Friday, 19 January 2018

Cadbury Gifts Direct Post Christmas Sale Haul

Christmas may be over, but some sale shopping this week has enabled me to stretch that Christmas cheer out a little bit longer. No, I haven't been splashing out on clothes or beauty products; I've actually been splurging on chocolate. Cut price Cadbury Christmas chocolate, to be exact; the only thing better than Cadbury chocolate.

Last week, I discovered that the Cadbury Gifts Direct website had slashed the prices of their Christmas sale stock right down, with many items more than 80% off, and as low as just 30p. Naturally, at those prices, I couldn't resist placing an order and snapping up some bargains, so I did just that. I placed my order last Friday afternoon, it was dispatched within the hour, and the box arrived on Monday morning, packed full of festive chocolate. It certainly brought a little happiness to my family on that gloomy Blue Monday.

In total, I bought twenty-two edible items- they're not all for me, though; I'm not that greedy, honest- and my delicious haul came in at just under a tenner. With delivery I spent £13.85, which was a bargain for all that chocolate.

It didn't occur to me to blog about my order, until I shared a photo of my haul on social media on Monday, and was met with excited chocoholics who had never heard of the website rushing off to grab some bargains for themselves. It was only then that I realised the sale was a well kept secret, so I decided it was only fair to spread the word and tell you guys about it, too. 

Let me show you what I got for my money...

I won't lie, the main reason why I placed an order was to get my hands on the chocolate Santas. They taste just like Cadbury Easter eggs, which is the tastiest chocolate ever. Fact. I picked up eight of the 100g chocolate Santas for just 60p each; a total steal considering they originally retailed for £2.99!  (They also have 50g chocolate Santas on sale for just 30p). They're so delicious they didn't all survive the week; three Santas have since perished. May they rest in peace.

The cardboard tubes of Cadbury Freddo Faces, Buttons, and Fudge Minis were down to just 30p from £1.42, which was so ridiculously cheap I bought nine boxes; four each of the Buttons and Freddo Faces, and one box of Fudge. I was tempted to buy more, but I restrained myself to keep my order under a tenner to get the cheaper delivery fee. Unfortunately, these are all currently sold out, but keep checking back as they did come back in to stock in last year's sale.

I also picked up two of the large Cadbury Snow Bites Christmas crackers, which are stuffed with four little bags of Snow Bites. They originally retailed for £2.99 a cracker, which I'm sure you'll agree is shockingly overpriced for 126g of Cadbury chocolate, but on sale for just 40p, they were a fantastic bargain. If you've never tried Snow Bites before, they're similar to Mini Eggs, but with a dusting of icing sugar on the outside.

Speaking of Snow Bites, I also bought a couple of little 43g tubes of Snow Bites for less than half price. They were originally 65p, and on sale for just 30p. It didn't occur to me at the time that I would've saved money and got more chocolate by buying another cracker instead, but hey ho; these little tubes are cuter.

And my final purchase was something I used to beg my Mum for each Christmas, but was never allowed (probably because they were expensive and would've lasted two seconds on the tree with three kids in the house)... a pack of Chocolate Christmas Tree Decorations. I'm finally living the childhood dream! Haha! If only I still had a Christmas tree up to hang them on... The mixed pack of fourteen milk chocolate and milk chocolate Oreo chocolate decorations was a pricey £3.46, but on sale for a much purse-friendlier 50p. Pretty damn good for fourteen big pieces of chocolate!

Everything I purchased has a best before date of the 31st of March 2018, so you could stock up on chocolate and satisfy your chocolate cravings right through 'til Easter without even breaking the bank! Y'know, if you're one of those weird people who can have chocolate in the house without actually eating it.

I'm not one of those people.

Unfortunately, most of these awesome bargains have now sold out- probably because I coerced several chocoholics in to purchasing their own hauls and wasn't quick enough writing this post-, but there are still loads of other edible Cadbury bargains to shop from, which you can find here. Last year, many of the items did come back in to stock after initially selling out, so keep checking back if you have your eye on anything in particular.

Will you be treating yourself to some chocolate in the Cadbury sale?

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday Wish List

Here are some of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list this week...

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Erstwilder's new Wilder West collection is fantastic. The only problem is the designs are all so amazing, I can't decide which pieces I love best.

This Home Tweet Home bird house cross body bag from Betsey Johnson is available to preorder, and it's adorable.

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I love these awesome novelty bags from Skinny Dip.

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It's official: Skinny Dip always have the cutest iPhone cases. I mean, who doesn't need pink sloths embellishing their mobile?

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Vendula London's new Bird House collection is so beautiful. I'd particularly love to get my hands on the Bird House backpack or cross body bag.

Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette

Would you look at the shades in this Too Faced Clover eyeshadow palette! They're all so gorgeous.

Too Faced White Peach Eyeshadow Palette

I'm also completely smitten with the new Too Faced White Peach eyeshadow palette, which has just been released at Sephora and on the Too Faced website. It'd be perfect for Spring.

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I'm loving these stunning dresses from Collectif, especially the two amazing cacti print numbers.

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Lindy Bop have done it once again with their beautiful new Alice in Wonderland, puffin, and floral rabbit print dresses. I need them all! Wouldn't these eight make the most perfect Spring wardrobe?

Rock Cakes Rainbow Brooch

And last but not least, I love this colourful hand-painted wooden rainbow brooch from Rock Cakes' Etsy store.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

What's on your wish list this week? Which of these do you like best?

Monday, 15 January 2018

15 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Apparently today is 'Blue Monday'. a day in the middle of January that is supposedly the most depressing day of the year. I don't know if there's any evidence to support that, but ever since Christmas, I haven't been able to shake those soul-crushing Winter Blues, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

It's the middle of Winter, it's cold, dark, and dreary, Christmas is a distant memory, life has slowed down again, and it's still ages 'til payday. In short, January is the worst. After a month of festive cheer, celebrations, parties, indulging, socialising, and getting showered with presents, it's no wonder January seems so dull and boring in contrast, and so many of us feel the effects of the Winter Blues. January is brutal.

The Winter Blues hits me like clockwork as soon as Christmas is over every year, continuing for most of January and sometimes even 'til Spring. I lose my motivation to do anything, boredom crushes me, I feel suffocated by the darkness, and feel stressed and miserable because I have no money and nothing exciting to look forward to. Sound familiar? Luckily, I've got plenty of coping methods I try to employ to help me beat those pesky blues, and I thought I'd share some of them with you today in case they might be helpful to you or anyone suffering with their mental health at this time of year. Please note, these are by no means official, medically proven ways to treat the blues, SAD or depression, just methods that work for me, and if you're really struggling with your mental health, please talk to your doctor for professional advice. They should be able to help you find the right treatment for you, or refer you to someone that can. At least confide in a friend or loved one, and let them know how you're feeling. Don't suffer in silence; you have nothing to be ashamed of.

If you're interested in reading some tips and ideas from a fellow suffer, then here are my 15 ways to beat the Winter Blues...

1. Plan Something To Look Forward To
Book or plan something to look forward to- a holiday, a concert, a trip to the theatre, a night out with friends... something that will fill you with so much excitement you could burst. It helps to have something exciting to concentrate on and keep going for, especially during the really bleak days.

2. Do What Makes You Happy
Do whatever it is that makes you ridiculously happy, whether that's spending time with your favourite people, watching cat videos in your PJs, going to see your fave bands play live, exploring somewhere new, making things, or going out dancing. Whatever it is that sets your heart on fire, do it!

3. Start A New Project
Start a new project, preferably something that will take a little while to complete, so it can keep you busy and distracted for weeks or months. Crochet a blanket, upcycle a piece of furniture, learn to paint, take up gardening, learn photography, write, start a blog... the possibilities are endless. I find cross-stitching, painting, and creative writing particularly relaxing and therapeutic.

4. Colour Those Blues Away
Pick up a colouring book and colour those winter blues away. There are loads of colouring books for adults now, and trust me, colouring is so therapeutic. It's a great mood-lifter, and should help you to destress, and relax in minutes.

5. Play Some Happy Tunes
Play your favourite happy, uplifting songs up loud. Avoid listening to anything melancholy.

6. Watch Your Favourite Feel Good Movies
Watch your favourite feel good movies with a big bowl of popcorn or your favourite chocolates. It's an instant mood-lifter. Mamma Mia, Julie and Julia, Steel Magnolias and Little Women never fail to make me smile and lighten my mood.

7. Keep Yourself Busy
Try to keep yourself busy. I find boredom only aggravates my SAD, so I like to keep myself as busy as possible to distract myself. I'll usually get crafting, blogging, or writing, but getting lost in my Instagram feed, catching up on some housework, or binge-watching a new TV series works just as well.

8. Hang Out With People You Love
Spend some quality time with the people you love and enjoy being around. Avoid spending time around negative and toxic people that only bring you down. You deserve better than that.

9. Get Washed and Dressed
Get out of your PJs, get showered, put on fresh clean clothes, and spend some time doing your hair, and make up, if you wear it. I don't know about you, but I always feel so much better after a good shower when my hair's all nice and clean, I've changed in to some clean clothes, and put my face on. I feel so much better equipped to face the day.

10. Treat Yourself To A Hair Cut
Get a hair cut. Whether you go for a trim or a whole new look, a good hair cut can be a huge mood-lifter, and give your confidence a boost, too.

11. Eat Well, Drink Plenty Of Water, and Exercise
Eat well, drink plenty of water, and get some exercise to get those endorphins pumping. You don't need to spend hundreds of pounds joining a gym; exercise outside for free! Go for a walk or a run, make use of a skipping rope, dance, take the dog for a walk, or follow an exercise DVD at home.  

12. Get Enough Natural Daylight
Get as much natural day light as possible. Try to get up as close to sunrise as you can so you can get the maximum hours of light available, and make sure you get outside every day for at least 10 minutes to soak up enough Vitamin D.

13. Go For A Walk
Wrap up warm, get outside, and go for a long walk. Breathe in the fresh air, take in the sights and sounds, soak up a little day light, and clear your mind.

14. Avoid New Year Diet and Exercise Talk
Avoid reading fashion and gossip magazines which are filled with diet and exercise talk at this time of year. Reading articles that shame size zero celebrities for gaining three pounds and bombards you with diet tips will only make you feel like crap.

15. Talk To Someone
If you're struggling with your mental health, please don't suffer in silence; talk to someone. Confide in a friend or family member you can trust, and ask your doctor for help. They may be able to offer some treatment to help you or refer you to someone who can. If you can't speak to a loved one or a doctor, there are mental health helplines you can call, which you can find a list of here if you're in the UK. I know it's scary, but there's nothing to be ashamed or afraid of, and you're not alone.

How do you beat the Winter blues?

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday Favourites #310

Here are some of the things that have been inspiring me this week...

This colourful leaves chai spice cake from Sugar and Cloth is so pretty.

Somebody make me a batch of Club Crafted's cosmic brownie fudge; it looks amazing!

A fun and colourful free printable wall calendar from Studio DIY.

How cool is this woven tapestry cake from A Subtle Revelry?! It looks so realistic!

I love these fun DIY clay barrettes from Oh Happy Day. I think they'd make awesome brooches, too.

I adore this DIY rainbow fringe blanket from Club Crafted.

I would love to get my hands on this tropical cross stitch kit gift set by Han Hand Makes to add some tropical vibes to my walls in time for Summer.

I love everything about this photo of Aww Sam's living room. I wish my living room looked like this!

I'm in love with these DIY galaxy gradient glass plates by A Kailo Chic Life.

And A Kailo Chic Life's DIY rainbow roving woven basket is pretty darn perfect, too.

This sweet DIY rainbow cake topper from Tell Love & Party.

I'm so inspired by this amazing DIY pin organiser by Oh Joy. I might just have to give this DIY a try...

Lovely Indeed's homemade marshmallows look scrumptious.

Make up artist Georgina Ryland's intricate body paintings are incredible.

Beautiful colourful collages by Sara Wenokur.

Lovely Links

 A women penned a moving Facebook post before passing away from a rare cancer and it's so inspiring. You can read the post in full here.

If you'd like to see more stuff like this, check out my Pinterest and Tumblr. You can also find all previous Sunday Favourites posts here.

What was your favourite part this week?

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wednesday Wish List

It feels like forever since I last put together a Wednesday Wish List, even though it's only been about a month, so I thought it was about time I put together a new one. 

These are some of the fashion and beauty pieces I've been coveting lately...

This rainbow-coloured firework necklace from Tatty Devine is spectacular.

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I adore all of these beautiful dresses and skirts from Hell Bunny. (These are the plus size versions, which go up to a 4 XL, but they also have straight-size versions of each piece on their website).

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Alice in Wonderland has always been one of my favourite Disney films, so I'm completely smitten with Loungefly's collection of Alice in Wonderland bags and purses. I love that the designs include the bread and butterflies, oysters, and rocking horse flies!

The Too Faced Chocolate Gold eyeshadow palette is so dreamy. Just look at those eyeshadow shades!

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Kate Spade bags just keep on getting better and better.

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I'd love to get my hands on these four frocks from Lindy Bop, especially the Do Re Mi deer print Corinna (#3).

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This red embroidered ruffle hem top, and embroidered tea jumpsuit from ASOS Curve.

Modcloth Ruffle Shirt Dress

And finally, I'm in love with this green polka dot ruffle shirt dress from Modcloth. It's the perfect shade of green, and the style is so pretty.

If you'd like to see more of the fashion and beauty pieces on my wish list, check out my style and beauty wish list boards on Pinterest. You can also find all previous Wednesday Wish List posts here.

What's on your wish list this week?
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