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Let’s get personal – with gifts

The influx of sites such as Notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy have created fantastic platforms for people to get creative and sell their own products. These in turn give the rest of us the opportunity to find the most thoughtful and relevant gifts for our friends and family.

There has also been a recent trend for personalised products – jewellery, mugs and clothing with inspirational quotes, funny slogans, names or initials on them. I love shopping for gifts on NOTHS as it makes it so easy to get a really thoughtful and good quality gift that will mean something to who you’re giving it to.
Personalised gifts
Here are some of my favourite personalised gift ideas:
Personalised gifts

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Super simple bread recipe

I’m a huge fan of simple cooking and easy recipes. I also love bread but haven’t had much success in making my own until I discovered this super simple recipe.

If I’m honest, this could be better described as a giant savoury muffin or scone, but it serves every purpose a fresh loaf would. My favourite way to enjoy this would be heating up a chunk in the microwave for 10 seconds and smothering it in butter – ultimate comfort snack!

Ingredients

  • 250g self raising flour
  • 25g butter
  • 180ml milk
  • 100g grated cheese
  • 1/2 top salt

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Leith Cafe Quest

One of my favourite things to do in life is to chill out on a Saturday afternoon in a pretty, cosy cafe. Edinburgh is great for this, but my neighbourhood of Leith is particularly special.

The diversity of people, pubs, cafes and restaurants is what made me fall in love with Leith. From the recently opened Starbucks (I’m not ashamed to like chains too) to the vast range of little independent coffee shops featured in this blog post.

Whenever I’m driving or walking down Leith Walk there always seems to be somewhere new that catches my eye. Recently, there seems to have been an influx of cafes so I decided to share my faves and hopefully you can tell me about some I’ve missed!

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Review: Dishoom brunch

If you speak to anyone in Edinburgh about new foodie establishments at the moment, chances are you’ll hear about Dishoom.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

There are already a handful of Dishoom restaurants in London (Shoreditch, King’s Cross, Carnaby and Covent Garden) that I’ve heard people are raving about. St. Andrew Square in Edinburgh has recently had a large scale makeover, with the introduction of new restaurants, hotels, a TK Maxx and more to come! This was clearly a prime location, central and close to Waverley Train Station, for Dishoom to branch out of the big smoke and open their first restaurant in Scotland.

Back in mid-January we were invited to their official launch party, a spectacular affair filled with luxurious nibbles, cocktails and chai – word quickly spread on the Edinburgh grapevine about the new eatery in town. The most frequent whispers I heard revolved around their Bombay cafe style brunch and, luckily, I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to pop along and review it for myself.

Dishoom, Edinburgh

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Coping with anxiety

2017 started in the most amazing way, as we welcomed in the new year whilst on our honeymoon in Australia. Even when we returned in mid-January, after 3 weeks away, I felt so refreshed and the most ‘new year, new me’ I’ve ever felt.

This continued for a few weeks; I felt so in control of my life and positive about everything. I was continuing with my weekly yoga classes at work and adopting some mindfulness activities.

And then my old, unwelcome friend, anxiety, started to creep back in.

So which coping mechanisms and activities do I find help me? Read on to find out…

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Review: The Salisbury Arms

When my husband and I started dating, I was living in a wee flat in Marchmont. We soon found our favourite date venues, one of which was The Salisbury Arms. It always had fantastic food and was lovely and cosy (yet very spacious) for some weekend drinks and Scrabble!

We now live in Leith so when I was invited to review The Salisbury Arms after a big refurbishment, we leapt at the opportunity! So how does it compare after its makeover? Read on to find out.

The Salisbury Arms, Edinburgh

To be honest, it doesn’t really look much different inside; which is a good thing! I love how spacious it is; full of homely accessories such as tartan clad chairs and vintage thistle wallpaper. If I had a bar or restaurant, this is how I would decorate it. In fact, when we move from our flat to a house, I will be taking lots of inspiration from The Salisbury Arms.

The photogenic appearance meant that it was the perfect muse for blogging. I couldn’t stop taking photos of all the little details dotted around the place.

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