Bosley Tries Lily’s Kitchen & a Purr-fect Giveaway!

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I can’t believe Bosley is going to be turning one next month! He has quickly grown from a tiny kitten to our happy little lion, and it feels like he’s always been here.

A while back, I posted about the learning curve that being a new cat mama brings (catch up here!) but the truth is, I still discover new things all the time about Bosley’s personality traits, general kitty behaviour and wellbeing factoids. He’s become more talkative over the last six months, and loves looking out of the window – he’s the unofficial neighbourhood watch!

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One area that can be quite daunting however, is researching what kind of food to feed our furry friends. Wet food, dry food, treats…what should I be looking for, what’s the right portion size and how do I know for sure what is right for my cat?

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Luckily, the lovely humans at Lily’s Kitchen also want to do their bit to look after our pets, putting health and happiness at the heart of their natural, wholesome recipes. And when a parcel arrived bursting with their proper food for pets for Bosley to try, he couldn’t wait to get his paws on it!

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Our lucky boy has taste-tested every flavour from the wet food range over the last few weeks, plus the chicken and herb flavour dry food and some tasty treats. While he got stuck into the first flavour (Hunter’s Hotpot!), I was reading up on Lily’s Kitchen and their helpful hints for happy meal times.

As well as using sustainably-sourced ingredients, Lily’s Kitchen also use all-natural and grain-free recipes, to aid good digestion, heart and eye health, hydration and a shiny coat. They also have a pretty great sense of humour – check out this Cats Host Crufts video on their YouTube channel!

Having our little guy looking good AND feeling good is all I want for him, so it certainly seems like he’s in good hands… but how did it taste?

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I mean, OBVIOUSLY I can’t tell you, but I can share a few observations. First of all, when I opened the packaging, I could really smell the difference. It didn’t smell like cat food, it smelled like real food – the Lovely Lamb Casserole did smell just like a lamb casserole, and not like generic meat and jelly. In fact, I couldn’t really see much jelly.

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And it wasn’t just me that noticed a difference, Bosley was purring away before he even started eating his meals! His favourite wet food was easily the Whisker-Lickin’ Chicken (and yes, it smells just like chicken!), and he licked the bowl clean afterwards. We uploaded a little time-lapse video to his Instagram page recently, you can see him tucking in here!

Bosley is also now a huge fan of Lily’s Kitchen Little Lovelies treats, which are hand-baked in the shape of little hearts (aww!). These were a bit bigger than his usual treats, but funnily enough, he seemed to adapt quickly and not let that stop him!

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WIN a hamper of Lily’s Kitchen Purr-fect treats! 

Calling all crazy cat ladies and gents! It’s safe to say that our Bosley loved trying out this range, and if you think your feline friend will think Lily’s Kitchen is the cats pyjamas too, today’s your lucky day!

I’ve teamed up with the gang at Lily’s Kitchen to give away a hamper of their complete and balanced cat food (cat pictured not included!). All you have to do to enter is follow me on Twitter (@lynsayloves) and comment below with your Twitter profile name and a little something about your kitty (it could be their name, their favourite toy, a fun fact or whatever you like!).

This giveaway is open to UK residents only and closes one week today (that’s 10th April) at 6pm. I’ll announce the winner here and over on Twitter too. Good luck!

Love,

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Autumn Adventuring… and a Giveaway!

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I spent a few days last week getting away from the city and exploring some beautiful Scottish landscapes – from forests, islands and endless blue skies at Loch Lomond, to coastal walks and bracing winds at Largs and Gourock. Getting wrapped up in cosy layers, armed with my trusty camera, felt like the perfect way to embrace the new season and do some Autumn adventuring!

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Along with a pretty Wes Anderson-esque colour palette, I stuck with the theme of exploration by accessorising with this violet scarf by Urban Reivers which is inspired by 1942 maps of Scotland used by RAF pilots.

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At this time of year, incorporating some hats into my ensembles is a must-do, and there’s no style of hat I love more than a beanie with a flourish. Whether it’s with some delicate netting, a scatter or sequins or (in this case) a fluffy pom pom, I always throw one in my bag just in case I need to keep warm! This one was a recent impulse buy from Primark for a couple of pounds and goes with almost everything!

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Spending the day following forest trails and watching the boats bobbing on the water has a lovely calming effect – making time almost stand still. That being said, every adventure needs to end sometime, and I kept track of my days with this C201 watch by Glasgow-based luxury brand Paulin Watches.

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With it’s glistening, scale-like strap and large, striking face, it’s a statement piece that looks just as good with snuggly sweaters as it does with my favourite tea dresses. The unique strap makes it perfect for mixing textures – something I love to do at this time of year!

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So, here’s the REALLY exciting part! I’ve teamed up with the gang at Paulin to launch an exclusive giveaway to celebrate the new season and our love of Autumn adventuring. We’re sharing our Autumn style obsessions over on Pinterest and would love to see what’s inspiring you too!

To be in with a chance of winning a super-swish Paulin watch OF YOUR CHOICE (you can check out their full range here), all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest with the title Paulin Autumn Style and show us your fashion and lifestyle favourites for fall. Which pieces from Paulin would you style? Get creative and HAVE FUN!

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This contest is open worldwide and will run until 5pm GMT on Friday 28th October. Only boards using the title Paulin Autumn Style will be counted as entries (so we can find ’em!) – apart from that, let your creative juices run wild! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Good luck and happy pinning…

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All photos by Trouble With Gary 

Yay! A 500k Giveaway!

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say how much I love using Pinterest, right? For me, it’s not just a form of social media (though it is easily one of my favourites!) – it’s a great way to get creative, feel inspired and share ideas. I can happily spend time pinning photos I’ve taken, sharing blog posts and discovering everything from interiors to recipes – and beyond! We even started a board when we bought our new home, and still add ideas to it regularly.

Not long after joining in the fun on Pinterest, I started to see an increase in follower numbers. Even though I believe that interaction and quality content are the most important parts of growing your blog or brand online, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a tiny bit jazzed about this increase. I’m truly grateful for every read, view, click and follow that I get, whether it’s here or across social media – you guys are seriously awesome! I wanted to do something special to mark hitting 500,000 followers over on Pinterest, so thought it was high time I hosted a blog giveaway to say a HUGE thank you!

Today, I’m happy to launch my Yay! 500k Giveaway!

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Ever since I started blogging, a huge part of what really gets me feeling inspired is discovering amazing independent businesses and sharing them with you. So, for this giveaway, I’ve teamed up with the fabulous Ginger Pickle online boutique to bring you a bag jam-packed full of goodies!

Ginger Pickle stock a gorgeous range of handmade gifts and accessories, all by British creatives and made with love. As well as stocking their own-brand pieces, you can expect pieces by some of my favourite indie designers, like Crown And Glory, Ladybird Likes and Kate Rowland. I’ve hand-picked a selection of items that I genuinely want for myself, and that all make me smile. I can’t wait to give them to one of you…

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The prize: 

A dino-tastic pink laser-cut triceratops necklace by Designosaur. Rawr!

An adorable wooden koala bear brooch by Ginger Pickle (I think it’ll look great on a denim jacket!)

A turquoise chevron Moleskine notebook by Finest Imaginary – perfect for scribbling down ideas, plans and to-do lists

I couldn’t host a giveaway without some ace hair candy – so you’ll bag a gold glitter bow by Crown and Glory

Three mini-prints by Ginger Pickle featuring positive and inspirational quotes

A friendship card that was just made for popping in the post to your BFF as a sweet snail mail surprise

All of these goodies will come in a soft canvas Be Cheerful tote by Alphabet Bags

The rules: To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do leave a comment below – be sure to include your email address so that I know how to contact you! I’ll pick a winner at random on Sunday at 6pm, and the contest will run from now until then. If you think your girl gang might like the sound of these prizes, feel free to spread the word on Twitter! This giveaway is open to UK entrants only this time (but I will look at the logistics of an international contest next time).

There’s a really great mix of items by Ginger Pickle and the designers that they stock – maybe you’ll even discover a new-to-you brand that you’ll want to see more from! Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest Ginger Pickle news on Facebook.

Sound good? I almost want to enter myself!

Good luck everyone and if you haven’t joined me over on Pinterest yet, come say hi!

Feeling inspired and grateful,

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