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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ToxicFox Christmas Gift Ideas .. #ChristmasGiftGuide

ToxicFox Christmas Gift Ideas

All I Want For Christmas Is... No one knows. What do people really want for Christmas?

ToxicFox have a wonderful new look Christmas Gifts section packed full of Christmas ideas for the whole family. You can pick from LOL, OMG or WTF categories for funny, unique or unusual presents, or check out their many other options to help you easily track down the best gifts for each individual. You really are spoilt for choice.

How about a ClaireaBella Large Jute Bag (£39.99) 

This bag features an elegant rosette bow, a 'handmade with love' silver charm, Swarovski Elements, 2 fabulous painted hearts (featured beside the name of your choice) and plenty of sparkle and glitter! You get to choose what you would like your girl to look like and wear.

The bags are gorgeous, they're very pretty to look at and really comfortable to carry. I love the way you can personalise them to make them look like you too.

How about a Cocktail Glass Matt Frame (£39.99)

Why not celebrate your life with this fabulous Cocktail Glass themed typography framed print. Each print comes wonderfully presented with a selection of mixed colour gems, a vintage frame and of course lots of words of your choice with meanings to you.

I chose 10 words that meant something special to me, mostly I picked my families names but then I added some emotions like Love, Fun and Happy too. I was really pleased with my finished print. It's going to sit really nicely on my bedroom wall now.

How about a Beautiful Bath Bomb Christmas Cracker (£7.99)

The pack contains:

Fresh Berry Blaster
It's Xmas Blaster
Cherry Bathewell Blaster

This bright pink christmas crackers contains three fruity, berry bath bombs which are all 
Christmas themed cupcake bomb shapes. They're the perfect treat for all bath bomb lovers. It's a simple gift idea but perfect if the lady in your life likes to enjoy her baths.

How about a Retox Pamper Pack (£7.99)

The pack includes:

1 Pomegranate & paw paw invigorating and nourishing face mask
1 Grape & Ginseng really revitalizing eye gel pads
1 Almond oil leave in hair mask
1 Shea butter & peach kernel softening intensive foot cream

It's a lovely little stocking filler for the ladies in your life. It's a novelty gift that screams 'Enjoy Me' If you like smellies or beauty goods then this is a great gift choice for you.

Whatever you fancy this Christmas, be sure to check out ToxicFox for some amazing gift ideas and all sorts of Christmas Treats and grab a cheeky 10% off with code TFBlog.

Disclosure: I was sent samples in return for an honest review.

Check out My Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Art & #win Your very own Pancake Hamper.

Check out My Abra-ca-Debora Pancake Art 
& win Your very own Pancake Hamper.

I don't quite fancy myself as a Picasso, Salvador Dali or a Turnover but when I was sent an amazing hamper of Abra-ca-Debora pancakes and some mystery ingredients, I just had to give it a try. Remember the word try there as my efforts were not brilliant but I tried.

Inside my hamper I found everything I could possibly need to create my Pancake Masterpieces. I decided on two pieces of well known art and gave it my best shot.

I give you my very own interpretation of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. 

I used dried apricots, slices of chocolate orange, raisins, chopped almonds and of course a Abra-ca-Debora Sweet Pancake. Everything in the picture is completely edible, I should know as I ate it shortly after taking this picture. It was delicious.

Next up is my slightly dodgy version of Scream by Edvard Munch.

For this one I used dried apricots, raisins, chocolate orange slices, chopped almonds, 2 silver cake decorations as eyes and nutella spread for added decoration. 

I had imagined it to be much easier to create than it actually was but I'm quite happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Is it a worthy effort?

Just for fun I had one last go at getting creative with my Pancakes and replicated the Eiffel Tower. What do you think? I think this was my best effort out of the three I did.

If you could create your own Pancake Masterpiece, what would you make?


The lovely people from Abra-ca-Debora have kindly offered me a Pancake Hamper as a prize for one of my readers to win. It's nice and easy to enter so please do join in.

The Prize will include:
  • 3 packs of Abra-ca-Debora Sweet Dutch Pancakes
  • 3 packs of Abra-ca-Debora Original Dutch Pancakes
  • 3 packs of Abra-ca-Debora Diddy Dutch Pancakes
  • Whole Earth peanut butter with sunflower, pumpkin & flax seeds
  • Clarks maple syrup
  • Clarks clear honey
  • Moose Maple Butter

To Win, simply use the Rafflecopter Form below.

This Competition will end on December 17th. One lucky winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries and emailed with how to claim. Open to the UK Only.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Looking for cool kids watches? Check out Ravel watches. #Review

Looking for cool kids watches? 
Check out Ravel watches.

Ravel, who produce British designed watches for all age ranges and lifestyles have a big focus on quirky designs for young children that they will love. They would make a great Christmas gift for a good, affordable first watch. There's so many cute designs to choose from, there really is a watch for every boy and girl of every age.

When faced with the choices shown above, my children were absolutely delighted to be given the chance to choose one of these watches each for themselves. 

Ryan went first as he's the youngest, he chose the blue strapped alien design which was the perfect theme for him as he loves aliens. Ryan is only 4 so he's not yet learnt to tell the time by himself but he was eager to get his watch on so he could try.

It's a very cute watch with nice bright colours on it for him. The clock face itself is clearly marked and easy to read. It has one side red for the 'past' times and the other side blue for the 'too' times. It's nicely designed and very cute for young boys like Ryan.

Next up to choose was Chloe who's my eldest daughter, she's 11 so went for the oldest looking watch out of the five. She chose a simply black strapped watch with a clean white clock face surrounded by sparkling diamantes. It's a very pretty choice.

This watch could be the perfect gift for more confident time tellers or even adults. I wouldn't mind wearing this one myself but sadly Chloe got there first. There's no number written on this one, it's simply marked by crystal dots for each hour. It is lovely though.

Third up was Lily, I wasn't sure which one she was going to choose a there was three left, all suitable for her age and gender. To my surprise she went for the pink doggies one.

This one is a cute watch for the younger girls in your life. It has the two coloured markings to help with the past and too times but on this one they are shown in red and pink. It has a plastic feel strap with a simple buckle style clasp. It does up easily and stays on well.

All three of the watches are now loved and used every day. 

I have three happy children who are now enjoying their Ravel watches very much so. 

Ravel watches are lovely affordable watches and are available from many different retailers. They really do have a design and style to suite everyone in their range.

Whilst we enjoy our new watches, I will leave you with one last thing. The Ravel Blog is a new addition to their range so why not pop over and check it out if you get a chance.

Disclosure: We received watch our samples in return for an honest review.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Have a Scent-sational Christmas with Febreze

Have a Scent-sational Christmas with Febreze 

Hosting the perfect Christmas takes lots of preparations, we need the perfect gifts, the perfect meal, the perfect tree and even the perfect Christmas scents. 

Whether you want the sweetness of a Vanilla Latte, the traditional warm infusions of Apple & Spice or Warm Cedarwood, the fresh fragrance of Winter Wood or a light spritz of Festive Spice. Febreze's new collection of seasonal scents could be the perfect perfumed accessory for any keen host or hostess this Christmas.  

This week I have been enjoying the festive smells of their Apple & Spice range which includes a Febreze Candle, Febreze Air Spray and Febreze Set & Refresh Diffuser.

I love this smell, it's so spicy smelling yet fruity and oh so scrummy. I've sprayed it throughout my whole house and have to say it smells so good. My candle burns at night spreading it's delicious smells throughout my living room whilst my Diffuser spreads it's yumminess throughout my dining room. Thanks to Febreze and their yummy Apple & Spice range my home is smelling very festive this Christmas.

The prices are great, they're so reasonable and very affordable yet smell great. I'd be happy to receive these as a stocking filler or even a Secret Santa gift maybe.

Febreze Apple & Spice and all things nice!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Gift Ideas for the Lady in your life #ChristmasGiftGuide

Gift Ideas for the Lady in your life 
My Christmas Gift Guide 

Looking for a treat for the lady in your life this Christmas? I've got a few ideas to help you out, whether you're looking for a gift for your Mum, Sister or Daughter. 

The Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit will cost you £99.99 and is available from select Debenhams stores and online. The brand new and unique Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit makes gel nails even easier by reducing a typically five stage process to an easy one step application. Just polish and cure for shiny, salon quality nails that last up to 14 days. 

The kit comes complete with a high performance LED lamp which combines the latest LED and gel nail polish technology with a solvent free formulation that's kind to nails. With 32 LED lights, the Rokit lamp promotes a super-fast curing time as well as a built in treatment timer for ease and even better there’s no drying time!

You can check out my full Rokit REVIEW right here on my blog.

Next up we have the Elle Macpherson Heel Smoother by HoMedics which is available from Argos for around £19.99. This handy little gadget gives you the perfect at home pedicure with salon professional results. The battery operated rotating buffer and blade gently removes dry and rough skin on your soles and heels with ease. It has two speed settings so you can tailor your pedicure and a useful 'residue' chamber so there's no mess!

Last but not least I have the NEW Jam Transit Bluetooth Headphones which are available from HMV for £59.99. These new stylishly sleek Jam Transit headphones deliver excellent sound quality without the hassle of tangled wires and they have an integrated microphone for taking phone calls on the go. They're compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices including smart phones and the headphones connect wirelessly up to 30 feet. They have a full on ear remote functionality FF/RW/play/pause/volume +/-
and they're rechargeable battery allows up to six hours of wireless play.

Read my full Jam Transit Bluetooth Headphones REVIEW to see what I thought of them. 

There's 3 different gift ideas that might help your Christmas gift search a little bit easier.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Saturday Night at the Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Indian Restaurant #Review

Saturday Night at the Bhujon Cocktail Bar
 and Indian Restaurant

What happened when a curry lover and a complete curry restaurant newbie went to the Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Indian Restaurant on a busy Saturday night?

Daddy and I were invited to dine at the Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Indian Restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham this Saturday night. I love eating out and often enjoy a nice Indian takeaway at home but it had been a while since I'd enjoyed a meal out in style.

The Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Indian Restaurant looked really nice from the outside, it was all lit up and looked really pretty giving it a nice, friendly first impression.

Once inside we were greeted and shown to a table for two to be seated. The restaurant itself was well laid out with pretty paint splattered pictures on the walls. There was a section of comfy booths for larger groups on one side of the room and a row of smaller 4 and 2 seater tables on the other. The tables were a little close together (we thought) but the overall layout and presentation was very nice. We felt quite comfortable throughout our stay.

Our waiter offered us drinks and poppadoms as soon as we had been seated. He brought us a rather nice little basket filled with two different types of poppadoms and a selection of dips and sides. The dips were amazing, the chutney style one was so good.

Once we had finished these, which we did. We ate every single crumb in the dish, there was nothing left they were that delicious. We really enjoyed them and happily moved onto our starters which we were struggling to decide on. The starter choices were all so appealing, there was a plentiful range to choose from on their menu and everything was marked clearly with Mild, Slightly Hot or Hot next to them so you could make an informed choice depending on how you like spice or in Daddies case, not. In the end we choose three starters to share so that we could try more of their dishes, for review purposes only of course.

 The top picture is the Tandoori Chicken, the middle picture is the Meat Samosas and the bottom picture is their Chicken Cutlets Special. Each one came beautifully presented on long plates accompanied with a pretty salad and a cute drizzle of sauces. Everything tasted great, the food was delicious and well cooked. It looked and tasted fantastic.

Next up was our Mains, I played it safe with a Chicken Tikka Masala which is my favourite whilst Daddy ordered something completely new to us, their Chicken Makhani.

Again the food was beautifully presented, the colours was just lovely to look at. My Chicken Tikka Masala was deliciously creamy and sweet, just as I like it. Daddies Chicken Makhani was also very creamy but much less sweeter than mine. Again I had to try both for review purposes, although Daddy wasn't impressed by doing this. At first I thought the dishes were very shallow so we wouldn't have enough to fill us up but with a good helping of chicken (7 pieces in each) and enough sauce to dip our Garlic Naans into we were more than happy. We were full up with sauce to spare, the Garlic Naans were pretty big.

Even though the restaurant was quite busy because of it being Saturday night, the staff were very professional, attentive and well mannered. They were always around if we needed them and often came over to check everything was going ok. I was very pleased with their service. Our glasses weren't empty for long and our table was cleared quickly after every course. I really couldn't fault the staff, they were delightful.

After our meal we took a look at the Dessert menu, just to check out the selection and the prices of course. We often find the desserts can be very expensive but not here. We were so surprised by the low prices of £3.90 each that we decided to get one each to try.

Again, the presentation was lovely, everything looked so good and I'm happy to say that they tasted just as good as they looked. They were delicious.

We both really enjoyed our night out at the Bhujon Cocktail Bar and Indian Restaurant. We were there for a total of 2 hours from 7-9pm but it didn't feel that long at all. We wasn't waiting around at all, everything flowed smoothly and overall was very enjoyable.

We would definitely go back, the food was delicious and the service was great. The Cocktails were the icing on top of the cake too, if you like Cocktails like me then this place is a must. They have a large selection to choose from and each comes served in a pretty glass and tastes so good. I tried two of them so I can easily recommend their French 75 and their Pink Lips. Both tasted so good and I would buy them again.

Disclosure: We were given a budget to dine with for the purpose of this review. We did go over it by £17 which I paid myself but was happy to do so as I enjoyed it so much.

#SilentSunday 16/11/2014

Silent Sunday