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Charlotte Shares

  • Life Things

    Why I’m excited for Autumn

    Chilly crisp mornings, cosy jumpers and candles – What’s not to love about Autumn? If someone were to ask me what my favourite season is, I would probably say summer. But I always reach the end of summer feeling excited for autumn and all the lovely things that come with it. Here’s what I’m most excited for this year.

    Lush bubble baths

    There’s nothing I like more than a hot bubble bath, especially when I have a bubble bar from Lush. I recently popped into lush and stocked up with bits and pieces for the autumn. I love being able to come home from work, have a long soak in the bath and then put my PJ’s on for a cosy evening.

    Warm fires 

    On really chilly days, I love to sit in front of the fire with a cup of tea … and my cat. There’s something so relaxing about being by the fire and feeling all warm and toasty.

    Forest walks

    Myself and Shaun love to go on walks at the weekend. During the autumn time, I really enjoy going to the forest and walking along as the leaves crunch under my welly boots. I find walking a really great way to destress and chill out at the weekend. It’s also a fab way to spend quality time together with no distraction or technology in the way.

    Home cooked food 

    Casseroles, chilli con carne, spag bol, lasagne and roast dinners … I love a hearty home cooked autumnal meal. There’s nothing nicer than getting home from work when its cold and raining and being able to eat a meal that warms you up. Shaun and I have been trying out various different recipes recently, so I’ll certainly be sure to share some on here soon.

    Candles 

    Scented candles burning away creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere. I love it. I was in Florida this summer so I made a trip to Bath and Body Works and stocked up with some candles to keep me going through the colder months.

    Bonfire Night

    Sparklers, fireworks, bonfires, hotdogs, welly boots and good company. We often go out with friends for bonfire night to a local display. I love everything about it. It’s usually freezing cold, but everyone huddles around the fire and tries to keep warm. I love the smell of bonfire night and I love watching all the pretty colours light up the sky.

    What are you most looking forward to during the autumn months?

    Charlotte xx

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  • Handmade Crafts

    Handmade celebration card | Die cutting and embossing

    Disclaimer **This post may contain affiliate links**

    My Gemini Die Cut machine is honestly one of the best gifts I have ever received. I love the detail it can cut and emboss and how professional the finish is.

    This card was so simple to make. I used a heart embossing folder to create the background, I then used my die cut machine to cut out the champagne glasses and the ‘congratulations’ wording. I love the contrast of the glitter paper against the white background. It adds a real pop of colour.

    Cards like this are so simple to make, and I’m so pleased with the finish!

    If you’re into card making and crafts I would 100% recommend buying a good quality die cutting machine as it makes such a difference to the quality that you create!

    Thanks!

    Charlotte xx

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  • Life Things

    Holding a charity fundraiser | My experience + tips

    Back in April my Nan developed a sudden illness, one minute she was fine and then she was seriously ill in hospital. Specialists flew in from Edinburgh to assess her as the condition was so rare. After a few weeks of care in hospital, my Nan was moved across to Hospiscare to live out her final days.

    The staff as Hospiscare were incredible. They looked after my nan and made sure she wasn’t alone in her last moments. Not only that, they were also a huge support to my family.

    My Nan loved to bake – The obvious thing to me was to hold a tea party at our house and invite close friends and family with all donations going to Hospiscare.

    I’ve never held an event like this before, so I didn’t really know where to start. Below are some of my planning techniques for holding a successful charity fundraiser when you’re a complete beginner.

    My planning techniques:

    • Think of numbers – How many people do you realistically think will come? Everyone loved my Nan, so we planned for between 40-50 people.
    • Make sure you send out invites – If people have something on a piece of paper, they’re much more likely to remember and actually turn up!
    • Where are you going to put everyone? Our house isn’t big enough to hold that number of people, but we do have a big-ish garden. We put 2 gazebos up in the garden so we could be outside even if the sun wasn’t shining.
    • How many people will donate cakes? People always want to help, you’ll get many people saying they’ll bake a cake and bring it over. Once you have a rough idea of who is bringing what, you can then work out roughly how many cakes you’ll need to make yourself.
    • Do you have enough chairs, tables, glasses, plates etc? We borrowed garden furniture from friends and family to make sure we had at least 40 chairs. I also bought some paper plates and got some pretty napkins to go on top of them. We used a hire company to borrow mugs and glasses as we don’t own enough.
    • Are you going to use decorations? We borrowed lots of bunting from friends and put this up around the house and garden – this really added to the tea party theme.

    In total we raised £450 for Hospiscare, I’m so proud of this as it’s my first fundraiser and I also know my Nan would be extremely proud of me!

    If you have any questions please leave them below! 🙂

    Charlotte xx

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  • Recipes

    Simple and tasty chocolate fairy cakes

    I don’t do complicated recipes. I like everything to be quick and easy with minimal ingredients. These chocolate fairy cakes are beyond simple to make and they taste A-MAZING!

    So let’s get started!

    Ingredients –  For the cake (makes roughly 20)

    • 225g Caster Sugar
    • 225g Margarine
    • 225g Self Raising Flour
    • 4 Eggs
    • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

    For the topping:

    • 225g White chocolate
    • 150g low fat cream cheese
    • Chocolate sprinkles to decorate

    Now to get baking!

    1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5
    2. Set out 20 cake cases into a baking tin.
    3. Cream together the caster sugar and margarine until you get a smooth mixture.
    4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix after you’ve added each egg.
    5. Sieve in the SRF and mix until the mixture is smooth.
    6. Add the cocoa powder and mix again.
    7. Fill each cake case wth the mixture and place in the oven to cook for roughly 30 minutes. (Check the cakes are cooked properly as they may need slightly longer)

    Leave the cakes to properly cool down before you decorate the top of them.

    Now lets make to topping …

    1. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl and leave to cool slightly for a few minutes.
    2. Add the cream cheese to the melted chocolate and mix until smooth. You will end up with a relatively thick and sticky consistency.
    3. Spread the mixture over the top of each cake and decorate with some chocolate sprinkles.

    Make sure to keep the cakes refrigerated because of the cream cheese!

    Enjoy!

    Charlotte xx

     

     

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  • My Bullet Journal

    I bought a bullet journal

    Lately all I’ve seen everywhere is bullet journals. I love writing things down, I’m always using notebooks and diaries to keep myself organised, so I thought I would give a bullet journal a try.

    What I love is that it’s basically a notebook, shopping list, diary and calendar all rolled into one. You can make it how you like it and it’s fully customisable. There’s honestly nothing worse than buying a new diary and finding the lay out doesn’t fit your needs. So this seems like the perfect solution.

    I’m totally new to the whole bullet journal fad so have NO idea what I’m doing.

    I’ve been looking at ideas on Pinterest on how to lay it out and different ideas, but so far I’ve not got anything set in stone.

    If anyone has any suggestions of what works best for laying out a bullet journal then PLEASE let me know in the comments below. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    I do know that I definitely need a section for birthdays – I deleted my Facebook and I’m so rubbish at remembering peoples birthdays! … How bad it that? We rely on Facebook to find out it’s our friends birthday!

    So far I’ve bought myself the Leuchtturm 1917 as well as the Staedtler pen set and a brush pen set.

    I’m looking forward to getting stuck in and becoming super organised!

    Please leave any helpful tips below 🙂

    ‘See ya real soon!

    Charlotte xx

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