Win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher

Win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher | H is for Home

I know February is the shortest month… but where has it gone?! So here we are in March, starting off with a brand new competition to win a £50 First Choice Lighting voucher.

Selection of products available at First Choice Lighting for under £50 | H is for Home

If you’re our lucky winner, you can spend your voucher on anything from First Choice Lighting’s extensive range. Splash out on a single statement piece like a chandelier (or the woven rattan floor lamp [bottom left in the picture above] which caught our eye). Alternatively, buy a bulk number of energy-efficient LED bulbs… we’ve been meaning to replace all our traditional ones with these!

To enter the give-away, leave us a comment at the bottom of this post telling us which product(s) from their website you’d choose with your £50!

£50 voucher for First Choice Lighting

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Bundle of books giveaway

Bundle of books offered as a competition prize | H is for Home

We’ve got an H is for Home give-away for the month February. It’s been a bit grey, misty and chilly of late – just the weather for hunkering down indoors with a good book. So, we decided to put together a small bundle of books as a competition prize. They’ll be of particular interest to lovers of vintage and home interiors.

Animation of books being given away in H is for Home's February 2017 competition

The books have been sent to us by various authors and publishers to read & review, which we’ve done over recent months and years in our Bookmarks series. There are five books in total, they’ve been well looked after and are all in excellent condition.

You can have a sneek peek of the books we’re offering in the photos and links to the reviews below.

To win the bundle of books, let us know in the comments section at the end of the post how you found out about this competition.

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The Homemade Home

page from 'Design Bloggers at Home' book | H is for Home page from 'Design Bloggers at Home' book | H is for Home
Design Bloggers at Home

Page from 'Flea Market Chic' book | H is for Home Page from 'Flea Market Chic' book | H is for Home
Flea Market Chic

Page from 'The Comforts of Home' | H is for Home Page from 'The Comforts of Home' | H is for Home
The Comforts of Home

Collection of interiors books offered as a competition prize | H is for Home

Hopefully, the lucky winner will be able to light the fire, curl up a comfy chair, grab a glass of wine or hot cup of tea… and allow themselves a few moments to browse these lovely books. They should last a few sittings. Good luck!

Bundle of books

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Bag a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses

Win a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop | H is for Home

Happy New Year, people! Have you made any resolutions? Do you have any plans for 2017?

January is traditionally the time when people book their holidays. Either some last-minute winter skiing, some winter sunshine or a far-flung city break.

A selection of four sunglasses available at Sunglasses Shop | H is for Home

Whichever holiday you choose, you’ll need to pack your sunglasses in your hand luggage. Not got a pair? We can help you out of that situation! We’ve teamed up with Sunglasses Shop to offer one of our readers a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses*. (Please see the note below for the few models not included!)

To enter, visit the Ray-Ban page on the Sunglasses Shop website then return here to leave a comment below telling us which pair you’d like to win. It’s that simple! There are lots of other ways to increase your chances of winning – and this comp is open to our international readers too!

A pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from Sunglasses Shop

*Excludes polarised and prescription lenses and titanium and aluminium frames

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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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