For me, the thought of treating myself to scents for the home is always something I try to do often, especially when we have three German Shepherds who tend to leave their nasty dog scent lingering in the home .
The fact I clean daily and can sometimes use up to a full tin of air freshener , use carpet and fabric fresheners as well as light over 6 scented candles every day at least, means you can understand why I still feel a little disheartened when I leave the home to come back an hour later to that aroma of sweaty or wet dog .
The one thing I have to admit which I am a little embarrassed about is the fact I have not once thought of using an oil diffuser.
For some reason the thought of a bottle of scented oil with a few sticks coming out of it never occurred to me would work as well as spraying, burning or sprinkling scents although I know that those canister fresheners were worse for the environment than those naturally releasing scents.
After constant battling and never ending cleaning to try and keep it all at bay, I was asked to give the Linea set of 3 mini diffusers a try from House Of Fraser .
The Linea Diffuser set is a lovely mix of three scents in three separate compartments consisting of -
I have always been a fan of the musky scent and having the added floral Rose and Jasmine with added spice such as Ginger as well as that sharp lemon becomes a whole new experience .
The three scents together bring a gorgeous fresh , musky , floral aroma that over rides those nasty aromas in my home.
We left the home and returned for the first time in a long time to find that the once was sweaty dog scented air was filled with a beautiful scent of Sandelwood , Ginger and Jasmine .
I was expecting to find that because the containers were open , that I would be overwhelmed with too much scent at once but the diffusers instead gently released the fragrance through the slowly absorbed reeds which were placed into each one.
The Three containers looked absolutely gorgeous as a set but they could be easily separated into each room if you wished to use these as individual diffusers .
For me , the look of them as a set as well as the mixture of scent made the lingering scents we disliked disappear better than it would individually so we kept them together on our sitting room centre table.
I love that the containers can be reused once the oils have been used up to, it makes the whole cost that little more worth it and I am looking into buying even more of these for the rest of my home .
The Linea Set of 3 Diffusers are available from House Of Fraser at a cost of £25
Do you like Reed diffusers, have you a preferred aroma release for your home?
Have you ever wanted to add that funky and fun edge to your home as well as your look?
Well now you can with Homecandy.com
Homecandy.com are a unique and contemporary home furnishings and accessories collection.
Their products stand to make a statement in the busiest of rooms and add excitement to the most boring of rooms and I for one love the unique quality it offers.
Recently Homecandy.com have been getting in some gorgeous new items and there are two of them up for grabs at the end of this post which I am sure you will jump towards and enter now but I thought I would share with you some of my own favourite items .
First up , something all the ladies will love, a pretty pink Leggy Bird Makeup bag
cost - £8
I am always in my kitchen and when I seen this I wanted it for the fresh Crispbread that our family love so much , to keep it fresh for longer and the mimicking design looks very catchy and bright , a bit like my own personality.
The fact that this is not bulky like others I have had to squeeze into my small spaced kitchen is what makes it appealing to me.
Koziol Brod Crispbread bin
Cost - £14.50
Being mum tends to always take up most of my shopping on items for them so when I saw this item which would end up being constantly used I had to share it with you .
Colour in Table Cloth
Cost - £11.50
Being that my children spend a lot of time at the kitchen table for baking, eating or playing games and colouring in, this for me would be a welcome treat for them.
Homecandy.com have a collection of beautiful Items and they offer something different and unique to each home no matter your comfort and style.
Not only have the lovely Homecandy.com got a whole new range which has recently been added to their collections but they are now also offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win 2 of their new items pictured below.
The competition will run from 30 Jan - 16 Feb (midnight) and prize is:
Lip junkie Cosmetics Bag
Stripe laptop Bag
To be in with a chance of winning these two fantastic products , please enter via the Rafflecopter form below -
Good evening everyone , hope your day is as lovely as mine so far.
I merely wanted to just pop by and share with you a wonderful little gem that appeared in my post this morning sent by the gorgeous Shannon from RasberryKiss.co.uk .
At the beginning of December the lovely lady held a competition on her blog and being a fan of Dragonflies and of course jewellery, entered and was lucky enough to win at Christmas when the competition ended.
I basically just wanted to say a huge thank you to Shannon for sending me this lovely pendant , its gorgeous.
As you can see from the pictures, this antique bronze looking pendant is absolutely gorgeous with the Turqouise stone in the body of the dragonfly .
It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch and healing to the eye.
Turqouise is the birthstone of December , so was quite the fitting to Shannon's timeing of giving this away and in fact if I were born a little later it would have been my birthing stone also.
The two eyes of the Dragonfly are set with two clear diamante style gems which give the Dragonfly a sense of character and light.
This dainty Dragonfly hangs from a sturdy matching chain which is also of zink alloy and denotes a link chain style which has a lobster like claspe and is a perfect accessory to my everyday wear.
So this is my little surprise of the day , what do you think is the meaning of Dragonflies and this piece , would you wear it ?
For me, I have always seemed to struggle to find comfort for my heavy breasts up until recently , I discovered that I had been in fact wearing the wrong size , 3 sizes too small, so it was no wonder my boobs were aching me and leaving me my boobs been squished and forced around towards my back and underarm.
Having now been correctly sized up , I longed for some beautiful new bras and it felt exciting to go look at all the amazing choices available.
Unfortunately the excitement disappeared when I soon realised , what I was looking for , was actually harder to find than I originally thought.
I only wished to get an unpadded bra that was plain black and feminine in size 36F
I give you the challenge to go to your local Town centre , search for an unpadded bra.
They all seem to be padded , and now knowing I am no longer a C but in act an F in bra size I am in no need of padding.
It was merely impossible and considering I live in Durham , I thought their would be plenty of options , but even trailing the Metrocentre in Gateshead, I found only 1 Bra , yes just 1 and it was priced at £45 .
Luckily for me , I received an email from the owner of Clara Olivia offering me two of their bras.
Having been tired from the failure of my last shopping for bra's , I was unsure if they would also be able to provide me with what I needed .
I was pleasantly Surprised.
Clara Olivia was my haven to the world of bras.
In fact they had every bra in every size, shape and colour and get what?
There were so many unpadded bras !
Here are the two bras which Clara Olivia sent to me .
The order arrived 3 days after the order was made, which to me was fast. They say it takes between 2 - 4 days in general upon ordering from the site.
I obviously ordered two of their unpadded bras, I wanted to see how it would feel to wear real fitting bras with no padding or push up effect , just comfort and shaping my boobs properly in a true fitted bra.
I ordered the Louis in black and the Elodie in White , the two colours which I am always in need of for every day wear .
The Fantasie Lois -
Cost - £29
Sizes - D to J
This is one of the most comfiest bras I have worn , It fits perfectly and the material actually makes me feel like I am wearing nothing at all.
This bra actually shapes my breast ,in fact I never actually knew my boobs were such a lovely shape and having the extra side support means I have all my breast tissue pulled forward and placed into the cup where it is meant to be with no over hang under the arm .
I was advised because of the shape of my breast , I should use a full coverage bra with a high centre .
This bra is my perfect bra.
The centre of the bra fits perfectly centre and against my chest bone with no pressure and nipping and the cup of the bra moulds my breast to a stunning shape .
If you have problems with side support this bra is for you .
It certainly is my most comfortable bra and it also washes lovely with No shrinking or effecting the material.
I love the detail around the top of the cup, that little bit of extra lace effect , gives it the feminine touch .
Cost - £41
Sizes - D to J
Having sorted the black bra , I now needed a white bra and to be honest white bras never stay white for long, the colour distorts after washes.
I have washed this bra three times now and it still holds its bright white shade which I am thankful for.
Having thick straps gives me the security , knowing it fits well as well as the high centre and full coverage which fits my breast perfectly.
Having more of the lace effect on the top of the bra cup it self , I was a little worried that this would give me irritation but the soft material is very gentle on the skin.
Again this bra gives you that extra side support, and the fact that my breasts are in the cup and not pushed and pulled around my underarm means that I have more comfort .
I love the detail on this bra, it certainly is a pretty bra and the centre fits once again snuggly on the breast bone giving me that full breast shape which I desire.
Finding the perfect bra can be daunting , but I am so pleased with Clara Olivia and their huge range of lingerie.
You can get many different styles of underwear from their site including sport, swim and shapewear .
I now know where to take a first look for my bras , it feels like for the first time ever I'm wearing the perfectly fitted , most comfortable bras .
I have to admit, When it comes to receiving gifts, need it be a birthday or Christmas, I always prefer those small and quirky presents, the gadgets that we all need and never think anyone would come up with that make our lives a whole lot easier , or those cute little gifts that we rarely find in the shops.
Utility Design are a small design retailer of original furniture, lighting, lifestyle gifts & accessories. Coming up to Christmas I have been looking at some of the smaller stocking fillers for family and friends , even my husband , and Utility have some very nice and also quirky little stocking fillers I thought you may be interested in .They believe design is for everyone and I thought I would share with you some of the ideas I have put on in my little book .
Ideas for Woman -
Take a look at the Cosmetic Storage Tray priced at £18.50 .
If you are looking for a tray to keep all of your makeup separated and safe , something you can hide away in a draw and lift out when ever you need it , then this is perfect for you. The neat little tidy has 27 separate compartments and being Durable clear plastic it is easy to keep clean .
Bath Salts Gift Box
Priced at £19.99
I am a total sucker for soaking in the bath with bath salts and this set of four 100ml bath salts boxes are of divine fragrances of pink champagne, bucks fizz, apple martini and gin & tonic.
I love the gift box idea which it comes ready in and think it would be an ideal gift for any woman .
One Line A Day - 5 Year Memory Book
Priced at £6.99
This is actually something I got on Mothers day and think instead of a calender or the average diary, would be the perfect gift for that special someone who loves to keep all their memories and less clutter of numerous diaries.
Each page has a space to write a line or sentence to sum up your day for the next five years.
Black Orchid Candle
Priced at £21.99
This beautiful scented candle is manufactured in Portugal near the valley of the Douro river in Northern Portugal.
With its rich scent of freshly cut wet flowers and top notes of sappy green leaves, a heart of warm jasmine and ylang ylang, combined with base notes of amber and woody violet, it provides an aroma of intense experience.
For the lady in your life , give her the gift of light and sensual essence.
Priced at £90
We all love our bags and if you have a daughter, wife or sister, I have no doubt she has many hid away in her wardrobe .
This stunning satchel is the ideal size to carry all your necessities around with you, Ipads, toiletries, phone and purse as well as other things just not quite the kitchen sink will fit in there.
It comes with a long shoulder strap, twin buckle fastening, has a large main compartment and smaller outside pocket. It's finished off with a name tag window which would make it perfect for travelling or school.
Made from premium quality leather, hand dyed in the U.K, each satchel is stitched using a colour matched blend of cotton and nylon for extra strength, then finished with silver buckles and riveted for extra strength and it comes in various colours.
Ideas for the men -
Cuban Cedar & Lime Shower Gift Set
Priced at £29.99
Sometimes our men just need a push in the right direction and grooming is one of the things that most men to need to get a grip of .
This luxury set is the Cuban Cedar & Lime Shower Gift Set. Infused with the vibrant fragrance of South America it recreates the sexy rhythms of latin salsa ( thats right girls this may just get those hips up and jiving ) with citrus notes of zesty lime, grapefruit and bergamot set against darker tones of cedar, leather and musk, it will unleash their sensuality and sophistication.
One Touch Stylus 9 Function Tool Pen
Priced at £22
So with new technology these days its rare to know anyone who does not own a touch phone IPad or tablet so with the winter cold days coming up , they are going to need a stylus pen so not to remove their hands from their cosy gloves .
As well as a smooth writing ballpoint (it is a pen, after all), the case includes 4 ruler markings, a spirit level and a stylus for using on your mobile or tablet. Simply unscrew the stylus cap to reveal a double ended screwdriver (one Phillips and one Flat head). I am pleased they explained that as I never know which is which but then again this is why our men need something handy like this.
The chiselled spring clip will hold the One Touch Tool Pen securely in your pocket, ready to handle more jobs than any other pen.
Trust Me I'm The Boss
Priced at £9.99
Made in Burslem, Stoke on Trent, This ceramic mug is created using the traditional Sgraffito technique and feature humorous phrases and local colloquialisms.
You know your the real boss but its ok to let them think its them for a short while so why not treat them to a little eago .
Bounder Extra Firm Moustache Wax
Priced at £7.50
So we have reached the Month Of November and many men around the world are growing their moustache and is being called Movember in aid of changing the face of supporting mens health so why not give that little Moustache some love to by sending them a little pot of wax to style it to perfection.
I am sure they will appreciate it as it Contains pure British beeswax and fine Caribbean rum.
Mighty Boom Ball Vibration Speaker
Priced at £14.99
I have to admit , these little balls of BOOM are quite adorable but if you Simply unscrew the cap, connect to your device (it works with iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android device smartphone, MP3 player, laptop or any device with a standard headphone socket) and stick the speaker to any object. It's that simple, full of fun and discreet enough to take anywhere. A little ball with big impact and it comes in numerous colours .
So after having a nosey at some of the wonderful things that you could be filling your stocking with this year I thought I would also share with you something from Utility but is on a much larger scale and not capable of making its way to my stocking or even fitting in it. It is something I would love to own to store all of my makeup in and use as a dresser and it is this
MULLER Classic Line Chrysler Desk
It is just amazing, If I could ask for only one thing , this would be it, wow its stunning. A timeless design. Made from hand crafted galvanised steel each desk is coated in the same acrylic lacquer used in the car industry. The top is made from beech which is covered in matt black laminate and the chrome detailing around the perimeter of the top and each pedestal further reminds us that this desk's design was clearly derived with an automotive influence.
They have so many stunning and stylish pieces of furniture and lighting , just take a look and let me know if there is anything that takes your fancy.