Thursday, 18 September 2014

Having Some Me Time

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Being a mother is harder than it seems. My day starts with an utter chaos. Daily niggles at the breakfast table, getting my son ready to face the day as I juggle between work at home and my career. The day can’t get any less stressful. As the day proceeds, ‘Me time’ keeps plodding my mind all day long amid my busy work. A break is something I really look forward to!

When I'm finally back from work, after running errands at home, I settle in my sofa with my tablet and do what I enjoy the most- play bingo online! Now before you judge me, here’s a stereotype that I frequently come across. Bingo is only for old, haggard housewives who indulge in the game to combat boredom and to make quick money. Rubbish! Here’s why I enjoy playing bingo. I started playing at this site New Look Bingo wherein I was welcomed with open arms by a robust, lively community. Over the period, I have come across some wonderful people of my age group and made thick friends with few of them. It’s a refreshing change after the toiling day. The chat hosts too are so warm and friendly. This special small time that I get, I make sure I make the most of it. I play with a large community of people, share a hearty natter, share my problems- oh it feels so much better! Just when I began to think my social life is getting disrupted, online bingo happened to me.

Sometimes when bills are mounting up, bingo helps me clear them all. But I'm not an addict. I make sure to play responsibly. In the past, though I've won substantial amounts, I ensured not to fixate on it. Bingo is more for leisure and unwinding. It’s not about money as much as it is for the social aspects and instant gratification. So before I crash in to my bed, an adrenaline pumping action when I’m just a number away is what elates me. And of course the warm, fuzzy feeling on winning a bingo game is inexplicable- it’s something worth experiencing.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Degustabox | August

I love receiving a monthly Degustabox - it is always so intriguing to see what is inside! You can try it out too - I have a discount code for £3 off here: HWBGF

So what did I receive this month?

Mexican Dave's Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips (£1.00) - We've had these or something similar to these in the box before. They're okay and a nice snack but not something I would buy regularly.

Brioche Pasquier Pains Au Lait (£1.69) & Brioche Pasquier Croissants (£1.79)  - By far my favourite items of the box. These are incredible and made for some yummy breakfasts and snacks!

Dr Oetker Edible Wafer Cupcake Cases (£2.50) - Whilst these are probably something we wouldn't buy if we saw them in the shops, these definitely proved a hit when we found them in the box. Steve loves baking and him and Jack will be using these soon.

Schwartz Flavour Shots in Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken & Mexican Fajitas (£1.39 each) - Flavour Shots are another repeat product in the Degustabox but I am not complaining. We loved the last bunch so much we bought more flavours and now with the addition of these, we have quite the collection going for some quick, easy dinners.

Berry White Organic Peach & Goji Berry drink (£1.59) - Steve drank the majority of this but I tried a little sip. This was very peachy and you couldn't really taste the goji berry but it was nice and refreshing.

Cawston Press Kid's Blend Apple & Pear (£1.89 for 3) - Whilst this product hasn't been seen in the boxes before, the brand has and we have always been quite impressed. Jack and Steve tried this and Jack concurred that it was yummy but Steve said it was quite watery and you couldn't taste the pear at all. However, if Jack likes it then that's all good to me!

Caribbean Twist Strawberry Daiquiri drink (£2.50) - I'm a big fan of these drinks as they are a cheap alternative to other alcoholic drinks and perfect for summer barbecues. This was no exception but I'm keeping most of it aside for when some friends come round.

We also received a voucher for Degustabox Fridge to spend on a Moma Birtcher Muesli Multipack for £2.99. I like the addition of these vouchers for items that couldn't really be packed into a box and spend ages on a delivery van! A very novel idea.

Overall, I am quite impressed with this months box. There was a little disappointment to see some items pop up again but I believe they were popular items the last time so why wouldn't they be included again further down the line? I totally understand that. You can buy your own Degustabox for £12.99 a month (including delivery) here. Don't forget to use the discount code for £3 off further up the review!

Have you ever tried the Degustabox?

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Click & Chat Social Media Link Up #25

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The Click & Chat Social Media Link up Party #25!

Thank you so much for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up Party!
We are all about networking and helping you grow your social media numbers!

This month we are excited to announce that this linkup will appear on 16 amazing blogs!! That is 16 times the exposure for you and your links!

We are also looking for co-hosts for the coming up months, so if you are interested please contact either Amber or Kim on any of their social media and we will chat about it!

We will also have a featured blogger every week. Being chosen for our featured blogger spot means that we will share your picture (or logo) and your social media links just to let even more people see your awesome blog! To be considered for that spot you must have shared about the link up on at least one of your social medias and of course had good blogging manners and followed or liked the hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias.

Ready to meet this weeks featured blogger?

Embracing the Good Life

Go on by and say hi and check out all of her great social media links!
Now come and meet your hosts and co-hosts!

Rebecca Futures / Katie-/ Sarah-Baking with Mom
Heather- Krafts and Kiddos / Miranda- A July Dreamer

To make it easier for you to follow your hosts and co-hosts we have put them in the first couple of spots in each link up section.

Ready to link up? Great!

Some quick and easy rules-

1. Please follow your hosts and co-hosts on at least one or more of their social medias! It is just good blogging manners! . You can find all of our social media in the links below! Have you already followed us on one? Find another one to follow us on! We post great stuff on all of them, you won’t be disappointed!

2. This link up is all about networking and meeting new friends! Make sure to visit some other links on any list you leave your link on!This makes it fun and really helps get the exposure on all the blogs that they deserve! You are all awesome- now go meet some other awesome people! Now if you want to be super awesome you can always tweet, share,+, or pin this link up!






Thanks for stopping by The Click and Chat Social Media Link up party!!

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Win a $250 Family Fun Night With Popcorn and Ice Cream Goodies (US ONLY)

We are launching a brand new giveaway worth $250 in prizes celebrating family fun!

It is in celebration of the book, 101 Kids Activities That Are the Bestest, Funnest Ever!

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Friday Favourites #7

I missed out on last weeks Friday Favourites for quite a few reasons, not least because I was feeling very unwell. I thought I had bypassed the cold bug that Steve and Jack succumbed to but sadly not. The weekend was pretty much spent in bed or laid on the sofa sleeping! That being said, here are my Friday Favourites for the past two weeks:

I swear I include Ella's blog every single week so here she is yet again with a lovely post featuring her daughters - check it out here. This post shows you don't need many words at all.

These tips from Jenny are a must read.

Every time Beth posts a Heard It Through The Baby Monitor post, I actually laugh out loud!

On another note, Beth introduced me to a new linky by Maddy and Chrissy - I will definitely be participating at some point!

Despite not being able to go to many London events due to childcare and a partner working odd shifts, I can still live vicariously through Sarah's events posts!

Loving Louisa's post about meal planning!

Jane wrote the post I tagged her to - you can read it here.

What have been your favourite posts of this week?

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Review | Rdio Music Service

I love listening to music and spend a lot of time seeking out new songs or old favourites. I've used most of the sites out there (Spotify, Grooveshark etc) so when I was given the opportunity to review another service, I quickly agreed - just how does it match up?
The service I was asked to review was Rdio and I was given a complimentary 3 month subscription in order to test it out. Now that my complimentary paid subscription has ended, I thought it high time I gave it a review.
Once logged in, this is the screen you will be greeted with. There are a number of different subscriptions to choose from - free (where you have to listen to ads), Web for £4.99 (ad free radio streaming), Unlimited for £9.99 (can be tried for 30 days for free but also enables listener to listen to albums and playlists) and Unlimited Family for £17.99 per month (this is two unlimited subscriptions together). Now that my subscription has ended, I am currently using just the free option - until payday that is!
What I love about the site is that although similar in layout to other music streaming sites, the layout is so clean and fresh, everything is easy to find and there are a number of different subscriptions to choose from - something I haven't really seen before, I particularly love that the homepage greets you with a 'personalised mix of music stories' - it shows me playlists and albums I have recently listened to. Yes, my music taste is a little random - who would normally lump Black Label Society and Kisstory together?
Should you choose to stick with the free sub, you can expect these to pop up often:
Like most ads, they can be a little intrusive but are soon over and the music continues. I much prefer ad free streaming so will be purchasing an ad free sub as and when I can. 
In the majority of the features, Rdio is much like any other music subscription service. However, when they offer the ability to download unlimited mobile downloads to your phone or tablet, then that really sets them apart from the rest.
This will probably be the thing I use the most - I've got the same old music on my phone that I've had ages and I refuse to pay per song or for an album where I may only like one song. This is perfect for fussy people like me and means I can only download those songs I want to listen to!
Would I recommend Rdio? Definitely. If you are used to other subscription services, you may not see much of a difference at first. However, what swings it for me is the ability to download an unlimited amount of tracks to your mobile device plus the vast number of different subscriptions available with something to suit every budget.
What is your favourite music service?
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I received a complimentary subscription to this service for the purpose of a review


Just a few recent snapshots of Jack. Both myself and Steve tend to be behind the camera so our phones and camera are inevitably filled up with pictures of Jack. It is crazy just how quickly he is growing up...make it stop!

These are just a few pictures from over the summer - but how much has he changed already? 

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