A Recipe Holder, The Pointless Book and a bottle of Pepsi!

While I was off work last week I had more time to comp and therefore won a few more bits than usual. I do believe in putting in lots of effort entering comps will eventually bring rewards. My little belief is that comping is 90% effort and 10% luck! I say it all to my friends who think I’m lucky, and tell them I put the hours in entering and enter 100’s a day so luck isn’t a huge deal to do with it. The odds will be in your favour if you enter loads and loads!
So last week I had these bits and bobs arrive!  A gorgeous recipe book stand for the kitchen, a book called The Pointless Book 2, my cute little chocolate Easter egg, a football from Budweiser, So…..? body spray from their instagram comp (which is my first instagram win!), and a bottle of cherry Pepsi with my profile pic on!  

 

The recipe book holder came from a competition with @CranksFood on Twitter. It is a gorgeous teal colour and with it being made of metal very sturdy.

The holder also came with three metal page markers with Starter, Main and Dessert written on them.
I won The Pointless Book 2 from a comp with WHSmith on Twitter. Its a great fun looking book full of dares, challenges, jokes and crazy activities! 

It is written by Alfie Deyes and is the second book from his brand of nothingness! It looks great fun I can’t wait to have a read and attempt the hilarious activities! A perfect time wasting book!
Thanks for having a read of my wins, I hope you are enjoying my blog. You can also find me on bloglovin 
Rachel xx

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Word of the Week 17/04/15

I came across the idea of writing a small post about your own word of the week on Twitter. It’s from the lovely thereadingresidence blog and comes with a linky to help you link up up with other bloggers. For a newbie like me, it’s a fantastic idea for others to find my little blog in the big wide blogging world! 
So what one word sums up your week? 
Mine is Lucky!
The reason I chose lucky is that I have had the most amazing luck in winning competitions this week. I have had this week off work and have been very lucky in that it has been the most gorgeous weather of the year so far down here in Cornwall. I also feel so lucky to live in Cornwall as well! Oh and my gorgeous nephew got his first choice in his primary school placement! 
My competition winning streak started on Monday, with winning 3 books from various Twitter competitions, a butterfly journal, a can of Dr Pepper and a recipe book holder. I have never had so many wins in one day! I felt so lucky. I always appreciate my competition wins and work so hard entering loads everyday, and finally my hard work is showing off. I always believe that winning is from 90% effort and 10% luck. 
On Tuesday I won yet another book from Twitter, so now I have got lots of reading to do and book reviews to write!. My luck continued yesterday with winning the Wallis Wednesday competition that is hosted on Twitter and Facebook. I have entered this competition every Wednesday for as long as I can remember so this has been my favourite win of the week. 
So my one word Lucky sums up my fantastic week!
Rachel xx
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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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More Cake Please!

First of all I would like to say Happy Easter to you all! I hope you all got lots of wonderful chocolate Easter eggs and are scoffing lots of cakes!
During the Easter period I have been entering lots of competitions (especially for Easter eggs!) I have yet to win an Easter egg yet but my fingers and toes are still crossed! However I did win a twitter competition with Mr Kipling Cakes and what a cakealicious surprise I had through the post! Thanks Mr Kipling!
The brightly coloured orange box contained Lemon Whirls, St Clements Slices, Lemon Fancies and Lemon Bakewells. 
As you can tell from the picture above I love the Lemon Bakewells best! They are crumbly, sweet and just scrumptious! 

Mr Kipling’s current promotion on Twitter is #BetterWithCake and I have to agree with them! Life is better with Cake! 

So why does cake make you feel better? 

Baking all sorts of cakes, brownies and scones is very therapeutic and can help stimulate the mind. It gives you a sense of achievement when you look back at what you have created. 
I love this quote from Mary Berry the ultimate Queen of Cakes: “If you’re feeling a little bit down, a bit of kneading helps,”
I would like to hear what you love to bake, and does it make you feel better?
Rachel xx

Book Review: The Crooked House

Back in January I won this hardback copy of the The Crooked House by Christobel Kent in a Twitter competition with @TheCrimeVault. Its a fantastic enthralling psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end. The storyline is full of twists and turns that builds to a very intense climax. It has a very atmospheric and moody feeling which brings it out to the book cover as well. 

The book is about Alison’s story. 13 years ago she was the only survivor of a horrendous tragedy that happened one night in her house and has very limited memories of what happened. Now she has changed her name from Esme to Alison, lives a quiet life with no ties, but when she meets her boyfriend Paul Bartlett she only then decides to go back to her previous life and confront her past during a wedding back in her hometown. . 
The story is set in a small rural community called Saltleigh where outsiders do not fit in, this gives it a much more creepy feeling as a young Esme and her family are looked at as strangers/outsiders. The description of the setting is very vivid and you can see with your own eyes that a town with muddy marshes and bleak moors makes it very isolated.
Alison is such a likable and strong character that you cannot help but feel for her as she revisits her memories. She is very determined to find out the truth and shows a great deal of inner strength. With her creepy boyfriend Paul from the beginning you feel that something is amiss with him, and this develops further into the story.
It’s a very dark, mysterious book with sinister undertones, just when you think it’s gonna get better for Alison, something else crops up. Its one of those books where it always gets worse before it gets better! 
I really loved reading this book and I found it hard to put down hence why I read it in only 4 days! I highly reccommend it! 

Rachel xx