Finding a new home as a single parent is hard!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

I have so much going on at the moment. My Ex has decided to sell the house that me and the kids are living in and although at first I was angry,  I have decided that a fresh start is exactly what I need and have been thinking positively and trying to find somewhere to live that won't completely disrupt the kids lives. I would love to stay local to avoid them moving schools and us leaving all of our local friends and support network.

It wasn't until now that I realised how hard it is for Single parents to start afresh and make a better life for themselves. I have updated my application for council housing but since we technically have a roof over our heads at the moment, we are bottom of the list for priority being housed and it could take up to 5 years (or potentially longer) to be housed this way. 

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Hotter Shoes Spring Collection

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Last week I attended an event at Hotter Shoes in Solihull to see the new Spring/Summer range. I love Hotter Shoes since receiving my first pair at an event last year (Hotter Shoes Roxanne Wedges review) and before attending, I decided to take a look at the website to give myself an idea of what I would like. Before going, I had decided that I definitely needed a pair of everyday sandals as it is one thing my wardrobe is lacking.


Review & Giveaway: The Wheat Bag Company

Friday, April 21, 2017

I was recently asked to work on a review with The Wheat Bag Company and I am a huge lover of using natural products to help with pain relief so decided to give their products a go. The Wheat Bag Company sell a large range of wheat bags in different materials including cotton, fleece and faux fur as well as craft kits to create your own. All of their wheat bags are handmade in the UK. They were kind enough to send a Cotton Microwaveable Wheat Bag for me to try out and have also offered one to one of our lucky readers as a giveaway prize.


Review: Disney Store Guardians of the Galaxy Merchandise

Thursday, April 13, 2017

My absolute favourite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Guardians of the Galaxy. The characters, the storyline and the humour are just brilliant and 'The Awesome Mix' is just THE best movie soundtrack. Me and the kids watch the film quite often and have been eagerly awaiting the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Out 28th April in the UK) to see what they get up to next. The Disney Store have released their Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise range, available online and in stores now, and they sent us a couple of items to review. We were sent the Hasbro Starlord Helmet and the Awesome Mix Vol. 2 sound machine.

I have to say I was personally a little disappointed with the sound machine as I had thought it would give me some clues to the new movie soundtrack. They are too good at keeping secrets! Each of the buttons at the top has a different sound effect. Elsie has stolen this from everyone. No one else is getting a look in because she thinks it is amazing. I must say after the 300th consecutive button press of the same sound effect, it gets annoying. Maybe do not give to a two year old. It is a pretty cool toy though and lots of fun. It would also look great used as a key ring as it has the clip attached. Gracie and Zach have enjoyed playing with it when they can get a look in!

Starlord has got to be the coolest character in Guardians of the Galaxy. He bought the team together and saved the whole galaxy so who wouldn't want to own a replica mask  to look like the legendary outlaw himself? We have had lots of fun with this and yes it fits an adult head too, I tried it. It is so well made and pretty sturdy, the elastic fastening is adjustable so you can get a comfortable fit. It is so much better than the one we already had (pictured below).

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The Guardian's of the Galaxy merchandise is available to buy now online and in stores. If you haven't seen the first movie, you need to watch it and the sequel is out in cinemas across the UK on the 28th April.

The Stickman Game: Free Outdoor Fun

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Now that Spring is here we can all enjoy actually spending time outdoors without risk of frostbite. We are fortunate to live close by to a small wood and the kids love walking through the woods on a nice day exploring. They love searching for the Gruffalo through the deep dark wood, but our favourite game is a little one we came up with one day to avoid the big pile of sticks we were accumulating in the house.