In November, my husband and I bought a pair of Baavet Wool Filled Pillows from a fair we’ve been to. Our pillows needed changing, so we’ve decided to spend a bit more money on something better. I think it’s worth investing in items we are going to use for a long time, daily. Have a look on their website if you want to know more information about the products or fancy one yourself. As we got them from a fair, we had a discount, but I think the pillows worth their price tag (over £30 each, without any discounts). I noticed there is a sale now, so you might get a bargain.
I would never buy feather pillows, but wool pillows sounded great. I saw this brand before and I really liked the idea. The pillows are filled with tiny balls of wool. One of the best things about these pillows with wool is that wool regulates heat, the same as it does on the sheep.
The wool used in these pillows is not bleached. Another important factor for me, in deciding if I should get them or not, was the fact that they are made in Britain. Except the cotton, that comes from abroad, but that is made into fabric in UK, all the other materials are local. I’m more than happy to pay a bit extra for this.
This is how the wool balls look like. A great thing about these pillows is that you can wash them, as the wool can be taken out. They sell wool balls, so, in time, you can add more wool balls if you think is necessary.
Their pillows come in three weights. I got a medium one and my husband has the firm one. If, by any chance you think you need a firmer pillow, you can add wool balls. I love that, having the flexibility to make my pillows as I like them.
This year I went on a quest to find the Best Luxury Mince Pies. To find them, I made a comparison of 4 supermarket own luxury brands. I’ve compared Sainsbury’s, Asda, Tesco, and Co-Op. Basically, I found a way to justify eating 24 mince pies almost a month before Christmas, with the help of my husband, luckily.
It was hard to pick our favourite. To make sure we were as objective as possible, I made up a list of things we should rate. We each gave a mark from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. Because not all aspects we’ve marked were as important, I’ve opted for an weighted average.
We’ve started with the packaging. We took into consideration how the pictures look, the thickness of the cardboard, any details they have about the product. For example, the picture on the package was the best on the Co-Op’s box, and the “V” for vegetarian looked better too. Unlike the other three, the ones from Sainsbury’s had an extra wrap. Both my husband and I gave it 5 points. The package we didn’t like was ASDA’s. I gave only 2 points, it wasn’t Christmasy at all.
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?
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. Quirky and fun gifts, aren’t they?
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m very happy with the eye shadows and the brow kit. I haven’t used the other two products in the kit.
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.
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.
We’ve ordered and then waited for our mains.
A celebration has to involve Prosecco. The waiter was friendly and helpful. Actually all the staff was helpful and friendly.
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.
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