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Several Years Ago, Musical M And Dreamy D Received Personalised Books From A Relative For Christmas. I’d Never Seen Anything Like It.
I still remember seeing their faces light up In puzzled wonder as they spotted their own names inserted throughout the story on every single page!
M’s was based on Fifi and the Flowertots and D’s was a Cars story, their respective obsessions at the time (and possibly their mother’s but I can neither confirm nor deny that rumour, ahem). They just could not figure out how they themselves featured in a story amongst these fictional characters!
As time marches on and the kids have got older, many books have of course been given away (with three kids, no matter how much I love the idea of hanging to every book they’ve ever owned, it’s just not practical). Those two books however, have never been – and will never be – given away. Unfortunately, Cheeky K never got one. I never thought to order one for her (typical mother of a third child syndrome!) and I fear I have missed the boat age-wise for this idea.
So When Create Me Books Got In Touch Regarding Their Personalised Books
I thought even if i can no longer take advantage of this lovely product for my kids, my readers, who do have children/nephews/nieces of the ideal age, can still benefit. So I have a super giveaway for you below.
Winner of South Devon’s Best New Business Award, shortlisted for Business Mother of the Year by Venus Awards and featured in Women’s Weekly, Take a Break and the Sun, it turns out that Create Me Books actually came about by accident. The Director Lisa Budd started writing her daughter a story whilst she was was stuck at home, recovering from major surgery!
There are two versions of the book currently available, one for girls and one for boys. The story takes the child on a wonderful journey from not wanting to go to sleep to not realising you had nodded off, making it a bedtime favourite amongst young children who love chiming in with the “please don’t snore!” at the end. A Create Me Book enables you to personalise the main character’s image: hair style and skin/hair/costume colour. Family members can also be included in the story.
The recipient’s name is featured on the front cover and within the book itself of course. There is also a space at the front of the book for a dedication, meaning this a very special keepsake for life and a truly unique gift for any occasion.
Yes that’s right, a book that could even help fussy sleepers to love going to bed? Surely every parent’s dream!
So, with that in mind, I have teamed up with Create Me Books to bring you the following giveaway:
TWO PERSONALISED BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE TO WIN THANKS TO CREATE ME BOOKS!
Giveaway open to UK residents only. Applicants from other countries will be disqualified.
The competition closes at 23.00 GMT Friday 18th August 2017.
Two winners ill be selected at random via the Gleam app.
Winners will be notified by email@example.com via email and also announced on Facebook between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th August 2017.
Winners have two weeks from the date of the announcement to redeem their prize by responding to the notification email. Where a winner does not reply by that time, a new winner will be selected in their place.
The prize provider Create Me Books is responsible for prize fulfilment.
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CREATE ME BOOKS GIVEAWAY
YOU MAY REMEMBER THE FEATURED POST ABOUT THE INFAMOUS SHENANIGANS THAT MANY WOMEN ARE FORCED INTO DOING EACH MONTH.
The focal point of the Handbag Smuggle post was the amazing invention FabLittleBag. If you haven’t yet discovered this ingenuous ‘where have you been all my life’ essential that enables women to dispose of their dreaded used tampons and sanitary pads you’re going to love the vlog I’ve filmed for you, if I say so myself! As you’ll see, these babies have been a total godsend for me. I’ve stopped flushing and started binning those monthly horrors, mess-free and with a clear conscience.
You’re also going to love the FabLittleBag giveaway I’ve got for you.
THIS IS HOW THE LOVELY FOLKS OVER AT FABLITTLEBAG DESCRIBE THEIR GREEN AND WHITE SAVIOURS:
“At last, a fab way to dispose of tampons and pads. Wherever you are, these opaque, sealable, BIODEGRADABLE bags are a girl’s best friend. You can even open Fab Little Bag with one hand. Never be caught out again with a blocked toilet or no bathroom bin. It’s the best disposal method, period.”
BEFORE YOU ENTER MY FABLITTLEBAG GIVEAWAY…
Here’s what I myself have to say about this monthly miracle product…
I HAVE 10 FABLITTLEBAG STARTER PACKS UP FOR GRABS.
Each starter pack contains a handbag pack and bathroom pack.
ENTER THE WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY NOW!
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WIN A FABLITTLEBAG STARTER PACK
I received product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed in this post and accompanying video are my own.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE!
I’M 1 OF 8 LUCKY FINALISTS IN THE READER’S CHOICE CATEGORY OF THE BRILLIANCE IN BLOGGING AWARDS!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOTE FOR ME TO WIN, I’D BE SO GRATEFUL AND HONOURED!
Just click on this THIS LINK and fill in boxes 1, 2 and 13. Super quick and easy!
(Voting closes July 2nd.)
I came across the fabulous jewellery brand, Merci Maman, for the first time In June 2016 when I won a stunning Merci Maman necklace at my first ever blog conference!
I honestly think that was my lucky charm; not only did I win their gorgeous pendant with one of my favourite mottos “Love What You Do” but I then went on to receive something special for my blogging later in the evening. As a result I have a sentimental association with the Merci Maman name. As I also lived in Paris and am from London, the two cities very much connected with this brand, I love them even more!
So with UK Mother’s Day approaching, I simply had to team up with Merci Maman to give one of my UK/IRELAND followers/new visitors a chance to win a Merci Maman necklace too!
Merci Maman are Kindly Giving Away
A PERSONALISED INTERTWINED MERCI MAMAN NECKLACE
IN A CHOICE OF GOLD/SILVER/ROSE GOLD
to ONE lucky entrant (UK/Ireland residents only)
This necklace will make a beautiful gift for your mother, sister, daughter, friend or of course yourself! Check out the Merci Maman site to see examples of the types of engraving possible to give you some inspiration. There are no tricky questions to answer, no hoops to jump through, just a super easy prize draw competition!
IF YOU LIVE IN THE UK/IRELAND, DO NOT MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS BEAUTIFUL KEEPSAKE! YOU CAN ENTER MORE THAN ONCE, USING EACH OF THE ENTRY METHODS.
- Each method is worth a certain number of entries, as shown.
- The competition closes March 26th 12pm/noon GMT
- The winner will be announced March 26h, Mothering Sunday
SO ENTER NOW AND GOOD LUCK!
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Win a Merci Maman Personalised Necklace (Mother’s Day Giveaway)
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Absolutely Prabulous has not received product or payment for this article or giveaway. All opinions expressed about the Merci Maman brand are my own.
THE ABSOLUTELY PRABULOUS VALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY
January whizzed by and before we knew it, February arrived. You know what that means? Yep, Valentine’s Day is around the corner! I want to do something purely to give back to my wonderful supportive followers from the country I’ve called home for the last eleven years, MALTA of course! In 2017, I’ll be increasingly championing brands based in Malta be they known just locally or globally. So it makes absolute sense to combine the two ideas. How? Well….
THREE INCREDIBLE PRIZES ARE AVAILABLE TO WIN IN MY
ABSOLUTELY PRABULOUS VALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY FOR MALTA RESIDENTS!!
Yes, Absolutely Prabulous has teamed up with internationally renowned Intercontinental Hotel and award-winning Carisma Spa
TO BRING YOU THIS FABULOUS EASY-TO-ENTER PRIZE DRAW COMPETITION,
WHICH WILL REWARD 3 LUCKY WINNERS WITH THE FOLLOWING!
SCROLL DOWN TO ENTER THE ABSOLUTELY PRABULOUS VALENTINE’S GIVEAWAY!
(CLOSES SUNDAY 12TH FEBRUARY)
Carisma has been offering five-star spa and wellness services since 1990 and was awarded the World Luxury SPA Award in 2016. Carisma’s international staff are hand-picked for their expertise in their specific fields, from body and mind cleansing rituals in the Turkish Hammam, to world-famous massage, and non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Having successfully established forty Hammams in Turkey, Carisma Wellness Spa opened in Malta in 2011 and is the only beauty and wellness establishment offering Turkish Hammam treatments on the island.
With a singular design concept, Waterbiscuit is one of the most glamorous addresses on the Maltese Islands, offering dining options to take its guests through the day. Morning clientèle can choose from six types of Eggs Benedict, amongst other dishes, for a casual or business breakfast. A relaxed lunch or an evening social gathering is a treat for the taste buds thanks to a menu that focuses on healthy and organic Mediterranean ingredients. The restaurant, designed over two floors, has come up with creative and ever-evolving menus offering delicious and innovative dishes. Patrons can lounge at the bar, enjoy the restaurant’s extensive variety of cocktails and wines and witness the ultimate in mixology flair as every bar creation seeks to exceed expectations. The venue is laid-back and the Waterbiscuit atmosphere relaxed and modern providing a contemporary location.
IF YOU LIVE IN MALTA, DO NOT MISS OUT ON YOUR CHANCE TO WIN.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:
1. Click on the blue rectangle to visit Absolutely Prabulous on Facebook (the FB page will open in another window so you won’t lose this page, don’t worry)
2. Like my Facebook Page if you wish to
3. Come back to this page and hit the green continue button
4. Fill in your details (just 3 lines) Hit Save. That’s it. You’re done!
SO ENTER NOW AND GOOD LUCK!
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Absolutely Prabulous Valentine’s Giveaway
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Terms & Conditions: The giveaway will close at 11pm GMT+1 Sunday 12 February 2017. It is open to residents of Malta only. The winners will be selected at random via the Gleam app & contacted by http://www.absolutelyprabulous.com via email by 9am Monday 13th February 2017. All winners will be invited, only at the winners’ agreement, to meet the promoter Prabs of Absolutely Prabulous on the day of their individual prize usage. A brief photo will be taken for future promotional purposes, only with the winners’ express prewritten permission. All winners will also be announced on Facebook (first names can be used to protect privacy if required). The winners of the Carisma Spa Couples’ and Individual Person Packages have until 11pm Wednesday 15th to respond to the email to qualify for their prize. Where a winner does not reply by that time, a new winner will be selected in their place. This prize can be used ANY day between Tuesday 14th and Monday 27th February subject to available time slots: the winner should make the appointment directly with Spa reception via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 23 76 55 24 before they come. After this time, the prize will be invalid unless express permission has been given by Carisma Spa for the later use of said prize. The prize will consist of a voucher, collectable at Carisma Spa, 5th Floor Intercontinental Hotel on the designated date and the treatments listed above. Any extra treatments or services are at the expense of the winner. The winner of the Dinner at Water Biscuit has until 11pm Monday 13th to respond to the email to receive their prize. If the winner does not reply by that time, a new winner will be selected in their place. This prize must be used ANY night between Tuesday 14th and Sunday 19th February. After this time, the prize will be invalid, unless express permission has been given by Water Biscuit, for the later use of said prize. The prize will consist of a voucher, collectable at Water Biscuit on the designated night, for a la carte dinner for two, a bottle of house wine and teas/coffees. Cocktails, water and any other items are at the expense of the winner.
Entrants must be 18 to take part. The prizes are non-transferable or redeemable for cash. The prizes must be taken as offered. No alternative prizes are available in whole or in part except as provided for in these terms and conditions. If any winner is not able for whatever reason to accept the prize, then the Promoter (www.absolutelyprabulous.com) reserves the right to award the prize to another participant. Promoter: http://www.absolutelyprabulous.com. Prize Providers: Carisma Wellness Spa, Intercontinental Hotel, St Julians, Malta and Water Biscuit, Intercontinental Hotel. By entering the giveaway, you give Absolutely Prabulous permission to email you articles from this site.
I dread to think how many beakers, drink bottles and cups I’ve bought in 12 years of parenting for my kids to get water down them.
Sippy beakers, anyway up cups, non-spill this or that. Some too low capacity that didn’t last one playground trip before needing refilling, some that cracked easily, some stainless steel options (in an effort to avoid harmful plastics) that were ridiculously heavy once filled, yada yada.
And then there’s the number of things we’ve tried to provide a bit of low lighting for the kids while they sleep. Ugh. How many?! Loads. Just loads. Simple small pluggy inny ones from a general hardware store, dedicated ones for kids with Disney theme of choice, mobiles with music when they were younger and I can’t remember what else. I don’t know why we’ve been so unlucky with them up til now.
Anyway, severely challenged on the ‘drinking receptacle that will last more than one ruddy year’ and ‘night light that actually works’ front, I was more than a little intrigued and excited when Litecup contacted me.
I’ll be honest, when the company found me on Twitter, I almost zoomed past the Litecup followed you’ notification. This was partly because keeping abreast of my Twitter followers is not one of my strong points but mainly because most of the brands that approach me generally market products geared towards children much younger than mine. Luckily I spotted Litecup and noticed their image which despite featuring a child younger than any of mine still peaked my interest. End result: a gorgeous lime green cup (they have a whole array of colours to choose from by the way) sent to me a few days later, for my youngest to try out. I had fingers and every crossable appendage crossed that I had finally found the answer to my tiresome search for a beaker that didn’t drive me bonkers.
So…did the Litecup come up to scratch in my opinion?
Well I decided that if a picture paints a thousand words, then a video is even better. So I shot a wee vlogette about how we’re getting on with the Litecup. Yes those are my youngest’s hands clutching her cup just before going to bed. Watch my litecup vlog review to find out what she/I thought. (Naturellement, if you end up checking out the rest of my YouTube channel, I shan’t complain).
NB:in this vlog I mention the Litecup being geared towards toddlers. Since shooting this, I’ve noticed from images sent to me for possible use in this post that it is in fact also meant for older children.
I also say it is not meant for outdoor use. Whilst I personally choose to keep the litecup for home use only, for reasons of my own, again I’ve noticed the company’s marketing materials showing it being used out and about.
I’ve also got one Litecup up for grabs (for my UK readers).
One lucky reader has the opportunity to WIN A LITECUP by following the simple prompts below. You can enter as many times as you like. Seriously, a video of me and a giveaway? It’s like Christmas already…you lucky lucky lot 🙂
I’M SLIGHTLY OBSESSED WITH LIGHTHOUSES.
I don’t know when it started but I really do gravitate towards anything of the lighthouse variety. (I er may have steered Dreamy D, into having a nautical-themed room now that he’s no longer sharing with his sisters, ahem.) As a blogger, I get followed every day by new people on Twitter, for which I’m grateful. But I’ll be honest, what with the blog post writing, site tech maintenance, Instagramming, Facebook posts, linkies, brand approaches and what not (oh and the small matter of raising three kids), my Twitter radar is sometimes a little off and it takes me a few days to spot certain new followers.
WHEN LUCAS FRANK, PURVEYORS OF THOROUGHLY BRITISH BOYS’ CLOTHING, FOLLOWED ME ON TWITTER, I NOTICED THEM.
Because. Logo. Lighthouse. Yep, that’s all it took. I just love them! Well, it wasn’t just the lighthouse logo. I obviously perused Lucas Frank’s website to check out their thoroughly British boys’ clothing range. (Having left the UK several years ago, I get a bit wistful about the Brit thing and have an inordinate amount of Union Jack items in my house but I digress). I now live in a country where we do not have throughly British weather, however. Far from it, we have about 300 days of sunshine a year (yes I manage to mention it in every other blog post!), an average temperature of 34 degrees through the long summer and pretty much live in flip flops from May to October. Well obviously, we wear a little more than just flip flops. Musical M and Cheeky K obviously have a full range of summer gear but for boys, well, wardrobe choices tend to be more limited don’t they? T-shirts and shorts are de rigueur for Dreamy D and he’s been wearing the same stuff for ages. Also, although he is very small for his age, a lot of his summer gear is no longer fits. You know where I’m going with this don’t you? Yes!
NEW CLOTHING IS REQUIRED. ENTER LUCAS FRANK!
When they then contacted me soon after following me, the timing was unreal. I’d just returned from the new kids’ clothing store that has opened up the road, with a truck load of swimwear and tops for the girls but frustratingly nothing for D, the one who needed new stuff the most! I was getting the kids and a hundred bags out of the car at the end of a long week and almost fell out of the driver’s side in excitement when I saw the message asking if I’d like to review one of their products,. Er yes please…I should coco! I thought. I may or may not have sent a ‘squealing’ response back there and then, one-handed, still laden with a dozen bags in the other arm. I’m either a desperate mother or just one dedicated blogger. Anyway, Neal and Billy were a pleasure to deal with and an item of my choice was dispatched.
– a lighthouse motif upper left
– 3 easy to open and close buttons
– a little stitched button ‘flap’ on the bottom with the Lucas Frank name (me likey)
– distressed LF initials upper right (huge fan of distressed images so me very likey)
– two Lacrosse sticks on the back which I love
– white collars which Hubster found a little wide but I didn’t notice this and neither did D
It comes with a tag that has a charming little blurb on the front about the type of boy who wears Lucas Frank clothing; on the back there is a reference to girls. Ahem!
Right, the all important sizing. Hubster and I are not exactly the tallest of people; I’m 5ft 1.5 (stop laughing…the 0.5 is really important and I’m taller than Kylie I’ll have you know) and although Hubs is taller than me, he’s hardly Amazonian. More erm, Indian, surprise surprise. Basically, I make teeny tiny babies. Gene pool and all that. So buying clothing that fits my diddy sprogs can be a challenge. Although I requested the 7-8 yo size for my small 9 yo boy, the rugby shirt was in fact on the larger side. Cheeky K cracked me up when she saw it and said ‘Oh I thought it was for Papa’. I can confirm it wasn’t that big! It just goes with the territory and you can’t predict the size when ordering clothes online (my husband regularly does with varied success and I’ve been known to buy from the kids’ department for myself as adult sizes can be huge on me!) Fact is, I could buy D a top from Zara, Gap, Next, Hillfiger etc and they’ll all be sized differently.
Although the shoulder line is lower than D’s own and the shirt is on the long side for him, it is a rugby shirt as opposed to a T-shirt, the latter tending to fall between the waist and hip line while rugby and polo tops fall a little lower. But I think he got away with wearing it and looks great! However, as the Lucas Frank range is made with heavier weight fabrics geared towards the cooler British climate, this top is best reserved (in fact perfect) for our mild Autumn. Summer is kicking off here in Malta meaning we’ll be half naked by July, begging for mercy and wearing only the thinnest of clothing because of the aforementioned heat.
IN CONCLUSION, I AM VERY SATISFIED WITH OUR FIRST ITEM FROM LUCAS FRANK AND WOULD HAPPILY ORDER PRODUCTS FROM THEM.
I’ve already mentally picked out the Shergham Point and Lennard Island Rugby shirts and the Bardsey Grass Stain Polo Shirt particularly as D has had to part company with two beloved tops that are now way too small. He may well open his wardrobe this Autumn to find them in there…
If you have a young man in your life aged up to 12 years, I’d recommend you take a look at their products. The various Tees and shirts etc in the Lucas Frank collection come out at an average price point of 13GBP which is a respectable amount in my opinion.
As for the young man in my life, I can safely say he loved his new LF shirt and told me so unprompted, which is a minor miracle as it’s usually impossible to get information out of him! When asked for his overall score, Dreamy D who is more difficult to impress than his older sister is, gave it a…
..10 out of 10!
So I think that’s a spiffing result. Thanks chaps!
Disclosure: I was sent the Stuart Point Lacrosse Rugby Shirt for the purposes of a review. All views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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MAY SEES THE BIRTHDAY OF SOPHIE LA GIRAFE
the teething toy used by Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Ritchie, Naomi Watts, Halle Berry and Miranda Kerr to name a few (well…used by their babies). Made from natural rubber that is derived from the sap of the Hevea tree, Sophie became a success in France where she originated due to her unique design that not only brought relief to hard-to-reach molars but entertained babies through her appealing look and squeaky tummy. Over the years, she has become a very popular teething aid in many other countries including the USA where she even made an appearance in the hit film Three Men and a Baby. To this day, Sophie is still made in France, by Vulli. (You can read my review below.)
Sophie About Town With Celebs
So to mark the occasion of Sophie’s 54th birthday, celebratory campaigns are taking place all over the shop (play on words totally intended) including at Roseberry Cosmetics here in Malta. Absolutely Prabulous is joining in the celebrations by giving you the chance to win a Sophie la Girafe teether. Details of the giveaway are below after these quick reviews.
As part of the birthday celebrations, Roseberry gave me the teether as well as two gorgeous creams to try out.
Now, although I’m having a devil of a job trying to get two of my kids dry at night, all three of mine are long past the teething stage. So I gave this product to someone who has a 9 month-old baby girl.
THIS IS WHAT MY FRIEND SAID:
She absolutely loves chewing on it. It’s the only teether that has interested her. It looks sweet as well and is easy for her to hold. My only issue with it would be that the hole that the squeaky noise comes through appears to be open, allowing water to go inside it. As long as one doesn’t soak it it should be ok. I’ve washed it twice and there doesn’t appear to be any water inside it. Might be good for the manufacturer to reassure parents that the hole stops and doesn’t allow for stale water build up inside (if that’s the case, I can’t really tell). Anyway, very high marks for being her favourite toy, and one she can safely chew on.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY SOPHIE LA GIRAFE IN MALTA?
You can buy this product at Roseberry Cosmetics, Republic Street Valletta and all Mothercare outlets.
As for the Face cream…well I hung onto that myself! I have lived in Malta for almost nine years and the quest to find skincare for my children that is not chock full of synthetic additives, parabens and chemical fragrances has been totally frustrating. Although the face cream does contain two forms of alchohol which made me a bit nervous, I have to admit my kids are love love loving this cream, having used it for the last ten days (at the time of writing). We love things like shea butter, blueberry oil, vanilla bean oil and sunflower seed oil in my house.
BABY PROTECTION CREAM
I was also lucky enough to be given the Baby protection cream. At the time of writing, this is still in use by a friend as it lasts a while and her initial feedback has been very good. The jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut butter, lavender water and white tea extracts are just up her street and she has currently stopped using her previous cream which was the standard ‘conventional’ pharmaceutial nappy cream.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY SOPHIE LA GIRAFE?
Both creams (which boast almost a fifth of their overall composition as organic) as well as the rest of the Sophie la Girafe skincare range are available at the Roseberry Cosmetics store on Republic Street, Valletta.
These are unbiased reviews for products that I received free and two of which were tested by third parties. I have not paid these third parties to test the product or attempted to influence them to provide favourable feedback. I have not been paid by Roseberry Cosmetics to write these reviews.
GIVEAWAY FOR MALTA-BASED READERS!
I have a Sophie La Girafe teether gift box to give away courtesy of Roseberry. There’s no complicated competition requirement asking you to jump through hoops (pherYEW!)…just a no muss no fuss prize draw. All you have to do is log in either via Facebook or email in this box right here and follow the comments instructions in the next box that comes up. That’s it! The entry period ends midnight 27th May and is open to entrants in Malta only. The winning name will be drawn May 28th and announced on here and on my Facebook page and contacted directly via email.
WE HAVE A WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS ANA V! You’ll be contacted via email to provide your address details. Thank you to everyone for taking part.
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