#Ad Vision Direct UK #PugXmas

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Vision Direct, the UK’s largest online only retailer of contact lenses, glasses and eye care, is excited to release its Christmas campaign for 2016. Produced by Bespoke Film and Communications, Gizmo Saves Christmas plays on the familiar theme of festive neighbourhood rivalry as well as the age old dog vs. cat debate. They have chosen adorable characters to pull on the heartstrings of us viewers. A dog wearing glasses and a Christmas jumper is the cutest thing I have ever seen AND they have a cat! Cuddles the cat is a beautiful kitty, my kids will love her. I love the competitiveness between the two animals and if you haven't seen it already you MUST!  I don't want to give too much away. I have embedded it below for you to watch yourselves.

The advert features Vision Direct’s brand mascot, Mr Gizmo the pug, as well as a new character, Cuddles the cat. It follows last year’s extremely successful Vision Direct Christmas ad, which amassed over one million views across Facebook and YouTube. You can watch the latest advert or play games, win prizes etc. on the advent calendar which starts on the 1st December.

Fans of Gizmo can also purchase the same glasses as he wears in the advert on the Vision Direct website. They have recently introduced their new range of prescription glasses, which are available from only £19.99 including lenses.

*This is a collaborative post

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Review: Drayton Manor's Magical Christmas

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


We have had a lovely year as ambassadors for Drayton Manor and last weekend we were invited along to the first day of Drayton Manors Magical Christmas. We were there bright and early ready for opening and got on the first train from Knapford Station to Tidmouth Hault where we travelled along the snowy track and arrived at Tidmouth Hault to find Father Christmas waiting for us! The kids got to say hello to him when we arrived and he handed each of them a letter and envelope along with some crayons and told them to bring it along with them when they visit him later that afternoon.

We then headed over to watch the reindeer be fed by the keepers who told us all about the three reindeer. The kids learnt loads of facts about them and Gracie found it really interesting. We then walked through the zoo to get to the CN Café where they were holding activities to create presents for the animals to be given to them later that day. Gracie and Zach worked together to create a present for the meerkats. They decorated an egg box with some wonderful colouring then filled it with chopped vegetables and mealworms. They then wrapped it in tissue paper and wrote a little message to them on top.


Next stop was The Polar Express 4D Experience in the 4D cinema. If you have seen The Polar Express then you know the story. This is just 15 minutes worth of the film which I thought would ruin it but they have done it so well and it really works. With shaky seats and squirts of water hitting you whilst watching in your 4D glasses. The movie makes you jump and catches you off guard a few times! Gracie and Zach thought it was hilarious. Elsie not so much. I would say to think twice if you have a very small child or a very nervous child. Elsie was ok but did have to sit on my lap after a while and there were a few small children taken out because they got upset.


We then spent a few hours enjoying the rides before heading to the Meerkat manor in the zoo to see them receive their gifts. The keeper through the parcels into the enclosure and it was great watching them work together to open the packages and the noises they made when they managed to get inside each one. All the kids loved watching them!


Then we were ready to visit the Castle of Dreams and see Father Christmas. The kids have waited all year to see inside the Castle of Dreams so were so excited! Father Christmas was great. He spoke to each of the children, except Elsie who had already fallen asleep from excitement! He gave them each a gift bag and let them talk to him for quite a while. It was nice to not feel rushed and he listened to them so attentively before posing for photos. We then carried on through the Castle of Dreams where there was face painting and toys for the kids to play with. It was really lovely and the decorations were really special.

We stayed and waited for the parade and fireworks. The parade started next to Sodor Airport and led to the lake for the start of the fireworks. Now I didn't have a good experience of the parade. The kids were really excited we were waiting early so we were right at the front. The beginning was really good then they started to move. All the characters walked off and everyone was expected to follow. By the time they stopped to start the next bit of the 'show' my kids were trying desperately to get to the side to get a glimpse of what was going on. Then they started moving again and Gracie and Zach were gone. I had Elsie in the pushchair and I couldn't see where they were. I was moving through the crowds but no one would let me past. Staff were trying to push me back while I was trying to explain I had lost two small children. One guy looked sympathetic but no one offered to help. We eventually found them but they were gone at least 5 whole minutes and luckily Gracie had thought to hold on to Zach's hand when she realised she had lost us. After that we decided to keep away from the parade and go and stand safely at the lake to wait for the fireworks. I think the parade sounds like a good idea but there is just not enough room and with so many small children it is not practical. If you take your kids do keep hold of them tightly or pick them up if you can.


However, the fireworks were brilliant. It was a lovely display in festive colours. They weren't too noisy and there was plenty of room for everyone to see them lighting up over the lake. We all enjoyed the Fireworks. It was a lovely end to the day and despite the scare, the kids really enjoyed the Christmas experience.

Chrismas Gift Guide For Women

Monday, November 28, 2016


One of the best gifts you can give a woman is time, time to relax, pamper themselves, read a good book or go and do something for themselves. Especially if that woman is a Mum. I know that I don't spend anywhere near enough time on myself. My time is spent looking after the kids, cleaning or working on my blog. In fact when I do get time to myself, I don't know what to do with it.  I have put a guide together full of items or experiences I would love for myself or I would choose for the other women in my life. Many of these items would be great to make up a DIY personalised hamper.

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Review: Boohoo Kids Range

Sunday, November 27, 2016


Back before I was pregnant with Gracie, I used to love buying new outfits every week to go out and let my hair down over the weekend. I used to do so much shopping at Boohoo.com and bought so many beautiful dresses at such low prices compared to all my local high street stores. Well I haven't shopped their for a long while, but they have recently launched their own kid's clothing ranges. To celebrate the launch, they gave me £35 credit to buy whatever I wanted from the children's range.

Planning My Perfect Garden

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


I have a love/hate relationship with my garden. I would love to have one of those beautiful relaxing gardens that you can sit in and enjoy any time of year. Surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers and a nice supply of home grown fruits every summer. In reality, I have an overgrown garden which barely gets any sunlight meaning that most of my plants don't survive and I am lucky if I get one edible strawberry each summer.

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Review: Build a Bear Stuffing Station

Monday, November 21, 2016


Like most parents of young children, my kids have a pretty impressive collection of Build a Bear soft toys.  The excitement when we travel to the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham is immense as they know that our nearest store is there. Gracie was recently sent the Build a Bear Stuffing Station to review from Spinmaster and I have to say I have never seen her more excited to review an item before.

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Review: Astonish Cleaning Range

Friday, November 18, 2016


I hadn't heard of Astonish until they contacted me back in September. I was looking for back to school products and they approached me with their large cleaning range. One of my biggest bug bears with the kids being at school, is them coming home with unknown marks all over their white shirts! 

They sent me so many items that it has taken me a while to work my way through trying them all and wanted to be able to tell you what I thought of the whole range. The range includes fabric refresher, mould and mildew remover, stain remover target spray, fabric conditioner, oven and cookware cleaner and oxy plus stain remover.

My Christmas Kitchen Wishlist*

Monday, November 14, 2016


A while ago I wrote about my favourite items from my new kitchen. When I started the renovation last year, I had my heart set on having my perfect kitchen. It is still getting there slowly, and will be tiled this month, but there are still quite a few things that need to be done and a few things I have on my wishlist.

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Kinnerton Just Chocolate Free From Range

Thursday, November 10, 2016

 
Regular readers will know that my two youngest children have dairy allergies. One of the first things people say when they hear this is 'Oh no, they can't eat chocolate!'. Now what would a world without chocolate be? If it wasn't for chocolate I would probably be a good 2 stone or more lighter, but we only live once so why not indulge in nice foods while we can. Luckily, people with allergies or an intolerance to dairy actually can eat chocolate. Cocoa itself has no dairy content, it is only when milk is added in recipes for specific chocolates that it becomes a dairy item. There are actually a few companies who have whole dairy/milk free chocolate ranges. One of them being Kinnerton, who have just re-launched their Free From range and changed the name to 'Kinnerton Just Chocolate'. The range is actually free from milk, egg, gluten and nuts.

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Review: Disney Belle's Musical Tea Cart

Monday, November 07, 2016


Beauty & the Beast is one of my favourite family movies of all time. It is one that I love watching and singing along to with the kids and until now was seriously lacking in related merchandise. Jakks Pacific have recently released a 'Disney Princess Belle Musical Tea Party Cart'. This means that new fans get to play with two of the films most iconic characters during role play and us older fans get to buy our children a toy that fills us with nostalgia.

In The Night Garden Bath To Bedtime

Thursday, November 03, 2016


I think it is safe to say that every parent has heard of In The Night Garden. It is a bit strange, then again I used to watch a show about mice that lived on the Moon when I was a child. Kids love the unusual and the more imaginative the better. All three of my children have been In The Night Garden fans, with Elsie taking a big interest at the moment. 

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Review: Gel-a-Peel Accessory Kit

Wednesday, November 02, 2016


Gel-a-Peel is a great new craft kit for creative kids. You can design and create your own jewellery by simply following the designs on the drawing templates. The Gel-a-Peel pack contains pens with different nozzles for patterns and thickness. Just design, leave to dry then peel your jewellery, ready to wear.  Gracie was sent a Gel-a-Peel accessory kit in neon to try out and review. You can see the contents below;

Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall Review

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Paw Patrol is a hugely popular kids TV show and the toys are also proving to be just as popular. With the run up to Christmas, the Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall is set to be a big hit. The interactive pup can walk and talk and take your child on some rescue missions. He has over 80 different missions and tricks to entertain the children and a cool spring loaded water canon to put out any fires!

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