• Beauty,  Reviews

    Review: Amalfi Coast by La Parfumerie Anglaise

    In case anyone didn’t know, one of my passions is perfume. For a while, my life was all about fragrance and I didn’t just study it, I made it, I sold it and I helped others design their own unique scents. So, I am always delighted when I discover a new perfume house. Recently I was given the chance to sample a scent called Amalfi Coast by La Parfumerie Anglais. I received one small bottle in exchange for an honest review. La Parfumerie Anglaise is a company formed by a group of people with diverse ages and tastes. They refer to themselves as perfumistas, which I love! They all have…

  • Books,  Guest Posts

    Meet The Author: Sasha Lane

    It’s time for a new Meet The Author post and today I’m welcoming British chick-lit writer, Sasha Lane to RockPaperSpirit. Sasha hails from Barnsley in Yorkshire and works full-time in the finance industry. As you can imagine, the finance industry doesn’t really provide a creative outlet so Sasha uses her spare time to express herself in her chick-lit novels. She uses the books to show how women can find balancing their working life with relationships difficult and of course, helps us to laugh at ourselves. She tries to make her characters relatable so that we fall in love with them. Isn’t that what’s so great about chick-lit? We love the characters…

  • Lifestyle,  Reviews,  Travel

    Family Days Out Review: Leadhills to Wanlockhead Railway

    Motherhood has really changed me. Whereas once my idea of a great Sunday afternoon involved Formula 1 and tapas, now it could probably be described as, “anything Luke enjoys.” That would be probably be linked to trains or some other form of transport. That’s why every year, we make a trip to the Leadhills to Wanlockhead Railway. So, you may ask what’s so special about this railway. Well, it’s not any ordinary train. For starters it’s 1,498 feet above sea level making it Britain’s highest narrow gauge adhesion railway. It’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer months and runs the short distance from the Leadhills to the…

  • Beauty,  Reviews

    Review: Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

    I love roses and I love masks, although the one I have hanging on my bedroom wall probably wasn’t what the Body Shop had in mind, so I was extremely pleased to find this in the post the other day.  This is part of the ‘Superfood’ range of facemasks and are 100% vegetarian with no parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils.  I did wonder what was actually in the masks but I’m guessing bacon isn’t it. I have sensitive skin, which is the beauty product equivalent of a miner’s canary, so I was pleased to see the emittance of the nasty chemicals that often give my skin a tomato hue. …

  • Food,  Lifestyle

    The 10-A-Day For A Month Challenge

    It’s well known that in the UK, the recommended government guidelines state that we should eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. This doesn’t seem like a lot, because it isn’t but somehow I still fall short and eat less. Some days, I don’t manage to eat any so I down a glass of orange juice with dinner in the hopes that it will make a difference. In other European countries they recommend seven portions and when I did some research into the anti-inflammatory diets that are recommended to chronic pain sufferers, they suggest nine portions a day. It’s thought by some that ten a day is the…