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Fuzzikins Cozy Cats and Dozy Dogs

We went to the playground. As we pulled into the car park the rain and hail began. We sat there horrified then came home.
Luckily I had been sent the Cozy Cats and Dozy Dogs sets by Fuzzikins so I didn’t need to panic about keeping the kids entertained on a rainy day in half term.

The premise of the sets is that you colour the cats and dogs however you want, and then you can make them a sleeping bag with other accessories too. Each set has a small, medium and large figure. The packaging has a practice area so you ca try out designs before drawing on the figure but the pens provided are washable so no need to panic about mistakes.
Perfect for inspiring creativity and imagination, it also helps develop hand-to-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. There are some small pieces so the sets are recommended for ages 4+.
Matthew designed his with a dinosaur theme and even drew teeth! Anya was all about colour, lots of it! I couldn’t resist having a go myself but went for simple and understated (and purple!)

I would have liked a greater range of colours. Matthew refused to use pink which further limited his options. I found some other felt tips to use but they are probably not washable so the patterns may be permanent (not a problem as I think we are all really happy with them!)

Fuzzikins Cozy Cats and Fuzzikins Dozy Dogs sets are £9.99 rrp each and are available from a range of retailers, including John Lewis and Amazon. There are play sets available too which look like amazing fun.
You have a chance to win your own Cozy Cats and Dozy Dogs sets. One lucky winner will receive 1 of each set just like I did! Enter below and good luck:

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*I was sent these sets for the purpose of the review. All opinions, photos and video are my own.


February food challenge week 2

A topsy-turvy week. Old things that they had rejected were eaten! Plus some firm favourites were included as I was a bit downhearted after the failures of last week 🙁
The food I was most happy about this week was their acceptance and even enjoyment of the chicken korma. It was the first time I’d ever made it and they wolfed it down! Quiche and steak pie got a big thumbs up despite previous revulsion!
Day 8: Quiche Lorraine, flat bread

Day 9: beef burger and pot noodle (don’t judge me!)

Day 10: mmm Chinese takeaway! Chicken balls, mushroom fried rice and chips.

Day 11: cheat alert! The kids went to Mum and Dad’s for a roast and fruit cobbler, no pics as we were at a wedding fair!
Day 12: sausage stew with rice, deconstructed lemon meringue

Day 13: chicken korma with rice and naan, Mummy’s mess (like Eton Mess but involves Angel Delight!)

Day 14: steak pie, mash and sweetcorn, cake!
 

Wedding Wednesday: planning the perfect honeymoon in 2018

Research shows that amongst couples who choose a traditional wedding, 99% of them go on a honeymoon — it’s all part of the wedding experience.
We are not going for a traditional wedding so we don’t count in that statistic! We are also not planning to have an official honeymoon due to my fear of flying and because we don’t want to leave the kids. We get back from our family holiday in Wales the week before the wedding and don’t want another trip quite that quickly! We may opt to have a weekend in Paris at some point later in the year. We do plan to stay in a hotel for our wedding night…
In the UK, the average honeymoon costs just over £3,500. Considering that the average cost of a summer holiday for a family of four costs close to £1,000, its clear to see that couples certainly splash out for their after-wedding vacation.

Start the planning process by getting inspiration from friends and family through the internet — an outstanding 80% of honeymooners in the last 5 years used social media to research their ideal destinations.
There’s so many things to think of once you’ve decided on your dream destination, the to-do list only seems to get longer! Here to ease the stress, Angelic Diamonds, retailers of wedding rings, tell us the top luxury honeymoon locations of 2018 and how to perfectly plan your romantic trip there (down to the pound).
Top destinations for 2018
British based luxury travel operator, Kuoni, revealed the top honeymoon destinations based on the number of bookings made. Here they are:
1. Maldives
The Maldives is the nation in South Asia that you’ve probably always dreamed of travelling to. It’s made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and is famous for its sugar-white sand beaches, private islands and luxurious resorts. It oozes magnificence and romance, no wonder it was revealed to be the top honeymoon destination of 2018.
Cost of flight: £474*
Accommodation cost per night:
Budget: £110 – £290
Mid-range: £220+
Top-end: £545+
A must-do:
Visit the Piano Deck at Baros. This is a platform built in the heart of the ocean that can be hired for a few hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner or spa treatments. Why not treat yourselves to a sunrise breakfast for £235?
2. Sri Lanka
Covered ancient sites, temples and never-ending beaches, Sri Lanka has only recently become a tourist destination but it’s clear to see why. It has so much to offer, with eight UNESCO sites and many opportunities to have memorable experiences.
Cost of flight: £346*
Accommodation cost per night:
Budget: £10 – £17
Mid-range: £17 – £42
Top-end: £42+
A must-do:
Hike to World’s End — a sheer cliff situated in Horton Plains National Park which looks over tiny villages and tea plantations. The round trip is around 7.5km by foot, and many say that you won’t regret it (and it costs under £20).
3. Mauritius
Situated in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is synonymous with everything luxurious. There’s plenty to do in the way of activities but, of course, you can lie on the beautiful beaches all day if you’d prefer — take your pick…
Cost of flight: £369*
Accommodation cost per night:
Budget: £35 – £66
Mid-range: £70 – £133
Top-end: £133+
A must-do:
Visit the Chamarel Waterfall. Surround yourself with luscious vegetation instead of the sandy beaches you may have become accustomed to and explore the southern side of the island.
4. Thailand
Behind the Maldives, Kuoni named Thailand the second most popular honeymoon destination for LGBT couples and fourth for straight newlyweds. It’s become popular with backpackers over the past decade but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of hidden gems and romantic spots.
Cost of flight: £279*
Accommodation cost per night:
Budget: £13 – £23
Mid-range: £23 – £91
Top-end: £91+
A must-do:
Explore the Phi Phi islands. Considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, you can reach them by a short speedboat journey from Phuket or Krabi. Discover true paradise and turquoise-blue waters with your partner.
5. Indonesia (Bali)
In Bali, you’ll experience the locals’ unforgettable culture combined with beautiful landscapes. The people are friendly and the beaches are one-of-a-kind — we’re not surprised it made it into the top five.
Cost of flight: £345*
Accommodation cost per night:
Budget: less than £36
Mid-range: £36 – £109
Top-end: £109+
A must-do:
Visit the Gili Islands by sea. Take the fast boat over from Bali to the islands and sit on the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset with your loved one as the sun goes down.

Once you’re all booked up, all that is left to do is get married and pack your suitcase!
Make sure you budget for the following — according to one survey on wedding couples these are the items most likely to be bought before honeymoon travel:
• New wardrobe (70.1%)
• Swimsuit (69.9%)
• Sunglasses (69.9%)
Perfect reason to go shopping… have fun!

*At time of research. Based on cheapest month to fly and cheapest return.
Sources
https://www.skyscanner.net
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/maldives/a/nar-gr/money-and-costs/357011
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/sri-lanka/a/nar-gr/money-and-costs/357442
http://www.dive-the-world.com/reefs-and-parks-maldives-hanifaru.php
http://www.baros.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Piano-Dinners.pdf
https://www.undiscoveredguide.com/sri-lanka/nuwara-eliya/worlds-end
http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-4596054/Could-slash-cost-summer-holiday.html
http://www.phiphi.phuket.com/#
http://www.kuoni.co.uk/upload/misc/pdf/honeymoon%20trends%202017.pdf
https://www.tripsavvy.com/wedding-statistics-and-honeymoon-facts-1860546
https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-planning/organising-and-planning/wedding-survey-2016_1193.htm

*Collaborative post


Seized by Love at Seaside by Addison Cole: review and giveaway!

This is now the third book in the series that I have read and I think it was my favourite!
Seized by Love at Seaside centres around Lizzie and Blue. We have met both characters before and I love how the series focuses on each couple whilst updating us on the couples we have already met.
Blue has spent a year waiting for Lizzie to accept a date with him. She wants to say yes but she is troubled. She has a secret she is keeping from all of her friends and family: she runs a webcast called the Naked Baker in order to earn money to support her younger sister through college.
Finally Lizzie agrees to date Blue and they quickly fall in love. But now Lizzie’s guilt eats away at her and she tells him the truth. Blue finds it difficult to process and the main focus of the book is the negotiation and acceptance which ensues. Supported by Blue, Lizzie decides to tell her family the truth as well.
I loved the 2 person narrative which Addison has used so successfully in this series. It really helps you to see the characters’ perspectives and understand the soul-searching involved in the dilemmas which underpin each book.
Overall score 5/5!
Head over and read my reviews of Secrets at Seaside and Nights at Seaside.

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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Seized by Love at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seized by Love. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In Seized by Love at SEASIDE…
Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister’s education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she’s put her social life on hold until her sister’s education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

Blue Ryder fell hard for Lizzie when he met her a year ago, and he hasn’t been able to get her off his mind since. Everything about the feisty little brunette, cuts straight to his heart. Though Lizzie has turned down every invitation he’s extended–Blue is not about to give up trying.

Renovating Lizzie’s kitchen brings Blue further into Lizzie’s life, and the oven is not the only thing heating up. One night and one powerful kiss changes everything. But when Lizzie’s secret is revealed and the safe bubble she’s hidden in shatters, true love may not be enough to put the pieces back together

Seized by Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seized by Love by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)

Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away.

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Secrets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 5)

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Nights at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 6)

Sky Lacroux has finally realized her dream and opened her own tattoo shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She’s happy as can be, preparing the shop for its grand opening and renting a cottage in the Seaside community while renovations to her new apartment are being completed. The only thing missing is the one thing she longs for, and has no control over—love.Sawyer Bass, a professional boxer, plays his guitar at a local bar to escape the painful reality of his father’s deteriorating health and a recent health warning of his own. But when he spots a stunning brunette across the room, escaping reality goes out the window, and the beautiful woman becomes the focus of his next song—and maybe even the rest of his life.

When Sawyer walks into Sky’s tattoo shop and sees the woman from the bar—Sky—the chemistry between them is instant. Sawyer is everything Sky could ever hope for in a man. He’s honest, loving, sensitive, and potently virile—but boxing goes against everything Sky believes in. The closer they become, the more she realizes that her alpha boxer is waging his own emotional battle—only the battle she thinks he’s waging isn’t the one that threatens to tear them apart.

Nights at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Nights by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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About the author

SIGN UP for ADDISON’S Sweet with Heat newsletter. Fun, flirty romance with a dash of heat. www.AddisonCole.com/NewsletterDOWNLOAD the first book in Addison’s Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers series free: READ, WRITE, LOVE AT SEASIDE

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison is proud to be part of the Main Street Romance family, a partnership with bestselling authors Nancy Naigle, RaeAnne Thayne, and Chris Keniston, bringing sweet happy-ever-after love stories to the Main Street Romance community. Join them at www.MainStreetRomance.com ~ open 24/7 just for you.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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Monday again so #GlobalBlogging Linky 47!

Hurrah it is half term! The kids are home and we are enjoying some time together. Everyone is super tired (look at their tired little faces in the pic below on the last school run!) so the weekend had lots of tears 🙁 but now we are all more relaxed and getting set for a fun week (pancakes and Valentines!) What are your plans?
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