Saturday, 28 November 2015

Easy DIY Advent Calendar


Now I wasn't going to do a DIY advent calendar post but then when I found the cutest advent pegs in the Tiger Christmas section (which is amazing by the way, I might have bought half of it oops) I just couldn't resist and I had so many ideas swirling around my head. I decided to go with quite a simple idea that I think pretty much anyone can do and is pretty cheap.


The idea is that there is a little note attached to each number so each day you unpeg the note and written on it will either be an activity to do or a Christmas topic/question. For example a couple of the ones I have included are 'Watch Home Alone' as an activity and 'What was your favourite Christmas present as a kid?' as one of the questions. My pegs already had numbers on but you could easily number them yourself or just write the number on the paper instead. The great thing about this calendar is that you can make it as personal to you as you like, I've made mine for me and Olly so I have included activities I know we will enjoy doing together and some funny questions that we might not have thought to ask each other before.



What You Need
♥ White board/card/canvas
♥ Twine
♥ Pegs
♥ Red paper
♥ Sellotape
♥ Scissors

What To Do
♥ Cut your twine into 6 pieces that are big enough to stretch across the width of your canvas (leave a little bit of extra so you can wrap it underneath)
♥ Sellotape the twine to the back of the board/canvas
♥ Cut your red paper into 24 small pieces and write your activity/question on each one
♥ Fold each piece of paper in half and then attach to the twine using the numbered pegs
♥ That's it! See I told you it was easy

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Japan Candy Box: October Review & Giveaway


Reviewing subscription boxes is one of my favourite things to do on my blog (who doesn't love getting surprise post?) so when Japan Candy Box asked me if I would like to review their October Box and also host a giveaway for my readers I excitedly jumped at the opportunity. I have previously reviewed the June and July boxes but I must say that the October one is my favourite so far.


If you haven't heard of Japan Candy Box before then it is a monthly subscription box where you receive 8-10 Japanese sweet treats every month, all delivered to your doorstep for free! If you're UK based it costs about £12 a month but they also ship worldwide which is great. Here's what was included in the latest box...

♥ Kracie Popin' 'Cookin' DIY Takoyaki Set
♥ Bourbon Petit White Chocolate Stuffed Cookies
♥ Lotte Koala March Biscuits
♥ Coris Strawberry Whistle Candy
♥ Puccho Awawawa Ball Candy
♥ Puccho Mango Chewy Candy
♥ Meji Juice Gummies
♥ Takeda Tamago Boro Egg Cookies
♥ Meiji Mini Candy Pack
♥ Pocky Panda Cookie Sticks



I love that you usually receive a DIY candy set in the box, this is always one one my faves as it's something we don't really have in the UK and as you might know I love to make things! I am a bit of a Pocky obsessive so a box of Pocky always goes down well with me, the flavour in this box is cookies and cream (I think) which is ones of my faves, yum. I think one of the reasons that I love Japan Candy Box so much is that you never know what to expect - I've never heard of most of the items included and they're so different from anything we have here in the UK.

I think the Japan Candy Box would make a fantastic Christmas present for someone if you know someone with a sweet tooth or you're looking for something a bit different. You can sign up to the box here. Now here's the fun bit....how would you like to win your own Japan Candy Box?! They are giving my readers the opportunity to win a box and all you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter below. Please note that the giveaway is being run by Japan Candy Box and the and they will select the winner and post the item to them. The giveaway is open worldwide (yay) but please make sure you read the T&C's. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Super Easy No Bake Mini Pumpkin Pies


With Thanksgiving coming up I thought I'd have a go at making some mini pumpkin pies, cos everything's cuter in mini right? I first tried pumpkin pie a few years ago when I was in America around Thanksgiving and it wasn't like anything I had tasted before - I'm not a huge pie fan but I like the smooth texture of this and I also think it tastes Christmassy! Now I love to cut corners when it comes to baking, I only have a small kitchen and I'm not lucky enough to own loads of baking accessories and ingredients so a no bake recipe is perfect for me. If you're good at making pastry though the recipe is very similar and you just bake the ingredients instead of cooking in a pan first. Using the method below I made about 12 mini pies and one large 9 inch pie - so it makes quite a lot (me and Olly are now eating pumpkin pie for pretty much every meal haha).



Ingredients
♥ Mini pastry crusts - I bought mine pre-made but feel free to make your own!
♥ 1 can pumpkin puree
♥ 1 can evaporated milk
♥ 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice mix
♥ 2 Eggs
♥ 2 sheets of gelatine (I used a vegetarian version)
♥ Squirty cream



Method
♥ Mix the evaporated milk, spice mix and gelatine in a pan
♥ Add the eggs and mix in
♥ Put over a low heat and stir constantly for about 10 minutes - the mixture should thicken when the gelatine dissolves
♥ Take the pan off the heat and mix in the pumpkin puree
♥ Once fully mixed spoon into the pastry crusts
♥ Pop in the fridge for about 3 hours to set
♥ Serve with a squirt of whipped cream (you're meant to use cool whip but we can't get it in the UK!)

Have you tried making pumpkin pie before? Do you like the taste of it? I'd love to know if you try this recipe and what you think of it

Saturday, 21 November 2015

An Autumn Outfit Of The Day


It's been a while since I did an OOTD post but the weather has been so miserable recently that it's just impossible to take photos. Recently me and Olly spent a night at Stoke Place hotel in Windsor as I hadn't been feeling very well and needed a bit of cheering up. The setting was so beautiful that I couldn't resist taking a few snaps. We were also super naughty and even ordered room service! Having dessert delivered to your bedroom and eating it in bed is a sure fire way to make you feel better after a rubbish week! 

My favourite Autumn outfit at the moment is my grey cape and over the knee boots combo. I am an absolute sucker for over the knee boots and when I found this pair from Public Desire that were dead ringers for the Stuart Weitzman Highland pair I just knew I had to have them. Even though they've got a bit of a heel they are surprisingly comfortable and I love the fact that they've got a tie at the top so you can tighten them if necessary to ensure they don't slouch. 


My grey cape is a couple of years old now (bought from the children's section haha) but I always look forward to getting it out at autumn, I love that it's shapeless and can just be thrown on top of an outfit easily. I usually wear a jumper or long sleeved top underneath but when it gets a bit colder I wear black full length gloves so my arms don't get too cold. What's your favourite autumn outfit?


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Recent Disney Purchases

I seem to have purchased about 56839 new Disney related items recently! I think my obsession may be getting out of hand, but who can resist when Primark and the Disney Store have such cool stuff?! Anyway, check out what I've been buying recently....



♥ Minnie Mouse Mug & Spoon - Disney Store

♥ Mickey Mouse Slippers - Primark

♥ Donald Tsum Tsum Socks - Disney Store

♥ Marie Tsum Tsum Mug - Disney Store

♥ Marie Tsum Tsum Mini Plate - Disney Store


Sunday, 15 November 2015

Alice In Wonderland Cupcakes


When I found these silicon teacup cake cases in Wilkinsons I just knew I had to make some Alice in Wonderland cupcakes! I don't make cakes too often, I'm much more into biscuit baking but I thought I would try expanding my baking skills. Now I totally cheated with the decorations, I am certainly not skilled enough to make sugar teapots, but fortunately some people are and so you can buy pre-made ones, yay! I also bought white roses which I painted red using food colouring and little mini toad stools. The Alice In Wonderland decorations are sugar paper which I bought from eBay and I think they really make the cakes. I don't think they're bad for a first attempt and were pretty yummy too.



Ingredients
♥ 110g soft butter
♥ 110g caster sugar 
♥ 110g self raising flour
♥ 2 eggs
♥ Pink icing
♥ Decorations

Method
♥ Pre heat your oven to 180C/gas mark 4
♥ Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl 
♥ Beat the eggs and then mix them in
♥ Gradually fold in the flour until all the ingredients are combined
♥ Spoon the mix into cake cases evenly
♥ Pop in the over for about 10 minutes
♥ Once fully cooled ice/decorate 

Now I feel like having a mad hatter's tea party so I can serve these! 


Saturday, 7 November 2015

What I'd Look Like As A Disney Princess


Don't you just love spontaneous gifts? You know the ones that you had no idea you were receiving and you're given them for absolutely no reason other than that someone wanted to do something nice for you? Well this is one of those gifts! A few weeks ago Olly told me he'd got me a little present, for y'know, just being me I guess. He then presented me with a custom made portrait of me as a Disney Princess....me....a Disney Princess!! I have often wondered what I would look like a Disney Princess and now I know *sigh*.


Olly commissioned the portrait through a lovely artist called  Kayleigh Causton on Etsy and sent her a few photos of me so she knew what I looked like. He also told her that my favourite princess was Belle (of course) hence the Belle dress. The top of the dress is actually meant to be gold sequins, as I have a gold sequinned floor length gown that I wore to a Christmas party a couple of years ago and Olly loves it. Other details include my super long hair, complete with sweeping fringe, and my little silver Pandora bracelet, which was also a gift from Olly (he's a keeper right?).

I think my face looks a bit like Anna from Frozen which is awesome as I love that film. What do you guys think of my Disney portrait? Also who's your favourite Disney princess?!


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

My Pandora Bracelet


My Pandora bracelet is a piece of jewellery that I wear every single day, it's one of those things where if you forget you wear it for a day you feel all weird and need to be reunited! I first got my Pandora bracelet back in February when Olly bought it for me as an anniversary present, along with my first charm. I really like the concept of Pandora bracelets as you can build up the charms to reflect your personality and also mark special occasions with new charms. At the moment I've only got 3 charms but I love each and every one of them for different reasons.



Angel Fish - This was the first charm Olly bought for me with the bracelet itself. It may seem like a random choice but it has a special meaning for us. The fish represents the first time we said 'I love you' to each other - we had spent the day at Typhoon Lagoon in Florida and and had a bit of a 'moment' in the shark reef, where theres lot of fishies. This is my fave charm as it was the first one and also he has a little tail

♥ Pumpkin Carriage - It's not news to anyone that I love Disney, and particularly Disney Princesses. When the new Cinderella film came out earlier this year I was a little bit obsessed with it so Olly bought me this pumpkin carriage charm for my birthday (along with a Cinderella doll eek!)

♥ Faerie on Toadstool - This is my latest charm and I got it when we went on holiday to Palma in September. There was no particular reason I chose it other than that I thought it was cute and a bit fairytale-ish. This one reminds me of our lovely holiday and the beautiful weather 

When I go to Florida next year I'm planning on getting some of the Disney charms which I'm super excited about! It's annoying you can't get them in the UK but I guess it makes it even more special and will always remind me of my holiday. Have you got any Pandora jewellery?


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