Day 6. Mindset is everything 🌷

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Happy Saturday guys!! 🌸 it feels good to finally be the weekend after a pretty long week, what are your plans? The weather is rubbish here at the moment which is such a shame because we had some gorgeous sunshine during the week.

I have had some pretty amazing collaborations come my way over the past week so I’m really excited to get those up on the blog, they will be coming in the next couple of days so look out for them. One is with a brand I absolutely love so I’m really excited to get them drafted and published for you!

Back to my daily calorie intake..

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Breakfast – Porridge of course!! Made with coconut milk and frozen raspberries – 200 calories.

2 litres of water by 11am! Totally smashing this water thing today! 💦

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Lunch – Slimfast chocolate shake – 206 calories

Another litre of water 👏🏼💗

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Dinner – Tazmyn made homemade chicken kebabs and lots of salad with a wholemeal pita – 386 calories

Pudding – muller light strawberry fruitopolis – 65 calories.

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Total calorie intake – 857 Calories.

Lots of love,

Sinéad x

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Date day 🔐

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I took Tazmyn out today for a “date day” as we don’t really get the chance to do it in the evening. I told her to choose wherever she wanted to go and we’d go. When she said Windsor I think I was secretly hoping she would choose Marco Pierre Whites steakhouse as we have been there a few times and it’s amazing, but nope, she chose Nando’s didn’t she. We had a lovely afternoon though, even if I do think I’ve caught hypothermia now!

What do you get when you go to Nando’s? I feel like Nando’s is sooo overrated personally but I know everyone loves it! Especially my wife. I had a chicken wrap, with chilli jam and grilled halloumi, with sides of creamy mash and spicy rice! It was nice and I enjoyed it. The Windsor Nando’s is always so so busy though!

We did some shopping too, I got us a bath bomb each from Lush and we got a few things in the body shop too! Tazmyns really into the seaweed range at the moment, I think we pretty much have every seaweed product the body shop currently sells! Whenever we go to Windsor we always have a look around Daniels too, it’s a big department store and really really lovely! 💗

The main part of Tazmyns date day, was the ice cream date. I told her I’d take her for an ice cream date at Christmas so we finally got round to doing that today. We went to Creams cafe in Windsor and would highly recommend it! Tazmyn now wants to go all the time 😭🤦🏻‍♀️

I had a crepe filled with sliced strawberries and covered in chocolate sauce and sprinkles with a side of cream, Tazmyn went for a waffle with Nutella, chocolate fudge pieces, kinder bueno and chocolate sauce! I don’t think she could have ordered anything more chocolate-ey if she tried! We both had a slush puppy too which was really nice!

I hope she’s had a really lovely day today, because I know I have! On our way home we stopped in Waitrose right by our house to pick up a few things for the week, not that we’ll need to eat again tonight that’s for sure!

It’s so good to get into a warm toasty house, with fresh pyjamas on and the heating whacked up high! Tea & snugs for us tonight.

Sending love, wishing you all a positive week ahead!

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Butterflies and boundaries

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Your favourite colour is red and your lucky number is 11, because that’s the date of your birthday. You talk in your sleep and you take videos of me whenever I’m pissed off about something. You only have coffee to dunk your biscuits in, you never actually drink it, but you still say I make the best coffee. You like horror movies and I love romance. We compromise by me having two hour baths whenever you want to watch silence of the lambs. You stick your bottom lip out whenever you want something and you give Gracie way too many treats. Do you remember that time you ran over a squirrel in your car when we were on a drive one Sunday? I was so mad at you about it. You set alarms on your phone for everything and you’re super organised. You make lists and I’m pretty sure your browser history is 90% Asda because you’re always on the bloody website! I cook the pasta and you make everything else. That’s just the way it is. We hate Ikea. You take longer in the bathroom than I do. I call you Tazzie when I’m trying to piss you off. I like looking after you when you’re not well. You’re the thortful one, but I’m learning. You pretend to love strictly come dancing just because you know I do. I love you for that. You keep me sane in airports because I hate them. You’re so calm and level headed. You are the reasoning behind my madness, I’d be lost without you. You win on the scratch cards, I never do. You remind me I’m almost 30 every day of my life. You’re more excited about it than me. We love garden centres and anywhere that has a cafe. I don’t like your driving and you tolerate my singing. We laugh at the same things. We like the same food. You look up the menu on your phone 3 days before we even book the table. I love the way you talk to my cat. I got chewing gum stuck in your hair the first night you ever stayed over at mine and I found it the funniest thing in the world. You like your bacon extra crispy just like me. I hate the way you hold a carrier bag or how long you take to make decisions, but you always end up making the best ones. We shower together. You refuse to wash up but you love to cook. You’re clumsy. Your Manchester accent is really bad. You fancy Emelia Fox and I think I’m okay with it. I still don’t like silent witness though. You said I looked like Kim Kardashian on our wedding day, I think I’ll always remember that. You’re silly and you’re so funny, I always get a tummy ache from laughing so much. You’re the big spoon. I made you love tortellini. We don’t believe in diets. Life is meant to be filled with all the things you love. We love food. You’re stubborn but soft inside. You have put up with so much in your life, and you have the patience of a saint. I never admit it but your music taste is better than mine and you always have the best songs. I am your biggest fan and you are mine. You’re always cheering me on and in my corner, no matter what I do. My love for you holds no bounds, I just hope you know that.

The Olde Bell inn Hurley: Review

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So we just spent the most amazing weekend at Tazmyns favourite place ever, which is The Olde Bell in Hurley. This was actually a Christmas gift from me to Tazmyn, it’s what she really wanted so I was super happy I could surprise her with this. We have been lucky enough to stay at this hotel four times in total and each stay has never let us down. I thought I’d combine this blog post with a review of the hotel for you guys as there’s really so much to this luxurious 5 star hotel and we all know I love to give credit where it’s due, so here goes!

History of The Olde Bell Inn

Probably known for being the most well known building in Hurley, The Olde Bell first opened its doors in 1135 AD, as a guest house for visitors to the near by Benedictine Priory.

Some notable guests have included Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Cary Grant & Errol Flynn.

The Olde Bell has had many owners during its long history, but despite its many changes of ownership, it still keeps to the traditions of St. Benedict, that true hospitality be provided to travellers and strangers.

My personal review & experience

Okay so we’re locals to this beautiful hotel, with it being just a 10-15 minute drive from where we live. My mum and dad actually had their engagement party here in 1987, and more recently Tazmyn and I attended the wedding fayre here just a couple of years ago when we first got engaged. The Olde Bell is the most fantastic wedding location, if you’re looking for a barn style wedding with the shabby chic feel. The wedding fayres take place regularly throughout the year too and are definitely worth paying a visit to, all information about that can be found on their website which I’ll link you to at the end of this post.

Our first stay here was in 2016, the weekend of our engagement. Tazmyn surprised me with a luxury night away & she just so happened to have chose here! Situated right in between the beautiful town of Marlow and the picturesque Henley-On-Thames, is this beautiful, historic inn that bodes so much character. Since our first stay back in 2016, we have been lucky enough to return a further 3 times and each stay has topped the last.

This stay however, was of course for Tazmyns Christmas present so we were both really excited. We arrived at around 1pm and although check in isn’t officially until 2pm, the member of staff at reception was super helpful and offered to take our luggage for us, whilst we waited in the bar area until our room was ready. During this time we decided to have lunch in the hotels restaurant which was really busy with lots of guests but we still were given a really lovely table very quickly.

We both thought the menu choice was really lovely, and to some, the price of some of the dishes may seem a little expensive, however The Olde Bell does accept tastecard, should you have one and want to use it, which of course would then bring down the price of your meal quite considerably by 50% so well worth using if you do have one.

So for lunch, I chose the roast beef dinner, of course I did.. what else would I order?! Tazmyn went for the fish and chips. Both meals were served really quickly which was a bonus as the restaurant was busy so we did anticipate having to wait a while, but fortunately we didn’t. I also asked for extra gravy with my roast dinner too which was no problem for the staff at all, & this was accommodated really quickly too.

I’m going to be honest, because aren’t I always? Whilst I think the presentation for Tazmyns fish and chips is lovely, I do feel like the roast dinner could have looked a little better. For £18 I would expect it to be presented nicer, perhaps on a different plate, I’m not sure how exactly but the meal itself looks like something I could cook at home and for the price, and coming away for the weekend to a luxurious hotel, I would want that theme to be spread across into the restaurant also but maybe that’s just me. Presentation aside, my roast beef was gorgeous and tasted perfect. The gravy was really rich in flavour and I couldn’t fault the meal at all what’s so ever.

For pudding, Tazmyn ordered the sticky toffee pudding which was served with custard and ice cream! And for me, the apple crumble tart, served with calvados cream (life changer I’m telling you!) best dessert I’ve had in a really long time!

After lunch, we went back to reception to check in to our room and we were really lucky to have been given a little upgrade! Our room was 11, which is located in the main building, so not far to walk at all. The staff couldn’t be more helpful, they offered to take our bags and literally couldn’t do enough for us.

Our room was stunning. Equipped with a super king size bed, (always a winner) a walk in shower which is definitely big enough for two people (tried and tested!) plenty of wardrobe space, a vanity table with mirror, tea and coffee making facilities, both still and sparkling bottled water, a TV, and bedside tables. Inside the room is also a welcome pack from the hotel, with all the relevant information you should need regarding the hotel and the local area which I think is really lovely for those who are visiting and not familiar with what there is to do locally.

Breakfast is always a bit hit & miss with this hotel which is a little annoying. During the busier months of the year, the hotel offers a hot buffet of both continental and cooked breakfast, and during the quieter periods, breakfast can be cooked to order from the breakfast menu provided, in addition to the continental style buffet that is beautifully set up for you to help yourselves to at your own leisure.

For this particular stay, we were pleasantly surprised to find breakfast menu’s at our table in the restaurant as well as the continental buffet set up. We much prefer ordering from the menu, as we feel the hot food is a lot more fresh that way.

We both ordered a cooked breakfast which came relatively quick so we were happy about that, however the sausages were not edible due to the taste of them being incredibly cheap and we didn’t like the egg either, as it tasted like it had been microwaved. Such a shame because we have experienced first class breakfast at this hotel before so it’s just really unfortunate that we were able to find fault on this occasion. The staff did offer us alternatives but we chose to stick to the continental buffet and fill up on toast and cereals and fresh fruit instead which was lovely.

Tea & coffee is also provided as much as you like, to your table so you don’t need to get this yourself.

If you’d like to check out The Olde Bell, you can find their website here.

Give them a follow on Instagram too for all the latest updates of what’s going on.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post/review. & I hope my darling wife has enjoyed this stay as part of her Christmas present! 💗

Sending love,

Mrs Chalke x

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Weekend plans

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I’m so sorry I haven’t blogged in a couple of days, life’s got in the way and we have been so busy I’ve barely had time to pick up my phone. I guess this post is just a little update really, we are currently packing as we are going away for the weekend this weekend. It’s my Christmas present to Tazmyn so she’s really excited, as am I. Expect lots of photos. Foodie pics and hotel related posts too! I’ll probably do a full blog post on the actual hotel once we are back Monday lunchtime because the hotel we are going to is actually the oldest inn in the country. We have been lucky enough to have stayed there 3 times already and this will be our fourth. It’s Tazmyns most favourite place to stay & it’s what she wanted for Christmas so I’m super happy I could surprise her with this. We absolutely love our weekends away and after having the most busiest of weeks, this is just what we need.

I think this morning we’re going to have a mooch around Waitrose and pick up some snacks (something we always do before we go away anywhere!) and then maybe get some lunch somewhere too!

What are your weekend plans? Have you had snow? We haven’t but it’s definitely been freezing.

Sending love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Gracie Selfies And Westlife

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I lost my buzz for blogging a little while ago. I think there was like a two week break where I had no words to say and no motivation to type them even if I did. But it’s back and I love writing here every day. Whenever there’s something to say or show, I’m here. This blog is my little diary journal.

So this morning started with my normal cuddle on the sofa with Gracie and the strongest coffee I could make. How is my little angel baby going to be two next month please? I love her more now when she’s apparently overweight than when I did when she was tiny and just a little fluff ball who would sleep under my arm in bed at night. We did a little photo shoot this morning.

I then did an intensive clean of the house. Got a chair and scrubbed the shelves and cupboards in the kitchen, 1001’d the shit out of the carpets, used my favourite method (wild rhubarb) on all the sides and kitchen surfaces. Stripped beds, hoovered. Took rubbish out, lots of rubbish, and decided I love the new westlife song.

For lunch, I had chorizo, chicken and prawn paella from Marks & Spencer’s balanced diet range which was super yummy at 429 calories.

We met one of our best friends new born baby today when they came over for coffee which was super cute. We’re surrounded by babies and children at the moment!

It’s been raining all day, I currently have a bath and body works candle burning, some clothes drying in the tumble dryer, and I’m desperate for a two hour soak in the bath but I’m cooking dinner tonight (I promised!) so stay tuned for that post and recipe later on!

How’s your Wednesday?

Love,

Sinéad Anna Chalke x

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Marks and Spencer to the rescue!

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Both of us were just extremely tired to cook from fresh tonight, so it was a last minute dash to our favourite place on Earth, Marks and Spencer of course! Dinner is a throw it together kind of meal and also a carb coma but who cares.

So we’ve got, hot & spicy chicken tenders, potato gratin dauphinois (never tried the M&S ones before so it’s a treat!), broccoli cheese bake and good old french bread with all the lurpak you can dream of. Really trying to stay away from oven food as much as we can and instead cooking fresh, but on those busy days when you’re ovarly tired, Marks and Spencer definitely comes to the rescue!

We also have a naughty pud too! It would have been rude not to, right?

profiteroles!!! 💗✨

Dinner was super super good!

We’ll try to eat fresh the rest of the week, promise!

What did you have for dinner?

As always, love

Mrs Chalke x

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