Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide – The Power of Red

A change of colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to revamp any place, if you are on a budget … well accessorising is even easier as long as you pick the right pieces. Adding a splash of colour in the form of well thought through items can easily turn your nice looking room into an amazing one.

I love red, I always have and I assume I always will.

Red is the colour of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, strength, power, determination but also with love and passion. Red is a very emotionally intense colour; it’s energising, it excites the emotions and motivates us to take action but it is also strong-willed and can give a confidence boost to those around us who are shy or are lacking in will power.

A few years ago, we decided to accessorise our kitchen in red… it is still a work in progress. We bought a few nice pieces but there is always room for improvement. I have my “wish list” and hopefully one day I will collect them all. If you love red as well and your kitchen might benefit from some sprucing up, have a look at my Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide.

Pimp Your Kitchen Gift Guide – The Power of Red A change of colour scheme is one of the easiest ways to revamp any place, if you are on a budget … well accessorising is even easier as long as you pick the right pieces. Adding a splash of colour in the form of well thought through items can easily turn your nice looking room into an amazing one. BODUM 10938-294 Brazil Coffee Maker | Bodum Presso Glass Storage Jar | Bugatti Diva Espresso Coffee Machine | Bugatti Vela Blender | Bugatti Vera Kettle 1.75L | Bugatti Vita Juicer | Bugatti Volo Toaster 2 Slice | Falcon 87030 F1092DXDFRD/NM 1092 Deluxe Dual Fuel Cooker in Cherry Red & Brushed Chrome with Matt Pan Supports | Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Plus | Joseph Joseph Cut & Carve Plus | KitchenAid 5KFP1644BER Artisan Food Processor 4L | KitchenAid 5KHB2571BER Hand Blender | KitchenAid 5KSM6521XBCA Artisan Bowl-Lift 6L Stand Mixer | Mason Cash Strawberry Red Mixing Bowl | Morphy Richards 461000 Sear and Stew Slow Cooker | Morphy Richards 46241 Bread Bin Roll Top | Morphy Richards 46391 Pan Set | Smeg DI6FABR2 60cm Wide Standard Dishwasher | Smeg FAB28QR1 Retro Style Fridge with Ice Box

What do you think?

Would you like to own any of the pieces featured in my gift guide?

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#Win a Surprise Bundle for Your Dog + My Dog Wish List

#Win a Surprise Bundle for Your DogIn some aspects pets are just like kids… you see something nice which would be suitable for them and you automatically think about buying it. The main difference is the dogs aren’t making their own “wish lists” for us to fulfil 😉 unlike kids who have a never ending list of things we could buy!

I personally like to keep my own pet wish list and cross things off once we have purchased them.

Today I would like to share with you my dog wish list created especially with the spring and summer seasons in mind. Here it comes…

My Dog Wish ListKong Wet Wubba and Four Paws Rough & Rugged Rubber Floating Ring

As we are planning a trip to the sea side some new floating toys would be extremely useful. Bunk loves swimming but having a toy to fetch is always a great motivation for some extra exercise.

Pet Head Shampoo Dry Spray

I had the chance to try a dry shampoo for dogs before and it is actually a very clever solution if you aren’t able to give them a proper bath. I am not suggesting using it all the time but as an emergency clean- up “tool” it might come in very handy.

Ancol Micro Fibre Dog Towel

Micro fibre towels are very absorbent therefore they are a must have after every bath. We have a few already but you can never have too many dog towels.

Ancol Ergo Nail Clipper

As I said before I’ve never clipped Lilly’s nails; she always goes to the vet or a groomer but I am about ready to give it a try myself… at least I think so…

Dog Scout Panier Back Pack

I have always wanted to try taking Lilly walking with a backpack. She loves to walk and she isn’t getting tired as quickly as Bunk so some additional weight could be just what she needs to have a more challenging walk.

Ergocomfort Harness

I’ve never walked Bunk on the harness, but I would really like to give it a try. Beside I think a dash of red would suit our big boy well 😉

So here you have it, my spring / summer dog wish list!

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My Personal Beauty Wish List

My Personal Beauty Wish List

As a blogger from time to time I get to try something nice… and all is good in the world but then comes the time when I want to try a bit more… or maybe try them all… or even try a slightly different variation…

Last week as it was Black Friday I was browsing various websites in search of the perfect “something” for myself and thus I bookmarked a few things that I would really love to try.

So with no further delay, in no particular order, this is my very own Personal Beauty Wish List!

Gifts Sets from Botanicals

This might be considered a little bit greedy but I would as I said really love them all! I was lucky once enough to try some Botanicals Balm and I totally loved it… now I am hooked and want them all. So lucky for me, they have a special Christmas gift selection, which I think actually represents good value for money; especially with their current special offer of “Purchase any two gift collections and get a facial collection for free”.

Footcare Trio and Handcare Essentials from BotanicalsTo make the offer complete there is also the Footcare Trio and Handcare Essentials set 🙂

MADARA from MyPure

Next on my list is a Madara set. In the past I’ve tried a few face cleansers from this brand and I was very pleased with them. I would really like to try the whole dry skin range; I wonder if I used all the products together if it will make a major difference.

Eau de Parfum Pure Patchouli from MyPure.

Natural perfumes? I’ve never tried any, so I am intrigued and would love to give them a go. I like the patchouli scent so Pure Patchouli from Acorelle seems to me like a good starting point for a journey into natural perfumes.

This Works I Have A DreamLately I have been having some problems with my sleep pattern… again… I have had some Deep Sleep Dream Cream before and I really liked it, so the whole collection of therapeutic products, designed to enhance a peaceful sleep sounds perfect to me right now.

Hair Care from Rahua

Finally…I need something for my hair. They are still dry and I am still looking for the perfect “something”. Until last Friday I didn’t even know that a company like Rahua existed, but I really liked the description and now would love to try it. 100%, free from gluten, synthetics, parabens and sulphates – sounds perfect on paper.

Have you tried any of these products?

What’s on your beauty wish list?

One thing ticked off the wish list – Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal

Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal

A few weeks ago a huge lovely parcel arrived on my door step – it was a Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal. I have wanted one of these vacuum cleaners for years but there was always something else far more urgent that needed to be bought first…

Anyway, it was finally here!

My own, personal Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal.

I had huge plans for it. On the one hand I wanted to open it right now, the moment that the courier brought it to me, but then on the other hand I had a video idea which required me to stay put and keep my brand new Dyson, well “brand new”…

I really wanted to film me cleaning with my Dyson, and the money shot, after cleaning with my old vacuum and then see if there was any difference… I thought that this might be an interesting thing to do but the days were passing by, life was manic and I was nowhere closer to my video project being started… when I did actually have a moment either the weather was very bad which meant no natural light for actually shooting the video indoors or the weather was fine but there was no one around to actually help me, like all of us I am cursed with being born with only two hands… I didn’t even want to attempt vacuuming with 2 different machines and filming it at the same time… this would be quite insane, even for me…

So, the days were passing by and still no video…

The days kept passing by and every day I looked and my shiny new Dyson still in its box…

Then some more days passed by and then I finally broke!

Yesterday after yet another discussion with my trusty old Henry about his aging status and resulting lack of abilities to include actually cleaning effectively I broke! I ripped the box open and decided that enough is enough; I just had to try my new friend.

Within 5 minutes the Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal was put all together and I was off…

OMG what a difference!

OMG it was a pure pleasure!

The 1m x 1.5m rug by the front door, which normally would take me around 15 minutes to clean (usually with me on my knees), was totally clean and dog / cat hair free within 1 minute maybe 2 at most… not only was it fast, there was no need for getting down on my knees anymore and cleaning with a precision brush – Dyson just ate it all like a pro!

I am over the moon!

30 minutes and 9 containers full of hairs and dust later my house was totally clean! Yes, 9 bins… the amount of stuff he can suck up is just unreal… I really didn’t have an idea my house was SO dirty!

And you know what… I now have some totally new ideas for my video and I think that it will be much better than my original plan… so stay tuned as a full review of my new friend – Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal is coming to a blog near you soon 🙂

* Picture courtesy of Dyson.
I received a Dyson DC41Mk2 Animal vacuum cleaner for a review purpose.

Currys PC World Blogger Gift Guide Challenge #bloggergiftguide

2013 gift guide

Less than a week to go! That is all and then Christmas Day will be here!… and with it hopefully comes tons of gifts, festive foods and an abundance of love.

Most of us struggle every year with the choice of gift for our loved ones. Some of us have it easier than others but we all face the same problem –

what to buy?

where to buy it from?

and

how to pay for it?

There is a lot of gift guides out there and they can really help us with our selection or if nothing else inspire ideas and options you may not have thought about before. This year Mark and I have decided that we will drop personal gifts on account of getting something bigger for the house that all of us can enjoy. Our choice wasn’t easy as we want a lot – TV for the kids room, so we don’t have to spend hours starring at kiddie movies, new oven for the kitchen as the existing one is falling to pieces, so cooking can be a pleasure again, new coffee machine which will allow us to enjoy a perfect cup of coffee every morning, tablet, as everyone seems to have one except us… and the list can go on and on… But as we are not millionaires and funds are limited at present, we had to narrow it down to a few things, things which we will make the most use of or something we really need opposed to wanting. We cut our loooong list down to 3 main items; we need to get for ourselves.

So here it is – My Dream Wish List for Christmas 2013 (in no particular order)

Our Dream New Laptop
Our Dream New Laptop

Currently we have a work PC and an old XP based laptop. We have no tablet (I wish we had, don’t know why but I am sure I need one) and sometimes we struggle. Too often, too many household members want or need to do something on the net. With me occupying the main PC almost 24/7 (work, you know :-)) there is only 1 laptop to go around. In light of this we really need a new one. Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite looks perfect. It ticks all the boxes of what we were looking for.

Our Dream New Mixer
Our Dream New Mixer

As you all know Mark cooks and bakes a lot. We have a mixer but it is 10 years old now and it simply cannot handle what Mark wants it to do, “Not fit for purpose” he mumbles a lot.  You might think that this choice will be more a gift for Mark, but … not really. If he doesn’t bake lovely bread, delicious cookies, make us donuts, cakes, cheesecakes or any of the other yummy stuff we will have nothing nice to eat… so you see, it is in the best interest for all of us to get Mark a new mixer, he’s happy and therefore we are happy. We did a lot of research and the KitchenAid seems to be the one to get, Mark is forever pointing them out on the TV on cook shows. We are going for a red one, so it can match our other kitchen accessories like the kettle, toaster and microwave oven.

Our Dream – PS4
Our Dream – PS4

Yes, you might think this is just an extravagance to want a PS4 when we have PS3 and for example need a new oven but… we are cave people… so we really need it. A lot of our entertainment is home based. We have all consoles out there (except for new PS4 and Xbox One), gaming PC and 100s of DVD – this is the way we spend our free time. We don’t do “going out” so often. We invest in our home entertainment and a PS4 seems to be next logical step.

So here you go… this is what we want to find under Christmas tree this year.

What about you?

What is on top of your Christmas Wish List?

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This post is my entry into Currys PC World Blogger Gift Guide Challenge #bloggergiftguide. If you wish to take part please hurry as it ends on Friday 20 December 2013 at 11:59pm.