Saturday, 31 May 2014

Our Holiday In Tunisia

As you may have noticed I've been a little quiet on my blog recently and that is because we've been on holiday, we decided to go to Tunisia as they had a great holiday village that was perfect for the kids and the weather is usually really good there in May although unfortunately the weather was a little hit and miss while we were there.

The hotel we stayed in was amazing and we had a really lovely time, as we were in a holiday village we didn't really venture outside of the hotel although we did visit a zoo which Riley loved. I thought I'd share some of my favourite photos so you can see what we got up to and how much fun we had.


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Scotland's Best Caravan & Camping Sites

Every year we go away in our in-laws caravan at least once and I have to say I absolutely love it, I'm not much of a camper but I think being in a caravan gives you the best of both worlds because you feel like you're enjoying the outdoors and the nice parts of camping but you also get a lot of the creature comforts from home like a proper bed, an oven and a tv.

We always stick to going to the same places in the caravan, we go to Filey which is in Yorkshire or we sometimes go to New Milton which is near Bournemouth. The main reason we go to Filey is because it's my husband's childhood holiday destination and it holds a lot of good memories for him that he wants to continue with his family now. I had never been before I met my husband but I must admit it's become one of my favourite places too. We go to New Milton mainly to visit my husband's Aunt and Uncle who live there but again it's a lovely place and we always have lots of fun when we're there.

I would like to venture a bit further afield with the caravan though and try some new places, somewhere that has always interested me is Scotland and I recently came across a brilliant guide on listing the best caravan & camping sites in Scotland, it's really got me thinking about where we could go on our next caravan adventure and I'll definitely be checking out some of the location more thoroughly online.

This is a collaborative post.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Guest Post - Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Sun

Hey there! My name is Louise and I blog over at An Undomestic Goddess. I'm here today to fill in while Emma is away on holiday, hopefully having a great time :)
With summer approaching, that means our little ones will be playing outside a lot more than usual. That’s a great thing, but it’s also very important to keep them protected from the sun, heat, and dehydration. As I ended up in hospital with dehydration myself last year, I know just how horrible that can be, so today I thought I'd share a few of my top tips for keeping kids sun safe this year ...
Apply a high factor sun cream
Kids and sun cream go hand in hand! If you’re sending them out to play or you’re going on a family beach adventure, having sun cream with you is the way to go
I tend to keep a bottle with me at all times - I keep one in my handbag, one in Oscar's changing bag and I also make sure that my other half keeps on in the glove compartment of his car. That way, I know the kids aren't going unprotected.
Even if you don’t think it’s all that sunny outside, the sun’s rays can seep through and you can easily get a sunburn so it’s best to apply sun cream repeatedly throughout the day if you and your family are going be outside for long periods of time. I recommend buying in a sun cream of factor 50+
Dehydration can creep up on you and your family members almost without your knowledge. As I mentioned before, I ended up in hospital last year because of it. And I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day throughout the year! Scary huh?
With kids always running around, they may have no idea that they’re getting or thirsty. Therefore I think it's really important to make sure that they're getting plenty of fluids throughout the day.
If we're out and about I always carry 2 or 3 bottles of water around with me and I encourage the kids to have a few sips every 10-15 minutes or so.
Things like hats and 100% cotton shorts and shirts do wonders for keeping your family cool when it’s hot outside.
Make sure that your kids’ clothes aren’t tight fitting or they could develop a heat rash.
I also always keep sun hats for my kids close by. My daughter Stacey only really likes the baseball style ones, but I highly recommend the ones with the extra piece of fabric at the back to protect little ones' necks from the sun as well.

If your child starts showing signs of sunburn or heat stroke, here's what you can do to help them ...
  • Remove them from the sun straight away
  • Place them in a cool shower or bath
  • Give them extra fluids for the next 2-3 days
  • Give them ibuprofen (to the directions on the bottle)
  • Use moisturising creams or aloe gel to provide comfort
  • When going outside, cover all sunburned areas until they have fully healed
And of course if you have any worries whatsoever, don't be afraid to contact your family doctor and let them know you have concerns. They’ll point you in the direction of sound medical advice and actions.

I hope you guys found this post helpful and don't forget to come on over to An Undomestic Goddess to say "Hi".

Thanks for reading guys!

Louise xxx

Monday, 19 May 2014

Guest Post - Taking Good Risks In Life

Hi everyone! I am Jenny from Let’s Talk Mommy I have been invited by the lovely Emma here to write a guest post for you which I am ever so grateful for.  I had a few topics in mind to share with you but I decided on this one because I think for many of us we stay in our comfort zone and never take good risks in life, worried about the unknown. But those good risks in life just might make all your dreams come true. Cliche, yes but true. 

If I have learned anything in life, it’s that taking good risks is the only way to go for me. If you have a dream job, want to live abroad, start your own business or even if it’s something unexpected that creeps up, it’s ok to take good risks, you might just surprise yourself. I say good risks because there are bad risks too that can do the complete opposite and you can lose everything. I am cautious about bad risks but today I will focus on the good risks in life. For me, taking good risks changed my life completely and for the better.

I am from a very small country town in the middle of nowhere on the west coast of America. Most people from there never leave. They build their lives and have kids right where they were once kids. There is nothing wrong with that but for me, I always knew I was going to move away. I was about eight years old when I watched one of my older sister’s friends marrying her high school sweetheart. Amazing for them but I knew that day I wouldn’t stay in my town.

One of the first risks I took was moving to the big city of Seattle as soon as I graduated high school by myself. It’s about eight hour drive from where I grew up and in another state. I couldn’t wait for a great adventure and to see more of the world other than farmlands and woodlands I was used to.

I was scared at first but the excitement of the unknown kept me going. I enrolled in a great university and quickly made some great friends that I am still really close with today. They showed me the best places to eat, hang out, meet people, shop and even live. Because I went out of the comfort zone I got to experience so much more than I would have if I had just stayed where I grew up. I loved my new found freedom and going to college. Yes, it got lonely during the holidays if I couldn’t afford to go back home or on birthdays but “what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”. I think this quote is so true in so many ways. Taking good risks gives you more options in life and one of those just might change your life forever.

Breaking out of my comfort zone and moving to the big city taught me many things. I had responsibilities, a good job, my own house, and was living a life so different than I was use to back home. I loved it. City life was definitely different than country life. Everything was at a faster pace and easier to get to. I met my best friend who I have had many fun memories over the years with. We decided after graduating that we would take a trip to Mexico where I then met my gorgeous british husband.

Stepping out onto the sand in my flip flops with the sun beating on my back, I was on another adventure. I didn’t have a care in the world but only to see the world itself. I had been living in a small town way too long sheltered from the beauties of the world. Mexico was the first trip I ever took with a friend and the first beach vacation I ever had. It was beautiful.  She had never left her hometown for so much as camping trip so I told her I was going to take her on a great adventure. If I had only known that I was about to take myself on one as well, one a lot further than Mexico and a lot longer than a vacation. She decided I was right, stepping out of her comfort zone was long overdue. I pushed her to take baby steps to see another part of the world and now she travels all over it.

Our Mexico trip was lovely, with shopping, and sun tanning on the waterfront. Enjoying our relaxing time after our college finals in our hotel’s swim up bars and dancing the nights away. We were young and happy. What I didn’t expect was to run into an Englishman that would pull the rug out from underneath my feet. I thought I had it all figured out, now that I was a college graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Where I was going next and what I wanted to do, it was organized and waiting for me upon my return. But after a few days inseparable with this man, I knew those plans were never going to be. My best friend knew something had changed and I was about to take another risk in life and move across the ocean! She was sad but happy for me that I had fallen in love in such a short period of time. She knew me enough to know I didn’t believe in true love or sappy soul mate clich├ęs so when I told her I was moving to England to be with this man because my gut, my heart, and my head all screamed don’t ever let him go, she knew it was real and right for me.

It was the scariest risk I had taken thus far. So many family and friends let their worries be known. I had to defend myself on numerous occasions to set their minds at ease that I could always get on a plane and come straight home. But I was madly in love with this man who was different from anyone else I had ever met. It was more than stepping out of my comfort zone it was life changing but it was another part of the world I felt calling me.

I got on that plane four months after my return from Mexico to start a new life here in England with my new partner in crime, Mr P. All those plans I had made for my life after college went out the window. That is the beauty of life that one path may lead us one way and another might have a fork in the road for us to divert onto and bring us more happiness and joy than we ever thought possible. We just have to have courage to take a risk and take that fork in the road when it’s offered. 

I gave up my world, my culture, my comfort zone but in return I now have two beautiful children and a lovely home to share with my one true love and soul mate. Money can’t buy that only adventure and fate so get out there, seek the world and break out of your comfort zone. You never know where a different zone might take you! 

I hope your adventures in life, bring you joy and happiness. Life is too short to not experience so much of what the world has to offer. I am not saying that you can’t find your dreams and happiness right where you grew up. Through this post I only hope if the opportunity arises to do something outside your comfort zone whether it’s a new job, a new city, a new country or even a new style in your wardrobe that you will take that good risk and surprise yourself. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Guest Post - Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Baby

and I blog over at Sparkles & Stretchmarks.

Big thanks to Emma for letting me guest post on her blog while she's away on her hols...

Today I want to talk about the things nobody tells you about having a baby.

You've counted down for 9 long months, and now your wait is over and your bouncing little bundle of joy is finally here! Hurrah!

You have no doubt read countless "What To Expect..." and "Pregnancy Bible" style books and feel that there's nothing that can be thrown at you that you're not all prepared for!

Well - I hate to be the one to tell you this, but there are some surprises in store for you over the coming months....

Here is my countdown of the Top 10 Things Nobody Tells You About Having A Baby....

1. Hot Meals Are A Thing Of The Past.....

Babies seem to have some kind of built-in Grown Up Dinner Time alarm that goes off every time you're about to sit down with hot food.

No matter how much you have prepared and tried to ensure that baby has everything they need - they're fed, changed, burped and fast asleep - it doesn't matter. As soon as you sit down, you can almost guarantee that within 30 seconds that baby will be wide awake and crying! 

Salads are the way forward......

2. Doing a "Britney" will become almost tempting....

Washing your hair will suddenly seem like the world's most difficult task. No longer can you just hop into the shower and wash your hair without a care in the world ....oh no! Now you're a new Mummy you need to start scheduling tasks such as hair washing into your schedule at least a couple of days in advance.

Personally...I start thinking about washing my hair on a Monday, by Thursday I'm telling myself I absolutely MUST get around to it tomorrow....and usually by Friday I'll have managed to work it into my day, though usually at some un-holy hour because its the only chance I had!

So yes - there are days when the images of Britney Spears standing in a hair salon shaving her own head no longer seems all that crazy - she has two kids, maybe she just didn't have the time for all the hair washing!

3. Babies Do Some Freaky Things!!

Yes for the vast majority of the time, babies will be as cute as a button and you will gaze at them for hours on end marvelling at your perfect little creation....but every now and then, you will most likely be a little freaked out at one or two things that babies do that you may not expect.

For example - babies sometimes sleep with their eyes half open. And usually a little rolled back in their heads. This can look rather unsettling if you're not prepared for it!

Also - the soft spot on their heads? It pulsates.

 Its perfectly normal of course, but I sure wish I'd known about it before I noticed it happening by myself one day and was filled with the sudden fear that his head was getting ready to erupt volcano-style. 

4. Babies Are Loud Sleepers

You'll hear a lot about how difficult it is to get your baby to sleep at night, and how tired you will be - and of course that old chestnut of advice always comes up "Sleep when the baby sleeps".

One thing I didn't account for was not so much how difficult it would be to get the baby to sleep - but more so how difficult it is to get any sleep WHILST the baby is asleep. I can't speak for everybody elses babies - but mine snores like an old man who smokes 40 a day, grunts in his sleep and makes random shouting noises every half an hour or so - Yep, no sleep for me!

5. You Do Gross Things & Don't Think Anything Of It...

I have never had the strongest stomach. Things make me queasy pretty easily .... so imagine my surprise when I suddenly found myself doing things like pulling bogeys from my babies nose with my fingers and not even caring (Actually, finding it strangely satisfying....when it's been there all day and you FINALLY reach it?! Amazing feeling!).
The first time my baby pooped on my hand during a nappy change I was shocked by the fact that not only did it not bother me, but I actually forgot for a few moments afterwards to go and wash my hands - it bothered me that little!
I think the biggest shock came when he was sick and my reaction was to immediately catch it with my hands rather than duck for cover....

6. You'll Do Anything For A Smile...

Baby smiles are absolutely addictive. Once you've had one, you will do anything for your next fix!
You might have been a cool kind of person before giving birth - someone who would never be caught making gummy faces at a baby, doing Donald Duck impressions or singing every silly song you can think of - but trust me, you'll do all of those things.

You will also find yourself walking around at least once, with baby nowhere in sight, humming "Baa baa black sheep" or something along those lines...

My most embarrassing moment recently was catching myself walking around TK Maxx, alone, singing "Humpty Dumpty" to myself.....

7. You'll Talk About Things You Never Thought You Would....

If you have ever had Mummies around you before you became one yourself, you'll most likely be familiar with the "Poo" talk. 

I remember commenting on a conversation my mother & sister were having, which had gone for at least ten minutes, about how frequently my sister's toddler had pooped that day.

I was pregnant at the time, and I commented that their topic of conversation was disgusting and making me feel quite sick and that they would never catch ME discussing such things once my baby was born.

It was only about 4 days into Mummyhood when both of them pointed out to me that I had gone against my word already, many many times......

8. Children Will Make You Emotional....

Since giving birth, I have noticed how much I have turned into my Nan when it comes to crying whenever I see cute children on TV!

I thought perhaps it was just me but other new Mummy friends have commented on the same thing - suddenly children, even other peoples, seem like real little miracles to me and no matter how hard I try I simply cannot help but feel all teary when I see cute little child dance troupes on Britains Got Talent or sweet children on TV ads.

How embarrassing....

9. You'll Gain New Friends...and Lose Some

I'd read a lot of Mummy Blogger articles during pregnancy about how many friends they had lost since having their babies - I remember thinking that wouldn't happen to me, because my friends were nice people and they were excited about me having a baby.

Unfortunately - I was wrong. And from discussing it with other new Mummies, it seems it happens more often than not - for some reason when you have a baby, you become somebody else in the eyes of some people.

Even if you haven't really changed much yourself - the fact that you are now somebodys Mum sets you apart from some of your friends, and for some reason this makes some of them disappear - which can be sad. I have personally found it quite depressing to see how uninterested some of my former close friends have been since I had my baby.

But every cloud has a silver lining, and eventually you are likely to find new friends - you'll go to Mummy & Baby groups or join online Baby forums etc - and you'll meet other new Mums in the same position as you, and because you are going through a similar experience you'll bond. 

I personally don't know how I would have got through the last few months without the support of the friends I made in an online Pregnancy Club - all of us in there agree that our "real life" friends have been utter let downs (not all of them, but some) but having each others support has been fantastic!

10. You'll Never Throw Anything Away....

I mean it. NOTHING!

You will start off with the best intentions - you'll just keep the first sleepsuit he grows out for his memory box. Oh and the first pair of socks....

I found it a bit weird when I was informed by my other half that it was tradition to keep the unbilical cord stump once it fell off - but I went along with it (I declined his suggestion of keeping the first toe nail clippings - weirdo!) - but I have surprised myself ever since then with my inability to part with anything.

I now have boxes and boxes of outfits and vests etc that no longer fit Tyne - but I can't throw them out or sell them, because every one of them holds a memory of some kind! - the outfit he wore when we first took him out, his coming home from the hospital outfit, the first sleepsuit he wore on a Tuesday....etc etc.

This also extends to photographs - you will need LOTS of extra memory cards coz trust me, no matter how many of the same shot you have - you will not be able to bring yourself to delete any of them! 

Of course there are a million more things I could include, but for me these have the things that have surprised me the most!
I'd love to hear what sort of things took you by surprise during your first few months of motherhood!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Our Build-A-Bear Workshop Experience

Last week Riley and Summer were lucky enough to get the chance to go to Build-A-Bear Workshop and choose a bear each and they were so excited. If you're not familiar with Build-A-Bear Workshop, it's a soft toy workshop where your child gets to decide on every aspect of their chosen bear from the appearance, to the scent and even the outfit that it wears. They see their bear come to life before their eyes and it truly is a magical experience for children and parents. 

There are so many different bears to choose from the kids struggled to decide on just one each. It's not just bears either there are monkeys, dogs, cats, and much more. After a long time spent investigating each bear Riley decided on a Sponge Bob SquarePants because he loves watching it on tv and Summer chose a zebra from the new Rainbow range which is so cute, she loves it.

After they had chosen their character the kids got to help out with putting the stuffing in and also choose a scent and a heart to add inside of their toys. Summer chose a bubblegum scent for her zebra and she got to have a heart that actually beats inside it too. Riley chose the pineapple scent for Sponge Bob because "he lives in a pineapple so that's what he should smell like" and he got a fabric heart to put inside.

The kids help to add the stuffing by putting their foot on a peddle and they can have the toy as firm or as soft as they like. When they place the heart inside they get to make a wish which I thought was a nice little touch and really made them feel like they were part of the process of making their toy.

After the toys were stuffed we got to choose outfits for them and there were loads to chose from, Sponge Bob had a pirates outfit and we chose a super cute, bright outfit for Summer's zebra.

After you've got your toy all dressed up it's time to head over to the computers and give your bear a name so that they can get their birth certificate. Of course Sponge Bob already had a name but we decided on Zoe for Summer's zebra. Riley loved using the computer and I think putting in all of the information for the birth certificates was his favourite part.

We had a really lovely time at Build-A-Bear Workshop, the staff were so friendly and couldn't do enough for us and the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves. If you're looking for something special to do with your children then I definitely recommend giving Build-A-Bear Workshop a try, they have lots of stores in numerous locations and they also do parties which would be perfect for birthdays starting from just £9 per child.

Have you taken your children to Build-A-Bear Workshop before?


Thursday, 8 May 2014

Our Bank Holiday Weekend

I love bank holidays, it's so nice to have my husband at home with us just for that one extra day to have fun and go out with the kids. We were very lucky this bank holiday because Morrisons were kind enough to give us some vouchers to go and buy all of our food for the weekend which was amazing, I don't usually shop at Morrisons as we don't have a local store but I love their food and we couldn't wait to go shopping.

Morrisons have recently made some price cuts on thousands of your favourite products and those price cuts are here to stay so if you're a regular shopper at Morrisons you'll really notice a difference.

You still get the same award winning meat and fish, still get trained butchers and bakers, still get the best of fresh on Market Street and still get friendly Morrisons service. Look out for the yellow markers when you shop instore or online, if it says I'm cheaper then it's staying cheaper. You can check out their new pricing here.

Ok on to what we got up to over our bank holiday weekend, the first thing we did was go and spend our Morrisons vouchers and we felt like we got a lot for £80. We buy a lot of fresh fruit and veg and were really impressed with their fruit and veg aisle, there was so much choice at such great prices and everything is so fresh and displayed so nicely. We actually ended up getting an entire weeks worth of shopping for £84 which is great, I usually shop at Aldi and Tesco and it works out at around about the same price so I was really impressed with that as I thought Morrisons would be more expensive.

After our food shop we went out to a lovely little farm near us called Bluebell Dairy which is free to get in and they have a lovely cafe that sells the yummiest ice cream I've ever tasted. They have a few animals on the farm and a park for the children and we had a really nice time there.

After all that playing we headed home and my husband cooked us one of our favourites for tea, chicken and vegetable pie. It has chicken, bacon, mushrooms, leek, broccoli and peas in and is topped with filo pastry, it makes enough for 4 portions and the ingredients cost us £6.95 which works out at just £1.73 per portion.

The next day we decided to put our tent up in our back garden and have a picnic as my son Riley is always asking if we can camp out and roast marshmallows over a camp fire (I think he watches too much American tv lol). The kids loved playing in the tent and we had a lovely little picnic using more of the food we bought from Morrisons.

On the last day of the bank holiday we decided to go for a walk around Wollaton Park which is somewhere we visit quite often as it's not far from where we live and it has some beautiful gardens to walk around and a park for the kids to play on. Riley loved running around and finding pine cones and there was an ice cream van there so of course we had to have ice creams.

We had a really lovely few days and were pleasantly surprised that the weather was nice and warm all weekend. We're already looking forward to the next bank holiday!

What did you get up to over the bank holiday weekend?


We were given £80 in vouchers to spend at Morrisons but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The Emmaljunga Double Viking Pushchair Review

Although my son Riley is almost 4 years old he's very lazy and prefers being in a pushchair than walking so we're still using a double pushchair and my current double is pretty old and not the nicest thing to push so I was delighted when we were asked to review the Emmaljunga Double Viking from Baby Dino.

As soon as our Double Viking arrived I was so excited to put it together which was by the way super easy to do, I absolutely love the colour as navy is my favourite colour and it's perfect for both girls and boys. The seats can be forward or rear facing depending on the age of your child, both of my children like to face outwards as they like to watch the world go by. Also the Double Viking can be used as a travel system as you can choose to have a carrycot instead of a seat and you can also attach an Emmaljunga infant car seat to the pushchair base so it suits all types of families.

The pushchair itself is such good quality I knew just by looking at it that it was going to be really comfortable for the children and really easy for me to push and I wasn't disappointed. When we set out for our first walk with the pushchair I couldn't believe how easy it was to maneuver, it was an absolute dream to push and glides along as if there's nothing in it which is a refreshing change from my old double that feels like I'm pushing an elephant around.

Features and Benefits of the Emmaljunga Double Viking Pushchair

  • Suitable from birth to a maximum weight of 15kg (per child)
  • Choose seat unit or carrycot to suit your needs and configure the pushchair to suit you family
  • Removable bumper bar
  • Extendable hood for sun protection
  • Height adjustable hood
  • Swivel front wheels
  • Height adjustable, folding handle bar
  • Reversible seat unit
  • Fully reclining seat unit
  • Five point harness
  • Brighten up your pushchair with a choice of stylish hood fabrics (sold separately)
  • Add additional storage space with the detachable shopping basket (also sold separately)
  • Chassis weight: 9,=.9 kg
  • Seat unit weight: 3.3 kg
  • Carrycot weight: 3.8 kg
  • Folded Dimensions: L93xW79xH55 cm

The kids loved going out in this pushchair, the seats are really comfortable and high up so they can get a good view of everything around them. The straps were nice and secure but not uncomfortable and the seats can be moved to various different positions by moving the back rest and the foot rest separately. The seats also have nice big hoods to keep the sun off the kids and keep them sheltered if it gets a little too windy.

There are two good sized shopping baskets which are the perfect size for coats, drinks or any bits and bobs you need to pop in there and when you're finished using the Double Viking it's really easy to fold up, it practically folds itself.

Over the last couple of months I've loved going for walks and even runs using the Emmaljunga Double Viking, it really is the best pushchair I've ever used and that is saying something because I've used quite a few, we currently own five pushchairs, don't ask me why!

My only issue with the Double Viking is that it's a little large to store anywhere easily, even when folded up it still takes up quite a lot of space, which probably wouldn't be a problem if we didn't own so many pushchairs already. It doesn't fit in the boot of my car but then that's no surprise as I own a Vauxhall Corsa and the only pushchair that fits in the boot are the umbrella folding strollers but it doesn't fit in the boot of my husbands car either and he owns a BMW 3 Series Estate so I would definitely advise you to make sure that this would fit in your car before purchasing it.

Other than that I have nothing bad to say about it and have loved every minute of using it. If you're thinking of buying a pushchair at the moment it might be worth knowing that Baby Dino offer a Buy Back Guarantee which means that when you're finished using your pushchair and are looking to sell it they will buy it back from you by either crediting your account so that you can buy a new pushchair or they'll give you cash. I think this is an brilliant idea and something I wish I had taken advantage of when I bought my first pushchair.

Take a look at what else Baby Dino has to offer at and you can also follow them on Twitter @BabydinoUK.


We were given the Emmaljunga Double Viking to try out for review purposes but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Postman Pat Has Gone All Showbiz!

Postman Pat has been a firm, family favourite for many years, I watched it as a child and now my children watch it and they love it as much as I always did so we were all pretty excited to hear about the upcoming Postman Pat movie which is going to be in cinemas nationwide from the 23rd May.

To celebrate Postman Pat The Movie Character Options has released Showbiz Pat, he sings and dances to 3 different songs and my kids love him.

Just press the button on his hand and Pat wiggles away to three catchy songs, suitable for ages 3+ he's a big hit with my 3 year old son Riley and although Pat is not really suitable for Summer as she's only 1 she loves him too and wiggles away with him while he's dancing.

If your kids love Postman Pat then they'll love this toy, the songs aren't bad either, I've had them stuck in my head for days now lol. Riley is super excited about the film, he's never been to the cinema before but I think this would be perfect to take him to see.

Will you be heading to the cinema on the 23rd of May to see Postman Pat The Movie?


We were sent Showbiz Pat for the purpose of review but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Aden + Anais Giveaway - How Clean Is Your Baby's Blanket?

Does your child have a special blanket? Both of my children do and they love them dearly. 

My son has been inseperable from his since he was around 6 months and he's now almost 4 and he loves it more than ever. My daughter got very attached to her blanket when she was in hospital with pneumonia and it hasn't left her side ever since.

I don't mind them being so attached to their blankets as I know it's something that in time they'll grow out of but one thing I do worry about is how dirty they get especially since my daughter sucks on her for comfort.

Dr Pixie McKenna (presenter of Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies) who is a GP and a mum recently spoke about the problems with washing our clothes at low temperatures which isn't killing bacteria and is in fact encouraging a 'bacterial soup' inside our washing machines (which sounds revolting), germs are being transferred between items so we need to take steps to make sure that harmful bacteria doesn't end up on our children's clothes and blankets.

To make sure all of the bacteria in our laundry is killed there are two options, wash at a higher temperature, which is not always possible as a lot of modern fabrics can't withstand high temperatures or use a laundry disinfectant like Dettol Laundry Cleanser which kills 99.9% of bacteria even at 30°C.

If you want to banish your child's blanket bacteria for good then all you need to do is follow these 3 steps.

  1. Use Dettol Laundry Cleanser in every wash to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
  2. Avoid cross contamination when someone in your family is ill by washing their clothes and bedding separately and by keeping underwear out of washes that include tea towels and kitchen cloths.
  3. Clean your washing machine by running a 90°C cycle once a month, wipe down the seals and the detergent drawer with an anti-bacterial surface cleanser and leave the door open after each wash to keep it fresh and reduce mould growth.

I've been using Dettol Laundry Cleaner in every wash for a while now and it really puts my mind at rest knowing that my children's blankets and our clothes are all free from harmful bacteria.

As a treat for my lovely readers Dettol have been kind enough to provide me with 5 Aden + Anais Classic Musy Mate Lovey Baby Blankets to giveaway, all you need to do to enter is fill in the Rafflecopter form below, good luck!


Thursday, 1 May 2014

Our Family Favourites

It's been a little while since I wrote a favourites post so I thought it was time once again to share with you the things that my family has been loving lately.

Although I've been trying to cut down on caffeine by drinking more green tea and lemon water I do still love a cup of coffee a day. My current favourite is the Kenco Millicano Sunlight Blend, it's a fresh new blend that they have bought out for Spring and it's absolutely delicious, if you're a coffee lover like me then you'll love it.

My next favourite are these beautiful side plates from the V&A Garden Birds collection, I love the fact that you get 4 different coloured plates as I don't always like everything to be matching and they're just so pretty and unique. My favourite is the yellow and purple plate, I love how the colours go together so well and I'll definitely be getting lots of use out of them over the Summer.

As the warmer weather is approaching (fingers crossed) I've been reaching for the self tan again to get my pasty skin looking bronzed, especially since we go on holiday in a couple of weeks. I use all sorts of different self tans depending on how dark I want to go or how much I have to spend on them. Tanatomicals do a great range of self tanning products at really reasonable prices, they're easy to apply and give you a lovely bronzed glow, I love the Instant Spray Tan In A Can because it's so quick to apply, just spray on and you're done, you don't even need to rub it in.

Summer's favourite this month at lunch time has been eating out of her OXO Tot Divided Feeding Dish, she loves to feed herself and likes to have a little selection of foods to choose from so this dish is perfect as it allows me to put her savoury foods on one side and her fruit on the other.

That's all of our favourites for the moment hope you enjoyed reading about them, what is your favourite item at the moment?


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