Does anything beat a bike? Halfords don’t think so!

Over the years, a new bike has been at the very top of many a Christmas list for Santa from my children. So when Halfords got in touch to tell me about their Nothing Beats a Bike campaign I was so excited to get involved and help to spread the word here on my blog.

Christmas came early for my daughter this year and we were very lucky to go along to the Halfords store in Kirkstall to pick up a shiny new bike. And not just any old bike, it is the Pendleton Junior Littleton bike! The bike had been assembled in store for us and reserved and my daughter’s face when they wheeled it out to us was an absolute picture. Priceless!

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We were served by a lovely assistant called Joe and I can’t sing his praises enough, he was absolutely brilliant. He showed us the bike and then adjusted the seat and even the brakes so it fitted my daughter perfectly. This new bike is the next size up from her last one so he even gave her a little demonstration of how to get on and off easier and how to use the kickstand properly. Oh and how to ring the bell!

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The Pendleton Junior Littleton Girls’ Bike really is gorgeous we couldn’t be happier with it. It has a bright apple red step-through frame and upright riding position. It is a single speed bike and has pretty geometric patterned mudguards and a chainguard to keep you clean. It even has a handy kickstand perfect for when you want to take a break from riding or for storage. It has a 14″ frame so is ideal for girls aged 8-12. To give you an idea, my daughter is a (small!) 9 so as you can see, this bike will be used for many years to come.

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Halfords offer a free click and collect service and also a free in-store build which includes a 22 point safety check or you can get it delivered boxed for self assembly if you prefer of course. You can reserve your bike for Christmas for just £10 and take advantage of the free storage in store until Christmas too. Personally I much preferred having the bike built for us and can definitely recommend the service. It is so reassuring to see them carry out the full safety check for you there and then plus of course, they can make any necessary adjustments to suit your child. Also, Halfords offer a six week check. We just take it back in store for them to check it over in six weeks time and it is completely free of charge. I was seriously impressed with the service it really does feel like they go that extra mile.

Everyone remembers a special Christmas when they excitedly unwrapped their bike and tried to ride it round the living room, right? Even with gadgets and toys galore, kids still adore heading out into the fresh air and seeing where two wheels can take them. From exploring the park to playing with friends, a bike can help teach your kids independence and give them a real sense of adventure – as well as helping them to keep active! You can find out more here but to enter, your child needs to draw a picture of their dream bike (the more colourful and unique the better!) and Halfords are then giving away a different bike for 6 weeks on the Thursday of each week. This week you could be in with a chance of winning a superb Carrera Cosmos 16″ Kids’ Bike! With a lightweight frame and cool orange and white design, this bike is superb for kids who are growing in confidence riding on two wheels!

Does anything beat a bike for Christmas? Halfords don’t think so and we would have to agree! Good luck to all of you who enter the competition!

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Disclaimer: We were provided with the Pendleton Junior Littleton Girls’ Bike from Halfords for the purpose of this review 

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Question Everything up for review

Question Everything make the most beautiful hand-smocked dresses for babies and girls from 0-3 months up to age 8 years. It was started in 2010 by Angie Adams out of a love for children, clothes, fun, fabric, music, badges, buttons, shapes and stars. The designs draw inspiration from Angie’s experience of different cultures and lifestyles: loud music and quiet health, east meets west, street markets and changing weathers, textures, colours and cityscapes.

Question Everything believes in an ethics based approach to trade and aims to support local communities with production operating out of a family run business in Manila and smocking hand stitched by ladies of the Batangas village community.  A percentage of each sale goes to Childhope Asia which seeks to support and secure justice for street and working children in the Philippines.


The dresses are 100% cotton and hand smocked. I love the traditional design while the modern prints keep the dresses looking fun and cool. The little quirky buttons and star on the chest certainly make them stand out in a crowd. They are fully lined with a sash waist band and you’ll be pleased to know that they pass my daughters’ all important twirl test. They are very particular about twirlability don’t you know!



They really are beautifully made dresses and have washed and ironed beautifully so they are also very practical too. The thing that I think I love the most is though is just how versatile they are. Add sparkly tights and a tiara and you have yourself the perfect party dress, or layer with leggings and pull on your baseball boots and you have a cool everyday dress. They couldn’t be more perfect for my little ones. I absolutely love these dresses and I also love the passion and ethics behind the Question Everything brand. I will definitely be back to buy more.

My nine year old is wearing the Tokyo dress in age 8-9 which is just £30.99 in the current sale and my seven year old is wearing the Stella dress in age 7-8 which is also in the sale right now for just £30.99 too. 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review we were very kindly sent the dresses shown from Question Everything but all opinions and twirlability tests are our own 

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Soak and Sleep up for review

I’m not sure why winter always comes as such a shock to me every year but when that cold weather hits, I just want to hibernate. From the minute I drag myself out from under the winter duvet in the morning, I’m thinking about how long it is until I can get back into bed again I don’t know about you? So when the lovely people at Soak & Sleep got in touch asking if I would like to choose a little treat it couldn’t have come at a better time!

Soak & Sleep are probably most well known for their amazing bed and bath products but they also have a great range of nightwear too. From sheepskin slippers to luxury robes, cashmere socks to silk chemises, cosy nightshirts to monogrammed pyjamas. From cosy brushed flannel and brushed cotton to luxurious silks and linen. There really is something for everyone. I was seriously impressed.


I’m normally a chemise kind of girl but while browsing the website for ideas, what really caught my eye was this beautiful silk tee and shorts set and I thought it would make a lovely change to my usual nightdresses. Made from 100% silk, this set is both comfortable and luxurious.


The silk has been sandwashed which gives it a super soft finish and it has been designed for a slouchy flattering fit. Perfect for lounging around and so comfortable to sleep in. I chose this soft dusky rose colour but it also comes in a lovely pale grey too. Priced at just £60, I think this is a small price to pay to slip into something so comfortable. The set has washed and ironed like a dream too so while being the height of luxury, it is still completely practical too.

Is it nearly bedtime yet..?

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Mindful Chef up for review

There are lots of recipe boxes about at the minute and I have to say that I am a huge fan. Having a box delivered to your door with fresh ingredients and new recipes for the week is just so convenient. I remember reading about Mindful Chef a while ago in The Independent and loving the sound of them but at the time, they only delivered in the London area. So when they recently got in touch announcing that they were now offering nationwide delivery, I jumped at the chance to be able to try them out to review here on my blog. You see, they are a little bit different from other recipe boxes as they specifically provide super duper healthy meals – no bread, no white rice, no rice – which is how I mostly choose to eat. It couldn’t have been more perfect for me.

The Mediterranean sausage stew with beans, tomatoes and olives might not have been the prettiest thing to look at but boy was it tasty. The sausages were made from organic Devon pork and very high quality. This took no more than 30 minutes to make and was the perfect bowl of comfort food. The cannellini beans made it a really filling, hearty dish.

The glazed salmon with curried cauliflower rice and flaked almonds was absolutely delicious and the sort of thing that I love to eat. It was a lovely piece of fresh salmon that was marinated in lemon juice, mustard and basil. You were provided with half a cauliflower per portion which is actually much more than I would usually eat. The portion sizes of all the meals were really generous in fact. This might be healthy food but there is certainly no scrimping on portions.

And last but by no means least was the Persian lamb with pomegranate quinoa, aubergine and tzatziki which was probably my favourite dish of all. Again a whole host of lovely fresh ingredients to cook with and a particularly lovely piece of organic Devon lamb steak. The flavours of this dish all complimented each other perfectly. Proof indeed that being healthy does not mean compromising on flavour. This was amazing.

The food all arrived carefully packaged and the ingredients for each meal are provided in separate bags with your meat and fish in a special cooler section. I especially loved that in the week I tried it out, there was pork, lamb and salmon dishes. I like to eat a variety of meat and fish so this really ticked all of the boxes for me. The recipe cards provided gave good, clear instructions and even provided details of calories and macros per portion.

There are new recipes each week that can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. All food is delivered fresh from their West Country farms to your door and they use award winning organic meat. Mindful Chef recipe boxes are available for 1-2 people and you are sent the exact quantities you need so there is no waste. The ‘Lean’ box that I trialled starts from £7 per meal which given the quality of the ingredients and variety of recipes, I would say this is really good value. Obviously you are paying for a lot more than just the food here. You are paying for an incredibly convenient service and amazingly healthy recipes that have been designed by professional chefs. Mindful Chef gets a huge thumbs up from me!

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review Mindful Chef sent me this recipe box free of charge but all opinions are of course my own. 

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‘Tis the season to spoil your friends the Birchbox way!

‘Tis the season to spoil your friends the Birchbox way! As the gift that keeps on giving, why not treat someone special in your life to a Birchbox beauty subscription this festive season. Your friend will receive a Limited Edition – for December only – Birchbox party season clutch full of 5 deluxe beauty samples for their first month’s box. Plus you can also choose to upgrade your gift subscription with a Bonus Beauty Trio filled with three gorgeous beauty samples. You can choose from two box designs, Adventurous or Classic, with the beauty products matching these styles perfectly. Whichever you choose to suit your friend’s style, each box has a handy ribbon to hang beautifully on the tree.


Until 20th December, you can choose what your loved ones receive, with prices varying depending on the subscription choice.

  • Purchase a 3 month subscription (£38.85) and you can get the additional Beauty Bonus Trio for £5
  • Purchase a 6 month subscription (£67.70) and you can get the Bonus Beauty Trio for £3
  • Purchase an annual subscription (£135.40) and you will receive the Bonus Beauty Trio for free!

You can find out more here and don’t forget to check out The Birchbox Shop for full sized products for an extra special treat whether it’s for you or a friend!

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What I Wore: The Zara Bow Edition

It’s Wednesday.. it’s what I wore

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Blouse with velvet bow – Zara, black skinny jeans – Gap, watch – Michael Kors, black Coachella boots – c/o Air and Grace 

This is a new and such a simple outfit but I love it. I always lust after the Victoriana type blouses in Zara but they usually have high necks which I just can’t do. Just trying them on makes me feel like I’m being strangled! So when I spotted this, I couldn’t resist. It is made from really floaty delicate material but the shorter length means that you don’t drown in it. I love the little frilled collar with the velvet bow and the puffed long sleeves it just feels so feminine. I’ve toughened it up today with my black skinnies and beloved Air and Grace Coachella boots but I think it would look amazing with a midi skirt too.

I have to say though that Zara isn’t what it used to be. When I bought this I noticed that the button fastening at the back looked a bit dodgy on all of them. It’s only a tiny button but the loop seemed too small. So it didn’t surprise me when it popped off after a morning of wearing it. I should probably take it back really but I think the problem is with the actual design if that makes sense? I’ll just have to have a go at fixing it myself. Either that or carry on fastening it with the safety pin that it currently holding it together! Ha!

So that was me, what have you been wearing this week?

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Barbie Dance and Spin Ballerina up for review

We were sent this amazing new Barbie Dance & Spin Ballerina doll to review. My seven year old was so excited having already seen the adverts for this on tv!

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Dance the day away with this Barbie twirling ballerina doll that brings performance and possibilities to life! You control the choreography, choosing when the beautiful prima ballerina spins. Simple and magical, the mechanism is really easy to work. You just clip the pink wand adorned with a fairytale icon to the waist of the doll, press down and Barbie bends into a classic plié. Her body then spins gracefully causing her skirt to float and flow. It has been designed with a layer of blue and a sheer pink overlay with blue glittery sparkles and the effect is show-stopping! A sparkling blue and pink ombre bodice and pink toe shoes complete the gorgeous look. Barbie even has a removable tiara to take her from rehearsal to performance, from princess to prima ballerina and everywhere in between because with Barbie, anything is possible!

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This is such a great doll we absolutely loved it. It’s so easy to use and the little wand can not only be used to make Barbie spin but it is also great for just holding Barbie up while dancing and playing. It would be such a great addition to any Barbie collection. I have to say that with three girls over sixteen-ish years, we have amassed quite an army of Barbie dolls but I love that there is always room for one more. Especially a dancing and spinning one of course! It is recommended for ages 3+ and the wand is so easy to use that even heavy handed younger children could make her spin away it isn’t in the least bit fiddly.

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Barbie Dance & Spin Ballerina doll is priced at £19.99 RRP and available in toy shops now. For more fun activities to print, create and colour in, you can visit Over the last couple of years, we have had the pleasure of reviewing lots of the latest Barbie toys from Mattel, click here to see all of the reviews to date. 

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Disclaimer: For the purpose of this review I was very kindly sent this Barbie Dance & Spin Ballerina doll from Mattel

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