Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Glasgow With Kids

Welcome to another week of Other Bloggers Family Lives, this week I am featuring Lynn who blogs at Glasgow With Kids. Lynn blogs about her family life and family activities and days out in Glasgow. So let's find out more about the family behind Glasgow with kids. 

UK blogger Glasgow with kids

Disney On Ice Presents Passport To Adventure

Ever since I was a little girl I have been a huge Disney fan, I remember going to the cinema with my Mam to see The Little Mermaid film back in 1989, I enjoyed it so much that it is still my favourite film all of these years later. Not long after the film was released I was lucky enough to go on holiday to Disneyland Florida and I vividly remember that all of the floats in the parade were Little Mermaid themed. Ariel was on a float with Prince Eric and Flounder and they even had a rather large and scary looking Ursula float. 

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure

Monday, 29 May 2017

Noddy Toyland Detective App Review

Noddy is a TV show that my children love, my eldest used to watch it when she was younger and now my younger two children enjoy watching it on Channel 5's Milkshake in the morning. So when we were asked to try out the Noddy Toyland Detective app I knew this would be something they would enjoy. My little two are aged 2 and just turned 4, so they are the perfect age for playing with children's apps and I have started downloading a few on my phone to keep them occupied when we are eating out or on long car journeys. 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Thing's I Have Loved - May 2017

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.

Berwick Beach

Friday, 26 May 2017

New Furniture Plans

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

Sophia You Are Four

Dear Sophia

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.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Katy Gibson

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Katy who blogs at Katy Gibson, she also daily vlogs over on her family channel Gibson Vlogs along with her husband and children. So let's find out more about Katy and her family. 


Monday, 22 May 2017

A Little Home Update

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.

flowers

Dacia Magic Weekend 2017

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

Teen Talk With Gabby Logan & Her Daughter Lois

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.

Gabby Logan Teen Talk Campaign

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Smyths Toy Superstore Family Party Day

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

My Thought's On 13 Reason's Why As A Parent To A Teen Girl

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

Memorable Experience Ideas For The Whole Family This Fathers Day

Collaborative post

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.

flying lesson

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Emma And Family

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. 

UK Blogger Emma and Family

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Baby Born Sister Review

My little girl Sophia is almost four and she is such a typical little girl who is really into dolls, she loves playing with her baby dolls and pushing them around in her dolls pram. We were recently sent a Baby Born sister doll to review, to go with the Happy Birthday doll we reviewed last year. The Baby Born Sister doll is different to the typical Baby Born doll in that she looks more like a little girl than a baby. This is something that really appealed to my little girl as she is different to the other dolls that we own. 

Baby Born Sister Doll In Box

Monday, 15 May 2017

Yo Sushi New Menu Launch

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.

Yo Sushi Newcastle 2017 new menu launch

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring A Cornish Geek

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. 

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Celebrate Star Wars Month With Hallmark

I am sure everyone has heard of May the 4th being Star Wars day, but May is also Star Wars month. Now I hold my hands up and openly admit that I am not a fan of Star Wars, I have never watched a single film and have no idea who any of the characters are. However, my other half is a massive Star Wars fan and I think my two-year-old son is going to be a huge fan too. So when we were offered a bundle of Star Wars products from Hallmark to celebrate Star Wars month I had to say yes for them. 

Star Wars Month

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Planning The Children's Bedroom Makeovers

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.

decorating child bedroom

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Kiddie Holidays

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.

UK Family Travel Blogger Kiddie Holidays

Monday, 1 May 2017

April 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. 

April 2017 Beamish