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Friday, 28 November 2014

Our Christmas Cards & Minted

So December begins on Monday, which means that I can walk around wearing tinsel and no one will bat an eyelid. I can’t wait.

I’ve actually done all of my Christmas shopping – though I imagine some more bits and pieces will catch my eye yet! I’ve also got stacks of wrapping paper ready. The tree goes up on Sunday, along with all of our other decorations. And I’m making a list ready to do our Tesco shop online, so I can dodge the stores and just get it all delivered to me without elbowing my way to a till.

The only thing that is left is Christmas cards.

And sometimes, I don’t know whether I love or loathe them – because writing them out seems to be a really big chore, especially when I’ve been at work all day. But part of me wants to send out a message to the people I love and say: “I’m thinking of you. Merry Christmas.”

We say that cards are just thrown away and not important, but actually they can be some of the sweetest tokens we can receive.

One site I’ve fallen in love with recently is Minted.

Not only can you buy personalised holiday photo cards, with some stunning designs, but you can get personalised bunting, menu cards, birthday invitations – the lot. All the designs come from independent designers, so you’re supporting serious talent, while getting something pretty unique too. A lot of my colleague chums are designers so I have a special appreciation for how talented these people are.

Here are some of my favourite picks.







I’ll be placing my order on Monday, as a little bird has told me that there’s a big Cyber Monday deal happening then! But there's a Black Friday deal on holiday cards as I post! And, while they are a US company, we can still get things delivered here to the UK for only $9.99, which is only about £6.00.

Plus, I’m thinking I need to have a little photo shoot with my little boy in front of that Christmas tree on Sunday. He’ll be the star of the show on our cards this year.

What do you do about Christmas cards?

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Online bingo – the best way to play

There was a time when going to bingo halls was the most popular pastime. People would catch up, play, have fun to combat boredom in a relaxed environment. Gradually, things started changing. The world started moving to a savvier and more technologically advanced world. Hence, the gambling industry witnessed a boom in online bingo. From the heady, old days of the brick and mortar bingo halls, we’ve transmuted to the world of virtual bingo- the journey has been quite thrilling. In the UK, where online bingo is incredibly popular, the average age group of people who indulge in the game is 35 years. So bingo is no longer considered a game for those silver foxes among us. Online bingo is the new fad.

It isn’t so much about money, why most of the people indulge in online bingo. There are plenty of advantages that virtual bingo has compared to its classic counterpart. There was a time when bingo halls used to be tad smoky. With the smoking ban implemented, people were let down. Moreover, players can’t talk during the game of bingo- another major disadvantage. And to pile on the disadvantage, on a lazy weekend, going to a bingo hall, seems too much of a task.

With the latest evolution in the arena of bingo, people get the same satisfaction or even better. So why consider going to a bingo hall when one can play at the comfort of one’s home? Geographical boundaries are broken in online bingo.

The rooms are always lively where people get to network and the amazing Chat Hosts also recreate a fun atmosphere in the bingo rooms.

Online bingo has taken socializing to the next level. With just a click of the button, you can have oodles of fun, a hearty natter and unlimited entertainment. And the best part is you don’t have to go anywhere. At your own comfort, you play whenever and wherever you fancy.

Thanks to the improved technology, you can play with as many cards as you want and don’t have to worry about filling them out. The automatic dauber does all the hard-work for you. You just sit back and relax, enjoy the banter in the room whilst keeping an eye on your bingo card. No worry about missing out on your number!

Also there are plenty of other benefits a player can enjoy. You can play bingo with no deposit bonuses, loyalty points, exciting promotions- there’s a lot to look out for in the virtual world of bingo. If you are yet to experience the delights of it, it’s better late than never. There are plenty of good bingo sites like GameVillage Bingo and more around. Sign up today and set the ball rolling!

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Christmas Cheeseboard

While I'm not hosting Christmas this year (I'll be helping you Grandma, should you need a sous chef!), I'm still massively excited at the promise of festive food.

I want pigs in blankets, I want to make a turkey sandwich with crayonnaise (cranberry mayonnaise - which is just cray-cray),  I want to eat sprouts with chestnuts and salty bacon lardons, I want to drink Bailey's with ice, Bucks Fizz for breakfast, I want to eat chocolate out of massive tins, and all of the Twiglets.

But mainly I want to eat a shed load of cheese, with a glass of port (or two).


It's become somewhat of a tradition, to find me and my dad, and sometimes other family members, chatting about the deepest secrets of life, while eating wedges of cheese and sipping port (usually a Taylor's port because we're pathetic like that).

There will be grapes. And a discussion over which cheese is best (Stilton always) and the brie will ooze everywhere, and every other cracker will crack as we try and balance cheese on top.

It's the way.


This year, I'm taking this beautiful slate cheeseboard with me, wherever I go. I will also bring cheese. And banter too.

This beauty is from Handpicked Collection - costing a very reasonable £17.95. I fell in love as soon as I saw it and I also think it will make a brilliant future photo prop, or something different to serve meals on. I'm thinking sliced meats, or a tumbling salad, or even cakes.


It came beautifully box, with a stick of chalk so you can write to your heart's content. I love the fact that guests can try new things without having to ask which is which too. It's such a lovely idea.

The Handpicked Collection site, in general, is full of such amazing gifts. If you're stuck on what to get someone for Christmas, you'd be daft not to check them out. It's become one of my bookmarked sites for different and unique gifts.

As for me and this cheeseboard? We're like chalk and cheese (forgive me).

*Thank you Handpicked Collection, for gifting me with such a lovely cheeseboard.
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