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.

28 July 2017

Choosing The Right Lighting For Our Home

It's probably not a surprise to you all that I spend a lot of time, probably too much time, exploring Pinterest and finding how I'd love my house to look. You know, if I had the money. It's amazing the amount of products are available online and it's a great way to design your own rooms as you can find products that compliment each other. 

27 July 2017

Win | Taking Creativity Beyond The Fridge Door with BIC KIDS

This summer, proud parents across the UK and Republic of Ireland will have the opportunity to see their child’s drawings displayed for all to see. In partnership with Mumsnet, BIC® KIDS is launching an amazing competition celebrating kids’ creativity by taking their fabulous drawings beyond the fridge door, putting 10 lucky winners’ works of art on billboards across the nation. 

The 10 lucky winners will win a hamper full of BIC® KIDS drawing and colouring instruments as well and one entry will also be chosen at random to win a £300 Tesco voucher.

To enter, children aged 5-11 just need to draw their very own picture and it's all about being creative and letting their imaginations run wild! Then parents simply need to take a photo of their child’s drawing and upload it to the native discussion page on the Mumsnet website by Sunday 6th August.

Helping to introduce your baby to the bottle

There are many reasons why you may consider introducing your baby to a bottle. For example, you may want to start using a bottle so that you can start feeding your little one some expressed breast milk; or, know that you will need to leave your baby when returning to work, and you want to ensure they have some milk while you’re away from them.

Whatever the reason, this guide sets out how to go about giving your baby their first bottle, top tips in the early stages of introducing your little one to a bottle, and tactics that you can use when your child resists a bottle:

25 July 2017

Are e-cigs a gateway to traditional smoking?

Electronic cigarettes and their associated e-liquids have become one of the most popular ‘gadgets’ in recent times. Almost out of nowhere these alternatives to traditional smoking have given smokers the kind of opportunities to either kick traditional cigarettes to the kerb in favour of these more practical alternatives.

Depending on which media sources you read, e-cigs have a wide range of pros and cons. There are sceptics who believe e-cigs are a gateway to traditional smoking and believe there is a substantial risk to young people who are attracted to new forms of technology. They think the young will overlook potential health risks and take up vaping or even traditional smoking just so they’re “on trend”.

24 July 2017

Win | 1 of 2 VR Real Feel Racing Virtual Reality Systems

Created by VR Entertainment Ltd, VR Real Feel Racing offer technology that puts players inside the action like never before. Using a 3D system with a steering wheel for intuitive control and movement. With thrilling games and VR apps to download, the VR Real Feel Racing Simulator puts you in the driver's seat for a truly exciting and immersive virtual experience.

Featuring a 42mm lens headset that harnesses the power of Apple or Android smartphones, VR Real Feel Racing delivers pixel-popping graphics in stereo 3D. A patented Bluetooth steering wheel with Max Force Feedback, enables players to steer, accelerate, brake and change the view with the steering wheel, far more intuitive than tilting the head! 

VR Real Feel Racing is available now for £39.99rrp. Available from Toys R Us, Amazon and Smyths, Halfords and Debenhams.

23 July 2017

Save Money By Buying And Selling Online

As someone who spends a lot of time online, I find myself drifting to online shopping a lot and usually end up with all sorts in my imaginary online shopping cart. Shopping online is not only a great way to save time, but you can search around for products so easily and usually get a better deal too. 

Amazon and eBay are my initial go to places when I'm looking for something, and then I use Google before locating to the well known shops and small independents. I've easily saved hundreds of pounds by searching online, Christmas is the best time to be looking too as all those online shops have sales too. No need to even leave your arm chair!

Family Portrait Ideas For Your Photo Album

Documenting your life with your children in various ways is one of the best ways to have something amazing to look back on later on. How about some fun family portrait ideas for your photo album? Here are a few to get you started!

22 July 2017

Essential Tips for Your First Family Camping Trip

Camping with your kids is an experience to cherish for many years to come. You will enjoy plenty of laughter and lots of fun, plus it will be an incredibly enriching experience too. However, you may be worried that camping as a family can be stressful; especially if this is not something you have done before. The key is to be prepared. Read on to discover some essential tips for your first camping trip.

21 July 2017

The Modest Living Room Makeover: 5 Tips For Success

The living room is arguably the most important space in the whole family home. It’s the place where the household can interact together and enjoy the closeness that only time with loved ones can bring. Therefore, ensuring that your lounge is fit for purpose is essential.

Transforming your living room needn’t be a budget-busting activity, though. These quick, easy, and affordable design tricks should help you create a winning vibe with minimal hassle. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s turn those vision of the perfect space into a reality.

15 July 2017

Splash About Gecko Happy Nappy

It's safe to say that we're a family that loves swimming. I mean, we go at least once a week and both T and C have swimming lessons to teach them all the basics so they're both able to safely manoeuvre in the water. 

J will also be starting lessons too, although these will be parent and child one so I'll be in the pool with him at all times. When Splash About got in touch and asked if he'd like to try out their new and improved Happy Nappy, I couldn't wait to give it a go and see how he liked it when swimming.

11 July 2017

Classic Looks For The Spring Season

Spring is once again upon us and it’s time to choose your outfits accordingly. It’s always a challenge, as spring is a changeable and uncertain month and you want to pick clothes that let you enjoy the fine weather, and fit in in a sun soaked park, but that will also work if you need to cover up in a hurry and keep warm and dry.

Lots of the big design names latest seasons have some very bold looks and fresh ideas, but if you want to cut a more classical figure, we’ve prepared some advice for timeless looks for the spring that’ll see you through to summer in style.

Shift Dress
A classic of the spring season: lighter than you will have been wearing since September and with a nigh universally flattering silhouette for when you’re enjoying drinks in the longer, hotter evenings. Picking out a shift dress in monochrome stripes can give you a more exciting, experimental look, or you can hew close to the classics with a solid navy design.

10 July 2017

A Gardening Calendar For Growing Your Own

Dobies of Devon, an award-winning seeds supplier, has put together this in-depth grow your own gardening calendar so that you know precisely what to plant and when for the remainder of the year. 

So, whether you’re looking to spruce up your garden or aiming to make the most of your outdoor space, see what you can do in the months to come…

9 July 2017

My Hair And Body Essentials To Get The Salon Look At Home

As a mum, I am aware of all the time restraints I have when it comes to actually making myself look presentable. I mean, when I'm slumming it at home, I'll scrape my hair back and my face probably won't even see a lick of eyeliner never mind a full face of make up. 

When I'm going out though, it do try to actually make myself look less zombie-like, but having 3 children that take up most of my time and take an absolute age to get ready themselves, it is hard to find the time to look after myself and make me look like the 29 year old young mama I am. 

I mean, who actually has time to sit in a salon for 3 hours with foils in their hair, spend days on end waxing, or doing a full on contour everyday, as I sure as hell don't. 

It's taken a while to find my style, my look and my preferences, and my sensitive skin causes me so much bother too, but eventually, I've rounded up all my favourite products, all those products that help me look presentable in the shortest amount of time. 

8 July 2017

This Time Next Year We'll Be Millionaires!

When people talk about winning the lottery, you know it's always a pipe dream. I mean, not many people have the luck of being able to pick those correct numbers and end up rolling in it! And then it comes to seeing people win and you usually find a couple of types of people:
  1. The ones who would make it their mission to spend it as quickly as they can.
  2. The 'I'll still keep my job' people.
  3. The investors who keep their money growing.
I personally thinking I'm the latter of these. I'm sure we've all dreamt of winning the Lotto once or twice and wondered what we'd actually spend the money on if we were that lucky. 

For me, although yes I would have some nice holidays and buy a few lavish things, I'm still too tight to pay extortionate rates for things so there'd be no high-end shopping or splurging on things I wouldn't actually ever use.

7 July 2017

How My 'Me Time' Starts At The Gym

Before J started pre-school, it wasn't often that I actually got a bit of time for myself. I would either be running around after him, or playing with him. And now, since he's started at pre-school and whilst T and C are both at school, I've been making sure that I get some time to get away from everything and just be myself. 

And I'm telling you now that I was totally shocked when I realised that the 'me time' I was actually craving was some time at the gym. Now you'd think that going to the gym would be gruelling and something that people don't actually want to do, but for me, it makes me feel free. 

6 July 2017

Creating An Easy To Maintain Garden

There's nothing worse, on that first day of Summer, to open your curtains, see that bright sun, and then run outside to realise that your garden looks a right state, and that it's going to take a good few hours to get it ready for playing in and enjoying. 

That's why I opt to creating our garden to be easy to maintain all year round. And here's how I do it:

5 July 2017

Four Modern Ways To Light Your Home

The light in a room can make or break the look of it. Too dark and you’ve got an unwelcoming dark and dingy room that everyone will want to avoid. Too bright or harsh, and you’ve got a room that could give you a headache and not help you to relax at all. Light affects you when you’re in a room, as well as the colour of the room; light can make colours in the room look better or worse, depending on the lighting you choose. 

As well as all of that, you’ll want to use lighting to create a certain ambiance in a room, like mood lighting in kitchens or spotlights in an office, for instance. But you also use lighting as part of your room decor. A room painted in a modern colour scheme, like monochrome, for example, can suddenly look outdated if you have old-style lamp shades and fittings. So there really is more to lighting that you might think! Here are some modern ways to light your home to help create the look that you’re after.

4 July 2017

Getting Summer Ready With Jacamo

It's not often I write about my husband and so when this opportunity came up, I thought it was a good time to let him feature a bit more on my blog. Jacamo got in touch and wanted to work with me on writing about their clothing. My husband regularly buys from there any way so I knew that he'd love to pick out some items. 

He had a look around the site out picked out 3 pairs of men's shorts that he liked the look of. This was just before we went away too so it was the perfect timing to get some wear out of the shorts. I mean, we are in England so it's not that often that we get some good sun!

2 July 2017

Bitter Union Cocktail Bitters From 31Dover

Whilst we were away, we decided to enjoy our evenings down on the beach. It had quietened down at this time and meant that the kids could play, and run around without having to dodge the sunbathers, it was stunning weather too so we could just sit and watch them having fun.

We brought a little picnic down with us so that the boys could snack whilst they played, and we were sent some Bitter Union cocktail bitters from 31Dover.com so it meant that we could enjoy a little tipple in the evening sun. Cue people giving me a dodgy look as they noticed me photographing what looked like alcohol on the beach!

1 July 2017

Crafting Father's Gifts With Hobbycraft

Now I know you're probably looking at this post and noticing that it's a few weeks late. Well that's because we've been away and so our Father's Day was celebrated late. It meant that we couldn't do any of our crafts until we had got back. 

Well, this year we decided to follow the framed writing bandwagon and Hobbycraft helped us do just that. They sent us a selection of items to get creative with and left us to get our craft on, so the kids could each make their dad their very own, unique gift. 

30 June 2017

Getting My Workout On With DW Sports

Over the past couple of months, I've been getting more and more serious about my fitness levels. I started going to the gym and am eating better. Okay, I've not quite put the chocolate down, but I'm eating better than I did before, and more in moderation, so you know, it all helps eventually. 

But going to the gym has been one of my favourite things to do. I thought it would end up feeling like a chore and I'd hate going, but it's so exhilarating. It feels like I've finally been given some 'me time' back, especially so now that the littlest has started pre-school. 

Why Katie Thistleton Is The Perfect Presenter For A Kids’ Book Event

Most famous for her appearances on CBBC, Katie Thistleton is a woman of many talents - just ask her booking agents! The frontwoman for many BBC projects joined the CBBC team in 2013 and has gone from strength to strength since then.

With stints on Blue Peter, Jedward’s Big Adventure and Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up she’s a familiar face to youngsters and parents up and down the country, and recently co-presented a programme marking 30 years of CBBC.

Her personal love of reading and interest in books has always shone through in her work, and she presents The CBBC Book Club, which airs on Sundays and sees her interviewing some of the biggest names in kids books.

29 June 2017

Vale of Mowbray - The Yorkshire Pork Pies

Being from Yorkshire, I love nothing more than championing Yorkshire brands, and so when Vale of Mowbray got in touch, I knew straight away that I'd want to try out their wares. Vale of Mowbray are a pork pie brand and have been baking and brewing delicious things for over 2 centuries. Over the past years though, they've stopped brewing so that they could achieve the perfect bake, making every pie even scrummier. 

From snack pies, to large ones, and even the giant Grosvenor with is complete with eggs, they have a whole range of pies, and flavours available for everyone to tuck in to. 

28 June 2017

Red Kite Push Me 2U Stroller Review

A few months ago, we decided that it was about the right time to get rid of J's pram. He likes walking most of the time now and so we thought that he might as well start walking with us rather than being sat in the buggy all day whilst we are out places. 

When we were planning our trip to Scarborough, we realised that he would probably need a buggy whilst there because we'll be going places that are quite far away, doing a lot of walking, and he might even need to nap at some point too. This meant that we had to start looking for a little buggy again. 

27 June 2017

Top 5 Popular Home Improvement Projects

Improving your home is something most people get around to sooner or later. It not only enhances the environment you live in, but adds value to your property. From replacing an existing kitchen with a more modern alternative, to giving the living room a new lick of paint, there are plenty of home improvements we can do to improve the condition, look and functionality of our homes. 

Balustrade Components, specialists in supplying high quality fittings and fixtures for balustrades, explores the top five popular home improvement projects homeowners embark on to give their home a stylish makeover.

10 Things You Should Consider Before Investing In Underfloor Heating

People invest in underfloor heating for a whole host of reasons, including comfort, the creation of more space, and increased efficiency, just to mention a few. During a chilly day, who would want to miss the opportunity of touching a warm, cozy floor when you step out of bed?

Underfloor heating is compatible with various home designs, be it modern, traditional or retro styles. Underfloor heating is also suitable for different flooring designs, making it a viable option for a wide range of décor styles.

If you are thinking about taking the plunge and investing in underfloor heating, Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies, suppliers of high quality underfloor heating kits, takes a look at ten things you should consider before investing in underfloor heating.

26 June 2017

How To Get Free Makeup And Beauty Products

Living on a shoestring budget doesn't mean you have to give up the little pleasures of being a woman. You can pamper yourself and look your best without spending any money.

Free makeup may sound like a nice perk to some, but to beauty junkies, this can make the difference between a normal life and bankruptcy. Beauty-obsessed women are always going to spend their last dime on the latest liquid lipstick, the newest eye shadow palette or the latest revolutionary cream that can help her fight the first signs of aging. This leads to a situation in which the makeup bags of these girls are overflowing with lipsticks, blushes and other products, while their wallets are empty.

These girls know the price of their addiction, but some of them have no idea they can get lots of cosmetics for free. Many reputable brands offer free makeup throughout the year, so you may never have to buy such products again. These freebies aren't just samples you can only use for one week or so. They are full size lipsticks, facial masks, creams and serums.

Looking Through Our Top Holiday Moments

Last week, we spent the whole wee at the coast in Scarborough and during this time I managed to capture a whole range of photos of us all, and the surroundings around us. From playing on the beach and having fun, to family shots and unspoilt views. 

I do love taking photographs and although I'm no professional (taking them all on my iPhone!) I do love to try ad set the scene to get them looking just right. Instagram worthy indeed!

Beach photos are a favourite of mine. Looking out over the ocean, with no one else in sight. Go at dusk and you get the most amazing lighting to work with, and can capture some of my best shots from there.

25 June 2017

The Benefits Of Office Yoga

Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. It has become popular as a system of physical exercise, however in Indians traditions, it is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core.

Yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing, and the main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. I personally think it' just a great way of giving yourself a bit of space, clearing your head and giving a gentle exercise to the body. 

This is my half-arsed attempt at the Tree Pose whilst on the beach

Win | 1 of 2 Peppa's Laugh & Learn Laptops

Character toys are a great way to get children learning through play with their favourite people. Peppa Pig is such a huge character and I'm sure all kids love her.

The Peppa's Laugh & Learn Laptop give children the chance to get busy on their very own laptop. With a lovely chunky design, it has fun shaped buttons and a backlit screen to help children engage with the toy and answer different questions and challenges. 

It features four different games modes to help with colours, numbers, letters and word recognition. The cute laptop also has a lift-up lid and carry handle for play on the go. The Peppa's Laugh & Learn Laptop helps with early number and colour recognition, building communication and vocabulary skills, hand-eye co-ordination and imaginative play.

Alternative Ways to Get Your Kids Active

All children should be physically active for at least one hour a day (children over 5). This physical activity helps grow strong muscles and bones, maintain a healthy weight and build their confidence, and by encouraging your child to find activities they enjoy, you can build this physical activity into family life for you all to enjoy together. 

And it doesn't necessarily have to cost a fortune to do. Yes, places to visit, obstacle courses, days out, adventures centres, can cost a lot of money, but as a family, we try to think of our own way around this. Making our own adventures, visiting free places and creating our own activities, that sort of thing. 

So, instead of a list of fun places that kids can run off some steam, I thought I'd list the alternative ways that kids can get active:

24 June 2017

Hazards Associated With Using E-cigarettes Around Children

The general public is very well informed and knowledgeable regarding the dangers of smoking tobacco around children and babies. However, few parents and adults know if any dangers exist related to smoking e-cigarettes. The relevant question that you need to ask is whether it safe for you to use an e-cigarette around your kids as wells as what they safety aspects are regarding other people using it when your children are around.

Although research on the subject is unconfirmed, some risks have already been associated with secondhand e-cigarette vapor. So before you pull out your e-cigarette, consider the following facts and health hazards that it could have for your children:

16 June 2017

Attic Conversion | The Planning Stages

A few month ago I wrote about how we are converting our attic into a master bedroom and since then a lot has happened to help us on our way. We've had plans drawn up and sent off and I've also had the most important job of scouring Pinterest for the most amazing designs that we probably can never afford, to  make the space into our very own bedroom. 

Now these planning stages aren't just about sending off the drawing to planning, but also about trying to work out how we can successfully convert the attic, making the most of all the available space whilst making sure it does end up looking like a bedroom once finished and not just a dark and dingy attic. 

15 June 2017

Jamie's Italian Super Lunch Menu Review

I love eating out and try to do it as much as possible. It would usually consist of finding somewhere that serves reasonable food in a speedy time so that the kids didn't get bored and kick off. Now they're all in school and pre-school though, it gives the husband and I a bit more time to enjoy meals out together. 

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to Jamie's Italian Leeds Restaurant to give their food the once over. It's somewhere we've always said we'd try but that we'd never got chance to in the past so we really couldn't wait to get there.

12 June 2017

Blogging Isn't As Easy As It Might Look

As a person who has been blogging for over 5 years now, I have had my share of people who just don't get it at all, and even my explanations does nothing for them. I usually get the 'oh, so you get free stuff then. I should start a blog' and wonder how cheeky people can be. You wouldn't say that to any other profession, so why mine?

I can tell you something right now, blogging isn't easy!

11 June 2017

Gifts For Father's Day 2017

I got a press release the other day and it mentioned that Father's Day isn't as important as Mother's Day because it's Googled less, and it got me thinking, are we in an age whereby, if Google says something, we believe it?

For me, Father's Day is just as important, if not more so, than Mother's Day. And I'd much rather my sons pick out something for my husband on Father's Day, than for me on Mother's Day. Anyway, I totally went off piste here but just wanted to point that out. So, let's get on with the show now shall we. 

I'm sure you've come to recognise that each year I put out a Father's Day gift guide. Showing off all of those gifts that are currently on the market which I think would be ideal gifts for the men in my life, and hopefully yours too. 

So, without further ado, here is my Father's Day gift guide for 2017...

9 June 2017

Visiting All The Countries In The UK

I love the UK. It's like, going from county to county and seeing so much difference. Growing up, I've always lived in England and have visited Scotland maybe a handful of times, but never the other 2 countries on the UK - Wales and Northern Ireland.

As my children get older, I want to make sure that they get to visit all of the amazing places that we have on our doorstep in the UK and my husband has especially always wanted to visit Northern Ireland. 

1 June 2017

What To Expect With Postpartum Hair Loss

Over the years, my hair has been ever changing. From being thin and wispy when I was younger, to thick and luscious whilst pregnant. So, it's a shock when your hair starts to fall out once the baby is born. And to be clear  this is normal! 

After you give birth, your estrogen levels take a tumble and a lot more hair follicles enter the resting stage. Soon you'll have more hair coming out in the shower or on the brush. This unusual shedding will taper off and your hair will be back to its pre-pregnancy thickness about six to 12 months after you give birth. 

Top Tips For Visiting Canada With Kids

As every parent knows, organising a family holiday takes a lot of effort and planning. Gone are the carefree days of heading off at a moment’s notice. Canada is an increasingly popular destination for UK families and has loads to offer kids in a beautiful and safe environment. There is so much choice that it can be a little overwhelming so it is important to plan ahead and choose the type of holiday that will suit your family.

Before you go you will need to get a Canadian eta and arrange adequate travel and health insurance for all the family. It is very common for kids to get ill when travelling and so this is vital for your peace of mind and for their safety. Packing is another concern and there is no such thing as travelling light when you have kids! The items that you take with you will depend on which of the following types of holiday you choose to book.

Camping Doesn't Have To Be A muddy Affair

I remember when I was younger, the thought of going into a soaking wet, and muddy field (cos' it's always raining in here Blighty!) filled me with dread and I always said that it would be something that I'd never do. 

Who would want to spend all that time scraping down mud laden clothing afterwards and rinsing out wellies. I mean, I don't even look good in wellies - they're just not my thing.

29 May 2017

Packing Light For The Summer Holidays With Simply Be

In a few weeks we'll be packing up and going to the coast for a week so lately I've been slowly collecting stuff ready for everything to be packed. What's hard though, as a mum to 3 children, is packing everything we need but having a limited amount of space to do so. 

We go by train so only have enough spare hands to take the pram and then one big case, sometimes a little holdall too, and so it's these times that I realise just how much stuff we do actually use and start trying to utilise the clothing I have to swap and change so that I can easily make different outfits out of a few pieces of clothing. 

27 May 2017

Going Floral This Summer

It's no secret that I love colourful clothing. I mean, around 90% of my wardrobe is bright, or pastel, or a colour or some shade that's not black or white. I actually have hardly any plain clothing as I adore colour too much. 

For summer though, my love of colour goes further as I opt for floral clothing. I adore floral designs, whether or big, or small patterns, I just love how they can make almost any outfit summery. 

25 May 2017

Top 5 Exercise For Weight Loss After Pregnancy

It is part of the course that you will gain a few pounds in pregnancy. With a healthy and varied diet, as well as remaining as active as possible during pregnancy combined with plenty of rest will all help to keep your weight in check.

Many women worry about losing the post-baby weight. The good news is that post-baby weight gain is not here to stay. Take a look at these top five exercises from HARTMANN Direct for promoting weight loss once your baby has arrived.

24 May 2017

Have A Quirky Father's Day With Qwerkity

It's not long until Father's Day arrives and I'm a lover of gifting unusual and unique gifts to my dad and husband. Qwerkity is an unusual and practical gifts website that offer a whole range of gifts for people of all ages. 

When they got in touch and asked me to pick out a few items from their Father's Day gifts, I got straight to checking them out to see what I could find for the men in my life. 

Increasing The Value Of Your Household

Whether you're trying to work your way up the property ladder, or trying to create your dream home, you need to know how to maximise the value of where you live, s that in the long run, all your money is well spent. It's not all just about cosmetic enhancements such as converting the loft or redesigning the kitchen though, considering basic structural repairs can increase the value of your home over time. 

I've been asked by Balustrade Components to think about how you can increase the value of your household to promote this survey (make sure you fill it in!), and here are my 5 tips to help you on your way:

21 May 2017

The Hilary Devey Collection Diamond Mattress Review

Now, I can hear you all saying that the title of this post is a very bold statement. I mean, we all have kids right, so getting any sleep at night is a miracle, but imagine diving in to your bed and being greeted by the most comfiest mattress that you have ever laid your pretty little head on. 

Well, that's me right now as I've been given the privilege of working with Hilary Devey Collection as they've sent me one of their supreme Diamond mattresses which is one of their finest, premium luxury mattresses. 

18 May 2017

Super Geek Heroes Review and Competition

My sons are partial to watching cartoons and so, when I told them that there was a new brood of characters on the way, they couldn't wait to give the show a gander. The animated series I'm talking about is Super Geek Heroes.

The Super Geek Heroes are a unique group of super-kids... with the tagline 'having fun in turn with a mission to learn!'. Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage.