Alice Megan

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Top 5 - Experience Christmas Gifts

Week 3! And you're all starting to get right into this Christmas spirit aren't you?
This weeks gift guide focuses on those 'wow' presents that are experiences. It's a weird one, because experience gifts are usually a nice envelope and don't look much, but they contain the most amazing gifts that allow you to make wonderful memories and do experiences you would have never thought of

Experience Christmas Gifts

I've never been to a west end show and this sounds absolutely amazing, it gives a choice of show and also a delicious 3 course meal at Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse for 2 people - just under £50 each that's absolutely fantastic value

Did you know that national trust membership gives you access to over 500 national trust sites across the UK. It's such a wonderful present as it gives the gift of nature and exploration and really encourages you to get outside and explore our wonderful country

This is the perfect gift for anyone wanting to explore London, it incorporates 3 really big attractions from Sea Life to Madame Tussauds and lots of other choices in between it's excellent value for money for making lots of memories in the big smoke 

This is really a once in a lifetime gift that gives a couple a magical experience, drifting peacefully over our gorgeous country reaching 2000ft in the air all enjoyed with a chilled glass of Champagne. This is a gift I've always dreamt of, and would definitely adore for Christmas. There are lots of other gifts for couples available and I think giving that gift of memories is definitely the way to go

If you can't quite decide what kind of experience you'd like to give don't let you stop you, the activity superstore gives the choice of over 70 experiences which is perfect for the undecided 

What's the best experience gift you've ever received?


Saturday, 10 November 2018

Top 5 - Secret Santa Christmas Gifts

Week 2 of my 'it's never too early to Christmas' Christmas gift guides, because lets face it, the more you buy in November the more alcohol you can afford in December at the Christmas parties!

This weeks focus is on those cumbersome secret Santa gifts for Sandra in accounts who you've only said hello to twice (Seriously? Who's idea is it to do company wide secret Santas). 

Secret Santa Christmas Gifts

I'm in a very lovely situation of a small team where I could probably buy for anyone and be confident  they'd like it but I know that company wide secret Santas are becoming the norm and finding a really nice present for under £10 can be tricky so here's my top 5 picks

I love this cute little water bottle! It's super small and has an adorable knitted cover and is perfect for that colleague who's always cold, you know the one they have their hand permanently on the radiators and jumpers in the summer. This will give them a little heat all year long

Every office has the 'beer o clock' people and this is the perfect gift for them! It's funny but functional and means they'll never be caught short without a bottle opener again

For the joker in the team, who doesn't love a little friendly competition? Added bonus that you get to look like a fabulous unicorn. This is one of those novelty gifts that actually should have lasting power 

For the baby of the group, every office has one and it doesn't always relate to age. Think the person who would ask how to make scrambled eggs or who just needs a little help escaping the student life and embracing their adulthood

Beer and Popcorn. Together - do I need to say anything else? This is a great gift for the movie buff or the foodie who likes something a little different

What's the best Secret Santa Gift you've received?


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Top 5 - Homeware Christmas Gifts

Ok so I'm early but go scrooge yourself Halloween is over and I'm all about the Christmas cheer now I'm in full on holiday mode as I plan everyone's presents so I thought I'd start a weekly series on present ideas for your loved ones starting with Homeware

Not everyone will want homeware presents, definitely check the Mrs wants an iron before buying one as a present but I LOVE anything to do with making my home amazing, I recently bought a house so I'm at the very early stage of making my house a home so my Christmas wishlist is full of homeware goodies this year, here are my top 5:

Copper Pans - £19.99 - £29.99 - JML*
Ultra non stick meaning you use much less oil and fats, built to last with a scratch resistant coating they look really professional and stylish and you can be a masterchef in no time

Cranberry Gin Candle - £10.95 - Valley Mill
It's Winter and that means I've been burning candles to make my house smell delicious and create a cosy atmosphere. Plus cranberry scents just scream Christmas and I love the gin undertones of this one - perfect for all the gin lovers out there

Phoenix Gold FreeFlight Iron - £49.99 - JML
So I know what I wrote above about checking if your Mrs wants an iron but I would be over the moon with this as a present. Cordless and ceramic coated it will really make a rubbish chore much easier and quicker and I'm all about that life 

Big Cat Duvet - £30 - Urban Outfitters
Does this even need an explanation? It's big cats on a duvet and it's beautiful. It's cute while still looking very chic with its monochrome effect. Anything with cats is always going to be a winner with me

Kenwood Hand Mixer - £29.99 - Lakeland
I love baking, like completely adore it and since I got a mixer I've enjoyed it even more because it makes it just so much easier. This mixer is really good value for money as it has 5 speeds, a pulse setting and comes with both beaters and dough hooks

What Homeware items do you want this Christmas?

Sunday, 28 October 2018

How to stay energised all day long

My favourite thing to do is sleep, absolute fact.
I can nap at any point, anywhere. I can sleep for 12 hours and then nap some more and there's nothing I love more than a lazy weekend where I can have a duvet day and relax. 

But some days that's not possible, some days I need to be more productive and keep my energy up all day long (which for the laziest girl ever is quite a feat.)

First things first is getting the basics right, you should be sleeping between 6-8 hours a night, dependant on what your body needs. I use my fitbit to monitor my quality of sleep and help me determine the best sleep goals and what I need. You can't expect to stay energized and productive all day long if you're running on empty so a good sleep routine will work wonders

Once you've got a settled routine it's time to get a good morning routine together, confession time - I hate mornings and always will. I've tried so hard to be a morning person and it just doesn't work, but when I have the time I've found exercise really sets me up for the day. Pick your exercise well so that it's something fun. Personally I've started to do yoga at home* I find it really great for both my energy levels and having relaxing me time where I can be mindful and reflect on my day ahead
Yoga Mat
 I've been using the Willow tree yoga mat above and I'm really impressed with the quality, it's got a gorgeous picture printed on the mat which is made of closed-cell PVC vinyl it's really durable, comfortable and easy to clean. On days when I'm feeling like doing a more active form of fitness I've been using a 3 wheel ab roller to really kick my home work outs up a gear 

Once you've got a good sleep pattern, morning routine and exercise sorted you should have a look at your food and drink and whether that's affecting your energy. Heavy carbs make you tired you want slower releasing carbs. And if possible try to avoid caffeine and sugar in high quantities too as this gives you a hit of energy followed by a slump 

Flyte energy drink

I've been trying Flyte*, a brand new energy drink that uses all natural ingredients to give an energy boost without having a negative impact such as a sugar crash. Clean energy at only 40 calories I've found this sparkling energy drink a really great alternative to my usual energy boosters

It comes in 2 different flavours Red Berries and Green Mango and is packed full of fruit juice, natural vitamins and fortified with Vitamins B & C, at £2.50 a bottle it's cheaper than your usual coffee from any chain and will keep you energised much longer

If you can feel an energy slump coming then get up and get outside for 20 minutes! Fresh air and a brisk walk will perk you right up, team it with a high power and energy playlist and you'll come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever task you need to complete

Apart from all of the above I've found little hacks to improve my energy by simply not having to complete things as often. Planning ahead for as many aspects of your life as possible means much less time and energy consumed. I try and plan meals for the week, clothes I'll be wearing, cleaning tasks that need completing and a blogging schedule so that I'm never faced with a huge to-do list that overwhelms me. I reward myself when tasks are complete with me-time and it makes me feel super energised ticking off tasks

How do you keep going all day long?


Sunday, 21 October 2018

10 Spooky Sweet Halloween Treats

It's Halloween season! 
Which means turning regular food into the spookiest version of itself possible, overloading on sugar and scaring yourself senseless with all the cliche horror films.
10 spooky sweet Halloween treats

I've decided to put together 5 of the spookiest creative sweet treats for you to make, but if like me you suck at making pretty recipes (I could write a book on pinterest fails) I've also picked 5 spooky treats you can go and buy and take all the credit for - winning!

Mummy Brownie Bark

Halloween Bundt Cake

Halloween Cake Pops

Halloween Marshmallow Ghost Cupcakes

Bloody White Chocolate Apples

And if you're strapped for time and want something quick but still really yummy here's 5 ready made spooky treats

bakerdays* letterbox cake
- I can personally say that this is delicious! The letterbox cake is amazing because you don't even need to be home for it delivered. I picked a yummy chocolate cake with an iced emoji top. The cakes can be for any occasion and personalised with photos and messages so a perfect surprise for someone special

What's your favourite Halloween treat?

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