Cocoa Runners at Out of Office Coffee

A couple of weeks ago I attended a chocolate tasting event at Out of Office Coffee in Newport Pagnell with Shantelle from MK Daily Prss. The night didn’t start off too well, Google Maps took us so far out of the way, a 20 minute journey ended up being an hour long journey, making us late!


I’ll be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this event I had absolutely no idea what it involved, but when Shantelle said would you like to come to a chocolate tasting event with me, of course I’m going to go, I mean who doesn’t like chocolate?

When we arrived and after all the introductions we got a drink and found a table for the event to properly start. I loved the decor and all the interiors, cute little coffee shop I can see myself spending the day there getting blog posts done.

A gentleman called Spencer Hyman from Cocoa Runners gave a presentation all about what they do. From all around the world independent chocolate makers are managing every step of the process from the bean to the bar itself. They are focusing on less is more when handcrafting their chocolate. These chocolates have fewer additives and more real flavour.

Spencer explained Cocoa Runners have tasted over 5000 chocolate bars and have selected only a couple of hundred. Each chocolate bar is unique. We tasted just 15 of them. Before we tasted each one Spencer would give us a brief bit of history on the bar and its maker. Out of 15 I only liked 3, one of them I liked so much I bought it to take home.

Cocoa Runners work like Graze or a monthly beauty box. For a monthly subscription, 4 bars will be delivered through your letterbox. Each month you will receive a different selection, so you will never get a repeat. The subscription is £18.95 a month, seems a lot but their bars start from around £5.

To save £5 on your first order, use code – OOFEB0818 at the checkout, terms and conditions apply and can all be found on the Cocoa Runners website.

Thank you again to Shantelle at MK Daily Prss and to Out of Office Coffee and Cocoa Runners for having us, it was a lovely and interesting evening.


Until next time



Harben House VIP Launch Party


Last Thursday evening I attended the VIP launch party for Harben House Hotel with the lovely Shantelle from MK Daily Prss (no that is not a spelling mistake).

The hotel recently has new ownership which came with complete refurbishment. Now I’ll be honest I had never been to the hotel before so I couldn’t compare what it was like before to how stunning it is now.

The reception and lobby area is absolutely beautiful with the most stylish decor and furnishings. The hotel staff are so lovely and welcoming and always made sure we had a drink or food in our hands.

There is so much seating in the lobby area, perfect for unwinding with a drink from the gin bar or even coffee catching up with your friends.

The stylish Harben House Bar and Kitchen is open to the public, so nothing stopping you from going there for a lovely meal or drinks.


The Rooms

Prices start from £54

Classic Bedroom

The Classic Bedroom comes with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free WI-FI.

Classic Double Bedroom with open plan bathroom.

Executive Bedrooms

The Executive Bedroom is definitely my favorite. The room comes with lots of space, a dressing area, a large bathroom with bath and shower, flat screen TV, free WI-FI and tea and coffee making facilities.

All rooms also come with 24 hour room service, hair dryer, radio, telephone and free parking.

Harben House Hotel also offers meeting rooms, conference rooms and serviced offices. T&C apply.

I’d like to say thank you to MK Daily Prss for inviting me along I had a lovely evening.

If you’d like more information or to book a room please visit Harben House Hotel website.

For all news and updates on whats happening in Milton Keynes visit MK Daily Prss website.


Got to have a cheeky bathroom selfie

Until next time


Bye 2017

2017 has been one of the most difficult and challenging years for me and to move completely on from it isn’t going to be easy. What the past year has taught me is that it’s ok not to be perfect, its ok to feel down, it’s ok to admit defeat in situations and what will be will be, but as long as you can go on with your head held high you’re doing a fab job in life.

Trying to be the best mum to my beautiful children while my heart was breaking was one of the hardest things to ever deal with. Having the support of my very little family, my small circle of friends and understanding work colleagues made it slightly easier. Going from a strong family unit to a single working Mum was a shock to the system to say the least, but thinking about this past year its only made me stronger.


Santa Visit at Dobby’s Garden Centre 2017

I like to keep my circles small but old friendships blossomed and new friendships started.  To be completely honest I wouldn’t be in the mind-set I am today if it wasnt for my girls.

Family is everything to me and I am the person I am today because of them. My family is very small but to me that’s all I need. reconnecting with loved ones was important to me and it’s felt like no time has passed. I’m ever so grateful to have those family members in our lives and the support they have given me.

Despite all the heartbreak and the challenges there has been many positives too. I took my children on holiday, I attended my first bloggers event at INTU Milton Keynes and connected with some lovely people. I have watched my Son’s confidence grow with help from his amazing teacher and through his new love of gymnastic. Seeing my shy anxious boy shine in not one but two gymnastic competitions has definitely been one of the highlights of this past year. Seeing my Daughter start Pre-School and having the added benefit of being part of her school learning through my job is such an amazing feeling. Watching her excitement build up for her starting gymnastics and seeing my cute diva walk along a beam is heartwarming.

I’ve set myself so many goals for 2018, some I will complete and some I wont but as long as I keep at it, through the highs and lows and remember it’s all for my children. That’s all I can do.

I’d love to say thank you to all my loved ones old and new, you truly mean the world to me.

I hope everyone has an amazing New Year however you are celebrating and lets work hard and smash 2018.

Until next time


Victoria’s Secret Grand Opening at INTU

Its been no secret how excited I have been for Victoria’s Secret to open right here at INTU Milton Keynes. Since I can remember I’ve watched the fashion shows admiring all the beautiful garments and being inspired by the angels beauty, confidence and amazing figures (whilst drinking a few glasses of wine and eating my weight in crisps and dip!)

The pink lights completely light the rest of the mall up making this amazing pink glow. So many people turned up for the opening and the first 100 people in line received a free £10 gift card, and if you spent over £45 in store that day you got a free VS bag worth £78! I could hear my money fluttering away there and then.


I started off in the Victoria’s Secret part of the store and honestly didn’t know where to look.  The first thing I noticed was the top Desi Perkins (huge fan girl right here) showed us in her Snapchat story. The store itself is absolutely beautiful and has such a lovely atmosphere.

Photo of Desi Perkins from her Instagram

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to look round a shop. All the displays and merchandise were in perfect order almost making me not want to touch, almost! This part of the store is all dark with just the right amount of lighting to draw you in, makeing it feel all sexy and seductive. It kind of gives a nice boost of confidence whilst browsing around.




I made my way through the store getting to all the fragrances and makeup. I ended up spraying so many different testers on cards I smelled like the perfume department in John Lewis. I did so many lipstick swatches my arm looked like my daughter had decided to colour me in!



Now onto PINK. This is a more bright and fun side to the store. With all the lounge and sportswear, cute bralettes, bath bombs and accessories. This area was so busy it was hard to get a real good look at everything, but I did manage to find some nice bralettes that was actually Buy One Get One Free and knickers that were also on special offer. I was struggling to find sizes but only because it was so busy. A staff member came over and asked if I needed any help which was a godsend. She went away with my bralette that I was trying to find matching bottoms for, and found lots of options in the size I needed.


There are so many cute gift ideas perfect for Christmas, it’s definitely opened at the right time of year. So if you haven’t been for a browse yet you absolutely are missing out!


Until next time


INTU Style Garden September 2017


Photo by INTU Milton Keynes

First of all apologies for the extremely late blog post, lets just say we have had a few technical issues this end and they seemed to have lasted forever!

Back in August I was very lucky to be invited to my first ever bloggers event. To say I was excited would be a huge understatement. Luckily for me I didn’t let my anxiety get the better of me. So come September INTU Milton Keynes hosted a stunning VIP Style Garden. I got to meet some fabulous bloggers. LouBou from who I’ve followed on Instagram and Snapchat for a while, so it was lovely to finally meet in person. Amanda from and Honor from you definitely need to give them a follow.


I attended the Style Garden where INTU and some stores showcased their Autumn/Winter pieces and trends. On arrival all the bloggers gathered for drinks and a talk from the lovelies at INTU, where they spoke about all the exciting things happening in the shopping centre, so watch this space for details!

Photos by INTU Milton Keynes

At the event retailers such as New Look, Topshop, Miss Selfridge and Karen Millen showcased their new collections for fall 2017 (not good for my bank account I’ll tell you!) They had hair experts Rush and Debenhams beauty concessions Clarins, Laura Geller and bareMinerals giving us all the tips and product information we could ever need. I immediately fell in love with Laura Geller and was ready to buy all their products there and then!


My favourite pieces from New Look, Miss Selfride and Topshop.

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Rebecca at INTU for inviting me to the fabulous event, it was such a lovely evening and to top it off the goodie bag was full of so many amazing things, I’m still working my way through them all!

Until next time