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Win tickets to The Baby Show at London, Olympia!

The Baby Show with MadeForMums, is returning to London, Olympia from the 21st to 23rd October. Excitingly I’ve got two pairs of tickets to giveaway.

As the ultimate shopping event for new and expectant parents the Show will host around 200 exhibitors who will be on hand to help visitors make decisions like choosing the right buggies for their price range and lifestyle, selecting the best car seat to suit their vehicle and purchasing some beautiful nursery furniture for their homes. It’s the only show to feature all the major baby retailers alongside  market leading brands including, iCandy, Stokke, UppaBaby, Britax, East Coast Nursery and MAM who will all be selling amazing products with equally amazing discounts! Continue reading Win tickets to The Baby Show at London, Olympia!

Win The Closer We Get on DVD

I’ve got two copies of The Closer We Get on DVD to giveaway.

About the film

THE CLOSER WE GET was HOT DOC’s International Documentary winner and has also gone on to win the Women Filmmakers Award from Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival  and also Best UK Feature from the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.

Directed by Karen Guthrie and Produced by Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope, THE CLOSER WE GET is a powerful and exquisitely-shot autobiographical portrait of loyalty, broken dreams and redemption told by its director, reluctantly-dutiful daughter Karen, who takes you under the skin of the household she returns to for this long goodbye. Continue reading Win The Closer We Get on DVD

Win a Selection from Stag Bakeries’ West Coast Range

This month I have got an amazing prize for two lucky people thanks to the folk at Stag Bakery.

The prize

Each prize will include 1 flavour of each of the Sweet Straws (Apple & Cinnamon, Sour Cherry & Vanilla, Raspberry & Chocolate, Blackberry & Basil) and 1 flavour of each of the Dipping Crackers (Chickpea & Garlic, Green Pea & Ras El Hanout, Lentil & Biriyani).

So you’ve got a great savoury snack, followed by a delicious sweet treat. Perfect for entertaining or a cosy movie night in.

Dipping Crackers Group
Dipping Crackers Group


Dipping Crackers

West Coast have initially launched three varieties of cracker which can be enjoyed as a snack, dip or accompaniment to a meal.

Lentil & Biriyani is made with Mathia flour and delicately spiced with traditional Indian flavours and works well with curry as an alternative to poppadoms. Inspired by North African cuisine, Green Bean & Ras El Hanout is made with Moong Dall Flour and Ras El Hanout spice so also makes a good accompaniment to tagines or couscous. Chickpea with Garlic is houmous-inspired made with Besan flour and is recommended to use serve with Middle Eastern dishes and dips.

Stag Sweet Straws
Stag Sweet Straws

Sweet Straws

Sweet Straws are a sweet-twist on traditional savoury straws, with four fruit-based flavours.

Apple & Cinnamon, a classic combination of a delicately spiced orchard fruit. Blackberry & Basil, a marriage made in berry heaven thanks to the delicate addition of basil. Raspberry & Chocolate, with a generous amount of raspberry pieces and distinct chocolate aroma. Sour Cherry & Vanilla, the sourness of the cherries perfectly complemented with sweet vanilla

Light, crunchy, buttery and hand-baked, the straws are a fantastic alternative to traditional sweet biscuits. They work equally well as an accompaniment or decoration to ice cream, yogurts or sundaes.



Check out the rest if the range at

All you have to do to enter is your details into the Gleam app below.

Win a Selection from Stag Bakeries’ West Coast Range

Good luck xx

Disclosure – these prizes have kindly given to me by Stag Bakery

Pickin’ Chickens Review & Competition

Pickin’ Chickens is a fun new game from Drumond Park. We’ve been lucky enough to get it early and have been testing it out at home. I also have one to giveaway.

As it is aimed at ages 4+ it should have been too much for L, but like most Drumond Park games we’ve been able to adapt the rules so he can play it now. Although with the little chicken counters I have had to keep a beady eye on him.

Pickin' Chickens
Pickin’ Chickens

L has adored this game. I have actually had to hide it. The idea is simple, spin the wheel and uncover a chicken coop. Keep spinning until you’ve collected all four colours of chicken. The added fun part is the fox that springs from the middle.  If he catches you then you have to give one chicken back. He loves the fox! Continue reading Pickin’ Chickens Review & Competition

Good Messy Garden Fun

We have been out and about getting messy and grubby all summer so when Persil got in touch about there new ‘Persil Wild Explorers’ app it sounded perfect for us, at the same time Comfort had sent me a sample of their new super concentrated fabric softener. Everything was in line for us to have some extra messy fun and be left with super clean and super soft laundry.


Boy we got messy
Boy we got messy

Continue reading Good Messy Garden Fun

Feeling Calm #32

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends. To help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

I’m still really struggling this week. My emotions have been all over the place. Plenty of hiding so I can sob into a pillow and trying not to let L see it. I got the job I interviewed for, I’m just waiting for the formal offer. Trouble is I don’t want it. I really, really, really don’t want to to be an employee again. Honestly I thought that I would have enough time to pick up more clients before I got a sniff at any of the jobs I was applying for. I was only doing it to show willing. That backfired.

Now I know I’ll be spread too thinly to make anything really work. I’ve been loving blogging, mummying and running all the social accounts and building that up when I’ve had a moment. Now I’ll be working, mummying, trying to blog and working with my current client to do a great job for them but I won’t have time to give anything all the attention it needs and I know in my heart of hearts that if my new client goes that will be it for my Self Employed venture.

Hooray Beer
Hooray Beer – Turtle Bay

I’m devastated. This week more than ever writing has been my solace. The thing keeping me grounded and whilst my journal has been way more ‘ranty’ than usual, it’s still filled with my happy moments. As you can imagine, picking ten has been very therapeutic for me.

So here are my top 10 moments from the past 7 days; Continue reading Feeling Calm #32

This Plus That Equals…. Ways My Toddler Has Injured Me

This plus that equals…. Ways My Toddler Has Injured Me

Here’s the latest instalment in my series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week is all about the many ways in which my toddler has injured me. It’s a lot. Toddlers may be cute, but with all that bouncy energy and the coordination of a drunk hippo on ice they can be lethal.

Continue reading This Plus That Equals…. Ways My Toddler Has Injured Me

Phonics School Cartoon & Workbook

Recently L’s words have been coming on leaps and bounds. It’s a momentum I want to continue, but I want it to be fun and I want to know I’m doing it right, in a way that will help him at nursery and eventually school. Clearly at his age there’s not much out there, just flash cards and toddler books. So I was really pleased to be contacted by Phonics SchoolContinue reading Phonics School Cartoon & Workbook

My Night at Turtle Bay Norwich

So as you all know Turtle Bay is opening it’s first East Anglian restaurant in my lovely city of Norwich on the 30th. Well not my city, I don’t own it, but you know what I mean.

Turtle Bay - Twice As Nice
Turtle Bay – Twice As Nice

On Thursday I was lucky enough to get to go to it’s VIP launch party with my blogging bestie Kate from Love2Eat2Travel and a whole host of other journalists and bloggers from the region.  Continue reading My Night at Turtle Bay Norwich

Our Trip to TOFS Harleston

So this week L and I took a little shopping trip to the newly rebranded TOFS store in Harleston. Because yes The Original Factory Shop, has rebranded!

Continue reading Our Trip to TOFS Harleston