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Did Somebody Say… Christmas?

5 Sep

Hi folks,

I know some folk find mentioning Christmas so early a little taboo… but you know me! I just can’t enough of the Festive period. I just love love love anything & everything about Christmas. I’m always well ahead of the game when it comes to planning & organising for Christmas, but this year I’ve totally upped my game. Mainly as we have another family member joining us next month! As you all know, I’m going to have a little bit of recovery after the baby is born, as he shall be a planned c-section baby. So I really don’t want any planning stress when it comes to The Holidays. Seth is 2 years & 6 months now, so he’s very much aware of parties, Halloween & Christmas. So I just want everything planned & in place for him so he can get all giddy.

One of the things I love about Christmas, are our little family traditions. I had them with my family when I was little. So we have our own little things now that we have own children. We don’t tend to do Christmas stockings at the moment, but maybe that will change as the boys get bigger & older. For now we just do a Santa Sack & obviously a giant pile of presents from Santa. Oh & let’s not forget the Christmas Eve boxes that are delivered by the magical Elves on Christmas Eve.

So, you may remember 2 year ago when I reviewed a beautiful handmade Santa Sack from the Handmade Christmas Company. Well, they have sent me the most gorgeous Santa Sack for Little T as this will be his first Christmas. He is due to arrive 31st October. I chose the same design as Seth’s & yes it is personalised… but for now his name is top secret. Sorry folks… we just really want to keep it a surprise until he arrives. But I did entrust the Top Secret name to the lovely folk at The Handmade Christmas Company HQ… they’ve promised they won’t breathe a word to anyone.

For now I have disguised the name with the beautiful satin ribbon that comes with the Santa Sack. Nearer Christmas, I shall be featuring both Santa sacks together in another little review. Just so you can see them properly side by side.

As you can see… they are very much identical. The sacks are 80cm x 53cm in size. I can fit lots of gifts into them. Seth’s has held a lot of gifts over the last 2 Christmas’s.

There are 15 designs to choose from & all can be personalised with your name of choice. If, you’d prefer a non-personalised Santa Sack, you can get those too! And, they’re slightly cheaper. If you prefer Stockings, they also make those! Actually… I do love the Christmas Stocking now I’m looking at them. I think I may have to get some… I can feel another tradition starting already lol. The monogrammed stockings are utterly stunning!!! Need, need, need!

Even though Christmas seems a long way off… it isn’t really. We only have 3 month to go. And at least if you order now, you definitely know you’ll get it well in time for Christmas. They also offer free delivery on everything too! Now you can’t say fairer than that can you. I hate nothing more that High delivery charges.

I think I just love these products, as they all look so vintage, traditional & classy. They’ll stand the test of time. They’ll always be in ‘fashion’ & they’re so well made that they’ll last on durability alone. They’d make a great addition to any family traditions, decorations or simply as a gift. Do away with the usual Christmas gift bag & go a little fancier with a sack or stocking.

When you head over to their website, you’ll be given the option to sign up to their newsletter, which is a great way to stay up to date with promotions & new products. You can also head over to their Facebook Page too.

Thanks so much for reading! And I hope I’ve not freaked you all out talking about Christmas so soon lol.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xx

Festive Travels with Our Nuby Buddies

4 Jan

Hi folks,

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous Christmas.

We’ve had such a lovely Christmas. We started our festive fun with a gorgeous holiday at Center Parcs.

Everything was so snowy & sparkly there. Seth adored it. He even smiled when he met Santa, which has been the first time this Christmas that has happened lol. We’ve had many a tear with every other Santa that he’s met lol.

Not long before we went away, Seth received a gorgeous bundle of Nuby goodies to try out.

Thirsty Kids Flip It Cup

Catch All Bib

Keepeez Cup Holder Strap

Suregrip Bowl

Bath Floaties

Thirsty Kids Flip It Cup

Seth has found this super easy to drink from. There’s a lovely rubber grip around the middle & it’s slightly tapered in which makes it easy for chubby little hands to grab hold of. It’s also really good for on the go. You can carry it in your handbag with no worry of spillages! Fantastic!

Catch All Bib

We love these wipe down bibs. They were fantastic for while we were away on holiday. Whilst you’re away you really don’t want to be washing fabric bibs. So these bibs are ideal. They’re waterproof too, so clothing won’t get soggy underneath lol. Simply wipe down with a damp cloth & a little anti bacterial washing up liquid & hey presto! I just pop on the radiator for a wee while to dry out.

Keepeez Cup Holder Strap

This was our favourite product in our bundle of goodies! It’s literally the best product you’ll ever buy!!! This Strap will fit around your favourite Nuby cup & then it’ll clip to high chairs, buggy’s, car seats, etc… no more launching of cups that you have to chase down the street! It’s fantastic. I’ve been using it a lot for out & about & when we eat out. You can keep that cup safe & secure. No more runaway items! Someone even asked us where we’d bought it from while we were on holiday. See… everyone wants a Keepeez!

Suregrip Bowl

We’ve always been a fan of the Suregrip products from Nuby. They’re great for weaning little ones. If it’s on a smooth flat surface, then they shouldn’t be able to pick it up or throw it on the floor. So they’re a great way of allowing them to feed themselves from their own bowls & plates. They wash really easily too.

Bath Floaties

Seth adores these bath toys! They’re lovely, with really smooth edges so no worries of sharp bits. They float in the bath as well as squirt water. I think I’m going to have to invest in a waterproof mac for bath time lol.

We use Nuby products every single day. If you’re looking for ‘useful’ gifts to buy little ones – these products are perfect. They’re having a fantastic sale on right now if you want to check out their website. They also offer free delivery on all orders over £15! Amazing!

Nuby products come in an array of colours & designs… so I’m sure you’ll find something to suit all personalities 🙂

Stay tuned for a ‘catch up’ blog post coming soon with all of my new year resolutions & plans for 2018!

Thanks so much as always for reading… I really do appreciate the continued support 🙂

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

Festive Fragrances

5 Dec

Hi folks,

Hands up if you’re feeling festive!? We put our tree up at the weekend & I’m just feeling so Christmassy. I love this point of the holidays when you can sit back & relax & just breathe in the festivities.

If you’re looking for any last minute treats for yourself to have around your home to add to the sparkle of Christmas. Or, if you need any last minute stocking fillers & gifts… then look no further than the fabulous Crabtree & Evelyn.

The products I’ve been using to add that festive spritz in the air are:

Both candles come in a stunning metallic glass holder & they come presented in a beautiful decorative box. Imagine how festively fabulous they’d look with a little name tag & then presented on your dining table as place settings? They’d look so gorgeous & they’d be a lovely little gift for your guests. They’d also be perfect for a Secret Santa gift.

The candles can be purchased in the larger size too.

The room spray is fantastic for an instant burst of festive fragrance around the home. I’ve been using this lots. It’s in a lovely elegant glass bottle & again, in a lovely decorative box. You really don’t need to spray a lot to fill the room with a stunning scent. I’ve been using this several times a day & I’ve hardly used any really when you look at the bottle.

We’re going on holiday in just over a week & I’m planning on taking a candle & a room spray with us for our lodge… Eeeeck I can’t wait.

I find that in this day & age – people are so hard to buy for. Everyone tends to have everything already that they need. So gifts should be lovely little treats. This room fragrance would make anyone a stunning little treat.

Crabtree & Evelyn offer a free click & collect service. So you can literally run in store & collect your items. No need to battle the crowds! Or if you’d prefer home delivery, they’re offering free delivery on all orders over £50. So you may as well treat everyone & yourself!

Head to their online Christmas Gift Guide for some inspiration & for gifts starting at just £7!

Ooooooh it’s not long now folks until Christmas… I’m super excited… can you tell!?

Thank so much as usual for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Having A Ramble With the Amble

1 Dec

Hi folks,

We’ve been having a lovely time trying out our new Mothercare Amble Stroller.

Seth is super cosy in it & I think Coco likes it too 🙂

Where we live, we have so many gorgeous areas to go for walks. Me, Seth & Coco love to go for walks. It can sometimes be a little difficult pushing a stroller & walking Coco at the same time, but this stroller has a lovely one hand push. The steering is perfect with just one hand. That’s also handy when you’re holding a shopping basket & pushing the stroller. One hand push is a MUST! It just makes life that little bit easier… & I’m all for an easy life!

You can also feel the shock absorbing suspension when pushing the stroller. It’s perfect for going up & down high curbs etc… Seth has found it to be really comfortable. The Seat is really wide & padded. The stroller also fully reclines too. This stroller is suitable from birth up to 15kg. You can also covert it into a travel System with some adaptors to fit with the Mothercare baby carrier/Car Seat. Perfect!

For being such a substantial stroller it folds down really small. It is also free standing when folded.

It sits perfectly in our porch & takes up hardly no room. No one wants a huge bulky stroller taking up lots of room. If you have a small house or apartment with not a lot of storage – this would be perfect! It’ll also be perfect for travel. It takes up hardly no space in our boot when out & about. So if you drive a smaller car – there’s no need to think you need to upgrade to a bigger car… this is the perfect stroller for smaller boot.

Mothercare also make some lovely cosy toes that fit lovely with this stroller perfect for the cold weather.

Super snuggly for cold winter days.

There’s a lovely little feature that I adore. Underneath the seat on the bottom, there is a zipped pocket where your raincover lives! That means your basket is always free for shopping etc… I always find my basket is taken up with a raincover… well… not no more!

There’s a really good YouTube video to give you a full rundown on how it all works.

So… heres a little rundown of the main features:

  • suitable from birth to max. weight of 15kg
  • high quality, lightweight, aluminium frame
  • soft, padded seat unit
  • reclining back rest
  • adjustable foot rest
  • chest pads for your little ones comfort
  • large rear wheels and lockable 360° swivel front wheels
  • easy, one hand push
  • shock absorbing suspension
  • brake on both rear wheels for optimum safety
  • large shopping basket
  • hood with SPF50 fabric
  • travel system compatible using adaptors (available separately)
  • small, compact fold
  • free standing when folded
  • unfolded Dimensions: D92.5xW64xH101 cm
  • folded Dimensions: H48xW22xD66 cm
  • pushchair Weight: 8.2 kg
  • includes hood and raincover

The overall look of this stroller is absolutely stunning… it looks super expensive, classy & a bit of a head turner. We went to see the Coca Cola truck at the weekend & a lady in the queue asked me what brand it was as she liked the look of it… now it’s always nice to get a compliment & let’s face it… how something looks is always a big when choosing what to buy. With Mothercare you know you’re going to get top quality… without a ridiculous price tag. Also, with this buggy converting to a travel system – you’d save so much money. That’s something to think about if you’re a parent to be. Saving money where you can is essential when planning your new arrival.

Me & Seth will be reviewing the new Mothercare Journey Travel System very soon, if it arrives before our Christmas vacation, we’ll be able to put it through it’s paces in Sherwood Forest. There’s lots of different terrain to test it out on & I’m sure it’ll look stunning in the forest. So keep your beautiful peepers peeled for that one!

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & huggles & happy December 1st!

Hayley & Seth xxx

Hape Toys Perfect for the Holidays

23 Nov

Hi folks,

Everything seems to be getting very festive everywhere, which can mean only one thing… Christmas is almost here! So I’m guessing that a lot of you are now in panic buying mode. It can be a bit stressful trying to find those perfect gifts. Well… I have a lovely little review for you, all about Hape.

If you’re not familiar with Hape; they are the world’s largest producer of wooden toys. I always think wooden toys have a certain charm. They create that warm, fuzzy nostalgic feeling. And with such a well known brand – you know you’re always going to get good quality, well made products.

The toys that we’ve been playing with, sorry I mean ‘reviewing’ lol, are The Walk-A-Long Snail & the lovely little Red Mini Van. As you can see from the pic above – Seth simply could not wait to get stuck in.

Seth absolutely adores a walk-a-long toy. He’s had so much fun dragging this around the house. The lovely Walk-A-Snail has lots of fun aspects to it. The shell lifts away from the wheels/body & becomes an independent shape sorter. The wood is lovely & smooth & painted in beautiful vibrant colours. The shapes themselves are the perfect size & shape for little hands to grab hold of. Seth will sit & play with a shape sorter pretty much all day. With all of the different elements… wobbly antennas, wheels, bobbing head, shape sorter, etc… this toy would make any little one a fabulous Christmas gift. It’s almost like several toys all in one. It comes in a lovely box too, making it easy to wrap! Now that’s always something I look at when buying gifts… will it be easy to wrap? Lol. I mean we all know a nice box is easier to wrap.

The Mini Van would make a perfect stocking filler. Seth has loved exploring the shape & the design of the van… then propelling it at top speed along the sitting room floor lol. The slimline rounded shape is perfect for little hands to be able to grab hold of. It’s also nice & light, so it’s great for popping in Seth’s back pack for when we’re out & about. Seth always needs to take a toy wherever we go. Also, with it being wooden & rather robust, it can handle knocks & being launched from one end of the room to the other. Robust toys are essential with toddlers!

Hape really do make some lovely things, they’d make any little one a beautiful gift or stocking filler.

Thanks so much for reading & happy shopping!

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

The Handmade Christmas Co

5 Dec

Hi folks ✨

Christmas is literally around the corner! I’m sure by now you’ve all bought your gifts (well I’m sure a few of you are leaving things to the last minute lol). Now you’ll be wondering what to wrap all those beautiful gifts in. Well… this is the review is for you! 

The Handmade Christmas Co have sent me the most beautiful handmade personalised Santa Sack 


The sacks are 80cm x 53cm in size. I’ve manged to fit so much into Seth’s Santa Sack. The beautiful finishing piece for me is the gorgeous satin ribbon to tie the top. It just gives it a beautiful finishing touch. 

The sacks are priced at £22. A fantastic price when you think you’ll be using them year after year. There are various styles to choose from. There are also some non-personalised sacks too which are the exact same size & are priced at £17. 

If you’re looking for something that little bit more special for someone – this is just perfect. I was going to buy Seth a ‘Baby’s first Christmas Stocking’…  but this is waaaay better. With a stocking like that – you wouldn’t be able to use it year after year. With this – you totally can! Seth is too young to fully understand Christmas & Santa this year, but when he’s bigger, I’ll be filling this sack with goodies & leaving it in his room to wake up too on Christmas morning. 

The quality is simply beautiful. The print looks so ‘vintage’ & it has an overall luxury ‘classy’ feel to it. You also have the option of choosing the colour of the text on the name too. 

The Handmade Christmas Co have a Facebook Page you can ‘Like’ to stay up to date with new products & promotions. 

I’ve already got Seth’s Santa Sack under the tree & it looks so beautiful… I really am in love with it. If you did decide to go for the non-personalised Santa Sack – you could use it for the office Secret Santa to keep all the gifts in. Or, if you hand out gifts around the dinner table on Christmas Day – then this would be the ideal prop. 

So go on – head on over to their website now to look at all of their beautiful festive goodies. 

Hope you’re all having fun getting festive ✨

Thanks for reading as always!

Love & huggles,

Hayley xxx