Sunday, 26 March 2017

Anniversary gifts with Zadig & Voltaire



When it comes to our anniversary we sometimes struggle to decide what to get each other. This year is our 17th year together and we wanted to get something for one another that we would both appreciate and be able to use.

We both like to travel and we both like to smell good, so when we came across This is Him and This is Her range from Zadig & Voltaire we knew this was the ideal gift for us both.

Zadig & Voltaire: a Paris-born and quintessentially French fashion house, whose name is a reference to the nickname of founder Thierry Gillier, ferryman of the Voltairian mindset.

We both like our fragrances and both His (A woody oriental fragrance) and Hers (A woody, heady floral fragrance) smells amazing. Of course its really hard to tell you how it smells from a blog post, but we both commented on how nice it smelt on each other and we have had numerous friends and family ask us what we are wearing.

The fragrance lasts a long time and you do not find yourself having to have an additional spray here or a splash more of aftershave there, the smell is long lasting but not over powering, both are very unique and certainly some of the nicest perfume and aftershave we have smelt in a long time.


The aftershave and perfume are available in 30ml up to 100ml bottles, we went for the 100ml bottles. 

The bottles look really stylish and the contrast of the black and white really adds to the branding of His and Hers.



Its the first time that we have both found a fragrance in a range of his and hers that we both really like, safe to say we will defiantly keep on the look out Zadig and Voltaire future fragrances, especially if they smell as great as these do....so if you want to treat your husband or wife , your girlfriend, boyfriend or lover, we would recommend This is Him and This is Her.

Now as you will have noticed from our other blog posts , we like to travel around and visit as many new places as we can. So when we also saw these bags available from Zadig & Voltaire we decided what the hell! and got one for each of us. Nicola went for the leather bottom draw string canvas bag and i went for the leather strapped canvas holdall.


Both are really top quality and Nicola chose her bag as she thought it was great for days out shopping with the kids or nice for those weekends away.

My bag is great for me as i travel for work quite a lot and is a really stylish bag that i can use for my business travels and keep my gear in.

  
So if your looking to spoil a loved one , you should check out the products available from Zadig & Voltaire, you won't be disappointed.


"Easy wear. Easy life. Easy luxury. This is Zadig!"






*PR samples. All thoughts and photos are our own.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Liverpool Show and Book GIVEAWAY!


The Tiger Who Came to Tea is roaring back into Liverpool as part of a major UK tour in 2017 and to celebrate we are giving away a copy of The Tiger Who Came to Tea!



To be in for a chance to win this amazing book by Judith Kerr simple visit our Facebook post (here) and comment 'YES PLEASE' we will draw a winner tomorrow!

Below are details about the show and how to book tickets!

Adapted and directed by David Wood OBE, Judith Kerr’s ever popular tale, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, is the ideal introduction to theatre for children aged three plus and the perfect treat for the whole family.

When Sophie and her Mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. He even manages to drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home? 

Join the Tiger, Sophie and her Mummy and Daddy, in this musical slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun.

David Wood is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children, whose many successes include: The Gingerbread Man, Guess How Much I Love You, eight Roald Dahl adaptations including West End hits The BFG, The Witches and George’s Marvellous Medicine; and the Olivier Award winning Goodnight Mister Tom. 

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be?

What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the much-loved book by Judith Kerr, designed by Susie Caulcutt, movement director Emma Clayton and Music Arranger / Supervisor Peter Pontzen. Tour cast to be announced. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is produced by Nick Brooke Ltd. 

Watch the trailer at: www.TigersTeaLive.com 

The Tiger Who Came To Tea is playing at the Epstein Theatre, Hanover House, 85 Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DZ from Thursday 30 – Saturday 1 April 2017

Performance Times: Thu 1.30pm, Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm, Sat 11am& 2pm.

To book your tickets please call the Box Office on 0844 888 4411or book them online: www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk

Running time: 55 minutes - no interval. 
Suitable for ages 3+





*All thoughts and photos are our own.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

World Book Day - Homemade Costumes and Book Review.

I won't lie, When it comes to World Book Day we pull out all the stops!
My daughter picks her character and we MAKE her costume. Why? Because she likes to be one of a kind, and while the shop/online outfits are great we enjoy creating the costume together. 
From the shopping for supplies, to the actual stitching. We grab Grandma and gather around our kitchen table to create one of a kind (hopefully) costumes.

Friends in past years have asked why bother? How do you find the time? Bet it costs you a fortune!

My reply....... We enjoy it, to see the look on my daughters face when her costume is finished is simply priceless! 
Don't get me wrong, some of them have taken a few weeks to complete but we enjoy sitting as a family to make it and to be honest it's never worked out that much more than a store bought costume!

Our homemade costumes have ranged from 
Little Red Riding Hood
Dorothy Gale - The Wizard of Oz
The Mad Hatter
Hermione Granger 
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As you can see by the big cheesy grin on my daughters face she LOVES her homemade costumes, I've made my child happy and spent quality time making and teaching her that with a bit of effort she can create wonderful costumes and i'm hoping in years to come she'll be calling me to help her make her own children's costumes and memories :)

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And what book post is complete without an actual book review?!

Today's featured book is The Girl Who Saved Christmas by William Thomas Thach
Illustrated by Richard Bernal.

This book is the prettiest children's book i have ever seen! 
With its red velvet cover and press stud clasp, to its golden ribbon bookmark and golden embossed writing on the cover its simply stunning!!



The story is based around a little girl named Molly. She must save Christmas for all the naughty children in the world, and every child is on the list apart from Molly!!

Now we had this book in our Christmas Eve box. We read it that night to our daughters aged 2 & 11 and we seem to have read it at least once a week ever since!! Its a sweet story that you end up singing...... you know how is goes.......



'Twas the night before Christmas...and in a small house....'

The illustrations in the book are beautiful, may favourite being of Santa coming down the chimney and Molly waiting for him with cookies and milk.



Our eldest even enjoyed the book (you know how it is when they get to the questioning age, believe in the magic please!!)
I especially liked the added detail of a glossary and the Dear Santa list at the back of the book.



Im sure this book will become our family Christmas eve tradition and will be gracing our eve box every year from now on!!

We were lucky enough to bag ourselves a signed copy from the author! 


Copies of the book are available on Amazon.com https://goo.gl/hr9bQW

Below is the every so cute book trailer 

                                           



*Book sent for review. All thoughts and photos are our own.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

World Book Day Eve

Probably one of my most favourite days of the year! When the book geek in me is unleashed and i seem to go on a book frenzy, whether its books for the kids or myself it doesn't matter, as long as i get to flick some pages i'm happy!

In past years the excitement has been dressing the eldest up for her school book day but with her now being in secondary school and it being 'uncool' to dress up i'll just have to watch the little ones walk down to school tomorrow morning in all their fancy dress .

But that doesn't mean i don't get to talk books with you!
Now is a perfect time to show you some of the lovely books that have been sent our way - i'm in total book heaven!!!


Today's featured book is Baby and Lion Dog, The Search for the Missing Nose 
Written by Elizabeth Forbes
Illustrated by Tom Boyle

The story is about a little boy and his dog who like to go on adventures and solve mysteries along the way. This book takes them on a hunt to find the missing nose to a very sad circus clown. Do they find it? Like i'm going to tell you....... It will spoil your read.



My little one loved this book, every time is said "lion" she ROARED! as well as yelling "There he is!" 


We pointed out all the different characters in the book, and had fun guessing where the clowns nose would be found, neither of us guessed right.


The illustrations in the book are beautifully done and kept my 2 year old's interest throughout the whole book, which is pretty hard to do as shes always on the go! 
I know this will be a book we will read over and over again :)


You can connect with the author via Twitter - https://twitter.com/babyandliondog
and the book is available to buy on Amazon - https://goo.gl/YwCfmj
Also available is Baby and Lion Dog: Mystery in the Park - https://goo.gl/4gM0Nb
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Join us tomorrow for World Book Day, where we have another book to share with you plus some of our past costumes!


*All thoughts and photos are our own.