The List #13

Hi and welcome to ‘The List‘.  If you are new here, ‘The List‘ is a great linky that I co-host with the scrummy Hannah from Mums’ Days.  The idea is simple, just link up any post that is in list/bullet point format, easy! I use mine to record my weekly highlights and remind myself of my hit list and targets, but yours could be a ‘top ten’ list or anything you fancy.  Your posts can be old or new, all welcome.

We are very excited that for The List week 13 we have been give a Personalised Planner to give away to one of you lucky listers!  Personal Planners make the most amazing planners, you know how we love a good planner, which can be personalised in so many ways.  You can even add your own photos and special dates.  This means each one is truly unique and what’s more will work for you as you have designed it!  The lucky winner will be picked at random next Friday!!

This week I am linking When photo shoots go BAD and My Top 20 WordPress Plugins.  Hannah is sharing her fabulous trip to Pickle Cottage and a post about happier bath times.

Thank you again to all the people who linked up last week, it is fabulous to see so many of you joining in again.  Each week both Hannah and I pick our own top 3 lists and give them a little shout out in our posts.  With lots of posts to choose from, it is always a tricky task to pick!  I have narrowed it down and my favourite’s are;
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I really loved this post about how to get pregnant in 25 easy steps.  I am so glad they got their happy ending.
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‘Adventures of a Noob blogger’ need I say more!?  Great read!
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Spider mummy’s post about cleaning with spider baby, really reminded me of our house!

 

Now time for my list;

REAL LIFE

  • I have now lost 2 stone and 40.5″ on Diet Chef in 7 weeks!  I still have a lot to lose, but it is a good start.
  • This week has been a bit of a struggle, as I have had such a stonking headache for days.  Why is looking after children while you are ill so hard?!
  • I am waiting to hear from a major TV channel, to see if they will chose me for a new makeover show, after filming last week.
  • Read life low; My stupid headache, really hampering my productivity.
  • Real life high; My hubby telling me how proud he is of all I have achieved with my blog this last year.


BLOG & SOCIAL MEDIA

  • New blog discoverygym bunny mummy a lovely fresh looking blog, I can’t wait to read more.
  • Best post I read this week: A fab post by Kate from Pouting in Heels about brands expecting us to work for free.
  • Blog high; I am now a full time blogger, scary and exciting (full time, but I still look after Baby every day).
  • Blog low; Not getting as much done as I wanted to #StoryOfMyLife

 

Rules:

1. You can link up to 3 posts per week! Be sure to paste The List badge on each post you would like to link up (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform).

2. Comment on this post to say hi!

3. Comment on at least 2 other links – share the love man, it’s what makes this community great!

4. It would also be amazing if you could share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #TheList) on your social media channels to help grow the community. Hannah and I will also retweet all your posts via Twitter if you mention us in your tweets! (@youbabymemummy/@mumsdays)

5. Finally, if you could please follow You Baby Me Mummy (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) and Mums’ Days (Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest) that would be wonderful!

By adding your post to the linkup you are agreeing to be notified of subsequent linkups.

 

So you know what do to, grab the badge and link up your lists. I can’t wait to have a read!

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Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Fillers for Everyone

Welcome to my stocking filler Christmas gift guide.  I thought I would include something for all the family, as we all love a stocking! Hint hint Mr Hubby….  So I bring you an eclectic mix of gift ideas.

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Personalised Planner from Personal Planner £14.95-£21.95*- A fabulous personalised planner would be an awesome stocking filler.  These really are the cream of the crop and can be personalised down to the smallest of details.  So if you need to get organised or know someone how does, this gift is the one!  You can get a 10% discount until 25th December 2014 using this code: D-WIML-OILT

Vatika Coconut Oil* £5.29 - Recently named as Best Beauty Buy by Company magazine and shortlisted for the Beauty Awards 2014, Vatika’s Enriched Coconut Hair Oil is a must-have for hair! It is 95% pure coconut oil and 5% herbal extracts of henna and lemon. Heat it up under the tap and it will turn to liquid so you can apply to your hair, massage into your scalp and leave in (preferably overnight), then shampoo AFTERWARDS for restoring hair health the natural way.  I sat with this on my head for a whole day a couple of weeks ago, but it really does make your hair super soft!

Personalised Pucker Up Make up bag by Tillyana £9.75 - The perfect pouch to keep all your make-up safe.  Printed with the text ‘Pucker Up’ followed by any name.  Tillyanna Designs are a growing company in the Welsh hills of Monmouthshire committed to classic designs and great customer service.  All products are printed and designed from their Welsh studio and are all made to order.  I think this would be a really great gift for any ladies in your life.

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Exploding Candy RRP £3.48* - Terry’s Chocolate Orange Exploding Candy offers a fun twist on the classic and much-loved Chocolate Orange: by adding popping candy to the original recipe, Terry’s has created a truly tempting treat.  Everyone needs a Chocolate Orange at Christmas right?!

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Minis & new Terry Chocolate Orange Exploding Popping Candy Minis £2.13*  It’s now even easier to enjoy the unique Terry’s chocolate orange taste with this shareable bag of delicious mini milk chocolate segments.  Also now available in the new Exploding Popping Candy flavour.

Toblerone limited edition RRP of £1.19* – Toblerone has long been a Christmas stocking filler favourite, but with its unique and instantly recognisable triangular shape, it’s never hard to guess what lies inside the wrapping. This year, surprise your loved ones with the new 60g limited edition, which provides a fun twist on the iconic original shape. The renowned Swiss chocolate now comes in a simple, slender triangle shape – ideal for a bite size Christmas gift.  This brand new delicate and easy-to-eat limited edition bar still has the same great taste, filled with irresistible honey and almond nougat, and its snap-able triangular segments means it’s a great to pop in your handbag or for sharing over the festive season.

Organix Selection Box £2.99* – This wonderful kiddy friendly selection box includes lots of lovely Goodies snacks and your little ones can also create their own winter farm!  Contents: 1x Raspberry & Apple Fruit Moos, 1 x Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Stars, 1x Mini Gingerbread men, 1x Alphabet biscuits, 1x Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar.  We don’t really give Baby chocolate, so this is a great alternative.

Album Cards Under £10* - albumcards is unique, online, and brand new to the market for Christmas 2014.  It’s a personalised greetings card plus music gift, all in one!  Everyone wants to buy a great Christmas present, so why not relive memories or create new ones by sending your mum or dad, favourite auntie, best mate or even your office secret Santa a personalised card with an album you know they’ll love. It’s a gift and a card with a personal touch.

Easy Lock £24.95*  A revolutionary new invention, The EasyLock, is a perfect gift for a travel lover.  This lock, the lightest of its kind in the world, will completely secure 95% of doors that opens inwards*, anywhere on the globe.  The lock provides a brilliant security solution for all travellers, providing extra security in their accommodation whether it’s a hotel, B&B, serviced apartment or beach hut!

Do you ‘do’ stockings in your house?

*We have received a complimentary sample of these products.

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Jiggle With Me Pooh Review

We were recently excited to be sent the new Jiggle With Me Pooh toy from Tomy, for Baby to try out.

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Jiggle with Me Winnie The Pooh is a singing and dancing toy.  Just tap Winnie on the head and watch him come to life as he dances and sings his songs.  There are three modes, which the child can easily select by patting Winnie on the head.  There are two songs and a game of musical statues, that your little one can play along with.  Winnie is made of premium soft plush materials, so he is very cuddlable!  This Winnie is suitable for children aged 9 months and over.

Baby has a history of being a little apprehensive of toys which have sound and movement.  Initially, when Winnie began singing and dancing Baby was a little worried and didn’t really want to go near him.  She is getting more familiar with Pooh now and is less concerned, although she doesn’t completely relax when he is ‘performing’.  However, she does really like him when he is quiet!  In fact, she likes to have tea parties and share her cups of tea with him and she strokes him on the head quite a lot!

I think Winnie is a great toy, a real modern classic.  Any apprehension that Baby displayed was due to her idiosyncrasies and not a reflection of the toy.

The toy is priced at £32.99, which I feel is a little steep.  However, if it was a character Baby loved then we might be persuaded.

Disclosure: We were sent this toy in return for an honest review.

 

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Mash Direct #Review

We were recently sent some lovely products from Mash Direct.  As I am currently on the Diet Chef plan, this review fell into the capable hands of Mr Hubby.  He has such a hard life!

 

Well, I’ve had a hard week this week – I’ve had to eat lots of lovely, farm fresh vegetables that had been delivered by the nice people at Mash Direct!

I must apologise in advance to any vegetarians who happen upon this review, as I tend to see vegetables as part of a meal that usually also contains meat and, as such, all of these products were tasted in that way.

The first product I tried was the Cauliflower Cheese Gratin.  Cauliflower Cheese is a favourite meal in our house and I usually make my own, adding in a few extras like onions and bacon. So, adhering to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” ideal, I decided to keep it simple and had the Gratin with some crispy bacon and fresh crusty bread.  The first thing that struck me was how good the Cauliflower tasted; it was full of flavour (and that’s not something that often strikes me about Cauliflower I must admit).  The sauce was wonderfully creamy and the grated cheese and crumb topping had melted and slightly browned in the oven.  The only down side was that I ate it too quickly!

What also struck me was how I seem to be taking lots of photos of my food lately and I’m afraid I couldn’t get this from dish to plate in a way that would make a good photo (I should point out that this says more about my artistic skills than it does the food as it looked lovely in the dish).

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My second meal included the Chilli Baby Bakes; new potatoes with breadcrumbs and chilli flakes. To be frank, there wasn’t much cooking involved in this meal – the potatoes were the start and end of it! I bought some Salmon and green salad as I decided that these would be good accompaniments for the potatoes.  It was a good choice (well done me) as the chilli livened up the salmon nicely, without overpowering it.  Also, the breadcrumbs on the potatoes provided a nice addition in terms of texture.  It was definitely something I’d have again (I think the words I actually used were “nom nom”).

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My next venture was a double whammy; the Maris Piper potato mash and the Carrot and Parsnip mash were cooked together (at the same time in the oven that is, not “together”) and eaten with a Chicken, Leek and Ham hock pie and green beans.  Again, both mashes were excellent.  We usually have Swede with Carrot if we’re mashing, but I think the Parsnip was a better option; it has more flavour and is slightly sweeter so would also go very well with a roast dinner (as would the Gratin, come to think of it).  The potato was just what I want from mash – moist, smooth and well seasoned (which made a pleasant change from some I’ve tasted in the past).

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I’m not great at meal planning for the week – I quite often get home from work, realise I forgot to get anything out of the freezer that morning and end up having beans on toast for dinner. If that sounds familiar, it’s worth noting that, if frozen, the products should be defrosted thoroughly before cooking, so a bit of forward planning may be required.  Obviously, the best way to eat them would be without them having been in the freezer in the first place as they would be at their prime.

We all know that the sooner a vegetable is cooked after it’s picked/dug up etc the tastier it tends to be and the Mash Direct products are all grown, steam cooked and packed on their farm which ensures that they reach us in the best possible condition.

Also, there are no artificial flavourings, preservatives or colourings in the Mash Direct products and all have a low salt content, so they are helping to look after our bodies as well as our taste buds!

We were also sent some potato, cheese and onion croquettes which I have yet to try – I’m thinking chicken breast with bacon and Mozzarella and peas.  If they are anything like the other Mash Direct products, I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.

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Disclosure: We were sent these products in return for an honest review.

Weight Loss Weigh in #7- Sponsored by Diet Chef

Welcome to my weigh in!  If you are a regular reader, or follow me on social media, you will know that I am following the Diet Chef plan.  You can read about my previous weigh ins here.

I have had lots of messages from people who are interested in Diet Chef and want to know more after hearing about my results.  So, I thought I would give you a little insight into how Diet Chef works.

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This week’s menu & weigh in

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I am totally in the Diet Chef groove and one thing I love is how I don’t have to think about being on a ‘diet’.  Quite often, with previous eating plans, when I have become busy I have found it more difficult to stick to.  I have not found this with Diet Chef, as you are sent everything you need (apart from additional fruit and veg) and it is so easy to prepare.  So it is actually making my life easier.

I am really pleased with the amount I have lost already, I still have a long way to go, but two stone is a great start!  I have also started to feel the difference, which is nice.

The programme I am on would cost £8.75 per day.  However, if you order a 12 week supply this daily cost reduces to £6.61 (this is for all three meals and a snack).  Diet Chef sometimes have great offers on their website, so it is worth checking before you order.

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If you want to try Diet Chef, you can receive a 10% discount using this code MYAHCIG@ (valid on orders over £175).

Disclosure: I am being sent Diet Chef hampers in order to try the programme and write regular reviews/updates.  All opinions are 100% honest and are my own.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Baby’s 1st Christmas

Last year was Baby’s first Christmas and I remember what a magical time it was.  I have a couple of friends who have just had babies and so I thought I would put together a gift guide for baby’s first Christmas.

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An Air Puppy soft toy- Air Puppy have seven different ranges of gorgeous soft toys.  The designs, characters and quality of these toys should not be underestimated; they are gorgeous! Click here to find your nearest stockist.

Snowman Christmas Gift Set from Born Gifted £16.99 - This Christmas gift set is perfect for a baby’s first Christmas.  It consists of a Snowman bean toy based on the Raymond Biggs character and a ‘That’s Not My Snowman’ Book.  The set is presented in an organza bag with red bow.  We LOVE these books and I would even get this for Baby and she is nearly two.

Little Butterfly London “floating on clouds” bedtime bath milk 250ml – £23.00* This organic-certified bath milk is bliss for babies.  It caresses delicate skin and relaxes as it nourishes. Created with a distinctive blend of nature’s finest delicacies, it includes moisturising cucumber seed oil, nourishing buttermilk and comforting oat kernel extract. Vitamin-rich avocado oil relieves dryness and itching, while peach kernel and papaya seed oil gently hydrate.  It really is a special luxurious treat, perfect for a first Christmas day bath!

Personalised Glass Angel Bauble £10 - A lovely keepsake present to add to your Christmas tree.  Hanging from a lovely silver ribbon, the bauble can be engraved with up to 50 characters at no extra cost.

Early Rider Spherovelo from Toyella £68.99 How beautiful is this!?  If you child is nearer their first birthday this Christmas, then this would make a fabulous present.  This stylish modern ride on, which helps children learn the foundations of a life of bike riding. It has small side stabilising wheels for the youngest users, which can then be removed as the child gets older. As they are spheres and not wheels, if they tip, the back wheel will simply relocate rather than fall over as it rotates in all directions.

Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner pouch – This is such a special and unique product/stocking filler for baby’s first Christmas and it is connected to a great cause.  Providing the perfect meal for little ones from 7 months+, ‘jingle belly’ is literally a Christmas dinner in a pouch, with all the Christmas trimmings, including turkey, carrots, parsnips, red cabbage, potatoes, onions, green beans, cranberries – even sprouts!  Most importantly though, at least 30p from each of the ‘jingle belly Christmas Dinner’ pouches will be donated to Kids Company, to provide food for disadvantaged children and their families on Christmas Day.

*We received these products in return for their inclusion.

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Share Your Wedding #43

Hello!  Welcome to Share Your Wedding;  the weekly feature that gives you the chance to re-live your wedding day and may just give soon-to-be–weds some inspiration.

This week we have an invitation to Mumsickle’s wedding.  Mumsickles blogs over at Keynko and can be found on Twitter @keynko

Hi Mumsickles, introduce us to your family?

I’m Mary (mumsickles to my family) married to Badger for 24 years!  We have 2 beautiful babies our boy Splosh is 23 and our girl Bernard is 18.  Badger is a technician in a secondary school and I work from home blogging, crafting and for a military charity (as well as studying for a degree in history).  We’re about to be empty nesters!  Splosh lives in Scotland having studied there at university and Bernard is off to start her nursing training in September!

Let’s set the scene..

How did you meet?

On a night out – me with my friends and him with his.

How long have you known each other?

25 years

How did he propose?

I proposed – we were just hanging out and I asked if he’d ever thought about marriage – he said yes and I asked what he was doing in a years time.  Good for you!

How long were you engaged before you were married?

I proposed the day after we started going out together – so I guess 364 days.  Wow you are a fast worker.

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When did you get married?

15th September 1990 (started going out on 15th September 1989)

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Did you have a large wedding or a more intimate affair?

One bridesmaid – my bestest friend from school – and she’s still here with me through thick and thin.  We had about 50 guests for the service and tea and then goodness knows how many in the pub later!

Tell us about the venues?

The church my parents attended and where I was christened and sang in the choir in my youth.  Afterwards to my parents house for tea and cake.  For the evening we met friends in the pub back home and celebrated all together, eventually ending up in Pizza Hut at 11pm, when we all realised we hadn’t eaten all day!  Completely relaxed and informal.

Did your wedding have a certain style?

Not in the slightest.

Tell us about the most important thing, the Dress?

My mum made it for me from sari silk – I knew I didn’t want the traditional frock so I had bright purple with gold embroidery.  I loved it.  It is lovely that your mum made it for you.

Describe your wedding?

I made my bouquet and my bridesmaids one from silk flowers and greenery from the garden – I still have the silk flowers somewhere.

The most wonderful gift was from my sister.  The day before my brother in law died he went out and bought out wedding gift.  It was found in the boot of his car when she collected it 3 days later – and while we’re not the kind of people who would use a cut glass bowl – this one is our most treasured possession!

I remember it as being the most wonderful and relaxed day – I was still drinking tea and making sandwiches, in my PJ’s until about half an hour before the service!  Dad had to remind what the time was and that maybe I should get dressed now!  A very relaxed bride then!

Food was just sandwiches and cake and pots of tea.  I don’t think you can go wrong with cake!

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What was your favourite part of your Wedding?

I don’t have a favourite part really – it was all wonderful – and just what we wanted!

What extra touches made it special for you both?

Having our families there and being able to celebrate with everyone who was special to us in two very different ways, so everyone could be included, was really important and turned out to be lots of fun!

Did anything not go as planned? Any funny stories?

I don’t remember anything going wrong, so I guess if it did it can’t have been that important!

Would you do anything differently with hindsight?

No!  It was just how we wanted it, we’ve talked about re doing it for our 25th next year, but the day was so lovely I’m not sure we could improve on it!

What song did you walk into and what was your first dance song?

We didn’t do the dancing thing, but I entered the church to Greensleeves played on the church organ by my childhood piano teacher.  We left the church to Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Do you have any advice for the soon to be married?

It’s only one day in a whole life time – so relax.  As long as the 2 of you are there with each other, the colour of the table cloths and whether the bridesmaid has the right shoes is so not important!  The marriage bit is way more important (and harder work) than the wedding is.

Where did you go on honeymoon?

We didn’t really have a honeymoon in the traditional sense of the term.  But we spent a really wonderful week in Yorkshire with dear friends a couple of weeks later.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your wedding?

It’s a real shame to me that my darling brother in law could’t be with us.  He died in an air crash a month before hand.  It was Battle of Britain day when we got married and he should have been part of the fly past so we all stopped just before the ceremony to watch them go over head and shed a little tear for him!  That is so sad.

I’m lucky enough to have married my best friend and we have grown up together – people always said it was a big mistake and it wouldn’t last – well sucks boo to them – 25 years on and we’re still together!  I was a about to turn 19 and he was 20 on the big day, only babies ourselves, so we grew up together!  Best decision we ever made!  Lovely!

And yes I was expecting our son, but we didn’t want to delay until after our surprise baby arrived!

 

 Thanks again to Mumsickles for sharing her wedding.

If you want to Share Your Wedding just drop me a line youbabymemummy@gmail.com

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Our Responsibility To Feed Our Children – #Clearaplate campaign

As a parent, the one thing you take most for granted is feeding your child.  It is our responsibility to provide sustenance for our children, so they can grow and thrive.

So when you learn that last year over 330,000 children were provided with three days emergency food it is both shocking and heartbreaking.

My daughter is very picky and often refuses the food we offer.  She has the luxury of being offered alternatives, but each day food that she has refused is thrown in the bin.

There are so many stories of children with very little to eat, like little Tia who I read about on the Trussell Trust website.  Tia was 18 months old, when her young parents fell on hard times.  Her parents had to borrow a tin of soup from their next door neighbours to stop Tia going to bed hungry.  The family were then helped by a local food bank.  How does that make you feel?  Me? I got a big knot in my stomach when I read her story.  I cannot imagine not having enough to put food in my daughter’s mouth.  I don’t think any parent should experience those feelings.

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Unilever have joined forces with Oxfam and their partners, the Trussell Trust and Fareshare, to launch Project Sunlight to tackle food poverty in the UK.

Part of this project is #ClearAPlate.  As a country we waste 11,500 tonnes of food every day, when 1 in 5 families will be struggling to feed themselves.  The #ClearAPlate initiative has already donated two million meals.

Ways you can help

  • Raise Awareness of food poverty in the UK by tweeting/Instragraming your cleared plate with the #ClearAPlate
  • Text PLATE to 70066 to donate £5 to help Oxfam’s work in the UK.
  • Donate via the Oxfam Website.
  • Get involved in fundraising for Oxfam.
  • Reduce food waste, by accurate portioning.

These figures may surprise you

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You could also donate to a food bank

These are the items most desired by food banks.

  • Milk (UHT or powdered)
  • Sugar
  • Fruit juice (carton)
  • Soup
  • Pasta sauces
  • Sponge pudding (tinned)
  • Tomatoes (tinned)
  • Cereals
  • Rice pudding (tinned)
  • Tea Bags/instant coffee
  • Instant mash potato
  • Rice/pasta
  • Tinned meat/fish
  • Tinned fruit
  • Jam
  • Biscuits or snack bars

It is worth bearing in mind that some people receiving this food may not have a fridge or a tin opener, so powdered/UHT milk and ring pulls on the cans are appreciated.

So if you can, please help. Text, tweet, donate, raise money, drop off some food at your local drop off point, but do something to make food poverty in the UK a thing of the past.

 

This post is part of the Mumsnet call to action to highlight the work of this project.

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Christmas Gift Guide: Beautiful You

Smellies and beauty products are the go-to present option for many people.  If, like me, you don’t spend a lot on these things throughout the year, they are actually a welcome gift.  Perhaps you have a mum who needs pampering or a friend who deserves a treat.  If so, then check out my gift guide featuring some lovely things I have recently been sent.

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Lush Snow Fairy Gift Set £22.50 – This pretty box houses lots of lovely festive Lush goodies, featuring the ever-popular candy floss scent.  It contains a Magic Wand reusable bubble wand, Godmother soap and Snow Fairy shower gel.  Lush smellies are ALWAYS a winner.

Betty and Walter Pineapple Souffle Make Up Bag £16 – Very simple and marvellously measured triangular shaped makeup bag, ideal for all ladies’ cosmetics necessities. One of aunty Betty’s flowers of choice, Betty & Walter’s Geranium Chalky Pink print originated from a geranium hand drawn by Lisa.  Petals have been scattered across the cloth creating a simple, yet sophisticated and timeless floral print. Created with waterproof subtle matt PU coated cotton outer and nylon lined for a practical wipe-clean finish.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Luxury Pedicure Collection £39.99 (was £79.99) Contains everything you need to achieve salon quality pedicure results instantly.  You can read more about this collection over on my review.

Glo & Ray Cosmetics –   Glo & Ray made its debut in September 2012 in London.  It is intended to present professional and carefree cosmetics for women worldwide.  The product range applies to eyes, face, lips and more.  Why not buy a selection and make your own gift box?  Some of my favourites are Mariposa Quartet Eye Shadow £12.50, Eternity Long Lasting Eye liner £9, Wonderland hydrating lip gloss £10 and Nuage Solo Blush £11.

Marvellous Mummy Kit – Love Boo £24.99 – This super little gift box contains everything a new Mummy or Mummy-to-be needs for a full-on pampering session.  Four luxurious, super-moisturising skin-care goodies will leave your skin firmer, glowing and deliciously scented.  Packed with safe, natural ingredients they help to prevent stretch marks and cellulite. Includes Splendidly Soothing Bath Soak, Silky Soft Body Wash, Super Stretchy Miracle Oil, Soft & Creamy Body Smoother.

Miracle Oil from Lorena Oberg, 50ml is £15 – Miracle Oil is made up of completely natural products; Olive Oil, Almond Oil and Avocado Oil.  Successful for stretch mark reduction or scar treatment, as well as tattoo removal, it has excellent healing qualities which really help with aftercare.  Also can be used for dry skin and dry hair.  I am using this at the moment on my stretch marks and it is fab!

My Payot Jour John Bell & Croydon £29.50 – Radiance day care with superfruit extracts.  For a healthy glow in the morning, My Payot Jour is the first step in your beauty regime.  Its fresh, melting texture awakens radiance in a flash, while moisturising the skin.  This feels lovely on your skin and hydrates it really well.

Do you have lots of lovely ladies to buy presents for this Christmas?

 

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Polagram Poster Review & WIN a product of your choice!

I LOVE Instagram, so when they guys over at Polagram asked if I would like to review their App and a product, I was only too happy to agree.

The App is available via the Apple App Store or through Google Play.  I haven’t got an iPhone, so my product options were slightly more limited than those blessed with Apple phones. The range covers Instagram style prints, gifts boxes containing prints, phone cases, posters and photo books.

It was really easy to use the App and it just pulled the pictures from my Instagram feed.  A few clicks later my poster was ready to order and all I had to do was wait for it to arrive, which only took a few days.

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I am really pleased with the poster, the images are bright and clear.  Now I have to find a frame!

Discount Code

For a £2 discount off any Polagram product use this code: PGRNQKNY (off your first order only).

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Polagram have kindly offered one winner a product of their choice from the Polagram range to enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter.

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Disclosure: We were sent this poster in return for an honest review.

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