Pancake Day: Fluffy Pancake Recipe

So, after umming for ages about whether I should do a pancake recipe or not, I just thought why the hell not (ha). I am so so excited for Pancake Day because I LOVE pancakes so so much. Unfortunately for me.. I can’t wake up to make yummy pancakes for breakfast as I leave for work at 7:30am every morning.. and despite me loving pancakes A LOT, I don’t fancy waking up earlier than I need to for them (I think I love my sleep more, hehe). I’ll definitely be making them once I get home though 🙂

 

So… when it comes to pancakes I definitely have more of a sweet tooth (I just don’t understand savoury pancakes).. so I am always drawn to sweet pancake recipes. Now .. let me tell you I have tried my fair share of pancake recipes BUT I have finally found my perfect one! It’s all about trial and error (plus LOTS of practise) when making the perfect pancake… so don’t worry if you can’t get it right the first time!

 

So guys .. I’m going to share the best recipe I have found for the fluffiest, softest sweet pancakes EVER. All credit goes to The Sweetest Journey – thank you SO MUCH for the recipe!

  

Makes around 20-25 pancakes (depending on how big you make them) – you can half the recipe if you’re not making that many! I made them for all the family so needed plenty.

3 cups of flour

6 tablespoons of sugar

3 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

4 eggs

2 cups of milk

4 tablespoons of melted butter

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Method

So guys .. the usual .. add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix together! TIP: I like to sift in my flour.. it means there are no unnecessary lumps!

Next, beat the eggs together, and add the milk, melted butter & vanilla extract and whisk together

Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly add the wet ingredients. Use a spatula to mix together (don’t mix too much as you want to keep as much air in!). Also – sifting the flour earlier means there shouldn’t be too many lumps. TIP: if your mixture is too thick, add a splash of milk.

Now – this is the part where most people struggle. You need a non-stick pan (I use a Tefal one – it’s the BEST).. and also use a ladle to measure out your mixture (so you don’t get too much) and I find this also helps them stay round.

SO – I thought I’d be helpful to give you step by step instructions on how I make each of them perfectly golden and fluffy.

  • Have your pan on low/medium heat and leave for a minute or so to get to the correct temperature
  • Put some melted better/cooking spray on you pan (this is what gives them that golden colour)
  • Use half a ladle of mixture and pour it onto the pan.
  • LEAVE it be for a minute, or until you notice bubbles on the top and the edges starting to rise. This shouldn’t take longer than 2 minutes (any longer and they’ll burn!)
  • Flip the pancake and leave for another minute (maximum minute and a half)
  • I like to keep them in the oven once done (one slow heat) so they stay warm whilst I prepare all my others)

And that’s it guys! Then.. go crazy with the toppings. My fave: Nutella and strawberries 🙂



Make sure to try this recipe – it’s so easy and gives you the fluffiest, yummiest pancakes ever! Let me know if you try it – and also what your favourite toppings are!

Have the best Pancake day ever guys. Or of course – you can make these whenever your craving pancakes (Like I usually do!).

Lots of love,

Saira

Xxx

♥Blogger Easter Essentials♥

Hiya lovelies!♥

IT IS THE LONG EASTER WEEKEND WOOP! Now… I would be EVEN more excited for this if I had not already been off for the whole week (haha!). Do you have any plans for the long weekend? All I know is that the weather is going to be poopy where I am (grr!).. So we will just have to see how the weekend pans out! ALSO… YES to the clocks changing… this means MORE DAYLIGHT WOOP! Which for us bloggers is THE DREAM. However.. for the lazy people (i.e. me).. it means we lose an hour in bed (no no no!).

Anyways darlings… I know you have probably seen SO many Easter themed posts.. SO I wanted to mix it up slightly…. so I decided to post what MY EASTER ESSENTIALS ARE! Now.. by this I mean little things that I feel EVERYBODY associates with Easter time!! This includes Easter treats & beauty bits too! So angels.. let’s have a quick look!!!!

Cornflake Nests♥

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I think almost every single person must have made these AT LEAST ONCE!! They are literally the EASIEST thing to make and look SO SO CUTE!! How nostalgic do these make you feel?! They would ALWAYS be in every baking fair/sale at school AND I am sure you and your mum/older siblings would always make them around Easter time!

All you need for these:

  • 200g Cornflakes
  • 75g Butter
  • 200g Milk Chocolate
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • Mini Eggs

Method:

Melt all the ingredients. Mix in with the cornflakes and put into cupcake cases. Top with 2 (or more!) mini eggs. Leave to set.. and enjoy!!

Bright/Pastel Nails♥

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There is just something ABOUT pastels that just MEANS Spring time is near!!! I absolutely LOVE this pastel pink colour from Barry M for spring/Easter inspired nails! Also.. nothing like a pop of orange to show you are well and truly ready for the warmer months! This beautiful colour is by Ciate London Olivia Palermo range in the colour “My Haute Vacation Coral” It would look SO beautiful on your toes too! So.. if you are lucky enough to get some sun on the Bank Holiday… pull out your sandals from the back of your wardrobe, give yourself a well deserved (and needed!) pedicure.. and rock bright nails! Yay!!

Lush Easter Products♥

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I have been so so impressed with the Lush Easter range this year.. HOW ADORABLE ARE THE BUNCH OF CARROTS!!!! I was lucky enough to be invited to a Lush event (full post will be coming soon!).. and just looking at the range they have.. I LOVED EVERY SINGLE THING!!! I have already mentioned how much I LOVE the Bouncy Bunny shower jelly too…. IT IS THE BEST!!!

All Types Of Eggs♥

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Right guys.. the two types of eggs I am talking about are: Chocolate Eggs and Lush Bath Bomb Eggs. Firstly… it would not even be Easter time if you didn’t demolish at least 1 bag of mini eggs (all by yourself may I add – no sharing required). AND… all of you are allowed to have ONE GIANT EASTER EGG!  ALSO… for all us Lush/bath lovers… you have a LOVELY selection of easter egg bath bombs to choose from! From the GLITTERY AS ANYTHING Golden Egg (which is an absolute BEAUTY.. AND it smells like toffee… YUM)… to the beautiful hot pink Fluffy Egg (which smells JUST like snow fairy!!)… AND the HUGE bath bombs Humpty Dumpty and Which Came First?

Quick Review of Golden Egg♥

I used this beauty in the bath recently.. so thought I would give you a SUPER QUICK REVIEW! Firstly.. if you do not like glittery baths.. you are best avoiding this as it is SO GLITTERY! I LOVE THEM THOUGH.. so was so excited to use this!! Once it is in the bath.. the water is FILLED with glitter.. and it starts to fizz away slowly. The scent is probably my FAVOURITE thing about it.. it smells like toffee/caramel/chocolate.. SO YUMMY!! Once the Golden Egg has finished melting.. you are left with the the most glittery, beautiful smelling, silkiest bath water EVER! I DID not want to leave my bath! The scent lasts on your skin for so long after you get out too.. which is FAB! I also did not need to moisturize after.. which is always a plus!

Cute Bunny Props♥

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Guys.. HOW CUTE are these little bunnies? As soon as I saw them.. I knew I HAD TO HAVE THEM!! They are going to make SUCH cute props for my Spring inspired posts.. AND just add a cute touch to your room… these will be dotted around my makeup storage area too!!

So lovelies… I really hope you liked this post!! I am SO excited for Spring time! If you have done any spring time inspired posts.. let me know .. I would LOVE to check them out!!! I REALLY hope you all enjoy the long weekend… and also the extra daytime hours we get!!! I also am working on something VERY exciting which I will reveal in my next post.. I just want to make sure everything is done beforehand!! So stay tuned for that lovelies!!

I will see you in my next post loves!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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Valentines Ideas Ft. Baker Days♥

Hi lovelies!!♥

Have you all had a fab week so far? I have enjoyed mine .. but let me tell you loves.. I have been SO TIRED!! I am not sure if this is because I am getting up slightly earlier for work, or if it is because I am coming down with something! I have had the WORST sore throat for a few days now that just doesn’t want to budge (grrrrr!!).. as well as an awful post nasal drip.. I feel like I should have a full on cold right now.. but for some reason the symptoms are just DRAGGING on.. I WISH they would hurry up so that I can get better ASAP!!!

Anyway .. lets put aside the fact that I am poorly (even though all I want right now is cuddles and chocolate)… and talk about a VERY special package I received last week!

I was contacted by the LOVELY Emma over at Baker Days.. Now if you are obsessed with Twitter (like yours truly over here :P).. I am sure you would have come across them! They are an online personalized cake delivery service (when I say personalized.. I mean it .. THERE ARE SO MANY VARIATIONS!!).. and they deliver to literally EVERYWHERE in the UK (and worldwide too!!). You guys know how much I love cakes/cupcakes/baking in general.. so to feature something like this in my blog was SO exciting!!

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The thing that really drew me to Baker Days was that they had a cake THAT WOULD FIT THROUGH YOUR LETTERBOX. Oh yes lovelies.. you read that right! I know it sounds absolutely CRAZY … but read on loves and I will tell you all about my experience 🙂

Ok .. so when I first got the email, I checked out their website .. and I was so surprised as to how many different designs they had! There are ones for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, baby showers.. and especially perfect for this time of year.. VALENTINES CAKES! I can guarantee that you will find a cake for WHATEVER occasion you need! I know I am one who thinks cakes just COMPLETE an occasion.. and to have one that is personalized for that special person is just FAB!

So .. obviously with it being Valentines soon, I thought I would pick one for that… I literally found the MOST PERFECT ONE.. I am such a lover of cute, quirky things, and when I saw this Nutella inspired design .. I HAD TO HAVE IT!! I also personalized it by asking to have hubby’s name on it! And guess what loves.. it doesn’t just come in standard vanilla sponge … YOU CAN GET CHOCOLATE CHIP/FRUIT TOO! For those that need it, they also have a gluten/dairy free option! I love the fact that you can also order larger cakes, and have the option to add a balloon .. imagine what a WONDERFUL surprise it would be having that turning up on your doorstep (ahem.. hint hint :P).

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After ordering.. I GOT THE CAKE WITHIN 2 DAYS!! For all those last minute people, Baker Days also offer next day delivery (You can have a peek on their website for details on delivery information!). Now I know what most of you are thinking .. how can a cake delivered through your letterbox not get squashed/ruined etc.. trust me I thought exactly the same thing!! BUT MY CAKE ARRIVED IN PERFECT CONDITION!! Baker Days have some sort of magical touch (or just extremely good packaging) where the cakes stay in perfect condition through it’s journey to you!!

I love the fact that it is stored in an adorable tin, along with some Loveheart sweets and a card! As soon as I opened the tin .. I knew straight away it was fresh because I could just smell the chocolatey goodness! I wanted to dig right in .. but of course being a blogger.. I had to take some pictures first!! I CANNOT GET OVER HOW CUTE IT IS!!!! I knew it would hurt me a little bit when I would have to cut it!

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So loves.. after all my pictures were taken, it was time to cut the cake and have a taste! Should I be completely honest? I wasn’t expecting the cake to be anything special… BUT.. when I had the first slice.. OH MY WORD… I was SO pleasantly surprised!! The cake was SO YUMMY, I could tell it was fresh AND that so much care had been put into making it. I LOVED the chocolate chips.. which almost made it taste like a huge muffin/cookie. I almost want to send every single one of my friends/family members a Bakers Day cake through their letterbox.. I just LOVE the idea.. and was SO HAPPY that the cake itself was SO TASTY!

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I literally cannot recommend Baker Days enough .. the whole delivery process was just so quick, and the cake arrived in the most perfect condition. I also just ADORE the concept of getting a cake through your letterbox .. it is just GENIUS!

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Make sure you check out their website loves… I can guarantee you will LOVE them just as much as me!! They will be such a fantastic gift idea for Valentines day (only 2 weeks to go until then!).. and would be a lovely change to the standard flowers/chocolates!

Baker Days Site

Follow them on Twitter & Facebook♥ 

I hope you check them out .. make sure to let me know if you do!! I love little gifts that you can get through the letterbox.. I am such a huge fan of Graze Boxes.. so know I will be SO obsessed with ordering these and having them being posted to my friends on special occasions!!

Right angels .. I really hope you liked this review!!! I would only EVER recommend you guys something that I absolutely LOVE myself… and I know 100% I will order from Baker Days again… so of course why would I not tell my lovely readers about it too??

I think that is me done for this post… I really want to make it my aim that I get as MUCH sleep as possible this weekend.. but I am sure you all know my mindset on weekends.. “Up early to get AS MUCH DONE AS POSSIBLE!”… Oh dear.. what am I like!? ANYWAYS .. I will stop babbling on and let you darlings get on with your evening.. HAVE AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS ONE.. and guess what loves.. IT’S ALMOST THE WEEKEND WOOOP WOOP!!

I will see you in my next post loves! CANNOT WAIT!!!!!

Lots of Love,

Saira

xo

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♥November Faves!♥

Happy Sunday lovelies!

How has your weekend been? Well.. all I can say is that Storm Desmond (those of you in the UK will KNOW about this!) has definitely been causing many issues – the weather has just been awful. Strong winds, lots of rain … it has just been a nightmare! I really want to take some outfit pictures today – let’s see how kind the storm will be to me (probably not much to be fair .. boo!)

Anyway …. This post is going to be my November FAVES .. I know what you guys are already thinking .. it is a little but late .. but better late than never right (blah what a cheesy saying ha!)

Dark Lipsticks ♥

So if you are a follower of my blog (if so you are a babe!), you will know how much I have been LOVING dark lipsticks at the moment. I really ventured out of my comfort zone of only wearing Carmex, and started to wear lipstick … and now I feel SO bare without it!

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My FAVES that have literally not left my on-the-go makeup bag are Rimmel’s 107 (middle)EVERY BLOGGERS FAVE – Well almost every :P, Make Up Revolution 100% Vamp (right), and Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in Dark Night Waterl-Oops (left). Also guys – have you noticed my little owl tray and glass hearts? I bought them both from B&M – I am trying to improve my photography and add cute little random things in my pictures – I think they add something a little extra! Also I have a very wintery background going on too – which is wallpaper that I stole  took after asking nicely from B&M ;).

Anyway – all 3 lipsticks are SO PRETTY! When I don’t want a VERY dark lip, I will just stick to 107, but on other days, I will wear 107 as a base and then but either of the 2 darker lipsticks on top. I LOVE YOU DARK LIPS – is it still acceptable to wear dark lipstick in the summer? 😛

Scarves♥

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Where would we be in November without scarves? It definitely started to get a lot chillier this month.. so of course huge, furry scarves became a favourite of mine. The two that I have been loving the most is this tartan, blanket style one from Primark, which you can see styled HERE. It is basically just like having a blanket round your shoulders, and is just the best thing EVER! AND IT WAS ONLY £5 – PRIMARK WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU! The next one is my faux fur scarf – you guys are probably sick to death of seeing this but I think I wore it with almost half my outfits in November! It has been a FIRM favourite this month :D.

Clementines♥

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This might be weird to some of you – but I have been loving clementines SO much this month! I think they really come into season around this time of year, so are SO YUMMY! I probably take around 3 to work and eat them all (haha!). When I was younger, my parents would put a clementine at the bottom of our stockings at Christmas time – I think it used to be some tradition.. anyone else heard of this?

THIS make-up bag♥

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Now I actually received this little bag from LYDC London as a surprise (Thank you LYDC!) – and I fell in love with it! I love the iridescent colour of it – AND it is also the perfect size to fit my everyday make-up essentials in (which just includes lipstick, lipbalm, blotting sheets and a mirror). It is SO pretty, and is also so easy to find in the bottom of the dark pit that is my handbag :P. If you also want to purchase it, or anything else from LYDC London, you can get 10% off using the code “SAIRA10″… because they are just TOO KIND!

Barry M Bronzer, Blusher, Highlighter Palette♥

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Now this Barry M palette has been an absolute GEM this month – it has something for everyone – a gorgeous highlighter, bronzer, and 3 different blushers. The colours are so pigmented, and not too glittery at all. I can probably say it has been my most favourite product of ALL of November (woop!). It is so handy to have everything in one palette, and not be fiddling around in my make up bag for different products. Best of all, you can pick it up from Boots and Superdrug for ONLY £6.99! Now if that isn’t the bargain of the year – I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS! 😀

Candles♥

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Now this candle has already made quite a few appearances on my blog .. so you probably know how much I LOVE it.. I have been burning it through the whole month of November and now it has ALMOST GONE! The smell literally is like a freshly baked apple pie .. so yummy! I will be getting a Christmassy one soon .. which I cannot wait for!

So there we have my November faves lovelies .. I hope you enjoyed this post! It is now actually later on in the evening .. I have had quite a busy day! I took my car on the motorway for the first time (eeeek!), and then on the way home I popped to TK Maxx and B&M, and then stopped at KFC for some food! Phew! By the way guys TK Maxx have THE BEST house/kitchen stuff ever… especially at this time of year! If you have not already been I suggest you go and take a look .. sometimes you do have to look quite hard but that’s when you find the AMAZING THINGS! I bought something for a very exciting and festive post which I cannot wait to put up during the week! So make sure you check back on my blog angels!

Right lovelies… that is me done with this post – I am now going to do some laundry, maybe take some blog photos and then just relax! This weekend has gone by way too fast for my liking – I feel like I have not had any time to relax at all! Saturday was spent in Manchester, and Sunday was spent doing lots of shopping! I may have a Lush bath later on… I think I deserve it!

Hope you have a lovely Sunday night angels … See you in my next post!

Lots of Love,

Saira xo

A Day Spent in Holmfirth

Happy Saturday loves!

Hope you have all had a lovely week :). Mine, as usual was spent working and blogging! Yesterday (Friday night), we normally have a takeaway night in, but we actually decided to go out for dinner for a change which is always nice! I actually felt so tired after, and ending sleeping as soon as we got home (whoops!), and woke up at around 11:30pm (crazy Friday night I know :P). I then stayed up for a while and caught up on some blogs, then went back to bed! As I am sure you all know, napping at that time is never a good idea – and resulting in me waking up at 5:30am on Saturday morning, not being able to go back to sleep! So here I am… writing a blog post 🙂

So.. this is going to be a fashion/life catch up post – updating you guys on what I got up to last weekend, and showing my outfit! Now, I am the type of person who loves finding new, cute places to explore, and living in Yorkshire, there are definitely plenty of little villages to have a wander round! So, we googled a few places, and drove on!

We actually ended up in a village called Holmfirth, which ended up being SUCH  a beautiful, picturesque place. It had SO many little shops and cafes, and was surrounded by the gorgeous countryside! The first shop we went into was AMAZING! It was hidden in a little corner near the canal, and was a vintage furniture shop (I have already decided that when we buy a house I want to buy ALL of my furniture from there).

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I am a lover of all things vintage, so love going in to shops like this, as well as charity shops and boot sales (where you can always find something special!)

We then drove to the actual village of Holmfirth, and had a mooch around the shops there (which I must say were just as amazing!) – and then found the cutest little cafe to have some lunch in!

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I had a hot chocolate and some homemade crepes, which were SO GOOD. My mum also ordered an amazing platter, which came with 3 bean salsa, hummus, salad and some pitta bread. It was so yummy – I cannot recommend this little cafe enough. The lady that worked there was one of the nicest people I have ever met, and she was so welcoming – I will definitely be visiting it again. The cafe is called “En Route” Cafe – if you are ever around the Holmfirth area, I suggest popping in for a coffee and cake :). At the time, it was also decorated amazingly for Halloween/Autumn, so I can only imagine it will look beautiful around Christmas time :D.

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We then went for a walk around the countryside, a quick drive around the village, before heading back home! It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday – we are going to try and make this a weekly thing, as it is always lovely to venture out into a city/village you have never been and see what it has to offer!

So.. onto the outfit itself.. On Saturday, I had a quick shopping trip, and picked up the most beautiful midi skirts from Primark (I will feature my purchases in my next blog post). I am a huge fan of midi skirts – although a few years back I did not dare wear them as I though I looked like a business women (I blame my age at the time :P). Now that I am slightly older (and wiser, tehehe), I think they are an amazing piece to have in your wardrobe. They definitely add an elegant look to an outfit, but I also will be pairing it with a graphic tee and some converse on casual days!

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The skirt is in the most beautiful burgundy shade, and is knitted too! I prefer this so much for the colder months, compared to the standard cotton style. I paired it with my fuzzy jumper which you have seen before (I loved the mix of textures), some black ankle boots, and a patterned hijab. As it got colder later on, I added my over-sized blazer. I wore Rimmel 107 on my lips, and my usual winged liner!

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Top – New Look (I think?!)

Skirt – Primark

Boots – Topshop

Hijab – Not sure – probably a little stall

Bag – Next

Lipstick – Rimmel 107 🙂

Blazer – New Look

And there we have it! I hope you enjoyed this post ladies :). I am now going to get ready to go to a new shopping centre that has just opened up (Ahh exciting :P).. And hopefully pick up some bits and bots that I need. I am not sure what I am getting up to for the rest of the weekend, but I will be taking some outfit photos, and thinking up new blog post ideas :). If you have anything that you want me to blog about, do let me know. By the way guys – I am looking to buy a better camera for my blog photos – any recommendations?

Right lovelies, hope you enjoy your Saturday.. I am over on twitter at @saira1816 if you want to say hello, and also on Instagram on throughtheglitterglass, if you want updates too!

Lots of love,

Saira xo

Let’s Get Happy!

Evening darlings!

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Here I am with another tag – this the “50 things that make me happy” tag :D. I was tagged by the beautiful @wanderingpaige on twitter (she has a blog too – http://www.wanderthroughpaiges.wordpress.com) – have a read – she is an absolute BABE. I loved reading through her things, and it really made me wander about all the things in my life that make me happy! Lets go 😀

  1. My husband – this was the first thing that came to my mind. He has been my best friend for almost 7 years, and 2 years ago he became my husband. Getting to spend every single day with this man makes me the happiest girl ever (Ahhh I know I am getting cheesy here!)
  2. Blogging – I look forward to blogging/catching up on blogs every single day, and it makes me so happy to be able to log on after work and interact with so many of you I have come across in this blogging community!
  3. Tea – I have just had a lovely cuppa, and it makes me feel so relaxed and warm on a cold evening
  4. Speaking of tea – hot chocolate also makes me very happy 🙂
  5. Reading lovely comments on my blog/Instagram – you guys are honestly the best and make me smile everyday 🙂
  6. Blankets – My life would not be complete without fuzzy blankets – nothing makes me happier that cuddling in one after a long day at work
  7. Kittens – If my old work buddies read this, they will know the obsession I had with kittens, and how happy they make me! Just google kittens, and I can guarantee you will be smiling 🙂
  8. Watching the sun rise/set – I find this so relaxing and I recently watched the sunrise on the beach – and nothing beat how happy I felt that morning!
  9. New clothes – Ahhhhh new clothes make me SO happy – the feeling you get when you hang up your new clothes 😀
  10. Organizing my room/drawers/cupboard – Now some people may find this a chore, but I love keeping things organized and neat – it makes me smile to see everything looking clean & tidy 🙂
  11. Lush baths – these are the BEST on a cold evening
  12. Seeing the people I love getting what they want/dream of in life – Seeing my husband graduate (after 5 years of hard work) was probably one of the happiest moments in my life EVER
  13. Exploring new places – Whether it is a new city or a new country park – I love discovering new places,
  14. My job – For a few years, I wasn’t happy in the job I had, but recently I have started working in HR, and it actually makes me happy to wake up every morning and go to work. I no longer suffer from “Sunday night blues” – I think it is so important to have a job that makes you happy, not one that has you counting down the hours until home time!
  15. Heeled boots – These babies make me so happy – being a short girl, I do like heels. Unfortunately I am such a bad heel wearer, but heeled boots have solved this problem – they are SO comfortable to wear all day, and look amazing!
  16. Sleeping – I love sleep. That is all.
  17. Autumn – It is my favourite season, and everything about it makes me so happy
  18. Krispy Kreme doughnuts – Every time I have one of these – it makes me so happy. I always stick to the “original” glazed ones though.
  19. Family – My family are so supportive of what I do, and I really do not know where I would be without them
  20. Fresh bed sheets – The feeling of snuggling into bed when you have fresh sheets – it has me smiling just thinking about it 🙂
  21. Looking at old photos – I LOVE looking at old photos, and the memories that they bring back
  22. Music – I love listening to music on my way to work – I have my playlist on shuffle – and when an old favourite comes on – Memories just come back and have me smiling! I think it is so amazing how music can just take you back to a special moment in your life.
  23. Laughing – This may sound obvious – but it makes me so happy when you have those people in your life that can make you laugh until you cry
  24. Candles – Having a candle burning (especially at this time of year) makes me so happy! It gives such a relaxing feel to any room 🙂
  25. Making lists – I love making lists so much, it really helps keep everything organised – and being able to tick things of these lists makes me so happy!
  26. Chocolate – Everybody knows chocolate makes you happy 🙂
  27. Takeaway Fridays – I look forward to this every week – there is nothing better than having a takeaway on a Friday night!
  28. When your winged eyeliner is perfect – Nothing makes me happier than having both my eyes looking the same
  29. Pamper nights – I LOVE putting aside a few hours every week to just relax and spend time pampering myself. This usually consists of a Lush bath, hot chocolate, fuzzy PJ’s and face masks!
  30. Hugs – I am an affectionate person and love cuddles so much!
  31. Buying people gifts – I love buying people gifts, and actually think I get more excited than them when they are opening a gift I have got them!
  32. Stationary – I love stationary shopping – My desk at work currently has an owl pen pot, a post-it note drawer and a lot of colourful pens/pens with owls/other animals on them..
  33. Owls also make me very happy
  34. Ironing – I actually find ironing very therapeutic 🙂
  35. I love fairy lights, and the relaxing vibe they give to any room
  36. Lazy weekends – Spent in your pj’s, watching movies/tv shows/youtube videos – these do make me so happy
  37. Catching up – When you see/meet someone you have not seen in so long – and catching up on everything you have missed out on 🙂
  38. Pay day 😉 – I don’t need to explain why this makes me happy
  39. DIY projects – I LOVE working on cute projects, such as crocheting, making my own pen pots, decorating glass jars/old boxes… being creative makes me very happy 🙂
  40. Sunny weather – Although I LOVE Autumn, I also love the summer so much.
  41. Going on holiday – I think I am due a holiday very soon – something about just getting away from life for a while and relaxing .. It really does make you happy, and sometimes it is just what you need 🙂
  42. Getting into a good TV series – I LOVE when you discover a new TV show, and you just want to spend all day watching every episode – examples include Game of Thrones and Supernatural 🙂
  43. Snow – The snow makes me so happy!
  44. Cozy evenings in – As much as I love going out for dinner – nothing makes me happier than spending a quite night in, watching TV and eating crappy food. I would much rather stay in, wearing my warmest PJ’s and catching up with everyone.
  45. My phone – I have instant access to my blog/social media/emails/contacts – THIS THING MAKES ME HAPPY
  46. Weekends – As much as I love working – nothing beats the feeling of waking up on Saturday morning, knowing you have 2 whole days to do whatever you want 🙂
  47. Scary movies – These are my favourite type of movies to watch, and I love getting terrified!
  48. Food – Food makes me so happy – especially spicy food 🙂
  49. My car – Although I only have a little Corsa – my car makes me so happy. It gets me to work and back, and takes me wherever I want to go without having to rely on public transport/anybody else. I love the independence and freedom it gives me.
  50. Memories of my wedding – it was the happiest day of my life, and I love looking back at photos/videos/listening to my wedding playlist.

Wow… there you have it 50 things that make me happy ! I tag EVERYONE reading this, as I want to know what makes all of you happy 🙂

Lots of love,

Saira xo

Image from: http://melbourne.sundayassembly.com/2014/07/24/happiness/

Lush Goodies & Candles :)

Hi there angels 🙂

I hope you have all had a lovely Saturday! Can you believe that we are in October?! I absolutely love the month of October, as I feel this is when Autumn really starts :). I also hope your week has been amazing, whatever you have been up to! This morning, I gave my car in for MOT, and then me, my husband, brother, sister and baby niece drove to Whiterose Shopping Centre for an afternoon out!

Soo.. I have been looking forward to this weekend for quite a while, as this was when the Lush Christmas and Halloween goodies arrived in store! I know there were so many of you who were just as excited.. and I could not wait to put up a post showing you guys my picks!

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Now I have to admit, I was quite sensible and did not buy everything in the shop at once(even though my heart wanted this), as I want to actually use the products quickly, and once they are used, go out and buy more (hehehe). So, I picked the select few that I had been wanting to get my hands on for the longest time! I also have a few that I will pick up on later trips, such as Golden Wonder bath bomb and Fairy Dust (which I regret not picking up – I sprinkled it on my arm in store today and I can STILL smell it!).

So.. lets see what was in my Lush basket …

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I told you I was sensible! They have some absolutely amazing things this year, and things on my next wishlist include Bar Humbug bubble bar, Salt and Peppermint Bark scrub, Luxury Lush Pud bath bomb and the Fairy Dust powder! By the way, the “Dirty” hair cream was for my husband :).

Lets talk some more about these amazing products :D..

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I cannot even tell you guys how excited I was when Lush revealed they would be releasing a “Yog Nog” bath bomb – Last year I completely fell in love with the soap, and regretted not picking any more up when I had the chance. But then THIS BABY CAME INTO STORE! It smells exactly like the soap, if not a little “spicer”, but it still has that amazing sweet caramel undertone :D. I am probably the most excited to try this bath bomb (Ok, I am excited about everything new, but this probably a little more than the others, hehe).

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I am so glad that Lush have made “Lord of Misrule” available everywhere now, as this is probably one of my most favourite scents ever. I have to say .. I left out buying the shower cream, as I didn’t think the scent was as strong as I had expected it to be.. Oh well, the bath bomb is amazing, and I definitely recommend this! It turns your water the most gorgeous deep red/maroony colour after, and is so much fun to watch, as it is a slow fizzer and goes from green to pinky/purple! Love it so much :).

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Now, I don’t think The Experimenter is a Christmas goodie, but I could not resist picking it up.. after recommendations and having a demo of it in store, I needed it in my basket! It is one of the most colourful bath bombs ever, and I know I will have so much fun watching this one!

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Oh yes… I finally got my hands on Snow Fairy! This smells absolutely divine, and I want to purchase Candy Mountain bubble bar and Fairy Dust powder, so I can match the scents and smell like marshmallows and candy all day :).

So.. they were my purchases from Lush… I love going there so much – the staff are so friendly and it is always an exciting experience when you discover something new, as there is so much stuff to choose from! Make sure you check out Lush, and have a good look at all their Christmas goodies, they really are amazing!

After my Lush trip, I was feeling very festive and “autumnal” – if that is even a word, so wanted to see if I could pick up a candle that would become my signature scent for this season. Oh my goodness, I found the perfect one!

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This is “Hot Apple Pie” by Mia Bella Candles … guys I cannot even tell you how AMAZING this smells, it literally smells exactly like the name, and just reminded me so much of Autumn! The sales assistants are literally the nicest ladies ever – I picked mine up from their stall at the Whiterose Shopping Centre in Leeds – make sure you check them out if you are ever there! It cost £12.99, which I think is reasonable – I had it burning about an hour ago, and I can still smell it on the way upstairs and in my room! They are also paraffin free and don’t release soot, so are really clean to burn. I cannot recommend them enough, check them out on http://www.miabellacandles.co.uk  🙂

So, we then had lunch at “Handmade Burger” – it was my first time there and the food was absolutely delicious! I had the Peri Peri Chicken Pitta and seasoned fries (yummy!) – also guys the Handmade Burger in Whiterose provides Halal chicken if you request it :).

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And that is what I got up to this afternoon! I have been so excited all week for this blog post to go up.. so I really hope you enjoy reading it! I have also taken some more outfit pictures which will be up in a later post – as well as choosing some things/products for a September Favourites post, which everybody has been doing, and inspired me too :). I will also have the DIY beauty post up soon, which I am very excited to share with you!

So, I am now going to enjoy my mums cooking (she has made brown rice and chicken curry – yum!), and then watch TV, and catch up on some amazing blogs! Love my wild Saturday nights ;).

I hope you have an amazing evening my loves.. and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog/follow me on twitter/like my post on Instagram – I really cannot tell you what it means to me to read your sweet comments – you guys are the best!

Lots of love,

Saira XO