Luther, Car theives and Apprasials #LittleLoves

Well that is another week over already.  I apologise for forgetting to post last week as well, it was completely mental.

Read

Feedback from managers… It’s that time of the year for us when we have apprasials, I’ve never really had one so it was really challenging to know what to write.  It was a long process but got there in the end.

Watched

Luther, I’m not really into crime programmes but I am completely hooked onto luther, and as for Idris Elba he is a brilliant actor.  I just can’t stop watching the series.

Wore

Actually was able to wear a few summery clothes as it got quite warm and the sun made an appearance which made a change too.

Made

I have been given some cake tins so I will be making and baking some cakes soon hopefully. I went to my first ever blog event the other weekend with my sister in Law where I experienced how to make my very own cocktails, we made 3

“Samantha” – It was made with gin, limoncello and lemonade – This was my favourite.

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“Faye” – It was made with Milk, honey Jim Beam, vanilla syrup and crushed honeycomb – This was ok, thought it was quite sickly.

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“Frankie” – It was made with rose syrup, blackcurrant gin and prosecco – You had to try and layer it up and was very tricky only a few people managed it, but was super yummy.  The prosecco was supposed to be clear and not merged in with the blackcurrent.

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I had great fun making them and I do love a good cocktail or 2.

Heard

Being rudely awoken up at 3.30am on Thursday morning my 3 thugs breaking in and smashing our next doors car windows to steal his car off his drive.  I heard the banging then an alarm going off, our dog Carly started barking and next I heard a car speed off.  Looking out the window

And Finally…

Still eating our chocolate from Easter

Hope you have all had a great week

Car & Tyre Safety

I have been driving for over 10 years now with owning just 2 cars in that time, my first was a bright yellow saxo and my second was a silver Vauxhall corsa. In that 10 years I have hardly had any issues, that was until last year.

I had been at work all day and I had arranged to go round and see my friend to have a good old catch up on the evening.  So I got home from work, got changed and then jumped in my car.  I had my music on like I always do when I’m driving, then I heard something, a loud strange like rumbling sound, I didn’t think anything of it and just carried on to my friends.  It was dark outside by this point too.

I arrived at my friends and stayed there for a couple of hours and then left to go home, I got in the car and started to drive home but then there was that noise I heard earlier but this time even louder and my car just didn’t feel right to drive at all, I pulled over In a safe place and got out with my phone to shine a light round my car, then that is where I found out I had a puncture/flat tyre with a nail/screw stuck in my tyre.  I couldn’t tell exactly how bad it was as it was dark so I drove ever so slowly back to my house and pulled up on my drive and waited till the next morning to have a look at it properly.

Luckily I was off work on holiday so didn’t have to worry about relying on anybody for lifts etc and the next day my dad came round and was able to put my spare tyre on until I was able to get to a shop and get it replaced.

Some Important Tyre safety advice you should think about

  • Regularly check your tyres for punctures/objects stuck in them
  • Any badly worn or damaged tyre get them checked or even better replaced
  • Remember decent tyres could save your life.

If in doubt and you don’t know tyre sizes etc you can visit the below site and enter all your details in order to find out all relevant information that will be needed for you to source new tyres, if your like me and don’t know much about cars then it is defiantly best to seek help from someone or a company that does.

http://www.point-s.co.uk/

Remember drive carefully and be safe!!

 

*This is a collabrative post all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photographers, Food & Mud #LittleLoves

How is it the first of April already? A quarter of the way through this year.  Well unfortunately there has been no 2 weeks off for me like some of you lucky buggers.

How has your week been?

Read

Trying to read up on different photographer’s for our wedding.  So many different thing to choose from and to take into consideration.

Watched

Erm…. This week I seem to have watched quite a bit, Soaps Emmerdale & Coronation Street, Super Vet – even if it does make me cry.

Wore

Mud… On bank holiday Monday me and my fiance decided we were going to jet wash the drive and the patio out back.. well 3 hours later it was all done but I was covered head to toe in splattered mud.

Made

I do really enjoy cooking but when I’ve been at work all day I like to be able to come home and just rustle something up that s quick and easy.  This week I had a late night at work as it’s month end so quite busy.  I got home and thought I will just make tuna pasta bake.  Me and my fiance both love this meal, quick and simple to make.

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Heard

The very sad passing of Ronnie Corbett aged 85.  He was a great entertainer on television.  It such a shame this year has started off with deaths of lots of famous celebrities.  Such sad news, RIP!

And Finally…

May have eaten quite a lot of chocolate.

Hope you have all had a great week

The Baby Show 2016 – WIN TWO PAIRS OF TICKETS!

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Win tickets to The Baby Show at NEC, Birmingham!

The next Baby Show with MadeForMums, is set to return to the NEC Birmingham from 13th to 15th May 2016.  The ultimate pregnancy and parenting shopping event for new and expectant parents, it will be home to over 200 exhibitors showcasing the very best baby and infant essentials. It’s the only show to feature all the major baby retailers alongside well-known brands including iCandy, Stokke, Tommee Tippee, Britax and Chicco who will all be selling amazing products with equally amazing discounts! Everything you need for bump, baby and you…

The Baby Show highlights include:

  • Over 200 trusted brands offering visitors amazing discounts and the chance to test and try before you buy.
  • See exclusive product launches and demonstrations from market leading brands
  • The Baby Show Stage with MadeForMums will feature a selection of renowned experts, including nutrition specialist Annabel Karmel MBE.
  • Catwalk shows with all the latest fashions in maternity, baby and toddler wear.
  • A complimentary crèche where parents can drop off their little ones and enjoy the Show knowing they are being safely cared for
  • Exclusive show offers and competitions from top parenting brands.
  • A dedicated feeding area provided by Tommee Tippee and the ALDI Mamia Baby Changing Area with wipes and nappies all included.
  • Emma’s Diary free Shop & Drop and Collect-By-Car services allowing you to leave your shopping bags with them until you’re ready to leave.

The Baby Show is taking place on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, and Sunday 15th May, open from 9:30am-5:00pm each day.  Standard on the door tickets are £20 and I have two pairs to give away. www.thebabyshow.co.uk

I went to the baby show last year with my sister in Law Rachel from Parenthood highs and lows.  I had a fantastic time with her and her little one Benjamin.

I now have the opportunity to give not one but two pairs of tickets as a giveaway to lucky readers. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter Widget to be in with a chance of winning. Please ensure you complete the entries as directed as they are validated and any incomplete entries will be disqualified. Please see all terms and conditions below.

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Easter, Birthdays & One Born Every Minute #LittleLoves

Woo Hoo….Finally a nice long four day weekend, Yes I know some of you get 2 weeks off.  Work has as always been crazy and it’s not looking like it’s getting any quieter any time soon. Happy Easter Everyone.

Anyways this weeks Little Loves:

Read

A few blog posts and that’s about it really.

Watched

I have watched the new series of One born every minute, Tuesday’s 9pm Chanel 4.  I have been watching this ever since it first came on the TV.  I love watching it even if it does make me super broody.

Wore

A dress to a friend’s daughter wedding reception.  It was a lovely evening.  I never have a clue what to wear to weddings/wedding receptions.  I need to get some more clothes for special occasions as I have quite a lot of weddings/receptions of family and friends coming up.

Made

I don’t think it counts much as “made” but I plaited marzipan to put on top of cake at my friend’s house. It doesn’t look very pretty as marzipan is hard to platt without it breaking.  But here’s it is.  I do love marzipan.

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Heard

It was my nephews birthday on Monday he turned 8 Years Old.  I just don’t know where the years are going.  He had his party at Laser quest and had a fantastic time with all his school friends.

And Finally…

Were off to my cousins this Easter weekend to catch up after not seeing her and fiance since last year.  So excited to see them both.

Hope you have all had a great week and Happy Easter and don’t eat too many eggs.

Planning for a wedding – Our Engagement

In February 2014 me and my boyfriend decided we were going away for a weekend, we decided on Suffolk for our 5th anniversary and Valentine’s Day, the weather was cold but lovely and sunny, we arrived early afternoon and we went and checked into our hotel, we stayed in a Premier Inn and went up to our room, unpacked and decided what we were going to do for the rest of the day/evening.

We headed out and had a wander round the town to see the sights, and we paid a visit to the arcades on the beach front later on in the afternoon too, I love arcades and have done ever since been a kid. We spent about an hour in there in total with me on the 2p machines and tom on basketball games and other machines, both getting addicted and winning lots of tickets to buy prizes with.  It was very busy with lots of families and kids playing on all the different machines.

After we had finished in the arcades, Tom said shall we go for a walk along the beach before we head back to the room to get ready to go back out and find somewhere to get some dinner, it was a lovely evening with the sun just setting overhead, the quiet sound of the waves washing up over the sand and stones.The beach seemed to go on for ever.

We stopped to just look out over the sea and watch the moon rise over the sea and that was then when it all happen…. I turned round to see my boyfriend had got down on one knee and asked me to marry him on the beach with the sun setting overhead……it was amazing and perfect in every way.

I got choked up and cried, I was so excited and wasn’t expecting it at all. We had spoken about getting married and looked at rings but that was it really.  I couldn’t wait to phone all my family and friends up and tell them that I was engaged.  I couldn’t stop smiling and still look at my rings every day and just smile to myself.

We have been engaged for 3 years this February and together for 7 years. Now we have finally booked and are starting to plan our BIG day for July 2017.

 Have you got any wedding plans?

Hobbycrafts Fair at NEC Birmingham

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On 20th March I headed out to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC Birmingham with my friend Heather. I was offered a pair of free access all area press passes to go.

There were lots of different exhibitors some I had heard of, others I hadn’t.  It was very busy as we went on the last day the show was on.

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We arrived in the halls at around 10.30am after finding the press office to collect our “Press passes”.  felt like real VIP’s for the days.  We did stop for lunch around 12pm and then wondered round another hall, 3 in total to explore.  We left around 2.30pm.

Some of the exhibitors I saw were:

This is a yearly show that happened around March time.  I love going as you can get lots of bargins for your crafts.  I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been but have been previously with my sister in Law Rachel and my Mum.

If crafts is your hobby then going to this will be so worth your time.  Great day out and the atmosphere is good too.  Bargins everywhere.

*I was given a free pair of press passes for the show all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Safe Sip Review and Giveaway

Safe Sip No more spills….EVER!

I had never heard of this company or product before today but wow i’m impressed.

I was asked if I wanted to review their products which are called Safe Sip and they are silicone tops that fit virtually on any Can, Mug or Glass or Cup.

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With having 4 Nephews these will be perfect for when they come over so I don’t have to worry about them spilling their drinks by accident if they are sitting on the sofas or if they get knocked over.

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As you can see they fit exactly on an mug or glass.  Sadly I didn’t have a can to try it on as I rarely buy cans of drinks.  They fit tightly around the glass/mug creating a suction seal to keep it in place so when it does accidently get knocked, dropped or tipped it stays in the exactly the same place as you put it.

This company offers different pack sizes, single, double, triple and even quad, they also include other accessories and all can be found here.  The one thing I would say is I feel they are a little on the expensive side but do offer free delivery when you purchase certain packs and they do delivery outside the UK.

I am now giving you lucky readers the change to win a quad pack of “SafeSip” silicone tops worth £12.50.

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Hatton Locks, New Clothes & Sun #LittleLoves

Well Hello again FRIDAY!  It has been another mad week, but it was topped off with a lovely sunny walk round Hatton Locks with the In Laws and there 2 dogs on Sunday.  The weather has been lovely but now it has started turning wet again.

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This week Little Loves consists of:

Read

Not much this week at all, think I read a couple of pages on my kindle book before I fell asleep while reading it in bed.

Watched

Nothing this week, just don’t seem to have had time to watch anything.

Wore

Not yet, but brought myself a couple ok maybe 4 pairs of new shoes, nothing special, a new top and a pair of leggings on my lunch from work.

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Made

I was asked by a colleague at work if I could make a birthday card for her to send to the US to family member.  She wanted something pretty with lots of colour and sparkly, she had a look through my Facebook page and decided on the iris folded cake one. I used satin ribbon to give it a different effect.

Heard

Nothing out the ordinary this week.

And Finally…

No extra news I’m afraid this week.

Hope you have all had a great week.littleloves2

dome8 – Headphones Case Review & Giveaway

dome8 is the new “IPhone Case that Holds Headphones”

I don’t know about you but I am forever loosing my headphones or getting them twisted, caught and knotted in the bottom of my handbag, around my purse, my house keys or whatever rubbish I have in my bag.  Then it is a case of emptying the contents of my bag out to find them.

When I was offered to trial a new phone case with a headphone section inbuilt from dome8 I said yes straight away.

I had a choice to pick from of 5 different colours

Blue Ocean & Black, Black night & Black, Black night & White, Black night & Fluoro Green and Watermelon Pink & White. These can be seen here.

I choose the Watermelon Pink & White case.

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I was really excited when the case finally arrived in the post, I couldn’t wait to open it and try it out on my phone.

When it arrived for some reason I was expecting it to be a flexi case, so when I got it out the box I was surprised to find it was a hardback plastic case.

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The case was fantastic, sturdy, rigid and would certainly protect your phone if dropped.  The grip was great and your phone wouldn’t be slipping and sliding out your hands when in use, as some cases can have that shiny look to them making them slippery to hold.

I use my headphones pretty much every day so would be lost without them whether it’s to listen to music on the way home from work or make a call while working to keep my hands free.

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This case is perfect, especially if you tend to drop your  phone alot.  Priced at £14.95 plus free UK delivery.  I think it is a very reasonable price for a phone case of that spec and is of a very good quality.

Now I am offering one lucky reader to have the chance of winning one of these cases for themselves in whatever colour they like.  They’re available in different sizes and colours. The whole range can be found here.

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  • The prize will be dispatched directly from the brand.

*This product was sent to us for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinions are our own.