cable and cotton cinnamon lights review  

I was recently contacted by the Cable and Cotton Team to review one of their beautiful fairy lights set. I of course accepted and quickly jumped onto their website and checked out all of the pretty colour schemes, which is quite alot. I couldn't decide which ones to pick, i was torn between the marshmallow for the living room or the cinnamon set for Layla's bedroom.

Eventually i decided to get cinnamon colour scheme for Layla's bedroom as it perfectly matched the colours that was in her new Next Woodland Bedding set.

So once i had made my mind up about which colours to go for, delivery took a matter of days. As soon as there arrived i couldnt wait to rip into the packaging and box to hang them up.

All the balls needed to be attached to the lights, but in a matter of 5 minutes i had them done! and it was easy peasy!

Cable & Cotton cinnamon fairy lights review on and off display
Heres the Cable and Cotton Fairy lights hanging up in Laylas Bedroom, on the left the lights are turned off, so even when they not in use there still very Pretty! giving a splash of wonderful colours.. and on the right with the lights turned on, because the balls are handmade and created by using string, there is tiny gaps where the light can beam out of so you get this wonderful light effect!, so its perfect as a night light for a Baby/Toddler... Even my older 2 boys (10 and 7 years) want one for their shared bedroom.

There don't have to be used just solely for decorating a childs bedroom, you could add them to your own room, use them as christmas fairy lights, a centre piece on a table, over the mantelpiece etc etc, the possibilities are endless!

 

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Like i mentioned earlier, the reason i decided on the Cinnamon Colour Scheme (there is lots of other colour sets to choose from!!!), is that I've bought Layla the full set of Woodland from the Next Childrens Bedroom Range. Im so delighted that the colours of every ball is exactly like the colours on the Cable & Cotton website! So its a PERFECT match! (I really do like things that match hehe)

Here I've draped the lights over Laylas Cotbed Rail just so you could see all the beautiful colours properally and see how there glow. Please DONT put these lights in or around your Childs bed, just incase there strangle themselves, not a risk worth taking.

 

Get yourself over to Cable and Cotton (link) and check out their other colour ranges, you can even create your own!

 

Disclosure: These Cable & Cotton Lights were sent for free for the purpose of this review. All images, opinions and blurb is my own :)

 

Thank you

Leanne x

 

So Christmas is creeping up on us ever so quick! (Where has this year gone?)

So the kids have made a list and now it's time to track those down for the best possible price! (Of course)

I've decided to get Layla a baby (baby Annabell), and recently noticed on my travels that ToysRus are giving away a free Baby Annabell chair when you spend £45 or more on Baby Annabell items!!!!
I also spotted via hotukdeals a £5 off code (BIRTHDAY9) when you spend £30 or more and I was totally delighted to find that both savings could be applied together. So I made a whopping saving!

So not only had the cot been reduced, but I also got a free chair and £5 off! Bargain!

Baby annabell Christmas bargain toysrus
The items I got her were:

for a lovely sum of £48.98 with Free P&P...

 

Have you been able to beat this price? Found any bargains lately?

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Having made some simple blankets previously. I have now learned some skills into making hats and what perfect time of the year to whip up some?

Here I will tell you how to make them, but please bear in mind that I am a complete novice and even more so in detailing patterns (so if there is anything that I've missed out just drop me a comment).The machine I use is a knitmaster 321 which I believe is a 4.5 gauge standard single bed machine. When I knit anything I use DK wool which I know is very thick and so I knit everything on tension dial:10.

The pattern here will make a hat for a 12-18months old toddler.

Rim:

Bring forward into working position 120needles (6-6). Push back every other needle into non working position.

Open cast on with waste yarn and knit a few rows, break yarn. Knit 1 row with your cord.

Reset counter to: 000

Turn tension dial to 8 (or 2 tensions notches down from your normal knitting tension for your yarn). Knit 40 rows.

Bring forward all needles into working position. Pick up stitches and put your 1st row of rib back on the empty needles.

Reset counter to: 000

Set tension back to 10 (or back up 2 notches that's your normal tension for your yarn) Knit one row. Pull out your cord and the waste yarn should fall away.

Main body:

Here you can let your imagine run wild... You can knit all one colour, fair isle patterns, stripes, cable etc. knit 49 rows.

Decrease:

Move every other stitch to adjacent needle and push back empty needles into non working position. (You should end up with half the amount of needles)

Turn tension dial to 8 and knit 2 rows.

Leave a long yarn tail and break yarn.

Cast off:

Using a tapestry needle feed yarn tail through the front of every stitch and remove from the machine.

Making up:

Pull the yarn tight to gather up those stitches and sew up the side seam.

Pom Pom:

The top gathers up quite nice and tight so you don't need to add a Pom Pom, but I love seeing Pom Poms on children's hat. I used a Pom Pom maker that I purchased off eBay for a couple of £, it's fantastic and makes lots of other sizes too. But if you don't wish to purchase one of these then you can use the circle card method and attach to the hat.

Enjoy x

Machine knitted blanket pink lining cream bows on pink

Wow Ashton is 7! where does the time go??? It doesnt seem like 2 minutes ago we were bringing him home from the hospital awwwww

As per usual with every birthday, i often ask the dreaded question, "so Ashton what theme are you having this year?" Now when he said Minecraft, i was delighted! i thought yehhhh dead easy. Ill just be able to go into town, grab a Minecraft cake, balloons, banners, invitations, party bags, cups, plates etc all Minecraft themed.

The reality was slightly abit different, nowhere seems to do official Minecraft Party things, there is places like Etsy, Ebay etc where you can purchase them custom made :( So what seemed to be a great idea i started to dread it!, because now i needed to source and make everything from scratch.

Minecraft Birthday Cake

I had so many sleepless nights regarding his cake as i always see the Cake as the main thing to any birthday party (apart from the presents of course!). I spent hours creating this little beauty and im sooo pleased with how it turned out. I made a chocolate fudge cake and smoothed it in fudge, YUM! then a thick layer of Green icing. I felt gutted cutting it up haha

Ashtons 7th Birthday Party

We got Ashton a Bouncy castle for in the back garden and invited some of his friends from school.. There had a great time! they were never off the thing and played endless of different games including dodge ball.

Ashton blowing the candles out

And of course no Birthday Party would be complete without everyone singing Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boy and capture him as he blows out his candles.

It was such a great day and Ashton absolutely loved it!!! Have you had a Minecraft party? i would love to see them x

Live love laugh candles

Well ok, maybe I slightly over exaggerated that just a tiny bit.

But for the last 2months I've had brain freeze, and I say brain freeze and not writers block simply because my brain has felt like it just wanted to stop as if it wanted to freeze in time and it wasn't just writing it was everything!

I should explain that 2 months ago my life was very hectic and ever since I suffered from a ruptured brain aneurysm 4 years ago I don't tend to cope with a lot of stress and pressure. Luckily I'm a very strong willed type of person and so if I set my mind on doing something, I do it!. But 2months I felt that everything was increasingly becoming such a huge effort and that I wasn't enjoying life with my kids as I should.

So I do what I do best and just walk away from certain aspects in my life that I think are either a, putting too much pressure on myself or b, are doing me no good. To Lee's horror I just, in his eyes 'abandoned' my blog. He couldn't understand it and he was fairly angry at me for just walking away. To be honest I don't blame him, but it couldn't give him direct answers onto why? And so of course he just doesn't understand.

2months on, I still can't pin point why I just 'abandoned' my little bloggy, but at the time there was a lot going on.

1, A huge sudden increase in spam comments meant I had to shift on average 1000spam comments per day!
2, Lee's computer broke and because he works from home (the bread winner) he needed to use the Apple MacBook and therefore I was back using my ridiculously slowwwwwww laptop :(
3, We inherited a sofa from my Granda as he was moving home and I couldn't sit as comfortably as I could on my old settee and so I couldn't be comfy when blogging (strange how things like this can make a huge difference)
4, went to bed one night after editing images to do a post on my laptop, woke up and the screen was all smashed up, so that put a spanner in the works
5, Someone copied one of my posts like for like and it really upset me. It just put me off continuing.

But I'm making progress! I'm actually sat down on our old sofa (I've swapped them back round and feel so much better for it!) I've downloaded a plugin to get rid of spam comments and thankfully it's worked (touch wood). I now feel in a much better place and have less jobs on a to do list. I don't feel like I'm trying to carry the world on my shoulders.

Has anyone else suffered with blogging brain freeze? If so how did you over come it? I would love to know. X

Hey everyone, i thought it was time I did a mini update.. I've sort of been abit AWOL and I guess just real life has taken over my little bloggy :(

Recently has been so hectic! Doing house improvements and looking after the kids that the blog has sadly had to go on a go slow pace. I'm gutted that my blog has suffered ever so slightly... But obviously my priorities have to be my children.

I regrettably gave up on doing the project365, although I'm still taking pictures I just couldn't find the time to get my posts done :( But me and lee have made new real life friends so have been out and about socialising. (Which of course has been very nice!)

To add to things, lee broke his ankle! So he's laid up for 6 weeks. So that means I'm having to do everything and look after him... Which is slightly annoying (it's his own stupid fault!) as it means I have even less time to myself :(

Now of course the kids are off school for 6 weeks :/ need I say anymore? Haha

so yes that sums up my life right now and I'm hoping very shortly to be returning to my blog full time :D x

Pink Lining Yummy Mummy Wise Owl Changing Bag Review

For aslong as i can remember ive always oogled Pink Lining Changing Bags! There just soooo pretty but there also just scream Luxury. If you havent heard of them before, then where have you been??? You seriously need to check them out :)

Having been a Mummy for the last 10 years and being a self confessed Pramaholic ive gone through alot of prams, including Pram Bags as i have a OCD for everything has to match.

When i was pregnant with Layla, my mum gave me a Pink Lining Yummy Mummy Grape Bows Changing Bag.. I was soooo excited, and felt incredibly lucky. I used that bag for a whole year! (no other bag has ever lasted that long before!)

When i was contacted recently by the Pink Lining Team to review one of their changing bag's i instantly jumped at the chance!

pink lining yummy mummy wise owl changing bag front pocket

Every Yummy Mummy Changing Bag features a different coloured Cupcake to the front pocket, that has been beautifully stitched on and of course the words "Yummy Mummy".

This pocket has come in quite handy to drop my iPhone into or loose change.

The Pink Lining Yummy Mummy comes complete with Long Adjustable strap, Changing Mat, Wet Messy Bag and Mummy Mirror. There is numerous pockets throughout which im sure you will find very useful.
pink lining yummy mummy changing bag wise owl leather handles

 

The Yummy Mummy bag just oozes Luxury with the Leather handles, zip pulls and strap fastener. There is 2x seperate handles that are long enough to carry the bag on your shoulder. The bag also comes complete with a matching long adjustable straps that quickly clips onto the D-Rings at the sides.

pink lining yummy mummy wise owl changing bag outside pocket

 

There is a generous sized elasticated pocket on either end of the bag, which I've used for Layla's bottles, but I've also used them for adult drinks too. There dont just have to be used for drinks as I've used them to keep sun tan lotion in as its easy to get too.

pink lining yummy mummy changing bag wise owl inside

 

So of course the Brand Name Pink Lining has to fit in somewhere and yup inside of every single Bag that Pink Lining Producers has just that! a bright Pink Lining. (who would of guessed it? hehe). Its a wipe-over-repell-anything type of fabric that so far has stood upto the test! its still looking pretty and very clean although ive used it everyday for the last 2months!

pink lining yummy mummy changing bag hanging from a bugaboo cameleon 3

 

YUM YUM YUMMMMM.... Doesnt it look pretty with Laylas Bugaboo Cameleon3? Its the perfect size and both products compliment eachother perfectly!.

These Yummy Mummy Bags make ideal Baby Shower Gifts Check out their website: http://www.pinklining.com/uk/gifts/baby-shower-gifts for lots of beautiful gift ideas.

Disclosure: I was sent this Pink Lining Yummy Mummy Changing Bag for the Purpose of this Review. All Thoughts and Opinions are my own.

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