Saturday, 31 January 2015

Our January Monthly Review Round Up

So January has come to an end and I am looking forward to February. I love February because its only a short month, the children have half term and its the month of love with Valentines Day on the 14th. 
I managed to read a book this month which I am shocked about really because over the last few months I just haven't had the time to do anything for myself really.
Jo Jo Moyes - Paris for one

Friday, 30 January 2015

Flashback Friday 30/01/15

This is the last Flashback Friday of January - Wow, how time flies.

This photo was taken in Summer 2013 at Butlins, Skegness. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it. The story behind it is big J asked if he could have a go and of course we said yes. Now we hadn't see it in action at all and we all thought it was just one of those trampoline type bungees were you bounce. This wasn't one of those, it was a fling you up in the air without any warning type bungees. Poor big J didn't know whether to laugh or cry at first, he looked so scared. Daddy and I were in a heap laughing (bad parent moment) but it was just so funny. He enjoyed it in the end after getting over the initial shock.

Why Flashback Friday?
I used to just look through my old photos and post one on my blog on a Friday. I love looking back on old photos and its nice to pop them on here with the story behind the photo. For those that joined in with my Golden Oldies linky last year this is the new link to pop on your old blog posts that you want to share with the world again or if you want just pop on an old photo and tell us about it.

If you want to join in please pop my badge on your blog so others can join in too. 

I will comment on everyones posts and share over on twitter. If you leave a link please make sure you comment on your host's post and at least one other using #FlashbackFriday

Hope you join in and I can't wait to see your Flashbacks.

Mummy 2 Monkeys

Thursday, 29 January 2015

"I Want It And I Want It Now"

Little J is approaching 22 months and although I know it's another 2 months yet till we hit the terrible twos, I'm starting to see a little sneak preview of what's to come. Recently he has wanted everything that everyone else has and when he doesn't get it he will cry or scream and it's hard not to give in but I have to be strong and start to teach him to share. 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Nerf Wars

I know we won't be the only ones that have spent many days and nights having our very own Nerf wars, in our living room. Nerf fights are just so much fun and we have played with Nerf for as long as I can remember. I don't think there has been one birthday or christmas were we haven't got a brand new Nerf gun, well maybe thats a fib because I can't imagine Father Christmas bringing a Nerf gun for big J's first Christmas.

So over the years we have built up quite the collection and we still use each and every one of them at some point during our fights. So last night we turned our living room into the battle arena and we set up bases for each of us. Now when I say each of us I mean Daddy, big J and myself. Now little J is very keen to join in and will be found wandering around with a unloaded blaster in his hand but he hasn't quite got the hang of it yet. He doesn't understand that we need to run and hide when there is a sponge bullet flying towards us, somehow though he manages to dodge the bullets with ease and seems to have a great time.

Big J somehow manages to swap his gun at least five times during a battle and will pause the game while he tries to pick up bullets that have flew around the living room. 

Last night I was using my new Nerf Rebelle that I had bought myself, its pink, purple and white and its just for girls, so all mine. I did cheat a little as I used little J's castle tent as my base so it was very easy to hide from the bullets but also sneaky enough to peek through the hole and shoot at my opponents. 

Usually we do have one casualty at some point in the game, someone will get hit in the face or worse the eye and that someone is usually me but somehow last night I was pain free and had lots of fun. 
I always say I am gonna count how many bullets we use per game because I am sure lots go missing throughout as we always finish with a lots less than we started, we usually find them behind the TV or other crazy places for weeks after.

Have you ever had your own Nerf battle?


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Justafit - The Perfect Sleepsuit For Little J

When big J was little we had a terrible time getting clothes to fit him. It was fine if we bought separates but buying a tracksuit or pyjamas was a nightmare. He was always a larger size on top than he was on the bottoms. He had a longer top half and shorter legs. It really was hard because pyjamas in particular use to be so long we would end up having to roll them up around the waist and turn then up at the bottom too. Little J definitely takes after his big brother and its already becoming a problem when buying pyjamas. We recently have been trying out Justafit sleepsuit by Infasense and its perfect for our little monkey.
We have been trying out age 2-3 now little J is only 22 months but its a perfect fit up top. It buttons up the front and while he is sat playing it isn't popping open or gaping. Now the legs are a little long, as I said earlier he is only short from waist to toe. 
The Justafit sleep suit is perfect for little ones like my little J because no matter how long the legs are you can easily adjust the length by using the velcro straps. 
The velcro which is around the ankle is fastened to keep the sleepsuit legs in place. This reduces the risk of little J tripping over and it also shows me that there is still plenty of room for him to grow into it so he should get plenty of wear. 
There is also velcro around the wrist too which is perfect for little ones who find the sleeves of their clothes get in the way while playing and eating.
I love little J in sleepsuit's and he always looks very comfortable whilst sleeping, playing and walking around. 
The Justafit sleep suit comes in five colours and the sizes range from 6 months - 3 years. You can buy online by clicking HERE 
Family Fever

The Giggles Family

*we were sent a justafit sleep suit in return for a honest review. All thoughts, opinions and photos above are our own*

Monday, 26 January 2015

Project 365 Days 19-25

Welcome to this weeks Project 365. This week has flew over, its crazy that its Monday again already. It will soon be February. I have noticed its started to get lighter earlier in the mornings now, makes getting up for work and school that little bit easier.

19/365 - Little J received an new toy from his uncle Paul, his very own JCB and he loves it. Its got a horn on it too and he loves pressing it...all the time.

20/365 - Today we had a huge Nerf gun battle in our living room. Big J tried to his new Nerf Zombie Strike gun. Foam bullets flying everywhere but it was lots of fun.

21/365 - I've ate this pretty much every day this week. Chicken, lettuce, tomato, sweetcorn and sweet chilli sauce. I love it. Today I was feeling a littler hungry so I added some pasta to it.

22/365 - Today I got a lovely delivery from Tesco of lots of protein filled foods to help me with the #proteinchallenge I a taking part of thanks to Upbeat. Keep an eye out for how I get on.

23/365 - We got our new beds delivered today which I thought was exciting but big and little J were more excited about jumping and playing on the old mattresses. 

24/365 - A very cold day today but that didn't stop us wrapping up warm and heading of to New Brighton for a late afternoon stroll, a quick go on the arcades and to the pub for tea.

25/365 - No one can make little J smile like this except his big brother.



TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky


Saturday, 24 January 2015

Win Upbeat Goodies

I am currently taking part in an #proteinchallenge and I have been drinking an Upbeat dairy protein drink every day aswell as eating a protein diet. Upbeat drinks are high in protein (20g), low in fat, just 149 kcals and have half the sugar of most fruit smoothies.
I have felt really good so far, eating lots of chicken, eggs and salmon. I have been drinking my Upbeat drink as a snack. i have tried Mango and Passionfruit and Strawberry and they both are very tasty.
You will be able to read all about my #proteinchallenge soon but for now if you would like to win lovely Upbeat goodies including some Upbeat drinks enter my competition below.
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Three Things I Love About My Favourite City - NEW YORK

I am the biggest fan of romantic comedies and growing up into my late teens I always pictured myself going to New York and finding true love just like they do in the movies.  Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan found love twice in New York, on top of the Empire State Building in Sleepless in Seattle and over the internet in You've Got Mail its just looks like the most amazing place in the world and it was my dream to go there one day

Accor Hotels are hosting a competition and they are have asked entrants to list the three things they love about my favourite city so I've entered mine and here it goes.

MY WEDDING DAY
Well I didn't find love in New York because I met Daddy here in Liverpool BUT he did give me the most amazing day ever when we married New York. Even though he is so scared of flying he overcame his fears to give me the wedding of my dreams.

FAO SCHWARZ
New York is home to biggest toy shop you will ever see FAO Schwarz and if you have seen the film BIG you will be excited to find that you can have a go on the floor keyboard just like Tom Hanks did in the movie.

THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
For me this is just the most romantic place on earth. I love going up the Empire State Building. The views are amazing (we are actually at the top of the Rockerfella Centre looking towards The Empire State) We went up on our wedding night and it was just magical.

So these are my favourite three things about New York. Do you have a favourite city? What are your favourite three things?

Friday, 23 January 2015

Flashback Friday 23/01/15

Hi everyone. How are we all? Did anyone get snow? I waited and waited and waited but nothing. Gutted because since little J has been born we haven't had one snowy day at all...boooo.

 I am so pleased to say that I am teaming up with Louise from My Three and Me to do #FlashbackFriday. Please do make sure that you pop over and take a look at Louise's photo and leave a little comment too.


This weeks photo is of little J. As you can see he is wearing an Everton shirt. Unfortunately he doesn't have a choice really on what team he supports at this age - he is an Evertonian because his daddy and big brother are big Everton fans. I, however don't care to much for football - as long as he is a Mcbusted fan thats all that matter

Why Flashback Friday?
I used to just look through my old photos and post one on my blog on a Friday. I love looking back on old photos and its nice to pop them on here with the story behind the photo. For those that joined in with my Golden Oldies linky last year this is the new link to pop on your old blog posts that you want to share with the world again or if you want just pop on an old photo and tell us about it.

If you want to join in please pop my badge on your blog so others can join in too. 

I will comment on everyones posts and share over on twitter. If you leave a link please make sure you comment on your host's post and at least one other using #FlashbackFriday

Every week I will feature two of my favourites from the week before.

Hope you join in and I can't wait to see your Flashbacks.

Mummy 2 Monkeys

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Oops I've Become An Online Shopper

I'm not sure how this has happened but somehow over the last few months I've become addicted to shopping online. It's not something I would say I have done much of really in the past, maybe a little around Christmas time but that's it really. 
I know it's because I have my iPad handy, it makes it that much easier. I can check sales online or click links in emails to shops websites. Is this a good thing though? I sometimes worry that one day we wouldn't even need to leave the house if we didn't want to because everything is so accessible and available on the World Wide Web.
I have to admit that last night I decided that I was too busy this week to go shopping so I spoke to Daddy and said I would do an online food shop. I sat in bed with a cup of tea in one hand and my iPad in the other and browsed the virtual supermarket aisles clicking and adding my weekly food shop to my virtual trolley.
I like to look for offers when in the supermarket which are usual at the end of the aisles so I was worried that my total bill would be greater than usual because I'm missing out on the offers. Well if you have done an online food shop you will know that for each section you can click special offers and it brings them all up for you. Perfect!
So I did my order and then I had a choice to have it delivered to my home or I could collect it free of charge from the supermarket. Well it was just £1 to have it delivered so the lazy bones that I am decided to have it brought to my door. 
This afternoon it arrived within the hour slot I was given and all bagged and brought to my door. The man made about 20 trips to and from the van with my bags. I thought how awful of me to have this poor fella carrying all my bags, I felt really lazy. I did ask him did he want a hand with it but he just smiled and said its okay. Once everything was inside and he had gone I was left with all this shopping in my living room and I couldn't help but think 'wouldn't it be great if they put it away for you too' doesn't that sound bad? Putting the shopping away is the worse thing ever because I always buy too much so it never fits in, I end up playing freezer Tetris. 
Luckily I hadn't bought to much this time, maybe because I wasn't tempted by things I had seen sitting on the shelf as I had done it online. 
I actually think I would order online again as sometimes it is a nightmare when you're food shopping with the kids, it takes so long but this was really easy. 
Have you shopped online before? Do you prefer it?


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wrapping Up Warm with Vertbaudet

There is something about January, February and March that makes me want to get up early, get dressed and head out for a walk. Most people would rather stay tucked up under their duvet in the winter months praying for Summer to come along but I have always enjoyed wrapping up warm and heading out for a winter walk. I have already planned some walks for us and I can't wait. Vertbaudet have a lovely collection of clothes that would be perfect for winter walk.

I have never shopped at Vertbaudet before although I have seen it advertised online many times but never had a look. I did however have a browsing session recently and the clothes are really nice.

I love the denim shirt under the jumper look in this photo. 

The Army Green Parka is perfect for a winter family day out. Big J used to have a coat this colour when he was younger and it made a change from the usual blue and black.

Again i love the colour of this Parka - Honey. Its so easy to stick to the same colour when buying clothes. I always come home with clothes for little J that I have bought and they are dark. Its nice to add a bit of colour to the wardrobe and I am always surprised how different he looks when he has reds or greens on.  

Little J will be trying out a lovely Parka and Hat and Scarf from this collection on our winter walks so keep an eye out for that coming soon but for now if you want to browse you can visit the website here - Vertbaudet

Do you enjoy heading out in the winter months for a winter walk? or do you prefer to hide under the duvet?

Image 1 - Scarf & Hat Set, olive-blue sky, £13; Denim Shirt, untreated, from £19; Sweater, off-white, from £17; Combat Trousers, charcoal, from £16 
Image 2 - Parka, army green, from £44; Hooded Cardigan, pebble grey, from £19, Jeans, stonewashed, from £16 
Image 3 - Chapka, charcoal, £11; Hoody, pebble grey, from £19; Combat Trousers, black, from £14; Parka, honey, from £44; Sweater, black, from £19

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Weebles Wobble But They Don't Fall Down

Is it just me or is the Weebles jingle the catchiest song ever? I often find myself singing it even when I don't realise.  "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down" I hadn't realised the Weebles have been around for years, I have only noticed their adverts recently while watching TV with little J. This week little J received his first ever Weebles toy, Weebles Wobbily Farm Mill and Barn   


Weebledown Farm is a new addition to the Weebles collection. There are over 10 products to choose from including animal characters, mini farm vehicles and a wobbly tractor. Little J was sent Wobbily Farm Mill and Barn Playset to play with.


 When it arrived as always he couldn't wait for me to open it he just wanted to get stuck in. I did manage to open it very quickly so he could start playing.


Rusty the Rooster is included in the playset. Little J worked out quite quickly that if you push down the milk churn the windmill spins around. He did this repeatedly for about five minutes. Little J loves anything that spins and would be happy to just watch that.


I showed little J that there was a place for the rooster to sit on top of the windmill so he put Rusty up there. Then when he pressed the milk churn down it made the windmill spin and also it pushed Rusty the Rooster down the slide. 



Once Rusty the Rooster has gone down the slide you can spin him around on the millstone roundabout at the bottom.

What we liked.

Little J really enjoyed playing with the farm. Its very colourful and we like that it is all one piece. Sometimes playsets can become too complicated with lots of different pieces and add ons.

 The milk churn pushes down quite easily so at little J's age there was no need for adult help. 

Little J likes spinning the rooster around on the floor and found that very funny. 

Its nice to know you can extend the play if you wish by buying more of the same range.

What could improve.

I would have liked more than one character to be included in the playset.

The Wobbily Farm Mill and Barn is suitable from 18 months old and is part of a larger Weebledown Farm range. RRP is currently £29.99. Additional items can be bought seperately. Animals RRP £4.99, Wobbily Vehicles RRP £7.99 and the Wobbily Tractor £19.99

You can view the range by visiting the website here. 

With little J's birthday fastly approaching I would consider extending his collection of Weebles because they are great fun.



*we were sent the Weebles Farm in return for a full honest review. All thoughts, opinions and photos above are our own*
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