Sunday, 23 October 2016

Returning back to work...

You may, or may not have noticed the blog and social media platforms have been very quiet the past few months. The reason? S has started school and therefore I threw myself back into work. I struggled to find any part time work when I started looking in the summer months ready for a September start so I made the leap and tried full time. Monday to Friday, nine to five.

Its now been two months and I've decided full time isn't for me. The guilt of having nothing to do with school, no communication apart from a few words in a book and how tired the girls are after a day in breakfast club, school and then after school is just too much. After dinner there is then no chance of getting the girls to sit down and do homework, and weekends I see in my head for days out to make up for the time we've lost after school. This can not continue.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Petit Bateau Clothes Review

The latest review is not a normal type of review for us. This is a clothing review. Eek! If anyone knows me personally they know I love basic clothes; a good pair of jeans, comfy trainers, casual tee and a comfy hoody. No names, no big budgets and no latest fashion. Then Petit Bateau got in touch. They offered us the chance to try out some of their autumn/winter clothes. With the budget we decided to kit J out with a new outfit or two, then S can get the use out of the clothes eventually too. (Yes I am a tight mummy!). Out of the large range on the website I picked a pair of jeans. Jeans are a wardrobe essential, and not cheap when you buy decent jeans that will last the test of children and time, we where then left with enough budget to choose two tops. I fell in love with one, and J chose the other.
She loved trying them on, feeling like a model. However posing for outfit shots was not her strongest point. Probably didn't help that I chose to snap away whilst her friends played nearby. Here is one of her pose's. (She is not going to like me in 5 years time, Teehee!).

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Baby Born Interactive Review

We were sent the Baby Born Interactive doll to review after pre-school mentioned how well S liked to care for a dolly whilst there. This included bathing it over and over again. She could do this at home now too with the Baby Born Interactive doll.
The doll comes in a very large box which certainly makes it a WOW factor with little ones. Inside the box is the interactive doll with a baby grow and hat, dummy, bottle, plate/bowl spoon, a nappy, a potty, porridge and a matching bracelet for the child which the doll is also wearing, along with a catalog and instructions.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Body Confidence Program Review

It comes to no shock to Daddy M that I embarked on yet another diet plan at the start of summer. Over the years that we have been together I have been on pretty much every diet going as the pounds crept on. The restricting calories, the 5:2, the Cambridge diet, Atkins, Slimming World and Weight Watchers to name just a few. He was getting fed up of the next "fad" especially as it came so close to giving up with The Body Coach 90day SSS Plan half way through. However, I had to give up that one due to injury as I couldn't complete the intense and strict exercise plan as I couldn't even weight bare on my foot. This time though, I managed to shock hubby and even myself with The Body Confidence Plan as I completed the full 8 weeks. WOW!! Now that says something in itself. If I managed to complete the full eight weeks when I couldn't succeed anywhere else it proves it is different.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Plan our Date Review and Giveaway

 Daddy M and myself have been together 10 years now. Where has that time gone? Long ago the dates disappeared especially after having the girls. Throw in no local family to babysit, our evenings (when Daddy isn't working) consists of sat in front of the TV working our way through yet another box set.
When the founders of Plan Our Date, (a new subscription service starting August 2016) asked if we would like to try one of their dates in a box I instantly said yes as I was very intrigued. Daddy knew nothing until it arrived!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Baby Born Interactive Sister Review

Did you know today is national sister day?? Well J and S are sisters so we were sent the new Baby Born Sister doll to celebrate. We have recently discovered Baby born and the baby was a big hit. (Review coming soon after more intensive testing!)

The girls were instantly excited when they saw her. The box was huge. J insisted it was her dolly, which of course caused arguments. Eventually they settled that they both could play with Baby Born sister whilst it was new, but then it would be J's as the baby new born original is S's.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Dinosaurs at National Forest Adventure Farm

The dinosaurs are alive... no they are not... yes they are!! The basis of the argument from the back of the car en-route to National Forest Adventure Farm. 'Just wait and see, and then we will know..' A few minutes into our visit we would soon know... a Raptor was out having his walk... S and little J (S's friend) were mesmerised. J was speechless until she saw the legs but as she was impressed she kept her mouth shut! Little J was a little apprehensive after the guide warned him that the dinosaur liked the animal food he was carrying...

Monday, 1 August 2016

Opening Fairy Doors Review

We love fairies in our house. The imagination that comes from the girls is amazing to see. With just a few props the world really comes alive to everything make believe, including fairies. S has seen them and J has an imaginary fairy that comes to see her. It truly is wonderful to see such happiness from them over something that isn't real. When we were asked if we wanted to review another fairy door, it was an easy decision. Now we have reviewed fairy doors in the past. One belongs in our lounge for everyone to see, and another was in J's bedroom. Unfortunately it didn't last the element of time with S around pulling the door and the house off the wall.
This fairy door is similar to the one that has lasted with one big difference. It opens.... Now this is big for any little girl. It also comes with a window, a post box with letter paper and envelopes, fairy dust, a little book, fence panels, wall stickers and a fairy friend certificate.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Martina The Little Turtle Review and Giveaway RRP £29.99

The girls love animals. They also love noisy repetitive toys too. Well S does in particular. When the chance came up to test Martina the little turtle from Club Petz  I put the girls forward. We have recently brought annual passes for the sea life centre and with that is a new love for turtles. So it seemed perfect.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Review

As you may be well aware by now, S adores Num Noms, the latest collectable toy. After Num Noms found out how much she enjoys them they sent us the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck to try out too. To say she was just a tiny bit excited would be an understatement. We had to get it out the same day it arrived before J could even get home from school to try it out.