Monday, 25 May 2015

Introducing My Britmums Sponsor!

As many of my readers are aware, it's nearly Britmums Live! I've been so fortunate this year that a lovely company you may have seen featured on my blog have offered to sponsor me to attend this festival. If you haven't been reading my blog (and why not!) then my wonderful Britmums Live sponsors are Blloon!

If you don't know, Blloon are an app that you can download on your phone to access a wealth of books to read, download and love. If you haven't read my in depth review then check it out here.

As most of you know, I'm a bookseller and a book addict so this partnership is perfect for us. Not only will there be a host of great new reviews on my Friday Reads section, there will also be highlights, news and other things going on from this wonderful company. 

Blloon is a great service. Not only do you get taster pages on the books you can download, there is also the opportunity to subscribe and use in many different ways. Firstly you can earn pages by getting others to sign up, recommending books and shouting out about the things you love. Secondly, you can download pages for your account, meaning you have a certain amount of pages available to read. Finally you can subscribe for £3.99 or £6.99 a month to get a set amount of pages a month (that roll over too!) This has got the app the tagline "Netflix but for books" which is pretty much the best combination ever.

Honestly I can't wait to work with Blloon over the next year on different bits and pieces for my blog (and Pbloggers!). It's great to be with them as they grow from a wonderful start up to something that is going to change people's reading habits in the touch of a button. If you still aren't convinced then watch this video below!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Monkeying Around With The RSPCA

We love days out and there is nothing better than a trip to go see some animals. There's something adventurous yet relaxing when you walk around and learn about animals you couldn't ever see otherwise. Max's favourite animal is a monkey. We're convinced it's because he's part monkey really, so when we were asked if we could pop over to Monkey World to find out about all the great conservation and caring they do for the monkeys, we jumped at the chance!

Monkey World is a great organisation that is home to an amazing array of monkeys that have been rescued from the illegal smuggling trade. Some have come from medical research centres and others from the pet trade. It's wonderful to know that there is a place that works with various governments to help these animals. It's also really sad to know that people are willing to buy and trade with these monkeys without knowing about the level of care and space they truly need. 

We had a wonderful time exploring the site. It's got so many different areas where the monkeys are able to roam and play in that you almost forget you are watching them from behind a cage/screen. We headed up to the top of the lookout, which has stunning views of the park and made us feel like we were swinging from the trees. You could head all the monkeys screeching at each other and it felt like a battle of the bands almost!

Our favourite was definitely the Orangutans, they were a so gentle and loving. One spent an amazing time interacting with a gentleman in the crowd, clapping and using what appeared to be sign language to communicate different things. It reminds you that they aren't that far from us and they need all the help we can give them. Max spent the time pulling funny faces and making the orangutan grin each time. 

The RSPCA have been working with Monkey World to try and raise awareness about looking after your pets. We spend so much time trying to raise money for animals that need our help that many forget that they need to do the simple things such as vaccinating their pets. By vaccinating your pet it not only protects them against infectious diseases but also keeps them safe after the protection from their mother's milk has ended. 

We don't have a pet at the moment, but have been looking into what the best for our family would be. Obviously things such as vaccinations would be incredibly important. I wouldn't want to add another member to our family and put them at risk from not vaccinating. It's worth knowing that some pet's need more regular vaccinations than others. Rabbits need to be vaccinated more often than a dog for example. 

We had an amazing time at Monkey World. Not only did we learn so much about these magnificent creatures but we were also made aware of so many problems with things such as vaccinations, the pet trade and illegal activity. Max left and declared "I love the monkeys, why anyone would hurt them is silly. We should all look after them". And that's not just for monkeys, but all pets. 

Thursday, 21 May 2015


Ever since having Max I have always struggled with sleep. Whether that be getting to sleep, not having enough or waking up at some ungodly hour and not being able to drift off. I can't pinpoint the reasons why but I'm slowly finding out methods for getting myself a better night sleep.

  • No snacking in the evening - I mean this is for weight loss as well as sleep, but I found that when I ate in the evening after work I was always wired for far too long. The energy of whatever I had eaten hit me just as I was wanting to sleep. Now I've cut out snacking in the evening I don't have that boost before bed.
  • Routine is key - This one is important to me. I can get into a blogging funk where I'm sat up into the wee hours writing and watching Netflix. By having a set routine and a cut off each night means that I don't push myself past that. Going to bed later than I should normally means my sleep is disrupted.
  • Technology cut off is key - By 10:00 I've popped my phone on to charge. I'm sat with a book and I'm winding down. The bright lights and stimulation of the phone isn't great for getting myself prepped for bed.
They are only a few small tips but I hope they help someone else wind down and ease their sleep problems. I know it's hectic with kids and some of them can be up at all hours. It's not something that is magic. Max will still crawl into our bed at 3am sometimes and some nights I have so much work to do that I will be up at all hours writing. But it's a slow process and one that you can't work overnight!