Choosing The Perfect Wedding Accessories

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the little things when it comes to weddings – those little touches that make all the difference. We all know that the venue, the dress, the rings are such a big part of the day but so many people forget about those small things that also make the day – the wedding favours, the table decor and perhaps most importantly, the accessories. Accessories don’t just mean what the bride and groom are wearing either – they include the flower girl’s baskets and ring holders. But what I want to talk about is what the happy couple choose to wear.

Some people wear the most miniscule amount of accessories, instead choosing to focus on the dress and makeup itself. However a lot of people choose a few different accessories to really show off their dress and makeup – and why wouldn’t they? They are an important part of the day after all.

There are so many wedding accessories that you can choose from to complement your wedding day outfit. Some people choose a wedding dress that comes with a veil – others choose one without and then decide to opt for a veil later on – it is completely up to them after all and what they are most comfortable with. Some people don’t even want a veil and instead want a tiara or a jewelled headband for the ceremony. I’m not too sure what I would opt for – a tiara or headband may be quite difficult for me seeing as I have to wear glasses all the time – so perhaps a veil is the most practical idea for me?

Something that not every bride decides to wear is a garter, however it is an increasingly popular wedding accessory. I found out recently that not many people actually know why a bride would wear a wedding garter. Traditionally, the wedding garter is a key component of a bride’s wedding attire. It is hidden beneath her gown, waiting for the groom to retrieve it and toss it to all of the single men at the reception. It is much in the same vain as the bride throwing her wedding bouquet to all of the single women – just something for the men instead.

There are so many other accessories a bride can wear to make herself look absolutely beautiful – sometimes a jewellery set will do the trick. You don’t want to overdo it with something too flashy but a sleek, unoffensive necklace and earrings set – perhaps in the teardrop style (especially if your hair is up) is an elegant addition to your wedding day outfit.

I don’t actually have my ears pierced so I wouldn’t opt for any earrings but I would definitely wear a necklace of some description. I’ve actually discussed this with Steve and may wear the locket my Dad got me when I was younger so he is there with me on the day. The chain is perhaps a little too small now so I will need to perhaps get it lengthened but it would be a meaningful accessory for the big day and would mean the world to me since my Dad is no longer able to walk me down the aisle unfortunately. I need to make sure he is included in other ways.

I’m still debating exactly what accessories I will choose but I think my locket and a veil will definitely be included. But should I include a garter too? What do you think?


James & The Giant Peach 250 Piece Puzzle | Review & Giveaway

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle box

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Jack has recently been reading James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl with his Daddy. Jack is a little bookworm and loves reading to us, reading to himself and us reading to him. James and the Giant Peach is his Daddy’s favourite book from childhood and they are loving reading it together – each taking it a couple of pages at a time so Jack can practice his reading.

Ever since they started reading the book together, Jack has been just a little bit obsessed with the story. He’s watched the film and was recently asked if he’d like to review this puzzle from Paul Lamond Games, priced at £8.95- he didn’t need asking twice.

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle boxThis puzzle is 250 pieces so perfect for Jack’s age – it even says on the box ages 6+. He finds jigsaw puzzles with much less pieces far too easy and then finds others with more pieces a little too hard so these are just the right amount of pieces for him. Jack loves doing puzzles by himself but also loves making it an experience with us and he sat down to put together this puzzle with the help of his Daddy.

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle in progress James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle in progress James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle in progressJack first of all tipped all the puzzle pieces out onto the floor ready to start and then made his way creating the edge. He could see that there was an orange border to the puzzle so ensured that he found all the orange edge pieces and made a frame before filling in the middle with the remaining puzzle pieces.

James and the giant peach 250 piece puzzle completedAfter a couple of hours, the puzzle was finally complete. This is what I love about puzzles – they can keep our attentions for so long. Jack worked attentively on this until it was complete and was so excited when he popped the final piece into place. He’s already taken it apart and started again on it.

We love puzzles as a family – they bring us together and they are something we all love doing as a family. We’re hoping that when we move houses, we’ll have a room that we can use as a playroom and we’ll have a special section set out just for doing jigsaw puzzles – maybe even with one of those puzzle mats. They are fun to do, they keep your children’s minds whirring and when paired with such iconic stories like these, keep everyone interested too.

Jack has already asked if we can buy the other Roald Dahl puzzles available on Paul Lamond Games – and I’m inclined to say yes – and do you know what is absolutely fantastic? We’ve been offered the chance to give one of these gorgeous James and the Giant Peach 250 piece puzzles away to one of you lucky readers!

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5 Ways To Have The Perfect First Date

You have been looking for someone to share your life with and have been enjoying getting to know new people, messaging and connecting with them on the free dating site you have been using. Now you’ve finally made arrangements to meet someone for your very first date – and you want it to go spectacularly. But how are you able to achieve this?

There are many ways to have the perfect first date – making that man or woman want to see you again – but I have whittled them down to just a handful. Hopefully if you take notice of them, they will help you to make sure your date goes off well and you have them interested in getting to know you even better.

Whether you use a site like or another, you are bound to find some like minded single men and women who are looking for the same things. With you both looking for the same things – and probably having similar interests if you get to know each other a little better and connect, this is something you want to consider when thinking about your date. You want to make sure that it is something you will both enjoy – you don’t want either one of you feeling rubbish and not enjoying yourself, this doesn’t bode well for a second date – and any more consecutive dates. So what can you do to ensure your first date goes swimmingly?

Choose The Perfect Place

It sound so simple but location really is everything. First of all, you have to remember that no matter how long you have been talking online to this person, you don’t know them from Adam. Choose somewhere that is public should the date go awry but in a location that is enjoyable to both of you in case the date goes really, really well. If you are both movie buffs, perhaps consider the local cinema or if you are both foodies, head to the most prestigious restaurant in your area. This way, you are exploring your interests together whilst also considering your safety in such a situation.

Ask For Suggestions

It shouldn’t be up to just one of you to set up the date – both of you need to make an input so this is where suggestions come in. As I mentioned above, location is everything – so chat about the things you enjoy, make suggestions and finally settle on somewhere that both of you can agree on. Don’t completely take the lead or let them completely take the lead – it means the date will be tipped slightly in their favour as they are making all the decisions and you may not enjoy yourself as your thoughts may not have been taken into consideration.

Have A Plan B

Sometimes our best kept plans can go awry and this is exactly why you should always have a backup plan. The point of a first date is to impress each other so if you both feel that the location of the date or something similar isn’t right, take it somewhere else. Some people can’t be themselves without some background chatter so a bar may be more their scene than a cinema – it is all about working out what is right for you and your date and making sure you are both comfortable.

Keep The Conversation Flowing

Talk about yourself, ask questions about them. Don’t talk overly about yourself but don’t completely focus on them – some people won’t like it. What should you talk about on a first date? Compliment them, talk about the day you’ve had and anything that may have happened on your way to the date – as long as it is interesting, of course! – and ask how their day was. Chat about your surroundings, about things you notice – the food in the restaurant, the drinks at the bar. You can make a conversation out of everything so give it a try!

Alone Time Is Key

Once you’re sure that the date has gone well and you feel safe and secure and that a second date is what you want, then you need to secure some alone time. When you are in a bar, a restaurant, a cinema, it can seem like you are the only two people there but this is rarely the case and getting some alone time with each other at the end of the date is a surefire way to find out if you two are going to head out on another date and just how your date feels about you. It is literally the best way to evaluate a date and see whether there is any potential for the future. Perhaps walk each other to your cars or take a walk down the street together to the Tube – if a spark is there, something is bound to happen after the date – but who will make the first move?

These are just a few tips and of course there are many more. Will you be taking any of these on board?


My Worst Date

I’ve been quite lucky when it comes to dates – I’ve never really had a bad one, per se – and it has never been the fault of either of us when it has gone a little awry. But I thought I’d tell you a little about my worst date.

I had been seeing someone local for a little while but it was very on/off and we only really got to see each other at in the local pub or around our working times. We decided we finally needed to do something just us so were going to head into town, do some light shopping then grabbing a bite to eat together. All was going well, we got into town and then we bumped into an acquaintance – a sort of friend of mine and an ex fling of his. Awkward straight away, right? What’s worse is that she seemed to be on her own and before I knew it, she was tagging along with us.

We couldn’t seem to shake her off despite us trying to subtly suggest it and in the end we ended up saying we needed to go back home for some reason and we all headed our separate ways with me meeting him down the local pub later where – yes, we got to spend time together but once again, all our friends were hanging around so we didn’t get any time on our own. Seeing each other isn’t great if you never ever get some time on your own.

I suppose I am quite lucky in being able to call this my worst date – after all, it isn’t really that bad – we just had a hanger on and had to make other arrangements that didn’t really suit us. But it certainly wasn’t the greatest thing at the time and left me feeling rather annoyed. However I have heard of plenty of people having much worse dates than me – I recently read a post from another blogger who found out the guy who’d given her his number was in a very serious relationship and another blogger had a first date with a guy who was horrible – a casual racist, a body shamer. My worst date story pales into comparison when you consider those.

This is why I think online dating is so great. You can talk to someone for ages before agreeing to meet so you can really get to know them (well, as much as you can behind a screen behind a device after all) before actually meeting up with them. I can see why so many single men and women are giving online dating a try – especially the sites in their local area. They get to meet like minded people who are looking for exactly the same things. Isn’t that just the best way to try to find love?

You can get dating locally on these sites: dating in Shetland, Berkshire singles, date Isle of Man singles, dating in Staffordshire and Norwich singles. This is where I would certainly be looking if I was single!


PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers | Review

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Jack is a big fan of PJ Masks. He loves all the characters and the stories and loves watching them on the TV. Even Olivia has started to get interested in watching them so when offered the chance to review the new PJ Masks Turbo Blast Racers, suitable for ages 3+, I knew he’d be interested.

Retailing at £14.99, the PJ Masks Turbo Blast racers  come with one 3 inch PJ Masks character figure! Each of the characters is dressed in an exclusive Turbo Blast outfit equipped with matching racing helmet! There are three Turbo Blast Racers available including Cat-Car, Owl Glider and Gekko-Mobile – each sold separately. We were sent Owlette with her Owl Glider and Gekko with his Gekko-Mobile.

These Turbo Blast Racers are a brand new addition to the PJ Masks toy range for this year – there are figures, playsets and dress up items in the range and in April, the NEW Romeo’s Lab playset is coming out – you don’t want to miss it!

So what is PJ Masks about? Its about three regular kids who turn into superheroes at night, in their PJ’s, with the help of their animal amulets. Jack was very impressed with the racers and the figures and they slot easily into the seats. He did ask where Cat Boy was – so I know what needs to be next on the present list for him so he can complete the collection.

Although these are for ages 3+, Olivia has been playing with Jack under supervision as she loves the toys just as much as Jack does. The design of the racers is super sleek with some cool silver accents and they are both bright and colourful  and keep children’s attention.

The figures are lightweight so easy for little hands to carry around but also chunky so not easy to lose. Their arms and legs are fully posable – which is obviously so they can be sat in their turbo blast racer or stood up – and so the figures and vehicles can be interchangeable. We all know how kids like to switch and swap their toys so if Owlette wants to go in Cat Boy’s vehicle, then she can. They are bright in colour and very resilient – they’ve endured some heavy duty crashes in their turbo blast racers already. Owlette comes with a cape too which feels like it is made of some sort of silicon type material and is removable from the figure.

Available online from Amazon {affiliate link} and other reputable toy stores, these racers move across ground fairly easily – we live in a fully carpeted house and they work well on them which some toys struggle to do. We will definitely be checking out the rest of the items in the range as we are massive PJ Masks fans. How about you?