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Monday, 26 November 2018

Christmas is Coming and Mummy's getting Stressed.

Christmas is Coming and Mummy's getting Stressed.

Christmas is coming and Mummy's (that's Me) is getting stressed. It's not even December yet and I can already feel my stress levels rising and my happiness levels dropping and although I may appear to be completely 'fine' on the outside, I can assure you, I am actually far from it underneath. Every year is the same but this year, I've almost had enough of it all.

For me Christmas is about my children, my family and my closest friends. It's about showing how much we love each other and care. It's not about who can buy the biggest and best presents. Christmas just seems to bring out the worst in some people and I can't stand it.

I am NOT going to try and compete this year. I am better than that. I am NOT going to worry myself if your kids get better presents than my kids, they won't care about that and I am NOT going to care if your present is shinier than mine. I am not materialistic like you!

I won't be getting myself into debt and I won't be spending money I don't have. We all live very different lives and some of us don't have the money or lifestyle that you may have so this year, I am NOT going to pretend that we're the same by buying you gifts I can't afford just so you don't notice. I am NOT ashamed. Some of us live month to month and paying our bills and looking after our children is far more important than splashing out on unnecessary crap at Christmas. It's just one day of the year, after all.

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to be working all the hours I can to earn every pound I can, to give my family the best Christmas that I can afford to give them. I won't say it's' going to be easy and I won't say that it won't be stressful as I know that it will be. There will be sleepless nights and lots of tears but hey, I guess that's just the way it's going to be. 

Christmas is stressful. It is! So if I seem a little stressed this season, please forgive me.

This Mummy is trying her best x

Monday, 19 November 2018

#Win a Bespoke HARIBO Supermix Snuggle Pod

#Win a Bespoke HARIBO Supermix Snuggle Pod

HARIBO has just unveiled an even creamier, softer, smoother and squishier HARIBO Supermix! To celebrate the variety of comforting moments that come from eating the Jelly Men, Milk Bottles, Ice-Creams and Sheep pieces that are available in the mix, HARIBO are offering one of my lucky readers the chance to win their very own limited edition Supermix Snuggle Pod worth £250! Just look how awesome it is! Who wouldn't love it?

Just like Supermix, the snuggle pod brings to life the comforting feelings that the new, creamier treats provide and offers the perfect opportunity for a #SupermixMoment of comfort. Supermix now boasts vibrant colours and creamier flavours; experience the new lemon meringue and peach flavoured Little Jelly Men and delicious vanilla in the Sheep and Ice-Cream treats. You can also enjoy popular raspberry, blackcurrant and apple flavours, in vibrant pink, purple and green colours. 

To enter, it's really simple. Just enter your details into the Rafflecopter Form below.

For more details about HARIBO Supermix and the rest of the range, please visit This Giveaway is open to the UK only. Entries will end on November 30th. One winner will be drawn at random from all correctly made entries.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

#WIN a Cadbury's Christmas Super Fun Pack

#WIN a Cadbury's Christmas Super Fun Pack

Happy November 1st everyone. I am so excited. It's now finally OK to mention the Big C word = CHRISTMAS! My favourite time of the year. Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!

To celebrate just how excited I really am, I'm giving away my first Christmas prize.

I'm going to treat one lucky reader to a Cadbury's Christmas Super Fun Pack filled with Snow Bites, Dairy Milk Buttons, a Dairy Milk Winter Edition bar, Freddo faces Tube, Fudge Minis tube and two NO.1 selling Christmas selection packs. It defo sounds like fun!

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 entries you do, the more chances you have to win. 1 winner will be chosen on Friday November 30th.

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 November 30th - Good Luck.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Stonehouse Pizza Parties - There's Dough Much Fun to be Had. #Review

Stonehouse Pizza Parties.
There's Dough Much Fun to be Had. 

Pizza is a family favourite in our house so when we were asked if we'd like to host a Pizza Party at our local Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery, we wouldn't possibly say no now, could we.

Everything was so easy to organise, from start to finish. Our nearest Stonehouse Pizza was at the Fox in Walmley so that's where we chose. Online there's a list of steps of how to arrange the party. We printed our invites, filled them in and handed them out to Ryan's friends in school. The parties are recommended for children aged between 4 and 10 years. 

We hosted our Pizza Party for 8 children in total, most of our guests were aged 8 years as they were all from Ryan's class at school, with the exception of my daughter Lily who's 11. 

Upon arrival we were shown to our Party Area where the table was all set up with activity sheets and pencil crayons, chef hats, rolling pins and disposable aprons. Everything looked great and the kids were all so excited when they saw it all. Once everyone was seated, we got stuck straight in. The Pizza Chef came out to show everyone how to roll their dough and then they all got to roll their very own pizza which was so much fun, the kids loved it.

The kids were all given little pots of Pizza Toppings to create their own Pizza masterpieces. 

Ryan likes his pizza plain so he added his tomato base and then lots and lots of cheese. Some of his friends added a little bit of everything which was really nice to see. There were children eating fresh pineapple pieces, slices of mushroom and lots of pieces of Pepperoni. 

Lily went the extra mile and made her pizza into a big smiley face which was brilliant.

The staff were so friendly, popping over every few minutes to see if there was anything we needed which was nice and reassuring. All the kids were delighted with their creations and enjoyed making them very much. It was great to see the kids having fun, trying new things. 

Making their own pizza gave them the freedom to play and experiment with the Toppings. 

The Pizza's didn't take long to cook, probably around 10 minutes, if that and once served the children were given little side plates so that they could help themselves to some sides or chips from the Sides Cart which also had a nice choice of Salad and Pasta which looked delicious. All the kids had plenty to eat and each got given a drink which was included too.

After the Pizza, came the Ice Cream or orange segments if they didn't want ice cream. The kids were so excited, each child was given a Sundae glass and a spoon and allowed to make their own ice cream treat. They filled their glasses with ice cream from the machine and then added what sauces and sweet toppings they wanted. The ice creams are Bottomless too, meaning the kids can fill their glasses up as many times as they want.

The Pizza Parties should last for approximately 1 and a half hours but ours did run over slightly today. Everyone was having so much fun that time really did run away with us, as they say, "Time flies when you're having fun". It's been such a lovely afternoon and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was so nice to let the children have some fun together outside of school hours. I wish we could do it more often for them really.

A Pizza Party at Your Local Stonehouse would cost you just £6.99 per child which is a really great price for everything they got today. I think they ate that much in food alone. 

As if all that wasn't enough. Each child got given a Goody Bag on the way out to take home.

We've all had such a fantastic day today and would definitely do it all again. It was so much fun and so worth the money. Each of the kids had a lovely day and will hopefully take so much away from today. Maybe they'll even start making their own pizzas at home too.

Disclosure: We were invited to host a Pizza Party at our local Stonehouse Pizza in return for an honest review. All opinions expressed within this review are 100% honest and my own.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Feisty Pets - An Alternative Halloween Gift Idea #Review

Feisty Pets - An Alternative Halloween Gift Idea

Aww, just look at how cute and cuddly they both are, meet the Feist Pets from Jazwares

This is Glenda Glitterpoop and Sammy Suckerpunch. They're totally adorable but eek - don't be fooled by those cute fury faces. They may look innocent but these cute and cuddly pets have a dark side. A dark side, making them perfect for alternative Halloween gifts this year.

These cute plush toys go from happy and sweet too angry and feisty at the simple squeeze of a button. There's no batteries involved which I love because they'll never need changing or run out. There's two easy to press buttons, one located on each side of the pets head behind the ears which you'll need to press together at the same time to change their expressions from cute to fur-ociously funny. Both Ryan and Lily laughed so much when they saw them for the first time as they wasn't expecting their pets faces to change like they did.

We've had great fun playing with our Feisty Pets this past week, we even painted our faces on one of the days to look like our pets. I'm not the best at painting faces but I had a go and we had fun, and the kids were happy so that's all that matters really. Just look at their faces.

There are several different Feisty Pets to collect, each one just as scary as the others. 

They will cost you just £14.99 each which is a great price for a toy that's just going to keep on giving and are available to buy from Argos, Smyths and other big toy sellers.  

They're just perfect for Halloween, if you're looking for something other than chocolate, these could be ideal. They can be used for cuddly pets or scary pets, whenever you like.

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

Monday, 22 October 2018

More Treat than Trick at Drayton Manor this Half Term #Review

 More Treat than Trick at 
Drayton Manor this Half Term : Review

It's More Treat than Trick this Half Term at Drayton Manor park this year. We had the pleasure of visiting this weekend to see what all the fuss was about and have to say, we had a really lovely time. The sun was shining, the park was decorated beautifully with spooky statues and pumpkins everywhere. The rides were all open (except two) and the queues were virtually non existent, we didn't wait more than 5 minutes for any of the rides which surprised us seeing as it was such a warm, sunny day for this time of year. It was fab!

Running from October 20th up until November 1st. Drayton Manor Park has some frightfully fun family Halloween activities and eerie entertainment waiting just for you and your family.

As well as all the fun of Thomas Land for younger kids and the bigger rides of Drayton Manor for the older kids. You also get the extra fun of exciting, Meet and Greets with Thomas Spooky Characters. Face your fears activities in the Reptile House and Keeper Talks in the Zoo. There's even Pumpkin Carving above the Main Thomas Land Shop. My fave part: You can Trick or Treat at the Fat Controllers house in Thomas Land which my two loved doing. Even though they were older than most children in the queue, they still loved it.

The Park was decorated beautifully with lots of picture perfect spots set up for you to use.
There were hay bale scenes for sitting on, Giant Pumpkins for posing in and so much more.

We had a lovely day out at Drayton Manor as usual, there's always so much fun to be had. We rode so many rides and enjoyed ice creams and doughnuts in the sunshine. For us, Drayton Manor is one of our favourite local attractions to visit as a family as there's always something for everyone. Although my little boy is 8 years old, he's a small 8 and not quite at the 1.2metres mark so he couldn't go on lots of the bigger rides which he did cry at the Bumper Cars when he still wasn't big enough to ride but I've promised him that he should have grown a little bit more by the time next Summer comes and then we'll go again to see if he can finally go on them all. I'll keep my fingers crossed but I'm sure he'll be tall enough.

Drayton Manor has lots to offer families like mine. The rides are great fun and there's a good selection, the queues are often small and the park is not too big so everything's nice and compact so there's not too much walking to do. And, if you don't like rides, there's the Zoo.

This may have been out last visit for this year but it's certainly not our last visit.

Remember if you do want to go, it's much cheaper to book your tickets online in advance.

Visit Drayton Manor Theme Park for more info.

Disclosure: We were invited to visit Drayton Manors: More Treat than Trick for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed within this review are all 100% honest and our own.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

#WIN a Family Ticket (for 5) to The Haunted Castle at Warwick Castle this Halloween

#WIN a Family Ticket (for 5) to The Haunted Castle
at Warwick Castle this Halloween.

Halloween and Half Term are fast approaching and we're so excited! 

 Warwick Castle is a local attraction, we personally love to visit and this Half Term they're pulling out all the stops to make the castle extra spooky for visitors this Halloween.

From October 20th to November 4th, The Haunted Castle comes alive for Halloween!

New activities for 2018 include an Escape Room (for an additional cost of £5 per person) set in the medieval gaol and a House of Wax which features a gut-wrenchingly grim finale. This year also sees the return of the popular Séance - an innovative binaural spatial audio technology experience; fire jousting displays; the plague-inspired adventure, Outbreak 1369; the spooky trails of the Haunted Hollows, the Witches Tower with an all-new show performed by horrid hags, telling tales of ghosts; and more! It all sounds so good.

There's a Flash Sale on the website right now so if you book your tickets online by midnight on Monday 23 October, You can save up to 40 per cent for Warwick Castle’s frighteningly good Halloween celebrations. Tickets are available from just £15 per person. 

The Competition - WIN a Family Ticket for up to 5 people to use this Half Term.

If you would like to win a Family Ticket for up to 5 people to visit Warwick Castle for Halloween this Half Term, you're in the right place. Simply use the Rafflecopter Form below:

Terms and Conditions: One winner drawn at random will win a Family Ticket (for up to 5 people) for Warwick Castle's Haunted House this Half Term. Open to the UK only. Travel costs are not included so please only enter if you can attend. Giveaway closes on Monday October 22nd at Midday. Winner will be drawn and contacted the same day. Good Luck.