• Archive for October, 2015

    Scarily super subscription offer!

    by  • October 29, 2015 • Styling • 0 Comments

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    To celebrate Halloween we have a superb subscription offer for you! Subscribe to Style at Home by Sunday 1 November 2015 and you will receive six issues of your favourite homes mag for just £6.66. Bargain! Enjoy the luxury of having it delivered to your door every month so you don’t miss an issue and save money on the cover price.

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    Craft project: Make twinkling fairy lights

    by  • October 28, 2015 • Craft • 0 Comments

    Twinkly lights project

    Takes 1hr Cost £5.49

    You will need
    Paper cup
    wrapper template
    Plain paper
    Scissors
    2 sheets patterned paper, £1 per sheet, Hobbycraft
    Pencil & glue stick
    10 paper cups, £1.50 for 12, Sainsbury’s
    Craft knife
    10 LED battery-operated white fairy lights, £1.99, Lights4Fun.co.uk

    Print out the cup wrapper template (below) onto paper and carefully cut out. Roll out a sheet of the patterned paper and place the template on top. Draw around the template and cut out. Repeat to make five wrappers, then do the same to make another five from the second sheet of paper.

    Apply a small amount of glue to the back of each wrapper and carefully stick around each paper cup, beneath the lip, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go. Repeat
    until each cup is covered with the patterned paper. Neatly trim away any overhanging paper, if necessary.

    Place each cup upside down on a flat surface and draw a small cross in the middle of the base. Carefully cut through this cross using a craft knife and gently push the lights into
    each hole. Alternate the cups so you have different papers next to each other when assembled into a row.

    Light template

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    Christmas recipe: Red onion & goat’s cheese tart

    by  • October 28, 2015 • Heroes • 0 Comments

    Our December has hit the shops today, packed with everything you need to know for a smooth running Christmas! Food Ed Amy has crammed 12-pages with her favourite recipes to make cooking over the festive period a breeze. Take a look at our menu for a fantastic Christmas feast with all the trimmings and finish off with a spectacular pud that will wow your guests. If that’s not enough, we’ve got some tasty ideas for Boxing Day, foodie gifts you can make yourself and a last-minute Christmas cake recipe to try.

    Plus, Food Ed Amy share’s her recipe below for a super easy goat’s cheese red onion tart perfect as an alternative to turkey on Christmas day.

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    Goat’s cheese & red onion tart

    Takes 40mins Serves 6

    1 x 375g pack ready rolled puff pastry
    1tbsp butter
    3 red onions2tbsp caster sugar
    Balsamic vinegar
    3 x goat’s cheese rounds
    Bunch thyme

    1. Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 6. Peel and thinly slice the onions. Melt the butter in a frying pan and gently fry the onions with the sugar until softened and caramelised. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar to finish.

    2. Unroll the puff pastry on to a lined baking tray. Score a 1cm border in the pastry. Cover the centre of the pastry with the onions (save any leftover onions to serve with your Christmas cheeseboard).

    3. Halve the goat’s cheese rounds horizontally and place on top of the onions. Scatter over the thyme leaves and bake for 15-20 mins until the pastry is golden and risen and the cheese melted.

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    Get a good night’s sleep

    by  • October 15, 2015 • Styling • 0 Comments

    It’s easy to get distracted before bed, whether you get sucked into watching a new boxset and have watched four episodes in one sitting, or you check your Facebook and before you know an hour has flown by! According to a new study by One Poll 2013*, us Brits are clocking up less sleep than ever before. On average we getting just six and a half hours a night. But, fear not, if you have trouble getting that perfect night’s sleep we’ve found three fab products that will help you to drift off.

    Airstream mattress topper

    Airstream mattress topper, from £35 for a single, slumberdown.co.uk

    This mattress topper contains breathable fibres, which allow air to flow through the topper and out through the mesh sides, preventing a build up of heat. Overheating is one of the main reasons people wake in the night. If your body temperature becomes too high your body’s first defence is to wake you up so you can change your surroundings.

    Leesa mattress

    Leesa mattress, from £390 for a single, Leesa

    If you’re anything like us, when buying a mattress you wonder how you can tell whether you’re going to like sleeping on it if you’ve only sat on it for five minutes. The Leesa mattress comes with a 100-night trial, so you can make sure the mattress is right for you. It has a universal feel so you don’t have to choose from soft, medium or firm and the three layers of foam come with a breathable, cooling top layer so you don’t get too hot. If that’s not enough, it comes delivered compressed in a box for ease.

    Goose feather and down duvet

    Goose feather and down duvet, from £50 for a single, The Fine Bedding Company

    Make sure you stay warm and toasty this winter with the natural goose feather and down duvet. It’s ideal if you like that tucked in feeling as you drift off to sleep. It’s got a luxurious goose feather and down filling and a 100% pure cotton cover. The breathable elements help to keep you sound asleep.

    * Study by One Poll 2013 carried out on behalf of The Fine Bedding Company, Oxford University scientists found we are getting one to two hours’ less sleep than people 60 years ago.

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    Off your trolley!

    by  • October 8, 2015 • Craze • 0 Comments

    Shallow Trolley Bags

    We were all familiar growing up with our mums storing plastic bags within plastic bags within more plastic bags. What were they saving all these bags for we used to say? Now the Government has bought in the 5p carrier bag charge, we can see they were actually pretty useful! If you’re not familiar with the new legislation, retailers with more than 250 full-time employees are now required to charge 5p for single-use carrier bags (there are certain exlcusions see the Government website).

    If you’re anything like us at Style at Home, you always have good intentions to reuse your shopping bags but you either forget to take them to the supermarket in the first place or you leave them in the boot of the car and only remember when it comes to paying at the checkout. This week we’re loving one of Lakeland’s ingenious new products, the Shallow Trolley bags, £19.99. The four-piece set rolls up neatly and hooks onto the trolley while you shop. Once you’ve unpacked all your shopping at the checkout, simply unroll the Trolley bags and they spread out across your trolley, resting on the sides so you have a series of open, upright bags ready to load your shopping into. Once back to the car, simply separate each bag along the Velcros and load each one individually into the boot. Easy!

    The only flaw is  that it’s down to you to remember to take them food shopping in the first place! But if you want to make the weekly food shop that little bit easier and save yourself from paying out for plastic bags you can’t beat them.

     

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