Its that time of the week when I reflect on what we have been up to in my biweekly #LittleLoves post. Life hasn’t really slowed down at all. I often find that on the run up to a holiday things get a little bit mental. Both with work, the blog and family. In fact because we are getting close to the end of term it seems extra worse. Five days and counting…

So I have been continuing my research into what we will do while away. But I also went a bit crazy online and ordered several travel books which I had had my eye on for a while. Including The Bucket List 1000 Adventures Big & Small which I am slightly addicted to. I am pretty addicted to reading or rather looking at pretty travel pictures at the moment. I cant work out if its the weather or if its becoming an addiction! I also brought a fab new book which I am hoping to read some of while I am away…. if the boys let me.

Ive been watching all the video clips from when Monkey and I went to Barcelona. The posts have been written for a while but I haven’t got round to putting photos in them. Plus I still need to make the video. This week Monkey asked if we could go away again on our own so I its reminded me to spend some time putting those special memories together. I am really not sure where to visit though as he says he wants to do it this year and with no school holiday time left it would have to be in the UK. City break suggestions in the comments please… I am thinking maybe Edinburgh.

Kipper has been going to Music Bus now for two terms. In the last couple of weeks he’s started really looking forward to it. Singing along to some of the songs in the back of the car on the way there and constantly asking to go. All we need to do now is to actually get him to join in at the session…..!!!

This week Hubby and I made our first vlog together. Although he doesn’t really appear in it other than his hands in the cooking process it was an interesting experience making one together. I won’t tell you how many takes it took! If you would like to check it out Ive linked it below:

Last weekend we had a pretty perfect weekend. Visiting the beach on Saturday before going to the  Lavender Fields and Strawberry Picking on Sunday. It was a pretty perfect weekend, despite a certain two year old refusing to play ball with the one photo I wanted in the lavender. A photo of the three of us. But then thats two year olds… Monkey on the other hand was more than obliging and I managed to catch this photo below. In it he’s wearing his new favourite boots from Emu Australia. They Kindly sent both boys a pair. Kipper’s are lions which are equally as cool!

With our holiday fast approaching (its mad to think that this time next week we will be there), I have been starting to think about packing. Both the boys like to play on tablets and phones. Although the flight is only two and a half hours I know we are going to have to work hard to keep Kipper in his seat. Two year olds don’t like to sit still and then theres the transfer at the other end. Thats where our new VARTA Slim Power Bank 6000 comes in. Not only will charge up to 2.5 phones or 1 tablet. I can also use it for my digital camera! Which is a life saver for me as its the one thing I always seem to forget to do. I love the way it looks and its so slim it fits into a coat pocket, the inside pocket of my handbag or in the nappy change roll. Its also compliant with the UN 38.3, which guarantees safety in transporting dangerous goods by land, sea and air.
We have a couple of camping weekends coming up over the Summer. Which this will be perfect for and is actually marketed as the perfect power bank for a weekend away. Our new camping light is powered by USB so I intend on using it with that too. I know we are going to get so much use out of it.  If you fancy your own then you can buy one from Amazon or why not enter via my giveaway via Gleam below. The lovely people at VARTA are giving my readers the chance to win their own. Please note the T&Cs

VARTA Slim Power Bank 6000

  • Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and receive a VARTA Slim Power Bank 6000
  • The competition will close on 20th August at midnight
  • The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address

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  1. So useful; I’m always running out of power when I most need to use my phone

  2. These are super cool and I’ve always wanted one of some sort but have never had the money for one. I’m a mum who is constantly taking pictures – I like to capture the special moments and have them printed out. The kids are getting to the point where they mostly don’t pose any more, so I have to just get lucky to get a photo with a smile. All this drains my battery so quickly though which is awful as the phone charge won’t last a full beach day, so this would be so handy. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Chris Andrews Reply

    this would be a godsend if l were lucky enough to win, so many places l’d use it

  4. Joanne Matthews Reply

    I’m getting married 4 weeks today, this would be very perfect for both my wedding day and honeymoon!

  5. iain maciver Reply

    perfect giveaway always handy to have some backup power ,could use this everywhere

  6. M.M. Watchman Reply

    I am travelling all summer to make sure my son is getting all the therapy he needs. Backup power would be very useful

  7. Nigel Soper Reply

    A great and very useful prize – great giveaway – thanks

  8. anthony harrington Reply

    excellent! so handy have even used them indoors in an emergency when couldn’t wait to be charged!

  9. Isabell Whitenstall Reply

    Its so easy forget to charge your phone, at least it is for me, so a power bank would make my life less stressful.

  10. Jan Davies Reply

    Would love to win one of these (then I wouldn’t have to keep borrowing other people’s).
    By the way, your Guernsey video really made me want to go!

  11. chantelle hazelden Reply

    Due you know I’ve never visited any lavender fields!

  12. Great giveaway – hope it’s me! – I’d save it for a Christmas present x

  13. Rosemary Tily Reply

    If you have a memory like mine it would be essential – it’s usually only at the last minute that I realise my mobile is running low on battery!

  14. Rosemary Tily Reply

    Lavender Fields and Strawberry Picking! What a lovely combination for an outing!

  15. Oh this sounds great I need one of these. Sounds like a great trip to Barcelona with just monkey. Bet those are memories that will last forever. can’t wait to see it.

  16. carrie wilford Reply

    great for when u go out and play Pokemon and u run out of battery 🙂

  17. Ooh what book are you taking away? I need a new one for my holidays! Oh yes Edinburgh is beautiful, my home city of Liverpool is pretty amazing too (slightly biased!)

    Have a great holiday, looking forward to hearing about it all x

  18. At the Lavender photo is just beautiful, I am the same with Vlogs I have 4 to do I hate editing but my Mac is only 4g I need to upgrade it. And I would be totally lost without my power bank x

  19. I like the idea of having a power bank. It would be really useful.

  20. Laura Turner Reply

    Pet hate, getting stuck out and about without enough battery and no-where to charge. This sounds like a life-saver.

  21. Christine Caple Reply

    This would be very useful for me, my phone’s battery isn’t the best!

  22. adrian price Reply

    this would be handy for me as im always letting my phone run flat

  23. wow this would be really useful, certainly with my camera and phone. I’m always concerned about running out of battery. Thanks for the interesting blog post

  24. Dominique Ralf Reply

    Would be brilliant for charging up at holidays and festivals. I would probably be having to lend them out for family too.

  25. Sylvia Paul Reply

    This would come in soo handy for my Daughter to take to uni x

  26. Anthea Holloway Reply

    I would love to win this – so useful especially when travelling.

  27. Rebecca Whatmore (@0zzyhog) Reply

    I desperately need one of these! I am always going out and forgetting to charge my phone. Would so really useful when travelling in the car as I would feel safer knowing I have a lot of power in an emergency and for holidays too. Great blog.

  28. Katie Walker Reply

    This would be perfect for my sister she is always running out of battery !

  29. betsy ferguson Reply

    I hope that you had/have a great time on your holidays, and get a lot of use out of the gadget – would love to win tis xx

  30. Hayley Todd Reply

    This would be absolutely perfect for camping trips and festivals!

  31. my phone always uses up lots of battery lately so this would be great

  32. Kim Neville Reply

    Come in very handy when out and About. Have been caught out a few times

  33. Karen Walder Reply

    Just back from a weekend camping and i could have done with this!

  34. Fiona jk42 Reply

    This would be handy for when we drive down to visit our daughter and granddaughter, and the phone runs out of battery just when we need to use it to find an alternative route due to a traffic jam.

  35. Natalie Crossan Reply

    this’d be perfect for me as my phone is constantly running out of battery!

  36. Janine Houghton Reply

    My husband keeps going on about buying one of these, so would love to win it for him

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