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Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Balls To Cancer + Raising Much Needed Funds!

 Balls To Cancer + Raising Much Needed Funds! 

Balls to Cancer was setup in 2011 by Mark Bates with the love and support of his wife Susan following the death of Mark’s father, Geoff and Susan’s grandad Peter. Balls to Cancer, is a registered charity in the UK and was started to help raise awareness and offer support to men dealing with cancer. They soon realised they were able to offer their help and support to everyone. They've been successfully helping men, women and children suffering with cancer giving them love and support so they’re not alone.

They offer information on all forms of cancer via their website and they’re on hand to offer support by listening and talking. Through the generosity of their supporters, they’re able to support sufferers financially; giving support with household bills, equipment, clothing, school uniforms and winter coats. 

Cancer hits everyone it affects physically, mentally and financially and they’re on hand to help where they can. In addition, they have 2 amazing luxury holiday homes in Burnham-on-Sea where families can share a carefree holiday, without worry; for free. They’re lucky to be able to offer free Chemotherapy support packs to anyone going through this challenging treatment. 100% of funds raised or donated goes into Balls to Cancer.  And this is where I come in as I wanted to help.

On November 26th, Balls To Cancer are hosting their 10th Anniversary Charity Christmas Ball at the Grand Station in Wolverhampton and I can't wait to attend. I wanted to help them raise a little extra on the night so I reached out on Twitter and by Email to see who could help me. The response I got was absolutely amazing.

For anyone attending on the night, there will be some wonderful prizes to be won thanks to You. I couldn't have done this without each of YOU!


Thank You EDIFIER for their Edifier R1280T speakers.


Thank You TESCO for their Tesco Manual Microwave.


Thank You Thatchers for their Thatcher Gold Cider crate.


Thank You Turtlebay for their £20 Gift Voucher.


Thank You Buyagift for their Bungee Jump Gift Experience Voucher.


Thank You Say It With Champers for their Personalised Mini Prosecco Bottle.


Thank You The Pure Collection for their Gorgeous Aragon Oil + Beard Oil set.


Thank You Trend Him for their Wonderful Watch.


Thank You Vivid Toys and Games for their wonderful Vet Squad Bundle.


Thank You Photography By Amanda Allen for their £50 Voucher.


Thank You Serious Laughter for their lovely Bundle Bag Gift.



Thank You to a lovely friend who didn't wish to be mentioned.

I'm so excited to be able to help such a wonderful charity but I couldn't have done it without all of YOU, so Thank You. I shall of course let you know how it all goes on the night which is only a month away now. And if you would like to help by donating a pound or two or by raising funds any way you'd like, please do.

You can Donate online right here - Thank You if you can.

Disclosure: These Raffle Prizes have been kindly donated by all the companies mentioned. I have made nothing from this. All funds raised will be 100% donated to the charity Balls To Cancer. I am just raising funds on behalf of them, for them. 

Sunday, 24 October 2021

What's New Pussycat? At the Birmingham Repertory Theatre #Review

What's New Pussycat? 

At the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.


Thursday October 19th brought the World Premiere Gala Performance of new musical What's New Pussycat? to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. I was one of the lucky ones who was invited to join them on the Red Carpet with a host of celebrity guests on the night.

Get ready for toe tapping music, fashion mods and rocking romance in this brand new musical comedy inspired by the classic Henry Fielding novel The History of Tom Jones. Written by Tony Award winning, Joe Di Pietro and featuring the iconic songs of Sir Tom Jones, this hilarious new show invites you to relive London’s swinging sixties in all its delicious excess. It’s 1965 and ladies’ man Tom Jones arrives in London with a broken heart, but he also has big dreams and a big voice. He quickly discovers an exciting world of mods and miniskirts, dancing and decadence, but most of all…incredible music. Romance and adventure await, but will Tom ever be reunited with his one true love, who seems more interested in designing for Carnaby Street than in being Mrs. Tom Jones? 
 

This show is jam packed with amazing voices, I had goosebumps on several occasions. There's some real show stoppers. You’ll hear all of Sir Tom Jones greatest hits including Green, Green Grass of Home, It’s Not Unusual, Leave Your Hat On, Delilah, Mama Told Me Not To Come, Sex Bomb and, What’s New Pussycat? All performed by an amazing cast.

Tom Jones played by the very talented Dominic Andersen lit up the stage that night and pulled everyone in. He gave an amazing performance with his incredible voice. The swinging 60's didn't fail to deliver with his eye catching dance moves and show stopping style. I can see why it's over 12's as one scene sees Mr Tom Jones bear all but his underpants, not that we minded at all. It was very easy to see why everyone fell in love with this Tom Jones. 


{Photograph by Pamela Raith}

I loved BrontĂ© BarbĂ© as Mary Western who looked absolutely gorgeous in her mini skirts and adored Rebekah Hinds as the The Girl In The Polka Dot Dress, she was hilarious. The whole cast were wonderful and the show even more so. I found myself singing along with every song and laughing out loud like I hadn't done in such a long time. It was fantastic to be back at the theatre and to see such a fabulous show, made me fall in love with the theatre again.


{Photograph by Pamela Raith}


{Photograph by Pamela Raith}


{Photograph by Pamela Raith}

What's New Pussycat? is running right up until November 14 so book now for the musical comedy event you’ve been waiting for! Ticket prices start from just £17.50 and show running time is 2 hours 20 minutes, 20 minutes is the interval and the show is suitable for ages 12+.

What's New Pussycat? Gets a wonderful 5* s from me - It's truly fantastic! 

You can book your tickets from Birmingham Rep online now.

Disclosure: I was invited to the premiere as a guest. I've written this post because I had such an amazing time and wanted to share my review with all of you.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

The Healthy Dog Co Family - It's Not Just for Dogs! #Review

 The Healthy Dog Co Family - It's Not Just for Dogs!


Checking out The Healthy Dog Co the other day, I realised that's they're not just for dogs but for cats too! Their story, The Healthy Dog Co was created by Sally King after her dog Maxi suffered terrible health problems and sadly passed away. The loss was devastating for Sally and she made it her mission to stop bad health affecting as many dogs as she can. She found and worked together with the best vets, nutritionists and manufacturers to produce the highest quality dog health products on the market so other dogs will never have to suffer the same fate. Sally now has a new dog, Lucy, who she loves with all her heart. 

The Healthy Dog Co’s mission is to create products that dog/cat owners can trust with the health of their pets by only producing products with healthy, safe, all natural ingredients.

My Cat Tommy is such an adventurer which means he often comes home with a few extra, unwanted friends - fleas! We've tried several brands but they don't seem to keep them away for very long so this week we decided to give The Healthy Dog company a try instead.

The All Natural Flea Fighter Treatment Repels and Kills Fleas, Ticks and Lice, It's Fast Acting Long lasting. It's Powerful and Natural with Non-Toxic Ingredients. Costing you £17.99 for a 100ml bottle is great value as you only need to squirt 1ml (a full pipette) of solution onto the back of your pets neck daily for 1 week for the best results. It's quick, simple and easy.


My Tommy isn't a fan of flea treatments but he's a good boy and lets me do it when needed. 

Along with the help of their All Natural Household Flea Fighter too, I can happily say my home and cat are both flea free right now which is fantastic news. Costing £19.99, you can use is safely everywhere in your home, on your beds, carpets and sofas. It will fight fleas all year round using it's powerful but 100% natural ingredients. It's pretty awesome really.

Being flea free means that Tommy can get back to his normal playful, cheely self sooner.


The Healthy Dog Co looks after both dogs and cat in a natural and friendly way. I really like their products and will continue to use them on my boy Tommy. He's happy & I'm happy!

Disclosure: We received our Flea Treatment products for free in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

#WIN a Box of Cadbury Halloween Chocolate Treats

 WIN a Box of Cadbury Halloween Chocolate Treats



Happy September Everyone! Summer is almost over and Autumn will soon be here, along with Halloween so I thought I'd give away some Halloween treats this month to cheer us up. 

Inside this box of treats, you'll find: 

1 x Cadbury Goo Mini Eggs Bag 
1 x Cadbury Treat size Minis Buttons Bag 12 Pack 
1 x Cadbury Family Treat size Bars Bag with approx 16 bars. 
1 x Cadbury Creme Egg Goo Head 5 Pack

To WIN - Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below to complete as many or as few of the entry options as you like. It's completely up to you how many you do but remember, the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win. 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random after it closes on October 1st  - This Giveaway is Open to the UK Only - Good Luck x


This is not a sponsored Giveaway - The Prize is supplied by myself. 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 October 1st. Winner contacted shortly after.

Sunday, 22 August 2021

Micro Toy Box Miniature Collectibles #Review

 Micro Toy Box Miniature Collectibles


There are big things in store for mini toys this year! Micro Toy Box Collectables let your kids unbox highly detailed, quality miniatures of all the best loved classic and contemporary toys and games. They bring back some great childhood memories for us adults and some new ones for the children. My boy loved peeling and revealing these collectable replicas. 


There's different sized packs available to buy. You can choose 5, 10, 15 or 20 miniature toys per pack, plus stickers. 
All your favourite toys and games have been made mini. Just unwrap and reveal the surprise mini toys that come in every pack. What surprises will you unbox?


There are 50 miniature micros toys from: Rubiks, Barbie, Nerf, Hot Wheels, My Little Pony, Hasbro games e.g. Monopoly, and more! There’s even a handy collectors leaflet to check off your surprise reveals. Have fun building your collection and swapping with your friends.

Ryan loves the miniature Hot Wheels cars and the little Transformers Robots. Some of the classic toys have given us great conversations about the toys Mummy used to play with when she was little. Like the little plastic telephone with the face on it and the Glowworm, which I loved. It's like a trip down memory lane looking at some of these old classic toys.


The smallest pack available is the 5 pack which costs £6.99 and the biggest pack is the 20 pack which costs £19.99 but there are other sized packs available in between those. They're all now Available now from Smyths Toys Superstores! We visited our local store last week to find our 20 pack, as Ryan wanted to have a look through them all and choose his own. I love the idea that most of the toys are on show so that you can pick which ones you want. We do love the surprise ones but it's good that they're not all surprises so you can avoid getting too many duplicates. We do have a few of the same toys but they're in different colours so they don't actually look like they're all the same which is a very clever idea.


They're not suitable for children under 3 years as the parts are very small. Ryan is 11 now and loves this kind of thing. The Micro Toy Box Collectibles have a lot going for them. My boy loves the hidden surprise elements, the unboxing of packets elements and of course the total cute factors. He loves them so much that he now wants to collect them all so he best get saving his pocket money or at least I know what to buy him for Christmas this year. 


Can you spot any of your favourite toys?

Disclosure: We received our Micro Toy Box Collectibles in return for an Honest Review.

Sunday, 8 August 2021

Back To School with Trutex Schoolwear #Review

 Back To School with Trutex Schoolwear 


The Back to School madness is just a month away so I'm trying to be more organised this year and get everything we need early. I'm hoping to avoid the disappointment we were faced with last year when all the sizes we needed, were out of stock everywhere and It was way too stressful. It's going to be a  big year for us this year with my youngest now off to big school so we've got a lot to prepare for and a lot of new uniform to buy. It's going to be quite costly for us but it's more about quality, durability and fit, than cost for me as I want uniform that lasts. 

Over the past few months, we,ve been testing out some Trutex School Uniform. We're lucky enough to have one of their stores on our local High Street which is ever so handy for us but they are also online too, so don't worry if there's not a store close to you. You can get all the same great choice online, delivered to your door like we did with our school uniform order.

Ryan will be starting Year 7 in September so it's a whole new uniform for him this time. He's going to need new trousers, shirts and a blazer. All of which we got from Trutex. Even though Ryan is 11 years old now, he's a bit smaller for his age so we often struggle to get the right sizes for him. We buy adjustable trousers so we can pull them in at the waist and smaller sizes in everything else. Ryan's blazer is a bit big for him but that's just a mum thing. We all buy a bigger sized blazer for our Year 7 starters saying "they'll grow into it". Don't we? 


The Sturdy Fit Trouser With Internal Adjuster provide a generous fit with a shorter leg. They feature a flat front style with side and back pockets which always come in handy for boys. They're available in black, grey, charcoal and prices start from £15.95 a pair. 

The Boys Blazer features a traditional three pocket design. It's properly tailored, with a superior internal construction. This blazer won’t lose its shape, even after repeated washes in your washing machine as it is machine washable. It's recycled outer blazer fabric is stain resistant and this blazer has an Internal zip pocket for added security too which is cool. It's available in 7 colours and a whole range of different sizes, and costs £29.95. It's a plain blazer with no school badge on it so that you can sow you're own school badge onto it.

The Short Sleeve, Slim Fit Non-Iron Shirts (Twin Pack) are low maintenance with no ironing required after washing, helping to take the stress out of keeping uniforms clean. They button up to the neck with strong seams and have an added chest pocket on them too. They're available in 3 colours, black, white and blue and cost £11.95 for the twin pack.

I love the quality of the Trutex uniform, everything is nice and thick, and made to last. Adjustable trousers are a must for us so these are perfect and extra pockets are always welcomed too. My boy is a proper rough and tumble kind of boy so I know he needs a tough uniform to get him through the school year. I'm pleased to say, I think Trutex should do that. 

Lily is going into Year 10 at her school this September so she doesn't need quite as much new uniform as Ryan, as most of hers is still quite new and still fits luckily. We tend to just top up her school uniform with the bits that she does need. This year it's mainly new trousers, skirts  and shoes for her, and tights, she always needs new tights. 


The Senior Stitch Down Pleat Skirt has a permanent pleat with a stain resistant finish so it not only looks good, but it’s easy to wash and iron, saving you time too It comes in a huge range of sizes and an internal waist adjuster, back zip and button fastening so you’re sure to find a comfortable fit. It's available in black, navy and harrow grey and costs £14.95 to buy.

The Short Sleeve, Slim Fit Non Iron Blouses (Twin pack) help take the stress out of laundry, making it easier to keep children looking smart. They have elasticated collars on the junior sizes helping to provide younger children with the confidence to dress themselves and strong seam construction to make them last longer. The Elasticated collar is available on sizes 22" - 26". The low maintenance Non iron finish is best achieved using a hang to dry for maximum non iron effectiveness although minimal ironing may be prefered. They are available to buy in 2 colours, white and blue and prices start from £11.95 for the twin pack which is great.

Lily's is really fussy about her school uniform (Teens) but she loves the Trutex skirt and shirts. They're comfortable and look great on, so if she's happy, than I am more than happy. That's one less battle every morning to get her dressed and ready for school in time each morning. 


Overall, I'm really happy with the Trutex school uniform. It's made of good quality materials, is easily washed and dried and wears really well. It's adjustable and comfortable and looks great. Both my two are looking forward to wearing their new school uniforms in September.


You can check out all the Trutex School Uniform online at
Trutex

Disclosure: We received our Trutex Uniform for Free in Return for an Honest Review.

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Time for a Bigger House? Or Just Need more Space? (AD)

 Time for a Bigger House? Or Just Need more Space? 

With my children getting older, we seem to be acquiring more 'stuff' and lately the storage in our home, or lack of it, is becoming a bit of an issue. The kids are getting bigger which seems to make our house feel smaller. Maybe it's because of all the things they now have and need. The school equipment, the sports team kits, the holidays accessories and so on. 

Most of their 'stuff' gets used every day so doesn't need storing but then there's this pile that just sits there with no where to go. The memory boxes, the childhood treats and the toys they no longer play with but are too attached to, to throw away. What do you actually do with it all?


That is the question I've been thinking a lot about lately. I don't want to throw it away as that would make the kids feel sad but there simply isn't room in our house to store it for much longer. We can't afford to move to a bigger house and we can't really afford to extend our current house either so that's why I've had to think outside of the box for a different sort of solution to our problem. Now Storage self storage could solve all our problems. They're a  family run business that offers personal storage with the added peace of mind that all of their storage units are fully insulated to protect your items from the elements and keep them in pristine condition. Somewhere safe to store our keepsakes and special belongings safe and secure, that sounds like a great solution or definitely one to be considered.


How do you make room for all the 'stuff' in your house? I'd love to know. I'm so useless at making room for things that we don't need. I'm always watching those DIY programmes to make storage myself but I'm just no good at it so I guess this is the best kind of solution for me. I'd still love to hear what you do in your home though. Where do you store your 'stuff'?

Disclosure: This post is written in association with Now Storage Self Storage.