Friday, 23 September 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words

As you all know by now I love photography! It must be obvious as I was recently approached by Print My Image to see if I would like a canvas print of one of my photo's.

I have ordered a couple of canvas prints before as presents but didn't actually have one myself. Print My Image is so simple to use! You upload your image, select the size of print you want, select if you want it colour or black&white and portrait/landscape and you are away!

I chose an A2 size canvas as we have quite a large living room and anything else would look a bit lost and it arrived a couple of days later.

I adore my canvas print, the quality is amazing and it takes pride of place in our lounge. I am going to have another done for my dressing room when it is finished too.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Win a KitchAid® Artisan® Blender & Beverley Glock Cook Book

As every parent knows, life with a newborn baby or a toddler is busy enough without having to spend hours in the kitchen preparing complicated recipes. KitchenAid has partnered with Beverley Glock, owner of Splat Cooking School and author of upcoming cookery book, 500 Baby & Toddler Foods, to give parents a helping hand in the kitchen

One lucky winner will receive an iconic KitchenAid® Artisan® Blender worth £150 and a signed copy of Beverley’s new book to help cooking for the little ones that little bit easier. 500 Baby & Toddler Foods is packed full of useful and delicious recipes, all of which use in-season fruit and vegetables and are low in salt and sugar. Beverley offers a whole host of quick and easy suggestions for different mealtimes, situations and occasions including snacks, picnics and packed lunches, breakfast time, suppers, party treats, smoothies, hearty soups, stews and casseroles.

Using the KitchenAid® Artisan® Blender to create these recipes couldn’t be simpler. Equipped with a powerful motor and five different functions including stir, chop, crush, mix, puree and liquefy, as well as a dedicated ice crush function and pulse mode, this blender is as indispensable as it is gorgeous and a must-have for every bustling kitchen. With a 3-year guarantee, it boasts the widest colour range available on the market including the NEW Apple Green, Original Empire Red, Cocoa Silver, Almond Cream, Majestic Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Onyx Black, Pearl Metallic, White, Cocoa Silver and of course my favourite...Pink!


Winner is @rhodak09

For your chance to win just answer the question below:

What is the name of Beverley Glock’s cookery school?

1. Splat Cooking
2. Split Cooking
3. Splot Cooking

Please leave your answer below in the comment section with a way to contact you eg twitter, email.

For an extra entry please tweet about this competition stating  "Win a KitchenAid Blender & Beverley Glock Cook Book! Go to @MummysShoes blog to enter 

Terms and Conditions:
• This competition will run from 19th of September to the 17th of October 2011
• The winners will be chosen at random
• Competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland only
• Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative is available

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Yippydada Changing Bag: Review & Competition

Boring baby bags are so yesterday, today is Yippydada!

Boring certainly doesn't come to mind when you see these very sassy, fashionable baby changing bags. Newly launched just a week ago the range includes 9 beautifully designed bags in an array of prints and styles AND what's more...they are very affordable. Whereas there are some fantastic high end ranges I can't think of any mid market ranges, and then along comes Yippydada.

I have spent the last few days using The Lynx Changing Bag. 
I love the classic leopard print and for the price it is amazing what extra's it comes with...Detachable shoulder strap, padded changing mat, milk bottle insulator, nylon clothes pouch, dust bag and keyring attachment!

It is also extremely roomy inside. Anyone who knows me will know I like to carry a LOT of things with me (I like to be prepared for any eventuality!) but also as any mummy knows, you need a lot of things with you when you have babies or children anyway. This bag certainly fulfils that need. Here are some snaps of the bag, Belle was quite taken with it too, she found it amusing that it looked like a leopard!


So anyway I know you were all drawn to this post because it is a competition, correct?  Yippydada will send the winner YOUR CHOICE of changing bag (yes you really can pick any one from their website that you want!) All you have to do is:

1) Register for the Yippy Dada newsletter here you enter your email address at the bottom of the page
2) Leave a comment below telling us which Yippy Dada Changing Bag is your favourite
3) For an extra entry please tweet about this competition stating  Win a gorgeous @Yippydada changing bag of your choice! Go to @MummysShoes blog to enter"

Terms and Conditions:
  • This competition will run from 18th of September to the 10th of October
  • The winner will be chosen at random from all entrants and announced on this page and via the Yippydada newsletter
  • Competition is open to residents of the UK and Ireland only
  • Prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative is available

You can find Yippydada here
You can find Yippydada on Facebook here
You can Visit Yippydada on Twitter here

Friday, 16 September 2011

Mummy Me Time: A new hair colour for Autumn

After highlighting my blonde hair for 2 years I decided to have some lowlights put in today.

I was in the hairdressers for 5 hours! My hair feels SO healthy now!

My new Sunkissed brown locks
I may even try the ombre look next!

Thursday, 15 September 2011

This Week Carly Loves: Vintage Retro Kitchens

I have told hubby that IF he allows me a kitchen like this (Vintage Retro stylee) I will be a complete domestic goddess!
Complete with the Pink Kitchen Aid Mixer of course!
Talking of Kitchen Aid...I have a great competition coming up on Monday so pop back then!

GlossyBox - The beauty revolution is here!

I just received my first GlossyBox! I had never heard of this before until I was contacted to see if I would like to review it and I have to say I am slightly loving this idea!

GlossyBox is a monthly subscription to receive a luxurious box filled with a surprise mix of five carefully selected, high-end miniature beauty samples.  For  £12.95  per  month, GlossyBox delivers niche and on-trend beauty products, beautifully wrapped and packaged providing each customer with a selection of what’s hot in hair, beauty, scent and body care.

What a great idea, right?  There is so much out there these days in terms of beauty products, I go into shops and just feel overwhelmed at the variety so tend to stick to my favourites. Another benefit is discovering new types of products that I wouldn’t normally pick up and try or even hear about as life is so busy! I don't have time to read magazines for the latest products etc. And finally, how nice to receive a surprise selection of products each month!

Along with the monthly box, GlossyBox are now proud to publish their online magazine, which aims to educate readers on how to apply the GlossyBox products and get the most out of them. The GlossyBook online magazine includes video tutorials, showing exactly how to ‘get the look’ for both classic and on-trend makeup and nail looks.

Just in time for Christmas, it will also be possible to purchase a GlossyBox subscription as a gift.  The perfect gift for a sister, mother, friend, colleague, grandmother, wife or bridesmaid.

What was in my September Box:

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Family Portrait Project

I adore photography and as many already know I am rarely seen at events without my SLR.  Don't get me wrong I am by no means a great photographer but I still love to try! I really believe a photo can speak a thousand words. A good photo can reignite feelings, memories, smells and bring a smile to your face or a tear to the eye. Since having Belle I have taken SO many to try and capture those exact moments.

Hotpoint have teamed up with top photographer Steve McCurry (known to most probably for his picture of that beautiful girl with the green eyes) to launch an online competition for snapshots of European families.

All families have until October 15th to submit their favourite family portrait at – the winning family will be flown to New York to have their photograph taken by Steve McCurry.
“In my portraits I try to express the vulnerable moment when the soul clearly appears, shown in the subject’s face. I like an image to tell a human story,” says Steve McCurry, “When I take photos of the families I meet, I try to convey the power of human relationships revealed by subtle clues on faces and in gestures and behaviours.”

So if you want to enter your family portrait just pop along to and go to the ‘take part’ page. I have!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Mummy's Shoes Inspired Little Acts

In the last 5 years I have been quite concious of waste and doing what I can to live in a more sustainable way. We try not to use the tumble dryer, we recycle what we can and take more showers than baths (OK so the later is probably more due to lack of time but I will use it for brownie points!)  No matter how privileged we may be I feel we are all accountable for the environment and the way we live.

So when Proctor and Gamble invited the Mummy's Shoes Household to take part in their Future Friendly Campaign we jumped at the chance and so last week we lived a 7 day week in an even more green and sustainable way.

Recycling Box provided by P&G which Belle decided to play in

Here are a few of the simple things we did in our week which you could try too:

- Make Tea the Eco Way - Only boil as much water as you need
- Walk - Belle and I walked to the shops to get the groceries. We usually drive or do an online shop so this really is something we will try to do more often
- Wash at low temperatures - As part of the week we were provided with a range of household products that use less energy, work with less water and produce less waste. So I used Ariel Gel which can be used at 15 degrees and also Ariel Liquitabs which can be used with a wash at 30 degrees. The results were the same as when I usually wash at 40 or 60 so this is something I shall definitely be doing in future.
- No tumble dryer - We try not to use the tumble dryer for the average wash so this isn't new but thought it was worth a mention.  If you hang out your clothes correctly on a drying rack you can get away with also not having to use an iron.  I have mastered the art of doing this now and very rarely have to iron!
- Wardrobe - I went through Belle's clothes and donated what she no longer wears to an orphanage in Bulgaria
-Activities for the kids - Last week we got some junk mail put through the door, some sort of home catalogue, so Belle went through it with scissors and cut out her favourite pictures. She made a great collage. She had so much fun and it was such a simple thing to do.
-Grow your own - I always get so much satistfaction growing our own Herbs and Veg, you know nothing has been sprayed on them and children love helping plant and pick. I also find Belle is eager to eat ALL vegetables that she has helped to grow and pick herself.
-Weather Station - Belle and I constructed a weather station and each day we would go out and observe the weather in our garden (pictures below)

Belle with her weather station

Tumble Dryer Free and still lovely and soft

Apple Tree

Ready to make Apple Pie

There is a great learning tool below, where you can spot all the different ways and 'little actions' which could help you to save energy in the house. It is fun and interactive for adults and children alike...

I learnt a few things from there which shocked me. For example did you know that recycling just 1 aluminium can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours! There are lots of little facts like this that are very interesting.

I really do encourage you to do a few inspired acts, you will feel so good for it knowing you are helping our environment and you will also save money too. It isn't hard an doesn't take much time out of your day.

Let's look after our children's world!