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5 Easy To Enter Spring Time Giveaways


Hope everyone has a spring in their step with sun shining and the kiddies on holidays. Today I am trying something new, that I would love you to help me with! I run a lot of giveaways over on Instagram but there have been a few cries from people who don’t use that social media but still want to enter.  So, I have devised a plan and have enabled myself to do giveaways on little old here! I have 5 wonderful products that 5 fab little businesses are giving away, so please support them (and me!) and enter.

Fingers crossed and good luck. Will announce the winners on Monday 10th April!



Hollyhock Home

Hollyhock Home started in the spring of 2014 with a few products made up in their signature rabbit fabric. Their fabric design is loosely based on a vintage fabric swatch found at an antiques fair. Using that for inspiration, they worked with an artist to add in new elements, freshening the design and recolouring it to fit with contemporary schemes, but all the while retaining the vintage feel.

They have recently introduced upholstered nursery chairs and cushions to their product range and these complement their existing range of duvet sets and fabric by the metre.

This fabric is perfect for Easter!


Win a Gardening Rabbits Bag Worth £15 – Enter Below 

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The Little Art Collection

The Little Art Collection was established in February 2016 after Pippa and her husband, after 10 years in advertising and with a new young family to look after, felt like it was time for a change…

Their business concept is simple; creating quality, practical and beautiful baby essentials. All of their products are presented in gorgeous complimentary gift boxes making them the perfect new baby or baby shower gift.You will notice that some of their products are made from Bamboo which is a luxury fabric often described as feeling like Cashmere. Bamboo is also sustainable, extremely absorbent and has natural antibacterial properties meaning its kind to the environment as well as baby’s skin.

If you have or know of a little baby that has just been born – this is a perfect swaddle that if they are like mine, it will turn into a comforter!

luxury bamboo baby swaddle blanket with gift box, the perfect new baby gift

Win a Butterfly Swaddle (worth £29.99) – Enter Below 

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This a fantastic new kids interior brand.  Their range of children’s play tents will get imaginations running wild. Whether you are looking for a Princess Castle for your own Princess, an Enchanted Garden for fairytale magic, a Space Station for your budding astronaut or a Fire Engine for your little fireman, their range of play tents will stimulate hours of imaginative play.

I love all their bedroom accessories from toy baskets to laundry baskets and they canteen be personalised!

grey star laundry basket

Win a Grey Star Laundry Basket Worth £25 – Enter Below

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Time Tokens

The fun, simple, non-tech way to manage screen time.  Time Tokens encourages healthy time limits for children aged 5-10 across all digital devices from tablet to TV.  So if your little one likes their screen time, give them the power to choose when and how long they use it for with a pack of these!

The lovely Amanda over at Time Tokens is offering 2 lucky readers a packets of Time Tokens.

Time Tokens

To Win a packet of Time Tokens Worth £14.95  – Enter Below

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Four Fairies & a Prince

Four Fairies and a Prince was founded in 2012 in London by Pinja & Caroline. Both mums they love to dress their little ones in classic but trendy clothing. They have both lived and worked in London for a number of years and after meeting through children,  they knew immediately that they shared the same professional and lifestyle goals: working for themselves, while bringing a taste of their respective homes to London’s multicultural market.

They have some wonderful brands so kit your kids out for summer by heading over to their website, or try your luck and enter for the chance to win one of these gorgeous kids Ebbe fleeces worth £45, head to my giveaway on Instagram at the moment

Ebbe Fleece

Good luck and thanks for reading folks xx



Free Tennis Sessions With The LTA For 5-8 Year Olds

If you can’t beat them join them.  Never has this rung so true since having two boys with a father who is determined to turn them into sportsmen whether it kills him or not (talent prevailing or not – it doesn’t matter).  The sports on the drawing board are football and cricket. I have made a concerted effort to get up to speed on them so I am can understand where the passion comes from – yet to happen with football, but I actually love a good cricket match! So, what about tennis?


So whilst I am left at home with ‘the baby’ (as we still call her) whilst they go off to Fulham Football Club and Lords, it has me thinking. I need to pull them in a direction of a sport I enjoy, so I am not just the packed lunch maker and washer woman. And this sport will be….. tennis!

I am no pro (obviously) but it is one sport that I can do. Now I have a daughter who (presumably, but she can if she wants to) won’t be playing football and cricket, I want to give us a sport to do together too.

Family sport

So with Wimbledon round the corner, is time to hop skip and jump back into my tennis whites and dust off that old Head.

Tennis net

How Am I Going To Do This?

Nothing like having an energetic 6 year old to keep me on my toes and The Lawn Tennis Association has just launched a series of tennis sessions, #tennisforkids across the country. The LTA’s sessions take place from 22 April 2017 and anyone can sign up their 5- to 8-year-old for free lessons via the ClubSpark website, so I am signing my 6 year old up at Putney Lawn Tennis.


At the end of the #TennisForKids lessons, children receive a free tennis racket that is theirs to keep!

The #TennisForKids programme is specially tailored to keeps kids engaged, even if
they’ve never picked up a racket before. It includes ball games to help with hand-eye
coordination, softer balls well-suited for beginners, playing on a more-manageable mini-tennis court (smaller footprint, lower net), and coaches trained in getting young novices excited and having fun.

So, why not type in your postcode and see what venues are near you that have opted in to this brilliant program. Don’t delay, there are only 20,000 places!

Sign up for your FREE tennis session here

This is a paid relationship with the Lawn Tennis Association on their #TennisForKids campaign.

Days Out Family Life

A Gift From Me To You With Uber

Are you at the forefront of discoveries or do you get to the party a long time after other people? I totally missed the Uber phenomena until a friend made me download it in the middle of the night in Piccadilly as there were no taxis around… and the rest is history.

(OK not the type that will be bound and preserved in a museum but you get what I mean)


So when Uber asked me to help with a little collaboration, I was more than happy to oblige.

The fab team at Uber are giving you £15 off your first ride (or free if your first ride is under £15) if you use the code TLMUBER (No catch!) IOS or Android 


PS. In case my mother is reading this – IOS is Apple/Ipad/Iphone etc & Android is Smart Phone (Samsung etc)

What’s So Great About Uber?

I have been known to take a bus back on my own at 2 in the morning, trek through rush hour on a freezing night and not drink a drop at a friends  dinner party as I knew I had to drive back. Oh yes, I was that person.


I don’t like to call myself tight, just careful. Hey, I would prefer to spend money on other things. Nails are my ‘thing’. This is my next look. Strong isn’t it?


Mustn’t sway from the subject in hand.

So when I finally downloaded Uber – actually the friend downloaded it for me (despite in hindsight it being uber (!) simple and ordered my first car.

Not to be dramatic but my (social) life changed in an instant.

I didn’t get that sinking feeling as soon as I put the kids to bed  that I had to do public transport to a destination nowhere near any public transport.

For the price of a Donner kebab (yes, we have been known too – especially if we are walking home!) I could arrive at my destination in the cool calm and collective way that I envisaged how I would at the ripe old age of 35 years. I could even where high heels!


You know what’s even better though, have you tried Uber Pool?

If you pool your ride with someone else, it is even cheaper. It may mean a little divert and being dropped off slightly before your destination but if  it saves you a fiver – win! One more Martini Expresso.

I ordered an Uber for my parents from the River cafe in Fulham to Oxted in Surrey. The car and friendly driver arrived in 5 minutes. It took 50 minutes to get home (super speedy) and it was only £30.

My husband took an Uber from Heathrow to home and it was also only £30 – usually it would be about £70.

As you can see, I am genuinely excited. Uber is going to transform my Silly Season!

So, what are you waiting – Download the app here and book that first trip!

This post was written in collaboration with Uber (obviously!) 


Days Out Travel

Child-Friendly Hotels Within 2 Hours of London

This selection was compiled by Britain’s Finest – a useful website with plenty of special offers, to help you track down the finest places to stay, dine and unwind.  There is also an excellent search facility with over 400 ‘Child Friendly & Family Hotels.’  Here are 5 of the best within 2 hours of London..

Brooklands Hotel, Surrey

Children under 12 years stay for half price, under 3’s goes free. They have serval family packages available, from a Spa day for mum and daughter to family driving experience with Mercedes-Benz.


Tylney Hall Hotel, Hampshire

Children under 2 go free, treasure hunts for 3- 9’s with the use of an outdoor & indoor pool. You can even feed the residence of ducks in the beautiful grounds of this grade two list hotel.


Maison Talbooth Hotel, Essex

Offers canoeing on the river Stour, cycling (with a variety of bikes to suit all ages and stages), tickets to Colchester Zoo, tennis lessons on the hotel’s court and access to outdoor swimming pool.


Rubens at the Palace Hotel, London

Perhaps you would prefer a hotel in London? The Rubens is rolling out the red-carpet for families! Children of all ages are well catered for with a host of family friendly features with your very own director of fun and concierge team. Children under 12 years old stay free when sharing a room with parents.


Old Swan & Minister Mill, Oxfordshire

Children are made to feel welcome as soon as they arrive with bath ducks, teddy bears & treats. Plenty of activities for the children from cycling to fishing. A family holiday package is also available for 2 adults & 2 children under the age of 18 years.


Britains Finest


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