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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I have been tagged in a wonderful little get to know you kind of tag, I love tags as they just give you an opportunity to take time out with prepping and planning and simply slow down. I want to thank the wonderful Angela who tagged me, you can find her blog here and her Sunshine Blogger post here and seeing that I have been pretty much sick with a bad cold and chest infection for the past week and haven’t really had the time or the energy to sit down and write anything besides ‘ugghh i’m sick’ on my twitter.

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  1. Thank the blogger/s who have nominated you in your post and also link their sunshine blogger post to.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger has left for you.
  3.  Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award.
  4. Write them 11 questions
  5. Include the rules and display the logo within your post.

// Questions & Answers //

  1. Why did you start blogging? – I used to blog years and years ago but in private, I had started reading a few blogs here and there on twitter and was inspired to start it up again, it felt like it would be a wonderful way to document days out other things to look back on in future.
  2. What has been your most successful post? – A silly post I did about this game called Skyrim.. I put it onto Stumbleupon and it just took off. you can give it a read here
  3. Describe yourself in three words. – Mummy, Gamer, Nerd
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go (and why) ? – I would love to visit more of england if I am honest, I dont like flying and I am scared of everything so I’d love to see more of my homeland.
  5. What was the last thing that made you laugh? – Robin saying to Kai ‘Alright Kai?’ when I met them from school.
  6. What is the last thing you watched and why? – The Grand Tour and why because I tend to watch them before I let my children watch them to make sure there aren’t many bad words and frankly I love those three idiots!
  7. If you had a theme song to your life what would it be?– U2 Stuck in a Moment
  8. Are you a morning or night person? – It depends on what night ive had before, some days I can get up and get going and others are just hard work haha
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve? – People who talk and eat at the same time, pisses me off completely, cant you just wait to finish eating before you talk to me?
  10. Which would you give up: Your car or your phone? – Honestly.. I am going to say neither haha
  11. Tell us your most embarrassing moment!– There are far to many to mention haha I am sorry

// QUESTIONS FOR YOU //

  1. What is your Starbucks order?
  2. Who has been your biggest inspiration?
  3. Where is the one place you would love to visit?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  5. Tea or Coffee?
  6. One game that you can waste hours playing?
  7. Favorite film?
  8. Funniest childhood memory?
  9. Biggest blogging goal?
  10. One meal that you would gladly eat every day?
  11. Favorite curse word?

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Becca
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The last time I shared what Robin could say she was the ripe old age of 19 months old and that was back in November of last year, She is now an extremely chatty 21 month old racing towards her second birthday without a sign of stopping, which as you can expect makes me extremely sad that this tiny little thing is now a fully grown toddler, tantrums and all.

Her vocabulary has improved so much in the last few months, she communicates with us fantastically but naturally as shes only 21 months gets frustrated at us because we don’t understand her needs completely, So I thought it would be lovely to look back and see how much has changed since the last time I did this post and will be adding little tip bits of things she can do.

Things she can say –

  • ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ – Gone are the days of dadada and mumumum, she now knows who is who and will address each of us with our names, she even will call for one of us if we are in a store and Mr S or I walk off and she cant see us. its equally cute and annoying at the same time.
  • ‘Dinotrux’ –  This is a show on amazon prime, and its her favorite thing in the world, whenever she knows that amazon prime is about to go on she will start to sing the theme tune and dance about the room.
  • ‘Bottle’ – Which comes out like ‘Bot bot’ and sometimes sounds like ‘Bob’ but after she pointed at her bottle it was clear what she was going on about.
  • ‘Hello’ – if its someone at the door or my alarm going off, everything is answered with a ‘hello’ or ‘hiyah!’ and will grab her little toy phone to say hello and ramble nonsense.
  • ‘Alright’ – This one shes copied directly from me, whenever I collect the children from school I always ask if they are alright and she has taken to saying ‘Alright Kai’ whenever she sees him.
  • ‘Again’ and ‘Up’ – Mr S and are a rough and tumble parents, so my children often go airborne and they have all loved it, she will jump up onto Mr S’s lap and demand to go ‘Up’ and start counting and of course, he happily throws her about with her giggling away

‘Weeeeeeh!’ – Robin

Things she can do –

  • Jump – Something we take for granted now that we are adults but shes mastered it over the past few weeks and proudly shows it to anyone who asks her to do it.
  • climb – Robin is short, compared to other 21 month olds shes at the bottom of the line in terms of height so climbing was one of those things that she took a while to grasp, and now shes always up at the window watching the world go by.
  • Brush her teeth – These all sound so basic and easy but for children the simplest thing can be the hardest, and after watching us do it and have me show her what to do, she will gladly scrub away
  • Brush her hair – I have to hide my hair brushes or she will sit endlessly on the carpet brushing her hair and its very sweet to catch her in silence brushing away.
  • Give the best kisses and cuddles – No description, they’re just lovely and give me all the warm fuzzies.

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It just wonderful to see how much change has happened between now and the last update I did and it continues to make me sad that in two months time she will be two years old, my tiny little bird getting closer to preschool and other things I am just not ready for yet.

Signing off feeling very sad.

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Exciting times in the Mummy Cat household of late, We was asked to test out and review a Gel-A-Peel kit at the start of the month and try our hand at designing our own diary, Amelia was actually overly excited at the idea as she is such a creative little creature, She is forever drawing or asking for paper so I thought it would be perfect for her.

It does have an age recommendation of 8 years plus but I was sure that with my supervision she would be good to sit and draw to her hearts content, The pack we got came with three different colors of Gel a Peel pens, a mold to create jewellery, one guide paper, one clear plastic cover so that you could trace over the guides and not have it stick to the paper and a set of fish hook earring wires so you can create your own earrings..

Amelia loved the packaging and the colors, after years of trying to avoid the typical obsession with pink, Her reaction was just a simple gasp and a giggle of ‘Its Pink!!’ and of course the excitement of the purple diary and the chance to get creating.

The ‘pens’ themselves were easy to use, once you take the caps off which I completely forgot to do on one of them and do not require a lot of pressure to squeeze out the almost silicone like product, Amelia is left handed but had issues writing with them but because they’re designed for slightly bigger hands she had to use both to sketch and draw just fine with only a slight awkwardness but she enjoyed every second of creating her own diary.

One of the great things I found of the gel is that as the name suggests, its easily peelable, if you make a mistake with something you can simple wait for it to dry and peel it off to start again, which also would  be wonderful if you are forever changing you ideas and can keep creating new pictures onto the diary but I recommend not touching them with bare hands because they are sticky and me being stupid ended up getting pink gel over the carpet!!

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Would I recommend them – Yes, for older children and even for adults, they sort of remind me of those Scoobi plastic strands, you could sit there for a few ours just creating which I know many do as a form of relaxation and I have found myself putting little dots onto my ipad case.

Price – These kind of toys range anywhere from £10 to £30 but with anything it all depends on where you shop from and how many you want in a pack, there are also refills and extra packs and because of their size and how you use them they can last for a while, just as long as you remember to pop the lid back on after use.

Anything Else – These would be perfect for older children, as the packaging suggests its designed for 8 years plus but my 6 year old managed just fine with them and really enjoyed creating and making with them with my supervision and we’ve both enjoyed making jewellery and adding a little colour onto our boring diaries (and ipad cases!)

Here is our completed diary, as you can probably see, there was some rubbing out! but Amelia loved the task of perfecting it to her own style, full of flowers.

You can find Gel-A-Peel at any toy stores and online.

Until next time

Me, Being Mummy
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Product was sent to me for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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