Being a single mum to Spud, means what ever little money I have left over from all the bills is spent on him, sometimes if I have a little more than usual, I try to save it, but then something pops up and I never get around to doing what I wanted to do with the spare dosh. People who know me will know I'm a real girly girl, I like painting my nails and straightening my hair, that was of course until I entered the Home Improvement Hero Challenge competition from Until I entered this competition, you would not of seen me pick up a paint brush in my life for the purpose of my property, I simply can't hack it, I done construction at college, and now I know why the boys took over the painting job! 

My bathroom before, plain and dull!
For this challenge, I decided to revamp my bathroom, being a single parent can be challenging, very rewarding but it does have its moments where we wish for a few moments alone. One of the places I love is my bathroom, I love lighting some candles, running a hot bath and relaxing, albeit just for 15 minutes or 30 minutes, I love my bathtimes. Once Spud is in bed, I have a quick tidy up, maybe I'll catch up on a soap I've missed then I'll run a bath, bathtimes for me is my only adult time I get, for me this is something every parent needs, as my time is spent in the bath, I knew the bathroom was the only place I wanted to touch.

Just the wall was decorated, and a old cabinet in place.
Before the Home Improvement Hero Challenge, my bathroom was dull, bright yellow walls (what was I thinking) and a old cabinet I loathed! If it wasn't for the bright products like the shampoo and bubble bath that surrounded by bath tub sides, I'm sure my peaceful candle lit baths wouldn't of happened.

After its first coat of blue paint. gave me £50 towards a home improvement, £50 to do one room made me worried I wouldn't be able to do it. I went straight to the local charity shop to look for bathroom related products, I was delighted to pick up a white cabinet for £5, it has a tiny small crack/split on the edge of it, but otherwise its perfect. I then went to the range and and spent £44.89 on eleven items, I purchased the following;

* - White toilet roll holder to match my cabinet - £6.99

* - Bathroom wall plaque - £4.99

* - Fishermans Canvas - £5.99

* - 3 x Seaside Canvases - £5.99

* - WC fish sign - £2.99

* - Toilet brush and pot - £3.99

* - x2 Starfish tea-light lanterns £2.99 each (£5.98 for two).

* - Blue and white striped starfish soap dispenser - £1

* - Seagull on stand - £2.99


* - Beach letters on rope - £3.99

I had blue paint leftover from decorating Spud's room but I didn't want two rooms in our home the same colour, so using some left over white paint I had leftover from my room, my lovely brother made a beautiful lighter blue for me. My little brother also very kindly offered to decorate for me, he cut in and done the first coat, and then I done the second coat the next day.

My bathroom after the challenge.
When I first heard about the challenge, I really didn't think I could get any room done for £50, let alone my most favourite room. Now when I have a bath, its so much more relaxing, my long time subscribers will know, my mum moved away to the coast in March, I miss her terribly, with the blue/white/seaside theme I now feel a little closer to her and my little sister.

I compromised on the blue I really wanted as I knew this would take me over budget, having paint left over can save you a small fortune. If you fancy a new colour and have no money but lots of paint, use an old tub/pot/bowl or even a tin and mix a small amount of colour together, when your happy and know the correct ammount to use, you can create a new colour just like I did with the dark blue paint left over from Spud's room and the white paint left over from my room.

Don't be afraid to ask for help, I couldn't afford a painter and decorator and knew I'd only mess up what little stock I had left, I roped in the help of my brother on the cutting in and first coat, and then done the second coat myself a day later.

Accessories really can make a huge difference to a room, before this makeover my bathroom had four walls with only one wall having anything on it, a old bathroom cabinet. Now I have four walls with different items on.

Don't be afraid to check out charity shops or second hand sites, as long as you have some disinfectant around, a little clean won't hurt and your be surprised at what you can pick up for bargain prices! Just like I did with my bathroom cabinet, ok it may have a little split but its not that big and I'm sure a bit of white gloss could cover it.

There we have it, my Home Improvement Hero Challenge competition entry, all done for under £50 and some free labour from my brother! Total cost to revamp: £49.89 - 11p under budget!

Thanks, I love my new bathroom, and I love my free alone adult time even better!

Jade x
Everyone needs a new DVD now and again in their lives don't they!? Even the children like Spud who have over 200 DVD's, somehow they can always make the time and space for a new one, and when we was offered the chance to review a new DVD out on the market called Sky Force, as soon as I said to Spud would you like a new animated plane DVD to review, he asked no questions before very quickly replying with a very loud YES! Signature Entertainment have very kindly put aside 3 copies of Sky Force on DVD for 3 of my lucky readers/visitors to win! Read on for your chance of owning your very own copy.

Sky Force is a animated children and family film based on flying, talking planes, it's directed by Tony Tang. No humans are in the movie, just planes and robots (I'm pretty sure they're robots!). The film concentrates on Ace who is a member of a team called Sky Force. Sky Force are a team of planes who help other's in need, the plane version of emergency services, the film starts out with a plane trapped in a lock up with a fire surrounding him, Sky Force are called to help save the scared plane.

Ace ignores his captains demands to not go ahead with a rescue mission which the Captain deems to dangerous, whilst Ace attempts to rescue his friend, Captain follows Ace to try and help in the rescue, only sadly Captain doesn't make it out alive and sadly passes away, plane style of course. Ace is taken to the plane hospital and decides to leave Sky Force for a dreary job in cargo hauling.

Ace soon realises cargo hauling is not the right job for him and his robot Fred, Ace is planning on going to find his cargo hauling boss to tell him he is leaving the job, only Ace roams out in the worse snow storm in over 70 years, what's worse is the season is meant to be summer! Ace finds his cargo boss and ask where his colleagues are, only to be told by his horrid boss they are working, in the snow blizzard!

Ace quickly learns his friends are in danger and tries to rescue them in the midst of the snow storm with Fred, only there is too much to do and so many planes and robots to rescue. Luckily Sky Force turn up to help save the day, with Sky Force, Fred and Ace all working together, they are able to release the locked up cold and on the brink planes and robots and guide them to safety. Ace now knows he should of listened to Captain at Sky Force, he knows he has learned valuable lessons and rejoins Sky Force where he soon becomes captain, a happy ending after all.

Sky Force is rated PG and it's running time is 91 minutes long. I did find myself distracted a few times, Spud really enjoyed the film and has watched it at least three times since we received it. Sky Force wouldn't be my first choice of a children's filmed purely because of the time, trying to keep a younger child quiet and still for 91 minutes maybe a little difficult. 

Sky Force is available to pre-order now for release on August 5th from Amazon, Sainsburys and Zavvi.

To find out more about Signature Entertainment and other new and upcoming films, check out the official website here, find them on Facebook here or you can follow them on Twitter here.

To be in with your chance of winning 1 of 3 copies of Sky Force on DVD check out the competition here.

Jada x
Unique Young Mum turns one year old on Firday the 2nd of August and to celebrate my blogaversary, Signature Entertainment have very kindly put 3 copies of Sky Force on DVD aside for 3 of my lucky readers/visitor's to win. Me and Spud have reviewed Sky Force which you can read here

After running a number of competitions, I am noticing some of you are NOT following the rules, to have your fair chance of winning please do read the requirements, simply writing a comment saying I'd love to win this is not what I have asked!

Enter the competition via the Rafflecopter below.

Good luck,
Jade :)

With all the lovely weather we've had recently, me and Spud was delighted to receive a hamper full of outdoor toys from Wilkinson and thanks to the great people at Wilkinson, one of my lucky readers/visitors can win a hamper full of fun outdoor toys for themselves!

We received the following;

1 x Wilko Play Boom Bat Set Multi-Coloured - £4
Colours may vary - suitable for ages 3+

Assorted summer toys 2 for £6.

1 x Wilko Play Catch 'Em Out Game - £4
Colours may vary - Suitable for ages 3+

Assorted summer toys 2 for £6.

1 x Wilko Play Cricket Set Multi-Coloured - £4
Colours may vary - Suitable for ages 3+
Assorted summer toys 2 for £6.

1 x Wilko Play Monster Stilts Orange - £4
Suitable for ages 3+
Assorted summer toys 2 for £6.

1 x Wilko Play Stunt Kite Nylon Multi-Coloured - £4
Colours may vary - Suitable for ages 3+

Assorted summer toys 2 for £6.

1 x Wilko Play Gardening Set - £4
Suitable for ages 3+

Assorted summer toys 2 for £6.
As me and Spud live in a flat (something I desperately wish I could change!) I'm very grateful that at least twice a month someone in the family has a BBQ or get together. To celebrate my sister's last twenty birthday, my brother and his partner had a BBQ yesterday (28th of July) and I took the opportunity to get the games out for the children to play with. 

My oldest nephew Big Man and Spud playing Catch Em' Out
I didn't take the gardening set as I thought I would save this for Grandad's house where Spud has previously planted his own flowers, I did take the cricket set, but due to the fact two of the three babies/toddlers were around, we thought we would save the cricket set for the park.

My oldest nephew Big Man, Spud, Little Big Man and Baby Boo with my brother in law getting the kite ready.
All of the games went down equally as well as each other with the children, and even the adults had a go on the orange monster stilts and the kite with my second eldest brother Paul taking the opportunity to sing 'lets go fly a kite'!

My brother helping Baby Boo on the monster stilts.
All of the outdoor toys we was sent was suitable for ages 3+ and each set/item cost £4 but Wilko have an offer on where a lot of their outdoor toys including all of the items we were sent are 2 for £6 saving you £2 if you was to buy two of the items.

Baby Boy and Baby Boo waiting for someone to pass them the ball!
Even the two babies/toddlers got involved, not that they could play the actual games properly, but they still enjoyed the colours and the idea of swapping the bats with each other every couple of minutes!

Spud having a go on the Monster Stilts, with Baby Boo looking at me to say really, more pictures paparazzi! 
All of the children present had something to do, weather playing alone with the stilts or the kite, or if they was playing together against each other, I think we lost the balls a few times, but when doesn't that happen with ball games!? Even professional footballers lose the ball in the live TV matches!

Big Man having a go on the Monster Stilts.
You can find all of the items we was sent online where you can order them to be delivered to your home for a small delivery charge, or you can order items online and get them delivered to your local Wilko store for free.

Baby Boy trying to play a game alone bless him.
To find out more about Wilko (also known as Wilkinson) or to browse their product range, you can check out the official website here, find them on Facebook here or follow them on Twitter here.

For your chance to win all of the 6 outdoor toys/games we received, make sure you check out the competition here.

Until next time,

Jada x
Wilko sent me and Spud a great range of outdoor garden toys/games to try out, you can check out the post here of the fab items we received. The lovely team over at Wilko have very kindly joined up with me to celebrate Unique Young Mum turning one on Friday the 2nd of August and they have put aside a hamper worth £24 for one of my lucky readers/visitors to win, to find out what will be in your box, do check out the post here.

To enter this competition you MUST either follow Wilko on Twitter (preferred option, gives extra entries) or like their Wilko fanpage, of course if you have both Twitter and Facebook then you can do both and stock up on those entries! All my terms and conditions say on all my competition giveaways that you must like on Facebook for both Unique Young Mum and the company in question, or follow on Twitter for both Unique Young Mum and the company in question anyway as who does not have one type of social media platforms these days?

After running a number of competitions, I am noticing some of you are NOT following the rules, to have your fair chance of winning please do read the requirements, simply writing a comment saying I'd love to win this is not what I have asked!

Good luck,
Jade :)

Do you know what really annoys me about today's toy industry, is the fact that 75% of items out their are clearly labelled or perceived for a certain sex, what happened to toys being unisex? Suitable for both boys and girls to play with? Why can't they make a toy microwave in blue as well as pink? Why can't they make shopping baskets blue as well as pink? Does this mean boys who grow into men should never cook? Does it also mean boys than grow into men never shop?

Baby Boo turned 2 last month (June 10th) and his most favourite kind of toy to interact with is anything he can push. Some of my readers know I am with my sister for a few hours everyday to help her out with her boys (Little Big Man has ASD - Aspergers Syndrome). When shopping in Toys R Us for Baby Boo's second birthday presents, we really was annoyed that everything a child could push, toy lawnmowers, toy trolleys, toy buggies were all pink. 

Baby Boo is a boy, my sister by preference would prefer him to play with primary colours which are suitable for both boys and girls. Needless to say we couldn't find anything Baby Boo could push in a boys colour so my sister ended up getting him a pink toy stroller, before the stroller come along it was his now too small baby walker, and now Neil the Seal has come along, both the walker and stroller have been donated to the local charity shop, much to my sisters delight.

Baby Boo and Neil the Seal.
Neil the Seal is from the TOMY Play to Learn range, it's suitable for ages 18 months + and host a number of benefits for both children and adults, the adult benefits is no batteries are required, meaning you pay a one off price and don't end up spending a fortune on batteries over the toys lifetime, it's also a bonus to know, no songs are going to be repeated constantly, which can become distracting for an adult. Neil the Seal does make a little noise which my sister thinks is due to the roller and the magnets used to operate Neil but its nothing distracting or ear killing, just a light clicking noise which didn't seem to bother Baby Boo.

Smiling for a picture with his new favourite toy!
 Neil the Seal comes in a box with just two pieces needing putting together, much to a parents delight when the child is going through the terrible two impatient stage (like Baby Boo)! Neil the Seal comes with a ball (making it feel very realistic as we all know real seals love to play with a ball!) that Neil magnetically picks up the ball with his flippers once he is pushed close enough to it. Neil then magically balances the ball on his nose and once your child starts pushing Neil the Seal, the ball magically spins around on his nose until the pushing movement is stopped.

Walking/pushing Neil the Seal.
I mention colours quite a lot in my reviews and that's because on a child care course done, we studied colours within children. I believe to draw not only a child into a product but also a purchasing adult, the colours on a product have to be bright but bold at the same time, not eye avoiding but colours we can set are eyes on for a while. Neil the Seal consists of the following colours; pale blue, green, yellow and orange, Neil's ball consist of two colours which are pink and yellow.

Hand to eye co-ordination.
Although Baby Boo can now walk by himself, Neil the Seal helped him walk without a very much noticeable wobble, Neil also helps with hand to eye co-ordination, something that is crucial for a child's development in learning as we use our hands to pick up items all the time.

TOMY Neil the Seal is available to buy with a suggested RRP of £20 from The Entertainer, Amazon and Woolworths with more places stocking it I'm sure very soon.

To find out more about TOMY and their Play to Learn range plus much more, check out the official TOMY website here.
Everyone's been talking about the Royal baby excessively for the last couple of weeks, what sex would the baby be, I wonder how much the baby would weigh, oh and what would they call our future King or Queen.

When Trotters sent me a release of their beautiful baby gifts, I secretly wished I was pregnant, just so I could purchase the beautiful items my eyes were glaring at. Then a idea popped into my head, I may not be pregnant, but someone very close to me, my favourite cousin Karla, who is like my 4th sister and best friend all rolled into one! I wrote back to the lovely folkes at Trotter's and was delighted when a beautiful baby book arrived on my doorstep, well technically it arrived in my hand by the postman as it wouldn't fit through the door.

Karla's baby is due late December, a Christmas baby maybe!? If any of you have read my Monsters University post on Monday, you would of seen it was Karla's birthday, it was also the day the Royal baby, a baby boy named George made his entrance into the world, perfect match timing indeed. The Trotters book which is sat perfectly in its presentation box, which is wrapped in beautiful Trotters tissue paper & all held in a wonderful Trotters gift bag is for Karla's baby, Karla's birthday is 22nd of July and the Royal baby was born on the 22nd of July, how mad is that!

Now to introduce you to this lovely book Trotters have brought out, this vintage book is an absolute masterpiece, its a very special book that I hope my future God baby takes good care of when he or she is older. The Our Baby's Book arrived in a beautiful Trotter's gift back, hand died with a silky white ribbon with the book itself wrapped in Trotter's tissue paper.

In celebration of the Royal Baby Trotters, the Duke and Duchess’s local children’s store, has published its first ever book to record all those special new baby moments. Parents can fill the pages with photographs and memories, to cherish the first years of baby's life. Beautifully hand 
illustrated and presented in its own delightful gift box it makes the ideal new baby gift.

The book is truely special and so beautifully hand illustrated it makes you want to not write in it!

The book has a number of pages for the parent/parents to fill out including family tree's, my first and other special milestones that should be recorded!

 Our Baby's Book was first printed in 1951 and was then reprinted in 2013, this book is not just a special memory holder, but also a remarkable keepsake.

Trotters say: 
“When we first saw the original copy of this baby journal, we fell in love with it. Sadly it was out of print and unavailable for publication so we decided to re-publish it ourselves, keeping faith with the original hand drawings and beautiful design.”

Trotters Our Baby's Book is available to buy for £14.99 from Trotters stores and online.

To find out more about Trotters and to check out their fabulous range, visit the official website here, find them on Facebook here or follow them on Twitter here.

Until next time,
Jada x
Monsters University the film all Disney fan's are talking about at the moment, the film all Monster's Inc fans are raving about and the film me and Spud went to see at the cinema yesterday (read are review of the film here) has officially been released and Spin Master have a range of fabulous toys they have released for all mini fans of MU (Monsters University) and Monsters Inc.

Spin Master very kindly sent Spud a selection of their Monsters University range, I think they know how mad Spud is with Disney, its safe to say he's quite obsessed! First up for review from Spin Master is this very big, fun, clever, funky and cool Sulley monster mask, and thanks to Spin Master, one of my lucky readers/visitors can enter the competition for your chance to win a mask of your very own!

Spud picked up the mask out of the range we was sent straight away, the familiar face of Sulley caught his attention and he was sure he wanted to review this first. The mask is very impressive, not like the cheap tacky mask you get for Halloween, the mask is strong and sturdy and has velcro straps for fastening the mask on your child's head correctly, or if your like me, and keen to try it out yourself, it even fits adult heads too!

The mask is soft and fluffy and is identical to the Sulley we all know and love, the mask looks really big to look at but the clever folks who designed it have made the back of the mask smaller on the inside for the child's face to fit into. Using the velcro straps attached, you then simply fasten the straps to where you want them to be held in place and watch as your child transforms into Sulley instantly.

What we both love most about this mask is its moving features, thanks to the elastic inside the mask, if your child opens their mouth, or even moves their mouth, Sulley's mouth automatically opens and his eyebrows move too enabling your child to create fun, scary and memorable faces! When Spud was playing around with the mask roaring away at me, I couldn't help but giggle, it was amazing to see the moving features of the mask.

I tried the mask on myself and could see very clearly out of it, I didn't feel suffocated and felt like I could breath perfectly normal out of it, even in the hot heated weather we have been blessed with recently! I do have a video of Spud that I will add to this post tomorrow, it was too large to upload via the netbook hence why it's not here at the moment.

I have placed one of my fingers behind the eye area so you can see how visible the viewing is. You can
also see how big the nostrils on the mask are enabling your child to breath safely. 
The Sulley Monster Mask suitable for ages 3+ is available to buy with a suggested RRP of £24.99 from The Disney Store, The Entertainer, Smyths Toys, ELC, Tesco, Toys R Us and many more places.

To find out more about Spin Master check out the official website here.

For your chance to win a Spin Master Monsters University Sulley Monster Mask, enter the competition here.

Jada x