Thursday, 2 July 2015

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between #9


Welcome to Week 9 of Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between. 

Happy July Everyone. Wow this year is whizzing past - It won't be long before the Summer Holidays are here.

This week I've been enjoying the sun and trying to catch as much Wimbledon as possible.

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week. Can I please just ask that you do visit the post before yours. I did notice last week that some posts hadn't received a comment. Please do share the comment love. If your blog doesn't receive a comment in a few days of adding it to the link please do let me know and I will send a little nudge to the person.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Mini Moose Arctic Adventure Playground at Chill Factore

Last week we were invited to Mini Moose Arctic Adventure Playground at Chill Factore. The play area which is suitable for children under 4 is a new addition to the Snow Park. Big J and I would have loved to attend but unfortunately we couldn't so it was just Daddy and Little J. They look and sound like they had amazing time so I will hand over to Daddy to tell you all about it.




We arrived a little earlier than we expected as the m62 was really clear.  Little J hadn't eaten his breakfast so I was glad to find a nice Costa in the Chill Factore building, where we sat and had some toast and a nice drink.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Fisher Price Talking Bing Review

Little J is a big fan of CBeebies and although he is happy to watch whatever programme is on it's obvious he does have some favourites. He gets excited when In the Night Garden is on, Something Special and also Bing. Bing is an adorable bunny who goes on lots of adventures with his friends including his carer Flop.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Project 365 Days 172 - 178

 Here is our week in photos

172/365 - The new Everton kit came out this weekend. Daddy and the monkeys each got the full kit. I love them in the football kits, they always look so nice in them.

Friday, 26 June 2015

An Evening With Giovanna Fletcher

Last night I attended an evening with Giovanna Fletcher at Waterstones. I have never been to anything like this before because if I am being honest I am not a big reader. I do like reading but I always have something else to do so although I have lots of books, they just sit there gathering dust. So I assume you are wondering why I went to a book event then if I'm not really a book lover. The truth is I do like Giovanna's books and have all four of them but I actually like her as a person too. I know that might sound crazy as I have never met her (until last night) but I follow her on you tube and I really enjoy watching her vlogs.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Signed Copy Of Dream A Little Dream By Giovanna Fletcher Giveaway

Tonight I was very lucky to attend An Evening With Giovanna Fletcher at Waterstones. It was an amazing night (more on that soon) and while I was there I decided to buy an extra copy of Giovanna's latest book Dream A Little Dream to giveaway on my blog. To make the giveaway even more special Giovanna signed the book for my lucky winner.

Good Money Habits For Your Children

Yesterday when I was writing my Parenting #ToddlersAndTeens post I suddenly realised big J is a teenager. He's 13 years old age and it’s scary just how quickly he has grown up. One minute he's a little boy toddling around depending on us for everything, and the next he's this person who seems to be able to live his own life and the need for us is greatly reduced.
As you will know little J is a toddler and it's hard to believe that one day he will be a teenager too. You think that day will never come, but it will it will come much sooner than you think! That’s why it’s never too early to start teaching your children good money habits and preparing them for when they head off into the big, wide world.
Big J enjoying a trip to cinema with friends, using his own pocket money.

Parenting - Toddlers, Teens And Everything In-between #8


Welcome to Week 8 of Parenting - Toddlers, Teens and Everything In-between. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine. As I type this at 9:45pm its still light outside. It doesn't feel like I should be going to bed. It feels like the middle of the day. I'm not complaining I love Summer and the light mornings / evenings, always put me in a good mood. Unfortunately next week my hubby will become a Wimbledon widower. I absolutely love Wimbledon and I can't wait to watch as much of it as I possibly can. It's the only sporting event I follow and I look forward to it all year round.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

What's In Our Caboodle Everyday Changing Bag

I know once our babies reach the toddler stage some Mummy's change their changing bag to maybe a character rucksack or something smaller. I prefer to still have a changing bag because I still need enough space to fit all his essentials. This week we have been trying out Caboodle Everyday Changing Bag and we love it. Firstly its not too big because some changing bags are so huge that they become impractical for a Mum on the go, but you can fit so much inside.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Keep Your Pet Healthy With Frontline Spot On

When I was little we used to have two dogs. I loved them so much and they were big part of our family. I loved taking them for a walk and I remember how much fun i had playing with them. Obviously there is a lot more to having a pet than just playing with them, its important to make sure you take care of your pet and keep them healthy. FRONTLINE Spot On have teamed up with the lovely Ruth Langsford to host a series of videos including hints and tip on how to keep your pets healthy and happy this summer.

This campaign is very close to Ruth's heart as she is the owner of Maggie a rescue dog.

Monday, 22 June 2015

When Did You Last Review Your Pension?

Okay so this may not be something that you stop and think about every day - but there are some startling facts around about the UK's general pension provision.

Nutmeg offer an easy to use, intelligent approach to pension planning.

*image credit to Nutmeg*

They offer an expertly managed pension fund that you can tailor make to suit your overall attitude to investment risk, and they will rebalance this on a regular basis as part of the service - with surprisingly low annual management charges.   Rebalancing helps to keep your plan at the risk level you choose, and encourages selling investments when they are highly priced and using the funds to buy other low pried investments, with a constant view on enhancing the value of your pension pot, whilst ensuring that your risk level doesn't go above what you have chosen.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Project 365 Days 158 - 171

My blog has been a little neglected over the last few weeks so I completely missed last weeks Project 365 but I did take photos so here is our last two weeks in photos.

158/365 - Big J has recovered from his week in Malaga so it was out in the garden for some splashing fun.

Early Father's Day Meal At Brewers Fayre

If you are a regular reader you will know that we do like going out for meals at our local Brewers Fayre. As Father's Day is approaching we popped along for an Early Father's Day Meal. If you have visited a Brewers Fayre before you will know that they offer a variety of Menus. A normal menu with pub meals, Chef's Counter Menu and a Kids Menu.

When we have the kids with us we almost always choose Chef's Counter. Its a buffet style menu that starts at 5pm with a different theme every night of the week. It includes Burger and Hotdog night, Mexican, Curry and on Fridays it is Chip Shop Buffet Night.