Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The #itsok LInky- Week 4

It's week 4 of the all new #itsok Linky!! I can't believe how fast these 4 weeks have flown! 

There were so many amazing posts last week that it really is hard to pick one but pop over to Aleena's page to find out who her favourite was! 

This week the lovely Riz is providing the host post but you can now link up on any of our pages. We will be taking it in turn to choose the featured blogger! 

We can't wait to read all your fab posts! 

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Monday, 23 April 2018

Ideal Holiday Destinations For Families

With Summer just around the corner you may be starting to think about your summer holiday! After the glorious summer weather we've had over the last few days, I've certainly been dreaming of lazy afternoons by the pool or on the beach, cocktail in hand! So in celebration of summer's impending arrival, I thought I would put together a little guide of some holiday destinations which are ideal for families... 

Cyprus
 Cyprus is a little island located in the Mediterranean sea . It is home to stretches of beautiful beaches and turquoise seas. Konnos Beach, to name just one, has crystal clear waters and fine golden sand. With boat trips on offer from many locations as well as the chance to scuba dive, this really would be an unforgettable trip. Cyprus has a long history and a rich culture and so there are many monuments, museums and  fascinating sights to explore too; the Makronissos Tombs, west of Agia Napa, for example.


Spain
You'll be completely spoilt for choice for places to visit in Spain. With their relaxing pace of life, stunning scenery, wonderful cuisine, shopping and rich history and culture this is one destination you'll want to revisit time and time again. The landscape is truly spectacular with hills and mountains, golden sands, vineyards and monuments! It's easy to find very cheap holidays to Spain, the hard part is deciding between each amazing area!


Portugal
Portugal boasts an amazing 3000 hours of sunshine each year and is home to 850km of beautiful beaches. There is a rich range of landscapes in Portugal from towering mountains to vast plains with plenty in between! There are plenty of activities for families with theme parks, sandy beaches, musuems and castles! The Musuem of Lourinha is well worth a visit for any dinosaur-loving family members as it has a fascinating palaeontological collection.With an array of nature resorts and reserves, your family will be able to enjoy a whole range of outdoor pursuits! 


With such a huge range of locations to explore this summer, wherever you decide on, you can be sure to make treasured family memories! So where will your adventures take you this summer? 

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A Toddler's Guide to Life

Grown-ups are rubbish at seeing things. Therefore you must place any object you wish for them to observe as close to the surface of their eyeball as possible. 

Bedtime is not one specific time but a bed period-of-time encompassing a minimum of three hours. This is YOUR time. Enjoy it. 

In times of crisis, being horizontal helps. 

We absolutely and categorically CAN put on our own shoes and coats and we most definitely can feed ourselves and brush our own teeth. Except for when we can't and then someone else should do it. 

It's mine. 

The word 'no' should be your default word. If you're unsure about something, say 'no'. If you don't want something say 'no'. If you do want something say 'no'. You can always cry about it later if needed.

No grown-up shoe is complete without the addition of small objects or snacks.


We are the masters of hide and seek. How grown-ups ever find us is one of life's inexplicable mysteries. 



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Saturday, 21 April 2018

My Nametags: A Review

If you have little ones at school, you'll know just how frequently they can misplace their jumpers, cardigans, hats, mittens and drink bottles. With approximately thirty children in each UK class, matching up unnamed items to children must be a daunting task for the teachers and so that's why it's really important to make sure your children's clothing and property is clearly labelled with their name. It will certainly save you a lot of money in the long run as school uniforms are not cheap! I really love the labels from My Nametags. They offer high quality, lasting iron-on labels or stickers. I opted for the colour stickers and I've been really impressed. I stuck them to my son's drinks bottle, to his clothes, coats, inside his shoes and to his book bag and much more! 



Not only have they survived many hot washes but they look as pristine as the day they were applied. The iron-on labels even come with a ten year guarantee so you certainly get value for money! 

You can choose from a wide array of designs for the stickers which was really fun for me and my little one to do together and it's a great way of getting your child excited for the new term or even their first day at school. You can choose from a range of icons and backgrounds and can even select a font. My son chose to have a green dinosaur design with a background of dinosaur footprints on his stickers which looked great!  Applying the stickers was a breeze, it literally took 2 seconds to do. I'm so grateful for these as I certainly didn't fancy sewing tiny little labels into clothes like my mum used to do!                  


You can find out more here!      

*I was kindly sent some colour stickers to try in exchange for an honest review.                                               
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Saturday, 14 April 2018

Pink Parcel, a review

Let's get one thing straight. Periods are just no fun. However, with Pink Parcel, a luxury monthly subscription box, you may well find yourself looking forward to Mother Nature's monthly gift!


In every Pink Parcel box, you will receive an array of luxury treats to spoil yourself with as well as the essential sanitary products you need. I was thrilled to receive one of these boxes to review and couldn't wait to explore the treats. In the box I received some high quality delicious chocolate, some herbal tea, an amazing chocolate chip scented wax melt, some aromatherapy balm, a primer, a shimmering bronzer and a manuka honey face mask. I couldn't believe so many goodlies were included in the box, it certainly exceeded all expectations and was well worth their monthly subscription fee. For the monthly plan, the cost is £12.99 per month but their is also three monthly, six monthly and twelve monthly plans which brings the cost down somewhat. Don't forget you'll not need to buy sanitary products for the month as these are all included in the box! There is also the option to receive your chosen brand and size of sanitary product so you can ensure you receive the exact product for your requirements! You can change your delivery date or cancel at any time too. 


Thank you Pink Parcel, what a fab subscription box! 

You can find out more information about Pink Parcel here.

*I was kindly sent a Pink Parcel box in exchange for an honest review. 
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Monday, 9 April 2018

The #itsok LInky Week Two and Featured Blogger

Wow, what a fabulous start to the brand new #itsok linky. My co-hosts and I have been delighted with the response so far. It really was wonderful to read all the posts linked last week and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. 

#Itsok Featured Blogger! 
My featured blogger this week is Kelly from Daydreams of a mum who wrote a wonderful piece called Dear unsolicited advice givers ….you were wrong!

This post centres around all those little snippets of parenting advice some strangers feel obliged to bestow on you. In this humorous and thought-provoking piece we are shown the reason why we should all take these pearls of wisdom with a pinch of salt! 

Congratulations Kelly and please feel free to help yourself to our first ever #itsok Featured Blogger badge to display on your site! 




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#Itsok Linky Week Two 
This week's linky is hosted by the lovely Nicole from Tales from Mamaville so just pop over and you'll be able to add your link there! 

Thank you again for all your posts. To learn more about the #itsok Linky visit here! 

We can't wait to read more! 

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How I Plan to Embrace Our Garden This Year

I've talked before about how I like to think of the garden as an extension to our home, like a whole extra 'room' if you will! And that's why this year I'm determined to make the most of our garden. Now that my boys are aged two and five they seem to have a surplus of energy which I just can't seem to contain within the walls of our house. They need to walk and run about and so come rain or shine that's often what they will do in the garden. Of course, British weather is notoriously hit and miss but that doesn't mean they need to be contained to indoors entirely during the bad weather. Rain-suits and wellies on and they will often have just as much fun! So here are five ways I'm determined to embrace our garden this year! 

Our Greenhouse
I love growing plants and I'm keen to get the boys interested in this too. My eldest has certainly been excited to plant some seeds and see them sprout recently. We are lucky enough to have a greenhouse left for us by the gentleman that lived here before us and so this year we are planning to grow tomatoes and cucumbers in there. In fact our little tomato plant that we grew from a seed is coming along nicely. I'm keen for the boys to learn about the life cycles of plants as well as how to care and respect all living things. 


tomatoes, gardening

A Vegetable Patch 
This year we are aiming to have a little vegetable patch with carrots, courgettes, broccoli and lettuce. We will also have pots of strawberry plants. There's something truly wonderful about growing, harvesting and eating your own fruit and vegetables and I'm hoping that this will encourage my boys to have a greater love for eating them!


carrots

Dining Area
Last year my husband bought a BBQ and we have lovely memories of lazy, warm weekend days enjoying some alfresco dining! It's also a real treat for the boys and encourages them to try a range of meats, fish, vegetables and salads that they might otherwise be reluctant to try. I can't wait for BBQ season! We have a little wooden table and chairs set for outdoors but I'd love to purchase something a little more stylish and comfortable this year. You can buy wonderful patio and furniture sets these days, like these that can be found on Groupon, and I think they can really compliment outdoor space. 


outdoors, furniture

Outdoor Lighting
In our last home we had some solar lights and they added such a wonderful ambiance in the evenings so I can't wait to do the same this year. It meant we were encouraged to sit outdoors for longer enjoying the fresh air and on clear nights it was blissful to enjoy a cold glass of wine while looking at the stars! 

Outdoor Play
Little ones have the most amazing imaginations and so you'll find that they really don't need much in the way of toys for the garden. Simply providing my little ones with a bucket provides hours of entertainment, as they collect sticks, stones and leaves or make little ladybird homes, for example. There are a few items however that we will be encouraging them to play with during the warmer weather. My little boys have both a sand and a water table which has previously provided them with so much entertainment that it was certainly money well spent! And what could be better than a ball for them to kick around and throw. Certainly worth every penny, all 99 of them! 


outdoor, trike, play

So there you have it, a few ways I'm planning to embrace the garden this year. Do you have any plans and ideas for yours this year? I'd love to hear them! 

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Monday, 2 April 2018

The All New #ITS OK LINKY

I’m so thrilled to announce the arrival of the brand new #itsok Linky which I will be hosting along with Nicole from Tales from Mamaville, Aleena from Mummy Mama Mum, and Riz from Rizology! This is a linky with a difference: it’s a place where you can share your posts with the aim of helping, inspiring and reassuring parents out there that they are in fact doing just fine. Your posts can be heartfelt, funny, serious, whatever you like, we’d just love to read them!

So where does the idea come from?
Well, originally I created something called the #itsok challenge, which was a way of helping other parents to cut themselves some slack and this linky was born from that. When I first became a parent in 2013 I thought I was doing it all wrong. I just couldn’t understand why I was finding it so difficult when all around me, other parents seemed to be nailing it! What I didn’t realise was that everyone struggles with something at one time or another, from those with the babies that simply never sleep, to those struggling to have a single minute of ‘me-time’ in amongst the demands of family life. Parenting is wonderful but let’s face it, it’s not always easy. Sometimes all you need is someone to say ‘you know what? I’ve been there. I get it’. 

So what sort of posts should I add?
We’d love for you to join in with the #itsok linky and can’t wait to read your posts! Perhaps you have written a post on how to cope with sleepless nights, a guide on how to start weaning or a post championing mental wellness, for example. It could also be a post detailing a time where you too could have done with someone saying 'hey, it's ok'! If you created a post with the intention of reaching out to others, sharing your experience or by offering help and advice, then these would be perfect posts for the #itsok linky! If you have a story to share we would love to read it! 

What are the benefits of joining a linky?
Linkys can help you gain new readers and new followers! If you’re a blogger, you’ll understand just how difficult it can be to get your post seen but by joining in with a linky, it opens up your posts to a whole new audience. You’ll receive comments on your post as well as social shares! If your post is featured by one of the hosts, this will also ensure you receive precious back links to your site too! 

So how do I take part?
The linky will take place every Tuesday morning until Thursday evening. We will be taking it in turns to host but we'll make sure you are directed to the right place! Just follow the instructions below! We can't wait to read them :) 

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A Cracking Easter Gift Guide

Easter is just round the corner. Perhaps you are looking for something a little different to present to your friends and family this year? Why not use my alternative Easter gift guide as a source of inspiration for that perfect gift? You'd be hopping mad not to! (Sorry no more Easter puns, I promise!) 

Divine Milk Chocolate Popcorn Egg 
This is an egg with a bit of a difference because the smooth and creamy chocolate is laden with delicious salted caramel popcorn! It also contains an extra 18g bag of salted caramel popcorn.  Perfect for sharing (or keeping all for yourself!) You can find these at Traidcraft.


Chocolate Lolly Maker
Your little ones will love making their own chocolate lollies with this kit. You simply melt the chocolate, add it to the mold and then wrap and tie the lollies. You can even add a message to them! A fab activity to enjoy together and who doesn't enjoy a chocolate lolly?! You can find one here



Booja Booja Hazelnut Crunch Truffles
For a luxurious treat, these beautiful organic truffles will really hit the spot. They are hand-made and contain sweet roasted hazelnuts. They are also dairy, gluten and soya-free! Delicious! You can find them at Holland and Barrett.





Cocoa Libre Rice Milk Easter Chicks
These sweet little chocolate chicks are made with rice milk and are free from gluten, dairy, nuts and wheat. They are suitable for cealiacs and vegans! You can find these at Holland and Barrett


Botonique 
Botonique is a unique botanical, non-alcoholic soft drink! It's beautifully refreshing and also contains a special blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids! It has the sparkle of a bubbly glass of fizz without the alcohol but with added health benefits. Available here. 


Chicco Jump and Fit
This interactive and fun mat is a modern take on the popular Hopscotch game and is the perfect way to encourage your little ones to become more active. It has two modes: music mode and fitness mode. It helps to develop concentration, motor skills and precision. An exciting game that can be played indoor and outdoors too, They will love playing this during the Easter holidays! You can find one here. 

LittleLife Animal Toddler Backpack
Keep your own little bunnys safe and stylish with this adorable little bunny backpack from LittleLife. Complete with a detachable safety rein, this backpack is ideal for those spring outdoor adventures together! Your little one can put their favourite toy, a snack or a drink in the backpack as they explore the great outdoors. So cute! 
A day out at Drayton Manor
If you're looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy this Easter, then a trip to Drayton Manor Park could be just what you're looking for! There are Easter activities aplenty with an Easter egg clue hunt, an Easter selfie trail, a special Easter Polperro Express train ride, to name just a few. With four tickets for £80 this is a trip the whole family can enjoy. Little ones can enjoy Thomas Land, while older children and adults can enjoy the larger rides and don't forget there's the zoo to explore too! You can find out more information here.


So there you have it! Some unique and individual gifts to enjoy this Easter, Hope you have a most egg-cellent day! (Ok, I lied about the puns). 

*I was gifted a few of these items in exchange for an honest review. 
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Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Perfect Place to Renew Your Wedding Vows

My husband and I got married in 2011 in a picturesque little village. It was a beautiful day filled with family, friends and sunshine! Although it was a just 7 years ago, it seems like a whole lifetime of events have happened since. We now have our beautiful boys but since that day we've also sadly lost some special loved ones too. In some ways, it can seem like we are now two totally different people than we were on that day but happily our relationship is still strong. I often think about how I would plan a wedding if I was to be getting married now and it got me thinking about how lovely it would be to one day renew our vows- to celebrate our relationship, to welcome the new people into our lives and to remember those who we have lost too. 


My dream location for this would be the Seychelles. The Seychelles are a mix of 115 islands in the Western Indian Ocean. A haven of turquoise seas, pearlescent ribbons of sand and tropical forests. Just imagine a ceremony on pure white sand, with swaying palm trees and topaz waters as a backdrop!  


The Seychelles is host to an array of luxury resorts, just look at the range featured on Destination2, you'll certainly be spoiled for choice! As part of your trip there are also a whole host of activities to enjoy to make your trip even more special; think snorkeling in the impressive and breathtaking coral reefs, discovering a plethora of marine wildlife! You can also discover the beautiful landscapes or wonder through sleepy fishing villages learning more about the history and heritage.

Are you planning a wedding, honeymoon or wedding vow renewal? I'd love to hear all about your plans! 

For a chance to win an amazing five star honeymoon in Mauritius courtesy of Destination2, enter your details and proposal story here!


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