• Lifestyle

    Last minute Christmas inspiration

    Hopefully most of you reading this will be all set for the festive break and be down to picking up the last few bits before the madness begins. It’s probably a bit late for online orders to be delivered in time, so if you can face the traffic and crowds then there’s a one-stop-shop which will have an answer to most of your Christmas questions: Homesense have a great range of cards, gift boxes & bags and wrapping papers. There’s also a fantastic selection of table wares- little touches that make the biggest meal of the year- that little bit more special; including napkins and crackers. And a choice of…

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    Christmas decorations from HomeSense

    Working in eCommerce, the word Christmas comes about fairly early. Planning for it comes about when most of us are still looking forward to our summer holiday. So when I got invited to a Christmas event for TKMaxx and HomeSense in July, I wasn’t entirely surprised. The event was in London and I found out my lovely friend Kay (and Mummy Blogger extraordinaire) was also attending. We met up an hour or so before the event for a couple of cocktails and a catch up. That week the UK was in the middle of a heatwave so it felt a little odd walking into a large room decked out with…

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    Family Festivities

    I love Christmas. So much so that I can’t bring myself to work over the festive period and have to take at least two weeks off. This Christmas was the first year I hadn’t spent the entire break at home with the family. Does this count towards becoming a grown up? I’m going to go with yes, but it has also made me appreciate time spent with the fam a little more. James and I spent the first couple of days of our two week break with his parents on their farm in Pembrokeshire. A lovely ease into our break that set the tone for pretty much the rest of…

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    A Festive Day Spa at Cowley Manor

    The Christmas countdown is now in full swing with less than two weeks until the big day. I don’t know about you but I am very much ready for a break. My last long break in the midst of summer seems like a lifetime ago. That sunshine glow is long gone, I’m now in need of something else to get my skin looking healthy and rejuvenated. How about a Spa Day you say? What an ingenius idea! Cowley Manor, just on the outskirts of Cheltenham, are currently offering a Festive Day Spa throughout December. This includes a 60-minute facial of your choice, a 2-course lunch or dinner from the Christmas…

  • Food & Drink

    A Santa flashmob is happening in Cheltenham

    Deliveroo has been in Cheltenham for about 6 months now and has had tremendous success, so much in fact they will be expanding the areas they can deliver to and will also welcome onboard new restaurants. You can have your Sunday roast delivered to your door from The Beehive. Ah-mazing! To celebrate this expansion, Deliveroo are launching a #SpotaSanta campaign from 10th to 23rd December. Each day, a Deliveroo Santa will be delivering tasty foodie gifts around the town. People are invited to seek out and tweet a photograph of a Deliveroo Santa using the hashtag #SpotaSanta to @Deliveroo_Chelt. In taking part and tweeting your photograph, you will receive a…

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    Festival of Lights at Longleat

    I have visited Longleat house and Safari park a handful of times. Mostly as a child, in awe of all the exotic animals and getting much amusement from the monkeys that climb all over your car, taking momentos with them. I would have visited the Festival of Lights event if I had heard of it before, however up until about a month ago I didn’t know it even existed. The festival is Europe’s largest display of Chinese lanterns, turning Longleat grounds into a spectacular sight and illuminating the house. As you can imagine I took a fair amount of photographs, so sit back and enjoy. There is a mix of traditional Chinese themed…

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    Edinburgh Day 2

    After a fun-filled yet tiring first day in Edinburgh, I was surprised at how easy it was to get up the following morning. Perhaps because we had plenty more to look forward to over the next 24 hours. First stop after breakfast was The Surgeon’s Hall museums, made up of the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and The Dental Collection. Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, the museum expands over three floors consisting of bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and some quite mind-blowing facts. It’s fascinating to see how medicine has advanced, how those living before anesthetic had to brave amputations. It’s not ideal…

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    Homemade Christmas wreath

    Soooo last week James and I may have put our Christmas tree up. We had a mixed reaction when I shared this information to the masses on social media, some have judged, others have praised. Perhaps premature however I am determined to get in the festive spirit early this year. I say this most years and fail miserably, but it’s my first Christmas with James, a child at heart just like me so it’s bound to be a lot of fun. I also love food that comes in pastry parcels and they are always flowing at Christmas. Right, so the tree is up – check. Next we need a wreath…

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    Christmas is coming

    The words some people hate to hear. Not around here I’m afriad. Admittedly it seems to come around quicker every year but I tend to regress about 20 years (wow, that makes me feel old) and get all excited about the impending season considerably early. Yes, it can be expensive but what’s not to love about giving and receiving presents, eating copious amounts of food (and it being acceptable), and spending time with your nearest and dearest. Festivities for me began on the 1st November when we went to watch Oxford Street’s big Christmas Light Switch on. A slight anti-climax when the lights didn’t all go on simultaniously but instead…

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    Christmas prep begins with Sloe Gin

    James’ parents have a lovely farm on the beautiful west coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales. Visiting is the perfect opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life for a couple of days, go for long walks, not worry about what time it is and just relax. The end of one of their fields is home to a considerable number of blackthorn trees, which bear the sloe berry. And we all know the only reason sloe berries grow is so that we can pick them and make a delicious gin aperitif from them. When we returned home, sloes in hand, we removed any unwanted bits of twigs, leaves etc…