My life lately – Birthday’s,Good Food & A Spa stay.

Hi guys!! Regular readers may have noticed that there has been an absense of posts on School Run Beauty this past week. Sorry guys I have had an extremely busy time full of birthdays and lots of fun. I’m not in the habit yet of scheduling posts, this is something I’m going to address though before I start my next OU module in April. I want to continue to post regularly during my busier study periods.  Any hoo I thought that it would be nice to share with you some of the things I’ve been up to in my absense.

Friday 6th March – 

Friday marked my step dads 60th birthday. My mum had arranged a party for him so being a good daughter I helped out with preparing the food. I also made the birthday cake which was quite a time consuming activity. I was so pleased with the results though. The cake itself was a very moist chocolate cake, it was designed to look like a stack of presents. 

We had a great evening, it was lovely catching up with family members, and a few surprise guests my step dad wasn’t expecting. 

Thursday 7th March – 

Today was another birthday celebration. This time the occasion was for one of my husbands old school friends. His fiancé had arranged a huge gathering of friends and family for a meal at a The Raj curry house in Brentwood. We actually filled the restaurant. Even the birthday boy was surprised that he knew that many people. 

The food itself was really tasty and thankfully the chefs didn’t use lots of artificial colouring like you can get in some Indian restaurants. After the meal we went to a popular music pub in Chelmsford to see my father in laws band ‘Break for Cover’ play. 

They are a great band and have quite a following locally. Check out their website Here.

Sunday 8th – 9th March

This marked my turn to celebrate my birthday, I turned 33 this year. Boy do I feel old! Instead of a physical present my husband took me to stay at Lifehouse spa resort in Thorpe-le-Soken. 

This has to be one of the best spas in my area. My favourite room has to be the salt inhalation room. My skin always feels amazing after a a session in there. The pool area is also quite special. After dark mood lighting is used to create a wonderful sensory experience. How amazing does that water look? 

We had a superb meal in the restaurant, the chefs take extra care to ensure they are using locally sourced ingredients where possible. I had a very light beetroot and goats cheese tart, followed by gressingham duck with dauphinoise potatoes and a creamy wild mushroom sauce. 

I was also surprised with a special birthday platter of truffles. This is the cutest thing ever, I was a good girl and shared this with the hubby. 

The next morning after breakfast (the best Frinton sausages ever!),  I had an extra surprise in the form of a beautiful bouquet of flowers being presented to me at our table. 

We then went to the spa where we had a quick swim before going our separate ways for our beauty treatments. I had an amazing Espa facial whilst Chris had a shoulder, back and neck massage. We were so relaxed afterwards that we promptly fell asleep beside the pool, whoops! 

Lifehouse Spa is such an amazing place to stay, we took advantage of one of their spa break offers available on their website Here. This included dinner, bed & breakfast, full use of the spa facilities and a 25 minute treatment. If you have the chance to visit do, the grounds provide beautiful walks, the food is great and the spa is just amazing. It’s also an adult only hotel so really peaceful. You will come away incredibly relaxed, if not a bit too relaxed like us. 

So there you go that’s is what I have been up to lately. Bye for now, Katy 🙂

OOTD – A Breakfast date

This is a little bit late in posting, I actually took these pictures last week when it was much colder, check out that frost. This is what I wore for a breakfast date with my husband.

We have three kiddies, so it can be a bit of struggle to find a baby sitter whilst also juggling shift work. Consequently evening time dates are very rare. This is why we tend to have breakfast or coffee dates, when the kids are at school. It’s a good job I like breakfast.

On this occasion I wore high waisted mom jeans, ankles rolled up, paired with a chunky orange sweater. Despite the cold I was in the mood to wear my Leather biker jacket from French Connection. The leather is super soft and of such high quality. Regular readers will also spot my favourite biker boots and the snood I purchased last week from Primark. My bag was a Christmas gift from my mum, it’s by Floozie @ Debenhams.

After breakfast we went for a stroll around the shops, we were just window shopping on this occasion. Still it was nice to be out in the fresh air.


I think he's enjoying that sausage a bit to much.

Jeans: River Island.
Sweater: Marks & Spencer.
Leather Jacket: French Connection.
Snood: Primark.
Bag: Debenhams.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂

Family time – Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

Family days out are something that I treasure, particularly when your partner is a shift worker, opportunities can be a bit scarce. Nether the less we try to make the most of the free time that we do have.

Last Sunday we visited the Warner Bros studios in Watford. If you didn’t know already this is the home of ‘the making of Harry Potter’ tour.
This is a behind the scenes studio tour, which gives you the opportunity to see the actual sets, props and costumes used within the Harry Potter films.

Throughout the tour you are let in on some of the filming secrets that the filmmakers use to create the magic we see in the films most of us know and love. Some of the sets are huge, the attention to detail makes you feel like you are actually within the film. It’s very clear that a lot of love and care went into recreating J K Rowlings imagined world for film.

At the start of the tour you find yourself stood at the very doors Harry himself stood at when he first arrived at Hogwarts. These towering doors are then opened and you find yourself entering the great hall, just like Harry did.

From here you are left to make your way through the 2 studios (aptly named J and K), at your own leisure. Along the way there is the opportunity to fly a broomstick in your very own film, try the infamous Butter-beer, and have a go at casting spells. We took so many photos, that the rest of this post is very picture heavy, you have been warned.
















This is an expensive day out, so it’s worth planning and saving for it in advance. Die hard potter fans would be hard pushed not to part with a small fortune in the gift shop, it really is a potter fans heaven. We came home with three wands for the kids, and a very empty purse. I did manage to treat myself to a Griffindor notebook, I needed it, honest.

Have you visited the Warner Bros studios? What did you think? We had a fantastic day.

Bye for now, Katy 🙂