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Muppets Most Wanted DVD – Review

Muppets most wanted DVD

The Muppets have been a firm favourite of mine since childhood and I never tire of watching them, even now at 38 years old!

I’m happy to say my kids love them as much as I do and were really excited when Muppets Most Wanted, dropped through the letter box 🙂

Ella can often be heard saying, ‘it’s not easy being mean’, doing a very good impression of Constantine, the bad frog!

We’ve watched it a couple of times now and the girls have taken it to their sister’s house as they’ve gone to stay for the weekend.
It’s a great film that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Here’s a short synopsis and the official trailer from You Tube.

  1. This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theatres in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World’s Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic.

You can find Muppets Most Wanted at Cash Generator, the high street retailer of new and pre owned DVDs and electronics.

Disclosure: We were sent a copy of the DVD in return for an honest review.


Rainbow Braid Loom Bands


Rainbow braid loom bands

The loom band craze has hit our house with the same force it has everyone else’s I imagine! We were sent a huge pack of Rainbow Braid loom bands to review and the girls were really excited when we found that it contained glow in the dark bands.

Glow in the dark rainbow braid loom bands

I’m finding little coloured rubber bands everywhere but so far it isn’t annoying me because, to be honest, I’m just as hooked as the girls!
It’s such a great pastime because it keeps you busy and it’s very challenging once you get past the basic styles.

The one thing that does annoy me though is when you’ve spent hours, yes hours, on a complicated bracelet and when you’re getting it off the loom, one of the middle bands snap and it starts to unravel.
I can very much do without that stress in my life!

We haven’t had that issue with these bands. You can tell with all the different kinds we’ve bought in the last few months, which are good quality and which aren’t.
These are excellent. The colours are great, they’re nice and strong and they don’t have that horrible smell that some of them do. The pack also includes 250 S clips.

Assorted coloured loom bands
Loom band S clips


more assorted coloured loom bands


loom bands on a loom band hook


Loom band flowers


Loom band flower on a loom band hook


Loom band bracelet with loom band flowers hanging off it


KayCee wearing the bracelet

Kaycee made this flower bracelet and I made a different kind of flower bracelet for Ella

Ella's flower bracelet

Loom bands have been brilliant for keeping for the girls entertained this summer holiday when the weather outside took a turn for the worse and I thank the people at Rainbow Braid for helping me hold onto some sanity!


Great Ways to Celebrate Your Engagement

Girls celebrating an engagement

Getting engaged is a big moment in most people’s lives and so it’s only natural that you may want to celebrate such a momentous occasion. But how? There are many, many different ways you can celebrate your engagement, and here are just a few of them…

Go on holiday

The major celebration holiday normally comes after the wedding, but there’s absolutely nothing to say you can’t celebrate your engagement by going on holiday too. You’ll both no doubt be drunk in love so it’ll be a little like a honeymoon dress rehearsal, and who needs more of an excuse to have a holiday? Also, whoever actually did the proposing may well have found the preceding days or weeks a little stressful so might need a break!

Couple walking hand in hand on a beach

Have engagement photos

It’s become a bit of trend to take engagement photos to announce you’re going to get hitched. This is largely thanks to social media where absolutely everything has to be announced on Facebook or it’s not official, but it’s also a great way of telling family and friends, particularly if you live far away from them. Now you can either do the whole thing yourself or you can opt for professional couples photography and let a pro handle it.

Throw a big party

This is probably the most common way to celebrate getting engaged, but it’s also one of the most fun. You can get together with all of your closest family and friends and soak in all the well wishes and congratulations you’ll receive. If you wanted to make it a little more interesting then you could always have a theme so that it’s not just the same as any other party – maybe have a ‘ball and chain’ theme!

Have another first date

couple holding hands, showing the engagement ring

You no doubt remember your first date with your spouse-to-be, whether it be good or bad (can’t have been that bad), so you could revisit that first date and reminisce now that you’re engaged to be married. It may have just been a trip to the cinema or a meal in a particular restaurant, but whatever it was, it would be a good way to celebrate the commitment you’ve made to each other.

Break open the bubbly 

If you’re celebrating then you don’t really have any reason not to crack open a nice bottle of
champagne. Even if it’s just the two of you at home, have a nice meal and a glass of champagne is a
great, intimate way of celebrating.

Plan the wedding!

If one or both of you is particularly keen, then the best kind of celebration might just be to start
planning the wedding. There is a lot to organise, so it’s not wise to leave it too long anyway, and one of you may well already have a lot of it planned out in your head and can’t wait to get started.

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“Let’s Sit Outside” — Creating the Perfect Outdoor Space For the Family


By paying keen attention to the design of your garden, you
can effectively create an extra living space for your family to use during the
warmer months. To help ensure your outdoor space is up-to-scratch, take a look
at the following top tips.

Select stylish and comfy furniture

No outside space is complete without some stylish and
comfortable furniture to relax on. By selecting the perfect table and chairs, you can
help ensure that you’re able to sunbathe, drink dine and relax when the sun’s out and generally get the most of your garden furniture.

Invest in outdoor dining extras

If your family enjoys entertaining, you should invest in
some extras for your outdoor dining area too. A decent barbeque can represent a
savvy purchase and a patio heater will help ensure that your guests stay warm
even after sundown. Also, a parasol, awning or another form of coverage can
protect you if the sun gets too strong or if the heavens suddenly open.
Ideally, your entertaining area should be situated on a
patio or decked area. These surfaces can be used even after downpours when the
rest of the ground is wet and muddy.

Nurture your lawn

Some households opt to get rid of their grass completely to
make garden maintenance easier. However, if you have kids, a lawn is a must.
Your little ones will want somewhere to play, and there’s no substitute for
soft, green turf. If your grass is looking a little worse for wear, or you
don’t have any at present, you can grow a new lawn from seeds. This is best done
from late summer to mid-autumn when the soil is warm and there is less
competition from weeds. Seeds are a cheaper option than placing turf and this
approach tends to be more effective in awkward areas, such as corners and
To complete your lawn, you may want to consider adding play
features such as climbing frames, rock walls, slides and swings. Having these
resources right there on your doorstep can save you trips to the park.
Meanwhile, tents, tree houses, small sheds and other bases can make the perfect
settings for imaginative games.

Start a veg patch

Gardens can provide you with a great chance to bond with
your children too. Starting a vegetable patch and getting the whole family
involved will encourage you to spend more quality time together in your outdoor
area. If you don’t have space or desire to create a full-scale vegetable
patch, you can opt for growing containers instead. Just make sure that the
plants you choose are suited to the conditions.
By introducing features like these into your garden, you can
help ensure it’s perfect for all the family.


Image by …love
, used under Creative Commons licence.
This post has been created in collaboration with Brian Smith.


How much energy do you use?

I have to be honest and say that I have absolutely no idea how much energy we use never mind water. The gas and electric are paid as one payment each month and I just make sure the money is the bank!

We did notice a couple of months ago when we were trying to sort out the change over after we had moved, that the electric seemed to be a lot higher than usual. We figured out it was because we had changed from a gas cooker to an electric one.
I haven’t actually looked into it though to see if it’s costing the same or more to run the electric cooker so that’s now on my ‘to do’ list!

If you’d like to estimate how much energy your household uses? You can find out at Which?

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This post is brought to you in collaboration with Eco Movers


Hilarys Blinds – #blindofthemonth Competition

I’ve spent a nice quiet morning (the kids are away with family for a week) dreaming about creating a lovely summer bedroom. When we moved here a few months ago we decorated every room except our bedroom. It has pink walls and our curtains and bedspread are pink so we decided to concentrate on the other rooms and leave ours as it was.

Now I know we’ll never be able to afford all the bedroom furniture from John Lewis (I’m writing this so Ant doesn’t have another heart attack when he sees the prices!) but it’s been nice to dream!

I’ve had enough of pink but I still wanted something calm and relaxing so I’ve gone for a soft lilac with a few bold purple accessories.
We have to have a blackout blind in our room otherwise I’m awake far too early but at the moment we have a boring white one.
Hilary’s has a large selection of designs, including Monochrome Midnight. I don’t usually go for stripes but I like this design. I’ve fallen in love with the Windsor shutters and the Diamonte Lilac cushion covers, also from Hilary’s.

One of the things I love the most about decorating a room is shopping for all the accessories 🙂

bed with pillows on - Hilary's blinds bedroom makeover competition

Looking back – Aiden’s first day of school

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Is it really that time again? It seems the annual school uniform shop comes round faster with each year that passes.

I’m sure no one enjoys uniform shopping; I actually dread it every year but this is worse because not having to buy infants school uniform anymore makes me sad. Ella, the youngest (and there certainly won’t be anymore!) has left infants school and now needs a completely new uniform for junior school.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, I’m going to miss that school.

I started thinking about Aiden’s first day there. It feels like it was just yesterday that he looked like this….


Aiden's first day at school


Aiden's first day at school

and it’s hard to comprehend that not only is he 14 now, he only has 2 years left at secondary school! My baby will be going to college before I know it and Kaycee’s going to be starting secondary school.

Time is a funny thing. You can’t wait for them to reach each new stage and to see how they grow and what they’ll become, but it makes you so sad when you look back on photos like this and realise how much time has gone and how fast it’s racing on.


All Bran 5 day challenge

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the kids so excited to get review products as they were when we received Kellogg’s All Bran in three different flavours.

I knew the three boxes weren’t going to last long so I weighed out my 5 portions straight away so I could do the challenge before the kids and Ant got their hands on them!

I’m currently attending Slimming World and as part of that, I have to have healthy extras which consist of a daily portion of food containing calcium and a daily portion of food containing fibre.
I usually have wholemeal bread for my fibre portion and cheese for my calcium but I changed to the All Bran and milk while doing the challenge.

I must say I really enjoyed having cereal for a change. I usually have fruit and yogurt for breakfast because it’s easy to grab, but that doesn’t keep me feeling full and by lunchtime, I’m ready to eat anything I can find!

My favourite flavour was the red berry crunch although the chocolate wheats were pretty moreish, I have to admit!

I’ve could have easily eaten a lot more than my 35g healthy extra portion but I had to be good to get my next weight loss award!

Luckily I’ve never had to deal with being bloated so I can’t say whether it helps with that or not but it did help me with my weight loss by keeping me feeling full til lunchtime, which stopped me snacking in between meals then grabbing rubbish at lunch because I was so hungry.
I’m happy to say I did get my 8 and a half stone award the following week and I’m sure making the change from bread to All Bran really helped me get a 5 and a half pound weight loss after struggling the previous weeks 🙂

I’ve discovered the wonder that is fat free yogurt instead of milk with my cereal and I’ll never go back to milk and cereal again!


I think it took about 2 days for the three boxes to be polished off because not only did the kids have them for breakfast, they snacked on them after school and at supper time! They didn’t want milk, they just wanted to eat them right out of the box.

I made them get bowls!

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge,
sponsored by Kelloggs. Why don’t you head over to the All Bran website and try the 5 day challenge for yourself 🙂


RhinoShield Review

I love my iPhone. Unfortunately, so do the kids! I lived in fear of it getting broken because it seemed like one of them was always dropping it!
In fact, just this morning it took a trip across the bathroom when Ella, who had been using an app that helps you brush your teeth for 2 minutes, threw it in panic when she saw a spider on her arm.

Rhinoshield for iPhone screen protection

After she’d come to be reassured that the spider was no longer on her, I asked where my phone was. She said, ‘oops, I threw it when I saw the spider!’. Normally, hearing that, I would have been the one panicking but I wasn’t worried because I knew it had the RhinoShield on :o)

Since doing the glass test that came with the RhinoShield I’ve been much more relaxed with my phone!

You can buy the RhinoShield from Evolutive LABS. Find them on Twitter and Facebook

*We were sent the RhinoShield for review purposes. My opinion of a review product is always honest.


7 Tips for Gardening in the Summer

With summer seemingly just about here, many people will be
heading out into the garden to give it the attention it’s probably been crying
out for during the more inclement weather. With that in mind, here are some top
tips for gardening during the nicer weather the summer (hopefully) has to
Gardening in the summer
Water, water everywhere
This might be obvious, but if it’s hot then you need to keep
the water flowing to stop everything from drying out. Water once a day if you
can, or try and set up some kind of sprinkler system to ensure your garden gets
the water it needs. Try installing a rainwater tank to make the most of any
rain that does fall. If the water supply is low then water deeply and occasionally
so you don’t run out. There are some more great tips on watering during summer here.
Water in the morning
Watering in the morning when it’s a little cooler will not
only ensure your garden has enough water during the hotter parts of the day,
but it also reduces the chance of mildew and other fungi building up as it
gives the water a chance to dry out by the end of the day.

watering the garden


Keep the lawn long
It might be tempting to keep the lawn as short as possible,
especially as it can grow quite a lot over the summer, but it’s actually better
if you let it grow a little, cutting it on the longest setting on your mower.
It will wear better and will also suppress weeds from developing.
Don’t do your hard work in the midday sun
Again, this might sound obvious but try to avoid doing all the hard work during the hottest parts of the day. For example, if you’re going to try something audacious like this amazing hedge design then you could end up sunburnt and dehydrated. Maybe try and do some work in the shade during those hours or limit your gardening to simple tasks. And don’t forget to wear suncream!
Look after new plantings
Anything new that you plant, particularly new vegetables,
might not be used to the sun, so it’s best to give them a little protection to
harden them up. Give them a little shade using foliage or shade cloths and
they’ll soon get used to the extra sun.
Look out for pests
Summer can bring about a host of new pests into your garden,
so keep an eye out for anything new you haven’t seen before. Warm and wet
weather brings out all sorts of pests, so be vigilant. This is a great resource for identifying pests and diseases in your garden.

pruning plants


Work to increase shade

Whilst you want your garden to get some sun, you also need
to ensure it gets enough shade or it could dry out. Put up fencing or
trellis-work to provide some shade or even shade cloths and sails. You could
also try planting large plants or even trees to provide more shade for lower
lying plants.

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