My Summer Wedding Guest Outfit Shopping Tips


If you have been lucky enough to be invited to a summer wedding you will no doubt be looking for a new outfit. Weddings provide the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and buy something really special. To help you to buy the best outfit for you I have pulled together a few of my favourite tips.
Try shopping online
Online stores like www.jdwilliams.co.uk offer a fantastic level of choice and do so in practically every size. So, they are a great place to go shopping for a wedding outfit. Plus, they also sell men’s clothes and everything you need for your children too. So, potentially, you could buy everyone’s outfit from this retailer or one like it.
Allow yourself plenty of time
Whether you decide to buy your dress or suit online or in a physical store,start the shopping process early. Ideally, you want to have everything you need at least a month before the actual wedding. This gives you the chance to try your entire outfit on to make sure it all fits and looks right. That way you will have a few weeks to send unsuitable items back and receive the replacements. Or, if you prefer, make the necessary adjustments and enhancements yourself.
Follow the theme
If there is a dress code or theme mentioned in the wedding invitation, try your best to follow it. Doing so will make sure you fit in and feel comfortable on the day. It will also please the bride and groom.



Don’t be afraid to try something a bit different
Weddings provide you with the perfect opportunity to try out something a little different. Never be afraid to try out a fresh look. This guide to choosing clothing that flatters your body type will help you to quickly narrow down your options. Just be sure to try everything on properly. It is especially important to look at yourself from different angles in the mirror. If you are not 100% sure get a friend or family member to take a few photos of you wearing your new look. This will enable you to take a few days to consider if you really should stick with that new style of clothing.
A few practical considerations
Try to think about the practicalities. For example, if the weather is not as you expect, ask yourself whether you will be able to stay dry and warm or cool enough. It is particularly important to select a pair of shoes that will be comfortable enough to wear all day as well as look good.
Getting yourself in shape before the wedding
If you would like to lose a little weight before the wedding, which is something I know a lot of people still like to do, you could try taking the Slimfast Challenge. I did it a while back and found that it worked well for me. You can read about my experience with this type of diet by reading the articles I wrote while following this diet regime. If you are interested in doing so, it is best to start with this post.

(This is a sponsored post.)

Ravensburger Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 XXL Puzzle - Review

July 13th sees the long awaited return of The Incredibles to our screen in 'The Incredibles 2'. C and E are massive Disney fans and C especially is excited to go and see it in the cinema. He's going to have to get in line though, I was 12 when the first movie was released and I loved it so I've been waiting a long time for this!


To coincide with the new release, Ravensburger have brought out a new Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 Puzzle! This one is 100 pieces and recommended for children aged 6+. C turns 6 in two months' time so I thought we'd give it a try and see how he got on. He's never done a puzzle of this size before.

Straight away, C was really excited to see the whole family (and Frozone) on the box and spent some time telling me all their names. Once we'd opened out the puzzle and saw all the pieces, it was a bit like "where do we begin?!" especially as a lot of the colours are similar with mostly reds, blues and blacks. 


Due to the amount of pieces, C did need a little helping hand from me but once we had sussed out the edges, he enjoyed looking at the finished image on the box to gauge where the pieces should go and which order the characters were standing.


The whole puzzle took us around 20 minutes to complete, which I thought was perfect and not too long that C would get bored and want to do something else. He was eager to find that feeling of accomplishment once he'd finished. The pieces themselves are perfect, in true Ravensburger fashion, with a great finish and no sharp edges. Doesn't it look fab? We had lots of fun and it's definitely one that we'll go back to a lot.


You can pick up your own Disney Pixar Incredibles 2 Puzzle from Amazon for only £8.99.

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


Little Live Bizzy Bubs Cute Crib - Review

My daughter E is very much a girly girl in some aspects, with a love of princesses, anything pink or purple, pretending to be mummy and looking after her dollies. You may be familiar with the Little Live Pets range, but now there is a cute collection of babies that need looking after too!


We received Gracie, an adorable little pink haired baby (which of course, E was beside herself with excitement about) with a little white pair of ballet shoes as a hair clip. Her pink stripy nappy also matches perfectly!


By pressing the pink bow button on her nappy, Gracie will show you everything she can do such as boucing, singing and giggling. She comes with a bottle and dummy and she reacts to them once you put them in her mouth. The little suckling noises are adorable! She will "drink" her milk from her bottle but all the bouncing around in her crib will make her tired so by placing her dummy in her mouth and lying her in down, she will fall asleep. She needs some rest and it's the perfect place to dream about becoming a ballerina!


E has been taking her role as mummy very seriously, making sure that Gracie is entertained, well fed and well rested; even singing Rockabye Baby when she's trying to get her to sleep. Any toy that combines pretend play with noises and movement is a winner in my eyes!


Little Live Bizzy Bubs is recommended for children aged around 5-8 years and it does come with small parts by way of the bottle and dummy. There are six different dolls to collect: Gracie and her Cute Crib, Swirlee and her Cute Carrier (who my lovely friend Jenna has written about), Snowbeam, Poppy, Polly Petals and Primmy. 

This set retails at £22.99 which I think is a fantastic price as E hasn't stopped playing with her since she was opened, and the actual doll is a lot bigger than I thought she'd be. Bizzy Bubs are out now in all good toy stores or www.character-online.com.

Join in with the #BizzyBubsBabyShower Twitter Party over at @UKMumsTV on 5th July from 4-6pm where we will be chatting about the toys and there will be prizes up for grabs. Check out the takeover at www.ukmums.tv too from 2nd July for more information on the party and more chances to win!

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

Spinmaster Wobbly Worm - Review

With summer approaching, I really wanted to get the kids some more games and toys that they could play with outdoors. Although C and E are 5 and 3, so not too much of an age gap, I do struggle getting something fun and easy enough for both of them to play together. C likes "older toys" and E needs things to be easy for her to master.


Spinmaster have a great game called Wobbly Worm which has been brilliant for keeping the two of them entertained, getting them having fun with a little added competitiveness for good measure!

The concept of the game is easy. Inside the box you received a base shaped like half an apple, the tubes and connections to create the "worm" and nine rings in three different sizes/colours.


The aim of the game is for the players to get the rings successfully over the worm but it's made a little bit difficult as once the button on the base is pressed (the base requires two C batteries which aren't included), the worm will start to wobble in all directions.

What I love about the game is that you can adapt it to suit whoever is playing. There are two different ways to play. For younger children, they can take one step back from the worm so they are basically arms length away, hold one of the hoops out while the worm is moving and try to place it over its head without moving their feet.


For older children, they can take three steps back so they are a bit further away then try and toss the hoops over, like a ring toss, again without moving their feet. The worm is built with four tubes but you can also remove some if you find that the worm is too tall for your children to play.


The game is recommended for children age 3+ so although E is right at the lowest age range, she actually enjoyed trying to throw them from a bit further away, until she got a little annoyed that she wasn't getting them on and tried to cheat! I usually give her the largest rings so it's a little easier and C is happy enough to try with the smaller ones. It gives us a load of laughs, especially when mummy can't even get the rings over the worm either!


Wobbly Worm is such a simple game that the whole family can enjoy - even the kids' granny joined in at one point - while also nurturing and encouraging those fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. You can purchase it from Smyths and all other good retailers for £17.99.

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