I say last minute but realistically we are only on the 8th December so there is plenty of time for you real last minute shoppers to freak out and buy your loved ones gifts! However, as most of us prefer online shopping to being pushed around in the busy streets at this time of year, it’s best to get your jingle bells in gear and shop now to ensure your gifts arrive in time! So here is my all-in-one gift guide. Gift for the Tech Lover With technology moving so fast and new exciting products being launched weekly, it is hard to know what to buy the tech lover in your life. Luckily, Panasonic have come to the rescue with their latest range of digital waterproof cameras. Oh, but not just waterproof- it’s also freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof, as well has having 20.4mp and a 4.6x optical zoom. Perfect for… View Post

Today is Black Friday which means you probably woke up to approximately 1232138372 emails from every website you’ve ever visited telling you their ‘BEST EVER’ sale is now on. Aaaaand delete. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good browse at the sales but the majority of it is always things you don’t need but because ‘oooo there’s 20% off it!!’ We feel compelled to buy them! I think the best bargains can always be found in the homeware departments as these are things we generally need, from a new toaster to that duvet cover you’ve had your eye on for ages. So, I have had a browse and compiled a list of the homeware items I think are an actual bargain this Black Friday (along with some deer serving spoons because, who doesn’t need those?!) If you happen across any other deals you think I should add- then drop… View Post

Last week was one of the most hectic weeks I’ve had in a long time, you know the ones where you seem to be busy everyday after work and all you really want to do is cosy up on your sofa with a hot chocolate…so antisocial.  But I was, however, excited for Thursday evening as the lovely people at Intu Lakeside invited me (along with a whole host of beaut bloggers) down to experience their brand new Christmas Village & Ice Skating Rink.  I went with the lovely Hannah from Hannatalks.com and we were amazed to see how big the skating rink was! After grabbing a cheeky hot chocolate (it was obviously bloomin’ freezing in there!) we watched people braving it on the ice rink!  (I say watched because it took us a good hour until we plucked up the courage ourselves!)  The Crystal Bar sells a wide range of drinks from… View Post

Christmas Eve is a day for baking and finishing wrapping all those presents! Gingerbread is one of my faves to bake on Christmas Eve as it fills the house with a heady ginger/cinnamon scent which really gets you in the festive mood. I decorated my gingerbread with white icing and silver balls. I love the handmade messy look with icing dripping off the edges! If you want to whip up a quick batch of these lovelies then the recipe is below! You will need: 125g unsalted butter 100g dark muscovado sugar 4 tbsp golden syrup 325g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsp ground ginger A pinch of Cinnamon 1. Pre heat your oven to 170 degrees 2. I used a baking parchment to line my baking tray, you can use greaseproof paper or sprinkle a bit of flour on the tray 3. Melt the butter, sugar and… View Post

It’s happened, I’ve succumbed to the festive delights on offer already. When December hits all intentions of eating properly get thrown out of the beautifully lit window and I find myself saying “let’s have a buffet for dinner”. Said buffet usually consists of ALL the christmassy food and not much veg. You may have read my post back in June where I created an awesome meal from the offerings of the EOE Co Op’s Sourced Locally range. Well guess what. They have launched a whole host of treats just for the festive season all sourced from local producers, so you can eat it and feel good about helping the local economy…win,win! I was very kindly sent a few of the products to have a taste of and wow they didn’t disappoint! These yummy creations are a little spin on the classic walnut whip we all love. The marshmallow inside is… View Post