Acorns……

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Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow’ According to some, this philosophical phrase originates from a 14th century English proverb (Although, there isn’t really any concrete evidence to prove this). There are plenty of alternate ways of wording this, including ‘Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow’ which made an appearance in A.B Johnson’s The Philosophical Emperor a Political Experiment, in 1841.

Regular readers & especially my Instagram followers will know, I love inspirational quotes (Many of which, I’m pleased to say I coin myself). I’m especially sentimental about words of wisdom that have been taught to me as I’ve grown up, & passed on from people I profoundly respect. This one in particular my Dad introduced me to (& it pains me to say this, but he’s nearly ALWAYS right. What can I say? He knows his shit!)

What does it mean? A plethora of connotations really:

The principle that great things come from small beginnings. When a child is born it is like a tiny acorn, & just like the acorn children are full of potential to grow big, strong & unique in every way.

As a symbol, the acorn is iconic in nature & according to some, wearing an acorn will increase your fertility and strength. Continue reading →

The Family CV……

Traditionally, a CV & covering letter is your chance to show an employer the best of what you’ve got. It’s about selling your skills and experience, & showing them you’re the right person for the job. The unfortunate reality is that, you’re going to be competing with a lot of other people. So, a great way to stand out, surely, is to highlight something about yourself (or in this case, family): character traits, accomplishments, some really impressive skills*, that’ll quickly deem you as outstanding from all the other applications.

*whispers* I’m pretty sure blowing snot bubbles via one’s nostrils isn’t counted (The toddler, not me, obvs. Although, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Mr Bananas do this on occasion)

One thing is for certain over here, at Cool Bananas HQ, we’re not any kind of ‘ordinary’ family. We’re a slightly bonkers gang. Bonkers in a ‘up-for a laurf’ & never taking ourselves too seriously, kinda way. So without further a-do, I proudly present, My family CV………

Dear Mr. Mark Warner & co,

I would like to be considered for the position of Brand Ambassador, along with the help from my Trusty sidekicks Family.

When I was growing up, I’d get lost in the pages of Ace magazine, & you’d often find me on the court dreaming of becoming the next Anna Kournikova. Swimming was also a huge part of my life, & I pictured myself on the blocks at some Olympic races… (I did win a gold medal at a club race once)

Sadly, just like we all dream of buying that winning lottery ticket, none of these fantasies turned into a reality. This hasn’t diminished my love for sports in adulthood…..

cool bananas, cool bananas blog, mark warnerThe trouble is, as you can see I’m a little indecisive! On second thoughts, this is a strength….Safe in the Knowledge that Mark Warner are a critically acclaimed sports holiday company, I’m confident we’d be a match made in heaven.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide: 20 Items, Under £20, & 20 days to go….

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Christmas is just around the corner (in case you missed the memo) 20 days away to be exact. If, like me, you’re only just about to commence on the daunting task of present shopping, don’t go getting yer knickers in a twist: Here is my ultimate ‘stay cool-don’t get stressed-make those pennies go further’ guide.

20 Days to go: 20 top notch presents: All £20* or under 

20-20-20 (D’ya like what I did there?)

I advocate not buying ‘tat’ & in order to prove you don’t need to splurge so you can obtain classy, well suited items, I complied this list. I also think it’s essential when buying a present (be it for a birthday or Christmas), to remember: Less is more. Buy just 1 small, but luxurious gift with some wow factor. Lets face it, few of us will buy something like this for ourselves because we can’t justify spending £20* on a beautiful scented candle etc, when inevitably there’s the food shopping or car tax to be paid for? Continue reading →

Gluten Free: Bread Sticks & Dough Balls.

Okay, I’m not particularly great at putting recipes up on here. Perhaps then, this may lead you to believe I’m not a culinary genius? Alas, you would be mistaken!! Hmm, Actually, genius is probably a little bit too much of an ambitious description, but still……

The truth is, having lived with Coeliac Disease for 10 odd years, preparing & cooking gluten free meals, snacks & other yummies is somewhat second nature to my routine. It hadn’t occurred to me, that sharing these may be of some use to others, who find themselves in similar Gluten-avoidance circumstances.

Although eating out in restaurants presents a whole host of dietary dilemmas, Pizza Express & Zizzi score at the top of my ‘Gluten free Restaurants’. (I’m sorry, I know they’re not overly glam) They both serve (amongst other options) heavenly pizza, BUT they don’t have dough balls or bread sticks, which is a massive boo-boo. Hence, prompting me to experiment……..

cool bananas, cool bananas blog, gluten free, gluten free dough balls, gluten free bread sticksThese deeelish snacks are incredibly simple to make, with a relatively quick prep & cooking time (you will need to let the dough rise for 30-45 mins however). Continue reading →

I *heart* Interiors….

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I loved the industrial element to the inside of this swanky cafe in Greenwich.

In my mind a parallel universe, I exist as many things: A caped crusader, defeating evil. A well paid, modern day nomad, exploring far away lands discovering precious treasures & heirlooms. Possibly top of this never-ending list, is an interior designer. Kelly Hoppen’s apprentice perhaps? Basically, I daydream about all the wonderful things I’d love to do if money (or practicality) had no limits. You get the idea. Continue reading →

What is Christmas anyway? *Why I’m NOT a Humbug*

*Cue the blood boiling from hoards of people, because the words Christmas & Humbug mentioned there…….

I didn’t plan on writing this post, but I felt compelled to do so, as tonight I shall be attending an event, which is in partnership with ‘Kids Company’. & With Christmas just around the corner my thoughts just wouldn’t leave me. Like an itch needing to be scratched, the more I tried ignoring them, the louder they became in my mind (no, I’m not nuts, just passionate)

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I don’t get into the ‘swing of things’ quite as much as others, around the festive period it seems. My memories of Christmas from my ‘yoot are great: spent in the tropics, these experiences couldn’t be further from the traditions here in the UK. Continue reading →