Sunday, 27 January 2019

Valentine's gift guide

Are you a traditional roses, wine and chocolate giver or do you like to give something a little different?, maybe something more personal related to your loved ones interests.
I have put together  a few ideas for both for you this valentine's Day in my gift guide.

Firstly let's stick to traditional - 
Wine - you can never go wrong with a good bottle of wine so how about trying out this gorgeous rose- 
The Ned Pinot Rosé is the perfect wine to share over a romantic meal this Valentine’s Day. This
bright,crisp wine has a wonderful rose petal scented aroma and citrus and watermelon flavour, it makes the perfect accompaniment to a starter of steamed asparagus with shaved parmesan.
Or a beautiful goats cheese tartlet served with a green salad, or even a delicate seafood risotto
or paella. A match made in heaven.
The wine is blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, from the Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New
Zealand, which gives it its gentle blush colour, and a creamy, dreamy texture.
Available from Majestic for £12.99 and Ocado for £9.34
The Ned Pinot Rosé will make Valentine’s Day a little more special this year.

For some truly indulgent treats that will big a missive hit then look no further than The Fudge Company. I have enjoyed trying the luxury Caramel selection and they are amazing!
A luxury, keepsake box stacked with twelve creamy, hand worked caramel favourites in six flavours: Sea Salted Caramel, 
Cherry Bakewell Caramel,
Chocolate Caramel, 
Mocha Caramel, 
Raspberry Caramel, 
Chilli Chocolate Caramel. 

All coated in thick milk chocolate and hand decorated.
Availability: and selected stockists
Weight: 240g
RRP: £15.00 (plus P&P with online sales)

If you are looking for something a little more personal for the one you love then how about something they love doing, maybe a gift voucher for a day out, a pamper session at a spa hotel, or something to help with their hobby.

What about this lovely Derwent Bullet Journal Set for the creative writer or sketcher in your life - 

The perfect Sketcher's companion, this journal has been designed with practicality in mind. At a handy A5 size you're ready to capture the world around you at a moments notice. Ideal for instant studies, the thread-bound spine opens completely flat providing a level surface for you to work on. Complete with a pen wrap and lightfast water-based Graphik Line Makers.

Contains: A5 Sketching Journal x 1, 80 sheets, 140gsm Ivory coloured paper, elastic closure. Graphik Line Makers x 4-water-based fine liner pens in rich, semi permanent tones, Black 0.2, Graphite 0.3, Black 0.5, Sepia 0.5, 1 elasticated pen wrap to holds up to 6 pens

Skincare is really important especially as we get older so treating your loved one to some luxurious skincare products is bound to be a winner, especially when the results are going to get great result and visibly younger and healthier looking skin. I have been trying out these two products form Higher Nature and already can see and feel a difference.

For skin that feels firmer, try Higher Nature’s Aeterna Gold Collagen Crème Serum. From the age of 30, collagen levels drop, leaving skin prone to fine lines and wrinkles. This formula has been specially created to give skin back its bounce, with a nourishing dose of marine collagen extract, aloe vera leaf juice, sweet almond oil and vitamins E and B5. Apply sparingly on the face, neck and décolletage at night before your usual moisturiser for optimal results.

  • Collagen infused skin serum
  • For healthy, younger looking skin
  • Fights signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines and reduced elasticity
  • Contains powerful plant extracts
  • Use at night for best results

Healthy skin starts from the inside out, which is why Higher Nature developed Aeterna Gold Collagen Drink. Formulated specially to support firmer, more youthful looking skin, this glow-getting collagen drink contains carefully balanced vitamins, botanicals, hyaluronic acid and pure marine (non-shark) collagen. It comes in a highly absorbable form that can be added to your juices and works to maintain skin's moisture, aid tissue renewal and support collagen production for skin that looks and feels great. The perfect partner to collagen creme serum.

Maybe you like to give a gift with a personalised touch, then you are sure to find something over at GiftPup, pop on over to their site to check out their range of valentines gifts, its simple and easy to order

Something like a cute personalised teddy bear


Or a personalised champagne flute


I am sure you will agree there is something for any taste or style here, and yes its not all about the giving but who doesn't like to be treated now and again and i can think of no better time than Valentine's day to show the one you love how much they mean to you. 

Friday, 18 January 2019

4 Bright Ideas That'll Cut The Running Costs Of Your Car


Cars are essential for many people who live busy lives rushing to and from work, school, and dropping the kids off wherever they need to be. As a result, your car quickly becomes one of the most expensive things in your life. If you’re not careful, it’ll drain your family finances and leave you in a sticky situation.

But, with these bright ideas, you can cut the running costs of your car with ease:

Actually buy a car with good MPG

MPG basically refers to how far your car can travel on one gallon of fuel. The lower the number, the more often you need to fill your car up. Naturally, this costs a lot of money! So, buy a car that has an impressive MPG figure. Something like the new Mercedes AMG CLA Class has a very handy 40.9 MPG, and anything above 30 is usually considered good. Or, you could ultimately go to the extreme and buy an electric vehicle - but then you have to charge it, which isn’t as expensive but can be a pain to find charging ports. Sell your old car if it’s a gas guzzler, and buy something far more economical with good MPG figures.

Drive properly and be safe

Don’t go around speeding way over the limit in your car. And don’t do things to it that will eventually cause it harm. Drive properly, and your car will reward you by staying in tip-top shape. This limits the cost of repairs and servicing, which can save you an absolute fortune over time. Also, if you drive safely, it will prevent any accidents. As a result, you could lower the costs of insurance and save money per year.

Follow the maintenance guide

All cars have a maintenance guide that you need to follow. Mainly, this includes adjusting the tyre pressure, changing the oil, and so on. If you do these tasks, you’ll prevent damages from happening - which will cost money to repair. Plus, with tyre pressure especially, you can help your car run more efficiently as well. It’ll take less effort for the engine to move your vehicle along when it’s on adequately blown up tyres!

Start limiting how much you drive

Clearly, you can’t avoid driving from time to time. But, think about all the journeys you do and ask yourself; do I really need the car? Instead of dropping your child off at their friend's house five minutes away, walk them there - or make them walk or cycle if they’re old enough. Take the train to work for two or three days per week - that'll help reduce the amount you spend on fuel! By limiting your driving hours, your car will last longer between fuel top-ups. It’ll amaze you how much you can save by doing this.

Don’t let your car cost more than it has to! Follow this guidance, and you’ll soon lower the running costs. If you want more money-saving advice, then check out my guide on reducing your monthly expenses. It covers everything from holidays to regular grocery shopping - and everything in between.

Monday, 14 January 2019

#competition #giveaway Milkman Razor Rail Shaving Gel

The xmas break often means we get to relax a bit and loosen up on our beauty regime, I am sure it is the same for many men out there too, who is going to shave every day when they don't need to! However back to work and back to the office means getting that routine back and new year is the perfect time to change and add some new products to your morning routine.

We have been trying out this fab Milkman Razor Rail shave gel, and I say we as it is great for us ladies too, leaving legs super soft and moisturised. It is a clear gel so you can see where you are shaving, ideal for those that that like to trim and keep a beard, goatie or moustache as it is clear it gives precision shaving and allows you to keep those lines even and straight.

Milkman Grooming Co is an Australian facial hair company and have come up with a better way to shave.
This is the ultimate shaving lubricant for people with sensitive skin. Whether you use a razor blade or a wet electric shaver to shave, this soap-free gel will absolutely change your life and make shaving as exciting as the first time you did it.
It has huge advantages over shaving soaps & creams because you can see what you're shaving, it doesn't dry the skin (in fact it moisturises it), you save water because it wipes off your face & rinses off the blade so easily & you don't need any paraphernalia like brushes & bowls to get the job done.
Whether you want a full face shave, a bald head shave, or just some good old beardscaping, this gel can do it all. Say goodbye to shave creams & soaps that don't allow you to see what you're shaving & dry your skin out.
Razor Rail Clear Shave Gel is a delightful, non-foaming lubricant design to give you a close shave whilst leaving your skin feeling glorious. Because it's clear, this gel allows you to see what you're shaving, so you can get clean lines every time.

We've also packed it with hydrating ingredients
- Aloe Vera & Menthol to soothe the skin
- Rosemary Oil for its anti-oxidants.

Use between 2-3 pumps per shave & you'll get about 100 shaves per bottle.

Directions to use:
Pump the gel, apply where needed, shave & wipe off the excess - it's that simple.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Ethanol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Menthol, Fragrance (Parfum), Metha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Rosemary Officianalis (Spanish Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Extract.

I am sure you guys will love the product as much as we do so i am delighted to say i have 5 bottles to giveaway, simply follow the instructions below, good luck and enjoy the experience of a closer, smoother shave every day. Or if you cannot wait you can find the product here

Win Milkman Razor Rail Shaving Gel #8