Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival

When I saw that Liverpool Halloween Lantern Carnival is happening this weekend, I wanted to go. The lanterns were created by The Lantern Company and is not the first time they created shows like this. I’ve been to two other parades made by them, the one in Sefton park for Halloween five years ago and three years ago for Christmas Parade. I think this one was the best. I enjoyed it a lot.

Enjoy the pictures.

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Gifts for Christmas at Metquarter

It’s almost November. While I always wait until the middle of November, after my birthday, to actually buy things for Christmas, I like to look and think of ideas. I was delighted to be invited at the Christmas Press Day to see all the fab gifts for Christmas at Metquarter. If you are from Liverpool, is likely you already know Metquarter, a luxury shopping centre with well-known stores. There is also a SPA, the Sassoon Salon, a few places to have something to eat.

Gifts for Christmas at Metquarter

It was easy to get into the Christmas spirit with a glass of bubbly and with lovely Christmas decor everywhere. I had to pick a few pictures and even so I managed to have 14. Let’s start to talk about the gifts for Christmas at Metquarter.

Gifts for Christmas at Metquarter

Lots of jewellery, something that I think is great as a gift. It can be personal and meaningful without being too personal.

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Autumnal reads

This month I’m blogging about Autumnal books, all the books I’ve read this month. Some are more obvious Autumnal than others, but I think all of them are lovely to read on a colder day with a blanket and a hot tea (or any kind of beverages you fancy).

I mentioned in the last book roundup that I was one book away from my 52. I surpassed this target this month with the 4 books I’ve read.

The Little Book of LYKKE. The Danish search for the world's happiest people by Meik Wiking

The Little Book of LYKKE. The Danish search for the world’s happiest people by Meik Wiking
I already blogged about The Little Book of LYKKE. It’s the perfect Autumnal book.

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TENATalk

I was delighted to be asked to join in the newest campaign by lightsbyTENA* called TENATalk. The campaign aimes to give us the power to have an honest discussion about our problems, with friends and close family members.

TENATalk

36 percent of women said they would not talk about bladder weakness with their friends and family. That means 1 in 3 women will not talk about it. I think it’s astonishing, in a world where we share so much of our lives online, for everybody to see, we can’t find the courage to talk about something that troubles us with those closest to us.

I mentioned before, in another campaign I did with lights by TENA, Noonetoldme, that women in their 20s can suffer from this. Is something very common, as 1 in 3 women will suffer from bladder weakness at some point in their life, regardless if they gave birth or not. And men can suffer too.

If we combine both stats, this means that 1 in 9 women will suffer from this and she will not feel free to talk about it.

LightsbyTENA made this film with real women who share their “little leak” moments with their friends and how using lights by TENA has helped protect them from little leaks.

One of the things that stood out for me in the clip is “I was really relieved that my friends were experiencing the same things as I did”. That’s the whole point of the campaign, the freedom of being able to talk about bladder weakness as freely as we can talk about sex, something that was taboo only a few decades ago.

It is amazing that, somehow, talking about sneezing, fever, and headache is fine. Everybody can talk to anybody about their cold, is socially acceptable. We might even mention a “tummy ache”. Women can talk about their periods. Why shouldn’t we feel comfortable to talk, with our nearest and dearest, about something that might affect our lives even more than a runny nose does?

It’s hard to change and talk about things that might make us feel embarrassed. Someone I like a lot said, in a group of women, that is pointless to talk online about bladder weakness, that’s for women in their 90s. I remembered this because it was shortly after I went to the Noonetoldme campaign (she was not aware of that). I’m glad for her, even after giving birth a couple of times, she doesn’t have any issues. But I can imagine that someone in the group might have had this issue and maybe they were embarrassed by this. This is what we should change. Is not something to be ashamed of.

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Staccups

At BlogOn this year, I was invited to play Staccups against Rebecca @ becster. She won, obviously, I said I will have to “practice” and maybe win next time. So, I was delighted to be sent a game by University Games*.

Staccups

The Staccups game is easy and really entertaining. It can be played by 2 to 4 players. There are 32 StaccupCups and a podium stand spinner. The players share the cups, making sure everybody has a similar number of cup colours, ignoring the top colour. The cups are arranged like in the picture, each cup colour in a stack.

Put the Stand Spinner in the middle of the table and press the button. Now each podium has a start-colour. The players should put cups with the base colour. Now, the lid of the cup that is on the podium, should match the base of the cup placed on top.
At this point, the game can be played in two ways. One is in turns. If a player can’t place a cup, then they miss a turn. I’m yet to play the game like this.
So far, my husband and I played the other version: place the cups as quickly as possible. Having to pick only from the cups on top makes things a bit complicated.

My husband makes a really annoying move, he will place a cup in the stack I’m aiming and this makes me lose my focus. We do get competitive. If, by chance, no cup can be placed, just press the button again to have new base colours. To win, you have to put all the cups before everyone else.

Staccups is available on amazon, Smyths Toys, Argos, Debenhams. I would definitely recommend this game. I think is fun and, now, in the colder months, a fun family game and some treats make the perfect recipe for Hygge.

*PR Sample. All opinions are my own.

New iPhone SE

After looking for a new phone for a few months, I finally decided to get an iPhone SE. This is my first iPhone, so it will take a while to get used to it.

iPhone SE

I chose iPhone SE, see more details on apple, because is a new-ish model. The phone was released in March last year. Considering is not the latest, it was much cheaper. I’m not keen on having the latest model, so it was an easy option for me.

Why an iPhone? Because I never had one and I wanted to see the difference between a Samsung and an Apple. It might sound strange as a reason to buy a particular phone, but well, that is it. I’ve read one of Steve Jobs’s biographies, I worked on Mac (I still prefer Window laptops).

The iPhone SE has great specs. The camera takes good pictures indoors and I’m very pleased with that. Another feature I love is the Touch ID, basically I use my fingerprint to unlock the phone and I can also use it for payments. I’m yet to discover the second part, but it’s something I might use. I love the techiness of it, very James Bond-ish. It’s not new, Apple had this feature from iPhone 5s, but it’s new for me.

I use the phone as a hotspot and it works great. Even if the phone is downstairs, the internet works great upstairs too. I’m very pleased with this. Today I’m going to use Maps. By the looks of it, it will work fast. After having issues with the Samsung, I hope the iPhone will work better. There are a few things worse than hearing “GPS signal lost” when you are about to leave the motorway and head up some minor roads.

iPhone SE comes in 4 colours and I picked rose gold. I like the colour a lot, is a small phone and it gives it a girly feel. I need a case for it and hopefully I will get this weekend. It’s a matter of having the time to go to the shops to get it.

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Primark Slippers

Talking about Primark Slippers on a fashion post might be a bit crazy. I’m delighted with the new purchases and I want to share them. Maybe some of my readers want to buy some funny looking slippers and I might inspire them. Another reason for adding the “Style” tag is that it doesn’t fit in any other category.

Primark is know for the fast fashion, a trend I’m not particularly keen on. When it comes to clothes, I don’t see the point in buying something that looks nice but it will not last. This is one of the reasons Primark is not one of my to-go places. I haven’t been to the shop for a long time, like an year or maybe even more.

Recently, a colleague from the stately home I’m volunteering with, told me about a black shirt at Primark for £5.50. I had to get one as is perfect for my Edwardian maid outfit. It’s great, she told me about the shirt, as I got one. The shirt will be very helpful for the busy Christmas period at the Hall. We have children booked in for different activities. I’m very excited about this, it should be fun.

Primark Slippers

Before going, I looked on their website and saw some cute Primark slippers too. I was ready to buy a pair, but I had no idea I will have to stop myself from buying a few more slippers. I bought two and I stopped because I don’t actually need more than a couple of slippers.

Primark Slippers

The Harry Potter Owls Slipper Boots at £5. They are machine washable at 40C and that is very handy.
I watched recently all the Harry Potter movies and I love owls, so deciding on this pair of slipper boots was a no-brainer. I haven’t started to wear them.

Primark Slippers

The Cosy Footlets Bunnies at £3.50. They too are machine washable at 40C. Aren’t they just extremely cute? I had to have them. The slippers are comfy, with rubber gripper-dot soles. As a plus, the very cute tail, is placed on a side. This makes the slippers comfortable even when I’m touching the sofa with the back of them.

The ears are moving when I walk. They definitely made me smile more these days.

Do you like funny footwear? Tell me what kind of novelty Primark slippers you might buy. 🙂