Monday, 29 September 2014

The Autumn Tag

It's been a while since I last posted and this time I do have a genuine reason. I've been suffering really badly with a nasty kidney infection. Thankfully I'm slowly on the mend and felt up to posting this new blog post!

As I've mentioned several times I am more than looking forward to Autumn.
It really is my favourite time of the year, mainly due to the hibernation aspect but also for all the exciting things the Autumn brings!
So for my first post back I decided to do the Autumn Tag!

The Autumn Tag from UK lifestyle and fitness blog

1. Ok we're talking coffee's - what's your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks/Costa/Cafe Nero etc?  

I don't tend to drink too much coffee, particularly not from one of these fine establishments! If I go to Costa I'll often have a peach iced lemonade but think that is more a summer drink than an Autumn one. 

2. Accessories - what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

All of the above! I love Autumn and winter fashion! Scarves and boots are by far and away my favourite Autumn wardrobe staple. I'm currently on the hunt for the perfect pair of winter boots and you'd be hard pressed to stop me buying new scarves.

3. Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?

My music taste doesn't change. I don't really listen to music all that much other than when at the gym.
4. Perfume - what's your favourite scent for this time of year?

I don't tend to wear too much perfume.....Any recommendations?

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5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I love winter berry fragrances, spice apple. About this time of year Glade tend to bring out their christmas range which always smells amazing!
I love the Yankee Candle ranges too but don't often buy them.

6. What do you love most about Autumn?

Sleep!!! I love snuggling up under the quilt. Going for country walks wrapped up but not being totally frozen. There's also the fact it's my birthday, wedding anniversary and halloween! 

7. Favourite makeup look?

My make up stays much the same all year round. I tend to maybe warm up the look a bit with golds, and pale browns.
8. What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?

Strictly Come Dancing, My 30th, Wedding Anniversary, October Half Term (missing my kiddies)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


Recently I've noticed a lot of concrete interiors and accessories popping up on my Pinterest feed.
Needless to say I wasn't sure about it, but the more I look at it the more I seem to like it. I kind of like the rustic, industrial feel and grey is by far my favourite neutral colour.

Concrete Interior Inspiration

Whilst I'm not sure that wall to wall, floor to ceiling concrete is my cup of tea some of these cute accessories could certainly add some style to any space!

Concrete Side Table

COX & COX - £225.00

Concrete Interior Accessories

COX & COX - From £14.50

Concrete Interior Accessories Table Lamp

BHS - £60.00

Concrete Interior Accessories Candle Holders

Concrete Interior Accessories Planter


This last week has to have been one of the hardest of the year so far. I am so tired it's unreal.
Whilst I love having a routine again, the early mornings and rushing around are breaking me! They seem so much harder this term, than they were at the back end of last year.

Now the nights are getting darker I'm feeling a huge urge to get comfy, snuggle in and sleep lots! Unfortunatley the kids have other ideas. Despite being quite literally exhausted from their first week at school they still want ot attend clubs, see their friends and continuously eat!

Right now I'm really looking forward to October Half Term!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Trainer Addiction

I am totally a Nike Girl. Personally for me I don't think you can beat them when it comes to fit and comfort. Both the husband and the son also love their Nike trainers and I don't think we'll be wearing anything else anytime soon?

Although my current trainers aren't that old I do think it might be time to invest in some new ones so naturally I took to the Nike site to see which ones I LOVE!

Here's a selection......

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The Claire Diaries UK lifestyle and Fitness Blog

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

There's a Change In The Air

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I actually can not believe that it is September already! This year seems to be flying by far too quickly. I woke up yesterday morning and it well and truly felt like Autumn had arrived. Looking out of the window and the leaves are starting to fall and change colour.
Whilst I hate saying goodbye to Summer and I really do miss the kids when they go back to school, there is something abou the Autumn that I really love.
Snuggly nights in with a bottle of wine, cosy socks, toasted teacakes are all things I look forward too.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Back to Routine!

Last week was a crazy busy week. Mostly spent getting the kids ready to go back to school!

 This summer has been totally amazing! I've had a blast with these two little darlings......The weather has been amazing, which for the UK is fairly unheard of.
Juggling working from home and looking after the kids this summer has been a bit of a challenge, but I'm sure there are other mums out there who can relate!
Despite having an amazing time with the kids, I've found I've had to keep them seperate quite a bit to stop the arguing..............

I love the lack of routine in the Summer holidays. The chance to stay in bed and watch a film, go on long lazy picnics and just spend all day at the beach is great.
I'm now ready for the Autumn, it is after all my favourite season.

Monday, 1 September 2014

10 Things About Me

I've not been blogging for all that long so it strikes me that many of you won't know all that much about me!
So here are 10 things you didn't know.........

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1) I'm originally a Yorkshire girl! Always will be at heart! Whilst I love living in Lincoln going back to Yorkshire always makes me feel a little bit happier

2) I suffer really badly with panic attacks and anxiety. This isn't something I'm proud of or like to talk about too much really - maybe one day.

3) I would love love love to own my own pretty traditional sweet shop.

4) I met my husband when I was 17

5) I had my son when I was 18!

6) I don't regret many things but I do regret letting myself put on so much weight and not taking proper care of myself.

7) I wish I'd gotten over worrying about what people think of me sooner and hit the gym harder when I was younger! The weight might have come off easier then!

8) I have three cats, Samba, Farrow and Fang. I'm still not sure if I'm a cat person but I prefer it when they are around.

9) I've only learnt to LOVE shopping within the last couple of months. I've spent 99% of my adult life hating shops - to be honest not sure if it's the shops or the way I felt when I couldn't fit in anything that I hated?

10) .....and FINALLY.......I am a HUGE Strictly Come Dancing Fan and am quite literally counting the days to when it will be back on!