Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Christmas Special Offers from Darceys

I'm a huge fan of Darceys scented soy wax melts and candles. They are made here in Scotland and I try to support small businesses as much as possible when it comes to buying gifts for family and friends. Darceys products are 100% natural with no colourings added to the wax. The melts and candles are all made with soy wax instead of paraffin wax that other leading brands use so there are no nasty toxins released when you melt or burn them. I became a rep for Darceys earlier in the year because I love their products so much.

Every month Darceys launch a special offer alongside their brochure filled with gorgeous scents and gifts. At the beginning of November, we launched our Christmas Special Offers and I thought I'd share them with you if you are looking for something a bit different or something a bit special without spending lots of money.

Darceys launched 8 new scents in time for the Christmas offers. They are Frosted Snowdrops, Snow Angel, Alpine Snowdrift, Christmas Splendour, Gingersnap Cookies, Apple & Cinnamon, Christmas Memories and Christmas Cabernet. My personal favourites are Christmas Cabernet and Snow Angel. Christmas Cabernet is a warm, spicy scent; just like mulled wine whilst Snow Angel is a minty scent with a hint of buttercream. It's really fresh and a bit sweet.

Here are some of the offers that are available from Darceys up until December 12th:

You can order on our website or, you can tweet or facebook Darceys and we'll let you know if there is a rep in your area you can order from. The last date you can order is December 12th as this will ensure your order arrives in time for Christmas. All of Darceys products are handmade to order so you're guaranteed something really special when your order arrives.

My favourite gift set is the burner set which costs £8.00:

All of the offers come gift wrapped in cellophane and a bow for your convenience. These are really gorgeous gift ideas that any candle lover will enjoy. And they are 100% natural so you know you are burning clean. 

Head over to my Darceys From Laura page where I have a giveaway running for your chance to win your choice of Christmas scented melts. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

The Karate Competition

Last Sunday, Z had an in-house karate competition with his karate club. After being to his first out of club competition the weekend before and winning all of his fights, he was really looking forward to this competition.

There were six other boys in his category; a mixture of orange and green belts. His Gran came along to watch for the first time. I think she was definitely more nervous than Husband and I.

Z was first up to fight and won. He was delighted. We cheered. He went on to have another two fights, both of which he won.

We were now at the point we were at at the last competition, where Z made a final. He looked nervous. We wished him luck.

Within 30 seconds, the boy had caught Z in the throat and this knocked Z's confidence. He managed to get a few points back with a kick but then he fell and hurt his side and that was him. I think he was more embarrassed than sore but the Doctor came over to check him and calm him down. There was only 4 seconds of the fight left and 1 point between the boys. When he calmed down, the ref called them to fight and the boy got a punch in. The fight was over.

Z was really upset he had lost. I think he was frustrated with himself but he was so desperate to get a point that he wasn't holding his guard and that's how the boy managed to get his punch in. We found out later that the boy also goes to boxing.

We are really proud of Z. He fought really well and his drive and passion for karate was clear to see. His time will definitely come.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Week That Was #45

Last Sunday, we managed to sleep in until 9.15am. It was bliss! We had a karate competition to get ready for. Z did brilliantly and got to a final again. Unfortunately, like last time, he took a knock to the chest and it knocked his confidence. He was really upset and then sore when he fell to the ground as he went in for a kick. He lost by 5 points to 3 and we could tell he was really frustrated with himself. After the competition, we went home for lunch and then headed to swimming lessons. Z and I started to feel really unwell so it was an early night for us all.

On Monday, I woke up feeling like death warmed up. I was tempted to stay off college but I don't want to fall behind, especially when I have at least seven reports and two assignments due in before the Christmas holidays. After college, I picked the kids up from a friend's house. They had had a great time playing but Z was still feeling a bit unwell so we popped to the chemist to get some medicine. We all had another early night.

On Tuesday, we all woke up feeling a bit rotten. Z had been awake coughing and spluttering during the night which woke Husband and I up. Miss C was the only person who got a full nights sleep. I headed off to college for my half day which went in very quick. When I got home, I had coffee and toast and watched Hollyoaks. I picked the kids up from school and we came home to do homework and watch some TV together.

On Wednesday, after being up most of the night with Z, we decided to keep him off school and get him to the Doctors. This was hard for me because, as much as I hate seeing my child unwell and his health always comes first, I hate missing things. I was supposed to be at my placement and missing a day of college is like missing a week of school. Anyways, it did give me the opportunity to fill in all of my paperwork and plan my next 5 weeks at college and on placement. Z had an appointment at the Doctors and it turned out he had an ear infection. We came home and I let him lie on the couch until we had to pick Miss C up from school. Thankfully she seems to be the only one who is well in the house at the moment.

On Thursday, it was back to school for Z. He was feeling much better in the morning which was a relief to us all. My day went really fast and I was exhausted when I got home. Miss C decided to build a den in the living room which looked really cosy! We all had an early night.

On Friday, I dropped the kids off at school and headed to Asda for my shopping. I love my Friday off! I got all my college stuff prepared and then picked the kids up from school. They were both having friends over after school so I picked them up too. The boys played Xbox whilst the girls played dress up and horses. I ordered pizza for them for tea and they had a pizza picnic party in the living room. They were all shattered by bedtime.

On Saturday, we were up early for karate. After karate and lunch, we decided to do some Christmas shopping in the form of stocking up on booze for the festive period. We had a yummy steak pie dinner and then cuddled up to watch Xfactor.

My Sunday Photo / The Black and White Photo Project #19

Linking up to The Black and White Photo Project hosted by PODcast.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

365 Project 2014 Days 313 - 326

Day 313 - Miss C has a thing for One Direction at the moment
Day 314 - How she still has space with all those toys, I don't know!
Day 315 - Z working hard on a school project
Day 316 - Miss C was in a stable apparently
Day 317 - Spaghetti with thai inspired cod
Day 318 - After fruit loaf for snack at nursery, I just had to get my own
Day 319 - Miss C had made a cosy bed in my washing basket

Day 320 - Z at his karate competition
Day 321 - Miss C had a trip to the library and got some new books
Day 322 - Z reading his Beano magazine
Day 323 - Z was off school as he felt really unwell
Day 324 - Miss C made herself a den with my cushions
Day 325 - Z and his best friend (who you can't see) making funny faces
Day 326 - I picked up some Christmas movies for just £8 - bargain!

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