Wednesday, 23 October 2013

David Walliams Demon Dentist Giveaway

The lovey people at Harper Collins have given me a copy of David Walliams's new book the Demon Dentist to give away to one of my lucky readers.
I myself have had a sneaky read whilst Tino has been at school and i must say i didn't want to put it down, Valentino is only a few chapters in but already he is gripped!

Night time reading - Demon Dentist

"Demon Dentist is a jaw‐achingly funny and teeth‐chatteringly thrilling tale about an evil dentist who has an over‐the‐top devotion to teeth extractions…"

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Stop Smoking with Boots.

So as a smoker (yes i just admitted it!) I have often struggled and found it hard to stop, i have stopped in the past but during times of stress, this in turn has caused me to lapse and start again :( Bad i know and i wished i hadn't but such is life!
I was invited to attend my local Boots to try the new smoke less service which provides a support system to guide you on your way to kicking the habit once and for all.

I attended my Boots stop smoking consultation, i chatted and talked about my smoking habits, why i wanted to stop and the options that are available to me.
I have in the past tried Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) but unfortunately they either didn't work... like the inhalators or caused me irritation like the patches. I am keen to get back on the Champpix (Varenicline) but as this is a prescription only drug i do need to go see my GP or smoking nurse at my surgery.
Boots are offering a whole host of support, not only for quitting but also to aid you in cutting down. For more information please check out Boots Smoking Control Service. I did find my consultation really helpful and although my chosen option for quitting is currently not available in store it has defiantly given me the much needed kick up the bum to get the wheels in motion and kick this habit once and for all!
Good luck to anyone who is thinking and wanting to quit, it is hard but i know for a fact it can be done!

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*Disclaimer i have not been paid for this post but i did attend a boots smoke less consultation at my local store and i did receive a goody bag of treats to aid me in my journey to quitting*

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Happy 8th Birthday Valentino

Well its 8 years to the day i had you,
A beautiful baby boy,
No cares in the world,
You were my first born,
I was a new parent.
You were overdue by 10 days!
Labour was long,
I was tired,
I had an epidural :)
You were born,
Perfectly formed,
8th October 2005.

You have grown,
Your now 8 years old,
Happy Birthday Valentino
Lots of love,

Sunday, 6 October 2013

sometimes in life we don't always succeeded

This week my little Valentino who swim's for his local amateur swimming club took part in badge night.
He was wanting to get his 50 meter badge and unfortunately it didn't go to plan!

He was prepped and ready for action (new goggles and all!) and to be honest i'm not sure what went wrong... maybe it was nerves, maybe he just forgot what he was doing but he didn't make it this week.

As a parent there is nothing more heart breaking than seeing your child want something so much and fail but i and you both know that this is a part of life... we don't always succeed in what we want and sometimes it takes a few tries.
He got out of the pool in tears.... knowing that he had failed, he had grabbed on to the edge of the pool during his length.
All i could do as a parent was calm him down and reassure him that its was OK, his time would come.
He was gutted, i was gutted, i know he could do it, he knew he could do it, but it didn't happen!

I know that when he does do it he will be thrilled.
Sometimes i think our children need to know that they may not accomplish something first time round and that in fact life has its challenges.
I want my son to grow and learn that if he works hard he will succeed.
I do believe that he will, and although it was heartbreaking he will be all the more grateful when he does get that badge under his belt!
He is positive, determined and very competitive,  i am very proud of him and what he has already achieved!
I'm sure Valentino will get his badge next time and i am over the moon at what he has achieved already.
I love you boo and keep up the good work..
Love you
Mummy xx

Silent Sunday 06/10/13

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Bugaboo, Andy Warhol, Wool collection and a Buffalo AW13 Launch *new products*

Today we headed to Leeds to meet Bugaboo and see the latest in their ever growing collection including the new Buffalo, Andy Warhol fabrics and the luxurious wool collection.
Bugaboo has always been one of my favorite brands due to the constant simplicity of the construction, innovative design, functionality and customization options.

Today Bugaboo had a Bee on display with the new Andy Warhol Happy Bugs fabric and i must admit it stole my heart!
This limited addition fabric is sure to be soon a sell out and is available for both the Donkey and the Cameleon3 as well as the Bee with the beautiful additions of a baby cocoon and a footmuff 

Bugaboo Bee Andy Warhol Happy Bugs

Happy Bugs Bee
Happy Bugs Baby Cocoon

Happy Bugs Cameleon3
Happy Bugs universal Footmuff

Happy Bugs Donkey

This is the second launch (AW13) of Bugaboo’s multi-year collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation The “Happy Bugs” Collection is based on vivid artwork from the 1950’s.

This "Happy Bugs" collection will be launched in November 2013, and will be available in-store worldwide

Recommended Retail Price:
• Bugaboo Cameleon3 “Happy Bugs” Tailored Fabric Set, £149.95 / euro169.95
• Bugaboo Bee “Happy Bugs” Sun Canopy, £99.95 / euro 109.95
• Bugaboo Donkey “Happy Bugs” Tailored Fabric Set, £149.95 / Euro169.95
• Bugaboo Donkey “Happy Bugs” Sun Canopy, £99.95 / EURO 109.95
• Bugaboo “Happy Bugs” Footmuff £129.00 / EURO 150.00
• Bugaboo “Happy Bugs” Baby Cocoon, £94.95 / EURO119.95

Introducing Bugaboo's brand new stroller the Buffalo 
Bugaboo Buffalo
New to the Bugaboo family the buffalo is a gorgeous new all terrain pushchair, to me this little beauty has taken some of the key aspects of both the ever popular Cameleon and the versatility and looks of the Donkey  
The Bugaboo Buffalo is both versatile and robust with is big chunky front wheels for "off roading" or county walks.
The Buffalo has a great one piece fold, it has a parent or world facing seat unit and an amazing sized hood! 
Buffalo's amazing hood 
Buffalo one piece fold with seat unit

Buffalo is both strong and functional that can carry a maximum of 39kg. The seat unit alone will hold up to 23kg you can also add 10kg to the shopping basket and hang a bugaboo changing bag up to 6kg! 
This is really impressive and i'm also loving the size of the shopping basket, its huge! big enough to carry the kids lunch boxes, book bags and a few bits from the shop on the school run! (love love love the basket... can you tell?)
Buffalo in newborn carrycot mode
The buffalo launched in store September 2013 with the retail of £859

Bugaboo Wool Collection

Bugaboo Cameleon3 with wool collection

Bugaboo has just launched Wool Accessories, including an easy-to-wash Bugaboo Wool Seat Liner that is reversible. 
This i have just seen and i can vouch that it is truly beautiful, its so soft and simply luxurious! The Woolmark certified materials has 100% pure new wool on one side and grey melange knitted cotton jersey on the other. 

Seat liner wool side up
Seat liner Grey Melange side up
Many people are unaware that wool, as a natural material regulates temperature, wicks away moisture, warms you in winter and cools in summer. Which in turn means parents can keep their children well protected and comfortable all year round. (It feels like your Ugg boots when you first bought them! )

The Blankets, once again stunning and so soft they come in the colours Ivory, Grey Melange and Rose and are super sunggly, they are 100% extra fine Merino wool and just simply scrumptious!
Grey Melange
The Seat Liner retails at £89.95 and the blankets are £89.95 both are available in store from October 2013

Id like to thank Bugaboo to inviting me to #bugabooontour and if you want to keep up to date remember to follow bugaboo on facebook for the latest information and products.
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*Disclaimer i have not been paid by bugaboo to write this post i was invited to an event and chose to write about the latest products for my readers*