24/04/2014

Pink Lining Holdall - Review

I've always been a lover of bags and in my 40+ years I've had many! Prior to children, it was handbags. Then numerous baby changing bags and now back to handbags and holdalls! During the baby changing stage I would have been daft not to have tried Pink Lining. So of course I have had the famous and ever popular Yummy Mummy bag. Also the Blooming Gorgeous bag, both of them delightful. I am a huge fan. 
When preparing to go away, with as many bags as I have, I struggled to find a holdall. The lovely people at Pink Lining came to the rescue. They sent the Pink Lining On the Go Holdall. "The Cream Bows on Navy Holdall is a perfect size and shape for all those on the move".
Imagine my excitement when a rather large Pink Lining box arrived via courier, with an exceedingly large holdall in it! 
Newly unpackaged
Made with 100% cotton canvas and measuring 55 (L) x 30 (W) x 33 (H) cm, the bag currently comes in two colours. I was sent the Navy Bows on Cream (which is secretly my favourite). It has two zipped pockets, an external one on the front and an internal one plus two pockets for gadgets such as a phone or tablet. It also has the detachable shoulder strap that Pink Lining bags are known for. The capacity of this holdall is huge! Two clips unfasten at the sides of the bag to make it even bigger. The detailing is typical of Pink Lining and adds a pretty touch. The striking pink lining is a great contrast to the cream and navy exterior. Wipe clean and easy to store when not in use, this bag is suitable for all manner of uses. Be it the gym, for an overnight stay or like us for a few nights away. I easily packed clothes for one adult and the two monkeys for a four night stay, with room to spare. I've also had two bath sheets, I bath towel and a bath mat in there. With plenty of room left.
Clips to adjust the capacity
Signature Pink Lining
Pretty detailing
I have to say I am thrilled with my bag. I love the style, design and versatility of it. The red accents on it, in contrast to the pink lining are funky. Overall it's the size of it that bowled me over. With a recommended retail price of £75, it's an investment piece of luggage, well worth every penny. Was there anything I didn't like? I can't think of a single thing at all.
To show the room inside
Another photo of the size
In use on holiday
If you need a large bag for a number of uses, this one is for you. Take a look at the Pink Lining website for their full range of children's bags, changing bags and holdalls. I defy you not to fall in love! The website is pretty awesome too.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own*



21/04/2014

My BritMums Live 2014 Sponsor

I have a sponsor for BritMums Live 2014. I'm very pleased and proud to announce Style Attack as my sponsor.

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Style Attack are a new children's wear shop dedicated to offering parents a great choice in kids clothes.

Formed the early part of this year by husband and wife team Steve and Dawn. They have two children of their own and have always been looking for great styles, excellent quality and just as importantly, value for money. The county of Warwickshire where Style Attack is based and more specifically the towns most local to them, Nuneaton and Bedworth, has seen a huge decline of shops on the high-street.
After relentlessly searching and getting fed up, Dawn, who is the main clothes shopper for the children, could only buy what was available and not what she really had in mind. She found herself compromising more and more on the three things that were most important; style, quality, and value.
Dawn had the idea of setting up a business that provided value for money, great styles and excellent quality almost a year ago. At the time it was more of a fleeting thought, but whilst out shopping one day the thought re-occurred. This happened a couple of times until the actual 'Light Bulb' moment.
"Yes, why not start up our own Children's clothing business and bridge the gap between everyday clothes you can pick up cheaply but may not last as long as you would hope, or the other extreme where you pay good quality clothes prices but for the amount of time children fit into the clothes seems a bit of an indulgence." Thus, Style Attack was born. An affordable option of children's clothing that provides excellent value for money, on fashion trends that look and feel great, all with fantastic quality, from UK only suppliers.
I can really relate to what Dawn says about children's clothing, and very much look forward to working with her and Steve.
This will be my first time at BritMums Live, so to have a sponsor is amazing. I'm really looking forward to it and can't wait to meet all the fabulous bloggers I've met over the last year and learn lots from them and the speakers.
Thank you so much Steve and Dawn.

If you'd like to see what clothes Style Attack sell or learn more, in addition to their website they have a Facebook page and can be found on Twitter too.
Remember you can click on the Style Attack badge in the side bar to go to their website. I hope to see some of you at BritMums. 





19/04/2014

Week 16 Round Up - #Project365

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky
So week 16 has been different for us, as for the most part we have been away on a mini break. We took the monkeys to Kessingland in Suffolk. Staying in a caravan by the sea. I had the foresight to book one with double glazing and central heating, so that the nights weren't too cold! We had a lovely time. With the Mr working 6 days a week, it was great to spend quality time as a family of four.
Here's our round up! Days 103-109
#Day 103. Drinks in the sun last Sunday afternoon, in a local beer garden.


#Day 104. Relaxing on Kessingland Beach at the start of our holiday!
#Day 105. At Southwold.
#Day 106. Fueling up for Bewilderwood! Great day out!
#Day 107. Vintage Trolley bus at East Anglian transport Museum.
#Day 108. Fab butterfly's at Jimmy's Farm.
#Day 109. Me and my shadow watching Big monkey playing football.
Just a few more days left of the Easter holidays for us. Big monkey goes back to school Wednesday. It's been great. How have your holidays been?











18/04/2014

Good Friday-A day at Jimmy's Farm

This week we have been away on holiday. More on that to follow, but today we visited Jimmy's Farm on our way back home. I have to say, I was very excited about going there and I was not disappointed! On our arrival, just after we had parked the car, I spotted Jimmy working on the farm, around the back, away from the public. I assume he is seen a lot and sometimes mingles with the visitors? I've no idea really.
None of us knew what to expect, but we were delighted with our day there. Here are just a few of the photo's I took today.
Big monkey took this photo of the tractor he spotted by the car park. There really was so much to see. Jimmy has made the farm lots of fun.





Both monkeys enjoyed feeding the animals, of which there were plenty. Everything is set out clearly and signposted along the nature trail.
The monkeys loved the children's play areas and strolling around the farm, looking at everything.


The Butterfly house was open for the first day this season, and was amazing! I got some great photo's.
This was outside the restaurant, opposite the kitchen garden. Little monkey recognised him as 'Spider Man' immediately.

 How gorgeous are these two playing at Jimmy's!
I was delighted to walk into the woods towards the den building, amongst all these bluebells. They looked like a carpet of purple.

The monkeys loved the den building camp in the woods, as did lots of other families in there. I enjoyed capturing the bluebells again!

Finally they rested after a lovely day at the farm. I can't wait to go back. The Joules Store is definitely worth another visit, as is the farm shop. Well all of it really! Maybe next time it will be warmer and less windy though. Oh, and I highly recommend you try the sausages!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall




17/04/2014

I've Been Nominated!

I have been nominated for this fab Very Inspiring Blog Award by Alice Megan Thank you Alice. I feel very honoured. I'd love to nominate some other fab bloggers but 1st I shall tell you 7 facts about me!  
1) I'm a twin
2) I hate tomatoes
3) My dad was in the Navy
4) I hate snakes
5) I used to be a real sun worshiper
6) I'm rubbish at maths
7) I once won a student of the year award at college
Now, here are the people people I nominate. I hope you accept your award and wish to nominate too! 
Emma 
There are just a few award rules;
Thank and link to the amazing person that nominated you.
List the rules as well and display the award.
Share seven facts about yourself.
Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and remember to comment on their blogs to let them know you've nominated them (provide a link to your post).   
This rule is optional, you can proudly display the award logo anywhere on your blog e.g, on your sidebar and also follow the blogger that nominated you.



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