Thursday, October 08, 2015

Pinterest: Halloween

The days are growing shorter and the skies are becoming greyer and heavy with rain.  October is well and truly upon us!  Over on Pinterest I've been pinning lots of Halloween foods, cocktails, costumes & crafts, and I thought I'd share a few of my favourite finds here.

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Shruti over at Artsy Crafty Mom has lots of brilliant ideas for bat crafts.  Her site is a delight - if I was still in charge of a class we'd definitely be doing some of her projects!

Every year I say I'm going to decorate a pumpkin - maybe this year I actually will! Manuela's post on A Cultivated Nest, where she uses foam dollar store pumpkins has inspired me!

Love this collection of Halloween cocktails from Real Housemoms - we will definitely be attempting some of these.  I love making cocktails, and what a fun way for grown ups to celebrate Halloween!

Over at Thriving Home Polly & Rachel have put together this darling collection of crafts for preschoolers!  I love the masking tape mummy, so cute and clever!

Becky at The Spirited Puddle Jumper invented this cute game for her little one.  So fun!

Image credits: Diamond in The Stuff, Good Housekeeping, TGG.

 The Garden Glove has collected a great selection of outdoor and porch decorations - they wouldn't work in our Victorian Terrace, but I love the creativity!

Becca over at Adventures in Decorating makes the most adorable wreaths for different seasons and celebrations!  How sweet is this little ghost?

If we were entertaining for Halloween this year I'd definitely be buying this chalkboard printable set from Sweet Scarlet Designs - how fab would this look with lots of yummy Halloween fare?

And finally, I love this cute and simple sign from Yellow Bliss Road.  Easy to download on her site and a fun addition to any decorating you may be doing.

Do you celebrate Halloween?  Are you a trick-or-treater or a spooky-snack-eater?

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Golfing (for beginners)

I like to think that all humans are filled with little undiscovered pockets of hidden talent.  I didn't know how much I liked to dance until I did musical theatre at uni.  I wasn't aware of my hilarious capabilities at hiphop karaoke until a fateful day at Bloomsbury Bowl.  And I constantly forget quite how much I know about bad, bad, cheesey movies until a question comes up in a pub quiz and I'm the only person / loser / genius (delete as applicable) who knows the answer...

With that in mind, I love to try out new skills.  I'll take a class, try a new skill, work on a project and generally get stuck in to most challenges.  You never know what thing you might try and actually have an affinity for!

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I Love Your Blog: Adventures of a London Kiwi

Yay!  It's time for another installment of 'I Love Your Blog'.  Having the chance to introduce some of my favourite bloggers to you all is a real treat, and today's star is a big favourite of mine.  I've been reading Emma's fab blog 'Adventures of a London Kiwi' for a good long while now - I love her take on the city, her fun travel posts and her wonderful, warm sense of humour.  I was delighted when she agreed to be interviewed for this series, and kindly allowed me to take a few shots from her blog to share with you all too.

1.      How long have you been blogging?

Having started off as just a dedicated blog reader, I've now been blogging for near on 4 years. The trouble is blogging is only getting more addictive the longer I do it -  it simply keeps inspiring us to travel more, see more and experience more. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Sounds of Sennheiser

Pretty, pretty headphones

A couple of weeks ago I was kindly invited to an event by Sennheiser and Currys PC World in deepest, darkest. decadent Mayfair. To showcase the latest Sennheiser range and the technology behind it, the team from Joe Blogs invited a host of bloggers to an event at Noir, a very trendy spot just a stone's throw from Selfridges to try out the products (beautiful headphones as far as the eye could see...), learn a little about the vinyl resurgence, and even try our hands at deejaying!

I've been aware of Sennheiser for a good long while, and have used their earphones for the past six years - Matthew is a huge fan of them and the sound quality they offer, so within a year of knowing him and hearing him evangelise about the noise-cancelling properties (so good in a busy, noisy city like London); their lack of sound-bleed (that's a Claire-ism, I think.  I'm not sure that's an actual word...?  Answers on a postcard, please), meaning I could enjoy my Taylor Swift / Biffy Clyro / Glenn Medeiros on the tube without disturbing the other commuters; the warm, full sound quality; and the incredible hardwearing nature of the products (always good when you can be a little hard on your headphones.  I know I am - in and out of bags, pockets, etc.) he soon had me joining the team!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

London's Hidden Foodie Gems

Over the summer I was asked to contribute to an infographic on London's hidden foodie gems that Millennium were putting together, You can see the infographic here or more clearly over on the main Millennium site. I've spotted a fair few favourites mentioned by other bloggers and plenty of other places I'll be hoping to try soon!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Bake with Debs: Super Baking Event with Debenhams

Last week I was very kindly invited by Debenhams and Kenwood to attend a baking event with a difference.  As well as trying out some of the lovely new Kenwood gadgets (such pretty colours - more on that later!) we'd be concentrating on a few skills - making cookies, flavouring and colouring frostings, delving into the world of chocolate tempering and more!  I love to bake and cook and especially love picking up new skills so I was very pleased to be able to attend.

The event was held at Jenius Social, a great little venue just around the corner from Holloway Road tube.  It's a great space, with lots of dining space as well as a good sized kitchen.  I arrived (fresh from a visit to the zoo - it was one of those very busy, fun London days!) and was greeted with a glass of prosseco, a beautiful Ashley Thomas apron to don for the evening (and take home, too!) and plates piled high with antipasti.

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