Gel-A-Peel Pearly Pastel Kit Review and Giveaway

My girls love to do arts and crafts and honestly if there were more hours in the day we would be getting creative on a daily basis.  Unfortunately with school taking up to much time and then the dreaded homework, trying to squeeze in reading and then not forgetting the tutors with their homework most of our days are used up so there isn’t much time to get out all our arts and crafts gear and get making fabulous designs.  The weekends are great as we have a little more time to do things so this weekend the girls were super organised and started preparing for Mother’s Day 2017 which is on the 27th of March.  It was really appropriate as apparently March is #NationalCraftMonth.  They decided to design Mother’s Day cards using a new product we had been sent to review: Gel-A-Peel.

For those like us that have never come across Gel-A-Peel before this is very easy to use and I speak from experience.  This was something we were very excited to try and we read all the instructions first to make sure we did it correctly.  There isn’t much to it, you simply choose your nozzle (tip) and pipe the gel into shapes and patterns.

The girls were very keen to do a YouTube video to tell you all about it:

Inside the box we found 3 pearly pastel gel tubes, 16 design templates, 5 designer tips, and a gel tray.  You can also use this in arts and crafts designs it’s a flexible product and isn’t limited to one thing.  We decided to get creative and make some Mother’s Day cards so firstly we used the tray provided to make some gems and flowers.

The gems and other items will take a few hours to dry.  We left ours whilst the kiddies were out so about 6 hours.  I also thought I we should also make one of the items the kit has been designed for so we made some bracelets using one of the templates provided.  We added in some crystals (these did not come with the pack) as we thought they would look great against the pearl colour of the bracelets.  The crystals were attached whilst the gel was still wet.

Then we started on our card designs.

Didn’t they do a fabulous job!

The cards could have also be made using the gel pens only like this:

The girls also loved their bracelets.  Don’t they look pretty.  They felt very soft too and the girls liked stroking them.

My girls plan to make some more bracelets for their friends.

We thought that this was a fab arts and crafts set and that you guys would love one too so we are holding a competition for one lucky reader to win a Pearly Pastel Kit like the one shown in this review.

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Pocket Microscope from Interplay

I loved science when I was younger, in fact I loved it so much I ended up studying herbal medicine.  If found it really interesting to find out how the human body worked as well as learning more about nature.  My girls also seem to be displaying an interest in the human body and also the natural world and of course I want to encourage this as much as possible.  We do go out and about looking at all sorts of things such as creepy crawlies, fungi of various types, animals/birds that we may come across.  I remember one year we came across a field that had baby frogs.  We stayed for hours, the girls would run around and try and catch them although their reaction was hilarious when they jumped at them.  I remember as a child having my own microscope although what happened to that I haven’t a clue so when Interplay offered me the opportunity to review their pocket microscope of course I couldn’t refuse.

The microscope comes packaged with everything you might need to get started including a microscope, a sample slide with grasshopper parts, a sample slide with textiles, 3 blank microscope slides, 12 transparent sample covers, 12 labels for samples, 4 storage jars, tweezers and an instruction booklet.

You will need 2 AA batteries for this so if you are buying this for your children or as a gift bare that in mind it’s disappointing when you can’t play with your toys as you don’t have the necessary batteries.

Setting up the microscope is simple.  All you need to do is put the batteries in pull the torch to turn it on and look through.  The samples provided are great as they give little ones something to start looking at but it isn’t hard to find other things to pop under the microscope.  Simply look around the house, you will find plenty of items in the kitchen such as salt, sugar, whole and ground pepper.  Even something as simple as a hair from you hairbrush can be placed under the microscope.

There are plenty of items too that can be found outside to look at.  Why not try looking at a leaf of a stem of a plant.  Insects or parts of insects can also work well.  Don’t forget it the insect is live it won’t keep still so it might be more of a challenge to focus on it with the microscope.

We headed off into the garden to see what we could get our hands on.  The girls were very brave until we found a spider.  Neither wanted to try and catch it so of course mummy (who really doesn’t like spiders) had to assist (eeeuuuuuggggghhhhhh).  With our eight legged friend in tow we headed indoors to take a look and get some pictures to show everyone.

This looks like it could be a brown spider although I could be mistaken.  It has plenty of larger relatives in our garden but thankfully we didn’t come across any of those otherwise I am sure you would have heard our screams across the UK.  Although terrified of these we do also find them quite fascinating as long as they can’t touch us.

The microscope is small enough to fit into a pocket, handbag or back pack and is very light.  It can be used on the go if you find anything exciting you want to take a closer look at.  The microscope magnifies items to 30 times their actual size.

My girls are looking forward to discovering more creepy crawlies and looking at more things under the microscope too.  This is a great way to encourage children to move away from computer screens and get outside more and it can also be educational as well as great fun!

What creepy crawlies or other items would you like to see under a microscope?

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Pancake Day with Num Noms #NumNomsFoodie

It’s Pancake Day, yaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!

We love pancakes so when the guys at Num Noms set us a challenge to create a Num Nom inspired pancake we of course had to accept, any excuse to make some pancakes.

The guys sent us a little

Inspiration…

to help us get those creative juices flowing.  They came up with some great sounding ideas combining some of their Num Noms.

Coconut Raspberry Topper

Introducing Razzi Berry, Coco Cali and Choco Sprinkles!  We think these three would make a pancake with just the right balance of sweet, sour, and a hint of coconut!

Straw-Nana Mallow Madness

When you already have a Nom which combines the delicious flavours of strawberry and banana in a lipgloss, it would be crazy not to combine these two in a pancake.  We’re bringing extra tasty toastyness with Toasty Mallow too, because who wouldn’t want melted marshmallow in a pancake?

Just cheese

 When you need a savoury treat, where better to start than cheese?  Cheesy Burrito is our chosen character for this one, part of the Fiesta food Starter Pack it makes for the perfect pancake.

Our creation combined two Num Noms

We thought we would have a bit of fun and make a pancake stack that looked like a Num Nom, how cool is she!

We also wanted to show this as a normal dessert.

We made a stack of mini pancakes then topped it with a home made dark chocolate ganache that combined 50g melted dark chocolate and 50ml double cream combined.  This was topped with yummy fresh strawberries and squirty cream and hundreds and thousands.

The kids couldn’t wait to tuck in.  Apparently it was “really good” not that I’d know as I didn’t get any.  Poor mummy.

We had so many different Nums Noms to inspire us.  The delicious Series 3 stackables has nine new collections, new themes include Marshmallows, Donuts, Fruits, Veggies, Candy and Fiesta Foods.  This seasons Noms are either erasers, stampers or dual-flavoured lip glosses, and of course they all smell so delicious.

We were also sent some starter packs to review.  You can take a look at our #unboxingvideo here and see what we were sent:

Available within Series 3 Mystery Pots, Starter Packs, Lunch Box Deluxe Packs and Surprise in a Jar, the uniquely scented characters have never been more fun, with so many ways to collect.

The lip-gloss range has also expanded, with duos of flavours such as Straw-Nana, Peachy Pina and Mintberry now being served!

There are so many fabulous scents and products now available we wanted to share the fun yet again with yet another wonderful Num Noms giveaway.  This time we will be giving away 1 Series 3 Lunchbox Deluxe Pack & 1 Series 3 Starter Pack!

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skinChemists Bee Venom Facial Serum

There are so many beauty products on the market and it can be very overwhelming.  Deciding what to choose can be hard and many of us can be easily influenced by brand names, price and fancy packaging although not all expensive products do what they claim too and many low priced products can be basic and in some cases ineffective.  The use of bee venom in beauty products has become a growing trend.  Yes I am talking about the bee venom secreted by the back end of a bee when it stings you.  Now I know you’re thinking why would anyone in their right mind want to apply products with bee venom to their skin, it is designed to be an irritant causing itching and swelling.  Don’t worry all will be revealed shortly.

The Science Part!

As our skin ages it loses its collagen resulting in the signs of ageing such as sagging skin and wrinkles forming.  By applying a product with bee venom the skin is in a sense tricked into believing it has been stung.  When you are stung the body’s normal response would be to increase the blood circulation to the area in question so application of a product containing bee venom to the face for example (not forgetting the neck and decolletage) will increase the blood flow in that area which will in turn encourage the production of collagen and elastin in the area of application.  The resulting effect is to give the skin a plumper, firmer appearance reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

The company skinChemists sent me some of their best selling Bee Venom Facial Serum for an overview.  This serum is packed with a range of ingredients that are designed to nourish, plump and hydrate the skin and which work together to stimulate the skin to give it a smoother and firmer appearance.

Within this serum the main active ingredients are:

Bee Venom

As mentioned this increases the blood flow and this in turn increases the flow of nutrients to the multiple layers of the skin resulting in a firmer, plumper appearance and the reduction in the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines.

Hyaluronic Acid

Another fabulous product which is great in making lines look reduced.  This acts by increasing the moisture levels in the skin thus plumping it up.  Imagine the skin is a wrinkly deflated balloon.  As the Hyaluronic acid begins to take effect the moisture levels within the skin increase so in effect the balloon would begin to inflate making those wrinkles less and less visible and the skin looking much firmer as it works.

A Blend of Amino Acids

The amino acids have an important role which is to balance the skin improving its clarity and encouraging a brighter complexion.

Animal Friendly

skinChemists do not harm any animals in the making of their products.  The bee venom used in this product is from a sustainable source which applies to the industry standards of technological extraction.

My Findings

The bee venom facial serum felt very light and absorbed well into the skin and left it feeling velvety soft.  The aroma is nice and not overpowering.  There was no adverse effect on the skin or reddening.  The pump bottle the serum comes in allows for easy dispensing and prevents too much product being used.  The design of the packaging is simple, pretty and effective.

SkinChemist products have had rave reviews from all sorts of celebrities and quite honestly I can now safely say I understand why.  I have something truly shocking I wanted to share.  I have only been using this for 3 days.  That’s 1 application at night and one in the morning over the face, neck and decolletage each day and already my skin looks brighter.  I must admit to about 5 rechecks at least as I couldn’t believe my eyes.  I looked in the mirror this morning and thought my eyes were going funny initially maybe due to water loss overnight but then I looked again in another room.  My skin did look brighter.  This really does give me a great feeling about this products ability and I am hoping soon I will notice a reduction in my wrinkles and fine lines too.

The results speak for themselves with celebrities fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, Stefano Gabbana and model Jourdan Dunn singing their praises.  Camilla (The Duchess of Cornwall) has also confessed to using this fabulous must have beauty secret after which sales of this serum sky rocketed.  With Mother’s Day coming up this youth elixir in a pump action bottle is something that I know any mum would love to get their hands on so why not get mum something she really wants a more youthful complexion and appearance.

Now for the price.  The RRP of the serum is £135 BUT skinChemists have given me a code for my readers to get this serum for the bargain price of £19.99.

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Gorgeous Pre Loved IWC Watches for Men (Mostly)

Last week I wrote a post about some gorgeous drool worthy handbags from Mulberry; Mulberry Must Haves for February 2017 that I know many of you enjoyed.  This week I thought I would continue with the luxury theme but this time I wanted to feature some gorgeous high end pre-owned designer watches.  I discovered that you can get some gorgeous second hand designer watches a few years back when I went on a day trip to Brighton with my parents as I was appearing in a cookery competition which was to be aired later in the year.  After I finished filming we had time go wander around Brighton and off course go shopping.  Whilst there we visited a jewellers who also had watches many of which were designer and a fair number were second hand.  Yes!!!! Second hand watches is apparently a thing and since then my parents have purchased a few.  Of course Brighton is a pretty long way to travel to get hold of a second hand watch so onto the internet I went and that was where I discovered a company called Xupes.  Now this site really does have a fabulous range of wrist candy that you will adore.  These types of watches retain their value so they are more than just a watch / gift, they are also an investment.  The second hand IWC watches on the site caught my eye.  There are some lovely watches to choose from and although there are watches for men and women I thought this week I would write a men’s second hand luxury watch wishlist although I have featured a few unisex watches.

Just a little background about the brand IWC.  It was created in East Switzerland in 1868 by American engineer and watchmaker Florentine Aristo.  The brand promoted itself as a high end engineers watch and has always been one of the brands leading the market in watch design.  Second hand watches from Xupes are inspected inhouse by master watchmakers to ensure that they serviced and polished where necessary.  The watches come with a 12 month warranty.  A strict history and authenticity check comes as standard for each watch.

There are numerous IWC watches available and here are some of my favourites.

 Watch 1 

Vintage Watch Cal.89 18K Yellow Gold Unisex 1949

I couldn’t resist squeezing in a few unisex watches this being one of them.  The numbering is clear and simple and the watch has a sophisticated look to it.  This watch shows that gold is still a great colour when used correctly in a piece like this.  This super stylish watch will never go out of fashion and would look great on both men and women.  The black leather strap means this will look great with work and evening wear.

Watch 2

Vintage 18K Yellow Gold Gents 853 1961

This lovely gents watch looks great with the gold dial and baton markers in place of numbers.  It is a stunning piece that helps finish off an outfit for a formal event.  This watch exudes class and sophistication and is truly a stunning piece and any man would love to wear.  The crocodile print strap adds to the great design of this watch making it an extremely desirable piece.

Watch 3

Portofino Stainless Steel Unisex IW356507 2014

I love the face of this pretty unisex watch with the silver numerals and hands.  The black alligator leather strap finishes of the piece perfectly making this a great watch for work and day wear.  The design is a classic meaning you would get many years use as it would always look smart and elegant.

 Watch 4

Vintage Cal. 89 18K Rose Gold Gents 1952

Rose gold really is in fashion right now so this watch is a fabulous piece to wear out and about.  The appearance of this watch makes it look masculine even with the rose gold.  The dark leather strap is the perfect colour contrast and the makes this piece one that can be worn with just about anything.

Watch 5

GST Pertpetual Calendar Stainless Steel Gent’s IW375607 2000’s

This stainless steel classic looking men’s watch looks great and is just the thing for day and evening use.  The style is one that will always be in fashion and is one that others try to copy although not as well.  This great masculine looking watch is one of those that will appeal to many due to the colour and good design.

Watch 6

Portuguese 18K Rose Gold Gents IW390405 2016

I love the combination of the rose gold on the watch with the black alligator leather they do look great together.  This has a great masculine style that again looks great with most types of dress whether it is formal or casual.  The dial is clearly set out and looks stylish and the sort of design that will appeal to a range of ages.

I hope you liked my choices.

Which watch is your favourite?

Mulberry Must Haves For February 2017

I am a sucker for a nice bag, aren’t we all!  A good bag for me doesn’t have to have a designer label as long as it is made well and is in a style and colour that I love.  Mulberry have a drool worthy range of bags to keep any fashionista happy myself included.  It’s still winter at the moment but Spring is coming up fast which is great as the season brings with it some fabulous colours.  For the moment though the colours that inspire me in my choice of colours for bags are black (we all love a black bag) dark blue, grey and some shades of brown.  You could of course inject some colour into your winter bag selection but for today I will focus on winter inspired bags.

Bag 1: Tyndale

The Tyndale bag is a gorgeous croc print bucket-shaped bag which is simply gorgeous.  I love the colour and the glossy exterior.  The style of the bag means it’s one of those easy to use bags that will fit in a fair amount and is easy to carry.  This is a great statement bag and is fabulously feminine and oozes sophisticated style.  This has a removable and adjustable strap.  I love the colour of this and if anyone is feeling generous you are more than welcome to buy me one, they are only £1,195.  I might wait for the sales to get this one.

Bag 2: Small Zipped Bayswater

This is a smaller version of Mulberrys most iconic bag and it’s hardly surprising the bag is a great size and style.  This deep embossed croc print bag has a zipped main compartment to ensure all your essentials remain in the bag.  This can be carried in various ways either via the two handles or should you prefer with the removable leather shoulder bag.  I love the black option but this can also be purchased in oxblood should you prefer.  I am sure this is on top of many ladies wishlist and costs the same as the the Tyndale.

Bag 3: Freya Satchel

A new addition to the Freya range this small, soft, goat print Taupe satchel is easy to wear and easily fits your main essentials.  The bag has a flap over closure and adjustable body strap to give the wearer ease of use and comfort and to ensure contents are safely hidden away.  This bag is smaller than many of the others featured here and costs a mere £595.

Bag 4: Freya

This beautifully designed, soft, goat print Hobo bag has an adjustable top handle.  This is a great classic style which can carry a fair amount of essentials and looks sleek and feminine.  This is also available in taupe and oxblood but my favourite must be the black it looks great and goes with many more outfits.  The Freya bag will guarantee the wearer numerous envious glances.  Middle of the range in price this weighs in at £895.

Bag 5: Cheyne

This compact clasp closing bag can be worn with either the chain or leather strap.  This clay coloured smooth bag has one main compartment and the focus of this bag is the simple yet pretty design of the clasp in the centre.  The gold chain gives a great colour contrast that is quite eye catching.  The leather is soft and the bag can be worn over the shoulder or across the body for extra security.

Bag 6: Mini Cheye

This super cute bag is a mini version of bag no5 and comes in the colour midnight (a very dark blue) but the chain has a silver toned finish.  This can be worn as a day or evening bag and can be matched to a range of outfits.  This fits just the essentials so if you like to carry around a lot of cosmetics this unfortunately isn’t the bag for you but you are welcome to gift it to me.  The smallest bag brings with it the lowest price of £495.

Which bag is your favourite?

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Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise (includes a FAB competition)

A little while back we introduced you all to Lalaloopsy.  Lalaloopsy have a range of fun, brightly coloured toys for little ones and one of them that you may have seen advertised on children’s tv recently is Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise.  Now of course the second my girls saw this they wanted to have one, who wouldn’t it’s a doll that poops!!!!!!  I’m really excited about this particular toy because it has arrived at around the time that the mini man is more conscious about trying to go to the toilet and this has coincided with him actually using the toilet.  I think that seeing the doll and his sisters go to the toilet and not wearing nappies has really spurred him to wanting to be a big boy and using the toilet.  My little man has started stripping and running bare bottomed to the toilet although he can’t quite get on it without help just yet.  It’s hilarious, he has totally perfected the stripping part it takes him seconds and before you know it you have a toddler running starkers around the house, it’s pretty hilarious I must say!  Not so much when we have an accident on the floor though but we will work through that.  Anyway back to Lalaloopsy.  As you can see this doll is cute with her large dark button eyes and my girls love her.Lala1

 In the box you get the doll, 3 different coloured foods, a bowl, a spoon and a potty.  And of course importantly it’s super easy to use.

Using the spoon to portion out some food.

There are various shapes and the kids loved discovering new ones in the potty.

Both my girls and Mr Squishy love playing with this and the great thing is that no matter how many times they have left the lid open the food which is like kinetic sand does not seem to dry out, good to know as we all know what children are like.  The food pot lids and the potty are all nicely decorated which I liked and this is one of those super toys that you don’t need to get batteries for making it a great gift as that’s one less expense and thing to remember, bonus!  A lot of thought that has gone into this toys presentation which is great.  When we were first playing with this I did notice when the doll wasn’t used properly the poop didn’t form a shape so be sure to follow our instructions above or via our YouTube video:

How much fun is that!

Now like all parents, grandparents, loving aunts and uncles we want to get our hands on these great toys but also where possible want to save ourselves a few pounds in the process.  With that in mind I did a quick price comparison and found the doll being sold by numerous shops for over £30 except for one!!!!  I am pleased to tell you I have found probably the bargain of the month for those needing to by something like this as a gift.  I found Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise was being sold for just £14.99 in Argos stores so if you want one hurry and get ordering online as once the deal sites get wind of it this they will sell out!!!!  You heard it here first lol.

 I am going to add some more good news to that.  We have a super duper competition for one of my lovely readers to win a Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise Doll!!!!!

Isn’t that fabulous!

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New! Baylis and Harding Limited Edition Pink Prosecco and Cassis Range

As regular readers are aware I do like Bayliss & Harding products.  They are always beautifully presented and the product range is always varied and reasonably priced.  Imagine my excitement when I discovered they have a new limited edition signature collection with the most amazing sounding fragrance; Pink Prosecco and Cassis.  Not only does this fragrance sound absolutely exquisite, the packaging is simply fabulous too!!!  With rose gold metallic detail combined with a pretty baby pink these are bound to be a coveted gift.  There are some lovely items in this range including;

Pink Prosecco Hand Wash & Lotion Gift Set

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This set contains a 300ml Cleansing Hand Wash and 300ml Moisturising Hand Lotion which will not only leave your hands feeling soft and nourished they will also smell great too.  I scoured the internet to find the best place to get this which interestingly turned out to be Argos where it is being sold for just £5.99 which is reasonable for the size of the bottles, beautiful presentation and lovely scent.

Pink Prosecco 1 Wick Cloche

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What a beautifully designed candle.  This looks great and the picture really doesn’t do it justice.  The candle comes in the limited edition fragrance Pink Prosecco & Cassis and I can only imagine is a treat for the olfactory system.  Again we have the rose gold tones will look pretty against the light pink of the candle and the glass cloche will help preserve the fragrance when not in use.  The candle has a burning time of up to 30 hours.  This is a well thought out gift idea as the glass cloche can be reused with other candles.  Again Argos seemed to be the main seller for this candle and you will find it priced at £14.99.

Pink Prosecco 1 Wick Candle

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When it comes to candles you have a choice.  This candle is also as great and is nicely packaged.  It has the same gorgeous limited edition fragrance Pink Prosecco & Cassis.  The box is beautifully designed with the same baby pink and metallic rose gold.  The candle has a burning time of up to 30 hours and comes in a simple yet pretty glass holder.  This costs £8.99 and makes a lovely gift.  Yes you guessed it, I found this at Argos too.

Pink Prosecco 5 Piece Gift Set

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Isn’t this pretty!  This gift set has a selection of 5 products so you can try a few different items which is nice.  Again with the limited edition fragrance Pink Prosecco & Cassis this set is perfect for a pamper evening in.  The set contains a 300ml Shower Creme, 300ml Hand & Body Lotion, 150g Soap, 130ml Body Wash & an EVA Body Polisher.  This makes a great gift for someone you would love to experience a touch of indulgence.  What a great idea for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even a birthday.  Available from Argos for the bargain price of £9.99 (you get a third off at the moment) I would grab one of these soon as they are bound to sell out fast.

Pink Prosecco Ultimate Bathing Treats

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I love the presentation of this stunning gift set.  The box is large and sturdy and I love that you can reuse it as it makes the perfect keepsake where you can keep cosmetics, nail varnishes, hair accessories and much more.  I managed to get my hands on one of these gorgeously scented sets.  The fragrance is light and not at all overpowering.  In the set you will find a 300ml Shower Creme, 300ml Body Lotion, 130ml Body Wash, 100ml Body Butter & Bath Soak Crystals.  This has to be my favourite Baylis and Harding product to date!

You will find this gift set for £14.99 at Argos.

Take a look at my video review here:

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Top 5 Gift Ideas for Batman Fans

I grew up watching Batman.  I used to watch the tv series with my brother as a child and watched all the movies too.  I wouldn’t say I am a hardcore fan but I have enjoyed watching the range of movies and think I have probably seen them all to date from Batman and Robin featuring various characters like Poison Ivy and Bat girl to the most recent Dark Knight Trilogy.

batman1One of the items that I have seen and actually bought for a mini fan before is this great clock which has moveable arms and legs.  You can find these in John Lewis priced at £19.99.

This Batman mug is great and I think any fan would be delighted to have one of these.  It’s not too pricey either as it is on offer for £6.99 at The Gift and Gadget Store.

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My next suggestion is pretty useful.  It’s a Batman Multi Tool for £6.50.  This bat shaped key ring is also a bottle opener and has crosshead and flathead screwdrivers in the wings.  If you want one make sure you check out The Gift Experience .co.uk.

batman3The Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set is a must for any Batman fan and can be found at HMV for just £14.99.  Forgot to buy your Batman fan one at Christmas ont worry grab it as a Birthday Gift, they will love it!

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Last but not least is this super cool projection torch that no Batman fan will want to be without I know i’d love this it’s great.  Available from The Gift and Gadget Store for just £4.99.

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Now I am sure many of you know at least one Batman fan, you might even be one yourself and with that in mind I am going to giveaway one Dark Knight Trilogy Box Set (check this) to one lucky reader to help you have one less gift to buy this year and as it’s January Blues time and I like to make people happy.  One lucky entrant will have their frown turned upside down when they win this great boxset.

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Did you Cut your Spending this Christmas?

I have been reading all sorts of articles over the Christmas period from those about gift ideas for various members of the family, great party food ideas and more.  Some of these were found online and some I found in my inbox.  One that caught my interest covered spending over the Christmas season.

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An online voucher company recently did a survey and discovered that 42% of those asked have tried to save money this Christmas.  It’s not surprising Christmas is an expensive time of year and it’s hard especially when you have little ones not to feel that you should get them the latest toy that they really want and have been on about for the last month and a half.  With our desire to make Christmas as special and magical a time as possible for children and loved ones some really do get a little spend happy it’s easy to get swept up in the Christmas buying frenzy that seems to happen and sometimes we might swipe the plastic a little too much it’s easily done as by not physically handling cash it can make you a little less aware of what you are spending resulting in quite a few cases in accounts being overdrawn as we venture into the cold January months.  I wrote a post in November titled ‘Save this Christmas and Enjoy a Happy New Year’ which I hope some of you managed to read and this gave some great tips on how you could save money for this Christmas as well as begin working on saving money for the next.

The company that carried out the survey that caught my attention was none other than My Voucher Codes which I frequently use and you can see the full survey ‘here‘.  The great thing about this particular company is that savings are not merely restricted to Christmas time although saving money at this expensive time of year is of course great.  These guys like many other voucher services allow you to save money on a whole array of products /  services from holidays, dining out, shopping for clothes, jewellery, beauty products, the list goes on.  I will be using vouchers to help save me money over the year and might even buy a few Christmas gifts on the way to reduce the load for next Christmas.  I’m quite excited to see they link to the offers on the buyagift page where I plan on making the most of discounts and go on a few of the experiences yet again.  The gift and occasion page is one to keep an eye on for those needing gifts over the year or want to get their Christmas shopping for the coming year finished early.  At the moment many of the stores they list are offering up to 50% off so if you want to grab some bargains why not go take a look.

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Have fun shopping x

Do you use money saving voucher sites like these and which do you use?