6 Gift Ideas for the man in your life

I don't know why but I always find it harder to think of gift ideas for the men in my life. Each year i'm having to look for better presents than the year before. It can be a bit of a nightmare at times.

However I have some fab ideas for you this year, so here we go;

I don't think you can't go wrong with lager. There are lots on the market, you are spoilt for choice. But I can personally recommend Hofmeister*. It's a light, crisp and produced under the Purity Law, which means it can only contain water, hops and barley.

You can get 12 bottles at the moment for only £19.99 or 24 bottles for £39.99 on Amazon, and free delivery if you use the code FTBHOF17, but you’ll need to be quick. If you are looking for a bit extra Moonpig now have Hofemister selection set which come with a half pint glass. A 2 bottle selection set is £16 or you can get the 5 bottle selection set for £22.

Who remembers Virtual pets* growing up? You look after your pet by caring for it, providing medical help, feeding it and generally doing everything that you would do for a real pet! It's the perfect gift for any age and cheaper than buying a real pet at £5.99

Looking for something a little different and quirky? how about a Grow it - bonsai Tree*? You don't even need to have green fingers. Everything you need is inside this gift box including starter growing pots, compost discs, seeds and a booklet containing growing tips, and it's only £12.99

With coffee shops popping up all over the place, you need to know your Cappuccino from your Cortado. Coffee Drinks: An Illustrated Inforgrapic Guide to What's in Your Cup is a guide to over 25 of the most popular ways to drink coffee rendered in beautiful infographic style.

For the man who loves to look after himself, you can't go wrong with a Lynx set. It has a full size Body Spray 150ml, Body Wash 250ml and Anti-Perspirant 150ml - all with the subtle fragrance of Lynx Black. 

This set is ideal for Christmas and currently half price at Tesco for £3.25, what a bargain and ideal for that Secret Santa gift

Stationary is not just for women, and there's nothing better than a good pen. This Sheaffer Ballpoint pen is light, stylist and retails at just £10. It's the perfect practical everyday use present that you know will actually be used.

It is common to have family and friends that are spread across the UK or even overseas. If this is the case, you will often have to post your Christmas gifts to your loved ones. Using a courier service to deliver your parcels will help you save both time and money over the holidays. 

The courier comparison site My Parcel Delivery can help you find the cheapest courier services available as well as finding the right courier to fulfil your needs. Before you send your gifts, make sure to check out the list of restricted and prohibited items before sending them as most couriers will not handle these items. Take a look at the best ways to package your parcels so that your presents are well protected and remain a surprise for the recipient! There’s a selection of courier services available. 

Say goodbye to Post Office queues by leaving your parcels at a designated drop-off point if using a courier such as UPS. Better still, you can have your parcels collected from your own home with an express service by Parcelforce. If last-minute shopping is inevitable, take a moment to check the last dates for delivery over the festive season. The last thing that you need is for your gifts to arrive at their destination after the big day!

I hope you found my Christmas gift guide for "him" helpful. If you were stuck and desperately seeking some inspiration as part of the Christmas gift countdown have a look and see what you can find. You never know you might also find a little something for yourself!!!!. 

Happy Shopping

Soap and Glory Spa Of Wonder Gift Box | Boots Star Gift 2017

This year, the Boots Star Gift Set for Christmas 2017 is one you don't want to miss. The Spa Of Wonder Gift Box set is usually £60. However, you can get it for half the price at £30!! The products are worth £78, so for £30? You would be mad not to get one!

The gift box contains;

  • SMOOTHIE STAR Deep Moisture Body Milk
  • FACE SOAP & CLARITY 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash
  • BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL Radiance-Boosting Mask
  • THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE Smoothing Body Scrub
  • SEXY MOTHER PUCKER Lip Plumping Gloss in Plums Up
  • SUPERCAT Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER 3-in-1 Cleanse, Creamy Body Wash
  • THICK & FAST High-Definition Collagen Coat Mascara in Black
I have to say, i'm really impressed with the selection this year, there's something for everyone and a great mix of some of Soap & Glory's best sellers. My particular favourites are The Righteous Butter Body Butter, The Scrub Of Your Life Smoothering Body Scrub and the Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen, which is really primainated.

If you're still looking for Christmas gifts (or like me, going to treat yourself), Soap & Glory's Star Gift for 2017 definitely has you covered. Oh and make sure you use your Boots Advantage Card and build up those points!

Board Games Festive Fun with Wicked Uncle

It's getting more difficult these days to spend time with family with everyone being busy nowadays, so family board games come as a blessing in disguise. Family board games are a great way to unite the family being adults or a children.

There's no prefect time to play board games with all the family than at Christmas. I have fondest memories of all my family sitting together after Christmas dinner and having my sister beat me at Scrabble numberous times.

Recently Wicked Uncle got in touch with me to ask if I would review some of their products and I knew it was the prefect time to get some new board games for the family.

Wicked Uncle sell a huge choice of amazing, fun and quirky gifts for all the family, and every single item on their website has been tested by one of their team. So you know you will be buying quality items.

The website is super easy to use, you can browse by categories for Christmas fun stuff, someone who is creative,  a brainiac or simply browse by age and gender. It makes it easier to find something for someone if you don't know what to get them.

I was spoilt for choice to which board games I wanted to review. Here are what I chose.

First off is Yeti in my spaghetti, award-winning, silly, super fun kids game that challenges you to pull out the noodles one-by-one without letting the Yeti fall into the bowl! Who knew Yetis liked spaghetti? We did! He's not a scary monster, he's a cute one, and he's ready to play the game with you and your family.

Headbanz is a hilarious game of what am I! You ask questions to figure out if the card on your head is a person, place or object. The game is a great length, not too long and not too short. It is so funny, and the best thing is its great fun for the whole family as well as being educational as you have touse your vocabulary and thought process

And of course I had to throw in something Christmassy. O - Deer is a Inflatable Reindeer Antlers Game which asks Can you catch the five gold rings on your inflatable Reindeer antlers? O-Deer is the fun yet completely bonkers Christmas game that is perfect for a festive party with friends and family of all ages

The check out process was quick and easy, and my order was delivered only after a few days. Well packaged and I loved the touch of the pre written thank you card which your child can send to love ones to show their appreciation for their gift.

Introducing some board games after Christmas dinner lets everyone unwind and connect after a busy festive period. Will you be playing any board games over the Christmas season?

Stick Man | A Must See Family Christmas Show

Recently I won tickets to see Stick Man at The Leicester Square theatre, London. Darcy is a massive fan of the book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Who we were lucky to meet at the launch of the new Chessington World of Adventure Gruffalo ride, which you can read all about it here.  

The book has also been adapted into a animated film that is voiced by an all star cast including Martin Freeman as Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville as Father Christmas and Jennifer Saunders as The Narrator to name a few.

The three actors from The Scamp Theatre who were full of energy from the start, seamlessly going from one character to another character. I particularly loved the use of props and the use of instruments that went alongside the main show. It really brought the whole book to life.

There were lots of interaction to keep young audiences engaged without getting too hyper, foot tapping catchy songs and jokes to keep older kids and adults entertained too. 

There's an appearance from the man himself, Father Christmas with the addition of snow to help get everyone into the festive spirit

I'm going to be honest Darcy had one of her famous meltdowns just before the show started, but once the lights and music came on she was engrossed from start to finish.

The show is 50 minutes long which is the perfect length and if you are going with little ones, make sure you pick up a booster seat, so they do not miss out on any of the action.

Darcy's dad came with us and he's a hard man to please and he said that the show surpassed his expectations. We would definitely go and see it again. I smiled and laughed throughout the show.

Stick Man is playing over the Christmas season at London's Leicester Square Theatre until 7th January 2018. You can buy tickets here

Giving New Parents A Helping Hand with Asda Little Angels and Dr Hilary Jones

When I had Darcy I had never had much experience with children let alone babies, so of course I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I spent most of my time on the phone to my mum for advice or on google.

Let's get one thing straight, google is not always your best friend, as not everything you find online is correct.

Thankfully Asda have teamed up with Real life GP, Dr Hilary Jones, who himself has 5 children of his own, to produce a series of videos to provide some tips and advice for new parents and their carers.

I was fortunate to be  invited to the launch of the new videos for Little Angels which features some adorable babies, my ovaries where on overdrive for sure.The launch was held at The Ivy Market Grill, before lunch we were able meet the main man himself and have a Q & A session with him.

The videos cover four different subjects, Bath time, weaning, nappy changing and preventing nappy rash.

The videos are the perfect length for busy parents and carers and provides practical and sensible advice.

Little Angels range include wipes and toiletries and their nappies are dermatological tested, and are not only Mumsnet approved; they have recently won Mother & Baby supermarket of the year at The Mother & Baby Awards.. Asda are also the biggest seller of nappies in the UK and sold over 1 billion nappies last year. So you know your child is in safe hands.

To check out the videos visit Asda Baby Club

Easy Christmas Cake Recipe

Have you been looking for a foolproof Christmas Cake?? Well look no further,this is nice and simple and you can make this well in advance. Make sure you prepare your tin. As it has a long cooking time, the cake needs to be well protected from the heat to stop it from burning

Lightly grease a 24cm/9inch round or 20cm/8” square tin. I find spring form tins are easiest to use for this purpose but any type will do.

Line the tin with 1 layer of baking paper and wrap aluminium foil round the outside squeezing it round to fit closely.

Tie a double layer of brown paper or greaseproof around the outside over the foil and above the tin lip to extend about 5cm/2” and
pre-heat oven to 160C/GAS 3/320F
225g/8oz butter
225g/8oz soft brown sugar 1 tablespoon black treacle
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
265g/9oz plain white flour plus 2 rounded teaspoons baking powder, sieved together in a bowl 1 level teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 eggs well- beaten
1kg/2lb2oz dried fruit of your taste, raisins, currants, sultanas, glace cherries, cranberries, pineapples etc
50g/2oz ground almonds
50g/2oz chopped almonds
Brandy for feeding the cake after cooking.


1. Cream butter, sugar and treacle together in a large mixing bowl.

2.Stir in 4 tablespoons of the flour and beat in the eggs, lemon zest and juice.

3. Add the spice to the rest of the flour and baking powder and stir well.

4. Add fruit and nuts to the flour to coat and stir into the creamed mixture. Make sure all the fruit and nuts are well distributed through the mixture.

5. Spoon cake mixture into tin carefully pressing down gently and smoothing over the top. Make a small depression in the centre of the cake. This gives a level top to the finished cake.

6. Place the tin on a baking sheet and place in the centre of the oven. Turn heat down to 150C/GAS 2/300F and bake at this heat for 30 minutes.

7. Turn heat down again to 140C/GAS 1/280F and bake for 2 hours. Check after this time how it is progressing and test to see if it is cooked by pushing a metal skewer down through the centre of the cake. If it is cooked it will come out clean with no cake mixture attached to the skewer. If it isn’t cooked and bits of mixture are clinging to the skewer, then cook for a further 30 minutes and test again. Repeat this as necessary until the cake is completely cooked.

8. Remove from tin and leave to cool completely before removing all the paper. If you don’t let it cool completely some of the cake may stick to the paper.

9. When cool, and frequently until you ice the cake, spike the cake with a skewer and pour 4 tablespoons of brandy or rum into the cake. Repeat fortnightly until Christmas. Wrap the cake in foil and store in a tin.

Gorgeous Christmas Bouquets From Prestige Flowers

As you may have noticed, I love Christmas! It's most definitely my favourite time of the year, and my Mum is even more hyped for the festive season. It's true what they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

So when I was offered the chance to review some Christmas flowers from Prestige Flowers, I knew the prefect person to send them to.

I actually missed the delivery, so had to wait an extra 3 days to receive it, so I was concerned about what kind of condition they would come in. There was no need to worry, they were already fresh and perfectly safe in a large strong box.

We were sent the Christmas Wishes bouquet which is simply stunning.A mixture of red roses, carnations, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, golden nests and green blossoms. They smell and most importantly look great. I was pleasantly surprised with how fresh they were after being in their box for so long. This is due to the special heavily watered material which was wrapped around the stems to keep them fresh.

They came along with a glass vase, a small box of chocolates, a flower care guide and a little note that you can include for your loved ones. I really like that you can add extra items like the vase and chocolates to make the boutique unique to the person you are sending them to.

They have had two homes already, on our mantelpiece and in the middle of the dining room table. They make a great addition to our Christmas decorations, and my Mother was so overjoyed to receive the full package of beautiful floweres, vase and of course Chocolates

Prestige Flowers have a full range of Christmas flowers, have a browse and see which one of their festive bouquets catches your eyes. Order before 9pm for fast next day delivery.

Will you be sending flowers to anyone over the festive season?