Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Do you believe in Luck ?



Do you think people make their own luck, are born lucky or unlucky ?

The more I type the word the more jumbled up it appears.  Is that what luck is just a jumble of letters.

I saw this sign at a recent vintage fair and bought it with a breezy comment to the seller that hopefully it might change things for us.

It doesn't appear to be working.

Nice picture though.







Thursday, 22 November 2012

Its Raining, its pouring ! Thank heaven for Joules Wellies

Perfect timing (do they have secret access to the weather forecasts ) ?  We were recently contacted and asked if we would like to review a pair of Joules wellies.  Absolutely! 

Milo (the biggest twin)  is usually the one who has clothes, wellies etc from new and Jarvis wears his hand me downs.  As we try to buy the best brands we can afford either second hand or by canny bidding on auction sites,they always last well to pass down and eventually resell.  Joules is no exception.  The quality of their products is second to none.

I thought it was about time Jarvis got to have a brand new pair of wellies for a change and of course he choose the Shark ones!


These hardy, colourful wellies are perfect for the most enthusiastic puddle jumper.  Sure to be a firm favourite.   You can buy them from Joules online or instore now.



How thrilled was Jarvis to wake up the day after we received the wellies to find it had been raining overnight and he could wear them to school.



Off we go.

We received a pair of Joules wellies for the purpose of this review.  Only our opinions are expressed.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my Hubby. Nine years ago today !  We have come so far, Love you Nigel.




The Poem you wrote me on our wedding day

To My Wife

No Words can describe
What I feel inside
Its something Fresh
and oh, so new
I think I found all I wanted
and more in you
I will show you that my feelings
Are true and just for you

The love I've been waiting for
has somehow found me
you fill my life
and make it complete
I don't ask for much
but just your love
lets just keep going
and discover one another
and what love is all about

We both know the tears we've cried
The things that have happened
and we had to put aside
They didn't give us what we wanted
or make us feel the way each other do
that is where we found each other
and our dreams have come true

Friday, 29 June 2012

Independents Day

Here we are again on the 29th of the month. The date each month we celebrate all Independent businesses.


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

You can be any type of independent business to join in.  If you are not a business you can still help us out, if you have a favourite one you love to support please tell us about it.

If you have a blog, please write a short post mentioning and linking to three or so independent businesses you follow, buy from or just plain admire. You can of course link to your own business if you want to. Its all about building up the traffic to help people find our businesses.

Leave a comment below with a link to your blog so we can all pop over and take a look. It would be really great if you would link back to this post.


and/or


Tweet about the independent businesses you are supporting and mentioning the hashtag #IndependentsDay

and/or

Link or share this or your own post on your Facebook page and encourage others to share


and/or

Link up your business below


You don't have to be an independent business to get involved or have a blog. Comments, tweets and Facebook mentions will all help enormously.


Here are my selection for this month




Find my Child - Find My Child is the world’s first global alerting service and smartphone application designed to help reunite parents and lost children quickly and safely should they become separated.





Paper Boy wallpaper - a collection of elegant, high-quality decorative boys' wallpapers & fabrics




The Chocolate Library Personalised chocolate bars combined with great booky gifts




The Twins Gift Company - Unique gifts for twins




Caramel Baby and Child - Beautiful clothes and interiors for babies and children

Please link up below or leave your comment

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Bubble London - Homegrown



One show I have wanted to attend for a long time but always seem unable to get to because of other commitments is Bubble London.   They showcase the coolest children’s fashion, footwear, accessories and interior brands.   The show takes place on 1718 June at the Business Design Centre, Islington.

As a long time supporter of Independent retailers I am really thrilled to see such an influential trade show making positive steps to showcase British companies.


This year they have come up with Bubble Homegrown

PRESS RELEASE DETAILS :

Bubble Homegrown brands set to shine this season


The children’s fashion pride of Britain are counting down the days to the launch of

Bubble Homegrown, an initiative aiming to applaud brands that design and manufacture their products on UK soil, at the imminent spring/summer 13 edition of kid’s fashion trade event Bubble London, taking place on 1718 June at the Business Design Centre, Islington.




This weekend’s event will see a great mix of homegrown brands showing a truly British selection of fashion, footwear, bath and body products, lifestyle goods and toys.

Isossy Children, Little Troll, Cyd & Emma, Beau Loves, Grubbies, Helen Gordon, Immink, Little Mashers, Pili Pala Childrenswear, Poppet, Rock n Regal, Tulip & Nettle, Poppy, Beauty & the Bib, RaggyTag, Organics for Kids, Inch Blue, Childs Farm and Teddy & Me will perfectly demonstrate the sheer talent, creativity and highquality that this country’s children’s fashion industry has to offer.


Bubble Homegrown

brands will show peers and visitors that creative control, product longevity and low carbon emissions are just a few of the advantages of exclusive British design and production. Melanie Salisbury, owner and designer of Rock n Regal, explains her reasoning for remaining homegrown, "We use working British mills and specialist dressmakers to finish our garments as it’s so important for us to maintain premium quality. I think people are prepared to pay a little extra for a highquality product that will stand the test of time. The very nature of our garments is rooted in British heritage, and there is such a high respect globally for British products. We use suppliers that not only supply to Savile Row, but also provided the silk for the wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge. We really have sourced the best of British."



Ben Johnson, managing director of show newcomer

Immink, adds, "We are a brand that designs and makes our collections from our own factory unit in Norfolk. As there is no history of garment manufacture here, we are training a team of people and bringing employment to our local area as we believe in putting something back into our local community. We are excited to be part of Bubble London and are looking forward to introducing our brand to new stockists and being able to market to a wider audience."



Retailers are also in full support of the homegrown launch, with many expressing that demand for such products is on the rise. Teresa Emmerich, owner of Little Monkeys Baby Wear & Accessories in Bristol and stockist of

Helen Gordon, says, "We are very supportive of UKbased brands designing and manufacturing their products here in the UK. It’s not only us that look to purchase from these suppliers; a high percentage of our customers these days specifically ask where products are manufactured as they associate British design and manufacturing with high standards versus mass production offshore."

Julie Lowe, owner of Biff in London, adds, "I think it’s a great idea for Bubble London to have a homegrown section, and we are really pleased and excited to see growth in British design, and even better British manufactured brands. Not so long ago, customers were asking for such products but there was very little that we could offer so as an independent store, we are proud to help promote and represent British brands such as Grubbies as much as possible."
 
Please support British Brands where possible. 


Friday, 8 June 2012

Puddle jumping

As the saying goes, if you can't beat em, join em!

 Its been hell on earth for most parents this half term.  With all the excitement and most likely over indulgence in sugar from the Jubilee celebrations, combined with the appalling weather most of us have had to endure.  For many of us it will be a big sigh of relief come Monday morning. 

Yesterday, after one fight too many I decided to do something I had been promising the twins FOREVER !  Lets go puddle jumping !

So we did.


tentative paddling outside the house to start off, will mummy really let us jump in puddles ?



oh yes I will !


I had actually forgotten how much fun you can have doing the simple things in life, the free things, the things little boys just LOVE to do.



People actually slowed down their cars driving past us in the park.  Have we really become so indoctrinated in our "stay indoors" mentality when it rains ?   Some smiled, some frowned, some laughed .

WE had a wonderful time, got absolutely soaking wet and filthy





Might actually be just a little sad when the rain goes away.  (well, maybe not)  Role on the sunshine and time to climb those trees.........

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

50th Birthday and the Bucket list update

Before I knew it, it was upon me.  The Big 50 !  I wrote a post some months ago about all the things I'd like to do before I was 50  My 50th Birthday Year Bucket List .  Although it doesn't feel like I achieved many of the things on the list, I didn't do too badly, although some of the things I really hoped would happen didn't.  Does your long term partner/husband still tell you he loves you ?

 Maybe this year.

I did have a fab birthday party.  Despite the awful weather, attended by lots of great friends.  Including lovely people I have met through Twitter.



Great friends Annette and Elaine all of us 50 this year ! We have known each other since our boys were in Kindergarten together from the age of two.




The gorgeous Suzy who is @Atlanta7 on twitter with my favourite Twitter man @onlyDads



What really made it a great night for me was seeing how total strangers all mingled and had fun.  You have twitter peeps, old school friends and the twins school friends here all enjoying each others company.



I have always been blessed with great neighbours seen on the left and right chatting and having fun with th couple in the middle Carol and John who I sell with on a friday at the Topsham handmade and vintage fair.



Another Twitter friend @anotherPlanet looking a little bemused by the end of the night by the antics of one of Jacob's friends.  It was commented on how lovely that teenage boys wanted to be at my 50th Birthday party !  I think @msMollyLouise would agree too.




Towards the end of the night the stunning @msMollyLouise with my erm "happy" No 1 son !!!

There are many more pics from later in the night when the shirts came off and the dancing got "lively" but, well best not on here.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Independents Day - Fathers Day



Be an individual, shop Independents


Here we are again on the 29th of the month.   The date each month we celebrate all Independent businesses.  As #IndependentsDay falls a little too late for retailers to send out in time for all things Queens Diamond Jubilee, I thought it might be a good idea to support all those hard working businesses who sell items suitable for celebrating Fathers Day on the Sunday June 17th .

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS


Any type of independent business or even if you have a favourite one you love to support you can join in.


If you have a blog, please write a short post mentioning and linking to three or so independent businesses you follow, buy from or just plain admire. You can of course link to your own business if you want to. Its all about building up the traffic to help people find our businesses.



Leave a comment below with a link to your blog so we can all pop over and take a look. It would be really great if you would link back to this post.

and/or

Tweet about the independent businesses you are supporting and mentioning the hashtag #IndependentsDay

and/or


Link or share this or your own post on your Facebook page and encourage others to share


and/or


Link up your business below


You don't have to be an independent business to get involved or have a blog. Comments, tweets and Facebook mentions will all help enormously.

Here are my selection for this month








Wonderful personalised gifts for the whole family from Moobaacluck









Stylish and unique word art from Wall envy Art







Is the daddy in your life a fisherman ?  How about amazing mosaic wall art from Just Mosaics








and if your budget will stretch to it, how about this stunning chair for Daddy to relax and read the papers. Wonderful Earmes style chair from Rose and Grey

If you are a business don't forget to submit your link below so we can find you.




Friday, 25 May 2012

Fathers Day - Mercimaman Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

The winner picked at random by Jarvis is :

Boo, Roo and Tigger too - Congratulations !

Many thanks to al who entered, more giveaways coming soon

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We are really fortunate to be sent lots of lovely things to review.  Mostly they are for the home, for me or the twins.  So it made a lovely change to be offered an item for the bigger boys in the household.  Hubby although "a modern man"  isn't a great wearer of jewellery.  Jacob (No 1 son) on the other hand considers himself the coolest teenager around and more than happy to accept the open disc personalised bracelet from Merci Maman to review.





Described as a personalised charm bracelet.  This is an on trend waxed cotton braid with a sterling silver disc which you can have personalised with your own words.  Jacob choose "“Veni, Vidi, Vici “ on one side and on the other side “No pain, No gain “





Jacob loves his bracelet and hasn't taken it off since receiving it.  He highly recommends it and that is praise indeed coming from a 16 year old !

 Merci Maman have a very kindly offered  an open disc personalised bracelet as a giveaway.  Perfect for Fathers Day, you can choice from Sterling silver or Gold Plated open disc fixed onto a colour braid of your choice and personalised with upto 20 letters maximum.

TO ENTER

Pop over to the Mercimaman website HERE and leave a comment below telling me which item you like the most and why the dad in your family should receive the price.

For one each additional entry

subscribe to Mercimaman newsletter, the subscription box in on the homepage at the bottom of the left hand-side. www.mercimaman.co.uk

  Like the MerciMaman Facebook Timeline page  http://www.facebook.com/MerciMamanGifts

 Follow MerciMaman on twitter @MerciMamanGifts and tweet about it.
 

The giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry)

The giveaway closes Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 8 pm

Winner will be selected at random

No cash alternative.

We received a bracelet for the purpose of this review and giveaway.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Create a World Review & Giveaway










THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Many thanks to all who entered.  The winner picked at Random by No 1 son is

ZOE ARTHURS - Congratulations !

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We were recently sent a Create a World to review.  Unfortunately my twins felt it was "for babies" and were not interested in it.  Luckily I know another mummy of twins who was more than happy to receive it for her boys. 

Julie's Review

Review of Simply Good – “Create-a- World” – soft imaginative game offering endless playtime fun.

Suitable for 12 months plus

(My kids are 3 ½ boys(twins) and 7 year old girl)




Younger product than I would buy for this age but they did have good interactive fun with it for about 20 minutes or so.

Having researched the price I felt it was a little bit too expensive for what it was. (Approx RRP £45ish??) Would probably pay around £20 if buying as a present for younger children. 

Size of product did mean that more than one child could play with it.

Equally great for mummy and me time as the play mat is big enough for you and child to sit around on the floor.

Great detail on the fuzzy felt pieces, great bright colours to capture younger childrens imagination.




Promotes interactive play between older and younger children (or mum and younger toddler) as there is simply so much to talk about. Colours, people, make up stories etc. and it can really encourage children to chat about what they are creating.

Opportunity to link animals or people to settings and then talk about it. Giving children good language skills.

My older child took the lead and the boys followed her and they were imagining what would happen between the characters etc and what would link with what. Eg princess with castle and dragon etc. Never heard my boys talk so much!!

Think as a child gets older it would be nice to have wall mounted and then they could create a scene as some wall art.




My kids biggest disappointment was on the box it showed a beach scene and a sun. They searched endlessly for these pieces to link with their scene and story and could not find them. We counted the pieces at the end (there were 61 present as stated on the box) but not all of the ones depicted on the exterior of the product. I found this a little misleading as they felt short changed by it. (Perhaps they should state on outside “may contain only some of the pieces depicted”). (On Amazon it says comes with 90 pieces so this may have been rectified…??)

To summarise I would say a great product for say 12 mths – 2 ½ years old but a little expensive and misleading packaging. 6 out of 10??


Julie's review is complete and unedited in anyway.  I think she (and the children) did a great job of reviewing this set.

Create a World available to buy from Whitestep 

GIVEAWAY

I have a brand new and boxed "Create a World" to giveaway if you would like to be in with a chance of winning it.  Please follow this blog and leave a comment below, making sure you are contactable either through google, twitter, email or facebook.


Giveaway is open to UK residents only (sorry)
Will close on Monday 14th May at 8pm
Winner will be picked at random

We received the item to review and keep, no payment was received and all views expressed are Julie's : )

THANK YOU & GOOD LUCK

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Independents Day

Here we are on a very windy and wet 29th of the month and our third #IndependentsDay.  Although its a Sunday I thought I would still go ahead as I know most (if not all ) independent businesses work 7 days a week.  No shutting up shop or day of rest for us.



BE AN INDIVIDUAL, SHOP INDEPENDENTS



I was interested to listen to a discussion on the radio last week about a new term that has come about  called "zig zagging" .  The phrase was coined by Sir Mervyn King, The Governor of The Bank of England and refers to the ups and downs in the recovery of the UK economy. 

The programme discussed how when we talk the economy down, it affects shoppers habits and  people stop spending.  When the economy is talked up, they start spending again !  Not rocket science is it ?

I have always felt that too much negativity on the news and tv has a detrimental effect on peoples spending patterns.  They get frightened and become cautious.  So would it really be as simple as just being more positive ?  Why is the only new bad news ?

Here are the wonderful hard working businesses I am featuring this week.




LindleyWoods - Original Handmade products




Swings and Pretty Things - Inspirational gift ideas





Showler and Showler - beautifully illustrated Art prints and postcards





Trunk Reclaimed - Makers of bespoke furniture from reclaimed wood


HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

Any type of independent business or even if you have a favourite one you love to support you can join in.
If you have a blog, please write a short post mentioning and linking to three or so independent businesses  you follow, buy from or just plain admire. You can of course link to your own business if you want to. Its all about building up the traffic to help people find our businesses.

Leave a comment below with a link to your blog so we can all pop over and take a look. It would be really great if you would link back to this post.

and/or

Tweet about the independent businesses you are supporting and mentioning the hashtag #IndependentsDay
and/or

Link or share this or your own post on your Facebook page and encourage others to share

and/or

Link up your business below

You don't have to be an independent business to get involved or have a blog. Comments, tweets and Facebook mentions will all help enormously.



Saturday, 28 April 2012

How Low Maintenance are you ?

It occurred to me today as I was "putting on my makeup" I use that term loosely as I am not, and have never been big on wearing makeup, and that actually I really am very low maintenance.  I thought it might be fun and probably quite shocking for some people, to see the contents of my makeup bag.  People like MostlyYummy might not want to look at this post.  I  feel for sure she will be horrified !

I have never been a girly girl although I have tried in the past.  I remember the red lipstick day.  EVERYBODY was wearing red lipstick  with smokey eyes and pale skin.  Luscious, red slashes across their face making them look glamorous and grown up.  Me ?  I just looked liked Coco the clown, and it stained my bloody lips.  I couldn't get it off for about two days.  Comments of " have you cut your lip ?"  and  "Have you been eating an ice lolly ? "



What ! Too much ?


Then there were the good old 1980's when it was really cool to wear blue eye liner with pink eyelids.  I can do this one I thought.  The blue actually looked OK with my blue eyes.  It was probably the blue mascara that was a touch too far !  At the time I was living with a man who thought every evening after work had to start in the local pub (in those days you could still smoke in them too). 
The result ?  Eyes watering so badly from sitting amongst the smokers trying to look grown up and sophisticated but actually having rivers of blue running down my cheeks.  I looked like my blue eyes were in fact melting !

Or the time the same man decided we would stay over in London after going to the theatre.  Being the low maintenance girl I was I only had a Tampax and a pink blusher in my handbag.  Result , Blusher on my cheeks, lips and eyelids the next morning.  I thought I looked OK swanning out of a five star hotel in my evening clothes, killer heels and pink panther face.  The staff on the other hand just gave each other knowing sideways looks.  Another businessman with his hooker!




Anyway, so here are the contents of my makeup bag (look away MostlyYummy) .  Makeup bag is actually one of those in flight pouch things you are given when you fly first class with British Airways!  Not me of course, stolen from my mother's house.  She has cupboards full of them. 




Contents :


Big silver thing at the top - retractable blusher brush another donation from mothers house

Gold thing underneath -  is actually a touche eclat I picked up at the airport on my way out on honeymoon ! yep, it is actually nearly 9 yrs old.  Didn't work for me, just made me look like Donald Trump with big white patches around my eyes.  Can't bring myself to throw it away ! It was SO expensive.

Pretty red round tin - Cherry lip gloss included in the goody bag from the first Cybermummy I think.  Do use it sometimes but just end up licking the sticky stuff off.

Lacura Blusher and Mascara - best value makeup that suits my pocket

Teeny pencil - my grey eyeliner, how Small can YOU go ?

Blue Shark pencil sharpener stolen from the twins, AND it still sharpens the eye pencil !

That's it.  What do you think, can you improve on my low maintenance makeup bag ?

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Pixie Dixie joins All About The Boys




I am thrilled to introduce you to the second great British brand to join the All About The Boys website.  Pixie Dixie sell high quality childrens pajamas and sleepwear.




All items from rompers to bath robes feature iconic British images including a Grenadier Guard, Black Taxi, Policeman, Mini Cooper and red London Bus.



From newborn to 8 years all items are made in 100% jersey cotton for comfort and durability.

Please pop over and take a look, I would love to know what you think.

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