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Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose

I love nature inspired jewellery, I have lots of flowers, leaves, and butterflies. My husband gave me a couple of silver geckos and a frog as gifts in the last couple of years. So, I was delighted to be asked to review a gorgeous Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose. How amazing is to review jewellery?

Rose Necklace by The Eternity Rose

I knew the brand, but, even so, when I had a look on their website, I was enchanted by their products. Their range includes beautiful roses dipped in gold, silver or platinum. The roses come in a beautiful wooden box. Those roses look so precious and they are long lasting, hence the name eternity. I also liked the fact that the roses are available on many colours, so there is plenty of choice. I think these are amazing as a gift, or for a special occasion, like Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

For men there are a couple of gifts too, like a playable Golf Ball & Tee set dipped in gold and a 24 karat gold-dipped poker cards.

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Telescope Phone Lens

I received a Telescope Phone Lens from Paladone* to try and I am delighted with it. It was the first time I’ve tried a phone lens and I wasn’t sure what to expect; how good the pictures will look, how easy was to install.

Paladone Telescope Phone Lens ready to take a picture

I tried the lens for the first time at home. It wasn’t great, indoor the lens will not work as good. I tried to take a picture of something that was only 10-12 feet away, so too close. I think it might have worked if I would have tried to take a picture of something outside, but it was dark. So, I said I will try the lens outside. A telescopic lens is meant to be used outdoors anyway.
Another issue I had when I tried at home was that the pictures were blurry because the phone was moving when I was pressing the screen to take the picture. I needed an app, to have a shutter delay. With the 5 seconds delay, there is enough time for the phone to re-focus and take a good picture.

Paladone Telescope Lens with box

In the package, besides the lens is a stand, and a cleaning cloth. The stand is very important. If you fancy the lens, you can get it from Paladone’s shop.

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Barry M MakeUp

I bought a Barry M MakeUp kit called Glam to Go Eye Kit from Argos. I never tried any Barry M Makeup before, but I knew they are a vegetarian brand. Some of their products contain beeswax, the rest are vegan. It’s exactly what I’m looking for in a makeup. The company started in 1982 and they were always cruelty-free, more details on their website.

Makeup, full face

I’m very happy with the eye shadows and the brow kit. I haven’t used the other two products in the kit.

 Barry M MakeUp Glam to Go Eye Kit. All products

Going back to the kit, it was just shy of £15 at Argos. I’m a big fan of Argos, their customer service is great. The kit contains Natural Glow 2 eye shadow palette, That’s How I Roll mascara, Kohl Pencil, Black & Brow kit (medium/dark) brow palette.

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Café Rouge at intu Trafford Centre

My husband and I had a lovely vegetarian meal at Café Rouge at intu Trafford Centre. It was one of our anniversaries, so it was a very special day for us. Luckily almost everything was perfect. More details about them on their website.

The only thing that bothered us was a lady at a table nearby that was clapping her hands every time her child was eating a spoon of food. It was really strange, the child was so cute and had a big appetite, why was she so loud I don’t understand. We asked to be moved to another table and we were told we can pick any table we want. We moved and everything was fine. Funnily enough, after we moved, two more couples with children picked tables near us. Both children were so well behaved and the parents respectful of the others in the restaurant.

Café Rouge at intu Trafford Centre

We’ve ordered and then waited for our mains.

Two Glasses of Prosecco and a bottle on ice

A celebration has to involve Prosecco. The waiter was friendly and helpful. Actually all the staff was helpful and friendly.

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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*.


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.

Painting Classes with The Paint Republic

Today I’m going to talk about painting classes with The Paint Republic. My husband and I were invited to one of the painting classes held by The Paint Republic. I don’t think I ever talked about this before, but I’ve painted as a hobby in the past. I stopped for lack of actual talent, much to the delight of the family (who were supposed to say I’m great when they were receiving one of my masterpieces, all were tucked away from sight though). Anyway, I was eager to try painting again and this time actually learning how to paint (I wasn’t that bothered about it before).

Painting Classes with The Paint Republic

These are our pieces of art, displayed in our spare bedroom. We’ve made fun of how they turned out, but after looking at them for a couple of days, we thought they are actually good enough to display. I think they look great, colourful, both similar and different.

Now lets talk about the classes. The Paint Republic have events for people who want to unleash their creativity and have fun at the same time. The ticket covers the price of the event, including all the materials. Drinks and food can be ordered from the location the event is held at. We’ve been to The Baltic Social, a lovely place with friendly staff and good prices.

They have classes all over UK, in Liverpool, London, Chester, North Wales, in Shropshire and Bath.

02 Painting Classes with The Paint Republic

We picked our seats, the music was on and we’ve started painting. On display is a finished painting, so we can see what we are going to paint. I have to admit I though it’s just a model because it couldn’t be possible to paint something so complicated in only 2 hours. Well, as you saw from the first picture, we did. The painting is inspired by the William Morris wallpapers.

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Pyjama and Robe from UKLingerie

I was excited to be contacted by UKLingerie. Started in December 2015, UK Lingerie* is a family run business. The owners, Dawn and Jonathan, decided to offer a good online Lingerie reseller who sold quality products to women of all shapes and sizes, as they mention on the website. Besides the UKLingerie website, that is the newest, they also have UKTights and UKSwimwear.

While browsing on their website, I thought is really hard to pick what I want to try, as they all look lovely. Besides lingerie, they also offer shapewear, loungewear, nightwear and bodywear. I picked up two items. When they arrived I was very happy with both of them, the items are just as gorgeous as they look in the pictures. The parcel arrived very fast, much to my delight. The quality of the robe and the pyjama is great.

 Pyjama and Robe from UKLenjerie

The first item I picked is this La Marquise Love Charm Robe. Snuggled up in a fluffy robe with lemon tea, that is the perfect recipe for Hygge. I imagine I will use the robe a lot this winter.

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