Hello!

My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 7 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Turning Tears into Smiles with Elastoplast!

Soothing the Scratches and Scapes
#TearsIntoSmiles

We work our way through our fair share of sticky plasters. Sometimes, I fear I am mummy to three of the most accident prone children in the world! Every day, at 3pm, I stand outside school just waiting for a teacher to approach me with the notorious pink accident slip, one for each of the girls, as a day without one is a day I believe they must have had playtime indoors, sitting on the carpet, whilst avoiding any possible contact with furniture, play equipment or other humans ... or air!
It must be one of the most awful things a parent has to do - seeing to the bumps and bashes, the scrapes and scratches, the cuts and casualties. The tears and tantrums that are caused by their tumbles can be heartbreaking. And if you're like me and you don't deal with open wounds well, these moments can be even more challenging. I am usually the one giving loads of kisses and cuddles whilst The Man tends to the blood!

However, none of this could ever stop me from letting them be children, exploring their surroundings and enjoying the outdoors. After all, they all fall down - it's inevitable. But, us parents are there to help them back onto their feet, brush them down and turn those tears into smiles again.

We have been working with Britmums and Elastoplast, looking at how we make everything better when these falls happen, and have taken part in their #TearsIntoSmiles campaign.



Since 1924, Elastoplast has been sold in six countries across the world: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Since its founding, Elastoplast products have been renowned internationally for their quality. 

More than 200 tried and tested products and innovations are sold in countries from Germany to Chile, the United Kingdom to Australia, under the brand names Hansaplast, Elastoplast and Curitas. Apart from plasters and wound dressings, our product range includes well-tried as well as original products that offer relief from foot problems, sport injuries, pains and strains.


A worldwide brand that you and your whole family can rely on – we offer you modern and high-quality solutions to the demands and small inconveniences of everyday life.


We love getting outdoors, whether it is playing in the garden or feeding the ducks, exploring our local area or seeing what we can find in the woods. When we get outdoors, we like to have as few rules as possible (unless, of course, there is water nearby or we are close to roads, etc) and allow the children to lead us in their quest for fun.

We love to collect something from wherever we go. The children like to take their special finds into school to share their experiences with their friends and teachers. It makes them very proud and they feel like proper little adventurers when they hear their friends gasp in awe at the pine cone they've found and they watch with pride as their newly acquired pebble is passed around the class. Small things to us, but huge to them.


However, occasionally often, we find ourselves in the situation where play gets just a little too exciting, guards are released and accidents happen. Falls and bumps are the worry of most parents when they are out and about, having fun with the kids. Munch isn't really our accident prone one, luckily. We have always said that she is the one made of glass. She has her falls (especially at school!) and her minor accidents, but she's far from fearless and tends to avoid situations that she would deem to be dangerous. Beastie and Plumlet, on the other hand, are a whole different story! They will run into things, fall over, trip up pavements and generally find hazard with everything they encounter ... and that's just on the school run! So, we like to make sure we are always equipped with a sufficient supply of first aid tools when we go out. 

Plasters are a must-have in our little kit.


The kids are absolutely loving these novelty plasters from Elastoplast. They have had Disney's Frozen and Star Wars to choose from, and I would be lying if I said I haven't had to submit to the odd not entirely genuine ouchy, just so they could spend the day sporting one like a fashion accessory! However, they love them that much that the recent genuine sores caused by falls have seemed less traumatic to them as they get to choose from the variety of designs and it instantly makes that unsightly mark look awesome!


Coupled with lots of cuddles, these sticky plasters have definitely helped to turn their tears into smiles. When they do them in their favourite characters, how could they not smile!



This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. http://campaigns.elastoplast.net/plastermoments/uk

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Swag your way through SWAGO!

Swago returns!

I've written here about the bingo style game from Swagbucks called Swago before, and here we are again as Swagbucks bring us another fun round with the chance to earn a 300SB bonus, simply for completing everyday tasks online which you are probably doing anyway.


Swagbucks has one more bit of April fun - it's the return of Swago! It's just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash!      

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus! Activate your board over at www.swagbucks.com/swago and work your way through the grid, completing as many of the tasks as you can. When you complete an activity, the corresponding square will change colour to indicate success. Keep an eye on the board patterns to the right of your board as these show you which patterns reward which bonuses. Please do remember, you can only submit your board ONCE, so if you are going for the full board, wait until you have every square 'lit' before you submit.      

Click here to sign up and get started! If you sign up through my link and earn 300 SB before May 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Challenge Accepted, Swagbucks!

International Egg-cellent Team Challenge

Happy Easter everyone! By now, you've probably had your fill of chocolatey treats and have hopefully been able to enjoy some precious time with those you hold dearest. However, now comes the time to return to normality, and many have already been fighting off those Back to Work Blues as they resume the daily grind. 

However, Swagbucks is helping its members to extend the Easter excitement with yet another fun Team Challenge!


Easter is bringing with it another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the "Egg-cellent" Team Challenge, began Monday, 17 April, but there is still time to join in and claim a slice of the prize!

Here's how you can join the challenge (and and Swagbucks, if you haven't already!):  

1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting 17 April at 4pm GMT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contributed so far.   

Every member who participates and contributes at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before 1 May, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!  

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, 21 April and will expire on Sunday, 7 May at 7:59am GMT.

So get yourself signed up and start swagging! The quicker you start earning the SB, the quicker you can start redeeming them for vouchers for many of your favourite online and High Street stores!

I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Blissful Bolognese, Comforting Carbonara, Luxurious Lasagne ... Delizioso Dolmio!

Midweek meals for the busy family
#ThankGoodness for #Dolmio!


A story that rings very true to so many parents out there today ...

"Not enough hours in the day!"

Too often, I find myself wanting to prepare a nutritious, satisfying meal for the whole family in the evening, but juggling the cooking process along with school runs, after school clubs and the general, everyday antics of three young children, can regularly see me short of time. As a result, I find myself searching for inspiration of quick family meals and often worry our weekly menu can become slightly bland. Couple these day-to-day dilemmas with three very fussy eaters (only two of which are children!), and mealtimes can fly dangerously close to the Chore Zone!

So when we were invited by Britmums to take part in the #Thank Goodness challenge with Dolmio, we were well and truly ready!


The good people at Dolmio recognise mealtime meltdowns and dinner dilemmas like no other, and they know that, when time is short and bellies are empty, we all look for a quick, comforting meal that will satisfy the fussiest of taste buds!

Our challenge was to gratefully accept the hamper of tasty goods that were delivered to our door and whip up a family favourite in the midst of our busy weekday schedule. And the star of the show ...?


Dolmio Bolognese Original 500g sauce is 100% natural. In each jar, you’ll find at least 10 juicy diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs including basil, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, a pinch of pepper, two teaspoons of added beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more. In fact, a jar provides a family of four with one of their 5-a-day each and that’s before you add any further veg to the meal!

So, sitting down with the kids and showing them our ingredients, I decided I would get inspiration from them.

Munch: "Spaghetti Bolognese!"
Beastie: Spag Bol!"
Plumlet: "Sgettiiiiii!"

Spaghetti Bolognese is a firm favourite here, so, seeing the ingredients and recognising the popular Dolmio logo as a regular in our shopping baskets, it was a no-brainer for them!


As mentioned earlier, Munch, Plumlet and The Man are all extremely fussy eaters. They all love a spag bol, but their ideal dish would be very plain, vegetable free and lacking any 'colourful bits'. Myself and Beastie, however, couldn't be more different! However, I don't need to educate anyone on the importance of a decent intake of vegetables, nor do I want anyone to think that I succumb to their aversion to 'colourful bits' and neglect feeding them healthy stuff. I just have to be a little more creative sometimes. Chopping an onion to within a millimetre of its existence finding a variety of ways to conceal vegetables within their food as well as finding fun and exciting ways to present the colourful food to them seems to be a normal exercise in this house. However, this time, I did add finely chopped vegetables - onion and carrot, and added some yummy extras for myself and Beastie to enjoy with our dinner.


Using Dolmio Bolognese sauce means I can be confident that the whole family are eating well, as they enjoy a meal that is both tasty and nutritious.


To make this meal choice even better, it is really quick and simple to make. The ingredients I used were:

500g Lean Beef Mince
1 500g jar of Original Dolmio Bolognese Sauce
1 Medium Onion
1 Medium Carrot
1 tsp Italian Herbs
0.5 tsp garlic powder
1 handful Mushrooms (amount depends on preference)
1 Yellow Pepper 
Grated Cheddar
Grated Fresh Parmesan
350g wholemeal Spaghetti

The method for making a delicious bolognese is simple, well known and extremely versatile. Whilst chopping the onion and carrot small enough to avoid finding a little pile of colourful bits at the edge of three out of five plates, I also cooked up some mushrooms (a favourite for me and Beastie) and sliced some bright yellow pepper to garnish our plates as we fancied! Just goes to show, a good spaghetti bolognese should be made how you like it!


Even my two fussiest eaters loved it and requested a second round before they had even finished their first!

So, next time you are out on your food shop, be sure to add Dolmio to your basket. Versatile goodness, valuable convenience and satisfied tummies ... all in a 500g jar!

Take a look at the hashtags #ThankGoodness and #Dolmio to see what delicious creations others have been enjoying.



This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Ha Ha Ha Harvester!

From serving ribs ... to tickling them!

As a family of 5, going out for a family meal at a restaurant usually requires some careful consideration and intricate planning. Selecting a family friendly establishment with suitable facilities can be a task in itself. Then, getting all three children out of the door, looking respectable, getting seated happily at the restaurant, getting each child to choose their preferred meal from a menu of (what might as well be) a million possibilities, keeping said children entertained whilst their meals are being prepared (meals that at least one child will change their mind on 5 minutes later), and eating a relatively stress free dinner whilst avoiding the eye contact of any potentially disapproving or disgruntled diners!

It's no wonder our usual restaurant of choice is Harvester!


We've all been in a comparable situation, or witnessed a family in a restaurant facing a similar dilemma.

Harvester have come up with a great idea to distract those restless kids, to encourage those social media addicts to put their phones down and interact with one another and to keep everybody happy at the dinner table.

The popular family restaurant have recruited comedian Rhys James (of Mock the Week fame) to provide its staff with some comedic coaching.


The UK's favourite feel good restaurant hopes to help bring people together over food and drink and add some fun back into to its customers’ dining experiences through the use of some ‘fish & quips’.

A poll of 845 people conducted by the restaurant chain on Twitter revealed that the top dining situations people felt could use some humour are:

Screaming children (34 per cent)
Fellow diners too distracted by phones to have a conversation (26 per cent)
An awkward first date (21 per cent)
Boring dinner with the family (19 per cent)


A video of the ‘RibTickler’ training session sees Rhys James take some Harvester team members through a variety of comedy tactics and conversation starters before putting their new skills to test on unsuspecting diners, as he assists through a hidden camera.

Rhys James said: 

“I once worked in a restaurant and my banter never received the appreciation it deserved, so it was great to live vicariously through the Harvester team. It’s the ideal situation - if they get a laugh, I’m a genius. If they don’t, then it’s all down to their poor delivery! Some of them did really well with their own improvisation, but I’m secretly going to put this down to my excellent training too.”

Hazel Laughey, who has worked at Harvester for 6 years, said: 

“I’ve been part of plenty of training sessions but never one quite like this. We’re trained to create ‘feel good moments’ for guests, but this taught us the value of using comedy to improve our guests’ dining experience, which was the extra cherry on top. Admittedly, I was nervous at first, but once the guests started to laugh, it certainly gave me a buzz!”

Rob Pitcher, Divisional Director at Harvester, commented: 

“Our ethos is based on ‘feel good dining’ and we believe that training our staff in comedy will help bring family and friends closer together. Introducing more humour to the server and guest relationship is something we consider very important. We want guests to know that if they go into a Harvester, they will not only be served delicious food, but they’ll have a brilliant experience too!”

Watch the rib-tickling training session in action: 


I have to say, the reasons we always choose Harvester as our place to go for a family meal (apart from the fact that Beastie would happily spend our entire visit at the salad bar!) are vast and varied, but one of the chief reasons for us is their accommodating attitude towards families and young children. The staff always treat the children as though they are the most important people in the restaurant and no demand is too much work. This makes a huge difference to how well the meal goes and to how happy everyone is when we leave.


So, a family meal, with a delicious, varied menu, warm and welcoming customer service mixed with a team with a great sense of humour is surely the perfect choice for a family of any size and temperament! Check out your local restaurant here



This post has been written in collaboration with Harvester. We were offered a meal voucher in return for the post.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Collecting Bills for St Patrick!

Speacial Bill for St Patrick's Day

Hey Swagbucks folks! And if you're not one of the Swagbucks folk ... why ever not?! I've written about the benefits of their totally free membership a number of times now, and that is because it really works. Anyone that knows me, knows full well that I barely have enough hours in the day to get the essentials done, so the little, precious spare time I do get would most certainly not be wasted on something that wasn't worth it! In other words, Swagbucks really works.


 In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Swagbucks has a one-day-only Collector's Bill worth 17 SB. You can get it randomly from Search, and if you get it, you'll also get an additional 20 SB bonus! It'll be available all day today (Friday).If you're not a member of Swagbucks yet, you can create your account now and earn points called SB for doing things like searching the web, shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos! You can then take those points and turn them into gift cards from Amazon, Debenhams, Starbucks, New Look, PayPal, or hundreds of other retailers.


rekindled my Swagbucks account in October, 2016, and have never looked back. Earning myself a nice 3 figure sum by Christmas (in just 2 months) was a wonderful feeling, and it just keeps on going. These events like the Collectors Bills, Swago, Team Challenges and Swagcode Days are just some of the awesome ways Swagbucks make the whole earning experience fun.

So sign up today and remember to perform all of your usual web searches via the Swagbucks Search, and that special collectors bill could be yours, as well as the bonus SB that come with it!

This limited edition collectors bill will be available to win between 7am Friday 17th and 7am Saturday 18th GMT!

I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Spring Reading with Swagbucks

A Team Challenge for the Springtime

I've written before about the various different ways in which Swagbucks likes to make earning fun, and here they are, doing it again with another Team Challenge.


This fun team challenge will help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes, as your activities are all planned for you. You just need to decide how many SB you want to earn and which activity you'd like to complete to get it!

Their latest, the Spring Reading Team Challenge, begins Monday, 20 March. Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:  

1. Click to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration will open really soon and you will be able to access the registration page via the home page! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting 20 March at 4pm GMT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far.   

All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before 1 April, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!  Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, 24 March and will expire on Sunday, 9 April at 7:59am GMT or 11:59pm PT

So, sign up before Monday 20th and join the fun in the Spring Reading Challenge and support your team!


I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Friday, 10 March 2017

Swagging into the Springtime


As I have mentioned before, Christmas was made much, much easier for me and my family thanks to Swagbucks. I became an active member in October 2016, and by December 2016, I had earned enough in vouchers to guarantee that we could look forward to possibly the happiest Christmas we have had in years.


Now that the holidays are over, Spring is well and truly on its way and a lot of us have gone into savings mode again as we rebuild our bank accounts from all that gift buying! Some are busy booking up the 2017 holidays! If you're looking to extend your budget or just say within it, Swagbucks is a great resource for that. You've probably seen me write about Swagbucks already on here. It's a site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like New Look, Debenhams, Starbucks, Amazon, and Paypal cash.

If you sign up with me in March, you could earn yourself quite a hefty bonus which will give your SB total a great boost!




Here's how you get your bonus: 

1. Sign up using this link

2. Earn 300 SB total before 1st April, and you'll get a 300 SB bonus for it! 

3. When you spend at least £25 through Swagbucks Shop* you'll get another 200 SB bonus on top of the cash back you'll get from shopping. If you have some shopping to do online, just go to Swagbucks first and visit the store through them. It doesn't cost you anything extra, but you'll get SB points for every pound you spend (on top of the bonus)! And with stores such as Asda, Argos and Boots on the list, you could do your weekly shop or buy your usual bits and bobs, but just through Swagbucks. The difference is, you'll be rewarded for it!


Here's the best part - if you refer someone yourself and they do steps 2 & 3, you'll earn the same bonuses they do, so it really adds up! That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and I've earned over 80,000SB since October which amounts to over £500 in vouchers to spend as I wish!

So take a look for yourself. It's free to explore, free to join and free to use! What have you got to lose?!

I think the more appropriate question to ask yourself here is, how much could you gain?!

*You must receive your shopping SB before 1 April


I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Pancake Day is sweeter with Num Noms!

Getting creative with a little scented inspiration!

What's Your Flavour?

It's no secret ... my girls adore Num Noms. They are both steadily acquiring a healthy collection each, which become the focus of their make believe games on a very regular basis! On Boxing Day, 2016, they were delighted to share in the excitement of the launch of the latest Series 3 and had lots of fun exploring the new scents.


I'm sure most of you have heard about Num Noms by now, but for those of you that haven't, they are a very sought after collectable in this house. They're sweet, stackable and scented! With each one having its own scent, they can be stacked together to create inventive new scents, and with hundreds to collect, the possibilities of imagination are endless. I am invited to their restaurant regularly and treated to plated of banana fries and strawberry soup!


So, when we were asked to allow Num Noms to inspire and influence our Pancake Day this year for their 'What's your Flavour?' campaign, the girls were extremely excited and full of ideas whilst I was preparing myself to say goodbye to our usual lemon and syrup toppings and a little apprehensive about what would be suggested by the girls!

This is the second Series 3 Lunchbox that we have had from Num Noms now, and the girls absolutely love them! You get 3 different food categories, with 3 Num Noms in each. In this one, we had fruit/veg, hard candies and donuts! As well as these 9 Nums, there is also a blind pot and 2 eraser Noms. So once Munch and Beastie had explored the box and matched each one up to the list to identify their names, they set to work on deciding which would make good pancake topping combinations, whilst grabbing the rest of their collections too.


Munch decided on a pancake topped with peaches, maple syrup and bananas, so Nana Hearts, Maple Sugars and Peachy Stamp-It made up her creation.


Beastie clearly liked the sound of Munch's idea, so she stacked the same scents, but added Brooklyn Blue (whilst insisting she was a blueberry Num ... she's actually blue raspberry, but these are just mere details!)

One thing I have found as a mum of girls who have Num Noms from all series 1-3 is, the scents seems to be becoming more realistically accurate. Beastie actually cannot stop smelling Maple Sugars saying she smells exactly like maple syrup (she's not wrong either!) And I did have to liberate her from Beastie's coat pocket on the way to school the other day. Apparently, all her friends needed to sniff her!

So, fast forward a few days, and here we are.

It's Pancake Day!!!

So, what are your favourite toppings? We had our pancakes a little early so we could share what we created. I asked the girls to put their shopping lists together with their Num Noms inspired ingredients, and I went out and bought exactly what they asked for!


There was maple syrup too!

We had so much fun creating these Num Nom inspired pancakes, and the girls were really excited to be the brains behind the ingredients! The most fun part of all though was the building of their own pancakes and the eating!


Do let us know what you'll be having on your pancakes today, and will your toppings be creatively inspired like ours were?

Num Noms really got the girls thinking and had them thinking up all sorts of crazy concoctions! I did find myself saying "Hmmm, I'm not sure about hot dogs with marshmallows on a pancake," and, "maybe cotton candy and tomatoes wouldn'[t be such a great idea ...", but I think they got the idea in the end!


We were sent a set of Series 3 Num Noms and a contribution towards ingredients for the purpose of this post. No other payment was received and all thoughts are 100% our own.

When an event needs a venue ...

... Theres always a venue that needs an event!

Whatever the time of year may be, there are always important events going on. Living so close to London, we are often lucky to receive invitations to some wonderful blogging events in our wonderful Capital, London. Many of these events are held in some truly beautiful venues, and blogging has helped me to see London through much more favourable eyes, as I have had the opportunity to visit some wonderful places that I never knew existed.

These events may be blogging conferences, product launches or celebrations of brand successes, all of which have been held in some of the most attractive locations which always leave me in awe of the amazing city that is right on our doorstep.

However, I do fail to appreciate sometimes, the hard work that often goes into finding and securing these venues. There are many of them in London - some that are well known and quite well known, whilst others are like hidden treasures that are almost unheard of. How on earth would one even go about locating a place like that when advertising is strongly dominated by the more well known places and they are far from the obvious choice?

Now, thanks to Venue Seeker, these little diamonds that are so well hidden in the rough are easier to locate and no event should ever be without a venue again!

Image courtesy of Venue Seeker

Whatever your even requirements may be, Venue Seeker are able to help. Looking to spread the word about your great new product ...? Hold a social occasion for employees and/or clients ...? Maybe an award ceremony to celebrate successes within your field ...? An indoor venue with atmospheric decor ...? Or possibly somewhere spacious which spills to a picturesque outdoor area as more of a Summer party venue ...? Venue Seeker can help throughout. They know how important location is when planning your event and are aware how stressful it can be when you are trying to ensure that everything goes down without a hitch! They want to take some stress out of the planning, leaving you to concentrate on the more important details of your event, like how many bottles of champagne you need to order!

With a book containing over 100 event spaces in and around London, Venue Seeker are sure to have a location to suit every occasion. From ancient venues with a historical tale to tell to more contemporary conference centres, London has it all!

Image courtesy of Venue Seeker

Furthermore, Venue Seeker is free to use and extremely simple. Use the website to enter your requirements regarding event type and number of guests and browse through the suggestions offered, give the office a call and have some hand-picked suggestions given, or list your requirements in an email and see what is available to you.

Thanks to this company, finding and securing a venue for your event should be so much easier, and with the Summer fast approaching, you may want to start thinking about Summer gatherings, or getting yourself extra organised and begin planning your private Christmas event for this year. One thing is for sure, you won't be short of suggestions, and choosing London as your setting, you can plan an occasion that will have people talking into 2018!

Venue Seeker can also be found on social media. Why not give them a shout on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and see if they can help you.






This is a collaborative post. All words are my own.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Happy Birthday, Swagbucks!

It's a Birthday Extravaganza!


Everyone loves a good birthday celebration, and Swagbucks is no exception! They are going all out starting this Monday (27th February,2017) to mark the special occasion that is their 9th birthday!

9 years! 9 years of rewarding their members ... 9 years of always finding new and fun ways to entertain their community ... 9 years of growing success!


As Swagbucks is celebrating their birthday on Monday, they're keeping the party alive all day on February 27th, but they want to give YOU presents. You can play Birthday Swago (their version of bingo) all day long, filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. I have played a number of rounds of Swago now, and they are fun! Search the web, complete surveys, refer friends, explore your favourite stores ... what will this next Swago board have in store?

If you have played Swago before, you will already have an idea of how it works. But ... This is no ordinary Swago! This is Birthday Swago, and Swagbucks have lovingly added a twist of the best kind!


 For each square you fill in, you get a spin on their big birthday prize wheel, where you can earn up to 2500 points (SB) with each spin! The best part is that the points you get can be used to get free gift cards to places like Amazon, or PayPal cash! 

So, a Swago board with a top reward of 300 SB (for completing the whole board), and lots of opportunities to try your luck on the Big Birthday Wheel!

Fill up your board and then submit your patterns to get even more spins and more chances to win big points! Click here to sign up and get started! If you're not yet a member, you can sign up through my link, and when you earn a minimum of 300 SB before March 1st, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

So, if there was ever a perfect time to sign up for free to Swagbucks, with all these rewards on offer, now is it! 



I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Choc-Dipped Swagbucks!

Another fun Team Challenge!

They just keep on coming! Not only is Swagbucks a brilliant way to earn vouchers for your favourite online and high street stores, but they are always making it fun. It is very rare lately that there isn't an event of some sort going on!



Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! They have one themed around Valentine's day - the Chocolate Dipped Team Challenge begins Monday, 13 February. 

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site: 

1. Click here to join the challenge (sign up and then you'll see the challenge banner on the home page) and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.

2. Starting 13 February at 4pm GMT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.

3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far. All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before 1 March, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)! 

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 40 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 20 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, February 17th and will expire on Tuesday, February 28th at 7:59am GMT.


The Team Challenges are always a lot of fun with a great, friendly competitive atmosphere, and you can keep up with your own progress and that of all the teams on the Team Challenge page.

What team will you be on ...?





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Friday, 10 February 2017

With Love from ... Swagbucks xx

Valentine's Day Shop & Earn deals

Valentine's Day ... Love it or loathe it, it's everywhere you look. Card shops make you search for the few birthday cards hidden amongst a million love greetings, store windows are adorned with gift ideas for that special someone and florists are just a sea of reds, pinks, balloons and cuddly toys. It's on the high street, it's online, it's on the TV and the radio. So, whilst there's no escaping it, why not embrace it ...?!


If Valentine's Day plays a big part in your annual calendar, are you still looking for the perfect gift to get that special person in your life? Do your Valentine's Day shopping through Swagbucks and get cash back for all your purchases! The best part? Through Valentine's Day, selected retailers are offering double cash back or more! Just click here to sign up for Swagbucks and learn more. If you don't know about Swagbucks, it's a site where you earn points (called SB) for doing things like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, searching the web, and taking surveys! You redeem your SB for gift cards or PayPal cash. As a special bonus, if you sign up through me and spend at least £25 in shop, you'll get a 200 SB bonus!


If you're not in the Valentine's mood or don't celebrate the occasion, why not take full advantage of those that do, treat yourself to something lovely and bag yourself a nice SB cashback bonus! 

So, whatever your opinion on the day, Swagbucks will spread the love to everyone - be sure to catch some for yourself!


I am working alongside Swagbucks as an Influencer to spread the word about the benefits. I am very much an active member and all opinions are 100% my own!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Changes for 2017 ...

Up the Protein ... Up the Fitness

I've heard so many people say recently that; 
2017 will be the year they get fit ... 
2017 will be the year they lose weight ...
2017 will be the year of change ...!

The problem many people face is the very problem I have, and I am determined to beat that this year! As a busy mum of three, I neglect myself, pure and simple. It's not necessary, but I do. I see so many mums at the school who turn up at 3pm having just been to the gym, the salon, the sun bed, and here's me just wishing I could fit a fitness routine into my day!

But why shouldn't I?!
There is always an excuse!

For a start, I need to eat better. There are some days (actually, many days) where I will go the whole day without food. I will spend my day making sure the kids have everything they need, and will often forget that my body has the same needs too! Then, when I do suddenly get hungry, I will grab something quick that will act purely to banish the hungry feeling rather than satisfy my body's need for nutrition. 

This needs to stop!

I need to look after me a little more. After all, my children want me fit and healthy and able to do all the things they want me to join in with as they grow. I want that too.

So some changes will be made, and I have been looking in to where I should start.

Equipment


Although not essential, some fitness aids can make all the difference when trying to establish a fitness regime that is going to be sustainable. Santa very kindly brought me some roller skates for Christmas and I'm determined not to let them get lost in the back of a cupboard where they will gather dust. Munch also received new skates for Christmas, so some mummy/daughter time getting out and about on our skates could be a lot of fun, as well as being a good workout for me. I'd like to invest in a good exercise bike too, as it will mean I can work out when the kids are in bed and I am unable to leave the house.

Clothing


There's nothing quite like some lovely new clothes to motivate me, so I know I will need to accessorise my wardrobe with some new fitness gear. Leggings and tops which are suitable for physical exercise, and a good, comfortable pair of running shoes that are suitable for both indoors and out. Right now, I'd either be exercising outdoors at night or slightly well covered as my body confidence right now is lower than low, but if I can stick at this, then maybe ... soon ...

Supplements


Some people don't need to supplement their diet when wanting to reach a body or fitness goal. Some people get all the goodness they need from their perfectly planned, balanced and nutritious eating regimes. I, however, don't! Supplementing my diet with a little more protein, a little more energy (and not just the kind that comes from several cups of coffee!) all has to be a good thing. And knowing that I can purchase these aids online at discounted prices without having to cut out the things I enjoy, makes the whole concept even more tempting! Take a look at http://www.fitnesscodes.co.uk for yourself. The range at My Protein is huge!

2017 ... some changes will be made!



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