Getting some extra steps in before the ironing board calls for one of my very least favourite jobs~getting the school uniform ready.
It’s a new year, a new start, and quite clearly a whole new take on chat up lines, if that’s what you call this?!
Online dating is definitely not for the faint hearted~I can’t lie I’m kind of hoping ‘2022’ has got something a little better up its sleeve in the dating department~watch this space.❤x
I feel like I should have lots to say but despite all the words floating around in my head I can’t quite get them out.
I always find this time of year is definitely a time for reflection.
There are lots of things I want to leave in the past exactly where they should be.
I’ll be moving forward into 2022 with an open heart and an extra feeling of ‘going for it’ making the changes I want and need to make.
After all we only get one shot at this crazy life but if you stand still,the world will keep turning and the sun will keep shining but your feet won’t move by themselves.
May you dream big, love well, be kind and brave enough to follow your heart and see where it takes you, after all maybe the best really is yet to come.
Happy New year Everyone.
Ho Ho Ho here we go.
Advent has begun,we’ve said goodbye to the sun, darker days are here but lets not despair its time for some Christmas cheer.
What could be better at this time of year, with decorations to hang and presents to source than a sparkly giveaway which is quite frankly fabulous of course.
Along with a whole host of wonderful bloggers, this festive giveaway will light up christmas with gifts for one and all.
So don’t delay, before the jingle bells start ringing~enter today and see what you could be winning. ❤x
MINI MICRO DELUXE MAGIC SCOOTER
We are so excited to be offering our winner a Mini Micro Deluxe Magic Scooter. It will make an amazing gift this Christmas for your little one! Suitable for ages 2-5 years the Mini Micro Scooter includes:
- Unique handlebars that light up the minute kids touch them – alternating through five bold colours as they ride
- LED wheels use induction energy to turn the power kids create as they scoot into bright white light.
- Ultimate visibility for scooting in dark conditions.
- The lean-to-steer design means children are building their coordination and balance as they scoot!
RRP: £94.95 our lucky winner can select the colour of their choice (subject to availability) from pink, purple, navy, or aqua.
MATCHING CHRISTMAS JUMPERS FROM HARLEY & SAL
We have the absolutely gorgeous Christmas Tree Jumper in festive red with super sparkly pearl rainbow glitter detail to the front to give away AND we also have the matching Kids Sparkly Heart Christmas Tree Jumper, so you can be matchy matchy this Christmas! These jumpers are not only stylish but perfect to wear for the Christmas season, which will see you sprinkling some festive sparkles wherever you go! With a WRAP Certified Production, these Christmas jumpers are also PETA Approved vegan too.
CHRISTMAS GOODIES FROM EATSLEEPDOODLE
eatsleepdoodle make fun, educational and sustainable textile gifts to colour-in and personalise with wash-out pens. From pillowcases, pencil cases, bags and backpacks to placemats and tablecloths, kids (and adults!) can discover everything from the world map, dinosaurs, outer space, animals & wildlife, fairytales and legends, butterflies of the world, cars, trucks & diggers and lots more! AND they have a fun and festive new Christmas textile and stationery range, too!
As part of this special giveaway, eatsleepdoodle are offering three fun and creative prizes:
a Colour-in Christmas Stocking with wash-out pens; Featuring all your favourite festive motifs including gingerbread men, candy canes, baubles, reindeer, Christmas trees, stockings and lots more to colour-in and personalise AND with space for kids to write their wishlist for Father Christmas! Because the ink completely disappears on a machine wash, you can begin a new family tradition to enjoy year after year!
Placemat ‘to go’ with wash-out pens; A fun double-sided cotton placemat in your choice of design – whether fairytales and legends, butterflies of the world, cars, trucks & diggers, or dinosaurs – and in its own mini tote bag, perfect for taking on trips out. Kids will have so much fun colouring in their own placemat with the included wash-out pens, learning as they go! Then simply wash in the machine, the ink disappears and it’s all ready for next time – a super fun & sustainable gift!
Christmas Craft Activity Pack; With three sheets of Christmas wrapping paper, 6 Christmas cards and 6 gift tags with festive ties – all ready to be coloured in and personalised! This fun craft kit gets everyone feeling festive and makes gift-giving even more special and personal!
And you can shop all of eatsleepdoodle’s fun gift range at http://www.eatsleepdoodle.com
WINDOW STENCILS AND SNOW SPRAY FROM SNOW WINDOWS
Snow Windows brings the magic of Christmas to your home. The chances of a white Christmas this year? Unlikely for most of the UK! But with Snow Windows it is! We have the following for our lucky winner:
Snow Windows Christmas Stencil Pack; Reusable window stencils with 4 in a pack to create a magical scene winter scene, complete with Santa and his sleigh flying over the snowy village. Simple and easy to use and also easy to clean.
Snow Windows NEW Garden Stencil; This window stencil is a beautiful way to decorate your windows this Christmas. Plus it’s eco-friendly, being reusable and also 100% recyclable too, making it a great addition to your window scene.
Snow Spray; to use with your stencils to create a festive scene.
HOLLY STUDS AND SNOWFLAKE STUDS FROM KELZO
KelZo sell queer, quirky and kitsch handmade jewellery. They’re based in Cardiff and as well as designing and making seasonal products, they have a core pride range from which 10% is donated to charity. We have the gorgeous Holly Studs and Snowflake Studs for our lucky winner.
WINTER ROBIN FAIRY LIGHTS FROM IDYLL HOME
How beautiful are these winter Robin Fairy Lights? Our lucky winner will be able to hang these up in their home to add some winter warmth and cheer. The festive winter robin light chain comes with 12 warm LED lights. Battery powered with a built in timer set for 6 hours on, 18 hours off, the total length is 2.5m and the illuminated length is 2m. Takes 4 x AA batteries (not included).
‘FEEL AMAZING’ APP 1 YEAR MEMBERSHIP FROM AILSA FRANK
Pamper Mum this Christmas! In this stressful world, we all find ourselves living in, the ‘Feel Amazing’ app is the perfect pick-me-up with short recordings to fit into your busy life easily. Feel Amazing is a place to relax and fire yourself up to achieve your goals. Begin today to make deep and lasting changes using a combination of self-hypnosis and mindfulness in these beautifully worded recordings.
4 free titles for everyone. Membership starts from £35 but we have full access membership available to our winner worth £120.
Ailsa Frank’s hypnosis tracks could change your life.
Ailsa Frank is the hypnotherapist featured in the BBC One series ‘Hayley goes… Sober’. As you lay back and relax, let the messages free you from limiting thoughts, bad habits and create happiness and success on a deeper level. Choose from 45 titles in the Feel Amazing app including recordings for the whole family; Good Night’s Sleep, Confidence Boost, Relaxation for Teen and Children, Heartbreak and Loss, Take Control of Alcohol, Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, Fit and Well, Stop Worrying, Money Increase your Wealth, Debt free living and Comfortable sex for Women, Amazing Menopause, Enjoyable Birth, Comfortable Periods and more…
For more information visit www.ailsafrank.com or follow @AilsaFrank on social media.
‘MERRY CHRISTMAS’GREENS & GREETINGS FROM SHROOT
Win the ‘Merry Christmas’ Greens & Greetings as part of our prize bundle. It’s an ideal way to let your friends and family know you’re thinking of them this festive season. It’s the perfect sustainable gift for Christmas! Plus it’s letterbox friendly too.
All your recipient needs to do is cut off the top of the pouch, add water to the enclosed coir soil block, sprinkle the seeds on top and pop their Greens & Greetings on a window ledge. It really is that simple! They’ll love watching their greens grow! Less than 2 weeks later they’ll be tucking in to delicious homegrown microgreen frilly pea shoots which are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Microgreens are a super tasty superfood. Their tiny leaves are packed with nutrients and can be sprinkled on to just about any dish to add a bit of flavour, colour and texture. Try them in smoothies, soups, salads or sandwiches.
Shroot holds a certificate for their commitment to sustainability. Each of their products is designed to minimise its ecological footprint and where possible to have a positive environmental impact. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @helloshroot.
BABY GIFT BOX FROM SULU
Make baby’s Christmas with this gorgeous and sustainable gift box. The beautifully wrapped baby gift box from small family business SuLu comes with tasteful vegan, naturally organic and eco-friendly presents. Items in your box will include:
- One Elephant Baby Sleepsuit made from 100% organic cotton
- One pair of Baby Mitts made from 100% organic cotton
- One knotted Baby Hat made from 100% organic cotton
- One red striped Buddy comforter made from soft 100% Egyptian cotton including 100% organic cotton stuffing
- One Monstera Leaf Teether, hand made with 100% organic natural rubber from the sap of Spanish Hevea tree
- One Welcome and Information Scroll
BEST FRIEND PET BOWLS £29.99 FROM toysandbears.com
Pamper your furry friends with these personalised food and water bowls. Design and paint the bowls, then bake them in the oven to set. Real porcelain food and water bowls, including 12 paint pots and paintbrush. Show your loyal companions some love with these adorable customised bowls, personally designed just for them! Water bowl: 22cm diameter, 6cm high. Food bowl: 19cm diameter, 5cm high Suitable for Ages 8+.
STEIFF’S MANNI MAMMOTH £43.99 FROM steiffteddybears.co.uk.
Standing at 18cm tall, this cuddly prehistoric creature is a brilliant toy for cuddles and make-believe dinosaur play. It’s made of cuddly soft plush with the famous Steiff Button in the Ear, and is machine washable at 30 degrees.
FACT-FILLED POLAR BEAR AND FACT-FILLED LION NOTEBOOKS FROM IT’S OUR OLANET TOO
These are the perfect gifts from Santa for any animal loving or curious child who wants to learn about the planet and how we can help the planet. As part of the prize bundle we have a fact-filled polar bear notebook and a fact-filled lion notebook for our winner.
It’s Our Planet Too launched in 2019, before becoming a social enterprise in October 2021. As a social venture, they’re committed to giving back. They do this by educating littles ones (and their families) to make positive change(s) towards a greener future, whilst supporting charities, – by pledging to give a minimum of 50% of their profits to good causes.
Each notebook will teach your child everything that they wanted to know about the animal, featuring 50 facts. This is the perfect way to learn about animals and have a whole load of creative fun!
EMILY BROOKS ARCTIC CUB KIDS WINTER HAT FROM LITTLE HOTDOG WATSON
We have an Arctic Cub kids winter hat in size 6-8yrs from cool kids hat brand LITTLE HOTDOG WATSON in an exclusive collaboration with award winning British illustrator and designer Emily Brooks. Emily uses colour to uplift and tell stories. This hat is a world exclusive, bringing her latest characters ‘The Wolf Pack’ to life that she created especially for Little Hotdog Watson.
Little Hotdog Watson takes hat making seriously. Their mission is to make the best kids hats in the whole world. They create high-quality, responsibly-made kidswear designed to give parents peace of mind, and made to be worn with a bit of attitude. All their hats are water resistant, reflective and cosy thanks to a thinsulate layer. If you win our giveaway, you’ll never need another hat for your little adventurers!
WICKED MEGA SPIN SATURN
Remember back in the day when everybody was out in the playground trying to perfect their yo-yo tricks? Now they’re back, and things have moved on since ‘Walk the Dog’ and ‘Rock the Baby’! Yo-yoing is set to make a comeback and the brand new Wicked Mega Spin Saturn will take your skills to another planet!
Gone are the days of fixed axles; the Saturn features a super smooth ball-bearing axle providing ultra-long spin times – you’ll yo-yo like a pro in no time! Want more? How about super bright colour changing LED lights to really make your tricks light up the room! Their compact size make them perfect stocking fillers and come Christmas morning, there’s no nasty plastic packaging to throw away – the cardboard presentation box can be fully recycled.
We have a Saturn to gift to our lucky winner!
INSERT PIC 23 OR 24GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS: 100 REAL-LIFE TALES OF BLACK GIRL MAGIC
We are so delighted to be able to offer our lucky winner the newest volume of Rebel Girls which acknowledges, applauds and amplifies stories of black women and girls from around the world. The new book in the New York bestselling series, Rebel Girls, is available for purchase at www.RebelGirls.com or at your favourite bookstore.
Edited by award-winning journalist Lilly Workneh of Rebel Girls and #BlackGirlMagic originator CaShawn
Thompson, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Real-Life Tales of Black Girl Magic celebrates the
stories of Black women and girls across the globe. The women featured in the book represent over 30
countries and range from athlete Naomi Osaka and poet Amanda Gorman to singer Rosetta Tharpe and journalist Ida B. Wells.
VEGAN COLLAGEN FROM RAW BEAUTY LAB
This one is for anyone who wants to feel beautiful on Christmas day. It’s the Letterbox Gift That Just Keeps Giving! Vegan Collagen is the UK’s much loved 100% natural beauty supplement by Independent, Ethical, British Beauty Brand, Raw Beauty Lab that firms and smooths skin as well as boosting overall wellness and energy. Formulated from pure plant-based ingredients to protect people and the planet. No nasties, just pure plant power! This supplement is British made, cruelty-free and vegan friendly. For every order they plant a tree on your behalf which will absorb over 2 tonnes of CO2 in its lifetime and it’s a plant alternative to marine collagen. They are currently rolling out their move to plastic free packaging which will be complete by the end of 2021. We have a 30 day supply for our lucky winner.
DEAD SEA FACE MASK FROM THE DEAD SEA CO
Next, we have the perfect prize to help you relax and rejuvenate in the run-up to Christmas. Alternatively, it will make a lovely gift. The unique 3-in-1 Dead Sea Mineral Mask and angled face mask brush duo will get you glowing in no time. The multitasking mask purifies, hydrates and brightens your skin in ten minutes so if you’re hoping to achieve a fresh dewy glow, this face mask is a perfect addition to your skincare routine. Infused with a blend of nourishing oils and powerful antioxidants, the mask works to smooth uneven texture, reduce the appearance of redness and clear clogged pores whilst helping to hydrate your skin. The mask brush hugs the contours of your face for even product application making your masking session feel zen. The Dead Sea Co.’s Mineral Mask is fragrance free, made from 96% naturally derived ingredients, and delivered straight to your door in eco-friendly packaging.
Founded by three siblings, The Dead Sea Co. draws on the founders’ Jordanian heritage using Dead Sea mud and salt as starring ingredients in the brand’s gender-neutral skincare products. Packed with natural minerals such as Magnesium and Sulphur that boost your skin’s vitality, these hero ingredients have been used for thousands of years for their detoxifying, hydrating, anti-aging, therapeutic and beautifying powers. The conscious brand sources ingredients locally where possible, for example it uses pomegranate seed oil made from seeds harvested by women in small villages in the north of Jordan. It’s also committed to Dead Sea conservation and donates £1 from every Mineral Mask sold to EcoPeace Middle East to tackle water scarcity issues in the Jordan Valley, where the Dead Sea is located.
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WELLNESS CANDLE: BREATHE DEEP FROM COCKLES AND HEART
We have this beautiful Wellness Candle from Cockles and Heart, the Breathe Deep with bergamot, lime and thyme for our winner. It smells divine and will help you reset in the busy run up to Christmas. The hand poured wellness candle has grounding notes of bergamot, balanced with mood enhancing lime and thyme. Each one is hand finished with thyme grown on Cockle and Heart’s Devon smallholding. It makes the perfect gift this Christmas or a treat for you!
Cockles and Heart always do their best for our planet and that includes using a super sustainable coconut and rapeseed wax blend that comes from the EU, UK and from fair trade growers in Africa. Their wicks are metal free and they use tin rather than glass for their wellness candles because this is the most recycled material in the UK and its lightness is a carbon footprint plus.ECHOR’S END OF DAY MINDFULNESS JOURNAL
Echor’s End of Day Mindfulness Journal is a semi-guided notebook explaining the benefits of some of the world’s most powerful psychological mindfulness exercises including gratitude, affirmations and reflections with prompts to consider each throughout.
With a premium linen cover, 96 sheets of sustainably sourced paper and presented in a premium gift box, it is the perfect mood-enhancing gift for that special someone!
We have an Echor End of Day Wellness Journal for our lucky winner and it’s the perfect way to start the New Year.
RTA FREESTANDING WOOD WINE RACK, 9 BOTTLE IN DARK PINE
A space-saving contemporary design made in the UK, this wine rack has a sturdy galvanised steel frame with wooden shelves that hold up to nine bottles, sized 75cl or one litre. Perfect to keep all your Festive wines! The wood is in gorgeous dark pine but can be stained to suit your decor.
DELUXE LEVER CORKSCREW FROM CELLARDINE
Our winner will have no need to worry about opening bottles of wine this Christmas thanks to the fact we are offering our winner the Deluxe Lever Corkscrew from Cellardine. The simple lever action effortlessly removes traditional, plastic and synthetic corks from bottles. The Deluxe Corkscrew comes in a beautifully presented gift box, making it an ideal gift this festive season.
CADDYO BOTTLE CHILLER FROM CELLARDINE
There’s no need for our winner to panic this Christmas with a warm bottle of champagne. If you’ve forgotten to put your Christmas wine in the fridge, the CaddyO Bottle Chiller from Cellardine actively chills warm bottles in half an hour, keeping them cold for up to nine hours. It is the ultimate bottle chiller, superb for wines, champagne and water. It is the perfect gift or travel companion and comes pre-packed with a Waiter’s Friend Corkscrew too!
CHAMPAGNE SEALER FROM CELLARDINE
This is the perfect way to keep your champagne bubbles fizzy! The Champagne Sealer has been designed to specifically clip on sparkling wine and champagne bottles with a built-in lip to secure on the most difficult champagne bottles. It is perfect for keeping the fizz within champagne or sparkling wine for up to 48 hours and is a perfect year round gift and stocking filler.
The CellarDine Champagne Sealer is safe and easy to use, simply press down on the product once inserted into the bottle and clip the arms in place.
SKIPPY® PEANUT BUTTER BAKING SET
Smooth, creamy and delicious American-style SKIPPY® Peanut Butter makes the perfect creamy and dreamy ingredient for baking Christmas goodies like cupcakes and cookies and even a gingerbread peanut butter house. Or just spread on hot toast straight from the jar for a deliciously creamy snack over the festive holidays. A peanut butter unlike any other – you haven’t tried peanut butter until you’ve tried SKIPPY® Peanut Butter!
And a Smoothly Satisfying Baking Experience.
We’re giving you the chance to win as part of the giveaway a smoothly satisfying SKIPPY® Brand baking set featuring a specially designed apron, spatula and jar of Extra Smooth and Extra Crunchy SKIPPY® Peanut Butter. Everything you need to get creative in the kitchen and make some delicious peanut butter treats to share and enjoy with friends and family this Christmas.
Recipe inspiration at www.peanutbutter.uk.com
ECLECTIC JEWELLERY BOX FROM BTFY
This absolutely beautiful Eclectic Jewellery Box makes the perfect gift this Christmas. It’s also super affordable too. At just £14.99 it’s excellent value for money. The vintage inspired tropical print box offers both style and practicality. It has a two-tiered velvet lined interior to ensure scratch-free storage, with the upper section featuring a 7-ring holder and two sections for bracelets, earrings and more.
Eye-catching with its bold tropical print, the jewellery box can refresh a room and accent any décor and we have one for our lucky winner!
Meet the bloggers
A big thank you to all the bloggers who have made this fabulous giveaway possible. They are:
Life of a Fisherman’s Wife | A Guide to Gifts | Be Happy Be You | My Balancing Act | Five from the Switch | Gift Guides | Mummy and Me | Boxnip | My Three and Me | Welsh Mum of One | Simply Cash Hacks | Spilling Life Tea | All that Grows | Too Tired To | Live the Easy Life | Our Transitional Life | Accidental Hipster Mum | Mummy Saver Money Maker | Two Plus Dogs | Best things to do in Cambridge | Love Panda | Life with Jupiter and Dann | Paternal Damnation | Money Money Money | Easy Peasy Gardens | Scandi Mummy | At Home With Kayla | Blossom Education | Otis and Us | Love Dogs | 360 Mum | Side Street Style | Crazy Little Thing Called Love | The Geordie Grandma | Your Job Escape Plan | Mind Over Money | Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum | Cyprus Property Blog | Joleisa | 4 Freckled Faces | Savvy Dad | A Rose Tinted World | So nostalgic | Enjoy England For Less | We Made This Life | Big Family Organise Chaos | You Have To Laugh | Wotawoman Diary | The Money Making Mum | Savvy in Love | Jenny Am | Real Girls Wobble | Make Money Without A Job | Unique Young Mum | Home in the Pastures | The Grumpy Olive | Land of Size | The Family Cookbook | Our House Our Home | Hannah and the Twiglets | Happy Family Hub | Uplifting and Inspiring Content | At Home with Alice | Things that Starts With | Fruit Picking Farms | Midnight Review | The Free From Mummy | Insequiral | Life in a Breakdown | Stapos Thrifty Life Hacks | Suburban Mum | Lindy Loves | The Thrifty Princess | Cats Kids Chaos | One Frazzled Mum | Craving Christmas | Ecoralive | Best Brunch or Breakfast | Best Lodges With Hot Tubs | Luxury Hotels and Spa Life | Cintasplanet | The Spaghetti Sisterhood
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Its our beautiful Nan’s heavenly 100th birthday today.
She was never without her beautiful smile even when times where undoubtedly hard for her.
I’ve so many fond memories over the years, one of which being the fact that you would never leave her house unfed if you were hungry or not!
So with that in mind I’m having cake tonight not all of it mind,else I’ll undo all my hard work and won’t fit into my ‘ripped jeans’ that she would always affectionately comment on saying ‘ Oh Natalie did you buy those jeans with holes already in them like that?!’
So loved,missed and forever in our hearts.
I’m not known for my gardening skills and keeping any kind of plant/ flower alive is practically impossible but I am however able to produce lovely weeds!
I mean its pretty impressive and I was going to add some christmas lights to it but today it had to go,I’m sure my neighbours will be pleased! ❤x
Imagine the scene,you’ve decided to get out of your comfort zone and embark on a new fitness regime at the gym.
You are really getting into it when your ear bud falls out of your ear and bounces off of the treadmill whilst you simultaneously try and stop said machine and attempt to locate the escaped ear bud.
Fortunately a voice behind you says ‘don’t worry it’s fine,here you are,handing me my ear bud before saying that was close it nearly went up the hoover!’
Its times like these when I wonder is it just me or do these things happen to anyone else?!
Online dating~2 words that I get fed up of hearing and saying on a regular basis.
At times it feels like a necessary evil in this modern world of dating but to say its a minefield would be putting it mildly.
Still at the grand age of 44yrs I find myself helplessly attempting to navigate my way through it.
It’s not something I ever envisaged for myself but hey ho sometimes life has different ideas for us and sadly it seems that my happily ever after isn’t going to come and knock down my door and get me so you know onwards and upwards we go or to be more precise ‘online’ I go!
Anyhow like most things every now and then there are funny moments, we are all human and I’m guessing looking for things in our own ways.
One of today’s messages made me chuckle and I haven’t shared any funny ones for a while so I thought why not.
Happy Sunday everyone. ❤ x