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2020 has been a very tough year for everyone, we have all pretty much had to stay inside for most of it and a lot of people had already started to prepare early for Christmas…

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The One for the Friends fans – Gift Guide

I had never really sat down and watched Friends properly before and by properly I mean, in order until I met my partner. He would put it on on a Saturday and literally watch it back to back. I would be getting on with housework and I would always get distracted by it and before I knew it a few hours had passed with me glued to the TV. He would, and still does, often refer to the little sayings from the show that I didn’t understand until recently when I started watching more of the show. For example, when we moved our sofa or furniture when getting new carpets he would shout “Pivot! Pivot!” or when he came home and said “Hi Babe!” and I’d reply all miserably he would say “ALRIGHT ROSS?!”. Now the little sayings just slot in naturally day to day.

With that said, we have been sent fantastic beauty products from Paladone to showcase for you and they are all Friends themed.

Central Perk Bath Crumble – Caramel Toffee scented £6.99

Who doesn’t love a sweet-scented bath? This bath crumble has hints of Vanilla that will create a creamy sweet bubbly bath foam, blended with Shea butter, it will moisturise and soften skin too.

Friends Hand Sanitiser £6.99

Keep the germs out and bring in Friends with the Monica Clean Gel Hand Sanitiser. This hand sanitiser won’t dry out hands and the aloe extract makes the formula gentle on hands and prevents them from drying out, making it perfect for the office, classroom, home, or anywhere else.

I’d rather be watching Friends Ylang Ylang bath fizzers   £7.99

Break off a chunk or two of the “I’d Rather Be Watching Friends” Bath Bar, add to warm water, and unwind in a deliciously scented relaxing bath. Suitable for all skin types. Mango and Ylang Ylang are delicately blended to create a uniquely exotic fragrance that will stimulate your senses as you let the stress of the day float away.

I’d rather be watching Friends Golden Raspberry and Honeysuckle scented Bath crystals     £6.99

Pour a handful of bath crystals into the tub under running hot water for a deliciously scented bath. Featured in a Friends branded bottle, it will delight fans of the show. The honeyed apricot scent of Golden Raspberry combines beautifully with the fruity and slightly citrus Honeysuckle to create a sweet, uplifting, light fragrance to stimulate the senses.

Friends Body Butter and Body Polish

When used as part of your daily cleansing routine, this Friends Honeysuckle and Rose Body Butter will nourish your skin keeping it soft and wonderfully hydrated throughout the day. With a honeysuckle and rose scent, this uplifting, light floral body butter comes in a jar packed in a box with Friends artwork and Joey’s famous saying How You Doin’?

The Friends Body Butter is priced at £5,99 and the Friends Body Polish is priced at £7.99

Friends Tip to Toe Collection – Body wash and Hand Balm    £9.99

Delight fans of Friends with the Tips to Toes collection, a body wash and hand balm set that features icons from the popular sitcom, including lobsters and Monica’s peephole frame.

On the go moisturiser, ideal for your purse, gym bag, or backpack for providing on the go moisture. Each ingredient has been chosen for its unique properties that will nourish and protect your hands

Friends Coffee Mug and x2 Hand Cream      £11.99

This one is my personal favourite out of the collection. My hands have been so dry and in this weather, all I want to do is drink tea or hot chocolate (not a coffee fan my self), so this is the perfect combo for me and would make an amazing gift.

 

And there we have it, this is just a small selection of what Paladone have to offer. These products are going to make excellent gifts for some of my family and I will be keeping some back for myself too as a treat.  You can find the complete Friends beauty range at their Amazon Store.

 

Disclosure – I was kindly sent these products to showcase on my blog. All pictures and opinions are my own.

 

 

 

AD | Twisty Girlz-Transforming doll to bracelet-Review

*Ad-gifted- We received this product in return for this post, all thought and opinions are our own.

I remember the first time I saw the Twisty-petz range by spinmaster, it was a few years ago and I just knew that my two little ladies would adore them. We got them in our Blog on goody bag and we loved them so much that we even brought them as presents for when the girls got invited to parties. I was so excited to see that now they had brought out these new fashionable Twisty-girlz range.

What are Twisty-girlz?

Twisty-girlz are fashion dolls that transform into a super cute collectable bracelet. There are 8 to collect in the series ranging from common, rare and super rare, each doll comes with a lead, a mystery pet and a collectors guide.

Emily has been soo excited to rip the packaging of this new toy and see what she’s all about. She loves her dolls and she loves her jewellery so this is the perfect combination for her. She unboxed ‘GLITZY BITZY’ with her pet unicorn and Lydia unboxed ‘KRYSTAL KOOL’ with her pet kitty cat, both are common.

 

The twisty girls disconnect at the torso and skirt and all you have to do is connect the ends. Each girl comes with a detachable lead for their pet, you can wear your bracelet with the lead attaching to the ring or without it, it’s up to you.

Our thoughts on the new Twisty-girlz

The girls love them, there’s no doubt about that. Like I said earlier, Milly is a big doll fan and she loves playing with them in their original form but also loves taking them around the house as a bracelet. It took her a little practise on how to put the doll back together but once it twigged it was easy. They would make brilliant stocking fillers this Christmas. They are aimed at children aged 4 years + and are available from toy retailers, including Smyths, Argos and The entertainer.

 

 

Ad- Why you should choose Cornwall for a staycation

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are from my own experience.

2020 hasn’t been the greatest year now, has it? Everyone’s plans for half terms and summer holidays abroad have all had to be put on hold or cancelled for a while until its safe to resume normal activities. I for one am looking forward to being able to pack our bags and escape somewhere for the week with the family. Last year we drove the 6-hour journey from where we live to beautiful Cornwall and it did not disappoint.

I am not a fan of long-distance driving, not because I am scared or worried I just get bored easily and dislike it. David however, doesn’t mind driving them and he also doesn’t complain about it doing it either which is is great for me. The kids love a long adventure in the car as well, I pack them a bag each full of snacks, colourings books, headphones so that they can watch or play something on their tablets, or we play good old eye spy. We take regular stops so we can use the toilets and stretch our legs it really doesn’t phase them at all and they quite enjoy it.

Cornwall is such a beautiful place to be with its slow pace of life and breathtaking picturesque beaches with clear waters, Cornwall has one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK and best of all its home to my favourite savoury food, SCONES. You can’t visit Cornwall and not have a Scone and cream tea you just can’t.

The only beach we got to visit whilst we were there was one called Talland Bay beach which is situated in Looe which was not far from where we were staying at the time, we were only in Cornwall a few days but made two trips there because it was so pretty. We brought the kids a long net each from the little shop and we all went rock pooling to see what we could find. We then sat down together in a little beach hut and enjoyed a snack before heading back home.

Here are just a few reasons why you should choose a staycation in Cornwall, the number one Uk holiday destination.

  • Beaches and coastline
  • Picturesque views
  • The History
  • The Fishing villages
  • Surfing
  • Pasties and food
  • The festivals (although they will be put on hold at the moment)
  • Plenty of sub-tropical gardens to look around

And so much more, we made so many amazing memories there and we are looking forward to returning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had our loft boarded for storage space- Instaloft Review

Disclaimer: I paid for this service, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

We moved into our house 5 years ago, it was a new build with no storage what so ever. Over the years we have had to shop smart and every piece of furniture we have brought has needed to have built-in storage of some sort otherwise it was no good.

The only storage space that we could potentially have in the house is the loft and that packed with high insulation which we are not supposed to flatten, David found an area up there where he could lay a couple of boards between the rafters so that we could store our Christmas decorations away but it wasn’t enough for anything else.

We went online looking for options and came across Insta-loft, David is the sensible one who likes to research things in depth so I left him to it and we found we had two companies local to us who did what we needed, so we arranged quotes with both of them and they both came up very similar in price so I turned to Facebook to check out the reviews and decided to go with Insta-Loft.

This is what my loft looked like before.

This photo shows how my loft looked like before Instaloft.

Enquiring

We enquired online directly through their website and received a call back the next day booking us in for the following week. Charlotte who is the surveyor for our area text me on the morning of the appointment to make sure everything was still okay to go-ahead and arrived on time. She adhered to the government guidelines for COVID and kept her distance, she was also wearing a face-covering. They bring their own telescopic ladder with them.

After she did what she needed to do, we sat down and went through everything. I didn’t understand all the terms she was using so she drew me a diagram to explain which really helped me to visualise it better. She was able to give me an instant quote and a date for installation if I wanted to go ahead. We only had to wait around two and a half weeks.

Payment

I don’t want to say how much I paid on here because every loft is different, but what I will say is that It was less than a grand and is worth every penny. We decided to take advantage of the 12-month interest-free credit, there is a 10% deposit required which comes off your total.

The credit application is done online and doesn’t take long, once we said yes Charlotte sent us the link to the finance and once that was complete, someone from the team would call me to take the deposit, which they did.

Fitting

With Insta-Loft, you can decide whether or not to have a fitted light and ladder installed, we wanted both of these. A few days before the guys were due to arrive, someone from the office will call you to let you know what time the team are due to arrive and how they will stick to the COVID government guidelines and let me know that the electrician (in our case) was due to come to us the day before to fit our light.

The electrician called me on the day to give us his eta.  He arrived on time, introduced himself (I forgot his name, I am so sorry) he was very polite and was in and out within an hour.

Our fitting team were two men called Ian and Keiran, Kieran texted me to let me know that they would be arriving ready to start at 8 am to which they arrived on time and again adhering to COVID guidelines, they covered the stairs and landing with dustsheets so they could walk freely up and down it and not ruin our carpet, they also covered what they could in the room they were working in to minimalise the dust. They cleaned up their mess afterwards and vacuumed before they left, it was like they were never here.

After they had finished but before they had left, they came downstairs and asked us to come and have a look to see if we were happy with their work, I knew I was before I had seen what they had done and It met every expectation, they did a fantastic job.

I was really surprised at how quick and efficient they were, they arrived at 8 am and left at 12.10 pm

All in all, the whole process from start to finish was an absolute breeze, there was nothing stressful about it from the moment we made the initial enquiry to the follow-up call to check if we were happy after the men had left.

The whole team have been great and we will be getting back in touch with them in the new year to finish the rest of it off as we want shelving on the other side and the boards extending to the other wall ( Youll see what I mean in the pics).

Going from having zero storage in this house to a whole new floor feels so amazing and I can hand on heart thoroughly recommend this company.

You can check out their website here.

To read there 5 common misconceptions on loft boarding, click here

Referral scheme

If you have found my blog post helpful and would like to use me as referring you, then please make sure to mention my blog on your initial phone call. I would very much appreciate it and we could both be rewarded.

A referral scheme is available, however, to be eligible you need to meet certain criteria. Speak to your surveyor for more information. one key point to note is to receive any referral reward you have to notify them at the time of enquiry