Giveaway: Win a Rubi & Boris babygro

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Have you heard of Rubi & Boris yet? If not, you need to head over and check them out. Their signature product is the front fastening organic cotton babygro in different styles and designs. With front fastenings, you can bid farewell to the hassle of endlessly trying to pull vests over your child’s head. Not only are the babygros kind to your child’s skin but they are stylish, modern and practical. 

With a range of sleeveless, short sleeved and long sleeved designs, there is something for everyone, and I have teamed up with Rubi & Boris to offer one of you the chance to win a babygro of your choice! All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is enter via the rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Terms and conditions. Competition is open to UK residents and closes on 14/6/15. Winner will be randomly selected from all correctly completed entries and contacted by email. Winner should claim their prize within 10 days or it may be redrawn. Prize supplied directly from Rubi & Boris. More competitions at ThePrizeFinder 

A guide to South West holiday resorts

Forget the Cancun, Costa Del Sol or The Canaries this summer, there is plenty to see and do in the South West of the UK. We love Cornwall and Devon because of the lovely beaches, great countryside and the fact it’s a lot cheaper and less hassle when you don’t have to book flights. Whether you love walking, like chilling on the beach or want to be a bit more active there is something for everyone in this, the warmest region of the UK. So if you are still planning your summer holiday, consider some of the following locations.

Penzance

Mount’s Bay and its beach is one of the major draws of Penzance. It’s picture postcard beauty has visitors coming back year after year with dramatic cliffs, coves, incredible sandy beaches and clear seas for all to see. There are also other quaint villages and towns to visit in and around the Land’s End peninsula.

Ilfracombe

The harbour town of Illfracombe is a jewel in the South West’s crown. Visitors love the laid back atmosphere and quirky charms. There is also plenty to do for the whole family with a great museum, aquarium and fishing, surfing and horse riding opportunities. There are also the fascinating tunnel beaches which were hand carved nearly 200 years ago and make for a fun day out as well as an educational activity. There’s plenty to get from this ‘curious coastal charm’.  

The South West

Bude

Typically quiet and relaxed, Bude in Cornwall also has all the elements that holiday-makers love; pristine beaches, wild countryside to go walking in and vibrant town to explore. There is a friendliness to Bude which makes for a great atmosphere in the town. 

Newquay

Newquay attracts a variety of people from hen do’s to family holiday-makers. Families love the vast sandy beaches, it was in fact, voted one of the top ten best beaches destinations by visitors of Trip Advisor. Surfing is another primary attraction to Newquay, there are plenty of surf schools for all skill levels and quite reliable waves. Away from the coast, there is also go-karting, golf and Segway fun for the whole family.

Brean Sands

The Pontins at Brean Sands is a great location for a family holidays. Holiday provider UK Breakaways run regular trips to the resort. It is a holiday for those who are looking for traditional family fun and has plenty of activities for the kids and adults at a reasonable price.

Exmouth

Exmouth in Devon is a little bit easier to get to than some of the more westerly locations in Cornwall. The town has a wealth of watersports, boasts some of the enchanting Jurassic Coast and sit on the edge of the formidable River Exe.

Dartmoor

The National Park at Dartmoor makes for a great family holiday especially if there are keen ramblers amongst you. Director Steven Spielberg who filmed Warhorse on Dartmoor is a big fan of the region saying: such an abundance of natural beauty as I experienced filming War Horse on Dartmoor … And, with two-and-a-half-weeks of extensive coverage of landscapes and skies, I hardly scratched the surface’.

Dartmoor

 So there you have it plenty of incredible places to choose from down in the South West, get your holiday booked today and enjoy this special area of the country.

 

Project 365 2015, weeks 20 and 21

It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster the last 2 weeks, and I missed writing up a project 365 post last week as I was in hospital – so this week I have a 2 week round up for you!

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Day 130 – Max has been showing an interest in the potty at nursery for a while now, so today we went and got one for at home.

Day 131 – I am 33 weeks pregnant. You can read my 33 week bump update here

Day 132 – We bought a double bike trailer today so that Daddy can take the kids out on their bikes more often. Max gave it a test drive today, and most definitely approved!

Day 133 – It was my birthday this week, and Kevin bought me some gorgeous tulips.

Day 134 – Max wanted to try his brothers goggles on.

Day 135 – I was at The Baby Show today, and the children had a lovely day with Daddy, including lots of games of Labyrinth!

Day 136 – After a long day at The Baby Show yesterday I ended up in hospital for the weekend with contractions. Thankfully they managed to stop them, and I was given steroids for the baby’s lungs, just in case he or she makes an early appearance.

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Day 137 – Happy birthday hubby! Got to have a chocolate cake. 

Day 138 – SO happy to be home from hospital, even if I am under strict orders to rest. I sat in the garden today, enjoying all the colour in the hanging baskets.

Day 139 – I am 34 weeks pregnant. You can read my bump update here.

Day 140 – Sharing an umbrella on the school run.

Day 141 – Could this child be any more chilled out?!

Day 142 – Exciting times ahead – our house went on the market today. We have a new build plot reserved and are hoping to be in towards the end of the year.

Day 143 – Trying out the buggy board ready for when baby comes!



Things to think about when helping your child to choose student accommodation

It’s time for your son or daughter to move out from their parental nest and as a parent of a student you might feel like you have 101 things to help them organise before they go to university, one of them being student accommodation.

student accommodation

For most, student halls are great to start out in. It’s a great half way point between independence and still having someone there to help your child with any problems that may occur.  Here are some things to think about before deciding which student accommodation you would like your son or daughter to live in.  

If your child is going to study in the capital, for example, there are many options of accommodation for students in London.  Whether he/she wants to be in the centre of London, near the university or on the outskirts, it is important that they consider their personality. Is your child outgoing, doesn’t mind noise, or prefers peace and quiet and is willing to commute? Etc.

When you go to visit the different types of accommodation, it is important that you think about whether your child can see themselves comfortably living there.  Take a piece of paper and a pen with you and after looking at each accommodation make two separate lists of the advantages and disadvantages of each place you visit.  Remember, your child’s bedroom will not only  be a bedroom. It also becomes their study space, living room and where they will hang out with friends.  Think about the décor of the room that could potentially be your son or daughters new home.  If it’s dull and there isn’t much light, is this somewhere where you want your child to spend a lot of their time?

Consider the area. Do your research and find out if it is a safe place to live in. What are the crime rates? As horrible as it might sound, it could be worth looking into it to give you peace of mind that your child is living in a safe place. It could make a huge difference looking in other nearby towns to your students overall experience at university.

Another important thing to think about is who your son and daughter is living with.  If your son or daughters friends are going to the same university, why not suggest that they move into the same student flat. That way they will find it easier to make friends and feel comfortable living somewhere new straight away, as it has more familiarity to their previous home.

 It is easier moving in with people you know, rather than new people, as it saves you starting from scratch and getting to know someone knew.  They will understand each other’s study habits, and are likely to already know each other’s weaknesses, which can save awkward experiences later on.

However, many students go to university to meet new people, and it is more than likely, your child will get on with their new neighbours as most students are in the same situation. Sometimes, it’s worth taking the risk as your son or daughter, might make a new friend for life.

Giveaway: Win a set of Tommee Tippee beakers

Tommee Tippee beakers

I have always been a Tommee Tippee mum. I have used so many of their products over the last 9 years, from bottles and sterilisers to dummies and baby monitors. They are my go to brand for anything baby related, and seem to be popular with most other mums I speak to!

Their new range of cups encourages ‘big adventures’ with designs ranging from  first stage straw cups to active sports cups, all with an ‘outdoorsy’ theme. We have the wellie boot sports cup, and Max loves it – he always asks for his ‘wellie boot cup’.


 

Max approves of the Tommee Tippee beaker he got at The Baby Show

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If you like the look of the Tommee Tippee cup range and would like to win the 3 cups featured above, then all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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Terms and conditions. Open to UK residents, competition ends on 11/6/15. Winner will be randomly selected from all correctly completed entries and contacted by email. Winner should claim their prize within 10 days or it may be redrawn. More competitions at www.theprizefinder.com 

 

Bibee maternity trousers and tunic review

Bibee maternity tunic

As I may have mentioned before, buying maternity wear is hard. You don’t want to spend a fortune and buy too much, as let’s face it – you won’t wear it for that long. On the flip side, you do need clothes that fit properly during pregnancy and breastfeeding, you do want to look nice and you do want to be comfortable. That’s where Bibee come in. Makers of the revolutionary Bibee Front, they make maternity clothes that allow you to change your look without breaking the bank. Let me explain.

Bibee maternity tunic and trousers

Bibee maternity tunic and trousers

The Bibee tunic itself should be a staple in all pregnancy wardrobes. It floats over your bump, it has beautiful detailing on the arms, and it’s so comfortable. But it’s more than that. You can see the buttons on the sides and reverse of the tunic – you might be mistaken in thinking these are simply decorative, but they’re not. The buttons allow you to add a Bibee Front to your tunic to change the look, or cover up any leaks and spills in an emergency! It also makes breastfeeding access easy.

Bibee maternity tunic

As you can see, by adding a new Bibee front to my tunic, I have a totally different looking top without needing to buy more clothes – brilliant! It means you can mix and match, tailor things to suit whichever clothes you are wearing and feel a little bit better about your pregnancy style. 

All the Bibee Fronts fit all the dresses and tunics in the Bibee range, so simply by purchasing a dress, a tunic and a couple of fronts you have a basic maternity wardrobe.

Bibee maternity tunic and trousers

As well as the tops and dresses, Bibee also sell maternity trousers – jeans, chinos and satin joggers. I am a big fan of over the bump trousers in pregnancy, and find them comfortable after the birth too as they sit well clear of my C section scar. These navy joggers are quite possibly the most comfortable trousers I currently own. They don’t rub or pinch, they have stretched easily with my growing bump and they work well with Bibee tunics as well as maternity tshirts and jumpers. The cuffed bottoms mean they fit well even though I am not very tall, and they are perfect for wearing with pumps or ballet slippers in the summer. You can adjust the fit around the waist slightly as needed by tying or untying the drawstrings, so you can be sure of a good, comfortable fit no matter what stage of pregnancy you are at.