I Tried Lush’s Henna Hair Dye.

I Tried Lush’s Henna Hair Dye.

It’s Saturday! And you know what that means.. new post alert! This week I came across something called Henna Hair Dye – found at Lush, and after doing a bit of research, I decided to get some and give it a go.

The reason why I decided to give henna hair dye a go is because henna hair dye is more of a deep conditioning treatment, and the Lush website states it is made up of:

Persian henna, cocoa butter, and essential oils in a conditioning, natural hair dye for silky, conditioned locks and long-lasting colour.

And after reading that, I figured what have I got to lose! Worse comes to it my hair will be a funny colour but it’ll be super soft and healthier than before I dyed it! I chose the Caca Rouge henna for my hair as I’ve always loves deep rich auburn hair, and whenever I tried box dyes in the past to get that colour it never looked natural or remotely like the colour I wanted! Plus my hair would get so damaged from the chemicals too.

Plus, for one block of Lush hair colour, it’s only £11 ish pounds?! The block itself is made up of 6 chunks, and out of them I only needed about 2-3 chunks but did it all at the time to make sure I had enough.

One thing if you’re thinking about dyeing your hair using henna, I’d recommend watching lots of YouTube tutorials and reviews in advance! The video below is one from Lush about the different colours and how best to apply it!

If you are going to have a go at henna hair dye, I’d highly recommend getting yourself the following in advance:

  • Gloves (Lush henna hair dye comes with them but it’s always good to have more!)
  • A glass mixing bowl
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Pot (to melt the henna over)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cling film or shower cap
  • Towel
  • Newspaper (COVER EVERYTHING.. It gets messy!)
  • Vaseline or Lush’s Ultrabalm
  • Hair dyeing brush
  • A friend to help!

So, before I get into how to dye your hair, here’s my before photos!

 

It’s important to note that before your put the henna on your hair, it’s a good idea to have clean hair without any products in it, as you never know how it’ll react to certain things.

Here’s what the henna looks like:

Lush Henna Hair Dye Block

Step 1: Unwrap the henna from it’s card and chop it up into small chunks. The smaller the chunks, the quicker it melts.

Lush Henna Hair Dye chopped up

Step 2: Put the henna into the glass bowl and put it over a pot on the hob to heat it up and melt it. Add some boiling water to the henna to help it along and continue adding the water until the henna is a smooth brownie batter/cake mix consistency.

Pre-warning, this stuff does smell pretty bad in my opinion so get some candles going in advance! Also, it does look like mud, so don’t worry, it hasn’t gone wrong if it looks like that.

Step 3: Application time! Make sure you put Vaseline or something similar to protect your skin, because it will stain your skin if you’re not careful! Put Vaseline all over your neck too, because your hair will most likely touch it at some point.

Carefully take the hot bowl of henna with you to wherever you’re planning on applying it, and make sure you’ve got ever surface covered, because this stuff is messy and stains! Grab a friend to help you out with the application. Take small sections of hair and paint on the henna with a brush or use your hands. To make the application easier, use the henna whilst it’s still warm because when it cools it becomes less spreadable. But make sure it won’t burn your head!

I forgot to take photos of this part but I did remember my after photos! (you’ll see them at the end.)

Step 4: After applying it to you entire head, plop your hair on top of your head and wrap it with clingfilm or a shower cap to keep the heat in (if you want brighter tones, wrap your head with clingfilm and keep it warm, but if you don’t want that, don’t wrap it up). I put my hair in a shower cap and then wrapped my hair in a t-shirt over the top for extra warmth.Hair Wrapped Up

Then it’s chill out time! Leave the henna on for anywhere between 1-6 hours to develop. The longer you let it develop, the brighter the colour. I left mine on for about 3 1/2 hours. I would’ve left mine on for longer, but I was heading out for dinner, and I wasn’t about to go out with my hair still in a shower cap! (Having your hair wrapped up in a t-shirt is a super sexy look.. haha)

Step 5: Rinsing it out. The temperature of the water you rinse it out with doesn’t really matter with this, so use whatever temperature you’re comfortable with. Start off by rinsing as much of the henna out as possible with just water, and then use some conditioner to help de-tangle your hair as you’re rinsing it out. Then when the water is clear or as close to clear as you can get, shampoo your hair to get any left over residue from the henna out. Then do what your usual routine is!

Important note: Your hair colour will develop over the next 24/48 hours after application and washing the henna out. It tends to go a deeper richer colour over this time.

It was too dark outside by the time I finished my hair on the day of dyeing it; and I wanted to show you the results in the same natural light as before, so here’s what my hair looked like the next morning!

 

So, what are my final thoughts?

Well, I absolutely love the colour my hair turned out! It looks a lot more natural than the colours I’ve tried with box dyes in the past, plus my hair feels super soft, healthy and nourished.

Since putting henna on my hair I’ve washed it twice (I only wash my hair twice per week because I’m doing the curly girl method – you can see my post on it here) and the water has a tiny reddish orange tint when it’s being washed, but I haven’t noticed the colour fade and it’s nothing like the box dye washing out.

Lush Henna Hair Dye Results

Would I recommend Lush’s Henna hair dye?

Yes. And I’ll probably do it again in the future. The only downside to using henna hair dye is the mess, but I personally think it’s worth it for getting a pretty new hair colour and using natural ingredients and packaging that isn’t damaging to the environment.

So, that’s all for today’s post and how to dye your hair with henna and how it turned out for me! Let me know in the comments if you’ve ever used henna to dye your hair and what your thoughts were! Also, if you try this for yourself, tag me in your before and afters on Instagram @theweightofmyworlds! I’d love to see how it turned out for you.

Have a great weekend lovelies!

Love,

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Henna hair dye

 

Valentines Day Gifts

Valentines Day Gifts

The first month of the year is coming to an end already, and you know what that means.. Valentines Day. Now, I personally think that we should all just show each other how much we love one another year round, but I get that Valentines is a nice way to make someone feel extra special.

I also think that Valentines Day is a day that we can all use as an excuse (even though we don’t need one..) to give ourselves some love, and remind ourselves of how amazing and special we are.

I know that a lot of us search for ‘Valentines gifts for…’ when it comes to finding a Valentines Day gift for our special someone, so I’ve done this gift guide in categories with gifts I would buy for my other half and of course what I would like myself! Both will include unisex, personal, DIY and funny gifts from different price ranges! (*all images taken from the websites linked and do not belong to me)

A lot of these gift ideas are the same for both sexes in my opinion but everyone knows what they like and have a idea of what their friend, partner or special person likes.

Valentines Day ‘Guy’de’ (get it haha):

1 . Personalised Jewellery.

You can get each piece of jewellery here – the letter necklaces, the minimalist bar necklaces and the personalised birthstone bracelet here.

2 . Watch.

You can grab the first, black watch here, the white one here and the rose gold one here!

3 . USB Mix Tape.

This is a DIY one, but you can buy the cassette tape with the memory stick here and the personalised memory stick here! This is one of my favourite ones, because it requires so much thought, ans we all know that it’s the thought that counts!

5 senses

4 . The Five Senses.

This one is personal to who you’re buying for, which is why I love this one!

5 . Makeup Vouchers.

This one doesn’t need a photo, because we all know what gift cards look like! If you have a makeup lover, they will love this.

6 . Memory frame/box/bottle.

You can get the frame here, the bottle here and the memory box here.

7 . Breakfast in bed with a surprise day out.

Here’s a pretty breakfast for the photo for this one, because the day out is personal to the person, pick something they’ll not expect you to have picked that you know they’ll love!

8 . A personal piece of art or an inside joke made into a gift.

You can grab the ‘things I love about you’ piece here, the photo collage here and the wooden planisphere here!

 

Girls Guide to Valentines:

1 . Watch.

The first watch here is more pricey than the others, but you can grab it here, the silver watch here and the pocket watch here!

2 . USB Mix tape.

This is exactly the same as the mix tape from the ‘Guy’de’ so I will just leave the link for the cassette tape and USB here and the personalised memory stick here!

3 . Favourite Sweets Hamper.

You can grab the post box sweets here, the haribo and marshmallow tree here and the wonka inspired chocolate box here!

5 Senses

4 . The Five Senses.

This is the same idea as the one above, but with slightly different items!

5 . A new game, with snacks for a game day/night.

I don’t feel like this one needs a photo, because everyone has different game preferences! It doesn’t even have to be a game night, it could be binge watching your favourite series or movies!

6 . Remember when box – with funny and sweet memories handwritten memories.

Very similar to the other memory box one, but this one is with handwritten memories inside, ideally write as many as you can to fill the box or book or page! You can get the poster here, the box here and the book here.

7 . Wallet keepsakes – a photo of you together or even a cute saying or inside joke you have!

You can get the silver card with a map (it comes in other colours) here, the gold card (also in other colours) here and the photo with tiny letter here! I personally love the tiny love letter and photo one the most, and think its perfect for everyone; including if you’re getting it for yourself, because why not send yourself a reminder of how lovely you are!

8 . Surprise day out.

I won’t include a photo for this gift either purely because it’s very personal to every person! It doesn’t have to be an expensive day out, it could be so simple, why not a surprise picnic at lunch? Or even more romantic, bring blankets and candles and have a candle lit picnic!

Well, those are my ideas for Valentines Day gifts that you can get yourself or that special someone in your life! And although these are categorised, I think that you can get these for anyone in your life. It doesn’t matter if you have that special someone yet or not, you might not want a special someone in your life right now; it’s your choice and Valentines is a great day to show yourself some self love!

I know these are all gifts that cost money, but they also don’t have to! You can always use this gift guide as inspiration for gifts that you can make with things you probably have around the house! (the remember when memories are an easy one to do, along with the mix tape!) If you DIY any of these gifts let me know how it goes in the comments below, I always love reading and replying to them!

So have an amazing weekend and Valentines Day for the 14th my lovelies!

Love,

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Easy Christmas Nails

Easy Christmas Nails

Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas parties are in full swing and that means not only am I looking for outfit inspo on Pinterest and Instagram, but also Christmassy nails that you can actually do yourself at home. So I decided to try a few of the designs out for myself to see what ones are actually doable for all of us at home!

1 . Classic Red and Gold.

Red Christmas Nails

These were simplest to do, just paint your nails red, let them dry and then add a simple tree onto either your ring finger or any other finger you want to stand out! This one can be done with any colours too if you’re not into red nails!

2 . Candy Cane Stripes.

Candy Cane Nails

It’s impossible to mention Christmas nails and not add some candy cane stripes into the mix. I did these by painting my nails white, then adding on the stripes with a small brush, if you’re a bit shaky when doing your non-dominant hand, get someone else to paint the stripes for you!

3 . Christmas Puddings!

Christmas Pudding Nails

These went pretty well, I didn’t have a green nail polish so the holly leaves on these ended up being a gold shimmery colour, but I think the glittery look makes these even more festive.

4 . Snowmen.

Snowman Nails

Who doesn’t think of snowmen when they think about Christmas and Winter time? This are so easy to do and only require 2 nail polishes at the very least! A white for the base and another one for the snowmen faces, you can use a different colour for the carrot noses if you want too. These are a classic for Christmas nails!

5 . Blue and White Christmas.

Blue Christmas Nails

I think these are my favourite out of all the designs because it’s something I haven’t really seen that much and because even though this is one of the more complicated designs, it can still be done at home. Also, these nails will look elegant in any colour! For these I painted all the nails white except for the navy glitter one and then added all of the designs on with a small brush (any kind of brush should do the trick as long as it’s small! I use a tiny acrylic paint brush.)

6 . Pinky Nude Snowflakes.

Nude Christmas Nails

These are another favourite of mine, when I think of pinky nude colours I don’t really think of Christmas; and that is what makes these perfect for the person who wants a bit of festive cheer that isn’t screaming at you in the face. For these I used the same method as the above nails!

Which nails do you like best? I think I’ll be going with the blue and white or pinky nude designs, I love the different patterns on the nails with a bit of sparkle! Are you planning on having your nails done for a party? Let me know what you like for your Christmas nails in the comments below!

Merry Christmas lovelies!

Love,

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Elf On The Shelf Games

Elf On The Shelf Games

Merry Christmas everyone! The kids are soon breaking up for the Christmas holidays which means not only planning what you’ve bought/buying them, but coming up with fun ways to get the kids in the Christmas spirit! That’s why I’ve come up with 6 easy games you can do with the kids with your ‘Elf on the Shelf’!

Let’s get into it!

1 . Candy Canes ‘n Baubles! (Noughts and Crosses).Candy Canes and Baubles Noughts and Crosses

This one’s a simple and easy one to create; it’s a Christmas version of noughts and crosses and if you wanted to do this one over a few days I’m sure your Elf will take his turn whilst the kids are asleep! And if you wanted you can make the grid even bigger, add more baubles and candy canes!

2 . Candy Cane Treasure Hunt.Candy Cane Hunt

Here’s a great game that can be played over and over again with the help of your Scout Elf! I think all kids like a good treasure hunt don’t they?! And with candy canes being so cheap, why not do a treasure hunt with them! You can even swap the candy canes for other treats or even mini Christmas crackers.

3 . Elf – Who am I?

Spider Elf Dress UpSpider Elf Dress Up

This game takes a little more prep than the others; but I promise it’ll be worth it! This game is great fun for both adults and kids; it involves picking a celebrity, character or other famous person etc. and dressing up your Elf as that person and getting your loved ones to guess who your Scout Elf is!

4 . Where’s Elfie?

Where's Elfy?Where's Elfy?

My family loved this one, partly because we love a certain series of books that sound like ‘Where’s Holly?'(you get the idea) … if your kids have loads of toys, put them in a group and hide your Elf within the toys and give the kids the challenge of finding their Scout! This game can be repeated several times and you can add a time limit for searching to add a little suspense.

5 . DIY Elf Bed! DIY Elf Bed

Since your lovely ‘Elf on the Shelf’ will be staying with you over the Christmas period, you’ll want them to be comfortable when they’re having a nap; so why not use some of those boxes from all of your Christmas shopping and make your Elf his very own bed! You could even make him a house if you wanted!

6 . Riddle, Elf Book or Joke Hunt!Elf Book Hunt

I love this one, it can be used as a cute morning ‘Elf on the Shelf’ prop and for a game. For this game all you have to do is make as many little Elf books as you want, write in them (in very tiny handwriting..) either riddles, puns or parts to a story, and hide them around your house! If you’d like this can be a daily thing with one tiny book hidden per day for the kids to find!

All of the games and activities can be altered and tweaked to suit you and your family. A few more activities you could do with your ‘Elf on the Shelf’ are:

  • Elf portraits
  • Elf hide and seek
  • Making the perfect Elf dinner
  • Building an house/cottage for your Elf
  • Making your Elf their own special table for their Christmas dinner

Those are just a few extra ideas you can have a go at! And please let me know if you try any of these out and which one is your favourite. Oh, and don’t forget to register your Scout Elf and receive your adoption certificate and a special message from Santa! I hope you enjoyed this post my lovelies, and have a very Merry Christmas!

Love,

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Easy Naughty Christmas Elf Ideas

Easy Naughty Christmas Elf Ideas

It’s that time of year again!! And for loads of parents, this means not only Christmas shopping but also their ‘Naughty Elf’ will be making an appearance soon. Now, when it comes to said elf or elves, remembering to actually have them do something overnight can be a bit tricky.. especially when the Christmas drinks are flowing! So this year, I’ve put together 25 quick and easy ‘Naughty Elf’ ideas for you to do when you’ve simply forgot or haven’t got much time.

So, here we go!!

I had so much fun doing these and I’m sure you will too! My personal favourites out of these are:

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how inventive your ideas for the elves are because the whole idea behind the elves is to have fun at Christmas and to make your kids laugh.

It’s a short and sweet post this week, but I hope you enjoyed it! And feel free to use the ideas for your own elf/elves; let me know which ones are your favourites in the comments below!

Have a great weekend everyone and stay tuned for my Christmas Gift Guide next weekend! Love,

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Easy Halloween Pumpkins And Snacks

Easy Halloween Pumpkins And Snacks

Hello lovelies! Halloween is fast approaching; which means we’re all thinking of cool decorations and snacks that we don’t see everyday! And this often means searching the depths of Pinterest for hours on end finding some pins which don’t look impossible to do at home.

So I’ve decided that I’ll put together some pumpkin decorating ideas along with two quick and easy things you can do for Halloween snacks!

Let’s get into it!

Snack first; and because it’s Halloween, that means sweet treats! So I decided to make some cute mini shortbread skeletons and mini meringue eyeballs! They’re pretty quick and easy to make and only took me about 30 minutes from start to finish.

Shortbread skeletons

How cute are these am I right?!

On to making them! You can buy a simple shortbread mix from most supermarket nowadays so that’s what I did as I was short on time.

Here’s the steps:

1 . Make the biscuit dough (you can use any biscuits you like).

2 . Roll out the dough out on a lightly floured surface, making the dough roughly 5mm thick.

3 .  Using a cookie cutter the shape of a person (pick whatever size you want!) cut out as many people as you can. You can always use any small pieces of dough left to make an extra biscuit for when you have a cuppa later!

4 . Bake the biscuits for however long your biscuit recipe requires and leave to cool.

5 . Once the biscuits are cool, using whatever colour icing you want, pipe on a smile, or funny face (it is Halloween aft0er all!) and the rest of the skeleton bodies!

6 . Once the icing is dry. Eat!

Shortbread skeletonsFor the meringue eye balls:

1 . Buy some meringue kisses and some googly eye cake decorations.

2 . Make up a slightly on the thicker side icing with just water and icing sugar.

3 . Dip the googly eyes into the icing and stick on top of the meringue peaks! Done! Nice and simple.

Now, when it comes to Halloween, one of the first things we think about is sweets, costumes and of course, pumpkins. And I don’t know about you, but I love picking and carving pumpkins.. however, I’m not a massive fan of the mess that comes with it.

So this year I decided I would look into some other ways I can decorate some pumpkins, without all of the mess from carving huge ones.

Here’s my pumpkin display:

Pumpkins

These didn’t take very long to do which I was quite surprised about! The pumpkins that took the longest were the ones that required paint, but even then they didn’t take very long.

For the painted pumpkins I used cheap Tesco water based paint as a bottle of these are £1 each which is a bargain! I also used a sharpie for the calligraphy on the large pumpkin, that one is my favourite.

Pumpkins

Decorating the painted pumpkins were my favourite to do overall, because I love to paint anyway. The multi coloured pumpkin was decorated by squeezing paint over the top of it, a bit like how you would chocolate drips on a cake, and I simply layered up the different colours until the top of the pumpkin was covered and the paint were dripping down the sides. I suggest doing this over newspaper or some kind of wipeable surface as it gets pretty messy! I left mine to dry over a few days and the paint ran down to the bottom leaving a cool pattern.

Pumpkins

For the biggest pumpkin, I mixed a mint green colour because I wanted the calligraphy to really stand out against the paint. Because pumpkins are pretty shiny, I ended up applying three layers of paint, but it didn’t take very long as I used my hairdryer to speed up the drying process a bit! Once I was happy with the colour of the pumpkin, I lightly drew out the ‘trick or treat’ and then filled it in with a sharpie!

The last pumpkin I painted was a tiny one, and I realised that I like the simple look of the painted pumpkins so I painted this one black and then splattered white paint on it which I think looks pretty elegant.. especially considering it’s a pumpkin!

Pumpkins

I bought a bag of cobwebs and spiders which I used for the only pumpkin I fully carved, and I think it worked quite nicely. I actually carved this pumpkin from the bottom, because I think it looks nicer than the open top, and you can hide your carving marks. I also found a cool tip for making your carved pumpkins last longer, which is by brushing the carved areas with vegetable oil! I also stuck some spiders on the top for eyes, because I hadn’t seen anything like that done before and just thought why not.

Mini Pumpkin with fangs

I will admit, I think I like these two pumpkins nearly as much as the painted ones; not because they’re elegant, because they certainly aren’t that! But they are cute and pretty funny. I recommend that you have a sharp knife for cutting a mouth for these because these small pumpkin/squashes are very hard to cut! I bought some cheap vampire fangs and used peppercorns for eyes on these, all I had to do was cut a section large enough for the fangs and made some indents for the eyes and tadaa! Mini silly pumpkins!

What are your favourite ways to carve and decorate pumpkins? And what are your favourite sweet treats to make at Halloween? Let me know in the comments!

And lastly, Happy Halloween lovelies!

Love,

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Pumpkins

Rainbow Cake Recipe

Rainbow Cake Recipe

Hello my lovelies! Who’s in the mood for some cake? Because this week I’ll be giving you my recipe for a big rainbow cake! And to make this cake even better (because who doesn’t like rainbow cake..) this recipe can be diary free should you need it to be!!

This cake is a simple vanilla sponge cake and can be adapted for any flavour of cake! I use this for all of my cakes and I’ve never had someone not like it. You can also make this into cupcakes – I’ll probably do a cupcake recipe soon too.

So, here’s what the cake looks like:

Rainbow Cake

Looks pretty tasty doesn’t it!

Right, onto what you’re going to need, I’ve put together a shopping list you can download here!

For the cake:

  • 9 oz Salted Butter (it can be spreadable or not, I used Vitalite as my mum is intolerant to buttermilk!)
  • 9 oz Caster Sugar
  • 9 oz Self-Raising Flour (make sure you save a little flour to thicken up your cake batter if you need it!)
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Red, Orange, Green, Purple and Blue Food Gels (these can be found in sets or separately)
  • Baking Paper
  • Cake tins (2 minimum, I used 6, but it can be done with 2!)
  • A cake stand or plate to put the cake on!

For the icing:

  • Salted Butter (I eye-balled this and made more icing when needed)
  • Icing sugar (I eye-balled this too, but would recommend getting 2 large bags of icing sugar, this icing is all personal preference!)
  • Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue Food Gels
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • White chocolate icing tubes – I got these from Tesco (pipe dairy free chocolate if you’re making this dairy free!)
  • Any other decorations you want to use! (I used smarties)

So, onto making the cake! Here’s a quick clip of the process!

 

1 . Pre-heat the oven to 180°C for fan-assisted ovens or 200°C for other ovens.

2 . Lay out baking paper on the worktop and draw around the bottom of your cake tins and cut them out, I recommend cutting out the baking paper like this: Baking paper After this I grease my baking tins and put the grease proof paper into the tins shiny side up. Then put the tins aside for a bit later.

3 . Measure out all of your ingredients. When making this cake I luckily had access to 6 cake tins, but if you’ve only got 2 tins don’t worry, to bake your cake in batches of two cake layers, use measurements of 3 oz per ingredient and repeat this another 2 times, which will give you 6 layers of cake.

4 . Add the butter and sugar into a big mixing bowl and cream them together.

5 . Then sift in the flour , pour in the eggs, add the vanilla extract and mix together. I usually start mixing with a wooden spoon and then move onto using an electric whisk. If the cake batter is too runny then you can add a little more flour. (I love how you can just chuck everything in the bowl with this recipe!).

6 . Once the batter is mixed, separate the batter into bowls into equal parts for however many tins you’re using.

7 . Then, add in the food colouring gels! I used quite a lot to make my cake extra bright, but it’s up to you how much you use!

8 . Pour your batter into your tins and smooth it around to make sure it’s evenly dispersed. (When you pour in the batter, it may seem like you’ve not got enough, but the cake will rise a little and you don’t want the layers too thick or the cake will topple over!).

9 . Bake the cakes for 13-15 minutes and check they’re cooked through with something small and sharp, I use toothpicks, if it has no batter on it, it’s cooked! Take out the cakes and place them on a cooling rack.

10 . Repeat stages 1-9 twice if you’re using 2 tins per time! When you’ve taken your yellow cake out of the tin, use a knife (or cookie cutter) to cut out a circle from the middle. Then slice the cake in half; this will leave you with two rainbow layers for the top of the cake! Then you can go ahead and snack on the circle of cake you just cut out haha.

11 . Whilst your cakes are baking and cooling, it’s time to make the butter cream! This one doesn’t have specific measurements as everyone has their own preference for how they like their buttercream to taste. I use quite a large amount of butter and icing sugar.

12 . I begin mixing the butter and icing sugar together with a fork so the icing sugar doesn’t create a huge icing sugar cloud, and once most of the icing sugar is mixed in I go in with an electric whisk to make the buttercream light and fluffy.

13 . Put about 4/5 of the buttercream into a piping bag (you can use a sandwich bag if you haven’t got one! Or you can get a box of disposable ones from Tesco). Then begin by putting a small amount of icing onto the cake stand/plate to stick your blue layer of cake onto the stand/plate.

14 . Then pipe layers of icing onto each cake layer, the colours should go (bottom to top): Blue, Purple, Green, Orange and finally Red. Then cover the top and sides of the cake in buttercream and smooth out as best as you can.

15 . To help smooth out the buttercream further I use baking paper, shiny side to the cake, and use your hand against the paper to smooth over the icing.

16 . After you’ve smoothed out the cake, ice the two rainbow shaped layers together, add icing to the top layers of the rainbow shape and put on top of the cake and smooth over with baking paper.

17 . Separate the left over buttercream into 5 bowls and add in the food colouring gels.

18 . Put the coloured icing into different piping bags or sandwich bags and pipe over the rainbow to give it some colour!

19 . The add on some white mini marshmallows onto the bottom of the rainbow so it looks like clouds.

20 . Then warm up the white chocolate icing tubes (follow the instructions on the tubes for preparing them) and squeeze drips over the edge of the cake and cover the top layer.

21 . Finally, decorate with any sweets you want and enjoy!

Here’s how it looks when it’s finished!

I hope you like how this cake looks and tastes!! If you decide to make this yourself then please tag me in any photos you put on instagram @theweightofmyworlds or on twitter @worldsweights, I’d love to see your cake creations!

Have a lovely week everyone, you’re the best! Love,

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DIY Self Care Kit

DIY Self Care Kit

If you’ve been following me a while now then you’ll know that this month I’ve been trying to focus on my mental health and self care, so at the start of May I begun by writing myself some self-affirmations. And to carry on with my self care this month I thought I would finally get round to making myself a self care kit for when I’m having a tough time.

The past two weeks have been pretty stressful and I’ve had a lot on, I’ve had family members in hospital, college assessments and my niece finally arrived (that one was a happy thing but stressful with the days in hospital waiting). Luckily everything I was stressed about worked out and it was then that I then realised I had neglected my self care a bit.

So how do you start/make a self care kit? Well you need to get yourself the following:

  • A box
  • Pretty paper
  • Sharpies or coloured pens
  • Tape or glue
  • Anything you use to relax

Here’s how my box started out:

Here’s how it looked after I had decorated it:

Self Care Kit Photo

So what sort of things did I decide to put in my self care kit? Well, things that can shift my focus from what is causing my stress and panic; for example different sensory items. I found that face masks, hand lotions, essential oils (in spray bottles diluted) and stress slime work well.

Here’s everything in my box:

Notepads Photo

  • Notepads.

I added these in my kit because I love drawing and writing, and I found that these were good for writing down what I am grateful for, positive quotes and doodling.

Coloured Pens Photo

  • Coloured Pens.

These are obviously to go alongside my notepads for drawing and writing. Making patterns with them and drawing mandalas is a great distraction for thoughts that are stressing me out.

Clay Mask Image

  • Clay Mask.

I added a clay mask (you can use any kind of face mask) to my box as it’s nice and cooling on your skin which is a great distraction from any anxieties, stresses and panic thoughts.

Nail Polish

  • Nail polish.

This is another good distraction as  you focus on your nails rather than what’s going on around you, and you get to give yourself a mani pedi and have pretty nails!

Headphones

  • Headphones.

Great for tuning out background noise and relaxing with your favourite tunes or any meditation/mindfulness apps.

Hot chocolate

  • Hot chocolate drink sachets.

Having a mindful drink (especially if it’s sweet!) is great for relaxing and helps me calm down in pretty much all situation.

Essential oils

  • Essential oils.

If you have any favourite smells then this one is a good one for you. I have several essential oils due to the fact that I make bath bombs, but you can get them online for pretty cheap on places like amazon (amazon is just amazing, it has EVERYTHING). Put the essential oils in a small spray bottle with water and you can spray that on fabrics and just yourself in general which is a great way to feel comforted if there’s a smell that you are familiar with.

Hand Lotion

  • Hand lotion.

This ones similar to the face masks as it’s a good way to distract yourself from everything, it’s cold and cools you down (it’s a great way to help panicking if you put cold things on your wrists!) and you get great soft hands!

Slipper socks

  • Comfy socks.

Comfy socks may not seem like something you’d use for self care, however; in regards to myself, I’ve pretty much always got cold feet, so getting some comfy warm socks on is a good way for myself to get comfortable and calm down.

Fidget Spinner

  • Fidget spinner.

These aren’t classes as cool anymore (by my younger siblings as they were happy to tell me..) which is fine by me!! I found this is a great way to distract and prevent myself from anxious nail biting and picking.

Tissues

  • Tissues.

Pretty obvious one, I felt like I needed these because every now and again you just need a good cry.

  • Positive Notes.

Positive notes are always a good shout as it’s easy to forget little life lessons and mantras when you’re in crisis and are having a bad day.

So those are just a few of the things I’ve got in my self care kit. It’s also important to remember that if you are in crisis there are people you can call to talk too, for example the Samaritans, who are there for all mental health challenges, whether you’ve got a diagnosis of anything or not, they’re just there to listen.

If you decide to make your own self care kit then please let me know what you put in it and if you’ve got any suggestions then please pass them on ad my box is always evolving!

Have a lovely weekend everyone! Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature

Easy DIY Chocolate Truffles

Easy DIY Chocolate Truffles

I had a long look on the web at loads of different chocolate truffle recipes, and when I came across this one from BBC Good Food, it looked so simple I had to give it a try. And I found this one easy..ish. So here’s the thing, I thought I could get these made after work one day in a few hours, oh boy was I wrong! You definitely need an entire day to make these in my opinion, or maybe I over estimated my chocolatier skills haha. Either way, I’d recommend doing these on a day where you’ve not got much planned. Basically I made all the mistakes possible so you don’t have to.

So here’s what happened when I tried making these. I thought it’d be a good idea to try this using less than 70% cocoa chocolate as its cheaper, 70% cocoa chocolate is pretty expensive!! And I thought that if these go horribly wrong then at least I haven’t wasted a load of money, and good chocolate. Instead of making just dark chocolate truffles, I also tried this recipe with milk and white chocolate, now I know what you’re thinking, milk and white chocolate haven’t got as much cocoa in it as the dark, especially cheap chocolate! But I thought that if there’s any chance of making a few flavours then i’ll just give it a go now so you don’t have to.

Well, what worked? The dark chocolate truffles turned out fairly well considering I’ve never made truffles before, and the milk and white chocolates well.. the were a disaster! On the plus side, I did find that using this recipe but with milk chocolate does create a fairly yummy chocolate sauce, just not truffles. I might have worked if I had picked milk chocolate with more cocoa in it, but never mind!

I will say that I found shaping my truffles hard, I think I left my mix in the fridge a little too long! So I’d certainly call my truffles rustic looking.. You’ll probably have more luck than me!!

Easy DIY Chocolate Truffles

Here’s the recipe –

You will need:
300g good quality chocolate – dark (70% cocoa solids)
300ml double cream
50g unsalted butter

1. Chop the chocolate and tip into a large bowl. Put the cream and butter into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter melts and the cream reaches simmering point. Remove from heat, then pour over the chocolate. Stir the chocolate and cream together until you have a smooth mixture. You can add any flavourings at this point. Cool and chill for at least 4 hrs.

2. To shape the truffles, dip a melon baller or teaspoon in hot water and scoop up balls of the mixture, then drop the truffles onto greaseproof paper. Or lightly coat your hands in flavourless oil (such as sunflower) and roll the truffles between your palms. You could also use a piping bag to pipe rounds onto greaseproof paper.

(Forgot to take photos of this bit! Sorry!)

3. Coat your truffles immediately after shaping. To coat in chocolate, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Melt 100g milk, dark or white chocolate for 10 truffles. Allow chocolate to cool slightly. With a fork, pick up one truffle at a time and hold over the bowl of melted chocolate. Spoon the chocolate over the truffle until well-coated. Place on the baking tray, then chill.

4.Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 days, or freeze for up to a month. Defrost in the fridge overnight. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to give them.

Here’s what mine looked like! They tasted pretty good even if they did look ‘rustic’ haha!!

Chocolate truffles

These chocolates are great for presents, if you’re better at shaping and covering them than me! They’re good even for events or just as a treat whilst you’re watching a film. I hope you enjoy!! Let me know how yours turn out in the comments below!

Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature

10 Mother’s Day Gifts Mums Actually Want

10 Mother’s Day Gifts Mums Actually Want

When Mother’s Day comes round it always feels like it’s getting earlier each year. Well, it feels like that in my house anyway! All you see in shops are mushy pink and red cards and chocolates. This year I decided to actually ask my mum what she likes getting for Mother’s Day and I thought I’d share some gift ideas I came up with; they’re all budget friendly so if you’re like me and are low on cash, don’t worry! I gave myself the task of all ideas being less than £30 or free.

Why have I decided to do this ideas list? Because all of the card and gift shops have the same stuff in them and they’re never very thoughtful. And when I asked my mum what she wanted she said this to me:

“Creme Eggs.. And I don’t mind what else as long as it’s thoughtful or useful, none of this cheesy crap.”

Haha, I love my mum.

So armed with my mums idea of something useful or thoughtful, and of course some chocolate, I’ve come up with 10 gift ideas you can try this Mother’s Day.

  1. The handmade card and flowers combo.

If you’ve got any funny memories or inside jokes with your mum like I have, then this is a great opportunity to make her laugh and remember good memories. You could add a photo of you both to it and get some flowers for her too, you can’t go wrong with flowers!

cards and flowers photos

  1. You could make coupons of vouchers for jobs you know your mum hates doing.

If your mum is anything like mine, then she probably dreads doing the ironing and washing. So why not give her homemade vouchers that she can use and you do the jobs she hates! Or if you don’t like the voucher idea, then stay up late the day before (if you live at home still) and do all of the jobs before she wakes up in the morning. She’d love the surprise!

 

  1. Wash her car.

Now, this one obviously applies if your mum owns a car. But if she does, with what the weather is constantly throwing at us, I doubt she’s has some time to get her car washed or do it herself. And there’s just something great about that fresh clean car smell!?

 

  1. Cook.

This one’s a classic. If you’ve thought about taking her out for lunch or dinner and then realised that funds are low, why not cook her favourite meal instead of forking out for it a restaurant (get it? Haha I’m too funny..). It’s often a lot cheaper to actually buy all of the ingredients for the meal than it is to have it cooked for you. Also, make sure you wash up after yourself, because the last thing your mum will want to do is tidy up the kitchen!!! Plus you get to keep any yummy leftovers!

 

  1. DIY hamper.

Hampers always goes down well, not only for days like Mother’s Day, but birthdays and Christmas presents. The good thing with hampers is that you can personalise them to whoever it’s for. For a Mother’s Day hamper, why not buy or make some bath bombs, add a few tea lights or pillar candles, some chocolates and a film and you’re good to go! All of it probably comes to about £17? Not bad if I say so myself.

diy gift hamper photos

 

  1. Mum Survival Kit

This one is very similar to the above, but you can add a few joke pressies in here. Get a cheap tote bag or gift bag, add in a bottle of wine or spirits, chocolates, ear plugs, a face mask and other little things like tissues etc.

 

  1. Take her out for lunch or dinner.

This one is the pricier of the bunch, but if you don’t usually have the chance to take her out for a meal, then it’s a nice surprise. And if you’re not an only child, you can always get your siblings to pitch in, that way it doesn’t break the bank too much!

 

  1. Make a photo book.

Photo books or blocks are good for any occasion. If you’ve got loads of family photos then pick out some of your favourites, maybe even some of your mum from when she was little, and create a photo book. You can get some printed for really cheap, I’ve used Tesco printing before and delivery was fast too.

 

  1. Homemade chocolates.

If you love cooking than this is a good one for you. Making chocolates doesn’t take too many ingredients and are pretty simple to make, just make sure you clean up afterwards! They can really impress your mum, especially if she never sees you in the kitchen! (A chocolate truffle recipe post will be here on Sunday!!)diy chocolate truffles collage

 

  1. Magazine Subscription.

Does your mum love putting her feet up with a good cuppa (or glass of wine 😉 ) and sitting down with a magazine? Then why not find out which magazine she loves and get her a years subscription, some cost under £15 for the year, and that way your mum gets a little something every month!

 

And obviously if all else fails, then breakfast in bed is always a good shout, just make sure it’s not too burnt!! I hope this gives you a hand in picking our a good present and all the mums out there have a lovely Mother’s Day (it’s the 11th of March in case you weren’t sure)!!

Love,

Victoria x Blog Signature