Monday, 17 December 2018

Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Men

If you're anything like me and you've been struggling to find Christmas gifts and you still haven't finished your shopping then this guide will help you. It's all about Christmas gifts for men. I always find them the most tricky to buy for but hopefully there'll be something here to inspire you.

Last minute Christmas gifts for men:


Sock Gift Set - London Sock Company 
Is Christmas even Christmas if you don't gift someone socks? The London Sock Company offers luxury men's socks which come in either gift sets, individually or as a subscription. There are lots of gift sets available containing a small or large amount of socks in various designs and patterns. I actually bought my husband a set of these last year and he thinks they are very smart and perfect for work under his suit.




Personalised Garden Beer Trug - Prezzybox
This personalised gift from Prezzybox is something that can be used over and over again. I always think personalised gifts are extra special. For someone that enjoys gardening (and beer of course) then this is ideal. It's made from sustainable pine wood which holds 6 bottles .

Calendar - Danilo
The men in my life are extremely disorganised, especially my husband. He now works from home so I think a calendar would be a good idea for his office. Danilo have a fantastic range available from Sport, Music to Disney. They come in all different types such as large, slimline, desk etc. There's something for everyone.



The Summerton Club Subscription 
The Summerton Club is a unique spirit subscription company where you will receive a unique, aged bottle of spirit delivered to your door every month. The bottles are specially selected and can't be found in supermarkets. There are whiskies, brandies and rums that you probably wouldn't have heard of which is what makes them so unique and a great gift.



Dash Cam - Nextbase
If you have someone that spends a lot of time driving/commuting every day then a dash cam from Nextbase would be a perfect gift for them. There are various ones to choose from but the 112 is the smallest, lightest and most compact model on offer. It's very reasonably priced for what it does. It has a 120-degree viewing angle and is combined with a magnetic click and go mount. 




Fitness Diary - Toad Diaries
Toad Diaries offer personalised diaries and notebooks. If you have a fitness lover on your to buy list then the Fitness diary is ideal. There are various covers to choose from and you can also personalise the front with a name. You are able to choose how many months you would like, what year it should start and what date it should start from. 




Chipolo Card
The Chipolo card is a match made in heaven for the man in your life that loses everything. I'm talking keys, wallet, remote, phone, the list goes on. You can attach the Chipolo card to anything you don't want to lose. It's the world's loudest and thinner item finder. It works by connecting to an app on your phone. It would make a fab stocking filler.


Biltong - Woza
There's something about men and meat (well unless they are a veggie or vegan). Woza offers South African Charcuterie and Biltong in lots of flavours such as Beef, Peri Peri and more. They come in snack size or sharing size, either of which are ideally sized for a stocking.


Guitar Case Lunch Box - Suck UK
Suck UK is fast becoming one of my favourite websites. Its tagline is The Greatest Gifts on Earth and I'd have to agree. They have the most unusual but amazing gifts for everyone. I saw this Guitar Case lunchbox and instantly thought of a family member of mine who's in a band. It can be personalised with stickers (that come with the box), making for a unique, cool gift. There is currently 25% off everything too.


If you need more gift inspiration then head over to the following posts:
Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids
Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

*Please note that some of the above items were gifted to me for the purpose of this gift guide. All words and opinions are my own*
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Sunday, 16 December 2018

Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids

If you have any Disney fans in this house then this post is for you. You may have already read my Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids guide or watched the video on my youtube channel.




Here's my Disney Christmas Gifts for Kids guide:

Mickey Mouse Ears - Claire's 
We're big fans of Mouse Ears in our house and that's why we love the range from Claire's. They are very reasonably priced and they are comfortable to wear. They come in various, fun, sparkly prints. My personal favourites are the Unicorn ones. 



101 Dalmatians Lamp - Truffle Shuffle 
This cute lamp from Truffle Shuffle is a fantastic but practical gift. It can serve as a night lamp in a child's bedroom. It's powered by USB and you can turn it on and off with a gentle pat to the puppy's head. 




Where's Mickey? - Studio Press Books
This has to be one of my favourite things released for Mickey's 90th anniversary. You may have already seen it mentioned in my Mickey's 90th anniversary top buys post. It's a search and find book by Studio Press Books which is all about the main man himself including his much loved gang. Be sure to see if you are one of the lucky 90 people in the UK that has the special edition book which features a golden Mickey.



Disney Doorables Rapunzel's Tower 
Disney Doorables are the latest collectable craze. They have mini and deluxe playsets which have a surprise behind every door. You can see the mini set on this post, Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids. There are lots of different sets which can be stacked and built in many combinations meaning you can build a perfect magical kingdom. They are available from all good toy retailers.




Star Wars 2019 Collector's Box Set - Danilo
This deluxe box set is a must for Star Wars fans. Its from Danilo and it includes a diary, calendar and a pen which is presented in a keepsake box.




Disney Princess Photo Prop Set - Primark
This is a fab set from Primark and will put a smile on everyone's face on Christmas Day. It'll make wonderful pictures to remember the day.



Christopher Robin Piglet Soft Toy - shopDisney
There has been an incredible range of Winnie the Pooh items available this year since the release of the new Christopher Robin film. The soft toys that are available from shopDisney are super soft and a must for any Winnie the Pooh fans. They are a collectable which can be passed down generations. 





To see more gift ideas, head to the following posts:
Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

*Some of the above items were sent to me to include in a gift guide, however all words and opinions are my own*

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Be Organised for 2019 with a Cards and Wrap Giveaway from Danilo

With the Christmas rush it's easy not to be prepared for all the birthday's in 2019. I'm usually pretty good at having a stock pile of cards and wrap but with my eldest now in school, there seems the be birthday's at least a couple of times a month.

The wonderful people at Danilo (and myself) would like to help you get organised for the year ahead by giving you the chance to win a card, wrap and tag bundle, similar to the one show in the picture below. How incredible does that sound?!



This year Danilo are celebrating their 40t birthday which is an amazing milestone. They have been industry leaders for years producing high quality calendars, diaries, cards and more.

To enter the giveaway (ending 19th December 2018) all you have to do is use the rafflecopter form below and make sure you leave a blog post comment and tick the box on the form:


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway terms and conditions:
  • Open to UK entrants only aged 18 plus.
  • Winner will be selected at random via RaffleCopter and their details displayed on the widget on this page. No correspondence will be entered into. 
  • The bundle will be sent directly to the winner by Danilo. No cash alternative. 
  • Only one entrant per person will be accepted, multiple duplicate accounts will be disqualified. 
  • Please read full terms and conditions. 
  • Ends at midnight on 19th December 2018. 
  • Good Luck!
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Monday, 10 December 2018

Disney Stocking Fillers for Kids

If you have Disney fans in your house then you'll be spoiled for choice for stocking fillers this year as all of our favourite brands went into Disney fever with Mickey celebrating his 90th birthday. 

Here are some ideas for Disney stocking fillers for Kids.


Hallmark Itty Bitty's*
Itty Bitty's are the perfect size collectable, stocking filler. They are available from Amazon and there are many much loved characters available such as Disney Princesses's, Star Wars and more.





Disney Doorables
Disney Doorables Mini Stack Playsets would make great stocking fillers. They are the ideal size, they are fun and they provide a surprise. All of the sets can be stacked and built together in various ways making endless adventures. They are available from all good toy retailers.




Ralph Breaks the Internet Official Guide 
Ralph Breaks the Internet is currently showing in the cinema and it is fantastic. The official guide by Dorling Kindersley fits nicely into a stocking and is a must for any fans of the film. It's full of film facts and character guides from the much anticipated sequel.


Mad Beauty Disney Princess Face Masks
Mad Beauty do a fantastic range of Disney face masks which are available from shopDisney. They have Belle, Aurora, Jasmine and Ariel available.

Danilo Slimline Calendar 
Danilo offer a wide range of Disney slimline calendars which are a great stocking stuffer. 



Mad Beauty Tinkerbell Bath Fizzer Wand 
Lots of children adore bath bombs and fizzers so this Tinkerbell wand from Truffle Shuffle is sure to put a smile on their faces.



3D Stormtrooper Soap On A Rope
Soap on a Rope was all the rage when I was younger and it seems it has made a comeback. This apple scented Storm Trooper Soap is available from shopDisney.


You can watch the Youtube video for this post below:




* Items in this gift guide were sent to me for the purpose of this blog post. All words and views are my own*
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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Mickey's 90th Anniversary Top Buys

This has been a very special year in the world of Disney. The main mouse himself turned 90 and the whole world celebrated. All of our favourite brands embraced Mickey fever and released products for Mickey's 90th anniversary leaving us Disney fans spoiled for choice.

Heres are my Mickey's 90th Anniversary Top Buys:



American Tourister Suitcase*
American Tourister have released an amazing collection of Disney legend 4 wheeled suitcases this year featuring our beloved Mickey and Minnie. The suitcases are hard and sturdy, lightweight with quiet wheels making them ideal for a mini break away to Disney.




Danielle Nicole Mickey Mouse Hand Backpack
It's no surprise that I love the Danielle Nicole Disney collection bags and I have a few already. Her latest collection featured the main man himself and this backpack has gone straight on my Christmas list. You can purchase it at shopDisneyUK.






Cath Kidston Mickey Mouse Wallet
If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know how much of a fan I am of the DisneyxCathKidston collaborations so I was over the moon to see them release a Mickey Mouse collection. I bought this wallet as the print is super cute (and I can't believe it has the Ducktales on it). I was gutted to have missed the bag.


Where's Mickey? Search and Find book*
I received this fab book by Studio Press Books. It's a great one to do with children (or by yourself). There were 90 special books printed in the UK which contain a Golden Mickey and I was very lucky to have one of them. 



DisneyxHype Clothes
Hype recently launched a huge collection of Disney clothes and accessories with awesome prints. My favourite picks from the range are the Lover Splice Crewneck and the Grey Polka Dot Skirt. Both items are perfect for some Disney street style.




Build-A-Bear 90th Anniversary Mickey Mouse
These two items may be the cutest of the bunch. Build-A-Bear have released a special edition Mickey Mouse. His feet are my favourite part of the new teddy. You can also get a Fantasia outfit to dress him up in.




Pandora Limited Edition Mickey's 90th Charm
I have a couple of Disney Pandora themed bracelets so I was very happy to see them release a limited edition charm for his birthday. 



Aden and Anais Disney Baby Dream Blanket*
Aden and Anais have had a Disney collaboration out for a while. They sell beautiful baby products such as muslins, blankets, swaddles and more. Some of their cute Disney designs include Winnie the Pooh, The Aristocats and more. To mark Mickey's birthday they released a gorgeous collection just for him. Their dream blankets are lovely. They are soft and just the right size for snuggling.





Disney x Vans
Last up is the insanely good collection that was recently launched by Vans. My favourite print from the range is 'Mickey Through the Years'. 




Have you seen any new products celebrating Mickey's birthday that you think I'd like?



*Items marked with a star were gifted to me, however all opinions are my own*
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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Eyes On The Prize

You’ve committed yourself to completing one of the toughest physical challenges you’ll ever have to face. The excitement you felt when you signed up has now given way to sheer panic as the reality of training sinks in.

Whether you’re looking at running a marathon, cycling across the country or trekking up a mountain, pushing yourself to take part in something way out of your comfort zone is a brave, bold and terrifying move. The good news is that taking on challenges like these has benefits not only to your physical health but also boosts confidence and your mental well being.

Physical challenges are some of the toughest you can train for because they don’t just require your body to be in tip-top condition but your mental toughness needs to be up there too. If endurance is about aching muscles, it’s also about grit and the determination to push through and complete the course.

How do you prepare for something so grueling and uncomfortable? You start now.

Plan Don’t Panic

For major sporting events, such as a marathon or endurance course, most of the sites will recommend a training plan for athletes. Take notice of it. Study it carefully and figure out if the schedule can be fitted in to your life. There’s no two ways about you may well have to sacrifice some of your cosy nights in and late starts for cold, dark training sessions but if you are to succeed, it’s a sacrifice well worth making.
Read around the mental aspect of training too and take on board any top tips from athletes that you respect.

Check you have all the equipment you’re going to need. Make sure your bike is primed and ready and activate that gym membership. Don’t get caught out in a last minute push for fitness that will leave you unprepared and open to injury, not to mention failure.

If your training schedule requires a lot to remember consider printing it out and placing it somewhere prominent. There’s not much more satisfying than ticking off another grueling training session. Get your fitness apps and training watch fully up to speed to track your sessions online.

Sometimes things do go wrong, even with the best preparation but even the bad training sessions will be useful to you. It’s only when things don’t go according to plan that you learn why that technique is one to avoid or why that particular brand of sports gel doesn’t work for you.

Your training is going to include more than just heading out to the gym or for a run, you’ll need to think about nutrition, so again planning ahead with a diet that supports your training needs is crucial. Consult the experts and meal plan for the week to make sure you’re not left staring at an empty cupboard in need of a post-workout boost.

Finally remember to rest. Your body will need time to recover.  Pushing past comfort is one thing but pushing yourself to exhaustion will seriously impair your performance.

Factor In Recovery

Alongside rest days you’ll need to consider other ways to help your body actively recover. Regular physiotherapy sessions will help iron out any recurring injuries, particularly if you visit a practitioner who is an expert in your sport.

Get some serious stretching in with Yoga or Pilates and swap your sport over to something different, like a weights session, to factor in some cross training.
If you’re still stiff and sore, invest in some foam rollers to get a deep massage for your problem areas. They’re a painful but cheap alternative to a sports massage.

However if you can get a regular massage in, your aching body will thank you for it.

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The Big Day

As you get closer to event day it’s natural that you’ll have butterflies in your stomach and an increasing feeling of fear. You may even wish you’d never signed that form in the first place. This is the moment to take a few deep breaths and put your faith in all the training you’ve done. You may not feel ready but your body has been conditioned to go the distance, the speed or the heights so trust in your form.

Before the big day, make sure to re-read the event pack and have a plan of how you’re going to arrive, taking with you any equipment you need. Figure out how public transport might work, if there are any shuttle transfers for competitors and where to leave your kit bag to pick up afterwards.

Then it’s time to pack that kit bag. Your training will have provided you with a good idea of what you need to feel better after a tough session. If you need protein bars, sports shakes or a banana, make sure it’s all ready for you. Don’t leave packing till the morning.

It’s always a good idea to lay out your sports kit the night before, including your earphones and any race number you might need and have your phone charged ready.. If you’re carrying any extra water or snacks, be sure to load up your sports belt.

Have a quiet night, read a book, browse some blogs and get plenty of rest. Follow your nutritionist’s advice on what to eat and try and relax.

And you’re all set. It may be terrifying, it may be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before in your life but if you’re willing to push yourself to the limit and be one of the few who are willing to put themselves out there, you’ll never regret taking on that challenge.
Make sure you’re prepared, that you have everything you need to complete your training and sign up the support of friends and family to get you through those tough miles.

Use your mental strength to push you through the hard times and make it to the end for your glorious finish. You never know, you might enjoy it so much you sign up for the next one. Or perhaps not.

*This is a collaborative post*








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