Friday, 27 November 2015

My Top picks of the 'Real' Black Friday Deals

It's been a bit quiet around here recently, some health issues caused me to to need some offline time and then it was difficult to make the return but what better time than the day of bargains it'self, Black Friday?

I know there will be many of you that have already stopped reading as you're so fed up of all the 'Black Friday american nonsense. I've seen an image shared a lot this morning stating, 

'It's only a bargain if you really need it.' 

I completely agree. There are many retailers out there that are using the Black Friday chaos and confusion to  blightsight you in to thinking that their old stock is worth buying at discounted prices. That's not the case with everyone though, there are plenty of genuinely good deals out there if you know where to look, and let's face it at this time of year every penny counts!

I've seen some really enticing offers land in my inbox today and i'm pleased to say that apart from a couple of gifts that were all ready on my shopping list I've managed to resist temptation so far (there's still a good few hours to go though!)

Here's my top real deals this Black Friday

Kids Clothing 

We all like to treat out little ones to a new outfit for Christmas Day and I've noticed some of my favourite brands are running fabulous promotions on their childrens clothing range!

Frugi have 25% off all their Autumn Winter range and you can save an extra £10 when you use the code CHIMNEY too!

F4G have 50% off everything on their website until Monday, bith my children have their Christmas party clothes from here this year and I love their latest range!

Toys and Tech

Amazon have some really amazing toys and tech at great prizes this year but they are each on for a limited time and are selling fast so be quick! We ordered the Kids edition Fire tablet this morning for just £69.99 saving £30! This has been on my daughter's Christmas list so I'm really pleased with the saving!

Pampering Gifts

The Body Shop is always a popular choice for gifts for friends and family and they have 40% off everything today with free delivery over a fiver too!


Books always make a good Christmas gift, for both Children and grown ups alike, who doesn't love curling up with a good story?! The Book People not only have a fantastic Sale on with some fantastic offers, they also have an extra 10%  off when you use the code FRIDAY10.

Happy Shopping!

Do let me know what bargains you find! 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Find out what your car's name should be...

Does your car have a name?

The Co-operative Insurance have a fun 'Name your Ride' tool that will help you to find your car's true name!

Our car was chosen with our family in mind, it's certainly not the supercar of my husband's day dreams but for us it is ideal. A Citro├źn Xsara Picasso, we chose for it's low insurance band, spacious boot and space for 3 car seats together in the back. I have to admit that the gorgeous turquoise colour may have influenced my decision too!

I don't personally drive, yet our family car is an essential member of our brood, without it we wouldn't be able to go on most of amazing adventures that we share here. I'm seriously impressed with how much camping gear we can fit in the boot and how comfortable it is for the long drive down to Cornwall we make for our holidays.

Although I use public transport on a daily basis and am happy to get the bus, train or tram when I can, without our car at the weekends. we would really loose our freedom and my husband's long commute would keep him out of the house past our children's bedtime.

I've got to admit that despite it being such a valued member of our family, I've never really thought about giving it a name before now, but why shouldn't it have a name? We're not adverse to naming other inanimate objects in our house from, teddies to cameras, computers and even suitcases, so why not out car?

The Co-Op's interactive tool determines that our Picasso should be called Marion...

I'm not sure if it's the name I would have chosen, but I'll certainly try it out and see if it fits.

Why not try out the tool for yourself and let me know what name it chooses for your motor!

This is a collaborative post.

Monday, 9 November 2015

How we spend the Bedtime Hour... #milkdrinkersmilk

cravendale milk in a masons jar

To many, the bedtime hour is about routine, it's quiet time for your children to wind down, to have baths, stories and be ready to drift off to sleep. 

For me it's so much more. 

As a parent who works full time, for me the hour before my children's bedtime is the most precious hour of the day, it is the only part of the day I get to spend with them during the week. It's the time I get to chat to them about their day, listen to them giggle while they tell jokes, share stories and watch them grow in to the beautiful, kind little people they are becoming. 

The bedtime hour - frugi camping onesie

Unlike many families we don't have a strict bedtime routine, we have a set bedtime and of course before that the children have washes, brush their teeth and get their pyjamas on, but we try to do this as quickly as possible to make the most of our time together. I like to let the my eight and four year olds lead the way for this time we have together. Some days we will play a quick board game or do a jigsaw, others we will read together and some times we'll just chat and giggle while enjoying a glass of refreshing Cravendale milk and a slice of toast or brioche for supper!


girl drinking milk

While we work, the children attend breakfast club and after school club which means that during the week we aren't at home during the day, and we only have breakfast together at weekends. As we are out of the house for most of the week Cravendale is the ideal milk for us, because it's filtered, it stays fresher for longer and once opened will last for up to seven days in the fridge, meaning that we can enjoy a delicious fresh glass of milk together any night of the week without worry. 

milk and toast supper in a masons jar

I'd love to know how you spend your bedtime hour? Do you have a routine or let your children lead it?

This post is an entry for BritMums #MilkDrinkersMilk Linky Challenge, sponsored by Cravendale 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Smiggle Advent Calendar 2015 Review

Whether you like it or not there is no denying that the shops are starting to fill up with festive treats and gift ideas. I love the run up to Christmas and as a family we really enjoy the advent tradition of counting down the days from the beginning of September. We have an advent candle that we burn for a short time each evening and of course we buy the children advent calendars. There is so much choice out there these days when it comes to advent calendars, from the common chocolate filled ones, to those filled with toys or beautiful wooden calendars you can fill with your own surprises.

If you follow my social media channels, you will probably be aware that I have somewhat if a stationery habit, so it's no surprise that I've become a big fan of the Smiggle brand since I first discovered them at a blogging event last year. I'm absolutely delighted to hear that the fun Australian stationery company will be opening their first Manchester store in the Arndale Centre in November! We were sent the fabulous 2015 Smiggle Advent Calendar for a sneak peak before the festive season and I have to say we were very impressed!

This fun calendar is filled with over £40 worth of Smiggle products and retails at just £25 which I've found is competitive for a filled advent of this kind. As well as 25 fantastic goodies you also get a special mystery envelope that gives you the chance to win one of  ten £250 shopping sprees! Wouldn't that be amazing?

The calendar itself is a really colourful design that is appealing to look at and will look great on display with your festive decorations throughout December. Both the design and the contents will appeal to both children and  stationery loving adults alike. I actually think this would be perfect for a teen who may see themselves as a bit old for a chocolate calendar but would appreciate the funky surprises each morning in December.

The contents varies from day to day but includes novelty erasers, stamps, keyrings, pens, pencils, mini toys, a notebook, and even a fabulous mini calculator! All in the unique Smiggle design.

I don't want to spoil the surprise for those of you that do decide to purchase the calendar but I know that it can be helpful to have an idea of the contents before spending £25, so i've given you a sneak peek...

I really enjoyed the contents of this advent calendar and I've carefully replaced each item so my children can recreate the joy I had in opening them each day throughout December. They are suitable for children of most ages (i'd say from about 3 + ) and many are the sorts of items i'd buy as stocking fillers or they'd choose to spend their pocket money on, so I'm happy in the knowledge that they will not just be opened and then immediately discarded.

This light up spinning top was one of my favourite items...

I would highly recommend the Smiggle Advent Calendar for stationery lovers of any age, as it's a fun yet practical alternative to chocolate filled advents that will put a smile on your face, for the first 25 days of December!