We’re big fans of big chunky markers in this house. Short Rib not so much because we don’t let him near them, but I in particular love labelling stuff. I’m a little strange like that, but if I can make things even more obvious, I’ll do it. When following Slimming World, I’ll write all sorts of syn values on packets of food and label tupperware of non-obvious foods to be sure. I once put salt in a cake thinking it was sugar, so I now have an irrational fear of doing it again.
So, when Chalkola gave me the chance to test out their range of Chalk Markers and metallic marker pens, I was all over it. Because if there’s anything better than a decent marker, it’s one you can wipe off when you’re finished. These markers boast being washable and with the ability to be wiped clean from any non-porous surface, such as glass or plastic.
So Beauty & the Beast is out – everybody’s been waiting over a year since the first announcement for the live action reimagining of this classic and it’s finally here. Annnnd, I haven’t seen it. Sorry. Short Rib isn’t really cut out for sitting in a loud cinema for two uninterrupted hours yet. I hear it’s great though! So there’s still definitely reason to celebrate the theatrical release of Beauty and the Beast.
The way we are doing it, is a little more toddler friendly though thanks to the wonderful people at Usborne books. They have an amazing range called “Peep Inside a Fairytale” which boasts its newest addition as being none other than Beauty and the Beast. Re-told by Anna Millborn, this beautiful book is way more than your average lift-the-flap tale.
Anyone remember the old Lottery adverts? I mean the really old ones with the big blue hand pointing at people bellowing “It’s yooouuuuu” a them and showering them with money? We all dream of being that person – but as you say, you have to be in it to win it. I’m always meaning to nip to the shops on a Saturday afternoon and put a lucky dip on the draw, but I’m pretty poor at actually getting up and doing it… I’m now put off by the fact that Lotto appears to have increased the amount of numbers to choose from (and the price of a ticket) but lowered the mid-range prizes. I kind of hold a grudge about it too, so for now me and normal Lotto have fallen out.
I don’t live in America or Australia, so I can’t go for those absolutely ridiculous amounts of money either. In January 2016, Powerball had a jackpot of $1.6 billion… What on earth would you do with that kind of money?! But, alas, I’m not in the US so I couldn’t even have a bash at it… not least until now. Because Lottoland are re-inventing how the lottery is played, giving UK residents the chance at massive lottery prizes from all over the world.
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We’re a proper official looking outfit now. I always used to love business cards when I was a kid… if I ever saw any on a desk, I’d rob a whole bunch of them and just mess around with them. In my eyes, they were the epitome of cool and a surefire sign that you have made it. Granted, I was a weird child that found fun in unusual objects, but that doesn’t take away from how excited I am that the guys at Aura Print have kitted us out with these bad boys!
Regular readers of our blog will know that Mr Duxbury is very difficult to please. When I told him that we were getting business cards, he audibly scoffed. People still do that apparently. That was until I unwrapped them. Impressed doesn’t really cover it and I later learned that he nabbed a few to show off to his colleagues at work. It takes quite a lot to impress my husband to that extent, but these guys definitely pulled that off.
I am big on planning… in particular I love to write things down. Lists, plans, ideas, recipes, weekly meal sheets, you name it and I love to write it down. By hand (notes on your iPhone simply will not do) and preferably on something pretty. I struggle sometimes with the last bit, and I have scraps of old jotter pads with blog post ideas floating around in my handbag. Not a great look by anyone’s standards. So when the folks at Stigu gave us the opportunity to review one of their Stick to Stigu planners, you can imagine that i jumped at the chance.
Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day like, soon and that means you’ve got to think about presents all over again! I’m a big fan of jewellery so when Kaya Jewellery gave us the chance to sample one of their pieces for review, I jumped at the opportunity to look at a new player in the field of handmade, personalised items. We all know what a great gift personalised stuff makes.