Tomorrow is the 1st of November and I am now officially on countdown to Christmas! I love Christmas and every year I try and get my children into the festive spirit nice and early. One way that I normally do this is with DVD's, nothing beats snuggling up on winter nights with a DVD in the lead up to Christmas. A new DVD called The Journey Home launched on DVD today (31st October) that promises to melt your frozen heart this festive season.
Monday, 31 October 2016
My little boy Jacob loves the Twirlywoos, he is not normally a fan of sitting watching TV but he loves watching CBeebies show the Twirlywoos. Whenever this shows come on the TV he will get all excited and sits fascinated watching them, he really really loves it. We recently reviewed some Flying Twirlywoos which he adored, he laughs his head off whenever they fly. As he loved them so much we were planning on buying him some more Twirlywoos toys for Christmas this year, however, we were very kindly sent some new Twirlywoos toys to review. We were sent an Interactive Musical Chick and a Dance-Along Peekaboo from Golden Bear Toys, as soon as Jacob seen them his face lit up and he could not wait to get them out the box.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
I can't believe that it is almost the end of October, once November starts I will be on the countdown to Christmas. Every month I record things that I have loved from the month gone by, a sort of happy list for me to see what I have been loving that month. Last month I did not have the time to write a post as we were just so busy trying to sort this house ready to move. Typically our moving date has been pushed back and as things stand I currently have no idea at all when we will be moving, fingers crossed it is soon! At the moment we are living in chaos with boxes all over the place. Anyway, let's have a look at what I have been loving this month.
My eldest daughter recently turned fourteen and like most teenagers she is never without her iPhone or iPad. She is always snapchatting her friends or facetiming them, liking photos on Instagram and watching videos on youtube. We try and limit her use by making her have screen-free time and not letting her be on her phone late on a school night, but she probably does still spend far too much time on them if I am honest. Even when she is out with her friends she is snapping photos to add to sites such as snapchat.
Now that she is 14 and is in year 9 she has started studying for her GCSE's at school, as they have recently changed them so that you start studying for them a year early. So now more than ever I really want her to concentrate and stick in at school that little bit more, so that she gets the grades that I know she can if she puts her mind to it.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives. This week I am featuring another blog that I really enjoy reading, A Slice Of My Life Wales written by Leanne. I first discovered Leanne's blog last year when we were both following the Slimming World plan and I used to read her weekly meal plans for inspiration. I am now a regular reader of her blog and love to read all about her family life in Wales with her adorable little one-year-old girl Aria.
So let's find out more about the family behind A Slice Of My Life Wales
I am sure that everyone who reads this blog is sick of me going on about moving by now, it is all I have gone on about for months! Well, things are still on hold after our moving date got pushed back, however, all being well we *should* be moving in the next couple of weeks. I really do hope so, as at the moment we are living in total chaos with half packed boxes all over the house. To stop me from going stir crazy with all the stress of moving and my house being cluttered with boxes I have been spending lots of time on Pinterest, searching for home decor ideas.
The new house is pretty much a blank canvas for us to do whatever we want with and really make our own. The room that I am most excited about creating is my little boy's bedroom, at the moment he does not have his own bedroom as he still shares a room with us due to our current house being too small. I can not wait to create a proper little toddlers room for him, I want it to be a room that he loves and enjoys spending time in.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Do you ever struggle with what to buy children for their birthdays or Christmas? I do, with my own children and also with my nieces. Sometimes it is hard to know what to buy a child, you may not be sure what they like or they may just have so many toys that you have no idea what else you could possibly buy them. With Christmas just around the corner you may be starting to worry about what to buy the little people in your life, well fear not as I have discovered a brilliant new gifting service for children aged between 3-10 called Kids Parcel.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Today you turned 14 years old. I am late in writing you this letter as I just have not had the chance to sit down and write this week. You have just gone to bed after watching Harry Potter so I thought that I would quickly write you this letter now. You will probably be embarrassed that I have written you a letter on my blog, I never really feature you on this blog as it is not really very cool being on your mum's blog when you're a teenager. I write all three of you birthday letters every year, just so someday you can look back on them to see how loved you were.
Friday, 21 October 2016
Like most people I have loved Disney films ever since I was a child. The Little Mermaid is without a doubt my all time favourite Disney film, I remember going to see it at the cinema when it first came out and when I went to Florida a year later all the parade was The Little Mermaid theamed. I especially adore the much loved 'Part Of Your World' song that Ariel sings. I know all of the words and sing along whenever I hear it, which is quite often these days as my three-year-old daughter, Sophia has also taken a bit of a shine to The Little Mermaid film too.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives. This week I am featuring a blog that I love to read, Belle Du Brighton. I discovered Lauren's blog a couple of years ago now back when she was pregnant with her little boy Arlo (adore that name), I have loved seeing him grow from bump to toddler. Lauren's blog is all about her family life with two young children and is a great mix of travel, interiors and review posts.
So let's find out more about the family behind Belle Du Brighton.
Sunday, 16 October 2016
I bet you are all sick to death of me going on about moving now, it is all that I have gone on about for months. Well, things are still not sorted and I feel like I am living in some kind of weird limbo at the moment. I don't really know what is going on or when we will, in fact, be moving. I never believed people when they said that moving house was one of the most stressful life events, I always thought it was pretty simple. Find a house you like, make an offer and start packing your belongs up to move, then live happily ever after.
How very very wrong I was!
Saturday, 15 October 2016
I am so late writing my monthly round-up post this month, I normally write them at the start of the month and now it is almost the end of October! I was not going to bother writing a round-up this month as things have been a bit chaotic these last few weeks. I do love having these little updates written down here on my blog though as they are so nice to look back on for us as a family. It feels like forever since I wrote my august update.
Anyway, enough of me rambling on here is what we got up to in September 2016.
Friday, 14 October 2016
On Saturday we were invited along to the all new Derwent Crossing Brewers Fayre, located near the Metrocentre, to enjoy a family meal and try out the brand new play area. As a family we love dining out at Brewers Fayre, having visited the Royal Quays and Stonebrook branches in the past. My children love pub type meals as they are such fussy eaters and we love the relaxed family friendly atmosphere.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
This October will see the Juice Festival returning to the North East and from the 21st - 29th October families and under 25s will be able to enjoy the arts, dance, hip-hop, theatre and more at a wide range of venues across Newcastle / Gateshead. Today Samantha from North East Family Fun has put together a list of 4 festival activities that are perfect for babies and toddlers.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives. This week I am featuring a blog that I have only just discovered called The Mum Diaries. Written by Jaymee it is all about her family life with her three boys, recipes, reviews and general parenting posts.
So let's find out more about the family behind The Mum Diaries.
Sunday, 9 October 2016
I remember when Furbys first came out in the 90's, everyone went crazy for them! I was a bit too old to own a one myself as I was a teenager at the time, although I secretly wanted a one. Fast forward almost twenty years and the Furby is still around, there have been a few different versions of this iconic toy over the years. The latest edition is the Furby Connect which has recently launched and is set to be one of this years must have toys for Christmas.
Friday, 7 October 2016
Now that we are well and truly into October my thoughts are starting to turn to Halloween. We don't really make a big fuss about Halloween in our house, the children do like to dress up though and we normally watch a 'scary movie'. To help get families ready for Halloween a new film has just been released by Lionsgate which promises to 'Get your family ready for Hallowe'en with this adventurous tale of mystery and magic.'
The film is called Howard Lovecraft and The Frozen Kingdom, based on the graphic novel by H.P Lovecraft and with the voices of Ron Perlman and Christopher Plummer this animated tale is perfect for Halloween.
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives, I did not post last week as we are in the middle of moving. This week I am featuring another of my favourite bloggers the super lovely Cat from Rock And Roll Pussycat. Cat is a fellow northern blogger and I have actually met her a few times before at local blogging events and she is so lovely and friendly in real life and her little boy is adorable. Cat's blog is full of family days out, travel, reviews, parenting posts and beautiful photographs.
So let's find out more about the blogger behind Rock And Roll Pussycat.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Back in the summer, we reviewed some new Num Nom toys which are cute little scented toys that kids are going crazy for! My three year old loves them, especially the little motorised ones. To coincide with The Great British Bake Off (am I the only one who has never watched this?) we were sent some more Num Noms in the hope that they would inspire us to get creative in the kitchen and become wacky bakers!
Being a mum of three I have changed a lot of nappies over the years, over the last three years I have had two children in nappies - even having two children in nappies at the same time for over a year! I used Pampers on my eldest 14 years ago and I use them on my youngest child now. They are the only brand of nappies that I trust to keep my little ones dry and comfortable, even overnight.
I will be honest, though - changing nappies really is not one of my favourite things to do, I doubt it is anyones. But Pampers have come up with a great way to turn that dreaded moment when you spot that all too familiar #pooface into your favourite time of the day! They have recently launched a brilliant new rewards app called Pampers Club - it is free, easy to use and best of all it rewards you every time you buy some Pampers!
At the end of the summer, my little two were sent a Flying Twirlywoos toy each, however, with our imminent house move and things being a bit hectic lately I have only just gotten around to writing about them now. Sorry. My delay in writing about these toys means that my little two have had plenty of time to play with these Flying Twirlywoos and really test them out, though.
Flying Twirlywoos are little launcher sticks that have one of the four Twirlywoo characters on, with a plastic propeller on top to help them fly. Setting the Flying Twirlywoos up and getting them to work was super simple, you simply had to put some batteries in (3 AA) then you clip the propeller onto the Twirlywoo characters head and slot it into the launcher. Then you press the button on the launcher and watch the Twirlywoo fly away.
Monday, 3 October 2016
My little girl Sophia is three-years-old and she is really starting to notice all of the toy adverts on TV, whenever she see's something she likes she will ask for it. One toy that she has taking a bit of a shine to recently - that she has seen on TV, is the new Lalaloopsy glitter hair dough doll. Like most young girls she loves dolls, play-doh and playing with hair, so a doll that does all three really captured her attention.