Wednesday, 27 August 2014

#Win a £20 Amazon Voucher

Autumn is nearly upon us and I would like to thank all my lovely readers by running a giveaway for a £20 Amazon voucher so that you can treat yourself to something nice for Autumn.

I love Autumn, there is nothing nicer than going a walk when the leaves are changing colour and everything is golden.  This year I will have been married 10 years in September and we are hoping to have a romantic weekend away, I want to stroll through the woods (without chasing after a energetic 9 year old) and sit to take in the views. We have all seen the advert with the catchphrase "I want to be a tree", well that is what I want :).

Anyway if you would like the chance to win my competition please complete the rafflecopter form below, and good luck.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Family Holiday Planning

I love planning holidays, from choosing the right hotel and flights to sourcing what trips to take whilst we are away. I spend hours trawling the internet researching the area we would like to visit and also reading reviews on activities that are available in the area. I like to involve Grotbags from an early stage and on our recent trip to Mexico she wanted to visit Chichen Itza, which we booked and had a fabulous day, although I do wish I had researched it better, as it was a long day and journey, we were travelling on a coach for about 5 hours in total, the tour operator was brilliant with plenty of refreshments along the way.
Airport parking is a must, as we travel to the airport by car. If we have an early morning flight we often book an overnight stay at a hotel with parking included for the duration of the holiday, this allows us to be bright and fresh for our early morning flight. There are lots of great deals available online.

There is so much to take in to consideration when travelling with children, the flight to Mexico was alot longer than what we have previously taken, so we had to be well equipped with items such as colours, books, iPods and snacks to keep Grotbags happy. Plenty of fluids are essential on long flights to avoid dehydration.  The flight was about 12 hours and I am very surprised on how well behaved she was (obviously the planning I put in worked).
I find if you book your holiday earlier you can often get a better deal and free child places, which can save you money.

Now I am a little OCD about packing, if it was left to my other half things would be just thrown in.  I usually start about 2 weeks before, Grotbags will pick her outfits what she would like to take and I will pack the items I can.  I have a list of everything we need which I have added to over time and saved on the computer, I print this off before I start packing. My most important items are a small first aid kit along with antihistamines, paracetamol, ibuprofen and dioralyte (which is a great remedy for hangovers), sunscreens, insect repellent etc. This list is stuck to the lid of the suitcase and I tick things off as I place them inside. Simple but effective to use and I can see in an instant if I have forgot anything. 
It is nearly time for me to start packing for my next holiday, wish me luck :) and why not check out some more useful tips at Purple Parking.
This post is writting in assocation with Purple Parking.

Asda Baby Event

Did you know that the Asda Baby Event is now active online and instore.  The event is a great chance to pick up some bargains and stock up for the weeks ahead.
Even though I don't have a baby anymore I will be stocking up on the essential babywipes.  Happy shopping.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Silent Sunday 24th August 2014

Black and White Week 7

Last week we had a fab time at Eureka museum and I love this little attic that was stowed away above the stairs.

I would love to rummage in an old attic somewhere :).

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Friday, 22 August 2014

PetShopBowl Bank Holiday Offers

Just thought I would let my fabulous readers know of some great offers from PetShopBowl. You can treat your fur-babies for less this Bank Holiday weekend.

These great offers run from Saturday until Monday 25th August. There are also more great offers on their website. Happy shopping.

I have always received super service from PetShopBowl and highly recommend them.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Little Live Pets at Eureka Museum

On Sunday we were invited to Eureka Museum for the Little Live Pets event in celebration of their launch. Little Live Pets are the brand new toys from Character Options and they are a big winner with Grotbags. She had great fun completing the bird watching trail which ran through the museum and received a certificate for doing this. Unfortunately the face painting and other crafts were only available on the Saturday but this didn't stop us from having an amazing time.

Little Live Pet birds cost £9.99 which is quite reasonable, you can also buy butterflies and they both actually respond to your touch, Grotbag's bird actually chirps different songs and is rather cute. I think these will make great stocking fillers for Christmas.

We had a fab day out at the Eureka Museum, there is so much for children to do, everything is hands on and very informative. Grotbags favourite part of the museum was the "About Me" section, but as you can see from the photos she tried her hand at everything, even changing a wheel. We will definitely be visiting Eureka again and I'm sure Grotbags will be requesting more a Little Live Pets to add to her collection.