My Goals & Aspirations for 2016

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

I've never been one to make new year resolutions - probably because I know I wont stick to them for more than a week. And, I am a firm believer that it shouldn't take a new year (or a new week) for you to do things you have wanted to for a while. That being said, there are some things I would like to achieve this year and I think it'll be good to list them here so I can keep tabs on them and make sure that I am working my way through them this year;

Blog Goals

Reach 500 Bloglovin followers - My blog will celebrate its third Birthday in March this year and I think it would be great to celebrate that by reaching the 500 followers mark on Bloglovin'. I feel like I have learned so much since starting my blog and it grew significantly in 2015 from 54 followers in January to 336 in December - a wonderful achievement considering I only started it because I was jobless and didn't know where to vent!
Attend more Blogger social events - I went to my first blogger party in 2015 (read about it here) and it was such fun that I cant wait to go to some more! I have been invited to a few but it can be hard to arrange childcare, so I havent made it to them. But I am determined to attend a few more this year as they are so much fun, you meet some wonderful people and leave feeling very motivated.
Do more swapboxes - I have made so many amazing friends since starting my blog - from all over the world, in fact! We are so lucky to live in a time where we can connect and spark friendships with anyone across the globe and I intend to continue taking advantage of that. I have taken part in a couple of swapboxes with my new friends and I'd love to do some more. It's not just about getting products to try, its exciting to have a small taste of life from another part of the planet, and receiving hand written letters with the boxes is so brilliant too!

Marriage Goals

Reach our first anniversary - Okay, so I'm basically giving myself this one, assuming Dan and I haven't killed eachother by then. It's not so much that fact that I want to reach that date as much as it is that I want to celebrate that milestone together and look back on our amazing wedding day.
Spend time together as a couple - I absolutely love being a mum and I know Dan loves being a dad too, but being a parent does mean that its hard to spend time together as a couple. Of course we have the few hours in the evening once Elias is in bed, but its not the same as getting out and doing something together and I want to make sure we make time for that. We are visiting the Rhinefield House hotel in February as a couple and I know it will be so relaxing and wonderful.
Make Plans - Even if they aren't going to happen for a few years, its exciting to make plans for a future together. Buying a house, planning dream holidays, and whatever else comes our way. There's something comforting about making plans with someone you love and dreaming what your future might look like.
Frame photographs - If there's one thing I think our house is lacking in, it's family photos. We have the odd couple of Dan and I, but we got some gorgeous frames as wedding gifts so I'd love to have a few wedding and family pictures dotted around the house. I am so proud of our family and I want to show that in our home.

Mummy Goals

Give Elias a First Birthday to remember - I understand that Elias may not remember this birthday in years to come but I want him to feel extra special on his first birthday. It is an important milestone in a childs' life so it is only right to celebrate it accordingly. I want to be able to look back in years to come at photographs and see him smiling and surrounded by family and friends.
Take a Break - Elias is still too young to appreciate a luxurious holiday somewhere abroad but I would love to take him on a mini vacay this year. Kids love the fun of the seaside and the adventure of the woods so I think a Centreparcs or something similar would be perfect. I cant wait to let him explore and discover.
Visit the Zoo - I have been absolutley itching to take Elias to a zoo since he was born, but hes just been too small to understand. I think Longleat would be a fantastic zoo to take him to as it is so interactive and just built for kids. Dan and I loved spending days out there together before Elias was born so it would be so special to take him to one of our favourite places.
Keep writing letters - Since Elias was born I have been writing letters to him, for him to read when he is much, much older. I am keeping them in a book along with photographs and other memory pieces. I want to keep doing this as I know its something he can look back on and smile about, he'll be able to read about things he is too young to remember, and see himself through my eyes. I hope it will show him how much I love him and value our time together.

2015 was my best year yet and I intend to continue the positivity and happiness in 2016 and long after!

What are your goals and aspirations for Two-Thousand-And-Sixteen?

Merry Christmas from Peace.Love.Vintage

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you - my lovely readers! 
I hope you have a special day filled with family, food, gifts and love, and I hope its one to remember.

I wish you all a prosperous and exciting new year and I hope you make it everything you dream of. Explore, discover, eat out, travel, shop, celebrate and anything else you can think of! I hope 2016 is your best year yet and that 2015 is one you can look back on and be proud about.

Thankyou all so much for being my beautiful, fantastic readers - I am looking forward to bringing you exciting posts and content in the New Year!

Much love today! Merry Christmas!

What I am proud of doing in 2015

Monday, 21 December 2015

Photo; Pinterest

2015 is drawing to a close and I think it is important to take some time to look back and be thankful for the things that have come our way - the good experiences we can reminisce about and the bad ones we can learn from ...

Marrying my Prince charming

Planning a wedding is hard. Real hard. It takes time, patience, co-operation and commitment and we did it. We had a very D.I.Y wedding so there was many a late night spent making things and many a bicker about something that wasn't quite right, but we made it and I am proud. I wouldn't have had it any other way. Our wedding was beautiful and so special. I know everyone has their own idea of a perfect wedding, but I personally couldn't think of anything worse than a stuffy, 3 course dinner, no personality wedding; they are a dime a dozen and so not us as a couple.
Luckily, Dan and I agree on most things and we decided to have an autumnal, rustic wedding with a Johnny cash band, a hogroast and lots of fun. Everyone had a brilliant time and it is something we will never forget.
I am so blessed to have such a caring, understanding and amazing husband to spend my life with and make many special memories with.

Becoming a Mummy

We had been waiting quite some time (and had some bad experiences) for our little darling, and here he is. I had a hard time at the end of my pregnancy but I didn't let it get to me as I know that I am so lucky and blessed to have experienced the miracle of pregnancy. Elias is growing big and strong and hes such a happy boy. Everything he does makes me proud and I love him so much. He is the making of me.

Growing my blog

My blog might not be as big as others, but I am proud of how much hard work I've put into it this year. Its been hard to find the time in between working, being a mum, wedding planning, christening planning and other things, but I did it! My blog has grown from 42 blog lovin followers in January to over 330 today.
I want to continue to put time into my blog next year and watch it grow further. I've made so many blogger friends this year and that is definitely the best part of the whole bloggisphere!

Attending my First Blogging event

Earlier this year I was invited to my first blogging event. It was hosted by Elle and Cosmo and was in a lavish place in London. You can read my post all about it here. I was invited as a special chosen blogger and even got to make my own video in partnership with Colgate in a gorgeous studio! It made me realise how far I have come since starting my blog and it also opened my eyes as to how important it is to network and establish good relationships with brands and other bloggers. I am hoping to attend more blogging events in 2016!

Having Elias Christened

I know some people don't agree with 'choosing your child's faith for them', but I am so thankful and grateful to God everyday for blessing us with Elias, that having him baptized just seemed like the right thing to do. 
Although we as a family are not religious, I am religious and Dan understood that it was important to me; and Elias was Christened in November. 
I think it is important for a child to feel special and protected and although I will do that for Elias with every breath I have, I want him to know he can turn to God, too. I often visit the church in the village with Elias and he enjoys looking at the stained-glass windows and the peaceful environment.
Elias' Christening was a beautiful day, where he was celebrated and surrounded by family and I will never forget it!

Going to Disneyland

I am more grateful for this than proud of it, but it is something I have wanted to do all of my life and I am just so blessed to have experienced it for the first time with my Husband. Disney was an amazing place which filled me with inspiration, motivation, excitement and peace and I cant wait to return in a few years with Elias!

This year has been a hectic and busy year but I have achieved some of the greatest things ever that I am infinitely proud of. There have been downers but the positives outweigh them by far and I am so thrilled with everything that has come my way this year. I am excited for 2016 and all it has to bring!

What were you most proud of achieving this year?

Currently Burning | Christmas Edit

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas just isn't the same unless the house is filled with a warm welcoming scent, here are some of my absolute favourites for the festive period!

I picked this candle up in my local Home Bargains for £2.99 - an absolute steal. The scent is very strong and it has a fantastic burn time. I would compare it to the Yankee Candle large jars at just a fraction of the price. I have been leaving this burning in the kitchen as we have an open plan downstairs and it leaves the house smelling so cosy. I love the mix of fruity apple and spicy cinnamon - it just screams Christmas. I think this would even make a wonderful secret Santa gift! There are various scents from this company available in Home bargains throughout the year, so if you find one I definitely recommend picking one up.

Everyone I know loves Yankee Candle. They offer a million-and-one fragrances and the wax melt tartlets are a brilliant way to discover new scents you have never tried before.
'Vanilla Bourbon' and 'Tarte Tatin' are 2 of my favourites of 2015. They are both warming and comforting and release a good amount of fragrance around the house. The burn time isn't fantastic but at £1.49 each its not a great loss.
'Vanilla Bourbon' brings together everything I love about the colder months; it's warm, sweet and sticky smelling and its got just a hint of spicy bourbon behind it. Delicious.
Burning 'Tarte Tatin' is as if you've stepped into a patisserie in the heart of Paris; its deliciously sweet and spicy, mixed in with the smell of fresh baked pastry and vanilla. I love to use this when guests visit as it is a very familiar and comforting scent.

These are fairly new and they are the first I've tried in the range. They are designed for use with a flameless warmer but I've found that they work just as well with my Yankee tealight holder. The pack has a total burn time of 96 hours and the fragrance goes a long, long way, so they are brilliant value for money. The pack contains 6 wax cubes which are easy to use and not messy; as much as I love the Yankee tarts, I have to admit they can be a little crumbly and messy sometimes! Overall, a good find which I will be re-purchasing in the future. I usually burn this in the bathroom with the door shut to keep it smelling clean and welcoming.

Another new release which I cant seem to find for the UK online, but I purchased these in Home Bargains too - so they must be available somewhere! The rich smell of the Gingerbread wax melts is addictive and there's also sparkling sweetness to it. The pack contains 8 bars of wax which need to be broken apart to use; this can be a bit fiddly but it is worth it for the incredible smell.
The pack has a total burn time of 160 hours and the wax contains essential natural oils, too! If you can find these I really recommend buying them as they are perfect for the festive season!

My sister and brother in law bought us this as a wedding gift and I have been saving it until the colder months as the maple vanilla scent is so homely and welcoming. I love scents like this, with a perfect mix of sweet and spicy.The auburn wax is beautiful and the scent just fills the house making it feel so cosy. This candle looks beautiful on our bookcase burning away with its flame dancing.

Of course, we are burning advent candles, too. We got these candles and holders from the range for a steal price and they are one of the best I've had. The candles are wide meaning that they burn for longer each day and you don't accidentally burn down to a week ahead in the blink of an eye. They are unscented but the red wax and gold lettering makes them super festive and they look beautiful on the ends of our fire surround.

What are your favourite seasonal scents?

Our Wedding in Pictures

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

I have been debating for some time as to whether I should share pictures of our wedding on my blog or not, and I've finally come to the conclusion that I posted about the planning stages so why wouldn't I share the end result?! Well, that, and the pictures are so beautiful that I cant keep them to myself!

Our photographer was the wonderful Maddie Waters who was just a dream from start to finish. We met with her a few times to discuss what sort of things we would like and she never put us under any pressure to do things a certain way. We explained to her that we were having a very laid back affair and we wanted the photographs to reflect that. And she got it. No awkward staged photos, just images of everyone enjoying the day and celebrating.
It is wonderful to look back on the photographs and re-live the happiest moments and it is also so exciting to see the guests smiling and enjoying themselves. I tried my hardest to spread my time equally between guests but it was just so hard to get round to that many people - so having these pictures to see is a comfort.
I have shared a (very) small amount of my favourites here and I hope you enjoy them.

Winter PJs Wishlist

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Winter is here and so are those dark, dark evenings when the best thing to do is cuddle on the sofa with a hazelnut hot chocolate and some bad TV!
And, what better way to do it than in some snuggly new PJs? I have seen so many pretty PJs around and I couldn't help but put together a wishlist...

Check and mule are the perfect combo in the winter and I think this lace insert cami finishes the look perfectly. 
For those lazy Sundays, I think a oversize shirt is oh-so comfy. This Mickey one is super cute and teamed with these knitted booties you'll be ready to relax all day.
I don't usually go for playsuit PJ's at this time of year but this one looks so soft and comfy. I think these adorable reindeer booties will bring the perfect festive touch!

Oh, I love lounge sets, they're perfect for those days where you don't have anywhere to go and you cant really be arsed to get dressed. This grey off the shoulder one looks so warm and cosy and these amazing bunny slippers will keep your tootsies toasty too!
For some in-your-face festive gear, how about this Home Alone tee? I put it with these cute grey shorts for a winning comfy combo!

What are you chilling out in this season?

GlossyBox | The RoseGold Edit - Worth it?

Friday, 11 December 2015

Even though I unsubscribed from Glossybox a few months back, I stayed signed up to their newsletter just in case they came out with a box I might like to try. That very thing happened recently when Glossybox announced the launch of their December 2015 box; The Rose Gold Edit - a collaboration with blogger Really Ree, which includes 6 products rather than usual 5. I also had a 40% off code for my next Glossybox meaning I paid less than £10 with postage.

The box arrived with me last week and I was so excited when I saw the beautiful rose gold design, finished off with pink satin ribbon and a pink informational pamphlet. But, unfortunately, that;s where the excitement ended.

I pulled off the ribbon to reveal my products and I picked out;

I can see the good intentions behind this product. There are lots of social events during the festive season and your eyes may need some brightening and rejuvenating. The rollerball makes it cooling and refreshing on the eyes and the touch of glitter is nice, but really, its an eye roll on ... boring. This is the festive party season. I would much rather have seen a pair of false lashes in my Glossybox in place of this, plus at £30.00 RRP its not something I would buy again, either.

I've only ever had 3 Glossyboxes and this is the second So Susan product I have received inside them. The statement skin highlighter pencil is a nice product but I would have like to have discovered a different brand (isn't that the point of Glossybox after all?).
All being said, the pencil has a nice, subtle champagne finish and the square end means you can easily and quickly highlight browbones and cheekbones, as well as down the centre of the nose. I probably wouldn't re-purchase this but I do think its a nice addition to my makeup bag over the festive season.

Snore. Collection are a lovely brand with some great pieces but I didn't hope to find one in my Glossybox to be honest. There are so many other brands that offer amazing nail polishes, like China Glaze for example, their 2015 festive collection is brimming with sparkles and shimmers and glitters and I would much rather have had the opportunity to try one of them.
The Collection long lasting polishes do live up to their name and they also dry very fast. Ice Queen is a silver pearl polish with flecks of iridescent glitter. I might wear this as a feature finger polish with some white nails.

This was probably exciting as my Glossybox got, although I'm not really sure why I was sent an oil when I stated on my questionnaire that I had oily T-zone concerns. The L'occtaine shea face comforting oil is new to their collection and even though I got the tiniest 4ml sample, I do actually really like it. The scent is so relaxing, it reminds me of baby powder. I have been using this each evening before bed and it really helps to calm me and put me to sleep. I might re-purchase this as a treat but I will see how my skin reacts to it after a few more uses first.

Essence is another brand that is available in UK drug stores and while its nice to try something that is affordable and easy to re-purchase, I think this is another missed opportunity.
Everyone got the same shade regardless of skin tone, and although the pamphlet states it is an 'easy to wear hue' I feel that this is way too bright for my pale skin. 'Show off' is a bright, hot pink - which seems a strange choice when there are so many gorgeous red lip products suitable for the festive season out there (Hint; NYX Xtreme lip cream in 'Absolute' would have been more suited and is in a similar price range).
I found the payoff of this very nice, but it hardly lasted on my lips - I applied it and about 10 minutes later I ate a Ferrero Rocher (naughty!) and I was left with no liquid lipstick in the middle of my lips, but a horrible line of it around the edges of my lips. Shame.

This is this 6th product in this months Glossybox which we got as a special treat. The Starskin Bio-cellulose second skin masks. There are 4 masks in the collection and I got the 'Close Up' version which 'firms skin for a youthful appearance' - what a nice treat for a 24 year old?
These are sheet masks and each one is soaked in a full 30ml of serum which should do skin some real good. As much as I hate the lottery ticket looking packaging I am very much looking forward to using this and I will let you know how it goes -  but at £8.50 a piece I hope it makes some difference to my skin!

Overall, I am really dissapointed with this box. If I were handed an original design Glossybox with these contents I wouldn't even think about it being a special edition festive box.
The Rose Gold theme seemed to end at the box design with nothing inside reflecting it - I would much rather have had the usual 5 products but have them more fitting with the theme and better quality. There are plenty of rose gold beauty items available - Zoeva rose gold brushes, Stila stay all day illuminating beauty balm , 'chrome rose' Models Own polish even Charlotte Tilbury lipstick. to name just a few.
I'll keep the pretty box to store some of my skincare products but needless to say, I have, once again, unsubscribed from Glossybox.

Did you recieve this months Glossybox? What did you think?

Ferrero Rocher Festive Treats

Thursday, 10 December 2015

On Monday, I was oh-so kindly gifted a rather opulent, and extremely tasty festive hamper from the darlings at Ferrero Rocher. Obviously, this brand needs no introduction; we've all tasted that dreamy chocolate hazelnut core with that amazing crisp shell and, I for one, just cant get enough.

Christmas just isn't the same without a box of Ferrero Rocher on the dessert table - I know we always have them at my house and my Granny gives me a box every year, too (which tends to last about 6 seconds), but I had no idea just how big the Ferrero Rocher range had gotten - and I am truly impressed!

The Grand Ferrero Rocher

The most exciting part of the hamper was the newest addition to the Ferrero collection. The Grand Ferrero Rocher is 240g of pure deliciousness (which is almost double the size of the original Grande Ferrero Rocher, FYI), it's a crisp chocolate shell infused with chopped hazelnuts and filled with 4 original Ferrero Rochers, which we all know and love. This is the ultimate Christmas treat for chocolate lovers and would be a fantastic stocking filler or dessert table centerpiece thanks to its elegant wrapping and large golden bow.

Ferrero Golden Gallery 

The Ferrero Golden Gallery truly has something for every taste. Presented in a beautifully sleek box, the only hard part is deciding which one to try first! Choose from;
Ferrero Manderly - 'A crunchy specialty with a velvety hazelnut filling, a sweet prelude to the unmistakable taste of almond'
Ferrero tenderly White - 'The smoothness of white chocolate and a whole hazelnut combine to create a perfect harmony'
Ferrero cappuccino - 'A creamy, luscious filling combining the intense flavor of  coffee and the delicate taste of milk.
Ferrero Tenderly Dark - 'A crunchy whole hazelnut encased in a rich dark chocolate shell'
Ferrero Rocher - 'A whole hazelnut surrounded by delicious layers of crispy wafer, a velvety filling, smooth milk chocolate and chopped hazelnut pieces.'
Ferrero Tenderly Torroncino - 'The citrusy notes of a creamy nougat filling meet the intense crunchiness of a whole hazelnut in a case of fine milk chocolate.'
Ferrero Rondnoir - 'A delicious combination of tastes and textures from fine wafer to velvety cocoa filling to a dark chocolate covered hazelnut at its heart.'
Every one of these chocolate is amazing but the Ferrero Cappuccino is my favourite - I absolutely love coffee chocolates and this one is so decadent.

Ferrero and Ferrero Raffaello hanging Stars

These Ferrero and Ferrero Raffaello hanging stars are simply adorable and make for perfect Christmas mini treats. Hang them on the tree for the younger ones to find on Christmas morning, hang them on the bed post for your loved one to wake up to - or hide it at the back of the cupboard to sneak later on.
Any way that you present them, they will be gratefully received. Choose either classic Ferrero Rocher, or a new delight in the Ferrero collection; Ferrero Raffaello - a crisp almond surrounded by coconut cream and encased in a coconut dusted wafer. Simply delicious.
The metallic star packaging is so eye catching and a very unique way to give the gift of chocolate. Finished with a gorgeous satin ribbon they are truly elegant!

Ferrero Collection

The Ferrero Collection is the perfect way to give something extra special to a loved one this Christmas. The luxurious golden packaging is filled with a selection of Ferrero favorites, including Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero Raffaello and Ferrerro Rondnoir.
I think that this would even make a brilliant addition to your coffee table during movie time at home over Christmas. Who can resist when there is a box of Ferrero Rocher in front of them? I know I can't!

Ferrero Gift Cube

Anything golden and decadent is bound to be a winner during the festive season and the Ferrero Gift Cube certainly ticks both of those boxes. 6 original Ferrero Rocher are encased in this adorable golden gift cube and are just waiting to be unwrapped.
This dainty little gift would make a perfect stocking filler and an excellent secret Santa gift, too. I adore the golden bow on the top; it really finishes the box perfectly and brings a touch of elegance.

I had the best time opening my hamper and, amazingly, there is still some of it left! I really enjoyed each piece and I know my family and friends will enjoy indulging in some of it too over Christmas. Ferrero Rocher really have thought up some brilliant festive gifts for their collection, and the best part - everything is presented beautifully, so there is no need for wrapping!
You can find more info on the Ferrero Rocher  Facebook page.

What do you enjoy indulging in over Christmas?

Time + Happiness

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Before I start, I'd like to say that this post is in no way intended to sound conceited or arrogant, it is simply my thoughts on how to get the most happiness out of every day you are blessed with.

People often ask me 'How do you have time?' when they find out that I am a mother, a wife, a homemaker, a professional blogger and brand manager for Bella&Bear and that I run my own blog too, amongst other things.
There is no special trick, the answer is, because I make time. I love all the things I do, so I make sure that I make time to enjoy them.

In life we often get so wrapped up in mundane day-to-day things, that we forget about ourselves. We forget to pause and breathe in the fresh air, or to really enjoy that last bite of our favourite cookie. We forget to put time aside to do the things we love most, because we don't think we can make the time.
I want to say; 'yes, you can.' You must. If you don't, you wont find pleasure in life and you will just be existing.

For me, nothing comes before being a mother, but every time Elias is sleeping or playing happily with his toys, I do something else I love, because I am still me - an individual.
I love my blog and, even though it can be hard to fit blogging in, I always do. It's important to me, it calms me and makes me feel proud, productive and positive.
Work is also a pleasure. It took time (and many a bad job) but I persevered until I landed that job that doesn't feel like a job, and now I get to work from home, using my own ideas and initiative, being creative and doing something I love. I never feel pressure or stress in my work and it is something I can look forward to - that is something I which really helps out.
Being a wife is new to me, and I'm still learning. But my husband is my best friend and we connect on every level. Being together is positive and happy and he keeps me sane and balanced.
Some people think being a homemaker is a chore or a bore, but for me it's therapeutic and productive. I love being responsible for creating a safe, beautiful and peaceful environment for my family and it gives me a sense of achievement, too.

Of course, I understand that we all have moments where we feel stressed or pressured or down, but that's just temporary, and it is something you can change. Remember that. Jump in a warm, bubbly bath, pour a cup of tea or read your favourite book and leave your worries behind. Try not to bring work problems home, resolve them there and then and remember to talk things out with people who are important to you.
Indulge in things you love often, and don't feel guilty. This is your life and you have the right to enjoy it. Never forget about yourself and never loose your spirit. Make time for the things you love.

November Non-Beauty Favourites

Friday, 4 December 2015

This month, instead of listing beauty and makeup favourites, I thought I'd share some other lifestyle things I have enjoyed.


Face Off;
This series is all about the art of movie magic makeup. Each week contestants battle it out to be crowned face off champion and create their best makeups to avoid being sent home. Its amazing to watch how talented the makeup artists are. You watch each stage from design, to sculpting, to creating, to painting and to displaying. Contestants are given a different genre or criteria to follow each week and its amazing to see their skill sets grow as their passion to win gets stronger.

The Walking Dead;
Although season 6 hasn't really been on par with previous seasons, I still cant stop watching the Walking dead. Set in an apocalyptic world, survivors are forced to find safety, defeat enemies and stay alive. Of course, there's more to it than that, and I don't want to give anything away, but there are a lot of hold-your-breath moments this season!

Fast 'N' Loud;
Vroom Vroom! Probably not the sort of show people would expect me to watch but i am in love with it. Set in the Gas monkey garage, Texas, car fanatics Richard, Aaron and their team, scout out and haggle for derelict vintage cars to restore to their full glory - and then some. I cant get enough of vintage american motors and this show has plenty of them.


Josh Turner 'Punching Bag';
Well, not just the 'Punching bag' album, actually. I love all of Josh Turners Music. His smooth country voice is addictive - paired with the fact that writes and makes his music, too. A true, undeniable talent, unlike so many today.
Magic 'Christmas TV';
Of course, I had to sneak something festive in! Recently I have been putting the magic TV channel on in the background while i clean the house and watch Elias. I love hearing all the classic (and new!) Christmas tunes, and Elias seems to enjoy them too!


Costa Christmas Range;
The Christmas offerings from Costa are amazing this year! From 'pigs in blankets paninis' to 'caramel fudge hot chocolate' there is something for every festive taste, with the hot chocolates being my personal favorites. I seem to keep accidentally heading into town and ending up in Costa!
Shortcrust Pie;
Ugh! Pie. So warming. So comforting. So yummy. This month I'm sure I have actually become a pie connoisseur but I think Ill leave it in this month as I don't want people shouting 'who ate all the pies' whenever I leave my house. The pie pictured was one I enjoyed at new Southampton restaurant 'The Stable' 


Fallout 4;
Geek alert! Yes, I admit it, I LOVE fallout. Its been 5 years in the making but Fallout 4 was so worth the wait. Dan and I usually play a couple of hours an evening once Elias is in bed. We've racked up about 12 hours so far, but we've hardly made a dent in the gameplay; there's so much to discover!
For some reason, I seem to have gotten re-antiquated with Instagram this month. I had forgotten what a social platform it is and I love discovering new brands and ideas through it - plus all the pretty pastel feeds!
I have re-ignited my love of baking this month. I used to do a lot of baking before having Elias and now that he is a little older and knows how to entertain himself I feel like i have the time to pick some light baking back up. You can find the recipe for my Krispie Christmas puds (pictured) here.

What were you loving in November '15?

Krispie Christmas Puds

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Its December! I am suuuper excited, and to match my blogs new festive theme (made by my darling, Be) I have decided to share a Christmas recipe!
Its easy to get lost on Pinterest, wading through reams and reams of images of perfectly finished and iced, 10,000 step sweet treat recipes, and as much fun as it is to dream about making them, sometimes its much more fun to make those less perfect but equally delicious ones.
This is one of those. 
There's something just so charming about a homemade treat, where no two are the same and they have 'incorrect' odds and ends - they're so much more personal and thoughtful.
When I made these adorable krispie Christmas puddings, they went down and a storm and left everyone smiling. And, bonus, they are so easy to make!

You'll need ...

50g Cornflakes (or Rice Krispies)
30g Raisins
50g Butter
150g Milk Chocolate (I used Milka)
2tbsp Peanut Butter
30g mini Marshmallows
100g White Chocolate (again, I used Milka)
Holly leaves and Berry Decorations (I found mine in Morrisons)

Method ...

1. To start, put your cornflakes and raisins in a large bowl, and put aside.
2. Then, put the butter, milk chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallows in a saucepan and melt over a medium heat. Keep stirring until the chocolate and butter have melted, but the marshmallows are just beginning to melt.
3. Now, pour the chocolate mix onto the cornflakes and raisins and stir until it is all coated.
4. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and take a tablespoon amount of the mix in your hands and form into a rounded shape - don't worry if they are not perfectly spherical - this is what will give them their homemade charm. Pop onto the parchment sheet and continue until all the mixture is used up.
5. Put your puddings into the fridge for 1-2 hours or until firm.
6. Once firm, you can melt your white chocolate over a gentle heat and use a teaspoon to drizzle it over the top of each of the puddings.
7. Finish by decorating with the hollyleaf and berry pieces. Mine weren't placed perfectly, but they'll still look cute!
8. Pop the puddings back into the fridge for 1-2 hours or until the chocolate is set.

You can enjoy these with some hot chocolate or milled wine - the juicy burst from the raisins, the creaminess of the peanut butter and the crunch of the cornflakes is a perfect mix which will leave you wanting another, and another, and another.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe - what is your favourite sweet treat at Christmas time?