Mothers Day Gifts Giveaway

I recently wrote a post about some lovely, unique items I had found as ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. I was kindly gifted the items from the featured companies. However, I thought I would share this kindness with you, my readers. So, to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, I am giving away four of the items I received as part of my Mother’s Day Gift Guide, in my Mothers Day gifts giveaway. I have retained one as a present for my own Mum, as I couldn’t resist, and also the personalised gifts I created and ordered. Everything else featured is up for grabs.mothers day gifts giveaway

Included in this Mothers Day gifts giveaway is the Morning Sidekick Journal, two FARMERS Welsh Lavender products (perfect for popping in your handbag), a Maisie-Jane necklace lanyard and a Pretty Little Treat Bath Scents Gift Set, which is absolutely lovely, especially if you like all things vintage.

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win these items, then follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck!

Mother’s Day Gift Giveaway


Cath x

Please note: the items have been opened and photographed for the purpose of the gift guide post. They are otherwise like new.

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Thursday 30th March 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win the complete prize and receive it directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the items have been opened the purpose of the gift guide blog post but are otherwise as new.mothers day gifts giveaway

Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger Giveaway

I was recently given the chance to review a 1000 piece Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger and have reviewed it on the blog. This puzzle was certainly challenging and tricky but I completed it none the less. It is certainly the next level up from the previous 500 piece puzzles I have reviewed. And now it’s your turn.glittering gemstones puzzle

If you’d like to try and complete this 1000 piece puzzle from Ravensburger, then click through the widget below to enter to win it. Please note that the puzzle has been opened and completed once for the purpose of the blog review but is like new otherwise.

Glittering Gemstones Ravensburger Puzzle Giveaway

Best of luck and I’d love to hear back from the winner if they find it as challenging as I did!

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win the puzzle and receive it directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the puzzle has been opened and completed once for the purpose of the review.

Snapshot #1

I used to do monthly updates for BattleKid but stopped last year. I thought I’d do quarterly ones but never got around to it. I read Kellie of My Little Babog’s recent Snapshot post and loved it and when I found out it was a linky I thought I’d join in. It was created by Awfully Chipper blog and is an opportunity to share a snapshot of your life at this very moment.
Listening to:
Right now, as I write this post, I am listening to the whine and whirring of the pumps on our instruments in the lab in work. I am on my own today so taking this opportunity to write this post. In life I’ve been listening to BattleKid screaming NO all the time and those of you who follow me on Instagram know all about it. Music wise I listen to the Capital Breakfast show in the mornings on my way to work and on the way home it’s my Spotify listen which has anything from Boney M (yes you read that correctly) to Armin van Buuren. Eclectic taste, hey!
Before BattleKid goes to bed it’s usually Thomas the Tank Engine, the Lion Guard or a new one we’ve discovered, Digby the Dragon. That’s if he doesn’t insist on Disney Cars, The Good Dinosaur or How to Train your Dragon. After bedtime is when BattleDad and I finally get to sit down and watch some of our own programmes. We’re watching 24: Legacy as we were huge Jack Bauer fans and we’ve not been disappointed with this yet. We’re also coming to the end of Grimm and watching The Walking Dead, which we are very interested to see how it ends this season. We’ve also started the new series of Broadchurch and love it. We’ve not long finished The Last Ship and a series called Six and are awaiting their return.
We only really play with BattleKid so it’s usually something car or bike related. Only yesterday he and I were playing with his Vtech Toot-Toot cars and roads. They have the most annoying sounds and voices though so it’s never for very long before they drive me insane.
I’ve recently gotten back to reading my Kindle in bed before I fall asleep and I have to say it’s rather nice. I’ve just finished the most recently Harry Bosch book (another TV series we are eagerly awaiting) by Michael Connelly and started one called Daughter of the Dragon by William Andrews. It’s a hard read at the moment but I’ll stick it out I think.
Bread. Bread, bread and more bread. BattleDad has gotten into making bread lately and is on an eternal quest to create the perfect French-inspired bread with tasty crust and big holes inside. However, he keeps changing the recipe and alongside that flour and crumbs are going EVERYWHERE in my kitchen. A pet-hate of mine is bread crumbs on my kitchen counters. It drives me insane so you can imagine the patience I have to have when he’s in baking mode. I seriously despise flour at the moment!
At the moment it’s just the usual of t-shirt, jeans and a jumper. I’m sorting through a lot of my clothes at the moment and doing a good clear out so I’m sticking to my tried and tested favourites. That said I have been making a few purchases of summer wear which will be needed in the very near future. More about that coming soon on the blog!
BattleKid and I enjoyed a weekend at home seeing family recently and although it was hectic we enjoyed it. We’ve also been enjoying cramming in as many Welsh castles as we can at the weekends and also a visit to Bristol Zoo before our annual passes run out. I’m also enjoying the fact that this week is my last week in work before I finish up for the foreseeable arrowsliving arrows
Not enjoying:
Oh there’s plenty at the moment for various reasons. The flour and breadcrumbs as already mentioned. I’m really not enjoying the battles with BattleKid at the moment. I just can’t hack them anymore. The constant NO’s, the swiping and trying to hit and kick, and the downright stubbornness has our patience wearing wafer thin at the moment. I’m grateful to everyone on Instagram who has lent me their support in saying we are not alone and that they are going through it too. It’s hard, really hard and you do think you’re the only parents having to deal with this on a daily basis but I sincerely thank you all for your support. I am also not enjoying sorting through and packing up our large house for an imminent move (to be included in the forthcoming blog post about life changes coming our way). While it’s good to do a clear-out this is something on a whole new level. You’ll hear more about it soon, I promise.
Looking forward to:
I’m specifically looking forward to three things. First and foremost, our holiday in Portugal over Easter to visit my folks. I cannot wait for some sun. The rain and grey, miserable Welsh weather has eventually gotten me down. It seems like it’s been an eternal winter and I’m done with it. I am also really, really looking forward to our USA holiday in September. I’ve written out it in our Holiday Diaries 2017 post and it’s going to be awesome. The first three days are going to be travelling hell but once we hit Yellowstone and slowly make our way back to Portland I think it will be great. Fingers crossed! And finally our move. Once it happens and we are settled I think it’ll be good.

As already mentioned I am looking forward to finishing work. I’m hoping it will give me more time to spend on the blog, time I currently don’t have. I have plenty of ideas for blog posts but never motivation at the end of the day to sit and write them down. Having time in the day may change that if I can fit it in between packing up. I’ve quite enjoyed this little Snapshot post and might just make it a regular feature on the blog, hence the #1 after the title. I could do with getting back to regular updates as I’ve felt a bit lost where the blog is concerned lately. Someone please come and give me a kick up the bum from next Monday!
Cath x

Living Arrows 12/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Kahlil Gibran

On Friday it was St. Patrick’s Day and as we couldn’t go home for the event (due to astronomical prices on the flights due to the rugby), we had to make do with wearing our t-shirts on the day. BattleKid went into nursery with his, and I into work. However, our day was cut short when nursery rang BattleDad to say he had a high temperature and he was collected arrows

On Saturday morning he seemed in better form so we ventured as far as Bristol Zoo. After a visit to the lions he decided he wanted to go on a red bus on the merry-go-round but half way around he thought otherwise!living arrows living arrows

After a much needed pit-stop BattleKid perked up and we had a lovely time talking to the penguins, who are still by far his favourite animal/bird. These cheeky penguins kept following our hands on the glass, like they were saying “Hi” and wanted to play. Such lovely creatures.

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Before we left we had some fun at a kangaroo, so much so that someone didn’t want to leave it!

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What did you get up to last week and over the weekend?

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Living Arrows

12/52 My Sunday Photo: 19/03/2017

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Although BattleKid wasn’t very well on Friday, his temperature came down enough for us to take a chance and head to Bristol Zoo to avail of our annual passes before they expire. We had a great time and towards the end of our circuit around the zoo we came across a kangaroo. Well, we couldn’t resist and popped BattleKid in its pouch for a picture. It was actually a struggle to get him to leave it!
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