Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Hollywood Bowl Cardiff

We were recently invited down to Hollywood Bowl at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff Bay for a game of bowling and some food.

Hollywood Bowl have a passion for bringing families and friends together for affordable fun and healthy competition, giving everyone who visits their centres that feel-good factor.
A visit here isn’t just about the brilliant bowling… it’s about enjoying good times together, and that’s why they’re proud to offer so much great entertainment under one roof – including great food, drink, amusements and pool.
When we arrived we checked in at the bowling desk and were then greeted by the manager who showed us to the diner where we decided to have our food sitting down first before we started our bowling.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Budget Bathroom Challenge Ocean Finance

Ocean Finance recently challenged a small number of bloggers to give their bathroom a budget makeover!

They want to show how easily a bathroom can be given a fresh new lease of life by changing the accessories or by giving it a lick of paint. 

Armed with my £100 budget I set upon my challenge looking for items that would transform my dull colourless bathroom into a tranquil room for relaxation. 

Here is our bathroom before the challenge. 

As you can see it is quite plain and simple. 

I decided it would be lovely to add a splash of colour so I set out and bought some matching hand and bath towels as well as some matching accessories in the same colour; toilet brush holder, bin, hand soap and toot rush holder set as well as a new blind. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Dining Out

How to Make Dining Out and Ordering in More Affordable When on a Budget

Dining out and ordering in are a great way to relieve people of the duty of cooking a meal. Even those who love to cook may find it nice to get out of the house and enjoy a meal prepared by someone else in a restaurant they love, or like to kick up their feet and watch a good movie after their meal has been delivered to their doorstep. But, when on a budget, it may be difficult to keep dining out and keep money in your pocket from disappearing faster than you can replenish it. 

Here are a few tips for making dining out and ordering in more affordable when on a budget. 

Half and Half
It does not take much to spend $100 on food from your restaurant. The food is delicious and you know you will be satisfied, so you are willing to fork out the cash, no matter how much it costs. When on a budget, this simply isn't a good idea because spending $100 on food just isn't something you can afford to do. Instead of buying your entire meal from the restaurant, you can opt to only purchase one or two dishes and make everything else at home. For example, if you would like to have pizza and wings for dinner, you can order the pizza from your favorite place, like the Groupon discount code site for Papa Johns, and make the wings at home. This way, you are spending less, but still enjoying a great meal. 

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

JD Williams Maxi Dress

I have been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to review one of JD Williams many gorgeous dresses.

JD Williams make all of their clothing fit to flatter. They use models of various sizes to ensure you find the perfect fit, creating stylish, trendy fashion for all shapes and sizes. JD Williams are also proud to be a part of an ethical trading initiative which helps look out for those who make their clothes and helps to improve their working conditions.

If you fancy a little splurge you can even open an account and spread the cost over affordable payments.

The Dress

This is the lace hem pleated maxi dress in plum from the Simply Be range, it is currently on sale at £75.

It really is a beautiful dress, the first thing I noticed about it was the weight of the dress, it is quite weighty which I love as you can tell just how well made it is. The quality is also truly amazing, it definitely made me feel like I wanted to go out and show it off, it feels so comfortable and flattering to wear.
The lace trim is 65% cotton, 35% polyamide. The lining is polyester.

The dress has a gorgeous lace trim which is stunning I just couldn’t help taking photos of the detail! It also has rope neck details as well as an elasticated waist. You could of course style this up with a glitzy belt to add some more glamour if you wished.

The dress itself is 56in/142cm long. It is available it sizes 12 to 32.

It is perfect for casual barefoot romantic walks along the beach or for a more formal occasion with a pair of heels at a wedding.

I chose to style the dress up by adding a pair of bling gemstone shoes, and soft waves in my hair, very boho chic!

I really do feel like this is a very versatile dress I would happily wear this to a festival or a formal occasion.

For more gorgeous dresses look here

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Ovarian Cancer and Talcum Powder

There is a keepsake box at the bottom of Katie Searle-Jones' wardrobe that she opens when she wants to feel close to her late mother.
Inside is a locket containing a portrait of Pamela, a midwife, who died 11 years ago of ovarian cancer, age 50.
Also inside that box is a small container of baby powder. After Pamela died, all it took was a sniff of its wholesome, reassuring scent to vividly bring back her memory.......

.....It is the second lawsuit this year concerning the safety of talc. Two months earlier, another U.S. jury awarded £50 million to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who used Johnson & Johnson talc products for 35 years. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013 and died, age 62, last year.
Read the full article at the daily mail here Did my mother die at 50 because she used talc?

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Scoff Box Review

I was recently invited to try Scoff Box which is a monthly subscription box jam packed full of some delicious treats. 

The lovely people at the Scoff Club will source the tastiest, most mouth watering sweets they can find and post them directly to your door!

Inside my Scoff Box included the following sweets:

Jelly Babies
Clotted Cream Toffee Bonbons
Watermelon rockets
Reece's Pieces
Chocolate Honeycomb
Tutti Fruitti Fizzy Cubes
Eye Poppers
Now and Later Strawberry Chews
Chocolate honeycomb

While I did really enjoy the clotted cream toffee bonbons, jelly babies and the strawberry chews the rest of the sweets weren't really to my liking. 

The chocolate honeycomb is basically a cheaper version of a crunchie bar and the jelly babies although nice did taste a bit cheap. 

The clotted cream toffee bonbons however were absolutely delicious as were the strawberry chews which were just bursting with flavour. 

Each month you receive a 1.3kg box of sweets which is beautifully gift wrapped and you even get free postage. You can also cancel the subscription at any time.  

I think the scoff box would make a great gift for birthdays or special occasions. 

Overall I enjoyed the scoff box I was sent but I think as you don't get to choose what sweets go into your box it could be a bit hit and miss. 

For the purpose of this review I was sent one scoff box. 
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