Bake Yourself A £500 Wedding Cake

petite-words-homemade-wedding-cake-uniqueI love cake. So I was quite excited about getting married… I mean it’s not the reason I got married ,but it was high on the list of reasons, he he he. Jokes aside, to many people the Wedding cake is the centre piece of their wedding, and can come at quite a price.

A simple 3 tier wedding cake costs around £250 and when you start customising, those sugary little details could double the price! And I had my heart set on something a bit special.

So what’s a girl to do… “Hey mama why don’t we make the cake?!” How cunning I thought we were being and what a grand design we set out to bake! I wanted a 3 tier wedding cake, totally covered with sugar leaves and flowers of all different types, sizes and colours. Easy peasy. And we’d spend the money saved on more champagne! Win win.

wedding-cake-decorations-petite-wordsHowever, we are not wizard bakers and this was our first attempt at sugar flowers. And aside from 1 YouTube tutorial mama had watched, we had no bloody idea what we were doing! But we made a start: I bought a whole collection of edible paints and a truck load of roll out icing and we dyed it ball by ball. This was actually much more time consuming than  you’d imagine as you really have to kneed the colour in. Think major hand cramps, and wow is it a messy job!

Then we began making the sugar flowers and leaves, how lovely we thought. I bought a little pack of tools and we have an experiment. I was bored after the first 10! And believe me when I say, IT TAKES TIME. We clocked up about 20 hours on flowers and leaves alone. And you cannot leave it to the last minute as they need days, preferably weeks to dry out nicely.sugar-flowers-homemade-wedding-cake-petite-words

We had to guess the number of flowers to make, since we had no way of knowing how many we’d need to cover the cake. But really, once you reach the point, where you’re consuming more flowers than your saving for the cake you know you need to stop. We made a few hundred then called it a day/ fell asleep under the table. BIG WORK to say the least but wow do they look pretty all lined up in a row…. ahhh we thought, almost finished, well just need to make, ice ad marzipan 3 cakes, then stick all these flowers on, OMG, how much was bought cake again, can we do this!?

Yes we can! And on we ploughed… a relative had made a gorgeous genoa for the bottom tier and mama super star had made a 2nd tier fruit cake and the top tier was a rainbow sponge for added quirkiness. After the cakes were made we inserted ‘cake rods’ which can only be described as filled in cardboard straws (though much more expensive!) and they kept the tiers just separated enough, making for easy cutting on the day. On to the icing….


This is probably the trickiest bit and where not being professional cake makers really got the better of us. Do you know how hard it is to ice cakes? It feels like rolling silk to lay on chippings! And you’re thinking “Where did all those lumps and bumps come from!” and “OMG my cake has cellulite” and “Is it too late just to buy a cake” and yes it was… but did is matter? NO! because the genius thing about this cake is no matter how messy the icing looks it’s all going to be covered with beautiful little flowers, carefully hiding all the flaws!

With all the cakes marzipaned and iced we could finally we could piece it together. But oops, minor set back, we’d made the top tier the same size as the 2nd, I mean the other tier was right there, we could clearly see they were identical! A moment of madness, I think by this point we were so desperate to eat the cake mum had purposely sabotaged the top tier knowing it would need to be trimmed (sneaky wedding cake bites taste amazing by the way). And so a little snip snip here and there, and a few bites of cake later, we were back on track.

homemade-wedding-cake-diy-petite-wordsNext we sealed all the ugly edges and gaps. We used piped icing to tidy it up, although it really wouldn’t have show, but mama chief was having a meltdown at the cakes imperfections, so we did it. Now the finish line was sight, so wine was poured and out came the edible super glue for the final (and most fun) stage. Let the flowertastic fun begin! Of course mama, being the loveliest mama in the world allowed me the honour of sticking all flowers and leaves on the cake.

It took about 2 and half hours to do, and big shout out to the edible glue. When you first use it, it’s like water, and I had serious doubts it would be up for the job, but it was.  Apparently icing just isn’t sticky enough, especially to hold anything of weight, so I highly recommend the glue.

flower-icing-decoration-wedding-cake-petite-wordsAnd the final touch a finally a sprinkling of golden glitter dust and a little creative piping round the back, because it turned out 200 flowers wasn’t enough to cover the whole cake! I went for an Indian pattern style, using the edible glitter dust and white icing, it turned out really lovely.

 And so there you have it one garden fairy princess wedding cake…. Mama and I both agree it was our biggest life achievement to date. And would we do it again, a million times over, because yes, we saves hundred of pounds but more importantly we made something totally unique that was so special money couldn’t by… and the look on your guests face when you unveil it at the wedding… priceless!


Now for the serious stuff….Below if a breakdown of the cake costings (so you KNOW it can be done!):

Roll out icing 1KG X 8 =£17.60

Marzipan = £5.22

Edible glue =£2.99

Colours (pack of 12) = £12.99

Gold glitter dust = £1.99

Flower making tools = £0.99

Cake rods = £2.00

Cake boards = £6.99

Genoa: = £12.00

Fruit cake = £8.00

Rainbow sponge cake=  £3.99

Cake box (essential)= £12.00

TOTAL= £86.76 (WOW!)

Newest Nibbles (October)


Happy October! I’m immensely enjoying these first crisp mornings, when you feel snuggly yet refreshed, isn’t this time of year lovely!!? Ask me again next month when I’ll probably be sick of soggy boots and lemsip, but for the moment autumn is my bestie. Anyway, Organic tastes good in any season and I’ve got some super organic goodies to warm your autumn chops, enjoy!

Grove Organic Fruit Co. Premium Apple & Pomegranate Juice, 1L £1.96

An apple juice with a twist. Sometimes I find apple juice just a little too sweet, this one is the perfect combination of sweet and sour, with hints of berry. And of course we all know how great pomegranates are for you. Groove Organic also do all kinds of lovely juices, check them out!

Doisy & Dam Ginger, Chilli Flakes & Hempseed Chocolate, 40G, £3.00

So so moorish and what a kick. I’m a big fan of spicy chocolate and I really love D & D’s whole collection.


I love coconut milk, but it’s gotta be organic and this one is really nice. It is thick and creamy, but not intensely coconutty, so I find it’s really perfect for cooking.


Super yum, not as sugary as you’d imagine ans it has really subtle flavours. It’s a refreshing combination, with a fiery kick. Isn’t this just a time of year for warming soups and hot buttered bread!


How lovely this is, feels especially nice for winter. It’s already sliced which is such a luxury with rye bread and the pumpkin seeds add a little sweetness, my favourite rye bread to date!

So that’s if for this month, pop by again next month for more organic loveliness! And of course my ears are open to hear about new organic treats you’ve been sambling !

Croatia: The Place To Reboot

I love travelling. I know a lot of people say that but I really mean it.  I NEED travel, I was made for it and I’m exceptionally lucky to have explored a great deal of the world.

And what a world it is! Full of wondrous cities and special sites to see, but sometimes, and this is quite rare, but sometimes you go to a place and are so astounded by it’s unspoilt wonder and true loveliness that you know you’ve found a new love, a place that will never be matched. And Šolta, a tiny Croatian Island is one such love.

But, shhhhh! For this is a secret post that I’m only sharing with my loveliest readers, because I really do feel like I’ve stumbled upon a hidden gem.

Šolta, an island fit to mend even the weariest of traveler and how did I find such a place,  well I’d heard Croatia was lovely, but given it was mid August, squashing onto a Croatian island didn’t sound like the best idea. But then I found an article talking about a ‘slavic secret’ pronounced shh-ol-ta, even the name sounded calming! The article spoke of a isolated island just 12miles long and a 40 minute ferry ride from Split (Croatia’s 2nd largest city). By this point my husband and I were so desperate to find solitude we booked, packed and off we trotted, to mend our frazzled minds.

August at Split Ferry Port is a bit like fighting your way through a bee hive, maybe more painful. In fact it’s so NOT fun that you just want to jump back on the plane! Especially when you realise the ferry to paradise isn’t due for another 4 hours! Ferries can be few and far between even in peak season, so we passed the time sipping (cheap cheap) Croatian beer at a plastic chairs, umbrellas bar and basked in the Croatian sunshine.

solta-island-croatia-petite-wordsWelcome to Šolta:  arriving you’ll be astounded by how untouched and rich it all is. I was expecting a dry land of heat and olives but instead we were greeted by great clusters of fir trees, pomegranates voluptuously bursting off their branches, mountainscapes of astounding beauty and secret coves tucked neatly away at every turn.

And pretty soon you realise just how magic it all is, because it has the best of everything. It’s luxurious but not in a Caribbean-cocktails- in- pineapples way, it’s luxurious in a simple, humble way, that’s quite quite beautiful, you’ll see what I mean.. Needless to say it is the definition of loveliness and here’s why…6 things I love about Croatia/Šolta:

The FOOD. Quite a feast isn’t it! And it cost about £12 (including wine)! The seafood is divine, but that’s no surprise given it’s a country primary made of islands! But seafood really is so reasonable that you return to England feeling cheated that you can’t continue you new diet of fried calamari and and squid, mussel pasta. Gutted.  But it’s not all fish and seafood, the salads are a true delight, and the island has loads of sweet treats like the local lavender honey and the most divine fig jam to ever cross your lips.


The APERITIFS.  “Isn’t that like something you have before dinner?” Yes it is, or in this case before during and after dinner! And the Croatian’s make a pretty a serious sport of it and of course they know how to make a wide variety of magical liquor, like some kind of aperitif wizards. My favourite was ORAHOVICA (walnut brandy) but the lovely list is endless; honey mead, plum brandy, herbal liquor, carob brandy, to name but a few. Only trick is getting a few bottles home when you can only take 100ml bottles in your transparent liquids bag! Goodbye makeup…. hello nectar.


The PEBBLED BEACHES. Yes you heard correct, Šolta and Croatian in general have almost zero sandy beaches, which you may be put off by, don’t be. There is something quite divine about transparent waters, pebbles in the sparkling sunshine that just makes it incomparable to other beaches. And it’s a snorkelers dream! What a world awaits you under that perfectly transparent waters, gorgeous sites to see. And armed with your reef shoes you soon become accustomed to the rocky underfoot and almost forget about sandy beaches and their dusty annoyance. By the way, swimming/ reef shoes are totally essential, don’t even think about not wearing them, biggest mistake ever. And Saltwater make the most chic pair you’ll ever own.

The UNSPOILT TOWNS. Šolta is an island built by the hands of man, and everywhere you look it’s apparent just how untouched the island is. The dry stone walls, the rustic slanting doorways and narrow pebbled streets. Thinking about it I’d struggle to list many places (particularly in Europe) that are yet to be molded or butchered by developers hands. Šolta has 6 little towns each with their own unique architecture and quirks… I bet you’ll fall in love with all 6 of them!

The NATURE. I found these husk cherries on our first day and was so delighted at finding something so exotic growing wild (didn’t care that they tasted like bitter as bitter can be). But really you on’t believe how fertile and rich the soil is, so there’s all manner of lovely things growing. And it’s not just plants, one of my favouite days was spent visiting  Tvrdic bee farm, what kind and wonderful people they were and wow do they know about honey. I so so recommend it!solta-croatia-nature-holiday-petite-words

The PEOPLE. Cold, rude, unwelcoming. These are just a few words used to describe Croatians in the reviews  I read prior to our visit. Couldn’t. Be. Further. From. The. Truth. Lovely, helpful, frank, sincere, are some of the words I’d use. Croatian’s won’t flatter you with fake courtesy, maybe why so many American’s don’t like them, instead they speak (mostly great English) and aim to be honest and helpful, often going out of their way to help you. And we found when we were warm towards they they radiated the same feelings back.


So what do you think? Please don’t all rush there at once…It goes without saying that Šolta is an island of peace, aside from the odd little bar (with a spattering of people) there is no nightlife. Don’t go there looking for parties and big  island atmosphere, it just ain’t that kind town. To me it will always feel like you’re in a secret place that the tourists missed, a place hidden, far from the maddening crowds and I really do hope it stays that way.

Šolta: our little piece of pebbled paradise.

8 Perks Of Working From Home

perks-of-working-from-home-petite-wordsWorking from home can be tricky, you’ve got to be disciplined and focused. I mean it’s no easy task creating your own little bubble, so you can work you business lady magic. However working from home does have some truly wonderful perks that it does us ‘homeworkers’ good to remember when we’re feeling infuriated or lonesome in our little makeshift offices.

  • Working in your pyjamas. Of course that had to be no.1! There’s something rather liberating about sitting there at your computer, getting stuff done in your fluffy slippers and unicorn pjs, talk about living the dream.
  • Always being in for parcels.  I never realised before what random times parcels get delivered! 7am a faint little knock at the door, because they almost never ring the bell and how annoying when you miss something (especially shoes, or cosmetics, or presents, or anything really, can you tell I love parcels!) but, no more! You even become a parcel messiah for all your worker neighbours.
  • Mondays are you friend NOT your foe. No early morning dread, the stomach flip, Monday blues… it’s just another day at the office/ your little paradise.
  • The GOOD coffee. I know there’s plenty of super coffee shops out there but mostly drinking over priced coffee from a takeaway cup tastes pants. Working from home you can have that magical first sip with your favourite coffee and served in your favourite mug. I even like to grind my own beans, serve myself a slice of cake and pretend I’m at “La Petite Cafe”. Just kidding (not).
  • Flexibility. Mama’s popped over for coffee, hubby’s got the week off, the sun is shining so time for a picnic. Whatever life throws at you, you can be free! Of course there’s always work to be made up, at some point, but that time is not now.
  • No Commuting! Farewell queasy bus rides, see ya stuffy tube trips, goodbye traffic jams, the only jam I’m having is in my sandwich, while I work from the comfort of my  own sofa.
  • No Office Politics. I hate gossip and I detest small talk even more. So I could never concentrate surrounded by a room full of suits. Solitude really does make me work better.
  • A Beautiful Office. And of my own choosing! The smells, the feelings, the scattered pictures and trinkets, your special pens and cosy chair, you can make a mini heaven totally for you, safe in the knowledge that no one can change it/ steal your space!

A NOTE TO ALL YOU NON HOME-WORKERS: There are of course SO many perks of physically going to work, so please don’t think I’m a smug little pumpkin working from home. Sometimes I do truly miss being part of the morning ‘dash’ and the hubbub that goes with it!

Cleaner Teeth The Organic Way


Teeth are important, aren’t they. It’s your smile, the first thing people usually notice and the gateway to the rest of your body. So if you’re teeth aren’t healthy they could be causing your body all kinds of problems!

And we’d all love to have a gleaming white smile, but that doesn’t always mean healthy teeth and gums. Chemical pastes, abrasive whiting, and nasties like bleach may give you white teeth but could do major, often irreparable damage to your nashers.

So first things first here’s a little list highlighting the toxics to look out for, because chances are your toothpaste has at least 1 of them, even your kid’s toothpaste!

Fluoride a truly horrendous chemical that’s been linked to all kinds of mental health issues and problems with brain function, seriously toxic stuff. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) many reasons not to use this but for a start it’s a pesticide, used to kill insects and plants (put it in my mouth, uh no thanks) and its corrosive (on my teeth! Hell no!).  Aspartame yes the nasty little sweeter which has been band in so many soft drinks due to links with Alzheimer’s disease and birth defects, not exactly something you’d want in your toothpaste! Microbeads which are essentially teeny tiny plastic beads, mostly used in body scrubs and whitening pastes, as the beads exfoliate and then go directly into your body, yes that’s right, you have plastic in you body! It goes down the drain as well and because the beads are so small they can’t be filtered out so those beads end up in the ocean, and you know that juicy piece of fish you’re about to eat, yes, that’s probably where the microbeads have ended up. Green Peace are working really hard to band them, with our helpDiethanolamine (DEA) is another horrible toxin that goes directly into skin and causes bladder, esophagus, liver and stomach cancer, hard to believe it’s in a toothpaste, but it is, just check the packet of most big brands. Propylene Glycol is a mineral oil (which in itself has huge links to premature ageing) and can be found in paint enamel, antifreeze and other products you wouldn’t dream of using on your skin, let alone in your mouth, also links to organ system toxicity.

Yuck right, so what to do, well luckily there are loads to amazing organic and chemical free toothpastes out there and you could even try making your own! Here’s a super simple recipe from Food Renegade if you fancy giving it a whirl.

No on to my personal dental routine. My teeth may not be pearly white, but they’re pretty good and I’ve had more compliments from my dentist that EVER before, which is something to be proud of. I’ve also banished my tooth sensitivity, definitely something to smile about!

My Dental Regime:

Lanes Sarakan Original Salvadora Toothpaste £2.85

My fav natural toothpaste and I’ve tried a lot, it’s also one of the cheapest! It uses extract of Salvadora persica a.k.a the toothbrush tree, which has been naturally cleaning teeth for centuries. I’ve never had a cleaner teeth feeling. Really is wonderful stuff and although it doesn’t have the regular mint taste, it really is pleasant and you quickly get used to it. Mint pastes feel sickly to me now!

Weleda Salt Toothpaste, £3.98

I used to get a lot of mouth ulcers, so I started using this paste every other day, as an extra, because salt is naturally antibacterial and leaves my gums feeling really healthy.

Groovy Food Virgin Coconut Oil, £4.99

I use this as a mouthwash, a teaspoon in my mouth quickly turns to a liquid and you can swish it around, after a few minutes your teeth are super clean and shiny. And used everyday you can definitely see a whiting effect. It also seals gums, which is a big WIN for dental hygiene!

I hope you’ve been inspired to to change your dental regime to a safer and cleaner one! If you’d like to learn more this site was really helpful. I’d also love to hear about any new organic products you’re loving, get in touch below and happy smiling…


Words of Blogging Wisdom From The Ladies That Know!


Once upon a time we started to blog. We started to blog because we had something to say and we wanted people to listen. Maybe we felt inspired or maybe we were just curious, either way we all embarked on a journey that would lead us somewhere new.

Wherever you’ve travelled on your blogging path you can be sure it’s been paved with wonderfully inspiring bloggers, that have encouraged and influenced your whole blogging persona.

And this post is all about them: My favs. The super duper bloggers that make my head spin with their sass, their dedication and their exceptional approach to life. They deliver us posts of truth and wisdom, with heartfelt words about real stuff happening to real people because they are survivors and they are absolutely fabulous.

So for all you bloggers who are stuck in a runt, who have lost your voice, or maybe you just need some words of comfort, I give you, the creme de la creme of mama bloggers, with some truly wonderful advice for new bloggers.

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Follow your own path, write about what interests you, don’t try to fit in! Do the opposite of fitting in, you’ll have more fun. And don’t worry about stats, popularity doesn’t make a good blog.


I would say read lots of other blogs – it’s great for inspiration and to get ideas and kind of help you to know how you would like your own blog to evolve. It is also great for making friends with other bloggers – something which really helps to keep you motivated and helps you to have someone to bounce ideas off!

logo2Follow your own journey, comparison can be very damaging so stick with what you believe in and the rest will follow.

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Blogging is incredibly time consuming and takes lots of hard work, so before you buy your domain name and take the time to create your blog, sit down and think about why you are setting up a blog. Come up with your USP, develop your voice and think about your style. Planning is key.

Don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Just concentrate on finding your voice and your niche and everything else will follow.


I think my best piece of advice for new bloggers when they’re thinking about getting serious would be schedule and be consistent! Whether it be 2 days a week they decide to publish a post or more, somehow sticking to a schedule automatically seems to help me get my butt in gear and for the first time in a year I’m now so set in that routine, I’m able to have posts finished well in advance, which is much less stressful!


My advice for new bloggers would be to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Don’t be afraid to write about the things you are passionate about even if they don’t appeal to the masses, I think it’s good to have opinions too, even if they might put some people off returning.

Blogging is about expressing yourself and being creative in writing and/or graphic form. Don’t worry too much about being perfect or what others think of your blog. If you write from the heart people will come and read your blog. If you want people to come to your blog then link up. There are so many linkys out there. It is mind blowing. Link up with them and see which linky suit your style best. It is the best way to get yourselves out there as well as making friends on the Blogging World. You’ll be surprised.

HM_Logo_FINAL_transparency-no-border-no-text-small-1My advice for new bloggers would be to write what you’re passionate about. Passion will give you purpose, always. Also-don’t self-sabotage, don’t let self- doubt prevent you from sharing your voice (which matters) with the world. My post on pushing through the self-doubt might help.

Wonderful advice ladies, thank you so much! Stay tuned for the next instalment, when these super mama bloggers will be talking about first time parenting!

Stop Listening….See How Life Changes

Life is noisy, I mean if you stop and actually listen to everyone and everything it ‘s insane, truly it is.

If it’s not the TV declaring “The end is nigh!” then it’s our neighbour peeping over the fence to inform  us “Our hedge needs trimming” or it’s our favourite magazine telling us we’re too fat for those shorts or it’s our friends, nagging that we work to much.

Imagine if you just stopped listening.

You learned to shut out all the comments, all life’s niggling commentaries, because in the end they DO add up and have a big (often negative) impact on your life, if you let it. So here’s what happened when I stopped listening to the big wide world and just listened more to little old me:

You learn you CAN be anything you want. Literally there is nothing stopping you from dressing up like a unicorn and running down the street declaring “I am a unicorn” just an example but you get the gist. People usually stop themselves because they care too much what people will say.

You learn that the media is bad. Turn off that tv, read, read read and draw your own conclusions about world. I’ve had enough of being spoon fed rubbish.

You learn that fashion is ludicrous and start to question the people following it! Yes I used to be a voguer, totally gobbling up every trend, but now I look around and see outfits that are so bewildering, I can’t help but laugh. Fashion is an industry, but chic is timeless and CoCo would be turning in her grave if she could see it now. Be you, be cool.

-You learn how strong you can really be. Death, disaster, stress, things breaking down but look at us, we don’t discombobulate, we don’t magically varnish in a puff of smoke, we carry on and we piece things back together. We are survivors until the very end and I think that’s pretty dam special.

-You understand what true kindness is. It sticks out like a blooming flower when you start listening to your heart and see people for who they really are.

-You see who your real friends are. Friends and family who love you, will respect you and love you no matter what, that is the unspoken rule of the universe. Just because you don’t agree with them or choose a different path doesn’t mean the love and friendship goes away.

You become happier. And learn what real happiness is and can sustain it for longer. Look inside your heart and ask the question, what makes ME happy? Because we live in a world where we’re usually just listening to what makes others happy.

-You find peace. It’s stressful being told things repeatedly, maybe things you don’t believe to be true or maybe they’re clouds of negative words, so when you close your ears to the world you find a sort of peace and contentment within yourself, pretty blissful.

So that’s it, that’s what happened when I stopped listing to the world.  But, that said sometimes the world does have important and wonderful things to say and of course my ears are always open for lovely people who need an ear.

Did you stop listening to the white noise, how did it change you?

Shhhhh It’s A Secret (Face Cream)

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Here’s a little secret, I’ve done it, I gone and found the perfect face cream for combination skin.  And it’s Organic (of course!).

Balance Me Moisture Rich Face Cream is sensational. I’m not being sponsored to write this post, I haven’t been given a load of free Balance Me products, I’m just passionate about Organic beauty and want people to know where the good stuff is!

My skin before: slight acne scaring, oily t zone, puffy, dry and occasional red blotches.

My skin after: soft (I mean pure silk), spot free (no break outs for months), no dry red patches, a nice smooth even skin tone.

And it’s natural, safe and chemical free. And yes it’s £24.00 (though that’s actually cheaper than many chemical creams) but considering it lasts you 3-4 months it’s 100% worth the money. If you buy one organic product make this it!

Bye for now! And remember it’s a secret, just for you lovely people.