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Monday, 29 April 2013

Birminghm NEC Baby Show tickets giveaway

Last year i had just had Tiny and visited the Birmingham Baby show and come back ladden with all sorts of goodies for both the boys.

The Baby Show - the UK’s biggest and best pregnancy and parenting event - returns to the NEC Birmingham from 17 to 19 May 2013.

A unique shopping opportunity and a great day out for all the family – it’s the place to browse thousands of products from hundreds of trusted brands and test run all the latest innovations that will make life with a new baby easy and fun. From pushchairs to nursery ideas, maternity fashion to healthcare, experts are on hand to help you make the right choices for you and your growing family. What’s more, they will be joined by some of the UK’s top parenting experts including Professor Robert Winston, Annabel Karmel, Jo Tantum, Sarah Willingham and Clare Byam-Cook, ready to answer your questions and share their advice.

The Baby Show are offering 2 lucky winners 2 adult entry tickets to the show on any day.

If you can’t wait to win, The Baby Show are offering a fantastic 40% off adult entry tickets (door price £20.00, discounted ticket offer £11.50). To take advantage of this offer, visit and enter Promo Code LH001.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Project 365 Days 111- 117

 111- Tiny's wrinkly bath feet
112 - The last of the Easter chocolate
113- More Tuff Spot messy play

 114- Little man susing the iPad
115- All the boys in the garden
116- Cuddling little man

117- Little man getting the hang of the Hungry Caterpillar app

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Friday, 26 April 2013

Garden WigWam review

Little man loves being out in the garden so when we were offered the opportunity to review a garden WigWam we jumped at the chance.


The WigWam was really easy to put together, simply fitting wooden poles together with plastic connectors and securing to the fabric, and tying the wooden poles in place. The fabric covering the WigWam is cotton canvas (which can be wiped clean) and is decorated with brightly coloured animals and prints. Once stood in place the WigWam is a secure structure and stood up well to the little man running in and out.

Brightly coloured

The WigWam is quite spacious inside and there was plenty of room for little man to stand up, and for tiny and mummy too. There are velcro fastenings on the front so that the WigWam can be closed although little man preferred them open so that he could peek out.

Inside the WigWam

Velcro fastening front
Little man loved running around the garden and in and out of the WigWam, and sitting in there to rest. Am sure we will use for picnics too once the weather becomes a little warmer.

Little man going in

Running round

What i like about the WigWam is that it can be gathered up to store in the shed at the end of the day and can simply be placed out again for play the next day without needing to re-assemble.

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

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Christening the Tuff

After seeing so many wonderful post's about messy play we finally ordered our own Tuff Spot so we could get involved too.

The day it arrived, i unwrapped the cellophane wrapping and little man was eager to get started, so although i not actually planned an activity we decided on a impromptu session.

Little man ready to get started
I gathered up some plain white paper and some paints, and asked the little man to  collect some things that he would like to play with.

Little man's collection

He returned with some plastic balls a leaf and some stones. So off we went. Little man soon got stuck in and begun rolling the balls around in the paint.

Getting in there
It wasn't long before he decided that he wanted to do footprint painting and began jumping around in the paint, asking for more pools of paint to be squeezed on

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Footprint painting
Little man really enjoyed the paint between his toes, and even though we had no artwork for the collection he certainly had fun getting messy.

Counting the pennies

Ever since i have been on maternity leave i have become more aware of my finances, and would like to think that i am a little bit more sensible.

When my earnings dropped to statutory maternity pay it seem as good at time as any to set aside time to review incomings and outgoings to find areas where savings could be made. From weekly shopping bills to home insurance i went through every debit on my bank statement and set about making some decisions.

One of the biggest areas i found for savings was the food shop so instead of wasting food, i started to plan the weekly meals in advance and write a detailed shopping list covering at least eight meals, where possible i shop online.

Before i had the boys i never looked at my bank statements, i now check them regularly, so i know what money i have available at the end of the month. I have also become good friends with online banking.

I have set up bank accounts for the kids and have a regular payment going in, in a way it's pocket money from an early age, i want to teach them about savings.

Even though i have now returned to work with the added cost of childcare i still ensure that i set aside time to keep counting the pennies.

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Sainsbury's Gift Voucher Giveway

I am running this giveaway in conjunction with Sainsbury's bank car insurance to give one lucky reader a chance to win a £25 Sainsbury's gift card.

Sainsbury's  recently introduced the ‘Taxiof Mum and Dad Calculator’ a fun way to see how much you could earn in taxi fares, if your children were ‘on the clock.’

It’s not all about money, your time is also precious. So, how would you spend the hours if you weren’t playing taxi? Finish a good book, getting outdoors or just doing nothing?

      To enter simply complete theRafflecopter and enter the draw by leaving a blog post comment with your ideas for: What would you do with your time saved? You can also enter by tweeting about the giveaway, and by referring a friend to enter the giveaway. 

     The more times you enter, the better your chance of winning the £25 Sainsbury’s voucher! 
     Whether or not you’re our prize winner, your affordable family activity ideas could also potentially appear in a future Money Matters Blog


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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Project 365 days 104- 110

104 - A well deserved brew
105 Sea themed cupcakes
106- Little man trying on daddy's wellies

 107- Tuff Spot play
108 Not the best shot but a big bird has been visiting
109- Tiny tucking into his snacks

110- Little man playing out in the garden with the Wig Wam

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Project 365 days 97-103

 97 The boys mesmorised by the washing machine

 98 Tiny asleep on me
99 Little man can't wait to get out and play
100- Jam on toast cake

101 My attempt at drwaing Thomas - little man loved it
102 A treat for mummy
103 A mountain of poppadoms with the takeaway

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Jam Sandwich Cake

You can't go wrong with a classic Victoria Sandwich cake and when i spotted a loaf novelty cake tin, i thought it was a fab idea for presenting the cake with a twist.

Silicone Loaf cake tin

I made my usual sponge recipe and placed all the mixture into the silicone cake case. As the case was fairly deep, i adjusted the cooking time from 20 to 35mins.

Once the cake had thoroughly cooled, i removed from the case and sliced the cake in half. I then spread jam on one half of the 'bread', creating my jam on toast cake

Jam on toast cake

The 'crust' of the cake
 I then spread jam on the other half of the cake and sandwiched together to create the jam sandwich effect.

Jam Sandwich

Half of the sandwich

I am going to use this basis to create a cheese sandwich cake, using a thin layer of sugarpaste and buttercream to hold the sandwich together.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Project 365 Days 90-96

 90- Tiny performing his sleep routine
91 Little man playing on the iPad
92- Mummy's hospital goodies

93- Tiny preparing to take his own temperature
94- Tiny wanting to go home

 95- An amazing gingerbread house at the Cake and Bake show
96- The decorations from Tiny's party, we will play a game with these today

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Birthday Eve

Tiny man you are going to be one year old tomorrow. I remember this time last year so well, it was just over five weeks before your due date, I was feeling tired so I decided to have an early night little did I know that I would wake in the early hours with my water's breaking.

Tonight on your birthday eve you wake early for your bedtime bottle, I scoop you up out of your cot and I lie alongside you on my bed and stroke your face and you laugh and giggle. We lie cuddling for twenty minutes and I stare into your big blue eyes, watch your little tummy rise I stroke your tiny little feet. I realise how lucky I am.

Love you so much tiny man

Happy birthday eve xx

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