Friday, 28 February 2014









If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the burger fest that took place a little while ago. We decided to tackle another recipe from my Jamie Oliver recipe book, this time ‘The King of Burgers’.

Thursday, 27 February 2014




I was shopping on John Lewis recently and I saw that John Lewis sell their own version of Acrylic Holders, I snapped one up and put it in my basket. 

This was just the type of thing I was looking for, it has six square sections which are perfect for mascaras or lip glosses, two larger sections at the back which fit my brushes and one large section on the left which I can pack my palettes and things in to. I'm really impressed with this holder, it's made of great material and is of great quality. I think this will look great when we finally move and I get my white dressing table and it's going to make finding my products easy to find! This little organiser retails for £8 and for that price I'm really happy with it, I'm sure there are cheaper alternatives out there, but if you want a quick and simple purchase I throughly recommend these little holders. John Lewis also sell a larger version which can hold a lot more items for £12. I'm tempted to buy that one too! 

Wednesday, 26 February 2014








Although we haven't actually moved into our new home because we're decorating it all so it's perfect, Chris surprised me with our first meal in the house for our anniversary! Obviously with the flat completing we're saving all our money for home bits so we didn't do presents or anything, but Chris did buy be the giant love pug from Sainsburys, so cute! We had a bit of a mushroom themed meal, we had fried flat mushrooms and breaded mushrooms to start, then my absolute favourite; spaghetti carbonara. It tasted absolutely incredible, Chris did a fantastic job, it's possibly the best I've ever had! We had some garlic bread with it too, heaven! For dessert we had my new favourite ice cream, Ben and Jerrys All or Nutting! Yummy! Thanks Chris for a lovely meal!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


I received these two little bottles of Bioderma in a beauty box and I'd always wanted to try it. As you can see the bottles are almost finished, so it's time to share my thoughts.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Week seven on the 5:2 diet, quickly turned into a disaster, learn why here!

Sunday, 23 February 2014



Welcome to my life You Beauty Discovery Box!

Saturday, 22 February 2014


For as long as I can remember I've been obsessed with Topshop Nails, I love everything about them; the colours, the formulation and the price point! So when I nipped on the website and noticed that there were lots of polishes for only £1, I had to buy some! 

Friday, 21 February 2014





I keep saying I am going to unsubscribe to Birchbox, and I vowed one last box and then they send me a cracker! I'm super intrigued by the partnership with Lulu Guinness too, I hope it's more than a box design and something exciting!

Thursday, 20 February 2014




When I went to London for my Birthday we naturally had to nip to Selfridges for a little look around! I had a mental image of a huge haul filled with high end beauty products, but when I got there nothing really took my fancy! I don't think I'll ever be an 'impulse buyer' for high end products, I much prefer having the time to look at reviews and work out if it's worth the money! However, I did have a quick look around the Beauty Workshop area and I picked up a couple of bits which I thought I'd share with you.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Today I'm celebrating five years with the man in my life, although it only seems like yesterday that I first met him. I'm not quite sure how to sum up five years, because now words will ever give it enough merit, so I'll just say this. They say time flies when you're having fun, I suppose that's why I'm not quite sure where the last five years have gone. We've experienced a lot together, had so many days filled with laughter and love, so many happy memories and there are so many stories to tell. We've just started a whole new chapter together, we have our first jobs, we finally own our first home and who knows what the future has in store. Sometimes life hasn't been as rosy as it seems today, but what hasn't broken us has only made us stronger, and although sometimes you do my head in and wind me up, I feel incredibly lucky to have you by my side every single day! I thank you for your constant support and your unconditional love, no day can ever be that bad when I get to come home to you! Here's to five fabulous years and so many more, I love you!

The First Photograph (January 2009)


Tuesday, 18 February 2014










A couple of weekends ago we made some homemade steak and chips and I wanted to share the recipe and pictures with you!

Monday, 17 February 2014


Week six is over on the 5:2 diet, let me tell you it's been emotional roller coaster this week! I've had a million (and one!) things on my mind and it's been hard to shift them. Luckily if you read yesterday's post you'll know that we finally have our home, that's one weight lifted!

Sunday, 16 February 2014


Just a quick note to say that this blog has a Facebook page, if you like to follow blogs via Facebook go to https://www.facebook.com/hopefreedomlove and hit the like button! I'll be sharing my blog posts there every single day, as well as other thoughts and updates. This way you never miss a thing! If you have a Facebook page for your blog, please leave your link below so I can return the favour! 

Whilst we're on the topic of social networking, I also tweet more than is deemed healthy @hopefreedomlove






2014 will be a Valentines Day I'll never forget, I didn't get red roses, or a marriage proposal, instead our purchase completed on our first home. 

Saturday, 15 February 2014


It's just a quick empties post this month as I haven't really finished much up, but the things I have finished up are old favourites.

Friday, 14 February 2014


I’m sharing this post with you guys today, because it’s actually rare for me to get beauty themed gifts for my birthday, but this year I was wow’d to receive some lovely beauty related birthday gifts and I thought I’d share them with you.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

As the completion of the flat gets closer and we think about decorating, moving and furniture shopping, it seems like the right time to start featuring home wish lists on my blog. Having my first home and decorating something for the first time will play a big part in my life, so it only seems right that I share some of the process with my lovely readers.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014


As you're probably aware Models Own had a 50% off sale recently as celebration for reaching 250,000 fans on Facebook and I just couldn't resist picking up a few bits.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014




























Although it seems like my Birthday was a complete life time ago, I really wanted to share these photographs from my day out in London with Chris.
 
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