Blogmas Day 7 – Christmas Tree Reveal🎄

We don’t know about you but we love to see other people’s Christmas tree photographs and designs! We believe that how you decorate your Christmas tree shows your personality by the shape of tree you buy, what you place on your tree and colour scheme. Everyone has a different tree in some way or another and it’s lovely to see different ideas and creations.

We would love to share our Christmas tree and how we decorated it!

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This is our first Christmas tree in our house together. We bought it for an amazing £5 last boxing day in the sales. We prefer an artificial tree as our families have both always had them. As it is our first tree together we haven’t collected many personal baubles. Our families’ main tree contains a number of personal baubles and holiday baubles. Our holiday bauble tradition is wherever we go on holiday whether in the UK or abroad we will purchase a bauble to remember that place. This year we had only been to Disney so we bought a bauble from there.

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We both agreed on warm white LED lights as we didn’t like blue or bright white coloured as the warm white lights up the room but creates a warm vibe. The blue and brighter white lights made the house feel cold and too bright in the room.

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We also picked the colour scheme red and gold as it makes the house feel warm and homely. We decided the white or blue colours made the house feel cold but also they do however make it feel like a white Christmas and reminds us of snow. So we bought red and gold, plain and glittery baubles and also matching tinsel.

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Finally we like to add Christmas crackers and candy canes to our tree as our families and grandparents have a tradition of doing this. This reminds us of our childhood grabbing a candy cane on Christmas Eve to eat and a cracker before our Christmas dinner on Christmas Day.

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Thank you for reading and we would love to see your Christmas tree revealed.

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Blogmas Day 3 – Christmas Biscuits🍪

Struggling to keep the children entertained whilst off school? Or looking for a cheap and quick treat to make for your Christmas party? Why not try this simple and quick recipe for making…

Christmas themed Biscuits!

This is a simple, quick and cheap activity with a delicious outcome. A perfect treat to take into work and keep your boss sweet or an activity for the children to enjoy on them cold, snowy days!

What you will need:

Everything can be bought from your local supermarket; ingredients and equipment to create these tasty treats. You can buy Christmas shaped cutters in most supermarket shops, we bought ours from Home Bargains for a fantastic £1.99, check them out here. In this pack, you get 6 shapes which are: Christmas tree, Angel, Bell, Snowman, Gingerbread Man and Shooting Star. These cutters can be washed and reused as much as you like.

To Bake:

  • 100g Unsalted Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 275g Self-raising Flour (little bit extra to dust the side and rolling pin)
  • Vanilla Extract
  • 1 free-ranged Egg
  • Christmas Shaped Biscuit Cutters
  • Rolling Pin
  • Baking Tray
  • Grease proof paper

To Decorate:

  • Icing Pens

Or

  • Food colouring
  • Icing sugar

 

Step-by-Step Guide to Bake the Biscuits:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190oC and line a baking tray (or two) with grease proof paper.
  2. Mix the caster sugar and butter together until a pale colour.
  3. Wisk the egg in a separate bowl and add bit by bit with the Vanilla extract until fully mixed.
  4. Once fully mixed add the flour bit by bit until a dough mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the flour on your worktop and place the dough mixture on.
  6. Using the rolling pin spread evenly until about 1cm thick.
  7. Using your shape cutters place into the dough and then onto the baking tray.25397697_10210607811622559_1062150080_o
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  9. Place your tray in the oven for 8-12 minutes (until they turn a golden colour).
  10. When a golden colour, remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  11. Then you are ready to decorate your biscuits!

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Step-by-Step Guide to Decorate the Biscuits:

For this step, you can either use ready-made icing pens from the store or follow the guide below to create your own coloured icing.

To create your own coloured icing, it is simple you just need to add 1 and a ½g of icing sugar to 1 tablespoon of water and add 2-3 drops of food colouring. You can add more food colouring to have a stronger colour depending on how much icing you have made. If you need more icing use the ratio of water to icing sugar until you have enough.

Now you are ready to decorate your biscuits how you like!

You could even buy edible glitter to sparkle things up.

Our First Attempt:

They don’t need to be perfect this is just a bit of fun and remember as long as they taste nice that’s all that matters!

Some of ours went a little too golden in the oven and we left ours for 11 minutes, but that just added an extra crunch! We aren’t professional biscuit decorators so we had a little bit of fun messing around creating these amateur designs! In total, it took us just short of two hours to bake and decorate but depending on how many you make this could pass a few hours.

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To make it more festive why don’t you play a few Christmas songs whilst you bake!

Thank you for reading we would love to see your attempts and photographs.

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Hot Chocolate Reindeers🎄🦌

Looking for something handmade for a Christmas present, something cheap and cheerful or even looking for stocking filler ideas, well, look no further we have the perfect gift for you!

Reindeer Hot Chocolates!

This are easy to make by following our step-by-step guide below and costs no more than £5 and this will create a few.

This product is basically a Reindeer’s head created from the ingredients to make a hot chocolate drink, which would go down a dream in the cold, Christmas season here in the UK.

Ingredients:

What will you need?

  • Piping Bag – The head
  • Handful of Mini Marshmallows – To fill the head
  • Instant Hot Chocolate – To fill the head
  • Elastic bands – To wrap up the Ingredients
  • Brown Pipe Cleaner – The antlers
  • Mini Pom Pom – The nose
  • 2x Googly Eyes – The eyes
  • Glue – To stick them all on

Step-by-Step Guide:

Once you have all the ingredients in front of you, you are ready to follow this guide:

  1. Open the piping bag and fill with 8 heaped teaspoons of Instant Hot Chocolate powder
  2. On top of the Hot Chocolate powder place a handful of mini marshmallows
  3. Using the elastic band close the piping bag above the mini marshmallows and securely fasten with the Elastic band so nothing falls out
  4. Wrap the brown pipe cleaners around the piping bag at where the elastic band is and bend 1/3 of the way up and 2/3 of the way up bend the other way to look like the antlers
  5. Using the glue – stick the eyes on the piping bag just below where the marshmallows start
  6. Using the glue – stick the pom pom on in-between and slightly below the eyes
  7. That is your gift complete!

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This gift would be complete with the addition of a mug! Cheap and cheerful filled full of festive spirit. This gift is perfect for all ages, from young children’s stocking fillers to adults hampers with a miniature bottle of Baileys for a creative twist.

With 4 heaped teaspoons of the hot chocolate powder it’s best to add 180ml of boiling water and to create a thicker texture why not add hot milk warmed up from the microwave.

One reindeer served both of us (2 people) and it was delicious after a long day at work and coming home in the dark, cold nights this warmed us both up! We had some left over Chocolate Powder so sprinkled some on top of our marshmallows.

It’s a lovely little gift, that doesn’t take long to make and would put a smile on anyone’s face.

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear what you thought and see your photographs of your gifts!

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2017 Winter Essentials – For Him💁🏽‍♂️💁🏼‍♂️💁🏿‍♂️

Man, are you ready for winter?!❄️<<
ether you are or not this is worth a read to double check you’re ready or help you get prepared!

Winter is approaching fast; the dark nights have started and clocks have gone back but don’t worry reading this will only take 5 minutes and you will be ready to face the cold!

Winter is our favourite season of the year, a perfect excuse for cosy movies days and late night Xbox gaming days in bed!

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u may be a man and think the ‘cold won’t hurt’ but you are still human and your body works the same and the cold can cause some serious illnesses. No harm in wrapping up a little more in winter, male or female. Jumpers are a great start, styles to suit all types and can be styled in many ways and great for many occasions. Jumpers can be dressed up with smart jacket, casual with jeans and rolled up sleeves or even dressed down to be worn around the house with your lounge pants/joggers. 👖

23516373_10210396371376685_1360148853_o Footwear is important, they need to keep your feet warm and dry but also in fashion… Chelsea boots are perfect for this. You can find plenty of different styles in any high-street shop to suit all males. Can even wear thicker socks underneath and no one would know! These types of boots can be wore in any winter weather conditions and even keep you dry for splashing through puddles. Grab your boots, a pair of skinny jeans and the rest of your winter essentials and you are good to go and face the cold winter weather!👞

23516024_10210396369976650_440219064_o We have sorted the base layer out now to focus on the top layer to keep you warm and dry for the winter weather. Everyone loves a man in a jacket and you can get a range of styles to suit all. You can look from leather jackets to waterproofs or even a (Long jacket name). Accessories are for males as well, so go out and grab them scarfs, hats and gloves to wrap up warm. ☔️

Make sure you wrap up warm and be safe for your own health! Enjoy your winter. 🍂❄️

Thank you for reading we would love to hear your feedback about this post.

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Goddess Nutrition Review🤸🏼‍♀️

Are you thinking of starting the gym as a New Year’s resolution, need help achieving them fitness goals or looking for a healthy weight loss diet? Then this is definitely worth a read…

Goddess Nutrition Products:

Goddess Nutrition are a well-known company that sells a wide range of products for females to achieve their fitness goals and help create that healthy diet. Whether you are looking to start a fitness routine or need help with healthy weight loss, look no further! Goddess Nutrition have the products to help you. From beginners to professionals they have the products for all.

They sell meal replacements, complete recovery lean protein, gym clothing and even the protein shaker and gym bags – everything all in one place.

The protein and meal replacement products are even gluten free and vegetarian friendly!

Goddess Protein

We managed to get our hands on some meal replacements and complete recovery lean protein which have worked wonders for our diet and fitness routine.

Meal Replacement Product:

Meal replacements are a good way to help with a healthy weight loss programme to cut out them rubbish snacks during the day! Even using one serving will last you a few hours. You can choose from 4 flavours but we highly recommend the Chocolate Brownie.

One serving (30g) only contains:

  • 104 calories
  • 12.6g protein
  • 2.8g sugars
  • 10.8g carbs
  • 1.2g fat
  • 0.36g saturates

These are perfect for a snack replacement and helps burn fat faster.

We had the Chocolate Brownie meal replacement on the evening after work which gave us the energy for the rest of the evening without wanting another snack! We added 250ml of water but you can add between 200-250ml of water or even milk for a thicker texture. Add all to the Goddess shaker and shake well.

If you are starting out or wanting to try this product you can purchase 30g sachets for an amazing £1.99 to try first and upgrade to a larger box of 1kg after. Check it out here.

Complete Recovery Protein Product:

The Complete Recovery Lean Protein is a dream for a speedy recovery. This helps you train for longer and more frequently as your body recovers quicker. Taking this straight after your workout (or up to an hour) gives you a higher chance of helping to tone your muscles faster.

We had this 30 minutes after our gym session to help repair our muscles and also this will help tone the muscles after the workout. Taking this straight after gives your body a quick recovery ready for the next day to go again just as strong. We had the Banana Marshmallow flavour recommended by Goddess Nutrition themselves, which included in our 30g sachet:

  • 110 calories
  • 23g protein
  • 4.5g carbs
  • 1g sugars
  • 0.3g fat
  • 0.1g saturates

This flavour was delicious and nutritious giving your body a successful recovery and able to achieve them fitness goals quicker. Looking at trying this product you can purchase a 30g sachet here for only £1.99 before buying the larger box.

I would definitely recommend purchasing products from Goddess Nutrition if you are looking for a successful products to help achieve them fitness goals. We are looking forward to trying new flavours and show our progress.

If you are new or looking at trying new protein try one of their fantastic bundle deals which also includes a Goddess shaker! Click here.

Purchase from: Goddess Nutrition

Follow on Instagram: @goddessnutrition

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear your reviews and progress from Goddess Nutrition products.

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Cucumber Cooler Cocktail🍸

This recipe is to make a simple and quick Gin based cocktail perfect for any occasion from pre-party to Saturday night chill out on the sofa!

Ingredients:

  •             50ml Tanqueray Gin
  •             1 Lime
  •             250ml Tonic Water
  •             6 Slices of Cucumber
  •             Ice Cubes
  •             2 TBSP of Sugar

You Will Need: Cocktail Shaker, Muddler, Twister Bar Spoon and a Glass of your choice.

Step-by-step Guide:

  1. To start quarter the lime and place half into the cocktail shaker with the cucumber slices. Using the Muddler – crush the limes and cucumber.
  2. Add a few ice cubes, Gin and sugar to the crushed limes and cucumber and shake vigorously for a few seconds.
  3. Add a few ice cubes to your glass, pour the mixture into the glass and top up with the Tonic Water.
  4. Stir with the Twisted Bar Spoon and add a few cucumber slices and lime segments for decoration.
  5. Sit back and enjoy your beverage!🍸

 

Thank you for reading.

We would love to hear about your experience or any cocktails we should review!

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Tea Shirt London’s G&T Tea☕️🍂🍃🍸

If you’re a fan of the summer drink, Gin & Tonic why don’t you try the Winter edition, a cup of G&T tea!

At first we thought: ‘how do they go together’ but how wrong we were, this is our favourite winter drink this year. From ice cold to boiling hot this drink is perfect for a relaxing time. The cold, winter nights are closing in on us and there is nothing better than a cosy night with a hot drink – this is that drink.

Our Review:

Once our parcel arrived we couldn’t wait to get this brewing in the teapot and try! As soon as you get the boiling water on the leaves the sweet smell of lemons hits the air. This white tea defuses a beautiful aroma. Don’t worry about the Gin being too strong this is like a perfect cocktail but can drive after several drinks. 😉

This tea has many different flavours from the zingy taste of the citrus fruits to the tangy lemon that hits your tongue. The infusion of the white tea still hangs in the flavour to counteract that tangy, sweet taste of the fruits to give you that difference between the gin and the tonic water.

You can’t go wrong with this tea whether you prefer it boiling hot to warm you up or as an ice cold brew to relax with! We definitely recommend it.

Purchase from: https://tea-shirt.co.uk/collections/classic/products/gin-tonic

Follow them on Instagram: @teashirtlondon

Thank you for reading and we would love to hear your experiences!

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Twinings Pomegranate & Raspberry Fruit Tea☕️

Whether you’re a tea lover or not, this product is worth a try!

About Fruit Teas:

Fruit teas are very good for you to drink. This flavoured Twinings fruit tea has only 4 calories, yes, only 4!! These tea bags have no sugar or caffeine and can express the natural fruits flavours leaving a sweet and refreshing taste. Fruit teas are like warm fruit juice but without the calories, sugar and the use of unprocessed natural fruit.

Fruit teas are high in Vitamin C and full of antioxidants which keep your immune system strong and healthy!

Our Review:

We have found to get the best infusion let a normal sized mug brew for 3 minutes!

Twinings Pomegranate and Raspberry fruit tea gives off a nice aroma which matches the equally nice taste. It has an exotic taste with a mixture of an tangy Pomegranate and sweet Raspberry flavours. Fruit tea can be drunk hot or cold and still both taste good – whether to cool down or for a cosy warm night in. We found changing that morning coffee before work to a cup of fruit tea still gives you that energy boost and sets you up for the day ahead.

We recommend trying Twinings fruit teas and swapping these for your daily caffeine boost.

We would love to hear about your experience.

Thank you for reading.

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Roseberry Topping Sunrise ☀️

If you are a morning person or looking for a free, energetic activity resulting in a beautiful view then this is something for you!

Overview of Roseberry Topping and Surroundings:

Roseberry Topping is one of the natural beauties of Teesside. Standing at 1049 ft high, so not the biggest hill, but provides a lovely view. Climbing this hill is one of the many different adventures that you can take in this area, others include:

  • Visiting Captain Cook’s Monument
  • Explore the Bluebell woods
  • Walk through the heather moorland
  • Discover the long abandoned quarry

If you are feeling really adventurous you can take a longer trip down to the nearest town of Great Ayton – there are plenty of coffee shops to refuel at!

Our Experience:

After checking the sunrise time the night before – we arrived at the bottom of the hill at 6am in the pitch black, which was a struggle on a Saturday morning! Taking us 30 minutes to climb at a steady pace, with plenty of food breaks, we eventually reached the top. Whilst getting our breath back the sky started to become lighter. At 6:47am this beautiful photo was captured.

The struggles of an early morning wake up and exercise was more than worth it in the end for the breathtaking view.

For anyone wanting to re-create this activity we recommend taking a torch and planning your route wisely (as there are several ways to climb up which vary in difficulty).

We would highly recommend experiencing this sometime if your life!

Thank you for reading.

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