Year: 2016

Let’s get fruity for Christmas | 4 Sweet Treats to Try

There’s nothing like treating yourself at Christmas, is there? We certainly do in my household. I mean, I won’t lie – we traditionally start the day munching on chocolate scorched almonds with a cup of tea while the kids open their stockings on our bed first thing in the morning! But if you want to temper the bad stuff, with some of the good, how about incorporating a little fruit? I’ve found four delicious sweet treats you could easily add to your Christmas day festivities that include some fruity numbers. From top left to right:- Banana Father Christmas Skewers: Bananas have never been so tasting with the addition of strawberries, marshmallows and Smarties – so easy the kids could do it! Found on Pinterest. Mango Panna Cotta: This looks divine and mango is my favourite fruit of all time. It’s trickier to make than the skewers but worth it, I’m sure. Find out how at Utry. Chocolate Dipped Fruit:  Aesthetically Instagrammable (thanks to #talinegabriel) and sure to have your guests swooning for more. See other chocolate dipped fruit ideas at Popsugar. Raspberry …

4 Instagram Finds

Today I’m taking a peak at Instagram and would like to share four instagrammers I think are worthy of following: #hopeinthewoods – How many ways can you photograph wooden spoons? Brit Luke Hope knows how to make you swoon over a spoon with his hand-made wooden pieces which he styles to perfection. #woodlucker – Artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker make ‘botanical paper constructions and interactive mechanical sculptures’. The photographs of their work, Minneapolis studio and home are exquisitely moody and predominantly filled with butterflies. #vegetarianfoodmaker – The words French and vegetarian aren’t usually associated together but The Vegetarian Food Maker makes mouth-watering food bowls and plates them up so beautifully that even a hardcore meat-lover would have to be impressed. #theslowtraveler – UK photographer Carolyn documents her travels, most recently around South America – like the image here from Buenos Aires – with misty grey and pastel tones.  

6 Unique Holidays Under the Stars

Sleeping out in nature is the signature drawcard of any camping holiday – listening to the night-time warbles of frogs or crickets, the slosh of a nearby sea or lake, the scuttle of spiders and the buzz of pesky mosquitoes. But who’s slept hanging from a tree? In a glass igloo at minus 15 degrees Celsius? Or glamped it up in an open treehouse in an African reserve? I’ve found six holiday destinations where getting back to nature is taken to a whole new level. Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht, Germany: Elevated tenting If you hate heights, look away now! The Waldseilgarten Höllschlucht adventure resort near Munich in Bavaria takes ‘sleeping in the trees’ or ‘in the rock’ to their most literal meanings and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Platform beds are either nestled in trees or ‘portaledge’ tents are higher up. The sleeping pods are draped in fabric and suspended from branches several feet above the ground. Want to be even higher? The more elevated option is 3,280 feet off a cliff face! During the day you can add to the …