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JulieMay Luxury Shapewear Review

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It's funny, I never imagined I'd be writing another lingerie post so soon but when JulieMay got in touch to share their beautiful collection of luxury shapewear, it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up on. You see, I'm a real advocate of comfortable underwear. I've been known to wear Bridget Jones pants, you know, the ones that hold everything in and I wore the large sized knickers I bought during my pregnancy with Arthur for many, many months afterwards, just because they were comfortable.

Get Muddy at The Cleve Hotel, Somerset [Review]

The other weekend, we treated ourselves to a 'Get Muddy' spa day at The Cleve Country House Hotel & Spa in Somerset, with vouchers Josh received for his birthday. In all honesty, we had no idea what to expect from the mud treatment but couldn't wait for an afternoon of relaxation and some quality time together as a couple.

Hunkemöller Lingerie for Valentine's Day

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Let's start this post by saying, isn't that a beautiful looking bra? Hunkemöller kindly let me pick a piece from their Valentine's Day collection and I think I made the perfect choice with the Jaida Padded Push-Up bra. It's such a pretty colour and I love everything about it from the lace and crystal detailing to the long-line style and extra straps that give it a somewhat sexy feel. It's true to my usual size, fits like a dream and quite frankly, I feel great wearing it! 

Tasty Butternut Squash Side Dish [Easy Recipe]

Butternut squash is one of my favourite vegetables so I've been making more of a conscious effort to include it in my home cooked recipes. It's really versatile and can be used in all sorts of recipes from simple soups to tasty tarts and coconut-based curries! Today though, I wanted to share a very quick and easy butternut squash side dish that you can serve with anything from a traditional roast to a basic jacket potato!
Ingredients for 2 people:
Half a large butternut squash (chopped into small cubes)
6 x mushrooms
1 x small red onion
Olive oil for frying
Sage (fresh or dried)
1 teaspoon of Very Lazy Chopped Garlic (or 1 clove of garlic if you're not lazy like me)
To make this tasty butternut squash side dish, add a dash of olive oil to a hot pan and start frying off your butternut squash to soften it a little. After a couple of minutes, throw in your mushrooms and onions, along with a teaspoon of Very Lazy Garlic (or your garlic clove.) Lightly fry your vegetables, before sprinkling over either fresh or dried sage. At this stage your butternut squash will still feel a little hard but that's absolutely fine!
This isn't an AD for Very Lazy Garlic by the way - I just love the stuff! It's so convenient.
Next, transfer your ingredients to an oven-proof dish and roast for around 20-30 minutes. You'll know it's ready when the butternut squash is completely cooked (your fork should go in without difficulty.)
And there you'll have a tasty vegan-friendly butternut squash side dish! See, I told you it was simple.

What I like about this recipe (aside from the delicious taste) is that you can do the frying part earlier on, leave it to cool and then warm it up / roast the vegetables in the oven later for dinner. Obviously roasting time will depend on your oven and the temperature but 20-30 mins should do it. I'd go for 180℃ on a fan oven. We have a Rayburn so it's often guess work but basically, we make sure it's on 'bake.'

Let me know if you try this simple butternut squash side dish and what you think!

Meg x

Book Gifts for Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day isn't everyone's cup of tea - some think it's over-commercialised, others think you should show your love and appreciation for those special to you every day. I agree with both of those sentiments but at the same time, I don't think there's anything wrong with celebrating on the 14th and if you want to buy a card or gift for your loved one then go for it!

Flowers and chocolates are popular gifts for Valentine's Day but if you're looking for something a little different (and something that'll last longer), why not treat your loved one to a book?

'It Had To Be You' is a journal that you can fill in as a couple, to document your very own love story. The beautifully designed book features prompts on each page, encouraging you to share special memories you've made, as well as the things you love most about each other. There's also the opportunity to write little love letters and poems, if that's your sort of thing. It's a really cute idea and would make a lovely keepsake for years to come.

It Had To Be You is available from Amazon.
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Another book I wanted to share as a potential Valentine's Day gift idea is 'Being Beautiful' by Helen Gordon. This anthology features a collection of poems, quotes and musings by famous philosophers, writers and celebrities, all on what it means to be beautiful. The writings are split into sections such as 'Finding Beauty,' 'Living Beautifully' and 'Inner Beauty,' with quirky, colouful drawings scattered amongst the text, adding to the beauty of the book itself.

What I like about 'Being Beautiful' is that it's a book you can pick up as and when you wish. I enjoy turning to a random page and having a little read. I've found some quotes have really struck a chord with me, 'I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that' (Lauren Bacall) being one and love being reunited with some of the poems I haven't read since school. The book itself is a thing of beauty and would make a unique gift for Valentine's Day.

Being Beautiful is available from Amazon.

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Do you have any books you'd recommend as Valentine's Gifts? Feel free to share them in the comments or tweet me @meganjane03.

Meg x
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