Wednesday, 25 December 2013

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!


I hope you are all having an amazing day with your families, receiving and giving presents, eating lots of food and playing board games!

I'm taking a break from the blog until the new year now to have a bit of blog/social media free time off from work to spend with my boyfriend and my family.

I'll be back very soon and I have lots of plans for the future of Gingerbread Smiles!

Have a great day, and I wish you the best for 2014!
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Doing my friends nails - Robin Nail Art

Last week my friend came around for a girly Christmas evening to exchange presents. I cooked sausage casserole, we watched a Christmas film and I painted my friends' nails! I showed her the robin from She Who Does Nails' Christmas Advent and she thought it would look cute. How right she was...

Christmas Nail Art - Red Robin

Christmas Nail Art - Red Robin

Christmas Nail Art - Red Robin

It is much easier to do nail art on another person's nails as you can see from this perfect robin accent nail. I am really pleased with how this turned out and I think my friend liked it too!

What do you think?
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Monday, 23 December 2013

Manicure Monday - Trying out some Christmas nail art

On the build up to Christmas, Laura from She Who Does Nails has been creating a nail art advent calendar in which every day she posts a different Christmas themed nail art tutorial.

I attempted her Christmas lights nail art and my results did not look half as good as hers!

P.s sorry for the messy nails, I took the pictures a few days after I'd done these.

Christmas Nail Art - White Multi-coloured fairy lights

Christmas Nail Art - White Multi-coloured fairy lights

Christmas Nail Art - White Multi-coloured fairy lights


Christmas Nail Art - White Multi-coloured fairy lights

The hard part about doing this nail art is getting a thin enough black 'wire' so that it doesn't look too weird. Also what I did wrong with this manicure is not leaving the little black 'prongs' that the lights would be connected to. Instead I painted over them... Also my lights aren't really light shaped. I did try though!

I also tried out the Christmas pudding nails! I think my nails might have been the wrong shape but they still look cute!

Christmas Nail Art - Brown Christmas Pudding Figgy

Christmas Nail Art - Brown Christmas Pudding Figgy

Christmas Nail Art - Brown Christmas Pudding Figgy

What do you think? Did I do a good job?
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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Winter Loves #britishbloggerselection

When I was given the theme of winter loves for this week's #britishbloggerselection I considered maybe doing a skincare posts about what in my regime changes in winter, or maybe a clothes post i.e my favourite pieces for the winter. I finally settled on a good ol' lifestyle posts about the things I love most about the winter months.


Snuggly nights in bed with my boyfriend, snacks and good TV
I love to get home and straight into bed in winter, it is soo cold outside and most the time it is cold in the house. I love it when my boyfriend comes round as we usually snuggle up to watch one of the many TV series we like and chomp down on some snacks.

Lights being hung on people's houses making the street seem so festive
I adore driving around my housing estate to go and look at everyone's Christmas lights. I do feel like a bit of a creep doing it but I think they are soo pretty that I can't help myself!


Special festive warm drinks when out in the cold shopping
When winter comes around everyone gears up for their first red cup of the season from Starbucks or for this year a character cup from Costa. My drink of choice is normally a hot chocolate with either salted caramel or orange syrup.


Lots of cosy jumpers
I love that in winter you can put your jumper on and be perfectly snug when you are out and about. I especially like that everyone makes an effort to wear a Christmas jumper on the run up to the big day. The jumper in the picture I bought last year from Joy and I love it!

Festive candles on a chilly night
When Christmas comes around Yankee Candles always bring out some new festive scents and this year has been no exception. I've picked up Christmas Eve, Merry Marshmallows and Fireside Treats. I love lighting them on a chilly night when I am snug in bed.

What do you love most about winter?
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Saturday, 21 December 2013

My nana knows me so well...

Everyone that knows me knows that if they buy me something gingerbread man related I will love it. My Nana recently found these gems in her local shop in Markse and I've fallen in love with them.

Gingerbread Man Tea Pot Mugs, Tea Set

Gingerbread Man Tea Pot Mugs, Tea Set

Gingerbread Man Tea Pot Mugs, Tea Set

As you can see she bought me a tea pot and two mugs from the same collection. These were from a shop called Coopers Gifts in her local village.

I can't wait to use these and display them when I get a house!
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Friday, 20 December 2013

Red's True BBQ Restaurant, Leeds

The day after we went to Whinstone View lodge we set off for Leeds to do some shopping and see Haim at Leeds University. We always seem to be really lucky when looking for somewhere cool to eat and this was no exception! We came across a place called Red's True Barbecue which sounded right up our street.

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

Red's True Barbecue BBQ Restaurant, Leeds, Food Review

The selection of food on offer was at first very daunting and confusing but after a while of reading the menu I got to grips with it and picked what I wanted. I decided on the smoked brisket & BBQ gravy sandwich which consisted of 'thick beef slices smothered in gravy on a hoagie topped with crispy onions and sweet dill pickle.' Matt chose the Texas smoked sausage hoagie which consisted of 'house recipe spicy pork and beef sausage topped with pit beans, chilli con queso, jalapenos, American mustard and white onion.' It looked massive and he had that with sweet potato fries which I can confirm were yummy!

My sandwich was very nice with the meat and gravy combo being delicious. If I had a criticism it would be that I could have done with more gravy! It was soo filling that I only ate half but managed to polish off my fries.

After we had our food I think myself and Matt could have done with a nap, it was so nice and filling. I'd definitely recommend Red's if you are in Leeds and a meat lover!

Have you been before? What are your thoughts?
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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Whinstone View Bistro Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whilst staying at Whinstone View lodges we ventured over to the onsite bistro for tea, and also breakfast in the morning which was included in our nights stay.

Whinstone View Bistro - Steak Night, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Steak Night, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Steak Night, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Steak Night, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Steak Night, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton


Whinstone View Bistro - Steak Night, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

It happened to be steak night on a Thursday so we got two steaks with all the extras and our drinks for £32. We both got a 10oz sirloin steak with chips, salad, mushrooms and onion and then I got a Diane sauce and Matt got a peppercorn. These were quickly polished off and we moved onto desserts!

All the dessert options looked amazing but in the end Matt chose an apple tart which came with cinnamon ice cream and I chose chocolate orange cheesecake which was very nice. I didn't realise until I looked back at the pictures that they had done the sauce in the shape of a Christmas tree on my plate! How sweet!

Whinstone View Bistro - Breakfast, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Breakfast, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Breakfast, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

Whinstone View Bistro - Breakfast, Restaurant Review, Great Ayton

In the morning we had a choice of continental breakfast options such as cereals and yogurt or a hot breakfast, or both if your greedy. We both had some toast and then asked for the breakfast items we prefer. I went for sausages, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms whilst Matt went for fried eggs, sausages and mushrooms. We both then had a cup of tea and some juice.

Both meals we had at the bistro were exceptionally good and we would love to go back again.

Have you been to Whinstone View Bistro before? What did you think?
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Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges

For a little treat before Christmas my very thoughtful boyfriend booked us into a luxury lodge for the night near Great Ayton. This happens to be our second visit to the lodges after visiting last year for my birthday however this time we stayed in a different lodge called the Zoffany.

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

Whinstone View Luxury Lodges Review - Great Ayton Middlesbrough

At Whinstone View there is a collection of luxury lodges to hold from two people up to six people. Almost all the lodges have a hot tub, except one of the larger ones but that one has a fire pit instead! How cosy.

The lodge is quite basic with a bedroom, space for hanging clothes and a bathroom. The lodge has a very snazzy tv/sound system so you can listen to their selection of music or bring your own CDs/DVDs. There is also a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryer and an iron in case you need them.

The lodge is pretty much entirely made of wood which gives it a really cosy feel. The bathroom is very fancy with a walk in shower which is very powerful. Whilst we were at the cabin we watched a lovely Christmas film (Rise of the Guardians), went for a meal at the bistro on site (post on this tomorrow), and jumped in the hot tub. The hot tub is on all the time so whenever you fancy hopping in you can, just turn on the lights and jets for a little extra fun.

Although the lodge is £220 per night it is a lovely getaway. Check in is from 3pm so if you go early you can definitely get your moneys worth. Breakfast is also included for that cost.

Have you been to this lodge before? Have you been to somewhere similar? We'd love to know of other lodges we could visit!
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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Body Shop Mini Haul

I am in love with The Body Shop. I'm sure I've said it and will continue to say it until something drastic happens and my obsession fades but for now it is here to stay! The Body Shop always get me to buy something when they send me emails telling me I can get discount. On 'Black Friday' I got an email from them saying if I bought 6 items or more I could get 50% off! So as you can imagine I was straight on. Below are the goodies I bought for myself, the other items (to make up to six) are presents so I can't show you what they are.

Body Shop Mini Haul

Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner - I am currently in love with my Lush Tea Tree Water but it is rapidly running out. I thought as this was only £5.00(with 50% off) for such a big bottle I would try this out. I know it's only a toner, but I am so excited to see what its like!

Chocomania Body Butter - When I smelt this in the shop I was in heaven! I really love the body butters from The Body Shop and I'm currently using the strawberry one, which smells gorgeous, but I fancied a change. This was only £2.50 (with 50% off) for the 50ml size which I can easily pop in my handbag and take out.

Strawberry Soap - Lastly I picked up a strawberry soap. I'm going outside my comfort zone buying solid soap but I really wanted to try this out as I do love the strawberry scent and it was only £1.00(with 50% off).

Make sure to sign up to The Body Shop emails to get the latest discounts straight to your inbox! It is really worth it.

Do you have any of the above? Do you like them?

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Manicure Monday - Paradoxal

Today's manicure monday is a Chanel polish that was gifted to me by my boyfriend on my 22nd birthday called Paradoxal.

Chanel Nail Varnish/Polish Paradoxal Review Swatches

Chanel Nail Varnish/Polish Paradoxal Review Swatches

Chanel Nail Varnish/Polish Paradoxal Review Swatches

Chanel Nail Varnish/Polish Paradoxal Review Swatches

Chanel Nail Varnish/Polish Paradoxal Review Swatches

If I am honest I was a bit deflated with this polish. It looks like a lovely grey in the bottle with a pinkish tint to it. However when I applied it it looker very dark and you could hardly see the shimmer of the other colour.

The coverage of this polish was good and it applied well but due to the strange colour whenever I scratched my nails this showed really easy which you can see in a few pictures.

Overall I think this polish is okay but I've definitely decided just because Chanel is expensive it doesn't mean its better than other cheaper polishes.
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