Friday, 25 July 2014

Happy Sunny Days

Being from the beautiful lands of Northern Ireland, we're not exactly partial to much sunshine. Certainly not to the degree we've been blessed with lately. The weather has been glorious! So after getting a short heads up on our impending good weather, we popped out to buy a new paddling pool for the children. The Argos Sale was a blessing and I pick up this beauty!

I knew Ellie & Jacob would love it, but I wasn't sure how Annabelle would be with the pool as she isn't exactly a fan of the swimmers, mainly because she cannot be left to just toddle about on her own. But in this one she could & she knew it. Once she was up from her nap and had a little splash around with her hands, she climbed in before I got her nappy off her! 
The water was freezing but the children really didn't care! Kids are funny like that aren't they, they never feel the cold like us oldies do! 
The kids never budged from the pool the entire afternoon! We brought out random kitchen bits to add to the fun and before I knew it the kids where making waterfalls with colanders and Annabelle enjoying some pouring cups.
I'll give something for this toddler, she knows how to kick-back and relax! I adore the above photo as she is in full chill-out mode. Those arms splayed out, the feet floating in the cool water as the heat of the sun warms her back. Love it. 
And then excitement kicked in....and her little chunky monkey legs followed! Hahaha!

I think my blog is going to be filled with glorious summery photos over the next few days! After all they say a photo speaks a thousand words, so I figured I'd let my little snaps of happiness take over for a few days instead of me waffling on! ;) x


Thursday, 24 July 2014

A Scooter Giveaway with Skate Hut!

When I was younger I remember wishing {from Santa} for a Scooter reeeaaaallly hard, and do you know what? I GOT ONE! Now, back then the scooters where a little different and so not the stunt wheeling, trick masters they are today! But through the years children have loved them and I think over this last year or so, that love has EXPLODED into such a craze, as now all I ever see are children on scooters! Including two of my own!
Now these are just wee cheap ones I'll admit, as I could never afford the costs of buying both scooter loving kids a fancy one each! Soooo I have teamed up with the fabulous Skate Hut to offer YOU a chance to win a Slaam Rage Classic III Scooter in either blue or green! RRP £67.95
These Slaam Rage Classic III Scooter is must have for all of those little stunt riders out there. This is an upgraded version of the Rage Classic II and has everything from hardened nylon core wheels, rubber BMX style handlebar grips, a quick stop rear brake and more!

So if you'd like to win this fabulous scooter and be the BEST parent in the world then just fill out the widget below!

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K is for...

...Kicking Back!
Yesterday we enjoyed one of the hottest days of the year and our came out brand spanking new swimming pool. Courtesy of the fabulous BIG Argos Sale. I knew the older sprouts would love it, they always do love a good splash around, but I wasn't sure how Annabelle would be. 

Turns out I had no worries! As soon as I lead her outside after she got up from her nap, she was straight over to it. I was barely able to get her dress of {fluffy still on} before she just climbed right in! After a while and with a struggle of tantrum "I WANT BACK IN THE POOL!" behavior, I got her into her swimsuit and the rest of the afternoon, that child was one with the water. 

She loved every single moment of it! From the ability to get in and out on her own, to splashing around, enjoying the entertainment of her older siblings and just generally being outside. This girl adores the outdoors and I hope that never changes, as this girl knows how to kick-back and enjoy life, if this photo is anything to go by! 


Summer school with Parragon Books!

When my children break off for school for almost 9 weeks, I can get a little worried about them diving into their new term after such a gap. So I do like to keep knowledge fresh in their minds so when they do go into their new terms, they don't feel so under pressure. Which is why I do summer school with both of my Primary school children. I think my teens would actually laugh at me if I tried this with them! But with the little ones, they actually enjoy it.


When I was at Britmums, I hung out at the fabulously busy Parragon Books section, they had cupcakes, staff with smiley faces so how could anyone resist. Chatting to the girls was wonderful, as being a Parragon Book buddy myself it was great to be face to face with people from the brand themselves. After a chat the girls where super kind and gave me two Gold stars for Summer books for my children and I'll be honest, I couldn't wait to get home to start them with the kids. 


I love these books, they are interesting, therefore engaging my kids and I love that they have wee test books too. 
Each day the kids will have around 20 mins {For Jacob} and 30 mins for Ellie of summer school each afternoon and so far they are really enjoying it. Ellie even enjoys doing the test paper too!
I am excited for the other subjects to be released as we've only 5wks or so left before the kids go back to school and I'd love to cover more subjects with them before their new term starts!! 

Have you been doing Summer school with your little ones? 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Mad Mid Week Blog Hop!

Welcome to this weeks #MadMidWeekBlogHop

If this is your first time popping by, then welcome! It's great to have you! And if you're a regular then it's fabulous to see you again!! 

Well the sunshine has been coming out to play a little this last week! Not as much as you guys have been getting on the mainland, but judging by last nights sunshine I am hoping that's all about to change! I've even went out and bought a new paddling pool for the sprouts for the occasion! Who cares if it's only for a week or two {if we're lucky!} but the kids will LOVE it and that's the main thing!! Now all I need is a wee Parasol perhaps or a wee gazebo for shade and we're all set for a week or two {as I said, if we're lucky!} of sunshine loveliness!! 

Have you been enjoying the sunshine where you are?

Just a few things...your posts can be old or new, no giveaways please, no other linkys and please link up with a post & not a direct URL to your blog as those will be deleted

If you do link up please do pop over to your host, Super Busy Mum, leave me a wee comment to let me know you've linked up. During the week I will comment on each of your posts, along with giving you a wee shout out on Twitter and now sharing on my Google+ also. 

Please make it round to as many other beautiful bloggers as you can. Doesn't have to be everyone! But sharing a little love is better than sharing none! xx

Sharing the blogging love is what these linkys are all about!

Now lets get hoppin'!

Please feel free to grab the badge to have on the bottom of your post!

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A BoBo Buddy Review.

Any product that provides style and comfort to my toddler is an automatic winner in my eyes. So when I was asked to get little Miss Annabelle to help review a BoBo Buddy blanket backpack, I knew she'd love it!

But first...I have to share this lovely personal touch to the Bobo packaging from the creator.
Now...Meet Roary!
How cute is he! Roary is so soft to touch and I knew once I took him out I'd be pressed to get him back from a cuddle loving Annabelle to do this review. 
Roary is a fabulous size, not too small and not to big. In fact, he's perfect! I was keen to get him on the back of Annabelle. Now the straps I found a little loose when I put him on, so to solve that I just crossed the straps over, clicked them together and voila! One Bobo Blanket Backpack was on. 
It looked SUPER gorgeous on her and the softness of every inch of the backpack is so reassuring that I knew she was comfortable as she wore Roary. 

A BoBo Blanket Buddy Backpack is suitable for children aged 10mths+ and they make the best travelling companion for your child. They have the cuddly factor of the teddy style backpack and the added comfort and warmth provided by the gorgeous fluffy blanket inside. Both machine washable too! Roary is one of six gorgeous Backpack buddies!
Bunch of cuties right? It's not only Annabelle that loves Roary, but her older siblings love him too! So he is much loved in our home and is taken everywhere with us lately too.

The BoBo Blanket Backpack will cost £24.99 and after testing Roary out for the last week or so, we think he's worth every penny. He and any of his BoBo buddies would make a great gift!

You can find BoBo Blanket Buddies over on their Website, Facebook & Twitter.

Vileda Review & Giveaway!

When you're a Mum and have an army of little humans trudging in muddy footprints, smearing glass doors with grubby little fingers and if yours are anything like mine, finding it hilarious to blow raspberries on the front door too! So the cleaning literally never ends. Vileda has been a while known and respected brand for such a long time, goodness, I think I remember the brand name from when I was the grubby child and my own Mother was Captain of the cleaning helm. 

Now, me being that Captain hat wearing Mama Bear, and being responsible for the household cleanliness! I was super pleased when the Vileda team were kind enough to send me out a selection of products to use in our home.
I had never actually had the chance to use any of these Vileda products previously, except the Active wave non-scratch scourer pads - which I love! So once this arrived it was a good job I was in the midst of a good old fashioned cleaning spree.
The first thing I used was the Microfibre dust cloth, because, well....our poor TV is the victim of toddler fingerprints and splash back from thrown juice cups! I had used microfibre clothes before but none came close to the shiny results of this dust cloth!
The rest of the products have been wonderful to use also! From those super absorbant dish clothes, to the 2-in-1 kitchen cloth. Everything is a pleasure to have in my household! 
Now, to celebrate the launch of their new campaign, ‘Floor Miles’, I’ve teamed up with Vileda, the UK’s leading household cleaning brand. Vileda is offering one lucky reader the chance to win £25 worth of cleaning goodies to get their homes ship shape this summer. 

Perfect for busy homes, Vileda products are designed to last miles longer and make your cleaning miles easier! For more competitions and to find out how to collect Vileda ‘Floor Miles’ and be in with a chance of winning a family eco-holiday, head to the Vileda UK Facebook page.

Here's what you could win...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Going Potty over Potty's!

In Jan next year, Miss Belle will be turning two {OMG!} and when her bigger Sister celebrated her second birthday I bought her a potty. So I figured I'd do the same with her. I know, I know...you're thinking January is aaaaages away, but let me tell you - it's not! 

My eldest daughter took to her potty like a duck to water. Within one week she was waving good-bye to her day nappies. In one week. I was so proud & amazed, that I am hoping Annabelle will follow in her Sisters potty milestone steps. She may or may not take to the potty like her older Sister, but I think it's a good age to introduce her to the concept of using a 'big girls toilet'. 

Potty's have changed so much since my first child. Nowadays you can get really cool character ones of your child's cartoon favorites, such as: Minnie & Mickey Mouse, Disney Cars/Princesses...gosh I've even seen ones with a pretend flush and a toilet roll holder! 
I will be getting a selection of potties to place throughout our home, because you never know where in the house you're going to be when a little one needs a 'pee-pee'. I know I want a Lumipotti for her bedroom, purely for the fabulous night light feature on the potty. Then for downstairs I would love something fabulous and inviting for her to potty train on. I do love the throne style potty, but I think I'll get Annabelle to help in picking her favorite one. As it is her that's going to be using it after all!

Now my next job is looking into training pants and waterproof bed sheets, also reward charts and more. Gosh I know potty training is another good half a year off yet for Miss Belle, but man I'm excited about it! 

Is your little one potty training atm? How are they finding it? 

Want to join us on our bug safari?

Spiders, slugs, ants galore can all be found in everyone's gardens, so on one summers afternoon, after I'd been sent out this fun Bug Safari Kit from Interplay UK to review, we went-a-hunting!
The contents of the box are:- Bug Collecting tongs, Magnifying pot, Field lens, Tweezers, Paint brush and a bug hunting guide!
We weren't too sure what we'd find in our garden, but we were hoping we'd find something different and exciting! But down the children got onto their hands and knees and got to looking for some creepy crawlies. 
Surprisingly there wasn't many bugs wandering about our garden that afternoon, according to Jacob they must have all been attending a Bug ball down underneath the ground. But eventually Ellie spotted a little flutter out of the corner of her eye. Once it landed on our garden hedge, she gently captured it in the bug collecting tongs and lowered him into the magnifying pot so they could both have a good look at him. 
We really enjoy this kit and it is something that the kids use regularly to go on a bug hunt! They've caught loads of creepy crawlies since catching their first, and they really enjoy giving them a good over with the field lens and the magnifying viewing jar. Great wee product and the kids give it a big thumbs up!

Interplay UK can be found on their Website, Facebook & Twitter
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for the purpose of my review. All thoughts, photos and opinions are my own. 

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