Sexy 50’s inspired notebook

I’m Hi, how are you?

Now that Autumn is here, activities tend to be more indoors oriented.

A few years back my stepmom taught me how to do decoupage, it’s a technique were you decorate pieces with pre-printed paper, I like to use napkins and rice paper, although there’s other types available.

I haven’t done it for over 5 years so this was just a skill test to jolt my memory. I used polka_dot fabric to cover the back and part of the front, red ribbon and rice paper. hopefully the next one will turn out a bit better 🙂

I hope you like it.

Lots of love



Thoughts on waste.

Human beings are the most wasteful of all animals.

You give a cat a fish and it will eat it on the spot, you give a dog a ball and it will play with it until it falls apart, you care for them and they care for you and brighten your day, no matter who you are or what you have, animals enjoy what they have when they have it, but not humans.

Humans will leave the fish in the fridge and when they remember about it it has gone off, we will leave the ball somewhere until we can’t find, we are amazing at creating waste, we waste food, clothes, water, any commodity that we put our hands on, but we also manage to waste the good things that life gives us that animals don’t seem to grasp as we do, like friendship, love, time, family, intellect, peace…

We act like we don’t feel like it or that it’s all overrated, until it dawns on us that we need it, in some situations we don’t have it anymore because we turned all that to waste, most of us don’t take care or enjoy the good things in life when it’s right there in front of us.

I don’t want waste in my life and I don’t want to create waste out of others, it’s not fair to them or me.

You see, at the end of the day I realised that my dog really loved that ball.

I hope this made sense to whoever reads it, I should be sleeping by now but this was going around in my head.

Good night


Pearl x

Quitting smoking – Take 5


How are you today?

I’m once more trying to quit smoking, although it’s the 5th time I’m trying eventually I’ll be stronger than the addiction.

I got an cigarette and a few different flavours, tobacco, mint, rhubarb and custard and also bubblegum.

It’s around £20 as the shop gave me 2 flavours for free and it’s quite colourful.

Now I just have to be good and stick with it.

Wish me luck.

Lots of love

Pearl x

When a push is what you need and uncertainty is bliss.

Hi, how are you today?

Two months ago I agreed with my now previous employer that it would be for the best that we terminated my contract, this is something that I should have realised sooner as the job was taking over my life and taking a toll in all areas. My health was poor, my relationship with Mr. Parker was falling apart, I didn’t have the time or the energy to do anything outside work and when I wasn’t at work I was worrying about it, specially because all of what was happening wasn’t allowing me to do the job properly either.

I was miserable and unhappy.

I knew I wanted to get out of there, I was going to work thinking that I just had to endure 8 hours of work and the delightful company of some people who I didn’t particularly liked. Hell.

So one day, after several conversations about my performance and me almost losing the plot I was placed on garden leave which was the best thing that could have happened.

For the first week I slepped between 10 to 12 hours, on the second week I started jogging and looking to get another job, I was curious to know which other companies and jobs could be interested in me and me in them.

By the third week I was being called for job interviews and I had to go back to the company to have a meeting, after the formalities that come with it I said “I don’t want to work here anymore and I would appreciate that you consider this meeting as my formal resignation”, HR and my general manager were caught by surprise, they probably thought that I was going to fight the accusations that they already had written down on the papers I could see across the table. They agreed and payed me until the end of the month plus the holiday I was still entitled. I got out feeling that I was free, I felt like a weight was lifted from my back, my mind and soul. I remember that the sun was shinning. I called Mr. Parker to tell him the good news and also my dad to tell the happy news.

By week four I was getting worried has the calls from agencies started being less and less by the end of the fourth week I got 2 phone calls for jobs that would take me 2 hours of daily commuting but if that was what I was given then I had to go for it. To take my mind of my worries I joined the gym, something I haven’t done in about 10 years and on the first day I got a call mid-cycling to go for a job interview that same morning, it went so well that I started working that same day.

It’s now been 5 weeks since I’ve started my new job and I’m so happy, the hours are the same but I’m not getting out of bed at 5am but at 7am I leave at 5pm and the gym is a 2 minute walk away, when I get home I still have time and energy to do things around the house, have a nice meal with Mr. Parker, watch some of my favourite programmes and not think about work.

I like the people and the environment where I’m working, I like the fact that the office has windows and proper ventilation, I get the chance of seeing the new fashion trends before they hit the stores, I like having time and energy to take care of myself and others.

I’m happy.

Lots of love

Pearl x


Hi, how are you?

I haven’t been posting lately as some changes occurred in my life and I needed to get them sorted. So, in the next few weeks I’ll get back to normal schedule and maybe some more. 


Lots of love 

Pearl x 

Easy Vegetarian Sausage Casserole

Hi, how are you?

I like a good meat sausage casserole as long as it done with quality ingredients and with mash and veg on the side but I wanted to try vegetarian sausages as I heard that they were and I quote “really good”.

Got myself the usual ingredients but swapped the same amount of meat sausages for vegetarian ones (only found Quorn at Sainsbury’s ) and took about 10 minutes from the full cooking time. Used my massively heavy cast iron pot so I can do the prep in it and place in the oven straight from the hob which means less stuff for me to wash .

To make the sausage casserole just get a pack from Colman’s or another brand you prefer and follow the instructions, I was a bit afraid of doing this and ruining the sausages as I didn’t know if both sausages and seasoning pack would work together, but it did and it smelled and tasted delicious.


Have a nice sunday and I’ll write soon as I have a couple of news and updates for you.

Lots of love

Pearl x

I’ve set up an email account 

Hi, how are you today?

I’ve set up an email account if anyone wants to contact me.


Drop me a line sometime

Would love to hear from you

Lots of love 


Veggie Ragu with a twist

Hi, how are you today?

Found this recipe on Instagram from an account called My Meatless Meals, tried it but did a few adjustments as I preferred a different combination.


  • 2tbsp chopped garlic
  • 200g diced onion
  • 150g diced celery
  • 250g diced carrot
  • 300g diced shiitake mushrooms or 300g of soy – I used 150g of each
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or 1 cup of water and a vegetable stock melt
  • Salt
  • 1tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp of dried oregano or basil if you prefer
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of well rinsed lentils
  • 1 cup of vegetable milk
  • Olive oil

How to:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in to the pot and add the garlic and onion and stir until softened
  2. Add celery, carrot and mushrooms or soy and stir fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and the spices and stir.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and the lentils and stir
  5. Add the vegetable milk and let it simmer for up to 15 minutes. 

Decorate if you wish too and serve it with cooked pasta of your choice.

I’ve divided mine in to take-away containers so I can freeze and reheat in the oven as I’m not the proud owner of a microwave, you can find the containers in your local Poundland if you are from the UK.


Lots of love

Pearl x

Vegetable garden update

Hi, how are you?

My vegetables are growing and I’m really excited about it, can’t stop myself from getting more seeds although I’m running out of space. 

Need to find a solution fast, any ideas? 

From right to left potatoes, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots and basil. 

See you later.

Lots of love 

Pearl x