My Favourite Alternative Christmas Advent Calendars 2016

Opening up door number 1 on an advent calendar is always a joyous moment. It means Christmas is well and truly on it’s way and the glitzy decorations can begin to make an appearance. That little chocolate robin hidden behind a door can make even the chilliest of December mornings something to look forward too. But over the past few years advent calendars have become even more magical, rekindling that charm we all felt as children. Beauty and gift calendars make memorable early presents that can be enjoyed long before the big day, or as a daily treat amongst the manic merriment and endless to-do-lists.

I’ve selected my three favourite calendars for the festive season to count down in style. Take a look and let me know your favourites too.

Review: Sudio Vasa Bla Bluetooth Wireless Earphones

It’s always exciting to stumble upon innovation, to experience tomorrow’s technology and be reminded that everything is evolving. Earphones have remained uneventfully familiar right through my growing up, but the launch of iPhone 7 earlier this month brought to the forefront a very modern way to enjoy sound. 

It’s easy to imagine how Bluetooth earphones can integrate into everyday life, letting us run, dance, work and ponder with full enthusiasm and movement. There’s no chance of getting wires tangled, or having your favourite tune rudely ripped from your ear as you jump from your seat. Wireless is definitely the way to go, and Sudio Sweden is a brand that's leading the pack.

Jenna's Summer Fruit Salad Layer Cake with Watermelon, Blueberries & Crushed Meringue

When I wrote my new years resolutions all those many months ago, there were two things on the list that I knew were going to clash; baking more cakes and eating healthier food. Running a cake business requires plenty of buttercream sampling and with each drizzle of salted caramel ganache, my goal for a healthier diet was quickly shrinking into the distance. It was a change of focus that ignited my passion for nutritious dishes. I decided to experiment with fruit and veggies through the same colourful, creative eyes that craft my sponge alternatives, and this recipe in particular takes all the theatrical qualities of a layer cake and turns them into a guilt free pleasure.

The Mermaid of Caves Beach

Nestled away in Swansea, New South Wales, lies a dynamic coast line known as Caves Beach. The playfully ominous waves have provided a labyrinth of deep, echoing caves and endless rock pools that are bursting with colourful specks of life.

Freak Shakes at The Depot on Darby Street

When you're feeling an overwhelming craving for sweet, chocolaty, creamy indulgence, there is nothing more fitting then a Freak Shake. Whilst a relatively new obsession in the UK, Australia has been perfecting their creation for quite some time now, and it's going to be near impossible to beat.

Sunshine across Lake Macquarie

There was one place that really stole my heart in Australia, and that was Lake Macquarie. The stunning lake that features unoccupied islands and secret beaches is quite literally a stones throw from my boyfriends home. Less then a two minute walk, I spent most of my time strolling to the lake to admire the vibrant scenery, be it sunrise, sunset or sunshine.