The Wild West at Frosts – Woburn Sands

Do you fancy trying a meal at the new and improved Pizza Express Midsummer Arcade? Head over to my FB page for your chance to win a £25 Voucher kindly donated by Pizza Express to one of my readers to spend in their Midsummer Arcade restaurant! (Closing date of 07.06.17 so hurry, hurry!).

Half Pint & Squishee hit the desert sands for a slightly different take on sandy summer fun

May your Christmas be merry (and LUSH)

If you know me, you’ll know how much I love LUSH products. Known as the store that emits the incredible smells, it’s much more than just a sweet smelling shop. The products they sell are amazing at what they are designed to do. Shower gels, soaps, shampoos and conditioners, everything they create is made with passion, fresh ingredients and expertise. All, whilst trying to be as environmentally friendly and conscience too.

Tonight, I was extremely lucky to be invited to a special preview evening at LUSH Milton Keynes to see their 2015 Christmas range. I absolutely adore their Christmas products (I stockpile Snow Fairy items every year, so I can enjoy them all year round!) and couldn’t wait to see what was new and what was making a come back this year.

First, let me start by showing you a couple of their Halloween items which were also previewed tonight. I am a Halloween fanatic and although this time of year is starting to be dominated by Christmas, let’s not forget the amazing Halloween which is coming at the end of next month.

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Above is ‘Nightwing’ shower jelly, ‘Lord of Misrule’ shower cream and a ‘Sparkly Pumpkin’ bubble bar (Try and spot this in the group photo).

I am just going to let the Christmas range (below) speak for itself. I will, however draw your attention to a couple of new products further down!

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This year’s Christmas lip tint ‘Santa Baby’ is now in a handy stick (instead of a tin)! I love this! Also, it’s SO versatile. You can dab it on for a slight tint or you can really build up the colour to a very vibrant rouge. Perfect for those winter lips!

I am totally smitten with LUSH’s shower jellies too. These novelty shaped jellies, retain their gorgeous shape even after a really good lather. They smell incredible and will give your bathroom a festive decoration and from what I’ve tried they seem to last well too.

FUN is a LUSH product that is exactly that. A pliable, colourful substance you can use in bubble baths or rub onto yourself as a shower gel. You can even mould it into anything you want! We had great fun with the new Christmas FUN making Christmas models (Mine is the penguin)!

And of course, Snow Fairy is back (above). This year she has a slightly lighter colour to her, but still packs that addictive sweet, candy fragrance.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a slice of what is in store at LUSH this Christmas. I must encourage you to pay a visit to the store to actually experience these products in the flesh (they smell divine) and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will happily demonstrate the products with you, so you feel confident in your purchases. I couldn’t help myself and ended up leaving with a couple of early Christmas gifts.

The full Christmas range at LUSH will be out on October 2nd so get ready to start your Christmas shopping! Every girl (and guy) deserves to unwrap something from LUSH on Christmas Day.

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Santa Claus is coming to town… (Yes, I know it’s only September)

As I walked into Tesco Kingston this morning, I was greeted with stacks of Quality Street and Roses tins or ‘tubs’ as they must now be called (No metal tin in sight, tradition isn’t what it used to be – but that’s a whole other topic). Then as I entered the first aisle I realised, Oh my Christmas is now here, in supermarket retail world at least.

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Mince pies, Christmas cakes, enough chocolate reindeers and Santa’s to keep Augustus Gloop satisfied for a whole week. Now, I might not want to be reminded of Christmas in September when we have so much to focus on before that magical season begins. But I do admit I get a little excited knowing it’s already here in the supermarkets which means it’s not too far away.

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I can imagine people getting up on their soap box about whether it’s appropriate for Christmas goodies to be on sale just after the first week of September, but for the few minutes I was in front of the mince pies, the only people I saw perusing and putting items in their trolley was a couple of smart looking elderly women who were checking use by dates and the special offer deals. It makes you think that this could be a good time for preparation. After all it is a special time of year, where people want to indulge, give gifts and enjoy lots of treats. There is absolutely nothing wrong with preparation and maybe these older ladies have a good game plan. When it isn’t always possible to spend a huge amount in December alone, budgeting and planning can be useful and it doesn’t hurt anyone by popping up some Christmas chocolates and sweets in stores in September. It’s only taking up space on shelves that would otherwise be used by surplus stocks of quadrupled recycled, eco value toilet roll on multi-buy.

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Do you mind that Christmas is here (in supermarkets) in September? Or are you someone who loves to plan and will start buying little treats for Christmas from now? Do you have a set preparation plan for the festive season? I know, for one it is hard to juggle presents, food, sweet treats, the entertaining and the Christmas parties (and the dresses us girls need) all in one pay packet.

The only problem I foresee is not giving in and eating a mince pie before Advent starts. EEK!

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Gig Alert: Foo Fighters set to return to Milton Keynes Bowl

Grammy Award winning rock band Foo Fighters today announced they are coming back to Milton Keynes to perform two dates at The National Bowl in September.

They will be joined by Iggy Pop on September 5th and 6th with more acts still to be announced.

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Those who bought tickets for last months cancelled Wembley Stadium gig will receive a voucher code to have the option to get their hands on tickets early from Wednesday 15th July, two days before the general sale on Friday 17th July at 10AM.

I can’t wait!