Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 519

Blog giveaway!

On Monday I’m talking on Fox 45 News about what ‘moms’ (yes, British folk, that’s ‘mums’ – and I am still one of those) might want for Christmas this year.

And included in this list of items is a much-coveted item…..Downton Abbey perfume. Yes, really, there is such a thing!

So, I’m doing a blog giveaway to win this item, and all you have to do is answer this question:

What’s the thing I miss most from the UK? (Apart from my friends and family, of course!)

Is it…

a) Walking to places

b) Netball

c) Being able to make jokes that people get

d) All of the above?

Email your answers to: and the winner will be picked at random by Harry, whilst eating his post-school snack, on Monday 17 November. I’ll contact the winner to get the mailing address and you (or your wife/girlfriend/mistress/daughter/boss) will be the lucky recipient of their very own Downton Abbey perfume!

Entries must be in by 4pm on Monday 17 November. (I’ll post to UK, USA, Timbuktoo, wherever, so all entries are welcome!)

These are the other items I’ll be discussing for those ‘moms’ in your life! You can tune in on Monday, 815am to find out more on Fox 45 News!

Fits for the Occasion Tiles ( – For the home entertainer

‘Fits for the Occasion Tiles’ are a new line of stylish, erasable ceramic accent labels with interchangeable, magnetically attached motif designs, perfect as dinner table place cards for guests, as descriptive accessories for each dish being served and for many other entertaining uses. Each Fits for the Occasion ceramic label tile can be customized for the setting and occasion by simply detaching one motif and attaching a new one. Comes in 16 different motifs to fit any party or gathering theme. The Fits for the Occasion Tiles come in 2 sizes, 6” x 8” MessageTile size and 2.25”x3.75” PlaceTile size. $14.95 – $38.95, depending on size and style.



Downton Abbey Fragrances ( – For the perfume lover

The Downton Abbey fine fragrance collection are sensual and sophisticated perfumes designed to embody the personality and style of the central female characters of the show, including Anna Bates, Lady Cora, Lady Mary, Daisy Mason, Lady Edith, Lady Rose and Countess Violet. The collection’s fragrances are crafted in the artisanal method utilized by the master perfumers so highly in demand during the early 1900’s time period during which the show is set, allowing the fragrances to be very close approximations of the luxurious and complex perfumes which the high society ladies of that era actually wore. The rich and varied scents of the fragrances have been crafted from pure perfume oils, without alcohol, chemicals, additives, artificial colors, parabens or phthalates. These fragrances are pure and undiluted, vastly different than most perfumes on the market, which generally are up to 75% alcohol. Whereas alcohol-based perfumes evaporate in a rush, obscuring the delicate nuances of a fragrance’s complexity, the richness of each of the Downton Abbey fragrances can be appreciated much like fine wines. Each scent has top, middle and bottom notes that develop slowly after application on the skin, creating a sensual experience that lasts for and develops over a period of hours. It is this kind of painstaking fragrance artistry that allows the Downton Abbey collection perfumes to reflect the personality of the show’s characters. $74.99 (8 ml).

The big give-away!

The big give-away!

Light Affection ( – For those who appreciate unique memory/keepsake items

Light Affections offer a special alternative to the traditional way of displaying photos. Light Affection frames are framed sculpture duplications of any photograph. The photograph is duplicated perfectly in sculpture and then combined with a beautiful lighting system that illuminates every aspect of the sculpture, creating a work of art that makes the memory displayed in a photograph seem as if alive and making it even more treasured. Based on an age-old art form known as lithophanes (Greek for vision in stone), the engraving of an image comes to life when illuminated from behind. The varying thickness of the translucent material creates the illusion of the original image. Just email a digital image or mail a physical photograph and the company generates the Light Affection without damage to the original image. Comes in sizes from night-lights to large frames in various styles and shapes. $45 – $239 depending on size.



Sachi Insulated Fashion Handbags ( – For work or on the go

Sachi Insulated Fashion Bags are insulated, fashionable lunch bags suitable for any setting. Stylish and roomy enough to double as a purse or handbag, while effectively keeping food hot or cold as desired. Easily wipes clean with a damp cloth. Handles fold down for easy fit in the refrigerator. Zips closed and handles fold down to the sides so that you may lay it flat, allowing for easy refrigerator storage. Comes in a variety of styles and colors. Retails for $5.99 – $27.99.

Love this bag!

Love this bag!

Cushies ( – For comfort around the house

Cushies, the newest indoor footwear creation from the Nufoot Company, are a comfortably padded and soft slipper-shaped footwear, but which is also nearly weightless, amazingly flexible and has a breathable mesh top. They are also antimicrobial and both water and skid resistant. Its sturdy neoprene construction makes it durable and comfortable on any indoor surface. Comes in a variety of colors in sizes for both men and women. $19.99.



Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System ( – for the music lover

The Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sleep Sound Therapy System combines the best facets of a high-quality, wireless bluetooth speaker and a therapeutic sound and sleep therapy device. As a Bluetooth speaker, it has a 30 ft. range to stream music from your mobile device or computer. Its built-in usb-rechargeable battery allows for 5-8 hours of cordless use on one charge. Super compact size at 2 ½ inches tall by 2 ½ inches in diameter makes it very portable but still has excellent sound quality and powerful bass. Built-in sleep therapy sound tracks can be customized to run seamlessly for up to 8 hours. Perfect for improving sleep, blocking noise and managing tinnitus. 10 different sounds are built-in and more sleep/sound therapy tracks/sounds can be downloaded from the store or from the Sound Oasis Apps. $59.99.

I so need this!

I so need this!

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