Tuesday, 25 November 2014

lilys kitchen at christmas; festive treats

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Following on from last Thursday's post on the wonderful Lily's Kitchen (read all about it here!) I thought I'd carry on my festivities over on this blog with a selection of goodies from the the Lily's Kitchen Christmas Range.
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We often say we spoil Cece a bit too much... the advent calendar situation this year seems to be we've spent 10 times the amount on an advent calendar for Cece, than the cost of our ones! With packaging like Lily's though, £9.95 was amazing this dog treat advent calendar. 
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When I saw this tin of food, the packaging once again had me sold, so I brought 2! Three Bird Feast sounds nearly as good as a real xmas dinner and at £2.49, a festive dinner for the dog is a bargain!
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Last up, these Turkey & Cranberry festive biscuits which you can pick up for £1.99 at Lily's direct at the moment. For Cat lovers, there is a whole festive cat section too! I'm so pleased I discovered Lily's, as I have cupboards stocked with colourful and natural goodies for Cece! Take a look at the decorations too, this daschund is my favourite!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Rose Gold, Bronze & Liberty Charity Shopping Spree

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Here's two reasons why you should definitely hit the charity shops first this Christmas; firstly by shopping in charity shops, general principle, you'll generally be helping a good cause. secondly you find some bloomin' amazing bargains. After getting a Liberty of London bauble for 30p in this haul, I was giving myself a good telling off for spending too long shopping mainstream so far this Christmas, and started scheduling as much charity shop shopping as I could into my week (working in a school, it's hard to accommodate this!)
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I fell head over heels for these baubles which were £1.50. I'm not keen on the darker colours, but the lighter colours are so stunning!
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I brought these baubles for £2.50 in a mixture bag. (that so is not my reflection in the gold bauble haha!)
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These glitter music notes came as part of a set. I'm not sure where they'll go yet, but they are pretty lovely and pretty much brand new.
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These decorations minus the Liberty one, were all 10p each. I was so pleased with the tartan drums, as I'm pretty tartan obsessed.
The Liberty bauble was 30p. It is a 2013 bauble, but I'm thinking of upcycling it, and I mean it's Liberty ... and for 30p I couldn't walk away from it!
The baskets in these pictures were 50p each. I'm going to re-use them for Christmas gifts, as I'm planning a lot of festive baking to use as homemade food gifts this year.
I also brought some woodland hanging ornaments as well as some records for my record player which is on my Christmas list and altogether, how much did it come to? Around £9. Which is an absolute bargain!

There's enough to basically decorate a tree this year and some more!
What charity shop bargains have you found recently? Any particularly Christmassy ones in London I'd love to know where!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

A peek into some Boots Christmas Gifts

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 Every year, Boots is always the store that starts off my Christmas shopping (& that's usually in October as soon as the first points events start!). I always end up spending many £££'s in there; this year, I have found so many amazing gifts, which quite honestly the gift guide doesn't do justice, so I thought why not give you the real life photos!
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First up, the food gifts. This year, I'm taking the plunge, and cooking a Christmas dinner on my own.
I've done it before (always however aided with my Dad as sous chef - nobody wants to be stuffing a turkey when you can get someone else to do it!) but this year, it is alone alone. When I was browsing around, I saw The Hairy Bikers Saucy Threesome for £10, and knew I had to have these sauces on my dinner table. The whole Hairy Bikers range is awesome this year; if I ate pies, this pie dish would be next on my list!
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Boots stock a wide range of their own brand products and gifts, and I've always loved their own brands. Gastro Table is a new brand this year, and it certainly doesn't disappoint. I brought their Steak Board with Seasoning for £16.50 and set of Steak Knifes for £14. Judging from last year when I brought a lot of products from Boot's Bistro Bleu range including this cheeseboard, I know how durable Boots gifts are. I love the design of the board (and thought it would make for perfect photo worthy food opportunities!) and the steak knifes ended up being free as part of my 3 for 2s!
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I may have mentioned in yesterdays post, about how gold obsessed I seem to be at the moment. I spotted these No7 Christmas Crackers in the gift guide, and thought to myself 'ooo they look nice, I'll buy a box' ... well folks, when I got to shopping and saw these, I walked away with 3 boxes. They are such a gorgeous colour, and huge! They looked so tiny in the gift guide, but they are pretty much full cracker size, and each contains a mini no7 item. For £14 and on 3 for 2, they are a wonderful beauty addition to your home this Christmas.
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Every year I buy from The Garden Collection. This year they've updated the packaging and I think it looks so much more classic.
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The Mini Indulgence set is £5 and on 3 for 2. I have brought lots of sets for family & friends, and honestly the sizes are really decent this year as the set contains 5 75ml+ items.
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For years I have loved the handcare duos, with stands. Rose is my favourite, and the updated packaging makes it look even prettier this year! Found here for £7.00
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The Royal Jelly Mini Indulgence set is £5, and on 3 for 2, and again fantastic value for money.
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 You know when you have one of those moments where you wish you'd brought something when you'd seen it. Well I had that moment with a certain Bird Candle which I should've nabbed when I saw it, whilst buying these woodland pine cones for £6 for 6. I'm planning a pinterest-esque diy holder for these to go in.
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So this may be the second hand wash/lotion you've seen, however, the Joules Hardworking Hands Skincare Duo I thought was a bargain at £10, and fitted my newly nautical themed bathroom. I picked up the Reap What You Soap set for £8, as I thought it'd be nice to have Joules Christmas soaps for when people are visiting this year.
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I've fallen in love with the Jenny Packham range this year. I've started my collection with the Salonniere Face and Body Balm for £8, and here's hoping a certain Vanity Case & Eye Mask set make it to star gift before Christmas! If not sales shopping it shall be!  photo OctoberHalfTerm021.jpg
That's my round up for the moment. I'm shopping again at Boots for even more gifts this week. A photo album, fragrance and on my list is a certain Smashbox Eye Shadow Palette 
(that may have to be Boots Points being spent though!)
Hopefully you found this little round up useful! If I was to recommend one thing, go buy those no7 crackers, because they really are amazing!
Have you got your eyes on anything from Boots this Christmas?

Friday, 21 November 2014

december 25th; inspiration

It's the most wonderful time of the year 
Can you believe it's nearly Christmas already? Because I most certainly can't.
Christmas is by far the best time of year for me. The whole atmosphere of what feels like the world completely changes, and I'm lucky enough working in education, where we get properly into the festive spirit too.
Christmas tabletop display in Royal Copenhagen's flagship store

Illness, busy-ness and life has kept me away from this blog for nearly a month now. In that time, I have been snapping away, storing snippets ready for some serious December/ festive blogging.
In that time I have done some pinning which you can find here. Current personal trends seem to be anything Liv Tyler and the colour gold. Today's post features a small snippet of Christmas pins, which I've already printed, and implementing them into my first Christmas at home design for the year.
Christmas tablescape by Sweet Little Peanut featuring @Aedriel Originals scripted plates is charming and woodsy. Love those chargers!!
Any pin with a tree slab as a place setting is definitely being pinned. Now I just need to find tree slabs/ get the saw out!
Charlotte Olympia -- holly suede and patent-leather flats....yes, please!
These Charlotte Olympia flats are just amazing.
Make the countdown to Christmas bright with this stunning envelope advent calendar by Debee Ruiz
I'm loving alternate advent calendars this year; I've opted for a traditional chocolate Minnie Mouse one (a'la Poundland!) but I've seen some amazing alternates which I'll be featuring later this month.
ryan gosling in christmas lights... yes please. nearly put this on my 'i want to eat this board' hahaaaa! 
& of course, no festive Pinterest board is ever complete without Ryan Gosling, in Christmas lights.
What is giving you inspiration this Christmas?
Leave your Pinterest links below, especially Xmas boards ... I'm looking for tons more inspiration before I begin Christmas DIYS & transforming my house into a winter wonderland next weekend!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Lily's Kitchen

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Earlier this month I stocked up on some new food for Cece. After stumbling across Lily's Kitchen in
a shop in Covent Garden, on my journey home I couldn't get the brightly coloured, beautifully designed packaging out of my head, and the first thing I did arriving home, was look up Lily's!
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This was Cece sniffing out all her goodies when they were delivered!

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There is such a wide range of foods that Lily's offers. There is dry food, to wet food. Training treats to breakfast food. There is a night time biscuit range.
The flavours and natural-ness of the range is what do it for me; wild campfire stew sounds amazing! I may need to make human versions of Cece's food to not get jealous!
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Personally, I find the price of Lily's Kitchen fantastic value for money for what you are getting. After a long chat, we decided paying that little bit extra is so worth Cece having a wide variety of yummy food. I placed orders with Zooplus & The Thoughtful Pets Store, where I got discount codes and Ocado & Tesco stock Lily's and often have offers, so it doesn't have to be mega expensive if you shop around!
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Lily's certainly cheered up this poorly pup and got her back fighting fit again! Has your dog ever had Lily's Kitchen before?
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