Review : Perfect Glasses

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A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely people at PerfectGlasses.co.uk  to choose and review a pair of glasses from their extensive range.  I opted for a pair from the Jorgio collection which you can find here.   Perfect Glasses also offer prescription sunglasses but as my old specs haven’t really withstood the pressures of living with a toddler I opted for a new pair of standard glasses.

I was given £50 to spend and found that surprisingly there was plenty of choice (over 1000 options) – I would go as far as to say I had too much choice, I was looking at frame options for at least 3 days!  I kept sending screenshots to my Mum & sister, I’m sure they were fed up hearing me talk about it!  Luckily Perfect Glasses has the ideal solution for people like me; on the website you can upload a picture of yourself & it allows you to ‘try on’ whichever pair you fancy!  Once I uploaded a picture I was able to narrow it down to 2 options almost instantly & finally settled on the Jorgio frame.  I emailed over my prescription and delivery address and waited for them to be delivered – easy peasy!  You can also receive text updates to track your order, such a useful option – there’s nothing worse than having to wait in all day for a parcel, am I right?

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My new glasses arrived within the week and they are great.  I love the look of them, I haven’t tried a tortoiseshell frame before as I wasn’t sure if I would suit them but I was pleasantly surprised.  The glasses I ordered are metal frames which is different to my usual plastic frames; when they arrived I was a bit concerned as they didn’t feel as sturdy as I was used to but that is due to the materials used and not the quality.

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Perfect Glasses is running a sale at the moment which means that prices start from as little as £9 and that is complete with lenses – how about that for bargain prices?  They also offer a wide range of designer glasses from brands such as Hugo Boss, Gucci, Dior and Marc Jacobs all at competitive prices.  Once you complete your order your glasses will be delivered to you within 7 working days and if you’re not happy you can simply return them free of charge, no questions asked.

I’ve never bought prescription glasses online before but Perfect Glasses made this experience so easy and straightforward that I will definitely be doing this again in future.  I would definitely recommend having a look at PerfectGlasses.co.uk if you are in the market for a new pair of specs, they really do have something for every budget.

V x

The Happy Book Club – Review

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The Happy Book Club is a monthly subscription service for children’s books, not your run of the mill children’s books – these are gorgeous, high quality books that are not necessarily found in supermarkets.  You all know how much I love a good book, why didn’t I know about this service sooner?!

A 1 month package costs just £15.99 and there are 3 age categories 0-1, 2-4 and 5-7, you then have the option to send a gift certificate and add a personalised message if you choose to gift it to someone else.  Each month there is a theme which is a secret until you open your parcel, this months theme was Colour.  In each package you receive 2 beautiful books and activity suggestions depending on the age group.   A donation is made to a charity which relates to the theme and delivery is absolutely free.  The package comes wrapped in brown paper & tied with a bow inside a sturdy cardboard mailing envelope so your books are in perfect condition when they arrive.

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One off packages are available too, they currently have a Bedtime Package and a Dinosaur Package which are both £15.99 each.  I wonder if you can guess which one I’m thinking about getting for Connors hand luggage?

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In our Colour-themed parcel which we were kindly sent this month we received The Colour Thief by Gabriel Alborozo about Zot who lives in a world without colour; he sees Earth full of colour and decides to steal some of it for himself.  We also got The game of red, yellow and blue by Hervé Tullet which helps children see what happens when you mix certain colours together and also introduces them to shapes.

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Connor is loving learning his shapes at the moment, he’s known his colours for a while but shapes are the new thing so I’m sure he’ll just love putting the two together.  The illustrations in The Colour Thief are just gorgeous and the story is so, so sweet and thought provoking, even for a toddler.  He was very excited when he woke from his nap to find that someone had sent him books and was desperate to read them.

All in all I would highly recommend purchasing a package from The Happy Book Club, whether it be a one off or the full subscription.  They are high quality, beautifully presented and by giving you activity suggestions it means that you can carry on the story even when the book is finished.  It’s perfect for helping little minds grow and developing their love of reading.

I will definitely be recommending The Happy Book Club to everyone I know.

V xx

Turkey Here We Come !

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I am so excited, I could literally burst!  We have finally managed to get a holiday booked for this year – we’re off to Turkey!  David’s Dad and his partner live over there so it’s the ideal option; sunshine, family and possible babysitters?

We flew over to Turkey to visit when Connor was 6 months old but it was March and most things were closed as it was out of season.  The weather was surprisingly warm but there was no pool or anything due to the time of year.  That was 2 years ago and that is far too long to go without a holiday, I mean, we live in Scotland – we don’t see much of the sun!  This time around June is most definitely in season and the pool has been refurbished and is filled, ready and waiting for us to arrive in 4 weeks!

We are obviously flying over again, the flight is around 4hrs 15mins give or take and then we will have about an hours travel to my inlaws villa which is absolutely beautiful.  When booking our flights I noticed that iPads and tablets or anything with a screen larger than an iPhone 7 are banned on flights from South Asia and North Africa.  I had planned to take my iPad with a few episodes of Connors favourite TV shows and the games that he likes to play but not any more!  Our flight is a late afternoon/evening one, we take off at around 4.30pm and land at 10.30pm Turkey time which makes it 8.30pm GMT because of the 2 hour time difference.  Connor is in bed by 7.30pm at the latest and  usually the ‘witching hour’ (or 2) starts at about half 5 so it’s safe to say I’m dreading the latter part of this journey!

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I’ve put a post out on my Instagram asking for tips on flying with a toddler, I’m mostly just looking for plane friendly activities to keep him occupied – any ideas?  I’d love to hear from you.

V xx

The Mummy Tag

The Mummy Tag

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Are you a working mum or a stay at home mum ?

I currently work part time, it usually works out as 2 half days during the week and a whole day on a Saturday.  I’m very lucky that I don’t have to pay for childcare as family members (mostly my sister or Davids sister) help out and watch Connor for us while I work.

Would you have it any other way ?

I hate the thought of going to work because I would so much rather spend all my time with Connor but once I get there I’m absolutely fine.  Working 2 half days and a full day is definitely enough for me at the moment, I can’t imagine being away from him for any longer than that.

Do you co-sleep?

No, we never did.  We slept with Connor in his Moses basket next to our bed until he was 3/4 months then moved him into his cot.  We were living with my parents at the time otherwise he would’ve been transitioned to his cot much sooner.  We were waking him up, he was waking us up and nobody was getting a particularly good night sleep so him having his own space has definitely helped us.  I have nothing against co sleeping and probably would do it if it was the best option – everybody needs sleep right?  But all of us love our space when it comes to sleeping so squishing 3 in a bed just didn’t make sense.

What is your must have item for your baby?

Connor is now almost 3 so not a baby anymore but when he was a teeny tot we couldn’t go anywhere without his Sophie the Giraffe or his dummy.  He was teething from bang on 3 months old so always needed something to chew on.  He’s still pretty attached to his dummy unfortunately, but we have managed to restrict it to just nap/bedtime and hopefully the ‘Dummy Fairy’ will be able to visit soon!

How many kids do you plan on having ?

At least 1 more, although I have a funny feeling that I will be one of those people who would continue having babies – I just love kids!

Date night how often do you have them ?

Not often enough.  We very rarely spend much time out of the house together as a couple, if we do go out it’s usually because we have a party etc to go to so there’s not much one on one time.  It’s something we really do need to make an effort to do more of.

Your child’s favourite show ?

It changes daily.  He probably has about 4 that he rotates – Ben & Holly, The Lion Guard, Paw Patrol & Thomas and Friends.  He does like the dreaded pig but I can’t stand it so he only gets to watch that occasionally – terrible mother, I know!  He loves movies though so some days instead of watching his programmes he will ask for a film, usually Lion King, Jungle Book, Moana or one of the Julia Donaldson short stories.

Name one thing you bought before you had a baby and never ended up using ?

I honestly can’t remember, I think we used pretty much everything we had for him.

Your child’s favourite food

He loves, loves, loves broccoli, carrots, prunes, chicken, fish – honestly the boy will eat just about anything.

How many cars does your family have ?

We have 2 cars, always have.  I just couldn’t imagine going back to having to ask for lifts everywhere or wait to use the car.  I like my freedom and being able to jump in the car whenever I like.  David now has a van for work so as having 3 vehicles in the driveway is a little excessive we probably will be going down to just 1 car sometime soon.

Weight gain,before pregnancy,during, after and now

I actually lost weight during my pregnancy, all of my excess weight just seemed to form my bump.  Once Connor was born and my stomach went back to it’s normal size I was probably the smallest I’ve been in years however, as always, I got greedy and now I’m back where I originally started if not heavier!

Dream holiday with your kids

I can’t wait to take Connor to Disney World in Florida.  I’ve been a few times and it’s just such a magical place, I can’t wait to share it with him and David.

Dream holiday without the kids

Is it really bad that I can’t imagine (and don’t want to imagine) a holiday without Connor?  I wouldn’t settle if he wasn’t with us and would probably spend the entire time Face timing him and annoying the life out of David by talking about him!

How has your life changes since having kids?

It’s completely different but so much better.  I never was a big party girl and now I rarely drink because the thought of a hangover with the whirlwind that is Connor just doesn’t bear thinking about.  I didn’t realise that you could love someone else so much, it’s crazy that he can drive me absolutely nuts but I can’t bear to be parted from him!

Finish this sentence ” my heart melts when..”

I see David and Connor playing together, they both have the same silly sense of humour so they always end up playing the daftest of games.

Where do you shop for your kids?

I shop pretty much everywhere and anywhere.  I love clothes from Zara but I feel like he out grows them really quickly as they come up quite small compared to other shops.  Connor has clothes from all over the place, as long as they look good and fit him I really don’t care what the label says.

Favourite makeup and skincare product?

I love my No 7 foundation – it’s great coverage, not greasy at all and reasonably priced!  My favourite skincare product is probably the Soap and Glory face wash I got in last years Christmas gift set – it’s amazing!

Huggies or Pampers ?

Pampers 100%  no other brand has come close for us.

Have you always wanted kids ?

Always.  Ever since I was a little girl I was always playing with dolls and pretending they were my babies.

Best part of being a mum ?

Watching him grow and learn new things, seeing how confident he is in new situations.  He makes me so proud every day and I can’t believe that we made such a gentle, loving, clever little man!

I’ve just realised in doing this that I have almost no pictures of me & Connor – note to self, make an effort to take more pictures of us both!

I’d love to hear from some other Mummy’s out there so I tag Kirsty from HonestK, Ashley from AVodkaKindaOfMom and anybody else who wants to take part, please tag me so I can see your answers – I’m nosy like that!