Sunday, 23 November 2014

Christmas gift ideas for her

So here's my Gift Guide for Women.. I may be biased but I personally think we are much easier to buy for than men ;) Most of it is beauty related but I do have a few other options in here in case the women you're buying for isn't that into beauty and pampering.

Victoria Green Cosmetics Bags RRP from £5.00 -  This is a gorgeous range of cosmetics bags available exclusively from Debenhams. Starting at just £5 there is something for everyone's budget. The two I have here are the Bow print everyday make-up bag and the Blossom print three-fold hanging bag. The smaller one would be a great stocking filler for most girls while the larger one is a brilliant present for those who travel for work or love their holidays!

Vivabox RRP £37.99 - This is exactly the same as the Men's Vivabox only for ladies obviously. I would love to receive something like this as it is a gift but you still get a choice meaning you're never left with a product you may not use.

Aromatherapy Associates Radiant Rose Box RRP £40.00 - I couldn't not feature something from Aromatherapy Associates as they are one of my favourite brands. This gorgeous box contains Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oil (7.5ml) to promote inner calm, Renewing Rose Body Wash (40ml) to soften and hydrate the skin and Renewing Rose Body Cream (200ml) to enhance skin tone and leave you beautifully fragranced. Any women is sure to love this, even she isn't a huge lover of pampering herself. 

Borderfields Cold Pressed Oil Gift Pack RRP £7.99 - If your lady is more into her food than facials, this gift pack of cold pressed rapeseed oils will be a hit. They are truly British home grown oils, contain a near perfect balance of Omegas 3, 6 & 9, have less than half the saturated fat compared to Olive Oil and have a natural source of vitamin E. They are so versatile so a true kitchen essential!

Avon Nail Creations RRP £12.00 - This pretty nail set has everything needed to create a variety of different nail looks for the parties and celebrations the New Year will bring. It includes Nailwear Pro+ polishes in Liquorice, Pastel Pink and Starry Night, Nail Art Design Strips in Bows for You, a Nail Decoration Tool and the Glitter Pot in Silver.

imPRESS nails RRP from £5.99 - These are brilliant for those ladies needing a bit of extra length to their nails but aren't wanting to get acrylic extensions. They simply stick on without the use of glue; so quick and easy and of course, effective. They last really well considering they are 'stick on' and come in so many different colours and designs, I love them! 

Pink Reindeer Jumpsuit RRP £49.95 - Last but not least I had to include my onesie. I featured this in a post a while back but since then I have pretty much worn it non stop. It's so warm and cosy, perfect for these cold days and I love the festive print of it too! 

What would you be happy receiving on Christmas morning?
*I was sent the above products to feature in this gift guide.

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas gift ideas for him

If you're like me, you find men really hard to buy for whatever time of year it is. It's even harder if they're the type of man that 'has it all'! I've put together this little gift guide incase you're struggling for ideas.

Wilkinson Sword Gym Set RRP £18.50 (currently half price in Tesco) - This is a handy set that comes with the Hydro 5 razor, Hydro moisturising shave gel, Sports towel and ear phones. Perfect for those men that love pumping the weights at the gym! Wilkinson Sword are offering a selection of stylish, high quality grooming products that will suit all different looks and needs this festive season so even if your man isn't into the gym, you will find a set to suit him!

Gentlemen's Survival Credit Card RRP £9.95 - This little tool from The Little Picture Company is an absolute must have for all men. Wether they're in need of a screw driver, a bottle opener, wrench or saw blade.. it's all here in the form a credit card that fits neatly in their wallet. It's a perfect stocking filler for partners, dad's and brothers!

Clinique Great Skin For Him Set RRP £34.00 - Men need to look after their skin too and what better brand to do that with than Clinique. This little set has everything they need; face scrub, aloe shave gel, post-shave soother and anti-age moisturiser to get their skin in tip top conditioner. They are sure to love this set wether they are just starting out in skincare or have a complete regime. 

Moustache Tankard RRP £14.99 - I love this tankard, it's a great token present to any manly man that loves his drink. The tankard can hold one perfect pint and it can actually be personalised if you wish. The moustache comes as standard but any name up to 20 characters can be put underneath the moustache. 

JAM Storm Wireless Speaker RRP £99.99 - If whoever your buying for is a music lover, this gadget is sure to tick the box. It is compact yet powerful and delivers high volume audio with impressive bass. It turns any surface into a subwoofer to kick parties up a notch. It offers all day listening with up to eight hours of music between charges and uses Bluetooth making it easy to connect to almost every smartphone or tablet. 

Vivabox RRP £37.99 - This box is such a great concept! You buy the Vivabox which contains samples of fragrance and it also comes with a voucher, whoever you give it too can then try out all 6 samples, find the fragrance they want and then take the voucher to The Perfume Shop and redeem it for a bottle of their chosen fragrance. It's the perfect gift if you're unsure exactly what scent they would like but don't just want to give a stand voucher or money. 

Hudson Baby Bourbon RRP £49.99 - Most men would love a bottle of something for Christmas and this Baby Bourbon is one of the best Whiskey's. It is described as 'superbly smoky with subtle notes of vanilla and caramel'. It's a rich, delicious whiskey, crafted at the first whiskey distillery to be built in New York since Prohibition. It was awarded Gold at the 2013 San Francisco World’s Spirits Competition and Hudson Whiskey won the Best US Artisan Distiller and the 2010 American Distilling Institute. It's the perfect tipple if they love Whiskey!

Which one of these have caught your eye?
*I was sent the above products to feature in this gift guide.

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Lush bath bombs, festive bouquets and Christmas shopping!

Last Saturday, I introduced Sienna to a Lush bath bomb and she absolutely loved it! We used the Luxury lush pud bomb* and it fizzed away turning her bath multi-coloured and then bright pink! It also smelt incredible and her bathroom still smells of it! I can't wait to use the other two I have; shoot for the stars* and Cindersin my baths. On Sunday, Warren and I went to the #coffeewithcurrys event and it was nice to spend the day as just the two of us (as much as we love Sienna!) although it made the weekend go SO fast! I hate that!

 The book Sienna and I have been loving this week is 'The Wonderous World of Sienna'*. It is an adorable story that uses Sienna's name and the letters of it throughout as well as lovely illustrations. As you can see from above, she is using the 'I' as a bridge to help the Iguana get across which is 'Ingenious'. It continues like this using all the letters of her name and then at the end it spells out her name as says everything that Sienna stands for; Smart, Ingenious, Endearing, Nice, Noble and Amazing. It's a really cool concept, Warren and I were both impressed and it also has the alphabet learning element to it which is brilliant! If you'd love a personalised version for your child then check out their website here

I have also had these gorgeous flowers brightening up my kitchen window all week after receiving an exciting flower delivery. With December coming up, Debenhams Flowers have been working on their Christmas flowers range. The range is full of stunning bouquets, this one above is the Festive Rose & Freesia and I think it just screams Christmas with the red roses and berries. 

The bouquet is complete with x5 Grandprix Roses, x7 White freesia, x3 Red Hypericum Berry, x2 Green Bell and x3 Hard Ruscus. For this bouquet it was £30.99 but you can opt for an extra large bouquet which consists of x7 Grandprix Rose, x10 White Freesias, x3 Red Hypericum Berry, x2 Green Bell and x3 Hard Ruscus for just £8 more taking it to £38.99.  As you would expect from Debenhams, the delivery and presentation of the flowers were great and I would highly recommend using them. These bouquets would even make a gorgeous present for family members this Christmas! Debenhams have actually very kindly given me a discount code that entitles you to a massive 40% discount (excludes the 'Flowers by Post' range), how lovely is that?! Just enter the code DFBLOG40 to get your own bouquet

Towards the end of the week we started getting even more festive. Sienna was sent this really cute personalised nativity book* from Born Gifted. We aren't overly religious but I am Christened and I do want Sienna to grow up knowing the meaning of Christmas so this is a great start. It's personalised with her name which keeps her attention but also really tells the story well for her to understand. We will be reading this a few times a week until Christmas! We also went shopping and I picked up a few festive bits, mainly Sienna's stocking presents and a few finishing touches for her Christmas Eve box; I can't wait to give it to her!

We also started and nearly finished our Christmas shopping! We had a lovely day out, Sienna was good as gold and we shared our first mince pie of the year; I wasn't sure if she was going to like it but she did and asked for more; we will definitely have to make some nearer to Christmas :)

What have you been up to this week?

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

New additions to Sienna's bedroom!

Sienna having a fitted bedroom has it's pros and cons. The pros are that we can fit a lot in her room and not have to worry about where the furniture will go. The cons are that one whole wall is taken up with wardrobes and so it only leaves us with 2 walls and 2 corners as the other wall has a window and radiator. With that being said I have tried to fit everything in as best I can! I am not 100% happy with it (a full room tour will be up on my YouTube soon) but it will do for now, especially since we are saving hard for our wedding now! We can't afford any non-essentials, even my furniture wish list from Rodgers of York is on hold!

I wanted to share with you a few new additions we have recently added to her room. The first thing is the butterfly wall stickers* from Koko Kids.. aren't they just gorgeous?! They are actually fabric stickers made up of cotton, polyester and paper that is 100% biodegradable. They are also free from vinyl, PVC, BPA and phthalates so are a great choice for babies/kid's rooms. I love the greys and pinks and the shabby chic patterns; polka dots, gingham and florals. Even though they are fabric, they have a matt finish and can be wiped clean which is again brilliant for kid's rooms! The quality is brilliant and even though they are thin, they hold their shape and we haven't had any rips despite me moving and replacing them 500 times to get them in the right position, haha! I think they're a fab way to make a feature wall, particularly if you rent your house.

Next is the gorgeous small character beanbag* from Teeny Beanies. We went for the Florence Fairy design but there are 13 other designs to choose from, including Melvin Monkey and Edmund Elephant, they're all so cute! We chose to get it personalised with Sienna's name on the front but you can choose not too if you prefer. The small size (H25cm, D35cm) says it is perfect for 3-5 years however Sienna fits perfectly on it. It is made from 100% woven cotton with a suedette finish but
the cover has a zip so the outer can be washed at 40 degrees to keep it clean and hygienic. The zips are also inverted as to not catch little eyes or fingers so you can tell a lot of thought has gone into the design and safety of the product. I think it's gorgeous and is finished off beautifully. 

Of course, I had to mention Sienna's corner kitchen in this post, even though it isn't technically in her bedroom yet. We haven't got round to taking it up there! I mentioned we wanted to get her this for her birthday and I'm so glad we went for it; I am 100% happy with it and we have already got so much use from it! It really is the ultimate kitchen, complete with a fridge, freezer, washing machine, microwave, oven, 2 hobs, sink, tap and even a phone and curtains. It's better than our real kitchen, haha! Everyone has been asking me where it is from and it is from Beebies Baby Store

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas decor #2

I have been after a hessian sack like this for Sienna for a while now. I wanted it to have her name on it some how as she can now recognise her name when it is written down. I think her being able to see her name on the sack will add another element of excitement and I know her face will light up. This one is the Jute Santa Sack 'Santa's check list'* from Treat Republic and it's down to only £7.95 at the moment, what a bargain! I loved the design of this one but there is 3 others to choose from as well.

Sienna's personalised stocking is from My 1st Years*, how cute is it?! I love the red and the snowman and of course that it's personalised with Sienna's name. The quality is fantastic, it's a great material and it's surprisingly big, I will have to get her some more stocking fillers! haha! The delivery was also fast despite it having to be personalised with her name. I can't wait to fill it and hang it up on Christmas eve! To see their whole range of sacks and stockings click here.

Lastly, I have a few products from The Hanging Lantern Company. The Small Forest Green Chistmas Tree*, a Christmas tree Favour Box* and a Winter Flora Namecard*. The company design and laser cut their products meaning they can create stunning, intricate designs that are executed perfectly to give an amazing effect. They do arrive flat and require some assembly but everything is quite easy to do and they fit together with simple instructions and no use of tools or glue. They look effective enough on their own but you can also add buttonlite's too them so they light up like I have done with the Christmas tree. I think these are fab, so gorgeous, different from anything else I have and definitely make a statement! The Hanging Lantern Company do all sorts of different themes and products.. we are definitely keeping them in mind for our wedding ;)

Have you picked up anymore Christmas decor recently?

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