May is now almost over and it has been such a busy month for us as a family. We started the month with a little UK mini break, Sophia turned four and had her party, we had a few nice family meals out and we have spent lots of time outdoors enjoying the nice weather. So here is a look at some of the thing's that I have loved from the month gone by.
Sunday, 28 May 2017
Friday, 26 May 2017
When we moved house last year from a small two-bed terrace into a large three-bed semi, not only did we have a lot more space but we also realised we needed new furniture for the new house too. So far we have only brought a new bed for our 4-year-old, furniture wise. We have been concentrating on getting everywhere decorated and new blinds and curtains before we replace the furniture. Now that the rooms are starting to slowly take shape I have been thinking about what I want to buy for the house.
We don't really need a lot for the upstairs of the house just some new wardrobes and storage for the children's rooms which we will get when we redecorate their bedroom later in the year. Downstairs I want everything new though. I really want new sofas as the ones we have are not really my taste, we were kindly given them a few years ago as our old leather one was looking a bit tatty. I am trying to wait a few years until my children are a bit bigger before replacing them though as I don't want sticky finger prints everywhere.
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Today you are four years old and I thought I would write you a letter just like I did on your first, second and third birthdays. This year you have been through some big changes which you have taken in your stride and you have also changed so much over the last year too. You make us laugh every single day and you are so sweet and caring which melts my heart, you are also very stubborn and you still have your wild streak - which I hope you never lose.
Monday, 22 May 2017
Late last year we moved home into a 1950's semi-detached house, which will hopefully be our forever family home. However, as our new house is fairly old it does need a lot of work done to it to make it how we want, we have so many plans and want to hopefully add an extension and loft conversion in the future. For now, though we are just making the house more 'us' decorating the rooms one by one and getting new furniture and accessories.
Newcastle has just hosted it's third Dacia Magic weekend and we were lucky enough to be invited along to experience it as a family. The Dacia Magic weekend is a two-day rugby super league event held at Newcastle United St Jame's park stadium, right in the city centre of Newcastle. Three matches are held on each of the days and it is a great way for rugby league fans or total rugby novices like me to experience different matches.
Sunday, 21 May 2017
Being a mum to a teen is tricky, it really is and being mam to a 14-year-old teenage daughter myself I know first hand what it is actually like. Every day is a learning curve. Boots and P&G understand this too which is why they are back for the second year with their #TeenTalk campaign along with trusted brands such as Tampax, Venus and Always. This year they have teamed up with TV presenter Gabby Logan and her 12-year-old daughter Lois to help give parents the confidence to have the dreaded #TeenTalk with their own children.
Saturday, 20 May 2017
Next weekend is a bank holiday weekend and I don't know about you but I sometimes struggle thinking of ways to keep my children occupied on the long weekends. When the weather is nice we like heading to the beach or the park but we all know the great British weather is very unpredictable, we even had hailstones here in Newcastle earlier on today - in the middle of May! However, Smyths Toys Superstore is hosting free family parties at UK stores next Saturday the 27th May from 9 am to 2 pm.
Friday, 19 May 2017
I am sure everyone has heard about Netflix's must see series 13 Reasons Why by now, it has been all over social media for weeks. I was pretty slow to watch it as I am not a big TV watcher and I also did not really want to watch a show about suicide. Then whilst checking my teenage daughters mobile I noticed on her Instagram account she had a link to an anonymous messaging app, where other people she knows can leave anonymous feedback about her, as did all of her friend's profiles. The first few messages were fine and just said things like "great friend, pretty, always there for me", just standard teenage girl messages to one another. Then I seen messages like "Do a Hannah Baker, go kill yourself."
Thursday, 18 May 2017
On Fathers day, we can often feel stumped by the overwhelming amount of possibilities on offer. From picnics in the park to go-karting, making the right choice for this special day is vital. This can be achieved ensuring all family members involved can get the most out of the occasion. If you're planning on spending the day with three generations of the family and multiples fathers on the scene, then take the time to consider the varying ages and suitability of activities. For example, an 80-year-old dad will usually have completely different tastes to young children or accompanying mothers when it comes to choosing how they'd prefer to spend the afternoon. It is for this reason a compromise must be struck between all parties involved.
Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Emma from UK family lifestyle blog Emma and Family. Emma blogs about life as a young family, trying to conceive, her home and recipes. So let's find out more about the family behind Emma and Family.
Monday, 15 May 2017
A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to the YO! Sushi Newcastle new menu launch, as we have been away on holiday this post is a bit late, but better late than never. I love sushi but I have never actually been to YO! Sushi before, I have walked past the Grainger street branch in Newcastle so many times since it opened and we always say we will have to try it someday. So when an invite, inviting me along to the new menu launch landed in my inbox I thought it was the perfect opportunity to see what it was like.
Sunday, 14 May 2017
We have been away recently on a little UK mini break so this weeks Other Blogger Family Lives is a bit later then normal. This week I am featuring Emma who blogs at A Cornish Geek, which is a UK geeky parents lifestyle blog based in Cornwall. So let's find out more about the family behind A Cornish Geek.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
We moved home just before Christmas and whilst we love our new family home and think that it will be our forever home we do have a lot of redecorating to do to make the house more 'us'. At the moment everywhere is decorated rather old fashioned with thick white patterned wallpaper in all of the rooms, and whilst it will do for now we do want to redecorate the whole house over the next year. One room that I am really looking forward to decorating is my children's bedrooms.
My youngest two children actually share a room at the moment as they are so close in age we thought it was best for them to share the largest bedroom in the house. As they are a boy and a girl I need to keep the room unisex and suitable for both of them, I also want a room that will grow with them for the next few years until we can extend our home and create a fourth bedroom.
Wednesday, 3 May 2017
This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Jo who blogs at Kiddie Holidays which is a travel blog for young children, full of holiday reviews, days out and travel inspiration. I love reading Jo's blog as I always end up wanting to travel more with my own children. So let's find out more about the family behind Kiddie Holidays.
Monday, 1 May 2017
Today is the first of May, how fast has this year zoomed past? It really does not seem very long since I wrote last month's post, I know I sound like such a cliche saying this but time really does go so fast when you have children. My littlest lady will be turning four this month and we have so much planned that it is set to be a busy month for us. Anyway, lets take a look back at what April was like for us as a family and also blog-wise.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
April is almost over and it has been such a busy month for us as a family, we have made some lovely memories and we are all enjoying being outdoors now the weather is getting warmer. I can not believe that it is May tomorrow, May is always a busy month for us as it is Sophia's birthday and she will be turning four in a matter of weeks. As today is the last day of April I thought that I would record some of the things that I have loved from the month gone by, I suppose you could call it my monthly happy list.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
I have only just realised that I have now been blogging for three years, even though I have been blogging for such a long time now I still feel like such a novice blogger with so much still to learn. When I started this blog back in March 2014 it was to record my pregnancy with my now 2-year-old and days out with my girls. It was something to do while I was bored on back to back maternity leave - my children were born so close together I did not have time to return to work before starting my next lot of maternity leave. I had no idea what I was doing but I loved just writing for me as no one actually read my posts, which in hindsight is good as my blog looked horrific back then!
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Madeline from This Glorious Life. Madeline's blog is all about her family life, a touch of psychology and beautiful photography. So let's find out more about the family behind This Glorious Life.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
Whenever anyone asks me where to visit in the North East my number one recommendation is always Beamish. It is such a unique and wonderful place to visit that the whole family will enjoy, everyone from babies and young children to adults and elderly relatives will have such a lovely time. I remember visiting Beamish as a child myself and now I visit with my own family, no matter how many times I have visited I always see and discover something new, there really is so much to see.
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Beauty and the Beast is one of my most favourite Disney films, I remember going to see it at the cinema with my mum when I was a little girl and it has always remained a firm favourite of mine. My three-year-old daughter Sophia also adores Beauty and the Beast and watches it all of the time. I was so excited when I heard that they were bringing out a new version of the filming starring Emma Watson and I dragged my teen along to the cinema when it came out. I loved the new film and now I can not wait for it to come out on DVD, seriously if you haven't seen it you really must as it is amazing.
This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Donna from The Sleep Thief's Mummy, which is a blog about family life with two young girls. So let's find out more about Donna and her family.
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Did you know that you can book a tour to go behind the scenes at BBC Newcastle? I didn't until we were kindly invited along last week to see what the children's interactive tours were like. BBC Newcastle runs two different types of tour's, the children's one which we went on and is recommended for children aged 6-12 years old and they also have an adult one. If you don't live in the North East then you can also book on tours at your local BBC studios.
Thursday, 13 April 2017
Whenever I think of Easter I not only think of chocolate eggs and fish and chips but also of baby chicks and lambs, and what better way to see them than a visit to a farm? You just can't beat a spring time Easter trip to the farm, seeing all the newborn baby animals and getting outside in the countryside is fun for the whole family. Living just outside of Newcastle my favourite farm that we have been visiting for many years is Whitehouse farm, which is celebrating its 20th birthday this year!
Wednesday, 12 April 2017
This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Emma who blogs at They Grow So Quick, Emma blogs about her three boys, family life in Yorkshire, recipes and home education. So let's find out more about the family behind they Grow So Quick.
Monday, 10 April 2017
Being a mum to two pre-schoolers I am always on the lookout for fun places that I can take them and last week we discovered somewhere pretty special, Tiny Town Newcastle. Tiny Town is located in Chapel House in the West Denton area of Newcastle, tucked away near the shops in a large detached house which has been transformed into a magical role play centre for young children to have fun and let their imagination run wild.
Tiny Town opened over a year ago now and I have been meaning to visit ever since I was invited when it first opened, after following them on Facebook and seeing what fun it was I knew that I had to take my 2 and 3-year-old along to see what they thought. It is recommended for children from around one to six years old, making my children the perfect age for a visit.
Sunday, 9 April 2017
As a mum of three, with a partner who works shifts, midweek evening meals can be a bit hectic. I am often solo parenting whilst keeping an eye on and trying to entertain my two and three years old and trying (and often failing) to help my teen with her homework. So trying to make a healthy, tasty home cooked family evening meal whilst dealing with the chaos of family life, is let's face it sometimes a bit of a struggle.
As a family, we are not a fan of frozen or microwaved foods, much preferring to have a proper meal around the table each evening. This is where Dolmio come to the rescue, I am sure you are all familiar with the iconic when is your Dolmio day adverts? Well as a busy mum I always have a jar of Dolmio bolognese stashed in the kitchen pantry for those days where we want a healthy, tasty meal but we are short on time.
Friday, 7 April 2017
Did you know that you book your 10 - 17-year-old child onto driving lessons? Neither did I until I heard about Young Driver driving lessons. Recently myself and my teen were invited down to the recently opened venue at Newcastle's Gosforth Park racecourse, which is only a five-minute drive from where we live. Young Drivers used to be based near the Metrocentre but the new venue at the racecourse is brilliant as it is so easy to get to from the A1 and A19 with free onsite parking and regular buses stopping outside the racecourse gates.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Amy from All Things Amy, a family lifestyle blog.
Monday, 3 April 2017
We are now a quarter of the way through the year, I know I keep saying it but this year really does seem to be whizzing on by. Sometimes I really do wish that things would slow down a little so that I can enjoy these years with my children just that little bit longer, they are growing so big right before my eyes. March was another strange month for us, not a lot happened and we did not do a lot but it was a nice quiet month both in real life and blog wise.
Saturday, 1 April 2017
We are big fans of Orchard Toys, we have quite a few of the games now and my three-year-old Sophia loves playing with them. Sophia has a speech delay and playing these games with her actually makes her concentrate and helps to learn her new words, so we make an effort to play a game with her regularly. Even though we play the games regularly she never gets bored of them, but she was delighted when she was recently sent a new game to play called Smelly Wellies.
Friday, 31 March 2017
We are now a quarter of the way through the year, spring is in the air and the days seem to be whizzing on by at record breaking speed lately. March was another strange month for me, I was unwell yet again and it meant that we did not do a lot as a family. Anyway, spring is now in the air, the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds and I am so looking forward to the warmer weather as everything seems so much better when the sun is shining. So let's have a look at some of the things that I have been loving from the month gone by.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring the really lovely and friendly Janine from Janine's Little Word. I have been reading Janine's blog for a while now and she blogs about her family life in Ireland, reviews, interiors, recipes and parenting topics.
So let's find out more about the family behind Janine's Little World.
Monday, 27 March 2017
Have you heard of Num Noms yet? If you are a parent I am sure that you have as children adore them, my three-year-old daughter certainly does as she has built up a collection of them over the past year. We reviewed them last year and they have become a firm favourite in our house, as they are cute, fun and appealing for children. Num Noms have recently launched a new series 3 collection and I have a bundle of them to give away to one lucky reader.
Last weekend my two pre-schoolers could not believe their luck when we went to see Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom live at Newcastle's beautiful Tyne theatre and opera house. They really did have the best time and even now a week later they are still talking about the show and keep asking when they can go and see it again. Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom is a popular children's TV show showing on Nick Jr and 5's Milkshake and is a show that my children adore and watch each morning and it has been turned into a stage show for pre-schoolers to enjoy.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
This Sunday is Mothers Day and if you are still looking for a gift for your loved one then a trip to Silverlink retail park is sure to help you out. Living in Tyneside I often visit the Silverlink shopping park, located in Wallsend near the Tyne Tunnel, as it is easy to get too and has a great selection of shops and restaurants along with plenty of free parking. As a Mam I find shopping here so much easier than going into Newcastle city centre, as we can park close to the store we want and it is just a much easier shopping experience when you have young children.
Mothers day is this Sunday and if you are still looking for the perfect gift for your Mam or children's mam then don't worry as I have found the perfect gift idea. As a Mam myself I love receiving gifts that I can keep for years to come, and what better gift that you can keep then jewellery? I don't wear a lot of jewellery myself so when I do get some I like it to be high quality and something that will last me for many years and be a real investment piece to add to my collection.
Step forward Pia Jewellery and their beautiful range of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches and rings made from silver, gold and gemstones. Pia recently contacted me and asked if I would like to review a pendant and earring set from their Mother's Day collection and of course I accepted, after all, it is not often this Mam gets to review things as I normally only get sent stuff for the children to review.
Saturday, 18 March 2017
Did you know that this week is British Science week? Running from the 10th to the 19th of March and Netflix show Project Mc2 is an official sponsor of the event. Project Mc2 really are the perfect sponsor for British Science week as the show helps inspire older children and tweens to take an interest in S.T.E.A.M subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.
Project Mc2 follows a group of six girls who are super-smart and very cool and use their love of science and spy skills to undertake secret missions for a top-secret organisation, NOV8. As a mum to two girls myself (and a boy) I think that any kind of show and toy range that helps encourage children to take an interest in these subjects is a brilliant idea.
Friday, 17 March 2017
Today the very much anticipated adaptation of Disney Classic Beauty and the Beast is released in Cinemas and I am so excited! Beauty and the Beast is a film that I remember well from my own childhood, I remember going to see the animated film back in the early 90's and it has always been a film that I have adored. My three-year-old daughter Sophia is also a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, she is always watching the film and Belle is without a doubt her most favourite Disney princess.
To celebrate the release of the movie we were very kindly sent a bundle of Beauty and the Beast products from Jakks Pacific, Sophia's little face lit up when they arrived. We were sent a beautiful Ballroom Belle doll, a musical Enchanted Rose Jewellery box, an Enchanted Objects Tea Set and a copy of the latest Disney Princess magazine. I had serious envy as these toys were so pretty and perfect for any Beauty and the Beast fan.
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Karina from Mums's The Nerd which is a family lifestyle blog.
Sunday, 12 March 2017
I feel like I have not sat down and written on here in ages. I guess sometimes life just gets in the way, I wish I could say that I have been far too busy having fun and doing something amazing, but I have not. The truth is I have constantly been ill and I kind of lost my blogging mojo, I just don't have any energy to sit and write at the moment. I wish that I did as I have such a backlog of work at the moment but my mind has been elsewhere. I don't mean to sound like a grump but I have been so run down lately and I have had one illness after the other for the last eight weeks or so, as soon as I start feeling better I get unwell again with coughs, colds and sickness bugs.
I feel like I am running on empty as Jacob has well and truly hit the dreaded terrible twos, he is waking every day at around 5 am after a few hours of broken sleep and then is grumpy during the day having tantrums and is very clingy. That is probably why I am so unwell as I don't get the chance to rest and get better. I am exhausted and I am living on copious amounts of coffee, my diet has gone out the window (again) as I am living on soups and toast. Anyway as I have been so run down and unwell lately we have not done very much lately, but here is a look at what we got up to in February 2017.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring the lovely Lisa from Mummascribbles. I have been reading Lisa's blog for years and it is all about her family life with her two boys and juggling work and motherhood.
So let's find out more about the family behind Mummascribbles.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Emma from Emma Plus Three. Emma blogs about a range of subjects such as family days out, reviews, parenting posts and her son's autism. Her blog is really lovely with big bright photos and is one that I read regularly.
So lets find out more about the family behind Emma Plus Three.
Monday, 27 February 2017
Being a mum to a teen I am always looking for new and fun places to take my teenage daughter, I love trying new things with her and creating lasting memories. Now that summer is fast approaching I have been looking for things to do with her in the summer, things that we can do together that will make us laugh and feel like big kids again. Somewhere that ticks all of these boxes is Go Ape with 31 sites across the UK there is bound to be a one near you, the closest one to me is in Hexham.
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Can you believe that February is almost over and in a few days time it will be March and springtime? Crazy how fast this year is whizzing by already. Anyway last year I often wrote about ten things that I had loved from the month gone by, a sort of happy list of good things that had happened that month. I never got round to writing about what I had loved about January so here is a look at some of the things that I have loved from February 2017.
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Regular readers will probably know that we are huge fans of Thaikhun, we have dined there with the children many times and recently taken part in their cooking school. I love everything about Thaikhun, the food is delicious and the service is always super friendly - making it the perfect place to dine as a family. As mothers day is fast approaching (26th March) the lovely people at Thaikhun have launched a brilliant giveaway for someone to win their mum an 'orange card' which entitles the holder to free food at Thaikhun for a year! All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning your mum this fab prize is to click here and submit a video or photo saying why your mum is great in just five words.
Friday, 24 February 2017
Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Tour Is Coming To Newcastle - Win A Family Ticket Including Meet & Greet
Being a mum to two pre-schoolers I watch a lot of children's TV show's, one show that both my little two regularly watch is Ben & Holly. If you have little ones then you are probably well aware of this show as it is really popular with pre-schoolers and has been around for a good few years now. This much-loved TV show is going on tour with Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom Live visiting theatres all over the country, arriving in Newcastle on Saturday 18th March to Sunday 19th March 2017 at the Tyne Theater & Opera House.
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Welcome to another week of my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives, which has been running for a year this week. This week I am joined by Steph from one of my all time favourite blogs Hello Baby Blog. I have been reading Steph's blog since I started blogging myself over two years ago, her blog is so stylish with the most beautiful family photographs. I have also met Steph in real life (at a blogging event) and she is so lovely and friendly.
So let's find out more about the family behind Hello Baby Blog.
Friday, 17 February 2017
Cirque Du Soleil is a show that I have wanted to see for such a long time now, I have always heard such great things about it in the press and from people who had seen it themselves. So when I was recently invited to see the show on opening night in Newcastle I jumped at the chance, taking my teenage daughter along to watch the show with me. Earlier in the week, I posted all the details about the Cirque Du Soleil tour Varekai, where to buy tickets and what the show was about which you can read about here.
So after seeing the show myself what did I think of it?
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives. This week I am joined by Emma who blogs at Life In The Mum's Lane which is a family lifestyle blog. Emma is a mum of two primary school aged children and she blogs about a whole range of subjects, so let's find out more about the family behind Life In The Mum's Lane.
Monday, 13 February 2017
At the moment we are spoilt for choice with places to dine in Newcastle, with new restaurants opening regularly in the newly developed Eldon Square Greys quarter. The latest one to open being Tapas Revolution which opens today (13th February 2017) and is a welcome addition to the Newcastle food scene. I was lucky enough to be invited along for a behind the scenes sneak preview last week, where I not only got to have a look around the restaurant but I also got to meet Spanish celebrity chef and founder Omar Allibhoy and take part in a Tapas masterclass he was hosting. All whilst sampling some delicious authentic Spanish cuisine and some wonderfully refreshing drinks.