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Sudocrem facial


Sudocrem facial Every girl should have a personal tub of Sudocrem in their cupboard. When Florence was a baby I bought it in bulk for nappy rash (for Florence). I read a great article in Cosmopolitan magazine a few months ago and it suggested using on you face if you have a breakout of spots. So after a heavy weekend I grabbed the tub and plastered it over my face. 20140625-202734-73654485.jpg I left it on all evening and like magic by the next day my face was clear and smooth! I couldn't actually believe it. So now even after a day in the sun I apply before bed and my skin feels refreshed by the next day. You can buy it pretty much everywhere, perfect for a busy mummy who dosen't have time to go to the salon and won't break the bank either! Give it a go Daisy x

Date night with the hubby!


Date night with the hubby! It is really important when you have children to make time for each other. Jon and I are always doing something, but rarely sitting down for a meal and a chat with friends... minus a toddler! So when our good friends Zoe and Adam suggested going out for a meal as our Christmas presents to each other we jumped at the chance. All the time that we have had the Crabtree inn in Lower beeding we have been meaning to visit the award winning restaurant 'The Pass' in the gorgeous South Lodge hotel. 20140125-204259.jpg The service is wonderful from the moment you step through the entrance. We were greeted and taken through to the bar for a pre-meal cocktail. 20140125-204318.jpg You can see both kitchens for the 'Pass' and the 'Camelia' which is another restaurant in South Lodge. In most restaurants I hate seeing the kitchen but this is a completely different experience. 20140125-204338.jpg We chose the 8 course tasting menu which does not come cheap at £75 but being the foodies that we are we were happy to splash out for a special occasion. 20140125-204348.jpg It is like watching an operation when the chefs plate up each meal... the attention to detail is so precise. After our 8 courses, 3 bottles of wine, 2 rounds of my favourite dessert wine from Monbazillac, we got the bill and waddled our way round to the bar for one last cocktail. Usually on a night out me and Jon want to make the most of it and party the night away but we were so full and completely indulged, and after a wonderful evening with great friends we headed home and straight to sleep. Jon and I both woke up feeling pleasantly refreshed and after 9 hours of pure solid sleep we were ready to get our girl back. With two big dates coming up, Valentines day 14th Feb and Mothers day 30th March! It is the perfect place to treat a loved one. Book in advance though as it is very popular.

Daisy x

Perfect Roast Chicken every time


Perfect Roast Chicken every time: This perfect roast chicken 'every time' is simple, delicious & trust me on the seasoning, even my mum admits it makes a HUGE difference to the flavour. Roast chicken perfect every time! The only issue we have in our house is the chicken making it to the table, Oliver gets so excited when I roast a chicken he keeps eating it whist I'm carving!20131019-052645.jpg Ingredients 1 (2.25 to 2.7kg) whole chicken (preferably from a local butcher) Salt Freshly ground black pepper 1/2 bottle of white wine (Only use wine you would happily drink) Peppercorns Bay leaves Olive oil 20131019-052735.jpg Method Preheat the oven to 180°c Liberally season the chicken inside Place the chicken into a large roasting tin Pour in 1/2 bottle of white wine Add the bay leaves & peppercorns Place the lid on or cover with foil Roast the chicken for 1 hour Remove from the oven & drain the juices into a glass jug (gravy recipe to follow tomorrow) 20131019-052756.jpg Pour olive oil over the skin of the chicken & liberally season Return to the oven for a further 1/2 hour without the lid or foil, until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh 20131019-052833.jpg When cooked remove the chicken & cover with aluminium foil for about 20 minutes Portion the chicken into breast, thigh, leg & wing portions TIP: If you cut the breast portions in half you have 4 portions of breast meat & 4 portions of dark meat, thigh & leg and the wings

The chicken is succulent, tasty & very simple! I tend to use 1/2 of the chicken for dinner the night I cook it & the other 1/2 to make my fabulous roast chicken pie, recipe to follow tomorrow - Michelle x

What to Expect when you're Expecting


What to Expect when you're Expecting: You have to watch this movie! Im embracing the pregnancy & homing in on all things baby, so decided to buy this movie, what a laugh we had. I must admit I thought hubby would be bored but we both really enjoyed it & laughed lots.. It has to be the funniest film I have seen in ages!! 20130913-170013.jpg

If I had watched this before having Oliver I would have thought it was ridiculous, I remember my brothers friends had a baby just before us and said if we can give you any advise get PLENTY of sleep, I remember saying to Ben 'how can they be so exhausted, I just want my baby now' I laugh thinking back how naive we really were...

A bit about the movie.... What to Expect when you're Expecting is a hilarious and heartfelt big screen comedy about five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. Over the moon about starting a family, TV fitness guru Jules and dance show star Evan find that their high-octane celebrity lives don't stand a chance against the surprise demands of pregnancy. Baby-crazy author and advocate Wendy gets a taste of her own militant mommy advice when pregnancy hormones ravage her body; while Wendy's husband, Gary, struggles not to be outdone by his competitive alpha-Dad, who's expecting twins with his much younger trophy wife, Skyler. Photographer Holly is prepared to travel the globe to adopt a child, but her husband Alex isn't so sure, and tries to quiet his panic by attending a "dudes" support group, where new fathers get to tell it like it really is. And rival food truck chefs Rosie and Marco's surprise hook-up results in an unexpected quandary: what to do when your first child comes before your first date? A kaleidoscopic comedy as universal as it is unpredictable

If you are expecting, why not sign-up for a weekly newsletter at the aptly named What to Expect when you're Expecting

Let me know what you think of the movie Mummies & Daddies..... Michelle X

ABEILLE LOVES - September 2013


Our seventh ABEILLE LOVES focus' on a 'Mummy Special' our favourite websites/links. As busy mummies to toddlers you have to learn to save time where possible, on-line shopping/research is a fabulous way. It also stops you wandering around the shops with bored toddlers & you actually remember to buy what you need. There's nothing like a toddler meltdown in a supermarket to distract you from buying the only thing you actually came out for. Introducing the ABEILLE LOVES 'Mummy Special', the 10 websites/links we couldn't live without, Enjoy!ABEILLE LOVES

John Lewis We love John Lewis at ABEILLE, it is a store that we trust and is always up to speed with the current trends for the whole family. John Lewis have a fabulous policy never knowingly undersold, which basically means they price match 'Some high street competitors have a different nationwide shop price to their online price; in that instance we'll match whichever is the lower of the two across our shops and on our website', Michelle recently saved over £200 on her new nursery furniture. Daisy x 20130828-210628.jpg

Boots I must admit I adore the reward system in Boots and love nothing better then treating myself/the boys with my points. A toy for Oliver, Ben's favourite coconut cream pie shower gel or some un-essential new fad beauty product for me. Our boots in Horsham is big but not always greatly stocked for larger items like stair gates, so I do tend to use the store collection service which is free! Michelle X image

Amazon I use Amazon for about 50% of my online shopping. There is an ongoing joke at my family pub where I get everything delivered, but I find it easier as a busy Mummy to get things delivered rather than trudge around the shops! Daisy x 20130828-210635.jpg

eBay I do like to buy quite unusual things, foot shaped cookie cutters for cheesy feet, MDF letters to paint for Oliver's new room or mini muffin cases (which are just difficult to find locally) and my hubby is always more than happy to oblige helping me with e-bay. I'm not so good myself but he's been using it for years & I have to say we've had some great finds, especially now a number of smaller shops use it as their on-line store, Michelle X image

Babycentre I still use this website after two years. It has been a great reference guide to keep up with Florence's progress and is also great when pregnant, Daisy x 20130828-210611.jpg

What to Expect I use this website for my current pregnancy (I have registered for a weekly update) & to keep up today's with Oliver's development milestones. It's great to know your on the right track and to get hints and tips on the fundamentals.... Sleeping, Tantrums etc. it's the ultimate guide to pregnancy & parenting, every step of the way. Michelle X image

BBC Food This is where I get nearly all of my recipes from. There are a huge variety of chefs that post recipes and I love the fact that you can just type in the ingredients that you have in the fridge/cupboard. I am not one for getting ingredients in for a recipe, Daisy x 20130828-210621.jpg

Sainsburys Despite our attempts to be super-women, the only way to really get things done is to cheat a little. I tend to do a large monthly/six weekly shop on-line or all of the heavy/bulky items & then pop in to the store for adhoc items. Sainsburys provide a great delivery service although it always takes quite a long time to select the items, so give yourself plenty of time when the LO is in bed. TIP: I tend to keep a list running on the side of the fridge with a pen attached to help me remember what to buy Michelle X


Pinterest I must look on pinterest nearly every day! It is so great for activity ideas to do with Florence, and I store lots of holiday destinations whilst I'm at it. Follow ABEILLE at Daisy x 20130828-210644.jpg

Mail on-line My guilty pleasure - I don't often get time to sit & relax but I do like to keep up to date with celebrity gossip, my days of girly magazine subscriptions are sadly over ( I think I still have about 6 in the cellophane waiting to read from when Oliver was born, don't tell Ben!). I have a quick flick through the news, showbiz, whizz through the pictures & get my fix, Michelle X image

We will only ever recommend an item or service if it has been tried, tested and ultimately ‘LOVED’ by Michelle, Oliver, Daisy, Florence or one of our trusted ABEILLE panel of mummies.