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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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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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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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 3-Little Grandma’s Shortbread Recipe

Day 3 is a special family recipe that I’m going to share with you. I’m sure lots of families will have the same tradition of baking a batch of these at any time of year, but especially during Christmas time. My family call it whipped shortbread, but I also find they are quite like sugar cookies, so call them what you like!

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Ingredients 

3 cups softened butter 

1 1/2 cups icing sugar – sifted 

4 1/2 cups flour 

1 1/2 cups corn starch

Coloured Sprinkles (I used red ones) and/or Candied Cherries for decoration 

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Method 

Pre heat oven to 180°c.

Line a flat baking tray with grease proof paper. 

The key to getting this dough right is making sure all the ingredients are whipped for a long period of time, and ensuring all the icing sugar is mixed well from the bottom of the bowl. 

Whip up the icing sugar and softened butter until very fluffy. Slowly add in the corn starch bit by bit while still mixing, followed by the flour until well blended. 

Once the dough is formed, lightly dust your hands with corn starch and roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them evenly spread out on the baking sheet. 

Dust a fork in flour a gently press onto the top of the dough. Either top with sprinkles or candied cherries. 

Allow to bake for around 22 minutes- checking regularly. 

Remove from the oven and allow the shortbread to cool before sharing! 

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Day 2-Chocolate Chip Snowballs

I like to describe this recipe as a chocolate chip cookie with a festive twist! They are very simple to make. Give them a go, and let me know what you think.

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Ingredients 

2 cups sifted flour 

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter 

1/2 cup sugar 

1 egg

1 cup chopped nuts (I used chopped pecans) 

1 cup chocolate chips 

Powdered/Icing sugar 

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 180°c. Line a flat baking tray with greaseproof paper. 

Sift the flour and salt together. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar, then add in the egg and mix well. Blend in the flour and salt mixture, along with the chocolate chips and chopped nuts. 

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and spread them evenly onto the baking sheet. 

Bake the cookies for around 15-20 minutes. 

Once baked, remove from oven and let them cool. Once cool, roll the cookies in powdered/icing sugar.

 

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It’s a difficult choice deciding which Disney World park comes out on top, but I have to say it’s definitely a tie between the fairy tale of Magic Kingdom and glitz of Hollywood Studios… However, today I’ll be chatting all about my day trip to Hollywood Studios!

As soon as you enter the park you feel as though you are transported back into Hollywood’s golden age. Hollywood Boulevard is lined with various Disney shops, with a few classic Hollywood landmarks along the way. This first part of the park really sets the scene.

The first ride we went on was the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and we had to go on this more than once! It was a different story for the Tower of Terror… One ride was enough for me thanks!

We just had to go and see Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. The broadway style musical was packed and is a must see when visiting the park. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite classic Disney films, I couldn’t help but sing a long!

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We decided to ditch the fast food stall for lunch and have a sit down meal in one of Disney’s many restaurants. We chose Disney’s Prime Time Cafe, and we were glad we did! Again, Disney did a fabulous job transporting you back in time. It was just as though you were in an American 50’s style home, complete with TV style dinner meat loaf!

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Star Wars has made a huge appearance throughout the park. Which I loved as a recently converted fan! You can meet all your favourite character like Chewbacca, and take a trip on their new ride Star Tours.

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Near the end of the day we ventured into Pixar Place. I loved this part of the park. It was just like you were in a movie, with hanging barrel of monkeys above you a giant etch-a-sketch! My all time favourite ride in the whole park was here… Toy Story Mania! It’s a 4D ride where you need to shoot moving targets. Perfect for big kids like me!

The only thing I was disappointed with was finding out that the Mr Golds Pawn Shop front from Once Upon a Time was gone! They had to take it down to make way for the future refurbishment of the park. Although it was such a small part of the park, as a big fan of the show I was so excited to see it. Lets hope that when the park is revamped they make Once Upon a Time a bigger part of it!

 

 

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