Freedom Chocolate

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Freedom Chocolate hand crafts luxury artisan chocolate that happens to be Vegan & Multi Allergy Friendly, Our ingredients are ethically sourced and we use eco friendly packaging.

The Independent included them in their Best Vegan Bars in January!

Christmas Indulgence Box

£17.95

This box contains 8 x 30g bars

2 each of Gingerbread, Peppermint Mocha, Mulled Wine Spice and Cranberry & Orange.

They are individually wrapped so could be given as a whole of split up to give to a few different people as gifts or to keep a couple for yourself!

It’s nice to be able to get luxurious chocolate that is vegan and allergy friendly as it can often be hard to find different flavours and types of chocolate if you have a dairy allergy as free from products are usually just dark chocolate with no flavour.

I really like the simple packaging of these and how they show they are vegan and free from on the bottom as well as clearly showing the flavour.

Usually vegan chocolate tastes slightly different to what I regularly eat but I was so impressed with these, you wouldn’t even know they were free from or vegan as they just taste like really nice posh chocolate!

The range of flavours in the Christmas box is unique and I am surprised how much ai enjoyed the mulled wine one! They also do lots of other regular flavours which you can buy in mini or full sized bars but being November these are ideal for Christmas as it’s soon creeping up on us!

My favourite had to be the peppermint mocha as I love anything minty and think this sums up Christmas really well. I also really enjoyed the cranberry and orange and really want to try their mylk orange one as well.

The box would be great to treat a loved one to whether they are vegan or not and you could get it shipped straight to them as we are all limiting who we see next month in the UK due to covid lockdown. It’s great that you can buy treat boxes like this and send to someone without having to leave the house!

What type of chocolate reminds you of Christmas?

Sarah x

Body and Mind Botanicals

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“Body and Mind botanicals are a British company who grow all of our own organic Cannabis to produce, highly effective, award winning and safe CBD products.

We are involved from the seeds being planted to extracting the CBD for infusion and to getting the order through your door.

All of our products are independently lab tested to ensure the levels of CBD and THC are 100% safe and legal in the UK. Our farms are certified organic following stringent regulations to ensure our plants are grown as mother nature intended.” – bodyandmindbotanicals.com

A great way to try out CBD products is with either chocolate or tea. Body and Mind Botanicals have a great range of both:

Cannabis Chocolate Bar-Dark 71% – 50mg

Cannabis Chocolate Bar-Orange 56% – 50mg

Cannabis Chocolate Bar- Mint 71% – 50mg

Loose Organic Cannabis Tea Pouch 15g

Cannabis Herbal Tea – Original – 400mg/10tbgs

Cannabis Herbal Tea- Peppermint- 400mg/10tbgs

I am really impressed with the chocolates as I was expecting an odd taste or to be able to taste the additions but it just tasted like a nice bar of chocolate! Many people use CBD products for health benefits so it’s great that it’s being introduced to everyday products.

If you don’t want to try the chocolate then tea is a great way to try the CBD benefits. Tea is very calming and relaxing anyway so having it with CBD can really help to destress you.

My favourite was the chocolate orange bar as I love orange flavoured things! The peppermint tea was my fave of the teas to try as I really like mint teas.

Have you tried CBD chocolate or tea before?

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide 2020

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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 anything else is struggling!

Home

Asda Photo Blanket

57″ x 37″

£40

I love the personalised photo range from Asda and have had cushions, mugs and photo slates from them before but never knew they did throws before! it would make an amazing gift, especially for the winter. You can pick what size the throw is and what photos you want to use as well as the colour of the throw on the front and back. I was amazing at how soft it was and even though I knew the size it seemed a lot bigger than I thought! Great for using on the sofa when watching a film and I went for pictures of my cats with a paw print design on.

Prezzybox – Crazy Cat Lady Mug

£9.99

This mug is the perfect or should I say purrrrrfect?! present for any cat lover, whether they drink coffee, tea or hot chocolate it is a brilliant gift. The bottom of the mug looks like a cat paw and has a paw design underneath as well as having the crazy cat lady design on the side in pink. If they don’t drink hot drinks it would also make a great pen pot or something to put fake flowers in for decoration.

Pankhurst Gallery- Ronald Junior Mug

£9.50

Pankhurst Gallery have a great range of mugs, all designs are from paintings by Julia Pankhurst. They also have a great range of prints and canvasses. I think mugs with prints like this on look so unique and make a great gift. It’s not something you would usually pick up when looking for a mug so having a piece of art printed on the mug makes it special. It is printed on the mug really well and the mug is really great quality.

Edit – Self Care Co Candle

Candles make a great gift, especially this time of year. It’s warm, it’s spicy and encapsulates top notes of wild orange, middle notes of spicy cinnamon and clove, followed by a warm yet earthy base make a great Christmas candle. It is soy based and has been hand poured with pure essential oils. It has an approx 60-80 hour burn time and smells amazing. The candle is vegan and eco friendly.

HD Mirrors – Malibu Hollywood Mirror

£34.99

The Malibu portable makeup Mirror is 19 x 25.2 x 2.4cm and weighs only 625g. It is perfect mirror to either use at home or to carry around in your bag if travelling.

I love the fact it has a built in light as it really helps to illuminate your face of using to pluck your eyebrows or apply make up.

It has full surround lighting in a portable solution with a USB rechargeable 1000mAh battery. The lighting can be full brightness, with the option to dim by holding down the power button.

Carfume – Luxury Car Air Freshener

£11.99

This is the perfect stocking filler or gift for that one person who spends lots of time in their car, whether that’s commuting to work or driving the family around, make sure their car has a long-lasting aroma. 

They come in a variety of scents and colours so there is something for everyone. They last at least 4 weeks and aren’t too overpowering.

They are donating 5% of profits to CALM throughout the month of November.

Moonlight Melts – Wax Melts

£1.99 per pack of 3/4 depending on shape.

Moonlight melts create a vast range of different scents and shapes of max melts. You can order personalised ones or the standard packs of 3/4 in different scents depending on what you require.

Wax melts are basically scented wax candles without a wick and all you do is melt them in a wax burner. The melts are heated by the tea light and fill the room (or whole house) with beautiful scents.

They have such a great range of scents from Orange spice to Christmas pudding!

Experiences

Photography Courses & Gift Experiences

From £250

A great gift for any aspiring photographer, these photography courses and experiences give an opportunity to progress and improve the recipients photography by spending time learning with a professional photographer. These aren’t your ordinary photography courses though, you can choose between photographing a mermaid on a beach, armour wearing knights in a forest even take part in a storytelling photoshoot where a model is floated out into a lake on an airbed.

Through these photoshoots and training days you’ll learn how to master your camera settings, improve composition and storytelling as well as all the small details that goes into putting on a larger scale photoshoot.

Skincare/Beauty

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Lip Balm Set

£14

Neve’s Bees are made by in West Oxfordshire, blending their own beeswax with pure, natural and sustainably sourced plant oils and butters and essential oil.

This lip balm set contains:

1 Lemon & Lime Lip Balm, 1 Sweet Grapefruit Lip Balm and 1 Honey Vanilla Lip Balm each in an 8ml Slider tin in their ‘Brown Paper Packaging’ gift box. They are so lovely to use and keep your lips really soft. The set would make a great gift.

Neve’s Bees – Hand Salve

£10.95

This item includes their ylang ylang and patchouli hand and skin cream in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You’re Lush!” gift tag. I love the packaging and think the bag is so cute and their labels and designs are so bright and cheery. This hand salve is great for on the go and is perfect for winter hands.

Neve’s Bees – Cuticle Butter

£8.50

This item includes their bestselling cuticle butter in a linen eco-friendly gift bag with “You Nailed It!” gift tag. This is ideal for anyone that wants to take care of their hands or regularly has their nails done and wants to keep their cuticles nice. It doesn’t leave your hands greasy abs the tin is perfect to carry around if needed. Again, this has their super cute design on the tin and tag.

Beauty By Jas – Jasmine Joy Bamboo Face Scrub

£12

Beauty By Jas products are handmade, vegan and not tested on animals. This face scrub smells great and I love the packaging, it has been so well designed.

“Anti-inflammatory, clarifying and healing. This gentle scrub is naturally antibacterial with protective jasmine oil and enriched with the hydrating benefits of silica found naturally in bamboo and which supports the production of collagen in the skin. Additionally soothing with the skin-repairing, intensely nutrient-dense properties of moringa seed oil.”

Beauty By Jas – Happy Himalayan Body Scrub

£10

This body scrub also has a beautiful design on the label and is packaged in a similar pot. It smells really good and is really enjoyable to use.

“Purifying and refining this smoothing polish is packed with the protective goodness of himalayan salt crystals to gently detox and soften the skin and boost moisture retention to prevent excessive dryness.”

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Lotion

£10.99

This body lotion is so good for this time of year as it really does help to keep your skin soft and is great to use after a bath or shower. Teamed with the body wash its a great way to keep your skin hydrated.

SheaMoisture – Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash

£10.99

I love this brand for body products and haircare. Shea butter is so good for your skin and smells really good too. This wash and lotion would make a great gift for anyone that loves to pamper. This range is great for dry skin and the body wash leaves you feeling really soft.

SheaMoisture – Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Energising Bath, Body And Massage Oil

£11.99

I love oils like this as a bath oil and this is great as you can also use it on your body after the bath too or as a massage oil. For anyone that love pampering this would be a great gift. Bath oils can often be really expensive but this one is 237ml and I think you get so much for the price Massage oils can also be really nice, whether you use it with your partner or rub it on yourself it can really help to relax! The fruit cushion scent is lovely and it’s great how many uses this has.

Perry’s Bath Bombs – Cosmic bath bomb

Adult size £3.50

Child size £2

For homemade bath bombs they are so well priced, considering how much you might pay if you went into Lush! They are great quality and on par, if not better than ones I have bought in stores before. The thing that impressed me the most is how well they fizz and the scent doesn’t fade, even if you are in the bath for an hour or longer the scent stays strong and you feel so soft and smell great when you get out.

I also love the fact they don’t stain the bath!! The whole range is cruelty free and vegan. It is also great that they come in different sizes too.

Tweezerfile

£19.99

This amazing creation is the original tweezer sharpener. How many of us have had to replace tweezers that we love when in-fact you can just sharpen them?!

The tweezerfile is so easy to use and would make a great gift for anyone that is into beauty products and tools.

The small pocket-sized beauty file allows you to bring your favourite tweezers back to life. No need to throw them away and buy a new pair.

Now blunt, useless tweezers are a thing of the past – keep Tweezerfile in your beauty bag and your tweezers will always be in tip top condition.

Mettalife- Pure Savvy Overnight Radiance Serum

£60

Mettalife is an eco-friendly vegan online marketplace bringing together a range of over 100 different brands. The two products I have tried are from the brand Pure Savvy.

This serum has so many great ingredients and is so good to help your skin. It really does leave your face looking smoother and brighter.

Hyaluronic Acid – protects the skin from UVB rays and provides a protective barrier on the skin to lock in moisture

Willow Bark Extract – multi-tasking botanical powerhouse rich in anti-oxidants, helping to cleanse, exfoliate, tone and balance skin and reduce redness in skin

Papaya Fruit Extract – natural enzymes gently help to remove dead skin leaving the skin looking fresher and brighter

Spilanthes Acmella – plant-derived extract proven to restructure, firm and smooth the skin with a noticeable effect

Mettalife- Pure Savvy 3 in 1 Miceller Water

£8-24 depending on size

Miceller water is great for your skin whilst cleansing it. It is enriched with snow mushroom with its unique, hydrating properties, this refreshing and soothing Micellar Water removes make-up and cleanses and tones gently and effectively.

Clothing

Squatsnotsweeties – Medium To High Impact Black Signature Sports Bralette

£26

I am so impressed with this brand, their sportswear is so nice and the material is really stretchy and comfortable. A bralette or leggings would be a great gift to anyone that enjoys working out. Often activewear can be tight and uncomfortable but this bralette is not only really comfortable but it’s also really stylish by having the strap features. It also has removable pads so you can decide if you want them included or not.

Squatsnotsweeties – Black Signature Leggings

£34

These are honestly my new favourite leggings as they are so comfortable and really flattering too. There is also a small pocket if you had a locker key you wanted to keep safe. I think I will be wearing these as everyday leggings and not just for working out as I love them so much. They are such a great material and really would be a great gift. The fit is great and they are true to size.

Food & Drink

Cake & Handle – Cake Box

From £3.99

This box is a great idea if you are planning to make or buy a nice cake for someone. It is a great invention to be able to carry a cake without it getting squashed or ruined. Their boxes provide practical elegance and durability for both the amateur and professional baker. Compatible with most height extenders, each pack comes with one box with a lid and handles.

Il Gusto – Star Liqueur Set

£15

This great set of vodkas comes in lots of different options, the ones I went for are:

Pink/Blood Orange/Sour Cherry

It is a great way to try out different flavours and they come in the cutest little jars. You can also pay an extra £1 to have them arrive in an organza bag.

Il gusto have a really good range of different liquors in a variety of flavours and different bottle options. I think they look great on display too. Not only do they offer alcohol, they also have a great range of oils and vinegars too.

Eh-co Chilli Oil

From £3.99

This basil infused oil is perfect for any chilli or oil fan. It’s a great accompaniment to salad or to drizzle on chicken as well as having it as a dipping oil for bread.

Etinde House Chilli Oils deliver the best of provenance; made with sustainably grown extra virgin/cold pressed Rapeseed oil (UK Grown), Habanero chilli, Carolina Reaper Chilli, Basil & Rosemary.

Their range is all vegan, dairy and gluten free.

Mockingbird Spirit – Miniature

£3.99

This alcohol free spirit is inspired by tequila by using authentic Mexican Blue Weber Agave, allowing you to have all the margaritas you want without a hangover! It is also great mixed with tonic water or any type of flavoured soda.

I love that there is an option to have alcohol free spirits as not everyone can drink alcohol so this means they won’t miss out on different cocktails.

Prezzybox – Personalised Marmite

£11.99

I think this is an awesome idea that you can personalise your own marmite jar! Marmite is one of those things people with love or hate and my dad Tony loves it! He has a marmite sandwich as a snack all the time so I think this is not only a useful present but also a really special one being personalised. Once it’s empty it can be cleaned out and used for decoration too.

Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box

From £7.99

The Nutritional Ninjas Bake Box is a baking box to help children learn kitchen skills at home. It is a subscription box where you can select how many months you wish to purchase. Each month, children receive all of the pre-measured dry ingredients they’ll need to cook a tasty treat as well as recipe cards, activities and a collectible sticker. They also get access to the online cookery classes so that they can cook along with the teacher, meaning a stress free experience for parents at home. 

This is a great idea for children and also includes a prep checklist to check they have washed their hands and cleaned the surfaces etc. It comes in a box that can fit through a letterbox too!

Social Stories Club – Ethical Gift Box

From £16.50

Social Stories Club, a socially impactful gift-box social enterprise has decided to make this Christmas as socially conscious as possible, they have curated a campaign to have ‘Christmas with an Impact’. Social Stories Club have been shining a light on social enterprises and their incredible stories of impact for two years, through their exciting gifts supporting lots of social causes such as creating social mobility for the Dalit community of India, supporting reforestation, and providing education for girls. This Christmas they are asking the UK public to buy a socially impactful gift and make this Christmas as Impactful as possible.

They have a great range of different boxes to choose from or you can create your own depending on your budget. It is also a great way to try new things!

Electrical

Always Personal – Wireless Phone Charger

£14.95

These wireless bamboo phone chargers make lovely gifts as they look great on desks, bedside tables, kitchen counters and anywhere in your home. They can be personalised with any message and I think they are great value as often wireless chargers are really expensive. The engraving is great quality and they charge your phone quite quickly.

Books & Games

Victoria’s Torton Tales – Story Time Bundle

£24.99

Victoria’s Busy Day: Volume 1

Pop Comes to Sewards’ Yard: Volume 2

Roser and Tanner Steam Roller Friends: Volume 3

Victoria and the Teddy Bear: Volume 4

This story book bundle has four separate books, they can all be purchased separately too. Each of the stories have lovable characters, charming settings, and themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another.

The first two stories in the series were written by Wendy, for her children when they were 2 and 5 years old, and are based around the adventures of their real steam traction engine, Victoria. They then decided to publish the stories in 2016 and since then have added 2 more stories to the series, with more to come. 

Victoria’s Torton Tales- Early Learning Counting Book

£3

This is a great, fun book to help children with counting. Let’s Count with Victoria 1 2 3 is filled with lots of fun colourful animals and objects to count, and pictures of the real Victoria the traction engine to enjoy.

The Dark Imp – Coaster Games

£6.99

This is a set of 6 different games on cardboard coasters:

• Letter Market – a word game for 2+ players.

• Sleuth Box – a deduction game for 2 players.

• Alien Farm – an action-selection game for 2-4 players.

• Ice Cream Truck – a risk-management game for 2+ players.

• Treasure Split – a cooperative game for 2 players.

• Free the Frog – a party game for 2+ players.

On each coaster the game is on one side and the other side has the game rules. They are easy and fun and great to use at parties and by having them on coasters they are easy to take with you to gatherings and look really cool!

Prezzybox – Learn Something New Everyday About Cats

£9.99

This roll of tickets is the perfect gift for any cat lover. You pull a ticket out each day to learn a fun mew fact about cats. You can get lots of different ones of these for different topics but this cat one is amazing. It contains 100 tickets which you can pull out daily or once a week, as often as you like but 100 will last a while! Such a fun and unique present.

You could also put together a small gift bag or basket containing free stuff which is a really thoughtful gift if you don’t have any money to spend. It’s a great way to try out different samples of products. There are always lots of beauty and perfume samples available to apply for online.

Have you done any Christmas shopping yet?

Sarah x

Celebrating a lockdown birthday with Moonpig

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Celebrating a birthday during lockdown is difficult and different. My husband Nick turned 30 this week and we had made so many plans to celebrate but we have had to cancel/postpone nearly all of them due to Covid and lockdown. It can be very upsetting and disappointing when you have something special like a big birthday and can’t do exactly what you want to but you have to try and make the best of the situation!

We both have had some time off work to celebrate together at home and I wanted to share with you some of the gifts I picked up from Moonpig to help cheer Nick up and make his day special.

Football scratch off poster

£9

The 100 team poster is designed to be scratched off every time you watch a new team play. It’s fun and looks really good and a great way to discover teams and where they usually play. My husband has seen a lot of teams play so this was fun to scratch them off and hopefully one day will be able to scratch them all off!

Hogs Back Brewery Pub in a Box Gift Set

£40

Box includes:

1 x 500ml TEA

1 x 500ml HOP

1 x 500ml RIP

1 x 500ml OTT

1 x 330ml Hogstar

1 x 330ml Little Swine

1 x 500ml Hazy Hog

1 x Hogs Back Pint glass

12 x Hogs Back Beer Mats

1 x Crisps

1 x Pork Scratchings

1 x Hogs Back Playing Cards

This is such a great idea to have a pub in a box set. With everything going on in the world right now it’s not so simple to visit a pub so why not bring it to you! This box has everything inside needed to create that pub experience, from the drinks to the snacks and your own glass and beer mat. It’s also a great way to try out different drinks in the comfort of your own home. This was a great box for Nick to enjoy over the last week!

Lindt Master Chocolatier Collection

£10

This is the ideal gift for any chocolate lover as it’s a great selection of lindt chocolate. We shared these after dinner on Nicks birthday and it delft special as we wouldn’t usually buy a box of chocolates so it was really nice to have these. I was surprised how many you get in the box too!

Beer Hawk Happy Birthday Craft Beer Selection Box

£20

Box includes:

1 x 330ml Magic Rock Dark Arts Can – Stout

1 x 330ml Harviestoun Bitter and Twisted Can – Pale Ale

1 x 330ml Tiny Rebel Clwb Tropicana Can – IPA

1 x 355ml Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale Can – Wheat

1 x 330ml Camden Hells Can – Lager

1 x Beer Hawk Aviero Tasting Glass

1 x Soffles Rosemary & Thyme Mini Pitta Chips

This is another beer selection box that Moonpig offers and contains a good mix of beers along with a glass and come snacks.

It is a nice way for Nick to try out different beers and also to be able to celebrate at home all week, he was able to try a different beer each night this week!

They also have an amazing selection of cards to pick from and you can also personalise them to include names, messages and pictures. You really can find something for everyone. You can also pick what size card you want as well and if you want it shipped direct to the recipient or if you want it sent to yourself for you to write something in.

I went for a football shirt style one and ordered it in a large size. I think it’s great that you can get them personalised and also pick the sizing. I decided not to go for a message inside so I can hand write it instead.

I am so impressed with Moonpig and the variety of gifts they have as there really is something for everyone, no matter what the occasion is!

Have you celebrated a big birthday in lockdown? What did you do?

Sarah x

Hunter and Gather – Avocado oil garlic mayonnaise

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“‘Optimal Health’ pioneer, Hunter & Gather has enjoyed meteoric growth over the last three years, going from kitchen table start-up to over £2.5 Million in expected retail sales! And yet, co-founders Amy Moring & Jeff Webster have long craved some strategic downtime to review, reassess and refine the umbrella identity and language of their rapidly evolving range, which has grown exponentially from 2 products to 10 products since the brands launch back in 2017.

Hunter & Gather is a dynamic, category leader with a far-reaching product range that contests a number of distinct yet intrinsically ‘set in their ways’ categories, providing superior, ‘Optimal Health’ choices, from clean-deck cooking oils and condiments to supplementary MCT oil, Collagen peptides and raw Icelandic lamb, real food supplements.  

According to co-founder, Amy Moring, ‘The recent lockdown provided the perfect opportunity for us to develop a dynamic and cohesive new look, strapline and hierarchy of messages that underpins our stance as an Optimal Health Brand that provides you with the tools you need to thrive.  

Since launching, Hunter & Gather we’ve forged strong ties with our customers, listening to their distinct needs, aspirations and ultimately pinpointing what they most love about the brand. It came back to the fundamentals of seeking optimal health products they could trust.

Our transition from small start-up to International operator and supermarket stalwarts has come a lot faster than even we could have anticipated, meaning it was imperative we spent time fostering a bold and clear identity, which heightens our shelf presence whilst amplifying key messages; such as our ongoing commitment to best-in-class, ‘real’ food ingredients & a sugar-free, grain-free, seed oil-free lifestyle.’

With YET further range innovation (4 new products!) and new stockists due to be unveiled this Autumn, this award-winning SME is proud to have bedded down a distinct brand identity that can effortlessly accommodate future range growth, whilst shining a light on their proud ‘free-from’ and ‘less-is-more’ ingredient pledges.” – Hunter and Gather

I have been trying out the avocado oil garlic mayonnaise the last few weeks and have tried it with a few different options and I love it! It’s great to use in a wrap or a sandwich as well as using it for a dip for crisps or with dinner for your chips. I am a massive garlic lover so love any kind of dips/sauces like this.

Have you ever tried this?

Sarah x