Interview With Calli Of Looking Through Rose Tinted Glasses.

As part of this week’s guest posts, I wanted to mix things up a bit, meaning today with have an interview with Calli from Looking Through Rose Tinted Glasses. (Click here to view her blog.) Calli is also founder of @letsnotbequiet , which is a really cool initiative ; go and follow her!

Morning Calli, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Firstly, how and why did you come to blog?

1) I began blogging as a way to fill time. I began my blog when I was in a spout of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. I had left my job and didn’t have anywhere to go, so I started my blog as a way to stop me from being bored. I originally began the journey of becoming a Youtuber, but didn’t want to invest in a good editing software if I potentially wasn’t going to carry it on.

 What was your inspiration behind your blog?
2) My genres of blogging is food and entertainment. I share my love of baking by sharing my recipes and I also love writing about television. Writing reviews of shows is a really great way of some people noticing your work. I even had one of the directors of Broadchurch like one of my promotional tweets of the review!
 What would you describe as your blogging routine?
3) I usually spend my mornings getting some blogging work done. My morning is scheduling tweets, writing and promoting blog posts and getting some emails sent and answered. I tend to spend my afternoon drafting some posts and planning future ideas with companies.
What do you think about monetised blogs?
4) Does this mean making it professional? I think professional blogs are awesome, I’m really trying to make my blog a full time thing, it’s just a case of making companies understand that us bloggers charge for their services for a reason!
 Where do you see your blog in a years time?
5) It’s tough to say really, I hope that in a year I have done some TV work and more people will be reading my blog. It’s my dream to be a tv presenter and I am really hoping by next year I have done something TV related and that could make people read my blog and hopefully make more companies want to work with me!
 Who are your favourite bloggers?
6) I don’t really have a specific favourite blogger. I tend to just read blog posts that catch my eye on Twitter!
 For anyone who wishes to blog, do you have any advice?
 
7) My advice would be to just do it, and not care about what other people think. Food and entertainment is such an original combination in my eyes, and I haven’t found another blog quite like mine, so start your blog. Be patient. And have fun.

Two of the best facial scrubs; guest post by Grace Brown.

This is part of a series of guest posts this week; to view Grace’s blog, click here.

So today I wanted to talk about two of the best facial scrubs I’ve ever used. I’m a big fan of exfoliating scrubs, I feel that they give my face a much more thorough cleanse than standard face washes. I’ve tried and tested quite a few over the years however these beauties are by far my favourites.

I’ll start with my old faithful; The Body Shop Tea Tree Squeaky Clean Scrub. I’ve been using this face wash for years and I’ve not yet tired of it. Its actually made several appearances on my own blog as I just love using it that much.

GRACEBEE BODYSHOP TEA TREE SQUEAKY CLEAN SCRUB

The scrub is fairly pricey compared to other similar products, coming in at £7.50 for 100ml. That being said its worth every penny. This product features ‘purifying tea tree oil’ and the exfoliating micro-beads are biodegradable meaning they wont hurt the environment. Its perfect for normal or blemished skin and I will always go back to repurchase more when I run out.

The next scrub I’ve fallen in love with is the Miss Patisserie Orange Coffi Scrub. I’ve only been using this product for around 2 months but its already a firm favourite. The scrub is from a small cosmetic brand based in Cardiff that I probably never would have heard of had I not been invited to a press day there last year.

GRACEBEE MISS PATISSERIE ORANGE COFFI SCRUB

This product is a coffee lovers dream. The exfoliating granules smell incredibly strong but also include hint of sweet orange so that its not overbearing. This beautifully scented scrub is infused with both coconut and almond oil to leave you skin feeling soft and hydrated. Again its a fairly pricey retailing at nearly £14 a pop but for that you get 200g of product which will last months.

So those were my two absolute favourite facial scrubs that you can buy right now! I’d also just like to thank Lydia for letting me guest post on her blog!

Grace x

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

Inside My Bullet Journal. (Guest post by Envy Fisher.)

Today’s guest post is by Envy Fisher, over at Lost In translation. Be sure to visit her blog by clicking here!

I think every blogger will agree with me that we live in the age of Bullet Journals. I know very few bloggers who don’t have a notebook full of fancy spreads to keep their lives organized. If you were to see mine though… I’m not cut out for the Bullet Journal life. I scribble my to-do lists first thing in the morning on the first piece of paper I can find. Illustrating and color-coding is nice and all, but wouldn’t it make more sense to use that time to actually start doing the things on your list? Apart from that, no matter how pretty I’d make my Bullet Journal, I don’t see myself looking back on it in five years time and thinking: ‘Man, my life was awesome back then, look at all these things I had to do!’ No, I’d rather remember the stories of my life by writing them down. So instead of a Bullet Journal, I keep an old-fashioned journal. Though I don’t think ‘old-fashioned’ is the right word. My journal is a little bit different than the old school journals and diaries. Let me show you.

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I started this journal in February 2017, fairly recently. It was the first time I had a completely blank journal, no lines or anything. At first that scared me to no end. I have a reputation for not being able to write a sentence in a straight line on a completely blank piece of paper. After a day or two I realized blank pages are the best though: you’re not limited to just writing, you have more than enough space to add illustrations.

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The first illustrations appeared while I was planning my blog’s relaunch. I needed a rough sketch for a header and was writing about how nervous I was for the relaunch. Then I picked up a pencil and started doodling. It felt weird at first. Diaries aren’t sketch pads. I immediately regretted that thought. Why follow the rules of journaling if you can pick and choose, then make your journal exactly what you want it to be?

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From that moment on I illustrated the stories of my life that I wrote down in my journal. The illustrations became bigger and bigger, until I made pages in an art journal style. I made these to motivate myself, to get over my ex-boyfriend and as a tribute to Antwerp, the Belgian city I fell in love with in February.

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There’s nothing I won’t try in my journal. I’ve used pen, pencil, acrylic paint, chalk, and spray paint. It’s fun to try so many different media in the middle of writing the story of your life. But that doesn’t mean every page is a success. For example, when I first used my can of red spray paint, the paint went straight through the pages and stained more than I’d expected… It looked a little bit like a massacre to be honest. Luckily I was able to cover it all up with a picture.

The thing I like best about the combination between diary, travel journal and art journal is that there’s no pressure to do anything. I don’t have to make a fancy spread, I don’t have to write about my day if I don’t want to and if I feel uninspired I don’t have to make any illustrations or collages. But when I do feel like doing any of those things, my journal is there for me with as many blank pages as I need. So how about it? Can I convince you to give this kind of journal a try instead of the Bullet Journal? I promise you won’t regret it!

x Envy

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I am pleased to announce that I am working with Basic Beauty Tools. If you go to their website via this link , and order the Spongedry, you can get an extra free foundation blender by adding under ‘Note To Seller’ your colour code: LYDIAPINK for pink, LYDIAPURPLE for purple, and LYDIABLACK for black.

The Ultimate Bucket List. (Guest Post by Lisa, Sugar Loaf Dreams) 

(This is a guest post, written by Lisa at Sugar Loaf Dreams. Click here to read her blog!) 

We all know about the traditional bucket lists

  •  Visit New York City
  •  See Buckingham Palace
  •  Ride a gondola through Venice
  •  Take a cruise
  •  Eat your way through Italy
  •  Ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower

Don’t get me wrong, these are all on my bucket list too. So far the only one I have ticked off the list is the cruise. The problem is, I enjoyed it so much it’s now back on the list to do it again!!!!!



But what about that other list…….the list that we don’t mention?

  •  being kind to others
  • Paying it forward
  • Donate to honest charities
  • Volunteer somewhere for a day
  • Offer to help an elderly neighbour by doing some gardening or grocery shopping
  •  Offer to assist a mum who seems overwhelmed

All we hear on the news is death, destruction and riots, political upheaval, but have you noticed, like me , that there are very few good news stories anymore? The only way to bring them back is to proactively do something to make them happen.

This crazy, mixed up world of ours is heading in directions that are, for the most part out of our control. The days of knowing all our neighbours are diminishing. People don’t want to get involved anymore. Keep to ourselves, turn a blind eye and we can’t be accused of anything or be dragged into more than we want.

But…………

What about the young lady that lives across the road from you that you hear screaming and crying with every slap or blow or angry word yelled at her? Is keeping that information to yourself really helping someone? It’s not helping you as you have to hear it and more important, you have to live with it. What if something really happened to her? How would you live with that then? You would say ‘if only I had said something, done something ‘.

Don’t leave things until it is too late. Report these things we see, hear and know are happening around us. You just may save a life. You can do all of these things anonymously, take advantage of that and make a difference.

We may not be able to change all the problems of the world and goodness knows there are so many of them. All we can do is start with us, our core beliefs and how they impact on others. Look at it like how as a nation we come together in small groups, to celebrate Girls Night In or The National Morning Tea for cancer, small groups coming together to make an impact as a country.
Starting with just one person, that goodness can radiate to your neighbours, your friends, their neighbours, their friends and so it grows. It’s not impossible, it just seems like it at the start. Everything we do that is new or different seems hard until we try.
This world needs good, it needs kindness, it needs love and most of all it needs hope.

The generations coming after us, our children, grandchildren and more deserve a little bit of peace in the world in which they will live and grow. We can’t just give up and hope they can come up with the answers to fix it. The answers need to start here and now.
Reach out, write that additional bucket list and start making your world a better place.

CRYOPRESERVATION: can we return from the dead?  (Guest post by Masumah Jannah.) 

When I was contacted about a guest poster writing about CRYOPRESERVATION, I must admit, I was intrigued. Here, Masumah debates this emerging science. Click here to see most posts over on the blog of the same name!

“What if you were told that you could cheat death by having your veins filled with chemicals, before being hung upside down in a sleeping bag inside a freezing vat of liquid nitrogen, to be resurrected in decades or centuries to come?”

Cryopreservation, an interesting, mysterious and definitely very controversial field. I’ll be honest, the first time I heard about this was through reading Beth Revis’ trilogy of Across The Universe, A Million Suns and Shades of Earth. These books were absolutely amazing! (As a side note, if you haven’t read them I really would recommend that you find yourself a copy and delve right into the incredible world of science fiction that’s created!) Anyhow, to me back then, it was just some science fiction and I didn’t think any more of it, however, nowadays it’s something that some people are choosing to have done upon their death. I wouldn’t say it’s becoming popular, with only a few hundred people having undergone the procedure globally, but it’s definitely becoming something to talk about, so to speak.

Cryonics is regarded with skepticism within the mainstream scientific community and is not part of normal medical practice. First off, let’s answer the question of what exactly it is, for those of you that don’t know…

Cryopreservation is the process of instantly freezing a patient after their death. When a person has been declared legally dead, the cryonic preservation company is informed and it dispatches a response team to attempt to keep the person’s blood pumping around their body. Doctors will then drain the body of all blood and replace it with an anti-freeze fluid designed to stop harmful ice crystals forming. The body is packed in ice and injected with various chemicals in an attempt to reduce blood clotting and damage to the brain. It will then be transferred to one of the three cryonic storage facilities (2 of which are in the US and 1 in Russia) where it will remain. Those who sign up for the procedure do so hoping that in the future, science will advance to the point where they will be brought back and given a second chance at life. In the cryonic facilities the body is lowered upside down into a tank of liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196 degrees Celsius. The purpose of the bodies being stored upside down is as a security mechanism ensuring that if there was a leak, the head, the most important part of the body, could still be revived.

The Debate

Before we delve right into this fascinating debate, I just want to bring up a few thought-provoking points starting with the definition of death. There are several different definitions of death. A patient is ‘clinically dead’ up to the point that they have no signs of a heartbeat and are not breathing. ‘Biological death’ has a different meaning, resuscitation is impossible by any known means currently. ‘Cellular death’ is the degeneration of bodily cells. By taking the biological definition of death, can we call a cryonic patient as truly dead? They may appear to be dead, but the whole idea of cryopreservation states that they could potentially be alive at some point in the future.

The second interesting thought stems from the fact that people who are taking on this procedure are actually placing themselves in a bet. They know that becoming cryonically frozen doesn’t indefinitely mean they will live again, but they are willing to take the chance to allow scientists to see if they can revive them. In essence, these patients are donating their bodies to this cause, in the same way that you may donate your body to medical education or cancer research. Bear this in mind, it bring a very interesting ethical point up.

The third and final thought before we start looking at the ethics of cryopreservation is the fact that the theory of this procedure states that for the process to be successful the individual must be frozen at the point of death in order to prevent cell death and limit the damage to the brain. With terminally ill patients who have a rough estimate of their remaining life expectancy, that wouldn’t be a problem. They could make the company they have signed up with aware, and ensure there’s a team on stand by to quickly handle the patient. But what about the over 1,000 living people who have registered themselves and paid for a membership with a cryonic facility for the procedure? What if they have a sudden unexpected death, will their money be wasted? The best way to actually to cryonically freeze a person, is just before their death…does that mean we should allow euthanasia at the correct time to achieve successful cryopreservation? This a slippery slope, no doubt about that…


Now, to begin the debate. First of all, surely the patients have a right to choose their treatment and with cryonic preservation being a treatment shouldn’t they be treated in the same way? People decide how they would like their funeral to be held, so therefore they should be given the freedom to choose to be frozen, if they so wish. The patient’s body, therefore the patient’s right to choose. This begs the question of whether a patient’s autonomy persists even after their death. There’s been a recent case about a 14-year old girl who wanted to have this procedure as she was nearing the end of her life due to a terminal cancer. Her parents could not agree on the idea so the case was taken to court. Ultimately, she had given informed consent and demonstrated capacity and understanding of the choice she was making, therefore it was granted to her. She has now become the youngest person to undergo cryopreservation!

Non-maleficence is a difficult consideration as the individuals will not technically be alive, but if we are preserving a human body, surely that it less damaging to the body compared to cremation or burial. With regards to beneficence, the patient requesting it will definitely believe that this is in their best interests as their chance to prolong their life. Especially when a patient is on their death bed, with a dying wish, it will serve their interests for the doctors to make this wish accessible to them. Knowing that they will be able to be preserved as planned with undoubtedly provide comfort and ease for them, giving supporters of the procedure the hope that they will perhaps live again.


Another argument for this procedure, pulls on the fact that we already successfully cryopreserve human embryos at the same temperatures. The embryonic procedure seems to limit damage to DNA. The outcome from using cryopreserved embryos has uniformly been positive with no increase in birth defects or development abnormalities. This, to some, serves as hope and evidence that human cryopreservation could be equally as successful. Pregnancies have been reported from embryos stored for 16 years. Furthermore, a study of more than 11,000 cryopreserved human embryos showed no significant effect of storage time on post-thaw survival. (Note: embryos in the UK are only allowed to be stored for maximum 10 years now.) About a year ago there was also some news about a cryonically frozen rabbit brain that managed to return from preservation in near-perfect condition. Researchers behind the breakthrough said that there is no reason their technique could not be applied to larger mammals, including cows and primates, for long-term cryonic preservation.

There are several reasons why cryopreservation is opposed by some. First of all, it hasn’t actually been proven. No human has ever been brought back using this technique yet. Imagine spending a huge sum of money for something that turns out to be a disaster in the end. Medical treatment is evidence based and must go through several rigorous trials before being allowed as a mainstream treatment. The same has not been done for cryopreservation. The technique has been tested on mammals but it has not worked and yet companies are offering the service for a fee. The fact that there is no guarantee that it will work causes many difficult ethical and moral questions to be brought to the table. The companies providing these services can’t promise reincarnation, the patient’s are essentially paying for a storage space in freezing liquid nitrogen. It’s almost like buying a coffin, only much much more expensive and a little different considering that your body will be in the possession of someone else. This, to me doesn’t seem very assuring. What happens if the company shuts down, will the bodies just be thrown away alongside the business plans? Or will the people responsible for the facility still have a duty of care to the bodies? This decision is one that could potentially last forever…it’s longer than life binding. How long will cryopreservation be a ‘thing’? And what happens when it stops?

Imagine the scenario in which the technology malfunctions causing the cryopreserved body to defrost and damage the cells within. What happens then? What about the money that was paid by the person to guarantee them this storage spot?


There is of course the question of what would happen if the procedure wasn’t successful, but we can assume that the individuals knew that it was not a guaranteed success when deciding whether to go ahead with it. But…what if it only partially works and the person is left with extreme side effects. What about the principle of non-maleficence then? This is very unfamiliar ground that we are treading on. Cheating death is a phenomenon that the majority of the world would only accept in fantasy books. There could be hugely devastating unintended consequences to this and that’s something worth considering before diving into it blindfolded. According to scientists, it is hard to believe that people thawed after cryopreservation would not be fundamentally altered in mind and body because of the extraordinary complexities of what would need to achieved to restore life. The brain, which has as many as 10,000 connections for each of the 100 billion neurones, is particularly sensitive to heating and cooling so there is the huge risk of fracturing these connections during the warming, like glass under thermal stress.

Putting aside the complexities of the theories procedure and eventualities of its failure, let’s concentrate on the the ultimate goal of cryopreservation that seems to attract some. These people would be returning to a very unfamiliar time and place, centuries (perhaps even longer) after they left it, without friends and family. The world could have completely transformed in the meantime. Humans would have evolved, natural selection would have played its role. The question is…how would they survive? What kind of world would they be inhabiting? Bioethicists have suggested that isolation, loneliness, depression and illness could all follow. Knowing these are all potential outcomes if this was a success, how can we call this an act of beneficence?


Now let’s think about the wider public…how will having people from the last millennia coming back affect them? Some would say it is selfish to prolong life, particularly if people have lived to a respectable age, when the world is already over-populated and there are finite resources. Death is a natural way of renewing and replacing the population – so shouldn’t we accept our fate, concentrate on looking after those who are alive and give up on immortality?

Earlier on I spoke about the idea that putting your name down for cryopreservation is similar to donating your body for science. Here’s where the problem stems. Imagine if a person is restored their life, do you think they would be let out the moment a breath of air fills their lungs? Just let free to run with the wind and sing with the birds? No. Absolutely not. Scientists who managed a procedure like this would want to run tests, experiment on the function of the body…these people would just become human lab rats. Think about it, this is a dangerous step out into the wilderness. There’s no way the atrocity of ‘human testing’ could be reversed if that’s what becomes of it…


Yes, cryopreservation would be incredible, but to me it’s just an incredible storyline. There is no concrete evidence to suggest that it’s worth investing your life savings into hanging upside down in a cold freezer, for…umm…forever. I definitely think this should be investigated and validated more before allowing people to grasp this unfounded ‘hope’. In my opinion it’s too much of an immense commitment and responsibility to keep care of a dead body for an unknown length of time into a future that may even never come. However, it is important to respect a person’s wishes and if that is the way a person would like their dead body to be handled, that should be something that is given to them in the best way possible.


What do you think?

My Filofax A4 Zipped Metropol By Ian. (Guest post.)

*This is a guest post, completely unique to this week, by Ian over at The Filofaxist. Click here to view. Or, to tweet him on Twitter, click here. *

My passion for Filofax began as a child even though no one in my family owned one, not that I know of anyway. I somehow ended up getting one at a jumble sale or car boot sale, it was personal sized, leather had a loop closure and was fairly basic. Since then my passion has grown and I know have more Filofaxes than a sane person actually needs, but it makes me happy and that’s all that matters.
 

I have used all different sizes at different times for different projects but my main organiser has always been an A4 Filofax and has predominantly contained a diary, annual planners and space for taking notes along with useful bits and pieces. Until recently I was using an A4 brown Metropol made from PU material, however I had always wanted a zip around binder for extra space and security, the one you see above was purchased from eBay at just £10 including postage!
 

To me, the Filofax logo signifies heritage, provenence and quality, these are all important features when choosing a good binder. I also own many other makes of organisers but I always come back to Filofax, especially the leather ones!
 
It’s fair to say that this one really is a beast and quite thick, it certainly has a presence and you wouldn’t confuse it with a dainty little saffiano!


As you can see this Metropol has two rigid handles that slide in and out of the side pockets, easy to use and it makes the whole thing look like a briefcase. This means I can pick the whole Filofax up without needing an extra bag to put it in.

Technically speaking these pockets are for the handles I mentioned, but you could store papers in there as well. To date I have not added anything extra to them as it’s all contained inside, however, I may just keep a few bits in it at some point.

I’m not sure why it is double zipped but it is and it looks great, I suppose it helps having two but it’s not necessary.
  

 My aim here is to share my passion for what I love and how anyone uses their planner is entirely their own business so please don’t take offence if you fall in to this category. I dislike planners that have loads of flowery stickers in, picture of cats, washi tape and all things cutesy, to me a planner is a business tool and a way of recording important information. You could even call it my nerve centre or brain but it’s main purpose is to be somewhere I can work and keep the things I need to do my job. To me the whole point of Filofax once upon a time was to make and sell organisers for business people, think of 80’s yuppies and office workers, secretaries and business executives. These days they just seem to be full of chintz and that just don’t work for me, rant over!

 

On here you can see a left pocket for storing papers or invoice, it’s really useful as most letters and business documents come in A4 format so this pocket has plenty of space and things won’t get lost. The zip pocket is where I normally keep tickets, receipts or more private documents.

There’s two pen loops inside the organiser and both are made from elastic, this seems to bother a lot of people in the planner community, not me, it means I can add any size pen. At the moment, I’m using a Cross Click Rollerball in black with black ink and it writes beautifully with no paper bleed.

Here’s the second pen loop on the right, however it’s at the top rather than on the side which means you don’t lean on it whilst you are writing. I keep a Rotring Tikky Graphic mechanical pencil in here which is useful for writing in potential events or meetings that haven’t yet been confirmed.

  There are 6 small pockets on the left inner and all are being used for something.

Don’t worry, I’m not stupid enough to store a real Credit Card in here then share it with the internet! This is actually a USB memory stick with fake details on the front, it’s 8GB in size so I can keep plenty of documents on it.

  

Intrigued?

 

It’s the size of a credit card but it’s actually a mobile phone holder (I was using my phone to take the pictures) and this is where my phone normally sits when I’m having a planning session.


A small metal stencil, again its credit card sized, useful for doodling and occasionally making borders around important entries.

Magnifying sheet, made by Rolson, very cheap and quite useful, I use it more than I thought I would.

 The inner left hand side also features a zip pocket….


…..and behind that an open pocket, I keep a few spares in here.

This was a freebie from HSBC, it’s actually a bookmark but has sticky notes on it, useful and free!

Rexel produce quite a few different binder inserts and this one has 2 zip up pockets on the front, one with a mesh cover, I keep spare paper, sticky notes and paper in this.

 I’m really pleased with this dashboard as I made it myself about a year ago, it has lasted all that time and does the job well. I took an A4 sheet of plastic, punched 4 holes and then, using double sided sticky tape, fixed on a selection of sticky notes. The pouch at the bottom is from Avery and is actually meant for a CD but holds stickers that I use on a more regular basis.

So here’s my layout, basic but functional, I use a lot of arrows and normally have a few stickers on but this week features nothing too personal so I didn’t have to redact anything. I also tend to circle times when I add an entry, this makes it clearer to me when I’m scanning through the pages.

I’m a follower of the GTD method by David Allen and I follow some basic tasks on a weekly basis so need to add in some reminders. I found a template on Pinterest last year for printing on Sticky notes and thought I would give it a go, the results were good and I decided to incorporate it in to my work life. The benefit here is that if I don’t complete the task that day I can move the note to another day which helps if you are sick or taking a holiday.

I like to keep my months divided with these paper/card inserts for easy referencing. One a month is complete I remove the old diary inserts and store them in an annual binder, I then reuse the divider by moving it forward to the next years inserts.

I have an annual planner for this and the next year, I don’t use it a lot but it is useful for planning holidays and major events.

Towards the back I keep a few of the Filofax business card inserts where I store a few loyalty cards and some supplier’s business cards as well, there is 4 pages in total.


 At the very back I have some Filofax A4 paper for taking notes and doodling, this is where I keep a clear ruler so I can find the pages in a hurry.


The very back of the organiser with the aforementioned Tikky pencil, you will also notice that there is a slot for an A4 pad which I don’t currently use as I have the loose paper which I’m using up.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first ever review of one of my own Filofaxes and its contents, I welcome your comments and questions, please get in touch. 

 

My favourite recipe by Kimberly Jessica (Guest post)

This post is part of a guest post series this week. Today is from the lovely Kimberly Jessica; to see her blog, click here.

Hey! 

I’m Kimberley from http://www.kimberleyjessica.co.uk and I am a UK lifestyle, student and beauty blogger just trying to get through life!  I’d like to thank Lydia for letting me share one of my favourite recipes with you all and I hope you enjoy it too!
So let’s get too it!
Some people may say that honeycomb is the most easiest thing to make; however, everyone else claims that it is quite difficult and challenging to make as it has a risk of burning.

This was definitely worth the try, and it came out looking, smelling and tasting amazing!
I myself have never been fond of the “crunchie” bars which are sold in shops, I find that the honeycomb is far to solid and it definitely hurts my teeth to bite into.
This honeycomb only uses four ingredients and it is definitely not like the honeycomb sold in shops; it’s not ridiculously hard that you can’t put your teeth through it, it has a lot more bubbles in it (definitely more than what I expected it should have) and it is one of the most amazing things I have ever made from scratch.
Although it was fun making this beautiful piece of art; the most exciting part was hitting it with a rolling pin to break it into pieces. This is definitely the best part that a child would enjoy.
I highly recommend trying this out and making your own honeycomb right in your kitchen. It’s quick, fun and easy; and if you keep an eye on your saucepan, there is no chance of it burning.
You will need;
160 g caster sugar

80 g golden syrup 
80g butter

2 tsp bicarbonate soda
To begin with, you need to line a round cake tin with baking parchment, or you can use a silicone cake tin without the baking parchment.
Secondly, put the butter, sugar and syrup in a deep pan and heat gently until melted. turn up the heat and boil quickly- do not stir and continue until golden brown colour (the colour of maple syrup); do not let it burn.

Thirdly, take the saucepan off the heat and pour in the bicarbonate of soda, then stir quickly for a few seconds as it foams and fizzes. (you need to do this quickly)
Last but not least, pour carefully into the lined tray and leave to set and cool at room temperature.
Enjoy.x

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