Dreaming of a House Move
12:18 Pippa Ainsworth 0 Comments
Looking at property websites is something of a hobby of mine, I always take the opportunity to have a little nosy at the photos of properties which I see for sale when I'm out and about and recently saw a gorgeous house that would be perfect for our family of five. It's a late Victorian three storey terrace with four bedroooms and two reception rooms that would finally offer us a little more space to live in. We'd have to sacrifice our lovely garden and my dream of adding a conservatory out there as it's outdoor space is more limited, but I'd love to live in a house like that.
The house we've been looking at needs work. As the daughter of a plasterer, I'm always keen to use local tradesmen and companies whenever we need work doing. There are a few big jobs needed in the house that I keep looking at. My daydreaming about it has extended to looking at companies that I'd love to hire to carry out the work. My most hated feature in our current home is the windows. They are white UPVC with fake leading in them. If we decide not to move replacing our windows is high on our list of priorities. The windows in dream house are beautiful but clearly in need of replacement. I'd want to replace like with like so I've been looking for a company locally who install timber sash windows.
Reddish Joinery are based in Reddish, near Stockport, with two showrooms in Sale and Warrington (just down the road from us).They offer a huge range of bespoke windows, doors, conservatories, orangeries and roof trims. Their range includes UPVC windows but it's their Timber Sash windows that catch my eye. They'd be the perfect addition to the Victorian property of my dreams, they are double glazed to keep your home quiet and cozy so there's no sacrifice of comfort over them being appropriate for the period of the home. As things stand at the moment I'm more likely to be checking out their range of UPVC windows to replace those in our current home. Reddish Joinery have been around for almost fifty years so it's safe to say that they are experienced and established in their field. I'm definitely adding them to my mental list for my dream home.
Do you love where you live? What's next on your list of home improvements?
Disney on Ice Comes to Liverpool's Echo Arena in 2016
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The skating spectacular will take the audience to four far away lands as they join tour guides Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck to visit the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. You'll then be whisked away to the wintry wonderland of the number one animated feature film of all-time, Disney’s Frozen.
The arena will be filled with music and magic in every scene as you discover four unique landscapes filled with boisterous pirates, Caribbean beats and tender moments. Audiences will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom; and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy before flying to Neverland to join Tinker Bell. Plus, travel to Arendelle for an extraordinary adventure with royal sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favorite huggable snowman, Olaf.
With a princess-crazy LM and Bud super excited to see The Lion King we are really looking forward to seeing Disney On Ice presents Silver Anniversary Celebration in March. It promises to be another evening of Disney on Ice magic with entertainment for the whole family. Will you be there?
Lonely Planet Kids Books - Review and Giveaway
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Bud was recently sent four books from their range of children's books to take a look at and we've very much enjoyed taking a look at them together. I'm pleased to see that the same quality of writing and reporting in the guidebook range is carried over to their junior collection and Bud has loved having some more grown up books to read and learn from.
Here's what Bud thought:
The Power of Music - Deeper Sleeper with Sealy UK
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I've long been aware of the mood-changing potential of music. Whether it's an energising track to get your feet moving more quickly when out for a run, one of your favourite tracks which transports you to a happy place by hearing just a few notes, or a romantic track to create a mood on date night, music has power. This month's treat from the Sealy UK Deeper Sleep Panel focuses on the power of music to relax and calm, and help you get ready for a good night's sleep.
Getting to sleep has been an issue for me since I was a teenager and I've often used music to help with this. Back in the day it was drifting off with John Peel's dulcet tones and musical selection to soothe me to sleep. Obviously sharing a bed with Ian means that it's difficult for me to use music or radio in the same way as it could disturb him. In actuality he sleeps like a sedated elephant so it wouldn't be that difficult. Sealy UK have sent me a nifty gadget this month to make it easy for me to drift off with a little music.
What LM Wore - Bobux Splash Boots
14:32 Pippa Ainsworth 0 Comments
LM really needed a pair of sturdy winter boots to keep her warm and dry over the next few months. It rains a lot where we live so a pair of waterproof boots for puddle jumping is a must when you don't want to wear your wellies. We chose the Bobux Splash Boots in Brick as we wanted a pair of boots that combined practicality with looking great on display, with leggings or tights tucked into them.
The boots are exactly the same high quality that we have come to expect from Bobux. The leather used is their innovative splashtex™ leather technology which makes them waterproof, hardwearing and cosy. I love the tweed effect, herringbone wool effect lining which is super soft against LM's legs and feet.
There are lots of little design features which we have come to expect from Bobux - the little loops on the sides to make them easy to get on and off, the subtle Bobux branding on the sides and the great quality, flexible sole combine to make this a great pair of boots. We love the cheery brick red colour and it goes with so many of LM's outfits. There's nothing better to brighten up a wintry day than a bright red pair of boots.
Bobux shoes and boots are designed to offer support and flexibility to a growing foot and I'm really confident that LM is comfortable in them. She asks to wear them and can actually get them on and off herself by zipping and unzipping the boots, a little bit of added independence that she loves.
LM has now been wearing her boots for a few weeks and they've coped well with everything that our Autumn has thrown at them so far. She's loved stomping through puddles and kicking through the leaves, jumping, walking and scooting; the boots have been wiped clean several times, which has made them look as good as new.
I'd wholeheartedly recommend these Bobux boots. They are another fantastic pair of shoes and I'm sure LM will get much more wear from them this Winter, she has a little growing room in there although they fit well. They are stylish, practical and perfect to keep your little ones warm and dry.
Bobux Splash Boots are available from Bobux UK and various independent retailers, Follow Bobux on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all of their news too!
We received the boots for review purposes.
Transformers Prime – Beasthunters: The Complete Season Three Box Set on DVD - Review and Giveaway
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Win Amazing Prizes with Halfords for Black Friday
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On Angel's Wings - DVD Review and Giveaway
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On Angel's Wings is a magical reimagining of the nativity story, adapted from the book by Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful) and from the executive producer of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman and Father Christmas.
Featuring some amazing voice talent from Sir Michael Gambon, Juliet Stevenson, Dominic Cooper, Colin McFarlane and Maya Gerber,
The story begins on a present day Christmas night. Rachel is eight and for the first time she is allowed to join her brothers and sister to visit their Grandfather Amos, as he carries out his annual ritual of a night in the hills, where he worked as a young shepherd boy.
Grandfather is delighted to see the children and a special bond is established between himself and Rachel. Like her, he was the youngest and was always getting in the way, struggling to do things better, fighting to be believed in. He tells them how she reminds him of a magical night and proceeds to recount how he was flown by the Angel Gabriel to become the first visitor to the newly-born Christ child, the Virgin Mary and Joseph.
The animation is beautiful and the story provides the perfect way to remember the real story of Christmas. We watched it and were left feeling really festive and excited. We'd recommend the DVD for families to share and think it would be the perfect film to watch on Christmas Eve,
On Angel's Wings is out now on DVD and digital download and is available from all usual stockists, including Amazon.
I've teamed up with Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment to offer one of my readers the chance to win a copy of the DVD for their family. To enter the giveaway please complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entry options. Please read the terms and conditions.
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Steffi Love by Pixie Lott: Magical Dreams - Magical Mermaid Giveaway
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With a price range of £3:99 - £12:99 the Steffi Love by Pixie Lott: Magical Dreams collection is bound to be on many Christmas lists this year. Each doll comes complete with a VIP invite code from Steffi and Pixie Lott, which you can use to unlock secret videos and fun games online at www.steffilove.co.uk.
For your chance to win your own Magical Mermaid Steffi Love doll please complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entry options, Please read the terms and conditions.
If you'd like to purchase a Steffi Doll then check out the House of Fraser range of Action Figures and Dolls.
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Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale on DVD - Review and Giveaway
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This is a really lovely collection of Peter Rabbit episodes and Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale will really give you that festive feeling. The DVD is a must for young fans of the show and we've loved watching it together.
Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale is released today, Monday 2nd November, and is available from all of the usual stockists including Amazon. To follow his adventures, why not pop over and like the Peter Rabbit Facebook page?
I have one copy of the DVD to give away to one of my readers. To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below. The blog post comment is compulsory and will unlock a range of additional entry options. Please read the terms and conditions.
Peter Rabbit's Christmas Tale on DVD
A Dinosaur Stocking for Bud
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When Hawkin's Bazaar recently asked me if I'd like to choose a few stocking fillers from their range I knew that a dinosaur themed stocking for Bud would be the perfect idea.
First up you need a stocking so I had to look elsewhere. I found this amazing example at the Natural History Museum shop, you can even personalise it with your choice of name! Who wouldn't want a Stegosaurus themed stocking to leave out for the big guy on Christmas Eve?
Everything else in the stocking can be bought from Hawkins Bazaar and they even have some terrific special offers on their small gifts to make stocking stuffing easier.
Have you started your Christmas shopping? Do you theme stockings?
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