Monday, 10 September 2018

How to Organise a Stress-Free Special Event

Large family events such as land mark Birthday parties and Christenings can be challenging to arrange, each of my children have had beautiful Christening parties and I was so lucky to have the help of my mum who is amazing at organizing parties. I don't think i would have been able to do it on my own!

Along the way i picked up some ideas that may make these special events slightly more stress free and i'd love to share these ideas with my readers :-)

Plan Ahead

There isn't anything worse than running out of time when you need it most. It's best to plan events in advance rather than leaving yourself short on time. Give yourself longer than you think you may need just to be sure. On the day of the event, if you are thinking of booking a hall or social club be prepared to pay extra for more set up time. You'll be glad of extra time to prepare before the guests arrive!

Hire a Caterer 

Cooking and preparing food for a large amount of people is probably the most stressful thing about holding such an event. What if there's not enough food? What if the food goes cold? Take all these worries away by hiring a caterer and let them take care of the food. You will still be able to have a say in what food you would like served and you'll be able to sit back and relax knowing its all taken care of.

Send Invites Out Early

Summer time events can be worrying as many people go on holiday and wont be able to make the event, you then start worrying that there wont be many people. Send invites out in plenty of time so you know before hand how many to cater for. You'll be glad you did!

Ebay Party Decor

Don't spend a fortune in high street stores such as Clintons, you can purchase party balloons, Helium balloons, Banners, Bunting and other decor from Ebay, you will also have a better choice and can even get personalized decor. I use Ebay for my children's party decor every time and never pay too much :-)


I've been to weddings and parties where i've had to stand for a long time due to there not being enough seating! Its probably the worst thing that can happen! Always make sure you have enough seats and tables before the event. Extra's can be hired if needed.

Do you have any Party organisation tips?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments :-)

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

3 of my 'Must Haves' around the Home

 Everybody has their own favourite household essentials that they just couldn't be without, whether it's a front door mat, or key holder, a picture...
You may have many things that you couldn't be without, I know i do! For this post i've decided to write about 3 things only. What 3 House hold things i couldn't be without?! I'm not talking about Washing Machines and Kettles, obviously we all need those very much! I'm focusing on things that not everybody may find important but I do.

In order, here are the 3 most important things around my home that i couldn't be without:

1)      My Mug Tree

I have a small mug tree which holds 4 little Coffee cups and matching saucers. It's not identical to the one in the picture 'cos mine is way nicer!
It stands in my kitchen next to the Kettle and Coffee pots... ideal!

Why do I need it?

I'm quite fussy when it comes to a cup of Tea or Coffee. I don't like big heavy mugs for my hot drinks, especially as i drink a lot of Coffee so i prefer a small cup, then i don't have to feel really unhealthy if i have 5 cups per day!
The cups on this stand are the perfect size for me, I also love the stand because it saves space in my cupboard.

2) My Yankee Candle Collection

My candles are used every single evening when the kids go to bed, as soon as i come down the stairs my Candles are lit. I have 1 in the front room and 1 in the kitchen. I'm loving the large Yankee candles at the moment, because they seem to last forever!

Why do i need it?

 I think i became more in love with candles when we got our first family pet last year. I remember walking through my front door and the first thing i could smell was the cat litter!  I'm way too house proud for my lovely home to smell bad so i bought quite a few candles and that's when my love of candles began!
I now have around 4 candles in stock at home! I seem to add a few to my shopping order each week! As well as how great they make your home smell, it's also a calming and stress relieving thing to have in your front room when the kids are asleep and all in calm!

Candles can be pricey, especially the very popular Yankee candles. It's always good to shop around first and see what deals are available online rather than buying them at the supermarket.

3)  Coasters

You already know that i like to drink coffee in my favourite little cups! My cute little hedgehog coaster set goes great with my coffee addiction!  I bought it last year in Next and it's honestly the best thing in my front room!

Why do i need it?

Nice coasters always look good to have out when you have guests over, it saves your furniture from getting marked and in this case it looks super cute too! Whats not to love?!

So there you have it. These items would be the first things to go in my Moving Out box! I have other things around my home that i love and that are special to me, but these things which some people may not have or need, are really important to me!

What 3 household thingy 'ma bobs couldn't you be without?!  Please comment with your answers :-)

                                                                Thanks for Reading :-)

Friday, 3 August 2018

In Review: Little Live Bizzy Bubs

A few weeks ago, 2 of these cheery little Babies turned up in the post for the girls to review! L has just turned 8 and A is 10 (told me she was too old for this toy but would play with it for review purpose only!!) they both enjoyed playing with the babies, feeding them and tickling them, and reading from the booklet to find out how to interact with the Babies.

Our pink haired Baby, Primmy is a crawler and the blue haired baby, Snowbeam is a walker, they each have their own personality and different features making them the perfect toy for your little one to collect.

Press the button on the Nappy to interact with your baby, hear them laugh as you tickle them. When they are feeling sleepy your baby may want her dummy to help soothe her. When shes hungry try giving her a bottle. Both dummy and Bottle are included.

There are 4 single pack babies to collect, and 2 play set babies to collect which include a baby and a item such as a Crib or Carrier. Single pack Babies are on sale at Amazon priced £14.99 and Play set Babies are priced £22.99

We love our Bizzy Bubs and can't wait to try out the other 2 Babies which i'll be treating L to at Easter time!
Do your children own a Bizzy Bubs Baby? I'd love to hear from you so please do Comment!

Thanks for Reading :-)

Monday, 23 July 2018

In Review: Gazillion Bubble Pong

Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to have a game of Ping Pong combined with a Bubble Machine?!
Me either! But believe it or not it is actually a real thing!!

Here we have Bubble Pong by Gazillion Bubbles, tried and tested by me and my older kiddies, age 10 and 8. The game is as simple as Ping Pong. All you need to do is toss your ping pong balls into your opponent's side to score, if you do score your opponent will be blasted with gazillions of Bubbles! What fun!

There are 4 different levels of difficulty but we found the easiest level worked best for us as none of us are particularly good at throwing and aiming balls!

The pack contains:
1 Ping Pong game with Bubble machines, 6 Ping Pong balls, 2 removable trays, 2 removable bumpers, and an 8oz bottle of Gazillion Bubbles Solution. Batteries are required.

This game is a must for Spring/Summer BBQ'S and Family get togethers, we had so much fun playing it indoors but we're really looking forward to trying it outdoors. It can also be used as a Bubble Machine which works really well. Gazillion Bubble Solution is sold in 8oz, 2L or 4L Bottles, available from all good toy stores including Smyths, ArgosOnline and Amazon.

There are hours of fun to be had in or outdoors with this fantastic Bubble fun Game, we can't wait to play it again! I didn't do too well on the first round so i'm thinking i need to get some practice in before the Summer!

Friday, 6 July 2018

Hair and Beauty Therapy for busy Mums

          This post is Sponsored content written by myself, all opinions are my own.

 So, lately i've been thinking about how awful my hair looks. I've always had my Hair long, I love having long hair and i really can't imagine having it short. I don't get much time to look after my hair, i don't use any Hair masks and comb it through after conditioning like you're meant to! I wish i did but i just don't have the time that goes into decent hair care. What i'm now wondering is this. Is it time to lose a few inches of my Hair?!? It doesn't have to be short but it could just be shorter, it could still look really nice, and probably a lot healthier than it does now!

I think the thing holding me back is the time involved in growing your hair long. If i did get it cut shorter and i really missed having long hair i would be in for quite a wait while it's growing back!

I have been reassuring myself that if it comes to that, there is still a chance that  I could have long hair again, without waiting years for it to grow.

I've never had hair extensions before, but there are so many people providing good quality Hair extensions around my town that i know it would be an option i could look into easily.

I also like the idea of having some unusual hair styles such as side Braids and Twist Braids. Some Hair extensions and Wigs bought from stores or online can be pre-styled! Perfect for a mum on a school run every day!
Surprisingly they don't cost even half of what i thought!

After a little internet research i'm definitely feeling a lot more confident about having my hair cut, watch this space!!!

             Thanks for Reading :-)