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Monday, 30 November 2020

Steril-eeze - Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser #Review

 Steril-eeze -  Alcohol Free Hand Sanitiser 

Steril-eeze has a brand new hand sanitiser that is alcohol free but is just as effective as an alcohol based hand sanitiser at removing unwanted nasties from our skin. It’s gentler than other products you may have tried, and the perfect option for families with young children or those with sensitive skin like us. It’s quick to dry and can be used on surfaces and hands. 

If you're like me, then you probably heard the alcohol free part and instantly thought, well that won't kill a virus, but on this occasion, I'm happy to say that I was wrong, and it actually will. Whilst it is alcohol free, it contains hypochlorous and has the power to Kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. It's Non irritating and non sting making it kind to hands and sensitive skin.

Steril-eeze is an easy to apply, quick drying spray sanitiser that leaves no sticky residue and it doesn't smell like most others do either. It's ideal for all the big and little hands in your family and I love that it comes in three different sized bottles making it the perfect sanitiser for all different purposes. Because it's scientifically proven to kill viruses and bacteria on hands and surfaces, I've placed my large 250ml bottle in my kitchen to help protect my surfaces.

The 50ml small bottle is the perfect handbag sized bottle to keep with you on the go which is exactly where I'll be keeping mine, in my handbag. It's the perfect size for taking with me wherever I go, to the supermarket, the school runs and even to the play time in the parks.

I love that it's a quick spray bottle so there's no fuss and no mess. Just instant protection.

Steril-eeze is a real multi purpose sanitiser as it's not just for your hands but also can be used to sanitise surfaces inside and outside of your home including worktops and surfaces, car interiors, keys, phones, tablet screens, shopping trolley handles and children’s toys.

It's available to buy now in Morrisons and online at Amazon

Disclosure: This is a Sponsored Post for Steril-eeze.

Sunday, 29 November 2020

#Win Love Hearts Plush Toys: Lionel the Lobster & Brian the Broccoli

 #Win Love Hearts Plush Toys: 

Lionel the Lobster & Brian the Broccoli.

When Swizzels Love Hearts Meets Posh Paws International this is what you get. 

Super cute Plush Toys that everyone will adore. Meet Lionel the Lobster and Brian the Broccoli who are both currently looking for a new home. Posh Paws’ Love Hearts soft toys are full of fun, with sentimental and cheeky messages that make the perfect presents for friends, family, loved ones or a treat for yourself. Give someone the gift of a cuddle this Christmas with these soft toys. Or enter this Giveaway for the chance to win.

Love Hearts Lionel the Lobster has a RRP price of £9.99 and is now available from Amazon or House Of Fraser, Moonpig and Argos too. There's lots of other super cute designs to choose from. I love the sweet 'You're My Lobster' toy but I do love them all.

Love Hearts Brian the Broccoli has a RRP price of £9.99 and is also available from the stockists mentioned above. Isn't he just the cutest vegetable that you've ever seen?

Posh Paws International have asked me to find them both a home this Christmas.

So, who wants to WIN them both?

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 Monday December 14th  - It's Open to the UK Only - Good Luck

This is a sponsored giveaway. The prize will be supplied by Posh Paws International.

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 Monday December 14th.

Monday, 16 November 2020

My Little Christmas Gift Guide 2020

 My Little Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Christmas is finally on it's way and with Just 39 Day to Go, I am Excited!

I love the build up to Christmas, more than the actual day itself these days, as it's the fun of choosing the gifts for all your loved ones that really brings out my Christmas Spirit. I've had lots of extra time on my hands this year due to being at home for an extra few weeks so I've tried to put it to good use by trawling the internet to find you the best of the best gifts. 

My children haven't asked for any toys this year as they're getting too old to play with toys now, or so I am told so I haven't included any toys in this Gift Guide. Sorry about that, but there's lots of other gifts for older children and adults that you may find yourself interested in.

You may notice I've added a few baby gifts into my gift guide this year, and no I'm not pregnant. It's simply because I'm so excited about my first baby grandson who should be joining us just in time for Christmas Day this year, he's due on the 19th December.

My first Gift is the gorgeous Baby Boys Hamper - Large from the Baby Hamper Company.

 It costs £40 and comes beautifully gift wrapped, all ready to hand over at Christmas. Inside the hamper, there's a beautiful selection of gifts for your newborn. There's a sweet sleepsuit in grey stripes and another bodysuit with a sweet slogan 'Boy oh Boy' blazoned across it. There's a matching newborn grey Knotted Hat and a bicycle print Aden & Anais Muslin square. And last but not least, there's a gorgeous rattling Knitted Octopus in blue stripes.

It's a delightful gift that anyone who's just had a new baby would love.

My second gift is this practical and rather lovely Shnuggle Bath from Kiddies Kingdom

The Shnuggle Bath in White with a Grey Backrest is on offer right now and costs just £21.49. The Shnuggle bath has been carefully crafted to provide a safe and secure place for to bath your baby, making it more comfortable and enjoyable for baby and less stressful for you. It's just what every mum needs, as after having 3 babies myself, bathtimes were my biggest struggle. I wish I'd had something like this when my three were little, it would have helped so much. I love the idea that it can be used anywhere you like or in the bath too.

My third gift also comes from Kiddies Kingdom - the Avent Fast Bottle Warmer

Costing £35, he Philips Avent SCF355 Bottle Warmer, will guarantee a gentle and even warming of bottled milk and baby food. Usually taking about 3 minutes, the SCF355 is simple to use, twist the dial to your chosen setting, there are options for defrosting, small bottles, baby food and big bottles. Because the SCF355 ensures an even distribution of warming you can be confident that your baby's food or milk won't have any "hot spots". All Avent bottles and baby food containers are suitable for use with the SCF355 and included inside the box is a helpful warming guide to help you get the right time every time. Practical and Handy.

My fourth gift is the last baby gift, this Red Christmas Baby Romper from Mother.

Costing £20, it's so lovely and nothing says Christmas more than a festive red romper suit. The picture above has been provided from the Mother website as I couldn't get a sample to show you in time but I didn't want to leave it out of my gift guide as it's just the prettiest little suit. It's available in four different sizes from newborn all the way up to 12 months and can be personalised too. I've ordered one with my grandson's name on it and can't wait to see it.

My fifth gift is one for the gadget lovers, the JAM’s TWS Athlete earbuds.

You can experience true wireless freedom with these JAM’s TWS Athlete earbuds. Offering up to 6 hours of playtime (or 30+ hours when you use the rechargeable case), they’re ideal for getting your sweat on virtually anytime. The ultra flexible ergonomic ear hook design moves with you, so they won’t shake off during an intense workout and make hands free calling even more comfortable and convenient and I have to say, they look pretty awesome too. Costing £49.99 these are one of my more expensive gifts but they are really cool. These are available to buy from the Jam Audio website and Amazon. Defo one for my nephew.

My sixth gift is another one for the gadget lovers - this Joby FreeHold Universal Kit.

The Joby FreeHold Universal Kit is a Multi functional finger loop, phone grip with accessories for your mobile phone. It helps to hold the phone securely and connects the phone to the flexible arms and tripod to give you a more hands free usage. It's perfect for teens like mine who are always trying to balance their phone in different places when taking Tik Tok videos. It cost £26.95 and sticks to most phones and cases which allows you to hang, grip and stand your mobile phone using the flexible leg attachment. It's a bit of a quirky gift but teens will love it. This one's been put away for Santa to bring on Christmas Day for my teen.

My seventh gift is an edible one - a Christmas HARIBO Hamper.

The Haribo Sweets Gift Christmas Hamper Box is currently selling for £15 on Amazon and comes jam packed full of HARIBO treats. Inside the festive box, there's: Haribo Balla Stixx, Haribo Jelly Beans, Haribo Giant Trees, Haribo Chamallows Marshmallows, Haribo Dummies Z!ng and Haribo Squidgy Strawbs. With No artificial colours - Kids and grown-ups love it so!

This one's going to be shared with the whole family.

My eighth gift is something for the car - Lynx Car Air Fresheners from Halfords. 

Prices range from £1.99 to £7.99 so these make really great stocking fillers. There's lots of fragrances to choose from and lots of differents styles too which is something I love. We have these in our car and I have to say, they do smell pretty good and last for a good while too.

That's eight little Christmas gift ideas that hopefully will give you some ideas of your own.

Merry Christmas Everyone x

Disclosure: This Gift Guide includes PR Samples but Opinions expressed are 100% Honest.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Building with K'NEX - Construction Sets for all ages #Review

 Building with K'NEX - Construction Sets for all ages.

Last week we received a rather awesome bundle of K'NEX from Basic Fun UK and have been happily building ever since. We started off small and built our way up, but we're not finished yet as we're actually still building and may be doing so for a short while to come.

The youngest sets aged 3 and over are super cute, bright and chunky, perfect for little builders. The Kid K’Nex Safari Mates from Argos cost just £10 are the perfect introduction for the little ones to the fun world of K'NEX. This building set contains 21 large parts and pieces with bright colours and premium quality and includes special parts and pieces that are only available in Kid K'NEX sets, such as a whipping tail and foam mane, which is so cute.

Ryan's favourite up next, the K'NEX K-Force Battle Bow Building Set from The Entertainer. Currently on sale for just £20, it's a fantastic set for the kids aged 8 years and over like mine. This set included 165 classic pieces to choose from, allowing you can build a variety of four different blasters and target models, one at a time. Included in this building toy are five soft foam darts that can be fired up to 75 feet into the air, a blaster chamber, a quick fit grip, a preload ring and two dart holders. It's a little boys dream toy this one, Ryan loved it.

There's lots of pieces but the parts all go together really easily. I love the way everything connects nice and easy making it actually enjoyable to build with. It took Ryan just over an hour this afternoon to build his Battle Bow but he was super proud of himself when it was done. He's not normally that patient when it comes to construction toys but this one, he liked and stuck with until the end. Once complete, he then had a bow to blast darts all over the house. For now, he's happy keeping it as it is but when he changes his mind, he can take it apart and build a whole new toy which is what I really love about these K,NEX sets.

We saved the biggest set until last as we knew it would take the most time, and we were right, as we started building it a few days ago and are still going.. 
The K’Nex 70 Model Builder Set from Amazon comes with 705 pieces and 70 different models to build including a hot air balloon, boats, trucks, a sand castle and more, there are plenty of ways for children to grow and develop while learning with this kids building set. It's currently priced at £40.76 which is a fantastic price for this big box of never ending fun for children aged 7 and over.

With over 70 different models to make with this set, it took us a while to choose which one we were going to create first. After a lot of deliberation , we decided upon a big truck and set to work but it took us a bit longer than the Battle Bow had. It's currently still under construction right now but I'm sure we'll be able to show you our fully working masterpiece real soon. 

Ryan and I love building with K,NEX, it's so much fun. 

I love that K,NEX is reasonably priced and there's so many sets to choose from for all ages and all price ranges so there really is something for everyone. The pieces are flexible and durable, brightly coloured and simple to click together, making play less stressful and more fun. Ryan loves that he can build and rebuild as many times as he likes. 

Our K'NEX playsets get a huge thumbs up from Ryan and I here.

Disclosure: We received our K'NEX playsets for free in return for an honest review.

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Beautiful Baby Gifts from the The Baby Hamper Company #Review

 Beautiful Baby Gifts from the The Baby Hamper Company

I'm not sure if I've told you or not, but I'm going to be a Nanny this December. My eldest daughter Chloe is expecting her first baby in just a few weeks time and we're all very excited here. I haven't decided if I'm going to be Nan, Nanny or Granny just yet. There's plenty of baby gift companies online but if you're looking for, not your standard baby gift, then The Baby Hamper Company could be perfect for you. Their website is full of beautiful baby hampers and with prices ranging from £25 up to £100, there's something for every budget.

The Baby Hamper Company hampers arrive beautifully packaged, just look at that gift wrapping. It's gorgeous. I just adored the big red bow. This is my Baby Boys Hamper - Large which contains five lovely goodies that will be perfect for the new little man in your life. 

Inside this gorgeous baby hamper you will find -

Knitted Octopus - in blue stripe, this little soft toy is really great at comforting, particularly newborn babies. The feel of the tentacles around them resembles the sensation of the umbilical cord prior to birth. These toys always look great in our boxes when opened!
Aden & Anais Muslin - this is a sheet of cotton fabric, often called a 'muslin' and can be used for a variety of purposes including, burp cloth, pram sheet or breastfeeding cover up. This one is from designer brand Aden and Anais, ours featured a fun bicycle print.
Sleepsuit in grey stripe  - 100% cotton sleepsuit that can be worn at night time or day. Aged 0-3 months, just so it lasts a little longer, and features our grey and white breton stripe.
Hat in grey - to match the sleep suit above and to complete a really cute outfit. Age 0-6 months, so there's plenty of growing room, with a knotted design and pure cotton.
Bodysuit in grey - these can be used as a vest or a summer outfit when the weather is a bit warmer. Age 0-3 months, and features our unique boy oh boy print to the front. 

Everything in this Baby Boy's Hamper is absolutely beautiful, I can't wait to give it to my daughter next week. The Boy Oh Boy bodysuit is such a cute suit and the knitted octopus is just delightful. Not only does it look super cute but it also rattles too when you move it around. Chloe's going to love it, I just know it as she doesn't have anything quite like this just yet. 

The Baby Boy's Hamper - Large costs £40 making it one of their mid priced hampers.

The Hamper is beautiful and everything is packaged so lovely. They pay close attention to all the little details when wrapping it. The contents are super high quality and just delightful. 

We love our Baby Boy's Hamper and would happily recommend the Baby Hamper Company.

Disclosure: We received our baby hamper for free in return for an honest review.

Life as England Locks Down for the Second Time.

 Life as England Locks Down for the Second Time.

Today marks the first day of England's second lockdown but it's feeling very different to the first one back in March. My place of work closed its doors last night for the next four weeks, meaning I'm now back on Furlough and staying at home. The kids are still going to school, which I am happy about as their education is important and they really suffered last time being away from their friends for so long. Daddy's still at work as his place of work is remaining open because it's classed as 'essential' unlike mine, so for now, it's just me, sitting at home all by myself. It's a very odd situation but one that I'm sure I will get used to.

After dropping my son to school this morning, I walked up to the my local high street to grab a few fridge items and some bread and was actually quite shocked to see how busy it still was. All the coffee shops and cafes and baguette shops were still open, allowing customers inside to order, wait and then take away. It didn't feel like we were in lockdown at all. 

People were standing in groups of 3 and more, talking on the street. Mums were meeting up for coffee, just outside instead of inside. People were out shopping as normal. It was strange.

Lockdown isn't going to work if we're not all following the rules as best as we can. I want to be able to spend Christmas with my family. I want to be able to go back to work in December. I want to be able to get our lives back to some kind of normal next year. I want to live again.

I for one will be following the rules of staying at home as best I can for the next four weeks to play my part in this awful situation. If we all do this, we might actually get somewhere.

But for now, we're all safe and well here, which is all that matters. 


I wish you ALL a safe and healthy November x

Sunday, 1 November 2020

#Win a Cadbury Christmas Party Pack

 Win a Cadbury Christmas Party Pack

Christmas is Coming, It's on it's way and even if it won't be the same as normal.  We need to try and make the best of a bad situation and make it special for ourselves. We may not get to spend it with all our family like we would usually but it's not cancelled and it's not ruined. It will just be a little different this year. So, with all the doom and gloom around lately, I want to give away this chocolate hamper to bring some festive cheer to you this holiday season.

One lucky winner is going to win this fantastic Cadbury Christmas Party Pack. Inside the Christmas gift box you will find 2 x Christmas Selection Pack, 1 x Cadbury Mini Snow Balls Bag, 1 x 165g Mayards Bassetts Frosted Wine Gums Bag and 1 x Fudge Minis Tube

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 Tuesday December 1st  - Open to the UK Only - Good Luck

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 Tuesday December 1st x

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

#Win a Cadbury Christmas Super Fun Pack

Win a Cadbury Christmas Super Fun Pack

Happy October Everyone, I hope You're all well?

I hate to say it, but Christmas is Coming - and It's coming fast.

Officially less than 3 months away, it's time to start thinking about what we're all going to spending our money on this Christmas. Don't worry about money for now though as this gift is on me and one lucky winner is going to win it to help them out this year. Chocolate gifts are always a great idea so let's kick off the Christmas gift giving season with a little giveaway.

One lucky winner is going to win this fantastic Cadbury Christmas Super Fun Pack. Inside the Christmas gift box you will find 2 x Christmas Selection Packs 89g, 1 x Cadbury SnowBalls Bag 80g , 1 x Dairy Milk Buttons Tube 72g, 1 x Fudge Minis Tube 72g, and 1 x Cadbury Dairy Milk Winter Wonderland Bar 100g - that all sounds so good to me - Yummy! Mmmm x

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 Saturday October 31st  - Open to the UK Only - Good Luck xox

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 Saturday October 31st x

Wednesday, 30 September 2020

How to choose a children’s party theme.

How to choose a children’s party theme.

Let’s face it – throwing a party for your child isn’t just fun for everyone involved; it’s also an opportunity for a nice bit of escapism from a lot of the news headlines and societal restrictions that are likely to depressing us right now. Plus, you’ve got ample excuse to organise such a party every time your young one’s next birthday looms. 

There is, though, one particular obstacle to getting started with planning a kid’s party: deciding on a theme. “After all,” you might tell yourself... “my child’s into anything and everything!” 

So, here are some tips for narrowing down your options when it comes to kids’ party themes. 

Ask your child for their input. 

Now, it’s advisable to be a little bit careful about this one. On one hand, presuming that your child is old enough – say, two or three years old – to have their own ideas about a theme, it’s great to get inspiration from them, and they’ll love feeling included in the planning. 

But on the other hand, with kids’ imaginations being what they are, they can sometimes come up with themes that are a little too specific and quirky to be able to easily plan for – for example, a specific character from a TV advert that might be here today, gone tomorrow. 

So, be ready to ‘edit’ or broaden your child’s theme suggestions if required, but do definitely ask them. The emphasis should be on you working together to come up with a theme that’s achievable and that you’re both really happy with. 

Seek out ideas online and offline.

If you’re slightly stuck for a party theme, an obvious step is to look around your home, considering the toys your child likes or what themes you might have devised for other aspects of their lives – for example, how you decorated their bedroom. 

Also don’t be afraid to look online, perhaps typing “unusual girls party themes” into Google, or browsing relevant hashtags on highly image-based social networks such as Instagram and Pinterest. 

Another possibility is to browse the websites of online stores for party essentials, such as GO International, which has categories dedicated to popular children’s party themes, ranging from pirate and dinosaur themes to media franchises like Star Wars and Super Mario. 

You’ll then be able to pick a theme and obtain all of the required paper plates, napkins, cups and other necessary items from one place. 

Choose a coherent and focused theme.

So your little one likes Captain Jack Sparrow, Aleksandr Orlov from the Compare the Meerkat ads, and Sunderland Football Club... it’s an interesting combination, but trying to bring them together in one kid’s party is likely to produce a confusing mishmash. 

Sure, adults have pulled off children’s parties with ‘mixed’ themes before, but trying to combine too many themes for a party can slightly negate the point of giving your child’s party a theme at all. So, it’s almost certainly better to settle on one theme and stick with it. 

Another reason to pick a single theme for the party, is that it will be less stressful to source the various essentials when you know exactly what theme every single invitation, banner and balloon needs to fit in with. You won’t have to make quite so many tricky decisions. 

What do you reckon? 

Have I covered all of the most important things when it comes to children’s party themes, or are there other tips you’d share? Feel free to share your thoughts below! 

This is a Collaborative Post.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Trying to get Married in a Global Pandemic ..

 Trying to get Married during a Global Pandemic .. 

So today was the final nail in the coffin for our October 3rd wedding day, or so to speak! 
Boris Johnson announced today that weddings in England were to be capped at 15 guests max even though funerals could remain at 30. How is that fair? How is that right? I've literally spent the whole day crying in anger. With just 11 days to go until our wedding day, he's pulled the rug. After a whole year of planning and years of waiting, our dream is almost over. Thousands of pounds have been spent and lost in deposits of items we can no longer use, and plans are all in place. We've cancelled one wedding to downsize to 30 and now we're trying to salvage that. 

 Right now, I don't even know what's going to happen next week. I want us to get married still even if it's just with our children and our parents by our side but the wedding reception is proving much trickier. I don't want to upset anyone by uninviting them and I don't want to offend anyone either but I have to think about US in all of this, and what WE want. I'm happy sharing a family meal after the ceremony but I'm not prepared to have to hire our room just to have 3 little tables dotted about within it. That would look so ridiculous, a room meant for 100 with just 15 people sat inside it.

Whatever happens, there's going to be tears and so much wastage. If we cancel the reception, I'll have to cancel the room decorations and the table decorations and the chair covers and sashes. I'll have to cancel the light up LOVE letters sign and I'll be stuck with 84 Krispy Kreme doughnuts or I'll have to cancel those too. Whatever I cancel at this short notice though, I will be losing money for and that's not OK. I could lose the huge deposit I've paid to the hotel venue and hundreds of pounds more that's already been paid to vendors. It's all such a horrible situation.

Today's been a hugely stressful day and I just wanted to get it all out of my head so that I might actually get some sleep tonight. I've had several journalists contact me today for my 'story' but I decided I was in no emotionally fit state to be talking to any of them so I'd rather write it here myself. That way, no one mixes up my words or changes them in any way. Life is tough right now and for many people it's just a wedding. But for me, it's so much more. It's my wedding day, the day that I'd been dreaming about and saving for and waiting for, for a many many years.

We didn't have a holiday this year as all our money was tied up in the wedding, we didn't even get to see the sea which I'm really sad about. For the past 6 months, we've been nowhere, done nothing, following the rules like good little people, in the hope that we would get our day, our celebration of love. Our one treat to look forward to that would mean 2020 wasn't all bad, but now that's hanging by a thread. 2020 has been the worst year of my life. I can't wait for it all to be over now. I've had enough of wedding planning. It was supposed to be fun.

So, Thank You Boris Johnson for ruining that for us.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Wedding Update: Adding those Final Touches!

Wedding Update: Adding those Final Touches! 

There's now just over two weeks left until our Wedding Day and I'm finally starting to get excited. Now that we have our beautiful venue all lined up, it's time to start finishing off those final touches, those little things that are going to help make our big day, a little extra special.

The Dress is all fitted and currently being steam cleaned, the suits are all bought and hanging up. The bridesmaid dresses are nearly sorted, there's just one daughter left to dress and the best man is all prepped and ready for his role. I'm still trying to confirm my room decor details which is proving a bit difficult when vendors are taking a long time to get in touch but I'm confident that it'll all come together in time. Or so, I hope it does - eek.

I had my makeup trial this week but it didn't quite go to the plan so I've now decided that I will be doing my own makeup on the day. Being a small family wedding, this isn't a problem at all. My family and partner love me with or without makeup so I'm not too worried really.

Next on my list of 'Things to Do' was finding the perfect favours and I think I found the most gorgeous ones. I wanted to treat my guests now that there wasn't going to be so many of them, to something they could keep and savour or enjoy on the day, to remind them of our special day. How special are these Mini Prosecco Personalised Bottles from Say It With Champers, they're perfect for my guests. There's 13 designs to choose from, all lovely but I choose the gorgeous Wedding Couple design and I'm so pleased with how they turned out.

Now that I have the perfect wedding favours, I feel like I can now relax a little more and get ready to enjoy the most perfect day. My Mum is baking lots lately as she's practising her cake making skills before she bakes the final masterpiece. We're having a three tier cake, one traditional fruit, a lemon sponge and a chocolate cake all covered in delicate icing with beautiful flowers and our golden cake topper. I know she's going to do an amazing job.

Thinking about what's left to do now, there's isn't that much. I have one bridesmaid dress to find for my eldest daughter, the wedding breakfast taster meal which is happening this Thursday and then it's just planning the final day running details like timings really. I can't believe that it's all starting to come together now and may actually finally happen. All being well, that Birmingham doesn't change the rules again. We just need to get through the next few weeks and we'll be married. I will finally be Mrs Christine Churchley, how exciting!

This might be my final update before the big day but if any big changes happen, I will let you know with another update. I bet you'll all be glad when there's no more wedding updates.

Disclosure: I received a small discount off the cost of my Mini Prosecco Personalised Bottles. This fact didn't influence my thoughts on the final product though. 

Thursday, 3 September 2020

Wedding Update - Just One Month to Go now.

Wedding Update - Just One Month to Go now.

I can't believe that exactly one month from today, I will be getting married!

It's been a bit of a crazy ride these past few months but we're finally going to tie the knot. It may not be the BIG White Wedding that I'd hoped for but it will be wonderful no matter what. Our local Register Office in Birmingham is allowing us a total of 22 guests, the bride and groom, plus the 2 witnesses so that's a total of 26 in all. They are letting us have a photographer as an extra as long as they stand on their X marks the spot the entire time.

Originally we'd only planned for 40 people to be there with us at our ceremony anyway so it's not been that bad reducing those numbers. We've literally just cut out anyone who's not immediate family. There's a few sad parts about our ceremony though as my bridesmaids won't get to walk down the aisle with me, but nor will my Dad which has been a tough one to take in. It's taken me quite a long time to get used to the idea as we're so close normally.

Our original Wedding Reception Venue is cancelled as our original contract was a special offer that couldn't be fulfilled due to the new restrictions. I wasn't going to re book anything else after this but then Receptions for 30 are allowed to go ahead in only Licensed Venues so I was then desperate to find us something else. Which I am super to say that I have.

One month today we shall enjoy a lovely sit down meal together with all our closest family members at the beautiful Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel which isn't too far from where we live. We may not be allowed dancing but we are allowed background music so it won't be all bad.

We're determined to make the best of this bad situation and enjoy our special day.

Now that we have our new plans in place, there's so much to sort out and so little time to do it all in so it's going to get a bit manice around here. Hopefully as we get closer to the date, I'll be able to get more excited about it all because right now, I'm just full of nerves and worries about what is going to happen, what could happen and what might happen. Eeek.

Love is Not Cancelled.

Watch this space ...... and ....... Wish us luck x

How to save money on your Back to School shopping.

How to save money on your Back to School shopping.

For some parents, the last few months may have felt like the longest summer break ever, with millions of children across the UK unable to attend school due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the government is planning for all pupils to return to the classroom as normal in September, which is welcomed news for all those mums and dads who have had to add ‘part time teacher’ to their list of skills over the recent weeks. 

But the impending return to school brings with it challenges of a different nature. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to look after your financial situation, costs of uniforms, textbooks and stationery can soon mount up ahead of the new term. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to ensure your back to school shopping doesn’t cost you a small fortune. It's expensive enough with one child and we have three - eek.

Take an inventory:

Before you begin, it’s worth taking stock of what you already have. Will the uniforms last another year? Do they still fit? Do you have plenty of books, pens and paper still in the cupboards that you can still use? By making a note of everything you need, and crossing off those items that you already have, you’ll find your shopping list suddenly gets a lot shorter!

Leave it late if you can:

Some people may see this as a risky approach that adds an unnecessary level of stress to your shopping, but you might find that you can get great deals on certain things by leaving it until a few days before term starts. By that point, vendors might be happy to be rid of their stock and be willing to sell at a reduced price meaning you can save a pound or two.

Bargain hunt:

Think outside of the box a little bit when it comes to picking up some of the more generic items. For example, local pound shops and charity shops are great places to find things like stationery and reading books for your kids’ English classes. If you’re prepared to scour the shelves, you might find that you can make some significant savings which is great.

Be inventive:

Uniforms are usually the largest of the back to school expenses, and purchasing direct from the school can prove pricey. But, if you’re talented with a needle and thread or know someone who is, you can always buy plain garments and sew the school logo on yourself, at a fraction of the cost. It may be worth contacting other parents to see if they have any hand me downs that can be passed on, another great way to ensure that sending your kids back to school doesn’t break the bank. Being Inventive will help you out a lot.

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