Saturday, 29 March 2014

Hidden Penrhyn tour – a prize that money can’t buy

Hidden Penrhyn - Money Can’t Buy Competition
Win a prize that money can’t buy!
If these walls could talk, what would they say?
© National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra
You and a guest could win an exclusive money-can’t-buy, behind the scenes tour of majestic Penrhyn Castle
near Bangor.
Explore stone spiral staircases to the tops of the castle towers and along dark corridors and passageways.
Investigate locked, long-forgotten rooms and get up close to see the fabric of the redbrick Victorian building
that stands within Penrhyn’s magnificent grey stone exterior.
All you have to do is dream up an imaginative caption for this photograph of Penrhyn Castle’s beautifully
ornate staircase. If these walls could talk, what would they say? We will select the most creative answer from all entries received by Friday 4 April 2014.
How to enter:

National Trust Money Can’t Buy Competition, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF


Twitter: Search for @NTWales

Entries must be received by Friday 4 April 2014. Prize to be redeemed by 24 October 2014 (on a date to be agreed with Penrhyn Castle). Prize is for 2 people - winner must be over 18, guest must be over 16. Terms & conditions are on the website:
Hidden Penrhyn tour – a prize that money can’t buy.
• Entry into our competitions may be through our social media channels, email or by post.
• The user must accept the terms and conditions of the competition to have their entry submitted into
the prize draw.
• The user may enter once per competition.
• Entries must be received by 5pm on the closing date in order to be eligible to win.
• Entries received after this date and time will not be included in the selection process.
• The winner will be announced via the National Trust Love Wales Facebook page and/or other social
media channels as well as receiving written confirmation of how to collect their prize. Winners will be
notified within 7 days of competition closure.
• Any person who accompanies the winner must be 16 or over.
• The winner does not have to take another person if they do not so wish.
• The prize is to be taken on a date to be agreed with staff at Penrhyn Castle, and must be redeemed
before 24 October 2014.
• In the event of inclement weather or other factors outside our control, the National Trust may amend
or substitute elements of the prize.
• This competition is open to all who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and live in the
United Kingdom.
• Employees of the National Trust or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and internet
agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are
not eligible.
• Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for the National Trust to use winner's name, for
advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation unless prohibited by law.
• The competition prize must be used within the given time period, failure to do so may result in
disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Return of any prize notification as undeliverable
may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner.

My journey to luscious lashes with Maylash

I think most women long for longer, fuller eyelashes. Most resort to having fake eyelashes applied, I have done so in the past and loved them till it came to removing them. The solution that was used caused me to have an allergic reaction. It took months for me to be able to apply eye makeup again and still to this day I get very dry eye lids. When I was offered to review Maylash I was in two minds, I never know if I will have another reaction to new products but after reading the ingredients and knowing it is all natural I went ahead and 4 days later I am pleased to tell you that I have had no reactions at all. Maylash is a serum that you apply to the roots of your own lashes, this stimulates your own eyelashes to grow.
Maylash takes 1-2 months to work and can take 2-4 months to reach maximum eyelash length. The great thing is, if you stop using Maylash the results will remain for 1-2 months however you can keep them looking luscious by applying Maylash 1-3 times a week. Over the next 2 months I will update weekly on the growth of my eyelashes, hopefully they will grow and I will have found a solution to my little lashes and can stop envying my sons beautiful long lashes.

I will try and make sure I take almost identical pictures each time so every week you get a funny smiley eye face(or is it just me that sees that?) to compare the growth each week.

So for the next couple of months I will be applying a thin line of Maylash to my eyelash root every night using the Maylash applicator. If you want to try it before I can reveal any results you can buy if for £49 & the great thing is if you're not satisfied after trying Maylash for at least two months you can get your money back 100% guaranteed. 

I've been sent a Maylash serum to try for the purpose of this review, all wording and opinions are my own. I will update each week using my own images and will not use any other eyelash enhancements at all, other than the Maylash serum all images will show my eyes in their natural way.

A treat for your chickens

 Most of my family and friends know that when it comes to my chickens I try to give them as much enrichment as possible, they live in a 6 by 4 ft shed converted to a coop and have a secure large run attached to it. Even a huge run can get quite boring and boggy especially when it rains so whenever possible they get to free range in the garden. They help control the weeds and dig up your favourite flowers but hey who wants lovely flower beds? On the days when they have to stay locked up with only the run to roam in I try to make sure they won't be bored. I have even made them a swing, people called me nuts and I think I have to agree with them. So far they are being big chickens and don't play on it, I think they just need to pluck up a bit of courage to try it because they will love it. 
Anyway back to this treat, my daughter came home from forestry school and handed me a cut off of a branch with large holes drilled into it and informed me that she had made the chickens a treat holder, it was just what I needed so I set about fixing them a treat. I couldn't just fill it with loose treats because they would easily fall out so I mixed some mint & parsley Hentastic  with boiled water till it formed a paste, I took a knife and plugged one side of the hole then covered that side with cling film so it didn't fall back out when I filled it with treats. Turn over the branch and fill with lots of yummy treats, I used meal worms, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Once I had filled the holes I plugged it again with the Hentastic paste then cling film wrapped the whole bark and set it aside to set for a short while to allow the paste to cool. My daughter had put 2 hooks into one end of the branch which allowed me to attach it to our wire mesh using a cable tie. I placed it there and put the left over Hentastic paste mix on the ground below it just so they got use to their new chicken run decoration.

So crazy chicken owner I may be but at least they will not be bored chickens.

Mothers day with Poundland

Poundland recently sent me a selection of their Mothers day range. I received a gift wrap set, a tealight holder, a snow globe, a lovely picture frame, a mug, a wine glass and a gift bag. All of the above amounts to just £7 which is a real bargain. I think it is perfect for young children who wish to buy their own gift out of their own pocket money. They can buy a beautiful gift without breaking the piggy bank. I love the tealight holder, when a tealight is placed inside the word mum really does stand out. My favourite is the picture frame, the wording on the side melts my heart and is so true "Mothers hold their children's hands for a while but their hearts forever" I think this is the perfect gift, especially when your child.s picture is placed in the frame. 

Visit your local Poundland to see more of the Mothers day range.

I were sent a selection of the range for the purpose of this post, all wording and images are my own.

Monday, 24 March 2014

A charity close to my heart

I love animals, most I adore but cats have a special place in my heart. So I feed my cat lady ways without needing hundreds of cats by volunteering at my local Cats Protection. They often have events which help to raise much needed funds, I decided to ask brands that I have worked with in the past to offer up a product to raise funds and I am very pleased with what we received.

Heat holders  sent me two pairs of their lovely snug socks to raise funds, if you have never had the pleasure of a pair of heat holders keeping your feet warm I highly recommend you buy some. I will be relying on them heavily when I start my animal management course this winter.
Swell Uk were another fabulous brand who sent me a cat scratch post. Cats Protection put this to very good use and gave this one to one of the cats without a scratch post. They were very impressed with this particular post and at £13.49 I would say it is a real bargain. Lastly the lovely Monster Pet supplies and Pet Shop Bowl sent me lots of food sample packs, treats and a collar, these went a long way on the day. Lots of people came and helped to raise funds, many went in and cuddled the cats, events like these often help to get the gorgeous cats looking for homes reserved. That is what it is all about after all. 
Thanks to all who helped to raise £360, thank you to all the lovely brands for helping me to help them it is much appreciated. 

Memory Monday 12/2014

This week we have a rather poorly ferret, we suspect he has insulinoma and is back at the vets for blood work testing tomorrow. Maverick is one of the most placid ferrets I have come across, he is a huge boy who loves to greet you and has not once tried to bite us, it seems so unfair. Tonight we have done all we can for him by feeding him critical care food, putting honey on his gums and feeding him an egg yolk. Sadly none seem to have picked him up so I pray that he makes it through the night.

Sadly we lost Maverick, he wasn't strong enough to keep going

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Sorry I've been awol

Last week my laptop charger decided it wanted to break on me so I have not been able to blog, I have missed two Memory Monday's so for that I can only apologise. Since I have been without my beloved laptop I've been a busy lady. The sun has been shining too which I am sure has made everyone much happier, we managed to have a lovely walk at our local country park last Sunday. The children all love it there as do I. After seeing all the lovely animals including the stinky pigs they let off some steam running around on the park, little lady got slightly annoyed when she couldn't climb the climbing wall like her 10 year old sister, 2 going on 12 she is. We bought feed to feed the ducks but I think every other parent in the area had the same idea as not one duck wanted the feed, if anyone needs any duck feed in the area I have 4 small bags of the stuff!

Our own poultry stock aka the chickens have had a new swing made and fitted by my very own fair hands, they are a little afraid of it still but they are chickens after all. They have also had a new drinking system fitted my myself. They are now on nipple drinkers fed off a water butt, they soon got the hang of it and will no longer be able to kick dirt into their water. I am also in the process of growing them some lovely wheat grass for them to devour!

I took delivery of some lovely materiel last week that I ordered, so I got out my trusty sewing machine to make myself a pretty dress, okay I made two! Now this is a big deal for me, I don't wear dresses. I have always felt self conscious about being slim(I know crazy) I hated that I was so slim, at 5ft 4" the heaviest I ever reached was 7st 3oz despite taking on extra calories I just could not gain any weight. This last year though I thrown everything at it and I have managed to reach a healthy 8st 4.5oz(that .5 of a ounce does count) and finally I am starting to like my body. This summer I will not be hiding under jeans and a jumper, I will be getting my skinny pins out for all to see(even if it is just through a slit in my maxi dress). My goal is to reach 9 stone, I think then I might just be very happy with my body!
Memory Monday will be back this Monday if you would like to join in.