Triple Chocolate Smartie Cookie

Considering they one of my favourite things to bake, I can’t quite believe that I’ve never included a cookie recipie on Musings & More. When in New York, I had an incredible M&M cookie (see here) that I loved so much that I desperately wanted to recreate. So here’s my attempt for your enjoyment! I’d actually go as far as saying it’s even better than the original as there’s 3x the amount of chocolate (it is me after all)! These babies are so quick to make that you could easily whip up a batch the night before work or when you just fancy something (very) sweet. I went with M&Ms but there are so many different combinations you could make these cookies you’re own: salted caramel, peanut butter cups, smarties…the list is endless. Enjoy!

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Emily x

January is generally a pretty miserable month, let’s be honest. After the excitement of December and Christmas – a month when everyone is in the best mood – nobody likes January. We’re all poor and summer feels like years away. So having a birthday around this time, like I do, can be pretty dull, shall we say. We always try and make the best of it by booking to go away to spa or something but this year Matt had gone one better and took me to NEW YORK! So for four glorious days, we jetted off to the big apple to celebrate my 25th birthday.

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Emily x

5 ways to practice self-love

Ah Valentines Day! Whether you love it or loathe it, February the 14th is coming and whatever your relationship status – you’re going to know about it! In this weeks post, I’m not going to be focusing on whichever camp you fall into and celebrating (or not celebrating) the occasion but rather why we could instead all use the day as a reminder to spend some time on self-love. Yep, you read that correctly. Instead of spreading the love on others, why not spend the time and energy all on yourself? To clarify, self-love is “a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth” (Psychology, 2012).

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It feels like such a long time since I’ve spoken about anything beauty or skincare related but having some lovely bits for Christmas (how long ago does that feel!?), I thought it was only right that I dust off my Beauty on Trial series. For those of you who are fairly new to Musings & More, Beauty on Trial is a series where I give you the low down on beauty and skincare products I’ve managed to get my mitts on! I always allow 2-3 weeks for testing, simply for fairness and so the product has the chance to do its thang. They aren’t always new products but rather new to me. Now let’s get started shall we?

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Emily x

Like a lot of you, I bloody love shopping. But what I love even more is bagging a bargain and being in January, there are lots to be had everywhere you turn. So I was especially excited when Queensgate Shopping Centre gifted me a £50 gift card (which could be spent within the shopping centre) for my next Qblogger challenge. They set me the task of spending the money on products for a cosy nights in, perfect considering how dark and miserable it is here in the UK and now Christmas is over.
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Emily x