16 December 2017

CHRISTMAS BOUQUETS FROM PRESTIGE FLOWERS


I was sent these stunning bunch from Prestige Flowers and I swooned a little as I opened the box. Every girl loves having flowers delivered, am I right? The novelty isn't lost on me and I was absolutely thrilled to see such a gloriously festive bouquet inside!

If you follow my blog you'll have probably guessed that I absolutely love flowers. Flowers in my house, flowers in my photos, I even named my second child after flowers. My dream is to own a little florist by the sea side and I always have a bunch of fresh flowers in the house if I can help it. I have been on the look out for some Christmas themed bouquets for a while and this one is by far the most beautiful arrangement I have seen!

I have had many an online bouquet and one thing I have noticed about online flower deliveries over the years is that they are very hit and miss, normally with boxed flowers there will always be one or two knocked flowers heads or the blooms will be mostly fully open meaning they last very little time at all. With these beauties there was absolutely no damage to the blooms, all heads were in place and the lovely vase they came with was intact (although I think this particular bouquet would be more suited to a fish bowl style vase as it was so large that I struggled a bit to fit them in!). The flowers were beautiful but not in full bloom meaning you get more bang for your buck and more time to appreciate their beauty.


This stunning bouquet is filled with the most beautiful Grand Prix Roses, Hipericum and Roselillies, which are not only beautiful and longer lasting but they are also pollen free meaning they are safe around pets.

Prestige Flowers have a magnificent range of winter flowers at the moment ranging from stunning bouquets of Lillies, Roses, Chrysanthemums, Tulips, Gerberas to festive touches such as warming cinnamon sticks, pine cones and beautiful Christmas stars which add such a wonderful Christmassy vibe!

If you would rather have a longer lasting bloom then you have the options of some really gorgeous potted plants including Hyacinths, Orchids, Cyclamen (which are a huge favourite of mine and absolutely lovely this time of year) and many other beautiful blossoms.


Other options over the festive period are wreaths which are bloody marvellous and would look amazing as a centrepiece for your Christmas table.

With the option for next day delivery including Sunday deliveries, with Prestige Flowers you really can't go wrong!

I have used some of these beauties in my blog photography, if you want to see these in action they feature in the following blog posts:

Toddler Christmas Gift Guide 2017

November 2017 Favourites




*I received this bouquet for free in exchange for an honest review

15 December 2017

TODDLER CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017


With Christmas just around the corner, if like me, you have the sudden realisation that you have bought next to sod all for anyone and are planning a panic buying session pretty soon then here is some inspiration for the littlest of family members AKA toddlers.

Grimms Mushrooms


Little stacking and sorting mushrooms made out of beautifully crafted wood and coloured with maple wood and non toxic water based colour stain. These are the pastel version although they are available in bright rainbow colours instead. I absolutely adore these little things!

Organix Goodies Selection Box


This Organix Christmas Selection Box puts a healthy twist on to your regular chocolate ones making it the perfect choice for younger children who can't finish an entire Cadbury's selection box before Christmas dinner (which means more chocolate for you). Inside you get various different Organix treats including their gingerbread men and soft oaty bars.

Grimms Rainbow 


We got Lily this beautiful wooden rainbow for her first birthday and it has been very much loved ever since. There are endless different play prompts for this wonderful toy which sets the little ones up for hours of fun. The quality of the craftsmanship is amazing and it's definitely one to pass down the generations.

Child's Farm Gift Set


Everyone loves smellies for Christmas don't they? Or at least I do! As a child I always got some bubble bath or shower gel and I would love it. These bits from Childs Farm are wonderful as ever, we have had many a product from them and all hard been equally as amazing and have been fantastic for my two who have sensitive, eczema prone skin.

Toddlebike


This little bike has become Lily's absolute favourite thing ever since we were sent one to review back in October. She plays with in every single day, gives various toys rides and she just gets so much joy out of playing with it! I posted a full review and demo video last month, click here to check that out!


The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name by Wonderbly


This book is absolutely bloody gorgeous! It's personalised throughout with a character designed to look just like your little one along with a personalised dedication and name. This is definitely one to be treasured and would make a fabulous first Christmas gift! I have written a full review here.


OXO Tot Feeding Set 


This set from OXO Tot would be a brilliant practical present for a toddler because lets face it, the littlest humans couldn't give a toss about toys and will probably be playing with the boxes anyway.

The plates feature raised sides and non slip bottoms for less spillages and mess because I think we all know how messy kids can be. The cutlery also has non slip, curved handles which makes it easier for little ones to grab on to.

Books


Books are always a winner and there is nothing like opening a great book on Christmas Day! These are my personal favourite Christmas themed books this year:


One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

Angels Great Escape by Kirstie Rowson

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson



Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Gee

x


*This post contains gifted items. Opinions are, as always, my own.

14 December 2017

NOVEMBER 2017 FAVOURITES


Better late than never right? I've moved house so have been without wifi for nearly two weeks and my blog has taken a back seat because Blogger has quite frankly, shitty apps. There are literally none that are any good and either don't let you upload photos or are just generally a pile of crap to be completely honest! Anyway, here are my monthly favourites from November...In the middle of December! Haha! 

Can we also take a moment to appreciate how beautiful these roses from Prestige Flowers are? I love a good bouquet! 

Glade Cheerful Spirits

This is basically Christmas in an aerosol can, it smells AMAZING and so festive it almost hurts. We actually bought a few of these last year because it's such a nice scent so I have a couple of these knocking about still. I don't normally like fruity scents all that much but this is more festive than it is fruit which is perfect for this time of year.

Chirp Softnest Hair Mask

Actual holy grail hair mask! This not only smells amazing it leaves my hair feeling and looking the best it ever has in its whole life. The plethora of nourishing oils have the most beautiful citrus scent and it smells like a spa on your head. I bloody love this so much!

Badedas Bath Gelee

I posted about the Badedas 3 in 1 in last months favourites and it's remained firm favourite of mine! There is something about the smell that has me hooked, it's so fresh and unique! I find myself just standing there sniffing it in the bathroom like a weirdo. 


Marc Jacobs Daisy

This bottle is a limited edition from years ago and I probably should have thrown it out (does perfume have an expiry date?) either way it still smells just as beautiful as it did when I first bought it! My perfumes have sat in my drawer for the longest time now but I recently cracked them all out and have been loving all of my old favourites! This is a lovely floral, almost vintage scent. Quite heavy but beautiful and long lasting, plus the bottle is bloody gorgeous. 

Child's Farm Strawberry & Wild Mint Shampoo & Conditioner

This little combo smells amazing, Eloise has ridiculously long, difficult to manage hair so we have to be quite careful with what we use in order to stop it ending up completely matted by the morning. These smell like strawberries with a very subtle hint of mint, not enough for you to be able to detect it (which I love because I kind of hate mint) but enough to make the strawberry scent unique.

Mitchum Shower Fresh

This is a bit of a boring one, deodorant isn't that fun is it? I used to steer away from Mitchum because the packaging is a bit boring and I had only ever tried the unscented version which was a bit sucky because I like my body stuff super scented. This was on offer a while back so I thought I'd give it a go and it is now by far my favourite roll on, ever, and it's been my go to for months now so I figured it should at least get a look in this month. It smells like parma violets which makes me love it even more!


Gee

x



*This post contains gifted items. All opinions are as always, my own.

12 December 2017

WHAT MY TODDLER ATE TUESDAY [12/12/2017]


BREAKFAST

// Baked Beans
// Toast
// Grated Cheese

I thought I'd cook up a warm breakfast for Lily seeing as we have been plunged into the ice age all of a sudden. She is a bean fiend and ate most of this, she leaves toast normally but I always include it as a sort of token offering. She seems to really be loving grated cheese at the moment which is a kind of win. I say kind of because it has led to her just picking the cheese of things and leaving the food underneath. Yay. 


LUNCH

// Lazy Mac & Cheese
// Hippeas
// Fromage Frais
// Piccolo Pouch

The most half arsed Mac & Cheese known to man. Cook the pasta, chuck in a cheese triangle along with some grated cheese. Done! The kids bloody love this, naturally. Mainly because I put zero effort into it but it packs in some calcium so that's always a good thing, right? 

Hippeas are a new love for Lily, they're chickpea based puffs so they're healthy right? I chucked in a fruit pouch from Piccolo too because you've got to at least try and give them their five a day haven't you, haha.


DINNER

// Pasta Spirals with Chunky Vegetable Sauce 

Forever hiding the vegetables in pasta! Both my two love pasta and will generally give anything in, around or on it a go. Lily really loved these little spirals too, I normally get penne but I think I may venture into the pasta world a little more because the kids seem to love the different shapes and the novelty of it means I can get more vitamins into them so it's a win win really. 

Check out last weeks post here.

You can also follow Lily's daily meals on my second Instagram @WhatLilyEats.



Gee

x


10 December 2017

PERSONALISED BOOKS BY WONDERBLY


If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you'll have probably seen me expressing my love for these two absolutely beautiful, personalised books from Wonderbly!

I've been lusting over "The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name" for quite a while and it didn't disappoint! The books themselves are beautifully finished with personalisation throughout and the option to add your own message at the beginning to make it that little bit extra special.
The pages themselves are wonderfully vibrant with fantastic quality sheets with an amazing, luxurious feel to them, along with a hardback cover to make them extra childproof to be treasured for many years to come.

The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name


This book follows your child which you can personalise to look just like your little one on their journey to find letters given to them by various characters throughout the story to help spell out their name.
This would not only make a wonderful first Christmas present but also as a new baby gift or a name reveal. I'm not surprised it was crowned the UKs best selling picture book last year because it truly is fantastic!
Available in both boys and girls versions from £16.99.

My Golden Ticket


In collaboration with Roald Dahl this book is a must have for any Dahl lovers out there. When I saw this one I knew it would be perfect for my absolutely Roald Dahl obsessed Eloise!
The front cover is fabulous with a metallic golden ticket and beautiful detailed illustrations. This book again is personalised throughout with a personalised song and chocolate treat within the story transporting your child to the one and only Willa Wonkas Chocolate Factory. This one is perfect for older children aged 5-12 who are able to read independently.
Available from £19.99.
Keep your eyes peeled for these two in my Christmas gift guides (which will be up slightly later than originally planned due to our house move) soon!


Gee

x



*This post contains gifted items. My thoughts are as always, my own. 

5 December 2017

WHAT MY TODDLER ATE TUESDAY [05/12/2017]


BREAKFAST

// Nutella Porridge

Lily isn't a huge fan of porridge these days despite it being one of her her feavourite foods not that long ago. I thought I'd jazz it up with some Nutella because who doesn't like Nutella? Am I right! 



LUNCH

// Grilled Cheese Roll Ups
// Cottage Cheese
// Bunny Crisps
// Fromage Frais
// Kiddylicious Puffs
// Apple
// Kiwi
// Chocolate Fingers

Lots of variety again because if I give her just one or two things she generally has a strop until more food is put on her tray. Hangry toddlers are the worst. She's finally getting bored of cottage cheese though so I'm going to have to find something else to bulk up her lunches!



DINNER

// Potato Tree Shapes
// Meat Free Ham & Cheese Star
// Cottage Cheese
// Pizza

The last week or two have mainly been beige food from the depths of the freezer because we have been packing and moving house so dinner times have become like a mad rush to weave in and out of boxes to even get to the oven. Lily loves these little potato shapes plus festive food is an automatic winner in my book! 

Gee

X

1 December 2017

SIGHTINGS FROM NOVEMBER 2017














This month started off very slow and ended in manic packing and as you are reading this I am probably unpacking a mountain of boxes at our NEW HOUSE!!!!! I snuck in a December sun set out the front of our very first house. If you didn't know we used to live in a flat which was generally crappy, it was built in like the 1970s and was a bit shit. Despite the fact it was shit, it was our first proper place together having lived in various parents houses prior to that and it was the pace where Lily had all of her firsts from first food to first steps and words. It's where Ben proposed to me so we have had many a lovely memory there and I'm a little sad to be leaving the shit hole, but mostly excited. Our new place is a new build with a fucking garden and I am mildly obsessed with the doors which is random but they are beautiful. I will more than likely be a bit quiet on here for a week or so until we get out internet set up (although I do have a few scheduled posts due to go up). Now, back to sorting every item we own...Pray for me.


Gee

x

Caitylis
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