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Hello everyone!

I just thought I would write a quick update to let you now that I have started using my Instagram account again for Baking and Bobby Pins. I feel that it is a brilliant platform to share blog posts and discover other bloggers. I’ll also be posting about what I’m up to day to day and lots of coffee/tea/cake photos- sorry in advance!

Please share your Instagram accounts in the comments below and if you’d like please feel free to give me a follow @bakingandbobbypins.

 

 

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Booking our Disney Moon!

After getting engaged in Disney Land Paris, we thought it would be fitting to carry on where we started by jetting off to Disney World in Florida for our honey moon! I am beyond excited for this. I was last in Disney World last July in 2016. I imagined our honey moon on a tropical beach, lounging around sipping cocktails, however I felt that I would get a little restless and bored doing this for a solid two weeks. I always had Disney in the back of my mind, so when Dino actually suggested going I jumped at the chance. We decided it would be perfect for us.

We booked directly through the Disney World website. I heard that this was the best place for deals, and over all it made the process really straight forward as it was all in the one place. At the time of booking we were lucky enough to take advantage of the free Disney dining plan offer, as well as 14 days for the price of 7 days park tickets. This meant that we saved a lot of money, which is crucial just now with the wedding.

This trip will be the first time I’ll be staying on Disney property at a Disney hotel. We decided on Caribbean Beach Resort. Although this resort is currently undergoing refurbishment, we decided to stay here regardless, as we don’t feel like the construction will bother us too much. I feel that the rooms look new and comfortable, and the location of the resort is great as it is so close to the parks.

We opted to stay with the Quick Service Dining Plan instead of upgrading to the Table Service Plan not to just save money, but from other blogs and reviews I have read I feel that the options you have for quick service dining will be great for us. There are however a few select restaurants we want to try such as Be Our Guest where I feel we can splash out on a meal.

Since booking I’ve been watching endless Disney World vlogs to get me more excited, as well as eyeing up Mr & Mrs Disney merchandise (Minnie bridal ears here I come!)

If you have any recommendations for things for us to see and do at Disney please let me know.

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Wedding Planning Update

Since becoming engaged my evenings have been filled with endless flicking through various bridal magazines after stock piling them- because when else can you buy them?- and pinning centrepiece ideas and flower arches onto my many Pinterest boards. I have loved wedding planning so far, and everyone I speak to seems to be amazed by how much I’ve gotten done in such a short space of time.

We have booked our wedding for May next year, there is no reason to have it so soon, we just found the perfect venue with our perfect date free for next year. So we decided to grab it while we could.

We are getting married at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh. As soon as we drove up the drive to the venue I instantly knew this was the place I wanted us to say ‘I do’. The house is gorgeous, full of history, and has lovely quirky interiors which really made it stand out to me. The grounds surrounding the house make you quickly forget you’re right in the city centre. To the left of the main house are the stables, where we will be having our dinner and reception for our wedding. For me, this is the best part of the venue, as you get a stunning view of Arthurs Seat, my favourite part of Edinburgh.

If you want to have a nosey at our wedding venue you can check it out here.

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After we booked and secured out wedding date, the fun began! So far we have organised our flowers, entertainment (a ceilidh is a total must for a Scottish wedding!),  favours, photography, and cake (one of the most important parts to me!).

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The cake tasting has to be one of my favourite parts so far. It was just such a lovely day for Dino and I to spend together. We went to Mimi’s Bakehouse on the Shore in Edinburgh for our tasting and decided to order our cake from here as well.  Our coordinator , Fran, was extremely helpful and friendly and made the process so easy. They have over 10 flavours to chose from so they definitely stood out for me. I couldn’t recommend Mimi’s enough if you are looking for your wedding cake, or just looking for a nice place for lunch or afternoon tea.

I’ll definitely be keeping you all up to date with our wedding planning process as we go on. Only 7 months to go!!

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New Home

So back in March I finally accomplished one of my 2017 goals- moving out and into a flat of my own- and I was so excited! Although I loved living at home, I couldn’t wait to have my own space that I could put my own stamp on.

I absolutely love interior design, and my Pinterest boards have been full of gorgeous room ideas and inspiration. I swear I’ve been living in Ikea and Dunelm that last few months, and can’t go into a store without eyeing up the homeware section!

My fiancé and I are currently renting our flat in Edinburgh, so we are quite limited as to what we can do to decorate. Luckily our flat is almost perfect. It is very neutral with wooden flooring and creamy white walls, which is the style that I quite like, so I wouldn’t do much to change it up even if I owned the flat myself. Our landlord offered us the property fully furnished. One of my favourite things when we moved in was the living room, we have a light blue sofa with tartan pillows, a gorgeous soft white rug, and two white IKEA units which fit in so well with the white and blue colour scheme we have going on. I’ve just added my own personal touch with photo frames, lanterns and countless Yankee candles (my favourite having to be Baby Powder)

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Funnily enough, my favourite colour isn’t actually blue, however I seemed to have carried on the blue decor through to the kitchen. I was gifted this gorgeous matching pastille blue toaster and kettle set for Christmas from my Mum and Dad last year, so I couldn’t wait to use them once I moved out.

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I’ve been loving having my own space so far, and I will definitely keep you updated with my home decor once I’ve settled in some more and picked up a few more items.

If you have any recommendations for home ware shops, or tips on making a flat even more homely please let me know!

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Pisa

On our way back from Sestre Levante we decided to pop into Pisa City Centre to check out the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the surrounding area before heading to Galileo Airport back to Edinburgh.

You can really just see Pisa in an afternoon, I’m sure they’re may be lots more to see outside the main part, but we were quite happy seeing the tower and other monuments, and finding a lovely spot for lunch and coffee.

In the heart of the city there is the Square of Miracles, or as it is formally known, Campo dei Miracoli. It is also a World Heritage Site. There are three structures found in the square, the Baptistry, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, and the graveyard. However, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa is actually the cathedrals bell tower. The square is surrounded by a gorgeous, and well maintained lush lawn, where you could find crowds of people relaxing and taking in the sights. There is also two museums that you can visit, the Cathedral Museum and the Museum of the Synopses, to learn a bit of history.

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Around the monuments there are mazes of stalls selling souvieners. If you want to pick up a cheap magnet or key chain, then here is the perfect place. Unfortunately the majority of the stalls sell all of the same items, so it’s difficult to get something unique.

I couldn’t resist having a go at the mandatory holding the tower up pose! I’ll be honest, this was actually quite difficult and resulting in Dino yelling at me where to put my hands for a good five minutes! I think it was worth it though, what do you think?

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A Primark Jo Malone Dupe?

I’m going to fully admit it, I’ve never purchased a Jo Malone product. They are on the pricey side, but I know the quality of the product is well worth it. I lust after their colognes and candles, and even just last week when I was heading to Italy on holiday I had to sample nearly every product at Edinburgh Airport.

When I was browsing my local Primark I decided to head to the beauty section- as you get some decent beauty bargains there- and I kept smelling this gorgeous aroma. I eventually found a new stand which had a selection of reed diffusers, perfumes and home sprays. I was really impressed with the range of scents and how amazing they smelt.

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They have very similar scents to the Jo Malone products, such as Primark’s mandarin & basil, which smelt almost identical to Jo Malone’s lime, mandarin and basil cologne.

This was obviously a very popular product as the majority was sold out. But I managed to get my hands on the mandarin & basil room spray and the eau de parfum rollerball fragrance collection which was perfect as I was able to try out each scent.

The eau de parfum rollerball fragrance collection set came with 6 miniatures of each of their scents. This included; Vanilla Absolute, Amber Noir, Mandarin & Basil, Rose Out, Pomegranate & Black Tea, and Jasmine & Honey.

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I’m fully aware that the quality of these perfumes don’t match Jo Malone products, however I was very impressed with the actually scent of them. The only thing that I have noticed is the staying power. They are strong when put on, but the scent doesn’t stick around for long. This ended up making me apply more perfume as a top up throughout the day, but I didn’t mind seeing as I only paid £8 for the roller ball set.

Overall I’d probably buy the room sprays again and I’ll definitely be back to try out the reed diffusers. I’d say the perfume is good if you just want a light scent, but I can see myself treating myself to a Jo Malone cologne in the future.

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I said yes!

So he put a ring on it… In Disney! I am absolutely over the moon to announce that my boyfriend and I are now engaged.

A few weeks ago I was surprised with an amazing trip to Disneyland Paris for the long weekend, and little did I know that Dino was planning on popping the question right next to the wishing well by Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

We had the most perfect few days just enjoying our time together and taking in all of the magic, before getting back to reality and celebrating with our family and friends.

So over the next few months please excuse all of the wedding planning chat!

I guess Disney really is where your dreams come true!

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Nintendo Switch Review

When I first head of the Nintendo Switch console I was very curious about what it could offer. I loved the Nintendo DS and Wii U, so the idea of a hybrid of these two consoles sounded brilliant.

The Nintendo Switch is a portable console, so you can game wherever you’d like to, but it can also easily be played in the comfort of your own home on the TV.

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The Switch is a 6.2 inch tablet, with a stunning display. It has two removable joy-con controller, which can be used solo or split for local multiplayer gaming. Since the Nintendo Switch can be played on the tablet or the TV, it comes with the Switch Dock, which charges the device and connects the Switch to the TV. You also get the Joy-Con Grip, which connects the Right and Left Joy-Con controllers together, so you can use them like a traditional controller- which is great for single player Mario Kart! You will also get an HDMI cable and a power cord.

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The Switch tablet is touch screen, and I have found the display brilliant for games. You can also use the Switch tablet in table top mode, where you can flip the kick stand up and use it as a mini screen if you don’t want to use it as a hand held device. At 6.2 inches the Switch is very portable, which is what made the console appealing to myself. You can purchase various Nintendo carrying cases for the console to protect it.

Connecting the Switch to the TV is very easy. You simply slide the console into the charging dock until it ‘clicks’ and the display from the console is transferred onto the TV. I love using the TV display for playing multi-player games.

The battery life is acceptable for the Switch. A full charge can give around 3 hours of gaming, which is good enough for commuting or playing around the house. It charges quite quickly as well, which is a plus.

I was slightly reluctant before buying the Switch, as there wasn’t a large variety of games available on the platform at the time. However Nintendo has announced a few more games set to be released soon. I can’t wait to play Splatoon 2- which was so much fun when playing the live demo-, Mine Craft (who doesn’t want portable Mine Craft?), Skyrim, and Super Mario Odyssey!

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At the moment I have been playing a bit too much Mario Kart- However I’ll admit I do get a little bit competitive.. But it is such a fun game, especially with friends! I have also been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I was never a big fan of the Zelda franchise, but I’ve really been enjoying this one. It has such an open world that you can explore for hours, and the story really is very immersive. I would definitely recommend it.

What do you think of the Switch, and what games have you been loving?

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Pink Parcel March 2017

I was thrilled with my first Pink Parcel back in February. If you haven’t read my review on it you can check it out here! So I decided to keep my subscription to the service, as what girl doesn’t deserve a little pick me up each month?

I received my March Pink Parcel around a week ago and was so excited to open it and see what goodies were inside. I was pleasantly surprised again with the selection of beauty bits, accessories and sweets.

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As with every box you receive a top up supply on your choice of either sanitary towels or tampons. I didn’t realise how handy this actually was until the last two months since I subscribed to Pink Parcel. I think everyone can relate to the panic of not having one handy or running out completely!

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The first thing that caught my eye was the cute pin from ‘Lapel Yeah’ . It says “Happy Everything”. I love the colour and think it will jazz up a jacket or bag! I’ve got a few Disney Pins on my gym bag so it will fit in perfectly.

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I love having a big selection of lipsticks so I was thrilled to see a full size of Rimmel’s new ‘The Only 1’ lipstick in this months parcel. I fell in love with the colour and thought it was the right timing with Spring just around the corner. The shade I received was ‘120 You’re All Mine’ which is a gorgeous pop of pink. I tested it out and found it very pigmented and moisturising.

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I feel like Pink Parcel know me too well- with last month sending me my favourite peppermint tea- as this month they included a little sachet of ‘Kneipp Bath Crystals Cold Season in Eucalyptus. This was perfect timing as I was on the brink of a nasty cold so this helped me feel so much better.

I’m not a coffee fan, however I wish I was as I love the concept of this next gift, as it is a coffee bag! Yes just like a tea bag but for coffee. It is by ‘London Coffee Bag’  and they specialise in gourmey coffee on the go.

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I also received some lovely toiletries this month; a little sample-size of Dove’s new ‘Advanced Hair Series’ range, the Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo, and a lovely smelling ‘Boozi Bodycare’ Cheeky Woo Woo Body Wash sample.

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A little packet of the ‘Beauty Papier- Green Tea Blotthing Paper’ was included in the parcel as well. I love the bright leaf print on the packaging! I’ve never actually used blotting paper as I find my skin is dry and I don’t get too much excess oil throughout the day, but I may find these useful during the summer or if I’m on holiday.

Last but not least, I received a treat size ‘Maza Chocolate’ bar- just perfect!

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Mystery Blogger Award

I love blog award nominations! I think they’re such a fun way to connect with other bloggers and channel a little bit of your personality into your blog. I was kindly nominated for the ‘Mystery Blogger Award’ by Fun Fashion Freedom , thank you so much!

The “Mystery Blogger Award” was started by  Enigma, which is a good initiative for all those bloggers who are starting out.

I’ve nominated 5 lovely bloggers at the end of this post.

Rules: 

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 people.

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question.

9. Share a link to your best post(s).

3 Things About Myself: 

1. I’m addicted to peppermint tea!

2. I’m Scottish and Canadian- I was born in Scotland and my Mum is Canadian. I lived in Canada for several years when I was younger as well.

3. My favourite musicals have to be South Pacific or Mama Mia.

5 Questions from my nominee: 

  1. What are your future goals for your blog?

I’d love to keep writing about things that I enjoy. I hope to share more of my own recipes for baking, branch out into fitness as I’m on my own fitness journey, and write more reviews on a wider variety of beauty products.

  1. What is the funniest incident that has ever happened with you?

This was a tough one! Probably because any funny incidents that have happened to me I try to forget because they’re so embarrassing!

  1. Name your favourite movie.

Dirty Dancing, hands down!

  1. What is the first thing you would do if you were a guy/girl?

Pee standing up! How efficient would that be? Hahah!

  1. Name the colour which aptly describes you.

Probably my favourite colour, pink!

5 Questions for my nominees: 

  1. Are you a cat or a dog person?
  2. Top 3 Netflix/TV series?
  3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what one beauty product would you have?
  4. What is your favourite Disney film?
  5. Do you have any nicknames?

Best Posts: 

  1. My Malteser Cake Recipe (seriously so yummy!)
  2. Toronto Blog 
  3. NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick Review 

Nominees: 

  1. Rachel’s Wardrobe 
  2. The Fabulush
  3. Lushtivity 
  4. Clare Evans 
  5. Quite Simply Stella 

 

Thank you again Fun Fashion Freedom for my nomination!

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