Thursday, 31 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 8

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Day 8
While the Monkey is away, Mummy and Daddy didn't play.

Big J went over to New Brighton today with his friend. They had a great day, had some lunch and played mini golf.

Normally Daddy and I would have some chill time especially when little J is sleep but today I had other plans.

I went into big J's bedroom and completely transformed it. Set up a new desk, rearranged his furniture and had a good clear out. I was shattered afterwards but it was definitely worth it and it did need doing.

Little J kept Daddy company downstairs and they opened up this months Degustabox which arrived.

When big J got home he loved his new room and sat and watched a movie on his new TV.

Tomorrow we will be heading out to the Farm - 34 days of fun left

We are loving Mu Cheese this summer

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If you have read some of my previous posts you will know that we recently met George Sampson at a special Mu Cheese event. If you have missed it you can have a read here


Big J has the Mu-ves

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I often try to catch big J on camera while he is singing or dancing, but he is old enough now to know what I'm doing. He knows it will most likely end up on facebook or my blog so he runs away and hides. He has such a lovely voice and is a great dancer and throughout the years he has been the starring role in most of the schools plays or productions.
I recently heard that George Sampson has teamed up with Mu to help get kids Mu-ving. He has also done a you tube video. I love George Sampson I remember watching him on Britain's Got Talent and he was amazing.


Sky Ripperz

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A few weeks ago I wasn't feeling too good, just a cough and cold but it was driving me mad staying indoors. I love going out but I didn't have the energy. Big J received a new toy and he eagerly wanted to try it out so despite feeling under the weather I took him to the local park. He received a packet of Sky Ripperz by Air Storm. They are an outdoor toy and after reading the instructions I knew we needed a nice big open space.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 7

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Trafford Centre
Today we visited the Trafford Centre. It was a cloudy day so we thought rather than be caught in rain somewhere we would stay indoors. 
We visited Hamleys, Paradise Island Golf, Namco Funscape and the soft play area.
Little J enjoyed being chased by his big brother in the play area and played with some toys in Hamleys
Big J scored a hole in one in the golf and won £10 to spend in Namco Funscape where he won a Mr Potato Head Teddy.
35 Days of Fun Left

Little J Is Making Music

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Little J loves making noises with his toys whether it's banging two blocks together or hitting a plastic box like a drum, he is always trying to make new sounds. A few weeks ago he was at play group and was playing with a xylophone and even though it was such a simple toy he loved it. He sat playing with it longer than any other toy there and seemed to really enjoy himself.
When we were given the chance to review a toy from What2Buy4Kids I had a look on the website to see if there were any xylophones and there were.  We chose the Lion Xylophone by Orange Tree Toys. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 6

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Day 6
Today was a nice chill day after a very busy weekend. Big J was desperate to try out his new pool but before it had filled up he jumped in and played in it all day.
It looks like the weather is changing this week and is going to be cloudy with some rain :( hopefully it won't spoil our fun because we still have 36 left.

Monday, 28 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 5

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We were up bright and early today and joined the other 1 million people who have watched the giants over the last few days. We headed to the city centre and it was so busy. We made our way down to the waterfront so we could see the giants leave. Uncle P joined us and we waited for the boat to sail past carrying the giants. I was slightly disappointed that the giants were lying on the beds. I thought they might be sat up waving but they just sailed by asleep. I am gutted to see them go and I wish we had of seen more of them but I am hoping they will return in the future. As usual little J missed it all and slept right through it.

Later we made our way to Calderstones Park. We played some football and had fun on the swings. Grandma and Grandad came and today are celebrating their 40th Wedding anniversary :)

Another busy day with the monkeys today. 37 days of fun left 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 4

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DAY 4 
The Giants Wake in Newsham Park

A few years ago Little Girl Giant and her uncle walked the streets of Liverpool for three days. It was such an amazing experience to see these huge characters in real life and I will never forget seeing the uncle up close. This year Royal De Luxe brought back the little girl, and this year she was with her grandma. We went to see them wake in Newsham park and it really is amazing. When we arrived they were both just lying on their beds and then they woke up. Grandma was put in her wheel chair where she enjoyed smoking a pipe and having a sneaky drink out a hip flask. The little girl woke and was undressed and put under the shower were she washed her hair. Then her dog joined her and they paraded around the park before they left. It was such a great morning and hopefully we will get to see them tomorrow as they leave Liverpool
Memories of 1914 is listed in the Roberts Bakery 50 days of Summer

Then after we had seen the Giants it was off to the Otterspool to meet Grandma and have a play in the sun.
What will we get up to tomorrow? 38 days of fun still left :)

Saturday, 26 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 3

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George showed us his Mu-ves

Today Big J, little J, Nana, Grandad and I all piled in the car and headed to the National Football Museum in Manchester to meet George Sampson and watch his Mu-ves at a special Mu Cheese event.

you can read more about what we got up to here.

After we met George and tasted some delicious cheese it was time for lunch and a visit to the National Football Museum.

There was so much to do. Big J and Grandad took some penalties, Big J did some keepie ups, and little J played in the soft play area with Nana

I even got to try on a Liverpool shirt :) 

Then after we got home it was back in the garden for more fun in the sun.

Loving the summer holidays so far and still 39 days of fun left


We did the #RealMumsAllBran 5 Day Challenge

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I know this but I still skip it most days or grab something on the go. I think because mornings are just so busy I just don't bother but I know that's no excuse. I always make sure big and little J sit down and eat breakfast and I sit with them, I just don't eat. Recently I was offered the chance to take the #RealMumsAllBran 5 Day Challenge. I have never tried all bran cereal before but I have heard of it. I read the information before I signed up and this stood out for me.

Friday, 25 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 2

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Day 2


today we went and bought two new pools. One for big J and one for little J. Unfortunately the bigger of the two was so huge it would fit in the garden. Oops. It's okay because my mum and dad bought it so big J can still have fun in the larger pool in Nana's and we will get a smaller one tomorrow.

Big J's friend came over for a few hours and they played football in the hot sun? While little J splashed in the pool.

Another scorcher here today - 40 days of fun left.


From Womb to Own Room

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I remember after having little J the community midwife asked me was little J in his own room yet. I said no because he must have only been 6 months old at the time and I hadn't even thought about it yet. I googled it straight away thinking that maybe he should be but after reading online, it is recommended that little ones stay in a parents room till at least 6 months old. 
I wasn't ready for little J to be on his own just yet, he was so small and I couldn't imagine him not being there when I opened my eyes. Daddy felt the same too. With big J we probably left it too late, he was about 2 or even slightly older and this caused really bad sleep problems. 
As time went on we realised that it probably was time for little J to go in his own room but taking that leap and actually preparing the nursery was tough. We found it hard to actually get started. Little J's room was just a spare computer room really so it did need a makeover. 
To get the ball rolling Daddy and big J went paint shopping and together they picked the perfect colour.

Next we started browsing online for new bedroom furniture for little J. He needed everything really. 
I wanted a nice wardrobe that could display all his teddies on top. I remember my wardrobe when I was little was full of teddies and I loved looking at them whilst I was going asleep.
There are some amazing wardrobes on Fortune Woods website as well as some gorgeous blanket boxes. We have accumulated so many blankets and towels I thought a lovely blanket box would be a nice touch and a good place to sit for night feeds :)
This one is gorgeous
After the browsing online was done it really was time to actually get moving and start.
Daddy and big J did all the painting themselves and once they got started the whole room was transformed in just a few days. 
It looked amazing and I couldn't actually wait for little J to go in there. It just looked so fresh and snug.
We knew it would be a tough transition from our room to his own but like everything else little J just got on with it. No problems at all. 
He loves his room and it was the perfect time for him to move. I think it is important to do it when you feel you are both ready and only then will it work out right.
How did you get on moving your little one into their own room?


Thursday, 24 July 2014

#OurSummerDays Day 1

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 Big J finished half day so it was straight into the garden to enjoy the sunshine. Lots of trampolining and football. Enjoyed our dinner outside then it was time for him to have a snooze because he was exhausted. It was really hot here and it went to 31 degrees on my car temperature gauge.
The summer holidays have begun - 41 days of fun left

Teaching my Teen to be Clean

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We are almost at that time when big J becomes a teenager. It's not a time I'm actually looking forward to because I remember what I was like when I was a teen. You may remember a post I did here on big J becoming quite dirty. Dirty in the sense he leaves stuff lying round, empty glasses on his window ledge and clothes scattered on the floor. I'm not sure whether it's a boy thing or a soon to be teen thing or both?
Andrex has  recently released a clean report and some of the information and statistics were quite a surprise.
Big J and I had a read of the clean report together which states that 1 in 4 people are not sure how to clean themselves.  We had a chat about his body and hormones Big J knows that when you become a teenager your body changes and it is important to keep it clean. 

Some people don't feel comfortable talking about certain topics but that can leave people unsure on how to do something. I am quite open about most things and not shy at all. 
Being the only girl in our house I have to put my foot down quite a lot because our bathroom can sometimes become quite messy and smelly.
 Andrex researched what 'How To' topics people google and a whopping 65.7 million were how to wash your hands and 1.19 million searches were how to wipe your bottom properly. 
Knowing how to wipe yourself is also very important, it's simple but you will be surprised how many people don't know which way is right.
Personal hygiene is so important and has an overall effect on how you are as person. If you feel clean and fresh you will feel happier and more confident.
We use a mixture of toilet tissue and toilet wipes in our house but 27% of people researched say wipes are for babies and toddlers.  We love using wipes, they are a great way to help you feel that extra bit cleaner.
The Andrex Clean Report shows us an easy to follow 5 step process on using the bathroom and you can find out more information by visiting Andrex

*this is a sponsored post - all thoughts above are my own*

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Win a Years Supply of Huggies Little Swimmers Competition

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 We were recently sent some Huggies Little Swimmers and a Hygiene Mat and they were perfect for our weekend in the garden and pool.

You can read about what we thought of the little swimmers here

If you would like the chance to win some little swimmers and mat keep reading.
Make a splash with the HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® swim kit

Are you ready to start a habit that will last a lifetime your little one?
If so, we’ve got just the prize for you. 

HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® is teaming up with Mummy 2 Monkeys to offer readers a baby swimming kit to make swim time fun and help your little one acquire an important life skill.

The prize includes a year’s supply* HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® swim pants and HUGGIES®Little Swimmers® Hygiene Mat.
This year, HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® is encouraging parents and their little ones to get back in the pool more often and make the most of the benefits of baby swimming. Visit for top tips, advice and information.
To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply look on the website to answer the following question.
How many easy steps does it take to get your little one swimming?
A) 10
B) 3
C) 1

Win a Years Supply of Huggies Little Swimmers and a Hygiene Mat
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Competition closes on Wednesday 6th August 2014 at 12AM
Entrants must have a valid UK address
Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified
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All entrants must follow the mandatory steps and answer the question as a blog comment.
1 lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Gleam application.
Mummy2Monkeys will contact the lucky winner within 1 day of the competition closing
The winner must respond within 7 days. If no response a new winner will be chosen.
The prize is a year supply of Huggies Little Swimmers and a hygiene mat. (years supply is 4 packets)
There is no cash alternative.
It will be the responsibility of the representative of the named company above to issue the prize. The winner must consent to their name and details being passed on to the representative so their prize can be distributed.

Bedroom Makeover AGAIN

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Last spring while big J was away on a school trip Daddy and I completely made over his bedroom. Well Daddy did most of it because I was 38 weeks pregnant. Daddy painted it, bought a new bed and furniture and it looked amazing. Flash forward 15 months and it looks like it had never been done.

There are marks all over his walls, these look like crayon marks but its actually his computer chair rubbing on the paintwork.
The wooden frame at the bottom of his bed has chips in it and he has managed to break the slats that he lies on. 
So I'm thinking over the summer it's time to go paint and bed shopping and try and make his bedroom look fabulous again.
I recently came across Bedz R Us and they do a great range of beds. There are just so many beds to choose from. 
I am thinking maybe he will like a nice single bed that turns into a double so he can have friends sleep over. 
I really like this one it's called Thuka Trendy 8 Guest Bed. It fits in with the colour in big J's room and I like the idea that another bed rolls out underneath.
There are add ons you can purchase separately too. 
A clip on table
a night light 
storage box
It has a 5 year warranty and has a fast free next working day delivery service if ordered before 12pm.
I also had a little peek at a new bed for us but Daddy says we don't need one. I always love the thought of a new bed, nice and cosy snug.
If I was going to choose one, it would be something like this. Galaxy Storage Double Bed.

I love the fact you can store lots underneath.

But for now we are concentrating on getting big J's room done. Its a good idea to paint over the summer because you can open all your windows and doors and the paint will dry quicker.

I'm hoping he will take care when its all finished and there are no dirty handprints or other stains on the walls too soon but I suppose boys will be boys.


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Prince George

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Where does the time go? Today Prince George is celebrating his first birthday.  I couldn't actually believe a year has gone by since he was born.
I think Kate and William are excellent parents and I love seeing photos of them all together as a family. Kate has done a brilliant job as a new mummy and gets stuck in like the rest of us. She really reminds me of Diana and I hope she stays that way. Prince George always looks so happy and content
It did get me thinking about time and how time really does fly. Before I know it little J will be starting nursery and my big J will be starting year 8.
I am looking forward to spending the summer holidays with my two monkeys. I love spending quality time with them both and even though the age gap is 11 years we always find somewhere or something that suits them both.
Its so important to treasure every minute because before you know it they are not little ones anymore.
Happy Birthday Prince George

Monday, 21 July 2014

Guilt Free Snacking with Slim Fruits

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Three weeks ago I decided it was time for me to try and slim down. Over the years I have genuinely struggled with my weight and at my heaviest I was almost 4 stone over weight. I could write that I have struggled due to pregnancies and not being able to lose baby weight but I honestly think it's down to portion sizes, snacking and lack of exercise. If someone mentions diet or cut down food I instantly want to eat and it's all I can think about and I reach for the snack cupboard.
I was recently sent Slim Fruits to try and because I am trying to cut down on my snacks I agreed to give them a go.

Slim fruits are Sugar Free, Fat Free, High Fibre pastilles. 
I wasn't to sure whether I would like them at first but I am always keen to give something a try and I never say never.
I was sent 2 flavours luscious rhubarb and strawberry and luscious Peach Melba.
Each box has 5 servings and each serving is 5 pastilles.
I looked at the nutrition information and it looked okay but when I compared it to my usual sweet snack I got a shock.
Each box is 24g but I could only really compare both sweets by the Per 100g
Slim fruits has 205kcal my usual sweets 400kcal
Slim fruits has 0.2g of Sat Fat and my usual sweets 6.8g
Slim fruits has 0.2g of sugars my usual sweets 58g

As you can see above the sugar content in my usual sweets is ridiculously high and I honestly didn't even know.

5 pastilles is 10kcals so the total kcal in each box is 50kcals.
So after comparing the kcals and fat content it was time to try them. I was hoping they would be at least edible and they were, they are actually very tasty.
The pastilles are flat and look like a jelly but have the texture of a wine gum. They are really juicy and I honestly love them.
I love the rhubarb flavour it tastes like those hard boiled sweets Rhubarb and Custard.

They come in a little black box and perfect for your pocket or bag. Flip lid so you can just take what you want and it fastens shut.

In the past 3 weeks I have lost 7lbs so I am thrilled.
I am going to continue to use Slim Fruits alongside cutting down and exercising and I am hoping to keep a weight loss blog so will keep you all updated.
Slim Fruits are available in Boots and Holland and Barrett stores nationwide. They are priced at £1.89 per pack.
* I was sent slim fruits to try in return for a honest review. all thought above are my own*

Friday, 18 July 2014

Vita Coco Kids is heading to Lollibop

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Vita Coco Kids is bringing the beach to Lollibop with the Vita Coco Kids Beach Club

Vita Coco Kids is inviting festival loving families at Lollibop2014 to take part in some games on the sand at their pop up beach club.  Kids and parents alike are invited to join in the fun at the hourly sandcastle building contests, or try their hand at the coconut shy for a chance to win some nutty prizes.

If chilling out on the beach is more your style there’s also a colouring and activity area to let your creativity flow and plenty of deck chairs for parents and kiddies to put their feet up beneath the palm trees and enjoy a moment of calm. The Vita Coco Kids bike will also be on hand giving festival goers a helping hand with healthy hydration, for big and little monkeys alike.

Vita Coco Kids is made from young coconut water blended with natural fruit flavourings and spring water with no added colourings or preservatives, making it a natural source of hydration for children. With around 20 percent less sugar andless calories than other leading UK chilled kids’ drinks, it is the healthier beverage option for your children when you’re at a festival. Available in two mouth-watering flavours, classicApple & Blackcurrant and tropical Mango & Pineapple, these little cartons of goodness are also bursting with naturally occurring potassium that helps keep your little ones energised and hydrated on hot summer days.

For activities that are shore to please, make sure you stop by the Vita Coco Kids Beach Club…just no monkey business!


Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Thomas and Friends steam into Lollibop

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If you have read my post here about the day we went to see Thomas and Friends you will know how excited I was to read this.

Bust My Buffers! For the first time ever, Thomas & Friends™ will be making tracks to LolliBop.

The whole family is invited to experience the world of Thomas & Friends like never before as a new interactive themed play zone, the ‘Sodor Summer Fete’, is launched at the big bash for little people.

Families are invited to roll up and take photos with their favourite blue engine, get creative at the colouring and games stations and meet The Fat Controller. Packed with fun-filled activities and games for your little engineers to enjoy, as well as special guest appearances, there will be heaps of happenings for children to enjoy.

Whether you are planning a special birthday outing, weekend surprise or school holiday treat, a trip to LolliBop is the ultimate family experience for Thomas & Friends fans this summer.

With Thomas & Friends on-board, it’s full steam ahead for fun!
LolliBop takes place August 15-17 at Hatfield House.  The line up includes Justin Fletcher, Mister Maker, Mr Bloom, Sam & Mark, Michaela Strachan, Lazy Town, Postman Pat, Chris & Pui, Scooby-Doo, Andy Day and Cook and Line from Swashbuckle.  Other activities and interactive areas, include the Skylanders arena, ‘Join In with Southbank Centre’, Science Museum Live and Tottenham Hotspur Global Coaching Team.  For the full line up and ticket details see Lollibop


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Preparing for Lollibop thanks to The Ramada London North

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As you will probably know I am so excited about being an official blogger for Lollibop.
We have never attended a Lollibop event before and we are looking forward to it. 
Obviously little J is only 15 months and I was worried about the travelling to and from Lollibop as it is in Hertfordshire so quite a drive there and back in one day.
When I received an email from Ramada London North offering us a night at the hotel to make our trip extra special I was so happy.
Ramada London North is just 18 miles from Lollibop and a only a 25 minute drive. The perfect place to stay if visiting Lollibop this year.

The Ramada London North Hotel has Free Parking,
24 hour reception,
restaurant and bar
 mini gym for guests to enjoy. 
Rooms are air conditioned,
include an en suite bathroom.
There is a hot drinks tray,
 digital freeview TV
FREE BT Open WiFi available.
As well as being close to Hatfield House the host to this years Lollibop, local attractions include
Brent Cross Shopping centre
Wembley Stadium
Central London
You can view the Ramada London North and book online by visiting the website
So now we are all ready for our first trip to Lollibop and our stay at The Ramada London North.
 Are you attending Lollibop this year?


Monday, 14 July 2014

The Lion King Show

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You may have read here that for my birthday I got a very special treat. I was so excited when I opened an envelope to find three Lion King Tickets inside. I love the theatre and Disney so of course The Lion King was on my to do list. Straight from the west end the Lion king has had great reviews and looked amazing.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Junes Degustabox Arrived

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Junes Degustabox arrived this month and I was home alone so I got the chance to open it myself.
Inside there was a note saying I had received an extra treat which was a Shaken udder Milkshake which we received a few boxes ago.
Included this month
Elizabeth Shaw Amaretto Flutes
We had the dark chocolate flutes last month and they were lovely. The amaretto this month were delicious. I have tasted these before because we are a fan of Elizabeth Shaw chocolate anyway. 
Urban Fruit - Pineapple
 I'm not a fan of dried fruit to be honest but my son loved these. The pineapple pieces are gently baked so were soft rather than crunchy.
Be Fast - Breakfast Drinks
We haven't had the chance to taste these yet but I am looking forward to giving them a go.
We were sent two of the same flavour, Banana. Each breakfast drink is low in fat, high in fibre and a source of protein, so should keep you full till lunch.
Bear - Alphabites
I love, love, love these. Its great to have a cereal that contains no refined sugar and no salt. Each packet contains coconut blossom nectar. I had great fun spelling out words with these.
Lambrini - Strawberry
This drink is perfect for sitting in the garden enjoying the sun or at a BBQ. Its light, fruity and refreshing and a perfect flavour for the summer. I really enjoyed this.
Dr Oetker - Madagascan Vanilla Grinder
I love baking cakes but I have never heard of this before. Perfect for grinding vanilla in cakes or desserts.
Veetee - Basmati and Wild Rice
This was ate before I even had chance to take the photo above so as you will see in the photo the box is empty. Daddy loves basmati rice and ate this for his dinner the night it arrived. Really tasty and this is now on my weekly shopping list.
Estrella Damm
Known as the Beer of Barcelona, Daddy instantly thought of Spain when he saw this. This is definitely a holiday drink you sip when sitting by the pool, enjoying the sun. Luckily we have had some sun recently so Daddy got to enjoy it in the garden.
This months box probably wasn't my favourite so far because I usually like to make something with the ingredients, pasta, pizzas, cakes etc but this months was mainly drinks.
I still do think Degustabox is great value for money and perfect for trying products you might usually walk past in the supermarket.
Degustabox is £12.99 including delivery but this month I have a special discount code giving my readers £3 off a Degustabox.
Enter WDCH4 to claim £3 off.
*I was sent a degustabox to review in return for a honest opinion*

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Ananya Animal Adventure Notecards Competition

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Does your little one have a birthday coming up or have they received a gift from a friends or family?
Teach your child the importance of saying thank you with Ananya Animal Adventures Notecards.
Each pack contains 
10 Assorted Animal Adventures Notecards
 Lamb, Panda, Elephant, Chick and Penguin

Ladybird, Lion, Frog, Rabbit and my favourite Monkey
10 colourful envelopes and 12 stickers.
Each notecard gives your little one the chance to put pen to paper and write a 'little note' on the reverse of the card.
Ananya are giving TWO of my readers the chance to win a pack of assorted notecards, envelopes and stickers worth £25 each.

All you need to do is complete the entry form below and tell me which Animal Notecard is your favourite?
 Good Luck

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Discoveroo Squeaker Emergency Cars Set

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Like most kids little J loves anything he can press that makes a noise. When 1 Two Kids Limited asked us to try out Discoveroo Squeaker Emergency Cars Set I knew little J would love them and I wasn't wrong. They arrived in a set of three including an Ambulance, Fire Engine and Police Car. The outer box was really simple and you could see the cars through the packaging.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Free Shopping Using Cashback Apps

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I like to think I'm quite savvy when it comes to shopping. It's very rare we will go food shopping without it being planned beforehand. There are so many ways to save money on your weekly shop and if you give it a little thought you can save a lot.
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