Thursday, 28 May 2015

Pikku The Best Children's Hair Salon In Newcastle

Last week i took Sophia aged two to get her hair cut at Pikku in Gosforth near Newcastle, i can not wait to tell you all about it as it was amazing and somewhere i know every child will love. As a mum of three i have been to many children hair salons over the years and Pikku is without a doubt the best one we have been to and i honestly think it is the best one in the Newcastle area.

Pikku is situated on Gosforth high street opposite the Brandling Arms right in the heart of the high street, it is just a few minutes drive from Newcastle city centre. Many of the buses to and from Newcastle pass through here and stop close to the salon, it is also just a short walk from regent centre metro and there is two car parks located very close by.

Pikku is easy to spot as it so nicely decorated from the outside and has a shop window full of gorgeous children's clothes. When you enter Pikku you are met with an adorable little children's boutique full of truly gorgeous baby and children's clothing and super friendly staff.


The salon is located upstairs and is equally amazing as it is bright and colourful and so appealing to both young children and adults alike. The walls are painted in bright primary colours of yellow, green, orange and white with cute animal stickers dotted around. There is pom poms hanging from the ceiling and black mirrors adorn the walls giving it a slight edgy feel to it.The whole salon is child friendly with safety gates on the stairs and everything is out of reach from small hands. There is a selection of toys in the corner for children to play with and a colourful sofa for parents to sit on whilst awaiting their appointment.


There is two car chairs for children to sit in to get there haircut a pink one and a yellow one and also a salon chair for older children. Sophia picked the pink car and she was fastened into the car by a seat belt and their was an ipad attached to a stand at the front of the car so she could watch Peppa Pig to distract her whilst getting her hair cut. She was so excited and too busy looking around and playing with the cars steering wheel to watch her program though.


The stylist was amazing and so patient with Sophia and a total expert at distracting her so she could cut her hair, She was so lovely and friendly and instantly put us both at ease. Sophia has wild curly hair that we can not really do anything with but it was trimmed and cut and made to look lovely and is defiantly the best hair cut she has had.


After the haircut Sophia was given a little crown to wear which she was so happy about and then the stylist started blowing some bubbles which she was amazed by and this just finished things off perfectly and we were also given a balloon. The whole experience was amazing and enjoyable for Sophia and also for myself. Often small children find getting a hair cut a chore or they get bored and restless, i know Sophia has in the past. But Pikku have made getting a hair cut fun and exciting for children and a far less stressful experience for us parents.


After the hair cut we made our way back downstairs to the boutique and i did want to have a look at the clothes but Sophia was having none of it, thankfully they do have an online shop selling the lovely clothing such as Rachael Riley and Slugs and Snails to name just a few.


Not only is Pikku a children's boutique and salon it also hosts pamper parties which my lovely friend Sam from North East Family Fun has written about Pikku Pamper Parties . They also run classes teaching us parents how to plait hair so we can make are little ones have Elsa hair and even better they run classes teaching dads how to do there little ones hair too which is a brilliant idea.


We left feeling happy and relaxed and with a cool new hair cut and i have not stopped telling everyone how amazing it is and that they really must pay Pikku a visit , as i just know that every child will love it as much as mine did. We will certainly be returning for all future haircuts and to buy some slugs and snail tights from the boutique.


 Haircuts costs £12.50 for children aged 1-5 and £14.50 for over 5's and £7.50 for under ones you can also book to have your child's hair styled or plaited. If you have more than one child you can receive a 25% discount off sibling haircuts when taken at the same time as a full paying child. Pikku is open Monday to Saturday and full opening times, prices and courses can be found on the website pikku.co.uk  and you can even book your appointment online or by calling them on 0191 4471300

* Disclosure : We received a complementary haircut from Pikku for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are my own. 


                      
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Sponsor Me For Britmums Live 2015

I have been debating writing this post for months now as i don't really like the idea of asking for things, it is the northerner in me. But i thought i may as well as like they say in Newcastle " Shy bairns get nowt " people do actually say that by the way i didn't make it up. 

Anyway enough of me blabbering on time to get to the point, the biggest blogging event of the year Britmums live is just a few weeks away and i am one of the lucky bloggers who is going to be attending. Britmums is a two day blogging event held in London on the 19th and 20th June 2015 and will be attended by hundreds of UK parenting bloggers. But it is not just a social event it will also be attended by many brands and will also have many workshops throughout the two day's so i can actually learn all about blogging and social media instead of having to goggle everything. You can find out all about Britmums live here

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However as the event is held in London and i am in Newcastle these things end up being rather expensive as i have had to buy a ticket, pay for train travel and book a hotel. And i am looking for a sponsor to help me with some of the costs as i am currently on maternity leave and the pay is pretty rubbish. I am offering full or partial sponsorship to cover my return train travel Newcastle to London which is £80 and one nights hotel stay which is £60 which in total comes to £140. I have managed to keep costs as low as possible by booking everything in advance, i will cover all other costs such as extra travel and food myself. 

In return for sponsoring me to the event i will be your blogger on the ground at the event and will offer a one year advertising package in return which would include.
  • A blog post introducing you as my sponsor with links to your site and social media, which i will share across my social media.
  • Mention you with links in all blog posts about Britmums before and after the event.
  • Tweets before, during and after the event mentioning your brand, i have 3000 + Twitter followers.
  • Include your logo and details on my business cards which will be handed out at the event ( no extra cost) 
  • Wear a badge with your details on or use branded stationary etc at the event if you wish to supply some.
  • Have your badge on my blog homepage sidebar for one year, which will stand out as i currently have no advertising on my blog. 
  • Review and run giveaways of your products on my blog throughout the year if you wish.
  • Guest post on your blog and you can guest post on my blog about your brand. 
I am happy to discuss any other ways that we could work together throughout the year as part of a sponsorship package. 

So why sponsor me? 

I know i have probably left it far to late to actually get a sponsor now as the event is less then four weeks away, but i have booked my tickets and will be going regardless of if i get a sponsor or not. However i would love a sponsor as now that i have started to spend more time on my blog and watch it grow i would love to build a lasting relationship with a brand that i can work closely with throughout the year and beyond. I have only been blogging a year and i still have so much to learn which i hopefully will do at Britmums. I have already achieved so much in a year of blogging and i know that if i worked hard and spent more time on my blog i could make it even better and this in return would generate more exposure for your brand. 

If you are interested in finding out more or would like to sponsor me either fully or partial then please email me Lindsay at newcastlefamilylife@gmail.com  

                  
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Monday, 25 May 2015

Sophia You Are Two

Dear Sophia Ella

Today you are two years old and it really does not seem very long ago since mummy sat down to write you a letter last year on your first birthday. So much has changed in the last year as you became a big sister when you were just 14 month's old. At first you hated your brother and you just totally blanked him for the first few months of his life, although you would sometimes steal his bottle and dummy and try and hit him. Now the two of you are the very best of friends and you play together and you are always giving him hugs and kisses, you do still fight over toys from time to time as you have not learnt to share properly yet. 

You still adore your big sister although you often climb all over her and pull her hair as you think this is funny. You wish she would play with you more but she is big now and wants to be out with her friends or on her phone all the time in her room. Your still a daddy's girl but not as much as you use to be as you have started wanting mummy when you are hurt or unwell lately. You like your cousin Heidi who is a year older then you and get all excited when she comes around to play with you, it is so cute watching the two of you play together. 

At the moment you still like Sofia the first but you are Doc Mcstuffin crazy and you have two lambie teds which go everywhere with you and you won't go to sleep without them. You also love watching films and will sit through some films from start to finish without moving. You have went through phases of films you liked first it was Despicable me 2 then Cloudy with a chance of meatballs two, Monsters university, Toy story 1,2,3 and recently Beauty & the beast. 

You love playing outside and you would run around in the garden chasing spiders all day long if we let you. You hate being indoors and always want to be out and about and get excited when you go out places, you like visiting soft plays and parks and going out in the car. You play properly with your toys now and you will talk away to your toys which is so sweet. Your favourite toys are your happyland house, doctors set and peppa pig weebles, you also love colouring in and playing with wooden puzzles and mega blocks.

You have grown so much this year and have changed from a baby into a proper little girl with a big personality. You are such a character and everyone who meets you comments on how strong willed and cheeky you are as you make everyone laugh with your little ways. You are so outgoing and confident and have no fear at all, you are always climbing and laughing. You have started to have tantrums now if you don't get your own way but thankfully they are not to bad. 

You have hair now  too which is so curly and we can not do anything with as you rarely let us put it in a bobble and even when we get it cut it stays wild and curly. You still sleep amazing on a night time sleeping 7-7 but you very rarely nap during the day any more. You love your milk, i think milk is your most favourite thing in the world. You are also so independent and want to do everything for yourself now.

This last year has gone by so quickly and you have grown and changed so much, but i still remember the day you were born like it was yesterday and you will always be mummy's and daddy's baby girl. You have coped so well becoming a big sister and it melts my heart seeing the love you have for your brother and sister. 

I hope you have an amazing second birthday princess and you love your presents, we have got you a red little tikes car for the garden, some more happy land toys and a big yellow dumper truck as you always play with these when you see them when we are out. I am sure you will enjoy eating your minion cake, going out for a meal and having a little tea party as you love your food. You had such a great time yesterday at your soft play party playing with your friends and your face lit up when everyone sung happy birthday to you and you blew out your candles on the cake even though you did try and grab the lit candle. 

Happy birthday Princess Sophia mummy, daddy, Chloe and Jacob love you lot's and we hope that you have a great year filled with love, laughter and adventures as that is what being two is all about. You light up are world and make us smile every single day and i am so lucky that you are mine. 

Love you always mummy xxx



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Friday, 22 May 2015

Slimming World Week Six

I can not believe that i have been on the Slimming World diet plan for six weeks now, it has gone by so quickly! Anyway last week i was over the moon to have lost 4lb and i was determined to lose 2lb this week which would have meant i had lost a stone and i really wanted that one stone certificate and sticker. So this week i was really good and had no cheeky takeaways and all my meals were 100 % Slimming World friendly, i drank loads of water, ate more fruit and i even swapped the sugar in my hot drinks for sweeteners. My clothes have been feeling a lot looser so i thought i may have lost 2 lb this week and had my fingers tightly crossed. 

On Thursday i stepped on the scales and i had only lost 1 lb. I admit i was gutted as i really wanted my one stone award. I know i should be happy i have lost weight but it is just a pound and that's not much especially when i had been so good all week. I think i also think because i have a lot of weight to lose that i should be losing weight quicker, but that does not seem to be happening at all. 

Anyway i was unable to stay to class as i had to rush off for Sophia's hairdressers appointment, i left the group feeling a bit deflated about my small loss. And i ended up doing what i always do when I'm a bit down i went home and ate, i had a kitkat chunky and two bags of quavers. Did it make me feel better ? no not at all. I then went on to eat a turkey sandwich made on white bread with lashings of butter and some of the girl's chicken pop pops and a cheese dunker. 

Thankfully i came to my senses and stopped eating before i could do anymore damage and had a Slimming World friendly tea of baked potato, salad and grilled pork. After my little blow out i felt rubbish and i realised that my taste buds have changed so much over the last six weeks as i did not like the taste of white bread anymore, it tasted like it was full of sugar and i ended up thrown most of it away. I use to love bread that was one of my biggest weaknesses so maybe i am starting to break my old eating habits. 

This week i am expecting a gain, i have had my blow out yesterday and i also have my daughter Sophia's birthday this week as she is two on Monday. We are having a party on Sunday at the local soft play and we will probably have lunch out somewhere afterwards. Then on her actual birthday we are going out for a meal and then we are having a small tea party with birthday cake and i know i will be eating a slice or two of cake and probably won't resist the party food. But i am hoping if i can stick to the diet the rest of this week then it wont be to much damage. 

I am also planning on giving it 100 % again next week and keeping my fingers crossed for that first one stone award. I brought the new magazine which is available to buy in class before it hits the shops and it is full of lots of yummy looking recipes, so i am planning on trying lots of new meals out this week too. 

 To find out more about the Slimming world plan or find your nearest class then visit the website www.slimmingworld.com 

              
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Haberman 360 Junior Beaker Review & Giveaway

My toddler Sophia is almost two and as she gets closer to her second birthday we have noticed a huge change in her as she is becoming so independent and is trying to copy everything we do. One of the things she likes to so is try and drink out of big cup like we do, but of course she is still so young and has not grasped how to do so without spilling juice everywhere. She has baby sippy cups but i think she is getting a bit to big for these, so when i heard of the Haberman 360 junior beaker i was intrigued as i had never seen anything like this before and it seemed like the perfect beaker for her.


The Haberman 360 junior beaker is a drip free, sprout free cup which holds 250 ml of liquid and is just the right size for toddlers. It can be used in a dishwasher and microwave and is really easy to clean and wash. It comes in a choice of three colours which are red, blue and green and we were sent the red one. It is made from BPA free materials and has been tested to the highest standards. And it is suitable for children aged 24 months + .


It just looks like a normal beaker when you first look at it but when you take the lid off you will see that it looks different to other children's cups as there is no sprout  or straw to drink from and when the cup is filled with juice if you turn it upside down it does not leak at all, amazing! Instead you just gently sip on the rim of the cup as it has a circular valve system allowing you to drink from anywhere around the rim.


I initially thought that Sophia would find this difficult as she has never used anything like this before and when i first give her the cup she was unsure what to do, but after a few minutes she sussed out how to use the cup and she loves it. I also had a try just to see how it works and it is so easy to drink out of. It comes with a lid which we have not even used as it has not spilled at all and we have been using it daily for almost two weeks now.


These beakers really are perfect for toddlers around Sophia's age who are starting to become independent but have still not grasped how to drink out of a cup properly as they teach children to drink independently and to sip instead of sucking whilst drinking. I really do highly recommend these cups and will be buying my baby boy one when he is old enough as they are so good. I would give this product a 10/10 as i can not fault it at all. You can view the full range of Haberman products on there website www.habermanbaby.com

The Haberman 360 Junior Beaker retails at £5.95 and you can buy them from Mothercare, Waitrose and Amazon. And i have one of these genius beakers to giveaway to one of my lucky readers just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win a one in the colour of your choice.

To enter:
  • Sign into the Rafflecopter below with either your facebook account or by putting in your name and e-mail address. Don't worry you are not signing up to anything it is just so you can be contacted if you win and it is super quick and easy to sign in.
  • Follow the instructions on Rafflecopter and tick the boxes to say you have done so. And that is it so quick and easy to do. 


a Rafflecopter giveaway

The closing date is the 3rd of June 2015, one winner will be selected at random after this date from all correct entries via rafflecopter. Winner will be e-mailed within 48 hours of the giveaway ending and the prize will be sent direct from Haberman. Open to UK entrants only.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

I'm Going To Britmums Live 2015

Last June i seen Twitter go crazy with talk of Britmums Live a two day blogging event in London and i wanted to go. I never went last year as i was very new to blogging and had no idea these kind of things even existed and i was also heavily pregnant with baby number three. I vowed to go this year and i actually brought my ticket when they went on sale last year and my hotel has been booked for weeks.

 But if you follow me on social media you will know i have been having huge doubts about going as i  have never attended anything like this before and i am very nervous. And also because i have never left my little two before and my baby is only nine months old. I have been thinking of selling my ticket and just not going, but after talking to some lovely ladies on Twitter today who i have arranged to meet before the event i have changed my mind and decided to be brave and go, as i know i will regret it big time if i don't go. So here is my I'm going to Britmums post and if you see me then please do come say hello as i will be the nervous Geordie girl.

This is me 

Name : Lindsay

Blog: Newcastle Family Life

Twitter: @nefamilylife

Height: 5'7

Hair: Currently long straight and ombre but will probably be back to being dark brown by June.

Eyes: Grey

Is this your first blogging conference ? Yes and i am terrified as i know no-one and have no idea what to expect. Although i have arranged to meet up with some lovely people when i arrive in London, here is hoping i don't get lost when i get off the train!

Are you attending both days? Yes i am arriving on the Friday morning and staying overnight as i live miles away in Newcastle. I will be going home on the Saturday tea time as i want to get home to my children.

What are you most looking forward to at Britmums live 2015?
Actually learning about blogging as i have no idea about any of it at all and i have to goggle everything which takes forever at times. Also meeting other bloggers who i speak to daily and having a full nights sleep as having two children so close in age means i haven't had a full nights sleep in over two years !

What are you wearing? 
I have no idea at all as i don't know what you wear to these kind of things. I will probably buy something new for the Friday and then just wear jeans on the Saturday for travelling home in.

What do you hope to gain from Britmums? 
So many things such as making new friends, learning about things i have no idea about also meeting brands as when i have met brands face to face in the past i have found it much better then via e-mail.

Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?
I have never been before so i have no tips, i will be reading everyone's posts though to hopefully gain some.

So if you see me then please do come say hello and don't let me near the wine as i haven't drunk in years so i will probably pass out drunk after one glass. And if you are a brand looking to sponsor someone to the event then please do consider me and i promise i won't touch the wine.

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Monday, 18 May 2015

The Perfect Scottish Family Holiday : The Isles Of Glencoe

We have not had a family holiday for three years thanks to two pregnancies very close together. I would love a holiday abroad in the sun, but with two of my children being so young (almost two year's old and eight months old) i think it would be far to much hassle and so we have been looking for holidays here in the U.K instead. One place we love is Scotland, it holds some special memories for us as it is where myself and the other half went for a weekend away when we first got together and we fell in love with the place and each other. Scotland is also close to where we live and is only around an hours drive from where we live in the north east to the Scottish boarders. 

Having such a big age gap family with a twelve year old a toddler and a baby plus parents who like different things makes finding the perfect holiday pretty tricky. But i actually think that i have found the perfect family holiday for us thanks to Parent Friendly Stays , let me introduce you to The Isles Of Glencoe Hotel . Situated in the Scottish highlands this hotel ticks all the boxes for a perfect family holiday it has stunning scenery, family sized rooms that accommodate three children, delicious food and activities to suit every single member of the family. 

The website says

 " A warm welcome awaits you at the isles of Glencoe hotel. Situated in a breath-taking lochside setting at the foot of dramatic Glencoe. Almost afloat, the isles of Glencoe hotel and leisure centre nestles in the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven. Our friendly modern hotel offers everything you might need on holiday, spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain views and a relaxing atmosphere."  

Sounds pretty impressive and perfect doesn't it? If you check the website out www.islesofglencoe.co.uk you can see for yourself just how amazing it all looks for yourself. 


First up the hotel, The Isles Of Glencoe hotel is situated in a truly stunning location which i am sure are totally breath-taking in real life. The hotel rooms score major brownie points as i am sure that every parent with three children will love, as finding a hotel room that accommodates two adults and three children is nigh on impossible. You normally have to pay for two rooms and mum goes in one room with one or two children and dad in the other, which is far from ideal.

 But the rooms here can sleep up to two adults and three children, perfect! There is also a handy partition in the rooms so that the children's sleeping area is separate, meaning there is no need to go to bed when the children do or sit in darkness and silence whilst they are asleep. The rooms are modern with en-suite facilities and free wi-fi, perfect for the teen who is forever on you tube. And the rooms have stunning views of the loch and mountains which will be a delight to wake up to each morning.


There is also an on site restaurant called Lochside which lives up to it's name as it is situated by the loch with dramatic views of the loch and mountains. The restaurant serves delicious home cooked foods full of fresh Scottish ingredients and serves traditional Scottish breakfasts which i know we would all enjoy.


There is also an indoor pool which is open 7am-10pm which would be a hit with all three of my children and i am sure they would spend every day in there. There is also an outdoor activity centre Action Glen which i just know My twelve year old and other half would love. Chloe is a huge fan of outdoor water sports since visiting an outdoor activity centre with school last year, and i know she would love the activities available here such as Kayaking and paddle boarding which are situated right on the hotels doorstep. 


There is also other activities available close by that i am sure she would love too such as archery, windsurfing, segway riding and ice climbing. There is also local boat trips that the whole family can enjoy and fishing trips the half would enjoy. And there is a local riding school near by so you can have riding lessons which i would love as i was a keen horse rider before having my children and would love to ride again. 

There is also many near by activities which i know we could all enjoy as a family such as Oban sea life centre, my toddler and baby would adore this as they could watch the exotic fish and see the seals, otters and turtles and i am sure they would be amazed. And we would have to go for a ride on the Jacobite steam train on the west coast railway which is Hogwarts express! Where you can relive many scenes from the Harry Potter films as many scenes from the film were shot on location here. Chloe and my other half are huge Harry Potter fans so would love this. The train takes you on a 84 mile round trip taking in stunning scenery along the way. 


There is also many other things to do such as visiting the natural history centre, Urquhart castle, Glencoe folk museum, The treasures of the earth gemstone collection. Or just visiting one of the lovely tranquil beaches nearby. 

So as you can see The Isles Of Glencoe hotel really does tick all of the boxes for the perfect family holiday no matter how old your children as there is activities to suit children big and small. And hotel rooms that we can all fit into with stunning views, yummy food and lots to do for us all. It really would be a holiday to remember. 

* This post is an entry to win a stay at the Glencoe hotel with Parent Friendly stays #parentpanel.

             
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