Sunday, 16 November 2014

Raw Christmas Cake - Inspiral

I am well and truly excited for Christmas already - who's with me ?

I have slowly been sneaking in a few decorations here and there and tonight the fairy lights went up !

So, after dinner I decided to tuck in to my Raw Christmas Cake that inSpiral kindly sent me. Some of you may know I am trying to be healthier and am enjoying discovering new products. Anyway I was so excited I had to share it with you....

Look how cute the packaging is...

Note: spoon not included.

I love the little jar the dessert comes in - I am already thinking about what I can do with it - maybe a Christmas Cake smelling candle...

Anyway, so on to the dessert, the first layer is a coconut cream and it's really delicious, then it's a marzipan layer which is a really delicious almond flavour and then a yummy concoction of delicious fruits at the bottom - it tastes just like Christmas cake - only better.

What's even better is they are totally organic, raw, gluten & dairy free !

I am SO in the mood for Christmas now !! (and not at all bloated, just satisfied!) Oh if only Christmas day could be like this....

I hear there are limited numbers of the desserts so if you are interested you can buy them here.

Have you tried any of the other Inspiral products ?

I LOVE the kale chips, they are so yummy !

Thanks for reading and do let me know of any products you think I might like & have fun preparing for Christmas !

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Happiness Photo a Day

Welcome to my Happiness Photo a Day challenge.

We could all use a little extra happiness in our lives and this is a way of sharing the things that make you happy with others in the hope of inspiring them and making them happy too !

This works slightly differently in that you can join in whenever you like as it will just roll on month by month and you can join in on whichever day of the month you like - just keep an eye on the hashtag to be inspired.

It's all about the little things and moments that make you happy, so they don't have to be from that particular day, for example if it's 'song' then share a pic of your Spotify or iTunes or even the CD or Record of a song that makes you happy - I am super excited about discovering lots of new music !

See below for a full explanation of each item (not restricted to these) and have fun !!

1. Song - as above, any song that has a special meaning, makes you boogie in your lounge or helps you relax.
2. Film - a tear jerker, romantic comedy, whatever it is that makes you happy!
3. Book - could be an easy read, an inspiring autobiography or your favourite novel.
4. App - anything that cheers you up or you are just totally addicted to.
5. Drink - this can be hot, cold, alcoholic or not - even better your own concoction.
6. Breakfast - favourite breakfast on a Sunday morning, your go to or one you've seen you want to try.
7. Quote - a happy and inspiring quote that you love.
8. To relax - something you do to relax that makes you happy.
9. Exercise - what makes you really smile and makes you feel you're not actually working out.
10. Lunch - a favourite place for your midday meal or a special lunch at home you enjoy.
11. TV series - anything you love, always looking for new ones to watch !
12. Someone special - anyone in your life who makes you happy.
13. Dinner - favourite dinner to cook or have cooked for you, or place to go!
14. Place - a town, country or special place you like to go.
15. Hobby - something you love doing.
16. Dessert - oh yes, anything - looking forward to seeing this one in particular, share the recipe if you have it !!
17. Holiday - a favourite one gone by, where did you go or one you have planned and are looking forward to.
18. Sound - could be your loved one coming home in the evening, the sound of the sea...
19. Pamper - something you love to do to pamper yourself.
20. Occasion - one you love celebrating.
21. Act of kindness - something you have done for someone.
22. Gift - your favourite kind to receive.
23. Smell - mmm fresh bread, that kind of thing.
24. Object - something you own that makes you happy.
25. Activity - something you love doing, rock climbing etc..
26. Moment when... - a small or big moment that makes you happy.
27. Old photo - share one that makes you happy.
28. Celebration - a recent one or an upcoming one.
29. Feeling - this could be anything.
30. Taste - favourite food or flavour.
31. Anything - anything else that makes you happy.

Make sure you tag your photos with the hashtag #happinessphotoaday and the prompt & be sure to check them to see everyone else's photos, see what you have in common or be inspired.

I hope you will enjoy joining in and I look forward to being inspired myself and spreading the happiness,

Thanks for reading,

Michelle x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Easy Pinboard

I have been wanting to create a pin board for our new office for a while now, I wanted something that I can just lean on my desk up against the wall - so not a heavy duty one that I need to attach to the wall (renting) so I thought I would try one with foam board.

I was really happy with it so I thought I would share it with you...

What you'll need:

A1 Foam Board (£4 from Hobbycraft)
Glue (I used superglue but be careful!)
Drawing Pins
Flower Cabochons (Hobbycraft)
Ribbon - optional.

So start by making your pins, simply add a little glue to the back of the flower cabochon and stick the pin and let set.

I pinned a piece of ribbon to the top of mine to add a little detail and can change this if I get bored or want to change it with the seasons. 

Add all your lovely pieces and voila, super quick to make and really quite cheap ! 

I love that it makes my little workspace feel a bit more creative now ! 

Let me know if you make one and share a picture with me on instagram @spotted_rose.

Put the Kettle on Print from here.  Project Life papers from the A Beautiful Mess collection here