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Monday 19 November 2018

Family Holiday in Sri Lanka - 5 Top Places to Visit

Photo by Rajiv Perera on Unsplash

When I was a child and I'd dream, my Mum would always tell me 'there is a whole world out there to explore Michelle' and now I realise how right she is. As a teen and then in my twenties I kept my travels safe and pretty domestic, mainly travelling within Europe but then the beginning of this decade saw me taking some life-changing trips to Ethiopia, the USA and Belarus, and now my eyes are open and I want to see more and more places.

I often spend quiet afternoons at home researching new destinations and dreaming of where we will visit in the future. Of course there are now three tweens/ teens to be factored in to our travel plans but that's OK, I find them really great companions to go on adventures with.

One of the destinations I have been musing just recently is Sri Lanka, which is around a ten hour plane journey from the UK. The island is small enough that you can fully cover it in a two week holiday and it has fantastic diversity, from heritage sites that speak of the country's Buddhist roots, to national parks with amazing animals and lush green tea plantations.

Tuesday 18 September 2018

Can you believe Cashback can be exciting? It is with Boom25...

We all love money for nothing and that's why more and more people are signing up for cashback sites, but with traditional sites normally only offering between 1 - 10% cashback on your purchase (and that's if they don't catch you out with some reason as to why that purchase wasn't eligible) its not likely you're going to get rich overnight.

However, I've learnt about a different site, offering a different way, and Boom25 certainly is exciting and may just help you along your path to riches. If you're a gambler and like to take a risk then Boom25 might work perfectly for you, as you could win back the whole cost of the purchase you've made. So if you're spending around £2,500 like I did with Oak Furniture Superstore a while back, you could literally win every penny of that back, just by going via the Boom25 site.

That sounds pretty great doesn't it? And I suspect you might be wondering what the catch is, but there isn't one. To open an account with Boom25 costs you nothing, you only have to give them minimal information and they will never charge you anything, ever. The only risk you take is not getting the traditional 1-10% back from a regular cashback site. So for example with my £2,500 purchase, if I got the 1% cashback, I could have made £25 but if I went via Boom25, I have a 1 in 25 chance of my whole purchase cost being won and paid back to me. Of course that means I also have a chance of getting nothing, but that is the excitement and where the name comes from - it's boom or bust!

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Review: Mother of Pearl Cross Necklace, Molly Brown London

It's been a good week at my house this week. Not because it snowed (it did) and not because we went out for a fabulous lunch (we also did) but because my 10 year old twin girls received a gift each from Molly Brown London. This stunning designer of children's Stirling silver jewellery has been dubbed as 'Tiffany for children' by Vogue and I can certainly see why.

Earlier this week I published a review of Miss E's super stylish heart shaped locket with diamond detailing on my other blog and now I'm happy to share the necklace that Miss M choose. She went for the Mother of Pearl Cross Necklace, which retails for £48. 

All Molly Brown London jewellery comes with the most beautiful packaging. My girls felt really special as they unwrapped the gorgeous pink packages all tied up with lush chocolate brown ribbon. Your silver necklace comes in a little plastic packet as that is the best way to store silver, airtight away from oxygen that could tarnish it. That plastic bag is then in a gorgeous pink mesh bag, inside a box and then inside the bag. It's like opening the most wonderful matryoshka doll.

As a Christian the sign of the cross is important to Miss M and she loved the difference of this piece with there being two crosses, one of which is gorgeous Mother of Pearl. This necklace would make an amazing present for a First Holy Communion, Christening, Baptism or as an Easter or Bridesmaids gift. 

The thick and sturdy belcher necklace is 16" and adjustable at 14". Each of the crosses measure 15mm x 10mm x 1mm and are thus a great size for small necks. 

The clasp on the belcher chain is a lovely sturdy lobster clasp and it was easy to open and close. You can also see the little paw print tag (with the hallmark on the other side) by the clasp and this is your assurance that this is a genuine piece of Molly Brown London jewellery. It also adds a little fun and it's lovely to discover that the brand name and the paw tag where inspired by the founders family pet Labrador, you guessed it - Molly Brown!

The Molly Brown London packaging is so beautiful that both girls have it on display in their bedrooms and the boxes are nice and sturdy and thus will keep their necklaces in great condition for years to come. It's a really nice touch to get the bags even though our necklaces came by post. They were in a box to ensure they stayed pristine and were layered with pink tissue paper. 

The standard delivery service is £3.95 for a tracked courier delivery that will take 2-3 days from placing your order. Even having one necklace personalised we still received ours in super fast time. 

Miss E received a diamond heart locket and she loves that as well. You can see the review of her locket over on Mummy from the Heart.

I have already placed an order with Molly Brown London for a couple of pairs of Stirling silver earrings which will be birthday presents for the girls. They were in the sale for £15 each and are thus a super bargain!

Disclosure: We received this necklace free of charge for the purpose of this review. I have not been instructed what to write and I remain honest.