I’m glad I made you laugh πŸ˜€ Yeah, I’ll definitely be looking into more of their products for something more “me”!! I’d love to know if you try anything πŸ™‚ xx

  75. What a great read! I love how positive it was – well done on winning the competition! Your posters looked fab, I am very jealous! Your dress is also really pretty, I am going to have to find one similar for the summer!

    Em |

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ It took so long to pick those prints!! DP have loads of similar dresses at the moment and seem to keep having sales!! πŸ™‚ xx

  76. Congrats on winning the Insta competition – the prints you chose are stunning, I’ll have to head over to their store now! And your DP dress is gorgeous, perfect for summer, so light and cool and easy to wear. Also love the look of your refreshed decking – time to fire up the barbecue now! Lisa x

    1. Thank you, I couldn’t believe it when I won πŸ™‚ Yep, the DP dress is definitely perfect for summer!! Ha, yes I love a good barbecue πŸ™‚ xx

  77. Love those prints and the necklace! Was really nice reading this chatty post πŸ™‚ i’m definitely feeling more free with restrictions being lifted but will only be doing things that are sensible at the moment!x

    1. Thank you for reading. I’m excited to put the prints up πŸ™‚ That sounds like a great idea! I hope you have a lovely July x

  78. I love reading your monthly catch up posts.
    First of all, that necklace is beautiful, it’s a lovely feminine style, and your hair is amazing, it suits you 😍 secondly, that polka dot dress is so pretty I’ve just ordered it after seeing your photo again πŸ˜πŸ™ˆ
    I’m only venturing out an hour a week at the moment, even with lockdown easing. Hope you have a great July.

    Sharon xx

    1. Thank you Sharon!! I haven’t stopped wearing the necklace since I got it!! I’m loving having dyed hair again πŸ™‚ Oooooh no way, can I call myself an influencer now? I can’t wait to see it on you!!

      I’m not really going out either to be honest, it just feels too soon! Have an amazing July lovely xx

  79. Your hair looks amazing! I also love that dress you got too. Looks fab on you! I love Daisy London. I received one of their necklaces too – actually VERY similar to yours but mine has a sun on it! It’s one of my faves xxx

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ It’s fading to a lovely pastel shade now! Oooh, I’ll have to check your necklace out, I’m absolutely in love with mine πŸ™‚ xxx

  80. Your June was so much more productive than mine! I’m considering a post like this though so I can see what I actually did accomplish. I do one seasonally for the homestead and it’s rather satisfying to realize what had been learned and done.

    1. I always feel like I’ve not done much so I tend to scroll through my camera photos for the month to see what I did, it’s always surprising lol!! A seasonal one is pretty awesome, especially if you learnt a lot πŸ™‚ xx

  81. That Dorothy Perkins dress looks gorgeous! I love it when a dress has an elastic waist that hugs nicely. The hair looks fab too, I added some pink pieces into my hair a few years ago and seeing yours is making me want it back!

    Best of luck with your CBT therapy and have a wonderful July xx πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, I’ve never had a dress like this before but I think it’s my new favourite!

      Oooh, do it!! I’m trying to decide what colour to go for next lol.

      Thank you lovely, have a wonderful July too!! πŸ™‚ xx

  82. Hey 😊
    Seems overall you had a fab June with those two diy jobs! I haven’t really done anything like that bit i have sorted out my living room a bit & got rid of a lot of ‘stuff’ i just don’t need anymore πŸ˜‚

    The posters look beautiful and I’m sure they’ll look lovely hung up on the wall.

    The star necklace & dress both also look lovely & are the perfect pairing for Summer πŸ˜Žβ˜€

    Here’s to July being even better! ✨🌟


    1. Yeah it was pretty productive!! πŸ™‚ That;s good, I want to have a clear out but don’t want to go to the tip lol.

      Yes, here’s to fantastic July πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Thank you so much!! I’m going to try and fade it out so it’s more of a pastel peachy colour πŸ™‚ I love moons and stars too!! πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Although the products are more expensive than non-vegan brands, I feel like the pricing is definitely comparable to other vegan/organic brands πŸ™‚ Plus the products have been lasting me for months!!

  83. I’m a huge sucker for vegan and all natural products. Will definitely have to give these a try! Thanks for sharing x

    1. I’m definitely trying to make better decisions when it comes to picking up skin and make up products!! I hope you love the products as much as I do x

  84. I absolutely loveeee the sound of this brand! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ I particularly love the sound of the deodorant stick – I can get a bit sweaty at night-time too so this might be a good investment for me haha! xxx

  85. The So Versatile ultra gel sounds like a fab product, I love products that can be used for loads of different things!xx

  86. Gosh it was quite a month, wasn’t it? Rocket lollies are SO GOOD! Glad you’ve been keeping busy and doing home projects and things. I’ve been quite busy with work so that’s good!

    1. It felt so long!! They are, they didn’t have any in stock this time though πŸ™ Thank you, ah that’s good, are you working from home or going into work? xx

  87. Sounds like you’ve been managing to keep busy despite the lockdown! Love that you’ve been getting more creative in your photoshoots, I’ve been trying to do the same but maybe not as successfully haha!

    1. Yeah, I’ve been trying to do little projects on the house, which has been lovely πŸ™‚ Thank you, I’ll bet your photos are amazing!! x

  88. I love having a nosey in our people’s handbags and yours gorgeous. The colours definitely go well together. πŸ’› I always keep suncream and an umbrella in my bag because you never know what the weather will do.

    1. We have one left in the fridge, I’m going to be sad when we’ve eaten it!! Thank you, it’s so easy to move and add pins to it πŸ™‚ Hope you’re doing well lovely x

  89. I really do commend you because this is what I’m currently aspiring to do.
    I actually enjoy the gym, but I can seem to continue for long periods of time.
    Home workouts suck for me too.
    Do you have any tips on maintaining motivation to go to the gym? Because I’m only motivated when its about to be summer. hahhahaha

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Unfortunately I’m not able to go to the gym anymore so I don’t really have any tips on staying motivated to go x

  90. I can never wear jeans in the house all day. I get so hot! I’m with you though on not having lounge wear. I’ve always wanted some nice lounge wear because all I have are jeans, dresses/skirts, and pajamas. I’ve been meaning to order some lounge clothes. I’ll check them out. Fingers crossed they have plus size!

    1. I know that feeling, nothing worse than being inside and feeling hot and sticky!! I think they only go up to a UK size 16 but I’m not entirely sure xx

  91. Hey Holly, loved this post, loungewear has become a saviour recently for everyone and it’s going to be very hard to go back to wearing normal clothes whenever lockdown eases and we have to go back to work!

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Ahaha, definitely I don’t know how I’m going to cope wearing smart/casual trousers when I go back πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Ahaha, I’m exactly the same, I’m not usually a fan at all but I absolutely love them πŸ™‚ I’m glad you have comfy clothes for lockdown πŸ™‚ xx

  92. I aspire to be as chilled as you look in that first image! I really like those pink joggers, I think they’re my fave of everything here BUT I do tend to go for pink quite a lot! I’m a huge lounge person – in fact I’m wearing pj shorts today! Ultimate lounge! xxx

    1. Ahaha, thank you; it was so warm in the garden but there was a lovely cool breeze!! I think the pink ones are my favourite too, which is weird because I don’t own a lot of pink!! Ohh nice, I need to dig out my pj shorts for the hotter weather!! πŸ™‚ xx

  93. I don’t have much in the way of loungewear either so I’ve been living in jeans, or changing into on bottoms when I get home. At work I’m wearing smart casual clothes and wish we could wear something more comfortable! I love grey coloured clothes too.

    1. Ah that’s a shame! Yeah, you’d think at the moment you’d be able to wear more casual clothes at work!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves grey πŸ™‚ xx

      1. You’d think so! But nope. I think I’ll need to get some loungewear so at least I’m a little comfier at home. It might even motivate me to start blogging again! πŸ™ˆ x

        1. That sounds like a good idea! Wearing clothes that weren’t pyjamas definitely made me more productive so it might work for you!! πŸ™‚ x

  94. I am making a return to blogging after a VERY long time. The #SpreadKindness project you speak of sounds lovely. I may need to check it out. Nothing like spoiling someone. You never know what anyone is going through, so it’s nice to give someone a little something that might brighten their day.

  95. I love your pin display board! I remember seeing it on Instagram and thinking it was such a cool way to display all the pins! You have such an awesome collection πŸ˜€ After seeing those salmon and cream cheese bagels, I’m certainly craving one!! Sorry to hear you have been struggling lately, my anxiety has been pretty up and down too. Sending you big hugs and hope May is a good month for you! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    1. Thank you so much! I’m craving one too but we don’t have any of the ingredients left lol!! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been struggling too, I hope we both have a much better few months <3 xx

  96. Your start of this post made me laugh. Let’s not beat around the bush.. .April was shit haha! Great post. I binge watched One Tree Hill on Prime at the beginning of the year and I wish I hadn’t now because I’d have loved to save it for lockdown! It’s okay though because I’m on Desperate Housewives now. Smoked Salmon, cream cheese and cucumber bagels are one of my favourite lunches EVER! <3

    1. Thank you lol!! It was super shit, wasn’t it? Yay, glad you have something else to watch πŸ™‚ Ha, the bagels are amazing, aren’t they? xx

  97. So great to see you’ve been making the most of your time! I hope you’re all keeping safe and positive! x

  98. Awesome pin collection!!! I hope you manage to feel better and less anxious soon – seems like you’re occupying yourself though!!! Lovely post and great photos xxx

    1. Thank you! I’ve been collecting them for a while now πŸ™‚ Ii’ve spoken to my GP and I’m going to try Sertraline to see how I get on! πŸ™‚ xx

  99. Loving the efforts to keep busy and positive throughout this nightmare! It’s not good for anxiety at all this lockdown so I hear you on that one. Always a result to get cheap chocolate eggs though right? Haha

    My lockdown is actually not too bad I’ve gone from prison into a more relaxed prison haha

    I look forward to reading more πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ Yeah, it’s been pretty shit but trying to stay positive!! Haha, that must still feel pretty weird though, right?

      1. Yeah it’s very weird but still a lot more freedom than I had so I try and focus on the positives! That daily exercise is where it’s at πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

  100. Oh my goodness, the first line of your post actually made me laugh out loud!
    Those bagels look incredible 😍
    Our food shop has also pretty much doubled too but we’re still going every week. Clearly I’m doing something wrong!
    Oh I’ll keep an eye out for the So Natural post. I suffer with sensitive skin so this looks good! xx

    1. Thank you lol!! Yeah, the bagels were amazing, I wish I’d bought more now!! Ha, I think it’s because I’m trying to buy extra for lunches and stocking up as we’re not sure when we’re shopping next. Luckily our last shop was cheap as we got an online order! Hopefully the post will be up at the end of next month or the beginning of June πŸ™‚ xx

      1. I love how you’ve chosen to display your pins! It’s great when you’re able to have your collections on display. I wish I could with my Buffy collectables, but I don’t have that much room at the moment. Lock down has been weird, I’m at my boyfriend’s – where I was staying when it hit – bit still going into the office everyday. I can’t work from home as I’m key to the day to day running of the business and needed on site. But I think I’d rather be safe at home! Or at my boyfriend’s.

        1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I hope you get room, Buffy collectibles definitely need to be displayed!! Ah sorry to hear oyu’re still having to go in, I hope the office is keeping safe xx

          1. They really do! 😊 Yeah are, we’re all separated out and those that aren’t crucial to the day to day running of the business are working from home. x

  101. Sounds like you’ve been keeping busy! I stocked up on cheap easter eggs too and it might of been the best things I’ve done all month hahah x

    1. Yeah, it’s been a mix of being productive and dicking around on the internet for hours lol!! Omg, aren’t cheap Easter eggs the best? I think we have two left now x

  102. It’s so great that they offered other moisturizers for you to try when you said the other one didn’t work for you! I love the sound of the one with SPF 30 in it! I have such pale skin and making a point of only buying day moisturizers with SPF in it now!

    1. Yes, it was so lovely of them especially as I get on with the new one much better πŸ™‚ Ha, I know what you mean, I’m super pale too and definitely need that SPF!

  103. You look amazing Holly! You should be proud of what you’ve achieved with your fitness / weight loss journey. I used to use hand weights with squats and lunges but it’s been so long since I did any kind of weight training. My go-to exercises at the moment are walking, hiking and yoga; but I know I need some strength training in there to mix it up a bit.

    1. Thank you so much! I really want to get back into yoga, especially as I’m spending so much time at home! Hiking sounds fun, where do you go? X

      1. We usually go around the Brecon Beacons area or near the Forest of Dean. But that’s not possible at the moment with lockdown but there are plenty of nice walks locally. I want to try the Cotswold Way at some point too. x

  104. I don’t have Prime but I’ve been thinking about it for ages! One Tree Hill was one of my favourite shows, so I may get it just for that.

  105. I love Amazon Prime too! I haven’t watched any of these shows yet, but I’ll definitely be putting these on my list! Thanks for sharing! I hope you’re doing well! πŸ™‚

  106. I have both as I steal my mums Amazon Prime, heh! I’ve not long finished re-watching Ugly Betty and I forgot how much I loved it. There are a few decent series on Netflix at the moment – Sex Education, Fresh Meat and my favourite film “I Feel Pretty” that I seem to be watching all the time at the mo, oops!
    Alice Xx

    1. Ahaha, that’s a great idea!! I think I’ve only seen one season of Ugly Betty, my “to watch” list is getting way too long lol. I’ve heard loads of good things about Sex Education!! xx

  107. I loved lost too when it first came out, but I agree with you, it got too weird lol and I always loved House as well. I did not know it was on Amazon prime!

  108. I haven’t watched any of these! I have Amazon Prime but usually opt for Netflix, but I’ll have a look next time I sit down to watch something. Thanks for sharing Holly 😊

    Leanne xx | Latte Leanne

    1. It’s so good, I’d definitely recommend giving it a go πŸ™‚ I ended up watching it over about 3 months but I was terrified they were going to take it off the free list!! x

  109. I loved One Tree Hill! And I hadn’t realised House is on there too! We have Netflix at the minute, and I do have Amazon Prime but I always seem to forget about it in favour of Netflix. Might just have to change that though! Did I read somewhere that Greys Anatomy is on Prime? If it is then it’s definitely worth the watch!

    Thanks for sharing 😊

    1. I think a lot of people forget about Prime, I didn’t realise they did Prime video, I thought it was just fast and free shipping for Amazon lol!! Yes, Grey’s Anatomy is on there, I might have to check it out πŸ™‚ xx

    1. Although it must cost a fortune to repaint and get all the bits and pieces for the new characters lol … I don’t know which character they had before we went into lockdown! xx

  110. Thank you for posting this! I tend to gravitate toward standalones (“The Girl With bla bla” or “The Woman” or “The Sister” or etc.) but I am starting to find them so cliche. I don’t really know where to even start with crime series so I am going to have to give these a try!

    1. You’re more than welcome! I love series because you can see the development of the characters!! I picked Tim Weaver and Chris Carter because I was drawn to the book covers!

  111. I really feel for you about the mould! We had a serious mould problem in our old house. I had a dehumidifier pointed at the wall for several hours a day and still a lot of stuff got ruined beyond repair. I hope you can get it under control. I am loving the Dermalogica sunscreen too! xx

    1. OH no, sorry to hear that πŸ™ I think the ventilation system has stopped the mould from spreading and now I’ve bleached it, it doesn’t seem to be coming back! Fingers crossed it’s solved the issue πŸ™‚ xx

  112. It’s been a very odd year hasn’t it? Haha. I hope you’re doing okay after the surgery and so glad you’re getting on top of the mold issue! We’ve had it before and it’s not pleasant. Hope you and J are holding up okay! xxx

    1. It really has!! Thank you lovely, still not sure what’s going on but it’s not too serious. The mould isn’t coming back so we’re so happy πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ we’re good thank you! How are you and the family? Xxx

        1. Weirdly mine was really bad yesterday but I’ve not been affected until now!! Yes, definitely rather hay fever than anything else!! x

  113. You have done so well and should be soo proud!! I love the progress and you finding what you enjoy ☺️I do miss the gym but have been loving running outside more! Good luck with your progress! Xx

  114. I don’t tend to wear eyeshadow as it never stays put and has more or less gone by mid-morning or evening 😦 But my favourite is definitely the Natural Beauty palette, the shades are the perfect suit-all combinations and they sound gorgeous. Also, testament to Pixi that the shadows survived the fall! X

    Lisa |

    1. I don’t always have time to put it on in the mornings, I favour sleep over getting ready πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I’m leaning towards preferring that palette too! X

    1. Yeah I ended up giving the box to my boyfriend as he collects boxes and pots for bits and bobs lol! I absolutely love the colours in both palettes! X

  115. You look amazing! Well done, this was an inspirational journey as I too would like to tone up and get fitter but just starting at the moment feels so difficult. I really need to get myself into gear!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, the starting part is definitely the hardest bit, I nearly turned the opportunity down because I was scared but I’m so glad I did it! You can do this too 😘

  116. 2020 has definitely been a weird year so far! It sounds like you’ve had a few ups and downs these past few months. I love the floral dress and boots you’ve purchased!

  117. This definitely motivated me to keep on going with my exercising journey ! You look great! You’ve got alot of motivation so keep on going! x

  118. That is some serious exercising, but I love that you stuck through it and achieved the results you were after, as well as sharing your videos! Staying the same size afterwards is a rewarding experience; often dedication and patience are key to happy results. πŸ™‚

    1. It was so good, I can’t wait to go back! The Pixi products are so good, I can’t wait to blog about them πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ The new job is going well but I’m working from home at the moment! X

  119. You look gorgeous in all of your photos and training sessions! Seeing you made me want to do weight lifting again πŸ˜€ x Thank you for sharing this post!

  120. Two stone? TWO STONE? Wow, you should be chuffed to bits, that’s amazing, Holly, really well done! I hope whatever the underlying health issue is, it’s not too serious though. Thank you for such a motivating and inspiring post, Holly, stay safe xx

    1. Thank you 😘😘 it’s just lovely to be able to fit into my clothes again! Thanks, I’m not really sure yet. Thank you for reading xx

  121. I think you’ve done amazingly. You should be so proud. I really have a bit of weight to lose – 2 stone would be a dream for me! I started using Holly Dolke on YouTube and joined her membership programme in January. She does some fab HIIT workouts and I’m really enjoying it. I just wish I could see results quicker! xxx

    1. Thank you so much Jenny! Oooh, I might have to check her out, thanks for the tip! Ah yeah, it’s really shit when it’s really slow progress isn’t it but at least it’s a healthy way of doing it πŸ™‚ xxx

  122. Wow! It sounds like you have been on an incredible fitness journey, losing 2 stone is so impressive! You look amazing, Holly! I have also been working out with weights recently, it’s such a good way to tone up and feel stronger πŸ™‚ Your story is really inspirational, thank you for the motivation! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  123. This sounds absolutely amazing, your lady bits comments made me laugh so much ; that is always my dear with tea tree stuff. I really love how cute the packaging is x

    1. Ahaha glad you liked the lady bits comment, I nearly didn’t add it in πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ yes, the packaging really brightened up the bathroom πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ x

  124. I have never tried this but have been wanting to because a celeb I follow used to have it in her amazon wishlist. Funny but I remember. I cannot wait to try it. I love good skincare and the fact u mentioned the moisturizer is heavier is exactly what I need. Just did my skincare now and I use two different moisturizers and still feel dry skin. Grrr! Thanks for the review. Cannot wait to try!

    1. That’s a good reason to give it a go πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ I hope it helps if you do end up trying it. I hate having dry skin on my face! X

  125. This sounds like a fantastic brand, I love the bright and vibrant packaging, it is so eye-catching! Every product sounds like it is full of natural and healthy ingredients, I love the sound of the shampoo and conditioner, especially as you had great results with getting soft and sleek hair. Thanks for sharing your review Holly, fab post and pretty photos! ❀ xx

    Bexa |

    1. I was really impressed with them, the products look amazing and my hair has been feeling silky soft β™₯️ thanks for reading xx

  126. Can we stop 2020? I want to get off! xD I’ll actually had a really rough start to my year mentally but I’m plodding on! We’re all having a struggle. Those boots look bad-ass, hun! You’ve got great taste! πŸ˜‰

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Or can we just forward to 2021?? I’m sorry to hear that love, I’ve been struggling with my anxiety so I feel you!!
      Awww thank you! I love them both and glad I bought the second pair in the end xx

    1. It’s going so quickly, isn’t it? After you getting on okay with him being there all the time? Awww thank you, he’s our baby Bear β™₯️β™₯️

  127. That is the most beautiful picture of the two of you, I can see exactly why you chose it! And above your bed in due course will be perfect. I love Photowall, they are such a wonderful company, I have a full size horse canvas from them on one of our walls and it’s transformed that room. Lovely review, Holly! x

    Lisa |

    1. Aww, thank you so much!! We love it and yes, I think it’ll be perfect over the bed πŸ™‚ Oh, that’s so lovely, I bet it makes such a difference πŸ™‚ x

  128. Aww, that is such a lovely photo and so nice it has special memories of Disneyland too, so cute! I was lucky enough to review a Photowall canvas a few years ago, they are such a great company, and the print is still brightening up the wall in my lounge today! Thanks for sharing you review Holly, fab post and a great reminder of how awesome Photowall are! <3 xx

    Bexa |

  129. That cake and yule log look delicious Holly! 😍 Makes me want to take up baking again. I love the cute pumpkin pot. I hardly go in Next but I’ll have a look in there more often.

  130. I love Indian food so this is right up my alley. I’ve still not been to Brighton(!) z next year? – but I’ll definitely be paying the Curry Leaf a visit.

  131. This looks delicious! I love that they do different food at each location – keeps things interesting with more options! Curry is my favourite so I vote we visit when I next come to Brighton πŸ‘

  132. I think the last time I watched ‘I’m a celebrity’ was when Dougie from Mcfly won it! πŸ™ˆ So while I don’t recognise these boots, I do love the look of them. They’re really comfy looking! The laid back white tee and skirt is a great outfit to pair them with, and you can never go wrong with an animal print for jungle vibes either, I wish I had your sense of style.

  133. I have a fair amount of HP socks and PJs! I LOVE the Honeydukes set you have!!! So jelly. The covers of my set are the newer one’s I think? But I’ve owned several different editions!

    Loved this post, long live Harry Potter!

    Kenna, xxx

    1. My HP socks all have holes in now, I think I need some more!! Ah thank you, I love them and I wish I’d got the Honeydukes shoes when they came out πŸ˜€

      Glad you liked the post, thank you πŸ™‚ xx

  134. The boots look really comfy, are they waterproof too? I love the look you went for – I’ve been looking for a skirt like that for a while too, did you buy it recently?

  135. I love Karen Rose and Karin Slaughter!! Closer Than You Think is my favourite Karen Rose book so far.
    Daniel Cole and Katerina Diamond are other crime thriller authors I enjoy.
    Definitely going to keep an eye out for for some of these books!
    Saph x

  136. This dress is so pretty with such a cute print & it looks gorgeous on you! I have a dress that always makes me feel good when I wear it, it’s from boohoo and I really wish I’d bought the other colour options of it that they had available back when I bought it now because I didn’t think I was going to love it so much! Lovely post x

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

    1. Thank you 😘😘 awwww it’s always a shame when they do the same dress in different colours but go out of stock when you decide you need all the colours! X

    1. I don’t think it’ll still be pusheen in January 😫 they change the themes regularly! Ah yeah, Brighton from Birmingham is such a mission xx

  137. Oh that sounds like an absolute dream & the fact it’s all vegan / ethically sourced is amazing! I wish I had a spa super close to me πŸ˜‚ the travel home always ruins my zen


  138. This sounds heavenly Holly! 😍 I’ve never been to a spa but I’m taking my mum to a local one next weekend as a late birthday treat. We’re having a mud massage!

  139. It’s sad that there are so many places like this that pop up – look amazing for photos, but everything else is just bland, so you are only paying for the experience. I’ve got to say though – your β€˜ice cream’ even looks like sorbet πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ