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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MEEEEE!!

C: Hi everyone! Just a little birthday related post today, it was my quarter century birthday over the weekend and I thought I would share with you all the beautiful gifts I was lucky enough to receive! This is not a bragging post, I was just super spoilt and wanted to share all the lovely things I got with you guys (plus there are some hints at reviews that will be coming up soon!

Homeware/random nice things

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First up I received some more Long Tall Sally pyjamas from my parents in law. These are my favouritest brand of pjs as they are super comfy and not ankle swingers on me, so they were the perfect gift! I love the checked pattern, and I am saving these for my post baby, first nights sleep at home pjs! (If anyone wants to treat me to 100 more pairs then feel free). The parentals number 2 also got me this “Junk Genius” book, which is full of tat according to the father 2 – which means I will clearly love it! It is full of ways to use stuff you have lying about the house to make something amazing – I am going to find the worst thing in it and make father2 it for Christmas. He will pretend he doesn’t, but secretly love it. Tat is his favourite.

I also got this cute tea light from one of my lovely friends, and this oil burner from Annie. I love candles so these were always going to go down well! The green colour is also almost a perfect match for my lounge/dining room and the oil burner will go perfectly in my bedroom! So good colour matching friends – 10 points to gryffindor.

Jewels!

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My friend who got me the tea light holder also got me these amazing midi rings! I love midi rings but loose them all the time, so I was in need of some more to add to my diminishing collection! I love the colours of these! I also got this necklace and these earrings from L, who took me shopping for my birthday to make me feel better about being pregnant and a whale. These were from H&M and were £3.99 each I think! I also got new clothes, but I shall show you those in some OOTD’s post baby!

Make Up/Beauty Stuff

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Annie got me lots of new make up! We had been shopping a week or so ago, and clearly she had been paying attention as I love all of these things! This Make Up Revolution eye shadow is super exciting, and like nothing I have ever tried before, so I can’t wait to review it for you – it comes with its own primer and mixing tray to make it super long lasting! She also got me the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick I wanted as I really like the new packaging… yes I am that lame, and the Make Up Revolution Blush Palette which is clearly too pretty and I won’t be able to bring myself to use it for ages. But I will review it for you eventually I promise! Lastly another friend treated me to three Lush Bubble Bars! Lush is my favourite for bath stuff and she got me The Comforter, Pop in the Bath and a Creamy Candy Bar – all very good choices as they smell AMAZING!

So there we have my birthday treats! I also got given some Boots vouchers (which I cannot wait to spend!) from the work bestie and some pennies from the fam (which I spent on getting the dog to the groomers and my car valeted… I am clearly now getting old) so I was super spoilt! What do you guys think of my pressies?! #twolittleowls

A Beautiful Glamping Weekend

C & A: As some of you lovely followers may know, we had a little holiday this weekend which has been planned for a while and coincided with Chloe’s birthday. We are pretty lucky that our boyfriends are pretty much as bezzie as we are so the four of us like to go on an annual camping trip, along with our friend Spen.

Last year we visited the lovely Amber’s Bell Tents in Norfolk, and wrote up a review here. We had such a good time last year that we tried to book again but Amber has been super busy with bookings, and deservedly so because her bell tents and the surroundings are beautiful (there’s a link to Amber’s website on our review if you’re interested in booking!).

Because we live close to Norfolk and we love it so much, we decided to head to a similar area and after a bit of googling we found the perfect place.

Norfolk Glamping and Yurt Holidays have two sites, one based at Yaxham Waters with traditional mongolian yurts and a train carriage, and the other in Filby with bell tents and tipis. We decided to head to the Yaxham based site because it’s a little closer to us and there’s two fishing lakes on site – perfect to keep the boys occupied for the whole weekend. Plus, none of us had stayed in a yurt before and the pictures on the site looked amazing.

We booked from Friday night for 3 nights and after a quick trip to Morrisions on Friday morning for essentials (cheese and wine), we were packed and ready to go with the Frozen soundtrack for company along the way – the boys went in their own car, I’m not sure they could’ve dealt with us being super excited and singing ‘Do You Wanna Build a Snowman’ for an hour.

Most importantly, we beat the boys to the campsite and when we arrived, Shane the super lovely owner showed us round. We unpacked the cars and got settled in, and went for a bimble around the site. There were even chickens and goats, along with the fishing lakes!

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The yurts are based in their own little camping area, and there’s also an area for caravans and tents – as well as the availabilty to hire lodges. We can highly recommend this for camping – whether you have a tent, caravan or are looking to hire a yurt or lodge, the site is lovely with a fully stocked farmshop, cafe, shower block and beautiful, peaceful views.

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Inside the yurts is a double bed (a real bed whilst camping, what more could you want?!), some cute armchairs and a sofa bed – as well as some lovely wooden cabinets full of plates, saucepans and anything else you many need.

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Super excited at having a proper bed for camping!

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There’s also a gas stove for brews in the morning and a woodburner too in case its a little chilly. Although there was no electricty, there were laterns hanging inside and a good supply of tealights which create such a lovely atmosphere and give off plenty of light. The fur rugs and cushions are lovely finishing touches and make the yurt feel super cosy. Outside the yurt is a hammock and a seating area, along with a fire pit, bbq and communal pizza oven – perfect for the evenings.

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Chloe with super cool camping hair…

On Chloe’s birthday, we had bacon sandwiches and Buck’s Fizz for breakfast, and whilst the boys went fishing, Chloe and I took a trip out to Swaffham. The weather was so sunny, and we checked out the local farmer’s market, an antiques market and the local charity shops – as well as having an essential break for ice-creams. We also went out for a lovely meal in the evening and managed to get a photo of us all!

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On Sunday, we ventured out to Dunston Hall Antiques fair (and we only got a little bit lost). The hall was beautiful and the grounds too, but we didn’t stay too long at the fair because it was all very expensive and posh – we like to have a good rummage around a car boot or an emporium. So we stopped off at a village pub on the way back to the campsite for a ploughman’s lunch, because we hadn’t had enough cheese already.

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Dunston Hall – a little too posh for us!

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Best Ploughmans Ever!

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Monday was the day to come home, the weekend went so quickly! Annie knew about an amazing antiques emporium that we could stop off at on the way home though, so it made the journey a little more exciting. The Emporium in Long Sutton is jam-packed with amazing goodies, and you can always guarantee finding some sort of gem hidden away for a bargain. If you know of an emporium in your local area and haven’t been, you need to go! You can normally find information about them on the internet quite easily (Antiques Atlas is a really good website for this!).

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Creepy room at the Emporium…

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Just chilling.

We had such a lovely time that we wanted to share our photos and experience with you. If you like this post, please let us know! We would love to know what your holiday plans are too, and if you can recommend any Glamping sites in the UK!

We will be posting photos of all of our lovely purchases over the next week or so, so why not give us a cheeky follow #twolittleowls

Annie’s birthday haul

A: it was my birthday yesterday and I thought I’d better share some of the lovely treats I got with you – I have been well and truly spoilt!!

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My boyfriend is either a genius or a regular reader of our blog, he got me this jumper, sandals and watch I mentioned on my April wishlist. My parentals bought me this lovely leopard swimsuit and maxi dress, as well as two new bags and the love heart shaped picnic basket and umbrella! My beautiful cousin got me a MAC lipstick and nail varnish (Chloe is totally jealous).
My boyfriend also got me this super cool bar table, which we put to good use last night with my family and friends, and everyone loved the cakes too! Chloe got me the Kate Moss lipstick I’ve been lusting after, and some midi rings which are perfect – we are both majorly picky about midi rings because we have fat fingers. Like I said, I’ve been super spoilt and I’m very lucky to have family and friends who know me so well!

Hope you’re having a fun Saturday! #twolittleowls

The best lemon drizzle

A: tonight I made my favourite lemon drizzle, it’s my go to cake because it’s so easy to make and everyone loves it so I thought I’d share it with you guys!

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Firstly, you need the following ingredients:

175g margarine
175g self raising flour
175g caster sugar
2 large eggs (free range if possible!)
4 tablespoons milk
2 lemons

Switch the oven on to 160 degrees Celsius, then mix all of the ingredients (apart from the lemons) together. I use a mixer and just put it all in and let it do it’s stuff. Once you’ve got a lovely, velvety consistency of cake mix, add the grated zest of the lemons.
Put the mix into a loaf tin which has been lightly greased and lined with baking parchment. Pop into the oven and cook for 30-35 mins, test it with a knife to check it’s cooked all the way through.

Whilst the cake is cooking, weigh out 100 grams of granulated sugar and mix with the juice of the 2 lemons. This makes the crystal glaze topping. Once the cake is cooked and taken out of the oven, pour this over the top and let it cool. This makes it extra moist and lemony!

Finally, make a cup of tea and enjoy a slice of lovely lemon drizzle!! #twolittleowls