Eyeshadow, perfume and a football shirt

These are my latest competition wins that have arrived. I love the signed football shirt! Its from a Twitter win with Capital One and the team is Swindon FC. I absolutely adore little wins like these that are special.
My next one is a cute little love hearts air freshener from Evan Halshaw on Twitter. It smells gorgeous! I was only going to buy one the other day as well, so luck was definitely on my side. 
I have to say most of my wins come from Twitter, but then that is my preferred social media site. My Twitter handle is @RachelBustin if you want to pop over and say hi to me over there! I spend many hours a day on there catching up on book news, entering competitions, reading new posts from my favourite bloggers and catching up on news in general. I have been on Twitter since 2009 and have loved every minute of it!. It is the quickest way to enter competitions, with most only needing a retweet. When you are time short (like me!) it’s ideal! I enter loads when I’m on my lunch breaks at work!
 
I won the book Techbitch by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza in the photo from a Goodreads giveaway. It’s a chick-lit novel about Imogen Tate who is editor-in-chief of Glossy magzine, returning from a sabatical to find someone else in her job. I see a lot of rivalry and fighting going to happen here hence the name Techbitch!
I received this beautiful perfume sample through the post yesterday. It’s called La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche by Guerlain Paris. The scent is exquisite, flowery with a pistachio note. It is one I would definitely go out and buy. I love perfume samples, they are ideal testers to see if the scent suits you before you go out and buy the full size bottle.
I won these gorgeous eye shadows from Twitter as well! They are a collection of Next eye shadows. I normally always wear brown shades so will come in very useful. The quality of the shadow is fairly good but after a few hours I did notice some cracking on my eye lids. I don’t normally buy makeup from Next preferring brands like Rimmel that specialize in makeup, but I will make use of them.
So that’s my mid week catch up for you on competition wins. Don’t forget you can follow me on Bloglovin to keep up to date on my latest posts on, books, gardening and my competition wins. 
Rachel xx

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My #NationalGardeningWeek

At the weekend we decided to go for a potter around our local garden centres, which are B&Q and Homebase looking for inspiration for the garden. I have read on Twitter this week that it’s National Gardening Week so that’s given me the push to get outside in the lovely Cornish sun during my week off work!
Anyway the lovely lady on the door in B&Q gave us this copy of their new Enjoy Spring/Summer magazine, and as you know me by now I love a good freebie! It contains everything, from all your inside home furnishings to garden furniture and lawnmowers.

As we were walking around I was flicking through the pages and came across a really handy cut out and keep guide as to when to plant your veg seeds. I love anything like this and think it’s a fab idea to get organised especially for novice gardeners.

It is very clear and easy to understand with different coloured stripes so you know what to plant where. For example the red stripes tell you when to sow the seeds inside and the light orange colour stripe tells you when to sow outside.
On the next page is a quick easy month by month guide on what you should be doing in your garden on any particular month. Another handy guide to cut out and keep. 
Here’s a little tip! I have a gardening journal where i keep little cutouts and jot down notes. It’s very similar to a recipe one but on gardening instead. It is very easy to set one up with any blank notebook you can find, then you can pop clippings and leaflets in alongside your notes. I normally staple my leaflets and cut out articles to the pages so they wont fall out.
A few years back B&Q were giving away these wall charts shown below, and Its one of the most useful guides I own. Always keep and eye out in your local garden centres for freebies like these, it’s surprising what you can find! 
On Bank Holiday Monday my local Homebase were giving away little polystyrene containers of nine plants for a donation to Macmillan Cancer charity. This was an amazing idea so I was more than happy to donate. The ones I chose are in the photo below.
These are the beautiful Viola flowers I chose and they are perfect for my patio tubs. Gorgeous colours, perfect all summer long!

This is my dads veg plot where he has just planted carrots, beetroots, parsnips and lettuce, to keep in with #NationalGardeningWeek! I don’t have the garden space at my house for a veg plot, so I grow my produce in tubs on my patio, along side my fruit bushes and flowers.
I would love to hear if you have any gardening plans this week.
Rachel xx

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Book Review: Missing Gretyl

I was given an electronic copy of Missing Gretyl: Only Fools and Trollops by the author Si Page to read on my Kindle. I thought it would be a very different book to try from my normal types of book, so was very excited to give it a go! I was not disappointed! 
The book is about Gretyl Trollop and her long suffering husband Albert, and the Soddall family. Their lives intertwine later on in the book and it was fun discovering how that happened! But for now I’ll tell you a little bit about the plot. 
Gretyl and Albert live in a block of flats in the East End, London, and Albert has a little garden allotment that is his escape from Gretyl. Gretyl spends her time going to car boots, collecting frogs, wearing wigs, complaining, acting like she has no money and generally annoying everyone she comes into contact with! She is an over the top character that you can’t help but learn to love.
The Soddall family are from an estate in Essex and are always looking to make quick easy money through some dodgy get rich scheme. They are Sharon, Dave and son Kevin who is the smart one in the family. Dave is on the look out for a “new scam to put them on the map” and they come up with a fantastic idea along with a crooked family friend, which eventually ends up involving Gretyl and Albert, Poncy Bridge and Marbella, but I don’t want to spoil that for you! You are in for a treat!
On a slightly negative note the book started off slow for me and took me a while to get into the character’s especially Gretyl. Who I didn’t really like at first but she grew on me with her eccentric and roguish ways, the further I got into the book. One of the best bits of the book is Gretyl’s waxing situation. I laughed so much it gave me stitches in my side!
Its an ideal read if you only read in small bursts which is what I did, as Its divided into little chapters that are easy to pick up. A book I will definitely read again! A very British sense of humour is needed for this book which will leave you laughing all the way till the end. A fantastic comedy novel from a brilliant writer!
You can also catch my review on Goodreads 
Rachel xx

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A Fantastic Book Win: Patalosh – The Time Travellers

I won this gorgeous book with a Goodreads giveaway on the 31st March and it arrived on the 8th April. It has travelled a long way from Los Angeles, California to Cornwall, United Kingdom but was wonderfully packaged so arrived undamaged.
The book is called Patalosh – The Time Travellers by Z Altug and Tracey Gensler and is aimed at children 8-12 ish. I received a hardback copy which has a very eye catching cover with a huge orange pumpkin on the front. The story is from an adventure-fantasy genre, based around the main character who is 10 year old Orion Spence. Orion must save his family, who are a captain and an officer on a time-travelling spaceship that have been kidnapped by an evil emperor.
I know it seems to be aimed mainly at children but with myself being a big kid I think adults could enjoy it as well!

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Competition: A Booklovers Giveaway!

I would like to offer my first competition to you all. As my blog is mostly about books it had to be a book giveaway and my other love, chocolates!
I have chosen three totally different books so that I’m sure everyone will like at least one of them. The first one is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. It is her debut novel and is an outstanding well written thriller. It contains many twists and turns that will leave you guessing till the very end! It did with me! 
The second book in my giveaway pack is called Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. I am a huge fan of Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and after I read that, I went out and purposely looked for books that were very similar, and I came across this one. It’s a very beautiful book that brings to life the traditional customs in China of foot-binding with an enchanting love story. 
The third book I’m giving away is The World According to Clarkson. His books are very funny and clever! I hope you enjoy!
Rachel xx
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