30 January 2014

Baby and Toddler Event at Aldi

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Getting prepared when pregnant can be stressful and hard work. Searching all the shops and having to trawl around trying to find every item for your newborn baby. Aldi makes this simple as you can now stock up on baby essentials whilst doing your weekly shop. 

This week they launch their Baby and Toddle Event selling baby basics to high end monitors and electricals. Great timing for us too as my sister-in-law has recently given birth to her first baby, a gorgeous little girl called Laurel and I wanted to buy her some bits. 

Cute bodysuits are only £2.99 for a pack of 3, available for boys, girls and unisex from newborn to 18 months. It's always good to stock up on bodysuits as it's amazing how many you go through with a newborn. 

A super cute zipped-front baby sleep suit comes in a stripy pattern and a range of different colours for only £2.99. Long sleeved to keep newborns warm and easy to get on and off with the use of a front zip. Even 5 pairs of baby socks are only £2.49, such a bargain!

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For mum, Aldi are stocking non-wired nursing bras. They have a clip so the font can easily fold down and have padded cups for comfort. At only £6.99 it;s the cheapest nursing bra I have seen.

The Motorola Baby Monitor that they will be stocking is priced at £69.99. It keeps little ones safe and secure with its monitoring system. 
It has a 2" LCD screen on the Receiver and Infra-red night vision so that parents can keep an eye on baby whilst out of the room. It monitors room temperature and has two-way communication so you can try to sing or calm your baby without having to go into the room and disturb him/her. 
I love this monitor and really am pleased to see that Aldi will be selling it. 

If you are looking for some baby essentials or wanting to buy a monitor system then make sure you get down to Aldi before they run out. Bargains like these wont be in stock for long! 

Don't forget to keep and eye out on the Aldi Facebook and Twitter pages for all of their deals, Special Buys and fantastic competitions too.

28 January 2014

FitFlop Flytop French Navy Shoes Giveaway

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I love competitions and this new one is one of my most favourite ones to hold as it's for shoes and if you read my blog regularly then you know just how obsessed I am with shoes. FitFlop shoes were developed back in 2007 and they were trying to create comfy footwear that had a stylish edge too. Since then FitFlop has become a household name offer a range of footwear to suit different styles. 

What's unique about FitFlop footwear I hear you ask?
They have a Biomimetix™ biomechanically optimised midsole which delivers incredible comfort.

The new FitFlop Flytop shoes are not only ├╝ber-sleek but they have the world-class FitFlop comfort and are one of my favourite pairs from their website which is why I chose these to give away in this competition. The FitFlop Flytop shoes come in French Navy and are priced at £100 for a pair. 

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For a chance to win this gorgeous shoes, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. 

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These Summer Holiday Destinations Are Also Great In Winter

Ever since I was a child I’ve spent loads of summer holidays at Haven – from the Jurassic Coast in Dorset all the way to up Seton Sands near Edinburgh. And on these holidays I’ve always make friends with the people in the neighbouring caravans, which means I now have friends all around the country.

And since most of these friends have their own children now too, we’re always exchanging activity ideas. I love taking my kids on little trips away but in winter I hit a bit of a stumbling block when it comes to thinking of good places to go.

That’s why I’ve rung around all my old friends from Haven and asked them which summer holiday destinations near them are good for winter too. Here’s what they said.

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Edinburgh
Too cold to go to the beach? My husband’s friend Mike, who we met at Seton Sands in Scotland, suggests using the winter to explore a new city. For example, going on a daytrip to Edinburgh, which you can do come rain or shine.

Even if the weather’s too wet and windy to climb Arthur’s Seat, you can still explore Edinburgh castle, the National Museum of Scotland and watch a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

The coastline near Edinburgh and Seton Sands is just as stunning in winter as it is in summer – you’ll just need to wrap up warm before you go for a walk along the beach!

The Lake District
Accessible to anyone living in the north of England, the Lake District is a popular holiday destination all year round. According to my friend Jenna, who I met as a child when we were both on holiday at Lakeland Holiday Park near Grange-over-Sands, visiting the Lake District in winter can make it even more special.

Jane lives in Lancaster so she’s only a stone’s throw away from the Lakes and goes there fairly regularly. And although snow on the mountains and poor weather conditions can put a dampener on your hiking plans, you can still go for picturesque walks around the lakes.

Jane recommends steering away from the more commercial lakes, such as Windermere, and taking a walk around Lake Buttermere. The walk is around 4.5 miles long and suitable for families.

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Devon
If you live in the south west, there are plenty of great winter days out to be had in Devon while you wait for it to be summer again.

When we were on holiday at Devon Cliffs about five years ago, we got talking to Dave, who worked on the park at the time. He was a keen surfer and told us that wet and windy days produce some of the best conditions for surfing – meaning it’s still possible to ride the waves in the winter months.

But if you’d rather get active indoors than outdoors when it’s wet and cold outside (we’re not really the surfing type), he suggested going to the Plymouth Life Centre. Whatever sport you’re into, it’s got everything. From rock climbing and abseiling to splashing around in indoor pools and pretending you’re sunning yourself on a beach, you can be as active or as relaxed as you like. I’d probably go for relaxed but I’m sure the kids would want to let off some steam and get active!

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Northumberland
If you visit Northumberland in summer, you’ll hardly want to tear yourself away from the beautiful coastline. But Judith, a friend of mine who we met at Blue Dolphin in Yorkshire and who lives in Northumberland, suggested using the winter months to explore Newcastle.

For starters there’s the Angel of the North and the Centre for Life science museum is great for a family day trip if you live nearby. Since we live in York, we’ll definitely be making a trip there this winter.

Do you know any more summer holiday destinations that are great in winter? Let me know!

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27 January 2014

Updating To A Child Friendly Kitchen

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The one thing I have tried putting off for ages now, is updating my kitchen. Not just doing it up to make it nicer, but to upgrade to bigger and better products, products with child safety in mind and ones that have a better efficiency rating. 

As a parent, the one thing that is always at the forefront of my mind is making sure that products and white goods and child friendly. The amount of times Thomas has turned the washing machine on and started a wash with nothing inside it, is too many to think about. 

It's all well and good him switching the washing machine on though as although, yes, it wastes electricity, it isn't dangerous to him if he messes with it and so I'm not too bothered about it. 
The one thing that does worry me most is whether the boys will touch the cooker. 

They are so easy to switch on, most being a simple knob to turn it on. that is why we invested in an induction hob as the vast range of them come with a child safety lock as standard. No more worrying about what the children are messing with in the kitchen as I know that they cannot switch the hob on. 

The other part of me thinks about space in the kitchen and in the appliances. Having 2 children means that we need a fairly big fridge freezer to fit in all of our groceries and weekly shopping. It's amazing how much extra we need to buy, especially fridge food, snacks and packed lunch items and so a huge fridge is a must. 
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For me though, I need storage and worktop space. All the pots and pans need to go somewhere and having children has given my baking skills a new lease for life so having a large worktop of free space to get creative on is something that I really need. 

With everything that gets done in there, it seems like, sometimes, the kitchen should be the biggest room in the house!

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26 January 2014

Darling Spuds Crisps and Popcorn

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The one thing, my only vice in life is food. I love to eat and am always snacking and popcorn is my most favourite food to snack on. When Darling Spuds tweeted me asking if I wanted a sample of their crisps and popcorn snacks, I couldn't say yes fast enough.

Darling Spuds are delicious crisps that have feisty, tongue-tingling flavours. Their crisps are handcooked and also gluten free and vegetarian. Add that to the fact that they are completely free of any unsavoury GMO's and 20% lower in fat than standard crisps, they make a lovely flavoured, all round better choice as a snack. 

They do a whole range of imaginative flavoured crisps and popcorn too. 

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We all have our favourites from the range. Mine being the West Country Cheddar, Leek & Pink Peppercorn that are bursting with flavour. Very crispy, crunchy chips that tickle the taste-buds and had me lingering for more. 

Every flavour is bursting from the packets and just waiting for you to munch on. The popcorn is the same too, packed full of flavour and scrummy to eat. The sweet and salty flavour is just that, giving a sweet taste to start and then a sudden burst of salt which is a nice sensation to have although I can't quite decide whether they are a bit too salty for my liking. 

Thomas loved them though and asked if he could take the 2nd pack in his lunchbox for school. They are just the perfect size too. 

You can check out the Darling Spuds website for whole range and more information too. 

Top Tips For Travelling Abroad

I'm sure we have all done it in the past. Booked an holiday abroad, flew out there and then realised that you have forgotten something, not equipped yourself and feel out of your depth. Going abroad with children can be even worse as there are so many things to remember and it can become very stressful. 

Well here are my 5 top tips to having a nice relaxing holiday and my ways to beat the stress.

1.  Book in advance. I always hear people talking about 'last minute bookings' and how cheap they are but do you ever wonder why they are so cheap? They are usually the holidays that no one wants which is why they are still for sale. Plus, booking last minute doesn't always mean getting the best deal. Book early to avoid disappointment. 

2.  Do your research. Don't book the first place you see just because it's cheap or has a great deal. Research where you are going first, check out reviews of hotels and locations to make sure they suit what your family requires. 

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3.  Paying for expensive items can become annoying whilst abroad. We found this out the last time we flew to Spain as most places wont accept Maestro which meant that we couldn't rent a car without going to a bank and withdrawing money which had charges on top for doing so. Doing an International Money Transfer is super easy to do and means that you can make payment abroad instantly whether using it to rent a car or paying for somewhere to stay.

4.  Booking to suit school. I know, I know, this is the age old argument of holidaying during term time or in the holidays. Now though, you can be penalised with big fines for taking children out of school so make sure that you check dates whilst booking. If you don't know when your children's school breaks up then you can check online using the My School Holidays website to find out. 

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5.  Make a list. The worst thing about holidaying abroad is that if you forget something, it is either super expensive to buy over there or not available at all. The best way to avoid forgetting anything is to make a list beforehand and add to it every time you remember something. Remember sun cream and water toys can be really expensive abroad so if you have the space, buy over here and take them with you. 

Make sure all of these 5 steps are done and it will help you on your way to a fantastic, relaxing and worry-free holiday. 

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25 January 2014

A Photo A Day Project: Week 4

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Thomas was gutted when he noticed that his spinning wheel had broken. It was fastened to the fence but the strong winds have pulled the wheel off and it was found on the floor.

Charlie loves his YBike Pewi. Although he still doesn't ride it and instead opts for pushing it around. Whatever floats your boat I say.

Today Thomas helped me build his new market stall. We have had it for a while but I totally forgot that it was at the back of the cupboard. He loved doing a bit of DIY with mummy.

Peeking through the aisles. Charlie enjoyed playing and eating the sweets on his stall.

Thomas got a plasticine set for Christmas with a huge table and loads of stuff to ply with on it. Today we got it out and enjoyed a bit of creative time making floppy haired people and squishing it about.

Mmmmm buns! Since the boys have been good and Thomas has done well at school all week, daddy went passed a cake shop on the way home from work and bought them some cream buns. Didn't take them long to get through them though. 

All ready to go play outside and the heavens opened. Really bad rain and windy too. I told the boys that if it stopped we would go and play in the puddles and luckily for them, it did!
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Win Tickets to The Baby Show London


I have been lucky to have been given 2 tickets to visit The Baby Show at ExCel London which runs between the 21st and the 23rd of February. Unfortunately for me, London is hours away and a trip would end up being too costly although it is somewhere I would love to go. 

The Baby Show is a huge extravaganza where nearly all the big baby brands are showing off their products and doing great deals on them too. 

Entry costs £20 per person with children being admitted for free and since I cannot go, I am giving one of my readers a chance to win a pair of tickets. Please note that the prize will come as 2 codes that can be filled in at www.babyshowtickets.com and then tickets are printed from there. 

For your chance to win, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. 

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22 January 2014

Bonmarche: David Emanuel Heart Print Peplum Top

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Bonmarche is the UK’s largest womenswear retailer and have won many awards over the 50 years that they have been open for. Priding themselves on quality clothing with appropriate styling, great value and in a wide range of sizes, along with outstanding customer service.

Working with many top designers such as the Royal couturier, David Emanuel, who has designed his very own exclusive Bonmarche collection. Keeping everyday style and fashion at the forefront of their collections, Bonmarche have a plethora of choice and designs to suit. 

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The past year, one of the biggest trends I have seen, is the growth of the peplum style dresses and tops. The style whereby it hugs the figure until reaching upon the waist and then flares out below. Not only is it flattering but hides a multitude of sins too. 

When Bonmarche got in touch, I just had to try one out for myself and took no time at all in choosing the David Emanuel Heart Print Peplum Top with Pendant with the coordinating grey cable knit tights. The top is priced at £22.50 and comes with the pendant to match and the tights are just £8.00. 

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The peplum top is a great fit size wise and is long in length too so covers all those lumpy bumpy bits easily. The heart print is cute and funky and pendant necklace makes it a real statement piece. The material is thin but not flimsy and it hugs the skin whilst feeling too tight, washing really well and looking good wash after wash. 

I teamed the top with a plain denim skirt and a pair of cable knit tights which came in grey and suited the colour of the top perfectly. The tights being very thick and warm but also very comfortable to wear. Overall, I love this style and the top is great for my body shape to cover the bits that I don't like. 

You can purchase the gorgeous David Emanuel Heart Print peplum top on the Bonmarche website and also check out all the other beautiful tops too whilst you're there. 

Why Do I Like Cleaning?

Is it just me that actually likes cleaning?

I can't help myself. I hate my house being messy and cannot leave things alone until everything is clean. Having children can make this hard work as it means that I am constantly running around after them tidying up but I don't mind. I love seeing my kids playing with their toys even if it does mean that I have more putting away to do once they've finished. 

It's not just me though as my husband loves cleaning too. Aside from the fact that he is a domestic supervisor in his day job, when he gets home, he will also be cleaning and making sure our house is tidy. The boys love to help out, especially where the washing and dusting is concerned. 

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During the daytime, it is just Charlie and myself and we take no time at all in getting the cleaning stuff out. Charlie knows where we keep the duster and that is usually the first thing to come out. That and the Vacuum of course. What child doesn't like paying with the vacuum, riding around the room on top of it is super fun when you're 2 year old. 

We have a huge range of cleaning products to keep our house in tip top shape. From sprays for the kitchen and bathrooms, creams, steamers, stain removers, squidgy's, and floor care just to name a few. 

Of course none of the boys touch these items though but they do love helping to do the washing. Loading and unloading the washing machine and then filling the tumble dryer afterwards. Even helping to fold after it's done, although their folding might not be what I'd call suitable at least they try and help. I like to get all of the washing done and then pile the ironing up so I have quite a fair amount before starting it as that is the only part I hate and prefer to get rid of it in one go. 

Is it just me though? Am I the only person who actually likes to get down and dirty with the scrubbing brush? Do you stock up on cleaning supplies to keep the house squeaky clean?

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21 January 2014

Why We Need More Foster Carers

As of March this year, there are 68,110 children in the care of local authorities in England, compared to 67,080 last year, a figure far higher than the number of children in care in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It’s a social problem that continues to grow unabated. Currently, there are only 60 carers per 10,000 children.

It’s a complex social issue that needs to be addressed urgently. With the number of children who require supportive environments growing incrementally each year, future societal problems also increase with each child that goes without a caring home.

Your help is urgently needed; what a lot of people don’t realise is that being a foster carer can be an extremely fulfilling and rewarding thing to do. You can find out more about the role online.

What is the role of a foster carer?
A foster carer plays a significant role in the support system of providing care services to children who live away from their original family, because that family may not be able to provide a safe and supportive environment. If the children’s basic needs aren’t being met, they will require a home that can provide this environment.

As a foster carer, your role will be to provide the child with a healthy and positive environment in a family home on a temporary basis, for as long as the child needs. The child’s time with you will end when the child can be reunited with his or her original family, or when the child can safely move on.

Why should you care?
If you believe that every child has a right to reach their potential, as well as the right to have a safe, caring environment in their formative years, foster care is something that would interest you on a personal and social basis. The maxim that ‘children are the future’ doesn't just apply to those who are fortunate enough to have caring and supportive families: it applies to all children, regardless of their backgrounds.

Every child deserves the right kind of welfare, and foster caring is a vital part of reinforcing our conception of a caring, supportive society: foster carers are just as important as teachers and doctors in this respect.

Looking at the figures, it’s clear that this is a problem that’s not going to go away for years to come. If you have the time, the space and the desire to help young people for a better future, fostering is something you should look into. The personal benefits and fulfilment of being a foster carer are many, particularly if you already have children of your own: taking in a foster child will give your children lifelong lessons in empathy and social responsibility.

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20 January 2014

A Photo A Day Project: Week 3

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I did manage to get this post written up on Saturday but due to the fact that I got a bit trigger happy with watching things on Netflix, my Internet allowance run out and so I couldn't get online to publish it so we are a little late but never mind, here goes...

Since the weather has cheered up a little, we are trying to make the post of it and get out more. Thomas loves playing on his bike, whizzing around the street. 

Back to school. Monday mornings are tiring but Thomas cannot wait to get back to school and play with his friends. 

Showing off. I am currently reviewing some items for Bonmarche and am trying to get the photos together so thought I'd give you a peek of what's to come next week. 

I couldn't choose between the photos today and chose both instead. It's not often you get to see pictures of me but I do love these photos of myself and the boys. 

Out as usual. I know, I know... we are obsessed with handmade Burger. I know when we are on to a good thing and so enjoy our dinner there as often as we can. This was Charlie's meal although he had already started to take the burger apart when I photographed it. Lovely as usual!

Thomas loves being in front of the camera posing so when he gets new clothing (these being from Lucas Frank), he cannot wait to try them on for modelling. 

We popped in to the museum today and the boys loved getting acquainted with all of the animals on show there. 

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Mr Nutcase Blackberry Q10 Phone Case

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For ages now, my husband has been looking for a case for his phone but hasn't succeeded. Not many places stock accessories for the new Blackberry's and if they do, then they are plain black and boring. My husband is a huge football fan, a massive supporter of Liverpool and I have searched high and low to find him a case just for him. 

That's where Mr Nutcase comes in. 

Mr Nutcase has been established for many years as a supplier of personalised mobile phone and tablet cases. They print any design or image onto their cases and if you cannot find your phones case on their website then just simply get in touch when them and they will try to source it for you. 

Their website is simple to use and there is a vast range of imagery and designs to choose from already but if none of them take your fancy then you can create your very own by uploading your own designs. 

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I chose the Ultra Light Weight Slimline case for my husbands phone, which costs only £14.95 and is delivered for free. Most items being shipped the very next day after you have ordered. I received the phone case 3 days after ordering it which I think is super quick to say that it needed to be printed, packed and sent through the post too. I'd usually expect personalised items to take a lot longer. 

The case is wonderful, the quality is fantastic and my husband loves it. I went for a picture of the Liverbird, the emblem of Liverpool and the football club. It has 5 stars underneath signifying that Liverpool have won the Champions League 5 times. The letters YNWA stands for 'You'll Never Walk Alone which is the Liverpool anthem and motto. 

Of course, my photos do not do the case full justice as you cannot see the brightness of the gold bird and writing and the design of the background coming out so well too. I truly love this case and my husband was so pleased too, showing it off when he went to work and knowing that no one else will have that case as it was designed by myself and created by Mr Nutcase. 

I will definitely be using Mr Nutcase again as I want a case for myself and might even do personalised ones for family members birthdays too. I love a personalised gift.

You can purchase and design your own case on the Mr Nutcase website.

Win a £30 Starbucks Giftcard From Memfy

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Do you remember every single significant event in your life? What day you graduated? First day of your job? When you passed your driving test? 

We all have a plethora of special days, eventful moments and life changing happenings during the whole time we are on this planet and that's why Memfy have come about, to help you remember those important dates throughout your life.   

You can join in seconds, even by using your Facebook or Twitter account, and it is so easy to get going. Simply select the date and add your Memfy. Then you can add more detail such as a photo or video so that you can always look back on your memories and see all of the special days you have grown through. 

Memfy have given me the opportunity to give away a £30 Starbucks giftcard to one lucky reader. All you have to do is to sign up to Memfy to enter. You can then do a few other extra options to get more entries but signing up is mandatory. 

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Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the mandatory entries will be disqualified. After the one compulsory entry of signing up to Memfy, the Rafflecopter will then open a round of optional extras, you do not have to enter any of these but these will give you extra entries into the competition.

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19 January 2014

Chapter 2014 page 19 of 365

As a blogger, I get sent quite a few items to review and am usually stocked up on things to write about but at the moment I have been taking a break from it all. 
Trying to change the way I write and what I write about, in future talking about what we love and turning down things that don't suit us as much. Basing our blog back on us, as it used to be, and not focusing too much on outside influence. 

Giving my opinions on things I see in day to day life and working our way through the years as a family. All the ups and downs, days out and snuggly days in too. 

We are on day 19 of 2014 and I am sure going to give my best shot at making this year the best one yet. Don't forget to fasten your seatbelt as it's gunna be a bumpy ride...

17 January 2014

Daniel Footwear Majid Boots

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I am obsessed with boots and I don't just mean a little but a lot. I have loads of pairs and am always buying more. I hate flat boots though and usually opt for a wedge or small heel as I feel more comfortable in them. 
I try to vary styles and couldn't resist asking for The Majid boots from Daniel Footwear to review when they got in touch. 

From their very own shoe range, Daniel, The Majid is both comfortable and stylish. 

They come in brown faux suede, which is super soft, with a fashion buckle and strap over the 2inch contrast heel. 
The zip is full length which makes them super easy to put on and it matches in colour with the boots so is concealed. 

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Not only do these boots look good but they feel good also. The heel is just the right size to give a bit of height but not be uncomfy after hours of shopping. 
The sole is solid and the material protective and thick. 
I can tell whilst wearing them, that they are good quality and made of a high standard. 

The Majid boots match perfectly with jeans, trousers, leggings and even tunic dresses and the fact that they are a mid brown colour means that they will match most colour-ways too. I am sure that I will be wearing them for ages to come. 

I was a bit hesitant at first with the fact of them being priced out of my range with an RRP of £89.99 but Daniel Footwear currently have them on sale at £26.99 which is a snip when you look at their quality and style. 
You can purchase The Majid boots from the Daniel Footwear website and find other branded shoes and bags on there too. 

Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring Giveaway

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The one thing that I hate is getting woken up. Getting woken up by someone snoring is even worse as it can't usually be helped. Luckily for me, Simon doesn't snore but I remember when I lived at home with my parents and would be constantly awake listening to my brother and dad snoring along in chorus to each other and hated it. Nothing they tried stopped their snoring. That's where the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring comes in. 

The Good Night Anti-Snoring ring is a ring which works by applying pressure on specific points on your little finger. It is unique in that it uses 2 acupressure points. In most cases it can work the first night but it may take 4-5 days for the body to get acclimatised to the acupressure and for it to kick in and stop the snoring. 

I have seen in the past that other bloggers have reviewed these and had great reviews about them working really well and the relief of getting a full nights uninterrupted sleep. It's so good to see a product that helps to combat snoring. 

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You can purchase the Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring in three sizes so there is one to fit everyone and they are available on their website for £30. But for now, how would you like to win a Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring of your very own? Well then you're in luck. For your chance to win a Good Night Anti-Snoring Ring all you have to do to is fill in the Rafflecopter form below.

Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the mandatory entries will be disqualified. After the one compulsory entry of answering the given question the Rafflecopter will then open a round of optional extras, you do not have to enter any of these but these will give you extra entries into the competition.

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Ends midnight 9th February

13 January 2014

A Photo A Day Project: Week 2

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Charlie is obsessed with helping us clean and as soon as the vacuum comes out, he will be pushing it around or sometimes even riding it. 

You'd think it was summer in our house today as both boys were enjoying an ice cream. It might be cold outside but we are making the most of it indoors and the day after even had our own indoor picnic with sandwiches, crackers, salad and treats for afterwards too. 

I think at this rate we will en up with shares in Handmade Burger with the amount of times we go there. Charlie loves going because not only does he love the food but he also gets a little colouring set and crayons for whilst we are waiting. 

Playing pirates today and Charlie just had to be the bad guy. Chasing us around the room and shouting 'argh' at us. 

Since the weather has calmed down a bit we had a play out after school, although Charlie wanted to play on Thomas' bike no matter how much I told him that he was too small. 

Boys will be boys and today Thomas went looking for bugs in the garden. He didn't manage to find many though, I think they are all keeping snuggly warm away from this horrible weather.  

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10 January 2014

Workwear from Aldi

Working in the manual trade, my husband is always going through loads of clothing. Everything gets ripped, marked or just ruined by the chemicals he works with. 

I wouldn't mind if it was his work clothes but at the moment, he has taken to wearing his regular clothing thus now complaining that he has run out of clothes and needs new ones. 

That was when I started looking in to workwear and found that Aldi have just started selling a great range of items to suit this. 

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Their work trousers are only £8.99 per pair and have fastening knee pockets for pads, elasticated active waist for comfort and side pocket with zip for security. The multiple pockets will come in handy for holding tools handy whilst working. 

Simon also wants a jumper for work too. The pullover from Aldi is £9.99 and features reinforced elbows for protection and even a small zipped pocket at the top of the arm. It also comes in a range of colours to suit too. 

With Simon sometimes working on building sites, he has been wanting a pair of steel toe capped boots. Aldi have S3 Safety Boots with 200 joule toe cap protection which are only £14.99 a pair. The meet all the safety standards and are fully protective whilst also being comfortable to wear. 

This heavy duty range from Aldi will not only keep Simon protected whilst working but the durable stitching and hard-wearing material used means that they will last ages, even with all the robust use they will be getting.

All these items are available instore at Aldi now as well as quality tools and safety equipment too. 

8 January 2014

Luxury Valentine's Gifts from Daniel Footwear

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I'm sure it's not just me that want a bit of romance every now a then. A bit of luxury and thought from your partner. To receive a gift that shocks you as it is something you love but thought you'd never receive. 
One thing I am sure every woman loves is a nice pair of shoes and so Daniel Footwear have made their own Valentine's Day Gift Guide showing a range of their shoes and bags which are sure to make your partner squeal in  delight. 

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Go for a pair of sleek Lucy Choi Tuberose Black Glitter Women’s Court Shoes. 
These are made from fabric, mesh and leather and have an amazing 4.2 inch heel. The mesh panels give them an extra sexy appeal. 
A luxury pair of shoes are part of the brand’s spring summer collection that is sure to be loved by any woman. 

A pair of Lucy Choi Adelite Red Leather Patent Heeled Women’s Shoes are probably the most sought after for Valentine's day. 
The bright red colour gives them the ultimate romance appeal. These elegant pointed closed toe with an approximate 4 inch heel and is created from the highest quality red leather in a reptile print. 
Definitely a statement shoe.

These shoes, coming in at £195 and £185 respectively, are on the higher end of the budget but will definitely be a hit with your partner and are very much an investment for the future. 

If bags and purses are your thing, then how about a Lulu Guinness Black Lips Top Zip Women's Purse. 
Made from black satin fabric the purse features lip shaped embroidery in different lip stick style shades and has a red satin lining. A lovely design and the perfect style for Valentine's Day. 

All of these items and more are available on the Daniel Footwear website to purchase so make sure you don't miss out!

7 January 2014

Kitchens Through The Ages

Ever since I was a child, I have loved cooking. I think it's more to do with the fact that my mum is a baker and so was always making some creation or other. 

Growing up just over the past 20 years, there has been a big change in the evolution of kitchen styles and appliances, that's why Homebase have made an infographic showing kitchens through the ages to show just how much things have changed. From medieval times, cooking on open fires, right up to modern fitted kitchens that are packed full of accessories and state of the art equipment.

Starting from cooking in clay pots over fire and even roasting animals whole with a spit to get the full flavour. Then appliances were brought in slowly. Ovens for easier cooking and even accidentally inventing the microwave.

Nowadays we have a huge choice of electricals we can use to cut, blend, whisk and cook food and as we got more involved in the cooking process, the kitchen became a focal point of the whole house.

Check the infographic out below to see what different styles we went through.

Which do you prefer? Having the ease of cooking with modern technology or cooking from scratch using old techniques?

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Kitchens through the Ages – an infographic by the team at Homebase.
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5 January 2014

A Photo A Day Project: Week 1

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A new year and a new start to my Project 365. This year I am going to try to actually get the posts out on time every weekend and try my best to get better photos of all the things we get up to. 

So, here they are. The first 4 days of 2014...

New Years day was a bit boring. Nothing much to watch and no where to go with everywhere being shut and so we stayed in and played. Doing a lot of colouring and writing, being creative. 

Daddy has a new game, Need For Speed Rivals, which is a car game. Basically it's racing around a city and crashing a lot. Thomas loves this game and always has a play on it. I don't mind as there is no swearing or vulgar happenings like on other games and so this one is okay for him. 

A bit of fresh air. Today was still cold but at least it wasn't raining, for now. So we took this bit of calmer weather as a sign that we could go outside for a bit and play. The boys enjoyed being outside and playing on their bikes and ride-ons. 

Today we made up our own band. Charlie was on guitar, Thomas on keyboard and myself on the crocodile xylophone. No need to blow my own trumpet, but I think we were fantastic...

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