Celebrating Father's Day at Five Guys

Yesterday was father’s day, so we took the main man in our house of girls to one of his favourites restaurants for a slap up lunch fit for a king – well the king of our house anyway! We took him to Five Guys in Wimbledon for his idea of food heaven ; a cheeseburger (with all the toppings), large fries and an thick and creamy Oreo milkshake. Seriously, does life get any better?

The kids were happy munching on their hotdogs and hand cut chips (with no salt, I love that they have that option), which meant we had peace and quiet for a few moments while everyone was happy. Bliss!

Here are a few of our happy father’s day captured moments…

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Hope you all had a very happy father’s day whatever you got up to.

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super sour Bear Nibbles Yoyos

What do you reach for when you’re out and about and the kids need a quick pick-me-up? A piece of fruit? My fruit always tend to get bruised and battered in my bag and sweets are way too sugary!! So I tend to opt for a BEAR Nibbles snack. The kids feel like they’re getting a sweet treat (i.e. sweets) and I know that each pack contains the same amount of natural sugar as an apple.

Our favourite ‘on-the-go’ snack has to be BEAR Yoyos, who have just launched a new version with an exciting twist – or should I say zing? My girls absolutely love theses fruit & veg snacks but I wasn’t sure how they’d get on with the new sour flavours, with a tantalising ting of lemon.

BEAR Nibbles recently sent us a fun game to introduce them to the new Super Sour Yoyos. The girls called it The Bear Yoyo Challenge (they obviously watch way too much YouTube challenges!). It was basically a fun, kid friendly version of Russian roulette or spin the bottle with a tasty prize after each spin. Would they land on the ‘normal’ Yoyos or the zingy new sour ones?

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As predicted, the girls loved every single flavour (new and old) and were more than happy to play this game until we ran out of packets. As you can imagine we spent a little more time brushing their teeth that night but at least I knew that they’d both had a good quota of fibre and vitamins for the day.

So how do BEAR make these new Yoyos ‘Super Sour’? It’s simple, they use the juiciest lemons to help tickle your little ones’ taste-buds. Everything else stays the same, there are still no nasties in their recipes and they only use gently baked whole fruit and veg – with no added sugar, concentrates, gumming agents or any other nonsense.

super sour Bear Nibbles Yoyos

The new Super Sour Yoyos are available in three tasty new recipes; Strawberry & Apple, Mango & Apple and Blackcurrant & Apple. All three have been a big hit with my big girls. They honestly see them as treats, so it’s worth carrying a few packs around with me as bargaining tools when we’re out and about.

super sour Bear Nibbles Yoyos

Disclaimber: This is a sponsored post. 

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I feel like I’ve been watching ‘In The Night Garden’ for the last six years. First with Lili, then Poppy and now Iris is getting into the colourful world of Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle and the rest of the gang. It’s been their stepping stone into the wonderful word of learning through television. I can’t say I completely understand every episode or every character but the girls have all been captivated by the vivid colours and lively music.

Last week we were invited to the RHS Gardens at Wisley to celebrate the 10th birthday of ‘In The Night Garden’. I accepted the invitation for two reasons, firstly I knew it would be exciting for Iris who is only starting her journey into the night garden. Secondly, Wisley is a place I’ve wanted to visit for years. It’s a special place for my husband, who used to visit regularly as a boy with his mother. Over the years (we’ve been together almost 18 years) I’ve heard so many stories about the gardens and how she loved walking around the beautiful areas and enjoyed the cakes at the cafe. Sadly, she passed away over ten years ago, so as you can imagine it really is a special place for him.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the gardens but I can tell you that my expectations were high. Very high!

We started our day at the In The Night Garden party, where the big girls met the characters and got their face pained. They also got to decorate plant pots and listen to some stories, then it was time to explore the grounds. I have no words to describe the beauty of Wisley. It has so many different aspects, one minute we were walking around a rose garden, then a meadow, then a rock garden, then an oriental gazebo, then a tropical greenhouse, the list of different areas goes on and on. We followed the Night Garden trail to find the characters who were dotted around the grounds. The girls loved running around hunting out their favourite characters.

You can join Igglepiggle and friends on your own magical adventure trail at any of the four RHS Gardens in the UK. Simply pick up a free trail at the garden entrance or download the Gamar app before you arrive to bring the In The Night Garden friends to life.  The trail is an imaginative play trail, ideal for children aged 1 to 5 years old and is available until the end of June 2017.

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Pretty Flamingo Bedroom Make-Over with Laura Ashley

After talking about it for years, we’ve finally got round to decorating Lili and Poppy’s bedroom. They’ve had a bunk bed for almost two years now but we hadn’t done anything else to their room since we moved in back in 2012. Luckily is was already pretty and pink from the girl who lived here before us but it definitely needed some work.

The first thing we had to do was get the room completely re-plastered as there were cracks in the walls and we needed to redo the celling – it was starting to look a little dodgy! Once that was all done we decided to lay ‘luxury vinyl’ flooring, that looked like white wooden boards. It looks really pretty and is much more practical than a light carpet. These girls will soon be playing with felt-tip pens, nail vanish and even make-up, so a carpet would just get trashed.

Once the new flooring was down we literally had a blank canvas to do whatever we wanted. This felt very exciting to begin with but we quickly realised that my ideas were very different to what the girls had in mind. Also, Lili had a different vision to Poppy, so we just couldn’t agree on anything. One of them wanted a pink room, the other wanted turquoise and I had a pretty summer idea with lots of sunny yellow and a beachy theme.

Pretty Flamingo Bedroom Make-Over with Laura Ashley

For a while I thought we’d never find a solution but then I spotted a trend on the high street for flamingos and thought it could be the perfect solution. They’re not too ‘babyish’ and not too old, they’re pink but not too pink (I knew we could mix in some turquoise accents) and they’re summery. It really was the ideal compromise.

After some online research I came across a gorgeous print on the Laura Ashley website, which was bright, on-trend and exactly what I had in mind.  The Petty Flamingo collection includes; wall paper, bedding, curtains, a light shade and even a little cuddly toy. As soon as I showed the girls the print they both smiled and gave me the thumbs up. They both loved the flamingos idea for different reasons, Lili liked that they weren’t princess or fairy themed, which she now feels too old for (excuse me while I sob) and Poppy liked them because in her words “they’re pink and really pretty”.  I like the fact that this room is girlie without being too girlie and it’s a style that won’t date or be too young for the girls as they get older.

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We went through the Laura Ashely website and looked at all the different options before ordering the flamingo curtains, bedspread and cuddly toy. We also ordered a rug that complemented the colours of the flamingo print without being too ‘matchy’ and a cute pink chandelier that the girls just ‘had to have’.

Flamingos are everywhere at the moment, so we managed to get lots of cute little accessories from the high street. I always think these little bits and bobs really finish a room. My favourite accessories include; a great flamingo print (from Not On The High Street), a fun flamingo light garland and a gold light up flamingo (both from Primark). The girls and I are so pleased with the end result, it looks bight, colourful and above all fun.

Pretty Flamingo Bedroom Make-Over with Laura Ashley

Disclaimer: We were sent the items from Laura Ashley in return for this post.

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Bioderma Sebium Global Cover (30ml) £14.50

As I get older my skin seems to be getting drier and more dehydrated (ooh what a depressing start to a post). What used to be oily/combination skin is now definitely much more normal/ dry. However, I still have a few blackheads on my nose and chin and also get the odd blemish around these same areas. So when I was sent a tube of the new Bioderma Sebium Global Cover to try, I was intrigued to see how it would work on my skin. Would it be too drying?

Sebium Global Cover is a high coverage tinted treatment cream that acts on the root causes of blemishes by using active ingredients, such as; AHA and salicylic acid to clear pores and smooth the texture of your skin.

It’s also said to treat existing blemishes and blackheads to reduce any obvious marks or scars.

The Bioderma Sebium Global Cover works in two ways…

  1. the high-coverage tinted cream evens out your complexion
  2. and the green compact (hidden with a mirror inside the cap) neutralises any sign of redness to conceal and treat any spot or blemish.

Bioderma Sebium Global Cover is a high coverage tinted treatment cream that acts on the root causes of blemishes by using active ingredients, such as; AHA and salicylic acid to clear pores and smooth the texture of your skin.

So what do I think?

If I’m honest, my skin is a little too dry for this product. Having said that the consistency of the cream is light and it’s easy to apply. It definitely covered any signs of blackheads and soaked up any oil. However, my skin felt a little tight and uncomfortable. This is probably because it’s designed for young skin prone to breakouts, excess oil or even acne. The mattifying effect of the cream was way too heavy and drying on my skin but I know that ten years ago I would have loved this product.

If you’re looking for a product that will help cover and treat teenage or twenty-something skin, this is a must-have product. It’s recommended by dermatologists and has proven scientific results to backup its claims. Unfortunately, if you’re in your late 30s (like me) or above, you may want to try a more nourishing product.

Bioderma Sebium Global Cover is a high coverage tinted treatment cream that acts on the root causes of blemishes by using active ingredients, such as; AHA and salicylic acid to clear pores and smooth the texture of your skin.

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