Make Fathers Day Special with the Fabriano Boutique Fil Rouge Tie Case : Giveaway

With Fathers Day creeping up on us our thoughts will very soon turn to what to get the fathers in our life for their special day.

For us we usually do ClearlyDaddy a breakfast in bed where the kids will give Daddy their gifts followed by a fun day out. A lovely family day, spent all together doing something we all enjoy together.

If you are looking for gift ideas, I have recently come across Fabriano Boutique and they are offering one of my blog readers to chance to win this fantastic Fil Rouge Tie Case in a Fathers Day giveaway.

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Ties not included

Make dad’s day

Fabriano Boutique has Father’s Day all wrapped up so why not treat the special man in your life to a sophisticated shopping spree in London’s fashionable Covent Garden where the beautiful boutique is located.

The Italian paper specialists’ new ‘Fil Rouge’ collection combines tradition and practicality with a modern twist – the ideal gift to thank a loved father.

Fil Rouge’ includes a selection of notebooks in A4 & A5 format with felt marked blue paper covers with a horizontal red elastic band and internal red ruled pages, just the ticket for your discerning dad. While the smart ‘Fil Rouge box’ designed to house business cards, may well prove to be the perfect desk accessory, the ‘Fil Rouge Tie Case’ featuring Savile Row plain blue paper could be the upmarket must-have accessory for those business trips away.

Thomas Manns, one of the UK’s top 10 leading graphic designers and responsible for the fashionable structure of the products was selected because of his sophisticated and innovative style says: ‘’The Fil Rouge range of office accessories for the sharp business man takes its name from its key design feature. This Leitmotif not only performs a vital function it also lends the entire range its unmistakeable character and instantly recognisable identity.”

Thomas added: “Carefully crafted from the finest Fedrigoni papers, the collection combines materials from ranges including Nettuno, Freelife, Materica and the appropriately named Savile Row.”

Following its launch in the UK three years ago the business has expanded worldwide and since 2000 has developed 12 stores across Italy, Paris, Geneva and Greece.

In addition to this, Fabriano prides itself on being a fine maker of high quality leather goods, exquisite stationery, fashion accessories and luxurious homeware.

For more information about Fabriano Boutique, its comprehensive range of products and network of stores, visit www.fabrianobouquite.co.uk.

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To enter to win this stunning Fil rouge Tie Case, simply follow the competition instructions carefully, as incorrect entries will result in a forfeit from the competition and please make yourself familiar with my Terms & Conditions.

GOOD LUCK!!

Fabriano Tie Case

Weekend Tot Style #18

Hellooooooo and welcome back to another week of Weekend Tot Style! For those who don’t know much about Weekend Tot Style, let me fill you in a bit…

Weekend Tot Style is a weekly linky brought to you by myself and Sarah over at This Mama Life

We would like to invite you all to join in and share your child’s/children’s favourite outfit(s) of the week or review, there are no restrictions to the outfits (nor age of child!), so long as you like it and want to share it, we want to see it!

Going to start this week by showing you my favourite outfit for last week, and it has to come from Wave To Mummy, how gorgeous does Sanna’s Daughter look in her specially made flower girl dress?

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This past week I want to share an awesome bargain I came across in H&M. We all know just how amazing their girls cotton dresses are and how many designs there are? Well now you can kit out your child in not 1 but 4 of their dresses for less than £10!!!!

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The cotton Jersey Dresses are usually £2.99 each but now you can get 3 for £7 or 4 for £8, an offer not to be missed at all. We only went in for 2 but now I have pretty much kitted Leah out in her summer dresses in one swoop and costing me £8 – Bargain!

As yet Leah hasn’t worn any of her new dresses as the weathers been a little too cool but when it warms up again I’m sure we’ll be dressing her in them every day. They will also be perfect for her nursery days because they are so cheap it won’t matter too much if she gets covered in paint!


So now its your turn;

All we ask for is for you to spare 5 minutes to share your outfit of the week, grab a badge (below) and pop it on your blog post. Once you have linked up simply share the love for #WeekendTotStyle and comment on other blog’s which have linked up.

Weekend Tot Style : ClearlyBex

 



SilentNight Anti-Allergy Duvet from Sleepy People : Review

As we are currently entering the throws of the summer season a huge number of people start suffering with a huge manner of allergies. In our house both the boys suffer with hayfever, and Lewis really does suffer bad. My husband also has a slight dust & pet hair allergy so ensuring our house is clean and as free as possible of pet hair daily is important to him.

To help with my quest to make my husbands life a little easier the lovely people at Sleepy People have sent us a new duvet to try out from Silentnight we are testing out the Anti Allergy Duvet.

Sleepy People Duvet Allergies

If you have never heard of Sleepy People before, let me tell you a bit about them. Sleepy People are an online bedding company, distributing everything to cover your needs for a lovely nights sleep. From duvets to pillows, pillow cases to duvet covers and everything else in-between.

For our review I am replacing my current winter duvet, I am a right softie when it comes to duvets, even in the summer I much prefer my thick winter duvet to my summer duvet so I was delighted to receive this duvet at 13.5 tog. The Anti Allergy range duvets also come in 10 tog and 7.5 tog.

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The duvet has a 100% hollowfibre filling, which is makes the duvet feel so so soft and bouncy. Fully machine washable for extra cleanliness and boasts the Anti Allergy protection helping fight against dust-mites and bacteria.

Since receiving our new duvet I have had some fantastic sleep, and more so, so has my husband and we are delighted with our new duvet. The Silentnight Anti Allergy range duvets start at £18.99 and are really worth every penny.

**This is not a sponsored post, we were provided with a Silentnight Anti Allergy duvet from sleepypeople.com to test and review. All words and opinions are my own.

Dick & Dom are coming to Geronimo Festival!

If you are attending Geronimo Festival on Monday 30th May you are in for an extra special treat with Dick & Dom being added to the line-up!

Please read the below press release for more information.

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Children’s TV comedy double act, Dick and Dom have just been announced as the latest act to play a Geronimo Festival this month.

Returning to Tatton Park on 29th and 30th May, Geronimo will be adding the duo to an already fun filled line up and array of activities for a jam-packed day of family fun.

Dick and Dom have been on TV screens of little ones for years and will be performing for one day only on Monday 30th May. After headlining Butlins with a sell out tour in 2013, they are back by popular demand this year with a new interactive live show and fun filled practical joke academy.

Dick and Dom have built a diverse portfolio of programming over the years across different genres including Diddy Movies, Splatalot and The Legend of Dick and Dom, which received BAFTA nominations for all three series.

2016 will also see BAFTA award winning Dick and Dom film a fifth series of the incredibly successful BBC show, Absolute Genius.

The pair will take to the main stage along with other children’s favourites including Luke and Emma, Andy Day and Mr Bloom.

With zip wires, tree climbing and parkour sessions for the adventure seekers, an old fashioned helter skelter, carousel and steam powered swing chairs for kids and adults who are still kids at heart there’s something for everyone, from 2 to 200!

Geronimo is a fantastic day out for the whole family, promising an exciting programme of acts, amazing experiences and wonderful adventures.

Tatton Park is famous for its beautiful gardens and attractions. With good motorways links, extensive on site parking and close proximity to railway stations, Geronimo 2016 is accessible for all.

Geronimo is aimed at families with children aged between 2 and 12 years old. Tickets are priced at £25.00 p.p. for a one-day ticket with under 2’s going free. Visit www.geronimofest.com for more information.

Dandelion – 24/05/2016

This week I am trialing out a new way of sharing my photography, through my blogging travels I am finding a couple more photography linkies of which I want to take part in. From my on the subject to my blog post shall be the name of the photo and thats it.

So on with the show….

Linking up to this weeks Point + Shoot with SnowingIndoors & YouBabyMeMummy and My Sunday Photo with Photalife.

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Last weekend we went on an afternoon outing, across various fields following the River Severn in Shropshire. A lovely afternoon spent with the kids, husband and dog walking away from the noise & bustle of life and enjoying each others company. Intentionally I took the camera out with me to capture the dogs adventures, his bursts of energy as he sprinted through fields but when I got more than enough photos of him I moved onto looking at the floor. The joys of walking along a rivers edge is there is no shortage of life, bugs, dragonflies, flowers, green stuff, and dandelions… so so many dandelions.

Before we set out on our adventure it hadn’t long rained and the ground was still rather damp, dandelions everywhere I looked had shrivelled up as they had soaked up the moisture. So it was nice to see this dandelion which had be lightly sprayed but not shrivelled.

Not usually hot on my macro photography (i dont even own a macro lens), this photo was captured on my telescopic 70-200mm lens. I still love the end result.

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Photalife

 

Mr Frosty : Review

As a mother I love looking back over toys and games which I played with as a child. I remember growing up wanting the latest toys, asking repeatedly for them for Christmas and Birthdays but sadly I never always got what I wanted, a Mr Frosty was one of those toys. Fast forward time 25 years and I now have one of my dream toys!! YIPPEE!!!!!

Mr Frosty

Contents of this kit include;

  • 1 x Mr Frosty Machine
  • 1 x Ice Lolly Moulds (makes 3 lollies)
  • 3 x Ice Lolly Sticks
  • 2 x Mr Frosty Fruit Ice Trays
  • 1 x Penguin Juice Pourer
  • 2 x Bowls
  • 3 x Mr Frosty Spoons

This new revamped product makes grating ice much easier for children, but not only that its safer too. Your child can no longer access the grater whilst grating down the ice as the grater will be located below the blue hat and above the blue draw whilst collects the grated ice. The back of the product still features the turning handle, which is perfect for children to grate their own ice.

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First of all Leah got to work making her Mr Frosty Ice in the trays, of which we left overnight to set before trying out the full capabilities of the Mr Frosty the next evening after school.

The instructions recommend to leave ice out of the freezer for around 30 minutes before using the product, this makes for easier crushing especially for the littlest of hands. We tried out the product using ice which had been left for the recommended 30 minutes before trying out more ice which came out of the freezer and I can certainly agree that the ice which had been out of the freezer was easier to crush and the most enjoyable to eat as the ice was softer.

To crush the ice the kids put 3 blocks of ice in at a time, before replacing the blue hat and turning the handle. They were soon provided with a significant amount of ice to begin their treats.

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After crushing their ice the kids got to top their crushed ice with their favourite flavoured topping using the Penguin Juice Pourer. Originally Mr Frosty came with syrups which were unhealthy and packed with sugar. Now kids can use cordials, which are widely available as sugar free or if your child prefers fresh fruit juice (I really do recommend trying pineapple!!). This makes your child’s Mr Frosty adventures a lot more healthier, better for teeth and you don’t have to watch for over consumption of syrups.

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Both Lewis and Leah adore their new Mr Frosty, and so do I! We have already used to countless evenings after school, I have to have the ice on defrost before I head out on the school run as I know the minute they get in the door they will be getting this set out.

Recommended for children aged 3years+ and with an RRP of £19.99 I can quickly see this becoming a product every child wants just like in the 80s/early 90s!

**This is not a sponsored post, I was provided with a Mr Frosty to test and review. All words and opinions are my own. 

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What I learnt at BlogCamp 2016

On Saturday I went to yet another blogging conference, this time a little closer to home in the centre of Birmingham with Tots100, BlogCamp 2016.

I pushed a couple of my comfort zones during the day, speaking to new faces being one of the main zones but also selfies. Not one usually for having a selfie at all I am trying to push this zone to a new max for me, so I had to have a couple of photos taken with blogging pals such at Sharon from TeenTweenToddler (top left), Emma from Life According To Mrs Shilts (Top right) and Beth from Twinderelmo (Bottom right).

Blog Camp Selfies

BlogCamp is a fun filled, informative day where you brain literally has to act like a sponge to take in so much information. But with the help of presentations from many lovely bloggers, my camera (for taking shots of presentations) and my pen and paper I have written down so much I want to improve with my blog and my photography.

The conference took place at the same location as to previous years at The Studio, on Cannon Street Birmingham and was this year sponsored by Wood Window Alliance (Thank You!). During the day there was many informative sessions, too many to actually sink my teeth into but I got to focus on various aspects of my blog from time management to capturing headshots and learning the basics in Lightroom.

Below is a short list of the best tips I picked up during the day;

Lightroom Session – With Clare Mansell from Maybush Studio

  • Use Keywords on Lightroom, this allows for easier searching of the photograph I want. I have hundreds of folders on my PC, all containing various photos but to remember exactly when I shot a specific means I have to trawl through so many folders to find the photo I am looking for. Tagging Keywords to my photos means I can search easier as I can tag all photos from adventures.

Monetization – With Emma Drew from From Aldi To Harrods

  • I’d like to finally start making a bit of an income from my blog, as yet I don’t really any money (from the once in a blue-moon sponsored post) but now I would like my hard work to start paying a bit more. One way I can make this happen is by adding Skimlinks to my site, this in turn converts all my links on my blog to affiliate links (wherever possible). With a payment threshold of £7 it seems a good place to start to bring is a bit of money, if only a little bit to begin.

Time Saving Tips For Busy Bloggers with Aby Moore from You Baby Me Money and Mel Knibb from Le Coin De Mel

  • Use Buffergram for scheduling to Instagram, I’d never come across this program before. Sadly it’s not available for use on my phone but I am now happily scheduling Instagram posts from my desktop. This is will certainly be very popular for sharing blog posts and recent photography shots which have been editing on my PC.
  • Use IFTTT to set up recipes for sharing Instagram posts to my twitter account with the picture attached within the tweet rather than just a link.

    My first attempt at using BOTH Buffergram and IFTTT – Success! 

Talking Headshots – With Tom Arber

  • To all people that attended this session will probably remember one main thing from this session (no I’m not talking the naked man in the background of the life art group). I’m talking about how to make your arms look thinner in a headshot photo. By simply standing like you are carrying a tray in each hand out at the side of you will make a huge difference to your arm appearance in a headshot. Fact!

Writing Workshop – with Kirstie Pelling from Poet In Motion

  • There was only one category really to this group, and it was actually quite effective and really creative. It was mainly about selling a scene, a scene to get people to click your link (mainly within facebook). Using senses to attract your readers, such as touch, sound, colour, smell, physical space, sight, focus and action.

During the session we were challenged to write a paragraph to “sell” a post through one of the senses above, I chose colour. I wrote this to link to a recent post; “Photographing A Wedding” – I didn’t choose to read it out to the group but I actually wish I had now…

“Weddings, a day all about colour, all about a couple sharing their love for each other with their family and friends. A bride in white, flowers that are red walking down the aisle graciously to meet her waiting groom in beige. In a neutral room Bride & Groom declare their love, say their vows before the exchanging of rings of gold. Before being announced as Man & Wife.”

What do you think?

I really did pick up A LOT of hints and tips on Saturday, I really could talk about them all day but I have probably bored you enough now.

Did you go to BlogCamp on Saturday? What tip really stuck with you that you picked up from the day that you would like to share?

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