Kid proofing your floors

In Collaboration with Posh Flooring

Children are a blessing and a miracle that we are very lucky to be able to welcome into our lives. So it is incredibly important that we prepare our homes for new arrivals. There are a number of ways you can get your home ready, and we’ll take you a few of those in this blog.

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One of the most important places to protect, is a place where your children will spend a lot of their early days, the floor. Whether it be crawling, or taking their first steps, it’s important to ensure your floor has enough protection to keep your children safe. A majority of flooring is safe for children, your flooring can however be subject to damage. Scratching and surface damage can occur from the most simple of things, such as push chairs and children’s toys. So if you’re worried about this, hardwood may not be the best option for you.
Laminate on the other hand has great durability, and is probably the best flooring out there for families with kids. It has great water resistance, perfect for any accidents! It’s easy to clean, and very easy to maintain. It’s durable, so will last a long time. It is also perfect for heavy footfall, and can withstand a lot of pressure that family life throws at it. Surface damage will be limited, and scratching doesn’t usually show through. It is also perfect for families with children that suffer from allergies, due to the tight seal, dust, dirt, pollen and other allergens can’t penetrate it so won’t hang around for too long!
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Carpets and rugs are also a great idea to help protect your children. They provide a soft landing, and have far better static qualities to prevent them from slipping over! If you’re looking for the cheapest and most logical flooring for kids, laminate will be your best friend. Hardwood is great for homes looking for a bit more style, but practicality is not it’s strong point! We hope our guide has helped you, head to

New Releases & Free & Bargain Books Link Up

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs…
Leels Loves Books
Celticlady’s Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Beck Valley Books | Between the Coverz
Miki’s Hope | Heidi Robbins
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry | Futures
3 Partners in Shopping | I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings


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For Free Books post – FREE / genre / title / author / end date
For Bargain Books post – SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

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Paddington Spot The Difference & Colour On | Review


We were sent these Paddington games for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Paddington is heading back to cinema screens on November 10th and you may have noticed plenty of Paddington products being released in preparation for the film’s release. A sequel to the 2014 film starring fantastic actors such as Hugh Bonneville, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters and Sally Hawkins, we can’t wait for the sequel to come out and will definitely be heading to the cinemas to see it!

We were recently sent some brand new Paddington games to review – Spot The Difference and Colour On. So what did we think of them?

First of all, let’s talk about Spot The Difference. This is a fantastic new take on the traditional game. Players can follow Paddington’s adventures through two seemingly identical images. There are over 80 different spot the difference scenes – 40 cards with images on either side. You need to find the differences and beat your opponent. Each game has either 5 or 10 differences which are handily marked out on the card.

The game comes with dry erase markers and easy wipe scenes. The game is for ages 8+ and is £7.99, available from John Lewis.

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As you can see above, there are plenty of different cards to choose from and children can opt between five or ten differences. The puzzles can be quite easy, can be quite hard – I sometimes even struggled to find the differences when Jack asked me to help him. The makers do claim that this is for ages 8+ but Jack is 5 and really enjoyed this – spending ages doing different cards and then wiping them clean when done. This is a handy game for travelling – we will definitely be taking this with us on future holidays as it keeps children occupied and is easy to store. We would definitely recommend. This product is also available to purchase on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

The Colour On game is also £7.99 and available for purchase at John Lewis. This is perfect for hours of colouring and activity fun. There is three metres of colouring scenes and activities and the easy twist dial makes it easy to find an activity or colouring scene your child wants to complete. It can then easily be twisted back to put the game away.

Paddington Paddington Paddington PaddingtonJack really loved this Colour On game. He loves colouring and loves puzzles and activities so is quite happy to sit down for ages and get colouring. For instance, this activity asks the player to find ten teapots that are hidden in the picture and then colour it in. Jack found the teapots then got to work with the colouring, taking his time to choose his colours just right.

This is just the first activity available in the tube, there are plenty more to be discovered by just using the easy twist dial to unroll and roll back. Jack has had great fun finding the activities or colouring scenes he is most interested in and it is something that I know would occupy him for hours on end if he wanted it to. He’s always wanting to colour in so this is a handy game to have in our household. This product is also available to purchase on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Are you or your children Paddington fans? Would they like these games?

NEW RELEASE: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

I’m part of the Beck Valley Books group and will occasionally post book reviews, blog tours, new releases etc.


New Release….
A loving husband. The perfect killer?‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’ 

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.

But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.

Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan…

Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming!

Book available to buy from….


‘A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.’  Publishers Weekly
‘Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won’t be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending… Absolutely brilliant!’
Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep
‘Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda’s narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year.’  Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever
‘Deliciously diabolical and highly readable, BEST DAY EVER kept me flipping the pages with anticipation and fascination. Unputdownable!’ A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife


About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women’s fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE MIRROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR (April 2016). Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER’S DAY. Kaira’s work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader’s Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines.

Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE’S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3, and LAGUNA SIGHTS, coming winter 2016. She also helped launch Melissa Foster’s The Remington’s Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE and in the Dare to Love Kindle World, THE CELEBRITY DARE.

Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire.

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.

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Other Women’s Fiction books by the author…

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Back To School With Sports Direct

We were sent these items from Sports Direct for the purpose of reviews. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Jack is now back at school, he’s now in year one and life is busier than ever. He’s learning more at school so more reading and homework, he’s doing football training after school on a Thursday, golf lessons one day a week and going up the range with his Daddy and he’s also got his Friday night club. He is loving being so busy and is loving being back at school with all of his friends – he has even got a school trip this Thursday that he is very excited about!

We were recently contacted by Sports Direct asking if we would like some items from their kids range to help Jack settle in back to school. We use Sports Direct a lot for all our sporty needs – having a golf mad partner and son means we spend a lot of time shopping in there and only recently bought all of Jack’s football training items in there!

We were given a list of items to choose from: a pair of school shoes, a pair of trainers or football boots, a jacket, a bag, a bottle, a shirt and some shorts. Now I couldn’t find a pair of shorts in his size but I did ask for something from each of the other sections so what did we choose?

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For school shoes, there was only one brand we could choose – Kickers. Both Steve and I remember having Kickers when we were little and wanted Jack to try them too as we remembered just how good quality they are. We picked these Kickers Fragma Slip On Shoes which usually retail at £44.99 but are currently on sale for just £30! Jack has been to school in them for the last few days and they are withstanding an energetic five year old well – I’d normally be seeing at least one or two scuffs on his shoes by now! They fit well and look very smart.

Sports Direct Sports Direct Now as I mentioned before, we recently grabbed Jack’s football stuff from Sports Direct so he wasn’t in total need of trainers or football boots but when he saw Sidewalk Sport wheely trainers (usually £47.99, down to £29), he begged me for them and Sports Direct were more than happy for him to try them. He obviously won’t be using these at school but will definitely make the walk to school a little faster and he can change into his school shoes there, haha!

Sports Direct Sports DirectNow Jack isn’t allowed to take any bags other than his book bag in on a regular day at school due to lack of storage space – they have pegs for their coats, shelves for their bottles and lunchboxes if they have packed lunch and boxes for their book bags. However since Jack also attends football after school on a Thursday, he needed something to store that in that he could take in and bring home every Thursday. This Minion character 3D backpack (usually £19.99, currently on sale for £7) is spacious enough to fit in all his football kit with room for anything else he needs to put in there.

Sports Direct Sports DirectWith it getting close to Winter, Jack needed a decent coat that could withstand the elements – after all, we all know British weather is incredibly temperamental. This Karrimor Urban Jacket (£42.99 usually, half price at just £21.99) is perfect. It fits him well but also has space for him to grow a little. It is waterproof and windproof, has reflective detailing and has WeatherTite technology. Just what you need from a school jacket.

Sports DirectFinally we were sent this Character flip bottle, costing just £3.49 down from £5.99 and this Slazenger polo shirt (£3 – not pictured as it is in Jack’s PE kit at school). I must admit that we did have an accident with the bottle – it is a plastic bottle but Jack dropped the one we were sent on his third day at school and it shattered across the floor and he was very upset – luckily my mum managed to find him exactly the same one in our local store and he has been extra careful with it since.

The green tee has been perfect for PE as he is in the green team. It is good quality and I can see it lasting a long time.

We have been very impressed with the items we were sent to ensure Jack was sorted for back to school. They certainly do have a great range of children’s items – and if you hurry up, you may even get some of them on sale right now!