Can we talk about unicorns?
+ a giveaway

Can we talk about unicorns for a moment? And just how spectacularly popular they are right now (with kids and grown-ups alike).

When I asked my daughter what she wanted for her 5th Birthday she simply replied ‘unicorn stuff’. (Not complaining, that made birthday present shopping pretty darn easy!)

I don’t remember unicorns being much of a thing when I was a child. Although, when I was around the age my daughter is now, I was all about Care Bears and Troll figures! It’s funny what becomes popular, isn’t it?

But my kiddo has really fallen in love with these magical, mythical creatures and can’t quite get enough of them! She trots into school each morning wearing her brightly coloured unicorn raincoat and unicorn backpack (she doesn’t need a backpack for school, she’s in reception, but begs to wear it to school anyway). And I can’t help but smile.

In a blink of an eye, it’ll no doubt be boyband merch and whatever coat she’s seen her fave female celeb wearing on Instagram (or whatever it is that comes after Instagram). So I’m quite happy to enjoy this craze for as long as it continues!


If you fancy winning yourself a pack of Unicorn Poo bath bombs (and why wouldn’t ya?) then you are in luck because the folks at WOW Freestuff are giving 50 of them away! Click here to enter the competition.

Terms & conditions:

By entering the competition you must agree to sign up to the WOW Freestuff Newsletter.

Entrants must be 18 or over and reside in the UK.

Competition closes on the 31st May 2019.

Are your children unicorn obsessed?
What childhood crazes were you into as kid?

Jenna xx

*I was gifted a pack of Unicorn Poo Bath Bombs for the purpose of this post.

Easter Holiday plans
+ Cadbury Chocolate Giveaway!

I love Spring – daffodils, cute fluffy lambs, blossom on the trees and if we’re really lucky, a bit of sunshine! With less than a week to go before J breaks up from school for the Easter holidays, I’ve been thinking about our plans for the two-week break and decided I’d share them here on my blog (in bucket list-style fashion of course)!

Celebrate Jasmine’s birthday

Insert cliched mum talk such as “how is my baby so grown up?” here.

But seriously, how do I have an almost-five-year-old?! Blows my mind, it really does. We’ll be kicking off the Easter break with J’s 5th birthday celebrations. She’ll be having her first proper birthday party (at a local soft play centre) and is excited to celebrate the occasion with her school friends.

Visit Whitehall Garden Centre

I LOVE me a garden centre and it’s about this time of year that I realise our back garden could do with some TLC, which is all hthe excuse I need to visit our local garden centres! The kids, though? They don’t share my love and get bored after about 2 minutes of wandering aimlessly among the shrubs. BUT I have a plan – throughout the holidays, Whitehall Garden Centre are hosting a free ‘meet the Easter Animals’ session most days. Baby chicks and bunnies – oh my – the girls will love it!

Visit Berkeley Castle

J has been learning about castles as part of a school project and subsequently talks about castles, knights, dragons, princes and princesses a lot at the moment! Berkeley Castle is a short drive away from us and yet we’ve never been to visit there as a family. We’re hoping to visit over Easter weekend and catch their ‘Dragon Extravaganza’.

Ashton Court Easter Wildlife Trail

We haven’t been to Ashton Court for ages but this Easter they are running a free Wildlife Trial down in the Rose Garden. By finding pictures of animals and insects and writing down their names, you can reveal the winning words and collect a small prize at the end! The Trail runs from 6th-22nd April and you can collect your trail sheets from the Courtyard Cafe.

Have an Easter Egg hunt in the garden!

Our Garden Easter Egg Hunt has become somewhat of an spring tradition. The girls absolutely love it and I always enjoy watching them squeal with delight when they find chocolate eggs hidden behind pot plants and garden ornaments. I’ve got my Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Pack* at the ready (it contains 14 eggs, 3 bunnies and 3 bags of mini eggs) and I think I may even write some clues from the ‘Easter Bunny’ this year, too! ;)

If you fancy winning yourself a Cadbury Easter Egg hunt pack then you are in luck because the folks at WOW Freestuff are giving 50 of them away! Click here to enter the competition.

Terms & conditions:

By entering the competition you must agree to sign up to the WOW Freestuff Newsletter.

Entrants must be 18 or over and reside in the UK.

Competition closes on the 15th April 2019. (So be quick!)

Ant there we have it, that’s our rough plans for the Easter holidays – I’d love to hear yours?

Jenna xx

*I was gifted a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt Pack for the purpose of this post.

The Trials And Tribulations Of Parenthood That Only Moms Know

Motherhood is the only job in the world that doesn’t require an interview, any experience, or even any skill, yet it’s full-time and hard work. Along the way, moms learn a lot about life and themselves. But they also have to deal with many struggles and difficulties. Today, we’re going to remind ourselves of all of the issues that only moms know.

 

Worry #1: Where Is Your Kid And What Is He/She Doing?

 

You’d love to be less of a helicopter parent. In fact, before you became a mom, you promised yourself that you would stand back and allow your children to live their own lives, free from constant surveillance.

 

But when the reality of raising children hits, you suddenly realise that that was never an option. The unattended child is not only a potential danger to themselves, but also to your wallet, your health, and your sanity. As a result, you worry about where they are at all times, no matter their age. And you thank the heavens every day that geeks in Silicon Valley invented cell phones.

 

Worry #2: People Who Don’t Have Kids Complain About Their Lives

 

People who don’t have kids may not be living life in the fast lane, they may never have to consult family law experts, and they don’t have to spend hours cleaning up mess. But their lives are still difficult, right?

 

As a mom, you know that there is no comparison to life before and after children. The unexpected chaos they bring to your life not only has you running around all hours of the day trying to manage family life but also wondering how you managed to get so many new grey hairs along the way. People who don’t have kids live blissfully unaware of what goes on behind the scenes.

 

Worry #3: You Reminisce About The Time Before Kids When You Got Eight Hours Sleep

 

There was once a time when you got the full eight hours of sleep recommended by medical professionals. In those heady days, you could wake up in the morning, admire yourself in the mirror, and skip off to work in the knowledge that you were full of energy and zest for life.

 

Now those days are long gone. You’re regularly up at 2 a.m. tending to your baby who never seems to stop crying. And you find yourself reminiscing about the days when you and your partner could go to bed early and lounge around until the mid-morning hours at the weekend, without a worry in the world.

 

Worry #4: People Tell You Parenting Is Easy

 

Some moms say that they find parenting easy. They claim that raising children is no struggle for them. Though these moms are rare, it can be demoralising, especially when you consider all sacrifices you make for your own family life. When people say things like that, you’re reminded of all the fun you could be having and the money you could be making. It doesn’t seem right.

 

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5 reasons to try artificial lawn

Artificial grass is fast growing in popularity. More people than ever are are choosing to replace their turf with artificial lawn. If you haven’t seen artificial lawn in the last few years, you might not understand why. We’ve all heard stories about how fake grass has left people with burns or grazes. You might have even tried it years ago, when it felt hard, rough and, well, fake. A lot has changed since then, and you might be surprised by some of the reasons you should try artificial grass in your garden.

 

If you do want to try grass from LazyLawn Liverpool, this is the perfect time to do it. Your lawn has just faced a long, dry summer and your grass might be showing the effects. It might be dry, brown and rough. If you want it to be luscious by next spring or summer, it’ll need feedings, watering and plenty of TLC over the coming months. It might even be too late. If you’ve left your lawn untended over the summer, it might be past repair. You might be looking at replacing it in the coming months, so why not try some artificial lawn? Here’s a look at some of those reasons if you need more convincing.

 

It’s Cost Effective

 

An artificial lawn can be more expensive to buy than real grass. But, long term it can be much cheaper. It won’t need cutting, feeding or looking after. You won’t ever need to spend money replacing it, nor will you need to treat it with a feed or moss killer every year.

 

It’s Easy

 

If you want real grass to look good, it takes a lot of work. You can’t just leave it and expect it to look it’s best. You need to mow it every few weeks in the summer months. You need to water it, dig out weeds and feed it over the winter. Artificial lawn, you just lay and leave. It always looks amazing.

 

You Don’t Have to Worry About the Weather

 

When you’ve got real grass, the weather plays a big part in how good it looks. No matter how much time you spend looking after it, too much rain, too much wind or too much sun can damage it and undo all of your hard work. Artificial grass isn’t affected by weather.

 

You’ll Get More Out of It

 

When you’ve got real grass, there are periods when you can’t enjoy it. If it’s rained, you’ll walk mud into your house. If it’s filled with weeds and moss, you’ll want to avoid it in case or irritation. When you’ve spread weed killer, you can’t walk on it because it could be harmful. You can’t even hang washing out in case the chemicals get blown around by the wind.

When you’ve got artificial grass, you don’t need to worry about these factors. You and your family can enjoy your lawn every day of the year.

 

It Looks and Feels Real

You may doubt the quality of fake grass. But, there’s no need. It’s improved so much in the last few years that it looks and feels just like a real lawn. No one will know the difference until you start bragging about it.

 

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Softening Up The Hard Stuff In The Home

Using materials in smart ways has long been a big part of interior design. There are loads of options on the market which can be used to make a space feel unique, ranging from the soft to the solid, with loads of different options in between. Around the home, the choices you make in this area can have a massive impact. So, to help you out, this post will be exploring some of the uses for hard materials in your home, giving you an idea of how you can apply them to your own space without taking away the warm and welcoming feel you’ve worked hard to achieve.

 

Floors: Starting with something fairly obvious, most homes will have at least one room which as hard flooring. Tiles, wood, and even plastics can all be used in this sort of area, giving you the chance to change the way a room looks and feels without having to invest a fortune into it. Of course, though, these types of floor can often leave the place feeling cold. To avoid this, you have a couple of options, with rugs and other fabrics being the route which most people will take. Some people will want to go for heating flooring, though, as this also adds some warmth to your room.

 

Furniture: Along with the floors in your space, it’s likely that you also have some hard furniture knocking around which will be impacting your space. In reality, most furniture is hard, being made from metals, wood, and plastics, and this can make it very hard to get truly comfortable when you’re spending time there. Like your floors, fabrics can be a great way to soften your furniture, and you can choose between proper upholstery or simple throws to make this happen. Of course, you can choose pieces which already have this sort of feature, but this won’t be as nice and finding options which you love and adding them yourself.

 

Sinks, Toilets, & Baths: There are some parts of your home which won’t be able to be made from anything other than something hard. With the way that water likes to soak into fabrics and other soft materials, anything which deals with it has to be solid. This means that sinks, toilets, and baths all need a different approach when you’re softening them up. By looking here and there around the web, you’ll quickly find loads of companies offering options which are less hard-looking by nature. A belfast sink, for example, has very smooth edges, making them look like they’re made from something completely different.

 

Electronics: TVs, stereos, and large appliances have always been made from things like metal and plastic. Their outer shells need to be hard to protect the sensitive circuit boards and wiring within them, and this can make it impossible to see their softer side. If you want to hide them with something soft, you’ll have to be creative, though this doesn’t mean that you’re out of options. Your television, for example, can be hidden behind curtains or paintings, only being revealed during use. Taking an approach like this will quickly make your whole place feel much softer, and you won’t have to get rid of the things you use in the process.

 

Doors & Windows: Some parts of the home, like windows and doors, have to be hard for a number of different reasons. These areas are designed to keep your home secure, and wouldn’t be very good at their jobs if people were able to get through them with a knife. Along with this, they also protect your space from the elements, keeping out wind and rain, while also ensuring that it stays nice and warm. From the inside, though, this can make the whole place feel very unnatural. Curtains are one of the best solutions for this. They can work with both windows and doors, and will enhance the insulative properties of these areas, providing more than one benefit when you decide to install them.

 

Fireplaces: When looking for a home, fireplaces are one of the key elements which can easily sway a purchase. These features can be stunning, throwing a room into the past, or giving it a modern twist which isn’t found anywhere else. Of course, though, often being made from stone or wood, they will always make the place feel colder when they aren’t lit or operational. Nowadays, there are loads of ways to make your fireplace feel softer, with upholstery being one of the best. You can find examples of fireplaces like this around the web to give yourself some inspiration.

 

Lighting: Not a lot of people will consider light when they are trying to make their space feel softer. You need this crucial element in your home, as it gives you the ability to see in the dark, while also letting potential criminals know that you’re at home. Light is hard in a different way to the other options on this list, though. When you’re using older light bulbs, the illumination which is produced will often be very harsh and stark, making the place feel very clinical. To avoid this sort of issue, using diffused lights will always be a great help. Modern LED bulbs often have this built in, and will work well with dimmers to give you full control.

 

There are loads of hard objects in your home. While you need some of these things to retain their solid nature, there are always ways to soften up areas which most people will ignore. This will make the place feel warmer, more welcoming, and will give it a unique twist which most places simply don’t have. Of course, though, you’ll have to work to achieve it, using websites like Instagram and Pinterest to give yourself ideas in the process. Hopefully, this post will inspire you to do just that. If it doesn’t, it could be worth going to some open houses and trade shows to see what other people are doing when it comes to making their space feel softer.

 

This is a collaborative post.