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Breastfeeding in Newmarket

I appreciate that some people can’t and respect that others might not want to but I am such a huge breastfeeding advocate! Read some of the benefits here.
Breastfeeding is by far the most challenging but rewarding task I have ever done. Latches, blocked ducts and painful let downs were just a few challenges I faced (and by the sounds of things I got off lightly) but this pain was nothing when compared to the priceless one on one moments I share with AB whilst I fill her with the very best nutritents the world can offer. (In six weeks AB has already gained over 3lbs!)

Don’t struggle-Get local support in Newmarket 

The lovely Hannah became a Newmarket Mum in September 2016 and has recently set up a closed Facebook group called “Newmarket Breastfeeding Support Group.” Search for the group on Facebook and join us!

The group promotes a Newmarket weekly breastfeeding coffee morning where Mums can “meet up, have a drink, talk about boobs and feed…in a safe space.” Come along on a Wednesday between 10:00 and 11:30 at The Stables on Newmarket high street.

Also worth mentioning is BellyBelly, an Australian site that I have used a lot both during pregnancy and now. They offer broad advice on many topics including breastfeeding.

Helpful numbers for Newmarket Mums

More information to follow shortly…

West Suffolk 

Foley House Children’s Centre tel:01638 565533

Antenatal Clinic Reception 01284 713254

MDAU 01284 712723

Labour Suite 01284 713278

Birthing Unit 01284 712758

F11 Ward 01284 713216

Community Midwifery Office 01284 712976


Lilac team at Bottisham Children’s Centre 01223 348794

Rosie Community Midwife Team 01223 217629

Rosie Delivery Unit 01223 217217

Health Visiting Team 01223 810041

The Horses Mouth | Clean Vindaloo Paste

Earlier I shared the recipe for a Clean Vindaloo Curry that I found on Rebelfit. I’m keen on making dishes as clean as possible so decided to make my own Vindaloo paste!

Note to self: Ease up on the Birdseye Chilli next time.

• Black Peppercorns (1tsp)

• Coriander (2tsp)

•Yellow mustard seeds (1tbsp)

• Dried red chillies (4) – I used Birdseye

•Lazy garlic (2tsp)

•Ginger (2tsp)

•Sea Salt (1/2 tsp)

•Coconut Oil (1tbsp)

•Vinegar (2tbsp)

•Tomato Puree (2tbsp)

•Tamarind Paste (1tbsp)

•Fresh chilli (2) or chilli powder

Simply throw every ingredient together and blend into a paste!

•Vindaloo paste (or make a scorcher of a curry and make a clean Vindaloo paste of your own!)

Heat up the Coconut Oil and fry the beef strips.

Add onions to pan and cook until golden.

Stir in the paste and chicken stock.

Throw in the Sweet potato and cook until soft.

Alternatively, once the beef strips are cooked and the onions are golden, throw the entire mix in a slow cooker and enjoy later on.

270 mile bike ride in just 27 hours – Help For Heroes inspires 4 ‘weekend’ cyclists.

Four keen ‘weekend’ cyclists  from Newmarket are taking on the challenge to push themselves beyond their limits to achieve a goal on behalf of Help for Heroes.

The popular Help For Heroes, 100 mile Dawn Raid takes place from Tedworth House to London on Sunday 8th June but the Newmarket team decided to extend this ride even further. Leaving the centre of Newmarket in Suffolk they will head South West to cycle to Tedworth House recovery centre in Tidworth, Wiltshire where they will spend a few hours with some of our soldiers before the official ride starts in the early hours of Sunday morning. The unsupported ride on the Saturday will see them cover circa 170 miles. The total riding experience is a grand total of 270 miles in just 27 hours.



The team, (Lto R) David Buist, Jake Woolf, Gareth Godfrey, Owen Wilson, have currently raised £3,922.46 for Help For Heroes.

Gareth Godfrey, Director of Godfrey and Hicks Builders says:

“We are sure that you will agree that 270 miles in a little over 24hours with no sleep is a small sacrifice to make on behalf of such a fantastic charity that supports some of the strongest and most determined people we have had the opportunity to meet. Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure.

All of this means that we are able to support wounded, sick and injured servicemen, women and veterans with the support they need and deserve.”



WIN a Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg worth £75 with Brand Recruitment

I have just been told that  local Marketing and PR specialists, Brand recruitment are running a competition!

To win a luxurious Hotel Chocolat ‘half and half Ostrich Easter Egg’ worth a whopping £75.00 just follow @brandjobs on Twitter and tweet them with your Easter themed image and the hashtag #BrandEasterComp

Easy! Here’s my effort:


Think you can do better?

Le Creuset lifting belt – New Spring Collection

Le Creuset confidently state that they are known for ‘worldwide premium quality cookware!’ Being a huge fan and user of a number of different Le Creuset cookware items I can vouch for this top notch quality!
The issue is that this cast iron, high quality cookware is so solid that I often strain when moving the cookware from hob to kitchen side or work top to oven.
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With this in mind I was delighted to purchase the new Le Creuset lifting belt. At just £39.99 this handy back support in my favourite volcanic shade is bound to be my new favourite kitchen accessory!

Here are a few of my Le Creuset favourites! What’s your favourite cookware item?





The Horses Mouth Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day

March 30th 2014

This year I am encouraging you all to BUY LOCAL! I’ve walked the length of Newmarket high street and sniffed out some great offers to keep your Mum sweet this Mother’s Day!

Fully Body Massage and Express Facial at Bren Pauls (£30.00 Saving!)

Treat your Mum to a full body massage and express facial for just £40.00 (RRP £70.00) You know how highly I think of this fabulous Beauticians as i’m “sure” you have all read my HD Brows blog. Call the lovely ladies on 01638 664441.

3 Course Lunch at  Paddocks House

Are you a luxury seeker? Endulge in a delicious 3 course lunch for just £29.95 per head. What’s more, on entering Paddocks House you will get to introduce you Mum to Gorgeous George the Butler! IMG_7357

Blue Leather Bucket Bag

Spoil your Mum with this blue leather bucket bag from Busy Bee, Newmarket. This nifty bag can also be shaped with its handy pull cords so that it forms a cube shape too. My shopping logic tells me that this is practically 2 for 1! bbee

Sophie Allport Gift Set

Drop by Rocking Rabbit to pick up a stunning Sophie Allport gift set. The kitsch designs on the aprons, tea towels and oven glove will keep your mother effortlessly stylish and spotless when in the kitchen. Aprons approx £15.00 SAllport

Mother & Child Photoshoot

When did you last have a “nice” family photo taken? I’m forever taking Selfie’s of my Mum, Sister and I but I love the thought of treating my Mum to a professional shoot without my forearm being stretched out in front of me in the shot! For £75.00 you can enjoy a 1 hour photoshoot at Million Dollar Faces. mdf

Paddocks House, Six Mile Bottom.

Introducing Paddocks House

I was delighted to be invited to Paddocks House last night to enjoy their “Meet the Neighbours” press night. The event was to celebrate the offerings and arrival of both Paddock’s House and sister hotel, Poets House. Both owned by The House Collection.IMG_7359

Once seated in the study, a comfortable room with enticing fabrics and furniture. We were told that we would be taken on a journey and WOW, what a  four hour luxurious journey it was.


On arriving at Paddock’s House there is an immediate stylishly sumptuous feel to the whole place. It is at the entrance that you meet the wonderful butler, George Telford. Gorgeous George has an incredible past that he will quite happily share with guests. This suited package of cheekiness and charm almost deserves an entire blog post to himself.  I’m keen to tell you about his training with the one and only Backstairs Billy, William Tallon, his dedicated 30 year service to a Greek family, 3 year service to Tom Hanks and connections to Robbie Williams, One Direction, Princess Anne, HRH Queen and a Beatles star but it is a conversation best had with George himself!

In a nutshell, George could single-handedly create a warm and welcoming ambiance to satisfy most guests but Paddocks House pull out far more surprises than just George. Every member of staff that we met and watched in action was inspired and incredibly intelligent in their selected field. What’s more, the entire team, from Director, Ian Cross and management to bar staff and porters seem to have a refreshingly friendly and equal relationship.

Liquid History

If history was always served in a chilled glass, filled to the brim with something juicy and tasty with a delicate garnish on the side then I could tell you much more about a subject I always felts was a weak point.


As guests we were treated and educated by expert mixologist’s, Viorel Rujion and Katie Veitch. It’s with confidence that I can recommend Viorel’s cocktails if you are visiting sister location Poets House but if you are in the mood for cocktails at Paddocks House you are in for a real treat. This Scottish mixologist and Bar manager proudly gives a “feminine twist to traditionally manly spirits” such as Whisky. “Regal Jack” is a fruity and feminine cocktail made with Whisky. It was created for us on the evening but it is with great pleasure that the mixologists will create this delicious drink again for you should you wish to try it. Another plus point is that you can enjoy these cocktail in the effortlessly cool bar area.

Dinner is served

We were lucky enough to have our taste buds tantalized by a number of dishes allowing us to explore all areas of the Paddocks House menu. From afternoon tea and alfresco to dining room dishes and cheese courses the food was quite simply stunning.
















Rich in flavours without being over powering and so elegantly displayed, dining at Paddocks House is like no other dining experience I have had in East Anglia.

“Rolled on this thigh of…”



Paddocks House will soon find a member of staff as knowledgeable as Food and Bar manager from Poets House, Isvan Melnecsuk. Istvan, a charming expert, will find out your tastes, explore your interests and then offer guests a suitable cigar suited. The cigars are priced between £10 and £20.

Time for bed with George


Not only does George offer a service to unpack for you he will also run your wonderful, statement bath and turn down your bed before you retire for the evening! Each bedroom is sultry and intimate showing the perfect mix of glamour and elegance. IMG_7365IMG_7366

What are you waiting for?

The main menu in the intimate dining room offers a fantastic range of dishes. Other menu’s throughout the hotel offer elegant and unique twists to British favourites such as a trio of burgers!

The entire offering at Paddocks House is an eclectic mix of atmospheric rooms.


Some locations offer high end luxury and quirky decor but fail to achieve a true boutique sensation. Paddocks House succeeds in being a chic boutique retreat in tranquil surroundings!