Saturday, 30 May 2015

Project 365 Days 144 - 150

This week is Half Term and I love Half Term. Its great not having to get up and get dressed for the school run or work. We have been getting up a little later than usual and just chilling in the mornings. Big J has enjoyed not having any homework and little J has loved his big brother being at home during the day.


144/365 - Carrying on from last week project 365 we were still in Alton Towers today. We had been invited to Iggle Piggles Birthday Party. We had an amazing three days and the party on Sunday just made the whole weekend extra special. I love this photo of the boys on the way home.
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Friday, 29 May 2015

#BPDriveInDineOut With BP And Pizza Express

Spending time together as a family is very important to us and I hope that shows on my blog. As there is an eleven year age gap between my two it is important that we make sure we do things together that interests both my boys. It could be just watching a movie together, visiting a theme park or eating out. Both my boys love visiting restaurants and while sometimes it can be manic dining out with a toddler its always worth it.

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Beers Of The World - Serenata Hamper Giveaway

We recently stumbled across the website Serenata Flowers. I was actually browsing for some ideas for Father's Day and I noticed that not only did they do flowers but they also did lots of other gifts including hampers.

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Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything Inbetween #4


It's week four of  Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything Inbetween. 

This week I have been enjoying some time off work because its half term - yay. I love having big J at home during half term. We always have lots of fun together.

This week I have linked up a days out post for those who have little ones and are maybe stuck for somewhere to go. I can't recommend CBeebies Land enough. Its at Alton Towers and is a dedicated area just for CBeebies. There is so much to see and do and a perfect half term day out.

Thanks to everyone who linked last week. I do love reading all the different types of posts whether its a day out, advice or even a recipe. 
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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Waterpark At Alton Towers Resort

Last weekend we visited the Alton Towers Resort. We had been invited to a special In The Night Garden Party but we decided to arrive a few days earlier and enjoy some family time together. We stayed at the Alton Towers Hotel but when we arrived our room wasn't ready even though check in time is 3pm and it was later so we decided to head to the Waterpark.

Little J ready for a swim - To Infinity And Beyond

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The Alton Towers Hotel

I wasn't going to blog about our recent visit to Alton Towers as I have blogged so many times already about Alton Towers but we did so much over the three days we were there so I wanted to give it a mention. We only decided to stay over very last minute and we managed to get a really good deal on the Alton Towers Hotel. We originally booked for just Saturday but later extended it to Friday and Saturday.

Big J and Little J Outside The Alton Towers Hotel
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The 3 Queens Arrive In Liverpool

Every year in Liverpool we seem to have a special event that brings millions of visitors to the city. One of my favourites was Little Girl Giant who has travelled to the city twice over the last few years and last year we got to see her with her Grandma. It was a  spectacular event that I know we will never forget. Yesterday was another event that I was really excited about and I am so glad I got to witness it. Three huge ships, The Queen Victoria, The Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Mary 2 all made their way into the River Mersey.

We arrived quite early and was lucky to find a spot just by the front so we had a perfect view of the 3 Queens when they made their way.

The 3 Queens
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Me To You #TattyTeddyTrends Competition

Last week we took part in a Me To You #TattyTeddyTrends Twitter Party. It was lots of fun and there were lots of activities to take part in.

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Monday, 25 May 2015

In The Night Garden Party At Alton Towers

A few weeks ago little J got his first ever birthday party invite. It was so exciting as it was to celebrate the first anniversary of the In The Night Garden Boat Ride in CBeebies Land at Alton Towers.

Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Little J blowing kisses
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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Project 365 Days 137-143

This week has been a busy week but a really fun one. 


137/365 - Today we visited the new Duplo Farm in the Legoland Discovery Centre. It was lots of fun for both big J and little J.
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Friday, 22 May 2015

The Puberty Talk

I may have already mentioned it a few hundred times already but I still can't believe I have a teenager. Its crazy as I still think I am a teenager at times and especially with my obsession with Disney I'm like a big kid. I know we will have to tweak our parenting skills a little over the next few years because being a teenager is hard work and I know big J will say and do things he won't mean. We will have to remember that his body is going through massive changes and this will effect him emotional, mentally and physically.

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens And Everything Inbetween #3


It's week three of  Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything Inbetween. 

Thanks to everyone who linked up their parenting posts last week. I was overwhelmed by just how many of you linked up. Thanks so much for sharing your tips, advice and photo blogs. I had a lovely read of them all and I have chosen my favourite post for this week.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Date Night With Calamity Jane

My favourite night out is definitely a trip to the theatre. I love watching stage productions and my passion started when my Mum and Dad took me to watch Grease. I was mesmerised from start to finish and I have enjoyed going ever since. Daddy booked me tickets to see Calamity Jane for my birthday. I absolutely love Calamity Jane and I used to watch it all the time when I was younger. When I read Jodie Prenger was Calamity Jane I was so excited. I watched Jodie win the role of Nancy in Oliver on BBC One show I'd Do Anything, I would have loved to see her in that.

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Date Night With Calamity Jane

My favourite night out is definitely a trip to the theatre. I love watching stage productions and my passion started when my Mum and Dad took me to watch Grease. I was mesmerised from start to finish and I have enjoyed going ever since. Daddy booked me tickets to see Calamity Jane for my birthday. I absolutely love Calamity Jane and I used to watch it all the time when I was younger. When I read Jodie Prenger was Calamity Jane I was so excited. I watched Jodie win the role of Nancy in Oliver on BBC One show I'd Do Anything, I would have loved to see her in that.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Birthday Soccer Blast At Goals

Big J has had a birthday party most years and we have done everything from bowling to a double decker play bus outside our house. I love birthday parties but I guessed this year big J wouldn't want a 'party' as he will be 13 soon and maybe he would want to just do something with a few of his friends. I was almost right he did want to do something with his friends but he didn't want to make a big deal out of it. I guess its not cool to have a birthday party with balloons and stuff when you are turning 13.


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Monday, 18 May 2015

Meal Times With A Toddler

We are one of those families that all sit down to eat together at the same time at the table. It's just something we have always done and to be honest I enjoy it. I like to hear about big J's day at school, Daddy's day at work and I talk about what little J and I have been up to. Even when little J was a newborn we would bring his bouncer chair in to the dining room so he could be with us and now he is older he has his highchair just by the table so he can join in on family meal times.

Looking back 2003 - Big J enjoyed his beans and mash
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Promise Pets - Build A Bear

Little J was invited last week to visit our local Build A Bear to make a Promise Pet. We love Build A Bear and over the years we have made so many. We have had dogs, bears, an Alvin (from the chipmunks) and most recently Olaf from Frozen. Building A Bear is a lovely experience for children and I know over the years big J has had so much fun and has given lots of love to the teddies he created.

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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Project 365 Days 130 - 136

This week has been sunny one day and freezing the next. I really wish this weather would make up its mind. 

Here are a few photos from our week. 

My homemade crustless quiche - delicious
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Friday, 15 May 2015

Don't Rock The Boat

Last week we were sent Don't Rock The Boat by University Games. As it has been a double birthday week we didn't get chance to play it until Sunday. I love playing games on a Sunday, its a nice time to just sit, chill and have fun.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between #2


It's week two of  Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything Inbetween. 

Thanks to everyone who linked up their parenting posts last week. It was nice to read some tips and also just general advice on parenting situations.
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Bubabloon Review

This week we have been trying out BUBABLOON. As soon as I read about BUBABLOON I knew instantly my monkeys would love it. My living room floor is always home to a selection of balls and balloons as well as a small goal so they can play football indoors. 

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Plasticine Fun

Remember the days before iPhones and iPads? When you received a toy and didn't wonder 'What does this do?' I remember those days and I remember having lots of fun playing with dolls, board games and plasticine. Actually plasticine was one of my favourite toys, I loved being creative and making lots of figures. We always had a supply of plasticine in our house because it would provide me with hours of fun, no batteries required.

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Monday, 11 May 2015

Brewers Fayre Birthday Meal

To help celebrate having two birthdays back to back in May, we had a lovely family meal at Brewers Fayre. We have been to Brewers Fayre many times over the years and like most pubs and restaurants they are constantly improving the menu so it was nice to try out their Chef's Counter.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Project 365 Days 123 - 129

Double birthday celebrations this week for big J and I. I cannot believe he is a teenager already, where does the time go?

We had a lovely week of presents and parties.

123/365 - The birthday celebrations have begun
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Project 365 Days 123 - 129

Double birthday celebrations this week for big J and I. I cannot believe he is a teenager already, where does the time go?

We had a lovely week of presents and parties.

123/365 - The birthday celebrations have begun
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Friday, 8 May 2015

#Win World Class Fragrances - Perfumer's Choice

I am so excited to be able to give my readers the chance to win World Class Fragrances. I have reviewed some of the perfumes in the past but the new Perfumer's Choice is their most luxurious and prestigious collection yet. Perfumer's Choice offers elegant fragrances, luxurious quality at affordable prices.

Four of my readers will win 2 perfumes each of their choice from the new Perfumer's Choice collection below. Which one's will you choose if you win?

No.3 Jean - Marie

Woody, Spicy

A sparkling fresh Citrus Grapefruit top note enhanced with invigorating Corriander and Incense lift the elegant heart of Cedarwood and exotic spices - Black Pepper, Nutmeg and Cardamon. The base notes are a sophisticated accord of Vetiver and Patchouli enriched with warm tenacious Amber notes.
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Parenting Toddlers, Teens and Everything Inbetween #1


Welcome to Week One

 Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything Inbetween. 

Firstly thanks for taking the time to stop by, take a minute to read below and if you want to link up please do.

So this year we are heading into uncharted waters as we tackle parenting a toddler and a teen at the same time eek!!! As you may already know there are eleven years between my two and I think there may be some tough times ahead and lots of googling looking for advice.
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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Monthly Review Round Up - April

Last month we tried out some great products.

Little Dish


Little J has been trying out Little Dish meals this month. Little Dish have a range of toddler meals that are perfect for 1-3 year olds. Each meal has 100% natural ingredients, low in salt and sugar. Little J has tried Little Dish meals before but  he has just tried the new meal Shepherd's Pie with British Lamb.

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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Tsum Tsum Tuesday

It's my birthday this week and top of my birthday wishlist is some new Tsum Tsums to add to my collection. If you are new to the world of Tsum Tsums check out my first post here. Tsum Tsum (which means stack stack in Japanese) are cute plushes that sit on top of each other. They come in three sizes and there are lots to collect.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

#Win Heroes Of The City Goodies

A few friends and fellow bloggers have been talking recently about Heroes Of the City. I hadn't heard of it until last week but I am glad we checked it out because little J loves it. 

Heroes Of The City can be found on YouTube which features episodes following the adventures of Paulie Police Car, Fiona The Fire Engine and lots more.

Each episode is perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers teaching them the importance of friendship and what we can achieve if we help each other.



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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pampers Celebrates #Everybaby

As you will know little J has just become a fully fledged toddler when he celebrated his 2nd birthday last month. Amongst the planning of his presents and how we were going to celebrate I found myself thinking back to his birth, it was his 'birth' day after all. We had waited for little J for so long and I was so nervous, scared but ultimately excited to meet him. Due to our previous history I was induced and although at the time I thought it would take away the surprise of going into labour, it didn't really.

I was induced first thing on the Tuesday and he came almost 48 hours later on the Wednesday evening. I loved being in labour, although while I was experiencing it, I wanted it to be over with as soon as possible, at the end I got little J and it was worth all the pain. I had a smile from ear to ear that day and he has made me smile everyday since.

On the same day that the nation celebrates one special birth, Pampers partners with award winning director to celebrate #everybaby

 
Looking back to 2013 - Little J
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Silent Sunday 03/05/2015


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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Project 365 Days 110-122

I missed project 365 last week but I have doubled up this week.

Here's our last two weeks in photos

110/365 - The sun has been shining today so after school we headed straight in the garden.
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