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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Haul - Lakeland - Chocolate Moulds

I bought quite a few different moulds from Lakeland's Christmas range this year as I previously had their Cottage mould which worked beautifully and fancied trying something different this year.

The Things I bought were...♡ 

♥ Sleigh Mould
♥ Star Lolly Mould
♥ Little Christmas Shape Moulds

♥ Sleigh Mould ♥ 

This mould is rather messy to use but the moulds do work well, the only problem I had was with every sleigh side removed the twisted end would break, the antlers also broke! This is hopefully due to the chocolate not being of highest quality though. Other than that they turned out rather well I think, some melted chocolate works really well to fix any broken parts.
lakeland sleigh mould
chocolate sleigh

♥ Star Lolly Mould ♥ 

These are pretty lollies but getting a different colour isn't that easy and is rather fiddly requiring some patience. The best way I found to do this was to put the different chocolate in first with a cocktail stick, allow to set then pour in the next colour. These lollies are rather large too I used more than one 100g chocolate bar to make the 4.
lakeland star lolly mould
lakeland chocolate lolly

♥ Little Christmas Shape Moulds ♥ 

You get two cute shape moulds in the set I bought, and these are really easy to make, only issue is sometimes the reindeer and candy cane shapes break when trying to get them out of the mould.
lakeland christmas chocolate moulds

Have you tried these moulds or any others?
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Sunday 21 December 2014

Hauls - Christmas - Lush Haul

lush christmas haul 2014

Well I went into Lush about a couple of weeks back and ended up buying too much of the Christmas collection so here goes...♡

Thursday 11 December 2014

Things - Christmas - Advent Calendars

christmas advent calendars 2014

I've ended up with quite a few advent calendars this year, so many I've taken up the whole of my drawer top with them!

Monday 17 November 2014

Things - Diy - Custom Notebook

notebook diy

I decided to make a notebook a little different to store all my blog related ideas and things.

Saturday 8 November 2014

Things - Christmas Diy - Reindeer Advent Calendar

diy reindeer advent calendar

My mum saw a reindeer wooden decoration in Harrods and dropped a few hints that she wanted one, so me and my sister decided that this reindeer advent calendar from Hobbycraft would be perfect.

Saturday 25 October 2014

Things - Christmas - Body Shop Advent Calendar

bodyshop advent calendar 2014

I just had to get one of these this year as I missed out on getting one last year. I luckily picked mine up for £37 through a Body Shop Party instead of £50 in store. I think the value of the calendar is somewhere around £83, so I think it's well worth the money. 

Saturday 18 October 2014

Hauls - Stationery - Back to uni

stationery haul

It's that time of year again back to uni! (sob sob), well on the brighter side it means time for new pretty stationery yes please! 

Saturday 11 October 2014

Things - Christmas DIY - Advent Calendar House

hobby craft advent calendar

I wandered into Hobbycraft at the weekend and spotted that they had a load of Christmas things in, so I had to have a peek and found a fab range of wooden advent calendars.

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Nails - Mini Haul - Gelaze Autumnly/Winter Colours

The weather has changed for sure... there's already leaves beginning to fall off trees around me, so I decided it's time for some less neon colours that I've been loving this summer.

I decided to get a few more Gelaze polishes as I've been loving them so much, the wear is far far better than the originals.

The ones I got...♡ 

♥ Below Deck ♥ 
♥ Lubu Heels ♥ 
♥ Black Diamond ♥ 
♥ Liquid Leather ♥ 

gelaze autumn colours

Have you got any favourite colours for Autumn/Winter?
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Monday 15 September 2014

Things - Recipe - Beer Battered Onion Rings ♡ ♡ ♡

My love for onion rings has been rekindled recently, I love this delicious and easy recipe so thought I would share it with you.

Things you will need include...♡ 

♥ 1 ½  Cups - Plain Flour (plus a small amount for pre batter coating the onions) 
♥ 2 Teaspoons - Paprika
♥ 1 Teaspoon - Garlic powder 
♥ 1 Teaspoon - Onion Powder
♥ 2 Teaspoons - Salt
♥ ½ Teaspoon - Black Pepper
♥ 1 ½ Cups - Beer (without the head I use Carlsberg!)
♥ 2 Large - Onions (more may be needed depending on their size)

What to do...♡ 

I just put all the dry ingredients in the bowl then stir in the beer until smooth then leave to sit on the side for around 10mins.

In the meantime have your fryer on, I have mine on 190 degrees celsius. Then slice your onions and then put the flour on a plate or similar and get the slices of onion coated in flour.  Have a bowl with kitchen paper ready.

Then you drop the onions in the batter and shake off the excess, place them in the fryer (just enough to cover the surface, about 5/6 at a time) until your desired colour for me they took a couple of minutes per batch. 

When a batch is ready simply place them in your prepared bowl, sprinkle some salt on them then eat or transfer onto something to place in oven until the rest are ready.

Then enjoy!

These are particularly tasty with Heinz BBQ sauce the sweet and sticky version delicious!

beer battered onion ring recipe
Let me know how they go for you, any questions please ask.

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Saturday 13 September 2014

Hauls - Primark - September 2014

I went shopping the other day and of course ended up going into Primark and getting a few things. 

There wasn't really that much there to be honest! I think they're between seasons with their stock. There wasn't any particular Autumn clothes it seemed like there were all sorts of seasons everywhere.

Here's all of what I bought...♡

♥ Two shirt/blouses
♥ Loafers
♥ Pj's
♥ Statement Necklace
♥ iPhone Case
♥ Nail Files
♥ Glow in the Dark Polish
♥ Socks 
primark haul september 2014

Friday 5 September 2014

Things - Hair Colouring - L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss in Black Cherry

I decided to get rid of some growing out ombreish bits in my hair for a more Autumnly colour.

I decided on the L'oreal Casting Creme Gloss as I've used their colours in the past and I've been happy with the condition and the colours have been ok. I hadn't tried this one in the past and thought it looked nice on the box so thought I would give it a go.
loreal casting creme gloss black cherry
casting creme gloss black cherry

The procedure is really easy, you should do the patch test first then proceed if you don't have any reactions.

This is what you get in the box...♡
loreal casting creme gloss box contents

You need to wet your hair then towel dry it thoroughly first.

All you then need to do is pierce the pink tube then squeeze it into the white pot close that lid give it a really good shake then take the little cap off immediately to avoid it bursting.
casting creme gloss process

Pop your gloves on then apply the mixture.

Your supposed to apply the colour in sections but the way I did it was to have my hair in my normal parting then apply a generous amount of colour, I then put some on sections under either side of my parting then ended up just squirting it on and massaging it all through my hair. I would stick to sections if you have greys to make sure you get them all.

I then left it on for around 20mins.

You then need to massage some warm water around your hair then rinse until the water runs clear, which does take quite some time.

You then apply some royal jelly formulation which makes your hair super shiny.

before dying with casting creme gloss

And here's the end result...♡  (oops I've somehow deleted it there's an image on my Instagram link here)

I am rather impressed with the result, the colour isn't probably as bright as the box but it never is! I do nevertheless really like the colour and I think I will be continuing to use it throughout the colder months, the colour is supposed to last 28 washes but we'll see how it goes!

Have you tried any home colorants recently?, how did they go?

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Friday 29 August 2014

Things - DIY - Jar BBQ/Party Cups

If you read my other post you will know I had a BBQ on my birthday and in the BBQ we had a refreshments stand with drink dispensers and jar cups it was very cute indeed!

Things you will need...♡

♥ Jars - Hobbycraft - £10ish
♥ Cute straws - Hobbycraft - £2.99
♥ Ribbon - Hobbycraft - £4.00
♥ Twine - Hobbycraft - £1.00
♥ Scalloped cutter (X cut) - Hobbycraft - £6.00
♥ Card - Hobbycraft - £1ish

paper straws, ribbon, twine, jar, punch, scallop tags, scallop punch

What I did...♡

♥ 1 ♥ 
I washed the jars and the lids and let them dry.

♥ 2 ♥ 
Made little circles on the laptop and printed (no need you could just write names).

♥ 3 ♥ 
Printed the circles on cardboard and then used the scalloped cutter on them.

♥ 4 ♥ 
I then punched holes in the scallop tags using a pre-historic hand punch (no idea where it cam from sorry) from my dad.

♥ 5 ♥
Cut ribbon for all jars then tied them around the jars finishing with a bow.
jar with ribbon

♥ 6 ♥ 
Cut twine for each jar, threaded the scallop tags on then wrapped around the jars concealing the tie at the back of the jar. 
jar with ribbon, twine and tag

♥ 7 ♥
Added straws to each one and they were ready to go! Plenty of pictures below...♡
jar party cups
jar cup with tag
cute jar cups
party drink dispensers
blue lagoon drink dispenser
bbq drinks stand

Dispensers... M&S - Next - M&S

If your  re-create send me your pic through Instagram with the cejodiy tag!

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Saturday 16 August 2014

Hauls - Birthday Haul - 21st Birthday

Just over a week ago was my 21st Birthday, so that's why I haven't been on here for a while it's been a manic week or so for me with family visiting and celebrating two Birthdays mine and my mums.

On my actual 21st I had a family BBQ, to celebrate mine and mums Birthdays. We were very lucky that it stayed sunny and was lovely and warm too.

We had a typical BBQ with delicious meat from our local butcher, far far better than supermarket meat. Various cheesecakes for dessert, Birthday cake (even though that ended up being eat the next day) and some refreshing drinks.

Pictures below...♡ 

21st birthday haul
21st birthday gifts
milies giant cookie
birthday presents 21st
oreo cheescake
oreo cake and ferrero rocher cake
oreo cake
ferrero rocher cake

Thank you to all who wished me a Happy Birthday and to all for my lovely cards and gifts.
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Friday 1 August 2014

Things - DIY - Jar Drinking Cup

I've always thought there's something cute about drinks in jars so I had a look around and places like Amazon sell some plastic versions with lids for about £11ish which is quite expensive for a cup, so I decided I would make one myself.

Things You Will Need...♡ 

Jar - I used a large Kilner purchased from Dunelm Mill - £2.50
Grommets (4) - Halfords - £1.59
Straws (25) - Hobby Craft - £2.99

kilner jar cup
kilner jar diy
halford wiring grommets
halfords grommets
You need to mark the lid like seen below...

kilner jar lid

Drill through the mark (my Dad kindly did mine), then simply place the grommet in and they're done!

Here's the finished look with a cute chevron baby blue straw so cute!

diy jar cup


Here's a summer fruit infused water in my jar (without lid!) it was delicious.

jar cup

Here it is with a refreshing evening drink.

kilner jar drink

If you recreate post them on instagram with #cejo_x  so I can see your creations.  

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