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Wonders of the Orient - a charity open garden in Kent

 

Japanese Garden Bexley, Kent Charity Open Day 2015 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

If you've had a chance to nosey around the blog, or been following the various social media exploits of @SuzyHomemakerUK, you'll know that Beloved and I are relatively new transplants to Staffordshire, having relocated from Kent a few years ago. Last weekend, we returned to our old stomping ground for an exciting World of Suzy Homemaker exclusive.

I was over the moon to be invited to preview "Wonders of the Orient", a stunning Japanese style garden in Bexley, ahead of its charity open day on Sunday, 26th July.

This magnificent private garden opens to the public for one day only, to raise much-needed funds for Demelza House Children's Hospice. If you're in the area, I wholeheartedly recommend you swing by for a visit. As if seeing the garden wasn't enough, there will also be plants, collectables, live music and homemade refreshments.

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Now that's what I call Amazing Chocolate!

Amazing Chocolate | The World of Suzy Homemaker

A couple of weeks ago, Beloved I bobbed over to the Derbyshire Summer Market, at The Roundhouse in Derby - the first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse in the world. I'd never been before, but what a stunning venue! With its beautiful architecture, The Roundhouse is a far cry from the local village hall and yet it was still only £1 entry and £1 for parking.

Bargain!

I'm a bit of a sucker for craft markets and was expecting the usual stands of this and that. But I was in for a real treat. It wasn't just the venue that was stunning; the range and quality of the wares on offer was quite something.

Oh yes. This was MY kinda market.

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Finger lickin' spicy chicken

Finger lickin' spicy barbecue chicken | The World of Suzy Homemaker @SuzyHomemakerUK

It's July and the sun is shining. That can mean only one thing...

It's Barbecue season! Whoop! Yay for al fresco dining!! (Even though Beloved hates it.)

If you're planning a barbie this weekend, I have the perfect recipe for you. More aptly named "Nicki's Kickin' Chicken" (try saying THAT after a few margaritas!), I shamelessly stole this dish from my friend Nicola who served it during a girlie get-together for the final of Ultimate Big Brother #UBB.

Don't judge me.

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Summer's here!

#stylingtheseasons Summer - @SuzyHomemakerUK

Yep! Summer's finally arrived! That may seem like old news already, but if you've been following along for a while, you'll know that in my world, we celebrate the changing of the seasons the old fashioned way – astronomically, rather than meteorologically. If you're wondering what on earth I'm going on about, I explain all in this post from last year.

OK, so I'm still a little late to the party, but I have a good excuse...honest! Beloved and I have been away again. We spent the Solstice weekend celebrating the union of England and Scotland at our Besties' wedding!

Wedding at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England - 20 June 2015

We don't scrub up too badly, huh?
(Photo courtesy of fellow guest and old friend Nicki :-) 

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REVIEW & GIVAWAY – Neal’s Yard Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist


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One of the great things about working for myself is meeting other small business owners.

Take the lovely Harriet Radley, for instance. Harriet is an independent consultant and group leader for Neal's Yard Remedies who I met at our local WiRE networking group in Uttoxeter.

When I mentioned to Harriet I was going on holiday, she generously offered me a brand new bottle of Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist, to trial while I was away.

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How to cook perfect rice - EVERY TIME!

How to cook perfect, gorgeously fluffy boiled rice… EVERY TIME! by The World of Suzy Homemaker

When you boil rice, does it stick to the saucepan, or worse - turn out looking disturbingly like a bucket of stodgy wallpaper paste?

If so, you've come to the right blog post!

For years, I relied on packet rice, because I just couldn't trust myself to cook the loose stuff properly. Yep, I'm not too proud to admit that I've ruined many a good saucepan in my quest for the fluffy grain. Then along came Bev, who taught me this awesome and totally fail-safe method for cooking perfect boiled rice… 

EVERY time!

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{DIY} Bathroom wicker drawers makeover

How to make over a set of bathroom wicker drawers using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Hello you gorgeous hunk of loveliness.

After my last deep and meaningful, I thought it time for something a little more light-hearted. Equally important naturally, for the making of stuff is serious business, but nothing too taxing.

So how's about a nice, easy tutorial on how to make over a cheap set of wicker drawers?

Yeah, I thought you might like that!

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Live the life you love. Love the life you live. AKA The Desire Map and discovering your Core Desired Feelings

How do you want to feel?

Get clear on how you actually want to feel - Danielle LaPorte

If you're one of the lucky ones I recently bored senseless with the incessant flood of sun-filled photos on my Instagram feed (you're welcome), you'll know that Beloved and I have just returned from the Greek island of Rhodes.

Ahhhh.... Sun, Sea, Sand and Gin. Bliss.

Like most aspirin-skinned Brits, my top three reasons for a holiday are to relax, escape the dismal UK weather and enjoy some sun on my bones. But not only was this a wonderfully relaxing break, where we celebrated both my Birthday and our Wedding Anniversary, our holiday also turned out to be something of a revelation.

Danielle LaPorte Truthbomb - change

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Why you need a responsive website

Why you need a responsive website | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Speak to any SEO guru and they'll tell you how they will get you on the first page of Google, GUARANTEED. Yeah, I'm not so sure that's really possible. I mean, how many websites are there in the world? Even if every single one were fully optimised, there can't possibly be enough space on the first page of Google to GUARANTEE your website will appear.

And besides, the ranking factors that determine what Google looks for change more often than some people change their underwear; it's a wonder anyone can keep up!

Sure, if you can, I'd always recommend you hire an expert. I'm just not sure I'd listen to the hype. If you can't afford outside help, there are plenty of things you can do yourself to improve your ranking and even make it onto the first page of Google. Jeez – I managed to do it and I have ZERO SEO experience!

From 21 April, you've been able to improve your chances even further, by ensuring your website has a responsive design. Moreover, if you DON'T have a responsive website, Google will penalise you and you could see your website falling down the rankings.

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How to stop shoes from hurting your feet

How to stop shoes from hurting your feet | @SuzyHomemakerUK

Right. Let's talk about shoes.

Specifically, my Gucci ballet pumps. (Ain't they pretty?)

Hands up all the ladies who've tried on THE most comfortable pair of shoes in the world EVER, only to discover your feet in shreds minutes after an actual, real-life, wearing-them-for-longer-than-30-seconds situation?

Yes, that.

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