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I’ve got three beauty products to share on the blog today. I am a firm believer in quality skincare as I know that a lot of the cheap-end stuff is rammed with ingredients that don’t really agree with me. The science behind top-end skincare is something that I have learned to research before I place my trust. However I also love the last item on this list which is an insane £1 bargain! Apart from that last one, these samples were provided to me for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are my own. Esthechoc – Science Based…

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My husband and two daughters (ages 12 and 15) are all enthusiastic builders of models and sets. They are even making an elaborate N-gauge model railway. When Arckit got in touch to say they are launching a Kickstarter – and offered us the chance to review their architectural model building kit – I knew my family would be keen. Arckit in a nutshell It’s tempting to describe Arckit by saying what it is not. It is not Lego; it is not Playmobil; it is not an Airfix model kit or anything like that, and yet it has a lot of the same appeal. You…

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Camping at its best is all about the delights of fresh air, newly mown grass, prosecco from a plastic wine glass and sausages spitting on the barbecue. Naturally you don’t want piles of smelly rubbish attracting the wasps or a carrier bag of waste that keeps getting kicked over. No matter how much bunting you decorate your tent with, the fact remains that camping requires a lot of housework. “Tentwork” if you like! There are a few ways I get our tent tidy and I’m sharing the first of these today. You want your camping waste bin to – 1.…

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#10 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Mothering Sunday always falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent. This is your heads up! Half way through, how is your Lent going? If you made a resolution, after a while it becomes hard to follow, and having an event to mark the middle of Lent is a good way to reset and try again. Perhaps you can find a little encouragement too. The History of Mothering Sunday You may already know the origin of Mothering Sunday in history. It was the day that congregations of smaller churches within a parish would travel to visit…

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This Cornbread recipe is great for a family dinner and it’s so versatile too. It’s a great way to use up leftovers. Plus it’s a bit unusual because of its American heritage, so it might not be something you’ve had before. I have served it to visitors and it’s been very well received. It looks lovely when it comes to the table all golden in a big pie dish! The Hairy Bikers’ original recipe for Texan Cornbread was my starting point, and it uses beef mince as the filling. It has a lot of chilli and cheese, which I’ve always…

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