Anything rainbows, sequins, big bows, you name it - my girls love! So when the girls were kindly sent the new Rainbowcorns Plush Big Bow Surprise they were super excited. There are 3 Rainbocorns Big Bow Surprise's to collect: Bobbi the Llama, Bowi the Unicorn and Belle the Flamingo. Each Rainbocorn come in their very own large egg which your child will need to hatch open to reveal their very own Rainbocorn.

Not only is there the flully most adorable Rainbocorn plush, but there are lots of surprises to be found too! 25 surprises to be exact - which is fantastic. From fluffy wristbands, beaded bracelet, unicorn headband, big bows and 3 surprise mini eggs called Bow-Bowcorns, inside! They're super adorable. Each mini egg has a figure and a ring that you can wear. You can also use your Bow-Bowcorns as pencil toppers - how fab is that?! 

Each Rainbocorn comes with their very own big bow which you can on the outside of the egg, you need to detach it from the inside. Also, on the outside of the egg is a sequin heart that you place in your Rainbocorns. Which sequin pattern will you find? My girls found a burger pattern - which they loved.

The Rainbocorn Plushes are just so adorable and they are most definitely going to be a hit this Christmas. Selling at just £39.99 (October price) at Smyths Toys, I personally think it's a reasonable price with everything that is included. Which Rainbocorn will your little one hatch?

- we were kindly gifted these items in return for an honest review
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Keeping your wardrobe up to date throughout the year can be overwhelming, and no matter how many clothes
you have, there still never seems to be enough. Nothing ever seems right, and this can affect your preparation
for when the weather twists and turns you on your head. 

But it doesn't have to be such a struggle. Instead of waiting until the last minute to restock the family's wardrobe,
get ahead of the game. There are so many different events and places you'll visit throughout the year that you
need a plan before these things happen. 

Outdoor Fun

Who doesn't love going on adventures whether they are spontaneous or labouriously planned? Getting out into
the great outdoors is a chance for exercise, fresh air, and something different than sitting watching TV.

Whether you love to hike, climb or play, you can ensure the house is full of clothes for whatever the weather is
like outside. In summer, shorts and t-shirts are ideal, and when the weather gets colder, you'll need coats,
jumpers, and jeans to cope with the temperature. Make sure you get the right shoes for the occasion, too. You
don't want to wear your finest flats and come home with them soaked in mud. 

Party Time

Even before celebrating, you're having fun. There's something about getting dressed up in your best clothes
ready for a night of excitement that helps you forget all about the stresses of regular life. But this stress can
rise again when you realise no one has anything to wear to go out. 

Whether it's anniversary parties, date night, or kids' birthday parties, having everyone's wardrobe stocked is
essential. You need to look classy, but not too classy. You also need to be comfortable, so anything too tight is
out of the question. You don't get to celebrate very often nowadays, not like you used to, anyway, so when the
opportunity comes you must take it. 

The Serious Stuff

As much fun as it is getting outside, there are still jobs to go to and school to attend.
While the school uniform is easy enough (despite the rising prices, especially for large families), you've got to
think about you and your spouse, too. 

The clothes will depend on the job, of course. But modest office attire is cheap and easy to find at most budget
shops in the city or even supermarkets if you need something in a pinch. If you need something a little more
casual, consider reimagining your old clothes or shopping at charity shops to give something back while you
get something new to you. 

Ready For Anything

The UK weather is, in a word, unpredictable. We've all had the weather play tricks on us, with the gorgeous sun
emerging from grey and windy mornings and, likewise, caught in a downpour when the weather was crisp and
delicious when you step out the door earlier. Being prepared for the inevitable will save you getting soaked to
the skin or sweltering in your jeans so take advantage of it when you can.

I must start this post by saying that I had originally written a completely different post for the review of this amazing product. It was a difficult post to write as it was about my beautiful Nain. But sadly, she passed away before I published the post and it doesn't feel right to publish the post now. This post, however, is all about treasuring your family memories and capturing those precious moments.

Kids grow up too fast, life goes too fast, before we know it the days, weeks, months and years have flown by. The kids don't want as many snuggles on the sofa anymore, they don't want to go for family days out, or visit family as much as they used too and this is why it's so important to be sure that you live for every single moment in life. Capture all those special memories, the birthdays, special occasions and even the random days. Take those selfies, capture those random moments the kids are dancing in the living room.

It's so important to be sure that you capture as many photos as you can throughout your life, especially with your loved ones. It's always lovely to look back on photos throughout the years, and certain photos are even more special and important after a loved one has passed. Many people don't like getting pictures taken, but once you have lost a loved one, you will cherish every single photo.

These days not many people print out photos and I am one of those people. I adore capturing the moments and capturing special memories but I rarely print out any photos. This is where the Nixplay Seed comes in. This smart digital frame is a very modern way of showing your photos. You connect the product to your Wi-Fi and your phone.

There is an app to download on your phone where you can make albums and then choose which album you want to show on your Nixplay Seed. The digital frame has a honeycomb pattern back with a woven power cord to stand it up. The quality is amazing and you are able to choose the style of the slideshow you want.

Having the Nixplay Seed has been great in our home, we have lots of old and new photos being shown and I love that there's a mix. The kids will ask for stories of the photos sometimes and that's a lovely way to bring us all together. Not forgetting special photos of my Nain too.

- I received this product in return for an honest review. However, all words and images are my own.

Although I haven't passed my driving test yet, I am a person who thinks strongly about safe driving. I think strongly that no one should be behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, or even behind the wheel while texting or on the phone to someone. I am a very anxious person as it is, but I think it's very important to keep to the driving rules when you are actually behind the wheel. If you do not follow the rules then not only are you putting yourself at risk, you are putting other families, children, the elderly and other people at risk too.

Kwik Fit have currently launched a campaign called Driven to Distraction where they have created an interactive quiz where you can see how easily distracted you can be when a mobile phone appears. I have also taken the quiz, and I was shocked by how slow I actually was. The phone and text messages sure did distract. Here were my results:

I thought I'd share five ways to drive safely, there are many other ways too, but here are five:

Silence Your Phone
Mobile phones can easily distract you when you're driving. From texting, phoning or catching up on notifications. When you hear your phone ring or beep, it's tempting to take a look, but from the second you move your head to concentrate on your phone your distraction and concentration on the road becomes less and less which causes you higher risk at causing an accident. 

Don't Speed
Speed limits are there for a reason. You might think you need to somewhere quick, but being a little late somewhere is better than causing an accident on the road. It's so important to keep at the speed limit, there is no point speeding. It's not worth the risk.

Be Alert
If you are feeling tired, stressed or upset, take a break or a nap if needed and don't drive until you feel awake, calmer, and refreshed. When you're behind the wheel, you need to be able to concentrate on what you are doing and have quick reactions if needed. 

Don't Drink & Drive
The last thing you want to do after a night out is to be behind the wheel. Not only are you risking your life, but you're risking other people's lives too. If you know, you are going out for a drink or two or more make sure that you have planned your journeys home by booking a taxi or possibly having somewhere to stay nearby if you have a friend that lives close by. 

Car Maintenance 
It's important to make sure that your car is in good condition and up to date with all car services. Especially if you are planning any long car journeys. It's also a good idea to make sure you check your car over regularly too. 

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There’s nothing worse than seeing those parents at the school gates who are boastful and pushy.
They regale you with their little darlings achievements from running the local cross country event
in a course record time to the fact that their little cherub achieved the highest grade ever in the
most recent maths test. When you see the kids come out of school, your kids are beaming and
full of toothy grins, while their offspring look miserable and tired. You need to find the perfect
balance between being supportive and pushy. Some kids need a little bit of extra oomph to get
them engaging with anything, but turn pushy by trying to live your life through your child and you
build nothing but resentment. Instead, look at these ways to flex your supportive parenting muscles.


As the adult, we can become a little too used to hearing our own voices within the home. Instead
of lecturing your kids, allow them to express their views freely. Listen to your little darling when
they explain that they are having friendship issues at school or that they are struggling with a
topic in lessons. If you don’t you risk your child bottling up their feelings which is not conducive
to their mental health. Instead, you need to help their self confidence to flourish. Suggest hiring
the services of a tutor or encourage them to check out some of the worksheets available from
Cazoom Maths if they are struggling with number, trigonometry or algebra.You might fancy giving
them some extra tablet time to explore educational games and apps. Make sure that you don’t put
too much pressure on them and simply listen before rushing in and trying to rectify a problem.
Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.


If your child is not academically gifted, they will have other talents that you should encourage.
Don’t put pressure on them to get better at maths or English or science. Many parents
dream of their kids becoming lawyers, doctors or financial experts. However, not every child has
an aptitude for this sort of career. Even if they do, they might prefer to explore their artistic, creative
or sporting abilities. If your child shows an interest in a hobby, support them. They might want to try
martial arts, learning a musical instrument or acting. Find them a local club and let them explore their
passions. These hobbies may peter out but they might become something more. Be there and be
supportive. Extracurricular activities will do wonders for your child’s confidence and will help them
in new social situations when meeting new people.


Many families struggle to spend time together in the twenty first century. Social schedules may
mean that you are like ships passing in the night. While this is natural, it’s vital that you make some
time for quality family moments. This might be a movie night every Saturday and having at least three
dinners each week together around the dining room table. Here, you can talk about your days, your
plans and your exciting family holiday for that year. Being together is key to foster your supportive
parenting skills.

Being supportive means being encouraging rather than pushy. Follow this guide and your kids will
appreciate your parenting skills.

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When you have kids, your life inevitably begins to revolve around them. Not only do you begin to
prioritise their wants and needs - putting them before yourself - but you also have the commitment
of ensuring they’re in certain places at certain times. You’ll find yourself occupied with the gargantuan
task of ensuring they become healthy, happy and well-rounded adults. You’ll find yourself running
them back and forth to nursery, school, after school clubs, extracurricular activities and more.
All things considered, it’s not all too surprising that many parents find themselves struggling to fit
their own exercise routines into the mix. Where are you supposed to find the time? But it is extremely
important that you remember you need sufficient exercise too. It is generally recommended that the
average adult gets one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate aerobic exercise a week or seventy five
minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week. The good news is that this is generally achievable.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you hit these targets - no matter how far off they may
initially seem.

Remember Exercise Doesn’t Need to Be Expensive

When we have kids, we tend to find ourselves being pretty frugal with our own purchases. We’ll find
ourselves thinking that money spent on ourselves could be better spent on our kids. But it’s important
that you give yourself a little here and there. Exercise really doesn’t need to be expensive. You just
need to prioritise the areas you choose to invest in. You should make sure you have good gym wear,
like a reliable and supportive pair of running trainers, breathe easy fabric tops and stretchy gym
bottoms. It’s also important that you ensure you have any support you may need, like knee supports,
ankle supports, shoulder supports, or other supports. Once you’ve got the basics, exercise can
actually be completely free. A run around the nearest park doesn’t cost a thing!

Consider Personal Training

Another reason people often end up swerving exercise is because they find themselves running
around after their kids instead. We’ll end up taking our little one to an extra activity instead of heading
to the gym like we planned. Or we’ll just feel worn out by the general demands of our little ones and
choose to rest and do absolutely nothing when we find ourselves with an hour or two free. But you
do need to exercise and there are ways to encourage yourself to stick to your routine. The most
effective thing to do is often to get in touch with a personal trainer. Knowing you’re paying for
personal training, or that you’ll be letting your trainer down if you don’t turn up to your session is
often sufficient reason to stick with your plan and keep up with your fitness routine. Personal trainers
can also create a workout that ticks all your boxes and will help you achieve your goals more
effectively. Take a look at some reliable and recommended personal trainers at expertpt.co.uk.

Exercise With Your Kids

Exercise can actually be a family affair that you can get your kids involved in too if you find you
don’t have time away from the kids to carry out your own work out. In fact, exercise can be a fun
activity and a great bonding experience. Consider taking a bike ride through the park if you all have
bikes. A walk through a nature reserve can also be fun. Swimming is a great day out where your
little ones are bound to enjoy splashing about - and it can teach them a valuable and potentially
life saving skills at the same time. Exercise doesn’t necessarily have to take place outside of the
house either! You could stick the stereo on and have a little family disco, where you all dance
about the house and build up a sweat with smiles on your faces.

These, of course, are just a few ways you can incorporate exercise into your already hectic schedule. While exercise may not feel like a top priority, it really is essential for your health. It’ll improve your stamina, build your strength, optimise your flexibility, and general make you healthier all round - this is beneficial for you and the little ones you’re looking after. So, lay more emphasis on it and make it one of your priorities!

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Both my girls are now at the age where they love finding new collectable toys. They've collected a few different toys throughout the last few years, but when they received the new Pop Pop Hair Surprise Collectables, they were super excited. I personally think these Pop Pop Hair Surprises are different from all the other collectables out there. There are over 25 characters to collect, and they are sold separately.

Pop Pop Hair Surprise are 3 characters in 1, and you need to open the Pop Brush to reveal the surprise inside. The brush becomes a spray bottle, and it also includes 4 hairbands, and 2 hair clips for you to use on your Pop Hair Pets or on your own hair which my girls found super cool (their words!) Aswell as over 25 characters to collect, there are over 4 different themes too.

These adorable Pop Hair Pets are definitely going to be a big collectable this and next year. They are super adorable, and not only can they go in your hair to style, but they are also pencil toppers too. Great for taking to school and showing their friends their new Pop Hair Pets.

Which Pop Hair Pet will you find?!

- We were gifted some items in return for this honest review.

If you're a reader, then you may know that I went back to work, from being a stay-at-home Mam, in February. It's been a significant change to our lives, mentally and financially. We're all getting used to the change slowly and something I love having back is knowing that I have a payday to look forward to at the end of each month. But saying that, something I have struggled with was budgeting my wage after payday. 

PayPlan have recently realised a new quiz, called Diagnose Your Spending, to help people think about their spendings throughout the month after payday, and also share some of their advice and some resources to help them improve their financial situation in future. I've taken the quiz myself, and it's given me some great information to help me deal with my spendings throughout the month before my next payday. 

I thought I'd also share some of my top tips on how to budget your money beyond your payday, to help you not get into any financial troubles before the next payday. 

1. Direct Debits 
Any bills you are paying, from TV License to your internet providers, setting up a direct debit will help you not miss any monthly bills. Many people decide to pay their bills themselves instead of direct debit, this mostly ends up in late payments and then the person receiving some letters reminding them to pay. Direct Debits are great for getting bills paid on time.

2. Write Everything Down
If you're someone who struggles to budget. Try writing all your spendings down in a budgeting notebook. This will let you see correctly what spendings need to go out and what expenses you could possibly cut out such as takeaways etc. This will help you massively budget between one payday to the next. 

3. Bank Savings
You could take a look at possibly opening a second bank account to place some savings into it. This could be anything from adding as little as £1 per week or even your loose change at the end of the week. Having some savings could be a great help in future if an emergency arises such as as a large household item breaks that need replacing. It's always great to have some money aside in case of an emergency. 

4. Prioritise Your Bills
When payday arrives, make sure you pay your most important bills first and then pay the rest of the bills that need paying. Never budget your money for the rest of the month until you have completely paid your bills first. If you don't do this, it may end up in financial problems. 

5. Budget Your Food Shop
Whether you do a weekly, fortnightly or monthly food shop, doing it on a budget always helps. The first thing you could do is to look around and see where you can find the cheapest supermarket to buy your food. The second tip for budgeting your food shop is to write a list of the foods you want to buy, making sure you check your cupboards etc. first incase you double buy. Thirdly and lastly, by making sure you only buy what is on the list. 

What are your top tips to keep in budget? 

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Deciding to have a baby is an exciting and memorable time in your life. However, the thought of bringing a new life into the world can be extremely daunting, especially if it’s your first child. Fortunately, there is an endless amount of advice and guidance out there to help make pregnancy easier.

With this in mind, here’s a useful guide to help couples planning or expecting a baby.

Book an appointment with your GP or midwife

You should book an appointment with your GP or midwife as soon as you discover you’re pregnant. Your midwife will register your pregnancy and prepare a detailed care plan that will be used to support you throughout each stage of your pregnancy. At this point, it’s important to check how healthy you are and take any necessary action to ensure a safe pregnancy.

For instance, medical experts advise against smoking or drinking alcohol while pregnant as this can damage the baby’s development and lead to long-term health issues. While pregnant, it’s also vital that you get all of the necessary nutrients to keep you and your baby healthy. Folic acid and vitamin D are both extremely important in pregnancy, and many women take supplements to ensure they’re getting the correct amounts of these nutrients.

Fortunately, you can easily purchase specialist pregnancy vitamins and supplements online through popular websites like Health Monthly.

Tell people you’re pregnant

When you decide to tell your family and friends about your pregnancy is completely down to personal choice. Some couples choose to tell their closest family members about their pregnancy straight away, whereas others prefer to wait until they have made arrangements and had sufficient time to process their own feelings and emotions.

According to medical advice on the NHS - “Many women wait until they’ve had their first ultrasound scan, which is around 12 weeks, before they tell people about their pregnancy.” This is largely due to the fact that the risk of miscarriage reduces significantly at the end of the first trimester which is around 10 to 12 weeks into the pregnancy. 

Understand your maternity options

It’s important to research your maternity options early on in your pregnancy. Understanding the different options will allow you to make informed decisions about your pregnancy. This includes key elements like where you want to give birth and what pain relief/medication you would like administered during labour.

Remember, that you can still change your mind about where or how you would like to give birth at any point during your pregnancy, but having an idea will help you explore different options and feel prepared for the birth of your baby. If you’re unsure about anything, then be sure to seek advice and guidance from your midwife.

Finally - don’t panic

It is important to remember that becoming pregnant marks a huge change in your life and it’s completely normal to feel a range of emotions - from joy and happiness to shock and anxiety.

Many couples experience mixed feelings when they discover they’re pregnant and you should always take the time to process the news properly. Remember that there’s plenty of useful advice and guidance available to support pregnant couples and new parents, so make sure you take advantage of these valuable resources.

Let’s face it; at this time of year when it’s increasingly cold and drizzly outside, meaning that many of us can’t bring ourselves to even get into the car to drive to the nearest cinema, it’s nice to be able to revel in the finest entertainment in the comfort of our own homes.
But whether you’re binging on everything that Netflix has to offer or watching Die Hard for the 20th or 30th time, there’s no doubt that even some of the most seemingly insignificant details can contribute significantly to your efforts to achieve a faithful cinema-esque vibe in your abode.
So, here are some of the best ways to achieve just the right mood on movie night in your home, using little more than lighting.

Repaint the TV room
Whatever you call the space in which you tend to watch movies at home – the ‘TV room’, ‘home cinema’, ‘man cave’, you name it – a lick of paint can be great for imbuing a certain mood that will put you perfectly in mind of the local Cineworld.
Nor are there many rules about what paint colours do and don’t work for the purposes of illuminating a home cinema, with both darker and lighter hues being potentially suitable.
However, there is one clear rule here; don’t go for white or near-white. This is a shade that causes light to bounce around the room too much, thereby imperilling that understated and broody mood you’re probably aiming for with your home cinema.

What about the lighting itself?
The lighting that is most suitable for your cinema room will largely depend on how you intend to use the space. If this room is intended to be exclusively a home cinema, you won’t need much in terms of general interior lighting, so you might wish to prioritise the purchase of floor washers or a starry sky to quickly introduce some of that authentic ‘cinema’ feel.
An alternative eventuality, of course, is that you will also need the space to double up as something else – for instance, a place to watch sport during the day, or somewhere more child-friendly than would exactly be the case for an out-and-out home cinema.
There’s no need to despair if this is the case for you. It simply means you need to be a little more ingenious about installing slightly more versatile lighting, such as ceiling recessed LED downlights for boosting general levels of illumination.
While we’re on the subject of versatility, though, it’s worth bearing in mind that the style of your lighting fixtures will be just as central to your efforts to achieve a genuinely ‘cinematic’ mood. You might look to a brand like PAGAZZI, for instance, with its floor lamps that exude a feel of early 20th-century retro sophistication, just like those art-deco cinemas you might’ve attended in your youth.

Be aware, too, of the light that could get in from outside  
The windows will certainly be another key factor if you’re trying to create an appropriately lit home cinema. Again, you’ll have greater freedom here if the space isn’t set to be used for anything else. You might even have the luxury of perhaps getting rid of the windows altogether to reduce the scope for unwanted light to get into the room while you and your beloved are in the middle of watching the most emotive bits of The Lion King.
Have you been striving to emulate that perfectly moody ‘home cinema’ feel in your own TV room? If so, feel free to share your thoughts below, or check out Real Homesmore comprehensive guide to making your dream cinema room possible.

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When I was younger, my Dad always used to take my brother and I on a car road trip and it was one of our favourite things to do. I love sightseeing and still up to this day, I still love sitting in the car and my partner driving through different places from small villages, cities and seasides. It's just like watching the world go by, seeing some beautiful sceneries and not forgetting finding new places to visit too. LeaseCar have listed some of the UK's Best Drives and it includes places from Cotswold, The Lake District, London Dorset and more.

The Lake District is a place I have been longing to visit and it's been on my list to do for a long time now. The trees, mountains and all the adventures to be had there it's definitely the kind of place my family and I would love to visit one day. My Aunty also lives nearby, which means we would also take a trip to see her too.

As shown in the infographic I've included below, another that takes my eye is Brecon to Devil's Bridge. It looks like an amazing road trip and I must admit, Wales has the most amazing sceneries with mountains, trees and the fields. Talking about Wales, I live in North Wales and a couple of my favourite Road Trips are through Caernarfon front road, especially during the evening when you see Caernarfon Castle in the dark, during the day-time the views along the road is just amazing.

Another Road Trip in Wales I love to take is down to Aberystwyth. Half way in Wales, Aberystwyth is a beautiful place to have a walk along the front. During the summer it's a great place to go spend the day on the beach. Other days, there's a castle and a park near the front you could explore.

Here's the infographic LeaseCar made sharing some top travel influencers favourite Road Trips:

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