Friday, 16 December 2016
Helloooo!! I'm shamelessly ignoring the fact that a few days have gone past since my last post....
Today's Blogmas post is all about my fave Christmas Scents.
There are so many scents that scream Christmas to me - these also include scents that some "smart" person has just stuck the word Christmas in front to make a few ££s. I love the sweet scents and also the spicy ones.
There's also some scents that don't really fit into a category of their own.
My top 5 faves, In no particular order are;
Christmas Cookies (see what I mean lol) - I am drawn to the candles that have this scent, different brands have different names like Cookies for santa etc. The scent is sweet but spicy with a buttery undertone but with enough spice to cut through and keeps it from being sickly. Strong vanilla can give me migraines so I stay away from the candles, fragrances etc that add too much.
Mulled Spice - Something about mulled fruits just brings a Christmasey feeling and whether it's from a candle, drink or even a diy stove top room scent, I can't get enough of it.
Pine - Pine cones, Pine needles... just pine!! Such a crisp and earthy scent. It doesn't get more Christmastime than this rich memory inducing fragrance.
Orange and Clove - There's something about this combination that soothes my mind. It's warming but also refreshing. It's another stove top diy scent that I love to make. I will be trying to make sliced orange and clove pot pourri this year and maybe the whole oranges with cloves baked inside as decor.
Frankincense, Lavender and Rosemary - I know this an odd combination but Frankincense is definitely up there with the quintessential Christmas scent, (It's also one of my fave essential oils.) The Lavender adds a lovely floral zing and the rosemary pushes an earthy fragrance which cuts through the sweetness. I love to add this to oil burners and my humidifier.
I have to be honest and say that I love these scents so much that I actually enjoy them all year round. With the Christmas Cookie and Pine ones, I try and stock up with candles in theses scents at Christmas time so I can burn them during the year when they aren't largely available.
Which Christmas scents do you love? Or even don't like at all?
Catch up tomorrow xxx
Monday, 12 December 2016
Hi everyone!! My laptop is still "dead" and I'm not sure if I can get it fixed or salvage all the footage on there so I haven't uploaded for a long time.
I managed to upload a little video of our fun being "Tourists" in London.
Hope you enjoy xxx
No excuses!! I have dropped off yet again with my blogging,,, and many social media activities if I'm honest. I have been very busy lately! I think social media is just that,,,,social and I find if I have plenty of real life, day to day things I have no time for social time which includes socila media too.
All that being said, earlier in the year, I was hoping to participate in Blogmas this year but here we are at 12 December and not one Blogmas post yet!! I was gonna just call it a day and not bother as it's been so many days but why throw away all the days I can do from here on out for the days I have missed?
So I will do a Blogmas post today and keep it going (if I can).
Today's Blomas post will be about Christmas Colours.
I don't know where it came from but there are definite colours or a colour scheme that are though as Christmas Colours like; Gold, Red and Green or Silver, White and Blue etc.
The combination I used for our tree last year was Silver, White and Blue. I tried to get pink baubles but the only ones I saw were far too expensive.
I like using Gold but I do find it can be too much if used a lot. No offence but it just looks ..... is gaudy a bad word?? hmmm let's just stick with too much lol.
Of course I love to use pink for every decor scheme so match it with white and silver to give a Christmas feel
I plan to do some decor pieces in this colour scheme for my room.
I will be putting up some decoration bits up around the home but will have to put them out of our kitten's reach. I like to put bits on the landing window sills but they have become his favourite place to cotch so will probably have to rethink. I'm still deciding whether or not to stick to one colour scheme for every room or have different colour schemes..... I'll let you know what I decide.
Ok, short and sweet post today. What are your fave Christmas Colours? Which colour scheme do you like to use? *see* you tomorrow xxx
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
I was very happy to receive our package for the Betty Crocker Fun With Baking campaign.
The boys too were very excited and couldn't wait to get baking. Half Term was coming up the next week and the package came at just the right time.
Although I bake from scratch, I used to have so much fun using packet/box mixes and I knew that the boys would find it really fun to make goodies using a mix. It would also be quick and simple.
The package arrived and my youngest was so happy, dancing and whooping. The other two in age were also happy and the three of them unpacked the box with great interest (the older two were busy doing other stuff - teenagers lol)
The box contained:
• 1x Vanilla Icing
• 1x Velvety Vanilla Cake Mix
• 1x Chocolate Chip Cookies Pouch
• 1x Chocolate Fudge Brownies
• 5x Betty Crocker ‘Baking with Kids’ Recipe Cards
• 1x Campaign Guide (12-page)
For us to use and:
• 20x Activity Flyers
(to entertain the kids during the half-term holiday)
• 20x vouchers for £1 off all Betty Crocker products
For me to give away.
The boys decided that they want to bake the cookies first.
I thought I'd add some mini marshmallows and we got baking.
I followed the instructions and placed all the ingredients into our mixing bowl. I let the boys take it in turns to mix.
Next came the forming of the cookies - I chose the ball method and we flattened them slightly with the back of a fork.
I put them in the oven for slightly less than the suggested time as I wanted them to be soft and goey.
The results were indeed soft and goey and quite delicious if we say so ourselves ;)
The boys were very proud of their efforts and enjoyed tasting them, as did the two teenagers who unsurprisingly were no longer too busy - hmmmm
All in all it was a great baking time and the Brownies have been voted to be the next try out. I'll be sure to post when we bake them.
*** Please note that we were fortunate to receive the Betty Crocker package as part of a campaign. As always, my thoughts and opinions are honest and genuine (Not sure what protocol is but thought I'd add this in to keep all in the know xxx)
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Hi there, I hope you are all well.
As you may know, I started a healthy lifestyle journey a little while after my healthy hair journey and have been doing quite well, I always look to push myself a bit harder and as I have mentioned a few (ok many) times, I love challenges to motivate and inspire me along my way.
For a long while I have been wanting to include more fish into my diet and I went through a time of only eating fish during the day and no meat.
I felt like I wanted to up it and remove all meats and poultry for 30 days so Pescatarian it was.
This was in July and I started my challenge in August. It was much easier than I thought and I got through August feeling great. I had a couple gatherings to attend including a BBQ (arggghhhh lol) but got by without too much longing for the yummy meat dishes.
The most difficult part of my challenge wasn't actually eliminating the meat/poultry or the cravings, it was purchasing ready made foods that were suitable for pescatarians and with no dairy added. I often just chose Vegetarian items but I noticed that these were often laden with cheese, milk and/or cream. I have often had to look for vegan foods to be "safe".
During August, my husband watched with interest as I did the challenge and the boys were very happy to taste my dishes. As August drew to a close, I thought about doing another 30 days and a friend who was going to join me at the start said she really wanted to try so I told her I'd go another month to keep her company The Hubster often spoke about how nice my meals looked and decided he wanted to try it also.
Now that was a big thing!! Hubby enjoys meat and loves chicken..... and that's an underestimation lol.
While I was happy for him to join me, I knew it would mean more work as I could just make do with whatever I had but for him I would have to prepare meals properly, that would mean two different meals and maybe three if his would contain dairy. I can have my meals with out fish at all, but I knew he wouldn't want that.
The second month for me was even easier and I have to admit I didn't miss meat and didn't crave chicken on a day to day basis. I missed certain dishes but I was fine. Hubby on the other hand found it very difficult bless him.
I tried to be creative with the meals but he really missed meat and chicken... A .... LOT!! He said I made it look easy LMBO!!! He found having me prepare his meals at home and sometimes his lunch was great but he found it hard to purchase food while out.
I am proud of his efforts and he did last the month.. hoorrahhhh!!! Now that he is able to eat meat and poultry, he has found that he chooses not to most days and that chicken tasted different to him.
I on the other hand have chosen to go another 30 days/month. I actually cannot believe I have gone 67 days being Pescatarian!!
I realise that I haven't posted about this whole thing on here till now...(oversight and busyness) But I plan on doing many more posts on my Pescatarian challenge with meals etc.
I would love to hear from any of you who have chosen to be Pescatarian or even Vegetarian (ooohh or Vegan) and your thoughts. Also if you have any meal ideas.
Monday, 26 September 2016
Hiya! I hope you had a great weekend.
I am still battling my allergies and now I have a 'detoxification' type thing going on from Oil Pulling which I started a couple of weeks ago (I'll be doing a post about it soon).
I have been using a few things to try and combat my symptoms, I received a Diffuser/humidifier to review last month and it came at the right time as my Hubby and eldest two were also suffereing from summer allergies and we all also had colds that made us feel horrible.
The Cool Breeze Aroma Diffuser is so cute. It has a dinosaur egg design that I find adorable, I love cutesy things so this is right up my street.
The lights change colour and you can leave it to run through the colour sequence or you can set it to stay on your desired colour. The way the lights are set out make them light up the room so nicely and reminds me of a light display myself and the kiddies had when younger.
My youngest can literally stare at it for ages when it's on.
The mist can be set to desired intensity.
The unit has a timer and auto shut off.
I put an oil blend to help the allergies and cold symptoms - Rosemary, Olbas, Peppermint and Frankincense. The blend really helped and smelled really nice too. I'd recommend you give this blend a try if like us you are feeling yucky.
A few blends to also try are:
Lemon and Rosemary - to freshen the room
Lavender and Rosemary - to freshen both room and my mood
Rose, Lemon and Frankincense - to uplift and give a lovely scent to room
Lemongrass and Cedarwood - for odour removal in the kitchen.
I am loving the diffuser so far.
I recorded an Unboxing and First Impression video:
**This is NOT a sponsored post, I was sent the Diffuser to review**
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Hiya!! I know I promised to come back and do a follow up post to my Straight Hair Temptation post but time ran off as usual and I didn't get a chance.
I did however upload the video with a more in depth - read CHATTY - look at the TMS
You can see the Unboxing and Application here:
Here's the Blowdry, Straighten and the finished results:
I will be uploading a maintenance video soon. Bye for now xxx