Gift Idea/Review : JewelCandle

When I first heard about JewelCandles I thought it was such a great idea, a candle that burns down to reveal either a pair of earings or a ring, a gift within a gift that no lady could resist! The candles are 100% handmade and contain a jewellery item worth between £10 - £250. They come in a wide range of scents and currently have three main design choices.

I could not wait to get burning my candle and reveal my second gift in the form of a pair of earings. My candle burnt for approximately nine hours (around five hours in one sitting, four the next) before I was able to retrieve my little foil package with my tweezers.

These were the beautiful earings sitting inside my parcel. I'm unsure of the value but they seem to be of decent quality.

Overall I really rate my JewelCandle experience, the earings were pretty and the scent delicious without being too overpowering. I would guess that my earings are probably nearer to the £10 mark than the £250 range but I am more than happy with this, £16.95 for a pair of quality earings and a candle is quite the bargain in my opinion. 

To see what others have received in their candles visit the JewelCandle facebook page.

If you would like to treat yourself  to your very own JewelCandle use code slice20 by 31 August 2014 to receive a 20% discount.


Week in Photos #177

The kitchen is coming along nicely, the lights are up and the tiles are almost finished, Spencer has done a border around the work top with the same tiles since I took this photo. I'm pretty sure he just needs to grout the tiles and then we are done! 

Bob was annoyed because Kitty was in his box \\ cwtches with Kitty on a Sunday is what it is all about \\ Bob has a  swollen lip which actually makes him look really pretty \\ Kitty and Bob do love each other really.

Delicious strawberries \\ toad in the hole \\ giant yorkshire pudding with beef mince, veg, potatoes & gravy \\ chicken and veg.

Estee Lauder pay day treats \\ my Jewel Candle*, review to follow \\ Frankie & Benny's with the girls on Saturday \\ found a coke bottle with my name on....


Week in Photos #176

Flick loves to squawk at us when we are trying to enjoy a weekend lie in. She looks a lot prettier with her mouth closed.

Kitty and Bob have been so tired all week, I think the heat is really getting to them bless. Side note, Bob has the cutest, fluffiest belly! 

I went to the local Carnival on Saturday with the family. We had a lovely day and thankfully the weather held out for the majority of the day. I enjoyed warm dinky doughnuts and Nutella while sitting on the grass in the sunshine. I couldn't resist buying some cupcakes to take home for Spencer and I. 


Recipe : Smoked Salmon Nicoise with Marks & Spencer

Marks & Spencer are currently gearing towards the Royal Welsh Show where they will have a stand focusing on animal welfare and conservation. Young visitors to their stand will get the chance to get hands on and learn more about the importance of protecting Britain’s wildlife. There will be an observation bee hive and an active beetle bank. Children can get interactive with the M&S giant bee hotel while parents enjoy chef demonstrations and the chance to taste some of the produce on offer from local suppliers. There will be plenty of other activities on top of these, it really does sound as if it is going to be a great, fun and informative stand which will celebrate Food to Feel Good About.  

What: M&S stand. When: 21st to 24th July.  Where: Royal Welsh Show, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY.

To keep in line with the Royal Welsh Show and the M&S Summer of Flavour I was kindly provided with some ingredients to make a deliciously satisfying Salmon Nicoise salad.

Smoked Salmon Nicoise, serves 2

Ingredients :

In my recipe white wine vinegar was substituted for white balsamic.

Whisk dressing ingredients and set aside.

Bring a pan of water to the boil and blanch fine beans for three minutes before refreshing in ice cold water.
Cook potatoes until tender and allow to cool before slicing.
Soft boil an egg for 5 ½ minutes and cool in a saucepan under cold running water.
Once chilled peel egg and cut into half.

In a large mixing bowl gently toss tomatoes, both beans, olives, potato, parsley & dressing.

Divide tossed leaves between two large bowls.
Flake peppered salmon on top and carefully place soft boiled egg.


Week in Photos #175

Nothing major has happened in the kitchen, the progress has gone a bit quiet as we've been trying to decide on paint and waiting for a spare weekend to go look at tiles. We've bought a very shiny new toaster and have finally decided on this paint, we decided to keep it neutral. We picked up three tile samples from Mandarin stone, we want the mosaic style of the end two tiles but aren't sure which of the three colours to go for. In the shop I preferred the left but the colours look completely different in our kitchen and we are now edging towards the one on the right.

Yesterday we went along to Marks & Spencer to pick up the ingredients for the delicious Smoked Salmon Nicoise* that we enjoyed for lunch, full post on that coming soon.

A Pizza Hut delivery opened near us so obviously we had to try it.

Kitty flat out. Bob's box fetish has continued this week.

This chocolate is amazing \\ we have a challenge in work at the moment to, as a group, walk as many steps as it would take to walk from Cardiff to Mexico, the aim is 10,000 steps a day. This is the closest I've had so far \\ yummy ice rose tea \\ one of our holidays came up on my Timehop, I now want a holiday.