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Competition | Win a family ticket to Aldingbourne Country Centre 

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Following my blog post on Aldingbourne Day Out, Aldingbourne Trust was so generous to sponsored us a giveaway family ticket. 

We have a complimentary ticket for a family of 4 to Aldingbourne Country Centre to giveaway to one lucky follower, to enter all you need to do is:
Like our Facebook page U.K. Bargain Deals, Product Reviews & Lifestyle Blog

Like Aldingbourne Trust

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stating which part of Aldingbourne Country centre your children would enjoy most?!
You must complete all steps to be entered into a random draw, giveaway closes at midnight on the 22th May 2017. 

Giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook. 
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Giveaway! Men’s Luxury Quartz and Stainless Steel Watch

We have this lovely stainless steel men’s watch to giveaway to one lucky follower.

  • Adjustable link strap
  • 30M waterproof
  • scratch resistant watch face
  • Shock resistant (eg when running)
  • 37mm diameter and 20mm wide strap, 24cm strap length
  • Quartz watch for accuracy
  • Easy to read luminous crystal face, so easy to read even at night

Enter via our rafflecopter here:

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One entry per item completed, open from 25/4/17 until midnight 7/5/17, UK residents only. Winner selected randomly and will be notified by email. We reserve the right to amend this competition at any time.

 

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Stunning photographer in West Sussex

Eps and I wanted a photographer to do some joint head shots for us to use on our blog, I went to school with Darren of Darren Gritton Photography and approached him to see if he would help us out. 
There are lots of photographers around to choose from, the best idea when picking someone is to look through their portfolio

Darren has a studio in Steyning where you can get your photos taken or he can come to you or on location, really flexible which is nice. 

He has recently done the most stunning wedding photo shoot in London. Really it’s worth following him on Instagram or Facebook just to see the beautiful photos. 

Eps and I were a bit nervous, but Darren soon put us at ease and we really enjoyed strutting some different poses. He was really patient with us when we suggested different things to try!

We came up with some ideas we wanted to try:

These photos were along the lines of “mates hanging out”

We wanted some photos to show us product reviewing, since that is the main aim of our blog. 

The final images we had done were of my pole fitness. It is very difficult to get good photos on a pole, I think both Darren and I did very well!

We are really pleased with our photos, which do you like best?!

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Gousto Review, fresh recipe delivery box

I had heard about these fresh ingredients delivery boxes and had fancied trying one for ages. So when Gousto contacted me and offered to send one I was really excited.

My children are fussy eaters and I often end up eating their boring children’s food, so it was really nice to have 2 days this week where we had “adult” food. But more importantly the recipes didn’t need loads of prep time and weren’t so complicated that I couldn’t help the kids with their homework while I cooked.


The box was delivered to my “safe place” because I wasn’t home, they carefully wrap the cold items with freezer packs and sheeps wool to keep it cold for several hours if you are out at the time of delivery:


The sheeps wool is a bit stinky, but it is environmentally friendly.

The selection of recipes to choose from is not huge (22 recipes) but there is a nice selection and changes frequently. I chose the Mushroom Dal with Coriander Chutney and Lemon Pepper Chicken with Tosemary Potatoes, but it was difficult making the decision there were 4 or 5 top contenders.

Neither recipe took over 45 minutes to make and both were surprisingly easy, my husband even made the Lemon Pepper Chicken while I was out, so it must be easy.

Both meals were delicious! The curry had lots of flavour and was juicy enough to have with rice and Naan Bread and the lemon chicken was amazingly flavoursome. They were really impressive recipes.

I was surprised how well priced they were as well, the 2 person box (with ingredients for 2 recipes) is just £27.49, which works out as £6.87 per serving, or it works out cheaper per serving if you increase it to 3 or 4 recipes, and even cheaper per serving if you use the family box (2 adults, 2/3 children) but personally my children are not adventurous enough to try these recipes.

If you are a blogger Gousto are still looking for reviewers to try their box for free. Please use this form to contact them and let them know that Amy Shipham referred you.

*note: Gousto box was provided free in exchange for a review and referral link is sponsored by Gousto. This does not effect my opinion and all words are my own.

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Breath Spring into Your Bathroom Without Breaking the Bank

It’s not always easy to know how to redesign the rooms in our homes. We stare at the same spaces day in day out so it’s difficult to sometimes know where to start. Well, we say room by room. And one room that tends to get forgotten in the annual spring clean, is our bathrooms. It always seems much more alluring to play around with our much loved bedrooms and living rooms and so our little bathing boudoirs can sometimes be neglected.

Well not anymore, here is our cheat-sheet on how to breathe new spring life into your bathroom without breaking the bank.


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First Things First

It’s unavoidable. It’s time to get those marigolds on and roll up those sleeves. It’s really the only place to start with a bathroom, so make sure it’s sparking and you can see your face in that U-bend before you even think about redecorating or redesigning.

Get Organised

The same as any room, organization is king. So try to store as much as possible in cabinets and bathroom storage units and as for the rest, try to organise into containers, jars and bottles. Soaps on dishes, toothbrushes in pots and everything in its place will instantly lift your bathroom into a calm and relaxed space.

Replace Mats and Curtains

Tired and old bathrooms mats are an item in the house that should be replaced annually. Not only can they be unhygienic but due to the humid atmosphere they can look old very quickly. Check out a good bathroom textile website for cheap and cheerful bathroom rugs to breathe a bit of freshness into this room.

Clean and fresh bathroom curtains are also really important to ensure your bathroom looks pretty. Look for a quality curtain website for some ideas of textiles that would work well for your bathroom window.

Create Ambience

In order to make sure your bathroom is a thing a beauty, a place you like to relax and unwind think of ways you can create a welcoming and relaxing ambience.

Treat yourself to some beautiful scented candles and some colourful potpourri to make sure your bathroom always smells gorgeous and looks inviting

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

It’s no secret that mirrors can make a room appear bigger. As bathrooms tend to be one of the smaller rooms in our home it’s definitely worth investing in one or two good quality mirrors to really bring the space to life.

Freestanding mirrors are an ideal complement to any bathroom. Stylish framed mirrors can be hung on the wall if space is an issue, or even a little make-up mirror on a bathroom ledge can add a nice dynamic to your bathroom.

Feeling Really Motivated?

For those of you that are feeling particularly committed to this challenge why not treat your bathroom to a lick of paint? Try a different colour scheme to change the mood of the room, or even just freshening up its existing colour with a fresh coat of paint will do your bathroom the World of good.


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Yoga sports bra and pants review | #triedtested

Honestly, I don’t exercise. It’s because I don’t have the time to do so. However, Im preparing myself to do it by collecting fitness accessories I can use in the future. So when I was offered to review this sports bra and pants I took the chance.

Queenie Ke Womens Yoga Sport Bra Light Support Strappy Free To Be Bra Size M Color Black Aross

Queenie Ke Women’s Bandage Skinny Sports Yoga Running Dance Cropped Pants Size L Color Grey Melange

Check out my video review over our YouTube channel

I was impress with the quality, fitting and style of this product. Most of all they were comfortable to wear, soft fabric which has a nice feel against the skin. They are both stretchy as well which is good for extra support.


Their sizing chart were perfectly fit me. I’m a uk size 8 so I have ordered size medium as recommended in their size chart.


The sports bra does gives a light support and has a beautiful criss cross strappy style which looks lovely on the back. It has a lovely bust support with additional padded that is removable.

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The leggings / pants has an elasticated waist. Also has this stylish bandage that you can tie till the ankle.
Im really pleased with this product and I’m happy to recommend them.

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What You Need When You’re Going To A Festival


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Summer really is the best time of the year. If you are a student, you can take some time off and not worry about essays and deadlines for a while. It also gives you a chance to start reading for your next year’s modules. If you have already become ensnared in the world of work, it is the time that you look forward to every single day. When you get up on those cold winter mornings and have to scrape the ice off your windshield, the long, sultry summer evenings are something that you dream of. Whether you just want to kick back and relax at home or you’re planning a trip abroad, you will want to prepare properly.

However, one of the defining experiences of a British summer (despite it likely lasting only a few weeks in which it will rain a couple of times anyway) is going to a festival. While the Glastonbury festival is the biggest event of the year (and certainly the only one that is broadcast on television), there are a lot to choose from. Irrespective of which you choose, from a small, intimate gathering of hardcore fans to being one of an estimated 153,000, there are some things that you will always need.

Here is a list of festival essentials to help you ensure that you are as prepared as possible:

The first part of any festival experience is actually getting to the site. Depending on where you’re going, that may mean getting a coach or driving there yourself. It may be that you’re travelling quite far and you should, therefore, consider investing in something to distract you. An iPod is always good, but since you are going to be partying for at least a couple of days, you should probably think about getting some rest.

Taking a neck pillow is never a bad idea. While it may sound rather dull to just settle down and conserve your energy, one of the things that you’ll find is that travelling to a festival on a coach is not as hectic and loud as you’d expect. While there will likely be a lot of young people with you, they will probably be quite sedate.

You could even think about taking a book but you have to consider that it may potentially get damaged once you get to the festival.


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Once you arrive, you will not be heading straight to a stage to see your favourite acts, but going to the campsite to find a good spot to sleep. You will obviously want to take a tent. Opinion is divided on whether you should take a good one though.

Many people invest in a cheap tent and then when they leave the festival, they just leave the tent at the site. However, this is not all that considerate since someone will have to clear it up. While you should leave the place as you found it, you also want to live in reasonable comfort while you are there. You are going to be sleeping on the ground so it will never be as good as your bed at home, but making sure that your tent is good enough to withstand the sometimes capricious British weather is a must.

You should also pick out a good sleeping bag. You may be tempted to get a more modest one, but remember that it will be the only thing keeping you warm and you do not want to get sick and have your weekend spoiled. On the topic of being ill, if you are susceptible, you should double check that you’ve got tablets for hayfever and other allergies.

Not being able to see your favourite musicians because your eyes are watering so much is never a good look.

Once you’ve got everything set up and you know where you’re going to be sleeping, you can start exploring.

However, since there are going to be lots of people walking all over the place, the ground can quickly become rather muddy. Invest in a good pair of wellington boots. It may not pour down with rain the whole time though so you should also get some hiking boots too. They may not seem like the most glamourous, but they are practical.

Going to a festival in shoes that you’d wear on a night out is not going to work because you’ll soon find that you’re rather sore. You need something that will support your feet because you’re going to be spending a lot of time on them.

One of the reasons that a lot of people cannot stand the idea of going to a festival is that you do not have a lot of the comforts on which you usually rely. These may include access to a shower. At bigger festivals, you have to wait for a long time to get into the cubicle, and once you’re there, you may be disappointed to find that since thousands of people have used it before you, it may not be all that clean.

This is why some people choose to take matters into their own hands and wash as effectively as they can with a facecloth in their tent, or use wet wipes. It may not sound appealing but it is the reality of going to a festival. It is better to prepare for it now than be surprised later on. Incidentally, there are often long queues for toilets too so get used to waiting. You’ll be doing it a lot.

For all of the practical considerations that you have to be aware of, festivals are all about having fun. Take a camera so that you can capture what will likely be the best weekend you’ll have all year as well as comfortable clothes that you can dance in until the early hours of the morning.

Since you are at a festival, you cannot go down to the shops if you want something to eat, so take some extra cash to get something there. If you drink, you should also think about taking some of your own since it can be quite expensive.

The most important thing though is to enjoy it. It is a rite of passage at this point and you do not want to miss out.