hair

Tips For Healthy Hair At Home

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Since I started bleaching my hair, I have been making an effort to take good care of my hair and help it stay in good condition. Of course being a Mum means I don't have the time or money to spend on expensive salon hair treatments. Instead I have some low cost ways you can help your hair from the comfort of your home.

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Giveaway: Smiggle Stationery Bundle Worth £75

Friday, December 23, 2016


I know you all love a good giveaway and one of our favourite stationery brands, Smiggle have offered a generous bundle of items to giveaway to one lucky reader.


WIN A SMIGGLE CHRISTMAS BUNDLE!

Smiggle - where a smile meets a giggle – is dedicated to creating original, fun and affordable stationery and is the place to be for essentials to add a whole lot of sparkle to the forthcoming festive season.

Whether you need great gifts for under the tree or special little surprises for those stocking stuffers, Smiggle has you covered.

Smiggle’s products are focused on bold colour, quirky graphics, good value and innovationgiving fans must-have essentials for the Christmas holidays and helping them start 2017 in style.

Managing Director of Smiggle, John Cheston said: “We at Smiggle believe that stationery should be fun, quirky, innovative and engaging. Through all of our stores we hope to inspire children to immerse themselves in creativity by providing them with all the right tools.”

This competition prize is a Smiggle bundle worth more than £75 to kit your little ones out just in time for 2017!
Why not also head down to your local Smiggle to see the treasure trove of quirky and exciting products in store!
Q. What does Smiggle stand for?
a) It’s fun to smile and giggle   b) Where a smile meets a giggle   c) Have fun and scribble
Visit www.smiggle.co.uk to find the full range of Smiggle goodies.


Terms & Conditions
Open to UK only. The competition will end 02/01/2017 at 12am. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry on the rafflecopter form. Those who don't will have all entries removed. All winning entries will be verified to ensure the entry has been completed correctly. The blog owner will choose the winner through the rafflecopter form (which uses random.org) The winner will be notified by email and displayed on the widget. One winner will receive one bundle of Smiggle products with a retail value of £75. No alternative prize will be offered.  Allow up to 28 days for delivery.


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Review BubbleBum Booster Seat

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


I like to review innovative products and this one is definitely just that. BubbleBum Carseat is an affordable, lightweight, compact, belt positioning car seat which is ideal for playdates, travel, taxis and rental cars. It has seat belt positioning clips in place of arm rests and fits in smaller spaces where other boosters won't. Making it possible to fit three kids across the back seat of most cars. It deflates easily after use making it portable and easy to carry. The BubbleBum seat is suitable for children age between 4 and 11 years who weigh between 15-36kgs and should only be used with a normal 3 point vehicle seat belt.

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Review: Bladez Toyz R/C Infatables

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Each of the kids were sent a Remote controlled Inflatable from Bladez Toyz a while ago and I promised them that what we would do with them is inflate them all together and make them race to see who wins. That was easier said than done with it being dark as soon as they finish school! Of course kids are like elephants and never forget and the excitement has been crazy. Even I have been excited to put them to the test. Gracie was sent Baymax, a giant inflatable, Zach was sent BB8 which is a smaller sized inflatable and Elsie was sent Peppa Pig from the pre-school range. Anyway, last week I got around to inflating them all while the kids were at school so they were ready to take out as soon as we were home. So the race turned out to be a hilarious fail. Did anyone win? Watch the video below to find out.

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Review: Disney's Moana

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


We have been looking forward to seeing Moana for quite a while and I had promised Gracie I would let her watch it as soon as it is out. Just before the release, Gracie was sent some Moana items from Disney Store UK. They sent her the Moana classic doll and a Pua small soft toy. It arrived just days after she had won a Moana poster at the Disney Store in Birmingham. She was so excited to review them and it made her even more excited to see the movie.

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Review: Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Toys & Gifts

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Last week the kids were sent a huge bundle of Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom goodies. Luckily for Elsie, they arrived before the big two finished school and so she had a whole afternoon to play on her own before she had to share them after school. As you can see she was quite happy with that!

fashion

Designer Wood Watch From JORD

Monday, December 12, 2016


I don't often wear watches, I have always found them uncomfortable, mainly because if the weather is hot they burn your skin and if it is cold they can feel so cold on your skin. I used to find myself taking them off or opting not to bother at all and using my phone to tell the time. I recently came across some photos on Instagram of  Jord wooden watches and thought they looked really interesting and that they would most probably solve the problems I have with watches as wood is a much more natural material and it certainly helps that they look gorgeous.
 

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My Top Five Children's Christmas Books

Monday, December 12, 2016


We love story time and we especially love having themed books to celebrate the holidays. Christmas is the most special of the holidays for us as we snuggle up by the light of the Christmas tree and read a Christmas themed story every night before bed. I have a huge pile of Christmas books that come out every December and here are five of the kids favourites!

fitness

Ways To Keep Fit As A Mum

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Once you have children, it is easy to stop keeping fit and active, instead opting for what is easier. I find that doing regular exercise helps me to feel more energetic and actually helps a lot with my depression. I can always tell when I have had a few weeks lacking with exercise as I feel really low. I find it especially hard in the Winter months when I want to be inside as much as possible. Here are a few ways to keep active in an enjoyable way around your busy lives, whether you have children or not!

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Christmas Gift Guide For Men

Sunday, December 11, 2016

I always find the men in my life to be the hardest to buy for. They all seem to buy what they want, when they want and it leaves me stuck struggling for gift ideas.


Gillette Star Wars Set

There are many Star Wars fans in my family and I am sure I am not the only one. Gillette have released three awesome Star Wars gift sets, each with different contents and a different arty design. This one is celebrating 'Rogue One A Star Wars Story' which is out in cinemas this month. I am so excited to see the film! The gift set contains a Gillette razor and three spare blades. A great AND useful gift for any man this Christmas. The Star Wars sets are available from Boots and other major retailers.

review

Review: Toddlebike 2

Thursday, December 08, 2016


Back in 2014, Zach was one of the first to test out Toddlebike, the balance bike for toddlers. Well now there is a  new and improved Toddlebike2 and Elsie has been sent a beautiful little pink balance bike to put to the test. To say she loves it would be an understatement.

Birmingham

HIBS100 & Homesense Christmas Party

Wednesday, December 07, 2016


I was recently invited to the HIBS100 & Homesense Christmas party at The Lost & Found Wine bar in Birmingham. It was a last minute decision to go and so I headed there with little knowledge of what was going on! I love Birmingham at Christmas, especially at night with all the pretty lights and the German Christmas Market spread through the streets. I got to walk through the market between the train station and the venue but unfortunately had no time to stop!

Review & Giveaway: Tiny Tears Classic Doll

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


Tiny Tears has been loved by children for generations. She was the first fully functioning feeding, crying and wetting doll with closing eyes and moveable arms and legs. Last year she celebrated her 50th Anniversary with a special celebrative doll which we reviewed here. This year she has a fresh new look. The Classic Tiny Tears comes with a new outfit. You can still feed her with her water bottle to make her wee on the potty, or sit her up to cry real tears. The Classic Tiny Tears doll comes complete with potty, hairbrush, dummy and a bottle.

Elsie has been sent the Classic Tiny Tears to review and we also have one to giveaway to one lucky reader at the end of this post!


Elsie received Tiny Tears last week and so far has put her down only to sleep. Poor Tiny Tears has been given many a reason to cry thanks to being carried around by her hair or dropped out of the pushchair on the school run. Thankfully she isn't a real baby but she is close enough to the real thing for Elsie to love playing with her 'baba'. She loves her pretty dress and that she can put big girl pants on her. She loves that she goes 'n-nights' when you lie her down and her eyes automatically close.

Tiny Tears is a lovely doll with great functions to keep your child interested and enjoying their role as mummy or daddy. She is so unique in comparison to other dolls on the market with the real tears and the beautiful long hair. I haven't yet let Elsie use the wetting feature as she is a nightmare with messy things and I am not ready for that! But it means she will grow with Tiny Tears and eventually discover new ways to play with her.


You can find out more about Tiny Tears at www.johnadams.co.uk or you can buy her from Amazon, Argos, Toys R Us or Smyths Toy Superstores.

Don't forget to enter the competition below and also join us on Thursday 8th December between 11am and 12.30pm for a fun Twitter party with @JohnAdams_Toys for the #TinyTearsParty for a chance to win some great prizes!



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Competition Terms & Conditions

Open to UK only. The competition will end 14/12/2016 at 12am. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry on the rafflecopter form. Those who don't will have all entries removed. All winning entries will be verified to ensure the entry has been completed correctly. The blog owner will choose the winner through the rafflecopter form (which uses random.org) The winner will be notified by email and displayed on the widget. One winner will receive one Classic Tiny Tears Doll. No alternative prize will be offered.  Allow up to 28 days for delivery

review

Christmas Gift Guide For Children 2016

Monday, December 05, 2016

I love buying for the kids at Christmas and I very rarely struggle to find things they like. I thought I would share some great gift ideas and suggestions based on the likes and interests of my children. Gracie will be 6, just days after Christmas, Zach is 4 and Elsie is 2. Hopefully if you are buying for children of similar ages then this will help you!
 

My Top Five Family Christmas Movies

Friday, December 02, 2016


One of my favourite things about Christmas is being able to indulge in nice foods whilst watching Christmas movies. It makes me so happy each year when the Christmas movie channels start and I can watch soppy festive films when the kids are not around. I also love watching all the popular family movies. There are so many of them and I think they really make the build up to Christmas so exciting. In no particular order, here are my Top Five!

Christmas At The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Thursday, December 01, 2016


On Saturday we headed over to Birmingham to visit The National Sea Life Centre for their Christmas experience to Meet Santa. We have been to National Sea Life Centre Birmingham a few times over the past few years but we have never been at Christmas before.When you arrive there are some lights and a tree near the entrance which are lovely, then you go ahead on your way around the centre.

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