Top 5 Christmas Songs

There are so many fantastically festive Christmas songs to choose for and its been really hard narrowing down my favourites. But here they are my top 5!

  1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You.

2. Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone.

3. The Pogues – Fairytales Of New York.

4. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.

5. Brenda Lee – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.

Tristan & Lewis’ Top 3 Christmas Songs

I asked the boys what their favourites were and surprisingly enough they agreed on all 3!

    1. Frosty the Snowman
    1. Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer
  1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

What are your favourite Christmas song? Leave me a comment and let me know.


Atrium Heart of Beauty.

As an entrepreneur BusyLazyMum.co.uk love to support local businesses.

Atrium: Heart of Beauty is a home based beauty salon in Beechwood, Wirral ran by the lovely Jen. She offers a range of treatments and is fantastic with a make up brush.

I was offered a complementary lash lift for the purpose of this review. As I’ve never had this type of treatment before Jen performed a skin test a few days before and with no reaction we went ahead with the treatment. Jen was very calm and talked me through the process and gently reminded me that I needed to keep my eyes closed for the duration – which didn’t come naturally to me but she was very patient. I left Atrium: Heart of Beauty with lovely long curly lashes which I never thought could be achieved without some type of false lash.  I was and still am amazed!


I have booked in a coupe more treatments with Jen at Atrium: Heart of Beauty simple because she was fantastic! You can book an appointment at Atrium: Heart of Beauty via Facebook here or by contacting Jen on 07951372277

Blogmas: Day 3 – Santa Dash

Today, Sunday 3rd December the Santa Dash take place up and down the country. Our nearest is in Liverpool which is the UK’s biggest and best festive 5k begins at 9.30am. The Mini Dash 1k for under 12’s will begin around 11am.

Last year my husband Alan took part in the 5k Santa Dash for the ?? time. He then went on to do the Mini Dash with Tristan & Lewis who absolutely loved it. It was their first run and they were absolutely made up when they received their medals.

The Santa Dash is a fun event for all the family to enjoy the festivities, keep fit and a great way to raise funds and awareness for a charity of your choice, you can find details of future runs in Liverpool at BTRLiverpool.com.

Unfortunately due to other plans we are unable to attend this year however BusyLazyMum would like to wish all the runners lots of luck and have fun. I’m already looking forward to next years Santa Dash and who knows maybe I might run it myself.

Blogmas Day 2: Letters from Santa


Every year the elf brings the letter to Santa pack for the boys to send off to Santa. They write their little lists before this, but this is THE official letter to Santa. In the past he never wrote back.

Last year Santa wrote back thanks to Letter From Santa and this year I have the pleasure of working with them.

Letter From Santa offer personalised letters available in 3 designs. The letters are personalised by adding the child’s name, gender, age, friend or family member & their desired present.

Letter from Santa also offer a package in which you receive your personalised letter and an activity pack.

I have secured my lovely readers a 10% discount when you enter ‘B814’ before 17th December.

I receive a small commission when this code is used.


Black Friday

*This post contains affiliate links*

If you don’t know that today is Black Friday have you been hiding under a rock??? The vast majority of shops and retailers are having some form of Black Friday Event.

I’m going to link to some pages that I think will be useful to my readers and also share what I think are great deals!


Amazon have a so many Black Friday deals, it’s hard to pick a  few to share.

Black Friday Toy Deals with up to 50% off

Essentials probably aren’t on your mind for Black Friday but you could save a fortune.

I’ve just saved a fortune on our dog food which I usually from Amazon anyway. It usually varies in price between £20-£25 and it’s on offer at £15.50 BUT there’s also a subscribe and save offer which reduces the price to £14.73 and our dog food will automatically be ordered and delivered at that price every 3 months. There’s up to 40% off selected Pet Food.


You can view all of Argos’s Black Friday Deals Here.

One of the best deals I’ve spotted here is PS4 Slim Black 500GB Console Bundle with FIFA 18 and 2 additional games for £199.99.


B&M are offering 20% off all toys.


Groupon are offering up to 75% off in their Black Friday Event.

Muscle Foods

Muscle Foods have some great deals on at the moment. We will certainly be placing an order, their meat hampers are fantastic and last for ages! You can find their Black Friday Deals here.


Smyths have a download & print voucher £6 off when you spend £50 or £12 off when you spend £100 on their website and also lots of Black Friday Special Offers.

Toys R Us

Toys R Us have an up to half price sale.


Travelodge are offering 30% off selected stays when you use code ‘BLACKFRIDAY17’ at checkout. Code expires on Monday 27th November.


Very have their Black Friday Event with offers in all departments.

One of the best deals I have found and personally taken advantage of is this Tefal Actifry Plus at £84.99 from £209.99. We received an Actifry for Christmas a few years ago and it is fantastic.


If you use these offers feel free to pop back and share your bargain buys or if you’ve found a deal that I haven’t shared feel free to send me a comment or message and I’ll add it to the list.


Enjoy Shopping 🙂

Educational Quizzes Review

Educational Quizzes

*Sponsored Post*

This half term I was given the fantastic opportunity of trying out the Educational Quizzes website with my boys , Tristan aged 6 and Lewis aged 4.


A Little About Educational Quizzes.

Educational Quizzes is a monthly subscription designed to help children be successful at school by making the school curriculum easy and enjoyable. The quizzes written by teachers cover curriculum from Key Stage 1 all the way up to GCSE Level. The subscription costs £9.95 per month and can be cancelled at any time. Educational Quizzes are conscious that not everyone is able to afford the monthly subscription and for this reason schools can sign up students from as little as £2 per year which is a tiny price to pay for more engagement with parents.

How we got on.

I logged into Educationalquizzes.com and selected Key Stage 1 quizzes. I then let the boys have free reign on my laptop and Tristan being more IT savvy took the lead. He chose to try the 2 times tables questionnaire and loved that it automatically told him if he’d got it right or not when he chose an answer. He was very proud to tell me that he’d got 9/10. Next he did a mixed times tables and got a bit frustrated when he was getting more wrong. I know he hasn’t done all the times tables in school yet so this didn’t worry me. If he had then it would of highlighted areas which we could practice at home. Tristan also tried the spellings quiz however found this a bit tricky as he didn’t know what the sentence was supposed to say and couldn’t get his head around the fact he had to read the answers and pick which one was right. Educational Quizzes may I suggest an option to hear audio of the sentence to help the younger children?

As Lewis isn’t very IT savvy and he can’t read just yet I decided to do some quizzes with him. We did the ‘Counting on from a given number.’ I was quite impressed as Lewis is only 4 and with a bit of talking it through got 8 out of 10. We also did the ‘Alphabet (big and Small – Upper and Lower Case Letters 1’ quiz and this was great for Lewis as he’s at that stage where he is recognising and sounding out letters everywhere.

Overall View

I thought the Educational Quizzes website is a great resource for children, parents and schools. I’m not sure if I’d pay the  £9.95 subscription fee on a monthly basis but I definitely think it’s something I would use to keep my boys learning throughout the summer holidays. I think educational quizzes are a great resource to link school and home education and I am fully behind schools taking out the subscription for their students.

BusyLazyMum.co.uk is 1!

Today 28th October 2017 I celebrate 1 year of BusyLazyMum.co.uk. I thought I’d celebrate my blogging birthday with a little post looking over what we’ve achieved in our first year and our goals for the next quarter.

I’ll be honest my first year hasn’t gone to plan. I haven’t posted as often as I’d like to of but I’m happy with what I have achieved from the amount of work I have put in.

My Statistics

Blog Statistics

8277 Visitors

29184 Visits

My most viewed post is Christmas Opening Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale which had 2,952 views.

DA 13

Social Statistics

Facebook – 125 likes

Twitter – 156 followers –

Instagram – 62 followers

Pinterest – 23 followers

As you can see I have focused more on Facebook and Twitter and my following shows this.

Please feel free to click the links above to like or follow us across social media.

My favourite posts

  1. Boost Your Income with: Mystery Shopping.
  2. Allergy Awareness Week 2017: My Experience.
  3. Christmas Open Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale.
  4. £15 Holidays with The Sun.
  5. Chester Zoo Annual Pass Review.

My Sponsored Posts

I have been fortunate enough to have had a few opportunities in my first year to do sponsored posts.

  1. Valentines Day Gift For All The Family – Sponsored by Panasonic.
  2. Educational Quizzes Subscription Review – Sponsored by EducationalQuizzes.com

Goals for the first quarter of year 2.

  • Reach 10,000 visitors.
  • Focus my social media efforts on Pinterest and Instagram to reach 100 followers on each. Whilst also increasing my Facebook and Twitter followers to 200 each.
  • Increasing my DA

To help me reach my goals I intend to rebrand the BusyLazyMum.co.uk site and implement everything I am learning from The Genius Bloggers Toolkit. I will also implement what I have learnt from my giveaway prize of a blog audit by Jenna Farmer at thebloglancer.co.uk. I will also be co-hosting the #Blogstravaganza Linky in December so keep a look out for me.

Christmas Open Weekend at Inspirations Wholesale.

Inspirations wholesale Christmas BusyLazyMum

I heard of Inspirations Wholesale in Bromborough a long time ago and unfortunately never got round to popping in. When I found out about their Christmas open weekend via Facebook I knew this would be the perfect opportunity for me to pop in and have a nosey and I am so glad I did!I wasn’t quite sure where Inspirations was but found it relatively easily. I was shocked by the sheer size of the building! I wasn’t expecting a little shop but was expecting something less than half the size, it was huge!! We went in and they were offering drinks and cake for a donation to Macmillan Cancer Support which I thought was a brilliant idea!I love Christmas and love to make it special for our boys. I like to have themes when we decorate for Christmas and recent years have been quite bland. So I have been in search of some inspiration to make our first Christmas in our own home that extra bit special. Inspirations Wholesale have so many stunning themes I am stuck for choice!Inspirations wholesale Christmas BusyLazyMum

We went in and the boys were so excited to see all the trees and the colours. There was a wreath making display which Tristan watched eagerly and asked if we could make one. I promised to do one nearer Christmas so watch this space – I’m not very artistic so it might turn into an epic fail but it’s worth a try, and thanks to Inspirations we have an idea of where to start.

We wondered around the colourful displays and came to their Facebook frame competition, which there was a short queue for. The boys got involved and used the Christmassy props provided. Good luck to everyone that entered! The prize is a £50 gift voucher to spend in store. I love the elf hat Lewis is wearing its £9.99 + VAT and you can buy it here.

We then went for a wonder along the aisles where the non display items were and the boys started to get a bit bored. So we only had a short wonder and then left. I thought these elf signs were great and will 100% be adding one to our decorations this year. Which one though? Decisions Decision! You can buy them for £3.75+VAT here

The boys both loved the elf trees. Although Tristan said he loved the upside down tree too.  As the elf comes to stay with us throughout December we will probably be buying most of this range in the near future.

It’s safe to say that when it’s a bit closer to Christmas and my ‘Christmas is ages away’ Scrooge husband has found his Christmas spirit we will be returning and I shudder to think how much we will spend – not because it’s expensive because everything I saw was very reasonably priced, but because I will want to buy it all!

You can view some of Inspirations Wholesale stock on their website here and follow them on Facebook here.




Thrive: Feel Stress Free App









For the past month or so I have had the privilege of trying out the Thrive app which is for mental health conditions. I personally don’t deal with stress very well and have been told by both my GP and a counsellor that I suffer from mild situational anxiety.  I have chosen not to treat this and try lifestyle changes instead, so I jumped at the chance of giving this app a try.

Background Info
Thrive – Feel Stress Free is a subscription service app. It is designed by psychiatrists and psychologists to help to gradually build resilience to and manage stress, anxiety and mild depression using clinically proven techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. Subscription costs can be paid monthly £5.99, quarterly £14.97 and yearly £47.88.

We have negotiated a FREE TRIAL for our readers and you can find the code and a link I subscribe at the bottom of this post.

The App itself

When you first log into Thrive – Feel Stress Free each day it will ask you how you feel and what has contributed to you feeling this way.






Once you have answered these the app will give you some goals based on what you have told it.  As you can see from the goals provided in the image below I had answered questions suggesting that I hadn’t done much exercise or been very social recently.






The menu’s come in island forms and the main island is the first which includes the following options:

Thrive feel stresss free

– Thrive
Gives you direct access to the Thrive website

– Breathing
Takes you to the Calm Breathing exercise where you can choose aa duration of a few minutes and it will provide an exercise.


– Meditation
The meditation tab takes you to a new menu. Where you can choose from Meditations, Sensory, Mindful Body Scan, Mindful Earth and Mindful Walk. Each option talks you through an exercise where you think about your breathing, your positioning and the sensations you can feel.


– Deep Muscle

This takes you to deep muscle relaxation another excersise which talks you through tensing your muscles and then relaxing and controlling your breathing.


-Self Suggestion

allows you to link a word or statement to a state of relaxation and requires you to have previously completed the deep muscle relaxation exercises.

– Message in a bottle.

From time to time you will find inspiring and motivational quotes wash up on your island.






Moving to the second island menu you get 2 new options:






– Zen Garden

This allows you to draw in the sand and add different accessories.






– Zen Challenge

This is a game which you join the buckets together by drawing in the sand.






Moving to the third island you get 4 new options:






– Message

write a message in a bottle and help motivate someone else.

– Progress

Everything you do on Thrive – Feel Stress Free is logged and you can check your progress here.

– Mood Meter

Asks you questions and gives you an idea of if you are suffering with anxiety or depression and how severe it is. I remember I was asked these questions by my counsellor at every session with her few years ago, so they aren’t just random questions with no purpose. The app uses these answers to suggest a plan and produces goals for you.






– Wellbeing 

Further information on your problems and things to change or work on.






My View

I thought the app was very good, as you can see explained above it contains a lot of support and different things to try. I personally found it quite hard to become a habit or routine. When I was stressed or feeling a bit anxious it wasn’t my first thought to do some calm breathing or to meditate, but I think that over a longer period of time it would help ease a stressful or anxious situation.

Try Thrive – Feel Stress Free with a 1 month trial by clicking here and entering the following coupon STRESSFREE0917.

Disclosure: I have received this app in return for advertising and this post includes affiliate links.


Butlins Christmas Fantasy Weekend

We took advantage of The Sun Holidays earlier in the year and booked the Christmas Fantasy Weekend at Butlins Skegness for the 16th – 19th December. On top of the £9.50 per person we paid an extra £80 for entertainment passes, gas & electric.  In the spring we had been upgraded to Silver accommodation using The Sun Holidays; this time we were not.

Checking In

Check-in was relatively easy via a drive-thru check in. We had a ground floor apartment in Lagoon Bay, approximately 500 yards from an entrance to the skyline and approximately 800 yards from the beach.


Standard accommodation was very basic as was its cleanliness. The bedsheets had stains on, shower ceiling had dead flies on and there was dust and cobwebs on the ceilings. We didn’t expect standard accommodation to spotless, so this met our expectations. (We brought our  own sheets just in case).

All-inclusive Activities

The Butlins Fairground was great and we spent a lot of time here as the boys loved it. We went for a swim at Splash Waterworld twice whilst we were there, it was really good there were lots the boys could do but it was also very busy. We spent a lot of time in the arcades. The play areas kept the boys entertained when we stopped for a drink in one of the many restaurants and cafes. The beach was lovely and quiet. There were lots of photo opportunities around the site where the boys posed for photos.

Live Shows (all inclusive)

Each day there were different puppet shows in the Butlins Skyline Pavilion, there were quite short but great for young children with a shorter attention span. They got all the children involved with songs or ‘he’s behind you’ interaction.

Friday evening’s show was a magician which the boys loved.
On Saturday there was a pantomime called Aladdin rocks which was really good, they got all the audience involved and there was a little adult humour subtly thrown in.
Sunday afternoon there was wrestling in the pavilion, I was a little dubious about this as watching people get hit and thrown about isn’t something that interests me and I thought it might be sending the wrong messages to the boys. I think I was just being over sensitive though as they loved it and would excitedly cheer on the ‘good guy.’

Optional Extras

You could pay a little extra to play adventure golf, ten pin bowling, take a ride on the go karts and the aerial adventures. We didn’t use any of the extras this time as there were plenty of other things to do at Butlins that were all inclusive.. I did surprise Alan with a massage at The Spa and when we met up with him after he looked so much more relaxed – definitely money well spent.

Santa’s Grotto

We went to see Santa at his grotto in Butlins which was included in the price. We had been given a time slot when we checked in and this helped keep the queue at bay, there was a short wait but it would have been hectic if they’d done first come, first served. As we got to the front of the queue we told the elf that Tristan is dairy-free and he said that shouldn’t be a problem. Went off and came back and told us it was fine. We went in and saw Santa & Mrs Clause and we posed for a group photo taken by Mrs Clause. Tristan received a large bag of Haribo and Lewis received a selection box.

Ice Skating

Before this weekend I had never been ice skating as I’ve always had a fear of falling over and having my fingers chopped off by the blades. I know that probably sounds crazy but I have a something called hypersensitivity which is basically seeing the risks and the worst outcome and then being overprotective, so ice skating was a really big deal for me. Alan talked me into it and the boys were really excited when we walked past so I anxiously gave it ago. I wasn’t whizzing round the rink but I’m glad I gave it ago. The boys used penguin aids which were also a great cover for my inexperience on the ice.

Overall we had a great festive weekend, the boys had fun and we got to spend some much needed family time together. If your going to book a break with Butlins I would recommend going for silver or higher accommodation purely for the cleanliness.


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