Friday, 28 November 2014

Win a 3D Spirograph

Shell Louise

I loved Spirograph when I was little. I would spend hours creating designs then colouring them in. I reckon my mum loved it as much as me if only for the fact that it kept me quiet for so long!

I have to say, I was very excited to see this version comes with 3D glasses :)

Get creative with Spirograph in 3D

The iconic Spirograph is back. Kids of all ages can draw cool, geometric creations in bright colour. The new 21st century Spirograph now comes with eye-popping 3D technology, so kids can watch the drawings jump out from the page in an amazing display. Sets are available from £4.99 to £24.99rrp.

We are offering five winners the chance to win a Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Set, worth £24.99rrp

UK entrants only
Closes December 5th at 11.59pm

With it's geometric and swirling patterns, Spirograph has helped kids big and small to create beautiful art, stunning designs and wonderful memories for generations.

Spirograph continues this tradition in 21st century style with all new sets. The Spirograph Optical 3D Studio Set also comes with cool 3D glasses that enable you to watch the different colours in your design pop out from the page in cool 3D. 

12 Drawing Wheels and 4 Templates.
3D Effect Dual Colour Pen, 2 Florescent Markers, 3 Colour Pens and a Rainbow Pencil.
Optical 3D Glasses - includes 3 LR44 Batteries
Spirograph Design Book.
10 Drawing Papers and 1 Spirograph Sticker.
Sealable Storage Bag
For ages 5 years and over

Enter now for your chance to win :)

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

My Dream Christmas Table

Shell Louise

You know by now I'm a bit of a Christmas nut don't ya?!

When I saw this competition over on Love Chic Living I couldn't wait to go virtual shopping at Debenhams!

The last couple of years we had a huge table in our kitchen and I loved being able to put all the food in my gold rimmed serving dishes so everyone could help themselves.
This year we've got a much smaller kitchen that only has a tiny table in that the kids use for breakfast and we have a small round table in the living room that we can all have dinner on but it's not going to be big enough to use the serving dishes.

It is big enough however, to have a lovely centrepiece and lots of candles so here's my choice of Christmas table linen, glasses, dinner set and decorations to make our Christmas dinner perfect :)

Christmas table Debenhams

Glass drinkware

Gold table linen

Gold table linen


Christmas placemat

Gold napkin ring

For our Christmas dessert we usually have something light like profiteroles but this year Ella wants Christmas pudding. I don't like it so I think I'd love to have a go at making my own panettone and having it with a strong black coffee when my dinner has had chance to settle! I found this recipe on the BBC website and it looks easier than I thought it would be!

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Weekly weigh in - another gain

Shell Louise

This is a short post this week. I've gained a pound so I'm fairly confident I'm not going to get my 9 stone award before Christmas!

I'm just taking it as it comes now and I'm not going to let it get me down. I'm going to hard this week to lose a couple of pounds but I'll be happy now if I stay the same.
I don't want to put any more weight on and it would be great to get back to the losing streak I had in the first year but not gaining will be fine with me for a while!

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Dear Diary - November 25th

Shell Louise

Last week was a quiet one.

Kaycee got picked to play Snow White for the play her Brownie pack is doing at Christmas so she's been very busy trying to learn her lines.

Ella can be heard singing songs all the time because she's been learning new ones for her class Christmas performance and Ant's painted the last two shelves of the  built in bookcase at the side of the fire for me so I'll soon be able to get everything put back and have a proper living room again!

In  other news, it's only one month till Christmas....Yay!!

I love Christmas and last week I bought the remaining few books I needed for our story advent. I've now got to wrap them all while the kids are away this weekend so I'm going to do them Saturday afternoon while watching Christmas movies :)

We've been checking out the real Christmas trees in pots at Asda as I've wanted a real one for years. They're smaller than I'm used to so we're going to put it on a coffee table. I'm hoping if I take good care of it, I can make it last year after year.
I bought the poinsettia you can see in the photo above from Asda. It was a bargain at £2.50 :)

We're planning on putting up our tree and decorations on the 7th and I can't wait! I think I get just as excited as the girls :)
The weather is certainly helping to get us in the Christmas mood. It's been very cold and frosty and this morning the water in the paddling pool (which should have been put away months ago but no one wants the job of cleaning it out!) had a layer of ice on it. Ella loved it!

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Monday, 24 November 2014

The Dinosaur That Pooped - Review and Giveaway

Shell Louise

Ella loves big picture story books like these. Between them, Kaycee and Ella have lots of these kind of books and this set of The Dinosaur Pooped books were welcomed in to their collection!

The books are written by the seemingly lovely boys from McFly who have now joined together with Busted to become McBusted.

Now I have to say that these books do not fill me with the same sense of hilarity that they do the children! Seeing all that poo on the page is in no way funny to me!
The kids, however, think it's hilarious. Kids just find poo funny. I don't know why, I don't think I'll ever understand it, I just try and not think about it :)

The first book, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas, introduces us to Danny. A greedy boy who has more toys than he could ever play with yet he still wants lots more from Santa.

Santa gives him a dinosaur egg for a present. It soon hatches and the huge dinosaur starts eating everything in sight, including poor Santa, mum, dad and granny!

When he eventually poos everything back out, Danny has realised that being greedy isn't nice and he's a changed boy :)

The next book, The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet, sees Danny and the dinosaur fly off into space but they forget their packed lunch that mum made for them.
The dinosaur eats everything in sight, including the whole spaceship which leaves them floating in space. He continues to everything he can find and Danny gets worried when he realises they can't get home.

Cue more pooing, which powers them back down to earth and leaves a poo planet next to the moon!

In the new book, The Dinosaur That Pooped the Past, we see Danny and the dinosaur get on a magic swing which sends them back to the time of the dinosaurs. They meet three cute baby dinosaurs called A, B and C!

The dinosaur manages to get them back to the present by, you guessed it, pooing!
Our new little friends, A, B and C get sent back with them even though I'm not into the pooing part of the stories, I'm looking forward to seeing what mischief the little babies get up to in the next book :)

There's a Dinosaur the Pooped Facebook page and Twitter account.

If you'd like to win a set of these books, you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Friday, 21 November 2014

52 Weeks of Gratitude - Week 11

Shell Louise

I know it's not December yet but I'm too excited to wait any longer. I need Christmas things around me!

This week I'm thankful for:

1) Unexpected help with the car troubles we've had lately
2) Having a working car again :)
3) My husband for putting up with me spending too much on Christmas!
4) Spending a lovely hour or so colouring with the girls
5) Aiden for not thinking he's too old for hugs!
6) A weekend of peace and quiet ahead
7) The delicious pub lunch Ant's son and daughter in law treated us to last weekend for Ant's birthday.
8) Kellyann for organising the birthday lunch
9) Finally seeing the bottom of the laundry basket!
10) A lie in tomorrow :)

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