Friday, 5 February 2016

Galaxy Quick Reads 2016 Review

How often do you get to sit down and chill out with a good book? Well if you are like me it probably isn’t very often at all, the moment I pick a book up and get to a gripping bit somebody needs me for something and I lose track of the storyline. If you are short on time then Galaxy Quick Reads have six exciting new titles for 2016 and they cost only a £1 each.

These books are ideal for busy mums, or indeed anyone who struggles to sit and read for any length of time. From gripping murder mysteries to a true story there is bound to be one that you will enjoy.  
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
  • A Baby at the Beach cafĂ© by Lucy Diamond
  • The Anniversary edited by Veronica Henry
  • The Double Clue by Agatha Christie (edited by Sophie Hannah and John Curran
  • Too Good to be True by Ann Cleeves
  • On The rock by Andy McNab, former SAS soldier
I love these short books and the stories are so enjoyable along with a bar of Galaxy. You can find more information over at Quick Reads.

I was sent a selection of the quick reads free of charge for the purpose of this review.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Valentine Gift Ideas

Can you believe it is nearly Valentines Day again, part of me dreads this time of year and the other half of me longs for it to come around as Spring is just around the corner.  I have had the pleasure of working with lots of lovely brands this year and hopefully I may have seen things that catch your eye.

Have you heard of Cocosa? Well neither had I until I was sent some lovely goodies for Valentines Day. Cocosa are a luxury online retailer who sell top brands at a fraction of the cost. They offer daily sales from big brands like Vivienne Westwood, Michael Kors and Prada to name just a few. Their own team of international buyers shop around the world to bring us the best bargains.

These Valentino sunglasses really are my favourite new item and will come in ideal for my holiday and of course they come in their own stylish case with lense cleaner.

Ipkn and Michael Todd
Or how about some gorgeous luxury make up from Ipkn or this divine Kaolin face mask from Michael Todd which really leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean. I love to receive beauty treats at any time of year and they would be a big hit with lots of ladies.

SoulCal Shirt
For the man in your life why not treat him to a nice shirt, this long sleeved flannel shirt from SoulCal is warmer for the winter months and has lovely finishing touches.  The all over check pattern, twin pockets and triple button fastening on the sleeves all add to the quality of this shirt. SoulCal products are available from USC stores go to the

Tigi Diamond Shampoo and Conditioner
If you can't afford real diamonds how about this gorgeous shampoo and conditioner from Tigi it will definitely put some sparkle in to your hair and smells divine too.  It actually contains champagne extract, diamond powder and cashmere for softness.

Jules B Pashmina
Jules B Pashminas are handcrafted from a premium, soft cashmere meaning they are ultra soft.  Pashminas can be used as a scarf or shawl and are ideal for dressing up an outfit.  You can transform an evening dress with a Pashmina draped around your arms or shoulders or for a more casual look, use as a cosy scarf to keep out those winter chills.  Jules B currently has a sale on and there are endless colours available all at a reasonable price.  I would love to receive a Pashmina at any time of year, a marvellous addition to refresh your wardrobe.

Glass Hanging Picture Frame
Or how about a picture frame, I adore this glass hanging frame, it is so different and only £15 from JoyTheStore.

These are just a few items that I would love to receive but my list is endless, we don't need diamonds to keep us happy just a gift that some thought has gone in to.  Happy Valentines Day x

I was sent some items free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is my own.

Trespass Coat Review

Now that we have a young puppy in the house we seem to be spending a lot more time outdoors and in this current  cold dreary weather,  hubbie often comes home looking the worse for wear. When I was contacted by the lovely people at Trespass to review an item off their website I immediately thought of him, he is the one that spends a lot of time outdoors and I felt he deserved the protection of a decent coat.

I ordered him the Walsenburg Men’s Jacket in black which had lots of useful features to help him stay warm and dry in all weather elements.  The coat is made with a Tres-tex membrane which allows sweat to pass through freely reducing condensation whilst also preventing rain and snow from passing through.  Some of the great features are listed below:
  • Waterproof to 10,000mm
  • Breathable to 5,000mvp
  • Volume adjustable hood – can be altered to fit your head size
  • Venting – underarm zips to prevent overheating
  • Zipped pockets – water repellent to keep your valuables dry
  • Water repellent zip – when closed prevent any water from penetrating
  • Goggle pocket
  • Communication pocket
  • Adjustable storm cuffs
  • Single cinch draw cords
Since wearing the coat on his puppy adventures he has returned home dry and warm and says the coat is lovely and comfy to wear.  He likes the fact he can alter the cuffs and hood to fit, ensuring there are no drafts and therefore his hood remains firmly in place.  This coat looks smart on and could be used on a variety of occasions, being ideal for popping in the car in the spring and summer being prepared for our temperamental climate.

I was sent this coat free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is my own.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

My Sunday Photo 31st January 2016

I have struggled to get out and about this week so instead I trawled through the pictures on my camera and found this one.

I was trying to figure out all the settings and if by magic the camera recorded the view I wake up to every morning.  Somethings are worth getting up for.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Hope's Relief Shampoo & Conditioner Review

I have suffered with a dry and rather itchy scalp for sometime and this can be aggravated by using highly scented shampoo and conditioner. The usual coal tar shampoos have such an horrid smell to them and although they work, I do not feel my hair smells nice. I was pleased to hear there is a more pleasant alternative, Hope’s Relief was developed in Australia by a Naturopath and I am please to say it is 100% free from any nasties making it ideal for adults, children and babies alike.

The Dry flaky Scalp shampoo and conditioner are perfect for anyone with scalp issues such as psoriasis, eczema, dandruff and even cradle cap and contains ingredients such as:
  • Active Manuka Honey
  • Gotu Kola
  • Aloe vera
  • Organic Calendula
  • Licorice Root
After using these as part of my routine for the last week I am pleased to say my hair feels so much healthier and my scalp definitely feels a lot less irritated and I am no longer anxious around the smell and condition of my hair. Although these products are more expensive a little does go a long way and would therefore be comparable to other brands on the market. The shampoo comes in a handy pump dispenser and costs £16.20 whilst the conditioner is available in a tube priced the same. I would definitely recommend these products if you suffer from any scalp conditions.

I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is my own.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Epson EcoTank ET-2500 Review

Last week I received a most welcome email asking me if I would like to review a Epson EcoTank All in One printer/scanner/photocopier, now seeing as my old one is about on it’s last legs and I am due to start my degree next month, this could not have arrived at a better time.

Before I opened the box I was slightly concerned about the size of machine and where it would fit in the house, this was unnecessary as it is quite compact and fits quite easily in the corner of the room.  Setting up the machine was really easy by following the clear guidelines and disc that was supplied

The Epson EcoTank ET-2500 with MicroPiezo inkjet technology is one of five  new models that is supplied with approximately 2 years worth of ink included in the box.   Low cost printing plus no empty cartridges to dispose of are added benefits of owning this printer.  I cannot think of anything worse than starting to print a large document and running out of ink half way through, often my daughter has sent reams of internet pages to the printer wasting the ink that we had.  The ink supplied can print up to 4000 black or 6500 colour pages which is the same as about 20 ink cartridge sets and can save you around 70% of the cost.

With built in WiFi you can easily print from your desktop PC, laptop, IPad or even your phone by downloading the Epson App, so if you have tickets to print, this comes in really useful.  A flatbed scanner and copier are also useful features of this device allowing you to scan to your PC, Cloud or your email, you can also reduce and enlarge image sizes with the copy feature.

The machine is not overly noisy and print quality is good although I haven't tried printing photographs as yet.  I do love the simplicity of this machine and although it costs around £229.99 I definitely think it is good value for money. 

I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Outdoor Fun in the Snow

I love these snowy Sunday mornings, everywhere looks so pretty with the fresh dusting of snow and with our new addition in the family walks seem so much more fun.  It also means that Gee does not feel quite so lonely, not having siblings to play with can be hard at times and she now has a new found friend to explore the rocks and fields.

I had forgotten how much I loved having a dog in the family and I never thought for one minute that Marlow would take away the pain of losing my german shepherd all those years ago.  Whilst I still miss her terribly, Marlow has brought some much needed love back in to my life.

His first experience of snow, you just can't help but adore those big floppy ears and his enthusiasm for the cold weather.

The Peak District really is stunning every day of the year but especially when there is snow.  There is nothing more perfect than putting on your walking boots and getting outdoors. 

And when it is time to go home there is nothing better than cuddling up next to Gee in a blanket to get warm, after all he is still a baby.

I am linking up with Fiona from Coombemill who runs a weekly post called #countrykids.
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