The Book of Mum – A Unique Mother’s Day Gift Iidea

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If you’re looking for a unique gift for Mother’s Day look no further! If you want to give your mum a lovely keepsake that is personalised and that she can enjoy time and time again then take a look at The Book of Mum.

The Book of Mum is a part of the range of personalised books which are available from The Book of Everyone. The personalised books are really easy and fun to create, what’s more you don’t need any special computer or design skills! Simply log on to thebookofeveryone.com and select The Book of Mum, you will then be guided through the design process step by step. It took me around 15-20 minutes to create the book from start to finish and I was thrilled with the outcome.

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The first step is to input a couple of details about your mum, name, date of birth and age. Thanks to the details you provide and the clever program used to create the book it will then be tailored to your mum using those details.

After you have input the required details the book is generated and you can look through the pages, there is also the opportunity to edit some pages (the pencil symbol indicates pages which can be edited). Some pages allow you to change the background image, page colour, text or even add pictures to make the book truly one of a kind.

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There are a few options available when it comes to The Book of Mum, you can choose a digital copy of the book which is e-mailed within two hours of ordering and can be downloaded and shared with family and friends – this costs just £7.50. If you would prefer a physical copy you can choose from a softcover version for £19.50, a hardcover version for £29.50 or a deluxe version which is comprised of Mowhak paper, padded covers, silk head and tails, ribbon marker and soft-touch presentation box for £49.50. All physical copies come with a digital copy and free UK mainland delivery.

Once you have decided which version of the book you would like and finished the design process you can preview the full book to see what the finished product will look like. You can then pay for the book using Paypal or Stripe and await it’s arrival by e-mail if you ordered a digital copy or by post if you ordered a physical copy.

Overall I was highly impressed with the book, it is very well put together and there are a lot of interesting facts in the book which are personalised thanks to the details entered at the start of the ordering process. It’s a really lovely idea and something that’s sure to make your mum smile. I can’t wait to give my mum her book on Mother’s Day.

By |March 1st, 2015|Categories: Review|Tags: |0 Comments

January Favourites

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January is now a distant memory, we are well into February so I thought I would share my January Favourites with you all as I enjoy reading what everyone else has been loving. These are basically a few products I couldn’t live without have been loving using during January.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Having always used wipes to remove make up I decided to have a look at what else was available as the wipes are quite drying and harsh on my skin. I came across Garnier Micellar Water in Boots and thought it was worth trying, it claims to remove make up, cleanse and soothe all without rinsing! As you can see I have used a lot of it and so far I’m loving it, it removes makeup effortlessly and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. In fact I need to remember to pick up another bottle when I’m next in town.

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MICRO Nail

Moving has ruined my nails. I had long-ish nails before moving, then came lifting numerous boxes, wardrobes, washing machines etc and now I have no nails. A few of them broke so I cut them all short and will be letting them grow back. I don’t want to make the condition any worse so I have been using the fabulous MICRO Nail gadget which lets me have beautiful natural nails and let them grow.  It takes seconds to change dull lifeless nails into gorgeous shiny nails. You can really my MICRO Nail review here. Thank you MICRO Nail!

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream

I’m a huge Marc Jacobs fan, I love the gorgeous floral scents and have a few perfumes from the range. Recently I have been loving the Daisy Dream scent, it’s a beautiful floral scent which is perfect for day or evening wear and it is fast becoming my go to perfume! It has a definite Spring/Summer feel about it and how amazing is the bottle with all the gorgeous white daisies against the blue perfume – STUNNING! p>

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Batise Dry Shampoo

I have never really used dry shampoo in the past but boy have I been missing out. I added the Batise Dry Shampoo to my recent ASOS order and have been using it in between washes to keep my hair looking and feeling fresh, it also adds volume and texture which I love. The scent is really nice too which is always a plus! If I head off to a festival this summer I will be stocking up that’s for sure.

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Remington Sleek and Smooth Wide Straighteners

My GHD’s broke at the end of last year and I was gutted because I can’t live without hair straighteners. This might sound dramatic but if you saw my hair in the morning you’d think otherwise. It’s wild and has a life of it’s own! I was going to get a new pair of GHD’s but after looking at a few hair straightener reviews I came across the Remington Sleek and Smooth straighteners and everyone was raving about them so I thought I would give them a go. They were on special offer at the time, I think they were around £27.99 which is a third of the price GHD’s cost and let me tell you they are AMAZING! They straighten my hair in half the time it normally takes and I like the fact you can adjust the heat if you don’t need it on a high setting – yay for no more frazzled ends! I can’t praise them enough, they are fantastic and well worth the price tag.

Is there anything you have been loving during January?

By |February 18th, 2015|Categories: Monthly Favourites|Tags: |0 Comments

Making the Most of Free Space

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I love having a big bedroom but it does have it’s down sides, one of them being there’s a lot of space which isn’t being used and it has looked a bit sparse in the past, even with a double bed and a full set of bedroom furniture. Thankfully MDM Furniture came to the rescue and asked if I would like to review an item from their website.

MDM Furniture offer a great range of chairs of all styles and sizes at reasonable prices. Whether you’re looking for a chair for reading, dining or relaxing there’s something for everyone.

When I was looking at the products on the website I decided that a chair to fill some space in my bedroom would be perfect. I love the ghost style chairs, they’re simple yet really elegant, I also really liked the tub style chairs which are comfortable and look smart in any room with the neutral white body and wooden legs. It was a tough choice but in the end I decided that it would be nice to have a corner of my room where I could relax and enjoy a book or two so I chose the tub chair for comfort and style.

The chair arrived quickly after the order had been placed and more importantly arrived in one piece. The legs were wrapped in protective plastic and foam padding so they arrived scratch and dent free, there’s nothing worse than getting a new product that arrives damaged. Building the chair was easy and took around 5 minutes in total, there was an instruction sheet included which also had a diagram making it easy to understand what went where.

Once built I found the chair to be really sturdy, stylish and level, there wasn’t a wobble in sight! I set the chair up in the corner of my bedroom where there’s plenty of natural light, it’s the perfect area for relaxing with a book or magazine. As you can see from the photo above I even have some company sometimes, Rua loves sitting at the window so she can pester me watch the world go by.

Before the chair arrived I didn’t spend much time in my bedroom apart from sleeping, but since it has arrived I have enjoyed spending time relaxing, it’s lovely when the sun is streaming in the window. I definitely feel like I’m making the most of the space now, the chair turned out to be the perfect finishing touch to my room.

If you’re looking for a new chair whether it be an elegant reading chair, a sophisticated dining chair or a comfortable chair that will let you relax there’s lots of choice at MDM Furniture.

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By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Home and Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

Savoury Breakfast Cups with Tabasco

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I really enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, even if it doesn’t always go to plan! As part of a blogger challenge I was asked to create a delicious brunch dish whilst incorporating one of Tabasco’s sauces. I received a few items to help me create my brunch meal, a mini frying pan, a plate, a wooden spoon, a spatula with my blog name on it which is super cute and of course a selection of tasty Tabasco sauces.

Tabasco have been spicing things up since 1868 with their range of sauces which now includes 7 delicious flavours; Red Pepper Sauce, Green Pepper Sauce, Chipotle Pepper Sauce, Buffalo Style Sauce, Habanero Sauce, Garlic Pepper Sauce and Sweet & Spicy – there’s something to tickle everyone’s taste buds.

Before I started the challenge I hadn’t tried Tabasco sauce so was intrigued to see what it tasted like and how it would work in a recipe (a bit of trial and error was required!). I had a small taste of each sauce and they definitely deliver a kick which is great as I enjoy spicy food. My favourite was the Chipotle Pepper Sauce, it has nice kick to it but also a lovely smoky taste.

Breakfast for me usually consists of nothing, which I know is terrible but I’m just not usually hungry when I first get up. On the rare occasions I do eat breakfast it’s usually a banana or cereal, nothing exciting. Brunch is definitely something that would be better suited to me as it’s a little later in the morning and is usually a bit more substantial than cereal or fruit.

As well as not usually eating breakfast I’m a pretty fussy eater and tend to eat the same food over and over until I’m bored then move on to something else. I’m trying to be a bit more adventurous with food this year and try things I wouldn’t normally eat so I thought I would use this opportunity to make something using eggs as I don’t often eat eggs.

I decided to create my take on a cooked breakfast with a twist after seeing something similar on pinterest. The outcome is a lovely brunch dish which incorporates some tasty cooked breakfast essentials including, toast, eggs, bacon, cheese and of course Tabasco sauce. It’s a quick, simple, yet delicious recipe that should be a hit with the whole family.

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Makes 6 Savoury Breakfast Cups

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 rashers of Bacon
  • 4 Eggs
  • 12 tbsp milk or single cream
  • Tabasco
  • Cheese
  • Butter

Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Parsley or chives for garnishing

Method

  1. Pre heat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4.
  2. Grease a 6 hole muffin tin.
  3. Remove the crusts from the 6 slices of bread so you’re left with a rectangular shape. Roll the bread slices flat with a rolling pin then firmly press each one into the muffin tin.
  4. Cook the bread in the centre of a pre heated oven for approx 8 minutes or until the edges begin to brown.
  5. Whilst the bread is cooking it’s time to make the delicious filling. Cook 3 rashers of bacon (more if desired), remove the fat and cut the bacon into small squares. Put to one side until later.
  6. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add 2 tbsp of your favourite Tabasco sauce (I chose Chipotle for it’s smoky taste) then add the milk/cream and whisk until everything is combined. Add salt or pepper if desired.
  7. Heat a non-stick frying pan for around a minute then add the butter and allow it to melt. Add the egg mixture to the frying pan stiring slowly until cooked to your liking.
  8. Add the bacon to the scrambled eggs and fold together until combined.
  9. Spoon the scrambled eggs and bacon into the bread cups, sprinkle on some cheese and your favourite garnish if desired and enjoy!

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By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Food|Tags: , , |0 Comments

My Fitness Playlist and Workout Wishlist with New Look

 

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One of my resolutions this year is to Lose weight and be healthier‘ to be honest so far I haven’t done much about this, I haven’t done much exercise or altered my eating habits very much. There is however a valid excuse reason for this (the exercise part at least!), having had an eye operation three weeks ago I have to give it time to heal and settle. I’m hoping to be able to start exercising properly next week which will be a month after the surgery.

In preparation of starting to work out I recently bought a new pair of trainers from New Look to replace my old pair in the hope that it would motivate me to move more. They are a mix of orange, purple and pink with an animal print design (pictured above), they are really comfortable to wear and I can’t wait to put them to use properly.

Exercise wise I’m planning to do as much walking as possible and putting my 30 Day Shred DVD to use. The 30 Day Shred was created by Jillian Michael and is hugely popular, it’s a workout which uses interval training and lasts only 25 minutes – we can all find 25 minutes in our day right?! I had really good results when I did this last time so I’m going to be starting this next week.

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I recently created a workout playlist on Spotify so I can have all my favourite music playing whilst I work out. I definitely find I work better when I’m listening to music, there’s something about it that motivates me and makes me work harder. You can take a look at my Spotify playlist by clicking here.

I have chosen a lot of upbeat pop tracks which is the main type of music I listen to. If you have any music suggestions you think I’d love do leave a comment below as I’m always looking out for different music to listen to.

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Crop Top £9.99  |  Vest £9.99  |  Leggings £17.99  |  Trainers £19.99

Now I have new trainers and a playlist I’m a little more prepared and able to start working out. I am however in need of some new workout clothes as I only have one set which isn’t very convenient when I have to constantly wash it for the next day. Having another set of clothes would make my life a lot easier and who doesn’t like having a choice of outfits!

Workout clothes can be expensive, thankfully New Look have created a range of workout clothes that are not only affordable but fashionable too. There are a lot of items in the range I really like, some of which you can see above in my New look workout wishlist.

I love the abstract pattern on the crop top and leggings, who said gym wear had to be boring anyway?! I already have a new pair of trainers but it would be good to have another pair and black goes with everything so these would be a great addition to my workout wardrobe. I really like the No More Excuses Vest, not only do I love the slogan but the vest is perfect for wearing on top of a crop top at the gym but still light enough to keep you cool when working out.

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By |February 10th, 2015|Categories: Fitness|Tags: , , , |0 Comments