Days Out: Watching X Factor Live at Wembley Arena, London – Wheelchair Access, Wonderful Surprises and Waiting Around

A recent trip to London brought much headache inducing stress, as detailed in this blog post.  We did however manage, thanks to a quick nap and a vat of rescue remedy to get some things accomplished on this trip, one of which was visiting Wembley Arena in London to watch X Factor being filmed. I know some people can’t do enough to get away from news of X Factor when it is on the TV, but I’m guessing that if you have read this far you are not one of them.  I will therefore make a pretty unsurprising confession – […]

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Viking Direct Review: Stationary and Office Supplies and Everything in Between

My name is Vicky and I am….a stationary addict!  It started back in school when the smell of freshly sharpened pencils was what got me up in the morning, and by the end….I was found laying in a gutter with nothing but my post-it notes and permanent markers to my name….. Seriously though (I say that alot don’t I?), I really do love stationary.  Anyone who has read my filofax post may have grasped this.  I can’t help myself, I just love a fresh ruled A4 pad and a pencil.  It’s always the start of something good.  Even though I […]

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High End vs. High Street: Stretch Mark Treatments Put To the Test

It’s a big conundrum for many of us, does more expensive necessarily mean better?  Whether it’s food, beauty products or clothing and footwear, it’s hard to know whether buying cheap really does mean buying twice, or if you’re just paying for a brand.  In the first of a new series, I’m putting two products head to head to find out if it’s worth the splurge or if the budget product performs just as well. Before I start, I ought to state that my idea of luxury and that of Grazia, Vougue etc are very different.  As a cash strapped Mum, […]

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Two trends entwined: The Neon Rainbow and Cool Mint – A Perfect Partnership

Imagine me (if you dare) skipping round the playground in junior school in hot neon tops and fluorescent culottes.  A neon shellsuit was at the top of my Christmas list, and I coveted my friends neon shoelaces.  Yes, that was the 90’s, at least it was for a pre-adolescent. Just for kicks, here is one of the maybe three pictures I have of myself when young, at about 14-15. [I had ditched the shell suit in favour of blue hair mascara.  A step up but just barely. So here I am at 31, minding my own business and getting on […]

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Cheese and onion popcorn and cinnamon popcorn recipes: Mustard Heat and Eat Popcorn Maker

I adore popcorn.  Sweet, savoury, and the sweet and savoury flavours that you’re not sure if you like, but you eat the whole pan so you must like it on some level.  I love pan popped and microwave popped, and I love the emergence of so-called ‘gourmet’ popcorn.  I’ve used the air pop machines before but always found the popcorn a little dry, whatever I do to it.  As a virtual connoisseur, I was excited to try the Mustard Popcorn Maker.* Using the same principles as the bags of microwave popcorn.  Heat, and something to stop the kernels flying all […]

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Happy to be a #MorrisonsMum – our bank holiday shop with bells on

It’s bank holiday weekend.  For once in England the birds and shining and the sky is singing, and everything is pretty darn perfect.  That is especially true when you have a kitchen full of meals and treats to satisfy the pickiest family.   J and I went to Morrisons on Friday and shopped up a storm.  I adore Market Street in Morrisons, it’s how I remember shopping many many years ago when I was a girl but all in one place and without Maggie Thatcher trying to steal my milk.  Second to that awesome sight was the plethora of little […]

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I’ve got the power: quality sound in seconds – August International Bluetooth Speaker #triedandtested

I have a little powerhouse for you guys today.  I am far from technical minded but I love my iPod and my smartphone, and this little beauty works with both. Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, this August bluetooth speaker takes seconds to pair with a bluetooth device.  For those like myself who also have an older model of MP3 player, it works with a jack to jack auxiliary, which is included.  You can plug this lead into your device and into the speaker and be listening to your favourite audio within seconds. For those with […]

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Pampered pets and fussy felines: A Tail of Two Kitties

They say a picture tells a thousand words, and this is most certainly true with the lineup I have for you today.  Moo and Shannon are 2 year old kitties, and we love them to bits.  This does mean they are a little spoiled – but what can you do – they’re too cute! This lovely lot was sent to Shannon and Moo by petshopbowl.co.uk After scuppering their efforts to break into the box, it was only fair to give them a handful of the Canagan Grain-Free cat food.  You can buy just about anything in this online store and get […]

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Love me beauty box has arrived

I’m so excited….that I just can’t hide it…I’m about to lose control and I think I like it… Oh yeah! Ok that’s quite enough of that.  I do apologise my dears, but I really am excited to have received my Love Me beauty box, mentioned here earlier in the week. So without further adue, I present my lovely present to me, so I may share my enthusiasm with you all. Apologies for picture quality, I get hand tremors which give most of my photos a ‘soft focus’ type look, which is not what you want when you’re trying to showcase […]

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Love me

Having spent a largely sleepless night surfing the blogosphere, my brain is now brimming with possibilities, aspirations and must haves. The first must have that I just had to have for my very ownsome is the Love Me beauty box.  I saw the boxes themselves, and the products within raved about on various beauty blogs, and on visiting the website I could see why. The concept You choose from a variety of products in various shades to fill your box.  You can choose from 3-4 pre-sets, depending on whether you want makeup or beauty/skincare products.  I wanted both and found […]

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