Monday, 21 April 2014

Ella Bella Bicycle Scarf | Review

I've always been a fan of scarves, I find them to be a nice way to brighten up a plain outfit, add a bit of colour to a black outfit, or to compliment colours in other accessories or shoes.
I swore by scarves when breastfeeding both of the boys, especially the bigger sizes.
Over the years my scarf collection had grown and is almost uncontrollable. I get very obsessive and scarves have to be a certain size (the bigger the better). I'll also get an idea in my head of what kind of colour or design I want and then HAVE to have it.

When I first discovered Ella Bella scarves I fell in love with the Bicycle design. I've always wanted a scarf with a Penny Farthing design but this was close enough and I couldn't stop thinking about it.
When I was given the opportunity to review one I of course chose that exact design.

When it arrived I loved the brightness of the white against the blue of the bicycles. It made the print really stand out. The print is really clear.
The size of the scarf is PERFECT and exactly the size I usually like my scarves to be.
I really like the fact that due to the big size I can wear it in a variety of styles to suit what I'm wearing and where I am.

Perfect for Spring days when there is a little chill in the air and you want to wear a dress and a denim jacket and need something else to make you nice and warm.
Perfect for Summer days when you want to wear a strappy summer dress but need a little cover up to make you feel a bit more confident.
Perfect for Autumn when, like spring, there is a chill in the air and your wooly jumpers are starting to make an appearance and need brightening up.
Perfect for Winter when you want to feel pretty, accessorise and keep yourself extra toasty and warm.

The Bicycles scarf costs £8.50 and is one of many beautiful designs available from Ella Bella scarves.

I was sent this scarf for the purpose of this review.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Sunday | Week Eight

Whether or not you think Sunday is the end of the week, or the beginning of a new one, I thought it would be a nice idea to look back on the week that has just past and to look at the things that have made me happy and made me smile.
I think it can be easy to look back on a hard week and miss out on those things. A week of bad weather for example can really make it seem as though the whole week was a complete fail. But it probably wasn't. We must all smile at least once a day. I know I do, even if I forget it.

Things that made me happy this week:

A Kind Heart...again.

I know I said 'A Kind Heart' in Week Four but once again this sweet little boy has been so kind.
Charles' kindness and sensitivity amazes me sometimes. He really cares about people and has the biggest kindest heart of any child I know.
I mentioned last week in my Love The Little Things post that we have made some really wonderful friends through sailing already and sadly they are selling their boat and moving abroad.  The boys have really taken to them and Charles wanted to draw them a picture of their boat and write them a letter too. The reason he drew the picture was because he "doesn't want them to forget Queenie or me".


There are so many daisies on the grass around where we moor our boat. Charles again was super adorable as he skipped and hopped around the grass trying not to stand on any....which is tricky because there really are SO many.
The boys are both super sweet because they will always pick me a daisy or three. I adore daisies anyway but it makes me so pleased that they want to do that for me.


I am a really insecure person. Any one who has read previous posts will know that I don't believe that anyone likes me, or could like me. Especially people who I look up to or would like to be friends with.
This week, in real life, I had two really wonderful compliments that made my week, and made me cry happy tears.
These compliments were from two men who we've met through sailing. Both are in their 50's/60's and admire each of them, so it meant a lot for them to tell me these nice things.
I know this sounds really weird, getting compliments from older men but it wasn't at all.
One told me how kind I am, and made compliments about my nature. Which really meant a lot.
The other, our sailing instructor, told me I had brought "a ray of sunshine in this old mans life".
These comments really hit me straight in my heart. They made me smile and made me feel really good about myself. These men will never know how much those kind words made me feel, and how well appreciate they were.

The Sunset

This photo is unedited, I wanted to show off how completely beautiful the view was over the Broads last week. So so beautiful. A couple of days before this we were stood in the exact same spot and watched as the mist rolled in over the fields. It was really quite eerie and scary as it surrounded us, but beautiful all the same.
I cannot wait to see more views like this, maybe even better, over the next 6-7 months.

 A Description

Charles and I will regularly play a game of "what do you love about me?" On Thursday this week we had a new game of "describe me in 3 words". I chose for him:
For me he chose:
You love me
You love eyebrows.
Ok, so he didn't totally get what he was supposed to do but it works....other than the eyebrows thing. Random.
But the first word he used meant a lot. It meant I have clearly started to turn a corner. For a while I was a shouty mummy, a lot. I'm still a shouty mummy at times, as a few of us are I'm sure, but certainly not as much as I was. The fact that he see's me as being happy means I am showing him more of the happy side of me. I worry that he has maybe seen me cry too much recently, or picks up on my anxiousness too much, but for him to immediately think of me as being happy means I'm doing something right.

What made you happy this week?

Linking up to:
The Ordinary Moments: Mummy Daddy Me
My Week That Was: Make, Do and Push
Magic Moments: The Oliver's Madhouse

Friday, 18 April 2014

Love The Little Things #16


As well as watching footage on YouTube I have been reading up on the Oscar Pistorius trial. I am so late into getting into it but it's addictive and fascinating. Gerrie Nel really seems to know his stuff and astounds me.


I'm really into watching various videos on Youtube and one of my favourite Youtubers is Vivianna Does Makeup. In particular I love watching her Weekly Vlogs, as well as Lily Pebbles' too. They both seem down to earth and like they haven't got an ego (unlike other Youtubers).


An old skool classic. Oh hey. Tell me you don't love this.
It came on the radio and I was singing along to it and realised the words really mean a lot to me when it comes to particular friendships I've had.


Bad diet choices! Oh man. I've been doing well-ish with my diet. Watching calories and so on and then this week had just been manic and has involved late nights and a fridge with out of date food. We need to work out how we can eat on the boat and create healthy meals and also have food in that we can whip up quickly late at night without relying on the takeaway man.
I did make a nice lunch of just chopped tomatoes, sweetcorn, tuna and a tiny slice of cheese to try and balance out the rubbish I've been eating. It was yummy.


Totally not a flattering photo of me but ya know....a lifejacket.
We took the boat out a few times this week so the life jacket was needed. We don't have the big bulky ones like the boys do. Ours are quite comfy and not at all restrictive. They self inflate IF you hit the water....which hopefully won't happen.

And lastly...

I'm gutted that the Easter Holidays are almost over and that Charles returns to school on Tuesday. We didn't get as much done as I hoped this two weeks, due to busy boat things and because of him having chicken pox.
I've really enjoyed having him home though and feel super sad that I won't get to spend all this time with him until the next school break.


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Mr Nutcase | Review

When I got my new Samsung Galaxy S4 I was worried about smashing the screen. I had seen so many iphones with smashed screens and didn't want to have to go through that so, even before the phone had been delivered, I had a case.
The case didn't last long, and in fact within 2 weeks my screen had cracked in the corner. Since then I've been through a few cases mainly because the quality wasn't top notch. I'm fussy with the design I have. I don't want anything plain and want something funky or a bit different to everyone else.

Of course the best way to have a funky phone case that is different to everyone else's is to have a personalised one.

Mr Nutcase provide cases for most phones and have a range of designs available if you didn't want to have a personalised case.
To design a personalised case is really simple and easy.
You can choose from a simple Ultra Light Weight Slimline or Executive Flip Leather Style (which will protect the screen). You can choose to either have one image on the case or to create a collage.

I had a play around and creating a collage is simple and easy, although I chose to go for a case with just one photo.
Having the option of being able to move a photo around, zoom in or out, or rotate means you are able to make sure the case is exactly as you'd like, and you are able to avoid anyone being cut off by the hole created for the camera and speaker.

The photo I chose was this one:

I was hoping that the brightness of the photo and the colours would be exactly the same and I wasn't disappointed.
The photo onto prints onto one side of the flip case, the other side is just white. Which is fine, although being able to have a photo either side would of course be better but the fact this isn't offered isn't a problem at all.
The plastic holder for the phone is attached to the case really well and doesn't feel like it will break at any point (unlike cases I've had in the past).
There is a magnetic "clasp" to close the phone, and keep it closed. This clasp is really strong and certainly won't pop open at any point.

The case flips down rather than to the side as per other cases I've had. This again isn't any thing to complain about and isn't a problem, but, my only complaint is that I can't have the case closed when the phone is on charge.
The case would benefit from a hole at the bottom so a charger can be put through and connected without the case being left open.

At £19.95, with free next day delivery, I think these cases are fantastic either to buy for yourself or as a gift to others.

I was sent this case for the purpose of the review

Watchbot | Review

When it comes to home security it is obviously incredibly important to us, as it is to everyone. We are good at locking windows and doors, locking the back gate and so on but you can never be too careful.
As far as we were aware CCTV units for the home are expensive and would take a lot of installation, that was until we were introduced to the Watchbot.

A Watchbot is a simple plug in and play device and takes around just 5 minutes to set up due to being wireless. My husband set the video up on his phone and said it was simple enough to do by scanning a QR code on the instructions.

What we loved the most about the Watchbot, other than the quality, price and ease of set up, was that it
has so many uses. Not only can it be used as a security camera to protect your home, it can also be used as a baby monitor, security for business premises, and as my husband likes to use it in the daytime, it can be used to keep an eye out for any deliveries you are expecting or for the postman.
Due to the small side it is very discreet so won't be seen by anyone you are "spying" on, and also doesn't create an eyesore in any room you choose to have it set up.

There are some fantastic features of the Watchbot which really impress us.
Firstly is the fact that you can interact with whoever you are watching by simply pressing a microphone button which is on the screen (when viewing on a mobile, we don't have a tablet so we've only been able to test it on a phone) and talking into it using the built-in microphone and speaker. We've tested this a few times and each time it has worked perfectly. The sound is really clear both ways.
The other thing we really love is being able to control the Watchbot and turning it left, right, up and down just by using the control on the mobile phone screen.

Other great points are that you can record any footage onto the optional onboard micro-SD card, or to any connected device. There is also infrared and motion detection which you can activate, and, if triggered, the camera will alert you to any movements - you will know exactly what is going on, day or night.
And as it is wireless you can use the device anywhere around the home or business premises.

My husband is really amazed by this piece of technology and as we can use it for many things is considering purchasing more for added security.

Priced at £149.99 it's amazing that it has so many uses and so many features, and creates piece of mind that IF anything was to happen you will have the evidence to use, or indeed be able to stop someone in their tracks.

We would recommend this for both household use and business use too.

We were sent the Watchbot for the purpose of this review.