Instagram accounts that deserve more recognition

Tuesday, 28 March 2017



In our little WhatsApp group chat, myself and the picnic gang were discussing what a mess instagram is and how some of our favourite accounts don't have the followings they deserve and how some huge accounts are actually a little bit pants... So I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favourite accounts, just a few that I think should have many more followers than they do. If you don't follow them already, do it now - you won't be disappointed!

More Netflix Series You Need to Start Right Now

Tuesday, 7 March 2017



To me, there are few joys in life that compare to a good series binge on Netflix with a good glass of sauvignon and some snacks (cake or chocolate please, but I'm not fussy). Hopefully by now you've watched all my recommendations from my previous post, so I'm back with some more!

Currently I've been loving:


Santa Clarita Diet

Drew Barrymore. What a bloody hotty. This is just one of those series that is just plain stupid but I love it. Drew's character randomly finds herself as some kind of zombie, there is no explanation of how she ended up that way (maybe that will be revealed in later series' - I hope so, also that's not a spoiler is it? I don't think so...) normally there's the standard bitten by something or someone, or scientific mistake or mysterious virus but nope, just a zombie.  Sheila and her husband have to figure out a way to feed her which becomes more and more problematic for them as they live next door to a policeman and a sheriff, plus you know... eating people is sort of wrong and frowned upon anyway soo... It's really light hearted and, although quite gory, it's a silly sort of gory. If you liked iZombie you'll like this!

The Crown

I'm a real fan of the monarchy actually, I think it's lovely and I love all the history that surrounds it. Plus I'm super nosy so this the perfect series for me. Even though the dialogue and scenes are of course dramatised for the program and not accurate (I'm sure our Liz doesn't transcript every conversation she's ever had) it's still such an interesting insight into the start of her reign and life as a monarch, it's only made me admire her more. Also, as a series this is absolutely beautifully put together and well worth all the money they spent on it (it was a lot apparently).

Riverdale

I'm currently watching this and LOVING it. It's got a little bit of a Pretty Little Liars vibe in that it's a high school based murder mystery rather than the A aspect, full of complicated relationships and stories going on simultaneously full of twists and turns (not at all in that annoying way of PLL though...). I'm currently addicted but the episodes currently come to Netflix weekly, which I ABSOLUTELY HATE because I need to watch it all right now. There's only been 6 episodes so far so I can't give a more thorough insight but if you like a bit of teen drama with a twist then this is for you! I think it'll be the next big thing now that PLL is finally coming to an end so it's a good new series to get into I reckon. 

Between

I'd not heard this mentioned by anyone or seen anything about it anywhere but I was desperately scouring Netflix for a new series when I was unwell last week. I read 'a mysterious virus starts killing off adults in the small town of pretty lake' and thought yes! That will do nicely! I love apocalyptic stuff... very entertaining... So I mean that tells you what you need to know to start watching really, basically a virus starts killing everyone over the age of 22 and the kids and young adults are left trapped in this quarantined town to fend for themselves. It's full of conspiracy and twists, once I got through the first few episodes I got so into it, so much so I've now finished season 2 and I'm patiently (read frantically) waiting for them to release season 3. Now, I googled when this would come out and I can't find an awful lot, It doesn't sound like it's been made yet as it's not been that well recieved (maybe it would have if people knew it existed jus sayin) so if everyone could watch it for me, they'll see it's popular and I get to see what happens next please, small favour, worth it I promise it's actually really good, cheers, ta very much.

Comedienne's

Not a series but I have found myself stumbling upon lot's of great comedienne's tour episodes on Netflix. First the most recent one I've watched is Katherine Ryan, I love her, I just think she's absolutely hilarious. Whenever she's on a panel show she has me in stitches and this is no exception. Some others include Ali Wong, Jen Kirkman and Iliza Shlesinger, all as equally hilarious and I'd thoroughly recommend them if you fancy a bit of a laugh.


As in my last post about my Netflix series to watch I've tried not to spoil anything, anything I've said you find out in the first episode anyway.

I'm going to have to start doing re runs of my favourites soon because I really am running low on the 'what can I watch next' front so I'd love some suggestions! I'd also love to know if you watch/watched any of these so I've got someone to talk to about with (or if you need someone to be like OHHHMMMYGGGGGOD EPISODE 3 WAAAAAH - then feel free to tweet me just that)

Leave me your favourites in the comments!




Bedside Beauty

Sunday, 12 February 2017


While sometimes I fall behind on many of my beauty routines, cleaning my brushes, plucking my eyebrows, shaving my legs... but I love bedtimes and I love the products I currently have on my nightstand. I'm enjoying giving myself a pamper and winding down to enjoy a good night sleep.

Bullet Journal: Out with the Old, In with the New!

Saturday, 21 January 2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's a New Year and a new Bullet Journal for me.

The Best of 2016

Saturday, 31 December 2016


Seeing as we're right at the end of the year now, I wanted to take a minute or two to reflect on my year and the best bits of the year. Aside from Brexit, Trump, all the terrorism, all the untimely celebrity deaths, etc. etc. 2016 wasn't the worst year... not for me anyway.

'Tis the Season for Giving #Tub4Grub

Tuesday, 13 December 2016


Around this time of year it's so easy to get caught up in the spending, the indulging, thinking of gifts and writing your own Christmas list and forget about those less fortunate across the globe.

Christmas Gift Tags - FREE Printable

Friday, 9 December 2016


Merry Christmas! I am thoroughly into the festive season, it's now suddenly acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, drink all day and wear jumpers with bells on.

Is That The Time?

Monday, 5 December 2016


A watch is one accessory I can't leave the house without.

Thoughts on my Commute

Tuesday, 29 November 2016


As I write this it is 9.02, I have just boarded my train (my packed train) which was meant to arrive at 8.33.

Exmouth: Photo Diary

Wednesday, 23 November 2016



Ah Devon, ain't it a beauty!

Gingerbread White Chocolate Rocky Road

Sunday, 6 November 2016


What screams Christmas more than some gingerbread? 
When Wren Kitchens got in touch to ask me to come up with a classic with a twist for their Christmas Kitchen, the first thing that came to mind was gingerbread. The twist? mixing into the most festive rocky road you'll ever see!

My Corner Shop Rocky Road and Valentines Rocky Road both proved pretty popular, so I figured it would be fun to create a Christmas version, and might I tell you, it's pretty darn delish if I say so myself, sure to please your family, friends and colleagues this Christmas! (If it doesn't you didn't need that kind of negativity in your life anyway)


This is probably just about the easiest Christmas recipe going but still one to impress that will be perfect to share with the family with a nice cup of tea on front of classic Christmas film or even wrapped up as a little homemade gift.

Don't worry, you don't even have to make the gingerbread if you don't want to, I didn't this time but don't tell anyone. If you do make some its a great way to use some of it up, here's a recipe that makes a ton so you'll have plenty for some pretty cookies as well as to fill out this rocky road.

What you will need:

600g White Chocolate
200g Gingerbread 
225g Marshmallows
150g Glace Cherries
200g Festive M&Ms/Chocolate sweets

Plus: 

Greaseproof paper
Rectangle or square brownie tin
Disposable piping bag


Method


1. Simply smash up the ginger bread, not too small though as you want to bite into a good chunk not crumbs, into a large mixing bowl. 

2. Cut up the marshmallows, I like to use big ones and I cut some in half and some in quarters but you can use mini marshmallows if you prefer. Add these to the mixing bowl.

3. Add your cherries and 150g of your festive sweeties to the mixing bowl, I picked up some Christmas M&Ms but you could just use the regular multi coloured ones or some smarties. I'm just a sucker for the novelty.


4. Now you want to get 500g of your white chocolate melting in a bain marie (a glass bowl over some simmering water) 

5. Once melted add a little to the bottom of your tray lined with greaseproof paper, this will help you lift it out when it's ready and adding some of the chocolate to the bottom will help it all stay together when you come cut it. Add the rest to all the goodies in the mixing bowl.

6. Melt the further 100g to drizzle over the top with a disposable piping bag. Crush some of remaining M&Ms to sprinkle over with a couple of whole ones to finish it off. 

7. Refrigerate until solid, cut it up and tuck in!  

See, told you it was easy didn't I!


If you can bear to give any away, this would make a lovely little homemade present for someone, if this doesn't bring someone joy this Christmas, I just don't know what will!

Do you make a twist on a classic at Christmas time? I'd love to see your recipes in the comments!


Be sure to check out the other recipes in Wren's Christmas Kitchen, they all look bloomin' delicious!

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