My Fabulous Festive Christmas Gift Guide 2021 #Review

My Fabulous Festive Christmas Gift Guide 2021 #Gifted

Exciting times ahead, as the cold nights set in get cosy and snug in front of the roaring log fire, and as you hear those jingle bells getting that little bit closer, it’s now time for you to help the big man out himself, aka Santa Claus, by planning your 2021 Christmas gifting.

Put the kettle on or grab a glass of wine sit back relax and enjoy my Fabulous Festive Christmas Gift Guide offerings. Whether your lovely gift recipient is a foodie, tea lover, chocoholic or into fitness and beauty, there is something for everyone. In no particular order here are my marvellous Christmassy recommendations.

Prestige Hampers

Fabulous foodies can have a very Merry Christmas with Prestige Hampers fabulous Family Christmas Hamper. Prettily presented in a lovely lidded handcrafted seagrass basket, there is a whole range of scrummy treats for you and your family to enjoy and the hamper makes a perfect gift to family and friends.

Included within are some super refreshments including New English Teas in a cute Big Ben Tower Clock box along with 3 mini Waters Edge wines: Pinot Grigio 187ml, Rose 187ml and a Merlot 187ml.

Savoury and sweet offerings included the Yorkshire Sea Salted Crisps 100g, Farmhouse Biscuits Black Olives Biscuits 100g, Mathew Walker Luxury Christmas Pudding 100g, Ooh Chocolate Honeycomb Milk Chocolate 50g, Belgian Fancy Salted Caramel Truffes 80g, Belgian Chocolate Thins 125g, Mrs Darlington Raspberry Jam 113g and Orange Marmalade 113g.

Hoogly Tea

Calling all tea lovers, because Tina Gloggengieser, from Aarhus in Denmark, has created the very special and bespoke Hoogly Tea range using a whole range of healthy and natural ingredients.

All Hoogly teas are ethically sourced, fair trade, and both made and packed in the UK.  The mixed selection 4 tea pods in a gift box is the perfect way to mix and match flavours such as the classic Earl Grey, English Breakfast, herbals Chill out mint, Classic Green, Cosy Chamomile and then seasonal offerings such as Christmas Cake.

The Winter Warmer gift set includes a handcrafted mini hot water bottle, one ceramic mug with a bamboo lid/coaster and a golden spoon with your choice of Tea in a box of 5 tea pyramid bags and 15 pyramid bags.

SOINVOUGE

Gorgeous gifting begins right now, as the team at SOINVOUGE have some brilliant beauty gifts that will definitely provide that extra sparkle for the festive party season.  Making for lovely gifts or simple for to to buy to make yourself feel pampered and ready to party.

The So Eco Ultimate Brush & Sponge Set is the full package providing 9 expertly selected tools to give you the best flawless make-up application every time.

The Brushworks professional detangling hairbrushes are ideal to make sure that you have silky and tangle free hair this party season.  The brushes are easy to use with an ergonomically designed & contoured brush handle and the flexi-soft tapered bristles, that are gentle on the scalp and help to reduce damage caused by brushing which results in fewer split ends.

Make sure to get in a few winks, so to help for a stress-free nights sleep why not opt for a silk eye mask or even go all out and upgrade to the sleep kit (not pictured), but I have it and it is brilliant, that in addition to the eye mask includes a silk pillow case a scrunchie.

Sous Chef

Calling all you Chefs and Fabulous Foodies, as the lovely Sous Chef stock a range of ingredients, equipment, tableware and gifts which is the perfect way to spoil your family and friends this Christmas.

This marvellous Medium Fruit Extra Virgin Olive oil presented in this stunning polka dot terracotta bottle make for a gorgeous gift. This high end olive oil is made from peranzana olives only grown in the Apulian region of Italy. Made even extra special and unique as every Frantoio Murglia terracotta bottle is handmade and hand-painted, so a piece of Apulian artwork in itself. Also, the bottle helps keep the oil in top notch condition, by protecting oil form exposure to light.

The cute characterful Aviator Robin Felt Tree Decoration, hand crafted in Nepal by Adele Zara Collinson who founded Felt So Good, is made using natural dyes and is biodegradable too. Now, who wouldn’t want this little handsome chap on their Christmas tree!

Wanting to make sure your Christmas stockings are full of cheer well how about this lovely mini bar of wonderful Willie’s Cacao Milk of the Stars 54% Milk Chocolate made with beans from an Indonesian Island; Surabaya in Java.

Chocolate and Love

Chocoholics raise your hands in the air, as Birgitte Hovmand and Richard O’Connor, loved up couple and founders of Chocolate and Love have exactly what you need chocolate, chocolate, and you guessed it more chocolate.  Their yummy Chocolate is Fairtrade, Organic, ethically sourced and are environmentally focused.

Chocolate and Love’s luxury and prettily presented chocolate boxes make for the perfect gift.  The lovely Milk Hazelnut Chocolate Gift Box that includes 4 80g bars; Milk Chocolate with caramelised hazelnuts and sea salt 50% cocoa, Creamy Dark with cacao nibs 55% cocoa, Sea Salt dark chocolate with caramel 55% cocoa and MINT dark chocolate with mint crunch 67% cocoa.

The Christmas Creamy Dark Chocolate Gift Box includes 4 80g bars with a marvellous Merry Christmas Sleeve Rich Dark chocolate 71% cocoa, Orange dark chocolate 65% cocoa, Creamy Dark with cacao nibs 55% cocoa and the Sea Salt dark chocolate with caramel 55% cocoa.

Finally, the very cute Madagascar Napolitain Chocolate Gift Box, that contains 42 mini chocolate napolitains perfect to have with a cuppa, as Christmas after dinner chocolate offerings and I also like to use these to create my own advent calendars.

Love Leggings

For the Fitness fanatics, Yoga Zen in us or those than just want some everyday comfort Love Leggings have something for everyone. The LL team are an absolutely lovely bunch, and their extensive online range is impressive. 

The Energise full length, high waisted 4-way stretch leggings have a flattering seam design with 4 practical pockets, shape retention technology in a sweat-wicking and quick dry fabric are practical, look flattering and make you feel those positive energy vibes.

There are also the focus, revitalise, lounge ranges and so much more, the lucky gift recipient is spoilt for choice and will feel empowered and motivated by such a thoughtful gift not just for Christmas, but will also put a srping into their step ready for the new year in 2022.

Now, don’t panic, because if you didn’t have Christmas all wrapped up before, I am sure that you will now, as all these brands all deliver direct to your door, so it saves having to brave the cold weather and all those Christmas crowds.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Enjoy a ‘Suite’ Life at the INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel #Review

Enjoy a ‘Suite’ Life at the INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel #Gifted

INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester located in the vibrant First Street Development is the perfect place to explore all that Manchester has to offer. A standout architectural hotel, that provides an even bigger and warmer welcome.

On arrival you will notice the effort and energy the hotel goes to, as the attention to detail is second to none, the blooming marvellous floral displays, that are due to the hotels collaboration with CitiBlooms, are breath-taking giving out amazing autumn vibes.

All the way up to the tenth floor, you know that you have hit the big time when you step into the Townhouse Suite, a huge 51 m2 open plan studio suite with a jaw dropping city skyline view.

The lovely spacious open plan layout gives guests a massive area to work, play and stay. Ideal for couples, family or that important worktrip.

The Welcome to Manchester display, that the hotel had personalised onto our bathroom vanity mirror area, was wonderfully thoughtful.

The bathroom space perfect for a pamper has a walk-through layout with bathtub, rain shower, two wash basins and complimentary INNSIDE Lande Eco-friendly toiletries to use throughout your stay.

The room benefits from Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, working desk space, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini fridge which had a lovely extra touch of a mini prosecco and a pale ale – yippee!

There has been an exciting development and now the hotel is proud to present the First Street Bar & Kitchen with Gino D’Acampo.

A beautifully presented space, that feels chilled out and even better news is that the drinks are divine and the fabulous food is spot on.

Staying at the hotel has its perks, from no time at all you can whisk yourselves from your suite to the restaurant, and be sipping a glass on fizz in no time at all.

Super starters included the Caprese Classic tomato, garlic & fresh basil salad with buffalo mozzarella and the amazing Arancini crispy rice croquettes stuffed with creamy taleggio cheese & peas served with a tangy sauce all washed down with Champagne and Italian Prosecco Rose.

Mouth-watering mains included the lush Lobster tagliatelle and the deliciously cheesy ravioli pasta with truffle, a real winner.

Plenty of options for desserts, but the moment we saw the chocolate fondant, we knew it was one each, no sharing this time and it was a good job, as we cleared these off the plate in no time.

The range of drinks on offer is impressive, the cocktails are crafted to perfection, and we even finished with a traditional Italian Limoncello – Saluti!

Morning marvelousness is pretty chilled in the Townhouse Suite, as there is a yoga mat for some suite stretching to refocus mind, body and soul.  There is even an onsite wellness suite with Finnish Sauna, aromatic steam room, gym and relaxation area, if you need a bit of zen.

Also, there are the super snug gowns and funky feet slippers to get snug, enjoy the view, as you browse the Manchester book of where to play out while in the big city.  

Room service breakfast is brilliant easy and plenty of hot and continental offerings. The full English breakfast, pastries, fruit and beautiful muffins all went down a treat.

The INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester Hotel has all you need to make your  Manchester stay memorable.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert; The Manchester United Treble Suite #Review

Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert; The Manchester United Treble Suite #Gifted

The Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert is a striking Grade II building, located in the vibrant and happening Spinningfields District, right in the heart of Manchester city centre, the perfect place for both business and leisure.

The hotel has had a full refurbishment providing guests with a clean and contemporary environment with onsite facilities including a restaurant, bar and riverside terraces.

Warmly welcomed by the reception team, we could not wait to experience all this beautiful hotel had to offer. Excitingly the hotel now has a range of Manchester United Suites, the Manchester United Treble Suite was to be our home for the night, and the room defiantly had the wow factor.

Immediately on entering the room, the football theme is standout and has been completed to create a classy theming, on the right was a wardrobe made to be a mock of a players fitting room with signed team shirts encased within glass style display cabinets.

Take a seat on the bench and imagine that match day tension and those serious locker room team talks which hopefully result in a team win.

The Bedroom is separately divided from the lovely lounge, that has a writing desk area, with a flat screen television on both sides of the room and finished with a wall print of a very cool Manchester map. It is also nice to see the buildings original wooden feature beams sympathetically worked into the design of the room.

Football design details are everywhere including the football pitch rug, subito picture, team cushions on the sofa and a display cabinet all of things football memorabilia related.  The ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy a night or two away from home.

Bathroom brilliance begins right here, slide the door to reveal a very cool team shower style hub that you can enjoy all to yourself, as you dream about your team scoring those wining goals.

Fully stocked with complimentary toiletries, offering an illuminated mirror and large mirror you can pamper in style.

Serious team talks require some refreshments and the Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert have you covered with a well-stocked tea tray, including biscuits, so you can dunk them into your branded mugs., as you plan your time out in Manchester.

The onsite restaurant is the ideal place to fuel up and enjoy some liquid refreshments.  All the team are absolutely amazing and really do know how to look after their guests.

Pretty surroundings presented in a natural organic style with plenty of greenery and unique design details which creates a relaxed setting.

Starters included these gorgeous goats cheese fritters, a superfood summer salad, and the divine duck. The ideal sharing plates for you to enjoy a bit of everything.

Mains provided some serious fill including the classic fish & chips along with a yummy vegetarian burger with all the trimmings. All washed down with a range of brilliant beers and some fabulous fizz.

Desserts rounded off the evening well with a super scrummy sticky toffee pudding and a beautiful brownies & Berries anniversary platter.

After a relaxing evening and a perfectly well rested nights sleep in a super cosy bed, room service breakfast was the order of the day and it was well worth it. 

Offering a variety of items such as full English, these pretty porridge bowls, pastries, yoghurts, cheese, juices, tea and coffee, it makes a good start to the day for sure.   

Winning accommodations, fabulous food and super staff, make sure you go for the goal and choose The Manchester United Trebble Suite at the Manchester Marriot Victoria and Albert, as you will definitely be leaving victorious after what I am sure will be a winning stay.  

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa Gloucestershire #Review

Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa Gloucestershire #Gifted

Gorgeous Gloucestershire is the stunning countryside location of the attractive 17th Century Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa set in a 37-acre parkland Estate surrounded by stunning gardens and an orchard.

Immediately upon arrival you know that your stay at Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa is going to be exquisite just by the warm welcome alone!

Steeped in history and charm, the beautiful building of Hatherley Manor dates back to 1022 and at the general survey of 1086 Domesday it was found that Edmar a thane had held the estate of Hatherley during the reign of Edward the Confessor.

A portion of the Hatherley Estate was even once owned by Sir Matthew Wood who has been Lord Mayor of London twice! The three-time Mayor of Gloucester Anthony Gilbert Jones also had past possession.

The hotel has sympathetically designed the property to mix both the old and new without causing disjoint.  This is reflected within the accommodations offered, as for the ultimate in luxury the double deluxe bedrooms have both traditional and contemporary styled rooms, so the choice is all yours.

Our delightful Double Deluxe 240 Bedroom is a lovely large luxurious room offering with neutral relaxing décor with a large lcd television, underfloor heating, huge wardrobe, desk, with café du Monde tea and coffee facilities, mini fridge and the all-important complimentary Wi-Fi which I tired out and it was spot on.

The beautiful bathroom with a massive walk-in wet room style shower room, a sunken tub bath, his and her basins, bidet and complimentary spa toiletries for the duration of your stay.

The room boasts a balcony with floor to ceiling patio style slide doors, so pop on one of the in room snug robes, sit back relax, enjoy the tranquillity and views of the walled garden.  

The balcony is also the place to indulge your foodie side, as the room service menu really is well worth trying, as the starters, mains and desserts we tried were all amazing, as you can see from the photos.

Now it’s time to enjoy some much deserved you time, but before heading down to the spa, the double deluxe 240 bedrooms have an extra perk, as there is a sun-soaked balcony terrace where you can simply chill and enjoying the rolling countryside views that is Holiday vibes right there.

The stunning spa at Hatherley is the perfect place to unwind, the team are a really lovely bunch and have built a relaxing environment for guests to enjoy their spa experience.

The vitality pool is really high tech and has a water massage jet to each seat, neck massage cannons and volcano pads making sure you are well looked after.

The spa swimming pool is super spacious and there are also plenty of luxury loungers so you can chill out pool side in comfort. The complimentary branded flip flops are also a nice touch.

The pool also provides fabulous views onto the walled garden, a secluded area which has some outdoor seating such as the relaxing pods.  Also, there is a spa bar, so get that fizz at the ready.  

As if that was not enough there is a relaxation room, sauna, steam room, tepidarium, heated loungers and experience showers which we loved.   

Now after all that, you have probably built up an appetite and the team at Hatherley Manor have you covered, as with their onsite restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice.

The restaurant team are super lovely, and the menu was varied, so all good.  Super starters included arancini balls, chilli prawns and they had a range of boards, the cheese one was divine.

Marvellous mains included the chicken, a delicious Mediterranean warming tagine and a whole range of scrummy sides such as veggies and triple cooked chips.

Finish sweet and indulge with their chocolate torte and sticky toffee pudding perfectly presented.  In fact, just like the setting, a very characterful and historical setting with lots of nooks and crannies.

After a very peaceful and cosy nights sleep, we had the pleasure of breakfast brought up to our bedroom, enjoyed on our balcony this delightful offering provided hot options such as a full English, vegetarian, fresh fruit, pastries, yoghurt, tea, coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice, a really nice way to start off the morning.

Looking for a perfect Gloucestershire Cotswolds spa stay, with exceptional accommodations, fabulous food all which can be enjoyed in a beautiful setting then Hatherley Manor Hotel & Spa is just what you have been looking for.

Thank you for reading 

Melanie xx

Things to do in Lovely Llandudno with the St George’s Hotel #Review

Things to do in Lovely Llandudno with the St George’s Hotel #Gifted

Wonderful Wales a stunning scenic setting for the perfect breakaway.  Lovely Llandudno Bay located in Conwy North Wales provides people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy a taster of what Wales has to offer.

With friendly folk, stunning scenery with their beautiful beaches, marvellous mountains and coastlines, amazing activities, fabulous food and awesome accommodations what’s not to like.

Where to Stay

The St George’s Hotel Llandudno sits in a prominent position on the promenade and is proudly Llandudno’s first luxury seafront hotel with the red carpet rolled out ready for your arrival along with a warm welcome from the wonderful St George’s team.

Literally just a hop, step and a jump away from the beach, the St George’s hotel has hosted many conferences and seven British Prime Ministers including Churchill!

Get ready to enjoy some you time and indulgence yourself in opulence and luxury for a stay you will never forget.

The St George’s Hotel offers a whole range of accommodation types, but why not take things up a notch, go next level and Raise the Roof by staying in one of the St George’s most plush room types; The Rooftop delightful Deluxe Sea-View Rooms with balcony.

Where to Dine 

No matter the time-of-day St George’s have you covered, and you can dine in style, sophistication, but yet still providing a relaxed atmosphere.

Breakfast, Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in their onsite restaurant which provides an expansive food and drinks menu with something to suit everyone.

Fancy chilling well why not opt for some room service and if you did Raise the Roof by staying in the St George’s next level Rooftop Accommodations you can take advantage of your private balcony to enjoy an exclusive private dining experience.

Both the food and service to the private roof top was wonderful, professional and all the food tasted amazing! Raise a glass on the rooftop and sip some of the fizzy stuff while you take in the lovely Llandudno Bay views.

The mouth-watering menu at the St George’s hotel has something to suit everyone, the soup of the day is always a fabulous fresh option and the super starter platter and salads are scrummy.

Home cooked main meals always provide a hearty and wholesome dinner including the super stuffed pepper, chicken with a red wine jus, veggies and a side of fried is always a must!

Get your sweet on and enjoy one of the lovely puddings or keep the food flow savoury and let’s get cheesy with the impressive Chesse plate served with chutney, fruit, crackers and of course cheese!

What Activities to

Take in the Lovely Llandudno Bay Views

From the St Georges Rooftop rooms there are amazing views across the bay with of course the Welsh flag proudly flying at full mast.

No matter what room type you decide upon, the St George’s Hotel is in the perfect location to enjoy a beautiful Beach front stroll to take those photographs as you watch day turn to night.

Gwrych Castle Estate

Gwrych Castle is a Grade I listed country house in north Wales, and stands in 250 acres of gardens and grounds and has extensive views over former parkland including a deer park and the Irish Sea.

The Castle also recently hosted the fabulous I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here with Ant & Dec, and a whole host of celebs, so don’t be camera shy and take your moment to shine.  

Little Orme

The Little Orme hump is 141 metres in height, and is one of two headlands situated at either end of Llandudno Bay, offering visitors a perfect panoramic scenic view marked by a trig point this is a must see for sure.

Llandudno Pier  

Llandudno Pier is a Grade II listed and at 2,295 feet, the pier is the longest in Wales and the fifth longest in England and Wales.

This exciting attraction offers fabulous family fun with arcades, rides, food outlets, shops, so perfect for picking up all those souvenirs for family and friends.

There is even a copy of the famous fortune teller machine Zoltar from the film BIG which is very cool!

Boat Excursion

One of the best ways for you to see Llandudno is from a boat. Hop aboard Sea-Jay for a one hour or half hour sightseeing trip to see the Little and Great Orme.

Let the wind breeze through your hair, kick back, relax and get ready for the ride of your life and soak up some breath-taking coastline views.

Llandudno Cable Cars

Prepare to experience an exhilarating and exciting experience by taking a journey in your very own four-seater cable car, that are carried on a steel cable weighing in at around 17 tons and is over two miles long, from Great Orme Summit.

Being high in the sky, the highest point from the valley floor is over 80 feet, you and your team can enjoy some stunning ariel views of Llandudno in cable cars that have been operating since June 1969.

Copper Mines

Uncovered in 1987, the world’s largest prehistoric copper mine, located at Great Orme Summit complex, is a jaw dropping archaeological discovery dating back over 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.

The tour of the mines is self – guided and around 45 minutes.  The route through the mine is approximately 200 metres. There are slopping tunnels, 35 steps going down into the mine and the same number coming back up.

Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway which opened in 1902 is Britain’s only surviving funicular, or cable-hauled, tramway that travels on public roads.

The Tramway climbs a mile (1500m) through the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve to the Great Orme’s spectacular summit. Re-live the experience of travel more than 100 years ago in the lovingly restored original tramcars, each named after a Saint.

Great Orme Summit

The Great Orme Summit is a height of 679 ft summit of the Great Orme in Llandudno.
offering breath-taking views of Llandudno, areas of Snowdonia National Park, the Isle of Anglesey and the Irish sea.

There is a trig marker and silver directional dial so you can pinpoint exact locations with ease.  The views are stunning, so it is well worth a visit.

Also, at the summit complex there is a gift shop, bar, restaurant, café, children’s playground, mini golf and visitor centre too.

The Rocking Stone

The Rocking Stone, Maen Sicl, located at Great Orme.  Legend has it that Druids used this rocking stone to decide whether criminals were innocent or guilty.

The accused allegedly stood on the stone and if the stone rocked it proved innocence, but if not they were taken to the nearby cliff and thrown off to the rocks below.

Thrill seekers, get your hiking boots on and stomp your way up the largest mountain in Wales.

Alice in Wonderland Town Trails

Follow the White Rabbit feet and be dazzled as you go on your very Alice style treasure hunt, by finding all the Alice in Wonderland Statues and figures located throughout Llandudno Bay. 

A fun family activity for all ages, that gets you active in the outdoors and provides some brilliant family photo opportunities.

Apparently, all the way back to 1861, when the eight year old Alice Pleasance Liddell (the real ‘Alice’ in Wonderland) spent the first of many summer holidays in Llandudno. 

Her holiday home ‘Penmorfa’, was built on Llandudno’s West Shore. The Liddells were close family friends with Charles Dodgson, who wrote the books under his more famous pen-name, Lewis Carroll.

Conwy’s quayside

Conway’s Quayside is a sophisticated seaside location and even has its very own Conway Castle!

Walk the walls, enjoy the boats, and why not keep traditional and head to the chips for some Chips and fish with lashings of salt and vinegar, yummy.

The Smallest House in Great Britain

The Smallest House in Great Britain, with just enough room for a single bed, a fireplace and a coal bunker, can be found nestled amongst a terrace of houses on Conwy’s quayside.

The Smallest House in Great Britain is just 72 inches wide by 122 inches high. It was occupied right up until May 1900.  The last person to live in the house was a local fisherman called Robert Jones who also apparently happened to be 6 foot 3!

A little further afield, perfect when you fancy popping in the car straight from the hotel for a longer day out is the Llanddwyn Island situated in Anglesey. and Snowden National Park in Llanberis.

Twr Mawr Lighthouse & Twr Bach Lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn Island

An absolute must be a day trip to then lovely Llanddwyn Island situated in Anglesey.

The island has two lighthouses the Twr Mawr & Twr Bach also features the original cottages, cross and other spectacular sights.

With beautiful coastline views, secluded beaches and mountain scenery it really is a super spectacular place to visit.

Snowdon Mountain

For the adrenaline junkies and thrill seekers travel a little further and you have the opportunity to climb Wales’s largest Mountain Mount Snowdon. 

Llanberis path is the longest but easier route, but there are plenty of other routes that have more of an edge, if that is what you are after.

As you can see there is so much to see and do in North Wales, so The St George’s Hotel Llandudno is the perfect place to Stay and Dine while you enjoy all that Wales has to offer.

Thank you for reading 

Melanie xx

Escape Reality Manchester Ritual Escape Game #Review

Escape Reality Manchester Ritual Escape Game #Gifted

Scare, spook and spectacularly unusual happenings are the order of the day over at Escape Reality Manchester.

Warmly welcomed by the team, as always, but things soon turned dark and ritualistic.

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My friends and I decided to take a well-earned trip to a remote village in Europe.  During a pub pitstop we overheard some of the locals saying that they have seen strange happenings from the forest.

Late night flickering lights and strange chanting from the forest seems to be causing a stir.  Not scared of adventure, we decided to delve further…

…but was that the right thing for us to do, as we are locked deep within the cabin we located.  Looking through the windows petrified figures in black hoods, that belong to a strange demon revival cult, need our sacrifice to achieve their demonic goal.

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The Rena Spa’s Indulgence Spa Day at the Midland Hotel Manchester #Review

The Rena Spa’s Indulgence Spa Day at the Midland Hotel Manchester #Gifted

Ready for some rest, relaxation, and zen vibes well you are in the right place, as the Rena Spa located within the iconic Midland Hotel in the heart of Manchester City centre has all you need for some much deserved you time.

Offering a range of packages, The Rena spa has something to suit everyone.  We opted for the Indulgence Spa Day which included a 50-minute treatment, Afternoon Tea, a glass of bubbly, Robes and Slippers for use while in the spa.

The thermal areas are the perfect place to enjoy a dip in the pool, some jacuzzi time, sauna, steam room or why not enjoy some time under the swan neck water feature.  This may not be the fountain of youth, but it can certainly relax tension within those shoulders.

Treatments are a luxurious and divine offering at the Rena and there are a vast range of options such as the Vinosource Hydrating and Nourishing Facial, Divine Body Massage, Fleur De Vigne Candle Massage Calming Hand, Foot & Scalp Therapy Rose & Honey Harmony Facial, and my personal favourite the Caudalie City Living Contouring and Invigorating Body Wrap.

My lovely beauty therapist, who provided an amazing balancing and detoxifying treatment wrap, which involved gentle exfoliation with their crushed cabernet scrub, followed by an application of their contouring concentrate, designed to help boost the metabolism and ease away tension it also speeds up the elimination of toxins.

This is followed by an application of their vine body butter massaged onto the skin and then wrapped to cocoon the skin with hydrating. The experience also included a full scalp treatment for total relaxation.

After your treatment, while in a full relaxation mode, why not enjoy some post-treatment time chilling within the Rena zen area, a beautiful room with stylish seating, private chamber rooms and the free-standing pod units.

Now if that was not indulgent enough prepare to enjoy a delicious decadent Afternoon tea within the iconic Midland tearoom of course with plenty of beautiful bubbles. 

Christopher our server welcomed us with open arms and was a wonderfully friendly chap who made our day extra lovely.

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Get Healthy this Summer with Pikt Fresh Organic Produce #Review

Get Healthy this Summer with Pikt Fresh Organic Produce #Gifted

Summer is here and now is the time to invest in you and your body by getting healthy with Pikt fresh who stock an extensive range of 100% organic salad, fruit and vegetables.

Pikt offer a subscription free online ordering service whereby you opt from a range of ready prepared boxes or select your own produce with the homey box.

Sound good, well there are plenty more good reasons why you should order from Pikt and here are just a few…

Plastic Free

When you choose Pikt you are also looking after the planet too, as Pikt have attained the Plastic-Free Trust Mark Certification. 

You can see they deliver your produce perfectly wrapped in fully recyclable environmentally friendly packaging with no plastics which gets a big thumbs up from me.

100% Organic

Pikt know the importance of eating organic, and do not use any synthetic pesticides and no herbicides, so choosing Organic reduces your exposure to pesticides in foods.

Pikt are passionate about ‘ORGANIC FOR THE PEOPLE’ and demonstrate this by committing to yearly audits to achieve Soil Association Certification status.

Pikt do not use any synthetic pesticides and no herbicides, shockingly in 2016 allegedly over 16,000 tonnes of pesticides were used on British farms, that can affect other wildlife, contaminate water and disrupt eco system, whereas Organic farmers are only permitted to use 20 pesticides derived from natural ingredients.

Less Waste

Your Pikt order is lovingly hand-packed, prepared and portion controlled by the team, so you know exactly what you receive.

Perfect for planning family meals including a lovely summer salad, using some beautiful beans, peppers, heirloom tomatoes and little gem lettuce, fresh fabulous and full of goodness.

Pikt even stock some sensational Spanish Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil which can be used in dressing and to splash over salads, pasta etc.

Also, any produce that is not suitable to be sold is shared amongst staff within the canteen, so no produce is wasted.

Quality & Value

Year round, Pikt carefully select and source organic produce from local and global growers to provide the very best quality and value.

This definitely makes mealtimes that little bit extra, as you can see Pikt’s organic mushrooms and figs are ideal for a beautiful brunch offering, along with some organic feta dollop on some sourdough add a splash of oil and you’re good to go.

All this loveliness is possible, as working to small margins, Pikt make organic as affordable as possible, as Pikt value people and the planet before profit.

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Personalised Gifting with Historic Newspapers #Review

Personalised Gifting with Historic Newspapers #Gifted

Read all about it…gifting becomes that next level when you can provide the gift recipient with a personal gifting experience, so why not check out Historic Newspapers who have an amazing range of original Newspapers, personalised products and gorgeous gifting ideas.

Historic Newspapers has the biggest private archive of UK local and national papers, including original edition newspapers from their enormous collection.

Taittinger Champagne and Newspaper Gift Set*

Pop the cork, lets get fizzy and celebrate with some of the fabulous fizzy stuff!!

Indulge your friends, family, loved one you know how to personalise with some pizazz with this amazing gift, that includes a bottle of 75cl Taittinger champagne; light, elegant with a high percentage of Chardonnay for the lucky recipient to sip and savour.

Beautifully boxed in a satin lined display box and choose any original newspaper from any date.  The historic newspaper can be selected from any date from our extensive archive of over 4 million UK papers from the 20th and 21st century.

The newspaper in this gift set is an original copy from the date you choose, rather than a reproduction, and rare, so your recipient can sit back relax and enjoy a glass or two of fizz while they enjoy a historic snapshot from their chosen date.

Taittinger Rosé and Newspaper Gift Set*

Prettily presented in a stunning satin-lined gift box, this gift set says let’s celebrate in decadence and style, as included is a lovely 75cl bottle of Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé Champagne which has been made with black grapes and a small amount of Chardonnay for an elegant taste.

Also, you can choose an original edition newspaper from any date such the Economist and many more titles, a perfect way to mark a significant date such as a special anniversary or a birthday.

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Boozy Birthday Celebrations with Piglet’s Pantry Vegan Afternoon Tea, Pies & Rolls #Review

Boozy Birthday Celebrations with Piglet’s Pantry Vegan Afternoon Tea, Pies & Rolls: June 2021 #Gifted

Yes, it’s my birthday, so it’s time to get the boozy birthday celebrations started with the amazing Award-winning Piglet’s Pantry.

Based in Worthing West Sussex, Piglets Pantry create the loveliest hand filled pies, handmade sausage rolls, cakes, and next level Afternoon Tea packages delivered direct to your door in their signature pretty pink presentational boxes.

They cater for a range of dietary requirements and they have a whole range of Vegan fabulousness. The Vegan Afternoon tea is a must and includes scrummy sweet treats and sensational savouries so you can sit back and enjoy your birthday bonanza.

Two Teapigs teabag sachets are included, within the vegan afternoon tea, but why not make things a little extra and add on a bottle of beautiful Bottega Rose Gold sparkling rose.  A delicious peachy coloured liquid with a taste of berries, to get you feeling that fizzy fabulousness.

Sweet treats for two included x2 yummy rich chocolate loaf cake with lavender glaze, x2 raspberry, lychee and rose swirl cakes, x2 vegan scones with whipped vegan butter and strawberry and champagne jam – now that is definitely fancy pants!

Also included within the generous Vegan afternoon offering for two are 4 spring vegetable vegan rolls, 2 leek & tarragon tarts and 2 vegan scotch ‘eggs’.  Let me tell you all the super savouries got scoffed in record time!

You can also bag yourself some Piglets Pantry vegan broccoli, cauliflower and cheese pies, spicy bean rolls and their brand-new tear and share Vegan roll offering with a lovely lime and tomato chutney dipping sauce…

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