Monday, 18 June 2018

Flying With Jet2 To Majorca

Over the past few years, and Jet2 Holidays have become really popular, especially here in Newcastle where they have a base with quite a few aircrafts. So when we were looking to book a holiday last year my brother recommended that we book via Jet2 Holidays, as he had recently been on a Jet2 holiday and he has also worked in travel all of his working life and travelled the world - so he knows what he is talking about. Jet2 market themselves as being a friendly low-cost airline, as I had not travelled with a 'budget' airline before I was not sure what to expect, spoiler it was a lot better than I expected. 

boarding a Jet2 plane at Palma airport Majorca

Monday, 11 June 2018

Wedding Outfits From Roco Clothing

Next June I am getting married and now it is just a year away I am starting to get organised and get everything sorted for the big day. We booked the venue last year and have most of the main suppliers booked, so I am starting to look for outfits for us all. I am going wedding dress shopping at the end of the year (once I have hopefully lost some weight), the other half is going suit shopping early next year so that just leaves the children. I am having all three of my children as bridesmaids and page boy and also my two nieces as flower girls and I had no idea where to start looking for outfits. 

I had heard a few people mention Roco Clothing in some of the wedding groups I am in and comment on what lovely children's formal outfits they sell at great prices. A quick peek at their website and I knew this was where I would be getting my flower girl dresses and page boy suit from. Roco Clothing has so much choice at really affordable prices and I really struggled with what outfit to select as they had so much choice, especially for little boys suits.


Saturday, 9 June 2018

A Spanish Villa For Our Honeymoon

Last month we visited the beautiful Spanish island of Majorca and it has reignited my passion for travel. Every day since we returned I have been browsing travel sites looking for where to go on our next adventure. As our children are still young we have decided to stick with Europe for now, due to the short flight times and we will probably return to Spain or the lovely Spanish Balearic Islands. I really adore Spain, the sunshine, beautiful beaches, bustling markets and the super tasty tapas to eat. Plus there is so much to do for families, with waterparks, boat trips, theme parks and plenty of amazing places to visit like the caves of drac to name just a few. 

The only problem is I want to book somewhere a bit more luxurious and special next year as we are getting married next June and I want somewhere amazing for our family honeymoon. There are a few nice hotels but hardly any of them sleep families of five and I don't want to book two separate rooms and be sleeping apart from my new husband on our honeymoon. Then I discovered Luxury Retreats who offer an impressive range of luxury Spanish villa holidays and I knew instantly that this is the kind of holiday I want to book for our honeymoon, I have now been looking for houses to rent in Spain

Majorca, sea, cliffs and boats in the sea

Friday, 8 June 2018

Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Next Sunday the 17th June 2018 is Fathers Day and I don't know about you but I always struggle with buying gifts for my partner from the children. This year will be extra tricky for me as not only is the 17th June Fathers Day but it is also my other halfs birthday, meaning I have to get him two lots of presents and make the day extra special for him. The pressure is on! 

The shops seem to be full of Dad mugs, glasses, socks and t-shirts which we have already brought in past years. So I have been looking for something different, something that he will enjoy and that is not too expensive as I have to buy birthday gifts as well as fathers day gifts this year. 

Flavourly Craft Beer Box £25

10 bottled of craft beers unopened on lawn

Thursday, 7 June 2018

BRIO Fire Station Review

My three-year-old son Jacob is a huge fan of BRIO toys, he has a Metro railway track, train track set and police station and he loves joining them together and making big playsets he sits and plays with for hours. So when we were recently sent a BRIO Fire Station set I knew this would be a great addition to his ever-growing collection. The BRIO Fire Station is part of the 'rescue' range and is ideal for playing with his police station set

BRIO Fire Station playset set up

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

May 2018

I haven't sat down and written a post about the month that has gone by in what feels like ages, I enjoy writing these posts as someday I think they will be nice for us as a family to look back on. May was a brilliant month for us as a family, without a doubt the best month we have had in a long time. We had so much family time together, we went on holiday and celebrated Sophia's birthday and the other half also started a new job which is so much better for us as a family. So let's have a look at what May was like for us. 

Santa Ponsa beach at sunset

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Things I Loved May 2018

May is now coming to an end and it is time for me to write about the things that I have loved from the month gone by again. It doesn't seem long ago since I was writing about the things I loved in April, this month really has gone by so fast as we have had an amazing month. May used to be a month I dreaded as it is the anniversary of my mam's death, now May is a happy month as both myself and my brother have daughters born in May and this May was filled with lots of extra lovely things. 

So here are some of the things I have loved and that have made me happy this month. 


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Simply Beach - Holiday Essentials

At the start of the month, we went on a family holiday to the beautiful island of Majorca for some much-needed sunshine and relaxing (well as relaxing as can be with three children). We had the most amazing holiday and even though we have only been home a couple of weeks I am already planning next years holiday and have my eye on a luxury resort in Greece. I have a serious case of the holiday blues right now, I am longing to feel the golden sand between my toes again, feel the waves splashing over my feet and feel the warm sun on my skin. 

If I didn't have my wedding to save up for next year then I would most definitely have already booked another holiday for later on this year. Luckily we live near the Northumberland coast so I think I will just have to try and enjoy a few beach days at home instead this summer, fingers crossed for sunshine. I am certainly ready for the beach as I bought lots of lovely summer clothing for our holiday and I was also gifted some super lovely items from Simply Beach to take with us on our holiday.

Beach towel, silver flip flops and large beach bag on a beach in Majorca


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Win A £100 Voucher To Spend At Frederick Thomas This Father's Day

Father's Day is on the 17th of June this year, which is also my partners birthday so I will have to get him something extra special this year. I don't know about you but I always struggle buying Father's Day gifts as the shops just seem to be full of mugs, pint glasses and socks and there is only so many of those that one person needs. If you too are struggling with what to buy your dad or partner this Father's Day then I have just the giveaway for you. 

To celebrate Father's Day on Sunday the 17th June 2018, one lucky reader can win a £100 voucher to spend online at


Monday, 21 May 2018

Our First Family Holiday To Majorca, Pirates Village Santa Ponsa

At the start of May, we went on our very first family holiday abroad as a family of five and we had a brilliant time. As it was the little twos first time on a plane and going abroad we wanted somewhere that was a short flight away and where the weather would be sunny but not too hot, so we decided to go to the beautiful island of Majorca which is just a two and a half hour flight and would not be too hot at this time of year. We booked Pirates Village hotel on an all-inclusive basis with Jet2 Holidays, as we had read so many great reviews on TripAdvisor and it looked like a really family-friendly hotel that was ideal for young children. 

Pirate themed hotel Majorca

Friday, 18 May 2018

Smyths Toys Is Hosting A Free Party

Next weekend is a bank holiday weekend and it is also the start of the May half-term holidays, if you don't have any plans yet then why not head to your local Smyths toy store. Smyths will be hosting free parties at all of their stores next Saturday the 26th May 2018 from 9am to 2pm, there is no need to book either as you just turn up on the day and there will be lots going on to keep children entertained. 

Smyths toys party

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Disney Emoji Toy Review

My little girl Sophia is a huge fan of Disney and she also loves any kind of collectable, so when I heard about the new series two range of Disney Emoji products I knew these would be right up her street. Based on the popular Disney Emoji Blitz smartphone game and 'As Told By' stories on YouTube there are 28 much-loved Disney Characters to collect. The range includes collectable, Chatties plushes and Swapsies large plushes. 

To celebrate the recent release of the Disney Emoji series two range we were sent a selection of products from the range to see what Sophia thought of them. 

Disney Emoji products

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

SwimFin Review

We have recently returned from our first family holiday abroad to the beautiful island of Majorca. We stayed at Pirates Village which is a brilliant hotel for children as it has a fantastic pool area with slides, splash buckets and pools of varying depths. When we booked I knew my youngest son Jacob, aged 3 would want to be in the pools all of the time, however, at just 3 years old he can't quite swim yet. So I began searching for pool aids to keep him safe and to help him feel confident in the water, as he finds armbands and rubber rings restrictive. 

So when we were recently offered a SwimFin to review this seemed like the perfect swimming aid to help Jacob build water confidence and enjoy himself in the swimming pools. The SwimFin comes in a range of different colours, we got an orange one which is his favourite colour. As you can guess from the name it is shaped like a fin and you attach it to your children's back with the velcro straps provided, meaning that it does not get in the way when they are swimming. 

orange swimfin


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Things I Loved April 2018

I am super late in writing this post as I normally write about things that I have loved at the end of each month. However, at the very end of April we jetted off on our first family holiday abroad, it was so nice to relax in the sunshine, spend quality family time together and have a break from normal everyday life. We had such an amazing holiday and the children are already begging us to return to Majorca, they loved it that much!

I have also really enjoyed my break from social media and blogging too but now I am feeling refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. I will be writing some blog posts about our holiday as we took so many photos and videos of our stay and so many people have asked us what the hotel was like. But for now, I thought I would write about some of the things that I loved in April 2018. 

Santa Ponsa Bay In Majorca, cliffs, sea, boats

Saturday, 28 April 2018

We Are Off On Holiday

Next week we are off on holiday, our first family holiday abroad and we are all super excited. We are all so ready for a break for the past few weeks/ months have been tough with non-stop illnesses and plenty of worry and stress. I think we are all more than ready for a break from normal, everyday life we are looking forward to a chance to relax, unwind and spend quality time together as a family. 

pink beach towel, passport, sunglasses and sun lotion

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

L.O.L Surprise! Pearl Surprise Review

My little girl Sophia is almost 5 years old and she is L.O.L crazy! All the little girls in her class seem to be collecting them and Sophia is no different, she already has a sister doll, baby sister and a pet and she is eager to build up her collection and has asked for some for her upcoming birthday. So when we were recently sent a limited edition L.O.L Pearl Surprise to review it was like her birthday had come early! As soon as she seen the L.O.L Pearl she picked it up and hugged it - cute!

L.O.L Pearl Surprise box

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table Review

Now that the weather is starting to get warmer my children love being outdoors playing and having fun. One thing that my three-year-old son has been eager for us to get was a water table to play with in the garden, as he adores playing with the water table at nursery. Luckily we were sent a Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water table to review last week, just in time for the lovely sunny weather we had over the weekend. 

When the water table arrived it was in a huge box and needed to be put together and screws fitted to keep things in place. The instructions did say you need a drill but we managed just fine with a star shaped screwdriver. The other half built the water table in about half an hour and he is normally useless at putting toys together but he found it really easy to construct this. Once built it looks really impressive and is big enough for my 3 and 4 year olds to play with it together, it is also really sturdy and comes with lots of accessories for children to play with. 


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


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Easter Gift Guide

My children get so many chocolate eggs at Easter, mainly from family so this year I have been looking for gifts that are a bit different for them. So I decided to do a quick Easter gift guide featuring some gifts and sweet treats that are perfect for Easter but make a nice change from a regular chocolate egg. 

peter rabbit the movie giant floor puzzle jigsaw in box

1.) Peter Rabbit Movie Giant Floor Puzzle

We are planning on visiting the cinema to see the new Peter Rabbit Movie this Easter half-term as it looks like the perfect Easter family film. This Peter Rabbit the movie Giant floor puzzle looks great fun and makes a nice change from chocolate this Easter. My younger children are aged 3 and 4 and they are big Peter Rabbit fans so they are sure to like this puzzle. It is recommended for children aged 4+ and is from Jumbo Games. You can buy it online from Amazon for £9.99. 

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.

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