A Sweet Monday Freebie!

Who loves treating family & friends and getting a little bit of money off too?? GOOD I am glad its not just me!

You might think it makes me sound a bit cheap, but whenever I shop online (which isn’t very often) I ALWAYS have a search for a discount code first to see how much I can save! I recently stumbled across Boomf when I was hunting the web for a personalised mothers day gift for mummy dearest and managed to get 20% off AND I have just done the same for my dad (he loved mum’s gift!).

Mum’s Personalized Mothers Day Gift

Dad’s Personalized Fathers Day Gift

It is soo simple to create this gorgeous personalised marshmallows, you can upload your own photo’s and mix and match with pre-designed clipart or just use either on their own. They now even do mallow pops which are just the cutest idea and I love this as an alternative to cake pops – they are definitely less messy! I could order things from Boomf all day long, whats even better is that delivery is normally 1-3 working days, it comes straight through the letter box, so no need to worry about having to sign for a parcel or anything!

For a box of 9 Marshmallows is £15 (incl. postage), which is perfect for a little sweet treat for a friend or family member, the mallow pops are £20 (incl. postage) for 9.

As I love all my readers sooo much, I have got a code which allows you all 20% your next order! All you need to do is follow the below link enter your email address and start shopping!

Your 20% Off Code!

I cant wait to see all your creations that you have made!

Love

Emma xxx

Cocktails!

Hello!

Its that time of year where you start to have friends over for alfresco dining and maybe a drink or 2 or 3. We love to have people over but where we still live with our parents it can be a bit tough so usually only have friends over when we are house sitting for them or if we are house sitting for friends and family.

We love nothing more than to enjoy a few drinks and good food with our friends and when the girls are round it normally means COCKTAILS! I have a board on Pinterest which is called Birthday Party Idea’s….I should really re-name it Cocktail Board as that is all that’s on there and my Birthday’s usually end up in Cocktails and Cupcakes haha! So I raided my board and thought why not share with you all the 5 cocktails that I will be making this summer!

1. Mermaid Water!

My Cousin tagged me in this post on Facebook the other week, it sounds lovely and I definitely what to make this at least once during the summer! However, I am never sure what Blue Curacao is or where to get it from! 
Note To Self – Must Serve In Mason Jar!

2. Coconut Watermelon Margarita

This sounds soo yummy and refreshing, I think it was the Pink in the jar that dragged my eye before I even saw it contained Coconut, another thing to fill my obsession! I checked out the recipe online and it looks so easy to do, there would have to be some changes with the coconut bacardi rum and frozen margarita mix as I am not sure we can get that in the UK but its definitely one I want to try!

3. Pina Colada Sangria

When I stumbled across this recipe I instantly knew I had to give it a go. I love to have a glass of wine and my cocktail of choice is always a Pina Colada…..so why have I never thought to combine the 2?! Wine & Glue has put together a fantastic blog post with a simple guide to create this lovely drink, I cant wait to try it!

Photography Credit Wine & Glue

4. Vodka Raspberry Lemonade
This is a great deviation from a drink I spend many evenings in Mexico drinking in January! I discovered Raspberry Absolut Vodka and when mixed with Sprite it was amazing & I think the recipe that Pretty Plain Janes has shared will be just as good! 
Photography Credit Pretty Plain Janes

5. Frozen Kahlua White Russian

I have seen many beautiful photo’s on pinterest about this cocktail and it has always been something I would like to try as I can imagine it is very similar to a Espresso Martini which is very yummy! However, despite how many pins I have browsed through, I liked this recipe by Cooking In Stilettos the most. The fact it combines ice cream and alcohol you cant say no!
Photography Credit Cooking In Stilletos

Well I hope I have given you all some inspiration for your next party or maybe your next cocktail night with the girls!

Why not share your favourite cocktail with me below?
Love 
Emma xx

Amazing Easter Eggs

Writing this is really TOUGH as today, I could easily eat a few bars of Chocolate or even a yummy cake, but as I have already hit my fundraising target on Just Giving I am so motivated and so grateful! However, I had planned to post this ages ago and I wasn’t just going to let this opportunity to show you some of my favourite Easter Eggs that I have seen out and about!

I found this gorgeous selection in Marks & Spencer recently, they always have a great selection of Eggs and given that food can often be expensive in M&S I think for the amount of Chocolate they are quite reasonable! My Favourite has to be the GIANT Bunny, he is just adorable and I don’t think I would want to break him up!

I also found some really cute Eggs in TK Maxx today, however I cant promise they will be in your local store as each TK Maxx seems to stock different stuff!

One of my favourite Chocolate Shops has to be Hotel Chocolat, I haven’t been able to get to my local store but I have done some browsing online and they are stocking some really neat goodies for Easter! Check my favourites out!

Photo Courtesy Of Hotel Chocolat

Photo Courtesy Of Hotel Chocolat

I have scoured the pages of Pinterest as well to find some treats you could make yourself! You can find all the Pins below on my Cake Board!

Well I hope I have given you all some inspiration for Easter Weekend, to make or buy some treats for yourself or your loved ones! I would say I am gutted I am going to miss out, but raising some money for Cancer Research and giving my body a month off Chocolate, Cakes and Sweets is just what I needed! If you would like to help keep me motivated, please visit my Just Giving Page and why not donate the price of an Easter Egg! 
Love
Emma xxx

Little Pretzel Pockets Of Joy!

I fell in love with these little treats when my godmother first made these a few years ago when we visited them in Indiana. Now they are becoming my favourite thing to take to a party, so I thought I would let you all know how it’s done!

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First of all pop down to your local supermarket pick up some salted pretzels, rolos & pecans.  I used up 3 bags of Rolos with the batch I made today.

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Line however many baking trays you need (I used 2 today) and cover in pretzels and place 1 solidarity rolo on top! Oh I forgot to mention, before you get started pop your oven on low!

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Pop 1 tray in the oven at a time, don’t get cocky and put them all in or you will be stuffed later! They need to be in there for approx 2 minutes…..perfect time to admire the sun!

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When the time is up, take them out the oven and leave on the baking tray. Make sure your pecans are ready and put 1 on top of each rolo, gently pushing the rolo down…

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Nail polish is fashion playground by Essie!

Repeat this for every tray – they should look like this..

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Pop them all in the fridge, on the baking trays. For at least 1hr, so they set, then they are all yours to scoff your face!

Cupcakes & Cocktails

A few years ago now for my birthday I a Cupcake & Cocktail night with my girlfriends, we had such a giggle – I’m not sure if it was the cake or the alcohol that made us so giggly! So when my parents announced they were going away, I thought what a fab oppertunity to have the girls over and have another Cupcakes & Cocktails night! For those of you that follow me on Pinterest will know that I have been pinning cakes and cocktails like there is no tomorrow, I have also been shopping for some really cute bits! So whilst we are all having fun tonight boozing away, you all can take a look at what goodies I have in store!

The Cakes

I am really concious that I dont want to make too many cakes and end up with them left over at the end of the night, so I am going to be baking some Red Velvet Cupcakes…..I am hoping they might turn out like this

So Yummy!

So Yummy!

I also LOVE the ‘Pimp Your Cupcake’ ideas that are on Pinterest so I just had to give it a go, here are some of the designs I have seen on there, obviously mine will be cuter haha. For these I am going to do a mix of vanilla and chocolate sponge!

The Booze

So, its got to be cocktails! I am going to provide my lovely girls with 3 cocktails…

Sex On The Beach

Vodka – Peach Schnapps – Cranberry Juice – Orange Juice

Pina Colada

Pina Colada mix – White Caribbean Rum

Drunken Flamingo

White Caribbean Rum – Pink Lemonade

You cant have a party with out cocktails!

Other Fun Stuff

I love the little bits that make parties, so when I came across these I just had to get them! All of these were purchased at either Tesco or Tiger!

I’m heading off now, I hope this has given you some fun inspiration! I will post photo’s of our night later this weekend!

Have a lovely Friday night!

Love

Emma xxx

It Could Only Happen To Me!

So, this week I had booked off 3 days to celebrate Matt’s birthday and I have been ill with Gastroenteritis since Monday AM which is really unfortunate as we have been to and from London to celebrate Matt’s Birthday and also for my Afternoon Tea at The Ritz. Thankfully, as I write this I am 48hrs symptom free and finally back to eating normally!

Matt had a great time snorkelling with sharks at London Aquarium and we had a lovely day walking round parts of London and the hotel we stayed at in the evening wasn’t too bad either! It was just a shame that I had been feeling really groggy and just generally not myself at all. Matt knew I wasn’t too feeling too great as I was off my food and just quite sluggish.

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matt in the tank with the sharks – they were between 3-5 metres!

I was feeling really pants Wednesday Morning and took all my energy to shower, put my make up on and get ready, I have to say that if we hadn’t booked to go The Ritz I would have gladly stayed in bed all day. Whilst we were sat on the train and I was really struggling to keep positive and feel excited about going to The Ritz! My stomach was churning and I was feeling really queasy, we had 2 posh blokes sat next to us who were literally talking like they had silver spoons in their mouths. Matt’s face pulling and text messages to me about them did make me giggle and cheered me up temporarily!

We reached London Victoria and I had to make a dash to the loo…..I had to pay 30p for the privilege and the toilets weren’t that great! We jumped in a taxi to The Ritz and were greeted by a doorman who was so kind and guided us to where we had to go. As we entered the building I was overwhelmed with just how stunningly beautiful it is inside. The interior is out of this world, it has to be the most amazing place I have visited ever. At that point I really thought to myself that I just had to really try and enjoy myself as I was never going to get this experience again!

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We headed down a hall and on the left hand side we were greeted and show to our seats. My chair was pulled out for me and our napkins were placed on our laps. I have never had that in any restaurant that I have been to! We were then brought out a lovely stand which had sandwiches and a selection of cakes and pastries, they all looked so delicious but I could think was ‘don’t be sick, where is the toilet, if you need to run to the loo don’t fall over in your heels’. I think Matt could see that I really wasn’t 100% as I normally would have jumped straight in, ate all the sandwiches and been the first one of us to try the cake. It just wasn’t happening; I think it took me a good 20 minutes to eat 2 finger sandwiches. The warm scones were then brought out…..my heart sunk and I thought ‘I can’t not try one’ so I picked a fruit one, cut it in half spread on some clotted cream and lovely jam. I took 1 bite and I knew that it was going down properly. I looked at Matt and simply said “I will be back in a minute”, I headed to the toilets as fast as my legs could carry me and was fearful of not falling over on the marble floor in my giant heels! I made it just in time to burst open a stall door and I can honestly say those toilets are the poshest I have ever been sick in! I freshened myself up and headed back to where we were sat. Matt checked I was ok and if I wanted to carry on, but surprisingly I had felt better than I had earlier in the day. So I finished my scone and had another and a Macaroon, but that was it, I had hit my limit. We had lots of lovely tea and the waiters were fantastic, but my experience wasn’t what I thought it would be and I really feel like I missed out on the true experience of Afternoon Tea at the Ritz.

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We headed home and all the way home on the train, I was freezing – I think Matt thought I was crazy as he was quite comfortable! We got home I changed straight into some leggings and a Victoria’s Secret hoodie, chucked over a blanket and stayed in that spot pretty much for the rest of the night!

Matt left me at about 10ish and I feel straight to sleep. So my experience of Afternoon Tea At The Ritz, wasn’t quite what I expected, however I did it and it was a fantastic thing to do – I think I might have to treat myself to afternoon tea at a local tea house when I am feeling a bit better!

I have to say this week I have never felt so ill before and I am so thankful to be feeling so much better now. For anyone that knows me, it is really unlike me to be off food but I have never hated the sight of food so much! I am glad to have my appetite back!