Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Tech Tuesday - Nintendo Switch : Do We Need Another Console?

The Nintendo Switch is being released on 3rd March in the UK.  With a price tag of £279.99 for the basic package it will be interesting to see how this fares with gamers. I remember buying the original Wii console not long after release.  It was expensive at the time, I can’t remember how expensive, but expensive enough for us not to have bought at initial release.  Honestly, with Wii for us did bring us years of enjoyment, mostly on Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, but also with Wii party, played almost exclusively at Christmas - but so much fun.  Wii Fit was also a firm favourite - even it was just to tell me I have put another pound on.


Monday, 30 January 2017

La La Land Review - City of Stars, Are You Shining Just For Me?

La La Land was a film that I had wanted to see for a few months after seeing trailers online, reading about it on Social Media and although I had an idea of what it was about nothing could have prepared me for just how fantastic this movie is. Most of my childhood saw me acting out the dance scene from West Side Story in my front living room or singing Grease songs in front of the bathroom mirror. La La Land took me back to those memories and how good musicals were and how sad it is that they just don't make movies like that anymore, until now. 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Our Family Fortnight - 28/01/17

This fortnight has mainly been sickness and baking, which isn't the perfect combination but we've got by. Firstly big J wasn't too well, he had a throat and ear infection and then I have been feeling ill for the last week. I have a bad cough and I am aching all over. We started off this fortnight by decorating some penguin biscuits. We received them as a gift for Christmas and it was so much fun and they were very tasty.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Disney Limited Edition Designer Princess Rapunzel

Today I wanted to show off my first ever Limited Edition doll that hubby bought for me just after I had watched the movie Tangled for the first time. Rapunzel is my favourite princess out of all the princesses so I was so overwhelmed when hubby bought me Limited Edition Rapunzel Designer Doll.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Playdays and Runways Linky - 26/01/17

If this is your first time here then you can head over to my linky page to find out more but I have listed the main points below

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Slimming World Weigh In - Week 2

Last week was my 2nd week on my Slimming World journey and again similar to last week I haven't been able to stick to the plan completely however I have cut down and made better choices when it comes to meal planning and snacking. I've been making more meals from scratch and I am so pleased that I lost albs again this week which takes my total loss to -4lbs. 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Tech Tuesday - 4K Definition The Future Of Streaming

You may have recently read my review of the Xbox One S in which I talk about the difference I have seen with 4K and HDR definitions.  One of the features is the ability to stream HDR and 4K definition through the Xbox One S with 4K compatible providers like Netflix. As part of the StreamTeam, I have written recently about Stranger Things - the superb TV series with a retro feel to it. We watched that in 1080p through Netflix and the quality was brilliant. If I had waited a few months until we got the new 4K TV then we could have watched it in 4K definition on Netflix. 

Monday, 23 January 2017

Slimming World Slow Cooker Lasagne Recipe

Recently I bought myself a slow cooker and I've made a few things in it so far but our favourite last week so Slimming World Slow Cooker Lasagne. I've just started my Slimming World journey so I will be making more meals but for now I thought I would share with the Lasagne recipe.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Teletubbies - Big Hugs DVD Giveaway

The Teletubbies are back with a brand new DVD and I am giving 3 of my readers and followers the chance to win. Big Hugs features 6 episodes, special features and a colouring pad. 

The Lion Guard Hyena Hideout Playset Review

Little J was so excited to receive the Lion Guard Hyena Hideout Playset to review. As you probably already know we are huge Disney fans and we love watching The Lion Guard Series, which is a spin off from the movies The Lion King. We already own a Lion Guard Defend The Pride Lands Playset so little J is happy to have a 'bad guys' playset too. 

Friday, 20 January 2017

Disney Moana Toddler Doll

I was very lucky to be given the gorgeous Moana toddler doll for Christmas and I absolutely love her. I collect the Disney toddler dolls however they are usually packaged as Animator dolls which means they all have a similar white box with sketches of the character around the front and back. Moana comes in a box based around the movie featuring green designs and colour pictures of the characters Moana (as a young girl), Maui, Pua and Hei Hei.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Laughing The January Blues Away and Giveaway

January is probably our worst month of the year. Christmas is over, it's always cold and wet and there isn't anything to look forward to. We don't usually get the January blues however this year I can feel it a little as the weather has been so miserable we haven't be able to get out and about. I am taking the new year, new you challenge and to cheer myself up I am going to laugh the January blues away by watching some fabulous comedy movies. Daddy and I do like however we tend to watch more serious / suspense type movies and programs such as 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Affair and The Fall.

Playdays and Runways Linky - 19/01/17

If this is your first time here then you can head over to my linky page to find out more but I have listed the main points below

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Slimming World Weigh In - Week 1

At the beginning of the year I decided that I was going to try and lose weight. I have started the Slimming World healthy eating plan and I am really excited. Last week and this week are a little chaotic at home for one reason or another but I've read the books and although I can't see myself starting properly for a few weeks yet,  I have started to cut down and I am so pleased that at this weeks weigh in I lost 2lb.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Tech Tuesday - August Bluetooth Wireless Headphones Review

We already own a number of August products, most recently we reviewed Augusts WS300 and WS150 Multiroom Wireless Airplay speakers.  We use these a lot throughout the home as they are portable and easy to use.  When I was asked to try a set of wireless headphones I was happy to give them a try. We were sent a pair of EP636R wireless stereo headphones 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Our New Years Eve

This is a little late, but better late than never I suppose. We ended 2016 with a visit to the Liverpool Ice Festival. It's something we did a few years ago and we thought it would be nice to do it again. Both Daddy and I aren't keen on New Years Eve so a nice day out was perfect.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Our Family Fortnight 14/01/2017

Our first Family Fortnight post of 2017. A quick recap of what we have got up to in the last 14 days.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Disney Limited Edition Moana Doll

For those that don't already know, I am a huge Disney fan and I have just recently bought a Disney Moana, Limited Edition Doll. I absolutely love the movie Moana which this limited edition doll is based on, however I collect the limited edition dolls Disney release and got this before I had actually seen the movie. If you haven't seen Moana you must go. Moana tells the story about a young girl who is drawn to the sea and wishes to travel across the water. There is one thing stopping her and that is her father, the island chief who wants her to follow in his footsteps and remain safe on the island and help lead the people.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Playdays and Runways Linky - 12/01/17

If this is your first time here then you can head over to my linky page to find out more but I have listed the main points below


Zapf Creation Baby Born Unicorn Review and Giveaway

 As I am in a house full of boys I did wonder whether dolls and prams would ever be something I would get the chance to play with as a Mum. I would never force toys on the boys so unfortunately when big J was younger he just wasn't interested in that side of playing he was more interested in computer type toys. One of the things I love about little J is that he will play with all toys. Cars, dolls, blue or pink it's all the same to him which I think is fabulous. When we received the Baby Born Unicorn he was over the moon, he loved it from the first moment he saw it. 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

New Year, New Me

You may have read our New Year Bucket List last week and one of the goals this year is for me to lose weight. I say this every year that I will try and I do but then I give up when I get so close to actually losing an amount that makes a difference. So I've joined Slimming World and I plan to stick to it until I reach a weight I feel comfortable with then I will continue trying to maintain that weight. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Tech Tuesday - Xbox One S Review

I am a Xbox owner after converting from the PS2 to the original Xbox a long time ago.  I still have PS consoles, but the Xbox has been my favourite for some time. I bought the Xbox One on initial release date in 2013 - the Day One edition. I have had no problems with it at all, other than running out of storage space. Luckily the Xbox allows external hard drives to be connected in a plug and play style to improve the capacity overall. 

Monday, 9 January 2017

A False Pregnancy

A few months ago I was convinced I was pregnant. I think I knew in my heart I wasn't but my head convinced me otherwise. We are not trying for another baby in fact another pregnancy is definitely not something we want to go through again after everything that's happened in the past. We are completely happy and blessed to be a family of four, not forgetting our two angels in the sky.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Eat Your Peas, Hot Wheels, Under The Dome and Moana #LittleLoves

This will be my first year taking part in #LittleLoves which is run by Coffee Work Sleep Repeat. It gives us a chance to look back at my last week and share what we've been up to.

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Friday, 6 January 2017

Little J's Pre School Days - December

Little J spent most of December counting down the days till Christmas. He was so excited and just couldn't wait till Christmas Day. This was the first year that he understood what it was all about and how it's a magical time of year. The month seemed to whizz by but for little J it probably dragged and it must have seemed an eternity waiting for Santa to come.


We started the month off with Little J being a Shepherd in his Nursery Nativity. He was amazing as was all the children. I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I watched him sing and dance along with his friends.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Playdays and Runways Linky - 05/01/17

Happy new year and welcome to my first Playdays and Runways linky of 2017. Having fun at home playing and travelling are two of our favourite things so I am looking forward to reading your posts.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Our New Year Bucket List

It's 2017 - Happy New Year. I always start the year positive with resolutions and lists of things I want to achieve and if I am honest I've usually failed by the end of the January, but this year WILL be different. I am writing a New Year Bucket List of things I would like to achieve by the end of March.


Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Tech Tuesday - Droidbox PlayOn Review

I recently bought the Droidbox PlayOn handheld console.  For years I have looked for and bought a number of units with the intention of being able to play emulated games from computers and consoles long gone, in a simple format with easy to use controls. 

Droidbox PlayOn, Handheld Console, Buttons, Screen,

Monday, 2 January 2017

Changing Our Blog Name - Say Hello To Playdays and Runways

I'm guessing that if you are reading this then you will have noticed that we have decided to change the name of our blog. This wasn't a decision I made easily, it's taken  months and months to finally pluck up the courage to do it but now that we have, we are so happy. When we first started our blog back in February 2014 we had no idea of a) what we was doing - we winged most of it in the early days and b) we didn't really think of a name that would be able to grow with us as a family. I loved Mummy 2 Monkeys when I first started blogging but now neither of my boys call me Mummy anymore so it was time to change to a name that reflects us.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Our Sunday Photo - 01/01/17

It's a new year and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. We hope 2017 is good to you all.

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