Friday, 26 August 2016

*Getting Funky with Funkin Cocktails

funkin cocktails review


I’m not gonna lie, I love me a good cocktail, and if I can have one or three on the couch in my pj's watching Netflix, I love them even more. Problem is, homemade ones can get faffy, and you can guarantee I’ll always be missing ingredients so when Funkin Cocktails decided to send me over a hamper of cocktail making mixer goodies, it was time to let the good times roll!

Funkin Cocktail mixers come in a huge variety of flavours, from your more traditional  Strawberry Daiquiri, Woo Woo and Pina Colada, to a Passion Fruit Martini, Elderflower Collins and a Hollywood (which all sound like forms of bodily waxing now I think about it) and a few others in-between. They’re the perfect thing to have on hand when you end up with an impromptu gathering and want to serve something more exciting than beer. 

Ingredients, innovation and inspiration, that's the key to a Funkin good cocktail. Priding themselves on quality, 100% natural fruit juice, on it when it comes to the latest trends, and always open to new ideas, there's a whole lotta hard work that goes into these cocktails, and it certainly makes a difference!

When we went to Scotland a couple of weekends ago, I took a whole bunch of the Funkin Cocktail mixers along too, I mean you’ve got to keep it classy in the highlands - right? One thing I do love about these mixers is they’re not only alcohol-free, but they give you great serving suggestions on the side that include several different alcoholic and non-alcoholic options, meaning everyone has a choice depending on their preference. It also means I’m pretty much never missing an ingredient when I fancy a cheeky (or not so cheeky) cocktail. 

funkin cocktails review


Out of the range, I was sent to try, there were several clear winners from the multiple taste tests we had to do - hey, I’m nothing if not thorough!

Pina Colada was the first carton to be cracked open during the mid-week, and keeping it very school night we mixed it with some good ol’ pineapple juice and lots of ice. It was delicious, refreshing, creamy and didn’t feel like it was coating my teeth in 5 different layers of sugar, as some mixers do. 

Hollywood is a really sweet berry flavoured mixer that went great with gin after a long day of exploring Scotland, I mean come on, that view and this drink? Winning! 

Strawberry Daiquiri is not one of my favourite cocktails, I always find it sickly sweet but this mixer was actually really pleasant, to the point it surprised me. We mixed it with vodka and it went down a treat. Much nicer than I was expecting that’s for sure!

Elderflower Collins, because when it tells you to just add gin, you know I’m there. This one went down too easy! It’s amazingly refreshing, perfect to sip on in the sun, and genuinely tastes like one I’ve paid £8 for at a bar. 

To keep it varied, and for the love of my liver, I actually had quite a few of the mixers with their non-alcoholic suggestions and they tasted great! Perfect when you’re after a really nice juice drink, that’s a bit more exciting than a cranberry juice. I actually think they are perfect for picnics and trips out over the summer! 

funkin cocktails review


Keep that price in mind. Each carton makes 10 cocktails, and each carton comes in at around £4! You can guarantee I’ll be keeping Funkin Cocktails mixers on my bookcase-bar-cart and bringing them out to jazz up any and every gathering we have - and to fuel our Netflix sessions. 

What’s your Funkin of choice?

Until next time, 




Funkin Cocktails kindly provided me with a selection of cocktail mixers in exchange for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 110% my own :) For more information, see my disclaimer here.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

*#ShareTheLove with Carex

carex fun editions share the love

Maybe it’s a sign of getting older, but I feel like I need to be injecting more fun, more love, and less seriousness into my life in any given way possible - so if that means Swizzles sweet scented hand washes, Carex has got a girl covered with their newest scent-sational addition; Carex Love Hearts

As someone who lives in a Neverland in her head, but works in a laboratory by day, if there’s one thing you need to know about my job, it’s that I am constantly washing my hands - and this is no diss on the good ol’ NHS, but hospital soap is friggin horrid! Sure it kills off the germs and keeps my hands clean but it dries them out to the point of splits, pains, and constant shedding, not exactly a hand you want to use when you reach for your drink on the bar, is it? Not only do my hands smell great, but they feel great too, and with Carex killing 99.9% of germs, they're squeaky clean too!

carex fun editions share the love


I always keep a hand sanitizer in my lab coat, and we usually end up buying our own hand wash to look after our delicate and dainty digits but like I said, I want more fun in my life. Bubble Gum, Strawberry Laces, and now Love Hearts, all scents that take me back to the good ol’ days when I didn’t have to pay bills and deal with strangers bodily fluids on a daily basis. My Mum used to always take us to the sweet shop a couple of times a week after school, back when a 10p mix actually cost 10p, and I would always stock up on Love Hearts, Parma Violets, and Rainbow Drops! 

carex fun editions share the love

carex fun editions share the love



Do you remember when you’d get a pack of Love Hearts and hand them out to your friends? It was always a little tetchy, I mean, what if you gave I Love You to the wrong one? Or someone took Kiss Me the wrong way? Don’t even get me started on what went down if someone got I’m Yours! I don’t care how old I get, I still play this game every time I have a some, there’s just some things you don’t grow out of and scents are the easiest way of bringing back a memory! 

Injecting a little fun into your every day doesn’t have to cost the earth, it can be as simple as a fun and funky hand wash scent to perk you up, bring back happy memories and put a smile on your face as you go about your day!

carex fun editions share the love


What scents bring back good memories for you?

Until next time, 





Monday, 22 August 2016

LivHelps - Dough Bar - August 2016

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I’ve been to a fair few meet-ups, networking events and blogger gatherings over the years and I’ve got to say, my favourite kind of blogger events are the ones where things get a little loud, a little crazy, there’s some squealing, lots of selfie-taking and a bloody good ol’ chin wag, and this weekend at Livhelps was just that and more!

The Dough Bar played host once again to us blogging bunch, and I’ve got to hand it to the guys, they looked after us so well, kept up well fed and extremely well ‘watered’. The place itself is so comfortable, casual, great photo taking lighting and roomy enough for us all to mix and mingle. Being slap bang next to Lime Street station makes it super handy for those less than local bloggers and really easy to find - even I didn’t get lost!

livhelps blogger event liverpool



Sammy had put together such a fabulously chilled afternoon, which was all about old and new faces coming together, catching up on the latest blogging talk, swapping business cards, tips, tricks, and even a few cheeky PR e-mails. Hey! We bloggers like to look after our own! It was such a super chilled afternoon, I felt so at home amongst my fellow keyboard warriors. 

livhelps blogger event liverpool



I want to give a huge shout out to Alice, who I have been dying to see again after our brief encounter at NW Meet 2.0 a while back. I needed to hug her, congratulate her on her Bloggers Blog Award shortlisting and fangirl in general over her and how much I love her work! This girl is so bloody sweet and sincere and one after my own heart, as we instantly bonded over the need for food - stat!

livhelps blogger event liverpool

livhelps blogger event liverpool


I also got to have a really good ol’ chin wag with some of my favourite local crazies ladies; Antonia, Danielle, Sam, Liv, Leanne, Hannah and Helena, the riots and ruckus coming from our table probably would have got us kicked out anywhere else! Hanging out with Sammy and Katy was a ball as always, though I have no idea who thought sambuca was a good idea (I’m looking at you Katy!) And last, but certainly not least, all of the brand new faces I got to see! OK, some of them are not new new, as we’d passed at previous events, but I actually got to talk to them which is always so so nice, especially after having chatted on Twitter; Bex, Kayleigh, Lily Kate, Tasmin, and probably a whole bunch of names that escape me right now (apologies if I missed anyone!). 

If you haven’t been able to figure it out by now, what have you been doing other than reading my post eh? I had an amazing day, Sammy worked so hard putting the event together and she got some fabulous brands on board for both the raffle and the goody bags including; Red Letter Day, The Happiness Planner, Tropic Skincare, Bramley, Peridot, Love with Food, Portlebay, Beauticology, Make up Geek, Bee Good and more!

livhelps blogger event liverpool


So, let’s finish on massive thanks to Sammy and a massive thanks to the Dough Bar and a final hip hip hooray to the brands who got on board too! 

livhelps blogger event liverpool


Today, if you couldn’t tell, was bloody brilliant!

Until next time,





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