Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A Mum in Print - Truprint Mothers Day Gifts #millionmumssmile

Mothers Day is looming and even though I look forward to spending the day with my son Evan, it also leaves me saddened that I no longer have my Mum to celebrate with.

This year will see the second Mothers Day since she passed but for me this year will be the first that I truly realise she is gone as last year it was still so fresh and went by so fast that it didn't really resonate.

So this year I was intrigued by a request for bloggers to get involved with Truprint to do something different to celebrate and I was thrilled to be chosen to take part.
I had an idea as a sort of grieving process for myself but also to help Evan as he is still very troubled by Mum's death.

I want to celebrate HER as a Mum, sister, nanny, and friend so I have designed a book as a surprise gift for Evan to keep forever.

I have called it : About a Mother, For a Son, From a Mum.... and it documents my Mums life from her birth in East London to her evacuation to Dorset in 1939 and her subsequent life, marriage, having us girls and ending with a picture of the three of us.

It has been therapeutic and quite beautiful going through hundreds of photographs that my Mum had taken and collected (and I do mean HUNDREDS) so much so that I feel slightly better in myself after doing this.

So ... Truprint.

This year Truprint are hosting the fantastic Mum in a Million campaign, where Truprint would like to make a million mums smile by giving away 1 million personalised Mother's Day cards. My readers can use the code MUMINAMILLION at the checkout to claim your card**

They offer lots of different ways to turn your precious prints into gifts, varying from canvases to books to photo 3D animated gifts and mugs to name a few!
I obviously went for a book and it really cannot be easier.

The system is so easy to use and the interface amazingly helpful. You choose the layout that best suits your imagined design and then upload your photos, from there it is drag and drop and you can add text at any point.
I found that manipulating size and position incredibly easy and guidelines pop up to help you keep everything aligned, which I found awesome!

You can now also upload direct from your Facebook albums which is so helpful so no more having to download to upload which is VERY helpful!

Colours and themes are numerous and you can find so many to suit any celebration. Just for Mothers Day there is an enormous selection for you to choose from so you can play around with so many designs it is amazing.

I have added photos of the design process as this is the first of two posts; the next being when I receive my order.

So please head on over and have a look at the wonderful selection on offer. Don't forget to order your FREE card!

Mothers Day may turn out to be a happier day this year as memories can always be captured...

Song for this POST

**T&C's for the card offer:

  • Awards one free 7x5 folded card
  • Standard P&P charges apply (99p)
  • Ship to recipient not available
  • Complete with envelope
  • Code is One time use only
  • Strictly one code use per household.

This is a sponsored post - I was not paid to review but I was given a voucher to try the service, the review is my honest opinion.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Lexi's Wish #ChasingTheSun

Today I learnt about a little girl that lives a few miles from me in the village of Wool, Dorset.

Her picture shows a happy, beautiful, fun loving little girl of just 7 years old - a sure delight for her parents and siblings.

Lexi has an inoperable brain tumour.

Lexi is going to pass away.

HOW as a parent or a even just a human can you cope with that news? How would YOU deal with it?
My sister passed away following a brain tumour op in 1999 she was 38 and it was    is very hard. She had a partial life though having her own family and wonderful career as a Delphis paintress for Poole Pottery.
Lexi is 7 though just 7.... I have shoes older than her.

I cannot begin to imagine what her parents have been going through for these last 8 days, since they found out.


I am going to organise a competition and hopefully raise some money to put towards Lexi's wishes so her and her family can enjoy what time is left and enjoy their precious little girl without financial worry at the very least....

If you have anything you would like to donate please get in touch I am looking for anything that can be used for a raffle prize.

If you want to tweet about this please use #ChasingTheSun

If you would like to blog about this please get in touch x

You can donate here

More details to follow.


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

OXO - Trivet Giveaway - Christmas Comp #2

Those lovely people over at OXO have given me a set of trivets to giveaway to one lucky follower!

The OXO Good Grips 3 Ring Trivet Set is a three-in-one solution for versatility while serving small and large dishes. The three Trivets come apart to be used as separate trivets, or to be placed side-by-side to accommodate large dishes or pans. The three rings snap together for use with single pots and for convenient storage.  The raised, non-slip feet keep hot cookware steady and away from tabletops. The open center allows for easy and convenient hanging storage. The Trivets are heat safe up to 600°F.

This set is red and feels really nice, so not only saving your surfaces but look stylish too!

Just complete the gleam app to enter and good luck!

If you win > email me within 7 days to lemonscakeblog@gmail.com with your details.
I will contact you via Twitter/FB but if I do not receive your details I will redraw.

You will NOT be entered if you do not do the MANDATORY steps!

UK Only

That's all; not many but important!

OXO Good Grips Trivet Set

Style So Hot It's Criminal!

My son is almost a teenager and he is obsessed with clothes, baseball caps (ooops sorry I mean 'flat caps') and beanies; so much so it is really good fun when I get the chance to shop with him!

 The new collection from Criminal exclusively for House of Fraser is stylish, chic and reasonably priced and has a range to suit the most discerning of men!
 I have had a really good look around the range and have put together an outfit I would love to see Evan in this winter!

House of Fraser have a wonderful competition running to pick your favourite outfit up to the value of £300 and show it off for the chance to win it! How could I refuse?

Criminal are a real youthful and fun brand, casual and yet still emanating smart and sophisticated.

I opted to go with a surfy layered look, Ev & I love the movie Point Break so the Bodhi T was the perfect item to start with!
Co-ordinating perfectly with the Chinos the hoodie and T go really well with the navy tones of the warm and gorgeous Parka!

The accessories finish off the complete outfit which comes in at an amazing £231.50!

I actually think Evan would be thrilled to bits with this outfit and proud to wear it anywhere! I am really impressed by the entire range and the price, as there is something available in each price bracket.
For younger fashion fans Criminal also do a range for children up to age 12.

As it is a surfy relaxed look & it's Christmas the song for this post is HERE

Friday, 5 December 2014

Advent Day 1 - Competition Win a Make up Bag +

**** Something very weird happened to this comp! I went to pick a winner and it had included EVERYONE that has entered a comp since 2012!!*****

I have therefore opened it for another 24 hours - please re-comment

I do apologise - have no idea what is going on with it!
I've switched to Gleam, so let's try again!

At last I feel up to starting my advent competitions. I know I'm late but just due to my health and stuff I am behind with everything as usual!

So for the first day of my advent comps you can win this Sugar & Spice make up set

Comprising of bag, lipstick, mascara, nail varnish, eyeshadow and eyeliner!

Lovely little set!

Just fill in the Gleam app below

Good Luck!

If you win > email me within 7 days to lemonscakeblog@gmail.com with your details.
I will contact you via Twitter/FB but if I do not receive your details I will redraw.

You will NOT be entered if you do not do the MANDATORY steps!

UK and Republic of Ireland Only.

That's all; not many but important!

Sugar & Spice Make up Bag and Make up set

The Mum MEME

Lovely Miss Cisco over at The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock n Roll Mum has very kindly tagged me in this meme so here goes:
Who was your first crush?
I had a few in the late seventies, Bjorn Borg! Barry Sheen! Starsky & Hutch but really my first massive crush was Jon Bon Jovi - from the first time I saw him live in 1984 I was hooked - 20 live gigs later and I just went off him...!

What were the last three things you bought?
.Other than the obvious food shopping it would be gifts for the youth club party so LED laces, a beanie hat and 12 sets of elf ears!

What are you secretly hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year?
I never have any expectations as I don't really get presents - Evan has always been brilliant at buying for me and as he gets older he is surprising me more and more. It will be nice when I don't have to give him the money!

Where would you go on holiday if you could go anywhere in the world?
I would love to go to the southern states of the USA

What are you reading at the moment?
Nothing at the mo, but the last books I read was The Enemy series by Charlie Higson. They are fantastic and brilliantly written. If you like apocalyptic fiction there you go!

What was the last concert you went to?
Camp Bestival

What were you like at school?
I loved school until I was 12 and then I was bullied and turned into a nervous wreck, it ruined my life until I took a deep breath and went back packing when I was 19.
I was insular and spent most of my school days alone - today I would be EMO

 That's it! So I'm tagging the lovely Lucys' +Lucy Dorrington at the Parent Game  and +Lucy Zelazowski at It's a London Bird Thing ... enjoy ladies!


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Youth Club-bing Together

Last year it was discussed that my village in rural Dorset; needed a Youth Club, just somewhere for the young 'uns to hang out and have a place they can sit that is warm and indoors and not with their parents!

Youth Club

We were lucky when I grew up here - we had a designated building, The old W.I. hut became our club and we loved it and looked after it as it was ours.
Our Summer holidays we spent painting it, drawing murals, cutting the grass it was great fun and times I will always cherish.
The hut was knocked down in the 90's and replaced by housing, which at the time left us with a Royal British Legion Youth Section - once a week. It wasn't the same as it wasn't our own.

Our youth don't have their own building either and at anytime we could be asked to vacate and that would be it. Awful really that this generation can't leave the village as the buses were cut and yet don't all have the luxury of taxiing parents (or the finances) to get out and about.

We don't have cinema, swimming pool or skate park. We have 1 shop, 2 pubs, 1 sports club and a garage...

I am not at all saying they are not catered for we have an AMAZING community that has Scouts, cubs and beavers, a performers group, various sports clubs, music and loads more but there is always that need when you are growing up to have that one place that you know you can go to.
Not all kids like clubs, my son was a performer until he was almost 9, he decided then he didn't want to do it any more and he also didn't want to do Scouts.
You can't force them!

He does however LOVE Youth Club and I am thrilled he does. They have a great laugh - play ping pong, talk rubbish (very important rubbish though) and listen to music, he just loves it!

This year I am running a Christmas Party for them. We are self funding and so don't get grants etc. so this is a begging post!
I need donations - anything from a £1 to a voucher, a supermarket voucher to a set of make up....ANYTHING at all that we can use to make it a great night for them and make them feel really well....appreciated and not just that gang that hangs around with nothing better to do!

If you feel as though you could donate anything please get in touch via any of my platforms.

Thank you for reading