The Best Things About Nephews

The best things about nephews (or nieces for that matter, I simply don’t have any) has got to be that balance of complete love with very little responsibility. It’s perfect! I am fortunate enough to have two nephews, two brilliant nephews. Nope, no bias here at all. I have been there to watch them grow and develop, having seen them pretty much every week of their lives. My eldest nephew, now 21, was around eighteen months old when I first met him, as I started dating the Husband. He was the first grandchild, the first nephew, the first son, so Read more >

Fruity Wheat Bisks

I shared earlier this week that we’ve been working with Princes and their #mumsontherun campaign. They are encouraging us to keep canned fruit in for easy and speedy breakfasts, ensuring less food waste whilst helping us to get one of our five a day. The kids have really been enjoying getting involved in creating breakfast recipes each day, which is lovely to see and they are then really excited to try the different fruits and flavours. Little Man is always up for trying new things, though can then be fussy about what he does and doesn’t like. Boo on the Read more >

Easy & Fruity Breakfast Recipes

Things have changed around here at breakfast, thanks to being involved in Princes’ Mums on the Run campaign. Princes are encouraging us to stock up with their canned fruit range, helping us to serve up healthy and easy breakfasts for our families. I have to say, when I first got involved in this, I had one of those, ‘why didn’t I think of this before?’ moments! I do like to ensure that the kids and I have plenty of fruit in our diets, but I hadn’t thought about using canned fruit to do it, or to add it to our 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 >

A Family Holiday at Duinrell, Holland

If you follow me on social media, you might have spotted some of our adventures when we were on holiday last month. As we had such a great time at Duinrell in Holland, I thought I’d share a little more about what we got up to and where we stayed, as if you are looking for a great family holiday, I would definitely recommend it. My friends have heard me banging on about it, so now you can! We all loved it, it was great for all four of us. None of us wanted to leave and we could have Read more >

Our 2017 Adventures Wishlist

I have said it before and I will say it again, I do not like January. I am a summer person, I like warmth, sunshine and pottering about in the garden. I am OK with autumn as I love the changing colours and the cosy evenings, I then have Christmas to look forward to which I love but when that’s all over and I’m left with cold January I am not happy! Knowing this, I decided to book a little weekend away for us all for this coming weekend and having that on the horizon is making this month and Read more >

On Sibling Love

I have no doubt mentioned here before that I have a brother. A little brother, though to be fair, he is a tad taller than me now! My brother and I have the same age gap as my children. Well, if we’re being absolutely exact, our age gap is 2 years, 11 months and 2 days, whereas Little Man’s and Boo’s is 2 years and 11 months dead on. And yes, my brother did berate me at the time of Little Man’s birth for not getting the gap right! We got on well as kids. My childhood is filled with Read more >

Word of the Week 7/10/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! 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 lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >

Pokemon Go Has Got Me

The Husband came home a few evenings ago and showed me his phone with a Squirtle on our lawn. He threw a ball at it and trapped it, popping him in his Pokedex. He was so pleased with himself. He is 40 years old. A few hours later, he randomly started walking around the house whilst we were in the middle of watching Orange is the New Black. I asked him what he was doing. It seems he’d started his waft, so was looking to attract more Pokemon. Totally normal. By the weekend, I caved. As he showed it to my Read more >

10 Brilliant Board Games for Kids: Every Family Home Should Own These!

10 Brilliant Board Games for Kids

We love our board games here. I enjoyed them as a child and that has stayed with me to this day. It’s a rare few months that go by here without a new board game arriving. Now for the purposes of this post, I’m calling them board games, though strictly speaking, they don’t all have a ‘board’, but I’m assuming you catch my drift. These are not apps or PS4 games. I firmly believe that playing board games is good for children. It teaches them so many things whilst they are having fun. The need to take it in turns Read more >

My Son, the Pathological Liar…

My son is 3 years old. And he lies. A lot. Is this normal, I muse to myself? I suppose one person’s normal is another person’s strange. I know that my daughter wasn’t like this at his age. She’d much rather tell the truth and fight it out with me. My girl is now 6 years old and is the very epitome of fairness, compassion and honesty. She has her faults, of course, but a liar she is not. In fact, on the rare occasion that she attempts it, we both dissolve into fits of laughter because she can’t help Read more >

Our Perfect Holiday

When I started to ponder what would make our perfect holiday, the answer fell into two distinct camps for me – before children and after children! Before the kids came along, the Husband and I went on a variety of holidays, each one special. There were the beach holidays, perfect for lazing around, splashing in the pool, reading books, meals out and recharging. Then we had the culture breaks, seeing the cities, appreciating the history and the art. And finally the cram-it-all-in fun times, shopping, sightseeing and theatres. We’ve relaxed whilst the Red Sea ebbed at our toes, marvelled at the Read more >

The Cousins

Every Sunday afternoon sees us all going round to my parents in law’s home. The children love to see their grandparents, of course, and the Husband’s sister’s family also go round, so we all get to catch up together. I do like seeing the four cousins together. My nephews are 18 and 12, yet the four of them get on so well, with J and T looking out for the smaller two and getting involved in all sorts of play dreamed up by my two. Their play often involves using the boys as climbing frames, horses, piggy backs, anything involving Read more >

Word of the Week – 1/8/14

Thank you so much for continuing to share and to link up. I do love reading about everyone’s weeks! 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. Come join in! All that I ask is that if you link up, you link back to me, and visit as many of the Read more >

The Theme Game – Family

Welcome to the new look, The Theme Game! From now on, it’s so simple! Redpeffer and I will choose a weekly theme and invite you to link up any posts that fit with it, old or new. It’s a chance to give some older posts a new airing, or to write to your heart’s content on the new theme – totally up to you, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with. I’ll always announce the following week’s theme at the bottom of Tuesday’s posts, too, so you’ve plenty of time to write or find an appropriate Read more >

Muppet Christmas Carol Day

Everyone has this day, right? In the build up to Christmas? A family tradition, and an official ‘day’? No?! Why not??! Muppet Christmas Carol Day is a big deal in my family. It started when my brother and I still lived at home, though we struggle to recall exactly when it began. It already existed by the time I met the Husband, and as that was back in ’97, we can safely say it’s a fairly longstanding tradition! The Husband was soon introduced to it, and then my brother’s wife, and now my children. It tends to be the second Read more >