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A Pyjama Party The Easy Way

nail polish cake

There are lots of nice things about having twins (especially now that they are older!) but, birthday weekend, is not one of them.  We either have to have their parties together or back-to-back to avoid hurt feelings and accusations of favouritism.  I’m usually exhausted by the end of the weekend! […]

High Drama at High Tea

planet cake

I always find myself ready for a snack after visiting a museum or other excursion but usually museum cafes are fairly uninspiring and crowded.  The Drawing Rooms of the Ampersand Hotel is a perfect alternative if you are visiting the museums in South Kensington.  I was delighted to be invited with a […]

Smashing Cakes

golf course cake

Have you heard of smash cakes?  They are hollow chocolate cakes that you smash with a hammer and the inside contains further goodies, such as small chocolates, gifts or toys.  It’s effectively a pinata cake. Smash cakes have grown quite popular in the United States for first birthday parties in […]

Measured Success with the Ozeri Pro II

What’s your diet weakness?  Mine is very much snacks.  I’ve pretty good meals but the snacking in-between meals is my biggest downfall. I absolutely love the calorie counting app from Myfitnesspal.com to keep track of what I eat. It’s hard though to keep track of the constant munching I do […]

The Many Faces of Newport

newport inn

Newport has the most numerous surviving colonial buildings of any city in the United States.  These colonial houses are beautifully maintained and colourful.  The diverse architecture reflects its changing population and fortunes.  There are the colonial buildings of the seafarers, grand mansions of the industrial magnates, boarding houses and hotels […]

Ode to The Burger

photo:  Parragon Books

Has anyone else noticed the launch of American burger chains in London?  I’m not talking McDonalds and Burger King.  Recently, both Five Guys and Shake Shack, large American burger chains in the United States, have opened up branches in Covent Garden.  Five Guys UK are planning another 5 stores and […]

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