Cakeadoodledo….Devon

If you’ve managed to read more than one of my blog posts or know me at all then you will already know that I LOVE CAKE! Cake is my idea of a treat, an invited guest to my table anytime, any day and the most perfect accompaniment to a girlie catch up.

Always in search of the best coffee shops, bakery’s and cake sellers around, I take a cake date very seriously. Last Saturday it was time for a visit back to one of my favourite cakey spots..Cakeadoodledo..I mean ‘cake’ features in the name so clearly you aren’t going to be disappointed!

Kate the owner has 2 shops and is often spotted baking alongside serving her customers so already you know you are in safe hands! We chose to go to the café based at Quickes cheese farm near Crediton, its out of the city, with a perfect outdoors play area for Sonny to catch some fresh air or a lovely inside toy corner for those not so sunny days.

I have been to Cakeadoodledo a handful of times and there are so many other options rather than cake, fancy a fresh local full English to set you up for the day or a heart warming homemade soup?? With the choice of sugary treats extensive, all homemade and presented beautifully, you WILL  have to be aware it will take you about half an hour to chose a slice!

I must say as its something really important to me that Kate makes her cafes so child friendly, she interacts with the kids and makes sure there is a real family vibe, so so important when braving any form of eating out with a child!

 

A visit teamed with 2 of my besties and a toddler who decided he was going to be a gem that afternoon was a little piece of heaven!

I recommend you try this gem of a spot or head to the smaller Cakeadoodledo if you are in Exeter city centre.

Let me know which slice you pick!

Love Harriet x

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I love this time of year, already my mind is speeding towards hot chocolates, cosy blankets, crispy leaves underfoot and evenings watching Strictly full from a delish Sunday roast! Of course last September I dedicated a post here  

Autumn fashion is something I love and if you read my blog this time last year then you’ll know coats are something I became obsessed with! My aim is to build a collection full of loads of gorgeous colours and styles, I did make a good dent last year as you can see in this post but its only just gotten started and I’ve had to ditch the cheap, unflattering ones in favour of more quality!

Whistles (of course) is a brand who does classics well and their camel Alexandra coat is just one of those pieces that will look amazing time after time; with a price point of £285 it sure is an investment piece! For the more reasonably priced options Mango has a massive selection online right now, massive variety of colour and style!

Jumpers are everywhere and I for one couldn’t be more happier, the more embellishment the better in my eyes! I love a good bit pom pom or sequin on my knitwear. This Asos Multi Striped jumper priced at £25 is my favourite with the Warehouse Pom Pom £18 a close 2nd!

I am also a massive cardigan fan, they are so easy to layer on when you don’t know what the weathers going to be like and I mean that’s us all living in Britain so they quickly become our best friends! This colour blocking beauty from Pretty Little Things at £30 looks great thrown over a tee and jean combo!

Slightly off season although as above who can tell how warm the weather in Britain will be? These Tees from EgaliTEE will still carry us through the next season whilst spreading empowerment! Slip under a jacket or blazer and you are good to go..my fav is The Pips but I could snap a load up if the bank would allow!

If I’m feeling like I’ve worn jeans too much and need a mix it up then my go-to autumn dress is this Matalan Denim shirt dress, perfect teamed with tights and boots its my fav smart/casual look and at £18 Matalan knows how to look after our purse for sure!

Boots… I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t love a good boot! My preference is 100% the ankle and I believe everyone should have a brown and a black option to hand! Chelsea will always remain my fav style of boot but I do love these Faith Betsy Biker boots at £65.

There’s a million other pieces I want but that will have to be another post, I’d love to hear your favourites

Love Harriet x

 

 

 

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Give them an inch and they take the whole hundred miles…..

Why is it when you are doing something nice for your toddler, you know buying the odd ice cream, some time on the ipad, putting on their favourite film why cant they just be content, grateful and decide to then be little treasures for the rest of the afternoon as a way of saying thanks??…At the moment in our house you give Sonny a treat and he wants more! More ice cream, more ‘Bing’, more Gruffalo; the little monkey will push and push and then proceed to tantrum til his little hearts content just to get something else!.

Once a million toys have been launched around the lounge, he’ll eventually calm down leaving two pretty dishevelled parents scratching their heads as to how that little offering of a treat escalated with such dramatic emotions! The tantrums are hard to control once they are in full swing so if I walk away for my own sanity as well as taking the attention off the little devil they usually stop pretty quick and if we haven’t quite reached the peak then distraction is my go-to technique!

The emotions of a toddler will always baffle me, I long for the day when he says thank you Mummy that was really nice (I hope) I will continue to stick to my guns in the hope that you know its shaping him for future life (ohhhh the pressure) and just ride out this phase with regular chocolate consumption!

Please tell me your child does this too!

Love Harriet x

 

 

 

 

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Home workout : HIIT

HIIT is everywhere, since the likes of Joe Wicks exploded over youtube and insta a good 3ish years ago, High Intensity Interval Training is THE buzzword in the fitness industry right now.

I have been incorporating a HIIT workout or two into my weekly routine for about 3 years, throughout my pregnancy and not missing a session post pregnancy. This way of training, raising the heartbeat and working to your maximum for only 20-30 minutes is such an appealing trait; no slogging for hours in the gym when you can achieve some major fat burning in the comfort of your own home.

30 minutes won’t give you enough time to get bored especially as the programme usually has 40 seconds on and 20 off…40 seconds to squat jump your little heart out and trust me that’s enough when you are putting in 100%!

I recommend subscribing to Joe Wicks (The body coach) for some killer videos, a good starting point and then once you have been bitten by the bug, its easy to make up your own routines.

Some tips on creating your own routine :

  • Download an interval timer – I use the app ‘IntervalTimer’ and pre set it with my length of exercise (1 minute) and length of rest (30 secs) and repeat it however many times desired. These apps will take care of the timings allowing you to just focus on the workout.
  • Write down your planned routine, make it easy to read with varied moves then save it somewhere for when you have a quick 20 mins spare
  • Pay attention to moves that make you really sweat- I always start my HIIT with a sprint on the spot to really raise my heart rate. Burpees is another killer move that I love to hate!
  • Work all over the body- I love picking moves like jump squats to really work the lower body and press ups to target that chest/ arm area, make sure you target all different areas for maximum benefit.
  • Research moves and their techniques – Spend time to look online or through other videos on how to perform a move, technique is important to prevent injury and also of course research will make sure you are getting the most out of your workout

A good HIIT session will get your body moving and blood pumping in the convenience of your own home, garden or hotel room (yep I love a good holiday jump around) without eating into too much of the day. I like to mix up my sessions with body pump, running and spinning; that way I wont get bored and my body doesn’t get used to just one form.

Disclaimer: I’m no way a qualified expert, just a keen bean when it comes to exercise and a mum looking to make my life easier!

Love Harriet x

 

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Mask it….My fav Facemasks at the mo

I would love to be that girl who indulges in a face mask once a month, a girl who really takes the time out to do the ol’ cucumber on the eyes, slathering that detoxing putty on but I’m not, I am a open the draw ‘oh there’s a facemask, lets do this’ kind of person!

Recently I have been trying to add a mask into my skincare routine, just every so often but its something I am consciously doing to make sure I give my skin a really good cleanse and remove any toxins that maybe bubbling under the surface. I have been using 3 very different products all with the same goal or creating blemish free glowing skin but very different method of achieving it!

Elemis Active Fruit Peel

I have always been a big fan of Elemis and got given this mask a while back, its clear fruit formula smells amazing and goes onto the face really easily. Instructions say to leave it on 5-10 minutes and then wash off with warm water. There’s a tingly sensation and I do feel an instant brightness once its off but as far as working deep within the skin, I’m not so sure?!

Aztec Indian Healing Clay

This is not for the faint hearted and clearly states that you will feel your face pulsate once applied….yep you really do! There is a lot of ancient method behind this clay product such as not using anything metallic when mixing the formula,  the metal then wont interfere with the reaction the powder and water has. Once the paste is created, apply to the face and the challenge is to keep it on for 5-10 mins, by 5 your face will be feeling all sorts of weird but that the magic happening!     Once removed (its quite tricky to do that) you are left with quite red skin but that lovely feeling of a deep cleanse!

I think this mask is fab for a once a month maintenance to keep the blackheads at bay but be warned to really hydrate your skin after use and not to leave the product on more then 10 minutes.

Sukin Anti Pollution Facial Masque

A friend introduced me to Sukin and their amazing natural/ protecting the earth ethos, so I desperately wanted to love their product and enjoy a guilt free pamper which Sukin 100% provided! This paraben free product packed with bamboo charcoal, willowherb and rooibos tea draws out impurities whilst a whole host of natural ingredients work to balance the complexion. The texture of the mask is perfect, not too drying and not too runny, easy to apply and hardens within a few minutes plus super easy to wash off. I kept the mask on for 10 mins plus and it didn’t irritate which is a bonus! I would recommend this one for an easy maintenance mask.

Its hard to see which masks really do have a lasting effect, you need to be super consistent! Let me know if you have tried any masks that I need to get my hands on!

Love Harriet x

 

 

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