E was SIX last week - Birthday

E's Birthday!

Birthday photos
Last week we celebrated E's 6th birthday! Only feels like yesterday we celebrated her fourth & fifth Birthday. The years well & truly fly by. 
E had only just woken up to see all her presents & balloons. 

Happy H watching E open her presents. 

Pancakes for breakfast

Singing Happy birthday to the Birthday girl.
Opening presents

She loves Monster High dolls (she got a few for her birthday)


More presents 

Transformers ! yes my girl loves transformers.

Another Monster High doll

New UGG boots 

Ready for School, on birthdays they're allowed to wear own clothes. 


Balloon 6!

Balloon 6!!

H with E's Balloon.

Birthday girl 

Birthday hair

More Birthday pancakes 

Birthday girl. 
We took E to Smith & Western for dinner, we got the staff to sing to her & bring her the biggest pudding.
She really had a perfect day & of course she celebrated her birthday party at Fishers Farm Park a few weeks ago.

The secret's out the bag... Pregnancy Announcement.

E & H have been doing an amazing job keeping one of the biggest secrets ever. (Though if you've met H you *might.... just *might of been told "Mummy got a baby"....)
This is us telling them a few weeks ago.
"a BABY!"
Baby number three due April 2016 we couldn't be happier. :)

Dentyl Active The Nation's Dating Fears Revealed |‏ Review |

I've been reviewing this mouthwash - Dentyle Active plaque fighters for the past few weeks. 
Wow what can I say? Amazing. 
I absolutely love using mouthwash it makes my mouth & teeth feel that extra bit cleaner. We all want cleaner teeth & fresher breath right? 

Well we have eye-opening Dentyl Active survey delves straight into the dating habits of 1000 Brits.
Research commissioned by the bad breath busting, alcohol free mouthwash, Dentyl Active, has discovered that a whopping 89% of Brits surveyed worry the most about their breath before a date. 

Sadly, these fine people aren't being paranoid. Research shows that 55-65% of the adult population endures chronic bad breath and that a massive 95% of British people suffer from this unfortunate date-destroying condition at some time or another. 

Forget the flowers, chocolates and candles. dating can be a devilishly daunting process. Preparation for that long awaited date requires more than an obligatory slathering of makeup and enthusiastic spritz of fragrance.
The new Dentyl Active poll revealed that a cheeky gargle with a good bacteria-bad breath busting mouthwash is just as important as ensuring you look a saucy sight for sore eyes. 

KISS AND TELL FACT : 39% of people questioned by Dentyl Active admitted to being put off someone because of a bad-tasting kiss.

It's not you... It's the way you smell.
Harsh but true. The majority of people questioned by Dentyl Active admitted that a top turn off in a date had nothing to do with appearance, by the way they smelt. From lengthy list of 12 options, 38% chose bad breath as a top turn off in a potential partner, 
with the biggest offender being body odour (46%)

The third most cited turn off was a poor sense of humour - but let's be honest, what good is the wittiest banter when it's accompanied by a (not so hilarious) waft of halitoses? 

KISS AND TELL FACT : 50% of people questioned by Dentyl Active confessed to kissing someone they only just met at a party. Let's just hope their breath was minty fresh!

For those of us desperately seeking fabulous floppy-haired soulmate, dating is a serious business. We want to avoid anything that could thwart our chances of living happily ever after. 
So if your thinking of smoking before meeting that attractive stranger with the lusty glint in their eye, think again.
Dentyl Active's research discovered that the most off-putting bad breath smell was stale cigarette smoke - with an eye-watering 51% of people questioned in agreement. 

Lets take a quick look at the smart science behind Dentyl Active.

The Dentyl Active range of mouthwashes contain natural essential oils and Cetylpyridinium Chloride CPC. Both ingredients are proven to reduce the oral bacteria which cause bad breath, but thoroughly shaking Dentyl Active before use creates a dynamic solution which is far more powerful than the two individual parts. 

Bacteria and debris adhere to mouthwash solution and when it is rinsed out you can see the bacteria, food debris and other smelly deposits on the teeth removed and highlighted as small, brightly coloured masses in the sink. Visible proof that Dentyl Active really works.

And that's not all. Bacteria cell walls are largely made up of fatty-like substances known as lipids, and the essential oils being lipid soluble, can readily penetrate them. Once inside, they stop several of the bacteria's life sustaining properties and these actions destroy the bacteria, especially those nasties that cause bad breath. Perhaps more importantly, essential oils can act on the bacteria cell walls to enhance the uptake of the clever antiseptic agent in Dentyl Active - CPC. 

Dentyl Active leaves teeth and gums protected for up to 18 hours - so your breath is blissfully fresh.

Lets get up close & personal :

- Dentyl Active Plaque Fighter : available in smooth mint and fresh clove flavours. Dentyl Active Plaque fighter contains two antibacterial agents - CPC and peppermint oil. These antibacterial ingredients help destroy bacteria, especially plaque-forming bacteria and provide long lasting fresh breath. Contains 0.05% fluoride.

- Dentyl Active Complete care : available in Icy Fresh Mint and Icy Fresh Cherry flavours. Dentyl active complete care works in six active ways, leaving users with a 'professional clean' feeling and fresh breath for up to 18 hours.

- Dentyl Active Enamel Restore : available in Icy Fresh Mint. Dental Active Enamel Restore contains double the fluoride level of the rest of the Dentyl Active range (within recommendations) 450ppm. This, along with its exhilarating flavour, means that Dentyl Active Enamel Restore will

  • Help strengthen tooth enamel by replacing lost minerals 
  • Help protect against acid erosion 
  • Help tooth enamel become more resistant to acid attack. 

Disclaimer - I was sent this product for the review. However all thought & opinions are my own.

Our weekend away in Birmingham to see Michael McIntyre

Can't believe it was a week a go we went away for the weekend.

I've got to admit with my children barely ever sleeping more than a few hours, child free weekends away are perfect to try keeping us sane. Also Wife & Husband time is so precious it's good to remember why we are together & enjoy meals together in restaurants without screaming at children. 
It was some time last year Mr.H actually booked Michael McIntyre & surprised me with the tickets. 
Our children had the weekend with their Nanna & Aunties they went to Butlins & although I'm sure the adults are exhausted as I know my smalls are; It's easy to see they all had a fantastic time. 
E has announced that she wants to live in Butlins forever.  Pretty sure she loved it then! 
Michael McIntyre was amazing. It was an hour and a half but felt like just 10 minutes, it flew by & I couldn't stop laughing. 
It was quite a late night though luckily we had booked into a local travel lodge. 
We had to do a drive thru Mc Donalds at 11pm as we were so hungry! 

Sunday we drove home, Starbucks to accompany us.

was good to get back to my puppy (she had stayed with my sister) 
The children got home later that evening & had the most amazing time. 

E's 6th Birthday Party at Fishers Farm Park

E celebrated her Birthday a little early this year. She had a princess and pirate party.
E dressed as Elsa from Frozen & then later on changed into her party outfit. 

Ball pit fun
Birthday Cake time
We celebrated E's birthday at the farm last year as well.... She loved it so much we planned her 6th party here too. 

She had an amazing day & shared her party with one of her friends from school. It worked out perfectly. 

E's actual Birthday is this Thursday. she is so excited. Though she will be at school in the day we are taking her out for dinner in the evening. 
Birthdays are so special when your younger. 

If your local to West Sussex take a look at Fishers Farm Park.

Childcare Vouchers are not just for nurseries

Childcare Vouchers are not just for nurseries

Many parents will now be breathing a sigh of relief, as children have officially returned to school. However, the return to school is not super smooth for all parents. The normal school day does not fit in with all parents as more working parents are commuting to work and working longer hours. There is an increasing need for the school day to be more flexible and more in sync with working parent’s schedules. This problem can be solved by using before and after school clubs.
To make using before and after school clubs affordable, working parents can use Childcare Vouchers. There are a lot of myths surrounding Childcare Vouchers, one of them being that they can only be used to pay for nurseries and young children. In reality, Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay for any registered childcare provider for children up to the age of 16*. They can be used to pay for school clubs, nannies, au pairs, child-minders, nurseries and more. Furthermore, Childcare Vouchers can also be used for holiday camps in the October half term period.
Childcare Vouchers are a simple way that working parents can save on the cost of childcare. It’s just a matter of swapping a part of their salary for Childcare Vouchers, which are non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions. If parents take the full amount of vouchers available to them, currently £55** per week, this can save a working parent £933** each year, depending on their individual circumstances. With soaring childcare costs, childcare vouchers are a valuable tool and offer busy working parents a myriad of childcare options.
The Government’s new Tax-free Childcare scheme has been delayed until 2017. Therefore, Childcare Vouchers are the best option for working parents to save money on their childcare until then.
Parents, whose employer doesn't offer a Childcare Voucher scheme, can contact Busy Bees Benefits who will get in touch with their employer to set up a scheme. For more information about Childcare Vouchers and the savings they provide, please visit www.busybeesbenefits.com.


We love pigs! We also love encouraging our children to save money. 
So when Thinkmoney recently sent us a piggybank to decorate & get the children involved I thought it was perfect. 
With this competition it gives us  chance of winning £200 to help towards the children's savings. 

My top three financial tips I would like my smalls to grow up with
- Start saving money from a young age, I'd love my children to grow up with the understanding of money.
- Money doesn't grow on trees & you have to work hard to make money.
- Don't spend money you don't have. Don't get greedy. If you want that new toy save for it. 
After discussing with my two smalls what we wanted the piggy to look they they both decided on sparkle! Glitter. Glitter everywhere. 
To be part of this competition we were also sent a voucher for a local craft shop so we took a trip last weekend & stocked up with shiny paint, PVA glue & glitter. So much glitter.
Piggy looks quite bronzed goddess now. :)
Preparing the glitter. Brace myself. 
Letting my two loose with glitter will be fun. 
They loved it. We went for a hippy carefree piggy living the life of fun & the sun with big blobs of glue & colouring splats of glitter.

Golden ears!

peace, love & kind hearts. 

Spotty piggy covered in love & hugs. 

We chose blue glitter for her piggy eyes.

And E wanted her pigs toes painted. Gold.!

Finished piggy.

This is our finished pig.

We really enjoyed decorating our piggy bank. The children love arts & crafts - I surprised the whole pig didn't get covered in glitter! 

*This post is my entry to win £200 to kickstart E & H's piggy bank with thinkmoney. However, all photos and opinions remain my own*


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