Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Bah Humbugs Online Sweet Shop



Bah Humbugs Online Sweet Shop has just re-launched there website so that’s it’s mobile friendly and much easier to use.

Bah Humbugs is an independent Sweet Shop based in North Yorkshire and they have just celebrated a 10th year in business. They stock over 400 different sweets (from Floral Gums to Flying Saucers, Popping Candy to Pontefract Cakes, Lemon Sherbets to Liquorice Torpedoes, Rhubarb & Custards to Rosey Apples etc), sweet hampers, sweet jars and sweet buckets. And all there Sweet Gifts make perfect gifts for Christmas – they immediately transport people on a nostalgic trip down memory lane and great for those tricky-to-buy folk.

I miss older traditional sweets, you rarely get to see things like cola cubes, black jacks rhubarb and custard or them little foil chocolate cups. I remember saving up my pocket money and coming out the shop with a little paper bag full of sweets. I look at the sweets my kids pick up now ( kinder eggs and bubblegum ) are the favourites at the moment and I just think what a waste of money. I used to enjoy every one of my sweets and even save some for later on.

Bah Humbugs sent us some treats to try out and let you all know what we thought. With prices starting from 10p there is always something for everyone's budget.

Retro Sweet Bucket



First we received was one of there Sweet Buckets the Retro Sweet Bucket which includes my favourites Parma Violets, Fizzers, Refreshers, Double Lollies, Drumsticks, Vimto Lollies, Black Jacks and Fizz Whizz. The tub is a 350g tub filled the brim with firm favourites. These lasted just enough time for the photos them they totally disappeared. Perfect for an extra treat or stocking filler.



RRP - £5.95


Yorkshire Mixture Cone



Yorkshire Mixture, a super classic Yorkshire boiled sweet mixture, crammed full of delicious hard boiled sweets like Pear Drops, Fishes, Fruit Rock & more. You can't get more traditional flavours packed into a bag and perfect for our lovely traditional sweet shop in Yorkshire. So I hid these from the kiddies so I could have a try first the 200g cone is packed with old traditional boiled sweets, cola cubes and rhubarb and custard was my favorites.




RRP - £2.20


I've fell in love with this cool Sweet Hampers which prices start from £11.99 and you can even buy sweet subscription for someone to have sweets delivered every month to there door.


 I have a special 15% OFF code all there products the offer code is BLOG15 and can be used against all products (but it does exclude P & P).  

Monday, 24 November 2014

Stone Bridge Christmas Giveaway.




I'm a huge fan of Stone Bridge Hair Accessories since I reviewed there fat capitaine large clamp. The clip is something I have used daily since July. It has saved me from my breaking elastics and the hassles of one breaking when I'm out. You can check my review out HERE

Stone Bridge make beautiful clips in all different styles to suit every hair type. Perfect for stocking fillers this Christmas. Check out my top three favourites for the party season.

Estiva Crystal Large Barrett - RRP £129.00
Perfect for holding thick or curly hair, the large size of our Estiva Crystal Barrette will hold loads of hair beautifully and securely. This is a truly show stopping barrette, perfect for an evening out or a black tie event. Choose the Estiva and be prepared for compliments on your hair. Handmade with brilliant, hand-set Swarovski crystals and using an excellent French steel clasp, this will be a barrette you will rely on for years.





Sterling Silver Hair Pin- RRP £95.00
By English jewellery designer Emma Ginnever, these charming sterling silver hair pins will dress your updo with beautiful elegance. Inspired by nature and childhood daydreams, Emma's work has an ethereal quality that you will love. Each pin is completely handmade from hallmarked sterling silver. The subtle detail and delicate texturing of each piece makes them effective in the hair whether you use two or three together, or just one. The decorations are threaded onto the pin - not fixed - which allows you to position the pin freely into your hair, giving you total control over how the design works in your updo.





Baroque Cuffed Elastic - RRP £30.00
Partnering the claw we have in this design, our Baroque cuffed elastic will give your ponytail a smart finish you'll love.The decorative cuff has been made in France from cellulose acetate, a high quality plastic derived from cotton and not petroleum. The cuff is then polished to a glossy shine. The elastic itself is made from a very good grade, soft elastic which will hold your ponytail and not go baggy after one wearing.





They have kindly offered me a Rectangle Large Claw for a giveaway for my readers.



"One of there best selling designs. Handmade and polished in France, this claw is easy to open and can grip a lot of hair for an all day hold. Interlocking rounded teeth provide a firm hold that will keep your hair comfortably off your neck. RRP - £49.00 "


All you have to do is fill out he Rafflecopter below.




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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Smiggle UK Store Opening In The Bullring Birmingham



On Thursday we was invited to the Smiggle store opening in the Bullring.



Smiggle, the world’s hottest stationery brand, was born in 2003. The ultimate creators of colourful, fun, fashion-forward stationery. The first Smiggle store opened in Melbourne, Australia and word spread fast about the bright pens, notebooks and gadgets that filled a tiny, but very special place. The concept took off and the company soon hit 20 stores, where it caught the eye of the Just Group - Australasia's most exciting fashion & apparel retailer. Smiggle joined the Just Group in August 2007 and has not looked back since! In 2008 Smiggle jumped the seas and opened its first international store in New Zealand. In 2011 Smiggle expanded into Singapore, and in 2014 Smiggle opened its doors in the UK! It's all part of the grand plan to be the world's most exciting and famous stationery brand.

The store itself it like stepping back to my childhood, scented pencils and erasers. I remember collecting scented pencils and quirky erasers when I was at school. 





In store are lots of bright and eye catching stationery which is perfect for getting children interested in making there mark.  On display are testers of everything where you can have a play, poke or even draw to test the item out. Its totally full to he brim with fun and quirky items.




 The packing is brilliant and we loved the little characters. Staff are extremely friendly and there to help you with any questions you might have.





Advent calendar

It'll be the best countdown to Christmas ever with the 2014 Smiggle Advent Calendar! With limited edition smiggle goodies find a new surprise every day. Filled with 25 non edible stationary treats. We really can't to open this on the 1st December.



RRP - £20

Chocolate Scented Pencils

With 4 different scents to choose from there pencils are updated to create a stronger and longer lasting scent,  strawberry (pink), cookie (blue), purple (grape and chocolate (green). The pencils do really have strong scent of chocolate, and with four in pack perfect for keeping children entertained with there homework.



RRP-£4.00

Konnichiwa Cat Wallet

Say Konnichiwa to this fun wallet with Konnichiwa graphic. Made of 600d material with silicone character badge. Tri fold velcro wallet with outer zip coin compartment and large inner zip compartment. Comes with 5 card slots and ID card slot. With six different colours and designs, perfect for young ones to keep there pocket money safe.





RRP - £7.00

24 Pack Mini Gel Pens

I loved his little set, its perfect to pop in a bag to take on the go. It includes a mix of gel, glitter, neon and pastel mini mixed Smiggle pens,all tucked nicely away in a carry case. Again they are scented so it give that edge.





RRP- £11.50

Bubble Hardtop Hearts Pencil Case

Medium hard top pencil case with embossed hearts design! Lined with felt and containing space for pens and pencils and 2 mesh pockets. Comes in three different colours and is great for transporting all the essentials, keeping them safe and secure when on the go.





RRP - £10.00


What I loved about Smiggle is the use of so many senses, the smell, touch and look of just simple everyday items, but bringing that excitement and exploring back in to creative play too. I already have my eye on some stocking fillers. Thanks to Smiggle for the invite to the new store we had a blast. 


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Look In My Letterbox



Wins

I'm going to start with my fab win from over Mummy To the Max's Blog.  I won her fab competition of this Bosch Set last month which is pretty amazing with all the different attachments.





Reviews

My email went crazy this week and I have so many items on the way.

Calvin Klein Gift set 




Wooden Dolls house




Calcot Manor Bath soak and bath gel




I've also review some vouchers from Birds Eye and Tesco to sample there new fresh ranges.


Buys

I've totally hooked on these pop vinyls and I signed up to Pop in a box which you get a pop and delivery every month. You thumb down the pops don't ever want and thumb up the pops you do. Its surprise every month with a pop you will enjoy. This month I received slimmer from ghostbusters how cool is he. 




Rainbow Dash and Anna pops - Like me my daughter is obsessed so these are for her Christmas box.




Supernatural pops - One of my favorite shows so these really caught my eye. Ok now writing this in black and white I seem to be gaining an obsession eeekkk!!






Friends Who Have Made Me Smile This Week.

Sarah from Life In A Breakdown
sent me another pop to add to my collection too this week. She had a double and decided to share the love. I'm always honored to say I'm a blogger as I have met some fantastic and very kind people though what I do.








Alice Megan

Friday, 21 November 2014

New Hot Tub Range From Calcot Manor Available At Tesco



I'm a total sucker for any bath products. I've recently started to take an evening slot for myself to have me time. I did for find it easier doing it when he kids was awake but them I used to get lumbered with my daughter and her tub of a million barbie dolls, it used to feel like taking a bath full of Lego bricks.


I've actually never heard of Calcot Manor before dating back to the 14th century, Calcot Manor is more than a country house hotel set in over 220 acres of Cotswolds meadowland. In our grounds, you’ll find lots to do and see during your stay.

There are 35 individually designed rooms to choose from, including suites for couples and accommodation for families. Choose from The Gumstool Inn for pub meals or The Conservatory Restaurant for finer cuisine. For well-being and relaxation, Calcot Spa offers fabulous facilities and classic treatments and The Barn with its meeting rooms, spacious courtyards and facilities is perfect for business events, weddings and entertaining.

Luxurious Calcot Manor, famed for its stunning outdoor hot tub, has added a new collection to its bathing range, available exclusively at Tesco.

The Hot Tub collection gives you the Calcot experience in the comfort of your own home with two gorgeous bathing essentials. The Hot Tub Goodbye Tension Indulgent Bath Gel and The Hot Tub Sleep Enhancing Luxury Bath Soak. The Hot Tub collection is inspired by the relaxing, therapeutic benefits of heat and water that are fundamental to any spa experience.


 The Hot Tub Sleep Enhancing Luxury Bath Soak


The bath soak comes in a 40ml packet, there is enough for it to be used twice. The gel bubbles quite a lot so I recommend you do split it as my bath was spilling over with bubbles. With using the whole lot. The bath gel helps to gently relieves tired muscles, With extracts of passion flower, petitgrain & orange oil. The scent is very fresh and uplifting and leaves your sling feeling soft and relaxed. Calcot therapists recommend you relax in the warm soft-scented bubbles, close your eyes, breathe slowly and cast your thoughts to a beautiful faraway land.


RRP - £1.99

The Hot Tub Goodbye Tension Indulgent Bath Gel

The bath gel is amazing again you only need a bit to create a mountain of long lasting bubbles. The bath soak is infused with plum, ginger & bergamot. It comes in a large 500ml tub. The scent is slightly different from the bath soak but it lingers on your skin, leaving you with a calming effect. The second time I used the bath gel I was literally out for the night, I was quite surprised as normally I do fidget a lot in my sleep and I didn't seem to that night.  Calcot therapists recommend capturing at least 10 minutes of relaxing bath time to help promote sleep and well being.


RRP -  £5.99



The full Calcot Manor range is available in store and on online at www.tesco.com/beauty

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Q Pootle 5 Christmas Pootle All The Way DVD Giveaway



I'm going to kick of my Christmas celebrations with a great new DVD that was released on the 17th November. Lexie is a huge fan of Q Pootle 5 and his friends who get up to little adventures on the little planet called Okidoki.

Spark you child’s imagination this Christmas and pick-up your copy of the Q Pootle 5 Christmas Special: Pootle All The Way! as it flies onto DVD on 17 November 2014. Packed with special features including: Q Pootle 5: From Page to Screen and ‘Okidoki Karaoke’ and a special poster insert, there is something for everyone.



It’s Christmas time on Okidoki and all is calm as Q Pootle 5 and his friends prepare for the
happiest time of the year. All is bright too, with the new festive lights festooned across the shack, ready for Groobie’s pantomime. But, when a mayday call interrupts the rehearsal, the friends suddenly find themselves in an epic adventure in which the very future of Christmas is at stake!


Q Pootle 5 is based on the best-selling books by the hugely popular children’s author and illustrator Nick Butterworth and the series features an outstanding voice cast including: Ed Gaughan (Bunnytown, Black Mirror); Joanna Page (Gavin & Stacey, Poppy Cat); Steven Kynman (Thomas & Friends, Fireman Sam); Richard Ridings (Peppa Pig); and Ella Kenion (Cuckoo, The Hive, Swashbuckle).

In addition to the DVD release, Q Pootle 5 puzzles and games – including a 35 piece puzzle, 4in1 shaped puzzle and giant playing cards – from Jumbo are available now. Two brand new picture books from Walker Books and a special Q Pootle 5 magazine from Egmont Publishing, will arrive in-stores this November.

To win your very own copy of Q Pootle 5 Christmas DVD, please see the Rafflecopter below. Please don't tick all the options then not do the tasks as I check.



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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Join designer favourites - Henry Holland, Ben de Lisi and Ashley Thomas for your countdown to a fabulous Christmas with Debenhams.




From 17 November 2014, Debenhams will be a hub of inspiration for the savvy shopper.  Visit the flagship Oxford Street store for a week of interactive events - from a bespoke Christmas gift wrapping master class with interiors favourite Ashley Thomas, where customers will also walk away with their own personalised Christmas Decoration, to a Festive family fun weekend where kids can take part in biscuit decorations, face painting, toy demos and eat free in the Debenhams restaurant on floor 5!




For the fashionistas, celebrity favourite Henry Holland will be on-hand to customise your Christmas wardrobe from his exclusive collection, whilst Ben de Lisi offers you the opportunity to win your party-ready look - created just for you by the designer himself. Alternatively, take part in a Winter wardrobe master class with TV style expert Mark Heyes, or makeover your make-up bag with complimentary beauty transformations and Christmas party tips from Urban Decay.  All of this and more, means Debenhams is THE place to be to kick-start your fabulous Christmas!




   

KEY DATES – no appointments necessary

Monday 17th November, 6pm – Henry Holland Customises Christmas (floor 2)
Henry Holland offers tips and tricks for personalising your wardrobe this Christmas.

Tuesday 18th November, 6pm – Fabulous Christmas Makeovers (ground floor)
Expert make-up artists at Urban Decay help you to feel fabulous this Christmas.

Wednesday 19th, 6pm – Office to Christmas Cocktail Party by Ben de Lisi (floor 2)
Ben de Lisi shows you how to look glam and party-ready straight from the office. Outfits and goody bags to be won.

Thursday 20th, from 6pm – Fashion Workshop with Mark Heyes & Guests (floor 3)
Join TV style expert Mark Heyes for a winter wardrobe master class. Goody bags to be won.

Friday 21st, from 5pm – Ashley Thomas’ Home Made Christmas (floor 4)
Ashley Thomas offers a master class on a unique range of personalised Christmas decorations.

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd – Festive Family Fun Weekend, 11-5pm (floor 5)
Free fun and festive activities for all the family, including biscuit decorations, face painting and toy demos. Kids eat free in the restaurant on floor 5.