Stepping out in comfort for the school run! 

A few weeks ago as I was hurriedly running around like a mother possessed, buying the last of the school supplies and drowning in items of clothing to individually name. I was contacted by the lovely Tiffany from the health and wellness footwear brand, Strive.

She wanted to know if I’d try a pair of their shoes or boots from their new Autumn/winter range and let them know what I thought. I jumped at the chance. I chose a pair of boots in black; the Bamford. A classic, casual ankle boot developed with a lightweight sole that cushions and supports your feet.

Strive’s  sister company is Europe’s largest custom foot orthotic laboratory supplying the medical market. Together they have used this knowledge and experience to craft a unique contoured footbed (Biomechanical Footbed Technology™) into all of their footwear, which is designed to offer unrivalled comfort, help improved posture and help reduce harmful stresses on your feet and body.

I couldn’t wait to try mine! 

I have been wearing them now most mornings for the school run and for walks in the park with the children and I can honestly say that are the most comfortable boots I have owned in a very long time. You can feel the quality under your feet with the cushioned insoles and they really do support your foot. I’ll be happily wearing these on the school run this winter! Why not pop over to their website and checkout what they have to offer. 

Claire

*I was gifted these boots by Strive. All comments and opinions are my own*

Who doesn’t love Retro print?

Great news!! If you are like me and have hundreds of photos on your camera roll but never print them out, I think this will make your Day!
I have teamed up with Cheerz, the photo printing app to bring you a fantastic offer. 
Using the code MJZIP4 you will be able to get your own photos printed off with Cheerz or any of their products both online and via the Cheerz app with 10% off min spend £20.

I used the app on my phone and it was very easy to choose my product, upload the photos I wanted. I even added captions to each photo reminding me where they were taken! 

Cheerz have a range of photo printing options, from regular photos, square prints to retro prints and all in various sizes. I was impressed by the quality of the photos when they arrived. 

Cheerz also do a vast range of photo books in different finishes and sizes. This is my next project, to create a photobook for the children. 

I’d love know what you think of The cheerz app and their photos if you take advantage of the offer.

Claire

* I was gifted my prints from Cheerz, but all opinions are my own!*

New year and plenty of Christmas memories made!

I have neglected my blog for a few weeks. There just haven’t been enough hours in the day. 
Christmas holidays and kids off school for half-term made for a busy household. Nothing new there! 

On the run up to Christmas I find it difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. While everyone is itching to put their Christmas trees up as soon as December arrives, I on the other hand tend to wait until the last minute. I’m not sure what it is, whether it is the clutter of the decorations around the house, or my reluctance to just run with the excitement! However once in the mood for Christmas there’s no stopping me! 
When the children were born I decided we would have some Christmas traditions we would do each year. From the elves bringing the kids their new pyjamas in time for Santa arriving, to eating out with family on Christmas Eve to making Christmas cookies to give out to family and friends. Then there are the Christmas movies!! 
Everyone loves Christmas movies, don’t they? I’m one of those 30 something females who gets rather excited by the appearance of the Christmas channels on the sky planner!  There’s nothing quite like watching a Christmas movie to get you in the Christmas spirit.  There are many great Christmas movies out there from the Home Alone movies to Miracle on 34th Street. And let’s face it there is nothing nicer than sitting with the kids, snuggled in front of the fire under cosy blankets and eating popcorn, watching a movie!

This Christmas we had the pleasure of being invited to see a showing of the Polar Express in the wonderful surroundings of The Ulster Transport and Folk Museum. The Polar Express is a family favourite so we jumped at the chance!   It was arranged by the Pop up cinema club, a company that specialises in  cinema experiences in a variety of unique locations throughout the year. 

So off we went, on a dark December evening, dressed in our Christmas jumpers to the Transport Museum. The excitement levels were high, even for my eldest son who at 11 is a non-believer, but is more than happy to go along with the story of Santa for the benefit of his younger siblings. (Much to my relief.)
We parked the car up and made our way toward the museum. On arrival we were greeted by the friendly museum staff who issued our special tickets for the showing. 

As we made our way towards the train gallery we had our tickets punched in true Polar Express fashion! A conductor, complete with uniform and playing the part to the amazement of the children! 

The surroundings of the museum did not disappoint. 

Before the start of the movie the kids had the opportunity to play and explore some of the restored Trains that are housed at the museum. 

We had Hot Chocolate, Popcorn and Cookies during the showing. 

After the movie as the credits started to roll, a bell started to ring and the appearance of a certain man, dressed in his red suit appeared at the back of the hall! The children were ecstatic and ran to greet him. Santa with the help of the conductor greeted each child and gave them a little bell as a small memento of the evening. Santa was very good with all the children and happily posed for photos! 

We had a fantastic evening and an experience neither the kids or I will forget. Adding to our Christmas memories. 

To book tickets for special showings throughout the year & for further information go to Pop Up Cinema Club.

Claire 

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All opinions are my own.
 

Is it alright to talk Christmas?


I love the Autumn season, the colours the textures and the crisp leaves underfoot. It is the season that sees us swapping around our soft furnishings making way for the throws and pillows. You only need to go onto instagram to see the wonderful photos that fill our news feeds.

I love the Autumn, I do, the decorating trends that see us all lighting our candles and wrapping up warm and sitting in front of the fire! I have yet to read up on Hygge but I like what I see but I’m still on the Konmarie method of tidying and organising! It may take me until this time next year or maybe the next to complete it! 

So maybe it is the organiser in me that is thankful to see that halloween has now passed and the shops are filling up with their christmas ranges. I love to stay on track with my lists of thing I need to buy and the things I need to do in the run up to Christmas. If you have read my post Wannabe party planner, you will know that I have two birthday parties to organise in December too! 

I love buying from independent stores and supporting local when I can. During my search for the perfect christmas gifts I came across a beautiful page on Instagram The treasured, it is an online shop full of loveliness from British designers and makers. They stock everything from stationary, homeware and gifts. 

I fell in love with their beautiful personalised christmas range. 

Cute Yellow Penguin Christmas Gift Sack

I decided on a Christmas sack, personalised for each of the children. I’m only hoping Hubby won’t be too jealous he didn’t get one!

The sack is made from 100% natural cotton and features a choice of five cute penguin designs and a choice of colours. They are a generous size (w50cm x h75cm) perfect for the children’s smaller gifts and will look perfect beneath the christmas tree on Christmas morning!
Why not take a look over at The Treasured and see if you can help tick of some people on your Christmas Lists. And for a limited time they are offering free UK postage and packaging to my lovely readers and followers over on Instagram using the discount code LITTLEMONKEYS at the checkout!
Happy Shopping!

Claire

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Seven weeks to Christmas Eve! 

Can you believe that we are only seven weeks away from Christmas Eve? It seems like only last month it was Christmas 2015!

I have already started on my Christmas list. With two birthdays in our house the week before Christmas it pays to stay one step ahead.

For those of you who follow Me over on Instagram you will know that I have had the privilege of representing the luxury brand La de da Living. Over the last three months I have been gifted some beautiful items from their range.

Tea now prosecco later hand stamped vintage spoon

The perfect gift for the prosecco lover!! 

Happy Christmas to a wonderful family, vintage spoon.

A wonderful gift for a special family.

Rustic letter lights
Wash bag from the Living range
Rose gold cheese knives
Personalised jewellery by SHAARD

Add the initials of your loved one to a neckless or bracelet, and choose from a heart or a star. 

On their website they offer an extensive range of products from POP candles, rose gold cutlery to light up letters. They also have a range of items that can be personalised. My favourite range has to be the hand stamped vintage cutlery that can be stamped with phases of your choice or you can choose from one of the many pre-made spoons. There is one for every occasion!!

The SHARRD jewellery range can also be personalised for the special people in your lives, adding the initials of your loved ones to a bracelet or necklace. I love to receive personalised gifts as much as I love to buy them, there is nothing nicer to receive a gift you know has been chosen with just you in mind.

So why not check out the wonderful range of products available over at La de da Living and you can enter the promotional code brandrep1 at the checkout and receive 20% off.

Happy shopping

Claire

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*products featured were gifted to me from La de da Living, all opinions and views are my own.*