It’s a frame up!

Now Frame It competition | H is for Home

Do you have an endless collection of photos that you’ve taken on your phone? Perhaps you’ve posted a few of them to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or even Instagram. But how many of them have you actually had printed up and put into a frame?

'Metallic Glow' photo frames from Now Frame It

Now Frame It have made it a snip to turn your virtual snaps into physical mementos. With two shakes of a rabbit’s tail – well, it’s almost that quick & easy… With a mere 5 clicks of your mouse or taps on your screen, you can have lovely framed images delivered direct to your door!

Gallery wall of photos in square white frames from Now Frame It

Choose from your holiday snaps, wedding photos, school portraits or any image you like. They would also make a great Christmas or birthday present for your nearest & dearest.

Row of portrait and landscape photos framed in 'Colour Bloc' frames from Now Frame It

Visit the Now Frame It website to see their lovely range and then pop back here and tell us which frame(s) you’d choose and what photos/pictures you’d have framed. You could win a £50 voucher to spend on their website.

For us, we’d pick a few frames from the ‘Metallic Glow’ range – both the square and rectangular versions. We’d make a mosaic of photographs of Fudge (he’s very photogenic, you know!)

Now Frame It £50 voucher

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Sleep tight with the S+ by ResMed

Win an S+ by ResMed | H is for Home

Three of my all time favourite things are wrapped up into one with the S+ by ResMed – tech, stats… and sleeping!

Boxed S+ by ResMed | H is for Home

I was sent a sample to review and another to give away to one of our readers. As you may have seen in a previous post recently, I’m really interested in tracking my fitness levels and the quality of my sleep. I’m up for trying out any gadget that can help on either or both of those fronts.

Unboxed S+ by ResMed | H is for Home

As ResMed explains:

The S+ measures movements using ultra low power radio waves (less than 110 of Bluetooth®). The basic principle is similar to the echo location system used by bats to hunt insects. The S+ transmits a short pulse of radio waves at 10.5 GHz and then listens for the echo of the pulse. As you move, the phase of the echo changes and is converted into a signal that reflects your movement.

S+ by ResMed set up at my bedside | H is for Home

It may be ultra high tech, but was very easy to set up. Firstly, I plugged in the device, then downloaded the app to both my iPhone and iPad, I then linked them to the S+ by ResMed via Bluetooth. The app asked a few questions… height, weight, do I sleep on my back, front or side; do I sleep with a partner or pet; the size of the bed; type of mattress and pillows etc. I registered on the S+ website and then went through a dry run whilst lying on the bed in the dark. Just look at the difference between my breathing patterns on left and right!

S+ app monitor | H is for Home

The app works continuously throughout the night to record breathing and movement to analyse the night’s sleep.

S+ app showing my sleep history | H is for Home

Not only does it show all the different stages of sleep (and any disruptions) it reports – every 20 minutes – on the temperature, light level and any noise in the room. It also works out how much body & mind have been recharged overnight.

My nightly sleep details via the S+ app | H is for Home

It scores a night’s sleep out of 100 and shows where ‘points’ have been lost. On the night in question, it took me a long time to fall asleep, I had a coughing fit and I also had a mild case of restless legs which really didn’t help. I just didn’t get enough REM or deep sleep.

My sleep score | H is for Home

Each night before setting the app, it asks questions such as how many caffeinated or alcoholic drinks had been consumed during the day. As you can tell from the scores on the following night, my sleep improved by 7%. Was it due to the couple of glasses of wine I consumed? Perhaps it was because the dog didn’t wake up, circle around and reposition himself, crashing into the side of the bed as he does most nights.

My sleep history recorded by the S+ by ResMed device

I’ve been using the monitor for less than a week so far, but I’m already totally hooked. I knew that for years I’ve been waking up each morning feeling exhausted, but not recalling the disruptions in sleep that have clearly been happening. The S+ mentor gives pointers as to how to up your score and, in so doing, improve your sleep.

The S+ Mentor

ResMed is offering an S+ sleep monitoring system to one of our readers. Just leave a comment telling us what keeps you awake at night.

S+ sleep tracking system by ResMed

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Giving it some Welly!

Win a pair of Warm Welly Co. kids' wellies | H is for Home

Welcome back autumn! I lament the end of summer, but autumn is Justin’s favourite season of the year. He likes the nights drawing in, the trees turning russet, the crunch of fallen leaves underfoot – and his beloved log burner being lit again!

Line up of kids' Wellington boots from The Warm Welly Co.

The weather often turns wet and windy at this time of year, so when summer rolls on to autumn and winter, an essential piece of kit is a pair of Wellington boots. We have a super pair of kids’ boots to give away courtesy of The Warm Welly Co. Just the things for being outdoors splashing around in big, muddy puddles!

Line up of Warm Welly Co. wellies on a wall in the countryside

As the name suggests, they’re not just waterproof rubber wellies, they’re lined with neoprene to keep your kids’ feet & toes nice and toasty warm.

They’re available in sizes from toddler to teenager – and they’re soon to start producing them in adult sizes too!

To win a pair for your child, visit the The Warm Welly Co. website then return here to let us know what colour, style & size you’d like and who they’d be for!

A pair of kids’ wellies from The Warm Welly Co.

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Win a Hunkydory Home table lamp

Win a Hunkydory Home table lamp | H is for Home

Hello! September is here, so that means we have an all new competition starting for you to enter. This month, our long-time homewares friend, Hunkydory Home has provided a table lamp for one of our readers.

Blue lamp available at Hunkydory Home

Hunkydory Home is based up in Northumberland (we will visit that neck of the woods one day, the landscape looks stunning!) and has been making eye-catching lampshades and cushion covers for over a decade.

Zig-zag lamp available at Hunkydory Home

Each one is handmade using bright, colourful, mid-century inspired fabrics that will enhance any room in your home.

Yellow lamp available at Hunkydory Home

They have a large range of colours and patterns from which to choose – some are exclusive to Hunkydory Home – so you won’t find them anywhere else!

Bedside lamp available at Hunkydory Home

To be in with a chance of winning, visit the Hunkydory Home webshop and tell us which lamp you’d like to own and where in your home you’d put it.

Hunkydory Home table lamp

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A tale of tails

Fudge's tails.com food has arrived | H is for Home

We’re running this month’s competition in association with tails.com – and Fudge is obviously very happy to get involved in this one!

Fudge's tails.com email order confirmation | H is for Home

As you can see, he couldn’t contain his excitement when the package arrived.

Fudge and his tailor-made food chart | H is for Home

The prize is a month’s supply of bespoke dog (or puppy) food, tailor-made to your precious pooch’s needs – age, size, dietary requirements and health issues.

Fudge's tails.com diet assessment | H is for Home

tails.com is a really well designed and easy to navigate website. Just enter your pet’s details and it will magically tell you what mix of food they need and how much of it makes a portion. A handy scoop is included to help you measure the amount correctly every mealtime. Each month, you’ll receive a new delivery before your current bag of food runs out. You can update, pause or cancel online at any time.

Fudge waiting patiently for dinner time | H is for Home

Yada, yada, yada – can we get on with trying out the food now?

Fudge getting stuck into his tails.com food | H is for Home

Patience never was one of Fudge’s virtues, especially when it comes to food! He reminded us that it’s all well and good that the food is stuffed full of protein, vitamins and minerals, but is it tasty? We had to agree that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – so the waiting was over – and he genuinely loved it. Here he is devouring his bespoke dinner!

To win a month’s supply of tails.com tailor-made dog or puppy food leave a comment telling us the name, age and breed of your dog.

tails.com tailor-made dog or puppy food

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My Jolie Candle

Win a My Jolie Candle | H is for Home

A few weeks ago, we received a lovely parcel from My Jolie Candle. It was beautifully packaged and on opening the box, the aroma hit straight away – magical! The waft of caramel macaron made it almost good enough to eat.

Package received from My Jolie Candle | H is for Home

All the My Jolie candles are made from a mixture of natural vegetable and soy oils and waxes – no smoky, smelly paraffin here! The nine different scents are developed in Grasse, France; considered to be the perfume capital of the world. Here’s a 1-minute clip of the My Jolie candle story.

We’ve lit the candle a fair few times already and after more than 5 hours, the scent is still as strong as ever…

My Jolie Candle lit on a stool next to a leather armchair | H is for Home

I’ve chosen a ring candle but there are still a fair few hours burning time left before I find out what it is or how much it’s worth.

Lit My Jolie Candle with vintage industrial letters | H is for Home

To enter, simply tell us which one of the 9 scents available is your favourite. It’s that easy!

My Jolie candle

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