Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, despite how often I moan about the cold and how busy it is. I love that you can almost feel magic in the air. I love Christmas lights and festive drinks and precious time off with loved ones. Jamie and I often try to take festive trips in December, which aren’t complete without gingerbread lattes and marshmallow hot chocolates. If there’s one thing I dislike about the festivities though, it’s the notorious, and disposable, coffee shop red cup. With my Kambukka reusable mug, festive drinks on-the-go don’t secure me a place on the naughty list.
It is me, or are men notoriously difficult to buy for? When I compile gift guides for her, I find myself having to condense the list down, but almost didn’t even bother with a gift guide for him. Essentially, I just didn’t want to try to fill a post out by recommending average and uninspiring picks. That is until I asked Jamie to write me a Christmas list of things he’d like, and inspiration struck. Who better to give insight into what the men in our lives actually want for Christmas than another man?
It’s officially December, which means it’s time to decorate the house and start getting organised. Long gone are the days of circling Christmas gift wishes in an Argos catalogue, now there’s more choice than ever, which is great, but equally overwhelming. If you’re struggling to decide on gifts for your female loved ones, then look no further. I have suggestions for beauty, style and luxury lovers, bookworms, and women who deserve a pamper.
I was only recently speaking with some friends about how much Christmas gifting has changed. When I was a child most stocking filler items cost around £5, but money went a lot further then. Now, my household would categorise a stocking filler as under £20, so although there are vast differences in what people are happy to pay for gifts at Christmas, that’s the budget I’ve set for this guide. Bearing that in mind, here are my gift suggestions for good quality and thoughtful stocking fillers for her.
To some, the term ‘eco-friendly gifts’ is somewhat of an oxymoron. We have consumerist mindsets, trained to seek out shiny, new gifts, usually guarded by walls of unnecessary plastic. Sustainability isn’t an overly festive concept, but it’s desperately needed. We can do our bit by shopping locally and buying more eco-friendly gifts where possible. If you’re sceptical then I hope that this gift guide will show that sustainability doesn’t have to compromise on quality.
Each January comes with a great deal of pressure. After spending a large part of the previous month gorging and buying into a consumerist culture that leaves us wondering where all of that money actually went? We do a 180. It’s a new year, so we resolve to save money and cut out the types of food we’ve recently eaten in excess. Although there’s beauty in the clean slate of a new year, that’s not to say that plans and preparations can’t be made prior to it. We don’t have to wait until the clock strikes 12 on the very last day of the year. Deciding what changes to make and how we plan to spend the year ahead can be made beforehand. I’ve already been considering the start of a new decade (scary, right?). Here’s how I’m getting a head start on the new year.
Pasta is one of my favourite foods of all time and the perfect carb based dinner for the colder months. I’m no chef, but since I stopped eating beef earlier this year, I’ve been experimenting more with different pasta. Spaghetti carbonara, chicken and pesto penne, creamy tagliatelle.. the list goes on. Today I thought I’d share how I make a quick and easy midweek meal of Spaghetti Carbonara.
Norfolk Restaurant Week is a dining event here in Norfolk. Plenty of great Norfolk restaurants take part, offering discounted two-course and three-course weekday meals. As the deals only run on weekdays for two weeks, this year is the first that we’ve actually made it to any of the participating restaurants. We firstly headed to The Rose & Crown in Snettisham and then to Congham Hall the next evening.
It’s that time of year when skin needs a little extra TLC. It could be as simple as using moisturising products more often, equally it could prompt you to reassess your beauty routine and the products that feature. With winter fast approaching, I’ve been taking care of my skin the easy way, by getting in a little extra beauty sleep. With the help of Penguin Sleep Tales and Dermalogica’s incredible new product; Sound Sleep Cocoon, it’s been a doddle.