Outside of QVC
Hi everyone, thanks for stopping by to read my weekly blog. I hope you’ve all had a good week? I had quite a busy one with work but thankfully I was off this weekend so we got to enjoy it all together. We had no plans which was a real treat. Nowhere to have to get to, no rushing about, just pottering, a bit of exercise, a little baking, park, walking, relaxing! We of course celebrated Father’s Day though, the girls made Fred cards and presents and then he got to spend the afternoon out windsurfing!
I took Tilda to her tennis lesson and the parents all had to join in because it was the last one. We signed up to the Tennis for Kids 6 week taster course, which is nationwide. It was only £25 and the kids get a tennis racket, T-Shirt with their name on it and a set of balls! What a brilliant incentive to get kids playing tennis and getting some exercise. It was the last of the course and the teacher made us all get involved, it actually made me want to try picking up a racket again myself. In the afternoon I treated Fred and the girls to a Sunday roast in honour of Father’s Day and all in all it was a pretty good Sunday! Unfortunately Ivy took a bit of a turn with a high temperature on Monday though so I’m keeping this week’s blog a bit short as she’s in need of lots of cuddles and attention.
What I’m wearing
This week I spotted a rather lovely shirt on one of the rails backstage and I was pleasantly surprised to see it was from Together. I’ll be honest, this range is not normally my style but this shirt really is right up my street which goes to show, you should never right off a range thinking it’s not for you.
I love the soft pink and the floral placement design, it even has a lace panel across the shoulders adding to the interest and a nice little surprise when you turn around. There’s a slight cowgirl feel to this shirt too and it can also work with the whole ‘preppy’ look if you do the buttons up to the neck. What do you think of it? I must also say thanks to Craig for taking the picture for me! If you like the look of the skinny leopard print belt, it’s from Ashwood and we have five styles to choose from.
What I’m using in beauty
Well typically my tan has faded pretty quickly from our holiday. I also don’t actually tan my face like I used to anyway due to how ageing the sun is so I always need a little fake tan on my face. I didn’t think I would find anything I liked as much as the Tan-Luxe face drops though. Well I’ve just tried the Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil and I now have a new favourite in my bathroom cabinet!
What’s so nice about this is that you can go to sleep with a gorgeous hydrating treatment on your skin and when you wake up you actually look pretty darn good! Normally I look in the mirror when I wake up and give myself a start!!! Your skin tone is balanced and healthy-looking and you have a really natural glow to your skin like you’ve had a weekend away in the sun, but no harmful rays have damaged your skin. I would definitely give this a double-thumbs up.
I also used the body butter which is divine and left no streaks on my legs whatsoever so I will be using that a lot this summer. It’s more of a gradual tan so you don’t have any nasty surprises – you can get it in the Three-Piece Discovery Kit. I have a few more products to work through too, including the new Wonder Oil so I will keep you posted on how I get on.
What I’m cooking
Marinated Salmon with Tomatoes and Green beans
Well my health kick continues, so far so good. I will admit I have had a few days when I have let myself have a treat. I’ve had that chocolate bar and that bagel and what’s more I loved it! I’m still doing lots of exercise so I think having a little of what you fancy is fair enough. I’m never going to be able to give up rich roast dinners covered in gravy and vegetables in cheese sauce and why should I? The balance comes from the rest of the week when we don’t indulge quite so much, but I still want really tasty food.
So this week I’m keeping it healthy with fish and vegetables. I did however put a slightly naughty marinade on it, but as there were no carbs on the side I figured that was ok. See, balance!
What you need:
Salmon fillets – mine were skin on
To make the marinade all you need to do is take a bowl and pour in a good slug of soy sauce, about two tablespoons. You then throw in a teaspoon of lazy garlic. (Obviously you can use freshly chopped garlic cloves but I was being ‘lazy’!) I then squeezed the juice of a whole lemon in and added a tablespoon of honey. Give it a good mix and then pour it over the salmon in a dish to marinade so that the fish is well soaked in it. I left this for about an hour but if you’re in a hurry then even ten minutes will do as you will cook the fish in the sauce too.
I then took one big pan, mine is a wok-style but a large frying pan will do too. Warm some oil in the pan and then pop in the salmon. I like to sear mine all over to seal the fish, I then let it cook for about five minutes. I then added more of the marinade and added the tomatoes and the green beans to the same pan to save on washing up but also to get the extra flavour on the tomatoes and beans.
I like to let the salmon sit face down to get a bit of a crispy finish, the soy sauce and honey makes a really nice crispy glaze on the salmon which adds to the flavour. All in all it takes about 15 minutes so it’s a really quick midweek meal. You can of course add a side of rice, noodles or potatoes but if you’re being good then leave that out. I also do this dish but swap the green beans for spinach, it’s up to you what you prefer, broccoli would be nice too.
Right, I need to go and get back to Ivy and the sofa, she’s got antibiotics now as we went to the doctors this morning and it’s a bad ear infection, so hopefully she will be on the mend really soon.
Love Katy x