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Any Excuse For a Party!

8 Aug

Hi folks,

You all know what family life is like here at Thorne Towers… hectic, busy, fun & full of giggles. You also know that we don’t need an excuse to celebrate & have a party.

Since Seth is becoming a big brother in October, we’ve been trying to get him to understand that we’re having a baby join our family. He’s only 2 year & 5 month old… sometimes I think he totally gets it & other times I think he’s still not quite sure.

So… what better way to get him excited? Have a little tea party! And what does every party need? Well, cake of course!

bakerdays are a fantastic company who make letterbox cakes… yes that’s right… a cake delivered through your letterbox! How fab is that!?

Yes you read that right… they can make you a stunning personalised cake to celebrate any occasion that comes in a lovely tin & fits through your letterbox. They also offer gluten free, wheat free & dairy free options!

Seth was sent a cake to celebrate the fact that he’s going to be a Big Brother. I can’t even begin to tell you just how stunning the photograph was. The detail & quality was so high. And Seth adored having a Ace with his face on… he’s such a poser.

Seth’s cake was a plain sponge – simply because that is his favourite. But you can choose other options. You also don’t have to choose a letterbox cake. They offer 4 different cakes sizes as well as cupcakes.

Now for the important bit… how did it taste?

As you can imagine… Seth takes his role as cake testing rather seriously. After snaffling his first piece… he hastily demanded another. I can therefore confirm that he did indeed think it was “Nommy Nommy” lol. That’s a direct quote right there. This 2 year old knows good cake when he tastes it.

Everyone agreed it was really lovely & super fresh. I have to admit that I was thinking “will it be fresh?”… but it really was! Plus it’s such a fantastic novelty having it delivered through your door. You could send this to any loved one for a special occasion & it would most certainly make them smile. You don’t even need an occasion really… just simply treat someone who needs a pick me up perhaps?

Thank you so much bakerdays for making a little boys day. What better way to become excited about being a big brother than with cake!

Thanks as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Valentine’s Day Pretties

9 Feb

Hi folks

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – I received some gorgeous products from Crabtree & Evelyn. You all know that I just love love love Crabtree & Evelyn products.

If you want to impress that special someone – you need to get yourself to your nearest store or get buying online… their gorgeous pretties are sure to impress!

So… what did I receive?

And what did I think…?

Pear & Pink Magnolia Body Soufflé

This is utterly divine!!! Scented body lotions can make me quite nervous as I have sensitive skin on my arms & legs. This is so delicate. It’s stunning. The texture is so super lightweight. If you’re after a beautiful hydrating body lotion that isn’t too heavy or ‘cloggy’… then this is for you! The scent is lovely & soft with a hint fruity freshness. Love love love this lotion. It comes packaged in a lovely box too, which gives it that luxury feel. It’s a fairly big tub, so it should last a good while. Definitely worth every single penny.

Citron & Coriander Body Wash 

Perfect for morning showers as the beautiful zestiness gives you that wide awake feeling. It’s so fresh & zingy… this makes me think of long summery days. This body wash leaves you fruity fresh & soft… it’s definitely not drying like some body washes can be. The whole of this range is stunning – so you could absolutely put a little ‘Zingy Hamper’ together for that special someone. There’s even some jars of Lemon Curd & Beautiful BiscuitsImagine the fabulous gift you could throw together!

Citron & Coriander Soap

Oh I just love a good old traditional bar of soap – I really do. This soap has left my bathroom smelling super fresh. You’d think I had a reed diffuser in there. This is a lovely gentle soap that won’t irritate those hardworking hands. It’ll leave your hands soft & feeling invigorated.

Use Instagram? If you do then why not enter the Crabtree & Evelyn #LoveGoalscompetition. Simply post an image or story of what you love most using hashtags #LoveGoals & #CrabTreeUK to be in with the chance of winning a FREE GIFT! Also, don’t forget that they offer International Delivery… I know a few of my American readers have been asking 🙂

And… don’t forget that Mother’s Day is just around the corner too, as is Easter! Chocolate is so last season… so why don’t you pop along to Crabtree & Evelyn to buy something that’s less calorific & will last longer!

Thanks so much as always for reading 🙂

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Frantic and Frazzled but Feeling Fantastic

2 Feb

Hi folks,

February has arrived so we can firmly put January behind us. January always seems to be a very busy month. Recovering after Christmas… late nights over the festive period, parties, over spending… yikes… the list goes on. So, we all begin January with our ‘New Year New Me’ mantra… rid our homes of the festivities & bring in a little bit of calm. But, it never seems to happen that way. Our work load seems to be more hectic than ever after having time off over the holiday period. We have stacks of housework too that seems to have been put aside while celebrating. The school run re-emerges & we’re simply back on that hamster wheel of life.

What we need is that element of calm & relaxation as we enter our safe haven we call home. You all know that I’m a Crabtree & Evelyn super fan! I’ve been trying out 2 products over the last few weeks that I’m simply in love with.

Lets start with the linen mist. This is simply stunning & I can already tell that this will be something I’m going to have to buy on a regular basis. Lavender is one of my favourite scents anyway, but partnered with the hint of freshly pressed coffee – its simply stunning. I have been spritzing this on our bed each morning after making it & I’ve also been spritzing it in our guest room. Our guest room only gets used when we have family or friends staying with us which isn’t all of the time. So this has really kept the room feeling fresh. I sometimes think that unused rooms can become a little stagnant. In Seth’s bedroom he has a beautiful little corner sofa in his reading area, so I’ve been spritzing that every few days too. We have a spare room that is simply unused right now… that’s what I’m hoping will soon become a nursery in the near future. I’ve been lightly spritzed the carpet in there with this beautiful scent just to keep that fresh feeling. I really do love it. I’ve kept this as purely an ‘upstairs’ fragrance with it being predominately a lavender scent.

I love the Citron & Coriander Body Wash from the Energising range… It’s gorgeous. It’s perfect for those dark, cold gloomy mornings. The ‘zestiness’ of it really wakes you up. I have very sensitive skin on my arms & legs & can honestly say that this is really gentle & I’ve had no redness at all. I get a little nervous trying out new body washes & scents, just in case you get that sting or redness… or both! But nothing at all with this body wash. It lathers up lovely on a body scrunchie. I really like this one.

Valentines Day & Mother’s Day are both quite literally around the corner… so if you’re struggling for ideas… I can hand on heart recommend these products. There’s nothing worse than receiving a pointless present in my eyes. At least with lovely buys like this – they’re luxurious, practical & they won’t break the bank. In fact, if you’re not already signed up to the Crabtree & Evelyn newsletter, you could receive 10% off your next order! Simply head on over to their website to sign up!

So, the perfect way to feel fantastic & less frazzled is a perfect little treat for yourself from one of my favourite beauty brands 🙂

Thanks so much as always for reading! I hope I’ve given you some gifting inspiration 😉

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Share the Love with Crabtree and Evelyn

6 Feb

Hi folks,

Last week I received a lovely package from the beautiful folk at Crabtree & Evelyn HQ. They have some gorgeous treats for you right now on their website perfect for Valentines Day & Mother’s Day.


They have just launched their limited edition Rose & White Chocolate Biscuits… so ridiculously yummy! Who needs expensive roses when you can have rose biscuits!? Although, the flowers will probably last longer as you will just want to snaffle these yummies right up with them being so delicious. We all know that chocolate is the food of love…now pair it with crystallised rose petals & encase it all in utterly divine buttery, crumbly biscuit. I’m eating one right now & I can ensure you that they’re utterly scrumptious! You will also be in the mood for love when you open the tin & smell the beautifully delicate perfume aroma.


Along with my yummy scrummy biscuits I received 3 tubes of ultra moisturising hand therapy in:

  • Rose Water
  • Pear & Pink Magnolia
  • Evelyn Rose

What I love about the 25g tubes is that they’re so unbelievably handy for popping in your handbag. Being a Mammy, means you’re constantly washing your hands… this is so drying & harsh on our delicate digits. This is where this beautiful hand therapy comes in. It’s so lovely & moisturising without being too greasy. Such a gorgeous scent too! My favourite just has to be the beautiful Rose Water. The Rosewater Hand Therapy is formulated with a nourishing blend of macadamia nut oil, hydrating hyaluronic acid, conditioning myrrh, ceramides to help improve skin’s barrier function to reduce moisture loss, antioxidant- rich vitamin C and E, rejuvenating algae extract and revitalising bladderwrack extract. Perfect for overworked hands that need a little TLC. Again, any one of these, or all 3 would make fantastic gifts!

Crabtree & Evelyn always has such beautiful packaging. The pretty delicate floral designs are so lovely. I’m all about the aesthetics of a product & I can promise that these are aesthetically pleasing & give off that overall luxury feel.

Whether you’re looking for that perfect stunning gift… or simply a nice treat for yourself – these products will not disappoint! Head on over to their website now for a spot of retail therapy.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx