Monday, 25 March 2019

Days Out | Play Factore Review

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Last week we visited Play Factore to try out their Virtual Reality attraction.  Play Factore is located right underneath Chill Factore by the Trafford Centre and is part of the Beyond entertainment complex.
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Thursday, 21 March 2019

AD | A Bathroom For All The Family

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It's been just over a year now since our home had a full makeover and we are starting to get ready for the big Spring clean as the lighter nights and brighter days start to come through. Thinking about what needs to be done It got me thinking that the bathroom we have now is probably three times bigger than the one we started with when we first moved into our home.
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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Our Family Fortnight | Fun, Fun and More Fun

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We've had quite a busy but very fun fortnight. We have spent most of the time indoors as the weather has been crazy here. One minute it is sunny, next it is raining, then really windy and then hailstones. I think one day last week we had all four seasons in one day! I have to say that I am looking forward to  brighter and dry days but we've made the most of the fortnight and had lots of fun. 
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AD | How To Help Your Teen With Their Exam Revision

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Last year was probably big J's toughest school year so far. Everything he had worked for throughout his entire school years came down to his GCSE examinations. He was so nervous and although he was prepared he kept thinking he hadn't done enough, which then got us thinking had we done enough as his parents. You don’t have to be a mathlete or a science whizz to help your teen with their exam revision there are other things you can do to take the pressure off them a little bit. I have teamed up with Mount House School, a Sixth Form in Hertfordshire, who offer the following advice for helping teenagers with their exam revision.
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Monday, 18 March 2019

Gifted Review | Hape Kitchen and Food Range

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We are really big fans of Hape and little J has gathered quite a large range of their toys over the years.  Our latest additions are from the Hape Kitchen and Food Range. We were sent My First Waffle Maker, My Coffee Machine and The Fresh Fruit Set. I am a huge fan of wooden toys and this range does not disappoint. 
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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Our Sunday Photo | Chill Time

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After a very busy week in school and work, visiting a castle, a trampoline park and a huge play area, this weekend we are just chilling at home. It's so nice not to have any plans so we can just chill around the house doing nothing, I can't wait!
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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Gifted Review | Casdon Supermarket Till Review

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Playing shop is something that never gets old, we love playing shop and as little J gets older although it is still lots of fun we can make it educational too. For the past few weeks we have been playing with the Casdon Supermarket Till and it's been a great addition to his role play toys.
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Friday, 15 March 2019

Days Out | Flip Out Trampoline Park

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Last week we were invited to a new trampoline park called Flip Out. We all really enjoy this type of activity as they are always fun and gives us a chance to burn off some energy! We have previously visited Kick Air and Inflata Nation in Manchester so it was great to have a trampoline park closer to home.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Gifted Review | Hape 2 in 1 World Puzzle

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Since little J got his first globe he has been obsessed with the World, Countries and Capitals. He is fascinated about learning more about the different types of people that live around the world and the languages they speak. We received a lovely puzzle of the world recently and little J loves it. The Hape 2 in 1 World Puzzle is perfect for little ones who are interested in the World.
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Thursday, 7 March 2019

World Book Day | The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities

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It is World Book Day today and although little J's school isn't offering the chance for him to dress up, we have been making The Very Hungry Caterpillar activities for him to enjoy at home.
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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Gift Guide | Mother's Day

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Mother's Day falls on the 31st March this year and if you are looking for some inspiration and gift ideas then I have popped a few suggestions below in our Mother's Day Gift Guide. 
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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Our Family Fortnight | The One When We Had A Leak

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Well what a fortnight it has been. We were really looking forward to the half term and spending time together however our week didn't go as planned. Little J really wanted to go to football camp which ran for 4 days, all of his friends were going so he wanted to go too. We didn't mind as I managed to have a big clear out, taking lots of bags to the skip and the charity shop. On the Wednesday of the half term we had a leak in the kitchen. Our flooring is only a year old so it was a nightmare. Unfortunately the whole kitchen and dining room flooring had to come up.
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Monday, 4 March 2019

Days Out | Salford Museum and Ordsall Hall Review

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On Sunday we had a lovely day visiting Salford Museum and Ordsall Hall in Manchester. Usually I would do a little review of each place however they are only a 5-10 minutes drive from each other so you could easily do both on the same day and they are both free to enter and make a lovely day out.
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Review | Casdon Toy Dyson Cord Free Vacuum Cleaner

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We have been very lucky to have a bright and sunny February half term this year and as it was warm John decided to do a little tidy up in the garden. We had astro turf laid last year and it was the best thing we have ever bought. No more mowing the grass all we need to do is hoover it. It might sound silly but its the best way to make your grass look like new again. John had a helper this time as little J has been playing with the Toy Dyson Cord Free Vacuum Cleaner from Casdon.
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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Giveaway | Jawsome Sharks at Sea Life

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This half term we headed to The Trafford Centre to make use of our Merlin Passes by visiting Sea Life, Manchester. We have visited various Sea Life centres using our Merlin Passes over the years but Manchester is probably our favourite as it's close to home and the Legoland Discovery Centre is just next door. Sea Life is currently celebrating their partnership with Hasbro on their new event Jawsome Sharks.
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Monday, 25 February 2019

Disney | Visiting Disneyland Paris When Pregnant

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Disneyland Paris is one of our favourite places ever. It's so magical and no matter how many times we have been, we never get bored of it. We have been during different seasons, as a couple, as a family of 3, while I have been pregnant and as a family of four. We have picked up so many tips over the years on how to get the most of your holiday but I wanted to share my thoughts on visiting Disneyland Paris when pregnant.
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Friday, 22 February 2019

Gifted Review | Dreamworks Dragons Dawn Of New Riders

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The 'How To Train Your Dragon' franchise has been around for nine years. With three films following the release of the latest movie - The Hidden World, a TV series and a number of games, from big screen to smaller screens the movies, shows and games are really popular with both adults and children. The latest outing for How To Train your Dragon moves to the Nintendo Switch, with Toothless and Hiccup aiming to impress on the smallest and most portable to screens. The Dawn Of New Riders game takes place within the same universe, but with an entirely new story.
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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Our Favourites | February Bedtime Stories

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Here's a look at what stories we have been reading at bedtime. This Love, This Is Owl, A Quiet Quiet House, Great Women Who Worked Wonders, Car, Car, Truck, Jeep and We Eat Bananas are our favourite stories this month.
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Collaboration | How To Get A Perfect Nights Sleep

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As a parent I am always talking about routines and how they are important for children especially a bedtime routine. We mastered the bedroom routine with little J and he is a really good sleeper, enjoying up to 12 hours a night. So if we know routines are good then why as adults do we not practice what we preach? I know I don't have a good bedtime routine, neither does John and that can sometimes cause us to have less than the recommend 8 hours sleep a night. This obviously effects us massively the next day with us often feeling tired and wanting to head back to bed rather than go to work. I've been thinking about ways that I can get the perfect nights sleep so I thought I would share my tips.
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Our Family Fortnight | The One Were Mum Was Sick!

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 This fortnight started off nice and healthy although it took a turn for the worse as I came down with tonsillitis which wiped me out for most of it. Here's a look at what the others got up to.
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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Giveaway | Blended Valley Wellbeing Aromatherapy Gift Set

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One of my friends absolutely loves using Aromatherapy oils and has used them for years, always trying to get me to use them too but I have never tried them. I have been sent a Blended Valley Wellbeing Aromatherapy Gift Set to try ahead of Mothers Day and I'm actually looking forward to giving them a go. When I opened the box the smell was amazing and I'm eager to try each oil out over the next few weeks. I have teamed up with Blended Valley to offer two readers and followers of Playdays and Runways the chance to win a Wellbeing Aromatherapy Gift Set. 
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Slimming World | This Weeks Meal Planner and Fanta Chicken Recipe

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Due to me being ill over the past few weeks our meal planning hasn't really gone to plan however it's a new week now and we are all feeling well so it's back it.
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Monday, 18 February 2019

Disney | Disney Store Wisdom Collection - Mulan

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Last month I started to collect the new Wisdom range from The Disney Store. On the 18th of every month Disney Store will release a new addition to the collection. Last month was from the movie Dumbo and this month it is Mulan.  The collection is limited release and each collection features a soft toy, a mug, a journal, a t-shirt and a pin set. I will be collecting all 12 soft toys over the year, however I'm not sure what other parts of the collection I will buy it will just depend on whether I like them or not.
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Friday, 15 February 2019

Review | Panda The Cloud Bamboo Duvet

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It's been about 18 months since we were first introduced to Panda when we were sent a Memory Foam Bamboo Pillow for little J. He absolutely loved that pillow but as it was a toddler size he has since outgrown it, however we did pass it on to a friend and it is still going strong. He loved the Panda motif on the pillow and would fall asleep stroking it. For the past few weeks we have been trying out another Panda product, the Cloud Bamboo Duvet.
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Donated Blood Saved My Life ... Twice!

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If I am honest I had never given much thought to donating blood in the past. I knew you could do it and I knew it was important but I was petrified of needles so it was something I would never put myself through. My thoughts all changed after I needed a blood transfusion and I had to rely on donated blood to help save my life.
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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Top Tips | How To Beat A Cold

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You many have read recently that I was struck down last week with cold/flu symptoms and it completely wiped me out. I felt so ill and although I did need antibiotics in the end there are ways that you can try and beat cold / flu symptoms at home. Here are our top tips on how to beat the common cold.
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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Tonsillitis After A Tonsillectomy

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A few weeks ago I said to John how lucky we were that we got through Christmas and New Year without any illnesses. There is usually one of us if not more that gets wiped out by a cold or worse the flu, but this year we survived. I spoke too soon. Last week I woke during the early hours of the morning feeling awful. I was hot but cold, I had a headache and my throat so sore. I went to the bathroom and took two paracetamol and hoped that in the morning I would feel better, I didn't.
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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Review | New PJ's From The Pyjama Factory

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 We are definitely a pyjama loving family here and between the four of us we probably own more pairs of PJ's than we should. As soon as we are in the house and we know we are not going out again we change in to our PJ's. I don't like having clothes on in the house it feels weird, I like to feel comfy and cosy and PJ's do the trick. We recently got the chance to browse the The Pyjama Factory website and choose a pair of PJ's each, the choices were endless.
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Collaboration | My Dream Car

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For many years I have been interested in cars. When I was younger, and still to this day I dreamed of owning a high performance car, whether it be a classic Ferrari 308 or the more modern Lamborghini Huracan. Sadly, the cost of buying a supercar puts limitations on what I can do, however I have been saving and will continue to save to see what I can afford when I come to retirement and don't need to spend all my pennies on everyone else! 
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Monday, 11 February 2019

Giveaway | Norm Of The North DVD

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To celebrate the release of Norm of the North - Keys To The Kingdom which is available to download today, I am giving 3 of my readers the chance to win a copy of the DVD which will be available to own on 18th February.
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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Review and Giveaway | Gelli Worlds Dino Pack

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You may have read recently that we had lots of bath time fun playing with Zimpli Kids Gelli Baff and Gelli Slime. Little J absolutely loved it so was very happy to receive a Gelli Worlds Dino Pack last week to play with. 
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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Review | Strictly Briks

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Little J loves building and creating and the past few weeks he has been doing plenty of that playing with Strictly Briks. We hadn't heard of the brand before so were eager to find out more and what they had to offer. We were sent a selection of items and have had so much fun using our imagination to build some impressive creations.
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Friday, 8 February 2019

The LEGO Movie 2 - The Second Part | LEGO Sets Review

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We are huge fans of LEGO whether its building and creating using our LEGO Bricks, playing one of the many LEGO console games we own, visiting The LEGO Land Discovery Centre or settling down for a LEGO movie night. It's fair to say that LEGO plays a huge part in our lives and like most we cannot wait to see The LEGO Movie 2 - the Second Part that opens up in cinemas this weekend.
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Valentines Day Gift Ideas | Baylis and Harding Pink Fizz and Elderflower Collection

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Valentines Day will soon be here and if you are looking for some gift ideas then I wanted to share with you the Pink Fizz and Elderflower Collection from Baylis & Harding. I have been using Baylis & Harding products for years and they always smell amazing. I recently was sent some samples of this collection and I wasn't disappointed.
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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Days Out | A Trip On Mersey Ferries

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On Sunday we braved the cold weather and took a trip on Mersey Ferries. As a family we have been going on the ferry for years and it's one of our favourite days out. When I was younger you would board the ferry and take a round trip with amazing views of Liverpool and also The Wirral. Now there is so much more to do than just a ferry ride. You can enjoy a River Explorer Cruise which includes attractions at Seacombe and Woodside.

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Collaboration | I Love My Kitchen

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We have had our new kitchen now for over 12 months but I still love it as much as I did the first time I saw it. Our previous  kitchen was somewhere I used to cook in, do the dishes and not much else. I didn't like it at all. It was old, out of date and I would try and spend as little time in there as possible. When it was time to have a kitchen makeover I wanted to create a space that I would enjoy spending time in. Somewhere that was bright, fresh and modern. I am so happy to say that after 16 years of living in our home I finally love my kitchen.
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Monday, 4 February 2019

Disney | Snow White Disneybound

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I have started writing down some Disneybound ideas for our visit to Walt Disney World this year and first on my list is Snow White. For those that don't know what Disneybounding is, let me explain. As an adult you are not allowed to wear any Disney costumes whilst visiting the parks so the  idea behind Disneybounding is you choose 'normal' clothes that are the same colours as your favourite characters. You are then able to dress up as a character of your choice without wearing a costume.
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Our Family Fortnight | Back To Work and School

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The past two weeks have just been about us getting back in to our routine of work and school. January really dragged last year and seemed to last for ages however this year January has really flown by. I actually cannot believe it's February in a few days. Here is some of the things we got up to on our family fortnight.
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Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Giveaway | Celebrating National Puzzle Day With Jumbo

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Today is National Puzzle Day. I absolutely love doing jigsaw puzzles and have done since I was little. It's been a while since I did an 'adult' puzzle, I just do simple kids ones with little J these days but I still love them. I have teamed up with Jumbo and I am happy to announce that I have a special 'National Puzzle Day' giveaway for my readers.
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Monday, 28 January 2019

Slimming World | Last Weeks Meal Planner

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This weeks meal plan didn't really goes as planned for me. There were a lot of unexpected changes to our normal routine this week with football and also a date night. However I did try to make the changes Slimming World friendly where I could. As a result of a very hectic and busy week I didn't manage to get weighed and I'm so disappointed in that, but will hopefully i will make weigh in next week.
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Disney | Disney Store Wisdom Collection - Dumbo

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On the 18th January 2019 Disney Store released the first collection of a series of 12 from their new Wisdom range. The collection is limited release and each collection features a soft toy, a mug, a journal, a t-shirt and a pin set. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to collect this series but after seeing Dumbo I fell in love and so it looks like I will be collecting all 12 over the year.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Slimming World | Last Weeks Meal Planner

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A little late with last weeks meal planner but thought I would share anyway. Getting to grips with Slimming World is proving a little easier than I thought and I've been able to meal plan for the whole family and just make little tweaks here and there so my meals are completely Slimming World Friendly.
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Monday, 21 January 2019

How To Beat The January Blues

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Blue Monday is the 3rd Monday in the month of January. If you haven't heard of blue Monday before or have no idea what it is well it's supposed to be the day when we can get very sad and down in the dumps. It's not surprising really because January is probably the worst month of the year as it's the month after all the Christmas festivities and there is not much to look forward to. If you are feeling a little blue today then read our tips on how to beat the January blues.
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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Our Sunday Photo | I Got Him

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A fuzzy selfie but a happy one. Yesterday I got the first plush from the new Wisdom limited series and it was Dumbo. He is the cutest thing ever. I will show you him properly later this week and tell you all about the Wisdom range and how you can collect the whole series.
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Friday, 18 January 2019

Giveaway | Gelli Baff, Slime Baff and SnoBall Play

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You may remember a few months ago we had lots of bath time fun with Gelli and Slime Baff. Little J loves anything slimy and gooey so he absolutely loves having a Gelli bath each week and I'm sure your little ones will too so I am giving you the chance to win a set. 
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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Giveaway | Milton Antibacterial Products

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 There seems to be a lot of bugs and sickness going round lately and I only just said to John that I think this is probably the first Christmas that no one has been ill. We have been doing our best to keep our home clean as sometimes, especially when the kids are off school we can become a little lazy with the cleaning. We have been using Milton Antibacterial products recently so our lack of sickness could be because of them but either way it's such a relief that no bugs hit our house.
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Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Disney | The Countdown To Our Trip To Walt Disney World Has Begun

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I am so excited to tell you that this year we are heading to Walt Disney World again in Orlando. This will be our second visit and we all cannot wait. The last time we went was 2017 and as I didn't blog about our trip back then but I will make sure that over the next few months I will share lots of hints, tips and guides to visiting.
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Monday, 14 January 2019

Slimming World | A Basic Guide

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I've decided to start Slimming World to help kick start my weight loss / eating healthier journey and I have just completed week one. They say the first week is the hardest but I am just so happy to be eating normal food after over indulging over Christmas that I've actually enjoyed it.
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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Our Sunday Photo | Happy To Be Back

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This little one has been so happy going back to School in fact he actually looks forward it. We had a little bedtime conversation the other night about how he doesn't get to play as much now that he is in Year One but that's okay because he likes doing work. Let's hope he continues to enjoy it.
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