Beer Gift Guide

Our boyfriends LOVE beer! So much so that we have decided to put a beer gift guide together There are so many to choose from so we thought we would give you a helping hand.

Mikkeller

Mikkeller beer was founded by a maths and physics teacher in Copenhagen. Today Mikkel exports his micro brewed beers to 40 different countries and is acclaimed as one of the most innovative brewers in the world! We especially love the quirky packaging!

This beer would be the perfect gift for someone who doesn’t like to follow the crowd and wants a unique beer that you cannot get anywhere else! Even better if you buy a full case you save 51%! We have actually gifted these to our boyfriends and they absolutely loved them! They have already said they are definitely going to re purchase them!

You can also sign up for a monthly subscription where you will receive up to 8-12 beer depending on the flow of new arrivals! You will also receive limited stuff from time to time. The monthly subscription in 500,000 DKK which is about £60.

This beer is also available to purchase from M&S Food, at present it is on offer for 4 for 3, they are for sale at £2.50 a can!

OTHER OPTIONS

Beer52 – You can subscribe to the Beer52 club and get yourself different beers & ales each month. Think of the excitement in receiving new beers/ales to try! When subscribing you can opt for a mixture of light and hoppy or dark beers only.

Annie has actually got this for her dad this Christmas but also knows the boys would love it as well- wouldn’t any beer lover!

Flavourly – Another smaller brand which we love, you can get a craft beer box with 10 beers for £25. Rach’s boyfriend got this last Christmas and he loved it so much he ordered a Flavourly pint glass to drink from at home! Flavourly also do gin too, so you can get your gift for that beer love and for a gin lover too!!

Craft Metropolis – You can have beers delivered every 1,2 or 3 months, all the beers come from London! You pick 12 beers from their extensive list which includes; crate, gipsy hill, mondo, tiny rebel & weird beard.

Craft Beer Experience – There are many companies where you can buy a craft beer experience from, this can include a brewery tour, beer & food matching class or design your own beer. redletterdays and buyagift both have lots of choice for that beer lover!

This post is in collaboration with Mikkeller

A Christmas Weekend in Basel

We love a Weekend city break, we love squeezing as much into two days as we possibly can, soaking up the atmosphere and of course trying all the delicious food on offer. A few months back my mum suggested that we went on a girls weekend away (two sisters, my mum and myself) and we all jumped at the idea. Last weekend we hoped on a plane and got the chance to explore the beautiful city of Basel.

Basel is in Switzerland and it certainly isn’t cheap, we realised that when a 15 minute cab ride cost us 40 CHF! We also popped into Zara and a top that was £20 in the UK was being sold for 45 CHF crazy!!

Old Town

We stayed in the old town in a quirky Air Bnb, we loved the old town it had so much character and loads of cute shops and bakeries. They have so many cute Christmas shops the first one we wondered into was a shop full of baubles, there were sooo many.

We visited a popular bakery that had a que out of the door, selecting a delicious almond pastry to enjoy with a cup of tea. It was so tasty and the inside was basically stuffed with marzipan, so festive!

Markets

There are two Christmas markets in Basel and they are considered to be the best in Switzerland!

Münsterplatz is located in front of the historical cathedral on a beautiful square in Basel, we headed straight to Münsterplatz before it got too busy and each enjoyed a glass of Glühwein which is basically mulled wine YUM my favourite!

We decided to have fondue for lunch and headed to one of the tents at Münsterplatz. The fondue was served in a giant saucepan with a generous portion of bread to dip in, it was fairy pricey costing CHF per person, but it was so delicious and definitely worth it.

Before leaving the area we took a wander into the cathedral to defrost a little bit as it was SO SO cold outside temperatures were hitting -2! The cathedral was so stunning and it would have been great to have visited during a service (not that we would have understood any of it).

Barfüsserplatz market is much bigger and also a lot busier as it is located closer to the city centre. We wondered around in the afternoon but also re visited the following morning when it was much quieter! Both markets sell very similar things!

Food

For dinner we visited a local restaurant that was recommended to us called Hasenberg. It was a lovely little restaurant that was full of locals (always a good sign). To start I enjoyed a delicious pumpkin soup that had so much flavour. For mains I ordered a sausage with onion gravy and a potato rostie.

We only needed breakfast on the Sunday morning and forgot that the majority of places were likely to be shut or at least not open until 11am! We visited Hotel Basel for breakfast which was 27 CHF which was a little pricey but it was delicious and kept us going for the rest of the day.

If you fancy a 10 mintue walk out of town for some street food then go to Markethalle! We took a wonder there not really knowing what to expect and it was basically just an inside market selling so many different cuisines. We stopped off for a coffee in a cute little coffee shop and of course had to take some pics!

When in Basel it would be rude not to tuck into a Bratwurst, we came across a market stall that were selling Bratwurst and enjoyed one for lunch. Instead of serving the Bratwurst in a bun they serve it with a slice of soda bread.

All in all we had such a fabulous weekend away, it really did make us all feel extra festive!

Chocolate Gift Guide

Chocolate chocolate chocolate…. YUM! It is one of our favourite things to eat and at Christmas time it seems to be EVERYWHERE! Next year we really want to hop on the euro tunnel to Bruges to try all of the amazing chocolate and to bring some back for our chocolate obsessed friends and family!

So sadly we are not jetting off to Bruges this year but that isn’t going to stop us buying all of these chocolate gifts! We thought we would write a chocolate gift guide (because we all have that friend that loved reviving all things chocolate related).

MIA Chocolate Gift Set

we love MIA, we have tried their chocolate several times and keep going back for me! They taste great in desserts as well (read all about it here). The MIA 5 Bar Gift set is he perfect present for any chocolate lover, especially if they love dark chocolate.

The 5 bar gift set are presented beautifully in a gold foil book. Inside you will find 1 bar of each: 75% Dark Chocolate, Almond & Coconut, Cranberry & Hazelnut, Candid Orange and Coconut.

This gift is so beautiful and so delicious that we would definitely give this to any chocolate lover as a main present! It costs £22.40 so its also a great price for such high quality chocolate.

We are going to gift it to our boyfriends mums this Christmas as we know they are chocolate lovers and will really appreciate it as a gift.

Chocolate Recipe Book- if the person loves to bake or cook then a chocolate recipe book would be the perfect idea! We love this one found… who would known there were so many options!

Thornton’s Chocolate- We love these super cute Thornton’s chocolate elf models! There are a few options to choose from on the Thornton’s website including a Santa, reindeer and a snowman. Not only do they look good but they also taste great! There is also the option to get it personalised for FREE which we love (we like everything way more when it’s personalised)! It only costs £7 which we personally think is a bargain.

Chocolate Bath Bomb- Next have such a great range of chocolate scented products so make sure you head on over and check it out! We loved the set of three bath bombs, they come in all different flavours (salted caramel, mint chocolate and chocolate cherry)! They only cost £6 as well so a bargain if you ask us!

Pure Heavenly Chocolate- This is another brand that sells incredible chocolate! We have tried several of their flavours before but this time we opted for; silk chocolate, fruit & nut, coffee and dark ginger. We cannot wait to give these to our parents as part of their Christmas stockings! We especially love the Pure Heavenly packaging it’s so pretty and makes the gift extra special.

Initial Chocolate Bar- who doesn’t want a chocolate bar with their initials on it? We love these chocolate bars we found on the next website, they are the perfect stocking filler!

Homemade treats- we love to bake and we also love receiving homemade goods! These cookies would be the perfect present for any chocolate lover, place them on a Christmas plate and wrap them in cellophane! We follow the Tanya Burr recipe and it is just divine!

Selection Box- in our eyes Christmas isn’t Christmas unless we receive at least one selection box!

This post is a collaboration with MIA

Secret Santa Ideas

Secret Santa is always such a good idea at the time but then when it comes to actually buying the present it can sometimes be a lot harder than its meant to be! Especially when Secret Santa often occurs with groups of people you don’t know that well!

We have pulled together some ideas for you to help you find that perfect present or maybe a perfect jokey present!

For her:

Christmas socks:Novelty socks are a great idea and many places stock some funky socks this time of year. Primark sell super cheap socks so you’ll find a bargain there. Accessorise also have some cool socks, we really like these Mince Pie before Guys ones. Happy Socks are a bit more up market but have a fab range and you can even get your sock in a cracker!


A-Z gifts: Initial gifts have really taken off and everyone loves a personalised present (we know we do). From a mug with the letter of your name on it (we love these ones from M&S) to a key ring, make up bag or coaster you cannot go wrong here. We love this coaster from Oliver Bonas and Accessorize has the most amazing collection of initial keyrings for less than £8.

Gin Lover: We love gin, as do all our friends so these gin themed gifts are perfect secret Santa presents. How cute are these glasses from Argos! We love coffee mugs that pretend to have gin in them, such as this one that says ‘mines a g&t’ or this cute mug saying ‘coffee or gin’. The other slogan we love is ‘gym and tonic’ so this gym tote bag is perfect!
A more novelty idea is gin pong, this is the perfect game to play with the girls and the ideal secret santa gift at only £9.99.
You could also buy a gin smelling candle for that gin lover, if you have a tight budget for Secret Santa at only £6 from M&S, we love this gin candle.
We also much prefer to drink gin out of large gin glasses, why does it taste better that way? These gorgeous glasses are excellent value from Next.

For that cold friend: We all have that friend who is always cold (que tagging them on all the memes/vides on Facebook!), so here are some gifts to warm them up! We love this Unicorn hottie which you heat in the microwave. We are obsessed with these heat warming mouse pads, they come in 4 different animals and are SO cute! Of course onesies are still very much in fashion and the perfect gift for someone to chill around the house in. This giraffe onesie is adorable and we love this Unicorn one too, not to mention you could also be a llama!

For him:

Games: Games are a great gift to give a man because no matter how old they are they will take it very seriously and get stuck in! Pass the Sprout is a fun festive game a bit like pass the parcel. This selection of wind up toys will also go down a treat and you can imagine everyone in the office racing them and cheering their character on!

Socks- we always love the men’s socks in river island, I have got my boyfriend them for a few years now and he loves them! They aren’t just normal socks they usually have cool things stitched on them like these candy cane ones.

Poo gifts: Sorry to be gross but men love poo jokes, so these hilarious gifts will sure get a couple of laughs! This poo head game where you have to catch poo looks like it could be lots of fun. Or is there someone you know or someone in the office who disappears off to the toilet for AGES, this poo timer could be the perfect novelty gift for them!

Christmas: Our favourite Christmas Jumpers of 2018

Last year we had such fun writing our post of all the Christmas Jumpers we loved so we thought we would do it again!

For the Harry Potter Lover – this jumper from Boohoo is amazing! It has such a quirky slogan and we love it!

For the person who loves a tipple – This is a very fashion forward Christmas jumper, it’s not crazy patterned but has a jokes slogan. You may not want to wear to the office Christmas party, but to the girlie Christmas meal, its perfect! Thanks Missguided! We also love this one from New Look, it looks very cosy too!

For the classy one – For that person who loves to wear black on black on black, this jumper from ASOS may be the perfect one for them! We love the slogan and it ensures you will still look stylish over the festive season!

For the pregnant one – There are just SO many fun jumpers out there for those who are preggers over the Christmas period. We love the ‘Best Present Ever’ slogan on this jumper from ASOS

For the Gin Lover – Oh Come Let us Adore Gin, what a fabulous slogan this is on this jumper from New Look.

For the FRIENDS lover – we all have that one friend who knows all the quotes, famous lines and sayings from Friends, so this jumper from New Look will suit them perfectly!

For the dog lover – How cute is this jumper with a sausage dog on it from Next. We love that it’s a ‘traditional’ Christmas jumper style with the added touch of a sausage dog!! If you prefer Dalmatians then Asda have the perfect jumper for you instead!

We had so much fun scouting the internet to find the perfect jumper for you to wear on Friday – if there are any other epic ones you want to share with us leave the links in the comments below!!

Latest Deals Boyfriend Christmas Gift Guide

Christmas is fast approaching can you believe it is less than two months away now and we actually only have 7 Fridays until Christmas eeeek!

We really need to start planning our Christmas shopping and what we are going to buy! We both have boyfriends and sometimes they can be extremely easy to buy for but other times we just get so stuck and never know what to get!

That is where Latest Deals as come to the rescue! We had never heard of Latest Deals before but now we are completely obsessed with the website: There are so many cool products on there for a reduced price so we thought we would do a mini gift guide!

Are boyfriends both really enjoy running so these Nike Lunarstelos Running Trainers Mens from Size 7 to Size 11 would be the perfect gift! They were originally £69.99 but we can now get them for £35!

Wireless Bluetooth Headphones are such a good idea! Who else finds the wire on headphones so annoying, especially when they get all tangled! The wireless headphones on Latest Deals are just £12.99.

Our boyfriends don’t play the Xbox when we are around so we cannot complain too much! But this controller would be the perfect gift as well. Instead of paying £44.99 we can get it for £39.99! We do occasionally like to play it with them but not that often! The Xbox is good for Netflix though LOL.

Who doesn’t like receiving chocolate for Christmas? We most certainly do, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate 😂 these Artisan Hot Chocolate Spoons On Latest Deals looks soooo good and really tasty! Imagine enjoying one of these whilst the fire is on and you are watching a Christmas film!

The Reebok Gym bag would also be perfect for the gym or a weekend away, it’s such a good value as well only costing £23! The straps can also be adjusted as well which is great!

The shave kit is also a great stocking filler it comes with razors, blades and all kinds of lotions that look like they are travel size. This only costs £5 when before it was retailed at £24.95!

The four of us all LOVE coffee and we know just how expensive coffee pods can be! These Starbucks Colombia Espresso Capsules, Nespresso* Compatible are only £30 and you get 120 pods…. winner winner!

So that is where we have got so far with your boyfriends Christmas presents! It’s a good start and usually the rest of the present will be something we can do as we love making memories!

Walking In The Woods

Do you ever just wake up in the morning and all you fancy doing is going for a long walk through the woods? We LOVE walking we think it does wonders for the mind and we always feel so much better for it.

There is something about getting out of bed on a Sunday morning, putting on some trainers, our scruffy clothes and getting outside to enjoy the fresh air in this beautiful world we live in. Sundays are usually our rest days from the gym so instead we slow down the pace and just go for a casual stroll instead, it’s the only time of the week where we actually slow down, no wonder our minds work at 100mph if our bodies are doing exactly the same.

We have both been lucky enough to grow up with the woods just a stone throw away and trust us we don’t take it for granted, we absolutely love it and we make the most of it wherever possible.  Sunday morning are always so peaceful we rarely see another soul, which always surprises us as we always expect to see lots of people, although saying that  most people are probably enjoying a lazy Sunday in bed  as we are known to wake up unusually early.  You will see us out in the woods come rain, snow or shine, we especially love it in the snow it’s like our own little winter wonderland where we can pretend we are in Narnia it’s truly is beautiful.

We have never understood why people HATE walking? Walking is free and one of the easiest ways to get fit and become more active yet so many people hate it. As a society it has become too easy to get from A to B without using your legs, there are so many different types of transport these days it has resulted in us not having to walk.

We are those people that think it’s possible to WALK anywhere and everywhere, we recently saw a meme on Facebook of this and it made us laugh because that is us down to a T! We always try and beat the Google Maps whenever we walk anywhere it’s become a little game we have, because we are so COOL!

Christmas Day Breakfast 

We actually cannot believe that Christmas has come around so quickly, how are we already thinking about what we are going to eat for breakfast on Christmas morning, its mad. We did however think it would be the perfect opportunity to share with you a little recipe that will help start your Christmas morning, nothing fancy just keeping v simple, v quick and most importantly vv tasty.

Christmas breakfast has always been quite a big deal in our households, we always start our Christmas with a super yummy breakfast and a glass or two of champagne. Christmas Day always revolves around food and every meal has got that extra bit of magic added to it usually in the form of champagne in our houses. We have therefore decided to jazz up our breakfast up this year to make it that little bit more special and went for waffles topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon YASSS! If you wanted to you could even shape the waffles into snowflakes or Christmas trees!

recipe below makes 5 waffle so double or tripple the recipe if you have more mouths to feed.

Ingredients
125g Plain Flour
½ tsp Caster Sugar
½ tsp Baking Powder
¾ tsp Mustard Powder
¼ tsp Smoked Paprika
½ tsp ground pepper
210ml Milk
65g Unsalted butter
2 Medium eggs

Method
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder, mustard powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.
Mix until all ingredients are combined
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, butter and eggs.
Make a well in the dry mix, and pour the wet mix into it gradually, whisking until fully combined
Leave the batter on the side for 5 minutes
Switch the Waffle Maker on and lightly oil, close the lid and allow the waffle machine to heat up
Once the waffle maker is hot enough pour the mixture into the centre of each waffle
Close the lid and leave to cook for 4 minutes, without opening the lid
Open the lid of the machine carefully and remove the waffle
Repeat with the remaining batter and keep the rest of them warm in the oven on a wire rack to ensure they do not become soggy

Post Christmas Fitness Classes in London

Almost everyone’s Fitness motivation is on a high come the 2nd of January once everyone has got over their NYE hangover and wants to start living a healthier life, it is a new year new start bla bla bla. We are here to help you choose some classes that will help whip you back into shape.

Barrys Bootcamp- it’s time to sweat out all the wine and mince pies you have consumed over the Christmas break and nothing is going to make you sweat like Barry’s Bootcamp. You can read our previous review here where we go into so much more detail, but we would definitely recommend the full body class. Half way through the class we both turned to each other and mouthed ‘I am going to chunder’ it was funny as we did it at the same time but luckily we didn’t because that would have been embarrassing.

One 10 cycle-if you haven’t read our One 10 review before you can find it here. We will definitely be showing our face in One 10 during the month of January it is such a fun sweaty session that will leave you wanting to go back for more. One 10 Cycle has some of the best spinning instructors in town and they are always there encouraging you whilst whipping your but into gear.

Kobox- because who doesn’t love a post christmas punching session? Kobox is located on the Kings Road so the perfect location if you want to do a spot of sale shopping afterwards. We love a Kobox class and they really get you sweaty which is always a good thing! Their tag line is perfect ‘where fight club meets night club’ because it is SO true!

Another Space- why not attend a sweaty Cycle class at Another Space. Another space is located in the heart of Soho only a short walk from Covent Garden. We love attending Olivia’s class she brings so much energy into the room it’s incredible so definitely book onto one of her classes! Oh and the shakes after the class are even more of a reason to get your butt down there they taste amazing!

It’s Okay To Cry

Overwhelming emotion starts to rise in your chest, your eyes start to water, you can feel the lump getting bigger in your throat and it’s really starting to hurt, you try your hardest not to burst into tears flapping your hand back and forward like a fan in front of your eyes. Its fine you have this under control you will not cry you tell yourself over and over again.  You take a deep breath and walk back into the room, someone asks you if you are okay, you try your hardest to reply with ‘yes I am fine’ but before you can finish your sentence the tears are already rolling down your cheeks and before you know it you are sobbing.

Does the above sound familiar, do you have those days when all you want to do is cry but you really don’t have a clue why? You feel stupid because when someone asks you what’s wrong you don’t even know what to say because you don’t even know why you are crying.

When you finally stop crying, sobbing or even wailing (because let’s be honest we have all been there) we can bet you feel like a tonne of bricks have been taken off your shoulders. We all have these days where we feel more emotional than others don’t feel like you are alone because you certainly are not.

Growing up we were told over and over again don’t be a ‘cry baby’, as if only babies were supposed to cry. Crying can be judged and it has definitely left us feeling embarrassed a fair few times, running to the toilets splashing our face with cold water and slapping more concealer and powder on our faces to try and get rid of our red blotchy faces in the hope that no one will notice. Don’t think it makes you weak, people cry not because they are weak but because they have been strong for too long.

Some people see crying as a sign of weakness but facing up to your emotions involves strength in the form of vulnerability. Holding back the tears doesn’t make the pain or emotions go away instead we are fundamentally digging ourselves a giant hole and burying our emotions alive. So let it all out cry as much as you want and don’t feel like you have to justify why you are crying to anyone.