Wedding: 10 Things That Happen When You Get Engaged

It's been a few months since I got engaged (read our engagement story here) but I wanted to share a few things that I noticed after he put a ring on it...

1. Your hands and nails won't know what's hit them - they will look the best they've ever looked. So many people were looking at my ring so I was constantly painting my nails and applying hand cream! Cue a few months later and if someone asks to see it I have to do an awkward claw hand to hide my chipped nail polish.

2. You become an absolute pro at telling your proposal story, and also feel sorry for your desk buddies at work who have heard you telling said story about a million times!

3. Wedding magazines quickly become your new best friend. I never thought I'd be interested because of the wealth of information you can find online, but I've found myself buying every magazine on the shelf! 

4. On a similar vein, wedding blogs are also a new addiction. My Bloglovin' feed is filled with real weddings and they're my favourite posts to read. 

5. For the first few weeks you'll be so paranoid about losing your ring or damaging it. To be fair, a few months down the line I still feel like that! It's a lot of money on one tiny finger!

6. The ring, champagne and bride emojis will be used to excess.

7. You will look at the wedding budget and flit between "it's only one day, lets not go overboard" and "it's the one day that you get married with everyone you love in one room, let's order all of the confetti and doves to carry the rings!"

8. Google Docs will become your saviour

9. You will marvel at how excited everyone is for you and how much love you feel. It's quite overwhelming!

10. Prepare for ALL of the questions. When are you getting married? Where are you getting married? Are you thinking big or small wedding? Have you chosen Bridesmaids? One person even asked if I'd thought about where I'd be getting the alcohol from - we'd only been engaged a couple of weeks!

Life: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea

For Christmas last year I bought my Mum a treat for us both to enjoy - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych. Last weekend we finally found the time to go and I can't praise it highly enough. We had such a lovely time!

We were seated in the upstairs area of One Aldwych, overlooking The Lobby Bar (perfect for people watching) and were taken through the sumptuous looking menu. We were told that we could try as many different teas as we wanted! Obviously I went for the English Breakfast but Mum did try the chocolate tea which was unusual and delicious!

We were each delivered a big pot of tea, and our savoury 'course' arrived - our favourites were the tomato tarts and the leek and stilton quiche. As we were coming to the end of the savoury, our waiter asked if we wanted any more of anything so we asked for more of these and he happily obliged. The service was outstanding - probably the best service I've ever had!

It was then onto the best part - the sweets! As you'd expect from a Charlie and the Chocolate Tea there were some amazing treats. From the golden chocolate egg filled with cheesecake, to the homemade candy floss with a secret flavour that you have to try and guess (I got it right and was very smug). It felt sparkly, and fun, and truly indulgent. Even better was that there was a constant supply of tea.

Once again, we were asked if we wanted more of anything but we were getting so full by this point that we just couldn't eat anything else! We were given boxes to put our leftovers in so we could take them home and enjoy them later when we had a bit more space in our bellies!

We had an absolutely fantastic couple of hours at One Aldwych. We felt very spoilt and the waiters were just incredible. If you want to treat yourself, or want to buy a lovely gift for someone then I highly recommend the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea!

Food: My Favourite Healthy Recipe Books

I love curling up on the sofa and looking through my recipe books. My book buying habits have changed a lot since the Kindle arrived a few years ago and so it's rare that I buy actual books, however I love to have a good stash of recipe books in the house, if only for how pretty they look on a shelf!

Here are three of my favourite 'healthy' cookbooks; Get The Glow by Madeleine Shaw, Deliciously Ella Every Day and Eat.Nourish.Glow by Amelia Freer. 

Deliciously Ella Every Day is Ella's second book and is just as fantastic as the first. It's filled with plant-based, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes divided into sections such as breakfast, easy weekday dinners, batch cooking and of course, smoothies. I love Ella's recipes and have made so many of them - there are some ingredients that you wouldn't usually have in the house (like tahini and apple cider vinegar) but once you have them they will last you ages and they pop up in lots of recipes.

Eat.Nourish.Glow is by Amelia Freer who is nutritionist to lots of celebrity clients. This first book explains her 10 steps for losing weight, looking younger and feeling healthier. This is far more of a text heavy book but it's so interesting and divided into the 10 steps which makes it feel far more manageable! There are a handful of great recipes at the back of the book too. 

Get The Glow is popular blogger, Madeleine Shaw's first book. The first part shares her six-week plan for how to 'get the glow' and to help you ditch the sugar and junk foods, and the second section includes 100 brilliant recipes which are all simple to follow. I like how lots of her recipes include meat as I tend to find that most 'healthy' eating books are focused on a vegan or vegetarian diet. The book is beautifully illustrated too.

I hope you find this useful and do let me know which healthy recipe books you recommend as I'm always on the lookout for new ones!