Christmas Giveaway: WIN a Tales From The Earth Message Bangle

This is it. My Christmas Giveaway Finale :) And it’s a good one…

You may remember Tales From The Earth from a Christening Gifts post I put together a couple of months ago; they have the most amazing collection of unique jewellery so I was very excited to be working with them again on this prize draw.

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Their unique designs are inspired by the themes in life they value most; love, luck, health and protection and as such – each of their items are created with personal and thought provoking messages either by subtle engraving or hidden in the thoughtful design of the hand made piece.

They have very generously offered one of their best sellers as a prize for my final Christmas Giveaway. A Message Bangle.

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MB-love800x584-91347_450x445These beautiful bracelets carry personal messages for friends and loved ones and will be perfectly packaged in a satin bag and branded gift box for you to give this Christmas.

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The messages you can choose from to be engraved on these precious bangles are as follows:

a lifetime of luck

the beauty of friendship

a life filled with adventure

an abundance of happiness

an ocean of love

always with you

The bangle is rhodium plated and when I asked why they used this and not silver, I was answered with this:

Rhodium is the most expensive precious metal, costing ten times the price of gold. It is used in the plating of quality jewellery and produces an extremely bright and hard wearing finish that is scratch and tarnish resistant.” 

They kindly sent me a rhodium plated piece from their collection to see for myself and I can personally vouch for the beautiful shine and finish to the precious metal.

So now for your chance to WIN…

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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  • Comment below including the message from the list above that you would like engraved on your bangle e.g. a life filled with adventure

The extremely lucky winner will be selected on Friday 19th December 2014 

Good Luck!

xx

Christmas Giveaway: WIN a Luxury Rocking Horse £125RRP

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Just how much would your little one love one of these fabulous rocking horses by Little Bird Told Me? That’s what I thought… Well as it’s Christmas, I have been busy working with some of my favourite brands on some exciting Christmas giveaways and this week, Little Bird Told Me have offered one lucky Scarlett and Me reader the chance to WIN a luxury rocking horse from a selection of their best sellers, up to the value of £125!

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You may remember the Ruby and Belle featured on my Little One’s Christmas Gift Guide, well I received this last week so can personally recommend this brand for it’s quality and design. These beautiful horses are made from the finest materials and are built to last the test of time. They promise to spark your child’s imagination in a world taken over by technology and would be the ultimate present under the tree on Christmas morning!

All you have to do is decide which one you’d like to win for them!

Meet Pixie and Fluff… Suitable from 9 months, this beautiful paisley rocking horse is what little girls dreams are made of :)

Pixie and Fluff Infant Rocker, £85

Pixie and Fluff Infant Rocker, £85

 

And here is Rufus and Ted. A premium pony with a luxury leatherette saddle and bridle, it even comes with removable foot plates!

Rufus and Ted, Infant Rocker, £120

Rufus and Ted, Infant Rocker, £120

 

Perhaps a more neutral horse is better suited to your household, in which case check out Dylan and Boo. He is slightly bigger so more suitable for an older toddler.

Dylan and Boo Rocking Horse, £125

Dylan and Boo Rocking Horse, £125

Here ‘s how to enter for your chance to WIN…

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

  • Follow the blog by hitting the blue ‘follow’ button at the top of this post
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  • Comment below including the name of the horse you would like to win e.g. Pixie and Fluff

Get your entries in quick for this one as to ensure the item is with you before Christmas Eve, we will have to close the competition earlier than usual!

The extremely lucky winner will be selected on Tuesday 16th December 2014 

Good Luck!

xx 

A Little One’s Christmas Gift Guide

So if you have already raided the Disney store of every Frozen item left in stock, and are still looking for gift ideas for your little ones this Christmas – check out my list of beautiful toys and keepsakes below!

Handmade Cotton Teepee, All Things Brighton Beautiful, from £79.95

My girls seriously love their dens. They currently take up residence in Scarlett’s wardrobe with a torch and tea set – which is fine until Paul and I are made to sit in there with them… So we are all going to be over the moon with this bespoke hand made teepee from All Things Brighton Beautiful. They are able to make this in pretty much any fabric you want so if you were planning on keeping this in the lounge, you could have it coordinating with the cushions! (Although you may need to hold off until after the Christmas rush for this service.) Plus, it’s a great place to store toys at bed time. Just get in touch with them via their site to make an enquiry and check out their collection online. To avoid disappointment, you must get your order in before December 12th.

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Painting Apron, My 1st Years, £16

This was actually a gift bought for Scarlett for her 2nd birthday and 18 months on it is still the best apron we have come across. Not only does this personalised apron look gorgeous on her whilst she’s doing her crafts, it really protects her clothes and is easy for her to get on and off herself. Plus, right now you can get 10% off with discount code BABYGIFT10.

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Convertible Pirate Ship Book, GLTC, £11.99

I love this collection of books. You can feed their little imaginations with a story before transforming this book into a pirate ship for them to play in! Kids love getting themselves into little spaces (much to our annoyance) so this is a sure hit for an under 5 yr old with a wicked imagination. Currently in stock and on sale for £11.99! Click here to check out the rest of the collection from fire engines to princess carriages.

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Blo Pens, Debenhams, £17

I am forever on the look out for rainy day activities for the girls so have bought them this Fantasy collection of Blo Pens. They are going to love making pretty pictures to hang in their rooms!

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Rocking Horse, Little Bird Told Me, £125

Now this is very, very special. I took delivery of this today as a surprise gift for Savannah’s birthday which is the week before Christmas. It’s called the Ruby and Belle from a Little Bird Told Me who offer a beautiful collection of rocking horses. She is suddenly obsessed with Disney’s Sheriff Callie and loves to sit on her ride-on pretending it is Sparky the horse! Along with a pink sheriff’s hat purchased at The Entertainer for £3 – I know this pink rocking pony is going to be an absolute hit!

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If you are in love with this little rocking horse as much as I am, then make sure you check back next week when I will be giving you the chance to WIN one of a selection of rocking horses from Little Bird Told Me!

VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera, John Lewis, £49.99

This is a huge hit in our house and a  great introduction to photography. The girls love taking it out with them and it’s wonderful going through the pics they’ve taken at the end of the day – it gives you a little insight to life through their eyes!

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Blanket, Mamas & Papas, £39.95

A gift perhaps more traditionally associated with babies, but my girls love a blanket! Perfect for pretend picnics, snuggling on the sofa, putting their dolls to bed and even a make-do roof for a tent! This special edition Donna Wilson knitted blanket carries the high quality you expect from Mamas and Papas and is a print perfect for sparking the girls imaginations.

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Christmas Giveaway: WIN A Pampeano Belt

Following on from the huge success of the pampeano summer giveaway, Scarlett and Me are offering one lucky reader the chance to WIN another fabulous Argentine polo belt in time for Christmas! But this time, there is a little something extra…

As its Christmas… pampeano are offering to personalise this beautiful leather belt with up to 3 initials to make this prize even more special. I wonder if the polo playing Royals get such a personal pampeano treatment ;)

Had I not already kitted out my family as soon as I discovered this brand, there would be a pampeano in each of their Christmas stockings. They make belts for all the family (including the dog!), crafted with vibrant colours on the very best quality leather. The timeless style will add instant fashion kudos to the simplest of outfits for both men and women.

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The belt will arrive in a beautiful pampeano box making this the perfect gift for Christmas.

Now for your chance to WIN…

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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  • Comment below including the name of the belt you would like to win by checking out their collection here, e.g. Aurora (there are 16 stylish designs to choose from!)

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The extremely lucky winner will be selected on Tuesday 9th December 2014 to ensure the prize is received in time for Christmas. 

Good Luck!

xx 

Our New Tradition: The Christmas Eve Kit!

So Christmas with kids just got even more exciting… I’ve just discovered the latest craze invented to spoil our children further in the form of a Christmas Eve Box! Yes, this may sound like another marketing ploy to stretch our pockets further but quite frankly, if it means starting the Christmas magic that little bit earlier than I am sold! There are companies out there that will put this Christmas kit together for you in beautiful hand crafted bespoke boxes, but I intend to put ours together on a slightly smaller budget which I think will be far more fun!

Below are some ideas I intend to include in the boxes for the girls to kick start the tradition in our house, hopefully it will inspire you for some Christmas Eve Boxes of your own!

A Christmas Book

I was so excited to discover this Santa is coming to Camberley book! The girls are going to love it! Check this link to see if the author has covered your town.

Waterstones, £4.99

Waterstones, £4.99

 

Bubbles

We are Frozen mad in this house, and Poundland are selling some Frozen bubble bath! Well if it gets my two in a bath then it’s worth a try…

Frozen Bubble Bath, £1

Frozen Bubble Bath, £1

New PJ’s 

A total essential for Christmas is a set of new pyjamas. Something I have had since a little girl and a tradition I intend to carry on. My first stop for luxury nightwear is Mini Vanilla, they have a great selection of jersey and traditional woven pyjamas which arrive in beautiful fabric bags in matching prints. They also have a great collection of snuggly dressing gowns that will be making their way into the girls christmas stockings!

Mini Vanilla, £30

Mini Vanilla, £30

Letter from Santa

So many charities are running this wonderful idea where for a small donation, you can input your child’s name and some details about him/her and they will send your child a personalised letter from Santa! Last year I used this service and donated to the NSPCC which you can check out here.

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Reindeer food

Not something I have attempted before, but I am assured glitter and oats are a firm favourite of Rudolph’s and I’m sure the kids will love scattering it out on the grass! You can just put it in little sandwich bags and tie with ribbon and a Christmas tag to make it more special.

If you don't fancy making it, you can get this personalised option for £1 on eBay!

If you don’t fancy making it, you can get this personalised option for £1 on eBay!

Chocolate

Well it would be pretty disappointing without it wouldn’t it!? I intend to get some Cadbury’s goodies and a hot chocolate sachet to include in their little box of treats!

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Stickers

As much as I hate seeing the blasted things stuck all over my house, the kids absolutely love them so I’ll head to The Works and get a Christmas activity book filled with stickers to get them in the spirit!

The Night Before Christmas Sticker and Activity Book, 99p

The Night Before Christmas Sticker and Activity Book, 99p

Aaaaaaand of course, a Cuddly Toy!

Jellycat are my absolute favourite, they really are the softest, so I was delighted to find this gorgeous bunny on My 1st Years that you can have embroidered with your child’s name. She’s going to love it! Plus I have just noticed that if you order before midnight tonight, you can take advantage of a Black Friday 20% discount!!!

Personalised Jellycat Rabbit Soft Toy, £20

Personalised Jellycat Rabbit Soft Toy, £20

 

And for Savannah, she’s already the proud owner of the Bear and Hare from last years magical John Lewis ad, so I’d love to get her the wonderful Monty that features in this years campaign (watch it here!). Better get my order in quick!

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Monty, Medium Plush Toy, £13

And for the actual boxes, I’ll probably just head to Card Factory where you can get some fantastic large sparkly boxes for just a few pounds and tie with a giant ribbon.

Depending on budget, there is just so much you could include, from Christmas DVDs, fluffy slippers and Christmas socks, in fact I noticed some beautiful Disney Christmas baubles for the tree that would be lovely! Just be careful you don’t raise the bar too high on your first year, the novelty of this new tradition may wear off on you far quicker than it will your little one!

Christmas Gifts For Him – Approved By Men…

Well my ‘Gifts for Her‘ post really was a walk in the park compared to this one… I find buying gifts for the men in my life a total headache! So, this year I have done my research and also had some input by a few guys all with very different interests to help put together the perfect gift list. If you are struggling with ideas, check out some options below and click on the links for prices.

Olloclip Lens

Although this is featured on my ‘gifts for him’ post, I actually have one of these and take it everywhere I go so it is definitely a good one for the girls too! This clever little contraption fits onto your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy to enhance photo quality and offer you 4 additional lenses for new photo effects, my favourite is the fisheye, great for interior shots! If taking photos is his thing, this is a great addition to his gadget collection. Do a google for costs, they are widely available online!

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Rosie Robins, Remember Me print

I discovered this beautiful brand on Not On The Hightstreet and out of all the hundred’s of wall prints you can get, this is definitely the first that has really struck a chord with me! You can put up to 15 memories on this print, it’s a lovely walk down memory lane with a loved one and will definitely earn you some extra brownie points this Christmas :)

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pampeano Belt

Already a favourite with the polo playing Royals and the Made in Chelsea crew, the pampeano range of belts are the perfect accessory gift for both men and women. The bright colours in their quality leather collection will subtly transform a simple outfit. My husband is constantly getting asked where his is from (of course he has no idea), and whilst it’s widely available in most good riding shops – you can grab yours online here

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This brand proved so popular in this years Summer giveaway on Scarlett and Me that I have been working with pampeano to give away another one in time for Christmas! Don’t forget to check in next week to enter :)

Fitbit Activity Tracker

As far as these fitness bands go, I am assured by ‘a man in the know’ this is a particularly good one for the money! This little gizmo tracks steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled, it even monitors the quality of your sleep! Available in a huge variety of colours and currently in the sale on Amazon!

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Liz Earle Gift Set 

If the man in your life takes care of his skin, then this is a great kit for him. It literally has everything he could need for face, body and shaving in one very handy wash bag.

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Hunter Boots

One of those gifts he doesn’t know he needs. Until he needs them.

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Aspinal of London, Card Holder

I’m realising a man does to his wallet what a woman does to her bag. Fills it with useless crap… Paul actually only uses 2 cards from his wallet, yet its bulging with bits of paper, business cards, receipts, expired vouchers, etc etc. so a simple card holder is great for when he just needs the essentials. It was the price that really caught my eye on this Aspinal card holder, most designer holders are over £100 with very little to show for it, and this can also be personalised with his initials for just £45!

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I’ve also just noticed on their site, a 15% discount using code NV14 if used before Thursday!  

Joules boxers

Who doesn’t love new pants at Christmas?! The Crown Joules collection are my favourite, such cool prints and bright colours – a perfect little stocking filler!

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Gant T Shirt

Even if your man has zero interest in clothes, he has to admit it’s nice to wear something new on Christmas morning :) This is absolutely one of those t-shirts that a woman buys a man and that a man would never buy for himself, but trust us, you’ll look gorgeous!

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Luxury Gifts For Her This Christmas

This was definitely not a hard post to plan. My Christmas list starts taking mental note around June time, just after my birthday… When you’re a stay at home mum with little income, you heavily rely on such occasions to be adorned with impractical luxuries that can’t be justified the rest of the year! So below are items that I either believe will make a beautiful gift, feature high on my personal Christmas list, or are loved so much are already owned by me! Click on any image to be taken straight to their site.

Lily Belle Leather make up bag, £24

I LOVE metallic leather so when this brand came to my attention it was this beautiful cosmetics bag that jumped out from their collection. To make this gift even more special, you can have the zip fastener personalised for free. I actually got this as a gift for my niece for her sweet 16th, if it wasn’t for the fact her name was already engraved on it, there was a high chance it wouldn’t have made it to her…

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Eve Lom Hand Cream, £22

Having only discovered this brand in the summer, this hand cream is now a total ‘can’t live without’ and one that I wholly recommend. Eve Lom is regularly endorsed by major beauty experts in the journalism world, Vogue rate some of their products as ‘the best in the world’! It would make a very special little stocking filler.

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Dea Hots Travel Bag, £35

I am a regular visitor on the My Fabulous Collection site, they always stock such beautiful and different brands with a huge focus on ethical production. I just love the vibrancy of the Dar Leone brand and their print on this travel bag immediately caught my eye. It would sit perfectly on my dressing table to house my lotions and potions when not joining me on holiday!

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Bathing Body Brilliance by Elemis, £25 

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a box of new smellies in your stocking, so this luxurious gift set is definitely one for the wish list. Especially for an expectant mum, it includes a body scrub, shower cream, body lotion and my favourite, the milk bath for the ultimate in Cleopatra style pampering.

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Olivia Burton Watch, From £60

I love these super stylish watches and as my goal of a ‘Rolex before 30′ was clearly unrealistic and has been stretched to ’40’, these are definitely my next favourite thing! They are so elegant and feminine and surprisingly affordable. Any one of them would make a great addition to your statement accessories.

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Susie Watson Tea Pot, £48

One for the home maker or someone who just likes to have nice things! It is such a beautiful addition to your tableware, and if a quintessentially British made tea is your thing then look no further than the Susie Watson collection.

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Suzy Q Jewellery, £52

It’s always nice to have a new bit of jewellery and I have had my eye on this silver Little Bee Bracelet for a while now! This subtle charm bracelet adds volumes of style to a simple look.

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Urban Decay Naked 2, £37

Basically guys, if you are reading this looking for some inspiration – any item of make up will make a nice, personal gift; a new Chanel lippy, Dior mascara or Nails inc varnish but if you really want to impress – this little tin of eye shadow magic will do it!

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Customised Leather Notebook, From £45

And finally, if stationery is her thing, look no further then the luxurious Mount Street Printers of Mayfair. A brand I actually discovered on My Fabulous Collection, they have a huge selection of customised letterheads and cards but unsurprisingly, it was the gold leather notepad that stole the show for me. It will arrive beautifully gift wrapped and for the ultimate in stationery luxe, you can have this engraved with her initials. A truly special gift for a professional woman.

Mount Street Printers, Leather Notepad, From £45