George At Asda: Elsie's Day Out

Thursday, December 31, 2015

What I really love to do in the days between Christmas and New Year is to take the kids out on long walks. After day's cooped up playing with toys and indulging ourselves with food and desserts, it is so nice to get outdoors. Just before Christmas I was asked by George at Asda if I would like to choose an outfit from their clothing range for Elsie for a day out and I thought that it would be lovely to choose her something festive to wear over the holidays but warm for all our outdoor play.

I opted for this beautiful dress which was only £8! A luxurious red faux fur coat for £12 and some lovely frilly tights that come in a pack of three for £5. I love that all three coloured tights (navy/red/cream) match the dress perfectly so we have the option of which colour to wear and can even have a spare pair in the change bag in case of any accidents.

On Boxing Day I took the kids to play out with their friends (they have a lovely group of slightly older girls in our street who they play with a lot) and they all love it when I take Elsie out with them. She did us a little fashion show in the garden showing the older kids her pretty dress and then she held onto my hands and we went for a nice walk. Typically Andy wasn't there to be my photographer so I only got photos of her showing off her dress. I do have a cute picture of her asleep in her car seat in her pretty coat. This photo was actually at Gracie's birthday party where she crawled in her seat and fell asleep (I strapped her in to avoid any kids trying to pick her up or her falling out trying to get out herself).

I was simply amazed at the low price of her outfit and absolutely love the clothes range at Asda. To think we got a complete outfit including a coat which will be worn regularly and tights for everyday use for just £25 is brilliant. I love an excuse to dress my kids up nice whether we are going out or not. Even if it is just to go out and play with their friends in the street or a walk to visit friends or family. 

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Homemade Decorations With Sharpie

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I love crafting and this Christmas project has been great fun. I was recently sent a present box full of craft goodies from Sharpie and for the past few weeks I have sat quietly crafting whenever I get a peaceful hour. It is amazing what you can do with a couple of Sharpie pens, from creating home made decorations, up-cycling old tatty decorations or even personalising your own wrapping paper or gift tags. 


Christmas Gift Guide For Men

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Looking for gift ideas for men that are not Lynx sets or socks? I have a few suggestions here for some great gifts for the men in your life this Christmas. Whether it be a Boyfriend, Husband, Father or Grandfather. I hope you find some of these suggestions useful:


Christmas Gift Guide for Children

Friday, December 18, 2015

Now I find buying presents for my own children really easy. I know what they like and I know exactly what will have them excitedly jumping up and down Christmas morning. I do find buying presents for other people's children a horrific experience. So I thought I would share some gift ideas with you all if you find yourself lacking inspiration for either your own or someone else's child.


Costa Christmas Festive Drinks

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

I genuinely get excited every year at the return of the Christmas menu at Costa after discovering their White Hot Chocolate a few years ago. Along with the special festive drinks, the Christmas season also brings the festive cups! This year I finally have me some of their amazing ceramic cups. The ceramic cups come in Snowman, Santa and Penguin designs and they are great at keeping your drink hotter for longer.

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Review: Koodi Bath Toys

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

As Koodi ambassadors, we get the fun job of testing out their great range of products. The latest items we were sent to review were their three bath toys; Pour n' Play, Spray n' Play and Sprinkle n' Play. All three bath toys are suitable from 10 months and although they look very simplistic, they do exactly the kind of things that appeal to babies and toddlers. I actually tend to bath all three kids together most of the time and so they always have fun playing together as part of their bath time routine.

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Review: Cruzee Balance Bike

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

This is one of the most exciting reviews I have done in a while. Mainly as I knew that it would be a huge hit with Zach and I love to see him so excited over things. With Christmas approaching, I had been looking at Balance Bikes and just didn't know where to start or which brands were better than others etc. then came to my rescue. They sell lot's of great products including skates, scooters, bikes and accessories and they just so happen to stock balance bikes. They sent us the Cruzee balance bike in green to review.

Shopping For Kitchen Appliances*

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Last week we begun work on our new kitchen. Yes, we decided that three weeks before Christmas would be the perfect time to rip out our old kitchen and start again ourselves. It has been so stressful and there is still so much to be done. Fingers crossed it will be usable come Christmas day so we can have a nice Christmas dinner!

 It has taken two years for me to save enough money to start this work and doing the work ourselves has enabled me to do everything exactly how I want. I got to spend a little more on the range cooker I wanted and still have some left over to spend on some new kitchen appliances. I am really excited for the building work to be done so I can do some shopping. I would love a combination microwave oven fitted to the wall, a small thing but I have never had this and would love to have lots of uncluttered work surfaces! Another thing I have always wanted is a four slice toaster. Having three kids wanting breakfast at the same time, I can find myself stood around the toaster for ages while they argue about who gets theirs first, I have spotted some cute vintage looking toasters online so they are definitely on my wishlist. Of course, I will then need a matching kettle as everything has to be colour coordinated.

The whole look I am hoping for with my kitchen is a shabby chic look. I have chosen grey doors for my units, a wooden work surface and duck egg blue tiles for the walls. I am so so excited to see it all come together and so glad I don't have to look at the tatty old kitchen we have lived with again.

*Collaborative post


Christmas Gift Guide- Babies 0- 18 months

Friday, December 11, 2015

Babies can be the hardest to buy for. If they are brand new how about you think about putting a small hamper of nice but practical items for them. It is something that would probably be really appreciated. I have a few recommendations for hamper items here along with some great ideas for main presents for slightly older babies.


Christmas with Cadbury's

Thursday, December 10, 2015

I absolutely love Cadbury's chocolate and I think that they are a big part of Christmas. From the 1st December when it is time to open up the first door of a Cadbury's advent calendar to New Year when you are desperately trying to finish the Cadbury's Heroes before the diet starts on January 1st. Well I was very lucky to be sent some of the Cadbury's Christmas range to try out.


Enchanted Christmas Kingdom at Hatton Adventure World

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

On Saturday we headed to Hatton Country World for the Enchanted Christmas Kingdom experience. As Andy was working, I asked my Dad to come along with us. My Dad used to take me and my brother to Hatton a lot while we were growing up and so it was really nice to go back with him. The kids adore my Dad and don't get to go out with him often which made them even more excited. 

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Mango Kids Barbie Collection

Monday, December 07, 2015

Barbie have just collaborated with one of my favourite clothing stores, Mango, to  launch an elegant collection of chic, pop-art inspired tops. The range currently consists of two items, a Barbie cotton sweatshirt (£19.99) and Barbie T-shirt (£12.99) and are aimed at girls aged 3-14 years.

Review: Little Tiger Press Christmas Books

Monday, December 07, 2015

Every year I look for new Christmas books as part of our book advent. I was sent a bundle of Christmas books from Little Tiger Press to review and after reading them all through once or twice, most are now safely wrapped waiting to be opened for some Christmas reading.


Review: Clangers Squeeze 'n' Whistle Small

Sunday, December 06, 2015

This product really is a nostalgic one for me. I remember watching the Clangers when I was very young myself. If I woke up early enough I could catch it before school. Now it has been remade and is shown on CBeebies and Elsie watches it daily!

Review: Fisher Price Charisma Trike

Friday, December 04, 2015

I have always wanted a trike like this but with Gracie and Zach I ended up buying character trikes, which the kids loved but they were not very strong or hard-wearing and were so hard to push and steer! I was so excited when Elsie was offered a Fisher Price Charisma 3 in 1 trike to review. 

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Christmas with Baker Ross

Thursday, December 03, 2015

My Kids love crafts and my favourite time of the year for crafts is Christmas. We were sent another great selection of crafts to try out, this time from their huge Christmas craft range. 


Competition: Jelly Belly & Peanuts Gift Sets

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Today I have another great competition for you all. If you have pre-teen girls who have an interest in beauty and nail products, these gifts would make the perfect gifts or stocking fillers this Christmas. 

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Christmas Book Advent

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

For the past two years I have made a book advent for the kids and it has become quite a tradition. I choose 24 books. Some old. Some new. A mix of some of our favourite family stories, classic Christmas selections and a few new exciting books thrown in the mix. 

For me, it is about spending a little bit of time together enjoying a nice story. We do read all year around but you don't get to read in front of a Christmas tree surrounded by magical lights all year around do you? We love to sit in the warm living room, snuggled under a blanket while the kids take it in turns each day to open up the next book ready to read.

It doesn't need to be an expensive tradition. In fact it doesn't have to cost you more than the money for wrapping paper and tape. My kids have not once asked why their books have been wrapped up or questioned why they are not all new books. They love the book advent and the extra special bit of family time it gives us.

Our books are bought by our special Elf, I like to use an Elf just to bring exciting activities for the kids to do over Christmas and to make Christmas seem even more magical. You don't need an Elf to do a book advent though! This year I have displayed them with the smallest at the top and the largest at the bottom so it looks a bit like a tree shape!