Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My Favourite Christmas Scent..

Hey Guys!
Hope your all okay?
Today I just HAD to share my favourite scent with you simply as the one scent is LIMITED EDITION so if you fancy giving it a sniff you can do before its too late.
So the shower gel I have been IN LOVE with this A/W has been Hot Toddy from Lush.
This shower gel has a very warm Christmasy scent with its ingredients including things like Cinnamon and Ginger.
Lush sell this in three sizes
100g - £3.95
250g- £7.95
500g- £13.75

I love to pair this with a perfume that I didn't used to get much use from,but when I smelt hot toddy I just knew this duo would smell great together.
FCUK Connect her has a woody yet floral scent,which is borderline masculine but in all it has a very autumnal scent to it.
So together these are a contrast to my usual go to scents of very floral scented body washes and perfumes,yet I just love these kind of warm smells in the cold weather!
What is your go to winter scent?
Stay Safe & Speak Soon

Monday, 15 December 2014

NHSBT Christmas Wishes Campaign.

Hey Guys!
Hope your all well?
Today I wanted to chat about a Organ & Blood Donation campaign I am part of with NHSBT called Christmas Wishes.
This Christmas there will be a huge  6,891 people on the waiting list to receive a live changing transplant to save there lives,but the reality is on average three people every day die while waiting for transplant - and that doesn't change at Christmas.
401 people have died this year waiting for a transplant meaning it will be the first Christmas for many without there loved ones..
But 4,168 patients have had better fortune this year and have received there transplants thanks to there donors who ever they may be.
Having been on the waiting list Christmas 2011 I know just how difficult Christmas can be with the obvious fact of transplant being your only option hanging over your head over a period of time which should be full of Happiness.

So NHSBT are running this Campaign and are asking people to submit Three Wishes,
Two Related to Transplant and One General Wish for example mine are.

1.I wish more people didn't have to die waiting on the transplant list this year.
2. I wish more people would talk about Organ Donation.
3. I wish I could got to South Africa to swim with sharks.

All you need to do is print of this list,fill it in and share it on social media with the hashtag
So many of us will be asking for gadgets,clothes,makeup and a list of other day to day to things,
yet others want only one gift.
Life from a Organ Transplant!
One organ donor can save up to 8 people - EIGHT PEOPLE!
How Amazing?
I know I can speak on behalf of me and the rest of the transplant community we are so very proud and touched by the heroes who are our donors and the rest of the donor's that have ever saved someones live via transplant or blood donation - You are amazing.
So this Christmas why not join the Donor Register,and help give the best gift you can give.
The gift of Life.
Stay Safe & Speak Soon.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Winter Warmers - Sausage & Bean Casserole.

Hey Guys!
Hope your all okay?
My last recipe blog post did pretty well so I thought I would upload another hearty meal recipe.
This time a Sausage and Bean casserole,different with chorizo sausages as well as pork!
You want to start by heating 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan.
Add One chopped onion into your pan and gently cook for five minute's.

Chop 2 medium celery sticks.

And one red pepper and one yellow pepper.

Add these into the pan and cook for a further 5 minute's.

You then want to fry 6 chorizo sausages and 6 pork sausages in the same pan (of course do it in other if your pan doesn't have the room..)

After this you will want to add 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sweet smoked paprika,1/2 tsp of cumin and 1/2 tsp of dried thyme.
Cook this for 1 - 2 minute's until the aromas release.

Pour in 125ml of Wine.
Stir the pan to stop any residue sticking to the sides.

Add in 800g of Tinned Tomatoes and bring to a simmer.

Crumble in a stock cube - i used these stock pots they're my favourites to use while cooking.
Add some fresh thyme then cook for 40 minute's.

In the last 5 minutes of cooking you will want to put in your beans,the recipe calls for Aduki beans which I couldn't find so used kidney beans.
 Remove the thyme sprigs and season with black pepper.

And Serve.
You could eat this with mash,I actually ended up not eating it because had a sickness bug but hubby said it was delish!
Hope you all enjoy.
Stay Safe & Speak Soon.

This Years Christmas Tree.

Hey Guys!
Hope your all well?
Now we are finally in December I figured I would share a few photos of our Christmas Tree this year!
(Do ignore the fact we need lights up the top we ran out oops..)
It is the first ever real tree I have ever had,and actually our first ever Christmas Tree while living together,in the past we just haven't had the space before in our flats so now we're in our house we couldn't wait to get out tree!

We went to get our tree from The Olde Watermill in Bedfordshire.
It was so cute,we went with our friends who recommended here as it has cute little shops throughout with loads of little christmasy shops - so sweet!

In the end we ended up going back later that day to pick out a tree as they were so well priced and great trees - I really do recommend it.
We choose our tree at a steal at £32.99 - Amazing for a real tree and its size.
Our decorations have come from a range of places including Tesco,The Olde Watermill & A Little shop in Hitchin called Vinegar Hill. 
Heart Woodland Scene Decoration - £1.50 Each (Buy 2 get One Free)
40 Mixed Red Baubles - £5

Hanging Merry Christmas Sign - £2
The Olde Watermill.

Red Frosted Baubles.
The Olde Watermilll

Deer Decoration - £1.50 Each.
Vinegar Hill.

Mixed Gold,Brown & Black Baubles - £3
Frosted Glitter Woodland Bauble.
The Olde Watermill

Candy Canes - £1 per pack of 6.

Musical Note Stag Decoration - £2 each
Vinger Hill.

Overall I love all the decorations we have this year,and even though we're on a budget we still managed to create a really festive space in the living room!
Along with the scent of the tree I have been burning Bomb Cosmetics Secret Santa which smeels INCREDIBLE.

I hope you have all enjoyed this post,I know I love reading through everyone elses posts with pictures of there trees and such!
Have you got your tree up yet?
Stay Safe & Speak Soon.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Monthly Roundup - NOVEMBER

Hey Guys!
Hope your all well?
This month I decided to do a Monthly Roundup,and chat about the things this month that I have enjoyed the most.
Novemeber is one of my favourite months,it's my Birthday and the weather starts to get colder and this November was no different..
My First Family Wedding as Mrs Jakes.

So at the start of the Month Gareth's Cousin and Lovely other half got married!
It was a beautiful day and ofcourse the vows made me cry ha ha.
The bride and groom looked fantastic,and I was lucky enough to get some photos for them on my camera to capture the day for them too.
This was also my first wedding as Mrs Jakes - and when I come to think of it,the first wedding I've been to since I was 5 !
Family Time & Biopsy Results.
In the middle of the month I ended up back in Birmingham with my Family for a few days while I went to get my biopsy results (don't worry guys I have a blog post coming up after this one to tell you how it went).
It was lovely after such a stressful few weeks to just hang out with some of my family back in brum and feel alot more carefree for the first time in months!
Feeling Content.
So with positive(ish) biopsy results I have felt alot more relaxed and calm about the future and I am starting to get better help for my anxiety and mental health as a whole which knock on this month has just left me feeling 100% content with life!
I'm generally a happy go lucky person as it is but just having a positive looking future medical wise has helped me millions!
What have you enjoyed this month?
Comment below and be sure to let me know your blog links so I can get reading :)
Stay Safe & Speak Soon.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

4 Years Post Transplant (number 2..)

Hi Guys..
Four Years ago today ?
I received my second transplant which saved me once again from the brink of death..
I am in the process of writing letters to my donor's family's if they wish to receive them but for now here are a few words I have written.. 
I am nowhere near a poet but they're a few words from the heart :)
Unseen,Unheard But Loved.

I'm not to sure how to start,
a letter that comes right from the heart.
So just for now a few simple lines,
how your life impacted mine.
Rewind four years and there I was lay,
Frail and Helpless,needing help right away.
Miles away,to me unknown,
Your soul left your body which once was its home.
By air and By Road Your Gift Arrived,
An amazing gift that meant I survived.
Once I awoke,both scared and unsure,
I couldn't believe you gave me a cure.
Both Selfless and Heroic yet you remain unknown,
But now your gift lies in my body - It's brand new home.
Every Day continues to be a Gift,
one which many choose to dismiss.
But not you, you were selfless and brave
and allowed me to life way past what could have been the end of my days.
I often wonder who you may have been,
what you had done and what you had seen.
But one thing I'll always know?
You are my unseen,unheard but forever loved Hero.
For my Donors,May You Rest Peacefully. <3
I Promise I will Continue to be your eyes while you cannot see and try and experience as much as I can as you have given me the most precious gift any of us could ever receive life - I will continue to live my life not only for me ?
But for the three amazing unsung heroes who made it possible for me to experience each and every day since I turned 18..
Stay Safe & Speak Soon Guys.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Hey Guys!
Hope your all well?
This is just a super quick post to inform you all of some news !
Talking Transplants had made it through to the public vote of The UK Blog Awards 2015 - eeek.
Talking Transplants is in Both Lifestyle & Health  so would love if you could all possibly vote for me?
Of course feel free to leave your links below so I can vote for you guys too,the great part about being a blogger?
Supporting the rest of the community :D
If you would like to vote for me in the Lifestyle Category you can vote HERE.
And if You'd like to vote for me in the Health Category you can vote HERE.
I'd love for Talking Transplants to do well to continue creating awareness of Organ Donation!
Stay Safe & Speak Soon.