Have a Very Merry Manchester at Bill’s – Christmas Menu Review

Have a Very Merry Manchester at Bill’s – Christmas Menu Review: December 2018

It’s CHRISTMAS…Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills, Jingle Bills Rock, Manchester Bills has a Christmas cracker of a treat for their flock.  Bills Fantastic, fabulous and festive 3 course menu, that includes a welcome drink and nibbles, for only £27.95. Available 20th November – 31st of December 2018.

Bills Manchester Christmas 1aChristmas at Bill’s is charming, cosy with candles and thrown in for free was lots of smiles and super service from the lovely Sasha, Alex and Katie.

The super sensational sparkly Christmas menu started with a Welcome Drink and Nibbles.  Choice of: Glass of Prosecco, Estrella Galicia or a Mocktail Toasted Focaccia (or Sourdough Toast if avoiding gluten) with Hummus and Giant Gordal Olives

Our starter choices included the Chicken, Cranberry and Pancetta Terrine with fig & cranberry chutney and toasted sourdough and the brilliant Beetroot & feta salad with candied beets, pea shoots, mixed seeds and sweet balsamic.

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Christmas Collection Gift Guide 2018 -Review

Christmas Collection Gift Guide 2018 – Review

Feeling Festive and Fabulous, Christmas is nearing and it’s time to avoid the Christmas queues and mayhem, and shop smart online.

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Housing Units

Pamper and beautify yourself this Christmas, or get gifting, with a range of super sensational items over at Housing Units online or why not pop into their Greater Manchester store.

Keep things super sweet, and spritz away, by opting for the lovely Sweet Pea and Honeysuckle eau de toilette £12, from the divine Heathcote and Ivory range.

With the chill in full force, keep your lips lush and pucker, ready for that mistletoe moment with the classic Cath Kidston Lip Balm Trio £9, made with shea butter and natural beeswax to keep your lips smooth and soft all season.

Now you need somewhere to store all that glam, no problem, the iconic heart shaped flower head design cosmetic bag by Orla Kiely £20, is the perfect pretty pouch for all your products.

Red letter Days

Make sure you grab some of that Christmas Candy this festive season and give your friends, family and loved ones an unforgettable experience.  Red letter days provides gorgeous gift experiences, with the most fabulous activities, such as mini-breaks, theatre, foodie packages and much more.

Why not bring on all the gifting glitz, sparkle and razzle dazzle of the theatre, by gifting a Theatre Break Package, within London’s wonderful Westend.  Offering a variety of theatre break packages, from three to five star, including hit shows such as Thriller, Wicked, The Women in Black, Dream Girls, The Play That Goes Wrong, you will be spoilt for choice.

If the sky is the limit, why not take things all the way to the top and indulge in gifting, an Afternoon Tea and View from The Shard with Champagne for Two, in London, for that super special person in your life.  Best part about the package is that it can be enjoyed together or used on different days providing you with ultimate flexibility.

Head up the tallest building in Western Europe, and prepare for breath-taking views, at The View From The Shard.  Also, included is a glass of the fizzy stuff, so raise your glasses in style.  Friends, Fizz and Fabulous views…what’s not to like!

Then make your way to the, beautiful Belgravia’s five-star Halkin by COMO.  Enjoy the opulent and plush surroundings, as you soak up the atmosphere and their Signature sensational Spanish Afternoon tea.  Along with a choice of tea and a glass of cava too.

Hamper.com

Indulge without the fizz, this festive season, with Hamper.com.  The Ultimate Alcohol-free hamper is a gorgeous gourmet luxury family food hamper, jam packed with fabulous foodie goodies presented in a wonderful wicker hamper.  A personal git message can be added and also included is free UK Next and named delivery.

Exquisite artisan treats included are the Belvoir Elderflower Presse 75cl, Cartwright and Butler Soft Fruit Jellies in Kilner Jar 190g, Elizabeth Shaw Milk Chocolate Coconut and Hazelnut Biscuits 140g, Farrahs Original Toffee 100g, Mighty Fine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Dips 90g and Original Cake Co Cherry & Almond Topped Cake Round 400g

Also some scrummy Yorkshire Crisps Lightly Sea Salted 50g, Tracklements Damson Fruit Cheese 100g, Snowdonia Cheese Co Black Bomber 200g, Gourmet Black Pepper & Sea Salt Crackers 185g, Thomas Tucker Salted Caramel and Vanilla Popcorn 125g, Simply Cornish Clotted Cream Shortbread 200g, Buiteman Baked with Love Cheddar Originals 75g and Cambrook Baked Salted Mixed Nuts 80g.  A beautiful hamper ideal for the festive season.

Leviko Designs

Lovely Louise, the owner and designer of the jewellery made at Leviko designs, is an independent located in Edinburgh who trades on Etsy.  Producing handmade bespoke quality pieces that can be tailor made to your set specifications all presented in a beautiful gift box.

The stunning sterling silver and freshwater pearl pea pod jewellery is a beautiful collection, that can be made with Choose between one and five pearls, I choose 2 pearls to symbolise two peas in a pod.

This gorgeous gemstone bracelet, in stunning platinum coloured hematite stones with a lobster clasp, a great piece for both men and women.  The focal stone is an 8mm gemstone of your choice flanked by antique silver tone spacers and surrounded by 6mm smooth and 4mm faceted hematite gemstones.  A lovely gift for a friend or loved one this Christmas.

Hoogly Tea

Hoogly offer tea and warmth from the winter weather hygge style. Fancy a festive cuppa, well the Hoogly black tea gift set at £12, is perfect for you, as this includes four fabulous teapods offering brilliant blends such as Around the Fire, Apple Chai, Chocolate brownie, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Vanilla Chai or Raspberry, liquorice & Lavender, so will be sure to warm you up.

The small lovely lush luxury wooden box filled with twenty individual tea pyramid wraps, along with a brilliant bag filled with 40 tea wrapped bags £45.50 in options such as Rhubarb and Vanilla, Sparkling White, Chill Out Mint, English Breakfast, Classic Green, Cosy Chamomile, Earl Grey and Apple strudel, this is a tea lover’s dream.

Give the gift of tea, this Christmas, and keep things all cosy and snug in a mug.

Mia Tui

With all those Christmas parties just around the corner, you are going to need a handy helper.  The Dove grey Jane is a stylish shoulder bag, that is the perfect size, not too big and not too small.

Ideal for day into evening, to fit the essentials such as makeup bag, purse, diary, phone.  Inside is an insulated bottle holder, a clip for your keys and slots for both your pen and phone.   Also included is an extra nifty small clutch bag and a detachable long strap.

Going Out Out, and really hitting hard with the Christmas celebrations, perhaps this Megan smaller bag in Berry with a cream interior offers a centre zipped compartment, two large compartments, elasticated key clip and both phone and pen pockets, is the ideal bag to carry all those party essentials while you dance the night away.

Star Name Registry.com

The Starry night sky offers a magical gifting experience whereby you can provide a friend or loved one with a shining legacy that is literally written in the stars. The Vivid, at £49.99 is an extra bright start giftset provides the recipient with entry in the star registry, sky atlas star maps, confirmation letter, extra bright start explanation packs, an A4 Star name deed beautifully presented in an A4 wooden frame and black giftbox.

For an extra fee you can chose a specific constellation, for example Gemini and order an extra deed perhaps for yourself, as well as the gift recipient.  Also recommended is to choose a star map, for a nominal fee, which shows exactly where your star is located on the celestial map which includes a digitalised photo of the star, for the gift recipient, without having to use the telescope.

I named the star “Judith, Always a mother, Forever a friend.  Love Melanie x – 12th June 1982” A perfect way for myself and my mother to sparkle in the sky together forever.

Artisan Olive Oil

The amazing Artisan olive oil company, offer premium quality artisan ingredients, an exquisite range of first class award-winning products, and their partnership with some of the most experienced producers worldwide gives them the distinct edge.

Elevate your Christmas Festive Feasting with some of their divine and delicious Jams, marmalades and chutneys.  Prices start from £4.30, so grab yourself some first class produce to put a pow into your festive party.

Opt for the Franci Olive Oil Gift Box £33.50, a beautiful wooden display box, encasing a sensational selection of three premium Tuscan Extra Virgin Olive Oils in mild, medium and intense flavourings ranges.

Franci is one of Italy’s most renowned olive oil producers and has received the highest score 98/98 by Flos Olei, the international olive oil guide.  This gift box is perfect for a seasoned chef or beginner, as an introduction into premium olive oils.

Stand4Socks

Christmas is a time for joyous moments with family, friends and of course gifting, but lets also take time to reflect and take a walk in someone’s shoes.  The Manchester, UK based Stand 4 Socks Founder Josh wanted to make a difference and back in 2015 he said, “What if socks could change the world?” A large percentage of the population wear socks and if each pair bought had a positive impact so, “why can’t socks change the world?”

Now, the Stand 4 Socks brand proudly supports 12 global causes in 9 countries and currently support 11 out of the 17 United Nations Global goals for sustainable development.

Keep warm and snug this winter, and support individual causes such as Education, Water, Homelessness, landmines, by simply buying a pair of socks.

Enjoy shopping and have a wonderful Christmas.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Shark Duoclean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift Away – Review

Shark Duoclean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift Away Review: December 2018

“Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock” Yes it’s that time of the year again, where we hang out our stockings, send out invites to family and friends and prepare to party into the festive season.

Open fire roaring, festive musical melody’s playing, but before all that the house needs to be a cosy and clean home, but as Santa’s elves are all busy, get a festive helping hand from Shark, with their super duper easy to use Duo clean Cordless Upright with Powered Lift Away.

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Make a Splash this Festive Season with Simply Swim – Review

Make a splash this festive season with Simply Swim Review: November 2018

The fabulous festive season is approaching, yes, it’s nearly Christmassssss. So, it’s time to spread some Christmas cheer, and start thinking what gorgeous gifts Santa’s going to deliver for under my Christmas tree.

Make a Splash This Season, with Simply Swim, who stock a wide range of products brands, all just one easy click away.  Stocking at the ready, mince pies freshly baked for Santa, crunchy carrots for Rudolf and my Christmas Wish List in hand singing la, la,la…

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Fudge Kitchen York: Fudge Making Experience – Review

Fudge Kitchen York: Fudge Making Experience – Review: November 2018

Fudge Kitchen, nestled away in the quaint Shambles area of York, produces fabulous flavoursome fudge daily.  The brand began producing artisan fudge in the UK, as Jim Garrahy’s fudge kitchen, back in 1983 and then shortened their name to Fudge Kitchen in 2010.  Jim was the creator of Fudge Kitchens, fudge recipe, that dates back to the 1830’s and incredibly is still hand made on marble slabs.

Allegedly, fudge originates from when a lecturer, over at a female college in Vasser, USA, was taking a class in Toffee making, but as the temperature was not high enough, the end product was called fudge.  Hence, why the term ‘fudge’ is used to denote an error.

We prepared ourselves for a fudge making extravaganza and donned the wonderful wicker traditional straw hats aka a natty boater, with the amazing Apron embossed with the Fudge Kitchen logo and could not wait to enjoy the hour-long Fudge Making Experience.

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Happy Valentine’s day with Nut Free Chocolate People

Happy Valentine’s day with Nut Free Chocolate People

It is Fabulous February and love is in the air with the lovely nut free chocolate people and their marvellous mouth-watering delicious goodies.

 No nuts? Well, there is no need to miss out on chocolatey treats this Valentines day, if you have an allergy, as the Nut Free chocolate people brand are spreading the love with their nice nut free chocolate range**

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018 by Forkward Thinking Foodinista

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018 by Forkward thinking Foodinista

Love is in the air this February, so spread the love this valentine’s day with some gorgeous gifts for the girl or guy in your life.

Moneykissed.com, Chocolate and Love, Find Me A Gift, Gingersnap, Carluccios and The Artisan Olive Oil Company are great brands to pick up your loved one a much-deserved gift of love.

Say it with flowers, what better way to show someone you love them than with a bouquet of flowers, but with a twist.  Roses are red, violets are blue sugar is sweet and so are you.  Make your sweet heart feel loved this Valentine’s Day with these sensational sweet chocolatey red roses from Carluccios.

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