As a family we love to get out and about and enjoy time outdoors together. I’ve always been a big believer in the mantra that there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing. That said, my eldest daughter Jessica does get cold very easily in the winter due to her heart condition, and it’s important that she is warmly dressed.… Read more
I can’t resist buying pretty dresses for the girls. They’re still at the age where they’re happy to let me choose their clothes and wear matching dresses. I have to admit I’m making the most of it while I still can! They have a lot of pretty dresses in their wardrobe, especially as both Nanny and Grandma also enjoy buying them clothes.… Read more
What happens when a whole host of fairy tale characters go online? Does Cinderella still need the assistance of her Fairy Godmother even when technology can help her go to the ball? With all the wonders that the internet can bring, what can possibly go wrong?
Last weekend, we were invited to have tea with Father Christmas at the Wyevale Garden Centre in Osterley. We’ve seen Father Christmas a couple of times already this year but the girls still get just as excited at the prospect of seeing him again in the run-up to Christmas.
We had to pre-book and order our food in advance. There was a choice of a hot or cold tea for the girls (priced at £9.99 each) and either a full afternoon tea or a mini tea for the adults (£7.99 and £3.99 respectively). We opted for sausages, beans and mash for the girls and a full afternoon tea for myself, hubby and my mum (who was staying with us for the weekend).… Read more
Jessica and Sophie love watching Messy Goes to Okido on CBeebies so when we were recently sent a Large Talking Messy Monster from Golden Bear Toys to review, I knew they would love it. They were both very excited when they first opened the box and spotted Messy. Pressing his tummy and hearing some of the phrases that he says in the TV programme had them in fits of giggles.… Read more
The Toddlebike2 is a pre-balance bike aimed at toddlers to help bridge the gap between baby ride-on toys and moving on to balance bikes and scooters. It can be used from when a toddler is confident with walking –around 18 months. At almost three, Sophie is right at the upper end of the target age range for the Toddlebike2 but she has been having a wonderful time trying it out.… Read more
My girls love books – especially ones with bright colourful illustrations, animal characters and stories being told in rhyme. We were recently sent a copy of Harty Hedgehog and his BuZZy Friends, one of the books in the BuZZy Friends series of books, which ticked all of those boxes.
The BuZZy friends books were originally created by Michael Walter to amuse his granddaughter. The stories help to guide children through various experiences that they might encounter, and include the “BuZZy Code” – a rhyme which helps to encourage children to be kind and thoughtful.… Read more
Over the past few weeks, the girls and I have enjoyed several baking sessions. We’ve made cupcakes and cake pops, cookies and chocolate cake. During our baking sessions we’ve been using the items supplied in the Real Baking Great Baking Set, and this week we also tried out the chocolate pen too, both of which we were sent by Vivid Real Baking.… Read more
As a busy mummy of two with a tendency to burn the candle at both ends, I’m somewhat reliant on a cup of coffee or two in the mornings to get me going. Sometimes I wonder if I drink a little too much coffee though, and whether it would be best to swap my mid-morning cuppa with another drink. I was recently invited to do just that – to swap my coffee for some POM Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice over a delicious brunch.… Read more
I have to confess that oven cleaning is one of those jobs that I constantly put off doing. I’ll wash the grill pan, wipe the hob over and give the front of the oven a quick clean, but cleaning the oven properly – well, it just doesn’t happen as often as it should. The trouble was, that I’d been putting it off so long that my oven really was quite disgusting and I knew I really needed to just grit my teeth and get on with it. Thankfully, that moment happened to coincide with an email from Fantastic Services inviting me to review one of their services, which included oven cleaning. The opportunity to have someone else do my least-favourite chore for me was not one I was about to turn down.… Read more