Monday, 20 April 2015


Who likes chocolate? Who wants to win some chocolate? I've got together with a few of my blogging friends (what US bloggers often call a blogging tribe - they are my sounding board and all deserve fresh eyes on their content - go take a look!) to host this giveaway for you all.

Here's hoping you have got over all that Easter chocolate and your fridge is just yelling out for more, as we are ready to treat one of you lucky people to a hamper full and you want to make sure you have enough room should you be the lucky winner.

Let's have a warm welcome for the giveaway sponsors (this giveaway will be listed on all the blogs below):

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is let us know:
What is your favourite chocolate?

While we unable to promise you that you will receive exactly what is in the photo (after all we can only order what is available on the website once the winner has been drawn) – we can promise that you will get a huge hamper to indulge in of equal or greater value!

*Please note this rafflecopter is larger than usual as all bloggers involved have joined together to buy a larger prize.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Make Fudge, not Judge(ments)

This is a guest post from my lovely friend Lucy who blogs over at The Parent Game. Her blog is one  of my favourites - she can talk about all sorts of subjects and always keep the reader captivated. I particularly love her serious posts as she writes so well and so passionately about the topic. Enjoy.

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I am not judgemental. I don’t say that lightly, I actually go out of my way to try really hard not to judge anyone. The reason for this is very simple, no one knows what another person is going through and how much effort they are making to project the image you see. That image might not be the one they are hoping for; they might be aiming for ‘confident, organised, together’, but it may come across as ‘loud, bossy, controlling’, as they try too hard to hide what’s really going on in their lives. 
The point is, though, it’s easy to judge, but it’s much harder to think beyond the obvious and look past the behaviour or actions of a person to try to understand them. Don’t get me wrong, some people are just selfish, arrogant idiots. I’m not trying to create a world full of peace and understanding, unicorns and rainbows. It won’t happen, because there will always be thoughtless people who are happy to ride on the coat tails of kindly individuals and it’s important to recognise and deal with the selfish pillocks who take advantage.
However, those aren’t the people I’m talking about, as I actually think they are in the minority. I’m talking about the people who are often gossiped about at the school gates, the ones who maybe live their lives a bit differently in some way. 
Perhaps they are sometimes late, park in the wrong place, don’t speak to anyone, or dress differently. Or the people who always seem to say the wrong thing, don’t seem to want to make friends, or come across as rude. Here’s a newsflash; maybe they are a bit shy. Perhaps it’s not you it’s them. Maybe they have got other things on their mind, or they feel that they don’t fit in.
How about if, when somebody doesn’t toe the socially accepted line, we wonder why for a little while? I know there are times in my life when I wish someone had seen through my exterior, and noticed when I needed someone to approach me, or just wanted to be understood. 

What if they are late because they are struggling with an unseen medical condition, or parking badly because they don’t want to admit that they can’t walk very far? Maybe they don’t speak, not because they are being snobby, or because they don’t like you, but because they lack confidence and don’t want to be judged.

You can’t win them all, some people will be snobby, but I am happy living my life seeing the best in people, unless they prove me wrong and, if I can help them improve their situation, or just make some friends, by reaching out to them, that’s a bonus.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Updating Jack's Holiday Wardrobe

This June, my little family is being treated to a holiday in the Isle of Wight. We are going to a caravan park and my parents have paid for all of the accommodation and the ferry. We only have to pay for petrol (as we are doing the driving), half the food and of course, our spending money.

Jack is extremely lucky as not only has he been saving his money as usual into his savings account - but we decided a certain amount of it could be taken away in June as his spending money. Not much of course as he is only three but enough for him to get little things if he wants. My Dad has also been saving all of his silvers and coppers and got it changed up for a £20 note the other day for Jack to have on holiday.

With all this talk about money for holiday, I realised that we are definitely going to need to buy some new items for holiday. Much as I would love for him to still fit in some of them as they are just too cute, sadly his summer clothes from 2014 are all too small for him now which means a shopping trip is definitely in order.

I've been taking a look on my go-to site Melijoe for some items that we could take along with us. With swimming predominantly in my mind, I focused on something for Jack to wear in the sea or the pool and found these... 

Both Jack and Steve LOVE superheroes so I can't resist these - in fact, perhaps I should see if they have them for adult males too!

Since we are going on holiday, I will probably be picking up a handful of items that don't matter too much if they get wrecked - after all, three year olds with ice cream aren't known to be the cleanest of occasions nor once they've played on a sandy beach. But it would be nice to buy some items that he can wear throughout his holiday and then be used afterwards. 

The problem with me is that once I start looking for clothes for Jack...I don't stop. I have to put the credit card away, otherwise I would probably end up buying everything.

What are your go to items when it comes to a holiday wardrobe?

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