How to make the perfect christmas hot chocolate

With winter sweeping across the UK, this month has seemed like the perfect excuse to crawl back to bed and hibernate for a while. I think the reason I love the winter weather so much is because it's a reason to not go out. Thick duvets and microwave pizzas? Yes please. Trying to be a bit proactive, I've been playing around with a few hot chocolate recipes, and have made what is probably the best homemade hot chocolate recipe ever, using real chocolate. 

To quote Buzzfeed "The secret is to use really great chocolate, and not much else."

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Vegetarian Lunch at The Gate, Angel

Saturday 21st November marked my dad's 57th birthday. To celebrate in Dad's true vegetarian style, we visited The Gate restaurant in Angel, about a 20 minute bus journey from King's Cross. I was a little apprehensive of going all-out veggie for an afternoon. (I'm a real sucker for a spag bol, a BBQ burger or a nice meaty burrito.. Oooo..) But I gritted my teeth and knuckled down, and have to say I rather enjoyed it.


A selection of starters. Included pickled carrot, mustard seed potato cakes, smoked tofu and quiche. Deliciously light, but the bursts of flavour took me back a bit. Absolutely fell in love with the potato cakes, mustard gives a raunchy kiss.

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5 of my best sunset shots of Summer'15

 5th - Warwickshire

4th - Sunrise in Hackney

3rd - Secret Garden Party

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DIY Stripy Bath Bombs

One thing I've been really getting into is a bit of home pampering. Managing to find a few of my home remedy books (The Holistic beauty book / Beauty oils and butters, I found my beloved bath bomb recipes! I use to always try out different bath bombs from Lush and then try to recreate them myself. So here's my fool proof recipe for stripy bath bombs.
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My 5 Favourite Instagram accounts this week ♥

1 // Dogs of Instagram //
2 // Lauren Conrad //
3 // Food Porno //
4 // Alex Strohl //
5 // Girls eating Pizza //
And of course, don't forget to follow...
BethStumbles on Instagram

How to Make Salted caramel cookies ♥

One way I've been treating myself this week has been to cook up a few treats. Does anyone else agree that a few home made cupcakes can really cheer you up on a rainy day? 
I flicked through some of my favourite recipe books (seriously this book is amazing, its been in my family for 10 years. Click here to see it). But in the end I turned to my favourite Youtube Food channel - 'Sorted Food.' If you haven't watched any of their vids, they feature 4 lovely (very lovely) British lads who manage to cook up some amazing desserts and the odd experimental piece too. Anyway, one of favourite videos is their caramel cookies, in an awesome photographic style. (Click here to watch it, you wont regret it)
I decided to try it out, absolutely loved it, added a bit of salt, and now I get to share it with you lovely lot. Enjoy...
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How to Escape London | Forest Walks

With the awkward British weather, it's difficult to predict a day. I visited the cinema on a day that turned out to be baking hot, and then went to go read in the garden moments before a sudden down pour; rip Kindle. However my Dad and I decided to grit our teeth, and head towards epping forest for a bit of a trek. We managed to get across about..... 400 metres of the 6,000 acres of land, so you know, we basically conquered it. And at no point what so ever did we have to ask a trio of lovely elderly ladies for the directions back to the carpark. Nope not at all.

One thing I loved about the forests was how unexplored everything felt. We'd walk through a thicket of trees and be presented with a beautiful little lake filled with ducks, a strange winding path or even the odd abandoned teepee made from logs. I honestly felt as if I was stepping onto fresh snow, and that once I had left one space, it would vanish.

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What I'm Currently Reading

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn

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Weekly Round-Up

I've decided to try something new. I see my blog as a bit of a lifestyle blog, bit of a photography blog. So it's weird that I don't often comment on my events of the week. Here's my challenge, round up some of my favourite points of the last 7 days, and I'll try to capture as many photos to explain this as I can. As this one is spur of the moment, I don't have many photos. But seeing as I've had quite a lovely week, I couldn't not share it.
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Links I love ♥ #2

After my week camping at Secret Garden Party (post here) I can't stop reading these camp travel posts..!
Something magical about these photos.. The ripped road one is currently my screensaver
Perfect for anyone about to jet off. Me? Jealous? no...
Perfect for a starbucks addict trying to cut back on the costs
Gave me a right chuckle, anyone who can understand photoshop terms must read this
Where I am going to live. or attempt to at least..
Bit of inspiration for some body confidence
Absolutely beautiful post, both the pictures and the content
It's my birthday in September, got to start pinning some ideas!

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How to eat healthier: Breakfasts

In an attempt to eat healthier, I have decided to start cooking some more nutritious meals. Breakfast is the hardest for me. Not only am I (definitely) not a morning person, but I'm lactose intolerant, so the normal yoghurt pot is out of the window, and the milk and cereal combination doesn't work for me as well, I hate cereal to be frank. So here I am finally making an effort to knock up a filling, healthy, vitamin rich breakfast. Enjoy!

Flat Peaches
Sesame Seeds

Glass of Mango Juice


Secret Garden Party 2015

You may have noticed that my blog has been deserted for the last week. (sorry x1000 for not being organised enough to schedule posts, been such a busy bee..!) But I have a valid excuse... I was working at the amazing Secret Garden Party Festival. Filled with tents, firewalks, bars, hot tubs, spas, massages, tarantulas and even paragliders, the end of July is by far my favourite time of year. I managed to take a few pictures when I wasn't on shift, which was (unfortunately) before and after the event. Enjoy!

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Ciaté Nail Set Giveaway

Its almost the end of the month, and I thought what better way to celebrate than by doing a small giveaway, to thank you lovely readers for following my new little blog. Simply enter below for your chance to win this Ciaté nail set (RRP £10.) Terms and conditions are explained in the rafflecopter gadget below, open to the UK only - (Sorry all you charming international lot, keep your eyes peeled for the international giveaway next week though...)
Ends Next Monday (27th) 
Good Luck xx

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Follow me on bloglovin' by clicking on the button below for your chance to win. Remember to tell me you've done it in the giveaway entry form above! :)

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Recent posts:


Benefit High Beam Review

So. Many. People. have recommended Benifit's High Beam Highlighter ( £19.50 ). I've been looking for a highlighter for absolutely ages, so I was really happy when I was given a sample of the product by family member. Unfortunately, I was rather disappointed...

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Housesitting Part 2: How to Achieve a Modern Living Room

If you've read my update post you will already know that I have had to travel around England a little bit, so unfortunately regular blogging has been compromised. This afternoon, I was sitting in my auntie's living room: black and white, sharp clean shapes, coordinated furniture... and it just clicked. Time for a housesitting interior design post: Part 2. 

This room features all the elements of a typical modern room design. Black and white/silver, reflective smooth surfaces, and edgy art accessories. I love staying here, and once you've seen these pics, chances are, you would want to too.

Original Banksy art piece "Drainpipe Tiger". Touches of colour within a urban style canvas piece
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Links I Love ♥ #1

1 // Panasonic's new range of compact cameras //
The release of Panasonic's new compacts, a must for anyone wanting snaps on the go
2 // LA Rainbow fashion //
Soft rainbow look, perfect for summer evening
3 // DIY Newborn Photography Background Set up //
Creative idea, perfect for capturing newborn portraits
4 // Crème Brûlée Cinnamon Rolls //
Yummy sunday bake, on my to-do.
5 // Late Night Snacksicles //
Such a naughty treat. The preztels do it for me
6 // How to photograph a splash //
Beautiful idea, will work really well in the right lighting
7 // Six Word Story - Cloudy //
Creative writing at it's best. And yasmine is also a lovely follower <3
8 // Elephant Love //
Crisp and raw, the bond between animals in nature
9 // Pet Dragon Drawings //
Bit of light relief, perfect post for a bordem buster

And now on Facebook!

Why you have to visit London's Olympic Park

As a londoner, city life can be a bit hectic. A city that never sleeps leaves little left to be desired, so taking a breather can feel impossible. However, based inbetween 4 boroughs (Tower Hamlets, my hometown Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest) is the olympic park. Yes its not 2012, but that didn't stop me nosing around its new, beautiful 'Queen Elizabeth' park.

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DIY: How to make Infused Water

If you're like me, and you've spent the last couple of days outside, you are sure to have notice that it got slightly hotter... 35 degrees of scorching heat actually. And with all this heat, comes three massive struggles:

  1. Lack of energy
  2. Excess of sweat
  3. Lack of hydration. (thanks, sweat.)
Whilst lazing around in the sun all month is perfectly acceptable, and sweat isn't something that can easily be avoided, I decided to scour the internet for ways to rehydrate. Hence today's blog post, the famous "Infused Water" phenomenon...

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Beauty: Fire Opal Earrings

The other day I was scrolling through my social feed and came across 'Fire Opal' earrings. They looked stunning, a round stone set in brass, with hints of gold, indigo, pearl and pink. Naturally, I presumed a stone like this would come with a very wealthy price tag, but none the less clicked onto the link anyway. For once, I was pleasantly mistaken. £16 for a pair of Pink Fire Opal earrings, I could hardly believe my luck! So, as I'm sure most of you would in this situation, I started to leave little hints for my friends, hoping for a birthday present that would replace socks or the non-refundable gift of a warm hug. I snapped the site, with a clear view of the link, mentioned something about birthday gifts, said I didn't have many nice pairs of earrings... I was (to quote Mr Ryan Reynolds, The Proposal) as subtle as a gun. 

So here I am, feeling rather spoiled, (10 days post-hinting) with a camera roll full of up close shots of my delicious new pair of Pink Fire Opal earrings, and still pouring the Internet for a new birthday hint... Enjoy

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Blog Button Swap & Design/Coding Help

One thing that I have always found useful when keeping a blog was to introduce a blog button swap. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea, it basically involves hosting a little advert in the sidebar for a fellow blogger in return for some advert space on theirs. 'An advert for an advert' if you like. Button swaps are a great way of gaining a following, because you're able to reach a new audience, while helping others do the same. The advert usually contains a 250px x 250 px image encoded with the URL of your site so when clicked, you go straight through to the source.

Beth Stumbles Logo

Blog Button Swap:
If you would like to exchange buttons with me (maxium size 250x250 please :)) just copy over the code above into a HTML widget on your sidebar. I have other dimensions in my code, so if you would like to alter the image to suit your site, just do that by changing the height/width features or emailing me. Either leave your code in a comment below, or email me at and I'll gladly put up your lovely button in my sidebar.

Blog Button Help:
Coding up your button can be difficult, because it requires designing, coding and testing out your advert. If you think you would like some help with your button (all of it, just the design, just the code, some troubleshooting, anything really) just simply leave me an email at or leave a comment below with your email/twitter and I'll get in touch. I have experience in helping people with buttons, and will try my best to design it to perfectly match your site.

I'm looking forward to seeing all your lovely sites!
Love Beth xx