Thursday, 14 March 2019

ClassDojo Keeping Parents Informed Of Their Child's School Life

This is advertorial content written for ClassDojo.

Every day when I pick my four and five years old up from school I ask them what they have done that day, I always get the same reply "I don't remember" or "Nothing". Sometimes they will tell me they haven't played with anyone that day, which after asking their teacher at parents evening I find out not to be the case at all as they are always playing with other children. As my children are a bit reluctant to tell me about their days, and also because my youngest is one of the youngest in the school (he is an August baby) and my daughter has speech delays I do worry about how they are coping and getting on at school. So when I heard about ClassDojo I wished my children's school used this as it sounds like a great way to help us parents know what our children have been up to and how they are getting on at school. 

mobile with ClassDojo app on


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Finding Out Where I Come From With Findmypast


Do you ever wonder where you come from? About all the ancestors who came before and helped make you the person, you are today? Now that I am older and have children of my own it is something that I often think about. When I was a little girl my grandparents would often tell me tales about growing up in the war, about where their families came from and about family members that were no longer with us. I wish I could remember what they told me as I didn't have much interest when I was younger and now I am older and interested my grandparents are no longer with us. I think that is the reason why I am so curious about finding out about my past, My Mam died when I was younger and so did all my grandparents so I only have my dad to tell me things and he can only tell me about his own family, not my maternal side.

Findmypast DNA testing kit box


Friday, 8 March 2019

Things I Loved February 2019

February was a quiet month for us, I know it is a shorter month but it really did seem to fly by this year. We didn't really do anything exciting as we have been limiting days out as we are saving like crazy for our upcoming wedding. The kids had a week off for half-term and it was lush to spend time with all three of them at home, we had lots of lazy mornings in our pj's watching films with the heating on keeping cosy. Things were quiet blog-wise this month, paid work was really good this month but reviews and days out were a bit quieter than normal. For the first time ever I struggled a bit picking ten things that I enjoyed this month, as I feel like we haven't really done much. 

So here is a look at some of the things I loved in February 2019. 

wrap, chips and salad

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Poopsie Sparkly Critters Review

Items sent for review. 

One of last years must have toys was Poopsie Surprise, a cute unicorn toy that pooped slime. We reviewed Poopsie Surprise last year and my five-year-old still plays with her unicorn Rainbow Brightstar (she is a huge unicorn fan). Well now there is a new Poopsie toy on the block, Poopsie Sparkly Critters and we were kindly sent two to review and see what we thought.

two packs of Poopsie Sparkly Critters toy

Like the original Poopsie Surprise, the Sparkly Critters have the surprise element of being packaged so that you can not see which character you will get until you open the box. This is something that really appeals to my children as they love any kind of surprise toy. The Sparkly Critters come in really fun looking soda can type packaging, when you pop the can open you will then find blind bags filled with the Sparkly Critter and the accessories you will need to make slime. Each set comes with one Sparkly Critter, a soda can style bottle/syringe to feed the critters, spoon, storage bag which is designed to look like a bag of crisps and glitter to add to the slime.

Monday, 4 March 2019

4 Months Until I Say I Do

In just four months time I will be saying I do and getting married and I am feeling very overwhelmed and nervous about it all now. The wedding diet I said I was going to go on hasn't happened, we have so much to still organise and pay for and I am wondering if we will get it all paid for and organised in time. Please, everyone, keep your fingers crossed we manage to pull it off! I know people plan weddings in such short spaces of time and all the big things are in place for the big day but I am a natural born worrier. 

wedding planner book and wedding magazine

What We Have Done This Month


Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Finding Childcare Is Easy With


Like most families these days finding someone to watch our children is hard, grandparents often work these days, families live miles apart and everyone is leading busy lives. Myself and the other half rarely have any time apart from the children, date nights are rare in our house and we have only had one child-free night together in the past six years. If we want to go out for a meal just the two of us we have to book one of the grandparents weeks in advance around everyone's work schedules which can be challenging. We don't even have childcare in place for our upcoming wedding in just a few months time so we have been looking into childcare options. 

kids looking out hotel window in newcastle

Monday, 25 February 2019

Boxy Girls Dolls & Fashion Pack Review

My five-year-old daughter is really into surprise toys, any kind of blind bag type toy really interest her as she loves the surprise element of opening things up and discovering what is inside. So when I heard about Boxy Girls which are fashion dolls that come with surprise boxes of accessories I knew these would be a huge hit with her. She could not contain her excitement when she saw we were sent two dolls and a fashion pack to review, as she had seen these dolls on YouTube and was eager to have some of her own. 

Boxy girls dolls and fashion pack

We were kindly sent Riley and Brooklyn dolls (£17.99 each) plus a Fashion pack (£9.99), there are also two other dolls to collect called Nomi and Willa. Boxy Girls are rather cute dolls, they look childlike with big heads and huge box-shaped eyes, long brushable hair and fully moveable arms and legs. They come in nice outfits and each doll comes with four small surprise boxes which contain accessories. 

Friday, 22 February 2019

Glam Goo Review

Like most children my little two love slime, they think it is great fun so were happy when I was recently sent a Glam Goo set for BFF day. As we were sent the kits to celebrate BFF day we were sent two kits, one for Sophia and one for her friend. Our parcel was a bit late in arriving so we missed BFF day but we had some fun during half-term getting creative with this kit. 

glam goo deluxe box unopened


Thursday, 21 February 2019

Party Dresses From JD Williams


This year I have so much to celebrate, I am getting married in the summer and have my hen party to attend and a honeymoon to go on. I also have family parties, christenings and weddings to attend along with some nights out and date nights with my other half. It is set to be a busy year and I can not wait to experience it all. However, like a lot of Mams, I don't have many nice going-out outfits anymore as I mostly live in jeans and casual clothes, so I need to treat myself to a few nice party dresses. I have been scouring the internet to see if I can find any that I like as a plus size mam I want something that is flattering, comfortable and stylish. 

I recently discovered JD and they have a great range of dresses for any occasion and I decided to put together a little wishlist of some of the dresses that I like the look of.

wishist of six dresses from JD Williams

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Tips For Making Road Safety Fun For Children

Guest Post.

Making Sure children learn all about road safety is an important subject, it's key to preventing them from having a road traffic accident, and it prepares them for when they have to use the road alone. Teaching your children about road safety doesn't have to be boring. We've put together a few ideas for how you can make road safety fun for young children. 

1.) Role play 

Use toy cars, bikes and characters to explain what would happen in different scenarios. For example, a racing car moving fast can demonstrate the impact it will have on a pedestrian crossing the road, or a car approaching a set of traffic lights will show what action they should take if the lights are on amber.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Will Our Family Finances Change When We Get Married?

Advertorial post with Aviva

In just five months time I will be getting married and become a Mrs, so excited! At the moment I have been all caught up with wedding planning, the usual stuff such as who to invite, what food to serve, what kind of flowers to have. However, now the wedding is getting closer I have started to think about the more practical things such as should we open joint bank accounts when we get married, should I look into getting a pension and life insurance - proper grown-up stuff that I still haven't sorted even though I am in my 30s. Of course, with a pension, the value could go up or down and I could get less back than I have paid in.

five, ten and twenty pound notes

As silly as it sounds I never really give much thought to this kind of thing before, which I really should have since I have three children. Thinking about it the way that myself and my partner deal with money, we probably should make some changes when we get married. We both have separate bank and saving accounts, I am a work-at-home mam who earns a part-time income from this blog and my partner is the main earner on a good salary. His wages pay all the bills each month and then whatever is left is his, I refuse to touch his money or spend it as I don't like the idea of spending someone else's money. I am so independent as I was a full-time working mam for so long and I am used to having my own money and only ever spend what I earn myself, I even paid for my wedding dress from blog earnings. 


Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Safer Internet Day With Project MC2


Today, Tuesday the 5th of February is Safer Internet Day and in today's digital world it is something that all of us parents need to be aware of. When I was growing up there was no WI-FI - just super slow dial-up, so children never really went online very much. Nowaday's children, like my own, are growing up from a young age being able to work tablets and smartphones and watch YouTube videos of children opening surprise toys and making slime. It is all new and us parents need to ensure that we keep our children safe online, as a parent to a 4,5 and 16-year-old myself keeping my children safe online is something that I do worry about and try and be aware of especially as my teen uses social media herself. 

With this in mind Project MC2, who you may be familiar with from the Netflix show or from the great range of S.T.E.A.M toys have produced some top tips for keeping children safe online. Something I think all of us parents should read and familiarise ourselves with. 


Saturday, 2 February 2019

January 2019

Can you believe it is February already? In some weird way it feels like January lasted forever but in another way, it feels like it passed in the blink of an eye. Time really does fly by when you're having fun, not that I had much fun in January mind it was just an ok month I guess. January is always a bit boring as it is so long between paydays and the weather is always freezing cold, I am really not a fan of the cold. It wasn't bad though, we had a few days out, done some wedding planning, binge-watched Luther, kept the kids entertained, usual family life. 

river at preston park with ducks and swans swimming in winter

Friday, 1 February 2019

5 Months Until I Say I Do

We are now just 5 months away from our wedding date and things are now all full-steam ahead. We have had a busy month, buying and planning stuff for the big day, all our spare income is now going on the wedding and we have had a few problems crop up this month too. I can't believe how fast it is coming around and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by it all, I have been tempted to cancel the whole thing and run away and elope to Gretna Green (is that even still a thing?) on more than one occasion the past few weeks. I have also started writing a monthly wedding planning article each month for Your North East Wedding magazine and my wedding will feature in it later in the year, which is a bit exciting but nerve-wracking! The pressure is on to make it Pinterest perfect which will never happen as everyone who knows me knows I am more of a Pinterest fail kind of girl, haha. 

wedding planning book and magazine

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

10 Netflix Shows I Have Enjoyed Watching

As a thirty-something mam of three at the end of the day when the kids are tucked up nice and cosy in bed, I love nothing more than plonking myself in front of the telly and spending a few hours binge-watching Netflix box-sets. I'm a mam and I'm knackered at the end of the day and don't get out much so Netflix keeps me occupied. I don't normally watch a lot of TV as I always forget when shows I like the look of are on and I have never really been into films, but boxsets I really like as I can dip in and out of them when I fancy, or more often than not binge-watch them over a few days or weeks - depending on the show. 

I am always looking for recommendations of shows to watch and have a pretty eclectic mix of programmes I watch, although detective/ crime type shows worrying seems to feature quite a bit. So if you are looking for some shows to watch, here are ten that I have watched on Netflix over the past year and enjoyed. 

Monday, 28 January 2019

Things I Loved January 2019

January is a funny old month, everyone is a bit skint after Christmas and the huge gap between paydays, the weather is dreadful and everyone is breaking resolutions and feeling a bit rubbish. However I kind of like January, yeah it is freezing cold, my diet lasted a day and my bank balance is looking a bit bleak, but January is also the start of a new year filled with lots of memories to make. I also really like the cosy days at home with the heating on whilst we try and stay warm, the hearty home cooked meals, lazy weekends at home with the children and seeing them enjoy the new toys Santa got them. As cheesy as it sounds, I also feel a bit thankful that we are all safe and happy and healthy and have a year of memory making ahead of us.

So let's have a look at some of the things that I have loved this month. 


Friday, 18 January 2019

Behind The Seams Costume Exhibit At Preston Park Museum Teeside

On Sunday we were invited along to Preston Park Museum in Stockton-On-Tees, to explore the new Behind The Seams exhibition. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the world of costume design and explores the story behind Angels Costumes, the worlds greatest costume houses who have been dressing the stars of stage, screen and TV for over 175 years. As I had never visited Preston Park before I had no idea what to expect, so read on to see what I thought.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

6 Months Until I Say I Do

It is now 2019 and I can officially say I am getting married this year! I will be honest and say I feel a bit mixed about it, obviously, I am excited and can't wait to eventually marry Lee after being together for so long and it will be nice to have the same surname as my children. However, knowing that the wedding is so close I am also feeling slightly panicked if I am honest as I feel like I still have so much to do, plan and pay for. I have been so laid back with the whole wedding planning process and now I am kind of regretting that. 

busy b wedding planner and county wedding magazine

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

A Look Back On 2018

I know I am super late in posting this but the kids only returned to school yesterday and I did not blog at all whilst they were off school for the Christmas break. I love writing posts looking back on the year gone by and 2018 was a pretty good year for us a family, we had an amazing family holiday abroad, Jacob started school, the other half started a new job and we made so many memories and just had a lovely year. So here is a little look back on 2018. 


Tuesday, 8 January 2019

My 10 Most Popular Blog Posts In 2018

At the end of each year, I sit down and have a proper look at my blog analytics to see which posts I have written have been popular that year. Like last year most of my traffic still comes from old slimming world recipes that I have on Pinterest however I am getting a lot of traffic on a whole range of posts this year. Last year my top ten popular posts were all local ones but this year there is a real mix of travel posts, local content and even a few sponsored posts that performed really well too. So here are my most popular blog posts from 2018. 

sunset over the beach in Santa Ponsa Majorca 2018


Monday, 7 January 2019


I am back after the most wonderful Christmas break with my family, we have spent some much needed time at home recovering from illnesses as the children caught so many bugs over the past few months. We have had lazy days at home watching films, playing with new toys from Santa and spending time with family and it was just what we all needed and has been so lovely. The children return to school tomorrow and I have decided to take the plunge eventually and start blogging full-time (and more consistently)  now that I am getting used to having all three children in full-time education.

Santa Ponsa Beach in Majorca sunset 2018

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