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.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Home Decor: A Fairytale Bedroom

Six months ago I wrote about my plans for H's bedroom. After living in our new house for eighteen months we have slowly been working through it room by room, getting rid of the magnolia everywhere and adding our own touches. It is still an ongoing process but when we moved Little J into Miss H's toddler bed in May and bought her a new mid-sleeper bed I knew the time had come to get on with my ideas.

It has still taken another three months to finally get it all done, and there are still a few bits to finish off, but I want to show you the result of months of planning, preparing and creating.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Four Easy Farm Play Ideas Featuring Fisher Price

We have recently been sent the Fisher Price Little People Fun Sounds Farm to try out and it has made a fantastic addition to our playtime. We already have the Noah's Ark Boat, Zoo Talkers and DC Batcave in the Little People range and it was great to have a new addition to our sets. I decided to set up a few farm-related plays for the week so we could really discover all about the farm and get the most out of our playtime.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Birthday-Versary 2014

Every year myself and Mr H try to do something on our to celebrate both my birthday and our wedding anniversary - which are on the same day. Sometimes it's a weekend away, sometimes it's just spending the day together quietly at home. This year we hadn't planned anything in particular so when they day came we decided to have a quiet wander around the nearby village of Knutsford and then visit Tatton Park.

Beautiful Knutsford

I can't do too much walking and the gardens at Tatton were quite enough for me, but the weather held out and it was a really lovely day. I even managed to peruse a crafty shop or two and, of course, make some purchases.

My purchases

It's now been eight years since the day we took our vows and celebrated our special day in front of all of our family and friends. Several moves and two children later we are still going strong. I don't know where I'd be if it wasn't for this man. Happy Anniversary to my darling husband. May we still be just as crazy in another eight years!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Tefal Infiny Juicer

Like most parents I am always conscious of what my children are eating and ensuring they get enough of the good stuff in them. Fortunately my two both love fruit and eat it like they do sweets, so they have at least three portions a day. However I am not quite so good and am lucky to eat one portion a day. When I was recently sent the new Tefal Infiny Juicer to try, I decided to try and make a change to this if I could and attempt to improve my diet. I have read in many places that people who suffer from ME can improve their health with the diet, which includes more fruit and vegetables.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Sun Jellies Shoes

When I came across Sun Jellies across several feeds on Instagram I adored them. I had a pair when I was a child, along with the Jelly bag, and it really took me back to times of splashing in the sea and exploring rock pools on holiday. So when we were offered two pairs to try I couldn't say no. The timing was also perfect as we were due to go away to Cornwall.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

My Top Buys This Week

I am an avid Internet shopper, whilst I am battling M.E. it is a struggle to get out of the house and as a result I am often hitting the online high street instead. With apps like Instagram I get tons of inspiration and find lots of unique buys, as well as hunting websites myself. I thought I would share some of my recent buys, a lot of which I share on my IG account, so do take a look over there too.

The White Skirt

I have been looking for a long pleated white skirt for a while, ever since I saw the lovely Charlotte at Write Like Noone's Watching wearing one. Unfortunately at my short stature it is hard to find a length that suits me so it took a couple of tries. This weekend it arrived - a gorgeous skirt from ASOS with a lovely sheer overlay that billows beautifully in the wind and flies down the stairs behind me. It is reduced to £26 and is actually classed as midi length, but it's the perfect length on me and I loved wearing it for our anniversary day.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Me & Mine: June & July

Unfortunately I have fallen a little behind and so missed last month's Me & Mine, so here is a double catch up of our activities!

Miss H

Our little lady is becoming more grown up by the day. She now has proper conversations with me and I sometimes feel I'm talking to a child much older than she actually is. She seems to have dropped all her baby-isms - the last one being 'lellow'. Although I've encouraged her to overcome these milestones, it still makes me sad - soon she will be telling me she's not going to say mummy anymore!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Little Tikes Riga Swing from Asda

Last month we were so lucky to be sent the Little Tikes Riga Swing Set from Asda to complete our garden. Since then the children have been putting it through its paces so here's what we thought.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Round and Round The Merry-Go-Round

Today has been one of those days. In fact it has probably been one of the hardest days in a while due to things out of control, rather than my mood.

I have now had three seasons of CBT - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The idea behind this method of counselling is to challenge and change your thought processes. So far my counsellor has helped me pinpoint how my negative thoughts can spiral and cause emotional and physical symptoms which can end up becoming a vicious circle. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Cosatto Giggle 3-in-1 Travel System

As part of my role as a Cosatto Brand Buddy I am very lucky to have the opportunity to review some of their amazing products. My first review was the Troop car seat and this month we have been trying out the Giggle Travel System.

The Giggle is a 3-in-1 system that can go from newborn until you no longer need a pushchair. Included in your purchase is the pram unit, rain cover, foot muff and a matching changing bag, which I have to say has happily replaced my previously battered bag. The seat can be forward and parent facing and has three different angles from flat to upright. The Giggle is available with a Car Seat and choice of Isofix Base or Hold Base (Car Seat and Base sold separately).

As soon as I opened the Giggle I was in love. I chose the Red Bubble design as I just loved its bold spot design and thought Little J would pull it off with style. Even Mr H, who is not really bothered about what he pushes as long as it does the job, was impressed with the anodised red chassis in a smooth satin finish. It really does look impressive. If this one isn't for you, there are five other equally stunning designs which you can see here.

This is the second three wheeler pram we have owned and the previous one was an all-terrain pram so was more suited for off road. The Giggle is really easy to push and manoeuvres smoothly, even Miss H has had a turn. It goes up and down kerbs well and is relatively lightweight.

The only problem I have had is fitting it in my boot - I have a Nisan Juke and the boot space is pretty tight, so I have to remove the back wheels to get it to fit. This is done by pressing a button just above the wheels and they then pop off easily. Not a complete disaster, but a bit of a faff when you have two little ones to sort out too.

Little J is now two and a half, but fit in the seat nicely, with plenty of room around him. The protectors on the straps are nice and padded and he can rest his feet on the frame at the bottom if he needs to. We used it with and without the bumper bar, and both worked out fine for us. 

We also tried out the rain cover when a day out nearly turned into a washout, and Little J was quite happy to have it over him, although the hood itself actually provided a lot of protection, so the cover was only really needed for his legs when it came down really heavy. 

In this pushchair J sits quite high up, and so it means he gets a much better view when we are out and about. He can see most of what we can see and isn't leaning out or stretching up to try and get a better view of the world. As the handle is adjustable it is also great for myself and Mr H, as I can have it lower for my shorter stature and he can raise it so he's not having to stretch down to push it.

Unfortunately Little J is now definitely too old for the bassinet feature so we were unable to give this a try, however I can say it is as sturdy as the rest of the parts and just as bold and beautiful. The hood has loops for toys, which is a lovely addition, and it has a carry handle and removable washable liner inside, which is always handy for newborns.

Overall we really love the Giggle, not least because of its bold, funky pattern. It is comfortable, moves smoothly and has all the features you need from a travel system and with a price tag of £420 you get a lot of product for your money. To find out more you can visit the Cosatto website, or follow them on Twitter.

*We were sent this product for free, however all opinions are my own.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five of My Favourite Instagram Accounts

I am a hug fan of Instagram and have been since not long after it was introduced in 2010, when a friend of mine introduced me to it and the editing app, Snapseed, and I was hooked. Since then I have posted nearly 1500 photos and it has become one of my favourite social media sites. Last month it was introduced by Tots 100 as one of their metrics for their charts and waves of people jumped on board to give it a try.

I thought today I'd share some of my favourite accounts, whether they be pretty pictures, fun families or interesting stores, so here we go.


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