Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 {Men}

I promised you it was coming!

Last week I shared with you my Christmas Gift Guide 2016 {Ladies}, and it was great to see so many of you liking my recommendations and adding the items to your shopping lists. Now one week on, it's time to focus on the fellas.

Like last week's gift guide, there is a style and budget for everyone; my favourites have got to be the woolly White Stuff hat - Mr Maggie May took this one with him when we went to Copenhagen earlier this month {which will feature on the blog soon, I promise!} -  and the gorgeous De'Longhi Traditional Pump Coffee Machine {I think I'll be adding that to my list...}

Have a browse, see what you think - and let me know if you decide to splurge on any of these treats! You can tweet me or send me a snap on Instagram.

The gift guide for Children will be coming soon to The Secret Life of Maggie May - keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram feeds for updates! {You can also follow my Facebook page here}

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide 2016 {Ladies}

So - just over 1 month to go until Christmas! Can you believe it?

Having written gift guides for Valentine's Day in the past {the last two years running, in fact}, I decided that 2016 would definitely be the year when I share with you some present ideas for the festive season.

I really enjoyed creating these prezzie lists - there are so many beautiful and luxurious things on the high street this year, and with Black Friday just around the corner {race you to the tills}, I thought now would be the perfect time to post the first guide in the series - Ladies!

There's something for all of the wonderful women in your life in this selection, from your best friend {the Rifle Paper Co. Desktop Organiser Pad would be a top recommendation of mine} to your grandmother {I'm sure all Grannies would love to get their hands on this Mary Berry Set of Tea Towels}

There's a style and budget for everyone - ranging from £4.50 to £170 - so I hope you enjoy browsing, and get filling those stockings!

The gift guides for Men and Children will be coming soon to The Secret Life of Maggie May - you can follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Pear & Chocolate Muffins

Pear & Chocolate Muffins

Today I have a delicious recipe to share with you all - a bake which is perfect for enjoying on a cosy winter evening, with a cup of tea in front of a warm fire: pear and chocolate muffins!

As you know, my parents have a mini-orchard filled with fruity delights, and so we were hardly surprised when during our last visit home they bundled a bag full of apples and pears into our arms. I scratched my head for a while thinking of the best way to use the pears in baking, and then I stumbled across Martha Collison's recipe for pear and hazelnut muffins. I made a few small changes, grabbed the Galaxy Hazelnut Spread and whipped up a batch of these yummy, gooey delights.

I would definitely advise using big, chunky chocolate chips for these muffins - I like to simply snap squares of dark chocolate into quarters, and throw them in as they are for a good chocolatey hit. 

So here you are: a recipe which should be a firm favourite in the coming winter months...

Sunday, 16 October 2016

24 Life Lessons

Birthday Oreo Cupcake

It's my birthday next week.


I'm looking forward to it - especially the parts when I get to eat lots of cake and spend time with my lovely family.

In honour of turning the big 2-4, I thought I would compile a list of 24 life lessons I have learned along the way so far - some important, and some just plain silly. I hope you enjoy!

{There are also a few pictures of cake - because let's face it, what birthday blog post would be complete without them?}

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water

Beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water

As you all know, Mr Maggie May and I recently moved to the beautiful Cotswolds. There are so many places which people have recommended we visit - picture-perfect villages and gorgeous National Trust properties - but top of our list was somewhere we'd been wanting to visit before we even moved to this part of the world; Bourton-on-the-Water.

With October upon us, and my lovely friend staying for the weekend, we decided to grab our umbrellas and see what all the fuss was about.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Autumn Book Wish List

I'm a true book worm - if I'm not sat in a cosy coffee shop with my nose in a novel, then you can probably find me wandering around my local Waterstones lusting over new covers, or clicking away on Amazon. 

Our bookcases are full, our shelves are straining under the weight of as yet unread titles, however there are still some hardbacks I'm itching to get my hands on! 

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well
I have heard such good reports about this book. The concept of hygge has taken the world by storm recently - for those who don't know, it's a Danish word which means creating a nice, warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people around you. What's not to love? I'm hoping to get a copy of this before our upcoming trip to Copenhagen.