Thursday, 17 April 2014

Young Sports Journalist Reporter competition from ‘Football for Friendship’

If you are 12 to 14 years of age, enter the Football for Friendship competition and you could be in with the chance to become an internationally-known junior sports journalist!

The winner will fly to Lisbon to represent the UK against finalists from 15 other European countries in the quest to be crowned Europe's Best Young Sports Journalist.

To enter just click on the link below and follow the on-screen instructions:

Remember the deadline for entries is Friday, 18th April.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Easter Bags - For Babies

Today Abigail and I made our Easter bag for my Niece Nancy who is 10 months old.  We are really enjoying choosing different bits for our bags/baskets.  Obviously a 10 month old is not going to want lots of chocolate so we headed to our local Asda to pick up a few goodies for her!

In Asda we picked up:

Little Tikes Dolly £5
Flowery Leggins £3
Flowery Vest Tops 2 Pack £4

Also with a bag of Giant white chocolate buttons!

For this bag, we used a gift bag from Hobbycraft.  Inside we put yellow shreaded paper (Asda) Two refillable eggs in which we put a few chocolate buttons, my niece is only 10 months old and too young for an egg. A fruit pouch (Asda) & the dolly & clothes.  I filled the bag with decorations, like the yellow chicks, orange nest, pick egg decorations, and the purple glittery egg decoration.

Such a lovely Easter gift and we've been having so much fun using all of our Hobbycraft goodies too.

Check out my Childrens Easter Basket ideas post here.

Have you made any Easter baskets/bags this year?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Sophia's 8 Month Update

I can't quite believe how quick 8 months have gone (and only 4 months away from turning 1) 

I am loving seeing the changes in her, she is so fully of character and such a happy little baby.  Last week she caught chicken pox from her big Sister! But has still be in full spirits, well apart from 2 grumpy days of having it but its clearing up nicely now so we're happy.

So now my baby is 8 months here are some of the new things she has been doing along the way.

She is sitting up by herself.
She can say Mumma, Dadda, Nanna
She tries to call our Cat by doing kissing noises at it (copying Mummy)
She loves waving at people
She's not crawling yet, but has lots of tummy time and has started to shift backwards!!! So I'm sure it won't be long
She LOVES the sound of the TV when were flicking through to change channels, she thinks its great and does a happy scream at the TV
Her favourite breakfast is Marmite on toast or scrambled egg
She's not fussy at all with her foods and loves her finger foods (esp her veg!)

And she thinks everything her big Sister does is great!! I love watching them together. Abigail is great with her, and always lets me know when she's had enough of playing with her little Sister!

Everyday she is changing, I remember Abi doing quite a few of these things at an earlier age, she was crawling just after 6 months and also sitting up on her own at 6 months too. Every baby is so different and develop at different stages.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Get Crafty this Easter - Children's Easter Baskets

I've always been pretty lazy at Easter, just going to the shops to buy Easter eggs and not actually bothering to put much of an effort it.  Well this year me and Abi have started to make Easter baskets, I had such a great time making them and so did Abi, she loves doing crafts.

We were sent a lovely selection of Easter treats from Hobbycraft 

How lovely are all these crafty bits, Abi especially likes the pink hat she got sent (we will use that and a few of the other bits, easter moulds and candy melts in another post)

To add to our Easter baskets, we went shopping and picked up some extra bits.  These bits were from Asda & the 99p store, I could have brought more there were so many lovely bits you could add to the baskets.

From Asda we brought, Easter masks £2, Dairy Milk chocolate mini eggs £1, yellow shredded paper £1 and a pack of 5 duck cards for 99p and from the party section I brought a pack of party bag goodies, which included pink sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, rings, hair clips and hair bands, all for just £3.

I didn't want my basket to be full of just chcocolate, so I thought the girlie bracelets etc would be a lovely treat to add.

From the 99p store we got, 2 purple and pink baskets, Easter cupcake set (baking post to come later) box of marsh mallows, big chocolate bunny, pink duck, decroative pretty glittery coloured eggs and a box of Kinder chocolates.

We had already purchased a Princess Easter egg from Asda for £1 which we were going to use in our basket.

First basket we made is for my lovely Niece, who is nearly 4.  

Here is our finished basket, Abigail had so much fun making the basket.  We can't wait to give this to my Niece for Easter.  

We will have more posts over the next few days for Easter so please come back if your after some crafty ideas this Easter :)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Easter Post- Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt and Chocolate Review

I was recently send a lovely selection of Lindt chocolate to try out for Easter.  Anyone who knows me well, will know that I am a big chocolate lover!

We have already eaten all of these delicious chocolates which were a selection of white, milk and dark chocolate, shared between family and friends everyone has said how delicious they are and what fabulous Easter gifts they would make, whether you were putting together Easter baskets or just simply giving as a single gift or treat for your little ones.

From the 5th-21st April Lindt are , Lindt is bringing Easter to life across the country with a series of events that will delight the young, as well as the young at heart. Trails will lead children through a magical Easter adventure as they solve the clues to receive their golden Lindt chocolate reward at the end.

Nine beautiful venues across the country play host to the Lindt Gold Bunny hunts including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, Hever Castle & Gardens in Kent and as far south as RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon.
To find your nearest Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, go to and select the “Gold Bunny events near you” tab to enter your postcode and find your nearest hunt.

For those who wish to recreate a Lindt Easter Hunt in their own homes, there is a selection of Lindt Easter chocolate to make this the Hoppy-est Easter ever; from the iconic Lindt Gold Bunny to a selection of new additions, such as the Lindt Giant Carrot, to ensure that friends and families of all ages can experience the magic of a Lindt Easter this year.

What’s more, from the beginning of April, Lindt is giving fans the chance to win a hamper full of Lindt Easter goodies by entering into the competitions live on the Lindt Facebook page. For a chance to win a hamper, fans will need to take part in the Gold Bunny Hunts or solve a set of 3 clues in the Easter hunt competition.

From the 5th – 21st April the Lindt Easter Hunt will be at the following destinations:
Hever Castle & Gardens, Kent
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire
RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Essex
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon
RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
Tatton Park, Cheshire
The Alnwick Garden, Northumberland
Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent 

Lindt products are available in all good retailers.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Fight Childhood Obesity with Artificial Grass

Statistics show that in England, 28% of children aged between 2 and 15 are overweight or obese, and this alarming figure doesn’t show much sign of changing anytime soon, with the UK having the highest rate of childhood obesity in Western Europe. Health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year. Research has also shown that obese children are more likely to be absent from school due to illness and can experience long-term problems with their self-esteem and mental health. Encouraging children to eat more healthily and to be more active is crucial if they are to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The government advises that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours a day. Activities such as running around in the playground, football, tennis and even swinging on playground equipment are all beneficial to a child’s health, and its important that you provide them with the right outdoor environment to enjoy. Artificial grass means that children can get out and play come rain or shine, and you don’t need to worry about slips or falls with as they are all available with a shock absorbent under layer. Artificial grass is designed for use under play equipment to provide fall height protection for your children certified to BS EN 1177:2008, so whether its around a goal mouth or under a climbing frame rest assured that your children are protected. Artificial grass products have been widely used in schools, nurseries and play areas for over a decade. With artificial grass, you wont have the worry of muddy footprints traipsing through the house after playtime either. Artificial grass means no maintenance, no mowing and no mud! The lack of maintenance also means that you will have more time to run around and get involved in your children’s outdoor play.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Parkdean Holidays Great New Home or Away Competition

If you fancy winning yourself a UK Family holiday worth £750 with Parkdean Holidays, who are a leader amongst British holiday operators, then all you have to do is take this Home or Away quiz.

How well do you know the UK scenery!? 

All you have to do is identify the UK to the abroad photo in this fun interactive quiz that features a selection of scenic photographs of beautiful holiday destinations around the world.

I scored 422, not possibly the best score! The photographs are so beautiful, you would actually think you were abroad in the UK one's!

Enter to win a fantastic Parkdean Holiday worth up to £750

Don't delay; the competition is open for 30 days. Play now here! 

*In association with Parkdean holidays