Nuby Goodies Make the Perfect Stocking Fillers 

15 Nov

Hi folks,

We’ve another gorgeous bundle of Nuby goodies to review. 

In our bundle we received:

It’s no secret that we simply adore our Nuby products. I don’t think we’d get through a day without them. The only cups Seth will use are from Nuby. Whilst out & about I always have a Nuby cup in my bag… whether it’s a 360° Cup or a Snack n’ Sip Cup… they’re fab! I’ve not had any pesky leaks either!


Seth is 20 month old now & very much getting used to using his cutlery. The Toddler Training Cutlery is fab! The handles are lovely & grippy & are shaped perfectly for chubby little hands & fingers to grab on to. For all they are metal, the ends aren’t sharp & pointy. So they’re just that wee bit safer. Unlike some plastic cutlery, these forks don’t bend with them being metal. Which in itself makes practicing with cutlery so much easier.


We’re all about making ‘munch-times’ – ‘fun-times’… & what could be more fun than snaffling your snacks from a Monkey Mat. The monkey mat is a suregrip product, so your little one won’t be able to lift it & launch it. Now that’s always good to know! Seth loves a plate with ‘sections’. I love this mat for lunch times. A cheese toastie, breadsticks & strawberries fit so perfectly… but I’m sure you’ll find your own winning combo’s.

The Snack n’ Sip Cup is fab for keeping some fruity snacks in. On top of the cup there is a 4.5oz snack keeper. We’ve been popping strawberries in ours. If you fill your cup with cold water, that’ll help to keep your strawberries nice & cool. It’s great for out & about… means you don’t need to carry a separate drink & snack pot! It’s 2in1!!! I’m all for making things more simple!

Bathtimes have been extra fun with our new Bathtime net! It’s been great for working on Seth’s hand eye coordination. He loves trying to find the sea creatures to catch. It’s also great for flicking water up at Mammy & Daddy too to give them a good soaking lol. Again, with a brand like Nuby, you never have to worry about sharp edges. This bathtime toy is so well made.

As always – we love trying & testing our Nuby products. The colours & designs are always spot on. Seth just loves all of his Nuby products. Whilst out & about – we quite often have people approaching us asking where we’ve bought his drinking cups etc…

I’ve added all of the shopping links you’ll need for browsing & purchasing these gorgeous products. Nuby make such lovely individual items that would be fab for any little stocking fillers. It’s also that time of year when you’re looking for the perfect present for your little ones little buddies. Something fun, nice & practical… yet not too expensive. Well, look no further than the Nuby website! And… it’s free delivery on all orders over £15!!! Now you can’t say fairer than that!

Happy browsing & happy shopping!

I hope you’ve found this review useful & I’ve given you some good stocking filler filler inspiration.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

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Handbag Sized Helping Hand 

6 Nov

Hi folks,

Over the last few weeks we’ve been trying some Baby Cream from one of our most favourite baby skincare ranges: FrezyDerm UK. 

This cream is great for keeping in your handbag or changing bag etc… a lot of creams either come with a screw cap or in a tub. When you’re in a Baby Changing Room with a tantruming toddler or a crying baby, the last thing you want is to be fumbling with a screw top cream. The same goes for tubs of cream with lids that can come loose in transit & then smear all over everything in your bag – Utter Nightmare! This cream comes with a flip lid that clicks shut. Perfect for on the go!

As you all know – Seth suffers with mild Baby Eczema. So finding a cream that doesn’t make his skin flare up is vital. This cream is so mild. It’s a great barrier cream for use after each nappy change. It’s also great for any little skin emergency – such a sore chapped skin. This cream has been nothing but gentle.

Not only is this cream dermatologically tested but it’s also a winner & a finalist of some fantastic awards: Finalist by the Beauty Shortlist Mama & Baby Awards 2016 in the category Best Nappy Cream. Also, it won the Gold Award in the Best Nappy Cream category and the Silver Award in the Best Children’s Remedy category in Loved by Parents Awards 2017. 

You can buy a 175ml tube for £10.99 from the FrezyDerm UK website. Or, you can buy in a bundle from their offers section where you will get a lovely bundle of FrezyDerm goodies at a bargain price. 

Thank you so much for reading & I hope you’ve enjoyed the review. 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

My First Thomas & Friends™ Railway Pals™ Destination Discovery

3 Nov

Hi folks,

We’ve been having fun all week with Seth’s new toy set: My First Thomas & Friends™ Railway Pals™ Destination Discovery. 


As you can see from Seth’s dressing gown – he’s a big Thomas the Tank Engine fan! He literally couldn’t wait to get into it. 

So… before I get down to how much Seth loves this toy set… here’s some of the key points: 

  • Roll Percy over the track activation points to hear fun sounds, songs and phrases that teach letters, numbers and colours
  • Press Percy’s light up bumper to hear him talk or sing
  • Nine activation points
  • Over 40 track pieces
  • Over 50 unique sounds
  • Encourages little ones to learn
  • Suitable from 12 months+
  • RRP £49.99

As you can see there is a RRP of £49.99 but right now you can buy this beautiful set for Just £34.99 at Smyths Toy Superstore!!! That also includes free delivery! Utter bargain!!! 

Right then… let’s get to the fun stuff… 


Seth has literally played with this toy set everyday since it’s arrived. As you all know – Seth is 19month old. He’s very heavy handed with toys. So beautiful toy sets are always a bit of a worry… I mean… can they withstand a toddler tantrum!? Well I can hand on heart say that Thomas Friends are rather robust. Seth has leaned on the track… he has thrown Percy down the track at record speed & he’s spun the life out of the light up station. 

The track itself is very well made & all edges are lovely & smoothe. So there are no worries of sharp edges making soft skin sore. Percy the train is lovely. He lights up & talks. Seth is in the throws of learning to talk. Since having this toy set he’s began shouting “Choo Choo” when sliding Percy round the track & he’s even been trying to say “blue” as well as saying “Cee”… that’s Percy to you & me. Not only is it a fun & colourful toy, but it’s educational too.

We all live in a very technology orientated society, but this toy embodies good old fashioned learning through play. Move away from the tv & tablet… & get back to some imaginative play with Thomas & Friends. Seth has a very short attention span with only being 19month old, but all of the different aspects of this set will easily hold his attention for up 20/30mins at a time. Now that’s a lot for a 19 month old I think. And even after he’s moved away from the set, he’s actually carrying Percy around with him pressing his bumper to activate the sounds. I’m seriously considering buying him more trains to add to his set from the range. That’s another great thing about this set. You can add more things, so if you were to buy this for your little one for Christmas you can ask family & friends to buy a few more Thomas & Friends trains as stocking fillers! Perfect! 

You’ll also be pleased to know that being plastic – the track wipes down well. We all know the perils of little sticky fingers… Seth loves to snaffle a gingerbread man or a tangerine whilst he’s playing. I’ve already had to spray with antibacterial spray & wipe down. It cleans perfectly. So that’s another added bonus! 

All in all – this is a gorgeous toy. Bright & colourful, well made & sturdy, no sharp edges & promotes so many aspects of learning & imaginative play. It is well worth the recommended retail price. It’s definitely  gotten a big thumbs up from Seth 🙂 Well I say thumbs up… Seth’s version of a thumbs up is a finger point… we need to work on that one. 


Thanks so much as always for reading & I hope you’ve enjoyed my review & maybe even given you some Christmas shopping inspiration. 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley & Seth xxx

Prepping for the Party Season 

18 Oct

Hi folks,

I love this time of the year… it’s easily my most favourite. The leaves are turning orange, there’s a chill in the air & the dark nights are drawing in. I just love it. 

Our spare room now resembles Santa’s Workshop at the moment. I’ve been in full crafting mode prepping for Halloween & Christmas. I’ve even started to wrap Christmas gifts too! Haha… I know I know… I’m super early! But, the more I do now then the more time I have to just sit back & enjoy the festivities. 

We decided this year we were going to set a sensible budget on how much we were going to spend on Seth… that budget literally went out of the window within hours. We’ve gone so overboard… but we just couldn’t help it. I keep thinking he’ll be our one & only… so why not spoil him 💙

We’ve bought him a gorgeous corner sofa for his bedroom. We’ve turned it into a reading corner. We were going to save it for Christmas… but we’ve given him it early. It just looks so cute in his room.



Along with pretty much finishing off our Christmas shopping… I’ve also started stocking piling in my pantry too. I’ve made a start on buying frozen party food. Crisps, chips & dips. Crackers, biscuit selections & chocolates. And of course… bottles of sparkles. I got a bottle of Bollinger for half price!!! I’ve also got some Moët I bought while it had money off. I always plan in advance, so when December comes all I need to buy is fresh & perishable items & then spend money on fun days out. 

At the weekend we went Pumpkin Picking. I’d never been Pumpkin Picking before. Seth had so much fun trudging through the fields to find the perfect pumpkin. I just love family days out, making memories.

We’ve got a few visits to meet Santa booked for December… the plan is to see Santa each weekend in December. We’ve also got our holiday to Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs booked too… I’m so excited!!! You all know that Center Parcs is my happy place. 

I’ve got a lovely blogging trip down to London booked for next month – Eeeeeeck! It’s exciting going down to London… but I always get a bit nervous too. I promise to take lots of pics… I’ll give you all more info about my trip soonly 🙂 And… I’m sure it’d be rude not to pop into Liberty too to check out their gorgeous Christmas shop.

Driving lessons are continuing on a sparkly high! In fact… I start manoeuvres in 2wks! Yikes! Can you believe that!? I’m starting with the dreaded parallel park. But… I shall remain positive! And I CAN do this! I tell you what though… driving with a bloody sat nav is rather off putting. It’s being added to the driving test come December… so that’s something I have to get used too. I’ve been playing lots on the theory test app – so I should get that booked in. I think there’s like a 6wk waiting list. 

I’ve had quite a few medical appointments of late too… urgh! I’ve not been feeling 100% really. But, I’ve been having some tests & I have a referral to a consultant up at the Hospital – so hopefully soon I shall some answers & a solution. Once I know more… I shall let you know. 

I’ve got lots of lovely reviews coming up too 🙂 so please keep checking back for those. 

As always – thank you so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Fantastic Fizz! 

5 Oct

Hi folks,

With the party season fast approaching – I can’t help but start getting all excited. But… there’s also so much to get organised! Obviously this means… stock up on sparkles! 


Let me introduce you to Premier Estates! If you’re looking for good quality fizz that won’t break the bank – then look no further. 

The Grand Rosè is absolutely stunning. It’s nice & dry with an ever so sweet edge. I always think a glass of pink sparkles suits any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating, buying as a gift or simply toasting the weekend. This fizz is perfect. At the moment you can buy a case of 6 bottles for just £47.94!!! Spectacular quality for just £7.99 a bottle.


I’m a big Cava fan & I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. A glass of this is perfect on its own… but it’s also beautiful with freshly squeezed fruit juice. Imagine how amazing this would be with some fresh orange for your Christmas morning breakfast. What a gorgeous little treat. Who doesn’t love a little Bucks Fizz. No matter what the weather is doing outside – this lovely Fizz will always make you feel like you’re somewhere beautiful & exotic. At only £47.94 a case… it’d be rude to say no!


Would it even be party season without the perfect Prosecco??? If you’ve got a lovely little break planned or a fun girls weekend away – don’t forget your mini bottles of Prosecco! Perfect for popping into your handbag & sipping whilst you’re on the train. A case of 12 will cost you just £41.88!!! Such an utter bargain. Imagine how amazing these beautiful little bottles would look on your Christmas table with a name tag… stunning little place settings. I guarantee you’ll be the most popular party host! Or how about party favours or wedding favours? The list is endless of how these gorgeous little bottles can be used to treat your nearest & dearest.

As well as the magnificent mini bottles, you can buy the full size bottles. Again, a case will only cost you £47.94!!! I simply love this Prosecco. This beautiful Fizz has won 8 individual awards! A tasty tipple that will go down so well at any festive get together.  

All of these gorgeous sparkling wines would make great gifts. Whether you’re treating your team at work or you want to treat your friends & family, I can guarantee no one will be disappointed. You can buy mixed cases too, just in case you can’t make your mind up! Did I also mention that you will get FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY too!!!??? 

I will most deffinitely be treating us to a few mixed cases for the party season. Stunning sparkles at perfect prices, delivered to your door! What more could you ask for!? So what are you waiting for!? Head on over to Premier Estates now to get your Fizz!

You can find Premier Estates on Facebook to keep up to date on offers & how to spruce up your fizz with delectable cocktails.  

As always – thanks so much for reading!  

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Getting Organised with my Personal Planner

19 Sep

Hi folks,

Well we all know how hectic life can be! Whether you’re studying, working or just trying to juggle life… things can become rather chaotic if you’re not properly organised. 

With the hubster teaching in a University & me myself coming from an Education background & obviously being a Mammy to a very sociable little boy, we tend to work on an academic calendar when planning events, vacations etc… My Personal Planner is just perfect for keeping everyone organised & knowing exactly where we all need to be! 


This year I decided to go for the square Planner as I thought it would fit into my handbag perfect. You’ll also notice that I have the matching ‘Blogging Book’. My blogging book is my trusty notebook. I write all of my ideas for blog posts when I’m on the move but find myself inspired. I also keep all of my top secret info on what’s coming next 🙂 along with contacts & other bits & bobs. Having the perfect notebook to hand is simply essential! 

So… what is so perfect about the Personal Planner? Well, you literally design it yourself from head to toe. You choose the layout, colour, design etc… I love that it has a wrap around elastic to keep it closed. I mean there’s nothing worse than everything from your handbag disappearing into your notebook & then all of the pages becoming ripped & crumpled. You can even choose the colour of the elastic. These books & planners are lovely & slimline too, so they’re not too bulky. There’s nothing worse than a heavy, bulky planner weighing down you’re fave handbag! The books & planners come with a clear hard plastic front & back cover too so they’ll stay looking nice & crease free.


Inside your planner you get a ruler which you can use as a marker. And yes… you get to choose the colour!!! You will also be given a handy clear pocket to keep essential papers in, receipts & stickers! Oh & you get a sheet of stickers too!!! I mean who does not love a sticker!? 

Everything about the inside of the planner is designed by you. You can choose your colours, layout, whether you want a section for notes or to do list. You can even have an area for your weekly menu! And if you notice in the collage picture – I have an overview of 2018 in the back – this is essential for planning those all important weekends away & vacations! 

If you create a profile/account on personal Planner you can upload & add your all important dates; Birthdays… Anniversarys etc… so each year you don’t have to sit & write them in. You just hit a button & hey pesto – they’ll be automatically added to your planner for you!!! I mean how amazing is that!? Just think of all the time you will save! 

So whether you’re looking for the perfect planner to take to school, college, university, work or to simply manage your whole entire life & family… this is most deffinitely the planner for you! 

You can find Personal Planner on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or simply head to their Website

Thanks so much as always for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this review. What are you waiting for!? Go order that planner! Oh… I almost forgot… you can also buy gift cards! Perfect as Christmas is just around the corner… 🙂 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Chicken Dippers, Waffles and a Spot of Crafting 

13 Sep

Hi folks,

I know it’s only September, but I’m just feeling so festive. I’m trying to focus on Halloween, but I’m just getting so sidetracked with thoughts of Christmas. I have to keep telling myself that we have Halloween & Guy Fawkes first! 

Maybe it’s because we’re nearing the last leg of the year – but I’ve found myself doing a lot of reflecting over this last week. I’m feeling so broody & I keep thinking back to when we were trying for Seth. I had in my mind what kind of Mother I was going to be. It actually makes me laugh now. I mean… I don’t know if it’s coz I had my first baby as an older Mammy being a ‘Thirty something’ first time Mammy…  but, I was convinced I’d never let my child eat sugar… I’d never let them have McDonalds… I’d never let them have frozen food & God forbid a waffle or a chicken dipper should pass their lips. Oh dear… I wonder what my former self would think of my current self lol. You read so many contrived books & I think it gives you a false idea of what’s expected of you. 

I’m a total optimist but when it comes to parenting… I’m very much a realist. My Seth is the most perfect, gorgeous little boy. And guess what… when I’m literally shattered from parenting, working, house work etc… I let him have chicken dippers, mini waffles & veg for tea. Yep… on occasion my child eats frozen food. I mean… I do throw some veggies on there too. He’s also sampled a nugget Happy Meal as a treat & sugar? Well… he loves a biscuit. I mean I do buy toddler specific biscuits, but yep… I am that Mother. I grab for convenience when I’m running out of steam. Please don’t tell Jamie Oliver! 

Yep… that’s a soother in his mouth. I’m guilty of that too!


You all know I battle with my weight. I’m currently a middle of the road size 14. I’d say 90% of the time, the food on my table is cooked from scratch & is 100% homemade & healthy. Surely 10% frozen food is acceptable? It really bugs me that as parents we are shamed, generally by other parents, into trying to be 110% perfectly perfect all of the time? I’m not afraid to admit that sometimes when I’m tired… I need a little help from Captain Birdseye. Hi 5 Capitan! Lol. 

Something else I used to think about a lot before I became pregnant, was that I’m not really into crafts. I mean, I’ve a degree in Theatre… so I’m creative… I’m just not very good at making things. What does this have to do with parenting I hear you ask? Well, when I was little my Mam was always really good at baking cakes for last minute things at school. She could always rustle up a fancy dress outfit overnight & she was brill at helping with arty projects. I really didn’t want to be that let down who couldn’t make anything. So… this last week I’ve had my ‘crafty’ head on. 

I’m already thinking ahead to Seth’s 2nd birthday party. I’d had in my head a kind of snack/cake stand that each guest could have their party munch on. I also wanted something similar for Seth to have his snacks on. I found what I was looking for on Pinterest, but when I found what I wanted online to buy… it was ridiculous prices. So… I decided to give it a go myself. I even gave my little crafting creation a name… The Snaffle Stand! Lol.


I love them so much! People have even wanted to buy them! 

Since I was feeling so pumped from putting an idea into production… I decided to turn my hand to making Seth a Christmas Eve Box (early I know). I really want to make him an All Hallows’ Eve Box too! So… I set to work with my trusty screwdriver & super sticky glue! Tada! 

I absolutely adore it! I’m so proud of my little self. I’ve even had people wanting to order these too. I was so scared I was gonna make a right mess of it & glue my fingers to everything lol. I think I have the crafting bug now!

Everything is just always so non-stop here at Thorne Towers. But, I just would not have it any other way. I actually wonder what I did with my time before Seth came along. I don’t think I knew what busy meant until he arrived. I seem to do a million things at the speed of light these days. You know what? I just can’t wait to do it all again & add another little addition to our family. Let’s hope 2018 is the year! 

I’m still squeezing in my driving lessons too! I’ve had 30 lessons now – eeeeeck! I had a major breakthrough on Monday night with my roundabouts. Roundabouts are my nemesis… I hate them & they hate me! Well, apart from giant ones. Give me a hectic giant roundabout & I’m like “yeah… let’s do this”… I can drive round it perfect. Yet… stick me on the most ridiculously small roundabout & I’m literally wetting myself! Go figure. But, I think I’ve turned a corner so to speak with them. So over the next few weeks may see manoeuvres. I actually need to get my theory test booked in too. I’m not afraid to say that learning to drive has not come easy to me. I don’t think I’ve ever had to try as hard at anything in my life. But, I enjoy it & I know I can do it. My instructor is great & we have a good rapport. Again… let’s hope 2018 is the year to drive… legally… on my own… in my own car! Eeeeck! 

All I think that’s everything for now folks… thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx