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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mothers Day gifts from Getting Personal.

I am sure you are all aware that Mothers day is only a few weeks away (15th March!). For me personally its the small, inexpensive and personalised gifts that mean the most to me. I love things that are personal to me and my family and show that real thought has gone in to it. 

But just because gifts are personalised it doesn't mean they have to cost the earth! I recently came across the website GettingPersonal.co.uk and they offer some fantastic gift ideas for all occasions, including Mothers Day. 

Getting Personal are one the leading online gift shops specialising in personalised gifts and cards. Getting Personal understand how tricky it can be to find a unique present for a loved one, so they pride themselves in offering original gift ideas, many of which are designed and produced exclusively in-house by the fantastic Getting Personal team. 

Check out some of these lovely Mothers day gifts I discovered on their website. 

If your mum is a big tea/ coffee drinker then she may well enjoy this personalised mug. You can add a name of your choice and even choose an option for the mug to only reveal the text beneath when hot water is poured in to it. A fun inexpensive gift priced at just £9.99 or £12.99 for the heat changing mug.



These personalised engraved slate signs are sturdy and made from natural slate. The sign features the words "Best Ever Mum" and can also be personalised with a short message beneath. The slate sign also features a cute engraved heart design. These are priced at £12. and that includes personalisation. 



Who doesn't like a good biscuit!? especially with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate. So what better gift than this lovely floral biscuit tin complete with a personalised message. This beautiful tin is also filled with 100g of shortbread and 100g of cookies. I can vouch for the biscuits tasting delicious and even after the biscuits inside are all gone you can reuse the tin time and time again. Priced at £14.99 this included a name + short message. 



You can't go wrong with chocolate so adding a personalised message just for your mum makes this sweet treat even sweeter. The funky union jack design to the front is made up of lovely bright colours and you can add 2 messages, 1 to the front perhaps a name and 1 to the back. These are priced at £8.99 which included all of the personalisation. 



Do you like personalised gifts? Why not check out the full range on offer on the Getting Personal website here - www.gettingpersonal.co.uk.

xXx


Monday, 2 March 2015

#NickJrBlaze Twitter Party.

We were absolutely thrilled to find out we were chosen to be host's of a twitter party to celebrate the start of a brand new show on NickJr called Blaze and the monster machines. 


The twitter party will take place on Friday 6th March between 3.45 and 5.45pm. There will be lots of fun questions, activities and even prizes to be won! So don't forget to follow me @OwlCrazyMummy, @NickJrUK and @UKMumstv so that you are ready to join in all the fun on Friday. 

If you can't wait until Friday you can find some fun Blaze and the Monster Machines activities by clicking on the picture above. 

Hopefully I will see you all over on twitter Friday! Make sure you are using the #NickJrBlaze hashtag when tweeting during the twitter party. 

xXx


Mothers Day 2015 Gift Guide.

Sunday 15th March is Mothers day and it is fast approaching! Have you got gifts for you mum yet? If not then check out our gift guide below for some fantastic gift ideas. 


Lavina Lily Diffuser - These 120ml fragrance diffusers from Lavina Lily bring a beautiful aroma and punch of fragrance to any home without the need to light any candles (especially useful if you have young children or pets around). Each Diffuser scent is contained inside a glass bottle with chrome lid and the aroma is dispersed throughout your home via 8 white reed porex sticks. 
Our particular favourite is this Sun washed linen. Its reminds us of those summer days that are hopefully just around the corner! Priced at just £12.00 this is certainly an affordable gift this Mothers day. If Sun washed linen isn't your thing then Lavina Lily have plenty of other fragrances to choose from including White musk and amber, Strawberry cupcake and Jasmin noir. 

Bunches Flowers - What better way to brighten mums day with a bunch of these gorgeous flowers from Bunches. Bunches have a fantastic range of brightly coloured Mother day flowers and judging by the bunch we received they are huge! The flowers pictures above are the "serentity" flowers from the bunches website and feature cream Avalanche Roses and purple Anemones featuring alongside lilac Aster, white Phlox and lilac Limonium.. Not only that but Bunches are offering free UK postage and all Mothers day flowers come with a free box of milk chocolates. Prices range between £16.99 and £33.99.

Personalised Slate sign from Getting Personal - I am a huge fan of cute, quirky personalised gifts especially when they come from little people! These sturdy slate signs from Getting Personal can be personalised with any name/ message you require and are priced at just £12.99 including personalisation. They come with a rustic style rope so it can be displayed where ever you want. I think these would look great in a kitchen or bedroom and a lovely, reasonably priced gift for younger children to give on Mothers Day.

Spice Kitchen spice box - If your mum likes cooking then this gift is a little bit different and something I am sure she would love. The Spice kitchen spice box contains 8 unique spice blends (Garam Masala, Panch Phoron, Jerk, Mexican, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Ras El Hanout & Baharat). These spices are handmade and packaged within the small artisan Spice Kitchen. The spices are all contained within the rustic wooden box with the work "Love" on the front. This quirky gift is sure to have and foodie mum smiling. These boxes are priced at £34.95.

These are just some of the gifts we think are fab this Mothers Day, keep an eye on the blog for more gift ideas. 

xXx


Monday, 23 February 2015

Fisher-Price Space saver Jumperoo **REVIEW**

If you have a young baby then I am sure you have heard about or seen the Jumperoo. You will have also noticed that they take up quite a lot of space, which if you don't have an abundance of space or your living space is already taken up by little people toys this can be a little off putting.

However Fisher-Price have listened to parents concerns and have come up with a solution... The SpaceSaver Jumperoo! 

The SpaceSaver Jumperoo has most of the same features as the original Jumperoo such as the lights, sounds and toys but it folds down so that it can be placed away when not in use. 

The SpaceSave Jumeproo features - 

• Rewards baby’s jumping with lights, sounds and music!
• Lets baby jump safely—no doorway required
• Light-up musical piano
• Soft-sided overhead toy bar with monkey roller ball and two rainforest friends spinners
• Bobble frog teether, clacker ring bar, turtle clicker
• Jumping and hands-on activity toy play encourage development of baby’s motor skills
• Sounds, music, textures and a teether help stimulate baby’s senses

The space saver Jumperoo is easy to put together it requires no tools and I managed to put it all together myself in around 10 minutes. The pieces just simple click together. 



The seat cover is easily removed and machine washable which is great as we all know babies are prone to getting dirty! The rest of the Jumperoo is easily wipe clean and the lights and sounds piano can also be removed for easy cleaning. 

We did find that as the front of the Jumperoo is fixed it wasn't quite as bouncy as the original Jumperoo and it meant baby could only jump up and down rather than the full range or movement available in the original Jumperoo. However Evelyn still seemed to thoroughly enjoy it and really liked the fact when she bounced it set of the lights and music on the little piano at the front.
Although Evelyn did find it a little frustrating that she is yet unable to reach the large toy bar at the front.


The SpaceSaver Jumperoo is easy to fold down (although it was a little stiff to begin with) and simply requires you to push in 3 "buttons" 2 at the front and 1 at the back and it folds in on itself. I did find that although it was much more compact and easy to store it didn't fold completely flat as the bar at the back is curved. It was still easy enough to store behind the sofa or in a large cupboard though.




The Jumperoo is designed to grow with baby. It has 4 height levels which are easily adjusted at the back the Jumperoo. Evelyn is tall and almost 9 months old and we have just moved her on to level 3 which will last her a while so the Jumperoo is definitely a toy that will last. 

The Jumperoo can be used from once baby can hold there own head up comfortable up until 25lbs. Considering this although the price tag of around £80 may seem high when you consider how long the Jumperoo will last it is quite a fair price. 

Overall we liked the SpaceSaver Jumperoo. I think it would be a great investment for a family who perhaps don't have the space for the original Jumperoo but still want the same type of toy. There a are a few niggly problems such as it not being as bouncy and the toy bar being a little difficult to reach but these are minor issues and certainly not anything that stopped Evelyn thoroughly enjoying her Jumperoo as I am sure she will for many more months!

You can find out more about the SpaceSaver Jumperoo on the Fisher-Price website here - www.fisher-price.com

xXx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Moodles applique tops **REVIEW**

We recently received some really funky t-shirts in the post for James and Evelyn from the lovely Moodle's. We love to support local business's and that is just what Moodles is as they are based in Bristol just a short car journey for us!

Moodles is a small business which began in 2011 with a focus on providing high-quality hand-made gifts.  The inspiration was in the cherry-picked fabric designs which were used to create unique products, including personalised t-shirts, hoodies and baby blankets.  From the outset Moodle's sourced t-shirts and babygrow's which were made in England - ensuring a high-quality, unique and local product which was not mass-produced overseas.

James top is made from 100% cotton and feels very thick, soft and warm. The hero mask is appliqued in the Moodles store and each mask is unique! The sizes do seem to be very generous, James usually wears a 6-7 top this is a 5-6 and fits him really well so as suggested on the website if in doubt or in between sizes definitely order a size down. These are available in sizes 3-6 months all the way up to 5-6 years and are priced at £12.50.




Evelyn's top is also made from 100% cotton and was also very warm and soft. I really liked the fact in wasn't in typically "girly colours" and the sky blue of the top really set of the brown and pale pinks, greens and blues in the flower that had been appliqued on store in to the top. Also priced at £12.50 and available is sizes 3-6 months right up to 5-6 years. 


Both of the tops we received washed very well, both remained soft after washing and neither shrunk or stretched and remained true to there size. The colours also stayed vibrant and the applique still looks as good as new.  



The delivery from Moodles in fantastic. Our tops arrived very quickly packed beautifully in red tissue paper and topped with a cute cherry sticker. Moodles aim to deliver your products as quickly as possible. If they do not have the item in stock they aim to have your product made within 2 days and will even email you to inform you when you item is ready to collect or being posted!



Moodles don't just sell tops they have a wide range of baby and childrens clothing plus accesories and lots of products that would make fantastic gifts! Why not pop over to the website and check out all the great products they have on offer here - moodles.biz

Moodles are always updating their stock and you can always stay up to date with all the latest news and products via the facebook page here - www.facebook.com/Moodles

Sarah, the lovely lady behind Moodles is hopefully planning on hold work shops during the morning in her store in Bristol for new mums. Where you can design your own babygrow /baby blanket/bib/bunting and the idea is that you choose your fabrics from the Moodles extensive stash, then draw and cut out the design, iron it in place, then come back and collect it the following week when Sarah has stitched it for you. Tea and cake will also be included! Does that sound like something you would be interested in? 

Have you checked out the website yet? Whats your favourite product from there?

xXx


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Knitting and Crochet.... What are your hobbies?

I have always had a bit of a love for knitting ever since my Nan taught me when I was a young girl (probably around 7). 
The first thing we ever made was a nativity set. Well actually she made the whole nativity scene and my contribution was a (very wonky) sheep lol but I still loved that we had made it together and I still have it wrapped up safely in a shoe box in a cupboard, It gets brought out at Christmas and put out of reach so little fingers can't touch but we can all look and admire it! 




I loved the fact that you can start with a simple ball of yarn and a set of knitting needles and the possibilities of what you could make are endless. As I entered my teens I forgot all about knitting and didn't even own a st of knitting needles! But when I found out I was pregnant with my first little boy James at just 18 I had this urge to start again. My Nan had sadly passed away years before and so I had to almost teach myself again all by myself. It was a little like riding a bike though and after a few you tube video tutorials I was away. 




The first thing I made was a simple white striped car seat blanket for James and I was super proud that everything my Nan had spent hours teaching me was all flooding back. 
I also made a few blankets, hats and mittens for friends who were expecting or who had recently had babies and it felt great. The only thing I do find with knitting was that it is very time consuming and as I am not exactly the fastest it would take me at least a few weeks to get a decent sized blanket. 

Then I discovered Crochet!! 

I had come across a few patterns on the internet and decided I would like to give it a go. I ordered myself a set of cheap crochet hooks from amazon, I didn't want to spend loads of money in case I didn't get on with it. 

The first thing I made was a blanket again and I was shocked at just how quickly I could make it. It was really rewarding to see it growing so quickly and spurred me on to keep going to see the end result. 

After my success with the blankets I attempted some owls using a pattern I had found online and even I thought they were pretty cute. I was soon crocheting little booties, more complex blankets and all sorts of shapes and objects. 

I have found crocheting (and knitting occasionally) really therapeutic. I am by no means excellent at it but gives me something constructive to do in the evenings once the kids are in bed rather than twiddling my thumbs. It has also kept my hands busy and therefore stopped me snacking in the evenings when I was most likely to do so (probably out of boredom!) Its a win win for me. 





Do you have any hobbies you enjoy? Please do share with us below! 

xXx

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Half term fun - Using up old wallpaper.

This week I have been searching for ideas to keep James entertained as he is home all week for half term. 

We were stuck indoors today thanks to some pretty heavy rain and no car to venture anywhere. So I had a rummage round and found some old half used rolls of wallpaper from when we decorated our living room. 

I simply got out a selection of pains, pens, pencils, stamps and glitter pens and placed them on the floor.

I then unrolled a part of the wall paper but so it was plain side up and tah-dah a massive plain space for your little artists to let their imaginations run wild! 


James absolutely loved it and had great fun painting all of his favourite super heroes on it and then creating a trail of "foot prints" on another part of the paper. It kept him happy for ages and it cost next to nothing! So if you have some old part rolls of wall paper laying around then this is a fab fun way to use them up. 

Here is part of James masterpiece


Do you have any low cost ideas to keep children entertained? Please do share with us below!

xXx