27/09/2014

#Project365 Week 39 Round Up

Thirteen weeks until Christmas! I think I blinked and the year whizzed by! I've been trying to exercise this week and eat more healthily. I'm fed up of seeing something I don't like in photo's.....so far so good, so lets see where I am in 13 weeks! Take a look below for our #365 photo's. Week 39.
Bike on a Bridge
Day 264. I went for an early morning cycle and stopped to take this photo! I love this place....so peaceful.
Salad, smiley face
Day 265. Hubby made this for my lunch after we returned from a cycle ride together, whilst both monkeys were at school.
Toys for kids
Day 266. Playing with trains (again)! He does love trains and would like another from Father Christmas!
We saved him
Day 267. Eek, why on earth did I think this would be a nice photo for #Day267! It's yuck! Was huge (and scary!)
Bike riding
Day 268. Love this so much. Little monkey is so proud to be trying to pedal his big brothers old bike! He did so well, a little way to go it alone, but getting there.
Day 269. I spent a large part of the day at a Macmillan Coffee morning, then arrived home to this delivery! The contents are fab!
Day 270. Big monkey has gone off to a football tournament so little monkey and I are enjoying a quiet morning home! Lots of toy sorting to do today too.

A good week, which including meeting up with friends for a meal Friday night. Always good to catch up with friends hey! Shame I couldn't have had a lie in today though! Still we can't have it all! Thanks for popping by this week!


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25/09/2014

Thanks - You were so helpful!

This post might seem a strange one but I just wanted to share my gratitude to a lady who was so helpful and friendly the other day! I work with children with disabilities, and took a young man out to an activity the other day. Afterwards we went to a well known fast food chain, so that he could have dinner.
We ordered, got his meal and sat down.....but I'd forgotten ketchup and napkins. One of the hostess staff overheard me ask him if he wanted ketchup and offered to get it for him. Then when she returned with it, she asked if we needed napkins. Kindly she went and got some. She said to shout if we needed anything, anything at all.
The young man finished his meal but was looking for more, so I asked him to stay where he was sat and went to the counter to order the same food again. He was fine, as he was sat right behind me, but the lady who had helped before came over and insisted she get his food and pay for it with the money I had in my hands. 
She really did bend over backwards to help and was so lovely too. 
It struck me, how often people are quick to complain and don't say when things have gone well. So the point of this post is to say.....thank you to that very kind member of staff. You really did make my day. It's so refreshing to see.
Flower Thank you





24/09/2014

Review - Parragon Paris Jourmal (Life Canvas Stationary)

Last month something a bit different arrived from Parragon Books. "It's your life. Choose your canvas". There are seven different designs in the fab new 'Life Canvas Stationary' range and we were sent the Paris Journal and Paris Mini Sticky Notes. 
Life Canvas Stationary
Life Canvas Stationary
This excites me as I love stationary and sadly use it much less nowadays with all the electronic gadgets that are now so readily available.
The journal is so pretty with 'glittery lights' on the Effel Tower and the night sky on the front and back of the hard cover. A5 in size, it has 160 pages, with different Parisian designs over. A lovely journal to be used for whatever you wish. I've been using it to make lists, shopping lists and general notes.
Life Canvas Stationary
The 275 Mini Sticky notes are so sweet and ideal to accomany the journal. They too have differnt Parisian designs on and are in a 'watermark' type print. I've enoyed using them in the journal. They come in a little card fold out wallet.
Life Canvas Stationary
Life Cnavas Stationary
There is a design in the Life Canvas Range to suit most tastes and I would definately buy more from the Paris range, maybe even something from one of the other ranges too!
Well done Parragon! I love love love the journal and mini sticky's. 


23/09/2014

Stuck on You Lunch Bag - Review

You may remember earlier in the year we reviewed some Stuck on You goodies. Well, now the kids are back at school we've been reviewing the Stuck on You lunch bag. Full personalisation is available and so easy to do. Just choose the colour of your lunch bag, then the picture design and name you'd like, with choice of font. Preview before going through the checkout process. Little monkey was so excited to recieve his lunch bag. It arrived quickly despite being despatched from Australia.
The perfect size (at 230 x 95 x 200mm) for packed lunches and snacks. Made from wipe clean durable poly canvas, fully insulated and lined, with a reinforced handle on top, this lunch bag is hard wearing but good looking and practicle too. Little monkey can easily unzip it to open and close it. It has a handy pocket on the outside, which magnetic clasp and insde a mesh pocket which I've been using to put a small ice pouch in.
As you can see, I managed to get quite a lot in there. At other times when monkey has used his new lunch bag at Preschool, I've packed a drink and crisps in there to replace the yoghurt and lidded tub. There's plenty of room inside.
Monkey couldn't even wait until he went to Preschool to use it for the first time. I had to make him a little lunch indoors! He insisted on sitting on sofa with it and was so proud of his own lunch bag with his nickname on!
We've previously reviewed this matching drinks bottle which by coincidence has the exact same design on. I have to say both products are of very good quality and great value for money. I think both will last and last. Little monkey has another lunch bag and when given the choice of which to take to Preschool, he always opts for this one!
This lunch bag is priced at £18.99. It comes in 3 colour choices and there are numerous personalisation options. I love how the design reflects my monkeys playfulness. Stuck on You can be found on twitter and facebook too.

*We were sent the lunch bag for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
We're going on an adventure



22/09/2014

Father Christmas World - The Most Magical Journey Of Them All

You may have seen on Friday that I announced we are ambassadors for a brilliant new Christmas Wonderland - Father Christmas World. I'm so excited and chuffed to have been asked. Christmas is such a magical time and as a family we love it. A family time for creating life long memories and seeing those smiles on loved ones faces. We are so delighted to share the news of this new and exciting family attraction.
New for 2014 Father Christmas World is set to be the number one Christmas attraction and we cannot wait to visit.
Set in the fabulous grounds of Salomons Estate, close to Royal Tumbrigdge Wells, Father Christmas World is a brand new experience for children and adults alike, and lets face it us adults can be big kids at the best of times! Opening its doors from mid-November until the end of December, families will have the chance to experience this very special and unique adventure. Imagine a wonderful, magical, icy world where Father Christmas and his elves live and work. With snow covering the ground and giant polar bears to cuddle up to, this is the stuff children’s dreams are made of. The dream can become a reality though!
Starting with a ride on the Tinsel Train, which I know the monkeys will love, the journey through Father Christmas World begins at the Welcome Show. A chance to meet Grumpy the Elf and Charlie the Dog. Then it’s on to the Giant Igloo, where there are 60 snowmen to decorate. Next stop is the Adelfie Theatre where you’ll help Adelf find her lost presents. Then it’s into the Ice Cave to meet the life like polar bear and cubs. I hope little monkey isn't shy! There’s a chance to head into a giant Snow Globe for festive family pictures and a Snow Dome with real snow. The journey ends meeting Father Christmas himself, eek! 
Father Christmas World promises amazing theatrical features and life-size animatronics, which will enthral children during the most magical time of the year. Elves and Elf helpers will help make dreams come true.
To book tickets visit www.fatherchristmasworld.co.uk or call 0800 0850020. You can book in person if you are local at the official Father Christmas World shop near The Pantiles in Neville Street, Tunbridge Wells. The shop is fitted out like a fairy-tale travel agent, complete with a miniature scale model of the attraction.
Father Christmas World will open to the public daily between 10am and 6pm from November 15-December 24.
I cannot wait to see the monkeys faces when we go. The SLR camera will most definitely be used on our visit! Go and take a look at the website and book those tickets. We can't wait to see you there!



20/09/2014

#365 Weekly Roundup - Week 38

Gosh, how many weeks till Christmas?! Scary how quickly this year is flying by! I know I keep saying it but it really has gone so fast. This week has been good. Nothing out of the ordinary but good nonetheless. This is my round up for week 38, days 257 to 263.
Day 257. Whilst daddy and big monkey were at football training we played Knights and Castles. We love our Imaginex Castle.
Day 258. Time for the thicker duvet as little monkey has been waking cold. Since changing it the weather has been considerably hotter! Typical.
Day 259. More mini sunflowers are brightening our garden up!
Day 260. Choo choo! All aboard Hiro for some Thomas and friends fun. Indoor play before I headed off to work.
Day 261. With both monkeys out the Mr and I took the opportunity to have a cuppa and cake at a lock near to us.
Day 262. Driving back from the school run, I stopped to get this shot and played with the phone settings.
Day 263. First away football match for big monkey today. This was him having a kick about before kick off.

It's been far too hot for the time of year this week and humid too. We've had two pretty big storms as well. I wonder what next week brings?! We're linking up with the #365 project at The Boy and Me.
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18/09/2014

August Degusta Box - Review

What's in the Box? It's that time again to reveal what was in the August monthly subscription food box from Degustabox
For the first time last month the box included a 'Degustabox Fridge' item, a voucher to be redeemed for a fridge item. This was Moma (Bircher Muesli multipack). Oats, yoghurt and a spoonful of fruit in four individual pots. RRP 2.99.
Next Mexican Daves legendary tortilla chips. I have to say I was very excited when I saw these as I love savoury snacks. Delicious they were too, and there are no artificial nasties in them. RRP £1.
I loved the Lindt 'Hello Just For You Heart Chocolate' tin. A perfect gift for a loved one, which I kept for myself! Each tin contains 10 pink foil wrapped chocolate hearts. RRP £3.49.
There were two Brioche Pasquier food items in the box. Delicious all butter croissants and Pains au lait. Let me tell you, these did not last long at all. Their RRP are £1.79 and £1.69 each.
Dr. Oetker have fab new eddible wafer cake cases. RRP £2.50, these are great and ideal for young ones who seem to forget the cake case usually needs removing! Well now they don't!
If you want an alcohol option in the box, August's came with a 'Caribbean Twist'. Strawberry Daiquiri flavour. I have a very sweet tooth and this is my type of drink! Can you guess this box was shaping up to be my favourite so far! RRP £2.50.
Adding a cooking element to the box Schwartz Flavour Shots are delicious recipe bases. Containing herbs, spices and seasonings infused in sunflower oil. There are 8 different flavours in all. We have the Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken and Mexican Fajitas flavours. Their RRP is £1.39.
Next BerryWhite Organic drinks. Made with premium organic ingredients with no added suagar or fruit sugars and no artificial preservatives. RRP £1.59.
Another delicious drink which the monkeys made light work of is Cawston Press Kids Blends. Apple and Pear mixed with 40% water for a lighter juice drink. A pack of three is RRP £1.89.
Last but not least the Degustabox contained two Forever Tree award winning tonic waters and other mixers, used in 7 out of the top 10 restaurants. They have a RRP of £1.69 each.
This was my most favourite degustabox by far.....made for me I'd say! If you'd like to subscribe I have a code for £3 off the usual £12.99 fee for my readers. Just type the code 96M49 into the box when registering. Take a look at the links below for more info.

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