A night in the woods and some beauty treats


Hi all,

Hubby and I found ourselves in the highly unusual position of both having the same couple of days off in the middle of the week last week – our work schedules mean this NEVER happens, so we needed to make the most of it! We decided to escape for one night to a rural retreat we’d fancied for a while. It’s a hotel in the Cotswolds which is set in a huge estate of fields and woodlands – it has some normal rooms, but also the option to sleep in the loveliest “shepherd’s hut” style cabins on the side of a hill in the woods. Naturally, we opted for one of those!

It was just lovely – the huts are tiny but they have log burners and super cosy beds, and minute but perfectly adequate bathrooms. There was torrential rain the whole time we were there, but that really added to the cosy feel, and the rain cleared the next morning so we got to see the spectacular views across the valley from our little hillside perch. It was just such a lovely one-night getaway and a real treat for a Tuesday. Roll on Christmas now!Hut imagesMeanwhile work is crazy busy and all the big brands are now showcasing their huge Christmas offerings. There are two amazing Today’s Special Value offers coming up at the weekend. First, if you love make-up don’t miss the collection from Laura Geller on Saturday 18th. It contains their hugely popular Baked Balance-n-Glow foundation, Baked Blush-n-Brighten, an eye shadow duo, an INKredible waterproof gel eyeliner, a GlamLASH mascara and a lipstick, all in a beautiful gift box and at a frankly crazy price.Laura GellerAnd then Sunday 19th is for Decleor fans. Their festive offering has face and body covered, with body milk, hand cream, night balm, micellar oil and moisturiser, but the star of the show is the new and improved version of the multi-award winning Aromessence Iris. The new Aromessence Lavandula Iris oil serum is a new super-serum for mature skin, designed to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as well as helping to refine those facial contours. It has a wonderful, calming yet uplifting fragrance – serenity in a bottle!Decleor

I’ll be working all weekend so am very much looking forward to bringing you some great gift shows. I’ve finally started my Christmas shopping now – if you haven’t, I hope we can inspire you and also help you save some pennies!

Love Jackie x


  1. Mary Rottierx November 14, 2017 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    That looks like fabulous place to stay I am glad that you injoyed it I would have loved to have stayed somewhere like that if my husband was still here he died on Christmas Day a few years but life is not the same so do spend has muchtime as you can doing things on the spur of the moment together ,do injoy watching you on tv Happy Christmas.

    • Jackie Kabler November 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mary
      I’m so very sorry to hear about your husband. I hope you have many wonderful memories of your life together – you are so right that we must do these things while we still can as you never know what is around the corner. Sending you lots of love and a happy Christmas to you too.
      Love Jackie x

  2. Vivienne mcbride November 16, 2017 at 7:54 am -  Reply

    Thanks Jackie what a lovely cottage x

    • Jackie Kabler November 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Vivienne
      It really was, so cute and cosy!
      Love Jackie x

  3. Paula November 24, 2017 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. Love the Cotswolds. Looks like you found a great place to stay. Have a very happy Christmas. X

    • Jackie Kabler November 27, 2017 at 10:23 am -  Reply

      Thanks Paula, same to you!

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