WIN | Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie Hardback Book

Olivia is not quite ready for potty training yet but she has slowly been showing signs of knowing when her nappy is full. Now it has been quite some time since I potty trained a child so I will have to refresh my memory but it is great that there are so many fantastic resources out there now to aid parent and child when it comes to potty training.

I was recently contacting about reviewing ‘Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie‘ by Simon Harris, a former teacher who is now a social media manager. Within 2 weeks the ‘Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie’ video had over 18K views and went to number 1 on the Amazon Kindle Nursery Rhyme Book Sales Chart.


After struggling for what seemed like an eternity with potty training his toddler son, former French and IT teacher and dad of 2 (with the 3rd arriving imminently) Simon Harris had a fun idea.

“My three-year-old son Luke has been a little bit slow with his potty training so I decided to write a little story to try and help him – it’s called ‘Little Budgie’s Done A Fudgie.’

It’s a little bit ‘out there’ as far as titles go, however to my amazement he really identified with Little Budgie and how Mummy Budgie has helped him to keep trying and get there in the end.” 

Seeing the progress his son was making, with Luke feeling more confident and more like a “big boy”, Simon thought this could be great for fellow parents too. He’s created some fun as well as educational at what can be a very stressful time for both parents and children.



Priced at £5.99 for a hardback copy and £2.99 for an eBook copy, Little Budgie Does A Fudgie is a different potty training book for toddlers. Visit the Facebook page here or buy the book here on Amazon {affiliate link}.

I can’t wait to read the book with Olivia when she understands a little bit more and is on her very own potty training journey.

However I have a hardback copy for one of my lucky readers to win – all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway ends at 23.59pm on the 28th of April 2018, UK only. Good luck all! For more information on the book, visit the website here!

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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!

All you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends on the 18th of March at 23.59pm. Good luck!

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Win A £25 Amazon Voucher!

This year sees some changes to the world of data protection, with the introduction of GDPR and while there are lots of things going on behind the scenes with bloggers talking about the implications it will have on us, it has also raised many questions.

For anyone who knows me via my Facebook or the UK Bloggers group, you will know I have long been a fan of Rafflecopter, they have allowed me to check entries as much as possible to make sure the winner isn’t a cheat and I had my qualms about Gleam, for which I was very vocal.

With the changes of GDPR however, it got me thinking, are either of these competition entry systems going to do any moves to change to make sure they are in line with the new regulations. I reached out to both Gleam and Rafflecopter on twitter posing this question and only Gleam got back to me, in fact, they have been very good at answering the plethora of questions I have thrown their way about the old issues I had with their system. All of which seemed to have been rinsed out in the wash.

Now Rafflecopter may just be busy people, they may have no idea what GDPR is, after all, they are a US-based company. (For anyone interested, Gleam is based in Australia). Who knows! But it does leave me pondering, do I pull up my big girl pants and say hey OK Gleam won out in the end, or do I tough it out with Rafflecopter and hope as the time comes they may look to check how their application conforms with the GDPR standards.

Of course, me being me started talking about it with friends and myself and Sarah from Life In A BreakDown decided we would pose the question to you, which application do you like best Rafflecopter or Gleam and for the next two weeks will be offering a prize of £25 Amazon vouchers both via a Rafflecopter giveaway and a Gleam giveaway asking you, our readers.

This week we are staying original and keeping with Rafflecopter, to enter you just need to answer the poll and the question which is simply asking what you would like to see from our respective blogs this year, it could be a prize, a written series or a certain review.

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Win A Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Machine

Tommee Tippee, the UK’s leading baby feeding accessories brand, has refreshed its best-selling Perfect Prep machine. The Perfect Prep Day & Night prepares a formula feed bottle to the perfect temperature in just two minutes, with new features including volume control and a glow light setting for easier, happier night feeds.

Nicknamed Your Dream Machine, Perfect Prep Day & Night provides parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their baby’s bottle will be perfect every time, right around the clock. Real-life mums and dads helped create the next generation of the best-selling machine, with new design features a direct result of their feedback and suggestions.

Nicola Wallace, Marketing Manager at Tommee Tippee, commented:

“The Perfect Prep Day & Night is a huge and exciting launch for us. Like everything we do, each part of this new product development has been carefully considered with parents in mind – to make the journey into and throughout parenthood as comfortable as possible.

“Sleep, or lack thereof, can become a huge strain for new mums and dads, and the new product features work to combat this. Parents are at the heart of the Tommee Tippee brand, and we’ve got their backs once again with Perfect Prep Day & Night: it’s their Dream Machine!”

Tommee Tippee designed the original Perfect Prep based on the insight that mums find it difficult to prepare a bottle following formula guidelines, as these require the water to be boiled and cooled for up to half an hour before serving. This was difficult, time-consuming and certainly not practical at 3am. The concept was simple: to make this process easier, faster and more accurate, for happier parents and happier babies.

Perfect Prep Day & Night is available in four shades (White, Black, Grey and Red) and is available to pre-order now and on full sale 18th March.

You can view the campaign video below:

Product features include:

  • In just two minutes your bottle is fully prepared at the perfect volume and temperature
  • Silently prepares bottle while the home still sleeps with volume control to minimise night time noise
  • Our glow nightlight shines gently making night time feeds clear & simple
  • Clear, easy to use digital display makes bottle prepping as smooth as your baby’s bum
  • The Perfect Prep Day & Night machine works with most bottles and formula brands
  • Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night is now available to pre-order at Amazon, John Lewis & Mothercare. RRP £130.00

You can find out more information about the machine here and why not keep in touch with Tommee Tippee on their Facebook page here and get involved in the community?

To celebrate this launch, I have teamed up with Tommee Tippee to offer one lucky winner their very own Perfect Prep Day & Night machine. To enter, all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 7th of March 2018. Good luck!


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Who would have thought that seven years ago, when I first started this blog, that it would still be going all these years later. It is older than both my children, it has brought with it so many amazing opportunities and so many challenges along the way.

We’ve gone from Blogger to our own domain on Blogger to self hosted WordPress. We’ve gone from a primarily beauty blog to a parenting blog to the happy medium I am now – which is a little bit of everything but if I had to give it a niche, I’d say parenting and lifestyle.

This blog has enabled me to forge a career doing something I love. I always wanted to be a freelance writer and was even heading to uni to get my degree and then hopefully break into the writing business. It might have taken me a bit longer but I am finally doing a job I love – no matter how stressful it can be -and that wouldn’t be possible at all with this blog. I freelance around the blog and I have had so many opportunities because of it.

The best thing that has come from my blog? The friends I’ve made. The majority of the friends in my life now are through blogging. I even managed to reconnect with two old friends via blogging – how amazing is that?

These past seven years have been incredible and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.

To thank my readers for being there for so long, I’ve got a giveaway for you all today for a Ferrero Golden Gallery. It’s UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 31st of January 2018. Good luck!


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