Essex Bloggers Goody Bag

Essex Bloggers Event

This Saturday I organised an event for the bloggers of Essex. I have always taken a look at the other events organised for bloggers across the country and they looked like so much fun. There doesn’t seem to be too much happening for bloggers within the county so I decided that this would be a great way for us to meet up, get to know each other and have a nice afternoon.

We met at 2pm in Missoula, Chelmsford. There were 9 of us in total and we spent the afternoon sipping cocktails, wine and orange juice (for the drivers amongst us!). The food was wonderful and everybody had a great time.

I am really pleased that everybody enjoyed themselves so much and especially proud to have received so many thank you’s and well dones! I love organising, something I seem to have inherited from my Mum, so I was in my element arranging it all!

A great big thank you to all of the brands that got involved to help me put together a goody bag especially for all of the #EssexBloggers! These were really well received and the products are all wonderful.

Essex Bloggers Goody Bag

We’re hoping to get together again in the Summer and I look forward to it!

Sadly we didnt get too many pictures of the event, as it was difficult for many to get a word in edge ways there wasn’t much of a chance to start brandishing a camera around!

Vinyl Clock

Vinyl Clocks Review

Guest post by Matthew Dean

Vinyl is one of those things in life that is hard not to love. Personally, I find everything about vinyl cool. The look, the feel, the smell. As a DJ living in a now digital age, but having learnt on turntables and vinyl, I have developed a respect for the medium that will never leave me.

My girlfriend and I have recently moved home and I’m still in the process of arranging my home studio exactly how I want it. So when I came home from work and Katrina presented me with a Vinyl Clock, I was over the moon! What a perfect compliment to my beloved studio!


The box it came in was nicely designed and contained the clock securely in a polystyrene case, making it extremely difficult for any accidents to occur during transit!

Upon opening the case, I was presented with a Beatles 7″ single featuring ‘She Loves You/I’ll Get You’ – very cool! On this occasion, the vinyl was selected at random but on the Vinyl Clocks website there is a huge range to choose from of both 12″ and 7″ vinyls, picture vinyls and even cover artwork.

The clock mechanism itself is very securely attached and contains a hook on the back to easily mount onto any wall. The hands of the clock are gold which looks great in contrast to the black vinyl. Not much more to report there – it does its job and that’s to tell the time!


The website is smart, nicely laid out, easy to navigate and conveniently it uses PayPal as payment method. Considering the time it takes to source vinyls in good enough condition to use for display and to then mount the clock mechanism securely without damaging the vinyl, the pricing is very reasonable indeed starting from £13.95!

So, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, why not grab one now for the music lover in your life? Or even just for yourself! I am delighted with mine and know that you will be too.

Dairy Free Apple Loaf

No Dairy Apple Loaf

3 eggs
3/4 small apples -peeled, cored & sliced
5 teaspoons mixed spice/cinnamon
4 teaspoons baking soda
250g sugar
250g plain flour

Grease a baking tin. I used a loaf tin and it was the perfect size for the above quantities. Increase for a bigger tin.

Mix flour, baking soda and 4 teaspoons of mixed spice/cinnamon (the other teaspoonful will come later!) in a bowl.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and sugar.

Gradually fold in the flour to the egg and sugar mix.

Now fold in the apples and then pour into your baking tin.

Dust the final teaspoon of mixed spice/cinnamon over the mixture.

Bake for 50-60 minutes at 200 degrees.


Dairy Free Apple Loaf

Hot Toddy Candle

Hot Toddy Candle

Now this is a really interesting concept and I was actually very intrigued when I first found out about it.

Marie Reynolds hascreated a range of candles handmade in Britain that can be used for massage, as a room fragrance, on the body, for exfoliation, as a solid perfume or as a conditioner.

Yes, you read that right – a candle that does all of that. What is this magic?!

Hot Toddy Candle

With prices ranging from £5.50 for a 30g candle this product could not be more multipurpose. I have before heard of or seen a candle that has so many uses. Never have I thought to use a candle as a lip balm and a conditioner before lighting it in my living room.

But that’s what makes this product so great. It doesn’t just serve the one purpose and having this in your bathroom would allow you not only to relax whilst in the bath but also to ensure that your skin is soft, supple and smelling lovely!

I must admit that I was not sold by the Marie Reynolds website, I don’t think it fully reflects the quality of the products – but it is just a storefront and doesn’t affect the products. They come beautifully gift wrapped and would make the perfect gift this Christmas.

I got the Hot Toddy scent, which is perfect for winter with notes of spiced apple and cinnamon. However, there are many other choices including Refresh, Indulge & Hope. All with their own blend of scents.

I have the 50g votive candle, which comes in a lovely glass jar and is gift wrapped in cellophane, at a cost of £8.50.