2017 was definitely the year of the collectible.  In our house we have had all kinds of cards, plastic characters, and blind bags throughout the year so when I heard about a brand new collectible which was coming on the market, I was definitely curious.


Aimed at children aged between 4-8 years, BABY Secrets is a new product which features 50 baby characters.  Each baby has their own personality and design; and they are very cute indeed!

There is a whole variety of baby including the likes of a party baby complete with sash and party hat, a painter, and student.  I love that there is such a wide selection; a really good prompt for little imaginations.

Meg was thrilled to open the package and discover three bath tubs inside with a baby.  They each come with their own birth certificate and the added fun of discovering whether your baby is a boy or a girl.


To do this, you fill the bath with water, pop the baby in and then watch as their nappy changes colour within a couple of seconds.  


Once you have discovered the sex of your baby you can complete the certificate, and choose a name for your new companion.


Meg absolutely loves to collect this type of toy, and I was impressed to find that the individual packs are only £2.99 each.  You can also buy larger packs for £12.99 which come with two exclusive babies, one surprise baby, a bath tub and either a high chair, rocking horse, pram or bassinet.  £2.99 is pocket money price meaning that your kids can purchase a new baby for their collection on their own.

The BABY Secrets toys are not anything particularly fancy but the fact that there are different ones to collect is a fun selling point, and the adorable characters are definitely likely to capture the attention of a younger audience.


The best part, as a parent (and aside from the price!) is that the collectibles are quite small and easily stored so you don’t have to worry about them taking up too much space in bedrooms and playrooms.

You can purchase BABY Secrets from stores such as The Entertainer, Argos, Smyths and Toymaster.


We were sent these items for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are our own.

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When I started blogging five years ago I had no idea that it would spark such an interest in photography.  I absolutely love capturing our daily lives now along with those more precious and significant moments and events.  So it’s quite a surprise that we don’t have more photos on display in our house.  

Since we’ve moved we have definitely made more of an effort to get some of our favourite photos printed and displayed so when Hello Canvas got in touch to ask whether we would like to review one of their products, we were all too keen.

On our recent trip to Scotland we managed to take some absolutely stunning photographs and I was really keen to get this one of the kids printed out.  I adore the colours and the composition, even though it was a picture I snapped quickly and without really thinking.

Hello Canvas offer a wide variety of pictures, but because of the setting of the photo, I thought that a photo on wood would be most fitting.

I was absolutely amazed with the quality of the print when it arrived in the post.  The colours are sharp and clear, and since we’ve had the photo up on our wall, it has been commented on so many times.  When you get up close you can see the grain in the wood but when you step away, you get the full effect and it looks really impressive.


The photo was well packaged as well which is obviously an important concern because you want to know that your photo product is going to arrive protected and intact.  Ordering is also incredibly easy and I was impressed with the speed of delivery also.


Hello Canvas offer a range of different prints and canvases and prices range from £9 through to £150 depending on the size and type of the print you are after.  I’d definitely recommend Hello Canvas for anyone looking for a photo to feature in their homes or perhaps to give as a gift.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for the purpose of the review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The New Year is often a time when people begin to think about ways to save money.  You might have a special occasion coming up such as a wedding or a big birthday, you might want to take an exciting holiday as a family or you might just want more flexibility with your cash-flow.

We definitely fall into that last category so when E.ON got in touch with me to share about their online tariff comparison, I was intrigued.  E.ON say that the Ofgem national average UK household could save up to £200 per year by switching to the E.ON Go Online Tariff.  You simply pop in your postcode and house number and away you go.

It’s interesting that you could make such a significant saving (imagine what an extra £200 a year could get you!) and yet I bet that changing energy supplier is often bottom of the pile when it comes to looking at ways to save money.  I know if it was left to me, I would go for the easiest option and in my mind, having to change suppliers seem like a lot of effort.  Yet it really isn’t.

Our energy bills are an expense we are used to paying out for, and it is something we definitely don’t think about from month to month.  We have our direct debit set up, and that is that.  Yet when we put our details in, it churned out that we could save around £10 a month.  Although that doesn’t seem a lot at first glance, it’s actually £120 a year which could be put towards something.  For us, it would most likely go towards a family day (or two) out somewhere.


In all honesty, it would be nice to have money ready for a family day out without having to worry it was taking away from something else and as we are already used to paying more for our energy, we could simply pop that £10 a month straight into a savings account.  If you’ve ever costed up a trip to the zoo, or theme park, or even just a staycation…they can quickly add up in price once you’ve paid for entry, and food etc.  Having money ready to go would be a real financial blessing and would enable us to plan a couple of fun days out without any additional worry.

One thing to consider is the fact that the saving might seem pretty minimal from month to month but the point is that it adds up.  So even if you came out as saving only £5 a month, that is still £60 over the year.  As some of the other bloggers who were also asked pointed out, the little things can still make all the difference whether it’s a couple of fancy coffees or a takeaway a few times a year!

So if you are looking at saving money in 2018, then I would highly recommend having a look at how much you could save with E.ON.  You might be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by E.ON, to help advertise their wide range of tariffs.  Although I was paid for this advertisement, all views are my own.

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There’s nothing like having to do the school run or head out to work in the blistering cold to make you start dreaming of the summer sun, is there?!  I am a big fan of the colder months; when you can stay indoors and wrap yourself in a big blanket with a steaming mug of hot chocolate but I didn’t feel quite so pleased when I was trying to scrape ice off my windscreen first thing this morning!


That said, when I received a hamper full of Christmas goodies from Jet2 earlier in the week, it definitely put me in a more festive frame of mind.  As you can see from my unboxing video, I do love a good surprise and this one definitely contains enough to keep us going throughout December as Meg and Eli (and let’s be honest…me as well!) get more…and more…and more excited!



Better yet, if you are craving that summer sun then Jet2 are running a superb competition: every day from the 1st to the 26th December someone will win a Jet2 holiday!  All you have to do is correctly answer the holiday-themed question and you’ll be in with a chance of winning.  Imagine if you could be popping that underneath your Christmas tree this year.

If you pre-register before tomorrow you also get an extra daily entry.


Thank you to Jet2 for sending me this lovely hamper.

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I have to admit to being a little gobsmacked to realise that my last Little Loves post was on the 20th October.  I know I sound like something of a broken record but I honestly don’t know where this half of the year is disappearing to.  I think between house renovations, new jobs and just trying to keep trucking away until Christmas, I have blinked and lost entire weeks!

This week, as it goes, has been a pretty darn good one.  Although we’ve struggled with getting up and out in the morning after the half term break (doesn’t it suck to be getting ready in the dark?!) we’ve been really on top of things and the kids bedrooms have finally started to come together.  I am feeling very confident that this weekend we will be fully unpacked and have them in their own spaces which will just feel miraculous.

But anyway, more of what I’ve been loving this week:-

Read

I finished Dark Matter this week and picked up Peace Like A RiverDark Matter is a soft science fiction book about quantum physics which has been doing the rounds over the last year and I thought I’d give it a go as it’s meant to be a good read for people who don’t get all the ‘sciencey’ parts of normal sci-fi books.  I’ll admit, there were still entire paragraphs which had me scratching my head but overall it was a good read.


Watched

I caught up with the latest episodes of The Good Place on Netflix this week as well as the new series of Modern Family.  I don’t know what I’ll do with myself when Modern Family closes its doors as it’s just one of those staple programs which we know we will love when the each series airs.

Made

I know I mentioned it above but I’m going to tout it here too; REAL – LIFE – HOUSE – PROGRESS.  I don’t think you can understand how stressful it is to live out of boxes for months on end unless you’ve actually done it.  It’s a great lesson in living with what you actually need but it’s also a whole lot of chaos and brain-ache.  To actually be able to finish unpacking boxes is going to feel like a small miracle indeed.  It doesn’t look like much from the photo but believe me, it’s a real step forward.

I’m also really thrilled that we are giving Meg and Eli their own unique spaces.  We’ve never really been able to do that before as we were living in rented houses and there’s only so much you can do.  So it has felt like something really special to be able to design and create a space that they will love.  Now onto finishing the kitchen and starting on the play room (and ignoring the other 5 or so rooms we haven’t touched yet…)


Wore

I don’t know whether it arrived with the beginning of November but up here in the North West the weather has turned.  I’ve had to scrape ice off my windscreen for the school run more times than I’d like but it has been the perfect opportunity to bring out my favourite tartan scarves.  Scarves are my absolute favourite and I love that I’ve got the excuse to wear them out now.

Heard

I popped into school for an open morning this week and got to hear how the kids have been doing over the last half term.  It’s always nice to hear that your children are doing well; obviously there are area in which they need to work (Eli and good, quiet behaviour is just something which doesn’t go hand in hand!) but overall they got a pretty good report.

And Lastly…

I shared this week about our trip to Scotland over half term and I’d love it if you could hop over and take a read.  I’m currently wading through hours of footage but I will have a vlog up shortly too so if you’re interested to see it then do keep your eyes peeled for that.


Have a great week all.


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