Monday, 18 May 2015

Ivy Cabin Review & Giveaway

A few weeks ago I was approached by the lovely people at Ivy Cabin to see if I would like to review one of their products. A quick look round their beautiful website and it wasn't hard for me to find several gorgeous items to choose from that I knew would fit in my home.

My daughters room currently lacks pretty storage, so I chose this beautiful bear drawstring bag for her dressing up clothes.

Arriving beautifully wrapped I was excited to open it, it was a lot bigger than I was expecting which is good and is great quality. It has a drawstring across the top and a hook so you can hang on a on the back of the door.

The perfect size for all my daughters dress up clothes and easy for her to open too.

I think it fits perfectly with the mixed vintage and modern styling we have in her room, and I am a huge fan of the bear print on the bag. It is well worth the money and I think £10 is great value for such a huge bag!

And finally the lovely people over at Ivy Cabin have given me one of these fabulous sacks to giveaway, just enter via the Rafflecopter widget below (T&Cs apply and can be found on the entry options). Plus if you can't wait to see if you win or see something you fancy over on Ivy Cabin's website then you can get 10% off until the end of May with code MUMMYDIARY

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Monday, 11 May 2015

A Walk Amongst The Bluebells

The last Bank Holiday weekend was, in traditional British style, a bit rubbish on the weather front. With on and off rain over most of the weekend, so when we saw that Monday would be brighter, we took advantage of this and went out to walk amongst the bluebells.

Bunny Wood is in the top 10 bluebell woods in the country, it's not too far from us and is somewhere I remember visiting with my mum and dad when I was younger.

We started off down the path and found a pond, it was teeming with tadpoles and pond skaters so we spent a few minutes looking for them all, then off we went to find the bluebells.

The floor was carpeted with bluebells, it was as far as the eye could see and just stunning!

With lots of different paths to follow, we were spoilt for choice, there were also little bridges and some hills, so it was an exciting walk. My daughter had chosen to dress as a fairy so there were lots of comments from other walkers, which was lovely.

With so many other flowers and blossoms out there were lots to see, and with so many birds tweeting it was a lovely sensory experience.

If you are local to Nottingham I can highly recommend a trip here before the bluebells disappear for the year, mixed in with so many other wildflowers like these buttercups it was so very pretty.

We had an absolutely wonderful time exploring the woods, looking for bugs and birds, there were even butterflies flying around, it was fantastic.

Linking up to Magic Moments over on The Olivers Madhouse

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Black & White Photo Project Week 44

If you go to the woods today you might very well see this beautiful little fairy, on our trip to Bunny woods to see the beautiful bluebells I snapped this one.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Disney on Ice - Magical Ice Festival Review

Last week, we went to see the magic that is Disney on Ice. It's the first time we have taken the children to see anything on ice and it won't be the last, the magic, speed and atmosphere was just amazing and we all had a fantastic time.

Starting off with The Little Mermaid, the songs and theatrics dazzled, with Ariel spinning from a rope in the centre of the ice. I had forgotten how moving the songs from The Little Mermaid are and I have to admit I had a tear in my eye as I sang along to the songs (sorry to anyone next to me)

Next up was Rapunzle from Tangled, we love this film, it is beautifully sweet and the characters they chose to use had something for everyone, including my seven year old son. It wasn't completely princess related and with Maximus the horse and the the pub thugs playing a huge part it really was great fun.

After the break, we went on to Beauty and the Beast, a beautiful classic which I was looking forward to, with some wonderful characters including Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs Pots it was sure to be a visual delight and we weren't disappointed.

I expected the children to be a little scared of the Beast but they weren't, instead with the excitement of the ice skating they were in awe.

And finally, on to the moment we had all been waiting for, you could almost feel the anticipation for this part of the show, especially with so many Anna's and Elsa's in the audience.

Frozen was as exciting as I'd hoped it would be, with my daughter not quite sure where to put herself with all the excitement, Elsa's ice skating skills were brilliant and it was amazing that just one person on the ice could bring such magic.

The much loved Olaf brought the biggest cheer of the evening as well as some colour and magic to the ice, absolutely brilliant!

Sven and Kristoff were so lovely, quite how the ice skaters inside managed to make Sven act so real is beyond me, but they were great.

Now that we know both children love something like this, we will definitely be back to watch another, I was worried that the dark arena would be a little scary for my four year old daughter and when she'd seen other pictures she said the same but in the end it was fine.

My daughter said that she like 'everything' apart from the part with Prince Hans was about to kill Elsa, which I think is fair.

My one gripe about the show was the cost of the merchandise, £8 for a small Disney bag and some popcorn is a little much, but it's the same wherever you go so was expected.

There is still time to see this magical show as it is playing at Leeds First Direct Arena from 13-17th May, for more information check out the Disney website.

NB: We were given tickets to attend the show, all pictures and words are my own.