Monday, 17 December 2018

Thinking Ahead To 2019 Goals

Can you believe that 2018 is almost over? This year really does seem to have passed by so quickly, as the year is coming to an end I have naturally been thinking about the year ahead and of the goals I want to achieve in 2019. 2019 is a big year for me as I will *finally* be getting married in June and with this in mind, I am determined to stick to my goals for next year as some of them centre around the wedding. 

I love New Year, it always seems like a fresh start when you open a calendar and see 365 new days to create memories on. Now that my children are getting older and all go to school I have decided that in 2019 I am going to make more time for myself and 2019 will be the year that I hopefully get my act together and get sorted as I am forever chasing my tail and winging it in life, motherhood and this whole blogging world. 



So without further ado here are my goals for the new year. 

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

OMG! It's Santa I Know Him! Elf Pyjamas From New Look

Elf the movie is without a doubt my favourite Christmas film, we watch it every single year and the whole family really enjoy it - even my 4 and 5-year-old. It is a film that never fails to get me in the festive spirit and that I don't think I could ever get bored of watching. 'The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear'. Can you believe that the film is now 15 years old? My eldest was only one year old when it was released so she has grown up watching the film, we have watched it so much over the years that our copy of the DVD was all scratched and glitchy. 

However, we were super kindly sent a copy of the DVD along with the most perfect Christmas PJs from New Look featuring none other than Buddy the elf! Both myself and my teen love New Look PJs, they are always super comfy and wash well making them the perfect gift idea. The Elf PJs consists of a grey short sleeve t-shirt top with Buddy's face and the words 'OMG! It's Santa. I know him, I know him'. The PJ bottoms are red and very festive with candy canes, Christmas trees, Stockings, Holly, paper chains and snowflakes on. 

buddy the elf christmas pjs and some candy canes
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Monday, 10 December 2018

The Christmas Clean With Regina

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Christmas, the most magical time of the year filled with lots of family time, festivities and yummy food. Like most parents, I am on the Christmas countdown and really looking forward to seeing my children's face's light up when they get that longed for toy, lazy days watching films together, visits with loved ones and all the festive build-up and activities that the big day brings. However, I am sure I am not alone when I say I am also feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all too as I still feel like I have so much to do and I haven't even started on getting the house in shape for Christmas yet. 

Cup of tea and pack of Regina Blitz kitchen towels
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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Peter Pan Pantomime At Whitley Bay Playhouse Review

Last weekend we were invited to Whitley Bay Playhouse to see this year's pantomime, Peter Pan. Produced once again by Blue Genie Entertainment and starting Anthony Costa from Blue as Captain Hook and Playhouse legend Steve Walls as Smee along with last years favourite Ben Hanson (Bouncer in Tracey Beaker) as Starkey and lots of returning Playhouse panto cast members. We could not wait to see the show as we have really enjoyed previous years and it is the perfect panto for the whole family to enjoy.



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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Premier League Writing Stars 2018

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Last year Premier League Writing Stars was launched and the competition was a huge success with over 25,000 entries so this year it is back and hoping to be just as (or hopefully even more) popular. This year the theme is diversity and primary school pupils are encouraged to get creative and write a poem on the subject of diversity and there are some great Premier League related prizes up for grabs for those taking part. 


The idea behind Premier League writing stars is to get primary school children interested in poetry and to have a go at writing their own poem. The fact that the campaign is backed by top Premier League football clubs that many young children support helps get some pupils interested, especially as they can win some amazing Premier League related prizes for their school by taking part in the poetry competition. Writing Stars is part of an educational program called Premier League Primary Stars, which is free for teachers to access and has lots of resources for key stage 1 and 2. 

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Monday, 3 December 2018

Gifts For Teens This Christmas

As a parent to a 16-year-old daughter I know how tricky it can be buying for teenagers, our family really struggle buying gifts for her and I often end up taking her shopping with me to buy some of her own gifts. If you are struggling on what to buy a teen this Christmas then I have created this Christmas gift guide with some ideas of gifts that teens are sure to enjoy. 

sweet hamper full of rainbow drops, lollies, refresher sweets


1.) Swizzels Sweet Hamper 

You can't go wrong with sweets and this great sweet hamper from Swizzels would make a great gift idea. You can add a personalised gift tag and it comes in a lovely little wicker hamper that can be reused once all the sweets have been eaten. Full of favourites such as drumsticks, love hearts, refreshers, rainbow drops, double dips and lollies it is full to the brim with old-school classic sweets that they are sure to enjoy. Prices start at just £14.99 and you can buy them from www.swizzels.com

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Saturday, 1 December 2018

L.O.L. Surprise Pop-Up Store Playset Review

My five-year-old daughter Sophia is L.O.L crazy, she has been collecting L.O.L dolls for the past year getting them for her birthday or spending any money she has on them, she even spent her holiday money on when we were in Majorca earlier in the year! So it is no surprise that even more L.O.L Surprise dolls are on her Christmas list this year. She loves the surprise element of them and all the fun accessories that you get with the dolls (and pets), however, as the dolls and accessories are so small she often ends up losing the shoes and outfits for them. 

The L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up store set up out the box

So when we were offered to review the new L.O.L Surprise Pop-Up Store Playset I thought that would be perfect for her to store all her L.O.L dolls and accessories in. I had previously seen this playset in a shop and wrongly thought it was just a display case for L.O.L dolls, however, I was wrong as not only is it a display and storage case but it also turns into a little playset and you can also use it for transporting dolls too. 

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