Saturday, 27 September 2014
I thought it would be quite fitting to have my 800th blog post dedicated to the memory of my grandma and raising money for cancer charities. When I started this blog three and a half years ago, I never would have imagined what it would become, how much I would enjoy and rely on it, or the amazing platform it gives me. The friendships I have made through blogging and the confidence it has given me are fantastic. Publishing 800 blog posts is a bit mental! It would definitely have happened sooner if it weren't for the amount of stress I had with my final year of university and also grandma being so ill.
I imagine that most of you know the story of my grandma's diagnosis with bowel cancer in December and how she sadly passed away four weeks ago. I had never really experienced anyone suffering with cancer before, the countless hospital appointments, the chemotherapy, the hair loss, loss of appetite and finally becoming a shadow of your former self, unable to do any of the things you desperately want to.
Friday, 26 September 2014
Earlier in the month I was invited to Sheffield for a digital photography course run by Going Digital at the Millennium & Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield. I was very eager to attend. My DSLR had never been off auto before and I was looking forward to learning about the different things the camera could do.
The first thing I though about the event was that it was brilliant to see so many different types of bloggers. Usually at events I get invited to, there are only parent bloggers, and whilst it’s nice to see many familiar faces, it’s also really nice to meet other genres of blogger. The course was run by Pandora Maund, who is a Sheffield based photographer and runs Going Digital.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
We were recently sent a Heat Holders Snuggle Ups blanket in Moon Rock colour. I was interested to review it because we have moved to an incredibly cold house and any means we can use to keep warm is greatly appreciated!
I can honestly say that this is one of the warmest blankets I have ever used. In our old house we used to leave the heating off but light the log burner and snuggle under blankets in the living room. Now that we’re in grandma’s house, the boiler is from 1926 and as such, incredibly inefficient. I imagine that we will be doing an awful lot of snuggling up in front of the fire.
This is where the heat holder blanket comes in. It is 1.6 tog and incredibly soft. Originally when we were asked to review it, I thought that it would be really useful for the B&B, we could simply place it on guest’s beds to keep them extra warm in the colder months.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
TalkTalk Mobile is offering the biggest brands at the lowest prices just for its customers. And until 30 September customers can get half price of some of the very best brands including Samsung, Sony and LG.
As part of its commitment to making TalkTalk homes better off TalkTalk Mobile has provided a simpler and affordable way to find a mobile match. And it has partnered with the best people in the mobile world to cut out the costs and pack in a whole bunch of savings.
TalkTalk has half price offers on some of the very best brands until 30 September to kit the kids out for school without the hefty costs. Customers can get the Samsung Galaxy Fame from just £3.75 and the brand new Nokia 630 from just £5 a month. Customers can also get half price tablet and mobile bundles, ideal for back to school starting from £7.50 a month.
For more information, check out the website and you can also look at the graphic below for further information.
Disclosure: I am a TalkTalk family blogger and we receive a discount on TalkTalk services.
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
U is for...
We were challenged by the team at Innocent to come up with a picture for the letter U. I have to say it was a bit of a struggle. At one point, I even contemplated clambering over the wall at the end of the field to see if I could get a close up of one of the cow's udders. Luckily for you, I decided against it! So, what did I pick (with the help of my children)? Well, U is for...
Monday, 15 September 2014
Back in May we were invited to an amazing event at Cbeebies HQ in Manchester. We were shown around the set of the Furchester Hotel, which is a new show set to air on Friday September 26th at 5pm. I was brought up watching Sesame Street and The Muppet Show and my children have the box sets and enjoy watching the classic episodes. It is fair to say that I was really rather excited!
Saturday, 13 September 2014
Fairy are asking parents to embrace every moment with their children. Enjoying cuddles with them whilst they are the softest they will ever be. This made me really think about my beautiful children when they were small. I used to adore those cuddly moments with them, snuggling them close and breathing in their wonderful baby smell.