McCain Teatime Takeover

Every once in a while I hear about a competition that is totally original and unique. They are few and far between, I find, but this one from McCain looks pretty special to me and definitely a lot of fun for the kids. It’s the McCain Teatime Takeover, easy enough to enter, and with a somewhat unusual prize…   The team at McCain know that family mealtimes can be special, an important part of the day, but they can also be a time that just passes us by. Well, to make it totally and spectacularly more special, they’ve launched their Teatime Takeover Read more >

McCain Teatime Takeover logo copy


Word of the Week 3/7/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. One of my favourite parts of my week is reading everyone’s words, so thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and link up. And thank you all so much for your lovely comments and well wishes about Harry last week, all much appreciated. If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog Read more >

Getting Hot, Hot, Hot with Melijoe

Kids Clothing Sale Alert!!! The weather is at last hotting up, summer is definitely here! With Boo still at school, it’s been all about dashing into the garden when she comes home, the two kids racing round on their bikes, riotously playing on the slide, water pistol fights and strawberry picking. It’s been lovely. But with just two weeks left of school now, my thoughts are definitely turning to the summer break and the lovely day trips, holidays and adventures that we will have. And for those, the kids need their summer-wear, and Melijoe has a summer sale on right now. Read more >

melijoe boys sale

Top Amenities to Search for When Travelling

Holidaying is one of the top pastimes for many Brits, and travelling to the US is a firm favourite. They visit places such as Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco and Orlando. They receive various levels of enjoyment on their trips. One of the main components of a successful holiday is the experience that one has in a hotel. A hotel must be clean and affordable, and its staff members must be friendly and helpful. A person can find a list of affordable hotels in Washington DC through a helpful comparison site. Comparison sites show no favouritism to any particular Read more >

Fun Kids Books & a Giveaway!

Boo had a very exciting delivery last month from Stripes Publishing. She was absolutely thrilled to open up a parcel and find it packed with books! That’s my girl! So just a few books to be keeping her busy with then?! At 5, my daughter just loves her books, so she’s definitely taking after me so far. I was as excited as she was to get going on these! As this was just a few weeks ago, we’ve not read them all yet, but we have made a start, and I wanted to share them with you and tell you Read more >

animal stories

stationery swap

Stationery Swap Time!

It’s a new month, and with it brings a new #BringBackPaper activity. I was actually going with something else this month initially, but as the swap that I ran earlier this year was so popular, and as I’ve had several requests for another, this month will be a… STATIONERY SWAP!! Yes, it’s back and I suspect it will be even bigger than before! It’s pretty simple. Pop a bundle of stationery bits and bobs together, and send them out into the world to your swap partner so that they have received them by the end of July. You can include whatever Read more >

Magic Blackout Blinds & More

I cannot be the only parent who has used towels and sheets to try and black out the light in a caravan? Surely?! If we stay in a caravan, the beds are invariably right underneath the window meaning that I know my kids will be up at the crack of dawn when the light floods through, that’s if they go to sleep in the first place as they’re convinced it’s still daytime so should be playing. They have blackout blinds with blackout curtains over them in their bedrooms at home. We take little chances here that daylight will sneak in and Read more >

magic blackout blinds


Win A Google Chromecast

Time for a lovely little competition this afternoon, and this one’s a fun one! I have one Google Chromecast up for grabs… Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favourite entertainment and apps right onto the big screen. So very versatile, and easy to take out and about with you, too. I can see it being handy when going away on holiday, and in the home. I believe that Google offer free movies through it, as Read more >

Stop and Smell the Roses

How often do you just stop? Entirely, I mean? I know for me it’s a very rare thing. I realised this last weekend. The Husband took the kids out for a couple of hours. It’s not often I have time alone like this, and this was only because the dog’s getting over surgery and we didn’t want to leave him home on his own. Two hours. What could I do in two hours? I’d planned to write a couple of blog posts, naturally. But then a headache struck and sitting in front of a screen just wasn’t an option. I Read more >

Stop and Smell the Roses

Harry resting

Word of the Week 26/6/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. One of my favourite parts of my week is reading everyone’s words, so thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and link up. If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be Read more >

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle cake always goes down well in our house. It’s one of those favourites that every single member of my household eats, which is actually quite a rare thing for us. My mum sometimes bakes it for us, and it’s also my nephew’s favourite cake, so his birthday cake is often a lemon drizzle cake. Yum. Yet I’ve not baked one myself before. I’m not sure why, and having now done it, I know it’s actually really easy to do so. So today I’m sharing with you the recipe, which I got from Flora’s recipe section…. Ingredients: -Cake- 175 g Read more >

making a lemon drizzle cake

Tips for Family-Friendly Flooring

Think About The Family-Friendly Floor

Flooring isn’t something that I gave a whole lot of thought to when we first bought our house. There were carpets I didn’t like, so we replaced them quite soon after we moved in, and that’s about as much as I thought about it. Oh, how things have changed! Now, 10 years on, I’m very aware of flooring. I have a dog and two young children, and these factors really matter where carpet and floors are concerned. So if you’re about to invest in some new carpets or are moving home, these are a few things I’ve learned over the Read more >

Papery Peep June 2015

Welcome to this month’s Papery Peep. A chance to share all things pretty and papery, and I invite you to link up any paper-loving posts, too. I love to read them! It was my birthday this month. Friends and family know me well, so amongst other gorgeous gifts, I received a fair bit of paper… Spoiled! I was also fortunate enough to receive Judy Blume’s latest book from her publicists so I’m looking forward to reading that. Takes me right back to Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret and Forever. I think I read all of her books, such a Read more >

stationery june

bobux shoes trainer

Bobux Shoes Review

When New Zealand founded Bobux shoes got in touch with me, I have to confess I hadn’t heard of them before. More fool me really, as when I went over to their Bobux UK website, there were so many styles that appealed to me for my 2 year old son. In addition to looking good, they are made to look after the health of your little ones’ feet, with shoes made with flexible soles as it ‘encourages correct anatomical foot development and allows natural balance, coordination & posture.’  They currently have over a dozen sandal designs, a similar amount of boots, and then shoes Read more >

The 30 Seconds Kids Book Series

We have discovered a new children’s non-fiction series here and we are absolutely loving it! Let me tell you all about them, and then I’ll give one of you a chance to win a bundle of them, too… Ivy Press publish these brilliant books, and there are several titles in the series. As you can see, we’ve been enjoying Inventions in 30 Seconds, Ancient Egypt in 30 Seconds, Earth in 30 Seconds and Myths in 30 Seconds. There are other topics covered, such as space, science ideas, oceans and the human body, and there will be books about insects and weather Read more >

ancient egypt in 30 seconds

Painting Fun Without Paintbrushes beginnings

Painting Fun Without Paintbrushes

My kids love painting. I love watching them, seeing the scenes that they create, the mess that they get into, the smiles on their faces as they do it. So yesterday I thought I’d let them loose on the lining paper, but make things a little different this time. I invited them to paint without paintbrushes… I gathered together various bits and bobs from around the house that we no longer needed and that I thought might be interesting for them. I asked them to look about, too, and Boo came up with the idea to use their toothbrushes – Read more >

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