Black Friday: Top Tips from HUKD

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Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year is almost upon us! The Black Friday tradition first began way back in 1932 in America. It remained something of an American tradition until it made it’s way over to the UK in 2013. Black Friday is a day when Savvy shoppers can grab amazing bargains and take advantage of huge savings from shops and retail outlets instore and online. This year black Friday falls on 25th November, a little under a month away. Rumor has it, this year will be bigger and better than ever before. With sales figures expecting to top last years 1.1 billion!

I love a bargain and have picked up some great Black Friday deals for xmas over the past few years. I often find the best ones on the Black Friday page of HUKD. Those who have read my Money saving tips will know HUKD is one of my favourite savvy shopping sites.… Read More

Bump Watch: Tiny Tuppen #2 – Week 20

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It Seems Bump watch has naturally fallen into place on a Monday. This suits me fine and it means I can link straight up to #MaternityMondays hosted by Emma at Farmers Wife & Mummy. It also means I get a couple of extra days to add any extra updates as my new pregnancy week starts on a Sunday! It has been quite an exciting week this week as I have hit 20 weeks. That means I am half way through (for a normal 40 week pregnancy). How did that Happen? 20 weeks also marks the week of the anomaly scan, and if you want to find out the gender, as long as baby is playing ball, you should get find out Pink or Blue at this appointment! What did we do? Keep reading to find out!

I was having a conversation with a friend on Sunday about the pregnancy and I said I feel that I am in denial, but my mind is excited!… Read More

#MySundayPhoto – Fireworks Night

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Rememeber, Remember. This weeks photo is linked to Bonfire/fireworks night, the day we good old Brits remember when the traitor Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the houses of parliment in 1605. I loved bonfire night when I was a kid. I grew up fireworks spoilt I have decided, having lived in Lewes, East sussex throughout my childhood. Lewes is notorius for putting on one of the biggest and best Bonfire night celebrations in the country with people flocking miles to experience it. Although, safety is top priority, the night is not tame by any means and certainly not suitable for little toddlers. As Chris grew up in Seaford, his family still pop out for the towns annual fireworks celebrations and for the past few years its been our display of choice. Yesterday was that night, Finlay loves it. A great little prossesion through the town followed by a great little display on the fields.… Read More

Birth Trauma: A Series of Unfortunate Events

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N.B: Apologies, this is quite a long post. I have tried to keep it as brief as possible without losing too much detail. The events that led to my feeling associated with Birth Trauma span a number of weeks.

Birth Trauma Fraud

I feel like a fraud writing Birth Trauma. After all Finlay’s birth wasn’t really dramatic in the grand scheme of things. There was no alarm ringing emergency, no rushing about, no worrying if my baby was going to be OK. Although, when I think back when Finlay was born, there is no fondness for those first few weeks. My memories are masked with a sense of fear and dread. The littlest thing can trigger that feeling to return, like the music on Finlay’s nightlight or the wallpaper in the spare room (thankfully we painted it last weekend).

I thought I had come to terms with it, but here I am at 20 weeks pregnant.… Read More

Tips for Carving a Halloween Pumpkin

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Pumpkins are one of the essential accessories for Halloween. We always have at least one pumpkin in our house. Usually more as we take at least one over to Aunty’s house for her annual Halloween Party. I’m usually the one who scoops out the insides, while Chris carves out the design. I think between us we are becoming Pro’s. So I thought why not share our expertise and tips on how to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin.

 

Pumpkin Tips

 

Get your timing right! If you buy and carve your Halloween too early, It will go rotten and smelly before Halloween even comes around. They are usually at their best until they are a week and half to two weeks old. So the best time to buy your them is a week to ten days before Halloween.

 

Pick the best Pumpkin! Try and select a healthy looking pumpkin, free from nicks or bruises.… Read More

Monkey Bizness: Soft Play Review

Monkey Bizness Soft Play review

Monkey Bizness is a huge indoor soft play warehouse catering for young babies to younger teens. There are 4 locations across the country: Gosport, Hull, Lewes and Sheffield.

Locally to us is Monkey Bizness: Lewes. Although not on our doorstep, we are more than happy to travel the half hour car journey. Although some of our towns soft play areas are great, the sheer size of Monkey Bizness puts it ahead of its competitors. Especially if you’re after making a half day or day of it.

Opening times

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Prices

Prices can vary depending on whether the days is classed as Peak. So check on the website. However, the general prices are:

  • Under 1’s: Free – peak and off-peak
  • 1 – 3 yrs: £5.25/£6.25
  • 4 – 12 yrs: £6.25/£7.25
  • Adults and 13 yrs+: £1.25/£1.25

Monkey Bizness also offer quite a few deals such as during term time 1 adult and 1 child can get in for £4.00.… Read More

Bump Watch: Tiny Tuppen #2 Week 19

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Running Late with Bump watch again! Is this the start of pregnancy misorganisation? Quite possible! I knew I was going to be busy over the last couple of days and with all good intentions I was going to draft my post. However, I forgot, oops, baby brain! Am I allowed to say that before baby arrives?

Today, Chris and I actually had a rare toddler free day, we are both off work and Finlay was in Nursery. So we went for a lovely romantic stroll down the forest. It rained. We found a creepy blair witch style twig house to huddle in, it was kinda cute. We then went for a tapas style Thai Lunch, then back home for feet up and a movie snuggled on the sofa. These days are so rare, I just couldnt open my laptop. However come this evening, I was so excited to see I was selected for Farmers wife & Mummys Favourite from #maternityMondays linky last week.… Read More

#MySundayPhoto – Bathtime Fun

Bathtime Fun#MySundayPhoto – Bathtime Fun

Bathtime will always guarantee smiles in this house. I was scrolling from some of my pictures over the last few months and this one made my heart smile. I won’t lie, parenting Finlay over the last few months has been such a struggle. He is so headstrong and independent and has really started pushing the boundaries. Every day is a power struggle filled with tantrums, screaming, hitting and spitting. The slightest thing will set him off most of the time, but I know I need to remain strong and consistent, and hopefully this phase will pass sooner rather than later. Still, it doesn’t stop me questioning if I am a bad parent!

The smiles, laughter and love are what get us through, and in between the monster that erupts, we have the sweetest,funniest little boy. Finlay loves bathtime and it will always guarantee half hour of fun and laughter.… Read More

Old Wives Tales: Gender Prediction

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Gender Prediction Old wives talesOld wives tales and Gender Prediction

As long as women have been getting pregnant, so has there been the old wives tales of gender prediction. Those that have been following Bump Watch know I am having a dilemma about whether I want to find out the sex of Tiny Tuppen or not. I so love the idea of having a surprise, but I feel the need to prepare for being the only girl in the family! It’s not that I don’t want another boy, It’s just I would love a girl. I worry that if I don’t find out, I might have a moment of disappointment at the birth. I’m sure and I’m certain that I won’t. I was hoping for a girl with Finlay, we found out the sex and although I had worried, I was was over the moon. obviously, the most important thing at the end of the day is a happy, healthy baby, but what the heart wants, it wants.… Read More

Halloween Costume and Accessory Ideas

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Halloween Goodies 2016

With Halloween just around the corner, I have been looking at all the ghoulish Halloween goodies on offer this year. I have probably left it a bit late again, like I do every year. I promise myself I will be more organised next year, but it always seems far too early, and then far too late!! Anyway, in my search of Finlay’s very specific Halloween Costume Request. He wants to be a spooky super-hero, he has accepted Batman’ The Dark Night’ which I think just fits the Halloween theme.

However, in all my searching I came across some great little Halloween costumes and some bargain accessories, so I thought why not share them with you, in case like me, you too are doing a last minute spooky shop!

Asda George

  • Halloween spider two piece Fancy Dress Costume, 1 – 4yrs, £9.00
  • Kids Grey Inflatable Bat Wings, £5.00
  • Teen Neon Fairy Fancy Dress Costume, 9 – 16yrs, from £13.00

Sainsburys TU

  • Halloween Black Vampire with Sounds and Lights, 3 – 12yrs, from £12.00
  • Kids Black Halloween Ballgown Witches Set,3 – 12yrs, from £11.00
  • Kids Green Monster Costume, 9 months – 5 yrs, From £11.00

ALDI

  • Children’s Pumpkin Dressing Up Set, 3 – 5yrs, £3.99
  • Frankenstein Trick or Treat Tin, £1.79 (Also available in Purple Bats, Spider and Bats and Skeleton)
  • Spider Halloween Treat Bag, £2.49 (Also available in Witch, Pumpkin and Frankenstein)

John Lewis

  • Glow in the Dark Skeleton Onesie, 3 – 14yrs, from £20.00 (limited sizes available)
  • Monster Claw Slippers, size 9 jnr – 6, from £15.00

Poundland

  • Frankenstein Character Loot Bag, £1.00
  • Purple Ghost Loot bag, £1.00
  • Many other loot bag characters and designs available

Matalan

  • Halloween Witch Top Hat Hairband, £2.00
  • Kids Werewolf Halloween Costume, 4 – 11yrs, £12.00

Tesco, F&F

  • Halloween Devil Dress up Costume, 1 – 14yrs, from £10.00

You can check out My other Halloween posts here, if you are looking for some not so spooky Halloween books!… Read More

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