Look in my Letterbox #80

Wow, it's been a long time since I've written a Look in my Letterbox post - the beginning of December, in fact! I did have a period where I wasn't receiving much post so I thought my LIML posts would be a bit boring but now I am back and ready to write these posts weekly again. Here's what I received this week!

Tote bag
 I won this from Willoughby Book Club on Instagram. It was pretty low entry and all you had to do was leave a comment with your favourite opening line from a book. I chose my favourite book; Choke by Chuck Palahniuk - "If you're going to read this, don't bother."
Kenwood Blend-Xtract
 I won this on Twitter from a local company (Musgrave Marketplace). I had been wanting an appliance like this for a while so I was over the moon to have won. We have already tried out a few smoothie recipes.
 Elegant Touch had a few giveaways running on Instagram last week where you had to answer questions about their products, in your opinion. I was chosen as one of the winners and had to give over my address and my BFF's address (I sent my sister's!) and we both received these goodies!
 Nestlé are currently running a giveaway on promotional Kitkats. Inside the wrapper is a code and when you input it on their website, you can win a Kitkat with a personalised wrapper! I chose a collage style photo of Chris and the kids and had it sent to him.

 I won this in a Facebook giveaway on the Leapfrog page by answering what animal was my child's favourite. The kids love it already. 
We will be potty training E soon and we received these super cute organic pants from Zoocchini to try out.
Dinosaur cutters
 Tomorrow I will be publishing a pancake post in time for Pancake Tuesday using these cute cutters!
iPod cable
 Very exciting, I know! Chris found my old iPod in our house this week. I haven't used it in forever so it had died and I realised that I didn't have a charger and was dying to see what gems were on it. Some of them are pretty embarrassing!
CBeebies magazine
We had the latest issue sent through (I have a subscription) and of course the kids snatched it before I had a chance to snap a photograph!
Smear test letter 
 I turn 25 soon so I was expecting this letter! I have since booked in for my very first smear test. I am super nervous but strangely looking forward to getting it done and making sure that everything is okay. 

Did you receive anything nice this week?

What I Won - January 2017

Wow, I am super late with this post. I usually schedule them for the first of the month so over two weeks late! I actually took an impromptu break from the blog to recharge and I feel like it did me the world of good. 

January was a bit of a rubbish month for wins if I'm honest. I did so many advent competitions in December that by the time January came, I was feeling a bit fed up with entering which resulted in less wins. Here's what I did win:

1) My Carry Potty (RRP £24.99) from Cheeky Rascals
These potties are fab! We actually own the Ladybird version which we used when C was potty training so E is so happy to have her own Bee version. I won this in an advent giveaway on Facebook.

2) aden + anais blanket (RRP £24.00) from Chic Geek Diary
I love aden + anais. We owned a few of their items when E was little and she still loves cuddling up in a blanket now so I was chuffed to win this for her.

3) We Are Tea goodies (RRP £29.99) from wearetea
I won this on Instagram. All you had to do was follow wearetea, like the post and tag a friend - easy! They run quite a few giveaways so keep an eye on their feed.

4) BMO plush (RRP £12.00) from NowTV
I was so happy to win this on NowTV's Facebook page. C is a massive fan of Adventure Time - look at his little face!

5) Lingerie set (RRP £35.00) from Babes About Town
Babes About Town did 12 Days of Christmas giveaways and I was lucky enough to win this one! I very rarely treat myself to lingerie so this is lovely!

6) Kenwood Blend X-tract (RRP £31.99) from Musgrave Marketplace
This was a local giveaway on Twitter. It was relatively low entry and such a great prize. Can't wait to receive it!

7) Personalised hanger (RRP £5.00) from francescas.workshop
I won this cute little hanger on Instagram. I have the perfect dress to hang on it.

8) Alphapup (RRP £16.99) from LeapFrog
LeapFrog are always running giveaways on Facebook and Twitter and this time (on their Facebook page) they had ten winners for this prize. E will love it!

9) Case of Poshcorn (RRP £38.16) from Poshcorn
Poshcorn did a massive giveaway on National Popcorn Day and gave away a massive 50 cases of popcorn. I was lucky enough to be a winner!

10) Stick to Stigu planner (RRP £16.90) from Pushing The Moon

I was really chuffed to win this blog comp. I am so unorganised so I'm hoping it will help.

Kicking off 2017, I won 10 prizes worth £235.82!
Did you win anything nice last month?

Miffy Merchandise - Snowglobe

I have always been a massive fan of Miffy ever since I was a little girl and I have since introduced her to my own children who love her just as much. They fell in love with the books then discovered Miffy's Adventures Big & Small on Tiny Pop.

E was so excited to receive a cute little Miffy snowglobe in the post last week. It is super tiny but perfect for her little hands. Really, I wouldn't recommend a two year old plays with it but she knows that she has to be careful with it and only shakes it gently to see the snowflakes fall around the little Miffy figure inside the glass. I love snowglobes myself and actually keep a zombie Halloween one in my kitchen all year round so she knew what it did straight away.

The detailing is amazing for such a small item and E loves pointing out all the stars, teddy and Miffy herself. She's claimed it as a decoration in her bedroom already.

Miffy toys have actually been released at selected Debenhams stores so you will be able to pick up your own character figurines and miniature talking toys on the high street. The sensory Miffy can also be found there which I definitely recommend. E has one and absolutely loves it!

For more information on which stores you can find Miffy in, check out the Miffy blog

To keep up with all things Miffy, you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

(We received a Miffy snowglobe for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

Being Adventurous and Escaping this January

When 2016 came to an end, Chris and I had one thought of something that we wanted to do in the New Year: go on adventures with our children and see more of our beautiful country. We live in Northern Ireland and it is a wealth of beautiful scenery and lots of things for families to do. We are lucky enough that we can travel easily to Republic of Ireland too and take in the sights there.

We decided that this month we would write little "to visit" list and hopefully tick one of those off each Sunday when we have a family day. We currently want to do the Gruffalo Trail, visit Dublin Zoo, the Tayto Park, see the boats at Bangor Marina and much more. One downside of January is that we are pretty skint after Christmas, some January birthdays and after a routine eye test, I need stronger glasses which means I've had to fork out a small fortune for new ones. We don't drive either so going on these adventures means paying for the bus or train to get there so they are sort of on the back burner until we get settled into February. I'm sure we aren't the only family feeling the pinch so here's how we are being adventurous without even leaving our living room.

Adventure movies! I love a movie that I can get completely lost in and feel like I've been transported to another dimension. Here are my top movies for escaping this year:

1) The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
If you aren't family with the whole LOTR/Hobbit franchise, where have you been?! In this final instalment, Thorin Oakenshield and the Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed the wealth of their homeland, but now face the consequences of having unleashed the terrifying Dragon Smaug upon Lake-Town. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has sent forth legions of Orcs to attack the lonely mountain and Bilbo Baggins ends up fighting for his life as five great armies go to war.
2) Inception
Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is the best there is at extraction; stealing valuable secrets inside the subconsciour during the mind's vulnerable dream state. His skill has made him a coveted player in industrial espionage but has also made him a fugitive and cost him dearly. Now he may get a second chance if he can do the impossible: inception, planting an idea rather than stealing one. If they succeed, Cobb and his team could pull off the perfect crime. But no planning or expertise can prepare them for a dangerous enemy who seems to predict their every move.
3) Gravity
Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is an engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone, thethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the darkness. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen that is left.

4) Pacific Rim
When legions of monstrous alien creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a deadly war began. To combat them, humans devised massive robots called Jaegers as weapons. Controlled simultaneously by two pilots, even the Jaegers proved nearly defenseless against the Kaiju. Now on the verge of defeat, mankind must turn to a washed-up former pilot and an untested trainee teamed in a seemingly obsolete Jaeger.
5) Jupiter Ascending
Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along. 
6) 300: Rise of an Empire 
In this new chapter of the 300 saga, Greek general Themistokles is pitted against massive invading Persian forces who are ruled by the god-king Xerxes and led by Artemisia, the vengeful commanders of their navy. Knowing his only hope of defeating the Persian armadais to unite Greece. Themistokles leads the charge that will change the course of the war.

Are there a few of these movies that you haven't seen before but like the sound of? You can buy them here.

Happy watching!

(We received a bundle of DVDs for inclusion in this post.)

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