Monday, 24 December 2012

Photo of Santa in your Home - SANTA PROOF!

A personalized picture from iCaughtSanta is the perfect gift for any child… PROOF that their favorite fictional character is not only real, but was actually ‘Caught on Camera’ in their very own home! Kids will be amazed when they see the "proof" and you'll be a Hero! Choose from our world famous cast of characters including Santa Claus, Rudolph, The Easter Bunny and The Tooth Fairy. This year we've added Black and Hispanic Santas too

If you want to see your little one's faces light up this
holiday season then what better way to achieve it than giving them 
'proof'' that Santa really does exist by having a photo or
video of Santa in your very own home.

Visit and check out their fun website
for details on how to create such as magical moment to 
wow your kids... big or small.
As a special holiday treat, we are holding 2 giveaways
which will enable the lucky winner in each giveaway to
win an iPad.

The first one is to enter the giveaway via the rafflecopter
remembering to follow the instructions carefully.
The other way is via the photo contest where you 
create and submit a photo and get your friends to vote
for it.

But please remember to check out their website :

You can also enter the giveaway via the link below

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Sunday fun

Qwertee review

These t-shirts were generously provided by Qwertee.
A fun bunch of people who produce fun limited edition t-shirts
for low prices. 

You must check out their site for a whole variety of quality
t-shirts for all ages and sexes.

But BEWARE only one t-shirt is available for only ONE day at a time
and when the countdown clock reaches zero there is one last chance
to purchase the uniquely designed t-shirt but when the day is over that 
particular t-shirt design is no longer available. So get in quick and get
your fun, uniquely designed shirt ( top artists and designers provide the 

To make the offer even more tempting each excellent quality t-shirt
costs only £8.00 plus postage. Yes ONLY £8.00!!

So what are you waiting for, go and check out their website for
yourself here.

Picture Collage Maker Pro&PearlMountain Image Resizer Pro Review

   If you're looking for a last minute bargain this holiday season                                              
then take advantage of this superb offer of 
saving 60% by purchasing the Pearl 
Mountain Picture Collage Maker Pro.

Picture Collage Maker is easy to use and allows anyone from novices to photography professionals to create eye-catching photo collages on Windows and Macintosh computers. With just a few clicks, users can create collages, scrapbooks, posters, greeting cards, invitations, calendars, and any other type of season greetings that they might imagine.
Some shining points of Picture Collage Maker Pro of the Christmas edition:
l  24 special Christmas templates.
l  Enjoy the ease and flexibility of drag and drop to place photos.
l  Rotate, resize, and reposition images to ones’ liking.
l  Get started quickly with over 130 templates for all projects and occasions.
l  Use clip-art, text, and backgrounds to personalize the collage.
l  Export the finished collage as an image, print it out, or email it to friends and family.
PearlMountain Image Resizer Pro allows you to resize, convert, add watermark to hundreds of images in batch mode. It supports the most popular image formats: JPEG, BMP, TIFF, PNG, PSD, GIF, TGA, RAW, and almost all image formats.

This 30% off Christmas promotion includes Picture Collage Maker, Picture Collage Maker for Mac and Picture Collage Maker Pro. Anyone buying Picture Collage Maker Pro can get a FREE PearlMountain Image Resizer Pro as a gift. This saves as much as $41.90 in total for each Christmas customer from the whole world. 

Check it at the promotional page here
This Xmas offer will not last forever. Once the Christmas is over, so is this unforgettable deal! 
Create a customized Christmas collage, greeting card or keepsake and quickly deliver the dose
 of happiness to families and friends right away.

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Answer buzzers review

Answer Buzzers provided by Learning Resources are
a fun way to liven up any family or group game. The
four 'buttons' providing four fun sounds.

Although designed for young children to aid them in
their learning. These fun sounding buzzers are ideal when
family or friends gather to play games / quizzes adding a little
extra amusement to the games. Keeping up the level of fun
throughout the game.

Want to get you hands on your very own Answer buzzers
why not enter a great facebook competition here

You can get your hands on these fun buzzers here

Learning Resources provide many fun and practical 'tools'
to aid children with the learning process. But don't just
take my word go and check out their website for yourself
and see all the wonderful 'goods' they have to offer.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Chocolate orange cookies with a cinnamon coat

Now here's a tasty festive treat for all the family
to enjoy. They are quick and easy to make and
you may even let the kids' help to make 'em!

Chocolate Orange cookies with a cinnamon coat
are so delicious that one is never enough.


Cookie Dough

175 g / 6 oz softened butter
175 g / 6 oz caster sugar
1 Large egg
1 tsp Orange extract
9 oz plain flour
1 oz cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder


1 tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

1: Pre-heat oven 200 c / 400 f / Gas 6
2: Beat butter and sugar together until light
and fluffy.

3: Beat in egg and Orange Extract
4: Sieve in flour, cocoa powder and baking

5: Mix together until a soft dough has been formed.

6: Mix caster sugar and cinnamon onto a plate.

7: Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place
on a lined baking tray and gently pat down  just
a little.

8: Ensure each one is evenly spaced and place in the 
oven for 8-10 mins.
9: Once removed from the oven allow to stand for 
5 mins before transferring to a cooling rack.

10: Get in there quick and enjoy them before
everyone else does!

Normally all the baking is done by my wonderful wife Kat,
leaving me to do the main cooking which I love, but I thought 
I would knock up these treats and ta dah! they were a success.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Souls of darkness review

Being an aspiring writer myself I take every opportunity to pour
over books, especially crime, sci-fi and horror. So when I got the 
chance to read and review this illustrated eBook 'Souls of Darkness
I simply jumped at the chance.

With winter upon us what better way is there to spend a late evening
than sitting in your favourite armchair next to a crackling fire, reading
this wonderful anthology of compiled short stories by three brilliant authors,
Louise Hunt, Damon Rathe and Kenneth Frank.

'Souls of Darkness' is a brilliant mixture of true-life terror, sci-fi horror and ghost
stories. The 15 short stories are all built around one particular theme 
'darkness within us', that results in a death or even a murder. Each story is
introduced by a small illustration to tempt and entice you into what may
follow in the next few pages.

Each story is tightly written, well paced and the descriptive narrative and the
dialogue bring each story and character to life. If you don't have the time or
the inclination to sit down and read a full length novel, then this book is the
ideal 'pick up and read' and would make a perfect gift for any family member
or friend who may be getting an eReader this Christmas.

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Wednesday, 5 December 2012

60 Printable games by Python Printable Games Review

If you are having family or friends round over the 
Christmas Holidays and you're looking for something
a little more involved other than sitting in silence staring
at the TV, then you really do have to try out 
these downloadable and printable Christmas Games brought
to you by Python Printable Games.Com. We can assure
you that you will not be disappointed.

 60 Christmas printable games are for any family to enjoy,
no matter how large or small. Games that 
are aimed at all ages:

Christmas Kids games.
Christmas games for teenagers.
 Adult Christmas games
Family Christmas games.

There really is so much to choose from and we have 
already played most of these games and boy they 
are fun! All games are delivered by E-mail links.
The games are downloaded in PDF format and they
are then yours to keep forever.So there are no time limits
or subscriptions, unlike their competitors.

There are quizzes, left-right games and there 
are some really brilliant Christmas Songs where
you fill in the blanks with other words and believe
me the songs turn out hilarious, when you sing them
out loud to everyone else! All games featured in the
pack come with original artwork and professional

At $19.95,  each game actually only costs 33c.
Excellent value for hours of fun you'll have over the
holidays. So go on. What are you waiting for? Check
out their fantastic website and download your pack
today ready for some extra Christmas fun and frolics
 for you and your guests to enjoy during the holidays.
You won't be disappointed!

You can purchase the bundle here

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Painting by Numbers by Tom Gillespie review

I was offered the chance to review this book 'Painting by Numbers' by the
author himself, Tom Gillespie and what an absolute pleasure it was.

Firstly the command of the English language throughout the book is first rate.
Combined with the detailed and descriptive narrative, every scene on every page
 come alive painting a clear image for the reader.

The whole book is intelligent and articulate. The lead character is so believable you can 
almost feel yourself being devoured by his obsessions and his search.

This book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. Mystery, obsession, suspense
are all here running through every page at a steady pace. All the 
key ingredients make you want to turn the page to find out where this
journey will take you.If you like the works of Dan Brown and Colin Dexter to 
name but two you will love this book.

But don't just take my word for it. Read it for yourselves, you won't
be disappointed.

You can purchase the book on amazon on
Kindle priced £1.99 saving you 75%

*prices correct at time of publishing

Monday, 3 December 2012

Spin Mania review and giveaway

We were very kindly sent this rather unique game to try out 
and review. Boy it was fun! But having a nine year old wipe
the floor with you playing this game.. well least said!

It does help to have a very steady hand, so as not
to drop the spinning plates off the plate 'spike' and good speed and 
co-ordination to get the plates onto the hidden stands as quickly as 
possible. It certainly keeps you on your toes or your knees, depending on
 where 'cruel' members of your family may decide to place the stands.
 I found myself under my desk several times and even on top of a book case.
 Of course having to beat your opponents' time adds to the challenge.

It was a bit of a culture shock for our young son to actually play
a game that didn't involve sitting in front a screen playing computer
type games. However it wasn't long before he got hooked to this game
and now there's no stopping him! It must be the competitive streak in him
as he wants to play this game 24/7. Which is lucky as the game is designed
for one or more players.

It is so refreshing to actually find a really fun game for kids and adults to play 
that doesn't involve sitting in front of a screen and this has to be in the top five
of family games to be played this Christmas.

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Kids take on a unique spinning,
   speeding, time trial challenge!

Thinking about that Christmas list, with kids in mind?  The new Spin Mania action game from
 Drumond Park (rrp £22.99) provides thrills and spills a-plenty, and is already popular – not 
just with both boys and girls, but all the family! Against the clock, players ‘spin-up’ three 
orange helicopter-like rotary plates one at a time, and transfer them to stands previously 
hidden by their opponents. The kids can make this tricky for mum, dad, nan or granddad, 
by placing the plate stands in hard to reach places, like under the table. The plates must still 
be spinning when the player stops the clock – then it’s the next person’s turn.

Players need not just steady hands, but a combination of eagle eyes and a good turn of speed
, as well! And if they want to make a real party of it, there’s plenty of scope for team challenges, 
too… you’ll soon have them all in a whirl – it’s Christmas crackers!

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the fun with your children too.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Bad Moon Rising by Frances Di Plino review

As a member of a Facebook Writer's/Publishers site and an
aspiring author myself , I posted asking if anyone wanted me to
read and review their books and that I post my review on
our Blog and almost instantly I received several offers to read
and review and I accepted them with gratitude and eager

 This is a review of the first brilliant book I was generously
given to read and what a fantastic book it turned out to be. 
Frances Di Plimo is a first class author who has produced
 a first class novel in 'Bad Moon Rising'. If you like a good
murder story that is solid and believable you'll LOVE this

This novel is brilliantly executed and very well paced throughout 
with characters who come across as real as you and I. Each
of the main characters all have their own sub plots running 
throughout the book some more detailed than others, but they
help bring the book to life. Combined with scenes that are
described in such perfect graphic detail, the whole book paints
 a visual picture in the minds eye at the turn of each page. The story
revolves around the brutal murder and rape (yes in that order) of
prostitutes at the hands of a twisted and demented soul who
believes he is acting on behalf of God and Jesus. That's all I am
going to say as I don't want to give any more of  this superb
plot away.

'Bad Moon Rising' is a classic 21st century Detective Novel.
A top notch murder mystery, full of sinister religious undertones
and twists cleverly interwoven throughout and combined with
well crafted dialogue it makes this book very difficult to put

But don't just take my word for it. Go and get 
'Bad Moon Rising'
Frances Di Plimo
and read it and enjoy it. You won't be disappointed.

You can purchase this book through Amazon on:
Kindle 77p
Paperback  £7.19

Monday, 19 November 2012

Ginger lemon drizzle cake

60g Butter
125g Golden syrup
2 tbsp Black treacle
100g Plain flour
25g Self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp Ground ginger
1 tsp Mixed spice
100g Castor sugar
125 ml Milk
1 Egg

For Glaze
2 tsp Lemon juice
2 tbsp Golden syrup

For Icing
Icing sugar
Lemon juice

Preheat oven to 170c/Gas 4
Mix the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the golden syrup and treacle and stir well.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix until all combined

Add the mixture to a greased and floured loaf tin.

Bake in the oven for 50-55 mins or until a skewer inserted 
into the centre come out clean. 

Add the lemon juice and golden syrup to a saucepan and
heat gently for 3-4 mins.

Prick the top of the hot cake with a skewer and pour the glaze
over the cake  

Leave in the tin too cool for 5-10 mins before turning out
onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Mix a small amount of icing sugar with a little lemon juice
and drizzle over the cake.

Home School Your First Grader by Beth Jones Review

We were asked if we would like to review this book,
and as we home school our 9 year old son we thought it
to be a great idea, especially as we are quite new to the 
Home schooling world.

It is a very well written book. That is clear and concise in a 
friendly and reassuring way and gives a very positive attitude
to home schooling your child.

The book also does a great job at answering just about all
commonly asked questions, fears and concerns parents may have
about the world of home education. Including suggestions on how
 to get the most from your child by letting them feel as though they
have some 'control' over their home education from letting them pick
out writing materials, folders, arts and craft materials to helping to
create their lesson plans and where in the house they would feel
most comfortable to do their studies.

The book does also offer helpful suggestions for different lessons
too, including Science related subjects such as the things around us.
Ideas such as camping, nature hikes, laying on a blanket with your 
child and watching the clouds drift by or even watching the stars 
at night.

Advice is offered to parents who wish to home school, but have
toddlers running around the house, or may even have a new born
to cater too. It works for everyone.

All in all this is a friendly and informative book that will hopefully put
your mind at ease should you decide, like us, to enter the fun 
world of Home Schooling.

You can purchase this book from Amazon on
Paperback £3.69
Kindle £2.58

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for
 free using Regardless, I only recommend products or 
services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012

The London Perfume Company Review

I was a little unsure what to expect when I agreed to review
The London Perfume Company website and as soon as I checked
out the home page  I knew I was going to enjoy the experience.

Thanks to the 'clean' neutral colour scheme of the background, 
attention is focused on the products and the literature and not
on a bright and busy background that may cause distraction.

The home page has all the ingredients needed to
allow potential customers to navigate their way
around the web site in a relaxed informative way.
There is a four page animated advert displaying
special offers,delivery, payment methods and of
course Perfume.

There is also a product search bar, as well as a site
contents list, and access to 'Our Best Sellers' range.
Also there is are sub-headings for different catagories
such as For Her, For Him a drop down menu bar for
the different and exciting  brands available on the site.
A Gift set section and of course a special offers section.

If you are wanting to know about the company, there is the usual
'About us' page which tells of the company's pledge to a 100%
customer commitment. There is even a 'Recruitment Page'
explaining what the company expects their staff to deliver
to the customer.

The Blog page is brilliant and contains fabulous deals, competitions
and of course offers advice to the customer.

All in all the London Perfume Company website is brilliant,
customer orientated and very easy to navigate.

Go on take a look for yourself here.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Models Own Top Turquoise Review

Models Own Top Turquoise

I was a little unsure if I would like this colour. The odour was 
not strong and was very easy to apply with a brush the length
 of my nails. I was surprised that it was quick drying leaving a 
glossy turquoise on my nails. I applied 3 coats which lasted
 on my nails for a week.

Having now seen it on my nails I LOVE this colour. 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Touching Evil -Amber Garr Review and giveaway

It is a story that is made up from the classic ingredients
that are required to produce a thoroughly enjoyable fast 
paced book with unexpected twists and turns that
Amber Garr has honed to perfection.

The heroine of the book Leila Marx is also the narrator so the 
story is seen through her eyes,experiences and reactions to 
events that unfold on every page.

From the very first page, the story is already at running pace.
What starts out as an apparently brilliant crime story in it's own
right, is unexpectedly turned on it's head with a supernatural twist.
The idea really does work well and is perfectly seamless.

Each character is well written, solid and believable.
As is every descriptive scene and situation. Keeping you
glued and wanting to turn the page to see what happens

All in all 'TOUCHING EVIL' is a well written, 
murder mystery/supernatural story. Full of humour,
horror, suspense and looks at Supernatural characters
in a different light......
It has been an absolute pleasure to read and review this book.

To purchase this book on amazon:

or you can purchase via smashwords here

With one touch, Leila can see it all.

Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancĂ© is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick quickly delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each other. 

Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly.  Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. 

Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.

Visit Amber's website to read an excerpt, watch the trailer, and meet the characters.

About the author:
Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a Royal Palm Literary Award Winner, the author of The Syrenka Series trilogy and The Leila Marx Novels, and when not obsessing over the unknown, can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.

Contact Amber:

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In celebration of the release, Amber is holding a giveaway!
Open to everyone. Yeah!

a Rafflecopter giveaway