Blog Tour & Giveaway | Summer On The Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman

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It has been a while since I have been involved in a blog tour and I am so excited to be here on today’s stop of Lucy Coleman’s blog tour for her latest book Summer On The Italian Lakes {affiliate link} which comes out on the 5th of February 2019.

I have participated in blog tours for Lucy’s previous books and they are always so much fun! I am so happy to be able to offer my lucky readers today a giveaway – three lucky winners each get an eBook copy of this latest book, how fab!



Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?

Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

About The Author

Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award. Follow her on Twitter here and Facebook here

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For your chance of winning one of three eBook copies of Summer On The Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman, just fill in the Gleam widget below. This giveaway ends at 23.59pm on the 17th of February 2019. UK only. Good luck!


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Win Strictly Briks 6 baseplates set (10” by 10” WITH 50 colourful stackers)

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You may remember me recently reviewing some items from the Strictly Briks range. Well today, I have a fantastic giveaway for one lucky reader who has the chance to win the 6 baseplates 10″ by 10″ with 50 colourful stackers set {affiliate link}.

Strictly Briks are compatible with all major brands including LEGO, Mega Bloks and K’NEX.  These baseplates can be stacked vertically by using the bonus briks as spacers. Let your imagination run wild! It is so easy to  build a tower, office, parking garage, castle or whatever structure you like! Use mini figures, action figures or toy cars to make this the perfect play space.
For your chance of winning, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 17th of February 2019. Good luck!


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The Ultimate Quark Guide & Cookbook | Review & Giveaway

I was sent a copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.

As someone who follows Slimming World (although I really do need to get back on track properly now), quark is definitely something on my radar. You may not have realised but it was recently World Quark Day. To celebrate on this day, Queen of Quark released an updated e-book copy of the guide & cookbook.

The Queen of Quark was born and raised in Germany and has been a lover of quark since an early age. Realising quark wasn’t used as much universally, she made it her mission to change that and introduce it to people across the world through some wonderful recipes.

I was kindly provided with a copy of the book for review which is great for me as someone who uses quark quite a bit. However I have often found myself making the same few dishes as I wasn’t sure what else I could use quark for. Well I need wonder no longer.

The guide and cookbook itself starts off with introductions, acknowledgments and all the usual stuff you’d expect. I also loved the quotes interspersed throughout the book about healthy eating and food. As someone who is getting back into the swing of healthy eating, this is really helpful.

There are a range of different recipes to try – from breakfast dishes to soups to delicious desserts. We’ve only used quark in the past for lasagne and a couple of different desserts so it was truly interesting to see what other dishes I could attempt. I’ve now got a list as long as my arm of dishes I want to try – there’s a few different desserts that the kids are desperate to try!

These are just three of my top picks from the cookbook. We love pancakes in our house so these are definitely worth a try and I can see these being a weekend staple breakfast for a while to come. I’m probably the only real soup fan in my house so I don’t make it very often but this will definitely be worth trying when I do.

Now what can I say about the cheesecake? How delicious does it look? Cheesecake is one of my family’s favourite desserts so I can safely say this recipe will be tested out soon!

All in all, I quite enjoyed this guide and cookbook from the Queen of Quark. I really liked finding out more about quark and discovering recipes that I would never have thought of using quark in. I can’t wait to tie these recipes into my healthy eating and see how I get on. This cookbook will certainly be getting a lot of use.

The Ultimate Quark Guide & Cookbook is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, due for release on the 8th of February 2019. Click below to pre-order your copy {affiliate link}.

Can’t wait until release date? Want the chance of winning a copy of the guide and cookbook for yourself? Here’s your chance! Just fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59 on the 3rd of February 2019. Good luck!


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Eight years ago today, I published the first post on this blog. Granted, a lot has changed since then – it was hosted on Blogger with a back then before I bought my vanity URL and then eventually got it moved over to WordPress. It went from being something I started as a little hobby to being my saviour from boredom during the latter stages of pregnancy to the reason I am now doing my dream job of writing.

It’s hard to believe that this blog is now eight, that it is older than my oldest child and is closer to ten than it is to five! So much has changed over the years, I can hardly believe it!

To celebrate, I am planning on running a few different giveaways over the next few weeks. The giveaway today is for some fab items from the team at MAGIC Bodyfashion. They sell a range of lingerie accessories, shapewear, bras and even a little active wear. So what can you win? (Just a note that some of these items are certain sizes so please be aware when entering – or you could always pass them onto a family member or friend if they aren’t your size). You can win some Magic Shoulders Sporty in the colour Latte which come in one size fits all – they stay in place perfectly due to the hidden opening on the inside that you can easily move your bra strap into. There are also some S/M silicone nippless covers up for grabs, in the colour Latte. So many of us have those outfits that we want to wear that just don’t look right without a bra – these are the perfect accessory to ensure you feel comfortable going out without a bra.

Next up we have some Famous Footies which are one size fits all and in the colour black lace. These invisible socks are perfect for flat shoes, loafers and high heels. The anti slip silicone on the soles prevents you from sliding in your shoes. Finally, we have a lUve bra in the colour Chocolate and size B which is 32C/34B/36A/38A in UK sizes. It is strapless, backless and perfect for those nights out where you want your bra to be invisible underneath your clothes. It has an amazingly low U-plunge in the front and looks great.

If you’d like to win, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway ends at 23.59pm on the 2nd of February 2019. UK only! Good luck!


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Advent Competition Day 10 – Scaramanga Ella Saddle Bag

Day 10 of our advent giveaways and I don’t know about you but I am so excited for the weekend. Can’t wait for some time to chill out and relax, how about you?

Now I don’t know about you but I love bags – I love buying new ones and being gifted new ones and have quite the collection – and I am absolutely in love with this bag myself, I’m so jealous that one of you gets to win it.

Today, we have this beautiful Scaramanga Ella Saddle Bag for one of you to win – how exciting!

Scaramanga began over 10 years ago, when had of the company; Carl Morenikeji found an old, iconic leather satchel while in India. This bag resonated with him, he loved the quality and the feel and with that an idea formed in his mind.

How could he recreate this, would it be possible to use traditional techniques and tools to bring about a modern twist on these items. During this time, he also began sourcing vintage furniture and this is where you find Scaramanga today.

They are an original lifestyle brand, which mixes beautifully handcrafted leather items, alongside vintage furniture.

Ella Saddle Bag

When it comes to the bag, we have chosen for the prize it is the Ella Saddle Bag, a newer addition to the collection and is a take on their original 12in saddle bag.

If you want to know a little more about the specifics of this bag it has been made using hunter leather, includes an adjustable strap, magnetic clasp and additional zippered front. While for size it comes in at: H27.5cm x W30cm x D7.5cm (11 x 12 x 3).


In love with this bag already? Well then onto the competition:

All  you need to do is pop over to the Scaramanga website and let us know using 8 words or more:
What is your favourite item they sell and where would you use it?

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.

Advent 2018 Day 10 – Scaramanga Ella Saddle Bag