Friday 26 April 2019

Creating A Candy Buffet For Our Wedding With Swizzels


In just two months time I will be getting married and I am really looking forward to spending time with all of my friends and family and I really want to create a nice day not only for us but also for our guests too. We have picked food that hopefully everyone will like, we have a DJ and entertainment booked to entertain our guests, we have an amazing photographer to capture the big day and we have a brilliant wedding coordinator who I trust will make our big day run smoothly. So now I am busy planning lots of little finishing touches that our guests will enjoy. 

candy buffet table for a wedding, sweets in glass jars with pink ribbon

One thing that I knew I wanted as soon as we started planning a wedding was a candy buffet, so the children (and adults) could enjoy some yummy treats as they danced the night away. Candy buffets are so popular at weddings these days that I think it is kind of expected of us to have a one, originally we were going to have a sweet cart but they can be rather pricey and I have already blown our wedding budget - oops! So I decided to create a sweet table instead as they are much more affordable. 


Tuesday 16 April 2019

Hape Teepee Review

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My children adore making little dens under the dining room table to play and hide from the grown-ups. In the past, we have bought them play tents but we have always found them to be really flimsy and a bit of a nightmare to put up and pack away again - especially pop-up-ones. So when Hape recently got in touch and asked if we would like to review one of their teepees I knew the children would have lots of fun and really enjoying testing it out. 

red white and yellow hape canvas child teepee in garden

I had seen photos of the teepee online and it looked really sturdy and the perfect size for my 4 and 5-year-olds to play in together. When it arrived in a rather small storage bag I initially thought there must be some kind of mistake as it looked a lot smaller then I imagined and I was dreading putting the teepee up as I thought it would be in lots of little pieces. However, I was proved wrong on both counts as it was super quick and easy to set the teepee up and it was a lot bigger then it looked in the bag. 

Monday 15 April 2019

Spirit Riding Free Toy Collection Review

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My 5-year-old daughter Sophia is horse crazy (just like I used to be), she dreams of owning her own pony someday and loves to play with toy horse and ponies and have riding lessons. So she often watches Spirit Riding Free on Netflix, a TV show about a young girl called Lucky and her horse Spirit. So when I found out that there was a range of Spirit Riding Free toys by Flair I knew these would be a big hit with fans of the show. We were sent some of the toys to review, so read on to see what we thought. 

toy horses and stable and doll


Sunday 14 April 2019

Jump 360 Trampoline Park In Newcastle Review

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On Friday afternoon we headed to Jump 360 Trampoline Park, Newcastle - which is actually located in Benton. Jump 360 is in Bellway industrial estate which is near the big Asda supermarket and Round the Twist soft play, Jump 360 is clearly signposted and is situated near the back of the industrial estate. There was plenty of free on-site parking and a bus stop just a few minutes walk away (although I don't know which buses go pass - sorry). 

My teenage daughter has been wanting to visit Jump 360, she is a huge fan of trampoline parks (after spending many years having trampoline lessons when she was younger) and has visited sister venue Inflatspace which is just along the road in Walkergate. So when we were asked to come along to review Jump 360 I took my teen and her friend (both aged 16) and my younger daughter aged 5.  

Jump 360 Newcastle sign

Thursday 11 April 2019

A Family Meal At Toby Carvery Kenton Review

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I love a good roast dinner and being typically northern we have a Sunday roast every single week as you can't beat fluffy roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of thick gravy. However sometimes when we are busy we just don't have time to cook a roast so we often find ourselves heading to Toby Carvery as it is somewhere that all five of us enjoy, even our very fussy eater of a five-year-old! Plus we always find it really good value when eating out as a family of five. 

Last Saturday we went shopping at Kingston Park and we decided to head to Toby Carvery whilst we were there. We normally head to the more newer Toby Carvery Shiremoor as this is closer to where we live, however before it opened we were regulars at the Kenton branch as I used to crave them when pregnant with Sophia, so I was keen to see if things were as good as I remember. 

We arrived around 2.30pm on a Saturday afternoon and it was fairly busy, however, we were greeted straight away at the entrance and showing to a table in the dining area. I noticed that the restaurant had a bit of an update since I last visited about five years ago and everything looked more modern yet still welcoming. The dining area and bar area were very clean and there were lots of staff dotted around serving customers, first impressions were good. 

Wednesday 10 April 2019

PJ Masks Super Moon Toys & Easy Crafty Background

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My 4 and 5-year-olds are huge fans of Disney Junior and one show they have been watching since it hit the screen is PJ Masks, for the past couple of years they have loved following the adventures of Owlett, Geko and Cat Boy. So when we were sent a box full of the new PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure toys - include baddie Luna girl my children were super excited to start playing and recreating scenes from the show. We were also sent some crafty bits to help create our own Super Moon background so the children could enjoy some Super Moon adventures of their own with the new toys. 

PJ Mask Super Moon playset

I am not the most crafty of people but my girls adore getting creative, my 5-year-old Sophia is always cutting, colouring and 'doing art' and my teen is busy studying for her GCSE art exams at the moment. So I left creating the Super Moon background up to them and they managed without any adult help. 

Tuesday 2 April 2019

Things I Loved March 2019

March has been and gone and I have to say it was a bit of a strange month for us, it had a few good things, lots of illness and plenty of wedding planning. March started off well for us and we have had a few meals out, a few days out, we ticked a few things off our huge wedding to-do list and the little two have had a nice month with no illness. However both myself, my teen and other half have been unwell with my teen and other half both ending up in hospital. The other half ended up in hospital at the start of the month with kidney stones, then I fell ill with flu which wiped me out for almost two weeks and then my teen ended up in the hospital with her asthma . I feel like I am so behind on everything and like I have hardly blogged due to all the illness we have had. 

Anyway, March was not all bad and was busier than February so here are some of the things that I have loved this month. 


Monday 1 April 2019

3 Months Until I Say I Do

It is now just 3 little months until I get married and we are full steam ahead with wedding planning, I can't believe how much there is to organise and think about for just one day! The closer the big day gets the more anxious I am becoming, I feel really overwhelmed as I feel like we still have so much to do and think about. Last month we were actually pretty productive and got a lot of things sorted and ticked off our pretty big wedding to-do list, I am hoping this month is as productive. 

What We Have Done This Month

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