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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Elsa dress review and giveaway

We were recently sent an Elsa dress by Otley Run Fancy Dress. My daughter is obsessed with Elsa. She is regularly found with a teatowel/dressing gown/ fabric/towel draped around her, haring round the house whilst singing at the top of her lungs. Her timing her perfect, her singing less so, but she tries. The dress is not a Disney official dress, and as such does look slightly different. However, it is a lovely dress which looks just like Elsa's. It puts the homemade one I slaved over to shame!

She has worn this a few times now and has had a wonderful time freezing the rest of the family with the ice in her hands.

It is the perfect gift for any child obsessed with Frozen. We ended up having to buy my son an Olaf outfit so that he didn't feel left out. Now the pair of them act out Frozen in the living room, using a toy tractor as their sleigh!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Persil Stain Magic - Getting Creative!

My children were recently challenged by Persil to get creative and paint a Magician. I was challenged to get the stains out of their clothes once they had created their masterpiece. We like getting messy and painting in our house, but I was unsure as to whether or not the children would work together to create a picture.

Persil Bio

Sunday, 23 November 2014

23.11.14 Silent Sunday



Blackpool beach



Friday, 21 November 2014

Hotel Chocolat Christmas Penguin Review

We were recently sent twelve Hotel Chocolat Christmas Portly Penguins to review. The packaging they came in was absolutely stunning. They were well presented, in a box which was tied together with a beautiful ribbon. The packaging looked incredibly luxurious and it was an absolute delight to open it.

Hotel Chocolat packaging

Sunday, 16 November 2014

16.11.14 Silent Sunday


Yorkshire Dales sheep



Saturday, 15 November 2014

Yumbox Review

We were recently sent a Yumbox to try out. I have seen these all over my Instagram account and I am always amazed at the creations that parents come up with for their children’s packed lunches. I looked at Yumboxes, but from the plethora of pictures online,I assumed that they were only for incredibly creative parents who had spare time to make creations worthy of an art gallery. I hadn't really even considered the fact that you could put normal looking food in them. Don't get me wrong, I would love to create masterpieces every day, but I am running Bed & Breakfast and am lucky if I have five minutes to put together her lunch, I simply don't have the time. So I thought it would be interesting to review it from a basic lunchbox perspective, looking at a ‘normal’ lunch. 

My daughter is slightly fussy with food. She doesn’t really like bread, so I had been looking for a lunchbox which would be easier to fill with lots of little things. She really loves vegetables, fruit and humous, so I wanted something which would enable me to pack them all in one box, with no chance of leakage or spillage. My son was incredibly easy to make packed lunches for. With my daughter I would send her with sandwiches but she invariably wouldn't eat them, which was a waste of food.

Yumbox

Friday, 14 November 2014

Nativity 3 Review and Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day

We were recently invited to the premier of Nativity 3 - Dude Where's my Donkey? but were unable to go at the last minute due to a rather careless driver (not me), so I was delighted to be invited to a screening in Manchester last weekend. I hadn't seen either of the first two Nativity films, but I remember students watching it in my second year at university and really enjoying it, so I figured that it would appeal to all ages. We attended the screening in our Christmas jumpers which had been hastily purchased the day before. My husband bought an amazing Christmas pudding jumper which I actually love and will most probably be wearing on Christmas Day! The reason we wore Christmas jumpers is to draw awareness of Christmas Jumper Day on the 12th of December, where you are encouraged to "wear a woolly, donate and spread the jumper joy".

Nativity 3

Sunday, 9 November 2014

09.11.14 Silent Sunday


Poppies Tower of London




Friday, 7 November 2014

Country Living Christmas Fair Ticket Giveaway

Country Living have given me two tickets to give away to attend their Christmas Fair in Harrogate this November.

Christmas may be the last thing on anyone's mind but we're already putting together a fantastic celebration of British craft. Join us at the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair in Harrogate where you'll be able to pick up unique gifts to delight your loved ones, as well as inspired ideas and decorations to bring that magical Christmas sparkle to your home. Meet hundreds of artisan designers and makers, as well as regional food producers from across the British isles and see the pages of the magazine come to life in this festive extravaganza.   

Thursday, 6 November 2014

In the Night Garden Phone Review

We were recently sent an In The Night Garden Little Phone. It is from 18 months plus and as my children are 3 and 5, I thought they might be a little bit old for it. How wrong I was. My daughter who is 3 has taken the phone everywhere with her. It helps that it is blue, because that's my daughter's favourite colour.


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