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Friday, 12 February 2016

Weaving hearts. {Review}

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Baker Ross sent us these lovely weaving heart blanks set to try. We couldn't wait to get stuck into these and with it being almost Valentines day, these were the perfect creative activity for Ellie and I to do together.

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Each pack contains 10 cardboard heart shapes, they have holes punched into them making it easy to weave the string or wool through. We decorated ours first using markers. Ellie decided on which patterns she was going to decorate her hearts in and away she went!

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The middle part of the heart pops out, so Ellie just decorated around the edges. I did help her colour in as Ellie asked me to help. We enjoy doing arts & crafts together. Once we'd coloured in and desgined our patterns we started weaving through. I had some old wool that needed using up and this was the perfect oppurtunity. You can use string or twine, too. I had to help Ellie with this to start her off but once she got the hang of it, away she went!
Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

"This is such good fun, we can hang it near the window or on my bedroom door handle." she told me. I really think these weaving hearts have helped her learn to weave!

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Weaving heart blanks for valentines day from Baker Ross @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

We throughly enjoyed making these lovely hearts. These were perfect for Ellie's age (8) as she could do most of it herself! She enjoyed weaving the woold through each hole and making different patterns with the wool! We also enjoyed decorating the hearts. Priced at just £2.50 for a pack of 10 hearts, I'd say that's reasonably priced and they are so worth the money. We used our own wool/string to weave with. Baker Ross do sell string separately.

Have you or your little ones been creative lately? What have you created or decorated? Let me know in the comments. :)

Sarah xXx

I was sent a sample of this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own, honest, personal opinions. I was not paid for this post.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The best & worst lately.

Honestly, so far this year, it's been one thing after another and one illness after another. Lets start with the worst things lately.

I've been really poorly with like flu/cold thing. I had such a sore throat and my ears were blocked. Everything felt achy and it wasn't nice. I am however feeling a lot better now. Thank goodness. I suffer with a rare brain disease and have had a bit of a headache the last couple of days. Nothing bad and it has been much worse, it's just annoying more than anything.

Yesterday my camera decided it wasn't going to work and would keep freezing. I couldn't even turn it off because it had just completely froze. I managed to change the lens and that solved the problem, it works fine with another lens, it's a little noisy when I try to focus though. I'm super worried my camera is on it's way out. There is NO WAY I can afford another one. If anyone has had this problem with there DSLR camera, please do let me know if it's fixable. That camera was a gift and is honestly my pride and joy.

Anyway, lets not dwell on that, enough with the worst parts, let's focus on the good!

I am super proud of the kids, for many reasons which you can read about here.

The kids enjoyed some amazing pancakes on pancake day- I cheated and bought them already made because quite frankly, I didn't have the time to make my own. We make our own quite often though so it's no big deal. The kids enjoyed adding there own fillings. We had a strawberries blueberries, honey, syrup and chocolate sauce to choose from as well as the traditional lemon and sugar! Not the healthiest of choices but it's pancake day, you know? The fruit filled ones with a drizzle of honey were a HUGE hit! We're gonna make some more at the weekend and have banana filling, yum!

Its just two days until half term and the break will be more than welcome here. I've got no plans set in stone yet but we are hoping to visit a big park and spend lots of time outside in the fresh air, as long as the weather isn't horrendous that is. We're also hoping for a chilled out day, with movies and board games, arts and crafts and just general relaxing. We may get some things from our February bucket list ticked off, hehe.




We've spotted the first sign of spring! The daffodils are starting to shoot up from the ground. We've been seeing them everywhere we go! We are SO excited for the better weather ahead. Hoorah!

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I've also taken up colouring! I got an adult coulring book and some markers for Christmas and hadn't had much of a chance to sit down and use them! I can officially say I'm addicted to colouring now, haha. It really does help me relax. 

What are your best and worst parts of the week? What's made you happy lately?

Sarah xXx


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Decorating heart colour-in jigsaw puzzles {Review}

We really do love arts and crafts, especially Ellie. Baker Ross sent us these lovely heart shaped jigsaw puzzles to decorate and review. They are perfect for Valentines themed crafts for children.

Heart shaped jigsaw puzzles from yellow moon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Ellie was super excited to decorate these and then pull them apart and put them back together. Ellie decided that my sharpies and her markers would be the perfect pens to colour and decorate these jigsaws with.

Heart shaped jigsaw puzzles from yellow moon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The Jigsaws are made from thick card and come in a pack of eight priced at just £2.40. You can use pens, crayon, pencils or even paints on these jigsaw puzzles.

Decorating jigsaw puzzles for Valentines day

 Ellie was all "I love decorating these, I can't wait to see what it's like when it's finished" Aww. I did help her with the bubble writing but apart from that she decorated them herself!

Heart shaped jigsaw puzzles from yellow moon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

When she was finished the pulled them apart and then put them back together, she's eight years old and I honestly think these are the perfect craft project for her. She loves being creative and this is something she could really create herself!

Jigsaw puzzles @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

I'd highly recommend these for any child that enjoys being creative. It would also make a lovely group activity for Valentines day.

Baker Ross sell a very wide range of children's arts and crafts project, very affordable and there's something for every occasion. :) 

Sarah xXx

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Personalised valentines gifts from Snapfish. {Review}

Snapfish are a company that sell a wide range of personalised, unique gifts for every occasion. They have a wide variety of personalised gifts and cards for the up coming Valentines day. Snapfish contacted me and asked if I'd like to review there unique gifts for this lovely season. I chose to review an iPhone phone case, a note book and a Valentines day card.


All the gifts came in padded envelopes and bubble wrapped really well so that they didn't get damaged in transit. I couldn't wait to rip open the packages and see the gift I'd chose.


I personalised my phone case with a photo and added a little quote over the top, I do love quotes! I created my image using pic monkey which is also free to use. There are lots of apps and free online websites you can use to be creative. I then uploaded that image to Snapfish, was easy and fast. All I had to do once the image was uploaded was simply drop & drag the image into the phone case slot. I think by adding a quote I made it even more unique. I do wish I'd used a high resolution photo but it still came out well! The phone case itself is made of hard plastic and protects my phone perfectly. I know I've said this before but it's so important to have a phone case on your phone to project it from drops and knocks and a personalised case makes it much more fun. The case fits on my phone perfectly and is easy to put on and take off my phone. There are holes for earphones/charger etc, too!


There are a wide variety of note books to chose from, too! With different patterns and layouts to chose from for your own liking. I chose mine and added a photo of my children on the front. The notebook I chose can also be personalised on the inside of the cover, too! I added another photo and another one of my favourite quotes. You can chose from plain paper or lined paper for the actual note book paper. I chose lined. I really love this note book and it fits perfectly in my hand bag. Priced at just £5.99, it's well worth it and would make a really lovely gift.


There are a huge selection of Valentines cards which can all be personalised with your own words and photographs. Again, it's very easy to do, you can upload photos from your Facebook account straight to Snapfish or upload straight from your computer. I chose my photo and simply dragged and dropped it into the card I had chosen. It really is fast and easy! I could then add my own words and even personalise the back of the cover with more photos! Honestly, it only took me a few minutes, it took me longer to chose the card and what photos to use, than it did to actually "make" the card, haha. This card cost just £2.49 and it's made from thick good quality card. I love the fact I can personalise it to my liking and it does come with an envelope!

Personally I don't think you can beat a personalised gift or card. It's such a unique gift to give. Snapfish sell a wide variety of personalised photo gifts all reasonably priced. The website is fast and easy to use and delivery is also quick, too!

What's your favourite kind of gift to receive or give?

Sarah xXx

I was sent these products for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own, honest, personal opinions. I was not paid for this post.