28 May 2016

Father's Day | What To Buy For Dad

It's that time of year again when the Father's Day items start to adorn the shelves. And it's also the time of year when us mums and children struggle to know what to buy for our fathers or spouses, I know I do anyway!

So, I thought I'd write a gift guide for Father's Day, to show what you can get for the men in your lives. I hope all the men out there have an amazing Father's Day and that you get spoilt rotten by your family!

25 May 2016

WTBW | Boden Outfit of the Day

When it comes to kids fashion, Boden is one of my favourites as it just oozes originality and beautiful patterns. Boden was founded in 1991 with menswear products with Mini Boden arriving in 1996, bring all of their beautiful designs to the market place. 

I regularly buying from Boden, especially for the boys, although I do also have a beautiful should bag from their too, and my husband hates the fact that I receive a mini catalogue from them every few months, with a discount code attached. He knows his wallet is going to get a workout that day!

23 May 2016

A Letter To My First Born | 2,557 Days of Parenthood

It's official, my oldest child, my first born, turns 7 today and, as long as my calculations of leap years is correct, that means today, I have been a parent for 2,557 days. 

It has been such a whirlwind of amazing-ness all rolled into one. I can't ascertain how it has flown by so fast. How, 7 years ago, I was giving birth to Thomas and now, right at this moment, we are embarking on a family holiday to the Yorkshire Coast as a family of 5. 

I didn't know how to write this at first. I wanted to write about our life and how Thomas changed it, and so, here it is, my letter to my first born.

20 May 2016

WTBW | Rockin' Baby Out of Africa

I always love writing about certain topics, children's clothing being one. I just love the designs, and patterns, the choice, and so, I decided to add another bow to my ever growing blog string. Today sees the start of my brand new feature, What The Boys Wore, or WTBW for short.

You can see it up there, at the top, it has its very own little tab. And what better way to start off that with one of the most selfless brands I have ever had the privilege to work with. Rockin' Baby. 

Rockin' Baby was founded in 2002 to provide slings to mothers around the world. They now also offer the stylish slings alongside their beautiful childrenswear. With their mission of one-for-one being at the forefront of anything they do.

Designing A Child Friendly Garden

I love our garden. It has given us many a day of fun and games. It faces right where the sun comes up too so we get a full day of rays which is great for when the weather is nice and we can enjoy a pool and barbecue day. 

What isn't great, is the fact that our fence partially blew down in the storms we had last year, oh and the old, very rusty swing is a bit of an eyesore now too. It is hard though, our garden is quite big and so re-doing it, costs a heck of a lot. For the past 6 month, we have been saving and now have just about enough to make this our next project.

So project - spruce up the garden, is on!

19 May 2016

Keep Your Newborn Safe With Safer Car Tyres

There are so many safety systems available in modern cars that you may not have thought about one of the most basic ones of all – the car's tyres. Along with baby seat fixing mechanisms, side impact protection systems, window blinds, automatic braking systems and fire retardant materials all available for today's cars, tyres are just as important for the safety of a newborn – indeed everyone who is a passenger in your car. Let's look at how safer tyres help to keep babies and children protected. 

Whether you are travelling home from hospital or taking your baby out for the first time from home in your car, tyres which have a good level of tread on them are indispensable. Tyres that are street legal, but which have worn down somewhat, will simply not grip the road as well, particularly in wet weather conditions.

Think Before You Flush | The #3PPromise

Going to the toilet should be quite easy, you sit and do your business, use toilet paper and then flush, but nowadays, with the amount of new products coming out, this isn't the case for some people. 

The dreaded wet wipes have come in and according to a new study by water company United Utilities, who are running their think before you flush campaign, it shows that baby wipes are the biggest culprit when it came to un-flushables. Check out their site which has a really nice downloadable pack specifically for us parents which includes some activities and posters.

I was actually shocked to read that over a quarter of people (1,000 people surveyed) admitted to flushing wipes down the loo, that's an awful lot of wipes going down the drain. And not just going down the drain, they stick together, the block pipes, they snag on pipes and, even if they say they're flushable, they don't break down like toilet paper does.

13 May 2016

On, Not Being A Perfect Parent and Co-Sleeping

Before I had children, I always thought I would do everything by the book. To be honest, I think everyone thinks that way. Oh, I'll be the perfect parent. My baby will sleep through from day dot, in his own cot, and I'll get a lovely lie-in because I'm just that perfect of a parent. 

But alas, that doesn't happen, us parents end up just winging it most of the time, trying to juggle parenthood and doing the right thing whilst bribing our children with chocolate and toys.

And that got me thinking about our sleeping arrangements now that I've had three children. Although we all have our own beds, that doesn't mean that they're all actually filled every night. I have co-slept with all my children and although there are ups and downs to this, I would never have it any other way. 

When designing our bedroom, we looked at double beds and found the perfect one for us, but then after having a baby we had to change to a king size, just because he kept kicking us out. It gave us that extra bit of space so the baby could share with us if he wanted to.

11 May 2016

LIFE Mobile | Maxi SIM Only Tariff

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Being a blogger means that I have to be online a lot. I mean, I will usually turn my laptop off and then pick my phone straight up to check it. All of my emails to and from clients come to my phone, I have all the apps to my social media channels and I even have the Blogger app so I can write posts on the go.

And when I'm not online, I will be taking calls from clients, discussing campaigns that we are working on together and organising upcoming events. So as you can imagine, having a good signal is imperative to my work. 

So when LIFE Mobile asked me to try out their Maxi tariff, I was left with a mix of emotions. Excitement at getting to try out a new SIM company but also fear over whether it would have good signal strength, I really didn't want to be getting social media withdrawals.

7 May 2016

MandM Direct | Wearing Denim in Summer

I'm always partial to a bit of denim, I even admit that I may have even done the dreaded 'double denim' in the 90's. Although, to be honest, I was in my teens back then so you can forgive me for my fashion faux-pas.

When it comes to Summer though, wearing denim can get a bit flustering. I instead opt for a nice pair of denim short shorts and then choose my clothes around them, to suit. And since we have had some lovely weather and are hoping to get more, I have teamed up with MandM Direct to show off my denim Summer style. 

MandM Direct have the biggest range of fashion, sport and outdoor brands for men, women and kids. All your favourite brands at amazing prices so you can kit out the whole family for even less. So it wasn't a surprise when it took me so long to pick out my favourite outfit.

5 May 2016

How To Make Moving Day Go Off Without A Hitch!

Moving day can be really stressful, and there are so many things that can potentially go wrong. Ideally, moving day will go off without a hitch. Then you can settle into your new home feeling relaxed and excited for whatever the future holds. Doesn't that sound amazing? Here are some tips that will help you:

Get A Babysitter
If possible, get a babysitter to take care of your kids while you move. Packing up can be difficult with them, as can actually moving all of your stuff into your new home. Of course this depends on how far away you’re moving. If you’re not moving too far this is a really good idea, because you can get their rooms ready for them then too, so it can be less of a shock to the system. It’s natural for kids to get anxiety about moving house, so placing familiar things in their rooms can make them feel better about it. They still might not be very happy, but at least they have something to soothe them if needs be.

Win | My Fairy Garden

Today, I have teamed up with Interplay to give one lucky reader, their very own fairy garden. The My Fairy Garden from Interplay little enchanted garden that encourages an interaction with nature through play. With its Grow & Play theme, it promotes a positive and healthy lifestyle of getting outdoors and respecting our environment.

You get to create your very own magical fairy oasis with the Fairy Garden kit. The 12-page activity guide shows you how to construct the enchanted miniature cottage and beautiful living garden and the kit contains everything you need to get started, all you need to add is soil.

4 May 2016

Win | Peter Rabbit DVD & Book Bundle

Peter Rabbit was a favourite in my home when I was a child, and he's still a favourite now, as children love following his adventures and seeing what he gets up to along the way. Just released is the brand new DVD, Peter Rabbit - The Tale of the Great Breakout, released by Abbey Home Media, which is set to enchant Beatrix Potter fans everywhere.

Follow our hero Peter and his friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail on their adventures and quest to save the day when Mr. McGregor captures the whole squirrel tribe in his garden. Peter must stage a mass break out to save his friends, overcoming obstacles and outsmarting predators, all the while finding fun and excitement in the most unexpected places. 

Win | My Little BABY Born Supersoft Doll & Comfort Seat

Even though I have all boys, I encourage play with dolls as I think are a great toy for children to play with and learn from as they are designed to encourage imaginative play. BABY Born are the leaders when it comes to dolls and they have an exciting collection of dolls and accessories available.

The BABY Born Supersoft doll with comfort seat is the perfect doll for little ones and is suitabl for children from 12 months. The doll's body is incredibly soft and stuffed with cuddly material and she comes with a cute pink romper with a rainbow print, designed in line with the easy FIT style. The cut, fit and fastenings are designed so even the smallest of hands are able to put the romper on and take it off easily. She even has a matching hat too.

1 May 2016

Win | The Baby Box Company

I always struggle when it comes to buying gifts for newborns as, you know their already going to have hundreds of outfits from family and friends, so little hampers are a perfect alternative. The Baby Box Company is run by a mother and daughter team Christine and Chloe who searched high and low for modern and funky prints to include in their quirky boxes.

Offering various different hampers to suit every budget and taste. From pink or blue ones, to pure white for those who are keeping the gender a surprise. Every box they pack is hand packed with love and care, with beautiful packaging to protect the lovely newborn baby goodies.

The medium hampers feature a perfect selection of items in pink, blue or pure while. The pink and blue hampers include a pair of Sock Ons, hand printed, 100% cotton, giraffe print sleepsuit in size 0-3 month, a blue or pink coordinating sleep suit and a Lamaze toy.