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This is something of a combination post about what’s been happening recently and my 30 Before 30 list which coincidentally has been the inspiration for some pretty major changes in the last month.
 
So you may have realised that I haven’t posted here for a while and that’s for several reasons. One is that someone hacked the website and planted a nasty trojan virus somewhere and I’m very thankful to my tech team for sorting it out and lucky that no content was compromised in the process. However because of this I didn’t want to post anything and direct people to the site incase of this so I’ve left it until I know the site is safe to use.
 
Secondly it’s because I’ve been beavering away at my newest projects and unfortunately had a bout of illness (ended up in A&E with sprained ankle which took 3 weeks to heal, followed by cold and flu and conjunctivitis and complications with my crohn’s – it’s been a fun month!) but I have managed some items which are on my 30 Before 30 list.
 
Pass 3 food hygiene certificates – After a little research I found out I don’t need to pass all three. Level one isn’t a pre-requisite for level two so I went straight for level two and passed my food safety and hygiene course last weekend with a 100% pass! Level three is only for those wanting to supervise those in a food environment so I won’t be needing that one so I can tick this off the list!
 
Open an online store – Well, this is the reason I needed to get my certificate. I’ve opened my own online store and now have a registered business – Tasty Gorgeous Cakes and Bakes! (www.tastygorgeous.biz) I decided to turn my love of baking into a proper business and now own my own company which is both scary and exciting! I’m now selling cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops, brownies and iced biscuits and will begin trading on 23rd April (but I’m accepting pre-orders in the meantime if you fancy a look :)) This has taken up most of my time recently as I have been tying up the loose ends and making sure everything is registered and above board so I can start trading. Hopefully this will mean in the next few weeks I can also tick off ‘Sell something I’ve made‘ too!
 
Lastly here are some competition updates:
Well done to Jo Orr for winning the Afternoon Tea prize from our Mother’s Day competition.
And congratulations to Carrie-Ann Copper and Gemma Hood for being the last two newsletter winners. Gemma please get in touch at liz@tastygorgeous.com with your address details and I can send your prize out.
 
To keep up with the latest Tasty Gorgeous news and for a chance to win a mystery prize sign up to our newsletter http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tasty-Gorgeous/214207215277340?sk=app_100265896690345. Each month a member chosen at random from that month’s sign ups wins a prize and this month it could be you!
 
More updates coming soon including reviews of some Rodial beauty products and a competition prize that includes a sexy way to shape up!
 

Deluxe Afternoon Tea for Two – Mother’s Day Competition – CLOSED

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Please note this competition is now closed and a winner was drawn 16th March 2012.
 

Do you fancy a Deluxe Afternoon Tea for Two?

The prize includes…the opportunity to indulge in a touch of elegant British tradition and treat yourself and your mum (or a lucky guest!) to a delicious Deluxe Afternoon Tea for 2 at one of many charming venues located around the UK. The specific menu at each location may vary but your Afternoon Tea will include tea, coffee, sandwiches, scones and a delicious selection of cakes.
 

The locations available include over 50 locations UK wide

In the Midlands: Hereford and Worcester, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire. In the South East: Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, London, Guernsey, Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex. In the South West: Gloucestershire. In the North: Cheshire, Cumbria, Manchester, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Wirral, Carlisle. In Scotland: Argyll, Kinross, Dumfries, Isle of Mull, Highlands, Oban, Perthshire, Ross-shire, LothianWales: Ruthin, Gwynedd.
 

How to enter:

Leave a comment below answering the following question: What’s the best or worst present you’ve ever received?
Competition closes at 3pm on Friday 16th March 2012.
 

Terms and Conditions:

A winner will be chosen from all eligible entries at random using random.org.
One entry per person only.
Open to the UK only.
The winner will be sent a Wish.co.uk voucher for the Afternoon Tea and will be required to phone to book a convenient time to redeem the prize.
 
Good Luck!!
 

Thirty before 30: Update

 
It’s been a while since I started 30 before 30 and I’ve recently been asked how it’s going so I thought I’d write a quick update.
 
It’s fair to say I haven’t achieved anything from the list in full yet but I have at least started the following:
 
*Learn how to make cocktails – I’ve got a couple of cocktail recipe books and I’m being sent some very cool cocktail equipment from Vacu Vin so after that I’ll be set to go!
*Write a book – Actually I have three on the go at the moment! I still have my NaNoWriMo novel that I’m working on, plus I have two ‘lifestyle’ books started. Now I just need to make a bit more progress…
*Be vegetarian for a month – I have decided to do this in May and have already planned most of the recipes I will be trying out. Far too organised…
*Make an item of clothing – I’m going to keep this one under wraps for a little while longer but I know what I’m making and I’m currently sourcing the right fabric :)
*Watch all of the Star Wars films – Yesterday I watched The Phantom Menace (and dare I say, enjoyed it :S) and I’ve already got Attack of the Clones on DVD ready to watch next. Controversially I’m watching them numerically in order rather than chronologically.
*Finish all the books on my bookshelf – Last week I took a week off from reading but I’m doing well on this front and have read 3 books already. I’m trying to get into a routine of reading every night for around 45mins.
*Restore something vintage – I struggled to find something to begin with and had my heart set on a fabric screen that I wanted to re-cover but it was so big I would have nowhere to put it :( I also thought about clothing, furniture and jewellery boxes before I found two piece of jewellery that needed some work; a pin from the 1930’s and a ring from the 1960’s. Both are quite dark and need stones replacing and the pin needs the clasp replacing so I may turn it into a hair barrette. Currently I’m sourcing some stones and hope to have this one ticked off fairly soon!
 
So that’s my update for now. How are you getting on with your goals for 2012? Are you still keeping up with your new years resolutions?