16 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide for Children Under 10

I adore Christmas and have done since I was a child. It's such an important day for children as they are on their best behaviour, waiting for the big man to come a deliver their presents. Opening presents to see what they've got and then spending the rest of the day waiting for parents to build the damn things!

Today I wanted to show what is on offer this year and so this is my 2016 Christmas Gift Guide For children under 10...

15 November 2017

Win | A Braun Multi Grooming Kit

With my Christmas gift guide for men going live not long ago, I decided to run a giveaway in conjunction, so you can win one of the prizes from my list. And the lovely people at Braun have given me this Braun Multi Grooming Kit to give away to one lucky blog reader. 

The Braun Multi Grooming Kit is a 9-in-one trimmer for precision styling from head to toe. It is the ultimate all-in-one head-to-toe groomer. Thanks to its clever attachments, it performs 9 different jobs effortlessly.

Christmas Gift Guide for Men

I'm sure it's not just me who struggles when it comes to buying gifts for men. They're all so different and so when you could be buying smellies for one, the others might prefer quirky gifts. And there's so much on the market too that trying to work out what men like is so much hard work.

Today I am showcasing what is on offer for the men, and dads, in our lives this year and so, here is my 2017 Christmas Gift Guide For Men...

14 November 2017

Win | A Braun FaceSpa

Since my Christmas gift guide for women went live just now, I thought it would be a great time to run a giveaway for my lovely readers. And the great people from Braun have given me a fab Braun FaceSpa to give away to one blog reader. 

The Braun FaceSpa is a 3in1 Facial Epilation, Cleansing, and Skin Vitalizing System including a normal brush, skin vitalising pad, beauty pouch and mirror. It is the world‘s first facial epilator & cleansing brush system - treat your face to flawless radiance.

Christmas Gift Guide for Women

Every year, the last few weeks before Christmas are a bit fraught with suspense and anguish as we all run out to the shops to find the perfect gifts for the loved ones in our lives. Searching high and low for those gifts that they'll love and that suit their personalities.

Today I thought I'd show what's on offer for the mums in your life. So here is my 2017 gift guide for women...

Halfords Black Friday Competition - Win 2K Worth of Goodies!

Halloween might have passed, and Christmas might be soon, however, the retail sector has its sights set on one of the most modern of festivals: Black Friday. If you are trying to bag a bargain and have you eye on something, then Black Friday is the date to highlight in your diary ready to see what all the bargains will be before Christmas. 

With deals up to half the price, you'll be able to bag a right bargain so make sure you have the pages bookmarked ready to pounce. And to celebrate, Halfords are throwing one of the UK’s best Black Friday competitions.

To celebrate the launch of Black Friday at Halfords they are giving away some amazing prizes, including a holiday, and a whole host of goodies to go with it. Here is a run down of all the amazing prizes that are available:

13 November 2017

Kid Friendly Flooring: Which One Is Right For Us

Whether your little baby is just starting to crawl, your toddler is having far too much fun throwing their toys, or your little ones are running in and out with muddy shoes – your floors need to be ready to take on a lot of punishment!

Sound familiar? Or perhaps this is something you can see in your future – if that’s the case then investing in your floors now, can save you lots of scrubbing, fretting and shredded nerves in the future!

Christmas Advent Calendars For The Whole Family

That's it, less than one month and we'll all start being able to open our Advent calendars. You know what that means - Christmas is coming!

I adore Christmas and love to go all out for the big day, and the lead up to it. And so finding Advent calendars suitable for the whole family is paramount. Now, we all know that Advent calendars are usually chocolate based, but they don't have to be. 

So, I thought I'd show off my picks of the best Advent calendars for 2017, from alcoholic to chocolate to homely. 

12 November 2017

What's In Your Ideal Bathroom?

For a lot of people, the ideal home is a home that has everything they need and even more. It’s a place of excesses and luxury. However, it’s important to understand that luxury is related to having more than you need. There’s no denying that luxury could also be part of your ideal home. But at the core of its definition, what is ideal is what fulfills its function perfectly, aka it’s a home that has everything you need in it. Luxury, if luxury there is, comes on top, as there’s no point having all the beautiful things that are not necessary to your wellbeing if you can’t perform basic functions. Who needs a pool full of gold when you’ve got no bathroom? Staying in the same room with this train of thoughts, here’s what you need to find in your ideal bathroom.

Floral Christmas Gifts From Amara

When it comes to receiving gifts for Christmas, or any other gift giving day, I always tell people that I don't care what they get me, but to make sure it's floral. I adore floral items as I love how they're always so brightly coloured, have bold patterns and stand out from the crowd.

So, when I had the chance to pick out some items from Amara, I knew that going for the floral look would be perfect. I mean, who doesn't love a bit of floral love in a gift. Over the past few years Amara have strived to bring you the very best in luxury home and fashion, now offering nearly 35,000 products on their website to ensure your interior style and fashion is always covered.

Giving Your Bedroom a Makeover the Easy Way

The time has come when you feel the need to change how your bedroom looks. You go to bed unhappy with how messy and unkempt it is and in the morning, you look around and know it needs a complete makeover. But where do you start?

Here are a few quick ideas to spruce up your bedroom without turning it into a major project that takes weeks to complete.

11 November 2017

6 Money Saving Tips for Bridesmaids

A wedding day is not only expensive for the bride and groom, as it can also cost the bridesmaids a pretty penny, too. If you have the honour of being a bridesmaid for a friend or family member, check out the following money-saving tips.

9 November 2017

Create Your Very Own Home Gym

As adults, we’re always busy. But when you throw kids into the mix, working, the pets, your partner and everything else, it can be difficult to find time for you. No matter what we do, it’s always important to keep our health high in our list of priorities and we can make simple changes to our diets that can help. But what about exercise?

It’s not always as simple as going to the gym. So, have you ever considered creating a space at home where you could exercise? Creating a home gym doesn’t always mean buying huge pieces of gym equipment and investing in a live-in personal trainer either! Here you’ll find a few tips and ideas to get started on your very own workout space.

8 November 2017

Creating a Snug in Your Home

We all need somewhere we can go to get away from everything and really relax. It is a good idea for each member of the family to have a spot where they can curl up and read, watch a movie or play a game. Fortunately, as you will see, it does not take as much effort as you may think and you do not necessarily need a lot of space to do it.

7 November 2017

Buying Swimwear When You're Not Body Confident

Finding the right clothing when you're not body confident is hard enough, trying to find the right swimwear is near on impossible. As someone who isn't body confident at all, I know just how hard it is to find swimwear that will be protective and still cover all those lumpy and bumpy parts that some of us don't want to show off.

I recently wrote about how I hate my post-baby body and how it's left me with scar and stretchmarks, not to mention that mum-tum that we all dread. Well, in a few months time we go on our first family holiday abroad and so I've been taking steps to make sure I can wear swimwear and still feel okay in my own skin at the same time.

6 November 2017

Creating A Blog Logo In One Simple Step

With blogging, it's done on a huge trial and error basis. Which platform do you use, what layout, colours, fonts. What will you talk about. It's all about finding your own style and sticking with it. But designing a blog can be hard work. For years, I would design my own header logo in Paint and then resize it to fit my blog. 

But when I decided that it needed to be more professional, I started looking around for prices, and it can get pretty expensive. To be honest, I got sick of the constant back and forth having to pick every aspect separately and then see the final item before sending it back for changes. Not only did it get expensive, but it's time consuming too. 

4 November 2017

Having A PJ Masks DVD Viewing Day

It's not often we have any free days lately, we always seem to be out somewhere or another. So when we do get the chance to be at home, it's great to sit back with a DVD and chill out with the kids.

Well this week we have been sent the fabulous new PJ Masks – Time to be a Hero DVD as well as a whole range of PJ Masks goodies so that we could have a TV day at home and cuddle up together in a blanket.

3 November 2017

My 3 Tips For When There's Not Enough Light In The Day

It's that time of year again, the clocks have gone back and we're in darkness for what feels like most of the day. I literally hate this time of year. Not only for the main reasons of outdoor safety, not being able to let the kids play out and not getting enough Vitamin D, but also because as a blogger, trying to take photos in dullness is nigh on impossible. 

I mean, when you're picking out some new clothing from LOTD but know that it going to be impossible find get the perfect Insta shot because the sun just wont allow it. Or when you have to edit your photos to full brightness just to be able to see the colours in your new cushions. How is a blogger to live?!

2 November 2017

Happy Home Office: Introducing My JYSK Hygge Happy Place

As you know I recently partnered JYSK, the international chain of stores that sells everything for your home.

Our partnership was part of JYSK’s celebrations around the opening of its 2,500th store globally and the results of the Feel the Happiness Survey you contributed to helped give us an insight into what makes you happiest at home – the Scandinavians call it Hygge!

As part of the campaign I was invited to select some Hygge inspired items from JYSK’s range of Scandinavian-style furniture and I couldn’t wait to get cracking on making my own little piece of Hygge heaven at home.

1 November 2017

Bobux Footwear For Autumn and Winter

I've wrote many times in the past about how I think having the correct footwear for children is so important. Footwear can't just be about style when it comes to children's foot development, substance has to come over style in this aspect.

I think it's so important to research the footwear you purchase, especially for younger children and that' why I love Bobux so much. Bobux are a company who are constantly striving to learn more about healthy foot development and leveraging this knowledge to design shoes that are actually good for kids.

31 October 2017

Deciding On An Outfit For A Wedding Of A Different Culture

If you have been invited to a wedding you should feel privileged! You’ve been selected as someone that the happy couple want to share their big day with. But what do you wear? Choosing a guest outfit for a wedding in the UK is hard enough, but what about if you’ve been invited to a wedding of a different culture? Together with Charles Tyrwhitt, retailers of timeless menswear, we look at how the dress code of a wedding changes depending on the background of the newlyweds.

30 October 2017

Home And Garden Security

Whether you're a home owner or a tenant, home security is super important to protect your property, especially if you have a vast amount of high quality furnishings and electronics. Crime is an unfortunate fact of life in our society, and thieves are becoming increasingly savvy. It is incredibly important to secure your belongings.

There are a number of ways you can protect your property from becoming another statistic and how to ensure that your property remains safe from the unwelcome attention of any intruders who may have designs on your possessions.

29 October 2017

My Fitness Essentials To Help Along The Way

If you're in to fitness then you know that losing weight, or toning up, isn't just about exercising or going to the gym and that's it. As well as thinking about your eating habits and how you are the rest of your day movement wise, I always find that it's good to that you have items that help you along the way.

I mean, I go to the gym 3 times a week and swimming once, but in between then, I can't see how well I'm doing (or not doing) and how the rest of my day effects my fitness levels. That's why I use a fitness tracker. The TomTom Touch Fitness Tracker is what I use daily to help with every aspect of my daily life and fitness. 

28 October 2017

The JYSK Feel The Happiness Survey - The UK is getting Happier

You'll remember that recently, I asked you all the question 'What makes you happy at home?' and you guys didn't disappoint with your answers. In total, over 30,000 people responded to this question when asked by myself and other bloggers who are involved with the Feel The Happiness survey. 

Well, today I wanted to share the results of that survey...

And apparently the UK is getting happier, thanks to the Hygge effect. According to the new Feel The Happiness survey*, this is down to adopting the Scandi art of Hygge in our homes. Scandinavians consistently dominate the top of the world happiness table and now Scandinavian home company JYSK reveals a link to the Hygge effect – pushing the UK’s rise up the global happiness charts.

27 October 2017

Win | The Creepy Hand Game From Megableu

Looking for Halloween entertainment for the family? Creepy Hand from Megableu will send shivers up your spine! Watch with trepidation as the full size, ghoulish green hand creeps around the table and points a bony hand at one of the players. Who will face a ‘Truth or Dare’ question?

Are you ready for Creepy Hand, the scary take on Truth or Dare? The picked player must then choose a card – truth, dare or forfeit! Look out for the Joker cards – players can pass up their challenge and make another player carry it out!

22 October 2017

The Hotel Chocolat School Of Chocolate at Roast+Conch, Leeds

It's not often I'm invited to events that we can actually get to and so when Hotel Chocolat got in touch and asked if T, C and I would like to visit their Roast+Conch branch in Leeds City Centre, I knew we could move things around to pay a visit. I mean, Hotel Chocolat is the type of chocolate I dream about, so I couldn't say no, could I!

The boys were invited to the Hotel Chocolat children's chocolate workshop in their School of Chocolate. (J was too young as the workshop is suitable for children aged between 5 to 13 years). The entertaining Children's Chocolate Workshops are a really fun way to learn about cocoa and chocolate.

21 October 2017

Starting The Great Christmas Wrap

I seriously cannot believe we are only 2 month away from Christmas. This year seems to have flown by. I can still remember sitting down, around this time last year, and wrapping all the presents before trying to find places to hide them until Christmas Eve.

As a person who loves Christmas, I also enjoy anything to do with it too. Wrapping presents if one of my favourite things to do. In fact, last year I even wrapped my mums presents for her as I just love doing them so much. 

20 October 2017

Stoptober - Can You Quit Smoking For One Month?

Smoking... It's something that people used to find 'cool' and I'm sure almost everybody has tried it at least once. As we are well aware now though, smoking is not cool. Smoking is harmful, very harmful.

Every year I see Stoptober come by and see how much this one month can help so many people. In fact, more than 1 million people have quit thanks to Stoptober, and that's amazing!

16 October 2017

BakerLou, Turning 30 and The Impractical Jokers!

I'm not usually one to celebrate my birthday but last week I turned 30 and I decided to treat myself a little bit. You see, I'd been following BakerLou for ages now and had been loving to look of her cakes. So earlier in the year I commissioned her to make my very own 30th Birthday cake. 

After many messages and choices, we'd agreed on a chocolate cake with a coffee cream and Malteasers as a topper on it. I couldn't wait! In fact, I order it so long ago that it just seemed to take forever for my birthday to come around. 

The Best Sightseeing Places To Visit In Majorca

If you've never visited Majorca then you really are in for a surprise when you get these. Majorca isn't just a Spanish holiday place - it's known for beach resorts, sheltered coves, limestone mountains and Roman and Moorish remains. 

Although you can go there for the sun, the sand and the sangria, it is more than just a holiday destination. It might just be a small island in the Med but the sights here are some of the most stunning I have seen. 

7 Reasons Why Smokers Should Switch to Vaping

There is much confusion in regard to vaping in general and the information out there does little to aid that confusion for first-time vapers who are inquisitive about it. Plenty of people have now started looking at it as an alternative to smoking as well, while others are just willing to give vaping a try. In case you are one of the former and you are wondering if there really are any valid reasons as to why you should switch to vape pens from cigarettes, consider the following points.

8 October 2017

Make Life Easier with the 'Flic' of a Button

As a blogger and someone that works online and on my phone a lot, I love finding ways to save time when working. It's hard to manage my time when I have deadlines to meet and all those little tedious tasks take an age to complete so I end up behind.

The one part of blogging I hate is editing. Not so much images as I can do the most of them from my phone, but videos. There's nothing worse than having to press play whilst filming on my phone and then running across the room to get into position for the shoot. That all then needs editing out and that's what takes forever. Constantly going back and forth to the camera to stop and start recording.

7 October 2017

I Hate My Post-Baby Body, and I Resent That I Do

Many women, like myself, are left with scars, stretch marks, and loose skin after giving birth. It's a reality that women themselves often try to hide and the media never wants to show. After having three children I can say that I have very low self-esteem and regularly wear clothing that hides my lumps and bumps.

I mean, we're all told that we should be proud of our bodies, that we should wear our tiger stripes with pride. But when you're a mum and you've done the whole baby thing, and your children start to get older, you start to resent how much your body has changed.

Win a Bottle of Iordanov Vodka from 31Dover

This month sees Halloween arrive and we all get to dress up in our most scary get up and scare the living daylights out of trick or treaters - or that's what I do anyway! To help us adults get into the spirit of things, the fab guys from over at 31 Dover have given me a bottle of Iordanov Vodka to give away to one lucky winner.

Iordanov Mexican Vodka is just quality in every sense of the word. It is an extraordinarily smooth vodka encompassed in a bottle that looks as beautiful as it tastes - with a scary touch to it. Made from 100% fine wheat this Vodka achieves an astonishing purity through a 5 time distillation process with demineralised crystal clear water from the Vogelsberg highlands in Germany.

5 October 2017

J's Adventures with the Kiddimoto Scrambler Balance Bike

I think getting outdoors, come rain or shine, is so important and so as a family, we try to get outdoors as much as possible. The boys adore anything wheeled and so we love getting the bikes out and going for a ride.

For J, it was always hard as he is too young to ride with pedals and so we started looking around for a suitable balance bike so that he could join in too. Kiddimoto is the UK’s original balance bike company and they have a huge range of balance bikes to teach children balance and the coordination skills necessary to prepare them for a lifetime of cycling without the need for stabilisers.

2 October 2017

So Shape | Get In Shape The Healthy Way

As you all know, I'm on a bit of a health kick at the moment. Well, I don't know whether I'd actually call it a health kick. I'm having fun at the gym and taking time to eat better and make sure my body is getting everything it needs.

You know what's hard though?... Dieting. 

1 October 2017

Our VTech Tour De Trike Route in Leeds

Getting out and about with children is so important. Being outdoors, going on adventures and exploring your surroundings, not only is it great for moral but it can be educational as well as fun. This month, VTech shared with us their plan to get us all outdoors in celebration of their brand new VTech 5 in 1 Stroll and Grow Trike

The trike grows with your child and is suitable from 9 months to 6 years, changing through each stage to suit with the help of the waterproof electronic activity panel which includes 4 modes of play as the user grows. 

30 September 2017

Having a Children's Eye Test With Vision Express

When I first had T, I thought that having an eye test wasn't something that was too important for children. That was, until he turned 6 and the NHS nurse came to his school and said he might have some sight problems in his left eye.

I got him straight to the opticians and found at that he in fact had quite bad sight in his left eye and it made me sad. How had I never realised? Was he struggling all this time? He had to wear patches for a while to try and help his eye muscles get to work and catch up with his other eye.

29 September 2017

Unique Gift Ideas for the Man Who Has Everything

The kids are back at school (hooray!), the evenings are getting dark earlier (boo!) and the winter wardrobe is back. It may feel like it was just yesterday that you were organising everything for last Christmas and yet here it is again! It is now less than three months until Christmas Day, which means for many mums, it is now time to start thinking about gift ideas.

The kids’ presents are taken care of with their Santa List or the constant ‘Mum, I want this for Christmas!’ that you will hear for the next 3 months. However, if you are someone that always struggles to buy gifts for your husband, dad, brother or anyone else we have some ideas to help you out this year:

Feel The Happiness with JYSK Plus Giveaway

That feeling when you've finally created your happy place at home, and feel content just as is, that's the way to bring Hygge into the home. Hygge is all about that atmosphere that makes you feel at home, and it can be little things such a a dimly lit candle to your favourite chair for reading in. 

I've been reading up all about Hygge recently as I wanted to make sure every space in our home was created with a purpose, to make us happy, to make us feel at one with ourselves and was thrilled to have been invited to be one of a handful of the UK’s most influential ‘home’ bloggers to partner Danish global furniture group JYSK for their Feel The Happiness promotion which celebrates the opening of their 2,500th store!

26 September 2017

Creative Shared Kids Bedroom Ideas with Space-Saving Techniques

Laughing…crying…playing… and don't forget fighting. A shared sibling bedroom is full of activity and needs, and it means there are a lot of aspects for parents to tackle when creating a kids’ shared bedroom. Thinking about twice the amount of budding personalities, it’s often a daunting task for parents to accommodate storage and space for each child. 

Here are my creative tips to overcome common design challenges when it comes to curating a bedroom for two, and to create a happy and functional room for your little ones...

What Kind of Results Can You Expect from a Facelift or Cheek Implants?

Have you been looking in the mirror as of late and felt unhappy with the image staring back at you? Have you been considering cosmetic surgery to address those areas that bother you? According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, surgical procedures were on the rise in 2016 and 90% of the patients were women. Eyelid surgery, face and neck lifts, brow lifts, and fat transfers were among the top 10 most common procedures. What this means is that you’re not alone in considering having a procedure. 

21 September 2017

Why Your Interior Design Trends Can Never Go Wrong with Glass Furniture

Glass furniture is seen as a bold choice by many people - especially those who have children! If you’re trying to decide whether it’s the right choice for you, then we have all the reasons why it just works in any setting. Glass was first blown by the Egyptians and Romans some 2000-4000 years ago and quickly evolved from sparkly jewellery to drinking vessels and now in the 21st century we have many items of furniture made from this smooth and translucent material- sure to add style to any modern home. 

If you are investing in glass balustrades, make sure you have high-quality fixings such as glass balustrade fixings for durability and security. 

20 September 2017

Looking After Your Own Health As A Busy Parent

We all know just how life can take over when you're a parent and all those little jobs can be forgotten. And most of the time, it's us parent that lose out as we put ourselves last on the agenda. Kids clothing are more important than our own, making sure the kids have all their favourite foods, and forgetting our own things whilst out. 

We should actually be making sure that we're not only looking after our children, but we're taking care of ourselves too. As a parent, you can only do so much and our health is so important. Any and every parent can burn out when they're not focusing on themselves once in a while. Being a parent isn’t always easy. It can feel hard if you're tired, stressed and unhappy.

13 September 2017

Nutmeg at Morrisons AW17 and Our Google Hangout Session

I love nothing more than going shopping for groceries and coming home with new clothing for the boys. It's like being able to do all my shopping at once. I can even pop into Morrisons now and pick up uniform for the boys whilst getting their packed lunches.

This week saw me invited to Nutmeg at Morrisons, Google Hangout to listen to their Design Manager, Mel Davies, sharing an exclusive insight into the Nutmeg AW17 kids and women’s collection. Now, if you don't know what Nutmeg is, it's the clothing range that now has a presence in all Morrisons stores - the Nutmeg’s Women’s Collection is now available across 70 Morrisons stores too.

10 September 2017

Easy Lunchbox Sandwich Recipes for Kids

When it comes to making packed lunches everyday, it can get a little samey. And as a parent, I realise how boring eating the same thing every day can be and so I try to mix it up a little with the kids. I like to make the packed lunches full of goodness whilst also making it appetising for the boys to want to actually eat. 

Investing in a bread maker was a great idea for us as it meant that we could make our very own breads with different flavours, textures and health benefits and the boys loved that they could make their own and then take it to school with them to eat. 

9 September 2017

Staying In Shape with MandM Direct

As you all know, I'm loving fitness at the moment. And now my baby-breeding days are over, it's nice to finally think about me for a change and get my body back into shape.

It's actually been quite a breath of fresh air to do too. I always thought that trying to lose weight and get fit, whilst having 3 children in tow, would be very hard work. But it isn't...

1 September 2017

Everything You Will Need For Going Back To School

With the new school year just around the corner, everyone seems to be rushing out to find everything their children will need for the new term. And it can be hard - who has the best shoes, what size backpack will your child need, which uniform is the best? 

Well, here is my 2017 list of the back to school items that I've picked out for this year...

28 August 2017

How To Make Raspberry and Coconut Dairy, Gluten and Soy Free Ice Lollies

As someone who is conscious of what she eats, I also like to make sure that my kids get a mixed and varied diet too. Milk is a weird one for me as, even though I can enjoy it every now and then, too often it makes me bloat and leaves me with that nasty feeling that stops me using it often. 

I regularly use coconut milk instead of cows milk when I can and so when Vita Coco asked me to use their coconut milk to create some ice lollies, I knew it would be the perfect time to see what we could come up with. 

Vita Coco is the best-selling coconut brand in the UK and its coconut milk is a great non-dairy alternative that’s smooth, sweet and filled with added electrolytes. Coconut milk is 100% dairy, gluten and soy free, so is perfect for people who have an intolerance to these. With the added benefit of no added sugar and no carrageenan. 

I mean, Vita Coco coconut milk can literally go wherever cows milk does, my husband even likes it in his coffee in place of milk and sugar (the sweetness of the coconut milk means he doesn't need sugar) and it's like pure perfection mixed into hot chocolate.

So, to help us on our way to creating some ice lollies, we were sent an ice cream maker, some lolly moulds, some extra items and the Vita Coco coconut milk. 
And here's the recipe:

What You'll Need:
Vita Coco coconut milk
1tbsp raw honey
Vanilla Extract (couple of drops)
Raspberries (can use fresh but I used dried)

How To Make
1. Mix the Vita Coco coconut milk, raw honey and vanilla extract together and then pour into the ice cream maker. Switch it one an leave for a good half hour to do its stuff.
2. Crush up some of the raspberries and add to the mix, giving it a stir in. 
3. Pour into the moulds and set in the freezer for a few hours.
4. Enjoy!!!

It's really that simple. In the end, we created 2 variants - this one, and then we also added some crushed raspberries to the original mix to give a stronger flavour, and some cute pink lollies. 

27 August 2017

Trying Out The Kids Menu at Frankie & Benny's

Now, if you follow us on Twitter then you'll know just how much we love Frankie & Benny's. We there quite a lot and when the boys are off school, it's nice to get out sometimes to have something to eat and the kids love it there. 

In fact, it's the only restaurant that T will eat at - the fussy mare! They cater for children really well and give them a little pack upon entering with a book of activities and some coloured pencils. I'd say it's a way to keep the kids occupied but I think they're just being clever really as a way to keep kids quiet!

26 August 2017

Going Back To School With Despicable Me 3

With going back to school just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about stocking up on all those items you might need. The boys were recently sent a Despicable Me 3 bundle that was truly awesome, packed full of school essentials. 

The boys are obsessed with Despicable Me 3 and so were absolutely excited when all of this arrived at the door. Okay, maybe the Posh Paws Jail Minion Tim isn't for back to school, but his grumpy face has been loved by all three boys.

So, what was included in our back to school bundle? Let's look ahead and see...

25 August 2017

Top 10 Small Space Saving Tips for Your Home

If you are not blessed with acres of space in your home, you will no doubt be looking to store things in the most effective and accessible ways possible.

These ten ideas should give you food for thought…

24 August 2017

Don't Waste Your Child's Inheritance! Make These Changes Now!

Nobody wants to spend too much time thinking about what will happen to their children when they finally leave this mortal coil. However, that is something older parents will have to consider at some point. Everyone wants to leave as much money as possible for their loved ones, and so it’s essential not to waste that capital before the time comes. The changes mentioned below should help parents to leave the most substantial inheritance possible.

Stop buying takeaways
The infographic published below this post highlights that 25% of UK people waste a fortune on takeaways during their lifetimes. Sure, everyone loves to eat Chinese or Indian food, but buying a meal for the entire family every week will make a massive dent in finances.

23 August 2017

Potty Training with Fisher-Price Toilet Train Bing

With potty training in full swing at the moment, I am trying everything to help J on his way. It's hard sometimes to explain to a little one, how they're supposed to go on the potty when they need a wee and so, finding a toy that helps is a big plus. Fisher-Price never disappoint when it comes to educational toys and have brought out the fabulous Toilet Train Bing to help Little Bingsters with their toilet training.

This soft and cuddly Bing is the perfect playmate for any child, and as a reminder to go potty, every now and then during play, Bing will call out - it’s time to stop the game for the toilet train - as he lets little ones know when he needs to go.

Win A £500 Rattan Direct Voucher

As someone who spends a lot of time shopping online, I do love to find a good competition, and when I saw that Rattan Direct had an amazing one going at the moment, I couldn't help but share! The Rattan In The Bloom competition is so simple and it involves participants sending in a photo of their gardens. 

That's it! That's pretty simple don't you think!

20 August 2017

Fighting My Way Fit With FatBlaster

As someone that loves food, it can be hard to lose weight. I went through a period of always grazing and always wanting to eat and that contributed to me being over-weight. And so, I turned to finding a way to keep my appetite at bay whilst also eating better at the same time. That's when I came across FatBlaster.

FatBlaster is the number 1 weight loss brand in Australia and it's now arrived in the UK. Helping thousands of people around the world lose weight through the fundamental learnings of safe, healthy and effective weight loss.

14 August 2017

Going On A Dessert Date At Kaspa's Leeds

It's not often we get to go out as a family as my husband works nights and the kids are at school during the day so it's a bit hit and miss as to when we have free time. Now the school holidays have hit, we took advantage of having some free days and opted to have a family date. 

We chose none other than Kaspa's to dine at. Well, I say dine at but Kaspa's is actually a dessert house that offer the world’s favourite hot and cold desserts under one roof. And I mean, who doesn't like dessert for dinner sometimes?!

13 August 2017

Buying Tools For All Your DIY Needs

Having a house with three children, there's times when things need fixing and so, out comes my tool box and I search until I find a tool that looks like it'll do the job. It's the same with decorating, new furniture and doing up the house, we need tools to get everyone up and looking nice. 

So, I decided to have a look around and stock up on all those tools that I might need when one of these situation arises. FFX offer a huge range of all those tools that you might ever need and so I started looking so I could fill up my ever growing tool box. 

12 August 2017

Never Give Up On Your Hobbies

Okay, everyone has their favourite hobby, be that watching or playing football, gymnastics, writing, whatever. But I've found that mine started out as something and nothing and became my favourite hobby over night. 

I enter competitions...

And usually when I tell people that I get the groan of how no one wins those things and they're just a con. But I'm here to tell you that it's not true at all and that everyone should give it a go.

11 August 2017

What To Look Out For When Buying A Family Car

When it comes to buying a car, there are many factors that can make it the perfect car for you. Things like fuel consumption, size, mechanical workings and issues are obvious, but once you have children, there is an even longer list to make sure it's a car that will fit your needs.

The Seating Arrangements
As a family of 5, it can be hard for us. Even though most cars are 5 seater, they don't actually cater for 3 children in the back whom will all need some sort of car seat. If you've ever tried to fit three next to each other then you'll know it's a chore. So it's important, when you go to buy a car, that you take the measurements with you. Even better if you can take your actual car seats as then you can see how they fit together in the back. 

10 August 2017

The Best Dining Room Designs With Family Dinners In Mind

A lot of us believe that the dining room in a home deserves to have a special place in our heart. It’s where important discussions are held, milestones are celebrated, and where you eat every night to be together as a family. Giving it a makeover to suit your family is a great way to incorporate it into these memories and to turn it into a safe space. Below are a few ideas that have been in mind recently. Feel free to give them a try to give your home a better feel. 

9 August 2017

The Art Of Moving Home Easily

Moving home is an exciting adventure. You’re starting a brand new chapter of your life and your family’s lives. Still, it can also be a highly stressful time as there are so many different things to sort out before you can say you’ve successfully moved out of one home and into another. Here are some tips to help you easily master the art of moving home.

Top 5 DIY Projects For Your Garden

With the height of summer upon us, now is the time for changes that make using your garden for the coming weeks a delight for you, family and friends.

Enjoy the best of the summer sunshine and pleasantly warm evenings with these hints and tips…

#1 Spruce up your garden bench

Of the all the garden furniture on offer, the humble wooden garden bench is often left to slowly rot in the corner of the garden. But the garden bench is worth so much more. 

8 August 2017

3 Ways To Make Money From Home

As a person that works from home, I try my best to earn as much as possible so that my children can have all the best experiences in life. Sometimes it's hard though to find the work and I have to find ways to make money whilst at home. So I thought I'd list my 3 top ways to make money from home...

Start A Blog
Now, many people will start a blog online and think it's easy. Okay, you're reading this and it might all look fairly easy to do. You just open a blog and start writing, right? Wrong. Writing a blog takes time, finding work through your blog is even harder. 

7 August 2017

Getting Ready For The Aldi Baby & Toddler Event Return

As a parent I love nothing more than a good bargain. I'm the type of person that looks online to try and find the best deal for anything and everything. And to be honest most of the time this works out because I find that certain brands are a higher price but don't actually offer anything better. Which is why I love Aldi. 

Aldi offer a huge range of products and items that I use every day, but at amazing prices. And this week sees the return of their Aldi Baby & Toddler Event which means all of parents get to stock up with amazing savings.

The fantastic range will be going online from the 10th August and in stores across the UK from the 17th August.

6 August 2017

Budget Ways To Keep The Kids Occupied During The School Holidays

We all know what it's like during the school holidays - the first week or so are okay, and then the kids get bored. And us parents are at a loss at what to do. 

I mean, you can take them on days out and to all these places that seem to be advertised on Facebook, but we all know just how expensive they can be. Even worse if you have multiple children to pay for. It's like, you need a whole weeks pay just to go to some soft play places. And don't even start talking to me about eating out at these places - bank loan here I come!

So, I thought I'd write about ways to keep the kids busy during the holidays that are cheap, or free, and not only are they fun but they are a great way to bond with your kids too. 

2 August 2017

Be kind To Yourself Mama

We all know that once you become a parent, normal life goes out the window. No longer do you have time to do all those little things that you always thought were irrelevant. I mean, most of the time I can't go to the toilet in peace let alone have a bath without one of the sprogs jumping in with me. 

As life changes, all focus becomes our children, and we go out of the window. It's like we no longer matter, and that shouldn't be. We shouldn't just be okay with that. Yes, I am a mum, but I'm also a person too. If you focus all of yourself on your children then you will just burn out. It will all become too much. 

1 August 2017

Thule Glide Running Buggy Review & Vlog

As someone who has taken to exercise a lot recently, I'm always trying to look for ways that I can exercise whilst out and about without looking like that randomer in Asda doing curls with a tin of beans. It's hard though when you have little ones as going for a run whilst you have a stroller to push can be hard work, and swivel wheels do nothing for getting a good pace. 

That's why, when I was offered the Thule Glide to review, and I checked it out online, it was like my prayers had been answered - a lightweight, aerodynamic and high-performance running buggy with a fixed front wheel - it sounded like a great buggy.

The Thule Glide has been designed with parents and children in mind. And I'm here to explain exactly how they do that!

29 July 2017

A Summer Garden Party with Sipsmith London Cup

This blog might be all about my family, but some times, it's just about me. aAnd so, when 31Dover got in touch and told me about their fab Sipsmith London Cup bundle, I couldn't wait to get my drink on. I mean, I've got 3 children and it's the school holidays, a time when we should be relaxing outdoors in the sun - sometimes a parent needs a drink!

With everything needed to enjoy a summer party in the sun, the bundle includes a bottle of Sipsmith's refreshing and aromatic gin-based London cup, two x 275ml bottles of Fentimans rose lemonade and a free Sipsmith branded glass carafe to serve it all in - there's no better partner to summer sunshine.