7 February 2017

Valentines day surprise

So with me being with my wife now for about fourteen years and being married for coming up to six you'd think that by now we would of had our fair share of Valentine's Day surprises for each other, done some amazingly romantic things and lavished some fabulous gestures on each other.

Well, you would be wrong.

To be honest I can't actually remember the last time we spent even a portion of the day together, just the two of us.

In one respect it would be amazing to have a little bit of "us" time to just go to the cinema or nip out for a meal but we have two (very amazing) reasons why we don't...
Charlie who has been with us for eleven Valentine's Days and Willow who has been with us for fifteen months. 

You see me and the wife know how much we love each other, we know that we have each other's backs though anything, we know that if one morning I leave the house for work without giving her our usual "See you later" kiss on the head as I walk past, half asleep, juggling my morning brew, work phone and tablet, trying to remember where I left my van keys are. I'll get the death stare or a text if I make it as far as the van so that I realise and pop back in (regardless of how late I am) to give her that little kiss.

We are more than just love, it's a real best friend kind of friendship.

And like friends, yes we argue and neither of us backs down because we are both similar and are both really stubborn, but with all good relationships, after twenty minutes it's all forgotten and never mentioned again. 

We know that life is too short to let stupid arguments and a lack of spending time as a two not a four get us down - we wouldn't have it any other way - our kids are everything to us and we love spending our time together which is the reason we started our YouTube channel "The Baker Bunch" up.

Now I do apologise if you thought this post was going to be a lovey-dovey post about romantic weekends away or candle lit dinners but that's just not what The Baker Bunch are about.

But then again is anyone really about all of that 24/7?

Anyway,I did have a bit of a laugh around the whole romance thing - although she knows me well enough to know I'm not that kind of a guy, earlier this week when a delivery man walked down our drive with a huge bouquet of flowers in hand, for a split second Simone thought I had gone all out and treated her.

But her excitement was short lived and she remembered who I am when the delivery guy said it wasn't actually for her but was a treat for me -

And then she looked closer and realised that it wasn't just a bouquet of flowers but it was full of cakes too...and not just any cakes either but Mr Kipling's at that - and we all know that they are "exceedingly good"
(sorry I know corny but I couldn't resist) 

But who sent me this bouquet?

Did I have a secret admirer?

Well,yes actually I do and it was Mr Kipling himself.

Not only did he send me the amazing bouquet but I was also given a fair few box's of Valentine's ready cakes-  all classic favourites but with a cheeky, Valentine's edge to them...

Fancy a Kiss?
Love you Cherry much!
You're the one by a Country mile!
In a Whirl over you!

And well, as you can imagine, my wife was furious...but then I said she can share them with me and all was forgiven :)

All of the Valentine's Day themed boxes give the cakes a lovely romantic feel making them the perfect gift for a special person this Valentine's Day, and if you notice the French Fancies are all pink - brilliant - no fighting over them (because they are by far the best!)

I have to say, especially after my wife's reaction to this delivery, I really do think these would go down a real treat for anybody on Valentine's Day.

So how will I be spending this Valentine's Day?

More than likely sat at our kitchen table, cuppa in hand, tucking into a few of these Mr Kipling treats with my wife, my son and my daughter - here's to having another, very special Family Valentine's Day. 

Oh and I know that when Simone tweeted a picture of the bouquet a few people said they where jealous and wanted to share?

Well guess what, it's your lucky day - if you enter the Rafflecopter competition below you could be in with a chance to win your very own Mr Kipling bouquet and cake bundle to hopefully arrive in time for Valentine's Day.

Now wouldn't that be the perfect gift - so be quick - the opportunity won't be around for long.


1 February 2017

My Great British Beard

It seems like I haven't posted anything beard related in ages, which is quite sad really because the last time I did, I said there would be something live on the subject every month at least.

Unfortunately that hasn't happened because I kind of had a bit of a fall out with beard products, especially oils.

All of the posts had begun to sound the same...I mean an oil is an oil no matter the brand - you use them all the same, they all come in the same kind of bottle with maybe a mix up happening in the applicator area, and if I'm being brutally honest a lot of them even have the same kind scent bar a few of those "lets be crazy to try and be different" kind of scents, but they just never seemed to work.

In fact I fell out with beard products so much that I was turning down some really great opportunities with some great brands because I wanted to stay true to my blog by only writing about stuff I'm 100% happy but I just lost my passion for this type of product.

My beard was feeling quite good too especially to say it had gone untreated for a couple of months...well I did wash it but not with anything special, just with whatever shampoo was on the bath side at the time.

But all of this changed when I started my new job a few months ago - the job is a lot more of a dirtier job than my last one and my beard and face is constantly getting covered in old dirt and grime.

So off I popped, to my draw full of products - many of which I probably should have blogged about by now - I know, I know, bad blogger!

But this is all going to change, starting from NOW!

Luckily I had quite a few beard products sat in their draw waiting to be looked at in there, some are very nice products too and I've refound my enthusiasm for them...the enthusiasm I had before my little beard blogger strop. 

A brilliant set of such products came to me from The Great British Grooming Co

 The product is designed to have quite a manly look to it with really simple, striking packaging which really stands out.

The range offers up four different products which I feel is a really good number - I hate shopping, even online shopping and I've lost count of the times I've ended up not buying anything because I've been so bogged down by there being just too much choice and too many products on offer.

A small, core set of products which do everything I need is perfect and this set offers me that.

The Great British Grooming Co has an ethos that they want to bring traditional grooming in line with the busy world today's man lives in and they do this by using quick fixing, multi-tasking ingredients that tick more than just the one box - they want to tame beards in minutes.

So lets take a look at the products.

First up we have the beard oil.

When I initially tell people I use beard oil sometimes I get laughed at because people tend to think grooming and using the oil is simply for vain purposes.

Not the case at all.
I want my beard to look shiny, healthy and well kept but when I explain this to them, that yeah, the oil does make my beard look better but actually it's main use is for skin hydration purposes as well as providing nourishment to the actual beard hair - thanks to the majority ingredient Argon Oil - a lot of people don't believe me or don't understand.

Until they see the results for themselves that is, then they are banging my door down asking to take all my oils away for themselves.

I don't blame them really, espe ially not with this one - this even won Highly Commended Best New Male Facial Product in the 2016 beauty awards.

Says it all really doesn't it.

And next up is the Beard Wash.

I think every man with a beard should own a decent beard wash, it's the first product of the set I actually ran out of and this one even found it's way into my gym bag.

I've had quite a lot of experience using different beard products and my overall opinion is that if you manage to find a decent beard wash then there's no need to use lots and lots of other products every day.

Those can be kept for occasional skin treats.

And this beard was is certainly one of those "decent products"...well it's better than decent, it's one of the best I've ever used.

It gives my beard a brilliant, really thorough deep cleanse, leaving it feeling and looking great.
The was is infused with subtle notes of bergamot ('aint got a clue what that is), cedarwood and amber, which when combined together give a really fresh, amazing scent.

Next up is the balm but xadly I can't say too much about this product because I haven't used it yet.
I'm not the biggest beard balm fan at all and I never use it on my beard and I don't plan to either - they just don't personally work for me, but what I can say is that this smells absolutely amazing.

Formulated with Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and once again Argan Oil you can see why it should be an irresistable beard treat - just not one for me - but if it's anything like the other products in the set then It will definitely be a winner.

And tgen last but not least is the beard thickening serum.

I've never used this type of product before but it has definitely won me over even though my beard looks quite thick already I do have some thin patches but this serum 100% gives it all a much fuller look.

The serum contains protein building blocks, keratin and Pro Vitamin B6 which all help to strengthen the hairs shaft, helping it grow better.

To use, simply apply a few drops to damp or dry hair - I prefer my beard to be damp - and then gently rub it in and wait to let the magic happen.

I really can not express how much I love this product because it has made my beard look a lot thicker, darker and it smells great all of the time too.

This is such a good set of products and after that glowing review, what would you say if I told you that you could win the full set for yourself (or partner or a member of the family who's got a beard)?

I know just what you're thinking...Wow Carl, you're the Man!

Well obviously don't just thank me, thank the people over at The Great British Grooming Co too.

And so to be in with a chance of winning a set all you have to do is visit the rafflecopter page below and complete the steps...

Good Luck.

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