spring has sprung or has it

woke up today the car was white with frost but now the sun is shining, still a chill in the air but better than being grey and miserable even the old man in our house Harry managed to find a spot of sun on the sofa.12596360_556836264480129_548512943_n

Harry is a special wee man, last yr he was found abandonded and tied up to a washing line in a cold miserable back yard,weighing 3lb wet through. as we do a lot of rescue work for dogs we were asked by a friend if we could foster him, we didnt think he would make it through the night, he was a mess of matts, eyes streaming so much he could barely see and coughing. We gave him the night in a nice warm bed and by morning he had improved tenfold so we fed him on a decent dry food which he could hardly eat as his teeth were so bad, so off to the  vets it was to have him checked over. His teeth were so bad they all had to come out and as he got neutered at the same time poor lad didnt know if he had headache or A** ache, he had to be hand fed on dog food that had been blended to resemble baby food this lasted a couple of weeks as his gums began to heal he was able to eat more on his own, now we are 9 months along the line Harry is a fab little fella now spends his time snuggled on the sofa usually on a fleece blanket which he loves he is so loving and well behaved and can now eat most things with no help from Hoomans. Would we do it again in a heartbeat yes it was so hard watchng him come through that operation but the love he gives knows no bounds.

Mothers Day

Mothers day a time to pay homage to that special lady in your life whether your male or female young or old,  all you see is adverts for flowers and chocolates, jewellery and meals out on mothering sunday and rightly so, but no one gives a thought to those who have loved and lost alongside xmas this is probably The hardest day of the year,

I lost my mum when i was very young to Asthma, so have very few memories, but i can empathise with those who have lots of memories and no one to share them with so this post is my way of saying if for whatever reason your mum, mam mother even mother in law is no longer in your life on Mothering Sunday i for one will be thinking of you all.

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New lingerie

I dont know about you but i find lingerie shopping a bit of a chore and not enjoyable, im slightly overweight and very self conscious, so when i was asked to review a new bra i jumped at the chance. The bra i was sent was by Triumph a very well respected company with years of experience so i knew i wouldnt be dissapointed.

I was sent the  non wired bra in black as i’d requested  (shown here  in white so you can see the detail.


The cup has 3 section support and 20% stretch to eliminate bounce and if your like me a bit busty you know how much of a problem that can be. The Doreen is the worlds best selling bra, not only does it offer outstanding support to help ease back pains its is comfortable to wear with no  awkward wire, broad straps that dont cut into our shoulders, and easy to adjust,  available in sizes to fit even the fussiest women from a 34dd to a 46j and in 3 colourways white, black and lemon the Triumph Doreen is a bra i will be buying more of in the future.

Triumph Classic Doreen

Non-wired Full Cup Bra
Colour: Black

  • 2 Hook Fastening B Cups
  • 3 Hook Fastening C-K Cups
  • Perfect bust shaping for a slimmer silhouette
  • Fully elasticated bands enclose and shape the bust for secure support
  • Addtional side support feature
  • Larger cup fittings have wider straps for extra support
  • Straps adjust easily at the front
  • Fabric: Lace (80% Polyamide, 13% Elastane, 7% Cotton

And as a final note dont think this bra is in anyway old fashioned or out of date check lingeriebyvictoria where you can buy the “Doreen” and other fab lingerie.





FAll In Love With Prague

Ive not been much of a traveller but as im getting older and considering a bucket list one of the places id love to visit is Prague, but out of my comfort zone i need all the information regarding travel, places to see eat etc to hand to save having a panic attack.

Holiday company brochures are useful but also fill me with dread at the same time so its a refreshing change to read “real peoples” holiday hints and tips.

This is where Travellove come to the fore, formed by  sistersLada Kičmerová and Katka Mikulková who are both from the wonderful city of Prague. with a passion for travelling and writing they have compiled a list of top tips to make booking that longed for trip as relaxing as possible.

1. Read as much as you can about your chosen destination
Start with learning. Read guidebooks, online blogs, watch documentaries and absorb as much knowledge as you can about the place you’re going to visit. Put the stories you hear and the facts you’re told into context.

2. Search for off-the-beaten-path things to see and do
Hopefully you’re good at googling, because that’s one of the best ways to search for authentic places to see and things to do where you won’t bump into tourists on every corner.

3. Ask everybody: friends, friends of friends, online forums…
People who have travelled to the place you want to visit will already have some insight, but if you can reach somebody who lives there long-term, even better. Ask for unique things to do, practicalities, and what to avoid.

4. Read a few books and watch some movies
Now this is perhaps the most fun part unless you’re travelling to a location that’s only covered by uber-artsy movies. Getting into the culture and reading/watching stories, albeit fiction ones, will help you relate to locals more easily.

5. Buy maps and study them
Believe us, it’s too late to have a look at a map only once you’re on the spot. You’d lose precious moments that you could dedicate to immersing yourself in the environment. Make sure you know the layout of the city or an area and generally know hot to navigate it.

6. Find accommodation
Use more than one booking site and look at reviews. Do you fancy a hotel or something more authentic? Perhaps there’s a nice inn or a traditional house you could stay at? If your budget is tight, you can solve it by trying Couchsurfing – a friendly local will offer you his/her couch for free. An apartment rented through Airbnb might be a nice alternative as well.

7. Search for locals on the spot
Some Couchsurfers are used to taking their new international friends around and showing their city to them. You can also hire locals for guided tours or other activities. We often use some of the websites listed below. Just be careful – the guides can be of varying quality. Some of the big portals are Viator, Vayable, EatWith etc. We prefer smaller portals that are oriented on specific countries and offer true locals experiences such as trip4real, Localers, Bonappeteur, Guidilo etc.Getting in touch with a local person who might be willing to help with the planning is another option. There are portals specialising in this such as Likealocalguide or Plansify. You can also try a short volunteering activity to reach out to the locals in a very memorable way. Check out e.g. Grassrootsvolunteering for that.

8. Solve transport
Of course you could get around by a taxi. But is this what you really want? If locals use tuk tuks, you’d be a fool not to try them out. Research what options there are.

9. Double-check everything
Use review sites like TripAdvisor to check the credibility of a place you want to stay at, of a local you want to meet, of a service you want to try… you don’t want a lousy hotel room ruin your impression of the city you’re eager to visit.

10. Use planning tools…
… otherwise you’ll spend too much time putting a good itinerary together. Examples are Tripomatic or TripIt.

Once there, ask at your hotel’s front desk for recommendations (even though they might recommend rather touristy things). Go visit a local tourist info center, where they might give you further assistance. If you’re not too shy, just stop people on the street and ask them. 

If you want to save time with all this check out trips designed by locals at MyTravelove. You just pick what you want to experience and the final suggested itinerary will be delivered to you on a silver plate and all the searching, booking and organizing will be taken care of.  Before your trip you will receive a custom guidebook made just for you, you could call it your very own, personal Lonely Planet.

Now a lot of this seems like common sense but if your like me and not been abroad much knowing where to start when booking a holiday is a daunting task so i for one will be using travel love when i get around to booking a well earned break in 2016. Prague here i come–


Vision Direct

If like me you get misty eyed when you see doggy adverts on tv over the festive period then have a look at this years campaign from Vision Direct. Vision Direct worked with Bespoke Film and Communications to bring us the story of Gizmo the glasses wearing pug and his best hooman friend.

Incase you havent seen the original advert yet maybe you need to visit Vision Direct too, its been on our screens since December 1st but just in case you missed it here it is- tissues at the ready. But read to the end to see the very funny behind the scenes video of one dog and his Bitches, sorry entourage.


Vision Direct are Europes leading supplier of contact lenses  since being founded in 1998 renowned for quality lenses at affordable prices delivered direct to your door, offering leading brands such as Acuvue, Focus Dailies and Biofinity to name a few.All delivered the next day if ordered by 5.30pm. They also have their own in house optician alongside an award winning customer service team available to answer any queries you  may have.

And if you thought the ad was sad it really does have a happy ending and here hopefully is the funny behind the scenes video which im privelleged to share with you all.

If  your in need of Contact Lenses check out visiondirect.co.uk

Brought to you from the lovely people at vision direct and Gizmo the pug, Merry Xmas








Advent type competition

Starting 1st November for 12 days im having an advent type competion on a page i write for Gransnet.com as a local editor, i have managed to get some fab prizes from some really nice people check some out below.


rug courtesy of Rugcouture

Personalised Hello Kitty Clock

personalised hello kitty clock from vivabop

cds, vintage

selection of vintage music on cd from past perfect

rufus and ted

fantastic for little ones is this Rufus & Ted rocking horse from little bird told me

vanroe compact

not one but 3 gorgeous compacts from Vanroe

pic stop headphones

sony headphones courtesy of me

rocking duck

a rocking duck from Hibba toys

tablet cases

selection of ipad and kindle cases from lente designs


address stamps from Stamptastic


xmas recipe tea towel from Rock Bakehouse.

for more information on any of these prize check out the website below but first check out the competiton post on facebook #https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gransnet-Durham/152610418223807?sk=app_228910107186452

All the above prizes have been donated by the companies listed below










I was sent a box of craft goodies from Bostick the glue people to make something for halloween. The box contained more than i expected with an assortment of card felts pipe cleaners and glue dots and glue sticks.

With everything out on the table my partne claire and our nieces iliyda 9 and senna 3 set to. We arent the most artistic family but we did have fun making our bits first up was senna and i we chose the little jute bag to store sweeties in  

 the only negative we had is the glue stick wasnt strong enought to hold the felt in place.

Then next claire and iliyda made a table centrepiece  

 This held together much better , we had so much fun making these we cant wait till the next box arrives thank you Bostick Bostick halloween


Invisalign Braces, The Clear Alternative

Having a good routine when it comes to your oral hygiene is something that was always installed in me as a child and we have passed this on to Oscar. Since he got his first tooth at six months old we have had regular check ups at our dentist every six months. It is important to me that Oscar and Archie have nice teeth as everyone always looks at your smile. Sometimes however hard you look after your little ones teeth when their adult teeth come through your child might need braces. As a teenager or even having braces as an adult can sometimes make you feel concious, some even opting out of Orthodontic treatment so they don’t have to wear braces at all. Now Sensu London have an answer to this problem, they can now fit Invisalign braces instead of the conventional wire and metal braces. Invisalign is a modern orthodontic system that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. They are simply an amazing invisible brace system that nobody will even be able to notice you are wearing resulting in gorgeous straight teeth and giving you total confidence when wearing them.

The Invisalign braces work differently to normal metal braces as they are removable which give you more freedom and you can easily take them out when eating or brushing you teeth. One thing I have noticed before with friends that have had normal metal braces fitted afterwards you can see marks where they have been where being able to remove the Invisalign to clean your teeth makes sure your teeth are cleaned evenly. You wear a series of the clear plastic braces each for two weeks at a time then move onto the next one in your series. The braces are custom made and each one in your series is slightly different to allow room for movement.


I think these Invisalign braces look a great alternative to the standard braces and I can see how they would keep your confidence, especially as a teenager where image and confidence becomes important to you. I would defiantly go down this route if Oscar and Archie needed braces in the future, or myself for that matter Take a look at the Sensu website to see a full list and information on the Orthodontic work they can do.

Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Sensu London

Win with wallpaper direct

I am currently running a competition with the fab people at WallpaperDirect to win £100 worth of wallcoverings,

Wallpaper Direct have the widest possible selection of wallcoverings you can find there is something for everyone at very competitive prices and a first class delivery service

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for your chance to win this fab prize, all you have to do is follow the link below to the Rafflecopter widget a winner will be chosen midnight 31st July.


Monday Monday

Good Morning all well cant believe we are already into July wow where is this year going,things have been fairly quiet on the blog, as ive been busy working hard at my self employment which i realy love but cant help but think i hate neglecting my blog so from today i am to make a new post at least twice a week, and id like your help id really love some new products and or services to review. ive recently decorated my spare room/office and im looking for a new desk if anyone can help. also i have a whole lounge diner waiting to be decorated and need paint and wallpaper i love diy, but it gets harder each time, think im getting old lol. and the garden well thats still ongoing have recently found a new love that is my fig tree. but still love flowers and shrubs also we are getting more in the way of birds even had a cheeky little wren come in the house last week.

I hope your all enjoying the weather and looking forward to your holidays we arent going anywhere this year but instead we are having the nieces and nephews all three of them coming to stay for ten days we have lots of days out planned but would also love some outdoor games for them to play in the garden when we get home or for days when i have to work. If you can help me with any of the above id really love to work with you please contact me and i look forward to hearing from you ..DSC_0006