Autumn for the Little Man

Autumn has arrived at Next! I’ve had a browse and picked out my choice of outfits for my little man. The first thing I went for was these adorable dungarees which team well with the lovely striped hoodies. A great autumn look for any boy.

As the weather gets better (haha, like it could after this washout of a summer) then you’ll have to reach for these gorgeous colourful wellies for splashing in the puddles.

Finally, I’ve put together an outfit that I am itching to see my little man in. I love these jeans with braces and they would look great coupled with a shirt, then to complete the look I’ve added an adorable waistcoat, a pair of boots all topped off with a cap.

Win a bottle of Avon Perceive Perfume

This competition is now over, congratulations to the winner, Julie Heathcote

Avon scents are well loved today, from the oldies such as Treselle to the ones inspired by famous women like Fergie’s Outspoken. Soon Milla Jovovich will be introducing the new scents City Rush for Her and Him.
My favourites are Eternal magic and Infinite Moments, but I am also a fan of Perceive and this is what is up for grabs in this fabulous give away.
Perceive Eau de Parfum Spray (50ml) has uplifting essences of gardenia, plum, vanilla, orchid and sandalwood. The bottle is a really pretty geometric shape and you can buy it from Avon for around £11.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this lovely bottle of perfume is comment on this blog and follow it by e-mail or Google Friends Connect. Really Easy! One winner will drawn on 22nd July. Good Luck to everyone.

Edit: I’ve taken away the widget as it didn’t seem to be working. Please just follow and or comment for your chance to win.

Say Cheese Please

The top shelf of my wardrobe is full of boxes and albums bursting at the seems with my photographs. They are my treasured possessions which I could not live without. From a young age I owned a camera. It seems like an age ago when my mum would buy me some 110 film and then take it back to the shop to have the pictures processed. Some would be good, others would have heads or other body parts missing, or look like they were taken inside the wardrobe with the door shut! In those days there was no editing before processing, you got exactly what you took. Including the picture of your left toe.
I remember my excitement of one Christmas when I received a Polaroid instant camera. Yes, you took the photo and the picture came out almost instantly. Then you had to wave it around manically until it dried, but it was unsafe to touch the picture for an eternity, so many of mine were marred by fingerprints. The fact that you got to see the photograph so quickly partly made up for the absolute rubbish quality of the print.
The best photos got carefully placed into albums, and the rest stacked into shoe boxes. Sometimes there was a photo worth framing, maybe a special occasion picture that had turned out just right. My framed photo’s formed a gallery on my staircase.

Fast forward a couple of decades and I don’t even own a camera now. Yes, I’ve had digital cameras, but now I’m quite happy with my phone…the quality is actually better than my last camera. The photos are viewed and then either transferred to my laptop or sent immediately to my social networking pages for all to see. Occasionally I’ll upload them and order prints, or maybe create a photobook of a special occasion. There are still a few I like to frame, but I have nowhere near as many printed photo’s from the last 7 years as I have from the past.
If I go out for the day or on holiday I create an online album for my friends, before I would wait for friends to visit and then pass around the little wallets of photos for them to view. How things have changed.

To edit my digital photographs I use a fabulous free online site called PicMonkey  It’s really user friendly. You can most things from cropping and resizing, removing red eye and adding text or frames. I love making collages of my photos.

For storing, sharing and printing photos I use Photobucket
although I’ll go elsewhere for printing if I see a bargain.

I don’t really feel the need for albums anymore, photobooks are a nice alternative. Most places that pring photos will make up a photobook for you. You pick your photos and decide the order you want them. Often you can edit your photos or add frames or text. Then you receive the entire book just how you made it.

A home still needs it’s framed photo’s though and here are a couple of frames that I really like.
The first is a Jumble Collage frame from Next. I love the way the frames are all joined haphazardly, this would look great in my hallway.

Next – Jumble Collage Frame

For the more formal photographs I’d go for this lovely set of four large frames. I love the metallic finish to the wood.

Set of four A4 metallic finish frames

Jelly Shoes for Summer

Jelly shoes are made of pvc plastic, which is soft and pliable, easy to wear. They became popular in the early 80s and made comebacks in the late 90s and 2003. Now they are making another comeback as more styles are introduced.
original jelly shoes were cheap and cheerful in an array of colours. Today they are much the same only with much more style. Love them or hate them Jelly Shoes keep bouncing back into our shops (maybe they should be made of rubber next?)
To go back to the 80s, how about these Juju Jellies

For the fashionistas you can purchase a pair of mulberry jelly shoes for £100.

For a wide range of Jellies go to Next

my favourite are these gorgeous silver beaded jelly shoes

My little girl loves these pink heart jellies

and for my little boy, he loves crocodiles

True Brit

With the Olympics approaching fast and the Queen’s diamond jubilee just a few weeks away it’s time to get patriotic with your red, white and blue.
I’ve been collecting ideas on this theme for our jubilee party and my daughter’s Olympic birthday party.

First up is a gorgeous union jack dress from Next which you could team with these lovely sequined union jack pumps.

Also lovely is this Team GB sequin t-shirt, it’s a must on our shopping list.

My daughter is a big fan of the ribbon twirling gymnasts so we are going to be making some ribbon wands of our own, using red, white and blue ribbon of course.

click image to go to instructions on how to make a ribbon wand

Our medals are likely to be edible, I particularly like the idea of these biscuit medals, so easy to make to.

click image to go to instructions on how to make medals

Such a simple idea is these gorgeous summery red white and blue strawberries. Dip the strawberries half way into melted white chocolate and then dip the ends into blue sugar. (you can buy this in most big supermarkets in the cake decorating isle.)

Finally, for some more ideas on crafts, games, activities and entertaining please visit this fabulous blog, Red Ted Art

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.