Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Win a £10 Amazon Voucher for the New Year!

Christmas is nearly over. The mince pies have all gone, the sprouts are (almost) history and the waistlines are a teensy bit snug. It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions and counting the cost of Christmas. To help you on your way, you can win a £10 Amazon voucher, delivered straight to your inbox to spend on whatever floats your boat. Just a little Rafflecopter awaits you and you can enter as many or as few options as you like, there are no mandatory options. Thanks and good luck! 
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Friday, 23 December 2016

Beautifully Simple Gifts to Make with Children

Everyone loves a handmade gift, and it's a great way to get children involved with the gift giving process. Little ones don't have much concept of shopping, or choosing gifts for important relatives, so a gift they have made is something that they can personally be a part of. Two problems often arise with crafts though: they can be time consuming and surprisingly expensive. In this post I have some ideas of gifts you can make with household items that won't break the bank, take ages, or make a crazy amount of mess. If you're having a last minute panic about gifts from your children, this might just be the answer!
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

My Sunday Photo: Spot the Cheetah

Landscape of an enclosure with a camouflaged cheetah in the distance.
This week, our Sunday Photo comes from Wild Place Project, Black Horse Hill, which is near Cribbs Causeway in South Gloucestershire. There are lots of animals to see and we are especially fond of the Cheetahs. It's fascinating how they blend into the landscape with their camouflage coats, so L has set you a little challenge, with his photo 'Spot the Cheetah'. There is also a close up, when he finally came out of hiding. They really are stunning animals, although I don't think I would have liked to be any closer!
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Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Men (Nightmare!)

Boy holding up beach towel with Cricket references on.
For the last in our series of gift guides, I am tackling that oh-so-tricky subject; The Man. This is the most dreaded Christmas gift to buy of all. It doesn't matter the age of the male, the issue is always the same. If they want something, they want it straight away, so will invariably buy it the second they see it, leaving nothing left for the Christmas list. Or, they don't know what they want and are hopelessly vague and non-commital, so how am I meant to know? Fortunately, I've found some great ideas when I've been out shopping and have also been sent some lovely items from companies who are proud of their Christmas offerings. If you are tearing your hair out for what to buy the men in your family, we've got all the inspiration right here, with our Christmas gift guide for men. 
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Sunday, 11 December 2016

Christmas Shopping at B&M Stores Saves a Fortune!

Penguin microwave warmer with title textFirstly, I would like to say, this post is entirely unsponsored. I wouldn't normally say that, as I would tell you if it was, but I want to make it clear that I'm writing this because I am really impressed with the quality and prices at B&M Stores and have saved so much money, that I wanted to share my bargains with you. Let's face it, there are tough times for a lot of people these days, and most of us could do with saving a few pounds this Christmas. The beauty of B&M is that these aren't cheap products at cheap prices, these are quality, brand-name products at cheap prices and there is no way anyone would know their Christmas gift came at a substantial discount. Except my family, if they read this. Ahem. 
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My Sunday Photo: Frosting the Foliage

Boy holding huge leaf covered in thick frost.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Christmas Gift Guide: Bloggers

Swing arm clamp and camera remote with title text
This gift guide is here to help you with a very important decision; what to buy the blogger in your life. It can be a confusing experience, being the friend, or relative, of a blogger. You may be used to having your face paraded on social media, your food photographed at restaurants and being used as a personal thesaurus when you'd rather be watching the telly, but what does a blogger want for Christmas? I have purchased some low cost items this year that have turned out to be invaluable for all things blogging, and I also asked some of my favourite bloggers for their ideas too. This is our essential wishlist of bloggers' bargains and best buys!
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Friday, 2 December 2016

T'was the Night Before Christmas, a Modern Tale

Cat lying against a dark background with snowflakes falling
This poem was my entry to a recent competition, where you had to write a modern twist on the classic story; T'was the Night Before Christmas. I didn't win, so maybe it's terrible, but it took me ages, so I thought I would leave it here for posterity! There are a lot of people going without this Christmas, and I thought it would be good to highlight the fact that sometimes we don't see what is right in front of us. So, if you get an opportunity to help someone out, or make them smile this Christmas, have a go, it might make you smile too! 
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Digital Detox with Time to Log Off and Punkt

White Punkt mobile phone with title textMobile phones and electronic devices have become a way of life for many people and are so embedded in most of our lives that we are barely aware we are even using them at all. Is this having a detrimental effect on family life, though, and are we losing out as a result? Last weekend I took part in a collaboration with Time to Log Off and Punkt, to investigate this very question. The idea of the project was to encourage families to put down their devices and spend more time taking part in activities together over Christmas. In order to prepare for this festive foray into unfettered family life, we were sent a special phone from Punkt, which looked like a really modern, funky version of what was common place for anyone who remembers the 90s. Yes, young people, there was actually a time before every meal was instagrammed and Facebook always knew where you were.
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