Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review: Bells Shoes

So as you know, I will be starting a new job in a few days' time.

#eeek.

So I have been on a little mission to try and buy some new clothes and outfits - new job, new start. With Autumn/Winter well underway I also needed new shoes for work - so when I was asked to review Bells Shoes, of course I jumped at the chance.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dear Soon-To-Be Teenager

This is a letter for Emily. She is in Year 7 and is 11 years old.  It contains some helpful life hints that she may wish to take on board as she moves forward with her life. If you have a tween, or a teenager you may relate to this. They may need to read this too.

This is a tough time for all parties concerned - I understand there is some sort of transition happening - this is a weird in-between stage. But tweens, just have a word with yourselves, will you???

Here you go

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Review: Pretty Green Coat

A review by my husband!

Once upon a time, I was a dapper young chap.  Infatuated by 1960’s mod culture, I would ride to university astride my Vespa, bedecked in Sta-prest Levi’s, Clarks desert books, Fred Perry polo and parka. 

And then came the kids.  Rather than just buying the nice piece of knitwear I has just seen, the three tiny terrors hanging from my ankles meant I would delay until it came up in the sales.  Then the sales would come and go, and my wardrobe wouldn’t be added to.  And so it comes to today, and I’m still wearing the same clothes I did six years ago.  The dapper lad of yesteryear is still cooler than most (in his head, at least), but sorely in need of tarting up.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Great Parenting Errors

This is likely to be a series of posts, I am unaware why I didn't start this before to be honest. I have LOADS of Great Parenting Errors - I probably have at least one Great Parenting Error a day.

So here you go, here is the first. I hope you like these, and I apologise in advance for my ridiculous-ness.

I don't apologise really, just kidding.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Review: Mozimo Shoes

So, Autumn is here and Winter will soon be upon us. To me, that mans a change of shoes and general switch of wardrobe. I have loved wearing flat sandals for the summer, but now is the time for a change. I will be starting my new job in a week, so I am really keeping an eye out for new workwear for this season - shoes included. I was delighted when I was asked to review a pair of ladies shoes from Mozimo. Mozimo offer quality designer footwear, and I thought it would be great to review a pair here.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Who are the Internet Trolls?

When you write a blog or an article you have your say and that is that. You have a little platform that you can vent on. It's not a big deal to everyone else.

But sometimes, just sometimes, there is an article or a post that causes a bit of a stir. Kiran, a very talented and brilliant blogger recently wrote an article on teaching feminism to toddler boys. I wholeheartedly agree with the post. You can read  When do I teach my son to be a feminist? here

Kiran is spot-on. If we are not feminists, male or female, then what are we? Do we not advocate the rights of women equal to men in all spheres? If we are liberal, then surely we are also feminist? This is clearly a contentious issue.

My point is that Kiran has also written a post, following some pretty horrible Internet abuse, including the suggestion that she should "have her tubes tied with barbed wire" by so-called Internet Trolls, that she is having a break from her writing. You can read that post here.

What on earth is a frigging Internet Troll?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Review: Johnson's Baby Bedtime Range

We have quite a good routine for the babies bedtime. They both sleep through the night (most nights - Alice actually woke up last night and came downstairs - setting off the house alarm...) but...for the most part they sleep right through. I have always put this down to the good routine that we have them in.

Generally, the routine is tea, bath, bed.

Alice's First Day At Nursery School

We had submitted the forms for nursery-school ages ago. I couldn't wait. Finally five half-days of free nursery for Alice. They told us that the next intake would be January. Plenty of time away yet.

But last week, we received a letter, a place had become available.

All of a sudden I began to panic. She is only 3. She can't go to nursery school just yet...can she?

Of course she can.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Review: Aldi's New Running Gear Range

I have a gym membership and although I am not as active as I would like to be, I do try to keep up going and to try to get outside more at night, although the cold does put me off! 
Aldi are launching a new running range this coming Thursday, and they sent me some samples to review just in time, so here is what I thought.

Things That Freak Me Out

You know like there are obviously things that freak people out - real-life scary stuff. Well this post is not about that kind of stuff. This is about things that are pretty normal or highly unlikely to affect me - but they freak me out anyway.

I'm putting them all in this blog post so that they can't get me.

Or something.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Review - Go Ahead Biscuits

I am always looking to eat healthy snacks in the day. I always pack fruit and a decent packed lunch for us for work and school, but I am a bit naughty sometimes and like to include a biscuit. Which is why I was very excited to review for Go Ahead biscuits.  Go Ahead biscuits are packed with fruity flavour and are a bit less naughty than your usual biscuit!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Review - Tommee Tippee Steri-Bottle

I was very pleased when Tommee Tippee asked us to review some of their new steri-bottles. Although Rosie is probably a bit too old for bottles, and she does drink out of a sippy cup - she still enjoys drinking from a bottle.

She calls it her "Milky na-night" - super cute.

5 Essential Parenting Life Hacks

I have been a parent for just over eleven years. In these eleven years I have picked up some most-excellent tips (or LIFE HACKS) as they are now called.

So I'm sharing them with you.

You don't need to pay me or anything, these are free.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Shaking Off The Commute - *SOUNDS ANNOUNCEMENT KLAXON*

So...

I have some news.

You know like I am always moaning about driving for HOURS. Like literally 5 hours a day sometimes to get to Manchester and back...

Well...

I have a new job - close to home!

Friday, 3 October 2014

5 Reasons Brands Don't Want To Work With You

As a blogger I have fast become accustomed to the whole blogging scene. You can work with brands, run competitions, get paid to blog - whatever.

But sometimes, brands will not want to work with you.

I know this.

I feel your pain.

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