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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Wednesday, 30 May 2018

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. However 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, 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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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Review - 1:16 RC Ultimate Lightning McQueen


You may have read a few months ago that we headed to the cinema to see Disney Pixar Cars 3. It was our first ever visit to the cinema with Little J but he loves Cars so much we knew it would be the perfect first time experience for him. As such a huge fan of Cars and Lightning McQueen I knew little J would be thrilled when he opened the 1:16 RC Ultimate Lightning McQueen.
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Monday, 21 May 2018

How To Deal With Bullying

Being a parent (especially to a teenager) the words 'bully' and 'bullied' frighten the life out of me. I'd like to think that we have brought big J up well and I know him enough to know he would never be capable of being a bully. However no matter how well you have brought your child up there is always the chance they could be bullied.
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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Getting Your Body Summer Ready

As soon as the weather starts to get a little warmer I start thinking about my body and how I can get it ready for Summer. Being overweight doesn't bother in the Winter as loose leggings and baggy jumpers hide my lumps and bumps, during the warmer months there is nowhere for them to hide. I have been doing Slimming World which I am enjoying, I feel like I have lots more energy and I am definitely eating healthier now than ever. The thing that worries me is that since having the boys my tummy definitely has some stubborn fat that just does not want to shift. I recently came across an advert for CoolSculpting which is a Fat Freezing Treatment. I thought it sounded crazy but I was intrigued and after reading about it in depth it is something I think I would consider.
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Looking Back - Big J's Birth Story


It was quite a surprise when I found out I was pregnant with big J. I was 21 at the time and although having children was definitely something we wanted we hadn’t been trying. Finding out I was pregnant was definitely a nice surprise and I think I ‘Grew up’ very quickly after seeing the positive on the pregnancy test. John and I had only been together a year but it felt right and we were extremely excited.
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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Enjoying The Warm Weather Plus The Chance To Win An Amazon Voucher


Summer will soon be here and if you have been lucky enough to experience the warm weather recently then you will know a little bit of sun puts everyone in a good mood. We definitely feel much better when we can be out and about having lots of fun in the garden. We've had lots of play days in the garden, paddling in the pool and playing with little J's new garden toys he got for his birthday. This has been the first time ever I have enjoyed playing in the garden and it's all because we had astro turf fitted last year. Its amazing and I would definitely recommend it.
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Friday, 19 January 2018

Little J's Visit To Finch Farm

A few weeks ago we received a letter from the Everton Academy inviting little J to a fun day at Everton's training ground, Finch Farm. Little J was more than excited and has been counting down the days till he could go and show off his football skills. He absolutely loves football and will go out in the garden most nights with his big football practising his strikes and also his goalie skills.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Top Tips When Booking A Holiday


As soon as Christmas was over we started talking about a Summer holiday for 2018. As we went to Walt Disney World in April last year we didn't have a Summer holiday and the 6 weeks dragged and I really wish we had booked something even if it was just a week somewhere. Usually we would have something booked by now but for one reason or another we haven't so over the last week we have been trawling the Internet for possible destinations. We have spent every night for hours looking for something suitable but we still haven't found anything. I have however gathered a few top tips when booking a holiday which could help you save unnecessary time.
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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Our Sunday Photo #2 - Tightening The Purse Strings


January is my least favourite month because nothing good happens in January. Christmas has been and gone, you usually feel the need to diet after over indulging at Christmas and money is tight due to over spending. This month we definitely need to tighten our purse strings so we have been opting for winter walks and staying away from January sales. To be honest the last two weekends have been lovely we visited Tatton Park last week, and today we fed the ducks and little J rode his scooter around the park. Days like today don't cost anything but are so much fun. It's nice to cut back every now and then and it's good to remember that most children just need a large open space to run around in with their ball, bike or scooter and days like that usually come free.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Our Family Fortnight #1

These last few weeks have been spent enjoying the last week off before the back to school and work routine started and then just trying to get used to the early morning starts again. It's so tough!!

Here's our last two weeks in photos.
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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Review - Rory's Story Cubes


As you may already know we are a Board Game Club blogger and each month we receive a game to play. We received something a little different this month, Rory's Story Cubes. I have never heard of them before so we were all  eager to try them out. The idea behind the story cubes is you create a story using all nine icons shown on the cubes that you roll out in front of you.
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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Breakfast With Santa at Alton Towers Hotel


One of our favourite Christmas traditions is visiting Alton Towers each year for Santa’s Sleepover. This is a tradition that we have enjoyed for about 11 years now and over those years we have seen the special event change and evolve with new activities added each year. This year we enjoyed a breakfast with Santa for the first time.
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Monday, 8 January 2018

Alphabet Dating - G is for The Greatest Showman


John and I have decided to do alphabet dating again this year though we are not doing the letters in order as it gets too complicated however we will only do a letter twice in a whole year. Our first alphabet date was to go and see The Greatest Showman in the Gallery at Odeon. I am a sucker for anything that is musical so this was a must see for me, Hugh and Zac were a pleasant bonus. John isn't so keen on this type of film even though he has sat through many musicals I have watched at home and he did watch La La Land with me that he enjoyed to some extent. 
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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Our Sunday Photo #1 - Christmas Is Over


Happy New Year Everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year. A week ago our fireplace was covered in tinsel, twinkling lights, candles and lots of other festive decorations but now it is so bare and I don't like it. If I am honest I was desperate for the decorations to come down as after the toy explosion that was Christmas the house felt cluttered and dusty and in need of a big clean but now it just looks so miserable.
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Friday, 5 January 2018

Review - Chad Valley Post Office


One of my favourite toys when I was younger was my Post Office play set. I would play with it for hours and I remember picking up leaflets and paying in slips when we visited the post office so I could add them to my play set. When Chad Valley sent us their Post Office Play Set it brought back so many memories. I knew little J would love it as he loves anything like this especially as it has lots of accessories.
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