Spice Up Your Breakfast With The Co-op | Lifestyle


I am one of those people who adores all things breakfast from beans on toast to a vegetarian full English or even a piece of cheese on toast every now and again, although I love all of those things having them over and over can be a bit boring. Today curtsy of the Co-op and their surprise package of goodies I am bringing your breakfast a make over with some ideas which will help spice up your breakfast and give you some new life when it comes to your traditional breakfast ideas.

Go Continental: 
Have a bit of Europe with your breakfast, although croissants aren't the healthiest option in the world they are super filing and go with pretty much everything, from chocolate spread, to jam and even just a lashing of butter. Have one or two to kick start your day with a glass of fruit juice and you're set for the day to mix it up a little use different things inside your croissant. If you are one of those people who get hungry quickly finish of your croissants with a piece of fruit or even a yoghurt of your choice.


Add some chocolate: 
Everything is better if chocolate is involved, I love the idea of adding chocolate to your breakfast and the most simple way is through chocolate spread, you can add chocolate spread to almost anything, from Pancakes to Toast you can't go wrong with a good old pot of chocolate spread.


Eggs, eggs and more eggs: 
With so many varieties of eggs to choose from it's no wonder most of us love our eggs with breakfast, from poached eggs to soft boiled and beyond. You can do so many amazing things with eggs, and there are so many different recipes out there for you to trial out and see what suits you.

If you fancy finding any recipes check out the Co-op website or click this link

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Feel Better With Holland And Barrett | Lifestyle


 It's always at the start of the year when people decide to make changes to their lifestyle, whether that be to loose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle from one time to another we have probably all tried something along those lines. It's now quickly approaching March, and I can't believe we are going to be into the third month of the year already. Recently the lovely people at Iprospect got in touch about a campaign they were running with a company you've probably all heard of Holland and Barrett. If you don't know who Holland and Barrett are, they are a company who specialise in vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements (in other words, all of the good stuff you need).

Holland And Barrett Chia Seeds

The idea behind the campaign is to follow a meal plan which a nutritionist has written for a week and then to make long lasting changes to your diet to make you feel better on the inside and even work towards other goals like loosing weight. I was sent a huge variety of products including Chia Seeds, Nakd Bars, Manuka honey and plenty of other stuff. The first thing I had to do with the plan was change some of the meals so they fit my vegetarian lifestyle as the original was for meat eaters.

My thoughts on the plan: 
The plan provided so many different snack alternatives which were super healthy which I loved to try out as I am usually one of the people who ends up snacking on crisps and other unhealthy alternatives. I was over the moon to find out that one of my favourite meals was included in the plan, spaghetti bolognese and I even got to make double portions for the day after, win! The things I found hardest about the plan were the fact that it include a lot of dairy or dairy substitutes and I am not a huge fan of dairy/milk so I wouldn't include those into my daily life. But I found some new products which I can use in other things like Chia Seeds and Cacao Power and as well as some very tasty snacks. I found it fairly easy to stick to and I would take the outline of this plan and make it more me, but include lots more healthy products into everyday as I found it made a huge difference to my energy levels and the way I felt everyday.

Holland And Barrett Cacao

Future ideas: 
For future ideas I had the idea after looking through Pinterest is to get some cacao powder to make protein balls out of and these make amazing snacks before or after the gym as they're full of energy and taste pretty good too. I like idea of cooking with coconut oil instead of regular oil as it's a healthier alternative and also tastes yummier. For one of the meals included in the plan coconut oil was used and made the meal itself 100x more tasty which is what people who want to loose weight want as a lot of 'diet' food is seen to be boring and bland. I will definitely be including cashew nuts into my daily diet as they are fab for a snack and are hardly any calories. Finally I found some amazing on the go lunch plans on Nic's Nutrition site and if you fancy checking that out you can do here.

Holland And Barrett Curly Cashews

Nakd Bars

While taking part in this experiment I found myself lots of new healthy and fun ideas to include into everyday life, what do you want to make healthier in your life?  
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Changing my name, one year on! | Lets Talk


If you've followed me on Twitter for a year or longer you'll know on the 27th of February 2015, I officially got my name changed to Olivia Jade from Jessica Leigh. Most people don't even know that Olivia wasn't my birth name and I like that, I enjoy people knowing me as the person I am rather than the person was, by this I just mean I got a fresh start with my new name. It's honestly the best feeling changing your name to something you like and what suits you, it's a powerful feeling and you feel like a whole new person.


I have to admit as far as the legal side goes it's a bit of a pain to get all of your documents changed over but when it's done, it feels SO good. Although it took some getting used to for the people who didn't know me before, it's like my old name didn't exist anymore, when on occasion I get called Jess, I don't even respond anymore because to me, that isn't me. To anyone who is thinking about changing their name, it isn't as hard as you may think nor is it as expensive as you think. If you do your research well and make sure you use a legit site else your name may not be accepted by places such as banks and the government, my documents are all legit and always are accepted.

The hardest thing is having to always have a deed poll around when you want to do something legal like set up a new bank or something similar. But I love it all the same and I couldn't image being half as happy as I am now that I've gone and done it, because it was something I always thought about I just never had the courage to do it. I am so happy I've got so many supportive people in my life who stuck by me when I went through the process and didn't get mad or upset by my choice as I know some people would of. I know one day I will have none of my birth name left, but I am okay with that. I am still the same person at heart, just a different name. If you didn't read my original post about changing my name you, feel free to do so by clicking this link.

If you want any advice about changing your name with the process or what life is like after, I am very happy to help just drop me an email or a tweet and I'll be happy to help.
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Everyone Loves Cats | Lifestyle


I haven't met many people who don't LOVE cats! With their adorable little faces and the sweet things they do and also the fact they're always great for cuddles. I have had my cat smudge for a long time, possibly even 10 years now and I couldn't imagine life without her. The way she can make my day by strolling into a room, the way she has the sweetest broken meow and the fact that she was abused in her previous family makes me SO sad and has left our poor kitty with the smallest stump of a tail.


When we first got Smudge the first thing we did was get cat insurance for her as she was quite a jumpy little cat and we found her very quiet and she seemed to get ill a lot so we wanted to make sure she was covered for everything. Thankfully after she settled in she hasn't had to go to the vets much. It's most recently in 2014 when we got our second cat Jessie, another adopted cat who was living with my mums friend but needed a bigger place to go. With Jessie she is the opposite to Smudge, she was lively and loud and does the funniest things and isn't scared of anything which I love about her.


At first my cats didn't get on at all and it was a scary time as we didn't want to wake up and find either of them badly hurt or even worse, so we had to keep them separated for a while but eventually they got used to each other and even cuddle close which we are super lucky about as the chances are they may never have gotten along. I do feel that pets complete a family as they are always so loyal and keep me smiling. Although I don't live at home anymore, I still make regular visits to see my cats *coughs* .... my family too of course. I hope to one day when I have my own home have lots of cats running around as I love the idea of adopting animals and I wouldn't change them for anything.

It's totally important to make sure that your pets are well looked after and kept happy and maintained well. Since I've moved out I've got a dwarf hamster but they are lot harder to look after than a cat although they require less attention they are a lot more difficult to let roam around!Especially mine as it likes to hide under the sofa (what a nightmare). I miss having my cats around everyday as they kept me smiling on bad days and are always great to hug!


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Using Ali Express | Tips and Tricks


Hey all, I hope you're all feeling amazing today! So I thought I would bring you a bit of a different post and I hope you enjoy it, in 2016 I am all about saving money as this is my final few months of university and I have no idea where I'll be after uni so it's important I don't go completely broke. I love shopping there's no denying it, it's one of my favourite past times and gives me a lot of pleasure so that's why I thought I would show my favourite way to shop on a budget and that is through an amazing website called Ali Express which is basically a Chinese Ebay in English with some seriously good deals floating around. I was introduced to this site by the lovely Fii (who if you fancy checking out you can do here) and after looking into the site and doing some research myself I found some amazing things, even cheaper than Ebay including things like shoes, camera film and even some makeup items!


Similar to Ebay you have to be wary of who you buy from, how long it will take to arrive, and what the item is actually like so for the first few purchases I would recommend just buying little things which you aren't in a hurry to receive as sadly items can take up to a month to arrive. My first purchase was a cute Baymax bag which I couldn't find but I thought I would show you some cute ones anyway. You can use the easy search filters at the top including price, where you want it to ship and even from along with things like free shipping and finding out the best results first. Once I found I could trust the website I started making more purchasing including random 3am ones which I am still receiving now! I found things on the website which I have paid a HUGE mark up on in other places which makes me super sad but I am happy I can now get even better deals. I think the best deal I have found upon Ali Express is 50 shots for my Instax 8 camera for £25.00 and it arrived in a matter of days, completely perfect when you can pay upwards of £20.00 for 20 shots which is a bit of a nightmare especially when you love taking pics and people get a hold of your camera and use them up.


Finally I just thought I would show you a few cute pieces I've found whilst shopping around on the website in case you fancy getting your hands on any of them! Including cute stationary all under a pound with free shipping including stickers, pens and sticky notes, how cool!


Would you shop on Ali Express? 
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Paperchase Haul | Lifestyle


If you know me well, you'll know my favourite shop of all time is Paperchase, with all of the pretty notebooks, massive amount of coloured pens, even bigger amount of cards and lots of other cool stuff like rubbers, bags and now even a fitness range it's not wonder it's my favourite. If you are a stationery addict like me and you haven't heard of Paperchase you are seriously missing out! I have more notebooks than I can count on fingers and toes combined but I still have a serious thirst for even more! I recently did a haul for you lovelies and thought I'd show you what I got, in this post I am featuring some of their new and amazing fitness range which is no longer available to buy. As part of my haul I did get some Stationery goodness, which includes rubbers, a watermelon pen and also a recipe file. 

The recipe file is perfect for me at the moment as I am loosing weight and looking for new recipes all the time so it just seems perfect to store them inside and also develop your own recipes, I am forever printing out recipes then misplacing them which is annoying for when you want to make them again. With pretty pink pages and inside and lots of folders to insert your own recipes or things which you've printed out, this is the perfect companion for any budding chef or just anyone who loves cooking and baking really. 



Next in my haul is the amazing fitness range which I mentioned earlier in this post, along with a gorgeous solar system thermal cup which is amazing for keeping my coffee warm on the go, but it's also so cute and would perfectly for decorative purposes. As part of their fitness range, I picked a water bottle, a makeup bag, a flask and a lunch box and although I probably won't use the flask very often it's so cute and I love the play on words which it includes. The water bottle is perfect to go to the gym with and it keeps me motivated throughout my workout whenever I am feeling like I am lacking that key motivation. The lunch box is perfect for my packed lunch or when I am going out and about and I fancy some snacks, it's the best way to stay healthy when you're out in case of naugty snacking.  





The final part of my haul consists of a cute watermelon pen, which is perfect for keeping in my bag and it's chunky so won't get lost within the reems of other stuff in my bag *cough* receipts! To top it all off I picked a cute pack of erasers of animals, I love these things and always buy them but never use them. But they make adorable decoration and I have to admit I've bought all of the donut ones I've ever seen as they are too cute to miss out on. I love the panda the most and he's got centre placement on my desk!


 Do you love Paperchase as much as me? 

*Contains PR samples 
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Yankee Candle Easter Range + GIVEAWAY | Lifestyle


You may possibly already be aware of this, but if you're not this one is for you. I LOVE YANKEE CANDLES, yeah that's right. If you have read my blog for a long time you'll be aware that I am forever showcasing the latest collections of Yankee Candle, and now it's time for some spring candles which was created for the Easter collection and is perfect this time of year with pretty sweet scents and even a candle named after a bunny! I have to admit Spring is one of my favourite times of year, with the pretty flowers, brighter weather and possibly even warmer weather *who knows* Although it's not quite spring yet, the spring is coming and I am damn excited for it! Hopefully you love candles as much as I do, and if you do those post is most certainly for you: 

Jelly Bean: 
Pretty self explanatory scent, as it smells like a packet of jelly beans. A mix of all things sweet and gives you that fun scent that you never quite grow out of and takes you back to those times of being in a sweet shop, the most strong smell in the candle I feel is strawberry which is such a pretty scent mixed with some other beautiful things. If you don't enjoy 'fun' scents it's possible this one isn't for you, but I love it. 

Vanilla Cupcake: 
This is the perfect candle for anyone who loves the scent of Vanilla mixed with an extra scent of sugar, if you're not a fan of this avoid this candle for sure. I love this candle as it's a super sweet scent and I love everything vanilla from lattes to candles, it's the perfect scent. I've tried this candle in the large version and it's totally amazing and a perfect background scent as it's not too overpowering. 

Bunny Cake: 
The bunny cake fragrance is made up of vanilla mixed with coconut and smells divine! If you are a fan of scents which are less 'overpowering' this is the perfect one for you. It's a pretty pale pink colour and I think the scent matches that. If someone made me cake that smelt like that I would be pretty impressed as it smells beyond lush!  


Yankee Candle Easter Range 2016

Yankee Candle Easter Range 2016


The Yankee Candle Egg: 
Got someone in your family who isn't a fan of chocolate? Give them this egg instead and I am sure they'll love it. A big purple egg filled with 3 wax melts from Yankee Candle. A perfect way to try out three scents before buying a bigger one or perfect for those who like to mix up their candles often *raises hand*. The three melts included are the Jelly Bean one which is mentioned above, cappuccino truffle which can I just say smells insanely beautiful and reminds me of the scent which I always smell when I go into a Yankee Candle shop *need to buy full sized version* and also summer scoop which again is so pretty and reminds me bubblegum ice cream which I could happily eat all day long (not the candle of course) the purple egg comes in at £7.95 which is amazing price for 3 wax melts and a cute egg! 

Yankee Candle Purple Egg 2016


Yankee Candle Wax Melts 2016 Easter

Now for your chance win some Yankee Candle goodies of your own, for this competition there will TWO winners each winning of one of the two prizes which are featured and that prize will be picked a at random for each winner, all you need to do to enter this competition is follow the Rafflecopter below and two winners will be chosen at random. UK only, sorry folks.
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Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Mini Collection | Beauty


If you love your makeup and more importantly Urban Decay you'll probably be aware of the Gwen Stefani collection launch to Urban Decay, I am in love with all things Urban Decay and I couldn't wait to get my hands on part of this collection. Although I didn't purchase the palette because I have far too many already, and around the same time it came out I just got the Vice 4. I thought today I would share with some mini reviews and some thoughts on some of the collections latest releases including the lip liners which everyone is raving about. 


Lip Liners: 

The two shades of lip liner I got were 714 which is red one and Firebird which is the beautiful pink, and it has only been in the last when my lip liner obsession started, I never even knew how much of a difference to lipstick a good lip liner can make. The first thing I noticed when trying the lip pencils was how easily they glide on to the lips which is always a plus when applying lip liner as there is nothing worse than having to drag it across your lips *ouch!* The packaging itself is super eye catching and beautiful and my eyes were instantly drawn to the gold as it feels luxurious and better than your usual black lip liner. Both colours stayed put on my lips throughout the most part of the day and didn't really need topping up at all. The lip pencils are fab to go with the lipsticks in the same shades or you can wear them with any other lipstick, I know my a few MAC lipsticks which will go well with the lip liners.


First things first, how cute is the packaging for this Brow Box? I fell in love with it instantly and wanted to know what was inside this cuteness, when I opened it to find a super sweet brow kit, the top section is the colours for your brows along with a powder and the bottom section is made up of cute brushes and a pair of tweezers to keep your brows looking on point all day long. This is the perfect handbag friendly kit for any beauty lover especially those who are keen on good brows. I am in love with colours which are in this brow kit as they are a great match for my eyebrows but if you have darker ones it might not be for you. Each section of the box has a mini mirror so is perfect for those easy touch ups on the go. The box picture is in the shade in Bathwater Blonde




Overall I am feeling some serious love for this collection and next on my list is to get some of the beautiful lipsticks which are a part of this collection, possibly the ones to match my liners. 


*Pr Samples

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Why I Kicked Myself Up The Arse and Joined The Gym | Lifestyle


Longest post title ever right? Sorry about that! I did something recently which I thought I'd never have the guts and motivation to do but I am super glad I am doing it because it needed to happen. If you haven't already guessed from the post title that thing was joining the gym, being the shy and body conscious person I am I never thought I'd have the balls to do it, BUT I am so glad I have done it. Recently a chain of gym I've wanted to go to finally opened in my town and it had an amazing opening offer on that I could hardly refuse and with the possibilty to cancel at any time I thought no harm done right? My first session was daunting and I thought I wouldn't go back but I did go at a busy time so I didn't let that put me off, I decided to try again the next day at a later time and sure enough it was quiet and the perfect time for me to go.

I love fitness clothing and that was another factor which motivated me to getting working out again, after investing in a lot of work out clothing over the last couple of years then not using it I decided it was time to get working out again. One of the biggest reasons I joined the gym of course was to loose weight, I am so unhappy with my weight right now and I knew healthy eating alone wasn't going to fix this weight gain so I decided to take the plunge, kick myself up the arse and join the gym. I am planning on doing posts regularly about my weight loss and also what I do at the gym, as I thought it might be helpful for those beginners just like myself who want to loose weight. I am still braving going to one of the classes, in case I can't keep up or I get stared at *big fears of mine* so for now I am just working out alone but I hope one day in the future I will get there.

I thought as a perfect addition to this post I would share some amazing quotes with you, to keep you motivated or to get you up and going! Let me know what quotes you live by:












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Top 5 Disney Films Currently | Lifestyle


It's not often I speak about my love for Disney on my blog, so I decided it's time I changed that as I know a lot of my readers are avid Disney fans like myself and previous Disney posts have gone down super well with my readers so I hope this is no different. Today as you can probably tell from the tittle I am going to be sharing with you, my top 5 Disney films currently, I decided to go with my current favourites rather than all time favourites as it would be too difficult to sum up my favourites in a list of 5 so that's probably a post for another time.

My top 5 disney films

1. Inside Out
Isn't this film just insanely adorable? From about 5 minutes in I was totally hooked on the cuteness of the film, and I fell in love with the characters and found myself gravitating to sadness as I see a lot of myself in her. The vibrant colours of this film make it all that more appealing to me, and it brings an element of colour to my dark days, despite having watching this film many times over it still draws me in everytime and of course the build up of whether the emotions will be put back in order again throughout kept me on my toes!

2. Monsters Inc
Always a favourite and always will be, and this is one of my feel good movies on a bad day so much colour again and happiness is radiated throughout the film. I think a hug from Sulley would be beyond lovely as he's SO fluffy aw. The story throughout keeps me wondering what the outcome is and how adorable is Boo? Kinda gutted she wasn't in the Monsters University as it is a prequel.

3. Big Hero 6 
All the cuteness and tears throughout this film, there was at least 3 times I was welling up during this film and I couldn't handle how much love Baymax had the film throughout. The plot kept me on my toes and it was such as easy to watch and loveable film with amazing characters, still gutted about Tadashi *sobs*.

4. Toy Story 2 
There is something about this film over the other 2 that makes it special to me, I am not sure if it was the fact I watched it like 50 times a week growing up or the fact that the characters feel like they're at their best in this film. I have so much love for Rex in this film he's so sweet and friendly and of course I was always drawn to Jessie as she was the main girl character.

5. Finding Nemo
I am sooooo excited for the release of finding Dory that I have rewatched this film and re fallen in love, I can't believe how young I was when this film came out feels like a lifetime ago. Nemo is such a loveable and cute character and I just wanted to hug him throughout! P.s. just keep swimming!


Minnie and Mickey Disney World Florida


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Sunday Six #9 Valentines Day | Lifestyle


As today is Valentines day I thought I would a bit of a twist on my usual Sunday Summary and aim for a love based one, although Valentines Day isn't everyone cup of tea I thought it would make a nice change if I just share things which I love in the usual list style of 6 and of course share the usual 6 bloggers who I adore, which I have to admit is one of my favourite parts about doing these posts as I get to share regular love with other bloggers! So bring on the love edition of Sunday Six:


Six Foods I LOVE: 

  1. Chocolate
  2. Cheese
  3. Pasta
  4. Ice Cream
  5. Bread 
  6. PIZZAAAAAA
Six Things I LOVE about Valentines Day: 
  1. The pun cards
  2. Hearts EVERYWHERE
  3. Cheap Chocolate
  4. The showing of love
  5. Pretty collections
  6. Happiness 
Six Animals I LOVE: 
  1. Cats
  2. Tigers
  3. Lions
  4. Dolphins
  5. Rabbits 
  6. Penguins 
Six Ice Cream Flavours I LOVE: 
  1. Bubblegum
  2. Mint Choc Chip
  3. Chocolate
  4. Cookie Dough
  5. Strawberry 
  6. Toffee
Six Things I LOVE About Myself: 
  1. My eyes
  2. My humour
  3. My drive
  4. Organizational skills 
  5. My writing style 
  6. My hair
Six bloggers I LOVE: 
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Valentines Day On A Budget | Lifestyle


Love it or hate it Valentines day happens every year and for those of us in a relationship it's one of the best days of the year and for those who aren't not so much but hey you can buy chocolate in a heart shape for a while and buy yourself all of the cute bears. Although like most holidays Valentines Day can come at an expense, but only if you want it to. I have put together a guide to help you keep your Valentines day as affordable as possible and keeping the costs down doesn't mean you'll have a rubbish day just means it involves more thought, if anything that is better! Because lets face it not everyone can afford dinner at the Ritz and huge bouquet of roses. I hope you enjoy this guide and I would love to know if you incorporated any of these ideas into your day.  


Date Ideas: 

  • Pizza and film day (Domino's of course!) 
  • A walk in the park followed by pub lunch
  • Cinema date and take your own treats along
  • Bowling (Sundays have discount too)
  • Have a board game marathon with snacks!
  • If you live near the beach take a walk on it
  • Make a posh meal at home together 
Present Ideas: 
  • A scrapbook full of memories
  • A bunch of flowers
  • Chocolates (never go wrong with those!)
  • A photo album
  • Something cute from Paperchase
  • A handmade card full of glitter and hearts (okay vom) 
Film Ideas: 
  • The obvious one, Valentines Day.
  • The Holiday
  • The Notebook
  • Ghost 
  • The 40 year old virgin
  • 10 things I hate about you
  • 500 days of summer 
Treats: 
  • Pizza, all of the pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Heart chocolates
  • Keep the the red theme with all red sweets!
  • Cookies
  • Donuts (come on this had to make it on to the list!)
Decorations: 
  • Heart balloons
  • Confetti
  • Fake rose petals 
  • Fairy lights 
  • Heart shaped paper plates 
  • BIG love message on the wall. 
I hope this helps you plan the perfect Valentines Day date! 
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Valentines Day With Paperchase | Lifestyle


Love it or hate it, Valentines Day is approaching and for those of you who love it, it's the perfect time to get shopping for your other half or even just some bits for yourself *guilty* I am just in love with all things heart shaped and with pink and red being my favourite colours it makes perfect sense to make the most of Valentines Day! For those of you who hate it, I'd probably avoid this post and the others I am posting this week as they have a bit of a theme running through them all. I have loved Valentines Day for ageeees, single or in a relationship I still love it! There is something about spreading love and sharing happiness which warms my heart, okay I'll stop being mushy now and move on to the post. Which for those of you who haven't guessed, today is going to be a Valentines Day haul from Paperchase. From cards to candles and everything in between Paperchase have you covered, if you need some inspo or LOVE Valentines Day like me, keep reading!


First off I'd start with the 'cheekier' presents that you can purchase from different types of game books to chilli pens Paperchase, basically have it nailed *excuse the pun*. The book which is called 'Why you're so hot' is a personal gift to give to your other half where you fill in the gaps and then give it to them, I like gifts of this sort as it shows more feelings and that effort has gone in. The Chilli pen made me laugh because it's just so fab, and a pen which is able to be used all year round. Although sitting in a meeting you may get some funny looks writing with a pen. As far as the game book is concerned, it made me laugh a lot and I wouldn't try anything from it personally, but if you are the adventurous type, why the heck not!


The next lot of goodies I am calling the 'cute' section, which essentially is everywhere in the run up to Valentines Day although I think Paperchase have it down to a T, from the adorable egg cups with heart eyes, to a sting of beautiful hearts to stick somewhere in your house, to the amazingly adorable and hilarious pun mug, gotta admit you laughed a little at the 'wanna see my trunk?' pun right? I am in love with everything from this section and will use it well after Valentines Day.


Following this I grouped everything together which fitted within the theme of lips, as you can probably see. I love these goodies because they're all pink and pretty and super girly like me. The dating journal is so fun and similar to ones I've had in the past like listography but I like the fact it is more fun and has some awesome puns throughout. On to the flask, although the chances are I won't use this I am sure I can find a friend who will, with the same adorable print as on the book this makes me super happy. Finally the candles are SO cute and perfect if you plan on baking for your other half as it adds an extra element of fun to it.


Finally the cards, of course cards are important they are the KEY to completing the perfect Valentines Day gift, I love the huuuuuge range of cards Paperchase offer and there is one to suit everyone. From puns, to jokes the cards are some of my favourite and they have a massive range of prices for their cards as well as their designs. I can't fault the Butter Me Up card as those eyes kinda melted my heart, and the card with the bum joke on reminds me of my boyfriend so it's a win win.

I think Paperchase have done amazing with this years selection of Valentines Day goodies, what are your thoughts? 


*PR Samples
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Valentines Day With Firebox | Lifestyle


Firebox recently asked me to take part in their Valentines Day campaign which is all about 'taking a risk' with your gifts which sounds super exciting right? For the campaign Firebox sent out some goodies to me some which belong on the 'take a risk side' and others which are perfect for those who like to 'play it safe'. I just wanted to point out the gifts from the 'taking a risk' side do have swear words on so if you aren't into that thing please feel free to stick past this post!

Firebox How To Speak Emoji Love

Playing it safe: 
When you click on the playing it safe part of the website you are greeted with a range of cute things like unicorns, bears and other types of adorable gifts like chocolate, candles and even Marshmallow Vodka (need to get some of that in my life, right?) It's the perfect selection of gifts for anyone in your life and not just the females as you can get cushions with your other halves face on as well as a variety of different alcohol and some books. I like Firebox for the reason that their gifts are always so unique and the chances are unless they are an avid Firebox shopper the recipient won't have the gift. I was kindly sent the 'how to speak emoji love' which I assume is a follow on from their book 'how to speak emoji which I got my mum for Christmas. Just a tip if you do buy them that book be prepared for long strings of emojis which you have no idea what they mean *I'm looking at you mum* but it's a great laugh for anyone who loves emojis.

Take A Risk With Firebox

Taking a risk: 
I've got to admit when I was taking a look at the 'taking a risk' page I was having a good giggle, featuring anything from swearing mugs to edible anus chocolates, yep that's a real thing! The gifts from the taking a risk side are definitely not your ordinary Valentines presents. I have to say if you're not a fan of swearing or crude things maybe not for you, but I think most men would appreciate the gifts on here, I mean you can get a book of big boobs and jeans that make you have a bigger bum, hello *most* mens dreams! There a few gifts on the page which I want, hello Tinder nightmares sounds like a great book along with the chocolate starfish, yum! I was sent some swearing lollipops which made me giggle, although I did leave off one of the ruder ones as I know some of my family read this blog, oops. But gotta love sharing love through lollipops right? Finally is the swearing mug, I think the F word makes a fabulous adjective and it should be used more!

I hope this has given you some out of the ordinary advice for Valentines Day, p.s. if you're single you can totally buy all of this stuff for yourself because I know I would. 




Olivia Thristan
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Valentines Day Gifts Cute Edition | Lifestyle


This week is a week all about Valentines Day on Dungarees & Donuts, and for those of you who hate it or think it's commercial rubbish I apologize for this week in advance and next week normal service will resume. For those of you looking for Valentines Day Gifts this gift guide may be the perfect tool for you and most of the things featured are budget friendly and like the title says they're all cute *well I think so anyways*. Most of the gifts in this gift guide are from Sellers on the website Bouf, if you don't know about Bouf it's made up of lovely things from different sellers over the UK, it has a massive variety of products from quirky chairs to lovely little mugs and most importantly lots of chocolate goodies! Without further ado bring on the gift guide:



Cocoapod Personalized Chocolate Box: 
I found the amazing company who made the beautiful box of chocolates above through Bouf who I mentioned above. I spoke to the lovely director of the company who sent me an image of what my finished box would look like and I was over the moon and when it arrived in the post it literally looked like the photo too except edible. With personalized chocolate boxes ranging from £6.75 to £22.50 you can pick what you want them to say and also what colours and flavours and the website shows you how your box will look. You can pick where each chocolate goes and what flavours you put in there. I can totally confirm the chocolates taste INSANELY beautiful and I totally am saving them for treats for myself. I decided to get the Olivia Loves You to share with you guys as I love you all! *Cringe Alert* 


Krispy Kreme Valentines Day Range: 
You didn't think I'd do a Valentines Day gift post without mentioning one of my favourite companies, did you? Krispy Kreme always does a seasonal range, and for Valentines Day they released these adorable heart-shaped Lady Bird and Bee ones which I do apologize got a bit mashed on the way home. The bee doughnut is filled with chocolate and the ladybird with strawberry, and they are the perfect gift for your friends, family, other half or even to take a dozen to work and get some brownie points. At £10.95 for an assorted dozen, you can pick yourself up some of these cuties along with some other Doughnuts or for £15.00 you can get an adorable Valentines Day box which has the cutest ring Doughnuts in too (check it out here).


You Complete Me Mug: 
Another fab company found through Bouf called Tea Please and you can check them out here, who make amazing mugs of pretty much anything from the cute one pictured about to personalized ones and pretty much everything in between. The mugs cost around £9.85 but there is so much choice and you can get some of them personalized giving them that extra special love touch. Even if you don't fancy something Valentines Day related they have other gorgeous mugs for you to pick from so everyone can treat themselves to a great 'tea' mug! If you fancy treating yourself to this mug you can do find similar here..

Swarovski Necklaces

Swarovski Necklaces: 
These necklaces are the more pricey part of this gift guide but for what they are they are still totally reasonable, these two beauties came from Joshua James who are a stockist of some amazing brands and you've probably heard me mention them before in a few other posts like this one. The two necklaces in the photo are the clear crystal heart pendant and the clear crystal small heart. Both perfect treats for your other half for Valentines Day and both under £80 which compared to a lot of other necklaces from high end brands I'd say is a pretty good deal. If your other half is girly I'd say this one of the perfect presents for her. Just a quick tip, the pendant looks smaller in the photo than it is in real life so if you purchase this don't be surprised at how big it is.

Olivia Thristan
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