A family blog from Barnoldswick


I won a Love2read book through Pushchair Trader. see

I was very interested in this product as My son Alex is starting to be interested in character books and I wanted to introduce him to something other than Thomas the tank engine or Waybaloo.

Love2read books combine key words with photos to bring reading to life for your child. I uploaded my chosen photos and changed the text to fit in with my topic. I opted for the topic of my family (because I am also interested in researching my family tree).

Also it was nice to change the cover colour to red as I have noticed that Alex playes with his red toys much more than any other.  Alex loves seeing his family in a book and points towards relatives and names them. Soon I am sure he will start to be familiar with the starting letters the their names.

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Alex and Daddy

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Alex and Daddy

I found the website easy to follow and would recommend the finished product. Overall I would give love2read the following….

Ease of use 9/10 (yes I could turn the pages)
Value for money 10/10  (at first I thought it was a bit costly however the book is well worth it).
Quality 8/10
Overall total 9/10

I would like to day a big Thank you from both me and Alex.  If you would like your own book please visit


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Fabulous Stocking ideas with Cherish & Cherubs.


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I have decided to share my top five family stocking choices from Cherish & Cherubs.

My family is defiantly feeling the pinch this Christmas so choosing special vintage gits is a very savvy way in treating your family and friends and they will not have the slightest clue in how much you have spent. (My choices range from £1.95 to £8.95).

My top choices are:-

French knitting doll set

On the top of my list (for Amber age 7) is this lovely French knitting doll set includes all
you need to get started with French knitting including four different wool colours. I loved my knitting doll as a child. It kept me busy dreaming of all the wonderful creations I would be able to make.

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Vintage wooden soldier skittles game

For Jamie and Alex (20 months) A vintage wooden soldier skittles game. Perfect to keep both of the out of the kitchen on Christmas day morning. (also this may encourage my lovely husband to keep away from the computer for a few hours).

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Vintage style skipping rope

This vintage style skipping rope comes with its own cotton carry bag. Wow Amber needs lots of exercise as she is like a caged animal when kept indoors.

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Heads and Tails card game

The Classic Heads and Tails card game this will entertain both my children it has 576 different pictures.

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5 and finally for emergency entertainment the……….. Nursery Rhyme Snap Cards.

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What they say:

Cherish & Cherubs is an online shop with a difference, we have sourced and selected a beautiful range of vintage and vintage inspired gifts, clothing, interiors and homewares for children. Each item has been carefully chosen because of its style, quality and charm.

If you want your little ones gifts to have the x-factor this year then you must visit them.  Cherish and Cherubs have gifts for the whole family and have many happy customers.  They also have a Facebook page click here and would love new followers any new promotions will be posted on their Facebook wall.

This post has not been sponsored however I would love to work with cherish and cherubs in the future.



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What did the postman bring?

I was very surprised to find out I was a runner-up in a Facebook competition with the biscuiteers.

I sent off my address without understanding what the prize was.

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Then a couple of days later the post man came. Wow I was so impressed when I opened the beautiful box.

It is such a good idea I have lots of friends that aren’t impressed by flowers and chocolates and would love such a special gift.

The biscuiteers have a lovely website see

Where you can choose from a very wide variety of occasions.

It didn’t Take my daughter long before she was asking me for a taste.

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Both of us really enjoyed the lovely treat.

Next time I think I want to try the christmas tree card. hint hint

It’s a lovely idea to get someone a biscuiteer card as a present.

It is hard to find affordable classy gifts for people along with a card on a small budget.

This will definitively impress the most fussiest friend.

I just wanted to say Thank you to the Biscuiteers-Baking-Company for my fantastic treat.


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Jumbo Patchwork Play Space


The Jumbo Patchwork Play space comes from Infatanio, for more information visit


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Jumbo Patchwork Play Mat is very good quality. Having looked at similar products from other companies,

I can see that others offer inferior products at the same or higher cost.

On smaller mats the child rolls off too easily,

with this play space child can roll about and crawl and they are still on the space

but it’s not too big that it takes over the room. I’m impressed in how well made the mat is.

The characters on the mat are fun colourful and lovable.

The detachable toys can be wiped with a cloth (as most toys) and the space itself is machine washable. The musical detachable toy is just at the right volume

ie loud enough for the child to hear it but quiet enough to not cause annoyance if pressed repeatedly. It is very engaging and has different textures for the baby to feel.

It is handy to put down and very useful especially on laminate flooring.

It doesn’t take up lots of space when folded away.

I was surprised about how much my son enjoys playing on/with the play space. He just loves it.

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Bold 2in1 Rose Blush & Peony

Bold 2in1 Rose Blush & Peony I have been taking part of a project with the savvy circle I was chosen to review try new Bold 2in1

- long-lasting freshness, even after weeks of storage

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I received a starter pack A pack of Bold 2in1 Rose Blush & Peony Gel Project handbook with a lot of insider information Market research sheets to survey friends, family and colleagues

To pass on to friends, family and colleagues: Money off coupon

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The pack was lovely, and the bold smell was fabulous.

I soon realised that it was very good at cleaning and when drying inside it made the whole house smell lovely.

So I could now recommend bold to my friends and family. As you can see I have given bold some vigorous testing.

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I have posted and tweeted about bold. I enjoyed reading the blog posts and getting involved in this project.

I hope I am chosen for many more projects with Supersavvy. Please see

If you would like to apply and take part in another project. Just click on the link.

Thank You Jess

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Moon Dough Ice cream set


We won a Moon dough Ice cream set from Toys R Us


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Amber (age 6) gave Moon dough Ice Cream Sunday set 9/10 as she really enjoyed playing with it. It just lost one point because it’s too crumbly. She really liked the maker and the ice cream scoop. She had lots of fun playing with it.

When I opened the box I was very pleased with the set. Everything had a place and connected together very
easily.  I really liked to feel of the dough it reminded me of my childhood playing at the beach. When I first saw the small bags I was disappointed about how much dough was included however as I worked it onto a ball for a few minutes (as per the instructions) I realized that there was plenty.

My daughter Amber pretended the green dough was mint choc chip, I was very pleased that it was helping her to use her imagination. The dough does crumble but all the similar products make just as much mess.
Also I have the benefit of laminate flooring.

The best thing about moon dough in my opinion was that my daughter was able to mold the dough and it did look as good as the picture on the box.  That is a very rare as many mums will be able to confirm.
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My opinion on Moon Dough Ice cream Sunday set out of 10

Ease of use 7.5/10
Value for money 10/10
Quality 8/10
Overall total 8.5/10