Christmas GIft #2 Yankee Candle Sampler Set

Saturday, 30 November 2013
Hello everyone! I thought I'd bring along another little post for my Christmas Gift Series. There was quite a big gap inbetween this one and the last but I have lots of photos taken in preparation so keep an eye out. I plan to do about 3 or 4 for over the next couple of days! 

Today I'm going to be talking about the Yankee Candle gift set. I can't seem to find this on the Yankee Candle website but I got this one from a Dobbies Garden Centre and I've seen them in Clintons as well. It costs £7.50 which means you're saving yourself a bit of money compared to buying the samplers at £1.75 each. I think this is a great idea for a gift as it contains 5 different scents so the lucky recipient is definitely going to like one of them. One of the things that I find most difficult for is buying presents for people that I don't really know that well like relative you aren't too close to or say secret santas. So gift sets are a nice idea because it takes the pressure off. 

I absolutely love Yankee Candles so I was really excited to get this as it meant that I could try out lots of their Christmas scents. Christmas Eve is a very nice fragrance. It's quite sweet so would be a good one if you're not keen on overly spicey candles. I think there might be some apple in there somewhere. Snow In Love is a very fresh scent. In a way a very clean scent sot it's almost snow like in a weird way. If you like things like clean cotton and baby powder then you'll love this. Apple & Pine Needle was actually the only scent in this set that I wasn't too keen on. It's very strong and I'm just not a massive fan of the smell of pine to start with. It does smell somewhat like a real Christmas tree but is a bit too strong for my liking. Christmas Cookie is one that's actually been a pleasant surprise. For the longest time I've been avoiding buying any of the sweeter scents from Yankee Candle as I thought that I'd get sick of them very quickly. I absolutely loved this even if it did make me a bit peckish for some shortbread. And finally, Red Apple Wreath. This was very similar to Christmas Eve but was a bit more spicey. It's a nice scent but nothing to go crazy over.

I really enjoyed burning my way through this set. It would make a great present for someone or even pick one up for yourself? It's a good way to find out what scents you really like before committing to a larger jar.

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Graze Box #7

Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Hello everyone. Today I'm going to talk about my last ever Graze box. Whilst it's been fun it's starting to get quite expensive so I'd rather cancel my boxes for now, I've got Christmas presents to buy! I have a friend who says she orders one off boxes around exam time and I think that's a good idea so it will probably be a while before you see a Graze box post from me. Thankfully my last box has been a success!

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Tutti Frutti - dried pineapple, cherry raisins, blueberry cranbberries and green raisins. This was really nice. I absolutely love dried pineapple so I was happy to see some in my box. The thing I like the most about the little dried fruit tubs is that they are so filling. I had it as a little dessert but this would be great for during the day as it would really keep you full until lunch/dinner.

Dark Rocky Road - dark chocolate buttons, pecan nuts and cranberries. Oh. My. God. This was so so so good. I don't know how Graze do this but everything seems to taste like they say so. Perfect, crunchy, deconstructed rocky road. The nut to chocolate ratio was pretty spot on.

Jaffa Cake Flapjack - This box so far has been on a really good streak and the jaffa cake flapjack is no difference. This was lovely and chewy and you could definitely taste the orange. And it was a really fresh orange scent/taste as well,  done of that artificial crap. The sweet tooth in me would have preferred a bit more chocolate though...

Cheddar Gorge- cheese cashews, salsa corn sticks and herb crackers. I liked this a lot more than I expected too. The cheese cashews weren't that great as I'm not much of a nut person but the salsa corn sticks and herb crackers were delicious!

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Bar Soba

Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Hello everyone. On Friday night I finally managed to visit a restaurant that I've wanted to try out for ages. Bar Soba is located on Mitchell Lane(Glasgow) but they also have one on Byres Road(Glasgow) and Hanover Street(Edinburgh). I've seen a few people chatting about it here and there on the internet and as Asian food is my absolute favourite I knew I had to go check it out. When I suggested it to Morag she was totally game as she'd been before and enjoyed it. We arrived about 5ish and it was quiet but rather quickly got very busy so I'd recommend going earlier or booking a table.

I would just like to apologise for the blurry photo. But when you're sitting in a crowded restaurant with your DSLR out you get a lot of weird looks, there's only so long you can spend taking photos of your food! I ordered a a portion of Nasi Goreng. It's Indonesian fried rice served with chicken satay sticks, a fried egg and shrimp crackers. It was absolutely delicious! The rice itself was so lovely and the veggies in it gave it so much flavour. I'm not much of a veg girl so if I eat them then you know they must be good! I was so excited to see the shrimp crackers, they're kind of like normal prawn crackers but a bit spice and with more of a 'fishy' taste. My favourite Chinese restaurant used to serve them but they stopped doing it because not a lot of people liked them! Nasi Goreng is actually something that my mum makes a lot at home so I was interested to see what it would be like in a restaurant. A lot better than my mum's! But I think it would be best if we kept that between us don't you? I would also like to see a few more things on their dessert menu which was pretty lacking.

Morag had been before and she said that the portion sizes were quite small. So I decided to order a side of chilli fries not knowing that my dish actually came with a few. These were pretty disappointing to be honest. Basically chips sprinkled with chilli powder and not very spicy. This didn't stop us from nearly demolishing them though..... 

Overall I really enjoyed my candle light dinner with Morag at Bar Soba and would definitely go again. I think the prices were pretty good and my main cost £10.95 and the fried £2.95. For a city centre restaurant I think that's pretty good. I think I'll drag the boyfriend through to Edinburgh to visit the Christmas market and get some more shrimp crackers from their Hanover Street Restaurant. Although admittedly he's not as camera at the table friendly as Morag.

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Country Living Christmas Fair - Glasgow

Saturday, 23 November 2013
Hello everyone. I was given a press pass for the Country Living Christmas Fair which is being hosted at the SECC(Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre) on 21-24th November. I went along with my good blogging chum Morag and we had a great time. I managed to get quite a bit of Christmas shopping done which is very relieving. There were a gazillions stalls, so much to see. I'm only sharing some photos of my favourites otherwise this post would be far too long. Also if you would like to see a haul of every thing that I bought then please let me know. Morag bought a really cute tea towel for her granny.

The first stall that really caught my eye was the Gillian Kyle stall. All their little trinkets are so adorable. I wish I had someone to buy for that would have really appreciated it. I don't think that they suit the style of anyone I'm buying for this year and things this beautiful need to be appreciated. If it wasn't so close to Christmas I would have treated myself.

I absolutely loved this jewellery stall. They had lots of lovely things at great prices. I really love the oreo necklaces(not pictured). Everything was so quirky, great for kids.

Upon seeing this stall, Morag and I both automatically went 'awwwww'. The little mouse decorations are just the cutest little things. Wish I had my own place so I could justify buying a gazillion decorations.

Throughout the event they had lots of little demonstrations and workshops going on. I never managed to get into any of these because they were so busy but from what I eavesdropped on they looked really good and informative.

These oils from Summer Harvest Oils were absolutely gorgeous. I absolutely loved the red pepper and chilli one. Just the perfect ammount of chilli.

The oreo cakes were absolutely gorgeous. About the size of my hand. Definitely good value for money considering how much some places charge for tiny cupcakes.

My absolute favourite stall was the Susan McGill designs stall. I ended up buying myself this phone case. All her designs were so unique and quirky. It really stood out against the rest of the stalls.

The Country Living Christmas Fair is open today until 5pm and tomorrow if you're in Glasgow and want to pop in for a look. The tickets cost £12. And if you've missed it then there's always next year!

I didn't manage to get the names of all the stalls written down so if you see a photo of your stall then please send me a link to your website and I'll link it in!

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Currently I'm...

Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Hello everyone. I saw a post like this on Char's blog and thought it was a really nice twist on an update post. So I'm doing my own to let you all in on what I've been up to.

Reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I read the first book from The Mortal Instruments series, City Of Bones, but someone else had taken the next book in the series out the library when I went to go get it. To tide me over until it's available again I thought I'd start her spin off series, The Infernal Devices. I haven't really read enough to decide whether I like it or not but I really liked City Of Bones so I'm looking forward to getting into it.

Watching I've gotten a bit addicted to Educating Yorkshire and Educating Essex which I've been watching on 4od. I don't know why I want to spend my free time watching a programme about a school when I go to school 5 days a week but I'm loving it!

Listening to 30 Seconds To Mars and You Me At Six. I'm scheduling this post on Monday night but by the time this post is published I'll have seen them both live at the Hydro. I'm hoping that it will be everything I'm expecting and more.

Drinking Apple and Mango Tropicana. I always have a glass of  fruit juice with my breakfast but normally just stick to apple or orange. I'm really liking this though as something a little bit different.

He hates me.

Loving dog walks. With my mum on holiday last weekend I've been in charge of all the walkies. I find that the more often I walk Sam the more he interacts with me, listens to me and comes for post walkies cuddles.

Enjoying early nights in bed with candles and a book. Now that winter is setting in I want to sleep 24/7, it's all about being cosy!

Learning integration by parts in Maths, wave-particle duality in Physics and thermodynamics in Chemistry. Fun fun fun. I have two NABs next week, one on Wednesday and Thursday. Then it's my in school deadline for UCAS applications on Friday. Everything is a bit hectic at the moment but it'll be worth it.

Wearing my new winter coat form BHS that you can see in this ootd. Very, very cosy!

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Graze Box #6

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Hello everyone. Today I'm doing the penultimate Graze box post. Whilst I do really love getting my Graze boxes every fortnight, the cost adds up. I'm certainly going to order one of boxes every now and again but I'm cancelling the subscription after the next box. I'm using the send soon option to send myself of  the things I really want to try and then that's it for a while. Farewell Graze!

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My Thai - This is ok but I'm not crazy about it. I was quite annoyed to see this again as I've already had it. Especially as I only had it marked as like and not love. The sweet chilli sauce is very nice but I haven't made my mind up about the crackers. They taste quite artificial.

Black Pepper Healthy Popping Corn- Oh my god this was absolutely amazing. Satisfied the popcorn craving that I had completely. I love black pepper and really liked the different edge that it gave the popcorn. If I could get a Graze box subscription for just popcorn I totally would. If anyone has any more healthy popcorn recommendations then please let me know.

Nacho Libre - Salsa almonds, cheesy sombreros and jumbo chilli corn. The cheesy sombreros were pretty good but that's all this one really did for me. Not a massive fan of nuts so things like this aren't to my personal taste.

Fruit & Seed Flapjack - Yet another thing I've already had before. I was a lot happier to see this though as I liked it more than I liked the My Thai. Graze do great flapjacks. They're also really filling which is a huge plus. This definitely isn't as nice as the orange and ginger one I had in my last box though!

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Christmas Gift #1 Lush Out Of This World

Monday, 18 November 2013
 Hello everyone! I've decided to do a little series on my blog about Christmas gifts. I know it's only November but I like to try and get my Christmas shopping done by the start of December so that I have time to relax and enjoy the Christmassy seasons. I'm not sure how often I'm going to do these posts but in each one I'm just going to be talking about the things I've received/given as gifts and why I liked them/think they are good gifts.

First up is the Out Of This World gift set from Lush. As a little bit of nostalgia. This is the first thing I ever got from Lush and I got it as a Christmas present way back in the day. It contains one space girl bath bomb and some rock star soap in the shape of a star. These are some classic products from Lush and have very safe scents. I think this would be a great present for say a secret santa or someone who's never tried anything from Lush before. I'm going to give a little mini review of both of them below.

Space Girl - This is such a lovely bath bomb. It smells like Parma Violets and is very sweet and relaxing. I think some people avoid Lush because they don't like being over loaded with strong scents. This however, will be very soothing and not overbearing. Therefore, perfect for dragging in a Lush newbie. It turns your water a beautiful dark purple colour. It also contains popping candy which you can hear crackling when it's in the water.

Rock Star Soap - I absolutely love this soap. It smells like bubble gum and candy floss. Very sweet! It's also very moisturising. I tend to avoid soaps as I find that they can dry your skin out but this does the complete opposite and leaves you feeling silky smooth.

Overall the gift set costs £6.75 and buying the contents individually would only cost you £5.65. If you're not much of a wrapper then you should probably just buy the gift set as it comes so beautifully wrapped and the paper even glows in the dark. Or you can save yourself some money and wrap it up nicely yourself, the choice is up to you. However, I do definitely recommend these two products for a Lush Christmas.

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Week In Photos #55

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Robyn Makes Things order / Adorable smoothie
Chilli salt squid / Diy Nails order

Hello everyone. This week's been a bit dull and I've not really done anything that's particularly exciting. As you can see all I've really done is online shop and eat. It's been a bit of a 'calm before the storm' type week as next week it's going to be non stop. My mum's went on holiday for the weekend so it's just me, my gran, my sister and the dog. Who's gone and got himself a tick that I can't remove. Great. I saw some friends on Friday night which was really nice and I had a good laugh, even if they were making fun of my laugh! Also my friend Amy is making a skirt for her uni course and she's using me as a model. It's awesome.

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Review: Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Recovery

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Hello everyone. Today I'm going to review the answer to my dry skin prayers. As most of you probably know, I work part time in an aquarium. As much as I love my job, it really dries out the skin on my hands. It's so bad that sometimes my fingertips crack and bleed because they're so dry. I also always seem to have some sort of cut on my hands. They're not in great shape and a lot of hand creams just don't cut it for me. I reviewed Crabtree & Evelyn's Hand Therapy after buying it in August and I now have a new edition to my C&E family: the Hand Recovery.

Hand Recovery is something that I'd never seen before. A hand scrub. After trying it out in the shop I knew I had to buy it as it made my hands feel softer and smoother than ever before. It contains 3 different sized exfoliants that help take care of any dead skin and then when you wash it off it releases lots of oils that moisturise your skin. And after topping it off with a spot of hand cream your hands are left softer than a baby's bottom. The lemon, honey and coriander scent is absolutely beautiful. It's very refined and quite 'grown up' compared to a normal citrus scent, not so bitter!

I have to admit that I was not looking forward to spending £16 on a scrub for my hands but after using it for a month I know that I'll keep on repurchasing this again and again. It's an absolute life saver for my horrible dry skin, especially as we're coming into winter. I don't think this product is really necessary if you don't suffer from dry skin all that badly but I definitely can't live without it. It's available in lots of different scents and I think I'm going to go for the pomegranate one next time.

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Lush Bombardino

Wednesday, 13 November 2013
As dorky as it is to admit, the Lush Christmas collection is one of my favourite things about this time of year. So as you can imagine I was pretty please to see that they were adding a lot of new things this year. Bormbardino was love as first sniff. My all time favourites from the Lush collection are Cinders and Melting Snowman, so how does Bombardino compare?

First off, Bombardino is a very visually appealing bath bomb. With two little black eyes and a mountain of grey hair. It's very cute. Why is everything so much cuter if it has eyes? The eyes are made of the same cocoa butter as the eyes on the melting snowman. I hate to say it so crudely but these don't dissolve very well and it looks like you've shit the bath. Honest blogging over here! Apart from that, Bombardino is a great little bath bomb.
The scent is based on an alcoholic drink consisting of eggnog and brandy. My most honest description is that Bombardino smells like the love child of Cinders and Butterball. It's a beautiful, warm, spicy scent that I absolutely love. 

It's not a particularily showy bath bomb in colour. Somewhat like Cinders and it also contains a lot of glitter but I found it to create a nice relaxing bath, even if you do have to clean your bath afterwards. I know I have a moan about this in nearly every bath bomb review but I just hate glitter in bath bombs. It's hard to find bath bombs that don't contain it! At £2.50 it's one of Lush's cheaper bath bombs and I totally recommend.

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Review: Origins Out Of Trouble Mask

Tuesday, 12 November 2013
Hello everyone. Today I'm going to be reviewing my latest skincare buy, the Origins Out Of Trouble 10 Minute Mask To Rescue Problem Skin. Phew. What a name. After a pretty bad experience with an awful sales assistant I walked away with a sample of this and the clear improvement mask. The clear improvement mask burnt my skin and left it all sore but I really liked this so I ended up buying this full size. But Origins seriously need to sort their counters out. I went to the one in John Lewis in Edinburgh and the woman didn't know anything about the products. She was actually reading the back of the bottles before recommending them to me. No way would I have bought anything. Then when I went to the one in Glasgow to buy this the sales assistant was quite rude and unhelpful. When I told her that the Clear Improvement mask had burnt my skin and asked for help as to what it might have been her response was 'read the ingredients on the bottle'. Thanks a bunch.

Anyway, rant aside. The Out Of Trouble has been helping me clear up my oily skin. I use this once a week and apply all over my face but more liberally to my t zone where I get the most oily. It's obviously supposed to be left on for 10 minutes but I find that leaving it on a bit longer doesn't do any harm. I normally put it on and potter about, brush my teeth and get ready for bed etc and then wash it off. It comes of very easily as well, nothing worse than standing scrubbing your face for half an hour trying to get that last bit of a pesky face mask off. 

The product itself has a bit of a weird smell. It smells like a bit of a mix between a hospital and mouthwash. I'm not exactly selling it here(although I think I'm doing a better job that either sales assistant) but the weird smell is something that I'm willing to over look considering that this really helps my skin. It contains zinc oxide and sulphur which soak up the oils. I find that after using this my skin feels so much more refreshed and less oily. It's like a clarifying shampoo but for your face.

Despite that at £22 I do think this product is very over priced. It doesn't do anything that I don't think cheaper masks are also capable of. I'll happily use this but I don't think I'll repurchase when it's done. If you have the budget for this then by all means buy it but if you don't then don't sweat it either.

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Autumnal Dog Walks

Monday, 11 November 2013

Hello everyone! When I got my little Sammy-Boo way back in April one of the main things that I was looking forward to was autumn dog walks. Crispy mornings and crunchy leaves. It hasn't been as great as I was expecting as they are mostly muddy, cold and rainy. But despite that there have been some great days and lovely walks. I thought I'd share some photos that I took one time. Also Sam has really came one when it comes to walking, he's so much better behaved.

And what's a walk without going for a swim too?

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Week In Photos #54

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Graze box / OOTD / Weird email

That Primark dress / Chiquito / Town centre

Hello everyone! I'm so glad that it's finally Sunday because this week has been so long. You know those weeks where nothing in particular really happens but you just feel so drained by the end of the week? Yeah that's me at the moment. 

The weekend has been to most exciting part of my week. On Friday night I went to see my dad so I could give him his birthday present as it's his birthday today(it's also Morag's too so happy birthday!). I got him a voucher for Nandos which I think he was quite pleased with.

Then on Saturday night we went out for dinner for my friend Louise's birthday. We went to Chiquito and I had the pulled pork quesadillas which were absolutely amazing. We all chipped in a bit and bought her a bottle of Dot by Marc Jacobs, I'm a bit jealous as it's such a gorgeous perfume ;). Today I'm just planning on going to work and then chilling out afterwords. My favourite way to end the week.

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Review: Lush Charity Pot

Saturday, 9 November 2013
Hello everyone. Today I'm reviewing one of my favourite Lush products of all time. Charity Pot. I've had countless little tins of this that I've picked up at the till but last time I was in Lush I just bit the bullet and bought myself a tub. Charity Pot is a hand and body lotion. All of the money except VAT is donated to various smaller charities. It's good that you can donate to charity whilst getting a great product back.

What I love the most about Charity Pot is the smell. I think this smells just like Turkish delight which is one of my all time favourite chocolates. I've checked the ingredient list and there isn't any rose in it so I'm not too sure where that comes from. Maybe it's the germanium? Not too sure. The chocolate scent definitely comes from the cocoa butter. I love products containing cocoa butter as they're just so moisturising. I think this scent can be a bit hit and miss as I know a few other bloggers who don't like it but I personally just can't get enough of this. 

It's very thin in consistency but is very moisturising. It feels so light which is so nice in comparison to a body butter. Don't get me wrong, I love  body butters but using them seems like such a chore compared to using a body lotion. It's so much nicer. I grudge having to mositurise after getting out of the shower because it's so cold and boring but I really look forward to using this. It's quite expensive at £6.75 for a 95g tub or £12.95 for a 240g tub but I think that it's alright to pay that as the money is going to charity anyway! I would definitely recommend Charity Pot, especially to Lush newbies who are a bit wary of what to try.

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Books I'm Getting Rid Of

Friday, 8 November 2013

I'm moving at the start of January and I'm trying to condense what I'm taking with me. I've got a lot of stuff and the room that I'll be moving into is considerably smaller so I really need to ditch some things. I'll be going through everything including my wardrobe and getting rid of a few things. I knew that books would be a good place to start. I have over 100 books and I know that I definitely won't be rereading a few of them because I didn't like them or just don't fancy it. I thought it would be quite interesting to talk you through what I'm ditching and why. I'll be offering these round my friends and then if none of them want any I'm sure the charity shop won't say no.

First up, Girls Meets Boy by Ali Smith. I just really disliked this. It's supposed to be about a gay girl in a world where it's illegal to be gay. Sounds interesting right? Instead it's written in the most illogical and complicated way. I had no idea what was going on throughout the whole thing. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitch Smith is one of those books from my vampire days. You know when every single book was about vampires just after the Twilight craze? Yes. I did quite like this. I think I'll read it for the nostalgic value but after that it's bye bye. My reading tastes have changed too much since then. This might shock people a bit but Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is just not my thing at all. I find love stories a bit boring and I just found myself getting frustrated with the characters.  

Atonement by Ian McEwan is another book that I just flat out disliked. Frustrating characters and it got me into a 'reading slump. Speaking of reading slumps, Human Love by Andrei Makine put me in one big time. It's about a guys from Russia and that's all I can remember. I only paid 30p for it in a charity shop so not too bad. Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire. This totally comes back to the emo days. Cringy love story involving angels. Time to say good bye to this one for sure.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac is a classic American dream novel. I read this back in July and I wasn't much of a fan. I can say that I appreciated it's value as a classic but it just wasn't to my personal taste. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is another one that I couldn't get into. I thought it took too long to get to the interesting bits and by then I was just bored and wanted to get it over with. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson bugged me because it was very unrealistic. The main character drops everything to go travel around Europe searching after these envelopes her aunt left her. And her mum lets her even though she's like 16 and her mum had previously said she disliked this aunt because she was too spontaneous. It also isn't that well written.

A Piece Of Cake by Cupcake Brown is a very inspiring memoir. I really liked this but I just don't think I'll read it again and it's pretty big so takes up a lot of space. I want to put this in a charity shop so someone else can read it. Disconnected by Sherry Ashworth  is one of those coming of age, depression style books. It was ok but nothing special. I've read a lot of books of a similar nature that I've liked a lot more. And finally, one you probably recognise Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. This is one of the few cases where I enjoyed the film a lot more than the book. It was awfully slow paced and put me into a reading slump. It's not a bad book but I just don't want to read it again.

And there you have it. Do you regularly give away books or are you a hoarder like me? Please add me as a friend on GoodReads.

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Graze Box #5

Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Hello everyone. Today I've got another Graze box review, this one a lot more positive than the last. I absolutely loved everything in this box, it was a real goodun! After my last box was very disappointing I ordered most of these on the 'send soon' option and I have decided that it's the way forward. 

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Chocolate Pretzel - Oh my word. This is a new offering from Graze and it was definitely a good decision. The pretzels were really crunchy and they went really well with the chocolate dipping sauce. Not something I'd usually put together but they actually complemented each other so well.

Tropical Sundae - This is a mixture of dried mango, pineapple and banana. I really loved the dried mango and pineapple but wasn't a massive fan of the banana. I'd definitely get this again though as it was very filling and delicious.

Orange & Ginger Flapjack - This was absolutely delicious. It's the second flapjack I've tried from Graze and definitely my favourite. The ginger was very strong which was great as I love ginger. It was really crunchy but gooey and felt like a great snack. This would definitely satisfy any cravings!

Jaffa Cake - I was really amazed by how much this mixture tasted like a jaffa cake. It's a mixture of dark chocolate buttons, orange raisins and hazelnuts. I'm not a massive fan of nuts but I really enjoyed this. Much like the chocolate orange I think it's so cool how Graze puts these together as they always taste spot on.

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Week In Photos #53

Sunday, 3 November 2013
Let It Snow / Graze box / Selfie with Morag
Mars bar cake / Allegiant / First ever school photo
Halloween party

Hello everyone! I've had a busy few weeks to tell you about. I had my October break which was well needed and now I'm back at school until the Christmas break(20th December please come soon). On Tuesday night I was helping out at the school's Halloween disco. It was pretty good just dancing about and trying to embarrass my sister. We also had a bake sale on Friday which raised £100 for the sixth year fundraising group. I made Mars bar cake and we managed to sell it all. Always a plus! You can read that recipe here. I've also been reading a lot more lately which has been really nice. I'm only 3 books off my GoodReads 2013 reading challenge of 75 books. Although I have to say I was so disappointed with Allegiant, the final book in the Divergent trilogy. WHY?

Then on Friday night a friend of mine had a house party that was a great night. I went as a cat which is pretty boring but I've lost my pirate costume. So annoyed with myself over that as I don't normally lose things but I can't find it anywhere. Then on Saturday night Stuart and I had a little date night. We had planned to go for a Nandos and then go to a firework display but it turned out to be a horrible, cold, rainy night so we ditched the fireworks display and had a wee night in. So a very busy weekend. My plan for today is my usual 12-4 Sunday shift at work and then getting a lot of blogging done. 

I also hit 1000 followers on BlogLovin' this week and just want to say a massive thank you to everyone. I can't believe it!

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Recipe: Mars Bar Cake

Saturday, 2 November 2013
 Hello everyone. Today I'm sharing with you a classic family recipe: Mars bar cake. If there's been a party or special occasion in the past 10 years or so, then you can bet someone in my family has made a tray of this for it. It's a very easy recipe and only takes about half an hour at most minus the setting time. They're so gooey, chewy and delicious. I ate about 4 slices straight after cutting it up. Well 3 and a half because I can't say no to Sam's mooching face.

Melt 4 mars bars, 2 tablespoons of golden syrup and 150g of margarine in a pan together. When the mixture is smooth stir in roughly half a packet or rice crispies, I say roughly because you'll know when you've added enough. When all of the rice crispies are covered in the mixture pour into a large pan and level out. Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Melt 1 block of cooking chocolate in a glass bowl over bowling water. When fully melted spread over the rice crispies and return to the fridge to set. Once the chocolate has hardened cut into slices(this is the hardest part!) and enjoy!

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