Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Hudl2 Review and our first weekly family vlog!

Keeping up with blogging, being a mum, carrying a new baby and trying to start a YouTube channel all at the same time can be pretty hard any tool I can get my hands on to make life a little easier is something I definitely want to know about.

Sadly for me, I've yet to be offered any PA services - but I was recently given the opportunity to try out a pretty nifty tablet which A)Allows me to blog more freely (I usually write my blogposts on my desktop which isn't always possible with a toddler in the room....tablets are ever so handy as I can sneak into the bathroom for 5 minutes to do a bit of work!) and B) Allows me to film on the go and upload directly from it.

Introducing the Hudl2 from Tesco!

Features include:

*8.3" HD touch screen
*Dolby optimised sound
*Intel Atom Quadcore processor
*2GB of RAM
*8 Hours of battery life
*5 Pixel rear camera
*Built in wifi

I also love the fact that it comes in an array of funky colours - ours is the purple one and I love how much it stands out from other tablets!

The Hudl 2's screen appears sharp and detailed with clean whites, and makes it feel like a much more expensive tablet.

The tablet is just lovely to hold, with soft-touch plastic wrapping round the rear and sides. 

I find it so easy to operate, and incredibly user-friendly - I gave it to my Dad to try out, which is the ultimate test as he is possibly the least tech-savvy person around, and he was on fire! He was zooming around various apps and webpages like a pro within minutes, which really goes to show how easy it is to get familiar with quickly.

The photo quality admittedly leaves a little to be desired, but I don't find that to be all that important on a tablet personally - and I did find it perfectly acceptable to film with - obviously it doesn't equal a dedicated camera but it certainly does the job well enough.

Infact, I filmed all the home scenes in the below video using the camera on the Hudl2 - so take a look at the quality for yourself!

I honestly think that the value for money with this tablet is unbeatable - it costs just £129!

To find out more about the Hudl2, please click here

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Beautiful Baby Boy Style with Emil Et Rose

Ever since I first found out I was having a baby boy, I have been on a one-woman mission to prove that little gents can be just as stylish and fun to dress as little girls.

I have to admit that my first thought was of regret at not having the opportunity to buy all of the tutus and frills I so adore seeing on girls (thinking about it, it's probably a good thing that I don't have a daughter as I imagine I would have her dressed in some kind of pink frou frou nightmare constantly!) - but I soon discovered that boys clothes can be just as adorable.

In fact, because it's more challenging to find beautiful and stylish clothing for boys than it is for girls (I challenge anybody NOT to dress a girl well with so much fantastic choice available in every supermarket and high street store!) I find it more rewarding to dress my son well - a little extra effort has to be made to find stunning outfits so when I find them, I feel pretty proud of myself!

One of the first brands I discovered early on in my pregnancy with Tyne was Emil Et Rose - I fell completely in love with their classic style and bought so many adorable baby outfits from their range.

Whenever there has been a special occasion coming up, I have always turned to Emil Et Rose - he wore one of their outfits for his birthday celebrations and for his cousins christening - so why should Christmas be any different?!

When we were recently given the chance to take a look at an outfit from the winter range, we were delighted and I was absolutely in my element browsing through the collection.

I have spotted SO many adorable outfits that Baby Boy Number 2 absolutely HAS to have!

So, what did I choose for Tyne?

I love to see Tyne wearing smart, classic clothing so I opted for the 3 Piece Knit Tank Top, shirt and mini rob woven trouser set (£63.50)

I absolutely adore the grey and navy colour combination, the tank top is made from incredibly soft 100% cotton and the quality is frankly exceptional. The ribbed detailing on the collar and waist line is beautiful, and the long sleeved white shirt and navy trousers make it the perfect little outfit.

I paired this with the adorable Grey woven mini-rib Baker Boy hat (£11.50) and I think it finishes this smart look off perfectly.

We also chose a coat to compliment the outfit and complete this stunning winter look - we went for the Wadded Microfibre Jacket in Navy (£44.75) - this again is very high quality and will certainly Tyne warm and snug through the winter, it comes with detachable mittens which I find a real plus and also has a fully detachable hood.

We ordered all of the items in size 23 months, as Tyne is currently 20 months old and the size below is 18 months.

All of the items are quite large on Tyne so I would say the sizing is quite generous, but this is ideal for over the winter as no doubt he will grow plenty!

I think this outfit is absolutely gorgeous, and I love seeing Tyne looking so smart - I would not hesitate to continue shopping with Emil Et Rose for him and his soon-to-be baby brother as I have done all along, and highly recommend them for your own children or gift giving for others - I cannot think of a baby gift I'd rather receive!

To see more of the collection, please visit Emil Et Rose

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Little Tikes Bath Toys - Review

We were recently sent some bath toys from Little Tikes to try out with Tyne.

We were really excited to give them a go as bath time is Tyne's favourite time of day but, ever since he was tiny, he has been a little obsessed with splashing as much as possible - meaning that myself and the entire bathroom end up drenched! Lots of fun for him, not so fun for me!

I hoped that some new bath toys might distract him from his splash obsession!

We had a few bath toys already and he enjoys using bath crayons, but the Little Tikes toys are a lot more exciting! Tyne was intrigued as soon as he saw the boxes.

We were sent:

Suitable for ages 15 months - 3 years, this cute turtle attaches to the wall and acts as storage for the instruments in the set - which include a whale whistle, a blowfish maraca, starfish tambourine, clam castanets and the turtle itself which doubles up as a drum! 

and Bathketball - £9.99

Suitable for ages 6 months - 3 years, this set includes a basketball net that attaches to the wall and 3 balls. 

Tyne struggles a little at the moment with the Bathketball game as, being so young, his aim isn't great and he's a long way off shooting any hoops just yet! I do find the set slightly flawed in that the net is supposed to pull closed at the bottom to store the balls but never seems to actually hold them - however for the price of the set, I can't complain too much and certainly think its great value for money.

 I would personally recommend this for slightly older children who are more capable of playing the game, and of understanding instructions as Tyne often tries to stand up to retrieve the balls which can be dangerous in the bath - obviously an older child would understand not to do this. 

The seaside bath band was definitely the biggest hit with Tyne - there is plenty there to keep him interested, and he particularly enjoys the starfish tambourine and whale whistle - he likes to play with them as toys as well as use them as musical instruments.

He loves the little faces on all of the instruments, and enjoys packing the instruments back in to the turtle at the end of bath time - this is slightly more expensive but I personally think you get a lot more out of it, and I can see it being a toy that is used and enjoyed for a long time.

We filmed a little video showing Tyne having a play with his bath toys so you can see them in action for yourself!

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Add A Personal Touch To Your Accessories

It’s easy to transform from plain Jane to Disney princess, hobo chic, or glam rock, just by putting on accessories. Make your accessories reflect your own fashion style by personalizing them further. From hair accessories, jewelry, and even footwear. Dress up your style and show everyone the real you.


 Add a personal touch to your bag by tying your favorite scarf on an otherwise plain colored bag. Embroider your initials on one corner of the bag. Glue on some gems or crystals to a plain bag to lend it a bit of dazzle. Tie some colored strips of cloth on the handle for an instant boho feel. Attach button pins with your favorite logos, pictures, or cartoon characters, among many, for an instant personalized feel.

You can do tons of stuff to jazz up your bag; all you have to do is use your imagination.


Personalize your sneakers by painting a colorful pattern, or doodling on it using black marker.

There are custom thong straps for your flat slip-ons for the beach. You can change strap colors depending on your top or your mood. For your rubber slip-ons, there are rubber studs that can be clipped on or attached to the rubber straps. Designs for the rubber studs range from flowers, food items, or random things.

Hair accessories

Glue some gems on your metal clip for that added bit of color and sparkle. Twirl some fresh flowers and ribbons on your headband for an instant hippie vibe. Use a length of colored ribbon as hairband. Use a silk scarf as head accessory on sunny days.

When braiding your hair, add little bits of flowers in between the weaves. You can also weave strip of ribbon with your hair when you weave it so it only shows in random braids.


“One ring to rule them all, one ring to bind them…” Sound familiar? Who hasn’t seen the Elvish script circling that precious ring in The Lord of Rings trilogy? Some have copied the style and had their favorite phrases engraved on their gold or silver rings. The Elvish script, with all its swirls and loops, looks elegant and interesting on a ring, or even a thin gold bangle.

Have your favorite quotation engraved, or perhaps, your marriage vows with your husband. You could even make your own personalized name rings by using thin metal craft wires that can be bent into any shape possible. You can bend it to spell your name in script and use it as a pendant.

You may also use your favorite silk scarf knotted at definite intervals, with wooden beads in between as necklace. Create your own earrings. You only need some craft wire and earring hoops that can be bought at any craft shop. Choose your own combination of glass beads or paper beads and create your own designs. Use loops, twirls, drops, and other metal manipulation to create an interesting dangling earring.

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5 Ways to Bring Your Home to Life

There are many small things that you can do to bring some extra ‘pop’ to your home; a fresh coat of paint or some new blinds can bring new life to a tired house. Check out the following five tips that are easy to action and will make a big difference to the look and feel of your home.

Wild Objects

Whether it’s the inside or outside of your home that you’re trying to reinvigorate, the addition of wild and wacky design pieces will definitely add some fresh energy – and it doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Found objects, trips to car boot fairs and charity shops can all yield avant-garde pieces for your garden or living room; you just need to tap into your creative side to re-imagine uses for everyday items. An old coat-stand sprayed with chrome paint and placed in an unusual position is just one way to liven up a dull space.


There’s plenty to be said about hats, shoes and gloves but if you want an instant lift for a particular room, check out your local design stores for quick and glamourous solutions. Any room will benefit from a crystal bowl full of pine cones (you may just have both lying around anyway) or an old ship’s wheel or anchor placed delicately in the corner. Small areas such as bathrooms are easily perked up with a variety of candles and dishes of stones and crystals. Don’t forget about your home’s exterior – you can easily get a new, stylish security door installed!

Smoke and Mirrors

Well, maybe not the smoke but definitely the mirrors! The simple act of putting up a mirror can add extra depth to a room and create the illusion of additional space – and this isn’t just an interior design trick either. By adding mirrors to your garden (especially at the back of garden beds) you can fool visitors into thinking that you have an extra-large outdoor area and twice the amount of flowers that you actually planted.


A brand new paint job will transform any part of your house but it’s something that can take time and money. Instead, why not opt for some colourful throws and rugs to brighten up a particularly dull space? If the furniture in your living room is old and boring, a casually strewn throw or blanket over the back of the sofa will add warmth and texture to the room. Hey presto! An instant energy boost without a paint can in sight!


You will be amazed at the difference a new light shade or lamp will make to a room, and with internet shopping at your fingertips, the choices are practically unlimited. Experiment and remember that shadows can be an important contrast to your lighting choices. You could even look at investigating blind options from places such as Stylewise Security. Make sure that the room isn’t over-lit because no-one wants to wear sunglasses indoors.
What do you do to brighten up a tired space? Post your tips, tricks and hints below.

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