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LSW Mind Cards – A Review and Free Gift (but hurry!)

Please note: I am an affiliate for LSW Mind Cards and although I have not been compensated for this post, if you purchase anything in the future from one of my links I will earn a little bit of commission. Thank you so much for supporting my blog.

LSW Mind Cards

CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT

LSW Mind Cards are a pack of 45 individually designed cards each with a tool or task to help you increase your wellbeing, boost your mood and help you move towards a more fulfilled life.

By introducing positive habits into your everyday, Mind Cards will give you the power to create the healthiest and happiest life for you.

A Free Gift

For the next few days you can get this Relaxation Download worth £2.99 using the code – freelaxation. The recording helps you to relax and drift off for some much-needed ‘me time’.
Why not take advantage this weekend and treat yourself.

I’ve been reading through the e-book, Getting to Know You, by Lili Sinclair Williams, the creator of LSW Mind Cards. I can thouroughly recommend the opportunity for a little self discovery. In this busy world it’s easy to forget who we really are and what we want from life.

The book and the cards both help you to become more mindful, but it’s broken down into manageable chunks. It’s a sad life if you can’t afford to spend just 10 minutes on yourself.

LSW Mind Cards

lsw mind cards spread out

Each day I take a card from my pack of LSW Mind Cards and read what it says, it could be any one of the five catagories, kindness, ritual, gratitude, gratitude, journal or reflection. Then I do what is written on the card. I have started keeping a journal for writing down things that need to be written, but not all the cards require this. Even the Journal cards can just be spent thinking rather than writing down if you don’t wish to.

What do you think? Is this something you could incorporate into your life? Can you take just a few minutes each day to focus on yourself?

Please take advantage of the free download while you can and see what you think.

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Final Christmas CAL Photo, the Christmas cushion

Way back in October, (or was it yesterday, it certainly feels like it,) I started a Christmas Crochet Along with Deramores. The patterns were for two baubles, placemats and coasters, a Christmas cushion and a Christmas stocking.

In my Catch up post at the beginning of December I showed you my baubles that I’d made. I’d also made the coasters and table mats but hadn’t done the lettering on them. I still haven’t done that. I did get sidelined with a Santa jacket for the new baby in the family, my great nephew.

Christmas Cushion.

Today, I finished the Christmas cushion. It looks nice but it is actually too big for my cushion pad. Actually, the baubles were pretty big as well so I think maybe I need to work on my tension, or making my stitches tighter and smaller. Or I could use a smaller hook? I’m not sure but I do know that it’s something I need to sort out. It’s fine for blankets and scarfs, but it makes it more difficult for smaller pieces. And of course, I would like to make sure I get my clothing sizes right. (the first jumper I made myself is pretty huge!)

Anyway, enough of the waffle, here is my Christmas Cushion, puffed up so you can’t properly see that its too big for the cushion pad.

Christmas cushion

I also managed to get some of the squares sewn up wrong so the holly is supposed to be in the four corners and the middle. Ah well, it’s a learning curve. There is always next time to get it right.

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Crochet (catch up)

Way back in October (Which I swear was a week ago) I told you about a Christmas CAL or Crochet Along that I was doing. I thought I’d give you a little catch up.

How Did I do?

Well, I could have done better, but I’m still happy. The baubles were first and I completed them in time. Here’s my little Robin and Reindeer baubles to go on our tree this year.

crochet robin bauble
Robin Bauble
crochet reindeer bauble
reindeer bauble

Next up I started on the coaster and the table mats. I managed two mats and all the coasters, but I’ve yet to finish the edging and lettering. I got a little distracted by crocheting this for my niece’s little boy.

crochet red and white santa jacket for a baby.
Baby Santa coat

It was so much fun and easy to make. I think I may make some more in different colours for my Etsy shop when I open it.

I have now started on my Christmas pillow because I’d like to get that done to go with our decorations. I’ve done the back, now it’s just the front to complete. then I’ll finish off the coasters. I’m not sure I will have time to finish the Christmas Stocking.

Christmas Crochet Gifts

My daughter has been asking me what I would like for Christmas and I really couldn’t think of anything other than chocolate. But then I thought of how much I enjoy my crochet so I asked her to take a look at the Deramores site and pick a crochet pack. You can buy a pattern and all the wool you need to make it. I can’t wait to see what she’s bought for me.

If you have lots of spare wool and not so much cash, then you can still check out the site for some really fabulous free patterns for crocheting or knitting.

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Avon Black Friday Week

I’m taking a little break from my Avon Christmas gifts because of their fabulous Black Friday Sale week. Take advantage, they won’t last long!

Here’s my pick of offers, you can find many more over on my shop https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

Best of Beauty Box

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £50.50, Save £25.50

About me:

Featuring 8 of our most iconic products from across the decades, this box is a must-have for any beauty lover.

What’s included:

True Colour Glimmerstick Eyeliner in Cosmic Brown – For perfectly shaped eyes that last all-day.

Far Away EDP Purse Spray 10ml – Our bestselling fragrance in handbag size.

Anew Essential Youth Maximising Sheet Mask – Give your skin a super-boost of hydration in 15 minutes.

mark. MagiX On The Go Primer 10g –  This skin-smoothing primer blurs imperfections flawlessly.

True Colour Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Ravishing Rose – 100% matte, 100% comfort. This lipstick has it all.

Advance Techniques Argan & Coconut Oil Moisturising Serum 100ml – Thirsty locks? Hydrate your hair in an instant.

Skin So Soft Original Dry Oil Spray – Limited Edition Design 150ml – Enjoy silky-soft skin in seconds.

mark. Gel Shine Nail Enamel 10ml in Fabulous – Gel-like shine on your nails, without the UV lamp

beauty box

Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Collection

Avon BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £15, Save £6.

About me:

Infused with mood-enhancing French lavender and chamomile essential oils, this candle and diffuser collection will fill your home with some much-needed calm.

What’s included:

• Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Glass Candle
• Aromatherapy Beauty Sleep Reed Diffuser

How to use me:

Simply place the candle and diffuser in a well ventilated space and enjoy the calming effects of lavender and chamomile.

aromatherapy

Lipsy Tote Bag

Avon BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £35, Save £19.

About me:

Meet the everyday bag, for everyday glamour. With it’s cute bow detail, printed trim and embossed gold logo, this Lipsy tote is tote-ally gorgeous. 

• Lipsy London bag with cute bow detail
• Gold embossed logo
• Twin handles and interior zip pockets

How to wear me: 

Big enough for all your bits and bobs and cute enough to take you from day to night this is the handbag that does it all.

Product info:

PU with a polyester lining. 31.4cm x 50cm max x 13cm.

lipsy bag

Mini Candles Collection

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Worth £15.20, Save £5.20.

About me: Know a candle addict? Then they’ll love our Mini Candles Collection, which includes 4 gorgeously-scented mini candles.

What’s included:

• Jasmine & White Violet Mini Candle.
• Berry & Rhubarb Mini Candle.
• Cedarwood & Amber Mini Candle.
• Grapefruit & Pomelo Mini Candle.

How to use me:

Safely light the candles and leave them in a well-ventilated area. Always remember to distinguish the flame!

mini candles

Black Suede Men’s Collection

About me:

Choose the dream gift for the man in your life with our Black Suede Men’s Collection. The perfect balance of charm and sophistication, this men’s fragrance delivers a classic blend of irresistible fresh greens, leather accord and warm woods.

What’s included:

• Black Suede Eau de Toilette 75ml.
• Black Suede Hair & Body Wash 250ml.
• Black Suede Deodorant Body Spray 150ml.
• Black Suede Roll-On Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 50ml.

How to use me:

For a scent that lasts all day, pair the men’s perfume with the matching hair and body wash, and roll-on deodrant. For after the gym or on-the-go, back the body spray for an instant refresh. 

black suede

Luxury Gold Pamper Kit

BLACK FRIDAY OFFER: Half Price! Worth £22.00, Save £11.00

About me:

Add a touch of luxury to your pampering session with our gold-infused Luxury Gold Pamper Kit. A 5-piece body and skincare set with the scent of radiant spice, exotic orchid and sensual oud. 

What’s included:

• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Sheet Mask
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Body Oil 150ml. 
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Body Moisturiser 200ml.
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Hand Cream 30ml.
• Planet Spa Radiant Gold Face Mask 50ml. 

How to use me:

1. If your face is in need of some luxury, use one of our indulgent Face Masks.
2. Feeling fancy? Use our Body Oil that’s infused with real gold for a gorgeous glow. 
3. Our Hand and Body Creams are perfect for when your skin is feel parched and stressed. 

pamper set

Please take a look at all the other fabulous offers over on my Avon shop. You can order anywhere in the UK for direct delivery which costs £3.50 if you spend under £20. Orders over £20 are postage free.

Thanks for reading and happy shopping x

Avon Christmas Decorations

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Christmas with Avon – Decorations



Over the next few days I’m going to be bringing you some great Christmas gift ideas from Avon and today I’m starting with decorations. From less than £5 you can find a perfect little treat.

As you know I am an Avon representative and you can find my online store by clicking through. https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

You can purchase any of these items from my store from anywhere in the UK, postage is free if you order over £20 or just £3.50 for express delivery. I will receive commission on all sales but it won’t cost you any more. Please enjoy this little Christmas gift selection I’ve put together for you.

Christmas Decorations

Place it on a shelf or hang it on a wall for a touch of starry magic.

decorations neon star
Neon Star £10

Light up your home with these truly magical silver-tone star string lights, which twirl and turn to capture every angle.

star string lights
Star string lights £8

Bring joy to your Christmas tree with the help of our set of 2 colour-changing glitter baubles.

glitter baubles
Set of 2 Glitter Baubles £4

Love unicorns AND Christmas? Then you’ll love our light-up, colour-changing unicorn tree decorations. 

unicorn lights
set of 2 unicorn light up decorations £5

These Nutcracker tealights make a de-light-fully traditional gifts, or why not treat yourself and brighten up your home this Christmas.

nutcracker tea lights
Nutcracker LED tea lights set £8

Light up your home this Christmas with this adorable pair of LED tealights. 

bear tea lights
ceramic LED tea lights set £8

There’s nothing more festive than the scent of orange, cranberry and cinnamon. And what better way to enjoy it than with our Winter Spice candle.

candle
Winter Spice glass candle £6

See anything you like? Pop on over to my store for loads morehttps://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet and thanks for your support x

You can find my Stocking Filler guide here.

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Christmas with Avon – Stocking Fillers

Over the next few days I’m going to be bringing you some great Christmas gift ideas from Avon and today I’m starting with Stocking fillers. From less than £2 you can find a perfect little treat.

As you know I am an Avon representative and you can find my online store by clicking through. https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet

You can purchase any of these items from my store from anywhere in the UK, postage is free if you order over £20 or just £3.50 for express delivery. I will receive commission on all sales but it won’t cost you any more. Please enjoy this little Christmas gift selection I’ve put together for you.

Stocking Fillers

Avon do a selection of Llama related goodies like these gorgeous slipper socks.

Llama slipper socks £6

This Jolly Holly Berry Bauble is so cute, you can also get one in Merry Little Plum

Jolly Holly Berry Bath and body wash £1.50

How about a super glam initial necklace, This is the Tiarra necklace and it’s so sparkly. Of course you can choose with ever initial you would like for your recipient, or why not treat yourself for just £5?

tiarra necklace
tiarra necklace £5 each

Rose tone clutch case manicure set, so pretty, and we all like pretty nails.

Manicure set
Seasonal Manicure set £5

These lovely little bracelets come in shimmering gold, pretty blush and sparkling silver.

Peyton bracelet
Payton Bracelet £5 each

Get festive with this eco-friendly, bamboo coffee mug featuring Christmas print. It’s perfect for all of your pumpkin lattes and hot chocolates!

travel mug
travel mug £6

Make him laugh this Christmas with our Penguin Novelty Boxers. They’re the perfect stocking filler for the man in your life.

penguin boxers
Penguin Novelty boxers £5

See anything you like? Pop on over to my store for loads more https://www.avon.uk.com/store/annesweet and thanks for your support x


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Christmas Crochet Along with Deramores

As you may, or may not know, I love my crochet. I have a stash that is way too big already but when I heard that Deramores were doing a Christmas CAL, how could I not get involved. The patterns are devised by Deramores in collaboration with Zoë Potrac and don’t you think they are super Christmassy?

The deramores Christmas Cal items

You can buy what you need right now and the Christmas CAL starts on October 22nd. Each Tuesday for four weeks a pattern with be available for free on the special Facebook group. Will you be joining me? Deramores have even been kind enough to offer a 12% off code which is available until the end of the year, just use NOW12 at the checkout.

What Will We Be Making in the Christmas CAL?

two crochet baubles from the Christmas CAL

These cute reindeer and robin baubles will look great on the tree. They are 9cm in diameter and like all the patterns in the CAL (Crochet Along) they are suitable for beginners. Use your own eyes and stuffing or buy a kit including everything you need.

coasters and table mats

Need some coasters and placemats for your Christmas table, or how about making these as a cool Christmas gift? Nothing says Christmas more than red and green..and the word Noel! The coasters are 10cm by 10cm and the Placemats are 25cm by 25cm.

christmas cushion cover

This Christmas cushion cover is my favourite and I’ll definitely be making more than one of these. It measures 40cm by 40cm and if you buy the full pack you’ll get the cushion to go with it.

christmas stocking

Finally, there is the Christmas Stocking and I’m sorry I don’t have an individual photo of that just yet. The lovely red, green and white stocking is 50cm tall and 25 cm wide.

Deramores CAL

All these lovely goodies are crocheted using Deramores Studio DK and you can get the wool separately or buy the packs, one with just the wool and the other with the wool, cushion, toy stuffing and eyes.

The wool pack is £16.74 and the wool pack with the cushion, stuffing and eyes is £24.60 and you can buy them from Deramores here. Don’t forget your discount code NOW12

So what do you think? Will you be joining me? I hope to see you on the Facebook group.

If you prefer to knit than crochet, or indeed if you are lucky enough to do both, then Deramores also have a Christmas Knit along which you can find here.

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Holiday in a Wheelchair

I’ve not been around much lately, I’ve been on holiday to Cornwall and it was a much needed break. However, when you are generally housebound and relient on a wheelchair, going on holiday can be a daunting experience.

The first time I went on holiday in a wheelchair was back in 2016, not long after getting ill. We had a holiday booked and I didn’t want to dissapoint the kids. The holiday park we’d chosen was very hilly but a quick call to Haven and they changed parks for us. We ended up going to Blackpool where it was flatter.

The second issue came when we had no car. I was the only driver in the house at the time and without the use of my feet I couldn’t drive our car so we had to let it go. We ended up travelling by train to Blackpool with three kids, all our luggage and a wheelchair. It wasn’t the most enjoyable of journies but at least I’d learned beforehand that I had to book for assistance on each train.

I’m normally a shy, independent person, so having to accept help all the time was so difficult for me to get used to. I really didn’t enjoy the holiday. The kids had a great time but I was still getting used to my chair and not being able to do anything for myself.

Cornwall

This year we headed all the way to Cornwall for our holiday, generally a three to four hour car journey for us. I’d not been to Cornwall for 15 years and I really wanted to go again. Plus I wanted the kids to enjoy somewhere beautiful and relaxing rather than the hustle and bustle of busy sea fronts with crowded shops, restaurants and arcades.

Before the holiday I felt myself feeling stressed. I so wanted to go, but the journey was long and I was scared that I couldn’t cope. We decided to take it nice and easy, with a couple of stops on the way. The traffic was kind and we arrived in around four hours. We booked into the caravan, unpacked and went to get food. When I got into bed that night I just wanted to cry. I was in so much pain because of being cramped up in the car, I’d already bumped into almost every surface in the caravan because I wasn’t used to it. And then I had to sleep in an unfamiliar bed which was awkward to get into because of lack of space.

It Wasn’t So Bad

The next day, the kids woke up and made their own breakfast before I awoke. Then we all got ready and went to nearby St Ives. At first it was quite awful, the pavements were cobbled with high kerbs and people were walking in the road while cars were trying to get past…and it was hilly!

I managed to get from a parking place we were lucky to find, down to the sea front which was flatter and less crowded. It was much more relaxing. There is so much to think about while in a wheelchair, particularly an electric one. I can’t get up or down kerbs, uneven pavements are a nightmare, and I have to watch my battery power like a hawk.

We had lunch and the kids played on the beach while I watched from the promenade. It hurts that I can’t go down on the beach and play with them, but I’ve got used to that over the years.

A Beach Wheelchair.

The next day we went to a different beach where I knew they had beach wheelchairs. I was so excited to be able to get on the beach it didn’t seem to matter that it was dull and overcast, and very blustery. The beach wheelchair was so comfortable! My husband had to push me but it rolled across the sand pretty easy. I even went right down to the water’s edge. Hubby pushed me into the sea without warning…he could have at least given me the chance to take my shoes off!

Beach wheelchairs are amazing. In most places they are provided by charities so you don’t have to pay for them. All they ask is that you make a donation of what you can afford. The downside is, you have no independence in them. Once my husband had left me to go and explore I was well and truly stranded. I couldn’t even turn the chair around. They are also difficult to get out of! I did manage to get out and transfer myself to a nearby bench so I could get a different view.

Me in a wheelchair on the beach at Perranporth, Cornwall. The beach has people in the background. The beach wheelchair has big bouncy wheels ,
beach wheelchair

Quiet Places

Quiet places are the best when you are in a wheelchair, you don’t have to deal with other people, in particular those that are not looking where they are going, or walk in front of you thinking that you can stop instantly. Well, I can, but my reflexes are not so quick, so I run you over, I’m sorry but I can’t help it.

The park we chose in Cornwall was very quiet. I could even manouver around the shop without hitting anyone. The club house was good too, and we even managed to get a table to sit at each time we went. (In previous Haven camps we have had to venture out as soon as the club opened to get a spot.) I loved being able to get around withou running people over constantly.

Even when we were out and about there didn’t seem anywhere in Cornwall that was truly packed like other holiday destinations. Maybe it was because the weather wasn’t brilliant, but it wasn’t exactly awful either. (And it was great for surfing and body boarding if that’s your thing, like it was ours 15 years ago.)

Issues with the Wheelchair

The clubhouse and outdoor cafe where upstairs and the lift didn’t work! We had to catch someone to go and open the fire exit, then I had to drive my chair uphill to get in. The door even had a small step which I got stuck on a couple of times. Everyone was really helpful though and over the years I’ve learned to accept help more graciously. (not that I was rude before, just moody that I had to ask in the first place.)

The other issue was battery life. We charged my battery every night in the caravan and it did very well. Then we had a lovely day at Paradise Park which we all loved so much. The problem was we spent a lot of time there and I ended up running out my battery completely. My husband had to push me back to the exit and the kids were upset because they thought we were leaving. My chair is not made for pushing as there are no handles, so it’s a big strain on my husband’s back. When we got to the exit, however, we were told that they had electric scooters and I could have had one from the start!! Why do we forget to ask?

So my husband pushed the dead and empty wheelchair back to the car after I’d transferred into a lovely big scooter. It meant we could spend another hour in the park and got to see another fabulous bird show in the sunshine.

Rest

After the first night I felt so much better. I managed to work my way around the caravan without bumping into things. Even the bed was really quite comfortable once I’d actually got into it.

The kids were happy and the whole week was taken at a relaxed pace. There is something about Cornwall that makes you slow down and everywhere is so beautiful.

I didn’t get much pain, I think it was a mixture of the relaxed pace and lack of walking. I walk too much around my home. The kitchen is a couple of metres down the hallway from the living room. And I can only make one trip without having a rest. My kitchen itself is pretty big and I struggle to walk from one end to the other. Thankfully I have my chairs to sit on. Then I have to get up to walk down the hall to the toilet, or the door. At bedtime I have to pull myself up the stairs. I may spend a lot of time sitting around, but I do a lot of short bursts of walking too. And it’s hurting me. I’ve hurt so much since getting home. Maybe I need to go and live in a caravan?

Or maybe I need to face facts that my walking is not going to improve and get myself a wheelchair to use indoors.

Home

The journey back was much harder. It took over an hour longer to get back because of traffic. About halfway back my right leg spasmed and gave me pain for the rest of the journey.

I loved going to Cornwall, but I don’t love long journies.

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Paint By Numbers – Winnie’s Picks

Today I want to tell you about Winnie’s Picks. A few years ago adult colouring books became very popular. I have a few myself and they are great for a little time for yourself. They are a good way of practicing mindfulness and letting out your creativity.

Now, I’m pretty good at colouring in, even if I do say so myself. But, I’ve never been good at painting. Then I heard of a new site, Winnie’s Picks and found that you can do paint by numbers. Going back many years I can remember my Mum used to love paint by numbers, but the pictures available at the time were all very similar.

At Winnie’s picks you have a plethora of pictures to choose from to paint, and everything is included in the kit. You can see their bestelling collection here.

Winnie's picks packaging
Each pach has the picture, the paint, paintbrushes and a picture to show how it should look.

What I Like About Winnie’s Picks

Not only are there so many pictures to choose from, and everything you need to paint them, I also love that you can send them a photograph to be turned into a paint by numbers. You can make it really personal. I love that you can customise your painting in this way.

I also like the pricing, you can buy from around £16 and even the most expensive pictures won’t break the bank. They would make fantastic gifts. Imagine sending someone a painting to do of their pet.

I’m planning on getting one of these for myself very soon. I’ll let you know how I get on. Then I’m pretty sure I know a couple of people who will be getting one as a Christmas present. Grandma will get one of her beloved dog, and my Sister-in-law one of her precious daughters. Not only will it give them something to do, they will have something precious to keep afterwards.

What do you think? Would you like to have a go at paint by numbers?

paint by numbers painting of a girl picking shells on a beach.

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How to Make the Most of Amazon Prime Day

It’s Amazon Prime Day

Time to make use of all those wonderful bargains but how do you get the most out of

Amazon Prime Day

First of all you would need to become a Prime Member. I am already a member and I pay monthly at £7.99. It saves me a ton of money each year, but if you wanted to save some more during Prime Day you can switch your membership to yearly for just £59 instead of £79. You can even do this if you are already a member and paying monthly.

Yearly Plan Offer

Prime Day has already started, it’s on 15th and 16th July, so be quick to grab the bargains.

Here are some tips:

On Prime Day you will get a preview of many deals. If you see something you like then you can click the watch button. If you have the Amazon App on your phone you will get a push message when the deal goes live.

Check for specific deals by searching for what you want on Amazon and seeing if it has a Prime Day Deal Badge on it.

For example, this Garmin Forerunner Watch has a special offer for Amazon Prime members

Check for Prime Day Launches with special deals just for Prime Members

Prime Day Launches

For example, this weather proof outdoor security camera for just £43.99. It’s not yet available for non prime members.

security camera

Prime Day Launche Deal

Save up to 75% on Electric Toothbrushes

Prime exclusive deal on this toothbrush is £54.99, it’s £92.95 for non Prime Members!

Amazon Devices

Save up to 50% on Amazon Devices

Like this Fire TV Stick With Alexa for just £19.99

Amazon tv stick

There are so many deals on Amazon Prime Day, don’t miss out!

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