Monday, 10 December 2018

Cbeebies Christmas Show 2018 Review

Christmas is all about Christmas Shows, it doesn't feel like Christmas if you haven't been to one, does it? Every year CBeebies put on a Christmas Show that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. But this year the CBeebies Christmas Show is also in cinemas so you get to see your favourites on a huge screen with surround sound. Yesterday we were invited along to Cineworld in Leicester Square for the premiere of this year's CBeebies Christmas Show which is Thumbelina. The stars of the Christmas Show came along and posed for photos with us and spend some time with Tilly and her friends. There was lots of fun in the foyer before we took our seats and started to watch the Christmas Show.


Thumbelina, in the cinemas, has an exclusive extra as you get to watch Justin Fletcher AKA Mr Tumble in a show made specifically for the cinema audience. No matter how old you are, you always join in Mr Tumble when he interacts with you from the screen and that's what I saw when we were in the cinema, hundreds of children were joining in without a second thought. The exclusive show is all about a countdown to Christmas and sees doors open to reveal little shows for the kids to enjoy.

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Dating With eharmony, The Easy Way

Dating is a minefield, isn't it? Recently I have been exploring various websites in the hunt to find that fish in the sea, after all, there are supposed to be plenty of them out there, but all I can find are the sharks. There are plenty of men to choose from but then you get chatting and all they want is a one night stand or they are totally different to how they come across in their profile. So you have wasted so much time on someone who isn't who you thought they would be.



I joined eharmony to see if there was a better type of potential date there. After all, if you are paying for a dating website, you are going to find a man that is actually serious about dating and is looking for something more long term. You also find people that are looking for the same thing that you are and that like the same things as you do.

First I had to set up my profile, This is something that I struggle with because I never know what to write. But With eharmony you get a profile adviser to phone you after your account is set up and they call you to go through your profile. I didn't know what to expect from the phone call but it was awesome. The profile adviser went through the profile and advised me to expand on my one-word answers because they were not giving much about who I am.

She went through every step of the profile with me and asked questions about the things I had written, which helped me to elaborate on my answers. For example, in the section about things, I am positive about I had written 'My life and travelling to new places'
I was advised to open up a bit and write, why I am passionate about these things and what places I had been to, why I was passionate about them and why I travel. So I changed it to 'My life because I want to make every moment count and make some special memories with the people that count. I am also passionate about travelling and especially love to travel to new places. Recently I took my little girl to Istanbul, which was so beautiful. I am visiting Amsterdam before Christmas and Aalborg in Denmark after Christmas.' This gives my potential date, an idea of where I like to go, maybe they have been there too. The world is a big place. Did you know that 47% of single men and 36% of women describe themselves in 25 words or less – well below the advised optimum of 250 words? Be different and make yourself stand out from the others.


The adviser talked me through settings on my account and she told me how to change my account from the incognito setting. If you have this switched on, you can browse without anyone knowing you are looking at their account. This is a good idea if you are shy and want to look at profiles. I was also asked if I needed help with messaging or anything else. The phone call lasted for 40 minutes, but it seemed to go so fast. I learnt a lot from her and now feel more confident with building a profile. 

Every time you change your profile it brings you to the top of the updates page, meaning you are coming up on the timeline and you will get more clicks on the profile. It's a way of silently saying 'Hello, I'm here boys'. Also, make the most of the photos too. You can add up to 12 pictures, so use them. I had 6 photos live on my profile but was advised to add some more of my life, not just headshots and pictures of me standing around. Sharing pictures of yourself on nights out and on holiday will give the prospective future partners a better understanding of your life and social activities. You have the options of 12 photos, you might as well use them to your benefit. 

The profile expert sounded like she was talking to me as a friend, rather than an expert. She led the way I wanted my profile to go, yet left me to make the final choice in what I wanted to say and what I didn't want to say. We had a giggle as we went through my profile and I felt so relaxed talking to her. It's so easy to get an appointment with the profile adviser, you make an appointment and you get an email confirmation. You make the appointment around your own life, so it's easy to fit it in. You get a reminder email the day before too, so you don't forget. The adviser rang exactly at the appointment time that was agreed. 

She spoke to me about how eharmony works, when I first joined the website, I wasn't sure why there weren't so many local people to me on the website. But the adviser explained that I can only see the people that match with me. Eharmony work out the compatibility to match you with someone who has similar interests and feelings. You get matches and you can see how compatible you are on paper. She also told me when my profile will be in the spotlight so it will be at the top of the matches for the men that match with me on eHarmony. 



After the phone call from the profile adviser, I felt so much more confident and ready to go full steam ahead with eharmony. I was actually buzzing with everything that I had learnt from her and felt that I could make the most of my account. I feel like I understand how eharmony matches us up with prospective partners and I feel like I know what I am doing. The phone call was encouraging and very educational. Well worth taking part in, because it gave me confidence.


Eharmony is well worth the money to join. I feel safer using a dating website that you pay for because I know that the other people on the website are looking for the same thing as me. You get the added bonus of the profile adviser who wants to help you to find someone on the website and it is so much better to speak to someone in real life, rather than use a pop-up chat or email someone about the questions you want to ask regarding your profile. 

I am enjoying my time on eharmony and there is a huge difference between this website and 'free' websites because you get a better class of men. I really recommend it if you're looking for someone special.


Partnership post

Friday, 7 December 2018

Top 5 Destinations For Christmas Gifts

Christmas is a fantastic and magical time of year, and as parents, we can sometimes spend hours and hours going through Christmas gift ideas and trying to sift through the hundreds of requests that we no doubted get from our children, friends and family. But, what do we do when we run out of gift ideas or we want something that can last longer than 24 hours

I have seen more and more people deciding to give fantastic weekends away for their children or loved ones. Last year I took ??? to Turkey for a Christmas gift and it was amazing and this year we are off to Denmark just after Christmas. I love the idea of a gift that lasts and a present that creates memories that will last a lifetime. There is something about visiting different countries and experiencing different cultures and enjoying all the wonderful people and places along the way that you just can’t get from a toy in a box.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

What Is Telehealth And How Does It Work?

When is the right time for counselling?
Three years ago, a crisis hit my family. It wasn't a small problem, it was HUGE and as I am the mum, I was the one that had to cope with the fallout without having a breakdown myself. I had three other children that needed my support and attention. So I had to carry on with life, putting my hurt to the back of my mind and support the kids. I'm not a hero or a strong person, I just clearly didn't know where to turn to and even if the doctor referred me to a counsellor, I didn't have the time to go and I had a child with me a lot of the time. So going to see a counsellor, really wasn't an option for me.

Had I known then, what I know now, then I would have jumped at this opportunity. Now you can participate in a new concept that is called Telehealth or Telemedicine. It is where you can find health support from an online source or website. Telehealth does cover a wide range of services from distance patient to Dr or clinical adviser contact and care, advice for you and your needs, reminders of appointments, Intervention, if it all gets too much for you and you can be monitored to see what care and assistance you might need.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Smooshins Surprise Maker Review

Tilly loves squishy toys and always wants a different one. But can you imagine how much fun it would be to create your own toy like this? With The Smooshins Surprise Maker Kit, your child (or you, if you like) get to make your own Smooshie toys to play with. Tilly was sent one to review and give her honest opinion.



The Smooshins Surprise Maker Kit comes with enough pouches and plastic head pieces, face pieces and belly pieces to make 4 of your own smooshies. And they are so simple to make too because everything you need is in the kit.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Lynx Gifts For Christmas

There is no doubt about it, Lynx is a firm favourite for Christmas and this year Superdrug have some sets with a difference for you. We have two here that we received as part of Superdrug Blog Squad and I have reviewed them for you.

Lynx Duo Set With a Fisheye Lens


Lynx has been adding more female fragrances to the lynx range over the years and this year they have Unity which is a unisex Lynx and something you can share with your partner. The Unity Duo fragrance set comes with a shower gel and a deodorant as well as a Fish Eye Lens for your mobile phone. The fragrance of Unity is  Honeydew Melon and Sandalwood, so it has a delicate fruity smell to it. The fragrance is very feminine for men, so I'm not sure if many men would use it but it is a lovely fragrance nonetheless.

Peppa Pig Bundle Competition

Whilst sorting out my Christmas gifts, I have found this little Peppa Pig bundle for you to win. Tilly may be 8 years old but she is still a fan of Peppa and she thinks that Rebecca Rabbit is a hero for holding about 60,000 jobs and still being able to have a social life. I have no idea how she does it but she is a pretty good role model for my kid. She shows that you can do any thing that you want to do.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Therapy To Help With Seasonal Depression

Seasonal depression is a real thing! It is a time when the nights are drawing in and it's getting darker at such an early time. We are approaching Christmas where we start to miss loved ones that are no longer here. The dark days and nights combined with the stress of Christmas can feel like a real battle to get out of bed in the mornings. I know because it is often a real battle to get up and go to work or do simple things. It's a struggle to smile and carry on but we have to remember that although the days may seem long and dark, its only a short time in the grand scale of life. So today are some tips to help you combat SAD (Season affective disorder).

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

IPhone XS Max Review And Competition

Last Saturday we nipped to London to join in with a photo walk through Shoreditch with Three.co.uk. to try out a new iPhone XS Max and see how good the camera is on it. Shoreditch is a fab place to take pictures and it is always busy with photographers taking pictures.

iPhone XS Max is the newest of the iPhone family, and it has the most advanced LCD screen on a phone and is the largest iPhone screen about with a size of 6.5 inches. It has an innovative backlight that means the screen is lit up in all of the corners of the phone. The screen is the whole size of the phone and the colours are true to life. The iPhone XS Max has the most durable glass screen of any smartphone, and we know this for a fact because Tilly dropped the phone on the concrete and it was still intact (my nerves, however, were not intact).

Monday, 26 November 2018

Peppa Pig Secret Surprise Reveal And Review

Just when you thought surprise toys couldn't be any different, we are delighted to be one of the first people to have tried the new Peppa Pig Surprise cube. The theme for series 1 of Peppa Pig Secret surprise is all about parties, which is one of the pre-schoolers favourite things and is launched today in the UK.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Christmas shopping in Liverpool ONE

Four and a half weeks until Christmas and for some people that means only one more payday! So are you ready? I am never ready until the shops close on Christmas Eve because I know that there will always be someone else to buy for.


I live in a small coastal town and every year, I try to make it to a major city to do my Christmas shopping in one hit. I need a place that I can get everything - I am that kind of shopper. I love Liverpool as a city and I know that I can go there to do some shopping whilst I am catching up with my friends that live just outside the city. With train fares from London for £50 and a two-hour journey, it makes sense to have a great day out in the city of The Beetles. Get some sightseeing in and a bit of shopping in Liverpool ONE.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Galaxy S9+ Review With Three Mobile

Recently I was sent a Samsung Galaxy S9+ to review from Three.co.uk, I have never owned or used a Samsung before so this was a good chance for me to try it out and give an honest review. The Samsung S9+ is one of the newest phones in the Samsung range. The phone was really durable and as a person who just throws their phone in their bag, I was impressed that the screen never scratched. Even when my bag was thrown on the floor.


My first thought about the Samsung S9+ was that it is a big phone, it is has a 6.2-inch curved screen that is excellent for watching videos on and the sound is excellent. I have enjoyed using this phone to listen to my music because of the clarity of the sound. The phone is heavier than some of the phones that I have owned or reviewed in the past and it weighs 189g.

Cbeebies Christmas Show 2018 Review

Christmas is all about Christmas Shows, it doesn't feel like Christmas if you haven't been to one, does it? Every year CBeebies put...