Sweet dreams with Tweak Slumber

Mini Tweak Sleep Kit from Tweak Slumber containing a luxury lavender candle, room spray, sleep spray, sleep tea and an eye mask

To celebrate the launch of their new website, Tweak Slumber are offering one of our readers one of their Mini Tweak Sleep Kits.

The Mini Tweak Sleep Kit from Tweak Slumber contains a luxury lavender candle, room spray, sleep spray, sleep tea and an eye mask. Lavender is well-known to help you relax and enhance your mood.

Just what you need to help keep you calm in the busy run up to Christmas. Say ‘night, night’ to frazzled sleep!

To be in with a chance of winning, tell us what keeps you awake at night.

Mini Tweak Sleep Kit from Tweak Slumber




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Make your own soap

Win a Soap Kitchen Christmas melt & pour soap making kit with H is for Home

I was never very good at science subjects at school; I couldn’t get my head around physics and chemistry especially. I enjoyed doing the practical experiments – adding one substance to another to make a solution – it’s very much like baking. However, reading in a text book that combining H2O with NaOH causes a reaction that results in Na+ and OH- ions and lots of heat, was Greek to me.

Vanilla soap making kit from The Soap Kitchen | H is for Home

Fast-forward 30-something years and I’ll now always remember that particular little nugget of chemistry. H2O (water) and NaOH (caustic soda) are essential ingredients in soap making.

Tools needed for DIY soap making | H is for Home

Add them to vegetable oil with a dash of essential oil, whisk it all up… and magic happens!

Caustic soda and water solution Liquid soap | H is for Home

Pour the resulting custard-like liquid into your mould or moulds, allow it to cool slowly for 24 hours and you get your lovely bars or block of soap.

Soap hardening in a cardboard mould | H is for Home

The Christmas melt & pour soap making kit that we’re giving away contains moulds in the shapes of a Christmas tree, gingerbread person, reindeer, Santa Claus and an angel. As this kit doesn’t include caustic soda, it’s suitable for use by children with adult supervision.

Slab of home-made vanilla soap | H is for Home Sliced slab of home-made vanilla soap | H is for Home

I really enjoyed making my own soap for the very first time. Having the kit with all the ingredients pre-portioned meant that it was really easy and I was confident embarking upon the strange chemistry & alchemy! I now have the courage to buy all the ingredients in larger quantities and try out other oils and fragrances.

Wrapping hand-made vanilla soap | H is for Home

Some of the bars of vanilla soap I’ve made have now been wrapped up in tissue paper and tied with string ready to be stocking fillers for friends & family.

The Soap Kitchen melt & pour soap-making kit

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Put it in your diary!

Personalised H is for Home Toad diary

Hey, it’s October – the new school year has begun, many universities get under way next week. And, yes, Christmas and the new year are just around the corner. Good thing we’ve been super efficient and already have our personalised 2018 H is for Home diary to hand!

Personalised and customised H is for Home 2018 diary

We can’t take all the credit for being organised though; TOAD got in touch with us to collaborate on a review and give-away for our readers. TOAD®, which stands for TodayOrAnyDay, is giving someone the opportunity to design their very own personalised, customised, hand-made diary.

Personalised H is for Home Toad diary

Need a diary that starts at the beginning of the school term? Want one that commences on the day you embark on a year-long trip around the world? What about a diary that begins on your birthday?

Personalised H is for Home Toad diary

You can not only select the start date; you can choose the page layout, cover theme, colour & design, even the type of binding.

Personalised H is for Home Toad diary

Even though I have a calender app on my laptop, nothing beats good old pen & paper. I find the act of writing something down genuinely helps me remember it! Call me old fashioned, I also think it’s often so much easier to retrieve information by quickly flipping through pages than tapping on an app.

Personalised H is for Home Toad diary

With the help of a personalised TOAD® diary, you’ll have your life going according to plan in no time!

Personalised H is for Home Toad diary

To enter this month’s competition, comment telling us what would be the first entry in your new diary. As usual, there are lots of extra ways to gain bonus entries. Best of luck!

Personalised & customised TOAD® diary

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We’ve got Bags of Love!

Win a personalised triptych canvas artwork with Bags of Love & H is for Home

Bags of Love is offering one of our readers one of their personalised triptych canvas artworks. A lovely way to pep up the walls in your bedroom or lounge.

Bags of Love triptych canvas above a white sofa

The example on offer measures 90cm x 30cm – each of the three panels is 30cm2. Upload photos to the Bags of Love from your mobile phone, computer or Facebook or Instagram accounts. You can even chose from their own image library.

Panoramic photograph of Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire

I downloaded the lovely photograph above of the Ribblehead Viaduct from the internet to practice making an artwork.

Turning the panoramic view of Ribblehead Viaduct into a triptych on the Bags of Love website

It was just the right ratio for the job – 3 times wider than tall – it created a trio of perfect squares.

Photograph of the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District

I tried again with a photograph of one of Justin’s favourite locations in the country – the Langdale Pikes in the Lake District.

Turning the panoramic view of the Langdale Pikes into a triptych on the Bags of Love website

It wasn’t the exact size to slot into three equal squares, however you can resize and crop the image until you’re happy with the composition.

Preview of the Langdale Pikes triptych artwork on the Bags of Love website

You can also use three separate images – for example, a portrait of your 3 children… or your pets!

To enter, let us know in the comments what subject matter you’d chose to display on your triptych.

Personalised triptych canvas artwork from Bags of Love




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Burn baby burn!

Win a bucket of Flamers with Certainly Wood & H is for Home

For this month’s competition, we have a fantastic prize that you’ll use all year round. We’ve teamed up with Certainly Wood to offer one of our readers a bucket of Flamers firelighters.

Small pile of flamers on their box | H is for Home

We’ve been trialling these Flamers recently and we can really sing their praises. They’re a wonderful product – renewable, untreated wood shavings dipped in refined wax. They have a long burn which makes lighting fires easy and reliable. Also, there’s none of the harsh, chemical aromas that you get from other types of firelighter.

Flamer igniting with kindling | H is for Home

And as if that wasn’t enough, they actually look great too. They’re attractive additions to the fireside in the same way a basket of logs gives a natural, cosy look to a room. In addition to wood burners and open fires, they’re also perfect for barbecues and pizza ovens. We’re complete converts and won’t be using anything else in the future.

Bucket full of Flamers in front of our wood buring stove | H is for Home

To enter, simply tell us in the comments section below how you usually light your fire or barbecue.

Bucket full of Flamers in front of our wood buring stove | H is for Home

Bucket of Flamers fire lighters

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It’s a stick up!

Win a £50 Inkmill voucher with H is for Home

As we said yesterday, we’ve been slowly turning our home office into a place where we actually want to work. It had become a bit of a dumping ground for clothes and shoes and stacked boxes of shop stock. We’ve cleared it all away and it’s looking like an actual room again!

Inkmill Vinyl chalkboard on a wall in a corner of our home office | H is for Home nkmill Vinyl chalkboard on a wall in a corner of our home office | H is for Home

As part of our home office makeover, we’ve installed a lovely, custom-made adhesive chalkboard provided by Inkmill Vinyl. We can quickly jot down packing lists, event dates, item requests, phone messages and so on.

Crow vinyl sticker above a light switch

This month, we’re giving someone the opportunity to win their own sticker, decal or wall art up to the value of £50.

Green cheese plant vinyl sticker on a sitting room wall

Stick up a height chart for a kid’s bedroom, adhere opaque patterned film to the bathroom window or create a statement wall by affixing your favourite poem or inspirational quote. There are so many options & possibilities!

Pink castle vinyl sticker on a bedroom wall

Pictured here is just a tiny example of the many, many patterns from which to choose!

Mouse and mouse hole vinyl sticker on skirting board

 Enter our competition by commenting below saying which vinyl sticker, decal or wall art you’d like to win.

Yellow vinyl dinosaur height chart sticker on a bedroom wall

£50 Inkmill Vinyl voucher

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