My Family

My Family

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Beat those January Blues! #Win a £75 Argos Gift Card and Treat Yourself!

Beat those January Blues! 
Win a £75 Argos Gift Card and Treat Yourself! 


The January Blues have started to set in here and I don't like it. A new year and new start can be quite daunting and often leaves us feeling blue but not today. As I have my final £75 Argos Gift Card prize to give away as part of our Chad Valley Play Panel competitions. On one hand, I am so delighted to be able cheer someone up with this lovely prize but on the other hand, it's my last one to give away so I'm also very sad. With £75 of Argos vouchers in hand, you'll be able to treat yourself to something really nice to cheer your January right up.


The giveaway is really easy to enter, just use the Rafflecopter Form below to do so. Please feel free to do as many or as few of the entries as you'd like but do remember, the more you do, the more chance you have to win. One lucky winner will win £75 of Agros Vouchers.


Terms and Conditions: The Giveaway will end in 14 days time on the 31st of January. 1 winner will be drawn at random using RaffleCopter from all the correctly made entries and contacted by email within 3 days of it ending. Open to the UK Only I'm afraid. Good Luck.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Competition Time! #Win a Valentine's Love Treasure Box full of Cadbury Treats.

It's Competition Time - 
Win a Valentine's Love Treasure Box.


Happy New Year everyone, I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas?

I know that for most of us, we've already had our fill of chocolate and sweet treats and might not want to see any more right now but after all the January Diets and New Year 'cut back's) I'm thinking, or hoping, that some of you might want some chocolate for a nice Valentine's treat. We all deserve a little treat every now and then and I just really love making people smile so on that note, here's my very first chocolate giveaway of 2018 to do just that. 

The prize up for grabs is a Cadbury Valentine's Love Treasure Box which is a lovely gift box.

You can see what's inside in the image above, it does look rather lovely, doesn't it?

To WIN: Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entries as you like. It's completely up to you but remember, the more you do, the more entries into the draw, you get. One lucky winner will be chosen at random on Sunday February 4th so that the Winner will receive their prize in time for Valentine's Day.


Terms and Conditions: One winner will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter App. This Giveaway is only open to the UK. The giveaways ends on Sunday February 4th. Good Luck.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My 2018 Dreams and Wishes ..

My 2018 Dreams and Wishes .. 


There's only 2 things that I really want in 2018. 

1- A Bigger House.
2 - A fun Family Holiday.

Our house seems to be getting smaller and smaller as we all continue to grow bigger and bigger and with three growing children and only a two bedroom house. I really want to expand. There's a lot of work to be done and a whole lot of saving to do too but I'm determined to find us a bigger house in 2018. One where my children will have their own space to grow and be free. One where my little boy will finally have his own room.


Even though a bigger house is top of my list for 2018. I still want to take my children on holiday as holidays are where we make our memories and for us, memories are important.

My dream holiday would of course be somewhere sunny and warm with a white sandy beach close by but in reality a UK holiday would be just as lovely and much more affordable.

It doesn't really matter where we go just as long as we're all together.


I'm hoping that in 2018, my two wishes will become more than just dreams for us. 

What are your 2018 Dreams and Wishes??

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Our Family Christmas 2017 and our 2018 New Year Wishes

Our Family Christmas 2017 and 
our 2018 New Year Wishes.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, where ever you man be and what ever you may have gotten up too. We had a lovely quite Christmas spent with family and friends. 

We've opened lots of lovely presents and eaten our own body weights in festive food. We've sang Christmas carols and laughed out loud a lot. We've dressed up and dressed down. We've watched many a festive movie and lazed around in new PJ's. We've played family games and pulled crackers a plenty. We've shared and given and had a merry old time.

We visited family and spent time with the ones we love and exchanged gifts with all our friends. It's been a lovely few days and we've enjoyed and the made the most of every one.

Christmas is all about the 3 F's for me: Family + Food + Fun!

This is what Christmas looks like with my family - Its all good fun!



After such a lovely Christmas, my mind now turns to what 2018 will have in store for us but I'm happy to say that I'm not looking for a 'Bigger, Better' New Year. There are a few things I would like to happen, like a bigger house which is my main wish but overall 2017 was a really good year for us as a family and another one just like that would be perfect. 

So Merry Christmas to All and here's to Wishing you a Wonderful New Year.

May 2018 be Everything YOU hope it will be and more ..


Love from me (Christine) and my Family x

The Stick Man Live at the Birmingham Town Hall #Review

The Stick Man Live at the Birmingham Town Hall


We had the pleasure of going to see The Stick Man Live at the Birmingham Town Hall yesterday morning. Lily and Ryan a lot older than most of the children there but that didn't matter to us as we all love the Stick Man story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and have grown up reading it in our home. It's such a lovely story that is know well by most young children. Although aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, it's much loved by all.


The Scamp Theater's delightful adaptation of the book was wonderful to watch. This award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. There's also lots of audience interaction too which the kids loved.


The kids loved clapping along and had a good laugh out loud. We all know the story of The Stick Man very well so it was lovely to see it live like this. There's lots of special effects and live music. The actors worked so hard and were very good. They really brought the story to life and made it so enjoyable to watch. The show lasts for around one hour but it soon speeds by, like they say. Time flies when you're having fun and fun is what we all had.


Performances will be running up to three times a day from Thursday 28th December 2017 to Friday 12th January 2018. Standard tickets cost £12.50 per person but there's also a Premium ticket option available and a group discount price for 8 or more is available too. 

We had a wonderful morning watching the show and would happily recommend it to all our family and friends. If you love the book, then you'll love this Live show.

Disclosure: We were invited to see the show as guests for free but all the opinions expressed within this review are 100% our own and completely honest.

Chad Valley Cupcake Animated Unicorn #Review

Chad Valley Cupcake Animated Unicorn



Our third Chad Valley Play Panel delivery brought us a beautiful new friend to play with, Cupcake the animated Unicorn. Isn't she lovely? This magical creature comes with 2 mini cupcake treats and a brush to brush her mane. Once you've added batteries (which are not included) you press her left ear to Press left ear to hear her neigh & whinny sound, see her head move and watch her nodding head, wiggling tail & walking movements. Press her right ear to hear her neigh & whinny sound, see her head movements and watch her nodding head and wiggling tail. She also makes the cutest chewing sounds when you put the cupcakes into her mouth. When you brush her mane gently she will move her head with glee. Lily loves Unicorns and now loves her new Cupcake Unicorn friend too. She's fab!

Cupcake the Animated Unicorn had a RRP of £49.99 but she's at a new great price right now which means you can get her for just £28.99 which is an amazing price for this toy.


She's pretty and pink and looks so sweet. Lily loves her sparkly unicorn horn and magical glittery wings. Cupcake has a beautiful pink mane and tail which is great fun to brush. Those bright blue eyes are just stunning too. Lily really loves her new friend and plays with her every day. They go for walks together (in the house of course) and play together all the time.


Please note that Cupcake is not a ride on toy and is not suitable for children under 3 years of age. My 10 year old, Unicorn loving daughter Lily absolutely loves her new Unicorn friend Cupcake. No matter what you're age, I guess you're never too old to love Unicorns. Both Lily and I love Cupcake, she's a delightful toy to play with and makes Lily very happy.

 She's so lovely and really does bring a touch of magic into our home and lives.



Disclosure:  This review is written as part of our Chad Valley Play Panel Reviews.