Friday, 21 October 2016

When life gets in the way

I'm busy over here, juggling work, family, parenting, college work and life.  Sometimes something has to give.

I'll be back soon.  Promise.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Christmas chocolate offer in the Co-op

I spotted a great chocolate offer in my local Co-op food store at the weekend.  Ok, so it is massively early for Christmas, but this is a good offer:

So for £10 you get a Galaxy advent calendar, Maltesers and Friends selection box (213g), Mars and Friends selection box (181g), massive box of peanut M&Ms (365g) and a big bag of Celebrations (490g).  Yum!  I checked and the nearest prices I could find for these individually are:

Galaxy advent calendar: £2 (Wilko)
Celebrations: £3.50 (Tesco)
Peanut M&Ms: £3 (Tesco)
Mars and Friends selection box: £2.50
Maltesers selection box: £3

So buying these seperately costs £14, and together costs £10.  The question is, will they last until Christmas?

This deal is on at Co-op Food stores until 11th October.  It was selling fast in my local store, so get there soon if you want to buy.

Monday, 3 October 2016

The Wrapper reusable sandwich wrap and giveaway

I recently discovered The Wrapper on Twitter.  It's an absolutely fab reusable sandwich wrapper, which keeps sandwiches fresh and also unfolds into a plate.  It's used daily in our house, and has also helped to reduce the amount of cling film and single use plastic sandwich bags we throw away.

 The Wrapper is made from a thin fabric in a choice of designs, and is lined with wipe cleanable plastic.  The Wrapper literally wraps around your sandwich and the adjustable white velcro holds it all together.  There's a handy fabric label to write a name on which is ideal for schools or day out picnics, and the whole thing is slim and virtually weightless, just like a sandwich wrapper should be.

The product is made in Scotland, the majority by inmates at Kilmarnock prison.  I really love that this means it's not shipped half way around the world, and also that prison inmates get something to keep them busy, and learn a skill which will hopefully help rehabilitate them.

 Most of all though, I love that this is such a great product.  We have a Union Jack design, which our son loves, especially as we did so well in the Olympics this summer. 

 The colours are really vibrant and it looks great.  You can find out more at the company's website or follow The Wrapper on Twitter at @the_wrapper_

For one lucky reader, I'm giving away your choice of The Wrapper worth £6.99.  You could go for a Scotty Dog design, or maybe tartan or one from the kids' range - the choice is yours!  Complete one or more of the Rafflecopter options below to enter.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • You must be resident in the UK to enter. Prize will be sent to a UK address.
  • Competition runs from 3 October 2016 until 23:59 on 15th October 2016.
  • Entry is via one and/or more of the methods in Rafflecopter widget.
  • Winner(s) will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.  Winning entries will be checked and must be current at time of checking.
  • There is one prize and one winner will be chosen. The prize is one The Wrapper reusable sandwich wrapper chosen from the company's website.  There is no cash alternative. In the unlikely event that the prize becomes unavailable an alternative may be offered.
  • The winner(s) will be contacted by email or on Twitter (if appropriate) by 22nd October 2016 and asked to confirm their address and choice of Wrapper within four days.  If no reply is received, a new winner may be chosen.
  • Winner's details will be handled by Me add three for the sole purpose of sending the prize.
  • The winner's name, as registered when logged into Rafflecopter will be displayed after the end of the competition.
  • Me add three’s decision is final.
Competitions at ThePrizeFinder

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Gymnastics is #MySundayPhoto

Toddler girl absolutely loves gymnastics, she looks forward to her hour long pre-school class every week.

The class is lovely and relaxed, with a 10 minute warm up to songs using actions, like 'elephants have wrinkles', about 20 minutes on circuit one, 20 minutes on another circuit and a 10 minute cool down which always ends with twinkle twinkle little star.

Apart from the trampoline (show me a kid who doesn't love a trampoline!), these high bars are one of her favourite pieces of equipment.  She loves to grab the bar and swing herself back and forth.  She can also nearly reach the bar with her feet when she holds on!

I really enjoy our sessions too, and it's great to see her gaining confidence and getting better every week.  It won't be long before she moves up to the school age class!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Clearing out and growing up

I've spent the last few weeks clearing out the last of our baby stuff.  With toddler girl heading to school next year and our son nearly eight, we no longer need the buggy and travel cot we've been storing for so long.

A few bits we've given away, and a few we've sold.  Our son's old workbench that our daughter inherited ended up on eBay, and I must admit to feeling a bit sad to see it go.

Both the kids have played with it, but I think it's because it was such a big part of both their rooms and now it's not there.  The person who bought and collected it said it was for his grandson, which helped let it go.  I'm glad it's gone to a good home, and we now have a bit of space for the birthdays and Christmas coming up.

And yet, and yet, I'm not sure when our kids got so grown up.  How is it possible that days can pass by slowly, but the years have just melted away?

Sunday, 18 September 2016

New football boots are #MySundayPhoto

Our son has played football for a long time, but has only recently joined a local side.  With lots of his friends, he's started playing in matches at the weekend.

We were hanging on getting his some proper football boots until his birthday, but this weekend he was nearly not allowed to play in his trainers.  Off we went to a local sports shop and let him choose his very first pair of football boots.

As soon as we got home he had to try them out at the park, he couldn't wait to get there.  Now they've taken pride of place in his bedroom, right in his eye-line as he lies in bed and next to his beloved new football.

Is there anything better than new football boots when you're a young lad?  I'd love to know if you think there is!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Late summer sunshine in the garden

Earlier this year we had our garden completely updated and overhauled.  It was long overdue, and I've been glad all spring and summer that we had it done.  I just love it.  The addition of a pizza oven and lovely social table and chairs has meant lots of time outdoors this summer, and for the first time not at the park but at the back of our house.

The seasons have really changed this week and the weather's gone from very hot to quite chilly and autumnal today.  But the garden looks great whatever the weather.  I took this picture earlier in the week when it was sunny, but not boiling hot.  This border is on the slightly shadier side of the garden, and the plants have grown so nicely.

I love the wooden sleepers too, and the horizontal lines of the fence.  I can't wait to see what it all looks like next summer, when it's had even more time to mature.

What's your garden looking like this summer?  Leave a comment, I'd love to know.

Friday, 9 September 2016

A more grown up, updated bedroom

It's been a clearing out few weeks.  After returning from the bliss and space of Cornwall a few weeks ago, our house felt unbearably cluttered.  Rooms filled with stuff, lots of it not even ours.

Our son's room in particular didn't have enough storage and had books absolutely everywhere.  And I mean everywhere!  So an update was in order.

We ordered a massive new tall and thin bookcase for the end of his bed, the biggest Lego head we could get to store lots and lots of Lego and some lovely bucket drawer type shelves for cars, games and other general stuff.  Two shelves complete the room, which are ideal for the many football trophies he has!

It all came from Argos, and came in at  about £170.  It has really smartened the room up, given us lots more storage, and looks more grown up and just right for a nearly eight year old.

What do you think?