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
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.
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.
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
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.
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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
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.
Friday, 20 October 2017
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
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.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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.
Monday, 16 October 2017
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.
Wednesday, 11 October 2017
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
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
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.
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 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.
Friday, 6 October 2017
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.
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
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.
So let's find out more about the family behind Five Little Doves.
Monday, 2 October 2017
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.
Sunday, 1 October 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.