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build-a-den-togetherAs you know I’ve been reviewing Just us box for a few months now. This month I thought I would do something different and get my other half to write his thoughts on our Pillows and Poetry date night! Maybe you are wondering if your partner would be up for such a romantic date? Now I’m sure he won’t mind me telling you that romance is not really his thing, he’s more into movies and a steak but we have really discovered a new side of each other by ‘dating’ in this way. Anyway I’ll hand you over to him… what does he really think of Pillows and Poetry?

For most men the idea of a date night involving poetry may be a bit of a turn off. But once I relaxed into this date night I really enjoyed it and I believe that anyone could have fun with it. Who knows it could even be the start of something more romantic in your relationship.

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On opening the box we found all the items we needed to make our very own pillow fort: a large high quality custom made blanket with a star constellation panel on the underside, along with rope, pegs and elastic bands to attach to our supporting corner sofa, playroom chairs and floor lamp. Due to our corner sofa being very low we needed to be extremely creative to make a fort we could actually fit inside but that’s half the fun, right?

Also included were a very cool set of fairy lights on a copper wire and some star bunting to help decorate the fort, a tealight, felt tip pens, poetry writing paper and a small hardback notebook. Once we added a duvet and some pillows inside, the aptly named ‘Fort Squish’ was complete. We turned off the lights and happily squeezed our way inside laughing at how snug and cosy it was. This was a great start to the date but I was still slightly apprehensive about the poetry, worried that I would suffer from a serious case of writer’s block. The last time I wrote a poem on my own was for a best man’s speech for my brother’s wedding which I had weeks and weeks to prepare for.

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To ease us into the poetry part of the date and break the ice we started talking about the places we’d love to visit, just the two of us. From Copenhagen and Italy to New Zealand and Japan we had so many places on our wish list. Our minds wandered to thoughts of an amazing trip away, some fantastic places we’d most likely want to choose for our honeymoon when we eventually tie the knot.

The next activity involved writing poetry together, starting with filling in the blanks of some famous poems. We separately tried to guess the right answers and when we didn’t have a clue just tried to make the poem sound funny instead. This didn’t make you think too hard and was just a bit of fun, we became a little bit competitive however and in a stroke of good fortune my knowledge of an Arctic Monkeys song helped me out on the final poem ‘I wanna be yours’.

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The moment had arrived that we had to actually start writing poetry but we were eased in gently with a joint effort. We took it in turns to blindly write alternate lines trying our best to make the last words rhyme with the previous line which gave us a chuckle or two at what we had produced. The poetry part of the date culminated for us in producing two poems, a limerick and a poem where we had to use a batch of suggested words, I’m proud(ish) to say these were our attempts to write a limerick about each other:

By Simon

My gorgeous baby bear

That thing only you can wear

A beautiful smile

That goes on for a mile

I cannot help but stare

 By Lucy

There was a fit man called Simon

With the body of a fireman

He lit my fire

And heart full of desire

Now I’m writing poetry ‘n’ a rhymin’

I would say that despite my apprehensions we actually had a really enjoyable and fun date and definitely did something we otherwise would not have considered, as they say variety is the spice of life. To anyone who thinks they would struggle with this date I would advise going into it with a purely open mind. Try to have some fun with it, use the plan as a guide not a task list and make sure you are supportive and encouraging of each other.

The beauty we always see in the Just Us box is how you can re-use the contents of the box, it’s pretty safe to say we got the full use of the fort materials when Littlelish decided to build a fort of her own in her bedroom to sleep in for the next few days. We also decided that we could use the small notebook to write little romantic love messages to each other every now and then and they would be saved forever. You never know there may be the odd poem thrown in for good measure!

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date-night-competition Over at Lish Concepts I love working with brands I believe in. I’ve been a brand ambassador for Just us box for just over 3 months and I can really say hand on heart that I love it! Just us box provide a date night box subscription, sending you and your love a monthly box of goodies plus exciting activities and challenges to create a wonderful, truly original date night. The best part of the date night is it can be held any night of the week and spent from the comfort of your own home, which means no babysitters required.

So far as brand ambassadors we’ve experienced a stargazing date (which was my favourite), an Indian summer date (which was my other halfs favourite) and a Pillow and Poetry date (Littlelish’s favourite! She has been sleeping in the pillow fort ever since our date on Friday!).

To celebrate my role as brand ambassador for Just us box I am running an amazing competition! Held jointly between Lish Concepts and Each Peach Pear Plum (my other collaborative blog). You have a chance to win a 6 month subscription to Just us box. So each month you and your hubby / wife / boyfriend / girlfriend / lover will be able to have a fun, romantic date night together. We’ve had a really fantastic time on our dates and it’s really helped us to make that all important time for each other.

All you need to do to enter is follow the rafflecopter and leave a comment here or over on Each Peach Pear Plum detailing your perfect date!! To give you a little idea here is my perfect date…

My perfect date

I adore being by the sea so I would probably say it would be a warm summers evening and we would have a beautiful picnic in a secluded cove together. A large picnic rug would be laid out with plenty of cushions and blankets for if it gets chillier later. We would have candles or lanterns to add atmosphere and a bit of light if it gets dark. The picnic would have to have strawberries and lots of chocolate oh and definitely some prosecco! We would sit and watch the sun go down, chatting and maybe walking a little on the beach. Ideally there would be a hammock for two hanging from two well positioned palm trees. We’d have London Grammar playing on our ipod and once it gets dark we would snuggle up and stargaze together…. heavenly!

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UK residents only please. You must be over 18 to enter.

Good luck everyone! x

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Last night was the first time in ages that I’ve remembered my dream. Full of locked buildings and the feeling of needing to escape, it was an unusually weird one! I’m putting it down to the fact that I’ve just started watching Stranger Things on Netflix, which is amazing but rather freaky!

I don’t normally remember my dreams in the morning, because my sleep is so disturbed since the arrival of Babylish. She is still waking a few times a night so precious uninterrupted sleep is something of a distant dream for me.

What is the meaning of childrens dreams?

I’ve always loved dreaming though. Bad dreams are few and far between and generally my dreams are set in beautiful places with an air of mystery, magic and intrigue. Throughout my life I’ve had a few reoccurring dreams. When I’m lucky enough for them to return they fill me with a familiar warmth and happiness.

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One involves a secret room in a house full of abandoned treasure and antiques for me to discover. I was brought up on the Goonies and have always loved a good treasure trove! My other reoccurring dream is about looking into the most beautiful, crystal clear sea water and having sea animals communicate with me. Adding fuel to the theory I was a mermaid in another life!

I’ve been thinking about dreams since the team behind adjustable beds from Adjustamatic got in touch with me to say they are working on a new campaign with Ian Wallace, a world leading dreams expert. Together they are creating a series of videos around different aspects of the wonderful world of dreams. In the first video they look at what children’s dreams mean and why children dream, it’s quite fascinating!

I often think about what my children dream or even IF Babylish dreams? Can babies dream? Chatting with Littlelish who is now 7 to find out about her dreams I discovered that like her mumma she was having trouble recalling the fact that she dreamt at all.

It got me thinking, why do some people recall their dreams and others don’t? I googled it and apparently it even has scientists stumped.

Hopefully she does learn to remember her dreams though, I have so much enjoyment remembering my most beautiful, extraordinary dreams full of adventure and magic.

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