Review: Twisty Petz Collectable Toys

A couple of weeks ago we were sent the new Twisty Petz to try. Twisty Petz are are a new toy from Spinmaster that transform from adorable pets into a beautiful bracelet or accessory. I'd first seen these when I went to the Blog On Conference in May and when I came home with one in my goody bag it was instantly fought over. Whilst they are jewellery and can be technically seen as 'girls toys', Jack loved the pet idea and that they could be twisted and undone. When we were sent a few to try we shared them out between the two and Jack was more than happy to have his share.


Life Update: July 2018

It's been a good long whilst since I wrote much about how we are all doing, and that's probably because it's been such a roller coaster ride over the last few years it's hard to know where to start. But here goes...

Holly is now seven and Jack is six and this week they have doing their 'moving up' days at school where they try out their new classes. Holly is moving up to key stage 2 in September, which is just nuts, and Jack will be in his final year of key stage 1. Their classrooms are now in different buildings which makes dropping them off and collecting them fun, and also just highlights that Holly is in the next stage at school. Someone mentioned today that in the same amount of time since Holly was born she will be getting on for sixteen!!


Tips To Kill The Boredom When You Have A Chronic Illness

Many of us who suffer from chronic illness are housebound, if not bedbound, and thinking of things to do to keep the boredom at bay can be a challenge at best. Over winter and spring I really struggled with keeping myself busy and I find boredom and loneliness some of the biggest factors in my mood and therefore my mental health.


So if you are stuck inside and completely fed up, I've put together a few ideas to keep you going when you cannot think of what to do with yourself.

Fantastic Ways to Make Extra Money in the UK

If you're looking for a way to make lots of money instantly on the Internet, then this might not be the place for you. However, I should warn you that most of those "get rich quick schemes" are scams. Unfortunately, if something seems too good to be true - it usually is. However, if you're looking for a reliable and safe way to make some extra money, then this is the post for you. To save UK families from the scams of the Internet, I've decided to list some of our favourite tried-and-tested ways to make extra money on the Internet when you don't want to launch a new side career. Here's what I came up with.


Giveaway: Personally Presented Gifts

Do you have an event coming you're looking for that special gift for? Well this giveaway is for you. I have teamed up with Personally Presented to offer one person a £50 gift card to this beautiful gift website. Personally Presented have gifts for all manner of occasions from birthdays and anniversaries to graduations and housewarmings. Their website is so easy to use and in no time at all you can find the perfect gift for whatever occasion you need one for!



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Review: Getting Ready For Summer with JD Williams

With summer here a couple of months early this year, it has been an absolute delight to put all those winter jumpers and boots away and drag out my moth-balled summer clothes. With hardly getting a chance to wear any with our pitiful summer last year, my poor cooler clothes were looking a bit bedraggled and I realised I need to freshen them up a bit. With lots of fun activities planned for May and June I decided a new pair of decent trainers we definitely required, as well as some new swimwear. Fortunately JD Williams offered me some pieces to try, which worked out perfectly.

I love footwear and wear mostly flats nowadays. However I rarely spend much money on them and subsequently they don't tend to last very long and for big days out I always struggle with a practical and stylish pair to wear. I decided the time had some to invest in some decent trainers, so when I looked on the JD Williams site I was thrilled to see there were lots to choose from. It took me a while to narrow it down, but in the end I went for these Gola Classic Harrier Trainer. These trainers just seemed really timeless and in a navy colour they were practical for walking around in, plus they are a suede-type fabric so really soft too.


Review: Moj Moj

Holly loves little collectible toys such as Num Noms and Shopkins, however most toy this size seem to be aimed at girls and so Jack has never really been interested. When we were offered to try the new Moj Moj I thought these would be perfect for Jack to try out as they come in animal shapes, are squishy and soft and lots of fun for boys as well as girls.


Geronimo Fest Summer Family Festival Review 2018

At the beginning of this year I decided I would love to try a family festival, after hearing such wonderful things about the likes of Greenman Festival & Camp Bestival. For our first one we decided to try something a little closer to home that meant we didn't have to commit to staying too long or camping. Geronimo Fest seemed the perfect option, and being held at Arley Hall in Northwich, only thirty minutes from us, it was a great location.


Happy 6th Birthday To My Boy!

I say it with every year that passes, as I'm sure most parents do (including my mum despite my sister and I being in our thirties), but I can't believe my boy is six! Whilst the days can sometimes drag by, the years have flown and it only seems like yesterday that we brought our little man home from hospital, with his crinkly old man face, in a car seat first used by his big sister to a lovely welcome from my sister and my mum who had been waiting all day for us.


Returning To Blogging

It has been fourteen months since I wrote this post and said goodbye to blogging. At the time things were all too much and I couldn't manage to keep up with every in my day to day life, let alone throw blogging on top of that. Whilst I gave up blogging, I still uploaded to YouTube as much as I could, yet by January this year that had pretty much stopped.

I'd like to say things have become easier since then and that is why I've decided to write again, but it's not. Everything it still pretty hard going and managing chronic fatigue is definitely a challenge that most days I don't feel I'm up to. Yet here I am. 

I'm not making a plan, and I'm not committing, but I do feel very lost and lonely in this life - at home in bed a lot of the time with little to keep me company, and I have missed writing. I find it helps me process with things and I also want to be able to share my life in some form or another, even if it is only for me or the children to look back on one day.

So here I am, tapping my fingers on the keys, trying to get my words out of my stuffed up head. Whilst my CFS therapist disagrees, this year has felt like one of the worst I can remember and it really gets me down. I have spent far too many hours in bed, sleeping or just wishing for it so I can get away from trying to cope. This blog will see a change too as I move away from parenting two little children to being a mum of more independent and grown children and wanting to share more about my own life. I am hoping to talk about mental health and chronic illness by sharing my own journey but also offering any advice and support I may have to offer others in a similar situation.

I hope those of you who are old-time friends are still around to say hello to and to anyone who is new to me or my blog, hello! I promise to try and be upbeat as much as I can, but sometimes you just have to be truthful.



National Sandwich Week With Num Noms

Did you know it's National Sandwich Week this week? Honouring one of the most British of foods, this week-long celebration is a fun way to put a bit of life into your sandwiches. With a bit of help from Num Noms, we have been enjoying ourselves in the kitchen, making some tasty sandwiches that honour our favourite characters.

We were sent the Num Noms Dessert Tray to add to the fun, which included 10 scented Num Noms as well as two lip glosses, much to Holly's delight. We played a fun game of 'guess which is which' where I had to pick a Num Nom and guess which is was by the smell, and I have to say they all smelt very tasty!


Easter Gift Ideas For Mum

Easter is a fun time of year for all the family, and mums should definitely not be forgotten! Whilst the children running around hunting for their eggs and stuffing down chocolate, don't forget the mum in your life. Here's a few ideas for some lovely little gifts for mums at Easter that won't break the bank.

What mum doesn't love stationary, and there are so many stationary supplier choices out there? This Peter Rabbit Notebook is the sweetest gift and perfect for Easter. Plus it's lockable and £9!

Flooring and your family – what’s best?

Isn’t it great having the budget and the green light to change up a room in your house? There’s so much to think about: the colour scheme, wallpaper or paint? Are you changing the floors, or updating your window dressings? It’s exciting to think of a room like a blank canvas – and you’re the artist, ready to unleash your creativity!

Most people have an idea of the colours they want and the wallpaper or paint they’re going for, but did you know that a lot of home re-designs, miss out another important factor? That’s right! The floor! It can be difficult to know where to begin, particularly if you have a busy household – well, here you’ll get the lowdown on the different types of flooring for your family home and their pros and cons! Let’s get started! Remember, if you’re looking for a reputable flooring company, check out discountflooringdepot.co.uk!

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Practical Home Decor Tips for Active Families

We try to an active family that enjoys spending time outside regardless of the weather. Living like this keeps everyone fit, blows away the cobwebs, and ensures everyone is ready to sleep, at bedtime. However, keeping the dirt and wet outside can be tricky. So can making sure that the whole family has enough warm clothing close at hand. But, with a bit of planning, it is relatively easy to do.

Create a Lobby
In the winter, you need somewhere to keep everyones coats, umbrellas, boots, shoes, and the pram while they dry out. A lobby is an ideal space for this. It should be simply decorated using materials that can easily be wiped down. Gloss walls, tiles on the floor, clean line easy-wipe bullnose baseboards like the kind you can buy from the Skirtings R Us website are the perfect combination.


Creating a Dream Bedroom for Your Child

Children love their bedrooms. The older they get the more this is the case. For them, it is a personal space in which they can play, read, watch videos, chat with friends and really be themselves. So, it is important to decorate your child's rooms the way they like. Generally speaking, the more personalised the decor is the happier they will be. Below are a few ideas to help you to create a dream bedroom for your child.

Customised prints
Firms like Hello Canvas enable you to take any image and have it turned into a print that can be hung on the walls. They are a really easy way to create truly unique artwork for your child’s room. If you want to you can scan a drawing or painting they have created and have that turned into a print for their room.

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