Christmas, Collaborations, review

Stocking filler ideas with The Sports direct £5 challenge. With BritMums.

The Countdown to Christmas is well and truly on the way with only 1 more paydays left beforehand I really do need to crack on with my shopping!

So when BritMums asked me to take on the £5 Christmas  Gift Challenge I Jumped at the chance.

Armed with a list of people who I need to buy for I set to and headed to the online Christmas gift guide!

There is much more than I thought Sports direct sold.

I loaded my basket with stocking fillers for my kids, along with a gift for a friend of mine who is often found taking selfies.

I hit checkout and was given 3 delivery options, the impatient part of me nearly hit next day delivery, however, I chose the cheaper option of standard it means my Items would still be delivered by the end of the week (3 – 5 working days) Sure enough, it arrived only 4 days later!


My Haul

First up I spotted this Selfie Booth kit for £5 reduced from £15

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I had just the friend in mind she is always taking selfies this will be fab for one of her stocking fillers! At £5 it such great value with a selfie stick included in the box which alone retail around the £5 mark. With it is a Bluetooth shutter and a range of props idea for a party photo booth.


With Christmas and two birthdays, fast approaching I’m on the lookout for inexpensive gifts for the kids When I saw these rolling art desks at £5.99 each (so a little over my budget) I had to get them.

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My big girl twin is a huge fan of frozen so this will be great for her and the Marvel one I’m sure my Big boy twin will love just as much. When they arrived they were much bigger than I expected and a lot more sturdy. I’m sure they will love these for their birthday! Well worth more than the £5.99 I paid for them.


This will be our new Twins 1st Christmas and they will only be 4 months old so they won’t really realise anything but I think they will need a few gifts from The big Man So these Fisher-Price Teething Rings at just £1 each are amazing value!

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Unfortunately, these are no longer on the Sports Direct website however they do have other amazing value gifts on there.


Finally, I bought this Raging Bull Rodeo game reduced from £10 to £5 

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At first glance, I thought it was great value for £5 however once I opened the box and tried to play with it, the bull didn’t seem to click into place properly so just spun around before any of the items were placed onto the saddle.


All in all, I think I did well on my challenge and there are loads other amazing gift ideas on the website!

 

#sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com

All opinions are my own!

Nina x

Monthly Roundup!

September Insta RoundUp!

 

So September has been a busy month

  • Kids have started full-time school
  • I’ve met Kirstie Allsopp 
  • And been to the handmade fair
  • Joined the Supercharged Gang
  • Had a trip to A&E 
  • Got ready for Autumn 
  • Celebrated with Stepson who has now turned 16
  • Been to soft play too many times
  • Ate too much
  • Got into a bit of a routine!
  • Attended  The Blogging conference BlogOn MSI 

Although I’ve had a virus that seems to want to stick around I generally feel mentally in a better place this month. I am embracing autumn with hygge as inspiration.

So here is to October, Autumn, Halloween, Half Term & More!

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Days Out, Whats in My Bag

Whats in my bag – Mums Day Off Edition – Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair

Today I am traveling down to London to attend Kirstie’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court Palace.

I am really looking forward to meeting Kirstie – I have VIP tickets which means I can attend a VIP only question & answers lunch with bubbly & nibbles!

So for the day out I will be taking

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  1. My Handbag – accessorize – Bought when I was in London for the brit mums live 16 event in June.
  2. My small vlogging camera – It is a Samsung NX Mini – I love this little camera. It’s a great addition to my Camera collection and ideal to carry around all day as it light!
  3. Glasses – I may need these If my eyes get tired  later in the day.
  4. Purse – This is from desigual, I love it its got loads of pockets
  5. Spare memory cards & Battery – You know for when I’ve run out.
  6.  Water Bottle – I’m hoping for a nice day and its good to keep hydrated
  7.  Tickets – These are very important
  8.  Charger – This actually fits in my planner but I’m taking it as I know my phone will be flat by lunch with all that instagraming
  9. Eye drops- In case I get dry eyes.
  10. Handheld tripod
  11. I-Phone

So that’s what I’m taking in my day bag for My trip to see Kirstie.

Don’t forget to head over to my YouTube channel and see my day out next week.

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Monthly Wishlist Linky, Wishlist

Wish list Wednesday – June Wishlist Linky Party

Oh my. How is it June already.

My wish list this week is the first of my Monthly Wish Lists

I will be posting them on the first Wednesday of every  Month.

On my monthly wish list will be the top 5 Items on my wish lists

So here is My Monthly Wish List for June

 

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HAMPSTEAD LEATHER SHOULDER BAG
£169.00

This leather bag is a tried and trusted staple. Roomy enough to carry everything that you need and with zipped pockets to keep your belongings safe it’s a bag you’ll turn to season after season. Crafted from the finest leather we could find it’ll age beautifully too

 

 

With BritMumsLive this month this handbag would be great to fit everything I need for the day.

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61f91qHB7mL._SL1024_ AFUNTA Aluminum Alloy Handheld video Camera Stabilizer

£20.99

360 degree flexible handle strip which can be rotated smoothly. avoid the impact from your hand shake.
Shoot smooth in tight spaces, on stairs, through crowds, in cars, walking, running, skating etc.

 

This would be a great asset to my vlogging kit

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download.png Portable Kettle Barbecue

£10.00

This bright purple portable barbecue comes ready to pack away and take with you on your travels. With a generous 900cm’2 cooking surface, its an outdoor essential that’s perfect for small spaces and cooking on the go.

I’m going to a WI camp In July but I’m trying to sort out things I need now This would be great for the camp to cook not only our meals but also toasting our marshmallows.

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BB3_main Budget Book
£8.99

Keeping track of your finances needn’t be a chore with our pretty Budget Book. Designed to help you keep an eye on those precious pennies, there are pages to note what money you have coming in and going out each month plus 12 card pockets to store each month’s receipts.

 

As I’m trying to become more organised in every part of my life I think this could be a life saver!

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Basket with handles, bamboo
£9

Collecting newspapers, toys, hats and gloves in baskets makes it easier to find what you need and keeps the room looking neat and uncluttered.

 

Sticking with the organising theme these cute baskets could be great in the pantry with ingredients for each nights meal in them!

 

That’s my June Wishlist?

What’s on yours?

Join in with my brand new wishlist linky party

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Just click the link below to join!

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Staycation, Tips, Travel, Wellbeing

Surviving the Spring Holidays – Staycation

So today is the first day of our Half Term Holidays and while friends of mine are holidaying with Mickey 😦 and fellow bloggers are talking about holidays to my paradise Isle, I am at home.

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Lanzarote 

A staycation of sorts.

I have a few plans but they are not set in stone!

So here is what I need to do for less stress

  • Get lots of healthy snacks ready  – When the ‘mummmmmmyyyy im hunnnngery” whines start I will be ready!
  • Craft packs – When it inevitably starts raining I need to make sure I have activities on hand for the “I’m bored” moments
  • Meal Plan – If I create a meal plan it will take the stress out of thinking up dinner ideas.
  • Grab & Go Basket – In here will be suncream, hats, Sunglasses and bottles of water.
  • Book a Sitter  (Nanny) – So that I can have a little break of my own. Probably for  a swim.
  • Outfits laid out – to take the stress out of mornings Im going to lay out each days outfit the night before.
  • Brief Plan of each day – So I said i have lots of ideas for the week and if i write down a plan for the week it means I’m going to actually do things and not think oh well not today.

Monday – Butterfly Zoo

Tuesday – Local Peppa Pig Event with picnic

Wednesday – Trip to the seaside

Thursday – Camp Out In the Garden (Wether Permitting)

Friday – Mummy’s swim day – SoftPlay / Park day

I will report back next week as to how my week went!

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Good luck all the mums out there heading towards half term stress.

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Wishlist

Wish List Wednesday – Fathers Day Gifts Part Two

Following on from last week’s post Today Is part two of my fathers day gift ideas.

BREEZY BEDS
COMFORTABLE SEATING ANYWHERE!
£49.95
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No pumps, motors or ginormous lungs are needed to blow up this bed, just hold it open and let mother nature do all the hard work for you.

 

 

 

 


ERASABLE MEMO PAD WITH 4 PORT USB
NOW YOU SEE IT…
£9.95

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Combining two useful features, the Erasable Memo Pad is sure to be the business man’s best friend (no, really)! Not only does it provide a more eco-friendly way of taking notes (you won’t be killing as many trees), but it also offers 4 extra USB ports for your computer or laptop.

Once you’ve filled up the pad with notes and used it to your heart’s content, just use the slider to magically erase what you’ve written and you’re ready to scribble again and again.

Please note that this is not in any way synced with your computer and will not store notes onto your device.

 

Ultimate Geek Pen
£6.99

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Features:

Ballpoint pen with 5 separate functions
Contains a UV light at its head to detect counterfeiting
Laser pointer for use in presentations
Flashlight on a flexible rod for illumination
Stylus tip for digital touchscreens, twist the nib to use the ballpoint tip for writing
Batteries included

 
Book of Tools
£6.99

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Contents:

2 carbon steel flat head screwdrivers
2 carbon steel cross head screwdrivers
4 1/4″ carbon steel sockets (5-8mm)
3x carbon steel flat head bits
2x carbon steel cross head bits
1x carbon steel ratchet with rubberised handle

 

Nanodots Magnetic Constructors Silver – 125 Dots
£17.99

03197_-1_nanodots_lifestyleMake some serious shapes with the Nanodot Magnets. These small balls of magnetic force can be constructed to make any shape your imagination can conjure. Officially the world’s strongest magnets, the Nanodots will stick to each other like glue, you will feel the pull if you try to keep them apart!

WARNING: This product contains small magnets. Swallowed magnets can stick together across intestines causing serious or fatal injury. Seek immediate medical attention if magnets are swallowed or inhaled. Nanodots are not intended for children. Nanodots are recommended for Ages 14+


Retro Geek

 

RETRO GAMES CONTROLLER
RETRO GAMES ON A BIG SCREEN 
£12.95

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Remember those games you used to spend hours after school playing? Well now you can play them all again with the amazing Retro Games Controller.

This tiny handheld controller looks like it has come straight from the 80’s with its classic joystick and A, B controls. Plug it into your telly and see your favourite childhood games come to life on the big screen! This ultra-portable device is your key to memory lane and is sure to provide hours of fun for everyone involved. Simply plug the Retro Games Controller into your modern TV and choose from a plethora of 200 classic games including shooting, arcade, puzzle and sport based fun.

 
Lomography Instant Sanremo Camera – Brown
£107.99

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The Lomography Instant Sanremo Camera is the versatile, dedicated companion camera for your travels, offering you vintage-style, credit card sized photos in a matter a seconds to share with friends, family and adorn your home with fond memories.

Shooting Fujifilm Instax Mini Film and battery powered, the Instant Sanremo comes with a versatile built-in 27mm wide-angle lens, a ‘B’ bulb setting for taking shots with longer exposures, and three shooting modes for perfectly capturing every moment. Four colour gels slip over the flash to allow you to experiment with different photographic tones and provide an artistic edge to your shots, and the Instant Sanremo is the only modern instant snapshot camera that allows you to shoot unlimited multiple exposures, meaning you can combine numerous shots on one frame for breathtaking effects. – L.R.


Ready For a Cuppa?

A collection of Mugs available to buy for fathers day.

Starting at £3.99

 

 


 Star Wars Fans

Star Wars The Force Awakens BB-8 Remote Control Vehicle
£44.99

 

 

 

Other Star wars gifts Available from £4.49


 

That’s all for my fathers day gifts & wish list

Don’t forget fathers day is Sunday 19th June!

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Wish List Wednesday – Fathers Day Gifts Part One

Today’s wish list is more a gift guide.

Fathers day is not far away don’t leave it until the last minute.

Here is a list of gifts I’m sure most dads would love to receive on fathers Day!


Breakfast In Bed?

Black iBed
£9.99

10898761-3294347678298746  The Black iBed will allow you to use your iPad in bed, on the sofa, on a plane and much more.

 

 

 

 


Breville VCF050 Coffee Express Coffee Machine – Black
£24.75

11237226-1984368687378480 The coffeexpress is the convenient, fast, and cost effective way of enjoying fresh coffee on-the-go. It is super simple and quick to use and will have you a delicious cup of coffee ready for you in just 5 minutes!

 

 

 


Man Mug
£9.99

10611926-2104344900204381The Man Mug is a great gift for any real man who loves to DIY. It’s oversized at a height of 13.5cm and a width of 10.5cm, so there’s plenty of room for a large dose of your favourite caffeine fix. This white ceramic mug is emblazoned with the following slogan: “Man Mug It’s Not For Girls” and has an eye-catching red interior.

 

 


Chocolate Egg and Bacon on Toast
£7.99

11121719-3344309635660336 Handcrafted in the UK by chocolate artisans Choc on Choc from the finest Belgian chocolate, the Chocolate Egg and Bacon on Toast offers you a new, delicious way to enjoy your morning fry up.

 

 

 


Dirty Boy!

Braun Water Flex Shaver
£160.00

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Braun Water Flex Shaver helps you to enjoy a comfortable, close shave with its contour adaptive swivel head. The shaver adapts to every contour of your face, such as around the jawline and under the chin.

 

 


Waterproof Notebook
£11.99

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Lightbulb moment in the shower? Now you can put it to paper!

It’s worth stopping to consider the ideas, theories and world-beating strategies that might have been lost in the shower.

 


Emergency Shower Gel
£6.99

11092153-6164346964248151  We’ve all experienced the excruciating realisation when preparing for that all-important job interview, meeting, or date of having forgotten to replenish your stock of shower gel. Do away with that stress with this emergency bottle of shower gel,

 

 


Beer o’Clock!

Industrial Bottle Opener – Copper Finish
£8.99

11254270-1794375994588700  The Industrial Bottle Opener is a professional-looking contemporary bottle opener. Made from heavyweight steel with a copper finish, beer bottles will open with ease thanks to is industrial chunky ‘nut’ design. An ideal gift for any discerning beer drinker.

 

 


Bar Games Beer Mats
£6.99

10532287-1424283852-178685  Great for parties and gatherings, the Bar Games Beer Mats will keep you thoroughly entertained whilst you enjoy a refreshing pint.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

BBQ King

Gentlemen’s Hardware Portable Suitcase Style Barbecue
£49.99

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The barbecue’s compact size and innovative design makes the Portable Suitcase BBQ an ideal travel companion for picnics, camping trips, or for warm evenings in the park, by the beach or simply in the garden.

 

 


 

Machete Spatula

£8.99

11096478-1714287056527032  The ideal accessory for chefs cooking up a killer feast on the BBQ, the Machete Spatula not only flips over sizzling quarter pounders but also doubles up as a bottle opener to crack open a bottle of your favourite beverage in times of need.

 


 

I Hope you have found a little inspiration in this post!

I will be back next week with Part Two

For your those dads that are  Geek, Gamers and Gadget Fans!

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Wish List Wednesday – Ikea

Good Morning All,

This weeks wish list is from Ikea

I love a wander around Ikea and normally pick up things not on my list.

But I do have a small wish list that I could do with picking up soon.

Here it is ….

 

RÅSKOG Trolley, beige £49

For my kitchen I have been looking at this for a while I think it would be great to house the kids craft items.

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SORTERA Waste sorting bin with lid, white £9

Also for the kitchen I would like to put a couple of these under the sink to collect recycling

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For the office I have been looking for a small sofa I think this one would be ideal

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ÄPPLARÖ / HÖGSTEN Table+6 chairs w armrests, outdoor, brown stained, white £485

BBQ’s are always happening at our house so this is going to be a must to seat friends on those summer nights
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To keep my table looking as good as new this is a must!

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SINNERLIG Rug, flatwoven, seagrass £50

As an accent on the patio I think this will be a great addition.

 

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Thanks for joining me today

Catch you next time

Nina

Wishlist

Wish List Wednesday – Matalan Homeware / WantFeed

Good Morning Lovely People, I’m back today with another wish list.

This week I am focusing on Matalan.

I am currently  using the WantFeed site to put together my wishlist for a few different shops

WantFeed is the brainchild of Sefan Michalak from YouTube Channel The Michalaks

The site lets you store items from around the internet and put them into folders that you create. Others can then  rewant the items you upload or click on the item and buy from the store. If someone buys the item using the link you made you earn a 50% share of the affiliate commission.

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 Cement Round Candle

£4.00

 

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 Metal Cleaning Caddy Tin (34cm X 22cm X 20cm)

£12.00

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6 Drawers Unit (42cm X 21.5cm X 48cm)

£45.00

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Ceramic Teapot Hanging Bird Feeder

£8.00

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4 Pack Anchor Tealight Holder (30cm X 10cm X 7cm)

 £6.00

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Outdoor Stripe Print Floor Cushion (65cm X 65cm

£12.00

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Pottering In The Garden Hanging Sign

£3.00

 

 

Thanks for joining me today

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Amazon Wish List

Did you know on Amazon you can create a wish list that you can send to people. If they buy from the list through the links you send the item then comes off the list!

So Ideal for wedding lists, Birthday Lists,

Never again do you have to receive a pair of socks and some soap for Christmas.

So here is what is currently in my wish list.

My First Magnetic Calendar

The twins are asking more and more about days and times and are starting to recognise a few letters so I thought these would be ideal so they can learn so more.

Magnetic Tell the Time Chart

 

Again with the twins wanting to know about times this may be a great way of teaching them about the time.

 

Wipe Clean a-z Board

This board is so they can practice their letters a little more especially Jake who seems to be lagging behind a little – I’m told that is normal for boys as they are more into learning through doing rather than writing.

Read Write Inc. Phonics: Green Set 1 B/W Storybooks

 This selection is what the twins will be doing next year. Its a program developed to help them progress in their ability to read, write and spell. I thought it wouldn’t hurt to just get the books to see how if we can learn a little now.

 

Read Write Inc. Phonics: Parent Handbook-Help your child read with phonics

 

This is also part of the program So thought it would be useful.

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me share my wish list with you.

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