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This Christmas, I chose to support as many small businesses as possible. As I started my own Esty page at the start of 2020, it showed me how much time and effort small business owners put into each sale - so, I wanted to bring that little bit of joy to as many people as possible by supporting their shops. And that is an energy I want to maintain as we move into 2021. I want to shop small and shop local as much as possible. I want to buy off Etsy as much as possible - and just celebrate people's creativity and hard work in the products they make.

So, I thought I should put together a little post sharing my favourite small businesses that I want to support throughout 2021. Many of these are people I know in real life that I am immensely proud of for focusing in on their passions and making something of it. And others are most likely people I have discovered on Instagram that make super cute stuff.

Nord66 Chocolates

I would say I am biased here but, to be honest, I really am not - even if he is my boyfriend. Shane is a chef but turned his hand to making chocolates during the first lockdown. Now we are in the third lockdown here in Wales and he is reopening his shop once again after a brief Christmas break. Not only are his chocolates absolutely stunning to look at (trust me, having them in the fridge but knowing I can't touch them is like my own personal hell) but the flavour combinations he comes up with are awesome - and definitely not your typical basic caramel or orange creme filling. He is currently working on a blood orange ganache (which is heavenly) and even a rose and lychee filling too! He changes up his flavours each month to match what is in season so be sure to follow him to see what he'll do next.

BKWEcoDesigns

This Etsy shop is owned by my uni friend Becky. We were housemates when we were studying in Cardiff and she was doing illustrations whilst I was doing English Lit. For the longest, I have been saying she should open an Etsy shop because she is mega talented - and she has! She sells eco-friendly handmade scrunchies as well as hand-drawn greeting cards. I am really excited to see where she goes with her small business as we go into the new year because, like I said, this girl has so much talent and I know anything she turns her hand to will be amazing.

Fwdge

Fwdge is a small business I came across on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the look of their products. They handmake fudge here in Wales and it is heavenly. Literally the best fudge I have ever tried (and I'm from Devon - we know our fudge). I originally bought a pack (pretty last minute) for my brother's girlfriend's birthday present but it didn't arrive in time - luckily for me! I managed to get her something else and ate the lot myself. It was so, so good. Creamy and melt in the mouth goodness. Full of flavour. Literally if you want to treat yourself, order from Fwdge. You won't regret it.

Cake Or Death

Cake Or Death is another Instagram find and one that I was instantly drawn to because of their packaging. They do the most amazing bright pink leopard print boxes - and, the best part, they are full of brownies! Their speciality is vegan brownies. These are another thing that I ordered for my brother's girlfriend (as the back up gift) and they went down so well. Honestly, I am eating my way through this lockdown and what better way to do it than with homemade brownies?

Ystrad Bath and Bubbles

Ystrad Bath And Bubbles is another small business based here in Wales that I am obsessed. It is run by my boyfriend's mum and she makes the most amazing bath bombs in a load of different shapes - ranging from everything from Peppa Pig to hamsa hands. They smell amazing but my favourite thing about them is the colour they give off. They make the bath so vibrant and all have a mix of colours in them giving a nice gradient to the water - and they are cruelty free! So, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Lush without ditching the ethics or the quality - check this brand out!

Black Rose Decoden

Black Rose Decoden is a small business that recently opened. They are based in Wales and make custom phone cases for whichever phone type and style you want. I recently got a phone case from them which is moon themed and it is gorgeous. I love the tones and colours they used as well as all the stars and little moons. It is so cute and well made. Definitely would recommend them if you are looking for a new phone case.

What's your favourite small business?

Small Businesses To Support In 2021


This Christmas, I chose to support as many small businesses as possible. As I started my own Esty page at the start of 2020, it showed me how much time and effort small business owners put into each sale - so, I wanted to bring that little bit of joy to as many people as possible by supporting their shops. And that is an energy I want to maintain as we move into 2021. I want to shop small and shop local as much as possible. I want to buy off Etsy as much as possible - and just celebrate people's creativity and hard work in the products they make.

So, I thought I should put together a little post sharing my favourite small businesses that I want to support throughout 2021. Many of these are people I know in real life that I am immensely proud of for focusing in on their passions and making something of it. And others are most likely people I have discovered on Instagram that make super cute stuff.

Nord66 Chocolates

I would say I am biased here but, to be honest, I really am not - even if he is my boyfriend. Shane is a chef but turned his hand to making chocolates during the first lockdown. Now we are in the third lockdown here in Wales and he is reopening his shop once again after a brief Christmas break. Not only are his chocolates absolutely stunning to look at (trust me, having them in the fridge but knowing I can't touch them is like my own personal hell) but the flavour combinations he comes up with are awesome - and definitely not your typical basic caramel or orange creme filling. He is currently working on a blood orange ganache (which is heavenly) and even a rose and lychee filling too! He changes up his flavours each month to match what is in season so be sure to follow him to see what he'll do next.

BKWEcoDesigns

This Etsy shop is owned by my uni friend Becky. We were housemates when we were studying in Cardiff and she was doing illustrations whilst I was doing English Lit. For the longest, I have been saying she should open an Etsy shop because she is mega talented - and she has! She sells eco-friendly handmade scrunchies as well as hand-drawn greeting cards. I am really excited to see where she goes with her small business as we go into the new year because, like I said, this girl has so much talent and I know anything she turns her hand to will be amazing.

Fwdge

Fwdge is a small business I came across on Instagram and instantly fell in love with the look of their products. They handmake fudge here in Wales and it is heavenly. Literally the best fudge I have ever tried (and I'm from Devon - we know our fudge). I originally bought a pack (pretty last minute) for my brother's girlfriend's birthday present but it didn't arrive in time - luckily for me! I managed to get her something else and ate the lot myself. It was so, so good. Creamy and melt in the mouth goodness. Full of flavour. Literally if you want to treat yourself, order from Fwdge. You won't regret it.

Cake Or Death

Cake Or Death is another Instagram find and one that I was instantly drawn to because of their packaging. They do the most amazing bright pink leopard print boxes - and, the best part, they are full of brownies! Their speciality is vegan brownies. These are another thing that I ordered for my brother's girlfriend (as the back up gift) and they went down so well. Honestly, I am eating my way through this lockdown and what better way to do it than with homemade brownies?

Ystrad Bath and Bubbles

Ystrad Bath And Bubbles is another small business based here in Wales that I am obsessed. It is run by my boyfriend's mum and she makes the most amazing bath bombs in a load of different shapes - ranging from everything from Peppa Pig to hamsa hands. They smell amazing but my favourite thing about them is the colour they give off. They make the bath so vibrant and all have a mix of colours in them giving a nice gradient to the water - and they are cruelty free! So, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to Lush without ditching the ethics or the quality - check this brand out!

Black Rose Decoden

Black Rose Decoden is a small business that recently opened. They are based in Wales and make custom phone cases for whichever phone type and style you want. I recently got a phone case from them which is moon themed and it is gorgeous. I love the tones and colours they used as well as all the stars and little moons. It is so cute and well made. Definitely would recommend them if you are looking for a new phone case.

What's your favourite small business?



A lot of people underestimate the importance of making sure that they pick the right bed for their child. However, the bed in which a child sleeps in has a crucial impact. After all, approximately one-third of each day is spent sleeping. Therefore, children need to feel safe, comfortable and at ease in their bedroom. Choosing the right bed can ensure that a child has a pleasant and peaceful night’s sleep without any unrest. This is especially useful if your child suffers from problems such as bed-wetting and nightmares. 

There are a lot of key elements that go into ensuring that you pick the perfect bed for your child. You need to think about whether your child will like it, how it will look in the room, whether it will be cost effective and more. In order to give you a helping hand, this blog post reveals some of the key points that should be considered when looking for kids beds. 


The first thing that obviously needs to be considered is the price of the bed. Everybody has a different budget and there are a whole host of house beds available on the market so it is vital to stay within a budget that you have devised. Furthermore, before purchasing the bed in question it is always advisable to search around in order to ensure that you have found a good deal and are not getting ripped off. Nevertheless, if something is surprisingly cheap it is recommended to stay away because this could indicate a serious lack of quality and can end up costing more in the long run.


In addition to price one must also think about the appearance of the bed. After all, it is a kid’s bed that is being bought and therefore it must be exciting to look at in order to provoke a positive reaction of your child. A bed is the main furniture piece in any bedroom and therefore it has a massive influence on the feel and vibe of the room. Therefore, it needs to be something your child loves in order for them to want to sleep in it.


Furthermore, you need to think of the size of the bed you are going to buy. It is crucial to get a bed that will fit your child but that will also have a little bit of room for when your child goes. You should also think about the size of the bed in conjunction to the size of the room. If your child has a small bedroom and you buy them a huge bed then their room will look cluttered and crammed. 


If you consider the points raised in this article then I am sure you will be well on your way to finding the perfect bed for your little loved one.

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What Makes A Good Bed For A Child?*



A lot of people underestimate the importance of making sure that they pick the right bed for their child. However, the bed in which a child sleeps in has a crucial impact. After all, approximately one-third of each day is spent sleeping. Therefore, children need to feel safe, comfortable and at ease in their bedroom. Choosing the right bed can ensure that a child has a pleasant and peaceful night’s sleep without any unrest. This is especially useful if your child suffers from problems such as bed-wetting and nightmares. 

There are a lot of key elements that go into ensuring that you pick the perfect bed for your child. You need to think about whether your child will like it, how it will look in the room, whether it will be cost effective and more. In order to give you a helping hand, this blog post reveals some of the key points that should be considered when looking for kids beds. 


The first thing that obviously needs to be considered is the price of the bed. Everybody has a different budget and there are a whole host of house beds available on the market so it is vital to stay within a budget that you have devised. Furthermore, before purchasing the bed in question it is always advisable to search around in order to ensure that you have found a good deal and are not getting ripped off. Nevertheless, if something is surprisingly cheap it is recommended to stay away because this could indicate a serious lack of quality and can end up costing more in the long run.


In addition to price one must also think about the appearance of the bed. After all, it is a kid’s bed that is being bought and therefore it must be exciting to look at in order to provoke a positive reaction of your child. A bed is the main furniture piece in any bedroom and therefore it has a massive influence on the feel and vibe of the room. Therefore, it needs to be something your child loves in order for them to want to sleep in it.


Furthermore, you need to think of the size of the bed you are going to buy. It is crucial to get a bed that will fit your child but that will also have a little bit of room for when your child goes. You should also think about the size of the bed in conjunction to the size of the room. If your child has a small bedroom and you buy them a huge bed then their room will look cluttered and crammed. 


If you consider the points raised in this article then I am sure you will be well on your way to finding the perfect bed for your little loved one.

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 Selling a partnership comes with its own unique set of challenges. A partnership is not a limited company. 

It is a formalised agreement between two or more partners who wish to share resources, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of all. In a lot of cases, partnerships are formed to take advantage of favourable tax arrangements. There is usually a ‘partnership agreement’, which outlines the terms that have been agreed between the parties. These terms can vary depending on who is involved. 


Because of this, selling a share in a partnership can be a difficult and challenging process, as you need to look back at the partnership agreement. Below, we will reveal more about the options that are available when selling a partnership, as well as the different factors that need to be considered. 


Reasons for breaking partnerships

There are a number of different reasons why you may want to sell your share in a partnership. This includes the following:


  • Relationship breakdown

  • Retirement

  • Ill health

  • Emigration


Selling a business of any sort is difficult, but when there are others involved, complexities naturally arise. The best way to sell in a partnership is to call a meeting so that you can explain your intentions to everyone else involved. 


If you’ve been struggling financially, you may want to look into restructuring your business activities or borrowing money. You could look into loans for homeowners if your business credit rating is not great.


Your partnership agreement should have a part that covers what would happen in the event that one partner wanted to sell. Your partners will then need to decide whether they want to buy your ‘share’. This would be the best scenario in most cases, but all partners need to be in agreement. 


The valuation of your share in the partnership

There are no set rules for how much your share of the company is worth, unless already pre-determined in your agreement. Because of this, it is a good idea to use a number of valuation methods so that you can easily compare the results. The value of ‘intangible assets’ – for example, intellectual property (IP) and goodwill – should be included on a sensible basis. By using this approach, you will end up with a valuation that reflects the market price of the partnership and your share of the partnership. 


Stage payments 

You also need to consider the method and terms of the payment. When it comes to paying for your share of the company, they may be made in stage payments. If this is the case, make sure you have a guarantee and do not link these payments to future trading performance unless you have a degree of control over the results. Why? Well, if trading performance declines, so too will the amount of money you receive. It may also be possible to charge a small amount of interest on staged or deferred payments. 


All things considered, there is no denying that leaving a partnership comes with challenges. It may not seem logical, but the best approach is to plan your exit when you initially enter into a partnership. 


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What Happens If You Want To Break Up A Business Partnership?*

 Selling a partnership comes with its own unique set of challenges. A partnership is not a limited company. 

It is a formalised agreement between two or more partners who wish to share resources, skills, and knowledge for the benefit of all. In a lot of cases, partnerships are formed to take advantage of favourable tax arrangements. There is usually a ‘partnership agreement’, which outlines the terms that have been agreed between the parties. These terms can vary depending on who is involved. 


Because of this, selling a share in a partnership can be a difficult and challenging process, as you need to look back at the partnership agreement. Below, we will reveal more about the options that are available when selling a partnership, as well as the different factors that need to be considered. 


Reasons for breaking partnerships

There are a number of different reasons why you may want to sell your share in a partnership. This includes the following:


  • Relationship breakdown

  • Retirement

  • Ill health

  • Emigration


Selling a business of any sort is difficult, but when there are others involved, complexities naturally arise. The best way to sell in a partnership is to call a meeting so that you can explain your intentions to everyone else involved. 


If you’ve been struggling financially, you may want to look into restructuring your business activities or borrowing money. You could look into loans for homeowners if your business credit rating is not great.


Your partnership agreement should have a part that covers what would happen in the event that one partner wanted to sell. Your partners will then need to decide whether they want to buy your ‘share’. This would be the best scenario in most cases, but all partners need to be in agreement. 


The valuation of your share in the partnership

There are no set rules for how much your share of the company is worth, unless already pre-determined in your agreement. Because of this, it is a good idea to use a number of valuation methods so that you can easily compare the results. The value of ‘intangible assets’ – for example, intellectual property (IP) and goodwill – should be included on a sensible basis. By using this approach, you will end up with a valuation that reflects the market price of the partnership and your share of the partnership. 


Stage payments 

You also need to consider the method and terms of the payment. When it comes to paying for your share of the company, they may be made in stage payments. If this is the case, make sure you have a guarantee and do not link these payments to future trading performance unless you have a degree of control over the results. Why? Well, if trading performance declines, so too will the amount of money you receive. It may also be possible to charge a small amount of interest on staged or deferred payments. 


All things considered, there is no denying that leaving a partnership comes with challenges. It may not seem logical, but the best approach is to plan your exit when you initially enter into a partnership. 


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 Christmas was a little different for us this year - as I'm sure it was for everyone. Whilst we had planned to spend a few days over Christmas at my parents' house with my full family, our plans kinda got thrown out the window with the announcement of a Welsh lockdown directly before Christmas. This meant that restrictions were only lifted for Christmas Day itself. So, Christmas a lot more chilled than we had planned. A bit smaller. Quieter. But it was also lovely for all those reasons. 

Me, my boyfriend, and the kids all celebrated on the 24th (as he is part Swedish so his family usually celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day) and exchanged gifts and had our Christmas dinner (lovingly prepared by my boyfriend - we had pork wellington instead of turkey and it was so lush!). Then we spent the evening preparing for Father Christmas to come visit the kids in the night. It was the first year that Ava was actually able to kinda understand the whole concept of Father Christmas and was so excited to help me pour out the glass of milk and choose which biscuits he'd like. That also meant that she was way too excited to sleep and kept us up half the night (it's a good thing she's cute!). 



The first thing Ava said when she woke up was 'did Santa eat the biscuits?'. She was so keen to go into the front room and see if he had been - and was beyond hyped to see all the mess he had made with those biscuits and the big bites out the carrots too. He had even left her and Asaba stockings under the table and a few more presents under the tree.

Whilst my boyfriend slept (he had taken the night shift), me and the kids looked at their gifts and ate chocolate for breakfast and danced to Christmas songs (albeit Pinkfong covers - can't win them all). We had leftovers from Christmas Eve for our lunch and got the house ready for my family to visit. We put out a tonne of cheese and biscuits and my boyfriend has made a big sausage roll with bacon inside.



Then my family all arrived and we exchanged more presents, got a little tipsy (some more than others...), and rocked out to 00s classics. It was such a perfect ending to our little family Christmas and I was so grateful to have spent it with so many wonderful people who make my life so much more beautiful. And to have had such a lovely first Christmas with my boyfriend. 

What did your Christmas look like?

Christmas 2020

 Christmas was a little different for us this year - as I'm sure it was for everyone. Whilst we had planned to spend a few days over Christmas at my parents' house with my full family, our plans kinda got thrown out the window with the announcement of a Welsh lockdown directly before Christmas. This meant that restrictions were only lifted for Christmas Day itself. So, Christmas a lot more chilled than we had planned. A bit smaller. Quieter. But it was also lovely for all those reasons. 

Me, my boyfriend, and the kids all celebrated on the 24th (as he is part Swedish so his family usually celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day) and exchanged gifts and had our Christmas dinner (lovingly prepared by my boyfriend - we had pork wellington instead of turkey and it was so lush!). Then we spent the evening preparing for Father Christmas to come visit the kids in the night. It was the first year that Ava was actually able to kinda understand the whole concept of Father Christmas and was so excited to help me pour out the glass of milk and choose which biscuits he'd like. That also meant that she was way too excited to sleep and kept us up half the night (it's a good thing she's cute!). 



The first thing Ava said when she woke up was 'did Santa eat the biscuits?'. She was so keen to go into the front room and see if he had been - and was beyond hyped to see all the mess he had made with those biscuits and the big bites out the carrots too. He had even left her and Asaba stockings under the table and a few more presents under the tree.

Whilst my boyfriend slept (he had taken the night shift), me and the kids looked at their gifts and ate chocolate for breakfast and danced to Christmas songs (albeit Pinkfong covers - can't win them all). We had leftovers from Christmas Eve for our lunch and got the house ready for my family to visit. We put out a tonne of cheese and biscuits and my boyfriend has made a big sausage roll with bacon inside.



Then my family all arrived and we exchanged more presents, got a little tipsy (some more than others...), and rocked out to 00s classics. It was such a perfect ending to our little family Christmas and I was so grateful to have spent it with so many wonderful people who make my life so much more beautiful. And to have had such a lovely first Christmas with my boyfriend. 

What did your Christmas look like?

 Over recent years, there’s been a lot more emphasis on sustainability in fashion. This is now extending into related areas such as jewellery. The key to sustainability is getting maximum impact from minimum items. This typically means going for quality over quantity. With that in mind, here is a quick guide on how to pick investment jewellery pieces.

Investment means cost-per-wear


In terms of jewellery (and fashion) an investment piece is a piece which delivers great cost-per-wear. Often these are the mid-priced pieces. Top-end pieces may end up unworn, or at least only worn on very special occasions, precisely because they are so expensive and often delicate. Lower-end pieces are unlikely to last.


Mid-range pieces, by contrast, tend to hit the sweet spot between premium materials and workmanship and more affordable prices. This means that they can be worn regularly without worrying either about security or about them breaking.  


They also tend to have resale value, so if you do want a change you can often sell them pre-loved. This is particularly likely if you buy pieces from a respected brand, for example, Thomas Sabo bracelets.

Versatile pieces tend to get the most wear


A versatile piece is a piece which goes with a lot of the looks you like to create. With jewellery, this is less about coordinating colours and more about coordinating shapes and silhouettes. This has two key implications. Firstly, you need to choose the right types of jewellery for your personal style. Secondly, you need to choose the right variation of those pieces.


The basic rule of thumb is that the more drama you want to show in your hair and clothes, the more minimal your jewellery needs to be. For example, if you love making your hair the highlight of your look, then you generally want to stick to simple, or no, earrings. You probably want to be careful with necklaces too.


If you have an established personal style then you might enjoy investing in a few statement pieces. If, however, you’re still experimenting or you like to change your look regularly, it’s probably better to stick with simpler pieces. Remember that these can always be layered to create the effect of a single, statement piece.

Investment jewellery is timeless


Investment jewellery is based on solid design principles rather than seasonal trends. This means that it can be worn at any time of year for year after year. Sometimes it will tie in with the key fashion trends, but this will tend to be by coincidence rather than by intention.


For example, a high-quality piece of pearl jewellery can be worn continually, regardless of whether “the pearl trend” is “in” during any given fashion season. Fast-fashion jewellery pieces, by contrast, will be produced in response to a trend and will totally buy into it. This in itself shortens the lifespan of fast-fashion jewellery.


What’s more, fast-fashion jewellery tends to be produced using low-quality materials. This keeps costs down but again limits how long a piece can be worn. It also increases the risk that the jewellery will irritate a person’s skin.


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How To Pick Investment Jewellery Pieces*

 Over recent years, there’s been a lot more emphasis on sustainability in fashion. This is now extending into related areas such as jewellery. The key to sustainability is getting maximum impact from minimum items. This typically means going for quality over quantity. With that in mind, here is a quick guide on how to pick investment jewellery pieces.

Investment means cost-per-wear


In terms of jewellery (and fashion) an investment piece is a piece which delivers great cost-per-wear. Often these are the mid-priced pieces. Top-end pieces may end up unworn, or at least only worn on very special occasions, precisely because they are so expensive and often delicate. Lower-end pieces are unlikely to last.


Mid-range pieces, by contrast, tend to hit the sweet spot between premium materials and workmanship and more affordable prices. This means that they can be worn regularly without worrying either about security or about them breaking.  


They also tend to have resale value, so if you do want a change you can often sell them pre-loved. This is particularly likely if you buy pieces from a respected brand, for example, Thomas Sabo bracelets.

Versatile pieces tend to get the most wear


A versatile piece is a piece which goes with a lot of the looks you like to create. With jewellery, this is less about coordinating colours and more about coordinating shapes and silhouettes. This has two key implications. Firstly, you need to choose the right types of jewellery for your personal style. Secondly, you need to choose the right variation of those pieces.


The basic rule of thumb is that the more drama you want to show in your hair and clothes, the more minimal your jewellery needs to be. For example, if you love making your hair the highlight of your look, then you generally want to stick to simple, or no, earrings. You probably want to be careful with necklaces too.


If you have an established personal style then you might enjoy investing in a few statement pieces. If, however, you’re still experimenting or you like to change your look regularly, it’s probably better to stick with simpler pieces. Remember that these can always be layered to create the effect of a single, statement piece.

Investment jewellery is timeless


Investment jewellery is based on solid design principles rather than seasonal trends. This means that it can be worn at any time of year for year after year. Sometimes it will tie in with the key fashion trends, but this will tend to be by coincidence rather than by intention.


For example, a high-quality piece of pearl jewellery can be worn continually, regardless of whether “the pearl trend” is “in” during any given fashion season. Fast-fashion jewellery pieces, by contrast, will be produced in response to a trend and will totally buy into it. This in itself shortens the lifespan of fast-fashion jewellery.


What’s more, fast-fashion jewellery tends to be produced using low-quality materials. This keeps costs down but again limits how long a piece can be worn. It also increases the risk that the jewellery will irritate a person’s skin.


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More and more people are choosing to spend their holidays in the UK, as opposed to visiting an overseas location. There are many different reasons why this is the case. Not only are these vacations much cheaper, but individuals are appreciating everything that Britain has to offer. Plus, going abroad does not seem like a likely possibility considering the current COVID restrictions. Keeping that in mind, in this post we are going to reveal the various reasons why you should consider visiting Edinburgh…

Edinburgh Festivals – There is only one place to begin and this is with the fact that there is an abundance of fantastic festivals going on throughout the year in Edinburgh. August is the month to visit if you really want to experience the best of the festivals that are on offer. More than 25,000 artists will grace the city with their presence. 

Literary Heritage – Edinburgh has a unique literary heritage that makes it exceptionally popular. If this is something that interests you, you should definitely visit The Writer’s Museum. Here you will find work from the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns, as well as some other Scottish writers. This is why Edinburgh is also a popular choice for UK school trips, as it is a place of great education.

Whisky – Do you enjoy a glass of whisky? This is definitely the tipple of choice in Edinburgh. It is certainly worth taking a trip to The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. Here you will be able to enjoy the drink, learn about the history of making it and treat yourself to one of the many malts and blends that are available in the store.

Gardens – There are plenty of places to relax, take in the special atmosphere and enjoy the scenery whilst in Edinburgh. From The Meadows to Arthur’s Seat, this is a city with plenty of beautiful gardens, and some amazing secret ones too. 

Fantastic Restaurants – Another reason why you should consider staying in a high street hostel or hotel in Edinburgh is that this city is a paradise for any food lover. Did you know that Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than anywhere in the UK? You are assured to find delicious food, whether you are looking for a hidden gem or want to treat yourself to dinner at a Michelin star restaurant. 

Shopping – If you are someone that likes to shop until they drop then you will certainly be at home in Edinburgh. They are plenty of options for you to choose from – from designer stores, to one-off boutiques, to high street stores. Princes Street is the place to be for any shopper.

All in all, when you take the six points that have been mentioned into consideration it is not difficult to see why you should consider staying in a high street rental in Edinburgh. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this city, so you are bound to enjoy your visit there.

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Why Visiting Edinburgh Is A Must*

More and more people are choosing to spend their holidays in the UK, as opposed to visiting an overseas location. There are many different reasons why this is the case. Not only are these vacations much cheaper, but individuals are appreciating everything that Britain has to offer. Plus, going abroad does not seem like a likely possibility considering the current COVID restrictions. Keeping that in mind, in this post we are going to reveal the various reasons why you should consider visiting Edinburgh…

Edinburgh Festivals – There is only one place to begin and this is with the fact that there is an abundance of fantastic festivals going on throughout the year in Edinburgh. August is the month to visit if you really want to experience the best of the festivals that are on offer. More than 25,000 artists will grace the city with their presence. 

Literary Heritage – Edinburgh has a unique literary heritage that makes it exceptionally popular. If this is something that interests you, you should definitely visit The Writer’s Museum. Here you will find work from the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns, as well as some other Scottish writers. This is why Edinburgh is also a popular choice for UK school trips, as it is a place of great education.

Whisky – Do you enjoy a glass of whisky? This is definitely the tipple of choice in Edinburgh. It is certainly worth taking a trip to The Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre. Here you will be able to enjoy the drink, learn about the history of making it and treat yourself to one of the many malts and blends that are available in the store.

Gardens – There are plenty of places to relax, take in the special atmosphere and enjoy the scenery whilst in Edinburgh. From The Meadows to Arthur’s Seat, this is a city with plenty of beautiful gardens, and some amazing secret ones too. 

Fantastic Restaurants – Another reason why you should consider staying in a high street hostel or hotel in Edinburgh is that this city is a paradise for any food lover. Did you know that Edinburgh has more restaurants per head than anywhere in the UK? You are assured to find delicious food, whether you are looking for a hidden gem or want to treat yourself to dinner at a Michelin star restaurant. 

Shopping – If you are someone that likes to shop until they drop then you will certainly be at home in Edinburgh. They are plenty of options for you to choose from – from designer stores, to one-off boutiques, to high street stores. Princes Street is the place to be for any shopper.

All in all, when you take the six points that have been mentioned into consideration it is not difficult to see why you should consider staying in a high street rental in Edinburgh. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this city, so you are bound to enjoy your visit there.

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Usually I am mega festive by now. Ok, honestly, I am mega festive by mid November. Like I am one of those people who totally overdo it and have Mariah Carey blaring out as soon as Halloween is over. But this year? It is all just a little meh. Maybe it is the whole novelty of being at home eating your weight in chocolate not really being a novelty anymore? I mean, I have been doing that since March. Or maybe it is the Christmas markets and festive meals out and family gatherings kinda not happening quite as much this year? Or maybe I have just succumbed to my fate and am now just a big, old Scrooge? 

So, to try to counteract this whole 'meh' feeling and release my inner Buddy The Elf, I have been doing a few little things. And I think it is starting to work? 

Go crazy on the present wrapping

Now I am usually a 'chuck paper at it and then sellotape it to death' kinda gal but, this year, I am trying to be a little more thoughtful in my present wrapping. I've got twine and ribbon and 3 different types of name tags and cute paper from Tiger. I have actually written out cards for the first time since secondary school. And I am really enjoying it. Even though it feels like a never ending pile of presents to sort through, it has been nice to make a thing of it and be a little more thoughtful about it.

Decorate the house

One of my favourite festive moments this year was going to Tiger (yes, I am obsessed) with Ava and letting her pick out a decoration for the tree. This is something I would love to do every year as it feels so special knowing we picked that out together. Also letting the kids get involved in decorating has made it a lot less of a chore. Although I did have to go back and rearrange the tree a little once they fell asleep...

Have an Xmas dance party with the kids

This afternoon, I put on some Christmas music. Just casually, in the background. Much to my surprise, the kids started totally rocking out to that 'war is oveeeer' song. Asaba was headbanging. It was crazy. And so fun. 

Eat all of the Christmas food

Now I'm gonna admit something here. I bought a box of Quality Street - like a whole family size tub - yesterday after and... they are all gone. The spirit of Christmas must have possessed me because I am sure the kids couldn't have had more than 5 out of the tub. But yknow what, I was feeling much merrier afterwards - also a little sick.

Go for an evening stroll and see all the decorations around your neighbourhood

This was one of my favourite things to do as a kid around Christmastime. Wrapping up all snug in my hat and gloves and wandering around our neighbourhood with my family and looking at all the Christmas displays. Bonus points if you have a hot chocolate when you get in. Especially if it is mint or orange flavour. Oh, and a mince pie, ofc.

What do you do to feel festive?

5 Things I'm Doing To Feel More Festive This Year


Usually I am mega festive by now. Ok, honestly, I am mega festive by mid November. Like I am one of those people who totally overdo it and have Mariah Carey blaring out as soon as Halloween is over. But this year? It is all just a little meh. Maybe it is the whole novelty of being at home eating your weight in chocolate not really being a novelty anymore? I mean, I have been doing that since March. Or maybe it is the Christmas markets and festive meals out and family gatherings kinda not happening quite as much this year? Or maybe I have just succumbed to my fate and am now just a big, old Scrooge? 

So, to try to counteract this whole 'meh' feeling and release my inner Buddy The Elf, I have been doing a few little things. And I think it is starting to work? 

Go crazy on the present wrapping

Now I am usually a 'chuck paper at it and then sellotape it to death' kinda gal but, this year, I am trying to be a little more thoughtful in my present wrapping. I've got twine and ribbon and 3 different types of name tags and cute paper from Tiger. I have actually written out cards for the first time since secondary school. And I am really enjoying it. Even though it feels like a never ending pile of presents to sort through, it has been nice to make a thing of it and be a little more thoughtful about it.

Decorate the house

One of my favourite festive moments this year was going to Tiger (yes, I am obsessed) with Ava and letting her pick out a decoration for the tree. This is something I would love to do every year as it feels so special knowing we picked that out together. Also letting the kids get involved in decorating has made it a lot less of a chore. Although I did have to go back and rearrange the tree a little once they fell asleep...

Have an Xmas dance party with the kids

This afternoon, I put on some Christmas music. Just casually, in the background. Much to my surprise, the kids started totally rocking out to that 'war is oveeeer' song. Asaba was headbanging. It was crazy. And so fun. 

Eat all of the Christmas food

Now I'm gonna admit something here. I bought a box of Quality Street - like a whole family size tub - yesterday after and... they are all gone. The spirit of Christmas must have possessed me because I am sure the kids couldn't have had more than 5 out of the tub. But yknow what, I was feeling much merrier afterwards - also a little sick.

Go for an evening stroll and see all the decorations around your neighbourhood

This was one of my favourite things to do as a kid around Christmastime. Wrapping up all snug in my hat and gloves and wandering around our neighbourhood with my family and looking at all the Christmas displays. Bonus points if you have a hot chocolate when you get in. Especially if it is mint or orange flavour. Oh, and a mince pie, ofc.

What do you do to feel festive?

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