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Monday, 30 November 2020
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#Win Love Hearts Plush Toys:
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Monday, 16 November 2020
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Wednesday, 11 November 2020
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Thursday, 5 November 2020
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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
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Wednesday, 30 September 2020
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
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.