Monthly Archives: December 2012

Personalised gifts: cream tea light holders

So guys, I mentioned about that porcelain candle holder. Well, I just couldn’t wait to share pics with you all.

20121229-212419.jpg

I love the design on the front, with the personal (to me) letter ‘E’ which is so stunningly visible. The detail to the porcelain candle holder is apparent all the way around. We love the circular design, with the desirable cut out detailing which glows stunningly.

20121229-213228.jpg

What do you think? Doesn’t it look beautiful? Wouldn’t you agree that this was a very thoughtful Christmas gift?

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Boxing Day Madness: Continued!

When we arrived at Asda on Boxing Day, it was rather empty – although the staff car park was almost full. Kelly was so tired that she ended up going in to Finlay’s and purchasing some Monster energy drink – that certainly did the trick, poor girl!

Finally it was 9am and the shutters were slowly, but surely, lifting up. Kelly and I made tracks to the George department, where yet again we grabbed more bargain clothes! It’s funny actually, because I used to be a size 10-12, but then kinda realised that I ‘love’ food – so it’s pretty difficult finding those designer threads I once owned in ‘plus sizes’. Anyways, George have some fantastic ranges of clothes. The jeans are cheap and always fit my curves nicely. Also, we bought more pyjamas, which funnily enough were only left in mine n Kelly’s sizes. We decided to get two new dressing gowns, as we had disposed of ours last month. And again, more socks! We had such a laugh waltzing the aisles. Again, nothing in the home ware department caught our eye unfortunately. We did however, decide to stock up on the women’s Lynx gift set – OMG, it smells gorgeous!

When we finally returned home, the cats were at the door to greet us. We unloaded our purchases and chilled out for the remainder of the day. Out of everything we purchased, the only thing needing to be returned is a casual sweater which is too big for Kelly, so she pinched mine instead! All in all, we had a fantastic time shopping in the sales. It was such a shame that the Asda home-ware department was just not striking enough for us, but never mind.

What did you guys do on Boxing Day? We’re you daft enough to be up the same time as us?! Such fun ūüôā

 

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Boxing Day Madness!

Sale shopping is tiring, and you can guarantee your never first in the queue. Which is why Kelly and I had a very early night on Xmas Day! We had already booked our taxi, in advance, for 5am on Boxing Day. We were heading off to the Next sale.

We arrived at the Next 6am Boxing Day sale at 5.05am, the queue was already three shops long. Hordes of people were gathering and before long the queue was passed Queen Street Arcade! Kelly and I were unlucky to be stood in front of some chain smoking individual – beurgh, the smell chokes me every time! And you do know that ‘Smoking Kills’ right? Anyways, before long we had been handed our sale bags from the stewards. Kelly and I were within the first set of people allowed in to rampage the store of its bargains. We did well, and only spent a total of ¬£160.00. Unfortunately there was no Next tea towels or anything for our home, which was a real shame.

On a plus side though, Kelly and I kitted ourselves out with jeans, cardigans, perfumes, socks, underwear and tops, oh and some more pyjamas. We did very well indeed. Next stop was McDonalds for a breakfast meal, followed by home for a bath and try on of our clothes, before heading to the Asda sale for 9am.

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Christmas Day Banquet!

Xmas dinner was beautiful! For starters we had a delicious prawn cocktail with bread fingers. Doris, that’s Trev’s mum, had a lentil soup. She has a strict eating timetable, which has to be met – so she was keen to be fed, god love her!

20121228-092025.jpg

The main meal was simply beautiful. The taste from the meat was like nothing I had tasted before. We had a Marks & Spencer three bird roast which was stuffed with a beautiful fruit stuffing, for me it was moreish! I believe the stuffing was a mix of pork, cranberry, morello cherry and apricot stuffing. The carrots were seasoned to perfection, and mmmmmmm the honey and mustard roast parsnips were gorgeous. The sprouts must of been from the organic breed, because they were huge, and so very tasty! The roast potatoes were golden brown, crispy, yet, light and fluffy in the centre. We also had red cabbage with onion, it was so tasty. Also, we had pork crackling – it was gorgeous, but not suitable for Doris’ falsies. Oh, and the separate stuffing which was served was unreal! I believe it was M&S pork stuffing, you have got to try it – UNREAL! I of course, polished off everything – it was the best Xmas dinner I have ever tasted!

20121228-092149.jpg

Of course, the drinks were constantly flowing and I just couldn’t resist trying out the Sherry with lemonade (which is Doris’ favourite!). Needless to say, I was quite drunk before we even got around to tucking in to our Marks and Spencer Snow Bomb dessert. The cake was beautiful, it had delicious shavings of white chocolate on the outer layer and inside their was a light and fluffy sponge centre which had layers of fruit jam – it was sooo good!

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Christmas Day Gifts: I did well!

So I’ve been a bit of a ‘bad blogger’ over the festive period, my bad! I promise to make up for it though guys. Anyways, let me tell you about my Christmas Day celebrations. Kelly and I ‘always’ get an invite to Kelly’s mums house for Xmas Day. Unfortunately I’m not blessed to be as close to my mother. But anyhow, thats a different story!

Kelly and I woke up early, not because Santa had been (honest!), and we opened our gifts. Diesel and Angel were spoiled rotten with toys, as per usual! Kelly bought me some Nike Blazer trainers, which are awesome! And I also received some perfume, Hugo Boss which is my blast from my school years, and an Impulse gift set. I also received a little present off Kelly’s boss from work – everyone loves me, it seems! I was most impressed with the gift, it was one of those ‘what on earth is it’ presents. It baffled me until I unwrapped it. It was a cream tea light holder. I think it’s made from porcelain, and its just beautiful. The candle, which was included, smells of vanilla – mmmm, my favourite! The design of the cream porcelain candle holder is beautiful, it even has my initial on the front of it – sooo personal to myself, and I love it! Apparently, ‘E’ stands for Energetic, Engaging people (or something). Kelly got the exact same tea light holder, only hers features a ‘K’ on it. We have found the perfect spot for our contemporary tea light holders, which look fabulous on either side of our bedside cabinets.

Not only did my gift receiving stop there, when we arrived at Kelly’s mums we were offered various drinks and given a variety of gifts each which included a Me to You onesie, luxurious slippers and a fantastic Soap & Glory gift set (we absolutely love S&G cosmetics!). Next thing, I noticed a small envelope which had my name wrote on it. I opened it and peered inside – ¬£50 in cash for me to hit the sales with, buzzing! Kelly’s mum and Trev are so generous, god love them!

My brother, who is a proper ‘mummy’s boy’ was invited to my mothers for Christmas Dinner, pretty shocking considering I/we did not receive an invite – but never mind. Anyways, my brother arrived at Kelly’s mums house with a huge bag full of gifts for Kelly and I. Kelly was spoiled with some Adidas Hi-Top trainers, a black F*** Me I’m Famous Ice-Watch and some Thornton’s chocolates. I however, was very spoiled indeed. I was handed four gifts, and told to open them in a specific order. Firstly, I received a F Me I’m Famous Ice Watch and OMG, a 64gb Apple iPad in white, followed by an official Apple iPad case (in red), and also a brand new leather diary for my desk at work. I was well impressed!

Then… Kelly’s uncle Paul and his partner arrived. They dished out more gifts and I received a Ted Baker cosmetic set. We finally got around to sitting at the table for our beautiful M&S Christmas Dinner.

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Winter Fuel!

Remember that faulty heater we returned to Argos for a refund? Well, it’s quite funny actually. A few days later we were sat watching Master Chef, when the iPhone rang – it was Kelly’s lovely mum. Kelly’s mum explained that she had seen a Warmlite heater in the Asda store at Teesside Park, so she purchased it for us. She then explained that she was en-route back to Darlington and would drop it off for us before she heads home.

Meanwhile, Kelly and I had already purchased another heater from Poundstretcher (which was in the sale!), as a ‘spur of the moment’ thing! So, seen as we had our new heater on heating up our cold living room, we jumped up and removed it out of sight!

Hyundai electric heater review

Kelly’s mum arrived with the new Warmlite heater, which funnily enough was the exact same as our old heater from Argos – only it was cheaper!

So anyways, with Master Chef on pause and Kelly’s mum now out of the vicinity, it was time to unbox our new Warmlite heater and test it out. I set up the heater within minutes and plugged it into the mains. So far so good! We kept the box though, just in case we experienced the same problem as last time with this Warmlite electric heater.

Deciding that the Warmlite oil filled electric heater was far better than the Hyundai oil filled 1500W electric heater, it was time to climb back in to the industrial bin and retrieve the Hyundai heater packaging – luckily, it hadn’t been in there too long!

We dismantled the Hyundai heater, which is a lot smaller than the Warmlite heater, and I returned it back to the store the following day for a refund.

Then… You will never believe this! ¬†The main storage heater in our ground floor flat completely broke. We couldn’t believe it – but are so thankful that Kelly’s mam bought us a brand new electric heater.

 

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Headboard Dilemma: Officially sorted!

Remember that ivory faux suede headboard we bought? Well, as I mentioned previously, when it arrived it was not ivory in colour and it certainly wasn’t faux suede. Basically, it just had to go!

We have purchased many products from Bed SOS in the past, so we thought we would search for a 5ft cream headboard from Bed SOS. We were not disappointed! We opted for the 5ft king size Cambridge headboard, in cream faux leather finish. This headboard came with free next day delivery, or alternatively we could of opted for a specific delivery date if we wished. Bed SOS also deliver on a Saturday at an additional cost of ¬£20.00, but that wasn’t necessary.

Anyways, when the headboard arrived, we were very impressed! The Cambridge 5ft cream headboard is manufactured to a very high standard and comes from the Sleepy Valley Beds Collection. Doesn’t it look beautiful!?

Sleepy Valley Beds 5ft Cambridge Headboard Cream Faux Leather

When we unboxed the headboard, it was covered in a white fibre protection bag, which acted like a dust sheet and also offered slight protection against any damage whilst in transit – even Angel from itsapussycatslife was impressed!

Sleepy Valley Cambridge headboard review

The headboard was packaged securely, and came complete with easy to attach wooden headboard fixing struts.

Sleepy Valley 5ft King Size Headboard Assembly

The struts are of far better quality than the ones included with our previous headboard. They are thicker, better finish/ quality and far more sturdy.  The struts were also extremely easy to attach.

Sleepy Valley 5ft Cream Leather Headboard Review

The pack included x6 bolts and x6 washer rings, three for each strut, as well as the appropriate allen key.

Sleepy Valley Headboards Review

The headboard took around ten minutes to assemble, and fixed to our 5ft divan king size bed without any problem. Over all, we are extremely happy with the colour, style, quality and over all finish of our new headboard.

What do you think? ¬†Is anyone else as impressed as us with the Sleepy Valley Cambridge headboard? ¬†Don’t forget to like, comment and share!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scrunch!

So the other day I told you guys about that tasty Scrunch I so desperately desired. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the very last two (I can’t treat myself and not Kelly!). So anyways the Health Warehouse in town, who sell these gorgeous Scrunch deserts, had the Cherry Scrunch on offer – and I just had to have them! And here it is, a Cherry Scrunch.

How to Make a Scrunch Desserts

I wasn’t entirely sure what was in the Scrunch dessert until now! ¬†The Scrunch contains the following ingredients:

  • Yoghurt
  • Cream
  • Honey
  • Fruit according to season
  • Porridge Oats
  • Jumbo Oats
  • SR Flour
  • Raw Cane Sugar
  • Sunflower Margarine

Now, i’m not entirely sure what the process is for making these delicious desserts but check out the close up picture to see the structure of this scrumptious dessert.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4th day of Christmas: We put up the Xmas tree!

So yesterday I finally got the Xmas tree up. I love decorating the tree, it’s so therapeutic! Behind every good Christmas tree there is a precision plan. Take ours for instance:

1). Assemble the Christmas tree, and place in the desired position.

Decorating your Xmas Tree

2). Plump out those flat Xmas tree branches – don’t be scared to go BIG with those mean fur branches!

3). Look at your pile of last years Christmas tree decorations and amaze yourself on those little cute Xmas decks you forgot you had!

Christmas Tree Decorations 2012

4). Unravel your Christmas tree lights and ensure they all work! We bought our new Xmas tree lights from Argos. ¬†Once checked, arrange them on your tree. Tip: it’s far easier to arrange your lights when they’re switched on – as it’s easier to see where any dark areas of the tree are!

Christmas Tree Lights

(Please note, our lights flash on and off – hence half the tree looking ‘unlit’).

5). Once your happy with the lights, you can start to decorate your Christmas tree. Tip: it’s often easier to sort the Xmas decks in to matching groups, as it allows you to visually see how many of each decoration you have. ¬†Our decorations are old. ¬†Most of them are either from Marks & Spencer or House of Fraser, whilst most of the baubles were bought out of cheapness from various stores.

Xmas Tree Decorations 2012

6.) Structure and mix and match each area of your tree. Have fun decorating your Christmas tree, get the kids involved perhaps?! Tip: Do not place large baubles too near the top of your Christmas tree.

7.) Once you’ve used up all your Xmas tree decorations, stand back and admire!

Christmas Tree Designs 2012

Isn’t she beautiful?!

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Shopping Madness: and faulty heater!

Well my lovely blogging friends, today I have been given my orders! I’m currently in search of a new cat bed (for Angel and Diesel, from itsapussycatslife – preferably a dog bed, so they can both snuggle up in a roomy yet comfortable space, god love em!) Secondly, they need a brand new cat scratch post – the type with the corked bottom, as Diesel is lazy and doesn’t use the actual scratch post part.

Thirdly, we need a draught excluder – preferably two matching ones for the living room! I did actually purchase a Warmlite oil filled electric heater from Argos, but unfortunately it was faulty! So I had a refund issued earlier this morning, and treat Kelly and I to a McDonalds breakfast with Tropicana fresh orange – yummy!

Kelly is currently in the process of cleaning the whole flat, in preparation for our Christmas decorations. Mainly, I would like to get the Xmas tree up and decorated at some point today – question is, are there enough hours left in the day?

One last thing, seen as it’s almost Xmas, I will be hunting the shops for a cool knitted jumper for Diesel and Angel – you can’t have Christmas for the kids without ‘cheesy knitwear!’ I’m also craving a Scrunch, so I will be purchasing two (one for Kelly and one for myself)! If you don’t know what a Scrunch is, I’ll show you if I’m lucky enough to of grabbed them before they sell out – they sell in minutes! Fingers crossed for the Scrunch desserts guys.

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,