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With only 54 days until Christmas, it is time to find that special gift for our loved ones. I have decided that after 28 years of gifting, I seriously need to up my game and with our wedding less than 300 days away, it also needs to be budget friendly.

So, I have made it my own personal mission to search high and low for the ultimate gift, to help take the stress out of the festive season. Behind door number 1, is a delicious treat from Bakerdays who offer personalised cakes that are literally a package of joy and at 5″ are perfect for surprising the unsuspecting receiver, as they can fit through your letterbox.

They taste incredible and I highly recommend their fruit flavour, which is a big deal for someone who usually hates fruit cake. My cake was so moist and a delight to try, but I will confess I loved my design so much that I did feel a little bit sad about demolishing it. If you want to send a foodie a unique gift, then this is absolutely perfect as it also comes with candles, balloons or even your very own Christmas cracker. This would be perfect for your boyfriend, girlfriend, grandparent or friend who lives far away, as it lets them know that you are thinking of them and can be tailored to the individual.

Whether, you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary, Bakerdays can cater for every occasion and even provide a little tin to ensure that your moreish surprise arrives intact, not bad for £14.99.

Do you fancy winning your very own Bakerdays cake? Well the lovely people over at Bakerdays are giving you the chance to do exactly that! All you have to do is enter here

The competition is open from 1st November 2017 until 30th November. UK entrants only.

 

Have a dairy, wheat or gluten intolerance? Don’t worry Bakerdays has you covered.

Good Luck

Love Emma

XxXx

 

For more information about Bakerdays you can check them out on Facebook Instagram or Twitter

 

I received this product in exchange for an honest review. I only ever work with brands I love, and all opinions are my own. Thank you Bakerdays for this delicious treat. 

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Wow! Can you believe it is the 1st November already? I feel like someone has definitely press the fast forward button on 2017. So this year I have decided to do something a little different for my Christmas gift guide and will be sharing one gift idea everyday in the lead up to December 1st. That is 30 gift ideas that will have you covered from beauty, fashion, technology, stationary to unique experiences. So, don’t miss this evening’s post at 6pm to find out what is behind my first door. Ahh.. I do love advent calendar’s, especially one’s that contain chocolate in them. You are never to old for chocolate right? I mean I may be 28 but it’s chocolate!

 

In the meantime if you would like some inspiration, then why not check out last year’s gift guides?

For Him

Stocking Fillers For Her

 

I also have a very exciting giveaway coming up, to help get you in the festive mood. How is everyone’s shopping going so far?

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

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Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree – Emily Bronte

Sunday 26th October, no doubt was spent in bed savouring that extra hour under the duvet by most of you. However, for me and Al the morning was spent in Costa enjoying a hot cup of chai latte, whilst discussing our flowers for our special day next year with our florist Natalie. Then, after browsing the Christmas decorations, we took a walk over to a cosy pub where I had a nice glass of gin, before venturing back out in the cold for a quick walk around the local park. Luckily for me the lovely people from Brakeburn had sent me some cosy pieces that I have been unable to put down since they arrived.

My navy insulated coat has been amazing and makes me feel like I am wrapped up in a warm cocoon, whilst also being stylish enough that I actually look like I have made an effort with myself. With November 5th marking ‘Guy Fawkes Night’ next weekend I am already very excited about going to watch a firework display over in Surrey. Normally, I would be wanting to stay indoors under a cosy blanket on the sofa whilst enjoying X-Factor and in full hibernation mode. But thanks to my new coat I am eager to get out and savour all of the delights that Autumn and Winter has to offer. I have already decided to pair my coat with my beautiful tanned boots from Brakeburn to help keep my legs extra warm, whilst I enjoy the fireworks and a tasty hot dog.

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

The days may be drawing in earlier and the temperatures may be set to plummet to a rather cool -11C but with my beautiful new pieces from Brakeburn I am very excited about going for Winter walks in Wales next month whilst keeping toasty.

Oh Autumn, it’s nice to see you again.

 

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Have you seen my latest video over on my channel? Check it out to hear all about my cosy haul from Brakeburn.

 

I would love to know what your Winter essentials are. Happy Halloween for 2017.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

* Thank you to Brakeburn for very kindly sending me some products to review. I only ever work with brands I love, and all opinions are my own.

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With October 10th 2017 marking World Mental Health Day, I thought it was about time that I got round to a well overdue tag post that the lovely Loren from @lorenxalicia had nominated me for back in August! Wow! Time sure does fly once you hit the age of 25 that’s for sure. Sorry about the delay Loren and thank you for the tag. Please do check out her blog guys for some fashion inspo featuring lots of lovely Autumnal trends including my personal favourite chunky knits.

Now, the tag in case you are all still wondering is ’10 Happy Things’. I really enjoyed writing this post and as this last month has been a particularly tough one for me, this has provided me with an ideal opportunity to focus on the things that matter to me.

So here are my top 10 things that make me happy (in no particular order).

1. Autumn 🍂

Colourful crisp leaves, cosy fires, chunky knits and over the knee boots are just a few of my favourite things about Autumn.

2. Christmas 🎄

Magical Christmas displays at my local garden centre have already got me in the festive mood. Pinterest has also provided me with some unique gift ideas that I can’t wait to make or bake. The main reason I love Christmas is that it provides the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with my loved ones and also reminds me of how lucky I am to just have the basic things in life such as food, hot water and a home to live in.

3. Planning our wedding 👰

With just over 10 months until our big day, me and Al are finally ticking off all those major wedding tasks and November will be very special as my dress will be arriving – I can’t wait to go and try it on again!

4. Travelling ✈️

I particularly love Mallorca as it is were some of my special friends live and it is an opportunity for me to catch up with them, but I also love travelling to places that I have not been to before so I can discover and learn new things. I can’t wait to book our honeymoon.

5. Food and Drink 🍹

Indian, Italian, Spanish Tapas and cocktails ahhhhh…

6.  Family, Friends and my Fiancé 💖

These are the people who make my life special and who I owe so much to. I am very excited about marrying Al next year and I can’t wait to start our new chapter together as his Wife.

7. Blogging and the online community 💻

I can’t believe I started out on this incredible journey over a year ago now and feel very fortunate to have met so many amazing people who have enriched my life. Blogging has also given me some amazing experiences that I wouldn’t have encountered had I not taken the leap of faith back in 2016.

8. Mr Toblerone, Toby Bear – Toby my Westie

This little fella who is sat by my feet right now, has given me so many happy memories already and I hope he continues to bless me with his presence and his endless barks in the garden. From walks in the country to his cheeky antics I owe so much to ‘Mr Toblerone’ as he is more than just a dog, he is my little sidekick who always gives me a much-needed lick and hug when ever I’m sad.

9.  Music

Perhaps it is because I have hearing loss that music is something that I don’t just enjoy, but I honestly believe life would be bland without it. Can you imagine watching a film without a backing soundtrack to help convey unspoken emotions? I particularly love discovering new talent and listening to buskers whilst I walk up and down the high-street. Oh and my favourite feel good song has to be ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams of course.

10.  Exciting Opportunities

This really ties in with blogging but as my career has also played a key part in this I thought it deserved a mention on its own. Blogging has given me so much confidence and has meant that I have fulfilled some of my personal business goals in life, but to me blogging has also given me things that money can’t buy – like connecting with like-minded people and becoming recognised for being unique. My career has also provided me with many opportunities to travel and explore new countries and I hope as I continue to grow that my work life will provide an environment that nurtures me and delivers endless opportunities for me to expand my knowledge, skills and life experiences.

I hope you have enjoyed finding out all about my top 10 happy things as much as I have writing them. Did you know that the NHS actually recommends doing something you enjoy to help create a sense of achievement, which is good for our overall mental health and wellbeing?

With 21 of you over on my Twitter saying that you have suffered with panic attacks, anxiety or depression at some point in your lives, it is clear that mental health is sadly becoming the norm and not the exception. On a more positive note you have all taken action to help address these issues either via CBT therapy, counselling, medication or hypnotherapy.

Perhaps we would all benefit from organising more enjoyable things to participate in, to help us reduce stress levels and boost our self-esteem. After sharing my own experiences with some of you lovely ladies over on Twitter, I think what I have taken away from this whole experience is that everybody is different and therefore we all need to find what works for us as individuals.

 

Useful Information:

NHS Mental Health

Samaritans

Mind

If you are suffering from any of the issues discussed in this post, then please do seek professional medical help from your local GP or Doctor.

 

Love Emma

XxXx

 

I nominate:

Ellie

Sarah

Katie

Ali

Holly

Nikki

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I can’t believe today actually marks the 9th of October, meaning that crisp leaves, pumpkin spiced lattes and all things Autumnal are now officially back. That’s not all, my local garden centre is even offering all the delights of the festive season along with stunning magical scenes full of winter wonderland inspiration for your home.

Now, don’t get me wrong I love Autumn, Halloween and Christmas as much as the next blogger. But is it me or does it feel like one blink from your sun lounger and your cocktail is replaced with a Starbucks and that sassy little swimsuit is suddenly packed away for another year and out come those knee-high boots and scarfs?

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Love Emma

XxXx

 

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