Ordering flowers online can be a daunting process. Having never done it before I wanted to give it a try but I didn’t know exactly where to start, There are plenty of mail order florist at the moment and choosing your first one, much like ordering the flowers in the first place, can be a scary idea.

More so if you cannot make up your mind, like me.

Appleyard Flowers is a London based luxury flower delivery company. They offer a wide range of beautiful bouquets at various prices. They made ordering and choosing which flowers to buy easier than I expected, I wanted something simple and clean but that smelt amazing.

The bouquet that I picked is called Purity, a beautiful collection of ammi, avalanche roses, bouvardia and white antirrhinum. I can honestly say that walking into my living room with these flowers sitting on the table has made the morning a lot brighter and better scented. Along with the basic bouquets that you can buy one off, Appleyard offers a wonderful subscription service that can be posted directly through your letter box. Which frankly sounds like a delightful thing if you love getting flowers every month. All completely different and equally stunning.

Appleyard offers a free next day delivery service if you place an order before 7pm, my beautiful bouquet arrived neatly packaged in a box. The flowers themselves with their stems inside a plastic packaging along with a sachet of flower feed to place into their water.

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The only major issue I had with the delivery was that it arrived very late in the day and may have been stuck on the back of the post lorry for longer than it should be so my flowers didn’t last as long as I hoped they would but I wouldn’t blame Appleyard for that and more of the delivery boy or dropped them off. But other than that slight issue they are a beautiful bunch of flowers that brightened my day when I opened up my living room and while they lasted smelt so amazing.

If you are after some flowers of your own I highly recommend you give Appleyard a go, they offer a wide range of options for different occasions as well as a ‘flowers and gifts’ service too with chocolates or champagne. I am definitely going to give the subscription service a try next year and enjoy these beautiful flowers all year around.

 

 

 

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Sleep and my child do not mix. Since its been summer we of course have slept with about five different fans on, and naturally being a child, Robin has developed an addiction to white noise. Which is unfortunate for us because now its cooler, the fans are going off and our sleep is reducing.

In comes MyHummy and their wonderful range of white noise toys, I had thought that perhaps Robin had outgrown all those little quirks a newborn has and wouldn’t rely on the things new parents use to get a newborn to sleep. that was until then fan situation, So I decided to put these wonderful white noise toys to the test.

How does it work..

MyHummy’s main goal is to help get babies to sleep, Babies are used to sounds so when you place them into a quiet and dark cot, they clearly do not like it. Inside the adorable bear is a heart which emits the sounds that last for 60 minutes, which I learnt the hard way when, finding how it all worked, turned it on and couldn’t figure out how to switch if off again, but does also have a non stop mode for continuous white noise throughout the night.

What I found lovely is that the little humming heart had a sensor in it, for when your baby starts to stir, it hums again, which sounds so handy if your children often get disturbed sleep regularly, and with Robin, shes often up and down throughout the night because if silly things. Along with five different sounds to use.

What I think..

Honestly I love it, the bear has been welcomed into Robins bed with her other bedtime friends, and while we don’t turn it on for her as she falls asleep, it will be switched on if she wakes herself up during the night. It truly is something that I wish we had brought when she was a newborn as out of all my children, shes been the worst one with sleeping, we have used all sorts of remedies to help her sleep better, one of which has been white noise videos on YouTube but placing my phone in her cot every night wasn’t a good idea in the long run, phones can overheat if covered with blankets and you cant really stop the obnoxious glow by locking the screen.

Along with the beautiful bear, we received a lovely and soft blanket, which I cannot wait to get her under when the weather gets colder.

A Good Nights Sleep..

Since using our MyHummy, who is in fact called Fleur and switching off the fans, she has slept a lot better than expected. She has of course continued to wake up during the night but, settling back down again is no longer such of an issue. Often she would sit up and scream at us at 1am because she just didn’t want to sleep, but with the combination of Fleur and her regular night time routine, shes settled back down again quickly. Also whats funny is that I myself have been benefiting from our friendly white noise bear. I often use rainstorms to settle myself when I am finding it difficult to sleep but thanks to Fleur, I have found falling asleep a lot easier.

If you are on the hunt for a beautiful white noise toy, or even give a gift to someone who is expecting then I recommend looking into MyHummy, they have a range of different styles of white noise bears and toys to choose from, I truly wish we had got this when she was smaller and I know that when we get around to having another baby in future, I will definitely purchase another.

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Have you ever tried anything from the MyHummy range?

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Disclaimer - Myhummy was kindly gifted to us, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Days out as a family for us is a rare thing, Mr S works all week and then often works all weekend and evenings on his website either travelling to different events or simply just being swamped with work but when we got invited to go along to Dinosaurs in the Wild which is located in the Greenwich Peninsular in London, right next to the O2 I made sure that he kept that day completely clear so we could enjoy time as a family.

Dinosaurs in the Wild is an tour back in time, many millions of years to the Cretaceous period which is home to many glorious and stunning dinosaurs, It only takes a few seconds but we are whisked away to TimeBase67 that is home to scientists who are studying and learning more and more about these creatures in the flesh.

We was given these special glasses which we had to put on when the tour guide told us and during our trip to Timebase67 we got our first look at the dinosaurs which jumped around, blocked our path and made both Kai and Amelia gasp in delight, Robin was that keen on it but the experience is designed for ages 5 and up but she soon relaxed and had fun seeing the dinosaurs. Once we had reached TimeBase67, which one of our tour guide explained is very much like the modern Pentagon in which it is a multi leveled laboratory in each has different areas to explore and learn about the Dinosaurs we was told more about the history of Chronotex and shown around the base, we even got to see an autopsy which was pretty interesting and gross, which lead us into another area where they had all these eggs in various stages of hatching, the technician that explained to us about the eggs pulled out one which he walked off with only to return with a brand new baby which was adorable and also got the chance to feel what a Dinosaur poo felt like.

I think one of my favorite parts of it was when our tour guide pointed over into the corner of the room and with little interest mentioned that the weird mammal in the jar was a ancestor of the human race.



 

We ended our journey in the observation area and I don’t want to spoil too much but it was actually really amazing, this is the only part that young children might find scary and if I am honest I got a little scared too.

Now onto the important bits, The children absolutely loved every second of it, even Robin who is younger but such an adventurous little girl, Kai was so excited about seeing the T-Rex and Amelia loved seeing the Triceratops and I think the part that was the best was just the science was correct with the dinosaurs themselves as obviously in recent years its shown that they aren’t the brown/grey mess that we previously thought but colorful and even furry or with feathers which pleased my little science brain.

When I first read up of Dinosaurs in the Wild I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, previous experiences with Dinosaur related attractions have all been models that move and there was some of that but a lot of the scenes outside the windows are of course graphics enhanced with the special glasses which are similar to the 3D glasses we get from 3D movies in the cinema and I feel like that made things even better, looking out of the windows in the observation deck was incredible and the drive down to TimeBase67 felt like we was on an actual trip with the movements and sounds.

The actors that showed you around the area as your guides were perfect and funny, interacted with the children perfectly and always asked them questions with sharing knowledge of the dinosaurs that they had on show at the various locations of the base.

It really was such an enjoyable day in which all my children had a good time, including us big kids who just love dinosaurs and the history of our planet, Dinosaurs in the wild will be running in London until the 2nd September so make sure that if you are up for a heart pumping adventure go grab some tickets and have fun exploring 67 Million years into the past.

Until next time

 

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Disclaimer - Dinosaurs in the Wild tickets were gifted to me for a honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jewellery has been my passion since I discovered it when I was a little girl, I have a memory of me going through my nan’s jewellery box and trying on her bracelets and rings and as I grew older I developed a little style that I like, which has been gemstones and silver, so when I discovered this amazing little indie brand called Roses and Whiskey that does a mix of the two, how could I not resist?

They only have a small range on their website to choose from but I feel like that’s the magic of it all that there isn’t much of a choice so you don’t end up buying out the whole shop in one go! their gemstone necklaces caught my eye straight away and I decided on the beautiful amethyst (which is good for the mind) and the clear and beautiful quartz point, there is a choice of smooth or natural cut and of course the type of chain you wish to go, Silver, Gold or a black cord. You can choose the length of the chain/cord which is fantastic, I have a wide neck so I love things that have a long chain so I can wear them a bit longer than usual without cutting off any important circulation and they are a good length too.

One of my favorite things about them has to be that they are clearly handmade, I used to make my own jewellery and I love how unique handmade pieces can be, not everything is the same so it really is a one of a kind piece and we all know how important it is to support handmade and indie brands more than shop bought, even more so with jewellery as the designers are always such wonderful and friendly people..

I next had a look at the earrings, now with earrings I am super picky, I find that I cannot wear gold but I found these delightful hoop earrings with moon and stars, which completely reminded me of my ‘hippy’ stage as a child when everything had to be moon and stars! I was worried that the hoop itself would’ve been to big but when they arrived I was pleasantly surprised and they are beautiful, dainty and while I do not want to say the C word yet, perfect for Christmas.

One thing I will say is that they did take a little while to turn up, but because it is handmade there is of course a little time frame between your order going in and it being made and sent out, which I completely understand having made jewellery myself in the past, its not like how it is on amazon where you order by 5 on a Thursday and its there next day, I guess because I was so used to the almost instant dispatch times of amazon that I got a little impatient waiting but once they turned up I was delighted.

Roses and Whiskey are on twitter which is where I found them, so don’t forget to give them a little follow if you like what they do and they are also on instagram as well,  I am for sure going to get more in future, the price is of course kind to your pockets and the jewellery that turns up at your door is beautiful!

Until next time

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Cake Cake Cake, who doesn’t like a little bit of cake for a special occasion? Normally cake is saved for birthdays but who’s to say you cannot have some fun on other days too and with Bakerdays you get that right through your letterbox.

Bakerdays themselves is a British based company just on the edge of the fantastic Sherwood Forrest that have over the course of years supplied personalized cakes and biscuits for all sorts of things including companies, so if you ever need to get yourself some cookies with your name on it, these are the places to go, but I am here to talk about the wonder that is a cake through your letterbox, perfectly sized for two people, however we have managed to share it out with everyone in the family.

There is a little selection of styles of the cake sponge itself that you can choose, I picked the basic one and completely forgot my husbands love for lemon cake so when he bit into it he was slightly disappointed at the lack of flavor but that was purely my fault when selecting, plus I don’t think his taste buds are working as when I tried it I could taste the vanilla in the sponge. What is also great is that they have a diary free and a gluten free option when ordering but unfortunately not a vegan friendly no matter how much of the site I searched for it, so perhaps in the future they will include a vegan sponge option.

Bakerdays have such a wide collection of different designs including adding your own images, this one is for fathers day and I went with a drink theme, it looked great on the website but I don’t know because of the process of getting the design onto the cake made it a little distorted or the fact that its been really warm here and it just didn’t sit well in the post, either way the design was bright and colorful and I think that if it was a bit cooler it would’ve been clearer and more obvious as to what it was.

All in all its a cute little novelty idea and the fact that it just fits perfectly through your letter box is a bonus, the cake itself is a lovely moist cake and the icing is perfect and isn’t to thick on top of the cake, it is small but that’s the blessing of it as I cannot imagine fitting a large cake in a letterbox!

if you want to give Bakerdays Letterbox Cakes ago then check out their site here and enjoy the convince of cake through your letterbox and also don’t forget to use FATHER15 at the check out for 15% off your order!

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