Sunday, 11 November 2018

Parenting Doesn't Always Come Naturally And That's OK!

As parents, mums especially it seems to be that we are just expected to "know" what to do when we become parents. There is supposedly this maternal instinct that kicks in and makes us parenting experts as soon as we see those blue lines on the test.

But lets face it that's not the case and for me that expectation put even more pressure on me as a new mum.

When James was born I was just 19. I had worked right up until a few days before James was born and really struggled coming to terms with the fact that I was actually going to be bringing home a real baby! The day James arrived was a whirlwind and after a long labour I felt both exhausted and anxious on how I would look after my new arrival.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Choosing the Perfect Christmas Gifts with Boots

*Sponsored Post*

Boots has always been a favourite shop of mine when it comes to Christmas shopping. I love their extensive ranges of beautiful gifts, and the 3 for 2 Christmas mix and match offer that often runs throughout Christmas time is great for saving a few pennies. As a busy mum of two, online shopping around Christmas time is a life saver for me as there is no way I am dragging two kids around a busy mall at Christmas time!

I was so excited when Boots got in touch asking me to take part in their 50 days of Christmas campaign, giving bloggers like me the opportunity to share with you some of the fabulous gifts Boots has to offer this Christmas. As part of the campaign I got the chance to choose some Christmas gifts for members of the family I buy for, there was so much to choose from it took me quite some time to decide! In the end I decided on these gifts...

I chose for my mum, sister, dad and husband and loved that I could buy for the whole family on one website, get it all delivered from the comfort of my own home and eliminate the stress of Christmas shopping.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Poopsie Surprise Unicorn **REVIEW**

* Review *

There is no escaping the kids toy crazes of 2018 and two of the biggest ones have been unicorns and slime! But now there is a toy that combines BOTH and I have to admit its super cute!

Introducing the Poopsie Surprise Unicorn -

The Poopsie Surprise Unicorn is a super cute toy who magically poops slime! Each unicorn comes with over 20 surprises and there are four to collect.

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Oregon Scientific Smart Globe Myth **REVIEW**

James is absolutely fascinated by our planet and space! He was so excited when the dark nights started rolling in early because it meant we could look at the moon and stars on our way home from swim practice several nights a week.

Like most children he full of questions about our planet, space and the different countries around the world. So when we were recently asked if we would like to review the new Smart Globe Myth from Oregon Scientific I knew James would love it.

I had been considering getting James a globe for quite a while now so I was so excited to try this one out with him. Only this one is more than just your standard globe, it has several hidden features giving it a fascinating modern twist!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Halloween Snacks - Marshmallow Broomsticks! **GUEST POST**

* Guest Post*

I'm a fairly creative person. I mean, aside from blogging, I love baking and crafts and all that kind of stuff. I've been waiting for the twins to be big enough to enjoy baking with me. They're still a bit little for anything more than stirring and decorating. But I thought that making some simple no-bake Halloween treats to share with you all would be fairly simple. 

Oh, how wrong I was... 

I was scrolling through Pinterest for inspiration and saw all kinds of brilliant photos of broomsticks made out of everything from cheese, to chocolate, to cupcakes, to popcorn. And... marshmallows! 
I decided to do my own take on these. I stocked up on Mint Matchmakers, marshmallows, chocolate and sprinkles and I set the twins up at the dining table. I had images of the three of us enjoying a lovely afternoon, making some delicious marshmallow broomsticks, which would obviously look just as amazing as all those photos on Pinterest. 

It all started well enough. I melted the chocolate, got everything set up and put it all in front of the twins. 

Step One 

We started by poking the Mint Matchmakers into the tops of the marshmallows.

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Magical Memories Made at Disney On Ice! **REVIEW**


Last weekend we all jumped into the car to make a very exciting trip to Birmingham... we went to see Disney On Ice - Dream Big. The brand new tour for 2018/2019.

To say we were excited would have been a big understatement, in fact we were so excited to go we left our house around 2pm for a 6.30pm showing (its around a 2 hour drive for us!). We had decided to get tea once we were then and then get in to find out seats when the doors opened at 5.30pm to give us plenty of time to look around before the show.

Evelyn of course was insistent on wearing her full Anna costume which was fun trying to manoeuvre arena stairs in... but she didn't stop smiling all day! When we arrived I don't think any of us could stop grinning.

There were plenty of staff around to help with tickets, finding seats and any questions which was great and made getting into the arena very quick. A lovely lady took the photo above for us and was chatting to the kids about who they were excited to see (no prizes for guessing who Evelyn was most excited to see...).

This year the theme for the show was "Dream Big" and was based and princesses and heroes through the Disney movies. There is even a new character to Disney on Ice this year, the amazing Moana!

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Exploring Different Learning Styles

*Collaborative Post*

We are all familiar with the term “everyone is different” – usually referring to our personality and appearance, everyone has their own unique quirks and identities that help others recognise us. However, were you aware we all learn in different ways too? There are several different learning styles and methods that are officially recognised and incorporating these learning methods into your education can make learning more enjoyable and memorable.  

As a parent, you might remember some different styles of learning during your own educational experiences, did you learn better when watching a film or video? Or were you someone that was better able to remember things when you were able to get hands on or physical?