Baby Annabell Review and Giveaway

Baby Annabell seems to be the top of the crop in the doll world. The first doll was her soft bodied newborn doll for their first birthday. Despite being quite tomboy-ish in most ways, they have a massive soft spot for dolls. They love the mothering element so we were kindly sent one to try.

The doll measures approx 46 cm and she comes with a bottle with a lid, dummy and locket charm and is dressed in a pink babygrow and detachable hat. She can drink real water with sucking movement of her cheeks, suck her dummy, cry real tears, babble, burp, laugh and even fall asleep with a gentle snore. The doll is suitable for children aged 3+ meaning my girls are the perfect age for her.
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Disney On Ice presents Frozen

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for what seems forever, you’ll be aware of the Frozen fever that swept (and is still sweeping) the nation. This is what makes this post even MORE exciting as I have two little ladies that still want to watch it every single day.

Frozen on Ice

The 34th Disney On Ice spectacular will bring the
Academy Award® winning and number one animated
feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, to life. Disney On
Ice presents Frozen is set to mesmerise audiences when
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The Mummy Tag

I thought I’d do a bit of a different post today as the lovely Steph at Mental Parentals tagged me, so here goes:

Are you a stay-at-home or a working Mum?

I was a working parent with Charlie but took voluntary redundancy when on maternity with the girls as travel and childcare was not viable. 

Would you have it any other way?

There are days where I wish I had a job for myself but I love that my kids know it will always be me picking them up and dropping them off is nice. I also get to attend every school event and not had to miss anything which is very special. 

Do you co-sleep?

Not by choice! The girls climb in with us in the wee hours of the morning which is a killer. When they were smaller I was much more open to it but found they preferred their own space. 

My Newborn must-have?

Car seat bases when we had twins were an absolute essential. Doing two school runs a day I can’t imagine faffing putting two car seats in with seat belts! 

How many kids do you plan on having?

I always wanted three and having three kids from two pregnancies is pretty accurate! I can’t see us having anymore as we are happy to have ours. 

Date Night – How often?
As and when we can slot it in. I’d say probably once every few months? We like to go for meals but it’s after the kids are in bed so it makes it easier to ask people. My husband works away so it always has to be either Friday’s or Saturday’s. 

What’s your child’s favourite TV show?
Charlie loves Regular Show and anything about football at the moment. The girls are all about Paw Patrol . 

What’s one thing you bought for your newborn and never used?

Top and tail bowl. What a waste of time! Just use an actual bowl. 

Child’s favourite food?

Charlie loves chicken Penang bites! The girls love chilli and rice – especially the kidney beans! They all love an ice lolly though.

How many cars does your family have?

My husband has two work vans and I have a Honda CRV which I just love. It’s almost 18 months old now so I’m sure he will want to change it soon. It’s the cooler car I’ve ever owned as it has a rear parking camera making life so much easier!

Weight Gain – Before, During and After Pregnancy?

I didn’t really gain anywhere near my stomach with both. It was about 9 months after having the girls when my Mom passed away that I put on s lot of weight. I’ve lost 3 stone now with Slimming World so feeling good.  

What’s your dream family holiday?

Disney World. It’s the one place I always wanted to go as a kid and never did. I have vowed that I will take our kids one day. We are looking at doing Disneyland Paris too. 

What’s your dream holiday without the kids?

Our honeymoon to the Maldives was our dream holiday. We were planning on having more children in the near future so splurged and went as we knew we wouldn’t get the chance to again (the girls are honeymoon babies!) I really want to visit New York. That is my dream now. 

How has life changed since having kids?

I get a lot less sleep! I have found I am more confident and happier in my skin since becoming a parent. Obviously you can’t just do as you please anymore but I like the fact three people call me Mommy.

Finish the sentence – It makes my heart melt when…
I see the three of them playing and giggling and just being silly together. 

Where do I shop for my kids?

H&M, Sainsburys, Next, Zara. 

What’s your favourite makeup and skincare?

I love bare minerals powder foundation as I have very oily skin so it works well. I also love maybelline mascara as it lasts so well for such a cheap product!

Huggies or Pampers?

Charlie was a pampers baby as Huggies leaked but the girls have been Aldi. Such brilliant quality 

Have you always wanted kids?

So so much. I was the girl who was obsessed with dolls and other peoples baby’s. 

Best thing about being a Mum?

Feeling like I belong to the coolest club ever!

I tag: Lindsay at Newcastle Family Life

Nikki at Keeping Strong

Lauren at Blogger Mummy

Have fun ladies  
B xx 

Vertical Bedroom Blinds with Order Blinds

The summer brings many things; playing outside, fun days out, warmer weather and lighter nights – also known as a parent’s NIGHTMARE. How on earth do you manage to convince your kids to go to bed when the sun is still shining?

Luckily in Charlie’s room, he has a blind left from the previous house owners but the girls just had curtains. We moved in at the end of September so the nights were already drawing in so it never was much of an issue. However the last few months have caused us no end of problems! We have been using a portable blind that we have to manually stick up every single night and take down each morning, so when Order Blinds offered us the chance to try out their service it was a bit of a fist pump moment!

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Painting Little Toes

Last Friday we indulged in our first “girly” parenting moment. My girls aren’t very girly if I’m honest. We inherited an Elsa dress which neither want to wear, favouring their big brothers Batman or Spiderman outfits. Pink isn’t a big thing in this house and we are all often found playing in the garden getting dirty and being a tad wild.

On my three hour child free morning where the girls go off to nursery, I popped into town and found a lovely bright coral nail varnish which I got for myself. When I headed home I redid my toes and loved how bright they were in flip flops.

As soon as I picked the girls up they noticed this change illuminating from my feet and were really intrigued. They kept pointing and then touching them in amazement.

After we picked Charlie up and were in the garden the fascination hadn’t waned so I asked them if they wanted theirs doing; P2 instantly said no whereas her sister was very keen. She sat lovely as I painted her dinky little toe nails. Her face once they were done! She walked around strutting like the proudest girl in the world and kept pointing at them. Her twin on seeing all the commotion she was making, decided she wanted hers doing too. So twenty little toes were adorned with coral nail polish and looking super cute.

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