Wednesday, 26 November 2014

My Christmas Wishlist.

I've been really stumped this year. People are asking what I want for Christmas and all I can come up with is things for Max or the family. So I sat down and thought really hard. What would I want and love as a gift. 

  • Vivienne Westwood Saffiano Purse
    I absolutely adore this purse. The hint of blue inside and the classic logo on the front. I've been through so many purses that I think I need to invest in something that would last for longer than a year!
  • Digby and Iona x Oliver Jeffers Penguin Necklace
    Okay. Oliver Jeffers is a love of mine. This necklace is a beautiful adult representation of his classic Lost and Found book.
  • Mollie Makes Magazine Subscription
    I love Mollie Makes magazine. Each month I race to buy it and devour the freebie makes (unless it's crochet. I can't crochet). A subscription would be amazing as it would be like a monthly present at my door.
  • Belle Pop! Vinyl
    Me and Scott collect these adorable figures and this will go really well with my Belle collection. I've been obsessed with Beauty and the Beast since I was little.
  • Charlie and The Chocolate Factory Tickets
    I'm a theatre snob. I'll admit that. I've seen most things that have graced the west end and local theatres. Having said that I'm yet to see this fabulous winner so this would be a must!
  • Nyponros Duvet
    I am in desperate need of a good quality duvet and cover. Something I can sink into after a long day and sleep well. This would be amazing as its a great classic cover. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

How the contraceptive pill has empowered women

Since it was launched in 1961, the pill has had a profound impact on women’s lives. It
has served to empower them and to give them greater freedom and control.

Now, it’s easier than ever for people to access this simple and effective contraceptive.
They can arrange appointments with their GPs or request prescriptions online from
health specialists such as LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. It is no wonder then that over
three million women in Britain alone take the pill. Here are just some of the ways in
which this tiny tablet has transformed the lives of women across the UK and in many
other nations around the world.

Greater relationship equality

By giving women control over their fertility, the pill helped to redress the power inequality
in relationships between men and women. Thanks to this contraceptive, women for the
first time gained real control over whether or not they would conceive. This forever
altered the dynamics of sexual relationships and helped to put women on a more equal
footing with their male partners.

It also helped to ensure that women were less likely to be dependent on their partners
for financial support.

More effective family planning

In addition, this handy contraceptive meant that women had greater control over if and
when they started a family, and how many children they had. The pill liberated women
from giving birth to large families. Of course, they can still opt to have many children, but
this is now a matter of choice.

On a related point, the pill has meant that more of the children who are born are planned
and wanted.

Greater control over work and study

Perhaps the most noticeable change of all has been the impact of the pill on
employment. Women can now enjoy active sex lives without risking their studies and
careers. They can plan their families around their working lives, taking gaps to have
children if and when they want to.

In turn, this has helped to ensure that women are better represented in the employment
market and in positions of power. It can be argued that without the pill and other
sophisticated forms of modern contraception, many of the world’s most high-profile
female figures, ranging from prime ministers to banking leaders, would never have
emerged into public life.

It is easy to take the pill for granted these days. However, these small tablets have had a
radical impact on the nature of modern society and they have served to empower
women in a whole range of ways.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Caramel Fudge

This Christmas we are trying to focus on handmade goods. Christmas shouldn't be about how much money you can spend but time together, so we are making small hampers for people with home made goodies. Here's our gorgeous caramel fudge recipe. 

You will need:
  • 395g tin of condensed milk
  • 450g Demerara sugar
  • 115g butter
  • 150ml milk
  • Caramel flavouring (we use Dr Oetker)
  • Any other toppings you fancy. Chocolate chips are always a hit in this indulgent house.
How to:
  • Line a baking tin with parchment paper, this will make it easier to take it out once it has set. 
  • Put the condensed milk, milk, butter and sugar in a pan and heat until it has all melted.
  • Bring it to the boil and continually stir for 15 minutes. If you have a sugar thermometer it should be roughly 118 degrees centigrade. 
  • Remember to scrape the pan thoroughly as it burns the bottom quite fast. Another way to test is to drop a small amount into a glass of ice water. It should form a soft fudgy ball if its ready. 
  • Take it off the heat and add your flavouring. We used about 1 teaspoon but you can add as much or little as you like!
  • Then it's time to beat it. Beat it like your life depends on it. During the beating it's time to add your extras like chocolate chips as they are less likely to melt. 
  • When your fudge is becoming firm and starting to set it's time to pop it into your baking tin. Make sure it's even and level, we normally just throw it in and then eat the little offcuts.
  • Leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours to set and then use a sharp knife to cut into bite size pieces.