The evolution of flavoured chocolate

According to the World Cocoa Foundation, we consume over 3 million tons of cocoa beans each and every year! Chocolate is a sweet treat that not many of us can resist.

But where did it come from, how has it evolved over the years, and who can we thank for our favourite chocolate bar?

Let’s find out below:

The Evolution of chocolate

The ancient history of chocolate

Chocolate – or should we say cocoa beans, have been used for hundreds of thousands of years. In fact, in ancient civilisations in South America and Mexico, the humble cocoa … Continue reading

Showing your gratitude when you’re not an expressive person

Not everyone wears their heart on their sleeve. Not everyone finds it easy to express their thoughts and feelings.

But surely most of us have something to be grateful for?

So that got me thinking – if you’re not an overly-sentimental or expressive person, how can you show your gratitude. Here are some ideas:

Flowers

Send a card

If you do find it difficult to say things out loud (no matter how much you rehearsed them in the mirror beforehand), you might find it easier to write your thoughts down in … Continue reading

Helping your children get onto the property ladder

Many people in the UK are renting their property. And according to recent research by The Institute for Fiscal Studies, of those who want to buy a property, around 40% of young adults can’t afford to purchase one of the cheapest homes in their area, even with a 10% deposit.

Getting onto the property ladder

With figures like this regularly in the news, it can be easy for potential homeowners to get disheartened. Whether you’re a parent whose children are trying to save up for their first home. Or you have little ones and you want to … Continue reading

Relaxing at the DoubleTree in Chester with Buyagift

A few weeks ago, Hywel and I got to spend a rare day together during the week. Buyagift had kindly gifted me a Premium Spa Day voucher, and it was the perfect chance for us to spend some quality time together, unwind and indulge in some treatments and food.

We decided to visit the DoubleTree Hotel in Chester, which is around 20 minutes from where we live. We have experienced the spa there before, but this time we were booked in for treatments and afternoon tea. We were both really … Continue reading

4 tips for helping your child through the teenage years

Everybody remembers their teenage years. You experience some weird and wonderful changes, think you know it all and yearn for independence, all whilst dealing with hormones . Hopefully though, what you remember most of all, is that they were some of the best years of your life.

4 tips for helping your child through the teenage years

It’s a pretty crazy time, and you’ll do well to remember that when it comes to guiding your children through their own teenage rollercoaster. Here are a few tips to helping them achieve the happiness and fulfilment they deserve, in what can be … Continue reading

Why renewing your wedding vows can be a great idea

Have you ever thought about renewing your wedding vows with your spouse? I must admit it has crossed my mind, as in two years time we will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. But why renew your vows?

Renewing your wedding vows

Well, everyone has a different reason. There is no legal or tax advantage to renewing your vows, and it could be considered a nice thing to do. Especially as a means to celebrate an upcoming marital milestone, or to help you show the other just how much they mean to you. Perhaps Continue reading

The benefits of meeting locals when you travel

If you are planning on travelling, it could be a good idea to try and mix with the locals whilst you are away. In most places they are friendly, informative and very welcoming to visitors. Connecting with them in local bars, shops and villages will enhance your experience as it has many advantages.

The benefits of meeting locals when you travel

Some travel companies offer tours to the areas away from tourism, and these are well worth doing. In other places, local guides will operate tours and these can be very enlightening too.

Interacting with locals

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and if you are like me and totally unorganised for the 31st March, the following gift guide could come in handy. Featuring a range of gifts to suit all mums this Mother’s Day, or maybe you are looking for the perfect present for yourself.

A range of gifts to suit all mums this Mother's Day

The mum who likes to cook

How many times have you been on holiday, fallen in love with the local cuisine, and then wished you could recreate those wonderful recipes back home. This deluxe paella set from Continue reading

What I am focusing on this month – March and April goals

I know it’s the middle of March already, and I promise that one month I will be posting my goals on the 1st, but I guess they are better late than never.

What I am focusing on this month - March and April goals

You would have noticed from the title that I am combining my March and April goals. Next month is a busy one for us with a holiday, Easter, and of course the children being off school for 2 weeks, so I thought it made sense to combine the 2 months.  I have also replaced the home … Continue reading

A midweek catch up

I realised the other day that I haven’t done a catch up post for a few weeks, so today is the day that I sit down, open my laptop, and have a think about what we have been up to the past few weeks. It’s hard to think back to those few days of Spring we were blessed with, when the wind is currently blowing a gale outside. On the upside we are on serious countdown to our holiday, and 4 weeks today I will be sipping a Pina Colada in Greece.

A midweek catch up

Good old Netflix and Continue reading