Monthly Archives: November 2011

Picture Box film review – Funny People


We are big on Halloween in are house but not big on horror movies to put it politely we are a bunch of wusses!

Picture Box did however have a fantastic range of suitably spooky films to give you one heck of a fright night in on the spookiest night of the year! Being completely petrified of horror films led us to watch a really black comedy Funny People.

Funny people is about a well established comedian (Adam Sandler) facing his mortality after being diagnosed with a very rare cancer, it gets him to thinking about his career where he came from to what he has become and his lack of friends. While Seth Rogans character is a wannabe comedian who just can’t get his break while all his friends are getting theirs, that is until an open night mic night where he is told this long standing and famous comedian is making an impromptu appearance and he will be going on stage ahead of him.

After a chance meeting in a parking lot sandlers character employs Rogans to write jokes for him to boost his career, this in turn helps the wannabe comedian get his foot on the ladder as his opening act. The story develops as does the friendship between the comedians they bond and become close as Rogans character tries to build bridges between the people that the famous comedian has hurt and cut from his life.

When he takes specialist trial treatment he is cured of his cancer it becomes a battle of maintain the friendships that have been built on the thought that he is going to die, now he has to maintain them as the person he was before the cancer and this proves very tough.

The black comedy is a very worthwhile watch, it is slow but well paced and you really get a feel for the characters and their relationships it was released in 2009 and is a 146 minutes long it has a plethora of stars but the two leading men Sandler and Rogan are the real stars of the film,  it certainly beats scaring the pants of myself and having nightmares for a week!

You can get this film and may others on the picture box player which is a fantastic brand new subscription service. If you have a Samsung internet connected smart tv, an Ipad or a PC then you are already halfway there. You can sign up for this service for only £4.99 a month for 28 movies this is fantastic value for money!

Once you have signed up all you have to do is choose your movie and hit ‘play’! this service has perfect ease of use, it is compatible with your laptop or Pc, Xbox and your  BT Vision box

Picturebox has some fantastic content and this month is all about the horror genre their is a film for everyone no matter what your taste in music.

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My Brave Baby & Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker)


Well just over a week ago my gorgeous baby girl had her operation, she had her tonsils and adenoids out. To say that I was a nervous wreck is an understatement but my awesome little C did not bat an eyelid all she could talk about was driving herself down to the operating theatre in an electric mini cooper!

I was not sure if I really wanted her to have the op and put her through all the trauma, but the surgeons confirmed after the operation that it was a good job we did go through with it as she had grade 3-4 tonsils (in laymen’s terms this means massive) and had a lot of adenoid tissue to be removed, they confirmed thiswould have been really effecting her snoring and sleep apnoea, and the tonsils being so large would definitely have made her life difficult with illness in the future.

The operation was done at the Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital in Brighton and they were phenomenal  they not only looked after me the emotional nervous wreck but they also made sure that my daughter was completely happy and comfortable, when in the first part of the operating theatre they blew bubbles to distract her while having her needle and sleep inducing medication put in she had no idea that anything was happening.

When she woke up she was groggy but perfectly happy, 3 hours later she was demanding food and running around like a headless chicken.  I cannot get over how quickly she bounced back after the operation.  It has not been the easiest week when the Calpol wore off she certainly felt the pain and I have had sleepless nights,  I can no longer hear her deep raspy breathing and snoring over the baby monitor, I had to keep getting up to check she was still ok! We were let out of hospital the next day just in time for me to make and decorate 100 cupcakes for the Brighton Baby Expo at the new Amex stadium

I was asked by one of the lovely ladies who runs the baby expo to make some cupcakes for Phil Gallagher who is Cbeebies Mr Maker which I very excitedly agreed to do them and I made the rest of the cakes for the lovely Brighton Mums stand, I was up until 12:pm decorating the to make sure that they were the best I had done, I made a giant cupcake that was put on the Brighton Mums website to be won after the expo. Mister Maker certainly liked my cakes as you can see from the photos he even took my business card

C was gutted as she was supposed to meet Mister Maker who is one her favourite people from cbeebies but was not allowed to be in a public place due to risk of infection, C and her daddy helped me drop of the cakes and who should walk in just after we arrived, Mister Maker himself and he was very kind and spoke with C she was very star struck bless her, when I presented the cakes to him at the ribbon cutting he asked how she was how lovely is that!

Mister Maker cakes Brighton Baby Expo

Flour and Sprinkles Meets Mister Maker

C has now made a full recovery and we are now reaping the benefits as she sleeps much better and and can eat much better and I am also hoping that we  will have a lot less sore throats chest infections and visits to the hospital!

Bebe Moda Discount code


I recently posted a review of a Bumkin Super bib that I did a test and review of and the wonderful Bebe Moda have kindly given me a discount code for my lovely followers to use.

I chose the fabulous blue Dr Seuss Cat in the hat bib and when it arrived I could not be happier as it was bright and very funky and would suit either a girl or a boy. It is made from a material that looks to be and feels like nylon but is actually the Bumkins proprietary silky-soft waterproof fabric, it is wipe clean and goes in the washing machine and comes out clean and perfect and as bright as it was when I first got it, I have also hand washed the bib and it came out perfectly clean with no effort at all.

The bib is Lead safe, PVC, phthalate, BPA and vinyl free, it has a Generous Velcro closure for adjustable fit, and it really is generous as it fits my nearly 3 year old, she really puts it through its paces with her morning cocoa pops and her much loved sticky fruit. It has a really very generous catch pocket that collects all the dropped or spilt food, saving your child’s clothes from a dowsing of food stains.

The bibs are really good value for money they retail at £7.99 and because of the quality of the material you will get a lot of use for your money, your child will grow out of the bib before it wears out!!! You can buy the Bumkins Bib on the Bebemoda website.

The discount code is valid until the 20th Novemeber and will give you 15% of any Bumkin bibs available on their website! the bib are fantastic value for money, they are durable long lasting and very funky! Having had one for my now three year old i can whole heartedly recommend them (I have a particularly messy eater!!)

Here i the link to their gorgeous website and the code for the discount is SUPERBIB

The Bumkins Bib would make a fantastic Christmas gifts to catch all the falling turkey and stuffing!

Happy shopping