Nutribuddy

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I have been trying out the exciting new product, Eco-PlantMilk from Nutribuddy along with their Breakfast shakes. Their Eco-PlantMilk is the first of its kind – A blend of powdered vegan milk.

This powdered vegan milk was designed as an eco-friendly and convenient alternative to regular vegan milks. By coming in powdered form it has a shelf life of several months, saving on food waste and energy used to keep vegan milks cold. Their vegan milk is made of locally-sourced gluten-free oats.

I have been trying out this milk alongside their Breakfast Shake – which is their best-selling wholefood shake made from a blend of nutritious oats and seeds. They have a great range of storage too so you can keep it in a reusable jar and then mix it in the mixer as needed.

I have been having this for breakfast for the last week and really have been impressed with how easy it is to make, it tells you exactly how many scoops you need vs how much water and it’s easy to shake up as the bottle has a shaker ball included.

I have also tried the milk on my cereal on days I didn’t want to make a shake and it tastes really good. I am impressed with how nice it is as I have tried a lot of vegan milks as I stuck to a vegan diet a couple of years back and I still drink milk alternatives regularly. I like the subtle oat taste and it is a lot healthier than normal cows milk or most of the other vegan milks out there. It is super handy in powder form as you could always put some in a small pot to carry about with you if you struggle finding milk alternatives when on the go.

The breakfast shake comes in different flavours and I really like this chocolate one. It’s easy to make and quite filling for a powdered shake.

Overall I have really been impressed by what I have tried and I love how they have the reusable jars as well as it makes it a lot more sustainable. All of the ingredients are ethically sourced and as well as being vegan they are gluten free so ideal for anyone on a strict diet due to allergies.

Sarah x

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2021

This post contains gifted products:

If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.

With Father’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. For me, I usually have to decide on presents for my dad, my step dad, my father in law and my grandad. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Accessories

Personalised Wallet

£24.95

This black leather personalised card holder from Visconti, is embossed by Engravers Guild of London with either gold foil, silver foil or blind.

This card holder offers six credit card pockets and a central slip compartment for daily essentials such as notes or coins. It is designed to offer a more discrete line when carried in a pocket.

It has been hand crafted from vegetable tan leather and finished with a luxurious lining.

The black leather card holder measures 8cm by 10cm and is delivered in a signature Visconti presentation box.

Trendhim – Lannie Black Foldable Bum Bag

£39

This black bum bag is crafted from lightweight fabric and fitted with 4 zipped pockets that’ll hold your phone, keys and wallet – all of your daily must-haves. It is made out of durable material and is water resistant.

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

Skincare

SB Lux Whipped Shea Nourishing Butter

£16

This cruelty free, vegan and sulphate free butter is rich in Vitamins A, E & F, as well as fatty acids, as well as being infused with Lavender, Rose Geranium and Honey fragrances, giving it a fresh delicate aroma. 

Shea Butter is highly nutritious for the skin & is very moisturising and works wonderfully in conditioning and toning the skin. It melts deep into the epidermis without clogging pores, allowing the skin to breathe freely.

SB Lux Black Clay & Liquorice Illuminating Face Mask

£17

This delicious smelling Face Mask contains dead sea mud, kaolin clay, activated charcoal and liquorice root extract. Infused with Blackberry and Ylang Ylang Essential Oil blend, these ingredients work together to produce a spa at home feel. 

The activated charcoal mask helps draw out bacteria as well as dirt and impurities from the surface of the skin. The liquorice root acts as an anti-inflammatory soothing agent, whilst the black clay and kaolin clay provide a deep cleanse and radiant skin. It leaves your face feeling so clean and smooth.

Beeutifal Man – Black Pepper & Sandalwood Facial Balm

£22.50

Beeutiful’s blend of beeswax & jojoba oil are teamed with masculine black pepper & sandalwood in this light but hydrating facial balm. With anti-inflammatory, astringent & soothing properties skin is instantly hydrated whilst also protected from the elements & all without clogging pores. It smells really good and with zero water content a balm goes a long way & you’ll need less than you do a cream. Less is more with a balm so start with a pea sized amount & add more if necessary.

Jim’s Bricks – Shower

£3.75

Jim’s shower bricks are made with coconut oil, olive oil, water and castor oil. The scented bricks also have essential oils added. They come in a great range of scents and are so easy to use. You can use the shower bricks for both body and hair.

Jim’s Bricks – Shampoo

£3.95 each

Jim’s shampoo bricks are very similar to the shower bricks but they have an added conditioning ingredient (cocoa butter) for your hair. They come in the same great scents as the shower bricks so you can mix them up or use the same scents at once.

Jim’s Bricks – Brick Tray

£5

The best way to store your brick is out of the shower on a holder that lets the water drain off and allows your brick to dry and be ready for your next use.

Their wooden brick tray is perfect for this job.They are made locally to them, these beautifully crafted trays are made from FSC Beech wood. They are grooved on both sides for maximum drainage and use, these wooden holders are the perfect tray for your bricks.

Gruum- Ultimate Beard Kit

£50

The ultimate beard kit contains:

1 x Washbag

1 x Beard oil

1 x Beard wax

1 x Beard comb

1 x Exfoliating face wash

1 x Gentle moisturiser

1 x Rejuvenating facial tonic

Built with practicality in mind this kit has everything you need without taking up too much space in your bathroom. It is designed to look after your skin beneath, as well as your facial fuzz itself.

This set contains the kóri Exfoliating Face Wash to brighten complexion, pür Gentle Moisturiser to rehydrate the skin and the gösta Rejuvenating Facial Tonic to refresh. The bård Beard Shampoo, leif Beard Oil, tor Beard Wax and limited edition comb keep your fuzz looking fresh, with natural beeswax and Argan and Jojoba Oil working together to nourish and shape the hair.

Rubis Sweezers

£14.50

These Rubis sweezers are precise and reliable. The angled precision tip reliably holds even the smallest hairs across the entire tip. Eyebrows can be easily plucked and shaped into a perfect shape.

They are Hand-made in perfection. Each individual tweezers are made in Switzerland, checked by hand, sanded and precisely matched to each other.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Fluide

£28

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Fluide is a velvety smooth lotion that replenishes the moisture your skin needs, leaving it soft and supple. You can apply it to your entire body after a bath or shower to seal in moisture. It is a lighter version of the famous Lait-Crème Concentré that contains the same natural, nourishing and hydrating active ingredients. It is quickly absorbed, it leaves skin smooth, soft and supple.

Food & Drink

Two Brooks Hard Seltzers

Available in 3 flavours

12 cans for £23.99

These gluten free and vegan drinks from Two Brooks are all about the natural and the simple, the coming together of fruit spirit on the one hand, perfectly balanced with sparkling water on the other. It is a light and refreshing mixed drink gently infused with natural fruit flavours – nothing more, nothing less.

They come in three flavours: Mango, Lime & Mint and Passion Fruit.

Il Gusto – Elysee Bottle of H Gin

£26.50

The Elysee bottle filled with Il gusto gin is the perfect personalised gift for every occasion.

All the IL Gusto Gins are Handcrafted and they work with French gin producers to source gins of exceptional quality in exclusivity for the UK.

You can choose from 13 gin flavours and they also have different bottle options and other liquors or even a good selection of oils and vinegars for those that don’t drink alcohol. You can also have the bottle personalised.

The Chuckling Cheese Company – You’re Not Old, You’re Vintage

£25

This vintage box contains:

• Vintage Cheddar – a 3 and a half year old Cheddar with a bite!

• Charcoal Cheddar –  a popular cheddar infused with edible charcoal.

• Strongest Cheddar –  a 2 and half year old cheddar with an intense tangy flavour.

• Batemans Vintage Ale special limited-edition beer based on a 40-year-old barley wine. 

• A pack of pork scratchings, perfect size bag of pork scratchings that are ideal for snacking.

• A pack of interesting flavoured Pipers crisps.

• A bottle of comedy age related beer.

It is a great selection of food and drink that would make a really great gift. They have so many other boxes to pick from too.

Haribo Starmix Gift Box

Haribo Football Mix Share Size

Both can be bought from Heron Foods, B&M, Sainsbury’s, Spar and Co-op – Prices vary.

If you want a gift that is as sweet as Starmix, the cute Haribo starmix giftbox packed with the iconic Egg, Ring, Bear, Cola Bottle and Heart shaped pieces is a real treat. It is a family favourite for over 25 years, and will certainly deliver a moment of childlike happiness for Dad.

Let’s not forget about their Football Mix. With its football shaped, fruity pieces you’ll be sure to score with this pocket money gesture for all those footy fans out there!

Honeybuns Gift Box

Pricing depends on cake options selected. I picked out a tin of 8 x chocolatey cake slices including : brownies/blondies/choc caramel shortbread & more. All gluten free plus vegan options.

Honeybuns have a great range of cakes and you can make up your own tin with whatever cakes you want. They are all individually wrapped for freshness.

Find Me A Gift – Personalised Cadbury Dairy Milk Bar

£12.99

You can choose from 360g or 850g of delicious Dairy Milk chocolate, depending on just how much they adore Cadbury Dairy Milk – and how much their stomach can take of it, too.

With a heart motif on each bar sleeve, they will know just how much you care, because everyone needs reminding that they’re loved every once in a while.

You can personalise the chocolate bar with a name of up to twelve characters, so everyone knows exactly who it belongs to!

Find Me A Gift – Personalised Old Fashioned Sweet Shop

£20.99

Designed to look like a traditional, old fashioned sweet shop, with a candy striped roof and a window full of goodies, as well as being finished with a personalised gift card with a name and message of your choice, this beautiful gift box is bursting with nostalgic magic!

It includes Flying Saucers, Love Hearts, Cola Bottles, Lovely Lollies, Parma Violets, and so much more. Perfect for someone who has a serious sweet tooth!

Find me a gift have such a great range of Father’s day gifts to pick from.

Traeger Grills BBQ Rubs

Pricing depends on stockist

Whether you’re cooking meat, fish or vegetables the range includes something for all tastebuds. From jerky, coffee and veggie rubs to a signature Traeger rub or the irresistible Apricot BBQ sauce, this tasty collection is sure to deliver BBQ perfection every time.

Traeger’s range of accessories, rubs, sauces and wood pellets are available from Dobbies, Hillier’s and The Orchard (Ireland) and leading independent garden centres all over the UK.

They are so easy to use and create some really great flavours!

Prezzybox – Personalised Football Cadbury Favorites Box

£24.99

Score some extra points on Father’s day with this sweet Personalised Football Favorites Box.

A brilliant gift for someone who loves a bit of footy, this box of goodness is packed full with 20 45g Cadbury Dairy Milk bars – that they can enjoy while watching their fave team play.

The bespoke outer sleeve can be personalised with their team, name and a sweet message.

ChocFACE Edible chocolate box

£14.95

ChocFACE can turn your treasured photo memories into delicious Belgian chocolates, presented in a gift box that fits through the letter box. It’s the ideal gift for Fathers day.

Each square of chocolate is printed with edible inks and they are so easy to design. You simply upload your snaps online and create a box of chocolate photos entirely personal to you and the recipient.

ChocFACE uses edible colour printed onto a top layer of white chocolate to create remarkable image resolution. This in turn sits on a Belgian milk chocolate base to create a deliciously tasty treat. Each box contains one large, printed chocolate slab and five smaller ones.

Homeware

Sussex Wax Melt Co – Perfume Trio – Him

£5

Sussex wax melt co produce beautifully smelling wax melts and this trio is a great try me pack.

Sauvage has top notes of Bergamot and features Ambroxan which creates a luxurious woody scent.

One Million features top notes of grapefruit, blood orange and rose, spiced with cinnamon and mint. Mingling with the soft white woods are patchouli, amber and leather.

Bleu is a dark sophisticated fragrance with herbaceous top notes of lavender, basil, cypress and chamomile freshened with grapefruit, lemon and bergamot resting on an intense woody accord of patchouli, vetiver, sandal, musk, amber and cedarwood.

Pack contains 2 of each scent (6 in total)

Six Yards Out – Arsenal 1991-93 Away Shirt Retro Football Mug

£9.99

This retro Arsenal football Shirt has been brought back to life with a retro football mug. This Arsenal mug is from the 1991, 1992 & 1993 seasons. 

Their retro football mugs are designed to be as close to the shirt as possible and you can also request a shirt of your choice to be made into a mug. They are dishwasher proof and microwave safe.

Asda Photo – Premium Canvas 16×24″ (40x60cm)

£39

Price depends on type of canvas and size

Canvas prints are a great way to brighten up any plain wall. You can choose from a range of single, large or multiple canvases to create the perfect unique gift for him.

The canvas prints from asda are always such great quality and you can stretch them further if required. They are easy to hang up and always look really good.

Find Me A Gift – G Clamp Bottle Opener

£11.99

This G Clamp Bottle Opener is quick and easy to use. Simply clamp it temporarily to a table, bench, counter or shelf (basically the closest thing with a jut to them) and open bottle after bottle with ease, making that drink so much more tasteful and enjoyable. 

This is a great gift if he is into DIY or has an at home bar.

Prezzybox – Sound Asleep iMusic Pillow

£14.99

This soft pillow is not only a place to put your sleepy head but it has speakers built inside so you can relax with no headphones and listen to your music in your pillow.

The speakers are inside of the pillow and make it a lot easier and more comfortable to listen to your music as you nod off. You can slowly drift off listening to your favourite music every night.

All you need to do is connect your pillow to something to play your music from, it’s all connected through the headphone jack!

I really hope I have inspired you and given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Vegan Pick N Mix

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I love pick n mix sweets but haven’t had them in months. Especially with what’s going on in the UK with Covid at the moment it’s not so easy to go to a shop and pick out sweets!

Panda sweets have an amazing range of different sweets on their site that can be delivered to you at home, but one of their most popular products is the pick n mix box which is a massive 1kg box of sweets! They have recently started doing a vegan version which is amazing for anyone living a vegan lifestyle or sticking to a vegan diet. They are also great if you have a dairy allergy as you will be surprised how many sweets that you don’t expect to, have milk in!

Vegan Pick n Mix

£9.99

The sweets arrive sealed in a bag inside the box to keep them fresh and you get so many for 1kg. They have a really great shelf life too, not that I think anyone could make them last that long!

They are:

– Dairy Free

– Suitable for Halal Diet

– Suitable for Vegetarians

– Suitable for Vegans

It is a great range from marshmallows, jelly sweets and fizzy sweets. I think this is quite good value and it’s a great way to try out different sweets you may not normally have bought. There are also a lot in there that I didn’t know were vegan.

This is definitely going to keep me going whilst working from home! It is such a great idea to be able to get a box like this delivered as it is a great treat for yourself or to get someone as a gift.

If you want to treat yourself or someone you love to a box you can use code: ST15 for 15% off! This lasts until 30/06/21 so it could be a good Easter or Father’s day gift idea too!

Sarah x

Mother’s Day gift guide 2021

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If you have been a reader for a while you will know that I love putting together gift guides.

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy, especially if you have multiple people to buy for. For me, I usually have to decide on presents for my mum, my step mum, my mother in law and my grandma. It can get difficult trying to pick what to buy everyone.

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Britain Loves Baking – Baileys Red Velvet Chocolate Fudge & Prosecco

£28

All the ingredients in the box are weighed out for you:

Makes 600g of fudge & a bottle of Prosecco  

50ml of Baileys Red Velvet (this has been decanted into)

1 Tub of condensed milk from sustainable UK farms

1 Bag of Belgian White Chocolate

1 Bag of Belgian Dark Chocolate

1 Bottle of Vanilla extract

1 Bag Dehydrated mixed berry powder

1 Recipe card

1 75 cl  Prosecco 

I think this is a great idea as you can either gift this as a box so your loved one can make the fudge/you can make it together or you can make it yourself then give it as a gift. It’s such a unique idea to be able to give something you can make as well.

The instructions are easy to follow and it really does include everything you red to make delicious fudge as well as a bottle of prosecco.

Il Gusto Miniature Limited Edition Gin Gift Set (Pack of 8 x 40ml)

£29.95

8 bottles including:

Elderflower Gin (26%)

Strawberry Gin (31%)

Cherry Bakewell (31%)

Rhubarb Gin (25%)

Violet Gin (25%)

Turkish Delight Gin (26%)

Blood Orange Gin (31%)

Pink Grapefruit Gin (31%)

If she likes gin then this set is ideal. Il gusto have such an amazing range of gins and other liquors as well as vinegars and oils so there is something for everyone. Their variety boxes are a great way to try different flavours or if there is a particular flavour she likes then you can get a variety of shaped bottles with just the one flavour in.

Prezzybox – Personalised Mothers Day Favorites Box – Caramel

£26.99

This is such a lovely idea as you can pick her favourite Cadbury chocolate bar and get a whole box personalised with Happy Mother’s Day on and you can also have your name put on it. I think it’s a cute design and such a great gift idea as who wouldn’t want a massive box of their fave chocolate bar?!

Stirling Distillery – Lockdown Virtual Tour and Tasting

£25.95

Includes:

Virtual Tour of the Distillery hosted by our Team and Founders Cameron and June McCann

4 x 5cl minis (Stirling Gin, Battle Strength Gin, Raspberry Red Cap Liqueur & Bramble and Mint Green Lady Liqueur)

2 x Bottles of Fever-tree mediterranean tonic

1 x Orange (dried orange)

1 x Cocktail Recipe Book

1 x Small Bottle of Hand Sanitiser

What’s great about this gift is not only do you get a great range of liquors to try, you also get a virtual experience of the distillery and get to learn more about how the drinks are made. Educational and tasty!

Flawsome – Mother’s Day Gift Box

£10.99

This box includes two bars of galaxy uniquely wrapped in Flawsomes creative packaging to spell out words inspired by famous chocolate wrappers as well as some little chocolate hearts. You can pick from a large selection of words and they have some really great rude ones to pick from as well!

Mandira’s Kitchen – Chicken Biriyani

£8.50

Mandira’s Kitchen create a great range of authentic Indian food to be enjoyed at home. They have lots of dishes that can be stored in the freezer and are simple to heat in the oven. This dish tasted so good and the portions are ideal as it’s for two but it’s split up so you can cook separately if needed. This would be a great alternative to a takeaway for your mum.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Vegetable Samosas

£6.50

Alongside the main you can also get a good range of sides and the samosas are really tasty! This pack will do a couple of meals as well as they are easy to heat up.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Naan

£3

An indian meal isn’t complete without naan bread and these are easy to heat up and taste so nice. They are so much nice than ones you get from a supermarket and a good size too. There are three in the pack so quite good value.

Mandira’s Kitchen – Pineapple Chutney

£5.99

This is a pleasant change from mango chutney and can be enjoyed alongside a curry. It tastes good and you get quite a lot in the jar.

Really impressed with the range and think it would make a nice treat for someone this mother’s day.

Bodycare

SOS H20 Day Serum

£15

This is a really luxurious vegan and cruelty free serum packed with antioxidants to reduce wrinkles and to help protect the skin. This would be a great gift for anyone that likes to take care of their skin. It can be used as a daily serum and contains SPF.

Sugar Coated Leg Hair Removal Kit

£9.99

Kit includes:

200g wax, 3 spatulas (2 big & 1 small) and 15 re-usable strips 

This is a really great leg hair wax and it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s easy to use and contains rosehip oil to soothe your legs. It really helps to prevent ingrown hairs and leaves tour legs super soft.

Prezzybox – Gelato Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This set contains four lovely handmade melts that are shaped like tasty cupcakes and have iconic ice cream scents such as Mint Chocolate Chip, Raspberry Ripple, Lemon Sorbet and Cookies & Cream! They are so luxurious and smell amazing. A must for any bath lover!

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Mother’s Day Box

£15

1 x huge No 1 mum glittery bath star (scented in beautiful dreams)

1 x small neroli bath bomb

1 x small be calm bath bomb

1 x moo free chocolate bar

This box is a great idea for anyone that loves bath bombs. They are all handmade and smell amazing. I use bath bombs from Perry all the time and her scents are so lovely and the bombs are made with such loving care. The box also comes with a chocolate bar as an added bonus.

House Of Purple Rose – Regenerating Gold Concentrate Serum with Gold Flakes

£50

This serum is made from a blend of pomegranate, bearberry, papaya, turmeric, hexylresorcinol and vitamins. Including natural botanicals and pure 23 carat gold flakes this is a really great product for your skin. It provides a range of powerful anti-aging benefits, including firming, moisturising and tightening of the skin. A great gift idea for anyone that wants to take care of their skin.

House Of Purple Rose – Brighten and Clarify Cleanser

£18

The Clarifying Cleanser is boosting with Caviar lime, Acerola, Papaya which work together to fade blemishes, combat dark spots and promote an even skin tone.

It is also infused with Green tea and Silk amino acids which offers antioxidant protection against damage caused by pollution making skin feel instantly smooth, silky and healthy looking. It is a great cleanser to use and would make a great gift.

Newport Gifts – 24 Soap Flower Heart Box

£24.99

Soap flowers are something I had never even heard of but they are such a unique gift idea. You simply add a one or two roses to your warm bath, relax and watch the cute flowers dissolve right before your very eyes. It creates a beautiful colourful water and great scent. It leaves your skin soft, silky, and smelling wonderfully fresh.

Newport Gifts – Flower Bouquet

£18.99

This is another variation on the above but is displayed as a bouquet so you have a variety of different flowers to add to your bath. I think this is a really cute and fun gift idea as they can go on display as flowers until they are used. They look too nice to use and could be kept for display if you wanted and they smell so good!

Their website is currently under construction so you can message them on Twitter to purchase.

Candles

Tribal Unicorn – Nova Candle

£35

Tribal Unicorn candles are inspired by London Life. From the sweet pineapple and jerk vibes of Notting Hill Carnival to the candlelit hip hop yoga classes in Shoreditch. Using the highest quality perfumes and clean burning wax available. Their vegan-friendly, luxury candle brand is the answer to boring, lackluster, shop-bought candles.

They use organic, ethically sourced soy, rapeseed, and coconut wax and every candle purchased helps them to support our two chosen charities. Fareshare and Women’s Aid.

I love the scent and the colour of the Nova candle, it looks like galaxy print! It is a rich, floral accord of bluebells and hyacinth enhanced with notes of galbanum, rose and jasmine.

Cutch Company – The Self Embrace Candle

£30

The name ‘cutch’ is a variation of a spelling of cwtch , which is a Welsh word for a special kind of hug or a cuddle. They brand have created a candle based around Embraces . There are 3 within this range – Friendship, Self and Lovers. They have also just released A Loving Cutch just for Mother’s Day .

Cutch Company use soy wax, recyclable materials and essential oils and paraben free perfumes in their candle scents. All candles go out in the post snuggled up in tissue paper which has been fragranced using their scents. The unwrapping experience is a very pleasant one and you know you have been sent a Cutch.

The self embrace candle smells so good! Powerful lavender oil calms the heart and encourages peace and healing, whilst herbaceous eucalyptus and rosemary help clear the mind, giving strength and renewed courage for the coming day. Warm, nutty supporting notes of clary sage add reassurance and warmth to this hand blended candle, poured with love. Light, relax and press the reset button.

Other

Chewie Cat – Coco Teething Necklace – Black

£10

Chewie Cat specialise in teething necklaces, designed to be both fashionable and practical.

They designed these silicone teething necklaces for stylish mummies who are looking for some baby proof jewellery. They are non-toxic and safe for baby to play with or chew when teething, helping to soothe baby’s sensitive gums. It can encourage early motor skills when baby grasps this necklace.  

The necklaces are made with strong satin cord and a breakaway safety clasp. The silicone beads are made from high quality food-grade silicone which has been safety tested and free from all nasties.

Josie Dom – Lums Mum Book

£9

Lum’s Mum – the perfect gift from a toddler to Mum. The book is all about Lum missing his Mum, with lots of love and adventure going on, and a ‘guaranteed’ hug for Mum at the end. It would make a great gift for mother and child to read to together or for your child to read and give you peace and quiet until they have finished.

Leo Charley and Me – Cherry Stone Warming Pillow

£20

If they suffer from regular aches and pains these cute cherry stone pillows are just the thing you need to buy.

Using heat or cold therapy can really help to ease the pain caused by muscle tension, arthritis and sprains.

These little pillows are filled with cleaned and dried cherry stones which heat up easily and rapidly in the microwave and will stay warm without the dangers associated with traditional hot water bottles. They can also be chilled in the freezer and used like a bag of frozen peas on injuries or for headaches.

They come in a variety of designs and this dog one is super cute.

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2021

This post contains gifted items:

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I wanted to share some gift ideas with you. No matter who you are buying for, whether it is your partner, future love interest or a friend(for those that celebrate Galentine’s), I have you covered!

I know shopping is difficult at the moment with Covid restrictions in the UK but all of the ideas I have mentioned can be purchased online and if you don’t live with the recipient you can simply get it sent direct to their house.

Food & Drink

Il Gusto Pick n Mix

£28 for 3 bottles

If you want to get someone the gift of spirits but aren’t sure what they may like then Il Gusto is worth checking out as they have a great range of pick and mix bottles that stack together. You can pick from vodka, gin or a creamy liquor and then pick out your different flavours. They have so many great flavours to pick from and you can even have your own message written on the bottles.

I have always been impressed by the quality of Il Gusto products and have tried various things from them in the past. They also do a great range of vinegars and oils in special bottles.

Prezzybox – Personalised chocolates

£10.99

These personalised chocolates are a great idea. You can pick you own photo to use on the little card that comes with them as well as a message. These are a great gift that can be shared. I know by giving this to my husband he will end up sharing with me! The picture is removable as well as is a nice little keepsake to keep hold of after the chocolates have been eaten!

Prezzybox always have a really great range of presents and most of them can be personalised.

The Edible Museum – Chocolate human heart

£25

This is amazing. How else would you show your loved one you care than by giving them a heart? I think this is a brilliant idea and it looks so cool.

The heart is formed to look as realistic as possible to a human heart and is made completely out of chocolate and to scale. Each one is hand painted with chocolate to look as realistic as possible. It is such a unique gift!

Push Chocolate – Valentine’s Day box

£4.99 per bag usually, packaging is an additional cost:

Two pouches £9.99

Three pouches £13.49

Four Pouches £16.99

All the prices above include UK P&P.

This box is a great gift for any chocolate lover. It contains a bag of chocolate buttons in a flavour of your choice, wrapped in valentine’s themed paper as well as a beautiful fake rose.

All of their ingredients are natural with no artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavourings or any other nasties. Their chocolate contains 50% less sugar than mainstream chocolate and is boosted with plant proteins, which help to provide the essential building blocks keeping your body healthier as part of a balanced diet. Those chocolate is vegan and suitable for people who are intolerant to lactose, gluten and soy.

They have so many different flavours to pick from!

For the love of the land – Cook book

£22

Another great idea is a cookery book. Forty fantastic farmers from all over the British Isles share their recipes and stories about what British farming means to them. It is a great way to find out new recipes and also a must have book for anyone that loves cooking and spending time in the kitchen! If your loved one enjoys cooking then this is a really useful gift idea.

Heart of Hearts – Mini prosecco

£9.49

Say it with champers is a company that creates personalised champagne and prosecco. They offer a variety of sizes and you can pick whatever label design and text you want. The heart of hearts label is perfect for the occasion and you can add your own message. They will even send you over a copy of the label before printing if you want to check what it will look like. I think this is a thoughtful gift with a message on.

Mooze botanical spirit

£19.99 for 70cl

Mooze 12% is a crisp, lower alcohol botanical spirit, distilled by international award winners in Essex, filling the gap for when you want to drink, but less units and calories.

Mooze contains 6 delicious Botanicals: Juniper, Cucumber, Orange, Clementine Zest, Coriander and Macadamia Nut.

It is a great alternative to regular spirits as it means you don’t get that awful hangover or feel as drunk but still get the taste of a nice alcoholic drink, the perfect gift for anyone that likes a drink or two!

Orriss & Son sauces

£7.25 each for a 200ml bottle

These sauces are a good source of protective antioxidants plus vitamins and minerals, chillies are a great addition to a nutritious, balanced diet. All in all, these three carefully crafted chilli condiments combine authenticity and deliciousness with ultimate convenience and health benefits. Choose from:

‘Even Flow’ – the one that started it all. Orriss & Son’s original recipe hot sauce, based on fiery and fruity habaneros plus red and smoked chillies, tomato and apple juices to deliver that defined ‘hit’.

‘My Wave’ takes inspiration from the heat of the classic and now familiar piri-piri seasoning. Fresh and dried chillies are combined with red peppers, tomatoes and cider vinegar along with the traditional lemon, bay and garlic, to bring a fresh piquancy and balanced salinity to a host of dishes.

‘Fresh Tendrils’ is based on the subtle heat of fresh green jalapeños, balanced with green peppers, apple juice, earthy nettle and mint to impart a vibrant acidity in a tasty green sauce.

They all taste really great and a donation from the sale of each bottle also goes to a water aid charity which changes millions of lives every year, working in 28 countries to provide clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Accessories

Sharkie and Bear – Heart studs

£8

These beautiful earrings are lead and nickel free stainless steel with a heart pattern on, they are such a cute gift idea for valentine’s and they have so many different designs to pick from in studs or in dangly earrings. They also have a good range of non heart related ones that are worth checking out. They are so well made and a really good price for something so delicate and lovely.

Trendhim – Freek Black Knitted Cotton Gloves

£30

These black knitted mens gloves feature touch screen capability on the thumbs and forefingers so are great for anyone that uses a phone or tablet regularly.

They are crafted from 100% recycled cotton, they keep the heat in without trapping sweat, really soft and come in a variety of sizes but also slightly stretchy to be more accommodating. The gloves are great quality and a really good gift idea.

Homeware

Asda – Photo canvas

From £12 depending on size and design

Asda have such a good range of photo items from cushions to blankets or mugs as well as wall canvases. You can personalise them exactly how you want, from the size to the border to the colour scheme. I created this absolutely massive one to go on our wall in the living room complete with 4 wedding photos, two in black and white and two in colour. It came out so well and the pictures look so clear on it. It comes with small wooden blocks if you want to stretch the canvas further but I didn’t need to.

I have always been impressed with the Asda photo products as they are always such great quality and are affordable compared to other photo companies. Their website is so easy to use and I designed the canvas from my phone. You can upload your photos and use their tools to crop and resize as well as change the colour hue.

Crosskey Avenue – Ischia scented candle

£39

I think candles make a great idea as a gift, whether they are for your loved one or if you wanted to treat yourself. Crosskey Avenue have a good range of scents but the one I have been burning is Ischia which is freshly picked lemon, red rose and tomato leaf combine with Mediterranean cypress to produce this zesty yet floral perfume redolent of the Italian island of Ischia. It smells beautiful and even after burning for a while you it still lets off a powerful scent without being overpowering.

Each candle is wrapped in minimalist matt white glass and presented in a beautiful gifting box embossed with the signature Crosskey Avenue keyhole. It has approx. burn time of 38 hrs and the packaging is sustainable.

Skincare

Prezzybox – Men’s wellness collection

£12.99

This is the ideal gift for anyone that likes to pamper themselves as it contains:

Mr Tea Bath Tea Bag, Mr Melt Bath Melt, Mr Smoothie Shower Smoothie and 50g Lime and Cedarwood Shaving Soap.

It is a lovely set all packaged together in a blue themed box aimed for men and I think it’s a really good idea as some men love using different bath products but don’t go out of their way to get them so to receive this as a gift is a really nice thought.

Neves Bees – Everything looks rosey gift box

£14

Neves bees have the most lovely range of products made from natural bees wax, blended with pure, sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and fragranced with natural essential oils and packaged in recyclable tins, card and linen packaging.

This everything looks rosey gift box contains 1 Rosey Hand Salve in a 30ml tin and 1 Rosey Lip Balm in an 8ml Slider tin. I love their hand save and use is regularly especially in the colder months and when washing my hands more frequently. I love the quality of their products and the packaging is really cute.

COSRX – Acne pimple master patch

£7

This is a great idea to treat yourself to if you are preparing to look your best for valentine’s day, whether you live with your loved one and are having a takeaway or having a virtual date with someone over zoom, you will want to look and feel your best.

These patches work so well overnight by reducing inflammation and redness of spots whilst protecting them and helping them heal. I am really impressed with these patches and surprised how well they work on pesky little spots.

Embryolisse – Hydra serum

£16.05

If you want to treat yourself or your loved one to skincare then Embryolisse is a great brand and their products are so kind to your skin, whilst really working, especially good for the colder months when your skin needs extra love.

The hydra serum is great to replenish moisture without leaving your skin sticky or greasy, it soaks in well and really helps to hydrate your skin.

Embryolisse – Hydra cream light

£12.60

The hydra light cream is designed for people that don’t like heavier creams or serums. The lightweight, ultra-nourishing moisturiser sinks into the skin in seconds to provide hydration that lasts all day long. The refreshing texture doesn’t feel heavy and protects the skin’s natural barrier against external aggressors. It helps to give you glowing, healthy looking skin.

Lane 44 – Rose gold razor

From £26 depending on blade supply

This beautiful razor is designed to be an affordable sharp and plastic free design. You can buy it with a 1, 6 or 12 month supply of double edge blades and the 6 or 12 month options come with a free blade bank.

By using a single blade razor you can get a close cut shave without irritation and ingrown hairs. It’s so easy to hold and use and is already the perfect weight and size so you don’t have to apply pressure. This would be a great treat to yourself or for someone you love that suffers with sore skin after regular shaving.

Other

Mood cards – For me and you

£12.50

These are a set of 20 practical activities to get couples into a positive mindset and enhance their connection. They are the perfect Valentine’s day gift, designed to encourage partners to grow and have fun together, to understand and support each other better, to share mutual appreciation and complicity.

They can be used together or in turns, so works well as a gift they can be sent directly to the recipient with a free message and fit through the letterbox.

The cards are printed on FSC paper and have a bio lamination, which makes them compostable and 100% plastic-free. They come in a lovely tin box that is reusable too.

Smart screen – Antibacterial cloth

£9.95

This is a great gift idea to treat yourself to something useful and give your phone or tablet some love. This lifestyle accessory, though produced predominantly for phone and tablet use, can also be utilised for reading glasses or camera lens cleaning thanks to its versatility. It’s so handy to have and I have used it on all my devices as well as my glasses to keep my screens clean and clear.

It’s available in six different colours (Navy Blue, Saffron Yellow, Slate Grey, Powder Blue, Polar White and Camel Brown)

Loving small business box

From £17

Loving Small Business have a monthly subscription box that supports independent small businesses and charities. All of their box contents are a surprise which subscribers love. Their previous boxes have included handcrafted jewellery, natural beauty products and home fragrance, this is an example of what a box may contain.

I think this is a great idea as a gift or a treat for yourself and a really good way to try out products you wouldn’t usually buy or haven’t heard of. The boxes have a great mix of products and you can view previous boxes on their website if you want an idea of what people have received in the past.

They have a continuous offer of 30% off the first box for anyone who subscribes to their newsletter!

Have you bought a gift for anyone yet?

Sarah x

Warming Winter Workers ft Ideal Heating

This post contains gifted items :

It can be difficult during these hard times to have time to relax or to treat yourself, especially if you are a front line worker or if you are working from home and feel like you are cut off from everyone.

Ideal Heating are giving away free coffee for hard working heroes this winter as a competition on their social channels. If you want to enter then I have included details below:

If you know someone who deserves an extra-special treat this winter, it’s really simple to get involved. All you have to do is head to the Ideal Blend social media posts on Ideal Heating’s Facebook or Instagram and leave a comment with the name of your hard-working hero.

They are giving away 100 bags of free coffee and handy travel mugs to keep those working hard through the winter months warm and cosy. The heating specialists have partnered with independent coffee brand, Maude to create their very own limited edition coffee brand – packed with comforting hints of chocolate, warming notes of ginger and a delicate touch of festive cranberry, crating a real treat for the senses.

I think this is a great competition and receiving a special coffee blend and mug could really brighten up someone’s day.

Terms and conditions can be found here.

Not only can coffee or other hot drinks really help to improve someone’s mood, you could also think about treating someone you love to other things that may seem simple but could really make an impact on their lives like a bar of their favourite chocolate, a new hot water bottle or even a planner. We take things for granted and during the winter and dealing with the covid outbreak it’s so nice to give back those hard workers we know.

Let me know if you have entered?

Sarah x