Sunday, 27 March 2016

Baby Born Train Andy Dog

My daughter Summer loves dogs and is always asking for a dog of her own, we have a 10 year old Yorkie who she loves but he keeps well clear of the kids as he's quite a nervous dog and Summer would love nothing more than to give him a big cuddle but he's not too keen. 

We were recently asked to try out the Baby Born Train Andy Dog and I knew straight away that it would be perfect for Summer. It's suitable for ages 3+ and it's so super cute and fluffy that she fell in love with him the minute she laid eyes on him.


Andy comes with a click remote control and a plastic bone, it's really easy to control you just point the remote at the dog and click the buttons depending on if you want him to walk or sit and beg for a treat.


Once you have got him to sit you can then feed him the bone and he will make eating sounds as he chomps away on the bone and swallows it. Summer loves to feed him the bone and she thinks it's amazing that he actually eats it.


Once Andy has eaten the bone it's time to make him go for a walk by pointing the remote at him and clicking the walk button, he then goes for a little walk and at the end of the walk comes my daughters favourite part.


Andy poops out the little bone much to Summer's delight, I don't know what it is with kids and pooping but they just think it's hilarious.


Summer absolutely loves her Train Andy Dog and hasn't left him alone since she got him, she plays with him all the time and even puts him on the end of her bed at night just like a real dog.

I'd recommend him to any dog loving children as he's adorable and so much fun, you can buy the Baby Born Train Andy Dog at most good toy stores.

XXX

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

EASTER BUNNY SPRINGS INTO ACTION AT NATIONAL TRUST


The Easter Bunny has kicked off his 2016 schedule in style, with the National Trust unveiling a show-stopping giant topiary bunny at Stourhead, in Wiltshire.

The topiary bunny has been created to celebrate the ninth year of the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts. The hunts will be taking place at 271 National Trust locations over the Easter weekend (25-28 March). Families are invited to unleash their inner explorer at these adventurous hunts taking place across the country.

Stourhead, known to many as the location of the 2005 film version of Pride and Prejudice, played host to the Cadbury Easter Bunny’s first destination this year, as he begins his nationwide tour to generate excitement ahead of the upcoming Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

The iconic gardens and Palladian mansion, given to the conservation charity in 1946, is just one of the locations providing a beautiful backdrop for an Easter day out. An impressive 271 Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts are set to take families on adventures in and around National Trust places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, marking the ninth year of the Trust’s partnership with the iconic chocolate-makers.

At a towering height of 8ft, the frame of the impressive topiary bunny, celebrating the Cadbury Easter Bunny’s visit, took a whopping three days to create. If laid flat, the length of the steel wire used for this creation would be that of two football pitches! His accompanying 4ft friends used the combined talents of a team of four over a five day period, using enough wire to cover the length of a further five football pitches in the process.

Hoping to delight children and families alike this Bank Holiday Weekend, the smaller topiary bunnies will be on display at Wimpole, Stowe, Killerton, Castle Ward, Fountains Abbey, Hardwick Hall and Tredegar House.

The Easter bunny has been very busy indeed, delivering an impressive 362,592 Cadbury Dairy Milk Bunnies around the UK.

Visitors to National Trust places across the Easter holiday weekend will be able to take part in special Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts, with every child receiving a Cadbury chocolate treat for getting involved.

Laura Appleby, Senior PR Officer at the National Trust, said: “The Easter Bunny certainly has been busy this year, with Stourhead the first of many stops across the country.
“We are thrilled to partner with Cadbury to offer families the chance to celebrate Easter together, take on an Easter Egg Hunt and explore some of the special places cared for by
the Trust. Visits over the Easter period are so important to us, as they will help enable our continued conservation work.”

Martin Clements, Engagement & Interpretation Officer at Stourhead, added: “We’re really excited that the Easter Bunny started off his journey at Stourhead, and are thrilled to play home to his 8ft topiary replica in our gardens. We hope visitors and families participating in our Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts this weekend enjoy trying to spot our giant topiary bunny – he loves posing for the camera!”

With over 270,000 people getting involved in a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt last year, and over 3 million people welcomed to participating National Trust places over the Easter weekend, the charity is hoping for another great turnout.

To find your nearest hunt head to: Cadbury.co.uk/Easter.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Sales Wishlist

I always have a wishlist of items that I want/need to buy and I love a good bargain so when I discovered the website Love the Sales I was in my element. They have every sale item from 500 of the biggest UK retailers all on one website making it super easy to find a bargain whatever you're looking for.

Here's what's on my wishlist at the moment.


Summer desperately needs some new wellies and with spring time and Easter just around the corner what would be better than these super cute Bunny Wellies from Boden, I love the colour and they are currently reduced by 30%.

Summer also needs some smart boots to wear to special occasions and these Glitter Chelsea Boots also from Boden would be perfect. They're so sparkly and cute, just right for a little girl and would look great with any outfit plus they're in the sale, it's win win.

Next up is a top for me, I love the Breton Stripe tops from Boden and they're perfect for springtime, they're stylish yet comfortable and a total bargain when there's 20% off.

I love having throws in our living room to snuggle in when it's a bit chilly in the evenings but having two kids and a dog means they need replacing quite often. Our living room is duck egg blue so this throw from Laura Ashley would be great and the check pattern goes really well with our country cottage decor style.

Lastly I have to admit I have a bit of a flamingo obsession at the moment so when I saw these towels were in the sale at Laura Ashley I thought they would be super cute for my daughter to use. The flamingo design is so pretty and girly, she would love them.

If you love a bargain like me then I definitely recommend popping over to Love the Sales and checking out all the fab bargains available, you could save yourself a fortune!

XXX

Monday, 14 March 2016

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Friday, 11 March 2016

The Boathouse Beefeater New Spring Menu

We were recently invited to go and try out the new Spring menu in our local Beefeater which for us is The Boathouse at Castle Marina Park, we hadn't been there before so we were really looking forward to checking it out and trying some of the yummy meals on the new menu.


The first thing we noticed when we arrived was how nice the interior decor was, everywhere looked very clean and modern and it had a lovely cosy atmosphere. We were seated very quickly in a nice, spacious booth and were left to browse over the new menu and choose what we would like to order.


The kids were spoilt for choice with the children's menu, there was so much to choose from, they eventually opted for Popin Chicken with chips and peas which also came with garlic bread. It was £5.49 for a kids meal, a drink and a dessert which I think is really good value and they really enjoyed their food.


There are lots of delicious new dishes to try on the new Spring menu like the Surf  & Turf which is an 8oz Sirloin steak topped with garlic king prawns or the Chicken Escalope which is breaded chicken brushed with garlic and topped with crispy streaky bacon, melted Monterey Jack cheese and a fried egg.

I decided to go for the Chicken Bacon & Avocado Burger which came with skinny fries and coleslaw and it was so good, my only complaint was there wasn't enough avocado but other than that it was delicious.


Ian chose the Beefeater Mixed Grill which included a flat iron steak, chicken breast, gammon steak and pork sausages served with half a slow roasted tomato and mushroom, crispy bear battered onion rings, fried egg and triple cooked chips. He really enjoyed it and couldn't believe how much he got all for only £15.99.


We were all pretty full after our mains but we couldn't leave without trying out some of the desserts so the kids chose Ice cream & Cookies which they loved.


I chose the Warm Brownie with Cookie Dough Ice Cream and it was amazing, really yummy and just the right amount.


Ian decided on the Salted Toffee Apple Crumble and it was huge, it came with custard and Ian really enjoyed it but it was too much for him to finish.


We had a really great time at The Boathouse Beefeater and will definitely be eating there again in the future now we know how nice it is, the staff were very friendly and attentive and the prices are really reasonable.

Go and try out the new Spring menu at your local Beefeater, you won't regret it.

XXX 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Helping A Friend Stop Smoking

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your kids is to make sure you are living healthily. Eating well, getting regular exercise and generally looking after your own well-being has not only a positive benefit for your health, it sets the best example for your children to follow as they grow up.

As we all know, one of the biggest steps you can make to improve your health is to give up smoking. Cigarettes contain thousands of chemicals, with many of these known to cause cancer. In the UK alone, around 100,000 people per year die from smoking-related illnesses.


That’s why it’s always great to see a friend choose to quit tobacco, knowing that they’re doing the right thing by themselves and by their family.

For many smokers, switching to vaping instead has worked well in helping them quit tobacco. The use of e-cigarettes over the past few years has increased dramatically, as more and more people switch to using these instead of smoking tobacco.

E-cigarettes, if you haven’t encountered them before, are battery-operated devices which include a tank or chamber filled with e-liquid. When you activate the battery, the liquid in the chamber is vaporised, with the user inhaling the vapour produced.

This vapour is free from the thousands of chemicals found in tobacco smoke, including particularly dangerous substances like tar and carbon monoxide. In most cases, these e-liquids still contain nicotine, though there are nicotine-free versions available.

E-liquids come in thousands of different flavours too, making it easy to find the flavour which helps you to stay free from tobacco. There are a huge range of types of e-cig available too, with something to suit every budget.

The primary benefit of switching to vaping over smoking is the positive effect on health that it offers. In fact, Public Health England last year stated that e-cigarettes are at least 95% safer to use than tobacco. There are other benefits too, of course, including a cost-saving (which with a young family is always appreciated) as well as a lack of stinky smoke sticking to your clothes and hair. Last, but certainly not least, is the knowledge that your kids will be proud of your leaving tobacco behind.

If you’re a smoker and are seeking a method of quitting tobacco for good, e-cigarettes are definitely an option worth looking at. Your health, and your children, will thank you for it.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Casual Chic Spring Outfit


Spring is almost here and the weather is getting warmer, it's almost time to pack our Winter clothes away and give our wardrobe a Spring makeover with some new items.

I've put together an outfit that I think would be perfect for Spring whether you're going into town shopping or just doing the school run this outfit would look chic, smart but still casual and warm if the temperature dips a little.

I love the colour of the the camisole top, it's so pretty. This top would see you right through the Summer as it looks great worn under a jacket or cardigan in the cooler weather and gorgeous worn alone with some denim shorts when it's hotter outside or on holiday.

You can't go wrong with a good pair of skinny jeans and I like to wear lighter coloured jeans in Spring/Summer. They're a definite wardrobe staple for everyone as they go with everything and can easily be dressed up or down depending on what you're doing.

As it can still be a little chilly at this time of year so I like to add a cute scarf into an outfit to pull everything together and also to make sure that I'm not too cold. I think a scarf in the right colours can finish off an outfit really well and add in another colour in to liven things up a bit.

I think the waterfall front leather look jacket looks really chic and stylish and the nude colour is perfect for Spring. As it's a neutral colour it will look good with anything so you'll get plenty of wear out of it and you could wear it with jeans for a casual look or a pretty dress for a more formal look.

Lastly are these amazing Heeled Sandals from Jones Bootmaker, they have some gorgeous Ladies Sandals and I think this pair are absolutely perfect for this time of the year. At first glance they look like a pair of heeled boots but on closer inspection you can see they've actually got a peep toe front and a cut out heel, they would still keep your feet nice and warm but they give a more Spring like look to your outfit. The fringing is really on trend at the moment and if tan is not your favourite colour they also come in black.

To get 20% off at Jones Bootmaker until Thursday 10th March click here.

I love this outfit and think it would look great on most people, have you ditched your Winter wardrobe yet?

XXX

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

The Perfect Mother's Day

I was recently contacted by the lovely people over at Oak Furniture UK to tell them what would make the perfect Mother's Day, so here's a few things that I think would make mine and many other Mums day extra special.


Breakfast in bed would be a perfect start to the day and my favourite breakfast treat is without a doubt pancakes. What better for Mother's Day than some super cute Heart Shaped Pancakes dusted with icing sugar and finished off with some delicious strawberries, yummy!


Flowers always make a lovely gift for Mums on Mother's Day and for me personally it doesn't matter if it's a £1 bunch of daffodils or a big, expensive bouquet, all flowers are beautiful and I appreciate any of them.

 I must admit though I also like a pretty plant in a nice pot as these last longer and you're left with the pot to re-use again and again.


If you'd like to get a gift for your Mum then the general rule of thumb is that you can't really go wrong as long as the gift has the word 'Mum' on it somewhere. 

Something pretty like a mug or a personalised vase would be great and would bring a smile to your Mum's face on Mother's Day.


Lastly one thing that definitely would make my day perfect would be not having to do the cooking and washing up that day, so taking your Mum out for lunch or dinner is a fab idea. For me personally I love a good afternoon tea, I mean what's not to love about tiny sandwiches, cakes and a big pot of tea, heaven!


All of the things above would make any Mum happy but let's face it the only thing us Mum's really want on Mother's Day is to feel loved and appreciated by our children and that can easily be shown with a hand made card and a big cuddle.

What would make your Mother's Day perfect?

XXX
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