Behind the scenes

Our dining table has disappeared! – Easter update

Hi, how are you?

It’s been a strange sort of a year.  One full year since our first lockdown here in the UK.  It’s almost Easter weekend as I’m writing this, our second one where our usual plans are out the window and I’m wracking my brain to try and make it special.

I asked my 15 (almost) year old if she was bothered about an egg hunt this year, fully expecting her to say she’s too old for childish things.

That was not the response I got!

So, two boxes of small eggs are on order.

Eldest teen isn’t into childish games anymore, but does like an easy life so will probably give in to her sisters pestering and join in.

Do you have plans for Easter weekend?  Please share them in the comments, I’m looking for inspiration!

We’ve found a new way of managing traditional gift exchanging times such as birthdays and Easter.  It’s been hard not being able to visit family as we normally would, and I’ve found myself buying more chocolate eggs than usual as requests come through for us to arrange on relatives behalf.

This means I currently can’t see our dining table.  I’m sure it’s still there, but it appears to be more like a seasonal aisle of Aldi. I’m hoping the teens will find space in their rooms for them so I can get some order in the chaos.  We need some space anyway as I bought some Easter craft supplies for a mum/daughter bonding time – will let you know how that goes!

Galaxy – my favourite ever chocolate, just in case you were curious!

In other news, today is vaccine day for me. I’m nervous, not only because it means going somewhere I’m not familiar with, which always triggers my anxiety, but also because I know some friends have experienced side effects.  I was ill with the virus at the beginning of December, 10 days of dizziness, exhaustion, sickness and bed rest and I don’t want to go through it again.  I will keep you updated on our socials if you want to know how I get on.

So, this weekend is going to involve chocolate, family and a lovely roast.  I’ve also planned a cheesecake to test out my new baking tin – wish me luck!

Cari xx

Behind the scenes

Giving something back and vlogging our morning routine

January feels like it’s dragging on forever, doesn’t it?
Christmas was SOOOO long ago, and with the wet/windy/snowy weather my mood has not been good.

However, today the sun is shining, so although it’s cold outside, I’m snug and warm with a lovely yellow glow filling my living room.

Feeling more positive reminds me that I haven’t really shared much about our latest idea for our TBSAH business.  I’m sure that lots of you really appreciate all those ‘key workers’ who are keeping our food shops stocked, our kids educated and our hospitals running (not an exhaustive list, there are so many key workers just getting on with things that we can’t possibly mention them all!)

We wanted to give something back, something that would give them a little boost outside of their very important work life.  So we’re making up little treat bags with hand creams/face masks and sweets, and we’re asking you lovely locals to help us.

Treat bags for key workers fund
For every £4.25 donated we will be able to make a treat bag, and we’re donating all our commission to make up extras too.  They will be distributed around local schools, hospitals and shops etc so we’re hoping to get quite a few made!

If you’d like to help, you can send donations through PayPal (friends and family please), get in touch for other ways to help.  Please follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with how we’re getting on.

In other news, we had every intention of filming our morning routines this week – it’s now Friday and we still haven’t done it.  If you’re subscribed to our channel I just want to say thanks, and sorry!  I just don’t know where each day disappears!  I promise it’s a priority for next week.  We are determined to get back to our twice weekly schedule.

So, think that’s it from us for now, stay safe and we’ll and we’ll be back with another blog update soon!

Cari xx


Behind the scenes

Covid-19, catching up and Christmas

Well, that wasn’t in the plan!

But then, this year hasn’t gone to plan at all.  Events being cancelled, restrictions on what we can do, it’s been a year of going with the flow and adapting.

I truly wasn’t expecting to get ill though.  I’ve been so careful with wearing a mask, washing my hands frequently and keeping my distance, but coronavirus still got me.  I don’t remember ever feeling quite so unwell.  Hungry, but unable to eat food unless it had a strong flavour ( think salad cream on everything!), major headaches (how I think migraines feel) and dizziness/shortness of breath which meant for two weeks I barely left my bed.  I slept, watched tv, and felt helpless as my family took on all the jobs I normally do.

I was extremely proud of how they all adapted, even cleaning up cat sick (which has ALWAYS been my job as it’s gross).  If I hadn’t been ill I would’ve enjoyed being looked after.

It’s taken me three weeks to feel back to normal, and I’ve had two weeks of trying to get back into work before Christmas break.  I’ve had Christmas Markets (yay!) and Uni assignments to think about, and YouTube just stayed in the background as a ‘thing we really need to get back to doing’.

Christmas plans have changed again, we now can’t spend Boxing Day with my family, so it’s going to be a very different Christmas to what we’re used to.  My first Christmas Dinner to cook, and the house needs a good sort through as all my business stock, display things and paperwork is everywhere!  Guess what I’ll be doing over the next few days (as well as collecting our meat hamper from the butchers).  Think we might squeeze some vlogs in?

Its coming up to our first birthday – yes a whole year of having a YouTube channel – and we’ve got something special planned to celebrate.  If you aren’t already, please think about subscribing, and following us on Instagram so you don’t miss out!

Let’s see if we can manage videos every week of 2021 shall we?

Cari xx