Thursday, 15 February 2018

Yankee Candle Giveaway

One of my favourite hobbies is entering competitions. I have been a comper since around about 2000 and have won many lovely prizes. I really love winning prizes for my family. I thought it has been a long time since I last ran a competition on my blog so I thought it was about time for a new one. 

This lovely Yankee Candle set contains 10 tea lights and a tea light holder. I thought it would make a great Mother's Day present for someone or as a treat to my readers. I absolutely love Yankee Candles. 

The tea lights in this set are the following scents: 

Fluffy Towels
Midnight Jasmine
Vanilla Cupcake 
Summer Peach
Fresh Cut Roses
Pink Sands
Red Raspberry
Black Cherry. 

This competition is open to UK residents only. To enter the competition please follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below. The competition closes on the 4th March 2018. Good Luck. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Monday, 5 February 2018

Photowall Canvas Review

Bournemouth Pier - photo by Terry Conway

My good friend Terry is a very talented photographer. When he showed me his work last year I was amazed and since then I have always wanted one of his pictures on my wall.  So when Photowall approached me and asked me if I would like to review a canvas print I jumped at the chance. 

Photowall is a Swedish company that sells wall murals and canvas prints. They have a huge range of lovely designs you can choose from on their site or you can upload your own photographs. I was offered either a wall mural or a canvas print to review so I decided to go for the canvas print. Though I have to say if I was ever thinking of making a feature wall in  my home I would definitely have a look through their wall mural designs. 

Terry has quite a selection of photographs to choose from but the one that stood out for me was the above picture of Bournemouth pier. I love the colours and that looking at it makes me feel so relaxed. I knew it was the one I wanted on my wall. 

Ordering on the Photowall website is a very easy process. All I had to do was upload the photograph and select the size I wanted. I chose 90 x 60cm which is a fairly big canvas but perfect for what I wanted. When you change the measurements on the site and it will show a box on your photograph of the area that will get printed. Photowall also offer a photo editing service (at an extra cost) if you want any changes to your pictures. You also get to choose whether you want a wrap around canvas or a border around the edge of the wood. In this case I chose a black border. The canvas comes with a do-it-yourself frame which you put together at home. I put my order in on a Sunday night and was really impressed that my canvas arrived at my home four days later. 

The canvas was well packaged in a box along with the do-it-yourself frame with instructions on how to assemble. Here is what I received in the box.

Now I have to be honest here I was quite apprehensive about the idea of the do-it-yourself frame. Mostly because I am the most cack handed person around. I'm the person who took five weeks to make a groove on a box to stick a hinge for a lid when at school and even then the lid was hanging off. So I was worried about putting it together and did ask Terry to come around to help but he couldn't so I decided to give it a go myself. 

Firstly you roll out your canvas picture on a flat clean surface. Each piece of wood has sticky tape on which you line up with the edge of your canvas and stick down. On one edge I had issues with this but I could easily remove the wood and them re-stick it down. So if you do make mistakes it's not the end of the world. Then you fold the wood in to form the frame: 

Once it's all lined up you take the metal corner bars and screw them in to the holes in the frame:

After screwing in all four corners you are ready to go. They also provide a picture hook too for hanging on the wall. I was very impressed with how easy it was to put together and how it fitted together perfectly. If I can put it together anyone can! 

Overall I am very impressed with my canvas from Photowall. The ordering process was easy, the canvas was delivered quickly, was easy to put together and most importantly is excellent quality. It looks fantastic on my wall. I would definitely consider using Photowall again and recommend to my friends. 

Photowall has kindly offered my readers a discount of 20% on orders.  If you would like to order you can use the discount code WebkinsWorldCampaign2018  (valid until 19th March 2018).

Disclaimer: This Photowall canvas was sent to me for the purposes of this post. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

One Year Later.....

A year ago I moved back to Somerset after splitting up with Neil. It's been an up and down year and I have been shockingly bad at keeping my blog updated so I thought it was time for a little update. 

When I first moved back home I have to admit I spent the first couple of months being angry and heartbroken over the whole break up and I absolutely dreaded my birthday in April because the year before it was ruined by Neil telling me he didn't love me anymore (yes on my birthday of all days).  However when my birthday came around and I had a lovely day full of love and best wishes from my family and friends I decided there and then to let go of the anger. Now when I think of Neil, which to be honest isn't that often, I just think of the good times we had. 

So what else has been happening with me:


When I first moved down here I thought I wasn't going to cope living on my own again especially with my Chronic Fatigue and anxiety but since moving I have coped and I think I have gained a little more confidence in myself. Of course I have days where I'm not well but as long as my dogs are walked and fed then it's just a bad day and hopefully the next day will be better. I still nap pretty much everyday and I tend to find that if I don't nap one day then I suffer the next day. 
When I got here I was 19 stone 4lbs (my heaviest ever) so in the summer I cut down on snacks etc and got down to 17 stone 2lbs. However winter came along and I put on again. I weighed myself a week and a half ago and I was 18 stone 7lbs so I decided to start eating healthier again and cut out the Pepsi Max (I was back on two litres a day).  I weighed myself today and I have lost 6lbs so I am really pleased with that. 
My anxiety is still a big issue for me. Just little things worry me so much and I get panicky. I still get anxious in social situations where I obsess with the fact that I am going to throw up. I never do throw up but I always feel like I am going to. I have had this since I was 11 years old. It's going to take time to get better. 


The best thing about being back in Somerset is that I get to spend a lot more time with my family. I see my Mum, Sister, Niece and Dad often. They have been a huge support to me and I wouldn't be here today without them. It's been great being able to spend time with Lilly over the summer holidays. We walked the dogs a lot. We especially liked walking by the old coal miners pools around here. The men used to wash off in them many years ago after coming out of the mines. 

We also did a few Youtube videos and hung out. I can't believe how much Lilly has grown up. She is 12 years old now and has started high school. I am very proud of her. No more so then when I saw her in her primary school leavers play. She played Abanazar (the baddie) in Aladdin and she was brilliant. Since starting high school she has joined the school dance group and she is also attending Bath Theatre Royals Theatre School as she really enjoys acting. 

This year my dear and much loved Nan sadly passed away. My Nan meant the world to me and whilst I didn't get to see her as often as I would of liked to in recent years due to me being up in Kidderminster and my Nan being in Devon she will always have a huge place in my heart. I have so many amazing memories of my Nan especially from when I was a child. She was kind, loving, generous and fun. We had some great times together especially at Christmas and on holidays to the New Forest and Disneyland Paris and not forgetting the time when she tried to dance to Boyzone's "So Good". I will never forget those times. I will never forget her. 


I moved down here with the two dogs Shortie and Jack. The boys have really loved living down here especially the country walks. There has been a few health issues with them both. 

Jack suffers from a grass allergy which is really annoying because there are so many fields to walk in around here and he loves nothing more than chasing the ball. Here is a picture of happy smiley Jack: 

Shortie is 15 years old now and suffers from arthritis so he enjoys a bit of a slower pace of life. I am currently giving him medication to help with this. He also had to have an operation to remove 28 rotten teeth. I was absolutely amazed that he came out of the operation and ate on the same day. He has recovered really well but now mostly eats wet food due to only having 6 teeth left. He absolutely loved visiting Weston-Super-Mare beach. 

When I moved down here I had to leave my 17 year old cat Tigger with Neil. Tigger had thyroid problems and was getting very old and frail and it wouldn't of been fair to move him here where he wouldn't be able to go out, he loved the outdoors so much. For me it was a heartbreaking decision to leave him but I had to do what was right for him. Sadly in September Tigger passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was a lovely cat who had such a loving personality and such a funny purr. He used to love walking around the streets with Shorts. He used to greet the guests at our old guesthouse. He had a happy life. I will never forget his quirky ways like if you said "top of the head" to him he would tilt his head for you to kiss it. I miss him a lot. 


Since moving down to Radstock I have made a really good friend called Terry who I chat to most nights on the phone and we meet up every so often. I used to chat to Terry about twenty years ago in an online chat room (IRC). One day I was having a bit of a down day and he messaged me on Facebook and we got chatting and now we are really good friends. He has been a rock to me and makes me laugh. He is kind and a true gent. I am very lucky to have him in my life. I'm looking forward to going to see Tears For Fears with him in Bath in May. 

Terry is also a talented photographer. He took this picture of me and I love it. 

So it hasn't been a bad year at all. Whilst occasionally I get a little bit lonely, as I still haven't met Mr Right, I am far more happier than I was. 

They say home is where the heart is and that is right where I am now. I'm home.