Sunday, 20 April 2014

Wayfair £50 Giveaway and Review!

I was lucky enough to be sent some goodies from Wayfair to review over the Easter holidays with the kids AND they have kindly offered a giveaway to my readers too!!

We were sent 2 hamper baskets and a tee-pee to review and from ordering to getting the items it was less than 24 hours! I was amazed at the efficiency of the company and the customer service was superb all the way through choosing the items and working together on this project!

The larger of the 2 hampers is supplied empty which makes it ideal for storing blankets and bits needed for picnics etc.  So much space and was large enough to hold both the smaller basket, glass jars, blankets, frame and picnic food!  Sturdy enough to sit on which is of course a bonus too for those of us who cant get up from the floor anymore! ;)

The smaller hamper is filled for 2 people - containing plates, knives, forks, spoons and a corkscrew attached to the inside of the lid.  The base is foil lined and zippered ready to work as a cool box for drinks and chilled foodstuff. So much nicer than carrying your picnic in a backpack and it getting squished and warm (yes we have all been there!) lol

We intended to use the Tee-pee for the Easter picnic last weekend but thanks to the typical english weather it was wet and not ideal for setting up - we did manage a couple of quick shots but Evie wasnt happy being out in the rain so we scooped everything back up and headed indoors!

When the sun was shining on Thursday we ventured out to the park for the kids to play football and for Evie to finally have a proper play in her tee-pee.  She loves the fact it is big enough to fit mummy and daddy in too!  (no pictures of that one thankfully!) lol

The tee-pee has fold open doors that are lined with the cutest fabric on the inside so it gives more impact when they are thrown open.  This fabric is also what the base is made out of - with eyelets in all sides of the tee-pee, the base fastens securely meaning the kids can scurry in and out without worry of having to keep rearranging the ground cover.

There is a net window with drop down flap at the back which means the whole thing can be closed if quiet reading time is needed.  Everyone needs somewhere to hide! 

The poles are a tough plastic and very easy to put together, concertinas up to easily fit in the car or for storage.  I was surprised how light it was to lift and set up, yet it is sturdy enough to withstand some roughness from kids running in and out.  

I can see this getting a lot of use and Evie even has a little collection of books she wants to read to Amelia when shes here as its going to be their reading area!  I think its going to be permantly set up in her room! lol 

This particular Tee-Pee is Currently on offer for half price too! 

To win a £50 voucher to spend online with Wayfair simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below - the more you do the more entries you will receive - the more chance you have to win!! 

Good Luck

Friday, 18 April 2014

When the sun is out....

...we head to the park!

The dress and cardigan were a birthday present Evie received on Monday from Nana Sue - doesnt she look gorgeous!  

Theyre from Sainsburys too and ive had a look at the new lines out for summer ... theres one dress better than the next...good news for little princesses!! 

Taking a break in her Tee-Pee with her jar of milk (...and paper straw!) haha

Giant Jenga - pastel colours for Easter of course from Hen & Hammock!   Comes in plain white wood inside a hessian bag - we painted ours to use for Easter!  It would be fabulous to theme for each occassion! £45 available here...


Happy days! 


Tee-Pee  (blog post review and giveaway coming soon)

I received items free of charge to review and promote on my blog based on our experiences with them.  All opinions are my own, all photos are my own and i was not paid for this post. 

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Pipii Giveaway! Party in Style!

I would love to introduce you to a fabulous store - youve probably already heard of it, but incase you havent is Pipii!!

Pipii is a world full of ideas, inspiration and fun products for your party, wedding, birthday, or any special occasion.

You all know how i feel about creating memories and making parties something to remember - this is a little piece from the Pipii website which sums up their site...

Create memorable moments
It's all about celebrating life, and at Pipii, no matter what your creative ability or budget, you'll find inspiration to make your party one to remember. Seasonal ideas are updated regularly, and you'll discover an Aladdin's Cave of creative gems in the Pipii crafts archive.

I was lucky enough to be sent some goodies to decorate the Egg Hunt at the weekend ...

These fabulous brown paper cups are ideal for drinks but also ideal for presenting foods too - fill them with candy and fasten with a ribbon to replace goodie bags!  We used them for little houmous pots which went down a storm :)

These gorgeous paper fans really do create a stunning backdrop - we had to move the picnic inside but previously they had been hanging in the trees outside and looked beautiful!  Available in lots of different sizes and colours - perfect for any occassion and simply fold back up when not in use ready for next time - easy storage!

If i have one weakness when it comes to parties its paper straws!  

There is something so perfect about them that using plastic straws just doesnt give - whether its the throwback memories to school milk or the feel of the paper im not sure but these are a must for any party!!  Lots of different styles and colours so perfect for everything from weddings to halloween and everything in between! 

(...once youve tried paper straws you wont go back to plastic i promise!)

Pipii have kindly offered to allow me to host A PIPII SPRING GIVEAWAY on my blog for YOU TOO where you can win £30 worth of vouchers to spend on their site to help with your next party!!

All you have to do is enter  via the rafflecopter widget below - the more you like, share, tag and do, the more entries into the competition you will receive!   

Just imagine some of the lovely Pipii Products helping make your party one to remember!

Winner will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter in 2 weeks time!

Good Luck

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Little Miss E - model in the making! NEXT summer clothes review.

Despite having 4 older brothers and the fear she would turn out to be a tom boy we needn't have worried!  Evie is a complete girly girl who loves dresses and lip gloss and everything pink!!
When we were looking through the new Next directory we were letting out little squeals over the new range of summer clothes....tea dresses, patchwork dresses, tshirts with lace and ribbons and everything just looks so shabby chic/50s/pretty!!
When we were given the chance to review some items from the range I don't know who was more excited - me or Evie!! haha
We sat and worked out what would be perfect for an Easter Egg hunt and picnic and decided upon this gorgeous dress, jacket and shoe combo.
 The pink scene dress is £24-£26   The denim jacket is £13-£14  The pink bloom shoes are £10-£12
 As always, the quality from Next is second to none and this dress was so much more pretty than we expected!  Fully lined with a button up back and little glitter belt it was fitted enough to allow movement and spot on age 4/5 sizing for Evie.
As the rain was imminent we popped on the jacket and headed outside to hunt for eggs.  Not once did she complain of being cold and this little jacket with turned up sleeves (with ditsy blue print flower lining) is an ideal spring/summer cover up!
She said she felt all grown up too and I have to admit she did look older than her 4 years! Even with her little pink bucket and excited egg finding grin! ;)
Im a bare foot girl and im constantly getting told off for not wearing shoes or socks or a combo of both.  Evie is the same and loves to be free, the fact that these canvas shoes are comfortable without socks is a blessing as theres nothing worse in the summer than sweaty shoes!  
 With the adorable pictures on them and wipe clean surface you can bet she will be wearing these throughout the summer :)
Then she went into full model mode!  Twirls, dancing, flicking her hair back.....
this girl knows how to work the pretty clothes! haha
 Thank you so much to Next for this opportunity and Evie has a list and birthday money ready to spend next time we are in town! 
Watch out Paris Hilton - you have a new rival!

 Evie was sent 3 items of clothing to review, all opinions are our own and honest. We are part of the Next Blogger Network and received no payment for this review.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Poundland Easter Supplies!

I think this has to be everyone favourite one stop shop for bits and pieces and Easter decorations are no exception! 
We had a fabulous Easter Egg hunt at my mums at the weekend and all of the eggs that were hidden were from Poundland.... £1 for £18 fillable eggs and you cant go wrong!  We even bought the bags of sweets from there too to keep the costs down - with 100 eggs to fill it starts getting pricey but not if you know where to shop!
We gave all of the children their own buckets (£1 each) and told them to go forage! lol 
The picnic tables were out but the rain came and we moved indoors, this didn't dampen the spirit and we had lots of fabulous fluffy eggs on sticks (which were planted around the garden to indicate where the egg hunt was), Bunny pompom salad jar toppers and sequin eggs etc to give indoors a whole Easter theme!  (fluffy eggs, pom pom bunnies etc £1 pack of 10/12)  
The kids enjoyed making masks with the foam precut kits (£1 per 4 mask pack) - we ended up with chicks, rabbits and lambs, the kids loved gluing and sticking!!
As there was going to be lots of candy for the kids to take home from the eggs we decided on something different for the goodie bags ... having found these adorable cookie cutters (£1 for 4) we decided to create some of our homemade play doh in orange to represent carrots :)  They went down a storm!!
We also used the bunny and egg cutters to make the kids sandwiches (I say kids but you know everyone loved them shaped and without crusts!!) haha
There was so many goodies to choose from in our local Poundland that im sure any event could be catered for - picnic, egg hunt, party etc....the good thing is too we can store all the eggs etc and use them again next year!
I was sent vouchers to purchase Easter products from Poundland as part of the Ambassador programme.  All opinions and photographs are my own and are not influenced at all by my being on the programme.

Monday, 14 April 2014

4 years old!!

I cant believe its been 4 years since this little princess entered our lives... and turned everything upside down!!
She is completely doted on by everyone and knows how to work those eyes to get what she wants! 
As we were still asleep when daddy went to work we waited until he got back in before opening pressies and cards etc....she got LOTS! 
Mainly because we visited family at the weekend so she had presents from both Nanas, my sister and us (our presents are the ones in the bag and the ones wrapped in Christmas paper! 
Boxing day we found lots of presents that had been missed in the wardrobe so kept those for her birthday - think I might try this one again as it saved pulling out again this month and I felt prepared! lol  
A beautiful dress and cardigan from Nana Sue & Grandad Alan.  Thank you Nana & Grandad xx
Busy opening pressies from Nana Webb...
I loved my Girls World when I was little and seeing the look on her face when she opened this I can tell shes going to love it too!!
PJs from Nana Webb too (cute bunny ones that she wont wear yet incase she creases them!) Yes shes a diva!! lol  Shes looking forward to going to the shops though to spend her pennies!  Thank you Nana xx
Jake and the Neverland Pirates interactive book, jigsaws, squinkies princess carriage and Monsters High doll from mummy and daddy.
Lots of fabulous pressies including some new cute bowls, plates etc from my sis and a spotty top and chocolates from my Auntie Sue - Thank you everyone she loves it all! :)
Blowing out the candles (but not wanting us to sing happy birthday - Jakes the same, for some reason they hate being sung to on their birthdays!) lol
I was going to bake her cake but she wanted to choose her own so a Disney Princess Castle it was :)
Happy Birthday Sweetie!
All our love always
Mummy & Daddy

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Eek!! Brave boy!

Ethan has gone to stay with my cousin for a couple of days (he adores Abi and Mark so jumped at the chance of a mini holiday!)
Abi just sent me a couple of pictures of what they have been up to today......
...hes braver than I am!!
Nice one son but don't be thinking about asking for one when you get home! *shudder*