Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Me Becoming Mum

This week I am joined by Naomi who blogs at Me Becoming Mum on Other Bloggers Family Lives. Naomi has a family blog all about life with her two little girls and family lifestyle topics. So let's find out more about the family behind Me Becoming Mum. 

Me Becoming Mum and family

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Afternoon Tea With Santa At Wyevale Garden Centre Gosforth

This year I am so excited for Christmas as it is the first year my little two (aged 3 & 4) have properly understood what Christmas is all about. They have already written their Christmas lists for Santa, they keep asking when we can put the Christmas tree up and they are amazed by the twinkling lights from the shopping centre decorations. They are so excited and each day they race downstairs in the morning asking if today is the day we can put our tree up. They truly believe in Father Christmas and the magic of Christmas and it is heartwarming to watch. 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Thinking Of A Family Cruise

One of my favourite bloggers Hayley from Sparkles and Stretchmarks has just returned from a family cruise and after reading about her experience I really want to go on a family cruise myself. I have never been on a cruise before, to be honest, I always thought they were for older people and not for young families like mine. Over the past few years I have heard just how family friendly a cruise can be and as my partner is desperate to go on a cruising holiday I have been looking into them lately. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Crepe Affaire Newcastle Review

Last year Newcastle's Eldon Square opened its new Grey's Quater which is home to a great variety of place's to eat and drink. Tucked away on the ground floor near the escalators is Crepe Affaire, a small and very modern looking Creperie serving a selection of sweet and savoury French crepes. This week Crepe Affaire is celebrating its first birthday in Eldon Square and to celebrate they will randomly be handing out vouchers for a free crepe to ten purchasing customers per day during its Birthday week (this week). They will also be handing out a free glass of prosecco to all customers who place a crepe order after 5pm this Thursday (23rd November) too. 

Friday, 17 November 2017

Starting The Day With Ready Brek & Despicable Me 3

Now that it is winter and the mornings are cold and frosty we have been starting the day with a nice warming bowl of Ready Brek each morning. I fondly remember having Ready Brek for breakfast when I was a child and now my own children enjoy it for breakfast too, especially my four-year-old daughter Sophia. Packed full of vitamins and minerals and only containing natural ingredients it is the perfect way to start the day before school. Plus it is super quick and easy for us parents to whip up in the morning too, bonus! 


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Behind The Scenes At McDonald's

Last week I was invited to McDonald's Silverlink to go behind the scenes and see what new changes they are making to the restaurants, and also to make my very own Big Mac! We were greeted at the store by franchisee Bill who was the 6th McDonald's franchise owner here in the UK and now has several branches here in the North East, including the Silverlink branch which has the busiest drive-thru in the North East. Bill employs over 600 people here in the North East, and funnily enough my partner actually worked for Bill and the store manager Simon many years ago when he was a teenager at the Silverlink branch.

McDonald's Big Mac I Made

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring My Chaotically Eclectic Life

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Debbie who blogs at My Chaotically Eclectic Life. Debbie blogs about family life with an older child and two younger ones, just like me and she features days out in Yorkshire, reviews and crafts. So let's find out more about the family behind My Chaotically Eclectic Life.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Cote Brasserie Newcastle Review

A couple of weeks ago Cote Brasserie opened a new branch here in Newcastle, I was invited to the press night but unfortunately could not attend and luckily I was booked in for an evening meal a week later instead. Located in the former Barclays bank building on Grainger street you will find Cote Brasserie, and what a transformation it has been under. The building has been transformed with rustic, yet luxurious decor that almost makes you feel you are at a Parisian bistro and not in cold Newcastle. 

Photo via Cote Brasserie

Monday, 13 November 2017

Silver Cross Pioneer Doll Pram Review

My little girl Sophia is 4-years-old and she loves playing with her dolls and pushing them around in her doll's pram. Now that she is getting older her current dolls pram is getting a bit small for her and we were thinking of buying her a new one for Christmas this year, then just like magic Play Like Mum got in touch and asked if we would like to review a Silver Cross Pioneer 5-in-1 doll's pram (perfect timing). 

Silver Cross Pioneer Vintage Pink Doll Pram in garden

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Planning A Winter Family Holiday

In May we are off on our very first family holiday abroad as a family of five, my eldest daughter has been abroad lots of times (and has recently returned from another holiday) but my little two have never left the UK before. Now that they are getting a little older (3 and 4) and easier to manage we are really looking forward to taking them on lots of holidays to create some magical family memories. As a child I was really lucky that I used to go abroad twice a year, a two week family holiday in March and then a week last minute holiday every October. As we often holidayed out of season we often visited the Spanish Canary Islands as they have all year sunshine. I spent most of my teenage years holidaying in the Canaries and I have visited the main four islands numerous times. 

Fuerteventura

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Chocolate Clothing Wishlist

As a mum one thing that I love is buying clothes for my children, I think children clothes are just so cute. I love creating little outfits for my children and seeing them looking all smart, they are so much better dressed then I am. I am not a fan of shopping on the high-street for clothes for them as I much prefer shopping online, luckily my children wear clothes true to their age so this makes things easier. 

Whilst browsing online recently for new winter outfits for my daughter Sophia (I am finding it so hard to find her a nice winter coat this year) I discovered Chocolate clothing. Founded in 2007 it is a luxury children clothing designer retailer selling top named brands. I don't normally buy designer clothing for my children but I do splash out on them from time to time for special occasions. 

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Trinimamabebe

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Trini who blogs at Trinimamabebe, which is a family lifestyle blog about life as a first-time mum, money saving and reviews. So let's find out more about the family behind Trinimamabebe. 

Trininmamabebe blog logo


Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Halfords Black Friday Competition

Now that it is November everyone is starting to get ready for Christmas, I know I certainly am. I have started my Christmas shopping and I am hoping that I can get it finished by the end of this month (maybe that is wishful thinking) so that I can relax and enjoy the festivities that December brings. I like to try and be organised for Christmas but I often find myself holding out buying a lot of gifts until the end of November, to see if I can grab myself some Black Friday deals. 

Halfords Black Friday competition

Monday, 6 November 2017

Christmas Songs That Keep My Children Entertained In The Car

Now that it is November everywhere seems to be in full Christmas spirit, there are Christmas adverts on TV (Asda is my favourite so far), the shops are full of Christmas gifts and festive decorations are appearing in shops. My children are starting to get really excited, especially as it is the first year my little two properly understand what Christmas is about. All three of my children have already written their lists for Santa and we have some festive activities planned to get them in the festive spirit and I have about half of my Christmas shopping already done. 

Friday, 3 November 2017

Chaophraya Thai Cooking School Review

Last year Eldon Squares new grey's quarter opened which is home to a great range of dining options, one of these is Chaophraya Thai restaurant. Chaophraya is located on the top floor with wonderful views of the city below, I had heard great reviews but had never actually visited myself although I have visited sister restaurant Thaikhun in nearby Metrocenter many times.  While Thaikhun has a very family-friendly, street-food type vibe to it Chaophraya has a more elegant and upmarket vibe, making it perfect for date night or a meal out with friends. 

Thai Tom Yung Soup starter

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Things I Loved October 2017

I am so happy to see the back of October as it was an awful month for us, it was a month full of job uncertainty, money worries and yet more broken appliances. The other month our fridge died and this month our very expensive TV died (fingers crossed it can be fixed). It has also been a month full of illness, poor Sophia had a chest infection and was on antibiotics and then we all had the most horrific sickness bug over half-term, I am still recovering from it now a week later! 

Even though the month was pretty rubbish compared to last month I still like to try and see the positive so let's have a look at some of the things that I loved in October. 

white rabbit light at sunderland illuminations

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Money Whisperer

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Emma who blogs at The Money Whisperer. Emma blogs about a host of ways to make and save money and her blog is full of really useful tips on how to easily save money - something I really need to get better at as I am terrible at wasting money! So let's find out more about the family behind The Money Whisperer. 

The Money Whisperer UK blog logo

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

ZooMoo TV Show Review

The last few days have been a bit of a disaster in our household, first we all started coming down with a sickness bug one by one making us housebound for half-term and then our TV broke! A broken TV is not what you need when you stuck at home with two young children to entertain while you are poorly, luckily we have managed to use one of the TV's from the bedroom for now until ours get fixed (fingers crossed).



Friday, 27 October 2017

Getting Organised For Winter Time

Now that October is coming to an end the weather is getting colder and the nights darker it is really starting to feel like winter is coming. I love winter time as it means that Christmas is on its way! I am actually feeling rather organised this year for Christmas as we have about half of the children's gifts in and we have also made a start on our families gifts too. We have some festive family outings planned and we have even ordered our turkey from the local butchers for Christmas day lunch. 

Now that my thoughts are turning to Christmas I also want to get our house in order for Christmas as I need to de-clutter and get organised for the fast-approaching holiday season. As you can imagine having three children means that we have a lot of stuff, mainly toys and I desperately need to sort and organise these before Santa delivers even more toys on Christmas day. 

garage

Blaze And The Monster Machines Animal Island Stunts Speedway Review

My three-year-old son Jacob and 4-year-old daughter Sophia are huge Nick Jr fans and one shows that they both adore watching on there is Blaze and the Monster Machines. They have been watching this show for about a year now and they watch it every, single day as they love it that much. If you are not familiar with the show it is about a boy called AJ who rides in a monster truck - Blaze who talks and goes on quests with AJ and his friends (who are also Monster trucks). On their adventures, they solve lots of problems which they encourage the children watching to get involved with (such as basic maths) and it is a fun way for them to learn. My children can often be heard shouting out the answers at the TV whilst watching Blaze. 

Blaze playset in box

We already have a few of the small Blaze and the Monster Machine trucks which the children got in their stockings last Christmas and they play with the little trucks all of the time. So when we were recently asked if we would like to review the new Fisher-Price Blaze and the Monster Machines Animal Island Stunts Speedway set I knew this would be a huge hit with both of them. 

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Christmas Gifts For Five Pounds #SDFiverChallenge

Now that October is coming to an end the shops are starting to fill with Christmas items as everyone's thoughts turn to Christmas time. Christmas can be such an expensive time of year and some gifts can be so expensive, so when I was set a challenge by Sports Direct to find gifts for people for just £5 I wondered if this was even possible. 

When I think of Sports Direct I never think of it being somewhere that you can buy gifts, I always thought it was somewhere to buy sportswear and trainers and is somewhere my partner buys football things from. I thought that I would have to buy gifts of sports socks and footballs but I was very wrong. Sports Direct actually sell a range of gifts for the whole family and even pets, which I was not expecting at all. 

Disney Princess wooden jigsaw

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Unconventional Kira

Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring mum of three Kira who blogs at Unconventional Kira. Kira blogs and vlogs about family life with a teen, a primary school aged child and a baby. So let's find out more about the family behind Unconventional Kira. 


Monday, 23 October 2017

Baby Born Musical Foaming Bathtub Review

My little girl Sophia is a typical little four-year-old girl and she is really into dolls and babies, she has a collection of dolls that she loves to play with. She also really, really likes water play so when we were recently sent a Baby Born Musical Foaming Bathtub to review I knew that this would be a toy she would love. 

Baby Born Bath

Friday, 20 October 2017

Sunderland Illuminations With Tyne & Wear Metro

Every year Sunderland have an illuminations event (from the 5th October to 5th November), where Roker Park is transformed into an illuminated wonderland that both adults and children will enjoy. Every single year we say that we will take the children but we never get around to it as we keep hearing how bad the traffic and parking is. So when I was recently invited to enjoy a family day out on the Tyne & Wear Metro I knew that a trip to Sunderland Illuminations would be the perfect day out that the whole family would enjoy. 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Wanderlust And Wet Wipes

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Emma who lives in the Middle East and writes about all of the travels her globetrotting family go on. So let's find out more about the family behind Wanderlust and Wet Wipes.

Family Travel blogger Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Brio Metro Railway Set Review

My little boy Jacob recently turned three and he adores trains, he loves travelling on trains and the Metro (which we have in Tyneside) and playing with toy trains. We have a plastic Thomas train set and a few Thomas trains which he adores but we don't have any wooden sets. So when Brio got in touch and asked if we would like to review the Brio Metro railway set I thought this might be something he would enjoy playing with. 

Brio Metro Trainset

Monday, 16 October 2017

Haven Berwick Northumberland Review

Back in May, we went on a little mini-break to Haven Berwick caravan site in Northumberland, about an hour away from Newcastle. We were not going to have a holiday this year as we moved late last year and we knew we would not be able to afford a holiday so we booked a little UK min break instead. We booked about six weeks in advance on the Haven website and for a four-night mid-week break in an upgraded three bedroom deluxe caravan, it was only around £160 for the five of us. 

Haven Berwick entrance

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Isablog

Welcome to this week's Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Ross who is a first-time dad who blogs about life with a baby and offers lots of advice to fellow dads. So let's find out more about the family behind Isablog. 


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Getting The Kids In The Kitchen

When I was a child my Mam was always baking and cooking up a storm in the kitchen, she came from a family of bakers and she made everything from scratch. I used to love helping her cook when I was a child, I would help prepare meals and she would always let us make jam tarts with the leftover pasty if she had been making pies and quiches. Some of the happiest memories I have of my mum and my childhood are of baking with her, I used to love helping out and creating yummy treats. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

September 2017

It seem's like such a long time ago since I wrote August's update, as so much has happened in the last few weeks. Life has been so busy with lots of changes to our routine and family life, mainly as the little two started school and nursery school. September was also a busy month with lots of adventures and family time so let's have a look at what we got up to. 

Jurassic Kingdom Newcastle

Looking After Your Health As A Busy Parent

This week has been a total disaster in our household, everything that could go wrong pretty much has gone wrong and I have never felt so stressed out before, as we have received some bad news. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I have been so worried and not sleeping or eating and just not myself at all. Typically when we are having a bad week the children become unwell, first Sophia became ill and is off school and on antibiotics and inhalers for a chest infection, then Jacob came down with a cold and sore throat. Both children being unwell has meant that I have got no work done and even less sleep than normal, as I have been sharing a bed with a poorly Sophia for most of the week. 

Saturday, 7 October 2017

My Little Pony - My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle Review

My 4-year-old daughter Sophia is My Little Pony crazy at the moment, she watches it non-stop on TV and she has asked for My Little Pony everything for Christmas. We recently reviewed the My Little Pony Canterlot & Seaquestria Castle playset, which Sophia adores and we were also very lucky to also be sent a My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle pony to review too. Both of these toys have been brought out to coincide with the My Little Pony Movie which is due in cinemas for October half term, which we can not wait to go and see. 

Princess Twilight Sparkle toy

Friday, 6 October 2017

Cicciobello Love n Care Doll Review

My little girl Sophia love's playing doctors and playing with baby dolls, we were sent a Cicciobello Love n Care doll recently that combines both of these things, much to Sophia's delight. Cicciobello Love n Care is a lifelike doll that children will love caring for, he cries and his cheek's flush and it is up to children to find out what is wrong with him and help him feel better with the help of the range of accessories that he comes with. 

Cicciobello Love n Care Doll in box

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Five Little Doves

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring one of my favourite bloggers, Laura from Five Little Doves. Laura blogs about family life, days out, reviews and the most beautifully written and heartbreaking posts about her son Joseph who was sadly stillborn. Laura's blog is full of the most beautiful photos and words and it feel's like you're sitting down for a chat with an old friend when you read her blog.

So let's find out more about the family behind Five Little Doves.

Blogger Five Little Doves and family

Monday, 2 October 2017

Christmas Toy Shopping At Smyths

Now that it is October we have started thinking about Christmas in our house, which let's face it is the most magical time of the year. We love Christmas in our house and I normally start planning on what to buy the children months in advance, however this year I did not know what to buy them as they have so many toys already. Then the Smyths toy catalogue came through the letterbox and solved my dilemma, as the children adored looking at it and pointing out the toys that they really wanted. 

Smyths toy 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Things I Loved September 2017

Now that it is October and autumn is well and truly underway it is time to look back on some of the things that I have loved from the month gone by. It seem's like such a long time since I wrote my August update. September has been a nice month for us, with the return of school and routine and a few nice adventures along the way. 

Saturday, 30 September 2017

My Little Pony Canterlot & Seaquestria Castle Review

My little girl Sophia is 4-years-old and she is My Little Pony crazy, she watches it on TV non-stop and My Little Pony toys are top of her Christmas wish list. She can not wait to go to the cinema to see My Little Pony the movie which is out in cinemas soon. To celebrate the release of the new My Little Pony movie, Hasbro has released some new My Little Pony the Movie toys just in time for Christmas. As part of the Hasbro toy tribe, we were very kindly sent a My Little Pony The Movie Canterlot & Seaquestria Castle playset. 

My Little pony castle in box

Friday, 29 September 2017

Getting Ready For Winter Time

I know it is only September but as the weather has been so wet and cold here in Newcastle (as always) I am already thinking of winter time. I definitely prefer winter over summer as I am a huge Christmas fan and I love nothing more than having cosy nights at home with my family, watching films with the heating on in our pyjamas. 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Decluttering In Time For Christmas With eBay

Having three children means that we have a lot of stuff and as I am a bit of hoarder who never gets rid of anything all the clutter in our house is starting to get to me. We have so many toys, old children clothing and baby items that we just never use anymore, I keep meaning to sell them but I just never get around to it. I always think that it sounds like a lot of hassle having to sell things so I keep putting it off. So when Mumsnet challenged me to try selling some unwanted items on eBay I thought this was the perfect chance for a bit of a de-clutter,  especially with Christmas fast approaching.


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Sprog On The Tyne

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring one of my favourite fellow North East parent bloggers Caroline from Sprog On The Tyne (such a cool blog name). Caroline blogs about days out and thing's to do here in the North East that she goes on with her two very cute pre-schoolers. She takes some wonderful photos and visits places that I have never even heard of! Caroline is also very friendly and lovey in real life too. 

So let's find out more about the family behind Sprog On The Tyne.


Planning A Shared Disney Bedroom

Almost a year ago we moved into our forever family home, we have slowly been decorating the house and getting things how we want. The next room we are planning on decorating is the children's bedroom, our youngest two children currently share a bedroom and will do for a few years until we can afford either an extension or loft conversion. They have the master bedroom which is a good size and has plenty of room for their beds, furniture and toys. However, their bedroom is quite boring as it is just plain white and I really want to make it fun, as I fondly remember my Forever Friends bear themed room from my own childhood. 

As they are so close in age they like sharing a room as they like a lot of the same things, especially Disney. So we have decided that we are going to go for a Disney themed bedroom, which we think will be suitable for a boy and girl. Their bedroom is currently just plain white and I think we are going to keep the white wall and add some bright Disney themed prints to the walls to brighten it up a bit which I have found on Etsy


Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Jurassic Kingdom Newcastle Review

On Sunday we went along to the Jurassic Kingdom event in Leazers Park Newcastle, as my three-year-old son is dinosaur crazy. I will start this review off by saying that I was giving complimentary tickets to the event in exchange for running a giveaway and promoting the event before it arrived in Newcastle. However, I was not asked to write this review and all views in this post are my own.

Jurassic Kingdom Newcastle review

Monday, 25 September 2017

Stocking Filler Shopping At The Works

Every single year I am so disorganised for Christmas and end up buying gifts right up until Christmas Eve. This year I have vowed to be different and have actually already started Christmas shopping and thinking about what to buy people. I really want to enjoy the magical lead up to Christmas this year, as my children are at an age where they truly believe in the magic of Christmas. I want to cram as many festive activities as I can into the lead-up to the big day, without having to worry about shopping and getting organised.

Christmas tree with stocking decoration on

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Marie Curie's #FeelSuper Campaign With P&G and Superdrug

Earlier this week Superdrug relaunched their charity campaign #FeelSuper for its third consecutive year, the campaign is run in partnership with Proctor and Gamble to raise money for Marie Curie. This year the campaign is hoping to raise £500,000 for the Marie Curie charity to help care for those with a terminal illness and their families. Once again the campaign is being promoted by singer and celebrity mum of two Frankie Bridges who is asking UK shoppers to help raise the huge £500,000 campaign target.

Frankie Bridges and Marie Curie nurses for charity campaign

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Riverford Recipe Box Review

As a mum, I always try to cook fresh home cooked meals for my family, however, I have found that I tend to stick to the same few meals on rotation and it gets a bit boring after a while. So when I was recently asked if I would like to try out a Riverford recipe box I thought this would be the ideal opportunity to try out some new recipes. 

Riverford recipe boxes are made up of local, fresh organic produce and they are made up with everything that you need to create tasty meals at home. They offer a range of boxes such as vegetarian and meat-eating boxes for two or three recipes with a range of boxes such as an original box or ones for under 500 calories or quick cooking times if you want something healthy or speedy. They also offer a good range of fruit, vegetable, salad and meat boxes too for you to enjoy at home.

Riverford recipe box contents

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Life As A Single Mum

Welcome to this week's Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Charlotte who blogs at Life As A Single Mum. Charlotte blogs about life as a single mum, raising her little boy and life in Brighton. So let's find out more about the family behind Life As A Single Mum. 

blogger life as a single mum

Monday, 18 September 2017

Halloween Events In And Around Newcastle For Families

I have just booked my youngest two children tickets to a Halloween party in our village and now that they are 3 and 4 I think that they are at the age where they will get into the spirit of Halloween. I have been looking at events in or around Newcastle that are on for families this Halloween and thought I would share them in case you are still looking for some ideas. I have also included an event for teens and one for adults too. 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Getting The Garden Ready For Winter Time

We have been in our forever family home for almost a year now and the last year seem's to have flown over. Everyone keeps asking us if we are all settled in our home and while we are all so happy here and it has felt like 'home' within days of moving we still have so much to do to make it 'us'. We have decorating to do, the garden to sort out and believe it or not we still have boxes to unpack! 

Now that all of my children are at school and nursery school and I actually have some child-free time I have decided that it is time to tackle the house and garden in the lead-up to Christmas. I am having a huge de-clutter this week to bring a bit more organisation to our home and next week when the other half has a week off work we are planning on sorting our gardens out. 

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Jurassic Kingdom Is Coming To Newcastle & Family Ticket Giveaway

Dinosaur fans listen up as Jurassic Kingdom is arriving in Newcastle in just a few days time, and not only do I have all the details about the event but I also have a family ticket to give away to one lucky reader. Read on to find out what Jurassic Kingdom is and how you could win yourself a family ticket to see the dinosaurs yourself.

Jurassic Kingdom Newcastle event

Friday, 15 September 2017

Yvolution Y Glider Refresh Deluxe Child Scooter Review

My little boy recently turned 3-years-old and like most children his age he loves being outdoors and playing on ride on's and scooters. So when we were recently sent a Yvolution Y Glider Refresh Deluxe Scooter to review he could not wait to have a scoot about on it. 

The Y Glider scooter is for children aged 3 + and can be used both indoors and outdoors and is perfect for helping little ones develop balance and coordination skills. They are perfect for first-time scooter riders as they have 'lean to steer' steering which helps little ones learn how to steer. You can also change the steering from loose to firm as children develop.