Friday, 8 February 2019

Blog Book Tour: Live Without You

Today I am joining in with a blog book tour for a debut by Sarah Grace Grzy  called Live Without You. If you fancy You can find the schedule for the rest of the blog tour here.

About the Author:

Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called ‘Life,’ she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other.
A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. She inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.
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The Book:

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can’t help but blame herself for her brother’s tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her—not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn’t.
For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He’s had enough of it, and only by God’s grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper’s greatest fear and Ezra’s failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

Sounds like a book thar is right up your street? You can head over to Amazon to buy a copy.


Grand Prize ~ $20 Amazon gift card, Signed Paperback of Live Without You, Specialty designed mug.
Second Prize ~ $5 Amazon gift card, ebook copy of Live Without You
3 – Third Prize Winners ~ Ebook copy of Live Without You
Grand prize open to US entrants only, 2nd and 3rd prizes available internationally. Giveaway runs from 12AM 1.21.19 – 12AM 1.23.19. Victoria Lynn Designs retains the right to disregard any entries that they deem bogus or spam. Good luck to the entrants! Click here to enter!


Friday, 1 February 2019

Valentine's Gift Guide 2019

If you have been with your partner long term like Stuart and i have than you probably find it gets harder to know what to even get each other. Valentine's day isn't that important to us like it use to be in the early days of our relationship. It's not about the big gestures and full on romance anymore, so I decided to do a gift guide where I'd include items that are suitable for long term couples. In fact if you are single this Valentine's day you may even find something to treat yourself to after all self love is just as important.

Haribo Heart throbs gift box | price varies

Treat your loved one to a tasty gesture this Valentine’s Day with a Heart Throbs Gift Box from HARIBO. Filled with pretty jelly and foam hearts, this cute gift box is the perfect present for the sweet lover in your life.

Fudge Kitchen | Valentine's slab fudge selections | £17

Fudge Kitchen has been hand making fresh fudge in their seven shops for 35 years; using an authentic 1800s American recipe and traditional production methods. They’ve got rather good at it. Seventeen Great Taste Awards and one Food Manufacturing Excellence Award worth of ‘good at it’, in fact.The secret lies in the texture. Meltingly smooth, no crumbling, no grittiness. This is soft, creamy fudge resulting from cooling on authentic marble counters, while being ‘slabbed and loafed’ by artisans, theatrically turning sticky flourishes of sweet, warm fudge with spatulas to break up any granulation. They put a lot of love into every batch, so that you can pass it on. This year’s Valentine’s offer includes an incredible dairy-free selection to spread that love even further. 

Whipping cream selection … 
• Belgian Chocolate Swirl
• Sea Salted Caramel
• Lemon Meringue

• Raspberry Sorbet (Dairy Free)

Dairy Free Selection … 
• Raspberry Sorbet
• Vanilla Coconut
• Traditional Toffee

• Chocolate Classic

Build a life you love |The Winter Retreat| £17 digital £20 print 

The Retreat is a booklet that is bursting with motivational quotes, puzzles, sensory activities, evidence based self-care, money saving tips and much more to get you through the holidays. The Retreat follows a nine square self-care grid, and when each is nurtured this can help you to feel fulfilled and calmer. This is a perfect Valentine's gift to give your loved one time for a bit of self care.

Matalan | Be Mine Pjs|  £10

Give the gift of comfort this Valentine’s Day with this sweet set. Constructed from soft jersey fabric, this cute duo features a grey short sleeve pyjama top captioned ‘Be Mine’. All-over print cuffed bottoms complete the pair.

Matlan |  Babydoll and string set | £10

Effortlessly sexy, this red babydoll offers a semi-sheer appearance, adorned with delicate lace detail cups, centre bow decoration and slim adjustable straps. The babydoll falls with soft gathers around the bust, offering a slit front detail to show a glimpse of skin. The look is complete with a matching g-string thong, also featuring a lace detail and a pretty a centre bow decoration.

Superdrug/Anma Beauty| Passion Massage Oil| £9.99 

ANMA Patchouli & Ylang Ylang PASSION Massage Oil helps relax the mind and activate romance, leaving the skin soft and silky.This beautifully scented massage oil contains Patchouli Oil, known for its aphrodisiac effects, and relaxing Ylang Ylang Oil.ANMA Patchouli & Ylang Ylang PASSION Massage Oil has been specially formulated to help:
  • Stimulate and activate romance
  • Boost energy
  • Relax tensions

Victoria PlumBaylis & Harding  men's  black  pepper  &  ginseng  weekend  bag|  £39.99

For the men why not treat him to a Bayliss & Harding treat,  this weekend bag contains 200ml shower gel, 150g soap, 100ml hair & body wash, 100ml body lotion and 50ml aftershave balm in the blackpepper and ginseng scent. 

Mainline Mensware | Pretty Green paisley card holder | £30

Another great great gift idea for him is the Pretty Green Paisley Embossed Card Holder In Brown. A classic card holder with the front in smooth leather and the reverse featuring an embossed paisley design incorporating the signature Pretty Green logo. Two card slots on the front with an additional small pocket is situated on the right to hold the yellow Pretty Green branded guitar pick. A central compartment with entry from the top which features multi coloured paisley woven trims on the interior. 

Hello Moon| Personalised and framed Our Song Poster | £40

This 'Our Song' poster print has been designed to showcase the song shared between you and your partner. Perfect as a gift for Valentine's Day or as an anniversary present, you can personalise the details to whatever song you like, and see them live on screen before ordering.Posters are printed on a premium 250gsm silk poster paper, and are available in a range of sizes, with or without frame.

The gift experience  | Personalised set of 4 tumblers | £29.99

Getting a useful gift that both you and your partner can use tends to be our go to for Valentine's gifts. These beautiful set of 4 tumblers are  a great way to enjoy your drinks in style.Each of the personalised set of 4 coloured tumblers can be engraved with a message of your choice. You can choose the same message for all four or pick a different one for each. They feature a unique bubble effect on the base of the glasses. Colouring is within the glass and will not fade.

Prestige Flowers | Classic Red Rose Bundle | £39.99

Make a truly passionate and bold statement with this Valentine's bouquet of 12 Red Roses, complimented with splashes of gypsophila, fragrant eucalyptus and a palm leaf frame. Included in this Valentine's gift bundle is a delicious box of chocs, cute teddy bear and an air-filled heart balloon. Valentine's Flowers are the perfect gift to spoil that loved one with this Valentine's Day! You can even add on some extras such as these delicous luxury chocolates.

So Divine | whole lotta love/ afternoon delight bullets 

So Divine are releasing two new bullet vibrators to their range. The whole lotta love which has 7 functions ( 3 speeds and 4 patterns ) and the afternoon delight which has 10 functions ( 3 speeds and 7 patterns). Both compact and discreet they can fit in your handbag and be your little secret.


Thursday, 31 January 2019

Valentine's Gift Guide: Small businesses

This year as well as my usual Valentine's gift guides I have decided to feature some lovely little business who make some wonderful handmade items.  I think its so important to support little businesses and each item is made with care and attention to detail.

Rainbow felt designs 

Clancy is the owner and creator of Rainbow felt designs. Clancy makes a wonderful range of cute and adorable felt gifts. Some of her Valentine's range include these cute sequined heart and lip treat boxes as well as the adorable felt olive or pickle keyrings. All items are handmade and are great prices too, why not head over and see what other cute products she's made. 

Maria Parker Design

Maria is  the woman behind Maria Parker Design. Maria makes and sells a wide selection of items that make perfect gifts. One of her favourite things to make are her stunning scrapbooks . These beautiful mixed media handmade scrapbook albums are the perfect personalised gift. For one of these gorgeous albums, maria can work with you to make the colour or theme of your choice. They are completely personalised to your request and they are made using different mediums like paper, paste, ink sprays, art alchemy acrylic paints to name but a few.

Emma's Bathroom Delights 

Emma is the diva of bath bombs with something extra special about them. At Emma’s Bath Bomb Delights,  you will find an array of homemade hand painted, vegan friendly, SLS free bath bombs, soaps and shampoo bars. Emma started her  little business about 15 months ago, it has been a journey of self healing and self growth for her.

This is the forget me not, a perfect combination of hearts and flowers ideal for your Valentine. Scented in sherbet, the bottom of the bomb has been sprayed blue so that it colours the water and doesn’t interfere with the fantastic art show.

Nordic Touch Shop

Elina is the lady behind Nordic Touch shop where you can find some wonderful pieces of handmade jewellery. Why not treat a loved one to these  Beautiful ear cuffs to fill your outfit. They all are handmade and unique pieces. You can adjust them to fit your ears and press around the cartilage and you are ready to go.

 Kerrie is the designer, owner and general dogsbody for Kerrie Davis Jewellery.  She  has been playing with jewellery in one form or another for a few years but only really found her love for wire wrap in the last year. She loves the dramatic different designs you can create,  from truly intricate to sweet and simple. This gorgeous copper rose is available in copper or silver and handmade to order on various vegan suede necklaces!  I honestly love all the detail Kerrie puts into her work and this necklace will make such a wonderful and unique Valentines gift.

Sue started needle felting just over two years ago. At the time it was all about relaxation and having a hobby. Time passed and she started making felted items for friends, family and paying customers. Shy Sheep Felties is now a small business, selling bespoke felted items on Etsy, Facebook and in a local craft centre. Her latest felted item is a single red rose, designed for that ever lasting gift. Each one is totally unique and costs just £15 plus postage.

Blue Sky Bags

Vicky McCreadie is the owner and maker of Blue Sky Bags where she makes bags to order to brighten up your day.  Mother of 2 boys, wife, full time worker she fit this in as well because she loves making beautiful things. With so many stunning designs available Vicky is sure to have something that would be the perfect Valentine's gift.