Trunki Toddlepak Backpack | Review & Giveaway

Toddlepak Backpack review

Summer; the time for lots of family trips with the kids, and making sure your bag is well stocked to keep everyone going throughout the day. Of course, the boys always want to take their own bags for their drinks and any toys that may just fancy a trip too…

Also, the time for getting ready to go back to school. Uniforms, shoes, and of course a backpack for their bits & bobs. Come September, Noah will be going to preschool for fifteen hours; including a full day on a Friday so he’ll need to be well stocked then with a change of clothes or two (got to love toilet training!), and a packed lunch.

Fortunately we are already sorted for both of the above with Noah, as the lovely people at Trunki sent him one of their brand new Toddlepak Backpacks to try out!

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Five tips to quit smoking

Five tips to quit smoking

Personally, I’ve never been a smoker, but I know many people who have been, or are still are. I would say around a third have quit smoking, or at least tried, at one point or another. The Husband is an ex-smoker – he’s been off the cigarettes for almost seven years now, I think!

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to quit, and his was a no brainer really – if we wanted a referral for fertility treatment, they had to go. We walked out of the doctors, and his pack of cigarettes went straight in the bin. I won’t say it was straightforward from there, because it wasn’t, and he did have a few blips. So not from my personal experience, but I do know how hard it can be to quit.

Here are five tips to help with giving up the cigarettes:

  1. have a strong support network
    – make sure there are always people around you who know what you are doing, in order to remind you why you are doing it. Leading on to…
  2. think of your end goal
    – what are you quitting smoking for? The same reasons as The Husband, mentioned above? To live a longer life for your children? Never lose sight of your end goal.
  3. chewing gum
    – replace the cigarettes with something else; something else not addictive, of course! The Husband replaced his with chewing gum, or mints.
  4. electronic cigarette from Simply E Liquid
     many people I know have replaced their tobacco cigarettes with e-cigs. You can get all sorts of flavours!
  5. fidget spinner
    – if it’s the issue that you need something to do with your hands, then how about a fidget spinner? You can bag yourself one by clicking on the image below!

fidget spinner giveaway

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The Book Of Everyone | Review & Giveaway

The Book Of Everyone review

My husband is such a difficult person to buy presents for. He never really asks for anything (except a new car, but I can’t afford that) so I kind of have to guess what he would like and he usually ends up with lots of little bits. He doesn’t really read (so not like me) so I don’t buy him books, but The Book Of Everyone is a different kind of book. I think he will really like this one, and maybe you know, actually read it…

We created The Book of Everyone as a gigantic heart-thumping, grin-inducing, lip-wobbling celebration of the individual. Your mum, your son, your lifelong friend, your local baker and smile-maker. Because everyone needs to feel loved and unique. And knowing that you share 50% of your DNA with a banana or a billion atoms with Shakespeare is really very important.

Founded by creative directors Jonny Biggins, Jason Bramley, and Steve Hanson, the idea was sparked when Steve purchased all the newspapers on the birth of his son Saul as a keepsake for his 21st birthday (please don’t tell him, he still doesn’t know). They set to work on creating a personalisation platform that could instantly create a book tailored to anyone, stuffed full with curious facts and curveball miscellany, all set against a backdrop of world events.

It’s a daily labour of love that involves all our favourite artists, designers and photographers. Today, we are a multicultural team of writers, designers, technologists, marketers, and lifelong dreamers with hearts set on spreading a big fat dollop of wonderful across the world. With over 100,000 books in 175 countries so far, we’ve made a start. Just around 7 billion to go.
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Joosed! Junior | Review & giveaway (CLOSED)

Joosed Junior review

My boys love the occasional ‘special juice’ which sometimes contain a lot of added sugar, so they don’t have them all of the time. Just as a treat every so often, which I don’t mind. But when Bensons The Juicers got in touch with me to see if the boys would like to review some of their Joosed! Junior juices, I had a read up on them and thought they sounded healthier than others. Pure fruit juice, mixed with spring water. That’s it.

Our fruit is shaken from the trees, not stirred in a factory. Den-making and tree climbing is tiring! If you need to catch your breath after catching the baddies, this is the best sidekick for your adventure. Sweet and zippy to the core and mixed in British spring water: drink this goodie and play longer. 

  • Made from pure Spring Water and real fruit juices.
  • Full of fruity goodness and NO ADDED SUGAR, and therefore better for you.
  • Joosed! uses only the finest natural ingredients, selected because they taste so good.
  • Joosed! drinks are 100% free from preservatives or artificial flavourings.
  • One of your 5 a day.

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£30 Party Supplies voucher | Giveaway (CLOSED)

Giveaway £30 voucher Party Bags & Supplies

I absolutely love planning parties; I think my favourite one so far has to be the joint one I planned for the boys earlier in the year, with a dinosaur theme. Don’t get me wrong, it would be so much easier and less stressful to host a party somewhere, where everything is provided and taken care of for you. But I love the satisfaction of knowing I planned something from the off, and I just love getting creative.

I do like products that make planning a bit easier though and last year for Jacob’s 3rd birthday I reviewed some minion partyware and pre filled party bags from Party Bags & Supplies. They went down well with both J and the party-goers and I thought they were really good value for money.  Read more

Weaning faces and an Organix giveaway #realfoodface (CLOSED)

Weaning faces Organix giveaway

With my boys being two and four years old now, we are way past the weaning stage but I still remember those first weaning faces like they were yesterday! When we first started weaning Jacob, we started on purees but gradually moved to baby led weaning and we used many Organix products. I will admit, if I gave J a new food and he pulled a face and/or spat it out, I probably wouldn’t try him with it again and I think it turned him into a fussy eater!

A weaning survey carried out by Organix showed that over half of mums were put off encouraging their baby to try a new food after the first time because of faces they pulled. As a new mum I did feel quite discouraged when J wouldn’t try new foods introduced to him and it did become quite stressful as I thought he was never going to eat anything I gave him! The one food that was quite popular with J to begin with though was banana; I think possibly because it was soft, and he could mush it about in his hands which is always fun for a baby! Read more

Book Giveaway: The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep (CLOSED)

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you will know that we have had major problems with Jacob’s bed time routine in the past and though it has improved, we still have a great deal of trouble sometimes and he delays it as much as possible. This is now rubbing off on Noah and I have a feeling we will be going through the exact same ordeal at some point!

They do have a staggered bed time; Noah goes half an hour earlier than Jacob – one of the reasons for this was so that Jacob had some alone time with us, but it is really exhausting as by the time they are both asleep, I’m about ready for bed myself. I often wish I could just wave a wand or press a button and boom, they would be out like a light! I can only wish though, right? Shame.

I have read quite a bit recently about The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, and quite a few of my friends have used it with their children’s bedtime routine. We are going to be road testing it on the boys soon and as they love a book at bed time, I’m hoping this may have some kind of effect – though I fear I may fall asleep too whilst reading it!

If you are interested in trying out the book on your child then I am able to offer you the chance to win a copy for yourself. All you need to do is enter on the Rafflecopter, and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Open to UK residents 18 & over.
Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on 14/1/2016.
The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter/ when the giveaway has ended.
The winner has 28 days to respond to the email notifying them they have won, or a new winner will be drawn.

There is also a casting call for parents who may like the chance to road test the book and appear in a film; you can find the details below.

Do you have problems with your child sleeping? Ladybird Books are looking for parents who would like to road test their book, ‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’. The book has already had a huge impact for thousands of parents all over the world who find it difficult to get their children to sleep on a night. The book is written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, a behavioural scientist with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a teacher of communications at a Swedish university, he uses a unique and distinct language pattern that will help your child relax and fall asleep-at bedtime or naptime.

We’re making a short film following the experiences of parents using ‘The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep’ to help their 4-7 year olds get to sleep and reclaim bedtime!

If you have a child aged 4-7 who finds it difficult to fall asleep at night, would like to give The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep a try and feature in our film, then we’d love to talk with you! Send Ria Holland a quick email at, and we’ll be right back in touch. We are particularly looking for families living in the UK who originate from the US.

Giveaway – 1 of 20 Olive it! recipe books (CLOSED)

I haven’t always been a fan of olives. I still can’t eat them on their own, but I don’t mind if they are served with something else. I don’t eat them often either but after being introduced to the Olive It! recipe book then they might be a more regular inclusion in my food choices.

There are some really delicious looking recipes inside that I would have never thought to try before, for example the red-hot tapenade manchego whirls (I was sold on cheese), olive and tuna pate, and olives with mango, melon and pomegranate (yummy). Olives on their own are super healthy but paired with the ingredients in this book they are really super food recipes.

There are not just recipes within this book. It also includes information on the history of olives, olives in the modern day, and nutritional & health information about olives. If you or someone you know is an olive fan then I am pleased to be able to offer you the chance to win 1 of 20 Olive It! recipe books! All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!

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Open to UK residents 18 & over.
Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on 04/1/2016.
The winners will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter/ when the giveaway has ended.
The winners email addresses will be sent to the PR who will be contacting you and sending out your prize.

Giveaway – Twistshake baby bottle (CLOSED)

Now Noah has stopped having a bottle at bed time, we have given up bottles completely and the last one has recently been thrown away – it feels like the end of an era! We always used basic baby bottles with both boys but I wish the Twistshake brand had been around when we were bottle feeding as it would have made it a much more fun experience! I love the colours which are great for older babies and sensory processing.

The great features of Twistshake baby bottles include

  • BPA-free polypropelene plastic
  • anti-colic nipple
  • super-mixer that resolves any lumps in the formula
  • powder box to store formula, fruit, crackers, etc.
  • easy to clean and easy gripping
  • bright colours meaning with more than one bottle you can create your own combinations!

I’m happy to be able to offer you the chance to win your very own Twistshake baby bottle! All you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & conditions
Open to UK residents 18 & over.
Entries must be received by 11.59 pm on 18/12/2015.
The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter/ when the giveaway has ended and will be sent an email informing them they have won.
The winner has 28 days to respond to the email or a new winner will be drawn.
The prize will be sent directly from the PR.