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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Just Bee Drinks | Blogmas #4

I do believe there is not a better time of year than now to indulge in some delicious honey water drinks. Just Bee* has sorted that right out! They have a range of three drinks, which are infused with fruits and then use a single drop of honey as a natural sweetener. This means their drinks are 100% natural, have less than 4g of sugar per 100ml and contains less than 50 calories per 330ml. Tell me more, I hear you say!

These wonderful drinks come in three incredible flavours: Apple & Ginger, Blueberry and Lemon & Green Tea.

Apple & Ginger:
Not a combination I would personally choose to have together as I find if there is too much ginger it really gets you at the back of the throat! I will agree that it is lighter than a juice which I think is where it has been mixed with the honey and spring water. It is also supposed to be good after a night out, which I could totally believe! I would personally prefer this if it was just Apple.

Blueberry isn't always my go to flavour out of a selection of flavours, however the blueberry mixed with honey is so good! I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It is very refreshing and tastes completely natural too. I still might not pick this one up if I had all three put in front of me, but if you like blueberries then this is one for you.

Lemon & Green Tea:
This is by far my favourite flavour, I'm a big fan of green tea and lemon green tea is one of my favourites, I love the slight acidity from the lemon which is perfectly balanced out with the green tea plus a little bit of sweetness from the honey, I mean it's so delicious!

Just Bee is also doing their part with Saving the Bees, they donate 10% of profits to British Bee charities and they also give away free packets of bee-friendly wildflower seeds to customers. How cute is that?

Just Bee comes in the 330ml cartons as seen picture and is sold at Waitrose, Selfridges,Revital and other independent retailers, as well as online on the Just Bee Website. Prices start at £1.49 a carton. So what are you waiting for?!

*All samples featured in this post were kindly received from Just Bee Drinks

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Saturday, 3 December 2016

17 Festive Days Out On A Budget | Blogmas #3

Very similar to yesterday's Blogmas Post, but this time you can have a Festive Day Out and actually enjoy yourself! I wish I had time to do absolutely everything on this list, but the joys of retail means no time off until January!
  1. Ice Skating
  2. Driving round to see Christmas Lights
  3. ALL the Christmas Markets
  4. Festive Drinks round a friends house, don't forget the Christmas Jumpers
  5. Santas Grotto
  6. Pantomime
  7. Winter Walks
  8. Winter Wonderland
  9. Zoos, a lot of them have events on for Christmas
  10. Late Night Shopping, there are events nearly every week too
  11. Christmas Carols
  12. Snowdomes, there are these everywhere now!
  13. Indoor Ski Slopes
  14. Get a group of friends together and go stay in a cottage
  15. Christmas Tree shopping
  16. Shopping, of course
  17. Alternatively, stay in and watch all the Christmas films

What do you plan to do this Christmas?

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Christmas On A Budget | Blogmas #2

It is no lie that Christmas is an extremely expensive time of year! Unless you've been saving all year, and those clever ones among us will have, others of us (including me) not so much, then this isn't an easy time of year. So here are my top tips for doing Christmas on a Budget.

  1. Create a Budget for everyone you're buying for, and stick to it. We are all going to go a little crazy at Christmas, buying things for loved ones. So stick to your budget, you can get creative within this, there is no need to go overboard because at the end of the day, they will just be happy to see you over Christmas.
  2. Shop for deals. There are ALWAYS deals on, I work in Retail myself, and there is always something on. I mean Boots do 3 for 2, every single year, and they have some seriously good gifts in their gifting section, you can get 3 gifts for the price of 2 in there, winner! Other stores will have offers on too, Superdrug often have deals on and also Marks & Spencer are doing 3 for 2 as well.
  3. Get Creative. Now, who said you actually had to buy a present, why don't you make your own? Have a look over at Etsy and create something for half the price, it will be so much more meaningful and the receiver will most likely love it too!
  4. Christmas Markets. Hit up all the Christmas Markets, my Boyfriend and I found some unique gifts for so much less than what we would have found them for in stores. Plus it was so much fun wandering around the Markets and looking at everything. 
  5. A Christmas Box. This is something I've been building up for years. I have collected Cards, Gift Tags, you name it, all in a Christmas Gift Box for years now. There's no point in throwing any of it away, and has meant I only had to buy one pack of Christmas Cards this year, which I got from Poundland and they were so cute!
  6. Amazing Amazon. I personally think that Amazon has some of the best prices around, I always shop around when I want something and 99% of the time will end up on Amazon, it has the lowest price I'm looking for and actually has the product in stock!
  7. Don't Wait Around. Do not be one of those people that waits around thinking a particular store will go into sale before Christmas. They won't. Ok. And if they do, they won't have that item in stock because every other person that shops there wants it too. I am telling you now, don't make me say I told you so in a few weeks time. Rant over...
  8. Secret Santa. Have you got a massive family? or a massive group of friends? If you do Secret Santa and even set the limit at £20, you can still get a decent present and everyone gets one, rather than spending hundreds and things people might not necessarily want. 
What are you top tips for Christmas on a budget?

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Wish List | Blogmas #1

Happy 1st December! I hope you've all opened your Advent Calendars this morning! This year I thought I would give Blogmas a good go, this means that you will get a blog post everyday until the 24th December, at which point I will take a break until New Year, so here goes nothing!

I don't think it would quite be Blogmas if I didn't kick it off with my Christmas Wish List. This has got to be the first year in my life where I just had no idea what I wanted, ok so there was one thing, but apart from that I couldn't give my family any direction on what I wanted in particular. However, I did come up with a few things that would help me out next year with blogging.

Nintendo 2DS with Pokemon Moon
Don't judge me too much. My boyfriend is a big gamer so I have to say this is partly his influence and partly playing Pokemon Go earlier this year. I've been playing his Nintendo DS and decided I wanted one of my own! The 2DS is half the price of the 3DS and since I know I wouldn't use the 3D function a lot, it makes sense to just get the 2D version. I cannot wait for this!

Now I have something super exciting happening in the New Year, I am looking into getting an iMac, I have wanted one for a long time and it makes a lot more sense for what I'm going to be using it for. That's all I'm saying for now!

I would quite like to develop my Blogging and also enter the world of YouTube next year, so I would really like to get a Tripod for my camera. It would make it a lot easier for me to take pictures and also means I can do the kinds of YouTube videos I have planned.

Camera Bag
For the most obvious reason, to carry my camera! I've had my camera a year now and I still don't have a bag for it so it's about time my camera had a home! I haven't found the perfect one yet, so if anyone knows of any please send them my way.

Makeup Bag & Makeup
There are 3 girls in my family and we always get something like this for Christmas that my Mum can go out and choose as she knows the colours we like! I love all of the pouches/makeup bags from Alphabet Bags and have had several things from them over the years! So this year I've asked for a massive pouch with a big A on it so I can use it as a Makeup Bag.

Pandora Bracelet
There is one particular Pandora Bracelet I have been wanting for ages, not your typical silver chain, one of the leather rope ones, they just feel a bit more me! So I put that on my Christmas list this year in the hope a loving person will buy it for me..!

What is on your Christmas List this year?

What would you like to see from me for Blogmas?

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Monday, 28 November 2016

37 Blogmas Ideas!

With December just around the corner, I will be taking part in Blogmas, as I know many other lovely Bloggers will do! I wanted to share a massive list of ideas for anyone that needs them! Even if you aren't doing Blogmas, there are plenty of Christmas Blog Post Ideas. 
  1. Christmas Wish List
  2. Gift Guides
  3. Christmas Plans
  4. Christmas Round Up
  5. Christmas Wrapping
  6. New Years Resolutions
  7. Things You've Learnt This Year
  8. Christmas Songs
  9. Christmas Traditions
  10. Christmas Decorations
  11. Christmas Cards
  12. Personalised Gifts
  13. 12 Day of Christmas
  14. Stockings
  15. Christmas Cookies
  16. Christmas Countdown
  17. Christmas Games
  18. Christmas Crafts
  19. Secret Santa
  20. Christmas Eve
  21. Dinner Party Ideas
  22. Christmas Party Theme Ideas
  23. Christmas Markets
  24. Christmas Jumper Edit
  25. Festive Makeup Looks
  26. How To Get To Sleep Early on Christmas Eve
  27. Christmas Pamper Routine
  28. Festive Days Out
  29. Decorating on a Budget
  30. Leftover Christmas Dinner Ideas
  31. Holiday Playlist
  32. Blogger Gift Swap
  33. Favourite Christmas Movies
  34. DIY Christmas Crackers
  35. Christmas Candles
  36. Gingerbread House
  37. Christmas Baking
What would you like to see as part of Blogmas this year?

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Christmas Candles

It's the most wonderful time of the year...yes, I will probably start every Christmas post like that! As a massive sucker for both Christmas and Candles, I could not resist these large Jar Candles that smell like Christmas! And this was me restricting myself to save a bit of money...! Last month I was invited to a Partylite Evening at a friends house, we all spent a couple of hours talking about candles and smelling the amazing scents they had on offer. I went for Marshmallow Vanilla and Peppermint Snowflake, both very much Festive scents.

Peppermint Snowflake won me over pretty much by it's name before I smelt it. It is such a fresh, crisp scent, it reminds me of Winter morning walks but also of Peppermint candy canes, put the two together and bam, fresh goodness. I absolutely love candy canes at Christmas, I've bought 4 boxes already and it's not even December yet. Don't worry, a lot of these are being put towards gifts, but they are an absolute must at this time of year! Peppermint Snowflake was a no brainer for one of the candles I was going to get as part of the 2 for £30. Also, look at the packaging, is that not ultimate goals?! It is so festive! I love it!

The second scent I chose was Marshmallow Vanilla, it took me ages to decide between 3 different scents, but this is the one I chose and I'm so happy with my decision, it smells delicious, you could almost eat it. However, I would not suggest this is a good idea. If you are aware, and have had, the new Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate in Costa, it smells like that, or at least very much so reminds me of it! 

I'm so excited to burn these in the run up to Christmas! I love the cosy feeling of watching a film with hot chocolate and popcorn while having an amazing candle burning, can it be like this every day?!

What are your go to scents for Christmas?

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