Living Arrows 4/53 (2018)

I’m so proud of myself for regularly keeping up with this year’s Living Arrows. Here we are on week 4 already! You can catch up on last week’s post here – Living Arrows 3/53.

The idea behind Living Arrows is to celebrate childhood. It’s name is taken from a poem by Kahlil Gibran,

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”


Last week both my husband and myself had a week off work. It’s the first time we have had decent time off together since last October (Christmas we only had two days together). So we started off the week sorting out the garage and unpacking boxes we hadn’t got around to when we moved last June. Finding all the baby stuff out that we had packed away. From Wednesday onwards it was a few days of fun! Well between the heavy Cornish rain showers!

We did manage to get to our park which is right down the road from where we live. It was fun as we were the only ones there! Baby girl loved playing on the swings and she had her first go on the little motorbike. She wasn’t too sure about that.


Living Arrows 4/53

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Personalised Children’s Books by I See Me – Review and Giveaway

Baby girl had lots of books for Christmas which we have finally got through. She loves to pick up a book, open the pages and have a browse through. When I was asked by I See Me to have a look at and share my thoughts on their personalised children’s books, I felt it was a great opportunity to expand her library.

I will get straight in and say how easy the process is online to personalise the book to your specification. You can add all sorts of things like a photo for the first page, name, date of birth and a special message from the options given. All books are of fantastic quality with the photo’s being clear and concise.

My Very Own Fairytale

Baby girl’s speech is coming on fantastically and her first word when she saw her Very Own Fairytale book was ‘amazing’

My Very Own Fairytale is a hardcover, professionally bound book that transports girls into a magical garden where flower and berry fairies crown her as their fairy princess. Flower fairies bring letters one by one to spell out the child’s name, while describing character traits that make the recipient alone the perfect princess.

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3 Tips for Improving Your 2018 Finances

“New year, new me!” How many of us have uttered those words before? While it’s great to feel motivated in January for a year better than last, putting that into practice for all 365 days is hard work.

Organising finances is something many of us do at the start of the year. It’s the best time to do it, too. If you set yourself up well in January, it can have a ripple effect for the whole year. Now is the time to sort your PPI Claims, open that savings account and declutter your home to sell old stuff for extra cash.

3 Tips for improving your 2018 finances

There are a few ways to bring in cash when needed. But, we’ve listed three of the very best ways — from saving just a penny, to making a PPI claim — to to get organised with your finances and long-term solutions for the whole year.

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#LuckyLinky Week 42

Hello and welcome back to #LuckyLinky Week 42.

As you all know I love to enter competitions and have been doing it for years, much longer than I have been blogging! So I want to see all your lovely competitions all in one place. It will make it much easier for all of us who love to enter competitions and for compers who want to find new and exciting competitions.

#LuckyLinky Week 42

The Competition Linky to get your competition more entries with NO comments required!

We run from Monday to Sunday and all bloggers are welcome to add any and all competitions they are running!

 Join Katie (MummyinaTutu) and I in a competition frenzy!

Each week we retweet your posts if you tag us in your tweet (@mummyinatutu & @rachelbustin) and will also enter each and every competition ourselves!

We will also add your post to the #LuckyLinky Competition Page over on Facebook! Please remember to put a badge on it and use the #LuckyLinky hashtag to spread the love.


Rachel Bustin


#LuckyLinky Rules:

1. Add the #luckylinky badge to the HTML / Text portion of your post. If you need any help linking up, read the fabulous Linky Guide from Cuddle Fairy or tweet us (@mummyinatutu @rachelbustin).

2. Please do 1 entry on both hosts competitions (if we’re running any) and 1 entry on the 2 competitions after yours (if you want to do more then great!)

3. Retweet 2 competitions of your choice using #LuckyLinky (It helps if you have your twitter handle in your social sharing buttons)

4. Link a maximum of 2 competitions per week.

5. By entering the link you are agreeing to be added to the email reminder list. (You can request to be removed at any time!)

Thanks for linking up!  Katie & Rachel

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our facebook page LuckyLinky Competitions if you fancy entering a few yourself!

The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries: #5

Hello, here I am again with another Sunday pregnancy diary entry. Last week’s was all about organising my maternity leave through work. This week I had the pleasure of going to have a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) done as I’m at the 26 weeks mark.

I had one a couple of years ago with baby girl and the results were all fine with that one. As I’m writing this I still have yet to get the results back.

The Sunday Pregnancy Diaries #5 - GTT

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New Mum Stories: Mini Me and Luxury

Hello, welcome back to another installment of New Mum Stories. It’s been a while since the last New Mum Story but as I’m getting ready to become a mum again in a few months I thought I would bring this series back to reminisce all over again!

This week I’m joined by Mama from Mini Me and Luxury a Luxury Lifestyle, Travel and Parenting blog.



Over to you Mama..

Pregnant at 31 with my first (and only) child, my friends and family keep saying to me “you will find this easy, you have looked after 1000’s babies” and indeed I had, during my career as a professional nanny and maternity nurse.

However nothing prepared me to become a new mum.

My pregnancy was straight forward and I worked until 34 weeks until flying around the world became a little too much, and then I went home and decorated  my house and caught up with family and friends. Suddenly at 39 weeks on Mother’s Day 2013 Minime arrived in just 4 hours, weighing 7lb 6oz.

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