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11th January 2021

Back To Blogging

Laptop, notebook, pens and coffee - back to blogging
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The blog was neglected for most of last year. I hardly did any personal posts because there wasn’t much to write about.
Lockdowns and Tiers meant we spent the majority of the year in the house and I just couldn’t summon any motivation to get back to blogging.

This year is going to be different even though we’re in lockdown again. I need to get into a work routine which means planning posts, working on my Pinterest account (which has also been neglected!) and getting a couple of other blogs up and running that I’ve been working on sporadically.

Back To Blogging Recipes

I bought some new recipe books from my Slimming World group when groups were open so we’re going to start trying new recipes again instead of having the same meals every week.

I want to try lots of recipes from the Fakeaway book. We all love Chinese food but feel it’s far too expensive and often leaves us very thirsty.
Hopefully, cooking our own healthier versions will save us calories as well as cash!

Aiden saw an article online about a woman who wrote different meals on wooden lolly sticks and put them in a jar so she could draw one out each day. It saved her having to decide what to make for dinner each night and I love this idea so we’re going to give it a try 🙂

Crafts

Due to Covid-19, I didn’t do much paper crafting for Christmas like I did the previous year.
I really missed working in the studio so this year I plan to work in there more often and get up a good stock of cards and gifts.

Last week I made a personalised box frame for my sister to give our little cousin for his birthday in memory of his grandad and some 3D layered scenes for Christmas presents for family. I love how they turned out and I want to make more of these kinds of gifts to sell.

Personalised best grandad 3d shadow box frame
Personalised 3d shadow box best grandad frame with lights
3D Layered shadow box scene - deer in the woods with lights

Let’s hope 2021 is a much better year for everyone and I get back to blogging asap!

9 Tips To Buy The Perfect Chocolate-y Gift For A Loved One

assorted chocolate
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This is a collaborative post

The best medicine for celebrations, be it birthdays, valentines or anniversaries is sharing and consuming chocolates. Gifting has never been easy, especially when you want the recipient to enjoy and truly like what you gift! For instance, you know your friend is brand conscious, and they mostly like purchasing branded clothing. 

You need to consider a few things before buying the perfect chocolate gift for someone close. Take a look at these 9 tips before you hop to the nearby mall and purchase chocolate hampers for your near and dear ones! Check them out now.

1.      Let’s Talk About Personal Taste First

From a wide range of chocolate types available in the market, what does your friend or dear ones like? Your choices could include multiple types like dark chocolate, milk chocolate, truffles, caramels, alcoholic, non-alcoholic, etc., Make sure you know their taste though!

2.      Do You Have Enough Budget?

chocolates
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Gifting can be quite expensive; it is a wise thing to consider the budget that you would like to buy the gift for.

Always remember that gifts are something that you put your love and thoughts into, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Go around your budget a little bit but mostly stick to how much you have and do the best by gifting different types of chocolates.

3.      Dietary Restrictions

This one’s perhaps the most significant, health-wise. Are you aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions your loved one might have?

Some chocolates that contain milk can affect someone who is lactose intolerant. Also, it’s no secret that many people have been known to complain that dark chocolate triggers their migraines. Make sure you have all the information you need beforehand.

4.      Choice Of the Right Brands

If you are gifting them chocolates from their favourite chocolate maker, they will always remember it because they will know that you are aware of their favourites. Some well-known chocolatiers are Teuscher, Godiva, Valrhona, etc., that you could explore and ultimately choose one from

5.      Single Flavors Or Multiple Flavors?

Your personalized chocolate gift box can contain lots of small and big chocolates, but do you want it filled with the same flavour or like it to be an assortment of sorts? This choice mostly lies with you in case this gift is a surprise. If your friend is an experimental type, then you can always go wild in terms of choosing flavours,

6.      Want Pretty Packaging?

Valentine chocolate
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Wanting pretty packaging is fine, but don’t blindly buy something just because of the packaging, because the product quality inside is what truly matters.

7.      The Source Of Chocolate Making

Just like clothing brands, chocolate brands, too, are known to have links with unethical trades. You would need to research the companies that are ethical in their trade. One good company that has Direct Trade Certification is Madécasse.

8.      Look For Discounts

We all know premium chocolates costs a fortune. If you are buying it during the festive season, selective products might be on discounts.

9.      Market

You always have a choice. Do you want to buy from an online store or physical store? Either way, it goes a long way if you know reviews of that store first. You don’t want to buy gifts that don’t turn out well for the users who bought it before.

Conclusion

So those were our tops tips. And if you got here, mission accomplished. There’s no way your loved one will not like something that you’ve so thoughtfully gifted them!

To make the gift a little more special and personalized, don’t forget to write a heartfelt message or choose a greeting card to do so.

Let us know which tip helped you the most.