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Monday, 11 December 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk - Salisbury Playhouse

It's that time of the year again, Panto season! Phil and I absolutely knew we had to go see Jack and the Beanstalk* at Salisbury Playhouse, and I can assure you we were not disappointed in the slightest. 

We have been doing what seems to be turning into a yearly event of the Panto, going to Christmas Markets, seeing friends, decorating the tree and basically having no free time in December whatsoever! I'm ok with that, it is the most wonderful time of the year after all.

We were so warmly greeted from the moment of getting our tickets and programme, we flicked through it while waiting to get our drinks to take in and then took our seats, took in the incredible set that sat in front of us and waited for the Panto to start. Basically our classic "what we do when we get to the Playhouse" scenario.

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of those classic Panto's, it is always on somewhere and it's also a play that I did when I was in Primary School, ya know back in the day. So it's a story that everyone knows well these days! 

After the success of Aladdin last year, I honestly did not think that it could be topped, now it doesn't happen often, but it does happen occasionally...I was wrong! As our favourite character last year was Widow Twanky, played by Richard Ede, I cannot even tell you the look on our faces when we saw him walk on stage again playing Dame Trott this year. It was definitely one of those picture moments! 

The acting was absolutely flawless, except for when they all had a tongue twister that went a little bit wrong as the Actors and Actresses were clearly enjoying themselves so much! They were so professional about it and completely went with it and the audience loved it, so I would say it was a win all round. 

Their singing and dancing was also amazing! The whole cast were so talented and it was truly a pleasure to watch!

I'm sure I said the same last year but this did not feel like we were watching a Panto in Salisbury Playhouse, it was so much fun!

Jack Trott - Sam Harrison
Princess Jill - Tanya Shields 
Dame Trott - Richard Ede
Pat the Cow - Laura Crowhurst
Fortuna - Jemma Geanaus
King Crackpot - J.J. Henry
Nightshade - Steven Serlin
Giant - Himself
Ensemble/Swing - Andrew Ahern
Ensemble/Swing - Liberty Buckland

Thank you so much to Salisbury Playhouse again for inviting us, we had an incredible time and couldn't have asked for a better evening! You can get tickets to the performance here, which is running from 2nd December to 7th January.

*I was kindly gifted Press Tickets to Aladdin at Salisbury Playhouse

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Penguin Pants Stickers

I have something oh so very exciting to share with you today, that's right, more stickers! I have teamed up with the wonderful Penguin Pants* to show you some of their amazing current stock. There is also an amazing discount code at the end so you can get yourself some of her items!

The packaging was so cute and it is exactly what you would receive should you placed an order with Penguin Pants! I love the little paper bag that it came in, it makes it so unique and the little flyers that come with it would definitely be enough to tempt me to go back and look for more!

STOP Planner Time. YES! These stickers are so great, there are some days where I do need to slow down and just do something that I find relaxing and that I enjoy so these stickers would be very fitting for that!

I am still studying and do actually have quite a lot to do at the moment so these stickers are absolutely perfect for me, I can allocate study time when I need to and pop a sticker in to mark that this is what I am doing that day and there would also be enough space for me to write what I wanted to study as well.

I do think these Collect Prescription stickers are cute, I personally wouldn't have a use for them as I don't use any kind of prescription or anything but I can imagine how perfect they would be for anyone that does. Plus they come in two sets of colours depending on whether you prefer brights or pastels!

These Reading and Book Review stickers are adorable! I love everything about them and I've never seen anything like them before so they are definitely worth snapping up. I'm not a big reader but I do know people that are and if they were interested in writing down how they felt about a particular book then this would be absolutely perfect.

Very similar to the Book Review stickers are the film equivalent. What you are watching and then a review! I would definitely get more use out of these than the reading ones as I watch films on Netflix all the time and it would definitely help me to remember what I had watched and how much I really enjoyed it!

It's things like this that really make me wish I sold things on Etsy or somewhere! How adorable are these?! 

These Work Reward Stickers are hilarious, they shouldn't be true but they so are! Some of these definitely apply more than others..! My favourites have to be Joined In With Small Talk, Didn't Swear Too Much and Remembered My Lunch (classic here). To be honest I think I just need a whole sheet of Left On Time stickers!

These Christmas Reward Stickers are my absolute favourite! I honestly cannot wait to start using them, for both the practical and the hilariously funny stickers too. Obviously you have your standard things to do like Wrap Gifts and Put The Tree Up, but there are other brilliant ones like Not So Silent Night and Didn't Lose The Scissors Or Tape (Classic!) and Avoided The Mistletoe. Some really great stickers to add a bit of humour to your planner.

I must say all of these stickers have been so well thought out and are such good quality, I cannot wait to use them all in my planner and no doubt will be sharing with others so they can appreciate how great these stickers are!

There are so many other products from Penguin Pants, from personalised decorations to socks to all sorts of personalised items and so much more. Be sure to use the discount code 10OFFAS for 10% off and let me know what you get!

*This post was written in collaboration with Penguin Pants, but as always all views are my own

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

New Year, New Diary

Dare I say it, it's almost 2018, I cannot believe how quickly this year has absolutely flown by, so much has happened in the space of a year, things I honestly could never have predicted happening, the good and the bad. However, without dwelling on it too much, I am very hopeful for next year, and I am looking forward to seeing all the exciting things it will hold!

Since New Year is typically for new beginnings, most of us start a New Diary! I teamed up with Bureau Direct* to show you some of the newest and most certainly prettiest diaries around! Be sure to check out their wide range of diaries, they have amazingly super quick delivery which I was impressed with! I placed an order for two gifts and they arrived a few days later and now I can't wait to give them for Christmas! I have got two stunning (yes, I mean stunning) Diaries to show you for potential for the New Year.

As a huge fan of planners and diaries myself, this is quite an exciting blog post, I haven't owned a diary like either of these for quite some time now but they are so well laid out that I can't resist the temptation. They make perfect gifts too, the ones on Bureau Direct cater for all prices and styles so there is no doubt you will be able to find the perfect gift. 

Castelli Matra A5 Diary

I cannot even tell you how much I love this diary, the sleek black makes it so sophisticated and it comes with a pencil that is so smooth to write with! Sometimes a classic black diary is all you need, I've been through so many colours now, from pink to purple to blue to black, and that black always looks so smart. Perfect for any Business person or that person in your life who most definitely needs a diary and is a tad unorganised! 

What I actually didn't realise was that this diary is a 15 month diary running from October 2017 to December 2018, so you can start using it now, however you need to be quick as these diaries have been so popular they are literally flying out so if you see it in stock and are tempted, get it! Before it's too late, you can also sign up for email notifications of when it arrives back in stock. 

There are so many different page formats in this diary, from your weekly layout, note pages, address book, personal notes page as well as extensive information pages, what more could you want in a diary?! The Weekly Layout is pretty much my dream layout, with a weekly calendar on one page, with the week number and obvs dates, and on the other page is a notes page! Perfect for keeping absolutely everything in one place for all your needs.

Leuchtturm Medium Weekly Diary

Let's just start with the Copper, what a dream eh? The minute I saw this diary, I knew I was on to a winner. This is your typical diary too, it runs from January to December of 2018. It also has a beautiful hard cover, I've used one of the the Leuchtturm's that has a hard cover before and I loved using it and I always said that would be one that I would use again so to choose this diary was simply no questions asked!

The layout of this Leuchtturm Diary is the same as the Castelli, with the Weekly Diary on the left hand page and a notes page on the right hand page. The Diary also has a storage pocket in the back cover (I find these so useful for odd bits of paper), a set of sticker labels for the front cover and spine, a matching elastic band and a bookmark to mark the page, detachable sheets for notes, phases of the moon and official holidays for 58 countries - very important to know all these holidays!

I actually am going to be using this diary for work, so I can see everything on a weekly view and plan out the weeks! Because I am so freakishly organised like that, and because I obviously need this diary in my life. I also think this diary would be perfect for you or anyone you know that loves metallic colours and needs a pretty diary in their life!

Be sure to head over to my Instagram where I have shared some photos of the inside of these beaut diaries too!

Are you a diary person or do you do it all electronically?

*Products gifted by Bureau Direct, however all views are my own

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

An Autumn Sticker Haul from The Delightful Unicorn

Can you believe it's November? This is hands down my favourite time of year, and I couldn't be more excited! I love it so much, despite the working in Retail, I somehow still love the time of year! So I though I would share a little Design Team haul from The Delightful Unicorn. 

This gorgeous Autumn kit will cover absolutely everything that you need in a weekly spread, I managed to use mine on just one week but sometimes I would spread out the kit over a few weeks if I wanted more white space to use. I love the colours on this one too, and the different patterns, I've also never used a double box before but I think I'm in love with it completely and have since ordered a load of other double boxes! You have absolutely everything you need to get yourself started too, from checklists to day stickers to full and half boxes too.

These last two definitely go together, or four sheets should I say, the long awaited 3D stickers! I've posted several different videos and pictures on Instagram of these in full use, but I really do love them, it adds something else to your spread and all of these are currently still available in the store. They're also reduced to £1.90 at the moment so a bargain for 3 too! The pink ones are obviously my favourite but I have loved using them all too. You simply stick the first and second pieces together and fold it over to make the cover of your sticker and the back sticks onto your page where you want it. I'm secretly hoping for Christmas versions of these to write down Christmas menus hehe!

*These products were received from being part of the Design Team for The Delightful Unicorn

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Keeping Safe In The Holidays

Can you believe it's that time of year again? I know I can! I've been out and about in town this week and I cannot even tell you how much I am loving seeing all the Christmas products out in stores. But ya know, that's just me! Big fan of Christmas over here.

We all have some time at Christmas that we need to be out and about and driving to Christmas Parties and Relatives Houses for all kinds of Festive fun. It has gotten me thinking about how I need my car in perfect working order, so here is my advice for you!

My first concern is my tyres, for some reason it always has been! I get terrified that my tyres are going to be below the legal limit or could burst at any point, I always check mine before going on a longer journey and try to do it more regularly. If you are around Dundee, you can get your car tyre fitting in Dundee from Fife Autocentre*. They will happily help you with your tyres!

I also like to have some essentials in the car when I'm travelling, it's likely there will always be a bottle of water and some snacks lying around somewhere, if not I make sure that I either pick some up at the petrol station or take some with me. There is nothing worse then getting caught in unexpected traffic and desperate for a drink! Am I right?

Another thing I do tend to have spare in the car, especially during the Winter season is a spare Jacket or Hoody and a Blanket, I am fortunate enough to have not gotten in a spot of bother yet! However there is always that 'What If?' moment, who knows how long you need to wait for someones help!

The last things that I pretty much always have in my car, is some De-Icer spray for the Windscreen, you know those days where you have 5 more minutes and you end up in a rush? Yeah, for those mornings, because no one has time to sit there for 15 minutes waiting for the Ice on your Windscreen to melt. I also tend to keep some Windscreen Wash with anti-freeze in it, I also don't have time to wait for that to thaw out to use it! 

Those are my essentials for my car in the Winter, what are yours?

*Sponsored Post, as always all words and views are my own

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Trying New Foods with September Degustabox

I am back with another rather exciting box from Degustabox! I have shared all of my new finds from September's box, some of which I have completely loved!

Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria

In Degustabox this month I received Yellow Rice and Peanut Sauce, I was so intrigued by this when I found it, I showed Phil what had arrived and we decided we must try it immediately! We paired it up with some chicken and only used about half the sauce which turned out to be the perfect amount of sauce, it wasn't too overpowering and the rice was delicious too.

Green & Black's Velvet Edition & Green's Egg Custard Mix

At first thought when this was in the box, what do I do with it? I turned over the packet of Egg Custard filling and was shown a recipe for Bread and Butter pudding, again wasn't too sure what to think, however upon thought, I am going to combine using the bar of Green & Blacks chocolate and the Egg Custard Filling to make a chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding, sounds dreamy right?

Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp

Who doesn't love Cheerios? These Cheerios are mixed with delicious crunchy flakes which are made with whole grain oats. We've been loving having these for breakfast! They have been developed to help lower cholesterol and are high in fibre, low in saturated fat and contain ingredients to help keep your heart healthy. Always helpful right?!

San Miguel Gluten Free

This went straight to Phil, I believe I have seen him drink a San Miguel before so I took this on our trip to Birmingham and he had it in the hotel room. I imagine that this is really beneficial for people that need Gluten Free products, Beer that's gluten free, so good!

Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch

I am one of the only people I know that like Peppermint and Spearmint, so when I saw this Pack of Mints that were mixed, I loved the idea! I love that they're also in the resealable packet, there's no way I could eat these in one or two or even five sittings, so I can grab a mint whenever I need to!

Dream Ancient Grains

This is one of two new flavours from Dream. The Ancient Grains is made with a blend of oat, spelt, buckwheat and linseed. With added Calcium and Vitamins these plant based milk alternatives taste really good and it is a bonus that there is no added sugar. This is right up my Mum's street so when I showed her this she couldn't wait to try it.

Knorr Concentrated Stock

This stock is definitely different from any that I have used before! It is made with real beef extract and is also Gluten Free. It is free from artificial preservatives and No added MSG. I added mine to some different mince beef dishes I was doing and it tasted delicious!

Virtue Energy Water

This is not the first time I have tried Virtue Energy Water. I personally love the Berries one, so I gave Phil the Lemon & Lime one. He loved it and we happened to find them in our local B&M so he picked up loads of cans! It contains zero sugar, zero calories, with no sweeteners. Yes it tastes delicious and it's an energy drink! 

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks

I do love Tuna! It's the first time I've seen it say not to drain away the juices, instead you mix them into the tuna to mix with the Omega 3-rich juices for added flavour and nutrition. The tuna steaks are 100% pole and line caught, they are then hand packed and cooked just one to retain the juices.

That's it for the September Degustabox, I/We got to try so many new foods which I always find so exciting! Some of these I definitely know I will be going out to buy again. What do you think of these products?

You can use the code PU9SR, to get your first box for only £5.99, I can assure you it is worth it!

*The box and its contents were kindly gifted by Degustabox, but as always, all views and opinions are my own.

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