LIFESTYLE: HANDMADE CARDS AND FRAMES



If you have me on instagram you may have noticed i've started to make handmade cards and frames. I actually have a degree in Fine Art and did alot of collage based work so I thought i'd use my creative eye and make some cute handmade cards. I am currently taking orders and if you would like something personalised then get in touch and we can discuss. 

I have made an instagram account for my handmade cards and frames so check that out here 

Here's a few i've already made and I have a few orders which i'll be making through the week. I've also made a few cards which I haven't featured yet as they have been ordered by my friends and family for birthdays etc and I don't want to spoil any surprises

If you'd like to commission a card or frame get in touch my email is amypyt@hotmail.co.uk  






LIFESTYLE: THINGS TO DO WITH THE KIDS DURING HALF TERM


I remember as a kid always doing cool things through half term and thought i'd share a few of my favourite things to do during a week off. Even now as an adult when I have a week off work I book little days out and adventures for Clint and I. 

I've tried to put together a list of things that are affordable and you don't have to travel very far. 

1. Mini Golf / Bowling / Lazer Tag - There are some really fun activities you can do when the kids are off school. Clint and I love Bowling and Mini Golf and get pretty competitive. You can usually get good discounts and offers online so check those out before you go. You can sometimes save money by pre-booking too. 

2. Theme Park- We love going to theme parks and they are a great day out for the kids, especially if they are a bit older. You can get some really good deals for Alton Towers and there's always 2 for 1 vouchers floating around. They also do offers when you stay at their hotel. 

3. Go to the seaside! The nearest seaside town to Birmingham is Weston Super Mare, we love driving there in the summer to get away and chill on the sand. We bring a blanket, get some fish and chips and relax for the day. When we were younger my parents always drove us to Weston and Blackpool during half term or on a Bank Holiday and we would play in the arcade and build sandcastles and at Blackpool we would go to the little theme park and go on the rides.

4. Go to a new park, bring the bikes along and check out somewhere new. Try a new park, leave the phones at home and spend a bit of time outdoors.

5. Go to London for the day! We love visiting different cities, and it's so easy to just jump on the train. You can get some good deals if you buy an advance ticket and you usually get 2 for 1 on main attractions so check this out before you travel. We always get 2 for 1 for the main attractions in London. Check out websites like Topdogdays.com for lots of vouchers for attractions and apps like Vouchercloud or Vouchercodes for deals on food and restaurants.

6. My little cousins love to bake! This is such a cheap and easy thing to do. No matter what the weather and if you have no money you can make Cornflake cakes or brownies or cupcakes that they can decorate. The possibilities are endless and just search online for affordable recipes if you don't want to spend loads.

 These are a few of my favourite things to do when we have time off and I loved doing things like this during Half Term. What are your favourite things to do when the kids are off school.







*This is a sponsored post.

GIFT IDEAS: VALENTINES DAY GIFT GUIDE



So Valentines Day is a week away so I thought i'd pop together a few gift ideas ready for next week.
I know not everyone buys gifts for Valentines and Clint and myself don't normally go all out, we usually have a small budget for eachother so i've picked out some affordable gift ideas. 

First up is Lush goodies, I love lush and they are a really affordable gifts that most people will be really happy to receive. I've picked up a few of my favourites from the Valentines collection. I got Ladybird bubble bar which i'm so excited to use as its a floral scent filled with sweet geranium oil and peppermint oil to give a menthol hint to the mix. 
I also picked up Loverlamp which is a bath bomb, with orange, vanilla and cocoa butter it is just perfect for me, I can't wait to have a bath with this one.
I also got the Cupid bath bomb which is a rose and violet leaf scent. 


I got sent some gorgeous new bras sets from Freya! I love getting new Lingerie and freya are one of my favourite brands. I'm loving the Freya Fancies longline in candy which is this gorgeous pink shade, I've already got the longline in Black and it's such a comfy bra and it's soo pretty. I love the new Retro Bloom range too, I have the plunge style but this also comes in a longline version. The print is lovely and perfect for Valentines. 

Why not do something different and get outdoors this Valentines Day? On the 10th Feb Go Ape in Trent Park you can go on a Blind Date with a twist as they are hosting a free singles event.
Go Ape is also offering couples 20% off during Valentines Week ( Mon 13th-Fri 17th Feb) using the code FEBPR ( mon- fri only)

I love these Mugs from Chickidee they have these fun quotes on and are perfect for couples. They are really affordable and are perfect for Valentines Day. Whether you've been with your partner for a long time or are a new couple they have something for everyone. 

How cute are these cookies from Crabtree and Evelyn, they are lovely shortbread style biscuits with strawberry and white chocolate. They sent these over with a selection of their Valentines hand creams. They have some lovely scents for Valentines and the hand creams are really good. Check out their Valentines collection here. 


What are your plans for Valentines Day? Clint and I have planned to go for dinner and we've booked tickets to watch the new Fifty Shades film which should be good! 



 



 * This post contains pr samples, I have not been paid for this post.

REVIEW: UMBERTO GIANNINI INDULGE RANGE



I've been using the Umberto Giannini Indulge range* since before Christmas and I thought i'd share my thoughts with you guys. I haven't done a beauty product review for so long but i've just got to share this range with you.

First up how lovely is the packaging, yes its white with Rose Gold lettering!! So the packaging is gorgeous! The only thing I don't like about it is I prefer a squeezy bottle as I don't think you can get all the product out of these bottles.

The shampoo is so good! My hair feels sooo soft and clean once i've washed it using this. I don't even have to repeat, the first wash is amazing and leaves my hair feeling lovely. I could actually skip conditioner but I don't as I really like the Indulge conditioner too. I think this has lasted really well as I've been using it a few times a week for about 5/6 weeks so its a good value for money.
Boots always have offers on aswell so you can usually save some money on the product too.

The conditioner is lovely, not too thick and it leaves the hair feeling so soft. The scent is lovely and my hair always feels so clean and soft after using the range. The nourishing hair mask is lovely too for that extra bit of hydration and nourishing.

I'm really loving this range and I will be repurchasing it as I am loving it! I really wanted to feature the range in a review and share with you guys as I really have loved using it.

The Umberto Giannini Range is on 2 for £10 at Boots right now so make sure you check it out soon.

*this post contains pr damples

BEAUTY: MY EVERYDAY MAKE UP


Today I thought i'd share some of my everyday make up with you as I can't remember the last time I showed you my make up or actually featured any beauty for that matter. 

Base: I'm still loving Nars Sheer Glow, this has been a firm favourite of mine for a while now (it's about to run out so recommend any drug store dupes) I've been using Collection lasting perfection concealer as usual. I've been using the Laura Mercier Shine Control setting powder for a little while now. It mattify's the skin without making it look cakey.  On days where I need a little more coverage I use Bareminerals Mineral Veil to set my make up as this gives extra coverage and sets my foundation. 

To highlight i'm still loving the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop! I also use Topshop Glow for my brow bone and cupids bow.

I have been using the NYX Brow pencil and NYX Tame and Frame on my Brows and finish with Soap and Glory Archery Voluboost gel* which sets them and makes them amazing. 

I have always been a faithful to Urban Decay Primer Potion and repurchase it all the time! It's the best eyeshadow primer! My eyeshadow lasts all day and looks amazing. I use it every single day!

My favourite eyeshadow palettes right now are the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette which I pretty much reach for everyday and the Morphe 35T Palette which is amazing, my sister got it me for my birthday and I use it all the time, it's such a great all round eyeshadow palette.

My favourite lipsticks right now have both been Mac matte shades. I'm loving Brave and Taupe. I always go for these aswell as Velvet Teddy however i've tried to use some of my others as I need to repurchase Velvet Teddy soon.

I haven't really been wearing blusher much recently and i've been trying to use up bits of old bronzer before I buy a new one. I have a old Nars palette that has different blushers and it has the laguna bronzer in too so i've been reaching for this. 

I've been using these brushes by Zoeva that my sister got me for Christmas, they are so pretty! I've been some of these for the last week or so and they are amazing, i'm so happy with them. 














* This post contains pr samples these are marked with an asterisk (*) but these are my own opinions and any views are honest.

LIFESTYLE: HOW TO WIN A TWITTER GIVEAWAY?



It’s always feels nice when we get free stuff be it a magazine or winning a makeup giveaway. In the age of social media getting free stuff has now become simpler and made even more so by Twitter. Twitter makes it faster and easier to locate and keep track of freebies. I've won lots of twitter giveaways in the past from a pair of heels from River Island, a Clutch bag, Topshop vouchers, I've won tickets to events and many more. It's really easy so I thought i'd share a few tips below


1. Keep track of hashtags
A hashtag is a symbol that marks topics being talked about the most by the public. It makes it convenient to find tweets about specific issues. This simplifies the process of finding freebies on twitter. All you have to do is type in the hashtag #freebies in the search bar and you have access to all the freebies on twitter. You can use twitter clients such as TweetDeck and TweetGrid to keep track of tweets being posted with specific hashtags. You can also use Twitterfall which gives you a tweet stream that is related to certain key terms. With apps you have constant access to free goodies such as movie tickets and trial memberships from the comfort of your computer. With the use of a RSS (Rich Site Summary) reader or services like Twilert you can track all kinds of hashtag results and have them sent to a specific inbox at an hourly, daily or weekly rate.

2. Always follow brands on Twitter
 As a means of promoting themselves many brands usually have giveaways or offer discount coupons for limited periods of time. You can keep up by keeping an eye on brands through their social media account. I always do this if there is something i'd love to get buy can't afford to buy just now. I've been looking at a Fit Bit for the last few weeks but I already have one so don't really need to buy one however I keep entering giveaways on Twitter just incase I might win myself a shiny new one. This doesn’t only apply to brands but also certain accounts. These accounts specialize in tweeting about free things. A few recommended accounts include: @wowfreestuffwow, this a user friendly account that leads to a website with an active interface. It usually updates daily so there is always new free samples or free stuff added to there site. @Gumtree, members of the public post things they don’t need and other members try and see if they want those things @HotUKDeals, not only does it have freebies but it also has all kinds of information on discounts and coupons. So far these are the most legitimate accounts.

3. Find a “Tweetmeet” 
A tweetmeet or twitter party are online events hosted by brands where tweeps talk about certain topics for about an hour or more, i've not heard of these before but it's like a day of giveaways, I noticed a few weeks back for Blue Monday alot of brands did giveaways via twitter. They are getting really popular with marketers and usually involve a lot of giveaways and freebies. There is almost one going on at every hour of the day and different clients like Tweet deck can be used to separate tweets into separate columns. To be in the know about these parties you can use apps like Twitter Party Guide. These tips are guaranteed to save you money and get you the freebies we all crave


I hope these tips help and you win some goodies on twitter, let me know if you win anything. 







*sponsored post

OUTFIT: RED CHECK SCARF AND ROCKET DOG BOOTS



JACKET: PRIMARK // TOP: PRIMARK // JEANS: NEW LOOK //  
SCARF: ZARA // BOOTS: ROCKET DOG BOOTS*


It's been freezing this week! We had some running around to do. I went and took these photos yesterday and had some food shopping today and went round to my moms to see her and my sister. I just spent the afternoon blogging and chilling out with Clint as it's our day off. I bought this scarf the other day from Zara it was in the Sale. It's really big and comfy and I think it looks so good with my faux leather jacket, I only got this Jacket recently from Primark it was a bargain only £14! I think it looks alot more expensive! I teamed it up with this black top from Primark and my favourite black skinny jeans from New Look. I also wore my new Black boots from Rocket Dog. They are these gorgeous ankle boots that are faux suede and really comfortable, I wore them all day! They would be great from day to night as you can easily dress them up or down. 

What have you been up to this week? Do you like my new ankle boots from Rocket Dog at Brantano?