Tuesday, 21 November 2017

SECRET SANTA GIFT IDEAS- UNDER $5/£5


OK guys so for everyone participating in the exchange of gifts or Secret Santa as its traditionally called; you probably always find yourself in this same situation every year when the work christmas party is approaching and you have decided again, 10 years in a row to take part in secret santa.

So what exactly is Secret Santa just incase you don't know???? Here's a brief definition from google

"an arrangement in which a group of friends or colleagues exchange Christmas presents anonymously, each member of the group being assigned another member for whom to provide a small gift, typically costing no more than a set amount."

Not only is this fun; this also gives you the opportunity to receive and give pressies and keep them under the tree for that exciting time of xmas morning.. I particularly enjoy partaking in secret santa, it's an exciting time for me to see what people end up getting me. Fingers crossed, I've always been quite lucky to get lots of nice handy stuff...

Now there's always a budget of a maximum of either £5 or £10, so I have been doing alot of research for you guys as I always do ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I have put together a list of great Secret Santa ideas for you to be able to buy within the budget and not having to break the bank.

What I tend to do first is get the person a gift based on a little bit I know about them so here are a few categories that'll help you determine what to get them.

Travellers
College/University students
Workout addicts
Make up lovers
Foodies like me ๐Ÿ˜„
Coffee/Tea addicts etc
Writer/Researcher just like me; just incase you don't know, I love to write and hate to read lol ๐Ÿ˜„

Here are a few gift ideas under £5 or $5

Small Whittard Gift Box with Ribbon- £4.51

Perfect for anyone that loves wrapping.. Whether you’re the sort who goes for ribbon, pom-poms and hand-printed paper or more of the ‘quick bit of sticky-tape’ type, this elegant Whittard gift boxes are sure to add a dash of panache

available on  https://www.whittard.co.uk/gifts/all-gifts/small_whittard_gift_box_with_ribbon.htm


Non stick saucepan for a whopping £1 from poundland, I mean it can't get better than this.. This is perfect for a foodie like me but not many people in the office might be too keen on this, but hey ho great idea. available on:- 
http://www.poundland.co.uk/home-and-pet/kitchen/baking-and-cooking/non-stick-saucepan


My number one go to place for the perfect affordable secret santa idea is Asda, I mean they do the best in gift ideas with great value for money. Walmart in the case of you Americans :-)
Have a look:-




All these for an amazing £5 or less available at www.asda.com

Santa claus Mug-£3 from Asda again lol
Milk chocolate Lipsticks- These sweet and tasty replicates of lipsticks from Very.co.uk will be very appreciated by your secret santee in the office.
An ideal alternative to a traditional box of chocolates and for beauty-loving colleagues, who will revel in the combination of their two favourite things.
Bottle of Wine (Any) or Prosecco £5




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***I do not own any of the above images, they were downloaded from various sites***

SAVE MORE THIS BLACK FRIDAY!!!!


In need of a helping hand with your Christmas shopping? Then you're in for a treat! Here are a few fantastic deals I saw online that'll help you with your Black Friday Shopping.



Black Friday has become an important date in our diaries - Friday 24th November is Black Friday! With many retailers offering huge price cuts across a range of products and potential presents, you'd be mad to miss out! 

You can double up your savings by using so many discount codes on top of the in-store promotions, and you can even earn Cashback when shopping online on some retailers websites.. Here are a few I am moving at the moment



***THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED POST***



Amazon- Whooooop Amazon has if not the best, but one of the best Black Friday deals online




Many deals expected to last until Cyber Monday has passed.

Thousands of deals will be available across a range of categories, including many of this year's must-have Christmas gifts.

In the meantime, the retail giant has decided to whet buyers' appetites with a handful of deals across its range of popular Amazon devices, including the brand new Amazon Echo, amongst other things.

Those looking for the best deals should keep an eye on the website over the course of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday event as both daily and flash deals will continually be added.


Sony Cybershot HX80- Was £249.99, now £199 from Argos


This Sony camera comes with 30x optical zoom. It's an 18MP camera meaning you can capture serious detail. At just £199 it is in for a major price cut for Black Friday, saving you £50.


Tesco Silentnight Spencer king size mattress- Was £839, now £279 from Tesco Direct



Make a saving of £350 on this 1000 pocket luxury memory mattress. It offers responsive, contoured support across the whole body to ensure a comfortable night's sleep. The body moulding memory foam provides pressure relief, but also allows you to move freely throughout the night. It's hypoallergenic, and features a soft knit cover for a smooth surface with a medium to firm feel

Alot of huge perfume savings also available at theperfumeshop.co.uk


***all pictures are not mine, they have been downloaded from various sites***

CHRISTMAS PUNCH RECIPE



Yayyyyy as Christmas is only 4 weeks plus away; it's time for us to start planning and shopping for that Christmas party if you're having one or just for Christmas day in general.  

So every xmas I tend to make this recipe and not only does it taste sooooo good, its actually very very very easy to make and only requires a few ingredients, thank me later.. and yes it contains some alcohol, I mean who doesn't like a bit of alcohol on xmas day, it's CHRISTMAS

Looking for a hands-off way to serve drinks at your Christmas party this year? Try the below

Ingredients:-


  • A generous amount of Ice cubes
  • 200ml of Vodka *any would do
  • 200ml of Cranberry juice
  • 200ml of Clementine juice
  • 200ml of Soda water


To garnish***
handful of cranberries
toss of mint leaves
2 tbs of brown sugar *** optional

Method:-

Using a mixing jug, fill a big spacious bowl with the ice cubes


 Add the vodka, add the cranberry juice and stir. Now ad the clementine juice and using a spatula stir again to make sure all liquids work well together.




Now add the brown sugar to give it a bit of sweetness and mix well until dissolve.


Now add the soda water and mix. Garnish away with the cranberry and mint leaves as you please.


All done now guys, let me know what you think in the comment section or on twitter and snapchat- @saprojects

Monday, 20 November 2017

Universal Children's Day 2017- November 20th 2017



Hello readers and happy Universal Children's day :-)

Children's Day is a day recognised to celebrate children. The day is celebrated on various calendar dates in different countries...

Here's a brief history about children's day from wikipedia....

Children's Day was begun on the second Sunday of June in 1856 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts: Dr. Leonard held a special service dedicated to, and for the children. Dr. Leonard named the day Rose Day, though it was later named Flower Sunday, and then Children's Day.

Children's Day was first officially declared a national holiday by the Republic of Turkey in 1929 with the set date of 23 April. Children's Day has been celebrated nationally since 1923 with the government and the newspapers of the time declaring it a day for the children. However, it was decided that an official declaration was needed to clarify and justify this celebration and the official declaration was made nationally in 1931 by the founder and the President of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatรผrk.

The International Day for Protection of Children is observed in many countries as Children's Day on 1 June since 1950. It was established by the Women's International Democratic Federation on its congress in Moscow (4 November 1949).[citation needed] Major global variants include a Universal Children's Holiday on 20 November, by United Nations recommendation.

Universal Children's Day takes place annually on 20 November. First proclaimed by the United Kingdom in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, firstly to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and secondly to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world's children.

That is observed to promote the objectives outlined in the Charter and for the welfare of children. On 20 November 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989 and can be found on the Council of Europe website. (www.wiki.com)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

World Vegan Day- November 1st 2017


World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world every 1st of November. The benefits of veganism for humans, non-human animals and the natural environment are celebrated through activities such as setting up stalls, hosting potlucks and planting memorial trees. The event was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then Chair of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organisation and the coining of the terms "vegan" and "veganism". 


Speaking in 2011, Louise Wallis said: "We knew the Society had been founded in November 1944 but didn’t know the exact date, so I decided to go for 1 November, partly because I liked the idea of this date coinciding with Samhain/Halloween and the Day of the Dead – traditional times for feasting and celebration, both apt and auspicious."- wiki.com

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security- October 31st 2017

Not only is it Halloween today, today is also the 6th Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security.

The Introduction The Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security (ADFNS) was declared in July 2010, in Kampala, Uganda, at the 15th Ordinary Session of the African Union Summit, which also endorsed its commemoration annually on the 30th October (Assembly/AU/Dec.327 (XV).

Food security is a condition related to the supply of food, and individuals' access to it. Concerns over food security have existed throughout history. There is evidence of Granaries being in use over 10,000 years ago, with central authorities in civilizations including ancient China and ancient Egypt being known to release food from storage in times of famine.



As a call for action, African governments have been urged to step up multi-sectoral coordination with corresponding increased funding, with emphasis on linking agriculture extension services with nutrition while at the same time optimizing existing opportunities of political goodwill and conducive environment for food and nutrition security.

Happy Halloween- 31st October 2017



Happy Spooky day readers, hope you enjoy trick or treating?????


Friday, 29 September 2017

National Coffee Day- September 29th 2017


Today 29th September is National Coffee Day;

Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29 be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java.  According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.
Enjoy a cup or two of your favorite coffee. Use #NationalCoffeeDay to post on social media.  

Friday, 25 August 2017

National Burger Day- August 25th 2017



Today is National Burger Day, this day is celebrated across the world on every last Friday in August and restaurants across the UK are celebrating by giving customers money off towards their burgers.
Why not celebrate by getting yourself a burger today :-)

Friday, 4 August 2017

International Beer Day- Friday 4th August 2017


International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every August founded in 2007 in Santa Cruz, California. Since its inception, International Beer Day has grown from a small localized event in the western United States into a worldwide celebration spanning 207 cities, 50 countries and 6 continents.  Specifically, International Beer Day has three declared purposes:
  1. To gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer.
  2. To celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer.
  3. To unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day.

Participants are encouraged to give one another the 'gift of beer' by buying each other drinks, and to express gratitude to brewers,bartenders, and other beer technicians. In the international spirit of the holiday, it is also suggested that participants step out of their domestic/locally brewed comfort zone and sample a beer from another culture.


International Beer Day began as a celebration at the founders’ local bar, but has since expanded to become a worldwide event. Celebrations are planned throughout the United States as well as in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, England, France, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.
Popular forms of International Beer Day Events include: Tapping of new or rare beers, all-day happy hours, beer flights, trivia nights, binge drinking and other games (such asbeer pong), beer/food pairings and beer gear giveaways.

From 2007 through 2012, International Beer Day was celebrated on August 5. After International Beer Day 2012, the founders took a poll of fans and chose to move the holiday to the first Friday in August.
source-wiki.com