Monday, 2 March 2015

Penwizard- Personalised Book Review

Both the boys love their books, and it's fair to say that we have quite a collection of all different types of books.So when we were offered the opportunity to review a personalised book i jumped at the chance.

Little man has started to learn his own name and can spell it out himself so i decided that it would be a real treat if he could see his own name in a book.

Penwizard offered a selection of different titles that can be personalised, Peppa Pig and the biggest muddy puddle in the world stood out as a great choice.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the personalisation process was, and also that you could personalise the appearance of  ' your child' from a good selection of pre-set themes. The personalisation can also be checked before submitting the order.

Delivery was prompt and the book took 6 days to arrive from placing the order. The website also provides an estimated delivery date at the time of ordering.

When the book arrived little man's face was a picture as soon as he opened the book he recognised his name and saw that he was appearing alongside one of his favourite characters. He knew that this was a book all about himself and couldn't wait to show his friends.

The book itself is a good size and contains 24 colour pages with detailed pictures and great personalisation detail throughout the story.

Little man was able to point out his name whilst the book was read and spotted 'his' picture on several pages.

These books make an ideal gift and are certainly a lovely little keepsake for any young child. The paperback books are priced at £14.99 and for me represent good value for money.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a copy of this book for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Tiger who Came to Tea - Liverpool Epstein Theatre

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited along to the the Liverpool Epstein theatre for a morning of Tiger filled activities to celebrate the upcoming production this summer.

On arrival the boys got busy at the colouring station, picking out their favourite scenes to colour, and little man loved having his face painted as a tiger.

After sneaking in a little cuddle with the Tiger we headed onto the theatre stage to be treated to a reading of the  Tiger who came to came Tea story.

To round off the morning we were treated to a lovely little tea party with lots of tiger themed goodies.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is live on stage at the Epstein Theatre From Tuesday 9th June until Sunday 14th June.

You can view the trailer at

Its certainly one that the boys would love to see come June.

For further information of to book tickets visit Epstein Theatre

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Baby and Toddler Show- Ticket Giveway

With both my previous pregnancies i have love visiting the baby and toddler show, being able to browse so many brands under one roof is a huge plus, and there is usually a bargain or two to be had along the way.

I will certainly be paying a visit to the Manchester which is due to run from the 6th-8th March to see what i can find for baby bump.

In addition to the Manchester event the following event is based in the South East, at Sandown Park from the 17th-19th April.

I have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader for one of the above events, in addition i also have a 30% discount for those wishing to book tickets.

To use the discount codes for Manchester enter NBT17 at the checkout, for Sandown enter SBT15.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets fill in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

A little announcement

So here it is, our little announcement

A little overdue but our little family is due to expand in June

Monday, 26 January 2015

Five reasons why I still carry my changing bag

Even though  the boys are a little older now I rarely leave the house without my changing bag in tow. My changing bag ( or bags...I will mention this later) has over the last few years become my third arm, my partner in crime, my treasure chest of problem solvers.

1) Firstly my changing bag has a secondary function as my handbag, so instead of carting around two bags, which I did at first for the first few months,Everything goes in the one bag, to save my sanity (I don't have to spend ten minutes checking I have everything)  and to save my shoulders that took a fair battering carrying everything but the kitchen sink.

2) Secondly changing bags have become a bit of a fashion statement, there are so many pretty and stylish designs some are even designed look like handbags (have a look at the wide range online at Tesco) So I may have indulged this a little bit and own quite a few of varying shapes and sizes. Even one of the boy's nursery bags has been transformed into a spare one that usually lives at Grandma's house

3) This is probably the most obvious reason, tiny man is still in nappies. So my changing is always packed full of nappies wipes, nappy bags cream etc, not everywhere is as well stocked as some of our local baby changing facilities. As i have found on the odd occasion it is best to come prepared.

4) Another reason being is these changing bags don't just contain nappies, i think any mum will vouch for me here and confirm that these bags are packed with items for every occasion. From an emergency supply of medicines, creams lotions and potions, mine contains spoons, emergency snacks, a few toys, bibs, clean clothes, pen and paper, a diary and a few old teething rings. Yes everything but the kitchen sink it appears....note to self i must sort it out!

5) Lastly it may just be me, but i have always found that changing bags are a real conversation starter.   Styles, designs, capacity and contents are usual topics of conversation. There may even be a little contest with a few mums on latest releases and number of bags owned, but don't tell the other half.

Disclaimer: this post is written in collaboration with Tesco

Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Best Gifts to Help New Year's Resolutions

The Best Gifts to Help New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions are difficult to stick to for anybody. You need will power but you also need the support of your friends and loved ones. So if you have a friend or family member who has got a worthwhile resolution for the New Year offer all the help you can. If you think they would benefit from making a resolution, why not help them out with a thoughtful gift? Here are a few inspirational ideas for your New Year’s Resolution Gift.

Gift: Headphones
Resolution Suggestion: Learn a language
A quality pair of headphones makes listening to anything more enjoyable. Suppliers such as Electric Shop offer a great selection of headphones which could not only prove an incentive to learn a foreign language but get them to the gym or pounding the pavement with a daily jog.

Gift: Fitness Tracker
Resolution Suggestion: Get Healthy
On a similar fitness tip, fitness and health trackers such as those made by Jawbone and fitbit allow exercise fans to analyse their workouts with their smart phones after keeping tabs on their activity.

Gift: Mocktail Recipe Book
Resolution Suggestion: Drink Less Alcohol
This fun gift may encourage someone to throw a January ‘dry’ party or help them discover new drinks for when they are on a night out. This is also a good way to aid a January detox after the excesses of Christmas.

Gift: E-reader
Resolution Suggestion: Watch Less Television
Amazon’s new Fire HD7 is amongst the most top of the range e-readers surround sound capable with cameras in the front and rear. However, if your friend wants to do more worthwhile activities rather than watching telly this may not be the answer (the streaming qualities is one of the models plus points). Go for a cheaper model on which they can only read to encourage a more productive pass time.

Gift: Walking Boots / Water Proofs
Resolution Suggestion: Spend more time in the great outdoors
There are sure to be some great walks around where your friend lives either in their local vicinity or a short drive away. Don’t let weather be an excuse by kitting them out with some high quality wet weather gear.

Gift: Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30
Resolution Suggestion: Become an Early Bird
Getting up an hour earlier can enable you to achieve so much more. This design of alarm clock brings the snoozer gently out of sleep with an increasingly bright light which lets your body know to stop producing the sleep-inducing melatonin hormone and increase the production of cortisol which perks you up to start the day.  

Gift: Theatre/Concert Gift Vouchers
Resolution Suggestion: Get Out More
If one of your friends or family members feel they are not getting enough culture in their lives why not treat them to some vouchers from ticketmaster which will allow them to go to the show of their choice in the New Year.

Christmas Wish List

With only a few days left until the Big Man pays a visit. I have been doing a bit of online browsing to come up with the boys Christmas wish list. With the boys so close in age i always try and find toys that they are able to share and interactive with each other as much as possible. So after scoring the Debenhams website i put together a few little goodies that the boys would love to find under the tree come Thursday Morning.

 1) Melissa and Doug Grocery Basket: Imaginative play is a big hit with the boys and lots of fun for active little minds. Playing shop is one our favourites and this little set with its own little basket would be a great addition to the family grocery store
2) A Treasury of Five Minute Stories: We always try and share a bedtime story every night before bed and this book is packed with some of my childhood favourites that i would love to share with the boys.

 3) Thomas and Friends Walkie Talkie: Both the boys are huge Thomas fans and am sure they would have lots of fun with these talking to each other from different rooms.

4) Thomas and Friends Ravensburger Thomas Night Work, 60 pc Glow in the Dark Puzzle: I am a big believer in educational toys and i love that the boys will still and work out how to complete puzzles. I like to try and challenge them and this 60 piece puzzle not only features Thomas and Friends but glows in the dark too.

5) Pirate Pursuit Game: Board games are another big hit with the boys and we all love sitting together as a family playing a game. As the boys are so close in age they tend to like similar things and pirates are a current hit. This game looks different to any we current have and the wind up Galleon looks like a great idea.

6) Brio Monorail Airport Set: Our train set is one of the only toys that seems to be played everyday. So we are always looking for additions to our set. The Monorail Airport set will add a new dimension to our play and the youngest will especially like the lift set and plane.

7) Teksta Kitty: My eldest has become rather found of one of the robotic friends that they have at nursery and i think that Kitty would be a welcome addition to the household. Not only is Kitty super cute but i am sure we could have lots of fun training her how to perform and is the next best thing to a real Kitty.

Disclaimer: This post is my entry into the Teksta Debenhams competition

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