Total fail this week on posting this giveaway on time. Life happens sometimes and interrupts the normal blogging schedule. Ha! So I have decided to post it on friday instead. What better way to start the weekend than with a giveaway on my blog! Heck, maybe I'll start posting giveaways on Mondays AND Fridays! This is giveaway number 6 in my 30th birthday giveaway series!
ANYWAY, without further ado, today's giveaway comes from Jean at Scout & Acadia!
Jean is the owner of the incredible paper bunting and garlands store. It's full to the brim with colour and cuteness! Today she is offering one winner the chance to choose their own choice of paper garland/ bunting from her store... you can choose any colour, any shape, any size. For instance, you could choose two different garlands and choose 12ft of each. It's entirely up to you! You can even choose whatever colour you would like. 25ft of paper and colour and it's entirely up to you as to which you choose.
If you want to win garland of your choice then enter below!
Jean comes from Toronto in Canada and is the person behind the beautiful Scout & Acadia shop on Etsy. A shop that is full of the most colourful and pretty paper garlands, bunting and even bunting for cakes! You can use them to dress up your home a little or use them for the backgrounds of photo sessions! Making these garlands and coming up with different colour combinations, is Jean's creative outlet.
The shop is full of a huge selection of shapes... all made entirely by Jean! She can make any garland in your choice of colour, size of circles and whatever length you would like... this makes them truly personal.
I was lucky enough to receive my choice of 2 garlands, so I chose one for hubby's and my room and chose the other for use in the dining room/ playroom. It was actually really hard to choose... she has so many designs and to be able to choose any of them in ANY colour combination.... gosh it took me ages haha. I chose hearts in grey and yellow, to match our grey and yellow bedroom.... and I chose boyish colours for the arrows to go in the dining room, to go with the green walls. I have many more favourites though!!
They arrived and were each wound around card, to keep them nice and from getting tangled. I loved them as soon as I opened the envelope. Bright, thick card, with each shape expertly sewn together with thin thread. I had to choose where to hang them next, but knew they would look wonderful wherever I hung them.
Overall I am super pleased with them but I am also pleased with Jean's customer service and the way they come packaged. Delivery was pretty quick and Jean kept in touch to let me know they'd been dispatched etc.
I have a huge amount of photos from when my brothers and I were younger... some are lovely, some bring back wonderful memories... some make me cringe and are not fit for public viewing... others are hilarious. As I was going through my photos, one stood out. It never stood out before, but that's because Miley Cyrus had not released a certain song before... so here we have my very own interpretation of 'Wrecking Ball'. I was probably 10 or something in this photo and I KNOW you're totally jealous of my farm jumper!
I don't know how I feel about this. Awkward.
"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth." Kahlil Gibran
Ollie // Poor biggest son... when I picked him up from school today, he walked out of the doors and there were tears running down his cheeks. I asked him what on earth was wrong and he told me he had a sore head and was very tired. This is so out of character for Ollie... he normally storms out of those doors full of beans. It was also raining a ton, and it is always such a rush for the bus and I knew Ollie wasn't up to running the whole way there, so we took a taxi home instead. He went to school in his pyjamas because it is World Book Day and he went dressed as the boy from The Polar Express... his favourite book. He was able to come inside and get straight into bed. I made him hot Ribena and he read books and watched Phineas and Ferb.
Nate // I think Nate was confused that we had suddenly jumped into a taxi. We have our routine that is collecting Ollie, rushing for the bus, making the bus and having some sweets as our treat for getting there on time. None of that happened and he was so amused to see Ollie climb straight into bed, that he followed him in once I took his rain soaked trousers off. He read books and watched some Phineas and Ferb too. He also had hot Ribena, but spilled it over the bed so it got confiscated. He was so sweet to Ollie, who rolled over and closed his eyes for a while. He knew Ollie was not well, so stroked his head and snuggled up against him.
I'm not all that soppy and James isn't all that romantic... at least not stereotypically... but when Valentine's Day comes around I like to make a point of letting the 3 main men in my life know that I love them very much.
Ollie went off to school with a new red tshirt on... one that he chose himself in Next. They had to wear red and take in a donation for charity. He was so excited to go in with the cards he had made for his friends and his teacher.
While he was at school, I sorted out some treats for the two boys. I bought them each a magazine, a chocolate cupcake, little heart chocolates, a heart lolly and I made them each a Valentine's card. I was so excited to surprise them when Ollie got home from school and Nate woke from his nap.
They LOVED their surprise and Ollie told me I would be his love heart forever. He also told me that he loved love day. It was so funny because he kept calling it 'Fathertimes' day...
I surprised James with a bottle of red wine and a box of 12 from Doughzy Donuts and we had a lovely steak dinner together once the boys went to bed. James isn't big into cards but he wrote me a super romantic email which means a lot to me. I loved it. I love having the best 3 guys.
"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth." Kahlil Gibran
Ollie // Today when he came home from school I told him there was to be no iPad! He has been playing on it a little too much so today we didn't get it out at all. It is almost a sure bet that if he isn't playing the iPad, he will be playing with Lego. Today he was playing cops and robbers with the figures and two little Lego bikes. I love listening to him when he plays and the stories he thinks up. He has SO many ideas in his mind.
Nate // Although Nate loves Ollie to pieces, he isn't clingy towards him and I think he looks forward to those few hours in a day where it is just he and I. The word 'mummy' gets mentioned 100+ times as he brings me all the toys he doesn't get a chance to play with when Ollie is home... toys that are Ollie's that he plays with secretly when Ollie is at school. It's funny when he brings one to show me... I know that he knows he isn't supposed to have it, because I can see it in his cheeky face!
This week's giveaway is happening today rather than yesterday because my blog went on the blink... and today is so dreary, so what better way to brighten that up than by entering to win a gorgeous print for your kid's room from Fliss at Macie Dot Doodles! This is giveaway number 5 in my series of giveaways celebrating turning 30 in July!
Fliss is owner and artist over at Macie Dot Doodles which is home to some of the sweetest wallart for your little one's bedroom, and she is offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a 12x16 print of their choice (or an A4 mounted print... mounted size is 12x16 also) worth £18! Stop by her shop and have a look around, see which you would choose yourself Here are some of the ones I love!
Macie Dot Doodles is the work of Fliss. A wife and mum from Huddersfield, England whose inspiration for her fun and colourful designs, comes from her daughter. Macie Dot Doodles is full of beautiful, bright and imaginative wall art for kids rooms... some personalised and some come as a set of 3!
I adore her work and there isn't one of her prints that I would not be happy to have in my home/ boys room and I was so lucky to have been sent an A4 print of the 'Love You To The Moon And Back" wall art (though it can come in 4 sizes right up to 12x16 inch!). On request she can sometimes have them printed as other sizes... and the colours are customisable too for a lot of her work, so they will fit in with any colour scheme!
We loved it as soon as we opened it. It is going to go wonderfully in the boys room and it's a phrase I love particularly because we used to read "Guess How Much I Love You" almost non stop haha!
The prints from Macie Dot Doodles are printed professionally on heavyweight archival paper and I love that they are a matte finish...colours are bright and lines are crisp. I can't wait to pick up a frame for ours and hang it properly in the boys room. Ikea's frames would be perfect.
Isn't it cute?
You can find Fliss/ Macie Dot Doodles here:
"You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth." Kahlil Gibra
Ollie // Today was so lovely. Ollie is off school on half-term but Nate's creche days still stood... so we all went together and dropped him off this morning for the couple of hours... and Ollie and I dandered back home slowly... we got lunch from the chippy on the way and we talked and held hands. When we got home we just relaxed together and talked some more. It was proper quality time!
Nate // After Ollie and I spent a lovely couple of hours together, we had to walk back to creche to get Nate. He was so happy when we both walked in to get him, he dropped what he was playing with and ran to us! He didn't get in his pram the whole way back... in fact, he walked the entire way home without fuss. He picked up stones and sticks and chased Ollie down the hill. It took us a lot longer than normal to get home, but there was something so soothing in the fact that we were not in a hurry anywhere and the boys could take in what was around them as they walked. We just had a lot of fun.