Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Mini Moose Arctic Adventure Playground at Chill Factore

Last week we were invited to Mini Moose Arctic Adventure Playground at Chill Factore. The play area which is suitable for children under 4 is a new addition to the Snow Park. Big J and I would have loved to attend but unfortunately we couldn't so it was just Daddy and Little J. They look and sound like they had amazing time so I will hand over to Daddy to tell you all about it.




We arrived a little earlier than we expected as the m62 was really clear.  Little J hadn't eaten his breakfast so I was glad to find a nice Costa in the Chill Factore building, where we sat and had some toast and a nice drink.
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Monday, 29 June 2015

Fisher Price Talking Bing Review

Little J is a big fan of CBeebies and although he is happy to watch whatever programme is on it's obvious he does have some favourites. He gets excited when In the Night Garden is on, Something Special and also Bing. Bing is an adorable bunny who goes on lots of adventures with his friends including his carer Flop.

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Project 365 Days 172 - 178

 Here is our week in photos


172/365 - The new Everton kit came out this weekend. Daddy and the monkeys each got the full kit. I love them in the football kits, they always look so nice in them.
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Friday, 26 June 2015

An Evening With Giovanna Fletcher

Last night I attended an evening with Giovanna Fletcher at Waterstones. I have never been to anything like this before because if I am being honest I am not a big reader. I do like reading but I always have something else to do so although I have lots of books, they just sit there gathering dust. So I assume you are wondering why I went to a book event then if I'm not really a book lover. The truth is I do like Giovanna's books and have all four of them but I actually like her as a person too. I know that might sound crazy as I have never met her (until last night) but I follow her on you tube and I really enjoy watching her vlogs.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Signed Copy Of Dream A Little Dream By Giovanna Fletcher Giveaway

Tonight I was very lucky to attend An Evening With Giovanna Fletcher at Waterstones. It was an amazing night (more on that soon) and while I was there I decided to buy an extra copy of Giovanna's latest book Dream A Little Dream to giveaway on my blog. To make the giveaway even more special Giovanna signed the book for my lucky winner.

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Good Money Habits For Your Children

Yesterday when I was writing my Parenting #ToddlersAndTeens post I suddenly realised big J is a teenager. He's 13 years old age and it’s scary just how quickly he has grown up. One minute he's a little boy toddling around depending on us for everything, and the next he's this person who seems to be able to live his own life and the need for us is greatly reduced.
As you will know little J is a toddler and it's hard to believe that one day he will be a teenager too. You think that day will never come, but it will it will come much sooner than you think! That’s why it’s never too early to start teaching your children good money habits and preparing them for when they head off into the big, wide world.

Big J enjoying a trip to cinema with friends, using his own pocket money.
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Parenting - Toddlers, Teens And Everything In-between #8


Welcome to Week 8 of Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine. As I type this at 9:45pm its still light outside. It doesn't feel like I should be going to bed. It feels like the middle of the day. I'm not complaining I love Summer and the light mornings / evenings, always put me in a good mood. Unfortunately next week my hubby will become a Wimbledon widower. I absolutely love Wimbledon and I can't wait to watch as much of it as I possibly can. It's the only sporting event I follow and I look forward to it all year round.
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What's In Our Caboodle Everyday Changing Bag

I know once our babies reach the toddler stage some Mummy's change their changing bag to maybe a character rucksack or something smaller. I prefer to still have a changing bag because I still need enough space to fit all his essentials. This week we have been trying out Caboodle Everyday Changing Bag and we love it. Firstly its not too big because some changing bags are so huge that they become impractical for a Mum on the go, but you can fit so much inside.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Keep Your Pet Healthy With Frontline Spot On

When I was little we used to have two dogs. I loved them so much and they were big part of our family. I loved taking them for a walk and I remember how much fun i had playing with them. Obviously there is a lot more to having a pet than just playing with them, its important to make sure you take care of your pet and keep them healthy. FRONTLINE Spot On have teamed up with the lovely Ruth Langsford to host a series of videos including hints and tip on how to keep your pets healthy and happy this summer.


This campaign is very close to Ruth's heart as she is the owner of Maggie a rescue dog.
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Monday, 22 June 2015

Reviewing Nutmeg - Thinking About Pensions

Okay so this may not be something that you stop and think about every day - but there are some startling facts around about the UK's general pension provision.

Nutmeg offer an easy to use, intelligent approach to pension planning.

*image credit to Nutmeg*

They offer an expertly managed pension fund that you can tailor make to suit your overall attitude to investment risk, and they will rebalance this on a regular basis as part of the service - with surprisingly low annual management charges.   Rebalancing helps to keep your plan at the risk level you choose, and encourages selling investments when they are highly priced and using the funds to buy other low pried investments, with a constant view on enhancing the value of your pension pot, whilst ensuring that your risk level doesn't go above what you have chosen.
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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Project 365 Days 158 - 171

My blog has been a little neglected over the last few weeks so I completely missed last weeks Project 365 but I did take photos so here is our last two weeks in photos.


158/365 - Big J has recovered from his week in Malaga so it was out in the garden for some splashing fun.

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Early Father's Day Meal At Brewers Fayre

If you are a regular reader you will know that we do like going out for meals at our local Brewers Fayre. As Father's Day is approaching we popped along for an Early Father's Day Meal. If you have visited a Brewers Fayre before you will know that they offer a variety of Menus. A normal menu with pub meals, Chef's Counter Menu and a Kids Menu.

When we have the kids with us we almost always choose Chef's Counter. Its a buffet style menu that starts at 5pm with a different theme every night of the week. It includes Burger and Hotdog night, Mexican, Curry and on Fridays it is Chip Shop Buffet Night.

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Friday, 19 June 2015

A Double Decker Bacon Sandwich For Father's Day

I'm not the biggest fan of meat but I do like Bacon so when Roberts Bakery asked me to serve up a delicious bacon butty for Daddy on Father's Day I was happy to join in. 

Daddy doesn't like anything fancy he is likes plain and simple when it comes to food. So I knew there would be no fancy relishes or garnish just a simple bacon butty.


Roberts Bakery sent us a lovely pack which included everything we needed to make the perfect bacon butty. I decided to add a little bit extra to Daddy's butty and included cumberland sausages too.

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens And Everything In-between #7


Can't believe it's week seven already of Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between. 

This last week has been a bit of a blur. I have been so exhausted and unfortunately my blog suffered a little. I just didn't have the energy to give it the time and effort it deserves. I thought I may be coming down with something but it turns out I was just tired. So after a rest I am feeling better, not 100% et but getting there.

You may have noticed my new blog design by Ellie Illustrates. I absolutely love it. I will be getting a new Parenting badge very soon too.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The Value Of A Parent

I have almost completed my first year back in work after being on extended maternity leave. As many will know you only get 9 months maternity pay so for the extra year I took off I had no income at all. It was a hard choice but as little J had so many hospital appointments Daddy and I decided it was best to stay at home and take care of little J. 


Our Boys
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Monday, 15 June 2015

It's National Picnic Week

This week is National Picnic Week. We love picnics and try and have one as often as we possibly can. Whenever we head to the park or beach we always take a packed lunch with us. It's something we have always done since big J was a baby. There is something special about enjoying your lunch on a nice tartan blanket in the great outdoors. The best thing about a picnic is that you don't even have to leave your home to enjoy one. We have had many garden picnics, teddy bears picnic and even a carpet picnic on a rainy day.



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Friday, 12 June 2015

Trunki Yondi Monkey Review

I recently took part in a twitter party hosted by Britmums all about car journeys. Lots of people joined in with hints and tips on how to make car journeys with the kids more exciting and more comfortable.  As a family we travel up and down the country all the time so I did have some tips to share. I always like the boys to have a snooze especially if its a long journey as it passes the time. Big J is usually on his phone and little J loves the iPad but they both do relax.


When we were sent a Trunki Yondi Monkey to review I was convinced little J wouldn't be interested. The Trunki Yondi is a child's neck pillow He doesn't like things on him such as caps, sunglasses etc so I thought he might try and pull it off straight away but I was willing to give it a try. He always looks hunched over in his car seat and when he does fall asleep his head drops to his chest and it looks so uncomfortable. We are always reaching over and trying to prop his head back up.
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Thursday, 11 June 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day will soon be here and if I am honest I haven't got a clue what we are buying Daddy yet. I usually sway to something related to technology because that is what Daddy loves. I know he would love an Apple iWatch but he might have to ask Father Christmas for that.
I do love buying little 'Daddy' gifts too such as teddies and mugs but we have so many and like I said recently about buying anniversary gifts there must come a point where you have to stop. 
Here are just a few choices that I may consider for Daddy.


Personalised Square Cufflinks 
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Parenting - Toddlers, Teens And Everything In-between #6


It's week six of  Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between. 

How is everyone this week? I spent most of last week with just little J whilst big J had an amazing time in Spain. This was the fourth time big J has been away with school and he's only 13. He seems to have really grown up while he was away. Little J was so excited when he arrived home, lots of kisses and cuddles.
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Wednesday, 10 June 2015

WOW Toys Countdown Calendar Competition

You may have spotted a nice new shiny badge on my sidebar this week letting you all know that I am now a WOW Blogger Buddy. We have recently been browsing toys shops and online for some new toys for little J because he has a sudden interest in figures and playsets and WOW was one of the brands we were looking at. I was so happy to receive an email to say that WOW toys would us to check out their new Countdown Calendars and also give one away to my readers.



I'm sure most of you will know WOW Toys and will agree that they are perfect for little ones. The toys are so colourful, cheery, chunky and they don't need batteries. I was quite excited to hear more about the WOW Toys Countdown Calendar. I instantly thought about Advent calendars and how exciting it is for little ones to open them each morning, counting down the days till Christmas.
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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Our Day Out At Legoland Discovery Centre

Last month we visited the Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester. The Legoland Discovery Centre is situated in Barton Square within the intu Trafford Centre. As it is part of the Merlin Group we get free entrance to this and also its neighbour attraction Sealife so its a great day out. If you don't have a Merlin Pass its better to visit the website before your visit as they have offers and multi buy tickets for both.

We haven't been for a few years so I was looking forward to seeing the some of the newer attractions such as Star Wars Miniland, Forest Pursuit and Merlins Apprentice. There is also a brand new attraction opening soon called Duplo Farm.

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Monday, 8 June 2015

What To Pack In A Teenager's Suitcase

Big J has just arrived home from his third trip abroad without us. Its so weird to think he has experienced parts of the world without us. He has been to Rue in France for 5 days, Skiing for a whole week and last week he went to Spain for 5 days.

When it came to packing his suitcase he really wasn't interested at all. I think thats a boy thing because Daddy doesn't like packing either. They both are just happy to watch me do it. I did make a list of things he needed to make it easier for him but I still ended up doing it.


First I packed his hand luggage. He didn't have much in it as the school already had his Passport, EHIC and Euros. His hand luggage just had his phone, earphones, wallet containing some english money for the airport and plane and a book.

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Silent Sunday 07/06/15

Malaga




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Project 365 Days 151 - 157

Well its been a funny old week which started with all four of us but that soon went to just Little J and I. Big J jetted off to Spain on a school trip early hours Monday morning and didn't return until Friday evening. Daddy was away with work in the middle of the week so it was an unusually quiet house.


151/365 - Today was mainly spent packing for Big J's holiday to Spain.

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Win An Organix Hamper Worth £25

If you have read my blog before you may have noticed that little J loves his food. The good thing about him is he will try anything and he usually likes everything he tries. I'm so glad as it's hard work when you have a fussy eater. I love knowing that he will eat home made meals, fruit and vegetables. 

For a treat Little J absolutely loves Organix Goodies. His favourite are Carrot Cake Soft Oaty Bars. Whenever he wants one he says 'cake' its so cute. He has tried most of the Organix goodies range and likes it all. The finger foods are another of his favourites including Tomato Slices. They look just like a pack of crisps and he loves having the control of eating as many or as few as he likes.


 I am so excited to team up with Organix to offer 3 of my lucky readers the chance to win an Organix Hamper worth £25
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Friday, 5 June 2015

Brothers By Willow Tree

Yesterday Daddy and I celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary. Its been a odd week with Daddy working lots and Big J on holiday in Spain. For most of the week it was just little J and I so we didn't make any specific Anniversary plans. Usually we will do something special but we decided to visit Alton Towers a few weeks earlier and maybe just go out for a meal on our actual anniversary.

Brothers by Willow Tree
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Thursday, 4 June 2015

How To Keep The Kids Happy In The Garden

I've never been one of those people that enjoy gardening or even sitting out in the garden but last year I found myself out there with little J more than I would have expected. Like his brother he loves the garden and just being out in the fresh air. We haven't really got a big garden but its always suited our needs and little J is usually out there at least once a day at the moment.

I still not 100% comfortable being in the garden but I am trying. I don't like bugs, spiders, bees, wasps or any other crawlies. So I have found it hard that little J loves being outside so much. I love sitting watching him play and will join in as much as I can. I even got on the trampoline with him this week which is a first. I did notice a bug on the net but I just ignored it. So while I'm still getting used to overcoming my fear and to help keep him busy and entertained there are a few things we have bought although he is just as happy mooching around, picking up stones and even chilling on the chairs.


The main thing we needed was a new Trampoline. Our old one has been in the garden for years and big J would play on it all the time. It was old and worn and definitely past it. We did put little J on the old trampoline just to see if he liked it before we bought a new one and he did. He absolutely loves bouncing, playing with a ball or messing around with big J.
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Parenting - Toddlers, Teens And Everything Inbetween #5


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

How is everyone this week? It is still half term for me so I have been enjoying an extra week off work this week. Unfortunately the weather hasn't been great so far so its been mainly indoor activities. It's been mainly me and little J this week as Daddy has been working and big J is having an amazing time in Spain with school. I have really missed him and I actually realised this week just how much he helps me with little J especially around meal times when I'm cooking or when I'm tidying. 
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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

10 Reasons Why I Love June

I am so excited that June has finally arrived and here is why.

1. Daddy and I had our first ever date in June. It was the 21st June which is the longest day. This year the 21st falls on Fathers Day too so it's twice as special.

Looking Back - June 2010 Central Park, New York City

2. Daddy and I were married in June. This year we will be celebrating 15 years together and 5 years married. We were married in New York City and it was the best day of my life. It was so amazing and very personal as I had always wanted to get married in New York and Daddy made my dreams come true.
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#TheSmiler Crash At Alton Towers

I think it's pretty obvious if you read my blog regularly that we are big fans of Alton Towers. I have been going there since before Nemesis opened and this year its celebrating its 21st birthday. It's also a special place for us as it's where Daddy proposed to me.

I was really upset and shocked yesterday to hear that there was a crash on The Smiler. I am a huge fan of rollercoasters but there is something about that ride that I just don't like. I have been on it twice this year but after the last time which was less than two weeks ago I said to Daddy I probably won't go on it again.

Taken 23rd May After Big J Had Been On The Ride
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Preparing For Summer With LamaLoLi

I am a huge fan of character clothing and always have been. I used to love dressing big J in Disney or Star Wars but unfortunately now he is a teenager he isn't so keen to walk around with Mickey Mouse on his chest. Luckily I still have little J and this month he has been wearing lots of new summer clothing from LamaLoLi

Star Wars - The Clone Wars (2 Pack T-shirt)
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Monday, 1 June 2015

Going On Holiday - How Do You Choose?

Over the last week or so we have had some really hot and sunny weather here and it really puts me in the mood for summer. Although I am not a huge fan of the heat I do enjoy what the summer brings. Light mornings and light evenings, the children can play out in the garden in their paddling pools, our big winter coats can go a away for a few months and everyone is just in a better mood when the sun is shining.

I was watching the boys in the garden last week and they were playing in the water. It was bright, warm and sunny and it got me thinking about our Summer holiday.

Sa Coma - June 2003 
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