Taking A Break

I’ve decided to take a break from my lovely blog and blogging in general, it’s not been an easy decision to make at all. In fact it’s taken me months of toing and froing to finally admit that for the moment my heart just isn’t in it anymore.

My health hasn’t been great recently, I need to focus on getting well first and foremost. Although I share lots of things there are still difficult and stressful things in the background that I choose to keep private. For now those things need my full attention.

Sometimes in life you get exactly what you have been wanting or working towards and then all of a sudden you realise that perhaps it’s not what you wanted at all. It’s hard to just admit this, especially when so much effort and so many hours have been spent.

I know everyone says this but it’s true, I’ve met so many lovely people through being a blogger. I will definitely miss the community but I’m also definitely looking forward to getting my evenings back.

I think I took a wrong turn somewhere and drifted further and further away from why I wanted to blog in the first place. For almost 4 years I’ve shared all aspects of our lives, put my thoughts and feelings out there for all to see which for an introvert like me has been a revelation.

I’ve no doubts that I’m not totally done with blogging, I am still a blogger, a writer and a sharer but for now I need to put it down. I need some time and space to reevaluate, so I’m stepping off the relentless merry-go-round that blogging can be.

I suppose I just want to say thank you, for each and every one of you that has ever visited, commented, entered a giveaway, taken part in a linky it’s all been appreciated.

I won’t say goodbye I will say see you soon…..

 

 

 

Fuzzikins Craft Cottontail Cottage Review

Daisy is already a big fan of the Fuzzikins Craft range of toys, she’s had great fun with the Cozy Cats and Dozy Dogs. We were recently asked if we would like to review the Cottontail Cottage which I thought Daisy would love and I wasn’t wrong.

Fuzzikins are adorable little flocked creatures that can be coloured in and played with. The Cottontails Cottage which is part of the range not only comes with gorgeous little rabbits but it includes a pop-up 3D play house too. The set also comes with lots of accessories to decorate the cottage.

Daisy got to work straight away colouring in her rabbits, this part can get messy but the felt pens wash easily off with soap and water. She decided to go fairly minimum this time as she loved that the rabbits were white. I think she was too eager to get the rabbits in to their new home, she can always add some colour at a later date.

She had such fun exploring the rooms, putting the rabbits to bed and in the kitchen. Jake also joined in and they played nicely for over half an hour which is a miracle in this house !

I liked how easy the house was to assemble and that it can be folded away with minimal storage for future uses. The furniture is part of the pop-out 3D theme meaning no little parts to be hunting around for, this is a huge bonus.

I also love how customisable the Fuzzikins Craft sets are, they really spark Daisy’s imagination and creativity.

You can find out more about Fuzzikins Craft on the Facebook page, you will also find lots of fun there too.

 

Baby Annabell Interactive Doll Review

Daisy has a few baby dolls in her collection of toys, she loves to play ‘mummy’ with them. Recently we were sent the new Baby Annabell Interactive doll for her to review. I knew Daisy would be delighted with this doll, it has lots of new features making it even more lifelike.

The new Baby Annabell Interactive doll features realistic sounds and movements just like a real baby.

  • She babbles and gurgles.
  • She sucks on her dummy and bottle.
  • She can wet her nappy and use the potty.
  • She cries real tears, burps and yawns.
  • She responds to touch and movement.
  • She falls to sleep and gently snores.

The doll comes dressed in a beautiful soft velour pink all-in-one with a cute little cap. She also comes with her bottle, a dummy, one nappy, a bib and a cute pendant. The doll requires 4 AA batteries which are not included.

It’s fair to say that Daisy loved this doll right from the start, she was fascinated buy the sounds of movement of Baby Annabell’s mouth when she had her dummy or bottle in.

I think the doll was the perfect size for Daisy, she felt much more like a real baby would than other dolls that we have.

Daisy loved pretending to feed her dolly and then changing her nappy afterwards. I think we will definitely need to buy some extra nappies and the potty to make the most of this feature.

I asked Daisy what her favourite thing was about Baby Annabell and she said it was how soft her clothes felt and that she moved her mouth and closed her eyes when she had her dummy in. Her least favourite thing was when she cried and I have to agree with her of course.

The new Baby Annabell Interactive Doll is available now from all good retailers and with an RRP of £54.99.

*We were sent the doll free of charge in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own*

 

 

#TuesdayTreasures 04/04/2017

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 really enjoyed reading Hard Lessons In Sportsmanship  written by Thirsty Daddy. During a mini golf game he had the perfect opportunity to teach his daughter all about humility. I think he handled the situation brilliantly.

Thirsty Daddy is a husband and father to two wonderful girls. He is an X Ray technologist by profession and he’s a fan of the Boston Red Sox and whiskey. You can read more of his fantastic posts here.

 

Adventures In Websterland

 

I would like to thank Thirsty Daddy and award him 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 fantastic 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
Drink Up Me’Hearties Yo Ho!

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

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Living Arrows 14/52

“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.

I’m pleased to report that last week was a much better week for us all. Although, I’m not quite sure where on earth that week went.

I’ve noticed a lot of people mention that their kids have finished school for the Easter holidays, Daisy has almost two weeks left ! I must admit I’m slightly jealous, I love the slower pace of life that half term brings, I of course don’t love the inevitable sibling squabbles.

The weather forecast is promising some sunshine this coming week which s great news. I might even let the kids break out the shorts and t-shirts.

Jake

The thing that lots of us parents dread has finally happened, Jake has totally dropped his afternoon nap ! I know I was probably a bit spoilt that he’s had one up until now. I tend to get very tired in the afternoon so instead of a nap I’m insisting on some quiet time. It gives both Jake and I a chance to recharge our batteries. Some days we read books but sometimes I let Jake watch something on my iPad. It gives him the down time he needs and me a little time to rest.

Daisy

I can’t claim this picture as my own but it’s my favourite one of Daisy from this week. This lucky little girl was treated to a Friday night sleepover and a breakfast with Belle and The Beast the next day. My lovely cousin came to collect Daisy after school on Friday. On Saturday she surprised her with a visit to a Beauty and The Beast themed breakfast at a local restaurant. There were games, songs and stories and Daisy even got to dance with the beast himself.

Living Arrows

 

 

Maths Problems, Giggle Fits & Sunshine #LittleLoves

It’s been a few weeks since I last wrote a little loves post. I decided to take a little break as I wasn’t really feeling the love for anything. March has been a bit of a tough month with one thing or another but I’m determined to get back in to the swing of things from now on.

I’ve been taking things slowly this week and trying out new routines to see what suits us all as a family better. I also challenged myself to be in bed by 10 pm every night and asleep by 11 pm, I’m happy to report I’ve succeeded and I’m feeling so much better for it. I’ve only had one ‘rough’ day this week which is a huge improvement compared to the last few weeks.

Here are this weeks little loves.

Read

When I’m feeling stressed and overwhelmed there is one blog I always turn to for inspiration. Be More With Less has so many inspirational posts to read. I have no desire to become a full-time minimalist but I’m all for clearing the clutter from my mind and Courtney’s blog helps me to do that. I also end up finding lots of other wonderful blogs and resources through her posts. I definitely recommend reading if you want to make some small positive changes in your life.

Watched

This is such a tough one this week as we have watched so many great things. Chris and I have been making the effort to switch off early and watch a film together with no distractions. This week I’ve loved two films, Arrival and Why Him? The two films couldn’t be any different. Arrival is one of the best alien themed films I’ve seen, it kept me hooked right until the end, Amy Adams plays her part brilliantly. Why Him ? is just hilarious, James Franco and Bryan Cranston are such a great combination. I had a fit of giggles at one of the opening scenes so much so we had to pause it while I recovered.

Heard

I heard Daisy’s class solving maths problems during a workshop in their classroom this week. Maths was not a favourite subject of mine but if I had teachers like Daisy I’m sure I would have loved it. They make everything so much fun to learn. I love these parent workshops, it gives me a good insight in to how to help Daisy learn at home too.

Made

I helped Daisy make something we have been sent to review. She had such fun playing with it. I love watching her make up little stories when she plays.

Worn

I don’t have anything to report as such for this section. I have however ordered myself some new clothes from H&M and Matalan for Spring and Summer. Being a larger lady I go for comfort over style, I ain’t never going to be a fashionista but I do like to look neat and tidy.

And Lastly

I loved the few sunny days we had at the start of the week. Being able to sit in the garden and feel the warm sun on my skin has helped me to feel much better. I love that the kids played in the garden until almost bedtime, they certainly had no trouble sleeping on those nights.

Little Loves Coffee Work Sleep Repeat

 

 

March At The Websters

I won’t sugar coat it, March for me has been a bit shit. Months of stress and anxiety caught up with me and knocked me off my feet. I’m working on reducing the stress and trying to use techniques I’ve learnt to help with the anxiety. It’s going to be a long road to recovery for me and taking it one day at a time doesn’t come naturally.

I totally blame Tom Hardy for this rubbish month as I didn’t like the photo of him on my calendar for March. Joking aside it’s made me take a long hard look at my lifestyle and pushed me to make some changes I had been putting off.

Of course there’s been some positives in March. As much as I do try to focus on the good parts I feel it’s also important to embrace the bad. So I’m  sharing a mixture of what the Month of March brought us.

  • We visited a local farm to spot the first signs of Spring.
  • Daisy had an eye test at school which needs a follow-up appointment.
  • We watched loads of great new films including Moana which I think is the best film I’ve ever seen.
  • I had to turn away work due to feeling so stressed.
  • We had some lovely Sunny days which meant lots of garden time.
  • I managed to dry lots of washing on the line on said Sunny days.
  • I had a wonderful child-free afternoon at Bygone Times.
  • Daisy celebrated World Book Day at school dressed as Rapunzel.
  • Jake got over his fear of having a bath, hallelujah !
  • Daisy got an ear infection and needed lots of cuddles.
  • I cut my working hours right back and enjoyed some much needed time with Chris in the evenings instead.
  • Daisy moved up a reading level which means a trip to year 1’s classroom to change her book.
  • Red nose day was celebrated with crazy hair and joke telling at school.
  • Jake and I went to a maths workshop in Daisy’s class.
  • We saved lots of money by Spring cleaning our finances and embracing frugality again.

I’m hoping with all the changes I have been making that April will be a better month for us. I’m looking forward to the Easter holidays, visiting family and eating Easter eggs.

#TuesdayTreasures 28/03/2017

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 really enjoyed reading Exploring the Coldstones Cut Sculpture written by Emma at Hip2Trek. The last few years haven’t really given us much opportunity for travel so I love to read about the adventures that other families have. I find it amazing that Emma and her family get out and explore so much despite her recovering from hip surgeries. I also love that she’s included a video within the post so you can really get a sense of their day out.

Emma is a mum of two living in West Yorkshire. She is almost recovered from two hip arthroscopies and is determined get fit and explore the beautiful countryside that’s on her doorstep. You can read all about her adventures on her blog Hip2Trek.

 

Adventures In Websterland

 

I would like to thank Emma 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 fantastic 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
Drink Up Me’Hearties Yo Ho!

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

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How To Save Money While Spending Time With Your Friends

Wouldn’t it be nice to make the time you spend with your friends useful as well as fun? Did you ever think that you can actually save a pretty penny by spending more time with your friends? Let us tell you about the best ways to save money in a group and find out which of these you can integrate into your daily or weekly rituals!

1. Friends Who Shop Together Stay Together
Shopping in bulk is one of the classic ways to save money, but buying large quantities of groceries for only one or two could lead to a lot of waste, which is bad for the planet, as well as your finances. However, sharing these groceries with your friends would leave each of you with a well-adapted quantity of groceries. All you have to do is compare shop lists and buy more of what you all need because you will get a better offer on it. This will not only help you save on groceries, but it will also give you a chance to go out shopping with your friends.

2. Carpooling Will Help You Save Quite a Bit
If your best friends live close to you, you could share the car ride to work and save a lot of money at the end of the month on gas bills. Your mornings will get a better start because you will get to see your friends and have a nice chat on your way to work. As for the gas bills, you could cut these off significantly even by sharing the ride with one friend only. But imagine what kind of a change it could make if you split that bill with three or even four of your friends. As a bonus, carpooling is also an excellent example of green transportation.

3. Share Your Subscriptions with Your Friends
Do you and your friends really need to have your very own copies of your favorite magazine? What about your very own Netflix accounts? Sharing these entertainment subscriptions will help you put some money aside, and it will also give you a chance to share your thoughts on the best shows or magazine articles with your friends. While it may not seem like a big save initially, when you put all of these together, you will end up with quite a bit of money in your pocket, as well as some quality time with your friends.

4. Get the Best Group Deals and Have Fun Together
Group deals on restaurant meals and cinema and show tickets are an excellent way to cut down monthly costs. It takes a little bit of research, but you and your friends could pay less to have a lot of fun. Look up your favorite restaurants and find out all about their group offers because you should be taking advantage of their special offers for groups. At the end of the month, the difference in your budget will be a noticeable one.

5. Make Your Very Own Lottery Syndicate
Playing the lottery with your friends could prove to be the best decision you have ever made because it could make you very rich. When playing together, all you need to decide is how many lottery tickets you want to buy and share the costs. By playing like this, you will get a better chance of scooping one of those amazing lottery jackpots, and if you actually win, you will do so together with your friends. This will give you a chance to spend your lottery fortunes together.

These five ideas will give you a chance to spend more time with your friends, but they will also help you cut down on your monthly expenses. Not only will you be putting away quite a bit of money, but you will also get to share more experiences with your best friends.

*This is a collaborative post*

Living Arrows 13/52

“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.

I’ve not taken many photo’s this week of the children. Some weeks just seem to whizz by and not much is achieved. The children continue to grow and change regardless, I love that I can capture a still of those tiny differences from week to week.

Daisy

Someone couldn’t resist trying on Mummy’s specs this week. Funnily enough she did have an eye test at school which she didn’t pass. We are just waiting for a further appointment to see what the problem is. In other fantastic news, Daisy went up a reading level and now has to visit the year 1 classroom to choose her reading books. It won’t be long before she’s reading us a story at bedtime.

Jake

I’m not going to sugar coat it, last week with Jake was very very stressful. He’s always been a challenge but last week was an absolute nightmare. I’m hoping it’s because he’s been under the weather lately and not a permanent thing. This stickle brick creation is a banana shooting machine, nothing beats the imagination of an almost 3 year old.

Living Arrows