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  1. Blog Giveaway – Win a beautiful paisley print circle towel by Femme Luxe

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    Unique ways to use a boho circle towel and a giveaway

    I was very kindly sent these beautiful paisley print and boho style beach ‘towels’ to try from online fashion retailer Femme Luxe.  The prints are absolutely stunning and they are the perfect accessory to take to the pool, beach and in fact a lot of other places as I will share with you below!  Read on to discover some unique ways to use a paisley print circle towel from Femme Luxe and I have a giveaway.

    The first thing to note is that these are not made from towelling.  Though they are called ‘towel’ they are actually a thin, lightweight silky material.  This makes them the perfect beach accessory and they fold up ever so small to be able to carry around easily, but they will not replace your actual beach towel for being able to dry you!  Because they are not actually towel material means they have lots more uses than just sitting on. And, of course, they’re also perfect for beautiful summer Instagram photos!

    Blog Giveaway – Win a beautiful paisley print circle towel by Femme Luxe

    Blue Paisley Print Circle Beach Towel - Lindsey

    Here are some of the many ways you can use one of these beautiful circle towels:

    On the beach

    These will be great for stopping you getting covered in sand; something beautiful to sit on at the beach if, like me, you hate getting sandy bits, especially if you won’t be hopping in the sea that day.

    For a picnic

    The prettiest picnic around!  Perfect for sitting on, but also a beautiful way to display and lay out the picnic food.

    At a festival

    I’ll be off to a festival this weekend and I’ll be carrying both in my bag!  Perfect for when we want to take a break and sit down, but don’t want to sit on the grass.  These will be so great for any situation where we need to sit on a floor or grass but want something a little protective to sit on.

    To pretty up your bed

    These make an excellent addition to a bedspread, as a sort of throw over the top, which will add more interesting textile and pattern to your bedroom.

    As table decoration

    Yep, forget dull or uninspiring table cloths and use this as a beautiful centrepiece for your dining table.

    I bet there are so many more ways I haven’t even thought of, but these pretty towels will be a staple piece in my handbag throughout the summer for sitting on at parks and festivals.

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    Purple Paisley Print Circle Beach Towel - Lindsey

    Giveaway – win a purple paisley print for yourself!

    I also have two to giveaway!  Today I’ll be giving away the beautiful purple colour and pop back to my giveaway section next week for a chance to win the blue version too! 

    Don’t bin it!

    I really hope you’ll love your new towel for years to come, but if you ever get bored of it, please don’t throw it away.  Landfills are too full of things that can be reused, reworn and recycled.  For inspiration on what to do with your worn out or unwanted clothes and textiles, please read my blog post: 13 ways to get rid of unwanted clothes (without binning them)

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  2. AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine Review

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    I’m back today with my second review of an AuCuTee sound machine product.  Not long ago I was sent a sleep therapy white noise machine which seemed predominantly aimed at adults, but today I have their soothing sounds machine which is aimed at babies and small children.  Whilst I no longer have a baby, I do have a three year old and six year old.  My six year old daughter, Bella, still soothes herself to sleep with music.  Quite often she is able to fall asleep without aid, but she usually wakes at least once per night and I hear her turn her comforting music on to drift back off again.  I thought this product could be perfect for her so was happy to review.  In this blog post I will review the AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine.

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    AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine Review

    AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine Review - photos

    I’ve been using the soothing sound machine yesterday and today since it arrived to test it out and gather my thoughts and first impressions.  As I sit here typing this, I have it sat on my desk playing lullabies so I can test out the voice activation feature.

    It has many great functions that I’ll share with you here:

    Minimal packaging

    The packaging for the product itself is simple and modern.  This product arrived in a small box with a transparent sleeve so it could be seen.  I immediately thought this would make it a great present for someone who has just had a baby. 

    Baby safe design

    I love the bright orange colour which makes it suitable for a boy or girl and is fun for children.  The design is very slick.  It’s simple, but perfect for a baby.  There are no knobs or buttons – simply twist the top for the volume and twist the bottom to choose a sound.  This makes it easy for a young child to use by themselves and also prevents a baby from being able to chew any buttons.  In fact it is specially made for babies to have chew-safe materials and a round body.

    AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine Review

    Six perfect sounds

    The unit has six sounds which may not sound like a lot at first, but it has everything you need from lullabies to white noise.  The options are lullaby, shush, heartbeat, rain, white noise and wave.  With my children I’ve found they develop a favourite and this becomes their soothing sound, so I’m sure one of these sounds will be suitable.  As babies my children preferred white noise, but as they’ve grown they like lullabies more.

    Easily portable

    It’s very small and lightweight with a built-in rechargeable battery so it can be used on the go and for travel.  It has a handy clip so it can be attached to a pram, car seat, handle or cot – wherever baby is sleeping or needs soothing.

    Sound sensor

    The lullabies or white noise sound will play for 30 minutes and then stop.  The machine will not turn off, but instead go into a sleep mode in case baby wakes up.  If it detects a sound that indicates baby has woken then it will begin to play again automatically.  I tested this by simply saying googoo(!) at a normal level when it ran out and it began to play instantly.  This is a great function as it will comfort the baby until you arrive or even send them back to sleep.

    AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine Review - photo

    Straightforward to use

    I can be a bit terrible at reading instructions unless absolutely necessary and so I just took this out of the box and didn’t read them at all.  There’s no need to though as it’s so simple to use.  It comes with a charging cable so I first plugged it in until the light on the back was green instead of red.  Then it was obvious to twist the bottom to move the arrow to the desired sound symbol.  For a second I wondered where the on switch was, but quickly realised to twist the top to turn it on and adjust the volume.  Easy.

    It’s a great product with a simple design which is all it needs.  Sometimes things can be too overcomplicated, but this is easy to use, baby-safe and design friendly.  It’s a perfect nursery addition for babies, but also a wonderful soother for older children who need help getting back to sleep or even off to sleep, plus it’s lightweight and portable so ideal for family travel.

    Where to buy your own

    Here are the links you need to check out AuCuTee and purchase your very own!


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    AuCuTee Baby Soothing Sounds Machine Review

  3. Find your perfect slimming swimsuit at Fashion World

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    With this summer being an absolute scorcher so far we have been making the most of outdoor swimming pools whenever we get a chance.  Luckily our gym has an outdoor pool we can take the children too at certain times, so we can all cool off, get some exercise and just splash about having fun!  I usually just wear a black Speedo costume when exercising, but with it being holiday season and us spending more time than usual hanging out at the pool, I wanted to try something a little more fashionable and stylish.  I was very pleased to be offered the chance to choose some swimwear from Fashion World who stock the most stunning selection of costumes, tankinis, dresses and bikinis.

    Find your perfect slimming swimsuit at Fashion World


    Love it when online goods look exactly the same in real life! 

    Find your perfect slimming swimsuit at Fashion World (1)

    Feather swimsuit - Floral swimsuit - Palm swimsuit

    I chose three Magisculpt style full swimming costumes which are designed in such a way they give the impression you are one inch smaller.  They are super fitted so they suck in and disguise any wobbly bits and keep everything held in place!  I chose three patterned costumes which make a refreshing change from my usual plain black swimwear.  These are bright and colourful and simply perfect for the summer months.  The patterns are also great for disguising any lumps and bumps!

    Another bonus is the padded cups.  My existing costumes don’t have this so it’s nipples galore, but these have foam pads which thankfully aren’t removable and are fixed into place.  These give a nice smooth and supportive finish to the bust.

    At around five foot seven I’m not overly tall, but I do start having issues when buying regular sized swimwear.  Even some regular sized tops are too short for me and I always have to opt for longline ranges.  I never managed to jump on the onesie trend as the bodies of them were always too short for me! Before the past year I always wore a two-piece bikini.  I still do, but if I’m swimming lengths then I prefer to wear a one piece.  I never thought anything of it until I ordered two swimming costumes for the first time last year and when they arrived they didn’t fit!  My body is just too long.  Thankfully the Magisculpt costumes come in two lengths so I was able to order the long length which fits perfectly.  A great tip if you’re tall like me and can’t find a long range is to choose a costume with adjustable straps instead so you can lengthen them.

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    These two fit me best and are my favourites

    The three costumes I received are very snug, so don’t be surprised if you can’t get them over your thighs at first!  As they offer body control they are not as stretchy as other costumes, so they need a bit of manoeuvring over the thighs and hips before they slide on easily!  There was a warning card with them to state this as otherwise I’d have panicked they were too small for me.  Once on they fit beautifully.  Two of them have really thick straps which I think is much more flattering and helps to hide my bulgy bits between my breasts and armpits.  I hate those bulgy bits!

    If Magisculpt isn’t your thing then don’t worry.  Fashion World stock so many other brands and styles of costume from a curvy range through to maternity styles.  They have plenty of plain, colourful or patterned costumes to suit every taste.  I was very impressed with the selection available and had no problems finding suitable costumes for me.  In fact, I could have ordered several more!


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