Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Bedroom makeover with Yorkshire Linen*

If you remember a few weeks ago I played interior designer and created a mood board for my mum's bedroom .Today i'm talking finishing touches with Yorkshire Linen, who messaged me asking if I would like £75 to spend in their store. I knew straight away I wanted to get a duvet cover, bed sheets and a few cushions.

So who are Yorkshire Linen? Yorkshire Linen is a family run business which stock a wide range of home furnishings for every room in the house. Including duvet covers, curtains, towels and home essentials.

As you can see from the before picture, the room is most definitely a work in progress. The only thing staying in the room will be the bed and pine furniture.

There's nothing better than bedding that looks crisp and fresh, I love the embroidery detail to the duvet cover and the edging gives it a real touch of luxury I teamed up a white fitted sheet and a pair cushions which had a shimmer to it. I've picked light colours to help give the room a bright and relaxed feel.

I cannot believe all these items came up to less than £75, which is a complete bargain! What I love about Yorkshire Linen was their large selection of King Size duvet covers and sheets which normally you only get a few to pick from in the shops. They even stock Super King Size!

Yorkshire Linen has also recently launched a Christmas shop which include Christmas duvet covers, stockings, table runners, oven gloves, aprons and tea towels.

You can keep update with Yorkshire Linen via the Facebook and Twitter page

Monday, 23 November 2015

Elf The Musical Theatre Review | Dominion Theatre

Elf is one of my favourite Christmas films of all time, I never get tired of watching it. During the summer I found out Elf The Musical was coming to London. I just knew I had to go and see the production!. So imagine my excitement when I received an email from Boxoffice.co.uk inviting me to come down and see the show.

Unless you have been living under a rock and have never heard of Elf. Elf is based on the much loved 2003 film staring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. As a young orphan he crawls into Santa's sack of gifts and is taken back to the North Pole without Santa knowing, after discovering he is in fact not an elf at all, he sets off from the North Pole to New York City to find his human dad. I won't spoil the rest of the plot for you...but it is fun

I know there has been a lot of talk about the price of tickets to see the show setting a new record for a top West End price of £240 a ticket. Which in my opinion iis rather eye watering for primarily a family orientated show and was reflective by the amount of empty seats in the theatre stalls.

I'm not going to lie I didn't have a clue who Ben Forster was before the show, however, he was great as Buddy. He had the right amount of energy to play Buddy and comical timing was on point, his vocals were also amazing. You couldn't help but to warm to him

Joe McGann was great as Buddy's real life father, he had great chemistry with Ben and it was breathtaking seeing him in a musical..who knew he could sing.

I wasn't overly impressed with Kimbely Walsh as Jovie. Don't get me wrong the girl can sing but can she act....? hmmm 

There were lots of musical numbers including a song called Sparklejollytwinklejingley. Try saying that after a few glasses of mulled wine.

The choreography was good, there was a lot of high kicking, tap dancing and spinning. I especially loved how the elves "walked" which was rather clever and funny.

The show was packed with amazing visual effects. You can really see where the money has been spent.

Santa and his sleigh near the end was fantastic, Santa's sleigh flies across the audience and it starts to snow inside the theatre.

Elf will definitely get you into the Christmas spirit, so grab your tacky Christmas jumper some tinsel and see the show, it is a once in a lifetime experience and if you have a look around there are deals to be had to find those cheaper family tickets

Elf The Musical runs until 2 January at the Dominion Theatre and is most definitely worth a watch. Tickets are avaliable online or via The Box Office on 0845 200 7982

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Review | Specspost*

When I was 26 I found out I had to wear glasses, only for watching TV or on the computer but still it was a big deal for me. I remember just picking the first pair I saw, hating them and never wore them again.

Roll on 7 years later of me squinting at the TV, not being able to read subtitles at the cinema and learning to drive. I handed defeat and got my eyes tested. It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Then Specspost got in touch with me asking if I would like to review some of their glasses perfect timing or what?!

Specspost are a online prescription eyeglasses retailer who sell sunglasses, fashion glasses, frames or prescription. You get to choose up to 4 pairs of glasses frames of your choosing to trial and they will deliver them to your doorstep, better still they fit through the letterbox so you don't even need to go and collect them.

So which frames did I choose to try?

First up are these Little Mix Style frames, they are rather cute don’t you think. I love the shape of the frame and the shade of the tortoiseshell.

The next pair of frames shows why doing a home trial is so important. These Dani frames are far too small for my face.

Lastly are Purday Tortoiseshell Cat Eyes frames. They are really out of my comfort zone as they are kind of big. However I really like the shape of the frames and how they make my cheekbones pop.

After deciding which glasses you like the most you send them back in the original packaging along with your prescription. you also have the option to have your lens thinned or tinted for an extra cost.

All glasses come in a free hard coat, glasses case, cleaning cloth and a 12 months manufacturers guarantee (on both frames and lenses).

I’m not going to lie I was a little hesitant about ordering eyeglasses online but I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of products, the affordability and level of customer service.

Have you heard of Specspost? Which ones do you think suit me? Help me make my decide by tweeting me @bumpandbeyond_

Sunday, 8 November 2015

The Big Blogger Christmas Giveaway!!

Heya everyone,

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? This year i'm trying to be super organised by purchasing all of my gifts by the end of November. I know Christmas shopping can be stressful and let's be honest, rather expensive. So i'm going to give you a little helping hand...

This Christmas I have teamed up with a wonderful collection of bloggers to giveaway an amazing prize just in time for Christmas. One lucky winner will be walking away with a fantastic £150 worth of Amazon vouchers while two runners up get £30 each (if the winner is from a country other than the UK the prize will be delivered via PayPal cash).
Before we get down to business lets meet the blogging team:

Sally Akins | The Gingerbread Hous | Mummy Lala | Bubbablue and Me | You Baby Me Mummy | Madam Gourmand | Missing Sleep | Wishful Wonderings | Trials & Tribulations Of A Brummie Mummy | Hello Beautiful Bear | Cookies and Cwtches | Odd Socks & Lollipops | Futures | Don't Cramp My Style | Ickle Pickle's Life and Travels | Bark Time

Rambling Through Parenthood | Life at 139a | Julie's Notebook | Spanish Mummy | Hex Mum | Garden, Tea , Cakes and Me | Mummy's Little Monkey | A Testing Time | Emmy's Mummy | Angel Eden Blog | Precious Little Worlds | All The Beautiful Things | Hubby Helps | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers | One Frazzled Mum

To enter all you need to do is answer the following question:
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck.
*Please note all other entries after answering the question are optional, however they do get you extra entries into the final draw and help support all the bloggers who are helping to provide this wonderful prize.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Fun Christmas Fashion For All The Family

Fun Christmas Fashion For All The Family

I don't know about you, but i'm super excited for Christmas this year so be prepared for a glut of Christmas related posts coming your way!.

Last year, I was running around the shops lastminute.com looking for a Christmas jumper for a party, this year that's not happening! I'm really impressed with the ones i've seen so far.

I've spotted the new trend of mother and daughter matching outfits and i am oh so tempted. Would that be cute or especially cheesy? Let me know in the comments

Chilling With Lucas

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review | Home Bargains Flowers*

A few weeks ago Home Bargain Flowers contacted me and offered to let me pick out a bouquet of flowers from their site to review, which was great because I love flowers. I have been shopping at Home Bargains for years and didn’t have a clue they're also had a flower delivery service.

I received the Flourish bouquet, which contained 15 stems of carnations, mixed chrysanthemums, sweet gypsophila and lily la orange lilies

The bouquet came in a long rectangular box. The packaging is extremely secure. So there are minimal issues with receiving damaged flowers. The box comes with flower food and none of the flowers were dead upon arrival. In fact the were all really healthy looking.

It came wrapped in lovely paper, it was very safely packaged. so you don't need to worry about them getting damaged or ruined when it is being delivered..
The bouquet is beautiful, the flowers looked and smelt great they held up well in the packing.

The website makes ordering easy, there are many bouquets to pick from. You also have the opportunity to add items such as a vase, bear, balloons and a birthday cake to personalise your order.

Home Bargains Flowers offer the best value flowers from £9.99 which included postage costs. I have had these flowers for over two weeks now and they are still going strong.

I’m so glad i’ve found out that Home Bargain do bouquets as they are much cheaper than other retailers and equally as beautiful. I will definitely be ordering from them again.

*I received this bouquet for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions my own.

Friday, 30 October 2015

Out & About | Butterfly World Project

Darcy currently has a big fascination with butterflies. So when I saw a Groupon deal for only £5.50 which included an hot drink, I jumped at the opportunity to take her to The Butterfly World Project.

Straight away Darcy was excited to see The Hunger Caterpillar which is one of her favorite books. She spent ages telling her brother the names of the fruit and vegetables. 

We made our way to the Tropical Butterfly House which was fantastic, it had butterflies in varying sizes and colours. We had great fun playing hide and seek with the butterflies, it was lovely seeing them flying around.

The other main attraction was the Leaf Cutter ants as they climbed along a 30 foot rope with their food. It was really interesting to see.

Unfortunately it started to rain before we got to The Bee Hut so we made our way back to The Insect Study Centre for some shelter .There were Cockroaches, Snails, Locust alongside other insects and they even had cocoons hatching. They also had someone doing face painting.

The only downside was that it is a little on the small size, we spent a total of an hour and a half there. .

The Butterfly World Project is the perfect place for kids to burn off energy and enjoy nature. We will be definitely be revisiting in the summer to make the most of the gardens and have a picnic.

Have you been to The Butterfly World Project before? Where is your favourite place to visit? 

Butterfly World Project
Miriam Lane
Chiswell Green

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