Look In My Letterbox

I don’t have a lot to show you this week up until Wednesday nothing good had arrived at all so I thought I would be giving this weeks Look In My Letterbox a miss, postal freebies are so thin on the ground at moment and the ones that are available seem to be going really fast.

I’m back into the swing of things with my favourite hobby comping , I have put in every spare moment I’ve had this week so I’m hoping to reap the rewards of that soon.

Freebies

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I’m not sure whether to class this as a freebie as such but it’s £3 that I can spend on something nice so it’s all good.

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I spotted this freebie at last minute, it will save us some money over the Summer as we have a couple of train trips planned.

Prizes

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I won these lovely games for the kids from Brain Box games Facebook page, Daisy and I spent a rainy afternoon this week playing with them.

Reviews

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I’ve been sent two of these selfie phone clips from Paladone, one for review and another to giveaway on my blog, I’m terrible at taking selfies someone’s head always gets cut out of the photo so I’m looking forward to trying it out this weekend.

I’m linking up with Alice Megan for ‘Look In My Letterbox’.

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Have you had anything nice arrive in the post this week ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

Angela xx

Word Of The Week – Organised

This weeks word of the week is Organised , after last weeks post about re-evaluating I decided it was time to pull my socks up and get back to being organised in all areas of my life, I’m one of those annoying people who love organising I love nothing more than de-cluttering, cleaning and sorting my wardrobe according to colour (true story).

Word Of The Week

I don’t like the feeling of being disorganised, I thrive on order and routine not that I’m a total stickler I do like the odd moment of spontaneity but I do find that I feel so much better mentally and physically if everything is in it’s place.

Instead of a planner or diary I use a bullet journal and this really helps to keep me organised but because I’ve spent most of the month feeling sorry for myself I haven’t kept up with it, this week I’ve made the effort to journal everyday and it’s really helped get me back on track.

I’ve also just started using a new planner for organising my blog and work load, splitting it into only a few tasks per day has really helped to keep me motivated and my productivity has been through the roof this week.

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We’ve started to implement some new routines at home with the children which seem to be going really well and I’ve been organising my time better during the day to the point that I’ve even had time to read a chapter a day of an actual book something that I haven’t done in a long time.

Anyway I’d better run along and sort my pens in nib length order (only kidding).

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

Angela xx

The Reading Residence

 

 

My Fairy Garden – Woodland Fairy Door Review

Last week Daisy and I were sent this adorable My Fairy Garden Woodland Fairy Door from Interplay UK to play with and review, Daisy has a fairy flower garden box where she plants flowers and seeds every year and I thought a woodland fairy door would be a lovely addition.

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The set contains a woodland fairy door, a fairy named Heather and her little squirrel friend, it also comes with wall mounting brackets, sticky fixers and some ground spikes for if you want to secure the door either outdoors or indoors.

You can set the woodland fairy door up against a tree, a wall, a fence or even the corner of your little ones bedroom.

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This week we were lucky to have a few days of beautiful sunshine so one afternoon Daisy and I took the woodland fairy door into the garden to play, I placed the door right in the middle of her fairy garden box and let her imagination do the rest.

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The Fairy Garden range of toys have been created to encourage interaction with nature through play, Daisy and I talked about what type of Fairy Heather is (she’s the Autumn fairy) and we also tried to name as many woodland creatures as we could think of. Daisy suggested that we could put the woodland fairy door in her bedroom in Winter so the fairy would have somewhere warm to live which I think is a very good idea.

I really like that the My Fairy Garden range promotes a healthy lifestyle by encouraging children to play outside and explore their surroundings whether it be by growing something or learning about the environment and seasons.

I’ve also had a little fun of my own by moving Heather the fairy and her squirrel buddy to different locations in our garden, here they are hiding in one of our plants.

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Daisy really has had lots of fun playing with her woodland fairy door this week and I’m sure it will be a favourite for years to come, we will definitely be adding to our collection with other products from the range, have a look at the video below to see the whole range.

The My Fairy Garden Woodland Fairy Door costs £9.99 and is suitable for ages 4+ and is available at a wide variety of retailers.

Angela xx

* We were sent the Woodland Fairy Door by Interplay UK for the purpose of review*

Bedtime Battles

Last week found FrugalMrW and I at the end ofour tether and sleep deprived due to bedtime battles with both Daisy and Jake. I’m the first to admit that I’m not the loveliest of humans after several nights of broken sleep and after a week spent snapping at each other we decided that we needed to take action and fast.

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Jake transitioned from his cot into his big boy bed with no problems at all, the first week was a dream then he realised he could get out of his bed and open his door, we quickly moved the safety gate from the living room onto his bedroom door so that was one problem solved.

For the last six months Daisy has been waking during the night and climbing into our bed, we usually don’t realise until one of us wakes and finds her snoring away next to us, because FrugalMrW and I are both restless sleepers Daisy wasn’t getting the good quality sleep and she was waking up far too early when she heard her Daddy getting ready for work. As Daisy was having such poor quality sleep and waking very early she was really tired and it was starting to affect her mood and behaviour both at home and at school, we had tried all sorts of tactics to keep her in her own bed but all efforts were met with tears and tantrums which in turn would then disturb Jake waking him too.

Winning The Battle Little By Little 

With Jake needing a toddler bed it seemed the ideal time to buy a new bed for Daisy, she really wanted a bunk bed so we met in the middle and bought her a mid-sleeper from Ikea, I bought her some My Little Pony bed covers a new duvet and a new pillow to encourage her to stay in her own bed and that first night she slept soundly until 7 am.

 

After a few nights she began to creep back into our bed again followed by a week of 5.30 am get ups things seemed to be getting worse not better I knew I had to start getting tough as everyone was tired and snappy by the end of the week.

I remembered reading about the Gro-Clock and how it had worked for lots of people so I did my research and decided it was worth a go. We explained to Daisy what the clock was for and why we were buying it, she seemed really excited when we watched a video on YouTube about the clock.

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We got it home on Friday night, set it up and explained it all again to Daisy and would you believe that every single night since she’s slept in her own bed. The stars fade out one by one until 7 am when she is allowed to get up and come downstairs and it’s working really well, if she wakes earlier she reads in bed until the sun comes up on her clock.

Jake is sleeping later too and without all the noise and commotion everyone is in a much better mood this week, I know it’s early days but if we keep being consistent I’m sure things will continue to improve.

Do you have any tips for keeping the kids in their own beds ? do your little ones rise way too early in the morning ? leave me a comment I love hearing from you.

Angela xx 

Hotter Solar Shoes Review

Earlier this month I attended the Blog On MSI conference in Manchester and while I was there I spotted a Hotter Shoes stand displaying some of their latest styles, I had heard and read so many good things about how comfortable and what good quality their shoes were so I spent some time admiring the different styles and talking to one of the brand ladies about the different designs. I spied an entry form offering a chance to win a shoe of your choice to review and of course I entered.

To my absolute delight I got an email congratulating me on winning and I knew straight away which pair I would choose as I had spent some time looking at them at the conference, I chose a pair of Solar shoes as the memory foam footbed looked so comfortable and as I’m trying to be more active this year I thought they would be perfect.

The shoes arrived well packaged and in a bright lime green box, the tissue paper covering the shoes had a beautiful butterfly and flower design in light grey and lime to match the box, inside I found the Solar shoes I had ordered, I chose the Jet Black pair which has a purple sole and stitching which I think looks so stylish set against the light microfibre upper.

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I couldn’t wait to get them on and see if they were as comfortable as they looked, I had to visit a new playgroup that’s about 4 miles from my house so I thought that would be the perfect opportunity to test them out.

I put the shoes on and adjusted the laces which was really easy to do, I felt a few inches taller immediately thanks to the extra 1 1/4 heel ( it all helps when you are 5’2″) I could feel straight away that the insoles were super comfortable as they had a lovely little bounce to them when I walked, my whole foot felt perfectly cushioned.

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I was expecting to have at least a blister after walking to and from the playgroup but my feet stayed healthy and comfortable the whole time, the Solar shoes are designed to keep your feet fresh which makes them ideal for exercise such as walking.

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I was surprised at how light the shoes felt to wear and I’m sure that’s due to the customised memory foam (memorise by Hotter) and the deep PU sole that’s filled with millions of tiny air bubbles.

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After wearing the Solar shoes for the past two weeks I’ve found them to be durable but flexible at the same time, I’ve paired them up with leggings, jogging pants and yoga pants for a casual look and I also think they would be ideal to travel in due to how light and comfortable they are.

I’m planning on buying a pair of sandals from Hotter next as I’m really impressed by the quality and comfort they are a brand definitely worth investing in.

You can see all the styles for yourself on the Hotter website or you could visit one of their stores to see the styles for yourself.

Do you own a pair of Hotter shoes ? if you do what do you think of them ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

Angela xx

* I won the shoes for the purpose of the review, all opinions are my own and completely honest*

 

 

Look In My Letterbox

It’s been a slow week for any sort of post arriving, but I do have a few things to show you at least for this weeks look in my letterbox. I’ve taken some time to indulge and rediscover my love of entering competitions so I’m hoping to see the results of that soon, I keep missing out on the freebies but I am being so selective as to what I bring in to the house and I’m trying to think more about quality over quantity.

Reviews

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The Johnson’s baby wipes are a product test for the Mumsnet Insight panel, we use baby wipes for absolutely everything not just nappy changes so they are always welcome.

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We have been sent this adorable Woodland Fairy Door by interplay to review, we have the perfect spot for it in the garden so look out for Daisy’s review on the blog soon.

Freebie

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I used the last of Johnson’s baby club points to order these messy mats for Daisy and Jake, the scheme is closing in July but we’ve had so many lovely books from it that I can’t complain, if you do have points make sure you use them soon as they have already ran out of lots of the incentives.

Purchases

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The Degustabox delivery seems to be getting earlier each month but I’m not complaining as we love getting a box full of delicious surprises every month.

What have you had in the post this week ? leave me a comment below as I love hearing from you.

I’m linking up as usual with Alice Megan for ‘Look In My Letterbox’ why not pop across and see what lovely things everyone has got.

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Angela xx

*Post contains an affiliate link for Degustbox*

Word Of The Week – Re-evaluate

I’m going to be taking part in a new linky that Jocelyn from The Reading Residence hosts every week, I’ve been looking for a way to write a post that would summarise my week and I thought taking part would give me the motivation I needed to share, this weeks word is re-evaluate.

Re-evaluate

Re-evaluate: to consider or examine something again in order to make changes or to form a new opinion about it.

I have a terrible tendency to take on much more than I can handle, whether it be a work commitment, a project or something personal I carry on at 100% productivity until I totally crash and burn, I’ve spoken before about how I find it impossible to find any middle ground in anything I do which lately is taking it’s toll on my mental and physical health.

I started the week with a ‘can do’ attitude which lasted until the afternoon when I started to feel absolutely dreadful, I was coming down with yet another cold and sore throat, I had a to do list as long as my arm for work commitments I had taken on but dreaded doing and the children were demanding my attention when all I wanted to was bury my head in my pillow and go to sleep.

I could feel myself slipping down a very well known slippery slope into a total burn out that would probably last about a week which would be closely followed by anxiety, self doubt and feelings of total failure but I decided I didn’t want that to happen, I knew what I had to do and that was to re-evaluate everything.

I spoke to FrugalMrW about how I was feeling and he suggested I take a few days or as long as I needed away from everything that I thought had to be done, he also said that he thought that as much as I didn’t want to I really needed to fulfil the commitments I had already made and I knew he was right.

I took the rest of the week to sit and re-evaluate all the things that just weren’t working for me and our family , I had to be honest with myself about what I am capable of at the moment, admit that I have limits and most importantly to recognise what is important and what isn’t.

I’ve already implemented some changes in several areas and I’m feeling so much better, there is still a long way to go and I’m going to have to be really strict with myself so I don’t keep ending up overwhelmed and burning out, it’s a learning curve like anything else in life.

Angela xx

The Reading Residence

 

Real Handful Snacks – Review & Giveaway

I first tried a sample of Real Handful snacks earlier this month at the Blog On MSI conference, I tried Mochaccino and Banoffee mixes which were both delicious so I was delighted when the brand got in touch and asked if I would like to try one of their hand packed ration boxes and an extra one to offer as a prize to one of my lovely readers.

Real Handful are a healthier impulse snack, they come in a variety of flavours and contain a mix of the best quality dried fruits, whole nuts and seeds with added ingredients like natural flavours, chocolate and yoghurt. Not only are they tasty and delicious they are ideal as an on the go snack or an afternoon pick me up when you need a little extra fuel.

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The ration box I tried contained the following flavours:

Strawberries & Cream – A Summer time blend of juicy strawberry flavoured raisins, strawberries, cranberries, white chocolate chunks and cashews.

Blood Orange & Dark Chocolate – A fabulous blend of blood orange flavoured sultanas, orange flavoured cranberries, dark chocolate and peanuts.

Blueberry Blitz – A vibrant blend of blueberries, blueberry flavoured cranberries, jumbo flame raisins and whole cashews.

Mixed Berry Crunch – A very berry blend of blueberry yoghurt raisins, strawberries, cranberries and whole Almonds.

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My favourite flavour is the Blueberry Blitz the combination of flavours and the chunky cashews taste so delicious, Daisy tried the snacks with me and she loved the Mixed Berry Crunch especially the blueberry yoghurt raisins, we shared a bag as an afternoon snack as the portions are really generous.

I’m really impressed with the quality of the ingredients, everything tasted as described and the dried fruit was so juicy and all the combinations I tried blended so well together.

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You can buy Real Handful snacks at Holland & Barrett, Ocado and Harris & Hoole, if you order online from Holland & Barrett and enter the code ‘REALHANDFUL’ at the checkout you can try the snacks for 99p until June 8th.

You can win your own ration box by entering my giveaway using the Gleam app below, commenting on this blog post is mandatory but all the other forms of entry are optional.

T&C’s

  • UK Only
  • One prize of a Real handful as pictured and described above
  • The winner will be contacted by email/tweet and must claim the prize within 28 days
  • Allow 28 days for delivery of the prize
  • Closing date is Sunday 12th June 2016 11.59pm

Win A Real Handful Snack Ration Box

Good Luck x

Look In My Letterbox

This week has been a good week for nice parcels arriving, I have one prize, a few freebies, a few review items and a purchase to show you in this weeks Look In My Letterbox.

I’m expecting the next few weeks to be a little bit lean as I’m spending some time away from my usual pursuits to do some home improvement and organisation, I know I won’t be able to resist the call of comping and bargain hunting totally so I will have something to show you hopefully.

Prizes

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When I was at Blog On I entered a few of the prize draws that the brands were running and was delighted when I had an email to say I could choose a pair of Hotter shoes to review, as much as I loved all the sandals I really wanted to try these Solar shoes with the Memorise foam insoles I want to get back into walking for exercise so I thought these would be perfect.

Freebies

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I’ve not been applying for free items to review on Amz just lately but I couldn’t resist this serum, I have tried a few of the PurOrganica skin products and I really like them.

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I also got this facial steamer for free to review on Amazon, going to a beauty salon for a treatment is way out of my budget at the moment so being able to pamper myself at home is fantastic.

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This arrived at just the right time as I’m on the last dregs of my usual moisturiser, it’s from Bzzz Agent I haven’t done many campaigns recently but really wanted to try this as my skin tends to get dry over the Summer.

Purchases

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I’m really happy with this months Pop In A Box subscription, I wanted this Batman to add to my collection, I love not knowing what pop will arrive next.

I’m linking up with Alice Megan for this weeks Look In My Letterbox, if you like these kind of blog posts then be sure to check her link out.

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Have you had anything nice arrive this week ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

Angela xx

 

Jake’s Birthday At The Farm

For Jake’s second birthday I wanted to do something different than the usual little tea party at home, I wanted to invite some family to join us for a day out and I knew the perfect place, Acorn Farm is half an hour away from home, it’s excellent value for money and it’s so much fun.

We woke on Sunday morning to beautiful blue skies and the weather stayed warm and bright all day, we could not have chosen a better day to go, we covered ourselves in sun cream, made a picnic for everybody and set off for a day full of fun.

I’ve written a blog post about Acorn Farm before which you can find here, our second visit didn’t disappoint the animals were as friendly and well looked after as last time and the children got to enjoy the two play parks this time as well. We bought a few bags of animal feed and made our way around the farm, all the children had a go at feeding the animals and I think the adults enjoyed that part too.

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We stopped for a quick refreshment break while the children played on the huge activity frame before moving on to feed the chickens and ducks and to visit the cute Meerkat.

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There are lots of picnic benches at Acorn Farm and we found one with a little shade, we spread our picnic out and everyone happily munched away, the children played some more on the smaller play park which includes a big wooden tractor and a little playhouse. After packing our leftovers away we crossed the car park to see some more animals and take the woodland walk, we came across a poor billy goat with his head stuck the fence, FrugalMrW walked all the way back to the farm to let somebody know and he had just got there when I phoned him to say the goat had unstuck himself I don’t know who I felt more sorry for.

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We took the woodland walk it was nice and shaded which was a relief from the heat of the afternoon, there were some beautiful flowers which I couldn’t help but stop and photograph, there was also a bug hotel which I thought was fantastic there are lots of little things like this throughout the farm like the golf ball chimes by the peace garden, it really is a beautiful place to visit with lots to see and do.

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After returning to the main part of the farm we visited the farm shop where the children got a little treat each and I bought two gorgeous flower baskets, afterwards everyone enjoyed an ice cream and a last play on the park before we set off for home.

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At home Jake enjoyed a couple of early birthday presents and his birthday cake so we could share it with everyone, it really was a perfect day everyone had a great time and it was so nice to spend the day all together.

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Angela xx