Tuesday, 26 August 2014

100 Years of Magic: Disney On Ice

My boys are huge Disney fans as am I. Ever since I got my first Disney video for Christmas (wow I feel old) which was Beauty and the Beast, I have been a Disney fanatic and have tried to collect as many of the films as possible. Having young nieces and nephews made it perfect too as I would always be curled up sat watching kids films with them just as an excuse to see them. The Lion King was one of my favourites.

Thomas is obsessed with Frozen at the minute, I couldn't even count how many times he has watched it. He seems to go through fazes of watching different films. Toy Story, Mickey Mouse, Finding Nemo, we've seen them all.

At the moment, the 100 Years of Magic: Disney On Ice tour is working it's way around the UK. You can join the celebration as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic.


Much loved characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and all the Disney Princesses will be there and you can follow exciting moments from The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story. 

Unfortunately for me, and my kids obviously, they don't come to Leeds, but there are many other locations that I have been looking at to see if we can find the perfect excuse to go on a trip to see Disney. 

The show visits Glasgow at the end of September which would fit in well with our yearly jaunt to see my Scottish relatives, just before my birthday. We don't drive and so lazy us usually hop on a quick flight to Glasgow (yes we are lazy) and then stay somewhere close by. Having a look around, staying somewhere like Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport would fit in well for visiting my relatives and for getting a bit of a Disney fix. 

If we decided to stay close to home, the show is Manchester too. Making a weekend of it, staying at the Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport and then going on a shopping spree afterwards to treat the boys and our little bump would be great. Or we could even go to Birmingham during the school holidays and have a little break away in the Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC and again there are lots of other things to be getting on with down there too after we've been to see Disney. 

Pic Credit: Disney On Ice

I really can't wait to get saving up and book our tickets to see the show. No only do you get to see your favourite characters, but a whole host of different Disney characters too from over the years. For me, I can't wait to see Simba and Aladdin, but I know that my boys will be blown away by Buzz Lightyear.

Whenever we go, I know that Timon and Pumbaa will keep us entertained singing Hakuna Matata and I'll even have to teach the little ones the words before we go. Yes I do know them all, I'm a big kid at heart. 

Will you be visiting the 100 Years of Magic: Disney On Ice tour? Who would you most like to see?

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Complete Starter Kit


When preparing for a new baby it's great to start early and stock up. I found that looking for the perfect feeding equipment was hard work. I will be mix feeding (between breast and bottle) and so want to get organised with buying everything so we don't have to worry when the bundle arrives. 

That's when I found the Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Complete Starter Kit which is currently in the Asda Baby & Toddler Event. It comes complete with everything you will need for bottle feeding, plus extras to help out with night feeds and feeding on the go too. 

When I was pregnant the last 2 times, I found that buying everything I needed for feeding became very expensive once I realised how many extra items you needed apart from the bottles. The Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Complete Starter Kit is currently on sale at Asda for the amazing price of £65 which fantastic considering everything you get. 


The set includes:
  • Electric steam steriliser
  • Travel steriliser
  • Electric bottle and food warmer
  • 150ml bottles x 3 with soft flow teats (Birth+)
  • 260ml bottles x 5 with soft flow teats (Birth+)
  • Medium flow teats x 2 (3 to 6 Months)
  • Fast flow teats x 2 (6+ Months)
  • Milk storage lids x 4
  • Milk powder dispensers x 6 (Birth+)
  • Insulated bottle bags x 2
  • Bottle and teat brush x 1
  • Pure Soother x 1, Birth to 3 months
  • 1 x Teat tongs

As you can see, a lot for your money. 


The electric steriliser is great for hygienically cleaning all of the bottles whilst the travel steriliser will fit in one bottle and can be used in a microwave or as a cold water steriliser if you are out and about. 

I used to hate having to find my way downstairs whilst holding a newborn and warming a bottle to the correct temperature so I know that the electric warm will come in handy. Small and compact, perfect to store in the babies bedroom to quickly heat a bottle up for a night feed. It can even heat baby food up also so will come in handy for weaning too. 

I love the Tommee Tippee bottles because they have a wide neck which makes making up the bottles super easy. They are designed to flex and stretch to mimic the natural look and feel of mum's breast making bottle feeding and mix feeding easier. 

Baby Boy number 3
The Tommee Tippee Closer To Nature Complete Starter Kit is on offer in the Asda Baby & Toddler event from today online and from Monday instore. Be sure to check out the rest of the event too as there are some massive savings to be had. 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

UK Breakaways Competition

There are many places in the UK that I love, mainly in Yorkshire as I love my county and stay in it most of the time.

Leeds is my hometown and has lots of places to visit, to eat, shop, have fun. And you can even scout the area for history at Temple Newsam and the Royal Armouries. 

I love York too. The Cathedral on the hillside is stunning, York Maze is an amazing day out and the Railway Museum is great to learn about historic trains and the industry. 


Loads of historic places that I have visited all along Yorkshire. Kirkstall Abbey is absolutely lovely and has a wealth of history behind it. Scarborough Castle is stunning and various other places I have been to too. 

There many more that I have never visited but would love to. 

I would love to visit Stonehenge though one day. See the amazing sights and the power that surrounds the area. Learn about the history and all the mythology too. 



But my favourite place of all is Scarborough. In fact, I love it so much that we are there at the moment. Spending some lovely family time together. 

Where is your favourite place? If you write about your favourite town, you could be entered into the UK Breakaways competition. Just write a post before the 31st August and tweet it to them to be entered. 

So what are you waiting for, get entering now. 

Friday, 15 August 2014

My Maternity Clothes Wishlist

Now that my bump is starting to grow bigger, my clothing is getting a little tight and so it's time to start thinking about maternity clothing. Normal clothes now press on my stomach and make me feel uncomfortable so I have been trying to find the best clothing for myself, to my style and in my price bracket. 

I'm not one to spend a fortune on maternity wear. I mean, what's the point as you're only wearing it for a few months and then it's not needed any more, so I don't see the point in spending more than what is needed. I love clothes shopping in supermarkets and George has a lovely range of maternity clothes that are not only stylish but are affordable too. 


A good bra is a must in pregnancy. I find that under-wired ones push on me and the bump (yes your bump will really push that high) and so I find the sports type bras are comfier and extra supportive too. 

Since the weather is nice at the moment, I would only really buy one pair of maternity jeans as I much prefer wearing dresses, but these would just be in case it gets cold when the Autumn and winter hits. Maternity jeans are perfect for wearing whilst you're feeling uncomfortable because instead of having a zip or buttoned fastening, they have a stretchy waist which covers the hole of your bump. No more waist band digging in. 

There are a plethora of tops to choose from. I find that if you pick quite a few tops and ten just a couple of bottoms, you can mix and match to make different outfit combinations. Most maternity tops are flared rather than hugging the bump so can even be work after pregnancy to hide your tummy afterwards.  

I do love the huge range of maternity wear available at the moment, giving you style and comfort and showing off your lovely bump. I can't wait to start my collection.