Thursday, 18 December 2014

New Years Eve Plans

Now that we have Jack, our New Years Eve celebrations are a pretty understated affair. The past three years we have stayed in and we only popped out for about half an hour in 2011 whilst my Mum babysat (we lived with them at the time!). Before that, I was either working them, Steve was working them or we celebrated them mostly in the pubs we worked in (mainly because we had a whole nights worth of drinks 'in' for us, where people had bought them for us in the week leading up to it and we'd saved them up!)

Jack is now a little older and will soon be spending nights over at his grandparents houses so we've begun thinking about what we can do with our time off from being parents. Since Steve is almost always at work (and with his new job starting soon, even more so), this means time is very limited and has to be booked months in advance. It is probably too late for this New Years Eve but who's to say we can't start planning a year in advance for the next one, eh?

I've always loved the idea of New Years in London - as a child, I used to watch the television in awe and jealous of all the people stood there watching the fireworks over the London skyline. It just seemed so magical back then and I just know the atmosphere would be amazing - who wouldn't want to experience that? 

If we did spend our New Years in London though, we'd have to find somewhere to stay - perhaps somewhere like the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum hotel - as travelling home would be a nightmare even if the transport was running. We may only live 30 minutes from London but I would not be looking forward to that particular journey home. 

We all know that prices get subtly increased when it comes to New Years - taxis charge more, rounds of drinks cost some more pennies. At the end of the night when you want to lay your head down - does it matter how much it costs? I would be looking for the most affordable option so I had more money to spend enjoying myself, I don't know about you?

Whilst it is a little too late for me to make big plans for this New Years Eve, it is something I am going to consider for next year. After all, I'm not just a mum, I am a fiancĂ©e, I am my own person. I need to make some more time for that too. 

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The Christmas Tag

I may not have actually been tagged but it is the festive season and I love a tag. Why not?

1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
I actually have a few. I love Mary Poppins even though it isn't technically a Christmas movie - it's just always on at Christmas! The other has to the Muppets Christmas Carol.

2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
Christmas morning of course! Now that Jack really understands, I expect to get woken up super early this Christmas morning!

3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Our first one with Jack was pretty special. He was only three weeks old so slept through most of it but it was our first family Christmas just us three and it was amazing.

4. Favourite festive food?
Roast potatoes. Yum. I do love Steve's mums Baked Camembert starter though! Mmm.

5. Favourite Christmas gift?
I've had some amazing ones over the years. Probably my Kindle though.

6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Cinnamon. Always cinnamon.

7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
Not really anymore. Before Jack was born, my parents and I (and then Steve) used to go to my brothers but after his dog died and he got a new one, we haven't really done it anymore.

8. What tops your tree?
A golden star.

9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
A dog. I know - a pet is for life, not just for Christmas. Apart from that, everything was pretty normal!

10. What's the best part about Christmas for you?
Spending time with my family - we're going to Steve's parents this year and it will be so good. I seriously can't wait!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Britax & Good Egg's 'Driving Home For Christmas' Initiative

I am a Britax ambassador. From time to time, I will share content or press releases from them. I have not been compensated for this information.

With the winter holidays firmly on the horizon, millions of families all over the UK are planning the big drive home for Christmas. With the prospect of celebrating with friends and family and dining out on festive feasts, it can be easy to forget the dangers that go hand-in-hand with travelling in winter conditions. No parent wants to take chances when it comes to their children’s safety, which is why leading mobility brand, Britax has teamed up with Good Egg Safety to provide parents with some useful winter travel tips to ensure the nation’s families reach their destinations safely this Christmas.

The partnership follows the launch of Britax’s latest Group 1-2-3 car seat, ADVANSAFIX - the first multistage car seat using ISOFIX connectors that gives parents the option to keep their child in a five-point harness up to 25kg. This cleverly designed multi-stage car seat has been developed with busy families in mind, ensuring optimum safety for children aged from 9 months up to approximately 12 years (9kg – 36kg). ADVANSAFIX adapts and grows with the child, giving parents the freedom to choose one seat instead of two and the assurance that their little ones will travel safely year after year for up to 11 years.

Britax safety expert, Mark Bennett, said, “Christmas is an exciting time of year for families. Each year is another milestone for children and it’s a time to celebrate with loved ones. But amid all the excitement, it’s really important to consider some simple car safety checks to ensure you and your most precious cargo arrive safely. Making sure you have the right car seat installed for your child is the first step to providing that reassurance, so if you’re unsure if your little one has outgrown their seat, be sure to visit your local car seat retailer as they will be able to advise you on what’s right for your family.”

Jan James, CEO at Good Egg Safety said: “We welcome this important initiative from Britax. Of course child car seat safety is a priority at any time of the year, however it is especially important in the winter when driving conditions can be much more hazardous and the chances of a collision increased due to poor visibility, glare from the winter sun, slippery roads and darker mornings and evenings. We are driving in conditions we are less used to, and often at a later time, for example after visiting family and friends, or returning from a Christmas trip. Good Egg Safety supports Britax in encouraging parents to double check their child's car seat this Christmas." 

To support Britax’s ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ initiative, Good Egg Safety has provided 12 simple tips  and checks for families to consider before setting off for the holidays:
1.       Check your child’s car seat is properly fitted before every journey – particularly if you’ve removed your seat or had others in the car next to the child seat
2.       Check your child’s harness is at the correct height and tension – always adjust the harness to your child when they go in the seat to accommodate their clothing
3.       Remove thick, puffy jackets or winter coats – these can prevent the harness from fitting your child properly, and your child may overheat once the car warms up. As a driver it is worth keeping a spare pair of suitable driving shoes in the car.  Footwear such as winter boots have thick soles that can catch on pedals
4.       Remove any non-soft toys or gifts your child may receive and store them in the boot until you get home – a toy will become a projectile in a collision and can injure occupants in the car. Put presents for friends and family in the boot of your car, rather than next to you or on the back seat
5.       Set the recline of your child’s car seat to semi-reclined rather than upright after trips out, so that they can fall asleep without you worrying about their positioning
6.       Don’t drink and drive!  If you are going to have a drink, avoid driving the next morning – you can easily still be over the limit the next day
7.       Always keep a breakdown kit in your boot.  This should include:
  •   Warning Triangle
  •   Tow Rope
  •   Torch
  •  Hi-Vis jacket/Waistcoat
  •  Tyre Inflator
  •   Blankets/Emergency foil blanket
  •  Spare hats, scarves and gloves
  •  Sunglasses for winter sun glare
  •  Umbrella

8.       If you are going on a long journey, also take/check the following:
  •   A flask of hot water/tea/coffee
  •   Fresh, bottled water
  •   Food/Chocolate
  •  Ensure your phone battery is fully charged

9.       Check the tyres and stock up on antifreeze and screen wash
10.   Take into account weather conditions for your journey and allow extra time and breaks
11.   Early evening failing light is particularly hazardous for spotting cyclists and pedestrians in dark clothes, so with the added distraction of travelling with children please take extra caution
12.   Don’t rush! It is tempting to rush home from work for the holidays, but take the extra time to drive safely and considerately

For more information on Britax’s latest combination seat ADVANSAFIX, visit

Vera&John: #BreakingBored

What do you do when you're bored? Do you busy yourself with a hobby or do you do something silly like the rest of us? Do you pretend you are a world famous singer whilst singing into your hairbrush, pretend you're in Star Wars with a torch as a light saber or do you do something even wackier?

This first film from Vera&John reveals the funny games that we all play when we are bored. But they want you to know - there are #bettergames to play with them at their fun casino!

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What do you do when you're bored? Do you read? Do you knit? Do you play video games? Do you act like a complete and utter idiot, hoovering everything up including the hamster? Or do you have better games to play?

Have you found a way to tackle your boredom which doesn't endanger you or small animals? It is no lie that we all fall prey to boredom every once in a while - whether we are waiting around for someone or something or just waiting for time to pass by - which it does, slowly. 

We all find ways to entertain and amuse ourselves but sometimes these boredom busters are a little 'out there'. I'd much rather spend my time playing some #bettergames - what better way to beat boredom than to potentially win some money? Got to be better than hoovering up the family pet, right?

What do you do to beat boredom?

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