Friday, 23 February 2018

Food I Have Been Loving This Week #25

I don't know what's wrong with me at the moment but I actually can't stop thinking about food! I've been really enjoying making some new meals which I'm now desperate to make again, and some old favourites which have already been mentioned on my blog many times but I can't help but include them again.
Krispy Kreme - We very rarely have Krispy Kreme Doughnuts but a few weeks ago we had a few offers to use so we picked a some up and they were so delicious! I went for one of the Valentines ones which was the Raspberry Chocolate Heart. It was filled with a chocolate truffle kreme and it was heaven.

Smarties Orange Eggs - I love Easter chocolate. As soon as I saw these, I had to get them. I love any sort of orange chocolate so I knew I would like these and they're actually not too sharp or strong which is nice. The orange flavouring is actually quite subtle and not too over the top. They were £1 a think and I'm definitely going to be getting more while I can.

Homemade Chilli - I'm pretty sure I mentioned this in my last one of these posts or if not, it wasn't too long ago but I'm loving making chilli at the moment. It's always been one of my favourite meals but each time it just seems to get better and better! It's one of my go to meals when I'm planning the food shop as it's so easy and I know it's one we'll always enjoy.

Quorn Sausage Patties - I've been really enjoying making my own sort of McDonalds breakfast with these Quorn Sausage Patties recently. I'm such a big fan of Quorn products, especially these and their chicken nuggets which genuinely taste like the real thing! I don't think you can tell at all that these aren't meat and they're so filling. We've been having these in a muffin with bacon, egg and a cheese slice and it's been like our own little McDonalds for much less money.

Mr Kipling Valentines - Last year Mr Kipling rebranded some of their products for Valentines and I was so pleased to see they'd done it again this year. I'm such a sucker for things like this, I'm exactly the type of person who falls for these things even though the product is never actually any different. I picked up some of the Pink Fancies for £1 and got through them so quickly, the cake is just the softest thing. We also had some of the Valentines Whirls aswell which were a cheesecake and strawberry jam flavour, they were so good!

Homemade Cornish Pasties - I had been wanting to make my own Cornish Pasties for literally years and last month I finally did! I remember years ago we had homemade ones at Georges and we'd always said since we have to try and make our own but we just never got round to it, and really I never expected ours to turn out quite so well. After finding a simple recipe online, George and I made them together and they went so well! I couldn't believe how they turned out. The pastry was beautiful and the filling was so tasty, and together with mash, they were the perfect winter meal! I just about managed one as they were so filling but that meant we had some leftover for lunch the next day, winner. I can't wait to make these again!

All The Rice - I'm actually a little bit addicted to rice at the moment. I've always been all about the carbs but for the last few weeks now I've just wanted rice with as many meals as possible. I've been picking up pouches of Tilda rice as they do some really nice flavours and these have been brilliant for lunches. I like to have them with halloumi or sometimes things like Quorn Nuggets and it leaves me full for ages. Things like this are so good to have in when I'm not sure what to have or if we don't have much planned to go with a meal.


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Gemporia Ombre Birthstone Candle Review*

If you were to ask me for one thing that I'm obsessed with buying, it would always be candles! I just can't help myself. Obviously the scent is the main thing and I love a huge range from sweet to floral and even baked goods, but I also like them to look pretty, so this beautiful candle from Gemporia is a winner on both parts! As my birthday was in January, I was sent one of their Ombre Birthstone Candles and I have absolutely loved using it over the last month.
Gemporia Garnet Candle
Gemporia were a relatively new brand to me but I was really impressed at the range of products available and how gorgeous they all were. Gemporia offer the very best in stylish, affordable and responsibly made genuine gemstone jewellery so they are a brilliant brand to consider for any birthdays coming up for that extra special present. Gemporia believe that jewellery shouldn't be over the top expensive but it should be something that each person who makes it and wears it appreciates. In all of the products available at Gemporia, only genuine gemstones are used and precious metals meaning everything is original and ethical. 

As soon as I unwrapped the parcel I loved just the packaging of the candle alone! It comes in a white and purple box and it looks so sleek and elegant. I think the simple added touch of the box makes it such a great idea for a gift as it seems like so much thought has gone into making it special. I then discovered the beautiful Garnet Birthstone Candle inside and I couldn't believe how stunning it was. The ombre red is so unique and totally different to any other candles I currently have or have had in the past. I knew straight away that this could go in our living room as that has hints of red and it really does go perfectly. I didn't actually know much about my birthstone so it was nice to find out a bit more about it through Gemporia. 

'Garnet Legends and folklore place Garnet among the most ancient of talismans. Not only was it prized as an ornamental jewel, but its strong curative powers and protective energies made it invaluable.'
What I love about this candle that makes it different to the others I currently have placed around the flat is that it's only made from eco friendly products including natural oils and 100% soy wax. This gives it a very clean burn which is important as I hate it when you burn a candle and it starts to go black around the glass ruining the whole look! Something else I really like about this candle in particular is the 6 carats of Garnet which are fused into the top layer of the wax which is infused with a Fressia fragrance. As the wax melts, the gemstones start to gently float in it and you can see it happening which I actually find quite calming to watch! I'd not seen anything like it before and it's just something else that adds to the uniqueness of the candle. Though the scent isn't the strongest, the longer it burns the more intense it gets. I tend to leave this burning for a few hours in the evening and it does eventually start to fill the room, it's not an instant hit of fragrance but that's really only a small downside. It's still a lovely scent and the look of it makes up for that I think. If you're also a January baby like me, this is currently on offer for just £14.99 on the Gemporia website.
Gemporia Garnet Candle
If your birthday is coming up and you want to treat yourself, it's definitely worth having a look at what products are available for your birthstone, and if any friends or family are celebrating a birthday soon, something from their birthday month would be such a thoughtful gift! They really do have some beautiful pieces from the more high end side to more affordable gifts, so something for everyone. If you would like to find your own birthstone or just want to see what other products are available, you can find lots of information on their website. You can also find them on Instagram and Twitter!

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

York - Why It's Somewhere I'd Love To Visit This Year...

Though a holiday abroad would be lovely this year, and I'm sure will happen at some point, I do have some places on my list in the UK that I would love to visit. I've mentioned quite a few times on my blog that I love a weekend away, no matter where it is, that time for George and I to get away from life for a little bit is so special and I'm determined to find more time for it this year. The place in the UK that is currently at the top of my list is York and there are a number of reasons why so I'm really hoping we get to book a trip there soon.
York Minster - Probably the thing York is most famous for so somewhere we have to go to. It looks absolutely beautiful and I can totally see why it's such a must. When I was younger I'm sure I'd have found something like this boring but now I'd really love to visit it.

The Shambles - This is something that has always drawn me to York because it just looks so beautiful and I love the medieval feel of it. It reminds me a lot of Harry Potter actually! It's known now for little quirky shops and cafes so I'd love to make a visit, I think it's kind of a must if you go to York. I love discovering new independant shops and things like that so this is definitely my sort of place.
The Shambles
York City Walls - Apparently a visit to York isn't complete without a walk around the City Walls. The preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England and you can enjoy some amazing views from them. It seems like the perfect way to explore the city and as we've never been before I think it would be a great thing to do on our first day.

York's Chocolate Story - We're both chocolate fiends so when I saw there was a place dedicated to it in York, that only made me want to go even more. This is a tour that takes you through the history of York's most famous chocolate making families and their creations, and you even get to have a go at making some yourself which sounds exciting! I've never done anything like this before so I think it would be something a bit different.

York Designer Outlet - I love a bit of shopping and even though I'm not about designer stuff at all, I would love to make a visit to York Designer Outlet. Looking on the website, there are loads of exciting shops which I've not been too before and I love a bargain. It looks like there are some good homeware stores aswell which is fab because homeware shopping is one of my favourites! There are also some great foodie shops too like the Cadbury store and Lindt store - heaven!

Beautiful Hotels - I've found some really stunning hotels when looking at a weekend away in York. As we're hoping for a few days there before anywhere else this year, we're calling it a little 'minimoon' as we didn't get chance to go anywhere around the time we got married so it would be nice to stay somewhere a bit more fancy than we usually do. At the moment the one I'm leaning towards is The Grand Hotel and Spa which looks like the ultimate place to stay.

Recommended Restaurants - I've seen some really lovely restaurants recommended online that we don't get in Sheffield which I would love to pay a visit to. One that I really like the look of is the Cosy Club. After seeing Chloes review a while ago, I added it to my list because it's just looks like our sort of place. It looks different to anywhere we've been before for a date night and there is some really delicious food on the menu including Tapas which is one of my favourites. They also do a pudding sharing plate which is definitely something we'd have to get. I'd also love to go to Bettys Tea Room for a slice of cake! I featured some of their chocolate in a Christmas gift guide and ever since I've been desperate to go to one of their cafes. Finally Crumbs Cupcakery would be a must, I love the look of their delicious cupcakes.

I'd love to know if you've been to York before and if you have any recommendations! These are the things I've seen online and know of but I'm definitely open to more ideas if you have any. Hopefully we can get something booked soon as everything about it looks wonderful and I'm desperate for a weekend away at the moment.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Lavera Skincare Review*

A few months ago I was sent a few products to try out from Skincare brand Lavera so now I've been testing them for a while and have been able to get a real feel for them, I thought it was about time for my review.
 Lavera have manufactured all natural skincare and cosmetics for over 25 years now, all to the highest quality standards. Their wide range of products all contain herbal ingredients, organic where possible, and they are all formulated without synthetic preservatives, colours or fragrances. This means they are effective but gentle on skin so great for those who suffer with sensitive skin and have to be careful which products they use. As they're so gentle on the skin they are great for all of the family to enjoy, and for the environment which is so important. The two products I was sent to try out was the Refreshing Body Wash and Body Lotion, both of which I couldn't wait to use.

Refreshing Body Wash Organic Lime and Verbena - First of all this has the most refreshing scent! Lime is one of my favourites in a shower gel as it's such a zingy fragrance and it always wakes me up in a morning shower. This Lavera Body Wash gently cleanses your skin with mild and natural surfactants which leave you feeling fresh and ready to go. This has been brilliant to use as it's really made me feel so clean and refreshed, and because the organic limes provide moisture, it's left my skin feeling nourished and soft after using. A little bit goes a long way so the 200ml bottle is more than enough to last you a while. The scent of this body wash also lasts for hours on the skin, or so I've found, which is a bonus as now I just smell like limes! This is currently £6.45 online.
 Refreshing Body Lotion Organic Lime and Verbena - Body Lotion isn't something I tend to use too often, I usually just stick to my shower gels so I was really excited to try this. The Lavera Body Lotion has extracts of fruity organic lime and organic verbena which leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. It's really easy to apply to dry skin and it soaks in well. The reason I don't tend to use body lotions or moisturisers is because I find a lot of them are quite sticky and I can feel them on my skin whereas with this it absorbed quickly and just left me with super soft skin. Just like the body wash, the tangy scent of lime was so refreshing, and only a small amount is needed so the bottle lasts such a good amount of time. This is currently £8.45.
Both of these products have been great to use and have honestly left my skin in such good condition after using. It makes my skin so soft to touch and I generally just feel so fresh afterwards. The lotion is brilliant for using after showering and it really is no fuss as it soaks in so well and as I've mentioned numerous times in this post, the scent is the best! If this scent isn't for you, there are many other products to choose from on the Lavera website. I highly recommend having a look if you're looking for some new organic skincare products to try.
Have you ever tried anything from Lavera before?

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