November 25, 2014
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All I want for Christmas is…

Hey my lovely readers old and new. Christmas really is creeping up on us now, and with it lots of gift guides. I find these so so helpful,  I never know what I want myself, let alone anyone else! I’ve compiled a little gift list for ladies here, I hope you see something you like.

First up is this amazing talc (not the stuff your nan uses honestly)! From one of my favourite stores lush. It’s called Vanillia puff and is £4.95 for 50g, find it both in store and online here.

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I’ve worn a Pandora bracelet for a few years now and would love a new charm. However none of them are jumping out at me, Troll beads have some amazing beads so I may just start a new bracelet in the new year. I love this eternal love charm and the expectant parent one would make the most amazing gift for an expecting parent, I know a few people I would live to buy this for. Troll beads start from just £25.

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Last summer I read the most amazing gift chic flick called sealed with a kiss written by Rachel lucas, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting! I’m so excited to see she’s realised a Christmas edition on the Kindle here. Priced at 59p it’s a total bargain and if it’s anything like the summer book it will be amazing!

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Last up is this amazing blusher from clinique called cheek pop in plum pop. Priced at £16.50 it’s a bit pricey for a blush but hey, if you can’t have a treat at Christmas when can you!

seen anything on my wishlist that you would like for yourself or a loved one? Leave me a little comment if yes, I love talking to you xx

November 24, 2014
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Get ready for Christmas with Miss Francis.

Party season is fast approaching, and for Tia this mean super pretty dresses (and sausage rolls and balloons) She can spend ages picking out which one she wants to wear, she’s two!! It’s just going to get worse right? Ha!
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Tias first ever party dress which she wore at a month old.

So she has quite a collection now, but Tia seems to pick them based on their twirling abilities. If she can spin around and they can out she’s happy, it’s for this exact reason she nearly always picks a tutu. Is there anything more princesses like than a tutu? I honestly think not!

Tia got her very first tutu aged ten months, this was from Miss Francis. She wore it on her first birthday and she really was the belle of her own ball. The tutu was big and fluffy and well, just amazing.
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Tias first Miss Francis tutu.

Fast forward just over a year and Tia’s received a new bigger Tutu* from Miss Francis as her old one is now too short. We picked the vanillia sunday style in age 1-3 years. It came in a huge box, this excited me very much. Big box equals big skirt right? Right! The tutu was even more amazing than her first one, bigger is definitely better.
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You’re able to adjust the waist slightly using the ribbon which ties into a lovely bow when you’ve finished. It sits just under her knee, a fantastic length. This will change depending on the height of your child of course, Tia’s about average for her two years, she’s super slim though so gives the impression of being taller.

This tutu is heavy, not in an uncomfortable for the child kind of way (has flashbacks to my wedding day)! But in a you know it’s been made really well way. It’s fans out beautifully when twirling, it’s everything Tia looks for in a party outfit.

Priced at £44.99 for Tia’s size, it’s a little more expensive than some others you can get. I do honestly think it’s worth the money though, it comes in a beautiful box wrapped in tissue paper. It makes the perfect present for this reason, you just know the skirt is going to be special as its wrapped as such. It’s also such good quality, not at all stiff or itchy. It’s wonderfully soft and washes really well.
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Miss Francis stock tutus from birth right up to ten years, they also stock matching ruffle tops, dresses and accessories. They also stock sequinned tutus and all deliveries within the UK are posted free of charge so if you’re looking for either the perfect Christmas present or Christmas outfit for a girl then do give Moss Francis a visit. She’s on twitter and facebook too.

Use the discount code MT15 for a nice 15% discount on your order.

November 19, 2014
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Do you play outdoors?

Hey guys, Britax recently commissioned some research on family time which revealed (perhaps shockingly) that exploring outside with our families has dropped by a third in just one generation. Apparently more than 60% of parents questioned admitted that most of their family time was spent indoors.

Do you try to make time to go outdoors? We’re out pretty much all the time in the warmer months, but how about those colder ones? I’ve recently introduced Tia to leaf kicking/jumping/collecting and she’s always enjoyed splashing in puddles. We don’t enjoy picnics in the colder months and the park visits definitely get shorter but I do try to make a point of getting out and about with Tia as much as I can. We don our hats and gloves and try to make the best of each season.

What’s your favourite season to go outdoors and play in? Do you agree with the market reaserch? Find out more about it here.

FAMILIES EXPLORING THE GREAT OUTDOORS HAS DROPPED BY A THIRD IN ONE GENERATION

· British parents say getting outdoors as a family is ‘stressful’
· Report reveals the more children you have, the less time you spend outside
· Parents are nervous about their children’s safety while outdoors

The UK’s families are a nation of home nesters as new research reveals that 60 per cent of parents prefer to spend quality time with their children at home rather than going out together. The Family Time report*, commissioned by child mobility experts, Britax, explores family lifestyles and adventures in the UK and shows that families are spending 33 per cent less time outdoors than they did in their own childhoods.

Whilst 65 per cent of the 2,000 parents surveyed agree that family time outside is fun, almost one in five (18%) families labelled it as ‘stressful’ with a further 41 per cent worrying about their children’s safety when they are outdoors.

With the dark evenings and winter gales now in full swing, the unpredictable British weather is a key factor for families staying at home for over 50 per cent of parents (54%). Other challenges to family outdoor freedom include:

· High costs: 63 per cent say the cost of family days out limit quality time together out of the home
· Time: 35 per cent say the time it takes to prepare and leave the house with children is a deterrent
· Equipment: Almost a quarter (25%) cite the amount of equipment needed (pushchairs, changing bags, bottles etc) as a de-motivator to heading outside
· Housework: Balancing household chores and family life is a major factor for 27 per cent of parents
· Tantrums: 22 per cent say the fear of their children throwing tantrums in public tends to keep them inside for family time

Despite the deterrents, 61 per cent of parents still recognise that getting out with their children is important in terms of building memories with their family, with activities like family holidays (47%), days out with the family (15%) and playing outdoors with friends (25%) topping the list of the best memories from their own childhoods.

Family life specialist Dr Pat Spungin comments: “Whilst spending quality time at home together is still incredibly valuable for any family, powerful life long memories can be made by discovering new things together outdoors.

“But it’s not always easy. This research shows how families feel the odds are really against them when it comes to getting outdoors, but there are some really simple steps that parents can take to make the process much simpler and more stress free. Whilst excursions and theme parks can be expensive, don’t underestimate the value of simply taking a walk out in the park with the children. You’ll all get some fresh air and will have lots of fun in the process.”

Dr Pat Spungin has created a series of expert tips at http://babyonboard.britax.co.uk/en designed to help minimise the stress of getting out together as a family.

More children, more challenges…

The Family Time report shows a direct correlation in the number of children in a family and the amount of time spent together outside. Whilst 40 per cent of families with one child say they try to go out to the park together each weekend, this decreases to 33 per cent for families with three children. Over half (56%) of parents with three children said they rarely try something new at the weekends and prefer to stay at home.

The probability of watching TV together as a family also increases with the number of children in the family. Only one out of five (20%) families with one child watch TV all together at the weekends versus 30 per cent for a two child family and 38 per cent for three children – almost double the amount of one child families.

The report found that families in East Anglia dedicate the most amount of time outdoors together, followed by Wales and the North West. Northern Ireland was revealed as the region that spends the least amount of time outdoors as a family.**

“We believe that becoming a parent is really about becoming yourself and that every family has the right to live their life to the full” comments Amy Voller, Brand Director EMEA from Britax. “We understand how challenging this can be for modern families however so are committed to making travelling and exploring with children as easy, safe and as stress free as possible. That’s why we will always go far beyond what’s required and won’t stop until we’ve achieved the safest travel solutions for outdoor family adventures.”

Genesis crafty bakery delights.

November 14, 2014 by admin | 0 comments

A little while ago I was kindly offered cake for review. I jumped at the chance obviously, who turns down down free cake for “ahem” taste testing.
I received a bundle of scones and scotch pancakes, all handmade in a family run bakery, this is run by no less than six brothers. The six bakers bake pancakes, scones, bread, cakes and rolls all are handcrafted in their bakery because apparently they taste better that way. Let’s try them then and I’ll let you know.

My bundle included plain, blueberry and chocolate pancakes, cheese and fruit scones. I love scones and they’re not something that I’ve ever been able to make myself (yet, I will one day) so buying ready made ones is something I do. I love nothing more than a scone either plain or fruity topped with lashings of jam and cream.

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The fruit ones were lovely toasted then topped with jam, I had no cream in but they didn’t “need” it. They had a nice flavour and the fruit meant they were lovely and moist. The cheese ones unfortunately were a lot drier, they were right at the end of the expiry date though so that could be why? They still had a good flavour, the cheese really came through.

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The blueberry ones were by far my favourite, the chocolate ones were ok as a treat (Tia loved these ones best)! The plain ones were lovely topped with golden syrup or perfect if you like your pancakes not too sweet. I would totally recommend these if you enjoy nice scotch pancakes without having to make them. They’re much nicer then others I’ve tried in the past, bigger too! No one likes tiny pancakes do they?

Genesis crafty is stocked in all the large supermarkets and many other shops including costcutter and spar. The blueberry and chocolate pancakes are already on my shopping list, what will you try first?

November 12, 2014
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Sexy door sexy door.

Sexy door zoo lane…

Now most of you will be thinking “what the actual…” I’m hoping some of you will be laughing as you know the words are in fact sixty four, sixty four and not sexy door which seems to be what Tia sings.
For ages she would just sing “sexy door” with no zoo bit afterwards leaving me very baffled as to where she had heard such a thing haha!

Other things she says that make me laugh include

Cu-cu-mumber. This will never get old, good old cucumber.

Blick. She’s been watching a programme that teaches you how to write letters, she’s often found with a crayon and paper singing “down and BLICK”
She means flick of course.

How she’s calls her car seat her pushchair. It doesn’t matter how many times we correct her, she’s adamant!

When she asks for toast, she actually means bread on its own. If she wants toast I get “put toast in there” whilst pointing in the direction of the toaster.

How she calls her happy land, appy land. Makes me smile every time.

What do your little ones say that make you smile?

November 10, 2014
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It’s nearly Christmas!

I know it’s only November, and the beginning at that! But I’m ever so excited for Christmas this year, and it’s because Tia’s a year older. She’s already feeding off of my excitement, she’s asked to see christmas a few times haha!
I’ll be making her a Christmas Eve box this year for the first time as she’s old enough to get it now. She’s got some gorgeous new christmas pjs from KyNa boutique going inside, some new Christmas books, slippers and I’ll pop some treats in like popcorn and raisons (her favourite)!

I’ve already made quite a start on my shopping this year, Tia’s basically finished now. I just need to pick up a few bits for her stocking and Im still waiting for her new frozen slippers which are being handmade by a WHAM.
I know what most people will be receiving from us this year so it’s just a case of going out and getting it all.

I’m also super excited for Tia to meet Father Christmas this year, she’s done it the last two years but not really understood, Im hoping she doesn’t freak out! I’m thinking about taking her to marsh farm, the christmas workshop looks so good. I’m just worried that it will be super busy, but then I guess all the good places will be.

We bought out first dinning room table this year, it’s only a fold away one but it’s all mine! I’ve ordered my very own christmas table cloth, runner and matching napkins and placemats. I’m looking forward to dressing my table, I’ve even bought Christmas themed salt and pepper pots haha!

Is anyone else getting excited about Christmas?

November 6, 2014
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A day trip to Brighton.

Yesterday me and my Tia went on a little road trip to meet up with an old friend of mine, the gorgeous Kitty. The plan was to hang out in our favourite tea room and gossip, and we did just that! If you ever plan on visiting Brighton and enjoy cake (assuming anyone dislikes)? Do visit the mock turtle. I parked at Kittys house and we rode the bus into town, Tia had never been on a bus before and she was massively excited. Especially when I told her that when we need to get off, we ring a bell. She couldn’t wait to ring the bell, then as soon as we departed she wanted to get on another bus.

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Set in the heart of Brighton, just of off the seafront. The mock turtle is a gem, serving any kind of cake you could wish for. Soup too if you fancy it, and trust me it’s good! I’m a cream tea kind of gal, In fact I’m not sure I’ve ever had anything else from there, and I’ve been visiting for the best part of seven years now! I adore how everything is served on blue and white willow crockery, and how the cakes are laid out like a village fair. I always feel at home there, but do watch out as it can get crazy busy.

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After our sweet lunch we headed out to the hustle and bustle of the shopping lanes. I discovered a Jojo maman bebe and just had to go and take a peak at their amazing range. I love looking online, but you can’t beat looking in the flesh. I left with a swanky new pair of wellies for Tia and she left with her colouring that she had done whilst I was shopping. Awesome shop, I’ll be back soon!

Before we knew it, it was getting darker and it was time to start thinking about heading home. Trying to get out of Brighton was a nightmare at rush hour, even more so I think as everyone was heading in my direction to go to lewis where they hold a massive bonfire event every year.
Me and Tia had a lovely time, she excitably told me about meeting Kitty at bedtime and how she had cake for lunch. We’ll be back soon I promise!
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November 5, 2014
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The perfect party dress?

Tia has had her fair share of beautiful party dresses. But her latest one from appleby designs has to be one of the prettiest. It’s an Elsa inspired dress (and if you’ve no idea who that is you most likely don’t have a daughter) that is hand made to order. It arrived wrapped in tissue paper, Tia couldn’t wait to open her parcel up. IMG_1547.PNG

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The Elsa dress *is made from 100% cotton in a perfect sparkly ice blue colour. Tia knew who inspired the dress straight away and she’s only two! The Elsa dress also come with a detachable sash which finishes the dress off perfectly, I was able to wrap this around Tia several times before tying into a bow to finish. The Elsa dress is fully lined and has a beautiful full skirt, perfect for twirling around in. Tia recently wore hers to her friends birthday party and nearly stole the birthday girls limelight! She was able to bounce on the bouncy castle perfectly in it, she even had a “ride” on her uncles motorbike!

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The smallest size this dress comes in is a 2-3 years which is what we have. It’s a bit too big on the top half but not unwearable. It just showed her vest underneath which was then covered with her cardigan. But it’s worth mentioning that although Tia is two, she has a very slight build. She’s just gone into 18-24 month clothes.
I’ve ordered a few handmade dresses for Tia and this is really well made. The Elsa dress washed really well and dried quickly due to it being 100% cotton. Tia’s has asked almost daily if she’s going to another party as she wants to wear it all the time. So yes, for us this is the perfect party dress. It’s sparkly, twirly, well made, and maybe most importantly for me unique. I could pretty much guarantee that if we went to a frozen party she would be the only one wearing this dress, because of this she stands out from the crowd. It really is a beautiful dress, and not highly flammable and crazy easy to tear like the fancy dress types.

So if you’re looking for a Elsa dress with a difference, pop over to to their facbook page for details on how to order. Prices start from £34 for tunic style dresses, £45 for the full dresses. Use the discount code BLOG at the checkout for a cheeky 10% off for all my readers.

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October 31, 2014
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October roundup.

I cannot believe it’s November tomorrow! How crazy is that? It’s still pretty warm I think, not winter like at all yet which I can see changing soon.

I’ve had a few little bits and pieces sent to me this month that I wanted to tell you all about, and I thought a roundup post would be a fab way of showing them off.

First up was an amazing pack sent from Rachels organics showing of their new amazing divine pot range. I received two chocolate pots and two vanilla, both were honestly amazing! I’ve bought the chocolate ones since, a clear winner for me. I love how the pots are actually glass, so easy for me to recycle or reuse at home as candle holders. I was also send some amazing treats to enjoy a “divine moment” including bath bombs, bed socks, some candles, a hand stamped personalised spoon and this amazing bottle of prosecco. You can buy the divine range in Sainsburys, Waitrose and Ocardo down the yogurt aisle for around £2 for a pack of two.

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The next product I want to mention is go ahead, low fat snack range. I was kindly gifted a selection of yummy products to try.

I received chocolate thins, a thin chocolate biscuit filled with sultanas and orange fruitiness. These are so good, not what I expected for a low fat treat! Each slice contains just 72kcl, perfect for a guilt free treat. RRP £1.99
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Next up were yogurt breaks in strawberry flavour. A crispy biscuit filled with a strawberry filling and then topped with a yogurt coating.
These weren’t for me at all, I only like yogurt wet in a pot and a spoon! My husband and toddler loved them though. These were 73kcal a slice, so a bit more than the chocolate ones. RRP £1.99
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The fruit bakes range are golden baked bars, filled with fruity filling. I received apple and I loved them. I actually hid the pack from the other so I didn’t have to share them lol! Each bar contains a portion of fruit and contains 133kcal. RRP £1.99
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Last but not least were the crispy slices. A fruity filling in a biscuit so light you can take it anywhere. I received the raspberry ones, they’re really nice. You get three biscuits in a pack, and like the rest of the range are packaged perfectly to be able to pack in a lunch for work or school. These are only 57kcal each and also retail for £1.99.
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Those clever people over at Aveeno have brought out a book aimed at children to help explain dry skin conditions.
The book is about a girl called Ellie and her pet gecko Eddie. It shows different ways that skin can become dry and uncomfortable and I think, helps to normalise it. My brother suffered with eczema horribly when younger and didn’t really understand why he had to have special bath oils, creams and lotions. A book like this would have helped explain in a fun way, it gets a big tick from me. It’s bright and easy to read, Aveeno teamed up with acclaimed children’s author Penelope Harper to create a series of books that follow the adventures of Ellie and Eddie. The books are aimed at helping parents ad children alike manage and address the difficulties of having dry, eczema-prone skin.
We are a family of dry skin sufferers, mine is mainly my face, Tia all over if bathed too often and Michael really suffers with dry skin down his legs. The Aveeno range is the best I’ve ever found for easing and soothing dry skin. You can buy Aveeno in pharmacies, it’s also available on prescription if recommended by the doctor.
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That’s the end of my round up for this month, I can’t believe that when my next one goes live it will be a few weeks before Christmas! Man I’m so excited, are you?