Monday, 11 November 2013

The Balm - 'Nude 'tude palette* - Swatches, first reactions and international giveaway! (ENDED)

The lovely lovely people at Birchbox have sent me something rather amazing to review and, not only that, they have sent me a second item so that I can run a giveaway for my fantastic readers (that's you!).
I'm going to show you the palette and talk, a little, about my first reactions and then you'll find the giveaway, with the rafflecopter widget towards the end of the post.

The fantastic team have also given me two codes which you can use if you decide to sign up yourself - You can only use one code but they're both fab - Check my post HERE if you're interested.

The item that I'm going to be showing you and, then, giving away as a prize to one of you is the 'Nude 'tude' palette* by The Balm (Which retails for £26 and is available on the Birchbox site HERE). I've used a number of The Balm's products before and really like them so I was very pleased to be able to try their shadows too - I've heard really, really good things about this palette and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest.


The light was really working against me when I was taking all of these photos - Leading up to me taking them the light was good, and almost immediately after I took them the light was good but whilst I was taking them it was bad; I did my best, though, and I think I'll be able to show you how lovely this palette is, seriously one of you is going to be So lucky to win this! 


I really love this brand - I love their products and I love their attitude, the whole vintage/retro thing plus the naughty/cheeky names - It really appeals.

The packaging of this palette is good, it's a cardboard package with a photograph of a beautiful, vintage style room in the background plus there's a nice, big mirror in there which is always a bonus.

But, most of all, just look at those shades, aren't they gorgeous! I have a lot of neutrals so it takes something very special for me to feel like it's different from what I already have but these really are, there's some totally stand-out, stunning shades in there and I am absolutely itching to get using it!



These three are 'Sassy', 'Stubborn' and 'Selfish' - They are, in all honesty, three of the silkiest, softest eye shadows I've ever felt and Really well pigmented - Absolutely amazing formula. 'Sassy' will make a gorgeous highlight colour and I can't wait to try the other two in various different looks; I'm really enjoying pink shades at the moment and have loved taupey shades for a while.


The next three are 'Sophisticated', 'Sexy' and 'Serious' - These aren't quite so soft but, then, they aren't shimmers, they're still very soft for these types of shadow. Only far left looks totally opaque but, then, the other two are mattes and I only wanted to use one swipe of colour so you'd know what they're really like - For matte's, though, I was Really impressed with the pigmentation of these. I am quite enchanted by 'Sophisticated', too, the fact that it almost looks matte but has that hint of sparkle/shimmer that gives it a real depth, very nice! 


This was the point at which the sky got even darker so these shadows didn't want to shine as much as they should have. These are 'Snobby', 'Stand-offish' and 'Sultry' - The shimmers are a lovely consistency, again, and I like that 'Snobby' is quite a different sort of gold from the standard, being such a bright, light shade but I think it'll look stunning worn. 'Stand-offish' is sort of the counterpart for 'Stubborn' with 'Stubborn' being a goldy pink, 'Stand-offish' is a pinky gold. And then there's another matte shade, 'Sultry' is a really nice light-medium brown.



The last three are 'Seductive', 'Silly' and 'Sleek' - With 'Seductive' I love that this a bronze but just slightly different from a normal bronze. 'Silly' is a very stand-out shade in that the actual shadow isn't very pigmented but, as you can see, it's full of gorgeous gold glitter that really brings it to live. Lastly 'Sleek' is a really useful dark brown, almost black but still brown. 

Ok, so that's the shadows - In all honesty I am totally in love with the palette; the range of shades and the quality of each one is just wonderful. It's something which would fit, amazingly, into anyone's collection!

Soo... on to the bit you're all probably excited about, the giveaway!

This will be my first international giveaway so those of you that haven't been able to enter before can do so this time! I have no idea how much the postage will cost me but I want to give those of you around the world a chance to win something from me and what better time to do it than when I have such an amazing prize!

So, here's the rafflecopter! The only way of entering that's mandatory is to be following me on google friend connect (I know not everyone has a profile but it's really easy to make one as it's just a gmail/google profile that you need and then it's easy to follow people as you can see in my post here) - There are other options, too, for further entries, so it's up to you how many, or how few entries you have:


You need to be over 18 to enter, or if you're younger then you need your parents permission.

Once the giveaway has ended (In a months time) the winner will be selected at random, via the rafflecopter widget, and I will check whether or not they've given me all of the correct information for their entry - When that's confirmed I'll contact them and they'll need to respond within 48 hours or I'll pick someone else. 

Once I have someone's details I will send it in the post in the best way possible for the funds that I have, but once it's in the post it's not within my control! 

 But, most of all, good luck!

*These palettes were sent to me for the purpose of review

263 comments:

  1. My 15 month old dancing! I would be grinning if I won this giveaway though!

    Louisa @ My Family & Abruzzo

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  2. My Daughter

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  3. One thing that's me smile today is (strangely) noticing the trees losing their leaves outside. Means Christmas is just around the corner :)

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  4. My four year old makes me smile and this beautiful give away :) xx

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  5. One thing thats made me smile today is that its only 18 days until I go on a London shopping trip with my mum! Dont get to see her half as much as I'd like so can't wait for some quality time together :D

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  6. Getting invited to the Monsoon and Accessorize SS14 press event due to my recent collab then my smile being quickly dashed due to the fact its in London and I have responsibilities that unable me to travel four hours there and again back. Maybe one day xx

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  7. The new song of The Killers :D

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  8. Seeing a resident open her presents. X

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  9. Realizing that Christmas is coming soon! :)

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  10. Wow this palette is gorgeous, the swatches are just amazing! Thank you for always leaving such great, detailed comments on my blog. For smiling, mine would have to be my OH buying me a packet of Lovehearts sweets to cheer me up - cheesy but cute :D xxx

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  11. This post, and my friends being silly during lunchtime :)

    I would love to win!

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  12. Fantastic giveaway Laura! I would have to say my kids they just brighten my day xx

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  13. My daughter - thanks for the giveaway x

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  14. My doctor, obviously that sounds weird but it was goodish news followed by good news.

    Fabulous giveaway, I've always wanted to try The Balm products, Stainiac from the Birchbox is the first thing by them I've tried.

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  15. My fiance and cat being ridiculously cute together :D

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  16. My first cup of cofee - a great one! Thanks, Radmila, rada76@Mail.ru

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  17. omg this is one of my favourite palettes!I saw it at a friend and i think that the white colour is so perfect!
    I fell in love with it and i want it so bad!!

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  18. My daughter as always. <3 But something that made me really smile is when she says "Nooo" by making a 'ooo' face and with how she says it is so precious! xD

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  19. They are the perfect colours for me :)

    My new parcel of stuff from fragrance direct :)

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  20. Cutting a former friend out of my life.

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  21. My dog!
    Thank you for the oportunity to win this amazing giveaway (I live in Greece)
    gfc:elperrel

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  22. My parents' cat, she is a perfect companion when I have to study or do my household chores! I love her!! Thanks for this giveaway!!

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  23. just people thanking me for the message i send to all veterans to thank them for their service in the military, I am a Soldeir's Angel and I am proud to be one.

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  24. My mum bought me a book which I love in English :)

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  25. The videos if veterans coming home to their dogs. Brought tears and joy to my eyes.

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  26. My son being cute eating a bagel at breakfast this morning :)

    Laura x
    www.sidestreetstyle.com

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  27. My boyfriend and his cuddles :)

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  28. my 4 year old daughter singing :)

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  29. my 13 month old son having a gigglefit

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  30. The squirrels in my backyard make me smile. :-)

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  31. I see my husband sleep like a baby beside me,,always make me smile ! :-)

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  32. My 20-month old son never fail to make me smile. Today, I caught him dancing to the tune of a classical music. :)

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  33. postcards make me smile today

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  34. My mom's joke made me smile today :)

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  35. The one thing that made me smile today despite the super typhoon that hit my country (Philippines) is the good news that my relatives living in the affected area are all safe and alive :)

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  36. my mom made a delicious breakfast

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  37. Going outside and it wasn't freezing cold!

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  38. I watched an episode of Mad About You as soon as I woke up. That show always makes me smile. :-)
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

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  39. Well it's still quite early yet, but the postman come and didn't bring any bills - which is always good!

    PS I love the shade 'Sophisticated' in the pallet!
    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  40. Waking up and not having the diggers going on the building site outside

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  41. the sun that shines bright out of my window after the rainy night we've had.......and of course your beautifull giveaway!!thank you!!!

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  42. my manager treats me cheese cake ~

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  43. my other half made me a cup of tea and am drinking it now

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  44. My cat woke me up with a hug.

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  45. Thank you so much for this,
    I smiled just at the sun shining :)
    xxx

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  46. wrapping up xmas presents!! even though i may be a tad early!!
    @stormdanceparty

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  47. my children saying good morning ♥

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  48. a delicious snack
    xuanthaohkus@yahoo.com

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  49. Morning coffee makes me smile every day :) jenny87le@hotmail.com

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  50. This giveaway made me smile, I love nude eyeshadow palettes!

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  51. So far, my little bunny rabbit, cuddled up to me in bed this morning , love her xxx

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  52. What makes me happy is that it is only 52 days til I go to Paris (AND DISNEYLAND) with my other half weeeeeee xxx

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  53. My latest purchase from ASOS arrived :) xx

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  54. Humanity. There is mass destruction in Philippines due to the super typhoon and donations and aid have been pouring in from different countries. It gives me a warm feeling. Faith in humanity restored. ;)

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  55. helping an old lady at the supermarket :)

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  56. My 10 month old daughter, waking up and giving me a toothy grin :D

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  57. A cake made by my mom for breakfast!

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  58. Chocolate flavoured coffee! Love these colours, what a great palette.

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  59. I go to the same 7-11 each weekday morning before work, and these two guys who own it are always there (older gentlemen). They always make me smile because they call me Mi Amor and Mia. It's so so sweet and always makes me smile!

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  60. A baby made me smile today :)
    email: the_umbrella_of_glass@hotmail.com
    Laura Azevedo xx

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  61. A joke told by my friend made me smile :)

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  62. My friends made me smile a lot today. :)

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  63. message from my boyfriend :)

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  64. My neighbours cat

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  65. A picture my sister posted on Facebook of my 3 month old nephew wearing his santa hat!

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  66. My fiance telling me he loves me

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  67. This giveaway hehe :) and my new jacket that I got today :))

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  68. my boyfriends and of course your awesome giveaway :D

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  69. The cat doing ridiculously funny jumps chasing a piece of string!

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  70. my cats made me smile today! they are so cute!

    mclasb11@hotmail.com

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  71. My 2 year old daughter when she was trying to say orange in our (Croatian) language ... It's naranđa :) and it's very difficult to say

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  72. My friends little boy giving me a hug

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  73. The thought that I'm still trying to do what I want and follow my dreams even if the universe doesn't seem to cooperate. That 'wow I'm really not giving up this time' moment.

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  74. I've just read a beautiful and funny thing about a prairie dog that has escaped from his enclosure more than 100 times in a zoo in Germany and it made me smile! :)

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  75. A lady in the drugstore - she made me a discount))

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  76. My family, my lovely boyfriend and my super cute little dog ♥

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  77. This giveaway, absolutely what I've been looking for in a palette.

    Amethyst Skies ~ Tiaras & Prozac

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  78. My fiance :) We are getting married on the 7th next month :D

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  79. Giving my children fake beards for their "Dressing up as a Grown up Day" for Children in Need at school today.

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  80. Finding food in the kitchen. Not that that is a rare sight but I was hungry. loll

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  81. I really want that palette! You're very kind for giving it away!

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  82. My dog Barney makes me smile every day!

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  83. This is so pretty - would love to win!

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  84. the beautifully colored leaves swirling against the pale sunrise

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  85. being able to sleep in my own bed after spending months in university dorm, BUT THAT PALETTE THO <3

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  86. My daughter today is her Birthday and she almost passed 18 years ago so its a great day

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  87. A shipping for me.I was waited almost 2 month from America it came today :)

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  88. A little girl dancing in the grocery store (:

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  89. A nice message in the morning!)

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  90. My daughter copying something she must of heard in an advert :)

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  91. A Salted Caramel Latte in Costa and a warm mince pie!

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  92. The sunny day and blue sky :D

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  93. Waking up! I had a terrible night and woke up feeling quite alright!

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  94. The one thing that made me smile today was lunch :)

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  95. My friend made my smile alot today :D

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  96. My boyfriend made me smile and laugh a lot everyday :)

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  97. sunshine on my face when I woke up :) i love these mornings

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  98. me sneezing and my 2 year old son saying bless you when i said thank you he said your welcome how cute

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  99. my dog crawling under the duvet with me to get warm!
    Claire
    xx

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  101. It would be the perfect gift for Christmas!!!
    Make me smile to stay in front of the fireplace with my boyfriend to tell of the working day!

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  102. A friend of mine made me smile today ;)

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  103. My little boy telling me he loved me x

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  104. Putting up my new fairy Christmas lights in my room!! Let the festive season begin :)

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  105. When a friend of mine told me that she had started to read a short story I had written and she only intended to look at the first page and she said "I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!" I even gave a little laugh too. It felt so nice that something I had written had made someone so happy and had them so engrossed in the piece I had written that they had to read the whole thing. I'm smiling again. It felt nice.

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  106. meeting my best friend for a girlie night of shopping

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  107. I smiled today cuz it's still weekend and I can rest (:

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  108. My dog, my best friend, my love, my life, my heart.... he makes me smile everyday!

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  109. Being greeted by a great big hug from the boyfriend after a long day at work.

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  110. Seeing mylittle baby boy :) and my lover

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  111. Snow is falling! It's beautiful!

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  112. my cats :) always!!
    FB: Harley Quieenn

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  113. I would like to win them!

    ele896@libero.it

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  114. my husband treating me to some new perfume :)

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  115. putting our Christmas tree up

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  116. the realisation that it's time to be festive made me smile today! season appropriate :3

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  117. Oh what has made me smile today? My dog, he always makes me smile and he is such a character. Today he wanted a cup of tea and so I made it, he then snubbed it. So I asked him what was wrong and he nudged his nose to his mug bowl (a smaller bowl we had for when he was a puppy) and then to his empty food bowl. I figured well maybe he is telling me something here, so I poured the tea in to the empty food bowl. He wolfed it down! So, long story still long, he made me smile by being such a clever (and cheeky) dog, that he can communicate with me!

    Sorry ramble over :) x

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  118. Winning my first advent competition

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  119. I set up my Christmas tree today my cat has never seen one before. He really doesn't know what to do and it's funny!

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  120. My boyfriend told me that he loves me. :D

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