For those of us who live outside the capital, aside from for business purposes, visits to London for pleasure tend to be around two or three times a year. So, when it came to planning Matt’s birthday last week, I decided a trip to London was much overdue!

We are fortunate enough to live just under an hour away by train but very rarely do we actually stay for a couple of nights to enable us to really make the most of what London has to offer. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that actually staying in London can be seriously expensive and as it was a special occasion, I wanted something more than a Travel Lodge or Premier Inn.
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Emily x

I can’t quite believe it but my last baking post was actually back in March! Truth to be told, Slimming World doesn’t allow for much indulgent baking – especially because you then want to eat the lot! But I was in London a couple of weeks ago and craving a cupcake. I couldn’t believe the price to buy a single one and knew I could whip up a batch at home for not much more money.

These salted caramel babies are seriously sweet but good god each mouthful is simply heavenly. Nestled in the centre of the cupcake is a pocket of gooey salted caramel with creamy caramel piped on top, finished with a drizzle of a salted caramel sauce and a sprinkling of edible confetti. So bloody delicious!  These bad boys will look fab as a centrepiece at a party or even as a gift for friends and family. And the best part? They will take you no time at all to make either.
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Emily x

I don’t know about you, but when I was a child, I couldn’t wait to grow up. I couldn’t wait to work (ha!) or have a car which I could jump in whenever I wanted (I imagined intense 3am drives where I stared moodily out at the road with some indie band playing in the background). But now, at 25 years of age, my thinking is a little different. I still enjoy all the ‘perks’ of adulthood such as eating cake for dinner and being able to go to bed when I please (10pm, admittedly…) but there will always be that longing for childhood.
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Emily x

I will hold my hands up and admit that I will avoid situations that make me uncomfortable at all costs. If I am invited to an event I don’t want to go to, I will find an excuse to get me out of it. Similarly, if there is someone I don’t want to talk to for whatever reason, I’ll make sure that our paths don’t cross.

But over the last six months or so, I’ve slowly realised that those awkward, uncomfortable situations are actually needed.
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Emily x


A month or so ago, I was feeling pretty good. I’d been recently promoted and it felt like it was going well, dare I say, successful even. The only problem was that underlying this positive development, casting a dark shadow and preventing me from really enjoying it, was fear.
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Emily x