Blogmas 2018 Day 4: Advent Calendars On Sale!

 For Blogmas Day 4 I am going to be showing you some advent calendars I found that are on sale at the moment. Because it's already some days into December a lot of these have big reductions so you can grab your self a bargain and open a few doors at once! 

Debenhams


 1. Colour Cargo Nails - Was £25 Now £15
2. MUGLER - Angel - Was £115 Now £97.75
3. Haribo - Was £14 Now £7

 Superdrug




1. Revolution Christmas Tree - Was £120 Now £80
2. Disney Snow White - Was £7 Now £3.50
3. Superdrug Flutter Beauty - Was £8 Now £4
4. Revolution Lip Full Size - Was £40 Now £20

 Hotel Chocolat

1. Caramel Chocolate - Was £12.50 Now £6
2. Milk Chocolate - Was £12.50 Now £6

Find Me A Gift


1. Mad Beauty - Was £19.99 Now £10.59
2. Bomb Cosmetics - Was £34.99 Now £24.99

Home Beauty & Gift Shop

1. Morris & Co - Was £39 Now £30
2. Lego Friends - Was £23.00 Now £15.50

Wilko

 
 1. Glow Beauty - Was £10 Now £4
2. Lindt Milk Chocolate - Was £6 Now £3
3. Swizzels - Was £5 Now £4
4. Kiss Beauty - Was £6 Now £3
 
Let me know in the comments below which advent calendar(s) you have this year and whether you are getting any of these ones I've mentioned. Also be sure to check out some of my other Blogmas 2018 posts.

50 Blogmas Post Ideas
24 Winter Coats Under £100
Christmas Gift Guide

Blogmas 2018 Day 3: 2018 Christmas Gift Guide

 For Day 3 of Blogmas, I bring you my long-awaited Christmas Gift Guide. This guide includes the categories:

For Beauty Lovers
For Foodies
For Gadget Lovers
For Fashionistas
For Shoeaholics
For Jewellery Magpies
For Youngsters or The Young At Heart
For The Home
For Something A Little Different

So be sure to check out each category and hopefully something will inspire you.

Some of the items in this gift guide have been sent to me for the purpose of this post, some are from past collaborations and some include affiliate links. All opinions are of course my own.
Items marked with * are for the purpose of this post.
Items marked with = are from past collaborations.
Items marked with + are affiliate links.

For Beauty Lovers

Dan Tan Tanning Kit=
Know someone who is a tanning lover? Why not get them Dan Tan to try? This is a fairly new brand, 2017 to be exact and it is local in the area to me. Their products are simple, Tan On or Tan off in 2 different shades for different skin tones. They also do a Tan Mitt so this would make a lovely gift set for any tan lover.
The Rituals Of Ayurveda Gift Set+
This set from Rituals contains a shower foam, body scrub, body cream and hand wash. It is based on Indian Rose and Sweet Almond Oil. They also do many other varieties if this doesn't sound up the street of the person you are buying for. It comes in this lovely little box which could be reused for something else after too.
Philips Satinelle Prestige is more than just an epilator. It comes with 9 different heads to use including the epilator head, an exfoliation brush and even a body massager. It is definitely something to consider for someone who is looking to change it up from a normal razor. My mum will be receiving this from me and I will be doing a full review of it so definitely look out for that post after the new year.
 Beauty Kitchen Products=
Beauty Kitchen is also a fairly new brand, well to me at least. I came across them this year and they have a huge variety of products. They are all natural ingredients and sustainable packaging so they are really great choices for people who are looking to be more conscious of the beauty product choices they make.

For Foodies

Konditor & Book Baked Goods
Mince Pies*
Christmas Cookie Gift Box*
Konditor & Cook are a bakery based in London that does home deliveries as well. They have a wide range of baked goods and have a lovely Christmas collection. I can confirm their mince pies are very tasty and their cookies are lovely.
These gummies are from an online shop called Personally Presented and as you guessed it they do personalised items. They have a section for sweets & treats from which I personalised my own Prosecco Gummies but they also do almost every other gift item you can think of. I'd definitely say check it out for you will find something perfect!
Now caviar is something I have never tried but I will be taking a jar of this to my Aunties for Christmas Day and trying it for the first time. I've heard caviar is expensive in general but Onuga is only £4 per jar hence the phrase 'Not So Costly Caviar'. This is classed as a 'worthy and delicious substitute' according to the owner of Onuga.
I almost didn't put this in the Foodie category as I found out recently that honey can also have many uses such as bath soak, a face mask and even used to alleviate skin conditions. This one also includes Vitamin D3 which is good for immune support.
Sushi Making Kit*
Sushi Serving Set*
I've wanted to make my own sushi for a while now so this kit is perfect for that. The kit includes sushi rice, nori sheets, wasabi paste, pickled sushi ginger, a sushi rolling mat, sushi vinegar, a recipe card & a sous chef drawstring bag to keep everything together. Why not pair it with a Sushi serving kit to make it the perfect gift?
Another interesting food kit is this spice subscription kit from The Spice Pioneer. Each month you will be sent a kit with various spices and seasonings in. They also include easy to follow recipes and is definitely good to inspire anyone to cook something interesting. Each month is a different location and the spices are inspired by that location.
 African Super Teas*
Each tea is made with quality ingredients and each has a unique feel-good benefit. They come in 5 different varieties and it would be interesting to try all 5. You don't have to buy a full box either as you can buy single tea bags which is an awesome idea if you want to sample them first.
 The Lakes Rhubarb And Rosehip Gin Liqueur=
Gin is a huge thing at the minute, isn't it? I know so many people who love it and love trying different ones. This Gin from The Lakes comes in this amazing eye-catching pink bottle, which I definitely took a liking to and is in Rhubarb and Rosehip flavour. I can confirm this tastes lovely. I have also tasted their Gin Baubles Gift Set which featured on last years Christmas Gift Guide of which you can find HERE.

For Gadget Lovers

Nextbase 212 Dash Cam*
I feel like everyone who owns a car NEEDS a dashcam. If you are ever in an accident it is so easy to look back on the footage to find out exactly what happened and why. The 212 Dashcam by Nextbase offers HD recording and is super easy to install. It also isn't super pricey like some of the other dashcams I have seen about. Perfect for any driver.

For Fashionistas

My slippers go on my feet as soon as I get home and don't come off. I especially love fluffy, boot style slippers in the winter time and these are perfect for just that. They are so soft, thick and comfortable. They also have a durable sole so won't wear out straight away. If you are looking for something more slipper like and less boot like you can find more of Lazy Dogz slipper range HERE.
 Colourful Summer Shawl*
Other Handmade Crochet Items
 I love receiving as well as gifting handmade items and this one comes in the form of a rainbow summer crochet shawl from Jasmin's Handarbeiten. If you are looking for more crochet handmade items then this is a great place to look. She has some lovely designs such as hats, blankets, cup cosies and even bibs.

For Shoeaholics

 T.U.K. Nosebleed Boots=
Got someone in your life who loves more eclectic, grungy items? Then you definitely need to check out T.U.K. They do a lovely range of grungy and punk style shoes. These ones are the Distressed Black Nosebleed Boots and they have a 9cm platform heel!
 Silver Diamante Sandals=
These sandals could almost make it to the magpie category of this guide with their silver diamante's featured. These sandals would be perfect for summer as well as a sun holiday abroad (which is where I took mine). They look good with almost any outfit which definitely helps when you are short on luggage space and weight. They have a stretchy ankle strap which means they are easy to put on and also stay in place too.
Camel High Top Ankle Boots=
 For a more winter style shoe, you should definitely check out the Ovvo Camel High Top Ankle Boots by CuCuFashion. They are in this lovely shade of brown and are a little longer than ankle height which makes them perfect for winter. They have a 10cm chunky heel which means they are easy to walk in and also feature a toe point which gives them more of an edge. A definite must for any boot-o-holic.

For Jewellery Magpies

 Zodiac Boho Necklace=
Another more personalised item now but in the form of jewellery. This lovely Zodiac Boho Necklace comes from Shop Dixi which is my favourite online jewellery shop and my collection is basically 90% Dixi. I picked the lion as I am a Leo but they do all the different star signs. I would recommend checking out the rest of the shop as like I said they have such great products for jewellery lovers.
 A Pandora Charm=
Know someone who has a Pandora charm bracelet? Then you can't go wrong with a Pandora charm. They currently have 746 charms on their website so definitely plenty to choose from.
 Alvara Purple Watch=
Know someone stylish who loves watches? Why not get them this gorgeous rose gold and purple watch from Storm. It is the most unique watch I've seen as it features a separate section which looks like a bangle bracelet and has a long purple face. It's definitely a statement piece.

For Youngsters or The Young At Heart

Madd (MPG) Scooters
How cool is this skateboard? The design is so striking. If this particular design isn't what you are looking for, you can check out the website for many more choices and also be sure to check out their scooters page if that is more suited. A skateboard is definitely one of those classic items that I'm sure children of today can still appreciate and enjoy. 
Jojo Siwa Hair Brush=+
I hear JoJo Siwa is quite a big deal in the online children's universe. Why not get a JoJo fan this hairbrush which also has a fun secret compartment to hide their bobbles and bows in although the blue version above is see-through. It has the ability to switch the hairbrush around for different bristle types. This brush comes in 4 other colours including, pink, white, purple and gold with the rest of the varieties not being see-through.

For The Home

Glimmer Iridescent Coaster Set*
This coaster set is literally perfect for any iridescent lover. They come in a set of 4 and have this amazing rainbow effect which will be sure to brighten up any home and be a fun little useful feature. It would be a lovely present for anyone looking to jazz up their decor. They are from RedCandy which is an online store that stocks fun home pieces and their tagline is 'Shut up, Beige!'
Dark Berries Yankee Candle*
 A new shape and size Yankee candle for 2018. It has 2 wicks and this one is Dark Berries scent. The fragrance notes are; Top: Blackberry, Mid: Rose and Peony and Base: Cashmere Wood and Musk. I can confirm this smells lovely but they have many more choices if you are looking for something different HERE.

For Something A Little Different

Good Night Anti Snoring Ring*+
Know anyone who loudly snores every night? Then get them this anti-snoring ring by Good Night. I'd say it's definitely worth a try and I will be gifting one to my dad this year!
Evergreen Life DNA Testing Kit*
Tips On Using The Kit
For the most unique gift idea I've seen is this Evergreen Life DNA Test Kit. It basically tests your DNA and gives you insights into your diet, metabolism, fitness and skin so it could be really handy in understanding your body and your health. I will be doing one of these DNA tests soon and hopefully doing a post about my experience so you should definitely look out for that next year. They currently have an offer running for a 40% discount on the DNA Kit. The offer ends on the last day of December.  
Blanca Gomez Gifts from U Studio Design*
Last but certainly not least we have some little gift ideas from U Studio Design and more specifically the collection Blanca Gomez. They include items such as stationary, mugs, patches, pins, coasters and more. These could make ideal stocking fillers. If you like the idea of these you should definitely check the site out and look at some of the other collections for more ideas.

Did any of these items inspire you? If so let me know in the comments below.

Want to check out more of my past gift guides? You never know you might find more Christmas gift ideas!
Father's Day Amazon Gift Guide
Valentine's Day Gift Guide
Christmas Gift Guide 2017  

Blogmas 2018 Day 2: 24 Winter Coats Under £100

 Blogmas 2018 Day 2: 24 Winter Coats Under £100
*This post contains affiliate links. This means I gain a small commission if you click and buy the items through one of my links. 

For Blogmas Day 2 I am bringing you 24 Winter Coats Under £100. Everyone needs a good, warm coat in Winter so let this list inspire you. I tried to pick various types of coats and not stick to one style so hopefully, there is something for everyone. You can find my Blogmas Day 1 post HERE which was 50 Blogmas Post Ideas. Feel free to check it out. 

Without further ado here are the coats:
Let me know in the comments below which coat is your favourite and if you are a Blogger who is also doing Blogmas this year then please leave your links below.

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Blogmas 2018 Day 1: 50 Blogmas Post Ideas

 Blogmas 2018 Day 1: 50 Blogmas Post Ideas

What better way to start off my first ever Blogmas than with Blogmas Post Ideas? This list will give me inspiration throughout Blogmas as I will definitely be using some of these ideas and I hope it gives you some inspiration too.
 
1. Blogmas Post Ideas
2. Christmas Gift Guides
3. Best Advent Calenders
4. Christmas Traditions Around The World
5. Holiday Party Outfit Ideas
6. Ugly Christmas Jumpers
7. A Christmas Themed Giveaway
8. Books You've Read This Year
9. Favourite Blogmas Posts From Other Bloggers
10. Christmas Blogger Tag
11. Movies You've Watched This Year
12. Christmas Events In Your Local Area
13. New Year's Goals
14. Travel Recap Of The Year
15. Christmas PJ Wishlist
16. Vlogmas Recommendation List
17. Your Favourite Bloggers Of The Year
18. Christmas Baking Ideas
19. Must Watch Christmas Films
20. Cutest Christmas Wrapping Paper Ideas
21. Favourite TV Shows Of The Year
22. Christmas Crafts
23. Winter Coats
24. Christmas Makeup Looks
25. Christmas Decorations Haul
26. Festive Nail Ideas
27. Christmas Cocktails
28. Best Christmas Markets
29. Your Christmas Playlist
30. Childhood Christmas Memories
31. Favourite Festive Candles
32. Festive Date Ideas
33. Favourite Christmas TV Ads
34. Perfect Gifts For Bloggers
35. Christmas Jokes
36. Your Best And Worst Christmas Presents
37. Christmas Day Games Ideas
38. What To Include In A Christmas Eve Gift Box
39. Winter Warmers Wishlist
40. Favourite Christmas Reads
41. What's On Your Christmas Tree
42. Review Of Coffee Shops Festive Menus
43. What Does Christmas Mean To You?
44. Tips For a Stress-Free Christmas
45. Hosting Tips for Christmas/New Years Parties
46. How To Make A Gingerbread House
47. How Do You Celebrate Christmas?
48. DIY Christmas Cards
49. Your Christmas Wishlist
50. Your Blogmas Experience 

Let me know in the comments below which ones are your favourite ideas and whether you are doing Blogmas this year.

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Why Is Travel So Important? - Part 2

*This is a contributed post. All opinions are the writers own.


 Why Is Travel So Important?


Travel can seem like a bit of a luxury, but if you’re able to hop on a plane and visit a new place in the world, it’s something you should always go for. There are so many great benefits that travel is something we should all aim to be doing as often as we can. Here are a few reasons why.

Why Is Travel So Important?

It’s relaxing and fun

We all work so hard. We commit forty plus hours a week to work, which doesn’t leave all that much time for anything else. We have families to care for, homes to run and an endless list of tasks to complete which never gets any shorter. Over time, this can really put a lot of pressure on us mentally and physically, and burnout is a real risk. Travel is great as it allows us to take a much-needed break. We can put on our out of office reply and not have to think about work, chores or anything else for a little while which can feel absolutely fantastic. Rest and relaxation isn’t just a luxury, it’s vital to good health but something that many of us simply don’t do. If you know you’re guilty of this, book yourself a trip where you can disconnect for a while from everyday life, it will do you the world of good.
Why Is Travel So Important?

 It teaches us new things

As humans, we crave new knowledge and new experiences, however, when we leave formal education it’s easy to fall into a rut of doing the same things day in day out. Travel gives us a fun opportunity to learn new things. We can learn about the past from museums, galleries and visiting historic landmarks. We can learn about religion by visiting churches and monasteries, mosques and temples. We can find out about a place by trying the food - the ingredients and cooking styles all tell a story of the past. Booking a tour is a great way to find out more about a destination, and they’re usually great if you’re on a budget too. Whether it’s free tours in Cordoba, walking tours in Wales or cycle tours in Amsterdam, there’s loads of options and your tour guide can give you plenty of information about the place you’re in.
Why Is Travel So Important? - Part 2

It can help us to appreciate our lives

Most of us have so much to be grateful for, but when you’re stuck in the humdrum of routine, it’s easy to start overlooking these things. Taking a break can refresh your mind, and one result of this is realising how good you really have it in life. Even just returning back to your bed after a break feels amazing and can make you feel grateful for your home. If you’ve travelled to a less fortunate part of the world or helped on any voluntary projects then it can certainly make you realise how good you have it back at home. Experiencing gratitude and being happy for what you have is a quick route to overall happiness and feeling contented in life. 
 
Why do you think travel is so important? Let me know in the comments below.
 
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