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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Num Noms at Bella Italia and Giveaway.

Earlier this month we were invited along to the NumNoms event at Bella Italia in Manchester. The invite was full of lots of fun activities and the boys couldn't wait starting the morning with a game of guessing the food item. Little man took this quite serious putting on his blindfold and smelling the various items. Definitely safe to say that this boy can differentiate his chocolate from his garlic bread!

Next up the boys headed over to the area that have been packed full of NumNoms. Tiny was straight over to the Num Noms ice cream van and even the dinky one loved watching the motorised Num Noms scuttle across the floor.

The boys then donned their chefs hats and set to work making their own pizzas for lunch. Its a good job they were one of the last ones up as I have never seen so many toppings loaded onto a pizza and their finish creations looked amazing.






After tucking in to their pizzas, the boys enjoyed ice cream whilst a delicious array of food was brought out  for all the parents to tuck into. The boys headed back across to the Num Noms to build towers.

The boys had a fantastic time and headed away from the event with a Num Noms mystery box each. I also have a fab little giveaway for one of my readers to get their hands on a Num Noms starter kit and two mystery pots.




Num Noms Starter Pack and Mystery Pots

Monday, 7 December 2015

Muddy Puddles- 3 in 1 Scamp Suit Review

The boys really enjoy being outdoors and they can often be found jumping in puddles and generally getting wet and muddy. I want little Pops to be able to join in and although he is still not mobile being prepared for the wet weather is always a bonus, even if that's just nipping out on the school run.

When Muddy Puddles got in touch offering Pops a 3 in 1 Scamp Suit for review it seem liked the ideal opportunity to get him kitted out in his first little waterproof.

The Scamp suit is available in two different colours (Navy Thunderbolt and Teal Raindrop) and a range of sizes from 0-6 months through to 2-3 years. Pops has just turned six months so i selected the 6-12 month size in the Teal colour.


The Scamp suit has a fleece under layer which is cleverly fitted with press studs to allow the waterproof to fit over the top. This means that the suit can be worn in three ways; as a cosy fleece, as a waterproof  suit or in the colder wet weather with the both layers attached to create a warm waterproof suit.



In the 6-12 month sizing both the fleece and waterproof have the option to turn back the hand and feet cuffs to create 'gloves' and to cover the feet to make a full all in one.

The layering of the fleece and waterproof has been made easy with the use of hooks and press studs to prevent the suit getting crumpled down the arms and legs

The lined pointy hood which looks super cute on is also fitted with velcro and straps to adjust the size of the hood so that it creates a fit best for your little one.


The Waterproof is soft to touch and has a long zip which makes it easy to lay Pops into.The fleece layer is super soft and will definitely keep him be snug and warm. 

Pops has plenty of growing room in his Scamp suit and i would expect this when i chose the bigger size for him.


The Scamp Suit is priced at £59.99

Disclaimer: We were sent a Scamp Suit for the purpose of this review but all opinions are our own.



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

The Snowman and SnowDog Festive Bake Off Blog Tour 2015

Last year we took part in the Snowman and Snowdog Blog tour and the boys fell in love with the story that is the sequel to The Snowman. So when we were offered the opportunity to join again this year we were rather excited.



Watching the Snowman on TV had been somewhat of a tradition from when i was younger, and the sequel the Snowman and Snowdog will be shown on Channel 4 again this Christmas.

The Snowman book has seen over 4 million copies sold worldwide and this year we have been sent a deluxe copy of the Classic story by Raymond Briggs.This hardback book is packed with stunning illustrations and is made memorable with the absence of words as in the film.


The boys enjoyed studying the pictures and recreating the story and telling it using their own words and descriptions. The book has a RRP of £12.99 and would make a great gift that can be shared with children young and old year after year.

We were also sent some adorable Snowman and Snowdog cookie cutters to assist us with our bake off creations. This little set is available from John Lewis (£3.50)




The boys couldn't wait to get started and after putting together a basic vanilla biscuit dough they then got to work on the rolling and the cutting.

Once the biscuits were cooled we melted some white chocolate and spread all over the Snowman and Snowdog biscuits, next up was the decoration and under strict guidance and assistance from Little Man we used icing pensand edible decorations to create our own Snowman and Snowdog biscuits.


We also plan to use our cutters to create salt dough decoration for the tree and also for sandwiches to create a festive Snowman inspired pack lunch.

Tomorrow the blog tour heads over to YummyMummyinTraining so why not head over there for some more Snowman and Snowdog themed treats


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Bennetts for Babies Christmas Giveaway

With Christmas just over a month away i have lined up a great little giveaway to win a Bennetts for Babies Christmas box.


              
The Bennetts for Babies range was created over 50 years ago by a father and pharmacist Basil Bennett who became famous for his baby care products. His expertly formulated products effectively treat dry skin, eczema, and help to prevent and heal nappy rash, Bennetts has been a hit with mums and dads for decades. The full range includes baby bum creme, which easy to rub in and is for prevention as well as healing nappy rash, nipple cream which does not need washing off before feeding , aqueous cream for easily absorbing  and suitable for moisturising all over, bath drops for keeping skin silky smooth and the one of a kind bum buddy traveller perfect for when out and about.  The Bennetts range is available to buy in independent pharmacists,  online through Amazon and Ocado and Superdrug.com and Morrisons and Asda stores. For further information about Bennetts products visit www.bennettsforbabies.co.uk


I have a Bennetts Christmas box  containing Bum Creme, Aqueous drops and Aqueous cream to giveaway to one of my readers.(Please note packaging may vary to the one displayed)  To enter follow the Gleam widget.

Bennetts for Babies Christmas Box






Monday, 2 November 2015

Penwizard Snowman and Snowdog Book Review

I am always on the look out for new and unique gifts for the boys, things that perhaps they will not only enjoy, but perhaps use as a keepsake or as a momento to remember special occasions by. I remember when I was younger receiving a personalised book and although I no longer have it I can still remember my excitement at seeing my name appearing in a proper book.

Penwizard is a company that specialise in a range of personalised books featuring some familiar childrens character's including Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly and Frozen. We were asked if we would like to review a personalised copy of the latest addition to the range, The Snowman and the Snowdog.

The boys fell in love with The Snowman and The Snowdog last year when we received a copy of the DVD. The beautiful story is a sequel to the Snowman and provides another heart-warming Christmas tale with fun and frolics at the North Pole and a meeting with Father Christmas himself.



Ordering from the Penwizard site is really quick and simple and took me just a matter of minutes to personalise the book with not just my child's name for the main character but a unique customised design of how they appear in the illustrations! What I really liked is that you could also add your own message on the inside of the book making it a perfect keepsake or gift choice. On completion of your order you are provided with an estimated delivery date of your book, ours arrived well within the time frame.


One of the greatest attractions with this book is that your child, actually becomes the star of the story taking the leading role featuring throughout the 32 page book. The illustrations are beautiful and add to the magical feeling that the story creates. The boys loved the story and turning the pages to see the personalisation throughout.



This book has gone down a treat in our house and am sure will be a treasured Christmas story that we can share year after year.

The Snowman and Snowdog is available in Hardback priced at £24.99 and paperback priced at £17.99

Disclaimer: we received a copy of this book for the purpose of review but all opinions are our own.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

#WbabyWT with George at Asda

Ever since having the boys I can rarely pass a clothes shop with out a look at the children's clothing, usually coming out with something for at least one of them. They definitely have a better wardrobe than what I do. So when little Pops was offered the opportunity to take part in the #WbabyWT ( What baby wore today) campaign with George at Asda range, I was pretty much in my element.

The online selection was a lot more extensive to that in store, and I spent some time in selecting a weeks worth of outfits for little Pops, including some newborn essentials of sleep suits and vests.

I am a huge fan of sleep suits and think there is nothing more adorable that baby's in sleep suits. I loved this three pack selection, which combine bright colours and cute little patterns. Little Pops looked super cute in these and they are so comfortable and practical ( We doubled these up as pyjamas too) The three pack selection was just £10.


Baby's can never have too many vests,  so i chose a lovely three pack which had a funky alphabet print one, along with one printed with Mummy's little star, and a blue textured one.


We also selected this adorable gingham print dungaree and body suit set, and a blue romper with reversible sun hat.



Pop's also loved rocking this little shorts and t shirt set:

 
By far are most worn item was the little blue zip up hooded top with ears. Pops has worn this on warmer days in the pram instead of a coat. It has received so many comments. An absolute steal at £4.


I have already started to have a look at the Winter range online and am sure to be ordering a few more outfits for little Pops

Disclaimer: We provided with an online credit to select outfits for the purpose of this campaign but all opinions and pictures are our own.





Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dreaming of a Play Room

When we moved into the house it was just me and the other half, since then we have had the addition of the boys and i think it's safe to say that we have amassed a huge collection of clothes and toys. I often find myself dreaming about extra space and creating a play zone where the boys can have their own little area and that there is a central room where all the main toys and games can live.Am sure the boys would love to put their stamp on it too.

I would love to convert the loft space and create a bright area where the boys can spend hours playing, reading and snuggling down during the wet and cold weather. I envisage big Velux windows that let in lots of light, and two distinct areas one for playtime and one for quiet time.

The 'play' section will play home to the train table, yards of track, easels, games and toys. There will be huge wall storage boxes where the toys can be stored by theme, and the boys can easily access them. Walls will be decked with art work and a wall painted with blackboard paint.

The 'quiet' zone will have big comfy beanbags, and cushions maybe even a sofa and will play home to a large bookshelf and a collection of our favourite teddies. A TV will also sit in the corner where the boys can watch a DVD or two.

Although i have these grand plans to create a play area, there is more than just a little part of me that hopes that maybe there will be a chance to create another little nursery....!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.
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