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Hair looks for 2014 4

The lovely Sarah has a blogger challenge competition on. I love these type of competitions, where ideas and writing them can win me nice things. Well this one caught my eye as an ex-hairdresser – £125 worth of hair kit. Count me in. For this post I am going to experiment with Polyvore, which I have never used before. So pretty please ignore any rookie/noob PV errors I might make? I think that imperfect plaits and messy flowing hair with head bands will be big. Hair ideas by julie-roo I also think that slightly crazy colourings may come back. If I was more body confident I would try the rainbow stlyes, but I also adore pastels. So a pastel rainbow could be perfect for me. Online there are lots of bright and tacky multi coloured wigs, avoid avoid, avoid!  If you like this style but want to start with a […]


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The Christmas Bulbles Competition 3

Me and my eldest son have been “mucking about with craft fluff an’ stuff” and come up with 4 little “Christmas Bulbles”. Nope, that’s not an accidental typo, its Bulbs + Baubles = Bulbles. As I can’t resist a good blogger challenge type of competition I had to have a go at this one. So D and I sat down, and made rather a bit of mess, had some fun, and came out with these…. D isn’t a natural “crafter” so I set him going with a children’s sewing kit and he stitched together Mr Robin. Bright pink and cute he may be, but he has an evil eye, a glass eye in fact. My first creation was the biggest, of course. I threaded 20 glittery mini-baubles onto a festively red pipe cleaner, then wrapped it around the bulb tubes. Around the plastic cap section I then sticky taped on some […]


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Pet London Flashing Collar Set 1

Freya Woof has an early Christmas gift – an adorable collar and lead set from pet London. It has a flashing tag and a clear plastic clip (buckle) on the collar. At night, or in bad weather, the light from the flashy tag gets reflected/amplified by the clear plastic clip so it seems more visible. By day this is just a cute matching set, but at night its a smart safety feature.


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Ideas to Make Your Home Lighter 1

The obvious answer is turn some lights on, but that’s not what I’m going for in this post. If you are in rented accommodation it does limit your options somewhat but use mirrors as much as you can. I have a huge mirror on the chimney breast, it has retro advertising on it and I think it looks cool but it also bounces more light in to the room. Mirrors at the top of stairs are also great, especially if you hang it angled downward as it can bounce extra light down your stairs.


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Cheeky Shoes 1

I first saw Cheeky Shoes at the sky dive. Susanne was wearing lovely purple ones and I had slight shoe envy. Then I realised that lots of bloggers had tried them, and I got in touch. Sadly the biggest size was a size 8 but I was assured there would be some stretch in this. When they arrived first impressions were “my word they are bright” and that they fitted through the letter box as promised. The packing is minimal and clever.


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Volcano Nail Polish 2

I decided I wanted funky nails, but find false nails uncomfortable. After a lot of gardening recently my nails were a bit of a state. They needed hiding. So I was in Poundland having a nosey at the make up. They often have some top brands in little plastic packages that hang on those metal stock spikes. I rummaged through…. Some Rimmel, Max factor, Sally H, Opi and some W7. I had seen W7 crackle polish before in other shops but had been put off by the price at around a fiver a bottle. Sometimes you are really lucky in Poundland and you’ll get two branded make up items per pack, and I did indeed get a steal of a bargain, a bright red and a deep purpley red crackle polish in one package. Thats 50p each! Deal, sold.


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Parragon Books – Reviews From The Campsite

Today it’s raining on camp and my sons are in the back of the car (because it’s quieter than a tent in rain I suppose) reading books nicely. It’s a cute little scene but somewhat dominated by the weather. The books they are reading are “Things you never knew about dinosaurs” by Giles Paley-Phillips and “Goodnight little one” by Margaret Wise Brown.


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How To Make A Blog Badge 1

Firstly find or make yourself a “badge” – Badges can be various sizes. Sadly there doesn’t seem to be a standard size, but think about what works nicely in your blogs sidebar. Might I suggest 125 x 125 pixels, or 200 x 150 pixels. If it is too big other blogs might not want to use it. Find an image that suits your blog, think about the colours and style. If you blog is all in pastels you don’t want a dark image really, you want it to remind readers about your site. If your blog is about baking use a cake photo rather than a photo of yourself or your pet! Also if you use a certain image as you blog header already, edit this to the required size to use something familiar to your readers as your badge. My example below is a photo of my own notebook, cropped […]


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How To Make A Decent Catapult 3

Well, after the eBay fuss I bought some catapult latex/elastic straps and searched hedges for a decent stick. Bingo, a windy evening and the next morning I was spoilt for choice. You need there to be a symmetrical Y shape in the wood, if it’s wonky it still works but the aim is all wrong. Sawing the branch into a Y shape. Yes, I know I know, chicken runs are not ideal work benches. You need to cut the “handle” end to be about the length of a brand new pencil, and the two angled branches a little shorter.


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Mothers Day outfit at Next 4

Well I’ve today seen a challenging competition on Jade & Tara’s blog that I had to have a go at entering. I’ve not had the best relationship with my Mother, but I am trying to be her friend again, and I’m sure she’d be chuffed if I won Next clothing for her. The challenge is to make a complete outfit just from products for sale at Next. Here is what I’d suggest for my Mum on Mothers day. Images from Next website       I would pick a nice lace dress for my Mum, she suits maxi dresses best I think. Also this one goes into larger sizes and like me, my Mum isn’t tiny. It is black and creamy beige, She often wears either shockingly bright prints or plain neutral colours. I’m not going to pick out a print that makes me dizzy, that’s all I’m saying… Moving […]


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Review of Dr.Beckmann laundry products

Recently Dr.Beckmann were kind enough to send me a few products to try. Dr.Beckmann Colour & Dirt Collector First of the products I tried was the washing sheets. These catch colours that end up in the water so it doesn’t soak in to other items. I was a bit sceptical of these and have seen them for sale in shops before. The thing is we have many items we wash separately as they are multi coloured and don’t match pale or dark laundry loads, such as our rugby shirts. These are navy blue, bright red and white cotton. A colour run nightmare waiting to happen.I mixed these items all in one load…. Pale, bright vivid colour and black! I would never mix these colours normally.Action…. Blurry action…Very pleased to say my Elmo pj top didn’t get ruined!And final photo to show you some used sheets versus an unused one. I wasn’t […]


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Gardening ideas 4

After having chickens for a few months I have no lawn left, and what was my veggie bed is a muddy puddle! It’s clear veggies aren’t an option this growing season, all edible things are munched, so I need sturdy stubborn plants, the kind that re grow each year. On the left there, that was my veg bed, and on the right was a lawn! Thanks chickens. I was looking for fruit trees, and just bought some from GardeningExpress website, via groupon as there was a good deal. Five fruit trees, normally £100 was £30 plus £7 postage. I know you can get supermarket trees at certain times of the year, they buy them in and put near the fruit shelves, and there is a reason they are cheap. These are often not self pollinating types, so whilst one will grow and look healthy you need another close by to […]