Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Cool Cat Costume Review

With Halloween approaching and seeing as our girls are almost three years old, we’ll be making more of an effort to acknowledge Halloween this year. In previous years the day has gone by much the same as any other day, but we thought we’d introduce our twins to Halloween this year.

In light of this when we were offered the chance to review two Cool Cat Costumes from Fancy Dress City we were happy to oblige.

This cat costume is actually a an all-in-one jumpsuit with detachable tail. It also comes with a hairband which have a pair of cute cat ears on.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Spot A Lot! Animal Escape Book Review

Spot A Lot! Animal Escape is a fun and educational children’s book. Written by award-winning picture book author Steve Smallman, we follow the story of a zookeeper who is looking for her animals. You see there’s trouble at the zoo today because all of the animals have run away!

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Kindness of Strangers

What is a good deed?

Well, according to

'Good deeds are spontaneous acts of kindness, accommodation, generosity, benevolence, charity, assistance, help, sympathy or aid, all performed with the simple intention of being helpful and no expectation for compensation of any kind.'

In light of this, this tells me that a good deed is a selfless act. An act which is from the heart,that is genuine and has no ulterior motive. 

Some people call them random acts of kindness. They can happen between friends, family and even complete strangers. 

I like to think that I'm a good person. I like to help people however I can and I never expect anything in return. I like to think that I'm a positive person. To me the glass is always half full as the saying goes!

I've carried out a few random acts of kindness in my life. Some may think of them as insignificant, others may think they're great, but to me regardless of how big or small an act, it's the thought that counts. 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Princess Elsa Frozen Costume Review

I think my family and I have been a little late to join the ‘Frozen bandwagon’, but we’ve finally made it! We first watched Frozen a few weeks ago and have been hooked ever since!

Now that our twins no longer sleep in the day, we’ve taken to watching Frozen in lieu of their nap….every day! I’m not bored of it yet and neither are my husband or our twins! In fact I think my husband may be enjoying it more than the rest of us!

R and M enjoy pretend play. We pretend to be doctors and chefs, but we are yet to buy them any ‘dress up’ clothes, although the thought had crossed my mind not so long ago.

When Otley Run Fancy Dress gave us the opportunity to review two Princess Elsa Costumes we were happy to accept! 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vlog Hop

Vlog Hop is a new linky that myself and Ickle Pickles Mummy from The Little Life of Ickle Pickle will be hosting on a fortnightly basis.

We're both fairly new to vlogging and even though I have done a few videos on my You Tube channel I still feel like I have a lot to learn. Ickle Pickles Mummy has also created her first vlog the other day too so we're both keen to learn more about vlogging.

The idea of the Vlog Hop is quite simply to link up your favourite vlog that you've made within the last two weeks. It doesn't matter if you're new to vlogging or if you're a vlogging veteran anyone can link up.

You can vlog about fashion, parenting, beauty, pretty much whatever takes your fancy as long as it's not offensive or illegal!

This is our first Vlog Hop. This linky will be fortnightly, so the next one will be 01st November and then 15th November and so on.

To give you a helping hand if you want to take part, but aren't sure what to vlog about we'll be setting a theme for you. You can either post any vlog you've made within the last two weeks or you can vlog about something using the theme we've set.

You can be as creative as you like!

Friday, 17 October 2014

Binky Linky


This linky is for bloggers who have been blogging for a year or less. It's your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

Binky is the American term for a dummy which babies obviously use. I thought the name Binky Linky would suit seeing as this linky is aimed at newbie bloggers!

I'm your host!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Competitive Parenting: Are you just as guilty?

Parenting has changed a lot over the last decade.

Firm discipline has been replaced with gentle parenting and children are less likely to be found playing in the street and more likely to be found in front of a games console.

This leads me to ask the question, has parenting become one big competition?

There was a time before the internet existed in which communities would come together to help raise and look out for one another’s children.

The sound of laughter and fun would fill the air!

Children would play freely in the street and mothers would help each other by cooking together, talking together and supporting each other.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Finding the right job for you

Finding a job that's right for you can be a tricky business these days. With job cuts and redundancies seemingly on the rise, just how exactly are you meant to find the perfect job?

Source: Freedigitalphotos/stuartmiles

Granted the word perfect may not be the right word to use, I mean in today's economic state to have a job at all is a blessing, but there are some things you can do improve your chances.

Search Online

Searching for a job online using websites such as City Calling is a good place to start. When I was growing up we'd have to go to the job centre in search of work or buy a local newspaper and search the job section. The internet has made job hunting easier than ever before, but does that mean it's made it harder for people to secure a job because more and more people are applying for the same jobs?

Whether you want to find jobs in construction, hairdressing or telesales, you'll be sure to find vacancies online.

Writing your CV

Making sure your CV is up-to-date, spell checked and looks professional is also important in helping you to find a job. Many people will  just list their level of education and leave it at that, but it's also important to think outside the box and include any hobbies you may have too.

For example, if  you play football for a team once a week it's worth noting this down. It shows that you're a team player and that you're dedicated.

If you don't know where to start in creating your CV there are lots of templates and examples available online.

Why fly when you can cruise?

When it comes to planning a holiday how many of us automatically think it will involve air travel?

I for one have never really thought of any other way of travelling. I’ll decide on a destination, use review sites to check out some local hotels and then book my flight separately to try and save some money.

What if I told you that you could actually go on holiday abroad without travelling by air? Cruises from the UK are becoming more and more popular and I can certainly understand why. Especially if you’re travelling with small children.

My husband and I have taken our twins on an aeroplane once. It was a two hour flight, so not too long, but there’s only so much you can do on an aeroplane to keep little ones entertained. They were around 18 months old. I brought a few books and toys with us, but we didn’t need to use them as the new surroundings and noises of the aeroplane was more than enough to keep them entertained, however it left us parents feeling a bit exhausted!

In between getting up and down so our girls could wander in the aisles, we were forever switching seats and putting those plane magazines back before they were ripped by an over excited toddler! 

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Messy Kids do Christmas!

This is an entry into Two Little Fleas Messy Kids Competition.

Last year was the first year that I made a Christmas cake. Don’t get me wrong I’ve baked cakes before such as cupcakes, madeira cakes, sponge cakes, but I’d never baked a Christmas cake before.

Luckily I was sent a Christmas cook book which had an easy recipe in so I thought I’d give it a go. It turned out rather well I thought…

What do you think?

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