Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Pancake Day Fun With Num Noms!

Who doesn't love pancake day!?! My kids love pancake day and always ask to have a go at making their very own pancakes every year, with varying degree's of success but always lots of fun! This year our pancakes are getting a fun twist thanks to Num Noms and the kids couldn't wait to get started.

In case you were wondering what Num Noms are they are adorable squishy and scented collectibles with endless scented combinations when you take them and stack them together to create your own unique scents and flavours. All Num Noms have their very own name which ties in with their scent and this is what we used to help us create our pancakes!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Flush Force Collectibles **REVIEW**

You only have to mention the word "blind bag" or "collectible" in our house and both James and Evelyn get super excited. So when I heard about a new kind of collectible we just had to try it out.

Flush Force are gruesome new collectibles you will find lurking in their very owl toilet bowls! But these are no ordinary blind bag's in fact Flush Force characters are hiding behind a brand new "flush to reveal" technology, making opening these blind bags even more exciting.

Toxic sludge has mutated everything in the sewer! Now the Flush Force is coming up your toilets to attack! It's up to you to collect them all and Flush them back!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Keeping packed lunches delicious and nutritious for kids!

With two children who are both now in school and pre-school packed lunches have become a daily thing for me.

We tried the hot school dinners but James much prefers a packed lunch and at Evelyn's preschool packed lunch is the only option and so each evening I am faced with filling two lunch boxes for the following morning. Now I wouldn't say James and Evelyn were overly fussy but they certainly have a hefty list of food they don't like (mostly filled with the "healthy options!" so I am always worried about giving them a balanced lunch that they will eat!

(Evelyn with her lunch box on her very first day of preschool!)

I recently started thinking about ways to keep their packed lunches interesting, fun and delicious but still balanced and healthy which is no easy feat when you have to do this for at least 5 days a week. So as well as some of my own idea's I asked some on my favourite bloggers for their top lunch box tips so here they are -

Sunday, 7 January 2018

18 goals for 2018!

Can you believe we are already a few days into 2018 already!? 2017 seemed to fly by so quickly one minute it was summer, then it felt like I blinked and we were hauling the tree down from the loft!

As big ben chimed midnight on New Years eve I had already thought of some goals for New Year including some blog goals and some personal goals, these are more general lifestyle goals and ones to work on all year long though. So when I was tagged by the lovely Laura from Dear Bear and Beany to share the 18 things I would love to do or achieve during 2018 it got me thinking about some of the smaller things I would love to be able to tick off or achieve this year, so here they are...

Monday, 1 January 2018

New Years Goals...

As I watched the fireworks from my bedroom window last night as the clock struck midnight I smiled happily remembering all the amazing memories I got to make it 2017. I feel so grateful for a year filled with wonderful family memories and I am so excited to see what 2018 has to offer! 

As I led in bed thinking about the new year ahead it got me wondering about some of the goals I would like to achieve this year and so I thought I would share those with you here and as a place for me to write them all down to look back on next year. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Making Magical Christmas Memories at LaplandUK!

This weekend we all got well and truly into the Christmas spirit with the most magical day out to visit Father Christmas at LaplandUK!

LaplandUK is an original adaptation of the Father Christmas story and the story behind the secret world of elves which is all brought to life through a 4 hour immersive experience.

The experience begins before you even check in. As you step foot from the car you are met by the beautiful scenery of Whitmoor forest where you can follow the signs for enchanted forest to begin your journey. Once inside the check in area you are transported to a magical world of elves where even the people checking you in are elves!

Our First Real Christmas Tree with Pines and Needles **REVIEW**

Last week we took delivery of a beautiful Christmas tree ready to throw our living room into full Christmas mode but this was a little different. We have always had a fake tree but this year Pines and Needles very kindly offered to send of one of their beautiful real Nordmann fir tree's and the kids were so excited to be finally getting a real tree!

Pines and Needles was founded by brothers Josh and Sam Lyle back in 1995. It all started when the youngsters (then aged 15 and 13) came up with the brainwave of loading an old horsebox with Christmas trees from their family farm in Scotland and taking the long journey down to London.After a few years the kilted crew grew in size, the Internet beckoned, and the rest, as they say, is history. Pines and Needles will deliver your chosen Christmas tree o your door, install, decorate and even take away and recycle anywhere in London or the South of England. Now that's how you take the stress out of Christmas!

We were all so excited for the delivery of our tree which arrived promptly and on the day stated. The trees come netted as well as in a green plastic bag to keep them as safe and fresh as possible for when they reach you. Unfortunately we had some issues with our first tree that seemed to have been damaged. This wasn't an issue for Pines and Needles though as with every Christmas tree you order if you are not totally happy with your tree once it arrives, simply give them a call or email and they will arrange a replacement tree to be sent out to you asap! 

I think that's pretty amazing customer service and really does give you peace of mind when ordering. Our second tree arrived a few days later and we were really happy with it. It was huge (tall and wide) and was the most green tree I have ever seen.