Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve With Gemporia Christmas Candles*


Christmas is so close I can almost taste the pigs in blankets and mountains of stuffing. Father Christmas is busy loading up his sleigh (preferably with presents that are purring) and the reindeer are dusting off their hooves and/or shiny red nose in anticipation. Personally, I am sat watching The Snowman with a mince pie. Ava is next to me asleep in her car seat and I dare not wake her. I spent most of Christmas Eve organising things. Now I am an adult (apparently), I have to do stuff like washing bedding for guests who are visiting and making sure we have enough space for their luggage. But I managed to grab a couple of spare minutes to write a little something.

I thought I should take this opportunity to share with you some pretty awesome candles. They were sent to me by Gemporia and they contain 6 carats of real emerald. Swanky, right? They are packaged beautifully in little boxes and the candles themselves are incredible. I love the shiny, green packaging so much that the candles will be taking pride of place as the centrepiece of our Christmas dinner table. And, in all honesty, I won't be packing them away once the festive season is over.


These candles have such a gorgeous scent. They smell like real Christmas trees and the scent really fills the whole room. This is something I really look for in a candle. I like my candles to have that pow factor rather than just being a bit meh. They have made my living room smell so Christmassy and I love it. I'd be interested to see what the other scents are like.


But the best part of these candles is, of course, the gemstones. It is such a unique concept and they make the candles feel so much more special. I was delighted to recieve the emerald variety (very well branded, I must say) and the gems look so pretty with the light of the candle bouncing off of them. Also people say that emeralds bring about more intellectual understanding and open your mind to allow for more creativity and understanding of the world around you. Whether you believe that or not, it is definitely a nice concept.

Winter Spruce*
Winter Woodland*

So, I would love to hear how you are all spending your Christmas Eve and what you are most looking forward to this Christmas.

Happy holidays to all my lovely readers!
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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Recipe For A Perfect Night In*


As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder, I feel my inner grandma coming out in full force. From September 1st onwards, you can find me camped in the living room nestled under a huge blanket with my hair tied up in a messy bun, barefaced, and wearing my most comfortable pyjamas (which may or may not be Christmas themed and made of fleece). Until April, I only emerge to make cups of tea and renew my stash of sugary snacks. Going 'out out' is something alien to me in winter months - I mean, which club allows you to wear Christmas fleece PJs anyway? Because of this, I have become a seasoned professional of the whole cosy night in game. So, I have joined up with TV giants Panasonic to share with you the components of a perfect night in.

A 'cinema at home' set up
Everyone loves going to the cinema. I mean, the excitement of seeing a brand new film on a big, crisp screen whilst munching on popcorn is second to none. But going to the cinema takes effort - you have to put on a bra and actually leave the house. That's why I love the concept of a cinema at home set up. Dim the lights, make some popcorn (salted popcorn with chocolates mixed in is amazing), and fire up the big screen. I have had my eyes on the Panasonic HDR 4K TV lately. The display looks really crisp and clear with a real focus on showing great detail and depth of colour and tone. It is a slimline, widescreen TV and it looks really sleek and modern. Much better than trying to balance your laptop on your lap alongside all your snacks.

Enough snacks to feed an army
Snacks are a huge part of a night in. Whilst on a night out, you may indulge in an extra large doner kebab with garlic mayo but night in feasting is a whole other ballpark. Think Doritos stacked up like a mountain on a plate and smothered in salsa and cheese paired with wine (if you're fancy) or a coke float (if, like me, you're not). Nothing brings a group together like the communal thowing off of inhibitions and eating whatever you want. Pizza dipped in ketchup? Do it. Mixing sweet and salted popcorn? You animal, I love it. Melting marshmallow onto digestive biscuits in the microwave? You are a culinary genuis, my friend.


Great company
The majority of the films I watch are with a tiny baby who likes to give her own special commentary (which is difficult as she can only communicate through screams) but, back in my uni days, I loved watching the most embarassingly soppy films with my flatmates. Nights in are just made to be shared.

A movie marathon
Nothing says night in like committing yourself to watching every Harry Potter film in a single evening. Or dragging out the 90s and 00s classic girly movies and miming the key scenes just to make sure everyone knows you are the Cher Horowitz of the group. But my all-time favourite film series to watch is Bridget Jones. It is funny. It is romantic. It is an all-round feel good film. Heck, even my husband liked it.

Pampering
Whether your friends are staying over or you have just waved them goodbye, the perfect way to end a night in is with a bit of pampering. If your girls are staying over (which is advisable after all that rosé), get out the face masks, paint your nails, maybe play on your single friend's Tinder. If not, dive straight into that bath tub, chuck in a bath bomb, and maybe bring that big bar of Galaxy chocolate along to keep you company (yknow, just in case you get lonely in there..).

What are your favourite things to do on a night in?

This post was sponsored by Panasonic
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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Blogger Spotlight: Alice Rose from AliceRose.co


Alice Rose runs a blog called AliceRose.co and focuses mainly on beauty and lifestyle. My favourite posts of hers are her opinion posts - she isn't afraid to talk about anything from body confidence to politics. Also her beauty posts make me want to jump straight into the car and head to Boots with my bank card in hand.

What first got you interested in blogging?
I wanted a space to write what I wanted about whatever I wanted. I loved reading beauty and fashion blogs and had a lot of time on my hands once I graduated from university.

What tips would you give someone just starting out?
Start with whatever you have. Camera, editing software, props. Everyone starts somewhere and its better to learn as you go. And blogger chats. That's where I got my first followers and best blogging friends!

If you could only use one makeup brand for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Charlotte Tilbury.

Do you think it is important for bloggers to share their political beliefs?
Absolutely. Even if you purely blog about beauty or food or fashion its still important to use your platform to at least encourage others to engage and care about the world and others.

What has been the best part of 2017?
I've had a bit of a tough year so I'm hoping the last 4 months are the best bit!

Where would be your dream holiday destination?
I really want to travel around India; My mother lived there for a short while and it would be my dream to spend a month or two there.

Name 3 of your favourite bloggers
coloursandcarousels.com - Charlotte blogs about so many different topics and she does really down to earth, watchable vlogs.
beautybythebunny.com - Angela's photography is just beautiful and I really trust her opinion.
shonalouise.com - Shona blogs about disability, lifestyle and beauty and its really opened my eyes to a lot of issues.

I hope you enjoyed reading Alice Rose's answers. Be sure to go and show her some love on her blog and all her social media channels!

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Introducing Ava



On the 8th of November, my entire world changed. Exactly two weeks before my due date, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She weighed just 5lb 4oz and we decided to name her Ava Ruth Musinguzi.

It has almost been a month since Ava first arrived into this world and I feel like everything in my life has shifted and she is suddenly at the centre. She still doesn't appreciate how amazing sleep is and she has a scream so loud that I convinced the neighbours are one more fussy night away from calling child protection but when I hold her in my arms and she looks up at me, my heart feels like it could explode.


We have certainly had some struggles already. The labour was long and exhausting. It took 24 hours from the time my waters broke to when she was born - about 7 hours of which I was fully dilated. But, thankfully, she managed to fight her way out just before they wheeled me off for an emergency caesarean. The moment they put her in my arms was like no other. I remember gently poking her squidgy cheeks as she looked up at me and thinking that she was the most amazing thing that I had ever seen. We then spent the first 5 days of her life on the antenatal ward recovering. My husband was by my side throughout everything and was an absolute blessing. Thankfully now Ava is fit and healthy. She has a very good appetite and I can certainly vouch for her lungs being in excellent working order.

I am excited for the adventures our family of three are going to have. I love watching her grow and learn every day and I can't wait for us to share a life together. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call her my daughter.

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