30 October 2016

Visiting The Smiggle Leeds Store For The #SmiggleXmasParty

It's not often that we go to blogging events as they are usually down London way so when we got an invite to an event, it was nice to see that it was up North for a change and that we could go. 

Last week I eventually got to get out and meet some lovely bloggers, when Smiggle had their #SmiggleXmasParty up in Leeds which isn't too far away at all. The Smiggle store is in the Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre in central Leeds, a couple of minute walk away from the train station, so it is super easy to find. 

Do Mobiles Have A Negative Effect On Our Children?

We live in a modern era whereby everything is online now. I mean, when I look back to when I was a teenager, there was no way that I could contemplate that I would be working as an online writer when I was older. 

The majority of what we do each day can be done online, from paying bills and playing games, to writing and socialising. We can even order groceries to our door nowadays. But sometimes I do look at myself and realise that I am working online too much, so I take a step back and take a day off. So I can get back into my own life and not this one online. 

29 October 2016

Getting Christmas Ready with Zeek

Buying for Christmas is one of my favourite things to do. I just love Christmas. I love shopping, wrapping presents and then giving them out and seeing the smiles on peoples faces as they see what they've got. 

It can get expensive though and so I try to look around as much as possible to get the best deal. Buying gift cards can be good too as it means that I always have money to spend at a certain store without the actual money burning a hole in my pocket.

Healthy Family Meals from HelloFresh

As a family of 5, it is hard to find meals that we all like, and to figure out new ways to juzz up old meals to create ones that we all will like. It had ended up with us just eating to same things over and over, stuck in a rut.

So, when HelloFresh got in touch and asked if we would like to try their boxes, I knew that it would be the perfect time to get us all eating new things. 

After checking their site, I come to the conclusion that the Family Box would work best for us as it gives enough of each meal to feed 2 adults and 2 children. Well there are 5 of us but J is only small so I was sure that we could make do.

26 October 2016

How To Create A Spooktacular Halloween

Every year I say this, but Halloween is my favourite time of the year. When children really do get to be kids and dress up in silly costume and get to feast on sweets and goodies. A night where I get to spruce the house up to make it look super scary and horrifyingly haunted.

I just love it. I love the kids that come Trick or Treating and seeing all the terrifying costumes they are wearing, the candles that brightening up the night, I just love it all. Well apart from those clowns that is!

So I wanted to show off what is available this year to make Halloween the most spookiest yet...

Christmas Catering? Sorted!

Christmas can be a difficult time for a mum, especially for the inexperienced and unseasoned. While everyone else in the house is enjoying the festivities, mum is always rushed off her feet, burdened with all of the work. There’s presents, family visits and of course, the food. With all of their logistical efforts, mum does deserve some time off, right?

Food is usually one of the most important parts of the holiday season and is probably one of the biggest burdens a mum has to bear. Here are a few ways you can take some of the stress out of your Christmas catering arrangements, that I’m sure you’ll love.

25 October 2016

Can We Fix It? Yes We Can! With The Bob The Builder Toy Range From Smoby

Boys and their tools eh! It's like something in their brain, it just clicks and whenever they see a screwdriver they just have to try and unscrew anything and everything in sight. And this is true for my brood. No matter what it is. If it's got a screw in it, it can be fixed. 

Because everything is broken according to boys...

And it's not just the handy screwdriver. Anything can be banged if you have a hammer to hand. Anything can be cut if there's a saw nearby. They just love fixing things, and making a noise of course. 

Kit Out Your Child's Bedroom the Cheap Way with These Tips

When your child’s bedroom needs to be redecorated, it can be a big task. You need to make sure that the bedroom does what your child wants it to. But you also need to get the work done without breaking the bank. Getting that balancing act right is not always easy. In fact, it can be very hard indeed. So, you’re probably wondering what you can do to cut the costs and still create a satisfying and creative design for the room. Worry no longer. Here are some tips and tricks to help you do exactly that.

23 October 2016

Creating Varied Packed Lunches For Children

I remember the days of having pack ups for school. Soggy sandwiches, crisps and an apple. Not varied at all and after a while, it became very boring to eat every day. 

So when it came to the time that my sons started school, I initially wanted them to go on to school dinners but that didn't happen. The fussy little buggers decided that they wanted packed lunches like their friends and the visions of the soggy ham sandwiches cam flooding back like a nightmare. 

I said there and then that I would make sure that the boys packed lunches would be better than mine were. That they'd get a varied diet and would love checking their lunch boxes each day to see what they had this time. 

Win | Peter Rabbit - The Tale Of The Great Rabbit And Squirrel Adventure DVD

Fun, friendship and adventure abound once more with further tales to delight Beatrix Potter fans everywhere as Peter Rabbit and friends return in a new DVD collection, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 24th October.

Join our hero, Peter Rabbit, in this fifth instalment of his animated adventures. Peter tells a curious Cotton-tail how he and Squirrel Nutkin became friends and how Nutkin’s lost his tail. Soon Peter is on an adventure to retrieve Nutkin’s tail, even though it means going to Owl Island! This charming DVD collection features over seventy minutes full of fun, mischief and adventure, in 6 action packed adventures. Let’s hop to it!

Win | Masha And The Bear - Holiday On Ice DVD

More tales of fun, friendship and adventure are set to enchant fans of Masha and the Bear everywhere, with the release of the lovable duo’s third DVD collection by Abbey Home Media on Monday 31st October.

If you've watched the series before, then you'll know the story. A retired circus bear settles into the woods and prepares for a quiet new life surrounded by peace and tranquillity until he is introduced to an adventurous little girl named Masha. 

Masha is an energetic three-year-old who lives in an old train station in the forest. Precocious, silly, and friends with everyone she meets, this energetic girl can’t seem to keep herself out of trouble and boy does she get into some trouble at times!

22 October 2016

Dressing For My Shape After Having Children

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Since having children, I have noticed that my body has changed shape and sometimes it does get me down. From a size 10 before having children and going up to a 14, well nearly pushing a 16, which I knew was so bad for my health. 

Around 6 months ago I made a conscious decision to try and get in shape and embarked on a more healthier lifestyle. Over the past couple of months my shape has changed again, but this time for the better. 

20 October 2016

Growing Apples with Dobies of Devon

Now our garden is sorted and secure, we are in the process of sprucing it up so it looks lovely when we are sitting outside. For this, we have looked in to plants and flowers that will give us a year-round look. 

Over the next few months we'll slowly be planting in the flowers and plants so that every day of the year, there will be suitable flowers in bloom to make our garden attractive. 

18 October 2016

Win | A Case of What A Melon Juice Boxes

There always seems to be a new drink, a new flavour on the block, and now is no different as the amazing watermelon drink from What A Melon has launched which is packed with more health-boosting nutrients than its crafty coconut rival.

What A Melon water actually tastes like the real thing – like biting into a sun-ripened, delicious slice of fresh watermelon. 

And in addition to its refreshingly genuine flavour, What A Melon water has a list of lovely added benefits. It has all the electrolytes found in its coconutty counterpart however it also contains antioxidant Lycopene and is packed full of potassium, meaning its perfect at keeping you hydrated.

15 October 2016

Whacky Penthouse Wooden Playhouse from Big Game Hunters

A couple of weeks ago we started getting our garden sorted. It's something that we've wanted to do for ages but with the cost of a new fence being astronomical, we didn't want to create our beautiful new garden when it wasn't totally private. 

Eventually we were able to get our fence put up and so had all this space, to create whatever we waned to. Having the fence seemed to give us the look of so much more space and we were struggling to come up with ideas, especially at the end of the garden where we wanted something to focus the eye on.

11 October 2016

Win | Shopkins Kinstructions Playsets

Shopkins fans can have so much fun building and constructing iconic Shopkins scenery with Mix and Match buildable Shopkins figures in the best-selling Shopkins Kinstructions toy range. The characters can be can be taken apart and rebuilt for hilarious results, separated into three pieces. 

You can also build a variety of colourful Shopkins locations - shop the latest trends at the boutiques, hang out at the cafes, or visit the beauty salons. What's more, each set contains bricks that are completely compatible with other leading construction brands.

4 October 2016

LIFE Mobile | A Little Update Of My Maxi Tariff

Being someone who works online every day, it is hard to try and keep one eye on the ball at home whilst juggling my online presence. I used to always have my laptop at the side of me, regularly missing my children's firsts because I was too concerned with looking over to my right to work. 

That's when I realised that something needed to change and I invested in myself a little and bought a smartphone so that could keep track of my online world, and reply to emails, whilst out and about, getting home stuff done too.

But then of course that would put my online use at the mercy of of SIM card and if the Internet was having a slow day, I would be too.

3 October 2016

Having Fun On Two Wheels

Anything with wheels are a favourite in our household. If it moves, it's loved. This also includes the likes of bikes and scooters. The boys can't get enough. 

C is still struggling with his bike and can't quite grasp how pedal work. His anxiety plays a big part into why he is so scared, but he'll get there in the end. It just takes a bit of patience. T, on the other hand, can now pedal without stabilisers and is about to go to the next size bike, a 20" one. 

They both do adore their scooters though, forever scooting all around, across the street and speeding down the hill to see who can win, as it always seems to be a race. 

Thinking Slimmer | There's No Wagon To Fall Off

Losing weight is hard. It's even harder if you hate the way you look and have low self-esteem like I do. Over the past few months, I have been listening to the Slimpod from Thinking Slimmer in a bid to help me feel confident in myself whilst trying to lose those extra pounds. 

When I would diet in the past it would be a struggle of trying to stay on plan whilst also seeing what goodies we had in the house and ending up eating the wrong things, a falling off the wagon.

That was a hard thing to go through. To feel disappointed in yourself but not able to do anything about it. It was like I had a habit, pushing my towards bad food. It was a habit that I just couldn't kick. 

2 October 2016

Getting Out and Exploring the Garden

When bringing up boys, I'm always aware of the stereotypes that they face during their life. Even as children they get told that they must love cars and hate anything pink for fear of being labelled as different, or wrong. 

I hate this. And although they do play with cars, they do love their dolls too and playing house, and cooking as well. There is no law that states that boys must be boisterous and girls must be princesses so I think that as long as the children are happy, I don't care what they want to play with. It usually ends up being boxes anyway!