My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot-Joy Review

You might remember that last Summer Daisy reviewed My Fairy Garden-Woodland Fairy Door she absolutely loved it. The kind folks at Interplay UK have sent her one of their new products to review.

The My Fairy Magic Garden Magic Bean Pots are fun and easy to grow. You can choose from either Joy or Hope who are twin fairies. Each one comes with their own little spade, a bird companion and two magic wishing beans for you to plant.

All of The My Fairy Garden products are designed to offer children fun as well as imaginative open-ended play. They allow children to experience the magic of growing real plants.

I got Daisy some compost from the garden, this is the only thing that isn’t included with the set. She had great fun using the little spade to dig a small hole (1-2cm deep) in the pot. Next she planted the gorgeous little beans in the pot.

After covering the beans up with a some more compost she added a little water. We are trying to grow the beans a little earlier than recommended (May-September). We will be keeping it warm in the airing cupboard until germination.

Doing this activity opened up lots of conversations about how plants grow and what we need plants for. I’m a big fan of toys and activities that provide fun and learning at the same time.

Be sure to check my Instagram feed in a few weeks to see how the beans grow. We have one very excited girl here who wants to check on her beans every day.

My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot is available at Amazon for £6.99. They are also available at all good toy retailers.

Take a look at the all the My Fairy Garden range in the video below.

*We were sent the My Fairy Garden Magic Bean Pot free of charge for the purpose of review. All thought and opinions are our own*

*This post contains an affiliate link*
 

 

 

#TuesdayTreasures 21/02/2017

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures

Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky with myself and the lovely Rachel from RachelSwirl.

#TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old.


The Blog With The Booty

Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by both Rachel and myself to share with you all resulting in two winning (a winner is chosen by each of us).

This week I’ve chosen Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends written by Kizzy, Izzy and Baby. Parenthood certainly can be lonely at times.There is some fabulous advice and tips in Kiri’s blog post.

Kiri is Mummy to two lovely little girls. She blogs all about their family life at Kizzy, Izzy and Baby. She is a lover of writing lists and likes a good Superhero.

You can read more of Kiri’s posts  here.

Adventures In Websterland

 

I would like to thank Kiri and award her with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look forward to seeing your badge proudly on display somewhere on your lovely blog.


Avast Ye! (The Basics For Linking Up)

The #TuesdayTreasures linky will be live from 5 am every Tuesday and will close at the end of the day on a Thursday. As with all linkys there are some rules and the full version of these can be found here.

Basically, you can link up to a maximum of two posts, new or old. Please comment on the hosts posts (that would be RachelSwirl and myself) and at least two other linked posts. If you can please finish your comments with #TuesdayTreasures that would be particularly helpful as it puts bloggers in the know as to how you found their posts.

If you are on Twitter then let us know, You can find us at @FrugalMrsW and @RachelSwirl, again try not to forget to include the hashtag #TuesdayTreasures. We will share your posts and in turn share the love!

Every week we will each pick a favourite #TuesdayTreasures post and will mention it at the beginning of our linky posts the following Tuesday, so don’t forget to pop back each week to check on both our blogs.

Here is the badge and code for you to use in your post/ posts which you select to link up.

Adventures In Websterland
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Now it’s time to get linking, We look forward to reading all your linked posts shortly!

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Living Arrows 8/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Kahlil Gibran.

Every Monday for the rest of this year I will share with you two photo’s of my children that celebrate their childhood.

Last week wasn’t the best of weeks. The children and I were still struggling with this horrible cough and cold. We just couldn’t seem to shake it. Fingers crossed we seem to all be on the mend just in time for half term.

It looks like there’s some nice weather on the way this week so we plan to make the most of it. The children will finally be able to play in the garden. They love being outdoors.

Jake

Despite feeling poorly Jake still wanted to play. He built himself a little fort with his toys and the storage boxes. This is the bat cave den.

Daisy

I just had to include this photo. Daisy loves anything to do with beauty especially lip balms. We went shopping on Saturday and I let her choose a new one. I didn’t think to check if it was tinted but we soon found out.

Living Arrows

 

Potty Training & The Reluctant Toddler

Potty training with my first two children was a breeze, they were both out of nappies by the time they were two. Daisy was a little more difficult as she had some bowel issues but we got there pretty quickly once she got the hang of it. Now I find myself with a very reluctant toddler and I’m feeling at somewhat of a crossroads.

I just want to start by saying that nothing has ever been easy with Jake, he’s how shall we put it, spirited. He is a strong willed and frustratingly stubborn little boy. Of course I love and accept him with every fibre of my being but every new transition we need to make fills me with dread.

 

Jake is due to start nursery (at school) in May, they intake straight after their third birthday at ours. It’s time to potty train a thought that fills me with dread. Because it’s a school nursery they have to be dry in the day to attend.

I don’t believe in pushing children in to doing anything they are not ready for but I know physically he is. He knows when he needs a pee or poo, he tells us.

The problem doesn’t seem to lie in his readiness to use the potty it’s his little quirks that are getting in the way. Firstly he doesn’t like being naked, I’ve tried him with just undies. He insists upon putting his joggers on too which I think is making him forget he’s got no nappy on.

I’ve done all the recommend things like introducing the potty from an early age, letting Jake choose some undies and waiting until his nappies are drier during the day. All to no avail.

I’ve offered chocolate buttons as an incentive and of course stickers. Nothing is tempting him.

He doesn’t want to sit on the potty for more than a few seconds, I have tried sitting with him and reading a book or having a chat.

It’s not just the potty he’s stubborn about, bath times and hair cuts are an absolute nightmare at the moment too. He’s also insistent he isn’t going to nursery anyway it’s such a contrast to Daisy who couldn’t wait to go.

A big part of me is thinking about leaving it a few more months until he turns three and there’s a chance we can reason with him better. But an even bigger part of me wants to persevere. I admit I do need a little break. Nursery will provide that break for me and for Jake.

So what do I do ? my options are:

Crack on with it, keep going until he’s ready.

Wait a few more months and defer his place until September.

I honestly don’t know what to do. What would you do ? Do you have any tips or tricks to share with me ?

 

A Family Lawyer in London’s Tips for a Successful Marriage

London divorce solicitors are all too used to dealing with the breakdown of marriages, so what goes wrong?

The waiting room of a family lawyer in London often isn’t the happiest of places. Even if it’s too late to learn from your own experiences and save your marriage, though, someone else can learn from yours. A divorce solicitor sees many people come and go and hears all the stories of what works — and what doesn’t.

So how do you avoid the waiting room and lead a long and happily married life? Whether you’re just starting the rest of your life with someone, or you already have your tin, silver, or golden anniversaries under your belt, it’s never too soon to learn something new and start applying it in your daily lives. From your engagement to your mortgage and first home together, to the birth and upbringing of your children, here are a family lawyer in London’s tips for a long and happy marriage.


Sign a Prenup — and Yes, They Can Be Romantic

 

Finances are the leading cause of stress in relationships. Whether they’re caused by different incomes, different outgoings, or a buildup of resentment about the poor distribution of income and effort that’s in your marriage, financial disagreements are never pretty. If you’re planning on proposing, or if you’ve popped the question and are planning your wedding, a prenup is as important as house insurance.

 

A prenup lays out both of your expectations about what belongs to each of you, and what’s shared that should be divided. In the unfortunate event that the marriage breaks down, the prenup will help the court to decide who gets what. A prenup should be written with the security of both parties in mind.


Lifestyle clauses are also becoming increasingly popular. While these aren’t legally enforceable, it’s a good way to sit down together and work out your expectations of one another in a relationship. These are made popular by celebrities, such as Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, who added infidelity clauses to their prenuptial agreement.

When you sit down with your family lawyers in London to work out what both of you want, it’s a great time to plan the boundaries of your future and make sure you’re on the same page. When married, it will give you extra security to know that things are taken care of already if something goes wrong. They may not seem the most romantic thing, but phrased gently and approached lovingly and respectfully, it can be more planning your future, than expecting a breakup.

 

Keep Some Things Separate — From Friends to Finances

 

As mentioned above, financial stress often plays a big role in break-ups. There’s no easy way to solve this; separate bank accounts may not be the answer, but neither may joint ones. As shown when different couples are asked how they handle their finances and what works, transparency and communication are key.

You may want to share everything with someone else, but keeping your own hobbies, friends and interests is important if you want a successful marriage. These are the things that develop you as an individual, which is what makes you attractive to the other person. When you stop developing yourself, you stop developing your relationship and you risk losing the passion in your marriage.

 

Learn to Communicate Early On

 

If you can communicate about your finances and hobbies with each other, communication on other matters should also be easy. Communication in a marriage is something that has to be learned, though, rather than considered automatic. We spend so much time online — messaging, texting, Facebooking — that we often forget to really be present with the other person. It’s so easy to read the wrong tone in a message that you read on a screen. A lot of arguments between couples could have been saved simply by picking up the phone and communicating — yet we rarely do this, because it feels like we’re in contact all the time.

 

We’re facing a breakdown in communication in our generation, as social media is giving us an escape from the problems in our lives. Excessive Facebook use has been proven to cause divorces and break-ups, so if you feel like you never really communicate your needs to each other and get heard, it’s time to start before a family lawyer in London is hearing you instead.

 

Make Time For Each Other

When he went undercover to discover why married women have affairs, relationship expert Charles J. Orlando discovered that not feeling appreciated or like attention was being paid to them were the leading causes. Complacency, and forgetting to still make the effort that sparked each other’s flames in the early days, is a quick way to lose satisfaction with each other and your marriage.

 

Making time for each other can mean anything from making time to be intimate in the bedroom, to making time to be intimate in your conversations. Find someone who can look after the kids for the weekend every few months so you can both go away and remember how to be with each other. You’ll then avoid the ’empty nest syndrome’ which divorce lawyers in London see breaking up so many married couples. When their children head off to college, couples realise they no longer recognise each other or know what to do together. By the time you realise and try to fix things, it can be too late, so make time for each other now, whatever it takes.

 

If you have a happy marriage, now more than ever is the time to put the work in. Remember the reasons you fell in love and what you used to do with each other to show your appreciation, then check in with yourself that you’re still doing so. By communicating and showing your appreciation, you’ll be in for a long and happy life together.

*This is a collaborative post*

 

Blogging, Virgins & Lullabies #LittleLoves

This week has been a bit tough. This nasty hacking cough is plaguing  us all at the moment, it’s been relentless. It’s meant that Daisy has only been in school one day this week, most kids would be quite happy with that but she loves school.

We have had lots of tears about missing her friends. I’m hoping she can go in for the last day before half term, fingers crossed for full nights sleep. Focusing on my little loves from the week really helps to keep me positive.

Read

I go back and to as to whether I want to try to earn a living from blogging. I’m not sure if it’s become a saturated market but I do like making little improvements to my blog all the time.

A few weeks ago I won a book written by fellow bloggers Emma Bradley and Lynn James called ‘Blogging Your Way To Riches’. I’ve been dipping in and out this week as it’s such an easy read. I’m loving the practical advice, I just need to start implementing it now.

Watched

I’ve been struggling to find something to replace Gilmore Girls but I think I have managed it. I’ve started watching Jane The Virgin on Netflix and I love it. How it passed me by when it was on TV I don’t know. I love the story and the narrator makes me giggle. It’s such an easy watch and I don’t feel the need to binge watch it which is great.

I’ve also started watching Sneaky Pete on Amazon Prime which I’m really enjoying.

Heard

Despite all the coughing and requests for endless drinks and snacks some lovely things have been heard. Daisy and Jake have wanted lots of cuddles and mummy time. Daisy has been sleeping in bed with me and one night I heard her say through her poorly tears that she could only get back to sleep if I sung her a lullaby.

My 5 year old girl who insists she’s growing up and can do things herself needed to hear mummy’s voice to make her feel better. Sometimes children say things that you just want to remember forever.

Made

I’m seriously wondering if I’m ever going to have anything worthwhile to put in this category. I think I might set myself a Pinterest challenge or something.

Worn

Apart from my pyjamas which I absolutely love wearing I’ve also been wearing some new make up. It might sound a little strange seeing as I’m poorly and have barely left the house. It’s way too easy to wallow in self pity and not make an effort when you are feeling unwell. Putting some make up on this week has not only made me look better it’s made me feel better too.

And lastly

I’ve had plenty of time to start planning my Spring cleaning this week. There’s something about the lighter days that makes me want to clean everything within an inch of it’s life. My house is always pretty tidy but dust is my enemy and it must be defeated !

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

Word of the Week – Pamper

This weeks word is Pamper. I still have this hacking cough, I just can’t shake it and now the children have it too. I have read a few articles that say that this Winter cough could last at least 3 weeks ! Over the weekend Daisy and I had a pamper evening and I’ve carried on with some self care throughout the week.

As parents it’s easy to forget to look after ourselves as well as our children. I’ve found it very difficult this week, feeling poorly myself and having to take care of two small humans has really taken it’s toll.

One way I’ve tried to make myself feel better is by following a new skincare routine. Just taking the time to cleanse and moisturise each morning has made me feel so much better. I’ve also been using an eye cream that illuminates which has certainly helped hide the evidence of sleepless nights.

I treated myself to a lovely face mask, some new make up and  and I’ve even painted my nails. It’s felt so good to do something for myself.

I just need to win a spa break now so someone else can pamper me.

The Reading Residence

 

L.O.L Surprise! Doll Review

If you have children that love watching toy unboxing videos on YouTube then you will know all about surprise toys and blind bags. Daisy is obsessed with surprise toys and has a huge box full of them. When we were asked if we would like to review the new L.O.L Surprise! Doll of course we said yes.

L.O.L Surprise Dolls are the latest in collectable surprises. Each doll comes with seven layers of surprises to unwrap. Inside the surprise ball you will find:

  • A secret message
  • Collectable stickers
  • A little water bottle
  • Shoes
  • Outfit
  • Accessory
  • L.O.L Doll

There is another surprise ahead once you have unwrapped your doll. Feed her with the water bottle to find out of she cries, spits or tinkles or bathe her in cold water to see if she changes colour.

You can also use the ball she comes in for play, it can be a carry case, doll display, bath or hangout. There are 45 dolls to collect.

Daisy had so much fun unwrapping the ball, I love how easy the ‘zippers’ were to peel. Each wrapper contained a lovely surprise. Daisy loved that some of the surprises were sealed in little bags which prolonged her excitement.

Daisy got the doll called Diva which I’m sure takes it’s inspiration from Lady GaGa. The clothes and accessories attached easily and Daisy had fun playing with her. She was also delighted when we found out she was a colour changing doll. Her lovely pastel pink hair turned hot pink when we put her in cold water.

I like that the doll and all her accessories fit nicely back in to the ball at the end of play making it easy to store. This also prevents any of the small parts getting lost.

The L.O.L Surprise! dolls retail for around £7.99 and are available at all good toy retailers.

*We were sent the L.O.L Surprise! Doll free of charge for the purpose of this review*

#TuesdayTreasures 14/02/2017

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been linking up with #TuesdayTreasures lately. I love seeing so many of you taking part and it’s my favourite part of the week when I get to sit down and read your posts. Please remember to take some time to read a few of the linked up posts there are some real gems out there.

Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky with myself and the lovely Rachel from RachelSwirl.

#TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old.


The Blog With The Booty

Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by both Rachel and myself to share with you all resulting in two winning (a winner is chosen by each of us).

It was so tough to choose this week as there were so many fantastic posts linked up. I’ve gone with a post I really enjoyed from an aesthetic point of view. Also because this blogger has created something beautiful and offered it for free to her readers. I’ve chosen ‘5 Free Valentine’s Printables‘ by For the love of jars. The prints she has designed are absolutely adorable and perfect for a last minute valentine’s gift if you have forgotten to buy something.

Nicola is a mum of 2 who lives in Northampton with her children,  partner Andrew and their two dogs. They have a pretty hectic but normal life that Nicola loves to write about. Nicola is hoping to turn blogging in to her career so she can spend lots of quality time at home with her family.

For the love of jars is a family and lifestyle blog and you can read lots more of Nicola’s gorgeous posts here.

Adventures In Websterland

 

I would like to thank Nicola and award her with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look forward to seeing your badge proudly on display somewhere on your gorgeous blog.


Avast Ye! (The Basics For Linking Up)

The #TuesdayTreasures linky will be live from 5 am every Tuesday and will close at the end of the day on a Thursday. As with all linkys there are some rules and the full version of these can be found here.

Basically, you can link up to a maximum of two posts, new or old. Please comment on the hosts posts (that would be RachelSwirl and myself) and at least two other linked posts. If you can please finish your comments with #TuesdayTreasures that would be particularly helpful as it puts bloggers in the know as to how you found their posts.

If you are on Twitter then let us know, You can find us at @FrugalMrsW and @RachelSwirl, again try not to forget to include the hashtag #TuesdayTreasures. We will share your posts and in turn share the love!

Every week we will each pick a favourite #TuesdayTreasures post and will mention it at the beginning of our linky posts the following Tuesday, so don’t forget to pop back each week to check on both our blogs.

Here is the badge and code for you to use in your post/ posts which you select to link up.

Adventures In Websterland
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What I know About Love

I’ve not had a minute to write any of the usual blog posts about Valentines day this year. I thought instead that I would share with you what I have learned about love in my 39 years on this planet. It took me almost 32 years to realise what love is and what it certainly isn’t.

I don’t proclaim to know it all and I’m sure I will never stop learning about love. What I do know is that I’m grateful for everything I have learned even the bad bits.

What Love is

It’s being able to tell someone you deepest darkest fears and insecurities and knowing they won’t judge you or use them against you in the future.

It’s being honest, even brutally so at times and knowing that you can speak the truth no matter how painful.

It’s knowing that someone has your back at all times, even when you are being an absolute horror.

It’s being able to laugh together even in the toughest of times.

It’s believing in someone with all your heart and soul.

It’s being able to be yourself completely, silliness and quirks included.

It’s loving yourself first so you can love others.

It’s respecting and embracing each others differences.

It’s scary, exhilarating, passionate, wild and comfortable.

It’s totally unconditional.

What Love Isn’t

It’s not putting yourself last all the time.

It’s not endlessly forgiving hurtful comments and actions.

It’s not a one way street.

It’s not crying yourself to sleep at night.

It’s not something that can be bought with flowers, gifts and fancy holidays.

It’s not manipulative, abusive, obsessive, violent or jealous.

It’s not hiding who you really are or pretending to be someone else.