Fancy Dress Costumes – Why We Can Never Have Enough?

It’s coming up to Halloween and the best part of it is dressing up. The children love dressing up of course and they don’t really need Halloween to do it.

I am constantly on the lookout for fancy dress costumes for the children and I saw some lovely ones in Tesco. No child can have enough dressing up costumes, I think – action figures, Disney princesses, witches, Roald Dahl characters  – you name it and the children have them.

Perhaps it has to do with school event days where the children are asked to dress up like Roald Dahl day which I absolutely adore as it also gives me a chance to educate them about this wonderful author and his stories. Last year Ethan went as Willy Wonka and he did look rather spiffy and Jadyn looked lovely as a Witch from The Witches.

Then, there is World Book Day when the children get to choose a favourite book and dress up as a character from it and the obvious choices are Princesses and we push the action figure bit by getting Ethan a Spiderman book. But then there’s always Harry Potter which both the children adore and I hope to get them these for the next World Book Day.

I cannot complain about getting them fancy dress costumes as I do enjoy seeing them all dressed up. And since they also play at dressing up at home, it’s not just the one off that they use it so it’s not a waste.

Though I normally look at costumes for children, this year it may be a bit different as we have been invited to a Halloween Party and I may decide to dress up too. Maybe I should go as a witch or vampire?

For the children, I don’t do very scary costumes as I stick to witches and wizards. They would probably get scared if they looked in the mirror anyway!!

I am looking forward to Halloween this year as I am quite excited that I shall also be dressing up with the children. Do come back to visit to see what we’ve been up to.

Right then, off to go and search for some fancy dress costumes.

Disclaimer: Written for Tesco


Abney and Teal Magazine for Pre-Schoolers : A Review

The children love magazines and we do get quite a few of them but when we were asked to try out the new Abney and Teal magazine, we accepted for a number of reasons.

First of all, we were going to be among the first to have a look at it before it’s release.

Secondly, we love Abney and Teal on CBeebies.

And lastly, Aeryn loves the stickers and toys that usually accompany a magazine.

Abney and Teal didn’t disappoint as it bears a great similarity to the series on telly – soothing colours and gentleness.


Aeryn loved the little guitar toy and especially loved the little flute that accompanied it.


The magazine is packed with puzzles, stories, things to do and create and stickers.


I love the reward chart and there are 4 weeks of rewards for being extra great. In the run up to Christmas this could be the ideal way of being on Santa’s good list.


The magazine is priced at £2.99 and Aeryn loves it. We have read the stories several times over now and since they are short, I don’t mind reading it again and again.

I would definitely recommend purchasing a copy of the magazine as it is so worth it.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above magazine to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Win a British Gas Hive Active Heating Kit

You may have seen my post about Big Energy Savings Week with British Gas and Netmums.

It’s all about clever ways of saving energy to keep the bills down and you may want to visit the Netmums website to see what tips you can pick up from there.

Anyway, this one is about you saving energy because this is a competition for you to win a Hive Active Heating Kit priced between £149 – £199.

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Big Energy Savings Week – Our Tips On How We Save Energy At Home #BESW14

With costs rising, I always look out for deals be it with the bills and shopping. It is quite difficult to stick to a budget as with three children there is always something they need.

I think it is the energy costs that are the most expensive and with the arrival of winter these can escalate quite quickly when we turn on the central heating.

There are a few things that we do to try and curtail these big bills –

1. We don’t swtich the heating on until the 1st of October (this year of course, with the weather being warmer, we are still managing to have it off)

2. I make sure the doors to the rooms are shut so we can conserve the heat.

3. Our thermostat is never kept turned high.

4. And lastly, I never have the heating on constantly. I adjust the timer to come on so the house is heated when we need it.

This year, during Energy Savings Week and thereafter,  I am also going to look at implementing a NoTelly Happy Hour every evening so that we can make a small change in the energy costs as well as spend the time playing board games or reading together. So it’s a win-win situation.

We may not save very much but with the money we do save, I will be booking tickets for the Pantomime at Christmas as the children really enjoyed last year.

It’s Big Energy Savings Week (20th – 24th October) and if you would like some tips on how to save energy do head over to Netmums where there is a wealth of information on how to do this. Netmums has teamed up with British Gas to show you how to save energy so you can use the money saved towards a treat. It is coming up to Christmas after all!

As mentioned earlier, we normally keep the heating to come on at specific times. I have always been a bit confused about this as many people have mentioned that it is better to keep the heating on constantly as each time it comes on there is a surge in electricity with causes more expenditure.

I posed this question to a British Gas Engineer and here is the answer –

Does switching the boiler off and on ( as in using a timer to come on) save energy? Or is it better to leave it on constantly and regulate it with the thermostat?

It does. With modern boilers on the correct settings, you should be able to heat a house from cold to 18°C in 20-30 minutes. After this initial 20 minutes the boiler will only be brought back on once you drop under 18°C (Or whatever the room thermostat is set to). If you were to leave the heating on constantly, even at a lower temperature, the thermostat will still be bringing on the heating when you are not there. This happens more as the outside temperature drops, so overnight the boiler starts working more to maintain the level temp in the house using more and more gas. So it is better to set the timer for about 30 mins before you need the heat – leave the thermostat up and just use the 20-30 mins of gas to get the property back up to temp, rather than use gas all through the night when it is generally not needed (Plus you wake up/get in to a warmer house).

What do you do to save energy in your home? Are you doing anything to conserve energy for Big Energy Savings Week? Leave a comment below as I would love to know.

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