Thursday, 21 September 2017

Fisher-Price® Thomas & Friends™ Adventures™ Cranky at the Docks

Blake and I were excited to receive the new Thomas Track Set to add to his train collection. Fisher-Price Thomas & Friend  Adventures Cranky at the Docks is an exciting new  track set where little engineers help Thomas and Cranky on their latest adventure at Brendam Docks. 

The set is a great size as it's small enough to store away but big enough for little ones to enjoy playing with.This means that it doesn't take up most of our living room and can be stored away easily in one of his toy boxes.  The  instructions were easy to follow when it came to putting the track together which is always handy when you have an eager toddler who wants it ready "NOW"!

The set features: 
- A rotating cranky which rotates 360 degrees and an arm that can be raised and lowered
- Thomas metal die cast engine plus a boat
- A drawbridge that moves up and down

The set is suitable for ages 3 years and over. Although Blake isn't 3 until December he does love playing with this set especially the die cast Thomas. The set can also be connected to other Thomas & Friends Adventures playsets that your little one may have. 

The set is great for letting children explore and use their imagination along with helping to develop both fine and gross motor skills. Blake loves the little Thomas and running him around the track and it's a great size for little hands. Cranky is another favourite due to him being able to move around and has a hook to load. 

The set retails at £34.99 which considering it can be connected to other Thomas and friend adventure sets is a great price. The set is definitely worth purchasing if you have a little one that loves Thomas or trains general. The set is also sturdy so I know that it will certainly last awhile. I also like that with this train set you don't have to worry about batteries and needing to replace them which I do with other train sets we own. 

*I was sent the Thomas and Friends Cranky at the Docks for this review although all opinions are of my own. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tactical Tuesdays (Laundry Hints and Tips)

Welcome back to another week of #TacticalTuesdays,  which I am co-hosting with the lovely Vicky from The Tactical Mummy. I'm loving that many of you have been joining in with our new linky so far. 

If you haven’t joined in with #TacticalTuesdays  before the idea behind the posts is that you share with us your Tactical Parenting Hacks for the week.It can be anything as simple as that you have cooked fish fingers or a clever idea you have had to entertain your children. 

Every Tuesday we share a post this can be new or from the archives and we invite you do the same as part of this linky. The following week we will share one of our favourite posts and link back to your blog. 

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If you would like to link up please grab our badge and share with us one of your hacks of the week. We are looking forward to reading your posts.

Our featured post of the week is Our first messy play and a big step out of the comfort zone by somerset mum. I can totally relate to how she feels about mum and baby groups and stepping out of my comfort zone. 

Tactical Tuesday at Joanna Victoria
I've been really busy the past week so for this weeks post its from the archives and all about Laundry hints and tips. When you have a family the laundry can be like the never ending story and all you want is to see an empty basket. I very rarely see an empty basket in our home however I do like to try and make things easier for us. So the tips included in the post are great if you need some help with your washing too. 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Living Arrows - 38/52

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

This past week has all been about Blake settling in at Pre-School and its gone rather well. The first day I was nervous for him but he was perfectly fine with no tears which helped as I had been feeling so anxious too. We had a few blips the rest of the week with crying when we dropped him off however he settled very quickly and he gets on really well with his key worker. 

This weeks photo was taken Sunday whilst we had cuddles on the sofa i just love these special moments together. I'm lucky in the sense that he is only doing 2 hours Monday-Friday afternoons as I can still have to spend with him. The 2 hours that he is in each day go so fast and I'm still trying to adjust to it all.

Living Arrows

Friday, 15 September 2017

Hair & Body Products For At Home Relaxation

As a busy Mum it can be hard to find the time to think and look after ourselves. Times when I know I am not going to be going out I can be found at home with a make up free face and straightened hair. When I go out I straighten my hair, pop on some foundation, eyeliner and mascara and off out I go. 

From time to time I do like to make more of an effort. However  I can't afford to get things done at the salon or have the time. I tend to get my eyebrows threaded when they need doing and a hair cut every 3- 6 months (don't judge me). But the rest of the time I like to do any pampering when I have a free moment at home. 

Overtime I have found some great products that I love using to make me feel more better about myself and so I thought I'd share with you some of them. 

When it comes to shaving small areas of my body such as my underarms I've started using Speed Shave. Speed Shave is a  waterless travel razor that is travel safe for hand luggage and is unisex. Ideal for travelling and staying hair free and well-groomed on the go. The razor contains 10ml Speed Shave natural waterless shave lotion in the handle, that contains enough for 10 shaves (based on face or underarms). It combines a razor, Vegan shave lotion, body moisturiser in one.

I love being able to relax in a bath and I use loads of different brands of bath related products however recently I've loved using the Malki Dead Sea bath salts as they smell amazing. This a delightful aromatherapy treat without needing to go to a spa. Just scoop some bath salts into your running bath water and then lay down and relax enjoying the scent and pure relaxation. 

The hottest hair and beauty trimming tool is ideal for us in between salon visits,to instantly transform your look with accuracy and gentleness without the fear of cuts. The styler is suitable for using on sensitive body parts such as your eyebrows, bikini, underarm and upper lip. All you have to do is pop on the correct attachment for fuss free trimming. 

Discover the ENVY Blowdry kit for a 10 minute professional game changer. The prewash system repairs, strengthens and adds gloss to all hair types. The set contains: 
ENVY Dual fix 12, gentle cleansing shampoo and gentle detangling conditioner. The blowdry kit is ideal for getting that salon look at home. There are 2 ways in which to use the Dual fix 12 the first being to massage into dry hair, blow dry in for a deep treatment before shampooing or applying it between the shampoo and conditioner stage. 

When looking for new skincare products I came across the B. range in superdrug. The range comes in four phases with Phase one being the collection I use which is suitable for your late 20's/early 30's. So far I only have the  moisture gel and night serum. However there is also a day cream and blemish gel. There is also a range which is for all skin types and I have been using the exfoliating cleanser which I love. In that range there are many other products such as make up removers,cleansing wipes, eye cream etc.

I've noticed my skin has been quite dry recently and I've also been getting spots more often. Carol's skin re-balancing serum is designed to restore bacterial balance quickly and gently.
It contains a smart patented natural anti-bacterial ingredient called MicroSilver ™ that only attacks bad skin bacteria, leaving good skin flora to flourish. This helps your skin to re-populate with the good stuff and keep the bad stuff at the castle gates.

7th Heaven, the world’s number one face mask brand that is natural and cruelty free. 7th Heaven offers loads of ultra moisturising and damage repairing products for your face, hands, feet, and hair. They are affordable, plus super environmentally friendly - 7th Heaven even offers many vegan friendly products. These products are fantastic home spa products, AND totally budget-friendly at around £1 a pop for face masks, and £1.99 for hair. I love nothing more than relaxing in the bath and popping on a face mask and I'm also loving their hand and feet range which I've never used before until now.

The scholl nail care system is a great starter kit to electrically file, buff and polish nails to give natural, shiny nails. With 3 easy steps this nail care system is a must for your at home manicure and pedicure routine. Battery operated and designed for easy handling this gadget has two speed settings and will also stop when too much pressure is being applied. 

The scholl foot file is one of the most important steps in your at home pedi routine. 
Get soft beautiful feet after one use with the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi with Diamond Crystals. The roller head removes hard skin leaving feet feeling silky smooth. You can purchase heads in three different intensities: extra coarse for particularly thick and stubborn hard skin, regular course for excess hard skin and gentle for providing a perfect finish.Comes with a safety feature that locks the roller in place if too much pressure is applied, preventing any injuries.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Christmas at Wyboston Lakes Competition

Christmas is fast approaching and The Executive Centre, Wyboston Lakes are holding a Tinsel Town Party Night on Friday 8th December. 

Located in Bedfordshire and within easy travelling distance of St Neots, Milton Keynes, Peterborough and Cambridge, Wyboston Lakes is the perfect place for Christmas parties. 

The Tinsel Town Party Night kicks off in the bar from 5pm,followed by a scrumptious 3 course plated dinner & ½ bottle of wine served from 8pm. After indulging, head over to the dance floor to carry on the party with our resident DJ until 1am. 

There is currently a competition where one person will receive 4 tickets to the Tinsel Town Party Night being held on Friday 8th December at The Executive Centre, Wyboston Lakes. 

To enter simply answer the following question:
What is best joke you have found in a Christmas cracker?

Send your answer via email to no later than 30th September with Tinsel Town Party Prize Draw in the subject line. 
For more information about Wyboston Lakes or the venues please visit

Terms and Conditions:
  • Competition closes on 30th September The Promoter is Wyboston Lakes Ltd.
  • Entrants must be aged 18 or over and resident in the UK.
  • Proof of age and residence will be required to receive the prize
  • To receive 4 tickets to the Tinsel Town Party Night being held on Friday 8th December at The Executive Centre, Wyboston Lakes.
  • Only one entry per person will be considered.
  • Entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid.
  • No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.
  • The promoter reserves the right in exceptional circumstances to vary, amend or withdraw this competition on reasonable notice.
  • There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
  • The prize may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the prize winner.
  • Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by a representative from Wyboston Lakes.
  • If the winner fails to respond within 48 hours of notification, the prize will be forfeited and an alternative winner will be contacted.
  • To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the promoter assumes no liability for any claim, loss or damage arising (whether directly or indirectly).
  • The Promoter’s decision is final and binding on the entrants.
  • No correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entry into the competition constitutes acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • The name of the winner will be announced by Wyboston Lakes Ltd.
  • These terms and conditions will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts