Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Works of Heart

I love pictures and canvasses that display our lives, I especially love customised ones. I have purchased various wall art over the years and there are always pieces I look at as I roam around our house and make me smile.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are Women Better Parents Than Men?

This is a subject I have been meaning in to touch on for a while. Every day, usually on Facebook, I see pictures, quotes and the like being passed around stating how women do so much and men do so little, how women know so much and men don't etc etc. I may be a women myself, but these images make me seethe.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Time To Party With Sofia The First!

Sofia The First is definitely a favourite in our house. At first it was mummy who was excited when the Sofia film came onto Disney Junior but over the past six months both children have become more entertained by the little princess and her friends. H now has quite a collection of Sofia figures and woe betide anyone if they try and grab one!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

To My Babies: 2014

Dear Miss H & Little J

For the last five days I have been away from you, which is the longest time I have spent away from either of you since you were born. Daddy was in charge and in between nursery and grandma you were looked after for me whilst I had a little break. We Facetime'd every night and you seemed happy and relaxed without mummy by your side. In fact it didn't seem like you missed me at all, although daddy reassures me you did.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Out of Office with Mark Warner!

For the next few days the blog will be a little quieter than usual, however my social media feeds may leave you feeling a little bit green.

Back in June I, along with twelve other bloggers, won a trip to Rhodes with Mark Warner and today we embark on our five days away at Levante Beach Resort. I will share all about our trip on my return, but in the meantime you can see my adventures over on Instagram or how about reading Katie at Mummy Daddy Me's review to get you in the mood.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Munchkin Bath Tea and Cupcake Set

I met the lovely team at Munchkin when I attended Britmums in June. They were such a friendly bunch and I noticed they had been fantastic with all the pregnant ladies who stopped by, offering them seats and drinks if they needed it. I have owned quite a few Munchkin products before so when they asked if I'd like to try out one of the their new bath toys I of course said yes.

We were sent the Bath Tea and Cupcake Set to try, and considering Miss H's love of Sofia the First, this set fit in really well with it's purple teapot and cups, and looked just like what the princess would drink from.

Both the children love imaginative play and have a couple of play tea sets they use downstairs and outside for pretend play. Previously in the bath they have used the shells that come with the Finding Nemo Bath Toy we have as cups, or whatever beakers or pots make their way into the bathroom. So they were really pleased to have a proper teapot and cups to play with that was meant especially for the bath.

There are five pieces in the set - a teapot, two cups and two little cupcakes that squirt water. The children enjoy taking turns to pour water from the teapot into the cups and watching it strain through the little holes in the bottom. They try catching the drips, or keeping the cups filled up before all the water trickles through. They like to let the water strain over each others' heads as well as having fun pretending to drink from the cups and often straight from the teapot!

The set is relatively straight forward - no little pieces and no fuss - and yet there is a surprising amount of different play you get from it. It retails at around £10 which seems fair to me, for any more money I would expect a couple more pieces, but for £10 it's not bad at all.

It has now become their go-to toy in the bath, and they often disagree on who gets the teapot they love it that much! And it's great for me as they just get on with it and don't need much encouragement to play so I can sit next to them and relax. Until it's time for getting washed - that's a whole other story!

 *we were sent this set for free to review, however all opinions are my own

Friday, September 5, 2014

Giveaway: The Baby Show at Olympia

The Baby Show is back and this time we have two free tickets to giveaway

The Baby Show is the UK’s number one pregnancy and parenting event and it returns to London Olympia from 24 to 26 October 2014, showcasing more leading, new and boutique brands than ever before.

Celebrating the best in pregnancy and infant essentials, the highly anticipated event will bring together an exciting line up of over 200 companies. This year visitors will be treated to the widest showcase of buggies yet with experts on hand from iCandy, UPPA Baby and Quinny, all helping parents to find the perfect buggy. New for this year is Cuddle Co’s ‘Green Tom’ - the first stroller to be made from recycled plastic; whilst those in pursuit of an active lifestyle will be impressed by the BOB Revolution which allows parents to skate and run whilst transporting their precious cargo.

Back by popular demand, the Baby London Boutique, showcasing the latest trends, styles and niche design products as well as innovative photographers from the baby world is sure to delight parents. While Bumpkins will be running the ‘Baby Show Stars’ themed competition, where visitors to the stand can enter to win a photo shoot for their baby.

The forthcoming show will host an exciting speaker line up including Professor Robert Winston, Annabel Karmel and Clare Byam-Cook as well as interactive workshops run by The Natal Family.  Visitors can also discover the latest innovations in child safety and travel, watch inspirational catwalk shows and enjoy the return of the hugely popular Mother's Know Best live debate panel.

Parents can take advantage of the tommee tippee Feeding Area which offers a private space for breastfeeding mothers as well as heating and sterilising equipment, complimentary baby food provided by Plum Baby, dedicated changing facilities and The Baby Show crèche.

Recommended by mums since 2002, The Baby Show offers visitors a comprehensive one-stop-shop of parenting essentials and expert advice, whilst providing an enjoyable day out for family and friends.

To be in with the chance of winning two tickets, follow the Rafflecopter below:

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Chronic Fatigue Update

It was last May when I first wrote about my returning depression and last August when I first mentioned Chronic Fatigue. I attended my first appointment at the ME clinic last November and since then have written many posts about my ups and downs with the illness.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Round & Round The Garden: A Year Later

Last year I shared my garden project, Round & Round The Garden where Mr H and I tackled our empty, muddy space into the garden we could be proud of. It was a labour of love and over the summer it was transformed. Of course, a garden is an ongoing project, so I thought I would share an update on how it is doing, a year later.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Five Of My Favourite Pinners

Last month I shared some of my favourite Instagram accounts, so I thought this month I would share some of my top Pinterest-ers. I have been a fan of Pinterest for a few years now and although I don't have a huge following on there, I prefer to use it for ideas and inspiration. I have many boards on there from home decor, birthday party planning, recipes to play ideas, and I regularly pin new ideas when I need something different to try or when the children are fed up and need entertaining.

So here are some of my go-to pinners who always share amazing ideas, fun playtimes and gorgeous images that make me return to their boards time and time again.


I think Jennie was one of the pinners I discovered right at the start and have always loved. A big advocate of safe sleeping, learning through play and of course SID's, her boards are a great resource for anyone with babies and young children. And her Messy Play for Matilda Mae posts were a great inspiration for myself and others last year to celebrate a young life whilst teaching our children through play.

Grow A Jeweled Rose

When Messy Play For Matilda Mae began last year I was inspired to create imaginative and amazing worlds for the children involving different textures and themes. Since then the messiness of our play has reduced however I still like to make it fun and different. This is where Grow A Jeweled Rose comes in. There are so many ideas on these boards you will never have enough days to get through them all. No matter what you are searching for I can guarantee you can find it here and she is a must-see pinner.

Rebecca English

Whilst I have been following Rebecca's boards for a while, I only really began to take notice and appreciate her boards after listening to her talk at this year's Blog On conference. She has taught me a lot about Pinterest and I love having a peek at her pins. As well as a multitude of craft and play ideas, do check out her blogging board for tons of tips on how to get the most from Pinterest and your blog.

Red Ted Art

If there's one blogger that Pinterest was made for, it's Maggie at Red Ted Art. Her boards are an amazing resource for any craft activity you could ever think of - nature, recycled, teachers, seasonal being just a few. If you are looking for some ideas made from items you can often find laying around your home and are looking to introduce more crafts in your children's learning then this is one pinner you really shouldn't miss.

Red Rose Mummy

A fellow northerner, I really enjoy Pippa's boards, which not only have the popular crafts and recipes ideas, but also lots on local days out. She hosts the What's Happened, What's Happening linky and repins posts from everyone who joins in each week, which makes a great collaborative board of fun days out.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Rockabilly Toothbrush

Brushing teeth has always been an important part of the children's routine for me, however it has been met with many a battle. At firs the kids love it and think it is a great novelty, then you practically have to pin them down when that novelty wears off. As they get older they need encouraging to actually brush rather than suck the toothpaste off and this can be met with more challenges.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Low Energy Play: Gloop

This month's low energy play seems like a very messy play on the outside. Stick with it though, as looks can be deceiving.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Giveaway: Vosene Kids

It's that time of year when many parents are preparing for Back To School. Many of us are doing that for the first time and it can be completely overwhelming (and emotional) when you've never done it before. Vosene are doing their bit to minimise the stress and have put together a back-to-school backpack filled with some essential bits to give us parents a helping hand.

Whilst it's nothing something we really like to think about, nits can be a common problem in schools. Vosene have created a go-to website filled with information and also offering a place where parents can register a concern about head lice and be in with a chance of winning samples of the shampoo and spray. Their Kids 3in1 Conditioning Shampoo and Conditioning Defence Spray is included in the pack as well as a pencil case and £10 Tesco voucher. To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter below!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Eureka Museum With Little Live Pets

At the weekend we were invited to visit Eureka Museum in Halifax for the day with Little Live Pets. The last time I visited the museum was with high school about fifteen years ago and I remember really enjoying it, so I was looking forward to visiting as an adult and having a day with the children.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Living With Invisible Illness

The world has been shaken this week by the sad loss of Robin Williams. Battling depression and apparently in the early stages of Parkinsons, he decided he could no longer carry on and took his life.

Unfortunately for many of us these thoughts are not foreign. I'm sure lots of people out there battling their own demons have gotten to the point of 'I just can't do this anymore.' To some of us it is a fleeting thought, for some of us it is a call for help and to some it is a decision, one that that changes lives.


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