Looks Like Halloween, Smells Like Christmas with Inntravel

Many moons ago I used to work in travel. I spent five and a half years selling holidays to the general public and dreaming about the trips I wanted to take. Things like this Secret Treasures of the Caribbean trip with Inntravel.

In a nut shell it’s 10 days of walking sections of the Caribbean’s long-distance walking trail, hiking, snorkelling and sampling indigenous Kalinago culture. Read more

My Ordinary Captured Moment: Heart Shaped

Heart Shaped

Because, my love, sometimes it isn’t about
How fast or tall
How long
How loud or sweet the shout

Happy moments can too be made of bare faces
Kinky hair
Crooked biscuits
And no spare spaces

A messy draining board, as full as my heart
A crooked photo
Just ordinary us
Faced with life without you? I’m not sure where I’d start

My Ordinary Captured Moment written by Katie Haydock for Life on Vista Street

Words, when stringed together don’t always make sense. But when I look at this photo that my husband took ofΒ me and our daughter when we were just having an ordinary afternoon of baking (or ‘making’ as she calls it) the words above make perfect sense. We didn’t know the button was being pressed or that the moment was being captured.

We were being us. As we are. Happy and together.

As a guilt ridden working mum, I spend way too much money compensating for the time I missed with magazines and babychinos.

I need to remember that it doesn’t cost anything for me to show my Little Miss how much love I have for her in my heart. A few handfuls of flour and teaching her how to cut shapes out of simple dough is all it took. We kept cutting and cutting until the table was full of biscuits ready to be baked.

“Are they cooked now Mama?”

She doesn’t care that I have a bare face. I don’t care that everything she says is at ten decibels. It isn’t until it is time to go back to work that I realise how much I appreciate these ordinary moments. How much I appreciate the miracle that is my child, and how much I appreciate the man behind the camera capturing the moment.

Inspiration drawn from this blog post from the Ordinary Lovely.



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6 Recipes in a Creamline Dairies Vegetable Box: WIN

6 Recipes in a Creamline Dairies Vegetable Box: WIN written by katie haydock for life on vista street

Since starting my Slimming World journey, I seem to spend a lot of time shopping for groceries… for one thing in particular.

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How To Make: Passion Fruit Cupcakes / Slimming World Friendly

How To Make: Passion Fruit Cupcakes / Slimming World Friendly by katie haydock for life on vista street

This past week I’ve shared with you a few websites that I have been using to find recipes to use up the food stuffs that I already had in the house pre-pay day. Here and here!

But pay day has been and gone and our kitchen is well stocked once more.

I very rarely buy cake these days (unless it is a very special occasion and I’m super rushed for time), because not only do I not want temptation in my way a lot of the time the goodies we buy are just not worth the syns!

We buy lots and lots and of fruit… but that doesn’t mean to say that the fruit doesn’t end up on a cake… especially if I can make that cake for less than my daily syns allowance. Passion Fruit Cupcakes don’t last long for three reasons: The recipe contains no refined sugar to preserve it, it has a fresh cream (or quark) topping and filling… and they’re just too damn tasty to leave alone.

This could be the perfect home-made treat for Mother’s Day or a delicious no junk treat for Easter. You could amend the recipe to make it as naughty or nice as you like!

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How To Make PERFECT Chocolate Truffles

I’m pretty sure it won’t come as a shock to you when I tell you I’m a bit of a chocoholic on the sly.

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