Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Stackable Rings - A Great Anniversary Present

Buying rings for a loved one can be a bit of a nightmare. Hopefully you will want it to be symbolic of your love and appreciation for your partner and something she will love to wear.  Rings come in many different shapes and sizes and unless you know your partner's preference it can easily become a minefield. Personally I like a ring that is neat and can be worn with other rings, or on its own. It is always wonderful to receive a carefully thought out gift.

I recently came across these beautiful stacking rings from Taylor & Hart which are perfect for any celebrative event such as anniversary, birthday or as a sincere thank you present.

Crafted in yellow, white and rose gold, each metal colour is married with pavé-set diamonds of a matching colour tone. These can be mixed and matched using different coloured gemstones, such as ruby, sapphire or emerald or metal colours to achieve your desired finish. 

The rings can be worn alone or stacked and can even be teamed with your original wedding and engagement bands to give you the look you require.

Each ring features approximately 42 x 1.3mm diamonds, although this is an approximation based on an average finger size of L1/2.
  • 18 carat white gold set with white round diamonds – £1,595
  • 18 carat yellow gold set with fancy-intense yellow diamonds – £3,095
  • 18 carat rose gold set with fancy-pink diamonds – £5,995
I particularly love the rose gold set with pink diamonds, I always did have expensive taste but to me it is an investment and an appreciation for all that you are and do.  Now all I need to do is leave some hints around the house, you never know, hubbie may take the bait.

Written in collaboration with Taylor & Hart.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Seahorse Plankton Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser from Beauty Kitchen

Beauty Kitchen have recently launched the Seahorse Plankton range of beauty products and I was eager to find out about them and the new range of products.

The brains behind Beauty Kitchen is Jo Chidley. In 2010 she launched her first store in Glasgow offering 100% natural, 100% effective and affordable beauty products, these are now on sale in Holland and Barrett stores nationwide. All the products are reasonably priced with the Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser costing £19.99, a fraction of the cost of some leading face creams and a small price for an item that is entirely natural and has not been tested on animals.

So what exactly is Seahorse Plankton and how do we, as the user benefit?
  • it is a biologically proven microalgae that helps to prolong your skin's natural youthful appearance
  • smooths and soothes problem skin
  • reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • hydrates and protects the skin
What I love about this wondrous little blue pot of moisturiser is the smell, besides the seahorse plankton it also contains sea kelp, blue chamomile, angelica root and frankincense.  When applied to the face, it glides on effortlessly and easily absorbs with no stickiness, leaving your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. After a week of using it my complexion looked a lot more radiant and hydrated and I felt a lot happier knowing that the product I was using was completely natural.

You can buy the whole range of Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton at Holland and Barrett or online at their website above.

I was sent this item free of charge but the opinion is entirely my own.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Vileda Easy Wring Mop

When I was asked to review the Vileda Easy Wring Mop I could have leapt with joy.  I suffer with back problems and it is no fun when it comes to cleaning the house. Add in the factor of a dog who just loves to be outdoors, it can prove a challenge to keep those floors clean.

The Vileda Easy Wring Mop comes complete with its own mop bucket.  The bucket is designed with an integrated easy pour mouth for ease of emptying and a horizontal handle so it is less likely to tip when your are carrying it. But the best feature by far for me is the wring out action, by placing the mop head in the wringer and pressing the foot pedal it makes easy work of wringing the mop out, not only that you can alter the amount of wetness on the mop by not spinning it less or more.

The mop head is made from 2in1 microfibre and is triangular in shape which means it fits into corners easy and picks up any unwanted bits off of the floor.  When you have finished washing the floor you can simple remove the head and throw it in the washer, no more smelly mop heads.  The handle extends from 55cm to 130cm so is ideal for a person of any height.

As you can probably tell I do love this, it has made a huge difference to me as I do not have to bend and put any pressure on the mop at all. The Easy Wring Mop is usually priced at £34.99 but at the moment you can save £10.00 and buy it for £24.99. It can be used on vinyl and laminate flooring.

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

Friday, 6 January 2017

My Love for Antique Jewellery

I often sit with Hubbie watching Antique Roadshow and just love it when people appear with family jewellery that has been passed on from generation to generation. There is something wonderful about the romantic history of these objects and the love they have given and received to the people wearing them. It somehow makes them more appealing to own and wear, knowing they have a lot of history.

As I have matured (like fine wine) I have a new found passion for antique and vintage jewellery. The uniqueness and beauty of some pieces is really appealing and I am hoping over time, I can build up a small collection of beautiful items that I can then pass on to my daughter.

I have recently been exploring the fabulous ranges available online at Berganza. Berganza specialise in antique and vintage jewellery and have premises in Hatton Garden, London. They offer a wide range of jewellery from periods as early as the Romans through to the retro of the 1940s and 1950s.

Each item of jewellery is sourced to represent the best of it's period and will provide endless satisfaction to its new owner.  At this moment in time I can only imagine what it would be like to own such a timeless piece and  I have a longing for a pearl ring that I noticed on their website.  With this in mind I have left lots of hints around the house for hubbie to see, without actually telling him.

The main thing to remember when buying antique or vintage jewellery is to buy it from a reputable source.  You wouldn't want to end up purchasing an item which is fake or the quality of the stones are substandard.  For me the new trend is to buy something old, something with history and love which will be more unique than items that are mass produced today.

Do you own jewellery that is a family heirloom? I would love to know the stories behind them.

Written in collaboration with Berganza.

My Top 8 Tips for Decorating

Photo courtesy of William Felker - Unsplash

It is coming to the time of year when I like to spruce up the décor in our home. After removing the Christmas trimmings everything seems so dull, I find it the perfect opportunity for a spot of DIY, and what better way than updating the paintwork and colour scheme.

I have learnt over time that preparation before hand, although time consuming, can have a huge impact on the finished result. Gone are the days when I would happily slap a coat of paint over the walls, instead I now wash the areas down prior to painting and prepare the surfaces around the room to prevent spillage and splashes on soft furnishings.
  1. Move all furniture into the middle of the room if possible.
  2. Take down curtains and have dry-cleaned.
  3. Remove lampshades or light fittings.
  4. Lay down sheets to cover furniture and plastic sheeting from Simply Plastics to cover carpeted areas.
  5. Remove any picture hooks and nails from the wall.
  6. Fill any cracks/holes and sand down once the filler has dried.
  7. Wash down the ceiling, walls and skirting boards with a sugar soap solution.
  8. Use painting tape around windows/plug sockets etc. This gives a nice crisp line once finished without any overlap on to the window or sockets itself.
If you are painting over a dark colour then use a primer beforehand (I have made the mistake of just painting over dark colours and it costs more in the end).

Photo Courtesy of Breather - Unsplash

Once you have all your painting equipment at the ready and you have completed the tasks above, you can start on the painting. Personally, I start with the ceiling, then move on to the gloss work and then finish with the walls. I do not think there is a right or wrong way; it all comes down to personal preference. I just can't wait to have pristine white walls again.

Hopefully by following these simple steps your decorating will become a breeze. Do you have any useful tips when decorating?

Written in collaboration with Simply Plastics

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Drink Water - The Feel Good Challenge

Water is the essential ingredient we must all consume to live a healthy life. As parents it is especially important for us to ensure that our children stay hydrated and feel good. 

Dehydration in children can lead to lots of health issues such as tiredness, headaches and dry skin along with impaired mental ability, so ensuring your child drinks plenty of fluids on a daily basis can help to overcome a number of health issues.

Photo Courtesy of Jason Briscoe - Unsplash

My daughter loves plain water and has never liked juice or squash but the boys were quite a challenge as they preferred sweet flavours. Water can be made more appetising for adults and children alike by simply varying the taste:
  • add fruit to ice cubes, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries work well
  • add a dash of freshly squeezed lemon/lime/orange juice
  • try carbonated water for a little fizz
I encouraged Gee to carry a bottle of water around with her all day from an early age, whether she is at school, home or out playing with friends and this has been a huge success. She even takes a bottle of water to bed with her, so less chance of rotting teeth through sugar. Whenever we leave the house it is on her essential list of "do not forget items". If your child doesn't really like water, try buying a posh drinking bottle, this can encourage the most hesitant child or instead of sipping from a glass or cup use a straw (all children love straws).

Highland Spring are running a Feel Good Challenge and I know from personal experience that I tend to drink less than I should. For the last 4 weeks I have increased my water intake and have been drinking around 6 small bottles throughout the day (besides my normal fluid intake).  I was unsure whether I would feel the benefits but I am pleased to report that I feel a lot less tired, more alert and my skin has definitely improved.

Photo Courtesy of Kiley Mead - Unsplash

Highland Spring water is drawn from organic land in the Ochil Hills in Perthshire and is the perfect companion to help you feel good and improve your hydration. Do you drink enough water on a daily basis?

Written in collaboration with Highland Spring.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Track your Sleep with S+ by MedRes

I have huge sleep problems, often waking early or not being able to sleep and this can have a huge impact on your health both mentally and physically. I was pleased to learn I am not on my own, but surprised that 1 in 3 people suffer with sleep problems.

The S+ from MedRes is the world's first non-contact sleep tracking system that helps you to track, analyse and improve your sleeping pattern.  Setting up the S+ is simple, just plug it in and download the app on to your smart phone. Once the app is installed your need to sync the S+ with the app and you are ready to go.  At night time you open the app and press the sleep button, this activates some short questions about your day and then the app starts to track your sleep.

Some of the benefits are listed below
  • it offers your personalised advice based on the analysis of your sleep
  • highlights problems with your sleep environment which may be affecting your sleep
  • it can play rhythmic sounds which synchronise with your breathing
  • the mind clear option lets you record things on your mind that you need to do
  • a smart alarm gently wakes you from light sleep within a time frame to suit you, helping you wake feeling refreshed
The first time I used it I was a little dubious as to the benefits it could provide and as you can see from my sleep stats below, I was often disturbed and awake for over 2 hours throughout the night.

The app gives you friendly advice on ways to improve your sleep. For me avoiding caffeine in the afternoon seemed like simple advice but the benefits I have received are incredible.  It was also good to know that people my age often wake up to 4 times at night and that I am not alone.

After a week of using the S+ and taking their advice in to account you can  visually see the difference in my sleep patterns.  I am waking much less often and in a morning I actually feel like I have had a good nights sleep.

The S+ is priced £129.95 and is available at ResMed, Amazon and John Lewis. It is definitely a eye opener and a small price to pay to improve your sleep patterns.

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