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What Kind Of Sleeper Is Your Baby?

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I remember when I was having little J all I could think about was whether he would be a good sleeper or not. It sounds bad but after big J being awake 22 hours of the day when he was young, I had a feeling that little J would be the same. As parents looking after a newborn, toddler or a child sleep is so important and when you don't get any it is all you can think about. Luckily for us little J loves his sleep so we haven't really had any sleepless nights in the whole 3 years, really hope he never changes.

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Frontline Plus - Protection For Your Pets

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You may already know from previous posts that when I was younger we had two dogs. They were so much fun and I helped out when it came to looking after them. I would feed them, take them for walks and I would give them a bath. The only thing I didn't get involved with was keeping them healthy, that was my parents’ job. They would make sure they had their vaccinations done, their nails cut and took them to the vets for regular checkups. I remember one time my Mum sat me down and told me that one of our dogs had fleas and needed a treatment. I could see something black on her beautiful white coat, it was a flea. She was scratching and looked quite distressed and so uncomfortable. It's important as a pet owner to know that there are preventive treatments out there to help protect your dog or cat, including new FRONTLINE® Plus. When it comes to fleas, prevention is definitely better than cure!
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Cartamundi Disney's Finding Dory Card Games Review

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We are big fans of Cartamundi games so when we were sent two Finding Dory card games I knew little J would love them. He is still playing with his Disney Cars games and he loves Nemo and Dory so I knew these would be a hit.

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Disney Tsum Tsums Vinyl Stack Pack Review

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As a family we are huge Disney fans, we love to collect all things Disney. I mentioned in a previous post that the last time we were in Disneyland Paris, Disney Tsum Tsum plushes were everywhere. In every shop there were huge displays of the little cuties. Back then I had no idea what they were but I couldn't wait to find out.  Shortly after our visit I started to collect the plush versions of the Tsum Tsum characters. If you are new to the world of Tsum Tsum check out my first post here. Tsum Tsum (which means stack stack in Japanese) sit on top of each other. Recently a vinyl version of Tsum Tsum were released and we were so lucky to receive some.
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Gross Magic by Drumond Park Review

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Halloween will soon be here and we have been getting in the mischievous mood by trying out Gross Magic. I have to say that this is the most disgusting magic set ever so obviously the boys loved it. I took a step back and let Daddy and the boys get stuck in.

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Riverford Fruit and Vegetable Box Giveaway

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As farmers, veg box deliverers and self-confessed ‘veg nerds’, Riverford Organic Farmers know a thing or two about healthy, seasonal eating. What’s more, their new ‘Veg Fund’ allows families to raise money for their school while introducing children to healthy eating and teaching them where their food comes from.
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#AirFryerTakeIn - Making Chocolate Brownies with Philips AirFryer

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Since I joined Slimming World I have been noticing calories and fat content more than I ever have in the past. I am conscious all the time especially when eating out. When Philips asked us to take the #AirFryerTakeIn challenge I was quite excited as I love using our Airfryer. For those that are not familiar with the Airfryer you can visit our Airfryer Review. We were sent a selection of different recipes to make that have less calories than if you were eating out.
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Brio World Fire Station and Firefighter Helicopter Review

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I can honestly say that I have never seen little J's eye light up before as much as they did when he saw the huge box that arrived last week. Inside was the Brio World Fire Station and he couldn't wait to get stuck in. I had to quickly get the scissors to open the box because he looked liked he was going to explode. He kept saying as I was pulling the pieces out of the box 'Is this for me?' I love how much he love's toys it just make me smile.
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang The Musical

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A few weeks ago John and I travelled to Birmingham to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Birmingham Hippodrome. I absolutely loved the film when I was younger, I would watch it everyday after school. I knew all the words and would sing along at the top of my voice. We went to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang years ago and loved it but the actual reason for our visit this time was that I am a huge Carrie Hope Fletcher fan.

John booked tickets as a surprise for my birthday and I couldn't wait. The date couldn't come soon enough. When we arrived at the theatre it reminded me of the theatres that you see in New York or London. It was off the beaten track and didn't look much from the outside but inside it was a lovely, fresh and modern.

Our seats were in the stalls and we had a great view of the stage. The Saturday Matinee performance was full with people of all ages. It was so nice to see so many young children there too.


Lee Mead performing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Photo Credit - Chitty The Musical

Playing the role of Caractacus Potts was Lee Mead. For those that don't know him he won the BBC talent search for Joseph in the show Any Dream Will Do. I have to say stepping in the shoes of Dick Van Dyke is hard and I am so thrilled I got to see Lee take on this role. For me he was the star of the show. His acting was flawless, his singing was effortless and there is a lovely warmth about him that made me smile every time he came on the stage. I had a tear in my eye and lump in my throat as he sang Hushabye Mountain to Jeremy and Jemima. It was so beautiful and not one person in the audience made a sound.

Carrie Hope Fletcher performing in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Photo Credit - Chitty The Musical

I have waited months and months to see Carrie as Truly Scrumptious. I follow her over on her You Tube channel and have seen sneak peeks on her costumes and her fellow cast mates. She really does the role justice. She brings an edge to Truly that is quite feisty and just like Lee her vocals are just effortless. She doesn't even look like she needs to try. The chemistry between Lee and Carrie is so real and I know he has since left the show so I wonder just how magical it is now starring Jason Manford.

The other highlights for me were Claire Sweeney and Phil Jupitus as the Bombursts. We have not seen Phil in anything before so didn't know what to expect. He plays the character so well, he had the audience in stitches and he suited the role perfectly. Claire Sweeney is from my home town and I love watching her live on stage. We saw her in Hairspray and now Chitty and she always excels in the roles. The Chu Chi Face song was fabulous.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Photo Credit - Chitty The Musical

A special mention to Scott Paige who is just hilarious as Goran (The Bombursts spy) he really got the audience laughing. Also the chilling and quite scary Childcatcher was amazing.

The actual production was so more advanced than last time we saw it. There were projections of scenery on the stage and the way the Chitty car flew through the night was so much better than last time.

It was clear a lot of effort has gone in to this production and for us we saw the perfect cast.


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Daddy Goes Shopping On Wicked Uncle

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When it comes to buying toys I am a little more open minded than Daddy. Daddy obviously enjoys choosing toys for little J but they are always the same type either cars or lego. So when Wicked Uncle gave us a challenge of browsing their website and choosing some toys for little J, I gave Daddy the job.
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Bunny Jump by University Games Review

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Little J has started really enjoying playing games such as memory games or simple fun games. We have always played games as a family. We spent lots of rainy days with big J playing games and little J is following in his footsteps. When Bunny Jump arrived for little J, I knew he would love it and I had a feeling I would too.
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Num Noms at Bella Italia

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I have mentioned Num Noms before on my blog but if you haven't heard of them Nums are adorable, scented, squishy characters with tons of personality. Noms are motorized mischievous characters that move around, they're scented too. Stack the Nums on top of the Noms to make over 1,000 sweet scented combinations. We were recently invited to an event at our local Bella Italia to celebrate the launch of series 2 of Num Noms.
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TMNT Half Shell Squeeze 'Ems Review

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When I was younger I absolutely loved the Turtles, I would watch it every morning on Sky One. I had the figures and Raphael was my favourite. Thinking back now I remember I wanted to be just like the reporter April O'Neil. When we were offered the chance to review a TMNT Half Shell Heroes Squeeze 'Ems from Flair Plc I was really excited. It's nice that the Turtles have made another comeback and little J can enjoy them like I did.
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Peppa Pig's Alphaphonics Campervan Review

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Little J has loved Peppa Pig for as long as I can remember so when we were asked to try out the new Peppa Pig Alphaphonics Campervan I knew little J would love it. Little J loves learning and although he knows his letters and numbers there will be a time soon that he needs to learn his phonics.
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Nickelodeon Slimefest 2016 - Blackpool

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On a wet and windy Saturday we headed up the M6 to Blackpool for the 1st ever Uk Slimefest. I had googled Slimefest and it looked so much fun so I knew both big and little J would love it. The event was part of the Blackpool Illuminations Switch On.
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Fisher Price Thomas & Friends - All Around Sodor Review

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If you are a regular reader you will know that my little monkey loves playing whether its cars, trains, superheroes or games he seems to enjoy everything. He does however has his favourites, he is a huge fan of Disney Cars, Batman and Thomas The Tank Engine. We where recently sent Thomas & Friends - All Around Sodor and as expected it was a big hit.
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Celebrating #NationalTeddyBearDay with Build-A-Bear Workshop

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As it is #NationalTeddyBearDay this week it got me thinking about big and little J and their favourite teddies. Both boys love teddies, big J when he was younger had so many and little J is just the same. For me there is something special about teddies and I too had a few favourites. They are always there for you when you need them whether its to comfort you when you are sad, to take on special days out or to snuggle at night.
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Win £100 Build-A-Bear Workshop Gift Card Giveaway

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To help celebrate #NationalTeddyBearDay I have teamed up with Build-A-Bear Workshop for a very exciting giveaway. You may have read here that Build-A-Bear Workshop are offering visitors to their store on Sept 9th the chance to purchase a limited edition teddy bear for just £5. Two additional bears will also be available for £5 each, Lil’ Vanilla Bean Cub and Lil’ Hazelnut Cub.

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Degustabox Delivery - August

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Another month has gone by and another Degustabox arrived filled to the top with lots of different goodies. As always it's a surprise so you never know what you are going to get. For me this month was not the best as nothing really jumped out at me however I do try everything inside as you never know what you may like.

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