‘A catch up’ if you will

Good evening word press friends and happy first day of spring!

I apologize for my absence for the past couple of weeks, it’s been a bit hectic.

As I’ve explained few times before, my phone is not behaving at the moment, I had tried to post on word press but I got alot of ‘cannot support this app’, and then crashed. This also happened when I tried to like or comment on others posts… My phone then decided to not ‘support’ any apps at all!
I find it most practical to operate WordPress on my phone as I can write my blogs on the go if needs be, and it is more reliable than my laptop (don’t get me started.)

Another little annoyance was that my glasses broke… I wear contact lenses in the day but need my glasses at night, which was a bit frustrating… And then what happened? Our fridge and freezer broke.

We’d been out to dinner a few nights with friends so hadnt eaten at home, therefore hadn’t realised it had broken. I’m not going to lie, it’s a bit of a bit*h having to throw away the contents of a recently fully stocked fridge and freezer. Oh well.
I am thankful and won’t complain, that we had the money to restock and to purchase another one.

We were looking to buy a new fridge freezer (my goodness that’s a boring shopping trip) which would cost a couple of hundred pounds, when thankfully, we found one online from a seller who wanted to get rid of there’s as they’d recently moved into their new house and decided they now wanted under the counter fridge and freezers instead! Luckily they were able to deliver for free on Saturday, and we only paid £50 for the appliance as he wanted it gone asap ready for his new ones. Bargain!

I had made quite alot of commitments with friends and family, celebrations, and am taking part in the Race at your Pace (75 mile running) challenge again this month, so I’ve had alot to squeeze in.

Also, the exciting news, that happened on Sunday, we had a little get away… To Disneyland Paris!
My upcoming posts will be all about Disney, I cannot wait to share my trip with you all!

We travelled earlier morning Sunday, and only arrived home late last night, so today’s been a bit of a blur.

Today very had to, transfer pictures to my hard drive, wash the bed sheets, wash clothing from our trip, hoover, unpack, go food shopping (to restock the new fridge and freezer), take/crop pictures ready from my next couple of blog posts and Instagram, also meet the girls for afternoon tea, it’s 10.30pm and finally I can relax, all ready for work tomorrow.

With all of that said, in life, it’s all about embracing the ride, being positive and thankful.

I’ve missed all of you on WordPress and am looking forward to catching up with everyone posts over the last couple of weeks.

It’s great to be back!

Kaya •

Cooking at home with Kaya

Quick and Healthy Pancakes

Good morning and Happy Pancake day to you all!

Through out February I have been trying different breakfasts that avoid boxed cereal and bread, and although I eat alot of fruit and omlettes, there’s nothing like getting your teeth into some pancakes.

Delicious home made porridge oat and banana pancakes for breakfast, a perfect start to the day, and an alternative healthier option for ‘pancake day’, enjoy!

Banana Oat pancakes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings: 2
Calories: 245 kcal
Author: Alida Ryder
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • maple syrup to serve (optional)
  • fresh fruit of your choice to serve
In a blender, combine the peeled banana, eggs, oats, baking powder and salt.
  • Allow to blend until the mixture is as smooth as you want it and blended well. Allow the batter to stand for 10-20 minutes until thickened slightly.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Fry spoonfuls of the batter until golden brown on both sides.
  • Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh fruit of your choice.

Simply Delicious Food Easy Healthy Banana Oat Pancakes

My pancakes have a bit more roughness/texture as I mash and mix the ingredients rather than blend them.

Just my preference 🙂

Let me know if you try this recipe or if you’ll be making tradition pancakes today!

Kaya •


Double tap that!

Hello there and a very good evening to you all!

I have a small but fun announcement…

Lifestyle • Adventure • Beauty had joined Instagram!

There are times that I’d like to share pictures with you all but don’t really have enough to express to write a full blog… Therefore I’ve set up an account where I can share my pictures with you all.

I will say this now that my profile wasn’t created to follow l4l (like for like), I want it to be authentic. My pictures won’t be professionally edited, perfectly posed, I want to interact with others who have similar interstate and who want to support each other, and not just for popularity.

Have a peek at my account here, and give me an add if you like! Also, please let me know if you have Instagram so I can check yours out too!


Have a wonderful day everyone!

Kaya •


Last weekend in London Part 2

My apologies for the delay in posts, but the last 10 days have been hectic… In the best way!

But here we are, so let’s get straight back to it!

The morning after the Hanson gig, my boyfriend and I had a mooch around London, we had a few hours to kill before we headed back down south, so thought we’d explore.

There was however one place I wanted to visit. The night before our trip, I looked on Instagram for the #london fashion as although I looked on a weather app I wanted to see what others were wearing.

Genius right? Since we were only staying for the night, I didn’t want to carry around a heavy over night bag so I packed light.

Anywho as I scrolled on Instagram I saw a sea of pink, with dozens of pictures with beautiful girly/floral backgrounds.
Where was this pretty pink place?
I immediately clicked the location, and hey presto, there was my answer.

I found that the pictures were taken in one of the ‘Elan’ cafes in London. I hadn’t heard of this cafe before, but after seeing the pictures, knew we would have to visit.

Thankfully, my boyfriend is so laid back and chilled that he didn’t mind visiting the cafe, for picture purpose’s only, obviously! (let’s be real… I didn’t go just for the latte did I?)

When we arrived at the cafe, although it was beautiful with soft pastel pinks everywhere, gold trim and grey marble, I knew it wasn’t what I was looking for, so we headed on down stairs. Then I saw it.

The beautiful pink floral booths that had caught my eye on Instagram.
Unfortunately, there was already a couple sitting there. Darn. We sat ourselves down at a very well presented table… But this isn’t what I wanted. Whilst we ordered our drinks, another couple sat down next to us. As I looked over at them and smiled, I noticed that the couple in the booth we’re getting ready to pack up. Of course, the lady next to me, realised this too.

Now, this is not a time to be shy or polite, I kindly asked the waiter if we could have our drinks in the booth, and quickly but casually dashed to the booth. Why not hey?

Of course, I spend the next 20 minutes taking selfies and photos of the beautiful surroundings. I couldn’t care less if people stared, if never see them again, and.of they’d been say there, they do the same!

When our drinks arrived we we’re told that we were aloud a maximum of 40minutes at the booth, as they wanted it to be a fair experience for all customers, since they did not take booking either. I must say, I ordered a mint hot chocolate. They said they did not offer cream as an extra which was a shame, also I couldn’t taste the mint, and the drink was warm not hot. All together disappointing, but the experience was lovely. Oh and in case you’re wondering, no, none of the colours in my photos are edited…it was that PINK!

After a dozen selfies, we continued to stroll around the streets, and ended up at the Tate Britain Art Museum. It is such a joy to be able to spend hours wondering around an art gallery without a care. Although I wish I did, I do not remember what the exhibitions were called that we saw. I didn’t take many pictures, as I was taking it all in, and didn’t feel the need to have my phone out.

I did have a quick google and I believe one of the exhibitions we saw (which was my favorite), was The Edward Burn Jones Exhibition. His painting were spectacular. I especially enjoyed the detail of the beautiful dresses the ladies were wearing. There was no doubt which fabric he was painting, it looked so real that you could touch it. Such beautiful work, I was mesmerized.

After the museum we took a leisurely stroll back to Victoria Station. It was a perfectly warm and sunny day. Although we’ve been to London countless amounts of time, this was the first time that we’d ever had a free day to just explore. I definitely need another.

Kaya •


Snickers Birthday Cheesecake

Now who says that a birthday cake has to be a sponge cake?

It’s a well known fact that I’ll cook and bake for just about any occasion, so when one of my friends birthdays is on it’s way, I’m prepared!

Since I knew my friend had a love for cheesecake and Snickers, well I put my hands together and here we have it.

This rather naughty cheesecake is not for the faint hearted, or one who is counting calories.
I made this cheesecake early morning, the day after we had got back from our London trip, and in bit of a rush as we had a full day ahead of us, so I didn’t write down my recipe.

I’d love to share this recipe with you, but you see, I went rogue, it happens alot, and didn’t follow one as I couldn’t find one I liked. Also, I also feel as though the base is never thick enough…. So I doubled it. But here’s a rough idea of what I used.

I made the base by breaking up and conbining chocolate digestive, melted butter and chopped up Snickers.

I then whisked the cream cheese, vanilla extract and icing sugar together and then folded in Snickers. And of course, decorated it with, any guesses? More Snickers!!!

I refrigerated the dream that was my cheesecake for one hour before serving it to the birthday boy and friends.

It went down a treat, and was demolished by the next evening.

Next time I promise will make note of the measurements of the products I use, even when I’m going rogue!

This was such a quick and easy cheesecake to make, and without tooting my own horn, possibly the best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten!

Kaya •


Last weekend in London Part 1

Last Friday my boyfriend and I made a very special trip to London. We saw my all time favorite band/musicians. Hanson.

Yes you heard it right, Hanson. These (now grown men, and damn they grew up well) guys are more than just the catchy 90’s tune Mmmbop. Yes I may of fallen for their music when I was younger, but my love for them has just grown stronger over the years.

I have been a Fanson for almost 20 years now. (Fanson… Hanson Fan. I know. I’m so cool)

This is the 4th time I’ve seen them perform. This time was extra special because I was able to see them perform in their new tour, String Theory.
The concert took place at The Southbank Center, London.
The venue was the perfect size that you were in a good crowd but it still felt intimate. Hanson were accompanied on stage by a beautiful symphony orchastra.

I’d never been to a concert before where you just sit and listen. Normally I’d be stood up front and centre, singing, dancing and cheering along.
The music was absolutely breathtaking and beautiful. You can really appreciate what brilliant musicians and performers they are, and how truly incredible the orchestra were, although I adore Hanson, the orchastra just made me melt. It was absolutely outstanding.

The String Theory Album is available on Spotify and youtube, though I chose not to listen to any of the tracks as I wanted to hear them for the first time at the gig.
I’m so pleased that I did.

The performance was just so full of passion and just raw talent. Alot of the songs the audience would just sit and listen as opposed to jump up and down and sing along which was absolutely beautiful.

My favourite song from the set was a song called
Siren call.

Hanson Siren Call

The song stuck with me for the rest of the night. It’s slightly eerie, but in a tingling sort of way.
Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Of course ‘where’s the love’, and ‘mmmbop’ were performed and had a fantastic response. I found that these too song, classic 90’s and upbeat, at times drowned out the orchastra a little. But we’re still a joy to listen to in a different form.

I can now say that I am obsessed with the String Theory and have been playing it on repeat since the concert.

Have you seen a live orchastra before? And who are your favorite musician’s?

Kaya •


What’s wrong with me?

Hello WordPress friends, today’s post isn’t exactly what I intended, but out of concern I wanted to share this with you, hoping a light may be shone on the situation.

I’m currently led in bed on my right hand side, staring at the wardrobe and full length mirror. I can’t seem to get myself to get up as any slight movement is making me want to be sick again.

Over the past 3 months I’ve had 3 ‘stomach bugs’. Okay last month my partner and I were both in well at the same time,but otherwise why does this keep happening? I’ve constantly been feeling groggy, run down, with stomach cramps and aches and pains.

Okay, so maybe my immune system isn’t as strong as it used to be, but In the past 6 months, I cannot remember the last time I felt well and healthy for a full week. That’s not right is it? Yes there are bugs, and colds around and this season is yet to pick up from it’s cold, wet and windy days, but honestly?

I will been trying to call the Drs all day but have had no luck. I was hoping to arrange an appointment to perhaps have a blood test, maybe I have a specific food intolerance?

I’m dehydrated, I know that for sure. My attempts to sip water have caused me to feel unwell and my stomach to become ‘swimmy’.

Since being sick last night and this morning,I’ve only be able to eat a banana and a small bowl of white rice, with a few sips of water in-between.

I’m absolutely knackared. My throat hurts, and also my back from jolting. My head hurts from dehydration. I’ve got the sweats but my body is cold to touch, and my insides hurt. My whole torso feels terrible, along with a achy back and limbs.

I’m disappointed that I’ve had to call sick into work, again! I hate the feeling of letting down the team, but at the same time if be furious if a colleague came to work ill and then spread their germs.

Last night I also feel terrible for keeping my boyfriend up for hours on end, as he’s working the next morning, but wanting to help to look after me.

I’m concerned and confused. I live a fairly healthy lifestyle. I drink plenty of water, work out, eat my daily doses of fruit and veg, have home cooked meals for almost every dish that I consume, keep a clean kitchen, and hygienic home.

I don’t understand how I’m constantly feeling unwell.

The silver lining of this, if there is one, is that I finished my book. ‘Down the rabbit hole’, by Holly Madison.

It was dark, juicy, and better than expected. A recommended read for anyone who has a interest in the nitty gritty, and The Secrets of The Playboy Mansion.

Have you ever experienced on going sickness or a poor immune system? And do you have any advice?

Kaya •