Thursday, 28 April 2016

Something Special Textured Fun Sounds Mr Tumble Review

My little boy Jacob is now 20 months old and he is not really into TV shows yet, he shows no interest in sitting watching anything. The only thing that he will actually sit and watch and that he adores is Something Special on Cbeebies, he is a huge Mr Tumble fan and shouts for "Tumble", so we make sure we record it for him to watch.

Textured Mr Tumble soft toy from golden bear toys review

Thing's I Loved In April

I can not believe that April is almost over, although judging by the snow showers the last few days you could well be forgiving for thinking that it was still winter and not spring! As April is now drawing to an end I thought that I would once again write about the things that I had loved from the month gone by like I did last month, a way to help me get back into thinking positive again after suffering badly with pnd last year.

Ox Pasture Hall Hotel

So here is a few of the things that I have loved in April. 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Everything's Rosie And George

Welcome to another week of my blog series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Rosie from Everything's Rosie And George. Rosie is fairly new to blogging and her blog is all about life with her toddler George, beauty and little snippets of her life in Carlisle. She writes in such a lovely friendly way and it feels like you are chatting to a friend when you read her posts. 



So let's find out about the family behind Everthing's Roise And George. 

Monday, 25 April 2016

An Afternoon In Scarborough

Two week's ago we were lucky enough to be invited to stay at the beautiful Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, which is located near Scarborough. Of course being so close to this delightful seaside town we just had to pay it a visit and we ended up spending a lovely afternoon exploring and feeling all nostalgic, as it brought back many happy childhood memories.

Scarborough is somewhere that I use to visit as a child, I remember my mum taking me and my brother and visiting the fair and riding on the donkeys. It is also somewhere that I have taken my eldest daughter when she was younger, she loved it and is eager to return. However on this occasion it was just myself and the other half, although after seeing what the town has to offer we are keen to visit again in the summer with all three children as there is so much for little ones to do.

Scarborough Castle View

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Is Technology Making Children Miss Out On Childhood ?

As a child I think that I had a pretty good childhood, I grew up in a nice house in a nice area with my mum, dad and younger brother. We had yearly holidays to places like Florida, we had lots of family days out and I remember spending long summer days playing outdoors with my friends and riding pony's. I was completely carefree, even into my teenage years. 

As I had such a lovely childhood I have found since becaming a parent myself, that I want to give my own children a similar childhood to my own. I have definitely carried on old family traditions and parent in a similar way that my own parents did with me.

laptop and tablet

Hippity, Hoppity Little Bunny Book Review

Regular readers will know that we are part of the Parragon book buddies scheme, which means that my little two are sent a book to review each month. We were sent a book over Easter which was a rather cute finger puppet board book called Hippity, Hoppity Little Bunny. I am actually late writing this review as we were so busy over Easter and we went away for a few days, so I am busy trying to catch up on reviews. Even though Easter has passed I still think that this is a lovely book that can be enjoyed all year around, so read on to see what we thought. 

Hippity Hoppity Little Bunny Parragon Finger Puppet Baby Book

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A Disney Princess Toddler Tea Party

Tomorrow the 21st of April is National Tea day and it is also the queen's birthday too! So what better way to celebrate both occasions than with a Royal tea party ? Of course to have a royal tea party you need a tea set and some very special guests and luckily we were sent both, so that my very own Princess Sophia the first could celebrate.

Jakks Toys very kindly sent my little princess a Sofia the first tea set and four extra special guests in the shape of four beautiful Disney Princess Toddler Dolls! Perfect for my own toddler princess to play with and just right for a royal garden tea party.

Disney Princess Toddler dolls Garden Tea Party

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Travelling With Our Kids

Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring the really lovely Sam from Travelling With Our Kids. I discovered Sam's blog a few months ago and it is now becoming one of my must read blogs, as I love reading all about her family adventures. Sam is also such a lovely friendly person who I love talking too and getting to know and her blog is full of travel, tips and days out. 

So let's find out more about the family behind Travelling With Our Kids. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Win A £30 Voucher To Spend At Party Bags & Supplies

Next month my little girl will be turning 3 and I really need to start planning her birthday. I am really looking forward to her birthday this year as this will be the first time that she actually understand that it is her birthday and she is already getting excited and telling us what she would like. Princesses are top of her list this year as she is is a big fan of Beauty and the Beast. 

Last year we celebrated her birthday with a soft play party for her friends and then a little tea party at home with family. We were kindly sent a party pack with everything we needed for a Doc Mcstuffin tea party and pre-filled party bags for her little friends at her soft play party from Party Bags & Supplies.


My First Rolling Melodies Thomas #TeamThomas - Review

My two toddlers are train crazy at the moment and they adore Thomas the tank engine. My little boy Jacob is a bit Thomas crazy, he has Thomas toys and slippers and is always saying 'Choo Choo' when he See's anything Thomas related. So when I received an email asking if I wanted to be a part of #TeamThomas I just knew we had to step on board. 

The team Thomas campaign is about celebrating Thomas & Friend core values of friendship, determination and teamwork and the new racing theme for 2016. In the lead up to the new Thomas film launching in May fans are being invited to power Thomas to the Great Race, which is the name of the new film. 

Thomas Rolling Melodies Thomas review

Monday, 18 April 2016

Blog On Mosi 2016 Ice Breaker

In just under two weeks time I will be off to Manchester with fellow North East bloggers Sam from North East Family Fun and Karen from Monkey feet to attend my first Blog On Mosi event. I attended Britmums last year and I remember spending most of my time staring at peoples name tags , as I struggled putting names to blogs. So I think this ice breaker linky is a great idea so that not only will I know who is going but also so the other attendees know who I am too. 

If you do see me at the event please do come and say hello as I am rather shy but I am very friendly (I hope). 

1.) Share a picture of yourself.

Me & My Boy Last Week

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Ox Pasture Hall A Luxury Country House Hotel In North Yorkshire - Review

We have just returned from the most lovely night away at the beautiful four star Ox Pasture Hall Hotel near Scarborough and I am already longing to return. You will probably have seen some photos already if you follow me on social media but I just have to tell you how amazing it was. 

On Sunday myself and my other half Lee set off for are very first child free night together since Sophia was born almost three years ago! What better way to have a very long overdue night away together than at a Luxury hotel in Scarborough Yorkshire  which is only around 2 hours away from Newcastle, making it the perfect destination for a mini break.

Entrance to Ox Pasture Hall Hotel Scarborough

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Mummy Stylist

Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring the lovely Sabrina from The Mummy Stylist. I only discovered Sabrina's blog a few months ago and I am already a fan as she writes all about adventures with her little boy, pregnancy updates and lots of maternity and children fashion posts. 

The Mummy Stylist UK Parent Blogger


So lets find out more about the family behind The Mummy Stylist. 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Join The Message In A Bottle Launch Team

Regular readers will know by now that I adore reading, it is something that I really hope to pass on to my own children. I love how stories can capture little ones imagination and as a parent I love nothing better than tucking my little ones up in bed at night or snuggling up on the sofa with them and reading their favourite story. These are the moments that I fondly remember from my own childhood and that I want to treasure forever with my own children. 

Imagine if you could create an extra special book for your child, a book where you create a special message that becomes central to the story, sounds pretty impressive doesn't it ? Well Message in a bottle books will do just that, you create a personal message and message in a bottle put it in a bottle (like you would throw in the sea) and they throw the bottle into the book to create an extra special story. Each story also includes personal information such as the child's name, town and country making them extra personal and educational.

A Day Trip To York With Virgin Trains East Coast

Last week during the Easter half term holidays we travelled to York for the day thanks to Virgin Trains East Coast, who wanted to show us how easy it is for a family to travel by train during half term. We were travelling from Newcastle Central station and popular routes from Newcastle include places such as London, Edinburgh, York, Leeds and Aberdeen, among many other routes.

As it was our two toddlers (Jacob aged 1 and Sophia aged 2) first time on a train we decided that we did not want to travel far and opted to visit York for the day, which is only around an hours train journey from Newcastle. I adore York, it is a city that I have visited many times as a child myself and also as an adult, but is somewhere I have never taken my own three children before.

my toddler looking out the train window

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Kiddyum Toddler Meals Review

Recently I was contacted by Kiddyum to see if I would like to try out there frozen ready meals, I had never heard of them before but they sounded perfect for toddlers. Kiddyum meals are frozen ready meals specially designed for children aged 1-4 years old by mum of two Jayne Hynes, who has created all these meals herself and taste tested them on her own two children. They are all made from natural ingredients here in the UK with lots of hidden veg and no added salt, sugar or hidden nasties, making them perfect for little tummies. 

Kiddyum meals come in five different varieties of Cheesy Peasy Pasta, Macaroni Bolognaise, Cottage Pie, Fish & Veg Pie and Chicken Curry with Rice. The packaging is colourful and fun and appealing to children and they are just the right portion size for a pre-school aged child. They are available from selected Sainsbuys stores nationwide from the freezer section priced at a very reasonable £1.90 each. 

These meals are perfect for keeping in your freezer for those days when you just don't have the time to cook and need something quick and easy to make for your little ones to eat. They are so quick and easy to cook taking just 5 minutes in the microwave or 30 minutes in the oven. I admit that I was a little unsure if my children would eat these meals at first as they have never actually had a ready meal before, as I always make them something from scratch but they love eating pasta dishes and vegetables which are available in these meals. 


Kiddyum frozen toddler meals

Friday, 8 April 2016

The Aldi Specialbuys Baby & Toddler Event Is Back

As a parent to two toddlers I know just how expensive baby and toddler products can be, so when I heard that the brilliant Aldi specialbuys baby range is set to make a return I was keen to find out more. The Aldi specialbuys baby range will hit stores nationwide (and online) on Thursday the 21st April 2016, while stocks last.

I have had a little look at some of the fantastic products that will be on offer and I just had to share them with you all as their is some great bargains to be had. The range includes everything from indoor and outdoor toys, baby safety products, nursery essentials and clothing. You really can grab some fantastic quality items at low prices and lets face it babies can be very expensive so it is so worthwhile stocking up on these specialbuys when you can.

Aldi Baby event April 2016

Thursday, 7 April 2016

HP Instant Ink - Saving You From Running Out Of Ink

As a mum of three I always have a never ending list of jobs that need doing, housework, shopping, making appointments and generally making sure everyone is looked after and things are in order. Sometimes often  I forget things, as lets face it us mums are busy and just keeping everyone clean and fed is an accomplishment some days. 

One job that always seems to get added to my never ending to do list is to buy ink for the printer, nine times out of ten you can guarantee that I forget. Being a mum to a teen who is always needing to use the printer for her homework, having a printer with no ink is a bit of a nightmare for her. I have found myself in the past rushing out to the 24 hour supermarket to try and find ink so she could print out her homework. Thankfully they had some but I ended up paying more than I normally would and vowed that I would keep stocked up in future, which of course never happens. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Twinderelmo

Welcome to another week of my guest series Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am pleased to be featuring the lovely Beth from Twinderelmo. I love Beth's blog it is one of my all time favourites and I have been reading it more or less since I started blogging two years ago, I have laughed at her posts about Peppa Pig and double buggy's, cried at her posts about losing her beloved mum and related to her posts about life with toddlers. I have met Beth in real life and she is just as lovely and funny in real life as she appears on her blog. 

Twinderelmo blog logo

So let's find out a bit more about the family behind Twinderelmo. 

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Thing's I loved In March

Last month I decided to start writing a little post each month about little things that I had loved from the month gone by. One of my new years resolutions (hands up who has broken theirs already? I have) was to be kinder to myself and make sure that I had some much needed me time now and then. Last year I suffered really badly from post natal depression after my sons birth and the whole year just passed by in a blur. I want to start thinking positive again, as by doing so I have been feeling so much happier and sociable and like me and that is why I write these posts each month, a way to remind myself that good things happen and to remember them.

mini eggs


So here is a few of the things that I loved in March.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Baby CPR With St John Ambulance

As a parent one of my worst fears in life is that something bad will happen to one of my children. I try my best to keep them safe, at all times. Sometimes no matter what we do to try and prevent them accidents and illnesses do occur in babies and young children. Often cuddles and calpol or a kiss and bandage will make everything ok when little ones have accidents or become unwell. 

What if they became really unwell though and stopped breathing, would you know what to do then ? Being in that situation does not bear thinking about does it ? As parent's I think we need to think about it though, I think we should all know basic first aid, as we honestly never know when we will need it. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

March 2016

I can't believe that it is the 1st of April already, does anyone else feel like Christmas was not so long ago ? As always I am writing a little reflecting on the month gone by, a way for myself and my family to look back on what we have been up to. March was a fairly quiet month. Every month when I sit down to write these posts I always think to myself that I have not done anything that month, by the end of the post I normally realise that actually we have done stuff. 

Baker days letterbox thank you emoji cake

So let's have a look at what March was like for me and my family.