30 November 2016

Gizmo the Pug Saves Christmas

Christmas adverts are a big thing nowadays. We always watch for the new adverts arriving and seeing what theme they've chose to go for each year. Following on from A Pug’s Christmas last year, Vision Direct's new advert builds on the themes of fun, surprise and warmth that were well received by its audience last year, continuing with the Pug theme. 

Vision Direct, the UK’s largest online only retailer of contact lenses, glasses and eye care, is excited to release its Christmas advert for 2016. Gizmo Saves Christmas plays on the familiar theme of festive neighbourhood rivalry as well as the age old dog vs. cat debate.

Decor for House and Home This Christmas

Now let's just say that I am slightly obsessed with Christmas. If my husband would let me, I'd be like one of those eccentric Americans that decorate the life out of their home with lights and glitter. I mean, Christmas is a time for fancy baubles, funky lighting and Santa's galore. 

So today I am showing off what decor is available out there for house and home this Christmas...

29 November 2016

Staying On Top After Having A Baby

Have you just given birth and unsure what to do next? You've carried this baby inside of you for 9 months and done everything humanly possible to keep it safe and happy. But now he or she is here, in the real world, crying...

Don't worry; you'll be on top of things in no time

After you've had your baby, you are not going to want to leave their side. Giving birth is such an intimate moment between a Mother and a child, no words can explain it until it happens to you. You've carried this tiny human inside of you for 9 months, you've grown with it, (literally). And now they're here, just like magic!

The Full Heck Deck from HECK

Being a mum to 3 children, I am very conscious of the fact that we need to know where our food has come from and how it has been made. I mean, just because it says 'pork sausages' doesn't mean that there are no additives or nasties. 

So I'm always looking out for new foods to try to get our tastebuds tingling from the deliciousness. HECK are in the sausage and burger business and are based in our neck of the woods in Yorkshire.

28 November 2016

Important Things to Discuss Before You Walk Down the Aisle

If you are planning a wedding, then you can see that there are reasons why many people take years before they are actually married. There is a lot to sort and organise. The wedding itself can take a lot of planning and organising. But then there are a lot of other things that needed to be sorted before you walk down the aisle. You need to get a marriage license, as well as see a registrar to sort out of all the side of things. You might need to relocate as a result of getting married, as you might need a larger home. So a house move thrown in can make things quite stressful. There are a few questions that you need to ask yourselves before you get married, though. Here are a few important questions that you need to consider before you get married.

The Secret Life of Pets Family Challenge with Energizer

As we all know very well by the recent film, The Secret Life of Pets, all our animals come to life at night and have a whole world of fun in their own adventures. I'm sure it's the same for the boys soft toys too as I always seem to wake up and find them in new, unusual places. 

So, with that in mind and the fact that The Secret Life of Pets has been released on DVD, we have been challenged by Energizer to get creative and make a special sleeping place for our very own soft toys so reveal their imaginative secret life that they get up to whilst we're in the land of nod. 

27 November 2016

Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Railway Track Set

There are so many toys out on the market at the moment and it shows more when Christmas arrives. Just watching the adverts in between kids TV shows put me in a tizz. And so, when I find a toy set that the kids not only love but also features characters from one of their favourite shows, I just know that it will be popular, especially for Christmas. 

We were sent the Paw Patrol Adventure Bay Railway from Spin Master and as soon as it arrived the boys were pulling at the box to get it open. They adore Paw Patrol and watch it nearly every day, so I knew this toy would be popular with them. 

26 November 2016

Win | Jaguar Pace Eau de Toilette Natural Spray

The man in your life will be thrilled to see the iconic Jaguar logo emerge from his Christmas stocking with the brand new Jaguar Pace Eau de Toilette Natural Spray.

With the imposing appearance of the new Jaguar F-Pace has been passed on to the fragrance design with a vibrant grey and blue glass bottle, it has a similar bold silhouette to that of the new car and is complimented by the blue-tinted perfume. 

The compact base is covered with a sophisticated lattice design reminiscent of the famous Jaguar radiator grill and the centre of the bottle is emblazoned with a shiny round silver insignia with the unmistakable brand sign of the legendary cat. Finished off with a shiny silver stopper which creates an attractive contrast to these tones.

The Best Ways For Home Owners Improve Their Property Value

Renovating your home can be costly and can get in the way of your daily life. Before doing anything you should always think long and hard about how it will help your houses worth in the future and how much value it will add.

Obviously, if you're doing up the house, the bathroom and kitchen are always going to fare well. Having a nice modern kitchen will appeal to most buyers as it gives the impression of someone who has taken care of the house. They will be the rooms that tend to cost the most to do though. 

Create a Spa-Like Bathroom For Incredible Winter Pamper Sessions!

In winter there’s only one thing better than going out and having fun in the snow, and that’s coming home again and getting warm! As magical as it is watching the snowflakes fall, building a snowman with the kids or having a family snowball fight, there’s simply nothing better than getting into a hot bath to warm your bones afterwards. Relaxing pamper sessions are one of the best things about winter. You can light your festive scented candles, pop in a bath bomb or some luxury bath oil and treat your skin to a face mask. Absolute bliss! However, if your bathroom has seen better days, then it does take the shine off the experience a bit. Here are some of the ways you can improve the space, and create a more spa-like sanctuary to enjoy hot baths over the winter and beyond. 

25 November 2016

Dressing Your Home For Sale: Essential Dos and Donts

When it comes to our homes, there are certain things that we want to take as read. When we move in, we hope that we will live there for some time. We hope that the home will keep us safe and warm for the duration of our residence there. We hope, when we come to move, that we will get more for selling it than we spent buying it. This last one is, of course, subject to market forces. But it is a hope we retain anyway.

If you're planning on selling your home, you need to be approaching the sale with the right attitude in mind. The first and most important thing is getting the house sold at an agreeable price, allowing you to find the best place to move to.

23 November 2016

Top Tips To Transform Your Living Room

Your living room is the central hub of your home. It’s likely to be where you do most of your relaxing, and the same can be said for your children. When you lead a hectic lifestyle it’s too easy to allow clutter to build up, and kids aren’t exactly known for their minimalism either. Every once in awhile, it’s important to organise and declutter your living room, and bring it up to date. Here are a few ways you can make a big difference, without a hefty price tag.

Going On Snowy Puddle Adventures With HiPP Organic

These next few months are going to be the perfect time to go on puddle adventures as all the weather starts to change and we get a lot of wetness than we do in the warmer months. Well actually, it has been so cold up here in Yorkshire at the moment that we have had some snow recently.

So when HiPP Organic got in touch with our next HiPP Explorers activity, I knew that it would be the perfect time to do our puddle adventures in the snow instead. I mean, the weather is so much better when you can throw snowballs at people.

22 November 2016

How To Get Through Home Renovations At Christmas

Making any improvement to your home, or deciding to renovate completely, isn’t a choice you should make lightly. There are so many benefits to giving your home a spruce, such as making it feel refreshed to improving its value, and it’s easy to want to jump right into it. And sometimes, it can be a fantastic idea.

Messy Goes To Okido | Large Talking Messy Monster

With Christmas just around the corner, I try to focus on what my children love so that I have an idea of what they might like for Christmas. Television shows and cartoons help with this and children just love the characters from these shows.

The one that is a favourite for J at the moment is Messy goes to Okido. Airing weekdays on CBeebies, Messy goes to Okido, created by Doodle Productions, brings science to life through the incredible adventures of a curious, lovable blue monster called Messy.

21 November 2016

Home Improvements That Are Worth Saving Up For

When you own a home, it can be such an exciting thing. You might have grand plans to redesign the home, to make it just as you like it. But what should you get done first? That is a question that you’ll need to ask yourself. Then you need to think about how to finance it. But as well as a mortgage and the cost of day to day life, some renovations might be put on hold. You might need to put something aside each month to pay for it. But that it fine, as there are plenty of things that are worth saving up for. So here are a few home improvements, that will be worth the wait.

How To Make The Most Of Your Mobile Photos

Having 3 children, I am always snapping photographs of them whilst out and about. It's not often I actually have my camera on me though so I opt for the next best thing, my phone. Luckily, phones nowadays are a lot better quality than they used to be and that means that i can get some great shots from the comfort of my phone. I can just point and shoot.

I usually always post these photos to social media as a way that family members can see them easily for updates of our children and it's a great way to store photos. But I like the real thing too. Proper photograph that you can hold in your hands and finger through to look at old memories, fun memories.

20 November 2016

Which Is Your Favourite Wildlife Photo?

Being a blogger, I have maybe a few thousand photos sitting in my computer memory just now. That doesn't count the ones in my Dropbox, Cloud storage or my phone. But you will usually find me out snapping something or another. 

Wildlife is something that I'm sure everyone loves looking at. Watching a bird fly towards his nest. Seeing the ducks glide along the river. Or even that cute time where you've caught a squirrel playing on the trampoline. Sometimes we actually manage to snap of photo at that exact time and it's great to look on them and show off the magnificent photo that we've shot.

Reality Shows | How Much Are The Celebs Paid?

When it comes to reality shows, I am a lover and a hater. I do like I'm A Celebrity and I sometimes pop in and out of watching Strictly Come Dancing, but I dislike Big Brother and the 'reality' shoes such as TOWIE and Made In Chelsea, they'e not my cup of tea at all. 

I think it's down to the fact that I'm A Celeb and such like, have celebrities in the jungle so they're already used to the cameras and how it all works. When it comes to the regular Joe Bloggs, it all seems too much, like they're playing to the camera, and that's what puts me off. 

19 November 2016

Play Your Way Through The Reality Shows

I don't know about you, but I sometimes watching reality shows with one eye on the screen and the other rolling through Twitter to see how many complaints there are this year. 

A lot of it gets very samey, and as soon as a woman takes a shower in I'm a Celeb or a dancer gets a perfect 10 in Strictly, everyone comes out in force to give their opinion on what they're watching. 

Sometimes people even tweet if they're not watching it and are just following what's happening through social media. Let's take X-Factor and the whole Honey G drama for instance. The amount of people that I see moaning about her still being in the competition, yet then say how they don't watch the show. Why does it matter so much to you then?

18 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide For Younger Boys

I adore Christmas and have done since I was a child. It's such an important day for children as they are on their best behaviour, waiting for the big man to come a deliver their presents. Opening presents to see what they've got and then spending the rest of the day waiting for parents to build the damn things!

Today I wanted to show what is on offer this year and so this is my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide For Younger Boys...

17 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide For Dads

I'm sure it's not just me who struggles when it comes to buying gifts for men. They're all so different and so when you could be buying smellies for one, the others might prefer quirky gifts. And there's so much on the market too that trying to work out what men like is so much hard work.

Today I am showcasing what is on offer for the men, and dads, in our lives this year and so, here is my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide For Dads...

16 November 2016

Christmas Gift Guide For Mums

Every year, the last few weeks before Christmas are a bit fraught with suspense and anguish as we all run out to the shops to find the perfect gifts for the loved ones in our lives. Searching high and low for those gifts that they'll love and that suit their personalities.

Today I thought I'd show what's on offer for the mums in your life. So here is my 2016 gift guide for mums...

Getting Into The Festive Spirit: How To Give Your Kids The Best Christmas Ever!

It’s that time of year again. The kids have started counting down the days until Santa arrives, and parents are frantically trying to get sorted before the big day. If you’re eager to give your kids the best Christmas ever, here are some top tips to help you get into the festive spirit.

Decorating your home
Putting the Christmas decorations up is one of the most exciting events of the year in most households. This year, get everyone involved and make a day of it. Head out to the farm or garden centre and let the kids help with choosing a tree. Get the decorations down from the attic, and lay everything out. Put the tree up, and hang baubles together. Put some Christmas music on, and hang lights on the porch outside. 

15 November 2016

Three Ways Your Can Make Your Home A Better Place In One Afternoon

It would be nice to have a home like those ones in the magazines wouldn't it? You know the ones. They have beautiful furniture, immaculate carpets and not a speck of dust in sight. However, back in the real world we are trying to juggle looking after the kids and being a busy wife with everything else we have to do. So it can be almost impossible to live up to such ideals. But all is not lost! 

Maybe it's not practical to have one of those glorious monuments to housekeeping, but there are some things that you can do to improve your home. The best part is they will work even if you have a house full of kids and pets, and they will only take you at most, an afternoon to sort. Read on to find out what they are.

14 November 2016

Surviving Christmas Shopping With Little Ones - And Enjoying It

Christmas is a magical time for little ones. There are all the firsts to look forward to. The first trip to see Santa, the first Christmas morning, etc. It’s a treat for all the senses with Christmas music, delicious food, and festive fragrances. And there are so many new things for little eyes and fingers to see and explore. It’s a magical time for mums and dads too as they get to experience Christmas through their children’s eyes. But there’s no getting away from it; it can also be a stressful time. How do you plan and organise a beautiful Christmas with little ones, and minimise the stress?

Finding Future Engineers at The National Railway Museum York

Going out as a family, it is hard to find places that everyone will like and that caters for young and old. And when it comes to having a bigger family, everything gets expensive. So we love to find places that we all love and that are inexpensive to visit. 

Enter National Railway Museum which is in York. In fact, it is just behind York railway station so is super easy to get to if you're travelling via public transport. The National Railway Museum is free to get in to although I always think it's polite to leave a donation as they are a national charity and donations help the upkeep of their extensive collections. 

13 November 2016

Amazing Black Friday Deals At Mainline Menswear

I love a deal. In fact, I search the web high and ow before buying anything, just to save those extra pennies. And so when the big offers start rolling in, I'm all over them. 

With Christmas just around the corner, Black Friday comes at the perfect time. Exactly a month before Christmas it is and when I heard that one of my favourite menswear stores was celebrating with a huge deal, I couldn't help but get my husband to get adding his favourites to my basket, 

Mainline Menswear started at their base in Scarborough (I do love a Yorkshire company!) and offer one of the largest and most comprehensive ranges of men's designer clothing online, catering for every man and every budget.

11 November 2016

Miles From Tomorrow Stellosphere Playset

With Christmas around the corner, now are the days that we start to see all manners of new toys coming out, ready for the big day. And basing them around children's television cartoons is the big thing as it means that children get to play with their favourite characters. 

My sons adore Miles From Tomorrow and so when they were sent the Miles From Tomorrow Stellosphere Playset they were so excited and couldn't wait to get it set and so they could play with it. 

Avoid Hitting These Roadblocks Buying A New Home

There are a few issues that can stop you in your tracks when you're buying a new home. Indeed, it’s not always as easy to get on the property market as most people assume. You have to think about whether you can afford to buy, if it’s the right time and if you can get a great mortgage.

The Right Time?
Generally speaking, the housing marketing goes through highs and lows throughout the year. If you are buying a home for the first time and don’t have one to sell look for a slump in the market. This is when house prices crash to their lowest point. If you are currently buying in the UK, you’re in luck. Brexit has severely damaged the housing market. But, once article 50 is implemented it could get even worse so you may want to wait.

10 November 2016

Bedtime Routines - Putting To Bed The Sleep Myths

Our biggest nightmare over the years has been getting the boys to settle at night when it's still light outside. Couple this with the fact that they have a large window in their room which shines daylight bright both morning and night, it means that sometimes, they will be awake for hours struggling to sleep when the light is peering through. 

Getting in to a good bedtime routine is hard enough as it is without adding this to the situation. The bedtime routine can be a nightmare and Blinds-Hut are looking to find out exactly which techniques work when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep for mum and children.

4 November 2016

Mythbusting Mum: Are Winter Energy Saving Tips A Help or a Hindrance?

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The temperatures are already dropping. The heating is going on, with every click of the thermostat akin to dropping coins into a piggy bank - except one you don't get to open for yourself. Fuel prices are likely to rise towards the end of January as the weak pound begins to bite. 

If you're facing another winter season where the choice between staying warm and facing huge bills is bearing down on you, worry not. There are many tips, tricks, and ideas for lowering your energy consumption in winter. That's the good side.

1 November 2016

Santa's Surprise Giveaway | Win A £200 Amazon Voucher

Christmas is coming and it's just about time that we need to be getting prepared for the big day. It can be super expensive when buying for children, especially if you have more than 1, like me. So this year I've got together with a group of bloggers to give away some amazing prizes. 

Welcome to November and the second to last month of the year! We all know that December is an expensive month and to try and help 2 of you out, I have teamed up with a fantastic team of bloggers to offer a duo of great prizes. However before I tell you more about the prize, lets meet the bloggers:

Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum | Keep Up With The Jones Family | Sparkles at Midnight | Mother Distracted | Missing Sleep | Hubby Helps | Mums Wine HQ | Chilling With Lucas | Purely Amy | The Mighty Duxburys | Petit Moi Big World | Sally Akins | The Adventures of a Silver Surfer | My Life As A Mummy | Bump and Beyond | EmmaDrew.info 

Add These Mum Must-Haves To Your Checklist When Looking For A New Family Home

When you decide to move house, you normally have a list of things you need from the new property. For example, you might be on the lookout for something which has three bedrooms and a large garden. But as a mum, there are some things you need to add to the list to make sure the home is perfect for you! Here are some mum must-haves you need to add to your checklist when looking for a new family home!