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. 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Edinburgh Life With Kids

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Laura who blogs at Edinburgh Life With Kids which is a family lifestyle blog. Laura blogs about her family life, things to do in Edinburgh, food, style and fitness and a whole host of different subjects. So let's find out more about the family behind Edinburgh Life With Kids. 

blogger Edinburgh life with kids

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Getting The Lounge Cosy For Winter

Now that it is September and my children have returned to / started school and nursery I have decided that it is now time to get our house in order. We moved last November and we still have so much to do decoration wise and one room that I really want to make a start on is the lounge. We have a lounge/dining room in one which is fairly big but at the moment it is my least favourite room in the house and I want to change that. 


Saturday, 9 September 2017

August 2017

August was a lovely month for us, it is always one of my favorite months as I get the whole month with my children at home. It is always a really laid-back, lazy month a bit like July but with no school runs and routine and it is also my little boys birthday month. We had a quite August so let's have a look at what we got up to. 

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Kizmetcava

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Bec who blogs at Kizmetcava which is a family lifestyle blog covering a whole range of subjects such as recipes, parenting and a whole heap of positivity. So let's find out more about the family behind Kizmetcava. 

blogger Kizmetcava

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

FurReal Chatty Charlie The Barkin Beagle Review

My children are at the age (4 & 3) where they adore all kind of animals and are fascinated with them, they have recently been asking for a pet dog but I am a bit scared of dogs (I am terrified of them after being bitten as a child). So they were utterly delighted when they were recently sent a FurReal Chatty Charlie The Barkin Beagle dog to review, which is a very cute, interactive beagle puppy dog toy. 

FurReal Chatty Charlie The Barkin Beagle Dog Review

Friday, 1 September 2017

Where Is Best To Shop For Wine?

As you all know I am getting married and we have been looking at ways to save money on our big day, one thing we have been thinking of is buying wine online to save money rather than ending up with a huge drinks bill. Buying wine online is great, you can get an enormous variety of wines delivered straight to your front door, all without having to leave the comfort of your home. However, it can be difficult to know what sites are the best for buying wine.

Which companies offer the best value for money, and which have the best delivery services? Should you buy from a supermarket like Asda or Aldi, or from a dedicated wine retailer such as Naked Wine?

These were the questions asked by members of winesdirect.com, and the site responded by creating an annual awards competition to reveal which retailers are the best for buying wine. The surveys were sent out in the Spring of 2017 to members of the site, and now the results are in. 

Infographic by winesdirect.com

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Shuffle & Giggle Tiddlytubbies Review

This year iconic children's TV show the Teletubbies celebrate their 20th anniversary! It is safe to say the show is still as popular now as it was back then. My eldest daughter used to adore the show almost 15 years ago and my younger two children enjoy the show now, it is so nice seeing my youngest enjoy something my eldest loved as it brings back lovely memories. The biggest change to the show over the years has been the introduction of the rather cute Tiddlytubbies back in 2015, these cute baby Teletubbies are big hits with tots.

shuffle and giggle Tiddletubbie Ping

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Confessions Of A Working Mum

This week I am featuring Kat who blogs at Confessions Of A Working Mum on Other Bloggers Family Lives. Kat blogs about being mum to little girl Willow and being a working mum, so let's find out more about the family behind Confessions Of A Working Mum. 

Blogger Confession Of A Working Mum

Monday, 28 August 2017

Tapas Revolution Northern Spain vs Southern Spain Summer Menu Review

Earlier in the year, I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre-launch of Tapas Revolution Newcastle, which opened a few months ago in Eldon Squares Grey Quater. At the opening I was impressed with how welcoming the staff were, the decor and the delicious food and I have been meaning to revisit with my other half as he is a huge fan of Spanish food. On Thursday I was very kindly invited back to Tapas Revolution to try out the new Northern Spain vs Southern Spain tapas taster menu. 

It was lovely to revisit the restaurant after the launch and even though we visited at 2 pm on a weekday it was still bustling with couples enjoying meals, friends sharing a drink and even families sharing tapas together. 

The Northern Spain vs Southern Spain taster tapas menu is amazing value at just £9.95 each for three tapas from the either the North or South of Spain. The two menus are being pitted against each other during the summer with customers voting for their favourite. Each of the menus has three set dishes on them and we tried out both menus to see which we thought was the best. 

Tapas Revolution Newcastle Review

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Things I Loved In August

I can not believe it is the end of August and soon the summer holiday's will be over and my children will be off to actual school. The little two are off to reception and nursery school and my teen will be starting year 10! August has been another month full of highs and lows for us, but I don't let like to dwell on the negatives so here is a look at some of the things that I have loved from the month gone by. 

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Surviving The Summer Holidays With Berocca

We are now on week 5 of the summer holidays and I don't know about you but I have been feeling pretty exhausted from having all three of my children home and having to keep them entertained. My little boy likes to wake me up at 5.30 am, every single morning - thanks, son! My partner is often at work so it is up to me to entertain a just turned 3-year-old, 4-year-old and 14 year old on my own, as well as all the normal chores such as cooking and housework and I was certainly starting to feel a bit lacking in energy. 

For the first few weeks of the holidays, I was surviving on vats of sugary coffee and sugary treats to try and perk me up and get through the day. This just resulted in me hitting a bit of a mid afternoon slump most afternoons, it is also not great for my pre-wedding diet either. So last week I made a bit of an effort to get back to eating healthy and I also started taking Berocca each morning with my breakfast. 

Berocca

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Wedding Planning

Back in June I got engaged and we have decided to get married in June 2019, giving us two years to save and plan for our big day. When we first started thinking about the wedding we really wanted to get married abroad, on a beach somewhere like Mexico with close family. However, we realised that not everyone we wanted to be there would be able to afford to travel so far, which put a stop to our plans. 

wedding rings and flowers

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mummy To Dex

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Nicola who blogs at Mummy To Dex. Nicola blogs about family life in Liverpool with her little boy Dex along with recipes, reviews and day out posts. So let's find out more about the family behind Mummy To Dex. 

Mummy To Dex

Monday, 21 August 2017

July 2017

It is almost the end of August but I realised that I have not written my monthly update on the month gone by, I may be super late in writing about July - but better late than never and all that. It feels like forever since I wrote about what I got up to in June. July was a funny month, it was full of highs and lows and lots of time at home, as the new house has been gobbling up all of our money at the moment (again). 

July 2017

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Planning A Home Office

I have been blogging now for three years and I will be honest and say that it has been challenging, as I have been bringing up my three young children in that time too. My blog has very much been a hobby all of these years, which I have been lucky enough to earn a small income from. However, thing's are about to change soon as my daughter is off to school and my son is off to nursery school, meaning for the first time since I started this blog I will have proper childfree time to dedicate to it. 

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Lylia Rose

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Victoria who blogs at Lylia Rose which is a family lifestyle blog and also a ladies accessories shop, I actually reviewed a make-up bag from Lylia Rose a couple of years ago. Victoria blogs about a whole range of subjects such as working from home, family, healthy living, style and home posts. So let's find out more about the family behind Lylia Rose. 


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

75 Places To Visit With Teens In The North East

Being a mum to a teenage daughter I know just how hard it can be finding days out that interest them, long gone are the days where they are happy with a couple of hours at soft-play or playing in the garden. So I have compiled a list of places here in the North East that sound perfect for keeping teen's entertained this summer.

75 places to visit with teens in the North East

Monday, 14 August 2017

Peppa Pig Family Home Toy Review

My little boy Jacob is Peppa Pig crazy, he adores the show and would watch it all day long if he could. Whenever he see's anything with the Peppa Pig characters on he gets super excited as he points them out. Peppa has been a favourite in our house for a long time now as my eldest daughter (who is now 14) adored Peppa when she was younger too and had many of the toys and playsets - about ten years ago. 

Peppa Pig Family Home Playset Review

Sunday, 13 August 2017

English Heritage Day's Out This Summer In The North East

This summer English Heritage have a host of summer events planned to keep the whole family entertained. They have everything from evening theatre shows under the stars to historic re-enactments and medieval falconry displays, they sound perfect for getting children interested in history. If you are stuck for something to do as the summer holiday's come to an end, check out what is on here in the North East at English Heritage centres this summer.

warkworth castle

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mummy To The Max

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Helen who blogs at Mummy To The Max. Helen blogs about family life, reviews and her life in the New Forest. So let's find out more about the family behind Mummy To The Max. 

Mummy To The Max

Monday, 7 August 2017

Join Us For A Mickey And The Roadster Racers & Minnie Happy Helpers Twitter Party #MickeyandMinnieToys

My two and four-year-olds are huge Disney Junior fans, it is their go to TV channel and they have long been fans of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. When Mickey and the Roadster Racers show came out earlier this year they were instantly hooked and became big fans of the show, watching it regularly. So when we were recently sent a huge bundle of Mickey and the Roadster Racers and Minnie's Happy Helpers toys from Flair they were overjoyed and could not believe their luck!

Mickey and Minnie Party

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Snow Queen Lottie Doll Review & Giveaway

My four-year-old daughter Sophia is such a girly girl who adores playing with dolls, so when we were asked if we would like to review Lottie dolls I knew they would be perfect for her. Lottie dolls are different to other dolls in that they are designed to look like children and not adults, they have the body shape of a regular 9-year-old, they wear no makeup, jewellery or heels and look like normal children who stand on their own two feet. I love this as I am all for keeping my children innocent for as long as possible and I am not a fan of unrealistic tiny waisted, big boobed play dolls. 

Snow Queen Lottie Doll Review

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Thing's I Loved July 2017

Every month I write a post of things that I have loved from the month gone by, a happy list to look back on. Last month was an amazing month for us, this month less so as we have had some rather big unexpected bills and broken appliances to deal with. However, we still had some nice moments in July so here is a look at some of the thing's I have been loving from the month gone by. 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Little Tiger Picture Book Party

Anyone who knows me will know that I am a huge bookworm, I adore reading and have loved nothing more than getting lost in a good book since I was a child. I remember my imagination growing with each bedtime story I read, I was always keen to discover new books and the adventures within them. Now I am a parent I love reading stories to my own children, watching them be amazed by books and seeing their little imaginations growing with each tale is amazing to watch. I really hope they grow to love books and reading just as much as I do.

A Little Tiger Picture Book Party

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Baby Foote

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring fellow North East blogger and one of my favourite bloggers, Helena from Baby Foote. Helena writes about travel, days out and hosts a brilliant day's out with a toddler linky, I love reading her blog for the day out ideas and seeing where she has been travelling too with her family. So let's find out more about the family behind Baby Foote.

Blogger Baby Foote

Friday, 28 July 2017

100 Free Day's Out In The North East This Summer

We are now one week into the summer holiday's and if you are looking for some free day's out these holidays to keep your children entertained then I have compiled a list of 100 free places to visit this summer in the North East. While these attractions/ places/events do have free entry you will have to factor in car park fee's & petrol or bus fares - unless you live within walking distance of one of these places. Also, some of these places may have extra charges for certain things or they may change opening times or cancel events, so please do check their websites / social media accounts before travelling.

100 free day's out in the North East this summer


I hope you find this list useful and if you have anywhere to add or visit any of the places on the list do let me know. 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mummy To My Little Cheeky Monkey

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring fellow North East parent blogger Victoria who blogs at Mummy To My Little Cheeky Monkey. Victoria blogs all about her family life here in Newcastle and life with her two boys James and Freddie. So let's find out more about the family behind Mummy To My Little Cheeky Monkey.

Blogger Mummy To My Little Cheeky Monkey

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Jungle In My Pocket Playset Review

My little girl Sophia is four and she is at the age where she loves animals and really small toys to play with. So when we were recently asked if she would like to review the Jungle in my pocket Treehouse playset and blind bags I thought they sounded the perfect toys for her. Jungle in my Pocket is from the makers of Puppy and Kitty in my pocket, which my eldest used to love when she was younger.

Jungle in my pocket review

Friday, 21 July 2017

Travel With Virgin Trains For Family Day's Out This Summer

This week schools up and down the country break up for the long awaited summer holidays. As a mum of three myself, I am so looking forward to spending extra time with my children, having fun and making memories. Obviously, the six week's holidays are long and children do get bored, so as a family we normally plan a few exciting days out. Last year we visited York several times by train which we found much more convenient and relaxing than travelling by car.

Travelling by train is exciting for children and is more relaxing for us adults too, there is no need to worry about getting lost or finding a parking space. When travelling with young children, like we do I also find it much more convenient to travel via train as they have toilets on board and refreshment trolleys - so no more constant service station stops. 

The Spirited Puddle Jumper blogger Virgin Trains Campaign 2017

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Queen Mummy

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Jenna who blogs at Queen Mummy. Jenna blogs about her family life in Edinburgh and being mummy to her little Queen of a daughter Sabrina. So let's find out more about the family behind Queen Mummy. 

Queen Mummy Blogger

Monday, 17 July 2017

Meeting Mister Maker At Mister Maker & The Shapes Live - Whitley Bay Playhouse

Yesterday we were invited to see Mister Maker live at the Whitley Bay Playhouse in North Tyneside, not far from where we live. We really like the Playhouse as it spacious and modern and located near the seafront in Whitley Bay, we reviewed the Aladdin pantomime there last year. We had a brilliant time at the Mister Maker live show and much to my children's delight we got to meet Mister Maker himself, he is so nice and friendly in real life. 

Designing A Dream Pet With Petplan

My four-year-old daughter Sophia is a huge animal lover, she loves to visit farms and zoos and thinks every animal is cute, especially the smaller animals. Ever since she visited a farm at Easter and got to pet a mouse she has been desperate for a one of her own and asks every day if she can get one. As we have a pet cat, Marmalade, I don't think getting a pet mouse is a very good idea right now. 

This doesn't stop Sophia dreaming about her much wanted pet mouse though, she has picked a name for her dream mouse, Minnie - obviously! And as Sophia is only four she truly believes that she can get a purple and pink mouse (her favourite colours) and that it will be her very best friend. 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Clean & Fresh Laundry With New Persil Powergems

Like most Mum's laundry in my house is never-ending. I must spend hours each week sorting, washing, drying, ironing and putting away clothing, bedding and towels. As a family of five, the washing machine is on multiple times per day as I have the girl's school uniforms to wash, the other half's work uniforms, so many white washes, dark washes and coloured washes - as we have two messy pre-schoolers and a teen. I also wash towels, bedding, tea towels, football strips and swim wear. The list is never ending. 

So when I was asked to try out the revolutionary new Persil Powergems that helps get rid of stains, care for your laundry and leaves it smelling fresh I was intrigued. As a family we have always used Persil laundry detergent, my parents used it when I was a child and when I had my own children I carried on using it, as it is gentle on my daughter's sensitive skin. Persil is a brand that I have grown up with, used for many years and trust so I was keen to see how the new Powergems compared to my usual Persil non-bio powder.

Persil Powergems

Dieting As A Mum

I have never been slim, I have always been a bit overweight and I have been on and off diets non-stop for most of my adult life. However, since having my son almost three years ago I have become so unhappy with my weight and I am finding it so hard to lose weight. I seem to be in some kind of vicious circle of losing weight and then I decide to 'treat' myself for losing weight by having a Chinese take away and before you know I have a 'treat day' of a bar of chocolate, four bags of crisps and a Mcdonald's and by the end of the week I have gained all the weight I had lost in the first place. 

Regular readers will know I have joined Slimming World at least four times in the last two years, and while the plan does work I never stick to it. This got me thinking that trying to lose weight when you're a  mum is hard work and here are my reasons why. 

weighing scales

Friday, 14 July 2017

BRIO Police Station Review

My little boy Jacob will be three at the end of next month and he is really starting to show an interest in the toys he likes and make up little role play games. He is really into emergency services like policemen and firemen, he has a toy fire station and engine but he does not have any police toys. So when we were recently sent a BRIO police station set he could not wait to start playing. 

BRIO Police Station Review

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Saving Money On Holiday Clothes Shopping

My eldest daughter is off on holiday to Portugal in a few weeks with her grandad, I am so jealous as I have always wanted to visit Portugal myself. Obviously, as she is going abroad she needs a whole new summer wardrobe as it has been three years since she was last abroad, and living in Newcastle it is rarely warm enough to be wearing shorts and summer clothing. 

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Other Bloggers Family Live Featuring Sensory Sensitive Mummy

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Nicky from Sensory Sensitive Mummy which is a family lifestyle blog that helps raise awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder. So let's find out more about the family behind Sensory Sensitive Mummy. 

Sensory Sensitive Mummy

Sunday, 9 July 2017

June 2017

I know I say this every single month, but can you believe that it is now July!! We are more than half-way through the year now and I am sure it will be Christmas before we know it. June was a really nice month for us and we now have so much to look forward to. 


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Nania Imax Group 1, 2 and 3 Car Seat From Kiddies Kingdom - Review

My little boy Jacob will be three in a couple of months but as he is so big for his age he is starting to look a bit squashed in his current car seat - which is meant to last until he is four. So when Kiddies Kingdom online baby store recently got in touch to see if we would like to review a new car seat it was perfect timing. We were sent the Nania Imax group 1, 2 and 3 car seat Agora Carmin, in red (it does come in different colours) and Jacob loves it.

Monday, 3 July 2017

A Day Out With Thomas At Stephenson Railway Museum

My little boy Jacob is Thomas the tank engine crazy, he has Thomas bedding, toys, pyjamas and train sets. So when I heard that Stephenson railway museum in North Tyneside was holding a day out with Thomas event a few weeks ago I just knew that I had to take him. I bought a family ticket for two adults and two children for £35 and we kept the day out a surprise from Jacob. 

Thomas

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Puppy Surprise Review

One of the things that I love the most about being a parent is introducing my children to things that I too loved as a child. There really is no better feeling than reliving your childhood with your own children, one way that I do this with my own children is through toys. So many of my favourite childhood toys are still around now twenty odd years later! 

Puppy surprise review

So when my 4-year-old daughter Sophia was recently asked if she would like to review a Puppy Surprise dog I jumped at the chance, as I loved Puppy Surprise when I was a child. These day's Puppy Surprise is a lot cooler than she was when I was a child, she is now brighter, more colourful and very cute!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Thing's I Loved June 2017

It feels like I have not blogged in such a long time, this month has been so busy that I just have not had the time to blog.  I have not sat down and written a post in weeks and I now have some serious catching up to do and so many emails to reply too. To get me back into the swing of blogging again I thought that I would write about some of the thing's that I have loved from the month gone by. 

Thomas June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Queen Of Collage

After taking a break from Other Bloggers Family Lives last week (as I am terrible and totally forgot to schedule a post in), I am back this week with Helena from The Queen Of Collage. So let's find out more about the family behind The Queen Of Collage. 

The Queen of collage

Friday, 16 June 2017

What Career Path Would Suit Your Cat? #WhiskasCareerDay

If your cat had a career what would it be? This was a question I was recently asked by Whiskas, after thinking of what our family cat Marmalade's personality is like I decided that his perfect job would be a security guard. Marmalade is seven years old now, so I guess you could class him as middle aged in cat years. He is my eldest daughter Chloe's cat and we have had him since he was a tiny little kitten, so we have seen his personality grow and know exactly what he is like as he is an indoor cat who likes to make his presence known. 

Marmalade the cat

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Kelly Allen Writer

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Kelly from the self-named blog Kelly Allen Writer. Kelly blogs about her family, books, theatre shows and reviews, so let's find out more about the family behind Kelly Allen Writer. 

Kelly Allen Writer