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Hi everyone!

 

Is there anything cosier than wrapping presents whilst a listening to the Christmas playlist that you’ve carefully curated especially for your festive traditions? I like to think that I’m fairly organized with life in general; I’ll make a list and I’ll check it twice. But there’s something about December that makes time go so quickly, I can barely keep up. They key for me this year is to keep is nice and simple.

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I really enjoy going Christmas shopping, I fully embrace all of the festive vibes. I like wizzing around the high street in search of the perfect Christmas presents for my friends and family. My favourite part of the process is wrapping presents and writing cards. Some people might consider it a chore but I honestly find it so therapeutic! I put a lot of effort into making the gifts look really pretty, I’m all about the aesthetically-pleasing presentation. I’d make a great elf!

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In previous years, I’ve been known to go a bit over the top – it’s difficult to know when to stop! Think tinsel, confetti and a copious amount of glitter, the whole shebang! However, this year, I’ve gone for subtle, understated white and silver gift wrap tied with polka dot ribbon.

 

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Using a white gift wrap means you can dress it up with what ever embellishments you like. This can be a classic holly, festive fir, an aromatic dried slice of orange, cinnamon sticks, or miniature silver bells. Adding these decorations at the end makes all the difference; it looks like you’ve made a huge effort even though in reality, it takes less than 30 seconds to add the finishing touch. The rule of thumb is if it’s looks ‘Instagram-worthy’, then I know I’ve done a good enough job.

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I honestly love nothing more than to wear my best PJ’s, switch the twinkling fairy lights on, burn my favourite Avon Winter candle, make myself a hot chocolate (filled to the brim with marshmallows), play some Christmas tunes on (or maybe a Christmas film – my favourite is Home Alone!), and wrap presents. I can literally do this for days on end!

 

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What traditions do you have at Christmas?

 

Sarah x

 

 

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Hi! I'm Sarah, a UK fashion & beauty blogger. I'm not a real secretary! My blog, Temporary:Secretary, is predominately a fashion and beauty blog, but you will also find the odd bit of lifestyle, home inspiration and a few pet photos from time to time!

The Scent of Macaroons

by Expert Blogger ‎06-09-2017 10:10 AM

If you love macaroons, then you will love this candle and diffuser from the Avon Gourmand Collection. The classic Parisian macaroon or macaron - sweet as can be and lighter than air, with notes of whipped vanilla, pistachio and creamy musk.

 

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The traditional design of Avon’s signature classic jar candle, reflects a warm, relaxed sense of style that's always at home. Convenient and easy to use, this jar candle provides approximately 30 hours of true fragrance enjoyment.  

 

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The diffuser is a lovely glass bottle with 50ml of fragranced oil and 5 natural reeds. The scent lasts approximately 5 weeks. It is truly a lovely fragrance and makes me feel wonderful, even on the gloomiest of days. It has a very balanced scent, not too sweet, yet made warm by the musk.

 

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So if you are looking for an uplifting and warming scent, then please do try this beautiful duo. I'm sure you will love them! 

 

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Shop the Macaroon collection here

 

 

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knittygritty6

Inspired by simple things and flowers.

Creating Magik in the Kitchen with my Kitchen Magik Cookie Creator

by Expert Blogger ‎21-08-2017 5:01 PM - edited ‎21-08-2017 5:10 PM

I couldn’t wait to get started with the new Cookie Creator from Kitchen Magik. It comes with 13 biscuit stamps and 6 icing nozzles. My daughter and I had so much fun making cookies with this.

 

 

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It comes with an easy recipe:

250g of soft butter

50g of icing sugar

250g of plain flour

50g of self-raising flour

1 tsp of vanilla extract

 

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It says to mix all the ingredients together until fluffy but I guess I’m a baker at heart, so I mixed the ingredients in stages as I was taught by my Mother. She will be proud. 😁

 

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I creamed the butter and sugar, added the eggs, sifted the flour and folded it into the mixture, then added the vanilla.

 

 

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My daughter and I then spooned the mixture into the chamber ready to pump. Now, which shaped disc to choose. 

 

Disc chosen, we were ready to pump...

 

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Holding the cookie gun flat to the tray, we squeezed the dough out. I found that squeezing twice at first helps as there was air in the chamber and it helped to press all the dough down. After that it was a doddle and we pumped away.

 

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This recipe makes a lot of biscuits. We had dough leftover to create more biscuits the next day.

 

Into the oven they went at 190 •C Gas Mark 5, until golden brown, approximately 11 minutes.

 

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We transferred them to a cooling rack before icing.

 

For the icing it was easier when we held the cookie gun at an angle while pumping the icing slowly out.

 

The nozzles can also be used for icing cupcakes and cakes, so this is an extremely versatile tool.

 

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We loved using the Cookie Press and will definitely be using it a lot. There are a variety of shaped discs, so can be used all year round. I tried to make this as in depth as I could and really hope you will try this Cookie Press in your kitchen. I’m sure you will love it as much as we do!

 

Melissa x

 

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knittygritty6

Inspired by simple things and flowers.

What’s In My Summer Clutch Bag?

by Expert Blogger ‎18-07-2017 3:37 PM - edited ‎18-07-2017 4:38 PM

Hi, LovedByLaura here!

 

Summer is finally here and you know what that means? It’s wedding season! If that didn’t keep my weekends busy enough, I’m also cramming in a trip to London for afternoon tea and a day out at the races this season so my clutch bag is going to be kept very busy!  

 

Here’s what I keep in mine (a very cute Lipsy number by the way) to see me through every eventuality: 

 

Mark. Glow On Pressed Powder- This little compact does triple duty which is great news when you only have a little bag! Not only does it help keep my makeup intact and my face shine free, it’s also SPF30 and has a really good sized mirror too which is super handy for touch ups when I’m out and about. 

 

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Mark. Be Blushed Cream Blush Stick- This applies as a cream but gently buff a small amount into the apples of your cheeks with your finger and it will transform into a powder blush with a beautiful hint of shimmer. It looks gorgeous with a hint of a tan and is perfect for bringing back a healthy glow after a long day! 

 

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Mark. Plump It Up Lip GlossI prefer lip gloss to lipstick in Summer and this slimline version from Mark. is the perfect choice. It provides a subtle tint to enhance your lips natural shade and has a non sticky lip plumping formula to leave you with luscious fuller lips! 

 

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Safety Pins- You’re not going to need one of these very often, but on that one occasion where your bra strap breaks or your skirt unexpectedly rips you’ll thank me for this one. I never leave the house without one after my own embarrassing incident! 

 

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Tissues- There’s always some reason that you need a few tissues in your bag whether it’s the disaster of queueing for hours to find that there’s no loo roll, or an unexpected makeup emergency! 

 

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Mints/Gum- For that time you meet The One after having a garlic pizza! Or, er, just want to feel minty fresh after a long day. 

 

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Mini Purse- I hate that awkward moment when I know I’ve got the change to pay for my drink but just can’t seem to find it in the dark recesses of my handbag! Nowadays a slimline little purse for coins and notes earns its spot in my clutch to save my blushes! 

 

So I hope you liked having a peek inside my Summer clutch bag. What essentials do you keep in yours?

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I’m Laura, the blogger behind lovedbylaura.com and I’m thrilled to be here to share with you some of my recent loves from Avon as well as my top beauty tips!

Bright Summer Accessories

by Expert Blogger ‎07-04-2017 10:40 PM - edited ‎11-04-2017 4:39 PM

casa 4.jpgI absolutely love the new Casa Di Rosa Italian-inspired collection that is new to Avon. Each exclusive design is inspired by the beauty and elegance of Italy, created with exceptional craftsmanship and made using premium materials and hardware.

First up is the Leoni Premium Colour Block Handbag. This stunning handbag comes in 2 colours, red or mustard. My favourite is the mustard, but don't worry, I will definitely be using the red too!

 

 

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The quality of these bags is outstanding, with hand-painted edges and metal feet for a luxurious finish. I can't tell you how many times the bottom of a handbag has been ruined, because it did not have the metal feet to protect it every time I put the bag down. This is a must in my books.
The inside of the bags have matching colour linings with a phone compartment and a zipped compartment. They are spacious, I could easily carry 2 notebooks, my purse, my camera and some makeup items.
Each handbag also comes with a detachable strap. Whichever colour you choose, these lovely handbags are elegant yet practical.

 

 

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Next up are the new Casa Di Rosa Leoni Fringed Sandals. These gorgeous sandals are made in Italy with beautiful, genuine suede. They are designed with your comfort and style in mind. You can choose from black or mustard and comes in Sizes 4-8. I am so happy!

 

 

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I really needed a new pair of sandals and these are perfect. I can't wait for some dry, warm spring weather, so that I can finally put on a lovely maxi dress and my new Leoni sandals. Unfortunately it is raining so much right now I couldn't wear them outside, so I wore them inside instead! They are extremely comfortable, no rubbing or chafing, and a perfect fit! You will definitely love these sandals! Both the handbags and the sandals will be available in Brochure 9.
I hope you will love this new collection as much as I do, as they say in Italian, it is ‘Bellissimo’!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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knittygritty6

Inspired by simple things and flowers.

The ONLY tote you need

by Expert Blogger ‎30-03-2017 11:43 AM - edited ‎30-03-2017 11:55 AM

Hello everyone, it’s me again Heart

 

First off I have something to admit… I am obsessed with tote bags. I have many, and by many I mean there is a draw in my kitchen full of them. But, they are all just a bit boring or too small.

 

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I became addicted to tote bags after an unfortunate incident at work; I took home someone else’s Tupperware from the kitchen as we were both using the same supermarket carrier bag to cart around our wares. Ever since then I have always preferred to use a tote, they look more stylish than a carrier bag, and there’s no risk of me having to wash someone else’s lunch dishes up.

 

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The Avon monogram tote is perfect, as I know for sure it’s mine - I mean it has my initial on it after all. Not only that but it’s a good size; I can fit in my lunch, laptop and still have room for several lipsticks. What more could I need I hear you cry. Well, as I like to carry around my whole life with me on a day to day basis I also need something that will hold up against the weight. A lot of tote bags I have had in the past have only had a few stiches to attach the handle to the bag, whereas as you can see the Avon tote is very well stitched in place.

 

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The colours will go with whatever you’re wearing; you can’t beat a monochrome accessory. Whilst using the bag I have had many people ask where it’s from, including my mum who has informed me that she will be changing the H initial to an A so that she can have it. It’s certainly and fashionable, yet very functional, bag that I can see me using all throughout the year to carry my treasures and wares around wherever I go - including the beach later on this year.

 

Do you carry around everything and the kitchen sink with you day to day?

 

Shop the Initial Shopper here

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teapartybeauty

Guest blogger for AVON Connects. I am a trained beauty and holistic therapist, and currently work in an office by day and blog all things beauty by night.

Hey everyone… Spring has sprung which to me means it’s time for a wardrobe update. It’s always great to have a few keys pieces that can be worn several ways to get you through a new season, which is why the Kenzo Takada Shirt Dress is the perfect dress. It’s such a pretty and versatile style that can be worn several ways, both casual and dressy.

 

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FOR THE SUN

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere warm and sunny soon then this is the perfect day dress for that. It’s a really light material so it won’t cling and stick in the heat. All you need to complete the outfit is some sun cream, pretty sandals or comfy flat pumps.

 

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FOR LUNCH

I love the main monochrome colours of this dress, with subtle hints of greens, yellows and pinks for the detailing of the flowers. Because of the simple and subtle colours it makes it an easy dress to match to any shoes, including bright silver metallic ones. The silver flats really make the dress stand out, and look perfect for a day at the shops, lunching or just running errands (whilst looking stylish, of course). If the UK weather isn’t playing ball just throw on some tights and pack an umbrella.

 

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You can also style this over some jeans as a kimono; team with some black skinny jeans and vest top, then wear the shirt dress unbuttoned and cinched in at the waist with a belt

 

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FOR A NIGHT OUT

The great thing about simple dresses is that it’s so easy to dress up or down. For a night out or fancy meal you can pair this with some shoe boot heels, clutch bag, silver jewellery and your favourite lipstick for a glam look.

 

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The Kenzo dress is soooo versatile!!!

 

How will you style yours?

 

Shop Kenzo Takada Shirt Dress now

 

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teapartybeauty

Guest blogger for AVON Connects. I am a trained beauty and holistic therapist, and currently work in an office by day and blog all things beauty by night.

Fashion PREVIEW: something for the weekend

by Expert Blogger ‎24-02-2017 11:03 AM - edited ‎24-02-2017 1:11 PM

Hey beauties,

Stylish bag, check. Camera, check. Bright lipstick, check… What more could you need to get your weekend away off to a good start?

 

What do you pack in your weekend-away bag? My go-to bag this season is the new Storm Cabin Bag... coming just in time for holiday season in Avon brochure no 8!

 

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teapartybeauty

Guest blogger for AVON Connects. I am a trained beauty and holistic therapist, and currently work in an office by day and blog all things beauty by night.

NEW: perfect PJs for spring

by Expert Blogger ‎24-02-2017 9:52 AM - edited ‎24-02-2017 10:10 AM

 

Hi everyone, Thanks for all the love for the 7 bags for 7 days post! Glad you liked the quick tour through bags for every day!

 

This week I've been using spring as a great excuse to refresh and update! New season, new EVERYTHING!

 

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This includes a crisp new set of pyjamas, and they don’t come prettier than this beautiful botanical design from Tabitha Webb. I’m in LOVE with the floral pattern (which is exclusively designed for Avon).

 

love Sarah xxx

 

PS Available in Avon's spring brochure no 7! xxx Don't miss out...

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tempsec

Hi! I'm Sarah, a UK fashion & beauty blogger. I'm not a real secretary! My blog, Temporary:Secretary, is predominately a fashion and beauty blog, but you will also find the odd bit of lifestyle, home inspiration and a few pet photos from time to time!

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L'importance des petites choses. In English this means; It's the little things that count. Like a beautifully scented candle to light up those dark winter nights, a soft throw for those cold evenings where you sit snuggled up with a cup of tea and a good book. Or it could be the uplifting smell of lavender from little scented pillows, when you open your closet to take out your favourite jumper.

 

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knittygritty6

Inspired by simple things and flowers.

Hello lovely Beauty Connects readers, Emily here!

 

So January is over and done with and how many of us are still keeping to our New Year's resolutions? If, like me, you want to get healthier whether that be by drinking more water, or losing weight then read on.   

 

These Healthy Body Tracker Scales available from Avon make keeping track of weight, BMI, hydration, etc simple by storing all the info on a handy, free app. Perfect for tracking your progress!  

 

Wondering how they work? Simply watch my video below!

 

 

 

Emily x

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emilyleary

I'm an award winning writer and presenter, as well as a busy mum of two with a love of all things creative. My passion for food and photography is the basis for my blog, amummytoo.co.uk, which begun in 2011 and now shares daily recipes, tips and video guides for anyone who believes a shortage of spare time shouldn't mean you can't enjoy beautiful, delicious things. After a lot of plate spinning, I left a 12 year career in digital marketing behind in 2013 to write about food and lifestyle full-time.

7 bags for 7 days

by Expert Blogger ‎03-02-2017 12:44 PM - edited ‎17-02-2017 3:54 PM

 

Hi everyone!

 

To kick off the new season, I have been set a challenge by Avon's fashion team to style a different bag every day this week and I’m excited to show you how I got on. That’s 7 different bag, 7 different outfits!

 

I had a lot of fun trying to figure out which handbag to go with which outfit. In this challenge, I realized that no matter what your style is, you’ll always find a trendy bag from Avon to match you!

 

Monday: Tabitha Webb Wildside Tote Bag

 

First up is this tote bag from the T by Tabitha Webb collection which is exclusively designed for Avon (how exciting!). I love wearing it with my monochrome polka dot dress.

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Tuesday: Rhea Signature Bag

 

I never really knew what accessories to wear with this burgundy dress… until now! This vibrant red Rhea handbag is great for adding a pop of colour. It is also ideal to pair it with a smart, but plain work outfit. That’s one way to stand out from the (office) crowd!

 

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Wednesday: Alison Premium Tote Bag

 

A baggy t-shirt, jeans, and a large bag are great for the days when I’m busy running errands. The Alison Premium Tote Bag is big enough to store the daily handbag essentials plus my laptop, notebook, and some snacks to keep my energy levels up throughout the days.

 

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Thursday: Lipsy Leisure Bag

 

My mid-week evening sessions at the gym consist of a class of either Zumba or Yoga, followed by 20 minutes on the treadmill before winding down in the sauna. This means I will need a fairly large gym bag to carry my work-out clothes, trainers, water bottle, a swimming costume, a big wash bag, and a towel – and this Lipsy Leisure Bag is sure big enough for all of those things… with room to spare.

 

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Friday: Fiorelli Tote Bag

 

It’s the final work day of the week and I’ve got that Friday feeling so, naturally, I’ve made more of an effort! I can go from day to night with this floral dress and black handbag combo. All I need to do is swap my casual daywear flats with an elegant pair of heels and I’m ready to meet my friends after work.

 

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Saturday: Signature Slouch Bag

 

It’s Saturday, so it’s a day for a casual bag to match my favourite casual outfit; a simple black and white ensemble with a lovely slouch bag to complete it. This is the kind of bag that goes with everything!

 

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Sunday: Camilla Premium Bag

 

The Camilla Premium bag is such a classic tote. The best thing about the Camilla is the detachable strap, so you can get two different styles out of one bag. I personally like the fact that you can wear this large tote bag on your shoulder. It makes a nice bag for college and University students, as it’s the perfect size for books and ringbinders.  

 

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So those are the 7 outfits I wore this week with my gorgeous bags from Avon. Which one is your favourite?

 

Shop Avon handbags NOW

 

Love from

Sarah x

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Hi! I'm Sarah, a UK fashion & beauty blogger. I'm not a real secretary! My blog, Temporary:Secretary, is predominately a fashion and beauty blog, but you will also find the odd bit of lifestyle, home inspiration and a few pet photos from time to time!

Light up winter nights

by Expert Blogger ‎01-12-2016 11:54 AM - edited ‎01-12-2016 11:55 AM

 

Hi everyone! 

 

I love love LOVE candles. In fact, I am quite obsessed with them – especially around this time of year. As the days gets darker, shorter, and colder, is there anything better than coming home from work and entering a warm and cosy house??

 

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I love nothing more than settling into the evening after a long day, putting my feet up and burning a beautiful scented candle add a relaxing ambiance to the room. It really lifts my mood! 

 

Avon’s Gold Shimmer Multiwickcandle is exactly what you need during the festive season. It has a luxurious blend of cedarwood, musk, and yellow rose housed in an elegant shimmery gold glass holder. 

 

The notes from the yellow rose gives the home fragrance a fabulous twist on a Christmas candle. It has a spicy tone with a floral edge. The candle, which burns for up to 30 hours, looks so pretty sitting on the window sill or in your bathroom as you’re de-stressing in the bath. 

 

I always use candles as a centre piece too, and the Gold Shimmer Multiwick Candle might just very well be my candle of choice on Christmas Day! 

 

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Obvs enjoy responsibly!! Be very careful with candles and never leave them unattended or near floaty curtains!

Sarah x 

 

www.temporary-secretary.com

 

Shop Gold Multiwick candle and a gorgeous range of home scents now

 

 

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tempsec

Hi! I'm Sarah, a UK fashion & beauty blogger. I'm not a real secretary! My blog, Temporary:Secretary, is predominately a fashion and beauty blog, but you will also find the odd bit of lifestyle, home inspiration and a few pet photos from time to time!

Meet Softy the Snowman

by Expert Blogger ‎14-11-2016 2:34 PM

Hi everyone!

 

Well, if you haven't met Softy the Snowman already, here's your chance. 

 

Find out what my family thought when Softy came to visit!

 

Hope you like the video >>

 

 

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Adorable colour-changing wireless speaker #OnlyAtAvon

 

Shop Softy the Snowman 

 

Let me know how you're celebrating Christmas and who you're celebrating with!

 

Sophie xxx

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I am so pleased to be joining the friendly Avon community, posting as a guest blogger about beauty, fitness, parenting and more.. Welcome to my well advertised channel where I edit the reality of parenting into manageable, realistic, beautifully audio synced chunks.. Yeah right! Co-sleeping, baby wearing, makeup obsessed honest Momma, I'm a makeup artist, breastfeeding and birth centre support worker. Make sure you check out my weekly vlogs if you fancy a giggle at my small triumphs.. youtube.com/c/mumologyvlog

My first try of the instant Ice Cream Ball

by Expert Blogger ‎30-03-2016 11:54 AM - edited ‎30-03-2016 11:54 AM

Hi again, I'm always looking for new ideas for fun things to do with my toddler... and this instant Ice Cream Ball is so much fun! With delicious results...

 

At first I wasn't sure it would work >> Watch my video here to see the results >>

 

 

Let me know your favourite kids' cooking recipes in the comments below! I'd love to try them out. 

 

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Avon's Ice Cream Ball will be available this spring - shop with your Avon Representative here

 

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mumology

I am so pleased to be joining the friendly Avon community, posting as a guest blogger about beauty, fitness, parenting and more.. Welcome to my well advertised channel where I edit the reality of parenting into manageable, realistic, beautifully audio synced chunks.. Yeah right! Co-sleeping, baby wearing, makeup obsessed honest Momma, I'm a makeup artist, breastfeeding and birth centre support worker. Make sure you check out my weekly vlogs if you fancy a giggle at my small triumphs.. youtube.com/c/mumologyvlog

Fitness diary: how I tracked my steps with a Bluetooth Fitness Monitor

by Expert Blogger ‎29-03-2016 4:00 PM - edited ‎30-03-2016 10:36 AM

Hi everyone,

 

I'm back and really pleased to be here. I've made a video fitness diary for you using the new Avon Bluetooth Fitness Monitor... 

 

Find out how I got on here >>

 

 

If you're improving your health this spring... let me know! I would love to find out what fitness challenges you're setting yourself for summer.

 

My fitness goals are small: I want to boost the number of steps I take a day... help my sleep and understand exactly what I get done in a day. I suppose one of the goals I also have is to go and glow more!

 

 

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Shop the Bluetooth Fitness Monitor here

 

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mumology

I am so pleased to be joining the friendly Avon community, posting as a guest blogger about beauty, fitness, parenting and more.. Welcome to my well advertised channel where I edit the reality of parenting into manageable, realistic, beautifully audio synced chunks.. Yeah right! Co-sleeping, baby wearing, makeup obsessed honest Momma, I'm a makeup artist, breastfeeding and birth centre support worker. Make sure you check out my weekly vlogs if you fancy a giggle at my small triumphs.. youtube.com/c/mumologyvlog

Make this pavlova wreath your festive centrepiece!

by Expert Blogger ‎07-12-2015 3:56 PM - edited ‎11-12-2015 11:33 AM

 

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This pretty, delicious pavlova served with a centre of rich vanilla cream and a generous scattering of fruits is sure to steal the show this Christmas. And best of all, it's easy to make!

 

What you'll need...

 

6 egg whites (save the yolks for another recipe, if you can)

400g caster sugar

1 tsp white wine vinegar

1 1/2 tsp cornflour

2 tsp vanilla extract

pinch salt

assorted berries such as red currants, raspberries, blueberries and cherries

600ml double cream

2 tbsp icing sugar (plus more for dusting)

 

 

 

What to do...

 

  1. Preaheat the oven to 130C (120C fan). To make the pavola, whisk the egg whites with an electic mixer until just stiff (if you hold the bowl upside down, they should stay put). While still whisking, gradually add the sugar a spoonful at a time until your mix is thick and glossy. Add the vinegar, cornflour, salt and 1 tsp of vanilla and whisk until combined. Your pavlova mix is now ready. 
  2. Lay dinner plate on top of a piece of greaseproof and draw around it with a marker pen. Flip the greaseproof over so that the ink is underneath but shows through. Stick the greaseproof to a large baking sheet using a few dabs of the pavlova mix. Transfer the rest of the mix to a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle and pipe in overlapping, continuous swirls working around the circle, you might manage two or even three layers, finishing with a pretty ring of mix. 
  3. Put the pavlova carefully into the oven and bake for 1 hour. Check about every 15 minutes way through and if it looks like it's browning at all, turn the heat down about 15 degrees. When the time is up, turn off the oven and, leave the pavlova to cool inside the oven with the door ajar. 
  4. While the pavlova is cooling, gently beat your cream to soft peaks, then beat in the remaining 1 tsp of vanilla and the icing sugar. Spoon generously into a dessert bowl.
  5. When the pavlova is completely cool, run a long sharp knife underneath to release from the paper and slide onto your serving plate. Stand your bowl of vanilla cream in the centre. Top both with plenty of fruit in what ever design you like, then dust with icing sugar to finish.

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And if you're loving the decorative touches I've got on my festive table, they're all available from Avon, including this cute Christmas jumper bottle warmer.

 

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 And these tree and window decorations.

 

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Make this decadent chocolate fondant with an oozing chocolate caramel centre

by Expert Blogger ‎26-11-2015 10:36 PM - edited ‎28-11-2015 12:01 PM

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To my mind, there is no better dessert than a chocolate fondant. It looks like an innocent chocolate cake until you slide your spoon into it, releasing a flood of hot rich chocolate sauce. Incredible. 

 

This one is very simple to make, and is extra special thanks to a spoonful of caramel swirling through the centre of each one.

 

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Here's what to do. Makes 4.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 4 mini pudding moulds 7.5cm diameter
  • 100g (3.5 oz) dark chocolate
  • 100g (3.5 oz) butter (plus a little for greasing)
  • 2 medium free range eggs
  • 70g (2.5. oz) caster sugar
  • 50g (1.75 oz) flour
  • 10g (0.5 oz) cocoa (plus a little to dust the moulds)
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 4 rounded tsp of caramel (you can buy jars of caramel - choose a firm one, such as dulce de leche)
  • A little icing sugar to dust

 

Method

 

  1. Place your jar of caramel in the fridge until you're ready to use it (it helps it firm up). Preheat the oven to 200C fan.
  2. Grease the inside of the moulds generously with butter then dust with cocoa, turning the moulds to cover every bit of the inside and shaking off the excess. Set aside.
  3. Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and microwave in 15 second blasts until just melted. Set aside to cool.
  4. Whip the eggs and caster sugar together until they are thick and form ribbons on the surface than sink in gently.
  5. Fold the cooled chocolate gently into the eggs, then seive in the flour, cocoa and baking powder and gently fold that in too.
  6. Share half the batter between each of the moulds, then carefully place a rounded tsp of carmamel in the centre of each mould. Cover over with the remaining batter and gently level off each mould. Place them in the fridge for an hour (or overnight, which is great if you're making them for Chritmas and want less work on the day).
  7. Bake the fondant in centre oven for 5-6 minutes until just set on top - keep an eye on them as overbaking with cause the middles to set. Tip immediately onto plates and serve hot with a dusting of icing sugar. Watch as your family/guests discover that wonderful molten centre!

To make this dessert really special, I dressed the table with these fantastic battery powered flickering candles.

 

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And this adorable little house, which can be lit with tea lights.

 

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How to use Avon Christmas 3D Cookie Cutters to create this amazing display

by Expert Blogger ‎19-11-2015 9:00 AM - edited ‎19-11-2015 5:01 PM

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Isn't this cookie display fun? It's made with Avon's Christmas 3D Cookie Cutters and it's so easy, you can rustle it up in no time. 

 

Fancy making this display for yourself? First up, you'll need to make a simple gingerbread dough.

 

You'll need...

 

  • 180g butter
  • 150g golden syrup
  • 150g black treacle
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 500g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

What to do...

 

Melt the butter, syrup, black treacle and sugar together in a pan over a low heat, then set aside to cool.

 

Mix the flour, ginger, bicard and salt together in a bowl, then pour the cooled syrup mixture into the bowl. Mix until it comes together in a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for around an hour until it's nice and firm. 

 

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Preheat your oven to 180C (160C fan) and then roll out your dough on a floured surface to about 1cm thick, and then cut out your shapes.

 

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When you've used up all the free space, gather up the offcuts and roll them out again to make extra presents. 

 

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Place all your cookies on parchment lined baking sheets, leaving space between them. Place the Chritmas Trees towards the top of the oven and the other sheets on the lower shelves. 

 

Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden.

 

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Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.

 

Now you can make your decorating icing. 

 

You'll need...

 

  • 340g icing sugar
  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp water

What to do...

 

Put all your icing ingredients in a bowl except the water. Beat until really shiny, then add the water and beat again. This will make it a little looser so that it's easier to pipe.

 

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Transfer your mixture to a piping bag and snip a tiny bit off the end of the bag to create a small hole. 

 

Pipe your patters onto your presents and Chritmas Tree however you choose, remembering to leave little gaps where the two cookies will fit together. 

 

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You can do any design you like. This is a fun job for the kids to help with. 

 

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When you're finished decorating, simply leave your icing to set before assembling your cookies. 

 

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Enjoy!

 

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One-Pot Chicken Chorizo Stew

by Expert Blogger ‎29-10-2015 10:00 AM - edited ‎04-11-2015 5:53 PM

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As we hurtle into chilly days and colder nights, it's time to start cooking up comforting bowls of deliciousness with plenty of vitamins. 

 

I used the Avon flexi chopping mat set to safely prep the raw chicken away from the fresh veg. 

 

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It's a handy set as each board is super thin yet durable, and each is clearly marked according to its purpose.

 

Chop on the non-slip surface then lift the board and flex into a curved shape to tip your ingredients into the pan with no spillage. 

 

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To make this yummy chicken chorizo stew for yourself, you'll need:

 

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 150g leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 130g chorizo, diced
  • 200g carrots, diced
  • 200g swede, diced
  • 300g charlotte potatoes, halved
  • 500g chicken breast, chopped into inch pieces
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1-2 sprigs of thyme and rosemary, bundled with a rubber band

 

And here's how to do it...

 

  1. Warm oil in a large non-stick pan and then fry the onions, leeks and garlic until just beginning to colour. 
  2. Add the chorizo and fry for a further minute or two, then tip in the chicken and fry until sealed. 
  3. Stir in the remaining veg, then the stock and seasoning.
  4. Throw in the fresh herbs, place the lid on the stew and leave to simmer for 20-30 minutes on a low heat. Don't boil your liquid, it will make the chicken seize and turn tough. 
  5. Check that each of the vegetables is cooked through, remove the herb bundle, season to taste, then ladel the stew into bowls.
  6. Sprinkle with a little fresh thyme and chilli flakes to finish.  

 

Enjoy!

 

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Ginger and lime dressed raw vegetable salad

by Expert Blogger ‎15-10-2015 1:43 PM - edited ‎04-11-2015 6:57 PM

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Doesn't this salad look bright and beautiful? It's made with with raw ribbons of courgette and purple carrot, sliced red pepper, shredded red cabbage, cashews, spring onions and a gorgeous fresh lime and ginger dressing.

 

It's crunchy, zingy and utterly delicious. What's more, it's packed with vitamins and can made in minutes with the help of the Avon Kitchen Magik Peeler Catcher, which catching the ribbons as you peel. It's also great for keeping your kitchen mess-free when peeling spuds!

 

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Here's how to make the salad. It will serve two as a lunchtime main, or more as a side dish.

 

Ingredients

 

The salad:

 

  • 2 purple carrots
  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/4 small red cabbage
  • 1-2 spring onions
  • Handful of cashews

The dressing:

 

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger (or minced ginger from a jar)
  • Good pinch salt
  • Good pinch pepper
  • 1 tsp honey (use agave syrup or leave out if vegan)

Method

 

  1. Wash all of your vegetables before you start. Peel your purple carrots and deseed your pepper. 
  2. Use you peeler to turn the carrots and courgettes into beautiful ribbons and arrange on a large plate. 
  3. Finely slice the red pepper, cabbage and spring onions and add to the plate.
  4. Whisk lime juice, oil, ginger, seasoning and honey together in a small bowl and taste. It makes quite a lot, so dress the salad and much or as little as you wish. 
  5. Sprinkle the cashews on top to finish. 

Enjoy!

 

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Heavenly scents with Winter Nights Fragrance Lamp

by Expert Blogger ‎22-07-2015 2:05 PM - edited ‎04-11-2015 2:39 PM

OK - it's official... I've got all excited about cosy nights in, curling up with a book, making cupcakes by firelight and gorgeous cold-weather scents.

 

 

I've received several questions about how to use this beautiful Winters Night Fragrance Lamp, I so decided to make a quick video...

 

Thanks for watching... and let me know if you try the lamp yourself!

 

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Bake like a pro

by Expert Blogger ‎16-07-2015 12:12 PM - edited ‎17-07-2015 11:35 AM

The BBC's Great British Bake Off is just around the corner... baking fever here we come! So I thought I would show you the clever new baking mat and rolling pin from Avon's KitchenMagik range. 

 

Let me know what you're baking in your kitchen right now. I'd love to see your creations!! Heart

 

 

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I've made a series of movies about my favourites from the KitchenMagik range. Save space with the 6-in-1 Prep Set and get your measuring super accurate with the Digital Measuring Jug

 

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Everyone needs a helping hand in the kitchen... and this new spacesaving 6-in-1 prep set is a fantastic bit of kit.

 

I've made a video to show you the features I particularly like...

 

Juicer

Grater

Seive

Funnel

2 measuring cups

 

Please do let me know if you've got one, and how you get on... Also would love to know the recipes you're rustling up in the kitchen this summer 

 

 

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Every kitchen needs this

by Expert Blogger ‎22-06-2015 5:35 PM

I tried this clever kitchen jug out... and thought you might like to see a video.

 

Let me know what you think if you also have one...

 

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After school cake bars

by Expert Blogger ‎22-05-2015 11:47 AM - edited ‎10-09-2015 1:30 PM

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These sweet, chewy little loaves are really delicious... a perfect after-school treat for kids who are hungry after a long day of learning. The sponge isn’t just a

standard cake batter – it’s packed with flavour from oats, almonds and vanilla

and given caramel tones with muscovado sugar and chopped dates. A perfect

lunchtime treat.

 

Ingredients

150g slightly salted butter

200g light brown muscovado sugar

3 medium free range eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

50g rolled oats (plus 1-2 tbsp for the topping)

50g ground almonds

100g self-raising flour, sieved

100g chopped dates

 

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan assisted) and lightly grease a 12-hole

mini-loaf tin or 12 mini-loaf cardboard cases.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs and vanilla and beat

until evenly combined. Beat in the oats and almonds.

3. Gently fold in the flour with a metal spoon, then fold in the chopped dates.

4. Divide the batter between the 12 cases and sprinkle over the remaining oats.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 12-15 minutes until just firm on top. Cool on a

wire rack before serving.

If you make these for lunchboxes, you can store them in an airtight container and

they’ll last few a few days, or you can even freeze them to defrost later.

Until next time,

Your food blogger,

Emily

 

 

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Pretty lemon meringue cupcakes

by Expert Blogger ‎22-05-2015 11:06 AM - edited ‎22-05-2015 11:39 AM

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Lemon meringue pie is one of my favourite desserts. The super sweet meringue with its crispy

shell and soft, cloud-like inner, the smooth, tart lemon curd, and the sweet biscuity pastry.

Divine!

 

Another big favourite of mine is cupcakes – any and all cupcakes. I love how creative you can be

with the flavours, how convenient the individual portions are, and what great feasts for the eye

you can achieve with a little knowhow.

 

 

This recipe uses an all in one sponge to make quick work of an impressive treat, which takes all

the best features of a classic cupcake and combines with the flavours and textures of lemon

meringue pie.

Here’s how to make them…

 

Ingredients

For the sponge:

 120g caster sugar

 120g self-raising flour

 2 medium free range eggs

 120g slightly salted butter, softened

 1 tsp vanilla extract

 200g lemon curd

For the topping

 3 medium free range egg whites

 150g caster sugar

You’ll also need:

 8 muffin cases (or 12 cupcake cases)

 Muffin tray, cupcake tray, or baking sheet

 Electric whisk

 Piping bag and star nozzle


 

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Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 200C (180C fan). In a large bowl or mixer, beat the sugar, eggs,

butter, flour and vanilla together until smooth and light. Next, spoon into 8 muffin cases

(or 12 smaller cases) – the cases should either be placed in a 12 hole muffin tray or if

they’re free standing cases like mine, but them on a baking sheet. Level off and bake for

approximately 15 minutes until golden and just springy to the touch.

2. Allow to cool completely, then cut out a well from the centre of each one, about 2cm

across by 2.5cm deep. Fill each hole with lemon curd to the top. I used a piping bag for

this but you could do it with a teaspoon.

3. Make the meringue by whipping the egg whites until very stiff (you can hold the bowl

upside down and it should stay put). Gradually whisk in the sugar at high speed. Keep

whisking until you have a high gloss meringue. Transfer the meringue to you piping bag

fitted with your star nozzle and pipe a tall swirl on top of each cupcake, working from

the outside in.

4. Place the cupcakes on a baking sheet and put them under the grill for five minutes until

the meringue browns just slightly at the peak and on the swirl detail. Remove, cool and

serve!

 

I hope you try it!

Until next time,

Your food blogger, Emily x

 

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No-bake Easter cheesecake

by Expert Blogger ‎30-03-2015 1:50 PM - edited ‎22-05-2015 11:09 AM

This chocolatey, rich and delicious cheesecake is bound to be a hit this Easter!

 

It takes minutes to prepare, you can top with all your favourite Easter chocolates and the whole thing comes out of the pan looking stunning.

 

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Here’s what to do…

 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 250g digestive biscuits crushed
  • 560g cream cheese
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 300ml double cream
  • 150g flakes or finely grated milk chocolate
  • 1 medium (7 inch/18cm) loose bottom cake tin
  • A selection of Easter chocolate. I used caramel chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies and coloured mini chocolate eggs

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  1. Crush the biscuits (either with the end of a rolling pin or in a food processor) until you have a very coarse crumb. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuits until all the butter is absorbed. Press firmly into the bottom of the cake tin, then refrigerate while you work on the filling.
  2. Whip the cream cheese to loosen, then beat in the caster sugar and whisk for 60 seconds until thick and fluffy, then fold in the grated chocolate. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until stiff, then fold gently into the cream cheese mix until fully combined. Spoon the filling onto the biscuit base and level off the surface.
  3. Top with the chocolates of your choice, pressing gently into the surface in whatever pattern takes your fancy. I cut the caramel eggs in half and placed them, open side up to show off the enticing caramel.
  4. Once your toppings are in place, refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 2 hours, then run a warm, dry knife around the inside of the tin. Stand the tin on something stable like a large jar and gently ease the sides of the tin down to release the cake.

 

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Because of the thick base, the cheesecake should lift onto a cake stand with ease – just use a cake slice or stiff spatula to avoid it all falling apart in the transfer.

 

Enjoy and happy Easter!

 

Until next time…

 

Your food blogger, Emily x

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Mother's Day Raspberry Tart

by Expert Blogger ‎09-03-2015 2:18 PM

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been experimenting with treats I can bake with the children on Sunday.

 

Presenting…my Mother's Day Raspberry Bakewell Tart!

 

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This delicious tart is made up of a lemon and fresh raspberry sponge, sitting on top of a thick layer of raspberry jam, encased in sweet, flakey shortcrust pastry.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

For the pastry

  • 100g cold slightly salted butter, cubed
  • 25g icing sugar
  • 175g flour
  • 1 free range egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp cold water

For the sponge

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 3 medium free range eggs
  • 200g self raising flour
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • A handful of raspberries, washed and dried

You’ll also need a non-stick flan tin with a loose bottom.

 

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. This pastry is so easy to make. Just pulse the flour, sugar and butter in a food processor until it’s like even breadcrumbs, then add the egg yolk and water and pulse again until it magically comes together as a dough. Wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge to firm up for 10-15 minutes.

 

2. Preheat the oven to 160C (140C fan assisted). Turn the dough out onto a flour-dusted surface and roll into a circle approximately 2 inches wider than the base of your tin all the way round. Lift it carefully into the tin and press in gently. Don’t cut off the overhang at this stage!

 

3. Place a sheet of baking parchment into the case and fill with baking beans, then bake for 12 minutes. Take the case out of the oven, remove the paper and beans and return to the oven for a further 12-15 minutes until just turning golden and totally dry. Leave to cool completely.

 

4. Turn the oven up to 180C (160C fan assisted) and start your sponge by beating the butter and sugar together until pale. Beat in the eggs, followed by the lemon juice and then fold in the flour.

 

5. Spread the jam over the base of the cooled pastry case, then spoon in the cake batter and gently level off. Scatter the raspberries on top – some will stay near the surface and some will sink during baking. Bake for around 45-55 minutes or until firm on top.

 

6. Allow to cool in the tin. To release, stand the tin on a can or tub so that the sides drop away, then carefully transfer to a plate with a cake slice. Dust with a little icing sugar through a sieve. Store in an airtight tin

Whatever you’re doing and whoever you’re with, I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

 

Until next time,

Your food blogger,

Emily x

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Abs, core and arm workout

by Expert Blogger ‎20-02-2015 1:13 PM

Hi everyone, Hollie here.

 

Today I've created a video for you that will tone abs and arms as well as strengthening your core. The best part is you can do these exercises at home! 

 

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Watch the video below to see how these exercises can be fun but effective!

 

Products used:
Gym Ball with Printed Workouts
Della Lightweight Trainers
Active Reversible Sports Bra

Workout bars

 

 

 Let me know what you think!

 

Hollie x

 

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