Petit Fernand Review and Giveaway

Having four children I know getting them all set for school can become very expensive. One way I help with that is to start early with buying items sometimes before they finish for the summer holidays.

Recently Petit Fernand got in touch with me asking if I’d like to review some items for them so I said yes as the brand looked great and it’s items we need.

Jack is going to be starting preschool in October so I ordered some personalised clothes stickers for him because he will need to take a few things in.

Jack loved that the stickers come in a littkle booklet with some fun stickers tooI chose 10 stick on labels with the tractor design (there are so many to choose from)

Harry will be starting year 2 in September and he will no longer receive free school meals so I chose a personalised lunch box for him. He’s really into football lately so we had to get the football design. There’s actually a few football ones but he liked this one the most. I wanted a different font and colour for his name but he wanted these ones.

I love that it is;

  • Microwave safe
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Has an ice pack
  • Removable containers

All great features of a lunch box. It also feels really robust which is a big must with a 5 year old boy.

Petit Fernand have very kindly offered one lucky reader the opportunity to win a school pack worth £30! It’s fab if you have more than one child. To enter head over to my Instagram. Good Luck!

*we were sent these items for review but all words and opinions are my own.

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Mixtiles Review

We’ve lived in this house a year now and as it was a shell we had to slap a bit of paint everywhere, get some flooring down and just generally make it look loveable but we’re now just starting to make each room exactly how we want them. We’ve been mostly doing our bedroom lately and it’s almost completed apart from glossing a door and some cushions for the bed. One think we were struggling to find was something for above our bed. Because it’s a super king, what we did have before (a multi photo frame) just looked lost. We (me) had been searching for months and then I finally came across Mixtiles.

They are 8×8 inch and just under an inch thick. You can also move them around and they won’t damage your walls. Awesome huh?

I was recently sent 12 and I am hugely impressed! They came packed so beautifully.

So how they work is, they have four sticky pads on each one so you don’t have to drill any holes in your walls (was thrilled by this) and you literally can stick them, unstick them as many times as you like (we did test a few) and they do not damage your walls or leave any marks.

And I seriously could not be happier with the results. They look amazing above our bed and I smile every time I enter my bedroom. And here is what you’ve been waiting for…….

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Weight Watchers Journey – Week 7

Weight – 2lb loss

Points – 0 points left

Feeling – So at the start of this week I visited Warner Bros Studio Tour and was given free food so I ate really bad that evening and in the day I had a pub lunch. The next day we took my sister home a few hours away. I was good at breakfast and lunch but in the evening we had Chinese and then I ate crisps and chocolate. The rest of the week I’ve been brilliant in the day and then eaten rubbish in the evening. I honestly did not expect a loss so I am really happy. Just one more lb and I’ll have lost a stone!

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Our Family Holiday to Barcelona

Barcelona is a bustling city full of life, tourists and plenty of sightseeing. This may seem like the type of place you would avoid for a family holiday, but the truth is, my husband and I weren’t keen on another resort style holiday. This time, we were looking for something with culture and vibrancy. We decided to take the kids (ages 5 and 8) to Barcelona for the week and we are proof that a city break is possible with little ones. From where to stay to what to eat and must-sees, I’ve got you covered for your next family city break.

Where to Stay

When staying anywhere with kids it is always advisable to find a family-friendly hotel or somewhere that will offer plenty of space for your family and all their things – because let’s be honest, travelling with kids means not packing light. We chose to stay at Capri by Fraser Barcelona as their serviced apartments are the perfect blend of renting your own apartment and enjoying hotel amenities. The apartments are spacious enough that we can sprawl out with all our stuff and the kitchenette meant I could prepare snacks for the kids.

What to Do

We were surprised to find there were lots of family-friendly activities in Barcelona.

One of our favourites was the hop-on-hop-off bus tour. The kids loved the open top bus and we found this was a really great way to keep them engaged and for us to see the wonderful sights of the city. The bus tour also gave us the chance to stop where we wanted to and spend as much time as we liked in certain places.

Park Güell is one of Barcelona’s 9 UNESCO World heritage sites and this incredible park designed by Gaudi is one of them. It looks like something out of a fairytale book with bright colours, ornamental dragons, mosaics and more. We loved exploring the park and its wonders.

Another exciting day out in Barcelona was spent at L’Aquarium Barcelona. Home to Europe’s largest sea tunnel you can walk amongst rays, sharks and a variety of other amazing sea life. This makes for a great day out and don’t forget to pay a visit to the penguins.

The city beaches are fantastic for a great day out that won’t cost very much. We prepared a picnic to take with us and spent all day having fun in the sun. The kid’s built sandcastles and paddled in the sea while mum and dad relaxed – it was a memorable day enjoyed by all.

Where to Eat

The Boqueria Market is a great option that makes mealtime a fun experience. With a plethora of food stalls serving fresh fruit, cured meats, cheeses, pizzas, seafood, crepes and more, we were able to walk around with the kids and let them decide what they wanted, which resulted in everyone being very happy. Most of the stalls serve only breakfast and lunch so be sure to time it accordingly to perhaps have an early lunch or a late lunch/early dinner.

We stumbled upon Pudding Café and surprisingly spent a large portion of an afternoon there. This charming and animated café looks like it belongs in a Disney film. We sipped on lattes and snacked on sandwiches and scrumptious cakes while the kids kept themselves busy with games, books, chalkboards and iPads – intermittently taking breaks to enjoy bites out of their red velvet cake and apple pie.

Family Room Café was recommended to us and was just delightful! The contemporary and sleek décor offers tranquil vibes and the kids playroom meant we could have a little downtime knowing they were happily occupied. With a fresh and healthy menu ranging from bagels to soups and even curry, we all enjoyed this one!

There are so many family-friendly activities in Barcelona, you certainly won’t be stuck for things to do. With lots of fun things on offer, you can keep it educational while still having fun. Kid friendly accommodation and eating options are easy to find which makes any trip just that much easier. Barcelona is a top recommendation for a family city break!

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Warner Bros Studio Tour – The Goblet of Fire

We were kindly invited along to Warner Bros Studio Tour in London to see their special feature The Goblet of Fire running until the 23rd September.

It was hands down the best day. I’ve been twice before but every visit just gets better as they add more items. This was definitely the best visit yet. As I was invited, I was treated to some extras and they made the day that little bit extra special. We were given

Lanyards and guidebooks

Food and Drink

A Butterbeer Ice Cream

A photo Experience (we chose the Hogwarts Express but their is also the flying Ford Anglia or a broomstick)

And to top it off we got a chocolate frog at the end

How brilliant is that?

The tour is so brilliant and like I said before gets better every time you go. Not only do they like to add new items but you also spot things that were there before but you missed because there is so much. I was going to add what parts were my favourite but I really can’t choose, I just loved it all.

If you have been thinking of booking I highly recommend you book this Goblet of Fire special because it truly was special. We got to see the goblet of fire (the one used in the film) and a special effects one that showed us how the parchment with the champions’ names on were expelled from the goblet and we also got a parchment with Harrys name on to take home. We got to see the Triwizard Cup, the amazing taps from the prefects bathroom, the golden egg, the boot portkey (that we somehow missed) and Tom Riddles grave. This is all in addition to the rest of the amazing tour.

I could talk about it all day but I think I’ll leave you with some photos from our day.

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Our living room makeover

As I’ve already said in previous posts, when we moved into this house, it was a shell of a house and needed so much work.

Slowly we’re getting there room by room. We’ve finished our bedroom, which I love. And now we’ve finished the living room, almost.

It started like this….


It’s taken months of hard work but now I absoloutely love it!

We just need to get a bigger sofa, a rug and more photos on the walls. I will update you when they have been done 🙂

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Silent Sunday

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Saturday is Caption Day

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