Competition – Win a Twycross Zoo Family Ticket

How would you like to get your hands on a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for one of the days Santa is at Twycross, and a discounted family dinner in Himalaya on a Friday evening (the restaurant is open until 9pm)?

Santa at Twycross Zoo. Credit Twycross Zoo

From Friday 1 December, Santa himself will be at Twycross, enchanting visitors at his story-telling sessions, which will take place in the Explorer Café at 11:15-11:45am and 3-3:30pm. The stories, specially written for Twycross Zoo, will be about William the Donkey (who visitors can also meet), and wildlife conservation work in the countries Santa visits annually. There are also arts and crafts sessions and festive films in the Study Centre to be enjoyed by all.

New for 2017, Santa’s Key Tree will ensure that all children have their presents delivered on time – chimney or no chimney! Upon arrival, all boys and girls will be presented with a magical key to be placed on the Key Tree. Visitors can watch Santa collecting the keys live on Christmas Eve via Facebook Live.

All visitors will be able to spend time with Santa at multiple occasions throughout their visit, at their own leisure. From a magical photo opportunity on Santa’s sleigh to seeing him feed the penguins, there are many opportunities to capture that special moment. Twycross is also against the 2-minute Santa visit, allowing children to spend as much or a little time with Santa as they wish.

Although Twycross Zoo is open to the public from 10.00 to 17.00 daily, the Christmas activities are only available on selected dates, given below. The zoo is closed on Christmas Day.

Twycross zoo

To enter the competition please answer the question below and fill in the Rafflecopter

Humboldt Penguin at Twycross Zoo, UK.

Q: What species of penguin does Twycross Zoo care for?

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions/how to collect your prize

Details of the prize winner will be sent to Twycross zoo who will make contact with the winner to arrange their visit to Twycross. 

 T&Cs – Participants must be aged 18+ and live in the UK.  Participants wishing to enter the competition on behalf of a minor must have permission from the minor’s parent or legal guardian. The winner of the competition will be picked at random via Rafflecopter and the winning participant will be contacted directly via email.  The winning participant will get one free family admission ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to visit Twycross Zoo on any day throughout December 2017. The tickets must be used by 31st December 2017, no travel or accommodation will be included. If the winning participant does not respond to the correspondence within 24 hours, Twycross Zoo reserves the right to select another winner. The prize is non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives. The prize will automatically be void if sold, offered for sale or if any attempt or offer is made to transfer the prize for value.

Closing date: 12th December 2017



Christmas Stocking Fillers for Him and Her

With only a few weeks left until Christmas you will probably have started to think about what to buy friends/family/secret santa recipients.  I’ve got a great range of gift guides for you this year including gifts for her, him, foodies and this one which is for your stocking fillers.

Christmas stocking fillers

Some of the items in this gift guide will have their own review which will be linked within the post.

sugru

Sugru – From £6.99

Sugru has got to be one of my favourite products, it has so many uses and in my opinion would be the perfect present for anyone. Sugru has so many uses from fixing holes in wellington boots, making hooks on your monitor for a headset (my use) protecting the corner of a tablet, making grips on an umbrella (another of my uses) the recipient will love a pack of this.

champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé mini champagne – £12

These mini champagne bottles make the perfect gift not only as a main gift but as part of a hamper or in a stocking.  Why not treat your secret santa with a bottle to start their Christmas with a “pop”

Tech21 phone case

Tech21 Phone Case – From £34.95

I couldn’t wait to open my stocking this year to get my Evo Check phone case which gives me complete piece of mind in case my phone is dropped, it feels great to hold and most importantly it looks great.  A phone case isn’t a typical stocking filler but it will go down so well as soon as the recipient opens their stocking.

Evo Check Evoke Edition for Apple iPhone 7/8 With a bold, confident floral design giving our original Evo Check an evocative twist, the Evoke Edition is designed to seduce the world around you.£39.95

Samsung Galaxy Note8 With translucent materials and a unique check pattern, the Evo Check case plays with light and transparency, adding subtle design detail to your smartphone’s original beauty. £34.95

Reading Glasses

Eyejusters – From £69

These adjustable reading glasses are such a great invention, you turn the dials to focus in making them perfect for people who need to see the small stuff like crosswords, recipes etc. You don’t need to know the wearer’s prescription either so they are suitable for all.

Opies jars

Opies Products  -From £1.40

From cocktails to cheeseboards, there is an opies product for everyone as a stocking filler.  Why not create a cocktail stocking and pop a jar of cocktail cherries in or you could do an ice-cream sundae stocking with wafers, voucher for ice-cream, bowl and some Opies black cherries or what about a cheeseboard stocking with a jar of Opies pickled walnuts, crackers, cheese knife and some strong cheddar.

spectrum noir

Spectrum Noir Colorista – From £4.99

These are the perfect gift for the person who doesn’t like watching TV or reading over the Christmas period and of course for those who want to try something different. The card kits come in high quality card, some with gold foil and the pencils and markers are some of the best I’ve tried, allowing you to blend and shade without any bleeding through the paper.

Yankee Candle wax melt

Yankee Candle wax melts – £1.79

My favourite melt this year has been Crackling wood fire which is smoky with nutmeg and amber and is perfect to melt on an evening whilst sitting by the Christmas tree.  Wax melts are a great affordable stocking filler, you could even buy someone a burner too if they don’t already have one!

copper photo

Solid Copper photo – £19.00

What better way to display a loved photograph of a child/pet/important day than having it displayed in beautiful copper. The metal has a brushed finish which is printed directly onto, so your photos will look great. The prints are waterproof and highly scratch resistant too.

You can add personalised text underneath the image as well as having the option to add a message to the bottom of the product, this is great for gifting occasions or simply adding information about the image.

Pickerings gin baubles

Pickerings Gin Baubles – £30

What better stocking filler than gin-filled Christmas decorations. Each pack contains 6 different coloured plastic baubles filled with 5cl of Pickering’s Gin. You can give the box to one person or split between 6 stockings (or just keep them all for yourself).

Metcalfes skinny popcorn

Metcalfe’s Popcorn – From £1.49

Fill a stocking with a DVD and a couple of bags of Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn (The salted caramel one is delicious) and you have the perfect gift for someone this Christmas.

Nelsons & Rescue plus – From £3.99

This time of year is when a lot of us are prone to colds/flu/sore throats, we overdo it on the food and drink so to open your stocking and get something to allow you to relax and unwind like the Nelsons arnicare bath & massage balm or take a moment to unwind and enjoy the festivities with Rescue chewing gum with a liquid flower essences centre or my personal favourite, the Rescue plus Lozenge which has a soothing orange and elderflower liquid centre and contains pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) which helps support normal mental performance.  Any of these would make a great stocking filler this year.

Milk & More gifts – From £2.99

Who doesn’t like to get something to eat as a stocking filler? These beautifully packaged items would be welcomed by anyone and I personally can’t wait to get stuck into the Rhubarb and Custard boiled sweets this Christmas.

Glen Scotia whisky

Glen Scotia Whisky – £19.99

You can buy this set of three 5cl tasters of the distillery’s finest whisky, The Double Cask (46%) , 15 Year Old (46%) and Victoriana (51.5%) for yourself or split the pack and create 3 stocking fillers – I’ll have the Victoriana please, it’s deliciously musky with hints of vanilla – perfect.

Sonic powered toothbrush

Sonic Toothbrush – £19.99

This is the perfect stocking filler for someone to keep in their handbag whether travelling, on a night out or at the gym. The precision head helps get to those hard-to-reach areas and features a blue strip across the bristles which fades as the head needs replacing. It’s designed with two speed settings and a two minute timer to signal what the ideal brushing time is.

Angela Langford Bloom and Glow

Angela Langford Bloom and Glow – £20.50

I’ve been using this product for a few days now and it’s so beautiful I had to include it in this guide as it will make the perfect stocking filler for someone who’s skin needs a bit of TLC.  It contains lovely ingredients like natural vitamin E ,Q10, evening primrose, chia seed & rosehip, bisabolol, sea buckthorn, neroli and rose geranium. Heavenly.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated.


Christmas Gift Guide For Him

With only a few weeks left until Christmas you will probably have started to think about what to buy friends/family/secret santa recipients.  I’ve got a great range of gift guides for you this year including gifts for her, him, foodies and stocking fillers.

Some of the items in this gift guide will have their own review which will be linked within the post.

gift guide for him

Chocolate sprouts

Chocolate Sprouts – £9.99

Handmade from solid white chocolate, These sprout chocolates look exactly like the real vegetable and will make a great gift this Christmas although your recipient may be a little shocked at first as these are so lifelike.

bluebeards revenge

Bluebeards Revenge kit – £18.99

This Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream and Post-Shave Balm Kit is the essential package for men looking to tackle stubborn stubble and avoid uncomfortable razor rash. The kit features a rich barbershop-quality shaving cream that promises a luxurious shave and a soothing post-shave balm that reduces the effects of razor burn, while leaving the skin smelling manly.

 

Tony Dury Novella

Novella Nostalgia Series by Tony Dury – £5.99 each

Who doesn’t love a gift of books? The Novella Nostalgia series by author, Tony Drury is the perfect gift for those literary lovers.  Forever On Thursdays is the latest story to be published as part of Tony Drury’s enticing Novella Nostalgia series which links iconic cinema classics with modern stories.

sugru

Sugru – From £6.99

Sugru has got to be one of my favourite products, it has so many uses and in my opinion would be the perfect present for anyone. With so many uses like making a tablet stand, customising ear buds and adding hooks to a barbecue the recipient will love a pack of this.

Reading Glasses

Eyejusters – From £69

These adjustable reading glasses are such a great invention, you turn the dials to focus in making them perfect for people who need to see the small stuff like crosswords, recipes etc. You don’t need to know the wearer’s prescription either so they are suitable for all.

dobell socks

Dobell Socks – £2.99

Who doesn’t love socks at Christmas? These cosy light blue and royal blue striped socks are perfect for wearing with formal or casual shoes and they come in two size ranges: 6-9, or 9-12.

echo dot

Amazon Echo Dot – £49.99

The Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant device which will go down a storm with the recipient and will make for a fun Christmas day.  It’s a voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms and more.

Chilli advent

Chilli Advent Calendar – £35.00

The Big Chilli Advent calendar isn’t just for advent, the recipient will love this at anytime during the Christmas period.

The 24 chilli will take you on a world tour of heat with the smoky Mexican chipotle, fiery Indian bhut jolokhia, and sweet prik chee fah from Thailand – without even leaving your kitchen.You’ll experience a range of heat levels. From mild to lip-tingling, right through to volcanic, each day brings a new experience making this the perfect gift for chilli lovers.

ipad

iPad – From £419

Perfect for travelling or commuting, an iPad will keep the recipient organised and entertained.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. 


Christmas Gift Guide for Her

With only a few weeks left until Christmas you will probably have started to think about what to buy friends/family/secret santa recipients.  I’ve got a great range of gift guides for you this year including gifts for her, him, foodies and stocking fillers.

Some of the items in this gift guide will have their own review which will be linked within the post.

Christmas Gift Guide - Her

Olverum bath oil

Olverum Bath Oil – £19.00

First up is probably my favourite product this season, so much so that I had to go out an buy a full size bottle after trying this. Olverum is a bath oil but not just any bath oil, it not only provides the most amazing scent in the bathroom, all stress and aches just seem to melt away.  It’s a unisex product although I’ve included it in my gift guide for her, what you could do is include it in a his & hers hamper.

spectrum noir

Spectrum Noir Colorista – From £4.99

These are the perfect gift for crafters new and old and of course for those who want to try something different. The card kits come in high quality card, some with gold foil and the pencils and markers are some of the best I’ve tried, allowing you to blend and shade without any bleeding through the paper.

Tony Dury Novella

Novella Nostalgia Series by Tony Dury – £5.99 each

Who doesn’t love a gift of books? The Novella Nostalgia series by author, Tony Drury is the perfect gift for those literary lovers.  Forever On Thursdays is the latest story to be published as part of Tony Drury’s enticing Novella Nostalgia series which links iconic cinema classics with modern stories.

orla mug

Apples & Pears Mug – £9.50

This beautiful apples and pears design china mug would make the perfect gift for any retro lovers, it would also make the perfect gift for the office secret santa.

7th heaven

7th Heaven basket – £9.99

This big basket of beauty treats is perfect for the person who is in need of a pamper and some ‘me time’. Containing Pom Pom, Bath Bombs, Dead Sea Mud Pac, Passion Peel off Mask, Hot Chocolate Mask, , Manuka Honey Peel off Mask, Avocado Oil Mask, Cucumber Peel off Mask, Very Berry Mask, Acai Body Smoothie Sachet, Pulped Papaya Hair Masque and Fresh Feet Foot Sachet, the recipient will love this.

print

Coffee Pot Art Print – £10.00

This two-colour risograph print of a French enamel coffee pot will make a wonderful gift for anyone this Christmas.  Louise’s prints vary from print to print, making each one unique in texture and depth of colour.Limited edition of 50, signed and numbered

Tangle Angel

Tangle Angel – £12.95

The Tangle Angel is the perfect gift this year for women of all ages and what I love about this is that it can be used with heat up to 120 degrees which means you can use it as you dry your hair. The brush works on both wet and dry hair and speaking as someone with hair that tangles very easily I adore this brush.

champagne

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé mini champagne – £12

Perfectly sized at 20cl these mini champagne bottles make the perfect gift not only as a main gift but as part of a hamper or in a stocking.

copper photo

Solid Copper photo – £19.00

What better way to display a loved photograph of a child/pet/important day than having it displayed in beautiful copper. The metal has a brushed finish which is printed directly onto, so your photos will look great. The prints are waterproof and highly scratch resistant too.

You can add personalised text underneath the image as well as having the option to add a message to the bottom of the product, this is great for gifting occasions or simply adding information about the image.

 

Beauty Items

Who doesn’t like to unwrap a beauty product at Christmas? I love lots of little things like pore strips, body cream, facial pads and moisturiser.

Sensee

Sensse Hot and Cool ultrasonic facial toner- £39.99

This is a great device for the beauty lover who has everything.  I really like to use this on an evening as part of my routine.  The heat mode heats up quickly and is a pleasant warmth, I use a light cream with this setting. (It’s actually quite hand when you have a headache too).  The cool mode is very refreshing, and draws out puffiness.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. 

 



Fairy Non Bio partnering with Great Ormond Street Hospital

Did you know that Fairy Non Bio have partnered with Great Ormond Street Hospital to launch a limited edition pack of washing liquid/gel/powder/PODS?

Fairy Non Bio

Every time you buy one of the specially designed packs of Fairy Non Bio 3in1 PODS, Gel, Liquid and Powder featuring the GOSH Children’s logo, Fairy Non Bio will make a donation to charity – How great is that!

Fairy’s ambition is to raise at least £150,000 to help seriously ill children who are being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

So next time you’re doing your shopping look out for one of these special packs and know that you’re doing your bit to help raise money for such a great cause.