The Products to Make Your Family-Friendly Halloween Party Awesome

•Features gifted items• Halloween is almost upon us and I am looking forward to our annual party to celebrate all things spooky. I know Halloween can be a bit of a marmite occasion, but I love dressing up with the kids and having an excuse to decorate the house. Halloween doesn’t need to be all about the trick or treating, there are plenty of fun activities to keep kids occupied...

The 2019 Stable Cider Awards Final

•Press Event• This year I have been fortunate to work with The Stable on a few occasions as part of my role as coordinator of the Bournemouth Bloggers. I absolutely love pizza, especially The Stable’s, but I have never really been a big fan of Cider, that was until we went along to a tasting of the Cider Awards finalists at the Bournemouth Stable. There are so many different variations...

Julia’s House Creekmoor

•Press Event• I will be honest, up until recently I didn’t really have much of an interest in charity shops. Of course I knew how important they were for charities to raise funds for their individual causes, but I didn’t feel that charity shops were really ‘for me’, and I didn’t go in many for this reason. I also didn’t know much about the charities local to me, as I...

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 in JK Magic

•Gifted item• I am happy to hold my hands up and admit that I haven’t tried a lot of Charlotte Tilbury products before, but I was excited to receive the beautifully packaged Hot Lips 2 in Shade JK Magic in celebration of the first birthday of Charlotte Tilbury in John Lewis, Southampton. The Hot Lips 2 collection has been created in collaboration with 11 iconic people. The lipsticks can be...

How I Budget for Birthdays

My children were born in September, October and November, which makes the autumn an insanely busy and expensive time for birthdays, especially with Christmas in December too. People are shocked when I tell them that I have the money saved up for the children’s birthdays usually by the start of the year (and Christmas too), but I have always hated the idea of not having enough money to make their...

Philip Kingsley Pure Blonde Range

•Gifted Items• Although my hair is naturally blonde, it is a dark blonde and I have been having my hair coloured and highlighted since I was a teenager. Having highlights has become second nature, and I don’t think I will stop anytime soon but I am keen to find products which help to protect my hair and enhance the colour so that it looks good between visits to the salon,...

How To Focus on the Positives this Autumn

I have mentioned before that I suffer with my mental health, especially at this time of year as I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is affected by the shorter days and lack of natural sunlight. I find it incredibly hard in general to think positively, and I tend to have a negative mindset. I am trying to make a conscious effort to focus on the positives more, as it...

Activities to Do With Children After School

•Features gifted items• After spending the summer holidays with the children, it was a bit of a shock to the system when we all went back to school and work and no longer had long days together to do what we wanted. I find the hours between the school pick up and bedtime can go by so quickly, so I have been trying to make the most of this time...

So, You Want To Be A Blogger?

Collaborative Contributed Post  Have you ever read a blog and thought ‘I could do that?’. Talking about your interests and passions may come naturally to you. If that is the case, why not start a blog?  Picking A Blog Site   There are a few choices of platforms that you can use to set up your blog. Blogger is one popular choice, while WordPress offers lots of great ways of...