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Bonfire party with Fentimans Ginger Beer and giveaway

For the last few years we have had a fireworks and bonfire party at our house. My Hubby loves fireworks displays and we go most years to the Fire Works Championships at Belvior Castle. We decided that while the children we young we would have fireworks at our house, saves all the muddy fields and the hour sat in the car waiting to get out of the car park after. We are lucky enough to have a large garden with plenty of space for the men folk to sort the fireworks out up at the top of the garden and keep all the children safe nearer the house.

We invite our nearest and dearest, cook up hot dogs for the children and a big chilli with jacket potatoes and cheese for the adults, then we have few drinks after the sparklers and fireworks have finished. I also this year made some very yummy cinder toffee and toffee apples. Not forgetting toasting the marshmallows… so many marshmallows.

Fentimans Ginger BeerIn recent month’s my Hubby has got the taste for rum, the perfect warming tipple for a cold November’s evening. So, when Fentimans sent us some ginger beer to help us celebrate our bonfire party, I knew that the rum and ginger beer would make the perfect combination for a warming drink for our fireworks party.

Bonfire Cocktail

When I think of bonfire night, I instantly think toffee apples and nice warm drinks. So my lovely bonfire cocktail is just that, toffee flavours and warms you up as your drink. It is very simple to make, with only a couple of elements.

Add ice into your glass, I used my gorgeous Moscow mule copper mugs. Then a measure of dark rum, be generous to give you that lovely warming feeling. Top it up with Fentimans ginger beer. I then added a shard of my toffee, which when dropped in gives sweet toffee flavour to the cocktail… yummy. Why not add a sparklier for the extra special bonfire party feel, just make sure you take it out before you drink it. The rum and Ginger Beer make the perfect bonfire cocktail.

Why not have a go at making your own Ginger Beer inspired cocktail?

The lovelies at Fentimans are giving you the chance to win your very own case of Ginger Beer. Just enter the Rafflecopter below.

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T&C’s – UK entrants only, you must be over 18 to enter. Prize will be sent to you direct by Fentimans.

*This post was made in collaboration with Fentimans. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

My gorgeous gold light box from Gingersnap and giveaway

For months if not years I have been wanting a light box, I see them all over my Instagram feed. I’m not sure why I like them, as they are not really my kinda thing. However for some odd reason I am drawn to these little boxes of light, to share little messages of love or announcements with people. There have been the bright white boxes about for a while now, with the standard bold black letters, of course I wanted something different, something a bit more me.

GingerSnap light boxes

When GingerSnap got in touch asking if I would like to review one of their light boxes, the first thing I did was see what they had to offer. I was pleasantly surprise to see a few options for me with the A4 gold wooden light box jumping out at me straight away.

Gingersnap not only have the gold, they have mint green, pale pink, grey, black and of course white. They also some in 2 different sizes, the large A4 an the smaller A5, perfect for sitting on the kitchen side to leave notes to the family.

Each of GingerSnap’s light boxes come with the standard bold black letters, but they also offer an range of letter packs. Extra black letters, coloured letters, emoji symbols and my favourite pack the rose gold letter pack. I can honestly say I was so happy when I spotted the rose gold letters to go with the gold light box, the perfect combination for me.

My gold light box

When my parcel arrive from Gingersnap I couldn’t wait to try it out. It arrived with a USB cable but no mains plug so make sure you have an adaptor, I just used my iphone plug. When I plugged it in I couldn’t believe how bright it was. It looked fabulous up against the gold wood.

The A4 Rose Gold Letter Pack that I had ordered along with the light box, was lovely. Each letter in an italic style font, very feminine style, perfect for my style.

The light box itself is well made, a lovely gold colour in A4 paper size. It’s going to make the perfect addition to my French Dresser in the family room.

Light box lover

I am so pleased that I now have this lovely light box. It’s going to be perfect for every occasion, birthdays, hen parties, mile stones in life, announcements, leaving notes for the family. I can’t wait to use it for Halloween and Christmas this year.

My only wish for the light box would be that it had a little draw in the back to store all of the letters in. As I have got to find a smallish box to keep them all in, before the children get hold of them and they end up all over the house.

My beautiful new light box is the perfect addition to my home and I’m very much looking forward to using it for every given opportunity.

Win your own light box

GingerSnap are giving you the chance to win your very own gold light box. Just enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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T&C’s:- UK entrants only, must be over 18 years old. Distribution of the prize is the responsibility of GingerSnap. Competition closing 10/11/2017. Good luck everyone.

 

*I was kindly send a Light Box from GingerSnap fro review. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

 

Rachel Bustin

 

Wedding planning with Rooi and give away

When I first got engaged I was so excited to start with the planning of the wedding. As my regular readers will know I love stationary, so it should be no surprise to you that finding a note book for planning my wedding was top of the list.

I love finding a fabulous new company that fills my heart with joy and my bank account with dread. Somewhere that I can spend one to many hours looking at beautiful items, while the children are in bed. Rooi offer me everything I want, beautiful gifts for my friends (and me. Items for the home, some of their bedding ranges are stunning, I cannot wait to move house to splash out on them. Then items for my home office but for any office adding that little something a bit luxurious and special. Not forgetting a great range of Katie Spade items for weddings.

Wedding Planning With Rooi

Wedding planning with Rooi

I had seen Rooi over on both Twitter and Instagram. Filling my feeds with the most beautiful items for both your home and your office. While browsing their website I fell in love with a floral range that they stock by BAN.DO. The rose parade is perfect for wedding planning, especially as it has the beautiful floral feel that so many brides to be are after at the moment. Note books, pens, pencil cases, water bottles, even a matching gym bag, so you can hit the gym in style.

I love lists and making your wedding check list is one of the most important ones you could possibly make. So, take some time to yourself, make a drink and head out in the garden sit down and start planning. I always think that having the the right equipment is all part of the fun. When it comes to the right equipment for wedding planning, I think this BAN.DO collect is perfect.

A beautiful note book, set of pretty pens. A lovely pencil case, not only good for your pretty pens but for all of the business cards you will pick up visiting wedding shows. Then a thermal drinks holder for when you are heading out to visit different companies to keep the caffeine levels topped up when making those important decisions.

What do you think to my wedding planning collection? I love it, the quality of the items is fabulous and I would highly recommend ordering items from Rooi. In fact I have my eyes on some of their photo frames that I plan to order soon.

Win a my Rooi collection worth over £50

Would you like to get your hands on this gorgeous wedding planning bundle from Rooi? Well you can do just that by entering the rafflecopter below. Good luck my lovelies.

 

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*This post was made in collaboration with Rooi, thank you for sending me out this beautiful collection. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Whistle while you work, with VQ

When I worked in a office, we always had the radio on. Each day we would tune in to various different radio stations with the aerial at different heights and angles to try and get some kind of sound. It was great to be able to work while listening to music. It’s been years since I worked in a office, but recently I have been trying to sort out my home office space. I found my dream vintage bureau on gumtree for £25 a couple of months ago. As yet I have not even sat down to work at it, I continue to sit in our arm chair balancing my MacBook on my lap or on the arm of the chair.

So this weekend the Mother-in-law had the children for a couple of hours, the Hubby was out, so I used the opportunity to sort out my beloved desk. To make it somewhere that I could happily work that was space just for me. Not forgetting to find space for my new retro style radio to sit.

VQ Radio

When VQ got in touch with me to ask if I would like to bring music back into my daily life, instead of just in the car or listening to various disney songs. How could I say no?

VQ are a purely British company, designed and engineered in the UK. It’s great because so many companies now out source across the globe, so it’s lovely to work with a purely British company.

My VQ Radio

I love the retro style, I have lots of vintage items in our home, so the VQ style is perfect for me. A vintage style with all the mod cons. Retro vintage DAB digital radios that come with built in blue tooth speakers and even docking stations. I opted for the Hepburn MKII which is a DAB digital radio with build in blue tooth speakers and a USB charging port. The Hepburn is available in 18 different designs, so there is going to be something that you fall in love with. I chose the Emma Bridgewater Wallflower design, as I love Emma Bridgewater items and especially the Wallflower.

Since my radio has arrived, I have found myself sitting at my newly organised desk listening to various digital radio stations that I have never listen to before. While working away in a much more productively. The sound quality from my VQ Hepburn MKII radio is excellent, so clear I’ve not had any issues with it finding radio stations. I have also used the bluetooth function to play some music from my iPhone, again something that I have never done before. You are able to buy an add on battery pack, which will give you 25 hours of listening time. Which is perfect for taking out in to the garden during the summer months when I’m doing abit of gardening, or enjoying the sun with a BBQ.

Having my new VQ radio has completely changed my music listening and made me more focused to sit at my desk and work while choosing a radio station. I always love Chris Moyles when he was on Radio 1, I used to listen to him every morning while traveling to work or on the school run, now I am able to listen to him again on Radio X, I couldn’t be happier.

The lovelies at VQ have given me a Hepburn MKII radio to give away to one of my lovely followers, this time I am trying something a bit different for me and doing a really simple twitter give away. Simply follow me, VQ and retweet for your chance to win. Pop over to twitter now just follow the link below. Good Luck.

T’s & C’s – you have until midnight on Sunday 10th September to enter, VQ are responsible for sending out the prize, no monetary alternative, UK entrants only, you must be over 18 to enter.

*Thank you VQ for my beautiful Hepburn MKII, I love it. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*