Potty Training Baby Annabell

We bought Violet a Baby Annabell doll for her Birthday in January and she absolutely loves her. I think she’s still a bit young for the whole ‘Mam’s & Dad’s’ imaginative role play yet, but she loves to take care of her dolly.

After the first few days of playing with Baby Annabell, Violet started asking for accessories for her. Mama, where’s her dress? Where’s her hair band? Where’s her potty? So I was over the moon when I was asked if I’d like to try out and review some of the brand new accessory range for Baby Annabell.

I chose the potty training set as I thought this would be the best option for Violet; and I was right!

The RRP of the set is £12.99 (doll sold separately) and it comes with a cute little pink potty and some other ‘pretendy’ accessories including powder bottle, wipes and nappies.

As soon as it was opened, Violet undressed baby Annabell with some urgency shouting “Don’t wee in your knickers Annabell!”. She then plonked her on the potty and told her to get to it! I showed Violet that Baby Annabell will wee if you press the button (heart) on her tummy and sure enough the water she had just taken from her bottle came trickling out into the potty!

Violet absolutely loves playing with this and it makes a great addition to the Annabell collection we will no doubt be collecting over the years to come. I love how much she’s now starting to use her imagination whilst playing on her own- I’m not so sure she’ll have this much interest in potty training once her brother starts later in the year though!

Does your little one have a favourite dolly?

Mother Hermit xx

 

‘We were sent the Baby Annabell Potty Training Set in exchange for this review. All photo’s, views and opinions are that of my own’

 

Turtle Bay Comes To Middlesbrough!

So if you follow me on social media you probably noticed that I was lucky enough to attend a special preview evening of the new Turtle Bay restaurant in Middlesbrough last Wednesday night. This was basically a small gathering of North East bloggers, PR’s and I believe local councillors, who were all invited along to preview their new menu before it opens it’s doors on 23rd April 2017.

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Firstly, why on earth have I never visited a Turtle Bay restaurant before?! “Rum, Reggae, Jerk” , can you get any better than that?! From the moment you walk through the door of this place you feel an instant relaxation. From the smooth reggae tunes and the ridiculously friendly (in a good way!) staff to the amazingly refreshing cocktails and massive choice of rums (over 40!), it’s pretty impossible not to have a smile on your face within the first few minutes of your visit.

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If you just fancy popping in for a few cocktails there’s definitely plenty to choose from, whether it be a boozy one or a soft drink. My personal favourite had to be the Bahama Mama which is full of fruity flavours and finished off with some coconut rum and banana liqueur- total amazeballs indeed! What’s even better though is that they have a ‘Happy Hour’ where all cocktails are 2’4’1 all day, every day until 7pm and again from 10pm! If you’re feeling a bit peckish too they offer some moreish bar snacks of Jamaican Jerk Nuts, Spicy Pork Rinds and Jam Rock Spiced Popcorn- I couldn’t stop nibbling, especially the popcorn.

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So onto the important part; the food! The first dishes brought to our tables were the Just Jerk Platter and the Vital Veggie Platter.

jerkplatterThe Jerk platter has a selection of pork ribs, wings, beef riblets, beef patties, sweetcorn fritters, spicy popcorn and a super green salad and every single element of this sharing dish is absolutely incredible. Every piece of meat was cooked to perfection and literally fell from the bone and melted in the mouth.

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The Veggie platter consisted of okra, grilled mushrooms and peppers, pepper roti, flat bread, curried chickpeas and again the sweetcorn fritters and super green salad. Now I’m not a vegetarian and probably wouldn’t have chose to order this myself so I have to admit that I was totally surprised by the utter deliciousness of everything on here! Especially the okra- I’d have that again no problem!

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Next up, we were brought two curries to try; Bajan Beef Cheeks and Spinach, Aubergine and Sweet Potato Curry.

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Like the meat on the Jerk Platter, the Bajan beef cheeks were incredibly succulent and tender. It had a lovely spice to it but it was quite mild, perfect for me.

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The Spinach, Aubergine and Sweet Potato Curry was again gorgeous. The vegetables were cooked just right; soft enough to enjoy but still full of flavour. I don’t think I’d manage a full portion of this though, it was a tad more spicy than the beef!

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After the curries we noticed that the BBQ was in action which of course meant, Jerk Chicken!

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A 24 hour marinated and pit grilled chicken, smothered in jerk seasoning, sour orange chutney and fresh coconut shavings, served up with coconut rice ‘n’ peas. Incredible. I love everything about this dish- it totally shouts ‘Caribbean’ and the flavours speak volumes.

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If you don’t fancy chicken though, I’d have to recommend this one, the Slow Braised Beef Rib which was my favourite of the night! This was dished up with some sweet tattie fries and some watermelon, lime and coriander chow salad which was absolutely incredible! The very thought of fruit with savoury makes me feel uncomfortable for some reason, but I have to admit that this combination of sweet and spice worked beautifully. It’s making me hungry just thinking about it…

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Next up (I know, how much food?!), was the chefs own surprise creation which isn’t actually on the menu and was a total one off for us; The Turtle Bay Jerk Parmo!

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As the ‘Parmo’ was created in Middlesbrough I thought this was a lovely touch! I have to admit though, as I’m closer to Newcastle (Upon Tyne), I’ve probably only ever tried a few Parmo’s in my life. And those that I have tried have been rather dry and greasy! But the Jerk Parmo? This was on another level. The flavours were just incredible and as with the rest of the meat through the evening, the chicken was tender and there was plenty of it! This should definitely be on the menu, or at least on a secret menu!

By this point I was slipping into a major food coma and was just about ready for bed, but then we were brought a dessert selection to have a try of! Like I wasn’t going to try any, right?!

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Banana & Toffee Cheesecake, Fresh BBQ Pineapple, Rum & Raisin Bread Pudding, Dark Chocolate Brownie and my absolute favourite, the Passion Pie. Think lemon meringue pie but instead of lemon this is passion fruit, not as sharp but gorgeously sweet and fruity. I couldn’t get enough of it and made my food coma worse by eating quite a bit of it! The toffee and banana cheesecake was gorgeous too, in fact every element of this dish was, but I will definitely be ordering the Passion Pie again when I return!

I headed home pretty sharpish after dessert as the food had definitely won and I was literally ready to fall into bed! This is hands down my new favourite restaurant and I can’t recommend it enough- even if you’re just in the mood for some cocktails, you have to give Turtle Bay a try! And it’s open now! (Opened 23rd April 2017)

Have you ever visited a Turtle Bay restaurant? What did you think?

Mother Hermit xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting Nursery at 1 Year Old

So Daddy has started a new job (yay!) but unfortunately this new job means he can no longer work from home on Friday’s, the weekday I work an afternoon shift. This means that we’ve had to think about putting both kids into nursery for a full day on a Friday. No big deal, right? That’s what I thought…

I always said I wouldn’t put my kids into nursery under two years old, and I didn’t with my daughter, she started this time last year after just turning two. However, I started working part time in September last year and now I don’t really like the thought of not working, even though it is only 16 hours per week, it gives me an ‘escape’ and more importantly, some pocket money! This means that our son, who turned one in February, will have to attend nursery with his big sister so I can continue to work.

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Billy has always showed an interest in the nursery setting every time we drop off or collect Violet so I hadn’t been all that worried about him starting. We had his first half hour visit yesterday where I got to stay with him and talk to the staff whilst he had a little explore. He was a bit cautious at first, clinging onto me and checking I was still there before he moved or touched anything but by the time the visit was nearly over, he had come out of his shell a bit more. This made me feel a bit better about the whole thing and I was quite looking forward to visit number two!

Visit number two today meant that I had to drop him off and leave him for an hour. So off we headed this afternoon, backpack nearly the size of him and the biggest smile on his face walking with his sister. This smile lasted around five minutes sadly as when we got there he was ushered into the baby room and he quickly realised that Mammy was leaving without him and the screaming began. We literally live across the road from the nursery so Violet and I headed home for a peaceful lunch and quick tidy up; well as much as I could manage in that hour. As the time passed the more nervous I became, constantly checking my phone to check the time and for missed calls from the nursery. This then turned into comfort eating as my anxiety started playing hell with me. This is a normal feeling for any parent right?!

An hour later we headed back to the nursery only to be greeted by a staff member who immediately explained that he had cried for the FULL hour and they couldn’t settle him at all!! I felt awful! She suggested that another hour stay be booked in this week to see if he will come around a bit better tomorrow. But now I’m panicking that he might not settle into nursery at all and I’ll have to quit my job and be a SAHM again- the horror! I love it really but I’m quite enjoying having this pocket money which is currently putting me through my driving lessons!

By the time he came out of the room he was beetroot red, sweating, slavering, he looked bloody terrible! He did have his 12 month Imm’s yesterday though so I’m kind of hoping it could have been something to do with the after effects of those (4 horrible, horrible jabs!) and not just that he was utterly pissed off that his Mam had left him in a strange place with unfamiliar women and twisty babies!

It got me thinking that it could possibly be his age? Maybe I’m doing this at the wrong time for him? When babies are younger they don’t realise as much what’s happening around them and when they’re a bit older they think it’s fun as they get constant play with other kids. But at Billy’s age it’s like he just knows that he’s being left and I’m hurting his feelings; proper Mammy guilt going on here, can you tell?!

Please tell me this gets easier?? How old was your little one when they started nursery? How long did it take them to settle?

Mother Hermit xx

Pawsomebox; A Pooches Review!

Well this is a slightly different one for me as we were sent something to review for our two pooches; Lola & Lily! I can’t tell you how excited they were when I told them! I really can’t, I don’t speak yappy dog language sober!

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Anyway, we were sent an awesome Pawsomebox (see what I did there?!) in December but unfortunately both ladies have been a bit poorly at different times, and a bit naughty ( I had to get a professional carpet booked in, that’s all I’m saying!), so I hid the box from them for a while. As things are settling down slightly I decided to bring it out and see what they thought.

How Does It Work?

Firstly you complete a full profile on your pet, what size they are, whether they have long or short hair, how old they are, that kind of thing, so the guys at Pawsomebox can pick the best suited treats and toys etc. for your lovable pooch.

Secondly you choose which subscription plan you would prefer. They offer 12 months, 6 months, 3 months and 1 months subscriptions, all of which you can suspend at any time.

And that’s it.

What’s In The Box?

6 products suited to the answers you provided on your dog’s profile as well as a selection of delicious treats, toys, accessories and hygiene products.

This is what was in the box I received…

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I have to say I was pretty impressed with the contents. You also get the ‘Paw Notes’ leaflet which is full of facts and stories for you to have a read of. This one even has a recipe and instructions to make your own salt dough Christmas decorations using your pets paws!

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We got;

  • Shampoo
  • 3 Toys
  • Festive Poop Bags
  • 3 Packs of Different Treats

Our Lily and Lola have never really been a fan of toys since they were pups so they weren’t too impressed by them. Apart from a few sniffs they wouldn’t go anywhere near them so they’ve ended up the kids toys now- great eh? More noisy toys! They weren’t so fussy with the treats though. Their favourites are definitely the Trixie Rice Balls!

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I love the idea of Pawsomebox as there are so many different subscription boxes available these days, it’s nice to have one for our pets too!

You can take a look for yourself here.

 

Mother Hermit xx

 

Disclaimer; We were kindly sent this box for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

 

New Year, New You; ‘Inspiring’ Film Watchlist

If you’ve read my previous post ‘New Year, New You; ‘Classic’ Film Watchlist’ you’ll know that I’ve set myself a challenge to watch at least one film per week, preferably ones I’ve never seen before. It’s going quite well so far but I’ll mention the films I’ve watched in my round-up post at the end of the month.

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So here’s my watchlist for ‘Inspiring’ films I really want to watch;

Bridges of Madison County

‘A National Geographic photographer (Clint Eastwood, who also directs) arrives in Madison County, Iowa, to cover a story about the Roseman Bridge. He stops to ask directions from a bored housewife (Meryl Streep) whose family are away, and so begins a romantic love affair.’

Joyful Noise

‘Musical comedy starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. In an impoverished Georgia town, the death of gospel choir director Bernard Sparrow (Kris Kristofferson) sparks changes in the lives of two of the choir’s members. Vi Rose Hill (Queen Latifah), Sparrow’s second-in-command, is named as his replacement – but Bernard’s widow, G.G. (Parton), a wealthy benefactress of the church, believes she should have been given the position. These two formidable women lock horns over the direction of the choir as it heads towards a national competition.’

The Bucket List

‘In The Bucket List, a corporate billionaire (Jack Nicholson) and a working class mechanic (Morgan Freeman) find their lives thrown together when they end up sharing a hospital room. Both at a crossroads in their lives they come to realise that they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted, as well as an unrealised need to come to terms with who they are. So before they, as the expression has it, “kick the bucket”, the two men will support each other in realising their dreams.’

Cake

‘Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington star in this drama from director Daniel Barnz. Claire Bennett (Aniston) is a victim of chronic pain who often has to resort to illegal measures to get the pills she needs to relieve her symptoms. As she struggles to deal with her own issues, pushing away the people who are trying to help her in the process, she becomes intrigued by the suicide of Nina Collins (Kendrick), a member of her support group who ended her life by jumping off a freeway overpass. When Claire starts to suffer from hallucinations of Nina she decides to get in touch with the woman’s widowed husband Roy (Worthington). While developing a bond with Roy, Claire starts to make discoveries about Nina’s suicide… The cast also includes Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Mamie Gummer and Chris Messina.’

The Blind Side

‘Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he’s found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother. This real-life story of family and of Michael’s growth into a blue-chip football star will have you cheering with its mix of gridiron action and heartwarming emotion. Share the remarkable journey of the college All-American and first-round NFL draft pick who was a winner before he ever stepped onto the playing field.’

You can buy all of these titles here or keep an eye out on my Twitter feed as I’ll be running another competition where you could be in with a chance of winning this whole bundle on DVD!

New Year, New You; ‘Classic’s’ Film Watchlist

So this year I’ve decided that one of my “resolutions” is to start watching films again.

Since a young age I’ve always enjoyed watching films and as I grew up I took utter pride in building my DVD collection. Unfortunately, probably since having kids, that DVD collection has been gathering dust in the loft and apart from the occasional trip to the local cinema, I rarely watch films. Which makes me pretty sad because I love curling up and having a little cry over a good film!

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This is why I’ve decided to set a challenge for myself to watch at least 1 film per week. I’m aiming for 2 or 3 really, but one’s probably a more realistic start! I’m also aiming to watch more of the films I haven’t seen rather than one’s I have seen and then collate a monthly post full of those I’ve watched and what I thought.

So here goes my first watchlist for the Classics (I haven’t seen any of these!);

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

” “I was born under unusual circumstances”. And so begins The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any mans life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.”

The Colour Purple

“Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple is a richly-textured, powerful film set in America’s rural south. The Color Purple marks a new, more mature colour in Spielberg’s artistic palette. It is an exquisitely crafted, landmark film that will be treasured and talked about for years to come.”

Gone With the Wind

“Epic romantic drama based on Margaret Mitchell’s Pulitzer-winning novel set during the American Civil War. Southern belle Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) often uses men to get what she wants, but is unable to get the one man she truly desires, Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard). She soon meets her match in the roguish Captain Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) and in the war itself which destroys the genteel way of life she has always known. With determination she rebuilds her life from the shattered remains the Union Army leaves behind. Despite its sometimes troubled production (director George Cukor was replaced by Victor Fleming, with Sam Wood brought in when Fleming’s health failed), the film won ten Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress.”

Dial M For Murder

“Grace Kelly and Ray Milland star in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller adapted from the play by Frederick Knott. Former tennis pro Tony Wendice (Milland) hatches a cunning plot to get rid of his socialite wife, Margot (Kelly), when he discovers that she has been having an affair with author Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings). Wendice blackmails a corrupt former schoolmate into murdering her, but the man bungles the job, and Margot, having killed her would-be assailant in self-defence, then finds herself under suspicion of premeditated murder…”

The Towering Inferno

“A huge glass tower block, touted as the tallest building in the world, bursts into flame on its opening night. An all-star cast includes Steve McQueen as Michael O’Hallorhan, the fire chief determined to get the blaze under control, while Paul Newman stars as embarrassed architect Doug Roberts, trapped inside with fellow guests Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain and Robert Wagner. ‘The Towering Inferno’ became the biggest of the Seventies cycle of disaster movies, which began four years earlier with ‘Airport’.”

You can find all of these films here but make sure you keep an eye on my twitter feed as I’ll also be holding a competition very soon to win all five of these films on DVD!!

 

 

 

Give The Gift of Film For HER This Christmas- Plus a Giveaway!

Christmas shopping can be a nightmare! I’m just about finished but trying to get those last few bits for everyone can be a huge stress- especially for the women!

Are you still looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the lovely ladies in your life? I don’t think I’ve ever met a female who doesn’t like to curl up and watch a good film. So why not give the gift of film? With just two weeks to go, have a look at these fantastic DVD’s from Warner Bros; (Oh, there’s a giveaway at the end too!)

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Me Before You

Ahhh, I’ve read the book but haven’t actually seen the film yet. If it’s anything like the book you’ll totally need the tissues out for this one! I wouldn’t mind receiving this for Christmas!

“Thea Sharrock directs this adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes. Emilia Clarke stars as Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark, a quirky, cheerful waitress who suffers a crisis when she loses her job. Struggling to find a position in her area of expertise, Lou reluctantly applies for a job as a carer for a wheelchair-bound man called Will (Sam Claflin). After a motorbike accident left him paralysed, Will has found daily tasks difficut and often wonders why he tries to carry on, but when Lou enters his life, both lost souls find common ground and help each other see the light at the end of the tunnel. The cast also includes Jenna-Louise Coleman, Charles Dance, Matthew Lewis and Janet McTeer.”

The Intern

I went to the Cinema with my sister to see this one and absolutely LOVED it! I love all films with Anne Hathaway and with the help of Robert DeNiro this film will make you laugh out loud and quite possibly make you shed a tear- but just a little one! I would happily add this one to my DVD collection to watch again and again.

“When Ben Whittaker (De Niro), a 70-year-old widower, becomes bored with retired life he decides to return to work, seeking an internship at an online fashion company, owned by Jules Ostin (Hathaway), that runs a senior intern programme. Ben gets the position and as he adjusts to his new surroundings he makes a good impression on his new boss with whom he forms an unlikely friendship.” 

In The Heart Of The Sea

This isn’t one I’ve seen or read the book for but OMG I want to watch it so badly! So many people have recommended it to me- I’d love to receive this one!

“Ron Howard directs this action adventure based on a true story which is recounted in Nathaniel Philbrick’s book and was the inspiration for Herman Melville’s ‘Moby Dick’. In 1820 Captain George Pollard, Jr. (Benjamin Walker) leads a crew, including First Mate Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth), Second Mate Matthew Joy (Cillian Murphy) and cabin boy Thomas Nickerson (Tom Holland), on a whaling voyage aboard the Essex. While hunting the men are attacked by a huge male sperm whale and find themselves shipwrecked and stranded at sea. They attempt to make it to dry land but will any of them survive? The film also stars Brendan Gleeson, Michelle Fairley, Charlotte Riley and Ben Whishaw as Herman Melville.”

Wizard of Oz

Now this is a classic everyone will love- you can’t go wrong! I don’t have this in my DVD collection and I do love a musical so I wouldn’t complain if I received this for Christmas!

“Classic musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum novel starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. A tornado whisks Dorothy (Garland) and her house from Kansas to Munchkin City, squashing the Wicked Witch of the East upon landing. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) vows revenge, while Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), hoping he can tell her how to get home. On the way she makes friends with a scarecrow (Bolger), a tin man (Haley) and a cowardly lion (Lahr) – all of whom have specific reasons for wanting to meet the magical Wizard. With the Wicked Witch out to get her, will Dorothy ever get home again?”

How To Be Single

Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie and Leslie Mann- with that line up you just know that this is going to be one hilarious film! My sister went to see this without me, which I’m not at all bitter about. Okay, maybe a little. She should probably buy this for me to make it up to me, yeah?

“Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson star in this romantic comedy based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo. The film follows a group of singletons, including Alice (Johnson) and Robin (Wilson), in New York City as they each learn how to make the most of their status.”

Hopefully that’s provided you with some inspiration- what woman wouldn’t want all of these films to have a DVD binge night?! I know I certainly would!

If you’d like to take a look at these DVD’s along with many other titles you can find them on HMV.

Giveaway

I have a set of the above DVD’s to giveaway to one lucky reader! That means you could win a copy of Me Before You, The Intern, In The Heart Of The Sea, The Wizard of Oz and How To Be Single! All you have to do is follow me on Twitter and retweet the post at the top of my profile using #WBChristmas (pinned post) to be in with a chance of winning! You’ll have to be quick though as this competition ends at midnight on 19th December- Good Luck!

Mother Hermit xx

 

 

Lapland Mailroom Letter From Santa Review

Christmas is coming! I still can’t believe how quickly and as I’ve mentioned previously, this year is fast becoming even more magical for us as our daughter is nearly 3. She now knows who Santa Claus is and gets the general idea, so the excitement is fast building. So when the guys at Lapland Mailroom offered to send Violet a letter from Santa, it was an offer I couldn’t refuse!

Each letter from Lapland Mailroom is completely personalised and there are four different basic templates to choose from, including Baby’s First Christmas. The options for personalisation are fantastic, you can even add your child’s siblings name or their friends names so they will be included. This makes it that little bit more special I think as they will recognise things within the letter. I even got to add a ‘P.S’ at the end of Violet’s letter to remind her to put all of her dummies under the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve. We’re trying our best to get rid of them altogether and this seems like the perfect opportunity to do so! You can also choose if you’d like to have extras such as an activity pack or ‘Nice Child List’ certificate. Each step of the personalisation process is very easy to follow and you will quickly have your letter ready to preview.

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When you receive the letter it will be addressed to your child, which is another nice touch and makes it really special. Violet was so excited when she realised that the letter was for her. We also received the activity pack which includes;

  • Elf Yourself! Activity sheet

  • Christmas Eve door hanger

  • Cut out and keep

    Christmas decoration

  • Colouring in Christmas card

  • Colouring in ‘Santa Stop Here!’ poster

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I absolutely love Violet’s letter and was so surprised at how fantastic the quality is. This is something I’ll happily keep within her memory box along with the ‘Nice Child List’ certificate which is also great. The activity pack has already kept her entertained for hours as she’s enjoyed colouring everything in. The only one she has left to do is the ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign for the window which I have put inside her Christmas Eve box.

Prices start from only £7.95 and they currently have an offer on which means that you will receive a ‘Nice Child List’ certificate FREE with every order of a personalised letter.

If you’re in the UK you have until the 20th December to order. You can find international shipping dates and all other information on their website.

Merry Christmas!

Mother Hermit xx

 

 

I was very kindly sent these products from Lapland Mailroom in exchange for this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Snack Smart with Go Ahead! Snacks- A Review

As a part time worker I’m pretty busy. Add being a Mam to two children under 3, the ‘keeper’ of a (rather handsome) bloke and two crazy dogs, I’m on the go constantly, I literally never stop!

Breakfast is something I always make sure my kids have at the start of every single day. The bloke not so much, he’s old enough to know when he wants to eat! (All of the time). When it comes to myself, it’s something I just never seem to have time for. Even though I’m already making breakfast for the little ones, when they’re sat down eating I tend to make the most of that time attempting to slurp a hot coffee or sticking some washing in before they’re finished and chaos beings for the day. So when the guys at Go Ahead! asked if I’d like to try out some of their new products I thought I’d take advantage and try to use them to get me kick started into breakfasts!

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I received a huge selection of Go Ahead! products and couldn’t wait to get stuck in. Unfortunately for me, the kids were around when I was opening the box and having a rummage through. You can guess where this is going. Violet spotted the cookies! So she was the very first taste tester of the White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookie Bites. These one’s are new to the range and even though they’re cookies, like the rest of the Go Ahead products they’re individually packaged and these ones are only 99 kcal! I managed to have a bag myself when the kids had gone to bed and they’re amazing! You can also get them in Chocolate & Orange flavour but the White Chocolate & Raspberry are definitely my favourite- and Violet’s too!

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Next up we tried the Yoghurt Breaks. These are my absolute favourite in the Go Ahead! range. You can’t get much better than a crunchy fruit filled biscuit topped with smooth yoghurt and there’s now five different flavours to choose from; Forest Fruit, Raspberry, Red Cherry, Tropical and Strawberry. I love all of them and the only flavour I haven’t tried yet is the Red Cherry so I need to find them on my next shop! What makes them even better is every single flavour, each slice is only 73kcal.

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Next up, the Crispy Slices. These are my son’s favourite- probably because you get 3 in each individual packet so he can eat more! These ones come in seven, that’s right SEVEN different flavours- how do you choose?! I was sent the apple and orange which are both gorgeous and extremely moreish so it’s a good job there are 3 in each pack. Each slice is 57kcals too. So I’ve still got the Forest Fruit, Raspberry, Red Cherry, Blueberry and Strawberry ones to try out.

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Last but not least, the Fruity Bakes. Golden baked soft bars jam packed with delicious fruit; either apple or strawberry. I received the strawberry ones and I love them- the only problem is they’re 133kcals per bar and so moreish I’m not sure I could have just one!

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I’m now a huge fan of this Go Ahead! range. Not only have they been helping me eat breakfast (on occasion), they’ve also meant I’ve had something to grab to eat on the way to work or whilst out and about which is usually when I’d look for an unhealthy bag of crisps or a pastie! I’m in the North East, we love Greggs! I’ve also used them to throw in the changing bag when I take the kids out somewhere as they both love all of them, they’re great to give the kids on the go, especially as they’re healthy.

Give them a go, I think you’ll like them!

Mother Hermit xx

I was very kindly sent these Go Ahead! products for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

 

Disney Moana Happy Tin and Book Review

We were recently very lucky enough to be sent a Disney Moana Happy Tin for Violet. She’s seen the trailers for the film all over the television recently and each time it’s been on she’s become more and more interested in it.

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So when the tin arrived and she’d swiftly removed the gorgeous wrapping paper, she was rather excited as she knew exactly who the characters were on the front.

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Inside the tin there is a Moana Storybook, an Activity Book, a Colouring Book, 4 Felt Tip Pens, Stickers and a double sided Poster. Violet made quick work of taking all of the stickers, decorating the poster and then using the colouring pens with the activity book. Once she’d tired herself out, she was ready for a story and we snuggled up together to have a read.

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We haven’t seen the film Moana yet so we were pretty clueless as to what the story was about, so here’s the blurb if you haven’t seen it yet either;

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The book itself is really good quality and we absolutely love it. It’s Violet’s new favourite bedtime story as she loves following Moana’s journey!

The tin is aimed at age 3-6 years however with Violet being 2, I think we’ve had pretty good use out of the entire contents. Obviously the activities she struggled with but this just made it that bit more special as we also got to complete those together as well as reading the book together.

The RRP for the Moana Happy Tin is £16.99 which I think is on the expensive side, even though the contents are great.. However, I’ve recently seen this in Morrisons Supermarkets and Amazon for £5.00 which is a much more reasonable price. It would make the perfect gift, whether your little one has seen the film yet or not 🙂

Have you seen the film Moana yet? What did you think of it?

Mother Hermit xx

We were very kindly sent this product to review as part of the Parragon Book Buddies. All views and opinions are that of my own.

 

 

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