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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!

Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate and this post contains affiliate links

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My New Venture – I’m an Avon Representative

I was an Avon representative in my old area. I loved it. I would take the kids out with my books packed in a bag on the bag of the Little Man’s pram and the girls would happily help me post my books. I had a lovely set of customers that I visited regularly.

Then we moved house and I didn’t take my business with me, I just gave up on it. My new home was in a building site and I didn’t think it was the right place to start canvassing.

Starting Again

The other day a lady knocked on my door and I decided to sign up with Avon again. What was I thinking, I can’t even walk now and I don’t get very far visiting houses in my wheelchair without help. But: you can now take orders online from any area and the good can be posted direct to the customer.

So, I have my very own Avon Website with an online shop.

Please do take a look if you have a moment, it would make me really happy if you placed an order. Delivery to your home is £3.50 and free if you order over £30…but look out for special offers too. At the moment, if you order before 18th July you can get your delivery for free when you spend just £20. Also, if you buy 3 Skin So Soft Dry Oil items you can get free delivery with the code DRYOIL.

Facebook

I also have my own Facebook Page which anyone can join. Please do as I hope to bring you lots of interesting tips and ideas as well as competitions and giveaways!

It’s so great that you can take orders from absolutely anywhere in the UK now. When I was a representative before I could only take orders from people I could deliver too physically. Of course if you are local I can still do that, and I will be. The neighbours all have brochures through their door that my husband will collect for me.

Avon.

Of course, I wouldn’t be working for Avon if I didn’t believe in their products. I’m not a great make-up user but the little make up I have is from Avon and I’m really please with it. I do try to look after my skin, so moisturers and masks are a favourite of mine. I love the Skin So Soft Dry Oil collection and it has so many benefits. The perfumes are pretty special too. I can get samples of perfumes if anyone wants to smell before they buy. (If you would like a sample then please let me know in a message on my Facebook Page.)

They also do a great selection of hairbrushes. We have had ours for years and it’s time for some new ones. They also do vegan make-up brushes!

The shower gels are amazing, and as cheap or cheaper than the other brands. They also do some nice bubble bath.

shower gel and bubble bath from Avon

You can also buy things for the home like storage boxes, diffusers, candles and even lunch boxes to name just a few.

Avon home, candle, diffuser, storage boxes and lunch box and cup

Avon also sell clothing and have some great ranges to suit anyone, including shoes and pyjamas.

If accessorising is your thing then Avon also do a jewellery range and selection bags and scarfs and sunglasses.

collage of Avon accessories, sunglasses, necklace, bag and watches

With Summer upon us, don’t forget to stock up on your suncream and after sun lotion.

How Can You Help?

I’d love some support with my new venture, maybe you’d like to order something, or even just sign up to my Facebook Page. Or, share my page with your friends. I’d be most grateful as I’d really like this to work. Thank you in advance x

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Father’s Day Chocolate Treats and Competition

I’m a huge fan of Cadbury’s Chocolate, it might have something to do with living just five minutes away from the original Cadbury Factory in Bournville. As it’s nearly Father’s Day Cadbury’s are offering you the chance to win a personalised 850g bar of Dairy Milk just by filling in this form.

Here are a few of my favourite Cadbury Gifts for Father’s Day

Father’s Day Chocolate Gift £27.50

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys


A great Father’s Day chocolate gift with our Father’s Day Toblerone and Cadbury chocolates. Dairy Milk Bar with No1. Dad sleeve and a Milk Toblerone Bar with special ‘To My Hero’ sleeve. A great combination of large Dairy Milk Bar, Eclairs, Wine Gums, Cadbury Boost Bag and Cadbury Twirl Bites in a Cadbury Gift Box! Surprise your Dad with their favourite BIG chocolate in a Cadbury gift box.

Cadburys Heroes Treasure Box £10

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys

A great gift to send to your hero! Our Cadbury Heroes Treasure Box gift box has a great selection of your favourite Cadbury chocolate bars including Dairy Milk bars.

Cadburys Chocolate and Corgi Model Gift Set £20

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys

Limited edition Dairy Milk Corgi vehicles and delicious Dairy Milk and Bournville chocolate in a Cadbury gift box. A Dairy Milk bar with a NO.1 Dad cardboard gift sleeve alongside a Corgi Dairy Milk Tanker and a classic Dairy Milk Mini. A great gift for any Cadbury fan who collects Corgi – special edition die cast models.

Cadbury Bars and Beers Hamper £22

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys

Send a fantastic gift of Hambleton’s Ales award winning micro brewery beer with a variety of the nation’s favourite Cadbury Dairy Milk bars. Cadbury Dairy Milk’s top chocolate bars with British brewed beer.

Maynards Bassetts Sports Mix Carton £3.29

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys

Maynards Bassetts Maynards Sports Mixture in a gift carton, a longer lasting fuller-flavour gummy sweet. Made with natural colours.

Green and Blacks Organic Connoisseur Collection £14.99

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys

Green & Black’s Organic Connoisseur Collection – A selection of unique Green & Black’s bars. Taste is at the heart of everything we do, but don’t just take our word for it. We are proud that our organic collection has won multiple awards at the Academy of Chocolate and Great Taste Awards. We are proud to be the chocolate of choice for many celebrity chefs, the Organic collection is perfect for those who enjoy intense flavours in their chocolate. The chocolate box includes the Tasting Wheel to help you get the perfect pairing with your food and drink. This impressive collection of Green & Black’s chocolate will make a beautiful gift.

Maynards Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts £3.29

Father's Day chocolate gift from Cadburys

Maynards Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts in a handy 400g carton makes a wonderful gift for friends and family alike. Filled with Maynards Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts sweets. One too many, and you might turn Bertie….

You can find these and loads more ideas for gifts at the Cadbury Online Gift Shop.

Please note that I am an affiliate for Cadburys gift shop and any purchases you make will not cost you any extra but may earn me a few extra pence. Thanks for your support.

Awin

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The Squishy Things in Life

My children love tactile things like slime or squishies. We have spent many an hour destroying having fun in the kitchen making our own slime. But when the disasters became too unbearable we went on to buying stuff instead.

Now you may think this is an easy task, most stores sell some sort of slime or Squishies, just take a look in The Card Factory or The Works. They probably even sell it in the supermarket. But, we are a fussy lot and we like ours to be particularly squishy, or squidgy or smell just right.

We love Etsy for this, it’s a risk buying online because you don’t get to smell or squidge before hand. But then most products sold in the shop come in sealed containers so you don’t know what you are getting until you open them anyway. We have come to love a few Etsy sellers that have not let us down and we would like to share them with you.

Slime Marshmallows

Kristi from Slime Marshmallows is our ultimate favourite seller for slime. She always contacts us after an order to make sure it’s sent out at the right time if it’s for a special occasion. Slime does have a ‘shelf life’ but if I’m honest, we still have some fabulous slime from her that has lasted for ages.

All slime orders come with: borax powder, a small bag of extras, a personalised note and a care sheet. You can generally choose whether you want a basic pot or a stronger one. The stronger one is more expensive but your slime will last longer in it.

The orders are always a delight to receive and they often come with extras which can include either: glitter, foam balls, fimo slices or beads!

Her shop items change regularly but I’ll show you some of the favourites we’ve tried or wanted to try.

In Your Dreams £6.50
Love Potion £3.50
Rainbow Chiffon Cake £6.25
Unicorn Ice cream cloud £5.95

I bet you never thought slime looked so good! It also smells and feels amazing. (oh, okay, I admit, I like it too!)

Squishies

The thing about squishies is; they are fabulous while they last. Sadly, as they are meant to be squished and squashed they do tend to fall apart. So, don’t expect them to last forever…unless you don’t squish them which defeats the object.

They also come in many shapes and sizes. Some like them hand size so you can just squish away while doing other stuff like watching tv or homework. Some like them bigger for that stress busting squish experience. I think they are cute so I like to have one on my key ring. Big or small, it’s so nice to give them a little squish every now or then.

Squishes can be really soft or a little firmer, some squish and come back into shape immediately and some are slow rising. Everyone seems to have a preference.

Here are a selection I’ve found to share with you.

Some Squishies look yummy but don’t eat them!

(my son found half a doughnut under my daughters desk in her bedroom and told her she was disgusting for leaving food in her room…I went to see and found out it was a squishy doughnut!)

Popcorn Squishie £1.50
Mochi Squishies £1 each
Disney Squishies £4 each
Pack of 7 slow rising jumbo Squishies £15.81

I’d like to finish off with this fabulous party kit I’ve found. We have had all sorts of crafting parties for birthday’s in the past. Last year, Boo went to a birthday slime making party which she loved. However, this is a squishy party kit with everything included for 10 children to design their own squishes. All you need is a table with a disposable table cloth and the kids will have a wild time. So tempted to try this myself for Boo’s birthday this year.

10 person Squishy party pack £67.18

I hope you’ve enjoyed my squishy, slimy post 🙂 I have included affiliate links which if you click and go on to buy something you will help me earn a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself. So thank you x

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Way Day Sale

This post contains my affiliate links for Wayfair, they will cost you nothing to click through but may earn me a few pennies if you decide to buy anything while on the site. So, thank you for your support.

I love Wayfair and I was excited to hear that they were having a super 36 hour sale starting on April 10th. They are also offering Free Uk Delivery on everything!

I thought I’d take a look and give you a some of my picks.

Do Keep Checking the site though as they are having Flash Sales every 3 hours!!

To start with, I’m looking for a new coffee table and love this Villita coffee table with a shelf for my magazines, it’s currently priced at only £86.99

Next up, I am having a new carpet fitted soon and I need a rug. This geometric one is lovely and starts at just £24.99 at the time of posting this blog.

The weather is getting nicer and I’ll soon be spending more time in the garden. I would love this wooden Love Seat for my garden, it’s a bargain at just £67.99 at the time of writing this.

Then of course, it’s always nice to get some new bedding and at Wayfair they are reducing their prices a lot. Look at this lovely Everly Quinn set just £10.34 for a single or £15.99 for a double set

These are just a few of the many, many things on sale over the next few days. So if you are thinking of a Spring Makeover, do click through and check them out. They’ll know I’ve sent you.

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Easter is My Favourite Holiday

I love Easter. It’s in the spring time, the kids have two whole weeks off school and there is lots of chocolate! What’s not to love. You don’t even have to be religious to enjoy Easter, but if you are then you’ll know how uplifting the Church Service can be on Easter Sunday.

I’m going to visit some of my favourite Easter related things in this post. I may contain links to other sites and even affiliate links, just thought I’d let you know.

Easter Bonnets

My Children are too old for Easter Bonnets now, but here’s some we made earlier.

Easter Treats

Easter really is the time for treats, I know, I know, chocolate is a treat, but we’ll come to that later. Good things come to those that wait. First of all, how about Easter Cakes. I am a big fan of the Simnel Cake. I just adore marzipan (probably more than chocolate!)

This is my tried and tested recipe for Simnel Cake

Easter Simnel Cake

We made some yummy Easter Chocolate bark way back in 2013, It was fun and easy to make but my photography is not so good.

Easter Eggs

Do you have an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday? We do one at home but a couple of years ago we went to a local National Trust Property to do one. We may just do it again this year. You can find out if there is a hunt near you by clicking here.

Finally, here is a pick of a few of my favourite eggs from Cadburys!

Newsflash!! Use the code EGGHUNT at the checkout for 15% off, ends 5th April, so hurry


A box of five of the best selling Medium Cadbury Easter Eggs. Perfect for a family to share or to use for an easter egg hunt. £15.45

Giant Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut Egg with sharing bar. Cadbury’s smooth milk thick shelled chocolate egg with Fruit & Nut inclusions and 1 sharing bar inside each presentation box! £12



Two of our NEW for 2019 a special Easter egg gift of a smooth Dairy milk chocolate hollow Easter egg with a plush Cadbury purple Easter Bunny Toy. £11.98

I hope you have enjoyed my Easter themed post

My Random Musings
Twin Mummy and Daddy
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Mother’s Day Gift List

Mother’s Day 2019 is on March 31st.

Here is a comprehensive list of gifts to please all sorts of Mum’s. I’ve spent hours compiling this list for you and the links are all affiliate links. It will not cost you any extra to click through these links but if you go on to purchase something I will earn a few extra pennies for my new wheelchair fund. So, a big thank you from me x

Thorntons

Thorntons are a great place to start, you can have your chocolate personalised if you wish to make it extra special. Here are just 3 of the gifts available, two are under £10 so perfect for the kiddies to buy!

Thorntons chocolate heart £8
Thortons Box of Chocolates £7
Thorntons yellow roses and chocolates £50

Cadburys

Cadburys offer some lovely selections especially for Mum, priced at £10, £20 and £30…perfect for every budget.

Cadburys Treasure Box £10
Cadburys chocolate Hamper and Fizz £30
Cadburys Mothers Day Chocolate £20

Pressy Box

Looking for something a little different or special, then Pressy Box has literally hundreds of fabulous products to choose from. You’ll be sure to find something that your Mum would love. Here are a small pick of my favourites.

From You to Me Book £11.99
Gin and Tonic Bathing Gel £8.99
Eyezone Massager £9.99
Collagin £34.95

Candles

I love candles, they add atmosphere as well as a beautiful scent to your home. I could have a hundred candles and it still wouldn’t be enough. Candles Direct are the place to go for all things candle and they have some great prices too.

Yankee Candle, Floral Candy -large £19.99
Gold and Peal Wax Burner £14.24

Etsy

You Can’t beat a look around Etsy if you want to find something really special for your Mum, from handmade to personalised and a whole lot more.

wooden box personalised
Personalised Mother’s Day Memory Box £34.95
Mum’s Knitting Bag £12.95
Bath Salt Pamper Basket £23.00
Sunshine Drop Ear rings £20

John Lewis

John Lewis have a lovely selection of gifts, including things you wouldn’t normally think of.

Gin Gift Box £50
Strictly Come Dancing Board Game £15.99
a shopper bag with flowers
Ted Baker Annacon Elegant Print Shopper Bag £30
an orange purse decorated with zebras
Sara Miller Zebra Purse £12.00

Flowers

How about sending Mum a gorgeous bunch of flowers through the post. You can even add chocolates or teddy bears as well as other gifts and cards.

Roses with chocolates £22.99
Spring Supreme with Chocolates £19

I hope you have enjoyed my list and found it useful. Let me know in the comments what you would like to buy your Mum for Mother’s Day, or what you would like to receive yourself.

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Christmas Shopping – gifts for Him

It’s November already and Christmas is just around the corner. Christmas shopping no longer has to be the dreaded drudge through crowds trying to find that perfect gift for everyone. Shopping from home has never been easier.

Prezzy Box is a fantastic online store for buying presents. Everything is categorised and easy to find. You’ll find all sorts of gifts to suit all sorts of budgets. With Prezzy Box a lot of the hard work is already done for you.

Today I’m looking at Christmas Gifts for HIM, whether it’s your Husband, Dad, Grandad, Nephew or Son, there is so much to choose from at Prezzy Box.

Prezzy Box Gifts for Him

Dear Dad From You to Me Book £12.99 

Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit £24.99

Personalised Beer Pack of 3 £19.99

Men’s Well Groomed Gift Set £21.99

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John Lewis and Partners

There are some wonderful gifts for Men available from John Lewis and Partners, again at a wide price range to suit all budgets. Here are a few of my top picks.

Fitbit Charge 3, Health and Fitness Tracker £129.99

Nextbase Dash Cam 312GW, 1080p HD, with Wi-Fi & GPS £99.00

Happy Socks Retro Holiday Christmas Socks Singing Gift Box, One Size, Pack of 3, Multi £29.95

Stackers Wallet, Black £25.00

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Chocolates and Sweets

Most men like a tasty treat or two at Christmas time. Here is my selection of chocolates and sweets for those with a sweet tooth.

The Marshmallowist Blueberry & Gin Marshmallows, 120g £7.50

Cadbury Heroes Tub (660g) £8.59

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Gift Basket £35

Double Decked Selection Box

sweet Collage

Thanks for reading, I hope you have enjoyed my little shopping spree and I’ve given you a couple of ideas for Christmas presents that can be bought from the comfort of your settee. Please note that this post does contain affiliate links and if you buy anything you will not pay any extra but I may earn a few pennies. Thank you very much for your time and I hope to see you again soon.

Raisie Bay

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