Friday, 16 November 2018

Christmas crafting with Aldi Review

I you know me you will also know I am a keen crafter. In my time I have tried every craft I can. Some successfully and some not but I always give it a go. As you may also know if you visit often, I do love Aldi. So when I get a chance to combine two favourites its a very good day indeed!
The Christmas crafting at Aldi has a huge range of products and I would go so far to say there is something for everyone. A lot of the items would make great gifts or stocking fillers for a keen crafter or someone who is wanting  to try out a new skill.  So I got to try the following

So Crafty -My First Crochet Kit £8.99

I love this little kit so much. Comes in a sturdy old fashioned suitcase style box., which I think is worth the money on its own. It contains everything you need to get you started with crochet. Yarn, felt, hooks, needles, stuffing, tape measure and instructions. Great little projects like a scarf for teddy or a pencil case, and a few other things. For the slightly older child 8+ but I am sure even younger if an adult took care of everything inside the case.  Really sweet and great value.

Crochet your own Christmas decorations £2.99

I can crochet but I struggle with longer projects or complicated patterns. So this handy little kit is perfect for me.You can make three decoration to hang on your tree and the kit comes with yarn, hook, stuffing, needle and instructions. Very easy but great fun and you can use them year after year. Great gift and so good for the price.

So crafty Make your own mini felt decorations £2.99

I love this little kit because an adult would like it or you could make them with an older child. All the pieces for the three decorations come die cut so no cutting out lots of bits, ribbon, stuffing , needle, thread and instructions. Super simple to make and best part you can use them every year

 . Kirstie Allsopp Make our own Pompom Wreath £7.99

I think this one is great. I love wreaths and have lots every year. Why limit yourself to a door I hang them on the walls like pictures . This one is super fun and modern. Like the other kit its comes with everything you need. Rattan Wreath, pompom makers x3, yarn and ribbon . The instructions are all on the box and are simple to follow and understand. Even when you are done you can use the pompom maker to do others for different projects. You can even take the pompoms off next year and do a fresh colour if you wanted.

As a long term crafty I have to say I was impressed buy these kits, not just on price but also on content.  I know how frustrating it is when you want to try a new craft but do not have all the things you need to get on. Great for older kids and adults alike and fab stocking fillers.

Check out the craft items online and in store

please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Friday, 9 November 2018

Aldi Winter Home Review

Its no secret that I love Winter! I love to be warm and cosy and to be able to wrap up and be snug. So when I heard about Aldi's new Winter Home items I was very excited. Plus we have Christmas coming up so everyone always needs a great gift. I do love Aldi and I think they have a great range of items to please everyone. So I was lucky to try out three items.

Ladies Loungewear £13.49

These are super soft and super comfy. Nice and thick and they look far more expensive than their real price. I soft velvet type fabric which is also warm, they fit well and ideal for those lazy days of relaxing. Plus smart enough that if someone arrived you would look fit to see them !

Blue Ladies Loungewear Set

Slipper Socks £5.99

I suffer with cold feet so  I am always keen to find something to really keep my toes warm. These fit the bill just right! Double lined being knitted outside and warm fluffy fleece lining inside . Non slip soles as well so super safe. Ideal for a small gift but one that any lady will be glad of.

Avenue Ladies' Glitter Socks 2 Pack

Chunky Knitted Blanket Scarf £8.49

I adore this chunky scarf. I love the colour which I think Aldi call pink but I would say a lush raspberry colour, to the warm cosy feel. So thick you would never be cold wearing it either around your neck or around your shoulders. Now this really is a great gift and I know I am going to buy another in a different colour as they are so great.

Avenue Ladies' Check Blanket Scarf

This is just the items I got to see. There are so many more to choose from so why not check it out in store or online at

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Review of Aldi's Winter Home Range

Aldi is a favourite store in our house and has been for awhile. My husband does all the shopping but brings me the news and even rings me to show me new finds . So I was delighted to look at a couple of items from the Aldi Winter Home Range. Anyone who knows me will also know I love winter. I love being home and being cosy and warm, so this got my interest.
We got to look at two from the range ( there are loads more ) at home.

Faux Sheepskin Rug  £14.99

This is a lovely soft rug. Really deep fake fur which to be honest give it a quality far beyond the price. We had a really yummy soft dusty pink which was great as my granddaughter's bedroom had been decorated and it went so well. She wanted to sleep on it and not in bed as it was so soft !

Wood Burner Lantern  £9.99

We do not have a fire and I dream of a real fire and sitting watching it burn. As we have no chimney its never going to happen so I love to have lights that give that effect.  This lantern does just that. It looks stylish and gives off a lovely warm gentle glow to the room. Only one slight thing was to put batteries in you need to  unscrew the battery compartment. I must say I did struggle with this as he screw was really tight, but the lantern is so worth it .

 There are many items in the range so get online or to store to check them out

Please note I was not paid for this review only receiving a sample of the product

Monday, 24 September 2018

Review of Lapland

Well anyone who knows me also knows I love Christmas. I think since I was a young child it was always a magical time of year for me. My Mum would go out of her way to make it special and would always leave me a letter from Santa. I would contain personal stuff about my family or things I had done and I would get so excited . Hopefully over the years they were small I tried to do that with my own children.

Now life has moved on and I was looking for a way to add to the event this year for my Grandchildren, as I want them to grow up with the magic all over again.
So I came across a great site on the Internet called Lapland mailroom and I was like a little kid again , all excited about a letter from Santa. I have to be honest and say I did at one point consider sending myself one ha ha ha!  It is so simple and easy to do. I just logged onto to the site and was given a choice of a few types of letter. You can see what the wording is in each letter so its super easy to pick your fave.

Then its just a matter of typing in your child name and details. You can even add in pets, friends who ever you wants. Right at the end you can put a message about something special that may have happened during the year, how fab is that.

At the end you get a chance to read your letter and check all the information. Its very easy to edit and you can keep going back and forward until you are happy with the result. When you are all done you get to see your final letter which is really good. Anything you want to change can still be done , but then one you are ready you can pay.
After paying you get a confirmation straight away .

Customer service with this company was great. Any questions I had were answered straight away no waiting at all. Excellent in today's busy world. I think its wonderful to give the little ones in your life that wee bit of magic while they still believe. I know I am going to hang on to doing this every year maybe even when they say 'nan stop we are in our thirties' ha ha! 

please note I was not paid for this review, only receiving a sample of the product 

Friday, 17 August 2018

Aldi Sparkling Canned Wines.

The weather has been so hot recently a nice cool drink is just the ticket , perfect for relaxing.  Aldi's new range of sparkling wine in cans is perfect for the long summer evenings.  The two in the range that I to try was Castellore Frizzante Pinot Grigio and Castellore Frizzante Rosato . Both can be bought in store for £1.69 for 200ml.

Both would be perfect for going out for a picnic as you dont have to worry about carrying glass bottles, so easy to transport.  Fresh and fruity and with a perfect fizzy hit, yummy. So try them out for your next at home relax or a day at the beach. Simple and easy.

Friday, 11 May 2018

Aldi Summer Range Pool Inflatables Review

Well we had some summer last week and prediction's is that it is coming back, so now is the time to race to Aldi and stock up.
They are just launching their new range of pool inflatables which are sure to be a hit with everyone,
I got to see.

Foldable baby pool

A really cute little pool which is ideal in size for a baby. Super fast to set up and use. Comes in its own carry bag which can also be used to carry water in. Its small so as I said fast to set up and easy to clean and put away. We are going to the beach in two weeks and I will be taking this for my one year old grandson to play in.

Inflatable animals rings

Very cute inflatable animals . Fairly easy to blow up and the kids love them just to sit on and play as well as the pool.

Printed Beach Towels

Really nice size beach towel with unicorns which will make my grandchildren very happy. Good size and wash well . Bright colours and pictures

Lots more in the range so check it out in store from the 20th May or online to pre order from 13th may.
Further information about all Aldi products at

please note I was not paid for this review on receiving a sample of the products 

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Aldi National Gardening week Review

It just so happens that in the Jollyjillys house we have been trying to get our garden in shape. Like most people the poor garden gets neglected over the winter, and getting all straight again a must.
As luck would have it we are just about to start National Gardening Week, and to fit with that Aldi have a fantastic range of garden products at great prices. I will share pictures of what we did in our garden but I thought I would start with the facts first. These are the items we got to use.

20m Weatherproof Cable Reel

Safe temporary power point, perfect for outdoors. Ideal for cutting the grass or hedges. Better still perfect to watch Mr Jollyjilly cutting the grass !! The sockets are splash proof and also have a high visibility cable .

Garden Bright Solar Lights
£8.99 for six

Gives you a lovely ambient glow in the evenings. Very sturdy and well made with stainless steel body. Has a 6 hr auto dusk timer and a  5 lumen output. Also has an on/off switch. So simple to use and really did light up the garden with a lovely warm glow.

Sempre Small Outdoor Wall Clock

Very nice looking clock which you can use indoors or outdoors. Great way to keep track of time while you relax. Comes in three lovely soft colours.

Gardenline Twisty Tie
Really handy and practical garden tie. Re-usable and durable its perfect for tying and fixing all your plants.

Gardenline Glow in the dark/ regular stake

Really lovely and eye catching garden accessory. Very well made and heavy quality and full of such pretty colours. 

Garden Bright Solar String Lights 
Geo string lights that are really a fab addition to any garden. Hang from walls, fences, trees or even your garden furniture. Also comes with a rechargeable battery. We were very surprised at how much the did glow and how pretty they looked. I even made a trip to look at them in my PJ's at 1am !!!
Only slight negative is we would have like a longer cord, but they are really great.

Gardenline Hanging baskets

Nice and sturdy with a plastic liner so all ready for you to fill and plant up.

Garden Bright Solar Stake Light

Love these really smart , strong sturdy lights. Super bright LED they look really good in the garden. Push into place and they are ready to go

Here are some pictures of our garden after is part make over. The weather was so cold we gave up half way lol. We will be able to add our other lights when its warmer .

Hope you will join in with National Gardening week and Aldi as they really have a great range far more than I have mentioned. Pop over to the Aldi web site for more information

please note I was not paid for this review on receiving a sample of the product