Jack’s First Trip To The Cinema

Would you believe that we only took Jack to the cinema for the first time this Tuesday??

We’ve had a few people ask why it has taken this long to take him. After all, he is 5 – he’ll be six in December. I don’t feel that we really should have to justify ourselves but I simply wasn’t going to waste money when he didn’t have the attention span to sit through a film. Once he actually started sitting through films at home, we realised it was now time to take him – and so we did.

My Mum kindly came round and looked after Olivia so we could both enjoy this experience with him. Olivia had a lovely time with her Nanny and it was great to get some time with just Jack – I think he liked it too as it has been almost 7 months since he last got us to himself!

We booked in advance on the Cineworld website so all we needed to do when we got there was pick up our tickets and grab our snacks for the film. We picked Despicable Me 3 in 3D for Jack to see as his first ever cinema experience as he absolutely loves the film series and has been begging to see it! We also got him the Despicable Me 3 bucket and cup that Cineworld were offering at a discounted price with a Munch Box. Armed with a Munch Box (popcorn, water (we had a choice of water or Capri-Sun) and raisins (choice of chocolate or raisins), a hot dog, a Tango mixed Ice Blast, 2 Diet Cokes, some Milky Way Magic Stars and some Pick & Mix, we headed into the film.

Before the film had even started, Jack mentioned two films he wanted to see next just from the trailers – Captain Underpants and The Emoji Movie! So we will be heading back again soon apparently! So how was Jack’s first time at the cinema?

He absolutely loved it! He spent the film giggling away and couldn’t take his eyes of the screen. He loved seeing Gru, Lucy, the girls and the minions again and loved meeting Dru. Of course he couldn’t stand Balthazar Bratt! Even Steve and I chuckled a few times – it really is a great family friendly film.

 We will definitely be taking Jack back again soon – and even going just the two of us for date nights. Our local cinema has recently had a revamp and it is incredible! So many screens, so much to see, there’s even a Starbucks there too! I’m so glad Jack’s first experience was a positive one and he loves the cinema just as much as we do!

How old was your child when you first took them to the cinema?



Win A Bottle of Hello Aloe Gel & A Copy of Mind Body Cleanse by Chris James

Chris James Mind Body is a premium health & lifestyle brand that offers a 360 degree natural solution to achieving optimum levels of wellness year round. Their product range, including their signature product “12 Days” Cleanse is stocked at Harrods, QVC, Wholefoods, and Naturismo and they also deliver Mind Body Cleanse™ workshops and master classes internationally. Their Clean Break retreats are well known and exclusive.They are a 100% British based brand based in South West London.

Chris James himself is a yoga and meditation teacher, author and entrepreneur, and founder of Chris James Mind Body,the brand.  He is the world-renowned go-to man for a rejuvenated body and mind.  He contributes regularly to the health pages of the national press, and his product range including the signature “12Day” cleanse is stocked at Harrods, QVC, Wholefoods, Naturismo, EFMedispa, and other leading retailers.

He recently released a new book called ‘Mind Body Cleanse: The 12 Day Plan to Heal Your Body and Re-Energise Your Mind ‘ {affiliate link}, which is quoted as “The perfect antidote for stressed and busy lives, Chris James’s unique holistic plan will restore energy, acuity and cleanse your whole body, starting with the seat of all health – the gut.” The book contains vegan menu plans, delicious cleansing recipes and juices and teaches you how to use mindfulness to help you focus on your body’s specific needs. There’s also simple yoga poses targeted to improve digestion and stimulate your lymphatic system!

Today I am pleased to announce that I am giving away a copy of this fab new book from Chris James as well as some of the fab Hello Aloe gel available on his website. It is a versatile and uniquely pure inner leaf aloe vera gel. It is 10:1 concentrate and the perfect size (50ml) to carry in your hand / suitcase. It’s good for gut health, can be used on dry skin as a fabulous natural moisturiser, and as an after sun lotion, and is great for hydrating skin inflight. It is also vegan which is fantastic.

Not only can “Hello Aloe” be used as a and after sun lotion for the skin and hair, you can also add it to your water bottle / juice /smoothie, and because of its antibacterial qualities it’s great for settling travelling tummies! It provides a fantastically rich cocktail of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and has a strong anti-ageing effect. It helps with
regularity and increases protein absorption. It also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and yeast in your gut. Hello Aloe can be ingested and absorbed topically. It increases collagen synthesis and skin elasticity too. The recommended intakeis  8 drops per day to be taken & mixed with 100ml water or it can be applied directly onto skin.

For your chance of winning some Hello Aloe gel and a copy of Chris James’ fantastic new book for yourself, just enter via the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 10th of August 2017. Good luck!


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Making Time For Date Nights

Until about a fortnight ago, Steve and I hadn’t been on a proper date together for nearly eight years – unless you count getting away from Jack for one night when we went to the fantastic murder mystery night last year. How bad is that? We do grab a takeaway and watch a film at home together sometimes but we really don’t make enough time for ourselves. So we have decided to have regular date nights. Whether that is to the cinema like we did recently or just popping out for a bite to eat without the kids, it is important to make some time for just the two of us.

I’ll admit – we have probably forgot how to ‘do date nights’ – its been so long. Since we first got together, the dating scene has changed so much. There’s Central dating, there’s Humberside dating and even Ipswich dating now – no matter where you are, there is bound to be a local dating site for your area. Back when I was last single, there was only a select few dating sites around and you’d have to really narrow down your search to find people in your local area. Dating was dinner and a movie. Now you can do all manners of crazy things on dates.

In the back row at our most recent trip to our local cinema

I sound so old saying this, yet I am only 27. But it is tantamount to just how much the dating scene – and life in general – has changed since I was 19. Whilst I met Steve offline at my local pub (I worked in one, he worked in the one next door), me and my friends had tried our hand at online dating before and there really wasn’t much to say about it – it was just average. With the introduction of sites like Torquay dating and Gwent dating, there is no chance of you not meeting someone from your area and going out on a unique and crazy date.

Whilst Steve and I generally stick to dinner and a movie, it would be nice to try something a little different. Making time for the two of us is something that we have decided is of the utmost importance and I’m sure that doing the same thing may get boring after a while. So what ideas have you got for a date? We need some ideas!


Win 1 of 2 Ultradex Travel Sets

Looking for the perfect travel set for super fresh breath this summer? Then this giveaway is definitely for you!

There are so many bad breath triggers around nowadays – garlic, coffee, onions, alcohol and spicy foods to name a few. This means you need to be prepared but with tight luggage allowances you may not have space for your usual suite of hygiene products. All of the core UltraDEX products contain the advanced iQ+ ActiveOxi Technology which instantly eliminates bad breath bacteria, resulting in minty fresh breath for 12 hours, and the UltraDEX Daily Oral Rinse is now available in a neat 100ml, the perfect size for carry-on-luggage. The UltraDEX Low-Abrasion Toothpaste doesn’t just mask bad smells – it neutralises them completely by stopping the action of the bacteria which cause unpleasant breathe odour. And the 75ml size means you can pack this into your carry-on travel washbag along with your miniature rinse. Use the UltraDEX Fresh Breath Oral Spray to sort out that morning breath and keep it in your handbag for a fresh breath top up.

The great thing about UltraDEX is that it eliminates bad breath instantly for 12 hours of fresh breath confidence and it also protects teeth and gums and is also free from alcohol!

For your chance at winning 1 of 2 UltraDEX travel sets for yourself, just enter via the Rafflecopter below! This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 9th of August 2017. Good luck!


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Win A Rude Health Hamper

Featuring both of Rude Health’s children’s cereals, Honey Spelt Puffs and their new Banana Berry Oats; plus some of their mini almond drink, key-rings of the illustrated Mouse and Owl on the box and some Owl masks as well, could there be any better a prize for your kids this summer?

I’m keen to make sure my kids are eating healthily and this is something Rude Health are passionate about too. They are a London based food and drinks company co-founded and led by Nick and Camilla Barnard.They aren’t afraid to stand up for real honest food – and that’s great!

All Rude Health’s products are full of clean ingredients. There are no refined sugars, no artificial anythings and they are non-GM. Nick has even written a comprehensive guide & cookbook about wholesome food. There’s plenty of recipes encouraging the use of good animal fats, local and seasonal produce etc. You can buy a copy from Amazon here {affiliate link).

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I was hoping to bring you some giveaways to brighten up your summer and I am bringing you yet another one today. If you would like the chance to win this Rude Health hamper for yourself, just fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 6th of August 2017. Good luck!

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