An alcohol free Christmas Gift Guide

There can be a multitude of reasons for people to not be drinking at this (or indeed any) time of the year.  Therefore it is really important that we don’t forget to have some low alcohol or alcohol free drinks for them to enjoy.   Seedlip Seedlip is a staple in our house all year round.   Distilled in the same way as gin this is the perfect drink for

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The Boozy Christmas Gift Guide

This guide features items sent for inclusion in my gift guides Bobby’s Gin Regular readers will know I love a back story behind a distillery and this gin has a cracker.   It is named after Jacobus “Bobby” Alfons who arrived in the Netherlands from Indonesia in the early 1950s.  Bobby loved Dutch Genever still gin but missed the flavours that reminded him of home so he started making his

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The Eco Christmas Gift Guide

Some ideas of what to buy the environmentalist in your life are included in this gift guide.  Please note that some of them were sent to me in order to be included in the guide. A swap box from Save Money Cut Carbon I wrote about the last month and think the idea is so fab I am including it here.  You sign up to the club and then get

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Christmas 2020 Gift Guide for Couples

My Christmas gift guide for couples, features some items that were sent to me for the purpose of including them in this guide, and some other ideas I have seen whilst doing my Christmas shopping this year.  I hope you like them! Kindred Fires Candle I instantly fell in love with everything on this website.  Not only do they have candles for every occasion and recipient, you can have them

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Christmas Gift Guide for Animal Lovers

Podium Pet Products We have been a huge fan of these products since we were first sent some for Mr Cheeks to review earlier this year.  All of their products are natural, and some are even vegan.  I might have also been known to use the Paw and Nose balm on my own hands.  Don’t tell anyone.   You can buy the products individually, or you can buy a bundle

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Christmas 2020 Gift Guide for Children

This guide features some items that have been sent to include in this guide. Bickiepegs Is there a child that hasn’t got through their teething stage without Bickiepegs?   There certainly can’t be many! The range has expanded over recently years and now includes more than just the traditional teething finger biscuits.  There is a finger toothbrush/gum massager and a really cute teether called Peggie the Penguin.  They would all

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Yorkshire Tea, jam and toast flavour

Last month I spotted on Twitter that Yorkshire Tea and released a new flavour of tea, not, as I hoped, specifically for people who like to drink their tea without milk, but flavoured with jam and toast. I mean, seriously?  Tea flavoured with jam and toast? I wasn’t impressed, as you can see from the tweet above.  I stand by that middle sentence, who in God’s name thought this was

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Developing film with coffee

Developing film with coffee sounds like a line from Peter Kay’s standup routine. Cheese….cake? Developing film?…..with coffee?? oh yes, developing film by using instant coffee and other ingredients readily available in Tesco can be done. There’s a lot of boring chemistry I don’t understand, but the gist of it is that black and white film has elements of silver that react to light. Turning those into a picture uses chemicals ….or

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Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends

Sharing the love on #FridayWithFriends this week because it feels like there has been a sadness this week online.  It has been palpable.  Events over the past seven days feel like they have rocked everybody, and social media has taken a kicking.  Justifiably so in many cases. As lovers (for the most part) of social media Annie and I decided that for #FridayWithFriends this week we would share the love.

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4 Side Hustles to Get You to Retirement Sooner — AD

When you’re earning a fixed salary and there’s only so much you can squirrel away each month, the time it’ll take to reach retirement seems years or decades away. When using one of the popular early retirement calculators like this linked one from Networthify, it offers clarity about the amount of time it’ll take to reach your retirement target.  To help you stay positive while chopping down the time it’ll

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Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon and isnt one we have ever really considered acknowledging before to be honest.  But this year, well this year, since we have just launched #FridayWithFriends Annie and I thought we would, after all Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating those female friendships we have in our lives. Annie and I met online about eight years ago, and then finally met in person when

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Mementos for school leavers– AD

Mementos for school leavers Have you ever heard about personalised mementos for school leavers?  You know, like leaver’s hoodies, gym bags, pencil cases? To be honest, they really weren’t a thing when I was little (well to be fair it was 40 years ago) but in the last couple of years it really appears to be something that more and more schools, or PTA’s are organising.   When I was leaving

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