#LoveAtFirstLight with Co-Operative Food

It’s been a week of illness here in our house so we’ve not ventured out much at all, instead choosing to cosy up at home overdosing on duvet snuggles and far too much TV whilst we all get better! The other day though, we had an early morning knock at the door and the postman man outside our house handed me this completely unexpected and rather marvellous Valentine’s food hamper from Co-Operative Food…..
Inside was a selection of coffee, pastries, treats and hazelnut chocolate spread…. everything needed for a perfect breakfast in bed. It was just the lift that I needed to cheer me up and make me forget how ill I actually felt!
Co-Operative Food have teamed up with Fred Sireix from First Dates this Valentine’s day to help create love at first light and a bit of magic in the bedroom. So…. back to bed it was to enjoy some of the treats!
I warmed up the croissants in the oven and made some mugs of steaming hot coffee to enjoy them with. The chocolate spread melted inside the warm croissants…. it was heaven! I don’t really have a sweet tooth but sometimes when I get poorly (or exhausted!), I go a bit nuts for chocolate so this all really cheered me up!
Emilia, of course, helped out with the chocolate treats too. This chocolate lolly is absolutely adorable….
And this sweet little chocolate bear? Well I think he’s just too cute to eat! I’m going to put him away and share him at a later date.
It just goes to show how small acts of kindness can really mean a lot to other people. So, why not treat someone you love (your partner, children, a friend or even yourself!) to a special breakfast this weekend?
If you’re stuck for ideas, take a look at www.co-operativefood.co.uk/breakfasts for a bit of inspiration. Here you’ll find heaps of ideas for indulgent Valentine’s breakfast treats, from Pancake Hearts to French Toast with a twist. I’m sure there will be something to tempt your taste-buds and impress that special someone!

Chatty Feet // Review

I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post about socks before but there’s a first time for everything, yes?!
Have you ever bought clothes or accessories for your child and thought to yourself ‘I totally wish they made that in adult size too!’? Well, here’s your chance to be all matchy-matchy with your little one in the most adorable way!
I recently received a family sock set in the post from Chatty Feet and I thought they were too cute not to share here. Say hello to Brad Feet….
….I’ll let you work out which famous movie star these socks are named after. Aren’t they just insanely cute?!
These unisex socks are one of many designs available from Chatty Feet. Other loveable characters include Don Cottone (The SockFather!) and Prof. Brian Sox as well as famous artists such as Feetasso, Andy Sock-Hole, Frida Callus and Vincent Van Toe.
I received a pair of the medium socks (suitable for a UK 4-8) and Emilia received a pair of the children’s socks in 2-4 years. Emilia finds them absolutely hilarious and squeals with delight whenever she sees them! They are a real hit!
They fit like a dream and are super comfortable and warm to wear. The socks are made from 75% cotton, 23% polyamide and 2% lycra. A lovely touch is the smooth seams…. no weird lumps around the toes on these bad boys!
The socks feature the design on both the front and back. When you’re not wearing them on your feet, they are super for putting on an impromptu puppet show! So much fun and perfect for getting that creativity flowing!

Chatty Feet family sock sets would make an ideal gift, they add a touch of humour into everyday life and make a mundane essential item supremely fun!

Adult socks are priced individually at £7.50 and children’s at £5.00 or they can be purchased as a family set for £11.50.
Hop over to the Chatty Feet website and have fun choosing your favourite character!

Yankee Candle // My Serenity 3 Small Jar Candle Tin

Lighter days, flowers, greenery, new life, open windows, new adventures…. Oh spring, you’re so close I can almost see you just around the corner! I always see the beginning of spring as a perfect time to clear out the old and make plans for new adventures, try out new things and rejuvenate those energy levels.

Yankee Candle have recently released a brand new range of scented candles that inspire the gentle awakening of springtime with a sense of calm, mindfulness and optimism. The fragrances are carefully crafted and the resulting products are modern, clean and fresh.

I’m thrilled to be able to share the My Serenity 3 Small Jar Candle Tin gift set with you today, it’s the perfect way to welcome spring into the home and would make a lovely gift for someone special (if you can bear to part with it, that is!). The gift set features two of the newest fragrances alongside an old favourite in the ever popular small signature classic jar format.

The candles come in a modern white hinged tin with a simple mandala pattern on the outside. The tin is a perfect size to stash those smaller Yankee Candle votive candles and wax melts in once you’re done.

The three candles you’ll find inside are My Serenity, Midnight Jasmine and Peony. An inspired blend of floral and fresh scents, perfect for this time of year.

Midnight Jasmine

A seductively lush perfume of water jasmine, sweet honeysuckle, neroli, and mandarin blossom.

I was super happy to see Midnight Jasmine included in this set. It’s certainly not a new scent but it is most definitely a firm favourite of mine. It’s a fragrance that is at home at any time of day, in most situations. I love it! Midnight Jasmine is a true floral scent with a perfect throw. It’s crisp and fresh yet superbly relaxing. The label design and clean white wax lend themselves perfectly to this gorgeous and seductive scent.

Peony

“The rich scent of Spring’s most coveted bloom – the peony – entices with notes of bright sweetness”

Peonies are one of my favourite flowers so as you can imagine, I was very excited to try out this scent. The delicate pink wax, the super feminine label… I love everything about this candle!
Peony has a good strong throw of scent but it doesn’t overpower at all. I usually tread carefully with floral scents as sometimes they can smell a bit synthetic or like ‘old lady’ perfume but I find the scent of Peony very fresh, delicate and feminine. It’s a really beautiful fragrance!

My Serenity

“The definition of calm – warm pear and orange mingle with tropical flowers and soft musk”

Finally, we have My Serenity which is my favourite scent from this set without a doubt. The candle has an amazing scent throw, I can smell this all over the house when we have it lit. It’s calming and very ‘warm’. If you’re a fan of Pink Sands then I can assure you that this is pretty much the same scent. Of course, the wax is a different colour though! I am such a fan of this My Serenity, everything about it is calm and relaxing. Very tempted to buy a large jar of this!

The My Serenity 3 Small Jar Candle Tin gift set retails for £22.99 and is available on the Yankee Candle website. Each candle will give you 25-40 hours of fragrance.

For a bit of fun, hop over to the My Serenity Gift Finder which is a handy little tool to help you pick the perfect fragrance if you’re having trouble choosing a gift this spring. By taking part, you’ll have the chance to win 2 large jar candles from the new spring collection…. one to gift and one to keep!

What Yankee Candle scents have you been burning recently?

New Additions to Our I-Spy Book Collection

We have quite a few exciting holidays lined up over the next few months and one of the things I love doing for kiddo is putting together a little travel bag for her packed full of goodies to keep her entertained on those long journeys and during the evenings after busy days exploring. I make one for every trip and they are always very much appreciated by her!
I plan on sharing a post or a video soon on some of the things I like to include in her travel bag but as an idea, there’ll be everything from a copy of her favourite magazine to small toys, her favourite snacks and small books.
You might remember that we’re a huge fan of i-SPY books in our house so including a couple of these in her bag is always a must-do nowadays!
We acquired a few new i-SPY books recently and i’m so excited to share our latest finds on my blog today. The three new copies I will be packing for our next holidays are “Flags“, “Wild Flowers” and “At the Seaside“.

 

The range of titles that are currently available to by from i-SPY is rapidly growing, surely a testament to their success! The latest titles include “Zoo“, “Cool Cars“, “At the Museum“, “I-Spy something beginning with….“, and “In the street“.
I love that these books are so well illustrated and are such a joy to collect. I know I’ve said this before but in a world that is constantly dominated by technology, I’m such a fan of any tool that will help children engage and interact with the world around them.

 

You might fondly remember the i-SPY books from your childhood but for those who are new to the books, the objective is simple and so much fun! Simply work your way through the book, spotting items and collecting points along the way. Once you have scored yourself 1000 points, you can pop over to the i-SPY website to apply for a certificate and a badge that will be posted out to you in the mail. It’s good old fashioned fun and we love it!

 

At the Seaside” is a brilliant new addition to our collection. Perfect for British seaside holidays, this book is crammed full of exciting things to spot! From ships and rock pools to paddling dogs and the Blackpool Tower, this book firmly encourages children to explore the outdoors in such a fun and interactive way!

 

Wild Flowers” is the perfect title for us at the moment. Kiddo is so interested in plants and flowers, continuously asking their names when we’re out walking. This book is colour coded, so it’s super easy to narrow down the flower once it has been spotted. It also contains flowers and plants that grow in cities, woods, ponds and in the countryside…. perfect for taking absolutely anywhere you might spot wild flowers!

 

Finally, we have a bit of a flag obsession at the moment so “Flags” is another title that is just spot on for kiddo’s travel bag. She loves spotting flags when we are out and about and this book will help us identify some of the more tricky flags we come across now and again!
Alongside each flag you’ll find important facts listed such as the capital, language spoken, currency, population and size. Such a fun way to get to know our world a little bit better! I just know that kiddo is going to love this one!
Are your children a fan of i-SPY books? Did you collect these books when you were younger? Let me know in a comment below!
Take a look at the i-SPY website to discover the full range of titles in this fantastic collection!