Friday, 27 November 2015

iFlowerGift.com Review

I love flowers, and making outdoor spaces nice and colourful, but we are renting at the moment and there's not much in the garden, and we won't be here much longer - that said it was still boring having no flowers around so I was happy to get the chance to review iFlowergift.com.

This is a new start-up that offers a select range of different flowers such as roses or gerberas, with prices roughly around the £19-£30 mark. Depending on which option you choose, you can add extra stems to your order, choose different colour combinations, and order personalised ribbon to go with the order. I was given the opportunity to order some flowers up to the value of £26, and asked to give feedback on the service and the website. Here's how the experience went:



The Website - My main feedback on the website is the colour scheme and the way it's organised. I found pale menu options against a pale background. The text only turned green when I hovered over it so it was quite hard to read. I would have liked to have seen an easy option for displaying all their products as I wasn't sure where to click. Perhaps more search options and better titles would make for an easier shopping experience as well - such as names of plants and mixed bouquets rather than just colours.

Ordering - This was a quick and easy process once I selected what I wanted to order. Free postage was included, and the Paypal option was also very useful. My only thing here is I forgot to fill in one part of the form, and it didn't highlight it so I spent a few minutes looking for what I'd not filled in.



My Flowers - I ordered on 27/10/2015 and they arrived on the 31st, the earliest date they had given for delivery. They came in a big box, that did get a little squashed in transit - with flowers inside, there was nothing solid to keep the shape in the corners. Inside the flowers were wrapped in cardboard, this was a little loose, but a good thickness (the box needed to be as thick).

The flower stems were wrapped in a moist water bag, and mostly survived the journey, though I did have to throw away 1 broken stem. I was happy with the quality of the flowers and greenery and enjoy arranging them in a vase. They did look a little droopy when they came out the box, but seemed to perk up when they had been fed and watered and arranged.  In all they lasted a good 7 days all bright and fresh, and then started to go, just one stem at first but a few days after that they were binned. If I'm honest I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of freshness, but my flowers were in line with what I'd expect so I was pleased with the experience.



The only other thing I'd add is I like the fact this business have a story, and they buy direct from flower growers - I'd like to see more of this (with pics) on the website. It's good to know where the products come from and I think iFlowergift.com could be selling this more on their website.

If you're looking for some blooms this Winter, why not try out ordering online for yourself. Check out iFlowergift.com for

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Crafting With Baker Ross Wreath Rings

I have never made a wreath before - that's my Christmas confession. Mum used to do some flowering arranging and made centrepieces and even had a wreath ring and faux flowers etc, but I never joined in. To be honest I was a little bit intimidated by the wreath rings and how on earth I'd create something decent.

Copyright - These City Days/ Pawprints and Petals 2015


One of the things I enjoy about Baker Ross is their range of basics, and when I've received them I haven't felt quite so weary of trying something new. In a recent box of goodies to experiment with I had a pack of cardboard wreath rings which retail at £2.50 for a pack of 10 (that's just 25p each). Each wreath has a ready punched hole with some string for hanging, and although they were not quite as thick as I was expecting, they can be doubled - up (which also covers any paint residue or attachments). The ones I have made have also held up well to anything I've attached and stuck on them.

Extras I have used include paint (acrylic and normal metallic), ribbon, various flatback embellishments and stickers, toppers from a Hunkydory set (great size to stick on the wreath, or to make a centre feature), and naturals collection willow branches, just mixing and matching from my boxes as ideas came really. I decided instead of wrapping fabric or wool round I'd use normal acrylic paints - I did wonder what they'd look like on cardboard, but they've come out really well.

Copyright These City Days/Pawprints and Petals 2015
As a basic a wreath ring is a lot of fun to use - I like the idea that you can cover as much or as little of the space as you like - it's a different challenge to making a card and feeling like there's acres of blank white space in front of you.

Find more Christmas craft ideas and products on the Baker Ross website. There's still plenty of crafting time left before xmas, so I'd love to see your blog posts, pics and more if you do make any decorations or gifts before Santa comes.

* I was gifted the Baker Ross products as part of their blogger network, but all opinions and ideas in this blog are my own.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Fenjal Bath And Beauty Products Review

Fenjal is a brand I've seen in the shops quite a lot, but it's never really jumped out of the shelf at me, and so I've never picked it up. I'm not massively brand loyal when it comes to bath and body products, although I have some favourites - I guess the packaging didn't really say anything to me and suggested a herbal product which I'm not a big fan of.



Perceptions can be wrong though, so I was happy when the opportunity landed for me to try out several products from the Fenjal Classic range. I received -

- Fenjal Classic Hand Crème (RRP £4.25)

A standard pocket size so great for taking out, and I do treat my hands more in cold weather. Non greasy, and I didn't need much each time so will last a while. Testing going well so far. This product is a blend of antioxidant rich Swiss rose stem cells and vitamin C. I'm probably quite bad in that I just use body lotion/butter for most things, so probably wouldn't use this often enough.

- Fenjal Classic Body Lotion (RRP £5.36)

Really good size bottle for the price, and I was happy with the texture, not too runny, not too thick. It's a non greasy lotion and applies really easily. I prefer the scent for use as a bath product than a lotion, but so far my skin is nice and smooth and I'm a happy tester.

- Fenjal Classic Shower Mousse (RRP £4.60)



I'm a fan of shower mousse, for some reason it just feels extra luxurious picking up the can and squirt out a thick and creamy lather to use. This is pretty much what it claims to be on the tin - cleansing, softening, and delicate. The scent is more subtle than some spa ranges I've tried so that is a definite plus point. I'd say at the moment this is my go-to mousse when I want something fresh and invigorating. Would definitely consider buying this again.

Have you tried Fenjal out? I'd love to hear your thoughts and which products you use. In the meantime I have plenty of pampering days left in these bottles. Bonus points for value for money.


 
 

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Up's And Downs Of Moving Home

Last year we had an absolutely grim winter of bugs and illness, to the point it got pretty frustrating, ridiculous, and killed off a lot of xmas spirit - this year we've done well on the avoidance front so far (touch wood), but we have had something bigger to contend with - moving home..!

To me a house isn't just a pile of bricks, it's a home, so leaving our 'forever home' after 29 years was always going to be a wrench. I loved our house, road, and area - which is pretty unique and not too crowded as it was in a conservation area - it was also private, un-overlooked, and one of the big pluses - it was convenient for pretty much everything - I had the option of walking or cycling to town, supermarkets, retail parks, the local shop etc. really easily - which meant I could easily fit in shopping trips between work, and had a easy, safe route home at night.




So yep I didn't want to leave - of course being settled and loving where I was, was a big part of it - as I suffer from anxiety and agoraphobia, and we'd had all the hassle with selling the house - I was reluctant in that respect as well. Add to that having nothing at the time to replace it with - we are currently renting - and it was pretty unsettling.

Leaving was horrible - I still do my spare time job round there as well, so I have seen evidence of our buyers rip our house apart. I think I will always miss it, but of course where you live influences what you like and dislike, and your choices as well - so it wasn't just being settled and all the moving stress - it was wanting to stay in what I consider to be the nicest, most convenient part of town.

Since then we've moved into a rental, and that time has gone pretty quickly - the rental isn't in as good a location as our old house, but there's some nice walks about, it's surprisingly quiet, and so far we've not really had any major issues with the house - just a longer than expected process to rent in the first place.


Next-up we will be moving to a brand new house - I think there's quite a lot still to be done before we get the keys - it's a similar distance from things than our rental is, but feels further out in the sticks - and is part of a big building project - so there's not much out there, no conveniences such as local shops for 18 months, and it's near current and future building sites. So not a walking distance from town which we always wanted. At the moment we can't plan a thing as we've no real idea yet when the house will be finished - got to say after a good few years of all this hanging around, I'm pretty tired of moving related things......living at home with parents you don't get a choice, but it's hard not to have an opinion....and after all this - I still would never have moved.

Here's to finally being settled in 2016 - hopefully it will be a smooth ride.

* Photo's are shots taken in our old garden/road.

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