Friday, 3 October 2014

Slumberdown sleepwell range

A while ago I was sent the  new duvet cover and pillow from Slumberdown's new range, Sleepwell. I've had Slumberdown duvets before so I didn't hesitate in getting them thrown on the bed. I've had them on a few weeks now and as expected I'm impressed.

The new range Sleepwell which is  available at Asda (and is currently on offer!) is filled with silky and soft hollow fibre. The striped embossed covers give such a luxurious feel its feel like your in a posh hotel!

Even weeks after my bedding still has that new bouncy feeling to it that other covers quickly lose. Also with the change of weather I don't feel any hotter or colder its seems to keep you at the perfect temperature.

If you like a bit of luxury in your life without the luxury price tags I would definitely try the sleepwell striped embossed cover.

The only thing I found is with the pillows you need two. I used to just sleep with one pillow but with these they are quite thin. They come in a pair and that's probably why. They are super comfy with two and just so soft.

Talking about my bed I could just go there now...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

We are having a baby! I need to win competitions...

Now I'm pregnant my comping wish list has completely changed. Although I haven't comped for about 4 months due to morning all day sickness. So I'm looking forward to getting back into it and aiming for much needed prizes.

We got rid of most of our baby things as we didn't think we would have any more children. But we have the moses basket in the attic and luckily a client of mine gave me most of the things.

But there are a few things we will still need and things that will come in handy. So here's a list of things I would love to win before the end of the year.

A new Bugaboo Bee3, this would be my 'dream' pram but costing over £700 for the pram and carrycot I can't imagine there will be many competitions to win one of these! I would be happy with any pram really :)

A breast pump, I found this really handy with my other children I could express if I wanted to escape without worrying about the baby going hungry.

I've never used reusable nappies so I would love to win some and use them this time.

A changing bag, I had a pink lining changing bag with the others and it was great, they have plenty of room and are stylish too.

Vouchers for some trendy baby clothes. They aren't in their clothes for long in the first few months so it would be lovely to have some super cute clothes and not have to pay for them.

So I'm going to keep my eye out for creative competitions to win all the things we need for our new arrival. I find it really difficult to find creative competitions that don't have loads of entries though so sometimes it puts me off. I've also bought some baby magazines but there doesn't seem to be that many out there with competitions. If you spot any that you think might be of interest to me you could always tweet my at @vickyd4v3. I would be mega grateful :)

I will keep you updated on how I get on!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'm back and guess what??

I'm back... I know I have said this before.

I've had along time off, my work and family life have changed alot recently and will continue to do so over the next few months and I plan to share bits with you :) as well as get back into my usual blogging.

Firstly about 7/8 weeks ago I found out I was pregnant (a huge shock!), but now we have got our head around it we can't wait to welcome baby number 4. I am 13 weeks along and will be due in January. Its been the worse pregnancy so far with sickness and nausea. So hopefully things will start to improve over the next couple of weeks. We took a fun picture to announce it to our friends and family on facebook

Also last week I handed my notice in at work. I am was a self employed beautician working within a hair dressers and for the past 7 years its been great fitting around the children. But the past few weeks just hasn't been fun going into work. I don't know if its my change in hormones or just because I'm feeling rough all the time but I just haven't had the patience or tolerance of self centred people (unfortunately its not the clients, all my clients are lovely people). I'm all about been happy in the work place and I fully believe a happy mum breads happy children. So I guess only time will tell if I have done the right thing or not.

I'm leaving at the beginning of August and I still can't decide if i should go mobile or just concentrate on building my other work commitments up... although it seems hardly worth it because I intend to have 9 months off, which I have never done with the others. Anyone who has their own business will know you never really get time off even if you intend to.

So there you have it the past few weeks of my life. Now what did I miss?

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Bank holiday fun with Morrisons

I love bank holiday as i'm sure most people do. Its great having an extra day at the weekend and a shorter working week. This bank holiday we had a few things planned. We started Saturday by taking a trip to Morrisons, I had been invited to take part in the #MorrisonsMum challenge with Brit Mums. 

Morrisions have permanently slashed prices of over 1200 products. I have shopped at Morrison's before but admittedly the nearest big morrisions is about half an hour drive so we don't tend to do a big shop there. We took my sister along with us and we were all impressed with the shop layout and prices. I can't tell you how much I loved going into a shop where it wasn't crowded, busy and noisy. I could happily wander through the wide aisles without someone bashing their trolley into me or huffing because they want to be in the same place as me! It really was a pleasant experience walking around.

We started our weekend by going to my sisters, her husband is the pizza maker in our family and the kids love to join in and 'help' their uncle! We provided the food and he made it! We had four huge pizzas between us all, ham and mushroom, ham and pepperoni, ham and pineapple and pepper, ham and mushroom. 

 The pizza got snapped up before i got a chance to take a picture!
 The pizza were so huge they wouldn't even fit on the already huge pizza plates!

I don't drink very often but these breezer spritzers caught my eye, they were on offer for £3.75 for four. It was so nice to have a cold refreshing drink in the sunshine, it really tricked me into thinking summer was on the way!

We knew we were heading to the beach on Sunday so when we came across some kites for £2 we picked one up. At first I said they couldn't have one claiming they were a waste of money and you can never get kites up. Dave was horrified at the fact I've never been able to fly a kite and insisted that we got one. He loves to prove me wrong haha! Moving away from the food for a minute Morrisons do have a really nice range of outdoor products including furniture, games, toys and food ware. 
The kite provided literally hours of fun and for £2 you really can't grumble at that.

On Monday we had arranged a BBQ at ours. My sister and her husband joined us, although the weather wasn't completely dry we still had lots of fun and food. In fact they walked in telling us they had been to look at a different Morrisons store after we were raving about it the day before. They have just bought a house and got their glassware from Morrisons and other bits and bobs.

Saturday the 4th May is also known as Sat Wars day and as we have huge Sat Wars fans in our house I made some cupcakes (yes a day late, I've not heard the end of it!). Chocolate chip cupckaes, made with ingredients and the icing packs found at Morrisons when down a storm.
 The green ones are yoda and not a green pig.FYI.

The bakery smelled delicious and was also surprisingly good value, you almost expect to pay more when its baked in store but the Morrisons baps were 72p buy one get one free! So all the baps we needed cost us less than £1.50!

Melon, strawberries and crisps are must have picky foods at our BBQs. In fact strawberries are the most popular fruit in our house but I have been unimpressed with the softness of them just lately, but there were perfect. They didn't last very long! The melons were 2 for £3 which to be fair is a standard price and the huge bag a cheesy bites were £1

The quality and the taste of the sausages were gorgeous. ( I know I have far to much ketchup, but I love it and I can still taste the flavour...promise). The sausages were 2 packs for £5. We had leek and pork and caramelised onion ones, they really were delicious, in fact I had the rest for my tea last night! Yum!

 I love this huge bag of potatoes for just £3.49. They are unwashed but they taste delicious, I've never seen supermarkets offering a big bag like this before and I think its a great idea especially when you have a big family quite often you go through a lot of potatoes.

I''m really impressed with Morrisions we spent £82 and managed to get all the extra food for the bank holiday as well as the weeks shopping. We took advantage of quite alot of the offers and bought far too many ice creams (it was bank holiday surely your aloud ice-cream two days on the trot?!)

I will be definitely heading back there soon and i will be more inclined to use our Morrisons local shop. It was pleasant and the staff were all friendly and helpful. I only wished I had tried the cafe out as well, oh and bought more pain au chocolates for Monday morning :)

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

#BEDM What I want to be when I grow up

I don't really have a passion, I certainly don't spend hours dreaming about how to get my dream job that I've wanted to do since I was a little girl. In some ways I envy those who do, those who know exactly what they want to do and start and finish their journey to their dream job. And celebrate their success when they get there.

I change my mind far too much about what I want to do when I'm older (ahem I'm 26 now!), I changed my mind all the time when I was at school. I do things for a few months and I soon get bored and move onto the next thing.

In my current job I am a self employed beautician, I wouldn't say I was completely passionate about it, I enjoy it and I earn a living from it three days a week. Its fits in perfectly with the kids and I like making people feel better about themselves. I can't see it will be something I will do forever.

When Millie started pre-school knowing how bored I would get, I got another job working from home sewing golf flags. As my parents are in the sewing business and have their own sewing shop they have good contacts and often know someone who needs some work doing. Again this is working for myself so I can sew as much or as little as I like. I do like sewing but thousands of golf flags down it does feel abit tedious. I often spend time at the machine day dreaming about sewing things to make a living... little girls dresses, or fancy cushion covers etc.

When i'm not working I fill my days with baking cakes, upcycling furniture, blogging or exercising. I often wonder weather I could make a career out of any of them but always end up talking myself out of anything.

I often get moaned at about being indecisive and this is probably the most indecisive post I have ever written, so there you have it, I don't have a clue what I want to do when I'm older... and probably never will!

Monday, 5 May 2014

May the forth be with you - Star Wars Day

The boys in this house (who I am kidding, my three year old little princess too) are huge Star Wars fans. I will often find them having 'battles' either with their figures or with the lightsabers. I swear they used to be called light savers.

Dave was a huge fan as a child and has the biggest collection of unopened figures in the loft. I personally don't get why you would buy a toy and never open it... but thats me! He's got Star Wars everything you can think of! He keeps saying he's going to sell the collection but 'hasn't got round to it'. In fact more and more star wars figures are finding their way into the house. Every time we go to the car boot sale we end up with more because 'thery were only 50p'.

I'm not a fan myself, I don't 'get' it, I can't sit through a whole film. Don't get me wrong I don't hate it or dislike it, it just isn't my thing. I'm glad the boys like it though, they have something to bond over and talk about. In fact I love the way the boys ask their Dad about things to do with Star Wars then listen so carefully and with interest when he tells them.

I decided to celebrate May the forth (a day late... the story of my life), we had a BBQ tonight and invited my sister and her husband, so I made Star Wars cupcakes. I was impressed with them, there aren't my best cupcakes and this was definitely confirmed when Toby though Yoda was a pig... a green pig?!

May the forth be with you (a day late) and I'm off to read other #BEDM blogs so leave your links!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Our morning routine BEDM

Ok... I know I'm a day late already, but I will catch up don't worry. Blog every day prompt for day 3 (yesterdays) is 'weekend morning routine'.

I'm a beautician so I work every Saturday, which sucks, but I have to! Anyway most weekends we have a 'treat' breakfast. Usually ends up being Saturday and Sunday!

We buy the 'just rol' pain au chocolate or cinnamon whirls. I get up and pop them in the oven and get the kids their breakfast, by time I have made the brews for Dave and I the pain au chocolates are ready. We gobble them up and its time for me to go to work :(

We aren't really routine people and we do different things every week. Sometimes we get up early and go to the car boot sale, sometimes we just do the food shopping on a Sunday and sometimes we have a lazy Sunday and don't do much, other we have day trips.

Today we went to one of the near by car boot sales and then went to Ryhl and spent the day at the seaside! We had a really good time today and the kids loved it. We flew a kite for ages and paddled in the sea.

The weather wasn't perfect and it was quite windy but that didn't stop us :) I love bank holiday weekends I get to spend more time with the people I love the most.

Toby's teddy even came along for the ride

What did you get up to today?