Holidaying Ditty! #MarkWarnerMum

Having been abroad but never with the monkeys I've often wondered where our perfect holiday would be! I think we'd all have different idea's of a perfect holiday but for me personally it would include lots of warm sunshine, a pool for us all to splash around in, good food and happy times. Spain, the Caribbean or Florida maybe? Somewhere we could make everlasting memories of precious family time together.

I've got my 'creative writer' head on and thought up a little ditty!

This year we'll fly
Up high in the sky
To a sunshine destination
Where we'll have great expectation.

We'll pack suncream, hats and beach shoes galore
Then when there, we'll be ready to explore.
Sun hats donned and a bikini body for she
You'll be so proud of me.

For this time last year I'd have covered up,
I'd have rather worn a black sack than a bikini bra cup.
Not this year though, we'll holiday with pride
As this year we'll get the best ride.

On a boat, in the water, we shall see
Lots to explore under the great sea.
The sun will shine
Whilst we drink the best wine.
Various pics taken on days out and holiday
The kids will play in the kids club
Whilst Mum and Dad get a body rub.
For they'll be a Spa
Oh and of course there will be a bar.

We shall eat the best cuisine
Whilst relaxing with a magazine.
Taste the local food
As not to would be really rather rude.

Of course I could just be daydreaming
But lets be positive here.
We shall get that sunshine holiday,
Have a Mark Warner dream holiday some day! 

This is my entry into the Mark Warner Holidays Family Ambassador Programme competition. Keep everything crossed for us please!

My Sunday Photo #5



Project 366 #5

The week started so well, with 5th Birthday celebrations and me starting a new job but now little monkey is ill. He keeps saying his tummy hurts and he has a temperature. Not surprising when his school friends have all be ill but still not nice!
Here's our week in photo's!
Day 31. Little monkeys 5th Birthday. Here he is opening presents from his party.
Day 32. A build up bagel day again after a boxing fitness class at the gym.
Day 33. All dressed and set for my first day in my new job!
Day 34. A cheeky biscuit or two with a Costa latte before going to my other job.
Day 35. The Room movie was so good. I'm looking forward to these two!
Day 36. Mummy guinea pig Holly is doing mighty fine.
Day 37. A somewhat dried and frazzled hydrangea, there are hidden shoots coming through.

I'm hoping little monkeys illness is short lived and he feels better soon. How has your week been?

TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky


HP Instant Ink & HP Envy 5530 Printer - Review

Having a laptop means we no longer have a desk for things like a printer and ours recently sadly just stopped working on us! We'd kept it in a cupboard and just got it out when we wanted to print something (which to be honest was a bit of a pain!) So when I was asked if we would like to try the HP instant ink service of course I had to admit we no longer had a working printer. 

Luckily HP came to the rescue and offered us the HP Envy 5530 Printer. How awesome is that! IOS compatible, it prints, copies, scans, prints lab quality photos and is web compatible and wireless! 
Print wirelessly—from virtually anywhere you roam—from your smartphone, tablet, and Internet-connected PC.
Always have your printer on hand. Scan directly to your mobile device with HP Printer Control.
There's no need to wait—set up quickly out of the box and connect to your wireless network automatically.

Happy to accept and try the new instant ink service I was delighted to save some hard earned money not having to replace the old printer ourselves. 

The printer was very easy indeed to set up. It has a small but easy to read colour touch screen. The set up and operation instructions were straightforward. The print quality is great and the ink cartridges very easy to install. 
The HP instant ink service saves you up to 70% on replacement ink. It's HP original ink and is ordered by your printer, delivered to your door! How cool is that! 
Currently available in the UK only get the ink before you need it. There are three plans based on the number of pages printed per month and they will be sent before the printer runs out of ink!

Occasional printing plan costs £1.99 per month for 50 pages per month.

Moderate printing plan costs £3.49 per month for 100 pages per month.

Frequent printing plan
costs £7.99 per month for 300 pages per month.

We are currently enrolled to the moderate printing plan which will be more than adequate for us. In fact we could probably use the occasional plan. If you don't use all the ink you can roll over to the following month or alternatively upgrade immediately or purchase more pages! This instant ink replacement service seems ideal for us as we were always running out of ink before at just the wrong time! No more need to nag hubby to run out and buy more! 
Once again this was so easy to set up! Just buy an eligible printer, connect your printer to the internet, and then enrol. It's simple! Once you've registered you'll get sent your first ink cartridge. Just install it and the printer does the rest. It will automatically let HP know when it's running low and another cartridge will be sent. Genius! 
Please note we've only had the initial ink cartridge installed for less than a month so cannot yet comment on how effective and efficient the replacement service is but I'm confident all will be good. I'll add to this post or do another a bit further along the line! 

With the ink HP will provide pre-paid envelopes to return used cartridges. HP planet partners will recycle them as part of the service.

We have been gifted the moderate printing plan and HP Envy 5530 for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




So the wardrobe is bursting!

Sssh.....Don't let the hubby know I've said this! As some of you may have gathered I'm a bit of a shop-a-holic. Now he does know that but the time has come to have another sort out. The wardrobe is bursting! Since losing my weight last year and enjoying shopping again I've bought lots of clothes. Lets face it they were needed! I went from a size 16/18 to an 8, so they were totally necessary. Maybe the tons of pairs of shoes were not so essential, but hey they make me happy!
My main clothing loves are shoes and coats! I've no idea why? I've always love them, and watches too. Luckily nowadays I don't even have to leave my sofa for my clothing loves.....I shop online! So much easier than traipsing the shops with two young boys in tow. 
I shop in several different online stores. One of those MandM Direct sells both shoes and women's jackets and coats so it's a winner for me! With discounted brands it's a shop-a-holics paradise! I love shopping......it makes me happy! I cannot help it. Online or mall shopping (without the kids). I'm easy.

I've a few too many jackets, coats and shoes (well lots too many!) Also a large selection of gym wear, and lots more choice in general! So now I can't actually fit anymore clothes into my wardrobe! 
The best solution for me would be to buy bigger wardrobes but sadly this is not an option. I could get rid of some clothes but I don't need to, neither do I want to! The only option then is to sort through the clothes and put all the summer things away......maybe then there will be more room for more clothes! Ha ha! See, I'm not daft! 
It's pretty hard being a woman with these issues hey! Of course if we lived in a big house with big walk in wardrobes I don't think I'd ever leave them! You would find me sat there amongst my clothes and shoes, jackets and coats, with the laptop, tea and cake in hand, ordering more clothes online. 

Right, best I get my sorting head on and get this wardrobe tidied and sorted. I need more room for Spring jackets, coats and shoes.
Does anyone else have the same issue?! Surely not just me!


The Little Penguin: Pororo's Racing Adventure - Giveaway!

With half term right around the corner we have a fab new DVD release to giveaway THE LITTLE PENGUIN: PORORO’S RACING ADVENTURE. Out on - 15TH FEBRUARY 2016!

No dream is too big in this delightful February half-term family film! Follow plucky little penguin Pororo as his dreams come true when he participates in the ultimate Super Sled race with his friends. The film features an all-star voice cast including Rob Schneider, Drake Bell, Anthony Anderson, Jon Heder and Dallas Lovato.

When Pororo, the curious little penguin who dreams of becoming a Super Sled champion, accidentally causes an aeroplane being piloted by two turtles, Toto (Schneider) and Mango (Heder), to make an emergency landing in Porong Village, his life takes an exciting new turn. Pororo and his friends manage to hitch a plane ride to the ice metropolis of Northpia with hopes of racing in the Super Sled Championships. But to win, Pororo and his friends must compete against the current champions led by The White Tiger (Bell) as well as the scheming brown bears led by Fufu (Anderson) and numerous other teams. Along the way, Pororo will not only inspire the cynical duck sportscasters, Chip and Walter, but all of the animals of Northpia! 

THE LITTLE PENGUIN: PORORO’S RACING ADVENTURE, is released on DVD and Digital Download from 15th February, 2016 and we are delighted to be able to give one lucky reader the change to win a copy!  
For your chance to win and enjoy some quality family viewing whilst the kids are off school just complete the rafflecopter form below by Midnight 13/2/16. T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Good luck! 
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