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Easter Bunny Toilet Roll Stamps

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It's Easter weekend! Yay! This only means one thing. I can't eat my body weight in chocolate! Oh, one more thing? How on earth do I keep a chocolate fuelled hyperactive three year old occupied over the holidays? Why I make my stress levels crazy and get creative with Easter crafts of course!


Our first day of the Easter holidays, we cracked out the arts and craft box that is full of paints, pens, stamps, and glitter and got to work. Unintentionally this year we have created an Easter tree (it's actually my posh twigs and vase) but over the last few weeks little lady has been putting her nursery creations on there and she wanted to add some hanging eggs on there too. We were kindly sent a couple of Easter boxes and one had a paint your own eggs set which included two eggs, pains and a paintbrush and she knew exactly how she wanted to decorate them! But something she really enjoyed was creating these super easy Easter Bunny Stamps. 


Bunnies are a pretty big thing in our house, thanks to a certain Rabbit in a little blue coat. So making some bunny crafts were at top of the list and so we created these Easter Bunny Toilet Roll Stamps and we both had so much fun with them. A super easy and simple idea of putting together three toilet roll middles into the shape of a bunny face and ears, something that all children can do, even adults can have a go!


To Make These Cute Bunny Stamps You Will Need:

3 toilet roll middles

Paint 

Paintbrushes

Paper or card

Double sided tape (Glue or staples will work)

Felt tip pens

Kitchen roll 

Wet wipes


How To Make The Easter Bunny Stamps

1. First you need to make your bunny stamp, start off by squashing two toilet rolls middles flat to make those bunny ears. Leaving the third toilet roll middle as a circle for the bunny's head. 

2. Attach the ears together making sure that they are symmetrical to one another. We used double sided tape inside the toilet roll middles, however staples or glue will work just as well. Then take your bunny ears and attach them to the head with double sided tape, glue, or staples. Always make sure that the toilet roll middles are the same level, so when it comes to getting your stamp on they will touch the paper or card at the same time. 


3. Set up your paint. We decided to use a pastel pink for our bunny as we were using white card, however to stick with the Easter theme you could use a lot more pastel colours. We also used a light green for the grass where the bunny would hide, little lady's idea! We started our painting with the light green grass at the bottom of our card.


4. Get your stamp on! Take your bunny stamp, set it into the paint and stamp to your hearts content! We did a few pieces of card, once the little lady figured out how it would look on paper she wanted to do every character in Peter Rabbit! 


5. Once your bunnies have dried you can then add some faces with felt tip and then you are finished! These are so easy to do and we both had so much fun. What do you think about these Easter Bunny Stamps? 


Roco Clothing Paisley of London Scarlett Dress

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As you can imagine being a mother to a little girl, you get excited about dresses from time to time. As soon as my husband and I found out that we were blessed with a little girl, we went out a brought some of the most adorable dresses for her. The first year of her life she lived in cute dresses with tights, leggings or frilly socks. But then she became a toddler and we stopped putting her in those frilly dresses with intricate detailing because let's face it toddlers like to get dirty and messy. However, my daughter seems to have found a new love for dresses over the last year or so and practically lives in them now. 



Being the girly girl she is, any opportunity to get of her pyjamas or school uniform she will always choose a dress and jeans combo, I don't get the jeans part but I guess that's all about her showing her personality, right? So when you get the opportunity to get a pretty dress in the post you have to say yes. And seeing as we have a baptism coming up it made complete sense to get all dressed up in this beautiful Paisley of London Scarlett Dress from Roco Clothing


This is not the first time that we have come across Roco Clothing, this was the company that my husband and I used for our flower girls for our wedding back in 2013, but since then I have seen Roco Clothing introduce more and more beautiful pieces to their ever growing collection. Roco Clothing is always a something I recommend to family or friends who are seeking gorgeous garments for weddings, christening or parties. However for those who are not familiar with Roco Clothing they are experts when it comes to children's formal wear retailer with over 20 years of experience. Roco Clothing have an amazing selection of clothes for children for all occasions; weddings, parties, Christenings and Communions. They also stock shoes and hair accessories. Not only that, Roco Clothing also offer free delivery in the UK.


I must admit, it was pretty hard to make a decision on a dress for my little lady as you will find some of the most amazing designs, honestly there is so much choice when it comes to choosing something for your little one. The girls dressed have been designed and created into some of the most beautiful collections I have ever seen, at the moment you can choose from the three signature collections Serenity, Timeless and Magnificence all by Paisley of London. 

Serenity by Paisley of London - 'The state of being calm, peaceful and untroubled' 

The Serenity collection is inspired by summer days, so you will most certainly fall head over heels with Paisley of London's signature pieces. Not only will you get a feel for summer with the beautiful details of flowers, butterflies and petals, but the intricate embellishments are all hand sewn by skilled needle workers who specialise in the exquisite detailing, for a beautiful feature. The Serenity collection are perfect for those girls who believe in fairy tales and love to dream the impossible. This collection is essential for a season of celebrations that will keep your young lady the belle of the ball.


Timeless by Paisley of London

Explore the extensive Timeless collection of breathtaking dresses. Even though these are timeless classics some of the pieces in the range have a modern twist to them. There are so many different styles with tulle, layers, lace, chiffon and frills not forgetting the amazing intricate detailing on them too. You can also choose styles according to the occasion from short length, to full length and even tea length to help make the decision in choosing a dress for any occasion so much easier. Timeless classics will always be a winner.


Magnificence by Paisley of London

An unforgettable occasion calls for a dress that is just as memorable, and every elegant detail of this collection is up to the task. The Magnificence collection has been designed for those magical moments and creating the dress every girl dreams of, whether you're little one is a bridesmaid, birthday girl or party princess. The intricate dealing of lace, chiffon, and layers, bodice to some signature pieces with cap sleeves, lace back and pleated skirt created for the most beautiful detailing. An absolutely joyous collection that is suitable for all formal events for every season.


Let's find out more about the outfit choice for my little lady...

Scarlett in Ivory

It was quite overwhelming going through the many designs in the beautiful collections that were available at Roco Clothing, you really are spoiled for choice. Both my daughter and myself settled on a beautiful ivory dress from the Magnificence by Paisley of London; Scarlett. This splendid ivory dress is a pretty addition to Paisley of London’s Magnificence collection. Crafted from satin, the iconic silhouette is undated with lace adornment on the bodice, with a scallop edge falling below the cute square bow waistband. Your little princess will feel like a queen with a tulle skirt that shimmers in the limelight. Perfect for any event, Scarlett is the essential staple piece for your little one.




Tulip Shoes in Ivory

Now we all know that matching accessories are an essential when it comes to a beautiful dress. But they can either make or break an outfit. Scarlett was a beautiful ivory dress with satin, lace, scallop edging completed with a beautiful square bow waistband. So we needed some footwear that is perfect addition to the ensemble. We decided to go for these beautiful Tulip ivory shoes. Perfect for any formal occasion, Paisley of London’s Tulip shoe will make your little petal the belle of the ball. The trendy T-bar combines style with comfort, so your little one can play all day. Made from hand-selected quality white satin with a coordinating bow at the front of the shoe, the simple design is guaranteed to compliment any outfit.



The Scarlett Dress is super cute and crafted from satin, the iconic silhouette is undated with lace adornment on the bodice, with a scallop edge falling below the cute square bow waistband. My little lady looks like a beautiful princess in this Scarlett dress, especially with the exquisite tulle skirt that shimmers in the limelight, and that she did. The zip fastening was the perfect closure for her and the satin tie up bow completed the dress, and the Scarlett is available in sizes 2-9 years old. My little lady loved twirling in the church and their gardens not forgetting to show everyone her pretty princess dress. Her ensemble was complete with a simple bow design detailed T-bar ivory shoe and her little trademark ponytail and bow.

The GBC Group Easter Box

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Easter is just around the corner and I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to being able to spend more time outdoors with my family, Spring is by far one of the best seasons. I love seeing the blue skies, the sun shining and the pretty flowers and blossom trees blooming, but as you know it's Easter this weekend and like so many families were are looking forward to a nice long weekend. 


Now that Easter is well and truly upon us we have decided to get start the Easter preparation and with the help from the GBC Group and a bit of creativity we are able create lots of Easter fun. Like so many families, we like to make our own Easter traditions and one that we all enjoy is the treasured custom of an Easter egg hunt. Who doesn't love an Easter egg hunt? And don't forget just because you’re not a child doesn't mean you can’t partake in some Easter fun as well. If you decide to host your own Easter egg hunt you can invites guests over and take the opportunity to play some games that so many of will enjoy, no matter their age. A few games could include an Egg Dance, where you place a few eggs on the ground and turn on the music. The whole idea of this game is to dance among the eggs while breaking as few as possible and the winner gets a prize. Another great game to play is Egg Tapping which involves two contenders holding hard boiled eggs, here each player takes a turn in tapping the other's egg without cracking their own. The possibilities for some egg-cellent (see what I did there) games are endless. 


Easter means chocolate, Easter eggs, and a whole lot of delicious baking. It's time to get involved with some of our best Easter baking recipes, from hot cross buns and Easter cupcakes, to a jam and custard layer cake to the old time classic of simple and easy Easter nests. These little nests of chocolatey goodness are the perfect recipe to create with your little ones, there's no baking, you can make a batch in minutes, but I cannot guarantee no mess though. But nonetheless these will be a big hit with the little ones. 


Getting crafty is also something that my daughter and I will do during the holidays. As parents, we all know how much Easter is anticipated each year by little ones. If you are looking to create more wonderful memories for your children to cherish and look back on when they grow up, some Easter-inspired crafts would be something special. To make sure everyone enjoys your Easter get together with the family, you should try and make your home look as festive as possible. It doesn't have to be too much, just simple place cards, rabbit bunting or even balloons. Simple yet effective. In our little box from the GBC Group we received paint your own Easter egg kit including two eggs, paints and a paintbrush. Of course I will let my little lady unleash some of her creativity on those eggs. The GBC Group also provided all the materials we would needs to create our own Easter bunting, something that I have never really thought of, equipped with rabbits, chicks and carrots to create our very own. 


Egglings look suspiciously like extra large eggs, but crack them open and you'll find everything you need to grow your very own herbs and plants. Just crack the top by tapping it with a spoon, place the Eggling on its terracotta drip tray, add water to the pre-sown peat mixture and place it in a bright spot. Our Lavender Eggling contains sufficient nutrients for your plant to grow for up to 5 months, after which it can be planted in a larger pot. But that's not the end of the Eggling, because after transplanting it you can smash the shell and add it to the surrounding soil as fertiliser. Eggsellent. I honestly cannot wait to get prepared for Easter with this little Easter box from the GBC Group. 


What are your plans for Easter?

Getting Easter Ready with Hallmark

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Easter is just around the corner and I don't know about you, but I am really looking forward to being able to spend some more time outdoors. Spring is my favourite time of year, there's nothing better than seeing all the beautiful flowers, the days getting brighter and enjoying afternoons relaxing in the garden. But with spring brings Easter, which was always a favourite time of year as a child. I loved the holiday because of the bunnies, eggs, and always looked forward to the bulging basket full of chocolate. 


Like so many families we have started our own Easter traditions and the Easter egg hunt is a treasured custom that children look forward to all year. Just because you’re not a child doesn't mean you can’t partake in some Easter fun as well. You could invite some guests over and host your own Easter Egg Hunt, if you do host your own hunt it's also the perfect opportunity to play some games that everyone will enjoy. A few games could include an Egg Dance, where you place a few eggs on the ground and turn on the music. The whole idea of this game is to dance among the eggs while breaking as few as possible and the winner gets a prize. Another great game to play is Egg Tapping which involves two contenders holding hard boiled eggs, here each player takes a turn in tapping the other's egg without cracking their own. The possibilities for some egg-cellent (see what I did there) games are endless, Pinterest has a great selection of games if you are looking for further inspiration. 


Something else we like to do during the Easter holidays are visiting local petting farms or going to a zoo. With it being lambing season it is the perfect time to take your children to a local petting farm and as we live in Norfolk we are not short of a few petting farms, a favourite is Church Farm in Stow Bardolph. At Church Farm there are so many opportunities to be able to get involved with lots of Easter fun; hunting for eggs, meeting chicks and even feeding lots of lambs. Banham Zoo near Norwich is another option for us this year, I mean who doesn't love the Zoo?


Baking and getting crafty is also something that my daughter and I will do during the holidays. As parents, we all know how much Easter is anticipated each year by little ones. If you are looking to create more wonderful memories for your children to cherish and look back on when they grow up, some Easter-inspired crafts would be something special. To make sure everyone enjoys your Easter get together with the family, you should try and make your home look as festive as possible. It doesn't have to be too much, just simple place cards, rabbit bunting or even balloons. Simple yet effective. 


Usually for Easter we spend time exploring adventures as a family, with a visit to a farm or zoo and we also like to visit relatives armed with cards, chocolate eggs and gifts. Hallmark are obviously one of the biggest suppliers of greetings cards, and this year they have a stunning range for Easter. I don’t know about you, but Hallmark never lets me down on finding just the right card for every occasion and for every person I want to send a card to, and this year for Easter they didn’t disappoint me with their selection. As you can see their Easter range is very varied so I am sure that you'll be able to find something to suit your loved one's personality. Without fail every year we always like to send out cards to all relatives to make sure they know that we are thinking about them during in Easter. 


What do you like to do for Easter?

#BuildYourSquad with Disney

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I have a confession and I am sure I am not the only one, but I love Disney, like actually love Disney. A love for Disney is something that never really goes away, if anything it grows. Whenever I think about Disney it takes me back to my childhood and the fond memories of love, magic and fairy tales. Now that I have my own daughter I want the magic to continue. As a child I would love nothing more than have cuddles on the sofa with my parents and sister on Sunday afternoon to watch Disney films, and this is something that I really enjoy doing with my husband and daughter. Even at three years old she knows a thing or two about being a Disney fan as we are making our way through the collection of classics. I think that's what I love about Disney is that it's for all families of all ages, there is something for everyone. My daughter is in complete awe of the Disney princesses, one in particular is by far her favourite. Princess Rapunzel! But seriously who doesn't love Disney though?


So you can imagine our excitement when a small delivery of some of the most adorable Disney plush toys arrived on our door. We both could hardly contains the squeals, the giggles and a small little Disney plush dance, apparently that's a thing in our household now. And with these adorable characters Disney have invited us to #BuildYourSquad and we couldn't be happier, they are pretty cute. We were kindly send over Dumbo, Minnie Mouse, Tigger, Winnie The Pooh, Cinderella and Marie from Aristocats. The little lady pretty much called dibs on all her new friends and I was left holding the box, literally!


These adorable plush toys are super soft and even have a sparkly look about them. I also like the fact that they have glassy eyes, personally I think it makes them even more adorable. Both my daughter and I cannot wait to add to our collection, I know that a few princesses will be added to the list that's for sure, especially a Rapunzel one. But it would be hard not too, come one they are seriously cute!



My daughter's favourite out of the bundle we received were Cinderella, Marie from Aristocats, and a character that she has not been too fascinated with, Tigger. Since opening the box, he has been everywhere with us. We have been one lots of adventures in the car, at the park, into town and even on the food shop. And what makes it even more adorable is that my daughter has been showing Tigger to everyone and showing him everything, explaining how everything works (from a toddlers viewpoint anyway) whilst on our adventures. I am sure he will join us for some more adventures soon. 


We have loved welcoming these cute Disney plush toys into our home and we will definitely be adding more to help #BuildYourSquad. They are available to buy at Tesco and Morrisons in store, priced at £6.99 each. – and they’ll soon be available online too! Watch out for new members of the squad in July! Their wave 3 collection. Now go, #BuildYourSquad with Disney! Who’s your favourite?


Little Cook Box - Big Tastes for Little Cooks

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If your child is anything like mine, mealtimes can be somewhat tricky and completely exhausting. I always like to try and cook my daughter something that is fresh, nutritious and packed full of goodness, but the same can't be said for the little lady. We have ongoing battle between cooking her a nutritious, homemade dinner or simply resorting to sticking something from the freezer into the oven. I am sure I am not the only parent who deals with this on a daily basis. However, the battle doesn't stop there. After turning her nose up to a home made meal, or asking for something else she takes so long to eat it! Meal times are becoming such a chore at the moment. A meal subscription box may be the perfect solution if you’re like the millions of busy parents, who have little to no time to plan a meal, go grocery shopping, and cook for it to be pushed away! Meal subscription boxes are convenient, they are nutritious, good for you, and they can save you a trip to the supermarket. Since meal subscription boxes are a great option for busy people, there is a significant number to choose from, and your options may be a little overwhelming. Something that I have never come across before is a subscriotion box for little people. I think that this will be a complete game changer for meal times. Let's say hello to Little Cook Box.


Who are Little Cook Box?

Philippa and Simon, founders of Little Cook Box, started the company because, as busy parents, they were struggling to feed their two boys healthy, delicious and nutritious food. The ‘old favourites’ were getting very stale and they found themselves opening the fridge time and again in search of inspiration that simply wasn’t there. Their solution was children’s meal kits specially designed for kids aged 5 to 11 years old. Delivered weekly, each of the meal kits can be cooked in 20 to 30 minutes, making it quick and easy to get a home cooked, healthy and yummy meal in children’s tummies. All of the ingredients come pre-chopped, peeled and washed in one simple tray, so there’s no time wasted thinking up a recipe, going to the supermarket and preparing the ingredients. Sounds pretty amazing!
We were all very excited when the delivery arrived, the special insulated box contained 4 beautifully packaged meal kits which she couldn’t wait to try. The Little Cook Box meals were an instant hit with both me and the little lady as she could pick which meal she wanted. All the hard work was taken out of the preparation of a home cooked meal as each section of the tray contained exactly the right amount of each ingredient. We were kindly send over Mighty Mini Burgers, Crazy Chicken Goujons, Sizzling Stir Fry Noodles and Crackin' Calzone. 

How Does Little Cook Box Work?

It’s super simple to get your children started with Little Cook Box-you first choose your meal kits. There are a variety of meal kits, including; Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fish Free, Gluten Free and Meat Free options. 1 kit makes 1 meal, and you can choose meal kit options; 4 meals, 6 meals, 8 meals, or 9 meals.You choose the recipes you want, pick from the available days for delivery, and Little Cook Box do the rest! If you happen to be out when the delivery arrives, you can also choose a neighbour to leave your parcel with, or advise a safe place you’re happy for it to be left at too. Prices start at £19.80 for a four meal kit, which actually works out at only £4.95 per meal! The more you buy the cheaper the boxes. 




Our favourite

Without a doubt our favourite are the Crazy Chicken Goujons. Even though my daughter is just three years old apart from placing them in the oven she did all the preparation for the Goujons and thoroughly enjoyed doing so by herself, under mummy's watchful eye of course. Each box has a separate compartment for each ingredient so you knew exactly what you needed to do, you simply tear back the film and get to work. These Crazy Chicken Goujons with tasty tomato relish & mayonnaise were simple and super delicious and are made with panko breadcrumbs, served in a wrap with crispy lettuce, sassy salsa and cool sour cream. Yum. But for us, it was the fact that even though she had become a little fussy in recent months she tried everything in the box, even the salsa. But you could clearly see that she took pride in knowing that she had prepared and cooked her meal before devouring the whole lot. Our least favourite of the four boxes we received was the Sizzling Stir Fry Noodles, my daughter just wasn't keen on the taste of the noodles. However, both my husband and I tucked into the noodles and couldn't understand why, because they were pretty tasty.


Our thoughts

We think that these are such a great way to keep meal times fun. For us, spending time in the kitchen to make these creations, teaching my lady how to cook was great fun, and it will help her with practical cooking skills that will be invaluable later in life. I love the fact that these little boxes of goodness introduces her to a whole new range of new flavours and foods we wouldn't normally make. Every meal that we received were so delicious in taste and we both enjoyed the cooking process, and it was stress-free. As a parent we are trying to instill a more healthier lifestyle as a family and limit all those naughty foods, and so portion control for our daughter is something that we are monitoring. The Little Cook Boxes are fresh, nutritious and just the right portion size for children, something which is often hard to judge at meal times. But all in all a great idea for little ones. Would the Little Cook Box range be something that you would try with your little one?

BIRCHBOX - March 2018: Be Present, Not Perfect

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Happy be-lated March everyone. I have been meaning to post this Birchbox review for March, but as always we are crazy busy. So better late than never right? This month, Birchbox focus on the importance of me time and the art of self care, which we could all do more, am I right? Being a parent is hard work, actually when I sit there and think about it, it's pretty exhausting! I only know too well chasing around my very hyper three year old daughter, this girl knows how to keep me on my toes that's for sure. So it comes as no surprise that I rarely have time to recuperate and indulge in some me time. However, with this month's Birchbox it's telling me I have to, so I will be indulging. As always, each box comes with 5 beauty products that are picked to help you look, and more importantly feel great. This month every subscriber gets a fun size tube of Benefit BADgal BANG Mascara, something that we have already discovered so I was more than pleased to receive a fun sized tube in the mail. You also have an option of a peel off mask or hydrogel eye mask from Blaq. So let's see in side the box...


Benefit. BADgal BANG Mascara in Carbon Black | RRP £21.50

BADgal BANG! 36-HOUR FULL-BLAST volumising mascara creates MASSIVE volume without weighing down lashes. The gravity-defying formula contains aero-particles, one of the lightest known materials, derived from space technology. This innovative intense pitch-black mascara layers easily for bigger & BIGGER impact. It's custom big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes for BIG VOLUME WITH 360° REACH! Yes please. You could say that over the years I have tried so many different mascaras and I know what I like. I always look for a great formula, a plastic brush and a mascara that gives me luscious eyelashes without clumps or panda eyes! This is Benefit's biggest launch for the last couple of years and well? It's been worth the wait. Let's face it, Benefit are known for the game changing mascaras, but does their brand new mascara live up to the hype? Yes!


Blaq. Hydrogel Eye Mask | RRP £4.40

This was the product that I was most looking forward to trying, because let's face it, as a mum I am prone to awful dark circles. The patches come in a solution and are extremely soothing and cooling upon application. After about 15 minutes the eye patches can away easily and the area felt de-puffed and had a glow, brighter and tighter. It contains glycerin, witch hazel extract, bamboo charcoal, Irish moss powder (0.1%), konjac fibre, algin and citric acid. They are really simple to use too, which is a bonus. Cleanse your skin and the eye area, remove the film and apply them about 1 cm below each eye for about 10-15 minutes, before carefully peeling off the skin. If you want those bright eyes on a more frequent basis then you need to use these masks twice a week, or until you have caught up on that sleep. So it looks like I'll be making a purchase then, as I won't be sleeping anytime soon. Night terrors!


Lumene. Nordic C [Valo] Glow Boost Essence | RRP £29.90

When we want to achieve a glowing finish to our make-up, we often reach for a dewy foundation to do the trick. But what if instead it was as simple as the skincare we used beforehand to guarantee a hydrated and beautifully glowing base? Introducing the Valo Glow Boost Essence from Lumene- a foolproof solution for reviving fatigued and dull looking skin and instead swapping it out for a glow. I love this oil! I've been using it to prep my skin before make up or if my skin needs an extra moisture boost. It leaves your skin feeling so smooth and looking really lovely and dewy! The only bad thing I can say about this product is the price, although I am very tempted to splurge on it when I finish my sample!


Baija. Gommage Festin Royal Body Scrub. | RRP £14.90

A brand that I have never heard of, so I was excited to try this out. That's why I love Birchbox so much as it give me so many opportunities to try new products out without paying full price. So this body scrub is packed full of honey and soothing shea, which has been amazing for my dry patches that seems to have accumulated on my back and legs this year. You simply massage into damp skin and rinse away with warm water and it had left skin feeling moisturised, smooth and supple. Sometimes with my sensitive skin I find that some scrubs are far too harsh for my skin, but this one was very gentle for an exfoliator and didn't irritate my skin whatsoever. I would most definitely purchase a full sized version of this scrub. 


R + Co. Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste | RRP £14.90

I have to say that dry shampoo is by far one of the best products out there on the market. I don't know anyone who hasn't used Bastiste one time or another. However, R + Co have introduced me to a new formulation with this paste. It’s actually half dry-shampoo powder, half style paste, so you use it with your fingers, much in the same way as you’d use a wax or a pomade. The texture is matte, because it’s soaking up oil with volcanic ash sourced from Hawaii. However, I was hugely disappointed! I like this product, but I didn’t find it functioned as a dry shampoo. While it wasn’t great for hiding grease, it did add amazing volume & texture to my hair and gave it a brilliant bedhead look.

Peter Rabbit Review: It's Adorable, Adventurous and Hilarious. A Must Watch Film!

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As you will probably know, my daughter loves rabbits and Peter Rabbit is kind of a big thing in our house. You may remember my daughter's bedroom updates, where our daughter had pretty much outgrown most of her furniture and asked for Peter Rabbit theme throughout her bedroom. It wasn't long after that we were able to venture into the magical of Beatrix Potter and her many tales about rabbits, a naughty squirrel and puddle ducks. So it comes to no surprise that my little lady and her Peter Rabbit obsession was kicked up a notch or five when she discovered the film trailer of Peter Rabbit The Movie. And I must admit, I was too. 


* Warning Peter Rabbit fans, this post may contain spoilers*

Peter Rabbit tells the story of a rabbit and his family who are always sneaking into Mr. McGregor's garden to steal his vegetables. Peter Rabbit brings back so many fond memories of childhood for so many of us. It's hard to imagine a childhood without Beatrix Potter. Her magical tales of enchanted woodland creatures have been read to generations of children, and remain – even today – as one of the most cherished children's literacy creations of all time. So you can see why so many people were a little apprehensive about the release of a new adaption of the loved Beatrix Potter tale. I wasn't too sure if I was ready too see Peter Rabbit lose his sweetness and charm of Beatrix Potter and turn into a rascal, rebel rabbit.

However, there was absolutely no reason to worry. Peter Rabbit was the perfect blend of laughter, mischief while still depicting the magical tales of the enchanted and very cherished character. Peter Rabbit is absolutely adorable, funny, so mischievous and can sometimes take things a little to far, being the rascal rabbit he is. I must admit, it was the perfect modern version of Peter Rabbit. 

Come on, seriously how cute is he?
The Story

The visual effects are simply, outstanding. It starts with a sweet shot of CGI birds breaking into song, only to be immediately silenced by Peter Rabbit (James Corden) bursting through the scene, you're immediately hooked! You can tell that this is a sequel from the books and Cbeebies animated version and time has moved on. Peter Rabbit, his cousin Benjamin, and his triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail, spend most of their days picking on Mr. McGregor and stealing vegetables from his garden. We soon discover that they are also friends with a local women named Bea (Rose Byne) who spends her time painting pictures of the rabbits as well as the surrounding nature. You get the impression that Bea has taken on a mother like relationship with the rabbits since the death of their mother and they also mention about Peter's father being captured and put in a rabbit pie, all in front of a young Peter. 


One day Peter leaves his jacket back in McGregor's garden (doesn't he ever learn) and goes back to retrieve it. Mr. McGregor spots and catches him, but suddenly dies of a heart attack. I must admit I wasn't really expecting that and trying to answer questions from my three year old as to why Mr McGregor is laying down was not something I wanted to explain in a full cinema. However after Mr. McGregor gets taken away in an 'Icecream van with blue lights' Peter then takes it upon himself to celebrate and invite all his woodland friends for a feast and take over Mr McGregor house creating quite the mess. 

Meanwhile in London, McGregor's nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) works at the Harrod's department store where he awaits for a promotion. And discovers the news about his uncle's death and doesn't seem too bothered and is more concerned with not getting the promotion, leading to a complete meltdown and gets fired. When he learns that his uncle's house is valuable, he decides to make plans to refurbish and sell the farm so he can start his own toy store next to Harrod's. As he makes his way to the house he is repulsed by the mess and assumes that his uncle made the mess, then all of a sudden Peter and his woodland friends come out from hiding and run. Thomas then crashes out and wakes up to the mess from the night before realising that it wasn't a dream and begins cleaning. However, soon enough he discovers his neighbour Bea an artist who loves all the animals and asks Thomas to leave the gate open for them to go in freely to pick the vegetables, and handed him a gift of some binoculars. You could say that Thomas and Peter got off on the wrong foot and it's clear that Peter has a problem with the friendship that Bea and Thomas have and hatches a plan because Thomas 'has got to go'. 

That's where the fun started. Thomas and Peter start a war with each other by setting up traps and other offensive nuisances. In the midst of all the traps and tricks Thomas and Bea end up falling in love with each other which causes Peter to become jealous and wanting to separate them even more. So much so, they both end up fighting whilst trying to avoid the wrath of Bea finding out that they actually hate one another. The fight soon gets out of hand and Peter angers Bea when he unintentionally ruins her painting and she throws Peter out of the house. Their hatred for each other is kicked up a gear or two as Thomas seeks out other measures to get rid of the rabbits and throws dynamite into Peter's burrow. In doing so, he tries to hide his plans from Bea and continues to be dishonest with her, until Peter detonates the dynamite to prove to Bea that Thomas was using it. However, his actions have awful consequences as the explosion destroys his burrow and the tree on top of the burrow crashes onto Bea's art studio leaving her with no choice but to break up with Thomas, who goes back to London to work for Harrod's again. 

Peter feels so bad for his behaviour, even Benjamin Bunny couldn't forgive him this time, he had taken it too far. Peter then discovers that Bea is planning on leaving the countryside and he and Benjamin join forces to go and get Thomas from London. A quick tour of London with a London street rat they soon find themselves at Harrod's in pursuit of Thomas, and with encouragement they were all on their way back to the countryside. Peter tells Bea that it was him that detonated the dynamite and says sorry in the cutest way possible. But this is all short lived when Thomas forgot that he sold the house and so will need a little help to chase the buyers out of the house, now this is most definitely Peter and his friends territory. All is well between the rabbits and between Thomas and Bea. Yay!!! During the end credits, it is shown that Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits eventually moved to London together where Thomas has his own toy shop and Bea begins to write and illustrate books based on Peter and his friends.

Final Thoughts

This is a must see! It's perfect for families who love Peter Rabbit, it will make you laugh, probably cry, but most of all, you will fall in love and want to watch it again. So if you're a fan of Beatrix Potter and of course the mischievous Peter Rabbit then you must, actually, you need to go and see this. Peter Rabbit The Movie was the perfect blend of laughter, mischief while still depicting the magical tales of the enchanted and very cherished character. Peter Rabbit is absolutely adorable, funny, so mischievous and can sometimes take things a little to far, being the rascal rabbit he is. I must admit, it was the perfect modern version of Peter Rabbit. Our daughter has never really been to the cinema before seeing Peter Rabbit, as we wasn't too sure if her attention span as a three year could sit there for 90 minutes or more. But she was completely mesmerized and this film kept her full attention throughout, without meltdowns or any toilet breaks. I must admit, the film was far funnier than I expected, I mean come on have you ever seen a rabbit twerk? I found myself laughing quite a bit. My daughter's favourite parts were the wild parties at Mr McGregor's house. But she also like the part of the film where this rebel rascal rabbit decided to be cheeky and place a carrot in Mr McGregor's visible builder's bottom! What a cheeky rabbit! It was the perfect way to spend an afternoon as a family, and you'll be surprised at how much you'll laugh. It's adorable, adventurous and hilarious. It's a must watch film. Will you go and see Peter Rabbit? Or have you seen it already? I'd love to know what your thoughts?

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