Thursday, 4 December 2014

Sickness Bug

I've been very quite on the blog over the last few days due to our household having the sickness bug going from one to the other. Thankfully were all on the mend now, Brandon is back at work and Alesha is back at school.

Me and Brandon enjoyed a 2 night break away to Scotland on Monday with my mum and younger sister Amy. On Tuesday morning we decided to leave the car at the hotel and met up with a family friend called Ann and we all jumped on the train to Edinburgh. We had a lovely time shopping there and also at the Christmas market.
To finish off a wonderful afternoon we decided to get on the big wheel before heading back to the tran station. Me and my mother shut our eyes and whinged like big babies whilst the wheel went around the first time haha!

On Wednesday before we set off home me and Brandon went to Celtic Football Club for a stadium tour which didn't cost us a penny as I knew some of the staff that worked there so one of the guys called James got us 2 free tickets and left them at the reception for us to pick up.

It feels so good to be home after the long journey back down yesterday, so today I am spending it with ym girls watching Christmas films whilst Brandon is at work.

Here are some recent photos but none of them are of our stay in Scotland. I'll pop them up at the weekend.


Ready for her xmas trip with school

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Hartlepool Xmas Switch On Lights 3rd December 2014


CORONATION Street fans are in for a treat when a star of the soap comes to town for the Christmas lights switch-on.
Jack P Shepherd, who plays David Platt in the long-running soap, will be in town for the event on Wednesday, December 3, in Church Square, from 4pm to 7pm, all with a theme of Mary Poppins.
There will be songs from the famous family musical as well as Christmas crafts inside the art gallery.
Other highlights include carol singing and dancing with chimney sweeps in true Mary Poppins style.
Christmas tales will be told in story corner and there’s a chance to try out hand-knitting.
One of the highlights will be the Giant Sweetie Lantern Procession to Church Square with the children from St Josephs RC Primary School. The procession leaves the school at 4pm.

Last year, X Factor finalist Abi Alton lit up Church Square when she turned on the lights with Hartlepool Borough Council ceremonial mayor Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, before she performed a rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
Around 1,000 people flocked to the council-organised Christmas extravaganza which was the first switch-on ceremony in Hartlepool for a number of years.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Vote For Our Pop Art For Your Chance To Win Family Ticket To Chessington World of Adventures


A few days ago I was contacted to see if 'Little Family 4' were intrested in taking part in a pop art challenge.


'Popfun.co.uk asked 5 of the UK's top kids bloggers to create a 3D masterpiece. Where the lucky winner will receive 3 sets of family tickets to Chessington World of Adventures Resort to give away on their blog! The runner up will receive one family ticket to giveaway.'

So I'm asking you all pretty please can you click on this link and then click vote above our reptile 3d piece, it says 'Little Family Of 4' underneath. You don't need to fill in any personal details.

Fingers crossed I get some tickets or ticket to giveaway on my blog to my lovely readers.

Here is the link to vote. https://www.popfun.co.uk/popartvote


Monday, 10 November 2014

Oxfam Christmas Gifts

For her: Monsoon for Oxfam Wash Bag, £6.99, available at selected Oxfam shops nationwide. Part of the Monsoon for Oxfam range: Monsoon and Oxfam have collaborated once again to produce a new range of affordable, high quality products; hand finished by artisan producers in India. 


For him: Bicycle Chain Cufflinks, £4.99, available at selected Oxfam shops nationwide

Food: Solid Chocolate Pudding, 70g, £2.99, available at selected Oxfam shops nationwide


For kids: “The Stick Book: loads of things you can make and do with a stick”, £7.99, available at selected Oxfam shops nationwide



Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Halloween Family Fun


Our first Halloween together as a happy family of 4 was brilliant! For those of you that don't know me and Brandon officially got together in March (although seems alot longer as we get on like a house on fire).

Me and Brandon dressed our little munchkin's up the best we could, Alesha wanted to be a Dracula and well Alana she was too young to understand much so we decided to dress her up as a scary witch.

The week before Halloween Alesha had a school Halloween disco so we got her ready and because me and Brandon are both rubbish at facepainting his mum and step dad said to bring her over and hey would paint her face. They only live on the next street so literally a 2 minute walk if that. The girls love going around to see Nanny and Pops, they all enjoy the company of eachother.

Alana ready to go trick or treating
Alesha after Pops had done her facepaint
Alesha sat very still on the chair whilst her Pops Trevor pained her face as scary as he could, in the meantime Alana had Nanny sat on the floor playing with toys whilst me & Brandon were trying to keep the dog Scouse entertained and away from Alana as she is scared of dogs.

Alesha had a lovely school disco, she enjoyed dancing with her friends and stuffing her face with hotdog and sweets. 

On 31st October Halloween day my younger sister Amy came around so we all went out for dinner including Brandon because he was off work. Then home to get the little munchkins dressed and ready to go trick or treating. 
Alana wasn't too sure when it came to knocking on doors she was abit weary so I held her hand whilst Alesha knocked. 

They both enjoyed being out with us walking in the dark, was really fun to them as their hardly out in the dark unless were driving somewhere in the car.

Once we got home we let girls have 2 sweets each from their huge bundle and hem go them washed and tucked up in bed until my step dad came to babysit.
Then it was time for me, Brandon and Amy to get ready to go out and celebrate Halloween.

Brandon was going to his friends house party while me and Amy were going to our friends house party and then we were meeting up in town.
It was a brilliant night , it made a change not having to put make up on to look pretty.
Brandon got so many compliments on his costume which we kindly got sent to review from www.partydomain.co.uk. As soon as we would enter a different pub it was like being at a wedding walking down the aisle watching the heads turn and stare at Brandon as he made his entrance in the scary clown costume.
This costume can be purchased here on PartyDomain's website for £49.04 and the go upto size XXL. 
The only downfall Brandon said was he could hardly see out of it but he has put it away to use again when the time is right.
I had to laugh a few times because when Brandon needed to go to the toilet he would ask me to unzip the costume at the back for him.
All in all we both think it's a brilliant costume and well worth every penny.
PartyDomain shipped this item really quickly as we received it the following working day.


Reason: Could hardly see out of the costume so he spent quite alot of the time with it unzipped down to his neck.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Proud Parents Moment

Yesterday was a school assembly at Alesha's school and for the first time parents were invited along.

Brandon was off work so he was able to drive us to the school (instead of waiting for a bus) and also stay to watch the assembly.
I was shocked when we walked into the school hall as I expecting more parents to turn up there was literally only about 20 parents. 

All of the Reception class sat in a line at the front facing the crowd. Then one by one each child brought an item over to the table which related to God. But then, it came to Alesha and up she got at the floor and her teacher Miss Stevens said Alesha was going to say a pray. Mine and Brandon's faced blushed red with pride as she looked so confident and grown up stood up infront of everyday reading a pray. Halfway through reading the pray Alana shouts "Sheeesha" me and Branon was like "yes that's Alesha but you need to be uiet". Some of the pupils and turned looked and smiled at little miss moo Alana sat in her pushchair watching her big sister.

Wearing her dads socks insisting she isn't taking them off until he comes in from work!
At the end of the assembly the head teacher Mr Cooney said " I would like everyone to give a round of an applause for Alesha as she done brilliant, think I've found somebody to do the assembly instead of me from now on as she loves to talk".

So today I'm going about with a huge smile on my face still thinking about how well my little munchkin Alesha done at the age of 4. She doesn't lack confidence unlike her mother haha!

Alana happy as larry in town with her Peppa balloon

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Aldi's Halloween Special Buys


Aldi's Halloween costumes go on sale in store from Thursday 2nd October 2014, there is only a limited of stock so I'd advise you to pop to your local Aldi store before it's gone.

Girl's Designs
  1. Catsuit, Bright Witch or Spider Ballgown
  2. 3-8 Years
Boy's Designs
  1. Skeleton or Dracula 
  2. 3-8 Years
Unisex Designs
  1. Spider Tabard
  2. 3-5 Years



Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Date Night With The Mr


Alana having a morning dance with dada
Morning Selfie
It's been a while now since me and Brandon went out in the evening without the children on a 'date night'.

Yesterday after we got back from town I suggested to go Mecca bingo once we got the kid's settled in bed and a babysitter round. 
It felt good just the two of us being out and not having to deal with a toddler going through the terrible twos stage. 

We got a drink and ordered some food, we were both really pleased with how low the price of the food and drink was and also how great the food tasted, just like fresh home made cooking.

Unfortunately none of us won, we were both one away but sadly we didn't go home with the green winners envelope haha!

Brandon enjoyed it that much he sent me a text message a few minutes ago at work saying "Do you fancy going bingo and have a meal and then out for a few drinks afterwards next week"? Well aye, I wasn't saying no to another 'date night'!

Were going to take Alesha ice skating after school next Wednesday and get someone to babysit Alana at home as we have been feeling bad on Alesha as we don't get to do much with her anymore as we have a small toddler to deal with aswel so we though tice skating would be a lovely treat for her to enjoy quality with mummy & daddy.




Friday, 26 September 2014

#FlashBackFriday

#FlashBackFriday this week is a photo of me and my older sister Jennifer and younger sister Amy. It was taken 6 years ago on the beach in Blackpool, a place were we spent many childhood summer days out.

Amy, Jennifer & Me

Mountain Warehouse Review


About a forthnight ago I was contacted to see if me and the family would like to review some items from the well known outdoor retail company called Mountain Warehouse.

I agreed because firstly, I have never purchased from them before and secondly after having a good look through their website I seen some ideal stuff to review which would come in handy seen as winter is fast approaching.

The lovely PR gave me the opportunity to choose an item for us all, here is what we choose.



Gelid Mens Kniited Deer Stalker Hat is what Brandon choose. It's currently on sale for £12.49.
Brandon was like a big kid at Christmas time when he seen the hat, there was no stopping him putting it straight on. He didn't want to take it off because" it was very cosy and soft ". 
It wasn't very cold outside just abit of a breeze but that didn't stop Brandon from wearing this hat in the car whilst going to pick Alesha up from school. 
He agrees that this hat is definitely worth £12.49 or more. 
The hat insultes your face and ears with the fur lining. With a buckle to keep the hat secure, this is an ideal hat if your going on a ski or snowboard holiday.



I decided to go for a Kittiwake Womens Hoodie because my body temperature is a nightmare, I find it hard to keep warm throughout the day around the house unless I have the heating or fire on.
This is currently priced at £19.99 over on their website. When I first took it out of the packaging I thought the fabric looked quite think and I was therefore unsure if it was going to keep me warm. 
As soon as I put it on my opinion changed as the hoody was really snug and warm, not as I expected it to be. 
I therefore also wore this hoody today doing the school run, it went perfect with my blue jeans. 
The inside of this hoodie is lined with combined cotton for improved insulation.



   I choose a Kids Owl Hat for Alana because it's an item we was needing to buy within the next few weeks. 
Thankfully I choose this item because it's very stylish, the colours and design attracts both Alesha and Alana to liking it. 
With it being rainy and windy here this afternoon we put the hat on her whilst in town. Quite a few people were walking past looking at her smiling because she looked cute and snuggly with the hat on. 
This is currently priced at £7.49 and once again it's an item I'm very pleased with and I would definitely pay that sort of money for it.
The fleec lining inside the hat kept Alana's head warm whilst the ear flaps kep the cold and wind out.


Alesha opened a package which contained a beautiful thick Yeti Kids Stripe Fleece.
She tried it on but has yet to wear it properly due to her being at school and then it's home for tea and PJ's on. 
She is looking forward to wearing it at the weekend when we go out on a bike ride. 
At the moment this is on sale for £9.99 a brilliant bargain that is worth snapping up.







Mountain Warehouse also generously sent us a High 50 Litre Rucksack to review. As soon as Brandon seen it right away he said "bingo that will do me when I go fishing, just what I needed"!
The rucksack is currently priced at £29.99 which I think is very reasonable.
With extra pockets on the belt straps, there's no need for stopping to get something out of the main bag.
A large 50 lite capacity is spread across two main compartments.
Highly recommended if your going hiking, fishing or even just general travelling.

If your off on an adventure this winter or just want to stock up on clothes etc then I'd highly recommend visiting a Mountain Warehouse store or even shopping online via their website.
There currently having a big sale, so grab a bargain while it lasts!

I was sent these clothes for the purpose of this review.





Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Which Baby Changing Room Would YOU Award?


TIME TO CHANGE? WHY POOR FACILITIES PREVENT HALF OF MUMS FROM SHOPPING

We all know what a huge difference good changing facilities make when shopping with a baby. 

Sudocrem Care & Protect wants to know which facilities parents think are worthy to win a Baby Changing Room Award. They might be the most spacious, smell the freshest or have the comfiest chairs, but whatever their attributes we want to praise the best of the best and hope to encourage other retailers, restaurants, etc to follow suit. 

For this campaign, backed by TV presenter Katy Hill, parents are invited to nominate their favourite baby changing room - where it is and why. Everyone who nominates will be entered in a prize draw to win one of several prizes, including a short break at Knoll House (Britain's original family friendly hotel!). 

The website is now live (http://www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub) - It's all pretty exciting!


Is Your Child’s Digital Diet Harming Their Eyesight?

More children can manoeuvre around a tablet than swim, tie their shoe laces or tell the time


A recent study carried out on behalf of optical specialists Lenstore, has revealed that children are losing touch with vital life skills due to digital device overuse.

 More than half of children aged between two and ten feel more confident using a tablet than learning to swim, telling the time and tying their shoe laces.

According to the new research which surveyed 2,000 UK parents of children aged 2-16 years, the average UK child is more likely to confidently use a mobile phone before being able to read or ride a bike.

In an age where tablets, smartphones and laptops are an integral part of our daily lives and aid our children’s ongoing learning and development, the research reveals that our tech-savvy children are actually growing up lacking key life skills.

 With the average child spending almost 8 hours a day on technology, our children’s digital diets are further fuelling the debate in the rise of childhood obesity. Worryingly, the majority of parents identified ‘online gaming’ as the main function of their child’s digital habits with the even more shocking confession that over half of the parents surveyed never actually monitor their child’s online activity.

When comparing children’s digital overuse across regions in the UK, children in London were found to spend on average over 10 hours a day on digital devices - the highest in the country.

During the study, it was found that 1 in 3 children aged 2-4 own a tablet and spend on average more than 5 hours using digital devices per day.


Dr Rob Hogan, a registered optometrist and council member of the general optical council (GOC) explains that “at the age of two, although a child’s eyesight is in fact developed enough to use the devices, sessions must be short and supervised to avoid long term damage.” He also states the importance of “limiting access just before bedtime, as research has found that the ‘blue-ish’ light emitted from these devices may disrupt normal sleep patterns and can be damaging to eyesight, potentially causing vision to deteriorate over time.”

In the digital age, children are almost encouraged to use technology in every area of their schooling and home lives for additional learning, entertainment and socialising. Because of this, we can’t help but question, are digital devices helping our children as a means for learning or are they preventing us from making the most out of those all-important developing years?

Is Your Child’s Digital Diet Harming Their Eyesight?

My eldest daughter Alesha who is 4 used to own a tablet, I bought it for her last Christmas sadly a few months after it broke by getting dropped that many times.
I was gutted to say the least, to think I spend quite alot of money on it for her and it was broke not long after.

On a school night I used to let Alesha go on her tablet for an hour in the evening either before or after tea. On a weekend the maximum time she was allowed on it was for 2 hours in total.

I do personally think that too much technology can be harming children's eyesight.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Alana's 2nd Birthday Party

Me & Alana
Me and Brandon decided it would be best to celebrate Alana's 2nd birthday party on the Saturday as her birthday was 2 days later on the Monday. If we done it on the Monday not many people would of been able to attend it nor stay over the night.
Cousins (Alana,Unique,Alesha)
Alana & Alesha

Brandon booked a bouncy castle and I was looking forward to it as much as the girls because normally I can't do anything like that with Alesha's birthday being 19th December so it's always cold.
Alana with her Nana
Alana with her Auntie Amy
Alana with her Auntie Jen
It was great to have my family, Brandon's family and a few of our friends over for the day and then later on when the kids went bed and the others were relaxing on the couch all the adults let there hair down and had a really good drink. It was a lovely atmosphere, everyone was happy and so was me and Brandon as the day and night went perfect. In total there was 19 adults and 11 children.

Her cake didn't look perfect but it was special as me and her dad made it, everyone said it was delicious though. It must of been ad there was none left to enjoy the following day. 


Natalie holding Alana blowing out candle
with me and Brandon.
Alana & Alesha
Alana looked beautiful in her dress, luckily we got a few photos before she got covered in chocolate. Our little madam got well and truly spoilt rotten from both sides of the family.




Just woke up, ready to open presents with her DaDa































Yesterday me and Brandon took her to Toys R Us with her birthday money and she bought a drum set (drive the neighbours mad) and a sketch pad. 
Playing her drums this morning.
Birthday Cake