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Christmas Linky 2017 #mainyloveschristmas

I love christmas! By now those of you who are familiar will know that I also love easter, summer and generally most events that I can get excited about. I also love to hold linkys over these times which I see as a good old get together. It’s where we share posts and meet up with people through their blogs that we might not of come into contact with before.

You can add up to 3 posts on whatever theme you like. As it’s a one off christmas linky here at #mainyloveschristmas you can add old or new  posts for this link up. The topic is up to you, let’s see how diverse we can get.

One of the other christmas bonus points to this link up is that you don’t have to add a badge, just link and promote yourself and your fellow bloggers. This link up is just for fun and you choose how much you want to participate.

The link up starts Friday 15th December at 6am GMT and closes Friday December 22nd at 6am GMT.

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Suggested guidance for participating:
  • I’d love it if you commented on the host post and at least one more for every post you link up.
  • Tweet using the hashtag #mainyloveschristmas @myrealfairy when you link up and you’re away!
  • Tweet, pin, stumble and share using all the wonderful ways you wish and let the blogger know when you comment how you have shared their post.
  • Use the hashtag #mainyloveschristmas
  • Enjoy and read something you wouldn’t normally click on.
  • Have fun, Mainy x

 


 

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Thank You Christmas

Christmas – come on then we are here!

We’ve been waiting 12 whole months for you to re-appear

To shower us with festive cheer

To bring those from afar to near.

So how about it dear old Christmas

Can you make us all get on

Make the little ones giggle with the fun

I bet you can you bearded one.

Thank you christmas for visiting us

For giving reason for all this fuss

It brings us close for it’s you we discuss

Whether you come by sleigh, star or bus.

Thank you Christmas for making me think

To appreciate my loves with a wink

You really are more than just a day

You’re a hug, a boost and to you I say Hooray!

 

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If you like christmas, pop along to my christmas message and see what I think too!

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Happy Christmas!

Thank you so much for all of your support this year. It really has been brilliant. This is the second year of the blog and it has gone from strength to strength. That only happened because of you and others reading and participating in the conversations here. I couldn’t have kept it going if it hadn’t been for such great feedback, it means so much and gives me the motivation to throw everything at it and taking it even further!

I’d like to take the time to share some of my favourite posts with you;

Pre Empty Nest Syndrome? Is this what I have?

Fun and Fabulous Food in Alcudia

10 Quiz Questions You Need To Know

5 Tips to help the school run go smoother! 

Free Pallet Patio Garden

Seriously Tasty Cheese Scone Recipe

I could go on and on but these are some of my top ones. I never thought that I would be writing about my life, family and travel and sharing it with so many people. Thank you for reading and giving me the chance to do this. I really hope that my boys will read some of the blog when they are older and be proud of their mum. Who knows what the style and media blogs will be written in when they are grown men!

For now, enjoy this festive period, eat, drink and be merry my lovelies and well done to you all!

Mainy x

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Luxury Candles and Romantic Poetry all wrapped up in one!

I love beautiful smelling candles, they have that relaxing feel about them. Whether it’s walking into an upmarket shop while out and about or lighting one at home when you are about to get into that long awaited bubble bath (without the kids running around), it shouts comfort and tranquility to me.

George Lamptey has gone one step further and has created a luxury range of candles which are set alongside a book of poems called Letters to the Lady.

 

Luxury Candles and Romantic Poetry all wrapped up in one!

He has developed The Experience Collection which is a range of 3 luxury candles. There are;

  • Beyond Love: Cassis and Rose – Rosey and soft
  • Sweet Honey: Salted Caramel – Rich and warm 
  • Passion: Fig –  Calm and clear

What I loved was the strength of the scent, particularly the salted caramel one, wow it was amazing! If I am going to burn a scented candle then I do want to smell it, that’s why I buy it in the first place. I was not disappointed. As for the burning time, I’ll have to tell you that in a few weeks as it’s a long lasting candle. What I can say is that it is burning evenly so that’s a very good start.

You expect luxury and that is what you get with these candles.

  • Hand made boxes poured with 100% soy wax
  • Non-toxic white cotton wick
  • Best quality fragrance oils
  • Burn Time: 30hrs
  • Free from paraffin and other mineral oils

Luxury Candles and Romantic Poetry all wrapped up in one!

To complete this holistic approach to delivering his message, Letters to the Lady is a collection of over 40 poems which George has written about love, life and landscapes. 2015 saw the launch in Covent Garden and in 2016 he  recorded an album of the entire collection. George is a man of many talents; as an actor, director, writer, poet and businessman he certainly keeps busy with so many creative outlets.

Luxury Candles and Romantic Poetry all wrapped up in one!

The poems follow George through his life filled with his own unique and uplifting take on the path he has taken. There is a poem to touch everyone.

 

Why buy a candle when you can buy an experience.

George Lamptey

Your chance to win….

I am so delighted to be able to offer a candle of your choice from the range and a signed copy of Letters to the Lady by George Lamptey. An amazing prize! Please enter in the rafflecopter entry below. You can also return each day for more chances of winning.

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You can also see more about George through his social media accounts:

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I love poetry and you can also have a look at how I used poetry on my flight back from Germany to calm my nerves down.



Duffy’s Lucky Escape – Guest Post and Giveaway

Duffy the Sea Turtle is an engaging story of the relationship between humans and wildlife and the dangers turtles face in their own natural habitats due to ocean plastic. Stunning artwork captures the imagination of young readers and brings to life a very real threat to our oceans.

I love to have guest blogs here and I find it’s such a great way to share stories, learn something new and to share our own passions. My guest blogger today is Ellie Jackson who has recently returned to the UK after having lived abroad for many years and being involved in conservation work. Ellie  has written the wonderful tale of Duffy the Sea Turtle .

Ellie Jackson and illustrator Liz Oldmeadow, are two mums with 5 children between them who met at mother’s group when their sons were babies.  A chance discussion over coffee led the mums to discover their mutual talents and so began a partnership that after many months of juggling children and other commitments has finally led to Duffy’s message being ready to be shared. Here’s more about her story.

I never thought about becoming an author, it was a process that I fell into by reason of circumstance and luck. An amazing opportunity to live for a year on a tropical island in the Great Barrier Reef was not something that I ever thought would lead to a new direction for me – we moved there as a family for beaches and adventure! The most beautiful beaches, framed by palm trees and sunsets, just how you would imagine an island paradise to be.

Duffy's Lucky Escape - Guest Post and GiveawayWe didn’t wear shoes for a year, we had our own pool, and a great circle of friends. My three children were all under school age and it was the perfect chance for us as a family to experience a more laid back approach to life and give our kids real freedom. My husband works from home and this allowed us the opportunity to try something different before we had to start real life when our eldest started school.

We heard about a turtle release happening on one of the beaches – I have to say I didn’t realise what a big deal this event was going to be – the whole island turned out plus TV cameras and journalists. When it was time for the turtle to be put back into the water, we formed two lines into the sea and the turtle was released on the beach and immediately headed for the sea and was gone in a matter of seconds.

It was a surprisingly emotional experience to see this turtle who had spent a year in the aquarium getting fit and healthy again, returning to her ocean home. After the turtle release, we visited the Turtle Hospital on the mainland and heard all the different reasons as to why turtles need our help – one of which is where they suffer from eating too much plastic. As soon as my young children had made the link between plastic on the beach and turtles, every time we went to the beach they were running around picking up rubbish saying “Mummy, I’m saving a turtle!”. Well that was it for me, I was amazed at how such a simple true story could motivate and encourage such enthusiasm for picking up rubbish!

Duffy's Lucky Escape - Guest Post and Giveaway

Duffy’s Lucky Escape is a beautifully illustrated book teaching children about the dangers of ocean plastics without overwhelming them. The powerful message is delivered in a fun and friendly way and ends by inspiring children to make changes to their own and their families lives. A perfect present for Christmas or gift to your child’s school, please visit duffytheseaturtle.com to order your copy for just £7.99 with a percentage of all profits going to UK national marine charities.

You can follow us on social media for latest updates and competitions as well as information about my new book due out before Christmas.

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Thank you so much Ellie for joining us today and telling us about the events leading you to write your book.

You can win a copy of Duffy’s Lucky Escape below in the rafflecopter giveaway. Good luck everyone!

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Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe

Who fancies a brownie? If you are nodding away because you love them or if you are searching for that perfect ultimate chocolate brownie recipe then well done, you’ve just found it!

This Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe produces brownies which are firm on the top and soft and almost chewy in the centre. Perfection itself!

They are also on the easy scale of baking so they can be whipped up very easily.

I use any excuse to get out my food mixer but these can very easily be made with a good old-fashioned wooden spoon.

When you have combined all the ingredients using the recipe below you spoon it into a baking tin up to around an inch high.

Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe
This is the brownie mix when it has just gone into the oven.

 

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Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The most amazing firm on the outside and moist in the middle chocolate brownies

Course: Dessert
Servings: 16
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 200 g Dark Chocolate
  • 100 g Soft Butter
  • 250 g Caster Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 60 g Plain Flour
  • 60 g Cocoa Powder
Instructions
  1. Break Chocolate into chunks.

  2. Put into a heatproof bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water. When melted then leave to cool until needed.

  3. Put the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat together.

    Ultimate chocolate brownie recipe
  4. Add the eggs and beat in.

    Ultimate chocolate brownie recipe
  5. Add the vanilla essence.

  6. Spoon in the melted chocolate .

  7. Sift in the flour and the cocoa powder and gently stir in. When it is fully combined spoon it into a 15cm baking tin.

  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes

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Recipe Notes

These are lovely and rich so a jenga stick sized portion is plenty.

When it comes out of the oven you are faced with this wonderful slab of chocolate brownie. You then cut into pieces with a sharp knife and stack them up like jenga pieces for some fun.

 

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Take Control Of Your Teeth

Believe it or not, you are not alone. Millions of adults have dental problems or are missing at least one tooth. There are also those who cannot afford the treatment in their own country or their insurance does not cover it. However,  you should not avoid meeting your friends or smiling as there is a simple solution to that problem – affordable dental treatment abroad.
Online searches show that many people are more interested in travelling abroad for dental treatment than getting a loan. While visiting another country for a dental procedure, you can also take a short break from everyday life and work.

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Recently scientists from many countries have reported that there has been a rise in many dental problems. With meals and chemicals in them, our teeth are getting weaker and weaker. Without proper care, your teeth might become even weaker. Local dentist’s have busy schedules, but despite that they recommend undergoing the best available treatment, give advice and treat patient’s sick and weak teeth. Sometimes however a solution might be a little more tricky, but never unsolvable.

Dental implant treatment in Turkey is one of the best solutions when restorative procedures aren’t covered by your insurance or are too expensive. The best way to find out more about Turkish dentistry and clinics is to simply do your own in-depth research,  search online, check out medical or local forums, ask friends, colleagues or neighbors who have undergone dental treatment in Turkey and can share their opinions.

Many European countries offer high-quality dental implant treatment, but the prices of procedures  might be uneconomical. Turkey is different. Professional Turkish dentists and oral surgeons offer lower prices with top-notch treatment that you won’t be disappointed in.  Dido you know, that international patients who have dental implants in Turkey, might save up to 70% on their dental bills?

On top of that, you can discover Turkey for yourself by visiting the beautiful capital, Ankara. You can also enjoy traditional music, culture and food, visit the amazing and famous Hagia Sophia (a basilica museum with mosaics), Pamukkale (thermal spa terraces), Hierapolis ruins, Istanbul (a historic city straddling Europe and Asia), Antalya, where beautiful and sunny beaches are located and Tophaki Palace (historic Ottoman-era palace complex).

Take control of your life and start living again!

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Naipo Massagers Review and Giveaway

Two great products and a fab freebie in my Naipo Massagers Review and Giveaway

After a long day in our house there are many times when we are aching and seeing who can get in their requests to the other one to rub shoulders, feet or backs. Even the boys with their hectic sports and playing have times when they pull muscles and are feeling the effects of not stopping.

My big treat once in a while is to go for a massage, it’s not cheap and only booked occasionally but I love it, there is nothing better than having that time that the phone is off, music is on and someone else is looking after me.

Of course that isn’t the normal day to day routine so I have got two products to show you that can help out! I was asked to have a look and see what I thought of these two handy massagers and I love being able to tell you what I think.

Naipo Cordless Handheld Massager

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This Naipo cordless massager is rechargable and has 5 speed levels so that you can choose what is right for you. Sometimes the top speed can be a little intense if you want a light massage so it is great that you have the choice of what you need.

Naipo Massagers Review and GiveawayI found that it charges quickly and being cordless it isn’t clumsy in taking anywhere around the house and you don’t have those trailing cords which I find so annoying. For those people that go away on activity holidays it’s ideal. This year we did exactly that with all the children. It was amazing but exhausting and I wish that I had this then because it would of been ideal! There are interchangable heads which can be used depending on the level and type of massage you require at the time.

This normally retails here at £34.99 I have for you lucky readers a promotion code for a whopping 20% off. Just use at checkout by popping in the code: NQEZ4UA3 and you will have 20% deducted from your purchase.

Naipo Neck Pillow Massager

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The Naipo Neck Pillow Massager is a small, easy to transport heat massager that can be used at any time of the day. You can easily take this to work and use without it having any impact. I sit a desk for some of my work day and I’m sure that my posture isn’t the best and it adds to all sorts of tweeks and shoulder pain. With this being so portable I can use this at work with little impact on what I am doing.

Studies into stress suggest the meaningful, positive results achieved by using massage. It’s not just the relief of tight and painful muscles across our body but also the mental relaxation we can find when we are looking after ourselves. It’s good to take the time sometimes and not just look at our ‘to do’ lists and plough on regardless.

Eat well, look after ourselves and take the steps needed to maintain being healthy are all factors I think add to reducing the negative effects of being so busy. Ordering online takes a massive weight off of my shoulders and that’s another benefit of ordering these massagers for me.

So here’s what you can expect to have when it arrives; 1 x Pillow massager 1 x Wall Adapter 1 x Car Adapter plus a user manual

Another 20% discount code is available and can be used for this neat little massager. Use code: MMB2BWIQ at the checkout which will discount off the normal RRP of £27.99.

You can visit the team at their facebook page where they have so much information on well being, it’s a great resource. Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3Naipo Care

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I also my have my christmas giveaway running which you can see here.

I was kindly given my products here for the purpose of an honest review.



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Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

Hello there and here I am with even more great christmas ideas and also another fab giveaway. This post is looking at stocking fillers and quirky ideas that you may not of seen before. It’s great to see a real look of surprise on peoples faces when you give them something, I think you’ll find these fit the bill!

You can also see my Bumper Gift Guide Part 1 and Bumper Gift Guide Part 2 where there are a more ideas and giveaways.

Splat

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SPLAT ethically and scientifically, develops and manufactures professional oral care solutions for the whole family.

I bet you haven’t see anything like this before, it’s a Gold Toothpaste which is fluoride free. Splat Special Gold Toothpaste consists of Diamond Powder and Gold particles, developed specially to create a beautiful smile and maintain a healthy mouth. £16.95 This is the sort of present for a princess with a liking for the luxurious things in life! How cool!

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This Blackwood Charcoal Toothpaste contains a cutting-edge combination of active ingredients that remove plaque formations and prevent them from re-occurring. Charcoal, the ingredient that gives Blackwood its black colour, whitens, absorbs smells and removes stains to leave teeth feeling fresh and clean. Juniper extract promotes gum health. The toothpaste significantly and safely whitens teeth, fights plaque buildup and maintains long-lasting fresh breath. £7.95

 

Magic Oral Care Magic Oral Care Foam for oral care on the go. Perfect for your child’s school bag or lunch box after those snacks, lunches and drinks, as it protects from tooth decay for when your little one is out and about. Doesn’t have a mint flavour as some kids don’t like it. £5.95Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3

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Oral Care Foam – the adult version of the foam for busy people on the move. This one has a mint flavour and is to be used after food and drinks, convenient for travelling (50ml bottle) and especially loved by people who wear braces. Helps to protect against tooth decay and keeps your breath fresh. £5.95

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You can win a bundle of 1 of each of the toothpastes featured here today. This is a great prize and I wish you the best of luck.

Enter using the rafflecopter below

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Galleoneers

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Discover a cuisine each month with Galleoneers‘ exciting recipes from around the world. Learn about geography and explore new cultures with arts & crafts, fun and educational activities related to the month’s cuisine.

The recipe box comes with a free membership to the Galleoneers Cooking Club. That means subscribers receive by email a free eBook.

I have got a 3-month recipe box subscription box in the giveaway today from Galleoneers, how good is that?! Such a super prize and a great introduction to the range. See lower down for the giveaway.

The Recipe Box contains the following:

1. One 24-page Fully-illustrated Recipe and Activity Book that includes

• 3 child-friendly recipes for a full-course meal (Note: alternative substitutes for those with dietary restrictions are provided through the Galleoneers Cooking Club)

• Every recipe step is classified by age and cooking skills level

• Culinary lessons and kitchen learning aids for kids

• Cultural information, infographics and country trivia related to the month’s culinary theme

• Arts and crafts activities related to the month’s culinary theme

• Educational activities related to the month’s culinary theme

2. Kitchen tools and gadgets for your child to keep

3. Some of the food ingredients to be used in the recipe

4. Grocery shopping list (also emailed in advance)

5. Welcome letter to grown-ups

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I love the idea of this gift as it’s such a creative present to give. So many different skills are used which will keep our younger ones entertained. You do have to carry out a fair bit of it with them but that too is great as its a bonding experience without any of the pressure of getting anything ready. Most of this is taken care of by Galleoneers!

Here we go for the giveaway of a 3-month recipe box subscription despatched by Galleoneers

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TowelUP

 

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TowelUp© is the brainchild of  Hannah who was fed up of her towel falling down every time she walked from the shower to the wardrobe, simple as that!  It has taken much research, time and effort to create what she hopes is a solution to that problem for men, women and children alike.

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Bumper Giveaways Christmas Gift Guide – Part 3Have you ever been caught short with your towel falling down? I never used to worry about this when I was young free and single but as I’ve grown up and either shared houses or been travelling it became a bit of a thing that I didn’t want to be worrying about. Yes, you can wrap it round you and tuck it in but there is always that risk of it falling!  TowelUp© will keep your towel securely in place for as long as you need it to and costs just £3.99 for one or £6.99 + P&P.  It simply slides over where you wrap your towel around you body and hey presto you are ready to move around! These are great for stocking fillers and they are a really different present to give.

Sweet Hearts

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Lice are a hazard of the children going back to school in my experience so it’s good to see products that can help out with that. Also when my son was alot smaller he had longer hair which goes beautifully and curly the longer it gets. With the 2 in 1 – Detangler & Head Lice Defence Spray you can use it for detangling and styling. If your child does then come into contact with an infested head, the strong head lice repellent will deter them from even thinking about spreading. The detangler and head lice spray has Fragonia, Neem and Tea Tree oil which puts of the bugs but doesn’t smell horrid like some can.

The SweetHearts Hair Detangler Spray has been created by Beth Belshaw alongside Denise McGowan of Evanji to make a detangler that is soft enough to be used daily, yet leave hair feeling light and shiny. It is made from ethically sourced ingredients and is free from synthetic chemicals & parabens. Sweet hearts hair design have a strict no animal testing policy so you can rest assured when you are buying them that this has been upheld.

 

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I would love to know which ones have really grabbed your attention. Have you seen any of these products before?


I have been given the products to review for you here today. Thanks to each of the brands and I am pleased with each of them. Delivery was good and all arrived in tip top condition!