Reviews


Have You Made Your Will Yet?

Have you made your will yet? I must admit that I hadn’t until this month. And with children aged 8 and 5 years old, it has been one of those things that I’ve been meaning to get around to for years, but I just never have. Why? I thought it would be a lot of hassle, time and expense, so I simply kept putting it off. And it seems that I’m not alone, as only 1 in 10 parents in the UK has officially appointed guardians for their children and written wills. Well, thanks for an invitation to do so Read more >


Mrs Wordsmith Review & Giveaway

When Mrs Wordsmith got in touch with me, I did not hesitate to agree to find out more about them and give it a go. It’s no secret that I am very passionate about literacy here and am always encouraging the kids with their reading, writing and storytelling, so this seemed to be absolutely perfect for us. And as I like to think of you, there is also the chance for one of you to win a Mrs Wordsmith subscription, so do read on… Mrs Wordsmith was created by a UK mum who wanted to help her children fall in Read more >


ROXI: 5 Music Products in 1! Review

Today I want to share with you details about a new product from Electric jukebox, their music entertainment product for families, the ROXI. ROXI works through the family TV and speakers and offers 5 music entertainment products in 1 easy-to-use box: Music Streaming, Karaoke, Worldwide Radio, Music Games and a therapeutic Sound Machine. There’s also a motion sensitive controller with built-in microphone for voice control and karaoke, and Family Protect, a feature which switches off access to all explicit music on ROXI at the touch of a button. This short video serves as a great introduction to what it’s all Read more >


Lonely Planet Kids Books

When Lonely Planet Kids got in touch offering us the chance to check out a couple of their new books, we couldn’t resist. We are a household that loves our books, and I like to add to the kids’ reference books  selection as much as their fiction shelves. These new titles have been brought out just in time for Christmas, so if you’re like me and always like to buy your kids at least one new book for Christmas, this is perfect timing. We were sent two surprise titles,  How Animals Build and Dinosaur Atlas. How Animals Build Explore the Read more >


Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas

Over the weekend we were invited along to experience Drayton Manor’s Magical Christmas, and we all had a brilliant time. Drayton’s Magical Christmas includes entrance into Thomasland and all of its rides and there are even a few rides running out in the rest of Drayton Manor. There are snow showers up to three times a day in Thomas Land – oh, Boo’s face when she saw that it was snowing, it was so sweet! There’s a new 4D film showing ‘Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas’, Christmas shows in Thomasland, a 30 foot light-show Christmas tree, end of the day Read more >


Bassetts Vitamins Supporting Family Fun!

The summer is now a dim and distant memory. The darker days are drawing in and it’s definitely feeling chillier. The heating is on and it’s so tempting to just stay in and hibernate until the spring! I have always preferred summertime and the warmer months, and there’s no doubt that they are better for us as they get us out and about. With autumn here and winter drawing in, we do find ourselves indoors that little bit more. We do try to get out at the weekends as it’s important to get as much daylight and exercise as we Read more >


Photo Fun with Snapfish

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time playing around with creating a Snapfish photo book, thanks to their kind invitation to do so. I had a browse around their website and then set about designing an 11×8 landscape hardcover photo book, going for a simple theme for the pages as I plan to use this as a lovely custom Christmas gift. One of the first things that struck me was how many options are available to personalise this, ensuring that it really is a one-off thoughtful present or keepsake. There are so many layout designs available, covering the Read more >


Catch Phrase Review & Giveaway

We have a new game here and we’ve been having fun reviewing it for you. We’ve been playing Catch Phrase from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… Welcome to the hilarious Catch Phrase board game. With its updated game-play and loads of brand new brain teasers you can enjoy the excitement of the TV game show hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Each player hosts a round of; Individual, Rapid-Fire and Super Catch Phrase puzzles. There are Bonus Catchphrases to solve and Mr. Chips to hold up the Catch Phrase cards. To add Read more >


Boo’s Go Ape Party

My baby girl turns 8 tomorrow. To celebrate, she had a Go Ape party yesterday with her friends, over at Cannock Chase. Our first Go Ape experience was back in April when we visited Southampton’s Go Ape experience and both of the kids absolutely adored it. So much so that Boo decided that she wanted to have a Go Ape birthday party this year, and the lovely folks over at Go Ape were happy to oblige! Go Ape is set in one of my favourite places to visit, Birches Valley in Cannock Chase, a place we’ve enjoyed taking the kids Read more >


The Little Book of LYKKE

The Little Book of Lykke Review & Giveaway

Earlier this year I discovered the joy of reading Meik Wiking’s Little Book of Hygge, I talked about it in 5 Books Guaranteed to Inspire You and Can Embracing Hygge Make You Happier? It was an absolute pleasure to read, whilst making me think and make a few changes in my life. It’s a book I recommend to everyone, so when the folks over at Penguin Random House got in touch about Meik’s second book, The Little Book of Lykke out on the 7th September, I jumped at the chance to read it. About The Little Book of Lykke Lykke Read more >


Pirates at the National Forest Adventure Farm

We spent Saturday, our first day of the summer holidays, at the National Forest Adventure Farm. It is a firm favourite family day out of ours, so we were looking forward to visiting and checking out this summer’s activities around the pirates theme. We took a picnic and ate on arrival as once the kids know we’ve got a picnic, they have to eat it immediately. Do all children do this? On the plus side, it saved us from having to carry it around! There are loads of picnic benches scattered all over the place, and there are also restaurants Read more >

National Forest Adventure Farm Maize maze

Bistrot Pierre

Bistrot Pierre Review

We were invited to visit Bistrot Pierre over the weekend, our first time visiting, and it won’t be the last. We had a 12.30 booking and arrived to a restaurant with a few tables filled, yet by the time we left it was packed. It’s fortunate that our kids like to eat early! We often visit restaurants where there are activity packs available for the kids. My two love them, and expect them now whenever we eat out. They tend to be a sheet or a page or two, we had not experienced anything like the wonders of Bistrot Pierre’s Read more >


AniMalcolm & a Big Book Giveaway!

Today we’re delighted to be taking part in HarperCollins’ Summer Reads Book Tour. We have been reading AniMalcolm by David Baddiel, so will share more about that with you, along with running a fabulous competition for one of you to win a big bundle of middle grade books, plenty to keep you reading throughout the summer! AniMalcolm by David Baddiel Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday. The Read more >


Veronica Dearly Stationery

Veronica Dearly Review & Giveaway

A couple of weeks ago I received some fun stationery from the team over at Veronica Dearly, one of their V Gd Fun Club boxes… V Gd Fun Club is a monthly stationery subscription club, for £10 per month you will receive a box of lovely Veronica Dearly paper goods + little bonus gifts. Each box will be put together with fun in mind and will light up your letterbox sometime soon after it’s sent out on the 1st of the month. Each box will include at least 4 greetings cards and another cool thing, an A5 print and a Read more >


Everdine Review

You may have spotted recently that I am getting back to the gym. As I want to feel fitter and healthier, I have also been pondering our meal options. We need to eat more healthily, though I often struggle to make the time to cook from scratch and feel I lack the patience and skills to do so. I also feel we’ve got into a rut with some of our meals, so I wanted to try new ideas. With all of these thoughts buzzing round my head, when Everdine got in touch asking me to review their meal service it was actually Read more >

Mushroom Spaghetti Carbonara

YorkTest FoodScan Junior Review & Giveaway

You may remember that a few weeks ago, I shared with you my YorkTest food intolerance review, sharing the process that I went through (nice and simple) to my results and how I was getting on. Well today I want to talk about their new FoodScan Junior tests, designed for children. The Junior Test Kits The testing process for FoodScan Junior from a customer’s point of view is the same as that of an adult. The difference is that the kits include a sticker for the child and you need to somehow persuade said child to have a blood test. Read more >

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