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Start as you mean to go on : Do what makes you happy

Good morning friends, and Happy Sunday!

With such a busy 2019, especially December, I’ve decided to have a more relaxed January. We decided to spend the first weekend of January relaxing but being productive.

Saturday morning I woke up after a lie in, I definitely needed to catch up on a few hours of sleep!

After rolling out of bed and doing my yoga, I made myself a big omelette.

Omlette:

3 eggs, handful of spinach leaves, 2 mushrooms, sprinkle of salt, pepper and paprika.

After glamming for the day, my boyfriend and I packed up 2 more bags of clothing and books, and dropped them to the charity shop.

We strolled into town to run a few errands and then met some friends at a local Cafe in Newport, ‘Cafe Isola’.

Cafe Isola is a great meeting spot for large groups, and families. With a fantastic variety of hot and cold food and drinks, and desserts, a decent space between tables for prams and buggies, and so you dobt feel like you’re sitting on the person next to yours laps.

I ordered a Pot of earl grey tea, which was presented nicely, but was accompanied by an egg timer.

I was intrigued about the egg timer, and asked the server what it was for. She told me that it has different times for you to brew your tea.

I don’t mean to sound rude but, A little too pretentious and hipster for me to use … my teas done when it’s done. I’ve managed to make a brew for 29 years without any issue, sure I can manage without.

Did make for a nice photo though!

Our friends arrived with their gorgeous kids, including their 1 week old baby, who I had cuddles with, I turned to mush!

We each dug into a bit of lunch before exchanging late christmas presents.

Chicken, pepper, onion pizza

The other 3 in the group recieved alcohol, but my present really stood out. I got a awesome wooden ‘Bat-Duck’. Have you been anything like him? How incredible! He shall sit proud on our book shelf

After a good free hours of chatting, my boyfriend and I decided to visit my late grandad. My Grandads birthday was yesterday, so we visited his grave and planted a Cyclamen. I have never heard of this plant before, but it looked pretty, good for the winter months, and I know he’d appreciate that more than a bunch of flowers.

Plans had changed, so we now had a free evening. Sun had set so we decided to settle in for the night.

Whilst my love cooked us dinner, I did my insanity work out. Shaun T totally kicked my ass, I was dripping with sweat!

After my shower I entered the kitchen to the most amazing smell, he made me lamb chops. Now my man can cook! The just fell of the bone!

We’d normally have a tipple on a Saturday night, My love had a few beers but I stuck to squash as I’m taking part in Dry january.

The rest of the evening was extremly chilled. We watched the first episode of ‘The masked singer’, my boyfriend was not into it! Oh well.

Only a few days ago I watched a clip of the US version, and thought it looked hilarious.

On the judges panel for the UK version were Jonathon Ross, Ken John Davina Macall, and Rita Ora.

I wasnt sure what I’d make of it but it was great! The costumes are wild, and it completely draws you in, i didnt have a clue. What a fantastic concept for a tv show! I’m seriously impressed that anyone could sing and dance in that get up!

For the rest of the evening I threw on a face mask and played a few hours of the Sims whilst he played Batman.

We fell into bed about 11, so I snuggled down and I read a couple of pages of my book for this month.

What did you do with your first Saturday of the year?

Kaya •

Isle of Wight

Cornerstop Café, Isle of Wight

Good evening friends,

Is there ever too many independent eateries? No, no there isn’t!

The Cornerstop Cafe opened 2 weeks ago, and I’ve been excited to visit there since!

Joint owners, Munshur and Jo and Manager Becky (Munshurs wife/Jo’s sister), have created a cosy and friendly cafe in the heart of the Island.

The cafe dines about 20 people, in a vibrant setting with comfy seating, large windows that let the natural light shine through and also gives anyone walking by food envy, with friendly staff and chilled music in the background, we certainly felt as though we had chosen the right spot for lunch.

The cafe offers a menu of hot and cold fresh food and drinks, sweets, and even a ‘soup of the day’. All which were extremely reasonably priced.

As well as trying new independent places to eat, I love trying out new coffee’s.

I’m quite fussy when it comes to coffee, as I like mine to be strong, without that bitter tang.

The Cornerstop Cafe use Puro Fairtrade coffee which is rich, smooth and flavoursome.

‘Puro Fairtrade Coffee is commitment to stop the exploitation of the third world, ensuring fair prices to coffee growers and saving rainforest and its species within coffee producing countries. Money from the sale of Puro is returned into the purchase and protection of rainforest reserves in the very countries our coffee comes from.’

I had a cappuccino, and a Tuna mayo baguette (with a variety of free salad fillings for you to customize your meal) whilst my partner enjoyed freshly made Pancakes with maple syrup, and a cuppa tea.

I had a bite of the pancakes (of course), and they were perfectly light and fluffy.

We couldn’t help it, and were tempted by the home made cakes. We shared 2 between us, the chocolate cake and the lotus biscuit slice.

My goodness, both were scrumptious, but I’d never tasted anything like the lotus biscuit slice, I should of asked for the recipe!

With a variety of alternative milks, gluten free bread, and home made vegan delights there is something avalaible for everyone.

The cafe also has a children’s s play area, and is dog friendly as well, which is perfect for families who want to relax and enjoy without the fuss.

As well as the fantastic menu, they also offer snacks on the go, and a £5 meal deal offer!

Crisps, chocolate, cold drinks and home made sandwiches packed, all ready to go, along with hot sausage rolls. What more could you want?

This delightful cafe is located at Newport Bus Station, and is open Tuesday – Saturday 8am to 3pm.

The freshly made meals, and cakes, the decision to supply alternative milks and breads, and the decision to use a fairtrade coffee supplier, this Independent family business have certainly put alot of love and thought into the cafe.

I wish them much success, and look forward to popping in soon for another slice of Lotus biscuit cake

Kaya •