Dechox is here! 🍫🚫❌

Dechox is a fundraising campaign set up by The British Heart foundation to help fight ‘heart break’ (Very apt for this month!)

The campaign involves you giving up chocolate for the month of February, and in the process, raising lots of money for charity.

& a very worth while charity it is.


I will be carrying out the challenge from Fri 1st Feb until Thurs 28th Feb.

No chocolate, no chocolate flavourings, nothing with chocolate in at all. #sendhelp


Here is the website where you can find out some more information.

So, keep your fingers crossed for me and good luck to anybody who is also taking on this (insane, let’s be honest!) Challenge!


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

My 2019 reading challenge 📚

Reading is my absolute favourite hobby.

Getting so immeresed into a story, it’s characters and plot, to the extent that when you put it down (it you can!!) then you are just itching for the next time you can pick it up, is truly something wonderful.

& there are some brilliant books out there.

I feel like I don’t make enough time for reading and I want to change this in 2019 so, I thought I would set myself a little reading challenge.

It’s not going to be too structured as I find a rigid scheme often takes the fun out of the reading, I don’t want to read a particular book list or anything like that, I will just be keeping it simple.

365 days.

2 books a month.

12 months.

24 books.

(Obviosuly two is my minimum, often during months with school holidays I will get through more.)


So, for January I currently have my two books on the go.

I wouldn’t normally read two at once but this is just how it has gone this time as I had already started one when I discovered one I couldn’t resist starting too. Plus, I’ve read Goodnight Mr Tom before and watched the film loads of times, so it’s much easier to follow as I know the story well.


January


Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Its the story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley – but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London. As time goes by Tom begins to worry when Willie doesn’t answer his letters, so he goes to London to find him, and and there he makes a terrible discovery.re .

The face behind the mask: The Annie Graham series (Book 6) by Helen Phifer.

‘The greatest show on earth may pose the greatest danger…
1950: Tufty the clown is a circus favourite, drawing fans from miles around. But behind the painted white face, the upturned red lips and bouncy wig, there lurks something far more sinister…
Present Day: When Walter discovers an old clown suit, he finds himself inexplicably drawn to it. Putting on the suit feels electric, but that’s when the voices in his head get louder, and suddenly, he finds himself acting in ways he never would have imagined.


Let me know what books you are looking forward to reading this year!!

** Happy Reading **


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

2018 🎉 January-June 🎉


January


The Greatest Showman obsession begins 🎪🎵

Marshalling at Parkrun for the first time.

Celebrating my sister Charlotte’s birthday 🎁


February


Watched ‘The Band’ with my work friend, in Norwich.

Valentines Day out with Tim 💗

Aqua Springs, Dinner & ((Bounce))

Celebrating at Emily’s baby shower.


March


Fun at The Harry Potter book night at the library ⚡

Snow day!!

We celebrated Mothers Day with our traditional homemade afternoon tea.

The Byfords at Byfords, Holt. A fun, family day out.


April


Easter fun 🐰

Team Ro Ro & Casey at the egg hunt followed by the traditional family Chinese takeaway.

Me & Tim went to see ‘The Book of Mormon’ in London.

Fun with Evie-Mae 💜

Cinema Fun with Noahy 💙


May


We escaped our first Escape room.

‘Witchcraft & Wizardry’

Me & Sarah turned 27 🎁

We celebrated the Royal Wedding. Prince Harry & Meghan Markle 💍

We watched ‘Our Blue Heaven’ at the theatre 💙⚽️

Afternoon tea with friends.


June


Football’s coming home! World Cup fever began.

Me & Tim celebrated 2 years of marriage 💗💍👰🏼🎩💐

We had a weekend away in a Yurt.

We celebrated Fathers Day with breakfast together.

Me, my sister Sarah & my work friends complete the Cancer Research Muddy 5k race.

We celebrated Dad’s birthday with another Escape room and we made it out again!!


Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 24: Decorating gingerbread men.

It’s Christmas Eve!!

I can’t believe it, this Blogmas has been the quickest yet.

Only One day to go!!

love doing festive craft and cooking with my nephews and niece.

I found these cute ‘decorate your own gingerbread man’ sets in the Co-op.

You get six mini gingerbread men (perfect for little ones) some icing tubes and sprinkles to decorate.

This is great for little ones as the gingerbread men aren’t too big, a good treat size, and nice and simple for them to.

They were all very excited to get started.

The set came with a little tube of icing and two different types of sprinkles.

It was a nice little bit of festive fun for the kiddies and of course their favourite part was the eating!

Merry Christmas Eve!

If you want to know how we are spending Christmas eve have a look at Blogmas Day Five

Whatever you are doing, I hope it’s a good one 🎄

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 23: Festive afternoon tea 🍰

Yesterday afternoon I hosted festive afternoon tea, at our flat, for my mum and two sisters. The kiddies came along too.

I thought it would be a fun way to start the Christmas hols and we all love afternoon tea so why not!?!!

What was on the menu?

Sandwiches

Egg mayo

Ham

Cakes

Mums ‘Blasts from the past’

Victoria Sponge

Mr Kipling Candy Cane slices

Jam tarts

Mini Mince Pies

Savoury

Cheese pastry Christmas tree

Pigs in blankets &

Quorn cocktail sausages (Veggie)

Crisps

Drinks

PG tips Tea

Yorkshire Biscuit brew tea

Coffee

Fruit Juice

It was really yummy and fun to think of ways to make normal afternoon tea festive.

A tasty & fun family afternoon.

Happy Christmas Eve eve!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 21: Our Festive Snack table 🎄😁🍴

As I have said previously, the festive food goodies are one of my favourite bits of Christmas.

It’s great to enjoy some yummy treats, surrounded by friends and family.

There are a few treats that we get every year and this year we (mainly me haha) have taken that a bit further and have been creating a ‘Festive snack table’.

Everytime we’ve gone to a supermarket or seen a tasty, tempting snack we’ve picked it up for the table and it’s starting to look rather good.

This is great for cosy evenings and if any guests come over during the festive period.

Here’s what we have included on our snack table…

Chocolates

Festive chocs are a must! Especially for a chocoholic like me!!

A Christmas classic is the matchmaker style chocolates. I picked these up in Aldi in both the chocolate orange and mint flavours.

I also got a selection of truffles.

We have the new Malteaser truffles that are amazing and, my husband’s favourite, the Lindt Lindor truffles. I picked those up in the original milk chocolate flavour and the new Mint flavour, they look so festive 🎄

You have to have a tub of chocolates at Christmas time, it’s a must. Whether your favourite is Heroes, Celebrations or Quality Street these just feel so Christmassy.

My favourites are Heroes (Cadburys ftw!) Where as my husband’s is Celebrations.

Biscuits

Shortbread is my absolute favourite biscuit and a Christmas must have. I love those festive tins too. I have my favourites, the Tesco tin, and I’m also trying out the Aldi shortbread too.

Mince Pies

I’ve really been enjoying mince pies this year and I’ve been testing as many different ones as I can (It’s a tough job but someones gotta do it!!)

Co-op have come out on top so far but I’ve also been trying the Tesco, Aldi and M&S ones, just to be sure! Haha.

Specialty items

I discovered my love of Panattone last year when I was gifted one, so this year I purchased one of Aldi’s Pandoro, I can’t wait to try it.

Savoury Snacks

Our savoury snack choices this year were of course Pringles and Aldi’s version, stackers as well as Twiglets and Mini cheddars.

Other

These cute Robin treats were part of Aldi’s Christmas range and we couldn’t resist. On the right is a hollow chocolate robin character and on the left is a chocolate orange celebration cake.

I hope I can bring myself to cut into them, they are pretty cute!!

So, that’s our snack table! What’s your favourite festive snack?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 20: Christmas Hampers.

I love getting a bit creative at Christmas and adding that personal touch to my gifts.

Hampers are a great way of doing that.

You can select things that are super festive as well as things that you know someone will love, thereby adding your personal touch.

My festive faves to add to a hamper are:

•Mince Pies •Chocolate •Savoury bits

•Stollen •Nuts •Biscuits •Sweets

To add a personal touch I like to add:

•Their favourite chocolate •Vouchers

•Bath bombs •Shower gel •Books

If you are making a family hamper I like to add:

•Chocolate Santa’s •Chocolate coins

•Mini games •Card games •Puzzles

•Their fave toy •Craft packs •Sweets

Food is one of the best parts of Christmas and making someone something they can enjoy and share is great if they are harder to buy for or if it is a shared, family present.

This is also a great present for older relatives such as grandparents, aunties & uncles etc.

You can pick up hampers from loads of shops:

•The Range •B&M •Home bargains •The Works •TK Maxx

They come with the shredded paper in the bottom, cellophane and a ribbon which adds that finishing touch to your hamper.

I always put my hamper into the cellophane diagonally, in the centre and then gather up the edges of the cellophane above the basket and tie with the ribbon. You can then neaten it out and rearrange the cellophane as necessary.

Getting the cellophane part right can take a few goes, YouTube videos are great if you havn’t done it before.

Happy Hampering!

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 17: Finishing my Christmas shopping 🛍

Hi guys!

I can’t believe it’s now less than 10 days until Christmas day!!

I love the build up to Christmas and I feel like it is going so quickly this year.

I’ve used the weekend just gone to get the last of my Christmas shopping done

I havn’t had time for a late night shopping trip this year, which is a shame, so I thought I would head into town on Saturday and finish up.

Armed with my list and some determination to finally get it done I managed to power through and grab all the last little bits that I needed.

It was quite a chilly day which did make it feel quite festive and with the Christmas lights on and the Christmas market in full swing it was quite lovely.

So festive 🎄❄

Before I headed to the football with my dad I had enough time to stop at a coffee shop for a nice, warming caramel latte and a little read of my new Christmas book.

(The Christmas stocking & other stories by Katie Fforde)

I felt very Christmassy after this. All we need to do now is get the last foodie bits for a few hampers I am putting together and of course Christmas party/snacky bits. We are going to grab these when we do our food shop.

How is your Christmas shopping going?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 16: My work Christmas meal 🎅

On Friday I had my annual work Christmas meal. Every year we go to Ask Italian but, this year we decided to try somewhere different. .

..Not that different though, it was still an Italian haha but we went for Zizzi’s this time.

I think we had picked the same night as a lot of work groups, it was very lively!!

It was officially Christmas jumper day on Friday too so I wore my newest festive jumper to the meal.

The food was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

I went for the Super Festivo menu starting off with the Mushroom style bruschetta (I can’t remember the official name)

Anything with cheese and mushrooms is brilliant in my book and this was very tasty.

For my main I had my favourite calzone from their menu, the pollo al spinaci.

I’ve always been a fan of the creamier pastas and sauces so this is so up my street as it has a white sauce instead of a red sauce. I was filled with a delicious creamy cheese sauce, mascarpone, mozzarella, spinach, chicken and mushrooms, SO.GOOD.

It also came with a really yummy tomato dip which was perfect for dipping bits of the crust in 👌🏻

Dessert was absolutely fantastic. Hands down one of the best desserts that I have had in a long time. It was a Christmas special and is a combination of two of my faves. It was half brownie, which was so rich and decadent, and half panattone, so orangey and fruity and festive, it was incredible.

Plus, you got an adorable chocolate pine cone on top!! How cute.

Amazing.

It was a lovely evening and nice to have some yummy food and a chat, away from the workplace.

Have you had your Christmas do yet?

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂

Blogmas Day 15: My Harry Potter stocking gift guide 🎁

As you’ll have seen from my early Blogmas post (Which I’ll leave here for you) I love a Christmas stocking.

I thought it would be really fun to do a post themed around Harry Potter and after researching merch this seemed like the best fit.

Besides, what could be more magical than a Harry Potter stocking!

Here are just a few Harry Potter themed ideas to make your own Harry Potter themed stocking, or to just add a bit of Harry Potter magic to what you have already got.

There are only a few weekends and late night shopping evenings to go!! It’s definatly time to get those stockings sorted.


To start ⬇️

Harry Potter Hedwig themed Christmas stocking Primark £6

Various Harry Potter stockings Geekcore £8.99

Various Harry Potter stockings Amazon From £7.99


Books


The Crimes of Grindelwald: The original screenplay WH Smith’s £8.49

Wizarding World pop up book of curiosities Amazon £12.81

Hogwarts library books: Fantastic Beasts and where to find, Quidditch through the ages, The tales of Beedle the bard (Indivdually) Amazon £4

The Harry Potter books: House cover editions Amazon £9.98

The archive of magic: Fantastic beasts book Amazon £14.99


Games/toys


Harry Potter Lego: Grindelwalds carriage Amazon £15.99

Harry Potter Trivial pursuit Groupon £8.99

Harry Potter top trumps Amazon £5.40

Wizards Battle game Very £14.99

Harry Potter playing cards in tin Tesco £4

Various Harry Potter Pop! Funko figures, varying prices.


Wearables


Harry Potter inspired necklaces Platform 9 3/4 shop £12

Harry Potter inspired bracelets Platform 9 3/4 shop £6

Harry Potter pin badges Platform 9 3/4 shop From £3.95

Harry Potter socks (adult) Primark £2.50

Harry Potter Cosy socks gift box (adult) Primark £3

Various Harry Potter night dresses (adult) Primark £5

Nightie & sock set (Kids) Matalan £10

Harry Potter socks (Kids) Matalan £6


Beauty


Harry Potter make up palette Amazon £13.99

Wand make up brushes Amazon £7.99

Hogwarts house bath bomb Amazon £8.99

Butterbeer lip balm Etsy £4

Harry Potter wash bag Primark £5


Stationary


Harry Potter 2019 calendar Tesco £5

Harry Potter notebooks Amazon From £5

Harry Potter stationary set EMP £12.99

The Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts colouring books, available in most book shops or online on Amazon.

Hogwarts letter writing set Amazon £8.99


Homeware


Harry Potter mugs Primark £5

Harry Potter cushions Primark £4

Harry Potter egg cup & cutter Tesco £5


Christmas


Harry Potter Christmas character decorations (2 pk) Primark £5

Hogwarts house baubles (4 pk) Primark £4

Large glass baubles Primark £5


Other


Niffler Coin purse Amazon £12.98

Harry Potter/Fantastic beasts mini figures Most newsagents £1.99 each, lots to collect.

Magical Miniatures: Bowtruckle Amazon £7.99

Other miniatures are available too.

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them DVD Amazon £7

Mystery pocket Pop! funnko keyrings EMP £6.99


I hope this helps you to make someone’s Christmas magical ⚡

Until next time,

Roseanne 🙂