There is something wonderful about personalized items, we are always so proud of our name that adding them to things is always a must, more so with children and when Giftpup asked me if I wanted to review one of their products I asked Amelia what she wanted..

Her response was ‘Pencils with my name on them’  so we went for the 20 Personalized Gold Embossed Pencils.

What I think I love about them the most is they are hand engraved, not made by a machine so of course they do take a little while to get made and shipped out within 5 to 6 working days, but that’s to be expected considering that they are made to order and are fantastic quality.

They come pre sharpened so there’s no need to worry about delaying any drawing that’s needed to done which because it was just the half term there was a lot of being done.

Giftpup does have a wonderful collection of beautiful personalized items ranging from adorable bears to stunning  jewelry which is fantastic for mothers day or perhaps for some personalized bridesmaid gifts and a wide range of general gifts for any occasion, the website includes a very handy gift searcher that you can input exactly who you are buying for and saves lots of time from endlessly searching the website and on the main page includes products that are included in the latest occasion that’s coming up.

Would I recommend them? – Yes! Personalized gifts are loved by everyone and these are fantastic, Amelia really loved the pencils and I am glad it made her day knowing she had her own set that her brother Kai wasn’t aloud to use.

Price – Price for everything on the website is fantastic, the pencils themselves cost £5.99 and are actually cheaper than the ones you can find in the stores which is a plus for us as we tend to go on ‘brand’ over anything and I love these.

Anything Else – Nothing else, the website is easy to use and ordering is pretty straight forward, I am excited to use Giftpup again for future events and birthdays and I honestly wish I had found them sooner.

Have you ever used giftpup before?

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Not sure any of you who follow and read my blog are aware but one of my all time favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz, and when I was asked to do a little review on these delightful little plushies I couldn’t resist.

You can find them from Hallmark which is known as a high quality brand for cards and toys for gifts, they come in a collection of different sets and naturally I went for the Oz set and I adore them, when they arrived at my door I opened the packaging up excitedly to find all the main characters from the film plus a flying monkey and of course the wicked witch of the west! (Which is my favorite) re-designed by Adan Chung who wondered what these popular characters would look like smaller and cuter, I received Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, a Flying Monkey and as I mentioned above, the Wicked Witch but I have just found out that also in the collection is Toto and Glinda the Good Witch of the North which I must as I am extremely tempted to purchase and add to my little bundle.

 

They are about three inches in height and have a beanie baby like feel to them, they do need propping up and cannot stand on their own but are an absolutely perfect collectors item of the wonderful 1939 film which will be celebrating 80 years next year.

There are other collections to choose from and delightfully a Disney collection too with an adorable little Beast and Belle that I am considering getting for the Beauty and the Beast mad Amelia who will watch both the animated movie and the remake in the same day.

Would I recommend them? – I would, personally I adore little things like this, I have a small collection of Pokemon plush toys and back when I was a youngster I had a load of Beanie Babies, so anyone who loves collecting cute plushies, they are definitely more for an older child and adult market purely because of their size and the fact that they are more of a collectors item.

Price – Depending on where you can find them, they range anywhere from £5 to £9 which also depends on if you want to get a limited edition Itty Bitty, as the more limited they are, the higher the price will be, but you can find these on Amazon

Anything Else – The only thing that I can say is be prepared to want more, and I will be getting more in my little collection.

 

All in all these are cute little toys for you to collect and I am excited to go get myself some more.

Until next time

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Disclaimer - Product was sent to me for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

It’s time for a brand new photograph Sunday! Sorry about last weeks lack of photos but I ran a special ‘sightings From’ linky which you can have a nose here

Todays photos are of my mums trip to Iceland, she went there to see the Aurora borealis for her 60th birthday and I have to say, I am envious of her..

She did see them, told me all about the -20 temperatures and enjoyed a good dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Until next time

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One of the things about parenting which will forever get to me, is the great lack of sleep that can occur, over the last month, Robin has been waking up throughout the night almost every night, its usually been around 1 am or just before my alarm went off at around 6 am .. my alarm goes off at 6:30..

BUT.. for the past week or so, shes been refusing to sleep at night almost completely, at least without sleeping on top of my chest and thus keeping me awake.. but its lead to not only me being very exhausted and grumpy.. I have made so many mistakes here and there, from something tiny like putting my knickers the wrong way around to completely forgetting food in the oven.

While exhaustion isn’t fun, the stupid stories I now have of me putting a kettle into the fridge or forgetting to put a ham in the oven for two hours which I feel like I need to add was a rather big disappointment will be fun to share in years to come.. or use as ammo when my children bring home any future partners and I can do the typical embarrassing parent and share tales of their childhood..

The wonderful thing about this time of life is that all mums and dads deal with the same sort of sleep issues, because no children sleeps at night completely.. and we all have some wonderful tales of when during the haze of tiredness we did something utterly stupid.

Emma from The Money Whisperer says ‘Refer to myself by my maiden name – it’s like my brain’s default setting when I am exhausted. We’ve been married over 7 years.’

Pete from Household Money Saving says ‘Spent 10 minutes searching for my car after a night shift. Then remembered I had got the train to work because my wife needed the car’

Victoria from Healthy Vix says ‘I once poured juice on everyones cereal and milk into my glass! Oops’

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says ‘Taken my little ones to nursery in the morning when they were in fact on afternoons’ (Ive done this more times than I can count!!!)

Laura from Five Little Doves says ‘I once came out of the supermarket, realised I hadn’t locked my car, got in to see somebody had stolen 2 of my 3 car seats, lifted the boot to see they had also switched my pram for an old one….and only then realised that it wasn’t my car at all….or even the same colour’

Amy from A Mum Full of Dreams says I left the bath running… turned it on to pour a little bit of water so I could soak some clothes I stained. Two hours later I went out to use the loo and there was a wave of water running underneath the door  Whoops! (I’ve done that too!)

Kate from Confessions of a New Mum says  ‘I tried to return some clothes in Mothercare, spent ages at the counter with the staff trying to find them on the system… only to realise the clothes weren’t from there but from Boots instead. Later the same day, we went for lunch and my 2 month old did a massive explosive nappy. She went through literally everything and I’d managed to forget the spare babygrow. This was in the middle of October, we had to rush down to the nearest shop with her in her nappy and wrapped up in a thin blanket and my cardigan. I was mortified at the looks I got as I dressed her in the shop (I wasn’t taking her back out in the cold without clothes!)’

Jodie from Maiden Head Mum says ‘I run out of vocabulary. I start a sentence and then trail off as I can’t remember the actual words for everyday things. When my little one was a baby, any attempt at conversation with actual words after about 8.30pm was impossible: total vocabulary fail!’

So as you can see, its not just me who is a complete scatter brain when in a sleep haze!.. I hope all these silly stories have made you chuckle a bit, because lets face it… its the only way us parents cope most days.

Until next time

Me, Being Mummy
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One of my goals for this year was to cut out the amount of meat that I eat, I remember making this little goal and thinking that I could never do it, I couldn’t cut out meat, I love lamb stew but the more I thought about it the more it started making some sort of sense..

I have always had a issue with meat, when I worked at sainsburys behind a hot food counter which specialized in cooking up chickens and other meat products, I prepped some BBQ ribs that needed to go into the oven next and it hit me, these belonged to an animal, I have ribs very similar to this, I put the ribs down and went to throw up.. and from that point in 2008 I really didn’t like the idea of meat or things that still look like the animal.

It was only because I got pregnant with Kai that I decided to switch back to eating meat, the only piece of meat that I refused to touch was beef but that was purely because the smell made me feel sick to my stomach.. but after I had Kai, I wanted to return to eating vegetarian again but I couldn’t, not because I have zero self control but my iron levels got so low that my midwife recommended I didn’t change my diet again.

So I stayed a meat eater, I didn’t like things that still looked like the animal so I reluctantly cook whole chickens and I don’t like prawns or anything that still looks like the fish.. It all sounds utterly complicated and confusing, but once 2018 hit I made the choice in the second week of the year to stop meat all together..

and its been great so far, the choices in ready made meals for vegetarians is so different these days compared to how they where years ago and because of my tastes have changed I am more willing to eat different things, however I am still the fussiest eat in the world.

Mr S is joining me on this adventure, he doesn’t have to, but he decided to support me, which makes no sense because I don’t mind cooking meat and things for him, I wont change the children’s diets because that simply wouldn’t be fair on them.. and they love a good burger, they did however question what I was doing and I am sure even after being told that ‘Mummy is not eating meat anymore’ they didn’t completely understand…

I also promise not to preach it, I wont suggest to anyone that they should do it ‘for the good of the planet’ your diet is up to you and I wont hate anyone for how they eat, But I do look forward to sharing you all the yummy meals I plan on making in the future and share with you my journey into Veggie-hood!

Until next time.

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