Friday, 27 February 2015

2015 - Looking Forward To Exciting Times :)


Something a little bit different today..

I know I'm probably talking at the wrong part of the year, posts like these are all for the New Year Resolutions kind of things. But I have been reflecting on life at the moment and I am making 2015 a good year, a year to live a little and do the things I want too. I have to admit, I am bloody excited. I get a massive grin across my face when I think about some of the things I have planned or hope to do.

- Alan Carr Live

This time last year I saw Jimmy Carr Live, he is my ultimate favourite comedian - even his infamous laugh gets me giggling. But then last Sunday for girls night, I saw Alan Carr's 'Yap Yap Yap' Tour. So I was really excited to see how they compare. Alan Carr was hilarious I will admit, it was well worth seeing. He is funny in a different kind of way to Jimmy though. Jimmy is a bit more rude which I kind of like, where as Alan is more reserved and very camp. My stomach was hurting by the end from all the laughter. I do wish stand ups lasted longer though! We are looking to book in to see Jimmy Carr again this year :)

Fuerteventura Holiday

This will be Corey's first ever time abroad, We fly in TWO DAYS - I can not even explain how excited I am right now :) It's been a good 6 years since I last went abroad too. Not sure whether I should be worried about the 4 hour plane fight though. Expect lots of pictures upon my return :) A good excuse to practice my non existent camera skills!

- Pass My Driving Test

If you read my New Year Resolutions post here, then you would have seen that before Christmas I passed my theory. I have been learning to drive, and well frankly I suck big time. But my test is booked and hopefully I will pass my test this year with a bit of luck :) This will open a whole new door of adventures for me and I am excited at the possibilities.

- Girls Weekend Away at Centre Parcs

The girls are coming round tonight for takeaway and movies. But mainly to book our weekend away at the end of May. It's an early 22nd birthday for me :) I haven't been on a girls weekend since I was 16, a few days after I found out I was pregnant with Corey - so of course the drinking plans went out the window. Well not this time :) It is going to be a bit of a pamper, silly, drunken weekend. We plan to book some time in the Spa too - never been to a Spa before, so I am already excited to book in for a massage! It will be good to get away with them & have some fun :)

- Courses

I have toyed with the idea of college for a really long time. I started and quit twice when I was younger. Back in 2013, I started a job as a Tutor. Frankly when I started I had no idea what I was doing. But I was young and it was an apprenticeship. I had no idea that would be the profession I want for the rest of my life. I left due to the fact I didn't gain my qualification after almost a year. I didn't even start it. But now I am looking at going to college to gain this. I don't want a long term course as I don't feel I could commit. However, in June they are offering a two week intense course. So fingers crossed all goes well and I could possibly be doing what I want to do :) It would be such a huge first step to my career!

- Day Trips Out

Some of these include Harry Potter Studio Tours, Cadburys World and Gullivers Land. Mainly Sealife London though! I love day trips out, it is my favourite thing to do. They are costly though and certainly add up when you want to do a few. Usually I do the odd zoo etc here and there. But those are the top three I would love to visit this year :) Last year our absolute favourite was LegoLand.

- Blogging Events

The number one main event being Brit Mums, I really hope I get to attend. I'm not sure if this is 100% possible yet, probably not without a sponsor. Last year was so fun though - read about it here and here. The hotel is already booked though to share with Andrea and Vicki - nice to catch up face to face rather than over skype! You learn a fair bit from workshops, get to attend the bloggers award ceremony, meet some amazing brands but mainly the social aspect is just amazing. Meeting all the lovely faces you talk to daily through the screens and creating friends, in my case even some best friends.

Last year I was going to plan a #mblogchat mummy bloggers community event, but it just wasn't the right time for me to fully commit. I had so many exciting plans and ideas. But I didn't want to do it without giving my 100% to make it amazing for everyone. The community is growing massively though so maybe in the later part of this year I may be able to re-look at this and actually go through with it this time :)

- Wireless Festival

I'm not usually one for the typical festival, you will never see me camping and not washing etc. Whole idea creeps me out so much. But Wireless is just a day thing, not sure on the big crowds but it would be worth it. Last year I didn't go when Bruno Mars was headlining - I don't know why. I regret it still. This year we were planning to go but at the moment still unsure as not all acts have been confirmed yet. But Sunday is looking good with David Guetta, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J. Anyone been before or plan on going?

- Blogging

Okay so I am a self-employed blogger, I am pretty happy with my situation at the moment and am growing my blog, slowly and steadily. After my holiday I will be doing some blog changes and new exciting content, so keep an eye out :) 


I'm looking forward to making this year positive, fun and all round just a great year. Time to start making the most of life and living in the moment, doing things for myself and for Corey. Plus working towards where I want to go :) 

So what have you got planned for this year that you are particuarly looking forward too? Will I hopefully be seeing any of you at Brit Mums? :) Let me know in the comments..

Love, Gemma xo

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Ravensburger Alphablocks Giant Floor Puzzle Review*


Today I have a Ravensburger Alphablocks Puzzle review :) It can be brought here for £9.99*.

Ravensburger Alphablocks Giant Floor Puzzle Review*
Ravensburger Alphablocks Giant Floor Puzzle Review*
Ravensburger Alphablocks Giant Floor Puzzle Review*
Ravensburger Alphablocks Giant Floor Puzzle Review*

Corey looking proud with the finished result. It is a good quality puzzle, one that won't be easily damaged by little hands. I know it says giant floor puzzle, but I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as big as it is!

It is great for those of Corey's age who are just learning to read, we were going through all the letters and the words that go along with them, creating some of our own words for the letters too. Really educational :) 

We love puzzles in our house and they are apart of our weekly games night, which I wrote about here. Do you like puzzles just as much as we do? :)

Love, Gemma xo

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Monday, 23 February 2015

Half Term Shenanigans #1


In January you may have read that Corey started school, so that means half terms have started. This was our first and I was excited. It was a big change from spending most days with him to not. I am still adjusting which makes these school holidays even more precious to spend as much time with him as possible. So a new tradition on the blog, after each half term I will do a run down of what we have done for the week -

How cute are these tops?! :) He loved wearing them as much as I loved seeing them on him :)

Valentines Day

Corey and I spent Valentines Day like any other weekend, with my family just playing and having dinner. Then we went home and had some cuddles before he went off to bed. It's really sweet that if you ask him what Valentines Day means then he goes "I Love You" :) Corey got me a couple of little presents - a Pandora ring and a heart shaped pillow. All week he asked if I liked my presents, he is such a sweetie, it really melts my heart. 

Soft Play Disaster

We braved soft play for the first time in half term. To be fair he hasn't been in over a year with me anyways. I always want to avoid half terms as I know how busy they get but now he is in school not really much choice. It was such a disaster, manic children running and screaming. Big kids play fighting and getting a bit out of hand. 

I was buying drinks for everyone at the time, saw Corey in the distance walking off with my good friend and her son assuming they were going to the toilet so thought nothing of it. Looking up at the soft play, I saw big kids fighting like actually fighting. No parents to be seen. It soon ended and kids walked off. Then I see Corey coming back with my friend, crying his eyes out holding a wet tissue to his face. He was trying to get past the fights and accidentally got hit in the ruckus. A kick right to the face. 

I was absolutely mortified, I got teary eyed and still no parents could be seen for these kids. Corey didn't want to play anymore, understandably. His friend went on to play, but half hour later he came back as too many big kids playing rough. We soon left. I honestly never thought it would be so bad in half terms and safe to say never again!!

Pancake Day

We were so looking forward to Pancake Day, nothing I love more than pancakes. But I don't really eat them all year round. I wait until the day and pig out - it's a must! I can't even remember if Corey had any last year but he wanted them this year. Even more so after our soft play disaster earlier on in the day. We invited ourselves round to my mums, she gave first choice to Corey. He tried one bite and didn't want anymore. After all the times we begged mum for pancakes and he didn't even eat them. I found it funny! I am plain and boring with my pancakes, I cover them in sugar and that is it. Next year I have to be more inventive, certainly want to try with banana and ice-cream!

Norovirus Bugs

I admit I spent most of the week ill with the silly bug that went around, I know so many have been ill with it - it is one nasty bug. Corey is always so good when I am ill, he behaves himself and he was excited to spend a couple of days watching movies in bed. We watched all sorted from Tangled, Frozen, Ninja Turtles and more. 

He spent one day with my grandparents whilst I got better too. They went to the park on his bike. I was so gutted to miss this and not be able to snap some pictures! He loves his police bike with the sirens. But with the weather starting to get nicer, more chances will arise.

Play Date

I admit that my 4 year old boy has a girlfriend, it is his godmother's niece. She is such a sweetie and they are so incredibly cute together. Now they are both in different schools, half term is really the only time they get to spend proper time together. We watched a movie whilst they had a little picnic in my living room, played some games before heading out to the park. It was such a fun day, they are so cute together. They hold hands whilst walking along, cuddle up whilst watching movies and everything. She sometimes sneaks him a little kiss on the cheek too. They always hug goodbye too!


So there we have it, our half term wasn't as exciting as I had planned due to being poorly but we enjoyed it non the less. I am already planning the next as it is only 5 weeks away till 2 weeks off for Easter!!! :) 

Would love to hear about what you get up to in the school holidays with your children? :)

Love, Gemma xo

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