A few weeks ago I went along to a Macrame workshop run by Oh So Hygge at Bakery 47 in the Southside of Glasgow.  I have know Kirsty from Oh So Hygge for a number of years and have always know her to be very talented and creative. I had never tried Macrame before so when Kirsty invited me along to one of her workshops I thought I would give it a try.

I will be honest, I thought I would be terrible at it and never thought for one minute that I could make a macrame plant hanger. I’m one of these people that no matter how many times you will show me something, I just don’t get it but after a couple of attempts and a lot of help and patience from Kirsty I managed it and I was surprised how relaxing I found macrame.

There are a number of different knots you can do to create various designs but I kept it simple using the square knot and alternating square knot to create my plant hanger.  You can see in the picture below my plant hanger beginning to take shape.

We stopped half way through the workshop for a cup of tea and tucked into these delicious cakes baked by Bakery 47 which included carrot cake, chocolate brownies and macrons. We even got to take home the left overs. Yummy.

Two hours later my plant hanger was finished. I don’t think I have ever been so proud lol.

Oh So Hygge have two more workshops coming up and still has a few tickets available, there is a workshop on Saturday the 22nd of April in Inverness, tickets can be purchased here and one on Sunday the 7th May in Edinburgh, tickets can be purchased here.

Due to high demand the above classes will be the last for now as Oh So Hygge is in high demand and busy working on orders from the online shop. You can see a few examples of Oh So Hygge’s creations below.

You can also catch Oh So Hygge at Tea Green Artisan markety at Kibble Palace at Glasgow Botanic Gardens on the 4th June from 10am – 5pm.

If you didn’t already know, I have a big love for home interiors and I thought I would share with you what I have been buying lately for my new house (can I still call it new after a year).

Since we moved in a year ago (it was our house-iversary last week lol) we haven’t really done a lot to the house, I have all the ideas and none of the cash. Lucky for us, the house is really neutral so until I have saved enough money to start some proper decorating, I have been adding my style and personality to the house by adding in few accessories here and there. So as well as showing you what I bought I also wanted to share how I have been styling these items round my home.

First up is my new Oliver Bonus lamp. I asked my sisters if they could chip in and buy me this for my birthday and I just love it. I have a lot of this mint colour in my home so it ties in really nicely and looks great on my grey side table. Another recent Oliver Bonus buy is this picture frame. The print inside is actually a new home card also from Oliver Bonus which I thought looked really cute in this frame.

Another birthday present is my Smeg kettle. I had been considering buying this for months but kept telling myself I couldn’t justify spending that much on a kettle. When I had some birthday money I thought, just go for it! I knew I would probably end up spending my birthday money on clothes or something and thought the kettle would last far longer (it bloody better at the price I paid). I searched the web for ages trying to find the best possible price (they normally retail at £109.99) and found it for £99.99 from Leekes (it’s now went back up in price). I was satisfied I had found the best price and bought it. The next day at work one of the girls told me QVC was selling was them for £80. How annoying! So I typed up a quick email to Leekes and asked if they would price match QVC and they did – refunding me £20. Top marks for great customer service which will encourage me to shop with them again.

I know some people will think spending that much on a kettle is crazy but I just think it looks so stylish in my kitchen and everytime I make a cuppa it makes me smile. Money well spent if you ask me.

My next few items were bargains. These artificial flowers I found in a gift shop in Paisley called IVAD. They cost me £1.80 each so £3.60 in total and I think they are the nicest artificial flowers I have seen. The pink tray underneath the vase I picked up in H&M home for £8.99 (no longer on the website I’m afraid). I like to style up it with coffee table books, a vase of flowers or candles. I’m forever moving stuff around for a change of scenery.

The final item is this throw at the end of my bed. I picked up in the Marks and Spencer Outlet. I kept an eye on the price until it came down to £18.50 then spotted there wasn’t many left so bought before it was gone. I have placed it at the end of bed to dress my bed but it also doubles up as a super cosy blanket.

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If you are anything like me and have a love for pretty home accessories you will love Hetty and Betty. Hetty and Betty is an online shop that sell a range of gifts for all occasions and beautiful home accessories.

Founder Louis, had the idea to start to Hetty and Betty after her friends told her how long it took them to find the perfect gift when Louis was expecting her second child. This inspired Louis to launch Hetty and Betty where all items are handpicked so you can find the perfect gift without searching for hours.

Hetty and Betty sent me some items to share with my readers including this cute little picture frame (£4.99) and lovely wooden Mother sign (currently on sale for £5.99) both would make a lovely gift for Mother’s Day which is on Sunday in-case you’ve forgot or a lovely birthday gift for your Mum.

As well as gifts for her, you can find a selection of gifts for the man in your life and this wooden bottle opener (£12.99) with a tray to catch the bottle tops has well and truly been claimed by my other half for his man room.

There is so much more over on Hetty & Betty so head over, take a look and use my discount code LOMAR17 to receive 10% off your order.

*These items were sent to me as a PR sample.

When it comes to gourmet burger restaurants we are spoilt for choice here in Glasgow but the one place that has caught my eye and I’ve been dying to visit since it opened is Byron Burgers

I was lucky enough to be invited along and brought my friend Shauna (and fellow burger lover) to try the Calvin Haggis burger that’s exclusive to Scottish restaurants (Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow) for this week only – Monday the 23rd to Sunday the 29th January to celebrate Burns Night. 

This delicious burger was created by one of the Glasgow waiters Hayley who entered the bunnovater competition. Hayley’s creation won the competition and they were so impressed they decided to put Hayley’s creation – the Calvin Haggis burger on the menu for Burns Night. 

The Calvin Haggis burger is made up of a 6oz burger, haggis, bacon and onion relish, a tattie scone, American cheese, dry cure bacon, a fried egg, blanched white onions finished off with Byron sauce. 

The Calvin Haggis really is quite a mouthful and not what I would usually go for (I’m a plain old cheese burger kinda girl) but I thought I would be brave and try something different. I was pleasantly surprised how tasty the combination was. The haggis compliments the beef burger while the tattie scone acts like a sponge soaking up all the juices and flavour. My absolute favourite bit was when I placed the burger bun on top of the burger, pressed down on it and burst the runny egg. Let me tell you, it was pure egg porn.

As well as the Calvin Haggis we also had a side of mac and cheese and sweet potato fries (totally kidding ourselves that we were picking the healthier version of fries) and a Reese’s freakshake which was to die for. We were both stuffed by the time the freakshake came but we gave it a good go. The freakshake is a milkshake stacked high with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, a huge slab of chocolate brownie, Reece’s peanut butter cups and crushed honeycomb. 

Before we left our waiter was kinda enough to put a doggy bag together of our left overs which I demolished for my lunch the following day. And it’s true what they say, food tastes even better the next day. 
*This meal was given to me in return for this review but these views are my own. 

I have to admit, throughout most of December I barely stepped foot in the gym, my main excuse being the weather. I find it so hard to drag myself out of bed for an early morning Metafit class or leave my cosy sofa for an evening Pilates class when it’s cold and dark outside.

Like most people over the festive period, I have eaten my weight in chocolate and cheese and drank far too much but now we are into a New Year it’s time to start getting back into an exercise routine and eating healthy.  I was delighted when St Enoch got in touch and challenged me to find the ultimate workout outfit/accessory with a St Enoch Gift Card. I thought this would be the perfect motivation to get me back to the gym and set some New Year goals so here they are:

Go to gym at least three times a week
I aimed to do this last year but if I’m honest, there were very few times I made it to the gym three times in one week. This year, I aim to be strict with myself and for me, new gym clothes are the perfect motivation. JD Sports have a great range and this is where I picked up this grey Adidas top so I can look stylish while sweating away in metafit. I also spotted this Adidas zip top which will keep me warm when walking to and from the gym so no more excuses about the cold mornings/nights.

Drink more water
I do opt for water over fizzy drinks and fruit juices but I don’t think I drink enough of it on a daily basis so I bought myself this funky water bottle from H&M to keep me hydrated though out the day. I figured I would drink more if I had a large bottle in front of me. It’s practical and very instagramable – what more could a girl want. 

Improve my running
I’ve never been much of a runner but I would love to be able to run for a decent amount of time and maybe even attempt to run a 10k. I don’t think I push myself hard enough so this year I’m going to be to do just that with the help of these Nike running shoes from JD Sports.

Move Around More
Having a desk job means I don’t move around as much as I would like but I’m going to make a point of going out for lunch time walks and taking the four flights of stairs up to my office everyday. My new Fitbit Flex from Debenhams (on sale for £55 in store) will motivate me to do this, especially when I see how many steps I have taken and how many calories I have worked off every day. I have set a goal of 12,000 steps and so far I have reached this so I might up it  ever so slightly and beat it everyday.

Get 8 Hours Sleep Every Night
I have a terrible habit of falling asleep on the sofa in the evening while watching tv. I then wake up around 11pm to get myself ready for bed and find myself wide awake when I’m actually in bed. Some mornings it can be a real struggle to get out of bed which is why I’m determined to improve my sleeping pattern by going to bed when I feel tired instead of napping on the sofa. Another use my Fitbit Flex as it tracks my sleeping pattern telling me how long I have slept for, when I’m restless and when I’ve woken up from my sleep. I’m hoping this will encourage me go to bed when I feel tired and get a better nights sleep.

 

If you are looking for some new workout gear, St Enoch has great range from the affordable range at H&M to the new stylish Lorna James range in Debenhams or be on trend with the latest Ivy Park range in JD sports. There really is something for everyone and don’t forgot to swipe your St Enoch Rewards card while shopping to benefit from some fantastic offers.

You can use the St Enoch Rewards card by downloading the app on your smart phone or by picking up a card in the centre. I find the app easier to use as you can keep upto date with latest offers, check participating retailers and to check what level you are at. The reward card offers three levels and the higher the level, the better the rewards. By registering the card you will collect one point which starts you on the bronze level, each time you shop in the participating retailers spending £5 or more you will collect a point. To move on to the silver level you will require three points and a further 25 point to reach the gold level giving you access to  more offers. I’m currently on the silver level which gives me access to offers such as: a 10% discount in Fossil, a sample goodie bag plus a free make over from The Body Shop and a free Benefit make-up lesson in Debenhams.

What are your New Year goals?

*Thanks to St Enoch and The Big Partnership for asking me to take part in this challenge.