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White Chocolate Advent Calendars 2017 UK


Christmas is fast approaching, and I wanted to do a little round-up of white choccy advent calendars.  I struggle because I can’t have much milk chocolate, cocoa solids seem to give me a migraine. White chocolate doesn’t seem to have the same effect, with lots of it just being cocoa butter with sugar and milk.  So, every year if I want to be a giant child (which I do) and have an advent calendar I usually have to opt for “what is at Sainsbury’s”, which invariably is Milkybar.  It is a bit saddening to have to resort to Nestle where I try and avoid their products generally due to their bad practices with regards to baby milk and water.  This is especially sad at Sainsbury’s, where their white chocolate offerings are pretty great – their own brand White Chocolate Wholenut bar is my favourite chocolate ever, and they also have Montezuma White chocolate Buttons!



photo taken from kev’s snack reviews, although i can’t find the review!

So, on with the advent calendars!

Hotel Chocolat

The Chocolate Advent Calendar – White £12.50


How adorable is this!  Cute little shapes, and proper shapes rather than a flat little disc that you can barely make out.  Always love Hotel Chocolat, and it’s nice as it’s a local firm to me!  Tasty and ethical chocolate, this would be a lovely gift.  I like the ‘book’ shape of it too.  For gifts for christmas, their wreath looks great too!


Organic Milk & White Chocolate Kids Advent Calendar £8.99


Not just white, but a mix if you have a willing partner to share with if you really don’t want to eat the milk ones.


another version available at John Lewis – yay llamas!


White Chocolate Snowman Advent Calendar £5


This is a sweet one, but not currently in stock which is a shame!


Hershey’s Kisses Cookies and Creme £13


I know not everyone is keen on Hershey’s but I do enjoy cookies ‘n’ creme!  this is so cute


Premium Vegan White Chocolate Advent Calendar from Germany £9.99


Exciting to find a vegan one!  I love the picture here, how fun




If you really can’t find a ready made one you like, this little drawer one from John Lewis is adorable for £10




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When I grow up…

I am currently subscribed to a ‘blog ideas’ email called “The Daily Post“, and the latest one is asking you to think about what you wanted to be when you grew up.

My first thought goes to Accountancy.  What a glamorous child I was, thinking that when I grew up I should be an Accountant.  Maybe I got confused by this

But no!   I always enjoyed maths, and knew that it was my strength.  Taking columns of numbers and making them make sense was always pleasing to me.  I am wondering what I want to do once the kids are older, and my thoughts are returning to retraining.  I have already done one qualification, but as September approaches I’m wondering whether to do the next stage of that.  My job is requiring me to do more financial admin, so that is useful experience.

When I started writing this post I got this song in my head from Matilda the Musical.

Tell me what you wanted to be!

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Temporary tattoos

I’m an indecisive wuss, so I quite like playing about with little temporary tattoos. There are so many lovely ones around now, and they could quite easily pass as your own actual tattoo.

My love for them started by me seeing this set in a gift guide

Ink’d (con)temporary tattoos

I love these little gold ones from Tattly
little gold tattoos

I have these for my 5 year old who is obsessed with care bears on pop/tiny pop? makes me wish i’d hung on to my care bears from the 80s!

care bears tattoos
care bear tattoos link goes to truffle shuffle, but i got mine from sainsburys!

I got a set for really cheap from Boots in the sale after christmas



and here i am modelling a moustache

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Bum Bag lust

I know, the title is off-putting, but bear with me

While browsing Cath Kidston (because why wouldn’t i just spend ALL MY FREE TIME doing that anyway) spotted a bum bag! A spotty bum bag… which led me to the one I actually want


Clouds bum bag £28

The spotty one is pretty too, but aw clouds…


I am worried that bum bags are just a step too far, but oh gosh it would be so practical… in the 80s we only really needed a little purse with some cash in it, you wouldn’t use card everywhere like you do now, no mobile phone etc. Now it would be so practical to have a little bag with the essentials in, strapped to you rather than hanging around… So, it appears I have sold this to myself, but can I face the shame of wearing it out and about? Or, as Cath Kidston is making them, are these becoming acceptable again? I for one hope so!

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Finally! Demeter is back somewhere I can buy it!

Found it in a largish Boots today, just walked past and there it was… The Jasmine one called out to me, although there are a few other retailers offering jasmine offerings now, back 5 years ago it seemed to be just Demeter and Jo Malone! I like the Lush Lust, and the Body Shop also have a nice smelling Jasmine thingy. I should still be boycotting them, but they do a decent ‘for greasy hair’ shampoo where I struggle to find one.


I used to go into Liberty just to smell all the lovely different smells, dirt is quite a fun one, and I would have bought the G+T one but my mum hates it so I figured that would be just cruel to wear it around her!

Available for £15 from Boots stores or here online – currently 2 for £25 online!  darn it