Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Baby Annabell Review

Hi Guys, it's me again. I've been off on my Easter Half Term and I've been playing with the new Baby Annabell Doll. She is so cute and just like a real baby.

I've been taking care of her for two weeks and it's just like having a little baby sister. Especially when she cries and real tears come out. She comes with 5 accessories - a dummy, a bottle, a bib, a nappy and a pendant.



I really loved feeding Baby Annabell water with her bottle and guess what she wees too. It's a good job she has a nappy!

I decided to do another video for you guys. So here's my review vlog for you:




On the video I couldn't get her to wee because she had cried so much and used all her water drink on tears. All you need to do is push her heart tummy button and she goes to the toilet really easily.


When you feed her, if she cries you need to wind her by tapping her back and then she burbs.



She is such a good baby. We are going to get her a cot and pram next. Hope you enjoyed my review. Come back soon. x



Disclosure: We received the Baby Annabell doll for free in return for our review.


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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Moj Moj Unboxing & Review

Hi I'm Little E and this is my first ever toy review post that I am writing myself. I was so excited to get some brand new Moj Moj blind bags to open and review.

They have just come out and are made by the same people as L.O.L. Surprise! and Num Noms so I already knew they would be a lot of fun.



I got to open bags from the first Moj Moj series. They don't have series number like the other collectibles, this series is actually named "😀"!



So here is my first ever unboxing video. I hope you enjoy it!




So as you can see from my vid, I got 8 squishy Moj Moj toys in my blind bags - 2 in each bag. My favourites were the cute little blue penguin (S-001) from the Adventure Seekers and the yellow star fish (S-067) from the Sun Bathers family group.




They are all so cute and colourful and I love all of the characters you can collect. I've played with them every day so far.

This series has 6 family groups to collect - Adventure Seekers, Party Animals, Couch Potatoes, Happy Campers, Sun Bathers and Day Dreamers.


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I will definitely be collecting more! There are over 95 unique Moj Moj to collect in the first "😀” series and like lots of other collectibles there are some limited-edition, rare and ultra-rare Moj Moj.

Guys, if you want to collect some MojMoj squishies for yourself then head over to The Entertainer toy shop now.




Disclosure: We received these Moj Moj blind bags to allow us to write the review.








Monday, 19 March 2018

#OreoCookieQuest Challenge


In our house we absolutely LOVE Oreo's, in fact we've been busy hunting daily for things around the house to scan on the Oreo Quest App (we're currently 27th in the country on the leader board!) so when we saw the BritMums challenge to put on our own joyous quest at home, we jumped at the chance.

Being one of the first 100 to apply, Oreo sent us 2 packets of thier finest original cookies to use as prizes for the quest. Since Mister A was away for the weekend and Little E was missing her big brother we decided to set her a quest to have fun!




We left little clues around the house encouraging her....

Here's your first quest of the day, it's time to make slime - ingredients on the tray!
Ok, now it's time paint your face, grab your kit and we'll get on the case!
You can draw on the walls (we'll never say this again)! Let's decorate - grab your pen!

No going back now!!

Maybe the next one was a little harsh but there was a job needed doing so Little E needed to help out!!



Little E had a fabulous time completing her very own Oreo Quests but her biggest and most joyous reward was on Sunday - getting her big brother back...



...and of course there were more Oreo's to celebrate the return!

Oreo is running The Great Oreo Quest promotion on special packs now, so head to the shops and pick up a pack and grab the chance to win awesome prizes, including a once-in-a-lifetime trip to California and the Googleplex. Go, go, go!


Thursday, 1 March 2018

World Book Week 2018


My movement isn't great following a recent operation so unfortunately making a costume wasn't possible this year. I was also worried about the cost of purchasing a dress up outfit too when I remembered I had won these kids morphsuits a while ago. I did well to remember where they were and to our surprise they fitted perfectly!

I could not stop laughing when they tried them on. Mister A's favourite book was Aliens Love Underpants when he was growing up so we dug that out too.



God knows what people driving past them on the way to school must have thought!! Crazies!!

No prizes this year unfortunately so we will buy them a book each ourselves. Hope you all had a good one. What did your children dress up as?


Wednesday, 28 February 2018

We're back!





So.... I guess it's been a while since I hung around here. Over 2 years in fact. And do you know what, it's been nice. We've had good times... and some really, really bad times... and we've made some amazing memories. All the pictures we've taken were just for us and all of the fun things we just shared with our closest friends. I thought I had abandoned this site forever but recently I got sick and started another blog to document my journey. I logged in to this account and saw that I'm still getting thousands of visits even without fresh posts so guess what... we're back!!

We've missed you guys!!



Friday, 17 April 2015

Caravaning With Cake

Last week we were lucky enough to be able to take a trip up to the Lakes for Easter Half Term. Just before we left we received a fabulous parcel courtesy of BritMums and Mr Kipling...


....3 delicious boxes of cakes! We packed them in to the car and headed North to Haven Lakeside to our home for the weekend - a 3 bedroomed caravan of dreams. The children knew immediatedly that the weekend would definitely be #BetterWithCake! So we cracked open the Cherry Bakewells to boost energy levels and help us unpack. 



They obviously went down a treat! After a very wet and windy night (yes Im talking about the weather) and after thinking the whole caravan was going to tip over from the gales we decided to gave a games day until the weather died down. We played chess, draughts and even made up a new card game before stopping for lunch and cake. Next on the list of delights was my all time favourite...



French Fancies!! My grandma used to treat me to these all the time when I was growing up and these brought back some fantastic memories and lots of lovely stories to tell the children.

They absolutely loved them as you can see....


 but luckily their favourites are the chocolate fancies and I love the pink! RESULT


A couple of days in, the weather improved and after a lovely day exploring the coast we headed back for even more delights... Viennese Whirls!! Nom nom nom - they got a huge thumbs of from Mister A and Little E.

We had a fabulous time away and it was certainly made #BetterWithCake! Thank you to Mr K for the lovely samples (and th momeories too!)


This post is an entry for #BetterWithCake Linky Challenge, sponsored by Mr Kipling. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/mrkiplingcakes.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas Gifting Dilemmas

Oh no... It's that time of year again. Don't get me wrong, I do love Christmas and I love giving gifts to the ones I love... BUT.. I hate the shopping, the spending, the worrying if I've got it right.

The children have written their letters to Santa. Mister A has a list as long as the Bayeux Tapestry - Lego Minecraft, XBox games and the likes. Little E has a list of toys from across 4 consecutive pages of the Argos catalogue - she got bored so Mister A just made a complete list of everything across the Frozen and Doc McStuffin pages for her. I'm sure they'll get lots of goodies from Santa - where we'll store them is a worry though! The house is already brimming with millions of toys that 'we still use' 'you cant throw those away!' - there's a never ending sea of unloved toys. Even so I've just doubled up my Clubcard vouchers to £80 and bought a load of new toys top add to the collection.

 The biggest issue for me is the hubster. It was his 40th birthday in October so I took him on a surprise trip to Monza to see the F1.



It was amazing but I feel like Christmas will be a total let down for him now. Last year I got him one of those coffee makers from Tesco Direct - you know the ones with the pods. I think he managed two cups of coffee before I broke a piece off it by accident and it's never worked since. I was thinking about a watch but it's a bit 'meh' that isn't it - I mean I cant afford an expensive designer watch and I'm sure he wont want to wear an 80s style Casio digital. So what do I get him? More clothes? The cupboards are full! An over priced experience day? Grrrr I just don't know!!

Then there's my mum and dad - they have everything already! So I'll end up buying my Dad some CDs and my mum a new make up bag full of here favourite bits.... BORING!! There's nothing original out there these days - I'm well and truly stuck!!

I'm not sure I'm creative enough to go home-made but I'm lost for inspiration! Can anyone help?! Link to any helpful posts in the comments!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Cathy xx

This is post is dedicated to my beautiful sister in law who we sadly lost last month. She was too young to be taken from us. RIP Cathy. We miss you everyday xxx







Goodnight, God Bless xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Best Buys - A Review

Morphsuits from £16.99


Ive only ever really seen stag parties wearing Morphsuits but I think they are hilarious. When I was looking for Halloween outfits for the children, I was pleasantly surprised to see they also stocked a children's range too! Little E and Mister A had wanted matching outfits - which is easier said than done when you have a very opinionated boy and girl! We ordered these glow in the dark alien suits in small and medium and they are fantastic!! The children love them and despite them covering their heads and face they really enjoy wearing them!


Lego Mixels £3 each

The children absolutely love Halloween but I'm always concerned about the amount of sweet treats that they receive. Instead of buying sweets - these Lego Mixels are a perfect little treat to keep the kids entertained. These 3 are part of the Wiztastic Tribe and can be combined together to make one epic Mixel creature. I can highly recommend these - Lego really gets the imagine flowing and Mister A and Little E really enjoyed helping each other to build the tribe.

Halloween Creepy Crackers £4


These Crackers from Sainsburys went down well with the kids - they love crackers at Christmas so it was nice for them to enjoy them a little earlier this year. They contain the usual plastic mini toys and at £4 for 8 I'd say great to get in if you having a party.




Zombie Juggling Balls RRP £9.99



These got a lot of giggles in our house. These juggling balls groan as you catch them...or drop them as we found to be much more realistic. We've discovered we're all pretty rubbish jugglers so we've been plying hot potato with them instead as a fun Halloween game




Flashing Ghost

Little E loves this little ghost. It's not too scary and unlike some flashing toys it isn't so bright that it gives you a headache. She has been playing catch with this while Mister A has been practising his zombie juggling!

Serving Bowl £2 - Sainsburys



If you're having a little party then you're going to need a serving bowl for your ghoulish treats. It's large enough to cater for a party and cheap enough to be able to buy a couple that will last years!





Light Up Pumpkin £2 - Sainsburys


Perfect for the little ones! A safe mini pumpkin that's not too scary. Little E has been playing with this all week in her play kitchen. We've been to buy more to decorate the house.





Thursday, 16 October 2014

Add Some Spice to Your Autumn





Freezing cold winds and endless, fine rain, all topped off with an eternally grey, overcast sky. There’s no wonder why so many people bemoan the season of autumn; after all, summer is such a lovely, fun loving time- who in their right mind would want to swap sun bleached frolicking for hundreds of layers and a resolutely high heating bill? Though autumn can be a very depressing time for even the most chipper among us, there are ways you can add a little excitement and happiness into your days, brightening up the dull months.

Delicious Hot Drinks


Having a lovely, warming cup of tea or coffee during a cold day is a luxury many of us like to enjoy, but buying endless litres of that sweet, somewhat tedious creation, the pumpkin spice latte, is an act that can really put a dent in the bank account, right at the moment we’re feeling a little low. Save money, feel happy and simultaneously cease to be a slave of Starbucks by making your own! Surprisingly, there’s actually no pumpkin in the fall fad, the taste coming from sugar, cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg. No need to ever run to the coffee shop again! If you’re not a fan of the sweet latte but still love a coffee, try popping your coffee grounds into the freezer; they’ll stay fresh for weeks longer than if they were in the cupboard!


Cosy-fy Your Bedroom


The bedroom is our sanctuary, a place where we can escape, calm down and have some time to ourselves. Such is true; if not more true; in the autumnal months, but with summer trends likely still taking up space in the bedroom, hardly looking inviting, making your bedroom warm and cosy is a must. When it comes to beds, warm red, orange, burgundy- even patchwork- covers will make your room look great, and if you’re in need of a new bed, dark woods will make your bedroom all the more inviting; there’s lots of beds available at discounted online sites like bedstar, and you don’t need to fork out that much money for a great look. Candles and fairy lights are also must haves!


Warm Winter Cooking


With all that time you’ll be spending indoors out of the reach of the weather, autumn is a great time to indulge in a little cooking. Just today I have made a delicious, in season,  Butternut Squash and Ricotta lasagne (recipe to follow)...



Pumpkin or sweet potato soup is also a great choice for lunches, served with crusty bread, and a spiced apple cake will go down well with all members of the family. Autumn is a great time to cook hearty, warming dishes such as chilli con carne, beef stew, and that quintessential warmer, the roast dinner!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ice Cream Dream

A good few weeks ago we were contacted by Waitrose and asked to take part in their Ice Cream Dreams challenge.

They sent us a link to their Amazing Ice Cream Recipes for inspiration and asked us to come up with some ideas with the children to create our own unique dream ice cream!

I was first up Now I LOVE raspberry ripple and I LOVE biscuits so I wanted to create something perfect for me. I poured some delicious Rowse Raspberry Coulis on to a plate as a base and using Waitrose Cornish Ice Cream as a base I used cookie cutters to serve two heart shaped ice creams on to the plate.
To finish I crushed some digestive biscuits and sprinkled them over the top.

It was absolutely delicious and would make a nice simple dessert after a romantic dinner.


Little E's loves animals so she decided to create a frog using grapes and chocolate chips. This is a great way of getting fruit in to fussy little ones as it involves them in making the dessert and they often try new things.


Chris went for a Winter inspired desert making a snowflake Vanilla and Chocolate Crumble ice cream with warm chocolate and gold fondant. He used Waitrose Gold Sparkle Dust mixed with melted chocolate which tasted amazing. He did steal my crushed biscuit idea though!


Finally Mister A got involved, although he was more interested in getting back to Minecraft so he just plonked a dollop of ice cream in to his bowl with some raspberry sauce. When I asked if he was going to decorate it he shook some gold dust on to it and ran off. It's spectacular isn't it!!



Why don't you head over to Waitrose and get some inspiration of your own. I think we'll be trying out Heston's Ice Cream Sandwich with fresh raspberry dipping sauce next!

We'd love you to share your ice cream dreams with us!




Disclosure: We were given Waitrose vouchers to buy the products used in this feature.









Monday, 29 September 2014

Kylie Kiss Me Once Tour (with Full Setlist)

On Wednesday night me and the hubster took a trip to the Echo Arena in Liverpool to see the amazing Kylie. I have been a fan since way back in the late 80's when I bought the Kylie album on tape - my first ever album.

Kylie did not disappoint!! Here's a few pics from the concert and the set list too...















SETLIST


Les Sex 
In My Arms 
Timebomb 
Sexy Love 
Wow 

Step Back in Time
Spinning Around
Your Disco Needs You
On a Night Like This
Slow 


Hand on Your Heart / Never Too Late / Got to Be Certain / I Should Be So Lucky

Need You Tonight (INXS cover)
Sexercize

Can't Get You Out of My Head
Kids (unfortunately Robbie did not make an appearance)
Beautiful
Kiss Me Once

Get Outta My Way
Love at First Sight
Especially for You
All the Lovers

Encore: Into the Blue

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