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Crystal Cole Candles

 Everyone knows my love for candles, wax melts and home diffusers. I have quite the collection and continuously add to it. I love nothing more than my home smelling amazing.

I think candles are a pretty safe gift to buy too, I appreciate not everyone likes them but they can still look good and make pretty ornamental presents for people without having to light them. I'll definitely be stocking up for Mother's Day this year as my mum loves candles too.

I bought my mum, maid of honour and bridesmaids personalised candles to ask them to play special roles at our upcoming
wedding next year. They all loved them and thought it was a unique and personalised idea, something for them to remember. I choose strawberry and champagne scent, safe to say it was a winner amongst them.

I've also ordered my
wedding favours which are the cutest little silver love heart shaped tins and each guests name/role is personalised on the lid. These are Parma Violet scented and smell amazing. Such a throwback!


My go to candle lady is
Crystal Cole. She's truly amazing at what she does. A beautiful soul inside and out and I couldn't be any more proud of her success. I just want to scream from the room tops and let everyone know how amazing she is. She works so hard and is so genuine about her products. Small businesses like this make my soul sing and obviously I absolutely love her products. She puts so much time and effort into every single order, she works day and night and has ambition and passion like you wouldn't believe.

Crystal is a wife to Mr Cole and mother to 5 beautiful children. as well as running her own business from home. She's based in Kent, England but has successfully grown her business world wide and even has celebrities purchasing her products. You can find Crystal Cole Candles at some of the most sought after events across southern England such as the National Wedding Show.

Crystals passion for candles started when she was a teenager and got stronger with age. She's completed several candle making courses and at first it was just a hobby, but the more she learned about candles, the more she fell in love and started experimenting. She even mixed her own scent for her winter wonderland themed wedding and gifted it to her new husband. Crystal takes everything into consideration and goes above and beyond, she doesn't just mix scents, she creates lasting memories by researching which scents will evoke certain memories. She also thinks about the venue, the space, the recipient and atmosphere. Her attention to detail incredible, nothing is forgotten.

Crystals winter themed scent was a huge hit at her wedding and people asked her to make candles for their wedding and soon enough word got around and Crystal became a very successful chandler creating her own personalised line of luxury signature candles and scents.

All candles are hand poured and are made following strict guidelines. Crystal is also a proud member of the fragrance foundation UK.
All oils are hand selected from Crystal herself to ensure maximum scent throw throughout your home, office or venue space. Each candle is made with love and passion and it's highly noticeable whenever you experience one of Crystal's beautiful scents. My personal favourites are Sundried Laundry, Blueberry & Vanilla and Strawberries & Champagne.

wax melts start from only £2 and candles start from £14.99 which I think is incredible value.

Crystal Cole candles can be personalised with absolutely anything you like. Everything from proposals, wedding/bridal party, birthdays, congratulations, thank yous or even just because. They come packaged in the most gorgeous way and they really do create lasting memories and make the most memorable and luxurious gifts.

Not only are the candles and wax melts the best I've ever had, the scents are so unique and they last for so long. My home is always filled with beautiful scented memories, Crystal offers a personal service in everyway and even recommended various scents for me to have in my own to help keep it smelling fresh alongside my 4 legged baby, Minnie. Crystal's customer service is outstanding and dealing with her is always a pleasure. I love how she runs her business solely and everything goes through her, there's no middle men and no fancy factory. Crystal takes full responsibility for her business and quality is everything to her. The aftercare she provides out incredible, always going above and beyond for her customers.

If you have any special occasions coming up or just love candles, check out her website and social media pages. She's a woman of many hidden talents and should be everyone's go to girl for home scents.

Crystal is also partnered with
Scentsy (a flameless wax melt company) and I urge everyone to treat themselves to Clothesline and Lemon Sorbet wax melts. Thank me later! Scentsy is great is you'd prefer a flamless warmer, I love mine and have one in every room as they don't get hot, they work by warming the wax which helps the wax to last longer as it's melted at a lower temperature and they're also much safer than naked flames especially if you have pets or children.

This post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way, I genuinely love these products and want the world to know! Crystal, thank you for keeping my home smelling amazing, for helping me choose the most perfect wedding favours and gifts and for never letting my loved ones go without gorgeous gifts! I'm so excited to see where your business progresses to over the coming months.

Check out Crystal on:
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

Happy scenting!

PS, if you have a celebration coming up, want to treat a loved one for mothers day or even just love candles, use code chelsea15 to enjoy 15% off at https://crystalcole.co.uk/ - discount valid until midnight March 7th 2018.

Happy 1st Birthday Minnie

I can't believe my little girl is one today!

On 13th April 2017 we welcomed Minnie the 8 week old Bichon Frise puppy into our home. It's been the best months of our lives.

Although it hasn't always been easy (I'm sure other puppy/pet owners will appreciate) it has been so worth it. She is the funniest yet most loving little furball ever.

Minnie is growing into such a beautiful dog, inside and out. Although she's so small and cute, she has such a big personality and everyone who meets her just falls in love. She is the friendliest little girl ever and gets so excited to see people (or generally anything that moves), she wants everyone to say hello to her and insists on giving everyone lots of kisses and cuddles.

She's fully trained and is so obedient. She still has her moments but which dog doesn't? She is a pleasure to have around and everyone is so very fond of her.

She's amazing with children and just loves to play. She's gentle and caring and knows when to tone it down. She's such a clever little girl and I gush with love and pride every time I look at her.

She's always there to cheer me up or give me a cuddle. Five minutes of Minnie time and you're instantly in a much better mood.

Baby girl, you brighten up my every day and you'll never know how much love and joy you bring into our home and life. We all love you so very much and can't wait to spend many more happy and tail wagging years with you! Even if I do have to share my blueberries and carrot sticks with you, you're worth it!

To celebrate this very special occasion, we were very kindly sent a birthday box from My Pet Gift Box and Minnie was over the moon with it.

 It included:

2 tennis balls
Kong Hugz toy
Doggy birthday cake
Soopa Healthy Bite treats
Pooch and Mutt treats
Pet Munchies natural treats - Minnie's favourites
Betty Millers natural treats
Personalised birthday card


Happy first birthday Minnie, enjoy your pawsecco and birthday cake.


Check out My Pet Gift Box on Instagram to see their other pet goodies and boxes.

We received this gift box for the purpose of this review however all words, opinions and pictures are my own. Thank you so much, Minnie absolutely loved it and it made her first birthday so special!

CaseApp Review

Hello. My name is Chelsea and I hoard phone cases. There, I said it!

I only have one phone, so my other half keeps reminding me every time he catches me lusting over a new one but you need ones for different occasions, right? You can't have a summer themed case in the middle of December, can you?

I was thrilled when CaseApp said they'd like to work with me. I quickly headed to their website and was still there an hour later scrolling through their designs. They offer completely unique a bespoke designs and they have a huge range of premade designs to choose from, all of which you can personalise with text, clip art and even photographs. The choice is just too much, it was so hard to decide especially for an indecisive female like myself.

I found it so hard to choose so I decided to get 3. Yes 3, only one was for me though.

1. Mother's Day isn't too far away and my mum got an ipad for Christmas so I got her a case and personalised it with pictures of my puppy, Minnie, who she absolutely adores. My mums name is Ruth but when she talks to the dog (yes you read that right lol) she calls herself Nana Woof, I thought it was such a cute design and I knew she'd absolutely love it. It's secret from her for now so let's hope she doesn't read this!

2. Valentine's Day has just been and my other half is a bricklayer. His phone has seen better days as silly him takes it to work and leaves it in his pocket, the screen is cracked and it's got lots of little marks on it so I decided to get him a phone case to help prevent any more damage as he's still got this phone for another 8 months. He's football mad and loves Newcastle United so I opted for this case. He absolutely loves it and put it on his phone straight away.

3. This one is for me. Yipppeeeee. It's called Flowers In The Light. It took me a while to choose between a custom IPhone case or a premade design. I decided to go for a premade design. It was so hard choosing but I kept going back to this one. Everyone who knows me knows I love flowers so this was a perfect design for me. I love how simple it is yet still really beautiful.

Using the CaseApp website was really easy and straight forward, creating bespoke items was straight forward and the site was easy to navigate. Ordering was a simple process and everything was made really clear to me.

I was kept up to date with my order via email and patiently awaited Mr Postman to arrive.

My cases arrived within one week which I think is really good especially for personalised designs. They were securely packaged and I was delighted when I opened the box. They were exactly as I requested. They're super easy to fit onto your devices and they aren't bulky like some others. They're stylish and trendy but also keeping out techy loves safe. Can I get a hell yeah?!

We're loving our cases so far, they're really good quality and look super cool. I think they make great gifts for all occasions. Their prices start from £19 which I think is very reasonable for the quality you're getting as well as the service the guys as CaseApp provide. If you're struggling to choose a design, select the special orders section on the website and the guys will help you create something completely custom to you.

Have you ever tried CaseApp before? I teamed up with them earlier in the month to give one lucky person the chance to win a free product from their website. You could choose a custom laptop skin, a custom IPhone case or something already designed. The winner will be emailed a code and will then be able to go onto the website and create or choose their own design and have it delivered completely free. For future competitions check out my Instagram.

The fun doesn't stop there, I also have a 20% off code for my readers to enjoy until 27th February 2018 - enter code CHELS20 at the checkout.

Check out their Instagram to see more designs. Don't forget to tag me in Insta with your designs, I'd love to see them!


*I was sent these items for the purpose of this review however all words, opinions and pictures are my own*

Our Wedding Venue

I could scream with excitement right now. For so long we've talked about getting married and made some plans but things are really starting to come together now. The registrar is booked to attend and conduct our ceremony on 19th October 2019.

We've booked our venue and couldn't be happier. We knew from the minute we got engaged that we didn't want anything huge or pretentious. We promised we wouldn't get into debt or struggle to save to pay for something but of course we still wanted something beautiful. I began searching and came across
The Caledonian Hotel, Jesmond. It's a chain hotel located in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne, or the ''posh end'' as some would say.

I booked an appointment to visit as I'd never been before, I had only ever driven past. When I arrived I fell in love with everything. It's so welcoming and the décor is lovely and modern, the staff were all friendly and helpful and it had such a relaxed atmosphere. I had a look around the rooms and loved everything, I made another appointment to go back with my other half to show him before we made any decisions.

We decided to wait until they had a wedding open day, that way we would get to see the rooms and tables set up as it would be on our special day. I took 2 of my bridesmaids, my groom, mum, 2 pageboys and flower girl with me. They all loved it too.

There's the large room which is light and airy and has a secret escape, there's a bar leading into another function room and then there's the ceremony room. The bridal suite and other bedrooms are on the ground floor, upstairs there's over 50 single and double rooms and there's also a bar and bistro attached, Billabong which does the best pizza's ever.

The secret escape is the thing that sold it for me. You open a door from the main function room and you're in the most beautiful little garden, known as the secret garden. It's decked out and has heaters, tables, chairs, flowered archways for photographs and the most beautiful plans and flowers that change from season to season. The table and chairs are decorated with comfortable and modern accessories and it's got such a cosy feel. I think it's great for smokers or guests who just want a little bit of peace. It's solely for the wedding guests and other guests staying at the hotel do not have access to this. It's like our very own little hideaway for when we need a break. It's very secure and private too which will great for the children attending our wedding, they can run about and let some steam off without being told to be careful or sit down.


The bedrooms are very spacious and well equipped with everything you need and more. They're very comfortable and being situated in such a prime location, it makes it a very sought after hotel with everything within close proximity. I obviously had to take an obligatory hotel selfie in the room I'll be sleeping in on my first night as a Mrs.

I love the different ways the tables were set up, there's so much choice of accessories, colours and centrepieces. Everything is done in house which makes things much easier when planning and the dedicated wedding team are so helpful and have years of experience, I know we're in safe hands.

The hotel offer lots of different packages for various events but we've decided to have something more bespoke. I won't give too much away as I know some of our guests will read this! But we're so happy with our choice and can't wait to get stuck into the planning.

They have lots of exciting events on this year for Valentine's DayMothers Day, Easter and even New Year. Their parties are always very popular and booking is strongly recommended. They cater for adults and children and have various fun filled days planned for 2018. Check out their
website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

Things to do in Jesmond before heading back to the
Caledonian Hotel for an overnight stay:
Jemond Dene for a nature trial and Pets Corner
Scallini's for a delicious Italian meal
City Retreat for a pamper day
Return and enjoy a refreshing gin in Billabong bar

I'd love to know any tips you have on planning a wedding, I think I'm going to need them!

From the future Mrs Wright, a very excited bride to be.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post. Some of these images were taken by me, some were taken by staff at the Caledonian Hotel however I have full permission to use them for the purpose of this post.








Living Room Makeover

I'm not sure what it is about taking down the Christmas decorations but it always makes my home feel so bare and boring. I instantly want to decorate and I tease myself scanning Pinterest and Instagram.

After a few days of lusting over soft furnishings I decided to just go for it and start with the heart of our home, the living room.

We started by removing the ugly fire place we had. Originally it was a dark brown colour and clashed with everything in the room so last year I painted it white which looked much better but to be honest we never used the fireplace and it wasn't centre to the wall which really bothered me so I decided to just remove it and get it plastered over. It looks so much better without it and gives us much more space.


We also removed all the old doors as they had at least 10 years worth of gloss on them and had definitely seen better days. Sadly, our new ones don't get fitted for another 2 weeks so I've got a very excited puppy with free roam at the minute. Fun and games eh.

When I told people the colour scheme I wanted, I got a few funny looks and scrunched up faces. I suppose grey and mustard doesn't sound too Instagramic but it's different and I really like it, obviously, I chose it. I've chosen mustard/ochre accessories so when I decide to change colour scheme, I can quite easily by just changing the cushions etc.

We've only had our sofa for 12 months and there's nothing wrong with it apart from the cushions had seen better days so I just replaced them and bought an ottoman and footstool to match. Minnie loves sitting on the ottoman in front of the window and it's great to put her toys in rather than having them laying around everywhere!

                           Large sofa back cushions are from Dunelm. Smaller grey and ochre cushions are from George, Asda. The prints and frames are from Ebay.

I chose a shade of grey paint from Dulux - Goose Down but I found it to be too blue toned for my taste so we went back to the colour we had before, again from Dulux but in the shade Egyptian Cotton, I always go for matte paint rather than silk. The only thing left to do is gloss, we decided to wait for that as we'll need to gloss the new doors when they come and the door frames will probably get scraped and chipped during fitting.

I decided to go for a darker grey carpet to what I had before. I absolutely love it but it was such a carry on getting it in with living on the first floor, it had to come in via the balcony and there was definitely a few colourful words shrieked!

Lamp is from Next, throw is from George, Asda, the ottoman and footstool was purchased on Ebay and my gorgeous furball is admiring the new carpet.

There's just a few finishing touches to go, I'm still looking for a new light shade for the ceiling and something for the back wall but it's all coming together and eventually feels like home again.

     Print and frame from Ebay and lamp is from Next.              My florist made this artificial arrangement.

We've decided to do one room at a time so keep checking back for my little home makeover series.

    Candles are all from George, Asda, both white units are from Argos, curtains and blind is from Dunelm.

I'd love to hear about any decorating plans you've got for this year.
This in a sponsored post however all words, pictures and opinions are my own.


bakerdays Review & Giveaway

I've loved bakerdays for a few years now. If you don't know the concept, you basically choose a cake from their huge range, covering everything from birthdays, babies, anniversaries, weddings, engagements, valentines day and lots more, or you can create something totally personal and just because and have it delivered to your door.

You choose the size you'd like: letterbox gift cake, small party cake, medium party cake or large party cake. I opted to review the letterbox gift cake which is priced at £14.99 and is 5''.

You then choose the flavour: traditional sponge, rich chocolate chip, gluten wheat free sponge, lemon drizzle, red velvet, dairy free sponge or fruit. The choice is yours. I went for traditional vanilla sponge.

You then personalise your cake with whatever you'd like and depending on the design you've chosen. You can even upload a photo and have that on your cake.

Valentine's Day is approaching and I'm feeling nice so I decided to gift my cake to my fiancé. I opted for something more humorous than romantic and personalised it with ''I tolerate you Darren''. I seen this design premade on the bakerdays website and it really tickled it. It's mine and my other's humour down to a T.

I chose my delivery day and waited patiently for mr postman to arrive. A few days later I checked my letterbox and there it was. A mystery brown box.. you'd never think a cake was inside (if there wasn't a bakerdays logo on it and it didn't smell of vanilla deliciousness!).

When I opened it I was pleasantly surprised. The cake was packaged in the most beautiful way. It came in this lovely little tin to keep it nice and fresh and also had balloons, candles and a party blower for that extra wow factor. I just knew my other half was going to love this.

I gave him it that night as I wanted him to try it at it's freshest (even though these cakes have an amazing shelf life of 2 weeks, who can say no to cake though? Cake never lasts 2 weeks in our home).


He laughed his head off at the design and thought it was such a good idea.

We both had 2 large servings of the cake and it was truly delicious.

The sponge was so moist and buttery but not over sickly or too sweet. It was springy to the touch and had the perfect amount of buttercream and icing ratio. I sometimes find iced cakes a little claggy and dry, this definitely wasn't.

I was so pleased with the cake and the service we received. Ordering was so easy and it arrived exactly how I'd hoped.

I love how they fit through a letterbox too, I'm definitely going to be gifting cakes from now on. It's a perfect idea when you don't know what to get someone or may not be seeing them or even just for a nice surprise. Who wouldn't be happy about having cake delivered to their door?

The only gripe I had was wanting more. These are quite small so next time I'd definitely opt for a party cake rather than a letterbox cake, that way I get more yummy cake to enjoy and can share it around for others to enjoy too.


You can see more of bakerdays unique designs and creations over on their website or via Instagram and Twitter.

The fun doesn't stop there, bakerdays are giving the chance for one of my lucky readers to win and personalise their very own letterbox gift cake just in time for Valentine's Day.

a Rafflecopter giveaway *Please note this giveaway is for UK entrants only - the prize will be sent direct from bakerdays*

I received this cake for the purpose of this review however all words, opinions and pictures are my own.

A Minnie Update

I can't quite believe I've had my gorgeous furbaby for almost 9 months. In some ways it feels like she's been here for 2 minutes but in other ways, it's as though she's been here forever.

In case you didn't know, this is Minnie, she's our 11 month old Bichon Frise.

I can't believe how well she's settled in. I'll be honest though, as much as we loved her from the very start, she was a handful for the first 6 months. I felt like an exhausted parent and often had to lock myself in the bathroom just for 5 minutes peace.

Something changed instantly though. She had her first heat about 7 weeks ago and overnight she became a different little girl.

Before she was disobedient, noisy and destructive (all whilst being super cute) but now she's so cuddly, loves attention, understands the difference between playtime and bedtime and she's much more obedient.

She now sits and allows me to brush her, clean her face (sometimes) and do all the things she really didn't like me doing before. She has mastered giving a paw, a hi5 and pretending to box. It's so cute to see.


Minnie was crate trained and that's where she slept but she was waking us up at silly o clock each morning, once her behaviour improved we decided to trial her with free run of the house. So far so good. She's absolutely loving the freedom and sleeps in a different space each night. She is adorable and there's nothing better than waking up to a fluffy face looking back at you with their tail wagging ready to kiss your face.

She really is a bundle of love and joy and I'm so pleased with her progress. She is fantastic with visitors, she's always so see new and old faces and is great with children and other dogs which I'm pleased about.

Now we just need to work on the grooming as it's something she really does not like and groomers find her very difficult to do. She's just so happy and wants to kiss and cuddle everyone. Minnie's face is a little stained which is something I queried with the vets and groomers, they've said it's totally normal for a Bichon to have facial stains (especially when they have their long coat) and not to do anything. I couldn't ever do what some owners so and bleach her, she's adorable with and without her little stains! I now just bathe her face with warm water and she will be shorter during spring and summer which will make it much less noticeable.

If you have any dog training tips or any tips for grooming, I'd love to hear them please.

We will see you next month for Minnie's first birthday!