Monthly Archives: July 2016

Bio Oil Review & Giveaway

I’m not a very self conscious person, well not all the time, but things have since changed when I had to go into hospital and have a little operation to fit an Insertable Cardiac monitor in my chest,  It didn’t leave a massive scar but it did leave a scar big enough where everyone can see it, unless I wear high neck tops which I don’t want to have to do.

Every person is different and unique, and others feel more contious about scars than other but scars make you who you are today, what you have been through and that you have survived and come through it all fighting.

I have teamed up with Bio Oil to give 3 lucky readers a change to win one of these 60ml bottles of bio oil each worth around £5.99 each.

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Bio oil smells quite nice it hasn’t got a strong smell but as it is oil it’s has got that oily texture to it so be careful when putting it on you don’t spill any as it may stain clothes.

All you need to do is what this You tube video below and answer a few questions for your chance to win through the rafflecopter link below.

To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter widget below. All terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The closing date is Monday 28th August at midnight.
  • There is one prize of a 60ml Bio oil each for 3 winners. No cash alternative.
  • This competition is open to residents of the UK only
  • Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and answer the question in the widget – this is the ONLY mandatory task. Comments must answer the question. Comments such as ‘great prize, fantastic giveaway’ etc will not be counted. You can gain extra entries in the draw by completing the other tasks in the widget. All entries will be verified.
  • Unless you are a blogger or website owner, please leave the URL box blank. Anything else in there (such as email addresses, none, facebook, x, N/A will invalidate all of your entries).
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Universities, Cars & Bad Education #LittleLoves

Howdy, Happy Friday everyone. OMG How are we already at the end of another month? It’s really scaring me how quick this year is flying by.  We are now under the 12 month mark till our wedding day.

Watched

A comedy TV series called “bad education”;  It is hilarious and has got the comedian Jack Whitehall as the main actor.  It’s a must watch and can be found on Netflix.

Here is a sneak peek at the Movie.

Wore

It’s mad to think that last week I was lying outside in maxi dresses and bikinis now I’m wrapped up in Jeans and jumpers due to heavy rain and cold, miserable weather.  Oh well – the joys of british weather.

Read

Haven’t read anything this week.  I plan to read my Kindle more next week, and especially next weekend as we’re off to Wales to gate-crash Tom’s parents holiday.

Heard

As most of you may know, I was made redundant a few weeks ago. I finally have a few weeks’ temporary work at Birmingham University. It’s not great, but it will do for now. I also heard that I had been selected for an interview at an estate agent in Knowle.

Made

Maybe I cheated a little bit, but I made these.  I have to say for the price of them they aren’t great but they are edible.

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And Finally….

My car went in for it’s MOT on Wednesday and IT PASSED!  I have only done 2,500 miles in 12 months because I don’t tend to drive many places so I don’t clock up the miles.  I’ve had the car 8 years and it came with 18,000 miles at 6 months old and it now it’s got 50,000 miles so not bad at all.

How’s your week been? Love to hear what you’ve been up to.

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Speedy Bin game – Review and Giveaway

We have always been a close family and love playing games, especially monopoly, we would even have “game nights” where we would dedicate an evening of a weekend and go round to my auntie’s house with my cousins or they would come to us and play games and have some quality family time, including the arguments over people trying to cheat.

When I was offered the chance to review this game I couldn’t wait for it to arrive and to get my nephew round to play it with me.

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The box contains:

  • The bin
  • Several sheets of different coloured Tissue Paper
  • Instructions

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The game comes in 6 bits that are easily assembled by just clicking them together.

This game does require batteries 4 x AA batteries ( Not Included), and it is aged 4+ with 1 or more players.

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Me and my nephew had lots of fun playing with it for at least an hour, chasing it round the room and trying to dodge it from crashing in to him.  It has 2 settings 1 & 2, setting one is slow and setting 2 is fast.  My nephew Jack laughed & laughed the whole time whilst playing it, he loved it and he’s 8 years old.  The game ended in me and my nephew having a tissue paper fight, instead of throwing it in the bin.

It is a great game and will certainly keep the kids entertained.  The retail price for this game is £24.95 but you can find it for less in most toy stores like Smyths Toys, Argos, Ebay or Amazon.

I’m now going to give one lucky reader the chance to win this game.

To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter widget below. All terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of the page.

**Please leave the ‘URL’ box BLANK when writing a comment unless you are a blogger or a website owner. You do not need to write N/A, none, or anything – failure to do this will lead to disqualification from the giveaway**

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions

  • The closing date is Monday 26th August at midnight.
  • There is one prize of a Speedy Bin game. No cash alternative.
  • This competition is open to residents of the UK only
  • Entrants must log in via Rafflecopter and answer the question in the widget – this is the ONLY mandatory task. Comments must answer the question. Comments such as ‘great prize, fantastic giveaway’ etc will not be counted. You can gain extra entries in the draw by completing the other tasks in the widget. All entries will be verified.
  • Unless you are a blogger or website owner, please leave the URL box blank. Anything else in there (such as email addresses, none, Facebook, x, N/A will invalidate all of your entries).
  • A winner will be chosen at random using the widget
  • The winner will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date, and must respond within 28 days to claim their prize.
  • Your details will be passed to iMC Toys Games, but will not be passed onto any third parties.

*I received the Speedy Bin Toy from IMC Toys for the purpose of this review but all opinion and thoughts are my own. I was also offered the opportunity to giveaway the same game to one of my readers.   

Carly’s first year in her new home

For most of you that know me you know I absolutely love animals, and have owned quite an array of different types of animals over the years, and the latest being our dog Carly.

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Carly is a 4 year old Bitch Rottweiler who we rehomed back in September 2015 from a friend of a friend who could no longer look after her due to unforseen circumstances.  We arranged to go and visit her one evening just to see what she was like etc…  When the evening came to go and visit me and my partner tom, and his mum came with us to talk to the owner and find out her temperament, behaviour, health etc…  Well it was love at first sight with her, she was perfect in every way house trained, used to be on her own while were at work and good with kids and other dogs.

After we made the decision to rehome her we picked her up a couple of days later on the friday so we could spend the weekend with her and get her settled in to her new home and surroundings.

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When we first brought her home

She brings us so much happiness and laughter with all the funny things she does.

A lot of people think that Rottweiler are one of the dangerous dogs, which isn’t true because no dog is born dangerous it is how it is brought up and what it is taught,  it is fair to say that Carly hasn’t got a nasty bone in her body.  She great round the kids a good guard dog and just a great companion a very loyal and loving dog.

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My nephew and Carly

She loves playing in the park and running around burning energy off, she’s been out in all weather, rain, snow, sun and wind and loves it.

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Carly and her friend Archie
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Carly with her friends Kai and Tilly

We spoil her like we would kids with toys and treats etc. she has got quite a strong jaw we have to be sure to get her strong toys that she can’t destroy easily and we found the perfect ones in Pets at home, but they were in the sale so bargain.

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When you come in from work and have had a bad day or feeling a little under the weather Carly will always without fail make you smile, running up to you when you get home and bringing you a toy to play with.

Christmas time we had only had her a few months so treated her to an advent calendar and some new toys and maybe decorated her with tinsel while putting the tree up.

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Nearly 12 months on she is amazing, settled in great and an absolute joy to have around the house.

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Have you rehomed animals? Would love to hear your story. 

Bubble Bum Booster Seat Review

As most of my readers will know I am an Auntie to 4 nephews and their ages range from 1 years to 8 years old, I also have a god-daughter and godson who are 5 and 8 years old.

I was approached by the company to trial a booster seat, I have heard of this brand before so was excited to have the opportunity to review it.

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When it arrived I was shocked to see it was bright pink as I only have boys/nephews in my family but I do have a god-daughter, so to save the embarrassment of my nephews having to trial it out, I asked my best friend and her daughter to help me out.

The car seat comes in a little box, where it includes a fab idea of a little bag so you can easily store it away after use, it is easy to transport to families and to & from cars to cars, It’s light weight also.  IMG_6520

It is easily inflated by mouth by using the value at the back of the seat.  Just twist it open and inflate till full.

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Here it is in use by my little helper Jessica.

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Jessica’s thoughts about the seat, she said she really loved the seat, it was comfy, and it was her favourite colour.

It is easy to fit into any car in about 5 minute, just making sure that the seat belt is fitted through the red holders to secure it in place.  There are 2 on either side of the seat and one to put the seat belt through.

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This particular car seat is priced at £29.99 and can be brought directly from the company website here or alternative colours are available but prices may vary.

Then once you have finished with it you can just unscrew the cap deflate it and put it in the bag and put it in a cupboard or leave it in the car for when you will next need it.

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I think this is a fab idea and at a great price and easy to store away after use.

What the company says: BubbleBum, best seller and parents favorite, winner of more than 20 design and innovation awards including Mumsnet, Mother & Baby and Practical Parenting. The portable, lightweight, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11 easily deflates and packs away, making it perfect for holidays, rental cars, taxis, coach journeys, school trips or car pooling. – If you don’t believe it try it out for yourself. 

I would highly recommend this product to all parents.

* I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of a review, However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Strawberry Picking #MySundayPhoto

Last Sunday we visited my Fiance’s Nan with my In Laws and my nephews.  This is my mum in law with my nephews picking strawberry’s in the garden ready to eat.  They absolutely loved finding them.  After washing them, the boys took them round to everyone to see who wanted one.  They were so juicy and yummy. I love strawberries, Do you?

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My mum in Law and my Nephews, Alex, Harry and Ben

Have you done any fruit harvests this summer yet? Would love to hear yours?

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Interviews, Orthodonists & Sun #LittleLoves

WOW, How has another month gone by so quickly. June has been quite a tough month and I’ve been a bit slack on trying to keep up with doing #LittleLoves due to this, so apologies there but I’m now going to try to keep on top of it.

Well what a week it has been for me, the end of June I found out I was been made redundant from work cause they were merging the teams together.  It couldn’t have happened at a worse time after just coming back off holiday.

Watched

Well I try not to watch much TV but while I have been off I have watching a little bit of catch up TV but have come to the decision day time tv is rubbish there is nothing on.  There is also a new series of suits out…Me and my OH were so excited to see it back on the TV.

Wore

Bikini’s and summer dresses.  We have had an amazing few baking hot days.  So why I have been off searching for jobs I have been spending time in the garden sunning myself to top up my tan from Spain.

Read

Lots of different Job applications and Job specifics.  Just hope something comes around soon.

Heard

The horrible, horrible situation in France with all the lives lost.  I still can’t understand how people can be like this and kill innocent people.  Make me so sad.

Made

A Victoria sponge cake,  I don’t often do much baking because I don’t have time, but my friend was popping in for a catch up on Tuesday afternoon and I had got eggs that needed using up so thought why not will make a cake.  It was lovely, because of the heat I just put jam in the middle rather than cream/buttercream and I kept it in the fridge.  unfortunately it got eaten quite quickly so didn’t have chance to take a photo to post here.

And Finally….

It’s 12 months to the date (22nd July) till I get married.  Still so much to organise and arrange and sort out, flowers, dresses, decorations and more but I am so excited and really can’t wait.  Plus for all the kids at schools….IT’S THE 6 WEEKS HOLIDAYS YAY!

What are your plans for the weekend/Summer? Would love to hear them?

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That Moment When You Realize You’re Getting Older

I remember it like it was yesterday. I can recall it with the kind of vivid clarity that your mind only reserves for the worst of memories, the ones that haunt your dreams and never quite dim. I had always known in the back of my mind that I was aging. But, generally, I felt good, and aging was still something that happened to other people.

I woke up one morning to sleep lines on my forehead. I thought nothing more of them; they’re a fact of life, aren’t they? I rubbed at it and applied my makeup, as usual, expecting it to fade during the day as the others always did.

It didn’t fade. It lingered there, and there are still some remnants of it today- and it’s brought a few friends. Gone were the days when issues were cured by a good night’s sleep; some things were going to hang around.

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It made me look at where I was at in life. I ate fairly well if perhaps more of an emphasis on fruits than vegetables. I have always had a hatred of green, leafy veg, and even the sleep line that didn’t know when to quit couldn’t convince me otherwise. In the end, I settled for a juicer as a way to get the nutrients I needed without the food I disliked.

I took a long, hard look at my physical condition. The cartwheels I was happy to leave in the past, but I didn’t want to lose my mojo when it came to running. Considering Olympians compete in the marathon into their 40s, I knew I had time on my side.

I looked into programs that could tackle everything at once. I tried acupuncture – famed to help mind and body – but found it unsettling. I’m an active person, and I found lying there, pins in me, just a bizarre experience. I tried and enjoyed cenegenics, appreciating the feedback from medical professionals. After the oddities of the silence of acupuncture, it felt great to have someone to talk to while going through the issues I wanted to tackle.

Yoga didn’t work for me. I think it’s the same problem as above; my chatterbox tendencies don’t sit well with the idea of Zen. As I was in pretty good shape, it was recommended I tried Pilates. So often they are used as if they are the same thing, but Pilates has more emphasis on a thorough workout than a calming workout.

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Finally, I addressed the skin issue. I found that a silk pillowcase made a huge difference to preventing new sleep lines. It didn’t remove the ones I already had, but I accepted that the best I can do now is prevent further issues. I’ve tried a variety of lotions and potions, but nothing has worked so well as organic argan oil.

A year on, I feel like I have made great strides. I am fitter, healthier and have a better idea of what the future may hold. In the end, that errant sleep line might have been the best thing ever to happen to me.

Blogger Tiki Party – Island Bar Birmingham

When I received an email back in April inviting me along to another blog event in July I immediately replied with a big fat YES.  I have only been to 3 blog events in the 12 months I have been blogging including this one, so it is very exciting when I get invited to events.

I really didn’t know what to expect from this one

It was hosted by the lovely Kirsty Leanne from the start, with constant email updates to keep us posted with what is happening on the day.  It was been held at Island bar Birmingham, I have only been there once which was for a birthday night out but it was rammed, so was nice to see it in the day time.  The ceiling was decorated with lots of little lanterns.

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Me and my sister-in-law arrived together a little early and just had a look around as they were still setting up.  There was a little guest book while we waited to sign with a little message.  Once it was all set up Kirsty told us we could start walking round and mingling to see and talk to other bloggers and have a look at companies and products that were on offer.  Some of the companies I saw were:

  1. Pink Parcel
  2. Little bit lavish
  3. Love Aroma
  4. Toad diaries
  5. Early Bird Snacks

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The goody bag we received at the end of the day was huge, the biggest I have ever had, it was filled with all sorts of goodies from lots of different companies.

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Near the end of the day they also held a raffle to win some more amazing prizes, I had a go but unfortunately didn’t win anything either this time.  The main thing was having fun and taking part.

It was a great day overall and was good to meet and speak to other bloggers.   Thank you to Kirsty Leanne for organising it all.  I would have loved to stay after the event but unfortunately wasn’t able to this time.

I attended this blog event free of charge and received the product as part of the event in return for honest reviews of all products, all thoughts and opinions are my own.