5 Sinful Sweet Treats That Will Make You Forget The January Detox

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Forget trying to shed all those vices in January. Vices are what make the world so ruddy delicious. We all know that you don’t really want to be munching on that celery stick and spending hours doing Zumba. So let the dark side take over and be tempted by these obscenely delicious treats that we’re cruelly waving in front of your dieting face. It’s OK so salivate… Continue reading

Baking is a Fun Hobby, Check Out What You’ll Need to Take it Up

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Hobbies and interests are an important part of how we live our lives. They help keep us sociable and develop skills that we need, and they’re a big part of our pursuit of happiness. One of the best hobbies you could take up is baking. This is multi-faceted and will enrich your lifestyle. Here are some of the most essential things you’re going to need if you want to take up baking as a hobby. Continue reading

The Stinkiest Foods I Just Love To Eat

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I do love my food, but sometimes the smell of cooking gets trapped in my kitchen for days! Some foods are worse than others, so I try to keep the window open, and the extractor hood is running while I cook. Everyone knows onions are one of those foods you have to cook with that can cause a real stink. But in my house, there are far more foods to worry about! Continue reading

Why Gin and Tonic is Good For Your Health (Yes, Really!)

GinAn apple a day keeps the doctor away. A glass of red wine is good for your blood. A gin a day? Well, we’re not quite sure what the adage is for that. But, there are some surprising health benefits of consuming a fresh glass of gin and tonic. It goes without saying that drinking the bottle is not good for you and never will be. But, one humble glass of gin and tonic could be incredibly beneficial for your health.

Let’s take a look at why gin, and in particular tonic, is good for you. Continue reading

Beautiful Scottish-made items for your home and wardrobe

Scotland is full of history and culture so it’s no wonder that the country produces such amazing products. Here are some gorgeous items that have all been made in Scotland.

For the home

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As far as I’m concerned, everyone needs a tweed stag head on their wall. This would look fantastic when paired with tartan throws, a roaring fire and a glass of single malt Scotch.

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This jack rabbit print is so charming. It’s a great way to bring a little element of nature into your home while maintaining a very modern look.

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These thistle napkins are simple and beautiful. They’d look great in a really bright dining room with fresh flowers on the table.

For your wardrobe

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This oxidized silver ring is just striking. The unusual design is bound to turn heads. Wear with a simple LBD and some sparkly high heels.

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This printed scarf could be worn in so many ways. It looks great here with this simple outfit but it would also look lovely with a nice dress ready for an evening out. As the scarf is so big, it can be used as a cover up when evenings get chilly.

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This scarf would make a beautiful cravat. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman, it would look great tucked into a black shirt.

For the cupboard

As we’re here, we should look at food. Why not, who doesn’t love food?

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Want to start your own veg patch? Why not treat yourself to this starter kit. It contains everything you need to grow radishes, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and more.

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Dark chocolate and raspberries, a great combination but have you ever seen chocolate as pretty as this?

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Glittery, tartan chocolate, what more could you want? These would make great gifts for anyone at any time of the year.

If you want to see all this and more, take a look at www.madefromscotland.com. The site is full of unique items for your home made in this beautiful country by independent sellers.

A guide to the Paleo diet

IMG_1248The Paleo diet has been championed on The Pleasure Forecast before but it’s now time to look into exactly what it is, why people eat in this way and how it can benefit your health.

Paleo is all about going back to the way that Paleolithic man ate thousands of years ago. That means plenty of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.

The idea is that we go back to eating how our bodies evolved to eat. So many people have intolerances to gluten and dairy — even if it’s not severe — and we’re one of the few mammals that consume milk past infancy. The reason these health problems occur is because we’re not evolved to eat like this. Continue reading

Take a weekend to do something you love

If you work during the week, the weekend can be the time for visiting family, doing chores, going to the shops and seeing friends. Sometimes, though, it’s best to get away from it all and do something you want to do rather than what you’re obligated to.

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A few weekends ago I headed to Birmingham with the boyfriend and spent two glorious days at the Autosport International Show with a wonderful overnight stay at the Forest of Arden, a Marriott Hotel & Country Club. Continue reading