GingerSnap A5 Lightbox Review & Giveaway

Lightboxes have been really popular lately and I have quite fancied trying one for sometime, in fact I put it on my Christmas list last year and I obviously mistakenly ended up on the naughty list because I didn’t get one.

So when Gingersnap offered me the chance to review one of their A5 Cinematic Lightboxes £20 I was really pleased I’d finally be able to have a go. Read on and find out how to win one for yourself!

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Inside the box you get the Lightbox unit, 120 black & red letters, numbers and symbols and a usb cable. I also received a pack of emoji faces and symbols £8 for even more fun.

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The size of the Lightbox is: L20 x W15 x D4.5 cm so it’s not huge but plenty big enough to make a statement and as stated above the lightbox comes with a USB adapter only so needs to plugged into a 5V USB adaptor, alternatively can be powered using 6 X AA batteries meaning it’s portable. It features a 6 hour self timer so there’s no panic if you go out and forget to turn it off.

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The letters and emojis mean you can have great fun for celebrations such as birthdays, Halloween, Christmas and lots more.

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The word will never be unfunny to kids will it? They thought this was absolutely hilarious to do while I wasn’t looking!

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Had to get the blog name in there somewhere didn’t I? We loved this lightbox and the kids have been making up loads of different things. This is my favourite and of course, very true.

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I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win their very own Lightbox! Click the Rafflecopter below to enter!!

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1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is 1 prize available, 1 A5 Lightbox only.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 19/11/17.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*I was gifted the lightbox for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Making Planning Easier – A Stationery Wishlist

Now that I’ve started working full time I’m finding that I need to plan everything really well from school uniforms to homework and everything in between. Without writing things down I find it all goes out of my head completely. I could keep things in my phone but I’m quite old fashioned with that and like to have a physical copy of things I need to get done.

I’m also a fan of nice stationery and anything that makes it easier to keep track of what you’re doing whether that be at home or at work. It’s great to find things that not only look nice but are functional at the same time. Here’s a little wishlist of stationery items  that could make things a little simpler.Stationery Wishlist

1. Mum’s Luxury Diary from Recipe Diary £10.99
With a pretty teal and gold cover, page keeping ribbons, elastic closure, lie-flat binding for easy writing and lots of stickers for pin pointing special occasions and important things to remember. It also features a notes pocket, room to write the days plans and lots of recipe ideas throughout. A Birthday & anniversary gift record and a Christmas gift record and even space for your contacts. It’s all here in this Diary for busy parents.

2. Worther Shorty Pencil Red from Pen Heaven £7.00

This cute hexagonal shaped pencil with soft 3mm 7B lead can be used on wood, metal, paper and plastic. It comes with two spare leads and is made from plastic. Easy to use and change the lead just hold the button to release lead tilt it and then release button to secure the lead in place. Ideal for scribbling in your diary or sticky notes. They also come in pen versions in a whole host of different colours.

3. Leuchtturm1917 Medium Metallic 2018 Diary from Pen Heaven £18.50

This gorgeous silver coloured diary/weekly planner/notebook has week-to-page and adjacent note page format so there’s lots of room to write everything you need. Large enough to contain all you need but small enough to carry in your handbag. Features also include an expandable internal pocket and colour-matched elastic closure, removable address book insert and self-adhesive archiving stickers and acid-free, ink-proof paper which has been specially designed to withstand ink bleeding and ensure that your pages stay neat and tidy whichever pen you use for your scribbles. The lovely thing about this is you can also have it embossed with a name (extra cost) which makes it a great idea for Christmas. Also available in Gold.

4. Meow Woof Sticky Memo from Smiggle £5

If you need to use sticky notes why not make them fun and quirky? These come in 2 different designs – cat and dog – each with 200 bright yellow/orange sticky notes inside! Perfect for reminding yourself of all the little jobs you need to do leave someone else a note or even jotting down the bits of shopping you need to pick up.

5. Wilko Enterprising Britain Desk Planner Pad £2

Perfect for popping on your desk, this planner has space for listing things you need to do, most important items, what you’ll have for lunch (maybe if I plan I wont stuff myself with cake?!) things that went well and things that could have gone better. All in a rip off pad ready for the day ahead. Matching stationery items also available.

What stationery items do you love that help you plan and keep everything running smoothly?

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*Some of the items shown were gifted however all opinions remain honest and my own*

A First Bracelet With Ollie & Leila

We were asked if we fancied trying out an Ollie & Leila bracelet and as my daughter has never had her own bracelet before I thought this would be a lovely idea. Ollie & Leila have a great range of beds, furniture, storage, mattresses, bedding, toys and accessories exclusively for children and made with British designers.

The Star Friendship bracelet comes in a lovely white presentation box with the O & L logo to the front and a pretty grey ribbon.

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Ollie & Leila Pink Star Friendship Bracelet In Box

Inside the box the bracelet is displayed as you would expect a bracelet/necklace to be when buying jewellery and with the pretty star proudly in the middle.

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Out of the box, we have an adjustable pink silk cord bracelet with a sterling silver and micro-pave cubic zirconia stoned star, the stones give it a really nice sparkle. The bracelet can be adjusted to make it tighter/take it off by pulling on the ends which is really easy, I adjusted it for my 5 year old daughter but and older child could do it easily for themselves.

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As you can see it looks really dainty and pretty on my daughters wrist. It’s not huge so doesn’t take over the whole wrist, it’s just the right size for accessorising a nice outfit for a special occasion or just the school disco! It’s not something I would use as everyday wear as she does love to get dirty and I could imagine her covering it it mud at some stage otherwise!! She absolutely loved it and said she felt like Mummy having a bracelet of her very own. The bracelet is well made and I wouldn’t be worried about it falling apart.

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These bracelets come in the pink colour that we received and also grey and jade and are priced at £39. You can even get them as a Mother & Daughter set. They would make an excellent choice for Christmas/Birthday gifts or even Bridesmaids.

Who would you buy one for?

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*We were gifted the bracelet for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

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The Poor Purple Corsa

For Day 3 of the Blogtober17  challenge with HexMum the prompt is ‘Car’. I didn’t learn to drive until I was 27. I was never really interested nor could I afford it being a single parent but I managed to scrape the money every week and spend an hour with a man with an inate ability to talk non stop for an hour and not breathe. He didn’t have time I swear!

He was a funny man, always in smart business wear despite the fact he was boiling most of the time and his directions went from “and if you could just pull up here” to “pull over into the other lane now or you’re going to be squashed dead by that lorry.”

I wasn’t a very confident learner, mind you that’s pretty much me all over. I was forever saying I couldn’t and he was forever telling me I could. And after about 45 lessons I did. Well actually I didn’t, I failed the first time with my reverse around a corner. Something I have not once done in my 12 years of driving. I passed the second time with a few minors.

My Mum took me to buy my first car, as a surprise. Isn’t she awesome?! It was a purple Corsa 1.2 and I loved it! She made me drive it home across several dual carriageways and about 10 miles from home, I swear she did it on purpose! I crapped myself, not literally but it wasn’t far off and the one thing I will always remember about that day is getting stuck in the carpark outside her house. It was on a slant and there were cars everywhere, being used to learning with power steering and then having a car without was a recipe for disaster. I’m convinced to this day she got out and left me to it on purpose so I would just have to get on with it. She denies it of course but I know!

It took me a good 20 minutes and a 3456426 point turn to get out of there, by which time I’d attracted the neighbours. They obviously wouldn’t have known that I’d just passed my test but there isn’t really any need to be quite such a dick pointing and laughing is there?! I got out eventually, obviously! I didn’t die there in my little Corsa gripping the steering wheel and gritting my teeth. Bet the knobhead neighbours would have just tutted at me being in their way even if I had.

One normal boring old day I was pootling to work (love that word) and my poor purple Corsa and I had no idea it was the day it would go to the scrap heap in the sky.

I was on a dual carriageway approaching a roundabout to go straight over, nothing from my right so kept going. Out of nowhere someone coming from the left of the roundabout drove straight across in front of me. I shit a brick, braked as hard as possible, skidded a bit and smashed straight into the side of him. No air bags in my car so there I am sat in my car staring at the wide eyed bloke staring back at me. God it was surreal, like it was happening to someone else and I wasn’t there. I got out and he started screaming at me. “Look what you’ve done to my wife” he bellowed. Said wife smiled meekly and told him to be quiet. After all, he had in fact pulled out in front of me when I had right of way. We moved the cars, the police came, we swapped details and off I went to work. Yeah I went to work. My boss took one look at me and sent me off to the hospital, where I was checked over and declared fine but with whiplash.

My little purple Corsa was declared a write off and sadly was no more. I got a Renault Megane instead. WORST bloody car EVER. A few cars later and I now have a Hyundai which is bloody fab.

What’s the best/worst car you’ve owned?

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My Babies

For day 2 of Blogtober 17 with HexMum the prompt is ‘babies’. I don’t have any little babies anymore but the kids will always be my babies. Cor, can you imagine how disgusted the teen would be reading that? He’s upstairs pretending he hates me but I know the elbow nudges as he goes past means he loves me really. Either that or I’m just in his bloody way.

I have 3 ‘babies’ aged 19, 8 and 5. I had my 1st at 20, god I was young. Too young, certainly according to the disapproving looks from some nosey gits. I should have gone out in a school uniform just for the fun of it, that would give them something to tut about, wouldn’t it! I ended up as a single parent  and it was bloody hard working and bringing up a kid by yourself. I wouldn’t change it though. He might be a knobhead teenager at times but most of the time he’s quite sweet and has bagged himself the loveliest girlfriend. He loves free running, which most of the time makes me cringe but he does have a good talent for it and it keeps him out of trouble. Apart from the odd falling asleep on the loo drunk incident I can’t say he’s ever brought trouble to my door.

Baby number 2 came along when I was 31. Big gap, huh? As I mentioned in Day 1 I hated giving birth, it was one (actually 3) of the worst things I’ve ever done. I love my kids with all my heart but shiiiiiiiit I wish someone told you without lying how bad it is BEFORE you go and get yourself up the duff. All I got was “oh it’s like a big poo” or “it’s a bit sore but not so bad” LYING BASTARDS. This Little Man hated sleeping anywhere other than with me and has grown to be a very mild mannered, thoughtful and kind boy who loves maths (doesn’t get that from me!) and Pokemon cards.

My last baby at 34 turned out to be a girl which we were very happy with as we felt she completed our family. I had Hyperemesis with all my children but this was by far the worst, I spent endless weeks in bed being sick. She was a much wanted baby but god I hated that pregnancy. Bad pregnancy should = nice easy labour shouldn’t it? Well it bloody didn’t. I had an emergency section after 3 years in labour. She turned out to be a good sleeper though, she’s the only one of the three who even entertained the idea of a Moses basket. She loves gymnastics, mothering her ‘baba’s’ and nagging for a puppy.

So that’s my three babies, I’m all done having them now and look forward to Grandchildren at some point in the future (looooonnnngggg into the future I hope!) I wouldn’t change any of them for the world, well maybe I’d make my daughter a little less grumpy when she gets out of bed and my teen a little quieter at night but they all have their little quirks that makes them who they are.

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