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.


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.


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

Hodmedods Big Vegan Box Review Veganuary 2018  

Hodmedods Big Vegan Box Review Veganuary 2018: January 2018

The award winning Hodmedods brand base in East Anglia, founded by Nick, Josiah and William in 2012, was due to partaking in the successful Great British Beans trial project.  For the purposes of the trial, a tonne of British-grown split fava beans was bought, home packed and distributed throughout the community with a postcard included for feedback.

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Sweet Victory Sugar Free Hamper Review

Sweet Victory Sugar Free Hamper Review: January 2018

Founded in 2016, Sweet Victory Products is an online family company that provides sugar free products without a premium price tag.  With their own family members who are diabetic or have autism, it is through their own personal experiences of struggling to find suitable sugar free products why Sweet Victory Products was born.  Hence the brand is close to their heart and customer focus and satisfaction is firmly at the top of their priorities.

Increasingly, we hear about the alleged effects of high sugar in our diets and the impact upon our health such as diabetes, obesity and teeth erosion to name a few, so what better time to make the switch to sugar free, but without the sacrifice, as Sweet Victory Products have searched high and low for a wide range of sugar free or no added sugar products, so you can enjoy all things sweet, but without the nasties and guilt.

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Hamper.com Fruit Detox Hamper Review

Hamper.com Fruit Detox Hamper Review: December 2017

Established in Oxfordshire in 1979, the privately-owned Clearwater Hampers gift company, has seen continued growth, with the e-commerce branch of the brand, Hamper.com going live in 1996.  Impressively they have been sending hampers and gifts worldwide for over 35 years! Customer focus is at the heart of the brand, their modern office and warehouse, with state of the art refrigeration units, secure racking and with each hamper being carefully hand packed ensures that the customer receives a perfect presentation and at blogging HQ I received just that with the lovely fruit detox hamper.

Christmas is about food and drink indulgence, but you can still strike a healthy balance.  Gifting a fruit detox hamper is a wonderful way to give the balance, but with a boost of brilliance and an abundance of vitamins.  This luxury hamper comes with a fabulous fresh fruity selection including, mango, avocado, passion fruit, citrus fruits and a lovely lush refreshing raspberry lemonade.  All perfectly presented in this wonderful wooden gorgeous gift basket that makes a lovely addition to any home.

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