Turning A Blind Eye

One of my favourite bloggers namely Alan at OMG It’s A Girl wrote this post about Domestic Violence and how people can sometimes not intervene in arguments if they walked past them in the street for fear of what might happen if they do. Today I’m writing something in a similar vein but this time it’s involving children.

If you saw a child being ‘picked on’ would you do something about it? Or would you turn a blind eye? Today I witnessed a group of children, around 9 or 10 at a guess on the school playground who were having what I thought was a disagreement. I dropped my own child to his class and on walking back past them to take my other child I realised this wasn’t just a disagreement, it was more than that. It was a child threatening another child, taking his bag and not letting him have it back and when I intervened throwing it in a muddy puddle.

But what really surprised me in all of this was the amount of people who just walked past. These are parents, I’d like to think that if something like this was happening to my own children that someone would step in and stop it. I’m not saying they were wrong for walking on but I felt I had to stop and say something. I have no idea whether this was just a one off after a tiff perhaps  a lost game of football, or something that’s been going on for longer. I’m not saying it was bullying at all as this was just one incident I was witness to. But if I hadn’t done something there and then I know that I would have tormented myself wondering what had happened after I’d left.

Recently, far too close to home there has been a case of a young teen taking her own life after being bullied. How do things get so very bad that a girl just starting out in life with everything to look forward to gets to the stage where she feels the only way out is suicide? As a parent you want to protect your child from the bad things in life and bullying is unfortunately something that has happened for a long time. The rise of social media doesn’t help as you only have to scroll through a teenagers feed to know that there’s a very fine line between so called ‘banter’ and something far more sinister. One child may shrug it off but another may be far more sensitive, when I think of myself as a teen I was an overthinker, a worrier. I had braces, a bit of name calling was the worst I ever had. Should you feel lucky though for not having been bullied though? Of course not. It should be the norm. Unfortunately though there are far too many people who have been bullied and not just in the playground. We all need to do more to stop it, where we can.

There are people you can turn to if you do feel you are being bullied or know someone who is and you want to help them. If you are being bullied there are people who will be willing to listen, to help. Please don’t try to cope alone. These are just a few of the places that can help.

Have you ever come across a situation you thought maybe needed someone to intervene? Have you walked past and wished you hadn’t? Have you been a victim of bullying and wished somebody had?

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Sweet Champions Done Adulting Box Giveaway

I thought once I hit around 30 I’d feel like a proper adult. Nope. I was wrong. Researchers for a poll by Tangerine confectionery – makers of Sweet Champions Sweets – polled 2,000 Brits over the age of 30 and found they did not consider themselves an adult until 33. Not sure I go along with that as  I may look older but I definitely don’t feel it.

The fabulous people at Candyland Sweet Champions kindly sent me a Done Adulting box, which contained lots of sweets (win!) to help me embrace my inner kidult when I’ve had a hard day adulting. It contains all my favourite retro sweets such as Refreshers, Black Jacks, Fruit Salad and Sherbert Dip Dabs.

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A copy of the bestselling book ‘Adulting. How I become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps’ by Kelly Williams Brown.

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A Kidult Colouring Book with pictures to colour in of all your favourite retro sweets.

Lastly some stickers for when you’ve really had a good go at this adulting lark!

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How many of these signs you’re a kidult can you tick off?

You…

  1. Watch whole box-sets in a weekend
  2. Have recently got a tattoo
  3. Have set up a Whatsapp group with your friends
  4. Used a Snapchat selfie filter on your profile pic
  5. Listen to Radio 1
  6. Voted for someone on the X Factor
  7. Have gone to a music festival
  8. Have bought a must-have pair of trainers
  9. Regularly raid the sweetie cupboard for treats
  10. Have ridden a scooter to work/on the school run
  11. Owned a novelty phone case
  12. Queued for a new Iphone
  13. Downed a pint in one
  14. Worn skinny jeans
  15. Used a selfie stick
  16. Love eating a Sherbert Fountain or Dip Dab
  17. Worn a band t-shirt
  18. Worn ripped jeans
  19. Gone abroad on a stag or hen do
  20. Edited Social Media photos to make you look younger/ more attractive
  21. Bought a pet rather than have a baby
  22. Dumped a partner because you weren’t ready for anything serious
  23. Use nicknames for all your friends
  24. Let your parents do your washing, housework, DIY or gardening
  25. Asked your parents to borrow money
  26. Watched shows like TOWIE/Made in Chelsea/Ex on the beach/Love Island/Kardashians
  27. Have gone straight to work after a night out
  28. Stayed up all night playing computer games
  29. Worn fancy dress for Halloween
  30. Dyed your hair a crazy colour.

I ticked off 17 so not quite as kidult as I thought. My worst is raiding the sweetie cupboard. Naughty. My fave sweets as a kid were Frosties Cola sweets so I was delighted to find some in my Done Adulting box!!

Now I’m giving my lovely readers a chance to win a Sweet Champions Done Adulting Box for themselves! Enter via the Rafflecopter below!

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1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is no cash alternative offered.
3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
4. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
5. The giveaway will run until Midnight 29/1/17
6. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize 🙂

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*We were sent the box free for the purpose of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Is Moving Out All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Moving out. Not all it’s cracked up to be is it? Listening to my 18 year old  chatter about how great it will be when he moves out makes me think back *cough* 20 years ago to the times when I thought i was young and free. Yeah….

The first place I shared with a friend was an absolute dive. Oh dear lord it was horrific. Think of that place in your town or city that no-one wants to live in. That really horrible arsehole end of town that people make a face at when you mention it. People grip their handbags for dear life when even just walking around the outskirts of it. That’s where we lived.

The day we moved in (myself and another girl) we had already had a right day of it. Picture it. We’d gone to a local property management bloke who had been recommended because he didn’t ask for thousands up front and as we both had jobs but didn’t earn a mint it sounded ideal to us young, naive girls. Not sure what he was recommended for as he had no more knowledge of being a professional landlord  than I have of astro physics. He told us he had the perfect property for us. Oh how excited we were. Two 18 year olds moving their suitcases of, well… basically shoes, into a new place of our own. It was gorgeous, spacious and clean with a fantastic view. We’d only just started putting our clobber away when in through the door comes a couple. “What the f**k are you doing in our flat?” they spit at us. “Um, Mr X rented it to us” “well he can bloody well unrent it then it’s ours we’ve signed for it, get him on the phone”. This was back in the day when mobiles had only just come out. I picked up my brick to ring him. “I’m ever so sorry I’ve made a mistake” he says. “I’ll come and pick you up, I have just the place for you”. Shoes get bunged back into suitcases and off we go in the back of his Mcdonald’s wrappered car. He took us through the door and the wonder awaited us.

Just the place. JUST THE PLACE?

The excited giggles didn’t last long. They soon turned to shock. Then horror. The bright blue carpet in the front room had hundreds of pine needles stuck in it – I would later find myself on hands and knees with a pair of tweezers attempting to remove them. Hours of my life wasted. Half the floorboards were pulled up. Mr X told us this was because the electrics were being looked at. Speculation later from other friends was that there had been a drugs bust and we were living in some kind of Heroin hidey hole. Gawd. Although there was a handyman type guy who came around and disappeared down under the floor several times a day and once stood on a ladder to ‘fix the boiler’, I heard a spark and I kid you not he flew halfway across the room. Up he gets and starts jumping up and down on the spot stammering “I’m fine”.

Mr X told us the place was fully furnished. Bit economical with the truth there. It was to a degree but on looking at the bedrooms we realised they were full of stuff. Not just furniture but piles and piles of crap. We were told we could throw anything away as they belonged to the homeowner and as we were both about to go to work we felt we had no choice but to sign or find ourselves homeless. Pride stopped us from running back home after making such a big deal about leaving. When I got to work someone asked me if I was ok and I burst out crying. They thought someone had died. I put them right of course and told them that I’d just moved into the biggest sh*thole of a house known to man.

After work we got home and had a really good look around. On the plus side (the only one really) it had a gorgeous bathroom huge and really tidy. There was an attic type hatch in there, I never did find out where it led as the only time I put my hand in to feel around I pulled out a pile of dirty magazines, hastily shoved them back in and closed it forever. I would later be found on the loo, pants round my ankles in a cider induced slumber in that bathroom. Good job there were no camera phones then I can tell you. Got a lot of ribbing for that one from the group of friends stood in the doorway to laugh at my misfortune. The sods.

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My brother in our stylish living area.Yes that is an upturned coffee table.No I don’t know why.

There were 3 bedrooms. 1 of which had a random red lightbulb. It was from then on known as ‘the red room’. It was one of those rooms that gave you the heebie jeebies. It was floor to ceiling full of ‘things’ I say things because I actually have no real idea what was in there as I scarpered a bit quick. That room just wasn’t right. We ended up sharing a bed in the main bedroom because we didn’t want to move all the stuff off the middle bed. Lord only knows what you might find in there. People, dogs, whole family of rabbits. Who knows?

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A teenage me in my luxurious bedroom.

Mr X also turned out to be a right weirdo who entered the house whenever he felt like it especially if the rent was more than 3 minutes late. Once I caught him coming through the door having leapt out of bed and down the stairs and he said in a leary fashion “oh that nightie is really see through” (it wasn’t) and that was actually an occasion where I told him to “knob off out of my house.

I eventually moved from there to a much tidier flat in a nice part of town and life was much different. Maybe doing it the way I did was a learning curve, did me good. Or maybe I should have just admitted to my Mum the place was a dive and gone home. C’est La Vie.

Did you move out into a sensible place or did you too live in a craphole?

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Modern Dad Pages

It’s Christmas When…

When you’re up to your eyeballs in fighting kids and sprouts – they do make great missiles I’ll grant you but pack it in I actually really like them. Actually they make pretty good weapons before AND after they’ve been eaten. Stinky.

When you’ve run out of room to hide the presents and you find yourself screaming ‘nooooooo’ every time you hear someone open a cupboard door even if the poor sod is just trying to get the Shreddies out with a look of fear in their eye.

When you think you might die if you have to set foot inside another sodding shop where everyone walks at the pace of a snail and you find yourself cuddled up to the most unsavoury of characters in the scrum at Argos. Sweaty armpit to the face. Cheers then. You think it’s freezing outside so you wear your ‘big’ coat out but then you feel like a roasted turkey after 10 minutes inside a shop.

When you don’t know whether to choose the golden goose egg, unicorn poo or dinkleberry infused sausage meat so you buy them all then panic about what the hell you’re going to do with it ‘cos the freezer is already threatening to burst open at any moment throwing your satay sticks and 4000 mega pack of Iceland mini sausage rolls all over the kitchen.

When you’ve whispered “ffs give me a break”435 times between 6.30 and 9am but the kids continue to Karate Kid each other and the other half can’t find ‘the thing’ they’re looking for even though it’s right there, right there bloody looking at them. Argghhh.

When you’ve threatened the kids with the naughty list so many times even Santa himself is thinking he’d quite like to use up some of his annual leave to have a Groupon bargain spa day and slob around in his vest and pants. That suit gets a bit ‘chafey’ you know?!

When you’ve already replaced 3 boxes of Quality Street because they were there, taunting you. Calling out to you while you were minding your own business watching Eastenders. Such attention whores.

When you still have to work Christmas Eve and look longingly at everyone else with their bucket sized glass of Baileys photographed in their hand in front of the twinkly Christmas Tree. I don’t hate them *gritted teeth* I don’t. I just hope it curdles, you gits.

You know it’s Christmas. It’s easy to feel stressed and like you just can’t wait for it to be over and nothing you do is ever good enough. I was feeling like this up until today but then 2 different people at different times came into my workplace to bring me a present just for being there. Now these people are just people who I wouldn’t have said I’d done anything particularly special for but they saw it differently. I had listened, maybe I’d pulled a few strings and then put it out of my mind but something I’d done had made a difference to these people.

So you know what?

I am bloody good enough and I can’t wait for the Big Red Man.

Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals!

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Redoxon Vitamins Review

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a decent helping of stress and someone always has a cold don’t they? Always. The lovely people at Redoxon sent me a gorgeous hamper of products to help make sure we were all fighting fit (well the kids definitely have the ‘fighting’ bit sorted).

We were sent:

  • Redoxon® Triple Action Effervescent Tablets
  • Redoxon® Immune Support Every Day
  • Redoxon® Triple Action Gummies

Redoxon® Triple Action Effervescent Tablets

They contain a combination of vitamin D, C and Zinc to help maintain your immune system and are suitable for adults and children over 12 years of age. The tablets fizzed up quickly in just a small amount of water – great if you’re short on time in the morning – and have a pleasant orange taste. The tablets come in a resealable plastic tube to keep them fresh and the lid isn’t easily removed so kids wouldn’t readily be able to get into it. Although I do keep my medicines in a high cupboard out of the way. I will also say that if you do partake in a bit of the old ‘festive spirit’ then these are just the thing to get you feeling a bit more human again. Certainly worked for me. They are also sugar free, always good. They come as a tube of 10.

Redoxon® Immune Support Every Day

Redoxon Every Day is an effervescent multivitamin which contains Vitamin C, Selenium, Zinc and Vitamins B6, B9 & B12 and is free from lactose, wheat and yeast. They are suitable for adults and children over the age of 12. Christmas can be hectic and running around a lot can take its toll which makes these ideal for boosting your immune system everyday. As I said earlier there are always coughs and colds hanging about so it doesn’t hurt to give your body a helping hand. As with the Triple Action tablets you just need to dissolve 1 in a small amount of water to make an orange flavoured drink. They come as packs of 2 tubes of 15 so the pack of 30 is ideal to last you for the month as you only need 1 tablet dissolved in water per day.

Redoxon® Triple Action Gummies

These lovely little fruit shaped gummies come in three tasty fun flavours (orange, strawberry and papaya) and are a high strength combination of Vitamins C & D plus Zinc for children 4 years and up. They come in resealable packs of 25. I had no trouble getting the children to try these, as they tasted like the fruit they resemble – although I did think the yellow one was going to be lemon flavoured rather then papaya until I tried it!

  • Children 4-8 years old have 2 gummies per day
  • Children 9-13 years old have 3 gummies per day
  • Adults & Teens over 14 have 4 gummies per day

 

  • Vitamin D helps your immune system function- your body’s natural protector
  • Vitamin C contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism and can help support your immune system
  • Zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal skin
  • Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, of normal muscle function and of normal teeth

So if you’re not a fan of traditional pill form vitamins either the effervescent tablets or the gummies would make an ideal substitute for you to get all the the benefits above and more. All the extra treats, chocolate and nibbles mean that your 5 a day might go out of the window and these Redoxon products fit the bill perfectly for redressing the balance.

Redoxon® products are available at a range of stores including Boots, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Tesco, and Waitrose. Redoxon® Every Day come in packs of 15 (RRP £5.00) and 30 (RRP £9.50), the Triple Action gummies come in packs of 25 at a RRP of £2.49, and the Triple Action effervescent tablets are available in packs of 10 at a RRP of £3.80

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*We were sent the products for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Childrens Gift Ideas

Christmas is creeping ever closer and if you’re anything like me you haven’t finished (or even started even) getting all those presents, so here are a few ideas for childrens gifts. I don’t like to say whether they are boy or girl as my daughter loves being a superhero one minute and Elsa the next so I personally think you can buy them for either.

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1 Mitre Personalised Football £30

This lovely personalised fooball come in 3 different colours  (Green, Red and Blue), just add add in your recipients name on ordering and it will be added to the front of the ball. Think it’s going to be a mission to wrap up? Worry not, it comes in an easy to wrap gift box! Phew! Your fab footie present will be delivered fully pumped up within five days, making it the ideal gift for any footy fan – no matter what their age! Kids love to have something with their name on it don’t they!

2 Super Mario Bros Pixel Craft Magnets from Paladone £5.99

720 magnetic pixels for your little Mario fan (if you let them get their hands on them- how much fun?!) to create Mario characters or designs such as the easily recognisable coin, mushroom or flower  as illustrated on the packaging. Hours of fun.

3 Butterkist Christmas Popcorn range from MRRSP £1.49*

If you’re looking for a sweet treat to add to the little one’s stockings and fancy giving something a bit different then these new Butterkist flavours are just the thing! They come in Gingerbread, Salted Caramel and Choc Mallow flavours and are perfect for that lazy afternoon over the Christmas period watching a family film. The Choc Mallow ones are my faves. Yum!

LEGO Star Wars Episode VII Keylights £6.99

Light up the ‘dark side’ wherever you are with these cute minifigure keylights featuring Star Wars – The Force Awakens characters. Just press their chest to light up their feet! The perfect gift for LEGO or Star Wars fans of any age! Lots of different characters to choose from. Who’s your favourite?

Detective Dot Megapack £16.99

‘Detective Dot’ aims to inspire the next generation of kids to be coders, it’s the perfect gift for smart kids aged 8+ this Christmas and will inspire them to learn more about coding and the world around them using cool female role models, stories and personalised missions. The pack is delivered in a Top Secret envelope addressed to your child – the face is a picture when it comes through the door –  with a personalised invitation to join the CIA.  Kids can become lifelong CIA members and the pack gives them cool agent stuff and secret missions to complete which gets them thinking critically about the world around them.

The Megapack contains:

•Detective Dot Book
•CIA Membership Card
•7 fun missions to complete
•A personalised letter from the CIA
•CIA Sticker Sheet
•Lifelong CIA Membership (for a limited time, the first 500 applicants will become founder members of the CIA

6 K’NEX K-FORCE K-5 Phantom Buildable Blaster

K’nex is always a hit for us and now you can blast darts with it too! Build your blaster, load the clip with up to 10 darts, and the new motorized rapid fire chamber will fire darts as fast as you can pull the trigger! This set comes complete with one motorized rapid fire chamber, a 10 dart clip, 10 foam darts, one quick fit grip and downloadable instructions for six additional custom blasters and targets. All in fun, bright colours. Great for running off the Xmas dinner with the kids!

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* Butterkist Choc Mallow Popcorn 170g available at Tesco, Sainsburys & Asda
Butterkist Salted Caramel Popcorn 160g available at Tesco & Ocado
Butterkist Gingerbread Popcorn 150g available at stores nationwide

*Some of the items were gifted for the purposes of this guide however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

The Big Man isn’t so far away now is he? I certainly haven’t finished my Christmas shopping yet and here are a few gift ideas (hint, hint hubby) for the lady in your life be it your significant other, Mum, sister, bestie or anyone you fancy buying a gift for really!

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 Homedics Rokit Salon Gel Nails system from £69.99

This nifty little kit lets you get Christmas perfect nails in the comfort of your own home for a fraction of the cost and without having to make time to go to a salon. As a busy Mum time is precious so being able to sit and do your nails whilst enjoying the soaps is spot on. I never have the time or inclination to do my nails every couple of days so the best part is they stay glossy for up to two weeks. The kit comes with:

•Professional LED Curing Lamp (mains powered)
• Built in treatment timers
• 5ml All-In-One Gel Polish – Postbox Red and Shock Pink (10 applications per bottle). Additional colours of the All-In-One Gel Polish available at £14.99 each
• 50ml ‘Ready’ nail remover, nail file, buffer & cuticle stick and 20 x lint free nail cleansing pads

Resmed-S+-Sleep

 S+ from Resmed £129.95

One thing us parents would really love for Christmas is a decent nights kip. So this is the nearest thing I could find to help with that little wish!! The S+ is the world’s first non-contact, fully comprehensive sleep tracking system, which features patent-protected SleepSensor technology. The S+ makes it possible to track, analyse and improve sleep at home without a wristband, electrodes or mattress strips. Place the pod at a suitable place above your mattress and it will work it’s magic tracking your movements to assess whether you are for example in light or deep sleep. You can sync it with your Smartphone to give you lots of information on how you can improve your sleep, such as lighting and give you an overall sleep score which you can then use to start improving your quality of sleep.

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Lindt Maxi Ball from Wilko  £10.00

Serious brownie points to be earned if you get one of these for the lady (or anybody else) in your life. It’s a huge 550g worth of the gorgeous chocolate balls with the melty middles. Hard to leave alone once you’ve started!

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Jaeger Flat Circle Ring £25

I like my jewellery to be a bit unusual so I thought this flat circle ring in brushed sterling silver was lovely. I don’t personally like gold jewellery but if that’s more your thing it also comes in gold and also has matching bracelet, necklace and earrings.

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Selfish Mother MAMA Sweatshirt £45

Selfish Mother clothing is always something I lust after and this in particular is great as 50% of the proceeds of the sale go to Cancer Research UK. So you get a gorgeous, stylish warm jumper and a good feeling that you’re giving money to a great cause.

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Hardback Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries by Helen Fielding from Asda £7.00

If you’ve seen the movie you’ll know how hilarious it is. If not this is a must read before the DVD comes out in January. Bridget as per has a chaotic pregnancy and the theme throughout is ‘whodunnit’? Laugh out loud funny.

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*Some of the items featured were gifted for the purpose of this guide however all opinions and other gift ideas are my own*

Surviving Christmas

In the run up to Christmas everything seems to go mad, the kids are bouncing off the walls in excitement and you never seem to have enough time to get things done so if you’re anything like me you can end up feeling a bit stressed!

We were sent a beautiful Christmas Survival Kit by Room to Grow – a British Children’s bedroom furniture and accessories retailer – to help things just run a little smoother! There’s a link for a chance to win one for yourself below too!

 

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Dance in your pants

Well not really it’s far too cold but for getting into the spirit of Christmas what better than a Christmas CD? Mix that with Michael Buble and you’ve got the perfect recipe for writing those to do lists or doing the ‘big Christmas clean up’ everyone sings into their feather duster, don’t they?!

Keep ’em occupied

For me a lot of the run up to Christmas is keeping the kids occupied and giving them things to do to keep them busy. In the box were letters we could send to ‘Santa Christmas’ (my daughter keeps getting herself muddled up and it’s stuck!) which the kids couldn’t wait to write. Let’s hope they’ve been good enough for the man himself to turn up on Christmas Eve!

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a lovely family movie to watch and they can be an absolute lifesaver when the kids are getting over excited and you want a way of just taking them down a notch. We love to get the duvets down to the settee, get more popcorn than is strictly necessary, close the curtains, chill out and watch. So the ‘Elf Buddy’s Musical Christmas’ DVD in the box was perfect for this. We even got a lovely little Itty Bitty reindeer to cuddle while we watched.

We played a game of ‘hide the chocolate coin’ kept them busy for a while, well until someone sneakily ate one or two of course!! Could try it with Quality Street instead although I think you’d be stuffed by the end! Hey, it’s Christmas. Why not.

The kit also contained some really fun photo props for getting those fun Instagram photos which the kids had great fun putting together and then posing for their photos! HAven’t tried using anything like this before but I thought it was great fun.

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Annnnnd relax

When the kids have (finally) gone to bed it’s great to try and find some ‘me time’ to relax, I try to have a soak in the bath just to take the weight off from all the stresses and strains after a long day of manic Christmas shopping so was very pleased to see a very festive gingerbread man soap included which smelled gorgeous! There were even a couple of mulled fruit infusion teabags for that relaxing cuppa. Prosecco or gin may be more your thing?!

And if all else fails? At least you’ve still got your marbles (there’s a bag of those included – just in case.)


Room To Grow are giving you a chance to win a Christmas Survival Kit of your own! Just pop over to their blog here and enter the really easy giveaway!

How do you survive Christmas? Do you have a plan or just wing it like me?

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*We were sent the box free for the purposes of this post however all opinions are honest and my own*

2nd Anniversary Giveaway

I’ve been writing this here blog for 2 whole years now. It’s gone so quick, I’ve loved and hated blogging in equal measure over the course of this year but ultimately I do enjoy it and when I do actually get 5 to myself I do have great fun writing it.

I have enjoyed talking to other bloggers and have laughed and cried reading so many talented writers posts. Here are some of my favourite bloggers and their posts.

• This tearjerker about adoption called Why did you leave me? from Alan at OMG it’s a girl

• This one from proud Dad Martyn at Inside Martyn’s Thoughts after his little man remembered how to contact 999 when his Dad had a fall.

• I love Northern Dad Julian’s entire blog just because he’s slightly bonkers but always make me laugh out loud. I particularly like this one because it reminds me of myself!

• This hilarious take on Alanis Morrisette’s Ironic from Gemma at Life is Knutts 

Looking forward to more from these guys to whom I also want to say a massive thankyou for always being supportive!!

This year has brought around lots of opportunities for me and some genuinely lovely items to review. My favourites have been these Star Wars Itty Bittys just the cutest little dudes ever! This BABY Born Interactive Doll that my daughter absolutely fell in love with and still plays with on a daily basis and last but not least this review I did for Lucas Frank Clothing  the tops we were sent turned out to be 2 that my son is wearing to death as his favourite colour is green.

So onto the giveaway is it! This year I’m giving away a lovely little treat bundle which includes:

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• A set of Remington Big Style Air Rollers

• A box of Marks & Spencer Swiss Chocolates

• A set of Skippy Peanut Butters – 1 Smooth, 1 Crunchy plus a spreader.

To be in with a chance of winning just enter via the Rafflecopter below.

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1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There is no cash alternative offered.
3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
4. The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
5. The giveaway will run until Midnight 11/12/16 
6. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize 🙂

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Sympathy Empathy Wimpathy

Driving to work I ran over a squirrel, he was already dead mind you but I felt really bad for him. He would have no idea about of course but still I felt terribly guilty. How would I feel in his situation? Well dead, probably.

Sometimes though I think I empathise and ‘put myself in another person’s shoes’ a little too much. I’m the type of person who overthinks absolutely everything to a ridiculous degree. The Other Half and I argue all the time over discipline of the teen. He thinks if he’s stupidly late home he should be locked out end of. I however would panic that something would happen, what if he freezes to death, what if aliens, what if clowns, what if some idiot decided to hurt him just for fun ? I just can’t follow it through. Is it a maternal thing or just my nature? He says I’m just a soft touch, a wimp. I need to put my foot down and be tougher.

Sometimes I take it way too far like with poor old Sammy Squirrel. I’ve also found myself feeling sorry for a lone bean left in the tin. I mean come on! I still have to fish the poor sod out, even though I’m sending him to a certain death by boiling him in tomato sauce anyway. Not sure which is worse but I wouldn’t want him to be all lonely and stuff.

Other things I feel sorry for include:

• Dolls my daughter has stripped down naked. Have to redress them at night, OMG what if they got cold? Poor buggers, I’d never forgive myself.

• The last cake left. How on earth people work in Greggs is beyond me. I’d never be able to let that last doughnut be alone. I’d retire looking like Violet Beauregarde.

• The poor Malteser that rolled under the sofa. Can’t bring myself to eat that one though. Can I?

• Older people who look really shocked when you smile at them. I carry on walking whilst worrying to myself whether I should have invited them home for a cuppa, what if they haven’t spoken to anyone in weeks? More likely they just think I’m a right weirdo and hope I won’t nick their handbag.

• This sweet that someone left in the dish at work, who in their right mind leaves a sweet all alone in the world. What kind of monsters am I working with?

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• Other peoples kids that cry in town. Now that kid could be crying because their Mum said no to them taking the plastic owl home from outside Greggs that’s there to scare the pigeons – not that the pigeons care they stick up 2 claws behind it’s back and spark up a fag- but hey that kid thought it was the cutest thing ever despite it having barely any paint on it and looking like it had a rough night at the Billy’s Bird Bar. Still makes me feel all ‘aww love him’.

Is it a bad thing that I feel so much sympathy/empathy/wimpathy should I ‘man up’ so to speak or is it good that I’m one of lifes carers? Do you ever find yourself feeling sorry for something completely random?

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