How my bedroom is currently looking!ย 

So a couple of weeks ago I did a mini blog about wanting to decorate my room, without actually decorating because I’m super lazy. 

I posted some inspiration pics from Pinterest and although our room looks nothing like them, I think it’s coming along quite nicely! 

The problem with decorating our bedroom is that we are in rented property and that one particular room is wood chip wallpaper. I refuse to strip it because it would take absolutely AGES. And because r the school holidays and we have no one to watch the kids, painting is just out of the option. 

So basically I took to eBay and ordered a lot of mandala wall hangings to cover the walls. Until we can find time to at least paint them!  

So here’s how it’s looking so far.. 


    

    

 

And the kids love it too (don’t think I’ve ever had to remake a bed so many times in my whole life) 

  


It’s finally beginning to feel like a haven again, instead of it just being somewhere to sleep. 

The other night I got into bed, stuck some relaxing music on from you tube, lit some candles and insence and read my book for a bit. It was lovely. 

Still a lot left to do though, I’m going to re paint my chest of drawers, chair and bookshelf. And re cover the ottoman and chair with a different material as they are currently floral. Need a few more wall hangings and some ornamental bits and hopefully it will be finished. 

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think so far. 

Sam 

Xoxo 

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Quiet time = Impossibleย 

  

I’m super sorry I’ve been so quiet this past week, the kids have got me demented (damn you summer holidays). 

I literally have zero time to myself, so I’m finding it difficult to be able to blog at the minute but I will try and do a few beauty reviews this week when I eventually get around to it. I have a few other items and companies that I want to talk about too, so hopefully at some point this week I may actually get some time to do it! 

This house has been full of tantrums/meltdowns/fighting/crying and I’m EXHAUSTED. 

It’s really difficult keeping both the kids entertained because they like different things. I don’t get out a lot due to Harri not really coping well outdoors (ASD and sensory issues) and I really struggle when I’m on my own. 

I really feel the need for some time to meditate at the minute, but finding perfect silence is almost impossible when you have children! I’m going to grab my Zen colouring book and give that a go instead. 

Thanks so much for reading. Hope you are all well! 

Sam 

Xxxx  

 

Toy review Tuesday!ย 

  



Fisherprice Disney Little People  



 



I absolutely adore this range and so do the kids. 

We started collecting them last Christmas.

We started with the Disney castle, Ariel carriage and Cinderella carriage.  
   

Then for Penelope’s birthday added in the Cinderella dance floor and the Tangled tower.  

 


As with all Fisherprice toys, they are sturdy, thick plastic. Colourful and fun, pretty much indestructible which is a big thing to look for In this house! But because they are Disney related the kids seem to show a lot more interest. 

And even though these were purchased for Penelope, Harri really enjoys them too. And it’s not often that he’s bothered with toys at all, unless they are sensory related, it’s also go them kind of playing together side by side. Which is a huge step for Harri. 

   
  


What I find great about this range, is that there is so much too choose from. Meaning that I can purchase bits to add to her collection every birthday/Xmas etc. 

We have already got her a few bits for Xmas, including the Aurora and the fairies package, Clip clop horse track and the Aladdin/jasmine magic carpet. 

   
 
Yes obviously, some of the toys are quite large. So storage can sometimes be an issue. Penelope’s room is super tiny, but currently we are managing well. I can’t say I will be saying the same come Christmas time!  

  

If you are struggling for ideas on Christmas presents, I absolutely recommend anything from this range. There is a massive amount to choose from (try Ebay for some of the rarer bits) and any small child that loves Disney will love these! 

Thanks for reading lovelies! 

Sam 

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Sensory Sunday!

  

So this week instead of reviewing a sensory toy/product. I decided to share with you the wonderful and cheap world of DIY Sensory bottles! 

We’ve been collecting the cheap miniature pop bottles from the Asda own kids range. Which are a perfect size for this! 

You can fill them with absolutely anything. The water ones are great as they make the objects float. 

You can also make noise ones without water! This is one of the water ones I made for Penelope. Its just water filled to the top and then we put some of the craft Pom Poms in. She played with it for ages! 


 
I can’t take credit for this idea, it came from the fantastic world of Pinterest. Here’s a few we are going to make over the coming months.  
 
  
If you wanted some better bottles/containers I’m sure anything will do that is light and has a screw cap. I seen these ones on Pinterest and think they are fab but have yet to find containers like these.  
 
Here’s a quick list of things we have used, feel free to pop your own ideas in the comments! You can pretty much use anything. 

  • Beads
  • Ribbons 
  • Sand 
  • Water 
  • Glitter 
  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Pom Poms 
  • Googly eyes 
  • Food colouring 
  • Foam shapes 
  • Foam letters 
  • Foam numbers 
  • Rice 
  • Pasta 
  • Glitter glue 
  • Glow in the dark paint/glitter/shapes 
  • Buttons 
  • Dice
  • Water beads 
  • Fake flowers 

Hope you have enjoyed this blog. These are so easy and cheap to make. My kids both love them (Aged 4 and 2). Harri has sensory processing disorder alongside His diagnoses of Autism. So he absolutely loves anything like this. 

They are also great for baby sensory play! 

Thanks for reading! 

XXXX 

Toy review Tuesday – Disney Animator Dollsย 

  

We started collecting these at Christmas and we would absolutely love Penelope to own the entire collection. She currently has Ana, Pocohontus, jasmine and tinker bell. She adores them but they also look lovely on her shelf. 

The dolls seem really well made but like with everything their hair can get messy after a while so we have found ourselves tying them in pony tails to try and keep them in good condition. 

The only problem we have had is with tinker bell. Penelope only had her a week and her head fell off. We hadn’t kept any of the original packaging or receipt so didn’t think we would be able to take her back although we have not tried. When looking on Disney store reviews it seems to be a common problem but only with the Tinker bell doll. The rest have been absolutely fine with great reviews.  

 
That certainly hasn’t put us off buying more, we already have a few on Penelope’s Christmas list and at ยฃ20 each we think they are an excellent price. 

 There are more to the collection that above, you can get the frozen characters also. Some of them also come in sets with extra clothes/props (obviously they are more expensive) and they also come in miniature sets too. 

So if your children love Disney I would definitely recommend these toys! Just not tinker bell which is a shame but I wouldn’t want you to waste your money for it to break!

Thanks for reading! 

Xxx 

 

Sensory Sunday!ย 

Wooden Sensory Blocks 

I’m a little bit obsessed with looking for really funky sensory toys for the kids. Amongst making some of our own and buying things other people have recommended, I search the net trying to find the next best thing. 
What is slightly irritating is the price ranges. Sensory toys are most certainly not cheap, but sometimes you can find some really great things that are totally worth the money.  

Harri attends a nursery specifically for children with Autism. So as you can imagine they have some of the most amazing sensory toys/areas and so we often find ourselves purchasing bits and bobs we have seen him interested in within school. He’s not into toys really so when we don’t find something he seems to enjoy we generally buy them. 

On a parents morning we noticed these on one of the tables and I thought they looked great. Not just for Harri but Penelope too. 

They were ยฃ40.80 inclusive of VAT, plus postage. And I know that might seem a tad expensive but the kids really do love them. 

You get 16 natural hardwood blocks with liquid, beads, glitter and sand centres all with different colours. They are great for sensory stimulus. You can shake, stack, build and hold them up to the light. And are ideal for shape recognition and simple block building tasks. 

Harri does play with them when he’s not fixated on his cars/books etc. But Penelope absolutely loves them and can play with them for a good hour before moving onto something else. 

They are available from the following website 

http://www.sensoryplus.co.uk/products/wooden-toys/sensory-blocks-set-of-16/SE826

Thanks so much for reading, I will be trying to make Sensory Sunday blogs every week, hopefully adding some DIY bits along the way. 

Xxx 

     

The Beautiful Blogger Award

 
Hello lovelies! 

Firstly I just wanted to say thank you to all my wonderful followers. I’ve only been doing this on WordPress for a week and I’m really overwhelmed by all the likes, comments and follows. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• 

Secondly I have been nominated by the beautiful Buffandblendbeauty for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I’m so pleased you liked my blog enough to nominate me my peach ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• If you are not already following her, do it. Her blog is beautiful! 

So the rules are:

Link to the blogger who nominated you

List seven random things about yourself;

Nominate seven creative, beautiful bloggers;

Notify the amazing people that you have nominated them for the award!


7 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF


1. I’ve never worn eye shadow outdoors, EVER. Mainly because it makes me look like a lady of the night. I have tried and tried, watched a million tutorials and I just can’t do it. So I’ve given up FOREVER. 

2. I have a really unhealthy obsession for Norman Reedus. I have a huge poster of him on my wall (what am I? Like 12?) and a tattoo of his face on my thigh. I also named my cat Daryl after his character Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. I am fully prepared to mail him a picture to have signed, once I’ve figured out what kind of stamps to put in the envelope. 

3. I have some kind of crazy Ebay addiction. I really need to stop buying EVERYTHING from there. It’s becoming a bit of a problem. But because I can find my makeup/toys/beauty products cheaper on there I use that as an excuse. I need help..

4. I have 2 beautiful children. Harrison is 4 and Penelope is 2. Harri was named after Harrison Ford (this was Sean’s choice). My daughters full name is Penelope Ophelia Lily-May. I was pregnant when Kourtney Kardashian had her little girl and I adored the name so pinched it. Ophelia was after my favourite Shakespearean character and Lily-May was my great grandmas name. 

5. I HATE Alec Baldwin. Like really hate. In fact I don’t like any of the Baldwins they make me feel a bit sick. Don’t ask me why because I have no idea. Everything about them make me feel ill. It’s a bit irrational really. Poor Alec.

6. I have a fear of clowns. I can’t watch anything with them in. Not even cartoons/adverts and films are most certainly a no no. It stemmed from being made to watch Stephen Kings IT when I was far too young. And now my friends taunt me by posting pictures on my Facebook timeline almost weekly. Horrendous. 

7. I walked down the aisle to ‘Grow old with you’ by Adam Sandler. People always look at me a bit weird when I tell them. But we felt the song was perfect!  


I Nominate.. 


xMaffyx

Babyandmorebaby

The Sassy editor

Short is the new tall

Polished by Amy
Pretty little lessons

Arielle

Have lots of fun with this ladies ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• and thanks again for the nomination. 

XXXX