Halloween at Poundland

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With Halloween around the corner, there are some lovely little bits that you could get from Poundland for your celebration or trick or treaters. And the best bit? Every one is only £1!

There is a yummy selection of sweets that they have, obviously £1 a bag. We were sent lollies, foam aliens and marshmallows. All of which went down a treat with Max. They are all wrapped individually which is perfect for trick or treating kiddies. You get a lot in a packet too so I think it’s brilliant value for money. The green loot bag is felt but really sturdy and the perfect size for my little man – he’s so excited to use on the 31st.

If you’re planning a party they also have some lovely bowls, plates, tablecloths and napkins. The ‘booo’ motif and ghosts, spiders and bats printed on them are, strange to say, really cute and they look really good. Poundland also have some really nice cupcake cases with decorations if you’re going to get baking with the kids in the half term.

For decorating around the house I was mega impressed with their decorations. The cute little tea-light holder pumpkin is ceramic, really cute and good quality – I can’t believe it is only £1! I love the ‘Booo!’ glittery sign. Again, this is made well and looks really good in our home.

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I had never really thought to look in Poundland for things like this but I’m so impressed and very pleasantly surprised with the range that I have seen. Good quality and bargain prices! I will definitely be looking in Poundland more often.

Happy Halloween!

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Rebecca x

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*I was sent the items free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.

Saints & Soldiers: The Void | Giveaway

 

There have been two Saints & Soldiers films previously but the third film, Saints & Soldiers: The Void, is out on DVD now in the UK. It stars Adam Gregory, of 90210 fame, singer Alex Boye and this guy called Ben Urie – my brother-in-law! ;) He plays Lieutenant Goss, a British soldier sent to ‘The Void’. You can watch the trailer above.

To celebrate the film’s release and the family connection, I’m offering one of you lovely lot a copy of the DVD (British PAL version).

It is a good family film (rated 12A) and it would make a great stocking filler.

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All you have to do is CLICK on the Rafflecopter widget below and complete as many entries as you would like. Any questions, please get in touch.

 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The giveaway will run from 6am on 23rd October 2014 and run for 3 weeks, ending at 11.59pm on 13th November 2014, GMT.
  • The prize is one copy of Saints & Soldiers – The Void on DVD.
  • Sorry, entry is for UK residents aged 18 or over only.
  • Entries can only be completed through the Rafflecopter widget.
  • All entries will be checked and verified.
  • The winner is chosen at random, through the Rafflecopter widget, using random.org, from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be announced on 15th November 2014 and they will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
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Making Travel with Babies Easy

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Before we had children, Mr U and I had lived in the US for 3 months doing lots of traveling, as well as taking regular holidays and weekends away. Travel is something that we both really enjoy and love to do.

Obviously, when kids come along it can slow things like that down, cost-wise especially, but if you can afford it (and babies don’t cost much to travel until they’re two), then having a baby shouldn’t stop you from visiting where you want to visit. I’m a big believer in making kids fit around you, rather than the other way around.

I have had quite a bit of experience with taking babies on holiday as I’ve even travelled on a 10 hour flight with a 10 month old, by myself. I will be making another solo flight next week with 6 month old Chloe and you know what, if you’re prepared and have everything you need, it really isn’t that bad.

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  1. Be Prepared – Have all documents printed out ready and put in a folder. I find that if e-tickets, visas and passports are all over the place, in amongst all sorts of baby things in your bag, it gets stressful. For travel to the US, as I will be doing next week, it’s also so helpful to have a pen in the folder and the address of where you are staying hand, if you don’t know it off the top of your head). Then when you need to fill out the customs form, you again won’t have to rummage through your bag trying to find different bits of paper or a pen. A small thing that for me (OCD queen), reduces stress.
  2. Remember it is different – Realise that travel with a baby is different than you were use to as a single person or in a couple. My hubby struggled with this as he enjoyed flying as he could relax and watch films or read a book and would get frustrated when he couldn’t do those things. I have found that if I go into the flight (or train journey etc) with the mind-set that I’m there to entertain the baby for how ever many hours, it really helps. If they are settled or sleeping, then is when you might even think about reading a book (if you didn’t want to just sit there in silence, ha). If there are two of you then you could take it turns as to when each other can chill out for a little bit, but that should be discussed prior to travel. Airports etc seem to stress everyone so you don’t want to add disagreeing to the equation.
  3. Get a New Toy – a new book or toy (or new to them) will really be a distraction for a little bit of time. Especially if it is perhaps wrapped up. This obvisouly will only work for slightly older babies but I tried it with Max when we flew to Florida with him and it worked a treat.
  4. Food, Glorious Food – I don’t think you can ever have too much in the way of snacks, food and drink. You can take leftovers with you but it will be a big deal if you have too little food! If they are little and still on milk, make sure you have enough powdered formula with you (or the pre made milk, but make sure it’s one with a screw cap as they’ll make you test it at security). If you’re breastfeeding then nothing to worry about, just have a muslin or nursing cover with you, if you use one. Depending on your babies age, finger foods and little pots of food, with spoons etc are all good. Again, just make sure they are the type with a screw lid so it can be resealed after being tested at security.
  5. Calpol – call me a bad parent but as I rarely give my children calpol, on the rare occasion that I do, you can really tell the difference! It makes them sleepier which I think can only be a good thing. Just trying to encourage them to take that nap that I know they need ;)
  6. Ask for help when I flew to Las Vegas by myself, to see my sister, with Max, I asked the staff to hold him while I went to the loo etc – turned out most of them were mums anyway and wanted to help me and brought some extra biscuits and drinks. You can also ask them for things like plastic cups and straws, just to use as a ‘toy’. Max loved (and still does like) playing with straws.
  7. Chill – It will go a lot better than you think it will. Do they just constantly cream when they’re at home? No. So why would they when travelling? And lets face it, they’ll eventually fall asleep ;)

What are your tips for travel with babies? You can read some more travel advice here: http://www.purpleparking.com/travel-advice

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Rebecca x

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Frozen Fancy Dress Costume | Review & Giveaway

Unless you have been hiding away somewhere, I’m sure you know all about the ‘Frozen’ craze that basically every young child loves – Max loves singing along to Olaf’s ‘In Summer’ song! I was lucky to be sent an Elsa costume for my niece, who is a big Frozen fan, and she looks like the perfect (brunette) Elsa.

The delivery from Otley Run Fancy Dress was really quick and the dress is lovely. Really nice material and you can tell that it is well made and durable – perfect for when your child will want to be wearing it basically all the time! The Elsa dress has lovely mesh sleeves, with sparkly snowflakes on the cape. It also includes an Elsa brooch and a few other sparkly details around the neckline and waist. The dress is a good length, without being too long and it has netting underneath for that princess ‘poofy’ skirt. There are lots of shiny sequins on the bodice part of the dress – plenty of shine and sparkle.

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And it looks pretty cute on too!

As you can see it has the perfect twirling cape and nice flowing and shiny dress. The dress costs £18.99 which I think is really reasonable. Especially as it would probably be bought for a special occasion and lets face it, it will get plenty of wear out of it. The rest of the Frozen dresses on the market are all more expensive too so I totally think it’s a fab price point.

I am very happy with the quality of the dress and it does stand up to the test – my niece has had it for a few weeks no and has had no problems to report back. I would also recommend just sponge cleaning / hand washing as it would be quite a delicate item.

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I’m happy to be able to offer one of you lucky lot a Frozen costume of your choice, either Anna or Elsa, costumes pictured above. What a perfect Christmas present!

The sizes available are for ages:

  • 2-3
  • 4-5
  • 6-7
  • 8-9
  • 9-10

So to enter, just click on the Rafflecopter link below and complete as many entries as you would like – you must leave a comment though, letting me know which costume you would like to win and in which size.
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Good luck!

Rebecca x

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*I was sent the Elsa dress to review free of charge but all opinions are my own.

 

Terms & Conditions:

  • The giveaway will run from 6am on 21st October 2014 and run for 3 weeks, ending at 11.59pm on Tuesday 11th November 2014, GMT.
  • The prize is one outfit, from the choices above.
  • Sorry, entry is for UK residents aged 18 or over only.
  • Entries can only be completed through the rafflecopter widget.
  • All entries will be checked and verified.
  • The winner is chosen at random, through the rafflecopter widget, using random.org, from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be announced by 13th November 2014 and they will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
  • The item will be sent out once winner’s address details have been sent and the prize will be sent out direct from Otley Run Fancy Dress.