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Christmas Gift Guide

November 25, 2017

It’s nearly December and I’m so excited for Christmas! It’s time to start buying presents, opening advent calendars and singing along to Christmas songs. I’ve put together a list of gifts which are perfect for food and drink lovers and bloggers.

Hygge Box 

Hygge is a Danish word which is all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Hygge Box is a monthly subscription box, full of Hygge goodies and items promoting self care. They also sell one off boxes which can be personalised. I’ve already got my eye on the hot chocolate box.

I recently met the lovely owners Gabby and Sally at a Hygge workshop session, where we made Christmas heart decorations. I love the concept of Hygge and the selection of treats in this box. I received a range of food items, accessories for the home and some candles.

Montezuma’s orange chocolate is now one of my fave chocs, its so delicious that it made us go out and buy more! The fudge drinking chocolate is also pretty special with the Parkin cake on the side. I love getting cosy in the evenings and lighting the candles and making a hot chocolate. I think this box is an ideal Christmas gift and a great way to treat a loved one.

Wax Lyrical Candle & Reed Infuser

Wax Lyrical is a luxury fragrance company based in the Lake District. I’ve been trying out their candle and reed diffuser which was made in collaboration with Silent Night. This set will transform your home into a haven of calm and serenity. Both products are blended with lavender, chamomile and sweet orange.

They smell lovely, I’ve been burning the candle every evening. The lavender is very calming so it helps me drift off to sleep. These products would be ideal for anyone who has difficulty sleeping. Wax Lyrical also have a gift scent range which is perfect for Christmas or Special occasions, you can also add in your own personalised message. Check out the GiftScents range here.

Food & Drink

Truffle Hunter

Truffle Hunter is a brand based in the Cotswold’s, providing a range of the finest truffles from England and Europe. They offer a wide range of gourmet truffle based products such as Truffle oils, salts, minced truffle and truffle mayonaise.

I tried out a few of their products, my favourite is the tagliatelle topped with English truffle oil. The oils are very rich and luxurious so you don’t need to use very much, you only need a drizzle on pasta, risotto or pizzas. I was very intrigued about trying the truffle ketchup. It livens food up a bit and goes well with chips, burgers or added into spaghetti bolognese.  These products would make great gifts for any foodies or anyone who likes to experiment in the kitchen.

Ibiza Ice Wine

I love wine but sometimes fancy something a bit lighter and less rich, this is why I enjoyed trying out Ibiza Ice Wine. Both wines tasted very light and the ABV is only 5.5%. The pomegranate sparkling wine is fruity, bold and sweet but not sickly sweet. The lychee, lime and melon is very fruity, exotic and refreshing. Another thing I like about these wines is that they use natural ingredients with no refined sugar. The bottles are ideal to carry around and even have a stay cool aluminium bottle so don’t need to be chilled. Buy them as a gift or treat yourself to some this November as its National Pomegranate Month. They are available to buy on DrinkSupermarket.com

For Bloggers & Brands

Just Add Blog

Just add blog is a monthly subscription box delivered to your email. Each month you get 5-7 digital items to help improve your blog. Items such as flatlay photos, fonts and e-guides. My favourite item for November was the e-guide to using Facebook groups effectively. Facebook is probably my least engaged channel for my blog so I found the tips very useful, at the end it includes some great blogging groups to join. The boxes are $10 a month or $25 for 3 months. To get 25% off just add code – WFHC172H88N0. Take a look at the previous boxes here.

Printsome

Printsome personalise garments such as t shirts, bags & hoodies. This can make a unique personal gift or would be great to use for a business. Check out their personalised collection services here, also if you get express delivery the items can be with you in 2-4 days.

USB Makers

Portable power banks are a lifesaver when your out and your phones running out of battery. USB makers provide logo branded powerbanks. USB makers sent me a motivational one saying “Make it Happen”. Adding a logo is ideal for brands and bloggers to enhance your identity and awareness. Check out the range of powerbanks here.

*Some items have been gifted to me but all opinions remain my own*

Product Reviews Travel

Xupo Key Finder and Item Locator with Giveaway

September 22, 2017

This clever little tracker is used to locate your items it can be attached to keys, placed into a bag, by your camera or near anything you might misplace. I tend to lose my keys so attached the small lightweight Xupo tracker to my keying. It’s similar to the find my Iphone app but can be used with any item you want.

How to use

It’s super easy to setup and use

Download the Xupo app

Turn bluetooth on

Press button on Xupo to connect to your phone

Once connected tap find on your phone and the Xupo will ring

Another great feature is that if you lose your phone you can press the button on the Xupo and it will call your phone. If your Xupo is out of bluetooth range, click the map it button on the app, this will show the last seen location on the map.

Xupo find your items

Battery replacement

Open the shell along the line, take out battery and replace with a CR2016

Verdict

While I didn’t lose my keys during the weeks trialling this, I tested it out by placing my keys in another room and using the app. It was easy to find them with the ringing emitted from the Xupo. I think this items great especially if you misplace your items often. Sometimes I buy my friends birthday presents early and then when their birthday comes round I can’t find the present, so next time I can just put the Xupo next to it. This little gadget can save a lot of time looking for things and could even stop arguments if someone you live with always blames you for moving their stuff.

You can purchase here on Amazon and read more about it on this website

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Product Reviews Travel

Knomo Harpsden Backpack

June 19, 2017

Knomo London have a range of beautiful and practical bags. The bags are ideal for work and travelling about with. They have a great selection of bags such as clutches, backpacks, totes and briefcases.

I have been trying out the Knomo Harpsden backpack here are the features:

  • Padded section to fit laptop – Protects and allows easy access when needed
  • Main section – great for organising, section for cards, pens and other small items
  • Water resistant
  • Cushioned mesh back – comfortable to wear
  • Padded straps for comfort
  • Front pocket – great for using on the go

I think this backpack is very practical and has a lot of space to fit all my essentials. I love that its waterproof and has a section for my laptop. I also like the section for organising where I can fit my cards and other bits and pieces. The backpack is also comfortable to carry around. I hate carrying bags which dig in and leave strap marks.

The Harpsden backpack is availabe in blue and grey. This backpack is waterproof so is great to take with you if walking, cycling or travelling. This backpack costs £89.00 and all Knomo bags are guaranteed for two years after purchase.

Whats your favourite backpack?

*I was gifted this bag by Knomo London*

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Travel Toiletries 2 Go Gift Set & Giveaway

April 25, 2017

Travel Toiletries 2 Go

Handbag and Travel Treats Gift Set

Travel Toiletries 2 Go kindly sent me a gift pack to review and are also giving away this gift pack to one my readers! These products are great for taking with you in your hand luggage. You can fit them into the clear plastic toiletries bag which is ideal. So many times I have tried to shove all my toiletries in the bag and failed. I then have to go to Boots and buy the products again which is such a waste of money.

To learn more Hang Luggage rules check out this guide Travel Toiletries 2 go created.

Handbag and Travel Treats Gift Set

Handbag and Travel Treats Gift Set

The gift set includes

  • The Travalo Classic Excel Perfume Atomiser – Pink, This is a great way to take your favourite perfume with you without going over the hand luggage liquid allowance. It refills in seconds directly from a standard perfume bottle. The Excel is 8.6cm tall, packs 65 sprays of perfume and has a contents indicator window.
  • Daisy Pattern Compact Mirror – This mirror reminds me of the Daisy perfume by Marc Jacobs. A double mirror with one magnified and one standard mirror inside.
  • Impulse Mini Body Spray 35ml True Love – Beautiful fresh freesia and tangerine fragrance, leaves your skin feeling cool, fresh, revitalised and gently fragranced.
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Lip Therapy Stick – Lip balm is an essential travel toiletry. This one also protects from UVA and UVB rays with SPF 15. Contains triple-purified Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, rich cocoa and shea butter, and Pro-Vitamin E.
  • V05 Ultimate Hold 100ml Hairspray – Heat and humidity can cause havoc with your hair. This hairspray has a UV filter to shield against humidity for 24 hours, preventing frizz and environmental damage.
  • Mini 4 in 1 Nail file Shapes, smoothes, buffs and polishes – small and compact, perfect to carry in your handbag and great for travelling light!

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Travel toiletries mirror gold flowers

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Product Reviews Travel

Tracking my sleep with S+ by ResMed

April 14, 2017

Sleep tracker

I travel a lot and work shifts so I often struggle to get enough sleep. I have been trying out a sleep tracker called S+ by ResMed to see if it can help me get a better nights sleep. This is the worlds first non contact sleep tracking system. I’ve seen a lot of sleep tracking bracelets but I wouldn’t find wearing these comfortable at night. I’ve also tried using Jawbone to track my sleep but this isn’t very accurate. It tells me I’ve had 8 hours sleep even if I’ve woken up a few times in the night. This tracker has been a lot more accurate and provides me with a lot more information.

Sleep tracker Resmed

What it does

  • Measures light and temperature of room
  • Breakdown of light, REM and deep sleep
  • Offers tips on how to get a better nights sleep
  • Option to relax to sleep with calming sounds
  • Can use mind clear feature to write down any thoughts or to do lists that might keep you from falling asleep

Sleep tracker S+

How to use

  • Place tracker on bedside table facing your chest
  • Download the ResMed app
  • Connect phone to tracker with Bluetooth
  • The tracker has an extra USB socket to charge your phone so it doesn’t run of out battery during the night
  • Once plugged in a red light will appear on the tracker
  • Click on sleep button
  • Answer questions on how stressed you were in the day, caffeine intake, alcohol intake and exercise
  • Light on tracker will go off
  • Once awake click stop tracking then sync

S+ by Resmed sleep tracker

Every time you log your sleep the tracker will give you some personalised tips on how to improve next time.

Verdict

I was able to see what days I got the most sleep which is always the days I have off work. My aim is to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at a similar time. The tracker shows it takes me at least an hour to fall asleep which is a long time. I’ll be trying some of the tips and avoiding going on my phone or laptop straight before bed as the light can have an affect on your sleep.

I did have a few issues with using the tracker. Twice during the night the light on the tracker and my phone came on waking me up. I’m not sure if this is an issue with the tracker or something going wrong with my phone. I normally turn my phone off when I go to sleep and my phones been playing up recently. It’s been fine the rest of the time so I’ll keep using it.

I have learnt a lot about my sleeping habits and this tracker is helping me to make sleep a priority. It makes such a difference to my day when I get a good nights sleep!

Sleep Tracker Resmed

Have you used a sleep tracker before?

*Disclaimer I was sent the S+ by ResMed to review*

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Gap Year Travel Store Tech Cube & Travel Wallet Giveaway

February 15, 2017

Gap Year Travel Store

Gap year travel store features all the travel essentials you need for your next trip. From backpacks, sleeping bags, packing cubes to travel adaptors. I have teamed up with Gap Year Travel Store to give a lucky reader a chance to win a Travel Wallet & Tech Cube!

Gap Year Travel Store Tech Cube & Travel Wallet Giveaway

Osprey Travel Wallet

Gap Year Travel Store Wallet

This wallet is great for storing travel info such as hotel receipts, itineraries and flight information. I always end up spending ages trying to find different documents so I’m looking forward to using this for my next flight. This wallet also has RFID blocking which prevents illegal scans of your passport and bank cards stopping identity thieves. The inside of the travel wallet includes a pen holder, three zipped pockets, 4 x card pockets and a passport pocket.

 

Trekmates TechQube
Gap Year Travel Store tech cube

Packing cubes are the best way to keep everything organised in your backpack or bag. This padded packing cube is great for electrical items, chargers and cameras. I have been using it for my Olympus Pen camera and phone charger. The cube is padded to protect contents and also has a removable divider so you can separate items.

Both products will be incredibly useful for your next trip. The wallet will keep your travel cards and passport safe. Helping you save time at the airport by having all documents in one place. The tech cube keeps your camera protected and is great for storing chargers so you never run out of battery.

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Gap Year Travel Store Giveaway

You can win your own Travel Wallet and TechQube. Enter your email and name below or login with Facebook and complete one or all the options. The more options you complete the higher the chance of winning! Please note the giveaway is not open to residents in the USA or Canada. Giveaway ends on the 8th of March and does not include camera,charger or sunglasses in photo.

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