Tuesday, 29 November 2016

A Christmas 2016 trip to Homesense

If you feel a bit like you're not quite in the Christmas spirit, yet, but you really want to be then I've got a quick way for you to suddenly feel more Christmassy whilst, also, being able to get some Christmas shopping done - Take a visit to Homesense

We have been to Homesense every year, near Christmas, for the past few years and so much of the store becomes utterly transformed that it's hard to not feel like you've stepped in to a bit of a wonderland. As such, when the lovely people at Homesense asked me to pop in and have a look around, and offered me a voucher to do a bit of shopping, I was very pleased as I definitely felt like I needed an injection of Christmas cheer. 

Sunday, 27 November 2016

No advent calendar yet? Take a look at the Vintage Cosmetics Company 12 Days advent

It's getting a bit last minute but if you haven't found the right advent calendar for you, yet, then don't worry, all is not lost, there's still time. 

There's so many offerings out there that it can be really hard to pick what you want, especially when it comes to beauty calendars, there's just so many of them and so much variety. What if it is full of makeup shades that aren't for you? Or what if it's all skincare for oily skin and you have dry? Or, maybe, you've just not seen the right one yet. 

If that's the case then possibly the Vintage Cosmetics Company '12 Days to a beautiful Christmas' advent will work for you. This calendar has 12 doors, rather than 24, so if you don't have it by the 1st then it's ok, you don't have to start it for another couple of weeks! Plus, all of the items are  beauty tools, and accessories, so there's much less chance of something not suiting you, than with other advents.
You can pick the calendar up, still, from their website, here, and it's currently down to £45.50 rather than the previous £65, so you can grab yourself a bargain! 

Friday, 25 November 2016

Weleda 'Calendula Baby Top to Toe' Set - A great gift idea

If you have friends, or family, with a baby then you'll undoubtedly have heard 'Well, actually, they have enough toys and clothes so I don't really know what you can get them for Christmas', sometimes you have to think outside of the box when it comes to gift giving when there's a little one in your life with uber organised parents (guilty!). 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A chocolate laden gift - 'Merry Little Christmas Hamper' from Hotel Chocolat

It's that time of the year again, the one where I share with you a fantastic gift idea from Hotel Chocolat. I say it every year, I think, but if you have a chocolate lover in your life I can't think of a better place to go gift shopping for them. I recently wanted to treat a friend for her birthday and was thrilled with what I was able to put together for her from the site - You know someone's going to appreciate a gift from Hotel Chocolat because they know it's something extra special! 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Cacay Naturals oil - Trialling an exciting new facial oil

My skincare routine has been lacking recently - Since I developed the face rash that I've had, permanently, since mid August I've not wanted to mess with my skin, too much, because I've not wanted to aggrevate it. As time has gone on, though, I've tried out a few basic products and, thus far, nothing seems to make it worse. I still don't know what the rash is but my rheumatologist is ruling some things out and then, possibly, sending me to a dermatologist in order to find out. 
Due to my skincare embargo my skin has been super, super dry for a while now so when I was offered a chance to trial the Cacay Naturals oil I jumped at the chance. My skin has always loved oils, even though I found the whole concept a bit confusing to begin with (having areas that tend towards going oily), so this was the perfect opportunity. 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Home health testing with Osentia at Superdrug

This is quite an unusual sort of post, for me, but an undoubtedly interesting one. As a sufferer of a number of chronic health conditions anything health related is intriguing and the idea of kits that test you from home are something that really caught my attention. 
I was asked if I'd like to trial an Osentia home testing kit, which tests you for your risk of fragility fractures, a strong sign of osteoporosis. I'm not, as it happens, in the high risk category for osteoporosis; people's bones begin to weaken in their mid 30's and then risk increases as women reach the menopause. As such I was pretty sure that my test would give me the all clear, but considering there are so many things wrong with my body at the moment I thought it was a good chance in which to rule something else out! 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Win a box of 7 Kapsi Boudier with 31 Dover

If you've seen today's Instagram post then you'll be aware that I was sent a box of Kapsi Boudier recently - These are mini bottles of 'Creme De Cassis De Dijon'. The lovely people over at 31 Dover wanted me to share these on Instagram for them but, also, to run a giveaway for you all and I think you'd have been very disappointed in me if I'd turned down an alcohol giveaway right before Christmas!

This isn't a review so I'm not going to go in to much detail but these are seriously tasty. I'd never tried cassis before but I am now a fan - It's sweet and fruity (blackcurrant, in case you didn't know, I didn't) and mixes rather perfectly with any number of things (though I'd definitely recommend champagne!) and a little goes a long way. The Kapsi Boudier is a brand new way to display and contain the Cassis, these individual little bottles are an ideal serving to go in to a glass of wine or champagne to make a delicious drink. As well as being convenient I, personally, think they look rather chic, it's the sort of thing you'd happily display in a drinks collection or at a party and is a far cry from the original bottles which are all about keeping with the traditional lable and have a seriously vintage look to them now.
If you'd like to win a box of 7 little bottles, all for yourself (or a lucky friend or family member if you decide to gift them, as they'd make a beautiful gift), then all you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below. The only mandatory entry is a blog comment - If you can tell me what your favourite Christmas drink is then I'd be very pleased! Otherwise enter to your hearts content. 
- You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
- The Giveaway is open to the UK only. 
- The winner will be picked, randomly, via Rafflecopter
- There will be one winner
- The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
- The winner will need to give me their postal details to pass on to 31 Dover in order to them to send out the prize.
- The winner will win a box of 7 mini bottles of Gabriel Boudier 'Creme de Cassis de Dijon'. 
- The giveaway runs until midnight on 28th November 2016.

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The prize for this giveaway is provided by 31 Dover but this post ins't sponsored
Find  more competitions at: www.ThePrizeFinder.com

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christmas with the Teletubbies! New release: 'Tubby Snowball' dvd - Win one of three copies

Oliver loves the Teletubbies. And that's not me projecting my love of something on to him, it's all him, he just loves them. We put them on a while ago to see what he thought and, since then, all he needs to hear is the theme tune or that giggling baby and he's entranced. The Teletubbies have allowed me the chance to use the bathroom in peace, that's how much we appreciate them in this house. 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

The Simple Candle Company 'Melts Monthly' box for November 2016

I had meant to write about these Simple Candle Company 'Melts Monthly' boxes every month but the best laid plans often don't come to fruition. That's not a reflection on the boxes, though, they've been wonderful to the extent that I've ordered additional melts a good few times (oops!) and my collection is a little bit massive. 
Anyway, the November box has been one of my favourites, yet, because there isn't a single scent in there that I'm not excited about. Every single one of them made me happy, probably because there's so many foody scents in there, I am a real lover of foody scents. 

Friday, 11 November 2016

Tam Beauty's 'I Heart Makeup' new release - 'I Heart Chocolate and Peaches' eye shadow palette (with swatches)

I haven't had any Tam beauty products to show you for a while so I was very excited when a surprise package arrived today! On my doorstep I discovered the 'I Heart Chocolate and Peaches' pallet by I <3 Makeup - I had no idea it was coming but am thrilled to be able to show you what shades are in there and how nicely they swatch. 

A sparkly treat for your feet this Christmas!

I know it's mid November, and there are still those of you out there who are steadfastly denying that Christmas is on the way. But I'm sorry, it really is getting closer and there's no harm in being prepared. Don't hate me but my Christmas shopping is nearly done! Not to fear, though, 'tis the season for bloggers to help you out with gift guides and gift ideas galore!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

My November 2016 Birchbox - Unboxing / Review

It's the time of the month that subscription boxes start arriving! I miss getting quite as many as I used to but I just don't need samples upon samples, however fantastic and exciting they are. I am glad I still get Birchbox, though, and do want to get back in to the habit of sharing the contents with you. 
If you decide to sign up, yourself, then you can use my referral code which will get both myself and you some points to spend in the birchbox shop! My link is: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3

Monday, 7 November 2016

Sweet and gooey fun in a mug - 'Pud in a mug' by Dr Oetker

If you've not heard of mug cakes, yet, where have you been? I've been enjoying russling up a cake in the microwave for some time now, and my goodness aren't they convenient? But, some days, even getting flour and butter out and having to measure stuff is five minutes too long (especially for spoonies!), so in come Dr Oetker with an even easier option. 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

First impressions and manicure with Sensational

I was sent this Sensationail 'Coral Sunset' starter kit to trial so long ago, I feel awful that it's taken me to long to try it out. Originally it was sent use for a pedicure but, due to some of the new health stuff going on, I'm not in any position to be showing you my feet at the moment (they're rather poorly). As such I spent a lot of time waiting for my feet to get better before giving in and deciding I'd trial it for a manicure instead. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Our October 2016 on Instagram, a look back

We're on the final stretch, 2016 is coming to a close and my goodness it's been quite the 'blink and you miss it' year. I do think having Oliver has caused that, in a big way, they seem to grow up so fast so, of course, that makes the year so fast. That and the fact that I've spent so much of the year waiting for this medical appointment, or that medical appointment, in some ways I've wished the year away and in others I've wanted it to slow down. 
October was a nice month, though. No further forward with health stuff but progress in getting ready for Christmas, Oliver's come on amazingly, Ethan's seemed to have calmed down a lot and we've got possible progress with the house getting sorted. Lots of good for the future sort of things. Hopefully November will be more of the same, as well as some actual health answers too (please!). 
I've, also, got some great blog posts to share with you over the coming weeks. Some lovely gift ideas, some nice reviews and I want to get my own feelings down a bit more too. So watch this space. If you want to keep in more regular touch, though, the place to go is Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/petitmoi_bigworld/ - I post daily and like to give little snippets of our lives over there. Lots of the kids, and just bits and bobs that make me smile. 

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The November Treatbox UK unboxing / Review - Shine Like a Star

It's Treat Box time again, a box which I know a lot of you enjoy seeing the contents of. I'm, very regularly, recommending this box to people and when you see what's in it, and what's been in past boxes, I'm pretty sure you'll see why. 

The box is £12.99 for a one off box, or less if you subscribe, depending on how long for. I think I have a few months left of my subscription before I have to re-sub, I am already really looking forward to the December box but, for now, the November box is lovely. 

This month's theme is stars and sparkles - It's a lovely fit for the month of November when you consider we have bonfire night coming up but, also, night draws in earlier and earlier at this time of years. 

These are the two paper elements of the box, this month - I love the colours of the stars on the monthly page and the little poser is lovely. I may use it as part of a Christmas gift this year. 

As you can see there's no lacking in stars, or sparkles, in the contents of the box. The first thing I saw were the paper straws with glittery stars on, they are ever so cute and lots of fun. I am thinking they in milk shakes for the children. 

I absolutely love the glittery star garland and I'm not sure, yet, if it's going to be a permanent fixture on my bookcase or if I'll save it for Christmas,  to be honest it works either way. 

And who's going to say no to some white chocolate sprinkle stars! I haven't eaten them yet but the temptation has been great. 

Next up we have two more star related items in the form of a set of wax melts by Simple Candle Company (who I have become a regular customer of since getting one of their wax tarts in a previous Treat Box) and a really pretty constellation design compact mirror.

There was six of these wax melts in the bag, in a delicious smelling caramel scent. And that's what the mirror looks like, it's really nice and very well made. 

Lastly there was a tote bag with this beautiful design on it. I love the script and the star pattern and the bag is a really good size. I have lots of tote bags but who doesn't need more; great for popping in you're bag when you're out shopping to use instead of a carrier bag. 

And that's the box. Amazingly everything was so so in keeping with the theme! I really like, and will use, everything in the box and I am totally counting down the days until the Christmas box as it's last year's Christmas box that I missed and made me wish I was signed up. 

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Santa's Surprise Giveaway

Phew, it's November. Can we just take a moment to let that sink in? No-Vem-Ber. I don't think I need to say much because I know so many people are, equally, feeling like this year has been a huge sprint to the finish line, it's been so quick. And, yes, I know it's terribly uncool to point out how fast the year is going, but I'm uncool so there's not much we can do about that.

What is cool, though, (seamless change over I think you'll agree) is giveaways. And I know I already have one collaborative giveaway running (here), but I want to give you the chance to enter another!

We all know that December is an expensive month and to try and help 2 of you out (and believe me, this could make your December SO much easier), I have teamed up with a fantastic team of bloggers to offer a duo of great prizes. However before I tell you more about the prize, lets meet the bloggers:

Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum | Keep Up With The Jones Family | Sparkles at Midnight | Mother Distracted | Missing Sleep | Hubby Helps | Mums Wine HQ | Chilling With Lucas | Purely Amy | The Mighty Duxburys | Petit Moi Big World | Sally Akins | The Adventures of a Silver Surfer | My Life As A Mummy | Bump and Beyond | EmmaDrew.info

A Testing Time | Melanie's Fab Finds | Spanish Mummy | Precious Little Worlds | Life As Mum | We Made This Life | Nine to Three Thirty | Hex Mum Plus 1 | Big Family Little Adventures | The Diary of a Jewellery Lover | Kumbear XO | Cosmic Kick | Becster.com | Accidental Hipster Mum | Mummy Vs Work | Life at 139a Charli B | Renovation Bay-Bee | Ickle Pickles Life and Travels | Tanned Beauty Addict | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers

So, what can you win? Well one grand prize winner will be walking away with £200 of Amazon vouchers, while a runner up will get £50. And, how do you enter? To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is let us know: What would you spend the vouchers on, should you be the lucky winner?  Good Luck!

The prize draw opens on 1st November at 11:00 GMT and closes at 23:59 GMT on the 30th November, the competition is open worldwide, with winners outside of the UK receiving their prize via paypal funds. For full T&C please see the rafflecopter application.

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