Friday, 19 October 2018

Autumn and Winter clothing Wish List. #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Style for Autumn and Winter.

I am not that into fashion, I never have been really but I do love this time of year when it comes to clothes. Jumpers, boots and cosy knitwear!

Burgundy Leaf Print Wrap-Style Jumpsuit - £20.00 - Asda
Lands' End - Beige womens cotton cable crew neck jumper - £33.75 - Debenhams
Burgundy Single Breasted Formal Coat - £34.99 - New Look
Block Stripe Jumper - £26.00 - Dorothy Perkins
Little Misty Cat Jumper - £34.95 - Joe Browns
Black Straight Leg Jeans - £15.00 - Sainsbury's
Mustard Floral Long Sleeve Belted Tea Dress - £16.00 - Asda
Lilley Womens Brown Cone Heel Calf Boot - £24.99 - Shoezone

V Bardot Jumper With Cashmere - £39.00 - Topshop
High Waist Cord Trousers - £22.00 - M&Co
Birdseye Stripe Jumper - £20.00 - Matalan
Black Corduroy Shirt Dress - £24.99 - New Look
Printed wellies - £49.95 - Joules
Cable-knit hat - £8.99 - H&M
Ozark Trail Red Longline Thermal Padded Coat - £50.00 - Asda
Early Autumn Tunic - £34.95 - Joe Browns

Is there anything here that you fancy?

Thursday, 18 October 2018

My blogging values. #Blogtober18

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Respect Everyone #WorldValuesDay #ConflictResolutionDay

text and a laptop, keyboard, book and mouse

Values are what make us who we are. They are the compass guiding everything we do, our choices, our actions and a lot of my personal values apply when it comes to blogging too.

I blog honestly. I share a lot of my life online the good and the bad. There are things that I keep back which are private to us as a family but on the whole part my blog is an honest representation of my life. 

Every now and then I review products. Sometimes I paid for these products and sometimes I am sent them free of charge to review. It doesn't matter whenever I review something I am honest. If I didn't like something I will say so and I have in the past. I will try to find positives but I won't blatantly lie and say I loved something when I don't.

I love blogging. I am not in it for the money and "freebies". I never have been. I started blogging nearly 6 years ago and didn't even know you could earn a living from blogging. I thought people bought everything they reviewed themselves and paid for the giveaways too.

I will keep blogging not for as long as someone reads it but for as long as I love and enjoy it. I really would still blog even if no one read it. It is a great way to record mine and my girls life and look back on. 

I respect other bloggers. There are so many that I look up to. Those who have been blogging a lot longer than I have and know everything and newer bloggers who started blogging well after me and have just got it! I may not always agree with what every blogger writes but I respect their opinions. It would be a boring world if we all thought the same.

I am pretty dedicated to this little blog of mine. I have been daily blogging for nearly 6 years and people always say it must be so hard but I started daily blogging from the beginning so I know no different. I do most of my blog post writing on a Friday evening for the week ahead. I have a routine and it works for me. I also make sure to have some back up posts in case I don't have anything to write about that week. 

I have met so many people through blogging and I would call quite a few of these people friends. They may just be there behind a computer screen but they are there to listen, offer support and a kind word.

You need a lot of patience when it comes to blogging. When you start you have to wait for that first reader to come and visit, you have to wait for replies to emails, parcels to be delivered and ideas to come to you. You have to patiently wait to spend time on the computer while your children need you and you have an amazing idea for a blog post and you need a whole heap of patience when it comes to learning new things like editing photos and changing the layout of your blog.

I am always transparent with my readers. If I am sent something to review I will tell you. I never have and never will pay for followers, I would never promote something that I don't believe in. Things like gambling and MLM schemes will never be seen here on my blog. I will give credit where credit is due and I try to link back to websites and blogs when I feel I should.

I appreciate all of you that keep coming back and reading, commenting and sharing my blog posts. Thank you!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A Unicorn Box with Puppets from Not Another Birthday - Review!

Do you ever struggle to buy presents for children? I know when my girls were younger and they were invited to birthday parties I used to, especially for children which I didn't know too well. 

Two mums from Suffolk have created something which can make our lives a lot easier! Not Another Birthday provides fantastic presents in beautiful themed boxes or bundles for children. 

Their boxes are the perfect solution for the special little people in your lives. The hunt for the perfect children's gift is over. Their signature 'Not Another Birthday' boxes come packed full of thoughtful, unique gits for kids, they are beautifully wrapped and include a personalised card.

There are 8 boxes to choose from. A Unicorn Box with puppets, Fairy Princess Box, Dinosaur Box for ages 3 to 5 and one for 5 to 8 year old's, a Superhero Box for ages 3 to 5 and one for 5 to 8 year old's, an Outdoors Box and a Unicorn Box with a skipping rope. 

The themed boxes cost £20.00 and I think that is a great price for what you get.

I chose the Unicorn Box with Puppets for Ellie. It says these boxes are aimed at 3 to 8 year old's but Ellie is crazy about unicorns and included everything that she loves.

The box arrived and I left Ellie to open it! The box is made of kraft card and are covered in the signature doodle design which can be coloured in as an extra activity!

Ellie was very impressed when she opened the box. Each item was individually wrapped in coloured tissue paper and it is such a lovely touch. Ellie said it felt like it was her birthday!

This magical box included:

Two Unicorn hand puppets to make - These are great for imaginative play and are easy to make with no glue or scissors needed.
A magic wand to make. - Create your own unicorn wand. Use the cut outs, ribbon & glitter glue to personalise your wand.
A rainbow hair clip - Shimmer and shine with the beautiful rainbow hair clip
A signature Not Another Birthday A6 kraft notebook.
Colouring pencils! - 12 colouring pencils in a cute unicorn tube.

 You can also choose to add additional items to each box. Things like Unicorn necklaces, keyrings, card games and several different colouring in items.

Ellie loved everything included in this box and it didn't take her long to start making the unicorn puppets. I was so impressed with them. They are made from thick cardboard and were way bigger than I thought they would be. They were a little fiddly to put together but we got there eventually. I think they will be around for a long time. Ellie thinks they are fantastic.

These boxes are so thoughtfully put together and there is a theme for just about any child. I think these would be a fab idea for a Christmas eve treat or reward for doing well at school as well as a birthday present. Everything included is a fantastic quality and they are well worth the money.

If you are looking for something which costs a little less there are the Gift Bundles which cost £8.00. You receive a minimum of three themed children's gifts, individually wrapped and tied in a bundle with a personalised card. The themes include Sparkle, Superhero, Explorer and the Dinosaur Bundle.

Free UK shipping comes as standard on all boxes.  Boxes are sent the same day when orders are placed before 2pm and are sent by Royal Mail second class. 

We were sent this box free of charge in exchange for this blog post.

No-Bake Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart - Recipe!

Throughout October I will be joining in with Big Family Organised Chaos and her linky for Blogtober18. Today's prompt is: Quick, hide the wrappers for #ChocolateWeek

Baking things is fun but not baking is even better.

No-Bake Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

To make the caramel:

Place 350g of pitted fresh dates in a saucepan with 250ml of cold water and boil until soft and the dates have broken down.

Place the mixture into a food processor with 1 tsp rock salt and blend until smooth.

Pass through a sieve to remove any large bits.

Put to one side to cool.

To Make the base:

100g desiccated coconut
50g ground almonds
200g 100% chocolate

Place the coconut and almonds in a mixing bowl and combine.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave and pour over the dry mixture.

Mix until everything is evenly coated.

Line a 8” cake tin or pie dish with cling film then press the mixture up the sides and cover the base before popping in the fridge to set.

To Make the topping:

300g 100% chocolate
100g honey/agave syrup
150g coconut milk

Heat the honey/agave and the coconut milk in a pan just until it starts to simmer.

Pour over the chocolate and mix until completely melted and combined.


Take the base from the fridge and remove from the tin, place on serving dish.

Spread the ‘caramel’ evenly on the base.

Pour on the topping and give the the serving dish a few light taps on the counter to level.

Place back in the fridge.

Once the topping has completely set, finish with a sprinkling of sea salt flakes.

A No-Bake Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

How does this sound to you?

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Gel-A-Peel Fashion Maker And Nail-a-Peel Deluxe Kit - Review!

A few weeks ago you may remember we tried out the Gel-a-Peel Deluxe Rainbow Kit. We have been sent another couple of kits to try from Gel-a-Peel. It may be Ellie's favourite thing at the moment. She has already been and sought out every kit and put them on her Christmas list.

Gel-A-Peel Fashion Maker.

The Fashion Maker kit comes with everything you need to easily gel on fabrics and create your own clutches and earrings too! Included in this set is 5 Gel-a-Peel colour tubes and accessories for 3 clutches and two pairs of earrings. There is the Fashion Station with gel tube stand, 40+ design stencils and templates, 2 gel trays to make gel clutches, 7 designer tips (round, rake, and star), 2 squeegee tools, and a cleaning tool.

After using the last kit we knew what we were doing this time around and Ellie got straight on with starting to make a clutch bag using one of the trays. She decided to use 3 of the colours and used the squeegee tools to spread the gel out.

We left the clutch bag to set and dry and got on with decorating an old t-shirt using the black frame from the Fashion Station to hold one of the stencils in place.

It was just a case of squirting the gel onto the stencil and spreading it around using the tool provided!

The end results were fantastic. Like I said there is 40+ stencils which include everything from ice creams and cupcakes to butterflies and pretty patterns. I can see Ellie going on and decorating all of her clothes given the chance. It's fantastic to be able to put your own twist on the clothes you wear.

We loved this kit and what Ellie created with it. We are going to buy more of the gel to play with this more. The stencils are fab and once we had ran out of the gel Ellie went on and used felt tip pens and paper to get creative with them.

The Gel a Peel Fashion maker has a RRP of £34.99 but Smyths Toys have it on sale for £17.99 (as of writing this). It does state that is for 8 years plus but I think with a little help younger children could use this. 

Nail-a-Peel Deluxe Kit.

Give yourself a 3D manicure with the Nail-a-Peel Deluxe Kit! Using new 3D nail technology, you can polish your nails in your choice of fun colours and then add 3D designs. Finish off the look with some nail d├ęcor! A completely new, creative way to do your nails! The Deluxe Colour Kit provides the widest array of colours and nail decor to create 3D nail designs. Make 100+ nail designs! When you’re ready for a change of colour and style, simply peel off the gel designs and do it all over again!

Ellie had a good go at this kit but she didn't feel the love for this set. There was no real reason but it just didn't hold her attention. I imagine there is lots of children who would love this set but it was not for us. I had a go at decorating the nails and I did love it. 

When you’re ready for a change of colour and style, simply peel off the gel designs and do it all over again!

Nail-a-Peel Deluxe has a RRP of £29.99 and is suitable for ages 8 plus.

We were sent these products free of charge to try. All thoughts and opinions are my own.