Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Mothers Day crafts from Baker Ross

Mothers Day is rapidly approaching (March 6th this year) an part of our recent Baker Ross parcel was made up of some fab Mothers Day crafts to get stuck into.
Mothers day crafts from baker ross

First up are these cute make a face cards. Simple enough for even the tiniest of tots, they simply need colouring in and faces adding to them. For £1.80 for a pack of 6 cards these are ideal for playgroups. We also added flower and teardrop stick on gems as decoration. Even Phil got in on the colouring action.
Mothers day crafts from baker ross

Mothers day crafts from baker ross

We then made these gorgeous 3D tissue paper flowers, these come with clear instructions. Sebastian and I made these together and i love how these turned out, they look so pretty displayed in my kitchen. Any mum or grandma would be sure to love them too.
Mothers day crafts from baker ross

Our final Mothers Day craft was these Bird Ceramic Flowerpots. They come cream and plain ready to paint, we used some acrylic paints to decorate the birds and they dried really nicely and shiny.  I think these would be gorgeous with herbs planted in them and displayed on the kitchen windowsill. They come in a pack of 4 for £4.99.

Mothers day crafts from baker rossYou can purchase these and many other fab Mothers Day crafts from the Baker Ross website.

**I received these crafts for the purpose of this post,  all opinions are my own**

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

33 weeks pregnant

It seems like I wrote my 32 week post yesterday. I honestly thought that this pregnancy would drag especially now I am in the last trimester but it is simply flying past I am actually behind writing this post. Perhaps it is because I have had a pretty easy time of it and haven't really felt overly pregnant until more recently.
33 weeks pregnant

At 33 weeks baby weighs about the same as a pineapple, I did have plans to buy one this week for a fancy picture but it didn't happen. I saw the midwife on Friday,  all is fine and measuring as it should and the best news is that he has turned and is now head down, woohoo, let's hope he stays that way now.
I had a feeling he had turned as on Tuesday morning I was more uncomfortable and was suddenly sick, not much but I knew something had changed in there and then on Tuesday night I had Braxton Hicks for about an hour, the first time i've had them this pregnancy. My bump is so hard and tight anyway it was weird feeling the contractions.

Although i am feeling generally ok, the tiredness is really hitting me again now, probably not helped by waking several times a night.  I have been going to bed earlier and even fell asleep on the sofa on Friday afternoon. I also seem to have lost my ability to concentrate on things for more than a few minutes either blogging, reading a book or even watching TV, it seems my brain has gone walkabout.

I have had a few comments this week about looking like I am due any moment, now I am so far along I don't mind people's comments, my bump is pretty round and proud and enters a room well before me and I have taken on the pregnant lady walk and I have that curve in my back as you can see in my bump photo.

I am still enjoying the pregnancy and really only have a couple of important bits left to get(nursing bras and a sling). My new changing bag came this week (I love it) and this cute crown also arrived, I couldn't resist these tiny socks either.
33 weeks pregnant,  baby crown,

Our crib should arrive this week, I think we are going to put it up to check it is ok and then put it down again until baby is born. I remember putting things up so early with the boys but this time I am happy to leave it until we actually need to do it. I am definitely going to get my hospitals bags packed though, the Braxton Hicks reminded me that I actually will be going into labour at some point!

Monday, 8 February 2016

Storytime Magazine

My children like many, love to look at magazines and as a parent I believe in providing a variety of reading materials, however quality magazines for children can be hard to find.

Storytime Magazine is a children's magazine with a difference, it is the UK's only story magazine for kids and it is advert free, hurrah!
Story time magazine

We were sent a couple of copies to take a look at for ourselves and we were impressed straight away. The first thing I noticed is that the magazine is printed on high quality paper meaning it can be kept and read again and again, this is a huge plus point for me, I hate spending several pounds on a throwaway item so the fact that this will last is fantastic.
Storytime magazine

Storytime magazine

Inside the magazine is packed full of stories from well known favourite fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood alongside new stories all with beautiful and engaging illustrations. These stories vary in length and encourage reading for pleasure, i think the magazine format is a great way to engage children who are perhaps reluctant to sit and read a book.  Alongside the stories are poems, puzzles, games and colouring pages, there is so much to keep children occupied. The Storytime website also has a section of free printables to go alongside the magazines.
Storytime magazine

Storytime magazine

We have really enjoyed our issues of Storytime,  the magazines are engaging for both boys, Sebastian is able to practice is reading, Alexander can look at the pictures and be read too.

The magazines cover price of £3.99 is comparable with other childrens magazines out there and you can subscribe to make it cheaper.  This would be a lovely birthday or Christmas gift for a child.
Storytime are also kindly offering upto 35% discount for Home Educators, to take advantage either click on the direct link or enter the code HOMEED at the checkout.
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**We received two copies of Storytime for the purpose of this post but all opinions are my own**

Mr Big Tops Valentines Box Review and Discount Code

It is Valentines Day on Sunday and if you are still looking for that perfect something for your true love or even a treat for a single friend why not send them a sweet treat in the post?

Mr Big Tops Valentines Box is the perfect gift to make someone smile this Valentines day and I was lucky enough to receive one in the post to try for myself. 

If you haven't heard of Mr Big Tops before they are a rather fun company offering retro sweets by post for occasions or as a regular subscription box. They have a huge variety of sweets on offer and are great either as a gift or just as a treat to yourself (you deserve it!). 

Arriving in a brightly coloured sturdy letterbox sized cardboard box with easy to open tabs to reveal the goodies inside. You can either open one at a time to draw the fun out or if you are like me, open them all at once!

The limited edition Valentines Box is bursting with goodies to share (or keep to yourself). I eagerly opened mine to see what was awaiting me inside and I was met with a host of love-ly treats. 

The box contained 

  • Love hearts mini rolls x 4
  • Heart Jazzies – 50-60g
  • HeartThrobs – 50-60g
  • Strawberry bon bons 50-60g
  • Lovehearts sherbert dip
  • Twin cherries 50-60g
  • Giant Strawberries – 50-60g
  • 1 x Assorted Chupa Chup
It adds up to around 370g of sweets and I have to say I love the variety of sweets included. Between us, Phil and I will polish all of these off. 

At £6.49 Mr Big Tops Valentines Box is a great affordable Valentines treat and whats even better is that Mr Big Tops are offering my readers a fab 50% off!, simply add the code 50%OFF to the checkout when ordering to get your amazing discount.

**I received a Mr Big Tops Valentines box for the purpose of this post but all opinions are my own**

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Meal Planning Monday 8/2

Happy Monday Meal Planners! I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend, we had a very lazy Saturday and stayed in all day, yesterday we went to see The Good Dinosaur at the cinema(I cried) and then a naughty McDonald's lunch followed by a visit to The Hepworth gallery. I am longing for warmer days so we can take picnics on our days out again.

Last week's meals went well, we ate pretty much everything though in a different order,  I didn't get around to making the Welsh Onion Cake as I ran out of time so we had cheese and onion mash with the same ingredients instead. I did make some sweet potato, squash and chilli soup, and a huge lemon cake which was lovely. I have also been eating lots of cherries.

This week is a bit of a fun one, Chinese New Year today, Shrove Tuesday tomorrow and then Valentines Day on Sunday. So lots going on to keep us busy, Tuesday we will be having savoury pancakes for lunch and then sweet ones after dinner in the evening. I am planning on some Valentines biscuits with the boys towards the end of the week too.

Monday Satay Chicken with noodles

Tuesday Pasta in a chunky tomato and pepper sauce with chorizo sausages

Wednesday Fish Finger Sandwiches (Alexs turn to choose!) with salad

Thursday Pasta Pesto and peas

Friday Takeaway for the grown ups(I'm hoping for Chinese!), the boys are eating at nanny's

Saturday Homemade turkey burgers, curly fries and some kind of veg

Sunday Roast chicken, yorkshire puds, stuffing, roast potatoes and veg

As usual I am linking up with Meal Planning Monday over on At Home With Mrs M.

If you are looking for inspiration why check out my previous meal planning posts?