Summer Bucketlist! Fun Things to do This Summer With Kids!

Yay!! it's officially the first day of the summer holidays. One perk of being a mature student is I get the spend all the summer holidays with Darcy.  Darcy is at the age where she gets bored really easily, so I need to make sure that she is kept busy over the next few weeks. I thought I’d share with you all our summer bucket list and give you some ideas what to do with your little ones.

Hopefully we will get the chance to tick them all off.

What fun things are on your summer bucket list?

Family Friendly Garden Ideas*

 Summer is here and there is nothing better than spending it outdoors

Now that it is summer, Darcy and I love to make the most of the sunshine and spend a lot of time in the garden. From eating al fresco to having water fights.The more time we spend there the more I realise that I need to make our garden more toddler friendly.

As usual I found myself on Homify, looking for garden inspiration. There is such a variety of garden spaces, it's hard not to get inspired.   

Here are a few of my favourites;


Some things to think about when planning a family friendly garden; 

Basic safety checks, if you have a pond make sure you have a safety grid across it to prevent children from falling in. Check to see that your plants are not poisonous or have toxins that causes rashes. You would be amazed at the number of every day plants that could harm your children and or pets. Fix broken fences to make your outdoor space is  secure and make sure that all paths and steps are level to avoid slips and trips.

Create zones, any garden can be multi functional if planned right. for example, an area for the kids to play in and somewhere for the adults to enjoy an afternoon read with a decent book or end the day with a chilled glass of wine. Clear zoning helps make the garden functional, pleasing to the eye and functional.

Child friendly surfaces - there are a variety of different type of surfaces to protect your toddler, for example artificial grass, bark chippings and wetpour. These alternative surfaces not soften falls they are also low maintenance. Wetpour has come a long way now coming in lot of colours and designs which help create a fun, educational beautiful playgrounds.

Storage - out of sight out of mind. You don't want to be tripping over garden toys, bikes or scooters, nor do you want your little ones getting their hands on your rake or hoe.There are lots of garden storage on the market. From plastic wood effect storage boxes to traditional sheds. Keeping everything tided away in storage will also help maximise your outdoor space.

So these were a few of my family friendly garden ideas. Where are your favourite places to go for Garden inspiration?

10 Great Benefits Of Switching To Electronic Cigarettes*

Leaving behind cigarettes after smoking them for years is an incredibly daunting task. If you keep your end goal of finally being free of the addiction in mind however, it really does help! With that in mind, here are 10 of the best benefits to switching over to electronic cigarettes which contain e liquid:

1 - Cleaner Hands

Smoking leads to tobacco stains and the lingering smell of smoke. This can be picked up by others at the most inopportune times! It's awful to make a bad impression during an important meeting because your hands were stained or smokey during a handshake. You can leave this problem far behind with e-cigarettes.

2 - Cleaner Teeth

One of the most obvious downsides to smoking is the effect it has on your teeth. Yellowed teeth go hand in hand with cigarettes. If you can make the switch to electronic cigarettes, it's going to be far easier to restore those pearly whites.

3 - Cleaner Hair

The smoke from cigarettes can make your hair feel dirtier, and the smell is also an obvious issue. No one wants their hair to smell like a chimney! It's just about the farthest thing from appealing. After changing to e-cigarettes, your hair will be more luxurious than it's been in a long time.

4 - Healthier Skin

Cigarettes also have a big impact on your complexion. Your skin will actually look less vibrant and almost sickly in comparison with regular enough cigarettes use. Smokers also tend to develop age lines and crow's feet more quickly than others. Luckily, making the switch to electronic cigarettes can reverse a lot of the damage done.

5 - Higher Energy

Making the change to e-cigarettes may seem difficult at first. However, you'll naturally start to maintain a higher level of energy than you had while hooked on cigarettes. That alone will improve a host of different aspects of your life, and also make the decision to switch over much easier to stick with in the first place. It's really all about taking that first step, and everything will fall into place from there.

6 - Improved Sense Of Taste

You may not realize it at the time, but smoking cigarettes regularly actually inhibits your taste and sense of smell. The switch to electronic cigarettes will slowly but surely return your former ability to taste and enjoy food far more. This is a great example of the "simple things" in life being taken for granted and then enjoyed so much more once you realize it.

7 - You're More Present During Important Moments

If you've been smoking long enough, you've likely missed a lot of great moments at family gatherings or nights out with friends because you had to run off for a cigarette break. Sometimes
even incredibly important moments can be missed out on this way. Without the addiction to nicotine

Num Noms Series 3 Unboxing Review and Giveaway

If you don't know about Num Noms, they are cute, scented characters ranging from waffles to cheese toasties to strawberries to ice cream. You can stack them up to create your own scent combinations. Some are soft and hollow whilst others are lip glosses, stamps or erasers,.D is obsessed with them and collecting them since series 1. So imagine her joy when we received two starters packs to review.

Series 3 Num Noms come in little food packaging, which you can easily pop open,  they also have air holes on the packaging so you can sniff before you buy. In the package you will find a colourful collector checklist alongside the Num Noms.

In the marshmallow starter pack you get Sara S'more who is super delicious with her graham cracker, marshmallow and drizzled in melted chocolate. Then we have Bella Bubblegum she has three different colours and is cheeky with her tongue poking out. Rachel raspberry is Darcy's favourite as she's pink and very sparkly. She's duper super cute and squishy too.  Then we have Mellow erase who is very special because she's an actual eraser. She is completely solid with a hole in the bottom so you can place her on your favourite pencil for safe keeping.

They come with a cupcake case, and a spoon so you can scoop them up and put them into the cupcake case.

Glazed Donuts includes Valerie vanilla, shes covered in icing. She's sweet for sure and wait till you smell her. Choco Sprinkles is just like her name suggests covered in chocolate and sprinkles, I mean who doesn't love a chocolate donut? Sophie Strawberry who you won't be able to stop sniffing. we have a stamp who is a donut shaped scented stamp. The box also comes with donut tongs and a coffee cup so you can dip your Nom Num into it.

If you head on over to the Num Noms website you can tick off which ones you have already in your collection and mark the ones you want.

As well as starter packs for series 3 there are two other starter packs Hard Candy and Fresh Fruit. A lunchbox which has double the amount of Num Noms,  and the surprise packs which has one Num Nom.

Nom Nums series 3 is for children aged 3+, although you may find yourself sniffing away and stacking them up yourself and are available at all good toy retailers and supermarkets.

We are giving away a Glazed Donuts Stater Pack worth £9.99. To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below.

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Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund & CLC World Charity Holiday Family #Revitalise2017 launch

On the 15th of June, I headed down to Virgin Money Lounge in London’s Piccadilly, where CLC World Charity Fund and Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund were launching Family Revitalise 2017.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition affecting over 10,000 people in the UK alone. Cystic Fibrosis dominates their everyday routine and reduces their life-span drastically.

The Family Revitalise 2017 project is hoping to provide 30 fully funded holidays in 2017 to families in need.

The launch was attended by CLC World’s brand ambassador, Jennie Bond, E4’s Made in Chelsea – Lucy Watson and James Dunmore, who the holds the cause close to his heart having lost both his sisters to the disease. 


Martin Luke Brown performed his beautiful song 65 roses. He wrote for his girlfriend who he lost to Cystic Fibrosis. 65 roses is what some children with Cystic Fibrosis call their condition because it is much easier for them to say.

CLC World Charity Holidays’ have gifted 30 weeks of free accommodation at resorts in Spain, Turkey and Orlando, USA to the Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund

We got to hear first hand from families who had benefited from respite holidays from Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund. Everything is taken care of, from booking flights and transfers to small grants towards food and other expenses

Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund is aiming to raise £28,200 to send another 23 families on fully funded holidays before Christmas 2017.

If you would like to find out more about the amazing work CLC World and Cystic Fibrosis Holiday Fund are doing and want to support the effort afterwards by donating please click here and the #Revitalise2017 hashtag on Twitter

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017*

Father's Day Gift Guide

We are officially in June now, which means that Father's Day is just around the corner (Sunday 18th). Do you have a gift picked out yet?

This portable BBQ from B & M is perfect for picnics and camping, especially now it looks like the sun is out the stay for a while

How cute are these chocolates from Chocolate by Cocoapod Chocolates. You can personalise them choosing the type of chocolate, pattern and message you want on them....and there good for sharing too

There can't be a bank of Daddy, without a actual wallet can there? This Ralph Lauren Polo one is perfect. Leather with plenty of compartments for cash and credit cards.

Even the most manly man has a sensitive side, including their skin. The Braun S3 Proskin will change the way he shaves, no more irritated skin thanks to two SensoFoils which adapt to the contour of the face. It can be used wet or dry and works with shaving foam, gel or just plain ole water.
Watches make such a good present, it is a present that he would actually use year after year. Xupes have an amazing range of watches on offer including second hand Tag Heuer, Rolex, Cartier,and Chopard. They offer brilliant customer service including adjustment of  bracelets and free next day delivery

So that was my Father's Day Gift Guide for 2017.

What caught your eye?

L'oreal Paris True Match Foundation Review

Now I've been using the same foundation for years, not because of brand loyalty. But because it is a mission to find a decent foundation for my particular skin tone. The sun is finally out and I've decided that it is the perfect time for a change.

I have seen the L'oreal Paris True Match Foundation #YoursTruly campaign on the TV many a time. Boosting that their foundation is available in 23 shades and matches 98% of UK skin tones. I was curious, and set off on my hunt to find it. It took me a while to actually get my hands on it as it was always sold out or not in stock no matter what shop I went to. 

I finally picked mine up from Superdrug and made the most of my UniDays 10% off discount. I got the shade C10 espresso. And I have to say I am rather impressed with it, I like that it isn't full coverage. In this heat I don't want my face to be caked. However, if you are after a fuller coverage another layer will sort that. 

I found the foundation very blend able, and left my skin with a flawless luxurious finish which left my skin with a healthy glow. It contains SPF 17 and comes with a pump which i find much easier to work with.

The only minor point is that the foundation is a bit oily and runny. Something which I am not used to as I normally use a stick foundation. So you may need to make sure that you set it with a good powder and setting spray. 

Overall, I would definitely recommend L'oreal Paris True Match Foundation. Great value for money at only £9.99 and all day coverage. I hope more drug store brands take note and start making foundations in more tones as there is a real gap in the market.

Have you tried L'oreal Paris True Match, and if so what was your opinion of it?. Do you have a favourite drug store foundation?