Peppa’s Early Play Pass ~ Paultons Park

As far as children’s cartoon characters go, you know you’ve made it when you have your very own theme park.

With Peppa Pig always on our TV and cuddly toy George and his dinosaur in our playroom, it’s wonderful for our kiddies, that Paultons Park have enabled these characters to come to life in Peppa Pig World.

As regular visitors to both the theme park and Peppa Pig World, we know that we are always guaranteed the perfect family day out, whenever we visit. It’s a day out that always receives lots of cheers when we are on our way and lots of sleepy children when we are on our way home.

Now, Paultons have launched Peppa’s Early Play Pass; brilliant news for all Peppa and George fans. Continue reading

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Little Ondine Nail Polish

I always say that painting my nails is one thing that always makes me feel prettier.

My only gripe with painting my nails is that even the quick dry polishes don’t seem to be that quick! And with 2 young children, painting my nails (during the day) is a challenge in itself.

I have recently been trying a new brand of polishes, Little Ondine.

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I was drawn to them by the promise that to remove the nail varnish, you can simply peel it off. That seemed too good to be true. No more nail polish remover? I had to put this to the test! Continue reading

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Do you wanna build a Snowman … in the bath?

Build a Snowman, in the bath? Now that really would be fun, wouldn’t it?

Well thanks to the team over at H&A, their new Frozen Olaf’s bath range, will have kids of all ages building Snowmen and splashing around in bubbles at every bathtime.

Olaf has his new bath range out at Tesco and we were lucky enough to get to try out the range as we are proud to be part of H&A’s Bathtime Fun Squad.

Impressed, doesn’t even cut it. Olaf definitely knows how to make lots of fun and smiles at bathtime.

Firstly, we had so much fun with the Mouldable Bath Soap.

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You simply shake the can and squirt it into your hand. The soapy foam expands so you don’t need to squirt out much of the foam.

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You can then sculpt and create your very own masterpiece.

So you see, you really can build a Snowman in the bath…

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The soapy foam can then be used for washing and easily washes away after use.

The second product in the range that we loved was the Cuddle Robe. Perfect for getting dry and keeping warm and snug after the bath.

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It was so unbelievably soft.

The boys were a little jealous of their baby sister getting all wrapped up in Olaf’s cuddle robe but we were so surprised that the robe was actually bigger than we thought.

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This photo shows you what a great length it is. Connor is 8.

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The kids liked the little pockets to put their hands in, so they could easily keep the robe wrapped around themselves.

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(Could somebody please tell Olaf to make an adult sized one!)

The Bath and Shower Bubbles are also part of the range.

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Mild and gentle for delicate skin, this moisturising bath and shower wash can be used every day.

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Last but by no means least, is the Colour Changing Wash Mitt

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Harley loves using this to wash himself in the bath. It makes him want to actually wash himself, instead of us encouraging him to do it!

If you look closely, you’ll see some white snowflakes appear down the sides, when put into water:

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What a truly delightful set of bath products. Perfect for any Frozen fan or simply for anyone who doesn’t believe that you really can build a Snowman in the bath …

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(Raisins and dried fruit are not normally found in our bathroom but they make fab eyes and nose!)

Thanks to H&A and Tots100, I’m delighted to be able to offer one lucky reader a set of Olaf’s Bathtime Products. If you would like to enter the giveaway, just follow the instructions and enter as many options as you would like.

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The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing on 4th June. The prizes will be sent directly from the supplier to the lucky recipient.

Disclaimer: I am proud to be chosen to be part of H&A’s Bathtime Fun Squad, 2015. I was sent these products for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Ozeri WeightMaster II

You probably know how much I rate Ozeri products.

It’s a brand that has never failed to impress me.

Applying the word ‘best’ to the title of a product, is something which I wouldn’t do lightly, however, their WeightMaster II scales, are without question, the best weighing scales, I have ever used.

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The scales come in a sleek design of either black or white. I have been using them for a while now and it’s definitely the fact that the LCD screen lights up green or red depending on whether you have lost or gained weight, that sets these apart from any others that I have used.

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*Your weight flashes twice on the screen. It then locks in and remains on screen.

* The WeightMaster II allows you to programme your height and weight to give reliable BMI measurements.

*Your Body Mass Index is displayed under your weight.

* I love the clear, blue LCD full display screen; excuse my boney feet and flip flop tanlines!

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* The Colour Alert technology highlights your net weight change in green to show weight loss and red if you have gained weight. This was my favourite feature. It was instant, visual, clear and shocking if red!

There’s no way I’m putting a photo of my weight on here, so here is an example from the manual to show you how it would look:

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*The scales have a Memory Access Mode. This features allows you to recall the previous recorded weights. The L1 indicates the net weight change from your last recorded weight. The L3, L7, L30 indicates the net weight change from the average of your last 3,7 and 30 recorded weights.

* The scales have auto-recognition technology for up to 8 people.

* The scales can instantly recognise and recall the correct person’s memory profile when they stand on the scales (unless there has been a change in weight of over 6.6 lbs)

*You simply step on to the scales to turn them on; no fiddly button to look for. The scales automatically calibrates with StepOn technology and powers off to preserve the battery life.

* The scales have a slip resistant exterior and look very sleek in my bathroom.

* The scales come with a handy booklet with clear instructions as to how to programme the scales. The booklet also comes with some useful information with regards to Body Mass Index with it’s weight classification and BMI value.

* It’s easy to change the unit of measurement from Kg to Lbs by using a little switch underneath. My only niggle is that the measurement is completely in lbs and not in stone. You therefore have to convert the total amount of lbs into stones and lbs, yourself.

*Profiles can be reset, if needed.

*It is treated with an antimicrobial product to protect against bacteria, keeping it clean and hygienic.

Now, that’s clearly a lot of things to like about a set of bathroom scales!

Never have I listed or reviewed a product with so many features to like.

 It’s state of the art design, leads the way for bathroom scales technology. The Ozeri WeightMaster II, is currently available here for £29.99.

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent an Ozeri WeightMaster II for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Peli’s Play Pouch – Bathroom tidier 

We love bathtimes in our house. Toys, water, bubbles and splashing, it’s one of my favourite times of the day.

However, one of my parenting pet peeves is stepping over or on the toys the next morning, that have been left in the bath.

We used to have a plastic bucket next to the bath that all of the toys went in after Bathtime. Although it kept things tidy, it wasn’t particularly lovely to look at and where the horrible, yucky water would collect at the bottom of the bucket, it would stick to the toys and make them all slimy.

We were thrilled to come across the Playful Pouch by BabyThingz a fun and easy way to store all those bath toys:

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* It is easy to attach to the side of the bath. There are no fiddly clips or clasps; it simply slots over the side of the bath

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* It saves on clutter and looks neat and tidy on the side of the bath

* It can be fitted so that the net is either in or out of the bath

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* The netting pouch, allows the toys to drip dry without be stored in that horrible slimy water

* The pelican’s beak opens fully so that toys can easily be put into or taken out of the pouch

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* It’s extremely child friendly. Young children can open and close the pelican’s beak and remove toys easily for themselves

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We fill the pelican’s beak with the toys, when it is in the bath. We find it works best this way so that the water can drip away, into the bath. When the toys are dry or when we want to use the bath ourselves, we simply turn the pouch so that it faces out of the bath. It’s extremely easy to move around.

And the best bit… the kids love feeding Peli with their toys so I’m left with a nice and tidy bath when they’ve finished splashing around!

The Peli’s Pouch retails at £15.95 and can be ordered here.

Disclaimer: We were kindly sent the Peli Pouch for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 7

Ok, here we go… a hands up moment…

I went out for a mahoosive meal on Thursday as I said ‘goodbye’ to some very dear colleagues at work. It was my leaving do, so I think I’m allowed!

What I did notice was that I couldn’t finish the whole meal, like I usually can. So my stomach must have shrunk.

It’s getting used to the portion sizes as with Diet Chef, the portions are much noticeably smaller (obviously) than I would usually give myself.

It was nice to feel like I could treat myself but I didn’t have a dessert, like I usually would so bonus points there, I reckon!

Here’s my favourites from the Diet Chef menu this week:

Breakfast

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Porridge with strawberries, with added fresh strawberries.

I love how sweet and filling this porridge is. It doesn’t need the added fresh strawberries as it’s lovely on it’s own but I do love fresh fruit in the mornings.

Lunch

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Tomato, Red Pepper and Cheese Pasta Pot

Snack

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Fruit and Spice Oat Biscuits. So scrummy dunked in a cup of tea!

Dinner

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Coq au Vin.

I’m sharing this one because it was a delightful surprise. A tender breast of chicken braised with mushrooms and pearl onions in a rich, red wine and stock based sauce and strips of smoked bacon. I added the mashed swede.

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lbs lost this week: 0.5

Total lbs lost in 7 weeks: 17

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 0

Total inches lost: 17.5

Here’s to another great week, everyone and thank you to Diet Chef.

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am kindly being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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H&A’s Thomas & Friends Bathtime Range

A little while ago, you may remember we were delighted to announce that we were chosen to be part of H&A’s Bathtime Fun Squad, 2015.

Well our first task has arrived.

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H&A have just launched their new Thomas and Friends Bathtime range in Tesco. The range consists of a 3D Magic Facecloth and Bath and Shower Bubbles.

As soon as Harley saw the products, he wanted a bath straight away, no hanging around until bedtime!

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There were lots and lots of Bathtime smiles, playing in the bubbles.

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* The Bath and Shower Bubbles are mild and gentle so no nasty tears or stinging eyes

* The product is so gentle that it can be used for all ages. Lola can enjoy the bubbles too

* The bubble bath has a lovely, fresh, fruity scent

* It’s hypoallergenic so it’s perfect for young, sensitive and delicate skin

* The bubbles last for the whole duration of the bath

* It’s moisturising for soft and well moisturised skin

* It can be used as a shower wash and can be used every day

* A little goes a long way

We also had fun with the 3D magic facecloth.

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The facecloth comes originally out of the box, as a cube and when placed in water, it magically opens and grows to become a brightly coloured flannel. It was great fun to watch and Harley was amazed. Lola was far too young to appreciate the magic! The flannel is so soft and colourful and a great way to encourage all Thomas fans to wash themselves!

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Thanks to H&A and Tots100, I’m delighted to be able to offer one lucky reader a set of Thomas Bathtime Products. If you would like to enter the giveaway, just follow the instructions and enter as many options as you would like.

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The winner will be notified within 24 hours of the competition closing on 13th April. The prizes will be sent directly from the supplier to the recipient.

Good Luck.

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Kokoso Natural Baby Skincare

Coconut Oil is a term that I’ve seen used a lot, usually among beauty bloggers. But when I was asked by Kokoso Baby if I would like to try their 100% natural coconut oil for my baby’s skin, I was thrilled to be able to see if the hype was all it was cracked up to be.

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Kokoso say “It is a high quality virgin coconut oil with no nasty bits. It hasn’t been refined, bleached, deodorised or tinkered with. We’ve simply left all of its amazing natural nutrients to do the important job of nourishing your baby’s skin.”

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When the tub arrived, I had no preconceived ideas other than it would be in an oil form.

Ahem… I was wrong!

The coconut oil is in a solid form and you need to scoop out the product with your fingertips or with a teaspoon

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The minute you warm the product between your fingers, it melts into your hand to create a richly smooth oil which just happens to smell divine. I’m such a fan of all things coconut. I once had a coconut perfume because I adore the smell. It’s so summery.

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Coconut oil is brilliant at nourishing and hydrating skin because the fatty acids in the coconut oil sink deep into the skin.

Everyone loves and wants baby soft skin and Kokoso is the product to create just that – baby soft skin.

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* Kokoso is dermatologically tested so it is suitable for sensitive skin. It can be used on newborns, which is welcome news for all new parents as so many products and creams are too harsh for a baby’s delicate newborn skin.

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* It’s fab at keeping those gorgeous squishy baby bottoms, smooth and sore free. Use it after each nappy change.

* It can help to sore those red, teething cheeks that my little one has at the moment.

* After I did a Baby Massage course when my son was a few weeks old, it’s always been something that I’ve enjoyed giving them, usually after a bath. Kokoso is perfect for massaging into their skin.

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* It’s great for dabbing onto sore noses from a horrible cold.

* All the family can benefit from this wonder product

* Harley has a little scar near his eyebrow so I rub it onto his scar in the hope that it will minimise it’s appearance.

* I use it as a lip balm.

* It can be used as a make up remover and even a deep conditioning hair mask. I haven’t tried this but definitely will do, if it gives me nourishing, coconut smelling locks!

I love the nourishing effect it has on my dry hands. It sinks into the skin so quickly that it doesn’t feel oily or greasy at all. It makes an excellent hand cream.

* If I had known about Kokoso during pregnancy, I would have applied it to my baby bump.

* It is 100% natural and if you look on the ingredients list it only has one thing listed.

* A little goes a long way so a single tub lasts for ages.

So for a pure and gentle way to care for your baby’s skin, that is completely natural, give Kokoso a try. I’m pretty sure you will love it as much as I do.

Kokoso comes in a large 181g tub for £7.99 and you can order it here.

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a tub of natural coconut oil from Kokoso for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 6

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I have moved this weekly feature to a Tuesday as I already have my Mindful Monday posts on a Monday.

As regular readers will know, I have been lucky enough to be sent a monthly hamper from Diet Chef. The food really is delicious and I have learnt a lot about portion control, as a result.

What’s really surprised me is how the need to fill my plate with rice if I was having a curry or chilli, was always just because it seemed to be the right companion for the dish. However I have been adding vegetables (usually sweetcorn, it’s my favourite) to these kind of dishes and I haven’t missed the heavy carbs at all.

Diet Chef provide you with a breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner for each day and I like to share with you my favourites for the week. So here are my favourites this week:

Breakfast

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Soft Chocolate Cookie with added apple (this took me a while to get used to for a breakfast but it’s a great option if you’re running late in the mornings and time is tight. It’s filling and tastes really good!)

Lunch

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Tomato and Herb Bulgar Wheat and Couscous with added tomato

Snack

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Sour Cream and Chive Pretzels

Dinner

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Chicken Tikka Masala with added sweetcorn

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lbs lost this week: 0.5

Total lbs lost in 6 weeks: 17

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 0

Total inches lost: 17.5

A slow weightloss this week but to be honest, I was expecting to plateau long before now so I’m not too disheartened.

If you are quick, Diet Chef are running a Summer Challenge during March.

Diet Chef say, ‘have you had enough of being unfit, unhealthy or unhappy? Then join our life revolution – the Diet Chef Summer Challenge. It takes 16 weeks to form a new habit and ultimately become a new person so by the start of August you could become the best version of you. Over the 16 weeks you will lose weight, get fit, and change your habits. We will teach you portion control, nutrition and how to feel good about yourself.’

Customers are able to sign up for the plan for as little as £150 per hamper. Details can be found here.

Here’s to another positive week of weightloss.

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am kindly being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 5

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Thank you so much to everyone who has left comments of support and encouragement on this tough journey, we call weight loss!

I’m so thrilled to say that Diet Chef have agreed to provide me with another monthly hamper of their delicious, chef prepared meals. All calorie controlled and delivered straight to your door. What could be easier?

It was so exciting to fill out the meal selections, as this time I knew which dishes and snacks were my absolute favourites and which I would order more of.

In the space of only 4 weeks, I noticed that there were even more options to choose from as Diet Chef had added new yummy meals to the menu.

The hamper arrived 2 days later and it’s lovely to see my cupboard stocked up with Diet Chef; my fruit bowl full of fruit; the salad drawer full to the brim and the veg on stand by.

For the next 4 weeks, I thought I would share with you, my favourite breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner for the week.

So here is this weeks:

Breakfast

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2 Buttermilk pancakes with added banana and a tiny splash of maple syrup (this was a new addition to the menu. All week, I was looking forward to the weekend to enjoy this. The kids were so jealous!)

Lunch

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Creamy Pesto Pasta Pot with pine kernels and herbs.

Snack

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Vanilla Protein Bar (I ordered more of these as they are very filling and of course, covered in chocolate. Say no more!)

Dinner

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Chilli Con Carne with kidney beans, added avocado and spring onion (this is my all time favourite dish, I’ve ordered quite a few of these!)

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lbs lost this week: 3.5

Total lbs lost in 5 weeks: 16.5

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 1

Total inches lost: 17.5

It’s lovely to make it over that milestone achievement of losing a stone. Yippee!

During March, Diet Chef are running a Summer Challenge.

Diet Chef say, ‘have you had enough of being unfit, unhealthy or unhappy? Then join our life revolution – the Diet Chef Summer Challenge. It takes 16 weeks to form a new habit and ultimately become a new person so by the start of August you could become the best version of you. Over the 16 weeks you will lose weight, get fit, and change your habits. We will teach you portion control, nutrition and how to feel good about yourself.’

Customers are able to sign up for the plan for as little as £150 per hamper. Details can be found here.

I’d love to know if you are on the Diet Chef plan or how you are getting on with your weight loss journey.

Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am kindly being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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ChattyFeet are happy feet

We are known in our house, unfortunately also at pre-school, the childminder’s and by friends, for our love of brightly coloured, usually odd, socks! The washing machine loves our socks almost as much as we do because it seems to swallow a single sock, during every wash. The sock drawers are usually full of lonely, single socks, whose partner has seemingly vanished into the proverbial black hole.

Harley loves fun socks, I love brightly coloured socks, so I was delighted to be approached by ChattyFeet to see if we would like to receive some from their range.

ChattyFeet aren’t any ordinary socks, oh no, we are talking socks with attitude, socks with bags of personality.

All of the designs have their own character and a little story to go behind each name.

As a lover of all things royal, I adore this ‘Kate Middle-Toe’ design, I can definitely see a resemblance, followed by the ‘Yoko Mono’ socks.

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All of the socks are made from 75% Combed Cotton , 23% Polyamide , 2% Elastane

Socks should be washed on a low temperature, up to 40°C.

Size Information

Adults UK Eur
Medium 4–8 37–42
Large 9–12 43–47
Kids UK Eur
12–24 Months 3½–6 20–23
2–4 Years 7–9 24–27
4–7 Years 9–12 27–30

The socks are incredibly soft and comfy. They wash really well and keep their shape face!

My favourite thing about ChattyFeet, is that there is a mini-me sock for every character. I for one, have often wondered if my daughter’s dresses or tops come in an adult size (kids have such beautiful clothes, these days, I have clothes envy!) but ChattyFeet have created their characterful designs so that adults and children can wear matching socks.

I love that.

Lola and I both have the Venus socks.

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Harley and Daddy both have the Sigmund socks.

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It was so much fun to play around with the characters, pretending to make them talk to each other and interact. We held a ChattyFeet Chatty Show! It was adorable to hear Harley put on little voices when he took on different characters.

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And Lola loved making her feet talk to each other.

You can view the rest of the quirky character range here. ChattyFeet also sell fab Gift Sets if you are looking for a funky present idea.

I certainly feel like I have a spring in my step when I’m wearing ChattyFeet. You only have to look down and you will smile.

Which Character would you choose?

Disclaimer: We were kindly sent a family selection of socks from ChattyFeet for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekly Weigh In ~ Wk 4

 

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For my 4th week, I have still been following the Diet Chef plan of a calorie controlled breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack each day and enjoying the chef prepared dishes that they have sent me.

This week I enjoyed my Banana and Vanilla porridge for breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day:

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This is what I have eaten this week:

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Day 28 was Mother’s Day and it has been the only time in a month that I have not had one of the Diet Chef meals for dinner, hence I have included a photo of my beautiful flowers!

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lbs lost this week: 3

Total lbs lost: 13

Inches lost this week (taken over 4 measurements): 3.5

Total inches lost: 16.5

I have also been continuing the Couch to 5K run but I only managed 2 out of the 3 runs this week due to the very sad passing of my grandma. My heavy legs could not lift my heavy heart. But I’ll aim to do an extra session next week, Gran will push me through the pain.

Let’s do this! Here’s to a good week of strength, self-belief and determination.

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Disclaimer: The meal plan I am on would cost £61.25 a week/ £245 a month. I am being sent a free monthly hamper from Diet Chef for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Beautiful Handmade Mother’s Day Cards

Is it ok for me to admit that I’m a little bit excited with the realisation that Mother’s Day is just around the corner?

Mother’s Day represents the obvious, yet the most meaningful job I will ever have, that I’m a Mummy. And this one special day is always marked by going to the same Country Park that we love and capturing some lovely family shots among the daffodils. We did this on my first ever Mother’s Day and it seems to have stuck as a bit of a tradition now.

I also love giving my own lovely Mummy a special card with a bouquet of flowers.

Last month, you may remember me sharing with you a fantastic company that I had come across, Made With Love Designs who make the most beautiful, bespoke, handmade cards. I featured some of their Valentine’s Day Cards and was delighted when they asked if I would like to feature some of their Mother’s Day cards.

As with all their range, the cards have a modern twist which really make them stand out from the standard high street card. Made from the highest quality card and print, there is a substantial range to choose from, you’ll feel spoilt for choice and I guarantee you will find the right style of card to suit your special person that you are buying for.

You can view the range of Mother’s Day cards here but I have picked out some of my favourites to share with you.

Mothers Day Lace Rose card l Mothers day card £9.95 www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

This is a stunning card and the one that my lovely Mummy will be receiving (so I hope she’s not reading!) I fell in love with the opulent, feminine style with it’s soft, ivory lace and silk rose. It is extremely similar to my Wedding invitations so I was always going to love this design. I know my mum will too. It comes in a gorgeous presentation box, wrapped in a pink ribbon, with a tissue sheet to protect the card inside the box. £11.95.

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Many of the cards can also be personalised with your own wording, like this design with handmade feather butterflies for £4.50.

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I think this interactive card would be perfect for a Mummy with young children. The child can actually fill out and write the answers to the questions or it can be filled out before ordering, using the child’s answers, if the child is too young to write. A beautiful keepsake for any Mummy. £3.50.

Mothers Day Hashtag cards

This is a wonderful idea for a card if you are looking for a gift and a card, in one! These personalised hashtag cards, come with a little envelope on the card for you to put in money or a little note to tell your mum of her treat, whether it be a meal out, afternoon tea, a pamper day or just a slot of time to spend together. I love this idea; so very different. £3.95.

Mothers Day Scrabble

This vintage, country cottage design is perfect for any shabby chic lover with it’s scrabble pieces that spell out Mum or Gran. £3.50.

Mothers Day love birds Necklace Card co £19.95 www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

and the Necklace cards which so many people commented on before, are again perfect for a card and a gift in one. This card comes with an 18k gold plated dainty necklace. £19.95.

Mothers Day love birds Necklace Card detail £19.95 www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

These are just some of my favourites; there are lots more to choose from.

If you are looking for a special gift for a special mum, Made With Love Designs also do some pretty Mother’s Day gifts, here.

I’m delighted to be able to offer my readers a 30% discount by entering my special code MYLIFEMYLOVE30 at the checkout. The code will expire on Friday 13th March. Customers can still order for Mother’s Day delivery until midday on Friday as Saturday delivery is available. Cards can be sent direct to the recipient if preferred.

I hope all the wonderful Mummies out there have a special Mothering Sunday.

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a sample of Mother’s Day cards from Made With Love Designs for the purpose of review however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Weekend Box Fun

Most of you will know of my love for finding things that are a little bit different from the norm.

I’m so excited to share with you the wonder that is the Weekend Box.

Aimed at 3-6 year olds, the Weekend Box is delivered straight through your letter box and contains 4 different activities all linked to a specific theme. Harley was beyond excited when this cute little package arrived for him on the doormat.

photo (7)Our Weekend Box had an Aztec theme. Harley is a little young to understand who the Aztecs were or to appreciate the cleverly selected activities that enhance learning (that was just for my benefit) but he thrived on completing each of the tasks. For each Activity, the Weekend Box contains instruction cards and the resources needed.

The first activity that caught Harley’s eye were the Aztec Pattern Prints. Included with this set was coloured paper, string, a paint brush and some powder paint:

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Harley had lots of sticky fun, gluing down the string to make his pattern. He loved painting the string and then pressing it down onto the coloured paper. I wish I had added slightly less water to the powder paint as it was a little too thin but he really enjoyed it.

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The second activity was the Aztec Mosaic Coaster. Included with the activity card was 2 sheets of foam and 2 pieces of card. Harley described how he wanted his mosaic to look like and it was helpful to have some design inspiration ideas on the card provided.

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I helped him cut out the foam pieces but other than that, he glued all the pieces and placed them where he wanted them.

Ta-dah! Very Aztecy and very mosaicy wouldn’t you say?!

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I loved it later that day when I noticed that Harley had put his drink bottle onto his own handmade coaster, next to mine. It really made me smile.

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After 2 brilliant success stories, I was hopeful that the final 2 activities would build such enthusiasm. When Harley saw that it was to make your own Aztec Hot Chocolate, his little eyes nearly popped out! Included with this activity was a Spice Mix and a Sweet Mix of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and light Muscovado sugar. We did need to add our own dark and milk chocolate and vanilla essence.

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Really simple to make and only needing help with the boiling water, Harley loved breaking up the chocolate, tasting it as all good chefs do and watching it melt. He loved adding in the spice mix, the smell really excited him.

Here is my rich Aztec Emperor enjoying his chocolate drink.

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The final activity in the box was the Aztec Parrots. All we needed to find were the empty toilet rolls as we were provided with 2 packets of poster paints, feathers, googly eyes and coloured card. I learnt my lesson from the first time I added water to the paint and the consistency of the paint made it much easier to apply this time.

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Once the paint on the tubes had dried, we had fun adding the eyes, beak and feathers to create our parrots.

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I can honestly say I speak for Harley when I say that he thoroughly enjoyed receiving and completing his Weekend Box. I am by no means a crafty mum; I wish I was. Harley has never been one who would sit still long enough to paint a picture or make a model out of playdough, but the Weekend Box held his attention and captured his imagination. After each activity, a sticker can be added to the card to show that it has been completed and Harley loved adding his ‘superstar’ or ‘champion’ stickers to his cards.

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Not only are the activities fun to do, the educational aspect is just as valuable. Each activity card provides facts relating to the theme and the specific task; learning as you go.

More than anything, I loved the fact that it enabled me to simply sit down with him amidst a world of running races, footballs and forward rolls and just enjoy working together.

Weekend Boxes are usually £7.50 but if you would like to receive one for free, simply add my special promo code here.

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I would love to hear what you get in your Weekend Box and what fun activities you got up to.

Thank you Weekend Box, you’ve made my little boy see that crafts can be fun and thank you for giving us that precious time together.

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a Weekend Box free of charge for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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Love is in the air ~ if you’re quick!

Ok, so who has suddenly realised that there are only 9 days until Valentine’s Day?

If you’re anything like me, as much as I love my husband and want him to know just that, I am not the most organised of people, so the thought of searching online for a thoughtful card or gift and then placing an order, runs the risk of it not arriving on time. I always like to send cards that are personal and slightly different to your standard shop bought designs and that takes time to find.

I’m delighted to reveal my secret weapon…

It comes in the form of a super website Made With Love Designs.

Made With Love Designs, is an online boutique design store that create handmade, personalised cards and stationery with a difference, proving that they really do provide the wow factor. You can view their Valentine’s Day range here.

For designs that are far from the norm, I love this Chocolate Lollipop card.

Valentines Lollipop £5.50  www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

A little bit cheeky, perfect for Valentine’s day, it reads ‘INSTRUCTIONS for a scrummy Valentine’s Day… 1) Unwrap Me 2) Devour Me’ 

Ooh la la, naughty nibbles indeed!

I also adore this gorgeous card. This card can be personalised with a name or a line or 2 of your own wording. It reads, ‘I love you to the moon and back.’ 

Valentines To the Moon Back £3.50  www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk Cut Out

These words are my most favourite. My son and I say them to each other all the time, so I’m definitely saving this card, just for him. I hope he likes it and the sentiment.

All of the gorgeous cards from Made With Love Designs, are made from super, quality card that have a stunning pearlescent effect that shimmers when it catches the light. I’ve tried to capture it in this photo:

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Made With Love Designs, really are very special and create beautiful cards like I have never seen before. Perhaps the thing I love most is that some of the cards provide a great gift idea, all in one. This card with a gold plated necklace is perfect for anyone who is short on time but who wants to send a thoughtful present with their card and priced at £19.95, I’m very impressed.

Valentines Necklace Love close up £19.95  www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

Valentines Necklace Moon £19.95  www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

Valentines Necklace Compass1 £19.95  www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

Again, I love the Hashtag Valentines Range for £3.95 because of their quirkiness that allows you to write your own love notes:

Hashtag Valentines Range £3.95 www.madewithlovedesigns.co.uk

There are so many more designs that you really are spoilt for choice. So if the clock is ticking and you need to get in there before it’s too late, let me help you out a bit because I have a 30% off discount code for my lovely readers. Just add this code to your shopping basket which runs up until Valentine’s Day to get a great saving:

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Made With Love Designs also do some beautiful Home Accessories such as lanterns, photo frames, candles and lamps and stunning  Wedding Gifts which I will most definitely be purchasing from as I have a couple of weddings to attend this Summer.

I always love finding an online shop which I can keep up my sleeve for that all important special occasion when the ordinary needs to be extra-ordinary. And I’ve found one, just in time for the 14th. Phew!

Disclaimer: I was kindly sent a range of cards from the Valentine’s Day range for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are very much my own.

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The Dairy of a Bathtime Buddy

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Dear Diary,

It struck me the other day that some people might think it’s pretty boring being a foam letter a. But in truth, I’m pink, I’m spongy and it’s fun being with the other members of the family, all the time. We get on pretty well although k does think she’s better than everyone else but I’m convinced that I’m more useful. If I’m honest, it’s rather cosy in the plastic tub that we call home. We are a close bunch though, so being squeezed up against m or c isn’t so bad. I can’t help thinking though that there’s more to life than being in this plastic tub. I would love to see what’s outside…. Hmm, maybe one day?

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Dear Diary,

Oh my goodness our home has arrived at somebody elses’ home. The little boy and the little girl gave us a big shake when they first saw us; this could be lots of fun… I’ll keep you posted!

Dear Diary,

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Today was a good day. The little boy and the little girl let us all go for a swim. It was such fun. I kept hiding from g in the bubbles.

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Dear Diary,

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The little boy loved making words out of us today. I’m a bit envious of h. I wish that I could be h; he always gets picked first. It sounded like the little boy had just learnt his letters. He had fun splashing about whilst putting us into lots of different words; he loved spelling his name. He kept sticking us to the side of the bath and the tiles of the bathroom but he was not happy that we didn’t stick to his tummy! He kept trying!

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Dear Diary,

The little girl keeps putting me in her mouth. Crikey, it’s a good job she’s only got 1 tooth! Ouch!

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Whilst we were all having a swim, the little boy loved using our home as a shower. Our roof has handy little holes so we can stand upside down and drain away the water when we are not being used. It makes a fun waterfall and great for washing hair in the bath.

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I overheard the little boy’s mum saying that it’s really handy that there are 65 of us! Lots of us have twins so we can spell out lots of cool words. If you fancy giving my other friends a new home, you can find h&a Bathtime Buddies Alphabet set in Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and Wilko for £3.30 RRP.

 You can view h&a‘s range of other fun and engaging Bathtime Buddies by clicking here.

So go on, give a foam letter a better life. Your children will love us!

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Disclaimer: We were kindly sent the Bathtime Buddies for the purpose of review, however all words and opinions are my own.

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