Day 21: Spa Day

In January I booked a spa day with a friend who was also celebrating a ‘significant’ birthday. Sadly, last minute events went against her, meaning she couldn’t go, so I put on my brave face and went alone. A slightly nerve-wracking experience, but a good one all the same. On Day 21 of #100DaysNoTV the Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel was my destination for my first ever Spa Day.

The Bedford Lodge Hotel is in Newmarket, Suffolk. The last time I’d been to the hotel was eleven years ago when Rob and I were looking for a wedding venue (we ended up marrying at the Hotel Felix in Cambridge, in case you were wondering!). The Spa is a recent addition to the hotel, opening in 2013. It’s had such good reviews that I’d been really keen to try it out.

Continue reading

Day 20: Night of Fashion

After nearly a year as Communications Officer and Blogger for Cambridge Style Week, I swapped my desk and laptop for a spot at the end of the catwalk with my iPhone, and prepared to live tweet for my first fashion show. On Day 20 of #100DaysNoTV I was one quarter of the live-tweeting Social Media Team for Cambridge Style Week 2016 Night of Fashion.

If you’d read that paragraph to my younger self I’d probably have sniggered into my copy of Four Four Two.  From as far back as I can remember, I was the class tomboy who lived in tracksuits and played football, not kiss chase. Later it was a football shell suit (come on, it was the early 90s!) and I stayed out to play football, instead of staying in to paint my nails.

Continue reading

Day 19: Tea Blending

Dad taught me how to make a ‘proper’ pot of tea before I was old enough to drink caffeine: “warm the pot first, one heaped teaspoon per cup and one for the pot . . .” My love of tea grew from there. We never had teabags at home, though I rely on them these days – but when we go out for tea I like to try different blends. On Day 19 of #100DaysNoTV I joined a friend and fellow tea lover to create a new tea blend. And, I’m really quite proud of it!

Having grown up with PG Tips (it was the 80s!) I always assumed that teas from a Tea House were made using some magical formula with recipes handed down through the generations. It turns out new teas are being blended all the time, and with help from a tea aficionado (she might not admit it, but she really is), it’s easier than I thought!

Continue reading

Day 18: Tallulah does the Hula

One of the most exciting aspects of my #100DaysNoTV project is the opportunity to spend time with a friend, indulging for a short while in their passion. On Day 18, I spent a morning with Tali – of the brilliantly named Tallulah does the Hula – making resin pendants.

The last time I made jewellery with Tali was in 2011 when were both seven months pregnant! With tummies up to the craft table (too much info?), we made beaded necklaces and earrings. Since then, Tali has gone on to create beautiful pieces with polymer clay beads before turning her attention to resin.

Continue reading

Day 17: Pressed Flower Art

A super simple activity for Day 17 of #100DaysNoTV. I made a little memento of an autumn walk I had with the boys last year. They love being outdoors and collecting “treasure”, and we had carefully chosen some fallen leaves and – incredibly for the time of year – buttercups and daisies. I pressed them, stored them, and now (finally) they’re displayed!

Luckily, I was able to use things we already had in the house. I used a frame that had been sitting in a drawer, for goodness knows how long. We have an abundance of card and poster paint, so there was no issue with making a background for the flowers and leaves to stick on. I just had to decide how I wanted it to look.

Continue reading

Day 16: Paper Flowers

I’ve always been envious of anyone who can create beautiful things out of paper and make it look effortless. Paper aeroplanes and fortune tellers (who else made those at school?) I could make, but it was time to try something a bit more advanced.

My friend Julie designs and makes – by hand – the most beautiful bespoke wedding stationery. For a recent wedding, she was commissioned to make paper flowers for buttonholes and corsages; I asked if she could teach me how to do it. On Day 16 of #100DaysNoTV we made a whole bunch together.

Continue reading

Day 15: Advent Streak

Between August and November 2015 I didn’t do a lot of running. I was so disappointed in myself; I’d trained hard for my first 10k last July. Needing to find some motivation, I joined Run Mummy Run – an online community of women runners – and signed up to their Advent Streak: a commitment to run every day from 1st to 24th December. On Day 15 of #100DaysNoTV I completed the challenge. 

During my Advent Streak I kept a light-hearted personal diary with a short note after every run, as I wanted to keep a record of how it felt for me, and I thought I’d share it with you. 🙂

Continue reading