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Soap and Glory Spa Of Wonder Gift Box | Boots Star Gift 2017





This year, the Boots Star Gift Set for Christmas 2017 is one you don't want to miss. The Spa Of Wonder Gift Box set is usually £60. However, you can get it for half the price at £30!! The products are worth £78, so for £30? You would be mad not to get one!








The gift box contains;

  • SMOOTHIE STAR Deep Moisture Body Milk
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER Body Butter
  • FACE SOAP & CLARITY 3-IN-1 Daily Vitamin C Facial Wash
  • BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL Radiance-Boosting Mask
  • THE SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE Smoothing Body Scrub
  • SEXY MOTHER PUCKER Lip Plumping Gloss in Plums Up
  • SUPERCAT Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen
  • THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER 3-in-1 Cleanse, Creamy Body Wash
  • THICK & FAST High-Definition Collagen Coat Mascara in Black
I have to say, i'm really impressed with the selection this year, there's something for everyone and a great mix of some of Soap & Glory's best sellers. My particular favourites are The Righteous Butter Body Butter, The Scrub Of Your Life Smoothering Body Scrub and the Supercat Liquid Black Eyeliner Pen, which is really primainated.

If you're still looking for Christmas gifts (or like me, going to treat yourself), Soap & Glory's Star Gift for 2017 definitely has you covered. Oh and make sure you use your Boots Advantage Card and build up those points!

Board Games Festive Fun with Wicked Uncle


It's getting more difficult these days to spend time with family with everyone being busy nowadays, so family board games come as a blessing in disguise. Family board games are a great way to unite the family being adults or a children.


There's no prefect time to play board games with all the family than at Christmas. I have fondest memories of all my family sitting together after Christmas dinner and having my sister beat me at Scrabble numberous times.

Recently Wicked Uncle got in touch with me to ask if I would review some of their products and I knew it was the prefect time to get some new board games for the family.

Wicked Uncle sell a huge choice of amazing, fun and quirky gifts for all the family, and every single item on their website has been tested by one of their team. So you know you will be buying quality items.

The website is super easy to use, you can browse by categories for Christmas fun stuff, someone who is creative,  a brainiac or simply browse by age and gender. It makes it easier to find something for someone if you don't know what to get them.

I was spoilt for choice to which board games I wanted to review. Here are what I chose.



First off is Yeti in my spaghetti, award-winning, silly, super fun kids game that challenges you to pull out the noodles one-by-one without letting the Yeti fall into the bowl! Who knew Yetis liked spaghetti? We did! He's not a scary monster, he's a cute one, and he's ready to play the game with you and your family.


Headbanz is a hilarious game of what am I! You ask questions to figure out if the card on your head is a person, place or object. The game is a great length, not too long and not too short. It is so funny, and the best thing is its great fun for the whole family as well as being educational as you have touse your vocabulary and thought process


And of course I had to throw in something Christmassy. O - Deer is a Inflatable Reindeer Antlers Game which asks Can you catch the five gold rings on your inflatable Reindeer antlers? O-Deer is the fun yet completely bonkers Christmas game that is perfect for a festive party with friends and family of all ages

  
The check out process was quick and easy, and my order was delivered only after a few days. Well packaged and I loved the touch of the pre written thank you card which your child can send to love ones to show their appreciation for their gift.

Introducing some board games after Christmas dinner lets everyone unwind and connect after a busy festive period. Will you be playing any board games over the Christmas season?

Stick Man | A Must See Family Christmas Show


Recently I won tickets to see Stick Man at The Leicester Square theatre, London. Darcy is a massive fan of the book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Who we were lucky to meet at the launch of the new Chessington World of Adventure Gruffalo ride, which you can read all about it here.  


The book has also been adapted into a animated film that is voiced by an all star cast including Martin Freeman as Stick Man, Hugh Bonneville as Father Christmas and Jennifer Saunders as The Narrator to name a few.





The three actors from The Scamp Theatre who were full of energy from the start, seamlessly going from one character to another character. I particularly loved the use of props and the use of instruments that went alongside the main show. It really brought the whole book to life.

There were lots of interaction to keep young audiences engaged without getting too hyper, foot tapping catchy songs and jokes to keep older kids and adults entertained too. 


There's an appearance from the man himself, Father Christmas with the addition of snow to help get everyone into the festive spirit

I'm going to be honest Darcy had one of her famous meltdowns just before the show started, but once the lights and music came on she was engrossed from start to finish.

The show is 50 minutes long which is the perfect length and if you are going with little ones, make sure you pick up a booster seat, so they do not miss out on any of the action.

Darcy's dad came with us and he's a hard man to please and he said that the show surpassed his expectations. We would definitely go and see it again. I smiled and laughed throughout the show.

Stick Man is playing over the Christmas season at London's Leicester Square Theatre until 7th January 2018. You can buy tickets here

Giving New Parents A Helping Hand with Asda Little Angels and Dr Hilary Jones

When I had Darcy I had never had much experience with children let alone babies, so of course I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I spent most of my time on the phone to my mum for advice or on google.

Let's get one thing straight, google is not always your best friend, as not everything you find online is correct.

Thankfully Asda have teamed up with Real life GP, Dr Hilary Jones, who himself has 5 children of his own, to produce a series of videos to provide some tips and advice for new parents and their carers.

I was fortunate to be  invited to the launch of the new videos for Little Angels which features some adorable babies, my ovaries where on overdrive for sure.The launch was held at The Ivy Market Grill, before lunch we were able meet the main man himself and have a Q & A session with him.





The videos cover four different subjects, Bath time, weaning, nappy changing and preventing nappy rash.

The videos are the perfect length for busy parents and carers and provides practical and sensible advice.

Little Angels range include wipes and toiletries and their nappies are dermatological tested, and are not only Mumsnet approved; they have recently won Mother & Baby supermarket of the year at The Mother & Baby Awards.. Asda are also the biggest seller of nappies in the UK and sold over 1 billion nappies last year. So you know your child is in safe hands.

To check out the videos visit Asda Baby Club

Easy Christmas Cake Recipe



Have you been looking for a foolproof Christmas Cake?? Well look no further,this is nice and simple and you can make this well in advance. Make sure you prepare your tin. As it has a long cooking time, the cake needs to be well protected from the heat to stop it from burning

Lightly grease a 24cm/9inch round or 20cm/8” square tin. I find spring form tins are easiest to use for this purpose but any type will do.


Line the tin with 1 layer of baking paper and wrap aluminium foil round the outside squeezing it round to fit closely.


Tie a double layer of brown paper or greaseproof around the outside over the foil and above the tin lip to extend about 5cm/2” and
pre-heat oven to 160C/GAS 3/320F
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Ingredients
225g/8oz butter
225g/8oz soft brown sugar 1 tablespoon black treacle
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
265g/9oz plain white flour plus 2 rounded teaspoons baking powder, sieved together in a bowl 1 level teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 eggs well- beaten
1kg/2lb2oz dried fruit of your taste, raisins, currants, sultanas, glace cherries, cranberries, pineapples etc
50g/2oz ground almonds
50g/2oz chopped almonds
Brandy for feeding the cake after cooking.


 Method 

1. Cream butter, sugar and treacle together in a large mixing bowl.


2.Stir in 4 tablespoons of the flour and beat in the eggs, lemon zest and juice.


3. Add the spice to the rest of the flour and baking powder and stir well.


4. Add fruit and nuts to the flour to coat and stir into the creamed mixture. Make sure all the fruit and nuts are well distributed through the mixture.


5. Spoon cake mixture into tin carefully pressing down gently and smoothing over the top. Make a small depression in the centre of the cake. This gives a level top to the finished cake.


6. Place the tin on a baking sheet and place in the centre of the oven. Turn heat down to 150C/GAS 2/300F and bake at this heat for 30 minutes.


7. Turn heat down again to 140C/GAS 1/280F and bake for 2 hours. Check after this time how it is progressing and test to see if it is cooked by pushing a metal skewer down through the centre of the cake. If it is cooked it will come out clean with no cake mixture attached to the skewer. If it isn’t cooked and bits of mixture are clinging to the skewer, then cook for a further 30 minutes and test again. Repeat this as necessary until the cake is completely cooked.


8. Remove from tin and leave to cool completely before removing all the paper. If you don’t let it cool completely some of the cake may stick to the paper.


9. When cool, and frequently until you ice the cake, spike the cake with a skewer and pour 4 tablespoons of brandy or rum into the cake. Repeat fortnightly until Christmas. Wrap the cake in foil and store in a tin.

Gorgeous Christmas Bouquets From Prestige Flowers


As you may have noticed, I love Christmas! It's most definitely my favourite time of the year, and my Mum is even more hyped for the festive season. It's true what they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

So when I was offered the chance to review some Christmas flowers from Prestige Flowers, I knew the prefect person to send them to.


I actually missed the delivery, so had to wait an extra 3 days to receive it, so I was concerned about what kind of condition they would come in. There was no need to worry, they were already fresh and perfectly safe in a large strong box.





We were sent the Christmas Wishes bouquet which is simply stunning.A mixture of red roses, carnations, cinnamon sticks, pine cones, golden nests and green blossoms. They smell and most importantly look great. I was pleasantly surprised with how fresh they were after being in their box for so long. This is due to the special heavily watered material which was wrapped around the stems to keep them fresh.


They came along with a glass vase, a small box of chocolates, a flower care guide and a little note that you can include for your loved ones. I really like that you can add extra items like the vase and chocolates to make the boutique unique to the person you are sending them to.

They have had two homes already, on our mantelpiece and in the middle of the dining room table. They make a great addition to our Christmas decorations, and my Mother was so overjoyed to receive the full package of beautiful floweres, vase and of course Chocolates

Prestige Flowers have a full range of Christmas flowers, have a browse and see which one of their festive bouquets catches your eyes. Order before 9pm for fast next day delivery.

Will you be sending flowers to anyone over the festive season?

Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco

A few weeks ago Darcy and I headed down to Monski Mouse's Christmas Baby Disco at The Spiegeltent Leicester Square.


Darcy loves nothing better than singing and dancing so I thought this would be perfect for her and boy was it just, I saw moves I didn't even know she could do 


Monski Mouse,is a Australian DJ, producer and mum of two. Along with her two fanastic dancers they really know how to get the party started





Now that I am a parent I have no shame, I was on the dance floor with Darcy throwing some amazing shapes I must add and I wasn't alone. It’s not often you see a load of grown adults get down on the floor pretending to be animals.

Christmas favourites were played, along with some children nursery rhymes and even a conga line.

If you want 50 minutes of entertainment for the whole family, this is the Christmas disco for you. You can even buy grown-up drinks at the bar, and sup them at the booths lining the edges of the dance floor.

Make sure you bring your under 5s to Monski Mouse's Christmas Baby Disco and get ready to do some some festive footwork

Monski Mouse's Christmas Baby Disco next dates are as follows;

Sunday, 3 December 2017    Book here
Sunday 10 December 2017   Book here
Sunday 17 December 2017   Book here

Keeping your Home and Garden Safe this Christmas*


Christmas season is the best time of the year. It’s a time for family and friends. unfortunately, statistics also show that  the number of burglaries around this time of the year rise. This has a lot to do with the fact that burglars are aware that there are lots of gifts in the house and probably extra money lying around.

And it’s not just our homes we need to think about, burglars often target gardens too, as more and more people are buying lawnmowers, garden furniture, ornaments and accessories. 

Rattan Direct have put together a really useful guide to home and garden security, designed to help all of us protect our properties and feel safer.

Here are some of my tips to keep your home and garden safe this Christmas;

Keep your presents out of sight, and know there is nothing better than seeing a lit Christmas tree with valuable presents underneat through a window. Rethinking where you place your tree will remove temptation and you cut the chances of becoming a burglary victim.

Watch what you post on Social media, burglars are clever and now use many clever ways to find out if you will be home or not. Try not to post your movements Therefore, take care not to post about valuables that may be in your home under the Christmas tree, or when the house will be empty. Think about you on line security and who has access to your page

Make sure your home is well-lit, most burglaries take place in the evening when it is dark and there is less chance to be caught.

If you need some more tips, then head over and have a read of the home and garden security guide for some great tips to get you on the right track.

Review & Giveaway | Canvas Print From CanvasChamp


As most parents,i have loads of pictures of Darcy on my phone and always forget to print them off. So when Canvas Champ asked if I would like to review one of their canvas of course I said Yes Please!!.

Canvas prints are fast becoming a contemporary way of decorating the home.

CanvasChamp are a London-based company who provide custom canvas prints, peel and stick photos, photo boards, metal prints, acrylic prints, canvas banners and much,much more all at very affordable prices! 

The process of ordering my print was easy and I loved how user-friendly it is. They walk you through the process step by step and make sure that the chosen image resolution is high enough to create a good print.



I was sent a 12″ x 8″ canvas of my chosen photo, which lets be honest isn’t huge, but it fits in very nicely in my chosen space. I love how bright the colours are and that none of the details was lost.



The back of the canvas comes with a hook attached to the frame so that it is really quick and simple to hang up. 

Prices start at £3.99 for a 8x8 canvas. A canvas print would make the perfect Christmas gift for a love one.

You now have the opportunity of winning a 10 x 8 canvas print of your favourite picture!

To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below.Good luck!

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Top Black Friday Hacks | Everything You Need To Know!!



So tomorrow, Friday 24th November 2017 is the biggest sale event of the year! It's Black Friday!! What is Black Friday? Black Friday is an informal name of the day following Thanksgiving in the US, which is regarded as the start of the Christmas shopping season.



Most people prefer to shop online to avoid all the hustle and bustle of crowds, queuing up for hours before the shops open, people pushing and shoving, and people arguing over discounted gadgets and appliances etc.

Black Friday is a great opportunity to get some bargains in time for Christmas and save some money too.So today I thought I would share with you some of my tips

Make a list, you don't want to go straight into all the Black Friday deals without a list of what you want. When you are making your list think of everything. Obviously you want to think about yourself, but Christmas is around the corner so it is the perfect opportunity to buy Christmas presents, upcoming birthdays, tech stuff for the home, Christmas decorations, new clothes with all those Christmas parties coming up etc. Next thing you will want to do is put a budget next to each item, Black Friday is not a sale event if you're spending more money than you wanted to.

Follow all your favourite brands and social media influencers,  this is because they will be working together to promote their Black Friday sales. Make sure you have signed up to their email lists as you will be notified straight away when a hot new deal has gone live. Signing up also means you can join reward clubs, which give you points which you can spend at a later date.

Prep your shopping basket, go through all the websites that you want to shop with and get used to the website. Add the products that you want into your basket, the last thing you are going to want to do when the sale goes live is to look at the website and see that everything you wanted is sold out, because you spent too much time looking at everything you wanted to get. 

Earn cash back, Quidco and Topcashback are best friends!! You can save even more money as you will receive cash back on all your purchases, up to 20%! You are literally get paid to shop!

Sign up to Amazon Prime, not only do you get your first 30 days free, which includes free next day delivery and Prime Video.  Prime members get 30 minutes access to Amazon's lighting deals before they go live to everyone else. Download the Amazon app as you can set it up to give you a notification when a deal you are watching has gone live. 

Make sure your details are up to date! the worse thing is after you have been really quick to add your items in your basket. Is to go to the check out to find out your postal details are incorrect,your bank card details are out of date etc. By the time you have updated them your selected items could be gone!!

So those are some of my Black Friday hacks, are you excited for Black Friday? What are you planning on buying?

The Link Between Pregnancy and Incontinence


Pregnancy comes with a lot of changes to your body, one of which might be urinary incontinence or bladder weakness, where you experience an involuntary loss of urine. For some, bladder weakness might be mild and infrequent, but in other pregnant women, it can be severe. And unfortunately, it can continue after pregnancy too.
The infographic below is a really interesting read which is why I wanted to share it with you today. incontinence shouldn't be something we should be embarrassed to talk about. Did you know that women aged between 20 to 45, are particularly likely to suffer from an overactive bladder? No? nor did I!! Studies show that women in this age group have a prevalence of nearly 40% with the condition. As you can see below that’s considerably higher than the 17% of women overall who suffer from it.

There are ways to cut this, including reducing your caffeine intake and drinking more water. And if all things fail there are great companies such as Tena who offer a full assortment of bladder weakness products

For more information check out the infographic below!



The Big Winter Hamper Giveaway


One thing you may not know about me is that I am a comper, not only do I love entering competitions I also love running them here on Bump and Beyond Blog for you amazing readers, yep I'm talking about you guys! 

Christmas is coming at us perhaps more quickly than we would like to admit, but that's OK, all the festive cheer is on its way and to help you get into the mood for a big Christmas celebration, myself and a whole host of lovely bloggers have teamed up together to help you win a hamper full to the brim with goodies.

So who has teamed up to bring to you this prize:




Boxes and Swatches |Precious Little Worlds |Just Average Jen | Mum Dad Plus 4 | Lindy Loves | Really Missing Sleep | Hubby Helps | My Three and Me | The Reluctant Traveller




Us Two Friends |Melanie's Fab Finds |Clarke Life | Helerina Blogs | Welsh Mum | The Rare Welsh Bit | Petit Moi Big World | Kumbear XO | Melissa Jane Lee




We Made This Life |Oh Mummy Mia |Bump and Beyond | Helerina Blogs | emmadrew.info | Life in a Break Down | UK Bloggers

So how can you be in with a chance of winning this amazing hamper? Well all you need to do is let us know:
What do you most love about Christmas?

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