Thursday, 30 April 2015

Introducing Jewellery and Accessories from the brand new 'Dreams and Sparkles'

There's something to be said for branching out and when a blogger, or a vlogger, decides to add to their online presence and do more with their success then I'm always really happy, and inspired. 
When I got an email from the very lovely Shannon from Raspberrykisses informing me that she'd started up a new business then I was so pleased. 'Dreams and Sparkles' is a lovely little site offering fashion jewellery and accessories at incredibly reasonable prices and when she asked if I'd like a surprise package to feature on my blog I think I'd have been daft to say no!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A fun site to discover great gifts - Wicked Uncle

I was asked if I'd review for a website that, previously, I'd not heard of before called 'Wicked Uncle' and, seeing as it's a toy site and the proceeds would go to that wee munchkin of mine I couldn't say no! I was intrigued by the site, as it has a rather different selling point to other toy websites; and I do like it when a site offers something different rather than more of the same. 

At Wicked Uncle they're trying to provide a service which appeals to non-parents - To the people who want to buy gifts for children but just don't know children as well as parents might. It's for Uncles and Aunts and friends of the family, people who just need that bit more guidance.

When you on to the site you're presented with the option of picking toys for age groups and genders rather than types of toy, and that's a great way for people who aren't as child-savvy to break things down. You may already know my thoughts on gender and toys, I'm not a fan of splitting them, but there's nothing to stop a person checking the age range for both genders (I did when ordering).

I was given a voucher to order some items (and I paid a few pounds extra just to get the things I wanted) and it was a really nice site to browse. The toys available are great, lots of wooden builds and creative things, less of the plastic flashy toys and more of the traditional which is always going to be a bonus in my books (though there was some plastic flashy, what's life without some plastic flashy!).

Thursday, 23 April 2015

'Black Ice' by Becca Fitzpatrick - A new book review

I had wanted this review up a few weeks ago but some icky sicky times with a 4-5 year old have slowed things down a good deal (like I needed any More slowing down!) but here we are, finally, I'm really pleased to be sharing 'Black Ice', by Becca Fitzpatrick, with you, the lastest book I've been sent to review.
I'm going to admit something to you, to begin with, and that's that I hadn't really equated this with being a young adult novel. Of course I realised that the main character was a teen, but the nature of the story, the theme and the way the story flowed felt like it could easily have been an adult novel but, now that I look back, I can understand how this works for both YA and adult readers. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Primark Haul - April 2015

So, it's Primark haul time - I'm so glad I've made it to town once a month or so, recently, as I've found some real gems in Primark. Here's hoping I get the chance to go next month too!

I bought a mix of things, some for Ethan and some for me - Azii also picked up a few bits, as you can see above. He bought Ethan a Pez dispenser and re-fills and he got Skye a cute little giraffe toy. 

We were a bit torn with what to get, in terms of the Pez dispenser as they had My Little Pony ones, as well as star wars and Ethan's favourite things at the moment are Star Wars, MLP, Minecraft and Lego. Darth Vader won out, though, because he's Darth Vader, Ethan thinks Darth Vader is cool. 

Skye's giraffe was a much easier decision, she loves giraffes, cats and bunnies, especially stuffed toys of them all and who could possibly have enough stuffed toy giraffes?! He's a very cute addition to her collection, though - Both the Pez items and the giraffe were £1 each.

Monday, 20 April 2015

A little test post - Writing on my new Asus tablet

Ok so this is just the simplest of little test posts. You may remember that I did a blog competition, a short while ago, and I was lucky enough to win £300 of Amazon vouchers - The vouchers have, mostly, gone on books, the odd toy for Ethan, some makeup and various other bits and bobs but I decided to spend a chunk of it on a little tablet. I used to use a high value sony tablet which rivalled an i-pad but it became a bit big and heavy and I couldn't use it for blogging so it got left by the way side. 

That's why I decided to invest in this, along with a blue tooth, wireless keyboard. It's only a 9" keyboard, so it'll take some getting used to but it's a really nice little thing and makes it so easy to work on this wee 7" tab. 

The main thing that I won't be able to do on the tablet is deal with photos (as you can see from the pic, above, the quality isn't awful but it's not good enough to want to do my day-to-day blog post pics on), so I'll have to use the laptop to sort those, and then I can come on here and write the words, it's so much eaiser than a laptop, or the older bigger tablet, yay! 

I got an Asus Memopad 7 and the keyboard is the medium sized one by TechGear on Amazon - I'll try to get a review up, sometime, once I've put them through their paces. 
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Thorntons hamper giveaway for a sweet spring

You may find yourself accusing me of trying to make you overdose on giveaways (seeing as I still have two running) or maybe the sweet stuff, as Easter isn't far behind us, but when a group of fabulous bloggers that I love suggested getting together to do a group giveaway, with a nice big Thorntons hamper as a prize, I couldn't pass up that chance - Admit it, you know you want to be in with a chance of winning! So over to the lovely Sarah (from Life In a Break Down, linked below) who put all of this together for us! 

Here's hoping you have got over all that Easter chocolate and your fridge is just yelling out for more, as we are ready to treat one of you lucky people to a hamper full and you want to make sure you have enough room should you be the lucky winner.

Let's have a warm welcome for the giveaway sponsors (this giveaway will be listed on all the blogs below):

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is let us know:
What is your favourite chocolate?

While we unable to promise you that you will receive exactly what is in the photo (after all we can only order what is available on the website once the winner has been drawn) – we can promise that you will get a huge hamper to indulge in of equal or greater value!

*Please note this rafflecopter is larger than usual as all bloggers involved have joined together to buy a larger prize.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

April 2015 - Glossybox UK - Unboxing / Review

I've not  been posting about my beauty boxes as much, recently, because I've cut down but also I've been a little less inspired by them. I do want to get back in to the habit, though, so I'm writing up my Glossybox for this month. 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Limited Edition Spring Teas from Bluebird Tea Co - Candyfloss and Hot Cross Bun tea!

I feel really bad that I'm only just posting about this, now, as I've had these teas for a good few weeks but I've had problems with my sense of smell for quite a while so I didn't want to trial these until I could smell and taste them properly. Thankfully, though, despite them being limited edition, both of the teas I've been sent to review, from Bluebird Tea Co, are available until the end of May so there's plenty of time for you to check them out. I was sent two amazingly interesting tea concoctions in the form of 'Candy Floss' and 'Hot Cross Bun'. 

Introducing the Makeup Revolution 'Pro Go Set' - Mini brushes, perfect for travel

When I saw these on Instagram I was intrigued, and when they arrived through my post box I was in love - Makeup Revolution have another, new, release and that's their 'Pro Go' set of mini brushes. I love it whenever a Makeup Revolution review item arrives, there's always so much to love about the products and it's no different this time.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Melvita - 3 Honeys Balm - My review

Melvita has to be one of my top, more luxury, beauty brands - They make products that look, feel and smell divine and are just that extra boost of special that we often need. I have loved every product of theirs that I've tried and am always excited when a new product becomes available to try out. Add to this my love of honey and you might be able to picture my excitement when I was given the chance to trial the re-released '3 Honeys Balm' for dry skin. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Brainwavz S1 In Ear Noise Isolating Headphone - My review

I had one of those great moment where things just all come together at the right time, don't you love those? I really needed to get some new, in ear, headphones because my old ones have disappeared. Not to mention the fact that I was just about to start a new Slim Pod and I just wanted something more easily transportable that allows me to have only one ear in at once. I ordered some cheap ones from Amazon for about £10 and thought nothing more of it. 
Until... A few hours later I got an email in response to an ad that I'd replied to a number of weeks before (which I'd clearly forgotten about) telling me that they'd love me to review their in ear headphones. Oh the scramble to get on Amazon and delete my order, for the cheapy pair, before they got dispatched! Of course I could've returned the Amazon ones but my goodness I didn't want the hassle - Thankfully I got there just in time and was able to cancel them and, then, go back to arrange to be sent these intriguing looking headphones by Brainwavz. 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

An interesting way to save, and invest, Nutmeg*

I've always felt strongly about the importance of saving; if someone has the ability to put some money aside then it gives them the chance to prepare for the future and have some security. I met my best friend, online, when I was 15 - He was working full time and living with his parents, spending a lot of his money on cds. You wouldn't believe how much I bugged him to start saving. I won't take credit for all of it, haha, but I do feel like bugging him to get going on it has helped him be the saving-savvy person that he is now. 
We don't have a lot of money, at the moment, but I hope that one day we'll be in a position so save our money and invest it in some intelligent ways. There's so so many ways out there, though, and it's a bit scary sometimes, trying to work out the best way to do it. It's clear that ISA's are one of the best ways, a tax free savings system that allows you to put in 15k (which is going up to £15,240 in 15/16) a year, but once the money is in there it'll only gain interest at the rate of the deal you've been able to get. 
A family friend used to be big on playing the stock market, investing bits of his money in various stocks and shares. But... well for someone like me that's rather scary. I know nothing about stocks and shares but I do like the idea of making my money work for me. As such, when I was asked to write about Nutmeg*, and let you know about them I was instantly intrigued.