What Do I Want For Christmas?

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I find gift giving relatively easy – except for a few people in my family and friendship circle who are notoriously hard to buy for. The one thing I do struggle with is knowing what I want myself for Christmas. I thought, with the festive content I have going up, it would be interesting to talk about the things I want for Christmas – it has taken me ages to actually work out what I want!

An Instant Pot

This has actually been on my list most of the year after seeing lots of lovely food bloggers publishing recipes using them. Steve has been asking a lot of questions regarding them recently so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I may get one this Christmas – or perhaps for my birthday next month.

A new bed

This is probably a bit of a pie in the sky wish but we could certainly do with a new bed – and something I have been thinking about for a while is TV Beds – I’ve considered getting one for years but never got around to it or we didn’t necessarily need a new bed at that time. I remember seeing a TV Bed for the first time ever on a TV show I was watching and it looked SO cool. Then my friend’s parents got one and it made me want one even more. With our bed showing signs of age and us going to be needing a new one soon, a joint Christmas present to each other of a new bed is surely a good idea, don’t you think? At least it is something we need!

Andrew Neel

A new Fitbit

My last Fitbit broke when I was pregnant with Olivia and I’ve been relying on the step counter on my phone ever since which isn’t all that reliable, actually. The last few months, I’ve put on quite a bit of weight and from January, I want to get back on the health kick and weight loss plan – more healthy eating and more exercise. I’m lucky enough to know that I am definitely getting a new Fitbit for Christmas which I am very excited about!

Some perfume

What girl doesn’t love perfume at Christmas? I’ve just bought my mum two perfumes for Christmas but I always hope for a new fragrance or two myself. A new perfume is such a treat for me – I rarely buy them for myself which is completely the opposite to myself ten years ago when I would head to my local fragrance counter and buy myself a new perfume every payday. There’s so many beautifully smelling fragrances out there – I’d love to own them all but that isn’t possible, haha!

Some new books

A bookworm like me always likes new books and I’ve been making an extensive wishlist, thanks to the reviews from different bloggers. I’m a big crime fiction/murder mystery fan and I have seen so many books that I love the sound of and want to read!

I think my family are breathing a sigh of relief to finally have some ideas of what to get me this year. What gifts are you hoping for this year?

Advent Competition Day 7 – 1 of 2 ACE Cleaning Bundles

It is time for day 7 of our advent competitions and boy, have we got some handy prizes for you today! As busy people, we all want products that are going to do the job for us and do it well. One such brand that I can always count on to deliver is ACE and they have kindly offered us two fabulous ACE cleaning bundles to give away to two lucky people!

Win one of two ACE cleaning bundles

We have teamed up with ACE, the leading stain remover, to offer two lucky winners the chance to win an ACE cleaning bundle worth £15 each. These bundles will get rid of everyday stains, add sparkle to your household surfaces and brighten up your wardrobe – and the best part is these products start at just £2 each. Included in the prize are:

  • 1 xACE for Colours
  • 1 xACE for Whites
  • 1 x Multi-Purpose Spray
  • 1 x Power Mousse

For more information visit www.acecleanuk.co.uk or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

Would you like to win? Then just fill in the Rafflecopter below! UK only, this giveaway ends at 23.59pm on the 17th of December! Good luck!


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Advent Competition Day 6 – Jana Reinhardt Penguin Stud Earrings

It is Monday once again which means it is time for another of our advent competitions. Today I am pleased to be able to offer you a beautiful pair of penguin stud earrings from Jana Reinhardt which currently retail at £69.

These stunning penguin earrings are handmade and they come to you from the studio of Jana Reinhardt who is a master goldsmith. Jana Reinhardt Jewellery has been creating fine jewellery and bespoke pieces since 2006 after being founded by husband and wife team, Jana Reinhardt and Ross Cutting. They are based by the sea in West Sussex and love to create beautiful handmade pieces for those who appreciate shiny things and the lighter side of life. They enjoy long walks on the beach with their pet beagle and two daughters when not in the studio.

For your chance of winning such a beautiful prize, why not fill in the Rafflecopter below? This giveaway ends at 11.59pm on the 16th of December 2018 so we can hopefully get them out in time for Christmas, however as always, winners have 28 days to respond. UK only. Good luck!


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50 Days of Christmas With Boots | Choosing The Perfect Christmas Gifts

Sometimes I find Christmas a really tough time for buying gifts – it can be so difficult to know what to buy for certain people, don’t you think?

With just under three weeks until the big day, my gift buying has certainly ramped up a notch and I am almost done for the majority of people that I need to buy for. I’ve still got a few to buy but at least I’ve still got a few more weeks to get this done!

I was very happy to be contacted by Boots who asked if I would like to take part in their fabulous 50 Days of Christmas campaign. I always head to Boots when purchasing Christmas gifts as I find they always have such a great selection of gifting options for both men and women – and some gorgeous kids clothes too! I was given the opportunity to take a look through their range of Christmas gifts and pick a few different gifts for someone special in my life.

I opted to browse through the Christmas gifts for her and chose to pick up a few items for my mum. My mum is one of the most important people in my life and whilst we do bicker like all mums and daughters do, I don’t know what I’d do without her in my life. This is her second Christmas now without my Dad and I want to make sure she has an extra special day.

The first gift I chose was the DKNY Woman Eau de Toilette 50ml which is currently retailing at a bargain price of £22.50 (it is normally £45!). My mum is a perfume fiend and I always make sure to buy her one or two new fragrances every Christmas – she loves trying new scents but is also loyal to some of her old favourites. I like to mix things up a little and give her different scents to try.  The gift set includes the perfume and the body lotion and is such a lovely set in beautiful packaging. It has top notes of blood orange, tomato leaf and vodka with heart notes of daffodil, orchid & water lily and base notes of birch & tulip – it smells incredible!

I mentioned above that I always buy her one or two fragrances and I just had to pick her up another, this BOSS Orange Woman Eau De Toilette 75ml which is currently retailing at £28.91 but is usually £59. With top notes of crispy apple, bergamot and white peach; heart notes of orange flowers, plum and cinnamon stick and base notes of creamy vanilla, sandalwood and olivewood, it is completely different to any other fragrance she has and sure to be a memorable scent. I like gifting fragrances at Christmas as they are a gift that last a long time and will evoke many memories for many years to come – I still remember certain events just by smelling certain perfumes!

My final choice of gift for my Mum was this Champneys Aroma Diffuser Gift for £30, usually retailing at £40. This is completely different from anything I have ever bought my mum before – she’s never had a diffuser or anything similar before. I chose this because my mum finds it incredibly difficult to take the time to actually sit down and relax and I wanted something that could help with that. This diffuser set with two fragrance oils included helps recreate a relaxing spa feeling with one of the fragrances designed to lift your mood and spirit in the daytime and the other designed to help you settle down and relax in the evening.

I really hope she enjoys her gifts as I have picked out a mix of things that I know that she likes and also a few things that I think that she needs. What gifts have you got your eyes on this Christmas? Have you got any Boots products in mind from their wide variety of Christmas gifting options?

This post is in collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own.

Advent Competition Day 5 – Cadbury’s Chocolate Giftset

It’s FRIDAY! Both Sarah and I hope you have enjoyed our first week of giveaways. I can promise you we have more amazing things to giveaway still to come.

Last year we decided to take weekends off from running giveaways and decided to run them just Monday to Friday. This is something we have decided to carry on doing this year. It means we get a couple of days off trying to promote, we can enter advents ourselves and spend some time with our families as well.

Sarah runs a giveaway a week over on her blog through the year and this year she has found people absolutely LOVE chocolate.

So, for todays giveaway she has brought back one of her prizes that seems to get everyone wanting more a Cadbury’s Giftset.


I’ve only just got all my decorations up as we always make sure Jack’s birthday is celebrated first – and his was on the 4th. We’ve now got out tree and decorations ready and I’ve just got to finish off the last of our shopping – how are you getting on? Are you all prepared for Christmas? I’d love to find out!


To be in with a chance of winning today’s prize, let us know using 8 words or more:
How is your Christmas prep going? Are you nearly done, or do you leave it all to the last minute as well? What are you hoping Santa drops off under your tree this year?

Please remember as this competition is running over multiple websites to not only leave your name in the Gleam widget but also let us know which website you entered via so we can track down your comment.

*The photo in the below Gleam is for illustrative purposes only, I cannot be sure what will be available on the website when I come to order, however, it will be of at least equal value.

Advent 2018 Day 5 – Cadbury’s Chocolate Giftset