Friday, 31 July 2015

Creating Outdoors Indoors with #BostikBloggers

I am running late as usual with the craft box which is supplied by Tots100 and with the weather being rather dismal Grotbags wanted to create a garden for indoors.  Using an old candle tin which she decorated with cute bugs and filled with dirt and stones to hold her creations in place.  Using a variety of materials she made her fairy garden.  Flowers were created with pipecleaners and petals, the tree was made with a lollipop stick wrapped in hessian and large leaves and the fairy itself was made out of a wooden shape which she added wings too, a flower as a hat and a watering can to water the garden.


Secondly she wanted to create something for outdoors and after watching youtube for hours she set to turning an old t-shirt into a fashionable item of clothing for those hot summer days outdoors.  By cutting the sleeves out and cutting up in to the t-shirt itself from the bottom she created a ragged hemline which she then threaded beads on to.


I think the t-shirt looks amazing and it was something she really enjoyed doing.  She had so much fun creating this item of clothing which otherwise would have been in the charity box.

Our craft box was provided free of charge by Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers Club.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Transforming my Bed with Yorkshire Linen

My bedroom is at the point where it is depressing me, I hate the decor and want to really transform our bed and decoration.  I'm not really sure what possessed me to put bright pink flowers on a dark background on my walls and it is a decision I regretted almost straightaway. Our bedroom is only small and appears to make it so much smaller. This is one of the jobs on my hubbies 'To Do' list and hopefully he will be completing this over the coming weeks.  I have been lucky to team up with Yorkshire Linen to improve our sleeping area and would love to know what you think of my choices. Below is my old bedding which is looking weathered and shabby and not at all enticing after a hard day at work.


This is a moodboard of bedding that I would like to go with my neutral decor once it is completed.


I adore this Stag bedding and priced at £19.99 for the kingsize its definitely a bargain, this would transform my bedroom in to a proper countryside haven and a welcome place to enjoy a good nights sleep. Yorkshire Linen have lots of lovely duvet covers to choose from here.

You just need to have an extra cushion on your bed for aesthetic purposes and the Red Stag cushion priced at £5.99 would look wonderful, especially given the stags and tartan on the duvet cover.  There are so many cushions I was spoilt for choice.

Egyptian Cotton Sheets are a must and although more expensive than manmade fabrics I just love the luxurious feel against my skin.  With so many Sheets and Pillowcases to choose from I finally settle on the biscuit colour of the Belledorm Egyptian Cotton kingsize fitted sheet would look great under the Stag duvet cover and costs £29.99.

Finally I picked a natural Knitted Throw from the Bedspreads and Throws as I wanted something warm and cosy for those nights when it starts to get chilly and I just adore the chunky texture of the one I have chosen, priced at £16.99 I think it is quite a bargain.

So what do you think of my choices?  I would love to know.

Competition Entry for Yorkshire Linen.

Being Creative with Jilly Beads Review & Competition


I was recently asked if I would like to receive a jewellery making set from Jilly Beads  to review and was sent the Summer Squiggle Bracelet kit which costs £4.00.  The kit arrived well packaged and contained all the items that were needed to complete the bracelet.


  • 14 S shape spacers
  • 14 pink opal beads
  • 14 peridot beads
  • 14 jonquil beads
  • stretch magic cord
  • clear instructions
I was really surprised how easy it was to make this gorgeous bracelet with the instructions provided. It took me no more than half an hour to make and as you can see from the result, I was really impressed with myself.


Jilly Beads is a family run business based in the North of England with over 13 years experience. They offer a huge selection of beads and kits and have a partnership with Swarovski Elements offering one of the largest selections in the UK.  Wouldn't these kits be fabulous for either a older girls party or hen party?

I have 5 of these sets to win and they are ideal to keep the girls happy so get creative and enter to win.


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Competitions at ThePrizeFinder
I was sent this bracelet free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is my own.

Upcoming Festivals in Derbyshire


I love the summer months, for me it is all about spending precious time with family and what is more fun than visiting some of the great festivals around Derbyshire.  For us the closest and perhaps one of the better known ones is Y Not Festival, this year featuring acts such as Snoop Dog and Johnny Mar.  Y Not Festival is only 3 miles from where I live and is being held this weekend from the 31st July until 2nd August. Family friendly camping is available and there is lots to do.

We have visited Bakewell Show on many occasions and experienced a great day out.  This year the show is on the 5th and 6th August and whilst this is not really a festival as such it is a great day for families.  There is lots of entertainment, artisan food, crafts and horticultural displays, animals and even a jousting display this year.

On the 8th August Chesterfield will be showcasing local bands, artists and creative organisations at Chesterfest which is held in Queens Park at Chesterfield and entry is free.  We will definitely be visiting this year as I heard so many good reports from last year's event.

Do you attend festivals with children?

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Easy Nails Nail Spa for Children

Grotbags was recently sent the new Easy Nails Nail Spa product from Character Online to review and was really excited to put it to the test. The Nail Spa is appropriate for children aged 5 years and over.


In the box you are supplied with:-
  • Nail Spa (requires 3 AA batteries)
  • 3 brush heads (removeable and washable)
  • 2 nail paints, 1 pink, 1 purple which peel off easy
  • gemstones
  • tube of glitter
The machine is a bright pink and purple which will appeal to most little girls and has a carrying handle for moving it around.  The nail paints that are provided, fit into the holder on the Nail Spa (which I do think is a great idea, no more spilt nail varnish).  The Nail Spa is rather like a robot which you see painting cars in factories and is worked by pressing the pink and purple buttons on the side.  The pink button dips the brush in the polish and the purple button then manoeuvres the brush on to the nail.  Grotbags found this rather tricky at first but once she got the hang of it, had some great fun playing with a friend and has now requested a pamper party.


Grotbags found that you had to keep your fingers really still when applying the polish so as not to avoid mistakes, but loved the novelty of the machine painting her nails.  The brushes also wash easily in warm soapy water which is an added benefit. You can use this machine with normal nail polishes although we did not try this.

Whilst this may not be the most accurate of machines it did provide lots of fun and I think little girls will love experimenting with their nails. The Easy Nails Nail Spa is priced at £29.99 and is available from Character Online.
Family Fever
We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of  this review, but the opinion is my own.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Ropeswings, Riding and Rambling

We are so lucky to live in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, there are so many things to do right on the doorstep.  Although whilst I like to chill after a busy day at work, Grotbags often thinks otherwise, she is not one of those children who sits quietly but always likes to be on the go, this can be rather exhausting at times and after a busy day at school she loves nothing more than being active, so after tea we head out for an hour, weather permitting.


This ropeswing was put up by my boys when they were younger and is just over the back field, you can actually see Robin Hood Stride in the background and such a fabulous view, especially at sunset.  She just loves spending time here and I think there is even a hidden geocache nearby.


Her favourite activity is horse riding, this has helped her to overcome OCD tendencies.  I do believe that animals can help with anxiety problems, her confidence has blossomed since she started having riding lessons and those tendencies which were troublesome have diminished.


Who says girls can't climb, give her a suitable surface and she will attempt anything.  Luckily we have had no major accidents as yet, fingers crossed there won't be.  Enjoying the outdoors doesn't have to cost money, it is the simple pleasure of wandering around and exploring the places nearby that can give those lasting childhood memories.  

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall