Sunday, 7 January 2018

18 goals for 2018!

Can you believe we are already a few days into 2018 already!? 2017 seemed to fly by so quickly one minute it was summer, then it felt like I blinked and we were hauling the tree down from the loft!

As big ben chimed midnight on New Years eve I had already thought of some goals for New Year including some blog goals and some personal goals, these are more general lifestyle goals and ones to work on all year long though. So when I was tagged by the lovely Laura from Dear Bear and Beany to share the 18 things I would love to do or achieve during 2018 it got me thinking about some of the smaller things I would love to be able to tick off or achieve this year, so here they are...


Monday, 1 January 2018

New Years Goals...



As I watched the fireworks from my bedroom window last night as the clock struck midnight I smiled happily remembering all the amazing memories I got to make it 2017. I feel so grateful for a year filled with wonderful family memories and I am so excited to see what 2018 has to offer! 

As I led in bed thinking about the new year ahead it got me wondering about some of the goals I would like to achieve this year and so I thought I would share those with you here and as a place for me to write them all down to look back on next year. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Making Magical Christmas Memories at LaplandUK!

This weekend we all got well and truly into the Christmas spirit with the most magical day out to visit Father Christmas at LaplandUK!


LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the story behind the secret world of elves which is all brought to life through a 4 hour immersive experience.

The experience begins before you even check in. As you step foot from the car you are met by the beautiful scenery of Whitmoor forest where you can follow the signs for enchanted forest to begin your journey. Once inside the check in area you are transported to a magical world of elves where even the people checking you in are elves!

Our First Real Christmas Tree with Pines and Needles **REVIEW**

Last week we took delivery of a beautiful Christmas tree ready to throw our living room into full Christmas mode but this was a little different. We have always had a fake tree but this year Pines and Needles very kindly offered to send of one of their beautiful real Nordmann fir tree's and the kids were so excited to be finally getting a real tree!



Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. It all started when the youngsters (then aged 15 and 13) came up with the brainwave of loading an old horsebox with Christmas trees from their family farm in Scotland and taking the long journey down to London.After a few years the kilted crew grew in size, the Internet beckoned, and the rest, as they say, is history. Pines and Needles will deliver your chosen Christmas tree o your door, install, decorate and even take away and recycle anywhere in London or the South of England. Now that's how you take the stress out of Christmas!

We were all so excited for the delivery of our tree which arrived promptly and on the day stated. The trees come netted as well as in a green plastic bag to keep them as safe and fresh as possible for when they reach you. Unfortunately we had some issues with our first tree that seemed to have been damaged. This wasn't an issue for Pines and Needles though as with every Christmas tree you order if you are not totally happy with your tree once it arrives, simply give them a call or email and they will arrange a replacement tree to be sent out to you asap! 

I think that's pretty amazing customer service and really does give you peace of mind when ordering. Our second tree arrived a few days later and we were really happy with it. It was huge (tall and wide) and was the most green tree I have ever seen.


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

" Mummy my friend's think you're fat!... "

Its a conversation I knew deep down was coming but one I had wished and hoped wouldn't.

Yesterday as we drove home from school and my husband was asking me how my latest slimming world weigh in had gone, it happened! James turned to me and says "mum I don't really want to tell you because I know it will make you sad.... but my friends said you're fat."

That was it my heart simply sank right there and then I held back the tears that wanted to stream from my face. Instead I simply replied "that's ok James". What a stupid thing to say, of course it wasn't ok! I was basically confirming to him that its ok for people to say horrible things about others which is something I tell him is not ok every day!

You see the truth is I didn't feel worthy of feeling sad or upset. I am fat! Despite losing 2 stone 7lbs at Slimming world its been a pretty long slow journey and I'm still very much over weight so the fact is I am fat and they are right, how could I then be upset?


Thursday, 7 December 2017

#StrongerTogether with Hallmark and the Justice League.

This week the kids were so excited to receive an exciting delivery of some of their favourite superheroes in Itty Bittys form from Hallmark! Including The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Bat Girl, Superman and Super Woman.


Alongside the Itty Bittys the kids discovered everything they needed to make their very own superhero cape and become a hero themselves and so they got to work. Together we designed a family logo which includes the initial of our surname, something we all share. Then the kids went crazy decorating their capes and masks with as much glitter and felt as they could find.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Build-A-Bear Stuffing Station **REVIEW**

Both James and Evelyn love Build-A-Bear Workshop, we only have to walk past the shop in our local shopping mall and I'm certain I can hear their squeals of excitement! However the bears can be pricey and we don't always have time to go in so imagine their excitement when they discovered they could make their very own Build-A-Bear teddies at home!


The Build-A-Bear stuffing station is a kit that allows your children to make two of their very own Build-A-Bear cuddly friends from the comfort of their own home. It comes with all the fun bits that you would find at any Build-A-Bear store including stuffing your own bear, a magical heart to place inside your bear and even some accessories for your new cuddly friends including clothes.