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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, what do you buy a guy who’s seemingly got everything? … More things, that’s what!

Before reading further, I want you to know that whatever you end up choosing, it’s the thought that counts…

I’m not a man but I do know enough about their species to know that they appreciate the fact that we’ve gone to the effort of purchasing or planning something special for them. Having said that, the only way to really get it right is if you are aware of his loves and/or dislikes…

It’s pretty simple really… If he’s into fashion, have a look at his wardrobe, check for colours, styles, and sizes and BOOM! #jackpot

Similarly, if he likes gaming, check what type of computer, XBOX or PlayStation games he enjoys playing and check for similar games that have good reviews (which he doesn’t already own a copy of).

Personally, I’d steer away from watches – I’m a little superstitious in that sense… They say that if you give someone a watch it suggests you’re counting down the hours until your relationship ends…  I also wouldn’t get my significant other a cologne, unless I knew the name of the one he wears and know that it’s running out.

Really and truly, it’s all a case of being a bae/girlfriend/fiancé/wife ninja and trying to figure out what he’s interested in… If he likes movies, get him some DVDs. If he likes Disney, go to the Disney Store and have a look round for what’s on offer… Same with comics. If he’s a comic book nerd, check out your nearest comic book store for inspiration.

The failsafe options would be boxers, socks, a gift card which – come to think of it – doesn’t sound like a bad idea if they’re big on iTunes or Amazon etc.

Alternatively, if he’s into football, you could try booking a tour of his team’s football ground or taking him to watch them play? If that’s not possible, buy him a customised Home and/or Away (not the soap) shirt provided he doesn’t own one…

Also, if he leads an active lifestyle, you could book a hike or excursion-packed weekend away?

See, although some say it’s “difficult” to buy guys the right gifts, it really isn’t… You’ve just got to know your man. You’ve got to listen to him, understand him, you’ve got to invest time into finding out what makes him tick, learning his wants, needs, interests etc. Then? Well, then you’ve won!

If you’re still unsure, why not do something really sentimental like cook him a meal, buy some massage oils and invite him round for a chilled night-in full of relaxation? That’s bound to do the trick!

At this point, if you’ve still not come up with anything, you have very little choice but to think outside the box and create a photo album, a Love Book, or doing something original like assembling a LEGO set or painting onto ceramics… Be creative. Be logical.

Whatever you end up doing, getting him or planning, he will love it, I assure you! The things guys really crave is our time and affection.

Hi girls and guys,

I’ve purchased a camera, a tripod and some editing software which means that I will be starting a vlogging series very SOON!

I can’t wait for y’all to be able to see me as well as read what I’ve got to say…

It’s going to be EPIC!

Let me know what things you’d like to see me vlog about (in the comment section), because your opinion counts!

Love,

Miamii

xxx

 

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Primrose’s Kitchen: Raw Almond & Chai Butter

I have a lot of good things to say about plenty of nut butters. I love nut butters. I believe that they are my weakness (of the spread variety). I’d rather have a good nut butter than Nutella.

My hierarchy always has nut butter at the top of it (where spreads are concerned)… Whole Earth in particular! 😍 I honestly can eat a whole jar in one sitting – but I don’t because that’s just stupid (and very fattening).

Anyway, I’ll talk about Whole Earth another time… This one’s about Primrose’s Kitchen. Firstly, I didn’t even know of this brand of nut butter until today. Upon seeing it, I thought: “how bad can it be?”

If you’ve tried Almond butter, you’ll know it’s absolutely delightful (if, like me, that sort of thing is to your taste). This one had chia seeds in it as well, but I had hoped that the taste of almonds would mellow out the bitterness of the chia seeds.  Oh boy was I wrong!

Packaging: it’s a lovely little jar! I thought it was very posh and brightly-coloured, the floral patterns really caught my eye when it sat amongst others on the shelf. The butter was in a see-through jar (obvs) and you can actually see the Almond butter mixed in with crushed chai seeds which is a good thing ’cause you want to know what you’re buying…

I took it home. Opened it. Found the usual excess oil floating on the top… Now, a little tip: you’re not supposed to drain that excess oil! Apparently, that’s what keeps the “butter” (if you can call THIS one that) moist, making it easier to spread. I spreaded it onto my Ryvita cracker (16 calories and tastes like LUSH cardboard – #OnlyTheFinest).

Taste? Disappointing. I don’t like chai seeds anyway but I genuinely thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt because it was mixed in with the almond butter.

No. Just no.

It’s ruined my Ryvita and my experience of nut butters. Having said that, it’s extremely healthy and has a lot of nutritional benefits. But then again so do Wasabi and Marmite, I’m sure… I’d actually rather have them spread on my Ryvita than this ’cause at least I’d know what to expect and won’t be disappointed.

The consistency of it and level of spreadableness? Good and easy.

Overall: dissapppointed doesn’t even cover it.