Personalised mug from London Ceramics Co

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.

After picking out a design I was so impressed with how quickly it arrived, it was delivered within a few days and packaged really well to protect it in transit.

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.

I think something like this would make a great gift for someone you love or even a little special treat for yourself!

I love some of the ruder ones from outlandish if you wanted to get one for someone with a sense of humour or someone that’s rude haha.

I went for the saying “Dream big” and I think this is quite an inspirational saying and whenever I use this mug I will be reminded to dream big and to really make the most of life and try to achieve my goals the best I can.

The flowers I went for are purple as this is my favourite colour and also our wedding colour was purple, my wedding dress had purple flowers on so this reminds me of what a special day that was!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted products*

Kitchen essentials during lockdown

The last few months have been really tough for most of us with the UK being put in lockdown and a lot of us working from home when we aren’t used to it!

I wanted to share with you some things I have picked up that I feel have been essentials in the kitchen.

It can be really tough if you are used to being out of the house all day to then find yourself at home, either by yourself or with other members of the household and it is so important to try and keep on top of the housework and keep everything in the bathroom and kitchen extra clean, especially during a virus outbreak and also if you are at home 24/7 you are making a lot more mess than usual!

Another thing I have noticed since being at home is that I am snacking a lot more than usual and at first it was actually really hard to get biscuits and chocolate as they were sold out on our online food shop and I have been too scared to go to the supermarket! I have also been drinking a lot more hot drinks than usual.

We got a new kitchen bin as our current one we have had about 5 years and I wanted a slightly bigger one as ours gets full up so quickly! It’s important to have a decent bin as it’s used daily and it makes sense to get a slightly larger one so we don’t have to empty so often. The addis grey waste bin is perfect as it’s the ideal size for the bottom of our larder and I love the feature at the bottom where you can rest your foot when you pull out the old bin bag! It is nice enough to have put in the kitchen if there was room or if we didn’t have a cupboard and the lid is easy to open.

Another thing that has been essential is dishwasher tablets! Being at home and constantly using mugs/glasses as plates you would be surprised how often the dishwasher gets full! We don’t have a full size one, we have a smaller one and it’s been going on twice a day most days! It’s important to get a good dishwasher tablet that will clean your stuff properly and that you don’t run out, so getting a box of 110 should keep us going for a while.

On the subject of cleaning, it is so so important to keep washing your hands during this outbreak, even more than usual. I found a lot of hand washes can be drying to the skin but the dove range can be really moisturise so a good dove hand soap has been a must have next to the sink!

Like I said, as well as keeping everything clean in the kitchen, I have also been snacking a lot and having a lot of hot chocolates so the next two products have been a god send.

If you are a snacker or want to get a big box of snacks to share in your household or at work then this is amazing. The big biscuit box has 71 bars inside! I could definitely east this all to myself over a few weeks but I have been having the odd one here and there but it’s great to have such a variety and also will be good when I go back to the office to take in and share as each bar is individually wrapped. I forgot how much I love toffee crisps!

At home we have a coffee machine which uses pods but I am not a massive fan of coffee so I bought some hot chocolate pods a few months back and have been making my way through those. I have been adding hazelnut coffee syrup to them to give them a different taste and it tastes so good! This is meant for coffee but you can mix it with any drink if you want a nutty taste.

All of these can be purchased from Viking direct who have an amazing range of kitchen appliances, cleaning products and food/drinks.

What have been your kitchen essentials during lock down?

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted products*

Kiss And Bake Up

I LOVE brownies and the great thing about brownies is that you can get so many different flavours. I came across Kiss and bake up who make fresh brownies in a variety of flavours and deliver them straight to your door!

They arrived packaged in cellophane and tissue in a sealed box which then is packed with bubble wrap in packaging labelled fragile. You can tell so much care has gone into making sure you receive them in the best condition.

On the lid of the box is a sticker that shows the flavours as well as ingredients and a best before date. There was a whole week one the date since they arrived, not that I could make them last for a week as they were gone within a couple of days!

The three flavours I tried were:

Coconut ice original brownie

Oreo brownie

Peanut butter and jam brownie

The brownies smelt so good when I first opened the box and honestly, I didn’t even know which one to have first! They look so good and they taste amazing. The oreo brownie was my favourite as I loved the pieces of oreo on top. Even though this was my favourite, I enjoyed all of them and the mint aero one they do also looks so good.

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Mother’s day gift guide 2020

With Mother’s Day approaching, it can be difficult to decide what to buy. For me, I 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 have put together some ideas this year and have included personalised ones too 🙂

 

Beauty/Skincare

 

Rubis Classic Scissors

£31

Beauty tools come in so handy and I am always in need of small scissors, whether it is to cut my nails or trim false lashes down, they are really useful to have. I have a pair of Rubis tweezers and they are my favourite pair as they are sharp and precise as well as being easy to use so I would definitely recommend this brand. The scissors are really great quality and a must have beauty tool.

Solid Perfume – Bella

£24

I hate carrying around a perfume bottle as they are so bulky and often the small samples you get end up leaking all over your bag and only last one or two uses so a solid perfume is ideal. It comes in a beautiful compact tin so is ideal to carry around with you and great for travelling. It is so easy to use, you simply use your finger like you would with a tin of lip balm and then apply anywhere on your skin. It has shea butter in too so is easy to apply and kind to your skin. Bella is a refreshing floral scent and really beautiful, you can get it in a range of other scents too.

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil

£35

I love the Ren Moroccan oil range and always have done. Their body lotion is so lovely but I recently discovered their body oil and fell in love. I smells amazing, as does everything else in the range! You only need a small amount and it makes your skin so soft. It would make the ideal gift for someone that loves a good pamper or deserves one!

Maskologist Lavender Youth Miracle Sheet Masks – 4 Pack

£84.50

Sheet masks are a massive trend right now and Maskologist have created these lovely lavender youth promoting masks. You can buy then singularly or as a pack of 4 and they also do a really nice sounding rose one to help your skin glow. The lavender youth miracle mask helps to reset the skin, making it plumper and more radiant. It leaves your skin feeling amazing and looking so fresh. It is pretty much a professional facial in a box! These masks are completely biodegradable as they are created without the plastic mesh base structure of other hydrogel masks so once used they are fully dissolvable in water so can be used as a body treatment in the bath, bonus 🙂

The Manta – Hairbrush

£25

This is honestly the best hairbrush I have ever tried! It is so easy to hold and it is flexible so it can bend to suit your scalp. It is a lot less harsh than other brushes out there so helps to prevent breakage and as a plus, it can also be used on wet hair. A lot of times you see specific brushes for wet hair as this is when your hair is most vulnerable but this one is safe to use all of the time. It comes in a few different colours and I think the white and rose gold one looks so pretty!

Prezzybox – Handmade Wellbeing Bath Melts Collection

£9.99

This beautiful set is vegan, cruelty free and  free from harsh chemicals,. It would be ideal for anyone that loves a good pamper and loves a nice bath. Made with essential oils, each carries natural benefits, and ensures a relaxing bath. They are beautifully made too and look too nice to use!

They come in 4 different scents – sweet orange (happiness), geranium (balance), eucalyptus (clarity) and lavender (relax).

The Healing Hut – Pregnancy Massage Oil

£12.50

The healing hut have an amazing range of vegan and cruelty free skincare products. The pregnancy oil is a calming lavender blend created to help soften your skin. It is ideal to use whilst pregnant or once given birth to help with any stretch marks. An ideal pampering gift for an expectant mother or a new mother 🙂

The Healing Hut – Pro-age Eye Cream

£12

This organic eye cream is ideal for normal, mature and tired looking skin. It contains natural oils and extracts to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. As with the rest of this range, it is vegan and cruelty free. I find that I much prefer putting natural products near my eyes as they are very sensitive so something like this is great for anyone with sensitive skin too.

The Healing Hut – Ultra-hydrate Chamomile and Jasmine Night Cream

£15

Night cream is important to use as this is when your skin rejuvenates itself and when the products have time to work. Jasmine and Chamomile are especially good for dry and sensitive skin, they work together to regenerate cells and combat inflammation. The scent is beautiful and having this applied to your face by your nose can also help you to relax and sleep better. I think this would be great for new mothers that maybe aren’t spending much time or money on themselves as a little pick me up and treat.

The Healing Hut – Apple and Avocado Face Mask

£12

I really do recommend the healing hut products, especially if you are buying from someone that lives a vegan/cruelty free/organic lifestyle. Their products are really well priced and made with a lot of care and love. They are the ideal pamper products to treat someone to. Doing a face mask can be really relaxing as well as good for your skin.

Clay face masks are great for all skin types and the perfect booster for your skin when it’s not looking its best. Clay is particularly good for fighting inflamed or oily skin. Apple, Avocado and Aloe all contain antioxidants and vitamins A,C and E to protect the skin against environmental damage, and ageing.

 

Homeware

 

Asda Photo – Photo Slate 7.5″ x 5.5″

£11

I wanted to get a nice photo of my myself with my mum for her to display as she has just moved house and is in the middle or decorating and adding pictures and ornaments etc. I have used Asda before for personalised products and have always been impressed with the price and quality. The picture is printed on a piece of slate with s a stand and you can have it made in various sizes. I thought this would look really nice on display.

Asda Photo – Personalised Porcelain Mug

£10

The personalised mugs from Asda are a really great quality too. Their online tool to customise the layout/size of the photos is so simply to use, I designed and ordered both products straight from my phone. I wanted to get a nice mug for my step mum so opted for a picture from her wedding day to my dad. The picture came out really well and the mug looks really good!

Live In The Light – Candle Gift Box

£25

I have mentioned live in the light before, they are one of my favourite go to websites for natural skincare and they have released this beautiful candle gift set which would make the ideal present for any candle lover. All of the candles are natural and in the set you get:

Frosted Glass Tumbler – 7.75oz
Medium Tin – 3oz
Large Tin – 6.7oz
Set of 4 Tealights
Large Pillar – 14oz

Scents may vary box to box but the ones I got all smell amazing! You get so much for your money and it’s all packaged really well in a box and is just such a lovely present.

Prezzybox – Copper Plant House

£24.99

This beautiful plant house would be the ideal present for someone wanting to add a bit of greenery to a kitchen or bathroom. I think this would look great on s shelf or window ledge with an aloe vera or cactus in. It has a concrete foundation block and then a copper coloured frame making it look like a little house, really cute!

The Healing Hut – Oriental Jasmine Plant Wax Candle

£6

Jasmine is a proven anti-depressant, the essential oils sweet aroma works to combat moods and boost energy. It can also provide the right scent for the perfect night’s sleep. It is the ideal scent to have in the bedroom. This candle is the perfect size if you wanted to take it with you if you were travelling and struggling to sleep whilst away from home. Candles make a great gift and this one is vegan and cruelty free.

Cardology – Spring Wellies Pop Up Card

£8.50

I don’t usually get cards for people but this is another level! It is a 3D pop up card that is a pair of wellies with flowers coming out of the top and a bird on. I have never seen a card quite like it. I think it’s a great idea and they have so many designs, you can even get one that is a teddy bear! I think it’s really cool!

 

Food & Drink

 

Rhythm 108 – Sweet’N’Salty Almond Bar

Rhythm 108 – Hazelnut Cookie Dough Bar

£1-£2 each

Price varies depending on stockist.

You can purchase boxes direct or if you want to buy singularly you can usually get these in the free from section of supermarkets or independent vegan/health stores.

These are ideal if you are buying for someone with a gluten or dairy allergy or someone that is vegan as all of their products are organic, gluten free and vegan. The cookie dough is even one of your five a day?!

I don’t eat a vegan diet but the chocolate bars are some of the nicest ones I have ever tasted. When I was eating a vegan diet I was obsessed with the hazelnut praline one. They are so tasty and they taste like really posh, high quality chocolate.

These both would make a great gift, whether you want to buy a selection of different ones or treat someone to a big box 🙂

Mummy Meagz – Rocky Road

£1.49 each

This rocky road bar is vegan and gluten free so again this is another ideal treat for anyone that is eating a vegan diet or has a gluten or dairy allergy. I love the design on the packaging and it tastes so good! I am a big rocky road fan and this is the perfect size as a treat and they have so many different flavour bars to pick from 🙂 They even do their own version of a creme egg!

il Gusto – Miniature Oils & Vinegar Gift Set

£24.95

This set contains a great mixture of oils and vinegars in a presentation box. I think this would be great for anyone that is into cooking or looking to better themselves in the kitchen(like myself!). It is a great way to try different flavours I wouldn’t usually have picked up. The set contains 8 x 40ml bottles:

Garlic Oil
Hazelnut Oil
Chilli Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil “LASITHI” – Organic
Raspberry Balsam Vinegar
Mango Balsam Vinegar
Tomato & Basil Balsam Vinegar
Calamansi Balsam Vinegar

I love how they come in a box too and il gusto have so many other bottles to try, you can get some really good gin selection boxes too.

Cricketers – Artisan Gin

£37

Cricketers gin is a small batch, artisan crafted, London Dry Gin. It features the local Berkshire botanicals: wild marjoram, milk thistle and blackberries, these unique flavours harmonise with zesty orange, spicy coriander, and subtle tones of liquorice to deliver an exquisitely smooth juniper-forward gin. It is great mixed with just a plain tonic so you can really appreciate the flavour or you can of course create your own mix by adding it to something flavoured.

This is a must have for any gin lover and not just for people that like cricket!

 

Fashion

 

Seaton Gifts – Heart and Checks Reversible Multicoloured Scarf

£19.95

This beautifully made scarf is reversible. One side of this soft scarf features a check weave in a mixture of vibrant colours accented with navy blue or grey hearts. The other side shows the pattern in reverse with multi coloured hearts against a navy blue or grey background. It has soft frayed edges. The scarf is really soft and would make a really great present, especially this time of year and the colours are great for winter/spring.

Cover-Up Phone Case – New Zealand Paua Shell Explorer Black Case 

£35

Cover-Up have an amazing selection of phone cases made out of wood, stone, felt or shell. The shall range is stunning and they have so many different type of shell to pick from. I think a really stunning, unique phone case like this would be a really good gift. The case is very hard wearing and they come in so many different options as well as lots of different phone models.

The Healing Hut – Necklace

£7

This beautiful necklace is a set of angel wings with a heart hanging in the middle. It is such a lovely piece and very elegant. The healing hut has a good range of jewellery, not all of them are on the online shop at the moment but you can always contact them to find out what they have in stock or visit them if you are local to Hook.

The Healing Hut – Wish Bracelet

£4

I think this bracelet is really sweet and thoughtful. The idea behind it is that you give it to someone as a gift and make a wish, over time as the thread frays it means your wish is coming and eventually when it comes off your wish is meant to come true. It is adjustable and will fit most wrists 🙂

I hope I have given you some good ideas!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Caffeine bullets

Have you ever heard of caffeine bullets? They are a great alternative to energy drinks or energy gels!

“Caffeine Bullet was founded by David Hellard, a marathon and ultra-running champion, because there were no caffeine products available that could be conveniently taken mid-race, without having to consume a large number of gels.

Each minty bullet blends caffeine with four types of electrolytes to increase endurance and improve athletic performance. And because it’s chewed the caffeine is absorbed through your cheeks directly into the bloodstream for a concentrated caffeine hit far faster than energy gels, drinks or caffeine pills, allowing you to train harder and race faster.

A convenient alternative to the high calories of energy drinks and coffees – perfect pre-gym, mid-race or post-heavy night out!” – www.caffeinebullet.com

I got these for my husband to try as he is a keen mountain biker so it is important when he goes out that he is on top form and has enough energy and momentum. I also am a little bit of a caffeine addict and suffer with migraines and I often find usually a can of coke or red bull as a pick me up can help me so I wanted to give these a go. Caffeine when taken alongside some medications also speeds up the absorption which is why you can buy paracetamol with caffeine in!

They work really well and definitely give you that pick me up that you may need. I actually really like the flavour as its minty and I love mint stuff anyway.

These are pretty handy to take with you if you are into running or something as they come individually wrapped in the packet. They are also handy to carry about in your handbag!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*