Breakout Manchester Spy Training and Crack the Case: Reclassified Blue and Identify Escape Games – Review

Breakout Manchester Spy Training and Crack the Case: Reclassified Blue and Identify Escape Games – Review: December 2018

Located in the cool, quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub, in Manchester city centre, is the brilliant Breakout Manchester.  Prepare to motivate your mind to find clues and solve a serious of puzzles, to unlock padlocks.  Do you accept the challenge, can you Breakout, can you escape?

The names Bond, James Bond…007 eat your heart out and prepare to become the spy you always wanted to be, take your final exam in the exciting, immersive and electrifying Reclassified escape game experience.

The Reclassified Green and Blue games are identical, so if you are in two groups this will bring out the competitive juices and allow you to race the other team.  The Reclassified games are unique, fun and highly addictive and test many areas of perception, observation, speed and skill.  Jess our games master was an absolute legend.  Keep a steady hand, focused mind and you will become 007 in no time.

Once you have fine tuned your Secret agent Spy skills, get the PLASTIC TOY WATER GUNS at the ready, to take on the Identify game.

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Base MCR Manchester – Review

Base MCR Manchester – Review: December 2018

Base MCR, located in Manchester city centre, in a super cool and quirky railway arch space.  Fully kitted out with bar and seating area where you can enjoy a pre-match bite to eat and drink before battle begins.

Try their Veggie dogs or hotdogs with lashings of red sauce and mustard, with salted or peanut butter pretzels and swizzle sticks.

Make you way down to the Base Bar Batting Cages and the lovely Tez aka Base Bar employee and all-round lovely lad, will I am sure, look after you just as amazingly well as he did throughout our visit.

Get kitted up and then the Base MCR team will prep you for a super awesome session.

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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.

Christmas Collection Gift Guide 2018 Final Bb

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  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

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

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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Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi by Candlelight presented by the London Concertante at Manchester Cathedral – Review

Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi by Candlelight presented by the London Concertante at Manchester Cathedral – Review

Manchester cathedral was the location for an amazing evening of the classics performed by the London Concertante.

Perhaps your classical music knowledge is not up to scratch, well no need to worry, as, “The London Concertante boasts an impressive audience record in which an impressive 50% of spectators are first time classical concert goers!”  The London Concertante, brought together some of the finest composers of the Baroque and Classical periods, cleverly making the performance superb for avid regulars and newbies alike.

The “UK based chamber ensemble London Concertante regularly performs up to and over one hundred concerts per year, making it the busiest ensemble of its kind in the country. With their numerous recordings reaching great critical acclaim, the ensemble has continually been regarded as one of the finest groups in Europe since its founding in 1991.”

The chosen repertoire of musical melodies for the concert was Mozart, Bach & Vivaldi all performed by Candlelight.  Set within Manchester’s beautiful Cathedral, the evening was a breath-taking and mind blowing experience.

The programme included Mozart – Divertimento in F, Albinoni – Oboe Concerto in D minor, Bach – Concerto for Violin & Oboe in C minor, Mozart – Oboe Quartet in F, Vivaldi – “Winter” from the Four Seasons, as well as a few extra delightful pieces, a much-welcomed surprise!  Along with solo Oboe and Violin performances which were truly mind-blowing.

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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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