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Rose Gal Review

The girls love headbands. They’ve got loads and were very happy to receive more in the post for this Rose Gal review.

Rose Gal review - pearly headband



Rose Gal review - Bejewelled headband

Ella especially loved hers because it matches her Anna dress! (the character from Frozen).

Rose Gal review - Princess wearing a headband

There are some really lovely items on Rose Gal and I think the prices are very affordable. Click to see more beautiful hair accessories.
You’ll also find jewellery, clothing and handbags along with lots of other great items 🙂

To get 8% off your order at Rose Gal, please feel free to use the following code: joeyCgil

Please note: We were sent the headbands for the purposes of the review but this didn’t guarantee a favourable review.

Angel Delight – Our #AngelDelightMoments

Angel Delight was a favourite dessert when I was growing up, probably like many people my age.
I remember always looking forward to family parties where my Nan-Nan (we’ve called my Grandmother, Nan-Nan from when we could talk and we still do) was doing the catering because her food was always wonderful.

My favourite part was always the desserts, as you’d probably guess.

Nan-Nan would make a blackcurrant jelly, top it with a blackcurrant Angel Delight (which I haven’t seen for years and reallllyyyyy really miss!) then pipe whipped cream on the top of that.
It truly was THE BEST dessert my childhood self ever had!

I’ve tried it with strawberry jelly and Angel Delight but it’s just not the same. Maybe I should start a petition to get them to bring back blackcurrant Angel Delight!

We were sent some of the new bubblegum flavour Angel Delight and rather than use both packets to make a dessert, we decided to use one of them to make the milkshake, using the directions on the back of the packet. It was delicious 🙂

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert
Ella uses any excuse to get the wine glasses out and pictures for a blog post is as good an excuse as any!

I bought other flavours of Angel Delight and we decided to make pancake faces using sweets, jelly and the Angel Delight 🙂

I’m currently on Slimming World so I decided to leave out the pancake and just have an Angel Delight layered dessert with a few sweets to make the face 🙂
Definitely worth the syns!

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert


Angel Delight - A favourite dessert

Kaycee and Ella loved making their pancake faces but next time we need to make the pancakes a lot smaller! They kept piling on jelly and sweets and squirty cream then struggled to eat it!

Angel Delight - A favourite dessert


Angel Delight - A favourite dessert


Angel Delight - A favourite dessert


Angel Delight - A favourite dessert


Angel Delight - A favourite dessert


I think when my kids grow up, their Angel Delight memories will be the layered desserts because they love making them in tall glasses for a special dessert 🙂

While looking through my albums on my phone to get the pictures for this blog post, I found some selfies Ella had taken while I was busy cooking the pancakes!


My Angel Delight doing what she does best - Selfie Posing


My Angel Delight doing what she does best - Selfie Posing
My Angel Delight doing what she does best - Selfie Posing

This post is an entry for #AngelDelightMoments Linky Challenge

Rainy Day Fun For The Kids

Now that Halloween and Bonfire Night are both over, I find myself in a state of panic trying to
think of new and exciting ways to make a rainy day fun, for the kids in the lull between now
and Christmas. With the good old fashioned British weather not on my side, I’ve
had to think of a few ways to keep my little ones entertained over the years. If you’re new
to this or are just looking for something different, here are a few indoor
treats that I cannot recommend enough.

rainy day fun
Build a fort
Who says that fun with the little ones needs to be expensive? You can create your own fairy tale
fantasy land just by throwing together a few pillows. Take the cushions off the
sofa, pull the bedsheets out from the laundry cupboard and pile your pillows
high – your little princesses can play the damsels in distress while the boys
can try their best knight in shining armour act.
Nothing helps to keep you warm in winter like a few homemade cookies and biscuits, and
everybody knows that kids love to get their hands dirty with eggs, flour and
goodness knows what else. To really get creative, try using different icing,
glitter, sugar paper and whatever you can get your hands on – you could even
try to stick to themes to make as gifts for loved ones.
rainy day fun bake a cake
Make a treasure hunt
If your kids are anything like mine, then they’ll love a challenge. What’s more, it’s also as
much as a challenge for the person coming up with the clues as it is for the
people doing the treasure hunt, so make sure you really go to town with your
creativity. Consider writing the clues in poetry form or use riddles to really
throw your little ones off. Make sure the treasure incentive is big enough to
keep your kids searching for hours – perhaps a big treasure chest of sweets?
Grab a deck of cards
Who needs XBoxes and PlayStations when there is a wealth of fun to be had from a simple £1 pack
of cards? If you fancy yourself as something of a magician, you can look up a
few tricks online to really impress your kids, or if you want to get them more
involved, why not teach them a few card games? For smaller children, blackjack
can be picked up in minutes.
Cards are our overall favourite way of making a rainy day fun.

Chatster’s Gabby – Review

Kaycee and Ella were really excited when Gabby turned up at our house 🙂 I had a job stopping them from opening her before I got chance to take some photos!

Chatsters Gabby


We’ve had her a few weeks now and they still play with her and want to take her with them whenever they go out which is a good sign. A lot of times when I’ve bought them toys like this in the past they’ve loved it for a week or so then it gets put in the drawer and forgotten about.

Chatsters Gabby

She’s not too loud but she can get a bit annoying when Ella’s playing with her for long periods. I end up having to tell her to take her in the kitchen or to her room to play with her.

She has various accessories like a cupcake, a drink and a little pet called Sprinkles. She interacts with some of the accessories. When you put the lipstick to her lips they change colour and you can hear her slurping her drink of you touch the straw to her mouth,

Gabby's accessories

Gabby has sensors on her glasses to enable you to play different games with her and to pick an option when she asks you a question.
There’s an app you can download that interacts with Gabby. I know you can play music to make her dance but I’m not sure what else she does as we haven’t used the app much yet.


We’ve done a little video so the girls can show you Gabby in action 🙂

Please note: We were sent Gabby from Spin Master for the purposes of the review but that didn’t guarantee a favourable review.

Electronic Tobacconist – E-Cig Review

Electronic Tobacconist

Electronic tobacconist
Electronic tobacconist

It was about 5 years ago when I quit smoking. Ant took me to the hospital when I had problems breathing. Turned out to be a blood clot. It broke up and went to my lungs. After the doctors had me sorted and I no longer thought I was going to die (!), I decided there and then that I’d never smoke again.
I couldn’t imagine putting smoke into my lungs after they’d just had to work so very hard to keep me alive. I was lucky because the scare I got was a stronger emotion than any nicotine craving and I never wanted a cigarette after that.

Trying to Quit

Before I went into the hospital, both Ant and I had tried to quit numerous times. He’d been smoking for about twice the length of time that I had and found it really difficult to quit.

He’s tried patches but for him, it wasn’t about the nicotine, it was the physical act of smoking so while he was getting the nicotine from the patches, he still had a hankering to have that cig in his hand.

He made the decision to try e-cigs and bought one about a week before the Electronic Tobacconist got in touch.
Here’s what he had to say about the Vapouriz Fuse Electronic Cigarette Starter Kit

Ant’s Review

“I’ve been very impressed with this e-cig. It’s slightly bigger than my previous one but the battery is better which is the reason for the size difference.
The packaging is very high quality, you can see from the photos that it comes in a lovely tin.

The unique feature about it is being able to fill it from the bottom with no danger of damaging the heating element, which is really easy to change and cheap to buy. 
The refills are available in varying strengths with an excellent variety of flavours. The kit comes with one 10ml refill bottle of your choice.


Whilst the taste isn’t exactly the same, it’s close enough to be able to convince your brain you’re smoking.
I was able to swap the chemical ridden, disgusting smelly tobacco overnight to the near odourless vapour of the Vapouriz with almost no hankering for the ‘real’ thing.

I’ve been using the Vapouriz for 3 weeks now and I’m on the lowest nicotine dose (6mg) refills. I can’t see that I’d ever go back to smoking tobacco”.

The kit costs £22.99 and comes in a variety of colours. The refills are available for 3 for £9.99 with 99p p&p. Ant said a refill lasts him about a week. We both think the product is worth the price, especially considering the price of tobacco nowadays and because of the health benefits.

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Please note: We were sent the product for review purposes but being able to keep the product didn’t guarantee a favourable review. All opinions are our own and are honest.


Frozen – Princess Anna Dress – Review

Is Frozen driving you mad yet? It is me! Ella adores it, Kaycee not so much, which was great when we got picked to review an Anna dress from Otley Run Fancy Dress because it meant for once we didn’t have any arguing!

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Fresh Air Activities Your Kids Will Love

Getting some fresh air and
exercise is one of the best ways to keep healthy and it’s also one of the least
expensive family activities you can do. There’s no better way to bond as a
family than having fun in the great outdoors and there are plenty of pastimes
available not too far from your doorstep.

Benefits of being

Fresh air, new sights and
simply getting off that couch and away from the television are just some of the
benefits of outdoor activities. Children especially spend a great deal of time
either staring at a computer screen or trapped in their classrooms throughout
the day. Exercise and sport help kids to strengthen muscles, increase their
social skills and can become a regular part of their lives. Activities don’t
have to be too taxing and can include cycling through local parks, hiking in
nearby rural areas and even playing a few rounds of crazy
getting fresh air - children playing outside

Low cost outdoors

Here’s where the bonus comes
in: outside family fun costs very little to enjoy while providing excellent
health benefits. If you want your children to explore further than the local
neighbourhood then get hold of some cheap walking boots from Tesco and visit the surrounding countryside. Hire or buy bikes
and travel even further to local points of interest that you’ve always wanted to
explore. Weekends stuck in the house can fly by easily and children will always
remember those family days out as some of the best times of their formative

Learn at least one

Sports are a great way to get children active and learning a
new one is a start towards developing a skill that can last a lifetime. Golf,
tennis, badminton and swimming are all excellent social sports which the family
can enjoy via local clubs and sports centres. If you want to ramp up the
excitement then why not try skiing at a nearby dry ski-slope. Learning to ski
together can open up a world of exciting ski holidays abroad and this is
definitely a something the kids will thank you for.

Take that weekend

It’s great to get out of the house
a few times a week for some exercise but why not go one step further with a
weekend camping trip. All of the equipment including tents can be hired from
local stores and this is a great way to explore some amazing parts of the
country. Your trip can also include activities such as fishing, cycling and
hiking. A camping trip is not only a much-needed break from familiar
surroundings but is also one of the best bonding times that a family can


You don’t need to wait for the
weekends, as weekday evenings are the ideal time for a few hours of cycling,
swimming and sports. There is so much to do, so get out

This post is in collaboration with Tesco


My Wall Stickers – Review

I love wall stickers. I’ve loved them ever since I bought some Winnie the Pooh ones for Aiden’s room when he was a baby!


The girls now love them as much as me and when we moved here we spent ages on Ebay choosing the wall stickers we were going to have in our bedrooms 🙂

Kaycee picked some lovely purple flowers, I picked some wisteria for the front of the white wardrobes and a cherry blossom branch for under the window and Ella picked minions for her wardrobe doors!

My Wall Stickers

When My Wall Stickers got in touch asking if we’d like to review some wall stickers we said yes, of course, and I decided I’d get one to replace some butterflies and flowers stickers that I’d bought from eBay but that hadn’t been very good. They’d only been up a couple of months and they were starting to peel off and stick to people as they walked past.

I chose a Japanese sakura tree. You can choose your own colours on a lot of the stickers so I went for brown to match the pictures on the wall above.

Read The Instructions

When it arrived, I read through the instructions and it said it had to be applied to a flat surface. The wallpaper I was planning on attaching the sticker too is slightly textured and I figured it wasn’t the best place to choose as I didn’t want it peeling off like the previous one.

My problem then turned out to be finding a flat surface that was big enough for the tree! The only other place in the entire house that had enough wall space to accommodate it was in Kaycee and Ella’s bedroom.

I put it up while they were at school and when they saw it that night they loved it 🙂

I found it really easy to apply after an initial panic about it not being a ‘peel and stick’ type wall sticker like I was used too. I usually get the ones where you have to follow the numbers and diagram to stick each piece in the right place but this came on one big sheet and you had to cut the sheet into two pieces.


The applicator is attached to the tube. I must admit, I did wonder what this was as I’d never had an applicator with any wall stickers before!


Depending on your chosen design, you may need to cut this long sheet into two or more pieces.


Read all the instructions first, it makes it much easier!


These are the things you’ll need for successful application 🙂
Stick the sheet to the wall in the middle using masking tape with the backing paper against the wall. Peel the sticker forward towards yourself and cut off a piece of the backing paper.


Using the applicator, press firmly against the wall. Make sure you rub all over the stickers paying particular attention to the edges.


You can see where I cut the backing off then stuck the stickers to the wall.


Now slowly peel back the backing paper, rubbing the stickers onto the wall as you go. You might find it easier to cut away parts of the backing paper as you go. I did!


This is how it looks with all the backing paper removed and the stickers stuck to the wall


Now you want to start peeling off the front paper, slowly and carefully.


If you find any parts of the sticker hasn’t stuck, just use the applicator again to press it to the wall


It’s quite time consuming putting on a sticker this size but it’s worth taking your time over.

wall stickers

I love it as much as the girls, it’s very good quality and easy to apply 🙂

Please note: We were sent the sticker to review but this didn’t influence our write up of the product.


Argos Colour Campaign

Aiden’s planning on living with his dad when he’s 16 in a couple of years time. I’m used to him being away at his dad’s and while I will be sad that he won’t be living here anymore, I’ll be fine with it because I know it’s what he wants.

The girls have already planned that Ella’s having Aiden’s room!

Kaycee wants our room because it has the built in wardrobe and cupboard storage and Ella want’s Aiden’s because she likes his high bed with the desk underneath!

Kaycee wants her room decorated blue. She’s had something against pink for a while now. Maybe I overloaded her with it from the moment she was born!

When Aiden moves, Kaycee will be 11 so I’ve been picking furniture and accessories that are a little more grown-up than she has now.

Argos colour campaign

I thought a daybed would be great for her. She’s always been older than her years and I know she’d love it because it’ll make her feel more grown up.

Argos colour campaign

She’s very good at keeping her room tidy, unlike Ella and I know she’d make sure everything was kept in the right place!
It’s a nice calming colour, perfect for Kaycee.

For Ella, I’ve picked bright pinks and greens. She still loves pink and she’s always on the go. Bright vibrant colours suit her personality best 🙂

There isn’t much storage in Aiden’s room which is fine for a boy who’s not really into clothes but it’s no good for a girl who loves them so she’ll need a new bed with wardrobe space as well as another set of drawers.
I love the pink and green storage baskets. They’ll be perfect for all her collections 🙂


This post is my entry for the Argos Colour Campaign.


Home Sense – New Lincoln Store

A new Home Sense store has opened near us and Ant took me to have a look around yesterday. He’d taken his mum in the morning and knew it was a shop I’d love.

I now need lots more money to buy lots of new things for our home! Here are a few of the things I fell in love with 🙂

Owl decoration at Home sense


Plates at Home sense


Decorative glass bottles at Home sense


Teddy at Home sense


Kitchen ware at Home sense


Floral jug at Home sense


Pretty blue floral bowl at Home Sense


Kitchenware at Home sense


Cake plate and cover at Home sense


Pretty pink and cream kitchenware at Home sense
Sooo pretty 🙂


Rolling pin at Home sense


Tagine at Home sense


Tagine at Home sense


Sarcophagus at Home sense
OK, so I don’t know if I’d actually have this in my house but it is pretty and has shelves inside for storage!


Ant at Home sense
When I asked why he was looking so serious he said it was because he was on his throne!


Lamps made in India


Wooden floor-standing giraffe


Pretty notebooks
So many lovely notebooks 🙂


Colourful pasta bows
Fun coloured pasta. The girls would love this!

I was really surprised at the prices. I expected it to be a lot more expensive than it was. We got some lovely birthday gifts for 2 of my nephews, one is a card trick kit and the other a kit of practical jokes, a set of 3 silicone spatulas, a little tin of heart chocolates to thank Kellyann for having the girls this weekend and a new vegetable peeler. It only came to £17.

They have lots of lovely old looking furniture, gorgeous bedding, books and even arts and crafts.

The staff were all really lovely, happy to help and chatty but not over the top.

It’s fair to say it’s now at the top of the list of my favourite shops!

*Please note, this is not a sponsored or review post. I just wanted to share my excitement for this lovely new Home Sense store!*


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