26/01/2017

Winter Walks & Adventures!

There's nothing better on a cold, crisp sunny winter's day then blowing away the cobwebs. We've been to the Zoo in the last month and had some great family walks too. The cold (and potential wet) should not put a stop to being outside. Warm clothing and the right footwear can make all the difference, meaning those family activities need not stop! Both the monkeys have fabulous Ecco Gore-Tex Boots, which are perfect for such outings.
Our trip to the zoo actually took place on Christmas Eve. We wanted to keep the monkeys occupied for the majority of the day, as I knew they would be too excitable indoors. Nanny and Grandad came with us and a great day was had by all. First stop, we went to see Santa. Then we made our way around the remarkably quiet zoo. It was busy but considering there was a Christmas event on and it was a Saturday, it was quieter than expected. This was great news for us! It meant the monkeys could run about, and get a really good look at the animals. We ate there in the cafe and had fun on the train, which told a Christmas Tale and sang Christmas songs as it went around. The monkeys took great pride in shielding me from seeing the snakes (as they know I hate them!). We did have to venture home a little earlier than expected, come mid afternoon. The weather turned too cold to stay and the monkeys wanted to get home to prepare for Santa! 
On Boxing Day we ventured out for a family walk to the woods. Based around a local beauty spot and lake, the monkeys were in their element! They were climbing tree's, running around, jumping in leaves and generally having a blast in the dappled sunshine. It was great to see other families outside doing the same thing.
Of course we get outside and active as much as we can! The monkeys go for runs with Daddy, they play football and we go to the park as much as we can. Just today big monkey is wearing his Gore-Tex boots for his class outing to a local outdoor activity centre. They'll keep his feet lovely and warm and dry! Mind, they no longer look as clean as in the photo's above!

As Gore-Tex Big Days ambassadors we were sent these boots for the purpose of this post.



 


 

24/01/2017

Best Foot Forward!

Well, the New Year has started with the cold weather we didn't get at the end of last year and boy is at a shock! I've been wrapping up warm and donning my new ankle boots. Not ones for walking long distances in, but perfect for girly coffee dates, lunch out or a nice glass of wine in front of a warm fire at the pub! 
These Clarks Malvet-Doris ankle boots are lush. Grey suede with zippers and great cross over strap detail, they have a 3 inch heel (hence the not walking miles in them). The buckles and slouchy tops make for a stylish look to compliment a casual look with jumper and jeggings or dressed up with a skirt and top. They have a flexible rubber outer sole for grip and the Clarks unique Cushion Plus™ technology offers great underfoot cushioning. I love them. 
Very easy to get on and off with the zipper, I certainly feel tall in them! When I first saw them, at £80 I wasn't quite sure on them but now I have them in my possession I think they are fab! Very classy.
I'm thrilled to have been asked to review these great ankle boots for Brantano, who do a wide range of footwear for the whole family. They offer free delivery on all orders over £35 and free returns on all UK orders. Thanks Brantano.
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20/01/2017

Done with Adulting?

Do you ever wish you were still a kid and wish you could be done with being a adult just for a while? 

I bought my first home around age 21 and have considered myself an adult since then. I went to work, ran a home, drove a car and did all the adult things I continued to do. Forward another 24 years and I'm still doing those things, but with a husband and two children in tow! I have to say, they keep me young to be honest! Hell, I want to be a kid again and see the world through the monkeys eyes, but did you know, most modern Brits don't consider themselves as an adult until they are 33! 

Could you be a kidult? I know plenty who could! Hey, even I can at times! When my folks come to stay, in some aspects I revert back to being their child and let them 'wait' on me! Shocking hey! 

I even insisted on an advent calendar this last Christmas and was genuinely upset when my Mum stopped buying me one, when the monkeys came along! 
Sweet Champions from Tangerine Confectionery have sent me a kit to help me kidult instead of adult! I was not going to say no to sweets was I! (See, there's a kid in me). The kit comes with a fab book, New York Times bestseller - Adulting, how to become a grown up in 468 easy(ish) steps! It's a great, fun read and one for many people to enjoy. There's even a colouring book and stickers (though, I've refrained from putting them on my bedroom door like the monkeys do!). The stickers have things on them like: I wore matching socks today, I thought about going to the gym! 
What fun. I might have let the monkeys have a few of my sweets my they are mine! All mine!

This fun info graphic shows the 25 signs you are a kidult. It's funny, as I think deep down, we are all big kids at heart! Every time hubby goes into M&S (which I love, I have to say), he says he is far too young to shop in there! Ha ha, he isn't getting any younger either! 

Do you consider yourself an adult or are you a kidult? 


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18/01/2017

Johnson's Baby Top-to-Toe Range - Giveaway!

When Johnson's Baby asked if we would like to try the Top-to-Toe range I decided to gift them to my 8 week old niece. With express permission of course! The Top-to-Toe Range is specially formulated for babies aged 0 to 6 months. It cleanses and protects their skin, with it's special formula.
The full range includes 
Moisturising Baby Cream
Baby Massage Lotion
Baby Massage Oil
Baby Bath
Baby Washcloths.

My brother and his fiance are brand new parents who are coping really well with their newborn but other parents may feel overwhelmed with caring for baby, so here are a few bath time and baby massage tips which may help baby to settle better, sleep well and overall feel more secure! 

Top 5 Bath-time tips from JOHNSON’S® Healthcare Professional Relationship Consultant, Rebecca Bennett:
1. Warm a towel before wrapping up baby after a soothing bath. Just make sure the towel isn’t too hot.

2. Your baby’s vulnerable skin doesn’t like hot water. 37C is perfect, use the inside of your wrist to feel water like baby’s skin does.

3. Yellow is the colour of energy, sunshine, and it stimulates intellect. So fill baby’s bath with smart yellow toys. Also, keep your baby’s bath toys, you can use them to coax your little one into swimming lessons later.

4. If your baby is a little nervous at bath time, talk them through it. Your voice will soothe them – and help them feel safe.

5. Your baby’s skin is delicate, so pat them dry gently with a towel after a bath.



Five Benefits of Baby Massage from Family Psychologist, Dr. Angharad Rudkin
1. Massage is a good way of bonding with your baby.

2. Massage has been shown to help baby's social and cognitive development.

3. Big sister or brother can help you to massage your baby - it makes them feel like they can help you care for baby.

4. Baby massage is a great activity for dads to get involved, and helps them feel closer to their baby and more confident in looking after them.

5. Massage can be an important part of a bedtime routine, which helps give babies the cue that it is time to snuggle up and sleep.



We loved taking our eldest to baby massage lessons when he was 6 weeks old. I'm still in touch with some of the friends we made back then. Bath time and Baby Massage time with new babies is such a precious time.

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I'm really looking forward to hearing how my niece and her parents get on with the range but in the meantime I have a giveaway for you!  

Complete the rafflecopter form below for a chance to win the full range of Johnson's Baby Top-to-Toe Range as pictured. T&C's apply. Open to UK residents only. Closing date is Midnight Sunday 29th January. Good Luck! 

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17/01/2017

Can You Ever Have too Much Storage?! 5 Draw Abaca Storage Rack - Review!

Can you ever have too much storage? Personally I don't think you can. We certainly need more and thanks to Rattan Direct we now have more storage than we did! I've been reviewing the 5 draw Abaca Storage Rack
Ideal for pretty much any room in the home, it's perfect for a conservatory but as we don't have room for it in ours, I'm using it in our room for all my make up and beauty products.
The unit arrived really well packed via a delivery firm called Panther, who keep me bang up to date with the time the unit was set to arrive. This was a godsend for me, as on the day of delivery I had planned to be out at friends. Luckily I got a text and popped home with five minutes to spare before it was delivered! Perfect.
On unpacking hubby did notice the unit had a musty smell, which I felt to be a mouldy smell. Perhaps it was stored in a damp warehouse? The unit still omits a smell and I had to wipe some white stuff off of it, but other than this I'm delighted with it. 

Fully assembled, with a RRP of £298, it's in the sale for £149 at present. Measuring D52 x W34 x H126 it's made from a solid hardwood mahogany wood. With 5 hand-woven Abaca rattan storage baskets, the rack comes with a five year warranty. The baskets pull out and 'hang' out without falling so you can get from them, what you are looking for.
The wood is certainly solid with a rustic finish. There are imperfections but to my mind these add to it's charm! I've managed to fill all 5 baskets with my beauty buys. The unit has also me extra space to display photo's.
I think the storage rack looks great in our room and I would definitely get another in the sale for elsewhere in the house, should we need anymore storage. It's a great piece! 

I was sent this unit for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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