Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Dot Makes 4

Welcome to another week of my new guest series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring the lovely Laura from Dot Makes 4. I have only recently discovered Laura's blog and like myself she has children with a big age gap, her blog is full of family day's out, reviews and free from recipes as her son has allergies. 



Laura is a stay at home mum who has been blogging for a year and she lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and two children. So lets find out a bit more about the family behind Dot Makes 4. 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Win A Mystery Prize Bundle Worth Over £20

To celebrate my blogs recent birthday I have been running a week of giveaways, a way to say thank you to you my readers. I have ran some lovely giveaways all week from some fabulous brands that I have been lucky enough to work with over the last two years. Have you entered yet ? You could win a Theraline Pregnancy Pillow, An NSA All Weather Protector, A Dr Browns Starter Kit, A baker Days Cake, and Vital Baby Weaning Pots.


Monday, 28 March 2016

Little Dish Go Gos Range

As a mum to two toddlers, aged one and two years old I know just how important it is to have snacks at hand for day's out and to avoid those mid afternoon meltdowns, whilst they wait for their tea to be cooked. My little two love snack time and I am always on the look out for healthy things to give them, ideally things that won't cause a mess when we are out and about (who knew toddlers could make so much mess with a banana ?) and that can be stored in the changing bag for trips out and about. 


Friday, 25 March 2016

Win Vital Baby Twist 'n' Lock Freezer Pods

Over the last year I have been working with Vital Baby as one of their Weaning Warriors. I documented my son's weaning journey from how we started, to his favourite weaning recipe and also are must have weaning products and tips. We loved working with Vital baby as we got to try out their fantastic weaning range and found them to be so practical and perfect for using from those first tastes through to toddlerhood. 

Vital baby have recently launched a new product to their weaning range, Twist 'n' Lock Freezer Pods. These clever little pods are ideal for using to store batches of foods you have prepared for your little one to store in the freezer. As any parent will tell you when you store baby foods in pots in the freezer you sometime have to rummage around for a while to find the pots you are looking for, that is why Vital baby have created these pods. The set includes six individual 60ml pots which you simply twist and lock into place in the tray provided, this keeps them all neat and tidy and together and stops them falling out and getting lost in the freezer. 

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Win A Baker Days LetterBox Cake

Today is day four of my week of giveaways to celebrate my blog birthday. You can't have a birthday celebration without cake, can you ? Nope. So Baker Days very kindly sent me a cake to celebrate, they have also offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win their own cake too! 

I actually reviewed a Baker Days cake back when I first started blogging. I was really impressed with the cake back then and thought that the whole concept of a cake being delivered by post was a genius idea. I remembered how yummy the cake was and was keen to see if they were as nice as I remember them being. 

Baker Days letterbox cake tin

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Win A Dr Brown's Starter Kit

To celebrate my blog birthday I am running a week of giveaway's, as a way of saying thank you to everyone who reads this blog of mine. I kicked off my week of giveaways with a Theraline Original pregnancy and baby feeding pillow and yesterdays prize was a NSA 3-in-1 All Weather Protector. Today I have another great giveaway for any of you who are pregnant or have a young baby, or if you know someone who is don't forget to enter for them too.

Today I have one Dr Brown's starter kit to giveaway worth £17.99.


Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Dear Bear And Beany

Welcome to week six of my guest series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week we will be finding out a bit more about Laura who blogs at Dear Bear And Beany. I have only recently discovered Laura's blog and it is full of lovely posts about life with her girls and the reality of life with two young children.

So lets find out more about the family behind Dear Bear And Beany.

Laura and her girls

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Win A NSA 3-in-1 All Weather Protector

To celebrate my blog's birthday I am running a week of giveaways this week, for you my readers as a thank you. I want to say a huge big thank you to each and everyone of you who take the time to read this blog, comment on my posts and follow me on social media. Yesterday I kicked off my week of giveaways with a Theraline Original Pregnancy & Baby Pillow giveaway, if you haven't already entered make sure you do!

Today I have another great prize for any parents-to-be or new parents out there, so if that is you or you know someone who is then get entering! Today's prize is a very handy NSA 3-in-1 All Weather  Protector worth £18.50. I have never actually used a one of these myself, but they look really great and perfect for if you have a young baby to keep them safe in their car seat from harmful UV rays in summer, pesky insects and will keep them nice and dry when it rains too.



Monday, 21 March 2016

Win A Theraline Original Pregnancy & Baby Feeding Pillow

A few day's ago my blog turned two, to celebrate I thought that it would be nice to run a week of giveaway's, for you my readers to say thank you. I want to say thank you to every single one of you who takes the time to read this blog, for those of you who follow me on social media and leave comments on my posts. I honestly probably would not still be hear blogging if it was not for each and everyone of you. 

To kick of my week of giveaway's I have teamed up with Theraline to offer one lucky reader an Original pregnancy and baby feeding pillow. Theraline were one of the first brands that I worked with on this blog, back when Jacob was a newborn baby we reviewed a Wynnie nursing pillow which we loved and used for many months. I am really pleased to offer an Original pillow as a prize, as I know just how brilliant they are and how useful they can be right through from pregnancy until your baby is six months old, or older.


Sunday, 20 March 2016

Afternoon Tea With The Easter Bunny

Yesterday we went for afternoon tea with the Easter bunny and are local Wyevale garden centre in Gosforth. The garden centre is located just outside of Newcastle, right next to Newcastle racecourse (it use to be called Peter Barret's garden centre) and is only a five minute drive from where we live. 

Tea with the Easter bunny was due to start at 4pm and we arrived at around ten too and made are way to the cafe, where the event was due to take place. Despite living so close to the garden centre I have not visited for years and was actually quiet impressed, as not only was it well stocked with everything you would expect from a garden centre but it also had a great selection of toys and clothes and even a soft play area too. 

Afternoon tea with the Easter bunny

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Two Years Of Blogging

Today my blog turns two whole years old! It is crazy to think that I have been blogging for two years, I still feel like such a novice, with so much to still learn. Seriously Google is my best friend at times as I am forever googling how to do blog things or what they mean. 

I started this blog to record my pregnancy with baby number three, who is now an 18 month old little boy! He is like my blog baby, his whole life is on this blog, more or less. My blog has changed so much in the last two years, it looks much better for a start as it was quiet horrific in the beginning. This blog is now not only my hobby to keep me occupied whilst I was on maternity leave but it is now also my job, which is amazing.


Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mummy's Diary

Welcome to week five of my blog series and this week I am featuring Katie from Mummy's Diary. Like myself Katie has two children really close in age and her blog is full of life with two toddlers, lots of great blogging tips as well as reviews and family memories. 

Katie works two part time jobs as well as running her blog and juggling life with two toddlers and a husband who works shifts. Her life sounds super busy, so here is a bit more about the family behind Mummy's Diary. 


Monday, 14 March 2016

Home Security & Most Treasured Possessions

Something that I, like many people take for granted is home security. Of course I lock doors and windows and keep valuables hidden away, but I never really give much thought to someone burgling my home. I always assume my home is safe and secure and what valuable possessions we do own can be easily replaced with insurance. 

However I came across an interesting infographic from Chill Insurance who carried out a home safety survey in Ireland, where my dads family are from. The survey found that an impressive 57% of people surveyed described there home as very secure. 

It also revealed that the most treasured possession of those surveyed was family photos. I have to agree with this as treasured photos of my late mum and my children when they were babies are my most treasured possessions too. Photos are something that no amount of money could ever replace, they represent so many special times in peoples lives. This got me thinking that maybe I need to take more care with my home security myself as I would hate to lose them. Especially as so many of them are stored on laptops and mobiles which as we all know are known targets for thief's. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Forever Memory Bear Baby Clothes Bear

One of the things I loved in pregnancy was buying tiny cute outfits, it was exciting thinking my unborn child would soon be wearing them. The baby days pass by so quickly and soon those tiny newborn clothes don't fit anymore and even though they no longer fit, us parents find it so hard to part with some of the treasured clothes our little ones once wore. We often pack them away where they get forgotten about.

So when I was recently contacted by Forever Memory Bears and asked if I would like to get some of my son's old baby clothes turned into a bear I readily agreed. Picking the clothes was so hard as I have kept so many of his old baby clothes and you only need 7 items of newborn clothing to make a bear. In the end, I picked all the newborn clothes (mainly babygrows) that I remember him wearing often as a baby, including the panda babygrow he wore when he was first born. 

Forever Memory bear made from baby clothes great keepsake

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring What The Redhead Said

Welcome to week four of my new guest series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I have one of my all time favourite bloggers Donna from What The Redhead Said. I have been reading Donna's blog ever since I started blogging almost two years ago, back when her blog had a different name. What The Redhead said is full of her family adventures, reviews, recipes, giveaways and general musings. 

I have to say that Donna is one of the most helpful, hardworking and nicest bloggers that I have came across who posts multiple times per day on her own blog, is always helping other bloggers out on social media and just generally being very social. She also works part time, looks after her two adorable young children and still finds the time to have lots of adventures with her husband and children. I honestly don't know how she fits it all in!

Here is a little more about the family behind What The Redhead Said.

Donna and her family 

Monday, 7 March 2016

The Forgetting Time By Sharon Guskin - Book Review

I have always adored reading and loved nothing more then getting lost in a good book, since having young children my love of reading has taken a major back seat - as I very rarely get the time to read these days. I have been wanting to get back into the habit of reading again, so when I was offered the chance to review 'The Forgetting Time' a debut novel by Sharon Guskin I readily accepted in the hope it would reignite my passion for reading once more.

The Forgetting Time

The Forgetting Time tells the story of Janie a single mother, and 4 year old Noah, who keeps crying for his mama and asking to go home. Except Janie is his mother and he is already home.... As Noah's vivid nightmares become more and more distressed, Janie seeks advice from countless doctors who aren't able to help. Eventually she meets Dr Anderson, a psychiatrist who researches cases of children recalling past lives. He believes he can help Noah - but does this mean that Janie will lose her son forever ? 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

A Taste Of Sunrise Butternut Squash And Chestnut Soup

This weekend Sunrise care homes have launched their annual Taste Of Sunrise event, an event that they host to showcase the delicious meals that they serve in their homes daily. If you visit a Sunrise care home from today until the 13th March 2016 for a tour you will be able to meet the chefs, sample the meals and also take home a copy of the new Taste of sunrise recipe book. We do not have a Sunrise close to us as my nearest one is in Bramhall so I was sent a copy of the book in the post. 

Elderly care homes often get a bit of a bad reputation with people saying the food is bland and boring, Sunrise want to let people know that this is not the case at all. They endeavour to provide excellent care to their residents and provide delicious and nutritious meals to keep residents interested in food. 

Butternut Squash and chestnut soup recipe

February 2016

At the start of each month I always like to sit down and write a little post looking back on the month gone by. These posts are my way of reflecting on the previous month as I always think I have never done anything when in fact sometimes I have. I say this every single month but it honestly does not seem like that long ago since I wrote last months update! February is normally a very quiet month for myself and my family with not a lot happening and lots of days staying at home in the warmth. 


So lets have a look at what February was like for me and my family.

Friday, 4 March 2016

First Haircut At Pikku Gosforth

My little boy Jacob had such fine hair when he was born and had hardly any hair until fairly recently, it suddenly just grew and was getting really long around his ears and we knew it was time to take him for his haircut. Last year we visited Pikku, located on Gosforth high street for the first time to get Sophia's haircut We were so impressed that we have never went anywhere else since and she regular enjoys visiting to get her crazy curls cut. 

So when the lovely people at Pikku heard that Jacob was in need of a trim they booked him in for a special Baby's first haircut session. Even though I know first hand how lovely the staff and salon are I was really nervous about taking him, he has just turned 18 months and he is at the age where he won't sit still.  He also really does not like his neck or ears being touched.

Before

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Pampers #SagGoneGrooveOn

When I had my eldest child thirteen years ago I always used Pampers nappies, as I found them to be the best around. So when I had my second daughter almost three years ago I once again turned to Pampers and continued using them when baby number three came along. People were always telling us to try cheaper supermarket brands, as we had two little ones in nappies for a year which was  rather expensive. We have tried the odd brand of cheaper supermarket nappies out over the years but I always went straight back to Pampers, as I find them to be the best around as cheaper nappies went really saggy.


Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Purity Belle

Welcome to week three of my new blog series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am pleased to feature the lovely Cliona who blogs at Purity Belle. I first discovered Cliona's blog a few months ago and it such a mixture of lovely things such as her beautiful looking soy candles she sells to lifestyle posts featuring crafts, recipes and life with older children.

Cliona and her daughter's