Life · Money saving tip · other

Music Magpie; my personal experience and review

Personally I have used Music Magpie a couple of times to make a few ££ from old dvds that we no longer watch and have never had any problems before. So when we decided to sell our Xbox and the games we thought “save the hassle” and sell through them again. They offered us £100 for the Xbox and £20 for the games. 

I checked the Xbox worked, loaded it up and checked each game to make sure they were all fine. Then I reset the machine to get rid of all our accounts and settings, packaged it (really) well and waited in all day for collection (by their courier). 

A few days later I receive an email from them saying the disk drive doesn’t work and we were offer a revised amount of £10!

I gave them a call and said I had tested it before posting and it was fine, if it no longer works it was damaged by their courier as was it not insured? To which they queried whether I had any proof it was working before I sent it? Had I video’d it working including the serial number of the Xbox? No I hadn’t, so my only option was to have them send the xbox back. To be fair it didn’t cost to have it returned, but I did have to wait in again for the courier. 

I received the Xbox back and tested it myself, with both a DVD, a bluray and an Xbox game and it works perfectly fine. 


Here it is running off the disk with no problems at all!

So my question is: was an error made by Music Magpie? Or is this some way to make extra money? If I had agreed to the revised figure I would have had £90 less and they would have a fully functioning Xbox!!

So just a warning to use this company at your peril, I cannot be sure whether they were trying it on or whether this was a mistake, but I would recommend my followers again using Music Magpie but if you do; always keep a record of your devises working before you send them off!

What do you think? Were they trying to scam me, or was it an honest mistake? Have you had any experience with Music Magpie?

Life · Motherhood · other · Product review

My Carry Potty Review | #triedtested


I was sent this Carry Potty from Bizziebaby to try and test it and I'm really impress with it. Having said that, I have just newly potty trained samuel but going out and about can be a nightmare if he gets accident since he can't hold that that long yet when it comes to searching for a toilet.


This is why I'm so excited to try and test this because this is what I needed. I can just carry this in the car and we can use this anywhere. This means that samuel can also bring this in the nursery. When samuel saw this, he immediately fell Inlove with its design that he used it straight away. He also very excited to Carry it. It's definitely the new solution to potty training.


It makes potty training exciting and fun. It has a beautiful design and the seat we're comfy which is just perfect for samuel. It also has a Non slip feet which is safe to use in any surface. The handle makes it easy to carry everywhere with leak proof and has a secure mechanism.


I'm impress with the quality and design of this potty that I would definitely recommend it. My son loves it and so do I. No more running to find a good toilet when my little one can't hold anymore. It's very convenient and perfect for travelling. It's a very good value of money.

Disclosure: I was sent this Carry Potty for the purpose of testing it. However, my thoughts and opinion are all mine including pictures and video.

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other · Product review

Getting ready for our America trip: Waterproof Camera

As I have already mentioned, my husband and I are off to Florida for 10 days, child free! for our 10th wedding anniversary. One of the attractions we have booked and the one I am most looking forward to is Discovery Cove. We will be swimming with dolphins and tropical fish and relaxing on a lazy river, sun bathing on the beach. I honestly cannot wait!

But what I needed for the trip was a camera which could go in the water. We didn’t want to pay out for an expensive top branded camera, which would risk being stolen while we were there, we wanted a slightly cheaper version (but still good quality). Continue reading “Getting ready for our America trip: Waterproof Camera”

Competition · Gift guide · Life · Live, love, laugh · Ocassion · other · Product review · Shop

Personalised family tree picture frame review and giveaway 

Family is very important and since Father’s Day is just around the corner, we thought we would get something nice for my husband, which will celebrate our family.


My daughter and I choose this Personalised family picture frame which is unique. We thought it’s lovely.  You can create layers of family generation and personalised with your chosen photos. Continue reading “Personalised family tree picture frame review and giveaway “

Motherhood · other

Sleep techniques for older children

I’ve mentioned a few times that my daughter has always been a terrible sleeper. She didn’t sleep through the night until she was 2 and a half (and by “through the night” I mean from my bedtime until morning, I’m not talking 12 hours) and even then it wasn’t very often that she would actually go all night. 


She is now 8 and once she’s asleep she’s fine, but getting her to go to sleep can be almost impossible, more often than not she’s going to sleep in our bed. I have tried so many different techniques that I thought I would share them with you, in the hope that one of them works for you. 

  • Sleepy stories; I love these! They are special stories with hypnotic suggestive phrases to help you fall asleep. They worked for a while with bethany and she still uses them, but it doesn’t work every day. 
  • Lavender sleep spray; encourages relaxation and a soothing environment for sleep. 
  • Projection light; these project stars onto the ceiling. It gives you something to look at and distract your busy mind from thinking thinking thinking!
  • Massage; I attended a local back massage course and learnt some techniques to soothe and encourage sleep. 
  • Breathing techniques; I found an article online which described breathing techniques for bethany to try. So far she has refused to try them. 
  • We even went to far as to buy a new mattress and new pillow for her. 

I asked some fellow bloggers for further ideas to try and these were suggested:

Hopefully something works soon, as poor bethany is often still awake when I go up to bed and that is really not enough sleep for an 8 year old!

Life · other

Stunning photographer in West Sussex

Eps and I wanted a photographer to do some joint head shots for us to use on our blog, I went to school with Darren of Darren Gritton Photography and approached him to see if he would help us out. 
There are lots of photographers around to choose from, the best idea when picking someone is to look through their portfolio

Darren has a studio in Steyning where you can get your photos taken or he can come to you or on location, really flexible which is nice. 

He has recently done the most stunning wedding photo shoot in London. Really it’s worth following him on Instagram or Facebook just to see the beautiful photos. 

Eps and I were a bit nervous, but Darren soon put us at ease and we really enjoyed strutting some different poses. He was really patient with us when we suggested different things to try!

We came up with some ideas we wanted to try:

These photos were along the lines of “mates hanging out”

We wanted some photos to show us product reviewing, since that is the main aim of our blog. 

The final images we had done were of my pole fitness. It is very difficult to get good photos on a pole, I think both Darren and I did very well!

We are really pleased with our photos, which do you like best?!

food · Home & kitchen · other · Product review · Recipes

Gousto Review, fresh recipe delivery box

I had heard about these fresh ingredients delivery boxes and had fancied trying one for ages. So when Tornado contacted me and offered me one to try I was really excited.

My children are fussy eaters and I often end up eating their boring children’s food, so it was really nice to have 2 days this week where we had “adult” food. But more importantly the recipes didn’t need loads of prep time and weren’t so complicated that I couldn’t help the kids with their homework while I cooked.


The box was delivered to my “safe place” because I wasn’t home, they carefully wrap the cold items with freezer packs and sheeps wool to keep it cold for several hours if you are out at the time of delivery:


The sheeps wool is a bit stinky, but it is environmentally friendly.

The selection of recipes to choose from is not huge (22 recipes) but there is a nice selection and changes frequently. I chose the Mushroom Dal with Coriander Chutney and Lemon Pepper Chicken with Tosemary Potatoes, but it was difficult making the decision there were 4 or 5 top contenders.

Neither recipe took over 45 minutes to make and both were surprisingly easy, my husband even made the Lemon Pepper Chicken while I was out, so it must be easy.

Both meals were delicious! The curry had lots of flavour and was juicy enough to have with rice and Naan Bread and the lemon chicken was amazingly flavoursome. They were really impressive recipes.

I was surprised how well priced they were as well, the 2 person box (with ingredients for 2 recipes) is just £27.49, which works out as £6.87 per serving, or it works out cheaper per serving if you increase it to 3 or 4 recipes, and even cheaper per serving if you use the family box (2 adults, 2/3 children) but personally my children are not adventurous enough to try these recipes.

We have a special offer code for you: enter TORNADO for a £40 discount spread on the first and second orders. 

*note: Gousto box was provided free in exchange for a review. This does not effect my opinion and all words are my own.

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