Christmas Giveaway

Just like that its nearly back,a time we love to adore~but can also become something of a chore.

With presents to wrap and trees to dress this time of year can bring stress.

So let us help you on your way with another fabulous giveaway.

With treats for one and all, we have somethings to put a smile on your face big or small.

So grab a cuppa and relax we’ve got you covered from books to read and puzzles to make and gorgeous pans for your festive bakes.

Always a winner there’s slime making, hair straightening and candles to light~perfect for a cosy night.

There’s cufflinks and coasters and so much more~look no further for gifts galore.

This Christmas Prize Bundle Giveaway has been organised by Rowena of My Balancing Act who has Christmas Gift Guides and Gift Reviews for the whole family over on her blog.

First Prize: Christmas Prize Bundle for all the Family

We have an amazing bundle of prizes for our prize winner, something for the whole family. If you are our lucky winner you will receive:

Jose Eber Air Styler

The revolutionary Jose Eber Air Styler is the must have gift for any stylish lady in your life. It utilises a high speed nano fan that propels cool air through a grid around the tourmaline ceramic styling plates. This cool air instantly sets the hair in curls or waves or straightens hair for a smooth look whilst being faster than conventional flat irons. As it’s cool air, there’s no risk of burning your scalp either!

Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick 3pc Saucepan Set with Lids and two Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pans

This is the perfect gift for any budding chefs in your life and will make cooking Christmas dinner a dream. The GreenPan Venice Pro range is a firm favourite. The hard anodised aluminium exterior is stylish and handy, complete with Magneto induction technology for top of the line hob performance on all heat sources. The Thermolon Infinity Pro coating is enhanced with diamonds and lasts even in the face of intense usage and cleaning. Oh and then there’s the riveted stainless steel handles that allow your cookware to safely go into the oven and glass lids that are designed for easy food monitoring without losing the heat. 

This collection can do it all and is the perfect kitchen equipment to make sure your Christmas dinner has the wow factor this year! Dishwasher safe, it will make the clean up job afterwards much easier too! We have Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick 3pc Saucepan Set with Lids and two Venice Pro Ceramic Non-Stick Frying Pans for our lucky winner.

Three Aromatherapy Candles by ChilliWinter

We’re loving supporting small businesses this year. ChilliWinter is a wonderful small business and they in turn support Hospice UK (Registered charity number 1014851) by donating £3.75 for every 150g candle sold, it’s a win win! Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care and every year they support more than 200 hospices across the UK who care for over 200,000 adults and children living with a terminal or life-shortening illness

We have three of their beautiful 150g candles from their remedial Aromatherapy Collection for you to choose from. Each blend in each candle has holistic benefits. They not only smell wonderful but will also help your wellbeing too. The perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas. The winner has a choice of Breathe, Calm, Energise, Rest or Uplifting candles. Visit ChilliWinter to choose your favourites.

Personalised Christmas Eve Box from Treat Republic

Bring a little extra magic and sparkle to Christmas Eve this year with a personalised Christmas Eve Box from Treat Republic. These beautiful wooden Christmas Eve Boxes comes in a selection of designs and you are able to reuse the box every year to keep the magic alive.

We have a Christmas Eve Box from Treat Republic (Length: 24cm Width: 18cm Height: 13cm) which you can personalise for your child – or for you – there are also adult, pet and family Christmas Eve boxes available! The Christmas Eve Boxes are available in Small and Large Sizes.

“Live Simply” Colorful Unisex Hoodie

In a world that is constantly going faster and becoming more complex, these gorgeous Live Simply hoodies remind us to return to the simple things in life. This is a great gift for either a man or a woman and the winner can choose the size and colour of the hoodie. It’s from inspirational apparel & housewares brand, the Miracle Store, who donates 10% of profits to existing non-profit organisations to help women and children leave, heal from, and rise up from domestic violence.

Winter Hedgerow Jigsaw Puzzle in 250 pieces

Winter Hedgerow is a stunning Wooden Puzzle from Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. This is such an amazing Christmas gift for anyone who loves jigsaw puzzles as it truly is special. All of Wentworth Wooden Puzzles are designed and manufactured in the heart of the countryside in Wiltshire and are made of wood from sustainable sources.

These Wooden Puzzles are more difficult than cardboard puzzles. The 250 piece jigsaw puzzle may sound like a low piece count but it’s their most popular size and equates to the difficulty of a 1,000 piece cardboard puzzle. Winter Hedgerow would be brilliant for the whole family to do together or as a thoughtful gift for grandparents.

Lapland Letter from Santa

When it comes to Christmas, a Lapland Letter from Santa will make this year more ‘Fantastical’ than ever. The Lapland Santa Letters are truly one of a kind, from the moment a child receives their letter the true magic of Christmas begins.

The Lapland Elves would be most delighted to send a Lapland Letter from Santa to a little one of your choice. Santa may even include some Lapland Extras too, but he would need to check his Good List twice to make sure they’re on the list!

Pink Panel Purse from Miss Milly

Miss Milly is the home of gorgeous and reasonably priced, quality costume jewellery and fashion accessories so we are delighted to be able to offer as a prize the beautiful Miss Milly Pink Panel Purse.

With a dusky pink panel on soft grey, this stylish purse is a great gift for any fashionable lady in your life. The purse is made with high quality polyurethane that is very soft to the touch with an imprinted Miss Milly logo. It features space for 10 cards and has a zipped coin section and a photo window.

Tesalate Workout Towel

This is the perfect gift for any fitness lover in your life. The Tesalate workout towel is an antibacterial, odour-free workout towel collection, to encourage people to stay healthy and fit, especially during these uncertain times. They use zinc in the construction of the workout towel fabric and this acts as an antibacterial agent.

We have a fitness towel of the winners choice to giveaway.

KelZo Jewellery

A prize from one of our very own bloggers, Kelly and Zoey, from Our Transitional Life who have launched their own fabulous funky jewellery range KelZo Jewellery which has a wonderful collection of affordable, fun, and quirky designs.

This prize includes: Pride rainbow heart drops, Christmas heart studs and Leopard print oversized studs. Plus a surprise item!

Notes and Clips Stationery Box

This is a stunning Green and Gold themed stationery box by Notes and Clips which makes a great treat for yourself or as a gift for the stationery lover in your life! Each box is beautifully presented and lined with a soft felt base with 8 pieces of green and gold stationery displayed on top, designed by Notes and Clips in England.

The handmade stationery and curated accessories in a stunning combination that will make a fabulous gift this Christmas.

Cufflinks from Miss Milly

This is a wonderful gift for any stylish man in your life, the pair of green round cufflinks from Miss Milly use a bright lime green resin with an aluminium foil backing creating shine and making them really stand out. The cufflinks are 1.7cm in diameter and they are beautifully presented in a lovely silver gift box making them a lovely gift for Christmas.

A Zest for Life Cookbook

A Zest for Life Cookbook has 79 fresh tasty recipes. It will make eating well at home effortless, with easy to prepare and absolutely delicious recipes. From Bountiful Breakfasts, Packed Lunches and Afternoon Snacks to Weekday Meals and Weekend Specials, it’s packed with superfoods galore and meals that will keep you full for longer. This collection of clever, nutritious recipes is one that you’ll turn to time and again. All ingredients are widely available and the recipes will help you stay healthy throughout the year.

Dairy Diary 2021

The 2021 Dairy Diary is the perfect gift this Christmas for busy parents to help keep the family organised next year. The Dairy Diary features stunning photography with two beautiful British Butterflies on the front cover. But what the Dairy Diary is really famous for is its recipes. There’s a new one every week.

In addition to the recipes, there is all sorts of interesting information on topics such as the Art of Calm, how to make your own dyes and Gardening for Wildlife. Of course, there’s everything needed to keep organised – a useful notes pocket, dates stickers, reminders, addresses and even gift lists. All of this, and plenty of space to write appointments, thoughts and plans each day. The ideal gift this Christmas!

Thunder Car

Put a smile on any car loving kids face with this powerful small size remote control car with awesome inflatable wheels, the Thunder Car. It comes with two radio-frequencies that allow it to run within a 15-metre range of the controller. So much fun and an amazing gift under the tree!

Vintage round wooden coaster x 2 from SCARAMANGA

Win a set of two vintage round wooden coasters from SCARAMANGA. Each geometric patterned rounded-shaped vintage wooden coaster is handcrafted and sourced from Rajasthan in Northern India. Used inside or outside on a garden table, a pair of these teak hardwood coasters would look awesome.

It’s the perfect accessory for a fancy cocktail or quality coffee and makes a lovely Christmas Gift. Each piece is unique and very old – tableware full of real authentic history. Each has a distinctive hand-carved pattern and is slightly different to bring a uniqueness to your coffee table!

Starflower Serum Roller (10ml)

Treat someone special in your life with the Starflower Serum Roller by Londe Botanics, a gently nourishing facial serum with British grown borage (starflower) and chia seed oils, enriched with Vitamin E. This is a natural saviour for all skin types to soften, revitalise and protect.

Made from 100% UK grown and sourced natural botanical oils and hand blended and bottled in England. No additives, no synthetics, Londe Botanics are registered with The Vegan Society and are also a Contributing member of the 1% for the Planet network.

Buzz Snow

Whose dreaming of a white Christmas? Well let’s face it, that’s unlikely to happen in the UK… But wait, Buzz have come to the rescue to make Christmas magical with Buzz Snow, a polymer powder that when hydrated looks and feels just like Snow, except it never melts!   

Its eco-friendly and non-toxic. It looks like sugar before it is hydrated and after adding water it transforms so it looks and feels just like snow, expanding up to 100 times its original size.

Slime Baff and Gelli Baff

Put a smile on your kids face at bath times this Christmas with these fabulously fun kits from Zimpli Kids. As part of the prize bundle you will receive 1 x Slime Baff and 1 x Gelli Baff from Zimpli Kids.

Kids will love turning their boring bath water into oozy colourful slime or goo. They are ideal as stocking fillers, the perfect product for messy and multi-sensory play and also perfect for cognitive development. Plus they are certified biodegradable, stain-free and easily drain away. Slime Baff and Gelli Baff are now also available in Eco packaging.

Drippy Mona Lisa Black Graffiti Print from Ink & Drop

This is one of Ink & Drop’s Twisted History prints, a cheeky twist on the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa! This print looks amazing in a large format or as part of a super cool gallery wall and we can offer our prize winner this Drippy Mona Lisa Black Graffiti Print in your choice of size up to 70×100 cm.

£30 Gift Voucher to spend at Postboxed

Postboxed’s gifts are all sent out wrapped with custom gift cards. They are packaged small enough to be posted through any gift-lover’s letterbox – perfect for a hassle-free, contactless delivery! You can order on one day but have your gifts sent out on a day of your choice – perfect to get all of your Christmas presents organised in advance! 

Postboxed is offering a voucher for £30 to spend on one of their gift boxes which covers free UK postage. So a lucky winner will be able to choose who to send their prize to – great to send a gift to a loved one you won’t get to see this festive season!

Body Art Classic Tattoos

With the Body Art Classic Tattoos you can create glittering tattoos that last up to a week on your skin but can easily be removed with water. It is the easiest and safest way to decorate your body with eye-catching designs and sparkling glitter colours. Each set consists of 50 cool designs and 6 excellent glitter colour pots, allowing you to create dozens of different colour combinations.

2 x SMILEY Blind Bag from HEXA-PLEX 

SMILEY-HALVES feature 22 face variations for you to collect and connect. We have two SMILEY-HALVES for our lucky winner. Will you strike it lucky and uncover a complete face in one bag? Could you find one of the highly-collectable halves? Or have you bagged yourself one of our ultra-rare limited editions?

Santa’s Secret Letter for older kids in the family

When the time comes to reveal the truth about Santa to older children it can be a difficult conversation to have. Some kids may be upset, whilst others may have already found out. The parents behind Santa’s Secret Letter understand how important it is to take ownership of this moment, supporting the child whilst also ensuring that the magic remains for younger members of the family. Santa’s Secret Letter will do exactly that. It is a wonderful, personalised letter which reveals the true history of Santa Clause and explains the importance of keeping the magic of Christmas alive for younger family members for years to come. The delightful letter comes in a beautifully wrapped gift box, perfect for the family’s memory keepsakes.

Runners Up Prize

We want to make someone else’s Christmas magical too so we’ve put together a few gifts for a runners up prize. This includes:

“Do All Things With Love” Mug

Spread a little love this Christmas with this beautiful mug from The Miracle Store. Just imagine what a wonderful world we will live in when everyone starts their day by drinking from one of these loving affirmation mugs. We have one “Do All Things With Love” Mug as part of the runners up prize.

Curls 4 Girls Digital Straightening Brush

The Curls 4 Girls Kids Friendly Digital Straightening Brush makes styling your hair faster and easier than ever before, with ceramic bristles that straighten as they brush, and digital heat control that you can adjust to the needs of your hair. The C4G line can be used for kids and adults as well.

Puzzle Cars London Bus

This wonderful Puzzle Vehicle Track, Puzzle Cars London Bus, is a 16-piece set, combining creative and educational fun. The interchangeable track pieces can be linked together, to make up to 50 different track combinations. The set comes with the recognisable black London Bus. This is a fun way to develop problem solving, motor and language skills.

Meet the bloggers

We have over 70 fabulous Blogs from amazing UK Bloggers taking part in the Christmas Prize Giveaway. These are:

My Balancing Act | Chilling with Lucas | Savvy Dad | Life with Jupiter Hadley | Five From The Swich | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Soph Obsessed | Our House Our Home

Spilling Life TeaMiss L J Beauty | Family Travel with Ellie |  Best Brunch or Breakfast | Gin and Cocktail Bars | Best things to do in York | Best Leeds Restaurants | Yorkshire Wonders | Recipe for Home | Luxury Hotels and Spa Life | Christmas Magic and Markets

Home in the Pastures | Our Transitional LifeWe Made This Life | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee | Mummy Matters | Savvy Squirrel | Mummy Vs Work | Otis and Us

Simply Cash Hacks | Two Plus Dogs | Autumn’s Mummy | Mummy and Me x2 | 4 Freckled Faces | Life Loving 

A Rose Tinted World | So Nostalgic | Scandi Mummy | Lylia Rose | The Parent Game | LOVEPANDA.CO.UK | Boxnip

Life with alden jax | Too Tired To | 360 Mum | Lovedogs.uk | Easy Peasy Gardens | Money Money Money

Prize Warriors | Welsh Mum | Wander & Luxe | Anklebiters Adventures | Catch up with Claire | Wotawoman Diary | Life with Lianne

The Life of Spicers | Luke Sam Sowden | My Three and Me | Happy Family Hub | | My Beautiful Mess | Mum on a Budget

Side Street Style | Petals and Planes | Accidental Hipster Mum | Boring Mother | Mom of Two Little Girls | Paternal Damnation

Stapo’s thrifty life hacks | The Good Thing Is Though | Bossy Girl | On The Soap Box | Cyprus Property Blog

How to Enter

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Life is a roller coaster…

So here I am aged 43yrs feeling quite frankly like an old version of my teenage self complete with horrible hormones, mood swings and everything in between.

I am embarking on a new journey which is apparently called ‘the menopause’ thats the medical term for it, I could offer my own name for it but it probably wouldn’t be very polite!

Yes it’s finally happening my body is basically going full circle in its stages of life and after having a hysterectomy (5 years ago now) it has decided to grace me with the following joys


*hot sweats
*increased insomnia~who knew that was even possible!
*a full range of extensive hormones which could hands down rival my teenage daughters any day of the week!

I could go on but I won’t spoil it for you hehe.

Something that has definitely got worse (and yes I admit this has never been my strong point )
Is the ability to concentrate and indeed remember~well hardly anything at all.

For example~Thursday evening whilst I thought the gammon joint I was preparing for dinner was cooking nicely in the oven, you can imagine my surprise when I opened the oven to find myself looking at an empty roasting tin!

I kid you not my first response was ‘where on earth has the meat disappeared to’.

Realising that it couldn’t of simply vanished from the oven~I scanned the kitchen to find it sitting on top of the oven waiting to be cooked.

I wish I could say these things didn’t happen to me on a daily basis but sadly that would be lying.

Anyhow I’m off to try and get some adulting done~and if you haven’t already seen my top tip of trying to mend your ripped top 2 mins before you are meant to be leaving the house then do be aware that strong glue isn’t the answer!

Happy Saturday everyone .
❤ x

The Back to School Prize Giveaway

It’s nearly that  time of year again~you got it,its almost ‘back to school’ time.

September 2020 is on its way and if your anything like me,you’ve still got a few things to do to be totally ready for a new school year and a new start.

No matter how much time I know I have to prepare there always seems to be something I leave to the last minute.

I have teamed up with some fabulous bloggers and am really pleased to share this amazing ‘back to school’ giveaway with you all.

Its so good you would be crazy to miss it!

With everything from cool educational prints to socks and a lunch bag, this really is a giveaway not to be missed.

The Prizes

One lucky winner will win a fabulous Back to School Bundle which includes:

Set of 5 Vintage Chart Educational Prints 30×40 from Ink&Drop

The vintage charts are perfect to keep your kids inspired and you can win the full set! These include the Dinosaur Chart Educational Print, Farm Chart Education Print, Safari Chart Education Print, Woodland Chart Educational Print and Sea Chart Education Print.

Not only educational, they will look fantastic in your kids bedroom or playroom.

Rocket Lunch Bag & from SMASH

The Rocket Lunch Bag and Water Bottle from SMASH is a great hit with little wannabe astronauts.

The SMASH lunch bag has full insulation with antibacterial lining and has been certified fully food safe. It’s the perfect size for school lunches or day trips and can be easily wiped clean. The lunch bag also includes an insulated bottle compartment with a 500ml drink bottle, which is 100% BPA, lead and phthalate free.

Personalised Sports Bag from Treat Republic

This stylish canvas bag that doubles as a gym kit bag or a handy carry-on for the little ones, has a roomy main compartment in which their football kits and shoes can be stored into. There’s a small outside pocket that can store keys to lockers, their phones or pocket change.

Personalise it with their name and surname to make it their very own – and potentially to stop some friendly sibling rivalry too. A variety of colours are available.

Treat Republic have a full back to school range.

School Socks from the Sock Shop

The Sock Shop have a range of school socks and tights. With colours available in the staple black, white and grey, you can ensure that your kids look smart and stick to the dress code! All the items in the Sock Shop school socks range have been made to ensure that your children’s feet stay comfortable from registration to when the last bell rings.

Win 5 x School Socks from the Sock Shop including Bamboo Socks with comfort cuff and smooth toe seams (2 pairs), kids school plain cotton socks (2 pairs) and kids casual cotton socks (1 pair).

Stillness Pulse Point Oil from Londe Botanics

The scent of rosemary has been shown to aid short-term memory, while soothing lavender decreases cortisol levels. Londe Botanics has brought them together in their Stillness Pulse Point Oil.

Keep it on the desk and apply to wrists, palms or pulse points as needed, gently inhaling the aromatics. Once it’s finished, the violet glass bottle also makes a pretty stem vase!

Blended from 100% British grown botanicals you can win a gift boxed and packaged in its own drawstring pouch (with a poetry quote), Londe’s Stillness Pulse Point Oil. Perfect for students starting the academic year in an uncertain and challenging time.

Colour and Learn Space Explorer Pencil Case from eatsleepdoodle

Kids can discover and colour the stars, planets and spacecraft in our solar system as they store their pens in eatsleepdoodle’s fun colour and learn space explorer pencil case!

Get learning the order of the planets ready for school and enjoy colouring the historic moon landing scene too, plus astronauts, rockets and meteors. Especially good news right now: you can wash it as often as you like and have fun recolouring with the enclosed set of 10 pens!

eatsleepdoodle space pencil case is a fun, educational and super practical back to school gift for young space explorers.

Usborne Books Periodic Table Jigsaw and Book

Everything in the Universe is made up of just 118 chemical elements which are displayed in the Periodic Table. Meet each element in Usborne Books entertaining book and 300-piece jigsaw set, and discover which are crucial to life, which are smelly, explosive or radioactive and lots more. With links to websites with videos and activities to find out more.

Rocket Bottle from Smash

Rocket Drinks bottle from Smash

This 450ml bottle from Smash features a cool Astronaut design. It’s perfect for little ones to take to school with them to keep rehydrated throughout the day. Made from high quality Tritan material, like all Smash products the bottle is 100% BPA Free and certified food safe.

Bamboo Tumbler from Tru Bamboo

This lovely bamboo tumbler from Tru Bamboo is made from Moso bamboo and the interior is made from 100% recyclable pure stainless steel. It’s also BPA free.

The tumbler is triple insulated so it not only retains heat for up to 12 hours it also keeps drinks cold for a whole day. Perfect for students going back to school.

2021 Dairy Diary to help parents stay organised!

The 2021 Dairy Diary is the perfect solution for busy parents to help keep the family organised. The Dairy Diary features stunning photography with two beautiful British Butterflies on the front cover. But what the Dairy Diary is really famous for is its recipes. There’s a new one every week.

In addition to the recipes, there is all sorts of interesting information on topics such as the Art of Calm, Quirky Museums and Gardening for Wildlife. Of course, there’s everything needed to keep organised – a useful notes pocket, dates stickers, reminders, addresses and even gift lists. All of this, and plenty of space to write appointments, thoughts and plans each day.

Quick After-Work Cookbook from Dairy Diary

Perfect for families on the go, these delicious midweek meals are easy to fit into your busy family life.

The Quick After-Work Cookbook features easy, speedy recipes that are delicious and the whole family will love.

Academic Diary, Gel Pens and Metallic Colouring Pencils

We also have an academic diary 2020-2021 with a section for deadlines and exams, 6 pack of Gel Pens in blue and black and a 10 pack of metallic colouring pencils.

Meet The Bloggers

We have over 40 fabulous blogs from amazing UK bloggers taking part in the Back to School Giveaway. These are:

My Balancing Act | Chilling with Lucas | SueFoster.info | Life with Jupiter Hadley | Five From The Swich | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Soph Obsessed 
Spilling Life Tea| Miss L J Beauty |  Best Brunch or Breakfast | Gin and Cocktail Bars | Best things to do in York | Yorkshire Wonders |Family Travel with Ellie | Recipe for Home | Luxury Hotels and Spa Life | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee

Home in the Pastures | Typical Mummy | Savvy Dad | We Made This Life | Mummy Matters | Savvy Squirrel | Mummy Vs Work | Our House Our Home

Simply Cash Hacks |Two Plus Dogs |Autumn’s Mummy | 4 Freckled Faces |Life Loving | Sophie’s Nursery |
Savvy in Love |The Somerset Foodie | Things to do in Kent | Lylia Rose | The Neary Diaries | LOVEPANDA.CO.UK | Mum Founded
Life with alden jax | Too Tired To |360 Mum | Lovedogs.uk | Easy Peasy Gardens | Money Money Money

How to Enter

You can enter by completing as many options below as you like. The more you complete the more entries you will have and the greater chance of winning the prize! All entries will be collected and one winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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Here comes the sun…


One thing that is certain in these ever changing times is that I am most definitely not a morning person.
It takes a strong coffee (or 2)and a hot shower to wake me up.

However with life as busy as ever, juggling kids,work and home is always a delicate balance.

Whilst keeping on top of those things its also important for me to keep on top of my skincare routine.

Living with 2 teenagers means a constant queue for the bathroom which is why we love Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream,it keeps our skin,soft,smooth and smelling amazing in one go.                                       No matter what the day has in store be it work or play, after showering with palmolive naturals coconut shower cream we  can all feel beach ready and prepared for anything come rain or shine.

It is dermatologically tested and contains moisturising milk for super smooth feeling skin,a definite win with the teenagers~so I will be keeping our bathroom shelves well stocked,aswell as keeping a cheeky supply just for me!

Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream leaves skin feeling invigorated soft and smooth whilst smelling amazing,the delicate coconut scent is reminiscent of dreamy summer days,speaking of which with the summer holidays approaching I am dreaming of beach days, fun in the garden,swimming be it in the pool or the sea and lots of outdoor fun.

All of these things can take their toll on our skin and as I am aware I’m not getting any younger with each birthday~eek, I am ever conscious of looking after myself in many different ways including keeping my skin soft and subtle.

Palmolive naturals coconut shower cream comes in handy sized bottles making it perfect to pack for a day out or a holiday.

So after a dip in the paddling pool or a paddle in the sea you can cool off and remoisturise with confidence,leaving you clean,fresh and super smooth.

Being able to use this shower cream as a family is definitely another win for me and it has become a firm favourite on my shopping list.

*This product was gifted by Palmolive,but all views are my own*

Fathers day prize giveaway.

Somehow the days and weeks are flying by and we find ourselves in June already!

With fathers day fast approaching I am thrilled to have teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to participate in a wonderful fathers day prize giveaway.

The prizes are sure to make anyone’s day with gifts including  a £50 art voucher,a choice of silk tie, socks, host your own virtual murder mystery game,nautical tea lamp, bamboo cheese board, rc bumper cars,socks and a choice of gift set.

Also up grabs is the runner up prize~a cheese and snacks cool bag~with an assortment of cheeses to enjoy.

So don’t delay enter today and you could be treating your loved ones to some special prizes.

Good Luck everyone.❤x


The Father’s Day Prize Bundle Giveaway

This Father’s Day some of the top UK bloggers have united to offer one lucky winner a fabulous bundle of goodies for Father’s Day worth over £200. What’s more we also have a Cheese and Snacks Cool Bag from Bunches for a runners up prize.

The Prize Bundle

One lucky winner will win a fabulous Father’s Day Prize Bundle which includes:

£50 Gift Voucher Ink&Drop to spend on art prints or canvas

Ink & Drop art prints and canvas

Win £50 to spend on an amazing art print or canvas at Ink&Drop. Ink&Drop create high quality, beautiful art prints for your home or office. Styles ranging from street art, botanical art, customisable prints, to Scandinavian style minimal prints, they have something for every style of interior design.

Their posters are all designed in-house by their own designers and artists, with backgrounds in graphic design and fine art, so you can be sure the artwork on your walls will be as unique as the rest of your home.

Silk Tie from Fox and Chave

Your choice of silk tie from Fox and Chave up to the value of £35. There are so many wonderful designs available, inspired by the arts, history and nature. It’s the perfect gift for any deserving dad and with such a wide selection available there is something for all tastes and occasions.

Fox and Chave also have other wonderful gifts for Fathers Day. Use the discount code FATHERSDAY2020 at checkout to get 3 for 2 on their mens collection.

Port Nautical Tea Light Lamp from Shore and More

This Nautical Tea Light Lamp from Shore and More is a great gift for any sea loving father. At 25cms high the Port Lamp has a stunning copper effect and the warm red colour gives off a wonderful glow when lit by a tea light.

Shore and More have a wide variety of gifts, perfect for Father’s Day. From wooden model boats and nautical gifts, to Dragons and Fairies and 3D Puzzles.

Bamboo Cheese Board 10 piece set from Tru Bamboo 

This stunning cheeseboard from Tru Bamboo is made out of Moso bamboo and is the perfect centre piece for your table. Made from Eco-friendly bamboo with a completely removable drawer, which incorporates beautifully bamboo lacquered handled cheese knives and cheese fork. The set includes:

  • 1 x Extra Large Cheese Board
  • 4 x Specialist Cheese Knives and Fork
  • 4 x Porcelain Markers
  • 1 x Reusable Gold Pen

The perfect gift for any cheese loving Father!

Toy RC Speed Bumper Rage, The Essential One

Take your road rage to the (mini) streets with these RC Bumper Cars. Play head to head and battle it out with your dad. The set comes with two cars and two remotes for exciting 2-player action! Give your rival’s racer a bump and send him flying! The character ejects from the car with awesome sound effects. Your dad will love it!

Choice of Gift Set from Worry Less Design

Worry Less Design have the perfect selection of Gift Sets for any sports loving Dad or Grandad in your life. Choose from Gift Sets for bike, rugby, golf or cricket fans. The gift sets include a mug and secret message socks, the perfect gift for any impossible to buy for sports fans!

Bamboo Patterned Socks from the Sock Shop

This triple pack of men’s Gentle Grip Patterned Bamboo Socks from Sock Shop will help to put a little pep in your dad’s step and style in his shoes. Of course, the main reason for wearing Gentle Grip is their kindness and comfort. The famous HoneyComb Tops hold without restriction or pressure hotspots, using the trademark weave to hold to the contours of your legs in an almost-custom fit, and then stay in place.

Bamboo is naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial, so odour is also trampled down, and able to maintain its own steady temperature too.

Virtual Murder Mystery Game from www.crime-time.co.uk

Get the family together and host a virtual Murder Mystery Game for Father’s Day. We have a voucher for you to choose any one of over twenty games over on www.crime-time.co.uk. Simply choose the murder mystery game of your choice and the number of players. Arrange a time and invite your family and friends and let the game commence!

Runners Up Prize: Cheese and Snacks Cool Bag

A cool bag filled with an assortment of cheeses, including a tasty cheddar with mustard and ale, a classic Wensleydale with cranberries and a cheddar with caramelised onion.

These are perfectly paired with biscuits and chutney, the perfect gift for a loved one.

Meet the bloggers

The UK bloggers teaming up to bring this fabulous giveaway are all listed below. Make sure you check out their blogs for amazing advice and inspiration, covering all kinds of topics including parenting tips and advice, family travel, slimming tips, humour, money saving ideas, competitions, self-love, healthy living, well-being, fashion, beauty and recipes.

Life Loving | We Made This Life  | 4 Freckled Faces | Five From The Swich | Life with Jupiter Hadley |  Too Tired To | Life in a Breakdown | Accidental Hipster Mum

The Willow Tree | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee | Reality in Reverie | Boxnip | Miss L J Beauty | MTB LM | Prize Warriors

Mummy Matters |  Chilling with Lucas | Pack The PJs | Typical Mummy | A Rose Tinted World |   Otis and Us | Crazy Little Thing Called Love

My Balancing Act | Just Average Jen | Lily’s Little Learners | Scandi Mummy | You Have to Laugh |  Soph Obsessed | The Neary Diaries

Home in the Pastures | Sophie’s Nursery | Mummyandmex2 | Odd Hog | Spilling Life Tea | Two Plus Dogs | Mummy Vs Work

Savvy Squirrel | Hawkes at Home | My Three and Me | Best Brunch or Breakfast | Gin and Cocktail Bars | Best things to do in York | Nicola Says | Savvy in Somerset | My Savings Journal

Luke Sam Sowden | Wander & Luxe | Rhian Westbury | Savvy Dad | My Love of Home | Stressed Mum | The Thrifty Freckles

Charlotte Musha | Simple Happy Home | Yeah Lifestyle | Simply Cash Hacks | Create Joy Everyday | Cyprus Property Blog | Wotawoman Diary

Budgeting for Students | Paternal Damnation | Glitz & Glamour Makeup | What Simply Works | Autumn’s Mummy

How to Enter

You can enter by completing as many widget entry options below as you like. All entries will be collected and one winner and one runner up will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions

UK entries only
The giveaway will run from 12am 2nd June 2020 to 12am 17th of June 2020.
The winners will be notified by email from rowena@mybalancingact.co.uk
The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.
Prize open to over 18s only.
If any prizes are out of stock than a suitable replacement will be found.
If the runners up prize is out of stock then a suitable replacement will be found.
Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified.
The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
We will be using a parcel service, such as ParcelForce, to send some of the Fathers’s Day Prizes, and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage.
Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we do not have responsibility if these go missing.
In the unlikely event one of the companies withdraws a prize we cannot offer an alternative.
Although we will do our best, we cannot guarantee the prizes will arrive before 21st June 2020.
The Ink & Drop Voucher is for art prints or canvas only, frames are excluded, up to the value of £50.
The Fox and Chave Tie is up to the value of £35.
The winner’s name will be stated on some or all of our blogger’s websites and announced on twitter and other social media channels. By entering this prize draw you give your permission for this.

Today…

I was standing in the kitchen washing up, thinking about the day ahead, what food we will eat, what to wear etc, wondering if I would wear shorts as its hot but you know I hate my legs~the list could go on.

When perspective slapped me in the face ~hard!

Tomorrow we have to face a huge challenge saying farewell to our super nan~together but apart from eachother.

With that in mind~what does it matter how I look in shorts? What does it matter if I haven’t got it all together today, if the house is a mess or the ironing is piling up?

It doesn’t but those small things play on my mind and I wish they wouldn’t.

I want to see the bigger picture~appreciate the here and now.
Appreciate everyone who is in my life and cherish those who are no longer here but have shaped my life and filled my heart with love and memories that time can never steal.

I have no words to describe how I feel about tomorrow being so close but so far away from my loving family.

One thing is for sure though we will get through this together.

I found myself quoting Dads words to my boy the other day ‘there is nothing that can’t be sorted together’.

So now as I get my 2nd or is it 3rd coffee of the morning~I am planning to make the most of that ‘prospective slap’, get out in the fresh air, have a picnic with my the kids and make more memories. Seize the day and yes wear the damn shorts!!

Lots of love to everyone.❤ x

Dating

Hey Guys and Girls
Let’s talk about dating~or more to the point dating sites
as lets face it there’s enough of them to choose from.

My friend and I are doing some research (more to be revealed soon) and would love some input from you all.

We would like to know your do’s and don’ts when it comes to a dating profile
What makes them stand out in your opinion? What grabs your attention and makes you want to send a message and get to know someone?
❤x

Mother’s Day Giveaway

With Mothers day just around the corner,what better time to treat yourself or a special Mum/ Nan/Aunty in your life.

I am pleased to be involved in this fabulous giveaway which has some wonderful prizes.
The days go by so fast and sometimes it would be nice to pause, slow down and have much needed time to relax and recharge.

With that in mind who can resist a lovely bundle of treats which can help you relax, organise your life, enjoy and share your favourite tipple with loved ones,all whilst being effortlessly stylish and enjoying some yummy chocolates too.

Also up for grabs is a beautiful mothers day tea and treats hamper as a runner up prize~so what are you waiting for?

Enter today and you could be the proud winner of this gorgeous giveaway, to share or treat yourself~the choice is yours.


Good~Luck.❤x

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The Mother’s Day Prize Bundle Giveaway

This Mother’s Day some of the top UK parent bloggers have united to offer one lucky winner a fabulous bundle of goodies for Mother’s Day worth in total £200. What’s more we also have a Mother’s Day hamper for a runners up prize.

The Prize Bundle

One lucky winner will win a fabulous Mother’s Day Prize Bundle which includes:

Deco Gingko Leaf Habotai Silk Wrap from Fox & Chave

Deco Gingko Leaf Habotai Silk Wrap

This beautiful silk wrap from Fox & Chave is made from luminescent habotai silk, making it the perfect luxurious gift for any mum. It’s very versatile as well as stylish.

Evolve Beauty Organic Skincare Bestsellers Gift Set

Evolve Organic Beauty skincare gift set

The Gift Set from Evolve Beauty is made up of their organic skincare bestsellers. It will leave your skin feeling deeply moisturised, plump and smooth. Contains 10ml Hyaluronic Serum 200, 30ml Daily Renew Facial Cream and 30ml Radiant Glow Mask.

Dotty About Paper Sweet Sherbet Dream Notebook and Desk Planner

Dotty About Paper Stationery

Stay organised with this elegant weekly desk planner and A5 Notebook. The planner is perfect for busy mums to keep track of their schedules. The notebook has 192 pages of quality lined paper and is the perfect size to fit in your handbag.

Wentworth Wooden Puzzles Country Garden

Wentworth Jigsaw puzzle Country Garden

This British-made premium quality traditional wooden jigsaw comes with a drawstring cloth bag and a high-quality box making it the perfect gift.

Sleep Mask by Sleep Master®

The perfect gift for any busy tired mum – a relaxing nights sleep! Sleep Master is an all-in-one sleep mask that combines light elimination and sound reduction. The soft and cool breathable fabric creates a relaxing effect inducing a refreshing deep sleep.

The AirDry Wine Glass Drying Rack

The AIRDRY™ Wine Glass Drying Rack holds up to 4 wine glasses. The rack suspends each piece of stemware well above the counter to give them plenty of air circulation, meaning glasses dry naturally with a crystal clear surface, spot and streak free finish.

A box of Chocolates!

Because who doesn’t love a box of chocolates!

The Runners Up Prize

There’s also a Runners Up prize of a Mother’s Day Tea and Treats Hamper from hamper.com.

Meet the bloggers

The parent bloggers teaming up to bring this fabulous giveaway are all listed below. Make sure you check out their blogs for amazing advice and inspiration, covering all kinds of topics including parenting tips and advice, family travel, slimming tips, humour, money saving ideas, competitions, self-love, healthy living, well-being, fashion, beauty and recipes.

My Balancing Act | Just Average Jen | AnkleBiters Adventures | Lylia Rose | Life with Lianne | Soph Obsessed

Typical Mummy | You Have to Laugh | Happy Family Hub | Our Transitional Life | Otis and Us | The Neary Diaries | Autumn’s Mummy

Two Hearts One Roof | The Life Of Spicers | A Rose Tinted World | Big Family Organised Chaos | Dirt, Diggers and Dinosaurs | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | Side Street Style | Chilling with Lucas

The Parent Game | Pack The PJs | Welsh Mum Of One | At Home With Kayla | Mummy Matters | Slimming Violet | Dolly Dowsie

Mum on a Budget | Boxnip | Miss L J Beauty | MTB LM | Twins, Tantrums & Cold Coffee | Prize Warriors

Reality in Reverie | Rachel Bustin | Life in a Breakdown | Boring Mother | The Willow Tree | Accidental Hipster Mum

My Beautiful Mess | Five From The Swich | We Made This Life | Menna Rachel | Life Loving | Mighty Mama Bear | Too Tired To

Life with Jupiter Hadley | Missing Sleep | 4 Freckled Faces | I Live to Cruise | Healthy Vix

How to enter

You can enter by completing as many widget entry options below as you like. All entries will be collected and one winner and one runner up will be randomly chosen. Good luck!

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  • UK entries only.
  • The giveaway will run from 12am 2nd March 2020 to 12am 16th of March.
  • The winners will be notified by email from rowena@mybalancingact.co.uk.
  • The winner and runners up will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  • This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Pinterest.
  • Prize open to over 18s only.
  • If the runners up hamper be out of stock then a suitable replacement will be found.
  • Anyone who unfollows before the giveaway ends or doesn’t complete the required entry action will be disqualified.
  • The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for monetary value.
  • We will be using a parcel service, such as ParcelForce, to send the Mother’s Day Prize Bundle, and their standard compensation will apply in the event of loss or damage.
  • Some items may be sent directly by the supplier and we are not responsible in the unlikely event these go missing.

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Cooking up a storm…

With the weather gloomy and rainy outside. We have decided to bring a touch of spanish flavour into our kitchen with a different take on our favourite Paella dish.

This recipe is quick and simple to follow,with vibrant tastes,colours and textures,including the versatile spice Turmeric.

You will need..

1 tbsp olive oil.

2 chicken breasts cut into chunks.

2 small onions finely sliced.

140g cooking chorizo sliced.

1tsp paprika.

1tsp turmeric.

300g paella rice.

850mls hot chicken or vegetable stock.

200g frozen peas.

Method…

1.Heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan over a high heat.

2.Add the chicken (diced)brown all over but don’t cook completely.

Once browned transfer to a plate.

3.Lower the heat and add the onions,cook until softened~approximately 10 minutes.

4.Add the garlic stirring for one minute before adding the chorizo~fry until its oils are released.

5.Stir in paprika and turmeric, aswell as the paella rice. Coat the rice in the oil and spices then add the stock.

6.Bring to the boil, add the chicken and simmer for 20 minutes.
Stir occasionally.

7.Add the frozen peas,simmer for 5 minutes ensuring that the rice is cooked and the chicken is tender.

8.Serve and enjoy.

schwartzturmeric can be used to add a twist to many recipes including both sweet and savoury.

Find it at your local Tesco store.

Why not try it in in your pancake mix, on homemade chips or even spice up your roast potatoes with a hearty sprinkle .

Who knows where this could take your taste buds~adding flavour and colour to entice even the fussiest eater.

Get the kids involved and you too could cook up a storm in the kitchen. (Just make sure they help with the washing up afterwards!).

This is always a definite hit in our house
bringing a taste of sunshine, holiday’s and good memories.

*Shwartz have sent me this ‘Turmeric’
for review,but all views are my own*