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Scrummy Chocolate Fountain

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Chocolate FountainIf you enjoy hosting parties throughout the year and like people coming to your house then why not really spoil your guests by treating them to a luxurious chocolate fountain. Whether it’s a birthday, engagement party or just a get together with your friends, a chocie fountain could really get the party started.

For my 21st birthday I borrowed my boyfriend’s Mum’s fountain and we used dairy milk, mmnmnnnm! We chopped up pieces of banana (my personal favourite), strawberries, grapes and marshmallows and arranged cocktail sticks on a plate. My guests were delighted and the kitchen was rarely empty! If you’re on a diet then this probably isn’t the best idea; the chocolate gets lovely and warm and is extremely addictive.

If you would like to purchase a chocolate fountain, there is one available at Prezzybox for £39.95 – trust me it’s totally worth it.

Own a Piece of the Moon

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

The MoonApparently you can actually buy an acre of land on the moon and give it to someone as a gift. Maybe a little outrageous for a birthday present but if you know someone interested in astronomy; imagine how much they would appreciate this idea.

I think it’s a fantastic scheme and definitely something I would look into participating in myself. As well as owning part of the moon, you can also order land deeds for planets Mars and Venus, there is even a range of novel space related gifts to accompany your acre.

The gift pack includes the lunar deeds, constitution and bill of rights, lunar site map to show you where your property is located, a transcript of the Declaration of Ownership and all the appropriate documents so you can prove the land is yours! The gift is available at MoonEstates.com for just £16.75 per acre and would make a unique, personalised gift for any special occasion.

Gift Idea For The Brave!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I’m terrified of flying so just the thought of jumping out of a plane makes my heart race and my palms sweat. However if you’re looking for a unique gift for a daring friend or relative, perhaps for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas … or any other occasion, a skydive could be perfect to get their adrenaline pumping (or you could just give this to a relative you’re not too keen on?!).

After a terrifying 25 minute plane journey to reach the required altitude, the skydiver must then look down at the 7,000ft drop into which they will freefall at speeds of around 120-mph. Reassuringly they will be strapped securely to a qualified instructor, however that would still never convince me to do this!! You can choose the jump from Cumbria, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Aberdeenshire or Devon.

Available from Smart Gift Solutions for £249.

Happy St George’s Day

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

England FlagToday is St George’s Day, a day for us to celebrate our patron saint of England and whatever you’re doing I hope you’re having a good time. To be honest until I started writing this article I wasn’t really sure what the story was behind St. George or how he became the patron saint of England.

It seems that nobody is absolutely certain either, apparently very little is known about his life. Many believe he was a high ranking officer in the Roman army who was admired for his courage and strength. Stories arose from this about St. George’s battles, the one most commonly told is how he slayed a dragon however this is a very unlikely event!

So although the complete story of St George’s life remains a mystery, England and many other countries around the world continue to celebrate the legend that began after his death around 303 AD.

Silver Diamanté Keepsake Box

Monday, April 16th, 2007

M&S Diamanté Keepsake BoxMy best friend recently got engaged and I found it really difficult to find a suitable engagement gift. My initial idea was a bottle of champagne but then I presumed everybody else would have thought of that as well; it’s the easy option! I wanted to get something that showed I had put some time and effort into choosing their present so I opted for a Memories photograph album from Marks & Spencer.

My plan was to take lots of photographs at the engagement party then fill the book for them so they had some nice memories of the night. However, after a few glasses of red wine I forgot about the pictures and had to collect them off other people!

While searching for their present I also came across this lovely Memories Box; the box is big enough to store photographs, cards, invitations and other special memories that often get lost in the back of the drawer. It is beautifully decorated with silver diamantes and has a silky ribbon to secure the box shut.

These gifts would also be great for a christening or a wedding present, the photo album is not yet available on their website so you will have to go to a store but the keepsake box is available for £9.50.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Easter Bunny EggWell Easter is finally here and I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend away from work. I am in Las Vegas spending my Easter break gambling and partying in the casinos! It’s 30 degrees and a great buzzing place to spend a few days away from the uncertain weather in England. We are staying at the Luxor Hotel – the giant pyramid and having a fantastic time.

If you have spent your time scoffing chocolate eggs this holiday or been away somewhere yourself, we would love to know what you enjoy doing over Easter so we can get some ideas for next year. Happy Easter everyone!:)

Home-made Hot Cross Buns

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Tomorrow’s Good Friday and everyone knows that no Good Friday is complete without hot cross buns! If you’re feeling in a creative mood why not attempt to bake your own home-made buns this year?

I’ve found a recipe over on The Foody which looks pretty simple to follow – although I haven’t put it to the test yet so if you’re anything like me in the kitchen it may be best to buy some ‘reserve’ buns from the bakery just in case!

The recipe makes 12 yummy buns and think how impressed your friends and family will be when you show them your very own hot cross buns, warm from the oven!

Easter Chick Mocks!

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

I never thought I’d see the day when mobile phones got their very own clothes, but it seems that day’s arrived! Apparently mocks are the new craze for the young mobile generation; protecting their beloved phones from scratches and just looking cool (apparently)!

These Easter Chick Mocks have been specially designed for the occasion – I wonder if you have to change your mobiles mocks every day to keep up with the craze? If you want to shock your kids with a funky Easter pressie this year, these mocks are only £4.99 each – although if you do have to change designs every day it may not be a great idea to get your kids involved, it could turn out to be very expensive!!

Hotel Chocolat Online Easter Egg Hunt

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Hotel Chocolat Online Easter Egg HuntWhen I think of an Easter egg hunt the first thing that comes to mind is traipsing through wet bushes and getting out of breath from determination to find as many eggs as possible. However luckily there are now alternatives to an outside hunt and what better way than online.

After writing about the Happy Egg at Hotel Chocolat last week we also found out that they are offering an online Easter Egg hunt with twenty hampers full of goodies up for grabs.

Egg hunters can visit the website then follow a trail to test their chocolate knowledge and complete a puzzle. If you manage to complete the puzzle you will be issued a password enabling you to access a secret area of the Hotel Chocolat website. Lucky entrants will then go into a prize draw where you could win one of the twenty luxury hampers.

To enter the Easter Egg Hunt click here.

Are You an April Fool?

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

April Fool’s DayIts April foo’ls day today and I’d love to know if any of you played any tricks or if someone got you really good. I am ashamed to say that I am a complete April fool and it was my Mum that got me this year. She’s a bit of a professional so I really should have seen it coming but she had planned it so well that I didn’t tweak. My Mum is friends with the owner of the letting agent that I rent my flat through and they teamed up to wickedly plot against me and my boyfriend.

We saw a letter popped under the front door at about 11am so my boyfriend Paul picked it up and started reading, his face dropped and he started to get a bit angry. He handed me the letter and I read it. Something inside me knew there must have been a mistake because we have been perfect tenants and the letter said we were going to be evicted. Apparently someone had complained that we had been parking in their allocated spaces, playing loud music at unreasonable hours and that we hadn’t paid our rent for the last two months.

We may have parked in someone else’s space once and did occasionally play guitars but not at night and we knew we had definitely paid our rent. In a bit of a daze and a little upset I phoned my Mum to get her friends number from the letting agent. All she said was ‘Aimi, What day is it today?’ I couldn’t believe she had got me but she was in stitches!

The letter was written on our letting agent’s headed paper, signed by the owner and hand posted through the door, the letting agent had even lent my Mum the key to get in the downstairs door! very well thought out but I’ll get her next year.