How to Make Your Home Better Suited to Remote Working

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As more and more of us begin working from home, making sure your home is suited to remote working will need to be something you consider. If your home isn’t set up to accommodate your day to day work, everything can become messy and your work performance will suffer. So we’re going to talk today about some of the ways in which you can make your home better suited to remote working.

Keep the Cables Tidy and Under Control

Messy cables can quickly become a disaster when you’re trying to work from home. So if you have your computer and all of your other tech in place, you should think about tidying up those cables and getting them under control. It makes your whole space feel more structured and organized, and you’ll feel like you’re working in a genuine work environment.

Create a Space That Inspires You

Creating a space that inspires you and makes you want to do your best work is definitely an important thing to do as well. After all, this is your home and it might not be set up to motivate you and spur you on from a work and career point of view. So think about how your work space can be adapted to create a different kind of atmosphere that’s more conducive to working hard and doing your best.

Ensure the Chair You Use is Supportive

When you work from home, you might not initially realize how important it is to get the right chair and have it support you. You’re going to be sitting in front of a screen a lot, and if your back, neck and shoulders aren’t properly supported, you can expect to develop strains and pains in those areas. So invest in a chair that’s going to offer what you need in that department.

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Improve Your Broadband Internet

One of the best things you can do to improve your home’s suitability to home working is improving your broadband internet. If your current setup is slow and laggy, it’ll frustrate you every day as you try to work. So make the most of high speed solutions offered by companies like OCCOM and take things from there. It might be one of the most impactful changes you make.

Make the Space for Work and Work Only

Finally, you need to make sure that the work space you created is truly dedicated to work. If it’s just a part of the dining room or a corner of the living room, you’re going to struggle more to stay focused on what really matters; your work. So be sure to focus on making it all about work.

The more you do to make your home a place that’s fit for work, the better your eventual home working outcomes will be. Everyone wants to make their new arrangement to work, but if you don’t have the right things in place, it could quickly turn into a disaster. So be sure to make the most of the ideas above.

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021: Accessories

This post contains gifted products:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Accessories

Trendhim – Lawson Red Foldable Bum Bag

£45

If this belt bag could talk, it would tell you how it began life as a pile of used plastic bottles. Every bag is the beginning of a story – the ending is up to you.

The fabric is made from 100% recycled plastic. Responsible, eco-friendly fabric aside, this lightweight bum bag is designed for tossing in your gear and heading out for the day. Fitted with 4 zipped pockets that’ll hold your phone, keys and wallet – the trifecta of daily must-haves.

The adjustable, buckled strap is great for when you want to go hands-free, and it wears comfortably across the body or around your waist. When travelling or not using the bag, fold it inside the inner zipped pocket.

Primaberry – Fashionista Crew Socks

£4

The blend of the fresh colours of nature, the vibrant touch of crimson and the presence of a cute cat who loves fashion make this crew socks a must-have to add an extra splash of personality to your look.

These socks are so soft and I love that they look like my tabby cat.

Primaberry – Serenity Freedom Crew Socks

£4

Designed for cat lovers who want to venture beyond the classic black and white socks, these colourful socks combine the peacefulness of royal blue with the luxurious softness of bamboo.

Bamboo socks are so soft and considering the quality of these socks and the detail of the designs they are really good value.

Life Less Ordinary- Heart Bracelet

£16

Ethically crafted from tagua nut

Band made from comfortable, durable waxed cord

Adjustable up to 28cm around

Handmade in Brighton, UK

This beautiful bracelet can be personalised with any initial, so why not get one for your loved one with your initials on?! Easy to put on and is adjustable, I wear mine all the time and it’s so comfortable I forget it’s on.

Engravers Guild – Myri London Swarovski Birthstone Heart Necklace – Silver

£39.95

Swarovski birthstone crystal on heart personalised necklace made in solid 925 sterling silver. A classic but contemporary piece from MYRI London which complements any style, this silver heart should be a staple item in any jewellery collection. Smooth curving lines define this item, offering gentle sensibilities and the crystal birthstone adds an additional personal touch. The broader shape makes the perfect stage for a beautiful personalised engraving, and all engraving is carried out with the finest diamond-tipped cutters.

The silver drop heart engraved necklace hangs on an adjustable chain of either 16 or 18 inches. The pendant measures 15mm x 15m. This necklace is so beautiful and you can have any name and birthstone on it to really make it personal to whoever you are buying it for. It’s well made and good value.

Manners Made – Black Canvas Classic Bag

£130

The Classic crossbody bag is the ultimate bag for functional, everyday use. Big enough to fit everything you need inside, whilst still being handsfree, it’s the perfect companion for any occasion. Every bag is handmade professionally with the utmost care and intention of durability and quality by Maisie in London.

This black canvas fabric is a deadstock fabric, meaning that it is has been re-directed from landfill and given a new lease of life.

The bag is fully lined with an inner zipper pocket and features chunky double zips which allow it to be worn on either shoulder and have your zips at the front.

The black canvas classic is a staple bag that is restocked monthly. It is perfect for professional and casual occasions, and a great unisex option too.

Really impressed with the quality of the bag and you can tell it’s been made with love. It’s such a good size and is comfortable to wear.

Socks Mad – Ladies Heat Machine 2.3-Tog Fairisle Brushed Thermal Socks

£5.49

Ladies Heat/Machine 2.3-tog Fairisle socks with Advanced thermal technology and easy top welt are brushed inside to create a super soft cosy lining for warmth, comfort and durability all day long.

The specially constructed Easy Grip top ensures socks give day long comfort and fit to your ankles. The unique construction offers a thermal insulation layer that not only adds warmth but also adds comfort and support to your feet.

High density yarns are used along with the extra thick construction to create a super soft brushed thermal barrier to keep warm air close to the skin.

Socks Mad – Ladies 4.7 Tog Thermal Socks Baby Pink with X Pattern

£9.99

Ultimate Heat Thermal Socks are brushed inside for warmth with a soft, cosy lining to ensure comfort and durability all day.

Ultimate tog rating – 4.7 tog rated

Socks Mad – Ladies Decorative Knit Short Thermal Soft Wool Boot Socks

£6.49

Ladies decorative knit short thermal soft wool boot socks have comfort cuff and beautiful design knit for style and comfort. The natural thermal properties of wool make them ideal for hiking, trekking, hunting, fishing and equestrian activities.

Socks Mad – Ladies 1 Pair Warm Brushed 1.6 Tog Light & Thin Thermal Socks

£5.99

These ladies warm and toasty lightweight 1.6 tog thermal socks are brushed inside to create a super soft cosy lining to ensure warmth, comfort and durability all day long.
These thermal socks are thin enough to fit into your casual shoes, but thick enough to keep your toes toasty!
The unique construction offers a thermal insulation layer that not only adds warmth but also adds comfort and support to your feet.

Jenerous Fashion – Watercolour Pink Floral hand block printed cotton scarf

£30

This pretty pink floral scarf is made from light weight cotton.  It has been hand block printed by artisans, and sewn in their Fair Trade factory in Bangalore, India. This scarf is made from reclaimed deadstock fabric, abandoned by brands in Jaipur, India, with profits going back to help support local communities and preserve the art of traditional crafts.  It is so soft and the pattern is really pretty.

ChibiChiDesign – Personalised Makeup Bag

£12.50

Who wouldn’t love a completely unique makeup bag that tells them just how special they are? With the name definition personalized makeup bag, you can write your own meaning based on their personality, or if you need some inspiration ChibiChi can help you draft the perfect quote.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Beauty & Haircare

This post contains gifted products:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Beauty & Haircare

Colour Me Beautiful – The Warm Collection

£75 for the set, it contains the following which can be purchased individually:

Colour Me Beautiful – Cream Lipstick

Shade Red Velvet

£14.90

Colour Me Beautiful – Refillable Compact (Empty)

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Blush Powder Refill

Shade Salmon

£8.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Lip Gloss/ Cream Blush Refill

Shade Sunset Glow

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Highlighter

Shade Golden Sand

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Intense Eyeshadow

Shade Olive

£8.25

Colour Me Beautiful – Eyeshadow

Shades Cocoa, Smoke and Melon

£7.95 each

This is a really beautiful set of different complementing warm shades. They have so may other shades to pick from so you can build your own set depending on your colour preferences and you can create a unique set. Colour Me Beautiful’s refillable make-up compacts make perfect gifts and contain everything you need to ensure that mistakes in your make-up bag become a thing of the past. Available in either Cool or Warm each set comprises 4 eye shadows, 1 blush powder, 1 highlighter and a multi-purpose cream blush that can be used on cheeks or lips. Each compact also comes with a festive red lipstick, designed to complement the shades in the make-up palate, Red Carpet for the Cool and Red Velvet for the Warm collection.

ink Skincare – The One With Everything In It

£44.95

This set includes:

ink dip – cleansing face wash 100ml

This wash is easy to use and it cleanses your face without drying it out. I love the simple packaging of this range and it would be a great gift for anyone into skincare looking to try something new.

ink drop – face lotion with CBD 50ml

I like the way this feels when you apply it to your face and it soaks in well without leaving your face feeling greasy. It smells really good too.

ink spot – breakout balm with CBD 15ml

-anti inflammatory
-repairs and restores
-calming and soothing
-suitable for all skin types

This is great at calming any problem areas and is handy to keep in your bag.

ink wipe – cotton exfoliating cloth – pack of two

The cloths that come with the set feel really nice to use and they wash well.

FrizzBombUk – Microfibre Hair Wrap

£14.95

Available in purple, blue or pink

Microfibre Hair Wraps are so good for your hair if you are trying to prevent damage and frizz. Using one of these instead of a towel makes your hair smoother whilst it dries.
It also allows hair to soak in its moisture after washing and is so much better for your hair. Surprising how noticeable the difference is!

Seekology – Kind 2 – The sensitive one shampoo bar

£12.50

This is gentle and shine enhancing solid shampoo bar for dry, flaky or itchy scalps.  It is100% plastic free and lasts for 60 washes which is equivalent to 2 bottles of liquid shampoo. It lathers well and I cant believe how long it lasts! Doesn’t take up much space either if you find a nice little box to store it in between uses.

Splosh – Luxurious Shampoo

£3.45

This luxurious shampoo will leave your hair soft and shiny. It’s packed full of moisturisers including coconut oil, while the naturally derived ingredients will give you a refreshing and revitalising wash. It’s the world’s first liquid shampoo that you mix at home by adding water – so it’s a small revolution in a beautiful bottle. By refilling this way you are cutting down on transport and cutting out plastic waste. Really impressive!

Splosh – Moisturising Conditioner

£4.95

Prepare to be impressed by Splosh conditioner – with so many naturally derived ingredients your hair will be left feeling soft and shiny. It contains ingredients to moisturise, detangle and soften your hair. These include argan oil with its high content of vitamins and nutrients, shea butter to help repair split ends and castor oil to keep your hair shiny and glossy.

This unique cruelty free formulation was created after months of testing and is the world’s first conditioner to be refilled by a concentrate – just add water and shake.

Splosh – Shower Gel

£2.95

Their luxurious shower gel is rich in lather and packed with natural moisturising ingredients. Natural essential oils add beautiful scent and its available in three different scents. Best of all, the bottle is refillable so you’ve cut your plastic waste. For for a shower gel of this quality, it’s excellent value. This product is cruelty free, vegan friendly as well.

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Body Oil

£20

I am a massive fan of the brand and haven’t been disappointed with this body oil. 

It is a beautifully nourishing, lightweight body oil for soft, supple skin that glows with natural health. Enriched with a bright and cheerful citrus blend of pure natural essential oils to bring a smile to your face. Our blend of natural oils for skin care is suitable for all over body use and great to use after a bath, shower or dip in the great outdoors on slightly damp skin.

Grapefruit – “the ultimate party starter” and one of the most popular citrus oils in aromatherapy, with its uplifting and zingy fragrance that never fails to bring a welcome boost to the senses
Sweet Orange – adds a touch of cheer and help to create a positive, invigorating atmosphere
Bergamot – uplifting and calming, we’ve added it here to help with anxious and sad feelings
Jasmine –one of the most popular of all floral oils used in aromatherapy today. The divine rich, floral, and slightly fruity fragrance of Jasmine Absolute is wonderfully uplifting to the emotional system
Rose – the ultimate comforting oil – a perfect base note to this uplifting blend

Mindful Extracts – CBD Bath Bombs – 3 pack

£23.99

I am a massive bath bomb fan but hadn’t tried any CBD ones before so was excited to try these. Really impressed with the quality of the scents and how long lasting they lingered.

Their bergamot and lemon CBD bath bomb is a little ball of good vibes.

Their eucalyptus and peppermint CBD bath bomb is great for easing aches and recovery.

Their lavender CBD bath bomb is the ultimate ingredient for a good night’s sleep.

Mindful Extracts – CBD Lip Balm

£5.99

Infused with 50mg of full-spectrum CBD, this natural lip balm helps soothe dry, flaky, and cracked lips, and the high vitamin A, C and E content of hemp promotes healthy skin and helps fight natural ageing. Organic extra virgin coconut oil and organic shea butter nourishes the lips leaving them feeling smoother and softer, while the essential oils work their magic on your lips and taste amazing. Really handy to keep in your bag.

Wildefruit – Bright Spark Enzyme Oil

£15

Bright Spark Enzyme Oil helps to balance oily skin, reduce breakouts and soothe irritation to leave a bright and clear complexion.

British hempseed oil is high in linoleic acid which helps to soothe and balance oily skin. Enzymes from upcycled papaya seeds reduce breakouts and brighten the skin. Strawberry and blackcurrant seeds upcycled from the production of jam and juice, nourish and support the skin barrier helping to reduce inflammation and leave your skin with a dewy glow.

It feels so nice when you apply it to your face and really does help to plump your skin and keep your face hydrated.

Sofia Latif –  The Mini Edit

£35

The Mini Edit comes in a gift box containing:

  • Award-winning Face oil, 5ml
  • Multi award-winning Under-Eye oil, 5ml
  • Nourishing Body Oil, 20ml
  • Soothing Scalp Oil, 10ml

Suitable for all skin types, except those sensitive to essential oils and nuts.

This is a great way to try out the range without commuting to full size bottles. I love the design of the bottles and they are easy to use. I have really been enjoying the body oil as you only need a small amount and it leaves you really soft. It would make a really good gift idea.

Good Wash Day – Organic Jersey Cotton Hair Towel

£25

The good wash day towel is made from a really soft cotton almost like a t-shirt material and is to be used instead of a regular towel to be kinder to your hair. After using it you can notice your hair dries a lot less frizzy and its softer so I would recommend making the switch. It comes in a really good range of colours too.

Facepack Spa Facial

From £21.95

Give your skin the boost it deserves on top of your daily routine with a 10 step facial routine, complete with instructions and a step by step online video to follow that will leave your skin glowing! Each Box also contains some self-care treats too. This is a great idea and would make a really lovely gift, I love the added extras as well as the skincare, makes it feel really special.

Embryolisse Beauty Oil

£24.99

I have been obsessed with body oils this year and find them so much nicer to use than moisturiser as they lock in the moisture better. This one is enriched with active vegetable oils, this Embryolisse Beauty Oil moisturizes, nourishes and beautifies skin and hair. It is absorbed quickly leaving a non-greasy, satiny veil with a sweet floral scent. Multi-purpose care, for daily application on the face, body and hair. On the Face, Body & Hair, deeply nourishing dry areas, toning your complexion, drying with a non greasy stain finish. I love how it can be used on your hair too if you have dry ends.

Proverb – Scented Hand Sanitiser

£19.95 for 250ml

This sanitiser cleanses hands or equipment while creating an amazing aroma without leaving a sticky residue.  It is ideal for those who clean hands frequently, want a better sanitiser at work, suffer with irritation to most sanitisers or use yoga mats and gym equipment. It is made with natural anti-bacterial and cleansing wild peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and geranium essential oils. It smells so good and it can be refilled to reduce plastic waste.

RUBIS Tweezers

£29

I love my pair of Rubis tweezers and they are my favourite ones to use as they are sharp and precise as well as being easy to use so I would definitely recommend this brand. They are made from rustproof stainless steel and are tested individually for balance and performance.

Percy Nobleman 1806 Beard Oil Christmas Cracker

£7

Celebrate this festive season by gifting the gentleman in your life a Percy Nobleman Christmas Cracker, perfect for under the tree, in the stocking over the fireplace, or next to your spread on the dining table. Percy Nobleman 1806 Beard Oil is a fantastic choice for gentlemen of all skill levels, fragranced with the fresh scent of Citrus, Musk and Amber. Inspired by Percy’s forefather, this Beard Oil is light and silky smooth, the perfect companion on new adventures and explorations to keep you looking sharp and nourished, wherever you may roam.

Percy Nobleman Beard Grooming Kit

£27

This Beard Grooming Kit contains travel-size versions of Percy’s best-selling products:

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Conditioning Oil 50ml RRP: £12

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Wash 50ml RRP: £12

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Balm 20ml RRP: £10

1 x Miniature Beard & Moustache Comb RRP: £6

Bought separately: £40

Their products are always great quality and smell really good. This is the ideal set for anyone with a beard.

Pietro Simone – Rescue Recovery and Repair

£65

This brand are eco/ethical and sustainable and this range was recently featured as 1 of top 5 ethical skin care products in The Guardian in the ethical checklist.

This bio-gel recovery complex gives intense healing and comfort while balancing out an over-stressed and compromised epidermis.

It is so lovely to apply to the skin and really helps with any redness as well as helping to heal any blemishes and reduce any scarring you may have. You only need a small amount and it’s easy to dispense.

Transformulas – Marine Miracle The Skin Discovery Set

£80

Includes:

Marine Miracle EyeZone Advanced Eye Concentrate 10ml

Marine Miracle Crème Signature Moisturiser 50ml

30 Days Results

Day 1: With one application, skin is drenched in moisture, super boosting hydration levels for an immediate softening and plumping effect.

Day 7: Skin appears more cushioned, fine lines and wrinkles are less visible. Face is fresher looking.

Day 30: Skin is firmer, lines and wrinkles are minimised, skin appears plumper, more youthful and healthier looking.

Thos is a great set for anyone into skincare and looking to help with ageing and dryness. I have been a fan of this brand for a while and love trying their new skincare releases as I am always impressed.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Technology / Books & Cards / Activities

This post contains gifted products:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!  

Technology

Anker Nano II 30W Fast Charger Adapter

£37.99

High-Speed Charging: Charge a 2020 MacBook Air at full speed, charge the iPhone 13 series up to 3× faster than with an original 5W charger, and charge the latest Samsung phones at full speed with Samsung Super Fast Charging. Downsized Design: At 59% smaller than an original 30W USB-C charger, Anker Nano II takes up less space while giving you just as much power.

This is such a handy charger and ideal for anyone’s who phone always runs out of battery.

Soundcore by Anker Life P3 Noise Cancelling Earbuds

£79.99

Pocket-Sized Pop of Color: Life P3 noise cancelling earbuds come in 5 eye-catching colors to pair with your personal style. And the ultra-compact case fits effortlessly in small bags or pockets.
Fueled By The Beat: Life P3 noise cancelling earbuds’ thumping sound is produced by custom 11mm composite drivers. Activate BassUp mode in the app to further intensify bass in real-time.
Multi-Mode Noise Cancelling: Sync the noise cancelling to your location for an optimized experience. Transport, Outdoor, and Indoor modes are each tailored to block out irritating background noises in each environment.

They are so comfortable to wear and work so well with my ipod so I can just switch off from everyone and listen to my music.

eufy by anker, HomeVac H11, Cordless Handheld Vacuum Cleaner

£49.99

Lightweight and Compact: Completely cordless, weighing just 1.2lbs, and being roughly the size of a wine bottle. Cleaning is made effortless and storage is made simple.
Dust Devouring Suction: With 5500Pa of power, you can suck up every spec in seconds when everyday mess is made.

Super handy as it charges with a usb and works well to clear up pet hair off the carpet or if you spill crumbs in front of the sofa.

eufy Security, SoloCam E20, Wireless Standalone Outdoor Security Camera

£99.99

See Every Detail: Capture everything that’s happening around your home in crisp 1080p resolution.

No Hidden Costs: SoloCam is a one-time purchase. There are no monthly fees or hidden costs. Everything is done on-device for complete security and transparency.

Know Who’s There: The on-device AI only alerts you when people walk into view, reducing false alerts triggered by passing animals or swaying tree branches.

100% Wire-Free: SoloCam is completely standalone. There’s no need for HomeBase. Simply set it up and you’re good to go. And because it’s 100% wire-free, it’s a breeze to install anywhere in your home.

Ready Rain or Shine: With an IP65 weatherproof rating, SoloCam shrugs off rain, sleet, and snow, while also standing strong against both extreme heat and cold.

This is great if you want to keep an eye on who knocks on your door or keep an eye on the outside of your house when you aren’t home.

Books & Cards

Maini Books – Nutty The Squirrel: Dare To Be Different

£5.25

Poor little Nutty just wants to do what all his brothers and sisters do – work in the family nut factory. But that’s just not possible. One day, his Grandad comes up with a bright idea and Nutty finds a way to fit in. Dare to Be Different is a series of stories aimed at helping children understand that it’s OK to be an individual. This is a rhyming book and is a fun and easy read for both children and parents, but deals with nut allergy in a fun but realistic way. It helps children with Nut allergy realise that they can be involved and don’t have to worry, while educating all children on the issues that others face. In the Dare to be Different books, each character overcomes their own problem, enabling children to manage issues that might affect their lives such as food allergies, other health conditions or different beliefs.

A really great book to explain to children what different issues others may face so that they understand.

Pop-Up Pigeon – Christmas Pop-Up Card Multipack

£16

Santa Pop Up Card Cadillac

This intricate piece of card art features a 3D Cadillac, driven by a waving Santa with a pile of presents in the back. The inside of the card is white and features cut-outs of snowflakes. The front cover features a cut-out of Santa in a Cadillac with the words Merry Christmas. One of the quirkiest designer Christmas cards on the market.

Christmas Cracker Pop Up Card

The card features a Christmas cracker with the words Merry Christmas exploding out. The letters are decorated with tiny baubles, stars, a candy cane, and mini crackers. The inside of the card is white and features a red, orange, and yellow explosion with scattering stars. The inside front cover has laser cut-out snowflakes while the front of the card, is decorated with a cut-out cracker image. A real treat in this Christmas cards pack.

Christmas Wreath Pop Up Card

This card features a 3D wreath made of holly leaves and decorated with beads, gifts, berries, candy, and a cute snowman. The inside is white and features cut-outs of sprigs of holly and ribbons.

A really great range of pop up cards.

My Fulfilled Life Planner

£19.99

The planner includes monthly and quarterly reviews, in tune with the equinox and solstices. Running from January to December, you can focus on your business as well as your life as a whole.
There are three key exercises that enable you to:
– reflect where you are in 8 key categories of your life or business today
– activate law of attraction and multi-sensory techniques to design how you would like your life to be and manifest it with ease
– visioning exercises to transform your dream into a detailed goal and plan of action, with an annual, quarterly and monthly milestones and metrics trackers to review your progress.

This is a really thoughtful gift and would be great for anyone that likes to be organised.

My Chronicle Book Box

£26

Crime & Mystery monthly book subscription box.

Always have something worthwhile to read. From cosy crime to gritty crime thrillers, amateur sleuths to experienced detectives, fast paced and action packed to intricate puzzlers. You will find excellent reads from top authors to love in every crime and mystery monthly book subscription box. 

Each monthly box will contain a signed hard copy first edition new release, 1 – 3 bookish goodies and author exclusive content. It’s a great way to discover new books.

Activities

Mud & Bloom

From £12.95 per box

A Mud & Bloom box is a monthly subscription box delivering seasonal nature crafts and gardening activities to your door. Each box contains four seasonal growing and craft activities along with instructions, nature news and games to teach children about the seasons, plants, insects, birds, soil and rainfall. Our craft activities have been designed to get children outside in nature – finding materials themselves from their walks and using these objects imaginatively.

The boxes have been developed by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education. They are perfect for kids when you have run out of ideas of things to do with them.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Food & Drink / Healthcare

This post contains gifted products:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Food & Drink

Dressini Tahini Dressings

Dressini Beetroot & Garlic Tahini Dressing

Dressini Garlic & Herb Tahini Dressing

Dressini Turmeric & Ginger Tahini Dressing

£3.90 each

Tahini is a middle Eastern staple food and made from ground sesame seeds. It has this amazing rich taste that’s a bit similar to yoghurt and sour cream. It’s well known for its nutritional goodness because it’s high in calcium, protein, good fats, magnesium and even used as a health supplement. Most of all it’s one of the most amazing vegan dairy replacement that’s out there because it just tastes awesome. I love the different flavours the Dressini range comes in.

Bumble & Goose – Luxury Cake Truffles – Malteser & Chocolate

£18.95

What is a cake truffle? It’s a special mixture of Bumble & Goose baked cake and silky buttercream surrounded by delicious chocolate. These are handmade from Malteser cake, combined with Malteser butter cream, before being dipped in Dairy Milk chocolate

Their truffles are made freshly with the finest of ingredients and ready to eat. They are honestly one of the nicest things I have even eaten, they may she a special luxury treat but they are so worth it!

Umodzi Gin

£40

On the nose there is an essence of Malawi Mango, on the mouth an initial sweet full bodied sensation, gives way with a tart crisp edge of Citrus, this smooth with Camomile and Hibiscus before peaking with spice and heat on the palette.

A must have for any gin lover as its something different to try and really nice with tonic.

WellBeSleep – Chocolate Bar

£1.99 each

WellBeSleep use nature’s own resources to help you wind down and have mixed these into a chocolate bar to help you wind down before bed whilst having something tasty.

WellBeSleep – Apple Blueberry Shot

WellBeSleep – Apple Beetroot & Ginger Shot

WellBeSleep – Apple Tumeric & Elderflower Shot

£1.99 each

The products are developed to contribute to falling asleep easier at times of temporary insomnia. Eat or drink your WellBeSleep a while before going to bed for best effect. You can also use the shot if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep.

The Seaweed Food Co – Set of 3 Seasonings

£14.75

A gift box containing one tin of each of their seasonings – seaweed salt, herby seaweed seasoning and mixed seaweed flakes.

3 tins (one of each)

Ingredients:

Seaweed Salt – sea salt, mixed dried seaweeds

Mixed Seaweed Flakes – mixed dried seaweeds

Herby Seaweed Seasoning – mixed dried seaweeds, parsley, rosemary, thyme, basil, salt, pink peppercorns, roasted garlic

These are great to use as seasonings with chips!

Il Gusto – Miniature Gin Giftset

£29.95

Eight 40ml bottles of premium gin, containing each of the following fruity gin
liqueurs:
Turkish Delight Gin (25%)
Pink Grapefruit Gin (25%)
Rhubarb Gin (25%)
Violet Gin (25%)
Blood Orange Gin (25%)
Pink Gin (40%)
Blue Gin (40%)
Lemon Gin (20%)

Il Gusto have always been my go to shop for liquors as once you know what one you want you can order it in pretty much any shape bottle and with a message on. They also do a good range of oils and vinegars in different bottles or a set.

Regency Hampers – Chocolate Lovers Hamper

£42

This hamper includes:

Hand-Woven Organic Seagrass Tray (31 x 27 x 15cm)
Joe & Seph’s, Double Chocolate Caramel Gourmet Popcorn, 70g
Four Anjels, Double Chocolate Biscuits, 100g
The Cotswold Gourmet, Luxury Chocolate Cake, 225g
Lindt, Lindor Assorted Swiss Chocolate Truffles, 200g
Cotswold Gourmet, Milk Chocolate Pudding Bar, 100g
Lily O’Brien’s, Sticky Toffee Chocolates in Pouch, 110g

It is a great selection of chocolate treats and comes beautifully presented in a basket and wrapped with care. Regency Hampers have so many different hampers this year so you are bound to find something for everyone!

Celtic Marches – Modern Cider Gift Pack 3 x 500ml Bottles

£17.99

1 x 3 bottle Gift Pack contains:

1 x 500ml Lily the Pink Cider 4.5%
1 x 500ml Thundering Molly Cider 5.2%
1 x 500ml Slack Alice Cider 4.6%

As with all their ciders, these are gluten free, vegan and made using homegrown Herefordshire cider apples, not from concentrate! Every sip supports their orchards whilst tasting great.

A must have gift for any cider lover, these all taste amazing.

The Deli Society – Gift Subscription

£40

Each box contains:

1x bottle of wine sourced from artisanal producers.

3x farmhouse cheeses have been perfectly paired with the vino which will always add up to approximately 450g.

1x craft charcuterie, carefully sourced.

1x 80g finest artisan chocolate. Palm oil free, supporting developing economies and the arts.

This is a great gift idea for anyone that loves wine and cheese!

Guylian – The original 

£5

Guaranteed to surprise and delight chocolate lovers of all ages, Guylian’s magical Christmas gifts and goodies make the perfect gift for every occasion as well as making everyday moments special. Ideal for family and friends both near and far, Guylian’s chocolate range is readily available at prices to suit all pockets both in stores (all major supermarkets, high street retailers and convenience stores).

Rise Coffee Box

From £20

A coffee subscription that showcases independent sustainable coffee brands from around the UK. Each month the coffee is paired with a tasty treat (such as Mallow & Marsh, Doisy & Dam) as well as stories from the roasters and fun recipes. They have been voted the best subscription by Elle & Good Housekeeping as well as in the top 10 by Esquire.

Healthcare

Ultimate CBD Health – CBD Oil Broad Spectrum Blood Orange 1000MG 15ML

£42.49

CBD Oil Broad Spectrum Blood Orange 1000MG 15ML

Balanced CBD & CBDa Content
Organic Broad Spectrum CBD
NO THC Content, so no High Effect
Smooth tasting CBD Oil
Individually Batch Tested CBD Purity & Content per flavour/strength
Non GMO
Vegan Friendly

This CBD is really good quality and tastes really nice compared to others I have tried. It can be used for many different health issues.

Seekology – Ebo serenity essential mood oil rollerball

£12

Perfect for a restless sleeper, or anyone who needs to switch-off at the end of the day. These beautifully-scented oils are a hug in a bottle for extra support tackling life’s ups and downs. Chamomile, bergamot, geranium and lavender oils bring gentle relief when composure and calm are required.

Ideal if you get anxious or stressed easily as you can apply to your pulse points to help you calm down and relax.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x  

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Homeware

This post contains gifted products:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Homeware

Seekology – Perfect Chaos candle

£28 for a larger 280g candle

Hand poured luxury candles, made with natural essential oils and delivered with a sustainable sensibility. All their candles are gift boxed using kraft, recycled/ recyclable materials. This uplifting scent is evocative of a warm summer’s day. The trio of essential oils is the perfect blend to help destress, reduce anxiety and increase energy levels.

This is a really beautiful scent and I love the simplicity of the label.

Betsy Benn – Paint Chip Colour Swatch Wall Planner

£30

A colour filled wall planner to track your days and plan your life in a bright and beautiful style.

This amazing colour swatch wall planner / calendar is printed on four individual sheets of paper – and you can choose the size you want from either A3 or A2. Each sheet displays three months of the year, so Jan-Mar, Apr-June, July-Sept, Oct-Dec. So you can either display one sheet at a time or all four for the whole year, depending on your preference or available wall space.

This will look amazing up on the way ready for next years planning.

Cutch Company – Cutch Edition No 25 Siberian Spruce, Fir Needle, and Oak Moss 200g Scented Candle

£25

A unique blend of Siberian spruce and evergreen fir needles fall onto a forest floor of oak moss, cedar, and sandalwood. A mere whisper of a bergamot breeze blows an airy freshness to the hearty notes of balsam, cashmere, and Tonka bean. Light to create the aroma reminiscent of a freshly cut Christmas tree and relax and enjoy the season.

Top Note: Bergamot

Heart Notes: Cashmere, Tonka Bean, Fir Needle, and Balsam

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Oak Moss and Cedarwood

A really lovely festive scent in a Christmas green jar this is perfect.

Asda Photo – Bordered Collage Custom Colour

£22

I am always impressed by the quality of Asda canvases and had this one made of our cats when they were kittens. We have a lot of things from Asda around the house as they are so easy to create online and are always priced reasonably.

Asda Photo – Personalised Full Photo China Mug

£10

The delicate porcelain mug is a personal and unique gift for yourself or a loved one. Your image is centrally placed covering a wide area for maximum personalisation, allowing you to make the most of a favourite image, or message via text.

Why not create a really unique and fun gift for someone special? Pair this mug with our personalised coasters to make a really unique and fun gift for someone special!

Outlandish Creations – Sweet lips mug

£30

London Ceramics Co create personalised teapots, cups and mugs. You can pick from any of their designs to personalise with whatever colours or text you want or you can contact them to have something special designed. They also have a company called Outlandish Creations which create slightly ruder more verbal designs.

I love how many different designs they have to pick from and how you can pretty much create anything you like. The quality of the printing is amazing and it is so professional. I love how clear the text is and also how bold the colour of the flowers are.

Twoodle Co – Deck The Halls candle and scented ornament gift set

£40

They have paired their Deck The Halls Scented Ornament withthe 25 hour candle, presented in a luxury kraft brown gift box. The Hemp Wax Deck The Halls Scented Candle is made with a blend of Pine, Peppermint, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Clove, Cedarwood essential oils and unique British hemp wax. Hemp Wax burns 2-3 times longer than soy. The small votive candles are lovingly handmade in their London Shoreditch store.

Essential Oils: Pine, Peppermint, Tangerine, Cinnamon, Clove, Cedarwood.

Scent feeling: a nostalgic feeling of the festivities to come.

Scent description: The welcoming warmth of pine. The crisp peppermint of candy canes, sweet citrusy dried tangerine, along with carefully tied pouches of spice, adorn the branches of your Christmas Tree. This is what Christmas means to so many of us and will bring back your favourite memories of Yuletide.

I love the scent of this and the ornament is so cute and such a different idea.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x