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Review: Get The Label School Shoes

Friday, August 17, 2018


I hate school shoe shopping. Last year I had to go all over trying to find shoes for each of the children and it ended up costing me a fortune. Elsie has teeny tiny feet so I had trouble finding her black shoes small enough and found that there were only two brands which sold black shoes in an infant size 5. This year though I haven't had that trouble because I was contacted by Get The Label and to my utter surprise they had shoes that fit all three children and at great prices. 

Our Dream Garden

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Last weekend we spent two whole days clearing out a large section of our garden. We chopped down some trees and bushes to clear some very cluttered areas down the side of our sheds and have managed to create even more space in what was already a very spacious garden. We are so lucky to have such a large open garden and our plan is to really make the most of it. We have a patio area for seating and BBQ, followed by a grassy area for the children to play in, behind this again we have two sheds, a fruit patch, more grass and lots of bushes and hedges which we would like to cut back and replace with fencing. 


We still have a lot more to clear at the moment and I think it is going to take us a few months to get rid of it all but we have already been discussing ideas and plans for the future of our garden. Both Sam and I have totally different hobbies, I like to write and he likes to play guitar, obviously the two don't always go together very well so we have been thinking about installing a summer house/shed in the garden for leisure use. We already have a shed to store the lawnmower and tools etc. in and a smaller one for children's outdoor toys but it would be lovely to have an area to escape to for quiet concentration, or even a noise proof one to send him to!



I would love a nice large one right at the bottom end of the garden, big enough for some comfortable furniture and with plenty of windows to enjoy the surrounding view. In fact it would be great for the Summer holidays while the children are playing outdoors most of the day too. I could get an hour or so of work done each day whilst keeping an eye on them at the same time. I find I have to work late at night in the holidays as it is so difficult to find the time whilst entertaining children. I have seen some great examples at www.gbcgroup.co.uk  there are so many options when it comes to size and shape to suit each individual garden.

I cannot wait to have our dream garden and with a bit of hard work and determination we will have just that in the next few years!

*This is a collaborative post

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Fosse Fashionista My Primark Fashion Spree #Ad

Monday, August 06, 2018

I was recently asked to visit Fosse Park, a large retail park in Leicester, to shop my summer look with vouchers for a store of my choice. There are lots of great clothing retailers including M&S, Primark, River Island, Outfit, New Look and Next. They also have Office if you are more into your shoes! I decided to do my shopping in Primark because they suit my everyday budget. If I need an outfit Primark is my usual go to for affordable fashion. I also knew I would get a bit more for my money in Primark and could end up with a handful of fab new outfits for this beautiful summer we are having!

Playsuit- Primark £15
Here are a selection of my favourite items. The playsuit above caught my eye straight away and cost just £15. I wore it on our recent trip to Tutbury Castle and it was so comfortable and I felt great in it. 

The outfit below is a lovely blue skirt. I already have one just like it but in black/white stripe which I bought from Primark a few years back. Blue isn't usually my colour but I was persuaded to try it on and when looking for something to wear with it this shirt caught my eye. I fell in love with them both as soon as I tried them on. Both items were £10 each and both can be styled with many other items of clothing to make different outfits!
Top- Primark £10, Skirt- Primark £10
I love a good t-shirt and as soon as I saw this one (below) on the rail, I knew I had to have it. I am a huge friends fan and have had so many comments on this t-shirt after sharing it on IG. 
T-Shirt - Primark £8



I also bought two more t-shirts (top right, bottom right) , a pair of comfortable flat shoes, a belt and a few vest tops. I could have bought so much more. The Primark store was so much bigger than it looked from outside and I was so impressed with the range of stores available for a retail park. 

*I was given a £100 Primark voucher for this promotion. All photos and words are my own. 

Me and Mine (July 2018)

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


July was a month full of adventures for us. We started it with a family trip strawberry picking at Scaddows farm. I had never been fruit picking before so it was one of my requests for the Summer and we all had so much fun picking and then eating the strawberries!

Gracie started her new school at the beginning of July so we have been walking lots to and from the school on the school runs. We have also been involved in quite a few school activities already too. We went to watch her compete in sports day with her house team. We also went along to enterprise day where every class made something to sell or came up with a fun idea to raise money to go towards lots of new and exciting things for the school. Gracie's class made their own flavoured popcorn which we had to buy lots of as she was so pleased with herself.

We went on a family shopping trip to Fosse Park in Leicester as part of a campaign which was really fun. I had to choose some summer outfits for myself and have my picture taken by a GIF machine. Thankfully the kids quite like shopping so I got some nice new clothes and we all got to have a browse around the shops and a bite to eat.

We also spent a day at Tutbury castle which is now quite local to us and a place Sam had wanted to take us. It was a lovely sunny day and the castle had free entry that particular day so we had a lovely low cost family day out costing us just the price of yummy ice cream. This months photo was a quick selfie we took whilst sat on the castle walls admiring the views around us. The sun was in our eyes so there are a lot of squinty faces but it is a nice photo to remind us of a lovely day out.

We are now into the school summer holidays and we are looking forward to an action-packed August full of sun and adventures.

The Me + Mine Project - Dear Beautiful

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Review: Great Gizmos Craft Activities For All Ages

Monday, July 30, 2018


It has been a few years since we last worked with Great Gizmos. Great Gizmos are a provider of fun, creative, educational toys and gifts for children. They got in touch to see if we would like to try some of their creative products and sent items to suit each of the children. First up is the Big Box of Fashion, Fairies & Flowers stencils. I immediately knew this would really suit Elsie. She loves drawing but hasn't really got the skills yet to draw whatever she wants so the stencils would mean she could have a go at creating beautiful drawings that she wouldn't usually be able to do. She absolutely loved the set. It came with 5 large plastic stencil sheets, 6 colouring pencils, 20 sheets of pretty paper and 1 pencil sharpener. Elsie has loved making everybody lovely drawings and the stencils themselves are making her more aware of colouring in the lines and she has been practicing her name too using the alphabet stencils.

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Planning and Designing With Filofax

Wednesday, July 25, 2018


Just before I moved to our new house, I received a surprise parcel from Filofax containing one of their new marble covered A5 notebooks. Now that we are kind of settled I have managed to unpack some of my desk supplies including my new Filofax notebook and I am able to start planning what needs doing in the house. We have a few big jobs coming up over the summer including a whole house rewire, roof repairs and some plastering which are all booked in now. Those jobs feel completely out of my control though so I am keeping myself busy with other plans. 

Marques De Caceres Wine #ad

Monday, July 16, 2018


I can't remember the last time we had such an amazing Summer and what better way is there to enjoy the sunshine than socialising outdoors with friends and family. We have been enjoying a selection of different wines from Marques de Caceres over the past few weeks and have been sharing them with friends and family on various occasions. We have been having BBQ's most weekends since we moved into our new house and everybody loves a refreshing glass of wine on a summer evening with tasty food. Everybody has their own taste when it comes to wine so I have been sure to see what others think as well as myself. I personally love sweet fruity wines and found the Rose was more to my taste than the others so was the first to be finished during our BBQ's. It had a very floral taste to it and wasn't as sweet as I would usually pick but it was full of flavour and had a nice fresh taste. The Blanco White was also popular amongst guests. It was very rich and dry so not really to my taste but I am in the minority when it comes to most of our family and friends as they prefer dry wines and tend to give me any that are too sweet for them. It worked out perfectly having a mix of wines to suit everybody.

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