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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Blogging Update

I think it's about time I addressed my blogging situation with you. If you have continued to read my blog, well I cannot thank you enough, it means a lot! You will also have noticed that my blog posts have been few and far between for months now. I would be lucky to do 1 a week and it never felt like my heart was truly in it. However, I am back!

I fell out of love with blogging and writing and I just couldn't bring myself to do it. That being said, not a day went by without me trying to think of new things to write about. Everyone gets into those ruts I think, and that's ok.

Recently I've been thinking about it a lot more and it seems that the blog posts have flowed more naturally, which I am very happy about. 

I have created a blog schedule in my Bullet Journal which is now full for October so expect lots of blog posts for the coming months!

For all of you wondering, I will now be posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week.

Happy Reading!

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Blogger Box Of Lame

It's that time of the year again that That Lame Company have released another Box of Lame and they have not disappointed. This time around they released three versions: the Small, Big and Blogger Box of Lame. Obviously I knew I had to get the Blogger version and I was so glad that I did.

In the box I received:
  • A5 Wirebound Notebook
  • A4 Blogger Mail Notepad
  • A5 Notepad
  • A6 Notepad
  • A6 Art Prints
  • Recipe Cards
  • Snail Mail Cards
  • A5 Art Prints
  • A5 Sticker Sheets
  • Rose Gold Prints
  • Gold Print
  • Gold Foil Pencil

Unfortunately I did not get a photo of it all wrapped up pretty as I was far too keen to see what was inside!

If there is one thing that is great about That Lame Company is the thought that goes into every product they make.

I was first greeted by loads of prints. Both of A5 and A6 size and they are so cute! I absolutely love the gold foil prints and the "celebrate all the little victories" is one of my favourites which will be going above my desk. I love all the other little A6 postcards which are motivational and I will be putting these in my Bullet Journal!

Also with the postcards and prints were some Snail Mail cards and recipe cards! I think these are great and I cannot wait to use the Snail Mail cards as sending mail is so underrated these days but I absolutely love getting post through my letterbox! (Just not credit card statements...)

The next thing I pulled out and the thing I was looking forward to the most because I do have a slight obsession, as the incredible selection of stickers. Some were by That Lame Company and I must say they did an amazing job as they are great quality, and some of stickers were from Lilac and Dot, one of the guest Etsy shops for this Box of Lame. You obviously already know that I love my Bullet Journal and I am constantly doing new spreads and updating it, so these stickers are perfect. They are all different which means I can use them all for different things. The words are perfect for when you need that bit of extra motivation, can I just have a sheet of 'Kick Butt' stickers? No, seriously, please. The Lilac and Dot stickers are so cute with the bright colours and glitter, give me all the glitter. I cannot wait till payday to buy more.

Ok, I could seriously write about stickers all day so lets move on.

The next selection of products I made my way through was the selection of notepads and notebooks and there was also a pink gold-engraved pencil! There were 3 notepads: a Blogger Mail one, a generic 'either way I haven't done this yet' notepad and a weekly notepad. Plus a spiral bound 'Notes and Dreams, Thoughts and Schemes' notebook. I think all of these will come in handy and I particularly love the Blogger Mail one as it is so unique and I don't have anything like this already.

I ams so impressed with the Box of Lame this time around, it is so diverse and I don't feel like I've got too much of one product which is great! I love all the products and I cannot wait to see what That Lame Company bring out next.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Halloween Crafts with Viking Direct #2

I am back with part 2 of #spooktacularcrafts*! In case you missed it, you can find part 1 here which included Lollipop Ghosts and Pumpkin Treat Bags.

Todays craft is slightly more messy but oh so fun! We're using papier mache!

You will need:
  • Coloured Tissue Paper
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Balloons
  • A couple of bowls
  • A Paintbrush
All of this will make you your own Halloween Sweet Bowls and Candle Holders.
  • Mix the same amount of Mod Podge glue and water to make your papier mache mixture.
  • Blow up your balloon to the size you want for your bowl. Top Tip: we found the smaller the better, also rest the balloon on a bowl to make it easier to papier mache.
  • Rip up your tissue paper and coat in your glue mixture and layer on the balloon, coating it into a bowl shape and layer it up.
  • Repeat until you have got enough layers.
  • Leave to dry.
  • Pop the balloon and remove it.
  • Use your bowl for sweets or light a candle in a jar to put in the bowl!

I hope you have enjoyed my week of Halloween themed posts.

What are you favourite things to do for Halloween? Let me know!

*This post is in collaboration with Viking Direct

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Halloween Inspiration

Over the years, I have done plenty of different things for Halloween. From the most amazing kids parties when I was younger, to going out when I was at Uni. For the past couple of years I haven't done much and I wanted to change that this year. I've pulled together a few low cost ideas of things to do for Halloween.

This is the one that I have opted for this year. Netflix have a great selection of Halloween films that you can watch. Phil and I are opting for renting Hocus Pocus on iTunes. Head down to your local supermarket or somewhere like Poundland and put yourself together a Spooky Feast! Set up a little pick and mix selection for you and your friends to fill up some sweet bags to eat during the movies.

If you have some younger ones in your family or you know someone who does, get everyone you know round your house and get dressed up together. It's not hard to find some cheap face paint and create some great costumes! Take the little ones out trick or treating, put them to bed and eat their stash! [ok, seriously this is what happens when you work in a kid's store, but still I bet this would be so much fun]

Following on from movie night, if you have a bit more time then you can make a full on feast. Invite your friends over for dinner and decorate your table in a Halloween theme, with candles and everything! Look up some spooky winter themed recipes. Followed by plenty of sweets, because what is Halloween if there are no sweets involved?

Check out my Pinterest Halloween Board for more ideas.

What are your Halloween plans this year?

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Monday, 10 October 2016

Halloween Crafts with Viking Direct

About a month ago now, I was emailed to ask if I would like to take part in a Halloween Craft Project with Viking Direct* and create some #spooktacularcrafts.

Naturally, I took to Pinterest, created a Halloween board and filled it with potential ideas of what I could create, of course all dependent on the box of craft materials Viking Direct supplied.

Today I want to share with you two crafts that I made inspired by Pinterest.

The first I knew I had to try, Lollipop Ghosts! I headed out to grab a bag of lollies as these were quite important! Because, hey, what is Halloween without sweets? Out of my box of goodies I grabbed the white tissue paper, the black marker and some of the fun scissors. I also had some twine I used to create a more rustic feel to the ghosts, can that be a thing?

I took a squee of white tissue paper and used the scissors to create a fun edge to it! I cut off a short piece of twine to tie the tissue paper around the lollipop. Next, wrap the tissue paper over the lolly, putting it directly in the middle of the tissue paper. Wrap the twine around the stick and tie a knot. Take your marker and draw on two eyes...ta-dah! A lollipop ghost! Repeat as many times as you want, depending on how many little ghosts you want to make.

My second craft for today is little pumpkin treat bags. This one is very simple.
  • Cut out orange circles of tissue paper, as small or as big as you want. Note: if you cut small ones you won't fit much in, if you cut big ones, be cautious of the weight of sweets.
  • Wrap the tissue paper around the sweets. Keeping it circular and pumpkin-like - technical terms right there!
  • Leave enough around the edges to twist at the top.
  • Grab some green or black tissue paper, you only need a small rectangle and twist this around the top of your orange twist. This forms the top of your pumpkin.
  • And there you have your pumpkin treat bags!

That is both of today's crafts! I have two more Halloween themed posts coming this week, so stay tuned!

What is your favourite Halloween activity to do?

*This post is in collaboration with Viking Direct

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Capsicana Cook Sauces

I have been enjoying some amazing cook sauces recently! Capsicana* kindly sent me their three cook sauces to try out, and for me, they are the perfect dinner! These sauces inspired by Latin America are packed full of flavour.

They come in three different flavours:
  • Chilli & Honey Mexican Cook Sauce - Mild
  • Chilli & Lemon Peruvian Cook Sauce - Medium
  • Chilli & Coconut Brazilian Cook Sauce - Hot
I started off by trying the Chilli and Honey Cook Sauce, as I was also cooking dinner for my boyfriend who is not overly keen on spicy food, and we thought it was delicious, for him it was slightly too hot, so if you are not a fan of hot food, then this is not for you. However, I thought it was perfect as you can taste all of the flavours and there was the perfect amount of chilli coming through. 

For each cook sauce, there is a recommended recipe on the card inside, for the Chilli & Honey recipe I used Chicken, Pepper and Onion. I chopped up the pepper and onion and fried this so that they both softened, and took these out of the frying pan. I then fried off the chicken until it was cooked through before adding the vegetables back in. Then add the sauce and heat it through so all the flavours are combined. I served mine with rice which I cooked while cooking the vegetables and chicken, so it took less than 20 minutes for a meal. I also think this would taste delicious on some warm nachos with melted cheese on top! 

These sauces are great for when cooking for friends, offering a selection of flavours and side dishes would make a great dinner party. You could make up the sauces with different meats and fish, offering vegetables to go with it, serving it with tortillas, nachos and rice would be amazing! So who wants to come round for dinner?

Each cook sauce costs £1.99 and you can find stockists on the Capsicana website here.

*Product kindly sent to me in exchange for a review

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