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Project B Box 6

September 26, 2014 in Gifts, Maternity, Services

The lovely people at Project B kindly sent me my fourth box this month. I’ve been really impressed with the other boxes I’ve received so I couldn’t wait to see what was in this box, the last box before baby arrives!

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, box 6, correlates to month 9 of pregnancy and has the theme ‘Nest’……

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Eco2Life Cleaning Spray and Refill - Brilliant! You receive an empty spray bottle and little bottle of magic formula which is environmentally more friendly for bath and shower cleaning.

Weleda Calendula Lotion - For baby and adults. It is easily absorbed and free of the bad stuff. Lovely!

NO GERMS Instant Hand Sanitiser - Love it. Pop it in the change bag and it’s there when needed.

Yes! Nurse’s Hand Formula - I love this and it’s made a huge difference to my very dry hands. Just totting up how many times you wash your hands with 2 young children on a morning is astonishing – no wonder my skin is dry as anything!

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Spontex Washups - A couple of  handy sponge scourers.

The Pampered Chef Microfiber Towel - Very soft and absorbent.

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As with the other boxes, there are also four really useful fact sheets.

I have to say that this box really does fulfill the “nest” theme. Everything in the box is relevant and useful and I really like that. My only wish was that there was a little chocolate treat in there too :-)

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.

What We’re Loving… Crowdwish

September 20, 2014 in What We're Loving

Well it’s September which means it’s time for our monthly What We’re Loving post. We started this series earlier this year and we’re really enjoying sharing things we love with you every month.

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This month our spotlight is on Crowdwish.

Every day the amazing folk at Crowdwish action a wish, as wished for by you, me, the general public. Basically you go to their website and submit a wish, or more than one. Your wish is added to the wishlist which is visible to the world. Now for the really cool bit, other folk can “me too” your wish and help it move up the list. When your wish reaches the top of the list it will be actioned by Crowdwish!

It all sounds a bit too good to be true doesn’t it? I can assure you though that it REALLY is that good! You see I (Rhoda) made a wish back in April…

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…and last month Crowdwish dropped me an email to let me know that they were working on my wish! That same day Crowdwish told me they’d be sending me my own personalised crutch!! I was honestly blown away, I still am! My crutch arrived last week and I actually cried tears of happiness when I saw it.

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Crowdwish had a bird themed crutch for me as I’ve always loved nature.

I can’t believe that these wonderful people made my wish come true! What’s more they didn’t even ask for anything in return AND they do this each and every day!

If you check their blog every evening you will see the wish that they actioned that day. (Here is the post from the day they actioned my wish.) Every evening this website makes me smile. I think of how incredibly excited I was when I got their email and I think about that person whose wish has been granted that day!

As if that wasn’t enough, they also often include the people who have clicked “me too” on the wish, or indeed anyone at all. For example, last month they gave away foldable walking sticks to Fibromyalgia sufferers  (see the post here)! How incredible is that?

I can’t really put in to words how grateful I am to Crowdwish. I look at my new personalised crutch and smile. It’s far more ‘me’, it’s much less depressing than my old generic grey one, and it looks great too!

Crowdwish really did make my dream come true. If you have a wish, for you, for your friend, for anyone or anything, pop over to Crowdwish. Even if you don’t make a wish, this website will make you smile. It’ll make your heart swell and you’ll find yourself popping back every single day to see what wish they have actioned and how they have achieved it!

For more information on Crowdwish visit their website. Their WTF? section will fill in all the gaps in my attempted explanation. Follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook too so that once a day you’ll get that post or tweet that will remind you of the good in the world!

Thank you

I was not asked to blog about Crowdish. Thank you Crowdwish for fulfilling my wish!

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.