Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring A Rose Tinted World

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am joined by Jo who blogs at A Rose Tinted World. Jo lives near Leeds with her partner and little girl and she blogs about being an older mother, stress busting, sewing and her family life. So let's find out more about the family behind A Rose Tinted World. 

Blogger A Rose Tinted World and her daughter

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

A family Games Night With Little Tikes

Now that all three children are at school and the other half no longer works weekends we always make the most of the weekends and Saturday night is always family night. We often watch a film, enjoy some treats or a Saturday night take away and just enjoy spending time together. Now that the children are getting a bit older they have started to take an interest in games and they have a few board games they will often ask us to play with them, normally on a Saturday evening when they know we all be together. 

So when Little Tikes got in touch and asked if we would like to take part in a kids vs adults game challenge we thought this sounded perfect. We were sent two new Little tikes games to play, Crazy Toaster and Hot Hoops and the children could not wait to rip open the boxes and have some fun! 

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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Unique Christmas Party Venues

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Unique Christmas Party Venues

Christmas is always so much fun, but there's one thing that can really bring things down and that's another boring festive party venue. So many people just seem to plump for anywhere that's available or that caters to the dietary needs of the whole group, but it doesn't take a lot of effort to find somewhere more exotic to ring in the jolliest season of the year. 

I've discovered some fantastically unusual and eclectic venues that offer private hire, throughout the UK, which will have everyone singing their favourite carols  before they know it!

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Friday, 26 October 2018

School Ready With Bassetts Vitamins

This September my only just turned four-year-old little boy started school, just like his two big sisters. Obviously, as he has only just turned four I am a little worried about how he is going to cope with full-time school, being one of the youngest children in his year group. Before he went, we had everything set for him starting school, the uniform has been bought, he has met his new teacher and visited his new classroom and luckily he will be in a class with lots of his friends from nursery school. We really hope he gets off to a good start and enjoys school as much as his two sisters have done. 

During the past week, I have been giving Jacob and his five-year-old sister recently launched Bassetts Vitamins Omega-3 + Multivitamins orange flavour pastels. Each soft and chewy vitamin contains Vitamin B6 which helps support normal psychological function and Vitamin B5 which contributes to mental performance, helping children feel ready for the new academic year.

child Bassett vitamin pastles

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

8 Months Until I Say I Do

It is now only 8 months until I get married, last month I was feeling very stressed about the whole thing and I still am a little bit, however, things are starting to come together nicely and we have had a busy month wedding wise this month. We also sat down and worked out what we have to pay, when it needs paying etc and worked out how we can pay for everything as we have gone massively over budget so far. The only thing we need to try and save for is my dress as I have spent most of the wedding dress fund -ooops, and we need to save for the evening food and stationery as I forgot to budget for those. 

At the start of the month we went to a wedding fayre at Newcastle racecourse, unfortunately, there were not many suppliers there as it was mostly venues, photographers and transport companies which we don't need as we already have all of that arranged. We did speak to a suit company, good old Slaters and I think the other half is going there for the suits in the new year. 

chocolate torte with cream pudding
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Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mom Of Two

Welcome back to this weeks instalment of Other Bloggers Family Lives, my guest post series to find out more about the blogger behind the blog. This week I am featuring Stacy who blogs at Mom of two and lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two young children, Stacy writes about her family life. So let's find out more about the family behind Mom of Two. 

Blogger Mom Of Two and her children

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Prestige Christmas Hamper Review

I love Christmas, its the most magical time of the year and as a family we get so excited for it. I have already started my Christmas shopping, the children have sent their letters to Santa, we have some festive activities planned and we have been thinking of what festive food to buy. Last year we were lucky enough to receive a Christmas hamper from Prestige and this year we were lucky enough to be sent another one to review. 

We were sent the Traditional Gift basket, which is exactly how you would imagine a Christmas hamper to be. A dark wicker basket with leather look handles and fastening makes this hamper look luxurious and oh so traditional, when the basket looks this good you know you're in for a treat before you even open it and discover the contents inside. 

tradition Christmas wicker hamper with treats inside
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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Learning To Drive In My Thirties Before My Teen Beats Me To It

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At the grand old age of 34 years of age (very almost 35), I have decided to learn to drive, you are probably wondering why on earth I have never learnt to drive before now. It is quite rare for mums my age to not be able to drive and not being able to drive has been such a challenge these past few years. Juggling a toddler, baby and child on a bus if I wanted to go anywhere in the past was not fun, or all the times I had to miss days out as I simply couldn't get to where we wanted to go as I couldn't drive was not fun either. I have felt isolated and a bit left out not being able to drive, always having to rely on lifts or catch multiple buses or costly taxis to get to where I want to go.


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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Actual Ar

Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Actual Ar which is a North East based lifestyle blog. Featuring lifestyle post, writing tips, and creative writing stories and poems. So let's find out more about the family behind Actual Ar. 

Actual Ar blog logo

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Monday, 15 October 2018

A Family Lunch At Las Iguanas

Saturdays are family days in our house, now that all three children are in full-time school and the other half no longer works weekends, we really try and make the most of our weekends together and normally venture out somewhere on a Saturday. This Saturday we headed into Newcastle as we had some birthday shopping to do for my eldest birthday next week. We were also kindly invited along to Las Iguanas on Grey Street in Newcastle (just down from the Theatre Royal) to try out the new menu. 

main meal of chicken and chips at las igaunas newcastle
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Friday, 12 October 2018

Operation Escape Room - Review

Escape rooms are really popular at the moment and always remind me of the classic 90s game show The Crystal Maze - which I loved as a child and always wanted to take part in when I was younger. Well now children can have a taste of this with new game Spy Code - Operation: Escape Room . A nerve-racking and very fun game where you have to beat the clock and free your teammate by completing challenges before the time is up. 

Operation Escape Room is a game where one player is strapped into a timer strap, that they can't escape from, the other players have to complete three challenges to find the keys before the timer runs out so they can free their teammate.  

contents of operation escape room game
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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Craft With Cartwright

Welcome back to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, my guest post series where I find out more about other bloggers. This week I am joined by Ruth who blogs at Craft with Cartwright a lifestyle blog featuring lots of crafts and recipes. Ruth lives with her husband and two sons in the West Midlands. 

So let's find out more about the family behind Craft with Cartwright. 

Craft with Cartwright blog logo
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Tuesday, 9 October 2018

National Citizen Service For 16-17 Year Old's This Autumn

My eldest daughter is turning sixteen in two weeks time, she is in her final year of secondary school (year 11) and will be taking her GCSE exams in the summer. After school she is still not entirely sure what she wants to do, she wants to head off to college to continue her education but every week she changes her mind on which subject she wants to take. One minute she wants to do A Levels in Art and History, the next she wants to do a digital marketing course and last week she wanted to be a physiotherapist. She honestly has no idea what she wants to do and I often worry she feels a bit overwhelmed and lost by it all. 

This is where National Citizen Service comes in, you may remember I wrote about NCS back in the spring, if you missed it you can read it here. NCS is a government back programme for 16-17 years olds to take part in that helps prepare teens for life after school, with team building exercises, a residential trip that will help teach life skills and a community action based project to help the teens of today become better citizens.

NCS outdoor activity
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Monday, 8 October 2018

10 Reasons To Visit Pirates Village Hotel In Majorca

Pirates Village is a family-friendly hotel based in Santa Ponsa, Majorca. If you are a regular reader you will know this is where we went on our family holiday back in May (which we paid for ourselves) and I have previously written a review of the hotel and a post all about the all-inclusive food and drink at the hotel as well as a more general holiday post and a bit about Santa Ponsa. We had such a wonderful holiday at Pirates Village and I would 100% recommend it to anyone with children aged 3-10 as it is ideal for children in this age group. 

pirates village pirate attack

So I thought that I would sum up ten reasons why we really liked Pirates Village and why you should visit for your family holiday. 
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Friday, 5 October 2018

10 Reasons Majorca Is The Perfect Family Holiday Destination

Majorca is one of my favourite holiday destinations, I have visited the island twice now and I am sure we will revisit again one day soon as it is the ideal destination for a family holiday. When we were deciding where to go for our first family holiday as a family of five we picked Majorca for a few different reasons and I was so glad we did, it was ideal for the little two's first holiday abroad. Majorca is not the cheapest family holiday destination but for us, it was worth every penny. So here are some of the reasons why I think Majorca is the perfect family holiday destination.

The beach at Santa Ponsa in Majorca

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big Review

Disney on Ice is back in town with this years show Dream Big and we headed along to Metro Radio Arena to see the show for ourselves on opening night (on Tuesday). We are huge Disney on Ice fans in our house, I must have seen at least ten shows over the years as I used to take my eldest when she was younger and for the past four years, we have taken Sophia (aged 5). No matter how many times we have seen Disney on Ice we always enjoy the show and find it rather magical, this year was no exception - in fact, I think I would go as far as to say it was probably my favourite show to date! 

The show started at 6.30pm and Tinkerbell burst onto the stage closely followed by Mickey, Minnie and the gang to get the packed audience up on their feet and dancing for the warm-up. Sophia and her friend were mesmerised from the start as they looked on in wonder with pure joy written all over their little faces. 

Ariel on ice with sisters
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Life Of Spicers

Welcome back to my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives, I ran this series for two years before taking a bit of a break over the summer as I took a bit of a break from blogging to spend time with my son before he started school. I decided to bring this series back as it was always popular and I love finding out more about the bloggers behind the blogs I read. 

This week I am featuring Angela who blogs at The Life Of Spicers which is a family lifestyle and travel blog. It features family adventures with her husband and daughter and lots of Disney related posts. 

So let's find out a bit more about the family behind The Life Of Spicers. 

Blogger The Life Of Spicers family at Disney World Florida

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Things I Loved September 2018

September seems to have flown by so quickly, it really doesn't seem like the children have been back at school for a month already. September was a month of big change for us, as all three children are now in full-time school. It is taking some getting used but we are starting to find a new routine, although I am still finding it so strange not having any children at home during the day and having the house to myself. 

As the children were returning to school and we were adjusting to new routines we have not done a lot in September. The children are tired after school and have been preferring weekends at home in the warmth then days out on the weekends. This month seems so boring compared to last month, but here is a look at some of the things I loved in September. 

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