I often hear this from people.
oh but you are so lucky, I never win anything
I always reply with
well do you enter anything?
It is amazing how many times people then say “well no, what’s the point? I wouldn’t win”
You have to enter competitions to win them! I have won everything from a private gig with KT Tunstall in our lounge and breaksfast show being hosted in our house, to a 47″ 3D TV to Toblerones and goody bags, business cards and a Tassimo machine.
Granted I have entered more competitions than I have won, obviously, but the point is: if you don’t enter, you won’t win!
This week, thanks to this blog post about Cravendale I won a year’s supply of milk! I was hoping it might be our own cow but these will do!
Anyone for a cuppa?
This box of chocolates from Cocoa Boutique arrived on my birthday so it seemed rude to not just dive right in.
The box contains a selection of artisan, hand crafted chocolates from a variety of different chocolatiers. Everything from chocolate buttons to truffles and chocolate covered coffee beans.
The packaging is beautiful in its simplicity. A sturdy white box protected the chocolates (that fitted through our letter box) containing layers of tissue paper and then rows of the most heavenly smelling chocolate.
All of the chocolates are created especially for Cocoa Boutique so you can’t get them anywhere else, and use only the best ingredients.
Each box is £19.95 and they are delivered every month if you sign up for the regular deliveries. Or even every two or three months. I love chocolate but I am not sure I could get through one of these every month (or spend that amount of money on chocolate) but as a treat every three months it would be fabulous.
C exclaimed that the white chocolate buttons were
the best I have ever had. They are even better than Milky Bar buttons
The hit of Champagne I got from the truffle was extraordinary. The shell just gave way to the amazing gooey centre. The rum cafe cream took me right back to rum cocktails in Barbados last month.
All in all these chocolates are fantastic and I love the fact that you get a score card with the menu, and an envelope to send back your feedback.
And if that was enough, every month Cocoa Boutique look for 25 people to review their boxes of chocolate FOR FREE. All you need to do is enter your email address here and then cross your fingers.
Go do it now!
Disclaimer, I received this box for free in order to write a review. The review however is our honest opinion.
OK so I am wading into the Prince Harry “furore”. I have seen the pics, I admit. Yes, he is naked but you don’t actually see anything. All this talk of “crown jewels” is nonsense.
I don’t see the problem. Single man, on holiday, gets naked whilst playing a game.
Nobody got hurt
Nobody was snorting drugs
Nobody was doing anything illegal.
Where is the problem?
Let’s face it, he might be a Prince but baring some hideous catastrophe, he is not going to be King. He has forged a career for himself. He has begged to be allowed to go to Afghanistan, to fight on the front line.
So what if he got naked with a bunch of girls in a hotel room?
The royal family is littered with far more serious scandals so why the fuss now? Have we forgotten that this dad (and yes, his dad, I am not getting into that debate) had an affair for years whilst married to his mum?
His uncle got caught up in dodgy business dealings.
His aunt got caught having her toes sucked
I could go on.
The media needs to get a grip and back off. I would far rather see these sorts of things in the paper than the photos that I also see today of Tony Nicklinson being taken from his home after his death yesterday. There is no need for those photos to be published, his family should be left alone and in peace.
As should Harry.
Yep you read that right. It is the new thing for this season, isn’t it?
Then why is this an advert on a website?
I came across this on Sunday whilst looking for some cycling shorts to go with my new birthday bike.
Why doesnt she have more clothes on? She can’t ride a bike like! And would it really detract from advertising the shorts if she was wearing a crop top or sports bra?
Look, this one on the site even allows you to have a slideshow of all seven shots for one pair of shorts
Dear Chain Reaction Cycles
Far be it from me to tell you how to run your advertising but let me assure of one thing. As a woman in the market for a pair of cycling shorts I will not be buying those. Or in fact anything from you.
I have taken my considerable accessories budget for my new bike and gone elsewhere.
Sky. Oh I love sky. I miss not being able to see too much of it living in a built up area. In cities I love to stand and look at the sky, watch the clouds roll by; the planes criss crossing it; the stars twinkling at night.
When we went to Cornwall recently I stood staring at the sky for ages. It was huge!!! So I had lots of pics to choose from.
Trouble is the sky you see never really translates into a photograph, does it? I really hope this one would though. I took about 20 in the space of two minutes.
Out at sea
The birds circle where the fish are so the fishermen head towards them
The light was amazing, not sure this pic quite captures it but it is certainly close.
That is a bit of a mouthful isnt it? Maybe I should say this is easier done than said!
We are all now, sadly, thinking about doing our Back To School shopping. Clothing / shoes / bags / lunch boxes / pencils it is that time of year that we all seem to do nothing but spend money.
What with that spend and Christmas looming (yes I have said the C word) there is never any spare cash for charity donations and charities really feel the pinch.
Well how about combining the two? Shopping on line AND donating to charity in a way that doesn’t cost you a penny.
Look at this:
In six months I have raised over £60 for Victim Support by doing my shopping online with Give As You Live. That is £10 a month!
And it hasn’t cost me a penny. Not one single penny
All of that money has come from the online retailers as a percentage of my spend. Ranging from 1% to a whopping 10% when I bought our holiday travel insurance in July.
All you need to do is register your email address at Give As You Live and then visit all your usual retailers to do your shopping. It is that simple. GAYL will track your sale and the percentage will automatically be credited to your GAYL account and it will then be donated to a charity of your choice.
Got a list of stationery? How about 5% of it going to charity?
Or how about all those socks, tights and shirts earning 3%
Both these stores have sales at the moment (hence the “expires in 10 days”, that does not refer to the percentages) so how about taking a look at Give As You Live today? Not only could you save money but you could raise money for charity too.
I have not been paid for this post, but I am an Ambassador for GAYL receiving a fee for writing a fixed number of blogs over the year.
THIS IS A REVIEW. WE WERE SENT VOUCHERS FOR FREE PIZZA
Now I have a confession to make here.
It will come as a shock to most of you.
I am not a fan of pizza.
There. I have said it.
But when I was asked if I would like some vouchers for Dr Oetker Pizzas I said “yes please” because Mr B and the kids love it. And I thought they might like to try a pizza we had never had before.
The vouchers arrived and I then carried them around in my purse for a fortnight. Finally remembering to use them when I was in Tesco (other supermarkets are available) in Cheshire at the weekend.
We grabbed a chicken one to try with Mr B Sr and Lady B at lunchtime. And I immediately regretted not getting more.
It’s thin and crispy so you get a mouthful of chicken and topping, not just dough.
Mr B Sr said: ”Aroma superb”
Mr B just said “Nom”
Can honestly say that this was the best supermarket bought pizza I have tried and at under £3 each I was also surprised at the amount of topping on it.
There are seven varieties in the range, all with a RRP of £2.79.
You are quite the bully, aren’t you?
Nobody can deny that over the years you have been very successful in business, of that there is no doubt. You remind people often of how you started off selling electrical parts out of a van. Not an episode of The Apprentice goes by without you making some reference to Hackney or your market stall.
However now you are just a bully and appear to be suffering from a classic case of Napoleon Complex.
The Apprentice is a show I can no longer watch. It is built on the idea that you pick on one of the contestants and humiliate them. You highlight the failures and destroy them in the name of entertainment. You set up situations where they attack each other to save themselves.
Sorry but that is not my idea of entertainment.
Whilst The Apprentice is off the air you still Tweet, alot. Often to Piers Morgan and quite frankly they don’t make pleasant reading. I give you an example below from this week:
Piersy you said you would take your own life if RVP left.Well, he’s kept his side of the bargain,where will the funeral be
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 16, 2012
Some might say that is just a joke. But actually, do you know what? It isn’t. It really isn’t.
How about this one from Saturday night whilst X Factor was on:
Louis Walsh what has he done . His hair has done a Wayne Rooney, his teeth are like piano keysand hid eyes have been done
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 18, 2012
And this one that caused a bit of a media furore:
Can you tell me who the hell this Tulisa bird is on X factor,she’s in the celeb section of the sun and mirror every day. What has she done?
— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) August 18, 2012
Why do you do it? It is because you somehow think you are superior to everybody else? Or is it because you are just a little bully?