Sports Direct Christmas #sdfiverchallenge

Friday, 10 November 2017

As we all know, Christmas is only a few weeks away. Among the major things we do, apart from making sure that we've ordered the turkey and bought new decorations is to buy presents for everyone. I have to admit, buying Christmas presents for my family isn't cheap! I never have a budget, I just love to buy presents for my family that I know they will love and I never really think about how much I spend!

Recently, I was given the task of finding fun and interesting gifts from Sports Direct for Christmas for £5 or under.
We spend a lot of time in Sports Direct as Mark owns a football coaching business , so we buy a lot of the football equipment from them. I have to admit though, I never really thought of Sports Direct as somewhere I could buy Christmas presents before!

I was given £30 worth of vouchers to find some great gifts for people on my Christmas list. I was amazed at the variety of gifts available and managed to buy quite a few things, but some are under wraps (pun intended!) until the big day. However, here is just a little of what I bought :

Liverpool Beanie Teddy


I bought this little guy as a stocking filler for Mark. He....gulp....supports Liverpool and I thought it would be a great little addition to his stocking! He has a lot of different Liverpool goodies and I knew that this little beanie would go great with his collection!

Crystal Creations


I really liked the look of the Crystal Creations and I knew that I had to get it for my niece. She really loves getting hands on and creative and I know that this would be something that she would love. It was also on offer for £5, which was amazing value!


Dr Suess 4-in-1 Games Cube


I bought this as a present for Dot. Mikey often reads his Dr Suess books to her and she loves them. I knew that she would really playing these different games :) 

3D Snakes and Ladders


This 3D Snakes and Ladders was something that I chose for both Mikey and Dot. It was going to be a joint gift for both of them, but they may have found it and opened it before I realised! It is now a game that they are playing almost every day!

Now I wouldn't normally consider Sports Direct for Christmas presents. You may think that for £5 or less, the quality of these presents may not be up to scratch, but you'd be wrong. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of all the gifts I had bought.  As we order a lot from them, I already knew that Sports Direct's delivery was always speedy, with a lot of previous orders arriving earlier than expected and they didn't disappoint this time either. The whole experience was a really positive one :)

I can honestly say that after this recent shopping trip, I've realised that Sports Direct isn't just football kits and football training equipment. There really is something for everyone. You can buy great quality gifts for family, friends and everyone in between and with any budget!

This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by As always, all opinions are our own.

Pandemic: Have you got what it takes?

Friday, 3 November 2017

Happy Friday! As you all aware, I am part of the Board Game Bloggers Club :)  I love a good board game (I may have mentioned that a few times!), so was very excited to see what would arrive this month! This month's board game is the international award winning Pandemic.

The box looked like the cover of a film or TV series, so I was really excited to see what was inside.

In Pandemic, you and the other players are members of a disease control team and have to work together to develop cures and prevent disease outbreaks before 4 deadly diseases contaminate humanity.

Pandemic is different to any board game we've ever played. Unlike other games, you have to work together as a team. You all win together or all lose together. To improve your team's chances, each player has a specific role with special abilities.

There are a lot of instructions and I have to admit, we were really confused when we first started playing, but after going through them a couple of times, it was starting to make sense!

It is a game of strategy and although there is no timer, it really feels like a race against time to cure and eradicate disease from cities around the world, especially as each go you take, you have to turn over infection cards, which increases the world's disease. There was a major panic every time a city had a disease outbreak and it caused a chain reaction!

Pandemic isn't a game that can be played when you have a spare 10 minutes or so. It took over an hour to play each time we played it, but it flew by! We were so engrossed and involved in it. With a heavy heart, I have to say that we have yet to eradicate all the diseases, but we are determined to see this one day!

Pandemic is suitable for 2 to 4 players aged 8 years and over and is available on Amazon, retailing for £36.99, which may sound a bit pricey, however it I really do think it's worth it. It is a game that not only changes every time you play it, but it's also a great game to play together. We really liked that we had to work together to try and beat the disease!

Disclaimer: We were sent Pandemic in return for our honest opinion. As always, our opinions are our own.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Happy Little Bundles

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Welcome to another Christmas Gift Ideas post! As you are all aware, I wanted to share with you ideas for gifts that had a twist. Something that was that little bit different to the usual gifts out there.

Today, I wanted to share with you a Creativity Activity Pack from Happy Little Bundles.

Happy Little Bundles was founded by Dr Jemma Harris, a mum of two and a psychologist, who is passionate about the health, wellbeing and development of children and their families. Happy Little Bundles creates amazing family activity packs that help families spend quality time together, whilst also supporting Dr Jemma's passions.

The Creativity Activity Pack was designed to not only to help families spend quality time together but to help them do it with a really fun activity! It is also full of sparkle...perfect for Christmas!

Included in the Creativity Activity Pack is a selection of playdough, a Nuture Creativity A5 print and also some sturdy wooden tools.

I really love the idea of this. Not only is it an unusual gift, but it really is quality made and definitely an activity that can be repeated time and again.

I do have a confession to make though...I am in love with the rainbow/unicorn playdough and I haven't dared take it out of the tub yet! It's just so pretty!

The A5 print is also lovely and although it is relevant to the box, it's perfect for a family home. We have ours hanging up in our kitchen :)

What I really like about this pack is that it has something for everyone and will keep everyone engaged from little ones to adults. It is the perfect family activity :)

The Creativity Activity Pack is only £19.99, which for a family gift is an amazing price! Happy Little Bundles sell individual Activity Packs or you can subscribe and receive a new one every month. They also sell an A5 print holder (like the one in my photo) which is magnetic and easy to use.

To find out more about Happy Little Bundles and the amazing activity packs they create, please head over to their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Now, the lovely people at Happy Little Bundles are giving you the chance to win your very own Creativity Activity Pack! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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PrizeHappy Little Bundles Creativity Activity Pack
The closing date is 1st December 2017. 
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Creativity Activity Pack in return for our honest opinion. As always, all opinions are our own.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Hobson's Choice Crafts

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Tuesday everyone! As you know, my previous posts have been sharing some great Christmas ideas with you and today I want to show you some gift ideas from Hobson's Choice Crafts.

You may have seen me mention Hobson's Choice Crafts a while ago in my Mother's Day Gift Guide. I love Sarah's work. She makes personalised gifts from scratch and each one is different and made personal for you.

I found Hobson's Choice Crafts on Instagram over a year ago and have bought quite a bit of Christmas crafts and some great presents made my Sarah's fair hands. I can't help myself! I love the material she uses and I love how she really takes her time and makes each item special, no matter how small or big it may be. Sarah personalises each item for you and also takes custom orders :)

Below are a few ideas for you, for both Christmas decorations and for Christmas presents. I'm sure that there'll be something that you'll love!

Here are just a few of the Christmas products she has made:

and here are some great gift ideas:

To find out more about these gifts and other lovely items Sarah makes, you can find Hobson's Choice Craft on Facebook and Instagram, both of which are updated daily.


Now Sarah has very kindly given you a chance to win a personalised Christmas Eve Bag. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck :)

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PrizePersonalised Christmas Eve Bag 
The closing date is 30th November 2017. 
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Mermaid Tin Tea Set

Monday, 30 October 2017

Over the past few days, I've been sharing some great ideas for Christmas presents and sharing some products that are different to others out there. Today, I wanted to share with you a Mermaid Tin Tea set from what2buy4kids.

I've always loved 'proper' toys. When I was younger, our town had an old toy shop that sold everything from small pocket money toys to big bikes and everything in between. You could go in and buy a singular farm animal but also spend your birthday money on a large wooden dolls house and you always received great customer service. It was such an amazing shop. I used to love going in there!

what2buy4kids really reminds me of that same toy shop. It sells 'proper' high quality toys but with a difference. They really care about each and every one of their customers and sell toys that are both special and useful.

Recently, I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous Mermaid Tin Tea Set, made up of 7 pieces, including two cups, two saucers, teapot, lid and tray, all of which come in a cute travel case, so it can be used time and time again, no matter where your little one is.

As a mum, I love that the carry case is really sturdy and that the packaging inside isn't flimsy at all, so it won't break easily. It also doesn't remove easily, so the tin tea set can fit straight back into the case when your little one has finished.

I also really love the cute design on each item. My favourite is the Narwhal on the teapot! I know that this is a gift that Dot will play with and keep for years to come. If she doesn't, I think I might!

To find the Mermaid Tin Tea Set, which retails at £14.99, or other great items from what2buy4kids, head over to their website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Now the lovely people at what2buy4kids are giving you the chance to win your very own Mermaid Tin Tea Set! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PrizeMermaid Tin Tea Set
The closing date is 30th November 2017. 
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Mermaid Tin Tea Set in return for our honest opinion. As always, all opinions are our own.

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Christmas Gift Ideas: Snuggle Sac

Sunday, 29 October 2017

As you might have seen from my previous post, I wanted to share with you some great Christmas gift ideas over the next few days. Today, I wanted to share with you the Snuggle Sac.

Snuggle Sac was created in 1999 by Tina, a mum who wanted to solve the problem of her young son waking up cold in the middle of the night, after his covers had fallen on the floor and then not wanting to stay in bed.

Tina realised that if her son felt some connection with his sleeping bag, he might want to take it to bed with him, much like a teddy bear. A brightly coloured, fun and cuddly sleeping bag, the Snuggle Sac was an instant success. Not only did he want to stay in his own bed, Tina's son also enjoyed his daytime naps, he carried his Snuggle Sac with him all over, from his grandparents, to holidays and more.

As soon as I heard about the Snuggle Sac and read Tina's story, I fell in love with them! Dorothy has also been notoriously bad at sleeping all through the night, with her covers falling off her at night and not sleeping for naps without me snuggling up with her.

Within in days of receiving her very soft and cuddly Pony Snuggle Sac and replacing her normal bedding, she happily slept through the night and was happy to go straight to her bed for a daytime nap. I thought that it was too good to be true and that soon the novelty would wear off, but almost 6 weeks in, Dot is still sleeping well!

But don't think that the Snuggle Sac is just for helping little ones to sleep. They are so much more than that! Dot loves to bring hers downstairs for movie time with Mikey, or for lazing in on a sleepy Sunday morning while reading or playing with her brother.

She also loves to share her day with the Pony!

Each Snuggle Sac has a fluffy exterior and a 100% cotton lining. The exterior is so soft, it's hard to resist touching!

On a practical side, each Snuggle Sac comes with a built in pillow case and can be easily washed and tumble dried. I have to say I was a little worried putting Dot's Pony in the tumble drier, but it came out just as fluffy and snuggly as when it went in :)

They also come in a free tote bag, so you can take them anywhere with you, whether it's on holiday or sleepover at a friends, or just to the sofa to watch a film!

They really are a brilliant idea and such a great gift. Plus, there are also so many different designs to choose from and the sizes range from toddlers all the way up to adults, so nobody needs to miss out! I really want to get one for all of us!

The Snuggle Sac starts from £40. To find out more about Snuggle Sac and to see their great range, head over to their website. You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.


Now Tina and the lovely people at Snuggle Sac are giving you the chance to win your very own Snuggle Sac! All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PrizeWinner can choose either Toddler or Child Size Snuggle Sac
The closing date is 29th November 2017. 
Winner will be notified by email within 7 days of the competition closing. UK only.

Disclaimer: We were sent a Pony Child Size Snuggle Sac in return for our honest opinion. As always, all opinions are our own.

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