Sunday, 27 January 2013

January Blues Giveaway!

I gathered several prizes for a '12 days of Christmas' giveaway (the kind that runs over the proper 12 days from Christmas day to Epiphany)... only, as most of you know, I got flu and spent most of that time in bed, not eating!  So I have several prizes to giveaway.  If you are like me then January = tax return, no money, rubbish weather, ... so hopefully this giveaway will be a little silver lining in a month of dullness!

I'm giving Rafflecopter a trial run this time.  You don't have to sign up for anything, rafflecopter just collates entries for me, which means I don't have to manually build a spreadsheet!  (I am fed up of spreadsheets this month!!)
Lovely prizes to beat the blues- or join them!

I am giving away things with a blue theme;
  • An OPI Shatter polish, 
  • A Collection glam crystals blue glitter eye liner (Night Fever), 
  • Clarify face blotting sheets- take that shine away, 
  • Gosh Velvet touch eyeliner in Purple Stain (I have previously blogged my love for these)
  • A small handbag sized sample of Britney Spear's perfume duo Fantasy and Midnight (Midnight blue anyone?!)

Who knows what else I might add?!

To enter
You must be a follower of my blog via blogger/GFC or Google + (I think they all show up in my followers box), then leave me a comment below telling me your tip for beating the January Blues?  

Once you have done this, just fill in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter your name into the hat- it asks for your facebook or email (so I can contact you if you win).  You can gain extra entries for following via twitter, facebook etc  Just tick the boxes to show how many entries you've gained.

Good Luck and don't forget to check back to see if you have won!

a Rafflecopter giveaway Small Print: I reserve the right to change, amend or cancel this giveaway.  I will verify the entrants, and reserve the right to disqualify any rule breakers or 'compers',  Decision is final.  1 entry per person.  No responsibility is taken after I post the prize, no substitute will be made.

Friday, 4 January 2013

The Christmas present post!

By popular demand....!  The car crash post!  I haven't photographed everything but here are a few of the things I had for Christmas.  My family is fairly small, and we try not to overdo things at Christmas.  This isn't a brag post- we all try to shop very carefully and do not mind second hand books, charity shop gifts and so forth.  Helps money go further and helps a charity.  Also allows you to splash on something special.  No Mulberry bags, Louboutin shoes or iphone 5's here ;)
Gudrun Truffles
 These truffles are light, melt in your mouth- I'd certainly recommend them! (Amazon link)  Not one's I had tried before but worth looking out for!
A heavy big book!

A sewing a craft book (link).  I am hoping to do a bit more crafting this year.. possibly.. it's just finding the time and the right projects! 
Neal's Yard :)
Foot Balm, face wash and hand wash.  I havent used these yet (apart from the hand wash several years back) but I will probably post on them in the future :)

Pretty stripes!
 Hand made fingerless glove mits.  So soft and warm.  Perfect for driving and protecting my hands!

 Now, if you don't know who Simon's Cat is... then you need to visit Youtube!  Needless to say, this will be gracing my wall for 2013!

 Purple scarf, bear ear warmer headband, Debenhams voucher.. (Hmm what to buy... which department?!), a Meercat puzzle (I love meercats!), a penguin umbrella.  Penguin's are pretty inspiring... especially emperor penguins... they stand for months in the cold, share parenting duties, trek for several weeks to bring back food... (I saw a documentary on baby snow animals before Christmas!)

Lush butterball and comforter.  I love lush's ethics and these are items I have used before.  I break up the comforter into 5 or 6 pieces, crumble it into running bath water and voila a giant bubble bath!  I keep my lush things in a drawer and sealed tube- but I have seen others use clingfilm to keep the items fresh.  The butterball is great for anyone who has dry or problem skin (allergic reactions, psoriasis, eczema etc) so if you are usure about fragrances then the butterball is one to try in your bath!

And that is all I am sharing at the moment!  I still have hauls from pre Christmas, clothes show haul and sales shopping to share.  People tend to leave me to buy my own gifts (which is fine)!

Have you done a present post?  What did you get?  Put your links below so I can see what you were lucky enough to receive!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Festive Update!

I had meant to blog before Christmas during the holidays, but sad to say I got flu- so I finished work, had Christmas Day and then.... Bed rest!  4 days in bed, my muscles hurt so much!!  I'm not quite recovered but on the mend.  I'm going through tissues like wildfire!  Anyways, I have lots of share I just need to find time!
My new diary! It's so pretty!
 So HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I  hope you all had a fantastic night (I just slept and coughed- anyone got an advance on that?!)  Normally I dont go in for resolutions at New Year as it is very hard to keep them (dark days, cold weather etc), but I am feeling a bit uplifted to detox and become healthy.  I also want to improve my outlook, organisation and approach to things.  I'll admit that I have become very stressed and a bit down in the past month.  Things really got on top of me- it seems everyone has an agenda, puts pressure on you- or their own stresses.  I am sure that this contributed to me being run down.  I'm not someone to normally get stressed - not going into specifics here but time to move on, strengthen, grow :)

I have been asked to do a Christmas gift post... as Laura (aka Lollipop26) said.. these are like car crashes.. but you can' look away.  If you have done one of these posts please let me know in the comments!
What's in the bag?....

I also did a little sale shopping (and did a post about it here if you want to see what I spotted online) and I still have some things from the clothes show to post about.  I wish I could post lots of exciting pre and post Christmas party photographs, but that didn't happen!

More to say on these- I did wear them pre Christmas flu!
So any updates from you guys?  How did you spend New Year?  Any good Christmas gifts or sales hauls?  Any 'pick me up after a cold' secrets?!  Happy New Year- let's make 2013 a good one!!

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