Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Snack Diaries | Part Two

Nesquik Hot Chocolate
(From Heron Foods, price unknown.)
My brother gifted me this at Christmas, and I was pleased to receive it. I wasn’t sure what kind of quality to expect, but it was lovely. I suppose you can have it as sweet as you want by putting more powder in, the flavour was nice and a great budget alternative to the Whittard’s variety. For the best taste, I used all milk with it and heated it in the microwave.

Cadbury’s Mini Eggs
(From Poundland, £1.00)
What’s Easter without Cadbury’s mini eggs, they are so moreish too. I used this particular pack to decorate a baking project over Easter. There were a few left so I shared them with family and enjoyed them!

Jordan’s Frusli Juicy Blueberry Cereal Bars
(From Poundland, £1.00 for six bars)
These were so yummy, and a great healthier option than say a chocolate bar. The product appeared good value, the packaging was striking, and I can’t wait to try other flavours they were offering. They were juicy and moist, and perfect with a cuppa. 

Twinning’s Fruit Tea Multi-Pack
(From Co-op, price around £2.70 for 20 teabags)
Probably the best budget fruit tea I’ve come across, and each of the four flavours I loved including cranberry and strawberry, mango and strawberry, blackcurrant and blueberry and finally ST clements. The flavours were sweet and not sharp in taste at all, each as mouth-watering as the next.

What have you been snacking on lately? Do you have any Easter chocolate left? :-) Xx

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Weekend Photo Diary & Ramble

Happy Easter! Hope your weekend is going well so far. 
I wanted to share with you a few clips from my Easter so let’s begin…

Thursday > Star Buds Café

Our family traditionally watch the Grand National every year. We rarely win on bets but this year between us we came first and second. The winning total was about £8 so we put it towards coffees and cakes at our favourite local café, Star Buds. I had chocolate milk shake in a vintage glass and lemon flapjack. The café is part of a garden centre so we had a wander round and because I’ve been getting into gardening this past year I picked up a plant called a Hebe in pink paradise. As expected I took many photos from our little outing.

Good Friday > Baking

I wanted to take some time out to do some baking, after being so busy for the past few months. I made hot cross bun bread and butter pudding which went down well. Check out my previous blog post for all the details.

Saturday > Chill Time at Home

Saturday was a catch-up day, I did things like wrote and published a blog post, did a spot of gardening, watched some friends episodes and read some on my latest book, Chocolat by Joanne Harris.

Easter Sunday > The Stray by the Beach

We headed out early to a spot overlooking our local beach and I took some photographs, it was surprisingly quiet but I greeted a few dogs/dog walkers and managed a few pet portraits. My brother bought the Easter eggs this year from Heron Foods, they were doing some amazing deals, he got us all a Galaxy crispy chocolate bar for 65p each and a M&Ms Easter egg for £1.05 times two for me and him.

Easter Monday > Chill Time at Home

Today I will be catching up on errands, make an attempt to finish my latest book and a few other bits. :-)

How was your Easter weekend? 
Did you get anything from the Easter bunny? :-)

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Hot Cross Bun Bread & Butter Pudding

Happy Easter weekend – and welcome to a new baking post. It feels like forever since I’ve had a baking session. Bread and butter pudding is one of my go-to recipes, so I adapted this simple recipe for Easter by adding hot cross buns, a dust of icing sugar and dotting the finished dessert with mini eggs. Most recipes I looked at had double cream, which I was lacking in the fridge, so I found this simple no fuss recipe using just mainly eggs and milk with a few extras. With the hot cross buns already having cinnamon and sugar on, I skipped adding the cinnamon and only added a dashing of extra sugar.

It makes a great Easter treat for someone who wants something tasty but not overly sweet. You can add extras like I did, adding chocolate such as mini eggs makes the dish extra special. A few things I picked up while creating this was when adding the eggy mixture to the bread, let it soak in for 10 minutes, and you’ll be surprised how much is soaked in. When putting it in the oven, as long as the eggy mixture has cooked, it should be done, I checked this by wobbling the dish until there was no liquid left. It can be served hot or cold, with fruit, or cream etc., the choice is yours. I got some approval for how it tasted too!

What are your plans for Easter weekend? 
Let me know if you are doing any baking! :-) Xx

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Rhubarb & Custard Shower & Bath Soak by Treat Me

I was browsing Superdrug the other day for cruelty-free beauty products to try and they seemed to have some new ranges available including ‘Paradise’ which has some fab gifting options such as bubble bars, soaps etc. and another range ‘Treat Me’ offering some affordable bath and shower soaks in some gorgeous scents. I was in need of a new shower gel, and was spoilt for a choice in the ‘Treat Me’ section. They had avocado and wild strawberry, salted caramel, raspberry and vanilla etc. I ended up buying the rhubarb and custard which as soon as I smelt, I adored and it's probably nicer than any other product I have tried in a while.

Superdrug seem to have upped their game on the cruelty-free front, and all their own brand products have the cruelty-free bunny logo on packaging. The ‘Treat Me’ shower and bath are 500ml for £2.99 although I’ve noticed offers ongoing and managed to pick one up for £1.99 which seems amazing value. The ingredients are not 100% natural unfortunately, and this particular item includes SLS. I’m often drawn to more artificial scents, although I know some natural scents can be gorgeous too. I would recommend this product, it lathers so nicely, and leaves a lingering scent. Great as either a shower gel or bath soak. See range here.

P.S. While I was doing my product photography in the garden, my pet chickens came over in an inquisitive fashion, and they put a smile on my face as they enjoyed being included!

What beauty/bath products have you been trying lately? 
Do you have any recommendations? :-) Xx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Lily Lolo Loose Mineral Eyeshadow ‘Pink Champagne’

Today I am reviewing an eyeshadow by Lily Lolo, it’s my first product to try by the brand and I actually received it free when I placed an order with To buy it costs £6.50 which seems quite reasonable for what you get. I didn’t get to choose the shade with the offer but the pink shimmer tone is lovely to apply all over the lid for a fresh day-to-day spring look. The packaging is super sleek, I love the monochrome vibes and compact pot. An unfortunate negative about the tub, is I struggled keeping the loose mineral product in the pot, and although it came with a divider to get a little bit at a time, this didn’t really help. I’m willing to overlook this, as the product is good quality and produces a sophisticated look to the eyes.

The effect isn’t overpowering either, it looks fairly subtle, but the loose powder can be built up for a more vivid style. They have tons of other shades to choose from too. I can see the brand being great for teens just getting into natural makeup. The good news is Lily Lolo makeup is 100% natural, not tested on animals, vegetarian (may contain carmine). Free from harsh chemicals, parabens, fragrance and preservatives. Other items by them I want to try include their blush duo and many of their makeup brushes. View range here.

Have you heard of Lily Lolo? What eye-shadow shades do you gravitate towards? :-) Xx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Recent Reads Reviewed #1

What Light by Jay Asher - 4/5

I read this early Jan of this year after receiving it for Christmas. It made a great first book for 2017, I liked the festivities centred on the Christmas tree farm. The story was mostly character driven, and I felt for the two main characters Sierra and Caleb and their romance. I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a feel-good light read with important messages around love and family.

The Selection #1 by Kiera Cass – 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this as it was my first official dystopian themed book. On paper, it might not work for a few reasons but it was my guilty pleasure and satisfying to get into. I liked the combination of themes including reality TV and fairytale. It made a great escapist read, I loved the glamour of the dresses and old-fashioned romance between America and her love interests.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – 3/5

This book left me a bit underwhelmed, particularly as so many others have high praise for it. Most likely it was a bit young for me, the dynamic of the friendship group in the book was lovely, but some of their problems came across a bit melodramatic. It was rather fun in places, such as the scavenger hunt and the antics towards the end. Unfortunately I couldn’t connect too well with the lead couple and not a great deal seemed to happen on the whole.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Snack Diaries | Part One

Strawberries & Cream Flavour Tea 
(By Morrison’s own brand, £1.00)
I was pleasantly surprised by this, the taste was lovely and the cream part was quite subtle but added something extra. You get 40 tea bags in the box which seems good value. The packaging is adorable and would even make a great gift either on its own or in a hamper.

Kellogg’s Special K Biscuit Moments in Blueberry
(From Poundland, £1.00)
I was looking for something to crave my sweet tooth while not being overly sugary and these were the perfect compromise. They were absolutely delicious and I can see myself repurchasing them.

Whittard Dreamtime Hot Chocolate 
(Part of a multipack from
Although this recipe includes caffeine, the taste is perfect to sip on while reading or watching TV in the evenings. The subtle malt flavour is nice, and I love Whittard hot chocolate.

Cadbury's Highlights Hot Chocolate 
(From Heron Foods, price unknown.)
My Mum and I have been thoroughly enjoying this brand of hot chocolate, and it’s a nice everyday drink and less indulgent than the Whittard variety. The taste is still sweet and pleasing.

I hope you enjoyed this different post from me, I wanted to mix it up a little and take a break from monthly favourite posts. I recently gave up on Graze boxes and I’m now trying out other snack options.

What’s your current go-to beverage? 
Do you have any healthier snack recommendations? :-) Xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Superdrug Extracts Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner

Today’s post I wanted to review two Superdrug’s own brand products, their Extracts coconut and sweet almond shampoo as well as conditioner. I’m taking a steady journey towards buying cruelty-free products, and luckily all of Superdrug’s own brand products with the star logo on are cruelty-free. I was attracted to this brand because of this as well as it being so affordable. I can see myself trying other products, I think I’ll do it a bit at a time, working through their range. They have a selection of different scents in this shampoo and conditioner brand with different purposes. This one was for dry and damaged hair which appealed to me. I did find that actually the shampoo was a little drying which was a little odd, and I tend to compensate for this by using extra conditioner.

My hair feels squeaky clean after use, leaving coconut and sweet almond lingering in my hair. The scent is amazing, and although I don’t tend to go for coconut regularly, it’s extra pretty with a twist of sweet almond. Each product is originally priced at £2.29 but they often have offers and I got them for cheaper. The bottles are 400ml each so I feel its superb value. Despite finding the shampoo a little drying on my hair, there were lots of positives. I can see myself buying other scents such as the aloe vera and mango for normal hair. The Superdrug hydrate and shine shampoo with coconut water is another similar product, a little pricey but interested me too. Shop range here.

Do you ever shop with Superdrug’s own brand? 
What has been your go-to haircare product at the moment? :-) Xx

Friday, 17 February 2017

I won a Goodreads giveaway again! Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland.

I was chuffed to bits that I won this book on Goodreads giveaways as I’ve seen it pop up on places like Goodreads and blogs for a while now. I actually won it mid-October last year and for whatever reason it’s been sitting on my shelf still waiting to be read. That’s not to say I’m super excited and intrigued to dip into it. It sounds like an unconventional romance with some cool twists. Also the cover is very striking and pleasing to the eye. This is definitely the next book I’m going to read and I’ll keep you informed if I like it.

Here’s a little summary from Goodreads to give you the gist of the book….

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

“Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.”

Is Our Chemical Hearts on your TBR list? 
What book genre do you normally favour? :-) Xx