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Bath time

How to make the most out of your bath

How to make the most out of your bath...

Bath time

There’s nothing worse than sitting in shallow, lukewarm water and bath salts lodged in all the wrong places. Getting shampoo in your eyes because of the stupidly small candle you’ve lit on the other side of the bathroom really isn’t a vibe. The perfect bath is anything but spontaneous, it takes a lot of consideration. If you ,like most, you just don’t have the time to be transforming your bathroom into a mini spa, don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of bath time essentials so you can spend your valuable time relaxing in the tub.

Here’s some pointers to make the most out of your ‘me’ time…

Luminara LED Tealights, Set of 6

Candles

First things first, you’re going to want candles in your bathroom to help you unwind. The dimmed lights will help you turn your bathroom into a dreamy mini oasis, bit much? Okay we know, maybe light one candle just to get you in the mood. If you can’t be trusted with fire hazards maybe try these LED tea lights, they’ll give you the joy of a candle without the fuss.

Megaboom Bluetooth/Wireless Speaker

Waterproof Speaker

Waterproof speakers are great for creating a relaxing mood. We aren’t saying you have to play whale song full volume, but maybe finding a relaxing playlist will help you have some much-needed downtime. The battery life on this UE boom is over 15 hours, however we wouldn’t recommend you staying in the bath for that long!

facemask pack
7th Heaven Face Mask Gift Basket

Face Masks

This is going all out, but why not add a face mask into your bath time routine? A face mask will give you beautifully soft skin. Multi packs like this one give you so many excuses to leave the kids downstairs and treat yourself whilst in the tub.

bath salts
Sea Magik Salted Epsom Spa Salts 1Kg

Bath Salts

Epsom Bath salts are a traditional remedy for soothing muscle ache and detoxify the body, there a favourite among athletes and busy mums alike. Epsom salts can be used to sooth anything from arthritis to sore feet. Great for the post workout bath.

Spaa Pebbles Wooden Massager Brush

Bath Brush

Even if its only a few times a week, exfoliating with a bath brush will help minimise pores and reduce the amount of breakouts you get. A bath brush can reveal smooth and radiant skin. The health benefits are amazing simply by massaging the skin its been proven this bath brush can reduce cellulite and increase blood flow.

bath bomb
Fruits Bath Bomb Gift Tin 6pk

Bath Bombs

For those days when you meed a pick me up pop this ball of energy into the tub. Bath bombs are a must, not just for the smell but for the aesthetically pleasing factor too! Is there anything better than getting into a pastel coloured bath?

Kindle Paperwhite 32GB E-Reader 2018

E-Reader

An E-Reader is the perfect way to access millions of books online and escape real life, get stuck into a story whilst soaking in the bath. The newest Amazon Kindle is 16% lighter than any previous E-Reading, making it easier and more comfortable to hold in one hand.

'Shea Milk' Foaming Bath Cream

Bubble Bath

Finally the most important factor of a bath, the bubbles! Who doesn’t love getting into a foamy tub. This sensitive skin shea milk bubble bath leaves your skin super soft, you’ll be smelling like a dream as soon as you get out the tub. The essential oils in the formula are the perfect way to get to sleep after your bath.

Pancake day!

10 perfect pancake toppings

Pancake day!

10 perfect pancake toppings!

Bakers, get your pans at the ready, it’s the best time of the year!

Traditionally, Pancake Day is all about emptying the cupboards and preparing for Lent. It’s a day everyone can get involved in, whether it’s perfecting your pancake recipe or spending the evening scraping batter off the ceiling, everyone loves this time of year. So get ready to whisk and flip because Shrove Tuesday is rapidly approaching!

A family favourite, lemon and sugar

Simple but classic, lightly sprinkle your thin pancake with caster sugar and a drizzle of lemon juice to create an age-old topping loved by the whole family. Lemon and sugar was voted the nation’s favourite topping by ‘The Telegraph’ in 2017.

However some would say there’s more to pancakes than just lemon and sugar…

An American classic, maple syrup

Some would say there isn’t a better addition to pancakes than Maple syrup – its thick, sweet, gooey and complements almost any fruit. Go American style and thicken the pancakes up with baking powder and self-raising flour to create a meal that’s bound to make your mouth water.

Maple Syrup Pancakes

Wake up the right way with breakfast pancakes   

Sweet pancakes not your thing? Add bacon, eggs and avocado to create a dreamy breakfast meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, add mashed potato to your pancake mix for a thicker, fluffier feel!

Perfect peanut butter pancakes

Let’s get creative… is it time to mix up the classic pancake day batter mix? If so, why not add smooth peanut butter for a brilliant way to add protein to your Shrove Tuesday!

Naughty Nutella 

You just can’t go wrong with a dollop of chocolatey goodness on top of your pancakes. However, if you wanted to take your chocolate obsession a little bit further this year, why not try to create Nutella-stuffed pancakes?

Nutella pancakes

Whipped cream, because why not!

There’s only a few times a year when you can get away with having a ridiculous amount of calories in one go and just blame it on the time of year. Why not add whipped cream or sprinkles to your pancake day feast?

Carrot cake pancakes (yes, you heard us correctly!)

These might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I can tell you, from personal experience, that these taste A LOT better than they sound. Simply add grated carrots into the batter, fry, pop on a plate, then cover in thick cream cheese and enjoy!

Yogurt and fruit pancakes for the healthier lent lover

Trying to get ready for that holiday you’ve got coming up? Not to worry, why not try natural Greek style yogurt with a selection of healthy fruit on top. Who cares if you’re trying to cut down on calories, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the family fun!

Yogurt fruit pancakes

Don’t hold back with ice cream,

Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of ice cream on top of your crepe. Feeling a little more adventurous this year? Let the ice cream melt into your batter before frying for a sweeter tasting pancake. We promise you won’t regret it!

We guarantee the kids will love coloured pancakes

Whilst whipping up your usual pancake mix, add in a drop of food colouring. If you haven’t got any in the cupboard, add kiwi for green pancakes, and mixed berries for a pink-tinted pancake. (Adding fruit is an easy way to get the kids to secretly get their 5-a-day too!)

coloured pancakes

Lacking in pancake utensils? Don’t panic we’ve got you covered…

Here are some of our most sort after pancake must haves: 

Sage The Scraper Mixer BEM430SIL

Prepare your pancakes like a professional with the Sage Scraper Mixer, it’s a must have in any kitchen! The smart mixer takes the frustration out of baking you’ll never have to suffer lumpy cooking ever again!

Set of 2 Black Non-Stick 'Jamie Oliver' Frying Pans

You won’t have to worry about your pancake mix sticking to the bottom of your pan with these ‘Non-Stick’ Jamie Oliver frying pans. These pans are tough enough for everyday use and are no trouble to clean!

Optimum Nutrition protein Pancake 1020g mix.

Fuel your morning this pancake day with the Optimum Nutrition protein Pancake 1020g mix. Its quick easy and low sugar great if you’re on the go all day! Just add water, pour into a frying pan and cook until lightly brown on both sides.

 

Top Tip: If in your household it’s a battle of who can win the title of ‘best pancake flipper’, be sure to add a little too much butter to your non stick pan for a more confident flip!

Have the perfect pancake day!

Ten romantic films for Valentine’s day…

Ten romantic films for the perfect night in this Valentine’s day…

Valentine’s day comes around quickly every year and if, like many, you’re planning a cosy night in or simply looking for the perfect way to end date night, you’ve come to the right place. 

Here’s our list of the most loved up films we think you should watch this Valentine’s Day. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the day of love!

1. Valentine’s Day, 2010 (obviously!)

From the director of Pretty Woman comes a film about intertwining couples and singles trying to survive the pressure of Valentine’s Day. The film stars 19 main characters, including Taylor Swift, Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba. Although this movie isn’t necessarily worthy of an Oscar, the feel good themes make Valentine’s Day definitely one to watch this 14th February.

2. The Notebook, 2004

The Notebook is the film that turned Ryan Gosling into the heart throb he is today. Make sure you get prepared for misty eyes when this beautiful love story comes to an abrupt end due to the sudden outbreak of WWII. If you’re one for soppy young love, get ready to have your heart strings pulled.

3. Me Before You, 2016

Adapted from the best selling novel by JoJo Moyes, Me Before You is a film about finding love in unexpected places. This beautifully British romantic comedy is bound to make you weep when the feel good film takes a turn for the worst.

4. Notting Hill, 1999

Can Julia Roberts, a beautiful internationally famous American actress, find happiness with Hugh Grant, a frumpy English bookstore owner? If you’re a sucker for happy endings, Notting Hill will be the perfect romantic film for you this Valentine’s Day.

5. The Fault in Our Stars, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars is a film is about Gus and Hazel, two teenagers brought together by a cancer support group. The feel good film explores the funny, thrilling and tragic business of being alive.

6. Romeo + Juliet, 1996

A classic – the story of star-crossed lovers based in the modern day. Fresh faced stars of the film, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, take you on a rollercoaster ride of forbidden young love.

7. La La Land, 2016

One for all the musical theatre lovers, this romantic film blends the old Hollywood fantasy with modern reality. Consequently, La La Land broke the record for winning the most Golden Globes ever – if that isn’t a reason to watch then what else is?!

8. The Theory of Everything, 2015

This film depicts the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, Stephen Hawking. Hawking falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde and together they defy impossible odds.

9. Dirty Dancing, 1987

Over 30 years on and still a classic – the movie is about a teenage girl who learns love, adult responsibility, and, obviously, how to do the Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. This movie is bound to get you practicing ‘that lift’ with your Valentine!

10. Titanic, 1997

Arguably the most romantic film of the 90’s, this multi-award winning classic is definitely a tearjerker. Titanic was ranked as the most expensive film in Hollywood history at the time of its release and soon became the most successful. Follow Rose and Jack’s whirlwind romance aboard the RMS Titanic. 

We hope this top 10 gives you the inspiration you need to have the perfect Valentine’s film night.

 

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