Thursday, 20 September 2018

Review - Ready 2 Robot

When we were asked if we wanted to review Ready 2 Robot I said yes straight away as I had already read about the range and knew little J would love them. Ready 2 Robot is a very similar to LOL dolls in where there are lots of different surprises as you unwrap. Little J is really into bling bag type toys and if he's not buying similar toys with his pocket money he's watching kids open them on You Tube Kids.
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Disney Limited Edition Designer Fairytale Snow White and The Prince

When I heard that Disney were releasing a Designer Fairytale Limited Edition Collection of the princesses I knew instantly I wanted to get them. I had seen a few images that fans had uploaded from the D23 convention and they looked amazing. I already owned a Rapunzel Designer Doll and I love her so naturally I wanted to add to my collection. The first set was Snow White and The Prince.
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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Review - Oonies Inflator Starter Pack and Orbeez Wowzer Surprise

I love this time of year for lots of reasons and one of those reasons is that darker evenings means we 'play' inside a lot more. Little J has already started choosing to play games inside rather than playing in the garden. So we have been swopping football and trampolining for lots of indoor play. The past few weeks we have been playing with the Oonies Inflator Starter Kit and The Orbeez Wow World Wowzer Surprise Magical Pets.
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Monday, 17 September 2018

When Your Child Doesn't Want To Eat

It's okay to let children eat with their hands

I recently went on a course all about children and their eating habits or lack of them. It really did open my eyes to just how many children out there either refuse to eat or will only eat certain things. I suppose we have been lucky that both our children are good eaters, I can't imagine what it must be like for parents whose children don't. Hopefully the tips below will help you deal with 'when your child doesn't want to eat'.
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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Our Sunday Photo - 16/09/2018

John knows just what to buy me when I'm having a tough time or a rough day. Obviously I love my Disney stuff but I love this mug and it is so true 'Tea Makes Everything Better'
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£100 M & S Voucher Giveaway

When John and I have a movie night we usually curl up on the sofa with a nice takeaway. It was only recently that we realised that we could actually grab a meal at our local M&S,  not only does it taste better than a takeaway but works out so much cheaper too. M&S food has just opened by us and throughout the year they offer lots of special offers on their food range for example Dine for Two for just £10. This month you can choose from Pizza which includes two mains and two sides or an Indian again two mains with two sides all for just a tenner.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Review - Schleich Dino Set With Cave

Little J loves playing with Dinosaurs and why not? They are big, scary and cool and playing dinosaurs gives you the chance to roar loudly, stomp your feet and pretend you are the most powerful creature to ever roam the Earth. When we were sent the Schleich Dino Set With Cave I knew little J would love it. He already has dinosaur figures so adding more to his collection and also a play set would definitely enhance his play.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

We Have Adopted A Fuggler

Have you ever wanted to open a letter or parcel but you know that you shouldn't because the circumstances could be catastrophic. Well last week a parcel arrived and we were desperate to take a peek inside but the box was clearly marked with a warning. Did we package the parcel back up and return to sender? Nope, however looking back now that could have been the better option. Inside our package was a Fuggler, I don't think I have seen anything as ugly in my life and those teeth... they are  insane. It is quite clear that our Fuggler was sent to us to turn our normal happy home into chaos.
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Monday, 10 September 2018

5 Ways To Make Some Extra Money Before Christmas

Those who know me, know I like to find ways to make a little bit of extra money each month. It helps pay for days out with the kids or a meal. This part of the year I start thinking about Christmas and how using Cashback Apps, Coupons or finding the latest deals can help save some pennies for my most favourite time of year. I've popped below 5 ways to make some extra money before Christmas.
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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Our Sunday Photo - 09/09/2018

First week back at school and little J has already been to a party. This week he celebrated one of his friend's 6th birthday. It's strange that some of his friends are already 6 or will be soon when little J was only 5 a few months ago. Here he is with PJ Masks Catboy and Gecko. 
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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The Past, The Present or The Future?

A long time ago a friend told me that there are three different types of people. A past person, a present person and a future person. When an opportunity crops up for light conversation or general chit chat a ‘past person’ will talk about things that have already happened. Their conversations will start with ‘remember when..’ or ‘ I remember’. They don’t live in the past as such but they do spend an awful lot of time talking about things, people, events that they’ve already experienced. They like to reminisce.
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Tips To Keep Your Home Safe

There's been a chill in the air the past few weeks and we've already noticed that it's getting darker much earlier than it was before our Summer holiday. It's always this time of year I start to feel a little anxious and probably more aware of keeping our home safe. We are very good at making sure our home is secure and we still use our Piper camera however darker nights and mornings attract opportunists so I've created a list of top tips for keeping your home safe.
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Monday, 3 September 2018

Disney Limited Edition Designer Princess Rapunzel

Disney is such a huge part of my life and I haven't really shared that on my blog before in great detail so I thought I would start. I am a Disney fan and collect lots of Disneyana including Limited Edition dolls. Today I wanted to show off my first ever Limited Edition doll that John 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 he brought it home.
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Sunday, 2 September 2018

Our Sunday Photo - 02/09/2018

On the eve of back to school week this photo, this memory, our holiday seems like a million years ago however it was only two weeks. We can't complain because we have had a fun filled Summer doing lots of amazing things and meeting lots of new people. I am sad it's over but I have our fabulous photos to remind us of all the good times we had. 
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Saturday, 1 September 2018

Monthly Bucket List - September

It's the 1st of September and for me September is the beginning of a new year. I go back to work after being off all Summer and the boys are back to school. September is also the start of my favourite time of year. There is just something so special about Autumn and then the lead up to Christmas, I just love it. I've jotted down below a list of things I would love to tick off my bucket list this month.
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Friday, 31 August 2018

Giveaway - Win An Amazon Echo

We have a fantastic giveaway for you on our blog - we are giving away an Amazon Echo.  The Amazon Echo connects to Alexa-a cloud-based voice service-to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices, and more.
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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

5 Tips For Planning A Ski Trip

Before big J left primary school he was offered the chance to go Skiing with the school to the French Alps. I remember being shocked at first because our little boy wanted to go somewhere he had never been before doing something so different than he had ever experienced, without us. It took a lot of persuading and tears before we said yes, but looking back now I am so glad we did. As expected he had an amazing time with his friends and recently we have spoken about maybe going skiing as a family.
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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Review - Schleich Eldrador Creatures, Lava Golem

One of our favourite things to play with are figures. We have so many and they all stay together in one big box so when it comes to play time they can all get involved. Little J uses his imagination to create a world where all the figures live. Some are goodies and some are baddies and the world usually involves them fighting each other. We were recently sent a new figure to add to our collection. Lava Golem is an Eldrador Creature from Schleich.
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Monday, 20 August 2018

Review - Schleich Wild Life 4x4 Vehicle With Winch

We absolutely love Schleich and our collection is growing nicely thanks to our latest addition, the Schleich wild life 4x4 vehicle with winch. I knew this was going to fit well with little J's animal collection as the vehicle is a rangers 4x4 and it comes with a ranger, called David.
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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Review - Crate Creatures Surprise Sizzle

We had a very interesting delivery last week for little J, a crate which was all locked up and inside was a very unexpected surprise. Firstly we had to unlock the crate using the crowbar supplied and the once the lock was open we popped open the lid and up popped Sizzle.
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Monday, 6 August 2018

CBBC Summer Social 2018

We were so excited to hear that the CBBC Summer Social event was coming to Liverpool this year and we were literally counting down the days. The lineup for the 3 day event was amazing including lots of CBBC and CBeebies favourites such as Sam and Mark, Mr Tumble, Dr Ranj and lots more.
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5 Reasons Why I Love Autumn

We have been so lucky to have such lovely weather that it feels like Summer has lasted almost all year so far. We have just started to have cooler nights which is perfect for me because I can not sleep in the heat that we've had, it's so uncomfortable. The change in the weather has made me think about Autumn and I am really looking forward to it. Here are my top 5 reasons why I cannot wait for Autumn to begin.

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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Creating A Space Themed Bedroom

boy holding a home made rocket for space themed bedroom
You may have read my post yesterday about Little J's ambition to be an Astronaut when he grows up. He's really into Space at the moment and is always trying to make rockets out of plastic bottles or building spaceships out of Lego. I love how creative he can be at times and he will sit for hours trying to perfect his latest model. I hope his love of Space stays, as he now wants a Space themed bedroom. We have not long decorated his room however we just painted it, we didn't give it any type of theme as he wasn't really passionate about anything at the time.
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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

When I Grow Up I Want To Be . . .

Little J has now graduated from reception and is ready to move on to year one in September. Time certainly has flown this year and it doesn't feel like a year ago that we were preparing for the start of his school journey. The last term was all about their ambitions and encouraging the children to 'Reach for The Stars'. They were told to never give up on their dreams and that anything is possible if you believe it. It was a lovely way to end the year and in their graduation ceremony we got to see what each child wants to be when they are older.
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How To Educate Your Child Through Gardening?

I have to admit that I never been been a huge fan of the garden. Although my mum and dad love gardening, planting flowers or just sitting out it's never been my thing. I've always said they could have been professional gardeners because they definitely have an eye for garden design. When I became a nursery nurse I found that a huge part of my job is outdoor play and how important it is especially with children spending more time indoors now on consoles and tablets, it’s important for them to know that enjoyment can be found outdoors, too.
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Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Learning To Love My Body

I wrote a post recently about when we take little J to the swimming pool it is mostly dad's in the water with the kids. Whenever I look around it is mainly women watching from the viewing area, me included.  I know how much little J enjoys swimming and going to our local pool so I have promised to make more of an effort and visit the pool with him.

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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Our Top Tips For Moving House

I have mentioned it before on our blog that last year we had a full home and garden makeover. It was long overdue and although it took almost a year to complete if was definitely worth it. We did think about moving house first as we knew it would be quite costly to have a complete makeover but we also had to consider the cost of moving house. We made a Pro's and Con's list for staying and moving but in the end we decided we wanted to stay where we are. If you are in the process of moving or just even thinking about it, I have created a top tips list for Moving House I thought I would share with you.
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Indoor Play Centres In Manchester

Over the last few months we have visited lots of indoor activity / play centres, however there are three in particular that little J has said are his favourite. All completely different but all based around in and around Manchester so I thought I would share with all three.
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Our Stay At Simgill Farm Cottages

We have just returned from a lovely family weekend break to the Lake District. We love visiting the Lakes and have previously stayed in a little Bed and Breakfast, Caravan Park or Hotel. This break was a little different as there were 14 of us in total so we needed to book somewhere big enough for us all. After a lot of searching the internet my brother in law found Simgill Farm. It's described as luxury self catering accommodation with properties that sleep up to 18 people.
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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Finishing Touches Thanks To Hello Canvas

It's so nice to use the words finishing touches because that means that our house is finally done. It's taken a long time but I can now say that our home makeover is now complete thanks to our last two photo frames which arrived a few weeks ago from Hello Canvas.
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Dealing With Unexpected Expenses

I am really looking forward to the Summer holidays this year and being off with the boys. Although we haven't booked a holiday or got any days out planned, we will be hoping to book something shortly. We have had lots of unexpected bills and expenses recently so unfortunately our savings had to come to the rescue. We often have months like this when we seem to pay out more than we expect and it is something that I do try and plan for because obviously you never know what's going to happen but unfortunately I hadn't planned well enough.
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Monday, 16 July 2018

Giveaway - Win a £25 Prezzo Gift Card

You may have seen my recent posts about our visit to Prezzo. We had a lovely evening sampling the new Summer menu and drinks. We cannot wait to go back over the Summer and we are giving you the chance to try out the new menu too by offering our readers the chance to win a £25 Prezzo gift card.
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A Summer Filled With Football

We have been getting in to the World Cup spirit here and although the tournament is coming to an end I don't think little J's passion for football will stop anytime soon. He's always had a love of footballs and having a kick around in the garden or park but recently it seems his love of the game has cranked up a notch.
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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Disney On Ice - Dream Big Coming To UK This Autumn

When I heard about that Disney On Ice was returning this Autumn with a new show I was eager to see how it could top the show we saw a few years ago. When I saw the announcement that Dream Big will feature Moana, Frozen, Beauty and The Beast, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin I was so excited, what a fantastic bunch of characters. 
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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Splashing Fun In The Sun

We are absolutely loving the heatwave that we have been experiencing over the past month or so. It's just like being on holiday so we have had lots of play days in the garden and fun days out. One of our favourite things to do so far is lots and lots of water play. It's a perfect way to keep cool during the day and it is so much fun.
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Monday, 9 July 2018

CBBC Summer Social Is Coming To Liverpool

We are so excited about CBBC Summer Social coming to Liverpool this year. We have been to something very similar in the South a few years ago and it was amazing. This time it is our hometown and we cannot wait to attend.
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Monday, 2 July 2018

Exploring Cheshire This Summer

The Summer Holidays is one of my favourite times of year. I get the whole school holidays off with the boys and together we love planning all the things we want to get up to. Days out is usually top of the list as we love being out and about and this Summer we are going to be #ExploringCheshire. We are so lucky to live close to Cheshire as we get to experience all the fantastic things to do and see.
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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Designing My Home Office

You may have read my post recently about the pros and cons of working from home. Whilst I love having the opportunity to be able to work from home unfortunately at the moment I don't have a work space or office. As I don't have a desk I tend to just sit at the kitchen table which frustrates me sometimes as all my 'stuff' is spread about everywhere and I don't have anywhere to store it. I would absolutely love my own space in our home to sit at and do my work and I have lots of ideas on how I would decorate it.
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cocktail Making Masterclass at Prezzo

You may have read my post recently about us sampling the new Summer Set Menu at Prezzo. We had lots of delicious food and drinks and while we were there we had the chance to take part in a Cocktail Making Masterclass. John and I have never done anything like this before and as the cocktails were going to have Peroni in John was very excited to make them.
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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Trolley Bags Xtra and Cool Bag Review and Giveaway

I have been using my current Trolley Bags now for about two years and I absolutely love them, in fact I would be lost without them. Trolley Bags do exactly what they say, they are bags that fit in your trolley while you are out shopping. Trolley Bags really do take that stress away especially if using the popular 'scan as you shop' option in Tesco or in Aldi when you are trying to pack your shopping away as soon as the cashier scans it. Trolley Bags have extended their product range to now offer an Xtra Bag and a Cooler Bag.
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Monday, 18 June 2018

What To Prepare and Pack Before Taking The Kids Abroad

This time of year, most of us are thinking about holidays. I love preparing for a holiday as I like to be organised and have everything ready quite early on. I think the earlier you prepare, the less stressful it can be. especially if travelling with little ones. I am one of those parents who has a huge tick off list of all the things I need to do, prepare and pack for the trip. These are my top 5 tips of things I prepare and pack before taking the kids abroad.
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Friday, 15 June 2018

The Summer Set Menu at Prezzo

To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Summer Set Menu at Prezzo we were invited along during Aperitivo Hour to sample the dishes that will be available from 18th June 2018. Prezzo at Manchester Media City is in a really relaxing location close to other bars and restaurants. The first thing we noticed was the pop up Peroni Nastro Azzurro bar. The bar which is just outside the Prezzo restaurant was very inviting with lots of tables complete with cushions and blankets so you can enjoy eating and drinking Al Fresco even when it is cold outside.
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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

My Nametags Review and Giveaway

 Even though the boys haven't finished for Summer yet I am already thinking about the 'What we need' list for back to school in September. I like to be prepared and organised and there is nothing worse than back to school shopping in the Summer holidays. The boys just want to be out with their friends or playing in the garden in the sunshine, they certainly don't want me dragging them around town trying on uniform and school shoes. So with my back to school preparation in mind I was really excited to be offered the chance to review My Nametags. My Nametags are stick or iron on labels that can be used on almost anything.
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Monday, 11 June 2018

Limassol Wine Festival, Cyprus 2018

We have visited Cyprus a few times now and have another holiday planned. Other than the Disney parks its our favourite place to visit. Whenever you visit a new country or resort you are naturally a little nervous about what it will be like but as soon as we went to Cyprus we fell in love. Everyone is so friendly and families are more than welcome on the island. John and I were actually thinking about going to Cyprus, just the two of us for a little break and to experience one of it's many festivals it celebrates throughout the year. The Limassol Wine Festival looks amazing and it's the perfect time of year for us too in August / September.
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Father's Day Gift Guide 2018

Father's Day is just around the corner so I thought I would share with you some gift ideas. I always struggle buying for Father's day as my dad says he either doesn't want anything or he says get me anything. So I have selected a few of our top picks this Father's Day and I think I have covered ideas for all types of dad's, father in laws or for someone that is like a dad to you.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Win The Ultimate Adventures Smartbox From Buyagift


 As it is Father's Day soon I know most of you will be thinking about what to get your dad or dad-in-law for the special day. I sometimes struggle because my dad is so hard to buy for and when I ask him for any suggestions he always replies 'I'm easy' which really doesn't help. So if you are like me and struggle to find the perfect gift then I am so excited to tell you that I have teamed up with Buyagift this month to give one lucky winner the chance to win an amazing prize just in time for Father's Day. 
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Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Pros and Cons of Working From Home

John and I are both lucky that we have the opportunity to work from home some of time. It has proved to be quite convenient at times however like most things it has it's pro's and con's. Most of our friends are now taking advantage of home working as and when they can, so it seems to be a choice some employers are giving to their staff.
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Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Why A Hotel's First Impression Is So Important

Last weekend we visited a hotel that we have never been to before. I am always wary visiting new hotels as you never know what they are gong to be like. Obviously like most people, I visit trip advisor to check out other peoples views but for me first impressions are so important. The outside of the hotel and the reception are usually the first thing you see and it sets the tone for the rest of the hotel.
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Monday, 28 May 2018

The Costs Of Married Life

Last weekend we were guests at a family wedding and it was a really lovely day. We know how much planning had gone in to making it the perfect day. It's took years, some stress, quite a few sleepless nights and lots of money. The planning for a wedding begins with an engagement ring and usually ends after the vows. Now that the day is over it's time to start life as a married couple. Most will go on a honeymoon but some will start planning their new life and then time to save money starts again.
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Friday, 25 May 2018

Ways To Keep The Costs Down

Around this time of year I start thinking about cutting down on our spends in preparation for Christmas. I know it is still 6 months away but I feel once the school Summer holidays start, Christmas creeps up very fast and I like to be prepared and sure that we have enough money to enjoy Christmas. There is also a time every year when we seem to have lots of unexpected expenses that like to crop up at once. So now is the time for us to try and keep our spending to a minimum, here are some tips to keeping the costs down.
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