Oh my god, he’s behind you! Honestly I promise you he’s over there.
Yes I know this sounds like a scene from a pantomime but it is infact another dating story for you! Based on pre~covid true events…..
You two are not funny I said laughing along at their grinning faces.
We were sat in our local pub, waiting for dinner to arrive (those were the days!) and having a catch up. Obviously the conversation had swiftly turned to one of our favourite topics ~dating.
So I was chatting to this guy earlier, he seemed quite nice ‘he asked me out for a drink tonight’ ‘nothing like short notice hey’ says Sally ‘ oh I know, I said I was meeting you guys and maybe another time etc’ ‘Ooh really, where is he from, how old is he and what does he look like?’ pipes up Emily. ‘Well he is local, not sure where exactly, he is 42yrs old, hang on I’ll show you’.
The girls took my phone, had a good look at him and his profile before handing it back to me.
Then roughly 5 minutes later they both nearly fell off of their chairs and proclaimed that he was standing at the bar!!!
‘If you don’t believe us,have a look for yourself’ says Sally.
I turn round slowly and cannot quite believe that they aren’t winding me up.
After much giggling, we ate our food and decided to leave the pub, much to the girls amusement and my embarrassment we had to walk passed him and his friends to get out. I had decided on discretely leaving but Emily decided that wasn’t an option and dropped my name loudly into conversation as we walked past, laughing like a group of teenagers.
Once I got home, I sent him a quick message asking if he had enjoyed his evening and apologising for any awkwardness.
He was somewhat confused as to why it would of been awkward~I said I didn’t come and say hi as we were both out with friends etc.
‘I’m not sure what you mean, I was just down the road at my local ‘he said.
‘Yes I was in there too, I wasn’t sure if you had seen me or indeed heard my friends dropping my name loudly into conversation hee hee ‘.
‘Oh where you sitting over in the corner?’
‘Yes that’s right ‘ I said.
‘Aha yes, I saw someone with blonde hair is that you?’
At this point I wasn’t quite sure what to say as in my profile picture I quite clearly have dark hair~enough said!
‘Do you go to that pub often?’ He asked.
‘Now and then’ I replied.
‘I like it in there, its nice and easy to walk to from home ‘
‘Always handy when you can walk/stumble home after a night out hee hee’ I said.
‘Yes for sure, I live down Smith Avenue, so its not far at all’
‘Smith avenue??’ I ask, if I thought this night couldn’t have any more surprises then I was totally wrong.
‘Yes I don’t know if you know it? I’ve lived here for about 3years now’ .
‘Oh yes I know it very well’ I reply, trying to ascertain if this was some kind of a wind up.
‘Oh right~whereabouts are you then?’he asks.
‘I’m at home in Smith Avenue!’ Comes my reply laughing to myself,thinking we couldn’t of made this up if we tried.
Conclusion~it turned out that he lived about 4 doors down from me on the opposite side of the road, our paths had never knowingly crossed before and although we kept in touch, we never did go out for that drink!
50 UK bloggers have come together to offer one lucky winner a bundle of incredible prizes! We will be announcing the winner on Mother’s Day so what a wonderful surprise for one lucky winner or the lucky winner’s mum! With such a variety of prizes this is also an amazing Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you get ideas and inspiration for presents this Mother’s Day.
Spring is springing and the birds are singing.
Lets see what this glorious month of March is bringing.
Sunshine and happy days as its time for another of our fabulous giveaways.
Look below and you will see gifts and treats as glorious as can be.
We have thought of it all~this prize draw bundle is certainly cool.
So go ahead and enter today,hurry don’t delay~Mother’s day is on its way.❤x
Hair Salon at home in lockdown with Jose Eber
Is your mum missing being able to go to the hair salon? Then why not bring the hair salon to your mum! We have a fabulous bundle of Jose Eber goodies for the lucky winner including:
Jose Eber HST Infrared Wet / Dry Flat Iron
Get the perfect style with the José Eber HST Infrared Wet/Dry Flat Iron which uses far infrared light technology resulting in frizz free and shiny hair. The extra wide high gloss plates with vented holes works on all hair types, wet or dry.
Jose Eber Hair Mask Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
Give your hair a treat and make damaged, dry, frizzy hair smooth and manageable with the Jose Eber hair mask. The heat insulating cap gives your hair a deep condition. The mask contains essential proteins that restore healthy hair and is infused with argan oil for a silky soft shine. This really brings the salon experience into your home.
Jose Eber Comb
Use the Jose Eber Multi Use Styling Comb to separate sections of hair so you can flat iron or curl easily. Professional salon stylists everywhere suggest using a styling comb when styling hair. As you straighten your hair, this comb can be used to help prevent tangles and pulling.
Damascus 100% Silk Scarf by Rory Hutton
Rory Hutton is an artist, designer and historian who brings together history and art with stunning style in the form of his beautiful scarves and shawls. We are so happy to be able to offer as part of this prize bundle the gorgeous Damascus Scarf. Inspired by the iconic tiles of Damascus, this silk scarf was created in partnership with The Hands Up Foundation, a UK Based charity.
Made from 100% silk, not only is this scarf beautiful, but an amazing 20% of the profits raised from sales of the scarf goes towards supporting The Hands Up Foundation’s educational projects and medical centres in Syria and Lebanon. As such this makes a truly special gift this Mother’s Day for stylish mums who want to see a better world and support a charity who work towards making a positive difference to people in need.
Gold Splash Camera Bag with tassel by Le Jaana
These brand new camera bags from Le Jaana are the perfect bag to take from day to night and we have the stunning Gold Splash Camera Bag to give away to our winner. Practical for the daytime and glam enough for the evening, the bags are made by local artisans in India where Le Jaana strives to empower women in rural communities to create a living for themselves. The long strap is adjustable and detachable. This bag is absolutely gorgeous, beautifully made and will make a wonderful gift this Mother’s Day.
The Urban Botanist: Mothers Day Jewel Terrarium
This is a truly unique and stunning gift for Mother’s Day. The Jewel Terrarium is fully assembled and has been crafted from copper soldering and plates of glass, to create an eye-catching and elegant piece of art. It comes with 3 stunning rose quartz heart crystals resting next to a dusk pink preserved rose head. Overall a totally unique, thoughtful and eco friendly gift.
Is your mum a Goddess? Then the Goddess Self-Love Ritual Set available from Wakuda is the perfect gift for her! Wakuda is an online marketplace championing and supporting independent Black-owned businesses in the UK. Currently hosting more than 200 Businesses, their core aim is to enable consumers (of all races) to discover and support some of the best Black-owned businesses through their platform who are historically underrepresented in the UK. You can purchase anything from the edible to the smellable, the drinkable to the wearable.
The Goddess Self-Love Ritual Set comes with the Divine Goddess Self Love Bath Soak with all natural ingredients to support the creation of a ritual bath routine that cleanses, soothes and relaxes your muscles all at the same time. The set also includes a beautiful Rose Quartz Statement Necklace, for protection and good vibes, and a Miniature Manifestation Garden.
Bamboo Picnic Dining Set for four from Green Tones
Our lucky winner will receive a fabulous 12-piece, recycled, colourful bamboo picnic dining set in the colour of their choice. The set includes bowls, plates and cups for four. Ideal for picnics, parties, camping and caravanning or durable enough for repeated use at home. Dishwasher safe and BPA free the dining set has been moulded in a bamboo fibre, a composite mostly comprising recycled bamboo powder. It will put a smile on any mum’s face this Mother’s Day and is absolutely perfect for those summer days which are just on the horizon!
Blank 10 card bundle from lil wabbit
We are big fans of small businesses and lil wabbit is a small business worth shouting about. Georgi, the creator of lil wabbit, is a talented artist who designs each card. The cards are designed to bring a smile to the face of every single animal lover out there, and in line with this ethos, lil wabbit always aims to use materials that are the most caring to the planet and all its inhabitants. That’s why we are so delighted to be able to offer the winner a 10 card bundle which each feature original watercolour designs. These are:
King Panda, Bubblegum Llama, Schnauzer with Love Hearts, Tortoise with a Heart Balloon, I Love You Sloth, Big and Little Giraffe, Big and Little Penguin, Party Toucan, Big and Little Koala, Flamingo with Flowers
The cards are left blank inside for your message, so perfect for Mother’s Day or any other special occasion.
Tesalate Work Out Towel
The Tesalate workout towel is the perfect Mother’s Day Gift for any gym loving mums or mums who love to go to yoga or exercise classes. The odour-free workout towel collection uses antimicrobial technology built into the workout towels which actually kills the bacteria found in your sweat and on gym equipment. The result? A towel that keeps you safe and clean in the gym, the studio, and beyond. What’s more it’s compact and light weight, and dries in half the time of a regular towel.
We have a fitness towel of the winners choice to giveaway. The winner can choose from all the amazing designs from Tesalate’s website.
This Mummy Belongs To Personalised Necklace from inscripture
Glamorous yet graceful the This Mummy Belongs To Necklace can be engraved with the name of any child for a truly sentimental keepsake that you or someone special to you will love to wear. It’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, a beautiful keepsake to make any lucky mummy feel cherished.
Inscripture are the UK’s Leading Handwriting Specialists, an Award Winning family run business with a vision to create timeless, unique, sentimental and style savvy items to treasure forever.
Rainbow Gratitude Journal Três Paper Co
Focusing on the good makes the good better, that is what practicing gratitude does. Having a few moments each day to think of all the positive things you have experienced is a real gift which is why we are so happy this Gratitude Journal is part of our Mother’s Day Prize Giveaway. The journal comes with guided pages for you to record three things you are grateful for each day, and there is also plenty of space for you to write as little or as long as you would like to, for one hundred days.
Designed in house and printed in the UK in 100gsm FSC-Certified paper, it comes wrapped in a recycled bellyband and also includes a card with Gratitude prompts, if you ever need a bit of inspiration.
Daily Planner ‘Make Today Count’ Três Paper Co
Nothing says productivity like a daily planner where you can set your goals, write to-do lists, reminders and appointments. Even better if it helps you become more mindful about your well-being with reminders for water intake and ‘Me Time’. This is exactly why this fabulous Daily Planner ‘Make Today Count’ from Três Paper Co is the perfect gift for busy mums who often put the needs of others first.
Printed in the UK on 100gsm FSC-Certified paper, it comes with 50 tear-off pages and it is a handy A5 size so you can keep it on your desk or add a magnet on the back and hang it on your wall board or fridge.
Nurses Rose Marble Engraved Leather Fob Watch from Engravers Guild
It’s time to thank our heroes with this beautiful Nurses Watch from the Engravers Guild. Perfect for key workers including nurses and carers or any busy mum. We have one Rose Gold nurse fob watch by Annie Apple with a stone leather strap to give away to our lucky winner. This nurse watch features thoroughly contemporary styling, showcasing a marble-effect dial, rose gold case and Arabic numerals, as well as a supple leather strap. The watch can be engraved by the Engravers Guild both at the front and the back to make this a truly personal and special gift. It is presented in a signature Annie Apple box and will last for years to come. Follow Engravers Guild on Instagram @engraversguild for more gift ideas this Mother’s Day.
Fragranced Soy Candle from ChilliWinter
A GORGEOUS treat for yourself, or any Wonder Woman deserving a spot of indulgence! Take your pick from a collection of 25 luxury fragranced soy candles from upcoming brand ChilliWinter. With something for every nose, space and mood, these handmade beauties offer exceptional style, quality and a long burn-time. Even better, if you can’t wait to see if you’ve won, we can offer you an EXCLUSIVE 15% discount until 14th March: simply enter MOTHERSDAY15 at checkout. Follow them on Instagram @chilliwinteriow for gift ideas and inspiration.
White Framed Pink Floral Art Print 50x70cm from Abstract House
Abstract House is the destination for wall art prints and picture frames. This Pink Floral Art Print from the photography collection at Abstract House is a bestseller for Mother’s Day and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful print comes framed and will look stunning in any space. Our lucky winner will receive this 50x70cm print in a lovely handmade frame.
The artwork and frames at Abstract House are all produced here in the UK in their London studio to ensure the highest quality craftsmanship. They are made using FSC certified wood and paper, and also come with real solid glass, making them entirely sustainable with 100% plastic free packaging. The print has excellent colour reproduction and fade resistance. This is premium artwork made to last.
Choice of two Giant Biscuit Cake Moulds from MoldyFun
Lovers of classic biscuits will be thrilled to know that they can recreate their dunking faves in the form of delicious novelty cakes, with easy-to-use silicone baking moulds from MoldyFun. With MoldyFun’s selection of biscuit cake moulds you can rustle up a giant Jammie Dodger, Custard Cream, Party Ring, Oreo, Bourbon or KitKat cake at home; perfect as a real treat for Mother’s Day, party centrepiece, an unforgettable birthday cake or as a lockdown treat. These Giant Biscuit Cake Moulds will also make the perfect Mother’s Day Gift for any baking loving mum and our winner gets to choose two baking moulds from this fabulous range.
Scented treats from Village Wax Melt
Village Wax Melt is a small business offering high quality scented products without the luxury price tag. They have a wonderful range of products for Mother’s Day and are gifting our winner with 1 crackling Wood Wick Candle, 1 Exfoliating Soap Sponge (perfect for dry skin and removing fake tan!) and two highly scented wax melt clamshells. A real treat for Mother’s Day.
March’s book for adults from Bumblebee
Bumblebee is the monthly book subscription that inspires your creativity! Each month receive a carefully curated book from a small independent publisher, plus clever creative prompts to inspire your own writing, drawing, making or cooking. Available for both children and adults, to encourage mindfulness and imagination.
Win March’s book for adults, Superpowers by Mark A Radcliffe, along with a beautiful Bumblebee notebook – get creative inspiration through your letterbox! Find us here, or on instagram
Terrazzo Hanging Plant Pot from Scaramanga
This vintage style terrazzo hanging plant pot is a unique design from Scaramanga. The terrazzo design and strong stone material make this perfect to hang outdoors or indoors. The composite material creates a stunning splash of sophisticated colours to give any room a focal point to be proud of and will make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day.
Scavenger Hunt Game from SEEKERS
Keep children entertained with these wholesome games so mum can get some peace and quiet this Mother’s Day! You won’t hear “Please can I play a game on your phone?” even once! Feed their inner explorer with an outdoor seek and find game that you can take anywhere. Ideal for getting children to enjoy the outdoors and away from their tablets and smart phones. Makes a regular trip to the park more fun and engaging with an activity that can last from minutes to all day! A different adventure every time for both boys and girls, young and old alike. Check out SEEKERS Scavenger Hunt Game Starter Kit With Magnetic Board and SEEKERS Scavenger Hunt Game Add-On Pack – At The Park
Hand and Body Salve Cream Skincare Set 100% Natural Handcream Gift Sets
Brady’s Botanicals is a superior range of beauty products which are 100% natural, vegan & not tested on animals, they only use the best ingredients and the highest-grade essential oils giving you a spa like treatment but in the luxury of your own home. Their prize offering is our pack of 2 body salves.
Both their salve products are made from a super blend of garden herbs & fragrant oils in a plastic-free handy tin. Sweet almond oil helps repair & protect your skin against UV damage, the perfect moisturiser and great for dry and sensitive skin. Vitamin E to nourish & protect with a powerful antioxidant treatment which is easily absorbed into the skin. With blends of Lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary and chamomile, calendula and tea tree it’s the perfect gift set this Mother’s Day.
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Hannah took a deep breath and said ‘ok, here is what really happened…..
After work I went home,got out the outfit I thought I might wear, had a bath then decided to try said outfit on.
Obviously I decided I didn’t want to wear that, so basically emptied out my whole entire wardrobe all over my bed.
I then tried on approximately 6 different tops and ended up wearing my first choice naturally!
By now time was getting on so I dried my hair and did my make up.
I was really pushed for time but being my ever optimistic self I decided I was going to put some false nails on, easier said than done when your rushing and you’ve got more glue on your skin than on your nails, but once I had started I had to finish.
So the nails were finally on, I was about 10 minutes late leaving than I had planned but thought I might just make it, however just as I opened the front door a nail pinged off,I ran upstairs to stick it back on but couldn’t open the glue.
For reasons best known to myself (definitely do not try this at home) I opened the glue with my mouth~carefully trying not to smudge my lipstick as I did so. Smudging my lipstick was the least of my worries as I ended up with glue in my mouth, I thought I had removed it all but then spent the next 25 minutes of my journey trying to pick the remaining glue out of my tooth!
By the time I pulled up and parked I was 30 mins late~so jumped/tripped out of the car, trying to hurry to the door of the pub, when my heel broke on my shoe, thinking nothing else could surely go wrong I stumbled into the pub and scanned the room for my date~ who I have to say looked rather different to his profile picture which he later admitted was about 8yrs old.
Anyhow we chatted for about half an hour~he then asked what my plans where for the rest of the eve as he was going home to watch a film!!
So ok then I took that as a subtle hint that the quickest date I’ve ever been on was over and tried my best to stay upright on my broken shoe whilst we walked to the car.
Having got home to the mess which easily resembled a break in~ with clothes,make up and sodding nail glue shrewn everywhere I was very surprised that he text and asked me if I wanted to see him again.’
Hannah finally paused for breath and took a moment to study Sally’s face which at this precise moment had mascara running down it whilst she dabbed at her tears of laughter, unable to save her make up thus rubbing black across her cheeks.
Sally opened her mouth to reply but got an attack of the giggles again~’its the nail glue stuck in your tooth that’s got me hahaha!’
Through the fits of laughter came a deep male voice, Hannah looked up to see the nice looking waiter stood by their table.
‘I’m so sorry to interrupt but I couldn’t help but over hear and I just have to know about that text~are you meeting him again?‘
Hannah blushed about 20 shades of red and mumbled’ no I’ve decided not to. Which leads me to my next dilemma~what shall I reply?!’ ❤x
Hannah was sitting in front of her friend nursing her second coffee of the morning. Well she began it went something like this….
‘I rushed home from work, was super organised and had already sorted my outfit~even down to the shoes and handbag!’
‘After a quick shower~ hair and make~up done, I was ready to leave. I decided to put some false nails on and that new lipstick I brought last Saturday when we were in town, do you remember?’
‘Oh yes Sally replied ‘the dark red one,you said you thought it might be too dark for your skin tone but well sod it, you brought it anyway saying and I quote ‘ its about time I tried something a bit more adventurous’.
Hmm that’s right Hannah mused~swirling her spoon around in the hot coffee,watching the ripples it was making. Followed by me saying ‘ life doesn’t get much more adventurous than trying online dating whilst hanging on to my thirties for dear life!’
‘Anyhow’I snap back into the room,stop stirring my coffee and continue..
‘I arrived 5 minutes early, I was nervous but I really shouldn’t of been, he looked exactly like his profile picture, we had loads in common and laughed and chatted all night. He text me when I got home and asked me if I would like to go for dinner on Saturday night.’
‘Obviously I said yes and now you need to help me decide what to wear for date number 2.’
Sally’s eyes were wide open, looking incredulously at me across the table.
‘What’s that face for I asked?’Is it that unbelievable that someone would want a second date with me??’
‘No of course not,don’t be daft I just can’t get over the fact that
a). you were on time and
b). You have agreed to go for dinner with him.’
Try as I might,I just couldn’t hold the laughter in anymore, my coffee went down the wrong way and my eyes filled with tears and the effort of trying to regain my composure in the middle of a packed coffee shop (where it has to be said one or two of the baristas may of caught my eye on arrival).
Finally I pulled myself together and said ‘sorry I just couldn’t resist, the date went nothing like that at all. Let me get another coffee and I’ll start from the beginning…….
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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).
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
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
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.
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!
UK entries only The giveaway will run from 12am 16th August 2020 to 12pm 31st of August 2020. The winners will be notified by email from firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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 may be using a parcel service for some of the 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. 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.
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 bathroomwhich 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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.