Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Truprint Gifts Review

We was really happy to review some gift items from Truprint  Now that I use mainly my phone to take pictures, I upload them to the laptop and don't think about them again. I always mean to get them printed and never do.

Truprint care about photo. They make it there business to ensure memories are printed out and treasured. Millions of people have trusted Truprint with their precious memories over the past decades. From the heyday of film in the late 80s right through to Instagram and Facebook prints from mobile devices, Truprint have held firm to their values.

With Truprint they promise high quality photos and personalised gifts at great prices. After 30 years in the business they know that nothing is more precious than memories. That's why they invest in only the highest trained staff and the latest technology, to ensure great prints and great service.

Truprint don't just print photos out that have a huge collection of personalised gifts, perfect for any type of person a sister, dad, nan or even a friend. Memories to last on a special gift. Great for the Christmas season coming up.

Every year I get the nannies of the family calendars of pictures of the kids what they have done I the year. Its a great way of capturing memories thought out the year and a lovely keepsake to see how much they have grown.

Two of the items we received was a wall calendar and desktop calendar. They was very easy to create. You upload a set of pictures into a folder and just drag them In to place.  They come blinded with a huge collection of templates to use as backgrounds. You can edit the colour and fonts to suit what you like. I was very pleased with the end results and I know the nannies with love them.




Next up was a collage photo mug. I have never saw one of these before and its such a great idea. Little snapshots of Memories its great for having an all assortment of little snaps. I designed one for the kids grandad as his a huge tea drinker, so while drinking a cup of tea he can look at the pictures of the kids. You use a selection of photos, the websites jumbles them up and you can choose the colour background and font and sizes too.




Last up is some Christmas cards, we decided to use a picture of our short break down Blackpool this year. Not very Christmasy I know! The cards are thick quality and a glossy finish. I loved how if the picture quality isn't good enough to print it tells you to select another which I found very handy to use. Using Truprint was stress free and simple to use. Its great you can preview the items before buying too.



Monday, 28 October 2013

gNappies New Designs For This Season


gNappies is committed to creating a world where conventional nappies no longer exist. In 2005 gNappies introduced the disposable inserts that can be composted. The inserts tuck inside gorgeous looking, thoughtfully-designed nappy covers that have helped gNappies one of the most respected baby brands on the market.

Welcome in the cooler weather with the new season grand tartan limited edition design from gNappies. The checked design. The checked design is good for Hogmanay and festive cheer. 





While the rock gPant is perfect for parties with its metallic silver and pink design as the season of fun commences. 



The gNappies autumn collection is available on gNappies.com , ocado.com and selected retailers across Europe and North America. 

Check out the new stylish prints from gNappies this season.


EggBox Halloween Bats - Craft Activity




All you need is an egg box, black paint, goggly eyes, white paper, glue, ribbon and a paintbrush.

First of all you cut the eggbox in to a block of three, cut two U shapes in the box to make it look like wings. Paint the inside and outside with black paint.

Once dry add the eyes and cut some fangs out of the white paper and stick on. Punch a hole in the top to push though the ribbon. Then hang!


Nails inc Swatches Aldgate Mattee & Upper Brook Street



This weeks nails are Aldgate Mattee Finsh which is a really thick polish it drys super fast too.

Next up on my ring finger is my crystal cap Upper Brook Street. Love the metallic shine on this! Beautiful :-)




  

Win Lots Of Treats With A Pom Bear Party Package



To celebrate the return of its frightfully tasty limited edition Halloween themed Pickled Onion flavoured snack, Pom-Bear are giving readers the chance to take the horror out of organising a Halloween party, with everything you will need from decorations to costumes and more! 

With a full selection of things to make and do, this prize will keep your little monsters entertained from day break until sun set. The prize includes a children’s spooky fancy dress costume, face paints, table decorations and a witches’ cauldron, perfect for storing all your Halloween tricks or treats in.

Knowing that Mums and Dads struggle with ideas to make their gatherings both scary and fun, Pom-Bear has created a dedicated tab on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pombearuk) to offer hints and tips on how to make the day as enjoyable as possible for your ghosts and ghouls.  

If you want a Halloween party that you can remember for all the right reasons, then simply answer the following question:

What flavour Pom-Bear snack has returned to shelves for Halloween?

A) Prawn Cocktail  B) Pickled Onion
C) Smoky Bacon 



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The prize consists of one POMBEAR party pack. Prizes may vary from those shown in image.

Brummie mummy is hosting the giveaway and is not responsible for sending the prize to the winner, this is done directly from the company. The blog and it's owner accept no responsibility for any withdrawal or non receipt of the prize.

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Entrants accept that their email addresses are required and will be sent to the company after the competition closes.

The competition closes on the 31/11/2013 The winner will be notified within 48 hours and The company will be contacted thereafter to send the prize to it's recipient. The winner has 6 days from the date of contact from brummie mummy to respond with their address details, after which a new winner will be picked.



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Sunday, 27 October 2013

Our Mario Pumpkin

Raiden has discovered computer games and is obsessed with anything Pikmin or Mario. This year we decided on a Mario Pumpkin. He is pretty cool isn't he?



Auctions For Cancer Research Uk & Bliss

Twin Mom & Dad are having a fabulous auction for two amazing charities, tickets are only a £1 each and they have some great prizes. Here is how you can enter. 


Prizes
  • £50 Experience Gift Voucher to spend at Experience Days
  • £15 iTunes voucher courtesy of Twin Mummy and Daddy
  • £10 iTunes Voucher courtesy of Twin Mummy and Daddy 
  • £25 voucher to spend at Bunnie Knitwear
  • A personalised word art print of your choice from Baby Cakes Treasures
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How do I enter?

Tickets cost £1 each

Important - Once you have donated either online or by text message YOU MUST email: twinmumanddad@virginmedia.com with your FULL NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER and THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE DONATED. This is to allow us to confirm your donation and so that we can contact you if you win.

You can enter by any of the following methods

By Text Message
  • (Cancer Research UK) Text TMAD47 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate, e.g: if you would like to buy one ticket simply text TMAD47 £1 to 70070, if you would like to buy two tickets simply text TMAD47 £2 to 70070, if you would like to buy three tickets simply text TMAD47 £3 to 70070 and so on
  • (Bliss) Text TMDB60 to 70070 with the amount you would like to donate, e.g: if you would like to buy one ticket simply text TMDB60 £1 to 70070, if you would like to buy two tickets simply text TMDB60 £2 to 70070, if you would like to buy three tickets simply text TMDB60 £3 to 70070 and so on
Online
  • Click here to donate to our Just Giving Cancer Research UK page. If you would like to buy one ticket, simply donate £1, for two tickets donate £2, for three tickets donate £3 and so on.
  • Click here to donate to our Just Giving Bliss page. If you would like to buy one ticket, simply donate £1, for two tickets donate £2, for three tickets donate £3 and so on.
REMEMBER - Once you have donated either online or by text message YOU MUST email:twinmumanddad@virginmedia.com with your FULL NAME, TELEPHONE NUMBER and THE AMOUNT YOU HAVE DONATED. This is to allow us to confirm your donation and so that we can contact you if you win.

Terms and Conditions
  • This raffle is open to individuals resident in Great Britain aged 16 years or over. Any person found to be under 16 years of age automatically forfeits the right to any prize. Proof of identitiy may be requested
  • Tickets cost £1 each
  • Monies raised by the raffle will go to the work of CRUK which is a regisitered charity in Englad and Wales (1089464) and in Scotland (SCO41666) and also to the work of Bliss which is a registered charity in England and Wales (1002973) and in Scotland (SCO40878)
  • Payment for participation in the Raffle can be made by debit card via our Just Giving pages or via text message
  • We take no liability for entries from which the prize winner cannot be identified
  • The closing date is 25th December 2013. Tickets after this date will not be entered into the draw and monies will be treated as a donation
  • The Raffle draw will take place on 4th January 2014 at Twin Mummy and Daddys residence
  • The winners will be the drawn at random from all entries received by the closing date and prizes will be awarded in order of selection
  • The results of the raffle draw are final and communication about them will not be entered into
  • Winners will be notified by email or telephone no later than 11th January 2014
  • Prizes are shown above
  • All prizes are also subject to the terms and conditions of the prize provider
  • By entering the raffle, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and conditions (which may be amended at any time by Twin Mummy (aka Emily Higgins). Any entries not complying with these terms and conditions will not be valid
  • If you have any queries or complaints please email twinmumanddad@virginmedia.com
  • We reserve the right to award any prizes not claimed after three months to an alternative winner
  • A list of the surnames of the winners will be available on this page by 31st January 2014
  • We reserve the right to reject any entry (and award any prize to an alternative winner) if we have grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms conditions, acted fraudulently or illegally or on other reasonable grounds
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Top Tips To Keep Children Safe Online



As a family with iPads, both children love to use them as we are in a very tech world I've never minded them using them. I didn't think about the dangers until recently. Lexie enjoys the puzzle games, colouring and watching Netflix. Raiden loves the games mine craft, Simpsons, smurfs. All these are pretty harmless which you can download ( free ) and I've always thought very educational they all require problem solving, counting money, building up things and missions to complete. We have a password on the iPad so they can't buy or download any games unless we type the password in. He is limited to 60/90 mins depending on behaviour. I've heard horror stories have kids have racked up £100s buying extras for games with a simple click.

He also is obsessed with watching people playing pikmin and mario on YouTube. He normally uses the iPad next to me and I've always looked over and it's been a simple tutorial of the game. A few weeks ago, he was sitting at the table giggling to himself. When I asked him what he was laughing at. He produced a video of a cartoon princess peach having a baby. I've got to say I was rather mortified, while he thought it was hilarious. After reading this article from    PC Advisor as extra help. It got me wondering what else he could access, as really it isn't entirely safe for anyone online, much less young children.


If you look at  this article from the Daily Mail  Norton Family was actually voted as the best filter for blocking a wide spectrum of offensive content and is recommended for families with young children.
This basic version is free for use, but the  premium version on the main page  packs a lot more features and if you’ve got older kids and require more features to monitor not only their activity on phones or certain websites its ideal.

The additional features are:

-          Video monitoring: Shows you the YouTube and Hulu videos your kids watch on their PC or Mac.

        
-          Mobile app supervision: Lets you know which apps kids install on their Android device and lets you block specific apps or types of apps. Probably more suitable for if you’ve got older kids…

-          Text Message supervision: Shows you what your kids say in text messages and lets you choose who they can exchange messages with. Again here…this might be more suitable for parents with older kids.

-          Weekly/Monthly Email reports: Emails you detailed activity reports weekly, monthly or both; probably more suitable for if you’ve got older kids…

My five three tips  for keeping children safe on the ipad :

1) Password your iTunes account so they can access stuff to buy and download.

2) Set Media Parameters - You can decide on which age range to set which is appropriate to there age.

3) Turn of Location Services – Really you don't need to use it, and it saves anyone finding out where you live.






* Guest post from norton family* 

Snapajack Giveaway




Today is the day that Prince George of Cambridge gets christened (Wednesday October 23) at St James’ Palace’s Chapel Royal at 3pm. The Personalised online gifting company Snapajack created the one-off Christening pack for His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and dropped it off for Her Majesty this week, so they are all set for there big day today.



You may not get an invite, but you don’t have to be THE Queen to take advantage of Snapajack’s unrivalled quality service. Now, any party queen can get their own customised party pack to make their little prince or princess’s special day totally original.



Let’s imagine one’s grandson is something of a big deal and is about to celebrate his Christening. One could issue a royal decree and dispatch a member of one’s court to source invitations, names badges, place tags, reminder cards, reply cards, menu cards, gift boxes, cake boxes and thank you cards from the four corner’s of one’s empire.



Or one could simply visit www.snapajack.com and let them do all the work – with the added bonus that you could include your own photographs and personalised messages throughout.



So whether it’s christenings, birthday parties, special events, milestone birthdays, anniversaries and wedding celebrations - simply choose a theme from the many designs and follow the on-screen instructions to create your own personalised party pack delivered straight to your door.



The Royal Christening Commemorative Royal Blue Party Packs, specially designed for Prince George’s big day, cost from £4.97 each Click Here or you can choose your own from a large selection of unique party packs available at www.snapajack.com. There’s something there for every ma’am.

To win a special party pack for yourself fill in the easy Rafflecopter below.

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The prize consists of one personalised party pack.

Brummie mummy is hosting the giveaway and is not responsible for sending the prize to the winner, this is done directly from the company. The blog and it's owner accept no responsibility for any withdrawal or non receipt of the prize.

Rafflecoper picks the winner and all steps of entry are checked.

Entrants accept that their email addresses are required and will be sent to the company after the competition closes.

The competition closes on the 09/11/2013 The winner will be notified within 48 hours and The company will be contacted thereafter to send the prize to it's recipient. The winner has 6 days from the date of contact from brummie mummy to respond with their address details, after which a new winner will be picked.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Could A Dishwasher Save Your Marriage?



One of my pets hates is washing up, its one of those things that's never ending isn't it.

• Parents living in the Midlands argue about washing up more than any other household chore.

• The strangest things Brits admit to putting in their dishwashers include fresh fish, clothes and car engine parts.

• Beko’s six litre dishwasher uses 80% less water than hand-washing to clean an entire load.

Of all the unsavoury cleaning chores on our list, it is the everyday grind of washing up that causes the most grief in Midlands households. More parents argue about cleaning the dishes (18%) than any other household task and the majority of them claim to do more than their fair share, with twenty six per cent of women in the UK saying their partner does no chores around the house.   Beko Household Helpers Census reveals that people living in the Midlands spend an average of an hour a week washing up but think that their partner gets away with only spending half an hour a week or less.

George Mead, Beko marketing manager comments: “It’s astonishing to find that washing up is the number one cause of arguments for parents and surely begs the question: how many marriages perhaps could have been saved with the purchase of a dishwasher? Twenty years ago a dishwasher was a luxury item but as they have become more affordable, both to buy and run, this perception is waning, although still only 40% of Brits own a dishwasher. Our Beko Household Helpers Census has shown that people in the Midlands spend nearly fifteen hours a week on chores, an hour of which is spent on washing up. Meanwhile, those with a dishwasher only spend half an hour a week loading and unloading it, helping to save them half an hour every week, not to mention countless arguments!”


Family expert Neil Sinclair (AKA Commando Dad) adds: “I’m not completely surprised that the Beko Household Helpers Census , has revealed that a quarter of Midlands mums (24%) feel immense pressure to maintain the perfect home and many state they feel like a failure if everyday jobs, in particular the washing up, aren’t done. I’m sure many busy mums can relate to this stressful need to balance a job, family and a clean home. It’s important to talk to our partners and children to share the load and there is of course some fantastic new technology available to help ease a little of the strain.”

Beko’s lowest ever water consumption dishwasher with an A+ energy rating will help keep utility bills down and save you time too. Using just six litres of water to clean an entire load which is up to 80% less than hand washing, this model represents a very savvy household investment.

• The Midlands is a region of very unhelpful teenagers! 27% of 16-18 year olds in the region think that washing up is mum’s responsibility and the majority of them (26%) don’t give their parents any help with the dishes.

• Despite this, 70% of people in the Midlands learn how to wash the dishes by the age of ten.

For more information, visit www.beko.co.uk


* Brought to you by Beko - Guest post*

Simple Halloween Toddler Craft.



Last week we made pink pumpkins ( she was adamant it had to be pink)  spider handprints with googly eyes and bat printing with a cookie cutter using black and orange paint.

Three simple but very effective and easy crafts to do with young children using paint.




Capsters Review

You know we are rather crafty and I love to have one to one times with Raiden to do activites. we was sent a rather cool product from hobbycraft called capsters.

Basically its a new cool idea to jazz and turn bottle caps in to trendy items. Included in the pack is 15 bottle caps, glaze solution, 10 plastic charms, plastic gems, google eyes, glitter, over 150 punch out art, lanyard clips and a book with loads of ideas on how you can design your capsters.

It was pretty easy to use and you pick up a bottle cap, add some glaze. Pick out a punched out art card, place in then add the glitter, gems or charms you want then cover in the glaze. Overnight the glaze will dry into a super-shiny, clear, hard coating. The glaze is super strong smelling and if gets on hands you have to scrub them super hard to get it off.

Raiden loved this and he was very eager to do the whole lot in in one go, he enjoyed looking at all the punch outs and picking which ones he wanted to do. You can add the capsters to anything clothes, bags, cards, keyrings. The world is your capster! Great fun for little hands.




For ages 8 and up RRP is £12.99 and you can buy extra bottle tops and charms from the klutz website.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Nails Inc Old Park Lane & Dairy Milk Vanilla Bliss Swatches



I love metallics and an all time favourite is old park lane. Its a dark silvery brown and looks awesome on.

The polish on my ring finger is a limited edition Dairy Milk vanilla bliss and its a lovely caramel colour. 



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Draw With Me October - This Mummy Loves



This Mummy Loves is back with the 3rd edition of Draw with me. Its a great opportunity to get children involved  in drawing. Each month there is a new topic, so the children have a chance to go wild with there imagination. This months topic is " Halloween " Raiden decided to go with a black sky, with a zombie spider ( eeeeeeekkk) with a fire breathing zombie snake and a zombie Pikmin. Think he is a tad zombie obsessed haha!




Pop over and check out Draw With Me at This Mummy Loves.


This Mummy Loves...

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Halloween Eyeball Cupcakes



We used a simple fairy cake mix which makes 12 fairy cakes.

100g of self raising flour
1tsp of baking powder
100g butter
100g caster sugar
2 large eggs
2 tbsp milk

For icing
Icing sugar
Butter
Coco powder
Eyeball Sweets to decorate.


Add flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the butter, eggs and sugar. Beat together until well mixed. If the mixture is a little thick, mix in a little milk ( or water) .


Then add into cake cases bake for 12-18 minutes on gas mark 4. Decorate with the chocolate icing using the eyeball sweets to decorate.





Friday, 18 October 2013

Photo memories - #makingmemories Competition



I have thousands of pictures on the laptop. I keep meaning to go though them and get them delvolped but I just never find the time. Truprint & Hollybobbs Blog  have teamed up to give away fantastic prizes to people that share their favourite photo.

 You can write a short blog post, upload to Hollybobbs facebook or send a tweet to @hollybobbs and @truprint linking to their post for the challenge. The tweet must also include the hashtag #makingmemories.

It was hard choosing one but I've got to say this is my favourite, one of the kids on our first family holiday. Watching them and capturing them in this gorgeous moment was priceless.





What To Do When Your Expecting...




For me one of the things that has been a massive challenge is motherhood.when you are expecting you don't realise the sleepless nights, being exusted 24/7 and for me the loneliness. I don't think you realise how daunting it is until baby arrives. Its all great at first while your pregnant the scans, shopping trips and getting everything ready. I was never quite ready with my son after finding out at 26weeks. I remember looking at him on the night after he came into the world and thinking wow, he is all mine.

One of the things that kept me myself was total strangers, yes online websites and forums. I found it hard losing my identity and becoming Raiden's mom. Online forums can be great for connecting with other mums, somewhere to look at facts, problems and let off a bit of steam.

Early this year launched in the UK was www.whattoexpect.co.uk . Heidi Murkoff the author of the what to expect book was over in the UK to promote the launch of the site. They have many features on the site, one of which is the ovulation calculator and a due date calculator. From pregnancy to toddlers you can share and join in conversations on the forum. Pop over and see for yourself, they also have facebook and twitter sites too.





Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Ben 10 Transformation Station Review



Raiden was thrilled to be sent the new Ben 10 Transformation Station to test and review from Bandi. the playset is based on the alien centre seen in the new omniverse series. I think this will be appearing on Christmas lists everywhere this year.




 The playset was pretty easy to build and came with a lot of detailed stickers, which you place in the right places for effect.




There is so many things to play with on the colourful and very detailed Ben 10 Transformation Station Play-set including the secret reveal chamber place the cool Ben 10 figure see him transform and appear from the top of the playset. 




 Just press the Omnitrix symbol and see Ben vanish behind the door before re-emerging in his new alien form. 



The playset comes with two figures ( others you can buy separate for Ben to change into ) Ben and Humungosaur.

Also another quirk is a firing missile turret and a jail where you can trap the bad guys. There is a racing scooter for Ben to hop on to chase ongoing aliens. 



 The playset is fantastic for encouraging your childs imagination, Raiden has loved playing with his other ben10 figures with the playset and watch Ben transform into his alien aliases Humungosaur




Age from 4 years and RRP is £30.00