Très Joulie. 

What a shocker – It’s another Urban Jungle post! But c’mon, with all the cake and cacti how could I resist?!

This time we skipped the savoury and went straaaaaight to the sweet. We shared a slice of lemon cake and millionaires short bread and once again, they really did not dissapoint.

Urban Jungle (if you couldn’t already tell) really is one of my fave places. Being surrounded by all the pretty plants is a dreaaaaaaam to me, I LAV IT!!!! I could quite literally spend allllllll my money in here, when I have my own house I wanna fill it with plants from here (RIP my bank balance). This lil beauty of garden centre is defo one of my happy places and really does make me feel “très joulie” (“very jolly” in French).

I have been loving(!!) over sized tshirts with a knot at the side atm, I’m not always a tshirt fan but I’m really digging this trend rn! This tshirt I actually got about a year ago from Whistles but I’m still absolutely loving it, it’s sooooooo soft and comfy!

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my latest urban jungle adventures!

Jade x 

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Très Joulie. 

The Elderflower Fizz Cocktail.

Summer cannot come soon enough this year… Exams are looming just around the corner and with this sudden burst of sunshine in the UK, I am in desperate need of some relaxation and cocktail luvin’… Which leads me nicely onto >this< recipe I found, perfect for any elderflower lover. We actually switched it up a tiny bit so if you wanna use the original recipe that we based ours off then click the link above, if not – enjoy!!

What you’ll need:

  • Elderflower Cordial.
  • Gin.
  • Prosecco.
  • Lemon Sorbet.

(To Garnish)

  • Raspberries.
  • Sugar.

Method:

  • First of all you need to garnish the glass with sugar and raspberries.
  • Put one scoop of lemon sorbet in each glass.
  • Pour in a shot of gin.
  • Add in a splash of elderflower – The amount you put in can depend on how strong you like your elderflower flavour, typically I’d put in just over (if not double) what I’d usually have with water.
  • Fill the rest of the glass up with Prosecco and voila!!

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Jade x

The Elderflower Fizz Cocktail.

Urban Jungle Adventures.

Mum and I have been dyingggggg to go to Urban Jungle for months now and with it being “Sunday fun day” and all we decided to take a spontaneous trip and see it for ourselves… I’m ngl I loved every second of it.

We decided to head to the cafe before we explored as we were both MEGA hungry. You are surrounded by soooooooo many plants, it’s a plant lovers (my) dream.

On the menu is a variety of toasties and other light snacks as well as plenty of cakes to chose from. I went for a mozzarella and pesto toastie and oh my god… It was the sh*t!!! (I’m still thinking about it now). Mum opted for mushrooms stuffed with chorizo, red onion and cheese which she said were equally delicious. We grabbed some cakes to-go but unfortunately we scoffed them before I got a chance to take a pic of them, but trust me when I say they were super yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

After refuelling we went to explore and it really was like being in heaven. There are plants everywhere (!!!) There’s so many different ones you kinda wanna take them all home with you (or never leave).

Of course I couldn’t leave without buying a plant.. or two… (ok, three to be exact). Spending an hour or two here lost in all the plants was the perfect way to spend our Sunday afternoon. I can guarantee we will be returning in the very near future!!

Jade x 

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Urban Jungle Adventures.

“Slutty Brownies”.

Over the last few years it’s become a tradition that when Maria and I see each other we bake cookies together and although using a packet mix may be considered cheating it’s turned into an inside joke between the two of us. Today we decided to spice it up a little and make “slutty brownies”. I’m not entirely sure why they’re called “slutty brownies” but I’ve been drooling over pictures of them online, dreaming of the day I’d finally get to make them…

(If you don’t want to cheat and use packet mix I’ll list a real recipe for them at the end of the post).

We didn’t exactly get off to the best start – If you’re going to be lazy like us and cheat then you’ll need 3 packets of the cookie mix, something that hadn’t actually occurred to us until realised we didn’t have enough to fill the pan… You’ll probably need two packets of oreos too because as you can see they were a bit on the sparse side.

The only things you’ll need for the brownie mix (aside from a few table spoons of water thats needed in both mixes) is an egg and some oil… Super easy, super quick and suuuuuuuper lazy – Love it!

Simply pour the brownie mix over the over two layers and put in in the oven for 15-25 mins… Using the packet mixes we were faced with a bit of a timing dilemma, the cookies taking 10-12 mins and the brownies 20-25 mins so we kinda just guess-timated how long to leave them in for. We thought we would make them a little more seasonal and switch it up a bit by sprinkling some mini eggs on the top too.

When we finally decided they were cooked enough and took them out of the oven we couldn’t wait any longer to cut into them so we thought it would be a good idea if I stood outside with them for 5 mins in the hope it would quicken the cooling process…

If you want crisper and somewhat neater slices than you are advised to leave them to cool for an hour, but like I said we were a tad excited about trying them and couldn’t wait any longer.

These totally lived up to expectations and were soooooooo yummy, whoever came up with this idea is an absolute genius, 100% will be making these again!!!!!

Jade x 

Here’s the initial recipe I found: http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/

“Slutty Brownies”.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Personally, I think on days like Mother’s day and Father’s day the gifts you give your parents should be on the more sentimental side. Hand making them a card and/or some art work I think is the most touching thing you can give them as it’s 100% from you. However, if you still want to treat your mama to a little something special but aren’t sure what, here are my top 3 go to gifts…


Earrings are probably one of my mums fave things to receive as a present (and mine too) so anything dangly and pretty is always a winner. Earrings are actually quite personal gifts, you’re picking out the pair you think will be loved by your mama and suit them the best judging them by the smallest of details. So when ya think about it there’s actually a whooooole load of thinking that goes into it, I know I spend ageeees picking out which earrings Mum would like the best.


Flowers are ALWAYS a winner, you can never ever go wrong with buying your mama flowers. They’re such a simple yet beautiful and mega appreciated present.


Now this one doesn’t apply to everyone but I know my mum has sooooooo much make-up (maybe a little too much) and it is everywhereeeee… I mean everywhere. So what could be better than a little organisation in her life? This makeup bag is soooo pretty, the pattern is absolutely gorgeous and I looooove it.

Jade x

Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

Feelin’ Fruity.


Before trying these I’d never drank tea before(!!!) but now I’m ngl I’m pretty addicted… Lately I’ve been feeling really drained and tired so I thought I would try these out and see if they helped. I’m not sure if the effect is psychological or not but it’s doing something –  When drinking these I’ve noticed I’m definitely feeling less tired and more able to get on with some work which is great(!!) especially as exams are looming (not so great). The tea contains Vitamin B6, which helps the body turn food into energy as well as helping towards developing a healthy brain and body. My fave is the cranberry and elderflower one, it’s just that little bit more fruityyyyyyy than the other.


Jade x

Feelin’ Fruity.

HP Sprocket VS Instax Mini?


After hearing about the HP Sprocket I was dying to try it out and added it straight to the top of my christmas list (yes, this blogpost is a tad over-due) however I have to admit I’m not 100% convinced I love this product and I’m not sure if in fact I would of been better off buying a polaroid…


Let’s start with the positives… The printer itself is no bigger than a smartphone and is SO lightweight so is mega easy to just throw in your bag and take out with you, which is great if you don’t fancy lugging around a considerably bigger polaroid camera. Taking approximately 40 seconds to print it’s super quick and(!!!!) the pictures double up as stickers which is really cool too.

 

 

One of the main reasons I’m a fan of this printer is the fun you can have on the app editing the picture you want to print, you can choose any photos from your Facebook, Instagram, Flickr (etc, etc…or just from your camera roll. Once you’ve imported it to the app you have the option to “enhance” the image, add a variety of filters, different boarders, text and stickers to your photo. My most used feature on the app has to be the boarders, I love adding the polaroid effect and I’m ngl it’s the main reason I wanted the printer in the first place. The stickers are another really fun element of the app, there’s different text slogans, shapes, accessories and more that you can add to your photo to mix it up a bit and make it a little more silly.


Now the negatives… I was so disappointed with the quality of the photos when I first used the printer, especially after all the hype on social media I’d seen about how great it was. I’ve come to the realisation that the photos either come out ridiculously darker than they originally were OR they are unbelievably pixilated and grainy which is a massive let down. For the price you pay for the printer (£119.99) combined with the cost of the paper (£10 a pack) I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth it.


Sooooo many of my friends have the Instax Mini polaroid camera and I’m starting to regret not getting one myself… Although, unlike the Sprocket you can never be sure what the pic is gonna come out like, there is a sense of spontaneity and uniqueness about it that I really love and I feel as though it makes the picture 10x more special and meaningful to have.


The quality of the photos from the Instax is suuuuch(!!!) an improvement on the Sproket and that alone makes me almost certain that I should of got an Instax Mini instead. When looking at the cost the polaroid works out being a lot cheaper, the camera being £69.99 (from Argos) and the paper around £8-10 (pack of 10 on amazon).

I guess it depends what you want from the camera really, if you want to have fun with your pictures and add silly stickers and different boarders but aren’t worried about the quality then the HP Sprocket is definitely for you! If you aren’t so bothered about the extras and like me are just interested in good quality photos to capture your memories then I’m pretty sure the Instax Mini is more what you’re looking for.

Jade x

HP Sprocket VS Instax Mini?