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Month: August 2018

Googly Eyes from University Games – GIVEAWAY!

Googly Eyes from University Games – GIVEAWAY!

We love a good family games here at The Tale of Mummyhoof HQ. That’s why, thanks to University Games, we’re giving away a Googly Eyes game!

Googly Eyes is drawing and guessing game with a twist! You have to put on vision-altering glasses to draw, whilst the other players have to guess what the picture is. It’s not as easy as it looks!

Aimed at ages 7 and up, you’re sure to have lots of family fun with Googly Eyes!

All you have to do to enter is complete the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

 

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Girls Back to School Essentials + Debenhams 10% Discount Code

Girls Back to School Essentials + Debenhams 10% Discount Code

This is the first year that I’ve had to jump into the back to school rush! As our eldest started a state nursery at the end of last term, I’ve had to spend some time making sure we have all of the back to school essentials. If you’re a parent of school age children, you’ll know that getting ready for a new school year isn’t cheap. For a start, one set of uniform is never enough. It’s all about buying multiples of everything!

Spectacular Event –

With only a couple of weeks to go before the new term starts, I’ve done all the research for you and found some of the best uniform, at the nicest price. For those of you that love to grab a deal too, there’s a Spectacular Event (up to 30% off in store and online) until Monday 27th August. As well as this, there is 25% off school uniform during the Spectacular Event (Tuesday 21st August 2018 – Monday 27th August 2018). Plus, there’s an extra 10% Debenhams discount available, across all departments when you spend £60 online. All you have to do is use the code CK33 at the checkout.

It won’t be long before I have to start buying school uniform for two girls, so perfecting the back to school rush now is sure to set me in good stead for the future. So without further ado, read on for some of the best deals on back to school essentials for girls!

Girls uniform essentials –

I like to mix school uniform up a little, so that our girl can choose what she’s like to wear each day. I think it’s good that she makes decisions like this herself, she’s becoming a real fashionista!

White shirts – 

Like most other kids at school, my daughter gets through no end of white shirts. I’ve found that some brands discolour much quicker than others too. These white polo shirts are super good quality. I always buy more than i need too, you can guarantee we’ll get through them!

 

Grey pinafore dress – 

I love to see our eldest dressed in a pinafore dress, they’re super cute! There are a few different styles to choose from too depending on your preference. As we’re heading into the colder months, I’ll be investing in some tights to go with these too.

 

 

Winter coat – 

This is definitely an essential with the colder season just around the corner. Kids love to play outside and schools really encourage outdoor play. So a warm and weatherproof winter coat is a must!

 

 

 Jeggings – 

For the days when the weather is just too cold to bear, jeggings are ideal. They’re super comfy and so easy to wash and iron too!

 

 

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The CBBC Summer Social – Review

The CBBC Summer Social – Review

*We were provided with a family ticket for the purpose of this review, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own.

 

After being invited to the CBBC Summer Social this year, I was a little dubious as to whether it would suit our girls at their young ages. Festivals are something that we have wanted to try out since having children, but doing it at the right age so everyone enjoyed themselves was a must for us. After speaking with the CBBC Summer Social team though, I was assured that there would be plenty for our girls to enjoy. It was clear that they were going to have a blast and so we prepared ourselves for our first ever family festival!

This years Summer Social was held at Croxteth Hall, Liverpool. A beautiful old building with amazing grounds, ideal for this kind of event. As I’d never been to Liverpool before and because I’m a bit of a Beatles fan, we decided to book ourselves into a hotel and make a mini break out of it. The first day saw us visit Paul McCartney’s childhood home and we had a walk down Penny Lane, I was in my element!

 

The CBBC Summer Social –

When we arrived at the CBBC Summer Social, the gathering crowds were a clear indicator that we were in for a good day. Right from the word go, there was something for the girls to see and do. From fairground rides, to story time and street bands. Entertainment literally was all around us and the girls just didn’t know where to look first!

 

 

Attractions we loved;

The Clangers Garden – This was huge hit with both of our children. Inside the walled garden there were life-sized Clangers hiding around every corner. There were crafts for the girls to get involved in and there was also the chance for them to water some of the pretty flowers planted in the garden. This was great full for all!

 

 

The Main Stage – the highlight of our day was by far the chance the girls had to see Mr Tumble, on the main stage. They loved every second of his performance and I take my hat of to the guy because he never faltered, even though we were in the middle of the heat wave of 2018!

Hubs and I were very impressed with The Philharmonic Orchestra too, they were amazing to see live!

The CBeebies Village – this part of the festival was a great addition for the younger fans. Our girls loved seeing Mr Bloom in real life and his set was very entertaining for them. They also loved seeing the Go Jetters, which is a firm favourite in our house at breakfast time!

The Fairground – as this was the first time our girls had been to a fair, they were very excited! We took them on the ‘cranky horses’ and the smiles on their faces just said it all! The only downside to this was that there were extra charges for the rides, which for a family of four could make the day extra expensive considering the original ticket cost to attend the festival.

 

 

Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – these guys were an incredible marching and dancing band! They walked around the festival performing at regular intervals throughout the day and they attracted a huge crowd each time! Hubs, the kids and I were so impressed with their performances!

Overall, we had a great day out at the CBBC Summer Social. With the exception of the cost of the fairground rides, the day was perfect and we all left with huge smiles on our faces! Thankyou at CBBC for the best, first festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Self-Employment. Why Having a Boss Just isn’t for Me

Self-Employment. Why Having a Boss Just isn’t for Me

*This post was written in collaboration with Rainbow International Franchise. 

 

When I was at school, I didn’t really have much of an idea about what I wanted to be. All I knew was that whatever I became, I wanted to do it for myself. My ultimate goal was to become self-employed. I used to think a lot about what jobs there were out there. I’d go back and forth weighing up the pros and cons of being both employed and self-employed. I do believe that there are two sides to the story and that being self-employed isn’t for everyone. For me though, it was definitely the way to go.

By the time I turned twenty, I’d managed to go it alone. I was my own boss and the freedom it gave me was just incredible. I would make my own decisions, without having to please others first. The 9-5 disappeared and I found flexible working much more beneficial, for myself and for my family. Being self-employed has also given me the freedom to pivot when new business ventures have come my way. It gives me the ability to widen my skill set and knowledge base whenever I see fit and not according to the needs of an organisation.

If you’re interested in being your own boss, then you could take a look at Rainbow Franchise. There are so many business opportunities available, you never know, your calling may just be around the corner! 

Learning important life skills –

Prior to becoming self-employed, I had worked for numerous different people. I’d had a boss on numerous occasion and I learned a lot from each individual experience. Every different approach to business helped me shape who I wanted to be, it also helped me identify who I didn’t want to be. I firmly believe that it’s essential to work your way up from the bottom, often under someone else’s rule. Staring out this way helps me fully appreciate what I now have and what I’m capable of achieving.

No Limits –

For me, the best thing about being self-employed is that there are no limits to what I can do. This is ideal for me, as I’m a complete drifter and I do like to change the way that I make money from time to time. I’m a huge fan of multiple income streams and working for myself means I can have as many as I like, without stepping on another person’s toes. I find searching for fresh opportunities exciting, I love to put my knowledge and skills to the test. This means that when I do succeed I’m even more proud of myself, as my achievements are the product of my own hard work and determination. I proved to myself a long time ago that I’m capable of going it alone and making it work.

I’m lucky enough to be in a position whereby my drifting is supported. Being self-employed isn’t always easy and for some people the inevitable quiet periods can be crippling. Working alone means that you do have to put some cash aside for a rainy day, that way you cover yourself when work is scarce. Down time is few and far between for the self-employed though,  so if you do find yourself stuck for work I highly recommend you use this time to have a break. The likelihood is that there’s a tonne of work waiting just around the corner and for that you need to be rested!

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The Day That A Ran Away – Children’s Book Review & Giveaway

The Day That A Ran Away – Children’s Book Review & Giveaway

This week, our girls have been asked to review the children’s book The Day That A Ran away, written by B. C. R. Fegan. It’s not the first time we’ve worked with this author, earlier on this year we reviewed Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32. Our girls loved this book as did I, so we were excited to add another tale from B. C. R. Fegan to our library!

 

 

Similar to Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32, this book is based on rhyme. I love books like this and our girls really enjoy rhyming stories! I think its great how this book makes learning the alphabet fun too. Education is paramount in our house and anything that makes doing so enjoyable, is a complete winner!

 

 

The illustrations throughout the book are fun and colourful too. They’re eye-catching and really get out girls’ imaginations going. Each of the letters has an adventure of their own, which makes kids giggle each time we read it!

Overall, we are super impressed with this second book from B. C. R. Fegan. It’s enjoyable to read, very well written and offers a super fun way for our girls to learn. If you want to add more books to your library, I couldn’t recommend this tale enough!

 

There’s one copy of The Day That A Ran Away up for grabs for my readers! For your chance to win, all you have to do is enter using the form below. Please don’t forget to check out the terms and conditions…good luck! 

 

 

Win a Copy of The Day That A Ran Away Children’s Book

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6 Effortless Ways to Clean Vinyl Flooring

6 Effortless Ways to Clean Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl floors are homeowners’ new best friend—it’s an exceptionally solid, low cost approach to get a wood or tile look in any room in the house. Yet, similar to any floor, vinyl can get messy rapidly especially if you have kids in the house. Here are a couple of tips on the most proficient method to clean vinyl floors securely and make support less demanding.

1.) Mop Regularly

How about we begin with the apparent way—for clean vinyl floors, wipe reliably at least once a day if possible. Be hat as it may, ensure you’re not utilizing too much water. Utilizing a sodden wipe to clean vinyl flooring each day can easily prevent dirt build up and keep your floors looking new.

2.) Use kitchen items to kick the rust away

 

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The principal indication of rust may send you in a frenzy, however you don’t need to essentially run out of the house and purchase items that will cost you an arm. In this case, the best items are right in your kitchen. A blend of lemon squeeze and cream of tartar is a basic answer for wiping out rust stains and resuscitating your vinyl floors. Don’t forget to wash with water after you’re finished.

3.) Isopropyl alcohol can do magic

We all know rubbing alcohol, is known for disinfecting wounds and killing bacteria, yet it can likewise do wonders to clean your floor. Don’t stress on finding ways to remove inks, hair colors, wine stains and what not because a quick solution to use rubbing alcohol can easily solve these problems. Wash with water after the stain is evacuated.

4.) Don’t overshine

 

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Don’t overdo it. Take note that utilizing industrial products to make your floor sparkle can have negative effects at some point. Opt for homemade remedy instead. Mix vinegar and baby oil into a bucket of warm water and dip your mop into it. It is a budget friendly that is just as effective as industrial products without the harmful effects to you and your family.

5.) Steam Mops are a big no-no

You might think that steaming might be a decent answer for cleaning carpets, yet steam mops are not good for hard surfaces such as vinyl. High temperatures and moist is a dynamic team that can quickly wreck vinyl in case you’re not cautious enough. It’s best to keep away from steam mops in general, however in the event that you can’t say goodbye to it, make a point to read and understand your floor producer’s rules prior to utilizing one.

6.) Throw Away Ammonia and Bleach

Everyone knows that bleach and ammonia are known for being effective cleaners, however their fumes are enough reason for you to throw them away and never have it in your house ever again. Yes, they might solve your messy floor problems but think of the harmful chemicals lying on the flooring where your children rest and play. Try using milder organic products instead. Check the pH with neutral level to avoid any damages.

These are only 6 tips but they are proven and tested to help you clean your vinyl floors effortlessly. As busy moms, we have (a lot of) other things to do than stressing about the floors, right?

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#Blogstravaganza #81

#Blogstravaganza #81

Hello and welcome to #Blogstravaganza, with myself and Jo from Cup of Toast!

Happy Friday one and all, I hope you’ve all had a great week! Thankyou to all you lovely linkers, it’s absolutely fabulous to have you join in each week!

 

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Tiny Treasures Realistic Baby Dolls – Review & Giveaway

Tiny Treasures Realistic Baby Dolls – Review & Giveaway

This post was written in collaboration with Kid Kreations and Tiny Treasures.

 

This week our girls have been lucky enough to have had the chance to review the Tiny Treasures realistic baby doll, as well as a selection of accessories from the Tiny Treasures range. Our girls have loved looking after dolls for a while now, so when they found out how much Tiny Treasures are like real babies, they were so excited to take care of them! These dolls are so realistic, that they weigh and smell the same as a real baby. They have super soft hair and closing eyes for added effect too.

 

 

They were sent a package which included a Tiny Treasures doll, a unicorn rocker for the doll and a mermaid sleeping bag with a super cute, matching headband. Both girls were absolutely amazed with the selection they got and I thought the unicorn rocker was a fabulous addition to the Tiny Treasures set.

 

 

The box that our Tiny Treasures doll arrived in, also doubles up as a rocking seat for her. It even has a three-point strap to hold her in, just like the seat we used to use for our girls. I think it’s really great that this company have made use of all aspects of the set. Making the box a seat not only makes it more fun for the girls, it also reduces waste which is incredibly important.

 

 

The Verdict –

The Tiny Treasures collection has been a huge hit in our house. They’ve been so looked after by our girls and have even been out on car journeys with us! From an adult point of view, I’m very impressed with the quality of the doll and all of the accessories. They are well made and can stand the heavy use that is inevitable when you have two toddlers. I’m also a fan of the range of accessories available. They’re novel and fun for the girls which means hours more play time.

 

 

The other good thing about this product, is that it massively encourages our girls to learn through play. If you read my post on reaching EYFS goals, you’ll know how important this is for us as a family. These dolls have succeeded in bringing out the caring and nurturing side in both of our children. They are an excellent way for them to learn how to be around other people, in everyday life. The features of the doll, including the closing eyes are great to get the girls’ imaginations working too. Their doll goes to bed when they do and it’s helpful for her to appear asleep!

 

 

Our girls don’t have a bad word to say about their new doll set. They’ve already had hours of fun and I know they’ll have so much more, especially as the littlest gets older. The only thing that has posed a small issue is the weight of the doll, as our youngest finds it a little to heavy to carry. Having said that, our oldest at three years of age has no trouble at all, so I’m sure the baby of the family won’t find this a problem for long. Overall, we have been very impressed with out Tiny Treasures set. The girls love it and so do I!

The creators of Tiny Treasures are giving my readers the chance to win their very own set which includes the doll, the unicorn rocker and mermaid sleeping bag. For your chance to win, all you have to do is enter using the form below. Please do check out the terms and conditions…good luck!

 

Win a Tiny Treasures Realistic Doll Set

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5 Ways to Be More Frugal with Your Money

5 Ways to Be More Frugal with Your Money

*This is a collaborative post.

Being frugal is a great way to reduce the amount of stress you feel when it comes to handling your money. Let’s face it, hefty bills and a less than perfect bank account balance can be enough to keep even the most laid-back families up at night. Not to mention, stress over money can lead to issues with your relationships too.

Unfortunately, changing your spending habits isn’t as simple as just deciding that you’re going to spend less and save more. While you might start with good intentions, you still need a plan of action in place to make sure you achieve your financial goals. Here are just a few of the ways you can be more frugal with your money, without exposing yourself to additional cash headaches.

  1. Start with a Savings Plan

The first step in successful saving is automating the process as much as possible. For instance, look at your budget and figure out what you need to spend money on every month. That means separating the essential costs like utility bills, mortgage, and rent expenses, from other costs like the price of weekend entertainment. Once you know what your essential expenses, set up direct debits wherever you can so you don’t have to worry about remembering to pay them.

While you’re setting your direct debits up, make sure that you set up a payment to send a small amount of your income into a savings account each month. Not only does this make saving automatic, but it also ensures that your extra cash is out of your current account, and less likely to tempt you.

  1. Eliminate Waste

One of the biggest reasons that we spend too much money each month is that we over-spend on things we don’t really want or need. For instance, how much food do you end up throwing away each month because you made too much for a family dinner, or you didn’t have chance to use up ingredients before they went out of date?

Get rid of waste by carefully planning your meals and the other things you’ll need for the week and buying only that amount. Not only will reducing waste help to protect your finances, but it will create a healthier planet too!

  1. Buy Everything at a Discount

It’s easy to assume that you’re simply getting the best deal for everything you buy, but unless you search for better deals and discounts, you’ll never know. While the idea of searching through the web for free coupons and voucher codes might sound exhausting at first, you’d be surprised how quickly you can find a bargain. Using sites such as dealsplanet can be a brilliant place to start.

Although you might not have time to find a voucher for absolutely everything on your shopping list, it’s worth at least putting some extra time into your search when you’re buying a big-ticket item like a new TV or a pair of expensive shoes.

  1. Grow your Own Food

A great way to reduce waste and minimise the amount you spend at the supermarket is to grow the food that you use the most often in your yard. There are plenty of great guides and articles out there that teach you how to nourish your own fruits and vegetables from scratch, and you don’t need a lot of space to grow most of the vegetables that you know and love. In fact, there are certain plants you can grow on your windowsill, or in a window box.

If you enjoy working in your garden, then you’ll also have a fantastic free way to entertain yourself, without spending any money on trips to the cinema or expensive restaurant meals too! You can even get the kids involved to make gardening a family event.

  1. Keep on Top of your Spending

Finally, a great way to be more frugal with your money is to make sure that you keep on top of your spending whenever you can. This means not only tracking the amount you spend on everything from food to bills, but also making sure that you’re getting the best deals from your suppliers too. For instance, every few months, it’s worth going online and comparing your utility bills.

Check you’re getting the right deal for the amount of gas and electricity you’re using, and compare other things like broadband packages, television, and even interest rates on existing loans. The more you focus on finding new ways to reduce your spending, the better off you’ll be.

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