Friday, 15 July 2016

Play-Doh Competition - Cupcake Celebration!

If like me the smell of Play-Doh sends you back to your childhood, then this competition is just for you!

Cupcake Celebration is a delightful box full of cutters, shapes and decorating tools that enhance the cupcakes you can press out on the magic wheel.
Comes with 5 tubs of Play-Doh (3 are Play-doh Plus) included.

Recommended for budding British Bake Off champions age 3+ (NOT to be eaten)

Just complete the Gleam app below and remember to answer the obligatory question or your Gleam entry is void!

What was your favourite childhood toy? Leave a comment with your answer below!


Play-Doh Cupcake Celebration Giveaway

UK competitions at ThePrizeFinder
By entering this prize promotion, you accept and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:
1. The prize promotion is open to all UK & NI residents. The prize promotion is non-transferable or redeemable for cash (subject to availability). 
2. The prize will consist of ONE Play-Doh Celebration Cupcake box set. (All prizes are subject to availability).
3. The prize promotion closing date is midnight on August 1st 2016 (the “Closing Date”) and any entries received after the Closing Date will not be accepted by the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk).
4. The winning entry will be selected at random on August 2nd 2016 and the winner will be notified by Lemon within 7 days. To contact the prize winner we will use the email used by you when entering the prize promotion.
5. If you are notified of a winning entry, you must confirm acceptance by email to claim your prize. If you do not reply to confirm acceptance within 28 days of being notified as a winner, we may offer your prize to someone else.
6. Only one entry per person is permitted. No purchase is necessary to enter this prize promotion.
7. The prize(s) must be taken as offered. No cash equivalent or other alternative prize(s) are available in whole or in part except as provided for in these terms and conditions.  If any winner is not able for whatever reason to accept the prize(s), then the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk) reserves the right to award the prize(s) to another participant.
8. A list of winner(s)’ names and locations can be obtained by sending a SAE to the Prize Provider after August 9th July 2016.
9. The decision of the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk) is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the prize promotion.
10. Promoter: www.lemonscake.co.uk 

I was not compensated for this post by any third party and it is my honest opinion.

Big Butterfly Count 2016 + #Competition

Butterfly Conservation are again overseeing the 2016 survey 'The Big Butterfly Count'; This year starting today, July 15th and ending on August 7th.




Just 15 minutes on a favourably sunny day (what is one of those?) during those dates to record what butterflies you see can give valuable information to BC so they can determine what is happening to these wonderful pollinators!

Not only can the numbers of species tell us which are thriving and which are not but also butterflies are amazing biodiversity indicators - they can show what is happening environmentally and are strong indicators of forthcoming problems for other wildlife groups.

The survey can reveal which butterflies are in danger of extinction and help to protect those at risk whilst also giving detailed information on climate change.





You can take part anywhere, parks, schools, gardens even roof gardens - as long as you record the highest number of each species you see within that 15 minute slot.
There is a wonderful identification chart on the site which can be downloaded and printed off to help with identifying which type you have seen.
You can also download an app for iOS or Android (sadly no Windows) phones from which you can also send in your results.
Otherwise you can send of your collected data via the website.

Stamp of Celebrity Approval


Sir David Attenborough, President of Butterfly Conservation, Alan Titchmarsh MBE, Mike Dilger and Nick Baker, Vice Presidents of Butterfly Conservation and the actress Joanna Lumley OBE are all supporting this years count, so why not give it a go?


I have spotted that my local council is planting verges and centre reservations with wildflowers - killing two birds with one stone this not only provides ideal environments for butterflies, bees and insects but the council saves money by not having to cut the roadsides #bonus! (does that mean we can have our bus routes back?)

I absolutely love seeing the cornflowers and poppies swaying in the long beautiful grass - it adds so much to urban unused spaces.




You may have heard of the company Meadow in My Garden? Truly an inspirational site that offers its customers a vast range of wildlife enhancing products. Their wildflower mix can add colour to any area and brighten any garden.
Increasing the public awareness of just how important wildlife friendly flower meadows are, Meadow in My Garden make it priority.
Our natural ecology is extremely fragile and it is companies like this that endeavours to only make it stronger.

With products ranging from seed to bubble bath, you can find an array of gift ideas or garden/wildlife enhancing products. You can also take satisfaction in knowing that the company strives to incorporate these values into their company ethos:

  • A team who offer professional expert knowledge and advice
  • To have a positive impact on the people and communities with whom we work
  • Committed to minimising the environmental impact of our activities
  • Approachable, trustworthy, friendly and kind
  • We donate all surplus seeds to schools & community projects
  • Our packaging is fully recyclable and/or reusable
  • We exhibit and speak at garden shows and festivals helping those without time and specialist knowledge to succeed.


Meadow in My Garden have kindly given me a box of Butterflies Mix to give away to one lucky reader! Enough to cover 7m2 ; this seed selection is Ideal for eco-friendly gardeners, the garden’s friends range is not only beautiful, but also improves biodiversity.
  • * Through R&D, our mixtures help restore ecological balance in the garden. Biodiversity preserved, vegetable garden protected!
  • * Containing mostly pollen and nectar-producing species, this range prevents the need for pesticides, as it attracts large numbers of pollinators and beneficial insects.
  • * This meadow mixture offers shelter and an area in which butterflies can establish themselves.
  • * 'Best Buy' in the Which? Gardening Tests - March 2015
Follow Meadow in My Garden on Twitter & Facebook

To enter just fill in the Gleam app and make sure you answer the 2 part question in the comments section or your entry is void!

1. What is your favourite wildflower? 
2. Will you be taking part in the Big Butterfly Count this year?



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a Rafflecopter giveaway


By entering this prize promotion, you accept and agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions:
1. The prize promotion is open to all UK & NI residents. The prize promotion is non-transferable or redeemable for cash (subject to availability). Employees (and their immediate family) of Meadow in My Garden or anyone else professionally connected with this prize promotion are not eligible to enter the competition. Any entries submitted by agents or third parties will be invalid and will not be accepted by the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk)
2. The prize will consist of ONE box of Butterflies Mix for 7m2  (All prizes are subject to availability).
3. The prize promotion closing date is midnight on August 8th 2016 (the “Closing Date”) and any entries received after the Closing Date will not be accepted by the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk).
4. The winning entry will be selected at random on August 9th 2016 and the winner will be notified by Lemon within 7 days. To contact the prize winner we will use the email used by you when entering the prize promotion.
5. If you are notified of a winning entry, you must confirm acceptance by email to claim your prize. If you do not reply to confirm acceptance within 28 days of being notified as a winner, we may offer your prize to someone else.
6. Only one entry per person is permitted. No purchase is necessary to enter this prize promotion.
7. The prize(s) must be taken as offered. No cash equivalent or other alternative prize(s) are available in whole or in part except as provided for in these terms and conditions. The Prize Provider (Meadow in My Garden) reserves the right to substitute prize(s) of an equivalent value should the prize(s) become unavailable for any reason. If any winner is not able for whatever reason to accept the prize(s), then the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk) reserves the right to award the prize(s) to another participant.
8. A list of winner(s)’ names and locations can be obtained by sending a SAE to the Prize Provider after August 9th July 2016.
9. The decision of the Promoter (www.lemonscake.co.uk) is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome of the prize promotion.
10. Promoter: www.lemonscake.co.uk Prize Provider: Meadow in My Garden Glenmoor, Pans Lane, Devizes SN10 5AW

I was not compensated for this post by any third party and it is my honest opinion.

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Monday, 11 July 2016

Orchid-ding Me! Serenata Flowers Update

You may have read my post last August about my delivery from Serenata Flowers - if not you can read the post HERE.

I just wanted to update you on how amazing the Orchid is! As you can see it has graced me with a second bloom and I hope you agree just how stunning and delicate it is (again!)...

Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid










Thursday, 5 May 2016

You Never Need to Feel blu - blu e-cig Review #bluForYou 18+ #ad

***This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. Readers must be 18 years of age or older. All opinions are mine alone. #bluForYou #CollectiveBias****


I have tried a few 'e-cigs' and vaping products since they first hit the market. There are so many products around that the market can seem; to the new user very confusing.


Basically there are two different types - the type where the nicotine and flavour is in an encapsulated 'filter cartridge' that screws onto the battery and the type that takes a liquid into a 'tank' chamber.


I have had issues with the tank version where you have to tip it upside down to fill it can cause issues - specifically leaking and mess, also it can damage your product if you accidentally put liquid down inside the central chamber!


I've followed blu on Twitter for some time, I like the feed, concept and the design. The products look stylish and at long last I have the opportunity and the inclination to try a product out!


I decided to opt for the liquid version - which come in 5 delicious flavours:




Blueberry, Cherry, Menthol, Mint and Tobacco
at 5.99 each


The really great design benefit is that you load your liquid from the top = NO mess! Instant plus from me plus the fact the battery is really long lasting and the hit you have to have at the back of the throat, - well it is just a win win all 'round!


The blu PRO kit is a really reasonable 19.99 and looks awesome with its sleek black body and the blu signature LED it has a very cool aura about it. It comes as standard with a bottle of tobacco flavour liquid (10ml 1.8% Nicotine) and a blu micro USB charger.


Ordering couldn't be simpler the whole process took me minutes and it was delivered within 48hrs so the service was super quick and just really simple!


As you can see from the pics; the website is clear and crisp. It is instructional, fast & easy to use.




There is an option of registering or quick guest checkout. Shipping is free on all orders over £35.


A really good option is the Auto Shipping which you can use to deliver your liquid weekly so you never run out!


I also don't feel uncomfortable using it in public, unlike actual smoking - which instantly makes you a pariah! Gone will be the days of standing outside in the rain! So more quality time with your family - it is just a win win all around!
You also NEVER need a lighter EVER again!


My favourite things about the product are that you fill it from the top. The blu LED lights, Ultra smooth feel to the unit, realistic throat hit.


As you can see from my unboxing it is compact and practical to carry around:


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I used it today during lunch and had no strange looks, no comments and felt relaxed and at ease. I will say though it will take me a few days to get used to holding it as in this pic I think I look like I’m playing the flute!




I am however thrilled with my blu* and can’t wait to try other flavours! Smoking really has grown up.




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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Loss of a Pet - My Best Friend

Yesterday I had to make the very hard decision to have Jack Euthanised.

It was probably one of the most hard things I have ever had the responsibility to do - but that is the one thing that makes us responsible pet owners, knowing when the end has come.
Keeping him around for me was not fair and he became so poorly in 24hrs it was the right choice.


I can still hear your feet pitter patter on the floor
but you are not there anymore
I could see you knew you were going
and your thirst for life was apparently slowing
Your silence and cry could no longer be heard
and making you stay becoming absurd

I'll miss your snuggles with your silver blue fur
and the warmth &
feel of your wonderful purr
You were with me for half of my life
during Ev's birth you were acting midwife!

I want to say thank you
for being my friend
and I shall see you again
for it's not the end.


Jack
Chandrakan King of Siam Sahm

Oct 1996 - April 19th 2016

















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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Girlfriends Guide to Divorce - Review






I have to admit that I had missed this show on TV - I was probably knee deep in a box set which I seem to have been for some time. So offered the chance to review the 1st season and being unable to do much else as I am nursing a broken leg I delved in...

I do love American TV, from an early age I watched Taxi, Soap and Dallas so I have grown up with the polished serialisation format. In later years I was a huge Sex and the City fangirl but my heart usually lays with horror and Sci-fi so maybe that is why I didn't see this coming!

As a blogger I read a great deal about others' lives and can relate to most situations, having never tied the knot though I am a stranger to the big D. Obviously I have been in failed relationships but without all the legal entanglement, but this show has made me realise - we all have the same worries.

Girlfriends Guide to Divorce is written by one of my favourite screen writers Marti Noxon (she wrote many of my favourite Buffy episodes) and the writing is superb as to be expected!

The main plot centres around Abby McCarthy a successful author with a perfect career, perfect family and well a perfect life...or so she'd have us believe (whilst convincing herself) Things are not as they seem.
I don't do spoilers so I won't be giving away any plot lines but the story follows Abby and her gorgeous group of friends through the ups and downs of marriage, family life and of course; Divorce!



Abby is played by the very beautiful and talented Lisa Edelstein whom you may know from House (Dr. Lisa Cuddy) and she plays her to perfection. I found myself feeling that she needed more gumption throughout the first couple of episodes BUT then I realised; THAT is exactly what disappears...along with who we are, what we love, what we like to do, read, listen to, talk about, it all gets boxed up with our gumption and put in the loft to be sold at a boot sale when we are 67.

We all love our families and yet somewhere whilst we look after and nurture them we lose a part of our essence which makes us 'us'; Or is it that we just find different things are more important only to discover years later that we would actually quite liked to have hung on to at least part of our old self....the balance is excruciatingly difficult!

I can totally relate to so many situations that appear in the series my favourite being the whole 'HOW shit scared am I to show anyone my post baby body EVER again' situation. I don't have the body of a Goddess like Lisa does so nobody will ever see me with the light on again!

I watched season 1 over a couple of days and now I am lost and waiting for season 2! 

I would highly recommend this show, it is well written, well performed, Lisa is perfect in the lead role and has a wonderful supporting cast, has a gorgeous setting and makes you comfortable only to throw in a sub plot that can disturb and leave you in tears.
Get the girls over and have a (well deserved) wallow!




PRODUCT INFORMATION:
·         Title:                                   Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce
·         Retail Release Date:        DVD - 8th February 2016
·         Rating:                                  15
·         Retailer SKUs:                    DVD RRP: £24.99
·         Running time:                    60 minutes
·         Copyright:                           © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.



Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Harvester Restaurant - Review

Over the festive season Evan and I were treated to a meal at our local Harvester in Bournemouth.

I have to admit I didn't even know we had a local branch so it was a pleasant revelation! You can find your local Harvester here.

We were warmly welcomed at reception and shown to our table, then promptly our server; Connah arrived and introduced herself.
We were offered drinks whilst we perused the MENU and we set about ordering.




There is an enormous range to choose from for every course, so for starters I had the Ultimate Nachos for One which were delicious! Evan went for the Cheesy Garlic Ciabatta which lasted him around 30 seconds!

For mains, Evan decided on the Fish and Chips and I chose the  BBQ Chicken Stack. I utilised the help yourself salad bar and unlimited coffee whilst Evan had bread rolls and butter and unlimited soft drinks.

The Salad Bar and bread selection is extensive and you really have such a choice, it is incredibly hard not to over do it!



Initial reaction to the restaurant itself is very good, exceptionally clean and tidy and the lighting is an ambient relaxing hue which is just right - not too bright so you feel like you are in a waiting room and not too dull so you have to squint at each other!
The staff are very friendly and constantly working - I witnessed no party having to wait for anything.

Our mains arrived promptly and the portion sizes are enormous - so go easy on the salad if you do intend to eat anything!
There was a slight issue with Evan's main; but this was preempted by Connah our server and dealt with/ rectified immediately!
Nothing quite shows how well a business is run like how a problem is dealt with.





We were completely full but STILL decided on hot chocolate fudge cake for pudding and I felt like the boy out of Matilda; the portions were yet again enormous.



If I could find any problem at all - it would be signage to the premises. We did have problems finding it but other than that 10/10 for the evening.

We left full, happy and going to return!

You don't need an excuse to go to your local Harvester - ANY reason is good enough! With a menu so vast and to suit all palates and pockets nothing could be better (except the food!)

Early set Menu from £7.99
Evening set Menu from £10.99

Enjoy Free WiFi

You can follow Harvester on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!