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Monday, 27 July 2015

Our #SummerHolidays Diary - Week 1

Our Summer Holidays Diary - Week 1 

So, School's out and the Summer Holidays has officially begun. 7 weeks may seem like a long time but if last year was anything to go by, it's going to fly by so I've decided to make a diary. It's a nice way to keep track of all the fun things we will be getting up to. My 3 like to show their friends some of our pictures when they return to school, so again I thought that this would be a nice way to keep track of them all and maybe give you some ideas of things to do whilst we are at it. Living in busy Birmingham means there's always plenty to do.

Day 1 - Saturday 18th July

We started our holidays with a trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park in Tamworth which luckily we live very close too. It's one of our favourite places to visit as there's always so much to do and lots of fun to be had. It's always a guaranteed full day of fun for all the family there. 


Day 2 - Sunday

Sundays are relaxing days here, they often mean a trip to Granny's or Nannys house for dinner so this one was no different. Dinner at Granny's was followed by a play in the park. A simple yet lovely day spent with family and enjoyed by all.

Day 3 - Monday

Monday saw our sea legs come out, or our swimming baths legs at least. A trip to the local swimming baths was the activity of the day and one that all 3 of my children love. Our 'waves' machine was broken but that didn't stop them having fun, they played on the slide and had fun playing with one of their diving rings which always makes for great entertainment. Piggy in the Middle is one of their favourite games to play with it.

Day 4 - Tuesday

Tuesday was Cinema Day! Thanks to my hobby (entering competitions) We got to go to the Cinema to see the new Minions Movie. With 4 free tickets and a £20 Odeon gift card in hand we had a fab, fun (free) day out. VIP seats on the back row with a feast of Popcorn, drinks and sweets. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The movie was very funny, not as good as Despicable Me (in my opinion) but a great family film which kept them all entertained long enough to sit still, which is a first for us as my little man never sits still.

Day 5 - Wednesday

Seeing as Wednesday is sometimes also known as 'Hump Day' we headed off for a hill climbing adventure in The Forest Of Dean. The Forest Of Dean is full of wonderful walking paths, cycle paths, parks and lakes. It's one of our favourite places to visit when we get the chance. It's about an hour and a half drive from Birmingham but it's worth it. Our day was spent walking, picnicking and playing in the streams. It rained for most of the day but that didn't stop us, with our raincoats on we still had a wonderful day out in the forest.


Day 6 - Thursday 

Thursday was feast day again thanks to a prize I had won entering a competition. We had a voucher for a free meal for 2 at Jimmy Spices in Sutton Coldfield to use so that's where we went. My eldest being 12 qualifies as an adult so myself and Chloe got to eat free whilst my youngest two were half price anyway so we got to eat as much as we wanted for just £7.99. With a nice selection of Chinese, Indian and Italian foods, we were very happy.

Day 7 - Friday

Friday was Swimming Lessons Day so we didn't go far. Mummy had to go into work for a few hours so I got a few hours of peace (from the kiddies anyway). At Swimming Lessons, my youngest (5) passed his next stage exam and is now ready to move up into his next group. They're all doing so well now, I couldn't be prouder of my little swimmers.

It's been quite a busy week here, my children have been well and truly spoilt as we did so much in one week. My only fear now is that this week when we don't have as much planned, I'm going to be hearing the dreaded 'I'm Bored' every five minutes. Not every week is going to include days out every day but I'm going to try to set up some fun activities for right here at home. We're stocked up on colouring books and Jigsaw puzzles which should come in handy. I'll also be reading a lot of other blogs to pick up some new ideas.

What ever you're up to this week, have a good one.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

#Win a Tropicana Essentials Goody Bag full of Juicy Goodness.

#Win a Tropicana Essentials Goody Bag
 full of Juicy Goodness.


This week we've been busy trying out some of the Tropicana Essentials drinks from the new Tropicana range. We love Tropicana's original juices so we were very excited to try these.

Tropicana Essentials are still 100% naturally squeezed juices but now with added vitamins and nutrients. There's lots of new flavours, some of which are very interesting.

The new Tropicana range consists of :

  • Tropicana Essentials Multivitamins
  • Tropicana Essentials Fruit & Veg Mango, Passionfruit & Pumpkin
  • Tropicana Essentials Calcium
  • Tropicana Essentials Immune Support Orange, Mango & Persimmon
  • Tropicana Essentials Immune Support Apple, Cherry & Raspberry
  • Tropicana Essentials Fruitamins Mango & Peach
  • Tropicana Essentials Fruitamins Raspberry & Guava
  • Tropicana Kids Orange Cartons

My favourite was the Apple, Cherry & Raspberry as it was the sweetest. My children loved the Orange cartons. The new flavours are full of weird but wonderful combinations of fruits and flavours. If you like your juices then these are definitely one for you to try next.



The lovely people over at Tropicana have given me a lovely goody bag to give away to one of my readers. The prize will include all of the juices shown directly above. It''s really easy to enter, simply pop your details into the Rafflecopter Form below and cross your fingers.


This giveaway is open to the UK only and will end on Sunday 16th August. 1 winner will be chosen at random from all the correctly made entries - Good Luck.

#SilentSunday 26/07/2015


Silent Sunday 26/07/2015



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Infruition - 100% Natural Fruit Infusing Water Bottles. #Review

Infruition - 100% Natural Fruit Infusing Water Bottles.


These new Fruit Infusing Water Bottles from Infruition are great fun and look pretty cool too. We're always being told to drink more water and drink less fizzy drinks full of unwanted sugars. My eldest daughter (12) was so excited when she came home from school last week to one of these bottles. She'd been asking for one for ages after seeing one of her teachers at school with one. They're really easy to use and leak proof making them perfect for school use. At the moment they only come in one size (700ml) which is adult sized but I have heard that a new children's sized range could be on the cards in the future which I think would be a great idea as the novelty of these bottles makes fruit appeal more interesting to little ones. Chloe, my eldest is happy using the adult sized bottle as she drinks quite a lot of water anyway but I'd love some smaller ones for my younger two.


Our favourite summer fruit is Strawberries so we had to try out a strawberry Infruition first. I love the way the strawberries are popped safely into the middle of the bottle but are mixed with the water that surrounds them as there's large slots in the tube that holds them.

Your fruit stays separate at all times but their flavours are free to infuse with the water making for a really lovely yet natural flavoured drink and what's even better is that when your water is all gone, you can then open the bottle and eat the strawberries too.

Chloe loved the fact that she got a refreshing drink as well as a nice handful of strawberries to eat on her lunch break too. As they're in a separate compartment, we found that they stayed in one piece but were lovely and cool from being in the water all day.

We love our Infruition bottle here and will continue to use it, the possibilities of what you can put inside it are endless. I wonder what fruit infusion we will make next?

Disclosure: We received our sample in return for an honest review.

Fireman Sam Diecast Vehicles from Character Options #Review

Fireman Sam Diecast Vehicles 
from Character Options


This week we've been playing with some brand new Fireman Sam Diecast Vehicles 
from Character Options. The set contains 3 vehicles from the show: Venus, Neptune & Jupiter and are aimed at children aged 3+. My little man Ryan and I love watching Fireman Sam although I'm not a huge fan of that Naughty Norman, he can be a little monster at times. I'm so glad he's just a character and not a real child living anywhere near me.

We have lots of Fireman Sam toys here already but Ryan does love his cars/vehicles and these are no exception. They're all very cute and full of detail, Ryan loves them.


Ryan who's 5 has happily added the Fireman Sam Diecast Vehicles to his box of cars. Whenever there's a fire (a pretend one of course) I'm sure they will be out on patrol to save the day just like the real Fireman Sam would be. They're great little toys that all boys will love. They're quite heavy as their diecast vehicles but they're tough and hard wearing.

Ryan loves them so I'm happy with them too. They're great little toys to add to any vehicle collection, whether your little one is a Fireman Sam fan or not. Our thumbs are up.

Disclosure: We received our sample in return for an honest review.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Lily's turned into a Fashionista with her Barbie Fashionista Doll #Review

Lily's turned into a Fashionista with her 
Barbie Fashionista Doll


Like everyone, Barbie and her friends each have a different look, personality and sense of style, but that doesn't stop them from having fun together! Each Fashionista doll is unique in her look and style as there are 14 different facial sculpts, 8 skin tones, 18 eye colours, 22 hair styles, and 23 hair colours and fashions inspired by global fashion to collect. 


Lily loves her Barbies, her new Barbie Fashionista doll is already one of her favourites as she knows that it's unique just for her. She likes the bright yellow skirt and polka dotted top that she's wearing and loves her ombre coloured wavy hair. It's a very pretty doll.

Lily has been dressing up to be a Fashionista just like her new Barbie.


The Barbie Fashionista dolls are brought to us by Mattel and retail at around £7.99 which makes them great 'pocket money' priced toys or reward treats maybe. They're aimed at children aged 3 and over as some of the dolls may include small parts. Our Barbie Fashionista doll came complete with a removable handbag and sunglasses. She's wearing some pretty cool sneakers too, which Lily now wants a pair of.


I've been really pleased with the Barbie Fashionist doll. It's very pretty, stylishly (yet not inappropriately) dressed and doesn't cost too much money. Lily is happy with it which means I am happy with it, together we give her a firm Fashionista thumbs up.

Disclosure: We received our Fashionista doll in return for an honest review.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Casdons Little Shoppers ~ Pick & Mix Toy Sweet Shop #Review

 Casdons Little Shoppers 
Pick & Mix Toy Sweet Shop


My little ones love role play and pretending that they are doing real life jobs – just like the grown-ups! This Pick & Mix Sweet Shop has been specially designed to provide hours of fun and stimulation so your little shopkeeper will really feel part of your world while developing essential life skills and having fun at the same time. We've been having a play with one this week and have to say, what's not to like about playing shopkeepers with real sweets. Although it's aimed at children aged between 3 and 8, all three of my children aged from 5 to 12 have loved taking their turns being shopkeepers and customers.


The toy itself is really easy to put together as everything you need to play is there in the box. You get the shop, till, weighing scales, sweet pots and lots of sweets to sell too. Everything just clips together so there's no need for any grown up help, it's nice and simple.

My three have had lots of fun playing with this. It's the sort of toy that really brings out their imagination. Role playing is always great fun but when real sweets are involved it's even better. They loved the fact that they could buy, sell and eat real sweets.


The Pick & Mix Toy Sweet Shop is just one of the toys in the Casdon Little Shoppers Range,  there's another 12 exciting playsets to choose from too.

When I asked my three what they loved best about this toy, they all said in agreement  'The Sweets' which came as no surprise to me. If I was their age, I would have said the same.

The Casdon Pick & Mix Toy Sweet Shop gets a huge thumbs up from us.