Monday, 1 September 2014

Home Sense - New Lincoln Store

Shell Louise

A new Home Sense store has opened near us and Ant took me to have a look around yesterday. He'd taken his mum in the morning and knew it was a shop I'd love.

I now need lots more money to buy lots of new things for our home! Here are a few of the things I fell in love with :)

Sooo pretty :)

OK, so I don't know if I'd actually have this in my house but it is pretty and has shelves inside for storage!

When I asked why he was looking so serious he said it was because he was on his throne!

So many lovely notebooks :)

Fun coloured pasta. The girls would love this!
I was really surprised at the prices. I expected it to be a lot more expensive than it was. We got some lovely birthday gifts for 2 of my nephews, one is a card trick kit and the other a kit of practical jokes, a set of 3 silicone spatulas, a little tin of heart chocolates to thank Kellyann for having the girls this weekend and a new vegetable peeler. It only came to £17.

They have lots of lovely old looking furniture, gorgeous bedding, books and even arts and crafts.

The staff were all really lovely, happy to help and chatty but not over the top.

It's fair to say it's now at the top of the list of my favourite shops!

*Please note, this is not a sponsored or review post. I just wanted to share my excitement for this lovely new shop!*

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Cyberclean Touch Screen Cleaner and Stylus - Review

Shell Louise

I have to start by saying that this is THE best stylus I've ever used on my iPhone.

When I received the Cyberclean Touch Screen Cleaner I didn't expect to bother with the stylus because I've bought quite a few in the past and they've always been rubbish so I gave up with them.

I tried this one and loved it straight away.

I play a few games on my phone and the stylus is much easier to use than my finger. I stopped playing Draw Something a while ago because I couldn't do very good drawings with my finger but I'm going to install it again now I've got this stylus!

I'll stop gushing about that now though as I reckon you've probably got the message and I'll move on to the cleaner.

It's also great!

With the kids sharing my iPhone so they can play games and use apps for brushing their teeth etc, you can imagine that my screen gets filthy.
I gave it a spray then used the cleaner on the side of the pen and it came up shiny clean.

I noticed how dirty my laptop screen was and figured it would work well on there even though it's not a touch screen.
It's actually a bit embarrassing to show you how dirty my laptop screen was but I'll do it in the name of honest reviewing!
I never switch my laptop off and you can't really see the dirt until it's switched off.

Ant wrote on it to show how dirty it actually was *embarrassed*
I sprayed it a few times then used the cleaner on the side to wipe it and the results were amazing.

It was like a new laptop! It's worth noting though that Cyberclean do make a cleaner specifically for larger screens and keyboards and you can find details on the site.

You get three refills and one already installed. I've only used half of the first one so far. I've had it a couple of weeks and tend to clean my phone screen daily when the kids have had it. One spray is plenty to get it clean unless spots of toothpaste have been allowed to dry on it then an extra spray could be needed!

I don't have a tablet so haven't used the clip that comes with the kit so can't comment on that but as to the rest of it, it's fair to say that I give it a huge thumbs up :)

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Muppets Most Wanted DVD - Review

Shell Louise

The Muppets have been a firm favourite of mine since childhood and I never tire of watching them, even now at 38 years old!

I'm happy to say my kids love them as much as I do and were really excited when Muppets Most Wanted dropped through the letter box :)

Ella can often be heard saying, 'it's not easy being mean', doing a very good impression of Constantine, the bad frog!

We've watched it a couple of times now and the girls have taken it to their sister's house as they've gone to stay for the weekend.
It's a great film that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Here's a short synopsis and the official trailer from You Tube.

  1. This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic.

You can find Muppets Most Wanted at Cash Generator, the high street retailer of new and pre owned DVDs and electronics.

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the dvd in return for an honest review.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Rainbow Braid Loom Bands

Shell Louise

The loom band craze has hit our house with the same force it has everyone else's I imagine!

We were sent a huge pack of Rainbow Braid loom bands and the girls were really excited when we found that it contained glow in the dark bands.

I'm finding little coloured rubber bands everywhere but so far it isn't annoying me because to be honest, I'm just as hooked as the girls!
It's such a great pastime because it keeps you busy and it's very challenging once you get past the basic styles.

The one thing that does annoy me though is when you've spent hours, yes hours, on a complicated bracelet and when you're getting it off the loom, one of the middle bands snap and it starts to unravel.
I can very much do without that stress in my life!

We haven't had that issue with these bands. You can tell with all the different kinds we've bought the last few months, which are good quality and which aren't.
These are excellent. The colours are great, they're nice and strong and they don't have that horrible smell that some of them do. The pack also includes 250 S clips.

Kaycee made this flower bracelet and I made a different kind of flower bracelet for Ella

Loom bands have been brilliant for keeping for the girls entertained this summer holiday when the weather outside took a turn for the worse and I thank the people at Rainbow Braid for helping me hold onto some sanity!

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Great Ways to Celebrate Your Engagement

Shell Louise
Great Ways to Celebrate Your Engagement

Getting engaged is a big moment in most people’s lives and so it’s only natural that you may want to celebrate such a momentous occasion. But how? There are many, many different ways you can celebrate your engagement, and here are just a few of them…

Go on holiday

The major celebration holiday normally comes after the wedding, but there’s absolutely nothing to say you can’t celebrate your engagement by going on holiday too. You’ll both no doubt be drunk in love so it’ll be a little like a honeymoon dress rehearsal, and who needs more of an excuse to have a holiday? Also, whoever actually did the proposing may well have found the preceding days or weeks a little stressful so might need a break!

Have engagement photos

It’s become a bit of trend to take engagement photos to announce you’re going to get hitched. This is largely thanks to social media where absolutely everything has to be announced on Facebook or it’s not official, but it’s also a great way of telling family and friends, particularly if you live far away from them. Now you can either do the whole thing yourself or you can opt for professional couples photography and let a pro handle it.

Throw a big party

This is probably the most common way to celebrate getting engaged, but it’s also one of the most fun. You can get together with all of your closest family and friends and soak in all the well wishes and congratulations you’ll receive. If you wanted to make it a little more interesting then you could always have a theme so that it’s not just the same as any other party – maybe have a ‘ball and chain’ theme!

Have another first date

You no doubt remember your first date with your spouse-to-be, whether it be good or bad (can’t have been that bad), so you could revisit that first date and reminisce now that you’re engaged to be married. It may have just been a trip to the cinema or a meal in a particular restaurant, but whatever it was, it would be a good way to celebrate the commitment you've made to each other.

Break open the bubbly 

If you’re celebrating then you don’t really have any reason not to crack open a nice bottle of
champagne. Even if it’s just the two of you at home, have a nice meal and a glass of champagne is a
great, intimate way of celebrating.

Plan the wedding!

If one or both of you is particularly keen, then the best kind of celebration might just be to start
planning the wedding. There is a lot to organise, so it’s not wise to leave it too long anyway, and one of you may well already have a lot of it planned out in your head and can’t wait to get started.

This is a collaborative post.

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Skegness Day Trip

Shell Louise

We took the kids to Skegness on Sunday for a day trip. My brother and his family, sister and her family and my mum have gone for the week so we met up with them for the day.

We had fish and chips, warm doughnuts and lots of other treats which contributed to my not losing any weight this week but I really enjoyed the day so I'm not complaining!

I have to admit I've been complaining a lot since though but not about the food. My back went last week and walking round all day on Sunday really hurt it. I'm having to use a walking stick at the moment and I'm not getting much sleep because of the pain.

Hopefully it'll get better soon because the girls want to go and feed the ducks before they go back to school and we've also got all the uniform shopping to do before they go back to school next Thursday. I've not been very organised with the school uniforms this year again and I'm betting everything we need is going to be sold out!

Anyway, here are a few photos from Skeggy. Most of them were taken by Ant because I was mainly concentrating on trying to walk without causing pain!

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