Saturday, 30 November 2013

Review: Hotel Chocolat Advent Calendar

We were given this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All words and views are my own.

We were delighted to be sent this absolutely gorgeous advent calendar from Hotel Chocolat. The Advent calendar is really something special and would be a real treat for a loved one this year.

As it was our job to test and review this - we obviously tucked in so we could provide a full account...

Knitty Nora...

YAY I finished my scarf. Not only finished it, but I started another one too! I knitted Warren a knit two, purl two scarf in dark grey. Really easy, straight forward and an actual working, wearable piece!

This photo is actually the single worst photo of anything ever. But I'm in my P.J's and damned if I'm modelling a scarf right now.

The scarf is lovely - Warren has worn it every day since I knitted it and that's good enough for me. 

Friday, 29 November 2013

Our Black Friday Bumper Bonanza Haul...

Oh yes it's Black Friday. The time just after Thanksgiving when, to celebrate, inexplicably there are MASSIVE savings to be made on consumer goods. We are consumers. We consume everything and we must buy everything. Especially if it is at a reduced price, and especially when it is BLACK FRIDAY.

Alright I know I'm being a pain. And I know that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit - and I am slightly sorry if you came here expecting me to list all our bargains.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

No PORN please, we're BRITISH...

So, under new rules, the conservative government (and I say conservative, let's face it, there is not a hint of liberal influence to it, is there really...) in their infinite wisdom are due to unveil a sort of blackout on Internet pornography. Under the new rules, no household in the UK will be able to access pornography from any Internet-using machines UNLESS they call their Internet provider to opt in.

"Hello, I would like to subscribe to the opt-in service for hardcore pornography, thanks"

Ridiculous. Why is this happening?

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Time... A Sleep-Deprived One

"Jesus, she's always banging on about having no time, how does she even find time to write about time the frigging nut-case."

Yep. I can hear what you are saying! Or perhaps it is the voices in my head - I am so tired I don't
know where I am up to sometimes. I got in work when it was really dark, turned back to the door convinced someone had followed me in, jumped, shrieked and legged it to my office.
Driving home from work my mind wanders and, studying A326 Empire with the OU...thinking about what I have learned, mulling it over in my head. I see Ghengis Khan in the clouds with all his Mongol warriors heading straight for me...
I got in from work, opened the door in the dark, saw a MONSTER in the corner of the room coming to get me. OK, it was Rosie's walker, so I just made a cup of coffee and started cooking tea.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Review: Glowbeads Bracelets...

We were over the moon to be sent this beautiful bracelet form Katherine at

I love jewellery, and the piece we were sent is a gorgeous unique and colourful bracelet. It had bright pink beads that gave off the illusion of a gorgeous glow when I twist and turned my wrist and the light caught them. It also has diamante detail in the middle.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Memories of Kirkby Christmas Toy Appeal

I was going to write an introduction about the Memories of Kirkby group, but I think the words of one of the members, Billy, put it better than I ever could.
"Our group aims to provide that special gift at Christmas, for those who are disadvantage, disabled and most vulnerable of children. We support children who are refugees from violence, Disabled, and the disadvantaged children. We give those in care a voice and gift from Father Christmas.

We transform children's lives just for that one moment in time in hard times,

Children are always among the hardest hit. We don’t just help them survive - we help them flourish."

Giveaway! Olbas Oil & Jakemans Goodies

So it's that time of the year again when we all feel the pinch of winter and start getting sniffles and snuffles. We have all had them in our house, myself included. There is nothing worse than the babies getting poorly - they suffer and of course they can't tell you how they feel so you just feel so helpless. On top of that they don't sleep very well at night so it just makes everything ten times harder.  

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Moving House...

If you could move house where would you move, and would you stick with the same type of property?
We are in the position now where we are thinking of our next move. We currently live in a three bedroomed house and our two babies share a bedroom. Of course this is fine, and I am happy for my girl's to share. My main gripe is that the rooms are quite small and we have a lot of clutter, so sharing a room then becomes a bit more difficult. I would love to own a house with rooms that were just a bit bigger.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Christmas is Coming...

Looking forward to Christmas?

With your summer holiday memories fading as fast as your tan, it can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s Christmas time once again – where has 2013 gone?! While many folk adopt the Scrooge mentality by moaning constantly about everything festive, we think it’s far better to embrace the season to be jolly and make the most of its charms, of which there are many.
Shopping for presents can be a complete nightmare, especially if you leave it right to the last minute like me, but why not take along a friend to make the experience less painful? You can always reward yourselves with some mulled wine at the Christmas market afterwards, where people watching is especially entertaining at this time of year. 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Review: Ozeri 4x Motion Digital Pedometer

As part of my work with the fantastic brand Ozeri, I have been sent this amazing digital pedometer. Now I know that I need to be doing more exercise - especially since I have been back at work. Having a day job means that I do sit down for most of the day - which is not the best way to spend my days, I know. NHS research shows that walking 10,000 steps per day builds stamina, burns calories and can have a  significant impact on your health.

Giveaway: Two Family Tickets to Blackpool Attractions

The Blackpool Tower DungeonI'm delighted to be able to offer you a fantastic giveaway of two prizes!

Up for grabs are the following:

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The First Rule of Knit Club...

is that you don't talk about knit club, right?

Well, following some conversations with my work-mates, I thought that I would get involved in KNITTING. Yes, knitting is something that Nans do. But you know what, I really like knitting. I wouldn't say that I am an absolute beginner, but I am far from experienced. I knitted a couple of baby hats and mittens when I was pregnant with Alice, but I've not really picked it up from there.

A lot of Mums get crafty with their kids, or they crochet or do something creative. I always admire that and I thought that maybe I should get involved in crafting too.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Review & Giveaway - Diary from Personal Planner

As you know I am very busy. My life is organised by a series of lists and diary entries - as most Mums I would imagine! This is why I was over the moon to be sent a personal planner from the lovely lady at

Personal Planner offer a wide range of diaries and notebooks - all designed online by YOU. I think the service is fantastic. You know when you pick up a normal diary and sometimes there is just not enough room for a to-do list, or you need more space for weekend, or for the week, or whichever...well this problem is solved as you can personalise your diary and create it any way you want.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Open University: A326 Empire TMA 01 Results & TMA 02...

Notes and highlighting! Wonders will never cease.
So the results are in for TMA 01 and I have over the moon. My highest score to date, a very high pass 1, only dropping a couple of marks. I picked the document analysis question, as I feel much more at home answering a more typical historian's question. Am I finally organised? I don't know. Hopefully... I have made some changes to the way I work, and I'll explain a little bit about them.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Cancer Research UK #PacketRacket

I was really pleased to be asked to blog about the important issue of cigarette packaging and the
influence this can have on our children. This exclusive campaign aims to raise awareness about this issue and is to protect our children.

As an ex-smoker myself this is a subject that I really care about - anything that will help stop our children taking up smoking is definitely worth shouting about.

What follows is the video campaign and CRUK's information. Feel free to share this information.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

REAL Mums Bake Cakes...

It's true that REAL Mums bake cakes.

I am TERRIBLE at baking, I don't mind saying. I am a good cook, I do main meals from fresh every night, but I am just useless at desserts. The best thing I ever baked was this steak pie:

Review & Giveaway: Balloon Baboon - A Balloon in a Box

We recently received a helium 'balloon in a box' from A Balloon in A Box

This post is going to be mainly pictures - I believe that the pictures can tell you more than I can about these balloons!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Weight Watchers Biscuits & Snacks: Review

Now that it is getting colder and the nights are drawing in, I like to sit in with a lovely cup of coffee at night and have a bit of something sweet. A nice dunking biscuit or a small piece of chocolate does it for me - it's a little treat and can brighten up a bit of a dull day. I've mentioned about my weight before, and I have lost quite a bit, but I am just staying the same at the moment - and I'm happy with that for now, but what I don't want to do is gain weight over winter - it is so easily done. Especially when it is cold and a lot of comfort food is higher in fat and calories.

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Kid's Hobby Ideas...

As a Mum, I want my children to enjoy extra-curricular activities. I want them to have fun whilst learning at the same time, and to be creative. All of my girls have attended nursery from a young age and I feel that this encourages them to mix with other children, socialise and have new experiences that perhaps I wouldn’t be able to give them on my own. Emily, the eldest has also been keen on getting involved in after-school clubs as well as clubs outside of school. What follows are my ideas for kids hobbies. They don’t have to cost the earth and you can even get involved with them yourself if you wanted to. It is so fantastic to watch our children grow and learn, having fun and new experiences along the way.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Sweet Shop: Blogger's Event & Exclusive Online Discount Code

Me and Emily were really excited to be invited to a blogger morning at The Sweet Shop in the Trafford Centre, Manchester. This was to showcase their products and publicise their online delivery service - as well as providing me with an online discount code for me to share with you!  A number of other businesses in the Centre had also collaborated to provide for the event and to give us a taster of what they had to offer.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Review: Beatrix New York Papar Owl Tablet Case

I am so excited to show you this amazing tablet case that I have been given the opportunity of reviewing. Say hello to Papar the Owl!

I absolutely adore this little case. The great thing about it is although it is a tablet case, it is not simply that - it is so much more.

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