Friday, 21 April 2017

StickerShop sticker review*

Hi everyone,

I had recently been sent some personalised stickers from the StickerShop. I chose to have what was my blog header at the time. I love stationary and I think stickers and labels are a must in my collection of stationary. It's also such an odd feeling (but great at the same time) to see my head on a printed sticker. Here they are below:



The sticker shop offer printed labels and sticker printing at a great price. There website is easy to navigate around. You can shop by shape, material, adhesive and finish. There are a few different shapes to choose from and you can even custom make your own. The StickerShop will even send you sample pack to make sure you are going to be totally happy with how you want your order to look. Also, a huge bonus is that shipping in mainland UK is free! There is also a loyalty point scheme where you can earn 200 points by just creating an account! That's great considering the first reward of a £5 voucher is at 500 points! If you need any help along the way there is the option to have a live chat with someone who can help you.


I am definitely pleased with the stickers I received. They are great quality and they are easy to peel and stick on to things. I have used some already to put on my envelopes for my #BeeChat snail mail. I am even considering buying some with my new logo and header on.

You can buy stickers from their website: www.stickershop.co.uk/

You can also follow their social media here:

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

Do you like stickers? Have you ordered from the StickerShop before?

Tasha x

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A-Z of Parenting with Makeup & Mummy Days

Hello,
I am Keighley from makeupandmummydays.com. I am a mummy blogger who also writes about makeup, fashion and lifestyle!
A - Appetite - My God can babies eat! You know before you have a baby and you think that 3 hours in between feeds is a long time? You're wrong. Blink and you're going to be right back at feeding time. As for your own appetite, please try to remember to eat and drink something in the days because some days you will forget.
B - Bottle or Breast? - For some reason, this is one of the most controversial and most debated topics in motherhood. You are constantly told "breast is best" but what if breastfeeding does not work for you? What if you just do not what to breastfeed by choice? Do what is best for you, there is no right or wrong answer.
C - Chaos - Complete and utter chaos. The feeds, the tidying, the washing. You are going to be running around like a headless chicken and realise that there are not enough hours in the day!
D - Dummies - Ah the Dummy Debate. Yet another controversial mummy subject. Are you for or against dummies?
E - Eating - You must master the art of doing this one handed (and eating cold food).
F - Fussy Hour - The hour before bedtime where you child just goes crazy. You kind of have to ask yourself if this is still your child. My baby never screams like this? My baby is never this fussy? Welcome to fussy hour. My question is why do children fight sleep so much? If you are tired just go to sleep!
G - Groups - Mum and baby groups. You will become the queen of these. You may constantly attend or feel guilty for missing them one week. Your baby will love them and to be quite honest, you might go a bit OTT on the singing yourself.
H - Hormones - Poor love our partners is all I am saying. There are a lot of hormones after you have a baby. You will find yourself crying over ridiculous things e.g. loving your baby, your baby being so tiny, not being able to find a shoe. The list goes on.
I - Instagram - Welcome to the world of constantly bombarding your Insta followers with cute photographs of your baby. * Note: this will either annoy or cause broodiness. 
J - Judgement - For some reason, parents get judged for everything, every single decision you make with regards to your children - someone will have something to say about it. The most annoying being judgement from your childless friends or family. Move on you know you are doing what is best for you and your baby.
K - Kisses - ALOT OF THEM. Why are babies faces so kissable? My son is probably sick to death of kisses but I just cannot stop.
L - Leaving the house - AKA mission impossible. You will spend hours setting up prams, packing bags, making up feeds and wrestling a small child into a coat and a car seat. Beware, there are no spontaneous trips out of the house anymore!
M - Mother's Instincts - Trust your instincts. Mother knows best and all that jazz. If something feels wrong, do something - do not feel like you are overthinking things. You know your baby best.
N - Napping - Remeber when you were pregnant and ever Tom, Dick and bloody Harry gave you the advice "sleep while they sleep". What utter BS. If you slept when baby slept you would never get anything done. Obviously, for your own health please allow yourself the odd nap every now and again because you will need it.
O - Oversharing - For some reason, once you become a parent you magically lose the social skills that tell you what is a bit TMI. You will share stories about poo, sick and labour and your non-parent will be mortified.
P - Pyjamas - Meet your new uniform. As a new mum, you will quite possibly live in pyjamas. You may do what I did and get dressed, do my makeup and go out with the baby from 2 days after having a baby (crazy, I am aware), just note that one week later it will come crashing down because you have overdone it. You will then proceed to live in pyjamas.
Q - Quickly - You must learn to do everything super speedy! You need to have a power hour cleaning routine for when baby is sleeping and when that magical hour of nap time rolls around you are going to be trying to get everything on your never ending To Do list done.
R - Routine - Establishing an efficient bedtime routine that you can be consistent with is essential, trust me!
S - Social Life or lack of - Maternity leave for me was a lot of watching Netflix and saying "I need to get out of this house, it is driving me mental". Make time to meet up with a friend for a coffee date or call a friend. For no other reason but to keep your sanity.
T - Teething - Your enemy. This is possibly one of the worst times. Trust me, invest in some good Calpol and nappy rash cream. You'll thank me later.
U - Under a baby - You will spend approximately 80% of your life stuck under a sleeping baby that you just know will wake up the moment you try to put them down. Learn to hold in your wee.
V - Vaccinations - Three visits to the doctor which are vital and necessary but will leave you and your baby sobbing (if you are a wimp like me, that is).
W - Washing - An uphill battle that you possibly will never win.
X (like a kiss, what a cop-out) - X goodbye to lie ins, a good lie in now is 7.30.
Y - Yay, It's bedtime - You will rejoice when this magical time rolls around so you and your partner can talk about your days and spend some time together (or so you can have a nice hot bath).
Z - Zombie - What you will look, feel and probably smell like when you have a newborn.
Hope you enjoyed this post! You can also find me on twitter at @makeupandmummy or Instagram at @makeupandmummydaysblog.
K xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

How to make Easter nest cakes with a hint of Nutella

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my first food post! For my first post is something great to make over this weekend (and super easy to make with children). I am going to show you how to make Easter nest cakes.

Here's what they will look like:

I rate these an EASY make and suitable to make with children.

Prep/cook time: 15mins

Total time: 2hrs15mins

Equipment you will need:

  • A cupcake tin
  • A heatproof bowl
  • A saucepan
  • A rolling pin (or similar)
  • A mixing spoon
  • Scales
  • 2x teaspoons
  • A sandwich bag (optional)
  • Cupcake cases
Ingredients you will need:

  • 250g Milk Chocolate
  • 4 Shredded Wheat
  • Mini eggs
  • Nutella (optional)
Method:

*Don't forget to wash your hands*

1. Using your scales and heatproof bowl measure 250grams of chocolate. For reference I am using Dr Oetker fine cooks' milk chocolate 35%. Also, take your cupcake cases and place one in each hole of your cupcake tin.

2. Take your sandwich bag and place all of your Shredded Wheat inside. Use your rolling pin to crush the Shredded Wheat. TOP TIP: Using a sandwich bag helps keep the washing up to a minimum as you can keep it in the bag until it is needed at step 4. It also creates stops the Shredded Wheat from flying everywhere.


3. Time to melt the chocolate. You can melt it in the microwave but I feel it impairs the taste and the chocolate can split. So for this reason, I will be using the bain-marie method. For this, take your saucepan and fill it half way with water. Place it on the hob/stove and bring to a simmer. Now you'll need to get the bowl of chocolate and place it in the saucepan. It will need to fit like the picture below. Keep stirring the chocolate until it has fully melted. After it has melted, remove the saucepan from the heat and remove the bowl from the sauce pan. *Remember the bowl will be hot!*


4. Take the bag of crushed Shredded Wheat and pour into the bowl of melted chocolate. Stir together until the Shredded Wheat is fully coated in chocolate.



5. Now you will need your cupcake tin with the cupcake cases already in them. Take your spoon and spoon the mixture evenly into the cases. You can use a teaspoon to help slide the mixture into the cupcake cases.


6. Now for the messy part! With clean hands, make a well with your fingers in the middle of the nest cakes ready for the Mini eggs and the optional Nutella.


7. This step is optional. With your teaspoons, spoon a little Nutella into the well you just made. This will act as a kind of glue for the Mini eggs and it's just because I love Nutella!


8. Now you can place 2 Mini eggs into the centre of each nest cake. There will be some Mini eggs left over at the end of this step to eat later.


9. You will need to create a space for the tray on a shelf in your fridge. Place the tin into the fridge and leave to set for 2 hours or until they have set (the cakes have hardened). This is an ideal time to eat those left over Mini eggs from the previous step whilst you are waiting for your Easter nest cakes.


10. All that's left to do now is take the Easter nest cakes out of the fridge and eat them! Enjoy!

I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend! What are your plans for the weekend?

Tasha x

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

March blog and YouTube favourites 2017

Hi everyone,

I've been wanting to do this for a while now but I have been so swamped with everything else. I also know we're well into April now, but better late than never.



Frist up is Claire!

A bit about Claire: 'I'm Claire, 21 year old from Glasgow! I'm super new to blogging but have always loved writing and sharing my experiences with others. I love animals, makeup and all things crafty and love to meet new people!' Claire blogs over at clairelouiisexo.co.uk and you can find her Twitter here. I love Claire's style of writing. I love reading her posts even her posts on university, as I didn't go I don't know what it's like. Claire's posts on university are a great insight and a lot of people relate to them. I definitely recommend checking Claire's blog out. I have recently enjoyed Claire's A-Z of self care post and she is looking for contributions towards this.

Next up is Charlene.

A bit about Charlene 'I'm Charlene McElhinney. A 20 year old blogger & aspiring blogger from Glasgow, Scotland. I also created and run #beechat twice a week which is an online community that hosts twitter chats twice a week, a snail mail campaign & promotes people's work. I'm a professional writing student in the creative industries and have a huge passion for writing. I'm a cat lover, a mental health advocate, a massive fan of Coronation Street and an avid reader. I love people watching and getting to know new individuals. The world is full of unique individuals and that's what makes it so precious!' Charlene blogs over at charlenemcelhinney.co.uk/ and also has a YouTube channel CharleneMcElhinney. Charlene is a great writer and also has her own poetry book on Amazon. I have recently been enjoying her Easter Break series. Find her on Twitter here.

Steph from Steph's World is next.

About Steph: 'I am a Lifestyle Blogger from West Midlands who blogs mostly about Beauty, Theatre, Days Out Activities, Baking, Monthly Favourites and anything in between. I have been blogging for about a year now and love to collaborate on posts and also be a guest blogger as well as hosting guest blogger series on my blog.' Steph's blog is lovely and easy to read. I have recently enjoyed her London Photo Diary post as it has made me want to take a trip into London. Find her on Twitter here.

Time for Single Vegas Girl.

A little about Single Vegas Girl: 'I'm a girl testing all the dating apps while living in Vegas and blogging about it at a friend's suggestion.' Her post's will either leave you laughing at what goes on the sights or thinking 'what just happened?!' as there is some completely weird and wonderful things that happen to her, especially the Tinder Barney is a dinosaur post. I enjoyed this one as it left me thinking about the character from my childhood on Tinder. Find her on Twitter here.

Next up is Aqy.

Aqy blogs over at skinnydecxflatte.blogspot.co.uk/ and also has a YouTube channel here. Here's a bit about Aqy: 'I'm a fashion and lifestyle blogger who enjoys sharing her personal style on the world wide web.' Aqy offers great posts on outfits she puts together. I love the fact that at the end of the month she also puts together a photo diary, like this one I liked of March. Find her on Twitter here.

On to Leah.

Here is a little about Leah 'I'm 19 years old with a 6 month old baby', Leah blogs over at theprescottfamilyblog.wordpress.com/. Leah blogs about everything from, motherhood to Mental Health. Leah puts great posts together and I really enjoyed this moving post of Leah's all about being Housebound. Find her on Twitter here.

Next up, Lola Mia.

Lola Mia blogs over at lolitabonita.co.uk/ and also has a YouTube channel here. A bit about Lola Mia: 'I am a food and lifestyle blogger documenting my journey to a healthier lifestyle with chronic knee pain.' Lola Mia's food and the places food she visits makes my mouth water! I loved the look of her Triple Chocolate coconut pancakes. Find her on Twitter here.

Katie from lifewithktkinnes.com/ is up next.

A bit about Katie: 'I'm a lifestyle/student blogger living in Glasgow and blogging my thoughts and experiences as I try to travel the road to being a "real adult" because no, 21 years old is not really an adult. I love doing absolutely anything so if I do anything new it'll probably appear on my blog within a few days!' I loved reading her Lanzarote mini break as it brought back memories for me when I went at a young age. Find her on Twitter here.

Next up is Jordan from www.sweetsandmascara.com/.

A little about Jordan: 'College student aspiring to be a journalist one day, coffee-addict, travel guru, and fashion stylist to many.' Jordan's blog is all about lifestyle and beauty. This is one particular post I enjoyed of Jordan's Travel Tuesday Walt Disney World.  have always wanted to go to Disney World and posts like these make me want to go even more! Find her on Twitter here.

Next up is Francesca Sophia.

Francesca Sophia is a YouTuber over on her channel, Francesca Sophia. Here's a bit about her: 'I'm newbie YouTuber who tries to keep it all real - vlogging my redundancy, talking about how your bra fits, everything I can!' Her video on Why Job Hunting Sucks couldn't be more real. I also love the fact she says it how it is! Find her on Twitter here.

On to The Frugal Teen.

A bit about the Frugal Teen: 'Money and lifestyle blogger who is giving YouTube a go! I love psychology as well as money saving and getting to know new people.' I love her Chatty Video, I love chatty style video's and as it says in the title this is just that. She also has a blog over at thefrugalteen.wixsite.com/thefrugalteen. Find her on Twitter here.

Last but by no means least Sophia.

Sophia blogs over at www.sophianeve.com/. A bit about Sophia: 'I'm Malaysian & I can't wait to travel around the world. I'd Probably settle down in Edinburgh or Brighton.' I love here posts on covers like this one: This week music 4. I love finding new people to listen to and her posts provide just that. Find her Twitter here.

If you would like to be in my April round up complete the form below and pick one of your posts or videos you have created in April. I will be picking 5 from the form this time.




Tasha x

Lush Giveaway winner!

Hi everyone,


So today I am announcing the Lush Giveaway winner, drumroll please...

Keziah!

Congratulations Keziah, I have sent you an email and will tweet you. If you could reply to me in the next 48 hours that would be great!

I am planning another giveaway so keep an eye out! I will be running a poll on my twitter (@itsatashathingg) so you can vote for what you would like to see.

Tasha x