Monday, 9 December 2019

Shop from your sofa this Christmas with Moonpig



In previous years, I've always loved to get out on the high street and finish my Christmas shopping. I adored the festivities, the coffee shop break for a hot chocolate and soaking up the twinkling lights but with a two year old in tow, it's just not worth the inevitable stress that will incur this year. 

So I've joined the masses and shopped online and ya know what? It hasn't been that bad especially with our own Christmas tree twinkling in the background and a hot chocolate by my side. Moonpig has been my go-to for a lot of gifts this year, I've been totally impressed with the variety available and I've managed to pick up some corkers so I'm going to share eight items to pop in your basket from Moonpig this Christmas. 
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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Get Christmassy with L'Occitane Festive Garden



When it comes to beauty at Christmas, one brand that always does it so well is L'Occitane and the Festive Garden range is at the top of my recommendation list if you're looking for something beautifully festive for a loved one this Christmas or ya know, for yourself. 

The Limited Edition Festive Garden Collection features a handful of products that will keep skin soft, well moisturised and smelling gorgeous. Each of the products are made using responsibly sourced green mandarin from Brazil and ylang-ylang flowers from the Comoros Islands so you can just imagine how great they smell. Spoiler - bloody fabulous!

It's a really great collection of products and skin will not know nourishment like it.
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Friday, 6 December 2019

A Very Merry Christmas at Pho



December is the month of glorious food and maybe one too many tipples and I'm totally on-board with that. Getting friends and family together at this time of year is my favourite and with plenty of Christmas set menus available, you just need to choose where to go. 

One place you should definitely add to your list is Pho, now open in Gunwharf Quays. The family-run restaurant first opened its doors in 2005 after owners, Stephen and Juliette travelled through Vietnam and fell in love with the food. 

They serve healthy Vietnamese street food which is all cooked daily in their kitchens. There is a huge range of gluten-free dishes accredited by Coeliac UK as well as many choices for those with dairy and egg allergies. The majority of the dishes can be made vegan too so it's pretty much the perfect place to go. 

The best bit? The Christmas menu is banging!
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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Tower Toymaker's Workshop at Spinnaker Tower



Finding somewhere to visit Father Christmas with little ones is brand new territory for us, it's the first year Joshua has been really aware of Christmas and who Father Christmas is so we wanted to find somewhere special to visit with him. We wanted an experience, something interactive and something we'd remember and the Tower Toymaker's Workshop at Spinnaker Tower was perfect for that. 

We were invited to the Spinnaker Tower at the end of November so wrapped up from the wind, we made our way to Father Christmas' workshop and put our elf hats on.
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Monday, 2 December 2019

Stocking Fillers for Beauty Lovers



I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for cute mini products so Christmas is the perfect time for me to get my fix. There are products in baubles, mini lipsticks and glitter galore and the best bit? They make brilliant stocking fillers. 

I've collected together some fab products that I think would be perfect for the beauty lover in your life together with a couple of surprises you could even hang on your tree. 

It's going to be a very Merry Christmas for somebody!
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Sunday, 1 December 2019

Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard


Tis the season to be merry and that's exactly what you'll find at the Victorian Festival of Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard this weekend. The annual event will be celebrating twenty years of festive magic over three days bringing Christmas to life on their cobbled streets. 

The festival sees the dockyard transformed into a bustling Christmas market full of wonderful stalls selling food and drink to festive decorations and gifts as well as circus performances, Dickensian characters and the chance to meet Father Christmas in his beautiful grotto. 

We have wanted to visit the Victorian Festival of Christmas for a number of years now but for one reason or another haven't made it so being able to finally visit on Friday filled me full of Christmas joy. My grandmother and I took Joshua and arrived at 10am for a full day of festive fun in the beautiful November sunshine.

We couldn't have picked a more perfect day for it! 
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