Bakedin Subscription Box | Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies*

*This is a sponsored post. All views are 100% my own

I don’t really do subscription boxes. Simply because 9 times out of 10, you only really get one thing you actually use and the rest gets shoved in a drawer and forgotten about. Plus for the price you spend, you could buy one lovely thing you really like… Anyway! 

When Bakedin got in touch asking if I wanted to try their monthly baking kit, how could I possibly resist? I absolutely love baking (and eating!) and there certainly wouldn’t be anything shoved in a drawer! For £7.50 per month, you receive a brand-new recipe every month with a step-by-step recipe card alongside all the dry ingredients precisely weighed out for the amount you need plus handy extras such as baking paper. You’ll need to supply any fresh ingredients such as eggs and milk but we all have these in the fridge anyway.
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Emily x

On forcing creativity

I’ve been stuck in a bit of a rut lately. I came back from our trip to Australia and New Zealand full of words that I couldn’t wait to get down on my blog about our time abroad and all that we had experienced. And then nothing. I combed every inch of my brain for blog post ideas but was left with only dust. I even tried a bloody mind map – on actual paper! – and still, I was disappointed with the results. Don’t get me wrong, I’d made peace with the fact I could never be constantly active on my blog and that was fine. But this felt different somehow. I had nothing to offer. I felt lost.
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Emily x

Our Engagement Story

Some of you may already be aware of our news and it’s actually been nearly two months since we were in New Zealand and Matt popped the question but I still wanted to write a blog post on what will always be one of my favourite memories.
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Emily x

Queensland: Koalas, The Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef

When deciding our itinerary, the amount of time we had available meant that we needed to choose between doing the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef. As incredible as the Whitsunday’s looked (I couldn’t stop looking at photos online), there was something even more exciting about the chance to visit the Great Barrier Reef and after all, who knew how long left we had to see it? After lots of research, I settled on a base of Port Douglas, an hour’s drive from Cairns where we would be flying to from Sydney, a quick domestic flight of roughly three hours.

Our Airbnb was a spacious apartment that sat within the Hibiscus Hotel & Spa, whose facilities we were able to access. It was a lovely and clean with Balinese inspired décor and two gorgeous pools with floating bean bags, which were the comfiest things and we proceeded to spend our first day floating around on, preparing for our final week.
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Emily x

Valentines Day with Queensgate [ad]

Ah, Valentines Day! A topic which divides many of us.

Personally, I sit somewhere in the middle. Of course, it goes without saying that you should and can show someone you love and care for them any day of the year. But we all know how easy it is to take our loved ones for granted amongst the day-to-day comings and goings of life, and Valentines Day is what I like to think of as a reminder. And you know what? Some people do need that reminder. If you don’t want to ‘celebrate’, then don’t! But then don’t take it upon yourself criticise those who do like to acknowledge the day whether it be with a silly card, bunch of flowers, a romantic dinner or thoughtful gift. It’s simple, really.

When Queensgate Shopping Centre got in touch with a Valentines challenge for me to take part in, I was more than up for the job. My task was simple, hunt out the best Valentines gifts available at Queensgate’s many shops for a variety of budgets.
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Emily x