Random thing I loved in… November

I had never actually ventured into The White Company. Something about its clean and simple lines had never lured me into the store. I think perhaps I have never considered myself a clean and simple lines kinda gal. That was until November when I finally stepped through the door of my local store and immediately wanted to set up camp and live there forever. It is a really beautiful shop.

I found myself in the candles and fragrance section, where I spent probably far too long drawing the attention of the security guard while I proceeded to sniff every single fragrance they had.

Amynoos The White Company Winter Candle

The one that caught my attention was their seasonal fragrance titled ‘Winter‘. This is something I have been aware of as lots of bloggers go mad for it this time of year. It was clearly a popular choice as a large table dedicated to just this fragrance was in the middle of the section surrounded by hungry candle lovers getting their fill. Just approaching the table I knew I was in trouble and would not be leaving the store without one.

Amynoos The White Company Winter Candle

I am always a bit dubious about Christmas fragrances. They can often be cookie, vanilla, sickly sweet fragrances but this one is different. It combines cinnamon, clove and orange. The smell reminds me of walking into a cosy pub in December that is selling mulled cider and wine. It really for me defines the scent of Christmas. It is delicious.

The smell is strong without being overpowering. Just having the candle in the room not even lit you get a bit of an aroma as you pass.

Amynoos The White Company Winter Candle

They are not cheap. This candle was £20. Which, to me is a bit of a mad amount to spend on a candle but I do love it so much. The candle has an approximate burn time of 28 hours. You get a lot of smell for your money. I just adore it. Expensive but totally worth it! I can see this being a real seasonal favourite and something I will purchase year on year.

Dept. Store for the Mind – Brighton Pop up Shop

2nd – 24th December 2017 – 13 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, BN1 4EQ

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There is no doubt about it Christmas is a stressful time. The weather is usually rubbish, we are faced with endless lists of what to do, what to get, when to do it. It can quite overwhelming.

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Created in 2015, The Department Store for the Mind was designed to create a space to explore mindful living. Started by Brighton psychologist, Ruth Williams and Sophie Howarth, the aim was to create products that make it simple for us to de-stress, reconnect and remember to seek out moments of lightness and calm. Each item is designed to create more than just the item itself, it is designed to prompt a thought, to help, to explore. Items that are designed to create a deeper human connection.

Those Christmas socks are no longer just a pair of socks, they are a way of giving back.

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That beautiful bracelet is not just pretty, it is designed to help you to find calm.

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For the first time ever in Brighton they are running a pop-up shop, running from the 2nd – 24th December 2017 at 13 Trafalgar Street.

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The store is a space for discovering calm and finding different ways to share a connection this Christmas.

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The store is full of wonderful gifts. For example these beautiful mugs that were a collaboration with John-Paul Flintoff. They come as a pair and are designed to inspire honest conversation.

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The idea being that as you sit with someone and drink your tea you see words to help provoke interesting thoughtful discussions.

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They have worked closely with many illustrators to create beautiful cards. Like these adorable little cards in collaboration with Marc Johns. You can buy them individually or as a box of 16.

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There are also these larger cards with some really beautiful illustrations that come in boxes of 12. They have some really lovely and thoughtful messages.

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Downstairs in the shop they have created a beautiful space to think. A cosy nook with comfortable chairs and some reading where you can go and take a moment to relax and escape the madness of Christmas shopping.

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They offer a free “choco pause” where you can get a free hot chocolate. What I loved most about this area was the little flyer created with Meredith Whitely to help you drink your hot chocolate more mindfully. Step by step taking you through your senses to really unwind, relax and escape.

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The shop really does have some wonderful items and is thought provoking. At this time of year it is so easy to forget about mindfulness. When we are running around frantically trying to buy presents, Department Store for the Mind is a beautiful tranquil space for shopping that not only takes care of your shopping, but also your mind.

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Be sure to get down to the lovely pop-up shop on 13 Trafalgar Street in December. The last day is 24th December.

Even if you if cannot make it to the shop, take a moment to  heck out their Slow Shopping Guide even if you cannot make it to the store.

Adagio Teas & Giveaway

It is the first thing I do each morning. Get up, turn the kettle on. A day doesn’t start right without a cup of tea followed by several more over the course of the day.

I love tea, cannot get enough of the stuff! So, when the very kind people over at Adagio Teas asked me if I would like to try some of their festive teas I jumped at the chance!

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Adagio Teas are an online company specialising in Tea. Teas of every kind, from Oolong to Earl Grey all the way to Matcha and Chai there is a tea to suit everyone. There are even some more adventurous flavours like their special Christmas selections which include candy cane and chestnut flavours. Loose tea, tea bags, tea cups, tea pots. Everything you could ever need to go on a worldwide tour of tea. Glorious!

They have a fantastic selection of gifts for Christmas, and they are all reasonably priced.

My favourite definitely has to be these super adorable mini tins of tea, filled with loose tea. They are just so cute! For £12 you get these 6 tins of each of their festive flavours, chestnut, cranberry, candy cane, pumpkin spice, candy apple and gingerbread. You could gift them separately as stocking fillers or as a set.

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If loose tea isn’t your bag (see what I did there?) these mini tins are available filled with teabags. You can also get a Holiday Cheer selection box of their festive flavours for £14. This include 30 teabags with the same selection of flavours in a lovely presentation box. I would be over the moon to receive this as a gift.

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Their tea selection is huge! With so many to try you might find it difficult to decide on which one to choose. Luckily most of them have a sample pack available for a mere £1.50! This makes around 10 cups. This is great if there is a flavour you fancy trying without buying a large pack.

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One of my favourites from Adagio is the Christmas black tea. Ceylon tea with cinnamon, clove and orange peel. It is spicy and aromatic. The cinnamon and clove are not too powerful, just enough to give a real warmth to a delicious black tea. I can see this being a favourite over the Christmas period.

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I can also highly recommend the candy cane tea. I was a bit dubious about this, wondering how a festive favourite hard candy walking stick would translate to tea but it is just incredible. It combines black tea, peppermint flavour and candy cane pieces. It has a decadent vanilla and mint aroma and a real delicately flavoured sweet mint taste. It reminded me a bit of a humbug (the sweetie kind not the Scrooge kind). It is incredibly moreish.

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GIVEAWAY

Adagio Tea are very kindly giving one reader the chance to win a fabulous prize just in time for Christmas! The prize includes a red teapot and cups, and a Christmas tea selection so that you can see for yourself the amazing variety of special teas they have out this season.

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*I was sent product samples and provided with prizes for a reader giveaway in exchange for publishing an honest review of Adagio Teas. All opinions are my own.

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 2

See Part 1 Here

Saturday 9th September. 7 sleeps to go.  

THIS TIME NEXT WEEK!! Oh it makes my belly do a flop, but in a good excited way. This time next week I will be married (it is now 14.58) MAD. So mad. I keep saying it but I cannot believe how quickly it has all come around. It rained all day yesterday, so I hope that it doesn’t next weekend. Currently the weather report is not for rain, but have looked into umbrellas. Will keep an eye on the forecast. I don’t mind if its grey, just really don’t want it to be wet because we have the lawn games and the photos will be so much nicer outside! I don’t suppose anyone really wants rain on their wedding day though do they? Maybe if you are a duck.

Jezz and I finalised the quiz this morning, so I just need to go and get those printed in the week. The ribbons all arrived this morning so I have sat and cut the extra pieces that we will need for the favours. He has gone for a hair cut, and we have sorted out for my Dad to pick up the suits on Thursday next week.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Favours Wedding Preperation

Organise organise organise. I am in my element hahaha!  

This time next week.  YAY!

 

Sunday 10th September. 6 sleeps to go. 

I have had the laziest day ever I cannot lie. Jezz has been working hard on his speech all day. I had a bath. Glorious.  

 

Monday 11th September. 5 sleeps to go. 

I was planning on waking up early today to get cracking with numerous jobs I had planned. I had forgotten that I had turned my alarm off for Mondays the previous week due to the bank holiday. I woke up at 9.30am. Oops.

I got up and headed to the Brow Bar in Brighton (I think that is what it is called, near the clock tower on Dyke Road) and had my eyebrows tidied ready for the weekend. I do not get them done very often, but thought it worth it! Special occasion and that haha. I then went to the jewellers where we bought our wedding rings and I took my engagement ring there to be polished. As we bought our wedding rings with them it was free. Fantastic! (Ring Jewellers in the Lanes if anyone is interested, they were great).

I had a shopping list of things to get in Waitrose. Came out of Waitrose without any of them. Forgot to pick my watch that was being repaired up from the jewellers in the mall. Fail. I went home for lunch and thought I had best start again afterwards. I had to go back to the jewellers for 1pm anyway to collect my engagement ring. So at 12.30 off I attempted my various errands again. I went to Superdrug for paracetamol, ibuprofen, glasses wipes and mouthwash. Then via the mall to pick up my watch, then down to the jewellers in The Lanes to collect my engagement ring. Then back to the flat, again without the items on the Waitrose shopping list, will do that another day its not urgent.  

Emailed Jezz to print a few bits for the weekend. Think I have had a pretty productive day all in all! I must discuss with the girls about walking down the aisle, wonder how the little ones will deal with it all.  

I rang John Lewis to arrange the delivery of the wedding gift list, that’s exciting! So Monday 9th October something to look forward too. They text me to confirm the details and addressed me as “Mrs Goodwin”. Haha. Weird.  

 

Tuesday 12th September. 4 sleeps to go. 

I woke up nice and early because my alarm worked! HURRAH! Not that the alarm would have made a difference because they are doing some work in the flat upstairs and the banging was SO LOUD it would have woken the dead. Thanks, nice and relaxing. Haha. 

Today’s big wedding task is to do all the favours. It is currently 11.36am and I am half way through. Taking all of my will power not to eat all of the chocolate. MUST RESIST URGE TO EAT CHOCOLATE. I also will mount all of the timetables Jezz printed yesterday onto some card. I also need to send some money to our videographer, who is a friend of my brothers for his transport.  

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Timetables Wedding Preperation

Going to text the mums of our mini bridesmaids right this second about walking down the aisle to see what they think! Before I forget, stupid thing that kept me up last night haha. I wasn’t worried, just thinking about it. I mean they are little girls, it is probably going to be down to them at the end of the day but I really don’t mind. If they decide they don’t want to walk they don’t have too. I just want them to feel like beautiful special princesses for the day! THEY ARE GOING TO LOOK SO CUTE. 

Random thing I loved in… October

Bit late to the party not only this month BUT SO MANY MONTHS HAVE PASSED. I will stop making excuses. Let’s just get to the good stuff, and boy is this some good stuff….

October is always a favourite month of mine, not only because it is my birthday but mostly because I love autumn. I love the change in season, the colours, the blankets, the scarves, the hot chocolates, the candles. I love any chance to get super cosy and October for me screams cosy times.

Amynoos Mocha Chai Bluebird Tea

The latest edition to the cosy times is this incredible Mocha Chai from Bluebird Tea Co.. I was introduced to Bluebird teas by my mother-in-law who served me the most incredible Earl Grey (this one here it’s amazing), since then I have stalked their website and finally took the plunge and ordered a few small packs to try the different teas. This is where I found Mocha Chai.

Amynoos Mocha Chai Bluebird Tea

It is described as “a decadent spiced trio of coffee, chocolate and chai”. It is dreamy. I have been brewing a fairly strong amount in about half a cup of water and then mixing it with frothed milk and a tea spoon of honey to sweeten. Topped off with a sprinkle of cinnamon (or chocolate). Just delicious.

Amynoos Mocha Chai Bluebird Tea

I very quickly went through my small pouch and so recently purchased the large tin. These are great! The tins are really nice quality, long and tall so they do not take up too much space and it looks great in my kitchen.

Amynoos Mocha Chai Bluebird Tea

Now it’s time to cosy up with this delicious brew. Bliss.

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 1

Monday 4th September. 12 sleeps to go. 

I have just had a bath and am sat watching Say Yes to the Dress. I am not sure I will ever stop enjoying this programme. Currently every time they do a scene where a couple are actually getting married I get all the stomach butterflies and that internal scream of excitement. I am so incredibly excited. I am also shitting my pants, for silly reasons like, what if I fall over, or say something wrong or stupid, or feel so awkward that I just constantly pull my stupid face, which happens when I am nervous and uncomfortable!! Haha. I MUST NOT PULL STUPID FACES. Bad face. Just nice face. What is my nice face? Not sure I have one…. 

It’s still over a week so I am at the point where I do actually think most of the things are done. I still need to print some of the things for the quiz we have planned for during the meal, and reserved signs for the seating at the ceremony. The day timings and list of jobs for people also to be printed. My brain has been running wild with wedding thoughts for the past 3 weeks. I need to CHILL OUT. Haha.  

Did I mention I am excited? 

Shit me I am excited.  

I hope my dress still fits.  

I am going to be Mrs. That is like some proper grown-upping. 10 grown up points? Probably at least 100.  

 

Tuesday 5th September. 11 sleeps to go. 

Today Jezz worked from home. I went off to Lewes to drop off the pyjamas I have got for my mum, and the bridesmaids so that they are in their rooms when they arrive on the Friday night. I hope that they like them. I had a little wonder around Lewes to refresh myself with the area, made a note of the nearest cash points and kebab shop.

Came home and had sushi lunch from Itsu.  Yummy.

I spent the afternoon cracking on with wedding bits. Oh so many bits. I spent a good hour making paper hats, and cutting out celebrity masks. We have loads of silly comedy stuff for the reception for a bit of fun! We also got a whole bunch of leis which when I opened STANK. So they are currently sat in the kitchen airing out (or at least smelling of other food smells/febreeze than rotting grot). Feeling in control. Feeling good. Feeling less panicky.  

 Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Leis Wedding Preperation

Wednesday 6th September. 10 sleeps to go. 

I went over to Hove to collect Jezz’s gift for the big day from the framers. I got it home and immediately wrapped it and hid it with all the other wedding shinanigans so he wont spot it. I still need to write the card. Bought to much shopping in Tescos and had to carry tremendously heavy bags back quite a way, rookie move. I got the chocolates and sweets for the favours and I will make those up next week. I must resist the urge to eat them. They are calling me from the other room… must ignore their cries to be eaten.

I have the world’s biggest spot coming on the end of my nose. Great. Attacking it with all the products. MUST. RESIST. TRYING. TO. POP. 

I bought a T-Shirt with “Mrs” on because I am a massive dork and also I think that will be quite funny to come for breakfast in on the Sunday morning. Getting sooooooo excited! The parentals are coming over tomorrow for a final meeting to get everything together. I need to print a bunch of stuff but I am sure it’s not ready yet, so might have to find an internet café to do that… if such a thing even exists anymore!  

 

Thursday 7th September. 9 sleeps to go. 

Single digits 

Mum and Dad came over to discuss last things and I feel very much in control of the situation. Which is exactly where I wanted to be at this point! Just need to assign jobs, prints things, put favours in the boxes. Pack the bags.  

That’s it. 

Hope that this nose spot buggers off. 

Did I mention I am excited?? Eeeeeeeeeeaaaaakkkkkkk.  

Mrs Goodwin.  

Mrs Amy Goodwin. 

I should do some relaxing stuff next week, take my mind of the big day. Not that I want to stop thinking about it but want to be relaxed. It’s very hard to be relaxed when you are so tremendously excited! SQUEEAK.  

Hoping the spare ribbon I bought turns up tomorrow. And the yellow hoodie I ordered over a week ago. WHERE IS MY YELLOW HOODIE? (unrelated to wedding).  

 

Friday 8th September. 8 sleeps to go. 

This time next week it will be all systems go! My silly t-shirt has arrived, it’s great! Haha! I am sure it will draw a few chuckles. I keep playing the day over in my head, and imagining it. Must remember to savour each moment. It will all be over so quickly I am sure, I am so excited. I think I have said that quite a lot!  

I have zero ability to not pick at spots and have made the one on my nose worse. Dammit. Still a week to go, must not pick at it any more and hopefully it will heal in time! Fingers crossed.  

I have put the menus in the crates. I am hoping that the extra ribbon I ordered will arrive tomorrow as it hasn’t arrive today. Then I can do the favours. Oooooh it’s so close now. Need to have a relaxing weekend. Next weekend is going to be nuts.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Preperation Crates

To be continued…..

Writers Block – A Poem

Writers Block

She sat down and she tried to write,

She tried to be creative with all of her mite.

She wrote lines after lines of delicious descriptions,

But nothing would ever come, even close, to fruition.

It has been so long since she had activated her brain,

And it was only herself that she had to blame.

It was at the darkest of night that the words came alive,

And so it was then that the stories began to thrive.

As soon as the sun rose over her head,

The weary creator got out of her bed.

All the takes of drama, excitement and woe,

Were nowhere to be seen, she had nowhere to go.

And so she sat down and she tried to write.

She tried to remember with all of her mite.

She wrote lines after lines, not knowing where she was going,

And all she ended up with, was this terrible poem.

Becoming Mrs G…. The Beginning

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Today is Thursday 28th September 2017, a mere twelve days since our wedding day and it already feels like forever. It was an incredible day and I wish we could do it all over again. Instead, I am tucking away bits and pieces, pressing flowers, trying to encapsulate and physically contain parts of the beautiful day that marked the beginning of our future. OUR future. No longer am I a singular but rather part of a (now official) team. Not that we have really been singular for a long time now. The OH and I have been together five and a half years, and living together for two. It’s legal and everything, we have a bit of paper.

Personally, for me I feel like this marks a step into proper adulthood. (Although according to officials I am WAY PAST going into adulthood). It’s a bit terrifying, but really exciting. I am so excited for the future, and to be spending it with my favourite.

So we find ourselves here, looking forward onto my journey as Mrs G.

Mrs.

That’s bloody grown up.

Random thing I have loved in… March

Wibble wobble wibble wobble jelly on a plate.

Mandarin Jelly. Om nom nom nom nom 😍

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I seem to have rediscovered my love for jelly in March! In particular orange jelly with mandarins. It is just so good! I blame Sainsburys for this months not just thing I have been loving, but obsession! Their mandarin jellies are divine. (You can find them in the section with the sandwiches).

The number of these I was consuming had started to make quite a large dent in my money so I had a go at making my own.

I added peaches and mandarins to these.

I added peaches and mandarins to these.

I forgot how good jelly was! Now I cannot get enough. I may have gone a little wild on my last food shop and bought lots of different flavours. I am now very much looking forward to making my way through all of them. The best part is that these ones are sugar free, so not that bad for you! I can eat as much jelly as I wish and not feel bad about it.

WOOHOO! Jelly is the best! Om nom!

Harley's Sugar Free Jelly

Do you have any jelly suggestions? What is your favourite flavour?

Random thing I have loved in… February

I have always been obsessed with anything lavender scented. There was a plant outside a house on the way to my Nan’s that had this HUGE lavender bush and I always used to squish the little purple flowers between my fingers so I could smell like them. My bedside table is littered with lavender lotions, potions, sprays and my latest obsession, this essential oil roll on from Tisserand.

Tisserand Lavender Sweet Dreams

Tisserand are a well known brand of essential oils. Last summer I bought a three pack which included “De-Stress”, “Energy”, and this one “Sweet Dreams”. It has lavender, sandalwood and jasmine oils, and it smells divine. Just the perfect delicious, relaxing scent for bed time.

Tisserand Sweet Dreams Box

The roller ball design is so handy for quick and easy application to your pulse points.

Tisserand Roll On Sweet Dreams Lavender

I have been using it every night, and cannot get enough of it. Finally it is running out so I bought a new one from Amazon for £5.95. Considering this one lasted me from August last year up until now I think that is a pretty good price.

Only draw back of searching “Tisserand Sweet Dreams” on Amazon was the realisation that they do a pillow spray, and a large oil, and a bath oil and…. goodbye money.

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