Friday, 16 November 2012

Madonna is the Marmite of my World.

The weather is dreary, and I feel like I could sleep for a week, it makes making an effort to look nice well....difficult! I keep looking at myself in the mirror and thinking.."Wow! It's about time you wore some make up.." I feel like a scruff. I can't help but wonder if women in the media ever wake up thinking that they'd rather just spend their day in a pair of yoga pants with no make up on? What would Madonna do?

Madonna would pull off wearing her yoga pants, an oversized shirt, with a pair of heels and smudgey eye make-up as some kind of fashion statement.  Madonna, being Madonna would probably think 'I don't care what you all think, I'm Madonna and I'll wear what I want..I know I look good anyway!' We'd all sit there and love/hate her as normal, as let's face it she is a bit Marmite. This is where I have a lot to learn from Madonna!

I've sat and cleared out my make up bag, it is now depressingly empty and in need of replenishing. My plan is to invest in a good mascara, some tinted moisturiser and a little blusher. Oh.. and I'm going to get my hair cut.. I'm going to pull off this yummy Mummy thing this winter! I wonder if I'll have more energy when I see myself looking yummy instead of slummy? Does anyone have any suggestions on easy ways I can keep myself looking yummy this winter? 


Muddy Puddles - Childrens Outdoor Clothing.

With two lively young boys who love nothing more than running around outside, I'm always on the look out for functional and funky clothes to keep them warm and dry all year round! Muddy Puddles offer a great range of wellies, waterproofs and hats!

Currently the boys have a bit of an obsession with tractors, and so these tractor wellington boots are on my list to buy before Christmas! They also have a very cute and matching tractor jacket which with the integrated hood I can see being very useful on the school run! I am a big fan of these waterproof trousers we found them really useful to put over warm clothes for playing in the snow last winter!

For girls there are some really pretty patterns on rain jackets, I think the navy floral girls mac is adorable! I really like the fact you can match the wellies with the jackets, and that Muddy Puddles offer all the little extras you might need for enjoying the outdoors with your child - they even have a great Ski section! With free delivery currently available on orders over £15 (ends 21/11/12) and free returns on all items, it is the perfect time to stock up on practical Christmas gifts or essential winter wear!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Horrid Henry Early Christmas Present DVD Review and Giveaway!

Horrid Henry and the Early Christmas Present is a fabulous way to start the Christmas countdown! Abbey Home Media sent us a copy to review, and I discovered it is a great DVD to keep the little ones busy and get them ready for the festive season!

The first episode is a seasonal one, and is a lesson from Henry about why it's important to be extra good on the run up to Christmas. It follows his exploits as he tries to make sure Father Christmas brings him at least one present! Boo sat watching and agreeing that he really ought to be trying to be good if he wanted anything from his ever growing (and for the first time personally written by his own hand) Christmas list! The other episodes are full of fun, and see Henry in a spot of bother as he tries to baby sit and in a hilarious episode sees brotherly love from his Father's view.. The DVD isn't too festive, so could be watched throughout the year, and both boys enjoyed watching it (as did I!). Boo is a big fan of Horrid Henry, and I think this is possibly our favourite Horrid Henry DVD, with some fabulously funny episodes on! It would make a lovely stocking filler or Christmas gift for any child who likes a giggle! 

Abbey Home Media are giving you the chance to win 1 of 4 copies by following the steps on rafflecopter below, and if you can't wait it is available to buy now!

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CBeebies The Album!

If you have young children like me, you are probably well educated in the songs from CBeebies and find yourself singing along to the theme tunes well after the children have gone to Oh..maybe that's just me! Anyway, there are some fantastic songs on CBeebies, and I love encouraging the children to sing, so when we got the chance to review the new CBeebies Album I was delighted! It's a double CD with back to back fun, featuring well known theme tunes and less well known but familiar songs from the shows as well as including the seasons songs! Infact, packed onto the double album are 50 songs, ideal for entertaining the children and perfect for those long car journeys this Christmas! 

 The CD would also make a great stocking filler, and no doubt be enjoyed all year! I like the fact there is a good combination of songs, they have mixed them up well though so you don't get a CD of lively songs and a CD of calming ones, which is good for keeping excitement contained - especially if you're using it for party games! CBeebies the Album is available NOW and is currently available from Amazon for £7.99.
 Play List:

 Disc 1
1. Justin's House Theme Tune
2. Baby Jake The Yacki Song
3. Iconicles Theme Tune
4. Rastamouse Theme Tune (Give It Up For Da Easy Crew)
5. Abadas My Name Is...
6. Mike The Knight Theme Tune
7. Mr Bloom s Nursery Meet The Veggies
8. Gigglebiz Theme Tune
9. In the Night Garden... Theme Tune
10. Big & Small Theme Tune
11. Timmy Time - Theme Tune
12. Everything's Rosie - Theme Tune
13. Woolly & Tig Theme Tune (I Love Woolly)
14. Andy's Wild Adventures Theme Tune
15. Grandpa In My Pocket Boom A Boom Whoop Zing Zoo
16. Tweenies Theme Tune (Hey Hey Are You Ready To Play?)
17. Alphablocks Theme Tune
18. Cloud Babies Theme Tune
19. Tree Fu Tom Theme Tune
20. Something Special Theme Tune (Hello Song) (2012 Version)
21. Cbeebies Presenters Summer Song
22. Cbeebies Presenters Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon
23. Cbeebies Presenters Winter Song
24. Cbeebies Presenters The Big Fun Time Song
25. Cbeebies Presenters Christmas Song

Disc 2
1. Rastamouse Hot Hot Hot
2. Abadas Medley (Abadas Song / Let s Play / I Found The Word / Goodbye Song)
3. The Lingo Show Theme Tune
4. Show Me Show Me Momo s Song
5. Mike The Knight Huzzah For Glendragon
6. Raa Raa The Noisy Lion Theme Tune
7. 64 Zoo Lane Theme Tune
8. Charlie and Lola Bestest In The Barn
9. Postman Pat Special Delivery Service Theme
10. Num Tums Theme Tune
11. Zingzillas Do You Didgeridoo
12. Guess With Jess Theme Tune
13. Tinga Tinga Tales Theme Tune
14. Balamory Theme Tune
15. Mr Bloom's Nursery The Finale Song
16. Big Barn Farm Theme Tune
17. Mister Maker I m A Shape
18. Waybuloo Time For Yogo
19. 3rd & Bird Theme Tune
20. Nina and the Neurons - Go Engineering Song
21. CBeebies Presenters It s The Weekend
22. CBeebies Presenters The Discovery Song
23. CBeebies Presenters Lunchtime Song
24. CBeebies Presenters The Birthday Song
25. CBeebies Presenters The Time Has Come to Say Goodnight (2012 Version)

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Calming Sensations thanks to Tea from Twinings!

I'm not going to lie, the last few weeks have been incredibly stressful, I have wanted to scream! My Grandmother apparently used to say 'there is no stress a cup of tea can't take away' clearly she was a very wise woman, as thanks to a lovely delivery from Twinings Tea, I have been able to test her theory out and indeed the very act of making my tea has proved very therapeutic!

Twinings sent me a selection from their Sensation range, Double Mint, Lime & Ginger and Camomile & Maple, I always feel herbal tea is a cup of luxury, I guess it helps as Mr G won't even try the stuff, so it is mine - all mine! I couldn't wait to try the Double Mint, as I have a real passion for peppermint tea - would this Double Mint offering pack the minty punch I was hoping for?? I was not disappointed, this is truly the best cup of mint tea I have had the pleasure to indulge in, it really has got a strong mint flavour which is hugely refreshing and still soothing as a Peppermint tea should be!

The calming elements of the Camomile & Maple have certainly been tested and while I enjoyed the soothing elements, I almost found the tea to be a little too sweet, although ideal for when I was utterly exhausted! Lime and Ginger, I was uncertain whether I would enjoy, but the warming ginger combined with the citrus was a lovely uplifting tea creating an ideal start to a a wet Monday morning or relieving the post-lunch blues! Plus.. I love that the tea bags come with this special message..

Thanks Twinings..I will!

Whether you're looking for a Christmas present or just a gift to cheer someone up, Twinings have a great range of tea gifts on offer, I especially like the Literary Tea gifts - such a lovely idea to send someone I can think of a few special people who would love this! If you're after something really special, why not try (or gift!) some white tea? High in natural anti-oxidants, with much lower levels of caffeine than black tea or coffee it might be the ideal choice for a pre-Christmas detox?

Disclaimer: Thanks to Twinings for sending me some lovely Tea for the purposes of the review.