A Doc McStuffins Party

This week we celebrated the new episodes of Doc McStuffins with a party thanks to UKMums.tv. It was a quiet party this time as our friends were either ill or busy, so there were just five children and two mummies to watch over them. It was a bit more relaxing this time around as the children are getting older now and more independent, meaning us mums get five minutes to chat!

The Doc is in!

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Happy Friday and welcome back to Your Youtube! I hope everyone's had a lovely week with lots of vlogging for you to share.


There were a great selection of videos linked up last week, which have been so interesting to watch. I decided this week's favourite was from Coco Mama Style, who shows us how to dress up our daytime outfits. I am definitely someone who just throws on the nearest bits of clothing during the day, so I love Helen's tips!



Over to the linky, please add your links before and don't forget to like, comment and subscribe to at least two videos including the host!



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From The Sofa: Activities For Sick Days

It's that time of year that for many, sickness bugs are roaming unchecked through our households. We have been pretty fortunate *touches wood* that my two have escaped the worse and we've only have coughs and colds to deal with. But if you get hit with the nasties like flu, chickenpox, or worse, that sees your children sofa-bound the days can suddenly seem endless.

So I thought I'd put together a few ideas to keep the children occupied when they don't have the physical energy to play but their minds need some stimulation. As a mummy with M.E. I am becoming used to finding low energy activities for my two, so here are my best ones, just for you.


Doc McStuffins Twitter Party

We are big fans of Doc McStuffins in this house so when we were invited to take part in a twitter party to celebrate the new episodes of Doc in action, being shown on Disney Junior every weekday at 4.55pm. We have already reviewed a few of the Doc McStuffins toys on the blog and we can't wait to reveal what our guests will be trying out at the party this Thursday.


Join us on Twitter between 1-3pmon Thursday and be in with a chance to win lots of goodies from Flair for your little ones. use the #docmcstuffins hashtag and follow @DisneyJuniorUK to keep up with the action.


In the meantime why not visit DisneyJunior.co.uk for more fun Doc McStuffins activities and games.

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The Elusive Bedtime


Bedtime - it is definitely a hot topic in the parenting world and often a huge source of stress for any parent. We have always been very fortunate that both our children are relatively good sleepers, but I know many friends who have children who point-blank refuse to sleep through and to who nap times are some elusive goal. Often the pre-bedtime routine can end up in a futile battle that often ends in tantrums or tears. Here are some suggestions for those that are struggling.

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Trying To Find A Bargain

Mr H loves his cars. Although he didn't pass his test until he was 23, where I passed straight away at 17 and couldn't wait to get going, once he did there was no stopping him. As we have gotten older and our budget has grown, so has the type of cars we have owned and we are very fortunate to be able to drive our children around in good quality and reliable cars.

Our car in America

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Hello and welcome to Your Youtube for another week! I am so pleased to see so many of you linking up and new people joining in each week! One of those is Jess from Catch a Single Thought who shared a big announcement with us and is this week's featured video.



Over to the linky - add your videos below, please like and comment on at least two videos (including the host) and tweet out that you have joined in.




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My Britmums Live 2015 Sponsors


After a bit of back and forth I have decided to attend the parent blogger conference, Britmums Live once more. I was unsure at first as to whether I wanted a change of scenery, having attended for the last two years, however in the end didn't want to miss out on such a great day surrounded by amazing brands and inspirational bloggers.

As I have done previously, I was on the lookout for one or two sponsors who I could offer my support and shout about for the next twelve months, and I am thrilled to announce them today.

Cussons #Voiceofmums Video

Cussons have recently launched their #voiceofmums campaign and their latest video features their Mum and Me products and is all about messy bath times.



Both my two love bathtime, especially Little J who runs up the stairs when I mention bath. They both love some splashing though and I end up looking like I have been in the bath with them!

I was asked to recreate the Cussons video myself, so here is my attempt - apologies in advance for the singing!




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Going Green At Home

Do you use LED lighting? Did you know that they can save you 80% of electrical power compared to a normal light bulb?

When we moved into our new home two years ago, many of the fittings already had LED bulbs in them. As the fittings we chose for our front room meant we would have ten, yes TEN, bulbs in one room alone we decided to opt for long-lasting and energy saving. And it seems to have worked as we are yet to change a bulb in there compared to the four we've had to change in our kitchen light before we switched to LED in there too.

Pancake Bites



I love Pancake Day, although the chances are I completely forget about it until the night and by then it's too late to buy the ingredients and I'm sat there googling recipes without the ingredients I'm lacking.

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Welcome back to Your YouTube for another week. I was thrilled to see so many of you linking up last week, thank you as always for your support. There were some brilliant videos linked up but I decide to go for Brummy Mummy of Two's video as part of her 'Don't Beat Yourself Up' Guide.


So over to the linky - I do feel like a broken record but please comment on at least two videos when you link up your own and if you feel like you can't do that then please save your video for a week when you can. It is only fair when so many of us are commenting on every video each week. So, with my little rant over, off you go!

Learning To Swim

learning to swim

When we booked this year's summer holiday last August it felt like an age away. As the new year came round we realised that it was only five months, and now nearing the middle of February it's even closer - 80 days according to my My First Choice app!

Enjoying A Film at Legoland



Last weekend we were invited to attend the North-West premiere screening of the new Lego Ninjago series, Masters of Spinjitzu, at Legoland Discovery Centre in Manchester. With Miss H and Little J being aged under four, we haven't really branched into Lego much in our house, but we were excited to attend and see what it was all about.

Juicing and Yoga With Curry's

Just over a week ago I was invited to attended an event in Leeds with Currys PC World. I travelled across the moors with local blogging buddy, Let's Talk Mommy and we had a lovely catch up, making the hour and a half journey fly by.

The lovely Jenny

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Welcome back to Your Youtube and a huge thank you to Kara at Chelsea Mamma for hosting last week's linky whilst we were enduring a seven hour drive back from Wales!

Due to being completely unorganised over the last two weeks I have got way behind on my video viewing, so huge apologies, I'm working my way through them I promise!

As a thank you to the lovely Kara, I have chosen her video as my favourite from week 10 - I absolutely loved watching her little girl absolutely overjoyed at her Frozen birthday party.



So over to the linky, please link no more than two as that makes it fair to everyone, and don't forget to watch and comment on the HOST video and at least one other in the linky.

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Would You Choose A Compact Camera?

As a blogger, photography is always an element that features heavily in my life and something that I am continuously trying to improve on. I mainly use my iPhone 5 for my photos as it is so handy just to whip it out of my pocket, but I also have a bridging camera that I take on trips out to try and capture those better quality shots. I have debated for some time about whether to try a compact camera as many of them now create images similar quality to a DSLR with all the many features they come with.

One of the models I have heard a lot about recently is the Panasonic Lumix CM1. This camera has a 20.1 MP camera, the ability to use it on full manual control and dubbed as a communication camera, you can take photos and videos, edit them and then upload them all on one camera.

For me this would be a great compromise between the iPhone and the bridge camera - the functionality of the latter without its bulk.

Have a look at this video below to see more about its features. What do you think - would you invest in a compact camera?


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Bluestone Wales: Free Range Fun Part 1

Last week we were very fortunate to visit the Bluestone Holiday Park in Wales. Opened in 2008 it has now become one of the main attractions in Wales, brining in lots of tourism to the area. Set in 500 acres, part of which being Pembrookshire Coast National Park, the resort aims to offer luxury, adventures and relaxation equally. We stayed for four nights, and here is what we thought.

Where Should I Go On Holiday?

January is the time of year that everyone has had enough of the cold and rain and is craving the summer. It is also the time that most of us tend to book our summer holidays, giving us a date to aim towards when we can get away and enjoy guaranteed sunshine, swimming and laziness.

Me & Mine January

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So, it's a new year and once more I'm going to attempt to join in Me and Mine every month. It's such a great linky and I love seeing everyone's posts at the end of the year with all their photos, so this year I will try my best to keep up!

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