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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise Review


The two most popular things this year for kids (and some adults) has been unicorn and slime, now put the two together and there's the Poopsie Unicorn Slime Surprise! Yep, that's right. There are 4 different Poopsie Unicorns to collect, and we were kindly gifted one for the purpose of this review. The one we received was the rainbow one, the hair is amazing. 

My girls are 8 and 6 years old, so I'm sure you can just imagine the excitement when they saw that they had the chance to try one out. It comes in a colourful packaging, but when you open it up, there's a white box that contains the Poopsie Unicorn and all the other surprise bits and pieces.



Inside contains the surprise Poopsie Unicorn, as said above, there are 4 to collect: Rainbow Brightstar, Oopsie Starlight, Whoopsie Doodle and Dazzle Darling. There are two different coloured packaging: White and Purple. As well as the Poopsie Unicorn, the box also contains other accessories such as: mystery scent dropper, collectable bottle, poop character keychain, unicorn spoon, collector's sheet, potty, unicorn food and unicorn magic. 

So as you can imagine, the unicorn poops the slime out in her potty. You feed her the ingredients given, and she does the rest of magic by making pooping the slime for you. I must admit, although I got stressed a couple of times, I was pleased with the outcome and pleased with the quality of the slime too. It was much better than I initially thought.



I would personally make sure that you have a wipeable tablecloth underneath while doing this, as it can get messy. There is an instruction sheet that included that's quite easy to follow, but we did have to have two attempts this was because you need to be sure that you do it pretty quickly as the slime can dry up while you're feeding the unicorn and before the unicorn poops it out.

Overall, it was definitely a messy craft, but the girls did love it. They got a little stressed at times too, but once they were able to get the hang of it, it got easier, and they loved it when the unicorn poop'd out the slime, and of course, they loved making and playing with the slime too. In my opinion, I would aim this for children aged 7+ years, if you are looking for them to do it. But I would advise and adult help would make it easier and more do-able. It's a good quality toy, and it's a lot of messy fun!

You can buy one at Smyths Toystores here.







We were kindly gifted this item free of charge in return for an honest review.
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Elf for Christmas Review


Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Christmas and writing this post is making me super excited for December the 1st. We have a family Christmas tradition where we welcome an Elf to stay in our home from December the 1st until the big day, Christmas Day! This special Elf is full of surprises and makes us giggle each morning when we find out what he's been getting up to each morning. The kids especially, each day throughout the December they love waking up in the morning running around looking for the Elf.

If you're looking for that special Elf to join your home and get up to some fun each day, then head on over to Elf for Christmas. They have some great products to get you started and have as much fun with the special Elf each day. From their advent letters, a cute little door, lots of activities, recipes and much more.



Elf for Christmas has a 'My Christmas Elf Kit' that is full of things to get you started for this December. As well as the Elf there are many things included in the kit such as sheets to write Santa a letter, stickers, nice list certificates, letters, reward charts and more. Included also in the pack is a goodbye letter from the Elf for when the Elf has to go back home to the North Pole.

The box that the Elf arrives in is a great box to keep everything and store away for the year until you bring him out again the following December. Elf for Christmas also has a great page sharing some funny Elf ideas that you can do throughout December.

Do you have an Elf at your house throughout December?






We were kindly sent these products for the purpose of this review.
All words, images and opinions are our own.
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Monday, 12 November 2018

WHO’S THAT GIRL™ – THE ULTIMATE NEW BEAUTY RANGE


If you have a child that is 6+ and has an interest in glitter, fake tattoos, makeup and anything beauty related, then they will love the new range from Who's That Girl. Who's That Girl have a great range of beauty products aimed for young tweens. They have a great collection including Who's That Girl Dollface, Glitter Nails, Mood Lips and much more. We were kindly sent some to share with you all and here's what we received.

The first thing is Who's The Girl Glitter Roots. This product is super cool, and I'm sure all young tweens will love this. Who doesn't love glitter?! Make them festival ready or party ready with sparkly hair. It's super easy to clean up, so no mess. Not only that but you can mix and match different colours too.

Secondly, the Who's That Girl Mood Lips are a must have! They are a clear lipstick with a hidden surprise. The surprise is, when you apply it, the lip tint changes to match your mood. There are different colours to choose from, great for trying with your friends too.


Most girls love to add a bit of colour or bling to their nails, this Nail Polish Dip is great for that. All you have to do is polish your nails with the clear polish provided, then dip them in the nail glitter. All the sparkles! You can also mix and match all of these to make your very own unique nail styles.

The last thing I received was the Beauty Tattoos set. These tattoos are washable, which are great for young tweens. They are in super cute shapes, and you can mix and match them too. This pack includes the Heart, Moon and Star stamper pens, along with a sheet of metallic freckle tattoos. Your young tween will have tonnes of fun with this set.

These are great gifts for young tweens, whether it's a special occasion such as a birthday, a treat or Christmas time. There are more products available from Smyths, Argos, The Entertainer and all good independent toy retailers. All Who's That Girl products are suitable for ages 6+ years.

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* We were gifted these items, in return for an honest review. 
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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Preparing Your Home for Winter


As the temperatures begin to get colder and we find ourselves driving home in the dark once more, we all know that winter is on its way. Although we are currently being treated to wonderful displays of rich, vibrant autumnal colours wherever we go, it won’t be long before the trees are bare and it takes five minutes just to layer up enough to leave the house!

During the coldest months of the year, our homes are our sanctuary against the harsh weather and freezing temperatures outside. This is the time of year when curling up in front of the TV with a blanket and a hot drink becomes so much more appealing than braving the elements to head out; the season of comfort food and preparing for the celebrations of the festive period.

Although cleaning, maintenance and home improvement tasks are most commonly associated with the start of the year (spring cleaning and the ‘New Year New Me’ mentality come to mind) it’s also important to make sure that your home - your sanctuary - is safe, secure and comfortable enough to guide you through the winter months.

To that end, here are some top tips designed to help you get your home ready and waiting for the onslaught of winter weather.

General Maintenance
Before the arrival of snow and ice, make sure to complete any outstanding general maintenance tasks. If you leave things unfinished, the chances are that they won’t be completed until spring and the winter weather could even make things worse!

In preparation for winter, you should make sure that your garden, driveway and any outbuildings like sheds, garages or playhouses are secure and weather-proof. Safely stow away any delicate garden ornaments as well as gardening tools and machinery like lawnmowers. If you are able, you should also give your guttering and downpipes a once-over to check for any damage. While you’re at it, it’s also advisable to clear any debris or fallen leaves from the guttering to enable rainwater to drain effectively.

Check for Damp
Although damp can occur all year round, it is at this time of year when many people begin to notice it. With the colder weather, windows and doors are kept closed to trap the heat in the room, meaning that excess moisture has no easy way of escaping. Similarly, seasonal rain showers can also contribute to damp if there are gaps in your home’s brickwork or roofing.

Do a sweep of your home, inside and out, and check to see if there are any signs of damp including musty smells, damp patches on walls or ceiling or discoloured, flaking paintwork or wallpaper. If you do spot anything untoward, it’s always best to call in the experts and get the problem resolved before it worsens!

Household Pests
Although the wasps, bees and buzzing insects that plague our homes during the summer may have disappeared, the colder months of the year bring their own creepy crawlies, wildlife and household pests.

During autumn, many people see an influx of spiders entering their homes and while they won’t sting you or buzz around your head like a wasp, many of us are less than happy about sharing our home with autumn’s eight-legged visitors. There are many different methods out there for deterring spiders, from special sprays to placing conkers around doorways and windows.

Another household pest you might encounter (and indeed, a more problematic one) is woodworm. If you do suspect that your home may be suffering from a woodworm infestation, see here for more information.



Comfort and Cosiness
Your home is your haven and during winter, this is more important than ever. When the rain is lashing down outside, there’s truly nothing better than sitting inside all warm and cosy!

While some people like to completely redesign and redecorate their living space in accordance with the changing seasons, for others, a few simple changes or new additions can make all the difference. For winter, interior trends are all about maximising the warmth and comfort that a room can bring – think rich, deep colours and plenty of comfortable furniture, cushions and throws. Complete the look with a plush, fluffy rug and spaces for your favourite Christmas decorations, and your home will be winter-ready before you know it!


Of course, it’s also important to remember that not everything on this list will apply to each individual home. You know your home better than anyone else, so use your common sense and if you think something needs replacing, repairing or simply updating, now is the time to put your DIY skills to the test (or call in the experts!) and get it resolved before winter arrives. 


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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Easy ways to add festive colour to your home


The festive Christmas season is the time of year we all decorate our homes, and it’s a great time to introduce some colour without redecorating. Here are some easy ways to add pops of festive colour to your home.

Colour theme
Since Christmas mainly revolves around food, we probably spend just as much time in our dining rooms during the festive season as our living rooms. Pick a dining table colour theme is a fantastic way to introduce some festive colour to your space.



For instance, this stunning teal and gold themed Christmas table makes for an elegant and sophisticated choice. These Zara Home turquoise wine glasses will help you achieve the look, and this set of four gold placemats will also make a stunning addition. Opt for a colourful centrepiece that matches your crockery to tie the theme together.

Cushions Galore
One of the easiest and quickest ways to introduce colour to your space is with accessories. You can keep it simple with a monotone colour, or add various complementary or contrasting accessories for a more eclectic look. We love the vast selection of scatter cushions from Arlo & Jacob that come in any fabric of your choice, making it really simple to find the exact colour or shade that you’re after.

Hang a Wreath
This indoor wreath from John Lewis is bold, bright and very modern – a great way to bring some colour to your home this festive season; but, if you’re looking for something a little more subtle and traditional, then this floral wreath from Marks & Spencer offers a more subdued injection of colour.


Hallway Garland
Extend your living room colour scheme out to your hallways with a well-placed garland. Wrap it around a staircase or drape over a mirror. Be sure to use the same colour accessories in the garland that you use in the living room to create a cohesive Christmas colour scheme.

Work with what you’ve got
Most of us already have a colour theme in our house. Whether it’s minimal white or vibrant pops of bold colour, you can always use the existing décor in your home to your advantage when it comes to decorating for Christmas. Use your current living room colour palette to match your decorations to for bringing some fuss-free festive colour to your interiors. Pick wrapping paper that complements your room and decorations that work with the tone of your existing décor.
As red is already the dominant colour in this living room, it makes sense to run with the theme and accentuate it with Christmas accessories in the same hue.

Get the kids involved
What’s Christmas if it doesn’t include the kids? Get them involved in making some paper decorations for some old-school, traditional style décor in your chosen colour. Paper chains and snowflakes are ideal for hanging in hallways and on fireplaces (plus they cost next to nothing to make).





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Tuesday, 6 November 2018

5 Ways To Refresh Your Home This Winter

Cold weather isn’t always welcome, but you can’t beat that feeling of cosiness in your home during
the winter months. If your home is looking more cold than cosy, it might be time for a bit of a refresh!
Now is a great time to revamp your decor, so take a look at five things you can do to refresh your
home ready for the winter months.

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1. Add warm colours to the mix

You can’t move for all the winter-themed decor items taking over Matalan, Asda and Primark this year,
giving you plenty of inspiration for bringing some seasonal home accessories this winter. Bringing in
warm colours through your textiles, candles, ornaments and other homeware can make your instantly
cosier and give your home a welcoming touch. Upgrading your home decor doesn’t have to be
expensive, and even little changes can make a big difference to the look and feel of your space.
Take a look at some of the latest home interior trends to give you some inspiration.

2. Update your radiators

Are your radiators looking tired and dated? It might be time to say goodbye to your existing radiators
and replace them with new ones. Choose styles that will blend into your decor from onlyradiators.co.uk
or add some radiator covers to make classic styles look more attractive.A bit of radiator maintenance
at this time of year will help make sure your home stays heated throughout the winter months.

3. Invest in new curtains

Curtains are a winter essential - they’re ideal for keeping the draft out and helping your home feel
warmer. There are plenty of great styles out there that will help you to transform your rooms, while
also keeping them warm. Darker colours are great for the winter months as they’ll help give your room
that extra warm touch, which is ideal if your home decor is usually on the cooler side.

4. Embrace hygge

Hygge is the Danish art of being cosy, and has some great principles that you can adopt to help your
home feel warm and welcoming this winter. From lighting the fireplace to finding the perfect winter
knitwear, there are some excellent ways to embrace hygge and enjoy better wellbeing throughout the
colder months. Dig out your slippers and favourite knitwear and enjoy feeling warm and content in your
home.

5. Design the perfect bedroom for sleep

Sleep is extremely important for your health, but if you’re not getting enough of it - could your bedroom
be to blame? Make sure your bedroom has the right temperature and lighting for sleep, and keep all
distractions tucked away. A simple refresh can involve changing your duvet or adding some new blankets, or
if you want to really treat yourself - a new bed could do the trick. Wouldn’t a king size bed be nice to
snuggle into this winter?


Making some home improvements for winter is the perfect way to get ready for the season ahead.
Give your home a winter makeover and enjoy spending some relaxing nights in the comfort of your
home.


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Monday, 5 November 2018

Our October Half Term


I haven't written about our family adventures for a long time. I feel like my blog is stuck at the moment. I am struggling to find the balance, but I hope you'll all bare with me while I try my best to get balance with blogging and life. It's one of my goals throughout next year, but I am trying to start it now, so it's not so much of a struggle next year.

As I'm writing this, it's our very last day of the half-term school holidays. The kids broke up from school a week later than England's schools. I was really looking forward for these holidays, we had a lot planned, but if you're a parent, you'll probably know that nothing really goes to plan when there are kids involved. Unfortunately, Freddie was poorly all week. He got better as the week got on, but then my partner and I have caught the horrible cold too. The girls aren't too bad, up to now.

I had a few things planned such as visiting Llanberis, Llandudno and a couple of other places, I decided to stay local instead. Freddie was refusing his naps because his throat was hurting him too much, so by the end of the day, roughly 4pm onwards, he was exhausted. So tired, he was falling asleep on the sofa most evenings. Of course, we took him to bed earlier than normal, and we were lucky that he slept throughout the night, every night.


Although we only stayed local, we still did something every single day.

Monday
The first official day of half term and the day Freddie started his cold. I was unsure what to do this day as I had planned to go on a bus somewhere. Luckily, I stayed home because Freddie got worse throughout the day. For lunchtime, all three kids made their own pizzas, they loved making them. They chose their favourite toppings out of onions, cheese, tomatoes and mushrooms. Later on that day, we went for a walk on the cycle track which was nice. The girls were on their scooter/bike, and Freddie was in his pram, but walking at times too.


Tuesday
Tuesday was a day Freddie wasn't himself at all. He was super clingy but wasn't too bad after he took some doses of Calpol. My Dad and brother visited in the morning/mid-afternoon. Mia went to her Dad's later on in the afternoon, for the night. An hour or so after Mia went, I decided to go out for a small walk locally in the village, the long way to the shop for Elliw and Freddie to get some treats, but also for some fresh air and to pass the time.

Wednesday
I had my driving lesson in the morning, which went really well. My partners Mam stayed with the kids as I went. We stayed home this day because there were heavy downpours, but luckily, the bad weather stopped by the evening. Elliw went trick or treating out with her Dad (my partner), and I stayed home with Freddie as he was exhausted. When they arrived back home, I went to my usual Slimming World group. Mia came home this evening.

Thursday
Freddie seemed to have perked up a bit overnight after going to bed extra early the night before. Freddie went to nursery, while the girls and I had a girly morning. I had planned this day for a long time. Giving both girls my full attention. We went to their favourite place for breakfast, Costa. They had those babyccinos which they love, and afterwards, I took them to the fun centre and then to Home Bargains to get some craft bits. As I had planned a few work hours when we arrived home, the girls were lucky enough to go to their Nains, so I could get on with my work.



Friday
We stayed home all day Friday because one of my close friends and my nephew came over to see us. It was so lovely to see them, and the kids love seeing them too. It was a lovely day of catching up and just having a relaxing day at home.

We've had a lovely half term, and I'm glad I still managed to take the kids out and have memories, even though they were all local outings or doing things at home such as making pizzas. I didn't manage to capture many photos with my main camera, but I did manage to capture a few on my phone.









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Friday, 2 November 2018

Things That Make Me Feel More Like My Pre-Baby Self


Let's face it, being a Mother is tough at times. It's rewarding and so worth it, but it's so bloody tough. We go through huge body changes with pregnancy, labour/births, our bodies trying to recover after birth, postnatal depression and just motherhood its self. It changes us massively. I personally find pregnancy and Motherhood changes the way you think, changes the way you feel about certain things and certainly changes the way you think about things - you will probably feel more or less strongly about something you did pre-baby.

Somewhere along Motherhood, you can lose yourself a little bit. Everyone loses their way at one point during Motherhood. Whether it's breaking down, going through anxiety/depression, feeling lonely, struggling to be a parent or whatever else, we all lose something of who we used to be. It's quite sad to think about it, but unfortunately, it's common, and it's true.

I've had three children, and I'm definitely not the same person as I was before I had my children. Don't get me wrong, I have grown up massively, I am a lot more mature than my old friends without any kids, but that's because I have three little people looking up at me as a role model. I'm their Mam, and they need me.

As much as I do love my children to pieces, I do miss being 'me'. Every few months I get to a stage where I feel I need a break and in my opinion, every parent needs a break from parenting. Whether it's a night, weekend or an afternoon away. For us to feel somewhat sane and more ourselves, we all need that little break to feel like us again.


Here are just a few things I do that make me feel like 'me', pre-baby!

Going out for a catch up with friends
Just going out with a friend or a group of friends definitely makes me feel more like myself. You get called by your real name, you can be yourself, you can talk to adults, and you can have a good relaxing time with friends. 

Buying a new outfit
Going out to buy a new outfit certainly can help you feel like 'you'. As a Mum we tend to wear similar outfits most days, having a slight change can definitely make you feel better and more like yourself. 

Adult conversations
Although spending quality time with the kids is amazing, having no adult conversation can drive you quite insane at times. Even a little 5-minute conversation with an adult over the phone or on the street does the world of good. 

Date night
If you have a partner, date night can be the perfect night for you to feel like yourself. Getting yourself glammed up and ready to spend a night with your loved one is something most of us coupled-up parents need. Letting our hair down and catching up, leaving parenthood behind for a little bit during the night! 

What do you do to help you feel more like your pre-baby self?

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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Fun Family Days Out

I've always loved planning family days out, and I have always loved the unexpected family days out too. Whether it's travelling afar or locally, we, as a family, always try our best to make sure we have a good day out and make the most of it. We've travelled a lot around places in North Wales, but we want to travel a lot more further than usual in the next coming months. Here are just a few places you could all have a fab family day out in:

The National Trust
All National Trust properties have amazing grounds and some breathtaking views. I think National Trust parks are definitely a go-to place for us. We always love visiting the NT properties and their grounds, the kids absolutely love it, and we can always spend hours there. 

Alton Towers
Alton Towers is a place I haven't visited for many years, but a place I would love to take the kids one day. It's definitely updated since I last visited and even has a Cbeebies land which is amazing. Pepperami currently have a great 2-for-1 offer at the moment that you can use for the Alton Towers park or Drayton Manor! 


Cardiff
This city is so beautiful, especially when the sun is out. There's a lovely walk along Cardiff Bay, and there are so many things to do with the family. We visited Cardiff a few years back we had so much fun and took a visit to St. Fagans too. 

Liverpool
Liverpool is one big, beautiful and busy city. So many things to do there such as a lovely walk along the Albert Dock, Liverpool One shopping centre, a boat ride along the Mersey River, Tourist bus, many museums and many more things to do. We have visited Liverpool many times as a family and as a couple and have loved our visit there every time. 


Blackpool
Blackpool has many things to do such as a lovely walk along the front, Blackpool Tower, many amusement parks, events and so many other things that will definitely keep the family busy throughout the day. 

- We were sent some items in return for this post.
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