Things I’ve Learned In My 30’s

Next month I turn 39 and I will officially be ‘pushing 40’ as they say , I don’t know why but lately I’ve been thinking about everything I’ve done in my life so far and of course what I would like to achieve going in to my 40’s. I thought it would be nice to share some pearls of wisdom and tell you some things I have learned in my 30’s.creating-atravelitineraryIt’s none of your business !

I’ve learnt that what other people think of me is truly none of my business.

Self worth

I’ve learned that I’m not defined by a number on the scales, what I look like or how clever I am.

Dry shampoo

I’ve learned that dry shampoo is my best friend.


I’ve learned that happiness comes from within and that it’s a choice that we all have to make.


I’ve learned what love is and what it isn’t. I’ve learned that you can fall out of love and that you can find true unconditional love that will last a lifetime, but most importantly I’ve learned to love myself.


I’ve learned that you can’t change anyone except yourself, if someone treats you terribly then walk away, no in fact run !


I’ve learned it’s a total waste of time, I’ve not been arrested for crimes against creases yet.


I’ve learned that I’m so much stronger than I ever knew or believed.


I’ve learned that it’s never too late to open your mind to learning.

The Past

I’ve learned that the past does not define you at all, that you can move on and move past mistakes and bad memories and that you can close the door and never look back.


I’ve learnt that comfort wins over style every time, hello joggers and flats.


I’ve learned that comparing myself or my life to anyone else’s is totally pointless, comparison is the thief of joy.


I’ve learned that you make your own luck in this life, if you work harder and smarter then luck will soon follow.


I’ve learned that when it comes to being confident you can fake it till you make it.

The small things

Most importantly I’ve learned that life is all about the moments we experience and share with others, the small things are the things you should cherish the most.

I’m linking up with Rachel from Rachel Swirl for #TuesdayTreasures


Do you have any pearls of wisdom you would like to share ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.




Disney Princess Belle Musical Tea Party Cart Review

Last month I attended Blog On which is a wonderful conference for bloggers, there was a chance to interact and talk to brands and one brand caught my eye in particular because they had on display the new Disney Princess Belle Musical Tea Party Cart.

I couldn’t resist having a little play with the cart and also gaze adoringly at it (yes I’m a Disney geek) I knew that it would be something that Daisy would absolutely love so when we were offered one to review I jumped at the chance.

disney-princessbellemusicaltea-partycartTea parties and Disney Princesses are extremely popular at our house so you can imagine the level of excitement when Daisy realised she could combine her love of both.

The Disney Princess Belle Musical Tea Party Cart by Jakks Pacific is a musical  tea cart that has been inspired by Disney’s Beauty & The Beast movie. It comes with a cart you can roll along, a Mrs Potts teapot with removable lid, a Chip tea cup, a plain tea cup, two teaspoons and a party invitation.img_2360 img_2368 img_2374With the push of the rose shaped button on the side of the cart you can listen to the popular song from the movie ‘Be Our Guest’ you can roll the cart and watch as Mrs Potts and the tea cups spin around in time to the music, you can stop the music at any time by pressing the button again. There is a switch to turn this function off completely on the underside of the tray.

Daisy has had so much fun hosting tea parties and singing along with the tea cart, we have all been treated to endless cups of tea and biscuits. I’ve promised Daisy that our family movie this weekend will be Beauty & The Beast so she can watch the characters come to life and listen to the full version of ‘Be Our Guest’.img_2378

img_2383 img_2386 img_2390I asked Daisy what her favourite thing was about the cart and she told me she liked the music and that she can make cups of tea for Mummy, Daddy and Jake.

I particularly liked the stickers and detail on the cart which depicts scenes from the Disney movie, I love the pastel pink and yellow shades which compliment each other perfectly and make the cart look super pretty.

I think the cart would make a wonderful birthday or Christmas present for any Disney Princess fan, it’s fantastic for encouraging role play and imagination.

The cart is suitable for ages 3+ requires adult assembly and 3 AA batteries (which are supplied) and can be found at all Smyths Toy Stores.


*We received the Disney Belle Cart free of charge for the purpose of this review as always all opinions are our own and completely honest*



Five Frugal Things For October

This months post will be a little underwhelming as I don’t feel like I’ve done anything spectacularly frugal in October it’s just been a pretty normal money saving month. I’m also posting a little earlier than usual as Daisy is odd school for half-term for the next two weeks so we will be busy having fun together.

This month has been so busy which has meant we have had a few frugal fails but that’s okay we will put those behind us and move ahead. I should start including those fails in this monthly round up so you can see that it’s pretty normal to fall off the wagon every now and again.

five-frugalthingsfor1. Although we did have to turn our heating on yesterday due to having visitors I’m still counting it as a frugal win that we lasted this far when most other people have already relented. As a rule I don’t like to put it on before November but I’m still going to limit use until then, you can read my tips for keeping warm without putting the heating on here.

2. We have been cooking up some delicious filling Autumnal dishes and saving the leftovers for the following day to stretch our pennies a bit further.

3. We sold some more things from around the house using Gumtree and cashed in the spare change tin we had been saving all year and put the money towards Christmas savings and paying extra off our credit card debt.pound-414418_19204. I have been busy making budget friendly plans for the upcoming half-term, we have paint, glue, stickers and activity sheets at the ready. We are having some friends round and plan to meet them on the park as well (weather permitting) and the rest of the time we will watch movies and do some baking.

5. My cousin and I used to go to the cinema a lot together but since the price of tickets become ridiculous we’ve not been able to go as much. Through work she managed to get us a brilliant discount and we ended paying just £5 for us both so I’m counting that as a frugal win. We watched The Girl On The Train which was absolutely fantastic and as we left I picked up some free activity sheets and posters for the kiddo’s, bonus!

What frugal wins have you had in October ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.





Word of the Week-Moments

I treated myself to a new book last weekend one that’s been on my wishlist for a while and it’s given me the perfect word for this week.

The book is called “What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey which is made up of the columns she wrote over 14 years for her magazine ‘O’. It’s pages are motivational and uplifting and one particular page about how this moment right now is all we can be sure of has inspired me to start appreciating and taking notice fully of several ‘moments’ of my own this week.sunsetCoffee is my first moment each day, I enjoy it while the rest of the house is sleeping and I appreciate the silence and peace at the start of each hectic day.

The Moon is my second moment, it was still visible in the sky on the morning school run this week and it caused so much excitement to my little ones. Jake ran all the way home shouting and waving to ‘Mr Moon’ and ‘Moony’ I watched him in wonder as he took absolute joy in the moment.

Warm Cuddles is my third moment, the temperature has certainly dropped this week and our night time routine has involved cuddling up under our huge duvet together to listen to the bedtime story, I love watching the children’s faces as they listen intently.

Hot Showers is my fourth moment, I’ve taken my time to notice all the sensations like how the warm water feels on my skin and the beautiful scents of the products I use.

Learning is my fifth and final moment, instead of rushing through Daisy’s reading and homework tasks I’ve taken time to fully appreciate the way she learns, listening to how she forms the words and her concentration as she tries to cut round the dotted lines with her little scissors.

What have your moments been this week ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.

I’m linking up with Jocelyn from The Reading Residence for Word of the Week.

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Sweetly UK Review and Giveaway

Regular readers of the blog will know that I’ve given some delicious American candy bundles away over the last few months so when the lovely folks at Sweetly UK got in touch to ask if I would like to review one of their new American candy subscription boxes and run a giveaway for my readers of course I said yes.

Sweetly is a brand new American candy box subscription service, when you join you will receive a monthly package containing a hand-picked selection of American candy, soda and sweeties and snacks.  Each box contains 12-14 items including at least 5 premium items. The subscription plans are totally flexible you can cancel pause and upgrade at any time.

When my box arrived I couldn’t believe how much they had managed to squeeze into the box, I’ve tried lots of American candy so I was surprised that there were loads of goodies in the box that I had never tried before. I of course had to limit myself to a few nibbles which was fins as i had a few willing taste testers to share with, my absolute favourite in the box was the 5th Avenue chocolate bar which is a combination of chocolate and crunchy peanut butter. My crazy children absolutely loved trying the extremely sour Lemonhead and nerds candy.

img_2334 img_2337 img_2344 img_2345I think the boxes are great value considering how expensive it can be to buy all the items individually and you get to try lots of new and different goodies each month, if you have a sweet tooth and love subscription boxes then this is the box for you. You can get 10% off your first order by entering the code WEBSTERLAND10.

Sweetly have kindly offered to send one of my lucky readers a box of their own to enjoy, you can enter with the Gleam app below there is one mandatory task and the rest are optional, you can even come back every day for extra entries.

Terms & Conditions

  • Open to UK entries only.
  • The Closing date is 20.11.2016 11.59pm
  • The prize is an American candy box from Sweetly (contents may vary to the box that I received)
  • The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries and contacted by email/tweet.
  • The winner has 28 days to respond failure to do so will result in a new winner being selected
  • The prize will be sent directly to the winner from Sweetly.

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Good Luck !


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Our #WalkWithWynsors at Brockholes

On Saturday Wynsors World of Shoes invited us to a beautiful nature reserve called Brockholes to enjoy a family walk and some lunch as part of their #WalkWithWynsors outdoor event which encourages families to get outside and enjoy weekend adventures as a family. They also sent Daisy and Jake a pair of adorable Bogs wellies each too especially for the walk.

Bogs wellies are perfect for Autumn and Winter and can be bought online from the Wynsors website.img_2212 img_2236 img_2238Despite Brockholes only being a 40 minute drive away we had never visited but I had heard some wonderful things about it. Brockholes is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, the trust has used their expertise to provide habitats for lots of different wildlife. There are 250 acres of reserve for you to explore which includes trails, lakes, woods and hides not to mention the beautiful views overlooking the River Ribble.

We arrived to a warm welcome from Chloe from Wynsors and Deb who works for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Shortly after arriving Terry, one of the wonderful Brockholes volunteers led us on a guided tour around some of the reserve, we took the Meadow trail and walked along the River Ribble where the views were just breathtaking. Next we headed down the Ribble way footpath to the adventure playground which is absolutely fantastic with lots of things for the children to explore. The whole walk took about 40 minutes which was ideal for smaller legs to tackle, we did have Jake in the buggy which despite it being a bumpy ride was more than manageable.img_2246 img_2243 img_2256



dscn0422Daisy and Jake’s feet stayed warm and dry in their new Bogs wellies and stood the test of some heavy duty play on the adventure playground.img_2291 img_2280

img_2259Brockholes also has an award winning and eco-friendly conference venue situated on their floating visitor village (it really is floating!) where we were treated to the most delicious lunch of a hot and cold buffet, we will definitely be stopping by the Lakeside Reed Bed restaurant next time we visit to indulge some more.

Brockholes is situated just off junction 31 of the M6 near Preston and despite is being so close to the motorway it’s really peaceful. Along side the nature trails there’s lots to explore at the floating visitor village like the welcome centre, restaurant and gift shop. The reserve is free to visit but there is a charge for parking the cost of which helps towards the day to day running and maintaining of Brockholes which is more than fair.

dscn0407 dscn0417If you are looking for a family day out in the North West I can highly recommend a visit just makes sure you pack your wellies !


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Comfort Food For Autumn

One of my favourite things about the colder months has to be making and tucking in to some delicious comfort food, Autumn always seems like the perfect time for casseroles, stews and pies. My slow cooker works overtime this time of year and I’m always trawling Pinterest and Instagram drooling over the tempting seasonal dishes.

I thought I would share with you some of our favourite family comfort food dishes, the kind of meals that fill your belly and stick to your ribs. I’ve also included some deserts as there are some puddings that taste so much better when it’s cold outside.


Mealsimg_8573Beef Stew & Dumplings

Shepherd’s Pie

Sausage Casserole


Chicken Casserole

Fish Pie

Homemade Tomato Soup & Crusty Bread

Chilli Con Carne

Toad In the Hole

Steak & Ale Pie

Corned Beef Hash 

Vegetable Curry

Bangers & Mash


img_8033Dessertsimg_7804Apple & Blackberry Crumble & Custard

Ginger Cake

Sticky Toffee Pudding & Cream 

Warm Apple Pie & Custard

Pumpkin Pie

Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakeafters-1238531_1920I hope that’s given you some ideas for when you are in the mood for some comfort food, what’s your favourite comfort food ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.






Word of the Week-Crisp

I think you will all agree that the mornings have gotten off to a frosty start this week, we have been a little spoiled lately with higher than usual temperatures so a sudden drop has been more noticeable than usual. I have chosen crisp for this weeks word as it fits it describes my week perfectly.

17-1Crisp morning air, is there anything better than stepping out the front door and inhaling a lungful.

Crisp Autumn leaves, what is about crunching through them that’s so therapeutic ?

Crisp and clean, I’ve spent this week deep cleaning the downstairs so everything is sparkling and fresh.

Crisp sheets, we have some new bedding to go with our wonderful new bed and thanks to my prize win from Dreams it’s so luxurious.

Crisp new clothes, I treated myself to some new pieces for Autumn with the help of a prize cheque that arrived.

So that’s it just a short one this week, do you like these crisp frosty mornings ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.

I’m linking up with Jocelyn from The Reading Residence for Word of the Week.

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Interplay Fuzzikins Craft Cozy Cats Review

Daisy was really excited last week when a parcel from interplay  arrived for her, they had sent her a Fuzzikins Craft Cozy Cats to review, regular readers and followers of ours on Instagram will know that both Daisy and I like to get creative so this lovely set was perfect for a Sunday afternoon craft session.


img_2154The kit comes with three different sized cats who are so soft to the touch, some felt pens to colour their fur and some sleeping bags, stickers and accessories to make them nice and cosy. The inside of the box can be used for play and also a place to practise your designs before you colour the cats in.

img_2159 img_2158One thing I will mention is that Daisy did get very messy colouring in the cats but the felt tips are washable so I wasn’t overly concerned, I also had to help constructing the sleeping bags as it was a slightly too intricate for Daisy’s little hands.

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Once the cats were all colourful Daisy had fun putting them all to bed in their sleeping bags that she had decorated with the fish shaped stickers and she also put on their little sleeping masks, I have no doubts that those cats were as cosy as can be once Daisy had finished with them.

img_2180 img_2176 img_2189Fuzzikins Craft Cozy Cats are suitable for ages 4+ and cost £12.99 from Amazon.

Angela xx

Disclosure: We were sent the Cozy Cats set for the purpose of this review, the post also contains an affiliate link which means that if you click and buy I receive a small commission for which I am very grateful.



My Favourite Halloween Movies

I love seasonal celebrations so it probably comes as no surprise that I have some favourite movies for each occasion, with Halloween just around corner I thought I would share with you my top ten go to Halloween inspired movies.


1. Hocus Pocus simply has to be at the top of this list, not only does it star Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and the kid from Eerie Indiana it also has a talking cat what more could you want from a movie ? I think it’s the mix of cast, characters and music that makes this my ultimate favourite Halloween movie ( we will just ignore the fact is has a zombie in it).

2. A Nightmare On Elm Street was the first horror movie I ever watched, it terrified me and was followed by some questionable sequels but Johnny Depp being swallowed by a bed and Nancy getting ultra cool white streaks in her hair has me returning to it time and time again.

3. Poltergeist although I usually try and steer clear from films of a paranormal nature ( totally terrified) I can’t help but love this 1980’s classic, the clown scene is the reason I still check under my bed in my 30’s and shiver every time I hear the American national anthem (fuzzy tv scene).

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas , this is a tricky one because is it a Halloween movie or a Christmas movies ? I don’t mind either way and I happily watch it during both seasons. If you haven’t seen this movie then why on earth not ! it’s spectacular.

5. The Craft is such an underrated film, teen witches, mean girls and magic make up this tale of four friends who use their powers to wreak revenge on those that have wronged them but face the consequences of using dark magic.

6. Halloween my list wouldn’t be complete without this classic 1970’s slasher film, it’s been the inspiration for many a modern horror movie and it doesn’t even matter that I can’t remember if Micheal Myers is still out there stalking babysitter’s I lost count after the Halloween part 7 !

halloween-1001677_19207. Ghostbusters I think this movie should probably a little higher up in my list as it’s such a classic, it’s funny, silly scary and action packed my ideal Halloween movie.

8. The Strangers I watched this at the Cinema and spent the whole time holding my breath, evil-doers in masks and random violence make this a white knuckle ride from start to finish.

9. Fun Size is a Halloween night based comedy and it’s not in the slightest bit scary which suits a wuss like me to a tee.

10. An American Werewolf In London it wouldn’t be Halloween with a werewolf thrown in for good measure, I’ve certainly never strayed on to the moors since watching this movie.

bat-988224_1920So that’s my list and from it you can probably tell I’m not a fan of modern day horror, give me an old classic or a fun film over blood, gore and ghosts any day.

What’s your ultimate Halloween movie ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

I’m linking up with Rachel from RachelSwirl for #TuesdayTreasures



Angela xx