Saturday, 23 July 2016

Gravity Force UK to coming to St.Albans on the 17th August! I have 4 jumps up for grabs *Get Booking Now*

I had the pleasure of collecting my boys yesterday, it was the last day of school for this year and they were super excited to be coming home with me.

However these Summer Holidays I will be mostly working, which seriously sucks, but this is life for a working parent.  However this will not stop us from having fun, I will be cramming in as much a possible on the days I get to spend with them.

I was delighted to received a lovely invitation from Gravity Force to their launch party in St.Albans on the 16th August 2016, prior to the Grand Opening on the 17th August.  The new St Albans location is the forth branch to be opening.  Gravity Force plan to bring Hertfordshire and the local communities a fun, refreshing new activity that benefits everyone.

England’s largest indoor trampoline park. 27,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits and angled trampolines around the walls.  They are planning more brunches popping up this year too.

There is something for everyone at Gravity Force. 

“Gravity Jump” is the core session and gives you access to all the park’s facilities. 

“Gravity Tots” kids’ class is suitable for toddlers from walking age up to five-years-old, along with any parents or guardians. 

 “Gravity Fit” provides a high intensity, low impact structured fitness class that burns fat whilst building, toning and defining muscle.

Children can also host their birthday parties at the trampoline park.

Gravity Force is the ultimate UK trampoline park. Whether you’re a freestyle pro looking to
showcase an insane routine on the Tumble Tracks or an average Joe looking to get stuck into a game of trampoline dodgeball there really is something for everyone. 

I am that average Joe and it looks so much fun, I am sure I would be a super sweaty mess afterwards, I wonder what the boys will make of it.  James just may go cream crackers with excitement.  He loves dodgeball too. 

In the meantime I am really pleased to be teaming up with Gravity Force UK to give you the chance to win FOUR free jump sessions at the brand new St Albans Trampoline Park.

* Gravity Force is the leading provider of trampoline parks in the UK
* St Albans park opens 17th August
* Pre bookings available now


Gravity Force are taking bookings starting now
There is also 50% off selected sessions including Gravity Jump, Gravity Fit, Gravity Tots and parties if booked before Sunday 24th July.
There will be 50% off Gravity Jump, Gravity Tots, Gravity Fit, and birthday parties, if booked by Sunday 24th July, by using the respective codes – ‘JUMP1’, ‘TOTS1’, ‘FIT1’, ‘PARTY1’. To book and find out more about the sessions available visit or call 0845 498 9049.

Thereafter the discount is reduced to 25% up until launch day on August 16th.

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So what are you waiting for?  Do something new, fun, active and entertaining this summer!!! JUMP!

Disclaimer: I was sent an invite to their St. Albans Launch party.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Fentimans Introducing their new Sparkling Lime & Jasmine with a London Bird Twist! The Review

Guess what Summer has landed, the sun has been shining down on us and the last few days have been a pleasure.

At the moment free time is very limited for me and I miss my girlfriends, drinking, gossiping and laughing.  However I am hoping to catch up with them this summer. I am grateful for the longer days, fresh air and long walks in the sweltering heat, this works well for me.

This Summer I need a refreshing drink, something light, refreshing and of course tasty and not over priced.

I few months ago the lovely people from Fentiments sent me their new super tasty Sparkling Lime & Jasmine.  I am already a huge fan of the Brand.  It's a British brand steeped history, over a 100 years of famously Botanical brewed drinks.

Fentiments offer exceptional flavours both in fizzy pops and alcoholic drinks, their retro style bottles are so recognisable, their branding has been revamped and bottles have improved over the years.   Did you know the portrait of the dog on their label is Thomas Fentimans dog, Freeless their family pet, he won Crufts for best obedient dog.

Fentimans drinks, always make me smile, great natural flavours, making me think back to happy times.  I couldn't wait to taste this new drink, natural favours, the drink is delicious, not sweet, a hint of bitterness, however very delicate also a thrust quencher, to be honest I have never tasted these flavours together before, they are very nice combination.  I enjoy the sparkling bubbles bouncing about in the mouth all over my tongue.  A real joy.

I am going to share something a little different, a little curve ball of a cocktail for when you hook up with friends and want to switch from light drinks to something refreshing cool and alcoholic.  A happy cocktail, that would work for picnics, at home with friends or a fun way to get any party started.

Makes One! 
One Large glass required.
25ml Gin
A pouch of Kold Cosmopolitan Cocktail
A little squeeze of lime optional
1 Fentimans bottle of Sparkling Lime & Jasmine

I am talking no effort to make, no crushing ice or fruits.
I would start off with one pouch of Kold Cosmopolitan cocktail, make sure its slushy not frozen, add a  shot of Gin. Free pour Fentimans but at least 50mls, add a splash of lime juice. Mix and garish with Lime.  
Super easy to make, cold, refreshing and very very tasty.

So what are your waiting for?  The sun is out to play, you may as well!
Please tell me what you think?  Maybe you have made your own cocktails? There's nothing wrong with experimenting.  A few bloggers have got involved, check them out with #FentimansSLJ on Twitter and Instagram.

Disclaimer: Fentimans sent me their new Sparkling Lime & Jasmine to try.

Friday, 15 July 2016

The Epson EcoTank printer celebrating #PrintingDory Bloggers event

I was invited to a fantastic blogging event last Tuesday, Epson EcoTank Printers event at Disney's Flagship Store on Oxford Street in London.

Honestly, I rarely print, just because its so expensive, buying refill cartridges is a waste of money in my eyes.  I have been making the most of my local library and use the printer there.  However the inconvenience of having to go there (when its open) is a chore.  So when Epson invited me to view their **EcoTank Printer ** I jumped at the chance.  It really sounded fun, a crafting event themed to the new Disney movie Finding Dory.

Epson and Disney have joined forces bring us fantastic crafting fun.  The EcoTank printer has been designed to give us users the flexibility to go wild with printer ink.  Wild I tell you, forget about being frugal with colour copies, no more wondering will the ink streeeeetch.

This is a true scenario;  I arranged a birthday party for my son, the company emailed me the invites to forward to my guests.  My empty printer needed feeding, 2 cartridges and £24 later I managed to print 6 and half A4 pages off before the ink ran out.  I was mortified and so angry about wasting my money.  The printer has now been stored away, never to be seen again.

Epson have seen the light and paved a brighter future, transforming the way every day people can print, making printing affordable for everyone.  Small business, bloggers, students, families can all buy the complete set at an affordable price.

The EcoTank Printer range has different models ranging from £200 for their cheapest printer to the supreme Boss of EcoTank printers at £499 Priced accordingly to size and your printing needs.  The printers all come with the printer unit and four ink bottles.

The Espon EcoTank Printers can print upto 11,000 copies with the 4 ink bottles, the liquid doesn't dry out, with 2 years shelf life, the printers are easily start-up too.  There is an Epson iPrint app making it easy to print from other locations, being wireless you can be in kitchen and have your printer in the bedroom.  It is also possible to print when you are not even home.  Sounds a like a fantastic piece of kit to me.   

Disney has designed a whole array of Dory Crafts, from simple designs to mind boggling origami challenges.  With the school holidays about to start, not everyone is going away, us Brits are 'Fortunate' to have so many rain days, (said with just a hint of sarcasm).  Why not do some crafting and spend some quality with the young ones.

Alice from More Than Toast, was our guest blogger for the afternoon, she is not a super crafter however she did bring the EcoTank printer to life.  Sharing her story how much she really enjoyed the printer and how it has improved her lifestyle and blogging projects.

I personal would usual spent £80-£100 on a decent printer, however know I am aware of the financial benefits, I would save up for the extra money to buy this little beauty.  Overall I would be making a saving, no more stressing about printing.  Sharing this fun experience with my sons, homework will be a delight.     

So whatever you're upto this summer I hope you get stuck into some crafting fun.  Also if you are looking for an affordable printer, that is made to last and actual prints. The Epson EcoTank is the one for everyone.

I will be getting a printer and will do a detailed review in the future!

If you would to like to see what us Bloggers got up too, check-out #PRINTINGDORY on twitter!

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Aldi Back to School range 2016 - In-Stores THURSDAY 14th July - ITS A CRACKING DEAL

ALDI are back with their Back to School Range 

James and Liam were invited to test out Aldi's latest school uniform a few weeks ago.
Not only did we get to see the new uniforms and try them on but the boys tested them out too and even got to appear in Aldi's latest video.

We had a lovely day, they spent the entire the day having fun, playing and being very active. Both James and Liam had the opportunity to wear their new uniforms.  Not only did they look very smart but they boosted how comfortable they had felt. 

Last year I was very fortunate to be introduced to the Aldi Branded school uniform.  Firstly, I was surprised about the actual cost of them to buy, I wondered if the quality would be impacted by the price.  We took the opportunity to wear the uniforms throughout the school year.  I have been super pleased with them, the quality is great.  We have washed and rewashed them, also I've ironed them to a pulp so many times, the clothes stayed true, the sweaters faded only a little bit not much shrinkage either.  The Polo shirts do not stay white, so don't expect miracles.  However they wash well.  The school trousers have been awesome, they are as good as new. I original brought 6 and only one pair has a hole in the knee.  None of the uniform frayed.
However my boys have got up to all sorts in their uniforms, both boys have played their part well, they would come home everyday looking a little grubby and even sweaty.  Thinking about it they do spend a lot of time in their uniforms.

Little Liam has shot-up in the last year and started fitting into James cast-offs. I am really pleased I brought a massive bundle as they have been prefect and I have got so much value for money.

I have great news on the 14th July 2016, Aldi are releasing the new uniforms.  However the bad news is...  once these uniforms have been sold THEY ARE GONE! So get planning and BUYING!

For the first time it will possible to pre-order.  It's so exciting, Pre-order starts tomorrow, the 7th July. 

They have new packaging, the L & D range!
The quality of their Polo tops have also improved, they are thicker and have ribbed collars which is a nice little detail.

To give you an idea of cost... The average cost for a full uniform is £4, that's right £4! This is an amazing bargain!  A Sweater, x2 pack of Polo shirts and a pair of trousers.  When you have two growing boys, its makes sense to spend wisely.

Aldi will have affordable school shoes too, I am rather fond of them, they have a been made very well and scream quality, they are firm, heavy, made to last! I'm unsure of the price, but I would happily pay £10, as other brands are expensive and look and feel cheap in comparison.

So what are you waiting for?
 Get to Aldi 14th July!

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Skylanders Imaginators, being as creative as you like. 2016 is looking very exciting

Hello Skylander Fans!!!

Me and boys headed off to London not to see the sights but to check out the new Skylanders game.  WHOOP WHOOP!

We were greeted by Shelf Elf of course we went in for some hugs! Also every child's dream of sweetie heaven, a sweet table, its was like Alice in Wonderland meets Mario a table full of mouth watering treats.  Our little fans could have T-shirts made-up, with there favourite Skylander characters.  There was a fun photo booth, where you could pull lots of wacky faces, we had lots of fun, happy 'Skylanders fun'.

However my little cherubs had their eyes set mainly on one thing... SKYLANDERS!!! We were on the top floor of the ACE Hotel over looking London, the room was was bright and did I fail to mention it was also decked out in PlayStations!  PlayStations loaded up with our favourite game, Skylanders Supercharges.  Within a matters of minutes I had lost the boys, controllers in hand, gaming away like to two pros.  I found this very funny, someone asked James if he needed help, the look James gave was like I'm a professional I'll have you know.  The answer was actual, I have already competed this level.   

Once all the children had settled down, everyone gathered together to hear the latest news!!! 

Just incase if you haven't heard yet, what have you been upto, where have you been?  It seems the makers of Skylanders have heard our cries and they have taken Skylanders to another level. After listening to their fans advice, Skylanders 'Imaginations' is launching in October 2016.

Every year Skylanders has changed the gameplay, keeping us on our toes and our gamers eager with new characters with their charming little Skylanders adapting to new talents every year.

This year is going to be no different.  However times are really changing.  Can you imagine, building your character, adding all the details it make it as unique as you, its eye colour, body shapes, arms size, legs, voice, colours.  Well, we will be able too, even picking their abilities, strength, stamina, what weapons they use.  I personal believe this will be big step towards adult gameplay.  This is going to bring out gamers creative juices, whatever their mind wants to make will be possible, there are going to be so many possibilities.      

This year the new additional to the game is called 'Creation Crystal', when the crystals are placed on the portal, you can build your Imaginator.  There are only 10 types of elemental Creation crystals to collect.

Good bye Giants, Swapforces, TrapTeam and Supercharges... Hello Build what you want.  We will still have the key elements of play, 

Skylanders Imaginators introduces Skylanders Senseis, all-new heroes who represent 10 powerful Battle Classes such as Knight, Sorcerer, Bowslinger, Brawler, and more.  Skylanders Senseis help train created Imaginators by offering a range of benefits including unlocking super-cool Imaginator weapons, providing access to special areas in the game, as well as bestowing Secret Techniques across the Battle Classes. Senseis also have their own unique benefits including the extraordinary ability to unleash Sky-Chi – the ultimate Battle Class super move.  There are a total of 31 Senseis, which include some fan-favourite villains who have been reformed and now fight for good!

Skylanders Imaginators, will be available to play on Playstation 3 & 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Wii U.  Starter Packs start from £49.99, they will all include two Skylander Senesis and a Creation Crystal.  As before all of your previous Skylander collection will be compatible with the new game.  Pre-order is available, released date 16th October 2016. 

Skylanders bringing your imagination to life!

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ZOINGO BOINGO Review... Lets Bounce!

I remember clear as day my mum buying me a Lolo ball. It used to remind me of the planet Satin, it is actually a huge yellow ball with blue plastic rim I would stand on, its took a while a for me to master the art of bouncing around, but once I started I couldn't stop. I played with it for months, bouncing every where, until finally it got puncture...

Much to my surprise this new toy has landed, the Zoingo Boingo. It is like the Lolo ball with an extension lead and handle to hold.

How cool does the Zoingo Boingo look?  The similarly to the Lolo Ball is uncanny.  It's like the Lolo Ball has had a facelift. I like this design.  On first impressions is, it looks unsafe and it doesn't look easy, having first hand experience on the Lolo Ball, it wasn't easy to use at first.

I was sent one to have some fun on, sadly I am too big to get on it myself, however it's perfect for my eldest son, James.   It is aimed for 7 year old+ boys and girls.  The box has clear instructions, it was easy to start to use. Firstly, I had to pumped up the ball and add the rubber rim.  You will need a bicycle pump and pin, the pin is provided. (Just pump the same as you'd do for any football)

James was very interested, he couldn't wait to have a go, we took it to the park. James tried to use the Zoingo Boingo but kept falling off.  I explained there's a small lip on the platform to rest your foot to grip, he has to balance his foot first, then use his other foot grab the ball, once both feet gripped the ball he would need to cup the ball with both feet and jump up and down.  It's easy to explain but not easy to actually do.

To be honest it was quite difficult for him, the art of balancing doesn't come easily, also holding the handle is another thing to focus on at the same time.  However the little guy was happy to keep on trying, making a point of me not helping him, using things to lean on became an option for him.

Every now and then a he managed to jump a few times, this was a little glimmer of hope he needed to continue and he'll get the knack.

I did explain it's going to take a lot of practice before he could jump all by himself after about 20 minutes he was pretty knackered but he has kept on trying, its a challenge for him.  however it wont be long before he is Zoingo Boingoing all over the place.

Practice is key!!!

I really like the Zoingo Boingo, it's a real challenge for any child, its like riding a bike, using skates for the first few times, it takes time to work out the technique, gets children out of their comfort zone.  Plus its keeps children very activate. 

The ball is made from thick rubber, its could be used in the Park, the street, places like the skateboard park, jumping from platform to platform once the skill has been achieved, indoors I good place to practice is the hallway, learning against the hall for support.

I would be careful of bouncing on uneven surfaces and anything sharp, of course avoid broken glass.  I also have to hide ours from my dog, as he sees it as a giant ball and gets over excited when he see it.

My youngest son is 6 and he isn't very sporty, however he was keen at first but found the whole process of trying to balance impossible.  So unless you have a determined child, I would not waste your time.   When he is ready he will let me know.

The Zoing Boingo comes in 3 different colours, its retails from £24.99 depending where you buy it from.  Plenty of retailers sale it online.  It's a great toy to get kids off their butts and outside, perfect for this summer weather.

James is still enjoying the Zoingo Boingo, I hope you get to have a go too.

Disclaimer:  I have sent this toy to test!

Friday, 22 April 2016

2016 stepping in a new direction

Hello my fabulous readers.

Have I been missed? As it feels like an age since I have had a chance to write.  On the 29th February, I changed my life.  I had been saying for about year, I wanted to return to work.  I wanted to find the right time, I had to ensure my boys would adape to change.  Also money doesn't grow on trees, our rent went up a wooping 10% at Christmas, our finances would take such a beating there wouldnt be any money for treats, I was ready to make changes.
In the the New Year, I wrote out a new CV and sent it to a few a agancies.  I also sent it to a local hotel.  My background is the leisure industry and the job I had my eye on, my favourite was the hotel job. In early February I had my interview set-up.

The things that ran through my mind, I wanted to make the right impression from the start. I always felt that being a stay at home mum for 4 and half years, could go against me.  I more or less blocked out my interview, as I'd become ill with nerves.  Deep down, I didnt want to let my family down either.

Then I had to buy 'work' clothes, something decent for my interview. I also wrote a list of important questions.  This was the first interview I had had, in over 10 years, since leaving my last job.  So I had no idea what to expect, could things really change that much in 10 years?  I answered all their questions honestly and tried not to over talk, I do that when I'm nervious.
My interview went very well, I actually felt at ease, I had a follow up with a telephone interview and send a sample of my writing.  A few days later, I was given the thumbs-up.

On the 29th February, I started working Full Time!  I spent 2 weeks cross training, learning what other departments do, meeting my new collegues.   I think with age and previous life experience, I felt confident and settling well inwith my new team.  Majority of my work is talking to clients on the phone, ensuring other departments are aware what our clients needs are. I was let loose on the phone a couple of weeks ago and it seems to be going well. I still have much to learn, as I have been learning about company, procedures, new systems and time management is key.  I am really enjoying it so far.

Another thing is childcare, my boys now go to breakfast club some mornings. A friend helps me after school to collect them.  Home life is hectic, there is so much at home to organise, pack lunches, cooked dinners (I can finish work as later as 8pm) homework, laundry, taking Tyson out.  So going back to work has totally changed my lifestyle, time is very percious.  I'm getting there, its been a few months of being overwhelmed.  Over the next few weeks, I will get back into Blogging, I am just adjusting into my new life style.

Big respect to the parent bloggers who work fulltime and blog in their spare time, it's not easy.  If you have advice for a blogging parent like me, let me know.