Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mimi Rose And Me

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am joined by Kelly-Anne who blogs at Mimi Rose and Me, which is a UK based family lifestyle blog based in Norfolk. Kelly-Anne blogs about life as a mum, days out, beauty, reviews and food among other things. So let's find out more about the family behind Mimi Rose And Me.

  Mimi Rose And Me Blogger with her daughter


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Saving For Our Family Holiday

In just two weeks time we will be off on our very first family holiday abroad as a family of five, I can not wait! I am longing to feel the warm sun on my skin, see the delight on my children's faces as they splash about in the pool and to spend quality family time together. I am officially counting down the sleeps until we jet off for some sun (fingers crossed the sun is shining).

As a family of five, holidays abroad cost a lot of money, so many hotels don't have rooms big enough and paying for an extra room or a larger room often makes the cost mount up. My eldest is 15 now so we have to pay adult price for her, and three adults and two children is not cheap. We were being quoted over £5000 just for one week in an average hotel during the summer holidays in Europe. Crazy!

trees and sea

Monday, 16 April 2018

National Citizen Service For Teenagers

My eldest daughter is turning 16 in a few months, she is studying for her GCSE's and is seriously thinking about what she wants to do when she leaves school, she is currently torn between two options. She will soon be venturing into the world of college and work and I often wonder if she is ready for it. So when I heard of National Citizen Service (NCS) I thought that this sounded like a brilliant programme to help equip and ready our teens for life after school. 

teenagers doing first aid


Friday, 13 April 2018

March 2018

March was such a strange month wasn't it? I can not believe that it snowed for most of the month, crazy! March was basically a sick month in our household, every single day in March I had a sick child. First Jacob came down with a bad case of tonsillitis and was on antibiotics for ten days, then Sophia came down with chicken pox and was off school for over a week, my teen had cold sores in her eyes and ended up in the eye hospital twice, then Jacob got chicken pox. I feel like I have spent the whole month stuck at home with an ill or housebound child and I definitely have a case of cabin fever. 

As we have been stuck at home with chicken pox everything has kind of been a disaster this month if I am honest. I have not been able to attend my Slimming World groups as I have been housebound with sick kids, I have rarely had time to blog and my house is a mess. I feel a bit bad saying this but I actually can not wait for the children to return to school on Monday and to resume some kind of normality. 


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Decorating The Children's Bedroom On A Budget

Seventeen months ago we moved into our forever, family home and we have done a lot of work to the house in that time. However, it still needs a lot more work done to make it how we want, we have not done anything to the house since late last year but now spring is here I feel like I want to start getting the house finished. Renovating a house costs a lot of money and honestly, at the moment we don't have a lot of spare cash as we are off on holiday in a few weeks and we are also busy saving for our wedding next summer too. So I have been planning on decorating on a budget, starting with my children's bedrooms. So here is how I am going to do it. 


Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Joanne's World

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Joanne who blogs at Joanne's World. Joanne blogs about being a mum to two young boys, beauty and lifestyle. So let's find out more about the family behind Joanne's World.

Joanne's World blog logo


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Baby Alive Sweet Spoonfuls Doll Review

My 4-year-old daughter Sophia is doll and baby crazy at the moment, she currently has her heart set on being a babysitter when she is older and she spends hours playing with her baby dolls. Sophia has a lot of baby dolls but she has never had a Baby Alive doll before, although she has been after a one since her cousin got a one for Christmas. However, Hasbro recently sent her a Baby Alive Sweet Spoonful doll to review and this is what we thought.


Monday, 9 April 2018

Barburrito Metrocentre Review & Giveaway

As a family we love dining out, however with two under 5s when we dine out as a family these days we normally opt for somewhere that is quick and serves food we know the children will enjoy. So when we were recently holiday shopping in the Metrocentre (we are now on countdown to our family holiday to Majorca in just a few short weeks) we decided to visit Barburrito, situated in the Cube dining area. We had never visited Barburrito before but it is quick and filling food - making it perfect for a shopping trip lunch stop. 

Barburrito Metrocentre exterior

Friday, 6 April 2018

Things I Loved March 2018

March has been a bit of a disaster month for us, I have had an ill child every single day this month! Jacob started the month with a bad case of tonsillitis which totally wiped him out and resulted in him being on antibiotics five times a day for ten days, the day he got better and went back to nursery Sophia came down with chicken pox and was off school for just over a week. The day she went back to school my teen Chloe was sent home from school with sore eyes and ended up in the eye hospital due to an infection and was on antibiotics, antiviral medication and creams and drops. Then yep you guessed it the day she started to get better and went back to school Jacob came down with chicken pox! 

As a result, I have spent most of this month housebound or stuck in doctor/hospital waiting rooms. We have had to cancel so many plans and have had a very quiet Easter but we have still managed to enjoy some things this month. So here are some of the things I have been loving in March. 


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Brummie Gal In Cardiff

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Kim who blogs at Brummie Gal In Cardiff and is also the Mam of Kelly Allen Writer who I featured last year. Kim blogs about life in Wales, art and whatever else takes her fancy. So let's find out more about the blogger behind Brummie Gal In Cardiff.


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Beauty And The Beast Easter Panto At Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Yesterday afternoon we headed into Newcastle to enjoy an Easter pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, in the city centre. We had planned on going to the show as a family but my youngest currently has chicken pox so just myself and my two girls (aged 4 and 15) went along to watch the show. The show is from the team behind last years Snow White pantomime at the Tyne Theatre and was starring Bobby Davro at Silly Billy and Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker) as Belle. We were really looking forward to the show as Beauty and the Beast is both my girl's favourite fairytale. 

Beauty & the Beast panto poster

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Things To Do This Easter In & Around Newcastle

Schools will be breaking up for the Easter holidays tomorrow (some have already broken up) and I have been thinking of what to do with my children during the time of school. I had great plans to go on egg hunts, enjoy an Easter pantomime, visit the beach for fish and chips and see Peter Rabbit at the cinema. However, my little boy woke up yesterday morning covered in chicken pox, so it looks like most of our plans sadly won't be happening now. 

Whitehouse farm feeding a white goat at Easter

If you are still looking for some ideas of what to do this Easter in and around Newcastle then read on to see some of the things we had planned. 


Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Money Saving Journeys

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Kerry who blogs at Money Saving Journeys. Kerry blogs about saving money, making money, meal planning and budget travel, so let's find out more about the family behind Money Saving Journeys. 

Money Saving Journeys Blog Logo, name in pink


Monday, 26 March 2018

Smyths New Baby Catalogue

When I was pregnant with my children I would spend hours browsing catalogues and magazines to see what equipment I wanted to buy. I loved looking through an actual catalogue rather than looking online as I could look at things with my partner and circle anything that caught my eye. So when the new Smyths baby catalogue popped through my letterbox last week I was eager to have a read. I am not pregnant and I don't have a baby anymore but I do have a three-year-old who is in need of a new car seat and I had heard Smyths fit your car seats in store for you - perfect. 

Smyths baby catalogue

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Helpful Hiker

This week on Other Boggers Family Lives I am featuring Lauren who blogs at The Helpful Hiker. Lauren blogs about the great outdoors, walks, camping and family days out feature regularly on her blog. So let's find out more about the family behind The Helpful Hiker. 

Photo of the Helpful Hiker Bloggers family photo by a lake


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Yeti In My Spaghetti & Don't Rock The Boat Games Review

My youngest two children are just starting to take an interest in board games, they got a few for Christmas and they love nothing more than playing a family game together. We only have a couple of games that are suitable for them to play and they often get bored of playing the same few games over and over again, especially as we have been housebound with chicken pox and illness so far this month. University Games kindly sent us two new family board games to keep the children entertained whilst we were housebound with chicken pox, perfect timing! 

The two games we were sent were Yeti In My Spaghetti and Don't Rock The Boat. 


Monday, 19 March 2018

February 2018

I know that February is a short month but it seemed to pass by so quickly this year, now we are more than half-way through March. February was a quiet month for us, we did not do a lot as it was cold, the other half was working a lot over half-term and we were busy saving for our upcoming holiday in May. At the moment all we seem to be doing is saving, first, we were getting work done to the house, then paying the holiday off, then saving for the holiday and buying lots of new clothes and now we have to save our wedding next year too.


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Bizzy Bubs Toy Review

My little girl Sophia is almost 5-years-old now and the kind of toys she is interested in playing with is starting to change lately as she grows. One thing that she is really starting to take an interest in is baby dolls, she says she wants to be a babysitter when she is older and she is baby obsessed at the moment. So when we were recently sent two of the new Little Live Bizzy Bubs toy dolls, I knew these would be something she would enjoy playing with having previously seen them advertised on TV. 

Sophia already has two of the Little Live toys, she received the bird and hatching chick for her birthday last year. We were sent two dolls from the new range - which has just launched for Spring 2018, we were sent two dolls which retail at £14.99 each. Each doll has its own personality, making them perfect for children to collect. There are four dolls in the collection Poppy, Primmp, Polly Petals and Snowbeam, we were sent Polly Petals and Poppy. 

Bizzy Bubs Poppy doll in packet

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring The Smallest Of Things

This week on Other Boggers Family Lives I am featuring Amy who blogs at The Smallest Of Things, which is a family lifestyle blog. Amy blogs about life with her two young daughters, reviews and snippets of her family life. So let's find out more about the family behind The Smallest Of Things. 

The Smallest Of Things Blog Logo


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Time To Vote For Your Favourite Entry To Win The Ultimate School Trip With Jet2Holidays

Back in January, I blogged about an amazing competition Jet2Holidays were running in which nine classes of school children could win The Ultimate school trip to Majorca. The prize was an all-expenses-paid weekend staying at the amazing looking Sol Katmandu Park and resort in Majorca with CBBC favourites Dick & Dom. To be in with a chance of winning a place - on what sounds like the best school trip ever, children had to come up with a promotional piece about Sol Katmandu Park and Resort. 

There were so many amazing entries and now the shortlist has been announced with five schools from each of Jet2's nine UK bases shortlisted. Now it is up to the public to vote for our favourite entry and one school from each of the nine regions will go on to win a place on The Ultimate School Trip this April, how exciting! 

dick and dom

Monday, 12 March 2018

Date Night At Chaophraya Newcastle Review

On Thursday evening myself and the other half headed into Newcastle for a very overdue and much needed 'date night'. Grandma was on babysitting duty and we were looking forward to a few hours of childfree time and to enjoy a meal in peace. Our destination for the evening was Chaophraya Thai restaurant on the top floor in Eldon Squares Grey's Quater, right next to the monument in the city centre. You may remember I actually visited Chaophraya last November to take part in their cooking school classes with my friend Laura, so I knew it was the perfect location for date night with it's luxe feel and on-trend decor. 

Chaophraya thai starter platter

Friday, 9 March 2018

I Am Getting Married

If you read my blog then I am sure you will probably have guessed by now that I am getting married next year. I have mentioned it on my blog a few times but I have realised that I have never actually written a post about it, so some of you may have missed it. Anyway back in June (I know, ages ago!) my other half eventually proposed after almost six years of being together! The proposal was not at all what I wanted and he brought the wrong sized ring, but I still said yes. 


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Updating Our Bedrooms For Spring

In November 2017 we moved into our forever family home, we know that this is going to be the house that our children grow up in and we all love living here. However we moved in knowing that it would need a lot of work doing to it, we live in a 1950's semi that was still very much stuck in the 1950's. Since moving we have done some work to the house, we have a new kitchen and bathroom, we have given the bedrooms a lick of paint and fitted new blinds and carpets but we still have so much still to do. Eventually, we want to add a loft conversion and extend the kitchen - as our kitchen is tiny. However, we know these things cost a lot of money and will take time as we have a wedding to save for first - eeek!


Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring A Journey To A Lifetime

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Carol who blogs at A Journey To A Lifetime. Carol blogs about family life as a mum of three, budgeting and money saving tips. So let's find out more about the family behind A Journey To A Lifetime. 

A Journey To A Lifetime Blog Logo


Monday, 5 March 2018

Finding A BabySitter For The Wedding With Sitters

Next year myself and the other half are getting married and I honestly did not realise how time-consuming planning a wedding would be! We have so many different appointments to go to, from visiting our venue, menu tasting sessions and meeting suppliers and that's before we get started on dress shopping and suit fittings. As a mum of three, taking my children along to these things is just not possible or practical and we are finding it a juggling act having to arrange with family who all work themselves to look after our children, especially as my youngest is only three and not yet at school. 


Saturday, 3 March 2018

My Little Pony Glitter And Glow Princess Celestia Review

As I mentioned when we recently reviewed a My Little Pony Equestrian Girl doll last week, my little girl Sophia is a huge My Little Pony fan. She has a castle and all of the ponies, she spends hours playing with them in her bedroom. So she was very happy to add another pony to her collection recently when we were sent My Little Pony: The Movie Glitter and Glow Princess Celestia to review. She already has a small Princess Celestia that glows, which she got off her grandma, but this is a much bigger version. 

Glitter and glow my little pony toy in box

Friday, 2 March 2018

Cat Happiness With Whiskas

We have had our family cat Marmalade since he was a kitten and my eldest daughter begged me for a pet. He has been a part of our family for eight years now and my youngest two children have grown up with him in their lives. Marmalade is an indoor cat and he always has been as he would run back in when we tried to let him outside as kitten, so we always have him around. As such he has such a quirky personality, sometimes he is so loving and content purring on my knee or happy looking out the window, other times he likes to be left alone and will curl up for a nap out of sight and he goes off and hides - normally behind the fridge if someone visits he does not know. 

As Marmalade is an indoor cat I often wonder if he is happy, does he get bored being indoors with no other cats for company? Is he content staying indoors? These are things that I ponder often.

ginger cat


Thursday, 1 March 2018

Things I Loved In February 2018

Can you believe that it is the start of March and we have snow? How crazy is that! I wish I could say I was outside enjoying the snow with my children but sadly I am stuck indoors with a poorly Jacob, he has tonsilitis and it has totally wiped him out. I am currently typing this whilst he snuggles up to me on the sofa sleeping. It is so unlike him to be unwell and I think this is the first time he has ever actually been properly unwell. 

Anyway, February seems to have flown over super fast and it does not seem so long ago since I wrote about January, so let's have a look at some of the things that I loved from the month gone by. 


Monday, 26 February 2018

World Book Day Costumes From Asda

This Thursday the 1st of March is World Book Day and children up and down the country will be dressing as their favourite book characters for school. My children are so excited as they love dressing up and the idea of going to school in fancy dress sounds like such a treat for them, as they are in reception and nursery school so World Book Day is all new to them. While my children were looking forward to dressing up I was feeling a bit stressed as I am not at all crafty and the idea of spending hours creating a costume is just not me at all. 

Luckily George at Asda have an amazing range of World Book Day costumes this year and they are sure to have costumes that will suit any child, from nursery rhyme characters, fairytale characters, superheroes, Princesses and even Roald Dahl and David Walliams inspired costumes too. So we headed to the Asda Byker store just outside of Newcastle in search of a costume for my 3 and 4-year-olds to wear to school on Thursday. 


Saturday, 24 February 2018

My Little Pony Equestrian Girls Doll Review

My little girl Sophia is almost five now and over the past few months, she has become My Little Pony crazy! Her must-have Christmas toys were all My Little Pony related and she was lucky enough to review the Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle and the castle last year, which she still plays with daily. She watches the film non-stop since it was recently realised on DVD, she knows every single ponies name by looking at their cutie mark (design on them) and she even sleeps in My Little Pony pyjamas with a My Little Pony Princess Twilight sparkle ted. 

So when a My Little Pony Equestrian girl doll arrived in the post last week, she was super-duper excited and could not wait to get it out the box and start playing. This is the first Equestrian girl doll that she owns, I did not even think she knew what they were but she clearly did. We were sent the Rainbow Dash doll, which looks very similar to the Rainbow Dash My Little Pony. 

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Equestrian Girl Doll In Box

Friday, 23 February 2018

Vampirina Toys Review

My children are huge fans of the Disney Junior channel and one of their favourite shows on it is without a doubt Vampirina. The show launched late last year and follows the tale of Vee the Vampire and her family the Hauntleys as they move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania and open up a spooky B&B. The show celebrates friendship and difference and sends a great message to young viewers about the importance of these.

As the show has been such a hit with young viewers Flair toys have recently released a range of Vampirina toys that will appeal to both boys and girls. The range includes dolls, figures, playsets, instruments and accessories. We were recently sent a box full of the new toys to try them out and see what we thought.

We were sent


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Cup Of Toast

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Jo who blogs at Cup of Toast a family lifestyle blog. Jo blogs about life with her three sons, days out, food and children activities. So let's find out more about the family behind Cup of Toast.

cup of toast blog logo


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Supporting The #iwill Campaign

As a parent to a teenage daughter who is starting to get more independent and think about her future,  I was really interested to learn about the #iwill campaign. I had never heard about the campaign before so I was really interested in finding out more as I used to work in social welfare before having my youngest two children, so I know how beneficial campaigns like this can be. So what is the #iwill campaign? 

The #iwill campaign Aim is to call on businesses, education, public and voluntary sector organisations to recognise the capacity of young people to make a difference through social action and empowering them to do so. This campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of #iwill, build education around the benefits of social action and encouraging parents and young people to get involved. 

Basically, the campaign wants to encourage young people aged 10-20 years of age to become involved in social action. Things like fundraising, campaigning or volunteering for a cause they believe in and which will have benefits not only for themselves but also for their community too. It is something I am keen to encourage my own daughter to get involved with. 


Monday, 19 February 2018

The Hunting Lodge Sizzling Pub & Grill In Monkseaton Review

As a family we love to dine out, however having young children we normally stick to more relaxed family friendly pubs, as we find them great value, serve food the children love and they have a nice atmosphere. Sometime's you just can't beat a good pub lunch, one of our favourite pub chains to visit is without a doubt the Sizzling pub and Grill chain as the food is delicious and amazing value. We reviewed The Anson Sizzling Pub & Grill last year and visit our local one often. 

We were recently invited along to try out the menu at the recently refurbished The Hunting Lodge in Monkseaton, Whitley Bay. We have actually visited The Hunting Lodge before, as the other halfs family live nearby, although we have not visited for a few years and we were keen to see if it was as good as we remembered it to be. 

The Hunting Lodge Sizzling Pub and Grill In Monkseaton Whitley Bay Review

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Slimming World Meal Plan Three

After a bit of a disaster and not losing any weight last week this week I got back on plan and have had a much better week. It was half-term and I did have a bit of a cheat pub meal out with my family, although I did skip dessert and ordered something a little bit healthy, chicken skewers with salad and chips - whoops! I also may have eaten a few pancakes with Nutella on pancake day too but apart from that all of my meals have been on plan this week. 


Thursday, 15 February 2018

Tonka Toys Review

My little boy Jacob is three and he is a typical little boy who is really into any kind of vehicles, he loves trucks, diggers and tractors and he will spend ages playing with his toy cars and trains. So when we were recently sent a box full of iconic Tonka toys which are available to buy from Asda, I knew these would be a big hit with him. 

Tonka is a name that I am sure we are all familiar with, the company originated in Minnesota USA back in 1947 and have been selling metal toys for almost 70 years. Tonka toys are built on the notion that 'a toy shouldn't break just because a child plays with it', they are built to be strong, sturdy and long-lasting. Making them perfect for boisterous little children like my own to play with. Tonka has recently started selling toys in selected Asda stores and to celebrate we were sent a box of toys to test out and see what Jacob thought of them. 

Tonka Toy review newcastle family life blog

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Have Kids Will Travel UK

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Jemma who blogs at Have Kids Will Travel UK, a family travel blog. Jemma blogs about UK days out and travel tips. So let's find out more about the family behind Have Kids Will Travel UK.

Have Kids Will Travel UK Logo

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Slimming World Meal Plan Two

Last week I posted my first Slimming World meal plan and I was feeling motivated after losing 5.5lbs in my first week. This week has not been as great as it is star week and all I have wanted to do is eat crisps and chocolate, I have tried being good but I did go over my syns a couple of days this week. This week I have tried a few new meals from the latest Slimming World magazines so let's have a look at what I have been eating this week.

boiled eggs, salmon, salad, beetroot and cous cus

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Mummyem

This week on Other Bloggers Family Lives I am featuring Emma who blogs at Mummyem, a family lifestyle blog based in Essex. Emma blogs about parenting and local days out in her area with her 4-year-old daughter. So let's find out more about the family behind the blog. 


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Ten Fun Ideas To Get The Whole Family Active

This year I am aiming to be more healthier and I am hoping to encourage my family to lead a healthier lifestyle too. I am eating a much healthier diet and have been checking food and drink labels to try and cut down the amount of sugar we consume. I also want us to get more active and what better way then doing fun activities together as a family. I have been thinking of things we can do to get more active and here is what I have come up with, with a little help from some other bloggers.

Outdoor pool and pastel coloured beach huts at Berwick, Northumberland


Monday, 5 February 2018

January 2018

It feels like such a long time since I have sat down and written about the month gone by and I can't believe I am writing about 2018, time goes by so quick when you're a grown-up. January was a pretty boring month, not a lot happened for us, we spent a lot of time at home, the weather was awful and I have even been a bit quiet on this blog lately as I have been too busy binge-watching Netflix and scouring Pinterest for wedding ideas (it's lethal as it makes me change my mind about everything!). 

January is normally a time full of change and new year resolutions and I feel like the month just passed us by with no changes, hopefully, Febuary will be a bit more exciting for us. 


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Slimming World Meal Plan One

I am back on Slimming World (again) and this time I am determined to stick at it as I have a wedding dress to fit into next year - if that won't motivate me to lose weight then nothing will! I recently rejoined my local class and was warmly welcomed back, Slimming World is the only diet that works for me but I always lose a stone and then give up as I get bored of eating the same meals. So I have decided to start writing weekly meal plans, hopefully, it will inspire me to make new meals and it might help any of you who might be sick of eating the same meals too. 

I am not the best cook and I am a work-at-home mum of three, so my meals are often quick and easy. I am actually also following the Slimming World plan myself and I pay to attend group each week just like everyone else. I also genuinely do have weight to lose, I am not one of those people who just have a stone to lose for their wedding (I wish!), I want to lose about 6 stone for my wedding. So if you are reading this and want to lose weight with Slimming World I am in the same boat as you are. 

Friday, 2 February 2018

Baking A Pirate Cake With Baking Mad

I hold my hands up and admit I never bake. I have never once baked a cake from scratch before, the only time my children bake is when I buy a box of ready to make cupcakes with their favourite character on. I come from a family of bakers, my grandparents and uncle ran their own bakeries and my Mam was always baking from scratch but I have never had any interest. However, since having children I keep seeing fellow parents baking their own children's birthday cakes and I often wish I could do that for my own children, as they seem that bit more special then a shop bought one. I honestly had no idea where to start baking a cake though, I didn't even know a cake recipe - that's how clueless I was! 

So when I was offered a Baking Mad kit which included everything I would need (minus butter and eggs) to create a Pirate Cake I thought this would be a great chance to have a go at creating a cake from scratch. Baking Mad have a range of party kits such as Peter Rabbit, Princess, Pirate, Superheros and Unicorn designs, each kit will have everything you need to create the cake. You can also buy matching party accessories such as plates, goody bags, napkins and bunting too, meaning you can buy everything all from the one place. 

Pirate party cake and pirate cupcakes

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Making Healthier Choices With The Change4Life Food Scanner App

Like a lot of people, I am starting the New Year trying to be healthier, I hold my hands up and admit that I have gained weight over recent years and I want to change that. I want to lead a healthier life and I want to lead by example so that my children lead a healthier life in return. My children are 3,4 and 15 and I admit that as a result of me not being as healthy as I should be my youngest two have been allowed a few too many treats recently. 

I do try and ensure they eat a balanced diet, they have three meals a day, one of which is always a home-cooked meal. We don't allow them to drink pop, they are limited to just one packet of crisps and/or sweets per day and we encourage them to eat fruit as snacks. However bad habits have started creeping in, as they have got older they want to choose their own foods more often and chocolate covered cereals, sugar-laden drinks and a few too many convenience foods have crept in.

Using the Change4Life food scanner app

So when I recently heard about the new Change4Life Food Scanner app I downloaded it straight away to my iPhone, as I thought this would be a great way to help us make better food choices as a family. You can find out more about the app at


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Other Bloggers Family Lives Featuring Freddies Mummy UK

Hello, welcome back to my guest post series Other Bloggers Family Lives. I took a bit of a break from this series over Christmas and New Year and I contemplated stopping it, but I decided to bring it back as it always proved popular. You can catch up on all the previous posts here. This week I am joined by Clare who blogs at Freddies Mummy UK, which is a family lifestyle blog. 

So let's find out more about the family behind Freddies Mummy UK Blog. 

Blogger Clare from Freddies Mummy UK and her son


Monday, 29 January 2018

Things I Loved In January 2018

As we are in the final few days of January I thought I would look back on the things that I have loved from the month gone by, a sort of happy list. January has been a pretty uneventful month if I am honest, we haven't really done very much, the weather has been terrible but we have still had a nice month. Here is what I have been loving this month.

Baking Mad Pirate cake and cupcakes

Monday, 22 January 2018

Win The Ultimate School Trip With Jet2holidays

Do you have a child aged between 9 - 13 years old? If so read on as Jet2holidays have an amazing competition running at the moment where one whole school class could win The Ultimate School Trip. My eldest daughter Chloe has been on school residential trips abroad which she thoroughly enjoyed, if she was a couple of years younger I know for a fact that she would be entering this amazing competition with her classmates.


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Beko WX943440B Washing Machine Review & Giveaway

Before Christmas we were sent a Beko washing machine to review that has a 28-minute wash cycle, I know it sounds amazing, doesn't it? As a family of five with a partner who wears a new work uniform each day, three children in uniforms (two of whom are under 5 and come home covered in paint daily) as well as regular laundry, my laundry pile is never ending! We probably do 3-4 loads of laundry per day minimum (no joke) and our old washer took forever to do a load so it felt like it was on all day long. So a washing machine that can wash clothes in just 28 minutes was like music to my ears.

Black Beko Washing Machine


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Brio Railway Starter Set Review

My three-year-old son Jacob loves vehicles like trains, he especially loves playing with train sets. A few months ago we reviewed a Brio Metro Railway Set and he spends hours building the track up and playing with it. So when we were asked if we would like to review a Brio Railway Starter Set and starter pack I thought this would be a great addition to his Brio collection. 

Brio makes lovely wooden toys and all of the playsets easily connect together, meaning he can put all of his sets together to make one big set or he can just play with his sets on their own. The sets are all really sturdy and well made and I know that they will last him for years.

Brio wooden railway set and train


Friday, 12 January 2018

Cookhouse And Pub Holystone Review

Just before Christmas, we were invited along to the Cookhouse and Pub in Holystone, North Tyneside which is just a five-minute drive from where we live (Just off the A19 and near Benton Asda). Locals will probably remember the Cookhouse as previously being called the Stonebrook which served up traditional pub food. Well, it has had a whole new refit and has rebranded into the Cookhouse and pub and I have to say we were seriously impressed. 

The pub is now very well presented, it has a really modern yet cosy feel to it with an open plan kitchen, large bar area and cosy tables dotted around and dim lighting. We visited on a Saturday evening with the in-laws and were warmly greeted upon arrival by the friendly and welcoming staff and shown to a table by the window. The weather outside was freezing cold but it was lovely and warm and cosy inside the pub and we instantly felt at home. 

Roast Turkey at Cookhouse and Pub Holystone
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