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clubbing, girls night

A Night Out With The Girls

A night out with the girls

Crazy Times With The Girls

I recently had a very much needed/overdue night out with the girls, it was all very much last-minute, well for me it was anyway as I was meant to have been working that night so I had to say sorry I was unable to go, I then found out Friday morning that I was not down to work a night shift meaning I was then free to go if I wanted too.

Mad Rush

The mad rush then kicked in, I then had to quickly phone up and see if there was any tickets left as the arrangements was we was all planning on going to an event called ladies night at our local country club……Phew there was but that was not the end of the panic…..Then there was the panic of what to wear with only hours to spare!

With me doing all the phoning round whilst at work I did not have time to go and buy something new to wear as I would normally, I just had to hope I had something decent enough to wear in my wardrobe.

From Work Rags To Glad Rags

Once home from work I then kicked off my work boots had a shower, dug out and dusted off my heels, this girl planned to have a good night out and that is what happened!

There was a free glass of champagne handed to us upon arrival, free unlimited wine with our meal, a lovely meal, brilliant entertainment including a drag queen who had us in stitches, lots of much needed girly fun and laughter, we then danced the night away at the disco. What better way to end the week.

A night out with the girlsBefore we knew it the evening had flown by and it was 2am, whoops! but what a brilliant night, we certainly did dance the night away that’s for sure.

Hopefully Another Girls Night Out Will Be Arranged Again Soon

We have all said it is to be done again, we just don’t get to meet up as much as we should do, we have penciled in a rough date and I just hope we do get to meet up again very very soon.

A night out with the girls and lots of laughter certainly does make you feel a lot better.

I was a little worse for wear on the Saturday morning which then went on into the evening, is this a sign of a good night or a sign of I am getting to old to be partying the night away till 2am? I am still yet to decide.

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From old habits to new

From old habits to new


We have recently been making some healthier changes, going from old habits to new, we have been doing this to help improve our health and to give us a better healthier life. One thing Ian would like to try and do is give up smoking, he has been a smoker from a young age so giving up is something he is going to find rather difficult, he is currently looking at ways to make it easier and give up successfully from old habits to new.

How to form good habits

Habits are something we become used to over time and we convince ourselves they are vital, when in reality, many are far from it. Smoking, for example, is a habit that one in ten women worldwide have. The majority of smokers want to break this habit, but how can they do it successfully?


Timing is highly important when it comes to breaking a bad habit. With smoking, it’s best to make your last cigarette coincide with the end of your period. The idea that pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) aggravates the many withdrawal symptoms, such as depression and irritability, is perfectly logical and is why it’s important that your start date for quitting coincides with our calmer time of the month!

New, healthy habits

When quitting smoking, weight gain can be a risk. When your hands are so used to being occupied by a cigarette, they crave stimulation (which is why e-cigarettes are so effective). Often, the urge for our newly-bored hands to hold a cigarette contributes greatly to snacking. A great tip is to stock up on low-calorie munchies, such as carrot and celery sticks, which mimic the action of smoking, or opt for healthy snacks that keep your hands busy, such as peeled fruits and shelled nuts. Snacking on healthier foods instead of naughty treats means you shouldn’t put on any weight after giving up smoking.

Quit smoking

With a healthier diet, stemming from healthy snacks, our mind and body want to continue this lifestyle change and so the time comes for serious cigarette alternatives, and none are as effective as the e-cigarette. There are a wide range of models (from basic to advanced) and e-liquids (such as coconut, apple, peach and mint) to choose from. Plus, you can choose the amount of nicotine you want, making them a highly effective aid in stopping smoking – best of all, the vapour they produce smells great!

Other changes

Once you’re on the road to a new you, you should start to look at what other changes you could make and how they could fit into your life. With exercising, for example, you don’t need to be hitting the gym five nights a week to form a new habit. Instead, simply make small changes, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift, or walking or cycling to work rather than driving. After you’ve changed just a few things, you’ll be able to meet the new and improved you!


Do you think you could go from old habits to new?


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family fun, games

Tin Can Carnival Game

tin can carnival game

Homemade Game

We spent some time over the half term holiday playing on our Wii console, we love our time together on there as we have so much family fun and love getting competitive against each other. One game we really enjoy playing is the carnival game on there, the boy’s really enjoy it and can get rather competitive when they want to.

We decided that we could easily make our own homemade carnival game so Bradley wrote a list of what he thinks we would need to make the game and let the carnival come to us.

His list to make the tin can carnival game consisted of:

Tin cans – as many as you wish to use.

Stickers – of any kind.

Paint and a small brush any colour.


Some small balls – as many as you wish to use.

Coloured card.


Coloured pens.

Double sided sticky tape.

tin can carnival game

tin can carnival game
Bradley wrapping the balls in foil to give them some extra weight so they go further.

We started off by saving tin cans, washing them and putting them to one side until we had enough to use.

The tin cans was then painted and left to dry.

We then cut out some stars out of the card, one for each tin, added a score value of the kids choice to each star and stuck the star to the can using double-sided sticky tape.

Bradley then decorated his tin cans using his stickers.

He then wrapped the polystyrene balls in foil as he decided the balls would be easier to throw and would go further.

tin can carnival game

tin can carnival game

We was now ready for some fun playing our homemade tin can carnival game.

The excitement and challenge then began, we had 12 balls so these was then slipt between the players, the cans was then stacked in whatever position the kid’s chose/found easier.

Aim of the game

The aim of the game is to throw the balls into the tin cans, person with the highest score wins.

We chose to have three rounds, so the one with the highest score after the third round is the winner.

For anyone who enjoys carnival games we would highly recommend the carnival fun fair game. here is a link to Nintendo carnival fun fair game. We have hours of fun as a family playing this game, it has over 25 different games to enjoy.

Disclaimer: We have not been compensated in any way for this post. I have shared a link to Nintendo as it is a game we enjoy as family and we wanted to share the game with you.
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Very bad mood

Well let’s just say I have been put in a VERY BAD mood today. My day started off really well, I had managed to have an extra sneaky 20 minutes in bed, I had got dinner prepared before heading out to work and even managed to get some washing on in the machine….for me this is brilliant, I have never been so organised.

I was all set and ready for the day ahead, I had gone into work and my morning at work was ok I had been out meeting new clients which was fantastic.

After a morning at work and meeting new clients I had stopped for my lunch break, I was only having a half hour lunch break as that is all that I was wanting/needing. I thought that today I would have a light lunch as I am trying out a different approach to my diet so I had planned to stop at the shop and this should have only taken a couple of minutes to run in and come back out again as I have my lunch in the car most days.

Well being in the shop did only take a couple of minutes but what had put me in a VERY BAD mood is what happened next!

I had only come back out the shop to this…..


How inconsiderate and annoying can some people be, I mean really, I wish I was that skinny. My lunch break was not spent having a quick rest and something to eat like I normally would, no it was spent trying to find the culprit who had parked like this.

Do people actually think about how they park or do they really not care who they block in. I had to go back in the store and try and find the culprit with the help of a member of staff, that’s when things got worse not only did they block me in but they wasnt even in the store.

Now by this point I was fuming and in a very bad mood as I was running late for work, I had missed my lunch and the driver was nowhere to be seen. it resulted in me having to climb across from the passenger side over to the driver’s seat (this was not a pretty sight trust me) just so as I can get to my client who was waiting for me.

I wish people would stop to think of others when parking, I no parking bays are not very big but this was just un-called for and damn right not on. I think the reason I saw red so much is because I am a carer I had a lady who is bedbound waiting for me to help her and I so did not need this, all I could think of was this poor lady waiting for me and her lunch.

Have you ever been in a similar situation ?


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Looking ahead


Looking ahead


Looking ahead to positive things in life, we all love to do it don’t we, well we do anyway!

Now that the christmas decorations are down and the new year begins we have been looking ahead to what this year has in store.

Here are a few of our favourite things.

We have celebrations to look forward to, those being grandparents 60th wedding anniversary and a parents 60th birthday. Family will be getting together to help them celebrate.

Our home is in need of a freshen up after the decorations coming down it always looks bare so we have decided a good lick of paint is in store and should brighten the place up. I am feeling a little daring, we always just go for a cream/magnolia colour but now I feel like adding a little warmth and character to our home this time.

We will also be celebrating our crystal wedding anniversary in August, wow where have those fifteen years gone.

We also hope to be celebrating Danny passing his driving test, he is currently having lessons and is feeling positive. We all have our fingers crossed for him.

Excitement is also kicking in as we are attending Brit mum’s live for the first time in June, we are very nervous but also very excited.

Our little blog is going to be becoming a year old, wow the first year has flown by and been amazing. We have really enjoyed sharing our life’s up’s and downs with you all.

Hopefully this year I hope to be able to get my massage business up and running, I had planned to get this all set up last year but plans was forced to go on hold following my car accident. Fingers crossed this can be set up this year.

When looking ahead we are all very excited about our family holiday, we have booked a sports holiday to go on. We are a sporty family who love the outdoors so we have booked a log cabin on a lake for a week where we have fishing on our door step, an all-weather ski slope, roller skating, multi sport court, nature trails, bike riding, gym and much much more.

I will also be looking ahead and planning a shopping spree, due to my determination to loose weight I have started to notice that my clothes are starting to become to big for me so new clothes are now needed. So far I have lost 1 & 1/2 stone and I am still going.

Do you like to look ahead to fun things to come?

active, Outdoor Fun

Winters Day Outdoor Fun

A Winters Afternoon

There is nothing quite like a lovely afternoon bike ride and some winters day outdoor fun, the dinner was cooking away in the slow cooker, the kid’s had been to their sports clubs, it was cold out but dry so we thought why not get the bikes out and have a lovely afternoon bike ride.

Ian was at work so it was just me and the boy’s, we done a safety check to make sure the bike’s was safe to use as they had not been used for a while then away we went. We started off along the river looking at the boats, we then moved along stopping along the way to climb trees, feed the duck’s and just having as much fun as we possibly could on a winter’s day.

We stopped at the park and the big kid in us all came out, well how could I resist all of this fun, the park is not just for kid’s……Right?




Now To Warm Up

Following all that fun, we all needed to warm up so it was hot chocolate all round upon our return….of course you can’t have a hot chocolate without some cream on the top….A little Sunday treat!


We are a family who loves outdoor fun and the winter day’s do not stop that as you can see. We had an amazing time. Did I embarrass the kid’s in the park, yes of course but what are mum’s for, I am a fun embarrassing mum and the kid’s was too busy laughing at me to even care.

We had a fantastic day of making funny memories, we are all worn out now from our fun day, I am so pleased that I had put the dinner in the slow cooker before heading off out as we are all shattered.

After all that winter’s day outdoor fun we are now snuggled under our blankets watching a film whilst our dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker…..Perfect day!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Wainwrights Dog Food Review

Buddy is well on the way now with his Wainwrights dog food review. Following his operation we have left it until now to give you his next update as he was on medication and we wanted to wait until they was fully out of his system before his next update and his Wainwright’s dog food review.

We have been recently having a closer look at Buddy’s food as we felt that his old brand of dog food did not agree with him so we wrote a list of our concerns and discussed them during Buddy’s nutrition consultation at pet’s at home.


Our concerns was

We did not feel that Buddy was getting enough out of his meals as he always seemed to be hungry.

Buddy seemed to be loose all the time when going to the toilet.

He seemed to open his bowels a lot during the day.

Buddy has allergies and we have to be careful what we give him to eat.

Buddy also has a very sensitive stomach.

We was not sure if the food Buddy was on was the right food for his allergies.

We put our list of concerns across during our consultation, we discussed what food he was currently on and was amazed by how much Buddy’s food was wrong for him we totally had him on the wrong food and was pointed in the right direction to a choice of other brands of food that will suit Buddy’s health concerns and allergies.

During the consultation we had a close look at other choices available to him whilst discussing our concerns we had. We found the consultation very helpful and very informative, all questions had been answered and we found the staff extremely helpful.

The food we chose for Buddy was Wainwright’s, we have really enjoyed looking into what Buddy is eating during this Wainwright’s dog food review and we are really pleased to have found a suitable food for Buddy that has all what he is needing. Wainwright’s dog food don’t use wheat, mixed meat proteins or any ingredients known to commonly cause allergies. because of this Wainwright’s provide a nutritious meal for pets that is easily digested and hypoallergenic. The ingredients that go into Wainwright’s food are carefully selected to provide protein, carbohydrates vitamins and minerals all the goodness that any pets needs.


Since Buddy has been on this food

He seems to be more full.

He no longer cries for more food.

He is not going to the toilet as much as he was (and that was a lot)

His bowel movements are no longer loose.

He is sleeping for longer periods of time than he was when on the other food.

He appears to have more energy and be more playful. 

His allergies seem to of eased off a bit. 

We have also noticed that there is more of a variety to choose from with Wainwright’s dog food.

Our opinion of the food change so far

Our thoughts of the change so far are: Buddy seems like he is really enjoying the new food he has been trying and we have noticed some excellent changes in Buddy’s eating habits, sleeping pattern, his behaviour and his energy levels. All the noted changes have been for the better which can only be a good thing…Right?

We are going to monitor Buddy for a while longer on the food and see if the changes continue to stay, fingers crossed.


Are you happy with the food your pet is on at the moment? if you are considering a change pets at home was a great help to us.


Disclaimer: we received a supply of food to see Buddy through the set challenge. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.



Lifestyle, modeling, Photography

Starting Out The New Year With Child Modeling

Starting out the new year with child modeling

Starting The New Year With Modeling

It has been a while since I have written on our family blog so I thought I would share my new years resolutions with you…I can make more than one can’t I? My main being starting out the new year with child modeling.

First Up

I want to be more organised as mum and dad keep having to remind me of things…Well I can’t help being forgetful can I….Sorry!


I think I better start getting my homework in on time and minimise the amount of reminders/detentions I am getting….Well I am a busy boy and it get’s forgot about. Don’t worry this may will improve.


Now I have my modeling portfolio and website ready so I want to get noticed and give it my best as I love modelling, fashion, acting etc….So here goes.

If I Can Pick A Fourth I Would

Pick my options at school wisely as this year is a very important year for me as I choose my options at school. I am thinking about doing drama as I love acting, I am not shy and this is what I love. Mum and dad say to pick what I enjoy doing. I keep getting told to think hard about what I enjoy doing as it is important to get my options at school right.

I have also been told not to pick something just because that is what my friends are doing as what they have chosen may not be right for me. Also I am into keeping fit, I enjoy my tai tsung kung fu and will be going for my black belt in March, so I am thinking of something that will go with that.

I have a while to decide my options yet, I may sit down with mum dad and a teacher to discuss what I am thinking and get some help and advice.

Here Are Some Of My Favourite Photo’s From My Modeling Shoot.

starting out the new year with child modeling

starting out the new year with child modeling

starting out the new year with child modeling

I am so excited to see what changes this year brings me and my child modeling.



Coronation street tour


We recently enjoyed a nice family day out, guess where we went? we only went and walked on the famous cobbles of coronation street, it was amazing and felt so strange walking down a street that we have watched on our TV for years.

Whilst on tour we went back stage, we sat in whats known as the green room, this is where the cast would sit when not filming. We went to the dressing room area of the cast and then we went in the wardrobe area and saw some of the famous wedding dresses, coats etc.

We then went in the studio area and was shown the homes of the Platt’s, Duckworth’s/Dobb’s, Carla’s flat, underworld and the one and only Rovers Return. Whilst in the rovers there was a chance for a photo behind the bar. It was amazing to be shown where some of the main story lines have been filmed.


Whilst backstage we saw some of the props and memorabilia from coronation streets history.

We even saw the crews filming area, the TV’s and cameras used to film, we was told roughly the number of hour’s put into episodes, it was truly amazing to get an insight to how the show was made.


After a guided tour round the studio we then went out and walked on the famous cobbles, knocked on some of the doors, we all had an amazing experience especially the boys as they are just as much of a fan as we are. As we walked up the street the boy’s would say who lives where, everyone was amazed at how much of a fan the boy’s are.

Here are some photo’s of the boy’s acting out being extras….Take 1.


Bradley enjoyed acting out Tina’s death scene.


After a little bit of fun and acting out some of our favourite scenes we continued our tour of the street, we was lucky enough to experience the festive side of the street while on tour, the fairy lights was twinkling away, the houses had their decorations up and there was snow-covered roof tops.

Photo’s of the boy’s being extras…..Take 2.



The overall experience was fantastic, we all really enjoyed ourselves, when we watch Coronation street on TV now we can now picture it a bit more.

We could not resist a walk up the famous ginnel and a peek in the back gardens…Look at Ian and Brad being peeping toms!


Whilst on the street we thought we would call by Barlow’s Buys.


Then that was the end of a fantastic tour of the street, we all had a brilliant day, the boy’s loved the role of acting out being extras (acting out as extra’s was our own made family fun whilst on tour) when walking round the street it was great that we could just walk around at our own leisure, there was plenty of fantastic photo opportunities, the kid’s had great fun posing as actors/extras.


If you are a Coronation street fan or know someone who is, this would make an amazing experience. You can find tour information here.

Disclaimer: we received tickets to tour the street for the purpose of our review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.
car accident, health, wellbeing, working parents

Returning Back To Work

Back To Work

I’m feeling rather excited as normality will be commencing from next week. I was in a car accident back in June leaving me in rather a bad way, I had suffered nerve damage and had a loss of feeling down the left side of my body. I was in a wheelchair for months, I was having intense Physio every week for months and I was needing carer’s to come in and help me, I was also under a specialist being kept a close eye on.

Trying My Best

With all of this going on I done my best to not let it get on top of me or get me down, I won’t lie there was the odd days where it did get to me and I did find it extremely hard not being able to do day-to-day things that I was once doing before my accident, but I soon found the fight in me and I turned that emotion into determination and I done all the exercises set for me to do by my Physio and I done it for my kids and husband.

I am feeling so excited and extremely lucky to be getting back to how life was before my accident, It has been a very long road of recovery for me and a mix of emotions all round for us all but we have been building my strength back up for me to be able to walk again un-aided and it has taken a lot for me to get back behind the wheel of a car again but I have done it, I am here I want my life back to how it was before, I want to be able to get in the car and go to work and help provide again for my family.

Back To Work I Go

So from next week our life should start getting back to normal and words can’t describe how excited I am, I am feeling so lucky to go through what I have been through and to walk away with what is looking like an injured shoulder and nothing more serious, all I will be needing worst ways is Physio on my shoulder, but that isn’t going to effect my life, I am just feeling thankful that’s all I have walked away with and it’s nothing more serious.

My return to work will be built upon gradually, I will be returning back to work on a part-time basis to start off with and building back up from there over time as Ian don’t want me taking on too much to soon so we had a meeting with my manager who agreed so that is what will be happening.

So Lucky

I have been so lucky to have the support that I have had from my amazing friends and family, I couldn’t have got through it all without them there keeping me going and help keep my spirits up, especially Ian and my kid’s. What I am looking forward to the most is taking the pressure of Ian, he has been absolutely fantastic, he has been my rock through it all, the up’s and the down’s. Last year was a rollercoaster year for us so we have our fingers crossed that this year has something much nicer in store for us.

Drink, drink recipe, festive drink, Lifestyle

Homemade Eggnog

How To Make Eggnog

Christmas is nearly here so this means one thing, it means extra sweet’s and treats are allowed….doesn’t it?

One thing we have always wanted to try is eggnog. When watching christmas movies some of them talk about having an eggnog, this year I thought I would have a go at making some. Eggnog in the christmas movies is said to be a sign that christmas is here, I am a sucker for a good christmas movie and getting in the christmas spirit are you?

So the christmas music was put on, we dug out the ingredients needed to make some eggnog, the christmas cheer soon arrived…..Yes this involved a sing-a-long and even a little dance in the kitchen…I was soon told to stop.

Ingredients needed:

700ml whole milk

240ml double cream

3 cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla pod, split and seeds removed

1 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg (more for garnish)

5 eggs separated

1 cup of sugar

Splash of rum

How we made our eggnog:

How we made our eggnog was we added the cream, milk, cinnamon sticks and vanilla pod to a saucepan, we then brought it to the boil, Once boiled we allowed it to cool.

Whilst we waited for it to cool off Ian separated the eggs, putting the egg whites to one side to use later. He then mixed the yolks with the sugar.

Once it had cooled off we mixed together with the yolks, added rum to taste and then refrigerated overnight.

We saved the egg whites and used just before serving, we beat the egg whites until a soft peak formed. Once the eggnog had been refrigerated overnight and the egg whites had been mixed and was ready we folded the egg whites into the eggnog and mixed well.

The best bit was then ready……we could then serve and garnish with some nutmeg.

Here you have it, homemade eggnog.


Oh my, this was heavenly! I am so pleased that when I now watch a christmas movie and they are talking about eggnog I can now understand how it is made and why they love to drink eggnog at christmas time. I did think that this would taste just like sweet milk but it was heavenly…perhaps it was the rum that saved that from happening, who knows but hey it is the christmas season after all.

Have you ever tried eggnog, if so what was your thoughts?

chocolates, food, gifts, homemade, Homemade Gift's

Festive Homemade Truffles


Homemade Treats

We have been busy in the kitchen again, we have made homemade truffles this time. We love homebaking and fancied making something different other than a cake so we thought why not try to make some truffles.

We love truffles and thought why not try to make some ourself, we have family visiting christmas evening and would love to put out some fancy nibbles other than the normal old stuff we have out on offer. The kids really enjoyed helping to get stuck in and yes there was the usual arguments over who is going to lick the spoon and clear the bowl….Ian won that one! (big kid).

Ingredients used:

250ml double cream

50g butter

300g dark chocolate

Brandy enough to taste

1tbs Peppermint essence

Hundreds and thousands

Desiccated coconut

Butterscotch pieces

Chopped mixed nuts

Neon sugar sprinkles

Icing sugar

How we made the truffles:

IMG_0078We started off by putting the cream and butter in a saucepan, heated until the butter had melted and the cream started to gently boil.

We broke the chocolate into small pieces and melted in a dish over boiling water until fully melted.

We then poured the cream and melted butter into a mixing bowl, added the melted chocolate and then mixed the mixtures together.

Brandy Was Then Added

We then added brandy to taste. (we made two lots of these truffle mixes, an adult’s mix and a kid’s mix) for the kid’s mix we added peppermint essence to give it a minty flavour.


Whilst I was mixing the cream and chocolate together Lee lined a large size oven dish that was deep enough to hold all the mixture in with greaseproof paper.

We then poured the mixture into this dish, allowed the mixture to cool and then placed in the fridge for roughly just over an hour.

While we was waiting for the chocolate to set we prepared the sprinkles and nuts by pouring them into Separate bowls.

The Fun Then Bagan

When the chocolate was ready we got a tea-spoon and spooned out some chocolate, rolled it into a ball and then rolled the ball in a chosen covering, either nuts, sprinkles etc until fully covered, continuing the process until all have been made, placing the truffles when covered on greaseproof paper on a plate. We placed the truffles when made in the freezer ready for christmas. We separately boxed up the adult’s truffles from the kid’s.


Doing this was a very messy process, we was hand washing in between making each ball, we all got stuck in at making the truffles so they did not take to long to make. The kids thoroughly enjoyed making these, they loved getting all chocolateley and choosing what to cover the truffle in.

Very Messy But Fun

After all our hard work we have some lovely festive truffles all ready for christmas evening when family come to visit.


What are your favourite food’s to have over christmas?


The Santa Claus Science Experiment Show

47007I have a few questions for you:

Do your kids love santa?

Do they love science experiments?

Would they love to see the two put together?

Have you heard of The Santa Claus Experiment Show?

Let me tell you quickly about the show, it is at the Bloomsbury Theater from Monday 15th December – 21st December. The show is recommended for ages 6+ that would love to see animations live on stage and stand up comedians. Written by Howard Read (CBeebie’s Little Howard’s Big Question) and Tiernan Diouieb (Comedy Club For Kid’s), directed by Jon Spooner (CBeebie’s Panto, Unlimited Theatre), you can imagine how brilliant this show is going to be.

Does this sound like the kind of show you would love to go and see, what is not to like, there is going to be live animations, santa, Elf and safety inspection’s and ……oh no Santa gets arrested!

If you would like to find out if Santa is released in time for christmas, book your tickets for The Santa Claus Science Experiment, the last showing of the show is 2.30pm on the 21st December.

Can Christmas go ahead without Christmas magic? can Santa’s elves and a genuine actual scientists save the day using science?…..We will have to wait and see.

If you love to laugh and love experiments, this is the show for you. We already have our tickets booked to attend on Saturday, our boy’s love science experiments and we all love Christmas, so we are all looking forward to show. We have our fingers crossed that the elves can save Santa in time for Christmas using science. We will be there sharing our Christmas magic and cheering the elves on.

Disclaimer: we have been given tickets to attend the show for the purpose of a review…. (review to follow).

Heat holder snuggle-up blanket

snuggle-up-blanketThose long dark cold nights are now here, it’s that time of the year where all the thick warmer socks, winter duvet and electric blankets are all being dug out and you just want to snuggle up with a nice blanket and a nice hot drink on those horrid cold wet wintry days/nights. We have been able to nicely snuggle up and keep lovely and warm with the help of this cosy thermal blanket. This is a 1.4 tog rating blanket and feels so luxuriously soft. The blanket is a very generous size of 180cm x 200cm so you can really wrap yourself up in it and keep lovely and warm. We like to have movie days/nights and we have found ourselves all nicely wrapped up cosy and warm……perfect!

Bradley has been feeling rather unwell this week and got great comfort from the blanket, he said “it’s lovely, warm and cosy” you have a choice of two different colour blankets, the choice being either Moon Rock or Antique Silver, we have the Moon Rock colour.


The blanket is 100% polyester and with the bonus of it being machine washable at 40 degrees. The blanket is a luxuriously soft fur fleece, known as heatweaver, this fleece blanket has been developed with the main intention of being efficient at retaining heat, which is why it has the official tog rating of 1.4.


On cold, wet wintry days/nights we will be keeping warm and dry with the help of our heat holder blanket. The first thing the boys do when they come home is warm up with the blanket and watch tv with a nice hot chocolate.

Do you have a favourite blanket that you love?

Disclaimer: we were sent a heat holder snuggle-up blanket for the purpose of our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.

personalised gifts

I am a lover of personalised gifts as I think they are a nice personal and special gift to receive, they are gifts I not only like to receive but something I love to give as well. Giving a personalised gift makes a unique and personal gift for that person and I love that personal touch, it makes it all the more special. For previous christmas gifts we have had canvases and key rings made, they was gifts that made grandparents smile and treasure.

This year we can make special gifts with the help of Snapfish because they offer so much in the way of: Photobooks, calendars, cards, wallart, mugs, acrylics, coasters, and much more, you can find a list of all products here, all of which you can add your special memories to that are so much fun to sit and make.

Creating personalised gifts/items is fairly easy to do, you just simply upload what photos you would like to use to the snapfish website, click on what product you would like to personalise, then just simply click on what photos you have uploaded to use. Once you have chosen what product you would like to use, then uploaded your photos to that product, you can then have the option to pick a background to use and even add text if you wish to make it extra special and personal, it is very simple to do and you get step by step instructions on the website to help you.

We chose to have a puzzle made out of one of our favourite holiday pictures, we chose to have a puzzle made as this is something we thought would make a great gift this christmas. We thought this would be a gift that would bring smiles all round at christmas.

If making a personalised gift is something you would like to do, head on over to snapfish and have a look at the great products they have, you will be amazed at what you can make out of your favourite photos.



Disclaimer: we was given a credit note to spend with snapfish for the purpose of our review, all thoughts and opinions are 100% our own.