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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Terms and Conditions

  • 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*

Here we go again?

Love them or hate them~dating sites are everywhere.

I’m no stranger to them but for the time being I’m giving them all a swerve.

Although its got me thinking about the funny side of them~after all that is how ‘Crazy little thing called love’ came about almost 3years ago.

From the funny conversation starters
‘I’ve lost my number can I have yours?’

To the fairly obvious ‘What are you doing on here?’ Erm I am single,so I guess I am on here for the same reason as you?!

Not forgetting the classic~’why are you single?’ Now that’s a question only the brave would want an honest answer to haha.

To the first dates~turning up late with nail glue stuck in my teeth and a broken shoe.

Not eating as I can never eat on a first date (no matter how hungry I am.)

Either not being able to string two words together or suffering from verbal diarrhoea (not sure which is worse to be honest!)

Then there is that awkward moment when you turn up to find that your date looks nothing like their profile picture #awkward.

Who would of thought that finding love could have so many challenges, at least there has been lots of giggles along the way.

Speaking of which I love this application form!
❤x

Goodbye ‘2019’

Goodbye ‘2019’ you’ve left me without the words to express what a year it has been.

Heaven has gained another angel and left a huge void in the hearts of so many.

Tonight as midnight strikes and we welcome in a new year,a new decade and indeed a new chapter, may you cherish those who you hold dear, love a little harder,forgive a little easier and make the most of each and every day.

Make those memories, be present and never take anything from this precious life for granted.

❤x

Just for fun.

A modern twist on dating….

Once upon a time there was a princess looking for a prince.

She tried her hand at fishing but the water was too murky.

Next she thought that maybe the bees could help her but she was frightened of getting stung.

She tried to strike things up but the fire didn’t light.

Swiping left to right gave her quite a fright.

A book that she found didn’t feature the face.

Was she ever going to find harmony in this place?

Watch this space…❤x

Me…

Having recently restarted my blog. I thought I would introduce myself and tell you a little about me.

I am a 42yrs old,sleep deprived,coffee loving Mum of 2 teenagers.

I had hoped by now that I would have my life in some kind of order but organisation and I don’t really fit together in the same sentence!

Anyhow this is me….

I have been married, divorced, engaged and single. My current relationship status is probably best described as ‘is joining a nunnery an option for me?’ hee hee.

I look forward to sharing the highs and lows of life, parenting and that crazy little thing called love.

Nat.❤x