Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Beer Bods - The Coolest Father's Day Pressie?

Father's Day is just around the corner (Sunday 19th June to be precise) and for ever since I've actually had to get presents for Tom for this day I've found it hideously hard to find the perfect pressie.

Picking pressies for Tom is always a challenge...

Tom isn't actually bothered about Father's Day a) because he's normally working, b) it means spending usually HIS money on a present for him that I think he will like (normally clothes in an attempt to drag him out of his school issued PE kit into something a little trendier), c) I think he feels that if I make a big deal he will then have to make a big deal for Mother's Day - errrr yes that's how it usually works.

Tom, in case you are reading this, which I know you will look away NOW if you want your pressie on Father's Day to remain a surprise, however if you are like me and like to be nosey read on....

Naturally, I was super excited when Beer Bods got in touch with me to see if Tom fancied a 12 week subscription to their cool online beer subscription club. Tom is a man's man. He likes wood, he likes mud, he likes to build stuff, always has random bits of wood knocking around "just in case" and he loves a real ale. Each year we travel to our beloved St. Ives in Cornwall and the holiday doesn't begin until Tom has had a sip of a pint of Doom Bar at our favourite pub, The Lifeboat Inn down in the harbour, so I knew that Beer Bods subscription would be right up his street.


So how does it work?
Well, your dad / hubby etc will receive 12 of the best beers from small, independent breweries around the world, straight to his door every three months.

The idea is that he drinks one beer a week (and doesn’t guzzle them all in one weekend!) and shares his views with other Bods during live online tasting sessions every Thursday at 9pm. On top of all this, he’ll also receive an email every week telling him the back story behind that week's beer, enabling him to wax lyrical about his new craft beer with confidence. How fun is that!
Tom loves a pint of real beer!

You can either set the subscription up for them or you can buy them a gift voucher from www.beerbods.co.uk it's as simple as that

How much does it cost?

Price: Simply select from the following gift options...
•       £36 for 12 weeks

•       £70 for 24 weeks

•       £135 for 48 weeks

I've been lucky enough to have been sent a voucher for a 12 week subscription but I know that'll just be the start as I am certain that Tom is going to LOVE this pressie! Also, the beauty of it being an online subscription you can order on the morning of Father's Day and pretend that of course you did not forget that it was today and therefore present crisis averted - result!

I look forward to sharing some pics of Tom on his Beer Bod experience on my Instagram page over the coming weeks.

Big love,

Nathalie x


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Little Gym, Cobham - Primary Coloured Squishy Heaven....

It's just gone 4.15pm on Tuesday and I'm sitting at The Little Gym, Cobham drinking a hot cuppa and watching Charlie gyrate around a primary coloured soft and squishy heaven.

We've been coming for the last couple of weeks and despite them being newly opened it's a very slick operation. Steve, Blue and Melanie are incredibly welcoming and always greet the kids with such warmth and enthusiasm for the class ahead of them.

The Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes, holiday camps and parties filled with movement, music, learning and laughter - little ones (from 4 months to 12 years) will make friends, reach developmental milestones and build self-confidence while having Serious Fun at this stunningly spacious and colourful new movement facility in Surrey!

 Children are taught by trained and caring instructors who provide individual attention and positive feedback to reward every student's efforts. Although gymnastics is at the base of The Little Gym's curriculum, classes also incorporate sports, games, dancing, listening and cooperation.

Offering a curriculum-based core program of gymnastics and other programs to promote coordination, balance, rhythm and flexibility, The Little Gym is based on a philosophy of allowing kids to experience success in a fun, caring and non-competitive way.  Children's listening, social and cognitive capacities are all enhanced in the process, as students are encouraged to progress at their own pace.

Charlie has started his first term in the sweetly named "Giggle Worms" however as I type they sound more like wild banshees.

 The Little Gym is situated ten minutes from Cobham just by the cross roads at Chessington (near the garden centre) so is very conveniently placed.


Even in the last three weeks since he started we've seen a huge improvement in his skills and his confidence, we are yet to master the forward roll and stand without touching the ground yet!!

Why not take a visit and meet Glynnis and the team at The Little Gym and book your free trial session here and be sure to mention THIS SURREY MUMMY when booking!

Lots of love,

Nathalie x


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Present Shopping For Hector's 1st Birthday In Association With Quidco High Street Cashback...

I cannot actually believe that this time next week I will have a one year old on my hands. Er....where did that year go??

Having gone back to work and now having Charlie to look after also, Hector is most definitely suffering from "second child syndrome". For Charlie's 1st birthday we threw a fantastic Disney themed birthday party with all our friends, in comparison for Hector's we are having his three closest baby friends over with their mums and dads, who also just happen to be two of my best mates and my sister in law for bacon sarnies and a slice of cake. Poor poppet, never mind he won't remember anyway!

One thing that I did want to do was to get him some new toys, not hand me downs that we have dug out and dusted down from the loft but some brand new ones just for him.

I have this thing about online shopping, whilst I love it for my weekly food shop saving me tons of time and my sanity there is something nice about going shopping and perusing for a while contemplating what to purchase next.

Last weekend we went in seek of birthday pressies for the spare heir. Naturally, we headed to the mecca of the baby and preschooler world, The Early Learning Centre. Lots of friends of ours had the Happyland range so thought that this range would be the perfect range for Hector as we never had it with Charlie.

Now, as you know, I LOVE to save money so before we left I checked my Quidco app on my iPhone to see if there were any cheeky cashback offers when I shopped instore and I was in luck, 3% cash back - yes please! I activated the offer and off we went!

We popped the boys in the trolley and perused the isles....

There is so much to choose from but in the end opted for a few pieces that Charlie insisted that Hector would love, nothing to do with the fact that he said "I like that" to most of it!!

We were also chuffed to find the Light and Sound Drum (£15) that our childminder Peter advised us was one of Hector's favourite things to play with so that obviously had to go into the trolley!

I opted to pay by Visa in order to get my instore cashback which was instantly tracked on line and on my app. 

Now, whilst £1.53 might not look like an awful lot, as you can see on the right hand corner by using Quidco for my everyday online purchases I have earnt over £300 shopping at the same stores i would usually shop at but by checking with Quidco first!

Well, as the birthday boy's big day approaches there is lots more to do including wrapping and not to mention THE CAKE!!

Big love
Nathalie x

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