Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Disney Princess Cinderella Glass Slipper Perfume EDT

My daughter has an obsession with my perfume, often sneaking in to my bedroom when I am unaware and having a squirt.  So when I was offered the chance for her to receive the Disney Princess Cinderella Glass Slipper EDT and told her the news she was really excited and looked forward to it arriving.

The perfume has been specially designed for children and is suitable for them to use every day. It is alcohol free and hypoallergenic so you know beforehand that it will not aggravate sensitive skin.  The slipper itself holds 30mls of perfume which also has glitter in to give that dazzling effect. The fragrance is light and perfect for little ones first perfume.

Gee was really impressed with the glass slipper and insisted on taking it with us on a recent visit to a Castle, what better way to present it. Cinders has found her glass slipper and now she just needs to find her Prince Charming.

The Disney Princess Cinderella Slipper would make a fantastic stocking filler for any little girl this Christmas.  It is available from Boots, Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's priced at £10 but is currently on offer in Sainsbury's for £7.

We was sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is our own.

Monday, 28 November 2016

An Audience with Father Christmas - Bolsover Castle

For the first time this year Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire are hosting an Audience with Father Christmas for all the little ones and their families to enjoy.  Not only can you explore the grounds of historic Bolsover Castle and take in the fabulous views, the children can spend around 25 minutes listening to the man himself regale you with enchanted Christmas tales.

Set in the library in the Little Castle, the children gathered round as Father Christmas entered the room, there are plenty of seats for adults as well, but the children take pride of place in front of Father Christmas.  He then took a seat by the decorated tree and began to tell the story of how the Robin got his red breast.  All the children were transfixed and it was a wonderful way to start the Christmas period.

After the story had finished each child got to spend time with Father Christmas. It was pure joy to see the expressions on the children's faces, as the man himself took time with every child in the room, listening to their requests and finally handing them a small present to keep them going until the big day itself.

The rest of the castle is tastefully decorated with trees and floral arrangements to match the era of the castle itself and we enjoyed looked around and admiring them.

Bolsover Castle is owned by English Heritage and an Audience with Father Christmas is available to book every weekend until the 18th December.  Sessions are every half an hour and booking is recommended in advance.  There is an additional cost of £4 for all children to experience the story telling and receive a small gift.

When you have finished exploring there is a lovely café on hand where you can warm up with hot chocolate and mince pies or light meals are also available for a reasonable cost.

We really enjoyed this magical experience and had an amazing time.  I would thoroughly recommend a visit to an Audience with Father Christmas.

I attended this event free of charge but the opinions are our own.

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Remescar Eye Bags & Dark Circles Treatment

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to try out the new eye bags and dark circles treatment from Remescar.  With promises of a 75% reduction in eye bags and dark circles instantly, could this be the new go to treatment for all ladies.

No matter how much sleep I get, my eyes always look so tired.  I don't think it helps working on a computer all day either, combine that with busy family life and it certainly takes its toll on your appearance.  I was intrigued to how this cream could work so quickly and below is how I applied it.
  • cleanse the face as normal
  • apply your usual moisturisers
  • use a grain of rice sized bit of the Remescar and gently apply to the under eye area
  • then keep you face as still as possible until the Remescar is dry
You can then apply your usual make up over the top, the effect can last for 8-10 hours and I can confirm that it really does work as you can see in the video below.

Remescar products are manufactured by a company called Sylphar who make medical devices and cosmetic products.  Remescar is safe for all skin types, although if you apply and feel any irritation you are advised to discontinue use.  I was also pleased to hear that this product has not been tested on animals.  You can buy Remescar from Boots priced £29.95.

Would I buy this product?  Yes most definitely, it is the perfect product for defying the signs of ageing even on a temporary basis.

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

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Chatsworth at Christmas - The Nutcracker

One of the most enjoyable places to visit at Christmas is Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.  Each year the house is dressed up, in to a magical wonderland of a fairy tale.  In previous years we have seen Alice in Wonderland and Mr Toad with this year being The Nutcracker.   Join Clara as she travels through magical lands being swept away by the Nutcracker Prince.

The Main Entrance Hall is dressed as the Theatre foyer to start your tour of the magical ballet.

As you walk along the corridor the clock chimes midnight as Clara's parents host a party for all their friends and family.

In the Chapel corridor you can see Clara amongst the trees as she admires the Nutcracker that her Uncle has made for her.

In the Chapel whilst Clara sleeps she dreams of a winter wonderland with dancing snowflakes.  The Chapel is such a magical sight.

In the Toymaker's Workshop you can explore the wooden toys that have been made.  The Oak Room is adorned with clocks and other wooden toys which you can play with.

The Painted Hall is decorated for the party with this magnificent Christmas tree taking centre stage.

The mouse king is the arch enemy of the Nutcracker and you can see lots of mischievous mice hidden in the dressing room.

The Sugar Plum fairy's dressing room is just perfect.  The vision of the bath with fairies circling above is beautiful.

The hours of work it took to create this breath taking journey as not been in vain.  Every room in Chatsworth is magnificently adorned with props and decorations.

The Great Dining Room is transformed in to the Land of Sweets, there is even a train tooting around a gingerbread village.

And when your journey is over there is a lovely ballet projected on to the wall in the Sculpture Gallery and a final photo as Clara and the Nutcracker.

Christmas at Chatsworth is open until the 3rd January but is closed on the 24th-26th December and 1st January.  It really puts you in the festive spirit.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Are Celebrities Paid Too Much for Reality TV

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Are you a fan of Reality TV? I must admit I am slightly addicted to I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.  The other night when Adam had to go in to the hut with the spiders, I sat cringing and could not help but feel sorry for him, willing him on to conker his fear. I could actually imagine the emotions he was going through and I know for sure that I could not have stayed in that hut.

Celebrities often show a more vulnerable side when appearing in reality shows, a side that we do not often see when they are acting a role in daily life.  So what is it that intrigues us most about celebrities? On screen they often portray characters in soaps or are legends in their chosen sport but in reality TV we are seeing them as their self.  Is this why we watch them? Or are we just the nosey public, waiting until some dirty secret is revealed, after all they cannot keep up the pretence when they are monitored so closely day and night.

Does the humiliation celebrities suffer come with a price tag and is it worth it financially to them?Celebrities are paid huge amounts of money to appear in these shows, whether its Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother or I'm a Celebrity they do not appear for nothing.  Cash Lady have produced an infographic on how much each celebrity will earn from appearing in one of these shows and I admit I was quite surprised at the amount of money that is exchanged.  You can read more about it here.

Whilst all celebrities receive a hefty fee for appearing on I'm a Celebrity, charities also benefit as sums of money are donated to charities of the star's choosing.  Big Brother celebrities receive undisclosed five and six figure sums, whilst Strictly Come Dancing stars are given increasing amounts as they progress in the show.

So would you appear in a reality TV show for money?  I'm a Celebrity does not appeal to me, but I would definitely love to dance and Strictly Come Dancing has to be one of my favourites at the moment. Although with my two left feet it would certainly be entertaining.

This is a collaborative post.

Christmas in the Home - Gadgets Galore

There are lots of useful Christmas presents that can be bought for couples or for single people setting up home for the first time.  Below are a few that caught my eye and which I would love to receive.

For the Photo Lover - Umbra Hangit Desk Photo Display
I just love the idea of the Umbra Hangit Desk Photo Display.  It comes complete with the white stand and two clothes lines and pegs to hang your favourite photos from, you can even hang reminders, appointments or children's drawings.  Priced at £15 it is available from Red Candy.

For Friends or Colleagues at Work - Doris & Co
Doris & Co offer luxury handmade pottery ranging from half pint English creamwear mugs to kitchen ceramics.  I just adore these mugs and I know the perfect recipients for them.  The Old Friends mug is decorated with a garland of forget-me-nots and oak leaves and the Vintage Christmas Mug depicts a 1930s Santa reading to two children.  They are so beautifully made and priced at £19.95 each.

For the Baker - Salter Kitchen Gift Set
Perfect for the home and baker this lovely set from Salter comprises digital scales with LCD display, and instant read thermometer and a digital timer.  No excuses for miserable fails in baking with this fabulous set and just right for the next Bake Off.  Priced at £39.99 it is currently on offer for £24.99 at Salter.

For the Gadget Lover - Varta Family Powerpack
The perfect travel companion, never be without charge on your appliances with the Varta Family Powerpack, this is ideal for days out or weekends away when plug sockets are limited.  This handy little device can charge up to 4 phones and 1.5 tablets giving them that much needed boost.  It is available from Amazon and costs around £25.

For Storing Jewellery - Umbra Brass Elephant Ring Holder
This small brass plate elephant ring holder is so cute and would look adorable on your dressing table or even on the kitchen window sill to store your rings whilst washing up.  Priced at £8.90 it is available from Red Candy.

For the Thirsty Child - Thermos Funtainer Hydration Bottle
Perfect for the little ones around the house the Thermos Funtainer would make an ideal stocking filler and is virtually unbreakable.  It comes in a variety of designs including the floral one above and a football theme too.  It has a non slip base, push button lid and a pop up straw.  It is great for around the house or on days out.  Priced at £17.99 it is available from Amazon and Thermos.

For the Person who is always Late - Classic Alarm Clock/Radio from Oregon
The new Radio Alarm Clock from Oregon Scientific, is the ideal gift for those who love all things modern. The alarm adds a touch of colour and style to any room being simple and easy to operate with a large backlight LCD display for easy viewing and is ideal for those of us who take a little longer to wake up in the morning. The nifty dual alarm function allows you to set two alarms on a single clock, one for you and one for your partner, and there’s even a snooze function built in, should you decide to have that all important extra five minutes. Best of all, you can also choose to wake up to your favourite news or music programmes, perfect for those weekend lie-ins. Priced at £25.99 it is available from Oregon.

For the Cook - Nessie Soup Ladle
I just love quirky gifts and this Nessie Soup Ladle is perfect for serving your soup or stews.  It makes a great talking point and is also available in a family with a colander and tea infuser.  They are all available from Red Candy, the soup ladle costs £12.50.

Well it really won't be long until we are festively decorating our houses.  If you are interested you can also visit my guides for Women, Men and  Children.

I was sent a selection of items for the purpose of this post but the opinion is my own.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Men can be so difficult to buy presents for and I have come up with a few ideas that might make shopping for the men in your life a little easier.

Braun Multi Groomer
The Braun Multi Groomer is the ideal styling tool for the man in your life.  The adaptable groomer is perfect for shaving, styling and trimming.  The groomer has an extra wide shaver head, twistable dual trimmer and a click and lock comb for beard styling.  The battery chargers in an hour and gives 30 minutes of use.  It is also waterproof and can be used in the shower so perfect for the man on the run.  Priced at around £47 is it an affordable stocking filler and can be purchased online.

Primus Trailbreak Lunch Jug
The Primus Trailbreak Lunch Jug is such a fabulous idea for men (also women) who like to escape for the day mountain bike riding or walking and can even be used for work.  The double walled vacuum insulated lunch jug is made of stainless steel and will keep food warm for 7 hours.   With winter drawing ever closer you can take your hot meal with you and enjoy it on the go.  Priced at around £20 I think these are a great idea.

The Bluebeards Revenge EDT Gift Pack
This Bluebeards Revenge Gift Pack contains a fresh and masculine shower gel and a refreshingly modern Eau de Toilette to finish.  This is a refreshing new fragrance with ozone notes accented by Sicilian bergamot and Ligurian basil. The heart features a rich blend of jasmine, black tea and watermint, while the rich base notes include Madagascar vanilla highlighted by sandalwood and patchouli along with oakmoss and musk.  This is a really masculine fragrance and the set retails at £24.99.

Gillette Fusion Proshield
For the man who prefers a more traditional razor the Gillette Fusion Proshield is a must.  Available in the new Star Wars box for Christmas.  It has flex ball technology so adapts to facial contours ensuring a smooth shave. The razor costs around £12 and is available online or at various chemists.

Bulldog Moisturiser Cracker
The perfect product for secret Santa or stocking filler, the cracker contains a 100ml moisturiser which is an award winning hero product.  Priced at £6 it is available from Tesco's, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

Braun Precision Trimmer
For the man with a goatie or beard the Braun Precision Trimmer is a great tool for helping to define the lines of a moustache or beard.  It comes complete with a 5mm and 8mm comb which trims facial hair to that length.  This product requires 1 x AAA battery which will give you 120 minutes running time and costs around £14.99.

Lyle & Scott Birdseye Stripe Shirt
I know my hubbie always loves to receive a new shirt and this casual striped Polo Shirt from Lyle and Scott has a ribbed cuff and collar, side split seams and eagle logo on the front.  It is currently reduced at Scotts Menswear for £39 saving you £21.  Scotts also offer a wide range of designer wear many at reduced prices, ideal for Christmas.

Braun Mobile Shave
The ideal shaver for the man on the go the Braun Mobile Shave has flexible smart foil to trim hairs growing in different directions, has a precision trimmer and is fully washable.  Priced at around £20 this would be perfect for the man who travels a lot.

These are just a few ideas and things that my hubbie would like this year.  You can also see my Ladies and Children's gift guides for more ideas.