Hotter Shoes at Chelsea

I was recently invited to a Hotter shoe party in Horsham by BakesBooksandMyBoys which got me very excited as I never treat myself to anything! This was going to be my first experience of Hotter shoes, and after a warm welcome and a few nibbles I set about browsing the store.

I decided to have my feet measured, as I can’t remember the last time I did this, and after some trying on and great advice from the staff discovered that I have strange feet. Although I am a standard six, due to a low ankle bone and narrow heels a five and a half or narrow fitting was a much better fit. I was very impressed with the patience and of the Hotter store staff as I spent an hour trying to find the right shoes. Only slightly disappointed that they didn’t have the chosen ones in stock, they offered to have the shoes ordered and delivered to my home.

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Leaving with an empty bag, was a little strange, but I was assured they would arrive shortly. I was excited that I would no longer be a hotter shoe virgin. Sure enough after about 10 days my shoes arrived, I had chosen Quake in Mauve Nubuck (although I think they look more of a soft pink). They fitted perfectly and had arrived just in time for me to set them the ultimate test a day out at Chelsea Flower show.

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Chelsea flower show was the perfect test of all the Hotter shoe claims, comfort, style and adventure! There was no slipping about on the tube as the touch fastening kept them in place. They certainly had style and looked so much nicer than my trainers. I saw so many people as they left changing out of their shoes into something more comfy. I didn’t have too, as the Hotter shoes have millions of little bubbles in the soles to keep your feet comfy. It certainly was a long day on my feet, and with plenty of walking I made it home with happy feet, and a camera full of fantastic flower pictures.

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I have been impressed with my Hotter shoes, and the fact that 80% of the shoes from Hotter are British made means that I will be back for more very soon. If you would like to try hotter shoes for yourself I have an offer to share with you, use the code PPATEN to receive £10 off plus free delivery for your first order, then you too will no longer be a Hotter shoes virgin!

Terms and conditions are £10 off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to £10 off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products and accessories) plus FREE delivery. Minimum order value £25. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers. Expires 30/6/16

Disclaimer I was given a pair of hotter shoes in return for being asked to write about the event. The words remain my own and have not been altered.


Serenata Hampers, great Mothers Day gifts – Review

Last week I received a Hamper from Serenata Flowers and I couldn’t be more pleased with the contents, chocolate and lots of it!
Serenata Flowers are an online retailer, who send out not only flower gifts but food, chocolates, wine and even plants. With the chance to personalise the content of your gift with a little message, or even a cute teddy they really have got every occasion covered.

serenata flowers and hampers

With Mothers day at the end of the week, chocolate is always on my list so I asked to be sent a surprise gift. I was sent the Chocolate Temptations Hamper, and it came in a beautifully decorated and packed box. The contents had been carefully placed so that when you open the box you can clearly see all the contents. The hamper contained a box of truffles, a box of chocolates, meringues, fudge, two tubs of chocolate covered nuts and one of ginger. With a RRP of £39.99 the Chocolate Temptation hamper is currently discounted by five pounds to £34.99, so great value, with free next day delivery. I was impressed at how well the Serenata Flowers hamper had arrived undamaged, and looking very pretty in its blue striped box.

serenata chocolates

I was keen to see if the flavours were as good as the packaging so started with the chocolate ginger which is an absolute favourite of mine and the little pot of ginger in the Serenata hamper didn’t disappoint on flavour. The more fiery the better and this ginger had a great spark to it. The chocolates taste good and I love the little personal touches of ribbons and bows on each of the gifts in the hamper.
Looking through the Serenata website I found plenty of choice making it difficult to find a favourite item, and I love that you can add personal touches to make your Serenata gift truly unique.

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I am excited to give one of my readers the chance to try a Serenata Flowers gift for themselves, with this lovely Time for Tea gift that would suit any Mum, Granny or tea loving friend. The Time for Tea set comes with a cute pink basket, biscuits, chocolates, preserves, tea (you will have to add your own hot water and cup) and the addition of a cute bear, with a total value of £39.98. For your chance of winning this lovely Serenata Flowers Time for Tea gift, please complete the gleam app below leaving a comment on this post.

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Serenata Flowers Gift

Disclaimer we were sent the Serenata Flowers Hamper to review and the opinions remain mine and have not been altered.

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Moonpig British Flowers – Review

Moonpig British Flowers are a range of Summer inspired bouquets which can be delivered direct to you or your loved ones door. I will confess to loving flowers in my garden, and not so much in a vase. I think this is in part to having a very unromantic husband, and a lack of flower arranging abilities. It’s therefore all the more special to receive flowers and when Moonpig sent me their new British Happy Days bouquet I was very thrilled with the flowery treat. I was interested to see from a receivers point of view from ordering how quickly and efficiently the flowers arrived. The box arrived next day, and was in perfect condition. The flowers were very cleverly packed and not a single broken flower head.

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I was amazed for the price of £25 what good value the British Happy Days bouquet was. The flowers were all in bud so took a couple of days to start looking their best, but with so many of my favourite flowers I was very impressed. The bouquet includes, sunflowers, asters, stocks and my favourite snapdragons!

I have to say that I had never thought of the airmiles incurred by flowers, and as all the Moonpig British bouquets are home-grown it can only be a good thing to support our farmers, and cut down on the environmental impact. Moonpig have a great assortment of all British grown flowers in their range, suiting budgets from £25 to £40.Moonpig also include a free card with each order, not only represent good value, but that nice personal touch wich I am always looking for in a gift.

Happy Days Bouquet from Moonpig

I will of course be dropping a few hints to Dad Dragon in the hope that I receive a few more flowery surprises in the future, and thanks to Moonpig for my lovely flowers, which are still brightening my dining room table.

Disclaimer, I was sent a bouquet of flowers in return for an honest review, the opinions are mine and have not been altered.

Beautiful Flowers

When I was offered some beautiful flowers to brighten my day I could hardly say no, and when they arrived I was a little disappointed that they didn’t look too happy. I followed the instructions and popped the roses in hot water for an hour, and fed the lilies. Now look, a week later and they are blooming their little socks off!

Beautiful flowers

I love beautiful flowers especially if they are blooming in my garden, there is something really special about growing something from a really tiny seed, then seeing it full-grown. Sometimes I even pick a few flowers and pop them on my kitchen windowsill or dining table.

I have always enjoyed gardening, and had mixed results from growing from seed. There was the time I planted carrots and one popped up. Or the time I planted suede and 200 popped up! I did well with sweet corn in the first year, but no luck since. I have had the same luck with flowers, and it seems all or nothing. Sutton Seeds have a fantastic range of seeds to choose from. This year I couldn’t resist having a go at growing some new flowers. Yes The Soup Dragon is going to grow some Clangers, which are actually Dahlia’s. I can’t say I am confident, but I am sure it will not be the fault of the seeds. If I don’t have some amazing blooms to show for my efforts it wont be because of Suttons seeds as they have over 200 years of garden expertise.

suttons seeds

If like me you like healthy ready to go plants, without the hassle, I think their range of plug plants look like a great alternative. Suttons Seeds also sell plenty of soft fruit plants and even fruit trees which you can have sent direct to your home address with a reasonable postal charge and lots of special offers. We have some great fruit plants in the garden, including red and black currants, and I like to try out unusual plants too like my Pineberry’s (white strawberry’s).

This year I will be having one last try to grow from seed, then I think that buying my plants in will have to be a serious consideration! Wish me luck growing my Clangers, and why not have a look at Suttons Seeds website for some great garden plants for all gardening abilities!

Disclaimer I was sent some flowers in return for this post.





Spring in the Garden

I have been out taking some spring pictures in the garden. These are just a few as I try out my new camera ready for our holiday later in the year, and also here is hoping for a busy and warm summer!

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Moonpig Gifts for Mothers Day

Did you know sell flowers and gifts? Well I didn’t, I thought they just sold cards! So when I was invited to have a look at the new range of Mothers Day flowers I was interested to see what Moonpig had to offer.

moonpig flowers

I was very surprised at Moonpig’s extensive range of not only flowers but chocolates and plants, some amazing personalised cards and even bottles of Fizz! Yes, something for every type of Mum. I have designed cards with before, for special people and occasions, so I know this is a very easy process. Now shopping for gifts and flowers for is just as easy. With a great range you can browse by gift ranges, bestsellers or even British Grown plants and flowers.

moonpig plants

I loved all the different Moonpig bouquets, and was particularly taken with the range of planters and garden plants available. I think its nice to have a plant that you can enjoy for years to come. The planters and pot plants looked well presented and would be great for any keen gardening Mum, like me! There were some lovely different bouquets with unusual lilies’ and Protea as well as better known roses and gerbera mixes. Lots of the Moonpig Bouquets will also make lovely gifts for a special person, and I loved the spring bouquets which would brighten up any dull day.

moonpig gifts

The gift baskets had some lovely and surprising and scrummy looking gifts including Montezuma’s which are made locally here in Sussex and have some fantastic chocolate treats. With smellies, from Beau Jardin, with no nasty additives and even mini sponge cakes which all make me very happy if I received them.

The prices for all the Moonpig gifts were are very competitive and include delivery and in some cases a free card. Delivery next day if you order before 4pm (Mon-Fri) means you can find a good package for you.

Mother’s Day Delivery:

·         Flowers under £30-Last order 2pm Friday28th for Saturday 29th delivery

·         Flowers over £30- Last order 4pm Saturday 29th for Mother’s Day delivery

·         Free card with all flowers and selected gifts

So no excuse not to have a stunning gift for your Mum in time for her special Day, rather than the last minute garage forecourt offerings.

I certainly will keep Moonpig in mind next time I am looking for something special for someone. I love the personal touches and being able to have enough choice to find the perfect fit for the recipient. Fingers crossed if I drop enough hints I might even get a Moonpig gift in time for Mothers Day!

Disclaimer, thanks to Moonpig for the invitation and sample gifts, and remuneration, the opinions remain my own and have not been changed.