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Christmas Eve is here again… whether you like it or not.

I just wanted to take this moment to wish a happy holidays to all my family, friends, and readers.
If I'm honest I haven't been feeling all that Festive in the past few weeks, I had put it down to using up all my excitement in November. It turns out I was just really unwell and ended up in hospital at the start of Christmas week. I tell you what, three or four days of thinking you're going to spend Christmas Day separated from your friends and family really makes you appreciate your time with them. I've cried a lot and have thought a lot about those who, for whatever reason, won't have a happy day tomorrow. I wish I could find the words to help but all I can say is that I hope there are better days ahead. 
So. All that's left for me to say is Merry Christmas. Happy Hannukah. Lots of love from Tinsel and Yamaka. 

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Restaurant Review: Five Guys Belfast,Acton and Sons, and Birdcage Belfast.

I don't think it would be a surprise to anyone if I confessed that I love going out for dinner. I really do. My mantra for when I know I'm being overindulgent is "if you can't be good to yourself, why should anyone else?"

When it comes to where to go though I'm an absolute fraidy cat. We are creatures of habit and always end up going somewhere we've been before for fear of anyone being disappointed. I'll go to the same places, choose the same things and bore myself to tears because when you're a creature of habit, habits are hard break. 
Thankfully I've had a bit of a push recently by being invited to a few new openings (it sounds fancier than it is trust me) and it's spurred me on in my quest to broaden my horizons. With that in mind I wanted to share with you the newest in my list of 'favourite places to go'.

Acton & Sons



Formerly Olio, Acton & Sons is situated in Brunswick Street facing the large open square. The area in …

Secret Santa:Northern Ireland Local Retailer Edition

Now that we're officially knee deep in December we can unashamedly bring in the christmas cheer and it's time to talk real talk about preparation. Of course, with Christmas comes the delight (pressure?) of gift giving for those loved and tolerated ones you spend your days with. No not your family, your colleagues! With this in mind and budgets being set I decided to take a look at a few locally made items I know that I'd love to receive from/give to my Secret Santa. Keeping in mind the standard £5 - £20 budgets I've tried to fit in a few options within this.

And here they are! 

Darling Dottie Christmas Box - By Sam Mercer - £20

For a long time now I have been coveting the wares of Sam Mercer. Based on St Georges market on Saturdays and available from her online store at www.By SamMercer.co.uk I am determined to get some of these cute little bows for my shoes! Of course this bumper box is a steal at £20 but if you're working with a lower budget you can always purchas…