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Mummy Monday – Darkmouth Worlds Explode A Book Review & Give-away

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a copy of the newly released children’s book Darkmouth Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty, to share with my two boys Harrison (11) and Jed (8).

   We have spent the past couple of weeks enjoying cuddling up on the sofa and reading this book before bed.  Although they are both very good readers themselves you are never too old for a bed time story, right?

This book is the follow-up to the much praised original book Darkmouth.  So what is it about?

Set in the fictional town of Darkmouth, 12-year-old Finn is faced with difficult task or finding his father, A Legend Hunter, who never returned from the ‘Infested side’. This is a world full of monsters known as legends who threaten the safety of Darkmouth. Accompanied by his best friend Emmie and the reluctant Estravon they face a journey that though full of adventure is fraught with danger and mystery.

How did we get on?

Jed – 8  

 

I really enjoyed this book, I like that it is exciting with  lots of monsters.  I like the pictures as I can see what they look like aswell. 

Harrison – 11 

 

I really liked the book as at the end of  most chapters there were cliff hangers which always made me want to read on. It is a great action/ adventure book as it includes monsters (legends). The book is set in the present,  unlike a lot of books like this that are set in the past, so it makes it a little different, which I liked.

As you can see both of my boys loved this book. I have to say as an adult reading it to them I did too, and was keen to read on and see what happens . Hegarty has a real talent for creating suspense.

If you fancy checking this out for yourself or know someone that would enjoy this book you can pick up a copy for only £6.99 from Amazon, a £3 saving on the cover price.

I also have been sent an extra copy  that 1 lucky reader can win. Entering couldn’t be easier just use the rafflecopter form below.
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Good luck!!

 

When Bloggers Behave Badly!

I feel very disappointed that I felt the need to write this post, but today I have experienced first hand Bad Blogger Behaviour. 

What am I talking about? I’m talking about abusing a brands generosity, and I’m now going to tell you a little story. 

As an attendee of the upcoming #bloggersfestival organised by Scarlett London I recently received an email update that also included the opportunity to have a personal diary/planner made by Toad Diaries which could be collected on the day of the actual event. There was a form to fill in and this was offered on a first come first serve basis, to which a set amount where available.  

 The lucky winners recieved an email with a code and instructions how to order the planner from their website. All good so far. Right? Not quite.

Everything was going great untill I tried to confirm my order, it wouldn’t confirm it. “That’s a bit weird” I thought, it must be a technical glitch, so I sent an E-mail to customer services at Toad Diaries for help. They were great and looked into the cause of the problem very quickly. It turned out this was not a technical glitch. A blogger had been sharing the code with other people who hadn’t recieved it so they could also get their mitts on a freebie. This was why when some of us went to process our orders we couldn’t as the quantity limit had been met. 

Aware of what had happened the original code was disabled and intended recipients have individually been sent a unique one-use code. The original winners will still receive their planners.

I cannot compliment the customer service team enough on how they dealt with the situation. For them not only is it embarrassing but it could also be very costly to them. The situation has been put down to a few bad apples abusing their generosity, and that not all bloggers behave this way. 

As a blogger though I feel so disappointed by this type of behaviour. I have no idea who the guilty party was or even if it was more than one blogger sharing the code. This type of behaviour however ruins relationships and trust between brands and bloggers. It could put brands off working with us bloggers all together. 

It is also very disrespectful to Scarlett who works very hard at organising blogging events such as the #bloggersfestival. 

Freebies and PR samples are a perk, just because someone has a blog it doesn’t mean that there is entitlement to receiving these. Abusing a brands generosity and trust is not on, with the  best case scenario being it gives us bloggers a bad name for a while. Worst case? Brands will no longer want to work with bloggers and return to prioritising celebrity endorsements etc.

All I can say is if you feel tempted to pull such a trick please think twice before you do. Not only is it morally wrong but it could also be deamed as fraud. Most importantly Bad Blogger Behaviour is damaging to our community. 

I love to here your thoughts on this.

  

Spending ban Update – 4 weeks and counting

Four weeks ago I announced that I would be putting myself on a spending ban. I have some big events coming up  over the next few months and needed to save my pennies for those. I have to say I’m quite pleased with how I have stuck to it this time. 

I usually suck at spending bans and tend to go a bit crazy after a week. I’m like a kid, tell me no and I want to do something all the more.

 I do have to confess to one slip up, I forgot to cancel my YouBeauty discovery box subscription. Though at £6.95 it’s not a large amount of money so I’m going to let myself off that one. 

Karma though has been on my side, I was very lucky to win a Lush giveaway hosted by Becky at Becky Bedbug. Receiving these goodies has settled my urge for new things. 

  I also came back from holiday to find several beauty samples in the post from freebie websites. If you want to find the websites I use then check out this post here. 

My non-spending has meant I have been able to book flights to Edinburgh for my Husbands birthday (we are going to see the Foofighters and Royal Blood), without doing my usual and using a credit card. See, I’m growing as a person ha ha. 

As we are off to Las Vegas for a friends wedding in October I will be continuing my spending ban for another 2 months at least. My only concession to this is that I am not going to cancel my YouBeauty subscription, at £6.95 it helps settle that urge to splurge. 

All in all I’m happy with how things are going. A lack of shopping posts has meant being more inventive with my content, which can only be a good thing for my blog. It also means I am having a bit of a de-clutter and finishing up old products, which is an added bonus. 

If you are on a spending ban let me know as we can keep each other on track. I know I could do with it. 

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Mummy Monday – How to get Free School Uniform from Tesco

I find it hard to believe that we are three weeks into the school holidays. Where has the time gone? The start of the new school year usually brings with it the need to invest in school uniforms, be it that they are worn in, outgrown or like my son starting a new school. If you have more than one child, the cost can soon mount up.

With three children I usally dread the expense but as I discovered recently I was able to save myself some money and get some of that uniform for free. WHAT?? FREE!! Yes I know I’m still feeling the buzz from saving some money. 

How?? Well if you are a Tesco shopper and use the Tesco Clubcard scheme right now you can double up your vouchers as part of their summer boost event, and guess what this now includes school uniform. So if you have for example £10 worth of vouchers you can change them up for £20 worth. It is so easy to do aswell, I just popped into the Clubcard website, made the trade, and within minutes I was sent an E-mail with my voucher codes. All I had to do was shop online at F&F Clothing in the normal way adding my voucher codes at checkout. As orders can also be delivered to store for free it meant just picking up from my local store. 

Having bought school uniform from Tesco in the past I can confirm that the quality is good. My daughters skirt I bought from Tesco last September is still going strong, and she will use it this year as well as it still fits fine. So I’ve only bought one this year, yay yet more saving on uniform. 

If you want to Boost your Clubcard vouchers you have untill 13th to exchange and use your vouchers by. Though if you are using them for school uniform like me you will want to do so before this date anyway. I opted to do this online although you can so so instore as well if you prefer. 

Will you be making use of this offer? Where do you like to purchase the kids uniforms from? 

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Mummy Monday – Picture Postcard’s from Cornwall

Hey!! 

It’s been a while. A week to be exact, though it actually feels like longer since I’ve blogged. The reason for my absense? Well…we have been on holiday to Newquay in Cornwall. As much as I love the area it is a bit of a Mobile signal and Internet blackspot, so alas no updates from me. 

Excuses out of the way, I wanted to kick off my return to blogging with a photo heavy post. I took tonnes of photographs throughout our stay in Cornwall and thought it would be a good idea to share some of the best with you guys. 

So here goes….

Perranporth Beach
Healey’s Cornish Cider Farm

    

The Eden Project
    
    
   
  
  
 
cream tea
   

Newquay Bay
 
Preparing to surf at Fistral Breach
 
  

Fresh prawn & Lobster Salad at The Boathouse Restaurant

 We had such a great time in Cornwall, we were vey lucky with the weather so managed to get in several beach days as well as a trip to the Eden Project and Healey’s Cornish Cider farm. 

Have you been on your holiday yet? Where are you heading to?

   

   

Mummy Monday – Low cost ideas for keeping kids entertained during the school holidays 

So the school holidays are here, finally yay! I’m a huge fan of breaking away from the routine of term time. It means the chance to get out and do things with the family that I normally struggle to fit time in for. 

Having said that a keeping kids amused for nearly 6 weeks can become rather costly. Fortunately I’ve had a few years practice now at sniffing out low cost activities so I thought it would be a good idea to share some of these ideas with my fellow mummy readers;

1. Country Parks are a great place to take the kids. Often with adventure playgrounds, activity trails and sometimes even miniature farms or zoo areas. If you pack a picnic this can be a great  yet inexpensive way to spend a day usually for total sum of paying for parking. Though at some parks parking is actually free. 

  
This picture was taken on a visit to Thorndan Country Park back in febuary half term where we followed the Gruffalo Trail. So as you can see this is not just restricted to warm weather activity. 

2. Why not pick up a cheap fishing net and pop down to your nearest river for some pond dipping.  

 
3. Or you could visit a museum, if you do a bit of research before your visit you  can find out which ones have free or donation based entry. We are lucky to have a very good museum close to us in Chelmsford that has regularly changing exhibitions. Currently it is about childhood from the early victorean era up to modern day. 

It also hosts activity days, we visited on Saturday and the kids were able to have a go at throwing a pot on a Potters wheel. 

  
4. If you want to have a go art and craft activities you don’t actually need to leave the house. We used pizza bases to make stamping tiles recently. We had great fun making note cards. 

 
5. Most kids love having a go at baking, yes it can get messing but hopefully you will have some tasty treats to enjoy as a result. For the receipe for these nutty cacao balls check out this previous post Here

  
6. Why not Check out you local cinema for promotional price special kids screenings? Our local Odean cinema has early morning screenings for kids from as little as £2.50.

7. Or you could visit you local library and sign the kids up to join in with the record breakers reading challenge. Once completed they will earn themselves a certificate and a medal. 

I am a huge fan of libraries as they are free to join and borrow books, providing you return them on time. 

A great way of finding out what is happening in your local area is to pick up a copy of your local kids magazine usually available from places such as the library or from your child’s school or nursery. This will have a classified list of all the local kids activities. It’s a great way of finding out about free activities on offer.  


If you have any ideas for low cost  ways to keep kids entertained during the school holidays please share in the comments section below. I’m always up for a bit inspiration.  

 

Cereal Lovers – No added sugar cereal that actually tastes good!

As promised in Tuesday’s post, which was all about the bloggers food festival, I have a food brand discovery to share with you.

One of the brands I met were Cereal Lovers who were very generous In gifting me some samples of their full range of cereals.  
Now, your probably thinking this is just granola right? True, but where this brand of granola is different is that it is made with no added sugar. Any sugars that are present are from naturally occurring sugars in the fruit juices that are used to flavour them, not the usual sweeteners such as syrup and sugar.

Let me put this into some figures for you, a 30g serving of the blackcurrant and apple flavour contains 20g of carbohydrates of which 3.3g is sugar.

My son is a Type 1 diabetic so for him this is the perfect cereal.  With some natural yogurt and strawberries this makes a lovely balanced breakfast. As the cereal Is high in fibre and low in sugar it really helps to maintain even blood glucose levels.



I have tried this granola myself aswell and can honestly say that they do not compromise on taste. My favourite flavour is the simply orange granola, it is really tangy.

As they are so tasty these granola can be enjoyed by anyone who wants a healthier breakfast alternative not just if you have to watch your sugar intake.

You can purchase these cereals directly from the cereal lovers website. Priced at £3.95 for 400g. Ok I won’t lie, this is a bit pricier than other granola but I’m happy to pay this for my sons  special dietary needs.

Do you like Granola? Is reducing your sugar intake important to you?

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What happens when your child with Diabetes Moves on to Secondary School?

This is not something I have talked about too much here on Schoolrunbeauty.com, mainly as this is a beauty and lifestyle blog. The inclusion of regular Mummy Monday feature though means that you will be seeing more of this type of post.

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Harrison

 

Today I wanted to open up the discussion of children with diabetes. My son is a Type 1 diabetic, we are 5 1/2 years on from his original diagnosis. Though initially a shock it is something that we have become very used to managing. Up until now as a parent my husband and I have very much been in the driving seat when it comes to being in control of managing his care, and at school he has a  one to one TA who helps him out with his daily care needs. Come September though this is all going to change. You see Harrison is going up to secondary school.

Once your child reaches this particular mile stone provision for their care changes quite a lot. In secondary school there is no one to one supervision for diabetics. Your 11 yr old is now responsible for looking after themselves. We are talking blood testing, carb counting, injections, hypo treatment, the lot. Obviously if they were to have a severe hypo a school nurses is on the premises to assist with  emergency treatment, but it doesn’t stop the worry.

I know at some point as a parent you have to step back and let your child take responsibilty for their own Diabetes management, I’m not going to be their to hold his hand as an adult. However the time seems to have come round very quickly and I’m not sure if I’m ready to let go just yet.

We are of course taking the steps to ensure that he is ready for secondary school and all that it entails. He is now able to count his own carbs and we are gradually stopping checking every single insulin dose.

You know what kids are like though, they get distracted, or rush through their treatment. Taking your insulin is far less exciting than keeping up with the goings on of your mates. Unfortunately that is were the mistakes happen, such as taking the wrong dose or even picking up the wrong insulin pen (my son takes two different types depending on time of day). This is where I am struggling with my own personal demons. As a responsible parent I want to be checking for mistakes, but then on the other hand we learn from mistakes that we make in life. Trouble is a mistake in this context could be very dangerous for Harrison.  Again It would be very irresponsible of me to be sending him of into the world unable to look after himself.

Kids are ressiliant and I’m sure he will be fine, he’s not the first child with diabetes to go through this transition and he certainly won’t be the last. In fact there are three other kids with Type 1 starting alongside him in September. He is also lucky as our local health trust is providing a moving on to secondary school workshop for kids with Diabetes. It doesn’t stop the worry though. Mind you that’s part of being a parent, if I wasn’t worrying about this It would be about something else.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you have a child going up to secondary in september? How do you feel about the change in your child’s care?

Bye now, Katy x

Mummy Monday – What my kid’s really think Part 2

Hi guys,

I have come to the conclusion that my blog can be a little bit confusing at times. It doesn’t always communicate who I am as person. Maybe that is because it is primarily a beauty blog? My kid’s though are a  huge part of who I am, so I have decided to dedicate Monday’s to sharing blog posts relating to my life as a mummy. So if this is the type of post that interests you then remember to look out for them on a Monday morning, they will have the accompanying #MummyMonday.

This week I decided to continue with a previous Q&A I did with my kids. You can check out the first instalment with my daughter Molly here. This week is the turn of Harrison, ‘the middle child’.  He is 11 and going up to senior school in September.

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So what does Harrison really think of his Mum?

1. What is something Mummy always says to you?

(Giggling) I can’t think of anything.

2. What makes Mummy Happy?

Tea

3. What makes Mummy Sad?

Giggles-Pause-Uh

4. How does Mummy make you laugh?

When she makes funny jokes.

5.What was Mummy like as a child?

How am I supposed to know that? (he has a fair point)

6. How old is Mummy?

32 (yes!! another one that thinks I’m younger than I am).

7. How tall is Mummy?

uhh? I don’t have a clue.

8. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do?

Spending time with the Family.

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spending time with the family on star wars day

9. What does Mummy do when you are not here?

Sewing, (um I promise I do more than sitting around sewing all day).

10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for?

Blogging. (ha ha I love this response, watch this space you heard it from Harrison first!)

11. What is Mummy really good at?

Cooking.

12. What is Mummy not very good at?

uhh, I don’t know? (I’m taking that as he just thinks I’m good at everything ha ha, if only he new)

13. What is Mummy’s Job?

He shrugs his shoulders.

14. What makes you proud of Mummy?

Long pause and a very blank expression

15. What is Mummy’s favourite food?

Chocolate (I do like my chocolate, that and cake)

16. What do you and Mummy do together?

Talk (ha ha this kid is so literal)

17. How are you and Mummy the same?

Long Long pause. (In his eyes we are so not)

18. If your Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be?

(Long Pause) I’m thinking mum, (another pause) no can’t think of anyone.

19. How are you and Mummy different?

I like gaming, and you are rubbish at it. (excuse me he has never seen me play sonic on a Sega Mega-drive).

20. How do you know Mummy loves you?

Because you care for us (such simple words but wow, mummy feels blessed)

21. What does Mummy like best about Daddy?

(laughing) I don’t know!

22. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go?

I don’t know, that’s not something I’ve thought about before.

23. How old was Mummy when she had you?

21  (I could see he was clearly doing the maths in his head )

So Harrison being a young man of 11, clearly is a man of few words. Typical boy maybe? Still as far as I can tell he thinks his mum cooks well, sews all day, is great at most things apart from playing computer games. I must be giving off some kind of 1950’s gender specific vibe,  Awks!

As far as he’s concerned I’m a happy sole as long as you feed me tea and chocolate. Ha ha he’s not far off!

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100 follower giveaway – Sleek Rose Gold blush

Well hello there! I’m so pleased to have reached this milestone as I have really dedicated myself to growing my blog this year. It has been so much fun and I have had the opportunity to go to some amazing blogging events, where I have meant some really great people.   

As a thank you to those that have followed and supported my blog I wanted to do a little give away. 

So if you fancy getting your hands on this stunning Sleek blusher in Rose Gold why not enter? FYI I have this myself and love it! 

Don’t worry, you will get a fresh sealed one, I have used mine for pictures. 

  

  All you need to do to enter is follow my blog here on wordpress or on bloglovin. Just comment below that you wish to enter with your blog URL. I will then be able to cross check with my follow list. 

You have untill 12pm on June 30th to enter. I will then do an old school lucky dip draw on YouTube to pick the winner. 

This is open to all followers, including international readers. 

Once again thanks for all your support, it may be  small but my blog means a lot to me. 

Bye for now, Katy 🙂