5/05/2016

10 Things I'm Loving Lately


Last month I thought I would take part in the 10 Things I'm Loving Lately link up which can be found here. I'm a little late posting as I've had so much on this month but here it is. As stated above below are 10 Things I've been loving last month.


1. Toddlerhood -
Every milestone and stage your child reaches is a delight and of course has it's trials and tribulations too but I'm really loving the age Noah is at right now. He's two and a half in just over two weeks and he's such a character and is so funny too. His speech is getting there, he's learning something every day, he knows most his colours, is potty training like a champ and loves to sing and dance. I cannot believe he's almost two and a half, I really can't.


2. The Sun - 
Okay so we've not had much of it but the sun that we have had so far this year we've loved. Every moment that elusive sun pops through the clouds Noah and I are outside in the garden, sun cream and sun hats on, splashing about in the water table. I really hope we will get some more sun soon so we can dig out the paddling pool and have little BBQ's.


3. Slimming World -

I joined Slimming World for the third time back in January and as they say, third times a charm! I've felt so different about it this time around and have felt so motivated. I've stuck at it, worked hard and so far I've lost 26lb! I still have another stone to lose and then I'm back to target and my target weight is actually lower than before I was pregnant. It will be quite an achievement once I get there! Also may I add that big burger above it's Slimming World friendly!


4. Galaxy Quick Reads -
I was recently sent two books to read from the newest Galaxy Quick Reads collection. Those books were A Baby at the Beach Cafe by Lucy Diamond and Anniversary by Veronica Henry. I've always been a big reader but ever since becoming a Mum I have struggled t find the time for it. This is what makes Galaxy Quick Reads ideal for me as each book is around 100 pages long and enables me to get in a quick fix when I do have the time. The books cost just £1 each too!


5. 
Grey's Anatomy - 
Can you believe that I had never watched Grey's before? One of my all time guilty pleasures is American TV and there's nothing like curling up on the sofa in the evening with a hot chocolate and binge watching some good TV. I only started Grey's Anatomy a few weeks ago and I'm already on season 6! I'm well and truly addicted!


6. 
Beanies Coffee -
Coffee, like the American TV shows is another indulgence of mine and I had wanted to try Beanies Coffee for a long time. I was recently sent the My Beanies Stash Box to try out and I literally couldn't wait to get inside that box. 9 different flavoured coffees awaited my consumption and I didn't know which flavour to go for first. I've tried a few flavours so far and my favourites have got to be Double Chocolate and Nutty Hazelnut. You can buy the stash box on the website for £22.50 with free delivery. 


7. Star Wars -
Okay so this is more what Noah has been loving lately. I think he's the worlds youngest Star Wars fan as he asks to watch it all the time! Star Wars: Episode V11 - The Force Awakens is now available on DVD and the first teaser trailer for the spin-off movie Rouge One has just been released. May 4th aka Star Wars Day is just around the corner so British car dealership Motorparks has put a unique spin on all things Star Wars by putting together this article all about analysing vehicles which could tackle different terrains seen on some of the planets on Star Wars. It's a great read for Star Wars fans! 



8. Potty Training -
You must think I've gone mad saying that I love potty training, but I haven't gone mad, I promise. Noah turns two and a half in a weeks time and has been doing so well with potty training. I recently wrote about our potty training and shared a few tips which I hope can help anyone who is currently struggling out there or are about to start their potty training journey.


9. Me time -
Now I don't get this very often but recently I've made more of an effort to make sure I get a little bit of time to myself every week. Whether it's sitting down and binge watching Grey's Anatomy or painting my nails with my new OPI mini set, it's been great to have a little bit of me time now and again.


10. Working out -
Okay who am I and what have you done with Jenna? This is a bit of a revelation to me but lately I've loved exercising and working out. As well as joining Slimming World this year I've also been working on my fitness and I love it. I can see a difference not only in my body but it also makes me feel better in myself once I've done a work out. I'm often found on my exercise bike, walking, doing step, yoga or Zumba! The new and improved me! 


What have you been loving lately?



- This post contains PR samples & a PR collaboration however all opinions are my own. 



5/04/2016

CBeebies Playtime DVD Collection - Competition



It’s time to play! Join the stars of children’s broadcaster CBeebies for over 2 hours of fun-filled entertainment in CBeebies Playtime, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 9th May
Fans of CBeebies will love this unique collection of some of the very best of children’s television which features Teletubbies, Twirlywoos, In The Night Garden, Peter Rabbit, Topsy & Tim, Mike the Knight, The Furchester HotelOctonautsQ Pootle 5Ruff–Ruff, Tweet and Dave, Chuggingtonand Cloudbabies.
The collection also features the first episode to appear on DVD of the brand new version of Teletubbies which premiered on CBeebies in 2015.This special DVD collection CBeebies Playtime is a great way of entertaining young children with its familiar, well-loved characters and diverse range of fun and engaging programming.

The collection features the following episodes:-
Teletubbies – Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po as they exploreHome Dome and the magical countryside of Teletubbyland through play.  InNew Toy the children in Tummy Tales play a game of pass the parcel and win a surprise toy, while the Dup Dup delivers toys for the Teletubbies to play with. Even Noo-Noo enjoys a new treat!
Twirlywoos - Twirlywoos come from far away, seeking adventure wherever they go. Join Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick for their adventures on The Big Red Boat. In Coming and Going, The Twirlywoos watch a man as he runs a bath. They want to leave their hiding place to investigate, but the man keeps coming back! This episode is linked to the going back and forth schema (a schema is the patterns children follow to develop their own ideas).
In The Night Garden - Share in the magical Night Garden world with Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends. In Look At What The Ball Did, the ball bounces all over the garden. It accidentally knocks over Makka Pakka's pile of stones, so Makka Pakka rebuilds it and tries to protect it.

Peter Rabbit
 - Beatrix Potter’s wonderful stories have charmed and entertained children for generations. Now fans can enjoy the brand new adventures of her timeless children’s classic Peter Rabbit from the new animated series. In The One That Got Away, when Peter and his friends encounter the legendary “Jack Sharp”, a large trout that even Peter's father failed to catch, they try to reel the fish in once and for all. But catching a fish is a lot harder than it looks…
Topsy and Tim - Inspired by the books by Jean and Gareth Adamson, Topsy and Tim, is a live action drama inspired by the small stuff in little people’s lives. In New Pet Topsy and Tim love caring for their new pet rabbit but struggle to agree on his name. When they notice how wiggly his nose is, they know just what to call him!
Mike the Knight - Mike is an energetic, cheeky yet bountiful young knight-in-training, driven by his passion to help others and, along the way, be the best knight he can be. In Hidden Garden Games when Mike, Evie and the Queen have a competition in the Hidden Garden, Mike learns that it's good to let everyone have a turn to play... and it's even better when everyone plays together!
The Furchester Hotel - The Furchester Hotel is an ‘almost’ world-class hotel run by a close-knit family of cheerfully chaotic monsters. The series introduces brand new characters and also welcomes the beloved Elmo and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. In Furchester on Wheels Funella overhears the tortoise guests say thehotelservice is slow, slow, slow. She is determined to make it fast, fast, fast.
Octonauts
 - Join Captain Barnacles and crew on their animated underwater adventures. In Mimic Octopus Peso is gathering red algae to cure the sick vegimals but needs the help of a Mimic Octopus to scare off a Moray eel, who uses its striped tentacles to pretend to be a group of poisonous sea snakes.
Q Pootle 5 – Join Pootle and his friends on the planet Okidoki. Pootle and Oopsy travel to a distant special crater, which produces enormous bubbles. They have a great time until a large bubble envelops Pootle’s spaceship and floats off with it. Now Pootle and Oopsy are stranded on the other side of Okidoki unless they can think of a way of getting home…
Ruff- Ruff, Tweet & Dave – Join in the fun with Hatty,Ruff-Ruff,Tweet and Daveas they go on magical adventures. In A Birthday Party AdventureRuff-Ruff, Tweet and Dave celebrate Hatty's birthday by playing all of his favourite party games. They also find him a surprise birthday gift along the way.

Chuggington
 - Take to the rails with the Chuggineers. In Koko’s Puppy Training Koko Koko finds a lost puppy and wants to keep it, but she realises a little girl is looking for the puppy and decides that she needs to take him home.
Cloudbabies - Who looks after the sky? The Cloudbabies do! In Rain Rain Rain the rain has kept the Cloudbabies inside today and Bobo White is bored. Baba Yellow suggests they play a game of 'Favourite Things'If you'd like to join your favourite characters for over 2 hours of fantastic fun simply enter for your chance to win a copy! Enter by using the Gleam form below and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions.

CBeebies Playtime DVD

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1. 1 winner to 1 winner.
2. Prize supplied directly from the PR. 
3. Competition ends 12/06/16 
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified. 
5. UK entries only.

5/03/2016

Home Interior Ideas for Spring



Although it doesn't seem like it with all the snow and rain we've been having lately, we are now well into Spring and with the change of season I want a change of interiors. A change in interiors doesn't have to mean a complete overhaul as there are simple things that you can do to make a huge difference to a room.

When we bought our house two years ago I was in control of every little aspect of the renovation, from the colour of the grout of the bathroom tiles through to the colour of the garden fence! I loved having having the ability to do this and although it was a lot of hard work our home is now exactly how I wanted it to be. Our dining room currently has oak floors and neutral earth tones decor which can be warming and cosy in the colder months but now we are in Spring I think a little change is on the cards.




1. Feature wall
Our alcoves are currently painted a latte colour as you can see in the photo above which I did originally like but now I want to completely repaint them with a bright colour like yellow, orange or even green. I think this would really make the room pop and brighten it up a lot in these warmer months.

2. Flooring

We currently have laminated wood effect flooring which was a great temporary fix but recently we've been looking at investing in Engineered Oak Flooring as it would really complete the room and also add value to our home. I'm also looking into underfloor heating too as our dining room is notorious for being a bit chilly, even in Spring!

3. Accent pieces
Another quick and easy way to give a room a little overhaul without spending a small fortune is buy buying accent pieces. Vases, candles, ornaments, rugs, photo frames, canvases and so on. All of these can be picked up for next to nothing at places like Wilko's or B&M Bargains.



Do you have any ideas that you would like to share? I would love to hear them if you do! 


- This is a PR collaboration. 

5/02/2016

Baker Days Letterbox Cake Review & Competition



I was recently offered the chance to review Baker Days Letterbox Cakes and I couldn't wait cause let's face it, who doesn't love cake?! The letterbox cake's are fabulous, small enough to fit through your letterbox but large enough to celebrate that special occasion or even just as a little thank you present. Their cakes are so easy to personalise and the options of designs are endless. I chose a "Thank you" cake with a bright and pretty floral design.

After I chose my design I chose what flavour cake I'd like out of the 5 different favoured sponge available; vanilla sponge cake, fruit cake, chocolate chip sponge cake, gluten and wheat free and dairy free. Although we have no intolerances in our family I was pleased to see that they cater for everyone's needs.



The letterbox cakes are 12cm by 2.5cm, contain 4 portions and costs £14.99. Included in the price is a lovely keepsake tin, a greeting card, some sweets. Different sized cakes are available and of course the price will vary depending on what size and what flavour you order.

The cake arrived just a few days after placing our order and as soon as it arrived I made sure to photograph it because I had a toddler who was itching to get stuck into that chocolate cake!







When it came to sampling our cake well what can I say, I think the photo's above say it all. Noah has never been a big cake lover but ever since he's been asking for "chocolate cake" every other day! He sat there eating it with the biggest grin on his face and it's no wonder because the cake is so tasty! We'd happily order from Baker Days again, much to Noah's delight!

Now it's your chance to win a Letter Box Cake from Baker Day's in your choice of design! To enter all you need to do is use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions



Letterbox Cake from Baker Days

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1. 1 winner will receive 1 letterbox cake in their choice of design.
2. Prize supplied directly from Baker Days. 
3. Competition ends 09/06/16 
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified. 
5. UK entries only.