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11 DIY Smoker Ideas & How to Use Them

Did you know that BBQ, at-home eating & entertaining is now the UK's #1 home leisure activity in the summer? Two thirds of households now own a BBQ grill! If you’re looking forward to throwing more garden parties for friends and family this summer, why not consider smoking your food rather than grilling it for a change? In [...]

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10 Reasons You Should Switch to Microfibre Cleaning Cloths

If you haven’t heard of microfiber cloths for cleaning and dusting, where have you been?! Microfibre is taking the cleaning world by storm right now. It’s quickly becoming the #1 go-to product for all types of jobs in and around the house (as well as hospitals, hotels, supermarkets and cafes!). Want to know more? I’m microfibre’s biggest fan right now when it comes [...]

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XS Product Awards: The Winners

Awards season is almost over, but the last lot of trophies haven’t been handed out just yet. With the Brits, BAFTAs, Golden Globes and Oscars all hitting the headlines recently, we were itching to big up our very best products too - cue our XS Product Awards! We’ve rounded up some truly amazing items for your home, wardrobe, pets and [...]

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10 Free Ways to Treat Mum This Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (11 th March - pop it in your diary), but sometimes we forget that it doesn’t cost anything to show her how much we love her. This year ditch the fancy flowers and overpriced chocolates and treat her to something free she’ll truly appreciate instead. Let Her Have a Lie In   Mums around the world, rejoice! Tell [...]

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A Parent's Guide to Surviving (Another) World Book Day

The need for kids costumes - it’s never-ending isn’t it. First off, there’s Halloween. A three to four-week full family meltdown trying to let your five and eight year olds pick what they want to dress up as for half an hour of trick or treating. Then, since they can’t possibly be seen dead in the same costumes twice, you’re left [...]

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10 Perfect Date Ideas in Ayrshire

No matter how long you’ve been a couple, planning the perfect date for you and your other half is a great way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, spice up a weekend together or spend a blissful child-free night! Plus, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner the pressure is definitely on to deliver something special. From restaurants and bars to [...]

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Burns Night Recipe: Microwave Dumpling Cake

Rabbie Burns night is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like me you’ll be looking forward to an excuse to indulge in a ridiculous amount of mashed tatties, haggis, homemade shortbread… and maybe a wee dram too! This year why not take your Burns Supper to another level with a homemade Clootie Dumpling cake? If you’re a sucker for tradition [...]

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Valentine's Gift Guide

Our bank balances haven’t even recovered from Christmas yet - how can it be time to think about buying MORE presents already?! Well, although Valentine’s Day is normally one of those holidays that creeps up on us at the last minute, surely the love of your life is worth treating properly, right? This year we’ve got a great range of gift [...]

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How to Beat The Post-Christmas Blues

via GIPHY Shortest horror story ever - CHRISTMAS IS OVER. Seriously though, how on earth are we going to deal with going back to work and things like 6.30am alarms, waiting more than 5 minutes between snacks and normal songs playing on the office radio again. We’re so not ready for this. If, like us, you’re sending out a [...]

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Christmas Dinner: Tips & Time Savers

No one wants to have to miss Christmas morning breakfast to slave over home-made gravy, or duck out of a round of charades to baste the turkey. When it comes to Christmas dinner (and keeping your sanity) preparation really is key. No-one’s expecting military precision in the kitchen, but being organised with your timings and maybe cooking one or [...]

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