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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Cold Wives Tales - 20 tips to keep the home warm & toasty.

How to save energy and money in the home

While home energy use has actually fallen by 30% in the last 30 years, the cost of bills have increased from £960-£1,030. And, with spring seemingly an age away, the recent cold snaps have meant that the amount of fuel used in the home has inevitably begun to rise again. But, there are ways that we can reduce energy wastage in a bid to keep bills as low as we can.

Here are some suggestions from leading home improvements specialists Everest:

A clean chimney is an energy efficient one

Sweeping the chimney of soot and debris will ensure your fire burns safely and efficiently – and this will help you to save on fuel.

Maintain your roof tiles to lock that energy in

Not only will water leakage lead to costly repair bills, but in some cases, it isn’t covered by your home insurance. You also risk losing energy through the roof if you don’t maintain it properly.

Top up your insulation for greater efficiency

If you are tired of moaning about the dreaded draft from upstairs, then ensuring your loft insulation is at, in the very least, 27cm, will actually help to keep your house toastier – and more importantly it’ll save you as much as £175 a year.

Fill in the gaps when it comes to your floorboards

Dated floorboards may be in fashion right now, but rest assured they will leak heat and let in the cold. But you needn’t be sacrificing energy for chic – a little bit of filler will be enough to close up the gaps – saving you energy and blocking out the cold.

It’s curtains for cold snaps…

Heavier curtains will help to keep your living room warm and snug throughout winter and autumn’s worst – so it’s well worth considering this when you’re choosing your soft furnishing.

Use a thermostat – it’ll save you in the long-run

As much as £70 a year, actually – so it’s well worth it…

35% of heat is lost through your walls…

Which is why, it is worth considering investing in cavity walls or solid wall insulation to help to save you both money and energy in the future.

Minimise drafts with brush insulation strips

This will definitely help to minimise problem drafts under the front and back doors.

For even more useful energy saving tips, have a look at the following infographic.

Monday, 25 March 2013

WIN A Gorgeous Pink Owls DreamGenii Cotbed Quilt Set Worth £39.99

DreamGenii's Gorgeous Cotbed Quilt Sets

DreamGenii have got two beautiful Cotbed Quilt sets, there's a Gorgeous Blue Whales design for the boys and the cutest Pink Owls one for the girls. They are both so lovely, for £39.99 you will get a warm, cosy quilt and pillowcase set in your chosen design pattern of either the Blue Whales or Pink Owls. They are suitable for Children up to 4 years and come in a 4 Tog which are 100% Cotton. They are truly delightful, the perfect quilt set for Spring and Summer.

We were sent a sweet blue whales set for my little man to try out, it's going to be perfect for Summer if it ever arrives. It's cute design is hard to resist, even Ryan loves it. He was happy to swap his Thomas covers for the Blue Whales, no moans or groans (which I was expecting)  He was acvtually quite excited, shouting "Thank you Mummy" bless him, he's so cute!  I think Ryan and his bed time buddies love it as you can see from our pictures we took.

Ryan, Baby Jake, Charley Bear and Spider Man all give their new quilt set a fab Thumbs Up!

The lovely people over at DreamGenii have given me a Pink Owls set like shown above to give away to one of you lucky people. All you have to do to enter is leave me a comment below saying who you would like it for? It could be your little girl, a friends or maybe just someone you know who would love it. This giveaway is only open to the UK and one winner will be drawn at random on Sunday April 7th. Good Luck.



Check Out The @thehappyeggco Chick Cam ~ The Cutest Thing Ever!

- New chick flick captures first moments of life -

Nature lovers across the globe will be able to enjoy some real “hen-tertainment” this Easter by watching the first live chick hatching using Google+.

 Launched today, Chick-cam, an initiative by ethical egg producer the happy egg co., will document the first five days of life of 16 newborn chicks as part of an initiative to educate people and encourage them to fall in love with hens.

Giving virtual viewers a unique window into the world of chickens, Chick-cam will use three cameras, including a night-vision camera, to follow the action 24/7 – from the final stages of incubation to the chicks’ pecking their way out of their shells.

Working in partnership with The Happy Chick Company, the specialists in complete chick hatching experiences for nurseries and schools, the incubator will be closely monitored and controlled by a team of experts to ensure the chicks have everything they need to come out of their shells.  The chicks will then be re-homed to The Happy Chick Company’s trusted network of poultry owners and smallholders.

Founded in 2009, the happy egg co. is the UK’s number one free range brand and is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare.  As well as plenty of green pasture to roam and forage, all happy egg farms are equipped with an assortment of activities to enhance the birds’ natural surroundings – from towers to perch on, sandpits for dust-bathing, and natural play areas with logs, foliage and cut branches.  

All the events will be broadcast on the happy egg website ( where people will be able to watch the hatching in real time as well as interviews from hen experts on the week’s activity.  As part of the initiative, viewers will be able to win happy egg prizes. The chick flick will also be available to watch via Google+ Hangouts On Air – enabling millions to enjoy the experience from their computer, tablet or phone. 

For more details on Chick-cam or to watch the live chick hatching go to 

For live updates on the hatching, follow #chickcam on Twitter and instagram, or visit our Facebook page

Friday, 22 March 2013

#Win The Simple Solution For Baby’s Delicate Skin

Win The Simple Solution For Baby’s Delicate Skin

Simple, the UK’s No. 1 Facial Skincare brand¹, has teamed up with Tiny Tatty Teddy to make baby’s bath time extra special. With 50 years experience caring for even the most sensitive skin, Simple’s Baby range continues to care for baby’s delicate newborn skin.

With five different products in the range, Simple Baby uses the kindest ingredients including natural Chamomile goodness, Lavender Oil and Pro-Vitamin B5 to soothe and calm baby’s skin. 

Simple and Tiny Tatty Teddy have teamed up with Mummy of 3 Diaries to offer a lucky reader a fantastic prize, a selection of the Me To You Tiny Tatty Teddy nursery items, including My First Tiny Tatty Teddy, Tiny Tatty Teddy Baby Comforter and Simple Baby Moisturising Wipes, plus the Simple Baby range.

To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question:

How many years of experience do Simple have caring for sensitive skin?

5 years/ 500 years/ 50 years

Please leave your answer in a comment below.

For a Extra Entry you can:

Tweet about the giveaway using the tweet below and then leave a separate comment letting me know which Twitter ID you did it from. 

" I want to #win the Tiny Tatty Teddy & Simple Range with @v82chris "

(Maximum of 2 entries (comments)  per person. Open to the UK only. 1 winner will be drawn at random on Sunday April 7th) 

For stockist details call 0121 712 6523 or visit



You always get a wow with @WOW_Toys #Review & #Giveaway

WOW Toys Fireboat Felix & Danny’s Diving Adventure

WOW Toys are pretty much obsessed with creating super cute, super tough toys for your little ones to love and all with no batteries required!  They would never dream of using PVC plastic, they only use high grade materials that are very strong so their toys are durable and don’t break.There are no small parts in their toys and they don’t use any toxic materials. All their toys are regularly tested by a certified independent testing house to high global safety standards.

Fireboat Felix to the rescue! Felix is great for bath time fun, fill him up & then squeeze the turtle button to squirt water from his four powerful water jets. Tom, his fully qualified fire fighter is always ready to help him put out any fire around WOW Town. 

This set includes 1 Fireboat called Felix and 1 Fire-fighter called Tom. Tom is a removable fire-fighter who can be used with other toys from the WOW world range.

Get ready to dive in and make a splash with Danny’s Diving Adventure! Flip open the top of the boat to reveal a fantastic working diving board which Mandy and Chris, the diver friends, love to dive off into the bath. They have so much fun lining up and diving off at bath time!

Danny also scoop up and pours all of the water out of his mouth to add to the bath time fun! Daphne the dolphin likes to go along on their diving adventures. This set includes Danny the boat, Mandy and Chris his diver friends, Daphne the dolphin and a removable diving board.

We were recently sent both of these toys to play with as my little man Ryan loves his bath time fun. Bath times are one his favourite times of day, he just loves the water. We've played with WOW Toys before and the quality is always great. The vehicles are so detailed and the people are always a great size and so life like. WOW Toys really do know what young children want to play with, my Ryan (aged 2) loves them. We really can't fault them, they're made so well, designed fabulously and great fun for all ages. You're never too old to play with a WOW Toy.

I'm really excited to tell you that I have both of these WOW Toys available for you to win thanks to the very generous people over at WOW Toys. How super is that! You can win these super cute bath time toys by using the Raffle Copter form below to enter. The giveaway will end on Sunday April 7th and 1 lucky winner will then be chosen at random to win both toys. 

This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Not long to go now. Tuesday 26th March #peppasthemeparkparty

On Tuesday 26th March Twitter will be taken over. Will you be at the #peppasthemeparkparty ?

There's only 5 days to go now until the big day, are you as excited as we are? We've been busy getting ready for our Peppas Theme Park Party here, it's been very exciting. Our party boxes arrived last week which caused a big fuss, I had to try and keep it's contents hidden from my three little ones or the goodies would have never lasted until the big day. I'm really excited to show you what was inside though. Just look at the size of the box, it was huge!

 Inside our Peppa's Theme Park Party box there was lots of amazing goodies. 
Peppa Pig bunting, cups, plates and party accessories. There was gifts for our guests and lots of new Peppa Pig Theme Park toys for them all to play with. There was Peppa Pig magazines and lots of other exciting toys including cute little figures. 

I couldn't believe just how great our party box was, it even had a gorgeous Peppa Pig cake! Yes, that's right, cake. Well it wouldn't be a proper party without a cake now would it?

We've been busy inviting our 10 guests and spreading the news about our awesome party. I've even got some great take home party bags ready for our little Peppa Pig fans for when they leave. They're going to be filled with yummy sweets and pocket sized toys, I hope they like them. With just 5 days left to go, we're almost ready here. Will you be joining us?

Remember you can find out all the important details here at 

All the parties will be taking place on Tuesday 26th March including the big on live on Twitter which you can join in and win some awesome prizes with too. 

It's all happening between 3-5pm so be there or be square. Make sure you are following @UKMumstv and follow the hashtag #PeppasThemeParkParty for all the news and updates. @UKMumstv are also giving away lots of Peppa Pig prizes every day this week so why not pop over and enter. Who knows what you might win. You've got to be in it to win it as they say. 

I shall be tweeting live throughout our party, I do hope you will join us.

Monday, 18 March 2013

HARIBO’s new Easter Gifts

HARIBO’s new Easter Gifts
HARIBO’s has launched a new Easter range of delicious and fun gifts which include Chirping Chicks, Bouncing Bunnies, Twist and Stick and a HARIBO Starmix Easter Egg. They also have a fantastic  HARIBO Easter Fun Bucket, which is perfect for creating your very own Easter Hunt.

The HARIBO Easter Hunt bucket contains 32 mini bags. These portion controlled gums and jellies in fun Easter chick and cute bunny shapes can be hidden around your garden or home to create an exciting Easter Hunt for the whole family to enjoy. Inside the bucket you will also find lots of great tips and hints to make the perfect hunt.

You can also download your very own HARIBO Easter Hunt Pack from The pack contains 3 cute masks for the kids to cut out and colour including a chick, rabbit and lamb. There's also animal footprints for marking out paths and fun signs to help point the way. It's a truly delightful pack worth downloading if you're planning an Easter Hunt this year.

If you love HARIBO like we do her at Mummy Of 3 Diaries then these fun filled Easter Treats could be just the thing you're looking for if you're after a chocolate alternative. I've put our HARIBO Easter Hunt on hold for a few weeks so that we can do it on Easter Sunday but I'm sure I will be back to show you all how we got on. 

We were kindly sent our very own HARIBO Eater Bucket along with some other samples for the purpose of this review but that does not influence my opinion in any way. All the views expressed are entirely my own. 

Wishing You a Happy HARIBO Easter from us here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries.

Having A Hen Night? Then check out Hen Stuff!

The perfect place for all your Hen Party needs.

Are you looking for Hen Night, Henstuff, Hen party items or accessories?? HenStuff is your number one online shop for all your Hen night accessories. There's everything you need from traditional Tiara's and Veils to Silly straws, sashes and fancy dress costumes. 

My best friend is getting married this June and we are all looking forward to her Hen Night which will be taking place this May. I was given a £25 challenge to see what I would buy for our night out using the store. With so much to choose from, it wasn't an easy choice.

I bought 7 x Bridesmaid Sashes for us to wear on her big night out. They were on sale from £3.50 to just £2.50 so that was fantastic. I also bought a Bride To Be sash for the lucky lady herself. With the Sashes all bought that's the main item crossed off my "To Do List".

Next up I needed a Veil and Tiara fot the bride to be to wear on her big night and again this was very reasonably priced.  I had a few pounds left over so I picked out a cute badge too.

There's lots of great items on the Henstuff site, there's accessories to suit everyone's needs. They have some fantastic deals available on some of their fancy dress costumes at the moment too. I got quite a lot for my money using their site which I am very pleased about. The Sashes, Veil and Tiara and badge is all sorted. We're almost ready to bring on the party now.

If you're having a Hen Party or Hen Night soon then check out HenStuff for yourself.

Disclosure: I was given my £25 order free of charge for the purpose of this review. All the opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by this.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Cadbury's Easter Treats

Cadbury's Easter Treats 
Let Cadbury treat the family (and yourself!) this Easter with three exciting gifts to tempt your tastebuds. Winter is on its way out, spring is in the air and the days are getting brighter – it can only mean that Easter is just around the corner! But, what to buy the special people in your life?

In celebration of Easter 2013, Cadbury is introducing a number of new deliciously, chocolately treats - Egg ‘n’ Spoon, Thoughtful Gesture Easter eggs and Easter Egg Trail Packs - each one created especially to meet the needs of any expert Easter egg hunter and all sure to bring a touch of magic and joy to the Easter weekend (29th March – 1st April)!

Brand new this year is Cadbury Egg ‘n’ Spoon:

A crazily different ‘egg-perience’ for the whole family. Presented in a purple egg carton, Cadbury Egg ‘n’ Spoon comprises four individual milk chocolate eggs – each one generously filled with a tasty, light and fluffy mousse in two flavours. Introducing a magical twist on the traditional Easter egg offering. Cadbury Egg ‘n’ Spoon comes complete with its very own perfectly sized purple spoons, specially designed to help you crack open the egg’s shell before scooping out the mousse and savouring the scrumptious flavours inside. 

Cadbury Egg ‘n’ Spoon is available in two tempting varieties, classic Chocolate Mousse and creamy Milky Mousse, ideal to share or to enjoy alone, simply peel back the foil, crack (or bite!) open the milk chocolate egg shell top and use your spoon to scoop!

For families (and big kids!) keen to enjoy the magic of Easter at home and create their own egg trails, Cadbury is once again offering a complete solution - the Easter Egg Trail Pack! 

The pack comes complete with ten tasty Cadbury chocolate hollow eggs, cut out trail markers and coloured arrows to guide the way and help plan the trail. Of course, no trail would be complete without the ultimate prize - a tasty bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs for the winner!

So whether you are looking for a tasty new treat to share, a generous gesture for a loved one or the chance to bring the family fun of Easter home, Cadbury has everything you need to get the magic started. The Cadbury Easter range is available from all major retailers from January. For ideas on how to make Easter even more special, visit

Here at Mummy Of 3 Diaries we love Cadbury's and will deffinatley be enjoying some of their tasty treats this Easter. My girls can't get enough of the new Egg 'n' Spoons, they're so much fun and scarily Moorish. We shall be setting up our very own Easter Egg trail too, It's all good fun.

Mummy Of 3 Diaries was sent a sample of the Egg 'n' Spoon and Easter Egg trail pack for the purpose of this post but that does not influence my opinions on these products.

Celebrate Easter with a joyful assortment of fine Guylian Easter chocolates

Celebrate Easter with a joyful assortment of fine Guylian Easter chocolates and eggs.

Celebrate Easter this year with a joyful assortment of fine Guylian Easter chocolates. The perfect gift for all the family. Get prepared to tickle your taste buds with their hand decorated Easter eggs made of luxuriously creamy Belgian milk chocolate. 

Banish boring Easter eggs and instead admire these beautiful creations.

Double your Easter pleasure and magnify the sensation by choosing a box combining a chocolate egg with their signature seashell pralines like this one:

It’s the ultimate gift with the Guylian guarantee of great taste.

Perfect treasures for the Easter egg hunt are the Guylian's individually wrapped mini eggs, in 3 great tasting flavours or why not try their cute Easter bunny filled with Guylian's Temptations.

Make your Easter 'Eggtastic' with Guylian.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I'm a Peppa Pig #peppasthemeparkparty Party Host!

Mummy Of 3 Diaries is a 
Peppa's Theme Park Party host.

The Party will be taking place on 26th March 2013 at 3.00pm – 5.00pm. 15 Bloggers all over the UK will be having a Peppa Pig Theme Park Party at their homes for up to 10 invited guests. We will have games, fun activities and cake. There's always cake! Best of all we will have some brand new Peppa Pig toys to play with and tell you all about. Peppa Pig is launching a brand new toy range called "Peppa's Theme Park". I know we're very excited here.

You will be able to join in the fun too from the comfort of your home (where it will be much quieter than mine) You can follow the Twitter hashtag  #peppasthemeparkparty and @UKMumstv between 3.00pm - 5.00pm on Tuesday March 26th where there will be fun and games for all  and lots of prizes too! I hope to see some of you Peppa Pig fans there. It's going to be a blast. I will remind you all again before the big day itself.

You can find out more about Peppa's Theme Park Party HERE .

Monday, 4 March 2013


Must-have mayhem for April Fools’ Day. You’ll get them every time – with the hilarious  BOX OF SHOCKS!

Where Drumond Park’s Number One best-selling Gross Magic continues to make audiences go “yeuchhhhhhh!” ad nauseum, the new BOX OF SHOCKS (age 8 to adult, rrp £19.99) is guaranteed to make victims SCREAM and GASP in horror, especially on April Fools’ Day!  A ‘must have’ for tricksters of all ages, this sparkling and witty collection of thirteen truly shocking pranks and gags is sure to catch them out on the morning of 1st April! 

Every one of these marvellous tricks is cunningly designed to put its owner firmly at the top of the prankster league!  Take your victim entirely by surprise and extract that fabulously satisfying shriek that screams out “Gotcha!” loud and clear. But remember, practice makes perfect so don’t forget to put the time in before you embark on your campaign of truly shocking, clever trickery! 

The kit comes with excellent move-by-move instructions, and inside is just what it says on the box – think squirting ‘crazy’ ketchup all over your audience’s clothes, showing them how you break your finger backwards, leaving a coiled snake – ready to spring - in a crisps tin, ramming a pen through your hand, hiding a spider behind a coin in a box - so it can leap out at them and you’ll have just a smidgeon of an idea of what you’ll find in this great new compendium! 

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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Guylian Sea Shells: the perfect treat for Mother’s Day

Guylian Sea Shells: the perfect treat for Mother’s Day  

There is no better to show your mum how much you love and appreciate her than with a box of beautifully presented, mouth-watering chocolates from Guylian, the world’s favourite Belgian chocolatier. 

Guylian Praline Sea Shells: Guylian’s signature Sea Shell chocolates are a real classic. Made using only the finest, hand selected Mediterranean hazelnuts, which are roasted and caramelised to perfection before being blended with premium Belgian chocolate; a box of these is certain to win you brownie points this Mother’s Day. Guylian Praline Sea Shells are available in a 250g box (RRP £3.99) 

Guylian Belgian Chocolate Sea Horses: A fresh take on our signature Sea Shells, these delectable praline filled Sea Horse shaped chocolates are available in indulgent 374g boxes (RRP: £9.99) 

Guylian chocolates are available from all major supermarkets and selected independent stores nationwide.

For any more information on the wide range of chocolates that Guylian has to offer, visit the website

Barbie in The Pink Shoes #Competition & Review

 Barbie in The Pink Shoes

Barbie’s new shoes take her on a magical adventure into a dream ballet world in the latest Barbie DVD. 

Barbie is back in Barbie In The Pink Shoes, the latest instalment in the fantastical adventures of Barbie available on DVD and Blu-ray from 18th March 2013.

Barbie In The Pink Shoes is a magical tale about a girl who never gives up on her dancing dream. In this fairytale adventure, Barbie stars as Kristyn, a ballerina who dreams of one day joining an established dance company. She longs to dance just like the troupe’s lead dancer, Tara but no matter how hard she tries, her performance always seems to lack that special something. All this changes when she stumbles upon a beautiful pair of magical pink ballet shoes that take her on an amazing adventure to a fantastical world of ballet.

Along with her friend Hailey, the pair encounters magic and mystery in this wondrous land, ruled by an evil Snow Queen. They must dance like never before, through their favourite ballets, to defeat the evil Snow Queen. Only then will they find their way back home in time for the big performance. Inspired by her magical journey, Kristyn performs the iconic dances of Giselle and Swan Lake but with her own flourish and wows the big ballet company. Dancing like the star she is on this magical ballet adventure, Kristyn realises that when you dance from your heart, your dreams come true!

The film features the beautiful and iconic music from popular ballets, Giselle and Swan Lake, inspiring a delightful dance adventure that everyone will enjoy.

If you’re a Barbie fan who dreams of dancing like a prima ballerina, your heart will sing and dance with joy with Barbie In The Pink Shoes. The DVD is available to pre-order now and contains special features and bonus material.

It's a very charming story filled with beautiful ballet dancing and magical music, my girls loved it! It's every Barbie fans ideal movie to relax and enjoy. My girls enjoyed it so much that we've re watched it over and over several times already. It's an enjoyable experience for all the family.

I have 3 copies of this brand new DVD for 3 lucky readers to win. It's not released until March 18th but my 3 lucky winners will be able to enjoy it soon after it's release.

 To enter, follow the 2 easy steps below: You can do just 1 or both if you have Twitter.

1: Leave a comment below telling me who's the Barbie fan in your family? Mine is my two girls. Please leave me a way to contact you if you win, a Twitter ID or an Email address.

2: Tweet the following and then leave me a separate comment telling me you have done so and leave your Twitter ID:

" I want to #win 1 of 3 Brand New "Barbie In Pink Shoes" DVDs with @v82chris "

You have until Sunday March 24th to enter. This competition is open to the UK only and 3 winners will be drawn at random from all the correct entries made. Good Luck.