Friday, 21 November 2014

Lets Talk About Elves

We're past mid November so it is safe to talk about Christmas now. Festive traditions, we all have them and one of those Christmas traditions that we've adopted from America is Elf on a Shelf, it seems to be becoming more and more popular each year but is it another one of those things that we spend too much money on?

I done it for the first time last year and I had so much fun coming up with ideas for where our elf could be found each day and just what antics he'd be getting up to. This year I've joined a couple of boards on facebook and honestly I'm shocked at how much money everyone seems to be spending and I think this may start to put others off doing it.

It needn't be expensive.

You don't have to spend £30+ on getting the "correct" elf, I got mine for around £5 in ikea last year but it can be even cheaper than that if you know someone that is handy with a needle/hook and a ball of yarn.

Your elf doesn't have to be bring lots of gifts, infact he isn't expected to bring any. When you watch the Elf on a Shelf DVD you remember that the actual purpose of this activity is to keep your children believing in Santa Claus. If you want to add presents into the mix look to pound shops and charity shops for inspiration.

As for the elves mischievous antics, here are 25 simple ideas that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Rocky Road Mug Cake Recipe

Earlier this year I blogged about one of my favourite recipes, peanut butter mug cake. There are so many variations of the mug cake, it is such a simple pudding to make, perfect for that naughty but nice treat when something sweet is needed in a hurry.

After having a little experiment, I have come up with another tasty alternative version, the rocky road mug cake.

rocky road mug cake

WARNING, one cake might not be enough!!

rocky road mug cake

A scrummy mixture of chocolate, marshmallow and biscuit all found within a delicious, fluffy cake.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

October's Degustabox, What's Inside??

It's time for my monthly Degustabox update, so just what did I get in October's box??

Xmas Came Early With Christmas Boutique

Every couple of years or so I like to change my Christmas decorations, or atleast add something new to the old ones. Well this year I had a helping hand with deciding on a new colour scheme because Christmas Boutique kindly sent me a few items from the range that they stock.

the christmas boutique

Stocking a diverse amount of Christmas decorations from the traditional to the quirky, advent calendars, candles and even photo frames and wall art. There is certainly something to suit everyones tastes.

Here is a break down of what I was sent :

Wallcreate Canvas Review and Giveaway

I love taking pictures, infact I have over 1000 pictures alone just on my mobile phone. The trouble is knowing just what to do with these images once they have been taken. Most of them I get printed out into standard size photos but there are a few which I like to show off so when I was recently contacted by Wallcreate to see if I would like to have one of my photographs printed on to canvas it was a tough decision on which one to choose.

First let me tell you a little bit about Wallcreate, this company have been around since 2001, printing photos and canvas art at affordable prices whilst maintaining superb quality, this is shown in their 100% feedback.

I received a 40cm x 30cm canvas which is priced between £18.97 and £19.97 depending on the size of the frame you choose.

dover docks canvas

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Talking About Road Safety

Did you know that this week, 17-23 November, is Road Safety Week? The idea behind this week is to spread the word and raise awareness about road safety, promoting and sharing tips to help stop needless deaths and injuries throughout the year.

These accidents can injure people both in and out of cars, it is up to everybody to take responsibility for themselves and think about the affects of their actions to others around them.

So what advice can I offer? Well nothing that you haven't already heard really, I think a lot about being safe on the roads is down to common sense but it doesn't hurt to have these ideas repeated :

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