My Sunday Photo - 25th November 2018

25 November 2018

It seems a while since I last posted My Sunday Photo but I really wanted to share a photo my 13 year old daughter took of her and her horse.  Gee has struggled a lot recently and we have been trying to boost her confidence and help her to cope with everyday life.  Things have been a struggle but hopefully light is at the end of the tunnel.

I can't wait to visit everyone else and look at your photos this week.


Christmas Gifts for the Ladies

21 November 2018

We all love the ladies in our lives and it is always a pleasure to spoil them at Christmas.  I have trawled the internet looking for fabulous gifts to suit the various females in your life.  I would be so happy with some of these gifts I have chosen.

Luxury Onesie from Hunkemoller for the lady who loves to lounge
I was recently introduced to a fabulous brand who stock some gorgeous nightwear called Hunkemoller.  They have over 800 stores in 24 countries and were founded in 1886 in Amsterdam.  We were gifted the onesie to include in this guide and I can honestly say it is a beautifully soft fleece with added pom poms for decoration.  Priced at £37 and available from their website.  Hunkemoller stock a wide range of nightwear including pyjamas and nightshirts.

For the Crafter
Not necessarily a Christmas gift but I had to share this lovely Advent Calendar from Fabrikit.  The kit is ideal for beginners or for those of us who like a quick project. The pattern pieces feature the cutest characters and have been cleverly printed onto the fabric so all you need to do is cut and stitch! The kit comes with all the components including fabric, threads and easy-to-follow instructions and is available to buy from Crafters Companion priced £14.99.

Beefayre Scented Candle
The Winter Garden range of scented candles from Beefayre smell divine and are perfect as a stocking filler for the lady in your life.  Made from pure essential oils the aroma is an elegant blend of zesty orange and aromatic notes of clove, spice and cinnamon. Made from 100% natural plant wax they are hand poured into a botanical glass print jar.  Priced at £18.00 they are available from Beefayre online.

Zippo Handwarmer
For the lady who always has cold hands or is outdoors a lot then the Zippo Handwarmer would be the perfect gift.  I know from experience of being outdoors with Gee and the horse how cold it can get and the handwarmer fits perfectly in the palms of your hand to provide warmth for up to 12 hours.  Available online at Zippo priced £23.95.

Korres Giftsets
Korres Little Starts is the ideal gift for the globetrotter in your life, this set of four favourites includes Bergamot Pear Shower Gel 40ml, Fig Shower Gel 40ml, Lavender Blossom Shower Gel 40ml and Bergamot Jasmine Shower Gel 40ml.  Priced at £10 it is available from Tescos.

Love Island Game
New this year, the Love Island game from Ginger Fox designs lets you experience a taste of Islander life with this game of Love Island challenges. Battle it out over hot challenges including Sexy Charades, Sexiest Pub Quiz Ever! and Let’s Get Physical to be crowned the winning couple. Contents: Rules, challenge cards, chalkboard cards, chalk, 'spin-the-bottle' spinner. (Suitable for 18+ years) a great gift for adults of both sex.  The game is available from Amazon priced around £15.

An Electric Heated Blanket for the Elderly Lady in your Life
I always worry that my mother in-law will not put the heating on in Winter and her house is really cold.  This Electric Heated Blanket from CareCo is the perfect solution to help her keep warm and cosy. Made from a lovely soft fleece fabric and can be used on the bed or when she is sat in the living room watching TV and reading.  It has 6 settings for individual preference and a safety timer so that it switches itself off after 3 hours.  Priced at £34.99 it is available from CareCo.

What do you have on your Christmas list this year?

Food & Drink For Christmas

21 November 2018

The best bit of Christmas for me is the over indulgence of good food and a plentiful supply of various drinks.  Today I am featuring some of the items we love that will hopefully tantalise your tastebuds and ensure you have a memorable Christmas.  These items would make lovely gifts to share with loved ones.

Langley's Old Tom Gin
If you are looking to try something new then Langley's Old Tom Gin has sweet, spiced undertones which makes it a must-have for the festive period. The story of Old Tom is intrinsically linked with that of England as gin consumption in 17th century England was beginning to have a massive impact on the social fabric of the city and government efforts to stem the flow of gin forced its production and sale underground. It was a style which stopped been produced in 1970s but has recently seen a revival. Langley's brown bottle is in keeping with the gin's story and it is available at Ocado - £25.

British Cassis
British Cassis Blackcurrant Liquer is made in Herefordshire by Jo Hilditch, a fourth-generation blackcurrant farmer, its style is totally different than traditional creme de cassis - it has rich ripe fruity aromas and is less sweet. It is also super versatile and great in cocktails and with sparkling wine as a kir royal. Christmas would not be complete without a bottle in your drinks cabinet.  It is available at Waitrose & Majestic nationwide RRP £19.99.

Elizabeth Shaw Biscuits & Flutes
I would like to tell you about a couple of our favourite treats for Christmas from Elizabeth Shaw.  Raisin & Cocoa biscuits are devine.  Crisp biscuit, covered in chewy caramel and topped with raisins and crunchy decadent cocoa nibs and smothered in rich dark chocolate are sure to satisfy any tastebuds.  No Christmas would be perfect without a box (or two) of their elegant Mint Flutes.  A dark chocolate case surrounds a delicious soft mint fondant and they look wonderful in a glass for sharing after a meal.  

Kentish Produce
Produced in Kent is an organisation supporting awareness of food and drink from Kent. It aims to highlight the work of the organisation through its incredible membership which include producers, growers, retail, hospitality, tourism and artisan craft businesses. I love to buy artisan foods as gifts and they have some really fabulous suppliers.  Korko African Ginger & Lemon and Pineapple drink are delicious hot or cold.  Kentish condiments such as Caramelised Shallot and Cider Vinegar, Garden Herb and Honey and Mustard are the perfect compliment to your salads.  Coffee from Real Deal Roasters is available in large variety of beans and ground, my favourite has to be the Old Brown.  Clearly Juice from Biddenden is the finest apple juice I have tasted and so refreshing.  Whilst Shepherd Neame & Co have their own Christmas Ale, ideal for Santa's Christmas Eve tipple.  In fact there is something for everyone, I'm sure you will find a favourite.

Barefoot Bubbly
Just right for Christmas is the Sparkling Pinot Grigio from Barefoot Bubbly has fresh flavours of citrus with the aroma of sweet orange blossom.  The perfect accompaniment to fish and white pasta or even to be savoured on it's own.  It is available from leading supermarkets.

Summerton Club Bottle of the Month
If your partner likes a tipple then why not gift them a monthly subscription to the Summerton Club. Daniel the mastermind behind the Summerton Club sources unique bottles of whisky, rum and brandy to bring a new experience to its members. He is also working with some master distillers to bring out member bottles not available in the UK.  We were sent this rather delicious well aged Greek Brandy called Dareos Aged Tsipouro, perfectly smooth and perfect for drinking on its own. I have a great discount code for you Wishful5 which will enable my readers to get £5 off the subscription fee.  You can opt for a bi-monthly delivery or 3 monthly.  A perfect gift for the connoisseur.

The Spice Pioneer
The Spice Pioneer monthly subscription meal kits make the perfect present for foodies this Christmas. Each month through your letter box you receive a pack containing the finest spices and more, easy to follow instructions, a shopping list and even a music playlist, to enable you to make authentic dishes from around the world and create an evening to remember. With gift packages starting from £27 for a three-month subscription, The Spice Pioneer boxes can be ordered online to any UK address, making it effortless to send gifts to long distance friends and family. Or why not treat yourself and enjoy a culinary journey with your friends and family.

Have you seen anything you fancy or would enjoy, I would love you to share them with me.

Christmas Gifts for Men

15 November 2018

Can you believe it is only a few weeks until Christmas? I have so much to do and not much time to do it, I could really do with a few weeks off to start preparing for our move but this will have to wait until after the big day.  What do you buy for the man in your life? I find some men really difficult to buy for and I have included a few things below that some of the men in my family would like to receive this Christmas.

Dobell Tweed Waistcoat
For the country gent then a trendy tweed waistcoast from Dobell would be ideal.  The Green Windowpane Check Tweed Waistcoat is single breasted, has 5 buttons, welt pockets and a rather sexy red silk back which is adjustable. Made from a wool blend it is dry clean only.  Priced at £39.99 it would make a great addition to any man's wardrobe.

Personalised Cheese Serving Set
For all the cheese lovers then this personalised Cheese Board with integrated cheese knifes with wooden handles is perfect.  Made from environmentally friendly Hevea wood it would make a lovely gift for a man or as a gift for a couple who love cheese.  It is available from Personally Presented priced £27.45.

Woody's Grooming Products
Woody's make products with only the finest quality ingredients to cleanse, nourish and protect the skin and hair. If you have a man in your life that likes to keep things simple, Woody's offer a comfortable daily regimen that offers basic, no-frill products that smell good and get the job done.

Dashcam from Nextbase
Every man loves their gadgets and the 112 Dashcam from Nextbase, is an affordable piece of tech which will be available for £39 over the Christmas period. A great price and a super gadget to gift to any drivers in the family. The 112 is compact, easy to use, and records stunning 720p HD footage. It boasts a variety of features, with Four Element Sharp Lenses, made with four layers of glass which deliver clear images and the photo mode allows you to take still images for further evidence. It weights just 360g, and can be stored easily within your car, with the additional feature of the Click and Go Mount, a magnetic feature exclusive to Nextbase, ensures that the Dash Cam fits snugly into your car, free from wires.

Gillette Mach3 Limited Edition
For the man who likes a wet shave but annoyingly leaves his razor on the sink or bath, Gillette have brought out the Mach 3 Razor Limited Edition Gift Pack with Razor Stand (RRP £17.99) available from Boots. Such a great idea and one that can benefit the lady of the house (if like me you get annoyed by things being left lying around).

If I come across anything else that I have bought or been gifted them this post will be updated daily so don't forget to check back :).

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