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A SewLomax Giveaway

September 16, 2014 in Baby and Toddler, Current Giveaways, Gifts, Maternity

With the imminent arrival of Liz‘s third child, our attention has turned to all things baby! Poor Liz has had a tough pregnancy so I know she is just so eager to meet the new addition to her family. Liz, we hope all goes well for you and baby.

For me, I’ve been enjoying looking at new baby gifts! So when I saw that SewLomax have introduced a new baby accessories range I was pretty excited.

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SewLomax have been on my radar for a wee while now with their collection of personalisable wash bags and accessories. Created by Emma Lomax, the company has taken the fashion and beauty world by storm for the past couple of years, so it’s really exciting that they are branching into this new area.

Emma’s debut collection of baby essentials consists of beautifully designed muslins, dribble bibs, as well as baby bathtime hooded towels and flannel sets. All are ethically produced and, as one would expect, great quality.

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I think the designs look absolutely gorgeous. The safety pins and dummy designs are really cute! Plus the towels can be personalised for that added special touch; they’d make a lovely gift.

Personally I love the look of the muslins, They are 100% cotton, feature the dummy and safety pin designs and are available in three different colours. Importantly, they are easy to wash on a 30 degree cycle and can be line dried, making Mum’s life that bit easier. Available in a set of square muslins (£12.50) or large muslins (£26), they’d make a really lovely gift!

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The very kind folk at SewLomax have provided us a large box of muslins to give away to one lucky reader! The winner will be able to pick their favourite colour. To be in with a chance of winning simply fill in the rafflecopter entry form below.

Please note that there are NO mandatory requirements, you can do as many or as few as you like. However we do check entries so please be honest. Any false entries will result in disqualification. This giveaway is open to the UK only.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!

For more information and to view the entire SewLomax range visit the SewLomax website.

Thank you to SewLomax for providing the prize for this giveaway. As always there are no affiliate links in this post. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

September 8, 2014 in Books, Fiction

When it comes to selecting books to read I tend to trust my favourite bloggers, booktubers and friends on Goodreads for recommendations. I also go on the advice of friends. There’s one friend in particular who has never given me a bad recommendation (no pressure Craig). He was the one that introduced me to George R R Martin and Raymond E Feist. His latest recommendation was The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and so I plunged into the first book in the Stormlight Archive series, and yes, he was right again!

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Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Written from the perspective of numerous characters, we are introduced to the world of Roshar. It’s a world where light-eyed humans rule and fill the upper echelon. A world where dark-eyes are common, and Parshmen are slaves.

Truthfully it took me a wee while to get into this book. I enjoyed what I was reading but I had no idea what it was all about! Slowly but surely my understanding of the world evolved and before long I didn’t bat an eyelid at chulls, spren and shardblades. So stick with it, it’s worth it!

While I really want to go into detail about this book, I also don’t want this post to be too long or to spoil anything for you. Having never read any of Sanderson’s work prior to this I wasn’t sure what to expect but I had heard great things. Wow, this guy has an incredible imagination! He has created a world that is very different from any I’ve encountered before. His attention to detail is incredible. There are so many fantastic concepts in this book, and they are all relevant. Where in other works of fantasy I’ve found myself a bit distracted by detail that isn’t relevant to the plot, Sanderson’s detail enhances every part of his plot. He even goes so far as to include hand drawn illustrations which, personally, I loved.

As I mentioned earlier we follow the story through multiple characters. The danger with this is that you learn a little about all of them but they lack in depth. This certainly isn’t the case with this book. Although I feel like I ‘know’ a couple of the characters better than others, I still feel Sanderson has provided us with a good balance.

There was a while when I really didn’t understand where this book was going. I felt like I was being told separate stories and couldn’t see how they related to one another. To be honest though, this didn’t really bother me as I was enjoying each of the character’s individual stories. However I can assure you that they do start to make more sense as a whole.

As if multiple storylines, detail and drawings weren’t enough, Sanderson even throws in some interludes which offer us a peek into the lives of other characters, seemingly completely separate from the main plot. Again, I wasn’t sure I was going to like this, but I really did! It helped to build my picture of Roshar.

I did have a favourite character in this book. To me, Kaladin is a fantastic character and it’s really impossible not to like him! The son of a surgeon, life has taken him from a small village through war and slavery to life as a bridgeman, whose lives many of the light-eyes see as expendable. Battling to stay alive, and to protect his Bridge team, his turbulent journey is not yet over.

Split over two parts, this book, from the outside, may seem excessively long but I assure you every page is worth it. The second book in the series, Words of Radiance, was published earlier this year. I can’t wait to read it, although I think I’m going to wait for the paperback version. 1088 pages in a hardback is going to be too hard for me to hold!

Have you read any of Brandon Sanderson’s work? Should I venture into his other series?

We just wanted to share this book with you! All opinions expressed are, as always, completely honest and entirely our own.

Back To School With Sainsbury’s

September 1, 2014 in Kids

Here in Scotland the schools have been back for a couple of weeks, but for Newcastle-based Liz and the kids school starts this week. Sainsbury’s were kind enough to send over some of their back to school goodies and it’s fair to say that Jonny & Sophie loved them!

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We love Sainsbury’s clothing, their Tu range features quite heavily in the kids’ wardrobes. The quality is great and the designs so cute. However we haven’t really tried any of their stationery or bags. I was impressed. Good quality, fab designs (which were a hit with the kids) and at a reasonable price. In a world where there is so much pressure for kids to have new stuff for school every year, you want to get the most from your money and I’d say these items from Sainsbury’s achieve that. The notebook is perhaps on the pricier side for younger kids but older kids would get good use from it.

Sophie’s favourite colour is pink. She loves it. So, naturally, she loved the cute bundle she was sent.

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Travel Buddies Tea Party Lunch Bag and Bottle (£7), Butterfly A4 Notebook (£4.99) and Butterfly Stationery Pink (£2.99)

The Butterfly Notebook was definitely a hit. She couldn’t wait to get drawing in it so ripped open the stationery set and got going. I was pleased to see that a sharpener was included in both of the stationery sets, and a fairly decent one at that. Don’t you just hate when you get unsharpened pencils and have to search the house for a sharpener?

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As for the bag? I love the inclusion of the drinks bottle, and the bag is a good size. Sophie? Well I think her face says it all..

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Jonny is looking forward to going back to school, and was delighted with his Back To School goodies.

Amazing Spiderman 2 Lunch Bag (£8), Geo Pencil Case Blue (£5.99), Travel Buddies Pencils and Rubbers (£2.99)

Amazing Spiderman 2 Lunch Bag (£8), Geo Pencil Case Blue (£5.99), Travel Buddies Pencils and Rubbers (£2.99)

The pencil case was a definite hit (with both kids), and the stationery set was promptly whipped out of the packaging and put to use.

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As for the lunch bag, Jonny is a Spiderman fan so this will be well loved.

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Thank you to Sainsbury’s for sending over these goodies. They were definitely a hit!

Thank you to Sainsbury’s for sending these goodies. All opinions expressed are entirely our own and completely honest.

 

My First Memebox

August 26, 2014 in Health & Beauty, Make Up, Services, What We're Loving

Let me firstly say, I know people have been reviewing these a lot lately, however I purchased this Memebox myself…and have another making its way from Korea as I type. All opinions are completely my own and I just wanted to share this with you.

Ok, now that’s out the way…. welcome to our August edition of What We’re Loving! This month I (Rhoda) am absolutely loving Memebox! Memebox is a Korean beauty box service. It’s not a subscription service as such, they release new boxes frequently and you pop over to their website to order whatever you like the look of.

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I was first introduced to Memebox a wee while ago by Coffee Break With Dani (over on YouTube) who does Memebox unboxings. From the first time I saw her unboxing I wanted to get my hands on one of these boxes, but I wasn’t sure how it would work being shipped over here. I really didn’t want to be slapped with a big customs charge when it arrived. So I patiently held off until I found some other UK bloggers who had ordered Memeboxes with no problems and so I plunged in with my first order.

Having seen various reviews online I decided to opt for the Hair & Body 2 box. The box itself cost $23 (£13.88) and standard shipping is $6.99 (£4.22) although this box had free upgrade to express delivery, and wow was it quick!!!

I used a combination of Meme Points & a coupon code to bring the total price in at $14.99 (£9.04). A MASSIVE bargain! In fact it’s a massive bargain at the standard price, but it’s worth a wee look about for any coupon codes prior to ordering.

I also nabbed one of their secret deals so I was sent a free 45ml DrG Brighening Balm in Super Light which actually retails on the site for $25! Seriously, I cannot believe how much stuff I got for £9!

Ok, I’ll stop rambling. Here’s what came in the box….

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…jam packed full of goodies!! You also get a wee card that tells you what everything is, how to use it and how much it retails for. Don’t lose the card as in some cases it’s the only English instructions.

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Kocostar Foot Therapy 40ml ($9) Ok I confess it was this item that really made me choose this box. These are basically a wee pair of socks you put on for about 1.5hours. They have gel inside & feel really tingly on the feet. Rinse off the gel and about 4 days later you’ll notice the skin coming off, yeup coming off, your feet! It should be disgusting, but it’s pretty awesome. My feet are unbelievably soft now and I seriously love this foot wrap! I’d just advise you not to do it if you’re going to be sandals in about 4 days time, not a good look!

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Evas Cosmetics Body Net 7Days Project 200ml ($6) Sticking with the body, I’ve been using this shower gel for a while. There were 7 different scents available and I got the Deep Sea Water. It’s nice.

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Label Young Shocking Holjjuki 100ml ($21) This stuff scares me. It’s a one-step body slimming cream. You apply it where you want a slimming effect and it, well, slims it. It heats up though so you need to be careful not to use too much. Honestly, I’ve used this once and I was too scared to put much on, so I can’t give you an opinion on this. I need to be brave and give it another go.

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Vidanail Lvida Lavender Oil 10ml ($10) I really like this lavender oil. It helps the nails, is easy to apply and looks so cute. Look at the bits of lavender in it!!! >>

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Moving on…

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Hello Everybody Spa Vita Berry Shampoo & Treatment 30ml (Full sized product: 220ml ($38)) I LOVE the smell of these! I was going to save them for trips away but the smell was too good, I had to try them. I’ve been using these once a week/10 days to help give my hair a vitamin boost. I don’t think my hair could handle more than that so these should last a wee while.

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Boutique Bebe Hair Salon Argan Oil Essence 60ml ($31) Apart from the bizarrely brilliant foot wraps this is my favourite item in the box. I just apply a little with my fingers and it gives my hair a nice, natural looking shine. It was great on the ends of my hair just before I got it cut, really helped my hair look and feel more presentable!

So that’s the contents of my Hair & Body 2 Box, worth $77, or $81 factoring in the sample sized hair goodies!

I mentioned that I bagged one of their secret deals. This meant I was sent this DrG BB cream for free..

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So all-in-all by applying my memepoints and a discount code, I received $106 (£63.93) worth of products for just $14.99 (£9.04)!!

I’m delighted with this box. I didn’t incur any customs charges which was great. I believe that’s because it cost less than £15? Anyway, I love this box so much that I’ve already ordered my next one. I’m even more excited about it as it’s the Collab With Coffee Break With Dani box!

One final tip… if you see a box you fancy and it’s in stock GO FOR IT! They sell out really, really quickly.

Have you tried Memebox? What’s your favourite product so far?

As mentioned above, I bought this Memebox myself and just wanted to share it with you! All opinions expressed are my own and completely honest. As always there are no affiliate links in this post

Project B Box 5

August 23, 2014 in Gifts, Maternity, Services

I (Liz) couldn’t believe it when another fabulous Project B Pregnancy Box arrived through my door recently. I’ve been very impressed with the other two boxes I’ve received  (if you missed those posts you can find them here and here).

For those of you that might not be familiar with Project B they are a subscription box service for pregnant ladies. They offer 7 boxes to see you through from 12 weeks right up to baby’s arrival. Retailing at £14/month, the value of the box often far exceeds the price you pay.

This month’s box is box 5, which correlates to month 8 (30-34 weeks). So let’s have a wee look at what arrived in the box…

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Nurture breast Pads - Perfect for the hospital and individually wrapped. Retails at £4.99 for a pack of 40.

Weleda Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion - A little treat to celebrate Project B’s first birthday. Retails for £13.95.

Deep Freeze Pain Relief Cold Patch - Wow! Pain relief that can be used in pregnancy to ease those back pains. Fantastic! Retails at approx. £5.69 for 4 pack.

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Divine Milk Chocolate Caramel Bar - Whoever came up with the idea of including chocolate in every pack deserves a pay rise. Plus it’s fairtrade and not for sharing with others. Retails for approx. £1.

Floradix Liquid Iron Formula - Certainly helps with the vitamin intake. A great, sample sized addition to the box.

Pukka Tea Bags - ‘three ginger’, ‘cleanse’ and ‘three mint’ teas.

Benecos Natural Lipgloss and Nail Polish - Little, natural treats to make mum feel slightly less like a farm animal. Both retail for £6.95 each.

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Laboraide Twin Pack - ‘A new, innovative natural birthing device…to be used during both first and second stages of labour’. It’s a dental support device designed to naturally relieve pain. I’m willing to give anything a go! Twin Pack retails for £19.99.

Nursing Oil, Weleda - Apparently this should stimulate milk production. Sounds good as I’ve never been good at breast feeding.  Retails for £7.95.

TENA Lights  - Always welcome in pregnancy.

Femfresh Intimate Wipes - Great for popping in your handbag. Retails for £1.59.

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Finally you get the very useful fact sheets. This month’s are baby in month eight,  What to take to the hospital (very useful), Swimming and aqua natal and Salmon with pine nuts and lime recipe.

I’m really impressed with this box. I tried to include prices for as many products as possible and as you can see the contents of box 5 far exceed the £14 that you pay for the box. Fantastic!

Thank you to Project B for sending this box to Liz. All opinions expressed are completely our own and, as always, entirely honest. As always there are no affiliate links in the post.