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How to make an Easter chocolate mocktail

Easter chocolate mocktailChocolate is one of many wondrous inventions we have gifted to ourselves. Some may say it’s a creation worthy of celebration on par with other genius inventions, such as electricity, motor vehicles or Tipex…

Easter is a time many of us choose to indulge in chocolate. But if Easter eggs aren’t your chocolate-style, then perhaps give one of the below ‘choctails’ a try!

Unwanted Easter eggs are easily made into tasty mocktails and cocktails – something any true chocoholic would enjoy.

  1. Chocolate martini mocktail ?
    Just goes to show that anything can become a ‘martini’ if served in a martini glass.
    Simply whizz together the below ingredients in a blender, with quantities at your own discretion. ?Easter chocolate mockail martini
  • Chocolate or vanilla ice cream – invest in a quality brand for a creamier texture
  • Milk
  • Hot chocolate powder – I recommend a traditional swiss chocolate brand for a richer taste
  • Parts of your favourite chocolate egg
  • Ice

For the rim of the martini glass, dip in melted chocolate (or just dampen with water) and then dip in chocolate powder. Then pour the above mixture in, and top with cream, sprinkles and/or marshmallows – or plop a strawberry on top to make yourself feel a bit better. ?

2. Vegan chocolate cinnamon mocktailCinnamon chocolate easter mocktail
If you can’t have dairy, you don’t have to miss out on chocolate over Easter. Get your blender out of the cupboard and give this recipe a go!

  • Rice milk or soy milk (or hazelnut, almond or coconut milk if you want to have a taste sensation)
  • Green & Blacks hot chocolate powder (dairy-free)
  • Two overripe bananas (if desired, for a banana-chocolate taste)
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Be sure to grate some of your favourite dark chocolate on top!

3. Chocolate Baileys cocktail 
Ice chocolate easterIf you’re not fancying a mocktail, spice it up with an alcoholic version. I recommend using the leftover Baileys from Christmas – they have an extraordinarily long shelf life even after opening, so no need to chuck them yet!

  • One scoop of vanilla ice cream (chocolate flavour may be too overwhelming)
  • Chocolate Baileys – or try the orange-chocolate flavour if you can still find it!
  • Milk (you shouldn’t need too much though)
  • Your favourite hot chocolate powder or parts of your favourite chocolate egg
  • Lots of ice!

Get experimenting with the quantities to your preferred taste, and get blending!

? Have a fantastic Easter weekend (April 14 – 17, 2017) ?

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happy easter egg personalised greeting card
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If you’re planning on sending an Easter card soon, you’ll be in for a special treat! Our talented in-house designers have created some brand-new, fun and colourful cards for you to try.

We have designs that are quirky, such as the face-in-the-hole cards, or cracked Easter egg cards. Plus some classic styles with wonderfully colourful borders.

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(Along with plenty other categories from birthday to anniversary to ‘just because’!)

Now that Spring has finally arrived, and the sun is out (at least here in Dorset!), it’s the perfect excuse to take some more photos of the
kids to use on your Easter cards. So get snapping!

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Where to hide Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt.

Where to hide Easter eggs for the Easter egg hunt.Easter weekend is fast approaching! So it’s important to begin your preparation now, particularly for the classic Easter egg hunt for the kids. It’s easy to get sloppy with hiding places, especially once they get older.

But I have trawled the internet on your behalf to provide you with new and exciting indoor hiding places. (Plus, hiding places that are not such a great idea!)

My first tip is to make a note of where you have hidden them. The last thing you want is to find a melted Easter egg in someone’s pillowcase in a few days’ time.

Once you have hidden eggs in shoes, beneath couches, flower vases and in toy boxes, you may have run out of ideas. So here are a few:

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?? Use duct tape to secure Easter eggs beneath chairs.

?? In the egg carton in the fridge.

?? Remove a lightbulb in a lamp and replace it with an Easter egg. ?

?? Inside the pocket of someone’s clothes (stealth-mode needs to be implemented.)

?? Inside toilet paper rolls. (Make sure your Easter eggs are well wrapped first!)

My second helpful tip is to name each Easter egg with the names of the children hunting for them. ie Timmy only gets to keep the eggs that are named ‘Timmy’. This way, nine-year-old Timmy doesn’t get all the eggs, before 5-year-old Sally finds any.
It also makes hiding places age-appropriate. ie: Sally’s hiding places are lower down, and Timmy’s are a bit harder to find.

Four not so great hiding placesdog easter egg hunt postsnap
?? Attached to a pet’s collar- I feel this is a tad risky. Since dogs in particular can get very sick from eating chocolate. ?  

?? Atop a ceiling fan blade – I found this suggestion online, and I have to say this sounds like the perfect way to end up in A&E for the weekend.

?? Inside the exhaust pipe of your car – I feel like, firstly, this could very easily roll away out of reach. Secondly, I think little hands should be kept away from exhaust pipes…

easter egg nest hunt postsnap?? In a real bird’s nest – I have seen this suggestion across a few sites, but I really don’t think chocolate would be welcome in a bird’s nest. Nests tend to be very difficult to reach too, and easily destroyed.
Plus – Magpies will likely steal it if your eggs are         wrapped in shiny foil!

My third sweet suggestion – if you have enough time and fewer eggs – make clues to find each one.

This year, Good Friday is April 14, and Easter Monday is April 17, 2017.
Have an amazing Easter weekend! ?

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You got your sandals, your suncream, your towel and your favourite dress. You are ready for a relaxing week on a Tenerife beach… Or are you. Read on to discover the top 6 things you never want to forget to take on your paradise holiday this Easter!

Taking a Beach holiday selfie for your postcard.Your phone (to send postcards with)
Download Postsnap before you leave to get ready to send postcards when you land. Selfies on the beach and photos of your fancy hotel dinners needn’t wait a week to be shown to Nana Ellie, or Rachel from work. Take a pic, upload it to the Postsnap app, add an address and send!

Top tip: Don’t forget to buy your Postsnap Prepay before you go to ensure quicker and cheaper postcards. ?

An adapter plug
Most countries have different plug sockets, so be sure to buy your adapter before you leave. The last thing you want is for your Facebook status to go without an update for the week. ?  (Don’t even joke about it.?)

Padlock for bags
After packing the night before and getting the last few things in the suitcase throughout the morning, isn’t it always the way that you forget to tie your bags’ zips together!? I personally use shoelaces, but if padlocks are your preference then snap them on to one of the zips and put your key in your purse.

Toiletries
Toothpaste and toothbrushes are some of the most commonly forgotten items. Although they’re easily replaced, be sure to pack a toiletry bag with your bits and bobs for the morning you leave. Don’t forget your comb or hairbrush, too!

The three S’s:
Sunglasses It’s one of those little things that you wouldn’t think to put in your bag before driving to the airport beneath the overcast, grey and gloomy UK sky.
Swimsuit One of the most obvious and important items for a beach holiday, that is so often forgotten.
Smile! Travelling can be stressful, but don’t forget to pack and wear a smile! ?

What to pack for your holiday awaySort out your phone’s roaming
Let’s not even imagine a life without internet. A mobile phone without 4g? Worse yet, mobile data that charges you a bomb just for checking Instagram… This isn’t good. Get your roaming data sorted before you leave to avoid any scary bills when you get home.

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Putting pet dogs on your Mother's Day card.

Mum's pet dog is on your personalised Mother's Day cardDoes Mum’s dog star on Mother’s Day cards rather than you? ? ?

We have seen an influx of Mother’s Day cards featuring pictures of pet spaniels and dachshunds rather than sons and daughters.

Don’t get me wrong, using photos of the forever photogenic pug that Mum adores on Mother’s Day cards certainly takes the pressure off!

(Especially on those days when our selfie faces are not on point…)

Would your mum prefer a Mother’s Day card from her ‘fur-baby’ too?

#CaninesBeforeKids

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If, like me, you have still not decided on a New Year’s resolution, or perhaps your ‘carb-free resolution’ has already failed and you’re looking for a new one to stick to, I may be able to help.

It may be almost a week into January 2017, but this doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to improve yourself. However, you may like to be a tad more creative with your resolutions than the obvious ‘eat better’, ‘lose weight’, ‘join the gym’ kind of things. I’ve found these promises  seldom last, possibly because we’re not easing ourselves into the new lifestyle or routine – we’re just throwing ourselves into it and hoping for the best.

So, here are some ideas that are easier to work into a busy schedule, and most importantly, stick to.

To get a hobby 
Now that it’s winter where we wake-up to freezing fog blocking out the sun, and greeted by a blanket of darkness at 4:30pm, you may find yourself in a rut. Spending your days doing little more than going to work, coming home, cooking dinner, and going to bed. So, why not find a hobby you can do during the dark days of the winter months?

  • Yoga classes are in the warmth of heated studios, they’re social and don’t require the sun to be shining!
  • Exercise your mind – fill in the gaps by reading a book, or writing short stories.
  • Take lessons – archery, rock-climbing, karate, cooking… All can be indoor, after-work activities.

To try out new recipes
We got given a slow-cooker for Christmas with a Slow-Cooker Recipe Book to match. We have made broths, stews and yummy side-dishes that we never thought to make, and with very little effort. With a little fore-thought and preparation on food-shopping day, new dinners take no time at all, and fits into the work-eat-sleep winter routine easily.


Thank you Personalised christmas cardTo be positive

Say thanks for the little things, and speak positively. This is something I always try to work on. Complaining can be a pointless habit that makes you dwell on the bad. Moaning about the weather, about the traffic or that your train is late are all things that can’t be changed by complaining. So I’m trying to avoid doing this, to look on the bright side, and focus on something else. Although, sometimes these things are a go-to conversation-starters or small-talk topics, which isn’t terrible. But perhaps try to speak more creatively too.

To join a club
Perhaps sign-up for a cinema card to gain points and discounts on every visit, or join clubs for weekly viewings within the cinema. There are usually local clubs and activites to join within the community, so keep an eye-out in the local paper, council website, or Facebook groups that pop up.

To cut down how much time you spend on your phone
Reaching for your mobile phone can be a mindless habit – I find myself doing it when I’m daydreaming or thinking about something else entirely. I suggest logging out of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to make it harder to check it without purpose- having to log in every time will make you more aware.
Keeping your phone in your bag while sitting at your desk at work, or have a ‘phone-off’ rule at home from dinnertime onwards. This encourages you to be present at the dinner table, and to sleep without the screen lighting up the entire bedroom every 10 minutes.

Good luck, and best wishes for the new year.

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Feeling the lump of Humbug stuck in your throat? Feeling like the Grinch is your shadow? STOP! With the help of quotes from popular festive film Elf, I shall remind you of the reasons to look forward to Christmas this year…

?. “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”
Not only can you eat sweets from dawn to dusk, but it’s also acceptable to have a drink or two before noon.
Champagne and orange juice at breakfast, Baileys in coffee (for 48-hours Baileys is a legitimate milk substitute), sloe gin to warm you up in the afternoon, and a splash of whisky in hot chocolate before bed. It’s okay, calories don’t count on Christmas.

?. “You have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card”
Christmas bobble sweaters, elf-shoe slippers, green tights, reindeer earrings… Fashion gets festive – never apologise for this.

?.“Sounds like somebody needs to sing a Christmas Carol.”
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
Very loud Christmas music is allowed from very early to very late. I suggest getting together a playlist of your favourites – I recommend Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Merry Christmas Everybody and Sleigh Bells. However, to shake it up a bit, find some modern versions of the classics. Slade, KT Tunstall, Zooey Deschanel… So many celebs have taken to Christmas Carols.

?.“We could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands…”
Spread the love and thanks for your loved ones! Make sure you tell your friends and family how important they are to you.

?.“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite”
Being jolly for no good reason is the essence of Christmas time! There’s a Grinch at every Christmas party… Don’t be that guy.

?.“You smell like beef and cheese, you don’t smell like Santa at all.”
If it’s Christmas time, it has to smell like Christmas time. Christmas-themed scented candles are a real thing (Apple Cider, cinnamon, mulled wine…), which would make a lovely welcome to guests. The smell of apple on mince pie in the oven, and roast turkey on the table are classic Christmas wafts that shouldn’t be neglected.

?.“Elves love to tell stories. I’ll bet you didn’t know that about elves.”
Elf, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express… So many great festive films to watch on Christmas Eve. Love Actually is everyone’s love-hate film, but Christmassy nevertheless.

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Feeling the lump of Humbug stuck in your throat? Feeling like the Grinch is your shadow? STOP! With the help of quotes from popular festive film Elf, I shall remind you of the reasons to look forward to Christmas this year…

🎄. “We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup.”
Not only can you eat sweets from dawn to dusk, but it’s also acceptable to have a drink or two before noon.
Champagne and orange juice at breakfast, Baileys in coffee (for 48-hours Baileys is a legitimate milk substitute), sloe gin to warm you up in the afternoon, and a splash of whisky in hot chocolate before bed. It’s okay, calories don’t count on Christmas.

🎄. “You have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card”
Christmas bobble sweaters, elf-shoe slippers, green tights, reindeer earrings… Fashion gets festive – never apologise for this.

🎄.“Sounds like somebody needs to sing a Christmas Carol.”
The best way to spread Christmas Cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
Very loud Christmas music is allowed from very early to very late. I suggest getting together a playlist of your favourites – I recommend Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Merry Christmas Everybody and Sleigh Bells. However, to shake it up a bit, find some modern versions of the classics. Slade, KT Tunstall, Zooey Deschanel… So many celebs have taken to Christmas Carols.

🎄.“We could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands…”
Spread the love and thanks for your loved ones! Make sure you tell your friends and family how important they are to you.

🎄.“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite”
Being jolly for no good reason is the essence of Christmas time! There’s a Grinch at every Christmas party… Don’t be that guy.

🎄.“You smell like beef and cheese, you don’t smell like Santa at all.”
If it’s Christmas time, it has to smell like Christmas time. Christmas-themed scented candles are a real thing (Apple Cider, cinnamon, mulled wine…), which would make a lovely welcome to guests. The smell of apple on mince pie in the oven, and roast turkey on the table are classic Christmas wafts that shouldn’t be neglected.

🎄.“Elves love to tell stories. I’ll bet you didn’t know that about elves.”
Elf, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, The Polar Express… So many great festive films to watch on Christmas Eve. Love Actually is everyone’s love-hate film, but Christmassy nevertheless.

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Christmas is coming to PostsnapYou’re working through buying the last of your Christmas gifts, but what about beyond the morning of Christmas of present-opening? Do you have all the food and bit and bobs you’ll need for the rest of the day?

Lucky for you, I have had a dig around the depths of the internet to find out popular things that we all forget to buy for Christmas day. Plus, a couple of things that I always remember going without on the day…

Christmas isn’t complete without…

  1. A spare present in the cupboard for those impromptu visitors. Chocolate is a great go-to option, which is perfect for any age or gender.
  2. Lots of napkins
  3. Different sized batteries for toys (and fire alarms for when the Turkey is done…)
  4. A range of sauces, gravies and condiments
  5. Your gift receipts!
  6. Spare Christmas cards. You can make personalised cards via Postsnap, and have them sent to you with a blank envelope for you to fill in when you need to. ?

Top tip: Been meaning to return your heater that broke on the weekend? Need to complain about your broadband contract? Bought the wrong thing on Amazon? Make the phone calls you’ve been putting off now – don’t wait until all the shops and call centres have shut for Christmas.

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Being in New Zealand for Christmas

A Postsnap blogger in New Zealand during mid-December 2015.

Christmas is not a cold event everywhere. Back in New Zealand, where I hail from, Christmas is associated with sandals and strawberries rather than snow and socks.

? Rather than a hot turkey, we tend to have BBQs outside. Burgers, sausages, salads and lemonade are common at Christmas dinner.

? Shoes are not a common site in December. You’re more likely to see bare feet and sandals (aka jandals) than boots of any kind.

? Strawberries are a must! They are ripe and in every shop. You can buy them in bulk on the roadside stalls or Sunday farmers’ markets.

? Paper hats from Christmas crackers are not often worn due to them sticking to foreheads… Also, paper hats mess up the Christmas hairdo.

The New Zealand Christmas tree - Pohutukawa

New Zealand’s Christmas tree – the Pohutukawa.

? New Zealand’s ‘national Christmas tree’ is the native Pohutukaua tree, which blooms with bright red flowers in December. The red flowers are beautiful and typically lining suburban streets. during New Zealand summers.

? Kiwi fruit atop a homemade Pavalova is a Christmas must.

??  Most will make their way to the beach on Christmas day, usually to find a Father Christmas figure handing our lollies. Santa is usually wearing a sleeveless red vest, shorts and sandals. Not forgetting the beard though – to keep it looking authentic.

Ice lollies for Christmas in a warm countryA very strange Christmas for some, but the norm for Kiwis, where summer break and Christmas holidays are merged to create a December to January nation-wide shut-down!

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