#Win A Party Pack From House Of Party

You may have seen our House Of Party Review last year, we held a family party for Miss S and they sent us a fab range of products to try out. House Of Party offer a whole range of party products from balloons to party bags, they also offer lots of matching products no matter what your theme is. This year I worked with them to decorate my sister wedding venue and I was so pleased with the results.
I am now collaborating with House Of Party to offer one of my readers the chance to win a party box for 32 people. The box will contain everything you need to get your party off to the right start! You can choose the theme of your party box from the ones on the website. For your chance to win just enter via the widget below and do read the terms and conditions before entering.
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Terms and Conditions
Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via Gleam. All entry methods are optional. Make sure you complete each entry correctly or you will be disqualified. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the giveaway ending. If they do not respond within 28 days a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow up to 28 days for the prize to arrive. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value if the original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open until 11.59pm on 29th July 2017
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Aldi Summer Garden Range

I love Aldi and everyone who shops there will know all about the fab special buys they have on offer. Today saw the launch of their summer garden range and there are some fab items to be had. From weedkiller to garden furniture get yourself instore and online now for some real bargains.
If you are looking for garden furniture this stylish rattan-effect furniture set will look great in any garden. It includes a comfortable seat and back cushions in a lovely shade of light grey. This is sold out online and is currently only available in store for £179.99.
Decorate the garden with these fun rechargeable Party String Lights for just £8.99, the are rechargeable and stay lit for 6 hours perfect for your garden parties this summer. They are lovely bright colours too! How cool is the garden party sign, I shall be nipping down to my local Aldi tomorrow to grab some of these!
This gardeline 3 piece tool set is available online only for just £9.99. A high-quality tool set including Bypass Lopping Shears, Hedge Shears and Pruning Shears to keep your garden looking tip-top. These will be perfect for dealing wth the trees and bushes in our back garden.
This Gardenline Electric Hedge Trimmer is ideal for use on smaller hedges. A sturdy trimmer with a 500W electric motor priced at £19.99 available online and in store. If you only have a little garden these are a perfect size and have a cutting blade with of 16mm, they will be great for our front privets.
Do you ever have trouble reaching your hanging baskets to water then you need a water wand in your life? This Gardenline Watering Wand offers 9 different functions - jet, central, cone, flat, full, angled, rain, shower and spray mist. The tube is adjustable from 92 to 141cm and the head is adjustable 180 degrees.
Do you ever forget to water your plants? I am guilty of this lol, so I live the idea of self-watering pots. Keeping your plants healthy has never been easier with this Pot! With an integrated self-watering reservoir, this Self-Watering Square Plant Pot will provide all the moisture your plants need, so you don't need to water them each day. It's great for use when you're away for a while.
Hang this Large Solar Light Bulb from a parasol or tree to create a lovely ambience. A single bulb-style solar light that automatically illuminates at dusk. It has a retro style filament bulb encased in glass lightbulb. The flat bottom so can sit on tabletops or on patios and stays lit for 6 hours.
Make sure you check these and more fab deals out online and in store right now.
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Mandy

Top Family Holiday Destinations

While the summer holiday season has officially begun, there is still a lot of time to enjoy the season. If you haven’t begun planning your family holiday, consider one of these popular destinations.

Las Vegas
While Las Vegas is the home to numerous casinos and the best place to gamble in North America attracting gamblers all over the world include those who plays on MobileCasinoCanada.ca, it also has come into its own as a family travel destination with other entertainment options. The Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre is a family friendly entertainment option that not only provides a hilarious show but is an example of the merits of rescuing pets. In this show, Popovich tours with 15 cats and dogs all rescued from shelters. For families with older children the Voodoo Zipline gives participants a view from the Rio Casino.

Paris
The city of light and love is also an ideal place for families to go on holiday. The major attraction here is Disneyland Paris which is located about an hour outside the city. Your children can expect to find all their favourite Disney characters with inspired rides. Opt to lodge at the Disneyland Hotel which provides some special opportunities for unique experiences at the park. The Walt Disney Studios can be found adjacent to the park.

Marrakech
This Moroccan city provides a unique cultural experience for families. With inexpensive flights, many families are visiting here during the summer. Expect to stroll through the bazaars and be mesmerized by the snake charmers. Camel rides can also be taken providing a one of a kind method of travel as well as a high vantage point from which to explore the city. The Atlas Mountains are within close proximity and can be explored as well.

The world is literally at your feet as you begin planning your family’s 2017 summer holiday. Where will it take you?
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Mandy

Win Some Batman Goodies With Paladone

It's time for the monthly Paladone giveaway and this month I have a fabulous bundle of Batman goodies for you worth £100. They are good to you aren't they!
How cool is this sleek black hip flask, it's the perfect gift for the older Batman fan. I'm loving the matt black finish and chrome lid.
If you are going to have hot drinks cup, you definitely want it to be a good looking as this one! I love the ridges at the bottom of the cup, perfect hand grips.
The matt black is back and this time on this mug! 
This backpack is really subtle in plain black with the chrome Batman symbol on the pocket.
How about a matching wallet to go inside your new backpack?
Plus a funky flask to keep your drinks warm or cold on your days out.
The final item is these playing cards, in a great keepsake tin!
How fantastic is this bundle? For your chance to win this bundle, you can enter via the Gleam widget below, do read the terms and conditions before entering. Good Luck!
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Terms and Conditions
Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via Gleam. All entry methods are optional. Make sure you complete each entry correctly or you will be disqualified. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the giveaway ending. If they do not respond within 28 days a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow up to 28 days for the prize to arrive. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value if the original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open until 11.59pm on 21st July 2017
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Starting Your Holiday The Right Way

Its one month until I jet off on my annual week away for the children for some much-deserved respite. We really enjoy our time away and we always start our holiday with a trip to the executive lounge at Manchester Airport. It feels like a real treat and it's so relaxing compared to the hustle and bustle of a busy airport. I am teaming up with Destination 2  to offer one of my readers a voucher for 2 people to use the executive lounge on 1 of 12 airports, read on for your chance to win!
Destination 2 have created a fab blog post giving you a 7-day countdown for getting ready for your holiday abroad. So I thought I would share some of my top tips 5 for preparing to jet off.

1. Packing
Pack your case the week before you go! This gives you plenty of opportunity to make sure you have everything you need. I also always rolls my clothes rather than folding as it saves so much room

2. Shop Around
When it comes to currency I never buy from the first place I find as there are lots of ships on the high street that will offer to beat any previous quote. There are also lots of great online deals to be had for currency.

3. Check Your Documents
Most importantly check the date on your passport, you would be surprised how many people arrive at the airport with an out of date passport.

4. Pre-Book Trips
I always like to do a few day trips when I am away. I have always booked them in a resort with an agent. But last year I found that it was more cost effective to book and pay for my trips before I went. The cost of booking directly with attractions saved me roughly £60 last year. 

5. Research The Area
I love to explore the area I am staying in and Google is my friend when it comes to finding out what's what. 

What are your best tips for planning your holiday abroad, I would love to hear them? Now it's time for the giveaway, want to win those lounge passes? Enter via the widget below, do read the terms and conditions before entering.

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Terms and Conditions
Open to UK & Ireland residents over 18years. 1 prize for 1 winner, chosen at random via Gleam. All entry methods are optional. Make sure you complete each entry correctly or you will be disqualified. Come back each day for extra entries. Winner will be contacted within 3 days of the giveaway ending. If they do not respond within 28 days a new winner will be chosen. Your details will be passed to the PR/Company and nobody else. Delivery is the responsibility of the PR/Company. Raising the Rainbows is not responsible for any damaged or missing prizes. Please allow up to 28 days for the prize to arrive. The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of similar value if the original isn't available. Bulk or automated entries will be disqualified. Giveaway open until 11.59pm on July 9th 2017
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A Few Simple Lingerie and Bra Buying Tips

Most women like shopping for clothes, with maybe one exception. Not everyone enjoys shopping for underwear. It is time-consuming and tricky to get right, as is evidenced by the fact that most women are wearing the wrong size bra.

According to a survey carried out by Triumph, the Swiss lingerie firm, 76% of the 10,000 women they asked had bought the wrong size bra more than once. With this in mind, I decided to put together a quick lingerie buying guide. Using the tips below should help you to identify the best style for you and make sure you buy the right size.

Buy from the right type of retailer
The first tip is to buy from a retailer that sells the type of lingerie that is most likely to fit you. For example, if you are a bit overweight lingerie and bras from Simply Be are a great option. This retailer specialises in selling plus size clothes. Therefore, their designers use the cuts that best work for the curvier figure. They use high quality materials that provide adequate support as well as look sexy.
Going online and having a look around is a good way to find those retailers sell the style of lingerie that is likely to suit you best. Speaking to friends and finding out where they buy their bras and panties is another good way to narrow down your options.

Try on different styles and cuts
An awful lot of women carry on wearing the same style of lingerie, for too long. They tend to stick with what they know and forget that every woman´s body changes shape, over time. As you age, the shape of your breasts changes, you tend to get broader across the hips, and often go up several dress sizes. Inevitably, after a while, a cut that was once perfect for you no longer provides you with enough support, even when you buy it in a bigger size. For this reason, it is important to regularly try on different styles of underwear. It really is the best way to work out which cuts work best for you, right now.

Get professionally measured
The fact that your body changes shape so often means that it is worth getting yourself professionally measured. There are quite a few retailers that offer this service.

If you do not have the time to do this, or cannot book an appointment in a local store, do not worry, because you can easily measure yourself. Use this video to learn how to do it the right way.

Think about how you will wear your lingerie.

Lastly, before you buy, think about how, and when, you are planning to wear your lingerie. You really do not want the top of your bra, or the straps, to show when you wear your favourite style of party dress.

Using the advice above will help you to identify the right cut and size lingerie for you. It should also make it easier for you to shop for your bra and panties online, where you can find the best deals.

New glasses from The Glasses Shop

I had my eyes retested last month and got myself lovely new pair of glasses. I made the mistake of leaving them on the sofa and one of the kids kindly snapped the arm of them! Luckily for me a week later The Glasses Shop got in touch to see if I was interested in reviewing a new pair of eyeglasses from their huge well-priced range. They also allowed me to choose a pair of prescription sunglasses, perfect with my holiday coming up soon.
The first thing I must mention is these glasses come from abroad, so they do take around 2 weeks to arrive. You will be provided with full shipping details when you order though, the postage wait it well worth the savings you make from ordering from the site for sure. My order arrived 10 days after I ordered and they were well packaged in hard cases for protection. 
For my actual glasses, I opted for a men's frame, I have a bit of a moon head and some very fetching hamster cheeks and some ladies frames do me no justice. I opted for the Joseph frame in tortoise shell priced at just £25.32! They have spring loaded sides for comfort and a nice wide set frame with adjustable nose pads. 
I was pleased to see that the lenses have an anti-reflection coating on them, perfect for when I am working on my computer. I am really pleased with how they look and how they fit on my face. They are really comfortable. This particular frame also comes in black.
I have never owned a pair of prescription sunglasse, but now is the time as my optometrist says I must wear my glasses all the time. There are some really funky designs when it comes to sunglasses on the website. I wanted a nice subtle pair and the Amelia frames really fitted my criteria. They come in a lovely subtle red colour, with a choice of tint colour on the lenses. Another absolute bargain price of £27.42!
We are in the midst of a heatwave in Manchester, it makes a nice change from the awful weather we normally get. It also means I have been able to road test my new sunnies. They are a lovely fit and most importantly don't slip down my nose when I'm hot! They don't have spring loaded sides but are made of good quality plastic so are quite flexible. I love the black material case they come with, they offer great protection when they aren't in use.
I would use The Glasses Shop again, the savings are great and the products are fab quality, I'm more than happy with the service.
I have a fantastic discount code available for 50% off, just enter code GSHOT50
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Mandy 

All Things Wedding

So my little sister got married in June and I was tasked with finding her all she would need for her reception on her big day. She works nights so her time is tight and I always have time on my hands nowadays, so it's the perfect solution. I have been gathering all sorts of samples that would be perfect for your special day, whether you're looking for favours, tableware or decorations.
How about personalised handmade soaps to give as wedding favours? Bean and Boy have just released mini bar versions of their popular large soaps and they've completely flown off the shelves. Their artisan handmade soap has been designed for sensitive skin and is loved by families. It's handmade in small batches, is completely cruelty-free and uses responsibly-sourced vegan ingredients. The soaps come beautifully gift boxed and would look truly stunning.
If you're looking for a bride and groom then how about these adorable itty bitty ones from Hallmark. They are super soft and cuddly and the perfect size to go on the cake table either side of the cake and they make perfect keepsakes.
For the wedding favours I headed over to eBay, just type in favours and you get pages full of all things wedding. I found these love white heart dragees for only £2 for a bag of 50! That was enough to put 2 in each favour box.
My sister wanted something personalised in the favour boxes, a keepsake that guests could keep. I hunted these Lovehearts down on eBay, they can be personalised with your names and your wedding date. They actually arrived really quickly and were around £8 for 30 tubes.
It's just not a wedding favour without sugared almonds, is it! This bag of 50 was from Ebay and was only a few pounds. They have a whole range of colours and quantities available so you can customise with your wedding theme.
I love how delicate these favour boxes are, I did need to build them all though, all 25 of them and it took ages! The all slotted together securely though and were a bit of a bargain at £2 for 25!
All of the next items were supplied by the fabulous team over at House Of Party, who have a whole range of wedding party ranges to suit any budget and any design. I told them the wedding theme was pink and they matched me with the fab geo blush range and sent me a party box containing everything I would need for the reception. With Signs and bunting from just £6 decorating your venue doesn't have to cost the earth. I loved the air fill balloons, they were so easy to fill and hang
 
Rather than cut into her lovely cake on the day, we decided to buy some tray bakes and fill these cake boxes and put them out on the table for the guests to take home. It worked well and the boxes went down a treat. The cake boxes are £4.50 per pack of 10 from the House of Party website.
I think a card box is a lovely idea, this one from the geo blush range is only £7.50 and fab size. it just pops up and you add the lid, it was great for putting on the gift table.
I added these chocolate favours into the favour boxes and they were the perfect size. They are individually wrapped and come in boxes of 20. They are £6.75 per box and they were really yummy, we only needed 25, so still got 2 boxes which meant I got to eat a few when I was favour box making!
To match the geo blush range is this lovely Mr & Mrs table confetti priced at only £3.99. I liked that it was slightly larger than standard table confetti and the multi colours and stripes looked fab on the tables.
The beautifully bound guest book was stunning, the gold trim really stands out. The pages where plain white to enable guests to write their own messages for the bride and groom. It tied with a pretty white ribbon and is a beautiful keepsake.
My sister wasn't having a formal sit done meal after her wedding, she favoured a small family party and buffet. So we used the place cards to reserve seating in the registry office for family members. This ensured they got a good seat and saved us having to tell anyone where to sit.
For the tableware House of Party sent me the pattern works range, in the geometric gold and pink stripe design. The plates and cups come in packs of 8 and the napkins in packs of 15 all priced at £3.49 a pack, the compliment the geo blush range perfectly.
The Bride and Groom had a fab day, they looked amazing and they loved all the little wedding touches I provided through my blog. My sister was really pleased with the room decor, I highely recommend House of Party, Ebay, Bean and Boy and Hallmark for all yor little touches for your DIY wedding decor.
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Mandy

Vax 32V Blade Cordless

I have a big obsession with vacuums, I think it stems from having cats when I was younger and hating cat hairs. I have a dog myself and the battle of dog hairs is an ongoing issue. I look for a machine that can easily glide from carpet to flooring, easy to get up the stairs and ideally cordless but powerful. I was sent the new Vax 32V blade to try out. Check out the unboxing video below!

I have been using it now for a few weeks and I have enjoyed using it. I am also impressed with its power and performance against those pesky pet hairs. It boasts to be as powerful as a corded vacuum and I have no complaints and have to agree with the statement.
The unit is really easy to assemble all the attachments clip on and off with ease and the dust bin empties with the flick of a catch. I really like that you can completely remove the filter and give it a good clean out to. My unit came with some power already in it and I was able to do the whole house of just 50% battery. The battery indicator is a welcome addition to the unit, it can help you judge if you can finish your job or not. A full charge takes 4 hours and gives you 45 minutes run time, which is more than enough to cover my 3-bed house top to bottom.
The long extension pole is perfect for using the unit as an upright hoover, but I love to use it without too, it's great for cleaning the sofas and hoovering the individual stairs. The boost mode is great for sucking up all the dog hairs, but using the boost function does reduce your operating time, but it does work just as well on normal mode. I really like the multi-directional head, it makes going round corners really easy and makes sure you get all the little bits of dust from every corner. The whole unit is made from good quality moulded plastic and has a good weight behind it, it's not too heavy though and it comfortable to use without hurting your arm. Inside the box, you also get a crevice tool, which is great for doing down the sides of the sofas and the skirting boards, so it is a great all round one stop cleaning service. The Vax 32V Blade is currently on sale on the Vax website for £179.99, which is a saving of £120, so grab one now!
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Mandy
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