Review: Baker days Easter cake!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

When Baker days got in contact with me asking if I wanted cake delivered to my door, of course I had to politely decline......NOT!!! I mean come on, cake? To. Your. Front.Door.  I'm not sure life gets much sweeter than that (quite literally too!).

I have to admit though, I was both intrigued and skeptical.  Cake+post surely =

But no, oh no no no! By some crazy miracle, the cake dropped through my letterbox and lives to tell the tale (albeit with somewhat of a headache).
It turns out, that if you want anything to survive our postal service, you need to put it in a tin, holed cake tin- a pretty one at that! I couldn't believe it when I got home and saw the package on my rug, because I was convinced I would, at the very least have a red wotsit through the door.  I was beyond impressed that Baker days had managed to deliver next day AND it fitted through the letterbox.

PACKAGING-I love the fact that the cake is wrapped in cellophane within the tin, not only does this keep the cake fresh for 2-3 weeks, but it means it's safe from the other odors within your kitchen/pantry.

ORDERING: from Baker days was super easy, and quite similar to other familiar, personalising websites such as Moonpig.  Simply pick the design of cake you require, upload any personifications and then order the type of cake you require.  There's a good variety of sizes, sponge type and they appear very accomodating to dietary requirements.

TASTE: We went for your bog standard sponge and it was still gorgeously moist and well constructed, my only bug bear would be that the cake was a lot smaller than expected, this was probably more to do with my unawareness rather than anything else.

Overall i'm really impressed by this cake to the door method by Baker days, and cannot wait to find an occasion to use them again!

Fun things to do in Brighton the next few weekends: 2015 version

Monday, 23 March 2015

This time of year in Brighton seems to get prettttty cray cray.  My inbox is swarming with the latest events and so I thought i'd follow last year's lead and compile a list of what I think you should be doing with your time.

Fairy tale fair
A very popular, local craft event with some of my favouite sellers usually present, this is a must have for any crafty types.  People you really must look out for- Anna's drawing room, Chanchala and Shiny pigeon. Quite a good one for the kids too; buggy accessible, close to a park to burn off energy first, and ...face painting. Say no more.

Vegfest featured in last year's guide and I'm excited to see it returns bigger and better than ever! They have upped to a bigger and more central venue (Brighton Centre), so there really is no excuse not to head down there.  This is on the same weekend as the craft fair, so maybe one on each day?!  Based on my visit last year, I highly recommend grabbing a Ms Cupcake red velvet brownie, and trying the Pulsin testers (I STILL regret not buying the chocolate orange!).  You'll find me at; the Council's talk on the benefits of growing your own food, a talk about Infinity foods and Richi's talk on the key to healing and thriving.   This one is also buggy friendly, however I remember last year it gets busy really quickly so if you are dragging the kids along try to go there as early as possible.

Brighton Fringe festival. 

A whole host of performances throughout early May, watch this space for my top picks for this year's Brighton festival.

Brighton Foodies festival.

Yes. more food! I cannot wait for this year's foodies festival.  As always it will be on May bank holiday weekend (which is usually at least one boiling hot day #lush) and will see Hove lawns be filled to the brim with people for the social event of the year.  This year,  there is a new addition in the form of a vintage tea room, which I am frankly desperate to explore already! Watch this space because i'll be giving away two tickets in the next few weeks!

 Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £10.00 (£8.00 concession)
Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)
3-day adult ticket £18.00 (£15.00 concession)

Friday VIP ticket £35.00
Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £38.00
VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.
All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.

Open times:
Saturday 2nd May: 11am – 7pm
Sunday 3rd May: 11am – 7pm
Monday 4th May: 11am – 7pm

If all this talk of food has got you hungry for more (harhar), then how about winning tickets to Vegfest next weekend? I have a pair of tickets up for grabs for either day, terms and conditions below and the competition ends on FRIDAY!! So no dilly dalying!

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30th birthday wishlist: homewares

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

30th Birthday wishlist: Home stuff

As evident in my last interior blog post, i'm lovin' mint and duck egg at the moment and am pretty certain they will feature heavily in our new home.  Alongside the latest chemical element to send the world "cray-cray"-Copper.  I seem to get overly excited about textures at the moment and copper mixed with that seagrass woven basket may just satisfy my texture lust.  It also might encourage Ophelia to put all her toys away for a change?!

I love those wire baskets for the same reason- Perfect size for containting the spill of toys, but at the same time bringing a flash of colour to the room.

Since all my teapots and loose tea strainers appear to either have disappeared or "smashed", I have been desperate for a replacement- all these loose teas I have ain't gonna drink themselves!

Inspirational interwebs

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

For a while now I've found myself less interested in the intenet.  Maybe it's because I'm nearly 30 (yeesh), maybe it's because I feel time is more precious now, maybe it's because I spent about 15 years of my life using it as a crutch, maybe it's after I read a lot of articles like this or maybe it's because the internet is just a bit shit now.  Either way, it's great because it means I now only notice or choose to notice the good stuff.

By that I mean; stuff that challenges the way I think, makes me think or provide me with information to better me and my life.  Blogs have become this strange hybrid of advertising billboards and drivel and if i'm really honest, there are few I read anymore.  So this post is for those people who are writing good, useful stuff in a beautiful way.  Or are just god damn funny.

  • Emma and Nick- I've just stumbled across another one of their sites and am yet again feeling totally inspired to visit Dorset.  I first found Emma via her own blog The Style box, then found their travel inspired blog and now Eat Sleep Dorset!
  • Claire's post on taking your life back is resonating with me a lot at the moment.  After recent grumblings about how much work has taken over my life and a discussion with a colleague yesterday about the impossibility of ever getting the perfect work life and money (!) balance, reading this post came at a good time for me! 
  • Basically everything on The W review- I have often found myself checking back to see the latest thought provoking whitterings.  Particular favourites currently resonating with me are around topics including women with children in business, Mother's day ("And remember, Mother’s Day isn’t just for Mothers. It’s your opportunity to show the woman who raised you how much her sacrifice has paid off"), What does it really mean to be introverted? All those posts have opened my eyes and reminded me what grounds me and shapes me, and that it is okay to be me. 
  • Fritha- Apart from the fact I love literally every outfit post she ever posts, I also find Fritha's blog strikes the right balance for me, and her writing is just perfect. 
  • Sophie's post about friendship- After a weekend of wonderful feel-good-memory-creating-times this post reminded me how truly lucky I am. It reminded me that it's okay to have a few months between seeing friends, because if they're the right friends, it'll just feel like that time has gone exceedingly fast (was it honestly Christmas?!).  You'll still rant together and swear together like you have for the last 10/20 years, and laugh about each others' flaws because hey- we all have issues one way or another, don't we! 

Home: Duck egg, mint and some form of yellow colour schemes.

Monday, 9 March 2015

One of the things I'm most looking forward to with our new house is actually having rooms that look "put together" as opposed to higgildy piggildy bits and pieces.  I get a bit obsessed with matching/colours (i've been known to buy the same dress in many different colours and match accessories to them) and so i'm already looking for those infamous colours to link all the rooms together without overdoing it.  Here are some the pieces i've recently spotted and think could really work together to create cohesive schemes but still individual at the same time: Mint, duck egg and yellow colour schems

What of all our memories. This house screams of memories. *

Sunday, 8 March 2015

 I'm not sure any of these photos can do justice to how I feel right now.  I simply cannot explain the pure love that fills this little olde heart.  This weekend has just been wonderful; filled with love, laughter, relaxation and good memories.  I feel like this weekend will be etched in my heart forever.

 I truly think these photos say more than I ever could, but they do not say the relaxation I felt when wandering up and down the beach at sunset with my family, nor do they show you how warming it felt to see my daughter interact with her Grandparents/Great Grandma and Aunt and Uncle (Greats too!) with such devoted love that cannot be documented. 

 Afternoons that turn beautiful when you least expect it are my favourite and Saturday afternoon was exactly that.  To anyone else it may seem insignificiant/everyday...maybe even boring.  But to me it holds a very special place in my heart. 
 My daughter is such a wonderful creature and the weekend began with nursery staff singing her praises; she apparently had them in hysterics all day.  I cannot fathom why...
 The beautiful bond she shares with us both is ever present, and to see that love towards her Dad is just too much for my little heart to take. 
These moments will b going in scrapbooks because the internet just cannot do them justice.  For these are the moments that we live for.  Because these are the day to hold on to.

Linking up with Hannah's #TWTWC 

 *Lyrics of Thrice and Manchester Orchestra because this week we have booked tickets to see both :) 

Super+super craft books: Embroidery and Printmaking

Sunday, 1 March 2015

                        Embroidery and Printmaking books by Super + Super, published by,  and available here 

The main things I look for in craft books are; pretty pictures, easy to understand instructions and projects to take me from beginner to ...improved! So let me introduce you to my new favourite (s) by local Brighton, talented duo Amy and Claire.

Crafty types of Brighton will be familiar with this pair, they run workshops via their Super + Super base as well as showing their faces at most craft fairs. If you cut them, I think they would bleed embroidery thread. But what they're especially good at, is making crafting accessible- teaching, guiding, coaching, explaining in a way that makes you come away thinking you can take on the world's most taxing craft project...and win! It's not surprising then, that their books Embroidery and Printmaking do the same, in fact the books really captures their voice and essense of them, as I believe any good book should!

The books also cater to people who find they have "crafting moods and modes" (aka me).  Let me explain.  Sometimes (rarely nowadays, post baby head) I have time, focus and energy to pick up an ongoing/taxing/new skill craft project.  Other times, I want to craft but do something quick/simple/familiar.  This book lets me do this.

The books both really capture the craft's depth perfectly through the photography, for example the print making photos really depict the types of textures and asthetics you can achieve (the apple printing in particular). 

So if you are looking for craft books that are really going to teach you how to do something, please hunt these down! Failing that, pop down to Brighton to learn from these talented gals first hand.  Even better, stalk their Instagram.  But be warned, it will make you insanely jealous you're not just naturally good at everything crafty like these two! I've already bookmarked nearly every page for projects I cannot wait to get stuck into (i'm lookin' atchoo cross stitch chair!). 

Well done ladies, keep it up!

*Books kindly gifted but words all true